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Chief Secy reviews Rail Corridor project

Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand chaired a high-level meeting and with the help of video-conferencing reviewed the progress of East as well as East-West Rail Corridor project with Bilaspur Commissione... Read More
Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand chaired a high-level meeting and with the help of video-conferencing reviewed the progress of East as well as East-West Rail Corridor project with Bilaspur Commissioner and Collectors of Bilaspur, Raigarh, Korba and Divisional Forest Officers. The meeting was also attended by railway officials. During the review meeting an expectation generated that the projects might be completed within next two years. The meeting was also attended by Mining Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh and Coal India officials. The meeting deliberated on the private land acquisition process, diversion of government land and forest lands. During the meeting it was stated that land acquisition award has been passed for 10 to 74 KM from Kharsiya to Dharamjaigarh under East Rail Corridor. The Chief Secretary directed the joint venture undertaking to take possession of the said land. It was also informed that the State Government has already allocated government land and for the acquisition of forest land the process under stage-1 has been completed and stage-2 is underway and will be completed soon. During the meeting the Chief Secretary directed to complete the acquisition process of private land 0 to 10 KM and upto Gharghoda 28 km along with diversion of government and forest land. During the meeting the officials from IRCON informed that construction work for main bridges have already begun and the work on laying rail track will also be started soon.

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Girl’s body found half-buried at village Chikhli

Body of a young girl was found half buried into a dry river bed at village Chikhli on Friday evening. However, girl’s identity was not yet confirmed by the police but, evidences found a few met... Read More
Body of a young girl was found half buried into a dry river bed at village Chikhli on Friday evening. However, girl’s identity was not yet confirmed by the police but, evidences found a few metres from the burial site are indicating towards a girl, who was reported missing few days ago. Police sources informed that at around 4:30 pm, some one called up the Urla Police Station and informed that they have spotted some bones coming out of the soil while the atmosphere was filled with odour of decomposing dead body.

As the police reached the spot and dug the place, they found a decomposed body of girl wrapped in a cloth. With in few meters from scene, there were a lot of evidences including cream, powder, make up kit and girl’s clothes.

The most important evidence found on the spot was a school mark-sheet bearing name of Pooja Nishad, who was reportedly missing since March 9 whereas her father filed her missing report with Urla Police on March 14.

Nevertheless, police hasn’t yet confirmed that the body recovered from river bed was Pooja’s. Anything confirmed about the identity of dead body would only be told after the post-mortem report, Urla Police said.

CCB nabs man for killing wife

Man accused of killing his wife at Urla was nabbed by Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Friday. Accused named Arun Parewa killed his wife Amrika Parewa over doubts of extramarital affairs, CCB officials informed. It may be recalled that a woman named Amrika Parewa was found dead in her home, when her daughter returned from school on March 25. As the police reached and investigation began, it was found that deceased woman’s husband was disappeared from home. Interrogation with the neighbours brought fore a vital clue that the couple often had bitter quarrel over alleged extra-marital affair of the woman. During the interrogation, Arun informed that he was returning after attending nature’s call on the March 25, when he saw a man coming out of his home. When he asked his about the unidentified man, she couldn’t reply him convincingly. Arun, who was already in doubt his wife’s affair, got furious with her vague reply on the identity of Amrika. In the fit of rage, Arun thrashed his wife’s head with a heavy stone, killing her on the spot. After the incident, Arun locked the door and went on his work so that people think he was not at home at the time of incident.

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Electricity board misplaces file, plea rejected

State Electricity Board filed an application before Chhattisgarh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission for condoning delay in filing an appeal. The board maintained that due to shifting ... Read More
State Electricity Board filed an application before Chhattisgarh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission for condoning delay in filing an appeal. The board maintained that due to shifting work carried out in office, the file related to the case could not be traced despite continuous efforts.

Later, when the bundle of new files was being separated the relevant file was found in the bundle. It was mistakenly tagged.

The Commission has rejected the application. After referring to a number of cases in which there were observations of the Supreme Court and the National Commission, the State Commission stated in its order that it is now well settled that departmental and official procedural delays do not constitute sufficient grounds.

It must be borne in mind that Consumer Protection Act 1986 lays down its own period of limitation. The Limitation Act which prescribes the summary procedure should be strictly followed.

Reasons assigned in the application regarding delay were not satisfactory and the delay was not explained properly, stated the Commission order.

The appeal was barred by limitation by 58 days and it was dismissed. District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Baikunthpur, Koriya, had allowed a complaint of a resident of Koriya district. The board filed the above said appeal against the forum order.

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Apt coordination spared many lives in BSP gas leak

BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) Gas Leak during early hours on Thursday, with 1000 PPM reading, much more then 50 PPM limit; would have claimed several lives, but it was controlled with minimum damage... Read More
BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) Gas Leak during early hours on Thursday, with 1000 PPM reading, much more then 50 PPM limit; would have claimed several lives, but it was controlled with minimum damage, owing to the apt coordination in between the workforce and management, and their excellence in disaster management; observed the trade union leaders in BSP while insisting the management for implementation of necessary measurers for ensuring zero effect of the mishaps of such nature.

Talking to the newspaper, S P Dey, president, Hindustan Steel Employees Union (CITU) opined that the gas leak in Converter Shop of SMS- II, BSP could have proved much more disastrous, but it was brought under control, while affecting only five executives and workers, as outcome of the disaster management skills of each employee present at that time in the shop. With instant siren and guidelines for assembly point, all of manpower rushed to open air place, and managed to spare themselves from the drastic effect of gas leak; informed Dey while adding that it occurred possibly due to the un-burnt carbon monoxide, but reason behind the gas leak is yet to be ascertained.

V B Singh, Spokesperson, Steel Workers Union (INTUC) was of the view that despite the occurrence of gas leak in odd hours, the workforce at the shop could deal the possible tragedy aptly and managed to come out of it with minimum possible damage. He further added that it was possible due to several safety workshops and training programmes, conducted at regular intervals, but still the management need to work out more precautionary measurers to check the repetition of such occurrences. While commenting over the possible tragedy, Bhavsingh Sonwani, President, Ispat Shramik Manch stated that there are several locations in the plant wherein the workers are compelled to carry out production process in unsafe working condition, and the management must work out a strategic plan to ensure their safety. He too was full of praise for workers of Converter Shop for demonstrating exemplary precautionary measures and for ensuring safety of all those present during the mishap.

Brijbihari Mishra, Deputy General Secretary, Bhilai Ispat Karmachari Union told the newspaper that BSP management should install more hooters, monitors, sensors etc in such sensitive locations, so that total safety of workers could be ensured. “The executives and employees managed to spare themselves from the possible tragedy and evacuated the area in time while reaching to the place with open air, which certainly deserves appreciation” added Mishra.

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Governor, CM greet people of C’garh on Ram Navami

The Chhattisgarh Governor Lalji Das Tandon in his message on the eve of Ram Navami said that on the joyous occasion of Ram Navami, ‘I extend greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens’.... Read More
The Chhattisgarh Governor Lalji Das Tandon in his message on the eve of Ram Navami said that on the joyous occasion of Ram Navami, ‘I extend greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens’.  May the example of Rama as Maryada Purushottam inspire us to achieve nobility in thought, word and deed. May the venerable Lord instill in our people just and righteous conduct in the face of trials and tribulations. 

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the occasion has extended his good wishes and said that ‘I extend my greetings to the citizens of state on the occasion of Ram Navami, which marks the birthday of Lord Rama. May the life and message of Lord Rama inspire us to uphold the highest moral, ethical and humane values.

’On this auspicious day, let us commit ourselves to building a peaceful, harmonious and secular society,’ he added.

Besides this, on the festive occasion Sri Ram Mandir Nirman Samiti will orgnaise religious programme at Sri Ram Mandir (VIP Road). The occasion will mark by religious discourses and mass feast for the devotees.

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HC asks Govt to examine NEERI report carefully

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday in the issue related to polluting rivers said that dairies are causing in... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday in the issue related to polluting rivers said that dairies are causing infinite loss to public. Dairies were polluting three rivers in the region Pariyat, Gaur and Narmada. The court said, “We have perused recommendations made by NEERI. It is noticed that prevailing policy of 2014 of the State Government, as is in force provides for norms for setting up of and allowing dairies to operate.

However, since recommendation of NEERI in its report of January 2015 founded on scientific analysis of empirical data, we expect the State Government to examine the report carefully and consider whether there is need to modify prevailing policy of 2014.”

The division bench added that “We are not expressing any opinion either way on recommendations made by NEERI in its report of January 2015, submitted pursuant to the order dated on December 19, 2014. Counsel for dairy owners submit that if the State Government is required to reconsider the policy, it must address the concerns of dairy owners as well. Dairy owners intend to make representation to the State Government in that behalf. That representation be made before April 6, 2015, addressed to the Principal Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Madhya Pradesh Government. For the time being, we defer hearing of these matters till April 17, 2015. Meantime, further compliance report is filed by the State authorities, the division bench said. The division bench gave said order in public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President, Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM), Purushottam Das Yadav and 10 other petitions. Advocate S P Pathak, Advocate M K Sharma, Abhijit Bhowmik, while Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Government Advocate for respondents State and Anshuman Singh, counsel for respondents Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. However, hearing of this petition on December 19, 2014, in context of broad and general issues raised by the petitioner, it was indicated to the counsel appearing in companion writ petitions supporting the cause noted in PIL that synopsis or bullet points be prepared along with compilation of relevant documents and enactments depicting obligations of different duty holders of the State such as municipal authorities, revenue authorities, Pollution Control Board and planning authorities. Obligations to be discharged by each of duty holders may be different but for addressing problems caused due to polluting dairies, it will be necessary to integrate their responsibilities so as to pass a comprehensive direction. The court said in its order that it cannot be gainsaid that polluting dairies are causing incalculable loss to public and pollution in three rivers in the region Pariyat, Gaur and Narmada. To examine all aspects of the matter and take a holistic view of the situation, this court had thought it appropriate to involve NEERI to get a comprehensive action plan so as not only to address problem of pollution which is prevailing but also to ensure that in future suitable measures are employed by the dairy owners and strict protocol is followed by the duty holders and State authorities.

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VFJ yet to receive fresh indent for production in new fiscal year

VEHICLE Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) is yet to receive fresh indent for production of defence vehicles for new financial year. Even after several irregularities and continuous delay in material input... Read More
VEHICLE Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) is yet to receive fresh indent for production of defence vehicles for new financial year. Even after several irregularities and continuous delay in material input the factory anyhow managed to complete existing production target but delay in receiving fresh indent is likely to prove troublesome for adequate workload in the factory. VFJ is facing a continuous cut back in its annual production target since last three years.

Value of annual production target at VFJ has been trimmed down from above Rs 2,000 crore to around Rs 1300. Annual production target of VFJ was about Rs 2048 crore in 2011-12 that was reduced to Rs 1,348 crore in 2013-14 and limited with Rs 1300 crore in 2014-15.

The production target was reduced due to failure in completing annual production targets and inefficient performance. According to official sources, factory management has completely failed in management of production works.

One of the main reasons behind incomplete production target was unavailability of necessary components which are being outsourced from different firms. Lenient working of senior administrative officers continuously delayed supply of material and production target could not be timely achieved. In 2013-14, VFJ was given production target of 2750 stallion, 2587 LPTA, overhauling of 21 UTD engines, 375 2 KL water bowser, 20 LPTA (flat bed) for Air Force and 48 Mine Protected Vehicles (MPV). According to roll on plan, factory had a set production target for two years upto 2015-16. Sources added that the factory anyhow managed to complete targets but delivery of all vehicles will be continued till June 2015 due to final touching.

Now, factory administration might face tough time to ensure availability of adequate workload to employees in new financial year and obtaining more production works for development of the factory.

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HC asks State Govt to submit plan of sewer line in all civic bodies in State

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday directed the State Government of Madhya Pradesh to submit project plan of... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday directed the State Government of Madhya Pradesh to submit project plan of sewer line in all Municipal Councils, Corporations, Gram Sabhas of the State. The division bench further directed to the State Government to submit action plan has been worked out and in principle, decision has been taken by the State Government regarding modality of setting up of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) till April 24, 2015 before the court. On January 30, 2015, Counsel for the State, on instructions, had submitted that action plan has been worked out and, in principle, decision has been taken by the State Government regarding the modality of setting up of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). That is being done at its level instead of leaving it to the concerned Municipal Council, Corporation, Gram Sabha, in particular in the region of Narmada river. The next stage to be focused will be in respect of cities situated away from Narmada river but are required to be provided with such facility anyway. Four weeks time is sought by the counsel for the State to present the action plan and other information related to in principle decision taken by the State Government. Instead of four weeks, it deemed it appropriate to give six weeks with a hope that the State Government will continue to pursue issue in right earnest, the division bench said earlier. On January 23, the division bench had perused report submitted by the Chief Engineer, Urban Administration and Development Department dated on January 15. It appears to us that the State has not prepared check-list and action plan for the corporations and municipalities across the State.

The action plan should specify clear time frame for execution of work of setting up of STPs and WWM and the Director, Urban Development and Environment Department who is expected to act as Nodal Authority must ensure that all the corporations, municipalities were complying with the action plan within specified time frame. Thus, in the first place, the State Government must issue a general directions with reference to the action plan to all the Corporations/Municipalities for implementing the scheme of installation of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and Waste Water Management (WWM) on the lines of instructions issued by the Central Authority and which has been, in principle, accepted by the State Government. The division bench in its order had said that the Secretary of the concerned Department must issue directions to all the Corporations/Municipalities by exercising enabling provisions under the Corporation Act and the Municipalities Act; and to abide by the time frame specified in the said direction for submitting compliance report to the Director from time to time with regard to the activity already complied. Counsel for the State submits that he may be given one week's time to report compliance.

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Cantt Board, Pachmarhi asked to remove encroachments

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday directed Cantonment Board, Pachmarhi and district administration to remov... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday directed Cantonment Board, Pachmarhi and district administration to remove all encroachments situated in defence area and civil area of Cantonment and submit report before the court till April 17. The division bench has also directed the police authority to provide police protection for removal of encroachments. The Madhya Pradesh High Court has taking cognisance (suo motto proceeding) in illegal encroachment situated in Cantonment Pachmarhi and the same issue in other petition also filed before the court. On March 5, it is distressing to notice incoherent and misleading stand taken by the Chief Executive Officer of Cantonment Board, who is present in court. It are constrained to make this observation in the context of assertion made by the counsel for the State that written intimation was given to the Chief Executive Officer vide communication dated on February 3, 2015 that the police force will be made available by the Police Headquarters from February 6, onwards, if such a request is received in advance.

In the first place, the Chief Executive Officer denied of having received any such information. But, we find that the document referred to by the learned counsel for the State dated on February 3 is a part of the compilation produced by the Chief Executive Officer as compliance report. Realising this position, he then stated that no police force was deputed by the Superintendent of Police after February 6, although he had made all other arrangements for proceeding with demolition of illegal structures.

On bare reading of communication dated on February 3, we have no hesitation in observing that it was for the Chief Executive Officer to send requisition in writing to police authorities for deployment of police force on specified dates after February 6. Earlier, the division bench had in its order said that we defer hearing of these matters till March 27 with a hope that the Chief Executive Officer who is present in court must take steps as required as per law and orders passed in the present proceeding. In view of the above order, nothing more is required to be said on intervention application. If interveners are already petitioners in companion petitions, they will be covered by orders already passed by this court. In the event, they are not petitioners, they may have to challenge proposed action of the authority by way of substantive petition on case to case basis. We reiterate position stated in order dated on December 19, 2014 that in cases where compounding application is filed by the occupant/unauthorised structure, appropriate authority may consider that request as per the extant regulations expeditiously; and till appropriate decision is taken, no coercive action should be taken against the concerned structure. In other words, if no application for compounding of unauthorised structure is submitted and no protection order passed by the court of competent jurisdiction is operating in respect of structure in question, the Chief Executive Officer will be under obligation to proceed in the matter in accordance with law keeping in mind the observations made hereinabove. The Chief Executive Officer shall furnish details about structures in respect of, which compounding application(s) has been filed by the concerned occupant on the next date of hearing.

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Bail petitions of Shukla, Sharma deferred till 17th

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Friday, deferred bail applications filed by Om Prakash Shukla, former OSD, Technical Education Minister, ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Friday, deferred bail applications filed by Om Prakash Shukla, former OSD, Technical Education Minister, Laxmikant Sharma, an accused in MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) till April 17.

The division bench on January 28, had considered the fact that the applicant has been named in some more crimes and has been arrested, by now, in connection with eight cases, no fruitful purpose would be served by hastening hearing of two bail applications, which are before us.

Moreover, arguments of applicant in all these cases will be overlapping and repetitive. Therefore, it was suggested to the counsel for applicant to consider whether the applicant is willing to wait for hearing of these applications for some more time until chargesheets in respect of other crimes are also filed against the applicant as in all likelihood, investigation of all crimes under investigation or supervision of STF will be completed before March 15, 2015, in view of statement of the Attorney General made on behalf of the State before the Supreme Court on November 28, 2014, in SLP.

After a long probe, STF had registered a case in December 2013 against 130 people including Laxmikant Sharma and O P Shukla in VYAPAM scam. He had allegedly taken Rs 85 lakh from students for clearing the Pre-Medical Test. Similarly, the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar on Friday deferred hearing of three bail applications filed by Sudhir Sharma, an accused of VYAPAM scam on April 17. It may be recalled that Sudhir Sharma, an accused of the Madhya Pradesh Recruitment Scam or VYAPAM Scam pertains to manipulation in selection process for government jobs conducted by MPPEB, which is being probed by the Special Task Force (STF).

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CM for removal of tendency to impose schemes from higher level

Maiden meeting of CMs’ Sub-Group on rationalisation of centrally-sponsored schemes to given new direction to development in the country was held at National Institute for Transforming India (... Read More
Maiden meeting of CMs’ Sub-Group on rationalisation of centrally-sponsored schemes to given new direction to development in the country was held at National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) in New Delhi on Friday. The meeting under the convenership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan constituted a working group headed by NITI’s CEO Sindhu Khullar to chalk out further course of action of the sub-committee on the basis of Chief Ministers’ suggestions at the meeting and to prepare a draft for consideration. The working group will comprise concerning senior officers of Centre and states. This was informed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan after the meeting.

Chouhan said that the meeting also discussed making schemes flexible as per requirement for their effective and result-oriented implementation, states’ active participation in making and proposing plans i.e. removal of tendency to impose schemes from higher level and changes likely to be made in view of increase of states’ share by Centre from 32 to 42 per cent. Chief Ministers present at the meeting gave suggestions in the present context and requirements. Written suggestions were sent by some Chief Ministers who could not attend the meeting. Chouhan said that concrete path of development will be paved in next meetings with all members’ consultation. Chief Ministers of Arunachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Rajasthan, Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar, NITI’s Member Bibek Debroy, Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and concerned officers were present.

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CM meets PM, urges aid to hailstorm-hit farmers

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday. He apprised him of the loss caused to farmers by unseasonal rains in Madhya Pradesh and demanded Ce... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday. He apprised him of the loss caused to farmers by unseasonal rains in Madhya Pradesh and demanded Central assistance for them. It is noteworthy that standing crops in the State have suffered heavy damage due to untimely rains and hailstorm this year. State’s Revenue and Agriculture staff is assessing crop loss continuously by visiting fields.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also tour Madhya Pradesh in this regard on Sunday.

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Congress MLAs’ dharna at Assembly ends

Finally, Congress MLAs ended their four-day Assembly dharna on Friday. On Thursday night, Assembly Secretariat had issued notice to MLAs to vacate the Assembly premises. Now, Congress MLAs woul... Read More
Finally, Congress MLAs ended their four-day Assembly dharna on Friday. On Thursday night, Assembly Secretariat had issued notice to MLAs to vacate the Assembly premises. Now, Congress MLAs would go to villages of their constituencies and will raise voice in favour of farmers. Notably, Opposition MLAs were sitting on dharna inside the house soon after the session ended, demanding waiver of bank loan and electricity bills of rain and hailstorm-hit farmers. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh ended the fast of agitating MLAs by offering juice to them. Former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria was also present. Training guns at BJP, Singh said that the fight of Opposition has not ended rather it would continue. Congress would go to villages and will raise voice for farmers’ demands.

Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that this fight was of first phase. Now, Congress MLAs would go in their region and will fight the battle of farmers.

Some Congress MLAs accused State Government of not allowing them to perform the yagya of Ashtami inside Assembly premises.

Interestingly, MLAs have announced on Thursday that they would perform special yagya in the premises on Ashtami. On the same night, Assembly Secretariat issued notice to agitating MLAs, asking them to vacate the premises. The notice also said that they could not conduct any kind of religious activities inside assembly premises. It looks that Opposition MLAs decided to end their agitation after getting notice from Secretariat. Two Congress MLAs namely Umang Singhar and Madhu Bhagat have to be admitted to JP Hospital due to their feeble health conditions. They were participating in Congress agitation in which all Congress MLAs have shunned food on Thursday. Umang and Madhu Bhagat’s blood pressure was high. Umang is likely to get discharged on Saturday.

Leaders perform yagya outside Assembly gate

Congress leaders and workers performed yagya outside the Assembly gate on Friday. They prayed almighty to give wisdom to Shivraj government. However, the yagya programme of Congress workers got marred into controversy after Congress Spokesman Ravi Saxena had a brawl with a driver of one of the Congress leaders. Actually, Ravi Saxena was authorised to do the arrangement of yagya and due to some work he went inside Assembly.

When he returned he saw that already yagya was performed by a group of Congress leader and workers and seeing this he got angry and got indulged into heated argument with a person who misbehaved with him.

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Restriction on use of mobile, wearing scarf in Nutan College premises

The Government Sarojini Naidu Girls Post-graduation (Nutan) College will be the only Government college where scarf on face has been banned besides talking on mobile in college premises, classr... Read More
The Government Sarojini Naidu Girls Post-graduation (Nutan) College will be the only Government college where scarf on face has been banned besides talking on mobile in college premises, classroom or college corridor. Such directives were issued last year and are reissued this year also before the admission process begins so that before taking admission in the college, students would know the college’s rules and regulations well.

According to information, the college administration has made a separate mobile zone for girls where switches to charge mobiles have also been put in good numbers. The girls can charge their mobile phones and talk on mobile as per their will. Nobody will interfere. The college administration thinks it will help to avoid any untoward incident, molestation, rape like incidents.

However, two days ago when Nirbhaya team members entered college premises interacted with the students and asked them not to wear the scarf while on road so that the molestation, rape cases might be controlled.

On Wednesday, a workshop on human rights was organised in which the girls were given some tips on how they could help to prevent molestation with them and where to call for help. The college administration had called Namita Sahu, Head of Nirbhaya. They told girls not to cover faces to save burns from heat, dust and pollution. “You can land in problem if you cover your face. In Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur, the girls have stopped covering faces.

Dr Shobna Maru Vajpayee, Principal of Nutan College, reissued directives in this regard after conclusion of the workshop. “When last year a boy wearing Chunni on his face had entered college premises and had reached the college canteen, He could not be identified for sometimes, but later the girls identified him and handed over to police. Later, the directives were issued not to enter college by covering faces or talk in college premises, she said.

“Recently, Nirbhaya team members said while patrolling Boat Club they found a girl sitting with her boy friend covering her face. She was hardly 14 years old. Her school uniform was kept in the dickey of her Scooty. She was picked up from that place and handed over to her parents, Principal said.

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BDA nod to proposed smart city

Bhopal Developmental Authority (BDA) is going to start the development of smart city on the lands of Stud Farm along with re-densification of south and north TT Nagar in the financial year of 2... Read More
Bhopal Developmental Authority (BDA) is going to start the development of smart city on the lands of Stud Farm along with re-densification of south and north TT Nagar in the financial year of 2015-16. Bhopal Developmental Authority on Friday presented its annual budget where an amount of Rs 61611 lakh has been provided for various activities and expenditures. BDA will also construct about 5000 houses under various schemes throughout the capital city, along with starting the next phase of constructions in Misrod phase-1, Aero city phase-2, Raksha Vihar phase-2, 3, Misrod-Barrai in the new financial year. A budget of Rs 25118.50 lakh has been given for these new undertakings. BDA is planning to develop the smart city on the lines of Clean City Green City to introduces facilities like Wi-Fi, better sewage network, increase the use of solar energy, introduce new residential and working potential in the area and many such other concepts to attract people. Bhopal Developmental Authority along with development of these colonies will also make sure that road network is also established for easy connectivity. Rs 1639 lakh has been set aside for development of lands while Rs 18356.80 has been given for development of houses and flats under Self Finance Scheme. Authority will also develop affordable housing projects, working women hostel. Construction of academic premises in the area of Newari and re-densification of north and South TT Nagar has been proposed on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode in the budget in the 2015-16 Financial Years. It is worth mentioning that re-densification of Paribazar was started in the financial year of 2014-15 and is being done. BDA revived total revenue of Rs 51547.60 lakh in 2014-15, the target for 2015-16 has been kept at Rs 62191.80 lakh for 2015-16 by the authority.

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Youth arrested for raping five minor girls

IMAMBADA Police on Friday arrested a youth for sexually exploiting five minor girls.

The accused, Nilesh alias Mirchilal Kishorilal Chutelkar (23) is a resident of Jattarodi, Indira Nagar.... Read More
IMAMBADA Police on Friday arrested a youth for sexually exploiting five minor girls.

The accused, Nilesh alias Mirchilal Kishorilal Chutelkar (23) is a resident of Jattarodi, Indira Nagar. Nilesh works as a sanitary worker in a prominent city hotel.

According to Police, mother of one of the 11-year-old victim lodged a complaint that Nilesh had been sexually exploiting her daughter for the past couple of months. He allegedly raped her daughter near Suraj Kirana Stores. Similarly, Nilesh also raped four other minor girls in the area and threatened them of dire consequences if they reported the matter to their parents. Soon after receiving the complaint, Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sarode arrested Nilesh on charges under Sections 376 (2),(i),(j), 354 (A),(3), 506 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. As the news about Nilesh’s arrest spread like jungle fire in the locality, hundreds of residents, mostly women, gathered in front of Imambada Police Station.

Women residents alleged that accused Nilesh raped many more girls in the locality. They also alleged that Nilesh had also taken obscene photographs of the victims in his cellphone but a constable deteled them after taking money from the accused.

A police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that the girls were sent to Government Medical College and Hospital for medical examination. API Sarode and his team produced accused Nilesh before the court and obtained remand for his custodial interrogation till March 31, he added. Police are conducting indepth probe into the matter considering the seriousness of the case, the officer said.

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RTMNU V-C assures to streamline system regarding getting documents in time

Responding to the members who demanded to fix the responsibility on the employees failing in delivering duties, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) ... Read More
Responding to the members who demanded to fix the responsibility on the employees failing in delivering duties, Acting Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Dr Vinayak Deshpande on Friday told Senate that proper system would be evolved to get the documents to the common man in time. The Hitavada on Friday had published a news pointing out that would RTMNU follow Mumbai University. Mumbai has taken decision to take action against the guilty if the student do not get the marksheet after 8 days.

Bringing it to the notice of Senate, Adv Manmohan Bajpayee demanded that students should get every document including marksheet, admit card, degree certificate, migration certificate everything in time.

Adv Bajpayee said that 101st convocation was held wherein the degrees of the students who passed graduation examination in the year 2013, are waiting to get their degrees. Adv Bajpayee said the degrees that were confered in 100th convocation were also not distributed. Adv Bajpayee attracted the attention of the members towards the decision of Senate of Mumbai University wherein it has decided to fix responsibility on the employee found guilty for not providing marksheet to the student in eight days.

Mahendra Nimbarte asked the administration whether it is pre-decided what is to be done in convocation. It must have been, pointed Nimbarte. He said that students from distant places come to university but they have to return back as university fail to give them the required document. Adv Bajpayee also asked authorities to implement the Right to Services act so that there can be a check on the system and machinery. Adv Abhijeet Wanjari had moved the proposal of preparing charter of service in Management Council. Recollecting the same Adv Wanjari said, “former Vice-Chancellor Dr Vilas Sapkal promised to start it within six months, former Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr G S Parasher too had promised but no progress was made. Now as per the suggestion by Adv Bajpayee the responsibility should be fixed.

Another Senate member Rajendra Kakde suggested that why couldn’t everything be made on-line. Students need not come to university spending their time and money. Secondly university should inform them through SMS.

Dr Bharat Meghe, Gurudas Kamdi, Dr Prakash Gedam also spoke on the issue. Controller of Examinations Prashant Mohite informed the house that authorities are taking utmost care but it is facing staff crunch. Soon 12 persons would be appointed in examination department to ease the load. Dr Vinayak Deshpande said that university would review how the services could be given, how much time it would take to distribute any document. After this review the time frame would be chalked out and then university would prepare charter of service. The documents can be given in time and responsibility can be fixed on the person.

Khandelwal, Kalmegh not in a mood to go

The land at Kanhan was given on rent to Biharilal Khandelwal Trust from July 16, 1973 to July 15, 2003 by Nagpur University. The lease was extended for next ten years with merely Rs 60,000 annual rent (or a paltry Rs. 5000 per month). The said trust is running its school there in the name of BKC Public School and entire land is under its possession. Pointing out this issue, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari asked university why it was not taking any action. He also alleged that Khandelwal wants to grab the land. Adv Mahendra Nimbarte has raised the issue of electricity bill, property tax of the land. Second issue was raised by Adv Manmohan Bajpayee regarding the quarter not vacated by Kalmegh. The official bungalow of university that was allotted to late Dadasaheb Kalmegh, former Vice-Chancellor as university employee, is in dispute. Unfortunately Kalmegh did not return the same. After his sad demise, his descendants too have refused to vacate it and occupying the premises without paying a penny to University and without any legal right. Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Vice-Chancellor said the issues are under consideration and being fought in the court.

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At least four spotted deer die in Nara Depot in two weeks

As many as eight spotted deer died in the premises of Nara Depot situated near Octroi Post on Koradi Road due to either by starvation or lack of water facility during the past two weeks, accordin... Read More
As many as eight spotted deer died in the premises of Nara Depot situated near Octroi Post on Koradi Road due to either by starvation or lack of water facility during the past two weeks, according to reliable sources.

The sources pointed out that around 200 deer have made their habitat in the premises of this depot. With the scorching heat, there is no food available to them in this jungle-like area. They are not even getting sufficient grass to feed on. Moreover, Forest Department has made inadequate arrangement for water to quench their thirst. On the back side, a number of lay-outs and hours are coming up posing danger to these herbivores, they pointed out. When contacted, Dipak Bhat, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Nagpur, admitted deaths of four spotted dear during the last couple of days.Stray dogs must have killed them, he said adding that the deer feed themselves on Babul beans, leaves as well grass in the area. The department has also made water arrangements for them, he pointed out.

The area of Nara Depot is spread in 21 hectares having plants, trees, climbers etc. There is a danger from dogs coming inside from the nearby human settlements and that could be the reason for killing four deer, he added.

Bhat said, the work of construction of 300 running metre compound wall undertaken by PWD is in progress. A proposal has been submitted to the higher authorities for construction of another 2000 running metre wall. To a question, he replied that it was not possible for the department to shift the herbivores elsewhere. They are sensitive animals and hence cannot be tranquilised

because there is also possibility of death by shock. The herbivores are living in the premises for the past many years, Bhat pointed out.

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Mungantiwar to inaugurate office of State Biodiversity Board today

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, will inaugurate Jaiv Vividhata Bhavan, the office of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB) situated in the official residence of Divisional Commissioner... Read More
Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, will inaugurate Jaiv Vividhata Bhavan, the office of Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB) situated in the official residence of Divisional Commissioner in Civil Lines, on March 28 (Saturday) at 12 noon. Up till now, MSBB was working in a comparatively small office in Ravi Nagar quarters, which has now been given to National Tiger Conservation Authority for its regional office. A K Saxena, Head of Forest Force, Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), and Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, will be the guests of honour. On the occasion, Mungantiwar will hand-over prizes to State-level winners in Wildlife Biodiversity in Maharashtra Photo Competition. This was stated by Dr Dilip Singh, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Member-Secretary of the board, while addressing a press conference in the new office on Friday. He said, there is a facility of 5 Kv solar panel in this spacious office to meet daily requirement and the office would introduce net metering system in the near future. At present the board has offices in Nagpur and Pune only. He said that he has submitted a proposal to the State Government for establishing offices in all the revenue divisions of Maharashtra to handle the affairs effectively. Giving account of the works done, Dr Singh said that so far as many as 738 Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) had been formed at local level. The board would form in all 27,000 such committees across Maharashtra during the next five years. It is seeking help from representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations for the network of the committees. As many as 16 NGOs have been allotted 558 villages in seven districts like Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Gondia, Bhandara, Nagpur, Amravati and Nanded for formation of BMCs, encourage villagers and promote solar cookers and smokeless chulla with metal grill. Such programmes would also be taken all over Maharashtra, Dr Singh added. He pointed out that the Central Government issued guidelines on benefit sharing. The other works of the board included declaration of Glory of Alapalli, conservation of GIB habitat in Chandrapur district, improvement of old Malgujari tanks and conservation of aquatic biodiversity found therein in select villages of Gadchiroli, Gondia and Bhandara districts. natural regeneration demonstration plots, implement of Chinkara conservation plan, solar pumps under black buck conservation action plan etc. N D Chaudhari, Legal Expert, was present in the press conference.

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Consumers slam MSEDCL over tariff hike proposal

Consumer organisations in one voice opposed the tariff petition of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company for financial year 2015-16, seeking proposed tariff hike. The consumers dis... Read More
Consumer organisations in one voice opposed the tariff petition of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company for financial year 2015-16, seeking proposed tariff hike. The consumers displayed their unity during a hearing conducted by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). Instead of increasing power rates, the government must conduct audit of these power utilities where corruption rules the roost, the consumer organisations demanded. MERC Chairperson Chandra Iyengar, Secretary Ashwini Kumar, members Aziz Khan, Dipak Lad gave a patient hearing to consumers. At the outset, Director of MSEDCL Abhijit Deshpande proposed motion of power tariff hike. Citing audit report in the hearing, Deshpande tried to convince MERC team and others about MSEDCL’s petition. Opposing MSEDCL’s stand, consumer representative Suhas Khandekar said, the petition is complicated. The petition has been prepared in such a way that common man would not understand it. MSEDCL is demanding charges of installation of transformers from new flat owners. Consumers of High Tension (HT) lines are also forced to shell out expenditure of new overhead lines. Despite MEDCL’s announcement of discounts, the power consumers are getting power bills with high rates, he alleged.

Citing an example of a survey conducted in 2012, Khandekar said, only 1% to 2% power consumers have idea about their rights. As per the norms, power consumers have no right to challenge verdict of lower court. In contrast, MSEDCL is challenging court’s verdict in favor of consumer in upper court.

Vidarbha Cold Storage Association representative stated that the distribution utility should provide power to agriculture based cold storage business at discounted rates as it is affected by high power rates. Dr M V Goenka said that many seasonal industries including rice mills of the region are operational for merely four months in a year. Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states are distributing power to such industries at discounted rates. Sachin Thakur demanded power supply to hotel industries at concessional rates to boost tourism in Vidarbha region. Naryana Akhre, Kishor Muke and John Thomas also registered their anguish over power tariff hike. After hearing all the pleas, MERC Chairperson Chandra Iyengar directed MSEDCL to file its response to major grievances voiced by consumers. MERC also directed MSEDCL to take immediate action on personnel complaints of the consumers.

Irrelevant tariff hike: Kaskhedikar

Ravindra Kashkhedikar, Secretary of Janakrosh stated that the petition is irrelevant as power rates are already at its peak.. MSEDCL has proposed the power hike despite State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s assurance of lower rates to the people. The new state government has taken positive steps to reduce losses in power sector. Proper co-ordination between MSEDCL, MahaGenco and MahaTransco would only help to reduce power losses, he added.

Power companies failed to reduce losses : Dharmadhikari

Sanjay Dharmadhikari of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat said, MSEDCL is offering power at concessional rates for category of 0 to 100 units/month. This consumers are financially backward and MSEDCL is trying to form new category i.e 0 to 75 units/month. Opposing power rate hike, Dharmadhikari also demanded distribution of LED light at discounted rates.

Petition creating confusion : Jichkar

Mahendra Jichkar said, the tariff petition is creating confusion among the consumers. In the proposal, it has been stated the tariff for Government owned/managed educational institutes & hospital shall be to the level of average cost of supply for FY 2014-15.

Basically we fail to understand why this category has been proposed? On one side MSEDCL claims to reduce cross subsidy and bridge down the tariff gap between various categories of consumers and on the other side special benefit is given to Government owned institutions, he said. Also in Government Department nobody has control over the consumption of energy and hence no priority is fixed for energy conservation, he claimed. Jichkar also demanded heavy penalty on Generation units for under performance.

MSEDCL looting farmers: Nakhate

Mahadev Nakhate of Akhil Bharatiya Kishan Sanghatana slammed MSEDCL for fleecing farmers. MSEDCL should cut off transmission losses from power bills of Vidarbhaits as 4,000 MW power is being transmitted to the East Maharashtra alone. The power distribution company should supply power to AG pumps in day hours for proper irrigation.

Steel industry needs concession : Mundra

Steel Industrialist Mukund Mundra said that steel industry owners are frustrated in the state as the industry is getting power at double rates as compared to rates of neighbouring states. Opposing power tariff hike, he demanded concessional power rates for steel industry.

Our expenditure is 16% : MSEDCL MD

Managing Director of MSEDCL Omprakash Gupta informed that MSEDCL spends only 16% towards establishment cost. Admitting problems of agriculture and industries, the MD assured that MSEDCL would solve it. He also recalled State energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule’s stand of no power tariff hike. MSEDCL will follow all directives of MERC, he promised.

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Venkaiah Naidu to dedicate to people Pench-IV project

On Saturday, Nagpur city will move a step further towards 24x7 water supply. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, will dedicate to people of Nagpur the Pench-IV project to augmen... Read More
On Saturday, Nagpur city will move a step further towards 24x7 water supply. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, will dedicate to people of Nagpur the Pench-IV project to augment water supply to the city, at 9.30 am on Saturday. The function will be held at Water Treatment Plant, Godhni.

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, will preside over the function. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping, will be the chief guest on this occasion. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district; Babanrao Lonikar, Minister for Water Supply and Sanitation; Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister; Dr Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Urban Development; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Nisha Sawarkar, President of Zilla Parishad, will be the guests. “With the Pench-IV project, the city of Nagpur will get additional 115 MLD water. Further, it will save an amount of Rs 10 crore to Rs 15 crore per annum. In fact, the project is a step towards equitable distribution of water to the city,” said Datke while addressing a press conference on Friday evening. All Members of Parliament from Nagpur namely Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Krupal Tumane, Ajay Sancheti, all MLCs and MLAs from Nagpur district; office-bearers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), and administrative officers have been invited for the programme, said the Mayor.

Ramesh Singare, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader; Sunil Agrawal, Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer, were present prominently at the press conference.

Replying to a question, Urade said that Pench-IV involved four components -- 27.3 km pipeline of 2,300 mm diameter from Pench reservoir to Mahadula, 12.1 km long pipeline of 1,422 mm diameter from Mahadula to Godhni and 115 MM3 water treatment plant, erecting 24 storage reservoirs in city and laying feeder-main pipelines, and distribution line from proposed plant. Of 24 storage reservoirs, only four could not be erected for various reasons, he said. As against the estimated expenditure of Rs 391.04 crore, the entire project took Rs 610 crore due to price variation, cost escalation, miscellaneous expenses etc, he added.

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Three killed, two injured in 2 road mishaps in Jaripatka

THREE persons, including a teenage boy, were killed and two others injured seriously in two road mishaps in Jaripatka area in the past twenty four hours.

In the first incident, a 17-year... Read More
THREE persons, including a teenage boy, were killed and two others injured seriously in two road mishaps in Jaripatka area in the past twenty four hours.

In the first incident, a 17-year-old boy died of head injuries and two of his friends suffered serious injuries when the motorcycle they were riding triple seat skidded off the road in front of the gate of Nagpur (Rural) Police Headquarters on Thursday night.

The deceased, Mayur Kadve (17) was a resident of Samata Nagar. His friends Ritesh Narendra Sakhare (18), a resident of Malka Colony, Samyak Nagar, and Rakesh Sukhram Rahangdale (19), a resident of Samata Nagar, were injured seriously. The injured were admitted to Mayo Hospital.

Around 11.30 pm, Rakesh, Ritesh and Mayur were going triple seat on a Bajaj Discover motorcycle (MH-49/N-9045) to Mayo Hospital. Rakesh, who was riding the bike, lost control of his vehicle near the Nagpur (Rural) Police Headquarters. The motorcycle skidded off the road injuring the trio seriously. They were rushed to Mayo Hospital where the doctors declared Mayur dead. After recording the statement of injured Ritesh, Jaripatka Police registered an offence under Sections 279, 337, 304(A, 427 of the IPC read with Sections 184 and 185 of the Motor vehicle Act against Rakesh.

In another ghastly mishap, a rashly-driven truck crushed two persons to death at the traffic signal near Jaripatka Police Station on the Ring Road on Friday afternoon. Soon after the incident, tension erupted at the spot where the mutilated bodies were lying in a pool of blood as residents and traders gathered demanding immediate arrest of the truck driver.

Identified as Ashok Gulabrao Pawar (55) and Manik Anandrao Bawankule (50), the deceased were the residents of Nari. Pawar and Manik were going on a motorcycle (MH-31/DS-7176) when a rashly-driven truck (MH-31/M-4077) hit them. Both fell down and were runover by the truck. Both were killed instantaneously. Fearing public warth, the truck driver ran away leaving his vehicle on the spot.

A huge crowd gathered demanding arrest of the truck driver. Staff from Jaripatka Police Station led by senior Inspector Deepak Khobragade rushed to the spot. Social organisations and Nara Ring Road Dukandar Sangh demanded that plying of heavy vehicles be prohibited on Jaripatka Ring Road from 8 am and 10 pm. Members and office bearers of Dukandar Sangh including Lekhraj Sachdeo, Manohar Kewalramani, Jitu Makhija and others also demanded deployment of traffic cops round-the-clock to regulate the vehicular traffic on Jaripatka Ring Road. Police officers assured the angry residents that adequate measures would be taken to prevent such mishaps.

Senior Inspector Khobragade told ‘The Hitavada’ that truck driver Ravi Sonwane (50), a resident of Mahadula, was arrested. The truck was also detained, he added.

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NMC takes serious note of ‘copy, deceive, paste’ job in draft CDP

Taking a serious cognisance of the ‘copy, deceive, paste’ job done by consultancy firm CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory while preparing draft City Development Plan (CDP), Nagpur Municipal Corpo... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of the ‘copy, deceive, paste’ job done by consultancy firm CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory while preparing draft City Development Plan (CDP), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration has decided to look into the matter.

“I shall look into the matter and examine the details,” promised Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, on Friday. He also sought the relevant documents from ‘The Hitavada’ to go into the details. Pravin Datke, Mayor, said that he would ask the Municipal Commissioner to conduct an enquiry into the matter and see that due credit of original researchers was given to them.

Through a report published on CityLine front page on March 22, ‘The Hitavada’ had exposed the intellectual property fraud committed by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory while preparing the draft CDP. The consultancy firm ‘copied’ and ‘pasted’ the findings from original research conducted by Yashwant Bhasker Katpatal, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT); Abhijeet Kute, and Deepty Ranjan Satapathy. Further, the consultancy firm used at least two ‘unique-to-the-research’ images from the original research, without acknowledging the source.

The original research titled ‘Surface and Air Temperature Studies in Relation to Land Use/Land Cover of Nagpur Urban Area Using Landsat 5 TM Data’ was published in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Urban Planning and Development in September 2008. The original research explained certain characteristics of Nagpur under the head ‘Study Area’, and the draft CDP carried these details mostly verbatim on Page-171. Further, at least five of the six characteristics from original research were reproduced on Page-171. The draft CDP prepared by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory carried in verbatim the entire set of summary of analysis of Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Nagpur city. All five research findings from the original research paper were ‘copied’ and ‘pasted’ almost completely in the draft CDP without quoting source of the same. The ‘copy, deceive, paste’ job done by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory without acknowledging the original researchers, raised questions over genuineness of other datasets and analyses used in draft CDP.

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Chinese trade delegation also evinces keen interest in city

Nagpur appears to be gaining deserving prominence on investment horizon, with the keen interest taken by BJP-led Maharashtra Government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Close on the heel... Read More
Nagpur appears to be gaining deserving prominence on investment horizon, with the keen interest taken by BJP-led Maharashtra Government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Close on the heels of French delegation’s visit to the city, a Chinese trade delegation led by Zheng Xiyuan, Consul General of China in Mumbai, also arrived on two-day visit to the city on Friday. The 14-member delegation proceeded to Radisson Blu hotel, where it had an ‘informal’ discussion with Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) officials. Tanaji Satre, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MADC; Sumit Mullick, Chief Protocol Officer; S J Moghe, Additional Secretary were present prominently. The delegation will pay a formal visit to Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) on Saturday morning.

The Chinese delegation visited Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday. “We had a very positive discussion with the Chinese delegation. The visiting dignitaries said that they were aware of Nagpur’s emergence as an investment destination. They also said that China was exploring possibilities of investing in Nagpur,” said Pravin Datke, Mayor, while informing the reporters about Chinese delegation’s visit. Datke said that the delegation comprised top executives of various Chinese

enterprises in the fields of power plants, banking software, infrastructure, port infrastructure etc.

During the meeting between NMC officials and Chinese delegation, Sumit Mullick informed the Mayor that the delegation would visit MIHAN project and Butibori industrial area. Further, the visitors were interested in making investment in power sector. He also informed the delegation about 80 engineering colleges generating skilled manpower, opportunities in mining sector, tiger tourism potential of the region.

Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, made a power point presentation before the Chinese delegation. He highlighted the historic and geographical importance of Nagpur, and also NMC’s vision of making the city a ‘better, clean, green, and liveable’ one. Nag river cleaning campaign, proposal for LED street-lights, Orange City Street Scheme, e-governance initiatives, infrastructure projects, etc also were highlighted by Hardikar. In the next few years, Nagpur will get more prominence with fast development and coming up of All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Metro Rail, and Indian Institute of Management (IIM). “This is the ripe time to invest in Nagpur,” Hardikar said.

At the outset, Datke welcomed Zheng Xiyuan and other members of the delegation. Ramesh Singare, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, R Z Siddiqui, Deputy Commissioner; Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Mahesh Gupta, Executive Engineer; A G Dharmadhikari, Deputy Director, District Industries Centre, and others also were present during the meeting.

The Chinese delegation has three other officials from the Consulate -- Xie Guoxiang, Commercial Consulor; Li Fanghui, Consul (Consul General’s wife); and Chong Li, Vice-Consul. The other members of the delegation include top bosses of Chinese enterprises.

These include Luo Zan, Deputy Manager General, ICBC Mumbai branch; Lu Yanxia, General Manager, SPECO III Electric Power Construction Corporation; Sun Xinxiao, Managing Director, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (India unit);

Wei Jianhua, Chief Financial Officer, Shandong Heavy Industry Private Ltd; Wan`1g Xiaofei, General Manager, Julong Company Ltd; Wang Bo, Technical Manager, Julong Company Ltd; Ma Guo, Senior Manager, Bank of China’s Mumbai branch; Wang Junwei, Chief Executive Officer of Taiyuan Heavy Industry (India) Private Ltd; Wang Zhidong, Financial Executive, of the same company. The delegation is accompanied by She Yonggang, journalist with Chinese official news agency Xinhua.

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French team evinces interest in Nagpur Metro

A high-level team of Agence Francaise de Developpment (French Agency for Development- AFD) is on a three-day long visit to Nagpur to explore the possibility to extend financial assistance to M... Read More
A high-level team of Agence Francaise de Developpment (French Agency for Development- AFD) is on a three-day long visit to Nagpur to explore the possibility to extend financial assistance to Metro Rail Project. The team met Mayor Pravin Datke, and Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) and S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of MIHAN to understand issues related to the growth of Nagpur.

It may be mentioned that the team of AFD had visited Nagpur in December, 2014, to seek information regarding development of the Metro Rail. The Government of India has deputed this agency to consider the possibility of financing the project. NMRCL is eyeing on soft loan of Rs 1,500 crore from AFD. The total cost of the project is Rs 8,680 crore and 50 per cent amount will be borrowed through soft loan from foreign agencies. The AFD team consisting of Cheik Giya, Programm Officer, Priscella Coninck, Project Manager, Transport Division, and Juliet Le Panerer, Project Coordinator AFD are in city. The AFD is providing loan at lowest interest rates in various sectors including transport. The team members visited Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), Morbhavan bus station, Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Thursday. A meeting with officials of NMRCL will be held on Friday.

The team members met Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on Thursday.

They tried to understand the future growth of Nagpur, and socio-econmonic condition. Commissioner Hardikar and Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade gave power point presentation of various on-going and proposed projects in the city. They gave information regarding 24 x 7 water supply, Pench water project I, II, III and IV, and other vital projects for the overall development of the city. Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakade briefed about public transport system of the city. The orange city has been selected as model solar city by the Union Government while local body has undertaken a masive campaign for changing old lights to LED. The NMC is observing earth hour on every full moon day in the city to save energy. The team also took review of planning for smart city concept. Superintending Engineer Shashikant Hastak, Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Satish Neral, Shyam Chavan, D D Jambhulkar, CAFO Madan Gadge, Sandeep Lokhande, Rajesh Dupare, Col S J Mujumdar, Ajinkya Parolkar, J K Deshmukh and Rajeev Elkawar, Deputy Engineer of NMRCL were present in the meeting.

The team also took all the vital information regarding development in MIHAN, logistics, transportation, number of people visiting MIHAN every day, employment generation possibilities, and proposed development in the area. Chief Engineer S V Chahande, Superintending Engineer S K Chatterjee, Deputy Collector Ashok Choudhary, Atul Thakre, and Deepak Joshi were present in the discussion. Anand Kumar, Executive Engineer of NMRCL also guided the team in the city. As per plan, around 35 kms stretch of Metro rail would be elevated while 4.5 kms portion will be at grade. Recently, the State Government has transferred 35 hectares land of MIHAN-SEZ area to NMRCL for its depot.

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Grand shobhayatra to be taken out from Poddareshwar Ram Mandir on Mar 28

n Staff Reporter A grand shobhayatra of Lord Ram with 42 attractive floats would be taken out under the auspices of Shriram Janmotsava Shobhayatra Samiti on March 28 from the premises of Shri Po... Read More
n Staff Reporter A grand shobhayatra of Lord Ram with 42 attractive floats would be taken out under the auspices of Shriram Janmotsava Shobhayatra Samiti on March 28 from the premises of Shri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir, Central Avenue, at 4 pm to mark Ram Navami. This is the 49th year of this impressive event.

Pravin Datke, Mayor, will perform poojan of the idols of Lord Ram, Janki, Laxman and Hanuman to be mounted on the main chariot ‘Divya Garud Rath’, at the main gate of the mandir, before beginning of the yatra. Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister for Nagpur district; Ajay Ssancheti, Avinash Pande, Vijay Darda, MPs; Banwarilal Purohit, former MP; Datta Meghe, Vilas Muttemwar, former MPs; Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Abhishekh Krishna, Collector; Shyam Wardhane, Chairman of NIT; K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Sudhakarrao Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kolhe, Dr Milind Mane, Mitesh Bhangdiya, all Legislators[ Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Satish Chaturvedi, Anees Ahmed, Ramesh Bang, Nitin Raut, Rajendra Mulak, former ministers; Dinanath Padole, Jaiprakash Gupta, Dipak Patel, Harshala Sable, Suresh Sharma, Dayashankar Tiwari, Ramesh Singare, Munnalal Gaur and others would also garland the idols on the occasion.

This was stated by Ramkrishna Poddar, Managing Turstee of the mandir, while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Pt Umesh Sharma said, the main chariot ‘Divya Garud Rath’ has been prepared by Dhanraj Patekar while Shyam Burra, Indore, would make arrangement for lighting.

The yatra would consist of 42 floats depicting various mythological scenes, band party, bhajan/kirtan parties, folk dancers etc. The devotees and dignitaries would haul the main chariot for some distance to mark beginning of the shobhayatra. It would pass through Kakde Chowk, Hansapuri, Ganjakhet Chowk, Shahid Chowk, Badkas Chowk, Kelibag Road, Mahal, Gandhi Gate, Tilak statue, Subhash Road, Cotton Market, Pt Malaviya Marg, Dr Munje Chowk, Rani Jhansi Square, Variety Square, Sitabuldi Main Road, Manas Chowk, Railway Station Road and reach back to mandir.

Following organisations would put up their impressive floats: Shri Baidyanath Ayurved Bhavan Ltd., The Hitavada, Dainik Bhaskar, Om Hareram Hare Krishna Manas Avam Sankirtan Mandal, Big Bazaar, Lalit’s Rajwada Palace, Shri Chinteshwar Navyuwak Mandal, Rukhmini Metals and Gases Ltd, Jaibhavan Durga Utsava Mandal, Shri Ramdeobaba Bhakt Mandal, Shri Annapurana Durga Mata Mandal, Shri Rani Sati Charitable Trust, Shri Swami Samarth Seva Adhyatmik Vikas va Bal Sanskar Mandal, Shri Sahyog Shardostsav Mandal, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, Shri Jalaram Satsang Mandal, Vidarbha Cement and Hardware ISKCON, Jai Sharda Mitra Mandal, Bhoi Samaj Seva Samiti and others.

Around 1350 organisations would be associated with the event while there would be 14,500 volunteers to monitor the yatra. Moreover, police would also make proper bandobust to ensure smooth flow of traffic. An arrangement for commentary would also be made, Sharma added.

Punit Poddar, Suresh Jagyasi, Suresh Agrawal, Jugalkishor Qyal, Radheshyam Dhakate, Gunwant Thaware, Shitalprasad Dewangan, Ramesh Rajoriya, Satyendra Gupta, Gajendra Pande, Arvind Ruia, Ganesh Sangewar, Santosh Kabra, Shantikumar Sharma, Rameshwar Shivhare, Krishnakant Gupta, Yash Munnawar, Suraj Agrawal, Amarsingh Binwar, Bipin Poddar, Jagat Talreja and others were present in the press conference.

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NGT unhappy with MoEF over clean coal norm implementation

Bailable warrant issued against MoEF Secretary for flouting earlier NGT order

Making its displeasure clear over casual manner in which Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)... Read More
Bailable warrant issued against MoEF Secretary for flouting earlier NGT order

Making its displeasure clear over casual manner in which Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) handled the coal sampling issue and flouted its order, the National Green Tribunal (West Zone) has issued bailable warrant against MoEF Secretary asking him to remain personally present on April 20 and explain the lapses.

A division bench of NGT consisting of Justice V R Kingaonkar and Dr Ajay Deshpande while hearing an application filed by social worker Ratnadeep Rangari from Mahadula revealing violation of MoEF norm banning use of coal having more than 34% ash content, sought a detailed affidavit from MoEF about coal sampling process conducted confidentially to ascertain quality of coal. The MoEF has been directed to explain control mechanism with regard to its own notification dated January 2, 2014 directing coal and power utilities not to supply and consume coal with more than 34% ash content without benefecation process.

The NGT in its earlier orders had directed MoEF and MPCB to undertake sampling process and had also sought to know in clear terms as to what kind of quality control systems was being operated for the purpose of extraction of coal from the mines, transportation of coal, delivery of coal and use of coal by the industries, including the power plants. In other words, if sub-standard coal is used for generation of power, whether responsibility can be fixed on transporter or end-user or any other agency, the NGT made it clear while asking MoEF and CPCBs of the concerned States, where the coal mines are located to investigate independently.

The MoEF in its earlier affidavit had informed that it had asked Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) to conduct sampling and submit a confidential report. The CIMFR has been asked to undertake sampling at Lajkura and Lakhanpur at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, Ghggus, Mungoli, Dumrikhurd, Ballarpur mines of WCL and Junadhi and New Kusmunda of SECL. Entire sampling process was to be conducted by excluding all stakeholders including agencies like Mahagenco, CIL and its subsidiaries and agents.

The NGT came down heavily upon MoEF for not conducting coal sampling process as directed and pointed out that it was constrained to issue warrant against MoEF director which was cancelled as per his request. The NGT made it clear that it wanted to ascertain the control mechanism to implement January 2, 2014 notification about clean coal norm. But due to apathy of MoEF, the NGT stated that it was held up to decide the matter.

The NGT had already directed Mahagenco to plant at least 1000 sapling per month at every power plant of Mahagenco for pollution already caused due to use of sub-standard coal and stern action against Mahagenco and its top management for wilful disobedience of the order and MoEF norm on use of clean coal.

MPCB in its affidavit had informed the NGT that it had already issued a stern warning to all power plants to strictly adhere to MoEF notification directing used of clean coal technology and benefication process to reduce pollution level and fly-ash generated due to use of sub-standard and inferior quality coal and also warned of initiation of action if power generating utility fails to do so.

The Mahagenco in its detailed affidavit had squarely blamed the coal utilities for supplying sub-standard coal and described itself as victim and expressed helplessness since it had no control over quality of coal received from CIL and its subsidiaries which are enjoying monopolistic position.

The MPCB put the onus of supplying coal within MoEF norms on coal companies and its consumption on Mahagenco while expressing helplessness in monitoring the actual coal quality which is supplied or used. The coal utilities refuted the allegation of supplying low quality coal and asserted that it was supplying high-quality coal to Mahagenco. The coal utilities passed blame on Mahagenco while stating that as per sample reports at its end, the coal quality was well within defined norms.

Adv Arpit Ratan appeared for the applicant. Adv Rakesh Rathod (Mahagenco), Adv Saurabh Kulkarni, Adv Supriya Dangare (MPCB), Adv Shweta Bhusar (MoEF), Adv Kartik Shukul (Coal Utilities) appeared for respondents.

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Four persons arrested for poaching deer in Butibori

A spotted deer was killed by four persons by laying traps at Pinjarkhori nullah near the land of church authority of Thana (Padri) in Butibori Forest Range on Wednesday.

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A spotted deer was killed by four persons by laying traps at Pinjarkhori nullah near the land of church authority of Thana (Padri) in Butibori Forest Range on Wednesday.

Forestmen arrested the accused and seized deer skin, meat, Hero Pulsar, traps, axe and knife from them. The names of the accused are given as - Ramesh Lokhande, Vishal Kamble, Dipak Tupe, Rajat Thengre, all residents of Thana (Padri) in Butibori range.

On a tip-off, Mangesh Tengdi, Range Forest Officer, Butibori, and staff from Chargaon round raided the hut situated in the farm of one Atkare and caught all the four accused while they were about to distribute meat among them. It is reported that the accused laid the traps at the nullah in which a spotted deer got entangled. Later, they killed the wild animal and separated the flesh from the skin for distribution, it is reported. Forestmen registered an offence against the accused under sections 9, 39, 44 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, read with section 51. They produced the accused before JMFC Jambhule, Umrer, on Thursday, who granted magisterial custody to them for 15 days.

D T Chaudhari, Forester, Rameshwar Dhondge, Sunil Karade, P V Ghugal, U B Bhamkar, J N Sayyad, D S Rangari, Forest Guards, Vasudeo Waghade, Raju Zade, Bandu Rangari, Bhaskar Gharat, Sunil Kulsange, Mansaram Neware, Kawdu Sonwane and Dattu Sonwane, all forest labourers, took active part in the raid.

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Rich tributes paid to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev

Lohia Adhyayn Kendra had organised a programme to pay tributes to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and also to Dr Rammanohar Lohia, on his birth anniversary. Dr Lohia had announced tha... Read More
Lohia Adhyayn Kendra had organised a programme to pay tributes to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and also to Dr Rammanohar Lohia, on his birth anniversary. Dr Lohia had announced that his birthday should not be celebrated.

The Editor of magazine ‘Nayantara’ Basant Pandey from Wardha was the guest speaker. He spoke abour relevance of Dr Lohia and Bhagat Singh today. Suresh Agrawal presided over.

General Secretary Harish Adyalkar made introductory remarks. Omprakash Mishra conducted the proceedings. Dr Balkrishna Mahajan proposed a vote of thanks.

Members of JCI Nagpur Patriot paid tributes to Shahid Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at Vijay Talkies Square, on their martyrdom day.

Jaycees India Vice-president Rajashri Bhaje, founder of JCI Nagpur Patriot Neelam Bhatiya, Shailendra Shrivastava spoke on life and work of the martyrs.

Sandip Naidu, Deepak Gupta, Mahefuz Ali, Jitendra Shrivastava were prominent among those present.

Nagpur Municipal Corporation staff paid tributes at Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar’s chamber, on behalf of NMC.

Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Secretary Harish Dubey, Assistant Superviusor Vilas Fadnavis, Sarjerao Galpat, Ramkrishna Lade, Rajendra Bhandarkar, PRO Ashok Kolhatkar, Pradip Khardenavis, Rajesh Jamankar, Dilip Tandle were present.

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HC concerned over unscientific disposal of waste

Taking a congisance of totally unsatisfactory and unscientific manner on which plastic waste along with fallen cluster of tree leaves are set on fire in various localities, the High Court on Wednes... Read More
Taking a congisance of totally unsatisfactory and unscientific manner on which plastic waste along with fallen cluster of tree leaves are set on fire in various localities, the High Court on Wednesday sought a response from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) by Friday. A division bench consisting of Justice A B Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh while issuing notice to State Health Department, NMC and NMC’s Deputy Director of Health also appointed Adv Shashibhushan Vahane as amicus curiae and directed him to prepare a proper petition highlighting this alarming fact.

The High Court in its brief order also stated that the plastic waste/materials, coming from various houses, hotels and hospitals etc. are put on fire along with such clusters resulting into emission of poisonous gases like Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide damaging the environment and reducing the level of oxygen in the atmosphere.

The High Court impressed upon NMC to act swiftly since in many parts of the city, clusters of leaves of the trees have accumulated on the open spaces, roads and there is likelihood of sanitary staff of the Corporation and including the employees of the contractors or staffer engaged by various offices in putting the same on fire thereby damaging the environment. At least, in future such practice should be discontinued, the High Court stated while expecting the authorities to take care of emergent apprehension.

Additional PP S M Ukey represented the State.

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High Court allows only authorised representatives to enter RTO premises

Though on record, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have ‘dismissed’ 3 writ petitions filed by transporters and their agents working on their behalf ... Read More
Though on record, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have ‘dismissed’ 3 writ petitions filed by transporters and their agents working on their behalf in the Regional Transport Offices at Nagpur and Akola, satisfied with the State Transport Commissioner and the RTOs’ explanation, there has been very little reason for the petitioners remaining aggrieved.

In the explanation offered, it has been submitted by the Transport Commissioner and concerned Regional Transport Officers including Sarjerao Shelke, the RTO here, that the impugned com munications do not restrict the authorised representatives to enter into the premises, but it restrict the unscrupulous elements dominating the functioning of the RTO offices by acting as employee, or agent or tout , assuming any of these names and misguiding the public at large by posing as authorised agent of RTO by charging an amount.

In the authorities’ affidavit, it has been made clear that access in the RTO offices have been restricted for only those persons, who are acting as authorised representatives of many persons simultaneously and charging excess amounts other than prescribed Government fee for doing the work.

The petitioners felt aggrieved because of State Transport Commissioner’s circulars of January 8, 2007 and March 3, 2012, collectively mandating direct services to the applicants by avoiding middlemen. The High Court had dealt with this issue in the WP No. 2065/1987 decided on June 6, 2002 that “persons with ‘authority letter’ on behalf of their masters / vehicle owners shall not be restrained from doing their work.” It was made clear that the respondents can impose reasonable restrictions for entry into the field offices in larger interest and such restrictions shall not amount to infringement of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19 (1)(c) of the Constitution of India.

It is the contention of the agents that they are appointed legally u/s 182,183 of Contract Act 1872 and Power of Attorney Act. It was contended by petitioners that the ‘State Transport Commissioner’ had no powers to issue ‘prohibitory orders’ as the same are available to Police Commissioner/ District Magistrate u/s 37 (4) of Bombay Police Act and 144 (3) of Criminal Procedure Code. The petitioner questioned a circular issued by the State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade on January 12, 2015 directing all RTO’s from restraining ‘agents’ in their respective offices. The orders were challenged before the High Court by ‘authorised agents’ working on behalf of the vehicle owners.

Senior Counsel C S Kaptan, Adv Tushar Mandlekar and Adv J B Gandhi appeared for the petitioners. GP Bharti Dangre represented the State.

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Draconian hike in development charges to hit realty market

The construction rates of buildings in posh localities of the Orange City are all set to increase as Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased development charges... Read More
The construction rates of buildings in posh localities of the Orange City are all set to increase as Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased development charges from Rs 60 per sq mt to 2 per cent of the ready reckoner charges. The local body has been charging 15 per cent of the ready reckoner for relaxation in building plans. The rates of development charges for Industrial users have been hiked by one-and-half times of ready reckoner rates. While commercial users will have to pay double the ready reckoner rates.

The decision of NMC will adversely affect the property market in the city and the rates of the property will increase substantially especially in Ramdaspeth, Dharampeth, Itwari, Gandhibag, Sitabuldi, Dhantoli, Jaripatka, Byramji Town, Shankarnagar, Verma Layout, Congress Nagar, Wardhaman Nagar, Maskasath, and other areas. As ready reckoner rates in these area are touching the sky. Earlier, the development charges were similar in all the localities, now, the NMC would levy according to ready reckoner rates. The rates in Nari, Wanjara, Pardi, Wathoda, Hasanbagh, Hudkeshwar and other parts will be much lower as compared to prime localities.

NMC issued notification recently for levying development charges according to ready reckoner rates. Maharashtra Government has amended Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966 to levy development charges equivalent to 2 per cent of the ready reckoner rates. The NMC has amended development control rules as per changes in MRTP Act. In addition to these charges, the developer or builder will have to pay other charges levied by the Town Planning Department.

The charges for development of land for residential or institutional use without involving any construction activities will be 0.5 per cent of the ready reckoner rates. These charges will be applicable for redevelopment of the building also.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner has already decided to levy relaxation premium which will be around 15 per cent of the prevailing ready reckoner rates. This relaxation is a discretionary power of the commissioner and he/she can take decision depending on the violation of the builiding norms. The extra relaxation on staircase, balcony and other amenities will also be granted on 15 per cent premium rate. The building situated in the front lane of the road will have to pay more for closing balcony while inner lane buildings will have to pay less to regularise such extra construction. In addition to these charges, the builders will have to pay 1 per cent of the total project cost of a building as security deposit and Rs 25,000 as tree plantation fees. The developer has to pay 10 per cent of the total cost of the development charges of the layout, 1/2 per cent cost for storage of building material, 15 per cent charges for closing balcony, and 0.5 per cent for periodical inspection fees. The builders are unhappy over hike in development charges as this will increase the cost of their project. Already the rates of a 3 BHK flat in posh localities are above 1.5 crore and now, this extra burden will badly affect property market. This will increase the building cost and home will not be affordable for common man. Sources claimed that the property market of the city is witnessing tremendous slow-down and new rates are bound to hit it badly. It is learnt that around 1.5 lakh flats are unsold in the city due to high prices. Surprisingly, these critical issues never come up for a discussion in the general body meet of the NMC or Standing Committee meet.

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In death, she gave life to many

When she was returning home, she was not aware that she would never see her home again. But on Monday evening a car hit her ruthlessly and threw her on the deathbed. When she was fighting for he... Read More
When she was returning home, she was not aware that she would never see her home again. But on Monday evening a car hit her ruthlessly and threw her on the deathbed. When she was fighting for her life, her brain stopped working and her parents with a courage decided to donate her organs. Had Zoya Shamsuddin Rana lived, India would have seen a great artist. She was pursuing her Fine Arts education at Mumbai and had come to spend some time with her family. Walking was her hobby. She went for walking near Seminary hills and after finishing the same was returning to her home which is at Karimbad Co-operative Housing Society, Chhindwara road, Chhoni.

She reached RBI quarter square and was hit by an unidentified vehicle. Crowd gathered near her, she was bleeding profusely. At first she was taken to a private hospital which could not take the case because of not having the required set-up. Then she was taken to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where also hers was not the fit case.

Finally she was brought to Meditrina Hospital where doctors tried their best but her injury was so severe that her brain stopped working. Dr Ravi Wankhede of Mohan Foundation plunged into the action who counseled the parents Shamsuddin Rana and mother Rozina. After gathering courage, parents decided to donate eyes and kidneys of Zoya. The necessary procedure has begun at Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI).

According to press release issued by the family, the funeral procession will begin at 4.30 pm on Wednesday from her residence at Karimbad Housing Co-operative Housing Society, Chhindwara Road, Chhaoni, Opposite Poonam Chambers, Byramji town to Jaripatka Muslim Cemetery where last rites will be performed.

Efforts of civil defence instructors went in vain

When Zoya was badly hit by the car, the first who came to her rescue were Amit Sharma and Amarsingh Rathod both are Civil Defence Instructors who have come for their training at National Civil Defence College. Director of the college Dr G S Saini told The Hitavada, “The hit probably was so severe that the survival seemed difficult. But as Basic Life Support (BLS) is a part of their training, the two instructors did the primary job but could stop bleeding. She was breathing, but was unconscious. The later part was not known to me. We only were aware that she was taken to GMCH.”

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Governor seeks region-wise figures of plan expenditure since 2010-11 by July

Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only... Read More
Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only the figures of non-plan expenditure. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has asked the Government to comply with the directives by July this year.

Taking serious cognisance of this non-compliance of his directives, the Governor has now directed that the figures for region-wise Plan expenditure and non-Plan developmental expenditure shall be published annually within three months of the end of respective financial year.

To ensure transparency in budgets, the Governor has directed, these figures shall be put online and updated in real time by using ‘appropriate interventions’. The Governor has directed Planning Department to publish the figures of region-wise plan expenditure since 2010-11 and indicate the extent of ‘shortfalls or diversions’ between regions. Similarly, he has sought the figures of region-wise non-Plan development expenditure for last three years. The Governor has sought compilation of the past years’ region-wise Plan and non-Plan developmental expenditure figures by July.

Further, the Governor has reiterated that all attempts need to be made to re-classify the items of expenditure in a way to ensure that no divisible item is ‘wrongly considered’ to be a non-divisible item. The details of this exercis0e shall be completed and submitted to the Governor by July, state the directives.

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.

‘State should submit views on Kelkar panel report’

In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.

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State to generate 14,400 MW renewable energy

Energy Minister of Maharashtra and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday declared that the renewable energy policy of Maharashtra would be announced in a for... Read More
Energy Minister of Maharashtra and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday declared that the renewable energy policy of Maharashtra would be announced in a fortnight. He was speaking during the inauguration of the first Green Energy Park of Lokmat Media at its Butibori plant.

The State has plans to generate 14,400 Mw renewable energy, of which share of solar energy would be 5,700 Mw and that of wind energy 5,000 Mw, he announced. The renewable energy generation target of India has been pegged at 1 lakh mw, of which share of Maharashtra would be ten per cent.

As Maharashtra has increased its contribution in green energy target, Centre has given a grant of Rs 960 crore to Maharashtra, he told the gathering on this occasion. There is an ample sunlight in Vidarbha and Marathwada due to which government would promote energy conservation measures. As a part of these measures, the use of solar energy in all government buildings would be increased. In suicide prone districts of Maharashtra, ten thousand solar energy pumps would be distributed, he said. In the next five years, 5 lakh such solar energy pumps would be distributed all over Maharashtra.

Similarly, there is an acute shortage of water in 10,000 villages situated in hilly terrain. In such villages, water supply schemes would be equipped with 10 hp solar pumps, he informed.

‘Take benefit of Krushi Sanjeevani Yojana’

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has appealed to agriculture power users to pay 50% of bill arrears to take benefit of Krushi Sanjeevani Yojana. As per scheme, if farm pump bill arrears are cleared by March 31, then remaining 50% of bill plus pending interest on it will be waived off by the Company, stated the MSEDCL release. The Kurshi Sanjeevani Yojana 2014 needs farmers support and hence maximum people should support it.

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Mah gets Rs 961 cr for renewable energy sector

Maharashtra Govenment has got lion's share of Rs 961 crores in country for its stellar work in New and Renewable Energy sector. Central Government rewarded Maharashtra, as the State added 3083 MW... Read More
Maharashtra Govenment has got lion's share of Rs 961 crores in country for its stellar work in New and Renewable Energy sector. Central Government rewarded Maharashtra, as the State added 3083 MW between April 2010 to March 2014.

The follow-up on part of Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Energy Minister Piyush Goel resulted in State getting such a big amount for further carrying out expansion in New and Renewable Energy sector. Also, Maharashtra State has bagged an award for meritorious work in New and Renewable Energy sector. As per recommendation of 13th Finance Commission, an amount of Rs 5,000 crore was kept aside for promotion of fresh New and Renewable Energy projects that are connected to transmission grid.

The money was not distributed among the States and it was assumed that Maharashtra has added 500 MW project though now it is known that 3083 MW new projects were commissioned. Hence State got instead of Rs 363 crores, an enhanced allocation of Rs 961 crores, informs an official release.

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Chandrapur’s liquor traders move HC

Issuing notice to the State Government in remaining two out of total five writ petitions against the State Government's order of March 5 last imposing liquor ban in Chandrapur district, Justice B... Read More
Issuing notice to the State Government in remaining two out of total five writ petitions against the State Government's order of March 5 last imposing liquor ban in Chandrapur district, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have accepted the assurance of the Govt. Pleader that State Govt. would be making its submissions in defence of its prohibition policy sought to be enforced in the Chandrapur district from the midnight hour on March 31 next, by March 27, 2015. These petitions will be listed ‘high on the Board’ on March 27 for further consideration by the division bench.

State Home and Excise Secretaries and the Collector of Chandrapur have been joined to the petition as respondents. The purpose underlying the State Govt's impugned order is to ban, grant of and cancelling all existing liquor licences in the Chandrapur district with effect from March 31 next.

The petitions have been filed by Rahulkumar Dixit and 16 others, Chandrapur District Liquor Association & Society, V D Nerkar and 3 others and two more petitions.

These petitioners have pointed out that as in Wardha district Prohibition policy has failed miserably, it is destined to meet the same fate in Chandrapur district also, as it has no guidelines to back it up. Attacking the policy in no uncertain terms, these petitioners have contended that this policy runs counter to Articles 14, 21 of the Constitution of India and the provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition Act, 1949.

Advocates Akshay Naik, Rohit Joshi, Deven Chauhan, Mahesh Rai and Shashank Bhakare appeared for the petitioners. G P Bharti Dangre with AGP Anand Deshpande represented the State.

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New buildings to get 33% extra FSI

Marching ahead towards growth and urbanisation of orange city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to amend section of the Development Plan of the city to pave way for granting additio... Read More
Marching ahead towards growth and urbanisation of orange city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to amend section of the Development Plan of the city to pave way for granting additional 33 per cent Floor Space Index (FSI) to new buildings or for old buildings due for redevelopment. Presently, only Mumbai has this facility to grant 33 per cent additional FSI to buildings on payment of premium. The State Government will earn crores of rupees by granting extra FSI on premium. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has given green signal to NMC to go ahead with the proposal which has potential to curb all unethical practices going on in TDR market and town planning departments.

The NMC is seeking to amend regulation N-2.9 (6) proposed under section 37 (1) of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966 to be included in sanctioned Development Control regulations - 2000 for Nagpur city. This amendment will not be beneficial to old building for vertical expansion because it presupposes adherence to other norms like side and front margins, fire safety and parking facility as per DCR.

Presently, the maximum permissible FSI in residential zone is 1 and 1.25 (if plot area is more than 1000 sq mts), additional FSI may be permitted upto 33 per cent of net plot area. As per amendment, this provision will be applicable in non-congested area only. The FSI is optional and non transferable. The total FSI shall not exceed 1.8 of the net plot area and the builder or developer will have to pay premium as per ready reckoner rates. The NMC will levy 33 per cent of the ready reckoner for residential properties and 66 per cent premium for commercial properties. The premium will be deposited in the account of local body only. The provision of additional FSI shall be applicable in area under jurisdiction of NMC limit. The Town Planning Department of NMC will not allow vertical expansion of existing building by using additional FSI and it shall be permitted with erection of columns in the minimum required marginal open space or reducing minimum marginal space as stipulated in DC rules.

Highly placed sources claimed that Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) may fetch around Rs 50 crore per annum by way of premium. Besides, it will also curb the malpractice’s in realty sector and tendency to construct more in violation of FSI norms.

Presently, the transfer of development rights (TDR) is not easily available in the orange city. The NMC administration is sitting pretty over the TDR cases for last three years. This has created artificial crunch of TDR and rates are skyrocketing. After implementation of 0.33 additional FSI formula, the builders and developers may have choice to select any of the better option.

Sources claimed that this would generate more revenue for financially crippled local bodies in the State. As per the directions of the State Government, the local body has to create special account of Town Planning Department to undertake various developments works as well as acquisition of reserve land for public utility purposes. This will also bring down the project cost.

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Craze for ‘selfie’ claims seven young lives

The craze for ‘selfie’ pushed a group of youths beyond the point of no return. Seven of the 11 youths who set sail in a boat drowned as the boat capsized in a lake at Wadadh village near Pa... Read More
The craze for ‘selfie’ pushed a group of youths beyond the point of no return. Seven of the 11 youths who set sail in a boat drowned as the boat capsized in a lake at Wadadh village near Panchgaon on Sunday evening. The weekend tragedy should be an eye-opener for the GenNext. The question is as to why none of the youths could imagine the lurking danger when they boarded the dinghy to set sail for the ‘fateful selfie’. The deceased hailed from the city’s Ashirwad Nagar off Manewada Ring Road.

The tragedy occurred at Bhoshkhora lake, about 10 kms from Panchgaon, said Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh while confirming the incident. It’s going to take time for fishing out the bodies owing to darkness and remote location of the spot, she added. In fact, police had a tough time keeping next of the kin away from the spot as they simply refused to buy the logic and wanted immediate retrieval of the bodies. However, police are handicapped due to lack of lighting arrangement at the lake. Hundreds of villagers, too, gathered at the spot prompting police to deploy additional force to keep the things under control, it was learnt. Police was taking help of local fishermen to recover the bodies.

According to information, a group of around 11 youths had gone for a picnic at the lake. About 4.30 pm, after taking bath in the lake, the youths went to a nearby Dargah. The group returned to the lake for capturing joyous moments with their cellphone cameras.

One of them noticed a dinghy on the bank of the lake and bright minds immediately thought of a ‘selfie’ in middle of the lake. Without giving even a second of thought, the youths jumped onto the dinghy and set sail on an dangerous adventure. By that time it was already getting dark but the youths pumped-up with adrenaline failed to think of possible dangers. When they reached at middle of the lake, they began clicking photos feverishly. Suddenly all the youths got on one side of the boat to get into the frame.

The fate played its hand and before they could imagine their weight led to disproportionate balance and the dinghy tilted.

In a flash of a second all 11 youths were into the water. The youths started yelling and shouting for help. But there was no response as the area was isolated. About four youths managed to save themselves but for others, it was a self-made disaster as they simply drowned as the lake was full of silt. The surviving youth quickly gathered and called for help. Staff of Nagpur Rural Police and Fire and Rescue Department rushed to the spot around 6 pm and started rescue operation.

Two brothers among dead

A pall of gloom descended upon Ashirwad Nagar after seven youths of the area drowned in the lake. The tragedy left the residents of the area in shock. As per the information from Nagpur Rural Police, the deceased were in early 20s. Among them were two brothers. The deceased were identified as Chetan Prakash Admane (20), a polytechnic student of KDK Engineering College; Harshal Prakash Admane (18), an ITI student; Maksood Sheikh Abdul Sayyad (27), an auto-rickshaw driver; Rama Shiwarkar (24); Gowardhan Thate (18), polytechnic students of Gaikwad Patil College of Engineering; Rahul Walode (23), an employee of a private company and a youth with nick name -- Butter.

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Importing coal is a matter of shame: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of State for Coal and Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal on Sunday described import of costly coal for thermal power plant as “a matter of shame for country like India with ... Read More
Union Minister of State for Coal and Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal on Sunday described import of costly coal for thermal power plant as “a matter of shame for country like India with 300 billion tonne coal reserves” and promised to eliminate coal shortage in next five years by doubling the coal production. We are trying to improve quality of coal and along with improvement in plant load factor, better co-ordination with power companies and better realisation of domestic coal, we are sure that power sector will thrive and costly power will become a distant memory, Goyal asserted while interacting with mediapersons at WCL headquarters. Earlier Central Government and State Governments never worked in tandem and filed cases against each other, Goyal lamented while declaring that he is working overtime to end all such disputes, arbitrations and kick-start a new era of co-operation. Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule who was present at the press meet also thanked Union Coal Minister for his help and keen interest taken to solve state’s power crisis and to bring down power cost. Coal India Limited Chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya, WCL Chairman cum Managing Director R. R. Mishra, senior officials of CIL and WCL were present at the press conference. Mega production by CIL and WCL on cards The Coal Minister also promised bumper coal mining by CIL and its subsidiaries like WCL in coming years. In the first nine months of Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the coal production has increased from 460 millions tonnes to 492 million tonnes while during UPA regime the production stagnated and increased from 432 million tonne to 460 million tonnes. With WCL opening 24 mines and most of the auctioned coal block going for mining, by 2018-19, close to 100 crore metric tonne or 1000 million tonne domestic coal will be available which will fuel double digit growth of Indian economy, Goyal stated.

