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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Sporadic but heavy rain brings down temperature

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

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

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

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Gaur assures of action to family members who consumed poison

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

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

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

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Van Vihar to have model replica of forest reserves in museum

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

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

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Over 600 students of Ojasdeep admitted in Government schools

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

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

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

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

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

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Master Plan-2031 to be delayed by 1 more year

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

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

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

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

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Shatabdi Express to depart from Habibganj from today

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

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

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

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

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

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Hubby, in-laws booked for abetting suicide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amit Shah invited for executive committee meet

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

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

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

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

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Notices to Katni Collector, others in encroachment case

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

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

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

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

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Engineering student Shayantan granted patent for his invention

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

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

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

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Govt responsible for power crisis: Cong

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

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

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

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BJYM demands students union election cancellation against Mats University

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

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

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

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Bipasha feels safe in Raipur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BJP threatening candidates alleges Cong

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

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

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

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

CPCC alleges of rampant misuse of Govt machineries by BJP

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

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

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

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

Cong high command seeks report about Antagarh by-poll

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

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

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

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Status of Forest Act violations to be furnished on Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RGPV team records statement of ragging victim

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

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

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Cong protests across State against power crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Power availability in MP reaches upto 8200 MW within a week

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

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

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

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

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

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Now, daily direct flight between MP and UAE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BJP clears Datke as Mayor, Joshi as Ruling Party Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Dekho Magar Pyar Se’ enthralls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colourful performances by students hold promise of ‘Brighter Tomorrow’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cops register Rs 3.50 cr sales tax evasion case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man of eyes, and vision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Pesticide, insecticide are retinotoxic’

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

Raipur hospital follows Sankara Nethralaya

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

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

No exercise for eyes please...

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

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

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Dairy Development Deptt surrenders 4,445 posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Amit Jogi meets AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi

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

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CM to dedicate 2nd Intl hockey stadium to State tomorrow

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

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

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

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AAP protest safety norms of high rise buildings in State capital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Students of private colleges show more interest in students’ election

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

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

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

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

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ABVP registers victory in most colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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ABVP claims victory in 80% colleges in State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESULTS:

ABVP WINS AT DURGA COLLEGE:

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

NSUI BAGS ALL FOUR UNION POSTS AT GOVT SCIENCE COLLEGE:

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

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

ABVP SHINES AT UTD POLLING:

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

NSUI DOMINATES STUDENTS’ UNION POLL AT MAHANT COLLEGE:

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

NSUI SWEEPS POLL AT GURUKUL WOMEN’S COLLEGE:

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

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

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

ABVP PERFORM WELL AT AGRASEN MAHAVIDYALAYA:

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

IT IS NSUI AT PRAGATI COLLEGE:

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

PT JAWAHARLAL MEMORIAL MEDICAL COLLEGE:

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

ABVP TRIUMPHANTS IN DEOBHOG’S COLLEGES:

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

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

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

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Petition seeking orders to State for promotion disposed off

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

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Assembly serves notices to MLAs Dinesh Ahirwar & Narayan Tripathi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr Rooplekha Chouhan likely to be new Dean of Medical College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Post probe in OFK staffer’s death

Three officers transferred, 10 trade union members suspended

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

Three officers transferred, 10 trade union members suspended

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

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

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

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

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

Agitation an outcome of poor industrial relations: Sources

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

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HC monitors progress of VYAPAM scam probe

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

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

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

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

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

PIL against encroachments on banks of Narmada in Dindori disposed off

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

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

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Administrative officers need to spend time among people: Roopla

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

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

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

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

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Accountant of school held while accepting bribe

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

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

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Assembly serves notices to MLAs

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

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

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

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CM woos investors during talks in Bengaluru

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Govindpura police nab 5 vehicle thieves

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

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

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Special meeting of MPs with Rly officials held

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

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

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

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

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

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Chaos mars 3rd convocation of Bhoj University

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

However, the event started with unveilin... Read More
The third convocation of MP Bhoj (Open) University changed into chaos on Wednesday when aggrieved students demanded to award them on stage as well.

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

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

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

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Bhaadwa Dooj celebrated with religious fervour in city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Advocate Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner.

Notice on plea for cancellation of bail to attacker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kamgar Colony, Tukadoji Nagar residents get ownership rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RTMNU’s special examination to start from today

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

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

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

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

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High Court respite to 60 Halba staffers of DAGPT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NMC starts cleaning Futala lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NMC starts cleaning Futala lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEBI’s Observations

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

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

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

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

Prashant Wasankar has not traded in cash market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Social, political issues dominate Marbat, Badgya processions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NMC to snap water, power supply of Panjwani market

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

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

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

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

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

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4 acquitted in dacoity case

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

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

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

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

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Cops raid gambling dens at Hotel Al Zam Zam, Kawrapeth

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

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

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

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Deans of GMCs transferred

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

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

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

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

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

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HC names panel to examine ULC land allotments

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

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

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

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

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Committee for implementation of Chitaley panel recommendations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some recommendations of Chitaley Committee

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

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Another sop for Nazul lease holders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vid still 30% deficient in rainfall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miscreants murder man at Saket Nagar

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

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Aslam takes dig at Digvijay, Kamal Nath, Scindia

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

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Nandkumar seeks guidance from Shah on organisation structure

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

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

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

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

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

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Miscreants attack, rob SAF Jawan at TT Nagar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rise in ragging incidents invites attention of MPHRC

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

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

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

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

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

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MPHRC issues missives to Satna Collector, SP for temple stampede

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Political height of CM increases with inclusion in Parliamentary Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Padma Bhushan B Muthuraman’s lecture at Pt RSU today

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

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Lack of theatres in rural areas affecting Chhattisgarhi films

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security reviewed

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

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

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

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Campaigning ends

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

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

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

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

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Cops beef up security at colleges

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

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

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

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

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Students’ union elections today

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

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

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

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

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Dr Sonal Ameen refutes charges of denial of bail

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

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

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Preparations for Ganesh Utsav, Paryushan Parv discussed in meet

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

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

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

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Three police constables attacked by miscreants

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

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

Youth electrocuted

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

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

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Hubby, in-laws booked for setting woman ablaze

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

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

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

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Jabalpur-Bhopal four-lane road project in the offing

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

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

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

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

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Class XII student assaulted at bus stop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sericulture is a good livelihood option: Saxena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teenage boy arrested for repeatedly raping minor

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

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

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

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Launch of 360 schemes under VIIDP today

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

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

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

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

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

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First list of Cong candidates for Assembly election soon: Raut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Youth sentenced to seven years RI for raping minor

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

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

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

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

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

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One dies as slab of abandoned building collapses in Ajni

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ajni Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

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

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

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

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

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

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India’s first ‘green bus’ flagged off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC seeks report from JMC on action against hoardings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RDU non-teaching employees protest transfer policy

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

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

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

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

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MPOA contradicts amended norms of Director SYWD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blind murder mystery of auto driver solved, three arrested

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

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

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

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HC seeks reply from SP, others till Sept 5

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

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

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

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Post-affiliation, MPHA named as Hockey Madhya Pradesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About 20 countries to partner in Global Investors’ Summit

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

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

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

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

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

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Fruitful discussions on diamond business, entertainment sector

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MP stops extra power supply to other states

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

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After failing in CA exam, girl ends life

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

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

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

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

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BSP AGM commits suicide

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

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Labourer dies of electrocution at under-construction GMR Power Plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poll scene heats up in twin-city

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

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

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

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

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Police evaluating CCTV grabs of colleges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two C’garh players picked for Seoul Asian Games

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

It is worth mentioning, Bharti Netam and M Pushpa were the first to represent India at Asian Games 2011 held in China.

Chhattisgarh Basketball Association (CGBA) Chairman Sonmani Borah (IAS), Chief Patron Arvind Jain and President Rajeev Jain on Friday said that A Kavita (Bhilai Steel Plant) and Kavita (South East Central Railway) have brought laurels for the State.

Both the players have been consistent in their performance at the various state and national level championships. Association general secretary Rajesh Patel, whose role has been instrumental in grooming basketball players in Chhattisgarh, said the two players will play exposure matches at Beijing (China) from September 5 to 15, 2014 before leaving for Seoul.

It is to be mentioned, Kavita was sent to Reliance IMG Basketball Academy, Florida (USA), by Basketball Federation of India for a period of four years for advanced training.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh Olympic Association General Secretary Baldeo Singh Bhatia, Chhattisgarh Lawn Tennis Association President Vikram Singh Sisodia, Naresh Dakliya (Executive President, CGBA), L T Sherpa (Executive Director (Personnel and Administration, BSP), Madhuri Menon (General Manager, BSP), A K Kayal (GM (CSR), BSP), G Suresh (President, C G Arm Wrestling Association), H R Choudhary (GM, In-charge, Personnel), P K Satpathy (DGM, SE &CA, BSP), Sahiram Jakhar (Senior Manager (Sports), BSP), Bashir Ahmed Khan (Manager (Sports) BSP) and others congratulated the two players on their achievement.

