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PIL on pathetic condition of highways: High Court makes NHAI to act swiftly

Finding everything moving at a very casual pace and virtual flouting of its directives of November 14, 2014 by the top brass of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Justice Bhushan R G... Read More
Finding everything moving at a very casual pace and virtual flouting of its directives of November 14, 2014 by the top brass of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Justice Bhushan R Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court, asked the NHAI counsel A A Kathane and personally present Chief General Manager (Tech.) NHAI, M K Jain to tell it Chairman’s name to issue notice to him to answer contempt charge for not complying with its directives and made the counsel and the top officer to develop cold feet. They were asked to came back with approval and assurances after lunch-recess, which satisfied the Court to a large extent. The Court was visibly unhappy during the hearing of a newspaper report of September 20, 2013, registered as public interest litigation (PIL) on the Court’s own initiative regarding the “pathetic state of affairs of national highways” and particularly relating to 37 kms patch between Mansar and Khawasa and also the unmotorable condition of road near Pandhurna and the incomplete bridge at Kondhali on the NHW No. 6. In its Comprehensive Tentative Plan submitted to the Court in the after-noon, the Court has placed that one page chart on the record of the case and accepted it as an undertaking on behalf of the NHAI regarding construction of balance work between 94.000 kms and 123.000 kms on Nagpur-Hyderabad section of NH-7 in Maharashtra and balance of construction of work from 153.000 kms to 175.000 kms on the same road. The Court was informed that regarding first part, competent authority NHAI Head-quarters has telephonically approved the bids and work will commence from December 19 next. And the second part of the maintenance activity will be undertaken by the new contractor, who will be commencing work from December 26 next. Till this period, maintenance work will be continued by the existing contractor and would be completed by March 31, 2015. As per the chart, contracts being executed by the non-performing contractors will be given closure notice and those will end on March 10, 2015. Speaking of preparation of bids, the Court has been informed that preparation of bidding documents to complete the balance work will be over by April 30, 2015. Bids will be invited for balance work from May 1 and acceptance will be up to May 15. Bids will be finalised on July 31 and contracts will be awarded to the approved contractor on October 1 and balance work is to be completed by December 31, 2016. The Court will hear the petition further after one week. Advocate N A Padhye is amicus curiae in the case. GP Bharati Dangre (State) and Assistant SGI Rohit Deo (Union of India) represented the respondents. Adv Mohit Khajanchi represented the intervenor - Adv Ashish Jaiswal.

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Three more Naxalites surrender in Gondia

Inspired by the social welfare schemes run by Police Department under the new surrender policy of State Government, three members of Triple–K Dalam surrendered in front of Gondia District Super... Read More
Inspired by the social welfare schemes run by Police Department under the new surrender policy of State Government, three members of Triple–K Dalam surrendered in front of Gondia District Superintendent of Police Shashi Kumar Meena on Wednesday. With this surrender, total 18 Naxalities have surrendered so far after the formation of independent Gondia district in 1999.

Giving more details, SP Meena said that the surrendered members including Jalher alias Dalsuram Parasram Kachlam (21), a resident of Navezhari in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli, Rishi alias Sukhlal Tulsiram Parsu (20), a resident of Mayalghat in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli, and Kashiram Eitu Koretti, a resident of Tirkhuri in Arjuni Morgaon tehsil of Gondia district, were active in Darekasa, Deori, Korchi – Kurkheda – Khobramenda (Triple – K ) and Platoon – 55 under North Gadchiroli-Gondia Division. They were involved in a number of Naxal incidents which include ambush, setting afire road roller on Piperkhari – Sukdi Road, setting afire Gram Panchayat buildings of Missipirri and Toyogondi and BSNL tower in Jamakudo between 2010 – 13. Rishi has confessed of having played a role in landmine blast in Donagagrh (CG) and killing of a police informer in 2004.

Their surrender has been cleared by the administrative approval committee having District Collector, DSP and SID men as its members. In 2014, this is the first surrender of Naxals, the last was done on April 17, 2013. Till date 18 members have surrendered with Gondia police. It may be mentioned that Gondia district is considered to be a Naxal- sensitive place, but in recent past with active police action, the Naxal activities has witness a steep decline in the region. SP Meena has given credit to his department people for this success and has appealed to other members involved in Naxal movement to surrender with the police and join mainstream of development.

SP Meena also said that there were attractive schemes apart from rehabilitation package in the new Naxal Surrender Scheme of State Government.

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Students, citizens flay terror attack on school in Pakistan

The smallest coffins are the heaviest. This was the message that was in the air and mobile networks and Internet, and also in the city of Nagpur. Right from the school children to grown ups and s... Read More
The smallest coffins are the heaviest. This was the message that was in the air and mobile networks and Internet, and also in the city of Nagpur. Right from the school children to grown ups and senior citizens, everyone joined the world to condemn the barbaric act of Talibani terrorists, who killed innocent school children in Peshawar in Pakistan; and also paid tributes to the victims of terror attack.

Every child in every school in the city observed a two-minute silence to mourn the loss of school children in the massacre effected by merciless and shameless Talibani terrorists in Peshawar a day ago.

During school assembly, the students prayed, wept, sobbed, and mourned. Parents and teachers also condemned the barbaric act of terrorists in the harshest words.

Condemnation of terrorists and mourning of victims filled every nook and corner of the city. Every office, every home, every lane and by-lane, every Nagpurian joined the country and the world in expressing sadness and anger both.

Minorities Democratic Party (MDP) activists staged demonstrations near Mominpura. “Terrorism has no religion. Even the harshest words are not enough to condemn the inhuman act of terrorists,” stated Mohammad Sajid Ansari. MDP activists flayed Fazalullah and Al Baghdadi for killing children and women. In Gandhi Chowk, Sadar, also the residents gathered for a candle-light vigil, and prayed for eternal peace of innocent children.

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‘Number of drought-affected villages may increase by 5,700’

The Central team that visited 14 districts of Maharashtra in the past few days has found that the situation of drought-hit areas is really grim. “The situation is such that the number of drough... Read More
The Central team that visited 14 districts of Maharashtra in the past few days has found that the situation of drought-hit areas is really grim. “The situation is such that the number of drought-affected villages may increase from 19,029 to around 25,000. We will request the Central Government to consider this as a national calamity situation and provide us additional financial assistance,” said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, while making a statement in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday afternoon.

Chandrakant Patil, Co-operation Minister, made the statement in Legislative Council. Earlier, Chief Minister chaired a meeting with the 10-member Central team in Vidhan Bhavan. Informing about the outcome of the meeting, Chief Minister told the Assembly that Central team visited various affected villages and found the situation grim. The team members expressed their concern over the situation. Already, the State has sought an assistance of Rs 3,925 crore from the Centre to tackle the situation. However, as the number of affected village may increase by 5,700 after reviewing the situation in Vidarbha region and Nashik division, State would submit a revised memorandum to the Centre and seek additional financial assistance.

Central team agreed to the State’s contention and assured to expedite the proposal for aid. The initial aid sought was aimed at providing compensation to farmers who had lost their agricultural crop. However, as the State would be required to tackle subsequent situations including fodder and water scarcity, additional stock of foodgrains etc, additional assistance would be sought from the Centre, said Fadnavis. He said that the State would request the Centre to relax norms of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme so that employment could be made available to people from areas facing drought-like situation, he added.

Swadhin Kshatriya, Chief Secretary; Pravesh Sharma, leader of Central team and Additional Secretary with Central Government; Dr Sudhir Kumar Goyal, Additional Chief Secretary, Maharashtra; Sudhir Shrivastav, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance); K H Govindraj, Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation); Malini Shankar, Secretary (Water Resources); Rajesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Water Supply); Deepak Kapoor, Secretary (Food and Civil Supplies); Pravin Pardeshi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; Milind Mhaiskar, Secretary to Chief Minister; Anoop Kumar, Nagpur Divisional Commissioner, and other officers were present prominently. In the meeting, Pravesh Sharma informed the Chief Minister about the Central team’s visit to various villages.

Sharma expressed satisfaction over the measures taken by the State Government to tackle the situation. However, he said, considering the problems that these areas might face in the next two months, additional measures were required to be taken as far as fodder and water availability were concerned. He assured to submit a report considering the increase in number of affected villages.

Swadhin Kshatriya said that the State was facing a never-before drought-like situation. Central team had visited Marathwada and Vidarbha regions to assess the situation. Kshatriya explained the situation prevailing in the State and said that a revised memorandum would be submitted to the Central team.

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MLAs press for affordable & quality education, reforms

DURING a discussion under Rule 293, which continued on Wednesday morning before start of regular business in the Legislative Assembly, members pressed for reforms in education sector. Most of t... Read More
DURING a discussion under Rule 293, which continued on Wednesday morning before start of regular business in the Legislative Assembly, members pressed for reforms in education sector. Most of the members felt that the education should become affordable and government should monitor the quality in education.

Initiating the discussion on Tuesday evening, Yogesh Sagar said that changes were required to be effected in education sector with changing times. Education should be able to develop a student’s personality through arts, sports, academics and latent talent. To meet present-day needs of evolution, old Universities Act must be changed. Private universities should be encouraged in State.

Also, in line with the objectives of Right to Education (RTE) Act of the Centre, State Government should enact Maharashtra RTE Act to ensure that no teachers are termed excess. He stressed on restarting the University elections to develop leadership qualities in youngsters. In the proposal for discussion, the MLAs pointed out that several plots were allotted to educational institutions. However, in many cases, these plots were lying unused. These plots should be utilised for new educational institutions and a policy decision must be taken in this regard.

Govt should control pre-primary schools, says Sunil Prabhu

State Government has no control on CBSE, ICSE schools. Nursery, KG-I, KG-II in private schools. More number of students are interested to take B Com but colleges get 4 divisions of 120 intake each. Instead it should be increased to 720. Appointment of Principal in colleges is a critical issue and should be resolved in a proper manner.

Problem-based learning necessary: D P Sawant

Teaching is more effective when there are 30-35 students in a class. Unfortunately there are 100 students in a class. Secondly school education is our base and we are utterly ignoring it. We have made our students habitual of applying rote method. We should bring Problem-based learning. Secondly, employability is bigger problem. Various surveys say that we have very less employability.

Dr Anil Kakodkar Committee has made certain recommendations but we need financial assistance to implement those. As far as technical education is concerned, institutions should be linked to industries. The condition of research is very bad.

Impose ban on teachers’ strike: Prashant Bamb

We give education to teachers but in turn what they give to education. Some members become MLC from teachers, graduates constituencies and fight for the demands of teachers. It should be stopped. Bring ban on teachers strike on the lines of police. State Government should bring proposal to bring ban on elections of MLCs from teachers constituency. These MLCs help politicians in running the educational institutions. Teachers examinations should be conducted. The teachers chew gutkha and teach children to be ethical.

Multi-disciplinary courses is need of hour: Vikhe-Patil

The students once take Arts can not go for Science or engineering. They should be able to take course as per their wish. For this, the multi-disciplinary courses should be brought. Secondly, MKCL is not much fruitful and did not yield much result. It should be closed. Coaching classes have mushroomed which is very bad practice. Many colleges are running by joining hands with the coaching institutions. The suggestion of incorporating ATM – Agriculture, Technology and Management should be considered.

GMCs need two deans: Awhad

There are lot of responsibilities on Dean of the Government Medical Colleges in State. He has to handle administration, hospital, academics. Considering this aspect two separate deans should be appointed for administration and education.

Have check on standard of edn: Jayant Patil

Government is permitting new colleges is not bad but it should monitor the quality. Parents spend lot of money on the education of their wards but they never understand what their children doing.

The previous government stopped conducting examinations of the students of Class I to VIII. It was not wise decision. The time has come to have check on standard of education.

Set up Sports University, says Dr Ashish Deshmukh

In our education system, sports is most neglected part. In fact it is the part of personality development. I feel sports should be given prime importance and going further I demand that separate Sports University should be established.

System should attract quality teachers: Patangrao Kadam

Private sector has contributed a lot in Maharashtra's education field. The then Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, Education Minister Balasaheb Desai had vision. They opened education and emphasised on quality.

The Government should do something to attract quality and educated teachers to teaching profession.

Make Marathi subject compulsory in Central schools: Imtiyaz Jaleel

Former Minister Rajesh Tope Deepak Chavan, Rajabhau Waje, Adv Parag Alawni, Dr Shashikant Khedekar, Mohd Asif, Abu Azmi, Bhaskar Jadhav, Medha Kulkarni, Balasaheb Murkute, Bhimrao Dhonde, Captain Tamil Selvan, Charan Waghmare, Ameen Patel, Subhash Deshmukh, Bharati Lavekar, Ajit Satav, Bachchu Kadu also spoke on the occasion.

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RCOEM bags NAAC ‘A’ grade

Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, (RCOEM) has been awarded 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of the University ... Read More
Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, (RCOEM) has been awarded 'A' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission (UGC), in its first cycle of accreditation. The NAAC peer team recently visited the campus of RCOEM for three days in the month of September for the assessment process.

The Standing Committee of Executive Committee processed and approved the Peer Team's report of NAAC and accredited RCOEM with a CGPA of 3.10 on a four point scale at 'A' Grade valid for a period of five years from December 10, 2014, which is one of the highest CGPA in Central India and Maharashtra.

The peer team handed over detailed report to the Principal Dr R S Pande during the exit report meeting to initiate further quality enhancement measures. The committee in its report has specifically mentioned and highlighted three things about RCOEM: 1. A linguistic minority college with highest rank in Vidarbha region, 2. Very committed and ethical management. 3. Good stakeholders relationships.

The College was established in 1984 and is the most sought after technical institute in Central India. The college was conferred with autonomous status by the UGC and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) from academic session 2011-12. The College has an ISO 9001-2008 certification for quality since 2006. It has also received NBA accreditation and reaccreditation for most of its programmes.

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.

The NAAC peer team was chaired by Prof H P Khincha, (former Vice Chancellor of VTU, Belgaum), Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof Matabadal Shukla, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi was appointed member coordinator and Prof N Alagumurthi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry and Prof Amiya Kumar Rath, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, Odisha were the members.

During its three day visit, the peer team visited all the departments of the college and interacted with the teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. They also visited all the support facilities on the campus.

The NAAC team while granting the accreditation appreciated the well-defined process for planning, development and review of curriculum as well as the active involvement of all stakeholders including industry in the development of curriculum designed on outcome based criteria. The NAAC peer team recognised the guidance provided by the college for various competitive examinations to advanced learners as well as the mechanism adopted by the college for improvement of slow learners to be one of its key strengths. The well-defined examination process and the continuous assessment and relative grading systems followed by the college were appreciated by the NAAC team.

The NAAC team emphasised on the work done in the area of research and consultancy activities of the college. It recognised the research facilities at the college and the various extension and NSS activities undertaken as one of its pivotal strengths.

Adequate physical infrastructure and facilities, committed faculty and staff, good placement record, support from local community and stakeholders and proactive management of the college were some of the observations of the NAAC team. The college constantly strives to touch greater heights. This accreditation reinforces the fact that the college has been progressing ahead towards vision set by its Chairman Banwarilal Purohit with missionary zeal of Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary and the entire team of the Management. It is because of the fair and ethical management of the College under the leadership of Banwarilal Purohit and the dedicated efforts of the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, that it has been able to build revered reputation in the society.

The management of the college has congratulated all the stake holders for this achievement and has motivated them to achieve enviable heights in pursuit of academic excellence while ensuring that the students of the college not-only outstand as technocrats but also become responsible citizens of the society with high ethical benchmarks.

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Separate fund from mineral royalty for road repairs

The Government will set up a separate fund from the mineral royalty collected, to repair roads that are damaged due to plying of trucks for mineral transportation. Eknath Khadse, Revenue Minister... Read More
The Government will set up a separate fund from the mineral royalty collected, to repair roads that are damaged due to plying of trucks for mineral transportation. Eknath Khadse, Revenue Minister, told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Khadse was replying to a call attention motion by Ramesh Kadam, Arjun Khotkar and others. The members cited various instances of illegal excavation and transportation of sand in various parts of the State and violation of environmental norms. They lamented that there was inadequate fund for repairs of roads damaged due to trucks that transported sand.

In reply, Khadse said that the auction/tender document would specifically mention the clause regarding royalty share going to separate fund for road repairs. A portion of the royalty collected, will be provided to Public Works Department for road repairs. Further, some portion will be made available to Public Health Department, he added in response to queries about negative impact of pollution caused by mineral transportation on health of people living in the area from where transportation took place. Throughout the State, in financial year 2013-14, the Government had earned revenue of Rs 983 crore out of mineral royalty. Former minister and senior NCP MLA Rajesh Tope demanded installation of CCTV cameras at sand ghats to check illegal excavation and transportation of sand. Further, he said, independent staff should be provided to Tehsildar of respective areas for better functioning. He urged the Government to initiate efforts to find an alternative to sand as construction material, for, there were restrictions on excavation on sand. Ramesh Kadam alleged that Deputy Collector Shankar Jadhav was ‘hand-in-gloves’ with sand mafia.

Responding to Kadam’s demand, Khadse said that Divisional Commissioner of Aurangabad would be asked to initiate enquiry against the said Deputy Collector. If found guilty, the said Deputy Collector would be suspended, said the minister. On the issue of violation of environmental norms, Khadse said that blanket ban could not be imposed on excavation of sand as it would pose a big question over construction activities.

During his reply, Khadse said that Ghat No 1 and 2 in bed of river Sur near village Kodamendhi in Mouda tehsil of Nagpur district were found 'unsuitable' for auction for sand excavation. In Mouda tehsil, between April and November 2014, penalty of Rs 13.85 lakh was recovered in 187 cases of illegal excavation and transportation of sand. In three cases, offences were registered. Besides, measures like putting up barricades were taken to curb illegal transportation of sand. Throughout the State, flying squads were constituted to curb illegal excavation and transportation of sand, Khadse added.

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Local Body Tax to be scrapped by end of financial year: Khadse

Making first official confirmation on abolishing of Local Body Tax, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse on Wednesday informed the Legislative Council that General and Services Tax (GST) is going to impl... Read More
Making first official confirmation on abolishing of Local Body Tax, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse on Wednesday informed the Legislative Council that General and Services Tax (GST) is going to implemented in State from April 1, 2015, onwards. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its election manifesto had promised to abolish LBT, a major demand of the trading community in State. Till now the Government was not forthcoming on date of abolition of the controversial tax that was introduced in lieu of octroi. Today, Khadse ended the prevailing confusion stating by end of this financial year LBT is going to be abolished.

This was informed by Khadse during reply on motion of thanks on Governor's speech. Further he said Central Government has agreed to compensate State Government for losses in lieu of shifting to GST to tune of Rs. 14,000 crores. The tax shortfall would not mean hike in taxes by the Government and we do not want to burden the people of Maharashtra any further.

Khadse further informed the House that a white paper on State's finances is going to be brought by the Government very soon. The move is seen as a way to corner the erstwhile Democratic Front Government but Khadse said the white paper is going to state the position of finances of Maharashtra as of date.

In the reply the Revenue Minister assured the Opposition benches that notwithstanding the difficult position of finances the BJP-Sena Government is going to complete all the promised projects. When the Government took over the reins of power the position of finances is difficult. Adding to woes the nature's fury has further strained the finances but despite that Government is no way going to leave the farmers in soup and same time fulfill all election obligation.

He further said the results cannot be expected immediately and Government is surely going to turnaround the State in short span of time. Maharashtra's position has slumped to number eight in raking among states as neighbouring Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have gained edge. While Madhya Pradesh could increase irrigation by 24%, during the same period irrigation potential of Maharashtra got reduced. Even the decisions of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal could not be implemented.

Maximum stress is being laid on on-line functioning for efficient, effective and transparent functioning. An e-portal will be launched very soon and paper work will be reduced. This will ensure transparency, eliminate nepotism and corruption and also delay in the administrative procedures.

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Fed up with Forest Deptt’s apathy, unions decide to cover open wells on their own

CRITICISING Forest Department for its ‘inaction’ in checking continued deaths of precious wild animals after falling in open wells, workers of Lok Garjana and Maharashtra State Forest Guards ... Read More
CRITICISING Forest Department for its ‘inaction’ in checking continued deaths of precious wild animals after falling in open wells, workers of Lok Garjana and Maharashtra State Forest Guards and Promoted Foresters Union have come forward to put up fence around wells without parapet walls in the buffer and adjoining jungle.

Fed up with the callous attitude of the department even after repeated representations during the past five years, Ajay Patil, leader of both the organisations, said that he had information of most such wells but would ask workers to undertake a survey immediately to update the data.

If the department is not still interested in saving wildlife then the workers would take up the programme of putting up temporary fence around the wells.

Patil said that the workers would launch the programme from December 25 on the auspicious occasion of Christmas by putting fence of dried/thorny branches of trees around some wells in the region.

“In the meantime, a deputation of the workers would meet Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) in Van Bhavan here on December 19 at 12 noon to discuss this serious issue,” he added.

Patil said that the authorities concerned had given false assurances so far but failed to proceed further on the issue.

“Tiger is a flagship species and national animal holding apex position in the pyramid of wildlife. It’s number is dwindling day by day which is a matter of grave concern to everybody. On one hand the Central Government is spending crores of rupees on protection and conservation of tigers every year while on the other hand Forest Department is allowing tigers and other wild animals to die for silly reason - not making arrangement for at least putting temporary fence of dried/thorny branches for preventing animals fall in the open wells,” he added. When the Central Government is so much concerned about saving tigers, the department should have at least shown a sense of responsibility in support by taking up the work under regular or non-plan budget. The department boasts of doing good job in protection, conservation and effective implementation of wildlife management, he said and questioned their way of management.

Patil urged the State Government to make it mandatory to farmers and provide them grants for construction of parapet walls around the wells situated in buffer and adjoining jungle area.

The work should be taken up in Chandrapur landscape on priority basis as major cases occur in this district - the latest death case of a full-grown tigress in Ratnapur village in Shivani forest range, on Tuesday.

Gopalrao Thosar, a senior environmentalist, who was pained to hear the news of tigress death in open well, said that the field staff members should hold meetings in villages in and around forests to create necessary awareness among rural masses about importance of temporary fence for saving this majestic animal.

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City shivers at 7.70 C

The winter chill is here. For the first time this year, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 7.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, with wind chill factor coming into play. The minim... Read More
The winter chill is here. For the first time this year, the minimum temperature in the city dropped to 7.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning, with wind chill factor coming into play. The minimum temperature was three degrees below normal.

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted ‘cold wave conditions’ for next two days, at isolated places over Vidarbha region. The maximum temperature of the city was 24.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. There was a huge difference of 17.2 degrees between maximum and minimum temperatures. Nagpurians found it difficult to adjust to such extremes. Wind chill factor and dry weather added to the discomfort levels.

Early in the morning and by evening, in various corners and along major squares of the city, people were seen trying to find comfort in the warmth of bonfires. Wednesday proved to be the coldest day of the year so far. The city recorded the lowest-ever minimum temperature of 5.5 degrees Celsius on December 29, 1968.

As per the RMC, maximum and minimum temperatures ‘appreciably fell’ over East Vidarbha and changed little over West Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures ‘markedly fell’ over East Vidarbha and dipped ‘appreciably’ over West Vidarbha. The weatherman has forecast minimum temperature to be around 7 degrees Celsius on Thursday and 8 degrees Celsius on Friday. The maximum temperature is likely to remain around 26 degrees Celsius.

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Sena MLA booked for assaulting SPU officer

HIGH drama was witnessed at Hotel Pride after Shiv Sena MLA Harshavardhan Jadhav allegedly slapped a Police Inspector when he did not allow him to meet his party supremo Uddhav Thackeray in his... Read More
HIGH drama was witnessed at Hotel Pride after Shiv Sena MLA Harshavardhan Jadhav allegedly slapped a Police Inspector when he did not allow him to meet his party supremo Uddhav Thackeray in his presidential suit on Wednesday evening. After allegedly creating scenes, MLA Jadhav fled the hotel but was later booked by Sonegaon Police for assaulting Inspector Parag Jadhav of Special Protection Unit (SPU) (Nashik ) deployed in the personal security of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and deterring him from discharge of his duty.

Uddhav Thackeray arrived in the city to hold meeting with party ministers and leaders. The meeting was held in Hotel Pride. After the meeting ended in the evening, Thackeray went to his presidential suit on the fourth floor with Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam and other leaders. The door was then closed from inside. The door was opened after Transport Minister Diwakar Raote came. It was again closed and none was allowed inside. However, MLA Jadhav tried to enter the suit but was prevented by the three SPU officers, including Inspector Parag Jadhav, who were deployed in security of the Shiv Sena chief. MLA Jadhav created scenes and allegedly assaulted Inspector Parag Jadhav and fled the hotel. As the news about the incident reached Shiv Sena chief Thackeray, the latter got terribly upset. He told his men that he won’t leave the hotel till MLA Jadhav was brought before him. Party leaders and police officers searched but could not locate MLA Jadhav immediately.

Senior Inspector P R Shah, in-charge of Sonegaon Police Station, told ‘The Hitavada’ that an offence under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 323 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against MLA Jadhav following a complaint lodged by SPU officer Parag Jadhav. Further investigations are under way, he added. Speaking to some television channels, MLA Jadhav denied the slapping incident and blamed the media for blowing up the matter out of proportion.

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Uddhav Thackeray to tour Vidarbha with Shiv Sena MLAs, Ministers

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday exhorted Sena Ministers and MLAs to work effectively and make their presence felt in the legislature and every part of Maharashtra. The Sena chief, i... Read More
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday exhorted Sena Ministers and MLAs to work effectively and make their presence felt in the legislature and every part of Maharashtra. The Sena chief, in closed door parleys with the party leaders, stressed on performance of Ministers of the party. He urged the MLAs and Ministers to live upto expectations of the people and not to get overshadowed by the alliance partner.

Thackeray decided to tour Vidarbha region along with all Sena legislators and Ministers to assess the agrarian crisis on the lines of his much-publicised Marathwada tour.

Sena has three MPs in West Vidarbha and one in Nagpur division and party apparently wants to consolidate its base.

Though, Sena legislators who could not be accommodated in the cabinet were bit unhappy, the Sena chief and other senior leaders during the meeting, appreciated bold and far-reaching steps taken by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has accorded due respect to Sena Ministers in the decision-making process and maintained excellent co-ordination with them and party leadership. Senior Ministers Subhash Desai, Diwakar Raote, Ramdas Kadam, Eknath Shinde, Dipak Sawant were present.

According to Sena leaders, the party chief advised them to extend whole-hearted co-operation to the Government and ensure that all measures announced by BJP-Sena alliance Government are implemented successfully. He also asked Vidarbha office-bearers to strengthen organisation, particularly in East Vidarbha, where party fared quite poorly in Assembly elections.

Thackeray arrived in city on Wednesday to hold deliberations with party legislators, ministers, party’s Vidarbha office-bearers and candidates who lost in the region at a closed-door meeting in Hotel Pride. Accompanied by son Aditya, Uddhav Thackeray addressed the party members before leaving for Mumbai in the evening. Even when the party was in the Opposition, Thackeray made it a point to visit Nagpur during winter session and he maintained this tradition this year as well.

Later, talking to mediapersons, Shiv Sena chief stated that along with Ministers and Legislators, he will visit the region to keep watch on release of package for farmers of drought-hit areas in Marathwada and Vidarbha. Thackeray, who had visited Marathwada region with 63 legislators to assess drought situation, stated that State Government has announced good package to the drought-hit and hailstorm-hit farmers in the State. The Shiv Sena legislators will also visit affected areas in Vidarbha region. He said, it is responsibility of every Shiv Sainik to monitor the release of fund to affected farmers in their respective areas.

Sources claimed that Thackeray discussed with Ministers and MLAs regarding working of Legislature. He also reviewed shortcomings during election from defeated candidates.

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GST: Local bodies may lose revenue of Rs 12,000 crore

Responding to the Central Government’s call for pre-introduction comments on Goods and Services Tax (GST), Maharashtra Government has assessed the financial implications on State exchequer an... Read More
Responding to the Central Government’s call for pre-introduction comments on Goods and Services Tax (GST), Maharashtra Government has assessed the financial implications on State exchequer and revenue earnings of local bodies in this regard. As per the assessment, if GST is introduced with the clause of subsuming entry taxes, local bodies will lose revenue of Rs 12,000 crore per annum. Losing such a huge revenue will put local bodies in trouble. Raising GST by 1-2 per cent also will not fill up the huge revenue gap for local bodies in State.

Hence, the State Government has urged the Central Government to fill up this gap by compensating the State for next 10 years. At present, the Centre has proposed to compensate the States for transition to GST for three years.

The assessment regarding financial implications of GST on Maharashtra has been prepared by Finance Department. “We have assessed the situation and have sought aid from the Centre to fill up revenue shortfall. Central Government has assured the States to compensate for the revenue gap,” Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told ‘The Hitavada’. At present, the biggest financial strength of local bodies is entry taxes like octroi/Local Body Tax (LBT).

Maharashtra Government has expressed its reservations over Paragraph 279 (A) that grants veto power to the Centre regarding decisions of GST Council, and Paragraph 286 (3) that restricts State’s powers to levy tax on sale or purchase of notified goods like petroleum products and liquor. State has strongly advocated repeal of the provision under Paragraph 286 (3), as it would result in huge revenue loss on account of restriction on levy of sales tax on petroleum products and liquor.

GST proposal empowers Centre to levy GST on tobacco. Maharashtra Government levies 25 per cent tax on cigarette and tobacco, and 12.5 per cent on beedi. From these taxes, Maharashtra earns a revenue of Rs 700 crore per annum. If the Centre is empowered to levy GST, and State’s powers are restricted in this regard, it would affect the State’s revenue. Hence, Maharashtra has demanded empowerment of States to levy GST and sales tax on tobacco.

Also, Maharashtra Government has pointed out to the Central Government that during the transition to GST, the former would need compensation to a huge extent. Maharashtra is yet to get compensation of Rs 1,686 crore from the Centre for Value Added Tax (VAT) for the years 2006-07 and 2007-08. For Central Sales Tax, for the year 2009-10 and 2010-11, State is yet to get compensation of Rs 553 crore from the Centre.

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State achieves 90% target in PM Jan-Dhan scheme

Under the Jan-Dhan scheme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under which bank accounts have to be opened in the name of families, the state of Chhattisgarh has made considerable progress. ... Read More
Under the Jan-Dhan scheme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under which bank accounts have to be opened in the name of families, the state of Chhattisgarh has made considerable progress. About 90% of the families in Chhattisgarh have opened their bank accounts under the scheme. In naxal affected Bastar Division, 75% families in 7 districts have opened their accounts and in rest of the district the achievement is 92%.

According to information districts like Korea, Mahasamund, Dhamtari, Surajpur, Mungeli, Sarguja, Rajnandgaon, Bemetara, Bilaspur, Jashpur, Kondagaon, Kanker, Durg, Raipur, Raigarh and Kabirdham have been successful in executing the Jan-Dhan scheme and in these districts more than 90% families have opened their bank account. Sources informed that the government has set a target date of December last to achieve 100% target in all the districts except Bastar Division where the target set is 85%. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has congratulated all Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and bank officials for making progress in achieving target under the Prime Minister’s Jan-Dhan scheme. He also directed the officials to achieve the set target by December end.

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State still stands in second lowest position on enrollment in higher edn

Despite several claims of the State Government and set up of various universities, there has been negligible growth in the higher education across the Chhattisgarh. The state still stands in seco... Read More
Despite several claims of the State Government and set up of various universities, there has been negligible growth in the higher education across the Chhattisgarh. The state still stands in second lowest position among all 29 states and 7 union territories of the nation on enrollment in higher education. The figures of higher education released by Union Ministry of Human Resources Development state that from 2006-07 to 2012-13, Chhattisgarh registered a growth of only 3.16% at enrollment of students in different sections of higher education. During 2012-13, 37.15% youngsters in the age group of 17 to 24 years were enrolled in higher educational institutes against 33.99% enrollment of students in higher education institutions in 2006-07. The second lowest out of all states in the nation, after undivided Andhra Pradesh which recorded 37.08% enrollment of students in higher education. In enrollment of boys, state recorded a growth of 4.43% during this period of 7 years whereas in enrollment of girls, state registered a growth of 1.89% in these seven years, one of the lowest amongst all states and union territories. In 2012-13, 82 girls enrolled for 100 boys in higher educational institutions at the state against 78 girls for 100 boys in 2006-07. The total enrolments of the youngsters in higher education across the state were 5.4 lakhs including 1.95 lakh girls. This is really a disturbing factor as from 2005 to 2012, with the support of University Grants Commission, Chhattisgarh Government as well as Chhattisgarh Higher Education Department did several things like the set up of 12 new universities including 4 private ones in different streams such as medicine, technical, veterinary and others and 210 new colleges. In fact higher education of department has also played a vital role in the formation of IIM Raipur and NIT Raipur. Apart from it, a state government has also introduced many scholarships and financial support systems for rising the number of girl enrollment in higher education and also youngsters of Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC). But these schemes and other activities of state government in promoting and growth of higher education also failed to raise the developments of it in all parts of Chhattisgarh. It is also interesting to note that that a small percent of enrollments in the educational institutions of state are from neighbouring states because of low fees structure in many courses as compared to other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Southern States.

‘Over the past decade, admission of higher education in Chhattisgarh has improved but not in satisfactory mode. Still large numbers of youths in tribal as well as non tribal districts do not turn up for taking admission in undergraduate courses after finishing their school studies. The difference in higher education between the rural and urban areas needs to be bridged to further link the gap between the enrolments of both boys’ and girls’ stated Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Higher Educationist and Principal of Indira Government Colleges of Arts, Science and Commerce Bhilainagar.

When contacted, Dr. PC Choubey, Joint Director of Chhattisgarh Higher Education Department said he has no idea about this statistics so he could not comment on it.

On the other hand, Premprakash Pandey, State Higher Education Minister of Chhattisgarh did not respond the calls and remained unavailable for comment.

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BJP candidate K Abu elected unopposed

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate K Abu from Ward No 14, Mother Teresa Ward in Mana Nagar Panchayat has been declared elected unopposed. BJP District President Ashok Pandey while congratulating hi... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate K Abu from Ward No 14, Mother Teresa Ward in Mana Nagar Panchayat has been declared elected unopposed. BJP District President Ashok Pandey while congratulating him has extended his best wishes. Pandey stated that the Congress will be facing similar situation in all urban bodies in the state and the same has been started from Mana Nagar Panchayat. He said he is confident that the Congress will fail to win a single seat from Raipur Municipal Corporation and in all 70 wards BJP candidates will be victorious.

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RSCC urges rebel candidates to withdraw names from polls

Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has constituted a committee to persuade the party’s rebel candidates contesting in municipal polls and make them withdraw names ... Read More
Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has constituted a committee to persuade the party’s rebel candidates contesting in municipal polls and make them withdraw names before December 19. The committee has been constituted with Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak as its convener and Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Ramesh Warlyani, Abdul Hamid Hayat, Inderchand Dhariwal, Pramod Choubey, Shiv Gwalani, Mahesh Sharma, Ajay Tripathi and others as members. The committee has also been tasked to convey the list of Congress leaders/workers who refuse to back down from contesting against official Congress candidate promptly so that appropriate action against them could be initiated timely.

Meanwhile, RSCC President Vikas Upadhyay has also consulted Congress’s Raipur Mayor candidate Pramod Dubey to chalk out joint campaigning schedule. The finalized schedule includes canvassing in Srinagar, Gudhiyari, Murra Bhatti, Shukrawari Bazaar, Pahadi Chowk, Ram Nagar, Bharat Nagar, Kota colony, Mahoba Bazaar areas by early evening of Dec 18 where after RSCC office-bearers meeting has been organized. The campaigning would there after cover Madarasa Chowk, Baijnathpara, Katora Talab and Santoshi Nagar areas.

To enforce coordination between Congress office-bearers and party candidates contesting municipal polls, Congress has instituted state level control room with party state Secretary Shiv Singh Thakur, Ajay Sahu, Hardip Singh Benipal, party state Secretary, Nivedita Chhatterjee, Pranav Shukla.

Cong announces election committee for Raipur municipal election

Congress has announced election committee for Raipur Municipal election which includes senior party leaders like Satyanarayan Sharma, Dhanendra Sahu, Mohammed Akbar, Amitesh Shukla, Swarupchand Jain, Subhash Ghuppad, Paras Chopra, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Abdul Hamid Hayat and many others. These leaders would also be canvassing for the party actively in the upcoming elections.

Meanwhile, Congress would be releasing its manifesto for municipal elections in a day or two even as ruling party would be releasing the election document on Thursday itself.

Congress leader Mohammed Akbar, also convener of state manifesto committee, told The Hitavada over phone that manifesto is ready for all practical purposes and only approval from state election committee is required. He also denied that Congress wanted to release its manifesto after having a look at BJP promise list.

Cong announces candidature for 8 Nagar Panchayat President, 2 Municipal Council

Congress, on Wednesday, announced its candidates for remaining two Municipal Council President. The party also announced the candidature for remaining eight Nagar Panchayat President. As per the list, Rajkumar Kesharwani and Dhanraj Madhyani have been fielded for Municipal Council President in Manendragarh and Gobra Navapara, both of which have been declared as general seats. Likewise, Rajesh Agrawal, Seeta Parihar, Rajkumar Ratre, Anil Chandrakar, Premlal Sinha have been fielded for Nagar Panchayat President in Lakhanpur (Gen), Pali (Gen Woman), Adbhar (SC), Fingeswar (OBC) and Pithora (OBC). Sanjay Tapan Chandrakar, Peman Swarnber and Kamla Goyal have been fielded as Congress candidates for Nagar Panchayat President in Kurud, Nagri and Kura.

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UFBU announces nation-wide bank strike on January 7

UNITED Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation consisting of five award staff and four officer’s bank unions have announced a nationwide strike on January 7, 2015. According to ... Read More
UNITED Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella organisation consisting of five award staff and four officer’s bank unions have announced a nationwide strike on January 7, 2015. According to General Secretary of Bank Employee’s Federation (CG) D K Sarkar and Assistant General Secretary of Chhattisgarh Bank’s Employees Association Shirish Nalgundwar, after zone-wise strikes across the country from December 2 to 5 on longpending single agenda ‘Revision of wages’ and the adamant attitude of Indian Banks Association (IBA), the UFBU members met in Mumbai on Wednesday to chalk out future agitations. The scheduled meeting was chaired by UFBU Convener M V Murali.