About Coal block auctioning process, Goyal stated that entire bidding process was transparent and whenever any foul play or cartelisation was suspected, the mine blocks were simply given to CIL. He ruled out any hike in power tariff due to coal block auctioning stating that for regulated sector like power, the rates have been fixed keeping in mind interests of consumers. For unregulated sector like cement, steel, rates are different.

About possibility of allowing commercial mining, the Coal Minister stated that Government was open to all ideas, but first priority is to clean up mess inherited from UPA regime and auction the coal block to boost economic activity.

Acche Din for Maha Power Consumers

Goyal while promising a better deal for power consumers of Maharashtra described state-run Mahagenco as the biggest consumer of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and Coal India Limited. The coal supply has been streamlined, efforts are on to improve grades and charge as per actual grades, he stated. All power plants in Maharashtra have sufficient coal reserves, he claimed.

About excess money charged from Mahagenco by WCL previously by allegedly fudging up its grades and recent agreement to adjust the money and fine slapped by Competition Commission with future coal supply, Goyal claimed that decision is yet to be finalised. However, WCL and CIL officials are in regular touch with Mahagenco and State Energy department and earlier scenario of both PSU fighting legal battles against each other, is over, he stated.

About possible hike in power tariff, State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule stated that tariff petition filed by Mahagenco and MSEDCL has sought 8% hike, but we are streamlining affairs of all three power utilities and possibly, such a hike will not be needed, he hoped. Fadnavis Government is committed to bring down cost of tariff in Maharashtra, Bawankule stated.

Chavan was indifferent to power crisis, claims Goyal

Accusing the previous Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan with total apathy towards power woes of Maharashtra, Goyal alleged that despite his best efforts, Chavan simply refused to meet him for four long months and it was NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who intervened when state was reeling under power crisis. Even in that meeting, Chavan did precious little and no headway could be achieved due to his indifferent approach, he claimed while slamming the previous regime.

Praising Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for according top-most priority to power sector and sorting out all pending disputes with Centre over power and coal, Goyal stated even the proposal of WCL to open its biggest opencast mine at Penganga with four million tonnes per year capacity, was not cleared by Chavan Government for four long years. Fadnavis Government cleared it within record time and we could open three mines to boost coal production by seven million tonnes.

LED lights can save 10,000 MW electricity

Speaking at length about recent controversy over LED lights, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal claimed that if LED lights are used in household and on public streets, nation will save close to 10,000 MW electricity during peak hour and at least Rs 12,500 cr to Rs 15,000 cr can be saved annually. The LED are being manufactured and procured by public sector undertakings and may be due to this some private interests are hurt, Goyal stated while taking a dig at alliance partner Shiv Sena which is opposing LED lights in Mumbai.

Mumbai city alone can save Rs 80 crore annually and out of this power bill saved by BMC, Rs 48 crore will be paid to PSUs who are procuring LED. In fact, State Energy department is keen to install LED lights in all cities, he claimed while lamenting that an unnecessary controversy has been created out of a non-issue.

WCL to construct 200-bedded hospital at Koradi

Announcing a slew of CSR projects proposed by WCL, Goyal announced a 200-bedded super-specialty hospital for employees and family members of WCL and Mahagenco at Koradi. Mahagenco will provide land while WCL and CIL will fund the project. Similarly, the coal utilities will substantially finance the National Cancer Institute proposed by Aabaji Thatte foundation near Jamtha, he announced.

Earlier, the hospital project was proposed at Nagpur, but due to bickering between NIT and WCL, the project failed to take off due to initiative taken by new CMD R R Mishra, the project is now finally on right track.

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‘Penganga opencast mine will bring change into lives of ryots’

The opencast mine of Penganga would provide power at cheaper rates as ample coal will be available for Mahagenco power plants. When the mine become fully functional, people in the nearby areas ... Read More
The opencast mine of Penganga would provide power at cheaper rates as ample coal will be available for Mahagenco power plants. When the mine become fully functional, people in the nearby areas will get employment and farmers will get a total package of Rs 125 crore under the Land Acquisition Act. This will bring change into the lives of farmers, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the Penganga opencast mine at Wirur (Gadegaon) Wani Area, Chandrapur district on Sunday. Penganga opencast mine will have 4 million tonne per year coal production capacity. Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Coal; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping; Hansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra Minister for Energy; MP Krupal Tumane, MP Avinash Pande, MLA Sanjay Dhote, MLA Nanabhau Shamkule, MLA Sanjiv Reddy, Sutirtha Bhattacharya, CMD of Coal India Limited; R R Mishra, WCL CMD, graced the occasion. Makardhokra opencast mine and Bhanegaon opencast mine in Nagpur district were dedicated to the nation by Fadnavis on the occasion.

Makardhokra opencast mine would have 2 million tonne per year coal production capacity and Bhanegaon open cast mine would have 1 million tonne per year coal production capacity. Both the mines got green signal from the State Government recently.

According to WCL officials, opening of these mines will boost coal production by 70 lakh tonnes per year in Maharashatra. About 60 lakh tonnes of coal production from these projects will be supplied to power plants for generation of electricity and about 10 lakh tonnes of coal will be supplied to other consumers in Maharashatra. Direct employment opportunities to more than 1,000 persons will be created for the eligible land oustees. Total additional royalty and taxes to the tune of Rs 378 crore per year will be paid by WCL which includes Rs 171 crore per year to the Maharashtra Government and about Rs 207 crore per year to Central Government.

“We have taken utmost care to prevent rivers from pollution while sanctioning these mines,” Fadnavis noted. As a part of the its social responsibility, WCL has given Rs 2 crore to District Collector for deepening the Irai river. “Our State Government is always supporting farmers. We have given support price of Rs 4,000 per quintal to cotton growers and purchased one crore quintal cotton from them,” he said. “Every year, under the Jalyukt Shivar Yojana, we have decided to make 5,000 villages free from water scarcity. Water of the villages should be conserved in villages itself,” he suggested. In the State Budget, Rs one crore for supplying irrigation pumps and Rs three crore for construction of roads in rural areas have been kept aside, the Chief Minister added.

Gadkari called upon officials of WCL to set up an international institute for doing research on coal in Vidarbha as it would offer employment to the people. India needs 22 per cent drivers. Taking this into account, WCL should provide training to such youth to make them employable. “For making urea from coal in the Wani Area, if a coal block is allotted, farmers will get 40 to 45 per cent cheaper fertiliser than the market prices,” he felt.

In order to preserve greenery in Vidarbha, the idle land of coal mines should be converted into forest. Boost should be given to tourism in Tadoba so that optimum youth would get employment, Gadkari suggested.

From the Pengana project, coal would be distributed to all the places in Maharashtra, Goyal said. He assured the gathering that coal block would be allotted for making urea from coal. In the next two year, 24 coal mines would be opened. A 200-bed hospital and a cancer hospital would be established by WCL, he informed. In order to provide cheaper power, 70 lakh tonne of coal would be given to Maharashtra, he added.

“Injustice will not be done with anyone in the rehabilitation process,” Goyal claimed. Ahir said, in the Wani Area, 514 youth will get job and a package of Rs 125 crore has been designed for project-affected people (PAPs).

Bawankule demanded Union Coal Minister to allot coal block for making urea from coal in Wani Area. Maximum coal should be given to Maharashtra from the Penganga opencast mine, he said.

The Penganga opencast mine would have capacity to produce 4 lakh million tonnes per year and would have major share in the total output of WCL. Likewise, WCL would create history by making large contribution in the production of Coal India Limited. The project would provide employment to landless people in the Area. WCL has adopted Borgaon and Gadegaon in Wani Area.

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, CMD of WCL conducted the proceedings and S S Malli proposed a vote of thanks.

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Rise above politics for development: Fadnavis to all political parties

Describing Nagpur Metro as project of masses and every Nagpurian will have affection for it, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while inaugurating the office of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation L... Read More
Describing Nagpur Metro as project of masses and every Nagpurian will have affection for it, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while inaugurating the office of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) on Sunday. Congratulating people, Fadnavis proudly pointed out that Nagpurians willingly handed over land for this ambitious project. In the backdrop of ruckus created in Mumbai by Shiv Sena and MNS over Metro-3 station land, Chief Minister chose the occasion of Metro Office inauguration in the Second Capital of Maharashtra to advise all political parties to bury partisan differences in developmental works. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari presided over the function. They also launched the logo and the website of the NMRCL at the function. This is a temporary office of the NMRCL. The new office is under construction near Deekshabhoomi. Devendra Fadnavis, in his speech, assured that the ambitious metro rail project would get ample funds. Central Government, State Government and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) have made provision of Rs 500 crore in their budgets. The State Government has allocated Rs 197 crore while Central Government has sanctioned Rs 143 crore and NIT has made a provision of Rs 150 crore in its budget. The NMRCL has already received Rs 10 crore from Central Government for this ambitious project. He appreciated the logo. “Mazhi Metro” and said, Nagpur Metro will create record by completing this project within specific time and funds. He said, it is necessary to integrate public transport to reduce number of vehicles from the roads. The State Government has allocated funds in the budget for improvement of bus stations and “Bus Ports” will be constructed in the state. The State Government will take help of Gadkari’s Ministry in this regard. He appreciated citizens and all members of all political parties for supporting ambitious Metro rail project in Nagpur.

High Power Committee for MIHAN

The Central and State Government have given special weightage to orange city as institutes of national reputes are coming in the city. He said, the State Government has formed a high-power committee under chairmanship of Nitin Gadkari to expedite MIHAN project. The Government will implement all the recommendations made by this committee, assured Chief Minister.

Improve development in undeveloped layouts

Chief Minister said, the State Government will release order to grant Rs 100 crore within two days. Additionally, Rs 50 crore more will be released for the city. He said, NIT should complete all the works in undeveloped layouts. The NIT should spend Rs 100 crore while State Government will give financial assistance of Rs 50 crore. The State Government will also release another Rs 65 crore for these layouts. He said, the NIT should improve the infrastructure of these layouts and match it with other developed localities of the city. We have to develop Nagpur as an international city. He said, the Central Government has sanctioned underpass near Mankapur worth of Rs 17.38 crore.

Gadkari promises all support to Metro

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, we are expecting that the metro rail project should be completed by 2018. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Metro Rail are working jointly and prepare a design of overbridge at Pardi. This will save hard earned funds of the tax payers. The people are expecting to increase length of Metro rail upto Kamptee- Kanhan. He said, Central Government has decided to improve bus station on PPP model. The Government will give viability gap funding for the development.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, legislators Krishna Khopde, Prof. Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Nago Ganar, NIT chairman Shyam Wardhane, NMC commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar were present on the dais. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of NMRCL, made introductory remarks. Kapil Chandrayanan gave brief details about website.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Girish Deshmukh, Sanjay Bonde, Jaiprakash Gupta, Atul Kotecha, Nishant Gandhi, Rina Kuttermare, Babli Meshram, Mohan Trivedi, officers Anand Kumar, Rajeev Elkawar, and others were present. Shweta Shelgaonkar compered the function.

Suggestions invited on website

Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari launched website “www.metrorailnagpur.com.” This website will increase interaction of people with the company. The company has also invited ideas for the betterment of the project. The website has unique feature of Friends of Nagpur Metro and Nagpur Metro Fan clubs, this was informed by Kapil Chandrayanan.

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Son stabs drunkard father to death after tiff in WCL Colony

A person was killed in an act of patricide at Western Coalfieds Koyla Vihar Colony under jurisdiction of Gittikhadan police station on Saturday night. Prima facie police suspect domestic dispute b... Read More
A person was killed in an act of patricide at Western Coalfieds Koyla Vihar Colony under jurisdiction of Gittikhadan police station on Saturday night. Prima facie police suspect domestic dispute between father and son to be the cause of the murder. According to police, Rosenjeet Niranjan Biswas (45) came home drunk and forced his son Akshay Rosenjeet Biswas (20) to leave the house. The drinking binge of Rosenjeet was cause of nuisance for the family and Akshay could not bear the insult and attacked his father. Gittikhadan Police have arrested accused Akshay, who is employed at a mobile shop. Gittikhadan Police said, Rosenjeet -- who was employed as driver in WCL -- had two sons and wife. As Rosenjeet was a drunkard, his wife separated and started living in Chandrapur along with one of her sons. However, Rosenjeet along with elder son Akshay was living in the quarter no. A-5 at Civil Lines. On Saturday at 9.30 pm, Rosenjeet arrived home in inebriated condition and had a quarrel with Akshay over a domestic issue. The police said, Rosenjeet asked Akshay to leave home. Enraged Akshay took out a knife and stabbed his father who sustained injuries on neck, chest and others parts of the body.

After stabbing Rosenjeet, Akshay fled the house. Neighbours informed the police about the incident. When police reached the spot, Rosenjeet was dead. Police registered offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against Akshay who was later arrested late in the night. Further investigations are on.

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State Govt committed to conserve Sindhi culture, language: CM

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday evening, inaugurated the ‘Chetichand Mahotsav’ organised by Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha to mark Jhulelal Jayanti. Greeting the Sindhi brethren on the ... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Saturday evening, inaugurated the ‘Chetichand Mahotsav’ organised by Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha to mark Jhulelal Jayanti. Greeting the Sindhi brethren on the occasion, Fadnavis assured them that the State Government was committed to conservation of Sindhi culture and language. At the outset, Chief Minister prayed before the statue of Jhulelal. Later, he extended greetings to Sindhi community on the occasion of Jhulelal Jayanti and Chetichand Mahotsav. “I pray to the Almighty that all your wishes come true,” he said. On the occasion, he also released a CD of drama ‘Sindhi Mahanatak Jagandi Rahe Jyoti Jhulan Ji Sadai’, and also a souvenir of Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha. Sudhakar Deshmukh and Dr Milind Mane, both MLAs; Prof Anil Sole, MLC; Ghanshyam Kukreja, President of Bharatiya Sindhu Sabha; Virendra Kukreja, Rajkumar Kewalramani, Satish Anandani, Sanjay Chaudhary, Thakurdasji, Sushama Chaudhary and others also shared the dais on this occasion. Ghanshyam Kukreja presented a memento to Chief Minister. Making introductory remarks, Kukreja said that Chetichand Mahotsav was being organised for 30 years. As part of the celebrations, an exhibition highlighting Sindhi culture also was organised. He appealed to the people to visit the exhibition and get better acquainted with Sindhi culture.

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Governor seeks region-wise figures of plan expenditure since 2010-11 by July

Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only... Read More
Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only the figures of non-plan expenditure. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao has asked the Government to comply with the directives by July this year.

Taking serious cognisance of this non-compliance of his directives, the Governor has now directed that the figures for region-wise Plan expenditure and non-Plan developmental expenditure shall be published annually within three months of the end of respective financial year.

To ensure transparency in budgets, the Governor has directed, these figures shall be put online and updated in real time by using ‘appropriate interventions’. The Governor has directed Planning Department to publish the figures of region-wise plan expenditure since 2010-11 and indicate the extent of ‘shortfalls or diversions’ between regions. Similarly, he has sought the figures of region-wise non-Plan development expenditure for last three years. The Governor has sought compilation of the past years’ region-wise Plan and non-Plan developmental expenditure figures by July. Further, the Governor has reiterated that all attempts need to be made to re-classify the items of expenditure in a way to ensure that no divisible item is ‘wrongly considered’ to be a non-divisible item. The details of this exercis0e shall be completed and submitted to the Governor by July, state the directives.

‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’

In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra — popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land.

The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.

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He is no more, yet lives on

A person after meeting with an accident was injured severly. He was brought to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) where he was declared ‘brain dead’. His family members, show... Read More
A person after meeting with an accident was injured severly. He was brought to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) where he was declared ‘brain dead’. His family members, showing great courage, decided to donate his kidneys and eyes. The organ donation was done successfully. One of his kidneys was transplanted to a patient at OCHRI and the other was transplanted to another patient successfully in Wockhardt Hospital. This is a proof that organ donations is gaining momentum in the Orange City.

G Nageshwar Rao, a 54-year-old male had alleged met with a road accident at Wanadongri. He was immediately admitted to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital in an unconscious state. Later, he was referred to Wockhardt Hospital and from there he was taken to Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI), on ventilator support for further treatment. Rao was admitted under care of Dr Pramod Giri, Neurosurgeon. His investigations showed signs of head injury. Doctors attending to Rao explained to his family that he was ‘brain dead’ and had no chances of recovery. OCHRI team, led by Manjiri Damle, Counsellor, counselled the relatives of the patient for cadaveric kidney donation. Rao’s wife Lata and their family members, with a big heart, decided to donate his kidneys and eyes so that the organs could benefit some needy patients.

After performing all essential confirmatory tests as per standard protocol by the team of specialist -- Dr Nikhil Balankhe, Dr Rajesh Atal, Dr Devyani Buche, Dr Ketan Chaturvedi and Dr Ninad Gawande; he was certified as brain stem dead status.

Dr S J Acharya, Transplant Advisor and Manjiri Damle, Transplant Co-ordinator, OCHRI completed all necessary formalities. Zonal Transplant Co-ordination Committee (ZTCC) was duly informed. Dr Ravi Wankhede provided all feasible assistance. Dr Vipul Ambade from Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur and Rajan Mane, PI Incharge, PS Dhantoli provided all support for early retrieval.

The kidneys were retrieved and immediate transplant surgery was performed by OCHRI transplant team comprising Dr Rajesh Soni, Dr Sandeep Deshmukh, Dr Suhas Salpekar, Dr Rohit Gupta assisted by Dr Kavita Dhurvey and supported by Dr S J Acharya. Dr Smita Harkare, Dr Neeta Deshpande, Dr Anita Pande and Dr Swapna Bhure provided the anesthesia services during the surgery.

Dr Shailendra Mundhada conducted the cross matching of tissues in odd hour before the surgery. Kidney donation gave new lease of life to the patients and their families heaved a sigh of relief.

Both kidneys were donated to needy as per ZTCC waiting list. One kidney was transplanted to a 62-year-old male patient at OCHRI and the other was transported to Wockhardt Hospital for transplant to a patient. A team of Dr Anup Marar, Dr S J Acharya, Dr Ravi Wankhede and Manjiri Damle accompanied by Ganesh Iyer visited Rao family to convey their indebtness on behalf of grateful humbled society for this noble act.

Forensic Department extends all help

Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has done a great service in organ donation process. Dr Makrand Vyawahare, HoD of Forensic Medicine, GMCH had sent Dr Vipul Ambade of GMCH to monitor the process who was there till the completion of process. This was done without getting a single penny. This is the great service being provided by forensic expert. The forensic expert’s opinion need to know whether the cause of death is not related to the organ of the person to be donated. Secondly, he does not need to stay till the completion of the process of transplantation.

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NCC to enroll 25 lakh cadets: Air Marshal Ajit Bhonsle

National Cadet Corps (NCC) has set its eyes on a long-term plan to increase enrolment of cadets from current 11 lakh to 25 lakh to shape the youths of the country into good citizens.

“Cur... Read More
National Cadet Corps (NCC) has set its eyes on a long-term plan to increase enrolment of cadets from current 11 lakh to 25 lakh to shape the youths of the country into good citizens.

“Currently, NCC has around 11 lakh cadets enrolled across the country. The administration has decided to get enrolled more than two-and-a-half lakh cadets in next year’s plan,” said Air Marshal Ajit Bhonsle, Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (DOT); and Major General R K Sharma, Commandant, NCC Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), Kamptee, on Saturday. Interacting with newspersons after the passing out parade of Associate NCC Officers at the OTA, the Air Marshal said, disciplined society is the need of every developing country and NCC is building that through imparting character, courage, discipline, leadership among youths. “NCC is motivating youths for selfless service and making them useful citizens of the country.

“Unity and discipline form the motto of NCC, and the force is imbibing qualities of patriotism and national fervour among the cadets,” he said.

Relating Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) with NCC, the Air Marshal said that IDS was a combination of three services -- the Army, Air Force, and the Navy. “NCC is built on the same lines,” he observed.

Praising the OTA at Kamptee, Air Marshal Bhonsle said, training is the most important factor in the corps and the OTA is imparting quality training to trainers. If a trainer is trained well, he/she will train the cadets better. “NCC officers are working hard across the country to build disciplined youth and future of the country. The corps is motivating the youths to join Armed Forces,” he added.

Brigadier S B Singh and Wg Cdr Samir Gangakhedkar also were present during the interaction.

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Lakadganj PS to become State’s first ever Smart Police Station

Maharashtra Government will develop Lakadganj Police Station (PS) as first ever Smart Police Station of the State. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar included this smart police station in Stat... Read More
Maharashtra Government will develop Lakadganj Police Station (PS) as first ever Smart Police Station of the State. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar included this smart police station in State Budget.

Krishna Khopde, BJP MLA from East Nagpur, informed in a press release that State Government would construct 13 floor-building on 4.7 acres land of police station. The Government has sanctioned Rs 250 crore for this Smart Police Station.

Lakadganj Police Station, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) will be situated on ground and first floor. The commercial complex will also having on ground floor. The residence of DCP and ACP will be situated on this building. The residences of Police Inspector, Police-Sub Inspectors and constables will also situate in this building. The building will be having club-house and gymnasium, parade ground, and dispensary including utility shops. The State Government has made provision of Rs 50 crore for the year 2015-2016, Rs 100 crore for 2016-2017 and Rs 100 crore for 2017-2018.

The Public Works Department has prepared an estimate of the building. The State Government will grant 4 Floor Space Index (FSI) for the building, Khopde claimed.

Khopde expressed gratitude towards Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for sanctioning Rs 250 crore for smart police station in Nagpur. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has been appointed as nodal agency of the building. It may be mentioned that Khopde was behind this project for last five years. He raised the issue in the Legislative Assembly and also submitted a letter to then Home Minister R R Patil. The previous Government did not take cognisance of this proposal, however, the new Government has cleared the proposal immediately.

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AERB to set up State-level Directorate of Radiation Safety in Maharashtra

Contrary to what Central Government said that X-ray centres have not applied to Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) said that it has approached... Read More
Contrary to what Central Government said that X-ray centres have not applied to Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA) said that it has approached the AERB and number of applications have been submitted. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made it clear that there are a large number of medical diagnostic X-Ray facilities in the country which have not yet applied to AERB for obtaining necessary registration. The AERB has taken up the matter with State Governments for formation of State-level Directorate of Radiation Safety (DRS) under the Health and Family Welfare Department of the respective State Governments. Currently, DRS is functioning in four states -- Kerala, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Tripura. AERB has also signed MoUs for establishing DRS with eight more states -- Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Ministry said, the AERB has been facing difficulties in regulatory control on account of the large number of units spread across the country and accelerated growth in their number. However, radiation hazards involved in such facilities are very low, to cause any unacceptable health risks. Such units do not emit any radiation unless they are energised and no emergency situations are envisaged at such facilities from the radiological safety stand point.

Dr Madhusudan Sarda, President of IRIA, Vidarbha Chapter, said, “AERB is facing staff crunch. They have appointed agencies which are doing their work. Number of applications have been sent to AERB.” In regulation of these facilities, AERB’s approach emphasises on ensuring safety built into the design of the equipment apart from operational safety. The regulatory control is exercised on the suppliers/manufacturers to ensure maintenance of quality assurance during manufacturing of such units to give satisfactory performance during use at the place of end users. This is in line with the approach followed across the world.

Dr Rajesh Kapur, former President of IRIA, said, “Staff crunch is there. As per international standards, these things are to be done. Unfortunately, AERB people points out small things and creates hurdles. How can we have space of 200 sq ft at places like Mumbai and Delhi. They have appointed agencies but no verification is done.”

Dr Jignesh Thakkar, President of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, told ‘The Hitavada’, “We are not taking the matter lightly as we do not want radiation to be spread and create problem for the people. In fact, IRIA has approached AERB. We have appealed our members to apply and large number of radiologists have already applied. We have published this appeal and application-related matter in our journals. Dr Sonawane of AERB conducts session on this issue and we invite him to deliver the same for our members. AERB has manpower crunch but they have appointed agencies which are looking after this matter.”

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Gadkari, Fadnavis to inaugurate temporary office of Nagpur Metro Rail Corpn today

This may be another milestone for ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur. The temporary office of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will be inaugurated at the hands of Chief Ministe... Read More
This may be another milestone for ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur. The temporary office of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) will be inaugurated at the hands of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday at 10.30 am at C K Nayudu road, near Sadar Police Station.

NMRCL is slated to commence operations in Nagpur from its new work place to be launched along with it’s new website. Guardian Minister of Nagpur Chandrashekhar Bawankule will present as guest of honour. NMRCL is a joint undertaking of Government of India and Government of Maharashra with a mandate to establish a Metro Railway System in Nagpur City. Managing Director Brijesh Dixit is implementing the work of Metro Rail. The new building of Metro Rail is under construction at Deekshabhoomi.

The first meeting of board of directors of NMRCL was held recently at New Delhi. The company has five members each from Central and State Government departments. Secretary Urban Development, Government of India is the chairman of the company while Officer of Special Duty MoUD, Joint Secretary of Integrated Finance Division, representative of Delhi Metro Rail Company (DMRC) and a Joint Secretary level officer of Finance are the members from Central Government’s side. Secretary Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra, Finance Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust and Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur are the members from State Government. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors- North- South and East-West- 38.125 kms from two different locations. The State Government has allocated Rs 197 crore while NIT has made a provision of Rs 150 crore in its budget. The Central Government also made some provisions in its budget for this project. Recently, the State Government has transferred 35 hectares land of MIHAN-SEZ area to NMRCL for its depot. It may be mentioned that around 35 kms stretch of Metro rail would be elevated while 4.5 kms portion will be at grade. The rail will be on 1.2 mt width of median of the road. The maximum 77 hectares land is under Government possession and only 5 hectares would be acquired from private parties. The Central Government has given nod to project of Rs 8,680 crore.

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CDP = Copy. Deceive. Paste.

Good artists copy, great artists steal. This quote of legendary Pablo Picasso describes aptly how the draft of revised City Development Plan (CDP) for Nagpur appears to have been prepared.

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Good artists copy, great artists steal. This quote of legendary Pablo Picasso describes aptly how the draft of revised City Development Plan (CDP) for Nagpur appears to have been prepared.

A shocking instance has come to fore that the consultancy firm CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory has ‘appropriated’ the research findings of a city-based professor in the draft report, and has ‘incorporated’ as its own the findings as ‘observations’ on Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect analysis.

The original research was conducted by Yashwant Bhasker Katpatal, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT); Abhijeet Kute, and Deepty Ranjan Satapathy. Then, Kute was Research Student with School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh (UK); and Satapathy was Tech Group III (1), Environmental Systems Design and Modelling Division, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

The study titled ‘Surface and Air Temperature Studies in Relation to Land Use/Land Cover of Nagpur Urban Area Using Landsat 5 TM Data’ was published in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Urban Planning and Development in September 2008.

There are too many things to be dismissed merely as ‘striking similarities. For instance, the original research explains certain characteristics of Nagpur under the head ‘Study Area’. And, the draft CDP carries these details mostly verbatim on Page-171.

At least five of the six characteristics from original research have been reproduced on Page-171. It goes on like this: The city ‘does not show vertical growth but is recording a rapid horizontal ‘radial’ growth. Nagpur is 310 m above mean sea level with large, open spaces covered with vegetation. It is not a traditional business districts, does not have heavy industrial activities, and is dominated by the presence of residential areas. The city of Nagpur is developed on basaltic rocks and black cotton soil. Vegetation present in the city is totally concentrated in the western part of the region, whereas the eastern part is densely built up.’ Barring the addition of two words ‘urban sprawl’ in brackets at the end of the first sentence, and replacing the word industrial ‘activity’ with ‘activities’, the draft CDP reproduces each of these words in the same sequence from the original research paper.

But, it does not stop here. At least two images from the original paper also have been ‘appropriated’ by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory. One is a map explaining classification of Land Use (LU)/Land Cover (LC) based upon vegetation and built up land percentage. With legends, the same map has been used in draft CDP without quoting the source.

Another is an image that explains surface representation of air temperature in degree Celsius. This image actually shows with legends the ‘Heat Sink’ and ‘Heat Island’, in the original research paper.

While ‘appropriating’ this unique-to-the-research image, the only thing that the consultancy firm has done is use the image without legends. Again, source has not been quoted.

The most shocking thing, which may fit the definition of plagiarism of intellectual property of researchers, is that the draft CDP prepared by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory carries in verbatim the entire set of summary of analysis of UHI effect in Nagpur city. All five research findings from the original research paper have been ‘copied’ and ‘pasted’ almostly completely in the draft CDP without quoting source of the same.

These five findings ‘appropriated’ almost completely in draft CDP are as follows: “Certain LU/LC classes like vegetation and water bodies show lower temperatures, as expected. The mostly densely populated urban areas in east Nagpur (Mahal, Itwari, Central Avenue Road, Sitabuldi, etc.) fall within high temperature zones. Interestingly enough, the transportation network within the city (Ring Road, national highway within the city) show high temperature zones. Some open spaces close to the city, which are mostly barren land/wasteland or stony waste (with Basaltic composition) at certain places, surrounding the Nagpur urban area also show somewhat higher temperature zones. This may be attributed to very high heat absorption capacity of dark-collared Basaltic rock types. Areas having very dense vegetation show low temperature zones.”

Still, one must appreciate CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory for making a few ‘smart’ changes. For instance, it has changed to ‘Sitabuldi’ the word ‘Buldi’ used in original research. Further, it has cut short a couple of sentences that had technical details. And, it has replaced the word ‘dark-coloured’ in original research paper to ‘dark-collared’ in draft CDP.

This ‘copy-paste’ job done by CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory without acknowledging the original researchers, raises questions over genuineness of other datasets and analyses used in draft CDP. Besides, it also raises an important question -- If this is what consultancy firm does, why does the Government or NMC pay it? Also, this raises questions over the intentions behind first delaying the process of CDP consultations and then rushing it through. It remains to be seen if NMC becomes a party to this crime or takes corrective and penal action, to set right the entire process of consultations for CDP-II.

Now, it is for the NMC and the authorities concerned to decide if those preparing the draft CDP document are ‘good’ or ‘great’ artists as described by Pablo Picasso.

CDP-II: The fraud called stakeholders’ consultations

CDP for Nagpur was prepared last in 2006. A couple of years ago, the process for revising CDP or formulating CDP-II gained some momentum. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), in collaboration with the consultancy firm CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory, tried initially to keep away stakeholders. ‘The Hitavada’ took it upon itself to explain to the Nagpurians various stages of stakeholders’ consultations, norms laid down by Ministry of Urban Development, and various issues that needed to be covered in the consultation process.

Such was the ‘effort’ of NMC and consultant that instead of CDP-II draft, only a power-point presentation and a feedback form were available on NMC’s website for a few months. The draft of CDP-II was not available to common citizens. And, this gave the vested interests in NMC scope for inviting only the ‘chosen few’ as representatives of various stakeholder groups for consultations and show that procedure was followed. Later on, in 2014, citing the reason that Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections were in force, vested interests in NMC granted extra time to the consultancy firm to prepare draft of revised CDP. Despite this, CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory could come up with the draft of revised CDP in January 2015, and NMC uploaded it on its website in February 2015.

A few days ago, NMC and CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory conducted a workshop on CDP-II. The stakeholders, who were present in better numbers now, alleged that the local body had failed in resolving old burning issues of the city and citizens were reeling under heavy tax burden. They also pointed out which areas were left out, and stressed on educating the citizens on revised CDP process. However, the administration turned down the suggestion of reaching out to stakeholders for better clarity on preparing revised CDP.

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Two hi-tech gambling rackets busted

Keeping a vigilant eye on increasing gambling activities, police busted two high-tech gambling dens and seized records of betting on Australia - Pakistan match amounting to lakhs of rupees in K... Read More
Keeping a vigilant eye on increasing gambling activities, police busted two high-tech gambling dens and seized records of betting on Australia - Pakistan match amounting to lakhs of rupees in Kotwali and Ghamapur areas, on Friday. Police have apprehended five accused, cash of Rs 26,270, 21 mobile handsets and other electronic gadgets. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, police started a rigorous campaign against gambling activities under the supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) and Ashish Khare, Additional Superintendent of Police (Crime).

SHO of Kotwali police station, Bharat Singh Rajput informed that during the campaign, police received information about some suspected persons involved in gambling activities at a house situated at Tilak Bhumi Ki Tallayya. Acting promptly on the information, a police team raided at house and apprehended three men when they were busy in taking bookings of Satta on second quarter-final match of Australia and Pakistan in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. In the raid, police team seized cash of Rs. 21,000, 11 mobile handsets, four registers of bookings amounting in lakhs of rupees, a laptop, LCD television, net connector, set-top box and other electronic gadgets from the spot.

In further investigation, police learnt that Rajesh Jain lived as tenant at house of Vivek Choudhary. Rakesh Jain and Virendra Jain were taking bookings of Satta on Cricket match under the direction of Murli Sindhi. Police have apprehended the accused Rakesh Jain (40), a resident of near Purani Bajaji Jain Mandir in Sarafa area and Virendra Jain (38), resident of Ghoda Nakkas area while another accused Murli Sindhi is still absconding.

Police have registered a case against the accused under section 109 of the IPC, section 4 (A) of Gambling Act and section 66 (A) of IT Act while further investigations are underway to apprehend the absconding accused and other persons working in the network.

Similarly, SHO of Ghamapur police station, Sanjay Dubey informed that during the campaign, police received information about a gambling den near Shukla Hotel area. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached the area and raided the identified house. In the raid police found that Ravi Ahuja along with his brother Prem Ahuja and friend Ankur Motwani were taking bookings of Satta on Australia and Pakistan match. Police team seized 10 mobile handsets, one colour television, set-top box, two registers of booking, cash of Rs 5,270 and other electronic gadgets used for taking ‘Satta’ bookings.

Police have arrested accused Ravi Ahuja (31) and his brother Prem Ahuja (26), residents of Ajay Memory School in Chiraula area of district Rewa and Ankur Motwani (22), a resident of Jhamandas Chowk near Sindhi Dharamshala, while further investigations are underway.

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High Court stays appointment of super speciality docs at AIIMS Bhopal

THE Central Administrative Tribunal’s bench at Jabalpur, on Friday, took a serious view of the irregularity in reservation policy in AIIMS Bhopal and passed an interim order that no appointme... Read More
THE Central Administrative Tribunal’s bench at Jabalpur, on Friday, took a serious view of the irregularity in reservation policy in AIIMS Bhopal and passed an interim order that no appointment should be made on posts of super specialist doctors in AIIMS Bhopal.

The original application filed by Faculty Association AIIMS Bhopal against the Union of India is pending before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Jabalpur. This order was passed at the instance of some doctors who approached CAT, Jabalpur with the grievance that the government should not have any reservation in super specialised fields of medicine and secondly, clubbing together of posts of various departments for the purpose of implementation of reservation roster was unconstitutional and contrary to the guidelines.

The CAT had issued notices to respondents earlier also and had given them repeated opportunities to file reply and also passed a mild order on January 14, 2014 that any appointments made during the pendency of the case would be subjected to the final decision of the case. However, Advocate N S Ruprah, counsel for the petitioners, pressed that the appointments, which may be made contrary to the guidelines and the law laid down by the Supreme Court, would lead to multiplicity of litigation. Hence appointments done in an illegal manner be stayed. This interim relief was granted by tribunal at Jabalpur on Friday. Advocate Ruprah, counsel for the petitioners, had argued that reservation roster had to be implemented in each faculty separately. Posts of various faculties could not be clubbed together to implement the reservation roster. Being prima facie satisfied with his arguments, the interim order was passed.

Govt submits quarterly report on Monitoring Committee for Bhopal gas victims before HC

THE State Government, on Friday, submitted reply before the High Court in response to the fourth quarterly report of the Monitoring Committee constituted for Bhopal gas victims.

The Government, in its reply before the court, mentioned that it had released tender for new machines and also issued directions for recruiting 130 persons for Monitoring Committee for Bhopal Gas Victims related to their rehabilitation and health facilities. On Friday, the Monitoring Committee requested the court to issue directions for Director, Family Planning and Public Health Department, to be appointed as Secretary of Monitoring Committee. In this regard, the division bench asked the State Government to submit the reply before the court and fixed next dates for hearing of the case on April 8. The division bench heard the PIL filed by Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan.

On March 11, Counsel for the petitioners had pointed out that the State Government failed to comply with the large number of requirements specified by the Committee. Moreover, no response was filed by the State. Counsel for the State sought time to file compliance report-cum-action taken report within one week. Counsel for the petitioners submitted that the State Government had merely appointed another person - Dr D C Agrawal as Co-ordinator of Monitoring Committee. However Dr Agrawal was also a government employee and might face same problem as the earlier nominee. Unless the Monitoring Committee made grievance about improper assistance rendered to it by the Co-ordinator, it might not be necessary to examine this grievance. As no appearance was made on behalf of the Monitoring Committee and Amod Gupta, Advocate for the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, submitted adjustment application, the could decided to keep this issue in abeyance till next date. The matters was to be listed on March 20, the division bench said.

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Malaiya incident condemnable: WCR GM Chandra

“THE incident in which Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya and his wife and other passengers were robbed on a running train at Banda is condemnable,” said West Central Railway (WCR) General Man... Read More
“THE incident in which Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya and his wife and other passengers were robbed on a running train at Banda is condemnable,” said West Central Railway (WCR) General Manager, Ramesh Chandra, adding that efforts would be made to ensure tight security of passengers. “In order to strengthen security net for passenger, there was a need for good co-ordination between Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force. The WCR administration would initiate efforts at all levels to establish co-ordination between GRP and RPF personnel.”

Chandra was addressing a press conference at the newly-constructed VIP Waiting Room on platform number 6 soon after returning from Jabalpur-Itarsi route checking, on Friday. He was accompanied by Divisional Railway Manager A K Singh, Principal Chief Engineer, J S Sondhi, Chief Commercial Manager, S C Jethi and others.

Commenting on shortage of security staff,. Chandra said that this issue was a serious one and was associated with the State Government. The WCR administration would hold talks with the State Government on providing more facilities and force for security of passengers.

To enhance services, the team of WCR is working in a focused and planned manner. Plans for enhancement of rail network and works to raise speed of trains as well as making passenger facilities and security up-to-date were being executed as per the availability of resources, claimed GM Chandra.

Chandra also highlighted various measures being taken up by WCR at all its stations to enhance passenger facilities and also pointed infrastructure needs and requirements to meet the desired level of quality standards at railway stations. He said this year, various important projects related to doubling and electrification of routes would be initiated with tendering process.

Commenting on increasing running speed of trains in different blocks under purview of WCR, Chandra said that in order to increase speed of trains at different blocks, survey was being carried out for enhancement of track. “We have tracks that are in good state and suit requirement to up the speed of trains but simultaneously to enhance speed, total tracks need to be in good condition. Works to enhance track conditions are underway and in coming days speed of trains would be increased as desired.”

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NSCBMCH likely to start B Sc Nursing course soon

COURSE in BSc Nursing is likely to be started at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital soon. Taking note on the issue raised by Dean Dr Rooplekha Chouhan during meeting with ... Read More
COURSE in BSc Nursing is likely to be started at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital soon. Taking note on the issue raised by Dean Dr Rooplekha Chouhan during meeting with Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Ajay Tirki, the senior official has asked officials of Nursing Department to conduct inspection and take further course of action to start BSc Nursing course. Dr Chouhan informed the Principal Secretary that only General Nursing course was being conducted in the Nursing College despite having qualified teaching staff, good infrastructure and practical facility at NSCBMCH.

Director of Nursing Services, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Dr J L Mishra is likely to visit NSCBMCH to conduct inspection. He would visit the Nursing College and Hostel and inquire about teaching staff needed to start BSc Nursing course. It is to be mentioned that despite having infrastructure at par with other big nursing institutes in the country, Government Nursing College at NSCBMCH offers only GNM courses. No official has taken any initiative to upgrade the course and start B Sc Nursing course more often running as private course. Teaching staff, hostel facility, play ground and Medical College for training of nursing students are available at Government Nursing College which most private nursing colleges lack.

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Kavita dreams to play Lady Sherlock Holmes

Charming and glamorous ‘Chandramukhi Chautala’ of super hit Sab TV serial FIR was in the capital city to attend Auto Expo 2015 organised by Raipur Automobile Dealers Association (RADA) on M... Read More
Charming and glamorous ‘Chandramukhi Chautala’ of super hit Sab TV serial FIR was in the capital city to attend Auto Expo 2015 organised by Raipur Automobile Dealers Association (RADA) on March 20.

Kavita Kaushik who plays a ferocious police officer Chandramukhi Chautala in FIR, at a press conference held at Hotel Babylon International, thanked people of Chhattisgarh for showering love and praises at her and told reporters that she enjoys coming to Chhattisgarh.

Notably, she compered Rajyotsav and shared the stage with Salman Khan in 2010. Kaushik spoke at length about her experience in FIR and said that she never thought that she would make it big in the show business. However, she accepted that she doesn’t have any major projects at present but wishes to feature in action and thriller films in future and her dream is to play “Lady Sherlock Holmes” someday. She added that stereotypical women roles don’t suit her and she gets bored playing traditional “Saas-Bahu” roles.

Kaushik, daughter of an ex-Policeman, opined that there should be greater gender representation in the police and security forces to ensure greater accessibility and sensitivity of police towards women. She informed that during her struggling days in Delhi and Mumbai she had herself beaten many eve teasers and molesters and added that she even favours police brutality against anti social elements, something which is characteristic of her portrayal of Chandramukhi Chautala in FIR.

The actress also expressed her apathy towards poor pay and difficult working conditions of police officers in country which according to her is the major reason of corruption.

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Cong’s walkout over merger of schools under SC/ST Devpt Deptt

Tribal Legislators from Congress including Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjit Bhagat, Ramdayal Uike, Brihaspati Singh and Rajendra Kumar Rai staged Walkout from the House opposing the me... Read More
Tribal Legislators from Congress including Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjit Bhagat, Ramdayal Uike, Brihaspati Singh and Rajendra Kumar Rai staged Walkout from the House opposing the merger of schools under SC/ST Development Department with the School Education department, on Friday.

The issue was raised during discussion on demand proposals for School Education department collectively by Congress Legislators Brihaspati Singh, Rajendra Kumar Rai, Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjeet Bhagat and Ramdayal Uike. They opposed the state government’s decision to transfer all schools and teachers functioning under ST/SC Development as well as urban administration into the School Education Department.

Opposing the move, the tribal Legislators contended that the merger of SC/ST department run schools into School Education department will further augment the crisis of teachers in these schools which are situated in far flung rural and tribal dominated areas and already facing dearth of teachers. They alleged that soon after the merger, most of the teachers will seek transfer to town areas.

However, refuting the charges School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap said this decision will help in smooth and better functioning of schools under single department. Dissatisfied with the decision, Congress members staged a walkout from the House. It may be recollected that Chhattisgarh Cabinet on February 27 had approved the proposal regarding transfer of all schools and teachers functioning under ST/SC Development as well as urban administration department to the school education department. Accordingly it was decided to transfer 14,563 schools under Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste development department and 43 schools under Urban Administration department to the School Education department.

Of the 14,563 schools under ST/SC department, there are 10,412 primary, 2951 middle, 316 high and 884 higher secondary schools. All schools along with their teaching staffs, ministerial staffs, peons, etc working in these educational institutions run by ST/SC Development and Urban Administration departments will be transferred to the School Education department. However hostel facilities under residential schools being run by the ST/SC Development department will be taken care by the ST/SC development department only.

issue of non-payment of salaries to shikshakarmis rocks Assembly

The issue of non-payment of timely salary to Shikshakarmis rocked the Assembly of Friday. Congress Legislators leveled allegations that the economic conditions of Shikshakarmis have worsened as they have not been paid their salaries since months. They also alleged that several shikshakarmis had lost their lives due to lack of medical assistance because of their financial conditions. Tribal Development and School Education Minister accepted in the House that the salaries had been delayed due to fund delay from the centre. Payments were made in three months gap. He however denied that shikshakarmis had died due to delay in salary payment. Moving a Call Attention Motion notice on the issue Congress Legislators Mohan Markam and Deepak Baij, alleged that altogether 2 lakh Shikshakarmis are employed under various departments including education, tribal and other departments. These shikshakarmis are being paid salary in 4-5 months gaps during last one year. This has worsened their financial conditions. In his written answer, Minister Kedar Kashyap informed that there are approximately 1.75 lakh shikshakarmis. He denied that they are paid salaries in a gap of 4-5 months. He said due to delay in receiving amount from the centre, they have been paid in a gap of three months. He also refuted the charges that many shikshakarmis have lost their lives due to non-timely payment of salaries. He however added that the state government is making arrangements of salary disbursement to the shikshakarmis through treasury department.

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Cong’s walkout over merger of schools under SC/ST Devpt Deptt

Tribal Legislators from Congress including Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjit Bhagat, Ramdayal Uike, Brihaspati Singh and Rajendra Kumar Rai staged Walkout from the House opposing the me... Read More
Tribal Legislators from Congress including Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjit Bhagat, Ramdayal Uike, Brihaspati Singh and Rajendra Kumar Rai staged Walkout from the House opposing the merger of schools under SC/ST Development Department with the School Education department, on Friday.

The issue was raised during discussion on demand proposals for School Education department collectively by Congress Legislators Brihaspati Singh, Rajendra Kumar Rai, Lakheshwar Baghel, Kawasi Lakhma, Amarjeet Bhagat and Ramdayal Uike. They opposed the state government’s decision to transfer all schools and teachers functioning under ST/SC Development as well as urban administration into the School Education Department.

Opposing the move, the tribal Legislators contended that the merger of SC/ST department run schools into School Education department will further augment the crisis of teachers in these schools which are situated in far flung rural and tribal dominated areas and already facing dearth of teachers. They alleged that soon after the merger, most of the teachers will seek transfer to town areas.

However, refuting the charges School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap said this decision will help in smooth and better functioning of schools under single department. Dissatisfied with the decision, Congress members staged a walkout from the House. It may be recollected that Chhattisgarh Cabinet on February 27 had approved the proposal regarding transfer of all schools and teachers functioning under ST/SC Development as well as urban administration department to the school education department. Accordingly it was decided to transfer 14,563 schools under Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste development department and 43 schools under Urban Administration department to the School Education department.

Of the 14,563 schools under ST/SC department, there are 10,412 primary, 2951 middle, 316 high and 884 higher secondary schools. All schools along with their teaching staffs, ministerial staffs, peons, etc working in these educational institutions run by ST/SC Development and Urban Administration departments will be transferred to the School Education department. However hostel facilities under residential schools being run by the ST/SC Development department will be taken care by the ST/SC development department only.

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600 cylinders seized from Golden Gas Agency

The Food Department has registered a case against Golden Gas Agency for irregularity in supply of gas cylinders to its customers. The Department has also found several irregularities in the working... Read More
The Food Department has registered a case against Golden Gas Agency for irregularity in supply of gas cylinders to its customers. The Department has also found several irregularities in the working of the said agency and have seized 600 nos gas cylinders. Earlier, the District Collector R. Sangeetha had received complaint against the agency following which she had directed to investigate the issue.

A team of Food Department later conducted inspection and found several irregularities.

According to information, the customers of the Padmanabhpur situated Golden Gas Agency had been complaining about non-delivery and delayed delivery of the cooking gas cylinders for a long time. The matter was also brought into the notice of District Collector R. Sangeetha following which she directed the officials to constitute a team and investigate the matter.

Meanwhile, a team of Food Department later conducted inspection at the agency and found several irregularities. During the inspection it was found that the stock register of the agency was not updated while the agency owner also failed in producing the rate list and waiting list.

Besides, it was also revealed that the cylinders were not timely supplied to the customers whereas the agency also failed in home-delivery of the cylinders. The investigation team later seized 440 nos empty cylinders, 3 LPG filled cylinders, 44 nos leakage cooking gas cylinders and 113 nos commercial gas cylinders. The agency owner was found violating the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order and consequently a case against him was registered by the officials.

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Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Bhilai

FIRE broke out on Friday noon at the chemical factory, K.M. Industries, situated at Transport Nagar Road in Bhilai when coal tar oil in factory suddenly caught fire. After information the fir... Read More
FIRE broke out on Friday noon at the chemical factory, K.M. Industries, situated at Transport Nagar Road in Bhilai when coal tar oil in factory suddenly caught fire. After information the fire fighting squad from BSP rushed to the troubled location and doused off fire, instantly.

According to information, at about 4:10 pm on Friday, fire occurred at K.M. Industries, located in Light Industrial Area (LIA) at Transport Nagar Road, adjoining to Nandini Road, Bhilai. The coal tar stored in factory caught fire and then a part of factory instantly turned into an inferno.

On information, the fire fighting unit from Fire Brigade Department, BSP rushed to the location and extinguished fire by pressing one foam tender and a water tender into service. It is learnt from the sources that fire occurred at a part of the factory when accidentally coal tar stored at the factory caught fire. However, the proprietor of the factory declined to talk to media persons, following the fire mishap. Hence, the estimated loss due to fire mishap remained unknown.

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Trucks collide head on; drivers charred

Two drivers charred to death, when the trucks they were driving collided head on and burst in to flames near village Dhaneli on the Thursday past midnight. Accident was so intense that bodies... Read More
Two drivers charred to death, when the trucks they were driving collided head on and burst in to flames near village Dhaneli on the Thursday past midnight. Accident was so intense that bodies of drivers of both trucks reduced to just skeletons whereas trucks turned into big piles of scraps.

Police sources informed that truck (MP/20-GA/4618) laden with grocery items and plywood was heading from Rawabhata to Jabalpur. Its driver Nathuram Yadav, a resident of village Pagadiya Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, was an employee with Sudheer Transport Jabalpur, which is also the owner company of truck.

At the same time, another Raipur bound truck (CG/14-D/0481) was coming from Raigarh with heavy consignment of iron wires.

It was a dark stretch of road, where there wasn’t any street light or even road reflectors. All of a sudden, Shadiq Ansari (45), driver of Raigarh-Raipur truck and resident of Palamu district of Jharkhand, pushed the accelerator pedal too hard, which propelled the truck out of his control. His truck jumped over the dwarf road divider only to meet the truck of Nathuram Yadav coming from opposite direction with full force.

As both trucks collided, plywood and grocery items including oil laden in the truck of Nathuram engulfed into flames, which quickly spread to the Ansari’s truck at around 12:30 am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Just seconds before the trucks caught into fire, Shambhu Prasad, conductor of Nathuram’s truck, jumped away from truck to the safety.

According to the reports, truck laden with iron wire belonged to the Jindal Steel and Power Limited whereas the grocery carrying truck owned by Sudheer Transport of Jabalpur. Fire was so intense that it took nearly six hours for four fire engines to extinguish the flame and another hour to detangle the trucks from each other and take out the remains of both the drivers. Even the trucks were reduced just mangled pile of junks.

A report was filed by the Dhaneli Police Station and the bodies of both the truck drivers were sent to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital for Post-mortem.

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CGBSE putting all efforts to declare exam results in April

RAIPUR, Mar 20 Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) is making all efforts to declare results of High school and Higher Secondary exam results as early first fortnight of April. ... Read More
RAIPUR, Mar 20 Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) is making all efforts to declare results of High school and Higher Secondary exam results as early first fortnight of April.

KDP Rao, Chairman, CGBSE, said that the declaration of results at the earliest is top priority and all arrangements are being made at the respective evaluation centers to speed up the process. He said that certain basic amenities like fans, proper seating arrangements, coolers and drinking water are arranged wherever lacking. Rao said that he received security related complaints regarding certain evaluation centers in Bilaspur and Koriya after which he directed for them to be changed without any delay.

Speaking on cheating cases recorded this time around, Rao said that these number over 100 and out of which most were from Koriya district. Regarding taking action on evaluators for erroneous checking of answer-sheets which impacts the students in a big way, he said that over 200 such cases had been recorded last year and this year as well the process is under way. He admitted that CGBSE is dealing with the crunch of evaluators and thus the top priority is to ensure timely declaration of results, make arrangements for supplementary exams, declaring results of those at the earliest so that the students may move on in their career.

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HC stays appointment of super speciality docs at AIIMS Bhopal

THE Central Administrative Tribunal’s bench at Jabalpur, on Friday, took a serious view of the irregularity in reservation policy in AIIMS Bhopal and passed an interim order that no appointme... Read More
THE Central Administrative Tribunal’s bench at Jabalpur, on Friday, took a serious view of the irregularity in reservation policy in AIIMS Bhopal and passed an interim order that no appointment should be made on posts of super specialist doctors in AIIMS Bhopal. The original application filed by Faculty Association AIIMS Bhopal against the Union of India is pending before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) Jabalpur. This order was passed at the instance of some doctors who approached CAT, Jabalpur with the grievance that the government should not have any reservation in super specialised fields of medicine and secondly, clubbing together of posts of various departments for the purpose of implementation of reservation roster was unconstitutional and contrary to the guidelines. The CAT had issued notices to respondents earlier also and had given them repeated opportunities to file reply and also passed a mild order on January 14, 2014 that any appointments made during the pendency of the case would be subjected to the final decision of the case. However, Advocate N S Ruprah, counsel for the petitioners, pressed that the appointments, which may be made contrary to the guidelines and the law laid down by the Supreme Court, would lead to multiplicity of litigation. Hence appointments done in an illegal manner be stayed. This interim relief was granted by tribunal at Jabalpur on Friday. Advocate Ruprah, counsel for the petitioners, had argued that reservation roster had to be implemented in each faculty separately. Posts of various faculties could not be clubbed together to implement the reservation roster. Being prima facie satisfied with his arguments, the interim order was passed.

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Doordarshan engineer caught red-handed for betting on ICC World Cup matches

In its ongoing drive, Bhopal Crime Branch on Friday nabbed another bookie from the State capital working as engineer at Doordarshan for betting on ICC World Cup matches. Acting on tip-off, a te... Read More
In its ongoing drive, Bhopal Crime Branch on Friday nabbed another bookie from the State capital working as engineer at Doordarshan for betting on ICC World Cup matches. Acting on tip-off, a team of Bhopal Crime Branch raided a house at Professor’s Colony and arrested the accused red-handed betting on a world quarter final match. The accused identified as Alok Prasad Pandey (50), son of Kamla Prasad Pandey, resident of House No 2 Professor’s Colony, under Shyamala Hills police station limits.

Alok works as an engineer at Doordarshan Bhopal in the night shift. He also informed that he is betting on cricket matches from last 10 to 20 years. He had also taken a loan from HDFC and SBI Banks to return the amount lost by him in cricket betting. He came in contact with a bookie recently and started the work of booking as he wanted to level the loss faced by him past in betting. Alok told the police during investigation that he had started the work of bookie from March 12. On the basis of information a team of Bhopal Crime Branch then raided the house after the match started on Friday. Police nabbed the accused red-handed noting down the details of betting in his dairy. Police have recovered cash, a diary, 4 mobile phones, a television set and other betting equipments from his possession. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of Gambling Act against the accused. Interrogations have also started from Alok in order to ascertain the information of the betting racket.

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New rates of power bills likely to be implemented from next month

Once Madhya Pradesh power Regulatory commission completes the public hearing on proposed power price hike, then it is most possibly that people would have to pay increased power bills from next... Read More
Once Madhya Pradesh power Regulatory commission completes the public hearing on proposed power price hike, then it is most possibly that people would have to pay increased power bills from next month onwards. Power companies say that they were forced to move proposal to increase power prices as cost of coal and its transportation through trains has increased.

Speaking to “The Hitavada” Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company, Manu Shrivastava said that everything has become costly including coal and its transportation through railway. There was no power hike last year. Most probably, the new rates of power would be become applicable from April.

Sources said after conducting hearing in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Power Regulatory Commission would do public hearing on proposed hiked in power rates in Jabalpur in coming days and after this, new tariffs of power would be fixed. It is learnt that in the proposal submitted to Commission, central power company had showed its annual revenue loss of 1700 crores. However, power management company says that the recommended power hikes are not accepted in ditto by the commission and always less rate is fixed against the demanded one.Even if half rates of proposed rates are approved then also, consumers have to pay inflated bills against the bills they are paying currently. At a time when inflation is eating the pockets of common men and now they have to face the blues of electricity bills.

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People, Cong protest proposed power hike

Numerous people and political leaders reached into the public hearing done by Madhya Pradesh Power Regulatory Commission on proposed hike of power rates in city on Friday. Congress and other soci... Read More
Numerous people and political leaders reached into the public hearing done by Madhya Pradesh Power Regulatory Commission on proposed hike of power rates in city on Friday. Congress and other social organisation opposed the move by describing it as anti people.

A delegation of Congress including Chief Spokesman K K Mishra, State Congress General Secretary Chandrikaprasad Dwivedi, Spokesman J P Dhanopia, ex Mayor Vibha Patel presented the stand of party before electricity power regulatory commission during public hearing on proposed power hike.

Power companies have increased rates of power between 15 to 22 percent from 2003 till 2013. No hike was done in 2008 and 2013 due to election year. “As only a retired IAS officer, who had worked with State Government, is posted on chairman post of electricity regulatory commission hence it is question of contemplation that on whose directives decision is taken to increase the power rates. How role of such officer could be considered in favour of consumers as due to personnel interests of government, he is directly involved in power purchase, power purchase without tender and selling of power,” said Congress.

Congress claimed that to get power prices increased, power distribution companies have even shown their profits as loss before power regulatory commission. Hence, it is charge of Congress that wrong estimate was done regarding cost and wrongly advertisements were published regarding proposed hike in power rates.

It is a million dollar question that if consumption of power has increased then how losses got increased. Congress also alleged that power companies have furnished bogus figures of water tax assessment. If there is reduction of 71 paise per unit in purchase of power at private level then how loss got increased in purchase?

The another point is this that thrust of power companies is on increasing the power rates but they are constant silent on power pilferage of Rs 4000 crore done annually. The logic of power companies is this that cost of power production is increasing hence they need Rs 29379 crores.

The profit, loss and expenditure of all three companies are separate then why rates same. The PLF had never reached till standard position in last twelve years. This year, PLF got reduced to 13th percent in comparison to last year and it is a shocking thing and due to this reason, state will take a long time to stand up again. Congress demanded that the fuel cost of coal should be estimated on the basis of its calorific value and production so that consumer should not face the heat of substandard coal purchase and its storage. Unlike past years, there should be provision of cut in expenses of power companies. Why surcharge amount that is around Rs 2 crore is not shown in profits of companies. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Jagran Manch also protested the proposed hike in power prices during public hearing done by electricity regulatory commission. Its general secretary Ajay Gaud alleged that rampant corruption exists in power companies in the name of purchase of transformer and their repairing. Hence, it would be unjust to put the load of corruption of companies on consumers.

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Twin murders rock Bagsewaniya

Sensation and chaos was witnessed in the Arvind Vihar Colony on late Thursday night when two persons were found murdered at retired IAS officers bungalow. Two children have also sustained minor... Read More
Sensation and chaos was witnessed in the Arvind Vihar Colony on late Thursday night when two persons were found murdered at retired IAS officers bungalow. Two children have also sustained minor injuries.

SHO Bagsewania Salil Sharma informed that the sensational double murder took place at House No 425 of Arvind Vihar Colony which belongs to a Retired IAS Officer. The deceased were identified as Rajiv Rajak (40) friend of the accused and Raj Kumari (35) wife of the accused. Both were murdered by the Ganesh Kaurav (38) who used to work as gatekeeper of the bungalow and resided at the outhouse. Ganesh attacked both the deceased with the help of a sharp-edged weapon on late Thursday night.

Ganesh returned home on Thursday night with his friend Rajiv. Both consumed liquor together at the outhouse. Children of the accused told the police that when they woke up hearing the shouts they saw their father Ganesh beating their mother Raj Kumari and Rajiv with a sharp-edged weapon badly. Hearing the shouts of the deceased neighbours gathered outside the house after which Ganesh somehow managed to escape from the spot. Both the deceased sustained grave injuries due to the attack and were rushed to the hospital by the neighbours where Rajiv died immediately while Raj Kumari succumbed to their wounds undergoing treatment on Friday morning.

Police also informed that Rajiv and Ganesh were good friends. Rajiv worked as a gatekeeper at the bungalow. He used to live with his wife and two children at outhouse of the bungalow. He was consuming alcohol with his friend and also had his dinner at the outhouse. The quarrel started over some issue between Rajiv and Ganesh which turned worse when accused attacked both his friend and his wife. The children of the accused have also sustained minor injuries.

After receiving information of the incident Bagsewania police rushed to the spot and took the charge of the situation. A case under Section 302 of IPC has been registered after preliminary investigation by police against Ganesh who fled from the spot and is still absconding. A manhunt has also been launched by the police in search of the accused. Police is suspecting some old issues behind the behind the murder.

Sources revealed that Ganesh killed both as he came to know of their love affair. After consuming liquor he lost control over himself and out of anger and took this extreme step.

“Accused fled from the spot and body of both the deceased have been sent for postmortem. Interrogations will be made from the children as well as neighbours in the case and soon we will be able to ascertain the actual cause of murder. Children are in a shock at present and due to which interrogations will be made from them later”, Anshuman Singh, SP (North).

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Loan recovery from farmers with over 50% loss suspended

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that crop cutting experiment will be started at the earliest to provide benefit of Crop Insurance Scheme to farmers whose crops have been affected by... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that crop cutting experiment will be started at the earliest to provide benefit of Crop Insurance Scheme to farmers whose crops have been affected by hailstorm and untimely rains. He said that loans will not be recovered from affected farmers whose crops have suffered over 50 per cent loss. Short-term loans will be converted to mid-term ones and interest will be paid by the government. Affected farmers will be provided loans at zero per cent interest for seeds and fertilisers. Chouhan was addressing farmers after taking stock of crop loss at Sihora and Sehore Madaka in Seoni district, on Friday. He visited affected areas and inspected crop loss.

The Chief Minister said that farmers need not worry. Survey work was continuing on a large scale with total transparency. Loss of over 50 per cent will be treated as 100 per cent loss. Lists of surveys will be displayed at Gram Panchayat buildings for people. Anyone can register objection to lists and make suggestions. Survey will be undertaken afresh, if needed.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has arranged Rs 500 crore to help affected farmers. More funds will be given, if needed. All steps will be taken to provide benefit of crop insurance to farmers due to which losses will be compensated to a large extent. Last year, farmers were provided Rs 2187 crore crop insurance, which is maximum in the country. He said that farmers suffering over 50 per cent loss will be given compensation at the rate of Rs 15,000 per hectare while Rs 26,000 per hectare relief will be given against loss to crops of vegetables and spices.

The Chief Minister said that relief of Rs 1.50 lakh will be given on death of person, Rs. 16,500 on death of animal and Rs 10,000 on loss of small animal. Separate relief will be given against damage to house, roof tiles, etc. Rs 25,000 will be given for marriages of daughters of farmers who have suffered 100 per cent loss. They will be provided wheat, rice and salt at the rate of Re one per kg till the next crop.

Chief Minister Chouhan took stock of crop loss in farmers’ fields at villages Kuwan, Babupur and Pawaiyya in Raghuraj Nagar tehsil of Satna district. At Pawaiyya, he inspected wheat crop of Nagendra Singh, gram crop of Amar Singh and Masoor crop of Arun Singh. He was accompanied by Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla. Addressing farmers after the visit, Chouhan said crop insurance benefit will also be provided to farmers.

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T & CP set to implement Master Plan-2031 in next 6 months

After continuous delay in implementation of the Master Plan 2031, Town & Country Planning (T& CP) has set a target of its implementation in next six months. The Master Plan 2031 is expected to ... Read More
After continuous delay in implementation of the Master Plan 2031, Town & Country Planning (T& CP) has set a target of its implementation in next six months. The Master Plan 2031 is expected to be implemented in the financial year of 2015-16. Once the details regarding the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the light metro and upper lake are furnished the plan will be given a final change and will be implemented.

Officials in T&CP said that major delay is occurring in implementation of the plan due to delay in getting the DPR of light metro which is set to introduce certain changes in its routes, and is expected to affect the master plan 2031. It is worth mentioning that the administration is still working on the numerous plans and schemes that were implemented in the master plan of 2005 and is yet to reach the set target. Second Master Plan of the city was formulated back in 1991 and was implemented in June of 1995. The plan was formulated till the year 2005 after which the third master plan was to be formed and implemented. Even after passing of 10 years there has been no development on this front.

Officials indicated that in the proposed master plan 2031 an increase of 205 square km is expected after which the master plan will cover an area of 813 square km. Second master plan covered an area of 608 square km which has increased after an increase in the area of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Gulshan Bamra, Commissioner, T&CP while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that they have set a target of next 6 months for implementation of the Master Plan 2031, and are coordinating with the Department of Urban Development and Environment over getting the details of the DPR of light metro. He said that the delay is now on their parts. The soon they furnish the details the soon works will enter its last phase.

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Four tribal girls allegedly strip searched during exam at Betul

What could be described as a shameful act, at least four tribal girls of class X were allegedly strip searched by flying squad members during exam recently in a non descript hamlet of Betul. Wh... Read More
What could be described as a shameful act, at least four tribal girls of class X were allegedly strip searched by flying squad members during exam recently in a non descript hamlet of Betul. When issue snowballed into a major issue, probe was ordered.

The initial probe says that mass copying was going on when raid was done in the school and action was taken against guilty teachers. It was on the instance of these teachers that girls levelled allegations. Administration is waiting for detail findings of investigation.

The news pouring in says that four girls who were appearing in exam of class X were reportedly strip searched by flying squad in a school of Hardu in Chicholi tehsil of Betul couple of days back. The girls have later spoken to media and narrated the ordeal through which they have passed.

When the issue snowballed into a major issue, investigation was ordered by Commissioner, Narmadapuram V K Batham. Local Member of Parliament, Jyoti Dhurve had expressed grave concern on the incident and said that such inhuman behavior should not have been done. She said that she had asked for punitive action against the guilty.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Jyoti Dhurve said that she came to know about the incident and it is a very unfortunate incident. She alleged that it is a serious fault of administration. In-charge Minister of Betul, Sartaj Singh has also spoken to Collector Betul over the incident and asked for probe.

In the meantime, Commissioner, Narmadapuram, V K Singh said that when raid was conducted, mass copying was going on there. As many as 15 cases of mass copying were made. Action was taken against at least six teachers. The probe has been ordered but the initial reports reaching are saying that girls may have leveled allegations on the instance of those teachers who faced the action. “We are waiting for detail probe report and then only anything could be told in accurate manner,” he said. Collector Betul Gyaneshwar Patil said to ‘The Hitavada’ that when flying squad had done the raid, at least 15 to 16 students were found doing mass copying. In the wake of this incident, five invigilators were removed. The girls have not leveled allegations soon after the raid and they have spoken later. Everything would be clear in the investigation.

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3-D Theatre inaugurated at Raman Science Centre

In its efforts to equip with the new age technology, Raman Science Centre and Planetarium, Nagpur introduced the first High Definition 3-D Theatre of Central India on Friday.

Dr Amit Mazum... Read More
In its efforts to equip with the new age technology, Raman Science Centre and Planetarium, Nagpur introduced the first High Definition 3-D Theatre of Central India on Friday.

Dr Amit Mazumdar, Regional Director, Atomic Mineral Directorate for Exploration and Research was the chief guest of the programme. Vishwanath N Joshi, Project Co-ordinator presided over the ceremony.

Raman Science Centre spent Rs 25 lakh on the 3-D Theatre which has the high-definition screen brought from Singapore.

The theatre is equipped with DTS Sound System and duel 3-D projectors. Capacity of the theatre is 60 seats. Raman Science Centre has decided to conduct six shows daily.

The charges will be Rs 20 per individual for the show which will be of 30-minute duration.

The inaugural 3-D Science Show -- Panda Vision -- was well appreciated by the audience. The 3-D movie was based on the effects of global warming on earth and how it is spoiling the ecosystem.

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State scraps work orders of Rs 600 cr, to conduct special audit of power companies

Maharashtra Government will be conducting special and independent audit of State-run power utilities namely Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Stat... Read More
Maharashtra Government will be conducting special and independent audit of State-run power utilities namely Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco).

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, made this announcement in Legislative Assembly on Friday. Further, he announced, work orders to the tune of Rs 600 crore issued during the tenure of erstwhile Democratic Front (DF) Government would be scrapped. “The work orders have been scrapped as it has come to the notice of the Government that these were issued to the contractors at higher rates than the tender amount,” he said.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone, Bawankule said that the work orders were scrapped in case of 16 tenders. “All the work orders were issued on a single date, and all were issued at rates higher than the tender amount by 10 per cent to 15 per cent. All the tenders pertained to works in MSEDCL,” he said.

It may be recalled here that a day ago, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader, had alleged that there was rampant corruption in State-run power companies especially in 15 years. Interestingly, for most of these years of Congress-NCP rule, Ajit Pawar, senior NCP leader, was the Energy Minister. Vikhe-Patil alleged that on a single date a company’s tender worth Rs 4,372 crore was cleared. Despite infrastructure plan of Rs 950 crore, an additional amount of Rs 850 crore was spent. A huge amount of Rs 700 crore was simply waived by charging only one per cent penalty. Payment was released to a company though it did not install capacitors, alleged Vikhe-Patil.

Replying to the debate on Friday, Bawankule announced in Legislative Assembly that committees will be constituted at district and tehsil levels to monitor the functioning of power companies. Guardian Minister will head district-level committee while MLA will head tehsil-level committee. The district-level committee will have MLAs, Members of Parliament, and Mayor as members. Chief Engineer will be the Member Secretary of district-level committee.

The Energy Minister was replying to allegations of Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of Opposition, that there was corruption in the State-run power companies. Vikhe-Patil sought CBI probe into the matter, to which Bawankule said that probe and special audit would be conducted but there was no need for CBI probe. A ‘milestones chart’ of the three State-run power companies would be prepared to ensure that projects were completed on time, he said. Further, he added, work orders with higher rates would be scrapped.

Bawankule informed the House that the total debt burden on Mahagenco, Mahatransco, and MSEDCL was Rs 55,058 crore. Admitting that there were several ‘issues’ in Energy Department, he assured that within two years he would effect radical changes in the functioning of State-run power companies.

3,230 MW generation projects to be completed by June 2016

Against the backdrop of increasing demand of power, the projects with generation capacity of 3,230 MW will be completed by June 2016, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule. Thesee projects are at Koradi, Chandrapur, and Parali. Considering ever-increasing demand for power, more power projects with generation capacity of 5,000 MW will have to be taken up by the year 2025, he said. Due to shortage of coal in last two years, thermal power projects with generation capacity of 1,805 MW were stalled, the Energy Minister said. Besides, he said, private power projects with generation capacity of 1,506 MW including the one at Dabhol were non-functional due to failure in executing the power purchase agreement (PPA). How to revive these projects would be discussed with Mahagenco and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) soon.

Backlog of 5 lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha, Marathwada

Energy Minister informed the House that there was a backlog of energisation of five lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. This backlog will be removed by December 2016 and a Rs 1,000 crore scheme will be launched for the purpose. Besides, the Central Government had approved 7,540 solar agricultural pumps for Maharashtra. In areas that have witnessed farmers’ suicides, these solar pumps would be provided if beneficiaries pay only 5 per cent of the cost, he said. He added that all District Collectors and Agriculture Officers had been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries.

Bar, dhabas to have pre-paid power meter

Taking cognisance of reports that power theft/pilferage was rampant at beer bars and dhaba (road-side eateries), Energy Department will be installing pre-paid power meters there. If power theft/pilferage comes to the fore at bar/dhaba, fine would be recovered on the spot, said Bawankule.

‘No additional burden of higher tariff on consumers’

MSEDCL has submitted a proposal to Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) regarding hike in power tariff by 8 per cent. However, Energy Minister said, consumers will not be burdened with higher tariff. For the purpose, State Government will ensure that transmission and distribution losses of State-run power utilities are checked. Further, to reduce transmission and distribution losses, pre-paid meters will be installed and efforts will be made to bring down the losses to 15-16 per cent by the year 2015-16, said Bawankule. Referring to the issue of 12,000 villages not having feeder connection and facing load-shedding, he said that a feeder separation programme would be taken up and a proposal was sent to the Centre for financial assistance. In the second phase, 14,000 villages with single feeder will be taken up, he added. State is exploring options of alternative power generation. Accordingly, a Solar Power Generation Policy to tap generation potential of 14,400 MW will be placed before the State Legislature soon, he added.

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Tiger poachers’ custody extended till March 23

A team of CBI slueths produced Kuttu Pardhi, a notorious tiger poacher, and two other accused before the Special Court on Friday which extended their custody remand till Monday. A team of CBI ha... Read More
A team of CBI slueths produced Kuttu Pardhi, a notorious tiger poacher, and two other accused before the Special Court on Friday which extended their custody remand till Monday. A team of CBI had nabbed Kuttu Pardhi in Biru Halli jungle in Katni district in Chhattisgarh on February 20 in connection with tiger poaching in Melghat and Pench areas. He confessed involvelment of two other accused - Zillu Pardhi and Baini Pardhi - who were also arrested in Limu village in Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh.

The court granted custody remand to enable CBI conduct further interrogation in the sensation tiger poaching cases. It is reported that a team of CBI would take all the three accused on Saturday to Gadchiroli to produce them before JMFC in connection with a poaching case in Wadsa.

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RTO to remain open today

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) will remain open on March 21. In view of citizens purchasing vehicles on the aupicious occasion of on Gudhi Padwa, the office will issue registration numbers... Read More
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) will remain open on March 21. In view of citizens purchasing vehicles on the aupicious occasion of on Gudhi Padwa, the office will issue registration numbers of new vehicles to enable them get possession of the vehicles the same day. Such persons should visit RTO, Opp Giripeth Post Office, Amrvati Road, Nagpur, to get their work done, informs Regional Transport Officer on Friday. Similarly, the RTO (Nagpur Rural) will also function on Saturday for the same purpose as well for driving tests for learning/permanent licenses in case of those having online appointment.

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WCL’s largest mine to be opened on March 22

Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) is all set to boost its production by another 7 million tonnes per year with inaguration of its largest opencast mine at Penganga (four million tonnes per year ca... Read More
Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) is all set to boost its production by another 7 million tonnes per year with inaguration of its largest opencast mine at Penganga (four million tonnes per year capacity) on March 22 and dedication of two other projects- - Makardhokra Opencast (2 Million Tonnes per year) and Bhanegaon Opencast (1 Million Tonnes per year).

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the chief guest while Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Hansraj Ahir will be guests of honour. Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal will preside over the function slated at Wirur (Gadegaon), Wani area in Chandrapur district.

According to WCL officials, opening of these projects will result in additional 70 lakh tonnes per year coal production in Maharashatra. About 60 lakh tonnes of coal production from these projects will be supplied to power plants for generation of electricity and about 10 lakh tonnes of coal will be supplied to other consumers in Maharashatra. Direct employment opportunities to more than 1000 persons will be created for the eligible land oustees. Total additional royalty and taxes to the tune of Rs 378 crore per year will be paid by WCL which includes Rs. 171 crores per year to the Maharashtra Government and about Rs 207 crores per year to Central Government. With the opening of these projects large number of indirect employment opportunities will also be generated for the villages surrounding these mines. The infrastructure like roads, schools, medical facilities and for drinking water, etc. will be strengthened in the surrounding villages with the CSR programmes of WCL.

State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Gadchiroli MP Ashok Nete, Yavatmal MP Bhawana Gawli, Rajya Sabha MPs Avinash Pande, Vijay Darda, Ajay Sancheti, MLAs Sanjeev Reddy, Sanjay Dhote, Nana Shamkule, Coal India Limited Chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya, WCL Chairman cum Managing Director R R Mishra and S S Malhi, Director Technical (P&P) will also grace the occasion .

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I-T Deptt’s search on Goverdhan Group, Ensaara Metropark

Interestingly, some rumour mills were quoting several big corporate names that, too, were investigated by Income-Tax Deptt

IT IS like making March meaningful for the Income-Tax Departme... Read More
Interestingly, some rumour mills were quoting several big corporate names that, too, were investigated by Income-Tax Deptt

IT IS like making March meaningful for the Income-Tax Department, Nagpur. Continuing its exercise to net tax evaders, the Income-Tax Department, Nagpur, on Thursday, conducted search and seizure operations on petrochemical trading company — Goverdhan Energy and Petrochemical Private Limited — and real estate broker associated with the Ensaara Metropark, which is jointly promoted by the Aanya Group and Luxora Group.

Sources said that the search was generated in Mumbai and in Nagpur it was a consequential search and seizure. Officials of the Income-Tax Department, Mumbai, flew down to the city on Thursday and after taking help of 15 officials from the Income-Tax Department, Nagpur, descended on the residential premises of Rajkumar Chandak, promoter of the Goverdhan Group and his nephew Navnit Kothari at Bajaj Nagar and offices — Vijayanand Society and near Octroi Post, Kamptee Road. Sources said that while investigating at one of the companies in Mumbai, the Income-Tax Department, Mumbai discovered some incriminating documents pertaining to both Chandak and Kothari, which prompted them to conduct search operations. All the documents pertaining to tax evasion were confiscated by the Income-Tax officials, who are investigating further.

Goverdhan Group, with business interests in petroleum, petrochemicals, logistics and infrastructure, has several clients in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Goverdhan Energy and Petrochemical Private Limited was set up in 2008 and has touched a turnover of Rs 100 crore with more than 30 employees on its roll. The product range of the company include petrochemicals, furnace oil, bio-diesel, ignite oil, pet coke, light diesel oil, rubber processed oil and diesel HSD Euro IV. Sources said that Navnit Kothari, who had ample land bank on Wardha Road, was associated with the Ensaara Metropark, where he helped in marketing the projects and wooing investors to purchase dwelling units. The Income-Tax Department also visited the construction site of the Ensaara Metropark and searched some documents of transactions with Navnit Kothari, sources said. Interestingly, some rumour mills were quoting several big corporate names that, too, were investigated by the Income-Tax Department. As the World Cup Quarter Final match was going on between India and Bangladesh on Thursday, people remained inside their homes by fixing their eyes on TV screens. Therefore, the search of the Income-Tax Department remained a very low profile affair. Sources said that as Nagpur was known for Oranges, it, too, had grabbed the headlines for people falling into the category of Income-Tax evaders. The Finance Ministry had dashed off strict orders to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to meet the direct tax collection target. Following the directives, the Income-Tax Department, one of major contributor to the direct tax collection, was leaving no stone unturned to net the tax-evaders, sources added.

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Adventure sports to NCC, Forces’ aid

What’s any personnel from the Armed Force if he or she cannot adapt quickly to the changing scenario and make the best use of available resources for, first of all, purposes of survival, and the... Read More
What’s any personnel from the Armed Force if he or she cannot adapt quickly to the changing scenario and make the best use of available resources for, first of all, purposes of survival, and then for combat? Of course, that also includes all those soldiers, sailors and seamen in the making, training with the National Cadet Corps.

All of these have proved they are aware and waiting for something big to happen even as they have taken initial steps to grasp the basics of whatever adventure sports has to offer.

A snappy click-of-the-heels and a brisk salute to all of these brave-hearts.

However, one must admit, it took one among them, and a “best” among them at that, Best NCC Cadet twice over (1997-98, 98-99) from 3 Maharashtra Engineers’ Company, Amol Khante, to bridge the gap between these two worlds — the world of adventure sports and that of the Armed Forces, to make it, and keep it happening.

Khante, Director of Central Adventure Council-Allrounder (ph. 9370772227; e-mail: amolkhante@yahoo.in), an adventure enthusiast and promoter through and through for nearly a dozen years, remains connected with sports promoting district and government authorities, the NCC, the Forces and a myriad of adventure sports promotion bodies in India and abroad, to learn how he could grasp more and more, to bring it home to folks in India.

“There is a huge sleeping giant in adventure sports ready to be awakened, developed and set to work for our country within a radius of 50 kilometres north of the heart of Nagpur, within a circumference of 200 kms situated between Chhindwara Road and Jabalpur Road. This patch is roughly an elipse with Nagpur at its southern longish end. Rich adventure sports terrains include: Amdi, Mansar, Nagardhan (North East of Nagpur), Ramtek, Bawanthadi (North), Pench Silloru (NW), Navegaon Khari dam (NW), Parseoni, Mansinghdeo Sanctuary (NW) Bhagemahiri (NW) and Khekranallah, ” says an enthusiastic Khante.

“Over the past 10 years, we have slowly but surely realised this, and beginning with our modest resources, been able to assist NCC cadets, members of the Armed Forces, school and college students, besides personnel from government offices and those of the corporate world, offering them the rich fare that adventure sports affords in the outdoors, and through personality development courses.”

Khante proudly presents letters of appreciation issued to CAC-Allrounder by representatives including R.N. Magadum, Secretary Sports Control Board, HQ Maintenance Command, IAF; Lt. Col M.P. Deshpande, Officer Commanding 2 Mah Signal Company, NCC; Group Captain S.K. Das Secy MCSCB, Adventure Cell, IAF; Brigadier Paritosh Pant, Dy. Commander & CJ NCC Officers’ Training Academy, Kamptee, who’s personnel have received training in many an adventure sports which includes: parasailing, rappelling, rafting, jungle and mountain trekking, outdoor camping, tent pitching and rope handling, among other Adventure Sport activities at several venues.

“If only the Government of Maharashtra and that of India, who have lofty sports policies in place, take keener interest, Maharashtra can promote land, air and water based adventure sports of international standard from in and around Ramtek itself,” Khante concluded expectantly.