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Truck crushes three youths to death in Butibori

IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck dri... Read More
IN ghastly mishap, a speeding unidentified trailer-truck crushed three motorcycle-borne youths to death near Shilpa Company in Butibori on Tuesday afternoon. Fearing public wrath, the truck driver sped away. The deceased have been identified as Amol Banduji Ghode (25), Gajanan Chaple (22), both residents of Digras, district Wardha, and Shatrughna Suresh Choudhary (26), a resident of Katwa, district Nagpur. The deceased were carpenters. Around 3.30 pm, Amol Gajanan and Shatrughna were heading towards Industrial area from Bori on a motorcycle (MH-40/X-0852) for some work. Suddenly, on the circle turning near Shilpa Company, a speeding truck hit their motorcycle killing them instantaneously. The truck driver fled the spot fearing public violence. Ashwin Shukla, a security guard at Shilpa Company, informed Bori Police about the mishap. Staff from Bori Police Station led by PSI Mahesh Meshram and HC Ashish Khode arrived at the spot and sent the bodies to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem. After registering a hit-n-run case, cops launched a search for the ‘killer’ truck.

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Jamgade issue rocks NMC general meeting

The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve... Read More
The issue of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade rocked the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed the civic administration to relieve Jamgade from additional charges immediately. He also directed to produce all documents before the general body and seek legal opinion for discussion in the meeting.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) corporator Kishor Gajbhiye moved a proposal regarding the discussion in the meeting. However, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that the issue could not be discussed in the meeting as matter was pending before the High Court. The legal counsel advised him not to discuss the issue in the meeting. Gajbhiye stated that the proposal was different from what he had challenged before the High Court. Jamgade knocked the door of High Court against the decision of then Municipal Commissioner to pay him 50 per cent amount during suspension period. Mayor urged the angry corporators to discuss the issue in next meeting.

Ruling Party leader Pravin Datke said, the issue is different but the directions of Mayor must be respected. He agreed to discuss the issue in next meeting. He said, corporators have complaints regarding Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Manoj Talewar, Rahul Warke and others too. The administration should come clear on its role over the behavior of these engineers. He alleged that Jamgade was sitting on a file of compound wall of Reshimbag ground for several months. “This tendency should be stopped,” he said. NMC Contractors’ Association also had lodged a complaint with Mayor and Datke against Jamgade.

Gajbhiye said, Jamagade has additional charges of several departments and therefore NMC should relieve him of these responsibilities and demote him to the post of Deputy Engineer. He alleged the House that Dilip Jamgade did not sanction the files of his area inspite of directions from Municipal Commissioner. “He is torturing corporators of Hanuman Nagar and Satranjipura Zone. The roads are in bad shape,” he pointed out.

Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre said, not only Jamgade but other employees and officials also misbehaved with corporators. The issue should be discussed at length and only a single person should not be targeted, he said. Prakash Gajbhiye also spoke on the issue. Mayor Anil Sole directed the administration to take second legal opinion and place all the complaints received by them before the next general body. Municipal Commissioner should examine the charges of Jamgade and relieve him of additional charges, he added.

‘NMC losing its lands’

Many private persons and organisations have got transferred lands of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in their names with the help of City Survey Office, alleged corporators during the general body meeting. City Survey Office has transferred NMC’s land to Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala in Shantinagar area in a latest case, it was pointed out. Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane informed the NMC House that as per 1938 record, the entire land belonged to NMC and therefore the claim of Hanuman Mandir Vyayamshala was not based on facts. The local body constructed Samaj Mandir near this temple. Corporator Praful Gudadhe said, City Survey Office had transferred school land to a Member of Legislative Council (MLC). Senior corporator Dayashankar Tiwari said, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is constructing a big shopping complex at Jagnade Square, and Gokulpeth Market land belongs to NMC. The local body should appoint a team of learned advocates to protect land of its ownership, he added.

Vikas Thakre seeks action against OCW

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress corporator Vikas Thakre demanded action against Orange City Water (OCW) for allegedly taking bribe from consumers to reduce their water bills. The meter readers of OCW demanded bribe of Rs 5,000 from Colonel (retd) A B Gurung for reducing water bill. Executive Director Ajij-ur-Rehman confirmed the incident and informed NMC House that OCW had suspended three meter readers. Thakre demanded action against OCW. Rehman informed the House that OCW would start photo-billing to stop misappropriation in billings.

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Mayor orders probe in alleged scam in SSA implementation

Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Quest... Read More
Congress corporator Abha Pande, on Tuesday, alleged a scam of Rs one crore in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) implementation by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). She raised the issue during Question Hour in NMC’s general body meeting, and taking cognisance of this Mayor Prof Anil Sole directed Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to conduct in-depth probe into the alleged scam.

Pande said that Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique had directed to logde a police complaint against Head Masters and other employees of Education Department for misappropriation. She accused Education Department of misleading corporators on SSA implementation. The local body has changed the guidelines of State Government and did not inform corporators. She said, the local body received huge amount under SSA but spent very little.

Central Government has issued directions for implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan from 2002-2003 but local body finalised guidelines in 2011. On November 28, 2011, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rizwan Siddique sought information about construction works done under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan between 2002-2011. He directed to deposit unspent amount to SSA account. If fund was spent on other works, he had directed to lodge police complaint against guilty persons. Abha Pande said, NMC constructed only two out of five toilet blocks in Mor Bhavan School and three out of five rooms in Mini Mata Nagar NMC School. The remaining fund was spent on other works, she alleged.

Pande also accused the local body of not appointing any officer on vacant post of Deputy Municipal Commissioner. The post is on deputation from State Government. If the Government did not respond to local body, then NMC should appoint its officer. In response, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane stated that State Government had appointed an officer on deputation but he did not join. The local body lodged a complaint with the Government and Urban Development Department issued notice to the officer and initiated departmental enquiry. Assistant Commissioner Maaxhesh Dhamecha said that the bye-laws of 2001 were not approved by NMC general body.

Sole directed the administration to produce record before general body in next meeting.

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3 IPS officers team up to raid gambling den ‘blessed’ by cops

AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners ... Read More
AFTER getting information that some cops from Crime Branch and Sakkardara Police Station allegedly had nexus with criminals, three young IPS officers appointed recently as Deputy Commissioners of Police, formed special teams and raided Anna Raut’s gambling den at Chanda Atkar’s house at Bidipeth on Tuesday.

The raiding party comprising DB Squads of different police stations under Zone I caught 11 persons red-handed while gambling on cards and seized Rs 3.61 lakh cash, a country-made gun, a sword, 60 beer bottles, 10 cellphones, some gold ornaments, a four-wheeler, a motocycle and a moped, collectively valued at Rs 8.11 lakh.

According sources, one of the Deputy Commissioners of Police got information that Anna Raut was operating a gambling den at Bidipeth with the blessings of some cops. He contacted two of his colleagues and sought permission from the top brass to conduct the raid.

Accordingly, DCP Abhinash Kumar formed a special team comprising members of DB squads of police stations falling under Zone I. DCP (Zone I) Kumar, DCP (Zone IV) Ishu Sindhu and DCP (Zone III) Nirmala Devi S along with the special team boarded separate autorickshaws and arrived near Ghate Kirana Stores at Bidipeth around 1 am. Cops surrounded Chanda Atkar’s house. The raiding party then stormed into the house and caught the gamblers red-handed.

Interestingly, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) S M Waghmare, who was on night round, allegedly had no information when the raid was conducted.

The raids conducted by special teams constituted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners of Police Ishu Sindhu, Abhinash Kumar and Nirmala Devi S have raised several eyebrows about the alleged nexus between the gambling den operators and some cops attached to the Crime Branch as well as police stations.

Those arrested during the raid have been identified as Anil Bhaiyyaji Raut (34), a resident of Bidipeth, Milind Rambhau Dupare (42), a resident of Lane No 1, Jagnade Square, Shahjar Khan Mohammad Khan (36), a resident of Thakur Plot, Vijendra Uttamrao Kewatkar (42), a resident of Jaibhole Nagar, Sachin Uttamrao Nitnawre (32), a resident of Bidipeth, Rizwan Khan Moinuddin Khan (32), Bidipeth, Dhanraj Punaram Kamble (48), a resident of old Bagadganj, Govinda Narayan Bhullo (52), a resident of Pachpaoli, Umesh Mahadeorao Uikey (23), a resident of Sambhaji Nagar, Narsala, Vinod Kanhaiyyalal Fulwani (40), a resident of Bagadganj, and Praveen Raju Pillai, New Bidipeth. An offence under Sections 4 and 5 of the Gambling Act, read with Sections 3, 4+25 of the Arms Act and Sections 65 E and 68 of the Bombay Police Act has been registered against the accused persons at Sakkardara Police Station.

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Preparations in full swing for PM’s maiden function in city

With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

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With only a day to go for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the city, the administrative machinery as well as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expedited their preparations.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan also will be arriving in the city on Wednesday from Mumbai. After arrival at 5.25 pm, the Governor will proceed to Raj Bhavan and camp for the night.

On Thursday, he will receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport and also accompany him to Mouda, where Modi will be dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant. Later, the Governor will also grace the launch of Metro Rail project for Nagpur city, in a public function to be held at Kasturchand Park ground, Nagpur. As per the official programme, the Governor will fly back to Mumbai from Sonegaon airport after the programmes on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the preparations for the Prime Minister’s maiden programme in the city, were in full swing at Kasturchand Park ground here. The administrative machinery reviewed the preparations so far and also gave finishing touches to the preparations. At Kasturchand Park ground, the work of erecting a special dome for Narendra Modi’s programme was nearing completion on Tuesday evening. Besides, barricading and demarcation of various areas were being finalised. BJP also expedited its preparations ahead of Modi’s visit. It continued with holding meetings of party workers and appealing them to attend the launch of Metro Rail project in large numbers on August 21. Krishna Khopde, City BJP President and East Nagpur MLA. organised a meeting of prominent workers in East Nagpur on Tuesday.