As decided in the meeting, a daylong countrywide strike will be observed by UFBU on January 7, 2015 which will be followed with a four-day strike from January 21 to 24. During the meeting, it was further decided that if the demands were not fulfilled, an indefinite bank strike will commence from March 16, 2015, the duo added.

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New Vidhan Sabha at Naya Raipur

High–level meeting regarding the construction of new Assembly building and MLA rest house at Naya Raipur was held here on Wednesday. The land has been allotted by Naya Raipur Development Author... Read More
High–level meeting regarding the construction of new Assembly building and MLA rest house at Naya Raipur was held here on Wednesday. The land has been allotted by Naya Raipur Development Authority and soon the work will commence regarding the construction the new Vidhan Sabha building. During the meeting members discussed lay-out and planning of the building as well as guest house. Present during the meeting were Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, ministers Prem Prakash Pandey, Brijmohan Agrawal, Rajesh Munat, Secretaries Bajendra Kumar, Vivek Dhand, Devendra Verma, Amitabh Jain, K R Pisda, SS Bajaj, Amit Katariya and Sanjay Shukla.

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Cong demands CM’s resignation over sterilization deaths issue

The impasse in the House continued for the third consecutive day with Congress Legislators creating pandemonium in the House over sterilization deaths, demanding Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s... Read More
The impasse in the House continued for the third consecutive day with Congress Legislators creating pandemonium in the House over sterilization deaths, demanding Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s resignation and dismissal of Health Minister Amar Agrawal. However, the opposition Congress legislators had to come on back-foot as the BJP Legislators while countering the opposition onslaught raised the issue of insult to Father of the Nation by Congress. The House proceeding was suspended once but the chaos and mayhem continued with all the Congress Legislators shouting slogans and creating hindrance in the House proceedings. Later Congress Legislators were suspended due to their infringement into the Well of the House. However, the House adjourned today ahead of the schedule but before adjourning sine die, all listed business including passage of 2nd Supplementary budget were completed.

Before start of the Question Hour, the House paid homage to all the 160 persons including 132 school children, who were brutally killed at Peshawar in Pakistan by militants. Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo termed the incident as heinous. They said the incident which brought disgrace to the complete human race has been intended to disturb peace and invoke terror. They said not only Pakistan but the whole world has been left shaken from the incident. Every country in the world has criticized this incident in strongest words. This House severely condemns this heart rendering and heinous incident and extends its deep condolence.

As soon as the Question Hour began on Wednesday, the Congress Legislators donning flex apron type banners depicting pictures and slogans depicting sterilization deaths and farmers issue and created pandemonium in the House demanding resignation of Chief Minister and dismissal of Health Minister. Strongly countering the onslaught the BJP Legislators raised the issue of insult to Father of the Nation. BJP Legislator Shivratan Sharma while raising the issue said Congress Legislators had insulted Mahatma Gandhi by donning his statue with a black shawl within the Assembly annex on Tuesday. Sharma and the BJP Legislators created chaos by shouting slogans like ‘Mahatma Gandhi ka apman nahi sahenge’ while seeking unconditional apology from Congress.

Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey raised the issue that the Congress Legislators have entered the House donning flex posters resembling flag and symbol which is prohibited in the House as per norms. He also said the Congress is doing all these mayhem for political gains. CLP Leader countering the allegations said the Treasury benches are putting pressure upon opposition by raising all these issues. Amidst all these chaos and mayhem Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal adjourned the House proceedings till 12 Noon.

But as the House resumed Congress Legislators continued with their slogans demanding resignation of CM and dismissal of Health Minister Amar Agrawal. Countering the onslaught the BJP Legislators produced a bottle in the House displaying which they said they are going outside to purify Gandhiji’s statue which was insulted by Congress and went outside the House moving towards Gandhi statue while demanding apology from Congress members.

Not happy over the developments Congress legislators infringed into the Well of the House after which they were automatically suspended and they left the House. However, after undertaking few proceedings the suspension of Congress Legislators were revoked but they did not return.

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26-year-old youth commits suicide after being duped by acquaintance

A 26-year-old youth committed suicide in State capital here on Tuesday night. The deceased was worried after an acquaintance duped him. Police said that Sultan Singh, 26, resident of Daulatpura... Read More
A 26-year-old youth committed suicide in State capital here on Tuesday night. The deceased was worried after an acquaintance duped him. Police said that Sultan Singh, 26, resident of Daulatpura village, used to work in a private engineering college as a lab attendant. He used to reside with his wife and daughter in Daulatpura village under Bilkhiria police station. On Tuesday night, his wife and daughter went to their relative’s place to stay, but when they returned next morning, they found Sultan hanging from the ceiling fan in his room. He was immediately rushed to a hospital with help of the neighbours. Doctors at the hospital declared him brought dead. Police immediately rushed to the spot and seized the body. Police have sent the body for postmortem and have initiated investigation in the matter. Sultan has left a suicide note behind in which it was mentioned that he was duped by his acquaintance Raju Yadav. Sultan needed gas cylinder for his house. Raju took him along on the pretext of getting him cylinder. But Raju fled and mortgaged it to a trader. Sultan had to pay the loan amount to get his motorcycle back.

In the suicide note, he has mentioned several more things against Raju. Police have initiated investigation and are going to interrogate Raju. Police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC and are continuing investigation. Body of the deceased was handed over to his next of kin after postmortem.

Also, in Bilkhiria area, a 60-year-old man committed suicide in Bilkhiria area only. Sevaram Kushwah, 60, son of Balmukund Kushwah hanged himself on December 15 and succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. Reportedly, Sevaram was suffering from a mental disease and was in depression. Police have lodged a case under section 174 of CrPC and have initiated investigation.

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Crime Branch nab miscreants, solve half a dozen cases in one single shot

Crime Branch Bhopal solved more than half-a-dozen cases of theft and loot with the arrest of three miscreants from State capital here on Tuesday. Additional SP (Crime), Shailendra Singh Chouh... Read More
Crime Branch Bhopal solved more than half-a-dozen cases of theft and loot with the arrest of three miscreants from State capital here on Tuesday. Additional SP (Crime), Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, “The miscreants were involved in several theft and loot attempts in Ratibad area and were highly active for last some time. The miscreants had looted a mason after calling him to an empty plot on the pretext of showing land for construction of a house. Believing them, the mason had reached the site, where they looted him at gun point.” Chouhan further said that the modus operandi of the accused was to call a mason or property dealer on his mobile number and then ask him to reach a secluded area, where the accused then looted them using sharp-edged weapon or fake pistol. The accused also used to wait on secluded roads for passersby. When someone reached near them, they used to stop him and then loot the person. “Crime branch was tipped off that two persons are talking about Ratibad loot attempt in a liquor shop at Jawahar Chowk depot. A team was immediately rushed to the said location. Police team nabbed the suspects, identifying with their facial features,” said Chouhan. On interrogating them, the accused confessed that on December 12, they had tried to rob a microfinance company agent and injured him. They had also looted a roadside trader at gun-point at Bilkhiria on November 18.

Akhilesh Kastawar, 26, son of Mannulal Kastawar resident of Suraj Nagar in Ratibad and Shaitan Singh, 25, resident of village Kolua Kala under Bilkhiria police station, told police that they used to steal or loot expensive mobiles and cash from people in Ratibad area. Their accomplice Kailash Malviya, 22, son of Shivlal Malviya, a resident of Neelbad was nabbed from his house late on Tuesday night.

Police are now interrogating the accused to solve more cases of theft and loot.

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Crime Branch arrests 50-year-old man for circulating counterfeit notes

Bhopal Crime Branch has nabbed a miscreant involved in business of counterfeit currency and seized counterfeit notes from his possession. The arrested 50-year-old accused was earlier also nabbed ... Read More
Bhopal Crime Branch has nabbed a miscreant involved in business of counterfeit currency and seized counterfeit notes from his possession. The arrested 50-year-old accused was earlier also nabbed on same charges few years ago.

Addditional SP, Crime Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, “Nabbed accused Rizwan used to bring these counterfeit notes from Bihar and sell them for Rs 80 for every Rs 100 note. Crime branch team has recovered counterfeit notes worth Rs 65,000 from the accused.” Chouhan said that the branch was tipped off some time back that a person was circulating fake notes of Rs 1,000, Rs 500 and Rs 100. Cops kept eye on his every activity and increased terms with people he was doing business with. Accused Rizwan Ahmed, 50, son of Anees Ahmed was a resident of Raitghat under Talaiya police station and he worked as a property dealer.

Crime branch received information that the suspect was going to pay counterfeit notes for a property deal at Iqbal Maidan. At Iqbal Maidan, police team waited but no one came to meet Rizwan. Rizwan, while sitting on a bench, started counting the notes. At that moment, police team reached and questioned him about the Rs 25,000 cash he was possessing.

Rizwan claimed the money was for a property deal but could not tell from which bank or ATM he had withdrawn the amount. Rizwan confessed to his crime and said that he was using counterfeit notes, brought from Bihar, during property dealings. He also said that some Rs 40,000 counterfeit notes were kept at his house, which was later seized by police. Rizwan, during interrogation, said that he used to retail these fake notes for Rs 80 per Rs 100 note. Rizwan claimed that he purchased these notes for Rs 40 per Rs 100 note. According to sources, Rizwan had circulated over Rs 5 lakh in Bhopal markets.

He was earlier arrested in 2005 by Shahjahanabad police for possessing and circulating fake notes. Crime Branch police arrested him and is interrogating him to solve more cases of counterfeit notes. Reportedly, held accused is just one link of a larger chain.

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State to get addl one lakh MT urea

Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He apprised them abou... Read More
Agriculture Minister Gaurishankar Bisen met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Chemicals & Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

He apprised them about State’s agriculture scenario. He informed that sowing operations had accelerated following recent rains in over 20 districts of the State. At this stage, farmers were in dire need of urea. The Union Minister duo congratulated Madhya Pradesh for maintaining excellence in agriculture production and getting Krishi Karman Award for third straight year. He assured to send 5 rakes of urea to Madhya Pradesh daily in December as well as making good for previous shortfall in supply. He said that the State would be provided additional one lakh MT urea fertiliser. Following the meeting of Union Agriculture Minister with Bisen, sanction was granted to release Rs 235 crore out of Rs 261 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Rs 66 crore out of Rs 235 crore had already been received by the State.

Bisen urged to release Central share in other Centrally-sponsored agriculture schemes. He was accompanied by Principal Secretary Rajesh Rajora. Rajora informed that 3,70,000 MT urea had been allotted to the State for December, of which, 2,55,000 MT had been received so far. The State had received much less fertiliser than fixed for October and November. In meeting, it was decided to remove chronic shortage of fertiliser and allot additional one lakh MT fertiliser in order to continue the high level of production in the State.

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Madhya Pradesh pioneer in implementing self-attested document system: Arya

General Administration Department (GAD) Minister Lal Singh Arya presented annual report card of his department on Wednesday. Highlighting various achievements of his department, he said that Madh... Read More
General Administration Department (GAD) Minister Lal Singh Arya presented annual report card of his department on Wednesday. Highlighting various achievements of his department, he said that Madhya Pradesh was the pioneering state in implementing self declaration letter and self attested document system.

He said, now, no signature of revenue officers would be issued on income certificate and domicile certificate. “Now, civilians can avail facilities by giving declaration letter having their own sign. Apart from this, now there is no need to get attested documents from any gazetted officers. One can self attest the documents.”

The policy related to appointment on compassionate grounds had been rationalised. “It has been made mandatory to write the words ‘government servant’ while communicating at Government level. Apart from this, provision has been made to conduct DPC twice in a year. Wi-fi connectivity has been ensured in Vallabh Bhawan,” the Minister said, adding that there was a proposal for implementing biometric attendance system.

Arya said that irrigation capacity was increasing every year under projects of Narmada Valley Development Department. After constitution of Narmada Valley Development Department, work of construction of Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar, Rani Awanti Bai Sagar, Maan, Jobat, Punasa, Aparbeda projects had been taken up and out of them, Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar and Rani Awanti Bai Sagar projects had been completed. “In near future, work of Narmada Gambhir link project would be started,” he said.

When a question was asked that GAD did not give prosecution permission to Lokayukta organisation, he said that it was a process in which things were being looked into by Legal Department.

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Malnutrition has come down in State: Maya Singh

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed that malnutrition percentage had come down in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, her department was conducting ‘Suposhan’ campaign to end malnut... Read More
Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed that malnutrition percentage had come down in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, her department was conducting ‘Suposhan’ campaign to end malnutrition in State. Aaganwadi Chalo campaign would be conducted every year.

Tabling the annual report card of her department before media, Maya Singh said myriad steps were being taken for the overall growth of children through anganwadis and by providing nutritious food to children.

She said that, now, gender budgeting had gone up to 28.5 percent. An agreement had been signed between Madhya Pradesh Government and UN on February 19 for extending technical cooperation in gender budget. Efforts of Madhya Pradesh in the direction of gender budget had been lauded at four national workshops in Delhi, participated by representatives from Nepal, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh. A high-level delegation of Bhutan recently visited the State to study implementation of gender budgeting.

She added that activities under Tejaswani rural women empowerment scheme had been lauded and awarded at national level. Ladli Laxmi Yojana was an ambitious scheme of state Government, in which, 1.36 lakh girls were registered as Ladli Laxmi in current year. So far, 18.62 lakh girls were being benefitted through the scheme and more than 16 lakh families had opted for family planning.

More than 51,000 child marriages were stopped under Lado scheme. Shaurya Dal had been constituted in 20 districts to stop violence and atrocities against girls and women and end social evils. Child adoption process had been simplified in State. Earlier, this process was taking time of one year and now, it took time of only six months. Action process had been started against those Anganwadi workers who got married and settled in some other cities and failed to render service. Answering a question, she said it was due to narrow-minded thinking that new born girls were being thrown in garbage.

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This time, ‘Simhastha’ to be held as ‘Green Simhastha’: Vijayvargiya

Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ w... Read More
Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ would be organised in the form of ‘Green Simhastha’ and use of bio-fuel in vehicles would be promoted. Besides, target of providing clean drinking water in all cities had been kept in Vision 2018.

Presenting the annual report card of his department before media, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that DPR for Light Metro Train (LMT) for Bhopal and Indore was being prepared and pre-feasibility study for the LMT process was underway for Jabalpur and Gwalior. Parking master plan, public transportation master plan, advertisement master plan for five big cities and dedicated urban transport fund is being constituted for strengthening of public transport system of these cities.

Speaking about ‘Simhastha’, he said that an international level convention would be organised in ‘Simhastha 2016’, apart from organising international level programme in which all religious leaders would be invited. He also said that head of Dera Sachha Sauda was having a band of dedicated workers for cleanliness and hence, Dera Sachha Sauda would be requested to take care of cleanliness of ‘Simhastha’. Vijayvargiya said the practice of open defection in local bodies would be ended by 2017 under ‘Clean India Clean Madhya Pradesh Mission’. “Process is under way to constitute regional solid waste management units under PPP model to make local bodies free from garbage,” he informed, adding that Narmada was the least polluted river in the country and to make it free from pollution, work of channelising nullahs would be done.

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Massacre of children most heinous crime: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar was the most heinous crime against humanity. Obliteration of terrorism was entire world’s ple... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar was the most heinous crime against humanity. Obliteration of terrorism was entire world’s pledge. Chouhan was addressing a condolence meeting at Subhash School for Excellence on Wednesday.

Chouhan said that no religion or sect approved of such acts. “Children belong to entire world and not any country or religion. Children cannot be bound within boundaries of religion and country. No amount of condemnation is enough for such a barbarous and dastardly act against children,” he said, adding that entire country stood by the bereaved families of deceased children. He prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families to bear the loss. At the meeting, two-minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the deceased children.

Health Minister Dr Narottam Mishra, Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi, Additional Chief Secretary Sudhir Ranjan Mohanty and school children were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister, school children and all those present on the occasion paid floral tributes to students and teachers killed in terrorist attack.

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav also condemned the terrorist attack on Peshawar Army School in strong words, describing it as a dastardly act. The Governor said that terrorism had no religion and country. “Our country stands by neighbouring countries in fight against terrorism,” he said. At a condolence meeting at Raj Bhavan, Governor Yadav, officers and employees observed two-minute silence to pay homage to children deceased in the terrorist attack. Principal Secretary to Governor Vinod Semwal was also present on the occasion. Home Minister Babulal Gaur also condemned the terrorist attack on Army School in Peshawar. Gaur expressed profound grief over the brutal massacre of innocent children.

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Matter on removal of illegal hoardings to be heard on Jan 13

DEPUTY Director of Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department Rajiv Nigam has appeared in person before the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Kha... Read More
DEPUTY Director of Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department Rajiv Nigam has appeared in person before the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav stated in compliance of order dated on October 15, 2014, directions issued to the Collectors and Superintendent of Police across the State against Civil, criminal proceedings against person who had installed illegal hoardings and further submitted removal proceedings of hoardings is continue and a compliance be filed in. As per petitioner’s request the division bench directed the authority to ensure that whether any permission granted to installed hoardings contrary to regulations that it will also be treated as illegal. The division bench has listed the case for hearing on January 13, 2015. Earlier, the division bench had allowed 48 more hours to remove unauthorised hoardings across the State. Piyush Dharmadhikari, counsel for the State, stated before the court that 7,862 hoardings have been removed in compliance. The division bench observed these figures and efforts are very less and State has not shown realistic efforts in removing hoardings except issuing general directions to municipal bodies. The division bench in its order said that all collectors, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police across the State should also take action against nuisance caused due to illegal hoardings. Further directed if order is not complied in true spirit it will be viewed seriously in next hearing. The division bench has given said directions in public interest litigation filed by Advocate Satish Kumar Verma challenging illegal and unauthorised hoardings erected along roadside.

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PIL disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav has given directions in matter related to extension of benefits of Jawaharlal Nehru ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Yadav has given directions in matter related to extension of benefits of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to all slum-dwellers of Jhuggi Basti near Gautam Nagar Water Tank, Bhopal. ‘The petitioner has already made representation to the Bhopal Collector in that behalf as land on which unauthorised structures have been built is a government land. Since, petitioner has already resorted to that remedy, the petitioner cannot be permitted to pursue two parallel proceedings. We decline to entertain this petition, which has been filed as public interest litigation. On the contrary, we place on record submission of respondents that suitable action will be taken by authorities by following due process. The authorities are free to proceed in matter in accordance with law. Petition is disposed off accordingly, said division bench in directions given to authorities related to JNNURM. Petition was filed by Pritam Sharma claimed relief in petition to direct authorities to extend benefit of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to all slum-dwellers of Jhuggi Basti near Gautam Nagar Water Tank, Bhopal. Advocate Shekhar Sharma appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Government Advocate for the respondent State.

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Women at driving seat of Metro buses set to give new direction to transport services

TAKING security of women with due seriousness they came forward. Opting profession of a bus driver and conductor girls have shouldered responsibility to provide safe transportation for women an... Read More
TAKING security of women with due seriousness they came forward. Opting profession of a bus driver and conductor girls have shouldered responsibility to provide safe transportation for women and girls using Metro buses. Women drivers and conductors working in Jabalpur Metro Bus services have become idols in the society who break prevailing prejudice that women cannot work in transport services and could work only in areas that are soft and secure.

With each passing day some development is going on in the country and cases of crime against women are also rising. A feeling of insecurity is growing pertaining to women security is looming large in the society. Contrary to this equal sharing of women in shouldering household responsibility along with male members have intended women to come forward for financial strength of family. Women are working in every field and are walking equally with men. Similarly, Metro Bus Transport Service is one of the enterprise where women are extending service as drivers and conductors.

One of the woman Metro bus driver Roshni Sonkar was felicitated at the hands of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for her best performance in city transport services. Awards and rewards are motivating more women candidates in city to opt for the job in services like Metro bus. Along with this, women passengers also feel secure, comfortable with women drivers and conductors. In view of security, GPS system has been installed in all mini and other Metro bus services in which women pilot are deployed. Along with this, routes having women passengers in large numbers have been allotted to them.

Citizens welcoming this positive change in the city have mentioned it as a step towards providing safe and secure transportation to school and college going girls, working women, housewives so that they be safe and secure on city roads. People are also demanding to increase the number of women employees in Metro Bus services. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jabalpur City Transport Service Limited Sachin Verma said, “The government is promoting women in all sectors. Similarly, recruitment was also carried out in City Transport Services. Where, needy women and who is interested in driving can also opt the job in Metro Bus services. Right now, two women drivers and two conductors are in Metro Bus Service. In view of safety, safe routes have been given to them. Timing is also as per their convenience. Now, we are planning to run exclusive bus service for women passengers. Along with this, we would also propose a proposal for more seat reservation to women passengers. At present, 20 per cent seats are reserved for women and in future we are trying to increase it by 30 per cent.”

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Directions issued in review plea filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has issued directions in review petition filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust H... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has issued directions in review petition filed by Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital that ‘In our opinion, interest of justice will be sub-served by merely directing appropriate authority that in the event the decision is adverse to review petitioner, the same shall not be given effect to for a period of two weeks to enable review petitioner to take up the matter before appropriate forum. The division bench further said in its order that besides this, nothing more is required to be said in present review petition. Counsel for review petitioner then submitted that incumbent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jabalpur Development Authority is personally biased against review petitioner. That issue can be considered if and when the occasion arises. In other words, only if review petitioner is required to challenge decision of the Chief Executive Officer being appropriate authority, that contention will be available to review petitioner. Appropriate Authority shall continue with inquiry as ordered on October 8, 2014, and take it to its logical end in accordance with law expeditiously.

Review petition is accordingly disposed off. This review petition filed by original respondent Seth Mannulal Jagannath Trust Hospital in relation to order dated on October 8, 2014, in writ petition (PIL). The said decision, in our opinion, does not decide any issue concerning merits of controversy. However, it merely expects appropriate authority to inquire into grievance of writ petitioner and take decision in the matter in accordance with law after giving due opportunity to all concerned. In that sense, the question of review of the said order dated on October 8, 2014, does not arise. Counsel for review petitioner, however, submits that the writ petition was filed on the basis of document, which is a false document. As aforesaid, in the order dated on October 8, 2014, the court has not expressed any opinion with regard to genuineness or authenticity of the said document. Even this grievance of review petitioner can be examined by appropriate authority in proposed inquiry and must record a clear finding on said contention one way or the other. If the appropriate authority finds merits in this contention, it will be open to review petitioner to take recourse to such remedy as may be permissible in law including to approach this court for initiating appropriate action against writ petitioner, the division bench said. Advocate Pankaj Dubey appeared on behalf of the respondent Kamlesh Agrawal.

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5 involved in several thefts held, stolen booty worth lakhs seized

CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against anti-social elements, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in several loot and theft incidents and recovered valuables, four mobi... Read More
CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against anti-social elements, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in several loot and theft incidents and recovered valuables, four mobile handsets and two motorcycles worth lakhs from them.

The accused have been identified as Neeraj Kalsi (19), son of Chhotelal Kalsi, resident of Premsagar in Hanumantal, Abhishek Mahatma (20), son of Balram Mahatma, resident of Premsagar, Jhanda Chowk area, Neelesh Srivas (22), son of Ashok Srivas, a resident of Beoharbagh area in Belbagh, Dharmveer Raikwar (21), son of Nanhelal Raikwar and Guddu alias Sachin Raikwar (22), son of Biharilal Raikwar, residents of ITI, Purani Basti in Madhotal area.

IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) informed this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police started a rigorous campaign against listed criminals for disclosing unsolved loot and theft cases under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional SP (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional SP (East), Ashish Khare, Additional SP (Crime) and CSPs. Continuing the campaign, Gohalpur police received information about some suspected men involved in anti-social activities.

Acting promptly on the complaint, a police team led by Station House Officer (SHO) of Gohalpur police station Vipin Tamrakar started search for suspected men and succeeded in apprehending three men including Neeraj Kalsi, Abhishek Mahatma and Neelesh Srivas when they were riding on an unregistered motorcycle. The accused failed in presenting documents of their motorcycle and were apprehended by the police.

During rigorous questioning, miscreants confessed four loot incidents with women in Garha, Gohalpur, Omti, Gorakhpur, Lordganj and Madan Mahal areas. Police team recovered two motorcycles and four mobile handsets from them.

Acting on another tip-off, a police team apprehended Dharmveer Raikwar and Sachin Raikwar who confessed three theft incidents in Trimurty Nagar and Nandan Vihar Colony areas. Police team retrieved valuables worth Rs 1.5 lakh from them while further investigations are underway.

On this achievement, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising Station House Officer of Gohalpur police station Vipin Tamrakar, SI K K Shukla, ASI S N Singh, ASI Kamal Singh Parihar, constables Shivshankar Dwivedi, Sujesh, Rajendra, Crime Branch’s SI Satish Dongare, Head Constables, Firoz Khan, K K Pandey, Nissar Ali, Sanjay Lot, Prashant Solanki, Cyber Cell’s ASI, Kapur Singh, Head Contable, Saji Mathai and Constables, Rajesh Sharma and Amit Patel.

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‘This time, Simhastha to be held as Green Simhastha

Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ wou... Read More
Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said preparations of ‘Simhastha’, to be organised in Ujjain, would be completed within stipulated time-limit. This time, ‘Simhastha’ would be organised in the form of ‘Green Simhastha’ and use of bio-fuel in vehicles would be promoted. Besides, target of providing clean drinking water in all cities had been kept in Vision 2018.

Presenting the annual report card of his department before media, Kailash Vijayvargiya said that DPR for Light Metro Train (LMT) for Bhopal and Indore was being prepared and pre-feasibility study for the LMT process was underway for Jabalpur and Gwalior. Parking master plan, public transportation master plan, advertisement master plan for five big cities and dedicated urban transport fund is being constituted for strengthening of public transport system of these cities.

Speaking about ‘Simhastha’, he said that an international level convention would be organised in ‘Simhastha 2016’, apart from organising international level programme in which all religious leaders would be invited. He also said that head of Dera Sachha Sauda was having a band of dedicated workers for cleanliness and hence, Dera Sachha Sauda would be requested to take care of cleanliness of ‘Simhastha’. Vijayvargiya said the practice of open defection in local bodies would be ended by 2017 under ‘Clean India Clean Madhya Pradesh Mission’. “Process is under way to constitute regional solid waste management units under PPP model to make local bodies free from garbage,” he informed, adding that Narmada was the least polluted river in the country and to make it free from pollution, work of channelising nullahs would be done.

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Claims of acting against illegal pathology labs mere eyewash

TALL claims of higher officials of District Health Services of checking operation of illegal pathology laboratories in rural areas stand exposed. Many illegal pathology centres operating in rur... Read More
TALL claims of higher officials of District Health Services of checking operation of illegal pathology laboratories in rural areas stand exposed. Many illegal pathology centres operating in rural areas are running without fulfilling essential norms prescribed by State Health Department to run pathology lab.

Last action taken by district health officials was proving to be mere eyewash. About 50 per cent collection centre, pathology lab operating in rural areas does not have basic equipment like centrifugal machine, refrigerator. Complaints regarding illegal pathology centre operating in rural areas without following essential parameters have been made before the Chief Medical and Health Officer through various means of communication in recent month, but in absence of proper surveillance they are operating freely.

It is to be learnt that non-registration of person doing pathology test from Paramedical Council of Madhya Pradesh does not have Diploma Lab Medical Technician (DLMT), CLMT, to execute pathology test, pathology centres lack essential equipment like centrifugal machine, blood plasma separator, refrigerator, sitting arrangements for patients, hygienic conditions etc which one pathology centre have to fulfill before conducting pathology test.

Sources confirmed that irrespective of repeated surprise inspection by the Health Department during one-and-half-year, some pathology centre especially in villages is executing their services fearlessly under influence of some local political leaders.

Continuous delay in initiating stern action like filing FIR against owner of two pathology centres indulged in operation of illegal pathology centre, during last inspection about one-and-half years ago has given shelter to other illegal pathology centre. On the other hand, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that he has already started process to constitute team of health and administrative officer to take action against pathology centre indulged in violation of norms fixed by the State Government to run pathology centre.

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MP Govt slashes luxury tax on hotel industry in State

EXTENDING Christmas and New Year gifts to tourists, Madhya Pradesh Government has slashed luxury tax on hotel industry in the State for attracting maximum tourists in the State. Now, tourists wil... Read More
EXTENDING Christmas and New Year gifts to tourists, Madhya Pradesh Government has slashed luxury tax on hotel industry in the State for attracting maximum tourists in the State. Now, tourists will not have to pay luxury tax for booking at any hotel in the State upto Rs 3,000. Madhya Pradesh is the first State in the country where tourists do not have to pay luxury tax on hotel booking upto Rs 3,000.

Luxury tax has been revived after eight years to facilitate visitors and to promote tourism in the State. It may be mentioned that tourists were being charged 10 per cent luxury charge on bookings upto Rs 2,000 at any hotel in the State. Providing relaxation to tourists, the limit of charging luxury tax has been increased upto bookings of Rs 3,000 at all the government and private hotels in the State. Raghvendra Kumar Singh, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC), while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that Madhya Pradesh Government has increased limit of charging luxury tax for providing more relaxation to tourists in the State.

The limit of luxury tax has been increased in order to attract more tourists in the State. Raghvendra Singh added that Madhya Pradesh is the first State throughout the country where tourists do not have to pay luxury tax on bookings at any hotel upto Rs 3,000.

Regional Manager of MPTDC Ashok Mehra informed that the decision of increasing limit of luxury tax during peak tourism season will provide financial relief to several tourists throughout the State. Amended luxury tax has been applicable for all hotels of MPTDC as well as all the private hotels.

Relaxation in luxury tax will definitely prove fruitful for tourists in Jabalpur region as most of the government and hotels are already booked at all tourist destinations including Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, Bhedaghat, Bargi and other spots.

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Confident Govt takes on faltering Oppn

Witnessing a role reversal of major political alliances in Maharashtra after a long span of 15 years, the State Legislature’s winter session was expected to be stormy. However, as seen in the f... Read More
Witnessing a role reversal of major political alliances in Maharashtra after a long span of 15 years, the State Legislature’s winter session was expected to be stormy. However, as seen in the first week that passed by, BJP-Sena alliance appeared to be more confident to be back in the Government compared to Congress and NCP that are still faltering playing the role of the Opposition.

But, the courageous decision of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to clear files permitting open enquiry of former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and ex-Irrigation minister Sunil Tatkare in irrigation scam and that of ex-PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in Maharashtra Sadan construction scam has changed the course of Maharashtra politics as he explicitly defied all political pressures and rumours of bonhomie between BJP and NCP leadership by taking this very bold step. Shocked, angry and nervous by this move, the NCP finally decided to boycott the remaining session on the issue of suspension of its MLA Jitendra Awhad.

His decision to announce Rs 41,500 crore package for drought hit areas including Rs 7,000 crore immediate relief and Rs 34,500 crore for long term measures, stumped opposition who were forced to make ususal political noise knowing fully-well that the new Chief Minister outsmarted them.

Undoubtedly, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis emerged as the hero of the week with his studied speech on drought, aggressive response on discussion over law and order, corrective steps announced on wakf lands and constant presence in the house and firm reply to mischiveious issues sought to be raised by opposition, indicated that he is firmly in command and moving with confidence.

Throughout the week, the leading ruling partner BJP became more and more confident with each passing day. Just before facing its first full-fledged session of State Legislature, it was successful in getting the estranged partner back in the fold. As a result, the new Government with various partners projected itself as united. In contrast, Congress and NCP that ruled Maharashtra for 15 years in alliance, did not appear to have come to terms that they were in the Opposition. More than the Government, the game of one-upmanship was being played aggressively in the Opposition.

This was clear a day prior to the commencement of winter session. Congress and NCP, instead of coming together to form a strong Opposition, held separate press conferences and did not even co-ordinate with each other to formulate strategy. The game continued throughout the week. And, in this game, NCP scored over Congress quite well. Congress tried to extend its hand towards NCP, but the latter remained indifferent. This affected the floor management of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly. Obviously, this proved to be advantageous for the ruling BJP-Sena combine.

The biggest loser in this week was Congress, the party that was leading ruling partner in the Government for past 15 years. Though it has got big names like former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Group Leader Radhakrishna Patil, Deputy Leader Vijay Wadettiwar and others, most of them could not show their aggression through convincing legislative performance. Wadettiwar tried to give some edge to the Congress side in the Opposition, but he could not find equally aggressive supporter within his party.

NCP took advantage of this and got into 'we are Opposition' mode quick. Former Deputy Chief Minister and NCP Group Leader Ajit Pawar held a meeting of all MLAs and asked them to participate in the legislative business, ask questions to the Government. Pawar and another seasoned leader Chhagan Bhujbal, also a former Deputy Chief Minister, made it a point to sit through legislative business in the House and led the charge on the Government. As a result, NCP was successful in projecting itself as the main voice of Opposition despite having a seat less than Congress. Of course, NCP did not stop at this. While the Congress continued to stake claim for the post of Leader of Opposition, NCP moved a step further and pushed its claim. NCP even nominated former Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil for the post of Leader of Opposition. Of course, it is for the Speaker to take final decision and he is yet to announce it. Working without Leader of Opposition in the House is another advantage for the ruling dispensation. There is widespread discontent in Congress camp over lack of aggression in its leadership, and they too were seen singing praise for NCP leadership outside the House. One important point in this regard was suspension of MLAs. The Government had suspended five Congress MLAs in the previous short session, but there was no aggression in Congress leadership. Again, in contrast, when the Government suspended NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad a couple of days ago, entire NCP camp declared its decision not to participate in the House proceedings. Congress leadership's lackluster performance has badly affected the confidence level of MLAs in party camp, while aggressive stand taken by NCP has boosted the confidence of its MLAs.

Against the infighting between Congress and NCP that has resulted into a weak Opposition, BJP and Shiv Sena had been successful in consolidating the ruling side. Irrespective of pre-poll differences, both the parties have come together on common ideological plank. Congress and NCP both tried to mount pressure on the new Government over the issue of farmers, but the BJP-Sena combine proposed discussion on drought situation and outsmarted the Opposition parties. Not only this, but the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced an unexpected relief package focusing on short-term and long-term measures to tackle drought, leaving the Opposition parties in a fix. Fadnavis and his ministers confidently replied to the debates on law and order situation, power and industry scenes.

Throughout the session, Fadnavis burnt midnight's oil to work out reform path in various sectors. Though most of his plans may come out gradually, he indicated his commitment to reforms through his replies to debates especially on drought, and law and order situation.

As far as second week is concerned, whether NCP decides to participate in the House proceedings will decide if there is voice to Opposition. If Congress still fails to come out of shock of losing the elections, it will be facing a bigger loss of face even sitting on the Opposition benches. The most important business of the week starting Monday will be release of Kelkar Committee report on regional imbalances and balanced development of State. How the partners in ruling alliance and Opposition react to the contents of the report, which has proposed various measures to remove backlog of Vidarbha, will set the course of politics at least for next few months.

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HC’s notice to MOIL CMD on top officer’s plea against “punishment”

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondent -- Chairman-cum- Managing Director (CMD), MOIL Ltd., G P Kundargi -- to show cause by January 1... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondent -- Chairman-cum- Managing Director (CMD), MOIL Ltd., G P Kundargi -- to show cause by January 16, 2015, in reply to the writ petition filed by L M Telang, Senior Deputy General Manager (Personnel), against major penalty of reduction to a one lower stage in time-scale of pay.

As per the petitioner, the penalty from August 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012 was imposed on him stating that he would get Rs 1,410 per month less during this period and thereafter from February 1, 2012, his basic salary would be restored to Rs 48,330 per month. The petition is directed against the charge-sheet of January 23, 2012, punishment order of December 28, 2012 and appellate authority’s order of January 28, 2013.

The charges found proved against the petitioner have been that he had committed breach of Rules, Regulations or order applicable to the employees of MOIL as per Rule 28(ix) of MOIL Employees’ Conduct Rules, 1978. He has indulged in willful falsification and defacement of the records of the company as Rule 28 (xxxiii) of the 1978 Conduct Rules.

According to the petitioner, he could not have been charge-sheeted post facto for alleged irregularities/lacunae in the proposal submitted by him for recruiting various categories of officers, as the said proposal was duly approved in writing by all the three competent authorities. And for the same reasons, the allegation of misconduct by him only to favour one of the candidates, Vishnu Priya Sengupta, the daughter of the General Manager (P)-one of the competent authorities, cannot bear legal scrutiny. Further, Recruitment Rules 6.4, 6.8 and 6.9 read with and clause 13 of the advertisement contemplate flexible approach in consideration of candidates, hence such proposal by the petitioner cannot be termed as a misconduct. The appellate authority could not have dismissed the appeal in a cryptic and mechanical manner without application of mind. As the charge-sheet, punishment order and appellate order passed by the one and the same person after approving the petitioner’s proposal as competent authority makes the whole thing to look just an eye-wash and thus, can be called totally vitiated and legally unsustainable.

Adv S D Thakur appeared for the petitioner.

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HC’s notice to RTO, others on PIL against “illegal” passenger service

In response to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a registered NGO - Citizen Forum for Equality’s President Madhukar G, Kukde against “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur City, ... Read More
In response to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a registered NGO - Citizen Forum for Equality’s President Madhukar G, Kukde against “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur City, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - State Transport (ST) Secretary, Union Road Transport Secretary, City Police Commissioner, Regional Transport Officer (RTO), various 13 auto-rickshaw owners, drivers’ organisations to show cause in 4 weeks in reply to the PIL.

According to the petitioner, the respondent authorities have failed in their statutory duties to control the menace of “illegal passenger service” in Nagpur, Maharashtra and restore the rule of law. The authorities have failed to detain and remove the vehicles involved in the illegal passenger service under Section 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 read with Sections 66-192-A, 56, 66 of the Act read with Rule 62 of the CMVR, 1989 read with Rule 45 of the MMV Rules, 1989.