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Sur Jyotsna National Music Award ceremony on 22nd

Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to grace the ceremony

Singer Hariharan, Soul India Band to perform live

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Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to grace the ceremony

Singer Hariharan, Soul India Band to perform live

Sur Jyotsna National Music Award will be presented to two promising artists at a glittering ceremony to be held at Chitnis Park on March 22 at 5.30 pm. The award ceremony, organised in memory of Director of Lokmat Media and founder President of Lokmat Sakhi Manch Jyotsna Darda, is being organised for the second consecutive year.

Director (Operations) of Lokmat Media, Ashok Jain, at a press conference, informed that the ceremony will be graced by Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Union Minister for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal, Rajya Sabha member Praful Patel, Bollywood actor John Abraham, playback singer Hariharan, ghazal singer Roop Kumar Rathod and noted vocalist Sunali Rathod will also grace the occasion. Hariharan and his Soul India Band will perform live during the ceremony.

Jain also informed that the two promising artists to be honoured this year will be presented a trophy, citation and cash prize of Rs One lakh each. The jury comprises noted film producer and director Subhash Ghai, playback singer Shankar Mahadevan, ghazal singer Roop Kumar Rathod, noted Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal, Shashi Vyas and Chairman of Editorial Board of Lokmat Media and Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda.

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NMC reserves Wathoda land for Skill Development Centre

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to reserve land for Centre of Skill Development and Management and a regional office of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in East Nagpur. The proposal w... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to reserve land for Centre of Skill Development and Management and a regional office of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in East Nagpur. The proposal was cleared in the general body meeting on Thursday. Mayor Pravin Datke presided over the meeting.

NMC has earmarked 104 acres land at Mouza Wathoda and Bhandewadi area. The general body granted permission to start action for user change under Section 37 of the MRTP Act, 1966. NMC will invite suggestions and objections from citizens. Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari said, Modi Government has decided to establish one centre at Nagpur. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari took review of the centre. East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde also urged Central Government to establish centre at Nagpur.

Datke said, it is a matter of great pride that SAI has selected Nagpur city for their Western region centre at Nagpur. This will create facilities for local sports persons to sharpen their skills and excel in their chosen sports.

Earlier, the land was reserved for thermal power station, said Praful Gudadhe and added that the farmers are still deprived of compensation. On many occasions, the local body has changed reservation but failed to implement any scheme.

Estate Officer D D Jambhulkar clarified position on behalf of administration.

The meeting cleared proposal of water supply scheme at Hudkeshwar and Narsala villages. State Government has granted Rs 6.73 crore and 20 per cent share will be contributed by NMC.

The local body also hiked rates of physiotherapy department of NMC’s hospital. Now, the rates will be according to the rates of Government Medical College (GMC).

Arun Dawre opposed the hike in facilities and demanded to implement recommendations of Dr Sadanand Thote panel. However, this was rejected by the Mayor.

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State to act against 14 officials, contractors in ZP weirs scam

Rural Development and Water Conservation Department will initiate action against 14 officials and contractors involved in the scam in construction of weirs under Nagpur Zilla Parishad.

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Rural Development and Water Conservation Department will initiate action against 14 officials and contractors involved in the scam in construction of weirs under Nagpur Zilla Parishad.

Pankaja Munde, Minister for Rural Development and Water Conservation, made the announcement in Legislative Assembly on Thursday. She was replying to a question asked by Pankaj Bhujbal. Bhaskar Jadhav and Adv Ashish Deshmukh also participated in the discussion on the issue.

According to the minister, the scam in construction of weir dated back to the year 2006-07. Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked the officials under Nagpur Zilla Parishad. Action will be initiated against 14 guilty officials and contractors, she said.

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Constable Ingley, conduit caught taking bribe

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Thursday caught Naik Police Constable (NPC) Padmakar Dhondiram Ingley attached to MIDC Police Station and his conduit Shaikh Karim Shaikh red-handed while de... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Thursday caught Naik Police Constable (NPC) Padmakar Dhondiram Ingley attached to MIDC Police Station and his conduit Shaikh Karim Shaikh red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5,000 from a transporter for not detaining his sand-laden trucks.

A Kamptee-based transporter, Raja Mohsin Khan supplies sand to contractors and building material suppliers. For allowing his sand-laden trucks to pass from MIDC area, NPC Padmakar Ingley (Buckle No 3814) demanded Rs 5,000 from Khan and asked him to hand over the cash to paan kiosk owner Shaikh Karim. Fed up of contanst harassment by NPC Ingley, Khan lodged a complaint against him with the bureau officers. ACB officers laid a trap on Thursday and caught Shaikh Karim after he accepted the cash from Khan at the behest of NPC Ingley. They arrested NPC Ingley and his conduit Shaikh Karim and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against them at MIDC Police Station.

The trap was laid by Inspector Purshottam Bawankar and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and DySP (ACB) Chandrashekhar Bahadure.

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SECR’s apathy puts 42 staffers’ kin in fix

For the families of railway workmen who died in call of duty, it's difficult to fathom which is more sorrowful, loosing the breadwinner or administrative apathy in settling their claims for enhance... Read More
For the families of railway workmen who died in call of duty, it's difficult to fathom which is more sorrowful, loosing the breadwinner or administrative apathy in settling their claims for enhanced compensation. About 42 widows are being made to run from pillar to post as officials at Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway are taking their own sweet time for settling ex-gratia claims. It has been almost six months but dependents are awaiting have not heard anything from division officials.

As families of employees, who died in harness, hail from poorest strata of society, they are not familiar with paper work. Nor any help is available to such families in time of such distress. The inquiries by dependents about delay is met with stoic reply from Personnel Branch, the cases are pending with Accounts Branch. Once Accounts vet the proposals the payments will be made, the are told. The Accounts had asked some querries to which Personnel Branch has to clarify. The reasons for delay are beyond imagination as all relevant directions are already in place, the sources claimed. The case relates to circular issued by Railway Board wherein it communicated decision about relaxing the norms for admission of ex-gratia under Workmen Compensation Act. Earlier, if any employee dies on duty, then dependents used to get Rs. seven lakhs. However, post implementation of recommendations of VIth pay commission the WCA norms were revised w.e.f. 1/1/2006. Previously, only those employees who were killed in enemy action (means during war or in terrorist action) or while working in high altitude, border areas were entitled for enhanced compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs, and rest of other employees used to get Rs. seven lakh. The norms were changed and now first category employees dependents are entitled to Rs. 15 lakh as compensation and in rest of other categories that lumpsum ex-gratia payable is Rs. 10 lakh.

The Jt. Director/Estt. Welfare, Railway Board, issued a circular in year 2008 itself wherein power of granting ex-gratia to families of employees was granted to Zonal General Managers. Even Bilaspur Headquarters of South East Central Railway (SECR) circulated the Railway Board's letter on 23-4-2009 which listed the removal of ceiling on payment of ex-gratia.

People familiar with the cases said the deceased employees are mostly gangman or trackman who work in Engineering or Signal&Telcom Branches at division. These front-line staff work in most dangerous zone and mostly get run over unable to move out of line of approaching train. While Railways immediately makes funeral advance and other things which are then adjusted during final settlement.

However, the new norms about enhanced ex-gratia were not communicated to next of deceased. After the families learnt about the circular about enhanced ex-gratia they immediately approached division and submitted all the relevant documents. Since then the waiting game continues.

The division true to its style initially denied that any claims under WCA are pending. However when The Hitavada mentioned about RTI reply giving list of 42 pending cases, the Personnel Branch went into deep huddle.

Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM) Tanmay Mukhopadhyay later officially communicated the division stance, admitting that the cases are pending due to some querries pending with Headquarters. He further disclosed that all the cases are being examined and by next week the families should get the ex-gratia payment.

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BJP Govt’s maiden budget hailed

The maiden budget of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Maharashtra Government got a thumbs-up in second capital of the State. Though politicians were divided on political lines in their reaction... Read More
The maiden budget of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Maharashtra Government got a thumbs-up in second capital of the State. Though politicians were divided on political lines in their reaction about the budget.

Krishna Khopde, MLA and President of BJP, Nagpur city unit, said that BJP has fulfilled its promise of removing LBT. He mentioned that the first model police station in State would be constructed at Lakadganj which will have 12 storeyed building and this founds mention in budget presented today. Khopde has thanked Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar for sanctioning Lakadganj police station modernisation proposal. The police station falls in Khopde's East Nagpur constituency. Also Khopde said for installation of CCTV cameras in city an allocation of Rs. 197 crores has been made in budget.

Adv Sulekha Kumbhare of Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch has hailed the provision of Rs. 10 crore for establishemnt of Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Multi purpose Training Institute at Kamptee. Through this project number of skilled training programmes will be undertaken and thousands of youth will get job placement in corporate companies after such trainings, she stated. She thanked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule for sanctioning the project.

Senior leader Ranjit Deshmukh has welcomed the budget saying it is going to provide relief to farms, farmers, rural sector and also traders. Similarly all the sectors in State are going to benefit from the provisions of the budget. Listing the highlights of the budget, Deshmukh said farm loan waiver, completion of irrigation projects within three years, housing for poor, rural roads development etc. are centered around changing the rural landscape.

Dr Rajiv Potdar, President, BJP, Nagpur District unit, has hailed the Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar for presenting a most realistic budget that takes of all segments in the society. It was challenge for new Government to prepare allocations given the fact that during last 15-years misrule of DF the State has been pushed to financial bankruptcy. Hence he congratulated Mungantiwar for planning outlay of Rs. 54,000 crores and there is allocation of Rs. 1,000 crores for irrigation section including drinking water.

Mahendra Kataria, General Secretary, BJP's Traders Cell, State unit, has hailed the budget and said it would channelise agriculture investment in State. The budget is going to provide relief to distressed farmers. However, Ajay Patil, President, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Nagpur city unit, has criticised the budget saying it has proved disappointing for people of Maharashtra and almost betrayed the high aspirations. About LBT, earlier Government said it would be abolished from April 1 and now revised the date to August 1, on VAT surcharge the Government is yet to finalise stance. Also from common man's point of view the budget is total disappointment.

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ZP budget scaled down to Rs 35.40 cr

Ukesh Chavan, Chairman of Finance Committee of Zilla Parishad (ZP), presented a ‘non-inflated’ budget of Rs 35,40,51,466/- on Wednesday. Compared to the previous financial year, it has been s... Read More
Ukesh Chavan, Chairman of Finance Committee of Zilla Parishad (ZP), presented a ‘non-inflated’ budget of Rs 35,40,51,466/- on Wednesday. Compared to the previous financial year, it has been scaled down by Rs 4,60,97,311/-.

“The previous year’s budget size was Rs 40,01,48,777/-. However, it included an unutilised amount of Rs 7.52 crore from 2013-14. In 2014-15, we could bring down unutilised amount to Rs 2,18,37,466/-. Had we not utilised the amount of previous years, our budget size could have been more than Rs 40 crore. But, we wanted to present a realistic budget, not an inflated one,” said Chavan, while talking to reporters after presenting the budget in ZP general body meeting.

At the outset, ZP paid tributes to R R Patil, former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and activist Govind Pansare, by observing silence for two minutes in respect of the departed souls. In his speech, Chavan said that expected revenue for the financial year 2015-16 was Rs 33,22,14,000/. Including the balance from previous year, the budget size for the financial year ahead will be Rs 35,40,51,466/-. From various sources including market charges, surcharge, cess and land revenue, local cess, water charges, stamp duty share, grants etc, ZP’s revenue for 2015-16 has been pegged at Rs 24,80,00,000/-. Of this amount, 20 per cent each is allocated to Social Welfare Department and Water Supply Department, 10 per cent to Woman and Child Development Department, and three per cent for welfare of physically challenged persons, as per the norms.

As far as General Administration Department is concerned, a provision of Rs 82,68,600/- has been made for honorarium/travel allowance/house rent allowance to ZP Presidennt, Vice-President, chairpersons of various committees, Panchayat Samiti chairpersons and deputies, and other administrative expenses. A provision of Rs 2 lakh has been made for installing a full statue of ‘Bharat Ratna’ Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. The members present in the meeting demanded the statue to be installed by April 14. The provision for Animal Husbandry Department includes allocation for creating awareness among rural populace about dairy farming. An amount of Rs 5 lakh has been reserved for publicity and promotion of various welfare schemes implemented through ZP. As reported by ‘The Hitavada’ earlier, Chavan made a mention about loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 3 crore on account of online payments to employees through Shaalaarth and Sevaarth systems. Asked why was ZP not making any provision aimed at increasing its sources of revenue, Chavan replied, “The process of transferring lands in possession of ZP in its name is on. Once the process is completed, we have plans for developing those and creating additional sources of revenue for ZP. If required, we may even seek help of the State Government.”

Replying to another question, the Chairman of Finance Committee said that the demands of various departments were to the tune of Rs 60 crore. “Given the limited sources of revenue and budgetary constraints, we had to resort to curtailment. Still, we have taken care that provision for each of the departments is increased compared to that in previous year,” he added. Responding to criticism of the Opposition parties -- Congress and NCP -- Chavan said that allocation for Health Department was lower as ZP received Government funds to the tune of Rs 25-30 crore under National Rural Health Mission.

Replying to the Opposition’s charges that Chavan had ‘favoured’ his home-town of Belona, ZP chief Nisha Sawarkar’s village Dhanla, and Juni Kamptee village in the circle of Vice-President Sharad Donekar, he asked, “What is the harm in that? We have become office-bearers and people of our circles expect more from us.” Nisha Sawarkar, President of ZP; Sharad Donekar, Vice-President; Asha Gaikwad, Chairperson of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Committee; Pushpa Waghade, Chairperson of Woman and Child Welfare Committee; Deepak Gedam, Chairman of Social Welfare Committee; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer; Vivek Bondre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, also shared the dais in the budget meeting.

Members irked over not getting notice of meet

Some members from the ruling and Opposition sides both alleged that they did not get any intimation/notice of the budget meeting. Bharti Godbole (Shiv Sena) first complained about this in the meeting and said that she came to know about it from others. Matter took serious turn when Sharad Donekar, Vice-President of ZP, also complained that he had not got any notice from ZP administration about the meeting. Vijay Deshmukh and other members also expressed strong displeasure over this.

As the members were furious, Vivek Bondre, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Administration), expressed regret over the lapse. Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer, said that he would review the system of sending notices to ZP members and effect changes to make it better.

‘Give Rs 25,000/ acre relief to farmers’ Manohar Kumbhare (Congress) also demanded loan waiver for all farmers. A war of words ensued between Kamlakar Menghar (BJP) and Chandrashekhar Chikhale (NCP) when Menghar alleged that farmers in Parseoni had not received any aid since the time Congress-NCP was in the Government.

Jaykumar Verma (BJP) proposed to pass a resolution congratulating Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; and Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forests Minister, for their efforts in getting passed the law banning cow slaughter. He also proposed another resolution congratulating Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways, for making available funds for rural roads development in Nagpur and Vidarbha.

Sandhya Gotmare (BJP) seconded the proposal. Shivkumar Yadav (Congress), Manohar Kumbhare, Manoj Titarmare, Nana Kambhale and others opposed the move and said that it was an attempt to divert the attention of ZP house from serious issue of loss caused due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

Oppn slams budget as ‘eyewash’

The members of Congress, which forms the principal Opposition, slammed the budget presented by Ukesh Chavan as ‘eyewash’.

Addressing a press conference, Manohar Kumbhare and Shivkumar Yadav said that the budget was tilted towards the circles of ZP chief, Chavan himself, and Vice-President. Further, the budget did not shed light on efforts to be taken to increase revenue of ZP. “Either Chavan has not understood the intricacies, or the administration has misled him,” alleged Yadav. Ujjwala Bodhare alleged that the present ruling dispensation in ZP was ignoring her demand for development of ZP land at Raipur (Hingna). “There are various lands of ZP that could be developed to generate more revenue. However, the ruling dispensation does not appear to be interested,” she alleged. Later, responding to this allegation, Ukesh Chavan said that the land at Raipur belonged to Gram Panchayat and not the ZP. “If Gram Panchayat sends us a resolution, we can provide it a loan to develop that land which is under encroachment at present,” he said.

Kumbhare alleged that there was no new scheme in the budget. Even the schemes announced the previous year were not implemented properly, with a scheme for distribution of bicycles to school children being an example, he said. Yadav said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari should pay more attention to Nagpur, which was their home-district.

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Governor seeks region-wise figures of plan expenditure since 2010-11 by July

Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only... Read More
Despite repeated directives since 2011, the State Government had not made available to the Governor’s office the region-wise figures of non-plan developmental expenditure. It had submitted only the figures of non-plan expenditure. He has asked the Government to comply with the directives by July this year. Taking serious cognisance of this non-compliance of his directives, the Governor has now directed that the figures for region-wise Plan expenditure and non-Plan developmental expenditure shall be published annually within three months of the end of respective financial year.

To ensure transparency in budgets, the Governor has directed, these figures shall be put online and updated in real time by using ‘appropriate interventions’. The Governor has directed Planning Department to publish the figures of region-wise plan expenditure since 2010-11 and indicate the extent of ‘shortfalls or diversions’ between regions. Similarly, he has sought the figures of region-wise non-Plan development expenditure for last three years. The Governor has sought compilation of the past years’ region-wise Plan and non-Plan developmental expenditure figures by July.

Further, the Governor has reiterated that all attempts need to be made to re-classify the items of expenditure in a way to ensure that no divisible item is ‘wrongly considered’ to be a non-divisible item. The details of this exercise shall be completed and submitted to the Governor by July, state the directives.

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

In his directives, the Governor has provided some relief to Vidarbha region, where costs of irrigation projects are inflated mainly because of payment of Net Present Value (NPV) for diversion of forest land. The Governor has directed that though the requirement of NPV and other charges have to be met from non-divisible outlay, the same should first be met from the funds available with Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) as per requirement, and subsequently accounted for as non-divisible expenditure in the next annual plan.

‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’

In the latest directives, the Governor has sought the views of the State Government on the Report of High Level Committee on Balanced Regional Development Issues in Maharashtra -- popularly known as Kelkar Committee report. The Governor has ‘expected’ the State Government to consider the report and its recommendations including the proposed principles of allocation, and submit its views expeditiously, for his consideration.

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Two held for killing friend over fishing

TWO young men stoned to death their friend after a brawl over fishing near embankment of Telangkhedi Lake on Monday night. After killing Tambi alias Rafil Mandvel Francis Swami (25), a resident... Read More
TWO young men stoned to death their friend after a brawl over fishing near embankment of Telangkhedi Lake on Monday night. After killing Tambi alias Rafil Mandvel Francis Swami (25), a resident of Futala slums, his killer friends dumped the body in the nearby bushes in a bid to destroy the evidence. Within two hours after the incident the incident came to light, Crime Branch sleuths nabbed accused Roshan Umesh Sahare (22), a resident of Futala, and Abhijeet Ashok Matey (19), a resident of old Futala. Around 5 pm, Tambi, Abhijeet and Roshan were fishing in the lake.

Roshan and Abhijeet could not catch more fish. They started asking Tambi to give them some fish. When Tambi refused, they picked up a quarrel with him. After a brawl, they smashed his head with boulders. After eliminating Tambi, they dumped the body in the bushes at an isolated place in the jungle and ran away.

Around 9.30 pm, some residents of Futala slums noticed the body and informed the police. Staff from Ambazari Police Station and officers of Crime Branch arrived at the spot. Cops sent the body to Government Medical College & Hospital. Within two hours, a team of Crime Branch nabbed Roshan and Abhijeet.

On the basis of the complaint lodged by Deepak Nagorao Ambhore (40), a resident of New Futala, Ambazari Police arrested Roshan and Abhijeet on charges under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC.

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State needs Rs 70,750 crore for 452 irrigation projects

If the Government of Maharashtra wants to complete all 452 ongoing irrigation projects in the State, it may need a whopping amount of Rs 70,750 crore, almost 10 times the allocation made for irri... Read More
If the Government of Maharashtra wants to complete all 452 ongoing irrigation projects in the State, it may need a whopping amount of Rs 70,750 crore, almost 10 times the allocation made for irrigation sector in the State Budget for 2015-16. Though the number of ongoing projects in Vidarbha region is the highest, the maximum balance cost of projects in Rest of Maharashtra (RoM) is higher.

As per the latest directives of the Governor of Maharashtra Ch Vidyasagar Rao, released on Wednesday, the proposed allocation for five inter-state projects is Rs 100 crore and for Gosikhurd project is Rs 700 crore. The remaining divisible outlay for Water Resources Department (WRD) is Rs 5261.29 crore. Of this, Tribal Sub-Plan outlay is Rs 50 crore. Thus, the divisible outlay under general plan for irrigation sector for 2015-16 will be Rs 5211.29 crore.

Quoting WRD data as on April 1, 2014, the Governor’s Directives mentions that the balance cost of 452 projects is Rs 70,750 crore. Of these, the highest 198 projects are in Vidarbha, followed by 178 in RoM, and 76 in Marathwada regions. Still, the maximum balance cost of projects is in case of RoM. While 198 projects in Vidarbha require only Rs 28,883 crore, 178 projects in RoM require Rs 31,665 crore. In case of Marathwada, 76 project require Rs 10,252 crore. In the directives, the Governor has noted ‘with concern’ that some of his earlier directives have not been fully complied with. Planning Department is yet to submit the impact assessment study, and a report on time-cost overruns as directed in 2009.

As far as physical backlog is concerned, the Governor has observed that it still exists in Amravati, Akola, Washim, and Buldhana districts of Vidarbha. Though WRD had prepared a five-year action plan commencing from 2010-11 till 2014-15 for removal of physical backlog in these districts, the actual achievement is too low.

As per the plan, physical backlog sought to be removed in 2010-11 and 2011-12 was 37,314 hectares and 58,683 hectares respectively. The actual achievement during these years was 9,570 hectares and 13,929 hectares only. The actual physical achievement during 2012-13 was 6,750 hectares as against the target of 27,564 hectares, and that in 2013-14 was only 3,564 hectares as against the target of 58,505 hectares. The remaining physical backlog at the end of June 2014 was 2,23,705 hectares.

The Governor has noted ‘with concern’ that at the current pace backlog ‘may not be liquidated in the near future’. Keeping in view the progress of works identified for removal of backlog, the Governor has held the view that an additional allocation of Rs 1,000 crore should be made for these four districts. Previously, the State Government had a policy of allowing direct purchase of land for irrigation projects. Referring to the time and cost overruns on account of delay in land acquisition in backlog districts, the Governor has ‘directed’ the State Government to consider framing a policy for direct purchase of land.

In case of projects getting funds under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) and suffering delay because of delay in timely release of funds from Central Government, the Governor has directed the State Government to make ‘appropriate arrangements’ to bridge the gap pending the release of Central grants under AIBP and claim the Central share in due course of time in these four districts.

Once again, the Governor has asked the Government to fill all existing vacancies in VIDC in four backlog districts through transfers from other regions, fresh recruitments, promotions etc. In this case, the Governor has asked for compliance of this directive within three months. To ensure faster decision-making and optimum absorption of funds in these four backlog districts, the Governor has directed to vest with Executive Director of VIDC the powers of re-appropriation of funds between projects.

The Governor has expressed ‘serious concern’ over financial backlog still existing in Public Health sector, and has directed the Principal Secretary of Public Health Department to monitor the backlog works on a monthly basis and send reports to the Governor. He has also expressed his ‘displeasure’ over ‘non-submission’ of information on status of opportunities regarding technical education, vocational training, employment in services under control of State Government for each region.

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Nagpur Metro, MIHAN, Gorewada zoo get major boost in State Budget

Fulfilling promise to give a new momentum to development in the backward region Vidarbha, Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance Maharashtra Government has announced plethora of schemes for ... Read More
Fulfilling promise to give a new momentum to development in the backward region Vidarbha, Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance Maharashtra Government has announced plethora of schemes for Vidarbha in its first-ever state budget presented before the State Legislature on Wednesday giving major boost to MIHAN, Metro Rail, Gorewada zoo, stalled irrigation projects, agricultural pumps, construction of roads and improvement in physical infrastructure of Vidarbha.

Bharatiya Janata Party bagged maximum seats in Vidarbha region in State Assembly elections and the Maharashtra Government kept its word to remove the development deficit of Vidarbha by liberally sanctioning many schemes and allotting substantial budgetary support to major projects.

Rs 200 cr for rehab of MIHAN PAPs

Multimodal International Cargo Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) is an important project for the development of the region. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has allocated Rs 200 crore for rehabilitation of project-affected persons (PAPs) of MIHAN. The MIHAN project is on the verge of take-off under the leadership of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Rs 197 crore for Metro Rail

The State Government has also made a provision of Rs 197 crore for ambitious Metro Rail project in Nagpur for the year 2015-2016. Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) has started functioning in the city. The Central Government and State Government are contributing major share while Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Improvement Trust are also sharing 5 per cent each for this project. Total cost of the project is Rs 8600 crore.

Lakadganj Police station to be smart; CCTVs in city

The Government will install CCTVs in Nagpur and Amravati to beef up security of these two major cities. The Government will develop Lakadganj police station of Nagpur city as first smart and modernised police station of the State.

Special provisions for Malgujari tanks

The State Government has allocated Rs 100 crore for repair of Malgujari tanks in Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur districts. These tanks have major contribution in irrigation sector. Finance Minister stressed the need to have targetted programme to repair these tanks created two hundred years ago.

Special Scheme for Yavatmal district

To provide relief to Yavatmal district hit by farmers’ suicides, the State Government has announced “ Motiram Lahane Krishi Samruddhi Yojana” for mechanisation of agriculture sector on pilot basis. The Government has allocated Rs 50 crore for this scheme.

Rs 1039 cr for agriculture pumps

The Government has increased allocation for energisation of agricultural pumps from Rs 150 crore to Rs 1,039 crore. The backlog of agricultural pumps has increased manifold in Vidarbha and Marathwada region. The hefty provision in this sector will provide major relief to farmers’ as they can now irrigate their farm-land. The Government also made a provision for non-conventional energy-- Solar pumps-- in the state. The Government will install 7,540 solar agricultural pumps in the state.

Rs 7,272 cr for irrigation projects

The Government will spend Rs 7,272 crore for irrigation projects in the state so that 38 incomplete but on-going projects should be completed during next financial year. This will create additional 700 mm3 water capacity to irrigate 69,000 hectare land. Many irrigation projects are incomplete in Vidarbha region and these projects may be completed due to fund allocation.

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Special attention will be given to Vidarbha for creating basic infrastructure in electricity sector. The Government will spend Rs 538 crore in this sector. This will provide opportunity of illumination to maximum villages in the region. Mungantiwar has given thrust to provide quality transport services to citizens. The Government will renovate city bus stations in Nagpur, and Amravati along with other metro cities in the state.

Air-strips in Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur

State Government has reserved funds of Rs 91 crore for strengthening and development of air-strips in Akola, Amravati, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will provide loan on 10 per cent interest for textile projects in Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra.

Koradi temple to develop

Shri Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Temple, Koradi, Shrikhetra Loni, District Washim, and Shrikhetra Riddipur have been included in pilgrimage development programme of the Government. The Government will spend Rs 125 crore on development all the religious places.

Dr Ambedkar Training Centre at Kamptee

On 125 th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the State Government will construct Dr. Ambedkar memorial and training centre at Kamptee in Nagpur district. The Government has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for this centre.

Botanical garden at Chandrapur

Mineral rich Chandrapur district off-course received special attention of Sudhir Mungantiwar, and the State Government has decided to implement special programme to maximise utilisation of minerals. A botanical garden will also be developed at Chandrapur on the lines of Bengaluru.

Rs 191 cr for Tadoba-Andhari

The Government will spend Rs 10 crore for environment conservation under National Lakes Conservation Scheme at Nagpur, and Chandrapur. This would be good news for wildlife and natural lovers, the State Government has allocated Rs 191 crore for Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Project, Gorewada International Zoo park. The government will create all basic facilities to attract tourists in this region.

Special funds for Mayo

After intervention of the High Court, the State Government has undertaken a programme to create facilities for upgrading post-graduate medical education in Akola, Yavatmal and Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nagpur. The Government has granted Rs 20 crore for this programme. The Government will also spend Rs 135 crore on construction of new Government medical college buildings in Gondia, and Chandrapur districts. The Government will give special grant for Mayo Hospital, Nagpur.

The State Government will protect and conserve the memorials, statues and samadhi sthals of Sri Sant Sevalal Maharaj Samadhi Sthal at Washim, Sant Mungmanji Maharaj Samadhi sthal, Dhamangaon, Yavatmal, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj, Chimur. A special provision of Rs 31 crore has been made in the budget.

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Three people commit suicide in separate incidents

TWO men and a girl committed suicide by hanging themselves in separate incidents reported at Chargavan, Bargi and Bhedaghat police stations, on Tuesday. Bhedaghat police informed that Ashok Pat... Read More
TWO men and a girl committed suicide by hanging themselves in separate incidents reported at Chargavan, Bargi and Bhedaghat police stations, on Tuesday. Bhedaghat police informed that Ashok Patel (31), a resident of Lamhetaghat area informed that Rani Patel (22), a resident of Lamhetaghat area was alone at home when she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling of her house. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Similarly, Chargavan police received information that a man committed suicide in village Bijna. Receiving the information a police team reached the spot where Gangaram Yadav, a resident of village Bijna informed that his younger brother Chhotelal Yadav (35) is lived with his wife and children in the village. He learnt that children of his brother were crying when he along with Beni Yadav reached at house of his brother where his wife informed that Chhotelal committed suicide by hanging himself from a rafter at the house. In another suicide incident, Shobharam Gond (62), a resident of village Hulki informed to Bhargi police that his grandson informed that his son committed suicide at house. He immediately reached the house and witnessed that his son Shiv Prasad Gond (35) committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling of his house. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital after conducting Panchnama. Police have registered separate cases while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reasons behind suicidal step.

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Abhikalpan to bring Technocrats under one roof on March 19

“CONTINUING a rich tradition of organising technical festival for students, Abhikalpan-2015 will be organised to bring young technocrats under one roof for exchange innovative ideas and showc... Read More
“CONTINUING a rich tradition of organising technical festival for students, Abhikalpan-2015 will be organised to bring young technocrats under one roof for exchange innovative ideas and showcase their potential.

Abhikalpan has gained popularity as biggest technical festival of Central India which witnesses mass participation of over thousand students from different corners of the country,” informed Tushar Goel, Media Coordinator of Abhikalpan-2015 Organising Committee, while interacting with media on Tuesday. Tushar informed that as per tradition of IIITDMJ, a team of students under supervision of Technical Counsellor Dr Neeraj Jaiswal and Dr Manoj Pandey has been constituted to organise mega event from March 19 to 22. He added that ever since its inception in 2006, the motive of the festival complies with vision and mission of this institute.

Just like every other edition, this time also, Abhikalpan-2015 features a wide range of prominent workshops pertaining to different fields of technology. It has arranged for workshops on Android Development, Python, Ethical Hacking, Formula Zero E, Bluebotics, Rasberry Pie and Graphic Design.

This string of workshops will enable young progeny of technocrats to give another dimension to their ever growing technical abilities and make its practical implementation in their respective fields.

The event will stage more than 40 events canopying varied branches of engineering like Computer Science, Electronics and Communication, Mechanical and Robotics and Quizzing. Besides this, participants luring and crowd pulling events will be Robowar, Turbo Drift, Minimalistic Poster Design, Mission Spyrun, Website Mock-up, Astronomy Quiz and many more.

The event will be witnessing six guest lectures which will be delivered by various global icons.

Among key speakers there will be Navin Gulia, winner of ‘Global Indian of Year’ in 2005, Jatinder Yakhmi, former Associate Director, BARC, Professor, Nageshwar Rao (USA), Professor at University of Northern Iowa, Shouvik Roy, Director, Elephant Designs.

Lectures of these renowned personalities will definitely boost-up knowledge and morale of young technocrats to achieve desired goals. Organising committee members comprising Prateek Sahu, Apoorva Sen, Parag Nawani, Arun Khare, Sagar Baronia, Arun Singh, Apoorva Agrawal and Kumar Shambhav made an appeal to the students to ensure their participation in the event to make it a success.

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While ryots paying price for nature’s fury, private seed cos plan to cash in

FARMERS are facing a tough time and have faced huge loss due to frequent changes in weather. Farmers have been facing harrowing time since past one week. Initially it was pest attack then temp... Read More
FARMERS are facing a tough time and have faced huge loss due to frequent changes in weather. Farmers have been facing harrowing time since past one week. Initially it was pest attack then temperature fluctuations led to diseases on standing crops and in past two days incessant rains with high velocity winds and hailstorm in majority of districts in Mahakoshal region. In majority of places where hailstorm with incessant rains and high velocity occurred have damaged cent per cent crops.

Farmers who lost their harvest are likey to get some relief and financial assistance from the government to overcome financial burden and losses but for coming season availability of seeds will remain a cause of concern. Majority of farmers who have sown seeds with qualities combating impact of frequent weather changes on crop like weather affected diseases, pests infestation and growth related ailments this year but due to excessive rains with hailstorm have become a curse for standing crops in majority of areas.

In coming season availability of seeds in the market with high productivity and costing will be a big problem. Destruction caused due to natural calamity would create shortage of seeds in the region while it will also open gates for private seed producers and marketing companies especially in rural market. Following recent damages caused due to hailstorm and unseasonal rains, production of seed is badly affected in majority of areas.

Damage to seed production has become an opportunity for private seed production companies to sell their products. Demand of quality seed is increasing with rising agriculture production in the State.

To avail business expansion opportunity few private companies enter seed market of State with numerous claims on quality and performance of seed. These companies also offer packages including other input material like fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides, bio-fertilisers and other major components used in farming. Farmers in Madhya Pradesh especially, in Mahakoshal region, due to lack of education easily fall prey to such claims made by private seed producing companies. Continuous complaints of inferior quality are being registered with experts at Kisan Call Centre, Krishi Vigyan Kendras in different centres complaining under performance of crop varieties specially vegetable and horticulture crops. To check inflow of sub-standard seeds from different states to Madhya Pradesh especially in tribal dominating districts where farmers are not small, marginal and work with limited resources, there is need to establish a seed quality assurance and regular monitoring system in seed market. A regulatory system to keep an eye on quality of seeds being sold in the market, especially by private companies, is need of hour.

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Shortage of social workers at Govt hospitals cripple services

PREVAILING shortage of social workers and counsellors at government hospitals in the district has become a major hurdle for patients coming from surrounding areas to avail speedy and desired be... Read More
PREVAILING shortage of social workers and counsellors at government hospitals in the district has become a major hurdle for patients coming from surrounding areas to avail speedy and desired benefits in hospitals. Patients coming from rural and tribal areas of Mahakoshal region to prime Medical Centre, Government Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital with a hope face difficulties in availing medical and other desired benefits like speedy medical and health services due to lack of guidance at reception of government hospitals. Government has established post ‘Social Worker’ or Counsellor to give desired information, guidance to patients so that they could easily get facilities in short span without much difficulty.

Despite repeated demands to institute more posts of social workers at Government Hospitals in the city, the State Health Department has not initiated efforts to create more posts of social worker at District Hospital, Civil Hospital and other government hospitals, which caters health services to major population in the city.

The State Government had declared various schemes to improve infrastructure, medical facilities, rural health through health workers in recent years to pass on benefits of scheme to last person of the society. But no sincere effort has been made to recruit social worker who could act as a bridge to communicate with patient so that he could avail maximum benefits of health services and services at government hospitals become more patient friendly.

Job of a social worker has become more significant at government hospital after rise in number of patients registered in last three years after induction of free health beneficiary schemes at government hospitals.

Social worker plays a key role by helping patients round-the-clock so that he can timely avail facilities. Every patient coming to the Medical College Hospital or District Hospital needs help of social worker round-the-clock to avoid unnecessary delay in start of treatment. At NSCB Medical College only a few social workers are posted, while nine sanctioned posts are lying vacant. Senior officials of District Health Services informed that proposal have been sent to the State Government but no action has been taken on the proposal for institution of 12 posts of social worker (6 regular and 6 contractual posts) at district hospitals and 6 posts at Civil Hospital (4 regular and 2 contractual post) yet. This clearly shows apathy of government to improve basic services towards patients at government hospitals. It is to be learnt that in absence of proper communicator-cum-co-ordinator between patients and medical staff (doctor, nurses and other staff), gap between service obtainers (patients) and service providers (medical staff) has been stretched in recent years. Besides this, the State Government fails to appoint adequate social workers to cater to the needs of increasing patients in recent years. Civil Surgeon of Victoria Hospital Dr A K Sinha said that recruitment of more social workers will help in making the services more patient friendly. Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College said we would send a proposal to higher authorities in Medical Education Department for further action.

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Rajak couple murder mystery solved, three accused arrested

POLICE have brilliantly solved dual blind murder mystery of a couple and succeeded in apprehending three accused. The couple was killed on doubt of practising black magic. The accused have been i... Read More
POLICE have brilliantly solved dual blind murder mystery of a couple and succeeded in apprehending three accused. The couple was killed on doubt of practising black magic. The accused have been identified as Hallu alias Ramswaroop Rajak (38), Montu alias Ranjit Rajak (26), residents of Sahu Mohalla in Lordganj area and Dharmendra Sripal (27), a resident of Abhimanyu Chowk in Panagar area.

Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that, late in the night on March 12, Pancham Rajak (58) and his wife Ramkumari Rajak were found dead in their house in Kanchipuram Colony, Madai, in Ranjhi area and three family members sustained injuries in an attack by miscreants.

Investigating the case, police team learnt that Pancham Rajak along with wife Ramkumari, son Gaurishankar alias Brijesh (24) and Madan alias Monu (25) and brother Uttam Rajak (35) lived in Kanchipuram Colony since last eight years. He used to practice black magic. In 2000, Dwarka Rajak, a resident of Simriya area in Patan brought his wife Manju for treatment from Pancham Rajak.

During treatment, Manju died. Dwarka held doubt that his rival uncle made conspiracy with Pancham to kill his wife. Dwarka along with his brother Halle, Ramesh, Ajju Malik, a man named Sai Baba were found accused in murder of a man named Rammilan, a resident of Chowkital area and were sentenced lifetime imprisonment.

One of the accused Halle was recently released on bail three months back. Meanwhile, in June 2014, Suresh Rajak, a resident of Sahu Mohalla, brother of Dwarka, died and in February 2014, nephew of Dwarka named Sunil, a resident of Patan also died. Recently, condition of Deepak, lived in Panagar nephew of Halle deteriorated.

SP Mishra informed that following family rivalry, son of Dwarka, Montu alias Ranjit who was imprisoned in a case of attempt to murder in October 2013 in Lordganj area met his uncle and held doubt that Pancham Rajak and his wife Ramkumar are responsible for deaths of their family members. They decided to take revenge from couple and hatched a plan to kill them with another man named Dharmendra Sripal in jail.

On March 12, according to their plan, Halle Rajak, Montu alias Ranjit Rajak and Dharmendra Sripal reached Kanchipuram area on a motorcycle and attacked Pancham and his wife Ramkumari with country-made revolver and sharp-edged weapons. In the attack, Pancham and his wife were killed on the way to the hospital, while injured Pancham’s father Mitthulal Rajak and son Brijesh were admitted for treatment at Victoria Hospital.

The accused were apprehended with active efforts of police team formed by SHO of Ranjhi police station Anil Singh Mourya, SHO of Panagar police station K P Yadav comprising SI Ravikant Awasthi, Head Constable, Kailash Mishra, Constables, Rajesh Pandey, Sunil, Pradeep, ASI, Vinod Dubey, Constables, Rammilan Rajak, Banwarilal, Mukesh, Vinay Jaiswal, Deepak Tiwari and Akhilesh Dubey.

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SIT submits 6th probe report on VYAPAM, hearing today

ON Tuesday, Special Investigation Team (SIT) has submitted 6th report of investigation of Special Task Force (STF) on VYAPAM scam to the division bench.

Thereafter, the division bench of th... Read More
ON Tuesday, Special Investigation Team (SIT) has submitted 6th report of investigation of Special Task Force (STF) on VYAPAM scam to the division bench.

Thereafter, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe fixed next hearing on Wednesday. In previous hearing of March 9, 2015, packet including special report (undated) submitted by Chairman of SIT with reference to observations made in order dated on March 4, 2015. The division bench had perused this report.

As regards modality to inquire into matters referred to in the representation received by the Chairman of SIT as mentioned in paragraph No. 97 of the order dated on November 5, 2014, it predicates that the SIT Chairman after initial processing of representation must issue instructions to Head of STF for enquiring into all matters as may be directed by SIT and place that information before SIT for further consideration within time frame specified.

The SIT may follow that procedure in respect of representations, information already received or to be received hereafter from third parties. In other words, SIT will get information verified and enquired from the Head of STF as the same may directly or indirectly touch upon investigation of crime investigated by STF and under monitoring of this court.

SIT is not expected to make inquiry itself on factual aspects. However, it must get relevant matters enquired through Head of STF and instruct STF to submit its report in that regard.

After receipt of report from STF, contents thereof must be made part of its periodical report to be submitted to the Court-so that monitoring of investigation done by STF as well as supervision done by SIT will become available to the court for passing appropriate orders. The special report referred to above be kept in sealed cover along with other record already in custody of the Registrar General.

The Registrar General of the High Court was present in the court to inform that in deference to observation made by the court earlier, the office submission was placed before the Chief Justice, who in turn has asked it to be placed before the Administrative Committee-I, for being considered on the administrative side. Additional Advocate General Purushendra Kaurav has handed in compilation giving breakup and details of deployment of police parties on case to case basis. Compilation contains justification for deputing police parties even in cases where chart prepared by STF indicates that no accused is required to be arrested in respect of concerned crime and on the other hand, insufficient police parties are deputed for arrest of large number of accused in the given crime as high as 225 in number.

The division bench on March 9, 2015, had deemed it appropriate to call upon SIT to examine justification offered by STF keeping in mind satisfaction of STF about sufficient number of police personnel deployed and assigned to STF. The SIT shall consider explanation on case to case basis and if it is of opinion that in a given crime number of police parties deputed should be enhanced, must issue such directions to the Head of STF and insist for compliance of that direction. Further report of SIT must contain action taken in this behalf by STF.

Besides this, compilation also refers to chart giving breakup of number of cases pending trial at Districts-Bhopal and Gwalior in particular. According to STF, at least five designated judges should be provided at Bhopal District to deal with around 51 cases under investigation of STF and local police in respect of VYAPAM scam cases.

Similarly, 4 designated judges will be required at Gwalior to cope with trial of about 50 cases of similar type involving large number of accused. Information regarding cases and how the cases should be grouped and assigned to judge concerned at Bhopal District and for Gwalior District. Compilation be kept in sealed cover separately along with other compilations already in custody of the Registrar General of this court. Kaurav had assured to furnish chart for Bhopal and Gwalior districts crime-wise and group of cases to be listed judge-wise separately after omitting two columns.

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CM on intensive tour to hailstorm-hit areas from today

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will undertake intensive tours of hailstorm-affected areas of the State from Wednesday. He will meet farmers and apprise himself of losses by visiting field... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will undertake intensive tours of hailstorm-affected areas of the State from Wednesday. He will meet farmers and apprise himself of losses by visiting fields. On the first day, the Chief Minister will visit five districts. Chouhan will leave Bhopal by helicopter at 10 am and reach village Daroo in Neemuch tahsil at 11 am. He will visit hailstorm-affected fields and talk to farmers.

At around 12.15 pm, Chouhan will visit Harsaul in Malhargarh tehsil of Mandsaur district, about 2 pm village Gajanikheri in Badnagar tahsil in Ujjain district, 3.15 pm village Matana in Moman Barodia tahsil of Shajapur district and 4.30 pm village Digwar in Sarangpur tahsil of Rajgarh district. The Chief Minister has reiterated that farmers need not worry. State Government stands by them in this hour of crisis. Survey of crops will be done with humanitarian approach. Farmers will be provided relief.

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Tension in Gandhi Nagar after girl goes missing

Tension gripped Laukhedi village of Gandhi Nagar when a 220-year-old girl went missing under mysterious circumstances during intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Parents of girl suspected tha... Read More
Tension gripped Laukhedi village of Gandhi Nagar when a 220-year-old girl went missing under mysterious circumstances during intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. Parents of girl suspected that she had fled with a youth of another community. Seeing simmering tension, heavy police force has been deployed in the village. Till the filing of story, situation was under control.

Gandhi Nagar police said that a girl went missing from home in Laukhedi village at 1.30 am on Tuesday. The family members searched the girl and later reported the matter to police during morning hours. As they suspected that girl had fled with boy of another community hence tension started to brew. Both communities came face to face. Sensing trouble, heavy police force was deployed in the village. Senior police officers were apprised about the brewing trouble. Throughout the day, entire village remained tensed. In the meantime, police also conducted search operation to trace the eloped couple. When this report was filed, police were deployed in the village and efforts were being made to recover the girl. When contacted, SHO Gandhi Nagar Jitendra Patel said girl is likely to be traced out shortly. Meanwhile, senior police officers are keeping eye on the situation.

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Barracks of State jails packed to the rafters!

The prisoners in State jails have no hope of getting some relief in jails as they will be packed into barracks more than its capacity. The condition of the prisoners is not good as they are more ... Read More
The prisoners in State jails have no hope of getting some relief in jails as they will be packed into barracks more than its capacity. The condition of the prisoners is not good as they are more than the capacity in a barrack, not only in one or two district rather about all jails have the same condition. There are total 12,000 prisoners more than the capacity of the barracks. The figure is not new, it is three months old and during the last three months more than 500 prisoners might have been added to this figure. The Government had decided to take tighten security of the jails to prevent incidents of jail break, violence in jail and some other unpleasant incidents there but later the decisions were only in files. According to sources as per jail manual in a barrack the prisoners might not be put in more than 20 to 25 as per size of the barrack but in almost every jail of the State there are more than 30 to 35 prisoners in a barrack. The result of putting in barracks more than capacity is often quarrel, violence between the prisoners, sickness due to suffocation and some other problems. There are total 123 jails in the State, including 11 Central Jail and 79 Deputy Jails. There are 80 barracks laying vacant due to lack of staff. The capacity of the prisoners in all 123 jails is just 26,000 but the jail inmates are 38,000. While the staffers who are pressed into jail inmates’ security are 4000 Prahri, Main guard 246 Jail officers and 3300 Prahri. Of 4000, 700 are Chief Prahri. Jail officers think it is not good even the health and security purpose. In the past, many dreaded terrorists and other wanted criminals were fled from the jails raising question over the jail security. But the state Government has not yet taken up any major step to reduce number of prisoners from jails. Many times, the Jail Superintendents from the different Central and Deputy jails wrote to the jail headquarters to create new posts and start recruitment but it always went in vain. However, an officer at jail headquarters said to fill up 1700 posts, created by the Government about six months ago were sent to the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) VYAPAM. But it is not yet clear when the VYAPAM, that was for the last three years was in controversy over PMT, PET and many recruitment examinations will conduct examinations for different cadres’ posts for the Jail Department. Moreover, the Jail Department is yet to sanction budget to the construction of more than 60 barracks. As, the barracks laying vacant due to insufficient staff, will accommodate very few jail inmates. After which many jail inmates will be found additional as per the jail manual. When contacted, R S Vijayvargiya, DIG, Jail, admitted of having 12,000 inmates in State’s jails more than the capacity of the jails. “We have sent a proposal of 1700 posts for the jails to the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) VYAPAM. If the posts are filled up, the need is to construction of many barracks to keep the jail inmates in barracks as per their jail manual, he said.

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Congress lodges complaint against BJP leaders with Income Tax Deptt

A day after BJP submitted memorandum to Income Tax Department against Digvijay Singh, Congress submitted memorandum to I-T Department with the request that prosecution action should be taken ag... Read More
A day after BJP submitted memorandum to Income Tax Department against Digvijay Singh, Congress submitted memorandum to I-T Department with the request that prosecution action should be taken against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and eight others under Sections 276-277 of Income Tax Act on Tuesday.

It had also submitted documentary evidences to substantiate its allegations.

Chief Spokesman of Congress K K Mishra and state Congress General Secretary Chandrika Prasad Dwivedi went to IT department and requested Chief Income Tax Commissioner that during I-T Department raid against builder Dilip Suryavansi and mining baron Sudhir Sharma in June 20, 2012, empty note sheets bearing signs of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were found along with many other important documents. Apart from this, documents showing favours made to BJP leaders were also confiscated.

These leaders are: Rajya Sabha MPs Prabhat Jha and Anil Dave, Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, State BJP General Secretary Tapan Bhaumik and two sons of Prabhat Jha. Even I-T Department’s appraisal report has mention of these names. Likewise Lokayukta raid against Dr Amarnath Mittal unearthed disproportionate assets of Rs 100 crore in 2012. Later, I-T Department had also intervened in the case. At that time, Mittal’s wife had said that his husband was innocent and he had to give money to political bosses.

The name of leader should be disclosed who was getting the money from Dr Mittal.

Meanwhile, I-T Department should also make it clear that whether clean chit has been given to then Urban Administration Minister Narottam Mishra and then Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi in connection with search and tax raid exercise conducted against them. The reason is this that both leaders are trying to publicise that they got clean chit in the case. If clean chit had been not given then case should be reopened under I-T Department’s section 148. K K Mishra and Chandrika Prasad Dwivedi were accompanied by Spokesman J P Dhanopia, Ravi Saxena, former Mayor Vibha Patel etc.

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Cabinet approves Prevention of Litigation Bill

State Cabinet has approved a Prevention of Litigation Bill 2015 under which filing petitions against VVIPs, including Chief Minster and ministers, would become difficult. Now, this bill wou... Read More
State Cabinet has approved a Prevention of Litigation Bill 2015 under which filing petitions against VVIPs, including Chief Minster and ministers, would become difficult. Now, this bill would be presented in the Assembly. If the bill is passed in Assembly then no case could be filed against Chief Minister, ministers and big officers without consent and advise of Advocate General, which would be must in such cases. If the bill takes the shape of act then it would create difficulty to especially those people who often file case against VVIPs.

Congress Spokesman J P Dhanopia reacted strongly over the development and said that no one is above the law and Chief Ministers and ministers do not have any privilege. He added that instead of putting lid on persisting corruption, BJP government is bringing a bill under which no case could be filed against Chief Minister, ministers and big officers without permission. “ This is an effort to suppress the voice of common people and it is unfortunate,” he added.

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Five foreigners, accused of conversion in Betul, sent to Nagpur

Five foreigners, who went to a nondescript village of Betul on Monday, faced allegations that they have come for conversion. Police acted swiftly and brought them to police station for interrog... Read More
Five foreigners, who went to a nondescript village of Betul on Monday, faced allegations that they have come for conversion. Police acted swiftly and brought them to police station for interrogation. When police got assured that they have not been involved in any conversion like activities, they were allowed to go to Nagpur.

Sources said that five foreigners belonging to Virginia in USA, accompanied by two Indians, have gone to Pabla village of block Prabhat Pattan in Betul on Monday. They went to a house of local woman where they started to pray for her. In the meantime, woman also called others to join. Seeing this, local villagers fathomed that five foreigners were doing the conversion and police were informed subsequently. Police reached the spot and brought all five foreigners and their two Indian friends to police station for interrogation. Their bags and belongings were searched and documents, including passport and visa, were checked. Nothing objectionable was found. When police got assured that foreigners were not involved in any kind of activity related to conversion, foreigners were allowed to go. They boarded a Nagpur-bound train and left Betul on Monday night. It is learnt that foreigners have gone to village to see the agricultural practices and others. Betul SP Rakesh Kumar Jain told ‘The Hitavada’ that five foreigners hailing from Virginia have gone to village but they were not involved in any conversion like activity.

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Limit of annual purchase tax on wheat, paddy now Rs 300 crore

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to enhance limit of annual purchase tax on wheat and paddy from Rs 10 crore to Rs 300 crore.

This... Read More
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided to enhance limit of annual purchase tax on wheat and paddy from Rs 10 crore to Rs 300 crore.

This will increase businessmens’ interest in purchasing wheat and paddy from farmers in the markets in the state. The cabinet also decided to sanction security of Rs. 17 thousand crore for 2 years to procure wheat on support price from farmers.

This credit limit has been sanctioned to Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation for procurement of wheat during Rabi marketing year 2015. It is noteworthy that wheat procurement in the state will begin from March 25. The state government has made this arrangement to ensure that farmers get timely payments against wheat procured from them.

The Cabinet decided to approve 4-tier pay scale for doctors of various cadres. These will include leprosy officers’ grade-1 and grade-2 officers, district vaccination officers, district health officers, superintendents, officers of TB hospitals’ cadres, who were originally appointed on the post of medical officer.

Similarly, benefit of 4-tier pay scale will also be given to officers promoted from special cadre to post of Chief Medical and Health Officer with effect from August 26, 2008.

For making government services lucrative for doctors, the cabinet amended Public Health & Family Welfare Department Gazetted Services Recruitment Rules, 2007 for advance pay increment and promotion to posts of specialist.

According to it, now qualifying period for promotion to post of specialist will be 3 years instead of 5 years and PG Diploma 5 years instead of 7 years.

At the time of appointment, 2 advance increments will also be given to post-graduate doctors selected for PG Diploma through Public Service Commission after January 1, 2014. It has been decided to post PG doctors at community health centres or higher institutions.

The Cabinet decided to exempt International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA) from prices of moveable-immovable property of Amlaha agriculture farm in Sehore.

The State Government has already allotted 70.99 hectare land owned by it in Amlaha farm on the proposal of Union Ministry of Agriculture to Central Institute of Agriculture Research and Studies and Indian Council of Agriculture Research. The Cabinet decided to carve new tehsil Piprai in Ashok Nagar district.

Amending redensification scheme on 30.06 hectares at Thatipur in Gwalior, the cabinet decided to appoint Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board as its nodal agency. The Cabinet decided to make available Rs 41 crore for establishment of engineering college at Shahdol. The amount will be provided by Professional Exam Board to Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya.

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Ex-BJP MLA Ramesh Saxena gets 3 years jail

In a case related to illegal promotions in Zila Sahkari Maryadit Bank, a local court of Sehore has awarded three years imprisonment to ex-BJP MLA Ramesh Saxena on Tuesday. Apart from this, puni... Read More
In a case related to illegal promotions in Zila Sahkari Maryadit Bank, a local court of Sehore has awarded three years imprisonment to ex-BJP MLA Ramesh Saxena on Tuesday. Apart from this, punishment has been also handed over to other accused of the case.

ADPO in Sehore court, Devendra Singh Thakur said that several ineligible people were promoted in Zila Sahkari Maryadit Bank. After investigation case was filed and challan was produced in the court. After hearing the case, court awarded punishment to accused, including ex-MLA Ramesh Saxena, who was chairman of the bank at the time of promotions. Three years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 10,000 had been slapped on Ramesh Saxena. Likewise Abhay Mehta, K K Shukla and Bhawarlal, who were in board of directors at the time of promotions, have been also awarded rigorous imprisonment of three years and fine of Rs 10,000. Another accused Dheerendra also get rigorous imprisonment of three years. Fine had been also slapped on him.

Along with this, accused including Dilip, Mahipal Jain, Satish Vyas, Govind, Vijay Singh, Amar Singh, Ajeet, Rajendra, Rakesh, Veerendra Garg, Shashi Bhushan, Naveen Bhaosagar, Babulal got rigorous imprisonment of two years. These people got benefit in illegal promotions.

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‘Ramayana has same status as of Vedas’

“Ramayana is the most ancient epic, revered as ‘Adikavya’. It has relevance even in contemporary era, and is still the most popular scripture among the masses. It has already been translate... Read More
“Ramayana is the most ancient epic, revered as ‘Adikavya’. It has relevance even in contemporary era, and is still the most popular scripture among the masses. It has already been translated into many languages,” said Swami Advaitananda Saraswati of Chinmay Mission in his discourse on ‘Sunderkand’ organized on Tuesday evening at the auditorium of Engineers Bhavan, Civic Center Bhilai. The five day long spiritual discourse that commenced from March 17 evening will conclude on March 22, has been jointly organized under the aegis of Chinmay Mission Bhilai and Institution of Engineers, Bhilai.

Swamiji said that listening as well as reading Ramayana gives peace, endows one with noble thoughts, and enables one in absolving all sins. It has the same status as Vedas, as Vedas are considered to be the ocean of knowledge and the source of the values, which are popularised and propagated in Ramayana. The 24,000 verses of Valmiki, have many facet like religious rituals and their significance in worldly existence, spiritual pursuit, literary excellence and it also provides solace to human mind from the worldly worries of everyday life; so it has been rightly said that as long as mountains are intact, and the rivers flow on this earth, so long the story of Ramayana will be heard and delved upon while guiding humans towards the salvation and ultimate peace”.

Taking about ‘Sunderkand’ he said that the poetic excellence and inspiring range of the verse of ‘Sunderkand’ guides one towards attaining ultimate knowledge and is also attractive to all from the worldly as well as philosophical and also spiritual point of view. Hanuman is Chiranjeevi (immortal) so devotees chant the Sunderkand and seek the blessings of Hanuman.  He is the one living God for all times, simple and easily accessible.  Avatars come and go, but Hanuman lives forever with us! Faith and devotion are the key virtues he imbibes in us.  Then you see how hard it is to understand and explain the manifestation of Hanuman, who has chosen to live with us when Shri Rama has already left for ‘Vaikuntha’ to help and guide us forever. “The remembering and repeating the name of Sri Rama  bestows four objects—Kama, the gratification of desire; Artha-acquisition of wealth; Dharma-discharge of duty and Moksha, emancipation and attaining the ultimate salvation, pointed Swamiji to the elite audience of engineers, which remained spellbound during his enlightening discourse.

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Swine flu troubles legislators too!

Answering on issue of swine flu deaths in the State, Health Minister Amar Agrawal accepted in the House that 16 swine flu patients have died, while reports of 127 patients have tested positive ... Read More
Answering on issue of swine flu deaths in the State, Health Minister Amar Agrawal accepted in the House that 16 swine flu patients have died, while reports of 127 patients have tested positive against 591 samples sent for testing. Agrawal further added that approximately 30,000 people have tested positive while 1731 people have died in the whole country. He said thus it is clear that effective measures have been put forth for prevention and to check spreading of swine flu in Chhattisgarh. Independent Legislator Dr Vimal Chopda raised the issue of swine flu through his Call Attention Motion. Dr Chopda alleged that swine flu has taken a shape of epidemic in Chhattisgarh due to lack of medicines and other preventive measures. He alleged that anti-swine flu vaccine which costs Rs 300 is being sold in black at Rs 1,000 and affected patients are being compelled to purchase costly medicines.

Health Minister Amar Agrawal informed that House that sufficient availability of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) syrup and capsules, triple-layer masks, N-95 masks and personal protection kits has been ensured. Asserting that it is incorrect to State that swine flu patients are increasing every day, he said on the contrary the numbers of such patients were coming down rapidly and as on date only 14 patients are admitted in government and private hospitals in the State.

Agrawal also stated that anti-swine flu vaccines are banned for selling in open market. In fact as per guidelines issued by Central Government, such vaccines are not meant for common people. The vaccine is meant for health workers and doctors. He also refuted charges of black-marketing of Tami-flu tablets and stated that they are available both in government pharmacies as well as private chemist shops.

Health Minister added that swine flu is a dangerous virus. Since WHO had announced that the virus had been terminated from the world, hence there is no proper medicine for it. Even Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is not completely effective on it.

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Police issue instructions for Congmen to be followed during bandh

After a debacle during the Vidhan Sabha gherao that led to the Lathicharge, Raipur Police is leaving no stone unturned to maintain law and order situation under control during the Bandh called by... Read More
After a debacle during the Vidhan Sabha gherao that led to the Lathicharge, Raipur Police is leaving no stone unturned to maintain law and order situation under control during the Bandh called by the Congress party on Wednesday.

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Neeraj Chandrakar held a meeting with Congress leaders such as Vikas Upadhyay to lay down the instructions to be followed during the Bandh.

ASP Chandrakar instructed the Congress leaders and workers that as the board examinations are going on, there shouldn’t be any interruption in the examination or demonstration near the educational instructions, which may cause undue disturbance to the students or teachers. School buses shouldn’t be stopped by the Congress workers or else Police will take strict actions.

Beside the schools, protestors are also instructed to spare the roadside vendors, who are extremely dependent up on daily wages and earning to earn bread butter. Only the big business premises and shops are allowed to be shut down and that too without using any force or coercion.

Around 800 police personnel including City Superintendent of Police (CSP) and Station House Officers, including 250 personnel from other districts will be remain deployed across the city to avert any untoward incidents.

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Tuesday proves chaotic day for House

Summons issued to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the CBI Court in connection with the coal block allocations figured in discussions on the tenth day of ongoing Budget session in Chhatt... Read More
Summons issued to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by the CBI Court in connection with the coal block allocations figured in discussions on the tenth day of ongoing Budget session in Chhattisgarh Assembly. The mention of former Prime Minister name by treasury benches led to uproarious scenes with Opposition Congress taking up issues including the recent scam unearthed in Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation.

Congress Legislators led by Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo, senior Congress Leader Satyanarayan Sharma and other Congress Legislators collectively accused Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators raising the name of former Prime Minister unnecessarily instead of laying white paper on the recently unearthed scam in Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation.

Soon after the Question Hour, former CPCC President Dhanendra Sahu while taking up the issue urged Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal to admit the adjournment motion notice moved in connection with the alleged corruption in Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation and lathi-charge on party workers by police during agitation here Monday.

Speaking on the issue, Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo said the police brutally lathi-charged the party workers who were peacefully marching towards Chhattisgarh Assembly, despite having no permission from the Magistrate. In this direction they demanded a statement from the State Government.

With an intention to give a new twist to the opposition onslaught, Bharatiya Janata Party Legislator Shivratan Sharma raised the issue regarding issuance of summons to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an accused in the coal scam while adding that it is irony that the Congress is talking about corruption when its former Prime Minister is under the scanner.

Enraged Congress Legislators led by CLP T S Singhdeo vehemently protested the very mention of the former Prime Minister’s name adding that if the ruling party members want to rake up such issues, the Congress will also take up issues like the CAG report highlighting corruption in Gujarat pointing at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Smriti Irani submitting fake education certificate, etc.

This led to severe protest from the Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators as well as Congress Legislators leading to chaotic situation in the House. Singhdeo also urged the Speaker to delete the lines referred to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the proceedings. Speaker Gaurishankar Agarwal asked the Congress Legislators to take their seats but they continued with their uproar. The pandemonium thus created led to adjournment of the House proceedings by Speaker Gourishankar Agrawal.

When the House proceedings resumed again, the Congress Legislators led by Congress MLA Satyanarayan Sharma again raised the issue of adjournment motion but the Speaker rejected its admissibility citing technical grounds. He also directed the Congress Legislators to properly move the notice as per rules and regulations. Dissatisfied with the ruling, Congress Legislators urged the Speaker to allow discussion under Rule 268 of Assembly proceeding by using his veto power.

CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel said, police brutality on Congress workers should be probed. Speaker while trying to pacify the Congress Legislators, stated that they will have time to discuss various issues during general discussion on budget in the House.

However, the Congress Legislators continued with their anti-government slogans. They were demanding CBI enquiry into Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation scam and discussion on lathi-charge. They later staged Walkout from the House. They did not return and boycotted the House proceedings for the day.

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Cong’s State-wide ‘Mahabandh’ today

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) has geared up for the State-wide ‘Mahabandh’ that would be staged on Wednesday. CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislature Party l... Read More
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) has geared up for the State-wide ‘Mahabandh’ that would be staged on Wednesday. CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislature Party leader TS Singhdeo informed through a pres communiqué that CPCC is all set with the strategy to make the bandh successful has been prepared. It may be mentioned here that the Congress leaders and farmers marching towards Chhattisgarh Assembly demanding Rs 2,100 as Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Rs 300 as bonus to paddy farmers clashed with the police when they were prevented from going to the Assembly by the police. Congress has been carrying out ‘Kisan Mazdoor Nyay Yatra’ since March 11 to force State Government concede to their demands.

The congress workers clashed with the police when they were stopped by the police who had put up hundreds of barricade to prevent the Congress workers and farmers from reaching the assembly. Annoyed by the brutality of police the Congress has called upon the ‘Mahabandh’.

The party has also appealed to various organizations to extend support to the Mahabandh in order to express their concern for the rights of farmers and also to revolt against the anti-farmer policies of the state government. In the same streak, the CPCC has written to Chhattisgarh Sabji Vikreta Sangh, Chhattisgarh Fal Vikreta Sangh, Chhattisgarh Chamber of Transport, Raipur Auto Association, Chhattisgarh Local Transport Association, Chhattisgarh Parivahan Sangh, Chhattisgarh Truck Owners Association, Chhattisgarh Bus Association and others. Many of the aforementioned associations have extended their support to the bandh. A meeting of Raipur Shahar Jila Congress Committee was convened on Tuesday to discuss the strategies in order to make the bandh successful.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) has extended its support to the state-wide ‘Mahabandh’ that has been called by Congress, informed CCCI Chairman Amar Dhawna. The aforesaid was decided after a meeting of CCCI was held post reception of the letter from Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee in which it was appealed to support the Mahabandh.

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‘Kirtan is our traditional system to achieve social bonding’

“Togetherness, respect for the land, faith, and spirituality are the core values of Indian culture. Our civilization has several systems developed right from the ancient times to maintain and... Read More
“Togetherness, respect for the land, faith, and spirituality are the core values of Indian culture. Our civilization has several systems developed right from the ancient times to maintain and protect these values. ‘Kirtan’ is foremost and popular amongst these systems,” said Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday.

Dr Bhagwat was addressing the gathering at the inaugural function of Birth Centenary celebrations of noted Kirtankar Dadasaheb Dabir. Five books penned by Dadasaheb's son -- 'Rashtriya Kirtanratna' Prof Dr Dilip Dabir and daughter-in-law Sandhya Dabir were released at the hands of Dr Mohan Bhagwat on the occasion.

In his extempore speech, Dr Bhagwat termed 'Kirtan' as the most reliable and effective tool to bring up the social change. "During the ancient times, Kirtan served a purpose to aware the masses about the spirituality and faith. During struggle for independence, it served the purpose of spreading devotion and patriotism amongst the people. Today, it is serving the most important purpose of inculcating nationalistic values in young generation," he said.

The two-day inaugural function of the birth centenary of Dadasaheb Dabir commenced at Scientific Society Hall, Laxmi Nagar on Tuesday. Dr Pankaj Chande, former Vice-Chancellor of Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University presided over. Dr Shirish Gopal Deshpande, Former HoD of Marathi at SNDT University, Mumbai, delivered a key-note speech. Senior Kirtankar Shriram Joshi, Dr Dilip and Sandhya Dabir were also present on the dais.

Dadasaheb, father of noted Kirtankar Dr Dilip Dabir started the tradition of Kirtans in Dabir family. Today, third generation of the Dabirs is into the Kirtan with Anubhav Dabir being the publisher of the five books dedicated to the subject of ‘Kirtan presentation’. Highlighting this fact, Dr Mohan Bhagwat said, such families dedicating lifetime for a cause strengthen the foundation of our cultural heritage.

Earlier, Dr Shirish Gopal Deshpande spoke about the books and their relevance in present times. Shriram Joshi spoke about Dr Dabir and his family’s contribution to develop Kirtan as a proper syllabus in colleges. Dr Pankaj Chande said that bringing Kirtan to common people is the biggest contribution of Dr Dabir to the field of Kirtan. At the outset, Anubhav Dabir made an introductory remark, while Sandhya Dabir proposed a vote of thanks. Prakash Edlabadkar conducted the proceedings.

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RCOEM becomes centre for TIFAC: A boost to Industry-Institute coordination

Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management has been selected for the implementation of scheme of Technology Information, Forecasting, and Assessment Council (TIFAC), by Rajiv Gandhi Sc... Read More
Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management has been selected for the implementation of scheme of Technology Information, Forecasting, and Assessment Council (TIFAC), by Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC), Government of Maharashtra for providing technical support to the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by enhancing the capabilities of students and faculty of engineering and technical institutions. Select government and non-government educational institutions of Maharashtra were invited by DTE. RCOEM was selected as the top institution in Maharashtra by RGSTC for this project.

The selection process was carried out by an expert review committee headed by Padma Vibhushan – Dr. Anil Kakodkar. Experts also included representatives from TIFAC and Directorate of Technical Education. A nine member panel committee evaluated and selected RCOEM as centre on the basis of the presentation made before the committee as well as the institutional strengths in terms of facilities, faculty, linkages with industries, academic flexibility, and over all capacity of the institution.

The establishment of the center in RCOEM has been part of the Technology vision 2020 set up by TIFAC for technological development of the region through a close association between academia and industry. The objective of the scheme is to create an interactive platform for academia and MSME industries where MSME cluster industries can access R&D and technical support from educational institutions through the knowledge of faculty members and students. RCOEM centre will interact with MSME industries to do a need assessment where students can come up with projects dealing with industry-specific problems. The task would also be to identify students that can be placed in industries based on the requirement of industries. Furthermore, the center would also facilitate building of industry-specific technical proposals submitted by faculty and students which would be screened, approved, monitored, tested and implemented by the center in association with TIFAC. The students involved in these projects will get a stipend during the internship.

Various industry associations such as Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), Butibori Manufacturer’s Association (BMA), MIDC Industry Association (MIA) and several Medium and Small Scale industries have extended wholehearted support for the development of TIFAC innovation for MSME interaction with academia. Many of them have agreed to facilitate testing and trial of solutions developed by students in their industries and their future adoption.

Approval of the centre is an achievement for the College in general and its Industry Institute Interaction Cell (IIIC), in particular, as it has been working constantly for building a strong Industry-Institute interaction model in the region.

The College has been consistently ranked amongst the top engineering colleges in India by reputed ranking agencies such as OUTLOOK and Competition Success Review – Global Human Resource Centre (CSR-GHRDC) owing to its excellence in the area of academics, industrial interface, infrastructure and placement. Recently, RCOEM was awarded ‘A’ Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in its first cycle of accreditation. National Board of Accreditation (NBA) has awarded accreditation to the programmes offered at RCOEM. Almost three decades of existence in technical education has helped REOEM gain recognition not only as one of the premier institutions in Maharashtra but in the country too as is clearly evident from the survey results. It has slowly spread its wings around the globe with students seeking admission in the institute from around the world. RCEOM with its glorious past and a promising future is well poised to set newer milestones in the field of education. Like in the past, the students of this college would continue to contribute to the development of the nation and serve the nation with a deep sense of patriotism.

Team-RCOEM constituting of teaching and administrative staff, Incharges of IIIC - Dr. Rupesh Pais and Prof. Dwaramwar, led by the Principal of RCOEM - Dr Rajesh Pande, has been congratulated by Chairman Shri Banwarilal Purohit and General Secretary Shri Govindlal Agarwal for this achievement.

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Stakeholders slam NMC for flawed city devpt plan

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) failed to satisfy stakeholders over new city development plan (CDP) prepared by M/s. CRISIL Risk Infrastructure Solutions Limited during a meeting held on Tuesd... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) failed to satisfy stakeholders over new city development plan (CDP) prepared by M/s. CRISIL Risk Infrastructure Solutions Limited during a meeting held on Tuesday. The stakeholders were angry over proposed plan of large sum of investment of Rs 34,604 crore by the year 2041 in various sectors. They alleged that local body has failed to resolve old burning problems of the city and citizens are already reeling under heavy tax burden.

NMC has organised a power point presentation of CDP. Mayor Pravin Datke inaugurated the workshop while Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, leader of opposition Vikas Thakre, Superintending Engineers Prakash Urade and Shashikant Hastak were present on the dais.

CRISIL Advisor Dr. Ravikant Joshi in his presentation gave information regarding future need and proposed investment in the city with the help of Central and State Governments in coming years. He said, the city will require an investment of Rs 34,604 crore by 2041. The authorities will have to give more emphasis on water, sewerage, solid waste management, lakes, transportation and road sectors. He said that during last four decades, the population growth of the city was in negative direction. This happened as city failed to generate new jobs and attract more investment in the city. He said, the authorities will have to make financial planning for next five years for the development of the city. The major investment will be in Metro Rail, Urban Transport and strengthening of roads. The city will require more junctions, flyovers, railway over bridge, foot over bridge, and pedestrians subway. The authorities will have to give more thrust on social infrastructure, urban environment and urban governance.

Joshi said, the local body will get financial assistance from the Central and State Government to make city a more livable place. The local body has to arrange 30 per cent of the total funds for getting 70 per cent funds from the Governments. Mayor Datke while addressing the gathering said, the administration should avoid mistakes while implementing the CDP. We should emphasis on more sustainable and livable city and it will be developed as education hub in coming years. The city should have all basic infrastructure and capacity to attract more investment and , industries.

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said, the process of urbanisation is unending. Orange city has advantage of growth due to its strategic location and natural facilities. Senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Praful Gudadhe, Aslam Khan, Bandu Raut, Kamil Ansari, Deepak Patel, former Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Patel, Gautam Patil, Murlidhar Meshram, Abha Pande, Vidya Kanhere, Harshala Sable, Meena Tidke, Sheetal Gharat, Sumitra Jadhav, Lata Ghate, Brij Gopal Laddha, Rajesh Turka, DCP (Traffic) Bharat Tangade, Tejindersingh Renu of Hotel Owners Association, Prashant Sarode of CREDAI, Alok Kansal, DRM of SECR Nagpur division, K R Nagpure, Superintending Engineer of MIDC, I I Shah, Deputy Director of GSDA, V V Dani of Fisheries and Animal Science University, Kamlesh Shah of Nagpur Chambers, Sanjay Kopulwar of ITPI, Dinesh Rathi of DRA, Sujit Rodge of ITI, Rajesh Jaiswal, Ravi Sonkusare, Amar Wazalwar of SARTHI, Adv. Rajendra Rathi, Daksha Borkar of Green Vigil, Executive Engineers Mahesh Gupta, Satish Neral, Ajijur Rehman, Deputy Engineer Shrikant Deshpande were present. Deputy Engineer Moh. Isreal conducted the proceedings and Dayashankar Tiwari proposed vote of thanks.

Long term perspective missing

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) Director D Subba Rao and Superintending Hydrogeologist Dr. Prabhat Kumar Jain pointed out that CDP failed to emphasise on use of ground water over the long period. The issue of rain water harvesting, and recycling of water is missing from the presentation. The CDP missed to give importance to augmentation of ground water by rainwater water harvesting and artificial recharge of ground water. The maps are missing from presentation.

Noted Architect Paramjit Singh Ahuja, President of Architect Association, was very disappointed with overall approach of the local body over preparation of CDP. He said that during preparation of last CDP in 2006, then Commissioner had involved various non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) in the areas of their interest sectorwise to give suggestions.

The stakeholders present in the meeting were only reacting on CDP and no constructive suggestions would emerge from such a futile exercise. However, his suggestion was rejected by the Commissioner saying that the process of involvement of NGO’s in different sector was already completed and now, it was not possible to repeat this exercise.

Veena Khanorkar, social worker, raised the issue of Bhandewadi dumping yard and spreading of various diseases due to unscientific dumping of the garbage.

VTA President J P Sharma said, the local body has failed to provide clean and uninterrupted water supply over last several years. The 24 x 7 water supply scheme has miserably failed. Prof. Hole said, development and planning departments should be created in NMC for better planning and development.

Hemant Bhave, an architect, alleged that the CDP has been prepared to obtain more and more funds from the Central Government without considering the fact whether the city would require these schemes or not. He said, the local body will require efficient officers and staff to implement these schemes. Prof Adane of VNIT, said, finances would be the biggest challenge before the local body.

The authorities have failed to utilise 30 per cent of its assets. Dr. Ujwala Chakradeo said, we have to first evolve how our city should look-like in coming years. There should be better co-ordination between regional and urban development. She suggested to educate citizens over this issue. Leena Budhe advised to give ownership rights to slum dwellers instead of providing housing units under Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA).

Adv. D S Buche said, city development plan should envisage on creation of new jobs. BSP corporator Manisha Ghodeswar emphasised on slum free city, and provide jobs. Hawker leader Madan Thool demanded Hawker policy to rehabilitate hawkers in the city.

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HC dismisses pleas against LBT due to alternate remedy

THE High Court division bench headed by Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari being in favour of questioning levy of penalty in late payment of Local Body Tax (LBT) and assessments before the appellate... Read More
THE High Court division bench headed by Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari being in favour of questioning levy of penalty in late payment of Local Body Tax (LBT) and assessments before the appellate authority in accordance with provisions of the statute and due to availability of alternate remedy, and not inclined to entertain the writ petitions of M/s Ramson Corporates and M/s Yomax Electronics, dismissed these petitions and continued the interim orders for six weeks, accepting the request of the petitioners’ counsel, Sudhir Voditel. Though the request was opposed by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s lawyer, Jemini Kasat, the Court continued these orders ‘in the interest of justice’ and permitted the respondent-Corporation to withdraw the amount of Rs 10 lakh deposited by the petitioner-M/s Ramson with the Court’s Registry and appropriate the same towards its demand. The Court has made it clear that this appropriation shall be without prejudice to the petitioner’s rights and contentions in the matter. The interim orders in both cases will cease to operate automatically after six weeks are over.

The order of the Assistant Commissioner of April 29, 2014 shows the finding of contravention of provisions of section 152(g) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949 and Rule 22 of the LBT Rules by issuing sales bills to various parties without mentioning LBT Number till February 11, 2014. Total value of invoices liable for penalty for breach of section 152 (g) has been worked out at Rs 1,00,81,803. This mode of calculation has been disputed.

On May 27, 2014, the Court had passed ad-interim orders and also restrained the respondents from taking coercive steps subject to deposit of Rs 10 lakh by the petitioner.

In the second petition of M/s Yomax Electronics, the Court has continued the interim order for 6 weeks more. The Court has asked the petitioner not to create any third party interest or any encumbrance on the properties disclosed by it to the Court in its additional affidavit of February 27, 2015. The interim order will cease to operate thereafter automatically. As the alternate remedy of appeal under section 406 is available and could have been resorted to effectively by the petitioner, hence the Court has been not inclined to interfere in writ jurisdiction.

According to the Court, the demand for tax here cannot be said to be without jurisdiction. On September 23, 2014, the Court modified the interim order and directed the petitioner to deposit the sum of Rs 40 lakh within two weeks to show bonafides. On October 9, 2014, time of 4 weeks was granted to the petitioner to comply with the order.

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Getwell Hospital doctors save man with iron rods stuck in skull, chest

Prompt action and right thinking by people around an accident victim saved life of a labourer who fell into the well under construction. The open iron rods inside the well pierced through and t... Read More
Prompt action and right thinking by people around an accident victim saved life of a labourer who fell into the well under construction. The open iron rods inside the well pierced through and through skull while another stuck through his neck and led very close to air and food pipe.

Dr Sudhir Deshmukh, Senior Surgeon said, “Fellow labourer did not panic and went inside the well, they showed a very rare but wise presence of mind of not trying to remove the rod but cutting the outside fixed end and embedded in the concrete a safe distance away from the body of the patient. Meanwhile one among them contacted Getwell Hospital emergency team who started co-ordinating efficiently to bring the patient safely to hospital. Enroute the patient got serious so Getwell doctors advised the ambulance team to take him to nearest hospital and guided the attending physician there to assess blood loss, put IV fluid, oxygen etc.”

Simultaneously, Getwell Hospital was gearing up to receive the patient and organised the team who got into action as soon as the patient came to hospital.

The Getwell team which initially handled the patient consisted of Intensivist Dr Sudhir Chafle and senior Surgeon Dr Sudhir Deshmukh along with Neurosurgeon, Dr Yogesh Shende along with anesthesia team consist of Dr B M Rajurkar and Dr Archana Munishwar.

Dr Rajurkar said, “The patient was immediately wheeled into the operation theater to stabilised him initially and prepare for a very delicate complex and unpredictable surgery having risk of bleeding while rods were have been removed.”

First Dr Sudhir Deshmukh cautiously removed the rod which had pierced through neck and was lying very close to wind and food pipe. Efficient intubation was done by the team of anesthetist following which Dr Yogesh Shende who performed surgery on both side of the skull to remove the rod safely without adding to any injury already present. He showed extreme efficiency to remove the rod safely after cutting the rods very close to the point of exit from skull.

This heroic surgery lasted for 4 hours but went on without any eventuality. Patient was shifted to ICU where he was on ventilator for 3-4 days but recovered fully in 10 days time and he is being discharged with very minimal neurological deficit.

The ICU team that contributed immensely in full recovery of patient consisted of Dr Arif Mohd, Dr Manoj Rahangdale, Dr Shelly Sharma, and Dr Fatima Ansari.

Name of nursing staff who were involved Meena Rajput, Lata Meshram, Naseem Sheikh, Raksha Marghade, Shilpa Jawanjal, Vanita Arke, ward boys- Santosh Srivas, Dheeraj Ghatole.

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State Police in introspection mode as ACB action nets high number of PSIs

FOR State Police it’s a matter of worry as the system’s backbone, the Sub-Inspectors are increasingly falling prey to corruption. In recent time, more numbers of officers of rank of Sub-Inspe... Read More
FOR State Police it’s a matter of worry as the system’s backbone, the Sub-Inspectors are increasingly falling prey to corruption. In recent time, more numbers of officers of rank of Sub-Inspector, the most important in field force, have been netted by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). More shocking, even probationary PSIs who are yet to learn basic of policing were trapped by ACB exposing the rot that has set in the State Police Department. No wonder, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was livid during the review of law and order in his home town, Nagpur the other day. Incidentally, Fadnavis holds the Home Portfolio and asked probing questions to top police brass of Nagpur Police Commissionerate, it was reliably learnt.