In his speech, Khopde said, Narendra Modi is arriving for the first time after taking over as Prime Minister after the stupendous victory of BJP in Lok Sabha polls. The party will give him warm reception and lakhs of party workers should attend the function. Chairman of NMC’s Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, Education Committee chief Chetana Tank, former corporator Pramod Pendke, and Publicity In-charge Chandan Goswami were present.

Khopde informed the party workers that foundation stone for the project worth Rs 12,000 crore will be laid by the Prime Minister. This is a prestigious event for the party and all the workers should strive to make it a grand success. There are no entry passes for party workers as it is a public function, he said.

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, BJP has found the best possible opportunity for the party to mobilise its network for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls. The public function of Modi, during his four-hour visit, will be virtual launch of Assembly election campaign of BJP in Vidarbha region. After winning all 10 seats in the region during recently held Lok Sabha elections, now the party and its allies in the ‘Mahayuti’ have set their eyes on the Assembly seats in Vidarbha.

Sources said that State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Mayor Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare and Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Sudhakar Kohle, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ramesh Singare, Prabhakar Yeole, Rajesh Bagadi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Sunil Agrawal and others are working hard for success of the function.

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Irrigation Scam: SC dismisses VIDC petition against PILs

In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court d... Read More
In what could be termed as relief for the activists raising voice against the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, the Supreme Court dismissed special leave petitions (SLPs) filed by Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) against the hearing of the public interest litigations (PILs) on merit.

Jan Manch had filed a PIL before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court here in the irrigation scam and had stated that a fraud was played on the Constitution of India as the purpose for which Article 371 was amended had been frustrated due to siphoning off of funds meant for irrigation projects resulting into depriving the backward region of Vidarbha from irrigation facilities. Jan Manch had also filed five different reports on record before the High Court in which there were sufficient observations against the officials of VIDC.

These reports included those by Government officials Nandkumar Vadnere, H Mendhegiri, and also the reports of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Further, Jan Manch had attached the series of investigative report of ‘The Hitavada’ on multi-crore irrigation scam. Jan Manch had prayed for CBI enquiry into irrigation scam.

Adv Bharti Dabhadkar, Secretary of Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, along with Mohan Karemore and Amit Khot had filed another PIL no. 83/2012 on August 7, 2012 before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, raising important issues pertaining to the severe backwardness of Vidarbha region with particular emphasis on delay in clearance and implementation of irrigation projects in the region. The petitioners also prayed for directions to Union of India and State of Maharashtra to hold high-level enquiry in respect of irrigation scam and to take action against the responsible officials.

In both the PILs, the respondent VIDC had raised preliminary objections regarding maintainability of the PILs. By order dated April 24, 2013, the High Court had rejected the preliminary objections and directed the respondents to file replies so that the PILs could be heard on merits. VIDC had filed SLPs before the Supreme Court challenging the said order of the High Court. The Supreme Court had issued notice and granted stay of the said order of the High Court.

Special Leave Petitions filed by VIDC were listed for hearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, before the bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre. After hearing the counsel for the parties, the Supreme Court dismissed the SLPs. As a result, the order dated April 24, 2013 passed by the High Court stands confirmed and now the aforesaid PILs will be heard on merits by the High Court on vital issues of irrigation backlog and irrigation scam concerning Vidarbha region. Commenting on the Supreme Court dismissing the SLPs of VIDC, Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch welcomed the order and said that the way for hearing of both PILs on merits was cleared with this order of the Apex Court. Now, the High Court will go into actual allegations and scrutinise if the allegations have any merit. At a later stage, after hearing the petitions, if High Court finds merit in the petition, it may issue necessary directions. As no other petitions are pending before the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, these PILs filed before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will not be transferred to Mumbai and hearings will be held in Nagpur.

Adv Avinash Kale, who appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar, said that the Supreme Court judgement was a great victory for crores of farmers and people of Vidarbha on one side and a great setback to Government of Maharashtra on the other.

Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General, appeared for the Union of India; Adv Satyajit A Desai and Adv Anagha S Desai for Jan Manch; Senior Counsel Harish Salve and Adv Ravi Adsure represented VIDC. Adv Y Kulkarni, Adv Avinash V Kale, Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared on behalf of Bharti Dabhadkar and others, and Adv Manish Pitale for the intervener Vidarbha Economic Development Council.

‘The Hitavada’ series on irrigation scam

‘The Hitavada’ had run a multi-episode series titled ‘The Hitavada Black Paper on Irrigation’. In its reports, ‘The Hitavada’ had exposed how the unholy nexus of contractors, bureaucrats, and politicians irrespective of their parties had effected a loot of funds meant for irrigation development in rainfed region of Vidarbha, where farmers were committing suicides. The reports quoted extensively from the office notes, official reports, the reports of CWC, CAG, Vadnere Committee, Mendhegiri Committee, and observations made by other probe panels constituted from time to time. Besides, ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted procedural by-pass by this unholy nexus, excessively fast-tracked sanction of revised administrative approvals, upward revision of cost of 38 irrigation projects in Vidarbha by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore within a short span of seven months in the year 2009, grant of mobilisation advance to contractors in violation of norms, issuance of diktat by Water Resources Minister’s personal secretary to the department officers to scrap a directive barring grant of mobilisation advance to contractors, flouting of company laws and VIDC officials ignoring the same etc. ‘The Hitavada’ also followed up the matter and highlighted subsequent political developments, release of so-called ‘White Paper on Irrigation’, appointment of Chitaley Committee to probe into irrigation scam, release of Chitaley Committee’s report indicting the then Water Resources Minister and Water Resources Department officials etc.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Governor, CM pay tributes to former President Dr Sharma

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country... Read More
Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has paid tributes to former President late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Governor said that late Dr Sharma was pride of the country and our guide. Yadav said that Dr. Sharma rose to become country’s President from an ordinary worker during freedom movement. He achieved this by the dint of his talent, dedication and clean image. Dr Sharma always struggled for upliftment of the poor, destitutes and downtrodden. Country and state will always remember his contribution. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that late Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma was a true nationalist and pride of the nation. Through his wisdom and commitment, he brightened name of Madhya Pradesh in the country and world. Chief Minister Chouhan was paying tributes to the former President at a programme at local Retghat Crossing marking his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that Dr Sharma was the son of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. His role in development of the country as a Central Minister and President was important. Former Union Minister Suresh Pachouri, MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Rameshwar Sharma, Municipal Corporation’s Chairman Kailash Mishra and people were present on the occasion.

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Patients to be admitted at AIIMS from September 15

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to p... Read More
The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has decided to admit patients from September 15, and till the date it will complete its recruitment of doctors and almost paramedical staff to properly care the doctors in every ward of the hospital. The interviews of Resident Doctors are and the last date of joining is August 31. However, the paramedical staff is not adequate to tackle the admitted patients in wards but the hospital will deploy them all in service of the patients but in coming one or two months the more paramedical staff will be recruited on contract basis, the contract will be awarded to an agency which will recruit the paramedical staff. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr K C Tamaria, Superintendent, AIIMS, said that the contract for paramedical staff will be awarded in coming months but till the existing paramedical staff will be sufficient to the service of patients. We have decided to admit patients in the hospital most probably from September 15 and till date the AIIMS will have enough medicos and paramedical staff. Tenders for Generic drugs shop: We have already issued tenders to the Generic drugs shop at AIIMS but it will take some time and till the time, we provide generic drugs to the patients as per the Government policy from hospital on some minimum charges, said Dr. KC Tamaria. Double check for generic drugs, its quality control certificates: According to the AIIMS Superintendent, we do not directly give medicines to the patients as supplied by the manufacturing companies as get these drugs checked at our laboratory and if the quality of the drugs is as per our norms then we start its distribution to the patients. Drugs supplied by some companies were rejected earlier.

Dr Tamaria admitted of having substandard quality of generic drugs sometimes, said the need is to get it retested to identify its quality. “it is wrong concept that the generic drugs are not good and only branded drugs are good, the chemical components are the same, it cannot be changed.

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Miscreant attacks cop with sword in Aradhana Nagar

A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is ba... Read More
A cop was attacked with sword when police team had gone to Aradhana Nagar slums to interfere in the fighting of two groups late on Monday night. Victim had sustained injury in stomach and is battling for life in a private hospital. Home Minister Babulal Gaur had announced financial help of Rs 20,000 to victim cop. DIG has announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused. DIG also said that name of cop would be recommended for award. According to information, police received information on set that two groups are clashing in Aradhana Nagar slums. When police reached the spot, miscreants started to flee. Seeing this, constable Rishikesh Tyagi tried to chase the fleeing miscreants and one of them poked sword into his stomach. He was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment. “The health condition of victim cop is stable and I had announced cash reward of Rs 10,000 on the head of main accused Umesh as he had attacked the cop with sword,” said DIG D Sreenivas Verma to “The Hitavada”. Verma claimed that main accused is a habitual offender. Police have launched massive hunt to nab the accused. It is being said that number of accused in the case is five and names of few of them are Dinesh, Golu etc.