The petitioner has stated that the respondent-authorities have failed to provide 20,000 new permits as per the policy and ration of 800 auto-rickshaws per one lakh population in the city. It has been alleged in the petition that 13 respondent auto-rickshaw owners and drivers’ associations have flouted various provisions of the 1988 Act, 1989 Rules and are involved in illegal passenger service without necessary compliance of rules and thereby fleecing more money from the citizens by refusing to install electronic meters and to ply by meters and the tariff fixed by the RTA, Nagpur. The petitioner-NGO has prayed for issuing fresh permits to 20,000 auto-rickshaws to constitute immediately a permanent special checking squad comprising police and transport officers to undertake special checking drive to curb illegal passenger service in the city, to take stringent action under Sections 66 read with 192-A of the 1988 Act against the owners of the private vehicles involved in illegal service and to ban that completely.

The petitioner wants the Court to direct the respondent-competent authorities to furnish interim monthly checking reports related to the stringent action taken against vehicles involved in illegal service in breach of Sections 56, 66, and 86 of the 1988 Act during pendency of this petition.

Advocate T D Mandlekar appeared for the petitioner-NGO. AGP T A Mirza represented State. Assistant SGI Rohit Deo represented Union Government.

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Public transport in limbo as Starbus operator stops services on 108 routes

City bus service is going from bad to worst as Starbus operator -- Vansh Nimay Infra Projects Limited (VNIL) -- has stopped services on 108 routes out of a total 189 routes in city. VNIL is opera... Read More
City bus service is going from bad to worst as Starbus operator -- Vansh Nimay Infra Projects Limited (VNIL) -- has stopped services on 108 routes out of a total 189 routes in city. VNIL is operating on only 81 routes in the city causing acute problem for the passengers including college and school-going students. Unfortunately, the office-bearers of the local body could not compel bus operator to operate buses on all the routes, leaving lakhs of commuters at the mercy of the operator and auto-rickshaws.

Sources claimed that VNIL is operating only 150 buses in the city out of total 430 buses. Remaining 280 buses are out of service, raising a big question mark over the efficiency of the Starbus operator and civic body. The buses received under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are also under repairs for more than six months.

Sources informed The Hitavada that around 173 buses are permanently dumped at Hingana bus depot by VNIL and around 60 buses have been reduced to scrap due to irreparable rear engine snag.

As per L&T Ramboll report, the city will require around 750 buses for commuters in the city. The operator had purchased 230 buses and Central Government had sanctioned 200 buses for city bus operation. Due to apathy of the Starbus operator, only 150 buses are on roads.

Sources informed that many bus services were stopped without taking prior permission from the local body or from the Transport Committee. Committee Chairman Sudhir Raut was surprised to see the number of routes stopped by the operator without taking him or committee into confidence. He said, the passengers are in agitation mood and have lodged a strong protest with Mayor, and other corporators including Transport Committee chief for abruptly stopping bus fleet and discontinuing 60 per cent routes. Now, the matter has gone beyond our limit and it is high time to appoint second operator for the city, Raut stated. The local body will take a decision in this regard very soon, he informed.

The city buses have capacity to cater to the needs of about two lakh commuters daily. In last 8 years, instead of increasing fleet size or carry more passengers, the bus operator constantly reduced the number of buses from 430 to 150. Now, the bus operator is carrying only 50,000-60,000 passengers daily.

The buses are off the roads for petty reasons like clutch failure, brake problem, pick up problem, pressure leak, suspension, self and electrical work, gear, engine problem, over heating, glasses, tyres and battery problem.

Sources claimed that operator has stopped plying of buses from Prem Nagar, Gorewada, Shanti Nagar, Gondkheri, Kamptee, Sonegaon, CRPF, Isasani, New Narsala, and other places. The frequency on many routes has been brought down to 2 or 3 from earlier 40.

Commuters and commoners are only sufferers. The auto-rickshaws which refuse to ply by meter are the biggest beneficiaries and command fare as per their whims and fancy. People are forced to travel in shared auto by shelling out exorbitant fares. NMC had issued legal termination notice to Starbus operator for his abysmal failure in operating bus services in the city. However, local body did not cancel its contract since second operator is yet to be finalised and sudden withdrawal of starbus will lead to chaos.

The local body had issued several notices on many occasions to bus operator for regularising his fleet. The main concern is more than 60 per cent buses are off the road and that is violation of agreement between NMC and bus operator. The bus operator is not paying any depreciation cost against buses to local body, that means, the local body can not purchase new buses after they are retired. Transport Committee Chief Raut has decided to raise this issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to sort out critical problem.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Secretary Uttam Shevde has demanded to operate buses from Sitabuldi via Deekshaboomi upto IT Park, Parsodi. In a letter to NMC, Shevde said, on this route around 12 educational Institutes are working and students are facing tremendous problem due to inadequate frequency of public transport. Hundreds of students belonging to ITI, Blind School, BRA Mundle, Kurvey’s School, Dr Ambedkar College, Chokhamela Hostel, Chitrakala College, VNIT, National Power Institute, Software Technology Park and other institutes have been hit hard due to irregularity. The students from Medical Square, Rameshwari, Indora, Nara, Nari, Pardi, Hingana, Khamala, Manewada, Hudkeshwar, Wadi and other places are studying in these schools and colleges. Thousands of tourist also visits Deekshabhoomi every day. They have to travel by walking daily to their institutes as there is no bus available for them, he claimed.

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Founder reveals story of first ever magazine for blinds

“I met visually impaired children in Pune to know how they live life. I closed my eyes with the help of cloth. I started living like them. I started working with closed eyes and I got a vision ... Read More
“I met visually impaired children in Pune to know how they live life. I closed my eyes with the help of cloth. I started living like them. I started working with closed eyes and I got a vision in real sense,” said a journalist turned theatre personality cum wild life photographer and documentary filmmaker, Swagat Thorat. Thorat was revealing his journey of life at the programme ‘Chala Dolas Howu Ya’, an open public discussion cum interview organised jointly by Rotary Club of Nagpur South-East and Indian Medical Association (IMA) at IMA Hall on Sunday. “When I was working for Balchitravani, in 1993, I got an opportunity to produce a documentary based on educational system for visually impaired. With this project in view, I studied in depth the life style, and physical-mental development of students in two schools for the blind in Pune and produced ‘Kalokhatil Chandane’ which was widely acclaimed. This is how my journey with visually impaired was started,” Thorat mentioned. “In India, there are about 62,000 news papers and periodicals. But none of them is for visually impaired. Living with the visually impaired people, I have decided to start a news paper for them. Thus, the first ever ‘Sparshdnyan’ a Marathi fortnightly news paper has come out,” Thorat stated. Visually impaired people live their life like other persons. They are using their senses effectively. They wear clothes, they wear shoes, chappals etc, they use tooth brushes, toothpaste etc, then they have a full right to get knowledge. The newspaper has aimed to fulfill their need for knowledge, he added. The programme started with an oath administered by Thorat to audience. Then with the help of powerpoint presentation, Thorat displayed his play 'Swatantryachi Yashogatha' (Glorious story of independence) which created a world record, with 88 blind artists from two blind schools in Pune, on the background of golden anniversary of Independence Day. This play has been entered in 'Guinness Book of World Records' and 'Limca Book of Records'. Arun Mittal, President of Rotary Club, Kishore Rathi, Secretary Dr Sanjay Deshpande, President, IMA Nagpur, Dr Kush Jhunjhunwala, Secretary, Dr Avinash Rode, Sudhakar Ingole, Nikhil Mundle, Pratima Shashtri, Malti Shashtri, Shubhada Wagh were also present on this occasion. Dr Archana Kothari and Wasudha Kulkarni conducted the programme.

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Experienced, but divided Opposition appears weak

Wading its way through the full throttled Opposition, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena showed as to who is in the control of House at the Legislative Council. For the new G... Read More
Wading its way through the full throttled Opposition, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena showed as to who is in the control of House at the Legislative Council. For the new Government, where most of the Ministers are new, the going in the first session was expected to be quite tough. The other major reason was hopeless minority that Saffron alliance have in the Upper House. For Treasury camp this was a cause of worry as any united Opposition could have easily cornered it at will in the House. But a young and dynamic Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rolling out quick decisions coupled with divided Opposition, the ruling side ended with a solid edge in the first week of winter session. Further for the BJP-Sena alliance, naming of one of its senior cabinet member Eknath Khadse as Leader of the Upper House provided solid foundation to take on the numerically stronger Opposition. Looking back at the proceedings and business transacted by House so far, the Government effectively settled the point as to who is in the charge.

With BJP firmly in charge of the Government, the alliance successfully took home the fight to Opposition camp The first week in fact saw the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) trying to score over one another, but only managing to garner some brownie points among themselves.

The absence of Leader of Opposition in the House did prove to be major bone of contention between the NCP and Congress as both parties have staked claim to the post. And this come in handy for saffron alliance to set the tone of the proceedings as NCP time and again tried to show aggression in it's bid to represent that it is in the Opposition. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is in majority in the Council faced the dichotomy on support to Government and this fact was fully exploited by Congress members. And NCP state chief Sunil Tatkare had to time and again specify reasons for outside support offered to BJP at time of formation of new Government in State.

Throughout the week NCP tried various ways to get the coveted LoP in the Council. It even submitted a letter having signatures of its 27 members plus supporting parties. But Congress put a spoke in NCP's ambition by staking claim to the LoP post. NCP members repeatedly raised the political tempo in House by resorting to sloganeering and repeated Point of Order on matter of decision on Leader of Opposition.

The tussle between NCP-Congress put Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh in a quandary as he is taking his own time in determining who enjoys the majority. This however provided BJP-Sena alliance a good move to jab the Opposition, saying first they should solve the small issue among themselves before offering any advice on governance to ruling alliance.

And by end of week the Opposition is badly divided as NCP has submitted no confidence motion against Council Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh, alleging delay in naming its nominee Dhananjay Munde as Leader of Opposition.

Though during the first week Opposition did try to corner the new Government, but inner contradictions were very much visible among the erstwhile ruling coalition. On the issue of farmer suicides and losses due to delayed rain and other natural causes, the Opposition try to put the Saffron alliance on mat. But Government smartly outwitted the Opposition even after letting them move an adjournment motion on the farmers issues in the State. Revenue Minister Khadse carefully outlined the package being given to farmers along with long terms measures so that in future farmers need not worry in case of a lean rainfall.

One of the new point in the farmers aid package was waiver of loans taken by farmers from registered private moneylenders. As expected, Opposition tried to push Government on the backfoot on this note. However, the rich parliamentary experience of Khadse pushed the Opposition itself in a tight spot, when the Revenue Minister questioned as to why should anybody be opposing waiving of farm loans? To this question the Opposition had no firm answer and Khadse dealt another blow to credibility of Congress-NCP's when he said if latter's desire the Government can withdraw the said component of package. The Opposition was now cleverly outwitted by this posers, as any opposition to this would mean they are anti-farmers.

The constant presence of senior Sena Minister Diwakar Raote also provided solid foundation to Saffron alliance in the Upper House. The Congress charge rested with its State unit chief Manikrao Thakre and experienced Bhai Jagtap. These two articulate speakers tried their level best to put pressure on the Government, particularly on the issue of farmers. But lack of floor co-ordination among Opposition bloc owing to divergent views on various topics and tussle over post of Leader of Opposition carried the week for the ruling coalition of BJP-Sena.

The Government also successfully piloted three key bills in the very first week itself. One among them was that of giving name of Savitribai Phule to Pune University. This bill was clubbed with two others on which the Opposition raised din and their demand for poll got drown out in the disturbance. But not to miss an opportunity Khadse showed readiness to have division on issue of giving name of Savitribai Phule, which again stumped the Opposition as it was during their regime the move was thought off.

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State Govt considering exemption to cars from paying toll tax

The new Government is taking steps to keep its pre-poll promise of reducing the burden of toll tax on non-commercial four-wheelers. It is thinking over granting exemption to non-commercial four-whe... Read More
The new Government is taking steps to keep its pre-poll promise of reducing the burden of toll tax on non-commercial four-wheelers. It is thinking over granting exemption to non-commercial four-wheelers including cars, from paying toll tax. For the purpose, it has taken up a survey to assess the number of commercial and non-commercial four-wheelers plying on different roads in the State.

Further, just ahead of the ongoing winter session of State Legislature, Public Works Department (PWD) constituted a committee of 11 officers and engineers to explore the possibility of closing down 121 toll tax collection booths in the State. However, according to PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil, if the Government decided to shut down all 121 toll tax collection booths in the State, it would mean a burden of Rs 30,000 crore on State exchequer. As this was not possible at one go, the Government would think of closing down the toll tax collection booths in a phased manner.

In this direction, the Government is giving a thought to closing down 40 toll booths in next couple of months. These toll booths are being identified on the basis of amount of contract. In case of such booths, the Government will bear the burden of paying to the contractor firm the amount that it intended to recover by way of collecting toll tax. Once the Government makes payment to contractor firm in such cases, the toll booths could be closed down. The Government is willing to bear the burden of up to Rs 200 crore.

A new policy on toll tax collection is being prepared. While doing so, the Government is exploring the possibility of not levying toll tax on roads involving cost up to Rs 200 crore and constructed through private partnership. The Government is also working out a mechanism to make the road toll collection more transparent, and ensure that contractors meet road maintenance and safety concerns.

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Fissures between Cong, NCP widens

Differences between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have come to fore over boycotting the Legislative Assembly over suspension of NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad. Congress legislato... Read More
Differences between Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have come to fore over boycotting the Legislative Assembly over suspension of NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad. Congress legislators are against such boycott and as a result and apprehend that siding with NCP will dent their own political image. Besides the NCP has already angered Congress leadership by staking its claim over Leader of Opposition’s post in both the Houses as well as by moving no confidence motion against Chairman of Council.

Congress has convened a meeting of its legislators on Monday to decide whether to stay away from the House proceedings especially when Chief Minister will reply to motion of thanks and announce relief package for hailstorm-affected farmers of North Maharashtra. If Congress legislators boycott the House, it will give a free hand to the Government to take all credits.

On Friday, NCP and Congress staged walk-out against suspension of Awhad for the ‘entire period of winter session’. Awhad was suspended for his ‘foul remarks’ against Housing and Labour Minister Prakash Mehta in the House. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cleared open enquiry sought by ACB against NCP stalwarts Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare in irrigation scam and Chhagan Bhujal in Maharashtra Sadan scam. After the decision was made public by Advocate General Sunil Manohar, NCP camp suddenly found this issue as diversionary tactics.

However, many senior Congress leaders, in private, have claimed that by siding with NCP, whose top leaders are in dock and facing ACB enquiry, wrong signal will go to electorate. In fact, Prithviraj Chavan himself had directed white paper and appointed SIT to probe wrongdoings by NCP Ministers, contractors and officers, the Congress legislators claimed while rejecting any move to align with NCP on such flimsy issue.

Congress legislators are also peeved as to why the party leadership has not raised the issue of suspension of five MLAs for a period of two years. The MLAs were suspended for allegedly manhandling Governor when he was on his way to address both the Houses. MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre had told reporters that on Friday they expressed solidarity with NCP, but the final decision will be taken by Congress legislative party on Monday. Chief Minister is scheduled to reply on thanks giving motion on Governor’s speech and Congress legislators are in no mood to stay away from the House and allow NCP to dominate the agenda. NCP has not left any chance to humiliate Congress in both the Houses and it makes no sense to side with NCP, Congress sources said indicating ever widening differences between both parties.

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Chief Minister clears 3 major schemes of Nagpur metro

For the first time, the State Government is moving fast to clear pending projects of the Orange City. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has cleared three ambitious schemes of Nagpur Metropolitan R... Read More
For the first time, the State Government is moving fast to clear pending projects of the Orange City. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has cleared three ambitious schemes of Nagpur Metropolitan Regional Area to boost sluggish realty market of Nagpur and to create a massive pool of affordable houses. The Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), notified as Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA) will develop these schemes under land-pooling policy. The NMRDA is likely to earn close to Rs 3,000 crore from sanctioning of these schemes which can be utilised for development of public amenities.

The Democratic Front Government was sitting pretty over these files for last two years. As Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance took over the charge, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has given a new momentum to clear all pending files of the city to unlock its potential.

Sources confirmed that Chief Minister has sanctioned three schemes -- Khadaka-Kirmiti-Panjari-Shiv Madka-Sumthana, Varoda-Panjari-Rui-Gavasi Manapur, Parsodi-Jamatha-Kotewada -- while the fourth, Khasaramari Development Scheme is under the consideration.

Sources also confirmed that Urban Development Department (UDD) is working on these schemes. Presently, the land is under Green Zone and Government has to change its user from Green to Yellow. Therefore, the UDD will issue notification under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966 to change it from Green Zone to Yellow Zone. The NMRDA will invite suggestions and objections from people within one month after issuance of notification. The final notification will be issued by February or March 2015. The proposed development schemes are once again going to boost the reality market on Wardha Road and will also ensure regularised and planned development on village land that are becoming part of Nagpur metro. The NMRDA wants to fulfill cherished dream of thousands of Nagpurians to own a low-cost housing unit in a developed ambience.

The Parsodi-Jamatha-Kotewada scheme will be implemented on 860 hectares, that include Gavasi Manapur-Parsodi-Jamatha-Sondapar-Kotewada-Sumthana villages of Nagpur tehsil and portion of Hingana tehsil. The scheme will be coming up on both sides of Wardha Road. VCA cricket stadium, Sahara Housing Scheme, and South-West part of MIHAN are some of the major landmarks of the proposed development schemes.

NMRDA is planning to develop this scheme under land-pooling pattern. Under this pattern, the NMRDA will acquire 40 per cent land of the developer and will give 60 per cent land to them for development. If the developer has non-agricultural land then the NMRDA will acquire only 25 per cent land. It will develop roads, open spaces, public utility spaces, residential and commercial spaces. The NMRDA has calculated land rate as per ready reckoner rates of the area.

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HC seeks reply in matter on post-matric scholarship

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has issued notices to the Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Un... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has issued notices to the Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Union of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, New Delhi, Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal, Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and others and asked them to file their reply within four weeks in matter related to post-matric scholarship. The division bench has given directions in public interest litigation filed by Praveen Kumar Dahayat that said respondents should indicate to this court as to what action is taken in matter of irregularities pointed out by the petitioner with regard to distribution of scholarship in question and as prima-facie case pointing out irregularities in the matter be not handed to a competent authority to be decided by the court after hearing the respondents. Swapnil Ganguly, Counsel appearing for the State Government, also directed to seek instructions in the matter. The division bench further directed the State Government to ensure that all the documents and data available with regard to distribution of scholarship in official website and other sites are maintained during pendency of matter. The petition is being preferred not against any order in particular, but to save rights and interest of students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class categories and minority category who are large in numbers and are about to be benefited by the scheme of post-matric scholarship introduced by respondent Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi and implemented by respondent Director, Directorate of Technical Education, Bhopal with an object to prove financial assistance to aforesaid categories of students studying at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their education. These scholarships are available for studies in India only and are awarded by the Government of State and union territory to which the applicant actually belongs i.e. permanently settled.

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Lessening profit in farming work keeping youth away from agriculture

INCREASING input cost and lessening profits in farming work is deflecting youths from agriculture. Thousands of youths and families are migrating from rural areas simultaneously use of agricultur... Read More
INCREASING input cost and lessening profits in farming work is deflecting youths from agriculture. Thousands of youths and families are migrating from rural areas simultaneously use of agriculture land is also being diverted to other purposes at a great pace. Madhya Pradesh, recipient of Krishi Karmana Award for highest growth in agriculture production will face the heat of problem arousing in form of migration of farm labours to urban areas. Reason may be continuous increasing threat of loss in farming, poor working conditions and attraction of youths towards urban lifestyle, majority deflecting rural youths from farming work. Every year thousands of youths, farm labourers are joining the trend of migration from rural areas to cities. And migration is mounting multifarious problems civic amenities developed in cities. Continuous rise in migration flow from rural to urban areas shows significance of development of employment resources in rural areas. About 70 per cent of population lives in villages in Madhya Pradesh but yet no study has been conducted in context of migration of rural population. This scenario is being witnessed in major cities of Madhya Pradesh too. Now, agriculture fraternity in research, extension, development and yet to prepare its research strategy to study traits showing deflection of youths and its remedies to add how they could remain in farming work, besides to minimise input cost and increasing profit. At national-level the issue to be take up and work on identification of possible areas on which rural youths could be trained besides this crash and capsule courses in farming sector should be attached with State Agriculture Universities and nation-wide network of Krishi Vigyan Kendras. The village-based entrepreneurs can significantly contribute to economic growth of nation economy. Traditional agriculture in the country can be gradually evolving into well developed agri-business with strong linkage among agri-inputs, processing and agro-based industries which results in wholesale and retail trade. The government, both at State and national-level should encourage entrepreneurs for setting up marketing associations at their level offering bset and provide support by way of procurement processing and marketing of their products as well as in setting-up their workshop or enterprise.

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Seoni SP given month’s time to submit details of missing woman, child case

IN THE issue of missing of two persons, a woman and her one-and-half-year-old child in Seoni district, Seoni Superintendent of Police on Friday presented before the court and submitted affidavi... Read More
IN THE issue of missing of two persons, a woman and her one-and-half-year-old child in Seoni district, Seoni Superintendent of Police on Friday presented before the court and submitted affidavit that all necessary action will be taken to search the woman and her child and will take action against the responsible officer. He asked for one month’s time in this regard which was granted by the division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta. The division bench heard the letter petition (PUD) seeking her missing daughter and her child and directed the SP, Seoni, to remain present before the court on next hearing on January 19. On November 27, 2014, in spite of the order dated on July 16, 2014 recording displeasure about the manner in which the entire matter has been handled by local police and expecting that the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, will respond, the affidavit filed by the respondent did not indicate any serious action taken against the erring police officials who gave up investigation and search of missing woman and her child, after three months of registration of offence. The division bench had given order that the Superintendent of Police, Seoni shall remain personally present in the court along with the original record on next hearing. Before that, he must file affidavit disclosing steps taken since the order dated on July 16, 2014 and explanation for inaction, if any.

On July 16, 2014, from the chart submitted before us indicating line of investigation, it is noticed that although the complaint was registered on March 6, 2007, in respect of missing of two persons; mother and child, except making some effort till June 8, 2007, there is hardly any effort to trace the missing ones till January 31, 2012. Prima facie, this is indicative of inaction of official in-charge of investigation at relevant point of time. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty, if no sufficient explanation is available. The division bench had directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, who is present in the court to examine this aspect and issue appropriate instructions as may be required and report compliance in that behalf within two weeks.

Petitions related to reservation of Mayor, others to be heard on Jan 6

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday listed petitions related to reservation of Mayor, Municipal Corporation and President, Municipal Council for hearing on January 6. The division bench has passed interim order that aforesaid election shall be subjected to final decision of petitions. Earlier, the division bench in its order said in the issue of local body elections that Election Commission why are not published election programme in Rajpatra and division bench asked the State Government of Madhya Pradesh and State Election Commission. The petitioners had filed petitions separately including Biraj Yadav, Rahul Singh Tomar and others challenging violation of Section 29-A of Madhya Pradesh Municipalities Act, 1961 and Ultra-Vires of Article 243-T (1) of Constitution of India. Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi, Advocate Rajendra Mishra, Satyendra Jyotsi, Prashant Awasthi, Ashish Trivedi, Ashim Trivedi, Sarad Verma, Shekher Sharma, Z M Shah, Shushil Kumar Tiwari, Sushil Mishra appeared on behalf of the petitioners, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the State and Siddharth Seth appeared for the State Election Commission.

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Kaya Kalp programme workers to mark attendance biometric way

EMPLOYEES of district health services working for the State Government’s most ambitious Kaya Kalp programme for renovation of hospital, health care centre has given their digital attendance i... Read More
EMPLOYEES of district health services working for the State Government’s most ambitious Kaya Kalp programme for renovation of hospital, health care centre has given their digital attendance in biometric system installed at various points or else their salary will be deducted from January 1 onwards. Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan said circular has been given to the department concerned that it is mandatory for sanitary workers and other employees working for Kaya Kalp programme to register their attendance by giving thumb impression on biometric digital attendance system installed at various places in the District Hospital or else their salary will be deducted. He further informed that calculation of attendance will be done through calculating thumb impression in case their attendance is found short, then their salary will be deducted. Salary will be deducted on leave when employee remains absent without information, other than earned leave, casual leave, medical leave and other leaves prescribed as per government norms. It is to be mentioned that government doctors and other concerned medical staff have registered their protest against installation of biometric system for attendance citing discrepancy digital attendance should be installed in other government departments. They have also claimed that some doctors work on field, then how can they make thumb impression in biometric attendance machine installed at Victoria Hospital.

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Man killed, two others injured as speeding truck rams into bike

n Staff Reporter A man was killed while two others were injured when a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle near Pipariya railway crossing under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, o... Read More
n Staff Reporter A man was killed while two others were injured when a speeding truck rammed into their motorcycle near Pipariya railway crossing under jurisdiction of Panagar police station, on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Nand Kishore Kol (30), a resident of Agolaha Mohalla in Kusher area while Mukesh Kol, a resident of Kusner area and Deepak Gontia of Kusner. According to Panagar police, Munna Kol (50), a resident of Agolaha Mohalla in Kusner area filed a complaint that he works at kiln of bricks. On Friday, his younger brother Nand Kishore Kol along with Mukesh Kol and Deepak Gontia were on their way towards kiln in Umaria village on a motorcycle. When they were passing through railway crossing in village Pipariya, a speeding truck (MP-20GA-6671) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into their motorcycle. In the mishap, Mukesh and Deepak were thrown off from motorcycle and Nand Kishore along with his motorcycle was crushed under wheels of speeding truck and succumbed to his critical injuries due to profuse bleeding on the spot. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and injured were rushed to Government Hospital Panagar with the help of 108 Ambulance Service. Police sent the body for post mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. Police have registered a case against the accused truck driver under Sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search to identify and apprehend the accused driver.

Stolen truck laden with iron ore seized

Bargi police succeeded in finding a stolen truck worth Rs 15 lakh loaded with iron ore at Kotwali area in district Seoni, on Friday. Police have seized the truck and started a search for the accused. It may be noted that Ganga Sagar Yadav (30), a resident of Gitti Khadan area in Nagpur lodged a complaint that he is working as truck driver. On December 11, he was driving a truck numbered MP-20HB-4027 loaded with iron ore from Jabalpur towards Vardha. In the night, he stopped truck near Patel Dhaba at village Hilki in Bargi area for taking dinner. He was taking dinner when another driver named Iqubal arrived and left after sometime. After the dinner, he walked towards truck and remained shocked with witnessing that the truck was missing. He immediately contacted the truck owner and lodged a complaint at Bargi police station.

Police registered a case against unidentified thief under section 379 of the IPC and started a search for the truck. SHO of Bargi police station, Kanhayya Baghel informed that continuing a rigorous search for the truck, police team reached information from Seoni that a truck was found abandoned near a petrol pump. Acting on information, a police team reached the spot and seized the stolen truck in Kotwali area, Seoni.

The complainant expressed doubt that the man he had met at Dhaba named Iqubal was earlier working his truck owner is the main suspect for stealing truck.

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Assembly adjourned for indefinite period

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills wer... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills were also passed. While addressing house just before adjournment for indefinite period, Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said total 1,387 questions were asked in the session and Assembly received 208 information, of them 24 were accepted and fourteen were discussed. Seventy-three petitions were presented in the house. Discussion was done on one adjournment motion. Besides, discussion was also done on non availability of fertiliser and seeds under rule 139. The computer training session for members was encouraging and as many as hundred members have taken part in it. Many members have requested to carry on the training programme even in coming session. He also congratulated house members and people on coming Christmas and New Year in advance. In his speech, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Government is in constant touch with Centre over urea issue. Centre had fixed quota of 3.70 metric tones but if needed then Centre had assured to give more urea than the quota. The urea shortage would be fulfilled. In charge Leader of Opposition, Balabachchan requested to increase the time period of Assembly sessions from future. Afterwards, Speaker adjourned the house for indefinite period.

One dozen people die due to dengue in State: Mishra

From January 1 till November 15, twelve people have died due to dengue disease and 23 died due to Malaria and seven due to swine flu disease in Madhya Pradesh. During this period, no person infected from Ebola virus was found. This information was given by Health Minister Narottam Mishra to Assembly in written in reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat wanted to know that how many persons suffering from Malaria, Swine Flu, Dengue, Ebola virus were found and how many have died due to said diseases. Narottam Mishra had said in reply that from January 1 till November 15, 84494 cases of Malaria were detected. From January 1 till November 10, thirteen positive cases of swine flu and 1609 cases of dengue were seen. However, no patient suffering from Ebola disease was found. As part of preparedness, combat team and rapid response team were constituted in all districts and blocks. Ramnivas Rawat had also asked question to know that how many children in the age group of 0 to 6 and 6 to 12 years have died due to malnutrition, measles , malaria, dengue and other disease.

Clean chit to officers in Ratangarh stampede incident The report of judicial commission appointed to investigate the Ratangarh stampede incident found that stampede that claimed lives of 116 people occurred due to reaching of people in large number along with vehicles and spread of rumour that bridge had collapsed. Commission had refused to hold officers responsible for incident. However, it held SAF head constable Chotelal Dohre and constable Hukum Chand responsible for not executing their duty with alacrity and not stopping the influx of vehicles. The commission also refused to accept that incident occurred due to deployment of less force. Commission said that in comparison to Navratri mela’s of previous year, more police force was deployed in Navratri fair of 2013 but anticipation could not be done that people would come in such a large number. Commission suggested of broadening of road from Charokhara till Mata Mandir road, marking of parking place etc to avoid such incidents in future. It may be mentioned that citing reasons responsible for incident, commission said that police force was less by seeing the crowd and there was no proper parking arrangement. The other reason was jam created by vehicles plying on bridge. Besides, fight broke out among pilgrims after Jawara’s got broke in skirmish. Other reason for incident was this that anti social elements have spread the rumour of collapse of bridge and this led to stampede. The judicial commission’s report on Ratangarh stampede was tabled in state assembly on Friday.

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Speculation rife over names of Cong candidates

Congress State election committee meeting concluded abruptly on Thursday night after disputes surfaced between two factions of Congress. The situation worsened to the extent that CPCC President... Read More
Congress State election committee meeting concluded abruptly on Thursday night after disputes surfaced between two factions of Congress. The situation worsened to the extent that CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader TS Singhdeo as well as party Incharge General Secretary Girish Dewangan had to seek refuge within a portion of Congress Bhawan as supporters of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi went on the offensive and raised slogans against party organization leaders. Congress sources informed that the ruckus erupted when Bilaspur Congress leaders close to organization raised objections to the finalization of tickets without consulting them. They alleged in conversation with Bhakta Charan Das, AICC Secretary, that only Jogi faction leaders were being consulted. The Jogi supporters soon after began assembling in Congress Bhawan and went completely on the offensive. Party leaders had to seek refuge within a portion of Congress Bhawan and it was only after Ajit Jogi came out of the meeting hall to pacify his supporters that the situation became normal and meeting had to be called off. Meanwhile, Congress Bhawan remained abuzz with activities on Thursday amidst marathon meeting in state party headquarter to finalize candidature for upcoming municipal elections. The 12-member reconstituted state Congress election committee deliberated with sitting MLAs, MLA candidates, Lok Sabha candidates, Member of Parliament and district committee chiefs to finalize the list of candidates. There were strong speculations about the possible Congress candidate, Pramod Dubey’s name is speculated to be on the forefront as the Congress choice for Raipur Mayor candidate even as Raipur Shahar Congres Committee President Vikas Upadhyay and party leader Anand Kukreja are also close contenders. Congress sources stated that three senior leaders are reported to be favouring the name of Pramod Dubey as Raipur Mayoral candidate. Going by the speculations, Dr Ajay Tirki, considered close to CLP leader TS Singhdeo, is most likely to be the candidate for Ambikapur Mayor while Jethu Ram Manhar, considered close to Late Nand Kumar Patel and close confidante of Kharasia MLA Umesh Patel, could get the party ticket for Raigarh Municipal Corporation.

Again, Renu Agrawal, wife of sitting MLA Jaisingh Agrawal, may get Congress ticket for Korba Municipal Corporation. Archana Upadhyay was another prominent name for the ticket from Korba and is considered close associate of former Minister Dr Charan Das Mahant.

Ram Sharan Yadav, is another close contender for Bilaspur Mayor ticket from Congress, and was also reportedly backed by former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi. Much against reports that Naresh Dakalia was the unanimous choice for Congress Rajnandgaon Mayoral ticket, there are speculations that Vijay Pandey is also on the race for the ticket. Malkit Singh Gaidu, a prominent Congress leader from Jagdalpur, could be the Congress candidate for Jagdalpur Mayoral ticket. Likewise, Congress’s Durg Mayoral ticket may go to either Neelu Thakur or Satyavati Verma. The CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel is reported to be backing the candidature of Satyavati Verma.

Earlier in the day, state party President Bhupesh Baghel came for the meeting late than scheduled time. The waiting media persons were taking snaps of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi who was the first of the state election committee member to arrive in Congress Bhawan. As soon as the CPCC president arrived the media attention for Jogi did irritate him and he used some harsh words against media persons. After protest from media, the Congress leaders tendered apology to the media persons after which situation normalized.

As per reports, the Congress election committee meeting was suspended for dinner earlier than scheduled because of heated exchanges between CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel and MLAs RK Rai and Anila Bhedia over choice of candidates from Gunderdehi and Dondilohara. MLA RK Rai told The Hitavada over phone that some of the names were added on the insistence of senior Delhi based Congress leader for candidature in his constituency which was against the laid down guidelines which said that candidature can be decided in consultation with sitting MLAs and district committee chief. MLA Anila Bhedia could not be reached for her comments on the reported differences.

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Fomer MLA creates scene at Police Station

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MLA Nande Sahu along with his supporters created uproar at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Reportedly, he was miffed over the police for takin... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MLA Nande Sahu along with his supporters created uproar at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Reportedly, he was miffed over the police for taking his son into custody. According to the report, Nande Sahu’s son Hariom Sahu was taken into custody after he bickered with a sub-inspector of Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Saraswati Nagar Station House Officer (SHO) said that a Traffic Sub-Inspector stopped Nande Sahu’s son, when he broke traffic rules in front of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University’s gate. Nande Sahu’s son took this on his ego and got into a heated argument with the Traffic SI. As the security was beefed up owing to the visit of BJP National President Amit Shah, Hariom’s car was seized and he, too, was taken into custody. When the former MLA got this news, he turned up at the Saraswati Nagar Police Station with huge number of supporters, shouting slogans against police. Before the matter could go out of control, police officials and Nande Sahu managed to make a compromise between Hariom and SI.

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10 crore membership if achieved, BJP cannot be defeated for next 50 years: Amit Shah

Calling upon huge number of party workers and office-bearers present at the Science College ground during the mega Bharatiya Janata Party Membership Campaign Congregation, National President of B... Read More
Calling upon huge number of party workers and office-bearers present at the Science College ground during the mega Bharatiya Janata Party Membership Campaign Congregation, National President of Bharatiya Janata Party Amit Shah urged them to work hard so that party membership figures in the state touches 50 lakh mark. He said that among the 1600 odd political parties registered in the country, the Bharatiya Janata Party is the only party which functions democratically. He said if the party workers through their hard work achieve the 10 crore target membership in the country and 50 lakh in Chhattisgarh, no one can defeat BJP for next 50 years. Addressing the party workers including MPs, MLAs, Ministers, Mayors, Presidents and corporators and senior party workers who had come on invitation to attend the Congregation, the BJP National President said that BJP is the only party where a booth-level party worker can get the opportunity to become a Prime Minister Narendra Modi is its example, who was a booth-level party worker and used to sell tea for living. He said in this party organizational elections are held every three years, wherein opportunity is extended to every one to lead from the front. When the party came into existence in 1950 amidst huge negation and opposition and passing through different phases of ups and downs, in 2014 the party has come to a position where its ideology and policies are being liked not only nationally but internationally also. People now are accepting the party ideology and policies whole heartedly. But if this success has to be carried long we need to consolidate it. For which the membership drive is necessary. He urged every party worker to work hard for a week at their respective booths and make at least 100 new members. Presently the membership of BJP in the country is 3.25 crore which the party is targeting to take to 10 crore. If this target is achieved, the party will become world’s largest membership based party.

Similarly, in Chhattisgarh also there are presently 13.5 lakh active members which can be easily taken to 50 lakhs. Calling upon the party workers, Amit Shah said if every one of them makes at least 100 members, touching 50 lakh members in the state can be achieved easily. He said once the party achieves 50 lakh figure in the state, for the next 25 years no one can defeat the party here.

The BJP National President said the membership drive should be carried in an extensive way in every village, ward, tehsil, town and city that people irrespective of their caste, creed and colour should be able to join the party. The National President said that the membership drive has striking resemblance with Mahatama Gandhi Dandi March, wherein, when the march ended it achieved huge dimensions and ultimately achieved freedom for the country. Similarly, the membership drive when its target will be achieved, no other political party in the country will be able to match its prowess.

‘Dr Raman Singh has eventfully completed his 11 years rule’

Earlier, while praising the Dr Raman Singh government on its completion of 11 years rule in the State and stepping into its 12 year, Amit Shah said two significant things have taken place in the country, first the BJP led State Government under Dr Raman Singh has eventfully completed 11 years rule and secondly over 170 countries has supported India’s initiative towards Yoga and finally United Nations had announced June 21 to be observed as International Yoga Day, which is a great achievement for the country.

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Opposition stages walk out in Assembly on urea issue

Unsatisfied by Government’s reply on prevailing urea crisis in State, Opposition staged walk out in State Assembly on Friday. In his reply, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen rubbishe... Read More
Unsatisfied by Government’s reply on prevailing urea crisis in State, Opposition staged walk out in State Assembly on Friday. In his reply, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen rubbished the Opposition’s allegations and claimed that there is only ten percent shortage of urea in State and Government is making all efforts to meet the demand. Earlier, while taking part in discussion on persisting urea crisis, Opposition accused government of failing to provide adequate urea to farmers and said that farmers at some places have even protested demanding urea. At some places, urea is distributed under police protection.