The high attrition at PSI level also reflects on police force which is already reeling under shortage of manpower. PSI is main investigating arm in police rank and being young they also come handy for tough duty hours. The ACB has so far caught red-handed about 103 Sub-Inspectors and that included 18 probationers.

Since 2012, numbers of PSIs caught while accepting bribe, is increasing every year. In year 2012, ACB netted about 18 PSIs including three Probationary officers. The figure zoomed to 33 including three probationary PSIs in 2013. More dangerous trend for future of entire state police was noticed in year 2014. The ACB trapped 32 PSIs including 11 probationary officers. Probation period is of learning various modes of investigation but the trait of corruption seems to figure high in their working which is what worrying top police brass of State Police also. Over the last three years 18 probationary PSIs were arrested on corruption charges.

A senior police officer said, this facts are frustrating for entire force. Instead of doing something innovative and great work, the new recruits are more keen on making a fast buck. State police should take this as wake up call and take stern action against such officers so that service does not suffer on their account. This the officer said would also send the right message to the force.

Police Academy fails to inculcate moral values in officers?

RETIRED police officials faulted the training pattern at Police Training Academy where the new officers are not getting moral values and hence this rise in cases of corruption. It may be mentioned that ACB had also nabbed a police officer from Police Training School about two years back. This means roots of corruption can be traced to training schools and the purge needs to start from training academies. If in such early stage of career the new recruits are caught on bribe charges then their entire career is nipped in the bud. So throughout the service period will the officer prove to be a beast of burden for the force?

Unit commander should set example: DGP

DIRECTOR General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal confessed that the high number of PSIs trapped by ACB is a matter of concern for the Maharashtra Police. In last DG Conference the issue was discussed at length and unit commanders were asked to set own example so that force can walk on that path. The trend of probationary officers getting caught on bribery charges is more serious and steps are being taken to arrest the slide. Around 25% of Probationary PSIs come from the departmental promotion examination after clearing department examination and we would take a fresh look at the system. Every officer who indulges in corruption will face stringent action,” the DGP warned. Praising ACB vigilance, the DGP said, ACB has done a good job in last two years and number of successful traps have increased steadily during last several years. This indicates our no nonsense stance against corruption.

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Nagpur moves a place up in per capita income, becomes 5th ‘lakhpati’ distt

‘Good Days’ appear to be here for Nagpur district and Nagpur Division. The latest Economic Survey released by Government of Maharashtra on Tuesday reveals that Nagpur is district in particula... Read More
‘Good Days’ appear to be here for Nagpur district and Nagpur Division. The latest Economic Survey released by Government of Maharashtra on Tuesday reveals that Nagpur is district in particular and Nagpur Division in general are moving at a fast pace as far as Net District Domestic Product (NDDP) is concerned.

Nagpur district, which was sixth in per capita NDDP/district income in 2012-13, has moved a place up in 2013-14. The per capita NDDP/district income of Nagpur district improved from Rs 1,12,047 in 2012-13 to Rs 1,23,610 in 2013-14. It has pushed down Kolhapur district to sixth place. More interestingly, compared to per capita national income of Rs 80,388, Nagpur’s NDDP is higher by a whopping Rs 43,222! It is higher than even the State’s average NDDP of Rs 1,17,091. The observations in the Economic Survey in this regard are significant as they hint at the growth in economic activity in a particular district/region.

District Income is one of the most important barometers to measure economic growth. District income estimate is one of the three indicators to construct a composite Human Development Index (HDI). As had been stated by the Government of Maharashtra in previous editions of Economic Survey, Gross State Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure in monetary terms, of all goods and services produced (without duplication) within the boundaries of any geographical area during one year. By subtracting consumption of fixed capital from respective GSDP, one can derive NDDP. Per capita district income is obtained by dividing NDDP by mid-year population of respective district.

Against this backdrop, the growth in NDDP/district income of Nagpur district assumes greater significance. Already, Vidarbha region as a whole was attracting foreign investors. With the change of guard in State Government leadership, Devendra Fadnavis from Vidarbha became Chief Minister last year. Being the first Chief Minister from Nagpur, he has been concentrating on expediting the development projects in Nagpur city and district. The development in Vidarbha region as a whole is on fast track with Sudhir Mungantiwar from Chandrapur holding Finance-Planning and Forest portfolios, Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Nagpur) being Energy Minister. Besides, Rajkumar Badole from Gondia is Social Justice Minister. Dr Ranjit Patil (Akola) is Minister of State for Home and Urban Development; Pravin Potey Patil (Amravati) is Minister of State for Industries, Mining, Public Works; Sanjay Rathod is Minister of State for Revenue; and Ambarishrao Atram is Minister of State for Tribal Development.

With these many important portfolios, confidence of investors in Vidarbha region has been renewed. As a result, several delegations of France, US, UK and other countries paid a visit to Nagpur and Vidarbha in the recent past. Chief Minister’s keen interest in take-off of long-pending ambitious project of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), Metro Region Development in areas around Nagpur city, Metro Rail project in Nagpur, and several other important projects in other parts of Vidarbha, also have helped boost economic activity in the region.

There is a marked improvement in economic indicators for all districts of Vidarbha region. As per the Economic Survey, the State average NDDP is Rs 1,17,091. If division-wise data is to be considered, Konkan (including Mumbai) and Pune Divisions are the only ‘lakhpati’ ones with NDDP at Rs 1,70,587 and Rs 1,27,856 respectively. Compared to these, Nagpur Division’s growth is tremendous. It has inched closer to becoming the third ‘lakhpati’ division in the State, with NDDP in 2013-14 at Rs 96,715.

With more investments coming the way of Nagpur and Vidarbha in near future, per capita district income is set to register further increase. At the same time, it will be necessary for planners to prepare a roadmap for percolation of wealth created in region within the region so as to lay a stronger foundation of growth.

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Govt reduces power tariff by 12 to 19 %

In a pleasant surprise for all power consumers across Maharashtra, the State Government has brought down power tariff by an impressive 12 to 19 per cent. This will bring down the cost of power by... Read More
In a pleasant surprise for all power consumers across Maharashtra, the State Government has brought down power tariff by an impressive 12 to 19 per cent. This will bring down the cost of power by at least 50 paise to Re 1 per unit from this month itself.

Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule made this important announcement in Legislative Assembly on Tuesday fulfilling one of the major electoral promise of the BJP and honouring the commitment of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to bring down the power cost to woo industries in Maharashtra. Though the relief is limited for two months as regulatory authority is considering the tariff petition, but the Energy Minister made it clear that Government was taking all steps to plug all loopholes and improve efficiency to bring down the cost of power generation, minimise transmission losses and curb distribution losses and power theft, besides promoting solar energy to reduce cost of power for all category of consumers. The cost will be reduced further in due course, he confidently asserted.

Bawankule while making a statement before Legislative Assembly stated that Maharashtra Government developed a blueprint to rationalise power tariff by reconciling the revenue expenditure and capital investment proposed by all the power utilities-MSEDCL, Mahagenco and Mahatransco.

The power bill for the month of February will be lower by 12 per cent while for the month of March, the rates will be reduced by 19 per cent. For domestic consumers, the rate will come down from Rs 4.16 per unit to Rs 3.36 per unit from the month of April 2015, stated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The Government is also trying to seek a relief from regulator-Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission to bring down cost of power tariff by undertaking major corrective steps in generation utility-Mahagenco where cost of power generation will be brought down by using quality coal, improving PLF, reducing dependence on costly imported coal and modernising old units and other supporting infrastructure. The transmission utility-Mahatransco is also restructuring its infrastructure to reduce transmission losses while the distribution utility-MSEDCL has been asked to improve its efficiency, curb distribution losses and power theft and improve recovery efficiency. The Central Government has promised all help, including charging coal as per actual grade, allotment of coal blocks to Mahagenco and additional power through NTPC plants to tide over power crisis. Besides, some tough talking done by new government seems to have desired effect on power companies whose performance has improved with corresponding decrease in total commercial losses. For industrial consumers as rates for them are "significantly high", Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. According to Bawankule, domestic consumers will be charged Rs 3.65 per unit for consumption between 0-100 units in March and Rs 3.36 per unit from April. For those consuming between 100-300 units, the rates will come down from Rs 7.39 per unit to Rs 6.54 per unit in March and Rs 6.05 per unit in April.

For industrial consumers connected to express feeder the rates will come down from Rs 8.59 per unit to Rs 7.59 per unit in March and further to Rs 7.01 per unit in April. For industrial consumers receiving supply from non-express feeders, the rate will come down from existing Rs 7.82 per unit to Rs 6.88 per unit in March and Rs 6.33 per unit in April. For commercial consumers the rebate will be 92 paise to Rs 1.63 per unit in March while in April it will be between Rs 1.45 to Rs 2.58 per unit.

Currently, out of the over 2.20 crore consumers of the MSEDCL, 1.99 per cent or about 4.38 lakh are industrial customers with consumption of 31,352.44 million units. MSEDCL charges them Rs 8-8.50 per unit. Fadnavis has made it clear that his Government’s endeavour will be to reduce the power tariff in general and for industrial consumers in particular, as they are finding it difficult to sustain such high tariffs. Despite being a smaller ratio among the total customers on network, industrial units are the largest consumers in terms of consumption. Close to 1.5 crore consumers use less than 100 units and their tariff is cross-subsidised by industrial and commercial consumers. Currently, MSEDCL has 1.62 crore residential and 36.67 lakh agricultural consumers, among others.

Bawankule made it clear that intention of the Government is to reduce the tariffs to an extent where we will not have to subsidise MSEDCL nor force it to pass on the burden to the low-end consumers. supporting infrastructure. The transmission utility-Mahatransco is also restructuring its infrastructure to reduce transmission losses while the distribution utility-MSEDCL has been asked to improve its efficiency, curb distribution losses and power theft and improve recovery efficiency. The Central Government has promised all help, including charging coal as per actual grade, allotment of coal blocks to Mahagenco and additional power through NTPC plants to tide over power crisis. Besides, some tough talking done by new government seems to have desired effect on power companies whose performance has improved with corresponding decrease in total commercial losses. For industrial consumers as rates for them are "significantly high", Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday.

According to Bawankule, domestic consumers will be charged Rs 3.65 per unit for consumption between 0-100 units in March and Rs 3.36 per unit from April. For those consuming between 100-300 units, the rates will come down from Rs 7.39 per unit to Rs 6.54 per unit in March and Rs 6.05 per unit in April. For industrial consumers connected to express feeder the rates will come down from Rs 8.59 per unit to Rs 7.59 per unit in March and further to Rs 7.01 per unit in April.

For industrial consumers receiving supply from non-express feeders, the rate will come down from existing Rs 7.82 per unit to Rs 6.88 per unit in March and Rs 6.33 per unit in April. For commercial consumers the rebate will be 92 paise to Rs 1.63 per unit in March while in April it will be between Rs 1.45 to Rs 2.58 per unit.

Currently, out of the over 2.20 crore consumers of the MSEDCL, 1.99 per cent or about 4.38 lakh are industrial customers with consumption of 31,352.44 million units. MSEDCL charges them Rs 8-8.50 per unit. Fadnavis has made it clear that his Government’s endeavour will be to reduce the power tariff in general and for industrial consumers in particular, as they are finding it difficult to sustain such high tariffs. Despite being a smaller ratio among the total customers on network, industrial units are the largest consumers in terms of consumption. Close to 1.5 crore consumers use less than 100 units and their tariff is cross-subsidised by industrial and commercial consumers. Currently, MSEDCL has 1.62 crore residential and 36.67 lakh agricultural consumers, among others.

Bawankule made it clear that intention of the Government is to reduce the tariffs to an extent where we will not have to subsidise MSEDCL nor force it to pass on the burden to the low-end consumers.

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Devendra Fadnavis Government revives Nagpur, Wardha, Buldana DCC Banks

IN a major decision to revive Nagpur, Wardha and Buldana District Co-Operative Banks, the State Government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday inked the Memorandum of Understanding... Read More
IN a major decision to revive Nagpur, Wardha and Buldana District Co-Operative Banks, the State Government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday inked the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NABARD and agreed to extend package of Rs 450 crore to these banks. This will benefit more than 2.50 lakh farmers, hundreds of credit societies and thousands of depositors whose money was locked in these banks. State will release its share so that Banks would become functional immediately.

The MoU was signed at Mumbai in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and a formal announcement was made by Co-Operation Minister Chandrakant Patil in both the houses of legislature.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved revival of 23 District Central Cooperative Banks in four States, which were on the verge of closure, including three DCCBs from Maharashtra- Nagpur, Wardha and Buldana. Of the total amount, State Government is expected to contribute a sum of Rs 1,464.59 crore, Centre will share Rs 673.29 crore and NABARD will pump Rs 237.54 crore.

These banks have deposits base of about Rs 6,839 crore and loan book of around Rs 3,774 crore. The Government wanted to revive these banks as people from lower strata of society and small businessmen have deposits in these institutions.

Centre’s share of Rs 673.29 crore would be released through NABARD as interest-free loan and would be converted into grant on fulfillment of conditionalities/ deliverables outlined in the scheme. These conditionalities include bringing the NPAs to at least half of the current levels by March 31, 2017; making 15 per cent growth rate of deposits for next two years; drawing up of a monthly Monitorable Action Plan; placement of competent CEOs fulfilling ‘Fit & Proper’ criteria; and putting Corporate Governance Systems in place.

The assistance from NABARD would be in the form of loan to the State Governments under Section 27 of NABARD Act, 1981. Once revived, these cooperative banks would become eligible for obtaining licenses from RBI for continuing their operations in rural areas and would also be able to meet CRAR (Capital to Risk-Weighted Assets Ratio) requirement prescribed by RBI. This means 7 per cent CRAR by March 31, 2015 and 9 per cent CRAR by March 31, 2017. During the implementation of the scheme, operations of these DCCBs would be closely monitored by NABARD and RBI, so that they meet the licensing requirement within the time frame as prescribed in the scheme.

All three banks were on the verge of insolvency because of financial irregularities by their respective boards of directors, mostly connected with Congress and NCP. In the Rs 150 crore Nagpur District Central Cooperative Bank (NDCCB) scam, Congress MLA Sunil Kedar is the main accused and special auditor had indicted him as person responsible for plunging bank into a financial mess.

Wardha DCC also deposited Rs20-crore in a dubious Mumbai-based investment company and money was lost forever and its president and former legislator Suresh Deshmukh was blamed for it.

In Buldhana, former Maharashtra minister and senior NCP leader Rajendra Shingne was the chairman of the bank where financial irregularities worth more than Rs 500-crore were detected, plunging the bank into its financial crisis.

The last Government was reluctant to bail-out these banks and Rs 319 cr package finalised could not be disbursed. In that package,

Nagpur DCC’s share was 92.94 crore, Wardha Bank's share was fixed at Rs 102.56 crore and Buldana DCC was to get Rs 124.04 crore.

This package was sufficient for these banks to meet 4 pc CRAR need of the Reserve Bank for getting their operating licences back.

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CM announces National Law School at Nagpur

Announcing establishment of National Law School at Nagpur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Sunday, exhorted lawyers to sharpen their skills, and stated that reducing pendency of cases, impro... Read More
Announcing establishment of National Law School at Nagpur, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Sunday, exhorted lawyers to sharpen their skills, and stated that reducing pendency of cases, improving conviction rates, witness protection scheme, implementation of litigation policy will be top priority of his government.

The Chief Minister also announced 20 per cent increase in number of judges for lower courts and 19 more posts of High Court judges thus taking strength of Bombay High Court from 75 to 94 for better dispensation of justice.

During his short speech at valedictory function of State Lawyers’ Conference organised by Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Fadnavis also promised to look into many demands put forth by legal fraternity. He announced that National Law School will be set up in Nagpur and land has been finalised at Kaldongri, near Jamtha. A land in front of High Court, too, has been identified for the chambers to be given to lawyers. Responding to the charter of demands placed by Chairman of Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa Adv Asif Quereshi, the Chief Minister said, “99% of the things which have been discussed in this two-day conference will be fulfilled. A meeting will be convened with Secretary of Department of Law and Judiciary.”

Pointing out that people believe in that Government which delivers good and timely justice, Chief Minister said, “We have accepted the guidelines formulated by Justice Bhushan Gavai about selecting Government lawyers. Spectrum of lawyers need to be broaden. We do not have a system of personal upscaling. Bar should look into the matter and see that lawyers must upgrade themselves.”

Throwing light on conviction policy, the framing of which is under way, Fadnavis informed that a proper witness protection programmes including enhancing allowance, security and protection of their identity will be undertaken. “Forensic network needs to be strengthened. We will be providing mobile forensic labs in each district to ease the load,” he said.

Lamenting about the bad condition of legal education, Justice Bhushan Gavai, Senior Administrative Judge of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court said, plethora of law colleges are manned by part time teachers and have become a factory of half-baked lawyers. He paid glowing tributes to giants who were at the forefront of freedom movement and leading lights of the country and most of them were lawyers, he told the audience.

Justice Vasanti Naik appealed members of Bar to regularly participate in legal education and teach the new generation of lawyers and law students. Justice Z A Haq also spoke on the occasion.

Adv Asif Quereshi, Chairman in his speech demanded stipend for young lawyers, Vakil Bhavan at Nagpur, Mumbai, amendments to certain laws, new buildings, chambers, multi-level parking facilities, basic amenities like drinking water, toilets etc for clients and advocates.

Adv Balwant Jadhav, Vice-Chairman, Adv Anil Singh, Additional Solicitor General, and others were seated on the dais.

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CM’s family decides not to avail of Government aid for farmers

In a noble gesture, the family of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided not to avail of the Government aid for farmers affected by drought and hailstorm. In fact, his elder brother Ashis... Read More
In a noble gesture, the family of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided not to avail of the Government aid for farmers affected by drought and hailstorm. In fact, his elder brother Ashish and uncle Shrikrishna, both farmers, have returned the cheques of relief they got from the Government.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ family and his uncle Shrikrishna alias Balasaheb Fadnavis have their ancestral agricultural land holding at Mul and Kosambi in Chandrapur district. Following drought situation and subsequent hailstorm, the State Government announced relief to farmers. Accordingly, the Government machinery started distribution of aid to eligible farmers. The list of eligible farmers in Chandrapur district also included Chief Minister’s elder brother Ashish and uncle Shrikrishna.

As per the procedure, the Government machinery deposited the amount of relief to the bank accounts of Shrikrishna Fadnavis and Ashish Fadnavis. As soon as they came to know about this, Shrikrishna and Ashish Fadnavis both decided to return the aid so that more share was available to be distributed to needy farmers. The administration had deposited a relief amount of Rs 13,500/- in the bank account of Shrikrishna Fadnavis, and Rs 18,450/- in the account of Ashish Fadnavis.

Prasenjit, son of Shrikrishna Fadnavis and cousin brother of Chief Minister, said that there were many more farmers who were in dire need of financial assistance. “Those in more need must get the aid,” he said. As per the family’s decision, Shrikrishna Fadnavis and Ashish Fadnavis both handed over the cheques of relief amount to Tehsildar of Mul.

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Pillars of under-construction Ramdaspeth building cave in

An internal road of Ramdaspeth and under construction building simply caved in on Sunday morning pressing panic button among residents of this prime locality. The sewer line and water pipe line... Read More
An internal road of Ramdaspeth and under construction building simply caved in on Sunday morning pressing panic button among residents of this prime locality. The sewer line and water pipe line were also broken after road cave in. Dhantoli Zone office of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) issued notice to owner Radhabai Agre to repair road and other amenities immediately. A large force from Dhantoli Police also rushed to the spot to avoid any untoward incident.

Piles of under construction building situated between Savadia bhavan and Keshav Plaza on Central Bazar caved in on Sunday morning after the soil sinked and load-bearing pillars erected on the site came crashing down. An internal road which connects Wardha road to Gurudwara behind Narula Business centre also developed crack. Sources claimed that due to excess rains, the soil caved in damaging road and entire construction for proposed hospital building.

Assistant Commissioner Subhash Jaideo along with his supporting staff visited the spot and reviewed the situation. He said that the protection wall of the piles dispersed causing severe threat to the building. The compound wall of Savadia bhavan also developed cracks. The construction of a hospital building is going on at this spot. Jaideo issued notice to Agre for repair of road, broken sewerage line and water pipe line. Deputy Engineers Anil Kadu and Kolhe were present during inspection.

Harjeet Singh Bagga, Secretary of Ramdaspeth Plot Owners Association, opposed commercial complex in the locality.

He said, we have already filed objection letter at NMC opposing construction of yet another Hospital in the locality. A delegation of association will meet Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on Monday.

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Impart education in mother tongue: RSS

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday RSS appealed Union and State Governments to impart education in the mother tongue of students or constitutionally recognised state languages, saying th... Read More
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Sunday RSS appealed Union and State Governments to impart education in the mother tongue of students or constitutionally recognised state languages, saying those educated in a foreign language get “alienated” from their culture and tradition and values of life, at the same time one also loses his identity, remaining ignorant of ancient knowledge, science and literature. The Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the top decision making body of Sangh Parivar, adopted this resolution.

However, RSS Sarkaryavah Bhaiyyaji Joshi made it clear that society’s support is needed to impart at least primary education through mother tongue. The resolution stated that the education in mother language will develop the personality of the student and increase his grasping power and called upon Union and State Governments to review their present language policies and ensure effective system to impart education in mother language or in constitutionally recognised state languages. The RSS also asked Government to take initiative for use of Indian language in education, administration and delivery of justice. ABPS extended its full support to study of various languages including foreign languages but opined that for natural learning and to enrich cultural moorings, the education particularly elementary education be in mother language or state recognised language of the constitution. The resolution stated that the language is not only the medium of communication but it is also a carrier of culture and value system. All Indian languages equally reflect national and cultural pride of the country. It is a merit to be multi-lingual but it is scientifically expedient to impart education in mother language for developing the personality, the resolution stated.

The resolution stated that the eminent thinkers like Mahamana Madanmohan Malaviya, Mahatama Gandhi, Ravindranath Thakur, Sri Maa, Dr. Ambedkar, Dr. Radhakrishnan, and other prominent educationists and psychologists have opined that it would be both, natural and scientific to impart education in mother tongue. Various commissions constituted from time to time such as Radhakrishnan Commission, Kothari commission have also recommended for imparting education in mother language. Taking note of the significance of mother language, the United Nations also decided to observe February 21 as Mother Language day across the world. RSS called upon countrymen to play an effective role to establish the dignity of the mother language in education, day to day working and public affairs to achieve all round development, national integrity and pride. The family also plays an important role to provide primary education to their wards in their own language, the resolution noted.

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Power supply disrupted in several areas

The aftermath of Sunday hailstorm was felt for long time as power supply got disrupted at many localities. Trees uprooted and branches torn down by strong winds fell upon power supply lines, and ... Read More
The aftermath of Sunday hailstorm was felt for long time as power supply got disrupted at many localities. Trees uprooted and branches torn down by strong winds fell upon power supply lines, and in many cases, electricity poles also came down, causing interruption in power supply to various areas in the city and rural areas in the vicinity. Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), which supplies power to Congress Nagar Division, stated that power supply to many areas was disrupted as trees were uprooted and electricity supply lines destroyed, causing heavy damage to infrastructure. “Power supply may be off in many areas due to severe hailstorm. All the employees concerned are working on war-footing to resolve the issues. We appeal to the people to be patient and allow the employees to work,” said Yogesh Witankar, Deputy Chief Public Relations Officer, MSEDCL. Witankar claimed that power supply was restored within one hour in many parts of the city including Gokulpeth, Giripeth, Trimurty Nagar, and Dharmapeth. But, restoration of supply in Ramdaspeth area took some more time. Trees got uprooted in areas along Amravati Road, Bharat Nagar, Ravi Nagar, Law College Square, Jaitala, etc and caused electricity shutdown in nearby areas for a while, he said. According to Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL) officials, power supply to various areas under its jurisdiction was disrupted as electricity poles got uprooted due to strong winds. These included Santra Market, Bhavani Feeder, Subhan Nagar, Gulmohur Nagar, Sonba Nagar, Ganeshpeth bus stand, Wardhaman Nagar, Chinteshwar Sub-Station areas, Babulkheda, Ajni Railway Quarters, Ajni Railway Station, Rambag, etc. The supply to these areas was restored gradually. However, supply was yet to be restored in Telangkhedi and Koradi Road areas till late Sunday evening. Power supply to various areas in the vicinity of Nagpur city also got affected. These included Wanadongri, Hingna, Majarwadi, Rajiv Nagar, Alshi Square, Raipur.

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Hails ease storm effect

No matter the hailstorm, unseasonal rains, and strong winds that battered the city and various parts of Vidarbha on Sunday, the people enjoyed, quite ironically, the thick sheet of hail covering ... Read More
No matter the hailstorm, unseasonal rains, and strong winds that battered the city and various parts of Vidarbha on Sunday, the people enjoyed, quite ironically, the thick sheet of hail covering the roads, the grounds and the sidewalks as if they lived, though for a little while, in Kashmir.

Life was thrown out of gear, no doubt, but the excitement assumed a ‘hailish’ proportion as people streamed out in the open to collect hails before those moments melted away. Kids played games and sculptured little statuettes and beamed all along, almost unmindful of the destruction around.

Strong winds blowing at 98 km/hour speed uprooted many trees in different parts of the city. In several cases, trees or branches fell upon the power lines affecting the power supply to many parts of Nagpur city. In certain areas, electricity poles also came down on roads, creating hurdles in flow of traffic. Hailstorm tore the temporary shops set up by roadside vendors to cash in on Sunday mood of citizens. The organisations that had organised programmes in the open grounds, were caught unawares and their plans went awry. Strong winds and hailstones also tore banners and hoardings atop buildings.

According to Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) here, ‘very light to moderate’ rainfall occurred at isolated places over Vidarbha. Nagpur registered 0.2 mm rainfall on Sunday while the hailstorm occurred in Nagpur,, Yavatmal, Buldhana, and Wardha districts in Vidarbha. Maximum temperatures fell over East Vidarbha and rose over West Vidarbha. They were ‘appreciably below normal’ in Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures rose over West Vidarbha and changed a little over East Vidarbha. Nagpur city, Nagpur rural, Chikhaldara, Malkapur, Telhara, Buldana, Akola, and other places in Vidarbha received rainfall. As far as next two days are concerned, RMC stated that thunderstorm accompanied with ‘isolated hailstrom’ would occur over Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh, and heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over West Madhya Pradesh. The hailstorm and heavy rainfall was caused by ‘induced low pressure area’ over West Rajasthan and neighbourhood with associated upper air cyclonic circulation, extending up to 2.1 km above mean sea level.

Though the citizens felt that the hailstorm of this intensity and frequent spells of rainfall and strong winds were unusual in March, the Climatic Features released by RMC stated that the mean frequency of occurrence of thunderstorm was about 3 in this month. “On some occasions they are accompanied by squally winds and on some occasions hailstorm. Some of the thunderstorms associated with squall are severe also. The average rainfall of this month is 16.3 mm. the wet spells and most of the thunderstorm activities are generally associated with the passage of western disturbances moving across the north of the country,” it stated.

At many places, trees came crashing down on parked two and four-wheelers. Rakesh Agrawal, a Chartered Accountant, had a providential escape. He was driving his car, when an electricity pole near Jagnade Square came crashing down on the bonnet of his car. His wife Kirti stated that the authorities concerned must act immediately and replace old poles, and avoid such risks to public life.

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Plan to install ATVM in Bhopal Rly Station mired in confusion

People visiting the railway station either to pick up or see off someone will have to continue standing in long queue to get platform tickets for some time, as the proposed plan to install Automa... Read More
People visiting the railway station either to pick up or see off someone will have to continue standing in long queue to get platform tickets for some time, as the proposed plan to install Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at Bhopal and Habibganj railway stations is stuck due to confusion. Officials in Bhopal Rail Division said that the proposal had been dropped while those at West Central Railway headquarters in Jabalpur say that the proposal had been sanctioned.

It is to be noted that the officials are in a state of confusion and are unaware of the current development in the project. Officials in Bhopal Rail Division, when asked about the proposal, said that the proposal for installing Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) has been dropped by the West Central railway (WCR) due to some technical reason not clear as of now.

However, officials in WCR are of the opinion that it had been sanctioned and remained active. The proposal was tabled for installation of 30 ATVM at various station managed by WC Railway. Officials in the Bhopal Rail Division informed that there was a plan to install ticket vending machines at Bhopal and Habibganj railway station, including other Class A railway station by the headquarters. In this regard, a proposal was made to install the machines with a budget of over Rs 6 crore. After installation of these machines, people will be able to get unreserved and platform tickets automatically from the machine on their own without having to stand in long lines at platforms. Bijendra Kumar, Sr. DCM Bhopal Rail Division while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that the proposal was dropped by the WC Railway. He said that due to technical reasons, the proposal had been dropped, the reason unclear as of now.

Piyush Mathur, CPRO, WC Railway, on the other hand, said that the proposal stood sanctioned and had not been dropped. He said, under the proposal, ATVM will be installed in station premises so that people can easily get unreserved tickets.

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Now, BMC Commr to clear high-rise bldgs instead of HRC

People in capital city, who have been changing their plans of buying flats in high rise buildings, due to continuous delay in getting the flats due to clearance problems, will be relieved as cl... Read More
People in capital city, who have been changing their plans of buying flats in high rise buildings, due to continuous delay in getting the flats due to clearance problems, will be relieved as clearance will now be given by the Commissioner of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) instead of the High-Rise Committee (HRC). Proposal in this regard has been cleared by the State Government and is likely to be implemented from April 1. After implementation of the proposal, Commissioner of BMC will give clearance to high-rise buildings.

Till date, clearance to high rise building was issued by the Divisional Commissioner or the High Rise Committee, headed by the Collector at district level. Builders in State capital said that there was severe delay in receiving the clearance due to delay in conducting the meeting of committee for months and sometimes, even years. They said that now, with the powers shifting into the hands of the Commissioner, the work is expected to speed up. It is worth mentioning that builders from Bhopal and Indore had earlier handed over a memorandum to officials of State Government against the continuous delay in conducting meeting of the Committee. State Government had then directed for resolving the issues within three months.

Now, the State Government has directed that the clearance would be given by the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation. M S Meek, Spokesperson, CREDAI while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that it was a good decision of the State Government as it would speed up work. He said that major problem was that the HRC seldom met to give clearance to high-rise building, delaying their projects. Now this problem is likely to reduce to a large extent. A high-rise building is atleast 20-25 storied in structure. There are around 20-25 such projects proposed in State capital. Most of these projects are based in the area of Katara and Bhaunri area, which are expected to be benefitted from this change.

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2 die, 17 injured in group clash

At least 2 died and 17 were injured in a clash triggered by an old dispute over voting in village Bandikhedi under Najirabad police station limits on Saturday. SP (North) Arvind Saxena informed... Read More
At least 2 died and 17 were injured in a clash triggered by an old dispute over voting in village Bandikhedi under Najirabad police station limits on Saturday. SP (North) Arvind Saxena informed that two deceased Chain Singh and Kavi Ram were residents of village Bandikhedi. The clash was triggered by an old dispute over result of the Panchayat elections. Dayal Singh Thakur and Ram Narayan Singh stood against each other in Panchayat elections.

Dayal Singh Gurjar won beating Ram Narayan Singh in the elections and had invited his supporters and acquaintances over a dinner party on Saturday night. When his supporters were returning home from the party, Ram Narayan Singh, irritated over his defeat, attacked them along with his 20 men.

Situation became worse when Ram Narayan Singh opened fire with his licensed rifle, he said. Nearly 17 people injured in the clash were admitted to various hospitals of the State capital. Two of them succumbed to their injuries and died while undergoing treatment in the hospital and condition of four injured is still said to be critical. The two deceased were identified as Chain Singh (70), supporter of Ram Narayan Singh and Kavi Ram, supporter of Dayal Singh Gurjar.

A case under section 307 and 302 of IPC was registered at Najirabad police station by both parties against each other. Police said that the accused would be arrested after they are discharged from the hospital.

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2 die, 17 injured in group clash

At least 2 died and 17 were injured in a clash triggered by an old dispute over voting in village Bandikhedi under Najirabad police station limits on Saturday. SP (North) Arvind Saxena informed... Read More
At least 2 died and 17 were injured in a clash triggered by an old dispute over voting in village Bandikhedi under Najirabad police station limits on Saturday. SP (North) Arvind Saxena informed that two deceased Chain Singh and Kavi Ram were residents of village Bandikhedi. The clash was triggered by an old dispute over result of the Panchayat elections. Dayal Singh Thakur and Ram Narayan Singh stood against each other in Panchayat elections.

Dayal Singh Gurjar won beating Ram Narayan Singh in the elections and had invited his supporters and acquaintances over a dinner party on Saturday night. When his supporters were returning home from the party, Ram Narayan Singh, irritated over his defeat, attacked them along with his 20 men.

Situation became worse when Ram Narayan Singh opened fire with his licensed rifle, he said. Nearly 17 people injured in the clash were admitted to various hospitals of the State capital. Two of them succumbed to their injuries and died while undergoing treatment in the hospital and condition of four injured is still said to be critical. The two deceased were identified as Chain Singh (70), supporter of Ram Narayan Singh and Kavi Ram, supporter of Dayal Singh Gurjar.

A case under section 307 and 302 of IPC was registered at Najirabad police station by both parties against each other. Police said that the accused would be arrested after they are discharged from the hospital.

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Medical Edn Deptt inks MoU with MAA of North America

In the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MoU was signed between MP Medical Alumni Association (MAA) of North America and Medical Education Department here on Sunday. This would fa... Read More
In the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MoU was signed between MP Medical Alumni Association (MAA) of North America and Medical Education Department here on Sunday. This would facilitate exchange of modern medical techniques and health facilities. The association has about 1,100 doctors from Madhya Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said that the MoU would benefit Madhya Pradesh. Constant efforts are being made to improve medical facilities in the State. Free treatment, medicines and pathological tests are being done in State’s Government hospitals. He said that he considered education, medicines, food, clothing and housing as fundamental rights of people. Facilities are being provided to State’s people keeping this in view. The Government has given facility of free treatment of swine flu in private hospitals. Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra informed that 8 lakh people were being provided free medicines daily in the State.

Dr. Devendra Shrivastava of MP Medical Alumni Association of North America informed that the association decided to enter into an MoU with Madhya Pradesh on being impressed after meeting Chief Minister during his US visit and his speech. Under it, association’s members coming to Madhya Pradesh would provide special medical facilities. They would upgrade techniques and libraries in medical colleges. The MoU was signed by President of Association Dr. Devendra Shrivastava and Principal Secretary Medical Education Ajay Tirkey. Chief Secretary Anthony JC de Sa and Principal Secretary to CM S K Mishra were also present on the occasion.

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One more swine flu patient dies in city

There seems to be no end to the trend of swine flu patients’ death. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. A woman, who was being treated for swine flu in a private... Read More
There seems to be no end to the trend of swine flu patients’ death. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. A woman, who was being treated for swine flu in a private hospital died. Moreover, 13 new swine flu suspects were found. The samples of these suspects were sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

However, health officers said the woman died of swine flu on March 12, but the private hospital doctors reported this death on Sunday, three days later. The instructions to all private hospitals and nursing homes are very clear - to report about the death of swine flu patients on the same day. There is a big question mark over why the private hospital avoided reporting the same day or in last three days, while the patients’ sample had tested positive. A senior health officer said being Sunday, the weekend, swine flu suspects having cough and cold were less in number than other days. The health officers said there would be more patients in the Out Patient Department (OPD) in Government and private hospitals. Now, the rains have stopped and the patients will start approaching hospitals in coming days. Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), confirmed death of one swine flu patient, but said the death of the patient in private hospital was on March 12, but they reported it on Sunday. She said 13 more swine flu patients were found in city and their nasal-swab samples were sent to virology lab, AIIMS.

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CM reviews crop losses to farmers from incessant rain

Incessant rain and hailstorm have left the farmers shattered as huge losses have been reported to the standing crop across the State while the weather would continue to be stormy, as weather fo... Read More
Incessant rain and hailstorm have left the farmers shattered as huge losses have been reported to the standing crop across the State while the weather would continue to be stormy, as weather forecaster predicts, in parts of State during next couple of days. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, meanwhile, held meeting and told the officials to begin the crop loss survey immediately.

According to Government estimate, 450 villages in 14 districts have been hit badly following continuous rain and hailstorm during past four days. Private estimates, however, indicate that crop losses were much more than the Government figures. According to information, rains and hailstorm continued in several areas of Malwa and Nimar regions on Sunday as well. However, the weather remained dried in the areas around the State Capital.

In the meeting held on Sunday, Chief Minister said that survey should be started immediately in the villages affected by recent hailstorm. He said that State Government stood by the farmers in their hour of crisis. The Chief Minister would himself visit hailstorm-affected areas. Chouhan directed that staff of Revenue, Agriculture and Panchayats departments should be included in joint survey teams. Assessment about crop loss during survey should be displayed at Panchayats. The Chief Minister directed to postpone Antyodaya Melas for time being in view of untimely rains and hailstorm.

It was informed that 450 villages of 14 districts have been affected by hailstorm in the State. Wheat and gram crops have been affected in these villages. The meeting was also informed about loss to crops of isabgol (spogel) and coriander in Neemuch and Mandsaur districts. Assistance under 6-4 of Revenue Book of Circulars has also been given on loss to these crops. Revenue Minister Rampal Singh, Health Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, Principal Secretaries to CM Iqbal Singh Bains and S K Mishra, Principal Secretary Agriculture Rajesh Rajora and Principal Secretary Revenue Arun Tiwari also attended the meeting.

On the other hand, sources said that the State Government may provide some relief in taxes or provide subsidy on agriculture equipment. However, no decision could be taken on this issue in the meeting on Sunday. Meanwhile, Meteorological Department officials said that rains and hailstorms were likely in some parts including Gwalior, Satna, Rewa and Jabalpur districts. According to information, crop has been damaged in Neemuch, Dhar, Mandsaur, Shajapur and Dewas districts due to heavy rains and hailstorm on Sunday.

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Out of four swine flu patients, two responding to treatment

OUT of four critical patients suffering from swine flu admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital, condition of two has improved, while condition of ... Read More
OUT of four critical patients suffering from swine flu admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital, condition of two has improved, while condition of two other patients remains critical as per the last report received on Sunday night. Nodal Officer, Swine Flu, NSCBMCH, Dr Deepak Barkhade said that two patients are responding to medicines and they have started recovering. The patients are no longer on ventilator. But condition of two other patients remains critical, best medicine are being to them, but there body is not responding to the medicines. He further informed that no new patients with symptoms of swine flu have been admitted to isolation ward during last 24 hours. Dr Barkhade said recent rainfall and drop in temperature during last few days has become ideal condition for growth of H1N1 virus. He advised people to pay more attention at public places, nose and mouth should be properly covered, avoid shaking hands when you cough or sneeze to check spread of influenza, germs that cause respiratory illness. Same tissue paper should be trashed after use, hands should be washed more often, after every coughing and sneezing, alcohol swap should be used for cleaning, touching of nose, mouths should be avoided to protect spread of germs, contact with already infected person should be avoided, ill person should stay at home. Chain smokers, pregnant women, geriatrics person, patient suffering from diabetes, hypertension and other diseases should be more cautious as they are prone to infection.

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Why is MP Govt ignoring places of archaeological importance?

NATURAL water resources (kunds), temples and idols of archaeological importance found on the banks of Narmada are in a sorry state. Places with religious and archaeological importance in the St... Read More
NATURAL water resources (kunds), temples and idols of archaeological importance found on the banks of Narmada are in a sorry state. Places with religious and archaeological importance in the State are waiting for conservation, protection and security. Encroachers especially residents of same village or town are the reason behind damage being caused to historical and natural places. Lack of security and maintenance at such spots is paving way for anti-social activities like such places have become a safe haven for absconding criminals and for addiction etc.

Various plans in the past were discussed and brought in action for development and conservation of few selected spots. Keeping in view tourism possibilities. But it seems all failed in fulfilling objective of prevention, protection and conservation of rare places.

Yet only surveys as their outcomes, recommendations came out asking for conservation of natural spots, places of religious and archaeological importance. But surprisingly on ground things could not get place. For example, Amarkantak Kund, origin of river Narmada, Sidha Kund at Gwarighat, Shani Kund at Lamhetaghat, Kumbheshwar Kund at Kundam etc are only few natural water resources having different attributes and qualities then water in Narmada belt must be recognised and conserved as national asset. Now, to protect natural spots having great significance as per mythology, religious history and beliefs, a fresh survey for conservation is needed. The demand of identification, development, promotion of such important places could be developed as tourism highlights in the State. Right origin at Amarkantak to Bay of Khambat only a few prime spots have been identified.

Majority of spots due to lack of maintenance and monitoring are in grip of encroachment while some places that are of archaeological importance and have great spiritual and religious significance as per mythology are not in a good condition. At such spots people use to avoid visiting even after knowing its importance due to lack of development or presence of some activities or person that could not be termed social or place a safe for families. The Government not only has to plan development but has to develop resources for its security and maintenance.

Meanwhile, Narmada river circuits have spots full of natural beauty, sacred places of spiritual importance. Even historic places remain less explored. Vivid habitat and bio-diversity right from its origin in Amarkantak to Bay of Khambat have great reserve for students, youths and nature lovers, wildlife lovers and for people coming out to see our historic past. Focusing destinations development on banks of Narmada for Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC) in the State Government in its pervious budget has some budgetary provisions. Actual need is hundred times more to protect river and its banks. Yet after passing of nearly a year nothing concrete has surfaced.

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Blind murder case solved, 2 held for brutally murdering juvenile

A MINOR boy was brutally killed over a petty issue of abusing his elder friend. The boy’s head was crushed with a stone that led to his death. Two men called him for liquor party at a hilly a... Read More
A MINOR boy was brutally killed over a petty issue of abusing his elder friend. The boy’s head was crushed with a stone that led to his death. Two men called him for liquor party at a hilly area and attacked him to take revenge of abusing them. Police team succeeded in unfolding the blind murder mystery and apprehended the two accused and seized the wallet and mobile handset of deceased from them.

The accused have been identified as Arvind Barman (24), son of Mahesh Barman and Jittu Soni (20), son of Santosh Soni, residents of Shastri Nagar area. CSP, Gorakhpur, MP Prajapati informed this while addressing a press conference on Sunday. Body of a boy named Akash Sahu (17), son of Kailash Sahu, a resident of Shastri Nagar area, was found at a hilly area near Kali Mata Mandir on March 11. Rahul Sahu (28), a resident of Ganga Nagar area in Gujarati Colony area, informed the police that son of his maternal uncle was missing from March 10. On receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and found that the boy was killed with a stone and his mobile handset and purse were missing from the spot.

The deceased was a vendor of bakery items near Pisanhari Ki Madhiya area. Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra constituted a police team under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) and CSP, Gorakhpur, MP Prajapati.

Investigating the case, police team led by SHO of Garha police station R P Tiwari received information that the deceased was last seen with Arvind Barman and Jittu Soni. Acting on a tip-off, police team started search and detained the two men. In primary investigation, the accused tried to misguide the police but during rigorous questioning they confessed to have murdered Akash Sahu. Arvind Barman informed that he is elder to Akash who used to abuse him. Even after repeated warnings, Akash did not stop hurling abuses.

On March 10, Arvind and Jittu called Akash to have liquor together at a hilly area. During the party, Arvind pushed Akash who fell down on the ground and Jittu picked-up a stone and crushed his head.

In the attack, Akash succumbed to his head injury and accused took away his mobile phone and wallet to depict it as a loot case. On their identification, police team recovered the mobile handset and wallet of deceased and apprehended the accused. On the achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared cash rewards for members of police team led by SHO of Garha police station, RP Tiwari comprised of SI, FS Markam, ASI, Ramkumar Marco, Head Constable, Rajesh Shukla, Vijay Shukla, Constables, Sharda Tripathi and Anand Tiwari.

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Recruitment for 240 new posts at MPMSU to start soon

PREPARATIONS are in full swing to start recruitment process against 240 new sanctioned posts at Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU). Ground work of recruitment process for post o... Read More
PREPARATIONS are in full swing to start recruitment process against 240 new sanctioned posts at Madhya Pradesh Medical Sciences University (MPMSU). Ground work of recruitment process for post of Class III and Class IV is likely to start in next few months. Sources revealed that MPMSU has submitted the list of vacant posts to be filled after newly appointed Controller of VYAPAM in his first priority has asked to submit list of vacant posts in January. VYAPAM Controller will soon issue notice to start recruitment process against vacant posts, sources added.

Recruitment process will be two tiers, first written examination will be conducted, then after sorting list on merit basis, candidates will be called for personal interview before Selection Panel comprising high officials of MPMSU and other administrative official. Selection panel on the basis of consolidated mark of written and personal interview prepare merit list for final selection of candidate. There will be administrative, academic, clerical and class four cadres includes Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Account Officer, Professors, Readers, UDC, LDC and Peons in the MPMSU.

Medical University is likely to fill 35 posts on deputation basis from other departments, besides this direct interview will be conducted to appoint senior professor in different streams like Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, Ayurveda, Nursing, Unani etc.

It is to be mentioned that State Cabinet has given nod to proposal of 240 posts of different cadres at MPMSU Jabalpur in a meeting held in Bhopal last year. Selection process will be for 130 posts, remaining posts will remain vacant so that after promotion the said posts will be fulfilled. On other hand, MPMSU officials have started affiliation process of Government and Private Medical Colleges, Ayurvedic Medical College, Nursing College, Dental Medical College, Homoeopathic Medical College, Paramedical College, Unani Medical College.

It is learnt that after long marathon of more than two-and-half year the State Cabinet has given nod to by-laws of MPMSU. Amendment were made in by-laws more than six times, thereafter the final draft of by-laws was prepared.

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25-yr-old youth killed, another injured after truck rams into bike

IN A tragic incident, a youth was killed and another was critically injured after a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle from behind at Shastri Bridge under jurisdiction of Madan Mahal p... Read More
IN A tragic incident, a youth was killed and another was critically injured after a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle from behind at Shastri Bridge under jurisdiction of Madan Mahal police station late in the night on March 14.

The deceased has been identified as Rajendra Ben (25), while condition of injured Tarun Narvare (23), a resident of Gaur Tiraha area, is reported to be stable and is undergoing treatment in hospital. According to Madan Mahal police, they received information about a road accident on Shastri Bridge. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and learnt that the injured were rushed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for treatment with the help of 108 Ambulance Service.

Police team reached the hospital where one of the injured named Tarun Narvare informed that he along with another man named Rajendra Ben were on their way towards Bus Stand to have dinner on the motorcycle of his employer.

When they were passing through Shastri Bridge, a speeding truck (PB-23G-1909) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into their motorcycle from back side. In the mishap, the duo were thrown off from the motorcycle and fell on the road when Rajendra Ben was crushed under the wheels of truck. In primary check-up, Rajendra Ben was declared brought dead by the doctors due to profuse bleeding, while injured Tarun Narvare is undergoing treatment.

Acting on the complaint, police started a rigorous search for the identified truck and succeeded in seizing truck and apprehending accused driver named Preetam Singh. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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MPCA decentralises infrastructure to ensure ample facilities to players

“WITH an aim to ensure promotion of talented players at remote and backward areas, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is decentralising infrastructure and providing adequate facilities... Read More
“WITH an aim to ensure promotion of talented players at remote and backward areas, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is decentralising infrastructure and providing adequate facilities at different districts in the State. Ten sub-centres are being established at different districts for desired promotion of sports. Promotional efforts started evoking good results as its three players are part of Indian squads and a large number of talent are in queue to shine in international cricket,” informed Captain Manohar Sharma, Chairman of Central Development Committee, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.

Captain Manohar Sharma was interacting with the media during his visit to the district for monitoring promotional activities on Sunday.

MPCA, Central Development Committee, Chairman, Manohar Sharma and ex-secretary, Narendra Menon reviewed development activities in Jabalpur division and chaired a meeting of district associations during their visit. Sharma informed that MPCA is distributing 83 per cent of its share amongst district bodies for development of sports infrastructure and providing better facilities to players.

Decentralising promotional activities, three cricket academies have been established in Indore, Sagar and Jabalpur, while new academies will be established soon at Gwalior and Ujjain. Preparations are being made to start new sub-centres at 10 districts in the State for providing better training facilities to players of backward districts in the State. He added that three outstanding players of Madhya Pradesh including Ishwar Pandey, Naman Ojha and Awesh Khan (Under-19) have been selected in Indian squads, while some more players are in queue to get berth in national team.

Inter-district and club tournaments are being organised across the State on priority basis for nurturing hidden talent in players. Addressing the press conference, Jabalpur Division Cricket Association (JDCA) President Dr Nishith Patel informed that under supervision of MPCA, two new cricket stadiums (60 yards each) have been successfully developed at Neemkhera. Both the grounds have 10 wickets each to ensure better net practice to players. Activities at these stadiums will start from April 2015. A total of nine cricket clubs have been affiliated with JDCA and efforts are being made for establishing new clubs to provide better platform to upcoming players in the district. During the press conference, JDCA Secretary Dharmesh Patel and other senior office-bearers were present.

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Those surviving with disabilities are all alone!

It’s shocking but true that around 1.12 lakh people in the age group of 20 to 70 years with different kinds of disabilities are living in households consisting only of people with disabilities ... Read More
It’s shocking but true that around 1.12 lakh people in the age group of 20 to 70 years with different kinds of disabilities are living in households consisting only of people with disabilities at different parts of the Chhattisgarh. Due to this situation most of these disabled people have to face lots of problems in their day to day life. These facts are revealed in the latest figures on disabled peoples and household sizes by the Census of India. The figures state that currently Chhattisgarh has 6.1 lakh people with different kinds of disabilities (hearing, speech, visual, multiple organs and mental) and amongst them 12 thousand people lived alone in a single member households and 50,100 two member households in the Chhattisgarh has only two disabled people (about 1.02 lakh people with various forms of disabilities) who are staying on their own in households without the presence of any non-disabled person. Just like other states of the nation including Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and undivided Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh too have many single member households comprising of a lone person with any type of disability has been increased by 24% during the time duration of 2002 to 2014. In 2002, only 37,500 households had members of disabilities as against of 50100 households recorded in 2014. The maximum households with only disabled family members were reported at Durg district followed by Raipur district, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Rajnandgaon and Korba districts. The interesting parts is that in district such as Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Kanker and Jashpur, where over 65% is tribal very less households were to be reported with the presence of only disabled persons and in majority of the households, non-disabled persons are accompanying the disabled people. It is really a surprising fact that in tribal districts where source of income is limited and less, people are not leaving their disabled family members alone. In entire Chhattisgarh, 93% of the nearly 57.5 lakh households had no disabled people during the time duration of 2013 to 2014. Over 2.5 lakh households have one or more disabled people and out of them 75% households are in rural areas of different districts in the state and remaining 25% in the urban parts of the Chhattisgarh. Nishant Baghel, Centre Coordinator of NGO works for the rehabilitation of the physically challenged people said that it is not a good sign still in many parts of the state, disabled people are living alone without any support of normal people. Although disabled people are also strong and can do their work themselves but still they need an emotional support of non disabled people to get support in their hard times, he added. Dr Pramod Gupta, Well Known Psychiatrist of the Chhattisgarh as well as Central India stated that in the current era of globalization and high tech life, no one want to take the responsibility of others and try to keep them away from all sorts of duties and responsibilities. Because of it now so many disabled people in state are either living alone or in the company of each other without the presence of any non disabled person.

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State Budget ‘hit’ among common people!

Chhattisgarh became the first State in the country to not only provided every major and minute details of State budget to the people by using the most effective weapon of Information Technology... Read More
Chhattisgarh became the first State in the country to not only provided every major and minute details of State budget to the people by using the most effective weapon of Information Technology – the social media, but also to invite expectations from people against Budget in Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Giving the said information, Ganesh Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Public Relations, informed, the Annual Budget tabled in the House by Chief Minister on Friday was hit and followed by over 6.67 lakh viewers in Twitter and Facebook. Approximately 5.67 lakh people visited the cmo.cg.gov.in – the official website of Chief Minister through Facebook while one lakh people followed the same in Twitter. Approximately 5,000 people visited the official website of CM for details. Following the initiative taken by the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had also invited suggestions and expectations from people.

Large number of people from various walks of life shared their expectations. Youths from the State had opted for special provisions for youths in the Budget. Complying with the suggestions, the Chief Minister has made a provision of Rs 6,151 crore for the youths. On the basis of public expectations, provisions of Rs 11,000 crore has been made for infrastructural development while an allocation of Rs 10,700 crore has been made for agriculture.

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‘Need to formulate water policy in C’garh’

A two-day long ‘Jal Samvaad’ organised by Conservation Core Society (CCS) and Chhattisgarh State Planning Commission concludedon Sunday, during which experts comprising environmentalists, s... Read More
A two-day long ‘Jal Samvaad’ organised by Conservation Core Society (CCS) and Chhattisgarh State Planning Commission concludedon Sunday, during which experts comprising environmentalists, social activists, academicians and writers advocated formulating a Water Policy in the state.

All the speakers were of the view that since water is the most essential requirement on Earth, community participation is needed for its appropriate distribution among living beings.

While addressing the valedictory session of the programme organised at Green Woods, VIP Road, State Urban Administration Minister Amar Agrawal said that in the entire globe, humans are causing detriment to the nature resulting into scarcity of water and forest reserves.

“We all should carry out social awareness among the people so that the most precious element like water is saved and conserved properly,” he said, adding that no development could take place without water.

Vice-Chairman of State Planning Commission Sunil Kumar said that participation of women is essential during formulating the water policy in the state and opinions and views of all the stakeholders, be it from the field of media, academic research, local bodies, legal, corporate or agriculture sector, should be taken into account. Kumar said that the Commission is resolved to provide all cooperation in water policy’s formation.

At the outset, Commission’s Member Dinesh K Marothia emphasized on cleaning the ponds and other small water bodies and giving rights to the community so that scarcity of water could be solved. He said that traditional institutional management in context of water bodies was much better than the present one. Pune-based Economist Sameer Ghosh said that sustainable development can only be done, if proper distribution of water and land is done in the country. In his elaborated presentation on Gender issue related with water, senior journalist from New Delhi Sudeep Thakur, said that lives of most of the women living in rural parts of the country is affected due to water crisis and the ‘fairer sex’ have to travel between 1-5 kilometer daily for fetching potable water.

He quoted the report of NSSO and said 54 percent of villages in the country are facing acute crisis of drinking water. Vice Chancellor of Bilaspur University, Gauridutt Sharma said that it is a matter of concern that despite ample rainfall, the state is suffering water crisis. “Both government and community should work jointly for conservation of water,” he added. Padmashri Phulbasan Yadav, Advocate Shavahik Siddiqui, ACS (Finance) DS Misra also spoke on the occasion.

The programme was coordinated by Vandana Agrawal while CCS’s Coordinator Meetu Gupta proposed the vote of thanks.

Less water needed in traditional farming

- By using the traditional farming practices, we can save water in huge quantity as the new technological equipments fetch much water. Water problem is also due to digging of excessive sand from the river beds across the state. Selling of river’s water to private companies and big industries few years back also brought disastrous situation for the common people.

Rivers are dying in Chhattisgarh

- It is the right time that the government should think about making a better policy for renovation of the rivers and other water bodies. Today, corporate companies are exploiting the main flowing rivers of the state and they are only inclined towards earning huge profits, without giving anything in return to the tribal and villagers. There is a need to save the dying rivers of Chhattisgarh. - Gautam Bandhopadhyay, Convener, Nadi Ghati Morcha

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Cong to gherao Vidhan Sabha today on issue of farmers: T S Singhdeo

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader T S Singhdeo has assured the masses and especially the students that special care wil be taken to ensure no inconvenience to them as party is going to st... Read More
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader T S Singhdeo has assured the masses and especially the students that special care wil be taken to ensure no inconvenience to them as party is going to stage Vidhan Sabha gherao on March 16. Congress would be staging gherao to force State Government concede to many demands including Rs 2,100 MSP and Rs 300 bonus to paddy farmers.

During an informal talk with mediapersons, he said, Congress office-bearers including legislators have been assigned different responsibilities for making gherao successful. He said that Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay and Raipur Mayor Pramod Dubey have been assigned responsibility of making preparations in capital Raipur. It may be mentioned here that police is gearing up to foil the Congress’s attempt to stage Vidhan Sabha gherao. Singhdeo reiterated that large number of labourers, farmers as well as Congress office-bearers and workers would participate in the Congress agitation.

Speaking on other issues, Singhdeo said that paddy procurement has been minimal this year because of which there is resentment amongst the farmers. He also alleged that unemployment is increasing in the state and cited the employment figures of year 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Singhdeo also said that a meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has been convened on Monday evening and confirmed that the two suspended MLAs Siyaram Kaushik and RK Rai would also attend the meeting. He said that party high command is authorized to revoke the suspension order.

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Demand for dialysis and technicians rising in government hospitals

Chhattisgarh Dialysis Technician Sangh (CDTS) has raised a demand that every district hospital and medical college in the State should have dialysis service and technicians for dialysis should ... Read More
Chhattisgarh Dialysis Technician Sangh (CDTS) has raised a demand that every district hospital and medical college in the State should have dialysis service and technicians for dialysis should be appointed. CDTS State President Ajit Kumar Singh informed that kidney patients are increasing in the number in the state. In every ten patients four have kidney problems. Dialysis is a costly treatment and very few people can afford it. Every month it costs from Rs 25 to 30,000. Such patients who can not afford it die. Private hospitals in the state have dialysis service but it is very costly for many patients, said Singh. He was addressing a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Sunday.

Chhattisgarh government sponsors treatment of kidney patients out of ‘Sanjeevani Kosh’ due to which some kidney patients undergo dialysis for some months. If the state government installs dialysis machines in the district hospitals and medical college hospitals and also appoints dialysis technicians then it will be a great relief to the kidney patients and their lives can be saved.

Machines are there in some of the government’s institutions, but operator is not appointed. Patients living in the remote areas have no option other than to go in the major cities for treatment. Several patients are unable to cover such long distance and have died on the way. State Health Minister has been apprised of the above said observations and the demand.

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Police bust major betting racket in State capital

Civil Lines Police on Sunday busted a big cricket betting syndicate with links into the other states with the arrest of 6 men from New Shanti Nagar. This is first major action against cricket b... Read More
Civil Lines Police on Sunday busted a big cricket betting syndicate with links into the other states with the arrest of 6 men from New Shanti Nagar. This is first major action against cricket betting racket going with full pace in the Capital city since the beginning of Cricket World Cup. Civil Lines Police said that they were receiving sporadic information about cricket betting going in patches across the Capital city but nothing major. However, their luck soon changed, when they got tip-off about a big betting syndicate working at the posh New Shanti Nagar on Sunday.

A Joint team of Civil Lines Police and Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police quickly swung into action and raided the house of one Dilip Chawla at the New Shanti Nagar. Dilip Chawla was operating betting racket from his single-storey home. Dilip’s family lives in the ground floor whereas the betting was being run on the first floor.

Besides Dilip, there were five other man namely Manoj Chawla (kingpin), resident of Telibandha, Anil Chawla, resident of New Shanti Nagar, Harish Panjwani, resident of Amlidih, Roshan Matlani, resident of Telibandha and Abrar Khan, resident of Rajtalab, who were taking bets on the Pakistan Vs Ireland match that was played on the Sunday.

Police seized about Rs 52600 in cash whereas the betting amount as entered in the note book was about Rs 2.55 crores. Electronic equipments such as LED television, laptop, 2 Calculators, pen, over a dozen and half cell phones, mobile chargers, motorcycle and one Activa scooter were also seized by the police.

Reportedly, Police also recovered a diary containing names of gamblers, which include some high profile personalities of the Capital city. Police is expecting a lot of names to come forward, when police will get to the records of phone numbers recovered from the cell phones.

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Ensure water supply during summer: Mayor to OCW

Mayor Pravin Datke has directed Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Works Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prepare a roadmap for smooth water supply during summer. Datke also... Read More
Mayor Pravin Datke has directed Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Works Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prepare a roadmap for smooth water supply during summer. Datke also instructed to prepare time-table of water supply during sunny days. He was addressing a joint meeting of OCW and NMC at Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Hall. Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Transport committee Chairman Bandu Raut, senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Gopal Bohare, Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Sanjay Jaiswal, Shyam Chavan, CAFO Madan Gadge, R D Jadhav, Pradeep Rajgire, Deepak Chitnis, Chief Engineer of OCW Sanjay Roy, Rajesh Kalara, Venkat Reddy, Rahul Kulkarni, Moh. Israil and others were present. Gaikwad informed the meeting that around 215 MLD water is being received from Kanhan and capacity of Kanhan Pumping Station will be enhanced upto 240 MLD. The local body receives 16 MLD water from Gorewada, and including Pench- I,II, and III, the city is getting 620 MLD water. As per the dirctions of Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the local body will dig 331 borewells in non-network area. The city has 5,479 borewells and out of that 1,400 are situated in non-network area. The NMC had deployed 246 tankers last year for water supply. Mayor directed administration to repair borewells immediately.

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Now, PG students of unaided medical colleges to get stipend

The Post Graduate students undergoing Post Graduate Degree/Diploma/Super Speciality course in unaided medical colleges in the country shall be paid stipend at par with the PG students studying in... Read More
The Post Graduate students undergoing Post Graduate Degree/Diploma/Super Speciality course in unaided medical colleges in the country shall be paid stipend at par with the PG students studying in medical institutions run by State and Central governments. The decision, taken by Academic Committee of Medical Council of India (MCI), will come into force from the academic year 2015-16.

MCI has sent letters to the managements of all private medical colleges/post graduate institutions with instructions to implement the decision.

The provisions of PG Medical Education Regulations, 2000 is mandatory and bringing in character, the letter states. It points out that there was one column in Letter of Intent where it is written that the students admitted to this course shall be paid stipend as what is being paid to students of GMCs. MCI has made it clear that some medical colleges are not following Clause 13.3 of PG Medical Education Regulation, 2000. This clause makes the medical colleges mandatory for paying stipend to PG students by unaided medical institutions at par with the students of GMCs. The letter also points out that some of the colleges are not paying stipend as per the norms. These institutes have sent clarification but MCI says that those were not acceptable. Taking serious cognisance of non-following of the rule by colleges, MCI has decided to come down heavily on them. As per the letter, the MCI would be sending warning to the colleges for not adhering to the regulations. The institutes are also directed to ensure that the stipend to the PG students will be paid at par with all government medical institutions as per the regulations from academic year 2015-16. The letter also states, if the colleges do not follow the regulation then the admission made for that academic year would not be considered as valid and necessary action would be taken against institute.

When contacted, Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chairman of Academic Committee of Medical Council of India, said, “The issue of payable stipend to PG students of unaided medical colleges in the country has already been covered in an explicit manner under PG Medical Education Regulation, 2000. The said proposition was mooted by PG Committee under my chairmanship in 2007 and the amendment was incorporated in the year 2008. It is a positive sign now that council has specified that deviation from faithful adherence to the same by colleges would result in invocation of disciplinary jurisdiction of MCI. It would benefit the PG student in unaided medical college as a whole. It is a welcome initiative.”

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GAD issues ‘stern’ warning to officers not joining in Vidarbha

Taking a serious cognisance of reports that several of the officers transferred to Vidarbha region had not joined at respective positions, General Administration Department (GAD) under Chief Mini... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of reports that several of the officers transferred to Vidarbha region had not joined at respective positions, General Administration Department (GAD) under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued a ‘stern’ warning to such officers.

Dr Bhagwan Sahai, Additional Chief Secretary (Service), GAD, issued a circular in this regard on Wednesday to all ministers, ministers of state, all Members of Parliament and legislators, all political parties, and departmental heads. In the circular, Dr Sahai stated clearly that there were several vacancies in all 11 districts of Vidarbha region apart from Dhule, Nandurbar, Hingoli, Parbhani, Osmanabad, and Beed districts.

“Also, the Government has found that new officers are not willing to join in these districts. This is affecting adversely the functioning in respective districts,” he mentioned in the circular.

Recently, ‘The Hitavada’ had published a report highlighting that several posts in Vidarbha region in general and Nagpur Division in particular were lying vacant as the officers transferred there had not joined. Following this, the administration in Nagpur Division had communicated to the Government the status in this regard. As per the communication, some of the transferred officers had completed the formality of joining at given posting in Vidarbha but had proceeded on long leave immediately afterwards. In most of the cases, the officers had not joined at all.

Meanwhile, expecting that the transferred officers would join in at places of posting in Vidarbha, the officers working on these posts previously were relieved so that they could join at their places of posting. In some cases, the officers from other districts of the State had managed to remain at their place of old posting with their administrative heads ‘not relieving’ them.

Taking this seriously, GAD has now asked the administrative heads in other districts of the State to ‘relieve immediately’ their subordinates transferred to Vidarbha region or the districts mentioned above.

Vidarbha region has been facing this problem since long. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, seven posts of Sub-Divisional Officers and 17 posts of Deputy Collectors are vacant. At least 12 Deputy Collectors from Western Maharashtra were transferred to fill up 17 vacancies.

However, not a single officer has joined in (except for a few completing formality technically and proceeding on leave). Even till Wednesday, when Dr Sahai issued the circular, the situation was the same.

A senior officer in the administration said that merely issuing circular would not force the officers from Western Maharashtra joining in Vidarbha or other backward districts. “Instead of issuing circulars, the top bureaucrats of various departments should issue show cause notices and take stern action against officers avoiding postings in Vidarbha,” he remarked.

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Probe into garbage dumping scam begins

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started probe into garbage dumping scam by Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML) at Bhandewadi Dumping Yard. The company is charged with inflating figur... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started probe into garbage dumping scam by Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML) at Bhandewadi Dumping Yard. The company is charged with inflating figures of garbage lifted from city and recovering excessive charges from the civic body in connivance with NMC officials causing loss to NMC’s kitty. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has constituted a three-member committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde to probe the scam. Recently, Municipal Commissioner Hardikar visited Bhandewadi dumping yard to check the pathetic condition of animal shelter. He found that the trucks coming to Bhandewadi loaded with garbage are carrying less garbage. He directed Veterinary officer Gajendra Mahalle to verify on-line and check the loaded truck on weigh machine using a modern software. Mahalle found some discrepancies in loaded trucks. The trucks weighted more garbage than actual weight. The local body is paying according to the weight of the garbage to KRML. Sources informed The Hitavada that Mahalle weighted around 20 trucks and found around 20 kg to 100 kg less garbage against actually shown by the KRML. The other members of the committee are- Deputy Director (H) Dr. Milind Ganvir and Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Moroney. The inquiry committee has started probe into the matter. NMC is paying Rs 1,000 per tonne to KRML for lifting and transporting garbage at Bhandewadi. The city generates around 1,200 tonnes garbage per day and KRML is lifting only 1,000 tonnes garbage daily. Former Commissioner Shyam Wardhane had began probe of garbage dumping at Bhandewadi yard. Then Municipal Auditor Suwarna Pande conducted a probe into garbage dumping scam and after noticing massive discrepancy, special squads were constituted, but the audit could not be completed due to her transfer.

Kamlesh Sharma, KRML Senior Manager, denied any misappropriation in dumping of garbage at Bhandewadi. He said, the weight of garbage is more or may less in every vehicle as we do not have any weighing machine to check the weight of garbage. The garbage is weighed at Bhandewadi dumping yard. We are dumping around 1000 tonnes of garbage at dumping yard. Recently, the company has started mechanised transfer of garbage centre at Budhwari bazar. We are also collecting door to door garbage from every household in the city.

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HC seeks Mahagenco’s reply on Rs 29,000 cr imported coal scam

Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of m... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of many State-run power companies, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state power generating utility - Mahagenco - to come clean on this issue and file its reply indicating extent of import of costly coal and resultant loss to the state exchequer. The High Court, during last hearing, had also sought to know from Mahagenco whether in order to ensure that the coal which is supplied by the importers is of actual quality for which the payment is made and whether it is willing to get the samples analysed by an independent Government laboratory. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar alleging turf-war between coal and power utilities which is bleeding the state exchequer and hapless power consumers of Maharashtra, directed Mahagenco to file its reply within two weeks on this new shocking revealation brought to the notice of High Court by petitioner by way of additional submissions.

According to the petitioner, the DRI had unearthed a scam involving companies inflating the value of coal imports from Indonesia for their power plants and siphoning money abroad. Initial estimates by the agency pegged the overvaluation at Rs 29,000 crore in the period 2011-2014. The DRI has raided over 80 shipping companies, intermediaries and laboratories across the country including, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala in search of documents that mentioned the real value of the imports. Almost all laboratories testing coal in India have been searched by the DRI to obtain the lab reports for verification of the calorific value of the imported coal.

The overvaluation also has an impact on the tariff paid by consumers as power companies could have a higher tariff fixation based on the inflated rates. The DRI is also investigating some of the public sector companies that have indulged in overvaluation. The overvaluation of the imported coal has a direct effect on the tariff fixation. In other words, the power tariff would be less - possibly Re 1 per unit - if the value of imported coal value was not inflated, according to the petitioner.

According to news reports, the imported coal from Indonesia is overvalued to the extent of at least two times the actual value declared in the country of origin. The petitioner also brought the shoddy sampling process undertaken by coal companies to the notice of the High Court and how the CIL and its subsidiaries are flouting BIS norms while undertaking independent third party sampling thus making a mockery of entire process which is used to fix the coal rates. Citing an RTI information which revealed the casual manner in which entire coal sampling issue is handled and its results are declared confirming pre-declared grades in almost every case, the petitioner stated that hapless consumers have been penalised to the extent of Rs 2,100 crore as more public money has been spent to purchase sub-standard coal.

The High Court, during last hearing, had also directed Mahagenco to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and that of imported coal between January 2014 and December 2014 and also average rate of transporting the coal from WCL to its units and that of transporting charges paid for bringing imported coal from the source till the destination.

The Mahagenco, in its earlier affidavit, had squarely blamed WCL, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with supplying inferior quality coal and charging much more from it. The total burden on account of grade slippage was Rs 2,160 crore in financial year 2012-13, Mahagenco had claimed in an earlier affidavit filed before the High Court. This burden has resulted in rise in power tariff which has been ultimately passed on to consumers and recovered from them, the Mahagenco has claimed. Receipt of inferior quality coal of high ash content from all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL) is a major concern for Mahagenco, the affidavit stated.

The petitioner also expressed surprise over the withdrawal of a case by Mahagenco against coal utilities and agree to patch-up at huge cost to public exchequer only on the promise of fair deal in future on coal supply and cost as per actual grade. In fact, this is the real bone of contention between two utilities for decades and a bitter legal fight is on at various fora, at the cost of power consumers of Maharashtra who are forced to shell out highest tariff due to this dispute, the petitioner stated while raising serious objection over this development.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar and Adv Anjali Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv Rakesh Rathod (MahaGenco), Adv S C and Ashish Mehadia (CIL-WCL), Adv Tushar Darda (Coal Controller and Union of India), Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Adv S V Purohit (MSEDCL) appeared for the respondents.

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NIT earmarks Rs 150 cr for metro rail, Rs 50 cr for metro region

To give a new momentum to ambitious Metro Rail Project in the city, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has allocated Rs 150 crore in its annual budget for financial year 2015-2016. The Trust has also... Read More
To give a new momentum to ambitious Metro Rail Project in the city, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has allocated Rs 150 crore in its annual budget for financial year 2015-2016. The Trust has also made a provision of Rs 50 crore to undertake various developmental schemes in Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). It has also planned to renovate Gokulpeth Market, auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar, multi-level car parking at Central Avenue, Sports Complex at Umrer Road, Cultural and Marriage Hall at Nari, Ring Road and renovation of Ambazari Swimming Pool. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane presented annual budget projecting an income of Rs 830 crore before board of trustees on Wednesday. The Trust will spend Rs 826 crore on various developmental projects in the city.

Metro Rail Project Central Government and State Government have formed a Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) to execute Metro Rail project in the city. The special purpose vehicle comprises Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and NIT in addition to State Government and Central Government. NIT has contributed its 5 per cent share in the company. The metro rail project was sanctioned by the Central and State Government last year. The total estimated expenditure of the project is Rs 8,680 crore. The central and state Governments will contribute 20 per cent share each while NIT and NMC are required to share 5 per cent each and remaining 50 per cent will be generated through soft loans. The first meeting of board of directors of NMRCL is slated on March 13 at New Delhi.

Metropolitan Region Area development

Wardhane also made a provision of Rs 50 crore for Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). Recently, NIT has published Metropolitan Region Plan which is spread over 3,577 sq kms in 721 villages. The Trust has invited suggestions and objections from the common man. The NIT will require whopping Rs 37,000 crore for the development of the region. In first stage, the NIT has undertaken plan for Sumthana-Kotewada-Sondapar-Jamatha and Parsodi area spread in 10.08 sq kms. This scheme was sanctioned by the State Government. The second scheme-- Khadka- Kirmiti- Shivmadka- Sumthana- Panjari spread in 9.58 sq kms is pending for the State Government. The NIT is also preparing Logistic scheme for Gondkheri-Chinchbhuvan-Pendhri at 20 sq kms.

Rs 115 crore on development work at unauthorised layouts

NIT will spend Rs 115 crore on various developmental works at unauthorised layouts. The trust is expecting revenue of Rs 63 crore from these layouts in next financial year. Chairman has made a provision of Rs 6 crore for completing other works from funds of Central Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. In addition to development in 10 clusters, the NIT will spend Rs 35 crore on laying of water pipe line in unauthorised layouts. It will spend Rs 40 crore on road construction, Rs 20 crore on laying of sewerage lines, Rs 50 crore on water pipe line and Rs 5 crore on storm water drain.

Wardhane presented budget to Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Standing Committee chairman of NMC Ramesh Singare, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, and Collector Abhishek Krishna. Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Pravin Kide, Arvind Deshbhratar, Milind Salve, and others were present.

NIT invites suggestions, objections on email too

Now, the common man can register objections on draft development plan of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA) through e-mail also. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane said, it is not possible for farmers or villagers to register their complaint physically at Metro Region Office at Ambazari. Therefore, it is decided to open an email account of Metropolitan region to register objections and suggestions. The Metro Plan includes 721 villages of 9 tehsil spread over an area of 3,577 sq kms.

Suggestions and objections are acceptable in writing to the Town Planning officer or the Deputy Director Town Planning. The same can also be received on Nagpur Improvement Trust’s email-id: nitmetrodp@gmail.com

NIT budget at a glance

Provision of Rs 40 crore for beautification of Tajuddin Baba Dargah. 2,900 units to be constructed under affordable housing in the city. Around Rs 50 crore allocated for the work. Around 448 housing units proposed at Sheshnagar in Wathoda and 2,000 units in Hazari Pahad. Cultural and marriage hall at Nari Ring Road. Bus terminal at Jagnade Square, school at Nari and Chikhli (Deosthan) and vegetable markets at Indora and Bidipeth on PPP basis. Renovation of Gokulpeth commercial complex. Auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar. Multi-level car parking at Central Avenue. Sports Complex at Umrer Road. Marriage Hall at Bhange Layout. Renovation of swimming pool at Ambazari. Garden for physically handicapped children at Bhamti. Special developmental works from funds of Member of Parliament, and Legislators. Hostel for Tribal students at Pardi and Chikhli. Shahitya Bhusan Annabhau Sathe Memorial at Chinchbhuvan. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall at Deekshabhoomi. Museum and modernised training institute, beautification at Chicholi. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Foundation Centre at Lal Godown, Kamptee.

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Online cricket gambling racket busted, nine arrested

CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team appr... Read More
CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team apprehended nine gamblers and seized Rs 69,500, LED television set, seven mobile handsets and record of satta bookings from the spot. The accused have been identified as Murli Khatri, a resident of Napier Town, Rahul Anandani of Sheetlamai area, Rajesh Ahuja, resident of Harshit Nagar, Kanhayyalal Kukreja of Mahanadda, Mukesh Khatri, a resident of New Ram Nagar area, Prakash Malgani, resident of 90 quarters, Jitendra Ahuja of behind City Coffee House, Prakash Chelani of Narghayya and Kishore Prathyani.

SHO of Gorakhpur police station H R Pandey informed that under direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign against illegal gambling activities. During the campaign, police received information about online gambling activity at a rented house in Panchsheel Nagar area. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team under direction of senior police officers raided the house. In the raid, police team apprehended nine accused involved in gambling and taking bookings of satta on cricket matches in ongoing ICC World Cup. Police team seized cash of Rs 69,500, LED television set, set top box, seven mobile handsets and other electronic accessories from the spot. Police have registered a case against the accused Kishore Prathyani (32), a resident of N-7, Panchsheel Nagar and house owner Dilip Makhija under Section 4 of Gambling Act and Section 66 of Information Technology Act while further investigations are underway.

Gambler betting on Australia-Sri Lanka match held in raid

CONTINUING a campaign against illegal gambling activities, Vijay Nagar police busted a high-tech cricket satta worth lakhs on Australia-Sri Lanka match in ongoing ICC World Cup at a rented house situated in Kachnar City area, on Sunday. Police have succeeded in apprehending the accused involved in taking online bookings of cricket satta and seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobile connector, voice recorder, cassettes, card reader, data card, pen drive, three diaries and 11 slips of booking online Satta. The accused has been identified as Kanti Gogyani (30), son of Tulsidas Gogyani, a native of Sindhi Colony in district Satna and lived as tenant at a house near Kachnar City Gate Number-4. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under the supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) against illegal gambling on cricket satta. SHO of Vijay Nagar police station, Sunil Nema informed that during the campaign police received information about an online cricket satta network operated from a rented house in the area. Acting promptly on the information, senior officers were informed and a raid was conducted at identified house.

In the raid, police team busted online cricket satta and apprehended a man involved in taking bookings of bidding on cricket matches. Police team seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobiles connector, 18 mobile handsets, voice recorder, cassettes, other electronic gadgets and record of Satta bookings worth lakhs and Rs 3,000 from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 4 (A) of Gambling Act and Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act, while further investigations are underway to disclose names of other persons working in the network of online satta racket.

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Online cricket gambling racket busted, nine arrested

CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team appr... Read More
CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team apprehended nine gamblers and seized Rs 69,500, LED television set, seven mobile handsets and record of satta bookings from the spot. The accused have been identified as Murli Khatri, a resident of Napier Town, Rahul Anandani of Sheetlamai area, Rajesh Ahuja, resident of Harshit Nagar, Kanhayyalal Kukreja of Mahanadda, Mukesh Khatri, a resident of New Ram Nagar area, Prakash Malgani, resident of 90 quarters, Jitendra Ahuja of behind City Coffee House, Prakash Chelani of Narghayya and Kishore Prathyani.

SHO of Gorakhpur police station H R Pandey informed that under direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign against illegal gambling activities. During the campaign, police received information about online gambling activity at a rented house in Panchsheel Nagar area. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team under direction of senior police officers raided the house. In the raid, police team apprehended nine accused involved in gambling and taking bookings of satta on cricket matches in ongoing ICC World Cup. Police team seized cash of Rs 69,500, LED television set, set top box, seven mobile handsets and other electronic accessories from the spot. Police have registered a case against the accused Kishore Prathyani (32), a resident of N-7, Panchsheel Nagar and house owner Dilip Makhija under Section 4 of Gambling Act and Section 66 of Information Technology Act while further investigations are underway.

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Govt Cancer Hospital at Med College to have latest cancer treatment facility

GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of ad... Read More
GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment machine like Braky therapy, Linear Accelerator at par with any higher medical centre is in final stage.

Superintendent of Government Cancer Hospital Dr Pushpa Kirar informed that funds for cancer diagnostic equipment and treatment facility has already been sanctioned by the Union Government and State Government, construction work for separate building has been completed by following specific norms of Atomic Department to ensure minimise radiation.

Installation process of Braky Therapy machine will begin soon. She said Government Cancer Hospital (GCH) at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital (NSCBMCH) is the only Cancer Hospital in Mahakoshal, Bundelkhand and Malwa area that have ultra modern diagnostic and radiotherapy facilities.

Barky Therapy is the latest treatment method in which radiation target only the cancer cell without damaging healthy cells inside the body.

Elaborating services available she said waiting list of patients for radiotherapy treatment has become zero after recruitment of new radiology technicians, radiotherapy facilities at two advance cobalt machine are available from 8 am to 8 pm during working days could be extended upto 11 pm after the recruitment of one physicist. Ultramodern 3D CRT machine to diagnose specific cancer cells cancer is connected through LAN from MRI and CT Scan centre helps to give radiation to actual cancer cells without harming normal cells. Associate Professor Dr Shyam Ji Rawat said large number of free injection in chemotherapy like Cisplactin, Morphine oral drug are provided to cancer patients are given free of cost. Nursing staff trained from advanced medical centre AIIMS is providing chemotherapy to patients. Medical staff organises cancer screening camp in rural and urban areas for early detection of cancer. Besides this, special counsellor provides counselling to give mental strength to patient to conquer dreadful disease like cancer.

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3 men killed, 4 injured in accident

IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The... Read More
IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The deceased have been identified as Anand alias Dabbu Parmar (35), a resident of Gujarati Mohalla in Madan Mahal, Ramgopal Vishwakarma (35), a resident of Polipathar Colony in Gwarighat and Manoj Gupta (45), a resident of in front of Kesharwani College while the condition of injured named Kamlesh Sharma (33), a resident of Hathital Colony, Ajay Behre (51), a resident of Cherital area, Nikesh Gupta (44), a resident of Chhota Phuhara and Govind Gupta (45), a resident of Chhota Phuhara area are reported to be stable and are undergoing treatment in hospital.