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Hearing in Kolar Municipal Council’s merger today

After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decid... Read More
After receiving around 35 objections and suggestions regarding the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other such villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), District Collector has decided to conduct hearing in Collectorate on August 20, at 1.30 pm. On final day, i.e. August 18, around 30 to 35 objections and suggestions were received at the Collectorate. Most of the objections and suggestions, sources said, were against the merger saying the villages which were merged earlier are still underdeveloped and feared the similar fate for the proposed villages. After merger of Kolar Municipality along with 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) it will become the largest municipal corporation in the country said officials in the corporation. But this achievement also raises questions as to how would the corporation supply all the basic amenities and services to everyone when it has already failed on all fronts in ensuring important facilities and services to all those parts which are currently under its purview. This objection has, reportedly, been raised by the MP Association of Technical Professional Institutions. Sunday was the last day to submit any kind of objection or suggestion pertaining to the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into BMC. Many of the BMC officials too are against the move who feel that the basic facilities like that of water, electricity, sewage lines are already missing in villages coming under the corporation. Many have to say that after the expansion of the BMC’s limits, these problems would worsen further as the corporation would have bigger challenges in catering to the basic needs of the increased population in the expanded regions of the corporation.

Officials in district administration said that the final hearing in this regard will take place on August 20 in front of district collector Nishant Warwade. Earlier, gazette notification for the merger of Kolar Municipality and 142 other villages into Bhopal Municipal Corporation was issued on July 18 and objections and suggestions in this regard were invited till August 18.

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Govt staffers openly claiming TDS by producing fake information

NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for ge... Read More
NOWADAYS, officials and employees, generally from public sector organisations and various departments under State and Central governments, are allegedly indulging in rampant malpractices for getting undeserving refund of the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) by putting fake information regarding their non-taxable investments in the prescribed forms. The authorities concerned are perturbed over such practices and insist for the strict abidance of regulations in this context. However, they discussed rules and norms along with all effective measurers and checks that ensure adequate TDS from taxpayers in the public sectors and government departments. According to information, the malpractices of gaining undue TDS refund are prevailing unabated among the officials and employees, and one can easily notice them at any public sector organization or government department. By availing online facilities, the officials and employees are opting for TDS refunds by putting fake information, regarding ones certain investments, in the prescribed forms. Besides, the undercover agents of certain professional units are also indulging in the criminal act of misleading the tax payers bluntly, with the nefarious intension of making a fast buck, while affecting directly on the government’s revenue in the process.

Talking to the newspaper, Rahul Mishra, a senior Chartered Accountant of Raipur informed that he had noticed such malpractices while pointing that highly qualified professionals with ethical values usually avoid such misconduct. He also asserted that there were rules and norms viz random scrutiny and thorough investigation in specific cases to ensure effective check on such malpractices for curtailing loss of revenue to the government and pinpointing the culprits in the process.

When contacted, S M Das, Joint Commissioner informed that the Central Processing Center of Bangluru, the national level unit deals in online transactions for TDS refund across the country. “Whereas TDS is concerned, the Drawing and Disbursement Officer (DDO) and Account Officer (AO) in all government departments or public sectors are deemed responsible”, asserted Das.

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CM, his wife leave for United States

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and fami... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has left for United States of America along with his wife Veena Singh for her medical examination. Chief Minister is also accompanied by some family members and family doctors. Chief Minister left of New York through Air India regular flight on Monday night from New Delhi. Accordingly the weekly Jandarshan programme scheduled to be held on August 21 will remain cancelled in this direction. It is worth mentioning here that the Chief Minister’s wife Veena Singh is undergoing treatment since over a month for some skin ailments at Medanta Hospital in New Delhi. On the advice of specialists from the Hospital, the Chief Minister has taken his wife to USA for necessary medical examinations and consultancy with specialists there. The Chief Minister has proceeded to USA for a week long tour, is expected to return on August 24. The Chief Minister was frequently touring the National capital in the last one month or so due to various political as well as official commitments as also visiting his wife who was under treatment in Medanta. Earlier in the first week of August similar programme was chalked out but due to various pressing engagements the visit was postponed. Since the doctors attending Veena Singh had urged the Chief Minister to take her to USA for some medical examinations and a second opinion, the USA tour was organized.

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ABVP releases manifesto, promises better health & safety for students

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and ... Read More
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday promised health cards for the students of colleges and universities in line with state government smart card apart from ensuring safety and cleanliness on the campuses. These and many other promises were made in the manifesto released by the ABVP during the press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday.

In a joint press conference, ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari, State Organisation Secretary Tekeshwar Jain and Mahanagar Secretary Rajesh Parikar said they will fight the students’ union elections on different issues. “We have separated the issues such as state-level and university-level manifesto of the ABVP contain eight issues each. Similarly, the manifesto carries twelve agenda for colleges,” they said.

Highlighting the issues the state-level manifesto carry which should be resolved on priority, they said overall development of the students, safety of students at hostels, control on the commercialization of education, establishment of sports university, health cards for students, 15 kg rice each for students of ST/ST hostels, distribution of laptop and tablet free of cost etc. are the major problems and the ABVP will resolve all of them if wins the elections.

The university oriented issues are appointment of regular teachers, strict implementation of university calendar, wi-fi network for universities, Vidyarthi Sadan, establishment of e-Library, formation of a placement cell at each university, medical facilities at the universities and yoga education.

The college centric manifesto carries the issues like increase in scholarship, safety of girls students, demand to start evening classes for preparation of competitive exams, increase in number of seats in all the branches, modernization of libraries and laboratories, increase in number of hostels and seats in the existing hostels, adequate play ground, canteen with hygienic environment, proper utilization of public participation fund, medical facility and 50 per cent concession for students travelling in buses to and from the colleges.

Around 3 lakh students to vote in students’ union poll

Around 3 lakh students of 500 colleges and 13 universities of the state will participate in the student’s union elections, slated for August 27 and September 1, after a long gap of eight years. The highest 178 colleges, which would go to the poll, are affiliated to Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), Raipur and they are spread across the ten districts of the state. According to Maheshwari, the ABVP will register capture all the 13 universities while it will win more than 80 per cent colleges.

Unlike ABVP, NSUI has clear policy on girls’ representation

Unlike National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), ABVP lacks transparency in policy as far as representation of girls in the students’ union election is concerned. ABVP State Secretary Rohit Maheshwari said the ABVP will decide on the representation of girls in the elections according to the situation in the particular college or university. On the other hand, NSUI State President Devendra Yadav said they have received a clear instruction from Rahul Gandhi to give 20 per cent representation to girls in the students’ council elections.

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Principal booked for harassing student; parents gherao school

SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school pr... Read More
SENSATIONS prevailed in Khursipar, Bhilai when the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents, aggrieved over the complaints of sexual harassment of students by the school principal, staged ‘Gherao’ of Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar, and also staged massive protest at Khursipar Police Station subsequently on Tuesday noon.

After information police swung into action and Anti-demonstration (AD) squad of police was also summoned at the troubled location and normalcy was restored following intervention of senior police officials.

The police also arrested the accused school principal and he was remanded to jail from the court. Police sources informed that the accused was identified as Lizo Mathew, Principal, Nirmalarain English Medium School, Khursipar (Ward-33), Bhilai.

The police said that around 11:45 pm, the parents of students, accompanied by large number of residents of the area staged ‘Gherao’ of the school alleging school principal of sexual harassments to minor girl students of the school. After information Khursipar and Chhaoni police teams swung into action and rushed to troubled location to avert any eventuality during the demonstration. The police took the accused school principal into custody and arrested him in connection of charges of sexual harassment to the victim, following the preliminary investigation in context of allegations.

Later, a large number of residents from the surrounding area along with agitated parents of the students staged a vehement demonstration at the police station while pressing demands for stern legal action in the matter while alleging apathy of police in the same context. The senior police officials including CSP, Chhaoni Police Zone, Bhilai, Narendra Sharma intervened and assured the agitated residents and parents of the students of stern legal action against the guilty while restoring the normalcy in the process.

The police have registered the offence against the accused under sections 354 (A) of Indian Penal Code and sections 11 (1) and 12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

When contacted, Albert Kujur, Station House Officer, Khursipar Police Station informed that after preliminary investigation, the accused was arrested on charges of sexual harassment of minors. The police also slapprd the sections of prescribed protection act for minors. While conceding to earlier complaints against the accused school principal, SHO Kujur clarified that the complaints were verbal and that the residents and parents were merely pressing the demand for instant removal of the accused.

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At last, State issues much awaited transfer list of 25 SPS cadre officers

Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of... Read More
Much-awaited transfer list of State Police Service (SPS) cadre officers was finally issued here on Tuesday evening. The list issued saw the postings of as many as 25 SPS officers on the rank of Superintendents of Police (SPs) and on the Additional Superintendents of Police (ASPs) in major districts as well as other off-shoots of Chhattisgarh Police.

Most importantly, as it was being speculated and rumoured since past couple of months, 1996-batch SPS officer, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh made his come back to Raipur after a prolong gap, with the fresh reshuffle seeing his posting again as ASP Crime. ASP Singh replaces ASP Shweta Sinha, who was handling the additional charge till now while her actual posting was done as ASP with District Special Branch (DSB).