While replying to the allegations, Agriculture Minister Dr Gaurishankar Bisen said that in present situation there is only ten percent urea shortage in State and there is no shortage of DAP and mixer fertiliser.

But Opposition was not satisfied by the minister’s reply. Outside the Assembly hall, Opposition raised slogans against State Government.

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Assembly adjourned for indefinite period

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills wer... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned sine die on Friday. In this winter session, Assembly gave approval to first supplementary budget of 2014-15. Apart from this, fourteen Government bills were also passed. While addressing house just before adjournment for indefinite period, Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma said total 1,387 questions were asked in the session and Assembly received 208 information, of them 24 were accepted and fourteen were discussed. Seventy-three petitions were presented in the house.

Discussion was done on one adjournment motion. Besides, discussion was also done on non availability of fertiliser and seeds under rule 139.

The computer training session for members was encouraging and as many as hundred members have taken part in it.

Many members have requested to carry on the training programme even in coming session. He also congratulated house members and people on coming Christmas and New Year in advance.

In his speech, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Government is in constant touch with Centre over urea issue. Centre had fixed quota of 3.70 metric tones but if needed then Centre had assured to give more urea than the quota. The urea shortage would be fulfilled.

In charge Leader of Opposition, Balabachchan requested to increase the time period of Assembly sessions from future. Afterwards, Speaker adjourned the house for indefinite period.

One dozen people die due to dengue in State: Mishra

From January 1 till November 15, twelve people have died due to dengue disease and 23 died due to Malaria and seven due to swine flu disease in Madhya Pradesh. During this period, no person infected from Ebola virus was found. This information was given by Health Minister Narottam Mishra to Assembly in written in reply to a question asked by senior Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat wanted to know that how many persons suffering from Malaria, Swine Flu, Dengue, Ebola virus were found and how many have died due to said diseases. Narottam Mishra had said in reply that from January 1 till November 15, 84494 cases of Malaria were detected. From January 1 till November 10, thirteen positive cases of swine flu and 1609 cases of dengue were seen. However, no patient suffering from Ebola disease was found. As part of preparedness, combat team and rapid response team were constituted in all districts and blocks. Ramnivas Rawat had also asked question to know that how many children in the age group of 0 to 6 and 6 to 12 years have died due to malnutrition, measles , malaria, dengue and other disease.

Clean chit to officers in Ratangarh stampede incident

The report of judicial commission appointed to investigate the Ratangarh stampede incident found that stampede that claimed lives of 116 people occurred due to reaching of people in large number along with vehicles and spread of rumour that bridge had collapsed. Commission had refused to hold officers responsible for incident. However, it held SAF head constable Chotelal Dohre and constable Hukum Chand responsible for not executing their duty with alacrity and not stopping the influx of vehicles. The commission also refused to accept that incident occurred due to deployment of less force. Commission said that in comparison to Navratri mela’s of previous year, more police force was deployed in Navratri fair of 2013 but anticipation could not be done that people would come in such a large number. Commission suggested of broadening of road from Charokhara till Mata Mandir road, marking of parking place etc to avoid such incidents in future. Citing reasons responsible for incident, commission said that police force was less by seeing the crowd and there was no proper parking arrangement. The other reason was jam created by vehicles plying on bridge. Besides, fight broke out among pilgrims after Jawara’s got broke in skirmish. Other reason for incident was this that anti social elements have spread the rumour of collapse of bridge and this led to stampede. The judicial commission’s report on Ratangarh stampede was tabled in state assembly on Friday.

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Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post reserved for OBC

Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Z... Read More
Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post has been reserved for OBC (Open for men/women). The process was completed by Commissioner of Panchayat Raj Raghuvir Shrivastava. Under Sections 32 and 129, fifty percent posts in 51 Zila Panchayats in the State were reserved for women belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and general category. Director WALMI Rajesh Mishra, Joint Commissioner Panchayats Shivani Verma and representatives of three-tier Panchayats were present on the occasion. During the process, posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved in descending order where population of SCs and STs is more.

Fifty percent of the posts of President of 51 Zila Panchayats, 50 were reserved for women belonging to all reserved categories and 25 percent for OBCs. All posts were reserved through draw of lot. In this way, total 26 posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved for women including 4 SCs, 7 STs, 7 OBCs and 8 of general category. Remaining Zila Panchayat President’s posts were declared unreserved.

Of the 8 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled castes, four will be reserved for women, including Datia, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur and Sehore. Of the 14 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled tribes, 7 will be reserved for women, including Barwani, Dindori, Mandla, Dhar, Chhindwara, Khargone and Khandwa. Seven Zila Panchayats in this category will be unreserved including Alirajpur, Jhabua, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Betul and Ratlam. Of the 13 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for OBCs, 7 will be reserved for women including Harda, Rajgarh, Ashok Nagar, Shivpuri, Burhanpur, Satna and Katni. Six Zila Panchayats under this category (OBC) will be unreserved (for men/women) including Bhopal, Morena, Narsinghgarh, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. As many as 16 Zila Panchayats have been declared unreserved of which 8 have been reserved for women including Indore, Neemuch, Raisen, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Sagar, Guna and Seoni. Remaining 8 Zila Panchayats will be unreserved including Gwalior, Rewa, Panna, Dewas, Singrauli, Damoh, Sidhi and Mandsaur.

Zila Panchayat members to deposit Rs 4000 security amount

In Panchayat elections, candidates will have to deposit security amount along with nomination. Security deposit for candidates for members of Zila Panchayats has been fixed as Rs 4000, for Janpad Panchayat members Rs 2000, for sarpanch Rs 1000 and panch Rs 200. State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has informed that if the candidate is female or belongs to SC, ST or OBC then half of the security amount will be deposited.

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Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post reserved for OBC

Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Z... Read More
Process to reserve posts of Zila Panchayat President for Panchayat general elections 2014-15, was undertaken in the auditorium of Land and Water Management Institute (WALMI) on Friday. Bhopal Zila Panchayat President’s post has been reserved for OBC (Open for men/women). The process was completed by Commissioner of Panchayat Raj Raghuvir Shrivastava. Under Sections 32 and 129, fifty percent posts in 51 Zila Panchayats in the State were reserved for women belonging to SCs, STs, OBCs and general category. Director WALMI Rajesh Mishra, Joint Commissioner Panchayats Shivani Verma and representatives of three-tier Panchayats were present on the occasion. During the process, posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved in descending order where population of SCs and STs is more.

Fifty percent of the posts of President of 51 Zila Panchayats, 50 were reserved for women belonging to all reserved categories and 25 percent for OBCs. All posts were reserved through draw of lot. In this way, total 26 posts of Zila Panchayat President were reserved for women including 4 SCs, 7 STs, 7 OBCs and 8 of general category. Remaining Zila Panchayat President’s posts were declared unreserved.

Of the 8 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled castes, four will be reserved for women, including Datia, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur and Sehore. Of the 14 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for scheduled tribes, 7 will be reserved for women, including Barwani, Dindori, Mandla, Dhar, Chhindwara, Khargone and Khandwa. Seven Zila Panchayats in this category will be unreserved including Alirajpur, Jhabua, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Betul and Ratlam. Of the 13 Zila Panchayats declared reserved for OBCs, 7 will be reserved for women including Harda, Rajgarh, Ashok Nagar, Shivpuri, Burhanpur, Satna and Katni. Six Zila Panchayats under this category (OBC) will be unreserved (for men/women) including Bhopal, Morena, Narsinghgarh, Sheopur and Hoshangabad. As many as 16 Zila Panchayats have been declared unreserved of which 8 have been reserved for women including Indore, Neemuch, Raisen, Jabalpur, Balaghat, Sagar, Guna and Seoni. Remaining 8 Zila Panchayats will be unreserved including Gwalior, Rewa, Panna, Dewas, Singrauli, Damoh, Sidhi and Mandsaur.

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Representatives resolve issue

The dispute between two groups of a community was resolved here on Friday after the representatives of both the groups met.

The meeting was mediated by Shahr Qazi Mushtaq Ali Nadvi. Mufti Abd... Read More
The dispute between two groups of a community was resolved here on Friday after the representatives of both the groups met.

The meeting was mediated by Shahr Qazi Mushtaq Ali Nadvi. Mufti Abdul Kalam, Muslim Personal Law Board Member Arif Masood and Rajihasan Haidari were also present. In the meeting the religious leaders were informed that it was not a clash between two sects but a personal fight among few people from both sects.

The dispute was also resolved and it was decided that people of both sects will reside with peace and harmony.

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Victims meet Home Minister Gaur

Members of the Irani group met Home Minister Babulal Gaur here on Friday morning and informed about the whole incident in detail. Over 100 victims of the incident reached Minister Gaur’s house. W... Read More
Members of the Irani group met Home Minister Babulal Gaur here on Friday morning and informed about the whole incident in detail. Over 100 victims of the incident reached Minister Gaur’s house. Women reached in larger number at Gaur’s house. They showed their injuries to Gaur and told that how they have to spend night in cold weather at the secured location. They told Gaur that on Wednesday night the matter was resolved but on Thursday morning, out of blue, people attacked their houses, set vehicles on fire. The victims reached Gaur’s house at 8 in the morning. Gaur listened to the whole incident and assured them strict legal action will be taken against the accused. Gaur told mediapersons that it is an unfortunate incident and both the groups are of same community only. Police have the situation under their control and efforts would be made to prevent such incidents in future.

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Group Clash: 33 arrested, people yet to return to homes

Over 33 members of a group were arrested in State capital by Friday evening for rampage, setting houses and vehicles on fire in Aman Colony in Karond area of capital on Wednesday and Thursday. Po... Read More
Over 33 members of a group were arrested in State capital by Friday evening for rampage, setting houses and vehicles on fire in Aman Colony in Karond area of capital on Wednesday and Thursday. Police have shifted women and children of one of the groups to secured locations. Meanwhile, a month-old child died due to suffocation after the arson in Nishatpura area. After tensions for over 24 hours in the area, the conditions started to normalise on Friday though most of the people stayed inside their houses only and roads remained deserted. Police force was deployed at every corner and street of the Nishatpura locality of state capital.

Meanwhile, police have shifted the families of one of the groups to secured locations. People of the group are very scared and afraid of staying in the locality. They told their families cannot stay at the secured locations for long and have to return home some days. They are afraid that after police force is removed from the area they will be attacked again and their houses will be set on fire.

The people of two groups of communities came face-to-face over a land dispute. People of a group reside in the area in large numbers. A dispute was going on for long time over a piece of land besides a religious place. The other group wanted to construct their religious place while the other group was not ready for it.

On Wednesday, the dispute turned into heated argument which did not take much time to become a bloody fight. Later, police dispersed the mob but after police force was removed on Thursday morning, one of the groups attacked the houses of other group.

SP North Arvind Saxena told ‘The Hitavada’ that six cases have been registered by a group of people and police have also registered one case in the matter under section 147, rioting, 148, rioting with armed weapons, 436, setting houses on fire, 427, damaging, of IPC. Police have arrested 33 accused and presented them in court. District police along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Special Task Force (STF) are deployed in the area and patrolling is also carried out.

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Three of a family killed in truck-van collision near Umred

Three members of a family from Chimur were killed and one other injured seriously when the van they were travelling in collided with a speeding truck near WCL Coal Mines near Umred town on Thursd... Read More
Three members of a family from Chimur were killed and one other injured seriously when the van they were travelling in collided with a speeding truck near WCL Coal Mines near Umred town on Thursday night.

The deceased were identified as Abid Abdul Aziz Jangad (36); Jir Mohd Sheikh (33) and Mobin alias Munna Yusuf Khan (40), all residents of Chimur.

According to police, the family was returning to Chimur in a van (MH-34-K-0947) after purchasing goods from Nagpur for their grocery shop, at 9.30 pm. Near WCL Coal Mines area, a speeding truck (MH-31-CB-6552) coming from the opposite direction rammed into the van. So strong was the impact that the van got stuck in the truck. Staff of Umred Police station rushed to the spot after being informed by passers-by. A senior police officer of Umred Police Station informed that one passenger died on the spot due to critical brain injuries. Three seriously injured persons, including Sadiya (8), were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where two of them were declared brought dead. Critically injured Sadiya is under observation at GMCH, said the police officer.

Umred Police have registered offence under Sections 279, 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) against the truck driver identified as Shreeram Jeendar Bendre (41), a resident of Bhandara Road, Nagpur. Police have arrested Shreeram Bendre.

Further investigations are under way.

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State Govt trying to fetch investment of Rs 5 lakh crore: Desai

Maharashtra Government is trying to fetch investment to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore and create 20 lakh jobs in industrial units thus coming to State, said Subhash Desai, Industries Minister.

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Maharashtra Government is trying to fetch investment to the tune of Rs 5 lakh crore and create 20 lakh jobs in industrial units thus coming to State, said Subhash Desai, Industries Minister.

Replying to a debate in Legislative Assembly on Friday, Desai said that the new Government had set before it an ambitious target of 13 per cent growth in industries sector in State. To achieve this goal, the Government was taking all-out efforts to attract more and more investors to Maharashtra. For the purpose, it was considering a proposal to bring down power tariff. The number of licences required to new industry would be brought down to 20-25, he added.

In the emerging sector of Information Technology and enabled services, Maharashtra has been successful in attracting investments. “The present Information Technology Policy has been given extension till March 2015, and a new policy will be declared soon,” said Desai. He took a dig at those demanding special Industrial Policy for Vidarbha region, and said that the region was not lagging in industrial development.

According to Desai, Vidarbha had seen an investment of Rs 36,800 crore so far. This had created 3,43,000 jobs. There were 361 mega projects and 29,500 other projects, he added. Further, the projects like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Shyam Indofab, Hindalco, Rasoya Proteins, Prithvi Ferro Alloys etc were coming to the region. On the issue of MIDC area plots, the Industries Minister said that action would be initiated against the units that had obtained plots in MIDC area but had not utilised the land for stated purpose.

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No contempt action against Chief Secretary, UD Principal Secy: HC

Accepting unconditional apology tendered by State Chief Secretary (CS) Swadheen S Kshatriya and Principal Secretary of Urban Development (UD) - I, Manu Kumar Srivastava, Justice Bhushan Gavai and... Read More
Accepting unconditional apology tendered by State Chief Secretary (CS) Swadheen S Kshatriya and Principal Secretary of Urban Development (UD) - I, Manu Kumar Srivastava, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande, at the High Court have dropped contempt proceedings against them, in the bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) filed by many citizens relating to traffic and parking problems in Nagpur city and surrounding areas and the suggestions and effective measures for tackling the problem on short term and long term basis.

The two officers were personally present before the Court by way of compliance of its directive. The Court accepted apology after giving its bit of mind to these officers as to what should be their attitude towards public causes.

The Court, on June 25, had directed constitution of a committee under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with officers of various departments as members and asked for its preliminary report in three months.

But much to everybody’s shock, bureaucracy moved long after the expiry of three months. As per the Chief Secretary’s affidavit, the committee was constituted on October 14 and its first meeting was held on October 21 while the first meeting of the sub-committee was held on December 5 last. He has intimated that he himself with members of the committee visited various spots in the city, so as to have a factual feel of the situation. The preliminary report has been submitted with this affidavit, which addresses several issues and that may help to ease the situation somewhat. The said report deals with Mor Bhavan Bus terminal, parking places in the city, management of traffic will get a fresh look from the City Police Commissioner, evolving Hawkers’ Policy, truck terminals and contains several suggestions on these aspects.

The Court did not accept the suggestion made by Advocate General Sunil Manohar that because of his heavy pre-occupations, the Chief Secretary may be permitted to entrust chairmanship of the committee to some Additional Chief Secretary. It said that it has already authorised the committee to have sub-committees with some other officers heading them, but as overall head Chief Secretary, better results will follow. It will avoid blame-game.

Principal Secretary of UD - I, in his submissions, has stated that this problem can be tackled by his counterpart - UD-II. Now, the ball was in his court. Picking up this thread, the Court stated that in view to avoid such situations, Chief Secretary should continue to head the committee. The Court will consider the PILs further on March 13 next.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar, Adv Shrikant Khandalkar, Adv P C Madkholkar, Adv Vivek Kedar, Adv S K Mishra appeared in the matter.

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Nod to ACB given 15 days ago for probe against NCP stalwarts: CM

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, made it clear that permission to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an open probe against three NCP stalwarts -- former Deputy Chief Minister Aji... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, made it clear that permission to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an open probe against three NCP stalwarts -- former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP State President and ex-Irrigation Minister Sunil Tatkare, and former PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal -- was granted two weeks ago. The permission to ACB to go ahead had nothing to do with prevailing political situation or Shiv Sena extending its support to BJP Government, Fadnavis stated, while talking to the reporters. “We have no personal bias or political ill-will against anybody. But law must take its own course and nobody involved in wrong doings will be spared,” the Chief Minister asserted while squarely rejecting Opposition charge.

The ACB had moved the proposal in August 2014 seeking nod to probe into role of Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare who handled Irrigation Department for last 15 years after many activists submitted damning evidence against both the ministers. The proposal was kept pending by then Home Minister R R Patil for some days and soon elections were declared and top officials of Home and Chief Secretary kept the matter for approval from the next Government. But after NCP pulled out of DF Government and both the parties snapping ties, the State was put under President’s rule. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, examined the files and with a positive remarks kept them pending for a nod from the elected government.

These were politically most sensitive files awaiting a firm decision from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and displaying courage, he granted approval to conduct open probe against three senior NCP leaders. In fact, when NCP declared its unconditional support to BJP Government when it was short of numbers, political and official circle speculated that NCP would seek a quid-pro-quo and would pressurise the government not to order ACB probe.

However, after the new Advocate General, Sunil Manohar was appointed, the top functionaries reviewed the material submitted by ACB in support of its proposal to investigate role of Pawar, Tatkre and Bhujbal. After ascertaining that it would withstand judicial scrutiny, the Chief Minister apparently gave a go-ahead for ACB probe into the scam, a fortnight ago. The decision was not made public despite repeated queries from mediapersons and even his political supporters. Since this was an administrative order and at least in case of two former ministers - Pawar and Tatkare, PILs were pending before the High Court demanding probe into the scam, Chief Minister entrusted Advocate General Sunil Manohar to drop this bombshell, away from media glare and non-political platform, to indicate firmness of his resolve and seriousness of his Government to set the machinery into motion.

Advocate General Manohar, with clinical precision, made this all important statement before the High Court on Friday morning and within minutes its ripple effects were visible in the winter session as bewildered NCP camp staged a walk-out from the House declaring boycott on remaining part of the session.

ACB gearing up to conduct open enquiry

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is gearing up to handle this political hot-potato involving very high and mighty after the green signal from the Chief Minister. ACB Director General Pravin Dixit who has moved the proposal and awaiting decision, will now be the person to watch in coming days. ACB chief parried media queries.

According to sources, the ACB will have to constitute special teams to probe into the scam as it involves scanning of voluminous data and technical aspects related to cost escalation, clearance process, financial rules and quality of works. The Government functionaries are studying Bihar’s Fodder Scam case in which very water-tight terms of references were framed and the Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths were able to secure conviction of then the Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Under open enquiry, apart from material initially collected, any aggrieved citizen can submit his or her complaint with supporting documents to the ACB.

Normally, a high ranking officer is deputed to conduct such a probe and verify the complaints lodged with it and segregate the prosecutable material to present a case before the special court by fixing the responsibility of all accused.

According to sources, ACB teams will record the statement of not only the officials of Irrigation Department, but also the NCP leaders. It is to be seen whether the ACB first registers a criminal case under the prevention of corruption act or completes the probe and then registers a case. Tracing the money trail will be another key to nail the guilty. Account books of all key contractors may be sealed and scrutinised and their bank accounts and other financial papers will be closely scanned to dig out wrong doings or money used to grease the palms of the authority concerned.

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New judicial appointment system has many flaws, says Justice Ajit Shah

Collegium system of appointment of Judges in Supreme Court and High Courts is riddled with complexities but the solution thought of by the Government to fix the system is remedy worse than the di... Read More
Collegium system of appointment of Judges in Supreme Court and High Courts is riddled with complexities but the solution thought of by the Government to fix the system is remedy worse than the disease. Yes, there is need for transparency as well as accountability in appointments made at higher judiciary, but same cannot be achieved by undermining the independence of judiciary, opined Justice (retired) Ajit Shah, Chairman, Law Commission of India, on Friday. The former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court felt that Government should have gone for more consultation before piloting the 121st National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, which incidentally was approved by both the Houses of the Parliament.

The issue of appointments in higher echelons of judiciary in the country has attracted much attention and this is also much debated issue and there is no consensus among stockholders. Still Justice Shah felt that the new system could end-up inheriting the ills of present collegium system. The collegium system lacks transparency and much worse has no place for accountability as no one can question the decision giving rise to claims of nepotism and favoritism. Though having shortcomings, the collegium system managed to ensure that Apex court and High Courts were not packed with those favourable to executive as would have occurred otherwise with executive having the final say.

Justice Shah was speaking at the 10th Advocate N L Belekar Memorial Lecture Series organised by High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Nagpur, at Deshpande Hall. He spoke on ‘Appointments to High Courts and Supreme Court-Issues and Controversies’.

Justice Bhusan Gavai, Senior Administrative Judge, Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench, presided. HCBA President Adv Arun Patil and Secretary Adv Shraddhanand Bhutada and M L Belekar, son of Adv N L Belekar also shared the dais.

Continuing his point Justice Shah outlined the scheme of things as envisaged by founding fathers. He spoke specially about the point introduced by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar about not vesting absolute control on appointment in higher judiciary with Chief Justice of India (CJI) or with a single person. From that point of view, the NJAC Bill is good as it tries to balance the executive and judiciary but since the Bill has not specified about two eminent personalities who would be part of the selection committee, there is lot of skepticism. But the most dreaded point that Government has introduced is giving veto powers and if among six member panel even two members use veto then many deserving careers would get short-circuited. Also the contours of NJAC Bill goes against the spirit of majority judgement of constitution benches in three judges cases as he felt the primary role of judiciary in selection of Supreme Court and High Court Judges is being watered down by Government. Justice Shah felt that there should be three point formula for appointments in higher courts, the first being criteria be fixed, there should be diversity and third and most important there should be transparency and accountability in the entire process. Similarly, retirement age of High Court and Supreme Court Judges needs to be increased so that it can be in sync with prevailing practice worldwide.

Further, he spoke about having a cooling off period of two to three years before retired Judges could be considered for appointment in various posts.

Earlier, Justice Gavai elaborated on various prevailing views among the bar and also general public about the appointment of Judges in High Court and Supreme Court. He referred to various judgements of constitutional benches that provided final say to collegium in appointment of Judges. He said no system can be free from any shortcomings unless it can withstand the trust of those it meant to serve. Adv Patil elaborated on the life and work of Adv N L Belekar and how the lecture series was started. Mukta Chandurkar and Richa Choudhary introduced the guests and compered the programme. Adv Bhutada proposed a vote of thanks.

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‘Zero tolerance’ to corruption, crime, indiscipline: CM

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, announced that his Government adopted 'Zero Tolerance' against corruption, crime, and indiscipline in Maharashtra. Replying to a debate on law and ord... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday, announced that his Government adopted 'Zero Tolerance' against corruption, crime, and indiscipline in Maharashtra. Replying to a debate on law and order situation, Fadnavis, who also holds Home Department portfolio, rolled out a road-map for reforms in Police Department.

Fadnavis informed the Assembly about the Government's plans to discipline the police force, curb cyber crime, take measures to reduce crimes against Dalits and women, and strengthen the police infrastructure and Intelligence apparatus. The Government would consider the recommendation of Ram Pradhan Committee of appointing retired officers of Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) on contract basis to strengthen Intelligence apparatus in State, he said. He made a slew of announcements, while throwing light on the challenges posed before him because of poor handling of Home Department by the previous Government. Chief Minister told the Assembly that he had directed the cops to register each and every complaint. "Unlike the previous Government, we will not resort to trickery like not registering offences and claiming decline in number of crime. Instead, I have asked the cops to register all the complaints. Initially, there may appear to be sudden increase in number of crimes in Maharashtra. However, in the longer run, it will help in restoring faith of citizens in police machinery. Besides, it will help improve faster investigation, better detection," he explained.

Stressing upon the need to train Investigation Officers for foolproof investigation, filing of chargesheet in a proper manner, Fadnavis said that his Government had adopted a 'Zero Tolerance' policy for crimes against women, Dalits, corruption, and indiscipline and insubordination in the police force. He announced to set up Women's Cell in each of the police stations in State. In a phased manner, effort will be made to designate all-women staff for these cells. The Government would consult the High Court and try to increase the number of Fast Track Courts for cases concerning women.

Commenting on the recent incidents of atrocities against Dalits, the Chief Minister said that it was a cause of concern. "The bigger cause of concern is that the rate of conviction in such cases is very poor. Hence, only law will not help, but its implementation and efforts to improve conviction rate will. The Government favoured disposal of serious offences through fast track trials," he announced in the House. He extended his greetings to police officers who investigated Javkhede-Khalsa murders for swift detection of crime and arrest of real culprits. "The cops recorded depositions of 140 witnesses, grilled 13 suspects, and conducted various tests including polygraph and SDS on six of them. Finally, they arrested the real culprits who confessed to the murders," he added.

Referring to an incident at Sindewahi in which two girls were sold in Rajasthan, Fadnavis said that the accused were arrest. Still, he said, the Government had asked the cops to probe if there was an organised gang behind the incident. In the human sacrifice case in Wardha district in which a child Rupesh Muley was killed brutally, he assured that the accused was arrested.

Though it was for the court to decide on punishment, he said that the Government would take necessary measures to ensure the most stringent action against the culprit.

Fadnavis announced that the Government was in favour of detection of smaller cases, and a plan of action was being prepared to bring doown number of crimes drastically in five years. "Fundamental changes, massive reforms are needed to increase detection and conviction," he said. He said that Forensic Science Laboratories in the State would be strengthened. Two new laboratories would be set up soon with all the ultra-modern facilities. Further, to improve rate of conviction from a poor 15 per cent, a panel of prosecutors would be appointed in every district and proper legal aid would be provided during investigation. Forensic units would be set up in every district and Commissionerate area. To boost the morale of cops, those doing commendable job would be honoured with special medals, he said.

Shall request to Centre for CERT unit in State: CM

Chief Minister informed the Assembly that the State Government would request the Centre to set up a unit of Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for faster detection of cyber crimes and removal of objectionable content posted on social media. Expressing concern over rising cyber crimes and posting of objectionable content on social media, Fadnavis pointed out that servers of social media services were in the US or other countries. It was found that most of the content was posted from other countries, with an intention to stoke the sentiments of people in Maharashtra or India. Hence, Cyber Cell of Police Department was required to be made more effective, he added.

‘Property of directors to be seized for investors’ money’

Highlighting that the economic offences registered in the previous year involved a huge amount of Rs 9,340 crore, Devendra Fadnavis said that many companies collected money from innocent investors and duped them.

To ensure punishment to the culprits and return of hard-earned money of depositors, Additional Collector or Deputy Collector in every district was designated as special officer to look into the matters pertaining to protection of investors and depositors. The Government had decided to make provision for seizure of property of directors of such companies and return the money to depositors," he said.

State takes note of MLAs’ demand to ban ‘MD’

Taking a note of the demand of MLAs to ban Mephedrone or MD in Maharashtra, Chief Minister said that already the State Government had requested to the Centre to include MD in Schedule 1 of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. State would explore if special action could be proposed against those manufacturing and selling MD, he said. A day ago, MLAs had alleged that MD was being manufactured and sold as a cheaper alternative to cocaine and youngsters addicted to it were dying.

CM takes a dig at Oppn

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took a dig at the Opposition parties that were in the erstwhile Democratic Front (DF) Government, while replying to the debate on law and order situation. Referring to gang-war in Pune, Fadnavis pointed out that Marne gang was on rampage in Pune and was involved in land grabbing, shooting, murders etc. “Such gangs can operate because of political connections. As far as Marne gang is concerned, police officer concerned had proposed externment of its members, but the erstwhile Government stayed it,” he said. At the same time, Fadnavis assured that his Government would spare none.

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Central team in State to assess drought situation from Dec 14

A team of Central Government will be on tour of Maharashtra to assess drought-like situation. The team will arrive on tour on December 14 and will leave after a high-level meeting in Nagpur on ... Read More
A team of Central Government will be on tour of Maharashtra to assess drought-like situation. The team will arrive on tour on December 14 and will leave after a high-level meeting in Nagpur on December 17. Once the team submits its report to the Centre, the latter may clear the aid to Maharashtra to tackle drought-like situation. As per the official release issued here on Friday, Pravesh Sharma will lead the 10-member team. It will arrive at Aurangabad on December 14 and assess the situation in Aurangabad Division. The team will be divided into two sub-teams that will visit different parts of Maharashtra. A team will visit Aurangabad, Beed, Latur while another will visit Jalna, Malkapur, Washim, Akola, and Amravati on December 15. On December 16, one team will visit Latur, Ambejogai, Parali, Gangakhed, Parbhani, Ardhyapur, Mahagaon, Umarkhed and another will tour Yavatmal and Pulgaon (Wardha). On December 17, the team will arrive in Nagpur from Wardha. At 11 am, a high-level meeting has been called with the Chief Secretary and Secretaries of various departments concerned. In the meeting, various aspects related to drought-like situation will be discussed. At 12.30 noon, the team will meet Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; and Pankaja Munde, Rural Development Minister. At 8.15 pm the same day, the Central team will leave for Delhi. It may be mentioned here that the State Government has sought an aid of Rs 3,900 crore from the Centre. Before providing the aid, Central Government sends a team to assess the situation. Accordingly, the team is on tour of the State. Meanwhile, the State Government has constituted a high-level committee to oversee implementation of relief package announced a day ago by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Headed by Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya, the committee comprises Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Water Resources, Water Conservation and other departments.

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Oppn stalls Council in protest against scarce package

Terming the aid package given to farmers as eyewash, Opposition block forced adjournment of Upper House on Thursday. After Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse announced Rs. 7,000 crore aid package, th... Read More
Terming the aid package given to farmers as eyewash, Opposition block forced adjournment of Upper House on Thursday. After Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse announced Rs. 7,000 crore aid package, the Opposition block moved into well of the House flaying the Government. This led to first adjournment and after the House assembled as Panel Chairman Ramnath Mote tried to call the listed business the Opposition members again resorted to sloganeering.

The Opposition block then sat inside the well of the House and flayed Panel Chairman for pushing through the business. This finally led to adjournment for the entire day.

Manikrao Thakre of Congress who had initiated discussion on drought situation in State using Right to Reply flayed the Government for not indicating the per cent of per hectare compensation to the farmers. The package is nothing but disillusionment for the farmers as Government has merely combined ongoing schemes in name of package.

Reacting to this Khadse said the Government has introduced maximum possible compensation and there are some new features like, fee waiver for HSC students. Also for first time loan taken by farmers from licensed moneylenders too would be waived off and for this a provision of Rs. 373 crores has been made. Government is also ready to incorporate debt with private moneylenders provided farmers has to state it in writing. We were willing to provide more but due to empty coffers inherited by Government this was the maximum possible provision made, he opined.

However Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sunil Tatkare objected to Khadse claim of empty coffers saying debt is nothing new and every State in country has taken loans. The Minister he claimed has humiliated the 12 crore population of Maharashtra and further 90% of schemes are old.

Khadse too joined the debate and said the Congress-NCP combined ruined the Maharashtra and now BJP-Shiv Sena is left to wash the dirt left behind.

Not making any concrete announcements in the aid package. Congress's Manikrao Thakre who had given the adjournment motion that ensured debate on drought said, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse has merely clubbed old schemes but not announced how much per hectare aid the farmers would be getting. The package is a mere eyewash as there is no mention of direct transfer of aid to farmers account and mere rehash of ongoing schemes. The announcement of package to drought hit farmers in State was made in Upper House by Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Eknath Khadse. He was replying to two days debate in the House where members put forth some goods suggestions to enable farmers to stand on their feet once again.

Shobhatai Fadnavis and Adv. Anil Parab from Treasury benches joined the issue and amidst din nothing was audible as members traded charges against one another. Finally Panel Chairman adjourned the House for entire day after second disruption.

NCP aggressive for LoP’s post in Upper House

A divided face of Opposition in Legislative Council came to fore again as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) made another bid to get its nominee named as Leader of Opposition. The NCP block has been aggressively pushing for naming their nominee as LoP but Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh made it clear he cannot decide in hurry and nor should anyone try to hope that they can have the decision by such way.

After the Upper House convened after lunch break the NCP block wanted to know as to why there is delay in naming LoP. As the noise was increasing, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat made a statement asking NCP members to allow House to transact business. He said the Government had already given a letter to Chairman regarding naming LoP and hence Opposition should wait for the decision.

Bapat asked NCP members to allow discussion on drought to continue and also reply of Minister is more important.

“We also have given letter to Chairman asking him to list the issue of announcement of LoP on agenda. There is nothing controversial about LoP and hence discussion be allowed on drought,” he appealed.

However, Sunil Tatkare of NCP countered Bapat saying if the Treasury bench should have thought of it when they made announcement about Leader of House.

Why not that time also LoP announcement was made. He further contended that it is injustice on NCP as though being having largest number if House but still it is not being given its right. It is said that justice delayed in justice denied, Tatkare opined.

He further said though rules of business are their but sometimes the inordinate delay results in sentiments going overboard and it may be improper also but the gravity of the issue needs to be understood.

Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh then gave his final decision on the matter which should ensure that the issue of LoP is dealt with for now. He said as per parliamentary conventions it is the prerogative of Chairman when to name LoP and no one can pressurize or push the decision in any way. Chairman also listed his seniority, having been working in legislature for nearly 37-years he knows the business rules and also that he would ensure no injustice is done with anyone.

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CM announces Wakf tribunal at Nagpur

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced to set up a Wakf Board Tribunal at Nagpur for speedy hearing in land cases. He said that earlier, Government had formed a committee to probe scams... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced to set up a Wakf Board Tribunal at Nagpur for speedy hearing in land cases. He said that earlier, Government had formed a committee to probe scams related to Wakf land. The committee had submitted its report to State Government two years ago. However, the report was not tabled in the House by the earlier Government. He said, Government will act on recommendations of the committee and take action against land grabbers and rectify irregularities. Govt will form a three-members tribunal for speedy decision on land cases. “We are also considering the proposal to appoint tribunal in other divisions of the State,” Fadnavis added.

Intervening during a question in Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister said, “When we were in Opposition, we raised the issues related to Wakf land.” He said that the State Wakf Board that had its headquarters in Aurangabad was flooded with work and there was a need for streamlining working.

Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse was replying to a question raised by Asif Sheikh and Abu Asim Azmi on whether the Government would increase the strength of the Board. Khadse informed the House that about 1,00,000 acre Wakf land was in the possession of some Muslim individuals and organisations and about 70,000 acre of the total land had been encroached upon. "The government will make all-out efforts to vacate the encroachments. The total Government land given on lease to the Waqf Board, is worth more than Rs 10,000 crore,” Khadse added.

Khadse said, Wakf Board has given land reserved for orphan children to top businessman Mukesh Ambani at throw away prices for construction of a bungalow. The Government has formed a committee to remove encroachment from Wakf land and has decided for digitisation of land records.

CM promises help to distressed milk producers

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured Legislative Assembly to organise a meeting of all stakeholders including milk producers to decide relief package. The Government will knock the door of Central Government for financial assistance, he added. Earlier, the House was adjourned for half-an-hour as Opposition members were not satisfied with the reply of Minister. The issue was raised in Assembly during call attention motion on Thursday. The prices of milk powder fell drastically in international market, Therefore, milk powder producers had started purchasing milk at reduced prices. Earlier, the prices of milk dipped from Rs 27 per litre to Rs 17 per litre. However, the common man is still paying Rs 40 per litre. The issue was raised by Ganpatrao Gaikwad, Baburao Pacharne, Hanumant Dolas, Vijay Wadettiwar, Amin Patel and others. Minister Eknath Khadse said that due to sudden fall in International market, the milk prices dropped drastically. The Central Government had adopted open market system in milk product.

Therefore, State Government was not in a position to control private milk producers to sell milk at cheaper rates. The private dairy owners should reduce prices of milk and make it available at cheaper rates. Khadse said, the State Government will crack a whip against adulterated milk sellers through FDA. The Government has requested Central Government to provide financial assistance of Rs 10 per kg on milk powder as incentive.

Former Speaker Dilip Walse Patil also raised some valid points during debate. He said, Maharashtra is producing 2.5 crore litre milk every day. The milk producers are in financial crunch and hence the Government should give financial assistance of at least Rs 3 per litre to the farmers.

The Government should take up the issue with Central Government and provide relief to the farmers. Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, Government should initiate steps to protect milk-producers’ farmers in the state. Former Ministers Balasaheb Thorat, and Madhu Chavan also participated in the debate. However, Panel Speaker Yogesh Sagar concluded the debate. This irked Opposition members and they demanded to continue discussion. The members trooped into the well and Panel Speaker adjourned House for half an hour. After house resumed, Chief Minister replied to the debate.

Govt to frame new policy for sand excavation

Maharashtra Government will frame new guidelines for excavation of sand from rivers, assured Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse while replying to a question in Legislative Assembly during question hour. Revenue Minister said that Supreme Court and High Court had directed Maharashtra Government on sand excavation issue. The Environment Committee also laid down some rules for excavation. He raised the issue with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking his prompt intervention in this matter. Javadekar discussed issue with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and asked to frame guidelines to avail sand throughout the year. Khadse said, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu also framed a policy and the Government had made good additions to it funds. A secretary level officer will visit Andhra Pradesh to study the issue. He said that the Government had sent proposal for sand excavation in 21 districts of the state for clearance from Environment Impact Assessment Committee. The issue was raised by Bhausaheb Patil regarding illegal excavation in Vaijapur, district Aurangabad. Congress group leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said, the sand mafias are active in the state. All developmental works related to Government are stalled. The private works are going on. He demanded framing of new guidelines for land policy in the State.