According to Bargi police, they received information about a road accident near Tinsi railway crossing and a police team reached the spot. Police team with the help of locals rushed the injured to hospital in Jabalpur. In the primary check-up, three of seven injured were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding while the injured were admitted for treatment at Sudha Nursing Home, National Hospital and Metro Hospital. In further investigation, police learnt that Anand Parmar, Ram Gopal Vishwakarma and Kamlesh Sharma were returning from house of their friend Pappu Vishwakarma in Sukri area in a car (MP-20FA-6377) towards Jabalpur. Similarly, Ajay Behre, Nikesh Gupta, Govind Gupta and Manoj Gupta were travelling in car (MP-20CA-5620) towards Bargi from Jabalpur. The two cars collided near Tinsi railway crossing. Police have registered a case while further investigations are underway to ascertain actual cause behind the incident.

Unidentified elderly man hit by motorcycle, dies

IN ANOTHER road accident, an unidentified elderly man died after being hit by a motorcycle near Panehra petrol pump area under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station. According to Ranjhi police, they received information from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital that an unidentified elderly man was admitted for treatment of his injuries in a road accident.

Undergoing treatment, the man succumbed to his critical injuries. Receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and sent the body for post-mortem. In further investigation, police team learnt that the deceased was riding his bi-cycle when unidentified motorcycle rider rammed into his bi-cycle. After the accident, unidentified accused managed to escape from the spot and police have seized the motorcycle from the accident spot. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify the deceased and apprehend the accused.

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3 men killed, 4 injured in accident

IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

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IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The deceased have been identified as Anand alias Dabbu Parmar (35), a resident of Gujarati Mohalla in Madan Mahal, Ramgopal Vishwakarma (35), a resident of Polipathar Colony in Gwarighat and Manoj Gupta (45), a resident of in front of Kesharwani College while the condition of injured named Kamlesh Sharma (33), a resident of Hathital Colony, Ajay Behre (51), a resident of Cherital area, Nikesh Gupta (44), a resident of Chhota Phuhara and Govind Gupta (45), a resident of Chhota Phuhara area are reported to be stable and are undergoing treatment in hospital.

According to Bargi police, they received information about a road accident near Tinsi railway crossing and a police team reached the spot. Police team with the help of locals rushed the injured to hospital in Jabalpur. In the primary check-up, three of seven injured were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding while the injured were admitted for treatment at Sudha Nursing Home, National Hospital and Metro Hospital. In further investigation, police learnt that Anand Parmar, Ram Gopal Vishwakarma and Kamlesh Sharma were returning from house of their friend Pappu Vishwakarma in Sukri area in a car (MP-20FA-6377) towards Jabalpur. Similarly, Ajay Behre, Nikesh Gupta, Govind Gupta and Manoj Gupta were travelling in car (MP-20CA-5620) towards Bargi from Jabalpur. The two cars collided near Tinsi railway crossing. Police have registered a case while further investigations are underway to ascertain actual cause behind the incident.

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Streamline services within a month or face music: CMHO to health centres

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan in a letter issued to Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre and Nursing Home has warned them to streamline their services within a month’s ... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan in a letter issued to Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre and Nursing Home has warned them to streamline their services within a month’s time or else get ready to face action under violation of standard norms of State Health Department. Sources in the department confirmed in a letter to Director, Manager of the Hospital, Nursing Home, Day Care Nursing Home, Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre, CMHO has directed them to streamline their services within one month or face action in case they are found violating standard norms fixed by Union and State Health Department during inspection drive slated for next month.

In absence of continuous vigil, most of nursing home do not display rate list of various medical procedures, bed charge, nursing charges, taxes, pathological charges, radiology charges on their notice board as per standard norms in the district, besides this large number of hospitals do not send monthly status report of patients admitted with complaint of diseases like Malaria, AIDS, Dengue, Child birth, Immunisation programme to the CMHO office, violating standard norms.

District Collector S N Roopla has warned the officer concerned to ensure that medical facilities at private hospital should be streamlined within one month during last Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) meeting organised at the Collectorate last month.

The Collector also warned that action will be taken against hospital if found indulged in violation of fixed norms during inspection to start from first week of April. Radiology Centre has been asked to fill form F (Consent Letter) from pregnant women and other patients at sonography centre, notice board stating ‘Sex Determination is Illegal and not performed in centre’ should be put, qualification certificate of doctors performing sonograpy and medical staff performing X-ray should be exhibited on notice board and other essential norms to be fulfilled by centres to execute sonography under Pre-Natal Pre Conception Act.

Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning, Praveer Krishna in a letter directed officials to start criminal proceedings against the owner and doctors of nursing home and sonography centre whomsoever indulged and found guilty of violating various clause of Pre-Natal Detection Technique (PNDT) Act during surprise inspection of sonography centres at rural and urban areas. He had also expressed dissatisfaction over delay and lethargic approach of District Health Department to make continuous vigil on Radiology Centre, Pathology Centres. Taking serious note on the issue, Chief Medical and Health Officers have issued letter to Nursing Home, Radiology Centre, Pathology Centres to streamline services before expected visit of Principal Secretary Praveer Krishna in first week of April. CMHO Dr B S Chouhan informed that there is provision of fine and punishment both for Hospital, Radiology Centre and Pathology Centre.

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Pregnant woman suffering from swine flu critical

CONDITION of swine flu positive pregnant woman admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital has become critical as per the last report received late in the ... Read More
CONDITION of swine flu positive pregnant woman admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital has become critical as per the last report received late in the evening on Sunday. While condition of two other male patients admitted remains critical.

Death toll rose to 19 at isolation ward on Sunday. Nodal Officer, Swine Flu, NSCBMCH, Dr Deepak Barkhade informed that out of six blood samples sent to ICMR Virology lab for confirmation of H1N1 Virus in last two days during Holi Festival four were found positive. Though condition of patients is normal, they were given medicine and discharged from hospital. Dr Barkhade said that as summer approaches chances of H1N1 infection is likely to decrease. He suggested that nose and mouth should be properly covered when you cough or sneeze to protect spread of influenza, germs that cause respiratory illness. Same tissue paper should be trashed after use, hands should be washed more often after every coughing and sneezing, alcohol swap should be used for cleaning,

touching of nose, mouth should be avoided to protect spread of germs, contact with already infected person should be avoided, ill person should prefer to stay at home to prevent spread of infection.

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Colourful celebration

The festival of colours ‘Holi’ was celebrated with great fervor and joy in State capital on Friday. A grand function of Holi was organised at Chief Minister residence where Chief Minister S... Read More
The festival of colours ‘Holi’ was celebrated with great fervor and joy in State capital on Friday. A grand function of Holi was organised at Chief Minister residence where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated people and even sing songs with them.

Several politicians and herd of common people visited the Chief Minister residence on Friday to wish Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. People applied tilak on face of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and congratulated him on Holi festival. Later on, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sang songs of holi. He was accompanied by spouse Sadhna Singh.

Likewise, entire State capital got dotted with various hues of colours. Children were playing “Holi” from morning hours. Children chasing their friends to colour them was a common view of city. The elders could not stop them from playing holi and they played holi with their family members and friends.

People playing holi with friends was a common scene of city on Friday. Throughout the day on Friday, state capital remained abuzz with holi celebrations. It was late in evening that people stopped playing holi. No untoward incident was reported on holi from any part of the city.

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One more dies of swine flu in city

It is March 8, but still, death of patients due to swine-flu continues besides emergence of new swine flu patients. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. His sample ... Read More
It is March 8, but still, death of patients due to swine-flu continues besides emergence of new swine flu patients. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. His sample had tested positive a day ago. The city found 33 new swine flu patients, of which, 20 samples were sent to Virology lab, Gwalior while remaining 13 samples of nasal-swab were sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Not a single day has passed without death of a swine flu patient in city. In last many years, it was for the first time when more than three dozen swine patients had died.

Considering no let up in swine flu menace, the Health Department has still continued swine flu OPD in Government hospitals until the swine flu patients are reduced to one or two. On Sunday, despite Government holiday, the swine flu OPD was open in about all Government hospitals. The sampling of swine-flu suspects continued at Government and private hospitals. Usually, the health authorities do not confirm death of swine flu patient until they do not get the patient’s test report positive. In case of one, the nasal-swab sample of a woman, who was under swine-flu treatment at a private hospital, tested positive. The health officers later confirmed her death.

Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), confirmed death of a woman whose swine-flu sample had tested positive. “I have no more details but one patient has died of swine flu. We have found 33 more swine flu patients. Their samples were sent to Virology lab, Gwalior and AIIMS.”

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Govt Cancer Hospital at Medical College to have latest cancer treatment facility

GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of ... Read More
GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment machine like Braky therapy, Linear Accelerator at par with any higher medical centre is in final stage.

Superintendent of Government Cancer Hospital Dr Pushpa Kirar informed that funds for cancer diagnostic equipment and treatment facility has already been sanctioned by the Union Government and State Government, construction work for separate building has been completed by following specific norms of Atomic Department to ensure minimise radiation.

Installation process of Braky Therapy machine will begin soon. She said Government Cancer Hospital (GCH) at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital (NSCBMCH) is the only Cancer Hospital in Mahakoshal, Bundelkhand and Malwa area that have ultra modern diagnostic and radiotherapy facilities. Barky Therapy is the latest treatment method in which radiation target only the cancer cell without damaging healthy cells inside the body. Elaborating services available she said waiting list of patients for radiotherapy treatment has become zero after recruitment of new radiology technicians, radiotherapy facilities at two advance cobalt machine are available from 8 am to 8 pm during working days could be extended upto 11 pm after the recruitment of one physicist. Ultramodern 3D CRT machine to diagnose specific cancer cells cancer is connected through LAN from MRI and CT Scan centre helps to give radiation to actual cancer cells without harming normal cells. Associate Professor Dr Shyam Ji Rawat said large number of free injection in chemotherapy like Cisplactin, Morphine oral drug are provided to cancer patients are given free of cost. Nursing staff trained from advanced medical centre AIIMS is providing chemotherapy to patients. Medical staff organises cancer screening camp in rural and urban areas for early detection of cancer. Besides this, special counsellor provides counselling to give mental strength to patient to conquer dreadful disease like cancer.

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No classes in Govt colleges today as teachers in MP on mass leave

There will be no teaching in Government colleges and teaching departments of the Government universities including Barkatullah University (BU), on Monday. State’s 5,500 college and university... Read More
There will be no teaching in Government colleges and teaching departments of the Government universities including Barkatullah University (BU), on Monday. State’s 5,500 college and university teachers are on mass leave in support of their demand of Sixth Pay Commission arrears pending for the last four years. They will take out a rally from Nutan College, which will culminate at Second stop, where a meeting will be held. Senior office bearers of the Madhya Pradesh Government College Teachers and Government Universities’ Teachers’ Association functionaries will address this meeting. Some major decisions may be taken in the meeting.

Prof. Kailash Tyagi said, if the Government did not accept college professors’ demand of paying sixth pay commission arrears, the teachers may boycott university examinations. The Government always gave assurance but did not convert that into reality. This time, the college professors were in mood of decisive battle with the Government over payment of the arrears.

Prof. Tyagi said, recently, Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development (HRD) told Rajya Sabha the Madhya Pradesh Government had not demanded University Grant Commission (UGC)’s Sixth Pay Commission arrears amount from them.

“Till date, nine years have gone by, but the Government is not in a mood to pay arrears of Rs 415 crore to college teachers. The UGC issued order to all states on 31-12-2008, but the State Government issued order in year 2010, much later.

According to him, college teachers from all parts of the State would gather in city on Monday morning to participate in the rally to be taken out from Nutan College to Second stop and later, a meeting will be held to take further decisions of the agitation. “All Government university teachers have supported our demands,” he said.

Prof. Tyagi said Higher Education Minister had stated that they had demanded arrears amount from the Government of India. “You will be shocked to know that in the name of demand, only one installment of this arrears has been demanded by the State Government. What about the other installments,” he questioned. Prof. H S Yadav, State President, Madhya Pradesh Government University Teachers’ Association, said he has issued circulars to all University teachers, asking them to be on mass leave in support of college teachers’ demands and participate in rally. “We have issued circular to University teachers, but have not forced them. So, it is not sure how many University teachers will participate in the rally,” he said.

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Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all distts of MP: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, Shaurya Dals exist in 20 districts. He said that Mahila Pancha... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, Shaurya Dals exist in 20 districts. He said that Mahila Panchayat will be held at Bhopal in ensuing April. The Chief Minister was addressing International Women’s Day function here on Sunday.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 51,000 each under Lado Abhiyan will be given to girls, who have been felicitated today for preventing their child marriage. Society and Government should work in tandem to curb discrimination against girls. An atmosphere should be created, where birth of a girl child is celebrated. This Abhiyan is working towards changing mindsets in Madhya Pradesh. Abhiyan has been lauded at both, national and international level. Women’s empowerment should be in mission mode. There should be stricter legal provisions to punish gender crimes. He called for a debate in the country on death sentence to rapist.

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh said that women can be empowered by making them self-reliant. A number of schemes have been implemented for women’s empowerment in the State. “Benefit of Ladli Laxmi Yojana has been extended to 19 lakh girls in the State so far. Under Lado Abhiyan, 51,000 child marriages have been prevented. CM’s Community Leadership Development Programme is being launched. Integrated efforts need to be made for women’s security,” Singh said.

At the function, Chief Minister Chouhan gave away Rani Avanti Bai Gallantry Award for year 2014 to Shyamu Bai of village Dodi in Agar district, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Social Service Award to Sukanya Bai of village Kundarpura in Chhatarpur district, Mukhyamantri Nari Samman Puraskar to Pushpa Mehta and Uma Yadav of Bhopal. He also felicitated girls, preventing their marriages under Lado Abhiyan, outstanding ASHA workers and members of best Shaurya Dals.

A souvenir focusing on Jawahar Bal Bhavan was also released on the occasion. Beneficiaries of Shaurya Dals, CM’s Women’s Empowerment Programme, Lado Abhiyan and Tejaswini programme shared their experiences. Children of Jawahar Bal Bhavan presented a dance drama. A film focusing on women’s empowerment was also screened. MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Vishwas Sarang and DGP Surendra Sinh were also present on the occasion. Principal Secretary Women and Child Development J N Kansotiya informed about departmental activities. Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Kalpana Shrivastava threw light on programme’s outlines.

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PM’s surprise call leaves lady SI dazed

Holi celebrations came with a surprise for a Sub-Inspector of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police of State capital when she received surprise phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Min... Read More
Holi celebrations came with a surprise for a Sub-Inspector of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police of State capital when she received surprise phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister praised the work of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police and the initiatives taken to safeguard and protect the rights of women in State capital.

A story about Bhopal’s Nirbhaya patrolling and Namita Sahu was posted on Prime Minister’s website. The story was liked by 1.50 lakh visitors, which came to the notice of Modi, after which, he called to laud her team and boost her morale. He also enquired about well being of her family members during phone call. Prime Minister Modi extended his wishes of Holi and International Women’s Day to the Sub Inspector Namita Sahu through the telephonic conversation. Sahu, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that she was taken aback by the sudden phone call from the Prime Minister of the country and could not utter a word as she was over the moon from the surprise call. She said that Prime Minister congratulated her on the work of the Nirbhaya Patrolling Police and asked her to keep up the work in future as well. She said that PM also gave her his email-id and telephone number and asked her to give her suggestions on such matters and feel free to talk to him.

Sahu said that Prime Minister was very generous and praised the initiative of the Bhopal Police and went on to say that she can directly contact him for guidance on various issues. Namita said that she was very nervous on hearing the voice of the Prime Minister. However, she calmed from the spontaneity of the PM, which gave her confidence to carry forward her work with new energy and motivation.

When asked whether she gave any suggestions to PM regarding curbing issues related to women, Namita said that she could not in the brief conversation, but will now work with more agility over the matters related to women in the city. It is worth mentioning that to commemorate the Delhi rape victim, a woman patrolling unit - Nirbhaya Patrolling Mobile Policing was launched in 2013. The unit was launched to ensure safety of women.

The patrolling unit consists of six woman police personnel, including four constables, one sub inspector and a driver, who work to help women seeking police assistance during emergency situations. They work in coordination with Woman Helpline 1090, as complaints registered at the helpline number are sent to the unit. .

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Sena may lose its lone member on standing panel due to infighting

Fate of Shiv Sena’s Standing Committee member Jagatram Sinha is hanging in balance, after a communication from Divisional Commissioner office informing Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that... Read More
Fate of Shiv Sena’s Standing Committee member Jagatram Sinha is hanging in balance, after a communication from Divisional Commissioner office informing Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that Sheetal Gharat is never registered as group leader of the party. As result, her decision to nominate Sinha has no legal validity. This may lead to vertical split in the party, and it may lose a seat in the Standing Committee, sources added.

Highly placed sources claimed that Sheetal Gharat, who was enjoying position of the group leader in NMC for last two years, was not registered with Divisional Commissioner. This is mandatory as per prevailing laws. Recently, Shiv Sena appointed Kishor Kumeria as group leader and he rejected the appointment of Jagatram Sinha made by Sheetal Gharat. Kumeria submitted a letter to Mayor Pravin Datke to remove Jagatram Sinha from Standing Committee as latter was not unanimous choice of Shiv Sena group. Mayor Datke directed Administration to check the details and place matter before the general body. The local body approached Divisional Commissioner’s office and was stunned by the answer.

Now, the question is, if general body follows the directions of Divisional Commissioner and reject the claim of Sheetal Gharat, then Sinha may lose his position but Shiv Sena will also be a loser and has to part with its seat in the Standing Committee. Because due to vertical split in the party, each faction will have three members each and as such both factions are ineligible for even a single seat in the committee. Interestingly, Congress will be net gainer as it will be entitled for one more seat in the Standing Committee. Now, all the eyes are on general body meeting to know the fate of Shiv Sena.

Meanwhile, Congress and BJP led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi members of the Standing Committee resigned from their posts to pave way for new members. Congress members- Sindhu Uike, Ravindra Kaur Bawa, Deva Usare and Prashant Dhawad, BJP-NVA members— Narendra Borkar, Vidhya Kanhere, Sangita Girhe, Ishrat Nahid and Moh. Jalil Ansari resigned from the membership. Their resignations were accpeted by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare. The new members to replace these members will be elected in the general body meeting likely to be held on March 20.

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Girish Gandhi is Vidarbha’s cultural ambassador: Gadkari

CUTTING across the party lines, Girish Gandhi always worked for the larger welfare of the cultural and social scene of Vidarbha. After years of dedicated service for the literature, the foundat... Read More
CUTTING across the party lines, Girish Gandhi always worked for the larger welfare of the cultural and social scene of Vidarbha. After years of dedicated service for the literature, the foundation named after him will serve the same purpose in better way, said Union Minister of Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. He was speaking after the formal inauguration of Girish Gandhi Pratishthan, held at Shri Sai Sabhagruha, Shankar Nagar. Guardian Minister of Nagpur Chandrashekhar Bawankule presided over the function while senior journalist Madhukar Bhave was chief guest.

In his speech, Gadkari termed Girish Gandhi as his Guru. He appreciated Gandhi's ability to keep good relations with all leaders regardless the party differences. Gadkari said, it is his commitment to the cause of cultural, literary and social work that brings the helping hand of all party leaders to him. "It was due to his sincere effort that many artists, authors, poets and social workers came into limelight and made their identity," Gadkari said.

President of the Foundation Dr Akshay Kumar Kale, Secretary Ajay Patil, Prof Anil Nitnaware, Madhavrao Deshpande, Arun Wankhede, Santosh Kshirsagar, Nandkishor Panpalia, were present at the function. Prof Komal Thakre conducted the proceedings.

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Four monsters molest a 12-year-old girl

When the second capital of Maharashtra was preparing to mark International Women’s Day, three shocking incidents of molestation were reported in city raising a serious question-mark over safe... Read More
When the second capital of Maharashtra was preparing to mark International Women’s Day, three shocking incidents of molestation were reported in city raising a serious question-mark over safety of women.

In the first incident, four youths apparently in an inebriated condition dragged a 12-year-old girl, torned her clothes and molested her at Eastern Point Lodge on Saturday late night, sending shock waves across the city. The brazeness and audacity of the youngsters to gratify their lust without any fear of law and norms has also exposed the shallow claims made by top cops about women safety.

Identity of the accused persons— who arrived in a white coloured car — is yet to be ascertained. However, the teenage girl — who lives in nearby slum — is still under acute trauma.

According to information, the incident occurred at around 10 pm when the poor girl stepped inside the lodge to fetch water. The four lascivious boys saw the girl and pulled her. When the girl opposed them, the accused forcibly dragged her inside and torned her clothes.

Meanwhile, parents of the girl heard her frantic calls and rushed to the spot. Security guard of the lodge, too, arrived at the spot and thrashed the monsters. Beating a hasty retreat, the accused persons fled from the spot in the car itself. Staff of Dhantoli Police Station rushed to the spot. CCTV footage is being scanned to identify the accused persons.

Dhantoli police have registered the case under sections 354 (a), (b), 2, 3 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with sections 7, 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

Molesation cases reported in Lakadganj, Wadi

In another molestation case, a 34-year-old Pankaj Mohan Diwanji, a resident of Plot no 4, Pipala fata, Durga Nagar forcibly entered the house of a 22-year-old girl and molested her on Saturday evening.

Lakadganj police said, the incident took place at 5.45 pm when the girl, her sister and mother were in the house. After molesting the girl, the accused also threatened them with dire consequences. Lakadganj Police have registered the case under sections 452, 354, 294 and 506 of IPC.

In another case reported under the jurisdiction of Wadi Police Station, a man molested a 35-year-old woman by taking advantage of darkness.

Police said, the victim woman was standing behind her house at 8.30 pm due to power outage. The accused approached the woman and molested her. Wadi police have registered the case under sections 354, 294 and 506 (b) of IPC. Further investigations are on.

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Anna presses for withdrawal of Land Acquisition Bill

Veteran Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare, on Sunday, said that the new Land Acquisition Bill being brought up by Central Government should be withdrawn. “We do not need any amendments... Read More
Veteran Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare, on Sunday, said that the new Land Acquisition Bill being brought up by Central Government should be withdrawn. “We do not need any amendments. The Government should simply withdraw the Bill,” he said.

Anna was talking to reporters at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here on Sunday evening. He arrived from Pune, and had a brief halt here before leaving for Wardha, where he will be holding deliberations with the delegates of 40-50 farmers’ organisations on Monday.

The social activist, who has launched an agitation against the Land Acquisition Bill, said that the Central Government was now talking of removing anti-farmer provisions. “They talk but do not do anything. If they can remove these provisions now, after the agitation; why did not they remove those earlier?” he asked. “Now,” he added, “we do not want amendments. The Government should withdraw the Bill.”

Anna Hazare has announced a 1,100 km ‘padyatra’ (foot march) from Gandhi Ashram in Sevagram in Wardha district to Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The details like schedule of the march, route etc will be finalised in the meeting to be held at Wardha on Monday. The march is expected to take around three months to cover the distance from Sevagram to Delhi. Hazare had earlier said that he would appeal to the farmers across the country to court arrest at local level. The march will educate farmers about ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the Central Government.

It may be recalled here that Hazare had staged a two-day protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi last month, during Budget Session of Parliament. The protest was organised under the banner of Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas, and was later supported by various farmers’ groups.

Asked about power struggle in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) resulting in removal of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from Political Affairs committee, Anna Hazare refused to comment. “It is internal matter of AAP,” he said.

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Kondhali cops crack murder mystery

Kondhali police have cracked the mystery behind killing of a youth whose body was found buried in Digdoh area. Police have arrested two youth and are searching for a third involved in the gory ... Read More
Kondhali police have cracked the mystery behind killing of a youth whose body was found buried in Digdoh area. Police have arrested two youth and are searching for a third involved in the gory murder of Vinod Chintaman Warthi (20). Vinod’s body was buried in a pit after his murder by accused trio, two of whom, Pravin Warthi (19) and Suraj Raut (20), both residents of Digdoh, are in police custody now. The police after preliminary investigations have established the motive for murder, suspected illicit relations between Vinod and mother of one of the accused. Vinod and the accused’s mother had gone to pilgrimage during Shivratri. The two were however found lying on Digdoh by-pass road, apparently heavily drunk. As the news reached the accused the three headed to spot and took away the two. Vinod was badly bashed-up by the accused trio. The accused duo claimed that when Vinod gained consciousness latter had fled away from their custody. However the police have seized the bi-cycle of Vinod from the house of one of the accused. Police Station Officer (PSO) Pravin Lambat and his team are conducting investigations under supervision of Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Ishwar Katkade.

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This village in Wardha district gets 24x7 drinking water

Effective implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in basaltic terrain in Sawli Sastabad taluka of Wardha district has ... Read More
Effective implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in basaltic terrain in Sawli Sastabad taluka of Wardha district has resulted in rescharging of groundwater and availability of drinking water to rural masses. This successful model has helped in coping up with scarcity like situation.

Under the programme, main stress is given on strengthening of source at taps, hand-pumps or wells to confirm sustainability of drinking water. The priority is given to places where possibility of drinking water scarcity is lurking by making alternate arrangements.

This was disclosed by Dr I I Shah, Deputy Director, GSDA, Nagpur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ here on Saturday. He said, in order to meet shortfall of drinking water, an innovative artificial recharge model has been developed and adopted. It is in the form of modified underground cement wall, which is constructed down stream of drinking water supply well located on the bank of nullah, resectioning of nullah to create additional storage of water and using shafts to recharge deeper aquifer, he pointed out.

This recharge model is implemented in 18 scarcity affected villages of Wardha district and it is effectively working. The creation of surface water storage, sub-surface groundwater movement check and recharge to deeper aquifer near source well together have resulted into rise of water levels ranging from one metre to two metres in the upstream area in the summer.

Most of the individual water supply schemes in rural areas are based on ground water. In most of the cases a dug- well as a source, which is normally located on the bank of nullah, stream or river, thickness of weathered zone normally varies in between four metres and seven metres below from nullah bed. The entire part of Wardha district is covered by basaltic terrain and every year some of the villages face shortage of water from April onwards. Ths scheme was executed with a view to meeting drinking water scarcity. Shah pointed out that shaft helped in release water directly to aquifers whereas the it was time consuming process by way of percolation. Water is available only during monsoon and hence it is necessary to check the otherwise flowing rain waters. There should be combination of three measures - underground bandhara, nullah deepening in reverse gradient and rechage sharft to get effective results, he added.

Evaporation is a big culprit in hydological cycle. Therefore, water is stored in the aquifer within a short time with the help of a shaft so that it is protected from sunlight. GSDA makes water management for around eight to ten months for storing water. It has been observed that there are only 16 to 18 rainy days in a season so priority is given to store water by implementing effective menagement. The purpose would not be served just by constructing structures. We can make more irrigation by adopting micro-irrigation methods such as drip and sprinkler making economic use of this precious commodity, Shah pointed out.

Nitin Mahajan, Senior Geologist, P K Kalambe, Assistant Geologist, Wardha, and staff members executed the programme successfully.

Similarly, This programme is also implemented in 38 villages of Nagpur division by completing 87 measures during the financial year 2014-15.

Underground water-level goes down

The underground water level has gone down below one metre in Nagpur district while it has dwindled upto half a metre in Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Wardha districts. The depletion of water level in Gadchiroli district is neglible. A report of Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) has revealed the figures on the basis of readings taken in 163 observation wells in January month. Dr I I Shah said, the underground water level has gone down one metre below in 73 observation wells whereas it has increased in 38 wells. The water level has also gone down by half a metre in observation wells, though some wells registered marginal increase in the water level, he added.

The readings of levels are taken four times in one year, beginning from October.

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SNDL reduces power losses by 50%

Signalling success of privatisation policy of power distribution network in State, Spanco Nagpur Discom Ltd. (SNDL) has knocked down power losses by whopping 50%. Spanco’s achievement came in... Read More
Signalling success of privatisation policy of power distribution network in State, Spanco Nagpur Discom Ltd. (SNDL) has knocked down power losses by whopping 50%. Spanco’s achievement came in a span of four-years from starting the operations in three sub-divisions of city. The franchisee area of Spanco effectively covers nearly two-thirds of city geographical area. When the company began its operations, the power losses stood at 30.1% in year 2011. Now as per record, power losses are around 14.90% in 2014. In financial year April 2012 and March 2013, the DF area had witnessed power losses upto 26% that was reduced to 19% between April 2013 and March 2014. Further, the company increased its efforts and further reduced the power losses by 4.10% and now effective losses (commercial&distribution) are 14.90%. The declining trend of power losses has given boost to company’s willingness to scale up it’s investment in city’s power distribution infrastructure sector. The company have distributed city in six circles viz Civil Lines, Lashkaribagh, Manewada, Nandanwan, Tulsibagh and Gandhibagh. Out of the six circles, Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles recorded maximum power losses trend i.e. 21% in year 2014. However, Manewada circle has recorded minimum power losses which is 8.80% followed by Civil Line (9.10%), Gandhibagh (14.70%) and Nandanvan (16.90%).

New infra and vigilance bored fruits

Business Head of SNDL, Nagpur DF, Sonal Khurana stated that releasing new connections and introducing tamper free infrastructure is the reason behind the success. The company have replaced around 1 lakh electro- mechanical meters and also increased vigilance activity in franchisee area.

“We have laid air bunch cable in maximum areas to curb power theft through hooking. In some vigilance activity, we noticed that consumers are tampering cables (Electric pole to meter) and hence we connected maximum meters through armoured cable.

SNDL is operating in the city with 2800 transformers and the company have system to monitor power consumption from each transformer, he said.

Separate vigilance team for commercial consumers

Sonal Khurana said the company have deployed special teams to study power usage trends of 60,000 commercial consumers including 218 consumers with High Tension Line supply and other power intensive industries. SNDL is supplying power to many plastic industries, daal mills and other units in the city.

Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles are still challenge

Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles continue to be a challenge for the company. The two circles recorded power losses 42.10% and 32.80% in between April 2012 and March 2013 respectively are current reading are 21.10% and 21.40% respectively. It means, the both circles are sharing 50% of total power losses. Nandanvan circle has recorded 16.90% losses.

According to information, areas like Garib Nawaj Nagar, Itabhatti, Mominpura, Timki, Bhaldarpura, Binaki, Pardi, Hasanbagh, Tajbagh and Wathoda areas of the circles are known for rampant power thefts. Though SNDL have unearthed maximum powerline taps in these areas still they see huge work ahead to curb power losses.

The company knows its focus areas but these colonies have dense human habitations and SNDL squad have to tread cautiously while zeroing in on power thieves.

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MRSAC to prepare base data, maps of drinking water sources

HOW to realise the vision of providing drinking water to all? This was the big question before the State Government considering the fact that there was no accurate data available with it regard... Read More
HOW to realise the vision of providing drinking water to all? This was the big question before the State Government considering the fact that there was no accurate data available with it regarding the drinking water sources. Against this backdrop, now, Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD) has asked Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC) to prepare base data and detailed maps in this regard.

WSSD, on Wednesday, informed all Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors, and Chief Executive Officers of all Zilla Parishads in the State regarding this decision. As per the decision, MRSAC has been asked to prepare maps of public sources of drinking water supply through Global Positioning System (GPS). Further, it has been asked to develop a mobile phone application (Mobile App), web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) etc. These will pave way for effective implementation of Water Quality Monitoring and Survey Programme.

Dr Subrata Das, Director, MRSAC, told 'The Hitavada' that the developments would pave way for implementing the Government's commitment and vision of providing drinking water to all. "Under the project, MRSAC will be conducting collection and compilation of detailed data relating to source of drinking water supply, habitation that requires drinking water, distance between the source and the habitation, how will water reach the location of requirement etc. Detailed mapping will be done to prepare accurate data, which will be treated as base data," he said.

Once the data is collected and compiled, it will be available on a separate website for people, Dr Das said. Then, the people will be able to locate drinking water source, availability of water, quality of water available etc. It will help in reducing administrative and maintenance issues. There will be periodic monitoring of source water for its quality, though the period of monitoring is yet to be finalised, he added.

WSSD has given its nod to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nagpur-based MRSAC and Belapur-based Water and Sanitation Institute. The project involves zeroing in on drinking water sources in 34 districts, excluding Mumbai and Mumbai suburbs, collecting samples and assessing quality of water at the source.

The project also involved maintenance of works done at the source for two years. "As maintenance and repairs cannot be done through available manpower, these works will have to be outsourced to private firms. For the purpose, company will be finalised after following tenders. Director of Water and Sanitation Institute, Belapur, will be the authority for implementing tender process," states a communication issued by Nandkishor Garud, Deputy Secretary, WSSD. For the tasks cut out for MRSAC, WSSD will pay to it an amount of Rs 49.18 lakh. Of this, half of the amount -- Rs 24.90 lakh -- has been released and remaining will be released in a phased manner.

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Man thrashed for unruly behaviour succumbs

A man, who was thrashed by his neighbours on March 7, Saturday, succumbed to the injuries on the same night at 3 am. Deceased Tara Nayak was killed after he created mayhem in his locality at Moti... Read More
A man, who was thrashed by his neighbours on March 7, Saturday, succumbed to the injuries on the same night at 3 am. Deceased Tara Nayak was killed after he created mayhem in his locality at Motilal Nagar Kota under Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Saraswati Nagar Police informed that people of his locality were extremely angry over Tara for his unruly behaviour with them. Sources said that Tara created havoc in the area just a day before and openly shouted abusing words to his neighbours while picking up fight with almost everyone on his neighbourhood. On March 7, Saturday, when Tara went out of his house at around 4:30 pm in the evening, accused Rajesh Tandi, Rajesh Chhatri, Kundan Bihar Sharma and Trinath Baghel, residents of same area, were waiting for him behind a temple. Armed with sword, batons and planks, aforesaid men attacked Tara Nayak. Tara’s wife Pinky Nayak, who was also following him, saw the attack, when his husband was severely beaten up. As Tara went unconscious, they attackers left him bleeding on the spot. Tara was rushed to the Hospital with critical wounds all over his body and thin chance of survival.

After an overnight battle for life, Tara gave up at 3:30 am. On the complaint of Pinky Nayak, Saraswati Nagar Police arrested Rajesh Tandi, Rajesh Chhatri, Kundan Bihari Sharma and Trinath Baghel, booking them under Section 307, 34, which was later converted to the 302 of Indian Penal Code.

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Talpuri residents complain against CHB

A delegation of Talpuri Housing Board International Colony Residents Association, Bhilai led by President of the association Sunil Chaurasia met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at his official re... Read More
A delegation of Talpuri Housing Board International Colony Residents Association, Bhilai led by President of the association Sunil Chaurasia met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at his official residence on Sunday and submitted a memorandum complaining about the heavy increase in prices, illegal imposition of service tax and incomplete development done by Chhattisgarh Housing Board.

The beleaguered members of the association along with the memorandum also handed over the documents in support of their issues and demanded intervention of the Chief Minister.

It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Dr Singh gave a patient hearing to the colony residents and expressed resentment over the attitude of the Chhattisgarh Housing Board.

He immediately instructed the Commissioner of Chhattisgarh Housing Board to hold a meeting with the association members and work accordingly to resolve the issues as soon as possible. He also instructed the housing board Commissioner to pass on the instructions to Chairman as well and complete the pending works.

The delegation further complained that the project of the housing board which was supposed to be completed in a duration of two years is still incomplete i.e. the project was ought to be complete by October 2010 and hence is now in its seventh year. They sadly apprised Dr Singh that this delay has forced the residents to pay a heavy cost and has also given immense mental stress. The delegation also included Advisor of the association SK Sharma, General Secretary Mukesh Kulmi, Vivek Agrawal, Chandresh Rathore, Jyoti Agrawal and Manju Gupta.

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Academic Excellence honour for IIM Raipur Director Prof B S Sahay

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay was honoured with Amity Academic Excellence Award by Amity University. On behalf of Professor B S Sahay, the award was ... Read More
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay was honoured with Amity Academic Excellence Award by Amity University. On behalf of Professor B S Sahay, the award was received by Professor Sanjeev Prashar on February 26 as a part of 15th International Business Summit & Research Conference INBUSH-ERA held at Amity University, Noida Campus.

The award was conferred on Professor Sahay, acknowledging his contribution to the field of academics. The citation read, “A profound scholar with an impeccable academic background, Professor Sahay is highly respected in the world of academics and has been acknowledged worldwide for duly propagating the doctrine of knowledge. He has published many research papers in national and international journals and has held distinguished positions in many learned societies, institutions editorial advisory bodies and important committees. Undoubtedly, a professional par excellence, he has created many benchmarks in the field of education and research and is truly a role model for others to follow.”

Dr Sahay has over 31 years of experience. He was the founding director of Indian Institute of Management – Raipur and was also the director of two colleges of national level – IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon. He has published over 140 research articles national and international journals. In his career, Professor Sahay has influenced not just several management scholars but also the management thought especially in the area of supply chain. Several of his papers have had a deep impact on supply chain logistics and management.

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Tough lesson taught to molestation accused

An elderly person, who tried to molest a minor girl, was taught a lesson by the residents of the area. On the report of the victim’s mother, the police have registered a case against the accu... Read More
An elderly person, who tried to molest a minor girl, was taught a lesson by the residents of the area. On the report of the victim’s mother, the police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 363, 342, 376 and 511 and are further investigating the matter. The accused has been identified as Jeevanlal Mahar, resident of Mil Para.

According to police at about 10 am the 10-year-old victim had been to the nearby temple to pay obeisance.

While the girl was on way to the temple, the accused Jeevanlal Mahar allegedly caught hold of her hand and forcefully took the girl to his house.

He is reported to have tied the girl with a sari and tried to molest her.

Meanwhile the girl screamed for help and the neighbours came to know about the incident. They immediately rescued the girl and caught hold of Jeevanlal and handed him to the residents, who reached the spot in large numbers.

The residents thrashed Jeevanlal severely and handed him over to the police. On the report of the victim’s mother the Kotwali police registered a case against the accused under relevant sections and are further investigating the matter.

Jilted lover uploads obscene pics of girl on social media

A jilted lover took an obscene revenge of betrayal, when he uploaded vulgar photographs on a fake Facebook account of her ex-girlfriend. Amanaka Police has booked accused Prashant Ambsara, native of Bihar and was residing at Parthiv Nagar in Raipur, under relevant Sections of Information Technology (IT) Act. They were having an affair in the College but, as the time passed by, girl’s affection toward Prashant faded. Prashant made several attempts to convince the girl for marriage but failed every time. He was frustrated by this denial and wanted to take revenge. Hence, he created a fake Facebook account on the name of girl nearly 2 months ago.

He uploaded many pictures, in which both were seen in intimacy. For the last 2 months, girl’s relatives tried to persuade and even warn Prashant about the consequences but, when he crossed limits and uploaded extremely vulgar photographs on the account. Girl’s relatives reported the matter to the police. However, this delay in filing report gave Prashant a chance to escape.

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Swine flu spreading tentacles in urban areas of Durg

The residents of urban parts across Durg district need to be extra careful as Swine Flu or H1N1 confirmed as well as suspected cases were reported more in these areas as compared to rural areas... Read More
The residents of urban parts across Durg district need to be extra careful as Swine Flu or H1N1 confirmed as well as suspected cases were reported more in these areas as compared to rural areas.

The statistics of the Health Department in the Durg district revealed that from January 1st to March 6th of the current year 2015, Durg district recorded 5 deaths of Swine Flu as well as 20 confirmed and 30 suspected cases of this infection. Out of the 5 people who lost their lives owing to H1N1 infection, 4 were of urban areas only 1 patient was belonged to rural area of the Dhamdha block in district.

Among the 20 confirmed cases of this infection which were reported during 7 weeks across district by different national labs, 17 were of urban parts such as Durg city, Bhilainagar City and Charoda areas. Only 3 confirmed patients were of rural areas of Durg and Dhamdha blocks at the district. The maximum cases of both confirmed as well as suspected of Swine Flu were recorded at several wards of Durg Municipal Corporation. As wards of this corporation witnessed 3 deaths followed by 11 confirmed cases and 16 suspected cases of this infection during last one month. Similarly wards of Bhilai Municipal Corporation has also recorded 2 deaths, 8 confirmed and 11 suspected cases of this infection (H1N1) and patients of this infection were reported not only slum wards of the cooperations but also of residential wards of both cooperations. ‘It is a really a disturbing fact but reality that people of urban areas at different parts of the district have been diagnosed with H1N1 infection as compared to their counters at different rural areas of three blocks in the district’ said one senior medical officer of Durg District Health Department.

Dr Prashant Kumar Shrivastava, CMHO of the district stated that the urban areas which are reporting both confirmed as well as suspected cases of H1N1 virus or Swine Flu will be surveyed and district health department will try its all efforts to find out the exact reason behind it.

Swine Flu: Two more suspected deaths

Two more suspected swine flu patients have died in Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH), Raipur. A 44-year old woman from Supela, Bhilai was admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital on Sunday afternoon. She died. The other death was of a four-year female child and she was from Raipur district, informed BRAMH sources.

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Swine flu: Nagpur Divn records 59 deaths

The number of swine flu patients is rising in the Division day-by-day, the State Government is trying to take steps to control the disease. Total 59 deaths were recorded in Nagpur Division from J... Read More
The number of swine flu patients is rising in the Division day-by-day, the State Government is trying to take steps to control the disease. Total 59 deaths were recorded in Nagpur Division from January 1 to March 3. The swine flu patients include both, children and aged. Capacity of the ward allocated for swine-flu patients in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) has been increased by merging the ward in Ophthalmology Department. With this, the number of beds in the wards has increased. This was following the order by State Health Minister Deepak Sawant, every Government hospital has increased the capacity of the wards for swine flu patients. In Nagpur city, 33 swine flu patients have died while three deaths have been recorded in Nagpur rural areas. Six deaths were reported from Gondia, Chandrapur and Wardha (two each). The toll also includes six patients from Madhya Pradesh and two from Andhra Pradesh. All the required arrangements have been made in various hospitals in the region to handle rising number of swine flu patients. A doctor attending swine flu patients informed that suspected swine-flu patients are treated at the GMCH ward. Swab samples of the patients are sent for testing. The course of treatment is decided after receiving the test results of the patients. If a patient tests negative, he/she is shifted to other wards, while those who testing positive are retained in the special ward. The number of patients admitted in GMCH on Tuesday, was around 45. Most of the doctors claimed that citizens are not taking proper precautions.

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Ramesh Singare is new Standing Panel chief

Ramesh Singare, a senior corporator of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Singare will ta... Read More
Ramesh Singare, a senior corporator of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Singare will take charge as Chairman of the Standing Committee on March 5, 2015 at Civil Lines office of NMC. Congress party corporators boycotted the election of Standing Committee. Singare was nominated by the BJP for the top job of the NMC on Tuesday morning. Panjabrao Wankhede, Additional Collector, chaired the proceedings of the election while Secretary Harish Dube and Vilas Fadnavis supported him for conducting the election. Outgoing chairman Narendra Borkar, and members of the committee Sanjay Balpande, Shrawan Khapekar, Ishrat Nayed Ansari proposed name of Ramesh Singare for the chairman’s post while Gopi Kumre, Vidya Kanhere, Sangita Girhe and Sharad Bante seconded it. Singare submitted four sets of nomination papers for the election. Since Wankhede received only a single nomination form of Singare, he was declared elected unopposed. Congress members Prashant Dhawad, Deva Usare, Ravindra Kaur Bawa and Sindhu Uike boycotted the election while Kishor Gajbhiye of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) abstained from the election. Shiv Sena member Jagatram Sinha and NCP corporator Kamil Ansari participated in the election. Ramesh Singare while talking to mediapersons expressed his gratitude towards Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde, Mayor Pravin Datke, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari for his selection for the important post. He said, “We will try hard to increase income of the local body as well as undertake development work with the help of Central and State Governments.” Mayor Pravin Datke, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Deputy leader Munna Yadav, Sandip Joshi, Avinash Thakre, Harish Dikondwar, Sunil Agrawal, Gopal Bohare, Prakash Totwani, Sanjay Bonde, Pallavi Shamkule, Rita Mule, Sanjay Balpande, Pramod Pendke, Rajesh Ghodpage, Vishakha Maind, Pravin Narad, Manisha Kothe, Divya Dhurde, Prabhakar Yeole, Balwant Jichkar, and others welcomed him by presenting bouquets. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Khapekar also welcomed Ramesh Singare by presenting bouquet at BJP office.

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HC sets aside lifer of mother-daughter duo, slaps Rs 3 lakh cost on Home Deptt

IN a path-breaking decision, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has quashed and set-aside lifer of a mother-daughter duo awarded to them for eliminating new born baby of the daughter, on the b... Read More
IN a path-breaking decision, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has quashed and set-aside lifer of a mother-daughter duo awarded to them for eliminating new born baby of the daughter, on the basis of very weak evidence and also imposed an exemplary cost of Rs 3 lakh on Home department raising a serious question-mark over conduct of prosecution. The High Court also quashed the trial court judgement and awarded compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh each to be paid out of compensation amount which must be deposited before April 15. The episode dates back to the year 2003 while trial court passed the judgement in 2006 and almost nine years later, the High Court acquitted both the ladies and expressed deep anguish for their conviction and imprisonment on the basis of such a flimsy evidence.

A division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh while allowing appeal filed Rama Jogdand also issued notice to a voluntary organisation Varhad which failed to file appeal on behalf of mother even after a passage of eight years. As a result, Savitribai languished in jail for nine years and was recently shifted to Nagpur prison from Amravati while Rama got bail in 2007 and her letter brought to light the sheer apathy of system towards such persons who are endlessly waiting for justice and have no resources to secure their legal rights.

According to prosecution story, 19-years old unmarried Rama was admitted to a hospital in Pusad and delivered a baby on September 9, 2003. Two days later, a newly born baby was found dead in Painganga river. After due investigations, the Pofali police station came to conclusion that it was Rama's baby and arrested her and her mother Savitribai. The chargesheet was filed before a Sessions Court, Pusad.

During trial, both denied the charge and even denied the prosecution story of hospitalisation and subsequent delivery. Therefore, the allegation of drowning the new born to death at Painganga was vehemently denied by both before the trial court. The trial court held them guilty in 2006 and during intervening three years, they languished in jail. When Savitribai was shifted to Nagpur jail, she wrote a letter through Jail Superintendent to High Court stating her plight. Taking a very serious notice of this issue, the High Court appointed Adv Daruwala as counsel for the appellant and asked him to present the matter. According to official record, the appeal was pending since 2006 and apparently due to abject poverty and ignorance about legal process, Savitri remained in jail and even during trial period, they spent three years in jail.

According to Adv Daruwala, entire case is based on a very weak foundation, not supported by factual matrix, DNA report and only on the basis of hearsay evidence, the mother-daughter duo was convicted. The prosecution lawyer APP T A Mirza fairly conceded that there was no solid evidence against both the appellants.

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Unseasonal rains damage crops on 76,411 hectares in Nagpur Divn

Acting swiftly on the directions of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the administration has prepared a preliminary assessment report on damage caused to crops in Nagpur Division due to recent un... Read More
Acting swiftly on the directions of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the administration has prepared a preliminary assessment report on damage caused to crops in Nagpur Division due to recent unseasonal rains and strong winds. As per the report, crops on 76,411.50 hectares area spread across six districts in the division, got damaged.

Nagpur Division comprises six districts -- Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli. These districts together have Rabi area of 4,13,100 hectares. Farmers had carried out sowing operations in 3,77,872 hectares. Of this, maximum 1,29,888 hectares of area was under Wheat, followed by 1,41,370 hectares on Chickpea. The unseasonal rains and strong winds on March 1 and 2, damaged Wheat, Chickpea, Javas, Lakhodi, and Tur crops. Damage was caused also to Mango, Orange, vegetables and other crops.

As per the preliminary assessment of crop loss, these crops on 76,411.50 hectares have been damaged. According to the joint report prepared by Revenue and Agriculture Departments and Zilla Parishad administrations, unseasonal rains and strong winds wrecked standing crops, destroyed harvested crops, and resulted in flower-shedding in case of fruit crops. Nagpur district is the worst-hit with crops on 42,350 hectares getting damaged. Nagpur is followed by Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli districts as far as quantum of crop damage is concerned.

As per the official report, at least seven tehsils received more than 65 mm rainfall, which is considered as alarming level. These include Mouda and Bhiwapur (Nagpur district); Bhandara, Mohadi, and Sakoli (Bhandara district); Gondia and Tirora (Gondia district). Of these, Bhandara and Tirora tehsils received 100 mm and 108.40 mm rainfall respectively. There are 12 other tehsils that have received more than 50 mm rainfall. These include Katol, Umred, and Kuhi (Nagpur district); Arvi and Karanja (Wardha district); Paoni and Lakhandur (Bhandara district); Goregaon and Sadak Arjuni (Gondia district); Gondpipri, Warora, and Chimur (Chandrapur district).

Meanwhile, the Relief and Rehabilitation Department under Revenue and Forests Department sent an 'urgent' communication to all Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors in the State asking them to get conducted the exercise of assessment of crop damage due to unseasonal rains on February 28 and March 1. However, the communication asks the officials not to conduct 'panchnama' in 'scarcity-hit villages' that had got financial assistance in Kharif-2014 season. It also asks the officials to file damage assessment report in prescribed format and with photographs of farms where crops were destroyed. The photograph should also bear caption providing details like name of farmer concerned, Survey Number, Group Number, village etc. Further, the report should contain assessment of loss of property, livestock, dead and injured persons etc.

BJP-Sena Govt must provide relief to farmers: Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh, former Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), flayed the BJP-Shiv Sena Government in the State and Centre for 'failure' to offer good prices to agricultural produce. "Now, the Government must act fast and provide relief to farmers who lost Rabi crops due to unseasonal rains and strong winds in the past few days," he said.

According to Deshmukh, State and Central Governments both did not offer good prices to farmers. "BJP has failed in keeping its pre-poll promise of increasing minimum support price. Also, BJP-led Government at the Centre has not made any provision for Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 500 crore started by the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government," alleged the former minister. When the farmers were in trouble due to natural calamity in the past, then Congress-NCP Government offered an aid of Rs 921 crore with the efforts of the then Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he said.

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Now, co-op banks have to deduct TDS on interest of Rs 10,000+

The devil has finally arrived. It is bad news for co-operative banks as Union Budget 2015 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made amendment to Section 19A of Income Tax Act, 1961 w.e.... Read More
The devil has finally arrived. It is bad news for co-operative banks as Union Budget 2015 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made amendment to Section 19A of Income Tax Act, 1961 w.e.f June 1, 2015, which stated that the exemption from TDS on payment of interest to members by co-operative socieities and banks would be withdrawn.

The issue was raised by The Hitavada on November 25, 2014, brought to the notice by city's renowned CA Kailash Jogani, President of NCCL. Jogani had sent representation on this matter to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), country's apex governing body on Income Tax with the copy of article published in The Hitavada. He had also requested for the above clarification and chargeability of TDS in the pre-memorandum Budget to the Finance Minister earlier in the month of January 15, 2015. "Now, after the presentation of the Union Budget 2015, it is clear that every co-operative societies and co-operative banks have to deduct TDS on the interest Rs 10,000 or above on deposits held by the depositors irrespective of whether they are shareholder or not," said Jogani. Hitherto, the co-operative sector in the country are not deducting TDS on the payment made on the interest Rs 10,000 or above on FDR (fixed deposit receipt/time deposit receipt) to its members without fear of taxmen.

Most of the co-operative banks in India including Maharashtra are paying interest on Rs 10,000 or above on FDR (fixed deposit receipt/or time deposit receipt) without deducting TDS on the assumption that if the interest is payable to the member, the TDS provisions are not applicable. Actually, if the interest Rs 10,000 is paid by any co-operative society engaged in the banking has to deduct the TDS like other banks governed by Banking Regulation Act 1949. That the effective or charging provision regarding the TDS on time deposits is dealt in clauses (vii) & (viia) of 194A(3) which is extracted as under : " The provisions of sub-section (1) shall not apply -

(vii) : to such income credited or paid in respect of deposits (other than time deposits made on or after the 1st day of July, 1995) with a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949) applies (including any bank or banking institution referred to in section 51 of that Act); (viia) : to such income credited or paid in respect of, (a) deposits with a primary agricultural credit society or a primary credit society or a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank; (b) deposits (other than time deposits made on or after the 1st day of July, 1995) with a co-operative society, other than a co-operative society or bank referred to in sub-clause (a), engaged in carrying on the business of banking"

From the above it is very clear that clause (vii) deals with interest payment by a banking company while the clause (viia) deals with interest payment by a certain category cooperative societies including a cooperative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking. It is also clear that, as regards a co-operative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking, there is no exemption for the interest payments in respect of time deposits made on or after 01-07-1995. All the co-operative societies are not deducting TDS on the basis of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) circular No 9 of 2002 issued. However, the said circular No 9 of 2002 dated September 11, 2002, issued by CBDT has been quashed and set aside by the Bombay High Court in the case of Jalgaon District Central Co-operative Limited. Therefore, the said circular is of no relevance. It was pronounced by the Bombay High Court that the CBDT could not interpret the provisions of law by way of circular. The Court has set aside and quashed the CBDT circular in its entirety and not read down or modified the circular. Therefore that circular is no longer in existence and hence no portion of it can be relied upon. In view of the set aside of the circular and as such interest on time deposits by a co-operative bank clause (viia) is applicable and not the clause (v) and TDS is required to be done. Even in the explanatory notes to Finance Act 1995 leaves no doubt, whatsoever, about the applicability of clause (viia) to a cooperative society engaged in the business of banking they are liable for deduction of tax on the payment of interest Rs 10,000 or above to its members or non members.

"The provisions are very clear that co-operative banks have to deduct TDS on payment of interest Rs 10,000 on FDR whether it is paid to member or non member & if the same is not done the expenditure of interest paid may be disallowed u/s. 40(a)(ia) & also liable for interest & penalties," Jogani noted. He said, the applicablity for deducting TDS on interest Rs 10,000 or above was since July 1, 1995. Since 20 years, Government did not paid any heed or issued any clarification although, co-operative banks and societies were liable to deduct TDS. Instead of taking any action on co-operative banks and societies, just by overlooking the actual provisions of the Act, prospective amendment has been made effective from June 1, 2015.

"Several co-operative banks and societies are operating in the country under the political clout and therefore, Government had not taken any action on them," Jogani pointed out.

He said, from June 1, 2015, co-operative banks and societies have to deduct TDS on interest Rs 10,000 or above on FDR or time deposits. "Additionally, recurring deposits have been brought under the TDS net," he said. "Now, the amount of Rs 10,000 interest is not limited to any particular branch of the bank, if the bank has adopted core banking solution (CBS). In such case, the cumulative interest of all the branches if it touches Rs 10,000, then the bank is liable to deduct TDS," Jogani disclosed.

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NMC fails to submit Rs 100 cr road repair proposal to Govt

This may be a shocker for Nagpurians! The dream of riding on good and better quality roads in the city may be shattered as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to submit propos... Read More
This may be a shocker for Nagpurians! The dream of riding on good and better quality roads in the city may be shattered as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to submit proposal to get Rs 100 crore financial assistance from Maharashtra Government. The financial aid was sanctioned by the State Government during supplementary budget passed in the winter session of Legislature in Nagpur.

Highly placed Mantralaya sources confirmed that the local body did not submit detailed project report (DPR) to the finance departemnt of the State Government during last two months. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was very keen to provide funds to local body to improve road quality in the city. He convened meetings attended by Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on three occasions to understand the planning of the local body. However, every time he was disappointed by the wrong planning of the NMC. The total plan size was Rs 300 crore out of that Rs 100 crore was to be provided by the State Government while remaining Rs 200 crore were to be contributed by NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Fadnavis suggested to include maximum roads in the DPR to provide relief to common man as well as use modern technology to increase the life of roads.

It may be mentioned that the city roads are in pathetic condition and it is impossible for the NMC and NIT to repair these roads from their own funds. Since City's very own Devendra Fadnavis is heading the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led State Government, hopes of Nagpurians are riding high and everybody is confident that he will bring marked improvement in city's infrastructure including its roads. Chief Minister tried to find out better solution but he was not satisfied with the DPR of the local body. The vehicle owners are regularly enjoying bumpy ride on city roads. Surprisingly, the local body had spent around Rs 100 crore in last three years for the repair works but the condition of road has gone from bad to worst. Earlier, the NMC has made a grand plan of Rs 1,400 crore expenditure for repairs of these roads but Chief Minister had suggested to reduce the plan size and increase road length. As per instructions, the local body again preapred a plan of Rs 400 crore for improving road conditon. The presentation was made before the Chief Minister but he was unhappy and did not clear the proposal. He has suggested to reduce width and include more roads and to explore modern technology and submit cost effective solution for providing

overlay of cement concrete on major roads so that roads once constructed would serve for atleast 30 years. NMC has prepared a plan with expert members and verified it from VNIT.

The NMC had constructed city roads under Integrated Road Development Project (IRDP) way back in 2002-2003. Sources claimed that the total length of prominent city road is 409 kms but after excluding ring road, state highways and national highways, the remaining length of the road is 333 kms that covered 183 city roads. After reducing on-going concrete road work and concrete roads, the remaining length of the road is 242 kms and local body will require Rs 1,400 crore for its repair.

Meanwhile, a local trafic safety organisation Janakrosh has lodged a complaint with Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar regarding shoddy quality of road repair work between LAD Square to Abyankar Nagar and from Shhradanand Peth to Laxmi Nagar square. Secretary Ravi Kaskhedikar said that the road was repaired on February 28 and on the very next day, the road lost its carpet due to rains. This reveals, the sub-standard work done by contractor and a major reason why city roads are in shambles, he claimed while demanding stern action against contractor and concerned engineer.

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HC notice to Transport Deptt authorities on contempt plea

Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Tra... Read More
Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Transport) Mahesh Zagade, and other authorities on a contempt plea. The notices are returnable on March 16.

The other officers to whom notices have been issued include Regional Transport Officer (Nagpur) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Nagpur Rural) Sharad Jichkar, Deputy RTO (Nagpur East) Ravindra Bhuyar. The notices have been issued on a contempt plea under Sections 11 and 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Santosh Gupta and others have filed the petition accusing the Transport Department authorities of violating the orders of the High Court in writ petitions 2065/1987 and 5001/1999.

It is the contention of the petitioners that they are ‘authorised representatives’ of motor vehicle owners, duly appointed under sections 182 and 183 of The Contract Act, 1872 read with Power of Attorney Act, in Nagpur. They have alleged that the State Transport Department authorities have arbitrarily restricted their entry into Regional Transport Offices on the directions of State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade dated January 12, 2015. The petitioners stated that they are legally appointed ‘authorised representatives’ and entitled to work on behalf of their masters as per Contract Act and as per the judgment and orders passed by the High Court. The Court had held on June 6, 2002 that if a person enters with valid authority letter on behalf of his master/vehicle owner with due authority letter to do the specific work, he shall not be restrained from entering into the premises of RTO offices. But, Transport Commissioner has issued directions on January 12, 2015 that no agents should be allowed to enter into RTO offices. The petitioners felt that the authorities had committed ‘contempt’ and are liable for punishment under Sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.

Adv Tushar Mandlekar appeared for petitioners and Adv Ketki Joshi for the State.

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Rail Budget offers new works worth Rs 3,470 crore to CR Nagpur Divn

Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion... Read More
Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion and other development works in the division, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) O P Singh while sharing details with media on Friday.

Singh said, the new works mostly relates to capacity augmentation relating to doubling and tripling of existing corridors. The approval of new works is highest in history of Nagpur Division. The funds for new works is going to be arranged from financial institutions about which Budget has not given details. All eyes are fixed on Rail Bhawan as to how it manages to get private funds for rail transport, as worldwide the trend is negative. The identified projects of doubling and tripling in Central India are of utmost important to decongest the bottlenecks that remained ignored over a long period.

High Speed Corridor: One of the highlight of new works is sanction of Rs 76 crore for development of high speed corridors on Nagpur-Ballarshah section. DRM Singh said about two years are required to carry out repairs to bridges, culverts, replace turnouts and lay high capacity rail, upgrade signalling system, to get ready for running trains at 130 km/hr. Rajdhani and Duranto, both of which have LHB coaches, apart from Premium Trains have capacity to run at highest permissible speed in section.

He said, an incremental benefit of development of high speed corridor for division would be increase in average speed of trains, including that of goods trains. Today, one BoxHL train speed was increased from 60 km/hr to 75 km/hr and progressively other trains would be covered. The benefit of faster movement of trains would be increased availability of space on tracks leading to introduction of new train services. To a question, DRM said it’s difficult to calculate speed increase. Further he stated that at division level speed of some passenger trains would be increased as they end-up blocking the path and creating congestion. Same is the case with goods trains whose speed too is being targeted to increase substantially.

Third Line: For Itarsi-Nagpur third line a sum of Rs 153.18 crore is sanctioned in the next financial year. The total cost of project is pegged at Rs 2,326 crore for 297 kms. The work is divided into three projects, including two ghat schemes.

Another third line work sanctioned for division is Nagpur-Sewagram (76.3 kms) for which Rs 50 crore is allocated from general railway pool and other Rs 55 crore from institutional finance. For Wardha-Ballarshah third line (132 kms) Rs 14.40 crore would be arranged for the year ahead. Total project cost is pegged at Rs 630 crore. Shed Expansion: A proposal to expand capacity of Ajni Electric Loco Shed was approved in the budget and it’s going to cost Rs 14.95 crores. The project envisages increasing holding capacity of Shed from current 175 to 200 locos. Also Rs 25.50 crore is earmarked for electrification work on Amravati-Narkher line which is 138 kms. Once electrified the route would cater to movement of goods traffic going to Badnera via Nagpur by skipping station yard. Other senior officers of division were also present at the press conference.

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Detection rate slumps while serious crime increases in city

Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rat... Read More
Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rate while the corresponding detection rate increased by just 1%. In 2014, total 8,817 cases were registered as against 8,366 in the year 2013. Going through the record sheet, it appears that there is a spurt in serious crimes viz. murder, dacoity, chain-snatching, cheating. For top brass of police machinery in second capital of State, time has come to pull-up its socks and the force needs to tighten the grip on criminals.

The city witnessed 103 murders in the year 2013 and in 2014, too, the figure is the same. In the last year, 11 cases remained undetected. About 92 attempt to murder cases were registered in city which shows a jump of 10% as compared to figure of the year 2013.

In 2013, total 15 dacoities were reported and 14 of them were detected successfully by City Police. However, the cops have solved only 12 dacoity cases out of 16 registered in the year 2014. Though detection rate in robbery shows marked improvement at 61%, that of house-breaking theft (HBT) is pegged at 24% only.

Thieves are striking at will in city and everywhere booty looted is in range of couple of lakhs. And as most of time case gets reported to police station quite late, the cops have very little to investigate. Also in most theft cases the accused tend to dispose of booty quite fast which makes recovery quite a complicated process. Further, another reason for falling detection could be vacancies in city police force. Also off late the bandobast duty for visiting VIPs is consuming lot of working time of officers as well as field staff. Therefore, this double burden is taking its toll of men and machinery which gets reflected in detection rate.

Crime against women soaring

A jump of 29% is seen in the crime against women. About 113 rape cases were reported across the city in year 2014 as compared to 90 in year 2013. Detection rate in rape cases has fallen down by 3% in 2014 and it was 100% in year 2013. The molestation cases graph is also on rise as city police registered 70 more cases than the previous year. Total 279 molestation cases under section 354 of IPC were registered in the city. However the figure was 209 in year 2013.

Around 3,000 thefts in a year

Property theft graph is soaring high and has touched the mark of 3,000. City had reported 2,760 total thefts in 2013 and the figure zoomed to 2,962 in 2014. The cops have detected only 712 thefts with detection rate of 24% which was 23% in 2013.

Maximum share of total thefts are of motor vehicle, 1604 of them were stolen in 2014 which is a jump of 12% (1430 motor vehicle were reported stolen in year 2013). The investigations too need to be spruced-up by city police.

Zone-1: No preventive action, crime graph soars

The performance if analysed zone-wise reveals that Zone-I report card was not that significant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar was heading the Zone before he was transferred to Zone-III of Nagpur Police Commissionerate. Comparatively other zones which functioned sans any limelight managed good rate on detection front as also on preventive action. Zone-I covers police stations viz. Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Wadi, MIDC, Sonegaon and Rana Pratap Nagar.

In Zone-I, 1,253 crime cases were registered under Class I-V category in 2014. The figure was 1,152 in 2013. The Zone also witnessed spurt in attempts to murder, robberies, house breaking thefts, motor vehicle thefts and crime against women. The Zone reported 19 attempt to murder cases in 2014 which has double than previous year (only 9 in 2013). If analysed minutely, the Zone hogged maximum highlight due to high profile gambling raids, but somehow this seemed to had deflected attention on detection of serious crime.

Also during last year Zone-I did not undertook preventive action. MPDA was invoked against 11 dreaded goons in Commissionerate. About a dozen criminals were externed of the total 94 cases done in the same year.

A senior police officer said, police has to work very hard and have total dedication if them contemplating registering cases under MPDA and MCOCA, and hence field officers are reluctant to pursue this options. Similarly media ignores this cases and they get relegated to some corners in newspapers.

Zone-2: Theft cases reduce, serious crime increases worry

DCP Zone II Sanjay Latkar who took over reins in August and before that DCP Shantaram Waghmare maintained a tight vigil in the Zone in year 2014.

The DCP’s succeeded in reducing thefts cases. However, there is slight increase in cases of murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and also in crime against women. The Zone covers police stations viz Panchpaoli, Jaripatka, Koradi, Sadar and Gittikhadan, and they registered 1018 crime cases in Class I-V, an increase of 65 cases as pervious year the figure was 953 cases. The Zone have however fared better on detection front as they cracked 453 cases in year 2014, a jump of 15% compared to previous year. Five criminals under MPDA Act was slapped on five goons and 29 others were externed.

Out of 23 murder cases and 25 attempt to murder cases, the Zone detected 21 murders and 19 attempt to murder cases. Jaripatka police station recorded eight murders followed by seven in Koradi, five in Panchpaoli, three in Koradi and nil in Sadar police station's jurisdiction. About 706 thefts were reported in the Zone and 214 of them were detected and Sadar police station recorded maximum cases i.e. 208.

Figures of crime against women put the Zone under scanner as the jump is of 50% in rape and 100% in molestation cases in year 2014. In 2013, just 21 cases of rape and 53 molestation cases were reported and last year the figures are 31 rape cases and 98 molestation cases in year 2014.

Zone-3: Murder cases show marked rise

Among the four Zones, Zone-III crime graph was lowest. In 2013, the Zone registered 754 serious crimes and the figure rose to 875 in Year 2014. Zone III reported maximum cases of murders in the city i.e. 32 in Year 2014.

Kalamna and Yashodhara Nagar police registered eight murders cases each in Year 2014 followed by five each in Kotwali and Ganeshpeth, four in Lakadganj and two in Tehsil police stations jurisdictions. Kalamna and Lakadganj police stations had reported 12 murders and nine murders in year 2013 respectively. This Zone is most troublesome for city police as it is well known to have maximum concentration of big time criminals. Also the areas has concentration of big markets where daily transactions of huge value takes place. Another factor that

is troublesome for cops is that migrated labours who have made it their home in this areas. DCP Nirmala Devi (Now, acting as DCP Zone I) had taken charge of the Zone in month of August 2014 from Sanjay Darade. The Zone covers Kotwali, Tehsil, Kalamna, Lakadganj, Ganeshpeth and Yashodhara Nagar police stations. Out of total 32 murders, the police have managed to solve 30 and maintained 100% detection rate in 21 attempt to murder cases.

Despite spurt in thefts, the crime rate of Zone was same as that of year 2013.

In preventive steps, the DCPs have done a MCOCA and a MPDA cases and externed 27 goons in year 2014. The Zone showed declining trend in rape cases as 21 rape cases were reported in Year 2014 as against 27 cases reported in year 2013. However, cases of molestation increased by 10 in Year 2014.

Zone-4: Classical policing, maximum detection

DCP Zone IV Ishu Sindhu joined in August, taking over reins from DCP Chandra Kishore Mina. The cops stuck to basic policing in a bid to tackle the rising crime graph, a trend common in Urban areas. The Zone recorded 31 cases of murder in year 2012, and in 2013 there were 29 cases while detection was of 28 cases. The Zone have also observed declining trend in attempt to murder cases i.e. 35 in year 2013 to 27 in year 2014. This Zone covers Ajni, Hudkeshwar, Dhantoli, Sakkardara, Imambada and Nandanvan police stations. When one went into reason it was learnt that maximum preventive actions were taken by DCP Mina and later carried on by Sindhu in the Zone. The Zone invoked MCOCA in one cases, detention of five under MPDA and 26 externment against goons. This had the desired effect and immediately reflected in crime graph.

Only one dacoity occurred in the Zone in a year. DCP Mina was known for his thrust on keeping-up pressure on force and sticking to time tested styles in tackling criminals. The Zone have also reported decrease in robbery and HBT’s cases as 51 cases were reported with detection of 29 in year 2014. There were 325 HBTs in Year 2013 and police managed to bring down the figure to 300 in Year 2014.

In Zone IV, Nandanvan police recorded eight murders, followed by seven in Hudkeshwar, five in Ajni, four each in Imambada and Sakkardara and one in Dhantoli police stations. The murder under Dhantoli police station remains undetected.

Ajni, Hudkeshwar and Nandanvan police stations have reported 79, 74 and 75 HBTs in year 2014 respectively. The same police stations had reported 68, 119 and 56 HBTs in year 2013.

While Hudkeshwar police stations are showing declining trend, the Ajni and Nandanvan police station showed rise in cases of HBTs.

After studying the pattern of crime in the Zone, DCP Sindhu have introduced a new pro-active style of policing. He has assigned a criminal to a policemen and this continuous man to man tracking has provided good results.

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After HC rap, Govt sets up panels to spruce up civic hospitals

Pathetic condition of public hospitals and those attached to Government Medical Colleges may become a thing of past, if the Public Health Department’s move to constitute high-level panels to c... Read More
Pathetic condition of public hospitals and those attached to Government Medical Colleges may become a thing of past, if the Public Health Department’s move to constitute high-level panels to clean up these Aegean Stables succeeds. Following the rap from Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court about shoddy and unhygienic condition prevailing in these hospitals, catering mostly to low income groups, the department has finally woken up from deep slumber.

The High Court had observed that due to unhygienic conditions prevailing in Government Hospitals including Medical College and Hospitals, Rural Hospitals, Cottage Hospitals, Public Health Centers and Sub Centers, the chances of hospital acquired infections going viral was very high and usual excuses like insufficient staff, inadequate budget would no longer be tolerated.

The new Government in Maharashtra, which has accorded top priority to public health, has taken the issue seriously. Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has constituted a state-level committee headed by Chief Secretary. Principal Secretary (Finance), Medical Education Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of PWD, Principal Secretary of Health Department will be members of this panel and oversee turnaround of public health system in State.

The divisional-level committee will be chaired by Divisional Commissioner. The members of the committee will be Deputy Director Health Services, Chief Engineer of PWD, Dean of GMCH, officer of MPCB.

These committees will see cleanliness, water and power supply in the hospitals. The members are expected to pay surprise visits to hospitals to check the facilities provided to patients.

The PIL filed by Dinanath Waghmare before High Court pointed out unsatisfactory services provided to women patients and narrated as to how many of them were forced to deliver their children in unhygienic conditions which is detrimental to the health of such women and also the newly born babies. A visit made by Fact Finding Team of Human Rights Law Network (an NGO) to Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, Government Medical College and Hospital, various Public Health Centers, Sub Centers, Rural Hospitals as well as cottage hospitals revealed that the garbage and biomedical waste was dumped in an open area, around the walk­ways and wards. The toilets were totally unhygienic. There was no proper facility for supply of potable drinking water. In some of the wards, two or more women share one bed. In a neonatal ward, 2­3 new born babies are squeezed in one incubator, the PIL stated. It can be seen that one of the major factors in contributing to these unhygienic conditions, is inadequate number of staff. According to an affidavit filed by the authorities before the High Court, due to a large number of vacancies of attendants and sweepers, it is not possible to keep control over the egress and ingress of the hospital.

The High Court which had undertaken the task of rejuvenating ailing public health institutions of Nagpur city one decade ago, has once again gave a wake up call to authorities to come with long term and pragmatic solutions to this vexed issue and to look into the matter of providing basic facilities to all the government-run medical institutions, find out lacunae and suggest corrective measures for ensuring that the right of health is extended to all citizens.

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Grand opening to third ‘Wagh Utsav’

The third ‘Wagh Utsav’ organised by Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, started off with a bang in the premises of SCZ... Read More
The third ‘Wagh Utsav’ organised by Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, started off with a bang in the premises of SCZCC from Friday. Within the Utsav are several programmes scheduled for three days, all of them at the SCZCC premises. The Hitavada is the Media Partner and Radio Mirchi the Radio Partner. NDTV would be shooting a one-hour capsule on the programme. A Wildlife Photography Exhibition of photographs selected from 75 entries was inaugurated at the hands of Banwarilal Purohit, former MP, in the evening and kept open till 9 pm. Concurrently, Mrignayanee Stalls and a Tribal Haat with 35 stalls were also inaugurated by him. It remained open to the public till 9 pm. On the opening day, school competitions were held during for two school groups i.e. classes 4th to 6th and classes 7th to 9th in fancy-dress, best out of waste and dry and fresh flower arrangement. The winners of the Fancy dress competition in Group A were Piyush Meshram (Bhange Public School) - 1st prize; Rashi Mishra (same school) - 2nd prize; Damia Arya (Jain International) - 3rd prize. In Group B, the winners were Yusuf Ansari (CP & Berar School) Prathmesh Churalwar (Saraswati Vidyalaya) and Gagandeep Kothari won first, second and third prizes respectively. In the of best out of waste competition, winners in Group A were Rohan Dangare (Rajkumar Kewalramani School) - 1st prize; Ananya Saraf (NKA) - 2nd prize; and Yash Khadaskar, (BVM) - 3rd prize. In Group B, the winners were Urvashi (Bhide Girls’ High School) - 1st prize; Rutvik Shende (Somalwar High School) - 2nd prize, and Sejal (Jain International School) - 3rd prize. A special prize to Rupesh Uidey of Mukhbadhir (Deaf & Dumb) School, Saoner was also given. In the flower arrangement competition, the winners in Group A were – Vijaydas Dasriya, 1st prize; Utkarsha Wanjari - 2nd prize, Vijayshri Orugunta - 3rd prize. And a special prize was given to Vijaydas Dasriya of Mukbadhir (Deaf & Dumb) School, Saoner. In Group B, the winners were Vedanti Jagtap - first; Noureen Ali - second; Palak Chopra - third. A quiz for school students, ‘The Jungle Quiz’ also was held with participation by 150 students. In Group A, Modern School, Koradi Road, won the first prize comprising students Sharvil Sadafale and Riddhima Bhagat. The second prize was won by Modern School comprising students Siddharth Bambal and Aditya Bhole and third by Modern School, NEERI. In Group B, Modern School, Koradi Road, won the first prize comprising Parth Saraykar and Sujay Ganorkar, second prize by Jain International School comprising students Avni Tambi and Aryan Madaan and third prize by Modern School, NEERI, comprising Shefali Hardas and Aalhad Raut. Also, ‘Mujhe Bhi Kuch Kehna Hai’ for local artist’s, ‘Dadi-Dadi Ki Kahaniyan’ for senior citizens and a quiz for the visitors were part of the big draw at the Food Court apart from the food stalls. All this culminated in an exciting Cultural Evening inaugurated at the hands of Krupal Tumane, MP from Ramtek. Tribal dances, fashion-show etc were organised as part of the event. The folk dances were a colorful extravaganza and a sight for sore eyes. Artist’s from different States performed Songi Mukhawate from Maharashtra, Chhau Nritya and an animal mask dance, i.e. two dances from Odisha, Pulli Vaishalu (Tiger Mask) from Andhra Pradesh, Charkula and Mayur from UP and Singhi Cham (Snow Lion) from Sikkim. Vandana Colchha compered the programme. From Rajasthan there were Bahrupiyas dressed as animals, entertaining the visitors scattered all over the venue. Devendra Parekh, President, Ved, Vilas Kale, Dr Piush Kumar, Hanumant Hede, Vinita Mathur, Vinay Thakur, Vinita Bahari, Sangeeta Parekh, Rahul Upganlawar, Pallavi Upganlawar, Sudhir Ghike, Navin Malewar, Anup Manchalwar, Harsha Jharia, Vibha Gotmare, Nitin Gandhi and others were present. On February 21, the programmes will start at 10 am with a talk by Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Cultural Affairs, on ‘Tiger Conservation’, followed by interaction. An advance photography workshop, book recitation by Raghav Chandra, story-telling and other programmes would also be held.

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Fascinating journey of Dwivedi from driver to doctor

Dr Kamleshwar Prasad Dwivedi has proved that hard work and dedication can lead one tos success. Dwivedi works as driver in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj University (RTMNU), but his dedication and ... Read More
Dr Kamleshwar Prasad Dwivedi has proved that hard work and dedication can lead one tos success. Dwivedi works as driver in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj University (RTMNU), but his dedication and determination to carve a niche for himself ultimately changed his frotune and on Friday he was one of the recepients of Doctor of Philosophy during the 101st Convocation ceremony of RTMNU. Behind this inspiring success there was a struggle and Dr Dwivedi bravely overcome the obstacle with aplomb. This Rewa-based driver came to Nagpur in search of job and he was just SSC pass. Responsibilities of family gave him no chance to pursue further education. But he was determined about acquring more knowledge . “It was very tough to prepare myself to restart learning process, but my family encouraged me to do so,” Dr Dwivedi informed ‘The Hitavada’. Thereafter, he completed HSC as an external student and took admission in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and did his graduation. He further did his MA in social sciences from IGNOU and during this period he got the job of driver at RTMNU. “After getting job in RTMNU, again I was away from studies. But, with the help of proper time management, I took a decision to complete MA in Hindi and did it,” he added. The biggest obstacle in his learning process came when he tried to get register of Ph.D. A driver doing Ph.D is a strange thing and many people viewed me with strange eyes and it was difficult to find a guide in the University, a sad commentary and how hollow our commitment to egalitarian society is. Every one refused to guide me for the research work, Dr Dwivedi explained. “Thanks to Prof Pramod Sharma of Hindi Department who guided me for the research and whatever I have achieved is possible just because of his selfless efforts,” Dr Dwivedi stated. Dwivedi has two sons and a daughter, the younger son is doing Bachelors of Technology from Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT). “My car was my study room and also my office which saved my life and definitely helped me to establish myself,” he said.

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Mpl Commr presents ‘realistic’ civic budget

Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Stan... Read More
Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Standing Committee his budget for the financial year 2015-16. While scaling down NMC budget estimates for 2014-15 from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar proposed a ‘realistic’ budget of Rs 1,294.75 crore for 2015-16.

“My focus is pretty clear. I wish to concentrate on good governance backed by e-governance, facilitating citizen services like making tax payment easier, and rationalising tax structures while delivering quality services,” Hardikar told the reporters while addressing a press conference on Friday evening after presenting a copy of the budget to Narendra Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee.

At the same time, he said, Local Body Tax (LBT) will continue in 2015-16 also as NMC has not received any communication otherwise.

In 2015-16, Hardikar has proposed a budget with revenue of Rs 1,294.67 crore. This includes Rs 500 crore revenue from LBT, Rs 250 crore from property tax, Rs 125 crore from water user charges on metered connections, Rs 6.05 crore from Market Department, Rs 71.75 crore from Town Planning Department, and Rs 341.87 crore from ‘other income, loans, investment, advances etc’. Municipal Commissioner has estimated expenditure in 2015-16 to be Rs 1,294.65 crore. This includes Rs 307.64 crore on establishment, Rs 24.96 crore on administration, Rs 95 crore on pension of retired employees, Rs 208.78 crore on operations/maintenance/repairs, Rs 602.82 crore as capital expenditure, Rs 55.45 crore on ‘other heads’.

Asked about the scaling down of the budget estimates for 2014-15 by Rs 303.47 crore -- from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore -- Hardikar said that he had kept it at a ‘realistic’ level. Interestingly, in his speech, the Municipal Commissioner stated categorically that he did not notice any substantial increase in ‘revenue resources, recovery, new taxes, inherent competence’. To a question on his budget estimates for 2015-16 being lesser -- at Rs 1,294.67 crore -- than the ‘revised estimates’ for 2014-15 at Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar said that he expected more revenue and recovery in 2015-16. “Still, if comparisons are to be drawn, the revised estimates for 2014-15 include Rs 200 crore of loan component. If that is to be deducted, the revised estimates stand at Rs 1,141.55 crore. Compared to this figure, my estimate for 2015-16 is higher,” he explained.

Replying to another question, Municipal Commissioner said that NMC had clocked a revenue of Rs 825 crore till January 2015 including Rs 295 crore from LBT. Compared to even the revised estimates for 2014-15, the total revenue collection till January 2015 is Rs 516.55 crore lesser. Also, compared to estimated recovery of LBT at Rs 425 crore, the actual collection till January is 295 crore, which is Rs 130 crore less. Against this backdrop, will NMC be able to meet the ‘revised’ revenue targets in remaining two months of February and March of financial year 2014-15, remains a question.