However, prior to this reshuffle, Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh was posted as ASP Economic Offences Wing (EOW). But now, a 1995-batch SPS officer, Arvind Kujur, has been posted to fill in the gap at EOW.

Other key postings done in the reshuffle reads shifting of 2000-batch SPS officer, ASP City (Raipur) Pankaj Chandra as ASP CM Security. Apropos, a 1998-batch SPS officer, ASP Kawardha Rajesh Kumar Agrawal has been posted as ASP Durg (City). Agrawal replaces ASP Prashant Kumar Singh, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been transferred ASP Kawardha, home district of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Another key shuffle was shifting of AIG Police Head Quarters (PHQ) Prashant Katlam again to Bilaspur as ASP City. Katlam replaces 2000-batch SPS officer Vijay Pandey, who has been moved as ASP of Maoist-inflicted Bastar.

Katlam has been replaced by 1994-batch SPS officer, Milna Kurre, who was SP Police Training School (PTS) before being posted as AIG (Police Head Quarters), whereas ASP Vijay Pandey will take over Sarjuram Salam, a 1996-batch SPS officer, who has been moved as ASP Police Training School (PTS) in Mainpat, Surguja.

Apropos, a 2005-batch SPS officer, Neeraj Chandra, so far posted as ASP Sukma got a major boost in the reshuffle as he much against the hype of being shifted to Kawardha, was posted as ASP Raipur (City). A 2001-batch SPS officer Harish Rathore, who so far was posted as ASP Baloda Bazaar, has been transferred to take over as new ASP Sukma.

Similarly, a 1997-batch SPS officer, ASP Mahasamund Rajesh Kukreja has been transferred as ASP Manpur/Mohla in Maoist-infested Rajnandgaon district. Kukreja replaces his batch-mate Vivek Shukla, who has been moved as ASP Durg (Rural), another key posting, whereas ASP Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Manoj Kheladi will take over as new ASP Mahasamund.

The other vital posting of the reshuffle also reads posting of ASP State Police Training Academy (SPTA) in Chandrakhuri, Balram Hirwani as ASP Traffic, Raipur. Hirwani has been replaced by 1997-batch SPS officer Hemant Kumar, who was so far Deputy Commandant, 14th Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF), Dalli Rajhara.

The reshuffle also reads fresh posting order of other SPS officers including Chaindas Tandon (ASP Raipur to ASP Raipur/Rural); Surjan Ram Bhagat (ASP Dantewada to ASP Mungeli); DD Andhare (Dy Comdt, 8th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba); Bhupendra Kumar Shukla (ASP Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 3rd BN, CAF, Amleshwar, Durg); Karolus Lakra (Dy Comdt, 5th BN, CAF, Rajnandgaon to Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur); Jyoti Singh (Dy Comdt, 2nd BN, CAF, Sakri, Bilaspur to ASP Bemetara); Ashok Singh (Dy Comdt, 13th BN, CAF, Bango, Korba to Dy Comdt, 14th BN, CAF, Dalli Rajhara) and Ramkrishna Sahu (ASP Mungeli to ASP Dantewada).

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Antagarh by-election may prove litmus test for CPCC President

Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the ... Read More
Hectic parleys have begun among the main political parties after the Election Commission of India announced by-election schedule for the Antagarh Assembly Segment (79) on August 16. As per the announcement, the notification for the bye-election will be issued on August 20 and with the issuance of notification, the process of filing nominations will begin.

The last date of filing nomination will be August 27 and scrutiny of nominations will be held on August 28. The last date for withdrawing nominations is August 30. If required, the polling for the bye-election will be held on September 13 followed by counting and announcement of results on September 16. The Assembly segment had fallen vacant after former MLA Vikram Usendi got elected from Kanker as Member of Parliament and subsequently resigned as Legislator from Antagarh Assembly segment on May 29.

With nomination filing process all set to commence from Wednesday, leaders of both the main parties Bharatiya Janata Party as well as Indian National Congress have initiated hectic parleys for deciding upon strategy to contest the bye-polls as well as finalization of winning candidate for the Segment. While the Bharatiya Janata Party has already completed its three-tier survey and with newly nominated State President Dharamlal Kaushik chairing a meeting on Tuesday at Bhanupratappur for soliciting opinion from local leaders so that the party can zero-in on a suitable winning candidate. In charge Minister of Kanker district and Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey has been made convener for the Antagarh Assembly segment.

On the other hand, the Indian National Congress has initiated preparation of strategy by taking into considerations local priorities and other ground situations.

Under Kanker Parliamentary constituency, only Antagarh Assembly segment was won by BJP candidate Vikram Usendi, while in the remaining six segments including Sanjari Balod, Dondilohara, Gunderdehi, Bhanupratappur, Kanker and Keshkal segments, Congress candidates had won during 2013 Assembly elections. Hence the Congress will be trying to make a clean sweep in Kanker Lok Sabha constituency by winning all the Assembly segments.

Thus this by-election has become a prestige issue for CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel while on the other hand the BJP which is in power in the state as well as in Centre will try to retain its traditional hold over the Antagarh Assembly segment. However, if the present political situation within Congress is evaluated, the Congress will face considerable difficulty in wresting this seat from BJP as during recently held Lok Sabha elections the BJP candidate who was former MLA from Antagarh had won with a considerable margin. Also MP Vikram Usendi has considerable clout among the voters in Antagarh Assembly segment, which was his traditional Assembly segment.

The Congress on the other hand will be facing difficulty as because the recent announcement of Work Committee by CPCC has failed to give representation to any leader from the faction of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, which has annoyed him. In Kanker Lok Sabha area, the former Chief Minister does have a considerable clout and it remains to be seen as to how his neglect will pay off. Meanwhile CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel had convened meeting of local party leaders on Tuesday to understand the ground situation for selection of suitable candidate after considering the caste as well as local equations.

After withdrawal of nomination, only ten days will remain technically, for canvassing and the Congress may put its bet on the best man likely. However, in this direction after discussion with local leaders panel will be constituted and forwarded to Delhi for final decision. Congress will try to cash on the resentment among the people arriving out of cancellation of ration cards.

In the Antagarh Assembly segment, there are two blocks, viz, Koylibeda and Antagarh. The voting trends in Koylibeda block are considered to be crucial and decision making as the voting percentage in this block has always been highest.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party after discussion with the local leaders and party workers and based on its survey will constitute a panel of three names, so that the opinion of party workers can be gauged and then the names will be sent to the party high command for finalization. If not earlier, the BJP may announce the name on or after August 24, the expected date of Chief Minister’s arrival from USA.

Cong yet to fix its candidate

Congress is yet to decide upon candidature, whether an experienced campaigner will be given chance or a new face will be introduced remains to be seen.

Congress has an option in former MLA Manturam Pawar, who has contested at least six elections from the seat. Also Pawar is known to fearlessly campaign in Naxal prone areas.

Apart from this, Pawar also has a considerable clout among the voters. But his previous two defeats in the elections, the Congress may not be willing to take a chance and may consider his wife Savita Pawar as an alternate candidate. Also in the fray for candidature are Kanti Nag, Mahila Congress President from Antagarh block as well as Vishram Gawde Congress Vice President Antagarh block.

Pandey, Kaushik deciding BJP’s next move

On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party is making a strategic move under the guidance of Prem Prakash Pandey Revenue Minister and in charge of Antagarh Assembly segment election as well as newly appointed State President Dharamlal Kaushik.

The name of local BJP leader Bhojraj Nag along with Raghunath Kumeti, former BJP Antagarh Mandal President and former Zila Tendu Patta Sahakari Society President are being considered as front-runners for the BJP ticket. However, also in fray for candidature are Jitendra Markam BJP Antagarh Mandal President and Manorama Mandavi Antagarh Janpad Panchayat President.

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NUMM YC’s ultimatum to Govt Engineering College on appointment of profs, principal

In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik U... Read More
In a bid to enhance academic and administrative functioning in the Government Engineering College of Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa with appointment Permanent Principal, the members of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), Youth Cell, have written a letter to Director Technical Education, Directorate of Technical Education, Madhya Pradesh, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Technical Education, Vice Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi Technology University, Bhopal, Director, All India Council for Technology, New Delhi.

In the Government Engineering College around 57 posts of professors are lying vacant in different Engineering College. The compulsion for the appointment of permanent professor is at least five years experience for professor’s post.

President of Youth Cell Manish Sharma informed that at Jabalpur Engineering College the students are facing various problems due to frequent changes of principal. In last one and half years, Dr Jhinge was appointed as Principal and after six months he was replaced by Virendra Kumar and against after two months Dr Jhinge has got charge of Principal and now again the efforts are being made to give charge of Principal to Virendra Kumar.

Due to continuous uncertainty over administrative command in the College of Engineering Jabalpur, various administrative and academic works are getting affected and could be not conducted in streamlined. On August 12, the Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal, had issued direction to Virendra Kumar to take charge of Principal and to maintain status quo.

Prior to that he was removed and the Directorate gave Dr Jhinge charge. The ongoing tug of war for the post of Principal of the Government Engineering College raised question on the intentions of higher management.

Manish Sharma says due to frequent change of Principal academic works are getting affected largely in the college. He said the NUMM would file public interest litigation within one month if the vacant posts of the professors and appointment of permanent principal is not done by the department with in one month.