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Burglars strike at teachers’ house, flee with booty worth Rs 5.05 lakh

IN yet another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Ajni Police Station area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 5.05 lakh from the re... Read More
IN yet another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Ajni Police Station area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 5.05 lakh from the residence of a school teacher on Wednesday. Even after more than 24 hours of the incident, police are groping in dark about the gang involved in the burglary.

A resident of Plot No. 17, Dobi Nagar, near Saket Nagar, Ajni, Janardan Ramprasad Mishra (43) is a teacher at Centre Point School, Katol Road. His wife is also a teacher at Zilla Parishad School, Hingna. On Wednesday, Mishra and his wife had gone to their respective schools. Grabbing an opportunity, a gang of burglars struck at Mishra’s house. The thieves gained entry after breaking open the door lock of the house. The intruders collected gold ornaments worth Rs five lakh from a steel box and Rs 5,000 cash from an almirah and decamped with the booty. When Mishra and his wife returned in the evening, they were shocked to find gold ornaments and cash stolen.

Staff from Ajni Police Station arrived at Mishra’s residence on being informed. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise investigations. They summoned fingerprint experts. However, the police could not get any clue about the gang involved in the theft.

On the basis of Mishra’s complaint, Ajni Police registered a case under Sections 454, 457 and 380 of the IPC.

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Maharashtra Assembly congratulates Nobel laureates Satyarthi, Malala

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, on Thursday, passed a resolution congratulating ‘warriors of peace’ Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), who were honoured with Nobel... Read More
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, on Thursday, passed a resolution congratulating ‘warriors of peace’ Kailash Satyarthi (India) and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), who were honoured with Nobel Peace Prize.

Chhagan Bhujbal, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader, suggested that the Assembly should pass a resolution congratulating Satyarthi and Malala. Accordingly, towards evening, Speaker Haribhau Bagde moved a resolution in presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other members of the House.

The Speaker hailed the ‘champions of peace’ from India and Pakistan on winning the top peace award. He threw light on the contributions of Satyarthi and Malala both. He appealed them to continue with their good work. Later, he announced that a copy of the resolution would be sent to the Nobel Peace Prize winners.

The resolution stated that Satyarthi had been instrumental in rescuing more than 82,000 children from the worst forms of child labour, and while doing so, also endured threats to his life. For his commendable job, different countries honoured him. Nobel Peace Prize for the child rights activist is the latest acknowledgement to his work, Bagde said while reading the resolution.

Bagde also spoke on brave Malala Yousafzai. Since the age of 11 years, braving threats from the Taliban, Malala continued writing on conditions in SWAT area and exposed the Taliban. She was shot by the terrorists, but survived. Since then, Malala has taken up the cause of promoting education for girls in Pakistan. All the members of the Assembly supported the resolution.

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State Govt to spell out its stance on irrigation scam PILs today

Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena-led Government in Maharashtra is likely to spell out its stance on Friday over the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureau... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena-led Government in Maharashtra is likely to spell out its stance on Friday over the multi-crore irrigation scam effected by an unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians, during the hearing of contested public interest litigations (PILs) on irrigation scam. Advocate General Sunil Manohar will represent Devendra Fadnavis Government in this very important and politically sensitive matter before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. The new Government had publicly promised to punish those responsible for broad daylight robbery of the state exchequer by irrigation scamsters. Now, the matter has been listed before a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande.

The earlier DF Government had opposed tooth and nail the PIL citing various technicalities and had even challenged High Court’s interim order before the Apex court.

The High Court, while rejecting the preliminary objections and after perusing material on record, had observed that prima facie it showed “Indifference of or omission by the State Government even to comply with the directions issued by the Hon’ble Governor” and had expressed surprise as to why VIDC and State Government were resorting to hyper-technicalities and seeking dismissal of PILs at the threshold and not permitting a court even to look into “alleged wrongdoings” when “PIL itself is not an adversarial litigation.”

The Supreme Court had dismissed the special leave petitions (SLPs) filed by Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) against the hearing of the public interest litigations (PILs) on merit.

Jan Manch had filed a PIL before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in the irrigation scam and had stated that a fraud was played on the Constitution of India as the purpose for which Article 371 was amended had been frustrated due to siphoning off of funds meant for irrigation projects resulting into depriving the backward region of Vidarbha from irrigation facilities.

Jan Manch had also filed five different reports on record before the High Court in which there were sufficient observations against the officials of VIDC.

These reports included those by Government officials Nandkumar Vadnere, H Mendhegiri, and also thereports of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Citing CAG report, the PIL had highlighted that within a span of just seven months in 2009, cost of 38 irrigation projects under VIDC had escalated by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore -- from Rs 6,672.27 crore to Rs 26,722.33 crore. Thirty out of these 38 projects got hurried approvals in just four days -- August 14, 2009 (11 projects); June 24, 2009 (10 projects); July 7, 2009 (5 projects), August 18, 2009 (4 projects). Cost of six of these projects went up by 6 times to 33 times of their original cost and in case of 12 projects, the cost shot up by more than twice the original estimates. VIDC in its bulky affidavit had sheepishly admitted cost escalation factor but claimed that it was Rs 17,701 in seven months in the year 2009.

Further, Jan Manch had attached the series of investigative report of ‘The Hitavada’ on multi-crore irrigation scam. Jan Manch had prayed for CBI enquiry into irrigation scam.

The PIL filed by social workers Adv Bharti Dabhadkar, Secretary of Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti, along with Mohan Karemore and Amit Khot had raised important issues pertaining to the severe backwardness of Vidarbha region with particular emphasis on delay in clearance and implementation of irrigation projects in the region. The petitioners also prayed for directions to Union of India and State of Maharashtra to hold high-level enquiry in respect of irrigation scam and to take action against the responsible officials.

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No confidence motion against Council Chairman Deshmukh

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has given notice of no confidence motion against the Chairman of Legislative Council, Shivajirao Deshmukh. Party legislators on Thursday submitted proposal of n... Read More
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has given notice of no confidence motion against the Chairman of Legislative Council, Shivajirao Deshmukh. Party legislators on Thursday submitted proposal of no confidence motion to the Legislature Secretariat. This was confirmed by NCP’s State chief Sunil Tatkare, who incidentally is also Member of Upper House, while talking to The Hitavada.

Tatkare said that Chairman was delaying the decision on naming Leader of Opposition in the Upper House. “On Monday itself, myself being State unit chief of NCP, and our legislature party leader Ajit Pawar had met Chairman and submitted letter asking for appointment of Dhananjay Munde as Leader of Opposition. But no decision has been made till date though NCP’s numbers are more in Council. Hence, NCP has given the notice for no confidence motion, Tatkare said. As the decision was not made for last two days, the NCP has been raising the issue in Upper House without any success in its fold. Chairman has been delaying the decision on Leader of Opposition as he said, the Congress and NCP have staked claim for the post and he needed time to examine and see the Constitutional position. But, NCP has been insisting that without Leader of Opposition in the House the high traditions of democracy are being violated.

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Income-Tax Department conducts raid on Sarda Energy & Minerals

IN A major exercise, the Income-Tax Department, on Thursday, conducted search and seizure operations on Sarda Energy and Minerals Limited (SMEL), a Raipur-headquartered company having registered ... Read More
IN A major exercise, the Income-Tax Department, on Thursday, conducted search and seizure operations on Sarda Energy and Minerals Limited (SMEL), a Raipur-headquartered company having registered offices at Seva Sadan Square, Central Avenue, Nagpur. Sources said, over 150 I-T officials from Raipur, on Thursday morning, conducted search operations on factory, residential and office premises of Sarda Energy & Minerals Limited (SEML), spread across 23 different places in states of Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Maharashtra (Nagpur, Mumbai), West Bengal (Kolkata) and Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam). Kamal Kishore Sarda is the Chairman and Managing Director of SEML.

In Nagpur, other directors’ -- Jugalkishore Sarda and Ghanshyam Sarda, business premises and residential premises at Shivaji Nagar were covered in the investigation.

The company manufactures steel and alloy products and sponge iron ingots. It also makes iron, billets, ingots, TMT bars and is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of ferro alloys in India. Headquartered in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, the company had merged with Chhattisgarh Electricity Company Limited (CECL) in 2007 with a vision of becoming a leading energy and minerals company. It has customer base in more than 60 countries.

It is listed on the BSE and the NSE. In 1979, the Sarda Group took over Raipur Alloys and Steel Limited (RASL) (earlier Raipur Wires & Steel Limited), a sick and closed entity. It has also acquired iron ore, coal and manganese mines in the country.

On condition of anonymity, a top official of the Income-Tax Department, Raipur, told The Hitavada that the search operation was the fallout of illegal financial transactions, to the tune of over Rs 200 crore, done by the group through ‘Hawala’ from the tax-haven overseas countries like Malaysia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

“Sarda Energy & Minerals Hong Kong Limited (SEMHL), a subsidiary of SEML incorporated in the year 2007 as international trading and investment arm of the company, is one of the dozen other companies of this group involved in illegal routing of the unaccounted money to India through Hawala,” the official maintained.

According to this official, the entire operation was being overseen by the Director Investigation (DI) Dinesh Kumar Chablani, while the supervision of group operation was constantly being monitored by the Joint Director Investigation (JDI) Sanjay Kumar.

IT sleuths in Raipur covered factory premises of Raipur Alloys and Steel Limited (RASL) in Siltara; office premises at JMG House in Civil Lines area and Shankar Nagar-situated posh and massive bungalow of Kamal Kishore Sarda.. IT sleuths also searched a big dairy farm owned by Kamal Sarda in downtown Kharora, some 40 kilometers from Raipur city limits. Sources, in the meantime, also disclosed that cash worth over Rs 3.50 crore was seized from Sarda’s residential premises in Shankar Nagar, Raipur, and documents pertaining to overseas financial transactions, bogus payments etc., were confiscated.

About 12 group of companies of SEML are under scanner of I-T Department. They include Sarda Energy & Minerals Hong Kong Limited (SEMHL); Sarda Metals & Alloys Limited; Sarda Energy Limited; Global Venture Private Limited; Madhya Bharat Power Corporation Limited; Parvatiya Power Private Limited; Chhattisgarh Investments Limited; Shri Ram Electricity; Chhattisgarh Hydel Power; Raipur Infrastructure Company Limited; Sarda Hydro Power Private Limited and Madanpur South Coal Company Limited.

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Chief Minister announces Rs 41,500 cr package for Vidarbha, Marathwada

Promising to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a massive package of Rs 41,500 crore for drought-hit farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada including an... Read More
Promising to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a massive package of Rs 41,500 crore for drought-hit farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada including an immediate relief package of Rs 7,000 crore and Rs 34,500 crore for long term measures for the state to make it drought-free. This ambitious package is aimed at wiping out tears of drought-hit agriculturists and also to undertake concrete farm development works so as to prevent recurrence of such natural calamity in future. Giving a solemn promise to all farmers, Fadnavis assured them that Government and entire House was with them in this hour of crisis and made an emotional appeal to them not to take any extreme step.

Going a step further, Chief Minister took an unprecedented step of paying tributes to farmers, who were forced to abruptly end their lives due to economic hardship and distress. This has happened for the first time in the history of Maharashtra Legislature when the Chief Minister acknowledged farmers’ suicides as collective failure of entire machinery and paid condolence on the floor of the House. Bringing smiles on the face of farmers and Treasury benches, Fadnavis made this important announcement during his brilliant and well-studied speech. The extent of package and minute details included in it surprised even the Opposition benches, which never anticipated such a quick and generous relief from the Government.

Making a plethora of announcements after marathon debate of 10.30 hours in the Assembly on Wednesday, the Chief Minister replied to entire debate on Thursday. Chief Minister said, the Government is committed to wiping out debt-burden of five lakh farmers who are indebted to licenced private money lenders in the state. The state government will pay the dues of Rs 373 crore of the farmers to private money-lenders.

Fadnavis, in his 55-minute-long flawless speech, said, Government will provide institutional loans to the farmers as loan provided by private money-lenders is a major cause for farmers’ suicides. He said, Government has decided to waive latest quarterly energy bill of farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada as they are in distress and as an exceptional measure. To provide additional relief to farmers, Chief Minister also extended period of Krishi Sanjeevani Scheme by March 15, 2015 in which penalty is waived for power dues and even bill amount is divided into installments.

Chief Minister said, Government will reschedule loan of farmers availed from co-operative banks in the state. The Government will pay interest and 15 per cent margin sum of Rs 915 crore to the banks so that farmers can avail crop loan from the central co-operative banks. Making emotional appeal to the farmers, Chief Minister Fadnavis admitted that farmers suicide is shame for entire State. Paying tributes to deceased farmers in the state, Fadnavis said, “We admit mistake in planning from our part (Government). The entire Maharashtra Legislature is firmly behind the distress farmers in the state and they should trust the new Government and keep some patience. The Government will provide every possible help to them. It is not possible to give more rates to farm produce therefore, we have to increase our productivity in the state to make farming financially viable.”

Chief Minister emphasised on farm development scheme rather then expenditure on tacking drought like situation in the state. He said, it is unfortunate that State Government had spent Rs 8,377 crore in last five years to tackle drought-like situation while it had spent only Rs 2,692 crore for farm development schemes. The paradigm of this expenditure should be shifted, he asserted.

Chief Minister said, the Government will give more attention towards creating irrigation potential, water conservation schemes and micro irrigation. It will initiate “farm ponds scheme” and integrate schemes of various departments. He also batted for water auditing in the drought-hit villages for better co-ordination and implementation of schemes. He urged big corporate houses to help Government under “Corporate Social Responsibility” schemes. He refused the charges levelled by the opposition parties that Government did not send report of drought like situation to Central Government. He said, Government has sought financial assistance from Central Government to handle the situation. A central team will arrive on December 14 and 15 for assessment of the drought situation in the state.

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Fill all vacant posts in Lokayukta office within 15 days: HC to Govt

A division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Tuesday directed the State Government of Madhya Pradesh to fill all vacant posts in Lokayukta ... Read More
A division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Tuesday directed the State Government of Madhya Pradesh to fill all vacant posts in Lokayukta office within 15 days. On Tuesday, the petitioner filed application before the court that recently Lokayukta Justice P P Navlekar had said in a press conference that inquiry has been pending against six ministers in Lokayukta. The division bench has permitted the petitioner to file said paper copy regarding a press conference added by Justice P P Navlekar. Counsel for the State on November 5, 2014, had invited our attention to affidavit dated on May 27, 2014, and pointed out that process of appointment is at an advanced stage for which four weeks time may be granted for reporting compliance. The division bench on November 5, 2014, had said that all other issues in the matter will be considered on that date. We place on record satisfaction expressed by the office of the Lokayukta about progress of appointment of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Inspectors and Constable, respectively. Earlier, Lokayukta had presented status report regarding investigation going on against as many as three ministers of the State including Babulal Gaur, Jayant Mallaiya and Anoop Mishra. Lokayukta is doing inquiry for last seven years. The status report exposed that investigation on as concerned departments have not yet submitted report before the Lokayukta. Lokayukta in reply said that at present investigation is going on against four ministers including Cabinet Minister Gaurishankar Bisen apart from aforementioned three ministers. Earlier, the division bench had asked Lokayukta to reply in the matter related to pendency of large number of complaints of corruption against ministers and secretaries involved in serious allegations and are pending before Lokayukta.

The division bench had asked the Lokayukta to file name of ministers to whom clean chit have been given by organisation along with reason why the ministers, under investigation, have been given clearance and also names of ministers and progress of investigations in complaints of corruptions filed against them. The public interest litigation was filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President, Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch stated in petition that these ministers against whom complaints are pending before the court, but Lokayukta has given clean chit to them. He also alleged that Lokayukta has not given information to the court and given clean chit to ministers, which is highly objectionable. Earlier, the Lokayukta had submitted answer before the court in the issue related to large number of complaints of corruption against ministers and secretaries involved in serious allegations are pending before the Lokayukta. The current position of some of the categories of cases as shown pending are submitted that Lokayukta is carrying out investigation against two ministers amongst complaints against total 11 ministers.

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Two bail pleas filed by OSD Shukla to be heard on Dec 15

A division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Tuesday has listed two bail applications filed by Om Prakash Shukla posted as OS... Read More
A division bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Tuesday has listed two bail applications filed by Om Prakash Shukla posted as OSD with the then MP Technical Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma till December 15 for hearing as per prayer of the Counsel for the applicant. The division bench in its order said, “We have perused interlocutory application.

Although the applicant wishes to make grievance about inappropriate medical facilities given at Hamidia Hospital, the averments made in the application are not sufficient. We cannot decide grievance on the basis of some press news annexed to the application. The applicant must clearly state the nature of medical treatment given to him in Hamidia Hospital and point out why that treatment is not befitting the medical standards or inadequate as the case may be, necessitating treatment in some better equipped hospital. Secondly, the applicant may have to state about his physical position. Only after these material facts are placed on record, the respondents can be called upon to respond and the issue can be answered appropriately.” Realising this position, counsel for the applicant prays for time till December 15. The division bench has listed the applications for December 15. An advance copy of the proposed affidavit be made over to the respondent preferably before December 11, 2014, so that the respondent would be able to respond to the said factual position on the next date.

Senior Advocate Ajay Mishra with Gourav Tiwari appeared on behalf of the applicant, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General with Prakash Gupta for the State.

O P Shukla was posted OSD with the then Minister Laxmikant Sharma

It may be recalled that O P Shukla was an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), an accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam. Shukla was posted as OSD with the then MP Technical Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma. After a long probe, STF had registered a case in December 2013 against 130 people including Sharma and Shukla in MPPEB scam. He had allegedly taken Rs 85 lakh from students for clearing pre-medical test.

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Ravish Chandra Agrawal takes charge as Advocate General

Senior Advocate Ravish Chandra Agrawal on Tuesday took over charge of Advocate General Office as Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. Law and Legislative Department of Madhya Pradesh on... Read More
Senior Advocate Ravish Chandra Agrawal on Tuesday took over charge of Advocate General Office as Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. Law and Legislative Department of Madhya Pradesh on December 8, 2014, issued notification for appointment of Ravish Chandra Agrawal as Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh, thereafter, on Tuesday, Advocate General Agrawal took over the charge as per tradition.

Former Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh R D Jain had sent his resignation letter to the Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh Government. Former Advocate General Jain had resigned from the post of Advocate General after working for five-and-half years. After confirmation of resignation letter, Senior Advocate Ravish Chandra Agrawal has been appointed as Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh. Ravish Agrawal is a Senior Advocate in Jabalpur High Court and he is also former Advocate General of Chhattisgarh High Court. Agrawal started advocacy in 1962. Talking to the mediapersons on the occasion, Advocate General of Madhya Pradesh Advocate Agrawal said that his first priority is to streamline work by ensuring timely execution of directions of the High Court, programmes related to legal fraternity and to maintain proper communication with the government and different authorities concerned. He also highlighted issue of vacant posts of staff in AG Office due to which functioning is affected to some extent.

Eminent amongst those who welcomed Agrawal on the occasion includes Chairman of State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh Rameshwar Neekhra, Senior Advocate R P Agrawal, President, High Court Advocates’ Bar Association, Manish Tiwari, Secretary, High Court Bar Association, M L Jaiswal, Senior Bar Association, Former Advocate General, R N Singh, Former Advocate General V S Shroti, Senior Advocate T S Ruprah were present in welcome ceremony.

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Reservation of 79 wards done peacefully thru lottery

The revised process of reservation of 79 wards of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) amongst various categories was done peacefully through lottery system at Manas Bhawan, chock-a-block with pu... Read More
The revised process of reservation of 79 wards of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) amongst various categories was done peacefully through lottery system at Manas Bhawan, chock-a-block with public representatives and citizens, on Tuesday.

The previous ward delimitation process held on October 14 was challenged in Madhya Pradesh High Court in a PIL. According to direction of Madhya Pradesh High Court delimitation process adopted by government was declared invalidated.

On this basis fresh process was adopted for delimitation of wards and in next step fresh reservation of wards was done, on Tuesday.

Collector S N Roopla conducted process under Section 10 (A) of Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act 1956 and as per information published under provisions of Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes and reservation for Women Act 1994. The process was carried out in presence of public representatives and citizens to reserve wards for Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and for women in each category.

As per process, as many as 50 per cent wards kept reserved for women. At first reservation of wards was done for Scheduled Caste, later for Scheduled Tribe and thereafter 50 per cent wards were reserved for women, then remaining wards for OBC then for OBC women and left for unreserved category. The reservation process continues with 50 per cent wards kept reserve for women in all categories. At first reservation of wards was done for Scheduled Caste, later Scheduled Tribe and thereafter for Other Backward Classes and General or Unreserved.

As per process as many as 11 wards have been reserved for SC, amongst same five wards are kept reserve for women. Similarly, four wards have been reserved for ST amongst the same two are kept reserve for women. As many as 20 wards have been reserved for OBC, amongst the same 10 are kept for women. Likewise, 22 wards have been reserved for women amongst unreserved wards while equal number of wards, i.e. 22 wards are kept unreserved.

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Reservation of 85 wards to begin today

With the release of the gazette notification regarding formulation of 85 wards in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), the final reservation process will be held on Wednesday in the premises... Read More
With the release of the gazette notification regarding formulation of 85 wards in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), the final reservation process will be held on Wednesday in the premises of Gandhi Medical College of the city. Once the reservation process is complete, political parties will start identifying suitable candidates to be given the ticket for the civic body elections. It is to be noted that the 85 wards have been formed in BMC with merger of Kolar Municipality and 20 other villages. It is being widely expected in the political arena of the city that both the major political parities Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress will start brainstorming over the candidate list from Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see weather if they keep the same faces as planned before the cancellation of the notification or new changes are introduced in the wards. Both the parties when asked about the possible names of candidates echoed that the focus this time will be on giving candidacy to young faces and local leaders who have worked among people. BJP at the moment is widely working at base level with the membership campaign underway they are already gearing up for the local body elections. Congress party has also formed its panel for the purpose on a booth wise level to attract voters. Arun Yadav, State Congress President, when asked about the strategies regarding distribution of tickets for the civic body elections, said that anything can be said only when the reservation of wards is completed by district administration. He added that preparations for the elections are going on at full scale in city and workers are all in high spirits for the elections. It is worth mentioning that earlier before quashing of the notification by High Court, district administration had formulated 85 wards in Bhopal Municipal Corporation with the merger of Kolar Municipality and 20 other villages. After completion of reservation process over these 85 wards 2 were reserved for women, 34 wards were reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) while 26 wards remained unreserved.

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Class X girl commits suicide in Misrod

Another student committed suicide under Misrod police station in State capital on Monday night. This month is proving to be ‘black December’ with sudden rise in suicides by students. This m... Read More
Another student committed suicide under Misrod police station in State capital on Monday night. This month is proving to be ‘black December’ with sudden rise in suicides by students. This month alone, 8 students have ended their lives.

Police told that Pooja Patel, 18, daughter of Ramcharan Patel, used to reside in Bagroda village and was studying in 10th standard in a private school. Her father works as a labourer in farms. On Monday afternoon, Pooja consumed Sulphas tablets after which her health deteriorated. Her parents rushed her to a hospital.

While undergoing treatment, Pooja succumbed to internal injuries around 3:30 on Monday night. Police reached the hospital on getting information from hospital staff and seized the body. Police sent the body for autopsy at Hamidia hospital.

Investigation Officer in the case, Assistant Sub-Inspector Chandrabhan Rajput told ‘The Hitavada’ that Pooja has not left any suicide note behind and in the initial investigation it is observed that she was short-tempered, as her parents told, and used to shout at the family members.

Sources informed that Pooja used to get fits since childhood. Local villagers believed that she had some spiritual powers so used to come to her for help. Police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC after initial investigation. Police have also sent the body for post-mortem. Police are now investigating to know the reason behind Pooja’s extreme step as she has not left any suicide note which could throw light on the reasons. Meanwhile, in another incident a 27-year-old labourer committed suicide in HT quarters under Shahjahanabad police station here on Monday night.

Police told that Jeetendra Sen aka Jeetu, 27, son of Mathura Prasad was a resident of HT quarters in Shahjahanabad. Jeetu used to work as a casual labourer.

On Monday night, Jeetu hanged himself with the ceiling fan of his room. On Tuesday morning when the family members noticed him hanging they rushed him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Jeetu has not left any suicide note behind which could throw light over the reason behind extreme step. Though according to family members, Jeetu was habitual drinker and was intoxicated on Monday night also.

Police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPC and have sent the body for post-mortem.

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BMC begins repair of leakages in Kolar pipeline

With lot of leakages identified in Kolar water pipeline Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) started repairing work from Tuesday. Due to repairing works going on there was no water supply in some... Read More
With lot of leakages identified in Kolar water pipeline Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) started repairing work from Tuesday. Due to repairing works going on there was no water supply in some parts of the city as the Kolar water pump remained shut on the day.

The leakage has been detected in the areas of Kajlikheda, Gehukheda and near Kalyani Hostel in Shivaji Nagar.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the Water Works Department of the corporation killed the Kolar water pump so that gravity pipeline could be dried and water be removed in order to begin repairing work.

Once the pipeline went dry corporation officials started repairing work. Officials in the department said that the supply will remain affected on Wednesday as well, however, water supply will start partially from Wednesday evening in some parts of city. Meanwhile, once the water supply is restored it will take around 10-12 hours to reach city from Kolar water pump. On Monday, people living in the area of Arera Colony (E-1-E-5), Railway Colony Habibganj, Janata Quarters, Meera Nagar, Chaar Imli, Panchsheel Nagar, Chandbad, JP Nagar and adjoining areas faced shortage of water as the supply remained affected.

Meanwhile, the areas of PGBT College, Kaji Camp, Shahjhanabad, Balvihar, Putlighar, Chandbad, Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Center, Congress Nagar, Janata Quarters, Arera Colony (E-6,E-7) Jawahar Chowk, Bhim Nagar, Paras City, Imamigate, P&T Colony and adjoining areas will face water crisis on Wednesday due to the repairing work.

Kishan Surywanshi, In-charge of Water Works Department, when asked about the water crisis said that the repairing work started from Tuesday morning thus the Kolar water pump was shut which slacked water supply in the area. They added that people are being advised to store water in advance through SMS for the first time. Meanwhile, water tankers will also be doing rounds throughout the day.

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Tenders of Rs 100 crore off-grid based solar energy projects approved

New and Renewable Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla chaired a meeting of Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation here today.

At the meeting, off-grid based solar energy projects of upto... Read More
New and Renewable Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla chaired a meeting of Madhya Pradesh Energy Development Corporation here today.

At the meeting, off-grid based solar energy projects of upto Rs 100 crore were sanctioned. Specially, rates were fixed for solar power plants of one kilowatt to 100 kilowatts.

Consent was also given at the meeting on fixed programme for solar energy-based projects.

Power plants will be installed at various places under Forest Department, police posts, hospitals, other departments and institutions under off-grid based solar energy projects.

At the meeting, consent was also granted to install solar traffic signals on all busy crossings in various cities of the state. Solar traffic signals will be installed at over 50 places at Bhopal and other cities.

The meeting of Board of Directors also decided to install 20 solar lights at Rani Talab tourism area in Rewa.

This will create interest in solar energy among tourists and people.

Additional Chief Secretary of New and Renewable Energy S R Mohanthy, Managing Director Energy Development Corporation Gauri Singh and Director Budget Sandeep Yadav were also present in the meeting.

Ministers to table reports before people

On completion of three years of Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government in State, two ministers every day from December 13 till December 25, will table report card of their concerned department before public. This decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Health Minister Narottam Mishra said that ministers through the medium of media would table report of their work before masses.

Cabinet also approved the proposal to form project development company on the basis of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This company will take loan from market for light metro till development of big infrastructure of civic bodies. Experts of various fields would be kept in the company and they would do work of survey of big constructions. In starting phase, government would provide Rs 60 crore to company.

Cabinet also approved to fix retirement age of teachers of Nanaji Deshmukh University till 65 years. Among other main decisions, Cabinet decided to take disciplinary action against then Executive Engineer Krishna Gohar on the charges of irregularity in Neemuch Manasa Pench repair work. The approval was also given for merger of oil seed workers into OBC, minorities and Women and Child Development Department.

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Urea being supplied to farmers as per demand

Urea is being supplied to farmers as per their demand. More urea has been distributed by cooperative societies in 33 such districts till December 8 this year as compared to last year. In state... Read More
Urea is being supplied to farmers as per their demand. More urea has been distributed by cooperative societies in 33 such districts till December 8 this year as compared to last year. In state’s districts, one lakh 19 thousand MT urea has been made available only during December 1 to 8. Meanwhile 56 thousand MT urea of the same period is in transit. The state is getting 5 rakes of urea daily since November 11, 2014.

This year, total 6 lakh 48 thousand MT urea has been made available to the state from October 1 to December 8 including transit. This is almost equal to last year’s quantity. It is noteworthy that the state government is making every possible effort to make urea available to farmers. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had met Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers on September 14 and 20 and December 2, 2014 and urged for supply of urea as per demand. Chief Minister Chouhan has undertaken efforts to tighten up urea supply arrangements at the state level also. In this context, during a video-conferencing on December 5, he directed commissioners and collectors to keep a constant vigil over distribution of urea from private and cooperative sectors.

In the same video-conference, collectors were authorised to fix ratio of urea allocation to private and cooperative sectors as 75:25 as per demand instead of present 50:50 ratio. In the conference, Chief Minister Chouhan had directed to undertake joint surprise inspections of private and cooperative sales centres by Revenue and Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development departments to curb blackmarketing of urea and other fertilisers.

Besides all, DAP and Complex fertilisers have also been supplied more this year than the last year. So far this year, 2 lakh 89 thousand MT DAP has been distributed as compared to 2 lakh 65 thousand MT.

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Lokayukta, Dy Lokayukta Amendment Bill passed in Assembly

Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta Amendment Bill on Tuesday. Throwing light on the bill, General Administration Department Minister Lal Singh Arya said it is in the ... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta Amendment Bill on Tuesday. Throwing light on the bill, General Administration Department Minister Lal Singh Arya said it is in the Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta Act’s Section 5 in which tenure of Lokayukta and Deputy Lokayukta, service and other conditions are given. Referring to main act, he said post becomes vacant after service tenure of Lokayukta post comes to end. In want of appointment of successor, organisation related works are affected in adverse manner. By seeing the time taken to complete the appointment process, this Bill has been brought. According to amendment, Lokayukta, notwithstanding that his tenure has ended, could remain on post untill his successor is not appointed and he does not assume the charge. However, the increased tenure limit could not be more than one year in any situation.

While taking part on the debate on the amendment bill, senior Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat protested the prescribed increased time limit of one year and said six months is enough for new appointment. He wanted to know that whether Government would not be able to search eligible person for post till one year. Interestingly, ruling party MLA Bhawar Singh Shekawat also protested the proposed one year increased tenure by saying that six months is enough. Senior Congress MLA and former minister Dr Govind Singh wanted appointment on post with in one or two months.

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Saurabh Singh issue rocks Assembly even on day 2

Even on consecutive second day on Tuesday, issue related to alleged attack on Congress MLA from Bahoriband, Kunwar Saurabh Singh rocked the Assembly session. Opposition moved adjournment propos... Read More
Even on consecutive second day on Tuesday, issue related to alleged attack on Congress MLA from Bahoriband, Kunwar Saurabh Singh rocked the Assembly session. Opposition moved adjournment proposal on the incident which was after long discussion rejected by Speaker Dr Sithasaran Sharma.

After question hour, Opposition members moved the adjournment proposal on the incident in which Saurabh Singh was injured. Speaker allowed discussion on proposal.

Home Minister Babulal Gaur gave his reply on the incident but opposition was not satisfied with Government’s answer.

During discussion, ruling party and Opposition locked horns on many occasions and this led to pandemonium in house.

Congress MLA Mukesh Nayak started discussion on the adjournment proposal and said Saurabh was attacked at the polling booth of Katni. Claiming that it was in the melee that chain of MLAs revolver got broke, he added that apart from having fracture on nose and hand, ribs of victim MLA had also developed fractures. He expressed surprise that police have slapped both victim MLA and accused under the same charges.

BJP MLA Sanjay Pathak accused Saurabh Singh of intimidating his cousin brother and independent corporator Manish Pathak and alleged that people have said that it was Saurabh, who opened fire on Manish but he had a miraculous escape. He claimed that he is having video clips and photos to prove his allegations.

Senior Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar tried to corner Saurabh Singh by saying that he is having injuries on hand not on legs but he was brought on wheel chair. Opposition contested the statement of Shejwar with full strength. Opposition said how one can walk with broken ribs. Shejwar requested Speaker not to accept the adjournment proposal and alleged that Opposition was rather trying to save person responsible for the incident.

BJP MLA Vishwas Sarang said that his friend had seen Saurabh Singh walking when he was boarding train to come to Bhopal and yesterday concerned MLA came on wheel chair. House witness din as Opposition had protested the claim of Sarang in strong manner. When Saurabh Singh was given chance to put up his side, he made one objectionable statement against BJP MLA Sanjay Pathak. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and other ruling party members protested Singh’s statement in strong words and sought apology from him. Opposition and ruling party traded charges against each other and this created noisy scenes in house. Amid chaos, Ajay Singh sought apology on behalf of Saurabh Singh, but ruling party members especially Narottam Mishra were demanding apology direct from Saurabh Singh.

Seeing the noisy scenes, Speaker adjourned house for five minutes. When house resumed, Narottam Mishra again demanded arrangement on the subject raised by him. Speaker turned towards Saurabh Singh and wanted to know that whether he would apologise for his statement but latter had not responded. He rather said Sanjay Pathak had taken his words in other form. Later, Speaker said that he is rejecting the adjournment proposal.

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Manager cheats businessman, flees with cash Rs 44 lakh

Putting too much trust on his manager cost dearly to a businessman, as the manager disappeared with Rs 44 lakh, which was given to him to take home. Manager was asked to deposit Rs 2 lakh in Ba... Read More
Putting too much trust on his manager cost dearly to a businessman, as the manager disappeared with Rs 44 lakh, which was given to him to take home. Manager was asked to deposit Rs 2 lakh in Bank and take the remaining money to businessman’s home. Civil Lines Police informed that Sumit Gupta, a businessman, on Tuesday lodged complaint against Somnath Chakraborty, who worked as the manager in his company for last 3 years. Sumit said that he had given Rs 44 lakh to Somnath and asked him to deposit Rs 2 lakh in the bank and keep the remaining amount in his home on November 6. Sumit said that Somnath was trustworthy person, who was staying in his own home for last four years. He had often trusted with small amount of cash on several occasions. But on November 6, Somnath betrayed him. Somnath left office at around 11:30 am with the cash. Sumit called him three times at around 11:45 am, but Somnath didn’t receive the call and when Sumit called him fourth time, Somnath’s phone was switched off. Sumit reached home at 2:00 pm, but Somnath wasn’t even there. However, the bike that Somnath took from office was parked at home; his personnel belongings were not in his room. On his complaint, Civil Lines Police has booked Somnath Chakraborty under Section 406 of the Indian Penal Code and launched search operation.

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‘Possibilities of investment in C’garh are attracting many American companies’

Thomas L Vajda, US Consul General in Mumbai during meeting with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that major American companies are very much impressed with the immense possibilities of invest... Read More
Thomas L Vajda, US Consul General in Mumbai during meeting with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that major American companies are very much impressed with the immense possibilities of investment in Chhattisgarh and want to hold a round table conference with the Chief Minister. This was observed by the Consul General during his courtesy meeting with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at his official residence on Tuesday evening. In this direction the Consul General invited the Chief Minister to Mumbai in the near future.

Chief Minister while extending his gratitude for the invitation and told the Consul General about the proposed Global Investors Meet which will be held in January-February 2015.

During interaction Dr Singh told the Consul General that the state government will be holding shows in metros including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, etc and representatives from Chhattisgarh government will interact with sector-wise investors. He said the state is propagating to hold sector-wise meetings on sectors like solar energy, information technology, pharmaceuticals, minor forest produce, food processing, etc., environment friendly industries. Chief Minister further stated that a strong proposal will be prepared for the investors.

The Chief Minister also informed that in iron ore production the state is contributing 20 percent share at the national level while in coal production it is contributing 18 percent. In Aluminium production the state’s contribution is 30 percent approximately. During the meeting the US Consul General enquired about the Naxal problem in Chhattisgarh.

Dr Singh while maintaining that the problem is a national one said coordinated efforts have been initiated for its eradication. He further added that Centre is providing all necessary assistance and both the centre and state are working in coordination to end the menace. Integrated strategy has been prepared to solve the problem. Also initiative has been taken towards socio-economic development of the rural populace through initiatives like skill development, infrastructure development, employment oriented programmes, development of agriculture and irrigation facilities.

Present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, ACS to Chief Minister N Baijendra Kumar, Commerce Secretary Subodh Singh, Joint Secretary to Chief Minister Rajat Kumar, Director Commerce and Industries Kartikeya Goyal, etc.

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Who cares for SC orders! Have a look at school buses, vans in State

It seems that private transport agencies do not take the directives of Supreme Court of India strictly as private schools vans and autos in the Durg district continued to be overloaded and do n... Read More
It seems that private transport agencies do not take the directives of Supreme Court of India strictly as private schools vans and autos in the Durg district continued to be overloaded and do not feel regret in putting the life of little ones in danger. Even after two years of SCI’s directives implementation regarding safety of school children in private vehicles and owners still carry school much than the seating capacities of the vehicles.

It is may be mentioned here that last year (June 2012), the Apex Court had made guidelines for private buses, vans and tempos of all 29 states and 7 union territories including Chhattisgarh. As one of its guidelines for school cabs, vans and autos, they can carry only one and half times the seating capacity in case students are less than 12 years of age, which means that unlike 14 seats in any vehicle, seating capacity should perfectly be 10 students.

But in Durg district (both urban as well as rural parts), most of private cabs and autos carry 16 school students in their 14 seat carrying capacity vehicle and in many cases, drivers seat schoolchildren on upper part of the seats in the vehicles which is highly dangerous as any jerk may through them out.

‘We feel helpless as no one from the administration takes any strict action against these culprits’ said Reena Sahu, a mother of school going children and a resident of Shankar Nagar Durg. ‘All people including authorities and owners of private vehicles take guidelines of the court according to their convenience’ she alleged.