Hardikar also emphasised on improving administrative functioning, enhancing dedication to work among officials and employees, preparing and implementing effectively ‘a plan for planned development’ of the city. To meet these goals, there is a need to strengthen the functioning of Town Planning Department. “We are inviting top planners of the country. If planning is better, development can be done properly, keeping in mind the benefits that the citizens will get in next 30 years,” he said. As far as public utility lands are concerned, Municipal Commissioner said, several steps are to be taken including corrections in Development Control Rules (DCR), using space creatively, planning proper utilisation of available space, rational view-point on public utility. “But, in any case, illegal and not sanctionable things cannot be condoned,” he added when asked about violations that had taken place in the past. He also underlined the need for acquiring reserved lands.

Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Madan Gadge, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer, S S Hastak, Tax Assessor, and other officers also were present at the press conference.

Two new initiatives proposed In his budget, Municipal Commissioner has proposed two new initiatives including a Chemotherapy centre for poor and needy cancer patients, and creating a network of concrete roads. “On the lines of dialysis centre, I have proposed to start a Chemotherapy centre for poor. For the purpose, we are exploring the possibility of making available a ward at Indira Gandhi Rugnalaya of NMC,” said Hardikar. Another plan is to create a network of concrete roads in the city.

Three new taxes proposed

As per the provisions of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, the civic administration has proposed to introduce three new taxes in 2015-16. These include 3 per cent each as Water Benefit Tax and Sewerage Tax, and 5 per cent Street Tax. This will be part of property tax ‘rationalisation’. Already, a proposal for revised taxation has been submitted for policy decision and approval of general body. The water user charges also may be reduced from 40 per cent to 25 per cent, if number of metered connections increase. “For the purpose of putting development of the city on fast track, I appeal to the citizens to pay taxes properly and co-operate us,” said Hardikar.

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Mpl Commr presents ‘realistic’ civic budget

Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Stan... Read More
Emphasising on need to focus on ‘rationalisation’ of tax structure and making Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) ‘sustainable’, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar presented to the Standing Committee his budget for the financial year 2015-16. While scaling down NMC budget estimates for 2014-15 from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar proposed a ‘realistic’ budget of Rs 1,294.75 crore for 2015-16.

“My focus is pretty clear. I wish to concentrate on good governance backed by e-governance, facilitating citizen services like making tax payment easier, and rationalising tax structures while delivering quality services,” Hardikar told the reporters while addressing a press conference on Friday evening after presenting a copy of the budget to Narendra Borkar, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee.

At the same time, he said, Local Body Tax (LBT) will continue in 2015-16 also as NMC has not received any communication otherwise.

In 2015-16, Hardikar has proposed a budget with revenue of Rs 1,294.67 crore. This includes Rs 500 crore revenue from LBT, Rs 250 crore from property tax, Rs 125 crore from water user charges on metered connections, Rs 6.05 crore from Market Department, Rs 71.75 crore from Town Planning Department, and Rs 341.87 crore from ‘other income, loans, investment, advances etc’. Municipal Commissioner has estimated expenditure in 2015-16 to be Rs 1,294.65 crore. This includes Rs 307.64 crore on establishment, Rs 24.96 crore on administration, Rs 95 crore on pension of retired employees, Rs 208.78 crore on operations/maintenance/repairs, Rs 602.82 crore as capital expenditure, Rs 55.45 crore on ‘other heads’.

Asked about the scaling down of the budget estimates for 2014-15 by Rs 303.47 crore -- from Rs 1,645.02 crore to Rs 1,341.55 crore -- Hardikar said that he had kept it at a ‘realistic’ level. Interestingly, in his speech, the Municipal Commissioner stated categorically that he did not notice any substantial increase in ‘revenue resources, recovery, new taxes, inherent competence’. To a question on his budget estimates for 2015-16 being lesser -- at Rs 1,294.67 crore -- than the ‘revised estimates’ for 2014-15 at Rs 1,341.55 crore, Hardikar said that he expected more revenue and recovery in 2015-16. “Still, if comparisons are to be drawn, the revised estimates for 2014-15 include Rs 200 crore of loan component. If that is to be deducted, the revised estimates stand at Rs 1,141.55 crore. Compared to this figure, my estimate for 2015-16 is higher,” he explained.

Replying to another question, Municipal Commissioner said that NMC had clocked a revenue of Rs 825 crore till January 2015 including Rs 295 crore from LBT. Compared to even the revised estimates for 2014-15, the total revenue collection till January 2015 is Rs 516.55 crore lesser. Also, compared to estimated recovery of LBT at Rs 425 crore, the actual collection till January is 295 crore, which is Rs 130 crore less. Against this backdrop, will NMC be able to meet the ‘revised’ revenue targets in remaining two months of February and March of financial year 2014-15, remains a question.

Hardikar also emphasised on improving administrative functioning, enhancing dedication to work among officials and employees, preparing and implementing effectively ‘a plan for planned development’ of the city. To meet these goals, there is a need to strengthen the functioning of Town Planning Department. “We are inviting top planners of the country. If planning is better, development can be done properly, keeping in mind the benefits that the citizens will get in next 30 years,” he said. As far as public utility lands are concerned, Municipal Commissioner said, several steps are to be taken including corrections in Development Control Rules (DCR), using space creatively, planning proper utilisation of available space, rational view-point on public utility. “But, in any case, illegal and not sanctionable things cannot be condoned,” he added when asked about violations that had taken place in the past. He also underlined the need for acquiring reserved lands.

Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer; Madan Gadge, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer, S S Hastak, Tax Assessor, and other officers also were present at the press conference.

Two new initiatives proposed In his budget, Municipal Commissioner has proposed two new initiatives including a Chemotherapy centre for poor and needy cancer patients, and creating a network of concrete roads. “On the lines of dialysis centre, I have proposed to start a Chemotherapy centre for poor. For the purpose, we are exploring the possibility of making available a ward at Indira Gandhi Rugnalaya of NMC,” said Hardikar. Another plan is to create a network of concrete roads in the city.

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Within a decade, India will become fastest growing economy: Dr Kelkar

India has great advantage of being youngest nation and hence our policies and priorities should be channelised to make it fastest growing economy and for that all institutions should make course-... Read More
India has great advantage of being youngest nation and hence our policies and priorities should be channelised to make it fastest growing economy and for that all institutions should make course-correction, stated noted economist Dr Vijay Kelkar while delivering Convocation Address. Highlighting the rapid progress made by the nation during last five decades, Dr Kelkar stated that his generation did not have access to gadgets but present generation was lucky to have access to technology. However, challenges are equally bigger and complex, he stated while cautioning to be ever ready to face them as world is changing at even faster pace. Hence, you will have to be in permanent learning mode as in the coming age the knowledge and technologies will become obsolete at a very rapid pace and you will have to continuously update or refresh your intellectual software, he advised. Predicting golden future for country and its present generation, Dr Kelkar, who chaired the Finance Commission and credited with many path-breaking economic reforms, also stated that India will be at par with China in terms of GDP in lifetime of this young generation. Our economy will be among the top two economics of the world and become a global powerhouse of innovation and technological progress. Students have now a golden opportunity to embark upon an exciting journey to conquer your dreams and thus help not just our country but the entire world to achieve brighter times, he stated.

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CM urges varsities to shun rigidity, help India realise its true potential

Giving a clarion call to institutions of higher learning to pay more attention towards quality and innovation by adopting fast-changing needs of the industries, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis u... Read More
Giving a clarion call to institutions of higher learning to pay more attention towards quality and innovation by adopting fast-changing needs of the industries, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged Universities to shun rigidity, improve structures and connect with young students using social media platforms to emerge as centres of excellence and to reap benefits of demographic dividend. At the same time, he cautioned the University administration and teachers not to take valuation, revaluation and examination related work lightly and asked them to digitise and institutionalise everything so as to ensure crediblity and certainty in examination process. Chief Minister was speaking during the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Friday at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall.

Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, Chairman of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy presided over the convocation. Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Acting Vice-Chancellor presided over the function.

Incidentally, Fadnavis as a meritorious law student had attended the convocation two decades ago and proudly received medal from then Chancellor and he recalled that golden moment amidst thunderous applause from the capacity audience.

Emphasising need to sharpen skills of youngsters, Chief Minister urged universities to have more inter-disciplinary approach and give freedom to students to choose subjects of their choices and dispense with orthodox mode.

Fadnavis said, “If a student wants to learn history, soil science, zoology and management at a time, why our system does not allow him or her to do so? The student has to take four separate degrees. If we allow students to make a choice, it will be a revolutionary step. The syllabus will become choice-based through which we can give choice to students and also can include subjects related to local issues. Say for example we can have syllabus as per the needs of MIHAN.”

Making it clear that the entry of private universities is inevitable, Fadnavis pointed out that competition helps in enhancing quality. RTMNU should take initiative in enhancing quality. Narrating his own experience about how university is working as far as social networking is concerned, CM said, “When I checked whether university has any account on social media, I found one, but unfortunately it was not operated after 2011. In fact through social medium university can provide examination timetable, date of results, admission cards to thousands of students within a second. These mediums should be used. This will also provide transparency.”

Expecting that university should become student-centric, Fadnavis said, “The expectations of the students are relatively minor. They want colleges to begin in time, results should be declared within the stipulated period. The students work hard for the whole year so if the valuation is done properly then they will get the flawless results. I think university can do this without any hitch.”

Dr Varsha Deshpande and Komal Thakare compered the programme.

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HC gives respite to Honey Singh

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted a major respite to rap singer Yo Yo Honey Singh by setting aside direction of the sessions court to remain present before the court in conne... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted a major respite to rap singer Yo Yo Honey Singh by setting aside direction of the sessions court to remain present before the court in connection with an offence registered with Panchpaoli police for obscene and sexually explicit songs.

However, if the investigation officer calls him, then the singer has been directed to attend Panchpaoli police station on March 2 and if he willing, then his voice sample can be recorded.

Justice S B Shukre while hearing appeal filed by Honey Singh against order dated January 15 sought to know from the prosecution about possible security arrangement, obstruction likely to be caused to working of other courts, disturbance to litigants and lawyers. Whether the city police are ready to control crowd, the High Court sought to know to which prosecution stated that they would be able to control the traffic.

The Court, after hearing, partly allowed the singer’s appeal against Session’s Court order directing him and his colleague Badshah Singh to attend the hearing for bail. He questioned the order and also reason of recording his voice sample while expressing willingness to co-operate with the machinery.

However, citing a Supreme Court judgement which is under consideration of a larger bench, he claimed that nobody can be forced to give voice sample.

As per earlier direction, Honey Singh had attended Panchpaoli police station on January 10 and his statement was recorded. Last month, the court had granted temporary respite to Honey Singh and had directed him not to leave India, not to influence any person acquainted with case, be available for investigation as and when required.

In another case, the prosecution submitted that Honey Singh and Badshah had submitted vague address.

Honey Singh had moved an application before the Sessions Court through his counsel Adv Atul Pande strongly denying any role in uploading any obscene songs on internet or youtube.

Panchpaoli police had registered offence against Honey Singh under sections 292, 293 of IPC and section 67 and 67(A) of the Information Technology Act on the basis of complaint filed by Anandpal Singh Gurnam Singh Jabbal. The complainant had alleged that Honey Singh was to sing obscene songs during his concert scheduled here on August 10, 2013.

Adv Atul Pande appeared for the rap star while Adv R S Renu represented the complainant.

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‘Deny licence to drivers with sleep disorders’

Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA), a body of sleep specialists, has asked Government to conduct a sleep test before issuing driving licence, and has strongly recommended to d... Read More
Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnea (IASSA), a body of sleep specialists, has asked Government to conduct a sleep test before issuing driving licence, and has strongly recommended to deny licence to those failing in the test. Such persons should not be allowed to drive any vehicle, opined Dr Seemab Sheikh, noted ENT Surgeon and founder President of IASSA. According to sleep experts, in most of the accident cases, lack of sleep of the drivers was prime reason of mishap. However, there is very little awareness about ill-effects of sleep deprivation. The association, in its detailed memorandum submitted to Union Surface Transport Ministry, has pointed out startling scientific facts about sleep and how drivers with sleep deficit are prone to mishaps. Out of 3.85 lakh serious accidents on Indian roads, as many as 1.01 lakh people die due to fault of drivers last year. Apart from stark threat to vehicle driver/rider and others due to sleep deficit, the IASSA has also decided to undertake massive public awareness campaign to caution people and even medicos about need to have proper and quality sleep so as to lead healthy life.

When a person starts snoring he or she feels that it is the sign of good sleep. This is misconception. In fact, this is a warning sign and can be Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), where the obstruction takes place at upper airway affecting larynx (voice box) and often leads to snoring and a stage known as oxygen de-saturation occurs where inhaling oxygen is affected. Naturally, during such a condition, every system of one’s body including heart and brain, is at risk, Dr Sheikh pointed out. Unless a person understands he/she is suffering from some disease, he/she will not go to a doctor. Secondly, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension can be a strong indication of OSA, IASSA President stated. And due to their genetical composition, males are more prone to sleep disorders than females.

OSA, a reason for break-ups

Because of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a person starts snoring, which often irritates the spouse. Apart from disturbed sleep, it leads to altercation and such a dispute often ends up in divorce petition before the family court. Secondly, if the person who suffers from OSA, does not reach doctor early he may develop heart and brain problems. Very often, he gets irritated on very small issues and both partners are at odds against leading to break-up.

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Seven-day PCR for serial killer

KALAMNA Police on Wednesday obtained seven-day remand of serial killer Rakesh Hari Hadge for his custodial interrogation till February 24. Involved in brutal killing of three men - two in Nandan... Read More
KALAMNA Police on Wednesday obtained seven-day remand of serial killer Rakesh Hari Hadge for his custodial interrogation till February 24. Involved in brutal killing of three men - two in Nandanvan area and one in Kalamna - with sharp-edged weapons, Rakesh Hadge (22) was produced before a JMFC Court by Senior Inspector (Kalamna) S M Bandiwar on Wednesday.

Seeking police custody remand (PCR) of accused Rakesh, Senior Inspector Bandiwar told the court that the police wanted to find out the motive behind the murder that took place near Baradwari Lake. Inspector Bandiwar also told the court that custodial interrogation of the accused was necessary to find out whether any other person was involved in the case.

Bandiwar informed the court that the weapon used by the accused for committing the heinous crimes was yet to be seized. Similarly, he stated that the clothes of the deceased removed by the accused were to be recovered.

After hearing the grounds cited by the prosecution and arguments of the defence, the court remanded accused Rakesh to seven-day police custody. However, the prosecution did not inform the court that accused Rakesh Hadge (22), a resident of Tulsi Nagar, was a psychopath for reasons best known to them. A former bar worker, Rakesh is suffering from mental disorder since long and had killed three men on three consecutive days with sharp-edged weapon. He first killed an unidentified man brutally in a roadside nullah near Tulsi Nagar in Nandanvan area. A day after the incident, he killed another youth barely about 200 metres from the spot near railway line behind Payal Bar & Restaurant on Bhandewadi Road in the same area. Next day, he killed another man near Baradwari Lake in Kalamna area but was nabbed by cops on suspicion as his shirt bore blood stains. After confirming Rakesh’s involvement in the barbaric acts, Kalamna Police arrested him on Wednesday. However, the identities of the deceased could not be established so far. The three bodies with more than hundred injuries were kept in the morgue of Mayo Hospital. Nandanvan Police would arrest accused Rakesh for his involvement in two murder cases after his PCR ends on February 24. A senior police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that all efforts were being made to establish the identity of the deceased persons. Photographs of the deceased persons were put up in several localities falling under the jurisdiction of Kalamna and Nandanvan Police Station areas, he added.

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I always tried to improve myself, says law topper Karishma

“Never give up, maintain consistency and be confident in what you do, this is the only way to succeed in life,” stated Karishma Bhushan Gavai who bagged 15 medals in LL B to be presented to h... Read More
“Never give up, maintain consistency and be confident in what you do, this is the only way to succeed in life,” stated Karishma Bhushan Gavai who bagged 15 medals in LL B to be presented to her during 101st Convocation ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on February.

According to Karishma, discipline is a key word to ensure consistency. She also followed discipline in her life which really helped her to perform well in examination and securing 15 medals in a row. “I never think to compete with any other student during academics, but I always believe to improve myself in every attempt,” Karishma added. She is pursuing for her Master in Law (LL M) in Criminology and simultaneously she is doing M.A. in Psychology from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Coming from the family of lawyers and being daughter of a sitting High Court judge, it was but natural for Karishma to complete her law education with flying colours. Her father, Justice Bhushan Gavai, is Senior Administrative Judge of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court and mother Rekha is a lecturer in Dr Ambedkar College.

Karishma after her law degree also did internship but has decided to become a law teachers instead of a lawyer. “I want to share the credit of my success with my mother who supported me a lot and whenever I need her she was always there to guide me. My parents never put pressure to perform well in examinations or any other competitions which also helped me to give my best in a relaxed mind set,” she added.

Karishma like to live social life, make friends and interact with more people in everyday life and off-course, read books, listen to music and watch movies.

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‘Focus on basics, regular study to excel in academics’

Focusing on basics, clear concepts and regular study helped Saniya Aziz Syed to pocket highest 16 medals in B.Sc in 101st Convocation Ceremony of RTM Nagpur University which is going to be held o... Read More
Focusing on basics, clear concepts and regular study helped Saniya Aziz Syed to pocket highest 16 medals in B.Sc in 101st Convocation Ceremony of RTM Nagpur University which is going to be held on Friday.

“Knowledge of basics in all subjects is most essential part of study which also helped me to reduce the burden during examination,” said Saniya to ‘The Hitavada’. Sania also advised her juniors to focus on basics and do hard work in academics to perform well in any examination.

Saniya is a student of Institute of Science and currently she is preparing for Civil Services examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and aspires to be emerge successful. She believes that any student can crack competitive examinations if they study hard and have clear concepts about all subjects.

Saniya also respects people of all ages, from the very young to the very old. During free time, she likes to visit orphanages and old age homes and spent time with senior citizens and small kids. Like every studious youngster, Saniya also likes to read books and listen music.

Saniya’s father Saiyad Ajaz is a farmer and mother Shenaz is a home maker. She has a younger brother who is preparing for HSC examination. “My father is role model for me because he worked hard to establish himself in a tough profession like agriculture. He always appreciates me for my performances and also encourage to work hard in any reverse situation,” Saniya added.

My mother sacrificed many things for me and my brother in life and is always ready to guide us to face every challenge, she explained. Saniya gave the credit of success to her parents and teachers who always guided her and also encouraged her to perform better.

RTMNU’s callous approach towards topper

This Malkapur based girl was unaware about number of medals she had secured and ‘The Hitavada’ informed her about her 16 medals on Wednesday. The episode has once again exposed the shocking apathy of RTMNU administration while dealing with a meritorious student with highest number of medals to her credit. Except dispatching a routine letter in most mechanical manner, the RTMNU administration did not pursue the matter and nobody took cognisance whether her consent letter was received or not and whether she was attending the convocation or not. Saniya said that the letter issued by RTMNU informing that she had topped in medals tally could not reach her. According to her the letter contains the information about her performance but she is unaware about number of medals. Saniya informed that she was not aware even about the date of Convocation ceremony and hence could not imagine the extent of her massive success.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis, Dr Kelkar to grace RTMNU’s 101st convocation

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Chairman of Finance Commission and will grace the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj ... Read More
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Padma Vibhushan Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Chairman of Finance Commission and will grace the 101st convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on February 20 at 10 am at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall.

As usual, girls have once again topped the medal tally. Saniya Aziz Syed of Institute of Science scored highest marks in B.Sc and has bagged highest 16 medals and awards. Karishma Bhushan Gavai (LL B five years) will be second topper with 15 medals while Priyanka Bhagyachandra Oswal (LL B three years) also from Dr Ambedkar College of Law will get 12 medals. Satish Mandhare from Yeshwant Mahavidyalaya in Wardha is the topper from arts faculty with eight medals and prizes followed by Neelam Bagde. Bhavana Paliwal would receive highest medals from commerce faculty while Charles Salve is topper from Social Sciences. In education faculty, Neeta Bhongade from SK Wankhede College has topped the tally while in engineering, Priyadarshini Chowdhury is the topper.

After bumper distribution of PhDs during last contribution, the number has been reduced to 166 this year. In 100th convocation, 998 students received Ph Ds. In earlier convocation also the number had crossed 500. The students who graduated in the year 2013 will get the degrees.

Controller of Examination Prashant Mohite said, “A total of 68,778 students will receive graduate and post graduate degrees. Total 174 students will receive special medals. The bifurcation of the medals is 302 gold, 41 Silver and 102 prizes.”

Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Vinayak Deshpande will preside over the function.

Those present during the press conference were Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Murlidhar Chandekar, Registrar Dr A V Gomashe, PRO Dr Shyam Dhond, Deputy Registrar Pradip Biniwale.

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‘Nagpur gets approval to annual plan of Rs 250 cr’

As against the Government ceiling of Rs 180.47 crore, Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has cleared annual plan of Nagpur district with an increase of Rs 70 crore. “The Finance... Read More
As against the Government ceiling of Rs 180.47 crore, Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has cleared annual plan of Nagpur district with an increase of Rs 70 crore. “The Finance and Planning Minister has given his nod to Nagpur district annual plan size of Rs 250 crore,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district. According to Bawankule, District Planning Committee (DPC) for Nagpur had moved proposals with additional demands. The DPC had moved various proposals including financial provision for Government Medical College (GMC) development, modernisation of GMC, priority to construction of primary health centres and sub-centres, construction of buildings of anganwadi and Zilla Parishad schools, farm mechanisation, tourism development, protection wall around public utility lands, public library in big Gram Panchayats etc.

Dr Rajiv Potdar, President of Nagpur (Rural) unit of Bharatiya Janata Party, felicitated Bawankule at Ravi Bhavan for getting approved a handsome increase of Rs 70 crore in annual plan size.

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Maharashtra to have CM’s Gram Sadak Yojana soon

Soon, Maharashtra Government will have its own scheme covering rural roads on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme, which is being referred to as ‘Mukhyamantri Gram... Read More
Soon, Maharashtra Government will have its own scheme covering rural roads on the lines of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). The scheme, which is being referred to as ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ or Chief Minister’s Rural Roads Scheme, will cover village roads and other district roads.

Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Planning Minister, disclosed this in a meeting held at Divisional Commissionerate here on Wednesday. The meeting was called to review draft annual plans of Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli districts in Nagpur Division. During separate discussions with Collectors of respective districts, Mungantiwar asked the officials of departments concerned to move proposals for rural roads under the proposed scheme.

After the meeting, Mungantiwar told the media that he had reviewed the draft plans of six districts and had made certain suggestions. As far as Nagpur district is concerned, he said, the ceiling on annual plan size was Rs 180.47 crore. As against this, the District Planning Committee (DPC) has proposed ‘additional’ demands of Rs 264.12 crore. “We have not finalised the annual plans discussed today. We will discuss the annual plans with Chief Minister and then finalise those,” said the Finance and Planning Minister. Among several new schemes, a special training institute/university may be started in Wardha district, he added. According to Mungantiwar, various Government colleges, medical colleges had to depend upon DPC for allocation of fund for developmental works and strengthening of infrastructure. “Often, fund availability through DPCs is inadequate for them. People from across Vidarbha region and adjoining states visit Nagpur, which is Second Capital of Maharashtra, for medical care as well as education. Considering this, we must think if separate fund could be made available to Government colleges and medical colleges in Nagpur,” he observed.

“The suggestion of Finance and Planning Minister regarding rural roads is significant. A huge chunk of annual plans of various districts is spent on works relating to rural roads. This leaves little money for other developmental works. With village roads and other district roads getting covered under proposed Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana, much of district plan fund could be saved. This saved fund could be utilised for district-specific initiatives,” said S J Dharmale, Deputy Commissioner (Planning). Talking to the media after the meeting Dharmale said that the State Government was mulling over its own Skill Development Scheme to provide training to youths in Maharashtra. This initiative also will save money spent on training through district plans. “Thus, more fund will be available for other developmental works under district plans,” he added.

Meanwhile, it is gathered that proposed ‘Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ will aim at providing all-weather roads in rural areas. Pankaja Munde, Rural Development Minister, had made a statement recently that her ministry had made a presentation in this regard before Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. Soon, a proposal may be placed before the State Cabinet for approval. The scheme may be implemented in three phases and cover villages with population of even 250 as those have not been covered under any other scheme.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Rajkumar Badole, Social Justice Minister; Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Finance and Planning; Ambarish Atram, Guardian Minister of Gadchiroli district; Ramdas Tadas, MP; Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohale, Sameer Kunawar, and other MLAs from different districts in Nagpur Division; Shobhatai Fadnavis, Rajendra Mulak, Nago Ganar, and other MLCs; Shrikant Singh, Principal Secretary (Planning); Praveen Pardeshi, In-charge Secretary of Chandrapur district; Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur; were present prominently in the meeting.

Abhishek Krishna, Nagpur Collector; Dr Amit Saini, Gondia Collector; N Naveen Sona, Wardha Collector; Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Chandrapur Collector; Ram Joshi, Resident Deputy Collector, Gadchiroli; Dr Madhavi Khode, Bhandara Collector, and other officers also were present in the meeting during discussions on respective districts.

Cong, NCP express displeasure over ‘lowly’ plan size of Nagpur

Expressing strong displeasure over allegedly ‘poor’ increase in annual plan size for Nagpur district, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders said that the plan size ‘approved’ should have been Rs 300 crore.

Former minister and Congress leader Dr Nitin Raut, former Minister of State and another senior Congress leader Rajendra Mulak, and former minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh said that BJP-Sena led State Government was heaping injustice upon Nagpur district in particular and Vidarbha region in general as was evident from ‘lowly’ plan size.

During Congress-led Government in State, Dr Raut stated in a release, annual plan size of Nagpur district increased from Rs 117 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 225 crore in 2013-14. However, BJP-led Government has now granted ‘lowly’ rise of Rs 25 crore, taking the plan size to Rs 250 crore only.

“This is sheer injustice considering that present-day Chief Minister and Finance Minister both are from Vidarbha,” stated Dr Raut and Anil Deshmukh. They pointed out that present-day Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had raised the demand of having separate planning committees for Nagpur (Rural) and Nagpur city. However, nothing has happened on that front, they added.

9 tehsils of Chanda district to regain ‘Naxal-affected’ status

IN another development, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar that nine tehsils in Chandrapur district would be included again in the list of ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. Previously, these nine tehsils of Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Pombhurna, Rajura, Jiwati, Korpana, Mul, Saoli, and Gondpipri were among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils of the State. However, these were dropped from the list vide a Government Resolution issued on December 26, 2014. Recently, Mungantiwar met Fadnavis, who also holds Home Department portfolio, in this regard. Mungantiwar apprised Fadnavis that these tehsils were tribal-dominated and sensitive, and hence needed to be kept among ‘Naxal-affected’ tehsils. In response, Fadnavis reportedly assured Mungantiwar that necessary correction would be made.

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HC admits PIL on unclaimed bodies in medical centres

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted to the public interest litigation for hearing in the ... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted to the public interest litigation for hearing in the matter related to the unidentified and unclaimed bodies that were left abandoned in different Medical Centers of the State. The division bench has given said order in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Gyan Prakash.

Earlier the Counsel for the State had prayed for four weeks’ time to file affidavit indicating the action taken and the policy framed by the State Government in the matter of grievance made by the petitioner in this Public Interest Litigation.

On April 3, 2014 the division bench had said in its order that the counsel for the State had submitted that the scheme has already been formulated. The same is pending for consideration with the Home Department and the General Administration Department. If more than one department is involved in the process of consideration of scheme, in the peculiar facts of this case, we deem it appropriate to direct the Chief Secretary to act as a Nodal Authority and take a joint meeting of both the departments under his Chairmanship to finalize the scheme expeditiously.

For, the finalisation of the said scheme that was pending since at least prior to “January, 2013”. This shall be done within three weeks from today and decision taken in the said joint meeting be communicated to the Court before the next date of hearing. Petitioner has brought to our notice that the respondents may have to amend MP Police Regulations to incorporate the intent of the proposed scheme. This aspect, we have no manner of doubt, will be considered by the Chief Secretary and the two departments involved in consideration of the scheme.

It is noticed that Ministry of Road Transport, Government of India has still not responded to the issue raised by the petitioner, in particular, regarding Pilot Projects on cashless treatment of road accident victims on National Highways. The primary obligation is that of National Highway Authority which is under Ministry of Road Transport. In the circumstances, the division bench had directed to the Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport, Government of India to file a response in that behalf before the next date of hearing.

On February 25, 2014, Shobha Menon, Senior Advocate appeared as amicus curiae and submitted before the court that as per the order dated on January 15, 2013, a scheme was to be formulated in accordance with the statutory provisions and ought to have been placed on record but in spite of lapse of more than one year, nothing has been placed on record. In reply to it, it is submitted by Samdarshi Tiwari, counsel for the State that the scheme has been formulated, which is in active consideration and prays further one month’s time to place the same on record. Considering the past history of the matter, in the interest of justice, we allow time to the State to do so, but by way of last opportunity.

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Ensure safety measures in hospitals: HC

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted the Public Interest Litigation challenging recent incid... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice R S Jha on Wednesday, has admitted the Public Interest Litigation challenging recent incident of fire broke out in the neo-natal ward of the District Hospital, Satna, seriously injuring ten new born babies.

In the previous hearing of the case on February 3, 2015, Dr S P Garg, Chief Medical & Health Officer, Satna appears in person and submitted before the court that reply-affidavit required to be filed by the State Government and some information from Home Department were awaited. As a result, further time may be required in that behalf. By way of indulgence, the division bench had deferred hearing till February 18, 2015. The division bench on January 21, 2015, in its order said ‘By way of indulgence and last opportunity, time granted to the respondents State to file reply on or before January 30, 2015, failing which the Officer, who was expected to file affidavit asked to remain personally present in the Court on the next date of hearing.

On October 10, 2014, The Director of Health and Family Welfare had still not furnished the status regarding action taken against the erring official, in spite of assurance given in that behalf on September 26, 2014. If that information was not filed on affidavit on or before October 16, 2014, the officer was directed to remain personally present before this Court.

The division bench has given said directions in the public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President, Nagrik Upbhokta Margadarshak Manch.

The petitioner contended that the recent fire broke our in the District Hospital, Satna in its Neo-Natal Ward, seriously injuring ten new born babies and one death case created panic in the minds of general public particularly the mothers, whose new born babies were admitted in the neo-natal care unit.

The aforesaid news spread in the electronic media and print media, and the general public after seeing the agony of the parents of the babies could visualise the trauma underwent by the parents due to lack of emergent facilities in the District Hospital, Satna. The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct the respondents to constitute a high power committee to monitor and inspect the State run Primary Health Centre and District Hospitals, Private Hospitals, periodically to ascertain the fixation of safety measures and protective devices. The petitioner also prayed before the court to direct the respondents to regular affixing safety devices compulsorily in specialised wards.

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Govt’s work paralysed as employees stage ‘total shutdown’

Working at all the government departments was abandoned during the strike ‘total shut down’ of more than 7,000 Government officers and employees in the district on Wednesday.

The total s... Read More
Working at all the government departments was abandoned during the strike ‘total shut down’ of more than 7,000 Government officers and employees in the district on Wednesday.

The total shut down was staged throughout the state following the campaign ‘Shashkiya Sevkon Ke Swabhiman Ki Abhivyakti’ under the banner of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh. Amidst the State-wide strike, all the essential services like medial, water supply, schools were continued during the total shut down for avoiding any inconvenience to common public.

During the strike, Additional Collectors, SDMs, Revenue Officers, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars, Patwaris, clerical staff and others were on mass leave to register their protest to press their demands before State Government.

District President of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh and Additional Collector, Chhotey Singh informed that the civil service officers and employees peacefully staged their protest as their freedom of expression and seeking attention of the State Government to take a serious note on increasing number of attacks on administrative officers and employees.

He said that following the busy working schedule and public dealings, government employees always failed in expressing their distress and tabling problems before the government. Strike was the only way to express their agony before the Madhya Pradesh government. He added that even after facing abusive and aggressive behaviour of public representatives and their supporters, government yet to take positive action for protection of civil employees. Now taking a serious note on increasing number of attacks on administrative officers and employees, they have unanimously decided for strongly expressing their woes before the government. Through the strike, members of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh pressed their demands for constitution of Madhya Pradesh Government Servant Protection Act, registering non bailable case against accused for misbehaving or attacking public servant, constitution of fast track court and providing compensation to the victims. In this regard, a delegation of officers and employees handed over a memorandum to district collector and appealed towards state government for fulfilling their demands on priority basis. The officers and employees of all the employees’ unions and associations representing Madhya Pradesh State Administrative Service, Gazetted Officers Association, State Employees Association, Tehsildar and Naib Tehsildar Association, Land Record Officers Association, Revenue Inspectors Association, Regional Revenue Officers, Patwari Association, Grade-III Government Employees Association, Municipal Corporation Employees Association, Ministry Employees Association, Steno Officer Association, Chief Executive Officers Association, Electricity Engineers Association, Medical Officers Association, Teachers Association and all the other government employees associations under the banner of Madhya Pradesh Civil Service Mahasangh peacefully staged a day long total shut down at government departments.

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India has lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries: Dr Promode Kant

“India has the lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries. It has only one fourth of the average carbon emission around the globe. Some of the major countries like Canada a... Read More
“India has the lowest per capita carbon emission amongst other big countries. It has only one fourth of the average carbon emission around the globe. Some of the major countries like Canada and Australia withdrew from Kyoto Protocol while European Union, Japan and America walked out from the protocol for failing in ratifying necessary measures to check carbon emission. Rapidly changing climatic conditions due to carbon emission is a matter of global concern for the existence of human habitat on earth. Once green house gas emit from any corner of earth it impact the global climate and habitation for next 200-years”, informed Dr Promode Kant, Director, Institute of Green Economy and Member, Asia Pacific Forest Polity Think Tank, FAO Regional Office, Bangkok. Dr Promode Kant was talking to ‘The Hitavada’ during his short visit to the city, on Wednesday. He informed that India is making preparations to participate in the forthcoming international climate conference ‘Paris Summit’ scheduled in the year end. It will be one of the most important events in modern human history to save the mankind from adverse effects of global climatic changes. More than 195 countries will gather at the summit to discuss and debate for protecting the earth from ill effects of climatic changes and making concrete polity for ensuring the contribution of developed and under developed countries in restraining carbon emission around the globe.“The Government of India is intended to tap potentials of green energy generation and making necessary policy changes. Thermal power generation is one of the major sources of carbon emission and the situation is more horrible with coal fired old patterned power stations. India is not the creator of technology and lagging behind in terms of adopting best technologies from other countries. Serious efforts should be made to take-up best technologies from other countries to curb carbon content in industries. He added that the Kyoto Protocol came to force in year 2005 for checking carbon emission in member countries but it was flopped due to walk-out by some developed countries. The protocol succeeded in understanding the tangible approach in terms of learning and preparing further course of action in deeper and broader way. Mentioning about Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Promode Kant (IFS retired) termed it a leader in forest and wildlife conservation. The state has a long history of achievements in starting several innovative programmes for forest and wildlife protection.

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Ryan International Head Madam Grace Pinto bags World Leadership Award

Ryan International Group of Institutions, India’s largest K-12 focused group with over 128 institutes had one more reason to celebrate, when Madam Grace Pinto, the Group Managing Director, was aw... Read More
Ryan International Group of Institutions, India’s largest K-12 focused group with over 128 institutes had one more reason to celebrate, when Madam Grace Pinto, the Group Managing Director, was awarded the World Women’s Leadership Award in Education for 2015.

The award was presented at a glittering ceremony at the World Women Leadership Congress and Awards held at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 14, 2015.

Over 30 women achievers across the globe were honored for their contributions in various areas including education, women’s empowerment, business, entrepreneurship and social work etc. Some of the other awardees included - Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhry, MP, Speaker, Bangaldesh Parliament, Ms Vrinda Menon, MD Ops Technology, Goldman Sachs, New York, Jennifer Karina, Chief Commissioner, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Kenya and Narmin Ismail, President & CEO, Spark of Hope Foundation, Canada. Speaking on the occasion, Madam Grace Pinto, Managing Director Rayan International Group of Institutions, said, “I thank Lord Jesus Christ for this recognition. We will continue to work to educate the downtrodden, the disadvantaged as well as provide affordable quality education to all sections of society.

We have been given a mission to educate the children of this world and we will continue to give our best to fulfil that mission. This award goes to my family who always supports me in all my endeavours and to my team of Principals, Teachers, students and specially our parents who are an integral part of our mission to educate.”

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District authorities fail to check root cause of swine flu

How disappointing is a fact that even after kicking out of dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness the practice of swine rearing and its flesh trade is on rise in the... Read More
How disappointing is a fact that even after kicking out of dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness the practice of swine rearing and its flesh trade is on rise in the city area.

Amidst the threat of swine flu and other contagious diseases, borne due to unhygienic conditions, concerned authorities are yet to take a serious note for checking its root cause in the district. Flesh trade of pig and his rearing at densely populated areas is showcasing the seriousness of district authorities and civic bodies in preventing the spread of contagious diseases. A large number of persons are regularly reported to be contagious diseases but civic authorities are failed in putting-up a check on preventing unhygienic condition in the city. Besides this, a fresh incident of death of a woman after being attacked by a swine is a perfect example of its menace in the city.

The civic authorities succeeded in throwing out the dairies from municipal limits in the name of hygiene and cleanliness but failed in turning back the flesh trade and pig rearing in the densely populated areas in the city.

Ironically, even after spread of contagious disease ‘Swine Flu’, swine are commonly seen at residential areas at heart centre of the city. What is more that the increasing density of swine at Veerangana Rani Durgawati Sports Complex Ranital, that is already surrounded with heaps of garbage and filthy pond, is vulnerable to outbreak amongst a large number of youngsters who are regularly practicing at the sports complex.

State Government and health department are regularly issuing public notices and circulars in its subordinating departments for prevention of contagious disease and appealing the public for being aware with its primary symptoms and taking necessary precautionary measures for immediate medication and checking its spread amongst other persons.

Contrary to the guidelines of health department and the state government, civic authorities seems unaware with the increasing menace of contagious diseases due to absence of necessary precautionary measures.

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Chief Minister chairs meeting of Unified Command

The Unified Command meeting held on Wednesday at Mahanadi Bhavan today deliberated upon several significant issues including eradication of Naxal problem, development works in affected distric... Read More
The Unified Command meeting held on Wednesday at Mahanadi Bhavan today deliberated upon several significant issues including eradication of Naxal problem, development works in affected districts and implementation of public welfare schemes. Construction of roads and bridges, and other infrastructural development works were also discussed in detail.

The meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh was attended by Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Security Advisor to Union Ministry of Home Affairs K Vijay Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N K Aswal, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) D S Misra, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister N Baijendra Kumar, Director General of CRPF Prakash Mishra, Director General of Police Amarnath Upadhyay, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Aman Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary PWD Amitabh Jain, Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Operations) R K Vij and senior officials of Air Force and BSNL.

During the meeting, it was informed that for improving telephone connectivity of naxal-affected areas, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has target of installing 146 mobile towers in the first phase.

In the current financial year 2014-15, around 80 towers will be erected by the month of March, out of which 40 will start operating soon after. By the month of June, 2015, 120 out of 146 mobile towers will be set up. Remaining 26 will be installed by the end of August month this year. In the second phase, BSNL has target of installing as many as 100 towers. Survey for 76 towers has already been completed. BSNL has been instructed to ensure availability of spare batteries for mobile towers, so that the used up batteries may be replaced by new ones immediately. Besides, BSNL has also been given instructions to keep batteries in reserve for towers located in Naxal-affected areas. BSNL has been ordered to provide proper training to local youths and police personnel for maintenance of these towers. It was also decided that additional deployment of security forces will be done at construction site of Dalli-Rajhara- Raoghat- Jagdalpur Project. Concerned officials have been instructed to complete construction of roads before time. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been instructed to provide additional security force for construction sites in Naxal-affected areas.

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88% youngsters suffering from TB

It is really a matter of concern that youngsters across Chhattisgarh formed the bulk of patients suffering from all kinds of tuberculosis including Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (Tb). T... Read More
It is really a matter of concern that youngsters across Chhattisgarh formed the bulk of patients suffering from all kinds of tuberculosis including Multi-Drug Resistant (MDR) Tuberculosis (Tb). This finding is extremely worrisome because young generations have, given their mobility and work schedules, a greater potential of spreading the infectious disease within other people of the community. According to the National Tuberculosis Programme of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, total 20,065 cases of tuberculosis were reported at various parts of the Chhattisgarh during 2014 including 750 of MDR Tuberculosis. Out of them 17660 patients who accounted of total 88% cases in the state were in the age group of 15 to 35 years. That means on an average, 8 amongst 10 patients of Tb in the state are of younger section. Similarly in 750 cases of MDR Tb disease too, 91% patients (682) were of younger generation below the age group of 35 years. It may be mentioned that tuberculosis kills two people across Chhattisgarh in every 10 minutes and the shocking factor is that a single Tb patient of any area (rural as well as urban part) can infect 15 other people of his surroundings within a year unless given the right medication and full treatment process. The major problem amongst Tb patients of the state is that owing to social stigma and other reasons, most of the patients could do complete their treatment of six months and skip it midway. Because of it, infection of Tb spread in all parts of the body and infect other ones of the affected patient’s surrounding areas consist of friends, relatives, neighbours and office colleagues. Because of it more and number of youngsters in the state come in contact of this infection.

The emergence of Tb strains that are resistant to known medicines has emerged as one of the biggest public health challenges in recent times. Dr. VS Meshram, one of the senior medical officials of TB in Chhattisgarh Health Services said that maximum 38% Tb patients in all parts of the state were in the age group of 15 to 25 years followed 30% patients were in the age group of 25 to 35 years. Apart from it many patients in the age group of 10 to 15 years have also been affected by the infection of Tb.

The shocking part is that majority of the young Tb patients were not rightly diagnosed and take inappropriate medicines which fuelling the spread of drug resistant organisms in the body as well as community.

Maximum cases of young Tb patients were recorded in capital Raipur district followed by Durg district, Sarguja district, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur and Raigarh. The interesting part is that in spite of poor medical system, all districts of Bastar region recorded less number of young Tb patients during last 5 years. Owing to the lack of medical facilities, affected Tb patients of these districts do not get the proper medical treatment as well as drugs of the disease and take the service of quacks and others for getting cure from the disease. ‘It is really a disappointing factor that most of the Tb patients do not get the mandatory drugs of the disease and because of it their condition becomes worst with each passing day. More than 40% patients in the pre-XDR stage’ stated one senior medical officer of the state. The pre-XDR is a stage between MDR Tb and XDR-Tb where the patient is resistant to two drugs as well as some antibiotics.

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PM Modi to felicitate two progressive farmers of State today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will felicitate two progressive farmers of Chhattisgarh - Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar and Hemkumari Sahu with Kendriya ‘Krishi Karman Award’ at Sri Ganganagar in Rajas... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will felicitate two progressive farmers of Chhattisgarh - Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar and Hemkumari Sahu with Kendriya ‘Krishi Karman Award’ at Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan on Thursday.

They will be given a cash award of Rs two lakh each along with a commendation certificate. The Chhattisgarh Government will receive a cash award of Rs 2 crore for record production of rice in the year 2013-14 and bagging the ‘Rashtriya Krishi Karman’ Award. Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has invited Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and State Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal for the ceremony. The State has bagged the Krishi Karman Award for the third time in last four years for rice production. Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar is a resident of village Barewa, Pandaria Development Block in Kawarda district while Hemkumari Sahu is a resident of village Pahuwara in Durg district. The two farmers adopted modern techniques and increased the rice output by record margins. Dr.Raman Singh congratulated the farmers for their outstanding achievement. This will be an encouragement for other farmers of the State. Prabhat Kumar Chandrakar, a B.Com graduate, started organic farming in the year 1991 on a nine-acre land. He rose rapidly from 2007. He produced 28 quintal paddy on an acre in the initial stages. He produced 95.84 quintal per hectare and became an inspiration for other farmers. He won several Chhattisgarh State-level awards. Hemkumari Sahu hails from a small farmer’s family. Her land is about 4.80 hectare. Her initial production was 15 quintal per acre and now it is 30 quintal per acre. She formed Bamini Mahila group with 11 farmers and encouraged them for organic farming. She was selected as Best Farmer by the State Agriculture Department in the year 2013-14 under Atma Yojana and was presented cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a commendation certificate.

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Prime issues remain unresolved even after three tenures of OA of BSP executive bodies

PRIME issues remained unresolved even after three tenures of Officers’ Association (OA), the representative body of Bhilai Steel Plant executive bodies passed away. The recent developments of... Read More
PRIME issues remained unresolved even after three tenures of Officers’ Association (OA), the representative body of Bhilai Steel Plant executive bodies passed away. The recent developments of closure of Incentive Scheme, PRP recovery and HRA recovery has triggered resentment among executives who toil hard in the work areas of Bhilai Steel Plant. While, regretting the unprecedented delay, OA BSP and SEFI (Steel Executive Federation of India) office bearers asserted that the issues were pursued actively at OA and SEFI levels but the delay persisted owing to reluctance at higher management and ministry levels.

The long persisting delay in fulfillment of major demands including Entry Level Scale, Notional Seniority and Pension Scheme is leading to disillusionment among the executives in BSP regarding towards OA which they consider is meant to safeguard their interests. Besides, it also led to evident frustration among OA and SEFI as the issues are unresolved even after being pursued actively and putting in dedicated efforts.

Talking to the newspaper, K D Prasad, Vice Chairman, SEFI and President OA, BSP, maintained that the issues were well pursued at OA and SEFI levels but they could not be resolved owing to lack of willingness at the top management and ministry levels.

He also regretted that the HRA recovery, closure of incentive scheme and PRP recovery brought in during the recent past as had a discouraging impact on performance. K K Yadav, General Secretary, OA asserted that the issue entry level scale was put up with SAIL board and that it might be resolved in near future. He also asserted that the pension scheme issue was also being pursued at 0SAIL level and that the SEFI had already moved court over EL/HPL encashment issues.

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17 officers suspended, two contractual employees terminated in Civil Supplies Corp

On the instructions of Chhattisgarh Chief minister Dr Raman Singh, Brajesh Mishra, IAS who has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation has initiate... Read More
On the instructions of Chhattisgarh Chief minister Dr Raman Singh, Brajesh Mishra, IAS who has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Chhattisgarh Civil Supplies Corporation has initiated departmental action against 19 employees of the Corporation. Mishra has been made MD after Anil Tuteja was removed as MD in a reshuffle by the state government. Immediately after taking over his charge the new Managing Director has cracked the whip on some of the corrupt officials of the civil supplies corporation and suspended 17 officers and terminated two contractual employees on charges of departmental irregularities. The chief minister has directed all government departments for maintaining zero tolerance against corruption.

The civil supplies corporation was in the news after the Anti Corruption Bureau raided the office and residences of senior officers of the Corporation and confiscated cash and other documents which linked the authorities’ involvement in gross irregularities. After the ACB raid and subsequent arrest of some of the senior officials of the department, the government acted tough and removed the MD Civil Supplies corporation.

Although the investigation is on but sources are of the view that the scam must be to the tune of several crores of rupees and would emerge as one of the biggest scam so far unearthed in the state so far by the ACB.

Of the 17 officers suspended by Mishra, four officers are of the rank of Manager and the two terminated officers are Quality Inspectors.

The suspended officials are Shivshanker Bhatt, Manager and PDS Incharge, Girish Sharma, Dy Manager, Sandeep Agrawal, Company Secretary, G K Dewangan, Accounts officer, Sudhir Kumar Bhole, Assistant Accounts officer, S K Chandrakar, Senior Assistant, Jeetram Yadav, Senior Assistant and Arvind Dhruv, Stenographer.

Besides two technical Assistant managers appointed to the corporation headquarters on contract basis R P Pathak and Devendra Singh Khushwaha have been suspended. Both were appointed on May 2014 for a period of one year. The ACB had seized 1.62 ceores from the office of Bhatt during the raid and he was attached to the district office Durg, Sandeep Agrawal has also been attached to Durg office and Girish Sharma from whom the ACB seized 20 lakhs in cash has been attached to the district office Raipur. D P Tiwari, Asst Manager in Balod, TD Harchandani Asst Manager in Dhamtari, KK Yadu, Asst Manager in Bilaspur G K Dewangan Accounts Officer Raipur, R N Singh, Asst Manager in Surajpur, Sudhir Kumar Bhole, Assistant Accounts Officer, S K Chandrakar, Jeetram Yadav, Senior Assistants, Vishal Sinha, Junior technical Assistant Surajpur, Alok Chandravanshi, Junior technical Assistant, Durg, Satish Kumar Kaivalya, Junior technical Assistant, Jagdalpur, Kshir Sagar Patel, Junior technical Assistant, Raigarh, Hardeep Singh Bhatia, Junior technical Assistant, Dhamtari and Harish Soni, Junior technical Assistant, Kanker have been suspended.

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42.74% schools of C’garh still struggling to get power connection

On one hand school education department of Chhattisgarh are doing lots of efforts and programmes in improving of school education but on the other hand majority of schools are still struggling to... Read More
On one hand school education department of Chhattisgarh are doing lots of efforts and programmes in improving of school education but on the other hand majority of schools are still struggling to get basic amenities especially of power connections.

Currently only 57.26% schools of all types across Chhattisgarh have electricity connections and still 42.74% schools of the state are waiting to get power connection.

The current school report of District Information System for Education for 2014 states that out of 56430 schools (primary, upper primary and secondary) in the state, 24152 do not have access to electricity.

The list included schools which are situated in the urban limits of Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Korba and Janjgir-Champa. The condition is worst in rural areas where out of the 50356 schools, 28200 schools which accounted of 56% have no electricity connection for last so many years.

The shocking factor is that Chhattisgarh is considered a surplus state in power owing to the production of excessive power supply and delivers to five other states consist of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa but still here majority of the schools are still waiting for power connection and due to the absence of power supply, computer educations and other modern education have not been introduced in these educational institutions so far.

Amongst all schools of the state, most sufferer ones are primary schools as 17981 out of 35325 schools in the state which accounted of 51% do not have electricity connection.

As compared to primary schools, conditions of upper primary schools at the state is little better as 48% ones have no electricity connection (5982 out of 12682 schools are currently functioning without electricity). In Secondary schools conditions is worst as 43% schools are still struggling to get electric connection.

Out of all districts of the state, the conditions were particularly worse in the districts of Bastar region (Bastar, Dantewada, Kondagaon, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur and Kanker) as 59% schools of these districts have no electricity followed by 43% schools without electricity in districts of Sarjguja region (Sarguja, Jashpur, Balrampur, Surajpur and Koriya districts) and 38% schools without power in districts of Bilaspur region. Only in districts of Raipur and Durg division, condition is little better as here only 21% and 19% schools have no electricity connection. The disturbing factor is that owing to the absence of electricity in many secondary schools, students of high school and higher secondary classes are facing problems because without power they are helpless to do computer projects as well as some projects of Physics and Chemistry.

‘On one hand Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education introduces various schemes like CBSE for its students but on the other hand failed to provide basic facilities to them. Without these facilities how students will compete with their counterparts of CBSE and other state boards in different scales of education’ said Gautam Banerjee, School Educationist and State Coordinator of Right to Education (RTE) Act in Chhattisgarh.

‘We are trying our best to improve the quality of school education in the state and for it the department has already taken many initiatives’ stated one senior officer of Chhattisgarh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

On the other hand, Kedar Kashyap, State Minister of School Education remained unavailable for comment.

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CM hits back: Urges SIT to probe Digvijay’s misleading plaint immediately

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the Special Investigation Team (SIT), to immediately investigate the misleading complaint by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh regarding exams of c... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan urged the Special Investigation Team (SIT), to immediately investigate the misleading complaint by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh regarding exams of contractual school teacher-2, contractual school teacher-3 and assistant grade-3 conducted by Professional Exam Board. The Chief Minister has written a letter to SIT chief for this. In the letter, the Chief Minister has urged for immediate investigation about the complaint filed by Digvijay Singh wherein he has raised questions about investigation into his complaint regarding exams of contractual school teacher-2 and 3 and assistant grade-3 conducted by Professional Exam Board and also presented an unauthorised excel sheet in which, he has claimed, “CM” has been written at 47 places. He said that immediate investigation into this misleading complaint will apprise the people of the reality. Earlier on Monday, Digvijay Singh had presented documents before the SIT alleging that Chouhan’s name was replaced by Raj Bhawan and Uma Bharati’s name in excel sheet. Digvijay was flanked by two top lawyers of the country including KTS Tulsi and Vivek Tankha, who had explained about name replacing process.

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Cold and cough patients to be treated as swine flu patients

Now, the doctors in private and Government hospitals will not return all those cough and cold patients approach to the hospitals with swine flu symptoms. The doctors categorising such patients as... Read More
Now, the doctors in private and Government hospitals will not return all those cough and cold patients approach to the hospitals with swine flu symptoms. The doctors categorising such patients as ‘A’ category patients returned by giving simply cold and cough drugs and later these patients converted to “B” and “C” category. On Wednesday, district health authorities given training to 281 doctors, 241 from private hospitals and nursing homes and 40 from different Government hospitals. The doctors told how to identify the swine flu suspected patients and when the swine-flu illness treatment should be started. At present, the doctors do not start swine flu treatment till the patients will not be of the “B ”category. The doctors were told that when the swine flu suspected patient approach them they start treatment of swine flu not the cold and cough. It will reduce the swine flu patients and even reduce the death figure. The training has been started at all the districts. The doctors are failed to guess the level of swine-flu among the “A” category patients and return them with just simple cold and cough drugs, it does not work and they are become serious swine-flu patients. Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO). said 281 Government and private doctors were imparted training how to diagnose swine flu. Now they will not return any ‘A’ category patients with cold and cough drugs, they have been asked to start swine-flu treatment of the patients for the first day, she said. The CMHO said that the training to the doctors of private and Government hospitals will be continued in coming days to control the swine flu.

City detects 11 more swine flu patients

There is no let up in swine flu despite warming days, more than 300 to 400 patients with cold and cough reach to the Government and private hospitals to get them examined for swine flu. On Wednesday, 60 samples of swine flu suspects, 30 to Gwalior and 30 to Jabalpur virology labs were sent for testing. While 11 of 42 samples sent on Tuesday to Gwalior and Jabalpur lab were tested positive. In Hamidia Hospital, many patients are on oxygen. Dr D K Pal, Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, said five samples of swine flu suspects were taken and sent to lab. Seven patients are on oxygen while one is on ventilator. Total 50 swine flu suspects reached hospital for treatment. According to him there was no death of any swine flu patient in Hamidia Hospital on Wednesday. Dr Anil Shukla, Civil Surgeon, JP Hospital, said six swine flu patients are admitted, of them two are serious. The doctors took samples of 11 swine flu suspected patients. Many patients with cough and cold had reached to the hospital to get them examined and treatment of the swine flu. Senior in JP Hospital said the delay in proper swine flu treatment to the patients increasing death toll of the swine flu. The swine flu patients should be started from the first day to save the lives of the patients with swine flu symptoms.

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‘Japanese companies keen on major investments in MP’

There are about 102 Japanese companies in Madhya Pradesh which is facilitating directly or indirectly for economic development in different sectors. One of the giant ventures is the present proje... Read More
There are about 102 Japanese companies in Madhya Pradesh which is facilitating directly or indirectly for economic development in different sectors. One of the giant ventures is the present project undertaken by JICA (Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) under the name Madhya Pradesh Transmission System worth 18,475 millions JPY (Japanese Yen) investment. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Shinchi Murata, Vice Consul Consulate General of Japan, said that they are keen to explore more business opportunities in the State basically relating with infrastructure development. Around 11 projects funded by Japanese organisations are there in the State which are working for development of communities in Sheopur, Betul, Hoshangabad, Chhindwara and marginalised sector in Jhabua district. He said that the purpose of the visit is mainly to chalk out strategy to further enhance the business investment in the State. This is basically the second visit of Consul General of Japan in India, Yoshiaki Ito in Madhya Pradesh. Compared to Maharashtra and Gujarat where Japanese companies establishment comes to 600 and 200 respectively, the figures in Madhya Pradesh is way behind. This is one of the main reasons because of which Japanese companies are keen in investment in the State as it has got potential of rich biodiversity, he added. The Japanese companies are also eager to understand the infrastructure of the State basically to enhance the better road and rail connectivity within. After Modi’s visit to Japan last year the bilateral ties have got further boost and like in Gujarat the focus is also on improving the Indo-Japanese relationship by establishment of technology or study centre in the region .When it comes to social welfare activities the Grant Assistance of Grassroots Project (GGP), Consulate- General of Japan in Mumbai is working for equipping oxygen generator in Betul involving around 114,984 US $ investment at present.

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YC stages massive demos on VYAPAM, other issues

Youth Congress workers were cane charged when they staged a massive demonstration on VYAPAM and other issues and tried to march towards Assembly from Lilly Talkies square on Wednesday. State Pres... Read More
Youth Congress workers were cane charged when they staged a massive demonstration on VYAPAM and other issues and tried to march towards Assembly from Lilly Talkies square on Wednesday. State President of Youth Congress Kunal Chaudhary was injured in the incident. According to declared programme, Youth Congress workers, supported by State Congress President Arun Yadav and some other Congress leaders, including P C Sharma and Jeetu Patwari, gathered at Lilly Talkies square to protest against VYAPAM issue, urea crisis, power problem and law and order issue. Earlier, demonstration led by Youth Congress National President Amrinder Singh Barar, was peaceful but things started to boil when Youth Congress workers tried to scale the barricades put up by police and started to move towards Assembly. In starting, police used water canon to disperse the Youth Congress workers. However, Youth Congress workers braved the water canons and tried to stuck to the ground. When things started to go out of hand, police resorted to use the force to control the law and order situation. In the use of force by police, several demonstrators were injured, including Kunal Chaudhary, P C Sharma etc. Later on arrests were made.

Poster against Sonia, others catches attention

A poster caught the attention of everyone during the demonstration. Actually, this poster carried slogans against Congress National President Sonia Gandhi and others, including Rahul Gandhi, Suresh Pachauri and Arun Yadav. No one knows who put up the poster. Congress said it is handiwork of BJP.

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BJP with CM; Congress trying to save accused: Shasrabuddhe

Bharatiya Janata Party State incharge Vinay Shasrabuddhe and BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan came down heavily on Congress for raking up VYAPAM issue and claimed that party is with Ch... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State incharge Vinay Shasrabuddhe and BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan came down heavily on Congress for raking up VYAPAM issue and claimed that party is with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. They alleged that by raising issue again, Congress is trying to save accused in the scam.

Addressing the press conference, Shasrabuddhe said Congress is running an expedition to misguide the people. Saying that Congress will not succeed in politicising the judicial process, he added that even Supreme Court had posed faith on investigation going under the guidance of SIT in VYAPAM scam.

Taking on Congress leaders including Digvijay Singh for attacking Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in VYAPAM scam, he said “If they were serious then they have told things in court,”. He alleged that Congress lack unity and is divided in groups. By picking up the issue once again, it is desperately trying to show its unity. Praising Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for writing letter to SIT to include the points raised by Congress in investigation, he said that here is the CM who himself got case probed. In the meantime, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that there is nothing new in the evidences produced by Digvijay Singh two days back. He claimed that with same evidence, Digvijay Singh had gone to High Court and later to Supreme Court but his petitions were rejected. He also took on Digvijay Singh’s lawyers Vivek Tankha and KTS Tulsi and said that their participation in press conference of Congress was against the code of conduct. Congress is talking about hard disc and excel sheet and CM himself had written letter to SIT to include them in investigation and thus set example of transparency. He accused Congress of picking up same issue repeatedly. State BJP incharge Dr Vinay Shasrabuddhe said that membership drive of party is satisfactory and so far members between 50 and 55 lakh have been made. He hoped that party would be able to achieve the target of 1.25 crore to 1.50 crore.

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Opposition boycotts Governor’s address

Budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday. As anticipated, Opposition boycotted the address of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav by staging walk out. Opposition also... Read More
Budget session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly began on a stormy note on Wednesday. As anticipated, Opposition boycotted the address of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav by staging walk out. Opposition also levelled allegations against Governor in the wake of multilayered VYAPAM scam. No sooner did Governor Ram Naresh Yadav started to read his speech, Opposition created noisy scene by hurling allegations on him in VYAPAM scam. Later, entire Opposition staged a walk out. Ruling party censured the act of Opposition in strong words. In the meantime, Governor cut short his address and read only a few lines of his speech. Afterwards, he left the house. Later, assembly was adjourned till Thursday. Earlier, Assembly proceeding started with the national anthem and then house waited for the arrival of Governor. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan received him. When Governor arrived, Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said owing to health reasons, Governor would read only first and last paragraph of his speech and entire speech would be considered as read.

Congress MLAs demand CM, Governor’s resignations

After staging walk out, Congress MLAs raised slogans against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor Ramnaresh Yadav. They demanded resignations from both of them in the light of VYAPAM scam. Sundarlal Tiwari alleged that it is now clear that CM and Governor are involved in the scam and they should tender their resignations. Reacting on Opposition’s behaviour, Home Minister Babulal Gaur said to media that Opposition’s attitude was unfortunate and such act is also against the set traditions of constitution. What is more unfortunate that senior Congress MLAs, including Dr Govind Singh and Arif Aqueel, have not stood when Governor arrived in the house. “I am in politics since 40 years but never seen such thing. If they wanted to say then they could have told afterwards,” he added. Senior Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said Shivraj Singh Chouhan is going to stay.

Opposition to focus only on CM

Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare said that it would be now Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Government which would be on focus of Opposition. Now there would be no clamour over resignation of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’ Katare said as far issue related to resignation of Governor is concerned, Opposition has left that issue on the morality of Governor. However, on Thursday, Opposition would allow question hour to go smoothly in house. He added that CM is going to be on target of opposition which would press him for resignation and if he does not resign then at least he should hand over probe to CBI in VYAPAM scam. Clearing his stand to stage walk out during Governor’s speech, he said had we have not opposed the speech of Governor then how we could have been able to seek the resignation of CM as name of Governor house also surfaced in the same case. He alleged that it is Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who tampered with the documents.

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NMC team seizes 31 open plots over tax default

The officials of Dharampeth Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) seized 31 open plots of Akanshi Co-operative Housing Society Limited, Dabha, to recover property tax dues.

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The officials of Dharampeth Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) seized 31 open plots of Akanshi Co-operative Housing Society Limited, Dabha, to recover property tax dues.

According to official press release, if the plot-owners fail to pay property tax at the earliest, the plots will be sold out through auction. The open plots have a total tax dues of Rs 14,06,810. The minimum tax dues are of Rs 22,476 and maximum are of Rs 2,69,217.

The action of seizing the plots was taken by a team of NMC Dharampeth Zone under the guidance of Rajesh Karade, Assistant Commissioner. The team comprised K R Mishra, Assistant Tax Assessor; Bhalavi, Nimgade, Shinde.

Similar action will be taken against plot-owners in various other co-operative housing societies if they fail to clear the property tax duesm, informs a release issued by Karade. Some of these societies include those of Government Press employees, employees of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Income Tax Department staffers, Land Record Department empoyees etc, adds the press release.

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Make Hindi a language of Science, IT: Fadnavis

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday gave a clarion call to make Hindi a language of science and information technology and create massive knowledge base in Hindi to further improve i... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday gave a clarion call to make Hindi a language of science and information technology and create massive knowledge base in Hindi to further improve its reach and make it language of modern knowledge. He described Hindi as one of the most popular and rich language and described it as symbol of national unity.

Fadnavis was delivering inaugural speech at 25th Akhil Bharatiya Rashtrabhasha Prachar Sammelan of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha on Sunday. Dr Suryaprakash Dixit, noted thinker and critic, chaired the programme. Banwarilal Purohit, former MP and Managing Editor of 'The Hitavada', was the guest of honour. Ramdas Tadas, Member of Parliament, Wardha, Dr Pankaj Bhoyar, MLA, Dr Anantaram Tripathi, Pradhan Mantri of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, Suryaprakash Chaudhari, President of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha and Dr Hemachandra Vaidya, Prachar Mantri of the Samiti, were seated on the dais.

The chief minister further stated that Hindi has occupied unique place in literature and culture globally without intruding upon any other language and time has come to conduct more research and create literature in Hindi to provide knowledge of Hindi to youngsters.

Fadnavis also assured that State Government would extend its support for organising Vishwa Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in Nagpur (which is proposed in this Sammelan) in association with Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha.

CM received great applause from the gathering when he said, “Prof Anantaram Tripathi is Pradhan Mantri (PM) of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti and I'm Chief Minister (CM). CM should obey the words of PM”. The efforts of Samiti for providing education to students from North-East states are laudable, observed Fadnavis. He concluded his mesmerising speech with the popular quotes of the renowned freedom fighter Ramprasad Bismil.

Banwarilal Purohit,President of Vidarbha Hindi Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Nagpur in his speech stressed on the need of individual efforts for making Hindi as Rashtrabhasha. The initiation of Rashrabhasha Prachar Samiti in preaching and spreading Hindi in Southern states is remarkable and everyone should adopt the language without hesitation.

“Nearly 65,000 students appeared for the Hindi exam in Vidarbha and 15,000 Pracharaks are doing their service for the spreading Hindi in the country,” informed Purohit.

The former MP also pointed out that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are Hindi lovers. The affection towards Hindi brought the CM to Wardha for Sammelan despite his busy schedule. He also mentioned that the first Vishwa Hindi Sammelan was held in Nagpur in 1975 and urged the CM to extend his support for organising the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan in Nagpur.

Dr Dixit also guided the gathering. At the outset, the dignitaries garlanded the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and lit the traditional lamp. The students from North-East states recited welcome song.

Dr Suryaprakash Dixit, Dr Chittaranjan Mishra, Vice-Chancellor of MGIHU, Wardha, Dr Mohankant Gautam, Director of European Vishwa Vidyalaya, Netherland, Dr Damodar Khadse, Executive President of Maharashtra Rajya Hindi Sahitya Academy, Mumbai, Dr Ram Arulad Chaudhari, former HoD of Hindi, Kolkata International University, Kolkata, Dr Mafatlal Patel from Ahmedabad, Dr Shankarlal Purohit and Dr Devraj from MGIHU, Wardha, were honoured at the hands of Chief Minister.

Kishor Waswani conducted the proceedings whereas Dr Hemachandra Vaidya proposed a vote of thanks. Naveen Sona, District Collector, Anil Paraskar, District Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Meena, Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, Wardha, Vaibhav Nawadkar, SDO, Sanjay Bhagwat, Additional Collector, Milind Bhende, Chairman of Education Committee, Zilla Parishad, Wardha, Dr Shirish Gode, District Chief of BJP and Madhav Kotasthane were present on the occasion.

The Sammelan was well attended by representatives from various countries who are working for the propagation of language among local people.

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Unidentified man’s body with 110 wounds found in Nandanvan

Unidentified persons brutally murdered a 30-year-old man in Nandanvan area. The cops are puzzled as the deceased had about 110 injuries on the body. The incident came to light on Sunday morning w... Read More
Unidentified persons brutally murdered a 30-year-old man in Nandanvan area. The cops are puzzled as the deceased had about 110 injuries on the body. The incident came to light on Sunday morning when passers-by noticed the body by roadside nullah near Tulsi Nagar. Cops are groping in dark and are yet to ascertain the identity of the deceased.

According to information, the police station received a call about the body lying in a nullah, at 8 am. Staff of the police station arrived at the spot and sent the body for autopsy. The primary report from doctors revealed that the deceased had about 110 wounds.

Cops said, they noticed stab injuries on face, neck, thigh and chest of the deceased. “Someone has stabbed the man with sharp-edged weapon,” said one of the police officers.

Prima facie, the case hints at involvement of more than one person and the murder may be a fall out of rivalry between the deceased and the killers.

Nandanvan police have relayed information to all police stations and started going through missing reports across the city. This is the only way to get a lead in the case as cops are clueless even about identity of the deceased.

On the basis of complaint by Rajesh Haribhau Kubde (36), a resident of Suraj Nagar, Bhandewadi, police have registered the case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons.

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Registration for RTE on-line admission to begin today

The registration of schools for admissions to be done under Right to Education Act (RTE) will begin on Monday. School Education Department has directed schools to strictly use their UDISE number ... Read More
The registration of schools for admissions to be done under Right to Education Act (RTE) will begin on Monday. School Education Department has directed schools to strictly use their UDISE number and password already received for on-line registration. On-line 25% admissions are mandatory for all schools affiliated to any board. Schools can register on website www.rte25admission.maharashtra.gov.in

The period of registration is from February 16 to 21. To remove any ambiguity about distance of School and that of applicant, all schools have already been asked to complete mapping and officials at every district have been briefed to help schools, in case of any difficulty. Maharashtra government will use Google Maps to ensure that students are allocated schools close to their homes, in the on-line admissions to seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. Trained officials from Education department will independently review the locations filled in by schools and parents in on-line applications, to make sure that they are accurately mapped. This safeguard has been introduced this year since last year several students were allocated schools far away from their homes.

More than 50,000 applicants are expected to take benefit of this system to grab the free seats in premier educational institutions. 25% of the sanctioned intake of every school is to be filled under RTE in which first priority is given to a student from low income group living within a 3 km vicinity of a school or a backward class student but living within close vicinity are eligible for admission under RTE. While interacting with the school authorities, department directed schools to set up support centre, prepare banner of support centre. Schools are expected to have computers, scanner and internet service for filing on-line form of parents.

There should be admission committee headed by Head Master. The committee will have parents representative from school, one representative of management committee and one nominee of education officer as other members. The role of admission committee will to be monitor process at school level.

The process of school registration will be held in Nagpur and Amravati districts from February 16 to 21 and the applications will be accepted from February 23 to March 7.

Shahid Sharif, Chairman of RTE Action Committee said, “Unfortunately authorities are not clear on the admissions of the students of divorcee and those who are staying with their grand-parents. Some solution must be devised to take care of such students.”

Sharif said, “There are 2,500 seats in rural area and 5,500 seats in urban area under RTE. We have established our help centres at four places. One is behind Bhide girls school, another is at Civil Lines behind the office of GNIET, third one is at the office of GNIET at Mangalwari, Sadar, fourth is at Mohan Nagar Manav Seva Kendra and fifth is at Al Ameen School, Zafar Nagar. The counseling will be done between 12 noon and 5 pm. We have one helpline number- 8796121213 where people can call and we will counsel them.”

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Work pressure taking toll of men in Khaki

This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance be... Read More
This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance between professional and personal life.

There has been sharp rise in number of unnatural casualties in police force which needs to be taken seriously. In Nagpur City alone, 28 police personnel have lost their lives in 2014. Notable reasons for the deaths were suicide, road accidents and health problems. More shocking is the fact that 50% of deaths, in the current year, were reported from the jurisdiction of Nagpur Police Commissionerate as compared to 18 deaths in 2011.

Police personnel who are trained to maintain the law and order, have a tough time handling their personal lives.

As per the information available with ‘The Hitavada’, rise in suicidal tendency among the police personnel is a cause of utmost concern. Four policemen committed suicide in 2014. In years 2011 and 2012, only one suicide case each was reported. The figure doubled in year 2013, while the cases increased further in 2014.

On an average three police personnel die in road accidents every year. Still, city police have not issued any standard operating procedures for its personnel. As per the information, two policemen were killed in 2011, two in 2012, five in 2013 and three in 2014. In each case, none of the cop was wearing helmet. Still senior police officers are not willing to direct the constabulary to follow rules to the hilt.

Tremendous work load and distressing work culture are showing their effects on health of police personnel. Every year more than 20 cops die due to health hazards. The toll is mounting as it has recorded a jump of 22% in last four years. About 73 policemen died due to health issues despite regular free health check-up camp organised by city police. A senior police officer said, ogranising health check-up camps for a day is not the solution. “They should get good atmosphere and good working condition,” he said.

Suicides are due to personal reasons: Jt CP

Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.

‘Long duty hours affecting health’

After interacting with several police personnel, this reporter found that basic problem of the force is 12 hours duty, which is often gets extended without prior intimation. Except Police Department, no other government department has 12-hour work culture.

The police personnel have no pre-decided assignments as every cop has to always respond to every happening.

As the cops are working beyond their capacity, it is resulting in fatigue among them. Fatigue diminishes cops’ mental and physical health and affects their ability to cope with stress.

A constable of traffic control branch posted on a busy intersection has to be on duty for 12 hours. If the cop leaves the spot even for 10 minutes, he/she is bound to face music from the bosses.

In Nagpur Police Commissionerate, no police station has retiring room for its staff. Except the chamber of Police Inspectors and senior officials, even basic hygienic conditions are missing in police stations. Most police stations have wooden benches for constabulary to relax for a few minutes.

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Work pressure taking toll of men in Khaki

This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance be... Read More
This may come as a wake-up call for police force which operates in cloak of secrecy, as the personnel are falling prey to work pressure. Also, they are finding it difficult to strike a balance between professional and personal life.

There has been sharp rise in number of unnatural casualties in police force which needs to be taken seriously. In Nagpur City alone, 28 police personnel have lost their lives in 2014. Notable reasons for the deaths were suicide, road accidents and health problems. More shocking is the fact that 50% of deaths, in the current year, were reported from the jurisdiction of Nagpur Police Commissionerate as compared to 18 deaths in 2011.

Police personnel who are trained to maintain the law and order, have a tough time handling their personal lives.

As per the information available with ‘The Hitavada’, rise in suicidal tendency among the police personnel is a cause of utmost concern. Four policemen committed suicide in 2014. In years 2011 and 2012, only one suicide case each was reported. The figure doubled in year 2013, while the cases increased further in 2014.

On an average three police personnel die in road accidents every year. Still, city police have not issued any standard operating procedures for its personnel. As per the information, two policemen were killed in 2011, two in 2012, five in 2013 and three in 2014. In each case, none of the cop was wearing helmet. Still senior police officers are not willing to direct the constabulary to follow rules to the hilt.

Tremendous work load and distressing work culture are showing their effects on health of police personnel. Every year more than 20 cops die due to health hazards. The toll is mounting as it has recorded a jump of 22% in last four years. About 73 policemen died due to health issues despite regular free health check-up camp organised by city police. A senior police officer said, ogranising health check-up camps for a day is not the solution. “They should get good atmosphere and good working condition,” he said.

Suicides are due to personal reasons: Jt CP

Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt CP) Anup Kumar Singh, when asked about the rise in suicides by cops, said, their investigations into suicides by cops revealed that it has little to do with work and more of personal causes. On the issue of accidents, Singh said, it’s for individuals to decide what is best for him and even making wearing helmets compulsory won’t change the situation. Every cop is expected to religiously follow the fitness schedule as the job is very challenging.

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Orange City Bleeds Blue as fans celebrate India’s grand win over Pak

DID India win the World Cup? The crazy celebrations on city streets on Sunday evening gave one the same impression. For the die-hard fans of the Indian cricket team, the win over Pakistan at Ad... Read More
DID India win the World Cup? The crazy celebrations on city streets on Sunday evening gave one the same impression. For the die-hard fans of the Indian cricket team, the win over Pakistan at Adelaide was much bigger than lifting the coveted crown.

India’s sixth straight win against Pakistan in World Cup on Sunday once again made Nagpur’s crazy supporters jump out of their couches and ‘storm’ into the ‘field’ to celebrate the occasion. Fans burst firecrackers as if it was a Diwali celebration. They were not friends, not even relatives but the bonhomie was such that everybody looked like a big Indian family as they hugged each other, be it young or old.

The ever-happening West High Court Road was jam-packed with thousands of Indian team’s supporters. It was a normal Sunday afternoon but footfalls started as soon as the last Pakistan wicket fell to mark India’s resounding 76-run win. The fans were inside cars, jeeps and also over it, on their mobikes and minidoors chanting ‘Indiaaa... Indiaaaa’ and blaring horn.

Traffic rules were broken for once as bikers moved triple seat.

The traffic cops too went soft on them.

“Khushi mana rahe hai aaj jeet ki... Kuch der ki baat hai... (They are celebrating the win. It won’t go much longer),” said one of the cops at Laxmi Bhavan Square.

The road from Law College Square to Shankar Nagar Square was packed and vehicles moved at a snail’s pace. But the ‘epicentre’ was Laxmi Bhavan Square. Fans celebrated at the square for more than two hours. Tricolour fluttered in almost all hands at the celebration point. A few fans like Gopal Chandak and Ashok Agrawal even brought World Cup replica which attracted everybody. The crowd chanted in chorus, “Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Vande Mataram”. There were other slogans too which attracted applause.

“Ek baat to saaf hai, hum sabke baap hai”... “1992- faqr hai, 1996- faqr hai, 1999- faqr hai, 2003- faqr hai, 2011- faqr hai, 2015- faqr hai” which related to each edition of World Cup when India defeated Pakistan.

There were a few girls in an open jeep who were shouting, “Virat Kohli Zindabad...Anushka Sharma (Virat’s girlfriend) Zindabad.” One of the fans said, “this win is much bigger than the title win.” The other said, “We’ve won the World Cup.” The ‘victory square’ had all - from kids to elderly people who all came out for the house to join the celebration.

Even sweets were distributed for free by one of the sweet shops located on WHC Road.

“Such win doesn’t come daily. It’s a big win and that too over Pakistan that’s why we are distributing sweets,” said the owner of Subhash Mishtan Bhandar while distributing jalebis to fans.

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Entries invited for Wagh Utsav’s photography contest

The Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, are organising their third Wagh Utsav 2015 from February 20 to 22.

During th... Read More
The Vidarbha Economic Development Council and the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), supported by MTDC, are organising their third Wagh Utsav 2015 from February 20 to 22.

During the festival, several programmes will be held at the SCZCC premises. Among them is a photography competition open to all. The theme of the competition is - ‘Splendours of Tiger Country’, which include naturescapes of Central India, capturing its fauna, flora and coexistence of tribal communities with wildlife.

The competition is open to all Indian citizens, except VED members, its employees and their immediate family members. Images that have won prizes in prior competitions or have been used for commercial purposes and/or been published will not be entertained. Photographs in prints must be sent in sizes of 20" x 16" or 24" x 20". Copies must be unmounted, unedited/photoshop images. Entry fee is Rs 250 per entry. Each participant can submit a maximum of three entries. Digital manipulation that distorts the reality of the photos will not be allowed. Only basic enhancements such as sharpening, contrast adjustment, or simple cropping will be allowed. The participant must submit a title to each entry. The criteria for judging would be composition, clarity and reference to the subject.

Should the entrant wish to travel for prize distribution, he has to do so at his own cost, including his boarding and lodging. The organisers reserve the right to reject entries with incomplete details. The submission deadline is February 15, before 11.59 pm. All submitted materials are non-returnable. The photo should be clearly labeled with the participant’s name, and location where the photograph was taken. Participants are entirely responsible for all entry-related costs. The entries in hard-copy may be sent to:

1) Studio Prolab, behind Jasleen Hospital, 14, West Road, Dhantoli, Nagpur - 440 012.

2) M/s Altaf Vali, opposite Sitabuldi Police Station, near Moonlight Studio, Sitabuldi, Nagpur.

3) VED Council office, Gokul-Gopal Enclave, 1st Floor, Mate Square, (behind Babasaheb Ambedkar Statue), Gopal Nagar, Nagpur - 440022. The prizes include a DSLR camera and other cameras sponsored by Nikon and stay at Tadoba Tiger King Resort, Kolara. For 1st winner - Prize worth Rs 20,000 which includes 2 nights stay, all meals and 2 Safaris. For 2nd Winner - Prize worth Rs 10,000 which includes 1 night stay, all meals and 1 Safari. For 3rd winner - Prize worth Rs 6,000 including 1 night stay, all meals.

For more information, one may contact VED office 0712-2240665, Vinay Thakur - +91 9823903813 or Sudhir Ghike - 9373229365.

Selected photographs from among the entries will be exhibited at the Raja Ravi Verma Art Gallery of SCZCC. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 6 pm on February 20. The exhibition will remain open for public till 9 pm. On February 21 and 22, the exhibition will remain open from 12 pm to 9 pm.

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Liquor industry employees of Chandrapur district move HC

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Government’s Principal Secretaries of Excise, Revenue, Home, Labour and Industr... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Government’s Principal Secretaries of Excise, Revenue, Home, Labour and Industry, and various Labour Department officers at Nagpur and Chandrapur - to show cause in two weeks in reply to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by President of Vidarbha Prahar Kamgar Sanghtana, Adv Harshal Kumar Chiplunkar, on behalf of 10,000 and 5,000 workers respectively in liquor and allied industries in various capacities and their 50,000 to 60,000 family members, seeking rehabilitation policy in place, for these persons, prior to enforcing total prohibition in Chandrapur district, in terms of State Government’s decision of January 20, 2015. While the Court asked the petitioner to delete names of Ministers, MLAs and MLCs.

It has been contended on behalf of the petitioner - Organisation that the State Cabinet’s impugned decision of January 20 last, to impose ban on sale, production and consumption of liquor in Chandrapur district is in violation of principles of natural justice, though the State Government and its Ministers do not have power to ignore the aspect of rehabilitation of 10,000 to 15,000 workers of the liquor and allied industries in the said district.

The other respondents joined to the petition are State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, Revenue Minister Eknathrao Khadse, MLAs Vijay Wadettiwar and Balu Dhanorkar, Bunty alias Kirti Kumar Bangadiya, MLCs Shobhatai Fadnavis, Nitesh Bangadiya, Nanabhau Samkule, Commissioner of State Excise and Collector, Chandrapur. However, the petitioner has agreed to delete their names as respondents.