Eminent amongst those who were present in meeting of NUMM Youth Wing included Manish Sharma, Rakesh Chakraboarty, Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Ramkurmi, Shweta Jharia, Gautam Jhodkar, Arjun Singh Parihar, Ashalata Lodia, Hamuna Prashad, Praveen Sahu and others.

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HC seeks reply from Collector, others on 4G mobile tower in residential area

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued notices to Jabalpur Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Technology, New Delhi, Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, Manager, Reliance Communication Limited, Hoshangabad and Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur and asked them to file their reply before the court within four weeks in the case related to installation of 4G mobile towers in residential area in a PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya.

The division bench has issued notices in PIL filed by Mukti Pandaya from Sangam Colony (Anand Colony) Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh, Jabalpur District, in the matter of respondent Chairman, Reliance Communication, Mumbai, has installed Reliance 4G mobile tower on land belonging to the resident Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur, whose house is situated at Sangam Colony, Cherital Ward, Baldeobagh Jabalpur.

The petitioner seeks direction of this court in the matter of installation of mobile tower near house of respondent Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. The place where mobile tower has been installed is residential.

It is to be mentioned here that, Madhya Pradesh Human Resource Cell (MPHRC) has issued directives on mobile towers, which provides that taking action on a complying regarding establishment of towers in residential area, MPHRC recommended that tower should be established on a land area with no residential colony radius near the tower.

It is submitted that radiation emitted from the tower installed in the locality cause several types of diseases due to which residents of the vicinity of the area of the tower suffer. Residents of the area especially small children and elderly ones suffer from various types of diseases. Hence, this petition with prayer that respondents be commanded by a writ of mandamus to not install cell phone over the proposed area that is house of the respondents Ramashankar Tiwari, Sangam Colony, Jabalpur. Advocate Ajay Shukla appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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WCR employee booked for abandoning wife

SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and emplo... Read More
SIHORA police have registered a case against a man for exploitation and abandoning his wife in Katni district. The accused has been identified as Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village and employee in West Central Railway (WCR).

According to Sihora police, Meenu Rajput (24), a resident of Barra Mohalla, filed a complaint that she was married to Rajkumar Kachi, resident of Padvar village, against her wish on June 11, 2013. On July 31, 2013, she reached Jabapur to appear in BEd examination and met her old friend Sanjit, a resident of Khitola village in Sihora. Sanjit objected her for marriage with a wrong man and proposed her for marriage with him. She agreed with her proposal and married him in a temple and in marriage court.

Thereafter, they lived at a rented house in Katni and her father filed a missing report at police station and he appeared before the police and informed about her marriage with Sanjit on August 30, 2013. In October 2013, she informed about her pregnancy but Sanjit objected for getting child at that time.

Even after her objection, Sanjit gave her medicine and aborted the child. In April 2014, she again got pregnant but Sanjit again objected for having a child. She again objected him and affirmed for her motherhood. Annoyed after being denied for abortion, Sanjit started threatening her and abandoned her in the rented house.

He left her in house and started living in Katni. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 498 (A) of the IPC and started a search for accused Sanjit.

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Another jolt to Congress as Chandrabhan Singh joins BJP

In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and r... Read More
In yet another jolt to Congress, its leader and former Member of Parliament (MP) Chandrabhan Singh joined BJP on Tuesday. Chandrabhan Singh said that he was feeling suffocated in Congress and return to BJP is like home return to him and claimed that Congress has lost its base in State and its condition is going to become akin to Bihar.

The anticipation regarding Chandrabhan Singh going to BJP were on rife from some time and speculations proved right on Tuesday when Chandrabhan Singh himself announced that he had joined BJP.

Notably, Singh was earlier MP from BJP but latter had sacked him when he had gone against the party line during the voting on nuclear deal issue in UPA regime.

Later, he joined Congress and contested elections thrice, one of MP and two of Assembly but lost all of them.

“It is true that Chandrabhan Singh had joined BJP. He is a person with business mind and left Congress when it is passing through tough phase. Party had given him enough respect then also he left the party. In 2008, he was given the chance to contest MP election from Damoh, but got defeated.

Later, he was given Assembly ticket from Damoh but he again got defeated by thin margin at the hands of Jayant Mallaiya. In 2013 Assembly elections, he was again given assembly ticket but again he lost the election,” said Damoh District President of Congress, Harishankar Chaudhary talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

When contacted, State Congress organisation in charge, Rameshwar Nikra said that party had given enough to Chandrabhan Singh. Once he was given MP ticket and twice he was given assembly ticket. He was also given post in the organisation. Then also he joined BJP and it is clear that he joined ruling party to save his business interests. When asked that whether Singh had given formal resignation, he said that party had not received resignation so far but as he had joined BJP hence he automatically got sacked from Congress.

‘The Hitavada’ tried to contact Chandrabhan Singh but his mobile phone was coming out of range. In the meantime, Singh’s decision to join BJP has left Congress shell shocked which is trying hard to find its lost footprint in the state. It is assumed that this development is going to leave impact on the local body elections of Damoh area. Interestingly, a few months back, it was sitting MLA Sanjay Pathak, who left Congress to join BJP. Before Assembly elections, it was Congress deputy leader who joined BJP. During the recently held Lok Sabha elections, Congress declared candidate from Bhind, Dr Bhagirath Prasad had joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

Cong workers write slogans on gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh

Angry over his defection to BJP, Congress workers painted black paint at the gate of residence of Chandrabhan Singh in Damoh. The Congress workers also wrote slogans on the gate of house of Chandrabhan Singh and accused him of being opportunist. They have also written some objectionable slogans.

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Congress’ VYAPAM aggression turns out to be a flashmob act

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the C... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (popularly known as VYAPAM) scam protest of Opposition borne out to be a flashmob act as party outfit failed to sustain the pulse subsequent to the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) offensive during the Budget session of Assembly while further handing over baton to the party organisation.

VYAPAM scam, which the Congress leaders claimed to be the largest competitive exam rigging in the country, hit the national headlines during the state assembly budget session but momentum petered out once the CLP handed over the baton to the organisation.

“It was organisation’s responsibility to drive further the momentum set by CLP during the assembly session. Now, a real issue has been fading out”, said a former party office-bearer adding that it seems the state party leadership is suffering hallucination despite five consecutive humiliating defeats in Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

A somnolent State Congress, after deserted years, had got a shot in arms to bring back the confidence in its ranks and file. VYAPAM scam, though came into public arena about two years back, drew the headlines of national media when the Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare held two press conferences in New Delhi. Later, the issue continued to grab the local headlines during the assembly session. But, party leaders broadly look unwilling to take the issue forward barring a few jibing on TV channels.

The reluctance to take up the issue was evident when Rajkumar Gore, Congress candidate for Agar, held a seven-day hunger protest against VYAPAM scam and none of the senior leaders turned up despite his repeated requests. Finally, State Youth Congress President Kunal Chaudhary facilitated to end Gore’s fast by offering him water.

Agar is going to poll on August 21 following the resignation of BJP’s Manohar Untwal, who was elected to Lok Sabha. Similarly, Youth Congress agitation against VYAPAM made the headlines for Katare’s injury inflicted after hit by police water cannon rather than issue itself. This state-level agitation proved a poor show due to scanty gathering. Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Chief Spokesman K K Mishra, however, claimed that Gore was fielded from Agar only because of his VYAPAM agitation. He said Gore was not recommended by any established leader. “This is a Sanjivani (elixir of life) for Congress. The party continued to hold agitations at district and tehsil level and took the issue to the people even after assembly session,” Mishra claimed. PCC Spokesman also said that VYAPAM scam issue also took center stage during the campaigning in by-polls at Bahoriband and Vijayraghavgarh. He said that the VYAPAM agitation in state would further speed up the agitation after by-polls as the Congress leaders were engaged in the campaigning.

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HC stay on public meetings at roadside

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Aradhe on Tuesday issued an order in the matter related to public meetings at road side that till further considerations the respondents are directed to strictly comply with the directions issued by this court on May 6, 2014, and in case of any breach, this court may consider the question of initiating contempt proceedings.

The division bench has issued said order in the public interest litigation filed by Satish Kumar Verma against the District Magistrate, Collector, Jabalpur and others.

In compliance of the order passed, the respondents have filed a compliance report on June 22, indicating the particulars of six places under marking (A) where the public meeting can be held. Item number 5 of the proposed list is Pandit Ravishankar Shukla Stadium and item number 6 is Veterinary College Ground.

The petitioner objects to the marking these grounds for holding public meeting by contending that these are places meant for sports and in the light of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of J Jaylalitha versus Government of Tamil Nadu and others (1999) 1 SCC 53 permission cannot be granted in a stadium or sports grounds for the purpose of non-sporting activities it is stated that notifications and proposal should be amended to bring the same in accordance to the requirement of law as laid by the Supreme Court. To this objection and proposal, Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, prayed for time to seek instructions. The division bench has listed to the mater after one week.

Swapnil Ganguly, Government Advocate, appeared for the State, while Manish Verma for the intervener Dr P G Najpandey.

On May 6, the division bench had directed Jabalpur Collector to remain personally present before the court, if before the next date of hearing, final scheme is prepared and presented before the court in the matter related to opposed public meetings at road side. Counsel for the State on instructions of the Collector submitted that the Jabalpur administration will not act upon the scheme, which was presented to the court, since it contains locations where the dharnas cannot be permitted.