As per new guidelines of motor vehicle act, tie of seat belt is must for passenger and driver on front seat of any four wheeler but when these school vehicles carry three small children in front seat at stake then why traffic cops do not show their activeness in taking of strict action against them. Nagendra Sharma, Advocate informed that when Supreme Court has made directives for school vehicles then why owners of all vehicles take it for granted and ignore it completely without fear. If RTO is permitting these vehicles, then it is contempt of Supreme Court.

In this regard, JK Dhruv, Assistant Director of Durg Regional Transport Office (RTO) said as per the guidelines of SCI, children less than 12 years of age have been considered as half passengers. Meanwhile, on SCI’s directive which clearly mentions that seating capacity should not surpass more than one and a half times of the capacity, he asserted that he have no knowledge of it.

RK Baksh, Social Activist expressed his concerned over this irregularity and told actions against these vehicles would be taken when one big mishap would occur in future.

SCI guidelines for school vehicles: Age of school vehicles shall not be more than 15 years

If age of school children is below 12 years, number of children carried shall not exceed 1.5 times the permitted seating capacity School children over 12 years should be treated as one person, in case of vehicles fitted with LPG kit, the authorized LPG Kit to be installed by registered authority and no seating arrangement over LPG Tank. No roof carriers allowed and no bags shall be hanged on the outer portion of the vehicle. The vehicle used as school cab should be closed body type with hard top.

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‘New Mayor should have concern for cleanliness’

Raipur is going to have a new Mayor in a few days to come. Experts from the field of medical services in the city now finds an opportune moment to vent their aspirations, saying that tasks of m... Read More
Raipur is going to have a new Mayor in a few days to come. Experts from the field of medical services in the city now finds an opportune moment to vent their aspirations, saying that tasks of maintaining cleanliness, availability of pure drinking water, biomedical waste disposal that needs to be accorded due importance and accomplished on war footing.

“Raipur looks like a big sub-urban location and not a state capital. Consulted effort is needed to make it a capital of national repute,” said Dr Rakesh Gupta, who is President of Chhattisgarh Nagrik Sangharsh Samiti. Basic amenities like drinking water and electric supplies, reputed schools and hospitals and entertainment facilities are needed for the common man, Dr Gupta added.

Medical and health services should not be ignored. It should not be a realty again that drainage water is getting mixed with drinking water and causing jaundice. The dust problem must be solved and cleanliness must be maintained regularly. Mosquito breeding must be checked, said Dr Arvind Neral, Head of the Microbiology department, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College.

Infrastructure has improved and good roads have been made, but the problem of garbage and filth was more over the past few months. It cast adverse impact on health and increase in asthma patients was recorded. It is expected that the new Mayor will give special attention on cleanliness so that vector borne diseases are finally controlled, said President of Indian Medical Association, Raipur branch Dr Ashok Tripathi.

It is not at all acceptable after so many years of independence that people in a capital city do not get pure drinking water and complain of Hepatitis-E and deaths are recorded due to the disease. It is time to discard open drainage system because there will be the problem of mosquitoes and flies so long such system continues. Tasks for ensuring availability of pure drinking water to each and every individual and sanitation should be done on war footing. Scientific disposal of biomedical waste is needed very much in the city and it needs incinerator which a municipal corporation can install. This is another task that needs to be done on war footing, said Managing Director of Ramkrishna Care Hospital Dr Sandeep Dave.

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Candidate files nomination for Mayor's post

On the second day of filing of nomination 1 candidate filed nomination for the post of Mayor and 3 for the post of corporator. Among the 100 nominations procured included 6 for the post of Mayor ... Read More
On the second day of filing of nomination 1 candidate filed nomination for the post of Mayor and 3 for the post of corporator. Among the 100 nominations procured included 6 for the post of Mayor and 94 for the post of corporator.

According to information, Congress candidate Ragini Devi Soni filed the nomination for the post of Mayor.

Ragini Soni, along with her husband Dhruv Kumar Soni and proposer and supporter reached the Collectorate and filed the nomination.

Though the Congress has not declared its official candidate, Ragini Devi after filing the nomination stated that she was confident of getting the party ticket hence filed the nomination on Tuesday.

Similarly, three candidates Ravi Mishra from ward No. 32; Jagdish Prasad Gupta from ward No. 45 and Pushpa Sonkar from ward No. 2 filed nomination for the post of corporator respectively.

There was great enthusiasm among the candidates in procuring and filing of nominations. The Mayoral and corporator candidates, along with their supporters reached the District Collector since morning and the enthusiasm prevailed till 4 pm.

Couple procures nomination form from same ward

Though it is not confirmed, who will contest the elections for the post of corporator from ward No. 1, Nayapara, a husband and wife have made up their mind to contest the elections. According to information Yogendra Sahu and his wife Chameli Sahu have procured nomination forms for the post of corporator from ward No. 1, Nayapara.

It may be mentioned that Yogendra Sahu contested the elections in the year 2004 and lost the elections. But his wife Chameli Sahu won the 2009 elections and still corporator of the ward.

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Physiotherapists’ fast unto death continues

Physiotherapists continued their protest as fast until death under the banner of Chhattisgarh Association of Physiotherapists (CAP) on Tuesday. Fresh seven of their associates including a 19-ye... Read More
Physiotherapists continued their protest as fast until death under the banner of Chhattisgarh Association of Physiotherapists (CAP) on Tuesday. Fresh seven of their associates including a 19-year girl student were admitted in the state run Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH) as their health condition deteriorated as a result of the fast.

Out of the eight female physiotherapists, who were admitted on last Monday, six were discharged while two others Jaya Kasi and Shikha Sharma were still admitted. Thus till Tuesday night nine physiotherapists were in BRAMH, CAP state Coordinator Dr CP Sen informed. Another state coordinator Parul Pandey was also taken to the hospital. Pandey informed that she has returned to the dharna site at Budhatalab and continued the fast. Sen said that the association in pursuing the demand of physiotherapy council today met Director of Medical Education Pratap Singh, but could not meet Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla. The association however expressed the hope of meeting with the principal secretary on Wednesday, Sen added. The seven persons admitted in the hospital today were a student Shobha Verma and the six others were Anil Ogrey, Divya Gunjan, Deepak Sethia, Swati Singh, Kulastha Sahu and Manik Sahu. The nine persons who were admitted till Tuesday night included five females.

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BJP President Amit Shah in Raipur on 12th

Bharatiya Janata Party State President Dharamlal Kaushik informed that BJP National President Amit Shah who will be reaching Raipur on December 12, will be addressing a mega congregation of par... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State President Dharamlal Kaushik informed that BJP National President Amit Shah who will be reaching Raipur on December 12, will be addressing a mega congregation of party workers and office-bearers at Science College grounds in the afternoon. He said atleast 40,000 party workers from all over the state will be present on the occasion. He informed that presently there are 13.57 lakh BJP party workers in the state which will be tripled during the on-going membership drive.

Adding that the party workers are enthusiastic with the visit of the National President, the State President said along with the party workers, the congregation will be attended by state, regional, district and mandal level party office-bearers as well as all office-bearers from several morcha and cells including joint conveners, conveners, MLAs, MPs, Mayors, Chairmen, Presidents/Vice Presidents of Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats will also attend the programme. However Panchayat representatives and booth level workers have not been invited. Kaushik further stated that continuous meetings at the state, district and mandal level are taking place for membership drive which will continue to March 31, 2015. He added that after making a clean sweep in the Urban Bodies’ election, the membership drive will be further intensified. He further state that the party has almost completed all its preparations for the urban bodies’ election. Mandal and district level meetings have been completed and Division level meeting will be initiated from Wednesday and in all probability the names of candidates will be announced on December 13. He informed that MP Ramesh Bais will be arriving on Wednesday. After his arrival the meeting of Raipur Division Election Committee will be held.

Meanwhile Programme Coordinator Rajesh Munat inspected the meeting site at Science College grounds on Tuesday and gave necessary instructions for preparations. He also discussed the route from Swami Vivekananda Airport to the programme site with the security officials. Munat informed that will reach Raipur on December 12 through a special plane and will be accorded grand welcome by the party office-bearers at state hanger. Approximately 5000 BJP and BJYM workers will lead the procession from airport to the programme site. Present on the occasion were Vice President Sachidanand Upasne, MLA Srichand Sundrani, Chagan Mundra, Sanjay Srivastava, Sunil Soni, Rajeev Agrawal, and others.

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Winter Session from 15th: Cong all set to make a stormy start against BJP

The Winter Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will be tumultuous as the opposition Congress will try to corner the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Government on issues like sterilization deaths, di... Read More
The Winter Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will be tumultuous as the opposition Congress will try to corner the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party Government on issues like sterilization deaths, dishonour of martyrs, ration cards, etc. On the other the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has geared itself up for shielding the opposition onslaught.

Meanwhile, the Legislators from both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have registered exactly 1371 questions, according to which every day approximately 200 questions will be tabled in the House. Meanwhile, the opposition has planned to interrupt the House proceedings on the first day on Tuesday by taking up the issue of sterilization deaths. The Winter Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will commence from December 15 and continue till December 24. During the meeting altogether seven meetings will be held with holidays on December 18, 20 and 21. For the seven meetings Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress as well as Bahujan Samaj Party and Independent Legislators have registered 1371 questions. However the registration of questions has finished and from Monday the notices for Call Attention Motions are being accepted. It is worth mentioning here that the state government will be tabling the proposals for second Supplementary Budget for the financial year 2014-15 apart from tabling of six Bills for amendment.

According the information received from Assembly Secretariat, two days each has been reserved for Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Women and Child Welfare Minister Ramsheela Sahu, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar and Food Minister Punnulal Sahu while one day each has been reserved for other Ministers. It is worth mentioning here that maximum number of questions has been received for Health Department.

Although questions for Health Department has been earmarked for the third day during the session, the opposition Congress has planned to corner Health Minister Amar Agrawal through Adjournment Motion on day one itself. However, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has also geared itself for giving befitting reply to the opposition.

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Sarora Govt School Principal arrested for molesting girl students

Urla Police on Tuesday arrested the Principal of Sarora Government School under the charge of molesting girls of his school. As many as five girls have levelled serious allegation of molestation ... Read More
Urla Police on Tuesday arrested the Principal of Sarora Government School under the charge of molesting girls of his school. As many as five girls have levelled serious allegation of molestation against Principal in a FIR registered with the Urla Police Station on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old girl of Class-VIII turned up at the Urla Police Station along with her parents and four other girls to register a complaint against the Sarora School Principal Arvind Tiwari (36), resident of Sunder Nagar. At first they feared to reveal it, but now when their parents have supported them, they decided to register a police complaint.

Bursting in tears in front of a woman police officer, girls stated that the Principal made indecent gestures and groping on the pretext of teaching dance in his office. Surprisingly, other students, particularly boys, said that Arvind used to take the class on English subject. Arvind has molested many other girls but most chose not to report for the fear of social stigma and police/court hassles, girls added.

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Crime Neeraj Chandrakar said that FIR has been registered on the statements of the five girls, who have mustered courage to forward against the molestation. It’s still unknown for how long Arvind was molesting the girls but as they are expecting more girls to come forward, things will get clear in coming future. Arvind was recruited as the Grade-1 Shikshakarmi. He was once suspended during his tenure at a school of Antagarh in the past. But, he was reinstated in the school of Sarora. Presently, he was working as the Acting Principal of the School. Arvind was immediately arrested and sent to jail after being booked under Section 354 of Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

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Rural cops bust inter-state gang from Haryana for duping city businessman to the tune of Rs 24 lakh

Nagpur rural police have busted a seven member gang hailing from Haryana and Delhi for duping a businessman of Umred town to tune of Rs 24 lakh. The accused were also on radar of Rajasthan, Mad... Read More
Nagpur rural police have busted a seven member gang hailing from Haryana and Delhi for duping a businessman of Umred town to tune of Rs 24 lakh. The accused were also on radar of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Goa police for duping number of persons to tune of crores of rupees.

According to police, the complainant Amit Ashok Gupta (34), a resident of Itwari Peth, Umred, on April 24, 2014 received a call from call center of ICICI Prudential company. The caller first informed him about details of his policy so as to gain confidence of Amit. The caller further asked Amit to open five new policies of ICICI to nominate himself in diamond category and further said it will give him impressive returns of Rs 47 lakh. The caller started daily calling to Amit from the call center and convinced him to purchase new policies.

Amit transferred Rs 24 lakh in various banks accounts which were given by the prank caller. The caller also sent email of confirmation of received amount on Amit's email id. Amit was relaxed about the bonus of Rs 47 lakh. However his dream was shattered when the caller made demands for additional money. Now Amit got suspicious and inquiries revealed he has been duped and approached Umred police station. The police had registered the case under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with sub-section 66 (d) of Information Technology Act 2000. During investigation the phone numbers and the bank accounts number were primary information for the police to identify the accused and get their location. As the police got information about detail address of the accused, Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Aarti Singh directed Umred police to arrest the accused. The team moved to Faridabad and arrested two accused first and later picked-up rest of them with help of local police there.

The accused are identified as Ankush Wasudev Gulati (22), a resident of Sonepat, Haryana; Jatin Sureshkumar Arora (22), a resident of Delhi, Sachin Girichandra Tripathi alias Yashvant Gandhi alias Avinash Sharma (24), a resident of Delhi; Anil Bansilal Kapoor (23), Dilipkumar Ayodhyaprasad Gupta (27), both residents of Faridabad; Umesh alias Rajendrakumar Khurana, a resident of Haryana and Nitin Omprakash Gera (24), a resident of Faridabad. The police have recovered Rs 12 lakh from their bank accounts so far. SDPO Shankar Singh Rajpur, Police Inspector Sanjay Pawar and staff of Umred police station including Sudhir Dhnyanbondawar, Mamta Dokharmare, Sushma Thakur and others were made the arrest.

Accused are Call Center employees

According to police, the accused are employees at a Call Center located in Delhi and Noida areas and their duty was to call ICICI's policy holder and promote new policies. As the accused had access to the information of policies, they used it to cheat the ICICI bank customers. SP Dr Aarti Singh said that police of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Goa were also searching for the accused.

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‘Kelkar panel is a ploy to deny Vid its legitimate due’

Appointment of Kelkar Committee to shift the backlog discourse by erstwhile Democratic Front (DF) Government was an exercise to perpetuate injustice against Vidarbha and to allow Western Maharash... Read More
Appointment of Kelkar Committee to shift the backlog discourse by erstwhile Democratic Front (DF) Government was an exercise to perpetuate injustice against Vidarbha and to allow Western Maharashtra dominated Government to continue step-motherly treatment towards region, alleged former MLC Prof B T Deshmukh. Considering Taluka as an indicator of backlog goes against constitutional norm, Deshmukh alleged while lashing out at former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for trying to change the basic parameter of backlog with an oblique motive to deprive Vidarbha from getting its legitimate due.

Deshmukh was delivering his presidential address at the book release function of 'Anushesh Vidarbhacha 2014' penned by VSDB expert member Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar held at Shrimant Baburao Dhanwate Hall on Tuesday. Earlier, the book was released at the hands of Transport Minister Diwakar Raote. Girish Gandhi, Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, B.T.Deshmukh, Someshwar Pusatkar and Bandu Umarkar also shared dais.

Quoting from the interview of former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in which he boasted as to how new backlog would be calculated and how the focus would shift to balanced development of the state, Deshmukh stated that outcome of such exercise would create a new backlog and push Vidarbha in crisis beyond repair.

Development of irrigation project and removal of backlog in irrigation are two separate issues. When the per hectare average of irrigation capacity of Maharashtra was 22 for every 1000 hectare; the Vidarbha had a backlog of 5.27 lakh hectares and that of Marathwada was 2.60 lakh hectares. In 1994, the average of irrigation had gone up to 37 percent but the backlog of Vidarbha gone up to 11.62 lakh hectares and that of Marahwada it was 5.60 lakh hectares. The 1994 report of Indicator and Backlog Committee came out in 2001 and still Government has made no efforts to remove the backlog, he added. Deshmukh also mentioned, when the information on use of electricity was collected in Maharashtra. The entire state had consumed 80,000 million units of power out of which Pune division along utilised 24 to 25,000 million units and the consumption of Nagpur and Amravati was 7000 and 4000 million units respectively.

Sena leader Diwakar Raote termed Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar and B.T Deshmukh as great visionaries. The funds which Vidarbha and Marathwada are receiving for development from the Government, is the result of perseverance and dedication of both Kimmatkar and Deshmukh, Raote stated. Both have constantly pursuing the issue of backlog since 1980 and our Government will give priority to remove the backlog of Vidarbha level, he asserted.

Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar took a brief review of his struggle for Vidarbha backlog. He explained the status of Vidarbha from pre historic period to its inclusion in Maharashtra in 1960. After its inclusion in Maharashtra state, Vidarbha is facing injustice from the Government. This region has been deliberately deprived by the state Government from gettig its legitimate due and in last 10 years, the Government had diverted funds of Rs 60,000 crores or more from Vidarbha to rest of Maharashtra. MLAs and Ministers from Vidarbha will take up this issue and give justice to the region, he hoped.

Someshwar Pusatkar made introductory remarks. Senior Journalist Bal Kulkarni conducted the proceedings and Bandu Umarkar proposed a vote of thanks.

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United opposition stalls Council demanding package for farmers

The second day in the Legislative Council began and ended with entire Opposition raising slogans against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena government. The opposition Congress and ... Read More
The second day in the Legislative Council began and ended with entire Opposition raising slogans against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena government. The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party were united in raising slogans and demanding package for farmers, affected by draught for the second consecutive year.

The issue was raised on the first day. However, there was not much on the agenda of the day. On Tuesday, the Opposition started the day with sloganeering. They entered the well immediately on arrival of the Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh. The House was adjourned four times, before the final adjournment for the day. The Opposition demanded that first package for the farmers be announced and then discussion allowed. The House was required to be adjourned within two minutes of its assembly at 11 am. The first adjournment of 20 minutes was followed by another adjournment for 30 minutes.

Deputy Chairman Vasant Daokhare was in the chair after the second adjournment. The opposition members entered the well, reached the Chairman's podium with their demand of allowing discussion on the issue, raised by Congress leader Manikrao Thakre on Monday. In the pandemonium that prevailed in the House Chief Minister Introduced Chandrashekhar Bawankule to the House and also the first question was called, when barely two minutes of the scheduled question hour were left. The question was raised by Jogendra Kawade and Higher Education Minister Vinod Tawde replied. Nothing, however, was clearly audible, as the Opposition members were raising slogans continuously.

The House was adjourned for the fourth time at 12.20 pm and Daokhare announced that the members should meet the Chairman in his chamber.

When the House reassembled at 1 pm, the Opposition members again started raising slogans and the House was adjourned for the day.

ZP directed to stay orders issued by Someshwar Netam

State Education Department has stayed disbursement of salary grants to schools in Nagpur Zilla Parishad area where irregularities were detected in the inquiry committee set-up in aftermath of expose of corrupt deals by then Education Office (Primary) Someshwar Netam. The stay on disbursement of salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff would continue till the probe absolves them of any violation of rules. The schools are named in the letter dated 14/7/2014.

Also Education Department has stayed 20 orders issued by Netam who came under lense of Anti-Corruption Bureau on the last day of his superannuation. As per recommendations of inquiry committee set-up by Deputy Director, Education, Nagpur, Education Officer (Primary), Zilla Parishad, Nagpur, was directed to stay the orders issued by Netam during his last days in office.

This was stated by Education Minister Vinod Tawde in Legislative Council during the question hour. He was replying to question raised by Nago Ganar and Anil Sole on Someshwar Netam, the then Education Officer (Primary), Nagpur Zilla Parishad.

The two legislators wanted to know details of action taken on the inquiry committee set-up by Education Department against Netam after ACB seized number of files and exposed corrupt deals of the officer.

Tawde in his written reply further stated that order has been issued to EO (Primary) to conduct hearing of individual school where prima facie violation of rules has been notice and submit the report of inquiry forthwith.

Sub-committee on higher edn suggests one Varsity for 100 colleges formula

A sub-committee formed under Chairmanship of Kumud Bansal on Education has suggested establishment Maharashtra State Commission for Higher Education and Development (MAHED) to implement recommendations of several committees about changes in higher education field of State. The committee examined recommendations of Dr Ram Takwale and two others committees, which called for decentralisation by way of setting-up sub-varsities. Dr Takwale committee suggested putting maximum limit of 100 colleges per varsity and called for bifurcation of Mumbai and Nagpur Universities. This was informed in written reply in Legislative Council on Tuesday by Higher and Technical Education Minister Vinod Tawde.

The question was raised by Amarsingh Pandit, Satish Chavan, Dhananjay Munde, Abdulkahn Durrani, Adv. Niranjan Davkhare and Rajendra Jain.

Bansal further suggested chalking out phase wise road map for introducing the changes in higher education field in the State. These changes should be routed through MAHED which should also incorporate suggestions made by Dr Arun Nigwekar Committee which recommended changes in statues of varsities.

Tawde further said a major focus of the suggestions is to have university sub-centres so as to speed-up decision making in wide area of that university jurisdiction. Since all the suggestions are inter-linked to university act Maharashtra Government is giving final touches to enactment of amendments and only after that the necessary changes suggested by various committees would be implemented.

Gondwana University’s Sub-centre at Chimur soon

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ayed a demand to establish a sub-centre of Gondwana University at Chimur in Chandrapur district. Disclosing this Higher Education Minister Vinod Tawde informed the Legislative Council that Director, Higher Education, Pune, has been directed to submit a detailed proposal about this sub-centre. The question was asked by Mitesh Bhangdia and Nago Ganar. The local representatives in the region had met Chief Minister and asked for a regional centre keeping in mind interest of students in the area.

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Govt promises stringent punishment in Wardha human sacrifice case

Wardha Police had arrested six persons in human sacrifice case of nine-years old boy Rupesh Mule. This was informed in legislative assembly by Minister of State for Home Prof. Ram Shinde while repl... Read More
Wardha Police had arrested six persons in human sacrifice case of nine-years old boy Rupesh Mule. This was informed in legislative assembly by Minister of State for Home Prof. Ram Shinde while replying to a call attention motion moved by Shashikant Shinde, Jitendra Awhad, Ramesh Kadam and others. The Minister promised most stringent punishment to perpetrators of this heinous and shocking crime. Rupesh Mule from Vadar community was found dead with his both eyes, kidney and private parts missing behind a school. The brutal killing of innocent kid led to public outroar and investigation revealed that it was a case of human sacrifice by some perverts. Minister said, cops arrested six accused for human sacrifice case. Main accused has confessed that he killed Rupesh in the pursuit of hidden treasures and to acquire superpowers. The Government has registered offence under Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman Evils and section 3 of Aghori Practice and Black Magic Act 2013 against the accused persons.

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Govt to adopt tough stance against naxals

Maharashtra Government is giving Guerrilla warfare training to police personnel at Gadchiroli to control naxal menace, informed Prof. Ram Shinde, Minister of State for Home (Rural). He was repl... Read More
Maharashtra Government is giving Guerrilla warfare training to police personnel at Gadchiroli to control naxal menace, informed Prof. Ram Shinde, Minister of State for Home (Rural). He was replying to an question raised by Balasaheb Murkute during question hour about growing menace of naxalism.

Murkute asked regarding death of one Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) jawan and serious injury of four others in a Claymore mine blast triggered by Naxals near Yerkad in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli in September. A combined squad of 18-member security force, comprising district police and IRB, was heading towards weekly market at Yerkad village when the mine planted on the side of the road exploded, killing one jawan instantly.

Minister of State Prof. Shinde said, a jawan Chetan Salve was declared brought dead at Orange City Hospital, Nagpur. Another IRB jawan, Nitesh Bandekar's condition is still critical. He said, Maharashtra Government is trying its level best to give tough answer to naxals in Gadchiroli district. He said, Government has provided ample arms and ammunitions with modernised communication system, vehicles, and anti-land mine vehicles and helicopters. District Police, Central Reserve Police, and others are controlling naxal activities. The Government is also providing security to common people. The Government has deployed Central Reserve Police Force, Cobra Battalion, State Reserve Force and Special anti-naxal force C-60 commandos in naxal areas. He said, till now, 13 jawans lost their lives in naxal ambush during last 11 months while Maharashtra Police has conducted 41 encounters thereby considerably reducing the strength of naxals.

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Demanding package for drought-hit ryots, Cong-NCP stall Assembly proceedings

Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators on Tuesday stalled the business of the Legislative Assembly demanding announcement of financial package for drought hit farmers' in Vid... Read More
Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislators on Tuesday stalled the business of the Legislative Assembly demanding announcement of financial package for drought hit farmers' in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. On Second day of the winter session, the Congress and NCP did not allow ruling party to conduct the business forcing three adjournments and later Speaker Haribhau Bagade was compelled to adjourn the house for the day after transacting scheduled business amidst ruckus.

The floor management of Congress and NCP was comparatively good and leaders of both the parties had better co-ordination in the house and also outside the house. The ruling party, that is enjoying the benefits of divided opposition, faced the heat of united opposition in the session. The bonhomie between two estranged partners was quite visible during agitation staged inside and outside the house as a counter-move to ruling alliance's plan to hold discussion and then announce package for drought hit areas.

As soon as the Assembly session began on Tuesday, Congress Group leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanded to allow adjournment motion under rule 57 of Legislative Assembly. Making his point, Vikhe Patil said, Speaker should suspend question hour and start discussion on farmers' issue without any delay.

However, the Speaker Haribhau Bagade rejected their demand and called for question hour. He said, as the issue has been included in today's business as a motion moved under rule 293 by ruling party, therefore, there is no question to suspend the business before the house. The opposition members under the leadership of Jitendra Awhad, and Vijay Wadettiwar trooped into the well and demanded suspension of question hour. Within two minutes, the speaker adjourned the business for 10 minutes. Earlier, NCP members entered house shouting slogans demanding package for farmers'. It was a classic case of role reversal for many NCP and Congress veterans who enjoyed power for past 15 years and were required to enter the well of the house to stage agitation and perform duty of a vigilant opposition party.

As house reconvened after 10 minutes, Congress and NCP members again gathered in the well and shouted slogans. Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said, Government is ready for initiating discussion on this issue. The matter is included in today's business therefore, opposition parties should co-operate in conducting business, he urged.

Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, Government is willing to initiate discussion on this issue. Launching frontal attack on then DF Government, Mungantiwar alleged that in last 15 years, the DF Government did not pay any attention towards the pressing issues of farmers' and now, they are shedding crocodile's tears.

However, Congress and NCP members were in no mood to allow Government to transact business in the house. Bhaskar Jadhav, Rajesh Tope, Ravi Rana, Yashomati Thakur, Vijay Wadettiwar, Hasan Musrif, Varsha Gaikwad, Gopal Agrawal, Shashikant Shinde and other members assembled before the Speaker's Chair.

Amidst sloganeering and pandemonium, Speaker Bagade completed question hour before the house. During transaction of business in turmoil, former Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil and even former Speaker Dilip Walse Patil tried to convince Speaker for initiating discussion but he completed question hour. Bhujbal advised him to call a meeting of treasury benches and opposition parties group leader to sort out the issue. After completion of question hour, Haribhau Bagade adjourned the house for 30 minutes. As house resumed, panel speaker Varsha Gaikwad adjourned house for another 30 minutes.

As house assembled after this one hour forced break, Speaker completed the business pending before the house. Speaker Bagade allowed Senior BJP legislator Chainshukh Sancheti to initiate discussion on drought hit areas of Vidarbha and Marathwada. Sancheti tried to grill the opposition saying the situation has worsened due to bad governance during Congress-NCP's 15-year rule. He also virtually held the previous Government responsible for farmers' suicides. However, the opposition parties continued with their agitation and sloganeering. As ruckus continued and repeated plea from the chair had no desire effect, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.

Govt politicising the debate, claims opposition

NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal while speaking to mediapersons alleged that ruling alliance is politicising the whole issue and making unnecessary references by claiming that the previous Congress-led coalition government was responsible for the drought and farmers' suicides. They said that the ruling alliance could criticise the Congress-NCP government later, but this was not the time for playing a blame game when farmers were committing suicide. It is unfair on part of the State Government to neglect farmers who are in distress, they added. Congress group leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil alleged that the government was indulging in partisan politics and was not serious to tackle the drought-like situation. By May and early June, the situation may go from bad to worse. Therefore, a full package for affected persons should be announced immediately, he demanded.

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Kelkar panel shifts emphasis from ‘backlog’ to ‘devpt gap’

Following the announcement that the much-awaited Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development will be tabled during ongoing winter session of State Legislature, curiosity is buildin... Read More
Following the announcement that the much-awaited Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development will be tabled during ongoing winter session of State Legislature, curiosity is building up over its content. Getting a peep into the report, ‘The Hitavada’ has learnt that the report has shifted the emphasis from ‘backlog’ to ‘development gap’. The committee has made certain important recommendations for Vidarbha and other regions, with an expectation that the Government will implement those by the year 2022.

State Government had constituted the high-powered committee over balanced regional development a couple of years ago. After various rounds of consultations in different regions and a couple of extensions, the committee submitted its report to the Government in October 2013. The erstwhile Congress-NCP Government shied away from tabling the report. The new BJP-Sena Government organised a presentation on the committee report, during one of its recent cabinet meetings. Later, the Government announced to table the report during winter session of State Legislature.

‘The Hitavada’ has gathered that the 571-page report has shifted the focus of the debate from the concept of 'backlog' to 'development gap'. "Backlog is a single dimensional concept and it is more in financial and accounting terms. However, to achieve balanced regional development, we need to consider changes in economy and reforms in the past decades and change the context accordingly. Hence, we have talked about the development gap," noted economist Dr Vijay Kelkar, who headed the committee, told 'The Hitavada'. According to him, the concept of 'development gap' is multi-dimensional one. Emphasising on that, the committee has suggested a 'comprehensive development strategy' involving resource transfer on the basis of development distance.

Explaining the concept of development distance, a member of the committee Dr Vinayak S Deshpande said that development distance was a distance from a milestone of development reached by the State as a whole. It encompasses a lot many things including opportunities available to a region, assets created, utilisation of plan expenditure, per capita income etc. "We have tried to identify strength of various regions, on the basis of which development distance or development gap will be reduced," said Dr Deshpande, who is currently Acting Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU).

The committee has also discussed the debate whether to consider district or tehsil as unit for carrying out development strategy. While doing so, it considered the report of Ranganathan Committee on drought-prone tehsils, and some other reports. "We have considered drought-prone tehsils, ex-Malgujari tanks in East Vidarbha, and saline belt in West Vidarbha while making recommendations on planning process," Dr Deshpande said. The tehsils were considered drought-prone on the basis of their featuring commonly in different reports, and also on parameters like water supply through tankers, ground water level, absorption level of soil, need for fodder camps for number of years etc.

Apart from philosophical emphasis on the concept of 'development gap' and recommending resource transfer on that basis, Kelkar Committee has also made certain important recommendations that will benefit Vidarbha region. These include emphasis on time-bound completion of projects, Green Bonus to areas that have conserved forest for years but have been deprived of developmental projects for the same, Nagpur-Surat connectivity to benefit cotton belt in Vidarbha, setting up Agricultural University at Sindewahi in Chandrapur district, railway connectivity to district headquarters of Yavatmal and Gadchiroli etc.

Dr Kelkar added that the report has proposed a concept of Virtual Region for tribals. The population of tribals is scattered across Maharashtra, and the group needs to be given special consideration in development process. As tribals could not be bound to a particular region, the concept of 'Virtual Region' has been introduced by the committee.

The committee report links allocation to District Planning Committees (DPCs) to performance in utilisation. Higher the utilisation, higher the incentives, said Dr Deshpande. The recommendations pertain to the plan expenditure of Maharashtra. Asked as to why allocation principle has not been recommended in case of non-plan expenditure, Dr Deshpande said that capital assets were created through plan expenditure only and non-plan expenditure could be done only if assets have been created through plan expenditure. Hence, it allocation principles are applied in case of plan expenditure and assets are created, non-plan expenditure also will increase proportionately.

The committee headed by noted economist Dr Vijay Kelkar comprised experts namely Dr Madhav Chitale, Dr Abhay Bang, Dr Abhay Pethe, Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Vijay Borade, Dr Sangita Kamdar, Dr Dilip Nachane, Dr V M Mayande, Dr Sanjay Chahande, Dr Mukund Ghare, Kumud Bansal, Dr R P Kurulkar. K P Bakshi, Additional Chief Secretary (Planning), was the Member Secretary. The report is likely to be tabled in State Legislature next week. The report also has sub-volumes dedicated to different regions including Vidarbha. Once the report is tabled, these sub-voumes will be made available online.

Panel recommends Vid Tourism Development Corporation

For better development of tourism sites in Vidarbha in a focussed manner, Kelkar Committee has recommended that the Government should set up Vidarbha Tourism Development Corporation on the lines of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation. Vidarbha region has got several strengths including eco-tourism, various anthropological, archaeological, agri-tourism sites, forts. Besides, it has got prominent tourist destinations like tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, Lonar crater, Ramtek, Shegaon, Markanda Devsthan, Chikhaldara, etc.

Vid Development Cess on power, competitive tariff

The high-powered committed headed by Dr Vijay Kelkar has also discussed the idea of levying 'Vidarbha Development Cess' on power generated in the region and supplied to other parts of Maharashtra. According to Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Vidarbha region is a major power generation centre. Power is supplied to other parts of the State also and assets are created there using this power. The cess so levied on power should be utilised for expediting development of Vidarbha region, he added. Further, the committee has recommended to make the power tariff competitive to attract investment to Vidarbha. At present, despite having resources, industries are not coming to Vidarbha region owing to high power tariff. The power tariff is higher than that in adjoining states of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh. As a result, industries go to these states instead of setting up units in Vidarbha. Hence, there is a need to make power tariff for Vidarbha region comparable with adjoining states.

'No comment made on Vidarbha statehood'

Referring to reports in a section of media that Kelkar Committee has favoured statehood to Vidarbha, the panel chief Dr Vijay Kelkar said that the committee's mandate did not include the issue. "We had a clear task pertaining to balanced regional development. We have done that," he said. The report includes narration of the sentiments expressed by stakeholders during consultations held in various regions including Vidarbha. The narration sums up the sentiments of stakeholders from Vidarbha who said that if the region did not get priority in development strategy, the demand for statehood would be inevitable. "This is not the comment of the committee," he said.

CM should head Development Boards

Kelkar Committee has recommended that the role and responsibilities of Development Boards for various regions should be changed, but they should continue to function. However, to ensure that the Boards have a vital role to play, Chief Minister should head them, the committee has recommended. The Boards should have two local leaders and two experts as members. "We believe that the Boards should continue till desired equalisation of regions is achieved," said Dr Vinayak S Deshpande. It may be mentioned here that recently the State Cabinet has extended the tenure of Development Boards till March 2020.

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Police arrest Satvik Group’s Amol Dhake

Amol Dhake, promoter of Satvik Group, the latest name in the long list of investment firms that duped gullible investors, was arrested on Sunday by Ambazari police. Dhake was on the run after h... Read More
Amol Dhake, promoter of Satvik Group, the latest name in the long list of investment firms that duped gullible investors, was arrested on Sunday by Ambazari police. Dhake was on the run after his investment firm went bust, just about the time when the term deposits accepted by him were maturing.

Police arrested Amol Dhake from Ram Nagar where he was meeting the aggrieved investors to convince them about his intention to return their money. Police will produce Dhake in court on Monday to secure his police custody remand (PCR) for interrogation.

Police Inspector of Ambazari police station, Balasaheb Khade said that Dhake was picked-up after they learnt about his meeting with the investors. The sudden appearance of Dhake in city was quite mysterious as was his disappearance from city last year after wounding-up his business and other establishments. A senior police officer said that investigation in the case would now get momentum as Dhake would shed light on the whereabouts of money that he collected from the investors. So far, the amount misappropriated by Dhake is to tune of Rs 33 lakh but police said, as more investors are turn-up, the swindled money could swell.

Dhake, after disposing of the assets, had fled to his native village in Jalgaon. His family including wife, who is also an accused in the case, is still hiding in Jalgaon, the sources claimed. After Dhake, now cops are likely to track the other four Directors of the firm also as they are gathering details about the firm’s transaction, investments and properties, if any, acquired by the accused persons. The police still have no clues about address of other Directors, as investors knew very little about them.

Acting on the complaint by one of the investors, Sanjay Prakash Kashikar (50), a resident of house no. 808 (a), Karnalbag, the police had booked Chairman Amol Dhake and his wife, Mahendra Kohad, Atul Dikshit, Sandip Mahajan and Mohan Joshi. So far, police have received 16 complaints of cheating against Dhake till date.

As per primary information, maximum investors in Dhake’s firm were either his close relatives and friends who believed in promises of high returns. The investors used to meet Dhake in his office to get back their money as after maturity the promised returns on investments did not materialise. Dhake shielded himself from rage of the investors by assuring them to meet his commitments as he has enough properties to meet the liabilities. But that time little did investors knew that the businessman was only busying time as once Dhake sold his entire property he was simply untraceable. After Wasankar, Shreesurya, Raviraj and many other investment companies, Satvik Group allegedly defaulted on payments and thus left the investors high and dry again. Dhake floated prospective investors by promising astronomical returns on investment schemes. Hundreds of investors fell prey to ponzy schemes of Satvik Group.

Ambazari police had registered the case under Sections 420 and 406 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 3 of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act.

Cops await details from banks

After registering case against Satvik Group, Ambazari police had sent notices to Samruddhi Co-operative Bank and Indian Overseas Bank where Dhake did most of his transactions. The police have asked for information about transactions of Dhake since year 2005, under Section 91 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The details would form an important part of investigation in the case.

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Costly industrial power tariff takes its first toll

High tariff has high price! The recent decision of Maharashtra Government to stop monthly subsidy of around Rs 706 crore has taken its toll. Many steel units have decided to down their shutters a... Read More
High tariff has high price! The recent decision of Maharashtra Government to stop monthly subsidy of around Rs 706 crore has taken its toll. Many steel units have decided to down their shutters and move to neighbouring states where cheaper power is available round the clock.