The petitioner has very forcefully pointed out to the Court that ‘The Hitavada’ has reported on January 21 last very clearly that the State Government has taken the impugned decision under the alleged pressure mounted by Minister Mungantiwar and the employees’ representations to have rehabilitation policy in place first before declaring the district dry, has been ignored.

Further, having squads for imposing ban effectively has not been paid attention to before hand. Adding 10,000 more persons to already existing “force” of 15,000 unemployed people in last 10 years will lead to social problem. The concerned persons were not given hearing before taking decision. Minister’s personal ego should not play decisive role in enforcing a decision harmful for work-force.

Advocate Arun Patil appeared for the petitioner - Organisation.

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Goenka appointed Ind Director of MSEB Holding Co

Government of Maharashtra has appointed R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), as Independent Director in MSEB Holding Company. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, E... Read More
Government of Maharashtra has appointed R B Goenka, Chairman of Energy Forum of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), as Independent Director in MSEB Holding Company. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, is the Chairman of MSEB Holding Company; while Principal Secretary (Energy) is Managing Director, and Managing Directors of Mahagenco, Mahatransco, MSEDCL are Directors. The Government has appointed two Independent Directors -- R B Goenka and Vishwas Pathak.

Rajendrakumar B Goenka is Proprietor of M/s R K Engineering Services and Managing Director of M/s Goenka Switchgear (P) Ltd. He is active in consumer advocacy, and has been representing techno-legal cases of consumers before Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), CSERC, Consumer Grievance Redressal Forums, Ombudsman etc.

Since the year 2000, Goenka has been representing Vidarbha as Consumer’s Representative before MERC. Between 2000 and 2014, he worked as Member of MERC Advisory Committee, and actively participated in making Nagpur and Amaravati ‘load-shedding free’. Also, he participated in making Supply Code and SOP Regulations for distribution licensee, power tariff determination process. He was a Committee Member for advising MERC about open access regulations, cross subsidy reduction road-map in power tariff.

Goenka is Vidarbha Convenor for Vidarbha Environment Action Group, taking up environmental pollution issues.

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Swine Flu: HC seeks response of NMC, Govt by February 25

Expressing deep concern over growing menace of Swine Flu and reported deaths in city, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Heal... Read More
Expressing deep concern over growing menace of Swine Flu and reported deaths in city, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Health Department to place on record steps taken by within two weeks.

The petition filed by Anil Agre and residents of Khamla-based society charged the civic body with absolutely ignoring hygiene and cleanliness of the city leading to massive outbreak of Swine Flu. The petitioner cited inadequate staff, totally unsatisfactory performance by NMC to lift garbage and ensure cleanliness in the city, lack of infrastructure at government hospitals, roadside meat shops, dysfunctional NMC hospitals and dispensaries as reasons for outbreak of Swine Flu due to which many citizens have lost life.

The Court, while permitting the petitioner to amend the petition, also directed NMC and Health Department to spell out its action plan and ongoing measured to tackle Swine Flu by February 25. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv S K Mishra (NMC), AGP M K Pathan (State Govt) represented respondent authorities.

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MADC hands over 37 ha land to NIT for Metro Rail

This can be a major breakthrough in the development of ambitious Metro Rail project. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) on Wednesday formally handed over 37 hectare land to Nagpur I... Read More
This can be a major breakthrough in the development of ambitious Metro Rail project. Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) on Wednesday formally handed over 37 hectare land to Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). After constitution of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), the NIT will transfer land to this special purpose vehicle.

Highly placed sources informed that the MADC transferred land for “at grade railway line of Metro Rail in MIHAN-SEZ area.” Around 4.5 kms portion of the Metro Rail will be at grade (elevated). The total length of Metro Rail is 38.125 kms in the city. The rail will be on 1.2 mt width of median of the road. The total cost of the project is Rs 10,550 crore.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had performed bhoomipujan of the proposed Metro Rail project in the city in August 2014. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has proposed two corridors- North-South and East-West- 38.125 kms from two different locations.

Both the governments will share 50:50 per cent equity while Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and NIT will pump money by selling additional FSI en route Metro Rail.

Meanwhile, Central and State Government have appointed directors of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), Shankar Aggrawal, Secretary of Union Urban Development Department has been appointed as Chairman of the committee while Mukund Kumar Sinha, Jhanja Tripathy, Ved Mani Tiwari, Shailendra Singh are Directors appointed by Government of India. Brijesh Dixit as Managing Director of NMRCL while Subodh Kumar, Secretary, Finance Department; Dr Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department, Maharashtra; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, and Shyam Wardhane, Chairman NIT are Directors appointed by Maharashtra Government.

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Mahagenco’s coal procurement under High Court scanner

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) a... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed Maharashtra Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and that of imported coal between January 2014 and December 2014.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar also directed Mahagenco to come clean on average rate of transporting the coal from WCL to its units and that of transporting charges paid for bringing imported coal from the source till the destination.

Going a step further, the High Court also sought to know from mahagenco whether in order to ensure that the coal which is supplied by the importers is of actual quality for which the payment is made, it is willing to get the samples analysed by an independent Government laboratory.

In the backdrop of resolve of new Government to bring down the cost of power generation by sourcing more domestic coal at cheaper rate, this direction of High Court to power generating utility is quite important as the PIL filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar has actually raised this contention three years ago accusing power utility with short-lifting of raw domestic coal which is available in plenty with coal utilities near pit-head and importing coal at exorbitant cost and passing the burden on hapless consumers. Due to turf war between coal and power utilities, the cost of power generation rose making Maharashtra, especially Vidarbha, an unattractive destination for industries, the PIL had stated.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appearing for the petitioner contended that due to this turf-war, the state was loser and exchequer was paying huge cost for costly imported cost when cheap coal was available near pit-head. If the real truth is revealed, it will open a pandora’s box, he claimed while raising a serious question mark over quality of imported coal, cost of transport incurred and very need to import costly coal from Indonesia and Australia.

Both the utilities have blamed each other for the mess in power sector. While Mahagenco claimed that it was victim of coal companies who supplied it poor quality of coal and for short supply compelling it to make alternate arrangements. The MahaGenco in earlier affidavit had squarely blamed WCL Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with supplying inferior quality coal and charging much more from it.

The total burden on account of grade slippage was Rs 2,160 crore in financial year 2012-13, MahaGenco had claimed in an earlier affidavit filed before the High Court. This burden has resulted in rise in power tariff which has been ultimately passed on to consumers and recovered from them, the MahaGenco has claimed.

The MahaGenco had claimed that due to poor quality coal supplied by WCL it paid Rs 1,000 crore more (Rs 573 per metric tonne) on account of grade slippage, Rs 1,100 crore to SECL (Rs 1,896 per metric tonne), Rs 60 crore to MCL (Rs 123 per metric tonne). Receipt of inferior quality coal of high ash content from all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited is a major concern for MahaGenco, the affidavit stated.

Earlier the High Court on October 9 had ordered a third party independent sampling of coal at both loading and unloading point to ascertain quality of coal supplied by Coal Companies to state-run power utility in which the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) confirmed that coal contained high-ash content and was sub-standard. The coal companies challenged the findings and sampling process itself and after a very stormy legal battle, the High Court on March 5 recalled its earlier order after the huge public cost involved in sampling process came to fore.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv Rakesh Rathod (MahaGenco), Adv S C and Ashish Mehadia (CIL-WCL), Adv Tushar Darda (Coal Controller and Union of India), GP Bharati Dangre (State), Adv S V Purohit (MSEDCL) appeared for the respondents.

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Gadkari flags off Nagpur-Rewa Exp

Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railw... Read More
Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railway Station. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, flagged off five new express trains, including Nagpur-Rewa Express, by remote control from Railway Board, New Delhi, on Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, flagged off 11207/11208 Nagpur-Rewa Express (Weekly) train from Platform No. 4 at Nagpur Railway Station. Chandrashekar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Avinash Pande, Rajya Sabha member; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, East Nagpur MLA and BJP City chief; and Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor, also graced the occasion.

Talking to the reporters after flagging off the train, Gadkari said that Railway Minister had included Nagpur-Rewa Express train in Railway Budget. “It is a big relief for passengers. The natives of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh had appealed to me to start the train between Nagpur and Rewa.

Today, their dream has come true,” he said. He also assured that Amritsar-Pune Express via Nagpur also would start soon, and it would be helpful for all passengers who wanted to go to Amritsar and Pune from Nagpur.

All five trains launched on Wednesday were declared in Railway Budget recently. Prabhu pressed the button on the remote control at Railway Board office in New Delhi, and it was shown at Nagpur Railway Station through video-conferencing at 2.40 pm. Five minutes later, Nagpur-Rewa Express train was flagged off by Gadkari. On Wednesday, the train had its maiden run. It will run regularly on Wednesday from February 18. The 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will start from Nagpur at 7.20 am and reach Rewa the same day at 10.30 pm. The train will have stoppages at Katol (Arrival -- 8.13 am; Departure -- 8.15 am), Narkhed (8.37 am; 8.39 am), Pandhurna (8.56 am; 8.58 am), Amla (10.09 am; 10.12 am), Betul (10.33 am; 10.35 am), Ghoradongri (11.16 am; 11.18 am), Itarsi (12.25 pm; 12.35 pm), Pipriya, Narsingpur, Shridham, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, and Satna.

Similarly, 11208 Rewa-Nagpur Express will start its run every Wednesday at 11.30 pm and reach Nagpur the next day at 3.30 pm. Rewa-Nagpur Express train will reach Itarsi at 9.50 am and depart at 10.05 am, Ghoradongri (11.12 am; 11.14 am), Betul (11.58 am; 12 noon), Amla (12.26 pm; 12.28 pm), Pandhurna (1.26 pm; 1.28 pm), Narkhed (1.43 pm; 1.45 pm), and Katol (2.03 pm; 2.05 pm). The train has 18 coaches including one AC-II, three AC-III, six Sleeper class, six General, and two SLR vans.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Bharatiya Yatri Kendra Basant Shukla alleged that Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC) and Station Consultative Committee members were not extended invitation for the flag-off ceremony by Central Railway. “Central Railway should have shown the basic courtesy,” he said.

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Gadkari flags off Nagpur-Rewa Exp

Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railw... Read More
Wednesday marked a new chapter in railway connectivity between Vidarbha and adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh, with the flagging off of Nagpur-Rewa Express train on its maiden run from Nagpur Railway Station. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister, flagged off five new express trains, including Nagpur-Rewa Express, by remote control from Railway Board, New Delhi, on Wednesday. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, flagged off 11207/11208 Nagpur-Rewa Express (Weekly) train from Platform No. 4 at Nagpur Railway Station. Chandrashekar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Avinash Pande, Rajya Sabha member; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, East Nagpur MLA and BJP City chief; and Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor, also graced the occasion.

Talking to the reporters after flagging off the train, Gadkari said that Railway Minister had included Nagpur-Rewa Express train in Railway Budget. “It is a big relief for passengers. The natives of adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh had appealed to me to start the train between Nagpur and Rewa.

Today, their dream has come true,” he said. He also assured that Amritsar-Pune Express via Nagpur also would start soon, and it would be helpful for all passengers who wanted to go to Amritsar and Pune from Nagpur.

All five trains launched on Wednesday were declared in Railway Budget recently. Prabhu pressed the button on the remote control at Railway Board office in New Delhi, and it was shown at Nagpur Railway Station through video-conferencing at 2.40 pm. Five minutes later, Nagpur-Rewa Express train was flagged off by Gadkari. On Wednesday, the train had its maiden run. It will run regularly on Wednesday from February 18. The 11207 Nagpur-Rewa Express will start from Nagpur at 7.20 am and reach Rewa the same day at 10.30 pm. The train will have stoppages at Katol (Arrival -- 8.13 am; Departure -- 8.15 am), Narkhed (8.37 am; 8.39 am), Pandhurna (8.56 am; 8.58 am), Amla (10.09 am; 10.12 am), Betul (10.33 am; 10.35 am), Ghoradongri (11.16 am; 11.18 am), Itarsi (12.25 pm; 12.35 pm), Pipriya, Narsingpur, Shridham, Jabalpur, Katni, Maihar, and Satna.

Similarly, 11208 Rewa-Nagpur Express will start its run every Wednesday at 11.30 pm and reach Nagpur the next day at 3.30 pm. Rewa-Nagpur Express train will reach Itarsi at 9.50 am and depart at 10.05 am, Ghoradongri (11.12 am; 11.14 am), Betul (11.58 am; 12 noon), Amla (12.26 pm; 12.28 pm), Pandhurna (1.26 pm; 1.28 pm), Narkhed (1.43 pm; 1.45 pm), and Katol (2.03 pm; 2.05 pm). The train has 18 coaches including one AC-II, three AC-III, six Sleeper class, six General, and two SLR vans.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Bharatiya Yatri Kendra Basant Shukla alleged that Divisional Railway Users’ Consultative Committee (DRUCC) and Station Consultative Committee members were not extended invitation for the flag-off ceremony by Central Railway. “Central Railway should have shown the basic courtesy,” he said.

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Central team satisfied with IIM Nagpur site at MIHAN

The Central team headed by Amarjit Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on Wednesday, visited the MIHAN to finalise the land for setting up prestigious Indi... Read More
The Central team headed by Amarjit Sinha, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), on Wednesday, visited the MIHAN to finalise the land for setting up prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Nagpur. The team also inspected the temporary arrangements for running classes at VNIT from the academic year 2015-16. The team expressed satisfaction over excellent arrangements made at VNIT and for impressive site selected at non-notified area of MIHAN.

A visibly impressed Amarjit Sinha told The Hitavada, “We are leaving on a happy note. Our team visited MIHAN and inspected the land. It is a very good site selected by District Administration and Maharashtra Government. We will convey State Government about our satisfaction. Meanwhile, we will be submitting the report to Central Government within a week. We will prepare a detailed report by March.”

Central Government has announced new IIMs at 11 cities in India. Maharashtra Government has finalised Nagpur for first IIM of State due to its central location and connectivity with other centres of excellence, availability of adequate infrastructure and existence of other national level institutions. Sinha said, “We have also inspected the temporary arrangements made at VNIT which are also excellent. The mentor of IIM Nagpur is Ashish Nanda who is Director of IIM, Ahmedabad. He also inspected the facilities from IIM’s perspective and supported our views.” Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, District Collector Abhishek Krishna, VNIT Chairman Vishram Jaamdar accompanied high-level team during their visit to VNIT and MIHAN.

Going by this happy development, the IIM at Nagpur will become a reality within two months, hoped Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education of Maharashtra while speaking to mediapersons after the convocation of Government Polytechnic. He said, “After declaration of IIM by Central Government, Maharashtra Government has sent name of Nagpur. Formal approval by MHRD is just a part of procedure. IIM will be coming to Nagpur and will start functioning from the academic year 2015-16 itself.”

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had personally spoken to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani who immediately agreed for this proposal. MHRD had given its green signal to Nagpur IIM after which proposed 60 seats were included for admission for academic year 2015-16.

There is a slot of 296 acre of which 200 acre land has been earmarked for IIM. The site is on Nagpur-Hyderabad road (NH 7) and is 3 km away from the airport. The land needed at VNIT to run classes is on temporary basis and is spread over 6,000-6500 square meters. The IIM will start with intake of 60 seats.

The other members of the team were Prof Ashish Nanda, Director of IIM, Ahmedabad and mentor of Nagpur IIM; Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Department, Maharashtra; Chief Engineer of Central Public Works Department (West Zone) Narendra Kumar.

Gulabrao Thakare, Joint Director of Technical Education was the Co-ordinator.

Deputy Collector Nishikant Suke, SDO Prakash Patil, MADC officers S V Chahande, CEO, Atul Thakare, Marketing Manager and Deepak Joshi, PRO also accompanied them.

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Boeing MRO facility ready, awaits inauguration

After change of guards in Centre and State, the much-neglected Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) has got a new momentum and one of the most important ventures- Maintenance-Repa... Read More
After change of guards in Centre and State, the much-neglected Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) has got a new momentum and one of the most important ventures- Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) of Boeing is ready for inauguration, but will be opened up in mid-2015.

The MRO building is complete and most of the supporting infrastructure is in place. Barring the ongoing work of taxi-way, which is expected to be over by this month-end, the Boeing MRO, which is biggest in Asia, is keenly awaiting day to become operational. Perhaps, this will be a major game-changer for MIHAN project as Boeing MRO is always viewed as one of anchor project that will bring Nagpur on the map of global businesses. This huge MRO facility is likely to be operational by mid-2015 and may once again make Nagpur an attractive destination for aircraft manufacturers and has capacity to change the economic scenario of entire Central India.

Highly placed sources stated that the building of MRO is complete but it will take some time for this facility to become operational due to pending work of taxi-way as well as some approval of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). MIHAN sources claimed that the taxi-way is likely to be over by month end.

In November 2014, Civil Aviation Minister Gajapati Raju reviewed the pending work of Boeing facility in Nagpur and assured to announce inauguration date very soon. However, he has not finalised any date for operation of facility. The MRO was to be inaugurated in June 2013 but it was delayed by almost two years.

The construction of MRO Hangar admeasuring 100 mts x 200 mts for maintenance of 1 big and two small aircrafts has been completed. The total cost of the project is Rs 1,000 crore. Air India also plans to use the MRO as a separate profit-making subsidiary of its engineering division the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) - which was envisaged as part of the airline’s turnaround and financial restructuring plans. Nearly 7,000 employees of Air India have been assigned to move to AIESL.

The MRO facility in MIHAN-SEZ is jointly created by Boeing India and Air India on sprawling 50 acres of land and will be having 24,000 sq mt 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 still under way. This would be Boeing’s second MRO in the world. The first one being at Shanghai in China.

The total investment is around Rs 1,000 crore with massive potential to attract more businesses in MIHAN. The MRO will be able to handle one Boeing 777, 787 or 747 aircraft or three 737 at one time.

The Boeing will accept five aircrafts every month at the facility for maintenance work. The Boeing India has 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. Initially, it will start with catering to Air India’s aircraft and later expand to other carriers, which includes those from foreign airlines.

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Scrap dealer Golu Thakur killed over love triangle

LOVE triangle is believed to be reason for gruesome murder of scrap dealer Golu alias Vinod Thakur at Khapri even as Sonegaon police have nabbed two accused. The two includes main accused Pankaj ... Read More
LOVE triangle is believed to be reason for gruesome murder of scrap dealer Golu alias Vinod Thakur at Khapri even as Sonegaon police have nabbed two accused. The two includes main accused Pankaj Sahu and his friend and accomplice Iggu Gupta. The cops are searching for third accused Manoj.

Meanwhile, piecing together the dots the investigating team went through call records of deceased Thakur and also main accused Sahu. The two were at loggerheads over a girl who was closed to either of them and this started a bitter rivalry which also had business angle as both were trying to encroach on other’s territory.

Thakur who was local toughie was allegedly using his clout to dominate Sahu and that often led to clashes between the duo. As reported Sahu called Thakur to Khapri to sort out the matter but ended-up eliminating latter. The two could not agree on the girl who was often seen moving with either on separate occasion.

Sahu was asking Thakur to stop dating his girlfriend but two could not resolve the matter. On Saturday afternoon, Thakur was brutally murdered in full public view at Khapri even as his other girlfriend watched with dismay.

Pachpaoli police are conducting further investigations.

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‘Caste certificates obtained through middlemen bogus’

If you have obtained caste certificate/caste validity certificate through middlemen/agents, it will be treated as ‘false/bogus/forged’. Sounding an alert in this regard, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar R... Read More
If you have obtained caste certificate/caste validity certificate through middlemen/agents, it will be treated as ‘false/bogus/forged’. Sounding an alert in this regard, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI) has cautioned the people that use of such certificate for ‘any reservation or any other benefit’ will attract action as per law.

BARTI, an autonomous institute of State Department of Social Justice and Special Assistance, has issued an alert in this regard. Through the notice published in some newspapers, it has made it clear that obtaining certificates through middlemen/agents will be treated as ‘fraudulent act’. “Such fraudulent act is a cognisable offence and also a non-bailable one,” it added. Those committing such an act will be treated as ‘offenders’ and will be punished with rigorous imprisonment of two years and fine up to Rs 20,000. Further, the person who ‘abets such offence or encourages the commission of such offence’ is also liable to be punished.

Director General of BARTI and Chief Co-ordinator of Caste Scrutiny Committees in State, has appealed to the persons holding ‘such false certificates’ to deposit the same with the Caste Scrutiny Committee and apply afresh to get Caste Certificate/Caste Validity Certificate to the Caste Certificate Issuing Authority and the Caste Scrutiny Committee respectively.

Once such certificates are deposited with the said authorities, decision will be taken ‘on the basis of merit’. BARTI has asked the people neither to contact middlemen/agents nor indulge in illegal acts. Besides, it has appealed to the people not to submit false information/statement/documents to procure Caste Certificate/Caste Validity Certificate.

The Institute has also decided to place on its website https://barti.maharashtra.gov.in/ the scanned copies of Caste Validity Certificates issued by the offices of Caste Scrutiny Committees and certain details of Caste Certificates. The decision has been taken to enable the people to check genuine certificates.

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HC to consider applicability of conservation law to pre-1980 cases of forest on Feb 17

RAMESH Kumbhalkar, a businessman from Gondia district has approached the High Court here, for permission for felling and transporting 74 trees standing on the Government forest land, the Collecto... Read More
RAMESH Kumbhalkar, a businessman from Gondia district has approached the High Court here, for permission for felling and transporting 74 trees standing on the Government forest land, the Collector, Gadchiroli and State Revenue and Forest Departments, as he has already deposited Rs 68,423/- as directed by the authorities with the revenue authority.

The Court has sought explanation from the State Government by February 17 next regarding applicability of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 to the forest land regularised prior to enactment of this law, as in the case of the petitioner, it has been pointed by him, regularisation in his case was done in somewhere around 1977-78 and hence 1980 Act is not applicable to his case and required permission can be granted by the Revenue Department, unlike the cases of regularisation after 1980.

According to the petitioner, as per the decision of the State Government of October 27 and December 27, 1978, provisions of the Forest Conservation Act are applicable to the forest lands regularised after the said Act has been enforced in 1980. He has alleged that the respondents are not granting him permission with malafide intent not passing the order even after recovery of royalty amount and he has prayed that appropriate order be passed by the Court directing the respondents suitably. Adv U K Bisen appeared for the petitioner.

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Forest Deptt takes up survey, demarcation of boundaries

Encroachments and legal disputes have prompted Forest Department to take up the exercise of survey, demarcation, and verification of physical boundaries of forest areas in Maharashtra. For the cu... Read More
Encroachments and legal disputes have prompted Forest Department to take up the exercise of survey, demarcation, and verification of physical boundaries of forest areas in Maharashtra. For the current financial year, Revenue and Forests Department has also released grant for the purpose.

Already, till the year 2013-14, reconciliation of forest area in Maharashtra has been done. There are three main Public Forestry Institutions in Maharashtra -- State Forest Department, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) and Directorate of Social Forestry (SFD). State Forest Department is entrusted with the role of conservation and development of the State’s forests spread over about 20 per cent of its geographical area.

As per the latest Government Resolution (GR) issued by Virendra Tiwari, Chief Conservator of Forests (Mantralaya), Revenue and Forests Department, it is found necessary to conduct survey and demarcate forest boundaries. As the survey and defining the boundaries has not been completed in cases of protected forests and unclassed forest, the exercise has been taken up. At some places, the boundary of reserved forests also is not defined properly. The exercise of survey and proper demarcation, with installing physical markings to indicate boundaries, has been taken up considering the possibility of encroachment on forest land. Once there is encroachment upon forest land, it is very difficult for Forest Department authorities to evict the encroachers. There are legal disputes also. Against this backdrop, Forest Department feels that once survey is conducted and boundary markings are physically installed, management and protection of forests will become easier.

According to Forest Department sources, reconciliation of forest areas has been done in 2013-14. As per the reconciliation done in 2013-14, the total area with Forest Department as a whole is 60,121.15 sq kms. Of this, a total of 48,583.46 sq kms is with State Forest Department, and 3,590.20 sq kms is with FDCM. Wildlife Wing has 7,947.50 sq kms of forest area. Of a total forest area with the department as a whole, maximum 48,814.70 sq kms is categorised as reserve forest. The forest area in other categories is as follows: acquired reserve forest (private forest)-- 1,162.39 sq kms, protected forest-- 6,689.01 sq kms, remaining area not included in reserve/protected forest-- 3,455.05 sq kms.

For the current financial year 2014-15, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) had sought Rs 25 lakh from Revenue and Forests Department for the purpose of survey and demarcation. Of this, an amount of Rs 17.50 lakh was budgeted. Accordingly, on July 1, 2014, Rs 10.50 lakh was released. Recently, further amount of Rs 4.50 lakh was released.

There is also acquired private forest area in the State. Under the Maharashtra Private Forests (Acquisition) Act, 1975, private forest has been acquired. However, this acquired forest has not been demarcated properly. For 2014-15, PCCF (Head of Forest Force) had sought Rs 26.75 lakh for survey and defining boundary of 213.76 kms of private forest acquired. Of the said amount, Rs 18.72 lakh was budgeted, and Rs 11.23 lakh was released last year. Now, Rs 4.82 lakh has been released.

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HC stays recovery of excess salary

Ordering notice to the respondents, particularly the Joint Director of Higher Education, Nagpur, to show cause in 3 weeks, in reply to the writ petition filed by Dr Yuvraj N Meshram, a full-tim... Read More
Ordering notice to the respondents, particularly the Joint Director of Higher Education, Nagpur, to show cause in 3 weeks, in reply to the writ petition filed by Dr Yuvraj N Meshram, a full-time Lecturer at NH College, Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, at the High Court here, have directed the Joint Director, by way of interim relief to the petitioner, that he should take appropriate steps for providing the petitioner General Provident Fund Account Number by considering his service on regular basis without break in continuity from the date of appointment - February 6, 2004.

Further, recovery of salary paid in excess ordered by the Joint Director through his communication of January 15 last, has been also directed not to be given effect to. The petitioner was given conditional appointment on February 6, 2004, that he would clear NET/SET examination in two years.

On December 19, 2008, employer-College wrote to the RTM Nagpur University to forward proposal to the University Grants Commission -UGC- for exempting / relaxing condition of clearing NET/SET in respect of the petitioner. On June 2, 2009, the UGC exempted the petitioner from clearing NET/SET with effect from February 6, 2004.

On January 8 last, the Joint Director wrote to the Principal of the employer-College that fixation of pay of the petitioner was incorrect and has quashed the same.

Recovery of excess amount paid should be made and action report be submitted to him. Before taking the impugned action, the petitioner was not given any hearing. This was also overlooked by the Joint Director that the UGC has already exempted the petitioner since February 6, 2004.

Adv R K Dawda appeared for the petitioner. AGP Rashi Deshpande represented the State.

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Daring daylight robbery in Dhantoli

IN YET another daring robbery in Dhantoli Police Station area, two motorcycle-borne robbers looted Rs 3.84 lakh cash from an accountant of a private firm near new NMC bridge on Friday afternoon.... Read More
IN YET another daring robbery in Dhantoli Police Station area, two motorcycle-borne robbers looted Rs 3.84 lakh cash from an accountant of a private firm near new NMC bridge on Friday afternoon.

Around 3 pm, Takdeer Brahmanand Rangari (34), an accountant at A V Sales Corporation, Dhantoli, and his office-boy Sameer alias Sunny, withdrew Rs four lakh from Navodaya Urban Co-operative Bank. They kept the cash in a bag and went to Rajdhani Stores near Chitra Talkies on a motorcycle (MH-31/DG-8358) for making some payments.

After giving Rs 16,000/- to the owner of Rajdhani Stores, they were returning to the Dhantoli office of their firm. A resident of Lahan Indora, Takdeer was riding the motorcycle. Pillion-rider Sameer was holding the bag containing Rs 3.84 lakh. Near the new NMC Bridge, two Bajaj Pulsar-borne robbers, who were following them, came and snatched away the bag containing cash from Sameer. Takdeer and Sameer started chasing them but the robber duo sped away with the booty. On the basis of Takdeer’s complaint, Dhantoli Police registered a case under Section 392 and 34 of the IPC. Till late night, cops were clueless about the robbers.

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Group resorts to violence, damage vehicle in Mayo Hospital premises

TENSION ran high in Mayo Hospital premises after a group of people took out a morcha and resorted to violence damaging a government vehicle after a security guard tried to remove an unauthorised ... Read More
TENSION ran high in Mayo Hospital premises after a group of people took out a morcha and resorted to violence damaging a government vehicle after a security guard tried to remove an unauthorised tea stall on Friday afternoon.

According to Police, Gopinath Mangal Bohan (43), a physically-challenged man, runs a tea stall in front of Delivery Ward of Mayo Hospital. A security guard asked him to remove his stall and picked up a quarrel with him. As the guard allegedly started hurling filthy abuses at Bohan, other persons gathered. Some stall owners took out a morcha protesting the high-handedness of the security guard.

When they went to the Dean’s office to submit a memorandum, the security guards stopped them. The protesters went berserk and smashed the windshields of a Toyota Qualis (MH-31/AH-9800) parked in front of the Dean’s office.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Mohammad Israel Mohammad Bashir Khan (55), a resident of New Bidipeth, Plot No 20, near Church, Tehsil Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 149, 336 and 4278 of the IPC, Sections 3 of Damage to Public Property Act and 135 of the Bombay Police Act against Gopinath Bohan, Umesh Ganvir, Girdhar Bharbhune, Shafique Shah Ismail Shah, Vijay Nikhare and others.

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Surprise visit: Guardian Minister sacks two doctors of Khapa PHC

GUARDIAN Minister of Nagpur District Chandrashekhar Bawankule, on Thursday evening, visited Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Khapa village without prior notice and conducted inspection. The absen... Read More
GUARDIAN Minister of Nagpur District Chandrashekhar Bawankule, on Thursday evening, visited Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Khapa village without prior notice and conducted inspection. The absence of the medical officers from the centre as well as from Khapa village, and many other irregularities at the PHC made the minister angry. Taking stern action on them, Bawankule, after a brief telephonic discussion with Maharashtra Health Minister, issued the suspension orders of Dr Prashant Sahare and Dr Baba Mendhule. The surprise visit and action taken by the minister has created sensation amongst the health sector in the district.

According to the information, Bawankule was in Khapa to console his Personal Secretary Vikas Dharpure, whose father Manohar (52) passed away on Thursday. Bawankule came to know that ailing Gharpure was rushed to Khapa’s PHC but he received no medical assistance. Both the on-duty doctors were missing from the centre and only a nurse Sandhya Bagde was present. She asked the Dharpure family to shift the patient to Saoner immediately. Unfortunately, he passed away mid way and was declared brought dead at Saoner.

Enraged by the situation, Bawankule rushed to the PHC and started surprise inspection. He found gross irregularities in maintaining attendance register, indiscipline of the staffers, and even the liquor bottles scattered in the premises. Bawankule was also told that the attendant Sarika Parmar had to perform the delivery of one Ranju Dhurve as no doctor was present at the PHC the day before. Even the Pharmacy Register was poorly maintained. The ambulance was in dilapidated condition. Bawankule immediately called Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Dipak Sawant and discussed about the situation and disciplinary action with him.

He declared that both the medical officers will be suspended. Angry Bawankule said that many like Madhukar Dharpure have lost their lives due to the negligence of doctors and medical staff.

He instructed the Deputy Director (Health) to conduct inspections of the PHCs on regular basis and also announced that he may visit any PHC of the district any time to review the situation of health services.

Meanwhile, District Health Officer Dr Yogendra Sawai also conducted inspection of the PHC on Friday and completed the legal procedure for suspension of the doctors.

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Ghazal maestro Shishir Parkhie nominated for global music awards

GHAZAL Maestro Shishir Parkhie from Nagpur has been nominated for prestigious Global Indian Music Academy Awards GIMA-2015 in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo Ghazal album ... Read More
GHAZAL Maestro Shishir Parkhie from Nagpur has been nominated for prestigious Global Indian Music Academy Awards GIMA-2015 in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo Ghazal album ‘Siyahat-A Journey Through Emotions’. GIMA is also popularly known as Indian Grammy.

The album was released by Saregama (HMV) last year and was launched with Shishir’s live Ghazal concert in Nagpur. He has been nominated in the best Ghazal album category this time along with artistes like Hariharan, Ustaad Zakir Hussain, and Shreya Ghoshal.

The award function will be held in Mumbai on February 24. The prestigious GIMA awards are given exclusively for various categories in Film and Non-Film music. This is the second time Shishir Parkhie has got a GIMA nomination.

Earlier, he was nominated in the best Ghazal album category for his self-composed solo album ‘Roomaniyat -- Ghazals of Love and Longing’ along with legendary Jagjit Singh, Ahmad-Mohammed Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan for GIMA-2012.

Shishir Parkhie has several Ghazal and devotional albums released by reputed music companies like Saregama (HMV), Times Music, T-Series etc. Apart from performing at various places all over India,

Shishir has made Nagpurians proud with several successful Ghazal performances overseas at Nairobi (Kenya), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dubai, Bahrain and other countries in the Middle East.

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Rigorous imprisonment for two MES officers in corruption case

SPECIAL Judge (CBI) V S Murkute on Friday convicted Eknath Barku Sonawane, Assistant Garrison Engineer, Military Engineering Services (MES) and Mohan Hariharrao Joshi, Junior Engineer, MES, Electr... Read More
SPECIAL Judge (CBI) V S Murkute on Friday convicted Eknath Barku Sonawane, Assistant Garrison Engineer, Military Engineering Services (MES) and Mohan Hariharrao Joshi, Junior Engineer, MES, Electrical Maintenance Sub Division, Kamptee, in a corruption case of 2008.

As the charges under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 were substantiated against Sonawane, the Special Judge sentenced him to two years rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Rs 1000/-. For the offence under Sections 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) of PC Act, 1988, the court also sentenced him to two years RI and a fine of Rs 1000/-.

Similarly, Special Judge Murkute court sentenced Joshi to undergoing six months RI with a fine of Rs 1000/- after the charges under Sections under Sections 12 read with Section 7 of PC Act, 1988 were proved against him. Nagpur-based Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case RC9(A)/2008 against Sonawane on the basis of a written complaint lodged by Suraj Sharma, Proprietor of M/s Sharma Electricals and Services, Teka Naka, alleging that he demanded Rs.50,000/­ as bribe from him for signing and further processing of his pending bills for final payment in July, 2008.

Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap and caught Joshi red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 25,000/­ from the Sharma on behalf Sonawane. After probing the matter, CBI filed a chargesheet against Sonawane and Joshi on February 16, 2009.

As the charges were proved against the two MES officers, the Special Judge convicted them.

Senior Public Prosecutor (CBI) A H Khan represented the state under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep M Tamgadge.

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Edn deptt gears up to conduct On-line RTE admissions from Monday

School Education department has decided to adopt on-line process for Right to Education (RTE) admissions from next academic session. The admissions for Nagpur division will begin from February 9.... Read More
School Education department has decided to adopt on-line process for Right to Education (RTE) admissions from next academic session. The admissions for Nagpur division will begin from February 9. On-line admissions are only applicable under the RTE quota and all schools, irrespective of education boards will be covered under RTE. More than 50,000 applicants are expected to take benefit of this system to grab the free seats in premier educational institutions.

25% of the sanctioned intake of every school is to be filled under RTE in which first priority is given to a student from low income group living within a 3 km vicinity of a school or a backward class student but living within close vicinity are eligible for admission under RTE. In the first phase, schools coming under RTE will register on-line and enter the number of available seats. The second phase will most probably begin on February 23. Parents are expected to fill the applications on-line. Actual admission process will start in March.

The modalities of the admissions under RTE were finalised during a meeting of education department with school authorities and RTE activists and looking at the past experience when barring a few reputed schools, most elite educational institutions somehow avoided the RTE admissions on flimsy pretext. Mahaveer Mane, Director of primary education, guided the education officers and others about admission process. About 450 schools in Nagpur district come under RTE purview and education officials are contacting them to register for on-line admissions.

Many schools complained about non-reimbursement of fees to them for students admitted under RTE.

Interestingly, under RTE, even parents opt for only a few schools which have harrowing time and there is mad rush to secure admission and even legally questionable documents are submitted to fulfill 3-km distance criteria and income ceiling. Apart from aided and unaided state board schools, CBSE, ICSE and schools affiliated to other boards are also expected to comply with RTE requirement and this time there is strict monitoring of the entire scheme.

The education department expects to get about 50,000 applications on-line and claims they are gearing up to handle this heavy admission process. The exact number of seats available will be known after schools fill out their data, but department is estimating the figure to be around 10,000.

Education department first like to try this in urban area as there is heavy demand from this sector. Later on it will be expanded to rural sector.

RTE admission calendar for 2015-16 admissions

- Schools will register details on-line from February 9. - On-line applications to be allowed by parents from February 23 - Education officers conduct admissions through manual lottery - It will be schools’ prerogative to refuse admission if documents are not in order.

“Reduce burden of bag”

It is the initiative of School Education Minister Vinod Tawde to reduce the burden of bag. To discuss this issue, District Collector Abhishek Krishna had convened a meeting on Friday at St. Ursula Girls school. A select panel of principals were invited to share their views on how the burden of heavy school bags can be solved.

The meeting was addressed by Kishor Chaudhari, Education Officer (Primary). He told Principals to give suggestions on reducing burden of bag. The academicians shared their ideas. Suggestions from Amravati and Nagpur divisions have been taken and these will be compiled.

Shahid Sharif, a social activist who is demanding to reduce the burden of load, since long had expressed his views on Thursday. Kishor Chaudhari also talked about on-line RTE admissions. He explained to the Principals how RTE on-line admission process will be conducted.

When the issue of summer vacations was raised by Chaudhari, the Principals told him that the schools close by around April 15 and re-opens by June end. They also clarified that the schools do not ask students to attend classes during summer vacations.

Maharashtra government will use Google Maps to ensure that students are allocated schools close to their homes, in the on-line admissions to seats under the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year. The admissions are expected to start in the approaching weeks.

Trained officials from Education department will independently review the locations filled in by schools and parents in on-line applications, to make sure that they are accurately mapped. This safeguard has been introduced this year since last year several students were allocated schools far away from their homes.

What about minority institutions?

Minority institutions have got exemption from the RTE quota as the Supreme Court had excluded educational institutions having minority tag from RTE ambit. However, the schools are free to admit RTE seats as part of their social responsibility. In any case, the minority institutions are required to fill at least 51 per cent students from the defined linguistic or religious minority for whom the school has been primarily established.

All minority institutions are expected to allot seats to minority students as per norm, said Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

State to tie up with NIC this time

Last year, the state government had tied up with the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) organisation to hold on-line admissions to fill 25 per cent quota. This year, it has tied up with the National Informatics Centre. The NIC has institutional linkages with all the ministries, departments of the central government.

There will be 25 help centres in city

Since majority of the applicant parents are unlikely to be Internet savvy the government has decided to start 25 help centres in Nagpur city which will provide free service of filling up the on-line forms for parents. Once the applicant enters his residential pin code in the on-line form, the software will show schools where admission can be taken. These schools will be within a 3 km radius from the residence. Documents will have to scanned and attached with the on-line form. “Submitting the form on-line does not guarantee admission. Schools will scrutinise the documents and reserve the right to refuse admission if things are not in order. Only government issued address proof will be acceptable, hence rent agreements are out,” said an official.

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Finally, March 15 deadline for Pench-IV water project

Pench-IV project to augment water supply to the Orange City, which has got delayed, will be commissioned on March 15 as per the new deadline. With the trial run and commissioning of the project o... Read More
Pench-IV project to augment water supply to the Orange City, which has got delayed, will be commissioned on March 15 as per the new deadline. With the trial run and commissioning of the project on March 15, the city is likely to get 115 million litres per day (MLD) additional water supply.

This was disclosed by Pravin Datke, Mayor, soon after a review meeting chaired by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, at Ravi Bhavan here on Friday evening. Gadkari called the meeting to take stock of the progress of various developmental projects of the city. Shrawan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner, and other officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) briefed the minister on the latest status of various projects including 24x7 water supply, city bus service, Pench-IV, development of hospitals, markets, and shopping complexes, as well as Orange City Street project etc.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Datke said that the total cost of Pench-IV project was Rs 156.22 crore. Of a total 10 components, work on eight had been completed at the cost of Rs 135.13 crore. The work of remaining two components was in progress, he added. Package-2 of the project comprises design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of 115 MLD output capacity Water Treatment Plant (WTP) near village Godhani. As on February 1, 2015, the officers informed Gadkari in the meeting, charging of power supply line from Mankapur sub-station to Godhani WTP will be completed by February 8. Besides, charging of sub-station at Godhani will be done by February 15. The deadline set for trial run and commissioning is March 15.

As far as construction of elevated storage reservoirs (ESRs) and ground storage reservoirs (GSRs) is concerned, the works of Shantinagar, Nandanvan-I, Kharbi Road, Sakkardara, Pratap Nagar, Indora-I, Indora-II, Binaki-I, Binaki-II, Bastarwari-I, Jaitala, Bastarwari-II, Bhandewadi, and Omkar Nagar were completed. However, the ESR/GSR at Jaitala and Bastarwari-II are ‘not taken in use’ by Nagpur Environment Services Limited (NESL). The structure of ESRs/GSRs was completed but hydraulic testing had remained in cases of Nandanvan-II, Pardi-I, Pardi-II, Hanuman Nagar, and Seminary Hill. In case of Trimurti Nagar, roof slab and piping work was to be done.

The Pench-IV project under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was supposed to be operational in 2012. However, delay resulted in cost escalation. The initial project cost was Rs 61.96 crore as in December 2006, but it increased to Rs 110 crore in 2010 when the work order was issued, and now the total cost is pegged at Rs 156.22 crore. With the commissioning of the plant expected on March 15 now, the city will get additional water of 115 MLD. The city’s drinking water supply will increase from 640 MLD at present to 755 MLD.

Replying to a question, Datke told reporters that NMC was to receive Rs 254 crore under JNNURM. “We expect that the State Government’s share of Rs 70 crore will be released soon. For the Centre’s share under JNNURM, we will be meeting Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu under the leadership of Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari,” Datke said. MLC Prof Anil Sole also will accompany Gadkari. Soon, he said, 10 per cent of the Centre’s share may be released to NMC.

MLC Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare; Munna Pokulwar, Deputy Mayor; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Narendra Borkar, Standing Committee chief; Ramesh Singare, Girish Deshmukh, Sunil Agrawal; Shrawan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; corporators, contractors, consultants were present in the meeting.

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Former Dy PM Advani releases book on Swami Vivekanand on his visit to Raipur

“By following the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the great visionary of India, our country can achieve the pinnacle of glory in the world,” asserted Former Deputy Prime Minister Lalkrishna Adv... Read More
“By following the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, the great visionary of India, our country can achieve the pinnacle of glory in the world,” asserted Former Deputy Prime Minister Lalkrishna Advani.

He, while addressing the release ceremony of the book 'Vandaniya Vivekanand', published by a local Hindi daily, here on Wednesday, said that there is a need for ideal men walking on the path shown by Swami Vivekanand.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal and Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanand Ashram, Raipur’s Chief Swami Satyaroopanand were especially present during the occasion.

Advani said that Swami Vivekanand felt that India needed spiritual and human values-based machinery that is dedicated to the nation and build people with character. He further appreciated the efforts of Editor of Hindi daily Rajendra Sharma and his team for publishing the book on Swami Vivekanand.

“The great Indian passed away at the age of 39 years but his footprints are still seen on the intellectual and spiritual ground of the entire Universe,” he added. Advani while referring to the historic address of Swami Vivekanand at Chicago (USA) World Religious Conference said that the entire world was spell-bound with his knowledge and oratory. He spoke of the contribution of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in spreading awareness of the teachings of Great Saint and awakening the masses to great spiritual heritage. He hailed the Herculean efforts of RSS founder Late Dr Hegdewar. Advani remembered Eknath Ranade for his efforts in constructing the Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. Ranade united the great people of entire country to build the Memorial.

In his address, Chief Minister Dr Singh said that the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the former Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Advani played a crucial role in carving out Chhattisgarh State. He revealed that Swami Vivekanand spent two years of his childhood in Raipur only for which the entire State people feel proud of Swami's association with Chhattisgarh.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar, School Education and Adivasi Development Minister Kedar Kashyap, Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bais, State Haj Committee Chairman Dr Salim Raj, MLA Devji Bhai Patel and Dr Vimal Chopra, former Assembly Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik, former Agriculture Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu besides, representatives from media and intellectual groups were present on the occasion. Poornendu Saksena also gave his address during the programme.

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Jaundice outbreak-RMC carries out door-to-door survey, distributes tablets

In an effort to counter the Jaundice outbreak the Zone-7 team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) carried out a door-to-door survey on Wednesday in the Kamasi Para area and distributed around 100... Read More
In an effort to counter the Jaundice outbreak the Zone-7 team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) carried out a door-to-door survey on Wednesday in the Kamasi Para area and distributed around 1000 chlorine tablets there. The team also collected blood samples of eight people whom they suspected to be suffering from symptoms of Jaundice. The team during their visit also appealed the people of the ward to drink only boiled water.

As per the instructions of RMC Commissioner Awanish Kumar Sharan and Mayor Pramod Dubey, a special cleanliness drive was also carried out in Sadar Bazar ward under which clogged drains were cleaned and garbage was also picked up from roads. It may be learned that Kamasi Paraarea is most affected by recent Jaundice outbreak and hence RMC Commissioner and Mayor have ordered for regular monitoring of the area. Meanwhile, a special mobile team of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) has been constituted to deal instantly with the water pipeline leakage problems that are reported by people on ‘Nidaan 1100’. The first van of the team was flagged off by Mayor Pramod Dubey on Wednesday. It need be mentioned here that the team that has been constituted will immediately reach the venue where leakage in water pipeline would be reported by people and take necessary steps to resolve the issue.

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C’garh Art, Cuisine; a centre of attraction in Surajkund Mela

Both art and culture and the traditional cuisine of Chhattisgarh has become the centre of attraction for the visitors during the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 organised at Fari... Read More
Both art and culture and the traditional cuisine of Chhattisgarh has become the centre of attraction for the visitors during the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 organised at Faridabad (Haryana).

It needs to be mentioned that Chhattisgarh is the theme state of the internationally acclaimed fair, where one can see artifacts, statues along with stalls of traditional cuisines like ‘thetki’, ‘khurmi’, ‘farra’, ‘chilha’ and last but not the least famous ‘bhajia and chutni’.

Most of the big statues being kept for decoration of the venue is made by a 50-member team of artists led by Ankush Dewangan and Ashok Dewangan. Ankush informed that it took over a month for them to make the main gate, made up of metal besides replicas of tourist destinations like Taalagaon, Malhar etc besides carving small artificial scenes of villages.

“We have also tried to recreate the traditional fair Mela-Madayi at the Surajkund Mela. In every corner of the venue, one could witness the representation of Chhattisgarh. The best part is that our local artists are being very much appreciated by people from across the globe,” he added.

The main artifacts made at the Mela venue are replicas of Barsur’s Lord Ganesha idol, Lakshmana Temple in Sirpur and Rudra Shiv of Taalagaon. It needs to be mentioned here that while Chhattisgarh is the theme State, showcasing its unique cultural and historical heritage in an impressive manner, country Lebanon is the Partner Nation of the occasion.

The popularity of Chhattisgarh could be ascertained from the fact that Pandvani exponent and recipient of Padma Bhushan Teejan Bai performed for the three consecutive day during the Mela. One of the Nodal Officers from Chhattisgarh Dr Yogendra Choubey said that the Mela has provided a great opportunity to present the art, culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh. “The state has the largest tribal population and unique art forms which make it stand apart from the rest,” he added.

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Special drive in State for recruitment into Navy soon

There will be a special drive or rallies in Chhattisgarh for recruitment into Navy soon. Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on the advice of ... Read More
There will be a special drive or rallies in Chhattisgarh for recruitment into Navy soon. Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain on the advice of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh agreed to hold special rallies for recruitment into the Indian Navy. Dr Raman Singh while conversing with Atul Kumar Jain at his official residence brought up the proposal. He said the State will co-operate with Naval authorities in setting-up a Indian Naval training base and recruitment and Sainik Welfare Board in Chhattisgarh. Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain informed the Chief Minister that Navy is keen on establishing a training base at Dhamtari based Pandit Ravishankar Irrigation Canal (Gangrel Irrigation Canal) and a Naval Recruitment and Sainik Welfare Board at Naya Raipur.

Dr Raman Singh accepted the proposal and urged the Naval officer to conduct rallies for recruitment of youth in the Navy. The district administration will make arrangements for the special rallies. There is an upward swing in the youth joining the Navy from State. The authorities are providing training to the aspirants also. Chief Minister's Joint Secretary Rajat Kumar and many senior officers of the Navy were present during the meeting.

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Dalei writes to CS recommending transfer of Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati

Taking stern action against incumbent Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati for leaving his district without the permission of State Election Commission to receive MGNREGS award in Delhi, the Chh... Read More
Taking stern action against incumbent Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati for leaving his district without the permission of State Election Commission to receive MGNREGS award in Delhi, the Chhattisgarh State Election Commissioner PC Dalei has recommended disciplinary action against the collector including his transfer. SEC Dalei has written a letter to Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand in this regard.

Speaking to media persons, Dalei said that KC Dev Senapati was issued show cause notice and his reply was not found to be satisfactory after which the letter was written to CS Dhand. He said that Naxal incidents had continually been occurring in Dantewada ever since Panchayat elections were announced and absence of Collector at such crucial juncture cannot be pardoned. He said that Dantewada Collector KC Dev Senapati had sought permission from General Administration Department (GAD) to attend the ceremony in Delhi where Dantewada district was one of the MGNREGS award recipients. Sources informed that GAD opined that Collector should seek permission from SEC. Sources informed that KC Dev Senapati left Dantewada on Feb 1 despite not having received requisite permission from SEC.

Speaking to media persons after completion of third phase of Panchayat elections, Dalei informed that two Naxal incidents were reported from Kondagaon district where poll materials were looted. The incident took place in Churegaon (polling center 64) and Kawagaon (polling center 65) in Kehskal block of Kondagaon district. He said that another incident of error in ballot paper was registered in ward 2, poll center 260 in Gram Panchayat Kargikala of Kota block in Bilaspur district. He said that provisional poll percentage in third phase of Panchayat elections is 68 percent.

Dalei informed that 4520350 voters including 2278211 male and 2242139 female voters cast their votes in third phase Panchayat polls. The third phase covered 26 districts and 51 Janpad Panchayats which included 9435 polling centers. SEC Dalei informed that 47775 officers/staffers were deployed in third phase and that number of sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling stations is respectively 3695 and 1575.

Dalei said that Sarguja and Dhamtari registered maximum vote percentage with 84 percent while Naxal afflicted Bijapur registered grim 15 percent polling. He said that final voting figures are expected by Thursday. Similarly, Dantewada, Sukma, Kanker, Bastar and Narainpur registered respectively 40, 25, 56, 55 and 60 percent voting in III rd phase. Again, Janjgir-Champa, Balrampur and Rajnandgaon districts registered 80, 82 and 82 percent voting respectively.

In so far as fourth and final phase of Panchayat elections are concerned, SEC Dalei informed that voting would be held in Gariaband and Dhamtari districts on Feb 6 between 7 am to 3 pm. Total number of polling stations instituted for fourth phase is 525 out of which 222 are sensitive and 95 are hyper-sensitive. A total of 1302 Panch, 219 Sarpanch, 63 Janpad members and 9 zila Panchayat members are in electoral fray for fourth phase Panchayat polls. Over 1.25 voters would be eligible to cast their votes in fourth phase Panchayat polls, he said.

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Smart City: Top companies make presentation at NRDA

To focus on ‘Smart City’ concept for Naya Raipur, international and national consultant companies made their elaborate presentation at the two-day presentation workshop by Naya Raipur Develop... Read More
To focus on ‘Smart City’ concept for Naya Raipur, international and national consultant companies made their elaborate presentation at the two-day presentation workshop by Naya Raipur Development Authority here on Wednesday. On the opening day 31 companies made their presentation mainly emphasizing on ‘Green City Concept’. Briefing the various company officials before the presentation, NRDA CEO Amit Kataria said that ‘we had a vision of building Naya Raipur based on best models and practices all over the world and it is like a dream come true by seeing the plan in action.’ He said that the land use in Naya Raipur is one of best in the country which is close to 26 per cent of the land will have green vegetation cover and it would also include three lakes and a jungle safari. Another 26 percent of the land will be used for residential area, 23 percent for public and semi-public purposes and the rest for transport, commercial and industrial use. Based on the transit-oriented development (TOD) concept, the city roads are 100 meter wide and the public transportation is based on bus rapid transport system (BRTS).

Adding on Amit Kataria said that the city has three long spine roads on the north-south axis. The city is being readied in three phases or layers as NRDA calls them, covering a total area of 8,013 hectare or 75 sq km. This includes 75 km of road network, all government buildings, including the capitol complex which is the house of secretariat and the legislative assembly, residential sectors, hospitals, central business  districts (CBD), a five-star hotel, a cricket stadium and a knowledge park housing educational research institutions. He said sustainability green building concept is not expensive it just requires the inner willingness and sense of responsibility, adding that we are focusing more on sustainability than aesthetic sense. 

Meanwhile, the companies which made presentation on the opening day regarding Smart City concept focused on eco-green probase roads, a revolution in road technology, affordable housing, architectural innovation and sustainability, energy conservation through plastics and windows sustainability.

The companies which are participating in the presentation includes Oracle, SAP, Cisco, ABB, Microsoft, Honeywell, ZTE Telecom, Motorola Solution, CMS, Infosys, IBM, L&T Construction, HCL Technology, Wipro Limited, LG India, Reliance Telecom, Ericsson , GI India and other prominent companies.

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Durg district lacks facilities to fight menace of Swine Flu cases

It seems that the health department of Durg district lacks facilities to combat the menace of Swine Flu cases. Apart from shortage of essential drugs (Oseltamivir or tami-flu) for this infection... Read More
It seems that the health department of Durg district lacks facilities to combat the menace of Swine Flu cases. Apart from shortage of essential drugs (Oseltamivir or tami-flu) for this infection several ventilators are also reported not working in government hospitals and health centers for last so many months because of improper maintenance.

Out of 20 ventilators in different public hospitals and Community Health Centers (CHCs) across three blocks of the Durg district, at present 15 are not in working state for last so many months and some for years especially in CHCs of the remote rural areas.

It may be mentioned that ventilator is a life saving equipment that helps a patient breathe. A hospital requires ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU), Tuberculosis (Tb) ward, neonatal ICU and casualty wards. Since Swine flu or H1N1 virus is very a dangerous disease as its infection spreads rapidly at different parts of the human body and causes various complications such as breathing problem, body ache and digestive problems. In this situation, ventilators is necessary in hospitals and CHCs to give relief to the patient suffering from acute breathing problem before transferring them to the Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital Raipur and other big hospitals of the state.

In second largest state-run hospital of the Chhattisgarh, Shri Pandurang Ramarao Dongaonkar (SPRD) District Government Hospital Durg, only 2 ventilators amongst 5 are currently in working state. The ventilator of ICU and neonatal sick care unit are in operating stage whereas the remaining three, one each at TB or Isolation Ward, Casualty Ward and Maternity Wards have not been operated for last so many months owing to technical problems and lack of maintenance.

Similarly, in Lal Bahadur Shastri Civil Hospital Bhilainagar, out of three ventilator machines, only one is in working state for the last 10 months. On the other hand amongst 8 CHCs of the district, ventilator machine is in functioning state only in CHC Nikum and Utai of Durg block while the machine of CHCs in Ahiwara, Borai, Dhamdha and Kumhari in Dhamdha block and CHCs Patan and Jheet in Patan block is not working for last so many months. ‘It is really a matter of concern that one hand there has been a rising in the cases of Swine Flu infection across all districts of the state including Durg district, essential Tami-Flu drugs and ventilator systems are unavailable in all public hospitals and put the life of patient at danger’ said one senior medical officer of Durg District Health Department.

Sandeep Tamrakar, District Programme Manager of National Health Mission stated that there is no shortage of funds but district health department should inform Chhattisgarh Health Services about the shortfall and get equipment for benefits of poor patients and handle the situation in Swine Flu or other serious problems, he added.

When contacted, Dr. Prashant Shrivastava, Chief Medical and Health Officer of the district asserted that at present most of the ventilators are working especially at public hospitals of urban parts. On poor status of machines in CHCs of rural areas he pointed that owing to some technical problems some machines are not functioning but very soon all ventilators in public hospitals and centers would be made functional.

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SHO Civil Lines police station denies lathi charge

SHO of Civil Line police has denied that the police force did not use cane charge during the agitation of advocates against Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and a video recording of the... Read More
SHO of Civil Line police has denied that the police force did not use cane charge during the agitation of advocates against Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court and a video recording of the incident has also been made, on February 2.

In a letter to the Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court, SHO of Civil Line police station, Prafull Shrivastava, on February 2, informed that on February 2 at about 1:30 pm more than 300 advocates were staging demonstration and raising slogans against the Chief Justice of MPHC. Taking a preventive action, CSP, Omti and he along with police team tried to pacify the issue and advised the advocates for stopping demonstration at the high court premises. The agitated advocates tried to enter the porch of Chief Justice office but police team managed to stop them for avoiding any untoward incident. During the demonstration, Vedprakash, Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur also advised the advocates for avoiding their agitation. When the police team tried to stop the advocates to enter the court premises, advocates misbehaved with policemen but taking precautionary measure, police advised the advocates to turn back.

Through the letter, SHO, Prafull Maheshwari informed that the police did not use any cane charge and prepared during the demonstration of advocates.

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Police still clueless in shoot out case

Hanumantal police are failed in finding any clue of accused involved in shoot out of a listed criminal at his house situated in Dhalgar Mohalla area even after the passing out of more than 36-hou... Read More
Hanumantal police are failed in finding any clue of accused involved in shoot out of a listed criminal at his house situated in Dhalgar Mohalla area even after the passing out of more than 36-hours of the incident.

It may be noted that Golu Ayyaz, a listed criminal of the area was shot dead by his rivals following a gang-war at his house in the intervening night of January 2 and 3.

The man was killed due to three bullet injuries on his head, ear and face in an indiscriminate firing by unidentified persons. IPS Vivek Singh, CSP, Hanumantal informed that the incident is outcome of a gang war between members of two groups of anti-social elements.

The deceased was a habitual criminal and more than one dozen cases of sensitive crime incidents have been registered against him at different areas of the city. Separate police teams have been constituted for identifying and apprehending the accused and police are assured for soon apprehending the accused.

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Over 14,000 prefer NOTA

Above 14,000 voters in Civic Bodies Election 2015 in the Jabalpur have used the NOTA (Pink Button) the none of the Above Option in Electronic Voting Machines. IN the Corporator elections the to... Read More
Above 14,000 voters in Civic Bodies Election 2015 in the Jabalpur have used the NOTA (Pink Button) the none of the Above Option in Electronic Voting Machines. IN the Corporator elections the total number of votes casted as NOTA were 7,503 people shown dislike for the Corporator candidates in the fray while refusal for the Mayoral Candidates in election around 6948 NOTA were counted. It may be mentioned that that the Election Commission of India had incepted the design of None of the Above (NOTA) button to be used first time for polling in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in Assembly Elections - 2013 in five states.

Use of None of the Above (NOTA) option proved dear to many candidates for the post of Corporators. As the margin of votes between two nearest rivals that are nearer in various wards like in ward number 19, Kamla Nehru Ward where total 222 votes were registered as NOTA. A large number of voters have expressed their ire against the candidates particularly of Congress and BJP who were in fray and used the right of NOTA provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the voters to register their vote by using NOTA button on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as mark of right of voters to refuse.

As per final results of ward in which NOTA voting has made impact and affected the elections of candidates of political parties. In this the nomination of independent candidate including one of Govind Vallabh Pant Ward number 26 in which winning Mrs Pooja Sitram Sen an independent Candidate got 2587 votes against nearest rival of Amita Dilip Sahu 2538 votes. In this ward the use of NOTA was over 68 votes and the margin of defeat and win was just 49 votes.

Similarly in other wards the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Maya Devi Bamnel got 2201 and won the election with margin of 125 votes in the ward number 44 the Acharya Vinobha Bhave ward elections to her nearest rival of Bhagwati Jharia of Indian National Congress who got 2076 votes. In this election total 137 NOTA votes were registered. Similar are the cases reported in few other cases that are having close contest.

The highest NOTA votes were registered in Kamla Nehru Ward in which BJP Candidate Sandhya Patel got 3977 registered victory against Reena Munna Sen of INC got 2314. But the difference was 1663 votes. In this NOTA registration could be termed remarkable. A total of 7503 NOTA votes were cast against candidates in fray in all seventy-nine wards.

While in the Mayoral Elections the registration of NOTA cannot be ignored as the number is in four figures crossing 6948 votes. In this election winning BJP candidate Dr. Swati Godbole got 298433 votes and her rival INC candidate Mrs Geeta Sharat Tiwari got 212942 votes.

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Drug Inspector to start inspection of medical stores

Drug Inspector along with high officials of district administration and health official would start inspection of medical Stores in the district soon. The inspection is being started under the ... Read More
Drug Inspector along with high officials of district administration and health official would start inspection of medical Stores in the district soon. The inspection is being started under the direction of Chief Medical and Health Officer.

CMHO has given direction for inspection after repeated complaint were made before him through personal, written and other means, that some of Medical Stores are indulge in irregularities like selling medicine on high rate than MRP, selling physician sample, selling the some schedule H category drug with out qualified doctors prescription.

In another complaint it was also written that some of whole sale medical store are throwing their expired goods in open area at Civic Center, which could cause pollution in the areas, Animal may also loose life after consumption.

Take serious note on the issue, CMHO has started process for constitution of the Team Comprising of Officials of SDM representing District Administration, Drug Inspector and other officials. Team would conduct inspection of Medical Stores and verify whether they are running Medical Stores as per norms decided in the Drug and Cosmetic Act 1945. They would inspect the parameters like whether Pharmacist is sitting in the shop or not, whether the Shop owner is running shop in the area prescribed in the Licenses, whether the expiry date medicine is kept in separate shelf, whether Schedule H drugs and medicine are being sale on the prescription or without prescription over the counter, dust of medicine etc. Team would verify whether the Medicine shop owner as per norms described under the Act. In case any Medicine shop found running with many irregularities, Team would recommend to Log FIR or cancel the drug license.

Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr B S Chouhan said there are many complaint of irregularity come before him in last few monthly, taking note we have decided to constitute a team.

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BJP retains control over JMC

Putting up an impressive win, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday retained control over Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, by winning more that fifty per cent wards of the city.Read More
Putting up an impressive win, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday retained control over Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, by winning more that fifty per cent wards of the city.

The BJP has registered its big win in 41 wards while Congress has to satisfy itself with 29 out of total 79 wards. This time, Independent candidates too have proved their metal by registering their win in 7 wards. The Shiv Sena candidates too have retained dominance in both two wards. The citizens once again reposed great faith in BJP. All heavy weight candidates of BJP are able to secure their win. Not lagging behind all popular names of Congress party also maintained their reputation in the election.

However giving jolt to BJP, Congress candidates in West assembly have maintained their dominance and broke all hopes of BJP of performing well and increasing its tally from the area. Congress candidates have registered their win in eight ward, BJP in seven, Shiv Sena in two and one ward won by Independent Candidate, backed by a Congress rebellion.

BJP has performed well in Cantonment area by winning eight wards out of total 11 wards of the Assembly. It has also proved dominance in newly added wards by ensuring victory in 7 out of 9 wards. BJP’s performance in North Central Assembly was remain moderate due to presence of muslim dominated areas where people greatly supported Congress candidates. Here BJP won 10 wards out of 20.

Congress has a reason to smile as it has registered its win in 12 wards out of 21 Wards of East Assembly. Here BJP remain second by securing only 8 wards. Although there was a tough fight seen in many wards where BJP candidates over took meagre lead till final rounds but in many wards they trailed in initial rounds thenceforth never look back till clearing their majority in the last round of counting.

Shiv Sena and Independent candidates in some wards gave major shock to candidates of two arch rival parties i.e. Congress and BJP. They performed splendid. Thaneshwar Mahawar, a senior Shiv Sena leader and former Corporator, registered big win over candidates of both Congress and BJP. Similarly, another Shiv Sena candidate, Durga Bai Patel, mother of Dilip Patel who is also a former Corporator of Garha ward retain win from the ward. While ensuring their thunderous presence for the first time Independent candidates performed splendid in as many as seven wards. The win of Anamika Amrish Mishra, Congress candidate from Subhadra Kumari Chouhan ward has been deemed a biggest win for the party, as Mishra is able to break BJP’s castle. She has won the home ward of BJP’s Mayoral Candidate, Dr Swati Godbole. Anamika Mishra has defeated her arch rival party candidate, Ashwarya Dheeraj Shah by a margin of 306 votes.

The first message of happiness came in favour of Independent candidates, when Amar Rajak, candidate of Banarsidas Bhanot won the election by defeating candidate of both arch rival party, BJP and Congress.

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BJP’s Swati Godbole is new Mayor

The historic win with huge margin of 84,588 votes the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole along with 41 Corporators for new team in local Government at Jabalpur... Read More
The historic win with huge margin of 84,588 votes the Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole along with 41 Corporators for new team in local Government at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, reflects the trust showered by city residents on BJP as an expression of thirst for development.

In the Municipal Election issue of city development as Smart City with emphasis on business and industrial development were highlights in election campaign of the BJP Candidate. The business organisations of the city and Mahakoshal region also suggested possibilities of industrial and business development in round of meeting with political parties. Ongoing month of February, witnesses historic win of BJP in Municipal Elections for successive third term.

As a reward for citizen after the historic win of BJP Mayoral Candidate, coming weeks would be right time to express want of development in city before State Government and Union Government. In the last of this month the Union Government would table the General Budget. In this budget the ruling party of local government must ask for special package for the city development covering business and industrial besides infrastructure and other amenities.

On political fronts it is believed that prior to the general budget the government and concerned departments gives special attention on demands raised for the development issues related to employment and infrastructure development.

There are various demands related to infrastructure development like construction of fly-overs on busy crossings like one Choti Line Phatak connecting Wright town or Napier town another from Super Market to Milonigunj, one demanded earlier to resolve traffic problem at Ghamapur square and jams occurred frequentely.

Now with historic win of BJP Mayoral Candidate the city seeing with great expectations towards the local government that after a long wait demands like development of a cultural centre, mini-metro, operation of common business centers for whole sellers of different trades, beautification and development of places of historical and archeological importance, international level Sports arena in the city would be given due importance and would come on ground and see light of the day.

Bharatiya Janata Party Mayoral Candidate Dr Swati Sadanand Godbole expressing sense of gratitude towards the residents of city for their trust and belief they showered upon Bharatiya Janata Party and its policies for the development in this election. She promises to work for the over all development of city and to fulfill promises and priorities made by her for business possibilities.

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Brother-in-law murders 40-year-old man

Brother-in-law murdered a 40-year-old man in Gunga locality of State capital here on Tuesday. Police solved the murder mystery within a few hours. SDOP Bairasia Shanu Aftab Ali told ‘The Hitava... Read More
Brother-in-law murdered a 40-year-old man in Gunga locality of State capital here on Tuesday. Police solved the murder mystery within a few hours. SDOP Bairasia Shanu Aftab Ali told ‘The Hitavada’ that Vijay Nigam aka Wahid Mohammad, 40, was a resident of Gunga area. On Tuesday, his body was found lying in suspicious condition and the body had injury marks over it. Police initiated investigation in the matter after sending the body for post-mortem. In the initial investigation it was learned that Wahid aka Vijay Nigam, 40, son of Shambhu Nigam, basically hailed from Biaora in State and was presently residing in Golkhedi. Wahid used to work as a rag-picker and married Nasreen from the locality 20 years ago. Wahid had seven kids with Nasreen but he was a drunkard and used to stay intoxicated most of the times. Whatever he earned he used to spend on purchasing alcohol. Neighbours of Wahid told that he and Nasreen used to have regular arguments. On Tuesday also, Nasreen and Wahid had heated argument after which Nasreen left for her brother’s house who stays in the same village. Nasir, Nasreen’s brother, got agitated when his sister reached his doorstep in tears. Nasir went to confront Wahid but they had heated argument and Nasir in a feat of rage hit Wahid with a heavy stone after which he fled from the scene. Police when learnt that Wahid and his wife had argument they approached Nasreen and Nasir. On sternly questioning Nasir confessed of attacking and killing his brother-in-law. Police have registered a case under Section 302 of IPC against Nasir and have arrested him.

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Chief Manager jumps off 2nd floor of PNB building, dies

A senior officer of a nationalised bank committed suicide after jumping from second-floor of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) regional office building here in Arera Hills on Wednesday afternoon. Read More
A senior officer of a nationalised bank committed suicide after jumping from second-floor of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) regional office building here in Arera Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

MP Nagar police station TI Brajesh Bhargava told ‘The Hitavada’ that Sanjay Shrivastava, 48, son of Mukteshwarlal Shrivastava, basically hailing from Lucknow, was posted as Chief Manager in the IT department at regional office of Punjab National Bank and used to reside at Chunna Bhatti area with his family.

On Wednesday afternoon, bank employees heard thump sound of falling of a person. When they reached outside they found Shrivastava lying in a pool of blood unconscious. Reportedly, all the employees were reluctant in carrying injured Shrivastava in their cars so 108 ambulance was called which took the victim to hospital. Some crucial time was wasted waiting for the ambulance. He was rushed to National Hospital by his colleagues where doctors declared him brought dead. According to employees of the bank, Shrivastava reached office on time alike every day and seemed normal. Shrivastava, who heads the IT Department, first met his colleagues like every morning. In the afternoon he got out of his cabin while talking on mobile phone. After ending the call, Shrivastava had soup prepared in the kitchen.

Following which he reached the balcony on the second floor of the building. People though saw him going to the balcony but initially everyone failed to tell if Shrivastava fell down by mistake or he attempted suicide or it was foul play of someone. ASI Satendra Dwivedi, investigation officer in the case, said that a suicide note was found in victim’s pocket in which he mentioned that he is taking extreme step as he is unable to do bank work and his family should not be harassed. After receiving the information police rushed to the spot and a team seized the body from hospital and sent it to Hamidia Hospital for autopsy. Police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC and are investigating the matter.

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Alok Sharma promises to live up to expectations

Newly elected Mayor Alok Sharma has said that he is going to fulfill the promise of turning city into beautiful, clean and digital city. Apart from this, his priority would be to introduce light ... Read More
Newly elected Mayor Alok Sharma has said that he is going to fulfill the promise of turning city into beautiful, clean and digital city. Apart from this, his priority would be to introduce light metro train in city for facilitation of mass transport facility.

Speaking exclusively to ‘The Hitavada’ soon after winning the Mayor election, Alok Sharma said that he is going to fulfill the promise of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to do over all development in city. The blue print of Wi-Fi facility for city would be prepared. Notably, BJP had promised to connect all wards of city with Wi-Fi facility in its election manifesto. Talking about Light Metro Train (LMT), he said that already Detail Project Report of LMT is prepared and he would try to provide impetus to the project. He also said that he is going to ensure that various lakes of city should remain pollution-free. Apart from this, he would not hesitate in seeking the suggestion and advice of his rival and defeated Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra in various development related works of city.

I was defeated rather by Government not by public, says Kailash Mishra

Defeated Mayoral candidate of Congress, Kailash Mishra spoke to “The Hitavada” and said that it is not public rather BJP government which had defeated him. Mishra said that he suffered massive loss due to BJP led state government and district administration.

He said that tags of some EVMs were found burnt at old jail premises where counting was done and when he tried to attract the attention of district administration, he got the cold shoulder. In this regard he is going to file petition in court.

According to him, one EVM containing votes of corporator election was found during the counting of Mayor votes. Alleging that ruling party misused government machinery to clinch the Mayoral election victory, he said his fight was not with BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma rather he had indirect fight with state government, ministers and even with district administration.

However, he claimed that he got support from all leaders of Congress in campaigning.

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Cong complains of tags, seals of some EVMs lying burnt

In middle of counting process, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra came to know that in a corner of old jail premises, tags and seals of some EVMs were lying burnt.

He reached there and... Read More
In middle of counting process, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra came to know that in a corner of old jail premises, tags and seals of some EVMs were lying burnt.

He reached there and took stock of the situation. Later, he lodged a proper complaint to attract attention of district administration. Congress had also lodged objection with EVM carrying votes of corporator was included in the counting of Mayoral votes.

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CM Chouhan congratulates Mayors, winners

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated winners of elections for Mayor of 4 Municipal Corporations. Chouhan has congratulated Alok Sharma (Bhopal), Malini Gaud (Indore), Kanta Sada... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has congratulated winners of elections for Mayor of 4 Municipal Corporations. Chouhan has congratulated Alok Sharma (Bhopal), Malini Gaud (Indore), Kanta Sadarang (Chhindwara) and Swati Godbole (Jabalpur) for being elected as Mayors. Chouhan also congratulated winners of elections for Chairperson and Corporators of other urban bodies. Chouhan has also thanked voters for peaceful elections.

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Bhopal elects Alok Sharma as its Mayor

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Alok Sharma has won the Mayoral election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation by trouncing Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra by a vast margin of 86,332 v... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Alok Sharma has won the Mayoral election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation by trouncing Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra by a vast margin of 86,332 votes on Wednesday. After winning the election, Alok Sharma promised to live up to the public expectations and to turn city into modern and digital one.Earlier, the counting of Mayoral votes started at 9 am at old jail premises amid tight security arrangements. BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra reached old jail premises along with their supporters and started to keep a close watch on the counting of votes. Interestingly, Alok Sharma continued to maintain lead against Congress candidate Kailash Mishra from first round onwards and with each round, his lead only increased. While situation was reverse with Kailash Mishra as he lagged behind Alok Sharma in every round of counting. Total fifteen rounds counting was done and after last round counting, Alok Sharma was declared elected as new Mayor of city.

Hours before declaration of final result, BJP MLAs, including Vishwas Sarang, Rameshwar Sharma, Surendranath Singh and MP Alok Sanjar, reached the counting venue and where confident that Alok Sharma is going to win the election. In tenth round, Alok Sharma had received lead of more than 50,000 and it was at that time only everyone started to congratulate Alok about his possible victory. In the last phase of counting, Higher Education Minister Umashankar Gupta had also reached old jail premises. No sooner did the result were announced that it is Alok Sharma who had won the Mayor election, all these big leaders congratulated Sharma with great warmth. Meanwhile, Congress Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra looked tense from first round of counting and after tenth round counting result, he had got the idea that he had lost the election. He was sitting with former Mayor Sunil Sood, district Congress President PC Sharma, Arif Masood, Rajeev Singh etc, seen discussing that Alok Sharma is going to win with more than 50,000 votes.When the counting process was underway, workers of BJP and Congress were keeping their leaders update about the votes polled by them. Congress workers were coming up to Kailash Mishra and were seen complaining about irregularities they have noticed.

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‘Proper planning required to control swine flu’

Influenza spreads between humans when infected people cough or sneeze, through small droplets containing viruses, then other people breathe in the virus or touch something with the virus on it th... Read More
Influenza spreads between humans when infected people cough or sneeze, through small droplets containing viruses, then other people breathe in the virus or touch something with the virus on it then touch their own face, eyes, nose, mouth. The infection is most contagious during the first 5 days of the illness, can remain up to 10 days also. Virus comes out through sniffing remains alive for two hours, said Dr Ashok Arbat, noted Chest Physician and Managing Director of KRIMS Hospital while addressing a press conference.

Since January this year, Dr Arbat said, 11 persons died of swine flu in Nagpur division. He said, “In India, in the year 2012, 5,044 cases of swine flu were reported and 405 deaths were recorded. In the year 2013; 5,253 cases were reported and 699 people died. In the year 2014 the cases of swine flu recorded were 2,148 and 249 people died. In the year 2015, the reported cases were 2,018 and out of which 191 died.” “Two years ago (October 15, 2012 to September 14, 2013) 15 H1N1 patients were admitted in KRIMS Hospitals, all had pneumonia and seven (47%) patients were on ventilators. Seven patients were below 40 years of age and eight were between 41-60 years age,” he said.

Swine Influenza is also called as Pig Influenza, Swine flu, Hog flu and Pig flu. Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by viruses (influenza viruses) that infects the respiratory tract of the pigs. Transmission of the virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always leads to human flu. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. Symptoms of swine flu in human are similar to most influenza infections. Swine Influenza is known to be caused by influenza A virus. Common sub types of influenza A virus are: H1N1, H1N2 & H3N2.

“Children below 4 years and adults above 50 years, pregnant women, HIV patients and those who are suffering from chronic lung, heart, liver diseases are having higher risk of H1N1 infection,” added Dr Arbat.

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Make CBI act responsibly: HC tells CBI Director

Allowing criminal writ petition filed by Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court here have expressed ‘clear opinion’ that the late WCL CMD had... Read More
Allowing criminal writ petition filed by Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh at the High Court here have expressed ‘clear opinion’ that the late WCL CMD had ‘clearly misused and abused’ the CBI, the prime investigating agency, ‘by manouvreing a complaint through a Member of Parliament’, of financial irregularities in TA/DA/LTC and telephone bills. The court observed that the petitioner was clearly harassed and there has been absolutely no case made out against the petitioner, who was working as a Chief Vigilance Officer at the WCL.

The court has quashed and set aside the registration of criminal enquiry on March 21, 2014, by the Superintendent of Police, CBI ACB, Nagpur. The bench has instructed that this case should be brought to the notice of the Director, CBI, who should take notice of such actions on the part of the CBI elsewhere and to ‘make it act responsibly’.

The criminal enquiry was registered by the CBI on the basis of a complaint of December 30, 2013 made by the then CMD of the WCL (now late) D C Garg as complainant. But, in that complaint, it was stated that he had received a complaint against the petitioner from Capt Jainarain Nishad, a Member of Parliament, and he was forwarding the complaint to the CBI. The gist of the complaint was that there was corruption, fraud, and cheating committed by the petitioner in respect of TA/DA/LTC and phone bills.

The court has observed that the CBI is not meant for investigating such types of complaints, which shows that ‘the CBI acted at the behest of the powerful bureaucrat’. The court has commented that after a long period, the net result has been initiation of regular departmental enquiry against the petitioner.

It came to light that the petitioner was appointed to look into the allegations against the late CMD and he had given report against the latter holding him guilty on two counts.

Adv Vivek Palshikar appeared for the petitioner. Standing Counsel Shyam Ahirkar represented the CBI.

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Textile industry in State set to get a boost

Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (D... Read More
Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (DF) Government, it had failed to attract big investment to backward districts of Vidarbha region. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance Government taking over, things appear to be working out properly.

BJP-Sena Government has decided to go with the recommendations of Suresh Halwankar Committee for adopting ‘Fibre to Fashion’ approach to implementation of Textile Policy for promoting textile industries in the State. Maharashtra will require total investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the coming years to promote textile industry. Halwankar Committee was formed to review the existing Textile Policy of Maharashtra. The committee has recommended to invite global players through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the State and also suggested for disinvestment of sick units and textile mills, and development of Mega-textile Hubs.

Textile Policy attracted investment worth Rs 1,810 crore in Vidarbha in past two years. It has resulted in creation of 9,552 jobs in the region. Compared to other parts of the State, investment in Vidarbha is very negligible. Therefore, the new State Government has decided to shift National Textile Corporation (NTC) Mills from Mumbai to other parts of the State especially in Vidarbha so that dream of ‘Fabric to Fashion’ could be realised.

Maharashtra is India’s second largest cotton producer with production of 81 lakh bales from over 38.7 hectares. Of this, only 25 lakh bales are consumed by spinning mills in the State. According to Halwankar Committee’s report, Maharashtra will need over 50 lakh spindles to utilise all the cotton grown in the State. To achieve this, the sector will need an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore. Halwankar Committee has suggested setting up of mega composite hubs that will offer spinning, weaving, processing, designing, and garmenting units to cut down on cost and time.

The previous DF Government had announced much-hyped Textile Policy to promote industrialisation in backward region like Vidarbha. But, the policy has failed to attract big investments. The total proposed investment in Maharashtra is Rs 6,135 crore with a potential for creation of 39,618 jobs through 669 proposals. Only 53 proposals for expansion of present mills in Vidarbha are received by Textiles Department.

Marathwada region has received 49 proposals of Rs 124 crore and 1,298 jobs are created. North Maharashtra has received 118 proposals for investment of Rs 1,263 crore with creation of 3,023 jobs. Konkan region received 216 proposals of Rs 1,702 crore and 19,000 jobs. Maximum 233 proposals are received in Western Maharashtra for investment of Rs 1,232 crore and jobs created are 6,442.

State Government is giving 10 per cent share capital and 5 to 7 per cent interest subsidy for investment in textile sector.

The Proposals

Raymond UCO Private Limited, Yavatmal had submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 29 crore for its denim project. Indorama Synthetic Private Limited also submitted a proposal for investment of Rs 34.37 crore for its future expansion project. SARA group also proposed to invest Rs 40 crore in Yavatmal for spinning mills. P V Textile Private Limited has expansion plan of Rs 21 crore in Samudrapur tehsil. Gimitex Industries Private Limited has proposed investment of Rs 68.16 crore in Hinganghat, Walmark Meditech Private Limited has planned investment of Rs 5 crore in Butibori, while Morarjee Textiles Limited has decided to invest Rs 25 crore in weaving and powerlooms.