In view of the observations of the Apex Court in the case of K K Road Merchants, EARWA, Tamil Nadu Versus District Collector, Tamil Nadu and another, in Civil Appeal, dated on January 7, 2002, the administration is preparing a new scheme and till such time shall not permit dharnas which may entail in blocking the main streets or roads in Jabalpur district.

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Karnataka youth involved in cyber crime case arrested

SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different ac... Read More
SOLVING a case of cyber crime, a high-tech forgery, Jabalpur police succeeded in nabbing the youth involved in hacking website of IRCTC as well as illegal transaction of money from different accounts of its customers who failed to book their tickets online.

After a long and thorough investigation of around a month, since the complaint of Somnath, son of M C Bhatia, resident of Nayagaon, Gorakhpur, was registered on July 23, a team of Jabalpur police investigated through all possible angles and nabbed the main accused identified as Mohd Saif alias Shaifulla Sharif (21), informed Superintendent of Police Harinaryanachari Mishra while addressing a press conference at Police Control Room on Tuesday.

According to information, complainant Somnath Bhatia on July 22 was booking a railway ticket through IRCTC website. His account was mentioned deactivated by the website. On this, he registered a online complaint on the website. After sometime he got a call from 9611738533 and caller claimed himself to be an IRCTC officer and sought his account information for account activation.

Taking all the information of accounts the caller withdrew Rs 25,633.42 paisa during 40 minutes call. Bhatia got an SMS alert about money transaction from his account from the bank. On this he spoke to the Bank Manager and asked him to freeze (lock) his account. And he registered a complaint with Gorakhpur police. On his complaint police registered a case under 474/14, 420, 66 (1), (2) of IT Act and started investigation.

SP Mishra took the case of hacking of Railway’s website with due seriousness and constituted an investigation team. He himself monitored progress in investigation and remained in contact with higher officials of Karnataka. As a result mastermind of cyber crime in this case Mohd Shaif alias Shaifulla Sharif was identified and arrested by the investigation team.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Makrand Deoskar informed that as per direction of the SP, a team was constituted under the direction of Additional SP Amrendra Singh, Ad SP Crime Ashish Khare and CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari comprising Incharge SHO, Sub-Inspector A Pawar, ASI, R C Shukla, ASI Jagganath Singh, Cyber Cell Head Constable, Saji Mathai, Constable Rajesh Sharma, Gorakhpur Police Station, Constable Pramod Mishra, Belkheda Police Station’s Constable Sunil Pardhi have been given task to investigate the case and apprehend the kingpin of the crime. After 14 days investigation in Hubli Gadak, Bangalore, Karnataka, the accused of hacking Railway’s website Mohd Shaif (21), resident of Hasan Hall, Kesavpur, Hubli, Karnataka was apprehended and a mobile SIM card distributor Shankar, son of Veerupakshasappa Mensankai (25), resident Kesavpura Hubli, was apprehended on August 6 from Bangalore and after obtaining transit warrant the duo accused were brought to Jabalpur and sent to police remand.

During investigation, accused SIM dealer Shankar informed that Mohd Saif claimed himself as a software engineer and took 170 SIM cards of Vodafone and 30 SIM of Airtel and had taken two mobile sets. During investigation police recovered a receipt of mobile phone with IMEI number used in the crime from Shankar.

CSP Rajesh Tiwari informed that main accused Mohd Saif in his confession informed that he took information from website of complaint board and used fake ID SIMs and called customers and took their banking details and security information. Assuring about activation of customers’ account he used to transfer money from their account by hacking their accounts and transfer this money to Vodafone’s M-pesa service. He transferred Rs 5500 each on six Vodafone SIM, while transferred Rs 95000 from a credit card of Standard Chartered Bank hacked account. He got M-pesa money by paying Rs 27,000 to an agent as commission. In this, Rs 19,500 has been recovered, while for Rs 95,000 recovery correspondence is continued with bank authorities.

Police have recovered 17 SIM, four mobile phones, a laptop and cash. Accused is well versed in Hindi, English and Kanada languages and can speak fluently. He had committed such crime in different parts of the country. Jabalpur police have released information about the accused at national-level. While breaking this high-tech case, Superintendent of Police Mishra declared cash prize for all the members of investigation team.

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Baby skeleton found in abdomen of 60-year-old woman

A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be remove... Read More
A 60-year-old woman who conceived in 1978, never delivered the baby which was dead. The doctors at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital had told her that it needed to be removed. She went absconding and the foetus remained in her body. Now, she suddenly suffered some pain and brought to NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences where, during diagnostic tests, the baby skeleton was detected in abdomen, and it was removed by a team of doctors.

A 60-year-old lady from MP, came to surgical Out Patient Department (OPD) of Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Hingna with a mass in her abdomen since last 2 months. After investigations it was found that she was having a mass containing a matured foetal bones encapsulated in a calcified sac.After obtaining detailed history her brother told that in 1978 she was full term pregnant and had some complications for which she was referred to Mayo or IGGMCH where doctors told that foetus might have died and she has to undergo an operation. But due to some reasons they took her back to their village and started some rural treatments. Gradually she got relief and she was fine after few months. Now since last few months she had pain and urinary problems with fever, she approached Lata Mangeshkar Hospital.

After examining her, Dr B S Gedam mentioned that it was an extrauterine pregnancy that's why she never delivered. Gradually the fluid might have been absorbed and the soft tissues liquefied and what remained only was a bag of bones with some fluid. Dr Md Yunus stated that the mass was densely adherent to the intestines and the urinary bladder.The operation lasted for almost 4 hours but with patience doctors could remove it completely.

Dr Ranjana Deshmukh and her team managed the anaesthesia successfully. Patient recovered well. Dr M Akhtar, HoD surgery and Dr S Dasgupta Dean, NKPSIMS, congratulated the team. Such type of case is not reported in the medical literature, said Dr Yunus.The team has Dr Md Yunus, Dr B S Gedam, Dr Shahaji Deshmukh, Dr Ajit Gujela, Dr Irfan Ansari, Dr Saurabh Kate.

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Three persons commit suicide in separate cases

THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was fo... Read More
THREE persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. In the first incident, Ramu Ratan Hirekhan (30), a resident of Plot No. 122, Bhandewadi, Durga Nagar, Pardi, was found hanging from the ceiling hook with a rope in his house. However, the reason behind Hirekhan taking the extreme step could not be ascertained so far. Kalamna Police started investigations.

In the second incident, Ajay Gulabrao Raut (42), a resident of Somwari Quarter, ended his life by jumping into a well situated in Shahu Garden. On the basis of the information given by Sanjay Raut (44), elder brother of the deceased, Sakkardara Police registered an accidental death case and started investigation.

In another incident, Chhotu alias Roshan Dilip Shinde (24), a resident of Plot No. 62, Ladikar Layout, set himself afire over a domestic issue. With serious burns, Shinde was admitted to Government Medical College & Hospital where he breathed his last. Hudkeshwar Police are investigating the case.

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Akola court grants MCR to Wasankar

A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecutio... Read More
A Special Court at Akola rejected the request of the prosecution for further police custody of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and sent them to magisterial custody.

The prosecution, while requesting for extension of police custody remand, argued that the investigating machinery required further custody of Prashant Wasankar, Abhijit Chaudhary and Vinay Wasankar to ascertain and interrogate various facts. It was pointed out that Prashant Wasankar had duped investors at Akola. The prosecution contended that they required custodial interrogation of the accused persons to ascertain what the accused had done with the amount accumulated and wanted to search the documents and house and office premises of the accused persons.

The prosecution claimed that if further police custody was granted, they would be in a position to unearth the ‘hidden’ amount. The prosecution also imposed sections under the provisions of Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act (MPIDA) against the accused, though initially offences were registered only under Indian Penal Code.

Countering the request of prosecution for police custody, Adv Prakash Naidu appearing for Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary argued that the entire data of alleged transactions, bank accounts, cheque books and all relevant documents and articles alleged to have been functional in the alleged offence, had already been seized by the investigating agency at Nagpur by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officers and that Wasankar had noting to disclose and was not in custody of any document. It was also argued that slapping of provisions of MPIDA was not warranted and not sustaniable. Adv Naidu pointed out to the court that the police had sought PCR and the court had granted it for four days since the police had contended that they intended to go to Nagpur for necessary investigations. However, after obtaining custody of the accused, the investigating officer neither interrogated the accused not proceeded to Nagpur, or brought the accused to Nagpur for investigations and interrogations.

Adv Naidu argued that if at all the police intended to obtain any information, they could very well co-ordinate with EOW Nagpur and obtain all documents which they wanted from tham as everything was seized by them. It was also argued that no purpose would be served in granting PCR as the prosecution was not seeking PCR in ‘soul and spirit of the facts’.

Smt Tambi, Special Court, District and Sessions Judge, Akola, after appreciating the arguments and perusing the case diary, rejected the application of prosecution for PCR of Prashant Wasankar and Abhijit Chaudhary and ordered them to be taken to magisterial custody remand (MCR).

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Fleet of Ethanol-run buses awaiting ARAI clearance

The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Res... Read More
The fleet of Ethanol-based buses of Swedish firm will take a month’s time to hit the city roads. Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has sought clearance from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Pune for plying these buses on Indian roads. Presently, ARAI is doing research on these buses and after its satisfaction, the association will give clearances.