One steel unit in Kalmeshwar closed down shop on December 1 and is contemplating move to neighbouring Chhattisgarh. Many other units have given closure notices, thus threatening deterioration in the industrial scenario.

The average industrial tariff has climbed up by Rs 1.50 per unit shattering all the calculations of entrepreneurs who were anxiously waiting that the new State Government would provide them succour when it comes to development. The new government in Maharashtra which inherited mess in power sector from previous DF Government, has been caught off-guard by this worrisome development which may hamper its ambitious plan to attract more manufacturing units in Vidarbha.

The situation of steel industry has worsened to such an extent that several entrepreneurs running steel units have made up their mind to shut operations and migrate to adjoining states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Out of 15, ground furnace units, 12 have downed shutters in Nagpur. Rolling mills are also facing similar situation. Of the total 60 units, 40 have stopped production and others also may follow the suit in coming days, sources said. The average industrial power tariff for single shift has been hiked from Rs 6.50 per unit to Rs 8 per unit and for three shifts it has been inflated from Rs 6.15 per unit to Rs 7.15 per unit.

Unable to withstand the circumstances, Omco Steel Private Limited, Kalmeshwar has surrendered power to MSEDCL. The unit with a turnover of Rs 35 crore registered in last fiscal, has 60 employees. Talking exclusively to The Hitavada, Omprakash Mundra, Director of the company, said, “We have received electricity bill for the month of October with inflated charges. Earlier, I used to get power bills with a charge of Rs 7.03 per unit. Now, the same has been hiked to Rs 9.43 per unit which we cannot easily assimilate in the present situation.”

The industrial power tariff vary from one category to another. The average industrial power tariff in Chhattisgarh is Rs 4.30 per unit, in Madhya Pradesh it is Rs 5.20 per unit and in Gujarat it is Rs 4.50 per unit. Omco Steel consumes 13 lakh to 14 lakh units per month for producing steel. “We cannot pay Rs 30 lakh per month extra for power and continue to run the unit. I have also made up mind to shift to neighbouring states and have started scouting for suitable land,” he disclosed.

“Another unit in Kalmeshwar-- Bramha Ispat Private Limited is also trying to surrender power and is suspending operations,” Mundra said. He added, there is entry tax of 3.5 per cent in Chhattisgarh. “If we add CST and transportation cost, for one tonne of steel produced in a unit in Chhattisgarh, it comes to Rs 1,000 while for the same produced in Maharashtra, the cost comes to Rs 1,500. How can we compete with our neighbouring states and sustain in the market,” he argued. He further said, daily 200-truck-load of steel enters in Maharashtra border from Chhattisgarh. “There is no entry tax in Maharashtra and therefore steel-markers from Chhattisgarh are making hay of the situation,” he disclosed.

If Maharashtra Government imposes entry tax, it would earn revenue worth Rs 400 crore per year, he suggested. Mundra also said, steel industry is already reeling under recession with slump in the market. If State Government turns a blind eye towards the woes of steel-markers, they will be left with no option but to wind up operations which would make a large army of workers jobless further leading to social tensions. “We will be dependent on other states for our requirement,” he noted.

Mundra who came from Odisha in 1989 in Nagpur with glee mood, acquired sick units and pumped life into them. “There was industry-friendly policy of State Government. Labour and power was cheaper. I left my ancestral home in Odisha and decided to settle here,” he said. Omco Steel was started by Mundra in 2004. “I am really disappointed with the present State Government’s negligence towards steel industry. Government should continue power subsidy and give ear to plights of steel-makers, he suggested. When contacted, R B Goenka, Chairman of VIA Energy Cell, said, he would conduct meeting of industrialists soon and discuss future course of action. Mahagenco had stated that it was suffering losses worth Rs 2,000 crore and was filing petition before MERC. “If the petition of Mahagenco is considered by MERC, then industrialists have to get ready to shell out more bucks on power bills,” he said.

The previous Government of Congress-NCP was giving subsidy of Rs 706 crore per month. The same has been rolled back by the newly elected State Government flunging reason that the financial health of the state was sick.

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NCP locks horn with Congress, wants LoP’s post in both Houses

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has indicated locking horns with its erstwhile ruling partner, Congress, on issue of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra Assembly. NCP is eyeing LoP’s p... Read More
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has indicated locking horns with its erstwhile ruling partner, Congress, on issue of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Maharashtra Assembly. NCP is eyeing LoP’s post in both houses and also Chairman of Legislative Council where it had more members than Congress.

Senior NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar addressing a press conference on Sunday evening disclosed that they would submit signatures of 45-members in support of its claim of LoP in Assembly and as to Council we already have more numbers than Congress. “Our leaders are going to meet Speaker Haribhau Bagde and submit letter of support from Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and other smaller groups to prove that NCP has more numbers than Congress,” he claimed. Congress Party too has claimed LoP’s post, saying it has third largest number of legislators in Assembly after ruling BJP and Sena and better voting percentage than NCP.

Pawar clarified that its support to BJP was to ensure a stable Government but this support cannot be constructed as being part of the Government.

About the State debt burden, the former Finance Minister said the new Government should stop cribbing about it and start fulfilling the mandate given to it by the people. New Government must get down to helping the farmers in State who are in distress, he claimed.

The absence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for the customary tea party is not a good sign for the democracy, Pawar said in response to a question about boycott of customary tea party on eve of winter session in city. The sanctity of established democratic conventions must be upheld by everyone and Chief Minister could have adjusted the time if he needed to attend the meet of Prime Minister, he stated. Fadnavis could have called us in the morning or invited Opposition for dinner late in night after returning from Delhi. The NCP was ready to discuss the aggravating problems of farmers owing to drought with Chief Minister during the tea party, he claimed.

As to farmers’ problem, the NCP felt that Government should enhance compensation before the situation goes out of hand. Now, even sugarcane growers are feeling the heat of crashing sugar prices and asked State Government to offer them package as was done by previous UPA and DF Government.

Pawar blamed BJP Government for poor handling of case in Maratha and Muslims reservation in High Court which struck down the Government Resolution of earlier establishment. Now in Supreme Court, Maharashtra Government should field legal luminaries as the issue is quite defendable and referred to Tamil Nadu where reservations exceed beyond 50% limit. NCP State unit chief Sunil Tatkare, former Ministers Manohar Naik, Anil Deshmukh, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye and other NCP leaders were also present at the press conference.

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Cong boycotts customary tea party

In what could be called a role-reversal, Congress party decided to boycott the customary tea party hosted by Chief Minister on the eve of commencement of winter session of State Legislature. Cong... Read More
In what could be called a role-reversal, Congress party decided to boycott the customary tea party hosted by Chief Minister on the eve of commencement of winter session of State Legislature. Congress is also taking out its ‘Halla Bol’ morcha on the very first day of winter session demanding immediate relief to drought-hit farmers of Vidarbha and Marathwada.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had invited various political parties for customary tea party but informed them that he would not be present as he was attending a crucial meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi regarding Planning Commission. “Not attending the customary tea party on the eve of winter session shows lack of seriousness on part of Fadnavis Government. This is insult of healthy legislative tradition. Hence, we decided to boycott the tea party,” said Manikrao Thakre, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).

Addressing a press conference on Sunday afternoon at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Thakre accused the Chief Minister of being ‘insensitive’ to issues concerning farmers. When more than half of the villages in State are facing drought-like situation, the Government should have come forward extending financial aid to farmers, he said. However, he alleged, the Government was disinterested. During past couple of months, the atrocities against Dalits had increased and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also failed in finding out solution to Local Body Tax (LBT) and toll collection, he said.

Against the backdrop of the current crisis looming large over farmers, Thakre said, Fadnavis Government should announce financial help of Rs 25,000 per hectare to farmers in rainfed areas and Rs 50,000 per hectare to farmers in irrigated areas. Besides, the Government should ensure uninterrupted power supply for agriculture and stop forcible recovery of electricity bills from farmers. “The Government has not taken any decision on loan waiver,” he said. When Congress was in Government, it had offered various financial packages to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore to farmers in crisis, Thakre claimed.

MPCC chief announced that Congress would take out a morcha of farmers to Vidhan Bhavan on Monday, the opening day of winter session of State Legislature. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Congress Group Leader in Legislative Assembly; Vijay Wadettiwar, Deputy Leader; Vilas Muttemwar, former MP; Satish Chaturvedi and Nitin Raut, former ministers; Sanjay Dutt, Abhijit Wanjari, Sunita Gawande also were present at the press conference.

Replying to a question on Congress’ stand over irrigation scam, Vikhe-Patil said that probe and subsequent action should be taken against the guilty. “We will make clear our stand in Legislative Assembly,” he quipped. Wadettiwar said that taking action was the responsibility of the Government.

‘Congress high command yet to clear stand on Vid statehood’

Replying to a question on Vidarbha statehood, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre said that Congress’ central leadership had not yet taken any decision on the issue. “A committee headed by then senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee was appointed some years ago, and it submitted its report to central leadership of Congress. The leadership is yet to take any decision on the issue. Our stand will be the same as that of party high-command,” Thakre said. Personally, he said, his stand need not be reiterated.

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Oppn divided, Cong asks NCP to make clear if it is in Govt

On the eve of winter session, the Opposition stood divided on issues, strategy and seems to be groping in dark to occupy the Opposition space after being in power for last 15 years. Congress an... Read More
On the eve of winter session, the Opposition stood divided on issues, strategy and seems to be groping in dark to occupy the Opposition space after being in power for last 15 years. Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) both have staked claim for the post of Leader of Opposition (LoP) and the differences between them appeared to have widened. This may prove to be advantageous for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena combine during winter session as the alliance has comfortable numbers in the Assembly.

On the eve of winter session, Congress alone represented the Opposition and addressed the customary press conference.

Asked about absence of other parties, especially NCP, that are not part of the Government, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre said, “NCP has not declared whether it is in the Government or in the Opposition. Often, they have claimed of working to save the BJP Government. Besides, NCP leaders including Ajit Pawar have not shown any aggression or interest in the issues of farmers facing drought-like situation in the State. We are performing our duty as principal opposition party.”

Asked about NCP also staking its claim over the post of LoP, Thakre said that only Congress had rightful claim over the post.

“Our numbers are more than NCP. Even if numbers are equal, decision about the post of Leader of Opposition is taken considering the percentage of total votes polled by parties that have not joined the Government. Going by that logic also, Congress has polled 18 per cent votes and NCP has polled less than that,” he explained. Still, he added, the fact remained that the Leader of Opposition was not yet appointed and it would be interesting to watch how ‘serious’ the Speaker was about it.

Thakre’s taking dig at NCP and Ajit Pawar clearly indicates that there is lack of communication between Congress and NCP, due to sharp differences over the post of LoP. Interestingly, political circles were full of talks that NCP was planning to bring ‘no trust motion’ against Shivajirao Deshmukh, Chairman of Legislative Council and a senior Congress leader.

Asked about it, Manikrao Thakre said, “We will fight it out.” This is a clear indication that the Opposition bloc may remain divided throughout the winter session.

It may be mentioned here that Congress has 42 seats in Legislative Assembly, and NCP has 41. After Shiv Sena joined BJP Government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Eknath Shinde resigned as Leader of Opposition and was made a minister.

As a result, the next biggest party -- Congress -- staked its claim over the post of Leader of Opposition. NCP claimed support of some Independent MLAs and moved in for the post of LoP.

Meanwhile, NCP also held a separate press conference at the residence of former Minister Anil Deshmukh here on Sunday. Addressing the press conference, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that NCP would play the role of constructive Opposition and also took a dig at Congress. He said that NCP had the claim over the post of Leader of Opposition.

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Khadse hints at 40% cut in expenses, blames DF for ‘fiscal mismanagement’

On the eve of winter session of State Legislature, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse hinted at up to 40 per cent cut in expenses owing to ‘fiscal mismanagement’ of the erstwhile Congress-NCP G... Read More
On the eve of winter session of State Legislature, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse hinted at up to 40 per cent cut in expenses owing to ‘fiscal mismanagement’ of the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government. Reiterating that the Government was committed to addressing issues of farmers, he appealed to the Opposition parties to extend co-operation in discussing vital issues during winter session.

“We have inherited empty coffers, fiscal deficit is Rs 26,000 crore, and debt burden is over Rs 3 lakh crore. In such a situation, we are left with limited options of borrowing and plugging leakages. There is limit to borrowings and hence we will focus on plugging leakages. For remainder of the current financial year, we will not increase taxes but plug leakages,” said Khadse.

Khadse was addressing a press conference at Ramgiri, the official bungalow of Chief Minister, on Sunday in absence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had gone to Delhi to attend Chief Ministers’ meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss future of Planning Commission. Khadse told reporters that ahead of Assembly elections, erstwhile Congress-NCP Government had taken several decisions with an eye on political gains. These decisions will have to be kept on hold for implementation till the end of current financial year.

Replying to a question he said, “It is not that we are the first to cut expenses. Congress-NCP Government also opted for budget cut up to 40 per cent.”

During the winter session, which will be the first full-fledged session of the new BJP-Sena Government, several important matters will be taken up for discussion. These include Kelkar Committee on development of backward regions, drought-like situation prevailing in the State, improving financial health of the State, industrial development outside MIDC areas, Maratha and Muslim reservations, etc. The Government would also discuss on Right to Service Bill, ‘Make-in-Maharashtra’ initiative to attract investment to Maharashtra, changes in labour laws.

Responding to the allegations of Congress, Khadse said that the new Government had already taken several measures to provide relief to farmers facing drought-like situation. “We are thinking of all other options including paying special bonus to cotton-growers, but keeping in mind financial health of the State,” he said.

Asked about farmers’ suicides and meager aid given to the kin of deceased farmers, Revenue Minister said that the Government was talking to insurance companies about a proposal under which the State Government would pay premium. Possibility of increasing the aid to kin of farmers from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh was being explored, he added.

Further, the Government had got approval from Central Government to primary reports of three river-linking projects in State. These include diversion of water from Konkan to Godavari basin, and that from Madhya Pradesh to Tapi basin. Central Government had given in-principle nod to 18 primary reports, he said.

Girish Bapat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister; Chandrakantdada Patil, PWD Minister; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister; Subhash Desai, Industries Minister; Eknath Shinde, MSRDC Minister; Diwakar Raote, Transport Minister; Dr Deepak Sawant, Public Health Minister; Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice; Vidya Thakur, Minister of State for Woman and Child Development; Ravindra Waikar, Minister of State for Housing, and others were present prominently at the press conference.

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NMC clears proposal for 33% addl FSI in non-congested areas

In a significant move that would cheer plot-holders and house-owners, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday cleared a proposal to allow 33 per cent additional Floor Space Index (FSI) in no... Read More
In a significant move that would cheer plot-holders and house-owners, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday cleared a proposal to allow 33 per cent additional Floor Space Index (FSI) in non-congested areas. The proposal was cleared in the NMC general body meeting held on Friday. Now, the proposal would be sent to the Government for final seal of approval. If the Government also clears it, the decision will empower NMC sanction additional FSI in lieu of premium. This is expected to bring down the rates of Transferable Development Right (TDR) and also curb illegal construction and resulting post-facto sanction to unauthorised constructions. Town Planning Department had proposed to sanction 33 per cent FSI to buildings in B or C zone on 60 per cent premium as per ready reckoner rates. The local body would allow additional FSI for commercial purpose on 90 per cent premium. This is a major amendment in Development Control Rules (DCR) and local body will have to issue notice under section 37 of MRTP Act, 1964. NMC would invite suggestions and objections from stakeholders and send the proposal to State Urban Development Department for its nod. The additional premium revenue will add to NMC revenue on the lines of Kolhapur Municipal Corporation. Presently, the local body has allowed 2 FSI for commercial purposes and 1.5 FSI for residential purpose in congested areas. The permissible FSI in non-congested area is 1 for plots admeasuring upto 1,000 sq mts and 1.25 FSI for plot with more than 1,000 sq mts area.

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‘Anti-corruption panels functioning without non-government members’

Maharashtra Government has not appointed non-government members on various anti-corruption committees in region as envisaged in its agreement with social activists and Padmabhushan Anna Hazare.... Read More
Maharashtra Government has not appointed non-government members on various anti-corruption committees in region as envisaged in its agreement with social activists and Padmabhushan Anna Hazare. The glaring omission was brought to the notice of Anna Hazare by local anti-corruption activist Mohd. Shahid Sharif and others during his visit to city.

Government has appointed such committees at Tehsil, District and Divisional levels and its has top district and divisional functionaries and in non-government member it is to be suggested by Hazare’s Bharastachar Nirmulan Samiti. For last two years, these committees are functioning without appointment of non-government members, Sharif pointed out to Hazare who promise to send names for the same very soon to the Government.

Sharif claimed that Hazare said he is going to dissolve all his organisational committees in State and reorganise them soon so that person who are at forefront in rooting out corruption from government system get representation on it, Sharif said in his release issued.

The delegation that met him also included Kamal Namalpalliwar, Mohd. Farhan, Surendra Pal, Gyanendra Tiwari and others.

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Wireless coin box phone installed at central prison

In a major respite to prison inmates, the Jail authorities have finally installed wireless coin telephone box at Nagpur Central Prison. This was done following a petition filed by Ashrat Shafiq... Read More
In a major respite to prison inmates, the Jail authorities have finally installed wireless coin telephone box at Nagpur Central Prison. This was done following a petition filed by Ashrat Shafique Ansari, an accused in Mumbai bomb blast case awaiting execution of his death sentence.

Ansari was sentenced to death in the year 2002 by Mumbai Sessions Court in bomb blast case that rocked Gateway of India. He knocked the doors of High Court seeking installation of coin box telephones in prisons across Maharashtra. It will enable lawyers to contact the inmates for legal matters and to obtain instructions, also prisoners will be easily able to talk to their relatives on phone. It will lead to easing of mental pressure and reduction in untoward incidences in prison. It will go a long way in changing psychological conditions of prisoners, the petitioner claimed.

Adv Mir Nagman Ali appearing for Ashrat informed court that coin box phones have been installed in Thane Central Jail, Navi Mumbai Jail, Pune’s Yerewada Prison, Delhi’s Tihar Jail and Cherapally Central Prison in Tamilnadu. He further contended that, in Delhi’s Tihar Jail prisoners are allowed to speak to their relatives on daily basis for five minutes.

There are instances reported wherein prisoners are found to be using telephones illegally and many prison officials faced departmental probe for allowing mobiles inside the prison in violation of existing ruules. Relatives have to come from other states travelling miles just to meet prisoners for 20 mins. Lawyers are required to talk to prisoners for instructions. Relatives of some prisoners never come to visit them for years due to distance and other inconvenience, petitioner claimed and submitted that, installing telephones will reduce such problems. He further submitted that, prison officials can watch them or CCTV can be installed to keep a watch on them while they talk.

Prison authorities had informed the court that, it was not viable to install regular wired telephone in prison due to infrastructural constraints and therefore they had moved proposal with BSNL office to install wireless telephone.

APP M K Pathan representing authorities informed a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande, that on November 25 the prison authorities have installed wireless coin box telephones. This marks a significant development in prison reforms.

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Din in NMC meeting over scam in firewood supply to crematoriums

Noisy scenes prevailed in the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday, over the issue of scam in supply of firewood to crematoriums. While the Opposition wanted NMC... Read More
Noisy scenes prevailed in the general body meeting of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Friday, over the issue of scam in supply of firewood to crematoriums. While the Opposition wanted NMC to lodge FIR against supplier firm, Mayor Pravin Datke favoured seeking legal opinion before taking any such action. Amid chaos, the meeting was adjourned indefinitely.

Amid heavy sloganeering, the meeting was adjourned for indefinite period after approving subjects on the agenda. As the meeting started at Town Hall, Leader of Opposition (NMC) and senior Congress leader Vikas Thakre raised the issue of alleged massive scam in supply of firewood at crematoriums. He quoted findings from an audit report.

“NMC must reveal names of contractor supplying firewood at crematoriums and also make known if there are political connections,” said Thakre.

Administrative officials and Mayor Pravin Datke tried to pacify the Opposition. Datke said that already fine was recovered from the contractor-firm and Municipal Commissioner had ordered departmental enquiry against officials concerned.

Still, NMC would first seek legal opinion and if there was any provision for lodging FIR on the basis of audit report, the action would be taken within eight days. He assured that appropriate action would be initiated against those found guilty.

However, it failed to calm down the Opposition corporators, who gathered near the chair of Mayor and resorted to heavy sloganeering. Some corporators hurled audit report papers at the chair of Mayor. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) corporators also joined Congress corporators.

In response, BJP corporators also rose from their seats and entered the well of the House. Amid pandemonium, the meeting was adjourned for five minutes.

When the house re-assembled, the Opposition resumed sloganeering over the issue. Amid sloganeering, it was declared that all the items on the agenda were passed, and the meeting was adjourned indefinitely.

Vikas Thakre alleged that Nitin Fukey and Mahesh Barange were owners of Mahesh Sales Corporation, which was appointed to supply firewood to crematoriums. Raising question over actual ownership of the company, Thakre alleged that the address of the company was 144, Parinay Apartment, Hilltop, Ambazari. “Audit report findings are pretty clear. Still, why has not been the company blacklisted,” he asked.

Many competent companies were keen to get the contract. However, the contract was given to Mahesh Sales Corporation. Instead of taking stern action against the company, Ruling Party members were shielding the firm owners and giving money to lawyers, Thakre alleged.

Ruling Party members objected over Thakre’s comment and asked him to apologise for the comment. Many NGOs are ready to give their services free-of-cost at crematoriums, but NMC had given the contract to private company, he said.

Demanding stern action against the contractor-firm, Bahujan Samaj Party group leader Kishore Gajbhiye also pressed that NMC should lodge FIR against the firm.

Mayor Pravin Datke said that rather than creating chaos, the Opposition could discuss the issue. NMC would take stern action against contractor firm and offence would be registered only if there was a provision in the law, he said. No one will be spared, he added.

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‘CCI also to start cotton purchase’

Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has agreed to start cotton procurement centres in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions with immediate effect, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and... Read More
Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has agreed to start cotton procurement centres in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions with immediate effect, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Shipping, and chief promoter of Agrovision agricultural exhibition.

Addressing a press conference at Agrovision venue in Reshimbagh on Friday, Gadkari said that CCI decision would provide a big relief to farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions. Currently, Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers Marketing Federation is the sole agent working under CCI, and has opened 78-80 centres for purchasing cotton in these regions. “I discussed the issue with CCI Managing Director D K Mishra, and he assured to start CCI’s cotton procurement centres immediately,” Gadkari said.

Gadkari met CCI officials against the backdrop of cotton growers ending their lives as cotton prices have gone below Minimum Support Price (MSP) in open market. Once CCI also starts cotton procurement centres, farmers will get big relief as they will get assured MSP for cotton, he added. He also discussed the issue with Chandrakantdada Patil, Maharashtra Co-operation Minister, and asked him to start cotton purchase immediately.

Gadkari reiterated before the reporters that the Government would soon start Dry Port at Sindi in Wardha district, and cotton from Vidarbha region will be exported directly to other countries. Dry port is being established to cut down transportation cost of cotton. Cotton export also will help farmers get better price to the commodity, he added.

The Union Minister appealed to cotton-growers to start household weaving with the help of solar charkha. A proposal for distributing one lakh charkhas is pending with Central Government, due to certain reservations of Khadi and Village Industries Corporation. If the Government is successful in distributing charkhas to villages, employment generation will get a boost in villages. Wardha and Yavatmal districts will soon have Special Economic Zones (SEZs) for cotton and textile, he added.

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With 6 more ministers in cabinet, power centre shifts to Vidarbha

The most important feature of the first expansion of State Government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is that of a total 20 ministers who sworn-in on Friday, as many as six are from Vid... Read More
The most important feature of the first expansion of State Government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is that of a total 20 ministers who sworn-in on Friday, as many as six are from Vidarbha. It is being seen as a reward to the region that elected BJP candidates from as many as 44 out of total 62 seats, thus contributing immensely to BJP’s coming to power in Maharashtra.

Another interesting feature is that after several decades, the power centre has shifted to Vidarbha in a real sense. Devendra Fadnavis, who hails from Nagpur, is Chief Minister and holds important portfolios like Home and Urban Development. Sudhir Mungantiwar, who hails from Chandrapur district, has got two more important portfolios of Finance and Forest.

In the expansion effected on Friday, another MLA from Nagpur district Chandrashekhar Bawankule has been given the significant portfolio of Energy. MLA from Bhandara district Rajkumar Badole is likely to be given Social Justice Department. All of these are pretty important portfolios financially, socially, and politically. After a long gap, Vidarbha has got such a prominence in State Cabinet.

As Fadnavis and Mungantiwar were already sworn-in as ministers, the induction of six new ministers on Friday has raised the number of ministers from Vidarbha region to eight. Of the six ministers inducted on Friday, five are from BJP and one from Shiv Sena. While expanding the cabinet, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has struck a fine social and regional balance.

Shiv Sena, however, gave only one ministerial berth to Vidarbha in Digras MLA Sanjay Rathod, as it could win only four seats in the region. Rathod is Yavatmal district president of Shiv Sena and is a third-term MLA from Digras. The Banjara leader had defeated MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre in 2004 Assembly polls.

As far as BJP is concerned, it has given opportunity to Chandrashekhar Bawankule, third-time MLA from Kamptee in Nagpur district. He started his political career from Panchayat Samiti and rose to Zilla Parishad, and holds quite an influence in rural politics of Nagpur district. He is a former President of Nagpur rural unit of BJP, and currently State General Secretary. He is known for having sharp knowledge of budgetary allocations in various sectors, and is well familiarised with power sector.

Rajkumar Badole from BJP is known as a staunch supporter of Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. He is a second-term MLA from Arjuni Morgaon in Bhandara district. He worked with Water Resources Department before joining politics. He is likely to get the portfolio of Social Justice as Cabinet minister.

BJP has inducted two MLCs from Amravati and Akola districts in the cabinet as Ministers of State. Of these, Pravin Potey (Amravati) is a supporter of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. He is a builder and got elected to Legislative Council in 2012. He runs P R Education Society. Dr Ranjit Patil (Akola) defeated stalwart B T Deshmukh from Amravati Division Teachers’ Constituency and got elected to Legislative Council. His father Vitthalrao Patil also was MLC from Akola-Washim-Buldhana local authorities’ constituency. However, representation to two MLCs from Amravati Division in cabinet, has left the elected MLAs quite unhappy.

Another interesting induction is that of 28-years-old Raje Ambarish Rao Atram, the first-time MLA from Aheri constituency in Gadchiroli district. He is grandson of late Raje Vishveshwarrao Atram, who was MP and President of Nag Vidarbha Andolan Samiti; and son of two-term MLA Satyawanrao Atram. A descendant of Aheri’s royal family, he was a student of Business Law in UK’s Birmingham.

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Nirbhaya case in Nagpur: 21-year-old teacher gangraped

A 21-year-old teacher with a city school was gang raped by five youth after being abducted from Kapsi bridge on old Kamptee road under the jurisdiction of Kalamna police station. According to t... Read More
A 21-year-old teacher with a city school was gang raped by five youth after being abducted from Kapsi bridge on old Kamptee road under the jurisdiction of Kalamna police station. According to the victim, the youth posed as cops when they stopped them, she and her boyfriend, who were heading towards Kapsi. The incident occurred on Monday night and the incident as narrated by the victim borders on the infamous Nirbhaya case that had rocked New Delhi.

The accused had blind folded the girl after abducting her and moved to a dense wooded area to commit the heinous crime. The police are still trying to figure out the names of accused persons involved in the dastardly act. The victim girl was with her boyfriend when they were accosted by the five youth. The youths identified themselves and cops and asked what the two were doing during the night time. After having subjugated the two, the accused youth asked the girl and her boyfriend to accompany them for further investigations. The five unidentified persons were reportedly in 20-40 years age group and the incident police said occurred between 8 to 9.30 pm.

Though the victim had asked youth for their identity cards, the accused browbeat her and caught hold of the boyfriend. The girl attempt to fight back failed as she was quickly overpowered and immediately blindfolded. The youth was also blind folded and he and the girl were gagged to ensure they do not call for help. The road at that time was sparsely populated and after going some distance the girl's boyfriend was pushed down on the road while the five youth fled with the victim. The girl was taken to an isolated spot along the highway where the five youth raped her at knife point.

The youth brutalised the girl turn by turn and later deserted her. She was also issued life threats if the matter was reported to police. The girl however managed to reach home and reported the case to police.

Police have registered an offence under secs. 376(D), 367, 363, 506 (B), 170 of IPC. A senior police officer informed that special teams of police station and Crime Branch are working overtime to get headway and nab the culprits.

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Businessman shot at near CM’s Dharampeth residence

A Chandrapur based businessman was shot at and injured seriously on Tuesday afternoon at Dharampeth, leaving the city police machinery red faced. The shooting spot, the lane behind Sudama Theatre... Read More
A Chandrapur based businessman was shot at and injured seriously on Tuesday afternoon at Dharampeth, leaving the city police machinery red faced. The shooting spot, the lane behind Sudama Theatre, is in close viccinity of Dharampeth residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who incidentally was in city till noon.

The businessman is identified by police as Sagir alias Tunnu Siddiqui (28), who police said is known history sheeter from Ghughus. Shagir was driving the luxury sedan, Audi Q5, when he was hit by the single bullet fired from German Mauser, a 9mm caliber sophisticated pistol. He was accompanied by three other friends, all residents of city, whom police are now grilling to reconstruct the firing incident. The trio have been detained till further investigations as cops are trying to figure out the purpose of Shagir's visit to city and his other ventures.

The spot behind Sudama is about 500 metres from CM's residence and expectedly triggered panic in security establishment as well as society in general as the area is a mix of business hub cum residential zone. As the bullet pierced through Shagir's neck he lost control of steering and the car rammed into compound wall of Adv. Sahil Bhangde's house.

Initially there was much confusion and even police thought it was a case of rash driving that resulted in the mishap. Only when police were alerted by hospital authorities, Shagir’s was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital at Shankar Nagar by his three friends, the full impact of the incident dawned upon cops. And then all top brass of police made a dash to the spot to figure out the incident and by afternoon the city was agog with reports of firing near CM’s residence.

The three youth with Shagir at time of the incident are identified as Shakti Manpia, a resident of Pandhrabodi, Zakir Khan and Ashish Parocha. The cops are probing the incident from all angles given the high stakes involved in it.

The incident police said occurred at around 1.30 pm. Shagir and his friends were earlier seated in a restaurant at Coffee House Square with Adv Mithil Kolte and latter's clients Om Thakur and Vikram Murare discussing a court matter. Adv Bhangde told 'The Hitavada' that he was at his office-cum-home when he was jolted in his chair in aftermath of car's crashing into the wall compound. The police later said Shagir's accidentally pushed the car's accelerator causing it to gather top speed in matter of seconds just before the crash.

The lawyer said three youths emerged from the car and opened door towards driver side. One of the youth was in tears that time and fervently inquiring ‘kya ho gaya mere bhai ko’ (What happened with my brother) after the drive side of car’s door was opened. One of the youth stopped a passing WagonR car (MH-31/DK-3101) while other youth took out cash from the car and stuffed it in his pocket. They bundled Shagir in the WagonR car and zoomed to Wockhardt Hospital before Adv. Bhangade could figure out further as to what had happened.

Before crashing into wall of the house, the car rammed into a moped (MH-40/AB-1048) that was parked in front of the house, the lawyer stated further. Adv Bhangde said he promptly informed Police Control Room about the incident. Senior police officers including Joint Commissioner of Police (Jt. CP) Anup Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl. CP) Deepak Pandey, DCP Zone I Abhinash Kumar and DCP Zone II Ishu Shindhu visited the spot in view of its proximity to CM's residence.

Commissioner of Police K K Pathak too later inspected the crime spot and discussed the line of probe with his officials.

A doctor meanwhile has informed that the bullet though did not damage Shagir's spinal cord but he continues to be in critical condition.

Sitabuldi police have registered the case under sections 307 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with sec. 3/25 of Arms Act. Further investigations are on.

Injured Siddiqui is a history -sheeter

Shagir Siddiqui is a known history -sheeter of Ghuggus, a coal mining area of Chandrapur district. According to police, cases of attempt to murder and serious assault are registered against the businessman with Ghuggus police station. After police learnt about criminal past of Shagir they are closely examining the statements of youth.

The sources disclosed that police also learnt that Shagir was recently booked on charges of extortion on a complaint lodged by a Khaparkheda based businessman who recently started coal transport operations from Ghughus. Shagir too was involved in coal transport and had amassed wealth to tune of crores of rupees in very short period of time.

Ghughus mine area comes under Western Coalfields Ltd. and it has dubious distinction of being a hot bed of coal mafia. In the past the rivalry between different factions led to brutal killing of an office bearer of then ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in full public view.

The preliminary investigations by police revealed that Shagir and other three youth entered Vrundavan Restaurant, located at Coffee House Square, sometimes after 12 noon. That Shagir could easily carry a sophisticated firearm that too when Chief Minister was in close proximity is sure to raise eyebrows in the security establishment. In light of today's incident, in future some extra security measures might come into force in Dharampeth area, especially during Chief Minister's visit to city.

The quartet led by Shagir exited from the restaurant after being there for nearly 20 to 30 minutes, the sources said and claimed police have got the CCTV footage from the restaurant. It is also learnt that the youth are trying to hoodwink the police by claiming that Shagir was fired upon from outside as car's door was open that time they further claimed.

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Fadnavis meets Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Dodging the media glare, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Bhaiyyaji Joshi, at an undisclosed place in the city on Tuesday morning.

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Dodging the media glare, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Bhaiyyaji Joshi, at an undisclosed place in the city on Tuesday morning.

Sources claimed that they met at an undisclosed place and later the Chief Minister left for New Delhi by a flight. Fadnavis reached Nagpur on Tuesday morning, and went straight to his Dharampeth residence. After some time, sources said, he left home in a private vehicle to meet Bhaiyyaji Joshi. He travelled in a private vehicle to avoid media glare. However, it was not revealed where Fadnavis and Joshi met. What did they discuss also could not be known. Police and party workers denied any meeting between Chief Minister and Joshi.

The official vehicle of Chief Minister was stationary for almost two hours in front of his Dharampeth residence. After meeting Joshi, Chief Minister reached his home. Later, in official vehicle, he went to the airport to fly to New Delhi. RSS sources also did not confirm meeting between Fadnavis and Joshi. Earlier, it was decided that all Maharashtra cabinet Ministers would come to the city and Bhaiyyaji Joshi would address them. But, the programme was cancelled later. It may be mentioned that Tuesday's was the first meeting between Fadnavis and Joshi, since BJP formed the Government in Maharashtra. Meanwhile, after reaching Nagpur Chief Minister Fadnavis interacted briefly with media and said, “Talks with Shiv Sena are in the last phase, and final decision will be taken in a day or two.”

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‘Insurgency menace can only be halted by political, social, economic thrust’

“The menace of Maoists and other insurgents can be brought to an end only by a politically-led, economy-based, and socially inclusive policy of the State, supported by the Government at the ... Read More
“The menace of Maoists and other insurgents can be brought to an end only by a politically-led, economy-based, and socially inclusive policy of the State, supported by the Government at the Centre," observed Lt Gen (Retd) V R Raghavan PVSM UYSM AVSM and former Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) in an exclusive chat with 'The Hitavada' on Tuesday.

Commissioned in the Punjab Regiment, Lt Gen Raghavan is a veteran who has seen action in 1965 and 1971 operations. He was General Officer Commanding, Siachin Glacier; and has authored various books including 'Siachen: Conflict Without End', which is considered a definitive work on the subject. One of the leading strategic thinkers of India, Lt Gen Raghavan was involved closely in formulation of Sino-Indian accord on maintaining peace on the borders and in the series of negotiations with Pakistan on Siachen dispute. Lt Gen Raghavan spoke at length in his leisurely yet convincing style on many issues, during his visit to 'The Hitavada' on Tuesday. Referring to the latest Maoist attack in which 14 CRPF men were killed in adjoining state of Chhattisgarh, Lt Gen Raghavan said that political-criminal nexus and wanton exploitation of tribals had left the people with a feeling of insecurity. "Military action in this direction may just cap the conflict, but the real long-term solution lies in dealing with the issue economically, politically, and socially, by winning over the confidence of the people," he observed.

The highly decorated officer expressed his happiness over young leadership at the Centre, in Maharashtra, and strife-torn states. We are well prepared. Any proactive measure will have strategic setback for both and because of India’s dominance. As a result the long Proxy war in J & K is petering out. More over no nation wants a full scale war due to possession of Nuclear Weapons and tremendous International pressure felt Gen Raghavan. He spoke of how the Indian Government, after the attack on Parliament, was softened due to mounting International Pressure. “Our strategy and priority therefore remains economic growth, poverty removal and close strategic partnership with all major powers.

Speaking about China, he observed that it was not in our interest to compete with China in terms of number of Aeroplanes, tanks, Ships. “We must have the capability to raise the cost of conflict for such nations. Our infrastructure needs improvement in Border areas, like raising Mountain Division, preparing more airfields for Fighter Aircraft to operate. He spoke on the dominance of China in South China Sea, South Korea, Japan, Philipines .

“Their growth in activity and influence around India also is real and worth tasking note of, but at the same time it remains for certain that no country will allow China to expand, that can adversely affect Sea Links of communication as nations can also retaliate to choke China’s oil supplies” he averred. Gen Raghavan expressed his appreciation on the spread of Indian Navy’s foot print in the neighbourhood from Japan to the Mediterranean, which is a re assuring sign. Combined Naval exercises with Super powers and other countries has given further fillip to the dominance and growing strategic partnership with countries” he ascertained.

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I-T raid on Radha Madhav Developers, Rajesh Steel & Wire

IN A major exercise, the Income-Tax Department, on Tuesday, conducted search and seizure operations on two groups -- Radha Madhav Developers and Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries -- creating flutt... Read More
IN A major exercise, the Income-Tax Department, on Tuesday, conducted search and seizure operations on two groups -- Radha Madhav Developers and Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries -- creating flutter among trade circles. Radha Madhav Developers is coming up with 'Vrindavan', a modern township in Jamtha, near VCA Stadium, Wardha Road, Nagpur.