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Textile industry in State set to get a boost

Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (D... Read More
Where there is a will, there is a way. This has proven true in case of Textile Policy of Maharashtra. Though the policy had come into being during the tenure of the previous Democratic Front (DF) Government, it had failed to attract big investment to backward districts of Vidarbha region. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance Government taking over, things appear to be working out properly.

BJP-Sena Government has decided to go with the recommendations of Suresh Halwankar Committee for adopting ‘Fibre to Fashion’ approach to implementation of Textile Policy for promoting textile industries in the State. Maharashtra will require total investment of Rs 50,000 crore in the coming years to promote textile industry. Halwankar Committee was formed to review the existing Textile Policy of Maharashtra. The committee has recommended to invite global players through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the State and also suggested for disinvestment of sick units and textile mills, and development of Mega-textile Hubs.

Textile Policy attracted investment worth Rs 1,810 crore in Vidarbha in past two years. It has resulted in creation of 9,552 jobs in the region. Compared to other parts of the State, investment in Vidarbha is very negligible. Therefore, the new State Government has decided to shift National Textile Corporation (NTC) Mills from Mumbai to other parts of the State especially in Vidarbha so that dream of ‘Fabric to Fashion’ could be realised.

Maharashtra is India’s second largest cotton producer with production of 81 lakh bales from over 38.7 hectares. Of this, only 25 lakh bales are consumed by spinning mills in the State. According to Halwankar Committee’s report, Maharashtra will need over 50 lakh spindles to utilise all the cotton grown in the State. To achieve this, the sector will need an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore. Halwankar Committee has suggested setting up of mega composite hubs that will offer spinning, weaving, processing, designing, and garmenting units to cut down on cost and time.

The previous DF Government had announced much-hyped Textile Policy to promote industrialisation in backward region like Vidarbha. But, the policy has failed to attract big investments. The total proposed investment in Maharashtra is Rs 6,135 crore with a potential for creation of 39,618 jobs through 669 proposals. Only 53 proposals for expansion of present mills in Vidarbha are received by Textiles Department.

Marathwada region has received 49 proposals of Rs 124 crore and 1,298 jobs are created. North Maharashtra has received 118 proposals for investment of Rs 1,263 crore with creation of 3,023 jobs. Konkan region received 216 proposals of Rs 1,702 crore and 19,000 jobs. Maximum 233 proposals are received in Western Maharashtra for investment of Rs 1,232 crore and jobs created are 6,442.

State Government is giving 10 per cent share capital and 5 to 7 per cent interest subsidy for investment in textile sector.

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State BJP chief Danve on maiden visit to city today

Raosaheb Danve, the newly appointed President of Maharashtra unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be on his maiden visit to the city on Thursday, after assuming the new assignment.

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Raosaheb Danve, the newly appointed President of Maharashtra unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will be on his maiden visit to the city on Thursday, after assuming the new assignment.

Danve will arrive at 8 am at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. He will visit Deekshabhoomi and RSS’ Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir in Reshimbagh. After attending ‘Meet the Press’ programme at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan in Dhantoli at 11 am, Danve will meet prominent leaders and office-bearers of BJP.

At 4 pm, he will address the party workers of city and district units at a convention at Shikshak Sahakari Bank Hall near Gandhi Sagar at 4 pm. MLC Prof Anil Sole; MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, and Vikas Kumbhare; Mayor Pravin Datke, BJP State Spokesperson Girish Vyas, NIT Trustee Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ruling Party Leader in NMC Dayashankar Tiwari, NMC Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar, BJP Organising Secretary for East Vidarbha Dr Upendra Kothekar, General Secretary (Organisation) Rajesh Bagdi, Organising Secretary Shrikant Deshpande and others will be present prominently on this occasion.

Prabhakar Yeole, Sandeep Joshi, Pramod Pendke and others have appealed to the BJP office-bearers and workers to remain present at the airport to welcome Raosaheb Danve. Danve is Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution. His maiden visit to the city after taking over as BJP Maharashtra chief assumes significance against the backdrop of ongoing membership drive of the party. BJP is aiming at enrolling 1.25 crore new members in Maharashtra and 10 crore new members at national level. Till Wednesday, BJP had enrolled 44,10,121 members in Maharashtra and 4,82,71,368 members nationally. Four-time MP of BJP from Jalna in Marathwada region, Danve is an influential OBC face of the party. He is Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution, and Consumer Affairs. He took over as BJP Maharashtra chief after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis resigned from the organisational post. Danve is known to enjoy a good rapport with the leadership of BJP’s ally Shiv Sena.

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10-yr-old boy accidentally consumes kerosene, dies

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy died after he unknowingly consumed kerosene in his house in Jaripatka area on Tuesday.

Around 5 am, Rajkumar Sujit Gupta (10), a resident of HUDCO Colony, Bhim Chowk, woke... Read More
A 10-YEAR-OLD boy died after he unknowingly consumed kerosene in his house in Jaripatka area on Tuesday.

Around 5 am, Rajkumar Sujit Gupta (10), a resident of HUDCO Colony, Bhim Chowk, woke up. Presuming it to be drinking water, he consumed kerosene kept in a bottle. As Rajkumar’s condition started deteriorating, his parents rushed him to Sure Tech Hospital where he breathed his last the same day.

Jaripatka Police registered an accidental death case.

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Be practical, don’t obstruct devpt: HC to Forest Deptt

Ordering the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to deposit Rs 4.97 crore with Forest Department within a week, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here, ... Read More
Ordering the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to deposit Rs 4.97 crore with Forest Department within a week, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here, directed it to clear the patch of the road between KM 679-689 between Mansar and Khawasa on Nagpur-Jabalpur Road.

The court asked NHAI to deposit Rs 4.97 crore by way of compensatory afforestation work. The Court also directed to clear the aforesaid patch of the road, of the trees and start work of widening the road. The Court pointed out that Forest Department should not overstate its concerns and adopt practical approach to strike balance between conservation and development, as both are the needs of the hour and the department should not permit an impression to gain ground that it is obstructing development in any way.

The Court stated that at least in last 14 years no casualty by accident, mishap etc had taken place on this more than a century old road. No new road is being constructed and only work of widening it has been undertaken. The Court also underlined the need to be very practical regarding length of underpasses for the wlidlife for crossing the road from one side to the other. Adv N M Padhye is Amicus Curiae in the case registered as public interest litigation at the Court’s own initiative.

Adv Ajay Ghare with Adv A A Kathane (NHAI), Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (Forest Department and the State), and Assistant Solicitor General of India (SGI) Rohit Deo (Central Government) represnted the respondents.

It may be mentioned here that four-laning of National Highway No 7 on a patch between Mansar and Khawasa could not commence as there is no consensus between Forest Department and NHAI. On one hand, Forest Department has insisted for a flyover for entire stretch which may cost up to Rs 750 crore. On the other, NHAI has proposed six under-passes with construction cost of Rs 25-30 crore only. According to NHAI, if the flyover is to be constructed, the cost of the project will escalate to such an extent that the project will not be feasible.

The High Court had made a similar observation in its earlier order dated January 7, when it had stressed that proper balance must be struck between development and ecology. For economic development of the country, National Highways are important lifelines, the High Court had noted.

Even if more underpasses are constructed, compared to expenditure incurred on flyover, the cost would be minimal, the High Court had pointed out. The court also had hoped that Chief Minister; Union Minister of Road, Transport, Highways and Shipping; and Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change would intervene in the matter and impress upon the authorities concerned to arrive at an amicable arrangement.

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HC directs Centre not to act upon MCI recommendation to reduce IGGMC seats

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here directed the Central Government not to act upon Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to reduce seats at the ent... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar at the High Court here directed the Central Government not to act upon Medical Council of India (MCI) recommendation to reduce seats at the entry-point from 150 to 100 at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC), Nagpur.

The court also observed without mincing words that the seats were increased by the Supreme Court and hence MCI should not have made such a recommendation that virtually amounts to contempt of the Apex Court.

Referring to the affidavit filed by Swadheen Kshatriya, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, the Court expressed satisfaction with the contents of the same and stated that it took care of infrastructural needs of both -- IGGMC and Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) at Akola and Yavatmal.

The Chief Secretary reiterated the assurance given by Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar, State Medical Education Secretary, through her affidavit of June 18 last year that her Department had framed the actual time-bound programme to overcome the deficiencies pointed out by MCI inspection teams, as sanctioned by Planning and Finance Departments of State Government from the financial year 2015-16. The projects of GMCs at Akola and Yavatmal will be completed within stipulated time in consultation with Public Works Department and Finance Departments.

During the hearing of public interest litigation filed by C H Sharma and seven other citizens, IGGMC Dean Dr P T Wakode stated unambiguously through his separate affidavit that majority of the deficiencies pointed out by MCI team would be cured with completion of the new hospital building and regarding that an undertaking has been already submitted to the High Court to complete the said construction by December 31, 2015.

Adv J T Gilda, Amicus Curiae in the case, appeared with Adv A J Gilda. Bharati Dangre, Government Pleader, represented the State. Adv Bhangde appeared for the MCI.

During the hearing, Adv J T Gilda told the court that the MCI made recommendations of reducing number of MBBS seats in case of GMCs only. There are various shortcomings in case of private medical colleges, but the MCI did not reduce number of seats there. In many cases, it had come to fore that appointment of Dean in private medical colleges is for the sake of completing paper-formality only, and faculties were not available as required by the norms. Bharati Dangre also told the court that the shortcomings pointed out by the MCI in case of IGGMC at Nagpur, and Akola and Yavatmal GMCs, dated back to the year 2013-14 and much work had been done after that.

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Amway recalls three products

Kiran Thakkar, Distributor Customer Services Manager, Region West of Amway has issued the letter to its distributors to recall the products immediately. A letter has started, “Our company is ... Read More
Kiran Thakkar, Distributor Customer Services Manager, Region West of Amway has issued the letter to its distributors to recall the products immediately. A letter has started, “Our company is recalling Nutrilite Cal Mag-D, Nutrilite Bio C and Nutrilite Natural B Tablets due to newly laid down regulatory requirements as per Food Standards & Safety Act. Now you should immediately discontinue selling or distributing your existing stock of Nutrilite Cal Mag-D , Nutrilite Bio C and Nutrilite Natural B Tablets purchased from Amway between the period 01.01.2015 till 22.01.2015.” Also you should inform company about the quantity of food you have on hand as soon as possible. If you have distributed any of the recalled food, please immediately, contact your downstream food business operator/customers by telephone and in writing to advise them about the recall. Instruct them to return their unused/used, undestroyed stock to you or to Amway. Instruct them to also notify any other Food business operator/individuals, which may have received the recalled product.

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FDA cracks whip, prohibits sale of six Amway products

Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur division has directed the Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd to recall the six products from the market. The products namely Nutralite Natural B, Nutrali... Read More
Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur division has directed the Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd to recall the six products from the market. The products namely Nutralite Natural B, Nutralite Cal Mag D, Nutralite Trio Iron Folic Tablets, Nutralite Bio C, Positrim Vanilla and Nutralite Kids Drink Mixed Fruit Flavour have been prohibited by Food Safety Standards Authority (FSSA) of India, Delhi from sale and distribution, informed Joint Commissioner (Food) S S Desai, in a press release.

FDA has observed that M/S Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd Delhi is selling its products labelled under Proprietary Food/Health Supplement without any approval from FSSAI, Delhi. The National Institute of Nutrition under Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has published a report on nutrient requirements and recommended dietary allowances (RDA) for Indians. According to Indian standards, the six products are having excess quantity of vitamins and minerals than the approved standards. FDA Nagpur division has received a letter from Maharashtra FDA about these products on January 31.

After the receipt of letter, FSOs A P Deshpande, P A Umap, K R Gedam under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner (Food) N R Wakode, Assistant Commissioner (Food) M C Pawar and Joint Commissioner S S Desai conducted raids on outlets of Amway at Eternity Mall, Sitabuldi and M/S Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, F-3, Micro Logistic Complex, 18, Mile Stone, Ring Road, Crossing, Vipage Gondkhairi, Kalmeshwar Tehsil. The FDA team found the non approved products being stored in the above premises. FDA has initiated the action and directed company officials to recall these products within seven days.

Assistant Commissioner N R Wakode has stated that product approval committee rejected six products which include Nutrilite cal-mag-D, Nutrilite natural B tablets, Nutrilite Iron Folic tablets, Nutrilite Bio C, Positrim Vanilla and Nutrilite Kids Drink Mixed Fruit flavour for having more quantity than permissible limits. Sandhya Kabra, Director of Approval Committee wrote a letter on December 31, 2014 to Amway and directed the company to take approval from FSSAI. Pradip Chakraborty, the former director of product approval committee has also sent a letter to Vinay Kumar of Amway at Delhi on May 23, 2013. Despite of the reminders from FSSAI, the company had not withdrawn the products from the market. This is the reason, FSSAI had asked for action against the company across the country, he added. FDA Nagpur has received directives from Uday Wanjari of FDA Mumbai and it has issued a letter to the company on January 30 to withdraw the six products within seven days, Wakode mentioned.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Mohd Shahid Sharif, President of Anti-Adulteration Consumer Society in the city has raised the issue with the collector office on ‘Lokshahi Din’ during the complaint hearing procedure of common people. Sharif produced a bill of some of these products sold from Eternity mall outlet named M/s Micropark Infortrade of Rs1,164.00 dated November 6, 2014 and raised the query how it was being sold in city under eyes of local FDA.

Wakode stated, FDA will not spare any one but FDA will initiate action only after the warning period till February 6 is over. In Mumbai, however, the order for withdrawal was issued on January 28 while it reached Nagpur FDA on January 30.

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ACC Jamul refutes charges of suppression

Holcim ACC Jamul has refuted the charges leveled against it after the unrest an commotion at Jamul Project Site on Thursday, where two persons were seriously injured. The press statement issued... Read More
Holcim ACC Jamul has refuted the charges leveled against it after the unrest an commotion at Jamul Project Site on Thursday, where two persons were seriously injured. The press statement issued by the Executive-HR ACC Limited on behalf of the Company stated that event took place at around 8:30 am when worker Ram Patel entered the HAPBCO store demanding increase in pay, and on refusal, he resorted to abusing and cursing everyone, and later picked a stone and advanced menacingly towards the HR representative, when he was tackled by Sushil Kumar Singh. They both were fallen down, but Ram was not hurt even then as no one tried to assault him. Then he was paid his final payment and was escorted out of Company’s premises by security guards.

At around 9:00 am, workers along with Ram Singh surrounded the HAPBCO office and demanded that Sushil Kumar Singh should be handed over to them, while alleging that he had beaten up Ram Patel with 4 other HAPBCO staff members, who they did not name. When the staff refused, they started breaking windows, banging on doors with rods and bars and pelting stones. During the attempt to escort Sushil from site, the workers beat him with iron rods, wooden sticks and steel pipes. Sushil was then quickly carried outside the office by staff members and security guards. At 11:20 am Police arrived and helped in escorting both Sushil Singh and Ram Patel to the Company’s hospital for first-aid and then later to Apollo BSR Hospital for further treatment.

The release further states that the doctor in emergency ward reported that Ram Patel had sustained no injuries were and that Sushil Kumar Singh had deep cuts in his temple, chin and jaw. Police arrived at the hospital for recording statements from both.

In the evening a large number of people including housewives and children gathered in front of the ACC Jamul Expansion Project Office and convened a meeting supporting the vandalism by the labourers. The meeting was spearheaded by Kala Das and Lakhan Sahu, who justified the violent activities of laborers in morning while alleging the Company officials of suppressive tactics. Currently HAPCO staff is trying to collect and built information for enabling the Company to file a FIR against Ram Patel and other workers who caused unpardonable disturbances while jeopardizing the industrial peace in eh process.

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Collector holds emergency meet to review current state of jaundice outbreak

Concerned with the jaundice outbreak in certain areas of the Capital city, Mayor Pramod Dubey held an emergency meeting with Mayor-in-Council and Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner A... Read More
Concerned with the jaundice outbreak in certain areas of the Capital city, Mayor Pramod Dubey held an emergency meeting with Mayor-in-Council and Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner Avnish Kumar Sharan to discuss the current situation.

Mayor Dubey asked RMC Commissioner to replace old and broken pipelines in the jaundice affected areas as well as other wards of the capital city, at the earliest.

Mayor also said that RMC must ensure supply of potable water in RMC areas and said to implement health safety related public welfare schemes with the necessary assistance of the State Government, so that people can get the benefits of government schemes. In his discussion with the MiC members, Mayor asked them to visit the affected areas and get abreast with the issue, contact with citizens and immediately initiate preventive measures. He also asked Raipur Municipal Corporation Health Department member in-charge Shrikumar Menon and Water Works Department in-charge Nagbhusan Rao to do spot inspection of the complaints regarding supply of contaminated water.
‘Establish camps and carry out necessary tests of water samples’

Collector Thakur Ram Singh has instructed the Raipur Municipal Corporation and District Health Department to establish medical camps and carry out necessary tests of water samples from the affected areas.

As the previously given instructions by the Collector, District Health Department is setting up medical camps in the jaundice affected areas. New camps will be established at Hirapur, Sanjay Nagar and Adarsh Nagar on Saturday.

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First phase of Panchayat polls records 77.9 pc voting

Chhattisgarh State Election Commission has issued the final figures of first phase Panchayat elections. As per the data, 77.79 percent voters have casted their votes in the first phase including ... Read More
Chhattisgarh State Election Commission has issued the final figures of first phase Panchayat elections. As per the data, 77.79 percent voters have casted their votes in the first phase including 78.01 percent male voters and 77.51 percent female voters. Maximum voting was registered in Dhamtari with 90.87 percent voters voting to elect Panch, Sarpanch, Janpad members and Jila Panchayat members. Least perctentage of votes was registered in South Bastar (Dantewada) of Bastar Division. In the first phase, panchayat elections were held in 54 Janpad Panchayats of 25 districts in state to elect Panchs, Sarpanchs, Janpad members and Jila Panchayat members. As per the data issued by State Election Commission, 70.50 per cent voting was recorded in Bilaspur district, 81.87 per cent in Mungeli district, 82.20 per cent in Janjgir-Champa district, 84.55 per cent in Korba district, 88.19 per cent in Raigarh district, 84.45 per cent in Surajpur district, 86.76 per cent in Balrampur district, 87.75 per cent in Sarguja district, 83.34 per cent in Koriya district, 80.77 per cent in Jashpur district, 85.37 per cent in Raipur district, 88.66 per cent in Durg district, 78.51 per cent in  Balodabazar district, 89.29 per cent in Gariaband district, 82.10 per cent in Mahasamund district, 72.85 per cent in Balod district, 81.32 pc in Rajnandgaon district, 86.77 per cent in Kabeerdham district, 79.96 per cent in Kondagaon district, 83.82 per cent in Bastar district, 60.48 per cent in Kanker district, 61.30 per cent in Sukma district and 42.29 per cent voting was recorded  in Bijapur district.

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‘Network 18’ group to provide practical training to KTUJM students; MoU signed

In a step that would surely help further improve the quality of journalism in Chhattisgarh, the Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and mass Communication (KTUJM) has signed a Memorandum of... Read More
In a step that would surely help further improve the quality of journalism in Chhattisgarh, the Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and mass Communication (KTUJM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ‘Network 18’ group, premiere media institution of the nation, where by the KTUJM students would have an opportunity to receive practical and hands-on training of the media field in the institution by way of internship. The MoU also mandates that the Network 18 group would provide technical training to KTUJM teachers and other faculty members in modern equipments and methods. Senior staffers from the private media group would also be invited by KTUJM as ‘Visiting Faculty’ to enable them share their practical experiences of the journalism with students.

The MoU was signed between Dr Sachidanand Joshi, KTUJM Vice-Chancellor, and Umesh Upadhyay, Chief of ‘Network 18’ media group. The MoU signing ceremony was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who termed the role of media as pivotal in ensuring all round development of state. He said that media sector also is vital in ensuring that talents and prospects available in the state get propagated to across the nation as also abroad.

CM Dr Singh recalled how the KTUJM was instituted on April 16, 2005 and was graced by Dalai Lama about two years back. He pointed out that within short span of a decade, KTUJM has achieved yet another major milestone with the signing of this MoU. He stressed on acquiring practical hands-on training for students as it would better prepare them for the real world.

Dr Sachidanand Joshi, KTUJM Vice-Chancellor, noted that January 30 also is death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Pt Makhanlal Chaturvedi, renowned Hindi litterateur and journalist. He said that both of these personalities contributed immensely in the field of journalism. Network 18 chief Umesh Upadhyay and Deputy Managing Editor Sumit Awasthi also spoke on the occasion. ACS Ajay Singh, DPR PS Amitabh Jain, DPR Director Rajat Kumar, Chhattisgarh Granth Academy Director Ramesh Nayyar, former State Election Commissioner Dr Sushil Trivedi, senior journalists as well as faculty and students of KTUJM were present on the occasion.

The ceremony began with garlanding of portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Late Pt Makhanlal Chaturvedi and paying them tributes. Two minute silence was also observed on the occasion. The program was compered by Prof Shahid Ali of the KTUJM.

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Public awareness rally in Durg marks Leprosy Day

National Leprosy Eradication Fortnight is being observed in the district from January 30 to February 13, 2015 under the guidance of Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Prashant Shrivastava and un... Read More
National Leprosy Eradication Fortnight is being observed in the district from January 30 to February 13, 2015 under the guidance of Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Prashant Shrivastava and under the direction of District Leprosy Officer (DLO) Dr M R Kurre.

The fortnight commenced by observing two minute silence to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary on Friday. A pledge was taken to follow Gandhiji’s good ideas and the path shown by him. Gandhiji dedicated his life to serve leprosy patients and motivated others to serve them. His death anniversary is observed as Leprosy Day. In Durg district Skin Disease Camps were held in all PHC, CHC and other government hospitals. 587 patients visited these camps. 16 leprosy patients were identified and their treatment was started.

Public Awareness Rallies were taken out in block and district headquarters. Public awareness is also being created through posters, banners and pamphlets. Public announcement is regularly being made under intensive Publicity and Communications. A rally was taken out from JRD Multipurpose School in district headquarters under the leadership of CL Maitri, NMA. The rally traversed main roads of Durg city and Labour Colonies raising slogans. NMAs Ajay Devangan and RM Andrews’ contribution was praiseworthy.

DLO Dr MR Kurre has appealed to people for free check up if there are patches on the skin.

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Leprosy patients facing social boycott in Bastar!

“Anti-Leprosy Day” which coincides in India with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has lost its relevance over the years, as hundreds affected people fight stigma, social boycott and tr... Read More
“Anti-Leprosy Day” which coincides in India with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has lost its relevance over the years, as hundreds affected people fight stigma, social boycott and tremendous discrimination in the society from day to day.

Nearly 169 leprosy cases have been detected in Bastar district. Bakawand, Tokapal and Jagdalpur blocks are more sensitive in leprosy cases. Many of the detected leprosy patients belong to age group between 35 and 55. In addition to these 16 youths cases were detected.

While India celebrates its victory over polio, the dreaded disease-leprosy, which was overpowered in 2005, continues to haunt the government. Those affected by the disease continue to face social stigma and discrimination. The government has not achieved success in eradicating the delusions related with leprosy.

The tale of nine leprosy affected persons belonging to village Chhote Devda in Jagdalpur block is a glaring example of existence of social stigma and discrimination with leprosy patients. Abandoned by their family members after being affected by leprosy, they are now living in a temple of the village.

When contacted, a leprosy patient, Maalti, hailing from Belgaon of Odisha narrated that she is having two children and both of them are married.

Her children come to meet her with her grandchildren but, they did not allow her to touch them. She wanted to love them, but she was not permitted to do so. Similarly, Domai of Gurtuli, Odisha informed that her family members come to meet her and used to take her home during festivals. But, she was not allowed to enter the house.

“I am living in the temple for past 15 years. I am having two daughters and one son and my wife is dead. My parents are looking after my children,” Sondhar told The Hitavada. He said, he is now cured from the disease and his family members are already having information about it, but they did not care to take him back.

Talking to The Hitavada, the leprosy patients informed that they are living in the temple for past few years in spite of this they have not received any help from the government. They are depended on donations for their livelihood. They said “industrialists of Jagdalpur and Odisha have come forward to extend helping hand towards them.”

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. It usually affects the skin and peripheral nerves, but has a wide range of clinical manifestations. The disease is characterised by long incubation period generally 5-7 years and is classified as paucibacillary or multibacillary, depending on the bacillary load. Leprosy is a leading cause of permanent physical disability. Timely diagnosis and treatment of cases, before nerve damage occurred, is the most effective way of preventing disability due to leprosy.

Leprosy is effectively cured in India with MDT (multi drug therapy) since 1985. It is not an infectious or a contagious disease any more but the stigma associated with it is unacceptable,” says an expert.

Speaking to The Hitavada, Block Medical Officer and Anti-Leprosy Scheme In-charge Dr VK Thakur informed that arrangements have been made for treatment of patients detected with leprosy, besides their routine check-up. In addition to this, advertisements are made and awareness programme is being conducted to boost up the morale of people detected with the disease to come for treatment.

“The department is serious about the disease leprosy. Nearly 200 people detected with leprosy were provided treatment and they are now completely cured from the disease,” he added.

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Farmers may face several issues as mercury plummets

RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops an... Read More
RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and caused damage. Expert team of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) has issued an expert advice to minimise losses and to protect sensitive crops like mustard, gram and vegetables from frost and cold. Horticultural farmers especially vegetable and pulses have been given advise to light spray 0.1 per cent sulphuric acid or smoke the fields. Farmers who have sown wheat crop varieties in their farms are advised to irrigate crop second time at tillering stage and then irrigate at interval of 20 to 25 days regularly. If sufficient soil moisture is available, farmers are advised for top dressing of urea in wheat as per requirement in rainfed areas.

In the scientific advisory, farmers are also asked to monitor chickpea crop and when pest reaches ETL level (2 or more than two caterpillar per meter row length) then to spray quinalphos 20E.C @ 2.0 ml. per liter of water is recommended. It is also advised that farmers may use bird percher at the distance of 20 feet all over the field. On the basis of forecast received from India Meteorological Department, weather conditions will improve with light cloud cover during this period. Maximum temperature 23 degree Celsius to 24.0 degree celsius and minimum temperature 8 to 9 degree celsius respectively. Fall in temperature becomes tough weather for bovines and animals. Veterinary expert of JNAU suggested farmers having animals, birds in their farms. Poultry farmers have been advised to protect poultry birds from cold by using electric bulb (300W for 100 ft.2) to prevent infestation of Coryza disease. Provide concentrate feed to cattle mixed with dry and green fodder and ensure enriched diet having protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins etc.

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Proposed waiver on taxes for sick MSMEs, SSIs to act as catalyst in industrial growth

AMIDST heat of ongoing municipal elections, proposed special packages of taxes offering waiver of penalty, surcharge for sick industrial units or for entrepreneurs who would restart closed indu... Read More
AMIDST heat of ongoing municipal elections, proposed special packages of taxes offering waiver of penalty, surcharge for sick industrial units or for entrepreneurs who would restart closed industries has come as positive news. Recently, few corrections have been proposed for revitalisation of the industry especially that are sick or closed down in past years.

The proposed correction has various positive initiatives that will give fresh lease of life to sick industry or re-start closed industry. The foremost need of sick industrial units or enterprises that were closed down need something more from the government that is reservation of products in Union Run industry in Jabalpur and in adjoining areas, prize preference of 10 per cent between SSIs and MSIs and big industrial units etc are also needed to restart proper functioning in sick industry or closed industry that will be re-started. As in present scenario small scale and micro enterprises in the State especially related to Defence Foundries, other Central Government Factories and institutions like BSNL, Railways etc. are not running in an easy mode.

Even a slight change in policy by the State, Union or Defence Factory Board related to works outsourced through ancillary industries and MSME (micro-small medium enterprise) will provide sufficient work as well as help in upgrading the technology used. This needs a special package from governments both at State and in Union for MSMEs and defence ancillary industries in form of taxation, extension activities on development or replacement of technology etc. In Madhya Pradesh, MSME and SSI has noticeable base, but are not in a good state. There is a long list of reasons that have turned these units sick and in many even viability of the project has turned negative resulting in closure in previous years. Condition of the industry health Mahakoshal region could be termed critical.

Jabalpur division is prime centre for MSME or SSI due to major defence establishments. A major work resource for SSIs in Jabalpur. Nearly, 850 SSIs are operational in this division but most of them are sick. In order to ensure proper flow of work in SSIs various products were reserved earlier for ancillary industry, now following technological advancement in small scale units the number of products in reserve category for SSIs should be increased. Secondly, participation of SSIs in central and defence institutions must be encouraged.

Another factor that can use a spirited assistance to SSIs is availability of finance at less interest rates. Besides this, running loans should be converted into long-term loans with simple interest.

Package may also offer short-term loans on low interest rates for resource development and for operational capital. On ground reality majority of industries situated in adjoining states due to their high production capacity. The Government should reserve selected products used in Defence establishments and Central institutions for local industrial units according to their production capacity and capability.

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Non-Communicable Disease Clinic in Victoria fails to serve purpose

NON-COMMUNICABLE Disease (NCDs) Clinic started in Victoria Hospital last year is not serving the purpose of its establishment. NCD was established with an objective that patients with complication ... Read More
NON-COMMUNICABLE Disease (NCDs) Clinic started in Victoria Hospital last year is not serving the purpose of its establishment. NCD was established with an objective that patients with complication of heart, diabetes, stroke and cancer will be screened, diagnosed by performing necessary pathology tests and will be referred to tertiary medical centre for further treatment. After their examination at tertiary medical centre, their follow-up line of treatment will be done at Victoria Hospital.

Even after completion of one year of NCD some doctors who are already executing their duties at Medicine Department have been deployed to spare some time for giving consultation at NCD. Only one oncologist on call have been designated at NCD. Shortage of medicine has become a major issue in proper execution of services at NCD.

Some patient’s complaint that majority of medicine prescribed by consultants on complication of diabetes, hypertension are not available. Besides this, shortage of High Cost Anti-Cancer (Chemotherapy) drugs also persist against claim of State Health Department that NCD has been established to give treatment of NCD disease, whose number of patients increased in last couple of years.

This will help to reduce the burden of tertiary medical centre already handling several patients. Talking on relevance of NCD, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that screening, detection, pathological investigation other diagnostic test required to trace blood pressure, diabetes and cancer were not available at Victoria Hospital earlier. Investigation, diagnosis, medicines of the said diseases will be available free of cost to patients suffering from this disease. Patients once diagnosed with cancer can go for specialist advise to Medical College, thereafter he can come to Victoria Hospital for Chemotherapy. Separate rooms have been allocated for the center, patients will be admitted in ward no 5. Separate NCD centres have been established as per wishes of State Government.

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JNAU employee on poll duty suffers cardiac arrest, stable

AN EMPLOYEE of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) suffered cardiac arrest while performing election duty during distribution of polling material at MLB School premises early on Friday m... Read More
AN EMPLOYEE of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) suffered cardiac arrest while performing election duty during distribution of polling material at MLB School premises early on Friday morning. Condition of employee is reported to be stable and is undergoing treatment at intensive care unit of Victoria Hospital.

The employee named Shashichand Malviya (59), posted as assistant grade -1 at JNAU was deployed for election duty. Malviya was working at election material distribution centre when he suffered pain in chest. He informed his subordinates about the pain and was immediately rushed at Victoria Hospital for treatment.

After primary check-up, the employee was admitted for treatment at intensive care unit and his condition is reported to be stable. According to sources, the employee will be retiring from his services after five months and is a diabetes patient.

He had already submitted an application requesting exemption from election duty but it was declined by the competent officers.

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Many EVMs found faulty by poll officers, NUMM questions upkeep

LACK of maintenance of EVMs has resulted in several malfunctioning EVMs and is likely to have some impact on election work as many district election officers already faced problem during commission... Read More
LACK of maintenance of EVMs has resulted in several malfunctioning EVMs and is likely to have some impact on election work as many district election officers already faced problem during commissioning of EVM during election process. This was revealed by Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM).

The apprehension expressed by Youth Wing of NUMM has been endorsed by Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission as Deepak Saxena, Deputy Secretary MP Election Commission, has formally filed a complaint with P Sudhakar, CMD of Electronic Corporation of India Limited, Hyderabad, pertaining to empirical evidence of seriousness of malfunctioning can be clearly seen in high percentage of EVMs affected.

A formal written complaint was made with Secretary Election Commission Delhi and Secretary Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission Bhopal by members and office-bearers of Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM). Youth Cell of NUMM have apprised that due to lack of maintenance of EVM has recorded rise in out of order machines.

The problem that has surfaced prominence in EVM has been on record in civic bodies election in several districts. The Deputy Secretary MP Election Commission has stated that owing to the fact that the State will go into a much bigger round of Panchayat elections in January 2015 the number of polling stations are going to be about 65,000. The fact of number of polling stations are actually bigger than Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.

The problem seems to persist in many districts, major faults have occurred in first 10,000 EVMs supplied to the State.

For the first time that multi-post elections are being conducted with EVMs in Madhya Pradesh. In view of apparent technical snag that have surfaced prominence in several civic elections, it is likely that election process will get affected.

As in all districts of Madhya Pradesh, civic elections are slated and EVMs are being used in the elections. President of Youth Cell of NUMM Manish Sharma informed that prior to elections, EVMs are subjected to commissioning. And the process of commissioning comprehensive examination of important parts of EVM including battery, control unit, ballot unit and other parts are examined with an objective that no technical snag should occur during the polling process and also to ensure that previous data stored in EVM gets deleted completely.

The available EVMs after the stage of FLC is subjected to first and second randomisation followed by commissioning of EVMs. Sharma informed that in course of commissioning of EVMs several complaints of malfunctioning have come to fore. Like in Gwalior, 50 EVMs have been found out of order. Accordingly the District Election Officer Gwalior informed Secretary of Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission about malfunctioning of EVMs. Similarly, in Devas election out of 320 control unit 138 and out of 1640 ballot unit 391 were found faulty that caused serious trouble to election officers. Malfunctioning of EVMs has been intimated to authorities of State Election Commission.

Members of Youth Cell of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch have expressed apprehension that in view several instances of malfunctioning of EVMs that surfaced prominence it is likely that EVM that would be used in civic elections in Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore and Chhindwara may also cause trouble during election process. Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Rakesh Chakrawarti, Gaurav Arora, Surendra Saini, Ashalata Lodhiya Praveen Sahu, Kranti Lodhiya, Ghanshyam Patel, Hanuman Prasad, Ram Kurmi and other office-bearers and members of Youth Cell of NUMM maintain that as there are several instances of malfunctioning of EVMs will affect the election process. Apparent reason behind malfunctioning of machines is lack of maintenance of machines. Apprehension made that election will get affected gets substantiated with letters written by district election officers to Secretary of Madhya Pradesh State Election Commission.

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Broad arrangements to ensure hassle-free polls

JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) has made all necessary arrangements at 1018 polling booths for hassle-free elections on Saturday. This time the civic body has ensured extra arrangements fo... Read More
JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) has made all necessary arrangements at 1018 polling booths for hassle-free elections on Saturday. This time the civic body has ensured extra arrangements for ease of election teams and voters. To take stock of arrangements, District Collector Shivnarayan Roopla along with Superintendent of Police Harinarayanchari Mishra and Deputy Commissioner Sunanda Panchbhai on Friday visited polling booths. During inspection, the Collector expressed satisfaction over arrangements made by JMC.

On the occasion, senior officials informed the Collector that total 1018 polling centres have been established for JMC elections. Of the total, 124 polling booths have been given form of idle polling centres. It was informed that Municipal Commissioner Vedprakash had deputed additional employees at polling centres to provide better facilities to election team members. Employees have been asked to see that the officials, employees discharging election duties do not face inconvenience.

The Municipal Commission has instructed Health Officer Dr Vinod Shrivastava to keep an eye on the employees. He has also asked Dr Shrivastava to ensure proper cleanliness, lighting arrangement, potable water and other necessary civic arrangements at all polling centres in the city.

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Rati gains consciousness, starts speaking

Rati Tripathi, who fell down from a fast moving train while chasing the gang of robbers couple of months back, has regained the consciousness. Though still bedridden and undergoing treatment at p... Read More
Rati Tripathi, who fell down from a fast moving train while chasing the gang of robbers couple of months back, has regained the consciousness. Though still bedridden and undergoing treatment at private hospital, she has started speaking, physical activities and also watches television. Addressing the mediapersons, team of doctors of private medical hospital said that they are happy to see Rati recuperation. They said she recognises her parents and team of doctors who are treating her. She had started physical activities but she is not fully normal. It will take time for her to recover in full manner.

Doctors said Rati speaks, not in fluent manner, about her favourite movies and watches television and their full focus is on her physical rehabilitation. However, they have not asked her about the incident as they do not want to expose her where she had to put stress on her mind.Happy over the signs of improvement, doctors refused to say the time limit in which she would recover fully and would be able to tell the saga related to the incident which left her seriously injured and sent her in coma. Notably, Rati Tripathi, in November month of last year, was going to Ujjain from Delhi in a train. When train reached near Karondha railway station of Bina, a gang of robbers snatched her purse. She tried to chase the robber who snatched purse from her and in this process, she fell down from the moving train. She had sustained serious head injuries and slipped into coma. She was first taken to Sagar hospital and later moved to private hospital of Bhopal. Last month, GRP busted the gang involved in the incident and arrested the accused.

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Farmers may face several issues as mercury dips

RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and ... Read More
RECENT dip in mercury may prove dear to farmers who have sown mustard, gram and vegetables. Fog and frost besides cloud cover with slight rainfall with cold waves too has hit sensitive crops and caused damage. Expert team of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) has issued an expert advice to minimise losses and to protect sensitive crops like mustard, gram and vegetables from frost and cold. Horticultural farmers especially vegetable and pulses have been given advise to light spray 0.1 per cent sulphuric acid or smoke the fields. Farmers who have sown wheat crop varieties in their farms are advised to irrigate crop second time at tillering stage and then irrigate at interval of 20 to 25 days regularly. If sufficient soil moisture is available, farmers are advised for top dressing of urea in wheat as per requirement in rainfed areas.

In the scientific advisory, farmers are also asked to monitor chickpea crop and when pest reaches ETL level (2 or more than two caterpillar per meter row length) then to spray quinalphos 20E.C @ 2.0 ml. per liter of water is recommended. It is also advised that farmers may use bird percher at the distance of 20 feet all over the field. On the basis of forecast received from India Meteorological Department, weather conditions will improve with light cloud cover during this period. Maximum temperature 23 degree Celsius to 24.0 degree celsius and minimum temperature 8 to 9 degree celsius respectively. Fall in temperature becomes tough weather for bovines and animals. Veterinary expert of JNAU suggested farmers having animals, birds in their farms. Poultry farmers have been advised to protect poultry birds from cold by using electric bulb (300W for 100 ft.2) to prevent infestation of Coryza disease.

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Stage set for polling in 11 urban bodies today

Stage is all set for polling in 11 urban bodies from 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday. State Election Commissioner R. Parasuram informed that concrete security arrangements have been made for peaceful ... Read More
Stage is all set for polling in 11 urban bodies from 7 am to 5 pm on Saturday. State Election Commissioner R. Parasuram informed that concrete security arrangements have been made for peaceful polling. He urged voters to vote fearlessly. Counting for the elections will be held on February 4. Polling will be held for Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Chhindwara municipal corporations and Bankheri, Badauni, Shamshabad, Chhapihera and Patera Nagar Parishads. Polling will also be held for recall of Presidents of Harda Nagar Palika and Chhanera Nagar Parishad. Elections will be held in 11 urban bodies on January 31. As many as 43 lakh 25 thousand 91 voters will exercise their franchise in these elections including 22 lakh 73 thousand 737 males, 20 lakh 51 thousand 185 females and 169 others. These urban bodies have 417 wards and 5241 polling booths. Polling will be held for 4 seats of Mayor, 7 Chairperson and 417 Corporator. There are 35 candidates in fray for seats of Mayor, 23 Chairperson and 1612 for Corporator in the elections to be held on January 31.

Parasuram informed that for peaceful polling, about 17 thousand security personnel have been deployed including SAF, RAF, district police and Home Guards.

As many as 496 polling booths are critical in Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Indore 147, Jabalpur 244 and there are 57 critical polling booths in Chhindwara municipal corporation. So far, 97 percent voter slips have been distributed in urban bodies including 100 percent in Nagar Parishad Patera and Shamshabad. Meanwhile, 94.94 percent voter slips have been distributed in Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Indore 98.71 percent, Jabalpur 98.40 percent and Chhindwara 91.95 percent. Similarly, 97.37 percent voter slips have been distributed in Harda Nagar Palika, 99.28 percent Nagar Parishad Badauni, Chhapihera 91.34 percent, Bankheri 90.01 percent and Chhanera 94.93 percent.

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Heads of offices of MP in Delhi should play active role in serving State’s interests: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by sid... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged heads of various offices of the state at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in Delhi to play active and partnering role in serving state’s interest side by side discharge of their duties.

It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh Government has entrusted responsibility of advocating state’s interests to heads of state’s offices apart from discharging their duties. The Chief Minister asked them to keep in constant touch with a senior officer at Bhopal who is concerning Nodal Officer. Effective efforts should also be made to mobilise benefits of Central schemes, assistance and co-operation. Officers in Delhi should convey information about new and other Central government schemes beneficial for Madhya Pradesh to the nodal officer so that the state can avail their benefits. Resident Commissioner R K Chaturvedi undertook point-wise discussions on the proposals pending with the Centre. He also informed about new arrangements made in this regard. The Resident Commissioner also gave details about efforts being taken up with the Centre pertaining to Water Resources Department, irrigation projects, Textile Park, Swachchhata Abhiyan, Nirmal Gram Yojana, extension of facilities at railway rake points and creation of 4 new rake points in the state. The meeting also discussed renovation of Madhya Pradesh Bhavan. IG Alok Pateria posted at Madhya Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi informed about Central assistance. Secretary to CM Vivek Agrawal was also present. It was informed that the Chief Minister will review works done by office heads during his Delhi visits from time to time.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan leaves for America

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan left for United States of America late on Friday night.

Chouhan will launch official website of Friends of MP Forum in New York on February 1. He will address a convention of NRIs from Madhya Pradesh settled in America.

During his America visit, Chouhan will hold discussions with various industrial houses and companies interested in investing in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan will also meet representatives of organizations working towards strengthening cultural and commercial ties between America and India. He will return to India on February 5.

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CM addresses meeting, Rajendra Shukla campaigns among Vindhya people in Delhi

While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh addressed a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi, Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla has been activ... Read More
While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh addressed a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh in New Delhi, Energy, Mineral Resources and Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla has been actively campaigning especially among the people from Vindhya region living in the national capital.

Public Relation Minister Rajendra Shukla played an important role in ensuring success of BJP at a convention organised by Friends of Madhya Pradesh at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and other leaders from MP addressed this gathering. Shukla had also campaigned during Maharashtra Assembly elections. Shukla has been carrying out door-to-door campaigning in Delhi. He has been intensively campaigning among various people from Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh, who are now voters in Delhi. Shukla has been staying in Delhi since January 27 in a bid to ensure party’s victory in Delhi. A large number of Vindhya region residents, now in Delhi, are accompanying Shukla during the campaigning. The Public Relation Minister also met a number of distinguished persons including Supreme Court advocates. People from cross section of society assured him that on his directive continuous efforts are being made to ensure BJP’s victory in Delhi.

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HC gives interim bail to tainted IAS officer Tinu Joshi

In a major reprieve to terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi, High Court has granted three-month interim bail to her. She is accused in disproportionate assets case along with husband Arvind Joshi, w... Read More
In a major reprieve to terminated IAS officer Tinu Joshi, High Court has granted three-month interim bail to her. She is accused in disproportionate assets case along with husband Arvind Joshi, who too is terminated IAS officer and other accused. Lokayukta police are still searching for Arvind Joshi who had gone underground.

She is currently behind bars of Bhopal Central Jail. Lokayukta had conducted raid at the house of Joshi couple in past and had later registered case of disproportionate assets. In the last months of year 2014, Lokayukta had obtained arrest warrant against couple and other accused. After evading arrest for long time, Tinu Joshi had finally surrendered before court by reaching on a wheel chair on January 13. After hearing, court had sent her to judicial remand and since then she is in jail.

Meanwhile, her husband, Arvind Joshi is still on run. As he is still traceless, hence the investigating team had requested court to declare Arvind as an absconder.

Notably, Tinu Joshi and Arvind Joshi are probably the first couple from elite service who are facing charges of possessing disproportionate assets. Interestingly, before Lokayukta raid, it was Income Tax department which had raided the house of couple. Huge cash was recovered from their home apart from other incriminating documents.

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Direct fight between BJP-Cong, polling today

The stage is set for voting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. Voting for Mayoral as well as posts of corporator would be done on Saturday under tight surveillance. Direct fight is... Read More
The stage is set for voting of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) election. Voting for Mayoral as well as posts of corporator would be done on Saturday under tight surveillance. Direct fight is between BJP and Congress. Mayoral candidates of both parties have promised to do series of development works and to provide better facilities to people.

What is a good thing that both parties have left no stone unturned in working out strategy how to develop city into more better city. Now, it is up to people to decide that who could give better governance to them.

Tight security arrangements have been made for the election of Bhopal Municipal Corporation. Heavy police would be deployed in city, police personnel would be guarding polling booths and other important places of city. SP North Arvind Saxena said that foolproof security cover would be thrown on city during elections. Apart from police personnel, quick reaction force and squad of senior police officers would be also there to check the security.

Promises of BJP Mayoral candidate Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma has promised to make city as clean city, connecting all wards with wi fi facility, green city, preserve historical lakes, to develop urban resource center, facilitation of transfer of private colonies to corporation, houses for poor under Chief Minister Accommodation Scheme, simplification of building permission, closure of Bhanpura landfill site, initiative to legalise illegal colonies, adequate water supply, construction of fly overs to ease traffic pressure, transparency in works, metro train, waste management etc.

Promises of Cong Mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra

Congress Mayoral Candidate Kailash Mishra has said that his first priority would be to ensure cleanliness, to provide clean drinking water, to ensure Narmada water to everyone, priority to development of Bairagarh and Kolar, fly overs in city, waste management, initiatives for the welfare of poor people, to develop city as education hub, to facilitate process of transfer of illegal colonies to corporation, to turn city into digital city etc.

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Cops evicting us from red-light area to benefit land mafia, alleges CSWs

COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels ... Read More
COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels at the behest of land mafia and builders lobby. The CSWs, who addressed a crowded press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Friday evening, alleged that Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar issued oral orders to Lakadganj Police to close down all brothels and prevent customers from entering into the area. They also alleged that the red light area was closed since January 15 by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kumar and the latter was insisting them to sell out their shelters. Condemning the high-handedness of the officer, the CSWs said that they were unable to make their two ends meet since last fortnight. One of the CSWs named Lata told a questioner that customers had stopped visiting the brothels because of heavy deployment of police force in the area. One of the women named Chanda Dhawan suffered serious injuries when a brick wall of a two-storeyed building collapsed in the melee after cops carrying sticks started chasing customers on Thursday. The CSWs alleged that the police were falsely implicating them by registering offences under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and forcing them to clean lavatories of Lakadganj Police Station after their arrest. They warned that they would be compelled to resort to agitation if the police continued to trouble them.

Allegations baseless, motivated: DCP Kumar

When contacted, DCP Abhinash Kumar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the allegations levelled by the CSWs were baseless. No policeman prevented people to visit the area, he added. DCP Kumar said that the police received complaints from women residing in the adjoining localities that people visting the area presume that they too were CSWs. People in the nearby localities were fed up because of the nuisance of anti-social elements and hardcore criminals who often take shelter in the brothels, he added. About other allegations levelled against him by the CSWs, DCP Kumar said that he had convened a meeting of some of the ‘Madams’ from area at Lakadganj Police Chowky some days ago after rescuing minor girls from the brothels and requested them to stop such illegal activity immediately. After getting information from a Pune-based NGO that minor girls from MP, UP, Orissa and Rajasthan were dragged into flesh trade by pimps, police had raided the brothels and rescued these minor girls, Kumar added. “The women and pimps who forced these minor girls into prostitution were booked under the relevant provisions of PITA,” DCP Kumar said, adding that “We simply had asked the building owners in the area to furnish details about their tenants for security reasons as per the orders promulgated by Commissioner of Police under Section 144 of the Cr.PC.” Being a police officer, he said, he had extended a helping hand to eldery women in the redlight area in the process of their rehabilitation if they so desire. The allegations levelled against him and Lakadganj Police by CSWs were far from truth, he added.

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Cops evicting us from red-light area to benefit land mafia, alleges CSWs

COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels ... Read More
COMMERCIAL sex workers (CSWs) from red light area — Ganga Jamuna — have decided to move the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court alleging that police were forcing them to evict their brothels at the behest of land mafia and builders lobby. The CSWs, who addressed a crowded press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Friday evening, alleged that Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar issued oral orders to Lakadganj Police to close down all brothels and prevent customers from entering into the area. They also alleged that the red light area was closed since January 15 by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kumar and the latter was insisting them to sell out their shelters. Condemning the high-handedness of the officer, the CSWs said that they were unable to make their two ends meet since last fortnight. One of the CSWs named Lata told a questioner that customers had stopped visiting the brothels because of heavy deployment of police force in the area. One of the women named Chanda Dhawan suffered serious injuries when a brick wall of a two-storeyed building collapsed in the melee after cops carrying sticks started chasing customers on Thursday. The CSWs alleged that the police were falsely implicating them by registering offences under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and forcing them to clean lavatories of Lakadganj Police Station after their arrest. They warned that they would be compelled to resort to agitation if the police continued to trouble them.

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Hold special session to discuss Kelkar panel report: Chavan

Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday suggested to hold a special session of legislature to discuss Dr Vijay Kelkar panel report on balanced development of all regions. Admitting th... Read More
Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday suggested to hold a special session of legislature to discuss Dr Vijay Kelkar panel report on balanced development of all regions. Admitting that report could not be discussed during his tenure, Chavan while speaking to reporters claimed that due elections it was not possible to hold parleys on issue of such vital importance. The new Government assumed office barely three months ago, and they should be given more time to finalise their views on major issues, he suggested. The report, submitted during the last days of the Congress-NCP government, was merely a report of a study group and not that of any enquiry committee, said Chavan. Chavan said according to him there should be five priorities- water, farm, forest, urbanisation and quality education. Admitting that Maharashtra has less irrigated land in the country Chavan said, “Our country has 40% land under irrigation. Maharashtra fares quite poorly with barely 18% irrigated land. Only Kerala is behind us. Delay in crucial projects like Gosikhurd has cost us dearly, he claimed while pointing out that revised cost of Gosikhurd project has gone upto Rs 16,000 crore from original Rs 360 cr. He stressed the need on better urban governance and hoped that Clean India should not become another photo opportunity event.

Make in India is a good theme, but we are asking foreign companies to manufacture, set-up industries instead of asking them to make investment here, Chavan suggested. The projects like MIHAN could be helpful. Unfortunately, MIHAN has taken quite a long time and still it has failed to take up, he lamented.

There is no dispute about balanced industrial development but despite providing more incentive no industry is keen to start its venture at backward areas like Gadchiroli. The reasons behind it should be identified, Chavan suggested.

According to former Chief Minister of Congress-NCP led government which was here for long 15 years, the quality of education has gone down which should be enhanced.

Chavan pointed out, “We cannot become rich like America, UK as their policies, population and conditions are different but we should grow like Japan and for that education should be given top priority. As compared to Southern states, Maharashtra has many shortcomings. More students from Andhra Pradesh go to IIT. We are also behind in science, research also. Infact state has not produced stalwarts like Dr Jayant Naralikar, Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr Vasant Gowarikar, Dr Anil Kakodkar etc in science in recent years. We have to develop our knowledge economy.” Dr Sunil Deshmukh, sitting BJP MLA from Amravati, Rajendra Mulak, former Minister and present MLC, Dr Pinak Dande, Atul Kotecha and others were prominently present. Laxmanrao Joshi, Editor of Lokshahi Warta recepient of Lokmanya Tilak award was felicitated at the hands of Chavan. Chandrashekhar Bobde, a journalist with Lokmat and Dr Pramod Sharma of Hindi department were also feted.

Dismisses Natarajan’s allegations

Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan on Friday dismissed the allegations levelled by former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, saying there was “neither pressure nor interference” from the party leadership. Chavan was a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in the UPA government. Chavan, known to have been close to the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said, “We get so many letters and delegations from interested persons, but as a minister, one is expected to go by the rule book and not to favour anyone.”

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Swine flu patients on rise, civic authorities fail to take measures

With the 10 deaths due to swine flu registered in just 27 days and 28 patients testing positive, the situation in the region on health ground has become alarming. A month ago Mayor Pravin Datke... Read More
With the 10 deaths due to swine flu registered in just 27 days and 28 patients testing positive, the situation in the region on health ground has become alarming. A month ago Mayor Pravin Datke himself had directed Health Department of NMC to take necessary measures. The prevailing situation is an indication that the department has failed to do precious little. The number of swine flu deaths across the country has increased by about six times in the past two weeks, with 104 deaths so far this year.

Though the official number is 28 people testing positive for swine flu in the region, the unofficial number may be much higher. An Inspector at Income Tax Department became latest victim of swine flu. A week later, two officers of the same departments have been admitted with symptoms of the disease.

The total number of people affected with the disease has also gone up by six times during this period, with 1,165 reported cases of influenza A H1N1 – which is characterised by fever, cough, body ache and troubled breathing. According to Dr P P Joshi, Head, Department of Medicine, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), the rise in numbers is a result of the drop in temperatures and the trend would continue at least until the end of February if the cold continues.

Two days ago, Mayor Pravin Datke had called a meeting to discuss the issue. He had ensured that civic machinery is ready to tackle the problem. He also asked Health Department to keep enough medicine stock and launch an awareness campaign.

“The problem is that the symptoms of swine flu, like cough and fever, overlap with those of many other diseases. This makes diagnosis difficult. What we are seeing this time is that the pace of the disease development is also faster than usual with fever on the first day, breathing difficulty on the second and the lung going bad in a week,” said well-known chest physician and Managing Director of KRIMS Hospital, Dr Ashok Arbat.

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Chief Minister to inaugurate 3-day Youth Empowerment Summit today

Vidarbha Fortune Foundation has organised a three-day long Youth Empowerment Summit under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole at Mankapur Sports Stadium premises, Koradi road from January 31 to Fe... Read More
Vidarbha Fortune Foundation has organised a three-day long Youth Empowerment Summit under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole at Mankapur Sports Stadium premises, Koradi road from January 31 to February 2.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate this mega event on January 31 at 3 pm while Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will preside over. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, Union Minister of State Hansraj Ahir, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, former MP Datta Meghe, Vanrai trustee Girish Gandhi and Dr. Bhausaheb Zite, will be present in the function. This summit is likely to give new directions to youth for self-employment generation.

MLC Anil Sole while talking to mediapersons at Sports Stadium said, around 150 stalls will provide information to youngsters about employment opportunities. The participants will get information from films, speeches of prominent persons, interviews, slide shows, and training programmes. They will also get information regarding various schemes run by State and Central Governments to promote skill development and entrepreneurship. The exhibition will provide information about stating small business without any capital investment to one which requires Rs five lakh as capital investment. The visitors will be enlightened about preparation of project report, machinery’s of particular business, and raw materials, marketing strategy, and also regarding cottage industries. Sole is the president of Vidarbha Fortune Foundation.

National Skill Development Corporation, MIHAN, Higher Education, Youths and Sports Department, Social Justice Department, Tourism and Industries Department are supporting this mega event. The skill and unskilled man power will get good jobs while information regarding Maharashtra Public Service Commission, Staff Selection, Railway Recruitment, Banks, Police recruitment, and other government jobs will also be provided in this event.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde will be chief guest in the concluding function slated on February 2 at 3 pm. Education Minister from Madhya Pradesh Umashankar Gupta, Minister of State for Trial Affairs Ambrish Atram, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Vice Chancellor Dr. Vinayak Deshpande, Mayor Pravin Datke, Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar, and NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane will be present as guests of honour in the function. Dignitaries N C Shaina, Sunil Mansingh, Dr. Sanjay Moghe, Anshuman Singh, Vijay Kumar Gautam, Dr. P P Patil, Gajananrao Dange, Jaishri Fadnavis, Bhaurao Tumsare, Subhash Deshmukh, Dinesh Owulkar, Sanjay Jadhav, Dr. Prakash Malegeon, Sanjay Nathe, M V Rao, Sachin Burghate, Bablu Choudhari, Jaisingh Chavan will address the youths in summit.

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Stagecraft Theatre’s comedy drama ‘Horn Ok Please’ set to be rip-roaring

Horn Ok Please - is a common sight when one is driving down and happens to get his passage blocked by a truck which carries such a message, much to the annoyance of the driver/rider and totally c... Read More
Horn Ok Please - is a common sight when one is driving down and happens to get his passage blocked by a truck which carries such a message, much to the annoyance of the driver/rider and totally couldn’t careless attitude of the truck driver. A part of this fool hardy thought has been cleverly adapted in a play “Horn Ok Please” to be staged on February 1 at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall at 5 pm and 8pm.

The play has a taxi driver-cum-tour operator-cum-tourist guide as the protagonist whose good looks and gift of the gab makes single women fall for his glib talk and trouble takes birth with a capitol “T”.

Written by Swati Sani, the play depicts a Mumbai luxury taxi tour operator -- Raju who is romancing with two wives, one at home in Dombivali and the other at Kalyan, and his precise jugglery holds good till an accident disrupts the schedule with Raju getting admitted to a hospital, where both of his addresses surface bringing the Dombivali and Kalyan Police on the scene. Both wives promptly lodge a complaint about missing Raju who finds the wriggling out process quite slimy and adding to his woes is his side kick Rony Khetwala’s antics and a Gay neighbour advances towards good-looking Raju, that brings the situation on the boil. How Raju desperately tries to wriggle out of the situation, getting entangled no end, is the climax that has the viewer sitting at the edge of his seat, controlling his aching belly laugh .

“Horn Ok Please” has been directed by award wining theatre guru Vikash Khurana and includes Anuj Hamilton, Ketaki Kane-Salankar, Ayush Upadhayay, Onkar Ghare, Leo Naidu, Pooja Shrivastava, Rachit Khetan, Gurnoor Bedi and Pranjala Chauhan as its cast. The production crew of the play includes N V Sharma, Anurag Kulkarni, Sonal Trivedi, Shantanu Thengdi, Priyadarsh Bhabda, Pranjala Chauhan, Nandan Majumdar, Raveesh Jaiswal, Neelabh Trivedi and Nitish Chandra.

Swapnil Bohate, Sohtab Kanga, Sandeep Baraskar and Vishal Yadav provide technical support.

The sponsors, partners and patrons for the play are CAFE- Child Adoption for education, Ensaara Metropark, Copper Restaurant, The Hitavada, Hislop College, Radio Mirchi, Tauby’s Outlets, UCN and Sa Digital. Tickets priced at Rs 700, Rs 350, Rs 250, and Rs 150 are available at Tauby’s Snack outlets at Sadar, Ramdaspeth, Law College, Law College square, Empress Mall, Hingna T-Point, Dev Nagar and at the venue from 11 am on February 1.

More information can be had from Kishore on 9373270315 or on the facebook page of Stagecraft Theatre or by logging on www.stagecrafttheatre.ins.

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Now, transfer your train tickets to family members, students

The Indian Railways has introduced the facility of transferring railway tickets to a blood relative in case the person in whose name reservation is confirmed is not undertaking the travel. The rail... Read More
The Indian Railways has introduced the facility of transferring railway tickets to a blood relative in case the person in whose name reservation is confirmed is not undertaking the travel. The rail tickets can be transferred to blood relations. If a person is holding a confirmed ticket and is unable to travel, then the ticket can be transferred to his/her family members including father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband or wife. For transfer of ticket, an application must be submitted atleast 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure of the train.

As per the guidelines issued by Railway Board, Chief Reservation Supervisor (CRS) of important stations are authorised to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name.

Government employees also benefited by this move as they can transfer their confirm ticket to one nominated by Department, proceeding on duty with appropriate authority. The employee has to make a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains.

The Railway Board have also allowed students of a recognised educational institutions to benefit by this new order. The Head of the Institution can make a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, then the reservation made in the name of any student can be transferred to any other student of the same institute.

If the passengers are members of a marriage party and any person deemed to be Head of such party makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party be transferred to any other person.

If the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps and any officer who is the head of the group, makes a request in writing at least 24 hours before the departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any cadet be transferred to any other cadet. Such request however will be granted only once.

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SECR’s afforestation style: Chops 300 trees

Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) annually spends lakhs of rupees for tree plantation and unexpectedly becomes mute spectator when about 300 trees gets chopped down. The trees ... Read More
Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) annually spends lakhs of rupees for tree plantation and unexpectedly becomes mute spectator when about 300 trees gets chopped down. The trees were of Subabul, widely used for manufacturing wooden articles, and were cut down at Chacher— near Mouda— and on Kanhan- Ramtek Broad Gauge section. At Chacher nearly 135 full grown trees were cut down while in other section of SECR about 155 Subabul stumps were noticed. This trees it seems were cut about a fortnight back gauging from the condition of stumps that stands testimony to brutality besides the railway track.

These two instances are classic examples of how public money goes down the drain in Railways. The division officials pat themselves for spending nearly Rs. 1.50 lakh annually to plant trees but have little time to monitor what happens to their afforestation drive. And its worth recalling that Railway Ministry recently established a separate Environment Directorate to erase tag of biggest contributor to environment degradation in the country, and listed among the objectives was afforestation. However the message of environment protection it seems has not yet reached down the line, otherwise SECR officials would have definitely hauled-up those responsible for chopping full grown trees. According to information, division had awarded work for laying cable 18-25 cms on Salsa-Chacher section near Mouda. However while the cable dimension is quite thin but even then Subabul trees were cut down without its necessity. The site photos and inspection reveals that even those trees that are not in path of cable were deliberately chopped. The stumps of cut down trees could be seen between 1100/16 to 1101/6 km on Salsa-Chacher DN line, it is learnt.

On Kanhan-Ramtek section the Subabul trees were found cut between BG Kms RTK/1122/2 to 1124/1. The sources disclosed that the section was to be inspected by General Manager Naveen Tandon as part of annual visit to Nagpur Division. However the visit got cancelled after Tandon got elevated as Member Mechanical in Railway Board. But the trees fell somehow fell victim to indifference of railway officials, the sources claimed.

When contacted for official side, Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr. DCM) Tanmay Mukhopadhyay, the official spokesperson at Nagpur Division of SECR, at first stated that railways had no role in chopping the trees. He further advanced the argument of Engineering Branch, a person was caught while cutting down the tree and his vehicle to was impounded in Chacher section.

However when asked whether same theory also applies to trees that were cut in Kanhan-Ramtek section, Sr. DCM preferred to remain mum. Also questioned as to how come trees are uniformly cut and can it be work of single person, the official had no answer.

The Forest Department of Maharashtra claimed that no permission is required to cut subabul trees. This was stated by Ranger Forest Officer (Ramtek) P B Waghe when contacted by The Hitavada on Friday about chopping of trees on railway land.

Waghe claimed as per new policy no permission from Forest Department is required for cutting subabul trees in case they are within the limit of Railways. He affirmed as to having received information about cutting down trees by Railways.

This statement of Forest Department flies in the face of action that was initiated by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) last time when Railways, and yes SECR itself had cut down trees at Motibagh last year. The Railways that time faced intense scrutiny and was even asked an explanation by NMC, it is learnt.

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CM directs shifting of 4 textile mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha

In a major effort to revive textile industry in Vidarbha region and help cotton growing region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed Textile department to shift four textile mills ... Read More
In a major effort to revive textile industry in Vidarbha region and help cotton growing region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday directed Textile department to shift four textile mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha. Three of them will be relocated to Nandagaonpeth in Amravati district and one will be shifted to Barshi in Akola district. These mills are presently sick, but can be easily revived by capital infusion and using latest technical know-how.

Fadnavis while chairing a meeting of Co-Operation, Marketing, Textiles department and officials of National Textiles Corporation also directed them to find out suitable relocation for nine more mills. Of them eight can be shifted to Vidarbha and this will give a major boost to cotton processing units here and cotton growers who are passing through financial distress.

The Government is also working on recommendations of a panel which suggested setting up of a 5 lakh capacity spindle spinning hub at Amravati, a Knitting mega composite textile hub at Nagpur for technical upgradation of textile units of Vidarbha and Marathwada and processing hub at Solapur and Malegaon and suiting-shirting hub at Ichalkaranji. The Chief Minister has directed the departments to constitute a high-level panel in which Secretary of Textiles department, NTC top brass, BMC Commissioner and Labour Secretary. The committee will oversee smooth transition of mills from Mumbai to Vidarbha and will also ensure proper land and other infrastructural facilities. The panel has also been asked to take care of uninterrupted and cheap power to these mills, water and other requirement so that they can be revived.

Meanwhile, a panel appointed by Fadnavis government to suggest new policy incentives to revive textile industry in Maharashtra has suggested creation of textile hub and with right kind of encouragement from centre and state, state can attract investment of Rs 80,000 crore in next five years. This sector alone can generate close to 11 lakh new jobs, mostly cotton growing areas of Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh.

MLA Suresh Halwankar who headed this committee pointed out several shortcomings in textile policy of previous DF Government. Modernisation of powerlooms, promoting foreign direct investment, imposition of 0.5 per cess on purchase of yarn, forming integrated textile hubs at existing textile zones by helping small and medium enterprises, strengthening of co-operative units. The panel has also suggested establishment of garment zone at Bhiwandi, Malegaon, Solapur, Ichalkaranji, Tarapur.

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Unauthorised layouts, slums to be regularised in three months

The long-pending issues of 3,592 unauthorised layouts and 292 slums in the city may be resolved soon. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, chaired a meeting of officers of Nagpur Mu... Read More
The long-pending issues of 3,592 unauthorised layouts and 292 slums in the city may be resolved soon. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, chaired a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), and other agencies on Friday and asked them to complete the process for authorisation of the unauthorised layouts and regularisation of slums within three months.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Ranjit Patil, Minister of State for Urban Development; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Shyam Wardhane, NIT Chairman; Shravan Hardikar, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector were present prominently in the important meeting held at NIT on Friday afternoon. “The regularisation of unauthorised layouts will provide a big relief to over 2 lakh families, and pave way for provision of amenities like roads, power, water there,” Bawankule told reporters while addressing a press conference after the meeting. As per the details provided by officials during the meeting, a total of 1,95,027 individual applications were received for regularisation of plots in the unauthorised layouts in NMC area. NIT has issued demand letters for development charges in 1,09,438 cases. Of these, as many as 1,01,833 plot-holders paid development charges as per the demand. As far as slums are concerned, Bawankule said that there were 292 slums in the city area.

Some of these are with NMC, some with District Collector, and maximum with NIT. “As per the decision taken in the meeting held today, all these slums will be handed over to NIT for initiating the process of regularisation. We have asked the agencies concerned to work in co-ordination and complete the process for regularisation of slums and unauthorised layouts within three months,” said the Guardian Minister.

As per the decision, NIT will first develop the unauthorised layouts and then transfer those to NMC. Further, NIT had invited applications for regularisation of plots in unauthorised layouts under Maharashtra Gunthewari Development (Regulation, Upgradation, and Control) Act. In response, it received 1,94,965 applications. However, these pertained to Gunthewari developments existing as on January 1, 2001. Such developments after the said date cannot be regularised by planning authority (NIT). To enable NIT to regularise Gunthewari developments after 2001, amendments were needed to be effected to the said Act. “We will follow up the matter with the State Government in this regard,” Bawankule told reporters.

In the meeting, various other issues including completion of various developmental projects worth Rs 4,000 crore under National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), speeding up the work of proposed Metro Rail project, development of bus terminus, switching over to LED street-lights in the city, flower market etc also were discussed. To ensure timely completion of these work, NIT Chairman has been asked to co-ordinate with various agencies concerned, said the Guardian Minister. However, there is no formal committee as such, he added.

Asked if NIT will have to wait for getting into the role of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) with these many responsibilities, Bawankule said that all the processes would be completed within three months. To a question, he said that Gadkari had never demanded scrapping of NIT.

“Under the leadership of Gadkari, all of BJP MLAs had assured to the voters in these unauthorised layouts and slums about regularisation. Besides, we had promised to put Nagpur on fast track of development. Today’s meeting was a step in this direction,” Bawankule said. Completion of process in three months will be another step, he added. Further, he said, he would be going to Delhi on February 2 to meet various ministers to expedite various developmental projects under different Central Government departments. Talking to media, Pravin Datke said that NIT would be taking care of new projects including construction of a non-commercial Parking Plaza on the land of police quarters in Gandhibagh; construction of residential scheme for Low Income Group (LIG) and Middle Income Group (MIG) at Bharatwada. The police quarters to be shifted from Gandhibagh would be constructed afresh on 5 acres of land in Lakadganj.

MLAs Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, NMC Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar and others also were present at the press conference.

‘Bogus’ registry of lands in district: Bawankule

Chandrashekhar Bawankule told the reporters that there were several cases of ‘bogus’ registry of lands in the district, especially in peri-urban area like Besa, Beltarodi etc. “There is no non-agricultural (NA) permission, Town Planning Department clearance, and still deals are getting registered. There is no clarity in law of registration. As a result, two persons posing as seller and purchaser of a land can register the deal for plot owned by another person. This needs to be curbed. For the purpose, amendments are required to be effected to the existing laws,” he said. He said that he himself, along with all MLAs from Nagpur district, would meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse and discuss the issue.

‘Have complaint about corruption in NIT? Submit it to my office’

On the issue of allegations of corruption in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said that he had not received any such complaint so far. “Still, through media, I shall appeal to the citizens to submit complaints, if any, at my office at Cottage No 5, Ravi Bhavan or approach Anti-Corruption Bureau for proper action,” he said.

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Range Forest Officer in ACB net

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Pradip Pundlikrao Dhole, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Lakhni, district Bhandara, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,0... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Pradip Pundlikrao Dhole, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Lakhni, district Bhandara, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,000/- from a contractor for giving him permission to cut teak trees purchased by him. Mithilesh Giripunje, a contractor, had purchased teak trees in Lakhni area. For publishing ‘Jahirnama’ and giving permission to cut the trees, RFO Dhole (52) demanded Rs 3,000/- from him. Giripunje immediately lodged a complaint against RFO Dhole with ACB officers at Bhandara. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at Range Forest Office at Lakhni and caught RFO red-handed when he accepted the cash from Giripunje. The bureau officers registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dhole at Lakhni Police Station.

The trap was laid by Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB Bhandara) Prashant Kolwadkar and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav.

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Asha Bhosle to perform in city today

Nagpur Mahotsav, the cultural extravaganza organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start from January 22 with legendary singer Asha Bhosle performing on opening day. Bhosle is schedule... Read More
Nagpur Mahotsav, the cultural extravaganza organised by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start from January 22 with legendary singer Asha Bhosle performing on opening day. Bhosle is scheduled to present some of her most memorable and melodious Marathi songs during this concert. Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Surface Minister will inaugurate the event while Mayor Pravin Datke will preside over. Union Minister of State Hansraj Ahir, Finance Minister of Maharashtra Sudhir Mungantiwar, Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti will be present as guest of honour. Legislators Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbahre, Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Rajendra Mulak will also grace the occasion. Nagpur Mahotsav will be held from January 22 to January 26 at Yashwant Stadium.

Asha Bhosle will perform on January 22, while local artists will perform on January 23. Pt. Ravi Chary (Sitar), Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), Sheldon D’Silva (Bass Guitar), Sangeet Haldipur (Key board), Nitin Shankar (Percussionist), Aditya Kalyanpur (Tabla), Andrew Kanga (Drums), and Sanjoy Das (Guitar) will perform in Fusion programme on January 24. The poet meet (Kavi Sammelan) will be held on January 25. Noted poet Hariom Pawar, Pradeep Choube, Sunil Jogi, Raja Dharmadhikari, Popular Merathi, and Rashmi Kiran will participate in it. The “Jay Ho” musical programme will be performed by noted play back singer Sukhwinder Singh on Republic Day.

The local body has provided free passes to citizens to enjoy the cultural programme. The passes will be available at zonal office, with corporators and NMC offices across city.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be present during concluding function on January 26. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane and former MP Datta Meghe will be present in concluding function. Mayor Pravin Datke will chair the function. Education Committee President Chetan Tank, Sports Committee Chairman Harish Dikondwar, Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Education Officer Deependra Lokhande, and others are working hard for the success of the event.

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Regulatory body for private hospitals uncalled for: IMA

Reacting sharply to the decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to constitute a Private Hospital Regulatory Authority (PHRA), Indian Medical Association, Nagpur branch (IMA) has said that idea... Read More
Reacting sharply to the decision of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to constitute a Private Hospital Regulatory Authority (PHRA), Indian Medical Association, Nagpur branch (IMA) has said that idea of such a regulatory body for hospitals is totally uncalled for. President of Nagpur branch of IMA, Dr Sanjay Deshpande while criticising the decision questioned the legality, propriety and very need of forming such a body. “They should specify under which rule they are doing so and under which law they are fixing rate of medical services ?, he sought to know.

NMC general body in its meeting held on Tuesday decided to constitute PHRA for regulating private hospitals following large-scale complaints against exorbitant rates charged by them from hapless patients. IMA said that with rising expectancy of average life in India, there had been growing expectation of society from the medical profession. The doctors, the medical profession and medical practices as such have become a focal point of discussion in various forums.

With its membership base of over one lakh doctors belonging to modern medicine, Maharashtra Medical Council, has been advocating ethical practices including the removal of “Cut Practice Menace” from the medical profession. Due to handful of doctors doing unethical practice, entire fraternity can not be blamed.

The Draft of State Act of Clinical Establishment Act has already been submitted to the Government of Maharashtra. The draft was prepared by 18 members of expert committee drawn from all over the country, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kishor Taori, Chairman of Maharashtra Medical Council. It comprehensively covers the rights of the doctors, rights of patients. The provision of necessary infrastructural facilities will be covered by the bye-laws, which will be prepared after the Act is okayed by State Government.

In these circumstances the separate regulating authority at the corporation level is uncalled for and will result in having impact of differential treatment to the medical profession in various cities of Maharashtra, pointed IMA.

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Bomb scare in Duronto Express triggers panic

A bomb scare was triggered after cleaning staff found a bottle with suspected chemical aboard Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Express on early Wednesday morning. The train arrived at 7 am and later was bei... Read More
A bomb scare was triggered after cleaning staff found a bottle with suspected chemical aboard Mumbai-Nagpur Duronto Express on early Wednesday morning. The train arrived at 7 am and later was being taken to washing yard for maintenance. The railway employees while checking the train found a suspected yellow coloured bottle with narrow opening in S-2 bogie.

The employees got scared when they also noticed something like wire dangling from the bottle’s mouth. Panicked, the employees raised alarm shouting ‘bomb’, ‘bomb’ which created quite a scene at the washing siding. Immediately, security agencies were alerted and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) was summoned.

The squad reached the spot along with a sniffer dog and attended the train. As the dog did not signal, the BDDS personnel collected the bottle. Later, they found nothing suspicious as it contained phenyl.

After completing the formalities, the security personnel gave a go-ahead to the train for its journey.

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NMC seals Jaswant Mall to recover Rs 2.15 cr tax dues

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday sealed Jaswant Mall run by S Kapursingh Tuli and Mohabbat Singh Tuli to recover property tax dues worth Rs 2.15 crore. The property is situated... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Wednesday sealed Jaswant Mall run by S Kapursingh Tuli and Mohabbat Singh Tuli to recover property tax dues worth Rs 2.15 crore. The property is situated at Indora square and houses film screens and other commercial establishments, despite repeated notices, the owners did not clear the dues. From last many years, the tax demand was not honoured and hence penalty was also imposed along with penal interest. On Wednesday, NMC team led by Assistant Commissioner Harish Raut, A J Bodile, Sunil Meshram, Sanjay Kamble and others from Asi Nagar zone sealed the Mall.

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High Court notice to Enquiry Officer in NDCCB scam

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) on a complaint filed by new officer who is conducting section 88 enquiry against Kedar and others.

According to Surendra Kharbade, a lawyer who was appointed as enquiry officer by Maharashtra government to probe Rs150 crore scam NDCCB alleged that former special auditor Yashwant Bagde had not handed over old records of enquiry to him.

Kharbade claimed that Bagde was adamant and not heeding to his requests.

Bagde took more than a decade to conduct the probe and later indicted Kedar and others for causing loss to bank. Kharbade took up the issue with department and finally moved the High Court seeking a direction to Bagde to hand over the record. Almost all delinquents and the bank proposed to rely upon the written statements, evidences, depositions, arguments adduced in the previous enquiry and arguments submitted therein. Under these circumstances, it was imperative to get the original record and documents for proceeding further, Kharbade said in the application.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar issued notice to Bagde and sought his response by January 28. Entire record has been put under lock and key of Bagde and in absence of this record, the enquiry is not proceeding further.

The High Court had already directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr recovery within 6 months. The High Court had also directed the trial court to complete the trial which is languishing since last 12 years within one year.

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High Court notice to Enquiry Officer in NDCCB scam

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notice to earlier enquiry officer who had conducted enquiry under Co-Operative Societies Act against Saoner MLA and former chairman of Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) on a complaint filed by new officer who is conducting section 88 enquiry against Kedar and others.

According to Surendra Kharbade, a lawyer who was appointed as enquiry officer by Maharashtra government to probe Rs150 crore scam NDCCB alleged that former special auditor Yashwant Bagde had not handed over old records of enquiry to him.

Kharbade claimed that Bagde was adamant and not heeding to his requests.

Bagde took more than a decade to conduct the probe and later indicted Kedar and others for causing loss to bank. Kharbade took up the issue with department and finally moved the High Court seeking a direction to Bagde to hand over the record. Almost all delinquents and the bank proposed to rely upon the written statements, evidences, depositions, arguments adduced in the previous enquiry and arguments submitted therein. Under these circumstances, it was imperative to get the original record and documents for proceeding further, Kharbade said in the application.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar issued notice to Bagde and sought his response by January 28. Entire record has been put under lock and key of Bagde and in absence of this record, the enquiry is not proceeding further.

The High Court had already directed the Co-Operative department to complete the hearing on appeal filed against order of Rs 129.31 cr recovery within 6 months. The High Court had also directed the trial court to complete the trial which is languishing since last 12 years within one year.

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State Govt extends RTE to pre-primary admissions

Bringing much needed clarity in school admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act, Maharashtra School Education Department has made it clear that at least 25 per cent seats at entry level need... Read More
Bringing much needed clarity in school admissions under Right to Education (RTE) Act, Maharashtra School Education Department has made it clear that at least 25 per cent seats at entry level needs to reserved under RTE. The department has laid down three guidelines to tackle the difficulties of schools with variation between pre-primary or standard I intake.

If the intake at pre-primary level is more than the intake of Standard-1, then the 25% seats as per intake of the Standard-I will be calculated and these many children will be admitted in pre-primary. If the intake capacity in pre-primary is less than the intake in first standard then 25% seats of the total intake of pre-primary will be calculated and accordingly admissions will be done in pre-primary. Remaining admissions will be done in Standard-I. If some seats remain vacant after the admission process of pre-primary then these seats will be filled during the admission at Standard-1, the department has clarified.

Due to different interpretation and various circulars, there was lot of confusion about applicability of RTE at pre-primary stage. But now even entry point has been covered under RTE, the Education department has stated.

Admissions are given under RTE to deprived and children from poor economic background class. Apart from State board schools, Maharashtra has large number of CBSE, IB, ICSE and IGCSE schools. Department noticed that the intake in these schools is different in Standard-I and pre-primary classes. This has created problems in calculating 25% admissions due to confusion about base point.

Minimum 3 yrs age fixed for nursery admissions

As declared by Education Minister Vinod Tawde, the department has also fixed minimum 3 years as the age for admission to play group/nursery admission. For Standard-I admission minimum 6 years age has been prescribed. The age will be calculated as on July 31 of the year of admission. The department has asked the schools to implement age criterion for play group/nursery from the academic year 2015-16 itself. While for Standard-I, it can be implemented by 2018-19 since the admissions to KG-I and KG-II have already been last year and there will be lot of injustice on these kids. Government has also made it clear that though the age limit for admission to Standard-I is 6 years, the kid of 5 years of age also can be admitted in that class during next academic year (2015-16), in 2016-17 only kids who will complete 5 years and four months will be eligible for admission to Standard-I while in 2017-18, minimum age should be 5 years and 8 months. Apart from the schools run by State Government, various schools of different boards including CBSE, ICSE, IB are following different age criterion At present there is no age limit fixed for the admissions to pre-primary class.

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HC slams NMC for wasting public money on extravaganza

NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday lashed out at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for wasting precious public money on cultural extravaganza like Nagpur Mahotsav, when its coffers... Read More
NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday lashed out at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for wasting precious public money on cultural extravaganza like Nagpur Mahotsav, when its coffers are empty and it is unable even to discharge its statutory obligations.

The High Court minced no words while slamming the civic body for inviting celebrities and spending huge money while it is unable to pay salary in time, repair roads, clean waterbodies an