Sources confirmed that a proposal of MoRTH is pending with ARAI for two weeks. The research team of ARAI will go through the proposal and give clearance. The programme of handing over these buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), scheduled on August 22, is likely to be postponed as ARAI permission is awaited.

Scania Group has sponsored five Ethanol-based buses for city bus fleet to NMC. The Swedish company selected Nagpur for these buses at the initiative Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. However, the local body will have to seek permission from MoRTH to ply these buses on city roads because as per the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), the permissible fuel for any vehicle include Petrol, Diesel, LPG, CNG and Battery. There is no provision of Ethanol fuel for use in vehicles. To incorporate this fuel in the list, MoRTH has to amend MVA. The Ministry can issue ordinance but it will require clearance from ARAI to ply these buses on city roads.

Sources claimed that after receiving ‘No Objection Certificate’ from ARAI, Maharashtra Government will give approval to ply city buses on the roads. For this approval, it will require ordinance from MoRTH. NMC will have to obtain permit from Regional Transport Office (RTO) to ply these buses.

Scania Group has assured NMC to operate buses for three months on trial basis. After clearance from the government, the company will sign an agreement with Nagpur Mahanagar Parivahan Limited (NMPL) and run the buses free-of-cost. Meanwhile, the company submitted a draft copy of agreement to local body, which will be examined by legal advisor. About ARAI

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has been playing a crucial role in assuring safe, less polluting, and more efficient vehicles. ARAI provides technical expertise in research and development, testing, certification, homologation, and framing of vehicle regulations.

ARAI is a co-operative industrial research association established by the automotive industry with the Ministry of Industries, Government of India. It works in harmony and complete confidence with its members, customers and Government of India to offer the finest services, which earned for itself ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and NABL accreditations.

ARAI is well-equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities and highly qualified manpower.

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Assembly polls announcement likely on 28th

The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12. ... Read More
The announcement regarding conduct of Legislative Assembly polls in the State is likely to be made on August 28, and the polling is expected to be conducted in two phases -- on October 9 and 12.

Highly placed sources in Mumbai said on Monday that Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to make announcement of the election schedule for Legislative Assembly on August 28. After the two-phase polling in October, counting of votes and declaration of results may be scheduled after Diwali.

According to sources, the election in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions is likely to be held in the first phase, on October 9. Polling may be conducted in rest of Maharashtra in second phase, on October 12.

Already, the political parties have started preparations for the ensuing Assembly elections. All major parties have started process for selection of candidates from various constituencies.

The morale of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti is pretty high with the alliance’s splendid performance in recently held Lok Sabha elections.

BJP and Shiv Sena won all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha region while the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could not retain a single seat. The workers of BJP and Shiv Sena both are mounting pressure on respective leaderships to contest independently while Congress and NCP also are gearing up for the election, with a hope to come to power for fourth consecutive term.

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RTMNU, Gondwana University sans full-time V-Cs for months

Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the go... Read More
Democratic Front (DF) Government, which has been claiming its commitment towards the all-round development of Vidarbha region, appears to be doing mere lip-service. Else, how can one explain the government not taking any visible initiative towards ensuring that both the non-agricultural universities of Nagpur Division -- Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and Gondwana University have full-time Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs)?

Both these universities are functioning without full-time academicians appointed as Vice-Chancellors through procedure laid down under the Maharashtra Universities Act. After the then Vice-Chancellor of Dr V S Sapkal tendered his resignation, Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor K Sankarnarayanan handed over the charge of the post of Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU to Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar. Since then, that is, March 30 earlier this year, the government has not initiated any process for appointment of RTMNU Vice-Chancellor.

When ‘The Hitavada’ contacted Anoop Kumar, he said, “For me, good thing is that the regular functioning of the university has not got affected. It is functioning smoothly and I am devoting my time towards working in the best interest of the university.” As far as the appointment of full-time Vice-Chancellor is concerned, he said, it was all up to Chancellor.

Governor’s Secretary V C Rastogi, when contacted, said that once the process was started all would come to know about it.

Gondwana University, which was established vide a notification dated September 27, 2011, also is functioning without full-time Vice-Chancellor after retirement of its first Vice-Chancellor Dr Vijay Ainchwar four months ago. Maharashtra Government conceived and formed Gondwana University with a ‘foresighted view’ to cater to the aspirations of economically and socio-culturally backward districts of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur. However, it has become a victim of the same Government’s apathy.

As per the procedure, State Government should have constituted the Academic and Management Councils of Gondwana University soon after it came into being. The constitution of these two councils is very important as they nominate a member to three-member Search Committee formed by the Governor. The committee, which is chaired by a member appointed by Chancellor, selects Vice-Chancellor. However, as the councils have not been constituted by State Government, rest of the procedure is in limbo. Since retirement of Dr Ainchwar, Gadchiroli Collector Ranjit Kumar is officiating as Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University.

Asked about this, Dr Ainchwar said, “When I was Vice-Chancellor, we had suggested to the government to appoint Academic and Management Councils both. In fact, we had sent lists of qualified persons for these councils. We followed up the matter with the government, and sent reminders at least 25 times.” One possible solution could be conducting elections to these councils. Dr Ainchwar said that he had started the election process also but with Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha coming into force, the process could not go ahead. Later on, he retired from the post and since then nothing has happened.

It is very surprising that when the government acts swiftly in case of appointment of Vice-Chancellor in any of the universities in Western part of Maharashtra, why has it failed in initiating any steps for appointment of heads of two prominent universities in Vidarbha?

Nagpur Divisional Board, too, a victim of Government apathy

Apart from non-agricultural universities in Nagpur Division, the Nagpur Divisional Board of Education is a victim of the shocking apathy of State Government.

Nagpur Divisional Board is functioning without its full-time Chairman since one year. On August 15, 2013, the then Chairman C S Borkar was elevated to the position of Director, Balbharati. The charge of the Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board was handled either by Board Secretary Anil Pardhi or Chairman of Amravati Board S M Ganorkar.

Shivaji Pandhare, who is Deputy Commissioner of Pune-based Examination Council, was transferred to Nagpur as Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board. However, sources said, Pandhare was not interested in joining at Nagpur Board for several reasons including his ill-health. Some officers also said that a few MLCs of Nagpur region often created troubles for Board Chairman and hence officers were discouraged to join here.

Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that the post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is unoccupied at present. If MLCs, who are political functionaries, are creating troubles, the Government could have talked to respective political parties to ensure smooth functioning of the important office. Besides, if the Government had transferred an officer to a particular position and region, it had the responsibility to ensure that the said officer joined there.

Since transfer of Anil Pardhi as Deputy Director (Education), Nagpur, the post of Secretary of Nagpur Divisional Board also is lying vacant. He is holding additional charge of the office of Secretary of the Board.

The post of Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board is equivalent to Joint Director, and that of Secretary to Deputy Director.

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Ambitious Metro Rail project to get Union Cabinet nod today

The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the ... Read More
The Union Cabinet is likely to give its nod to ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur on Tuesday in its meeting to be held at New Delhi. Public Investment Board (PIB) has cleared the file of the project. Soon after the Cabinet nod, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the project in a grand public function scheduled at Kasturchand Park ground in Nagpur on August 21.

After nod from Union Cabinet, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) will start constitution of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project and its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. Central Government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA, which would be headed by Chief Secretary and have Secretaries of all the departments concerned to clear way for operating Metro Rail. State Government has assured Centre to form SPV and UMTA after final nod from Union Cabinet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of Metro Rail project on August 21 at 5 pm at Kasturchand Park ground. Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also will share the dais with Prime Minister.

Earlier in the day, Modi will also dedicate to the nation 500x2 MW thermal power generation units of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Mouda. The total cost of the project is around Rs 10,526 crore as per the present market cost. The cost of Metro Rail project has increased by almost Rs 2,500 crore during the intervening period. Delhi Metro Rail Corproation (DMRC) has proposed Mumbai-like elevated Metro Rail for Nagpur. NIT, the nodal agency for Metro Rail project, has started preparations for organising the massive programme of Prime Minister.

Already, Maharashtra Government has given in-principle nod to Metro Rail project for the Orange City. DMRC has submitted a detailed project report suggesting construction of two corridors of Metro Rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West corridors. The project would get funds from the Central and State Governments under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for the city. As per the report, around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use Metro Rail.

The public function of the launch of Metro Rail project in Nagpur, will also be the virtual launch of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Mahayuti’s campaign for ensuing Legislative Assembly polls, as far as Vidarbha region is concerned. Vidarbha has 62 Assembly seats, and BJP-Sena led Mahayuti has set eyes on them.

BJP sources informed that BJP is trying to take advantage of Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Nagpur after taking over as Prime Minister, to expand its mass base in the region. In recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Mahayuti bagged all 10 seats in the region and party is trying to repeat its performance in Assembly elections too. Already, Modi has addressed two functions in Maharashtra recently -- one in Mumbai and another in Solapur with an eye on Assembly seats in these constituencies.

Official programme of Prime Minister

AS per the official programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on August 21, which was confirmed on Monday, the Prime Minister will arrive at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 3 pm.

At 3.10 pm, he will leave for Mouda to grace the programme of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). He will reach Mouda at 3.45 pm. After dedicating to the nation 500x2 MW units of the power plant, and addressing a public meeting, he will leave for Nagpur at 5 pm.

Modi will reach Nagpur at 5.30 pm, and proceed by road straight to Kasturchand Park ground at 5.45 pm where he will launch Metro