Sources said that at around 8 am, more than 50 officials of the Income-Tax Department, Nagpur, descended on 15 business and residential premises of Sanjay Gaurishankar Agrawal (Chotu Agrawal) and Rajesh Agrawal, both partners in Radha Madhav Developers and Suresh Bajoriya, Director of Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries and the site office of Vrindavan township at Jamtha. Radha Madhav Developers' office is located at 125, Abhyankar Road, Sitabuldi and Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries' office on Ghat Road. The Income-Tax Department confiscated all the incriminating documents from the possession of both the groups and bank lockers were sealed. The officials may lay their hands on ample unaccounted cash and valuables from both the groups. Looking at the business volume of the groups, the investigation is likely to continue for another two days.

Rajesh Agrawal had sold Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries to Suresh Agrawal after he suffered losses in the business. He went to Dubai and established his own enterprises. Chotu Agrawal, who was one of the leading bookies in the cricket world till 2006, too, had amassed wealth from the global world, sources disclosed. Sources said that both the partners purchased 111 acres of land at Jamtha and parked huge amount of money in the Vrindavan township. The township has 1 BHK-4 BHK apartments, 1 BHK-2 BHK row-houses, 4 BHK-6 BHK bungalows and 3 BHK-4 BHK duplexes. It boasts of club house, temple, hospital, CBSE school/college, community hall and multiplex and other recreational facilities such as tennis and basketball court, a gymnasium, garden and children's playing area.

The huge investment made by both the partners in the township and not mentioned in the books might be one of the reasons which prompted the Income-Tax Department to conduct searches on the Radha Madhav Developers group, sources said. A broker of the Radha Madhav Developers, who used to approach prospective customers for purchasing dwelling units in the modern Vrindavan township, also came under the lens of the Income-Tax Department.

The Income-Tax Department is keeping a close eye on the money brought from countries where there is no Income-Tax. These countries are Monaco, Kuwait, Bermuda, UAE, Andorra, British Virginia Islands, Qatar, Bahamas, Oman, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Anguilla, Maldives, Turks and Caicos, and Vanuatu.

Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries is a well-known supplier of an exceptional range of products used in construction and building applications. The range of products include mild steel products, TMT bars, etc. The company specifically trades in products of the reputed brands and all its products comply with the ISI standards.

During the course of assessment, the Income-Tax Department had discovered a huge tax evasion in Rajesh Steel and Wire Industries. An accountant, who was also playing an advisory role in the company, also came under the scanner of the Income-Tax Department.

Rumour millers were telling several reputed names of companies and builders in the city, who too were facing music from the Income-Tax Department. However, they were proved wrong in the evening. Nagpur, although famous for oranges, also figured in the list of tax-evaders as several people from various segments like builders, doctors, steel traders, coal dealers, etc., were pulled up by the Income-Tax Department.

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State Govt to issue White Paper on debt burden: Mungantiwar

“We have inherited empty coffers and a huge debt burden of Rs 2,36,000 crore from previous Government led by Congress. Every day, State has to pay Rs 63 crore as interest on the debt. There was... Read More
“We have inherited empty coffers and a huge debt burden of Rs 2,36,000 crore from previous Government led by Congress. Every day, State has to pay Rs 63 crore as interest on the debt. There was criminal judgement on part of Congress-led Government as far as utilising the debt was concerned. Hence, we have decided to bring out a White Paper on debt burden,” said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Forest Minister of Maharashtra.

How much of employment was created from the money spent out of such a huge debt burden, how many projects were completed, whether the State created capital assets that resulted in increase in revenue, etc are the points of assessment for the new Government, said Mungantiwar. Stating that obtaining debt was not a bad thing, but alleged that the previous Government did not utilise the debt for productive purposes. He was interacting with reporters at ‘Meet the Press’ programme organised by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) and Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Trust (TPBT) at Patrakar Bhavan here on Tuesday evening. Elaborating further, Mungantiwar said that department-wise assessment of debt obtained, utilised, assets created etc was in progress. “The assessment will be completed by March,” he said, hinting that the White Paper will come out during budget session of State Legislature. The exercise has been taken up, as there was utter lack of financial planning during erstwhile Congress-NCP Government, he added.

Already, he said, BJP Government has initiated certain steps towards restoring fiscal discipline. These include curbing the practice of spending more than 15 per cent of allocation in March (end of financial year), department-wise assessment of requirement of funds, etc. Various departments have 1,250 schemes.

Besides, said Finance Minister, he would visit every district headquarter in the State in January 2015 to know their requirements and set developmental priorities for the Government. “Based on this realistic assessment, I will be presenting the budget for the year 2015-16. Our objective is to correct the mistakes committed by Congress,” he said. The priorities will be set vis-a-vis State’s resources for the next five years. If needed, BJP Government also will avail debt but emphasise on its proper and effective utilisation on productive purposes. Care will be taken to ensure that Five Year Plan objectives are reflected in the budget.

Replying to a question, Finance Minister said that certain regions remained developmentally backward due to neglect. BJP Government will focus on balanced development of all regions, and make a special provision for developmentally backward regions. Asked about report of Kelkar Committee on balanced development of various regions, Mungantiwar said that the report would be tabled during winter session of State Legislature scheduled to commence from Monday in the city. He hinted at a special plan for Naxal-affected areas, and also considering human development index (HDI) as basis for development.

On the promise of taking action against the corrupt in multi-crore irrigation scam, Mungantiwar said that the BJP Government wanted to give a transparent and people-oriented governance to the citizens. For the purpose, it was bringing in Right to Service Bill to ensure that every citizen got services in prescribed time-frame. This will reduce corruption, he observed. Besides, the Government was chalking out plan to complete at least half of 450 irrigation projects in five years as part of the long-term measures to provide relief to farmers who were committing suicides, he added.

Pradip Maitra, President of TPBT; Anupam Soni, Secretary of NUWJ; Ramshankar Pandey; Archana Dehankar, former Mayor; Shrikant Deshpande, Sanjay Fanje also shared the dais during ‘Meet the Press’ programme.

Rs 22,000 cr unspent with some deptts: Mungantiwar

Citing an example of financial mismanagement during the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that a huge tax revenue was unrealised. Besides, an amount of Rs 22,000 crore was unspent with some departments. However, he refused to disclose the departments. He said, the erstwhile Government made allocations but the departments did not utilise it.

‘BJP Govt firm on scrapping LBT’

Reiterating the BJP Government’s commitment to scrapping Local Body Tax (LBT), Mungantiwar said that a particular date for this could not be announced as finer points about possible alternatives were being worked out.

Stating that there was no difference of opinion in the Cabinet over the issue, the Finance Minister said that the State was waiting for Goods and Service Tax (GST) notification due to be issued this month by the Central Government. “Without knowing the provisions in the notification, and status of State Government in municipal finances, how can we scrap LBT or implement any new alternative? Waiting for some time does not mean that we will not be scrapping LBT,” he said.

Further, Mungantiwar explained, the Government wanted to zero in on an alternative would be acceptable to traders, and also to ensure that the autonomy of municipal corporations was not compromised. Besides, the Government would have to give a thought to the fact that the citizens were not burdened with tax. “A permanent tax system will have to be evolved and the Government is taking time for that. But, one thing is sure that LBT will be scrapped soon,” he observed.

‘BJP wants Shiv Sena to come along’

Against the backdrop of talks between BJP and Shiv Sena over the latter’s joining the Government, Sudhir Mungantiwar said that BJP was always in favour of Shiv Sena joining the Government. However, he refused to disclose the ‘seat-sharing formula’ for ministries, saying that immature disclosure would create hurdles in the smooth proceedings of talks.

State clears path for law banning cow slaughter

Replying to a question, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the BJP Government had cleared the path for passage of a law banning cow slaughter in Maharashtra. The Bill was cleared in 1995 during the previous BJP-Sena Government’s tenure. However, he said, since then the Bill was awaiting the assent of the President of India as there were certain issues with the Union Home Ministry during the Congress’ rule in past 15 years. “Now, we have conveyed our consent for passage of the Bill and the law will soon be a reality,” he said. Asked about a Bill on religious freedom that he had tabled as Opposition MLA a few years ago, he said that the issue would be discussed at a later stage.

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‘Ban entry of political leaders in villages’

Shetkari Sanghatna founder Sharad Joshi on Sunday asked farmers to ban entry of politicians in their villages till they address their problems and work out a solution for them. Stop the leaders... Read More
Shetkari Sanghatna founder Sharad Joshi on Sunday asked farmers to ban entry of politicians in their villages till they address their problems and work out a solution for them. Stop the leaders irrespective of political affiliation and question them about their stance about the issue of fair price for their crops and issues related to year-round irrigation for farms. Addressing a meeting of farmers agitating in front of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ residence in city, Joshi said, the issue is now critical and farmers should not backout and continue building pressure.

Earlier, the farmers’ morcha was stopped by city police in front of G S College of Commerce and Economics on Amravati Road on Sunday. Former MLA Wamanrao Chatap said that the farmers are demanding sufficient Minimum Support Price (MSP) for cotton, soyabean and paddy, which was promised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when they were in Opposition in State. Fadnavis himself was at forefront of demanding Rs 6,000 MSP for Cotton and now that he is Chief Minister, the farmers have just got Rs 4,050 MSP for cotton.

Farmer leader Ram Nevale said, as Opposition party, BJP had given plenty of promises to farmers and now it needs to keep its words. “UPA government had implemented two recommendations of Rangarajan Committee and now BJP Government’s turn to implement rest of the recommendations.

Others including Saroj Kashikar, Sheila Deshpande, Nanda Parate, Anant Deshpande, Gunvant Patil, Dr Dinesh Sharma, Shivajirao Shinde, former State DGP Prabir Chakravorty and others also addressed the meeting. Joint Commissioner of Police Anup Kumar Singh and Additional Commissioner of Police Deepak Pandey supervised the police bandobast.

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‘More than 50 per cent people in India unaware about HIV status’

Massive success has been achieved in the fight against HIV, still more than 50 per cent of people in India are not aware of HIV status. Ahead of the World Aids Day on December 1, Deputy Directo... Read More
Massive success has been achieved in the fight against HIV, still more than 50 per cent of people in India are not aware of HIV status. Ahead of the World Aids Day on December 1, Deputy Director General, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Dr Sunil Khaparde shared this information with The Hitavada.

Dr Khaparde said, Government of India is working towards elimination of parent to child transmission of HIV in India. About 7% of transmissions take place from mother to child. And the rate has reduced now. He said, the success has come due to concerted efforts through civil society movements, supported by national and international commitments and scientific research.

All pregnant ladies should be screened for HIV. Unfortunately, only 20-30 per cent of such woman actually opt for the test. Non-availability of testing facility, especially at PHC level, is another hurdle in further reducing the rate, he informed. “Massive gains have been achieved in fight against HIV. We now have more than 10 million people on HIV treatment globally. Efforts continue and are being accelerated to achieve the ambitious target of ending AIDS by 2030,” adds Dr Khparde.

There are 29 million annual pregnancies and 9 million women come under Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT). The major challenge is bridging the gap between estimated pregnant woman and actual coverage for HIV testing.

According to NACO, an estimated 2.31 million are infected with HIV in India (88.7% in 15-49 age group, 7.5% in 50+, and 3.5% in below-15). The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the country is 0.27%. Women account for about 40% of the patients.

The overall adult HIV prevalence (HSS 2012-13) in Maharashtra has declined to 0.40 %.

HIV Sentinel Surveillance (HSS) to find ANC HIV prevalence shows that it has declined from 1.15 in 2003 to 0.40 in 2012-13. Under MSACS, out of an annual target of 18,75,655 ANC testing for the year 2014-15, tests have been conducted on 10,73,200 ANC mothers (57.21%) from April to October 2014, of whom 858 were found to be positive and are on the PPTCT programme with positively rate 0.07%.

The rate of HIV among migrants and truckers is still high. “In Maharashtra, 1% of migrant and trucker population is HIV positive, which is high when compared to other high risk groups. Hence, this year, we are focusing on migrants and truckers to bring down the rate among this group. We have managed to increase the coverage 12-fold in a decade. The HIV epidemic in our region is concentrated among populations most vulnerable to HIV: men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs, sex workers, people in prisons and other closed settings. Although we have been successful in scaling up the health sector response for the vulnerable populations, more needs to be done,” says Dr Khaparde.

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Plea against Sunil Kedar’s election fails

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have dismissed the petition file by two businessmen from Saoner challenging election of Sunil Kedar. The petition was place bef... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have dismissed the petition file by two businessmen from Saoner challenging election of Sunil Kedar. The petition was place before the court in motion-hearing.

Observing that the writ petition filed by two businessmen from Saoner tehsil - Kishor S Chaudhari and Ujjwalkumar W Bagade - cannot be granted any relief against Sunil Kedar, who has won in Assembly elections held on October 15 last from Saoner seat as Congress candidate because several disputed facts are part of this petition and the petitioners remedy lie in election petition.

The main ground on which the petitioners wanted the election of Kedar to be declared null and void, has been that he has submitted “false information” in his nomination form and deliberately suppressed material facts. The petitioners have contended that the respondent-election officials including the Chief Election Commissioner of India, V S Sampath failed to initiate action and allowed Kedar to contest election. In support of their allegation of suppression of material facts by Kedar in his affidavit, the petitioners have referred to 41 objections raised by them with 25 documents in support.

The petitioners have also asserted that Kedar’s conduct in regard to submitting false information and suppression of facts in the affidavit annexed to his nomination form filed on September 29, 2014 has been in breach of Sections 33, 33-A and 33-B of the Representation of People Act, 1951. Advocate Gajendra Saoji appeared for the petitioners. AGP T A Mirza represented State.

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‘Replies to starred questions should reach within stipulated time’

The winter session of Maharashtra State Legislature will start from December 8. In this backdrop, the Government has come out with a circular of guidelines with instructions to handle the work re... Read More
The winter session of Maharashtra State Legislature will start from December 8. In this backdrop, the Government has come out with a circular of guidelines with instructions to handle the work related to session with priority.

The circular pointed out that to most of the starred questions, answers are not send by the respective departments in time. Not finding the answers in the printed book of question-answer, members express unhappiness. In the year 2010, directions were given to such departments seeking clarifications.

The copies of the answers to the questions should be sent by the departments within stipulated time to State Legislature Secretariat, the circular stated. Call attention motion, starred question, resolution or subject of the proposal is sent to the various departments. In some cases they are not related to that departments so the departments should send the same to related departments.

Minister or State Ministers sometimes make request that due to receipt of call attention motion a day before, the reply could not be prepared. So, such motion should be taken the next day. Now, such requests will not be entertained. It will be mandatory for the ministers to prepare the reply of the motions and allow it the same day. Such orders were issued by Speaker in budget session of 2011.

Annual reports should be submitted within stipulated time to state legislature. The cognisance of the documents is taken seriously in the meetings of ad hoc committee so all the respective departments should put the reports of various boards, corporations, activities, autonomous bodies. It should be done on priority basis. If any delay occurs then the reasons should be submitted to State Legislature Secretariat.

On government bills, the circular stated that, the approval of these bills after the discussion is an important part. Secondly, ministers are expected to give satisfactory answers to the issues raised by the members on the bills. The secretaries related to those departments should prepare proper comment and the copy of the same should be sent to Chief Minister Secretariat. Chief Secy’s order of 2000 still relevant In the year 2000, before start of the session, the then Chief Secretary Anil Bongirwar had issued certain observations. Then also, the delay was registered by the Ministers regarding the replies to starred questions. Taking a note of this, Bongirwar had said that after giving instruction, the delay was registered which was unpardonable. The Deputy Secretary of the related departments responsible for the delay in answering the question should be given written warning. Minor punishment should be given to Additional Secretary and for that necessary departmental enquiry should be started, the desk officer should be suspended. Every day at 4 pm, Principal Secretary should convene a meeting. The meeting should discuss the questions, their answers. The meeting will take a final call about it.

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e-Mutation to be made mandatory in Maharashtra from January 1

Taking another key strategic decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued instructions to Revenue Department and Settlement Commissioner to implement e-Mutation from January 1, 2015. M... Read More
Taking another key strategic decision, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued instructions to Revenue Department and Settlement Commissioner to implement e-Mutation from January 1, 2015. Maharashtra Government has decided to stop manual mutation in State from December 31, 2014. Chief Minister has set the dead line for issuance of digital certificate in the state. With this, the 7/12 abstract record will not be available manually from April 1, 2015.

The government has declared to observe year 2015 as - Year of Digitised and Time-bound Services.

Recently, Chief Minister took a meeting to review Digital India campaign and directed the officers concerned to ensure a task force on the e-Governance is formed which will include stake-holders from industry and government. This task force will act as a think-tank and meet periodically to discuss on various aspects of IT, e-Governance and the industry and advice the government on the measures to be taken.

Waiting for the updating of the 7/12 abstract records should not be an excuse for delay in starting the e-Mutation, said Fadnavis. He also said, the department should start digitisation process for remaining records so that from April 1, 2015, it can be guaranteed that 7/12 print out from the website will be no different from actual record with Talathi.

Chief Minister instructed the officers concerned to draft new State IT/ITeS policy at the earliest by December 31, 2014 and invite suggestions on the policy by putting the draft in public domain. The final policy will be submitted to cabinet for approval. The government has decided to issue e-Challan in Navi Mumbai and Thane from January 1,2015 and in the entire state, from July 1, 2105.

Similarly, the government will integrate all the UID schemes into scholarships, LPG, PDS, Pensions, NREGA and Prisoners data. This has been done as per the directions of Prime Minister Office (PMO) at the earliest by December 31.

Treasury Department will ensure that all salary bills from December onwards should be on computerised forms. The deadline set for computerised salary is March 2015.

Education Department will pay their bill in this form only. All the departments should link UID number with salary bills to weed out any duplicates. The Education Department will develop digital content to reduce the school bag burden for the kids. The basic scheme will be developed by December 31 of this month. The Chief Minister desired to develop concept like gamification of the content to ensure learning while playing and Massive Open Online Courses be encouraged to make education more effective and reachable. The Government has decided to roll out eKYC based system of rental agreements across that the state at a fast pace. The Chief Minister directed to start atleast 50 per cent rental agreements by January 31, 2015 across state without applicants coming out physically to Government offices. To remove backlog of SC/ST recruitments and to fast track the recruitment process, the online roster sofware should be rolled out quickly by GAD across the state. This system will start in Mantralaya from January 1 and in other parts of the state from April 1, 2015.

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Ban on govt vehicles moving out of city during winter session

For the first time in the history of Maharashtra Legislature, the State Government has imposed ban on movement of government vehicles of all Ministers, Ministers of State, and top babus includi... Read More
For the first time in the history of Maharashtra Legislature, the State Government has imposed ban on movement of government vehicles of all Ministers, Ministers of State, and top babus including officers of Legislature and Mantralaya out of Nagpur city during winter session. Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government has taken the courageous decision to make winter session more business-oriented rather than ‘picnic’ session.

Earlier, ministers, ministers of state and officers used to move out of the city in their respective government vehicles, especially on weekends, during winter session rather than devoting time to the session’s proceedings for welfare of the state. Often, on every Saturdays, ministers, MoS and top bureaucrats used to visit nearby tourist spots including Tadoba, Chikhaldara, Pench, Karmaziri and even Kanha, while some used to leave for Mumbai for two days rather than staying back in city. General Administration Department (GAD) of Maharashtra Government has issued directions for using vehicles during winter session. These vehicles were acquired by Divisional Commissioner office for winter session. As per directions, government vehicles would not move outside city limits during winter session. If in case, any officer or office-bearer wants to go out of the city limits, then he will have to seek prior permission from the Divisional Commissioner Office with reason for the same.

The official vehicle should not run beyond 80 kms per day, the notification clarified. Similarly, the government has also banned use of such vehicles for private purpose. If any person or such vehicle is engaged in private work, then the government will charge Rs 8 per kms to the user. For detention of the vehicle, the government will charge minimum Rs 3 to maximum Rs 30 per hour.

This diktat of the new government may put check on use of official/government vehicles for private use as well as for visits out of the city limits. As Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is from Nagpur, he may stay in the city for the complete session. Therefore, all the ministers and officers will be bound to stay in city to assist CM in expediting pending projects.

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Rati opened her eyes, claim kin

Rati Tripathi, who was thrown off a moving train on November 19, opened her eyes for the first time after the incident on Sunday morning. According to information, family members informed Home Mi... Read More
Rati Tripathi, who was thrown off a moving train on November 19, opened her eyes for the first time after the incident on Sunday morning. According to information, family members informed Home Minister Babulal Gaur that Rati had opened her eyes on Sunday morning. It is worth mentioning that Rati slipped into coma after delay of around 18 hours in getting proper treatment. Rati had received injuries on her head and nose. She had internal swelling in head. “Rati has not regained consciousness yet, family has reported to us that she had opened her eyes today early morning. Her condition has improved further and swelling inside her head has decreased but she is still in coma,” Dr Nitin Garg, Neurosurgeon, Bansal Hospital told ‘The Hitavada’ on phone. Home and Jail Minister Babulal Gaur visited Bansal Hospital here for the second time to enquire about health of Rati Tripathi on Sunday. Gaur was informed that Tripathi’s condition is improving. Gaur said that he had prayed for Rati’s health during his recent visit to Mahakal in Ujjain.

Rati Tripathi, who works in a Delhi-based IIT-JEE coaching institute as counsellor, was on her way to Ujjain in Malwa Express when the incident occurred on November 19. Rati’s elder brother Sanjay has business in Ujjain and presently, he and his mother were staying in Ujjain.

Meanwhile, police have not been able to solve the mystery behind the incident. Over a dozen police teams in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are searching for the two accused. Even after interrogating 75 persons, police are nowhere near nabbing the accused. Now, it is being expected that Rati on regaining consciousness can give vital details about accused.

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India’s first community-led museum on Bhopal gas tragedy opens tomorrow

India’s first community-led museum dedicated for victims of world’s worst industrial disaster would be opened on Tuesday. All contributors for this museum are the survivors of this poisonou... Read More
India’s first community-led museum dedicated for victims of world’s worst industrial disaster would be opened on Tuesday. All contributors for this museum are the survivors of this poisonous gas leak during the deadly night of December 2-3, 1984. Rashida Bi, a leading gas survivors’ activist while informing that the Museum would be opened on December 2, said that it was an attempt to let the people know about the fight of gas victims. It doesn’t record the horror of the events that occurred during that deadly night but would also portray the ongoing fight against injustice, she added. The main focus, while preparing this museum, remained that no chemicals was used to preserve the objects. Eco-friendly strategy has been used for the purpose. Donations from Government and corporations have also not been taken for this venture. Rama Lakshmi, a senior journalist associated with The Washington Post, is also actively involved in this venture. Earlier, the trust was planning to start this venture in a travel bus which would carry across the country giving awareness about gas victims’ ongoing struggle. But unfortunately because of funds’ shortage, it was not started then. On the occasion of gas tragedy 30th anniversary this would be a way to let the world know closely about the horrific incidence.

The Remember Bhopal Museum will be opened at Senior HIG 22, Housing Board Colony at Berasia Road. She, however, said that details about the launching of the museum would be provided later. The museum is placed in a rented room managed by the trust. Along with trust, other organisations have also come forward to support this museum, she added. Rashida Bi said that this also highlights the urgent need to curb contamination of soil and groundwater which is still affecting the lives of locals near the factory. In a press conference earlier, the gas survivors’ associations have said that we have written to the office of Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh on February 4 and to the office of Chief Minister on July 30, 2014 urging the Madhya Pradesh Government to immediately intervene in this urgent matter. She said another set of reminders were sent to all officials concerned and ministries in November but they have not heard back from anyone.

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Study on toxic waste disposal strategy lying in cold storage

There is hardly any transparency followed over the disposal of toxic waste that is stored at Union Carbide factory. The ambiguity regarding characterisation of the 350 tonne toxic waste that is... Read More
There is hardly any transparency followed over the disposal of toxic waste that is stored at Union Carbide factory. The ambiguity regarding characterisation of the 350 tonne toxic waste that is stored at the Union Carbide factory (UCIL) site is continuing. It was also demanded by the Gas Survivors’ Association that the results be shared in public domain for better transparency over the disposal of the toxic waste. An analysis of about 15 studies to assess soil and groundwater contamination in and around the UCIL site was conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) last year. This was done subsequent to stakeholders’ round-table on the subject for the remediation of toxic waste. Rachna Dhingra from Bhopal Group of Information and Action said that it had been thirty years but even after the details of study were being provided to the Government authorities, the proposal was lying without any action. It has to be mentioned that this was for the first time an agreement towards Bhopal gas disposal toxic waste was considered after taking all the parameters into consideration. Earlier, Sunita Narain, Director of CSE, also had mentioned over the need to take substantial measure over toxic waste disposal so as to avoid any further contamination of soil and water. Pollution regarding the mineral fur was also discussed in detail, which is continuing to bring ailments to throat, eyes and other such problems to the locals living around the site. The action plan suggested included securing the site and SEP (Solar Evaporation Pond) area by fencing and guarding to prevent access of people, especially children, hence their exposure to toxic chemicals; stopping construction in the SEP area; and protecting annual surface water run-off from the site during monsoon. Most of these studies confirm contamination and have more convergence than divergence. The nature of contaminants found in the soil and the place from where they were found are similar in several studies. Contamination of groundwater has also been reported in most studies.” The study involve experts from scientific institutions such as NEERI, IITR, IICT, NGRI, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Roorkee. Besides, regulatory bodies such as CPCB; industry including those with expertise in remediation of contaminated sites; and organisations from Bhopal were also a part of the team.

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No tiger census results even after 11 months

Eleven months have passed since the tiger census in the State, but its results are still awaited from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. Tiger census was earlier conducted in 2006 a... Read More
Eleven months have passed since the tiger census in the State, but its results are still awaited from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. Tiger census was earlier conducted in 2006 and 2010. In 2006, Madhya Pradesh had more than 300 tigers. It had been given Tiger State status, while in 2010 census, tiger population fell to around 250 and the Tiger State title was awarded to Karnataka due to more than 300 tigers there.

State forest officers hope of regaining Tiger State status in census 2014 and it is the reason why the State forest officers are eagerly Awaiting tiger census results. The officers many times asked WII, Dehradoon officers for the tiger census results so that the State Government, if it regains Tiger State status, would publicise it in order to promote tiger tourism. State forest officers hoped that in census conducted in January this year, number of tigers would increase.

In last tiger census, the results were declared in the month of November. It was delayed this time. Now the forest officers hope of tiger census result in December.

“The wildlife institute scientists are still scanning and compiling tiger census data collected in January and some photographs in July. It is taking time as there is obscurity in prints and long distanced photographs taken by Drone aircraft attached cameras and the date prepared by the forest employees. One more reason of delay in tiger census result was not matching data prepared by the employees manually and photographs and it is the reason why the scientists find it difficult to prepare the tiger census results. If there was any fault, other states may appeal for rescanning photographs and census data.

When contacted, Narendra Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), said the tiger census result was to be declared in November but it is has not yet come. The Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun officials are compiling the data. There is no indication of dates to declare tiger census, hope it will be declared in December, he said.

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‘Tod-Fod-Jod’, a creative way to polish skills of young technicians

To hone the skills of undergraduate diploma engineers, SV Polytechnic College, Bhopal established an innovation centre ‘Tod-Fod-Jod’ at its campus, where students will gain expertise in eng... Read More
To hone the skills of undergraduate diploma engineers, SV Polytechnic College, Bhopal established an innovation centre ‘Tod-Fod-Jod’ at its campus, where students will gain expertise in engineering through unused devices.

After setting up the centre, faculty members of the institute started donating their rejected mobile phone, fridge, cooler, motorbike and other home appliances. However, proper functioning of the innovation centre will commence from January 2015 as students are busy in academic examination till December-end.

The unique idea will make students receptive to practical knowledge from the theoretical output read in the books. The centre will impart practical knowledge to the student everyday for 2 to 3 hours. “I have also donated my old Hero Puk which is of no use now. Students will get to learn through the machine. It is really nice initiative to sharpen the skills of budding engineers,” said Professor Mukesh Lal of the institute. He further said that after establishing the innovative centre, officials were gathering equipment from faculty members and other people, who wished to donate their rejected gadgets or home appliances. According to Professor Lal, department had already received five computers, Hero Puk, fax machine, printers, etc. gadgets by faculty members of the institute for further training of budding diploma engineers. “It is a unique idea for imparting practical training to the engineering students. The department has also invited parents and outsiders to donate their unused articles for training of students. The unused gadgets and machines will be re-opened and repaired by students under guidance of faculty members,” Professor Lal informed, adding that the unique project had been launched by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) in four districts of State, including Bhopal, Ujjain, Sagar and Rewa. DTE has asked the selected institutes of these four districts to start such centres in the month of September 2014. As per need of students, subject experts will also be called to guide the students for repairing these unused machines.

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Madhya Pradesh tops in implementation of PM Jan-Dhan Yojana

Madhya Pradesh has topped in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. It is the first among major states to achieve cent percent target of opening bank accounts of all families. As a r... Read More
Madhya Pradesh has topped in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. It is the first among major states to achieve cent percent target of opening bank accounts of all families. As a result, none of the total 1,53,86,853 families in the State is without a bank account.

Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana was launched simultaneously in the country on August 28 this year. Under the scheme, January 26, 2015 was fixed as the date for achieving cent percent target. Madhya Pradesh has achieved this target far early on November 30, 2014.

As per a survey, 1,04,39,216 families already had bank accounts in the State. During the drive, 49,47,637 families were linked with banks by opening their accounts. In all, 58,64,452 bank accounts were opened under the scheme.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had been intensively reviewing implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana from day-one. During 155th meeting of State Level Bankers Committee also he had reviewed progress of the scheme and directed that the target must be achieved positively latest by December 31, 2014.

The State Government has decided to felicitate at the state-level the collectors and district Lead Bank Managers who had achieved cent percent targets first. Similarly, state-level heads of banks having achieved the target first of all at the state level will also be felicitated. It has also been decided to give away citations to sarpanchs and banks of all villages covered by Sub Service Area (SSA) at development block level functions and in-charges of wards in the urban areas. After assessment, the Chief Minister will honour district collectors and Lead Bank Managers. Of the 58,64,452 bank accounts opened under the scheme, 45,55,625 accounts are in rural and 13,08,686 bank accounts in urban areas.

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Elderly couple gravely injured by miscreants at Betwa Apartment

Two miscreants armed with sharp-edged weapons attacked an elderly couple in their flat in posh Betwa Apartment at Roshanpura Square under TT Nagar police station of State capital on Sunday dawn. ... Read More
Two miscreants armed with sharp-edged weapons attacked an elderly couple in their flat in posh Betwa Apartment at Roshanpura Square under TT Nagar police station of State capital on Sunday dawn. Courageous act of police personnel led to the arrest of one of the miscreants.

The couple was alone at the house at that time but their presence of mind led to the arrest of one of the miscreants. Police said that Ravindra Kumar Mehta, 72, and his wife Pushpa Mehta, 65, resided alone in a flat on the fifth floor of the high rise building. On Sunday morning, someone pressed the bell of their door. When Mehta opened the door, one of the accused attacked him with sharp-edged weapon. Meanwhile, the other miscreant targetted Pushpa.

Mehta somehow managed to get away from miscreants and raised alarm from his balcony. Head Constable Deviram Chowdhury and Constable Anil Arya were patrolling nearby and on hearing Mehta shouting for help, they rushed into the complex and managed to nab one of the miscreants Rahul Singh, 24, son of Kewal Ram, while his accomplice fled.

“In an attempt to flee, Rahul also pointed a firearm on the police personnel but least bothered about their own security, they nabbed him, though later, it was found that the firearm was a fake one. Other police personnel rushed to the crime spot and encircled the area,” said R D Bharadwaj, CSP, TT Nagar. Police have also identified the other accused but keeping his identity secret for security reasons. After the incident, the elderly couple was in a state of shock. They were rushed to Narmada Hospital, where doctors declared both of them out of danger while Pushpa was still admitted in ICU ward.

“IG Yogesh Choudhary has declared Rs 5,000 reward for Deviram and Anil each and Rs 1,000 cash award to ASI Mahadev, Mahesh Manjhi, Antram, Balram and Raj Kishore,” said Bharadwaj.

It is worth mentioning that one of the accused had earlier visited the apartment as a plumber so he also knew that Mehta couple stayed alone. That is why they targetted them. It is worth mentioning, the failed efforts of Police Department in controlling thieves and miscreants is resulting in increased criminal acts by the accused.

Police have registered a case against the held accused and his accomplice under section of IPC and investigation is being carried out.

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CKAF to gherao Assembly on December 17

To press their two points demand, Chhattisgarh Karamchari Adhikari Federation(CKAF) will gherao Assembly on December 17 during the winter session. The decision was taken during the meeting of the... Read More
To press their two points demand, Chhattisgarh Karamchari Adhikari Federation(CKAF) will gherao Assembly on December 17 during the winter session. The decision was taken during the meeting of the members here on Sunday. According to CGKAF state spokesperson, Virender Namdev the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in their election manifesto promise to increase the dearness allowance of the government employees by seven per cent. But, despite promise and coming into the power ruling BJP government has failed to fulfill the promise and there is heavy resentment among the employees.

To stage protest, Namdev informed that members of various government associations including class two, three and four will take out massive rally will gherao winter session of Assembly on December 17. To give final shape to the agitation federation will another meeting of the members on December 4 which will be attended by Subhash Mishra, CL Sahu, N H Khan, Sudhir Gautam,Vijay Jha, Amod Shrivastav, Alok Mishra, Ajay Tiwari, Pradeep Bogi and Idarish Khan.

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President honours city girl with gold medal at Symbiosis Intl University

It was a moment of pride for the State capital Raipur as well as the entire state of Chhattisgarh when recently Payal Gwalani, a girl from Raipur who had pursued B.Tech from Symbiosis Internation... Read More
It was a moment of pride for the State capital Raipur as well as the entire state of Chhattisgarh when recently Payal Gwalani, a girl from Raipur who had pursued B.Tech from Symbiosis International University was awarded with a gold medal in the 11th convocation ceremony of the university by hands of honorable President of India Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and Governor Chinnamalai Vidyasagar Rav. Besides her, Sant Dada JP Waswani of Sadhu Waswani Mission was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the same programme and also conferred the degree ofD.Lit (Doctor of Literature). It need be mentioned here that around 45000 students from 20 countries pursue education at Symbiosis International University. Besides the family members of Payal Gwalani, Member of Legislative Assembly Shrichand Sundarani, Executive President of Chhattisgarh Sindhi Panchayat Lakhmichand Gulwani, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce Amar Parwani, Convener Amar Dharna and others have congratulated her on the accomplishment.

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Govt Secretary Surendra Kumar Behar has narrow escape as car turns turtle

IT was narrow escape for Chhattisgarh Government, Secretary, Surendra Kumar Behar and his wife when the car they were traveling in turned turtle after it was dashed by a rashly driven truck at ... Read More
IT was narrow escape for Chhattisgarh Government, Secretary, Surendra Kumar Behar and his wife when the car they were traveling in turned turtle after it was dashed by a rashly driven truck at four-lane highway in Bhilai on Sunday noon.

The police said that the mishap occurred when the car made a bid to overtake the truck and Surendra Behar was on wheels. Police sources informed that at about 2 pm on Sunday, Surendra Kumar Behar and his wife Shobha Behar were on way to Durg in a car (CG02/6101) when a recklessly driven truck (CG04/G/7160) dashed their car near bus stand in Power House, Bhilai and in the mishap the car overturned. Behar couple was rushed to Chandulal Chandrakar Hospital, Bhilai from where they were discharged following medical examination.

The police also said that after information a Chhaoni police team rushed to the spot and took the accused drivers into custody along with seizing vehicles involved in the mishap. The accused truck driver was identified as Chandrashekhar and the police registered the offence against him under sections 279 and 337 of IPC.

When contacted, Alexander Kiro, SHO, Chhaoni Thana confirmed the details and added that the police were investigating the mishap. Anil Kehri, the friend of Surendra Behar reported the matter, SHO Kiro informed.

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Cong questions on medicines with rat poison in sterilization ops

Reacting to reports that another medication Ibruprofen also contains rat poison, Chhattisgarh Congress General Secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi expressed his shock that two medicines supplied and u... Read More
Reacting to reports that another medication Ibruprofen also contains rat poison, Chhattisgarh Congress General Secretary Shailesh Nitin Trivedi expressed his shock that two medicines supplied and utilized in Bilaspur sterilization operations turned out to contain lethal rat poison.

Terming the whole episode to be a major conspiracy, he lashed out at the state government for describing the whole incident as lapse. He also questioned as to how Ibruprofen medication got procured when it was banned according to state government.

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Bhola Nagar slum razed; High Court issues notice to State Govt

Raipur Municipal Corporation razed Bhola Nagar slum locality round about fifteen days before Diwali. A petition was filed in the High Court of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur by 28 affected families. Th... Read More
Raipur Municipal Corporation razed Bhola Nagar slum locality round about fifteen days before Diwali. A petition was filed in the High Court of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur by 28 affected families. The High Court Single Bench of Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra has ordered for issuing notice to the state government and stipulated the time till January 13, 2015 for the government to give reply. This was informed by Advocates Janmejay Sona and Bhagwanu Nayak while addressing a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Sunday. The affected families had filed the petition in the High Court through these advocates. The people who dwelled in the slum were rickshaw pullers, domestic servants and similar people. These people were financially poor, but were making their children learn in schools. No prior notice was given to these people that their slum would be razed and it was all of a sudden the municipal corporation employees went with police force and bulldozers and razed the slum forcefully. Women and children of the slum locality cried out before the corporation staff and police to stop the act, but their pleas were not heard. These people have been settled in BSUP houses in Saddu where they are not getting pure drinking water, electricity and they are not finding any source of employment. The education and future of their children is badly affected. It is a violation of human rights of these people, the advocates added.

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Shankar Nagar theft case solved; four including three minors arrested

It began with a big bang and ended into trifle, the theft at a Bungalow on VVIP Shankar Nagar road was busted with the arrest of 4 boys including 3 minors, who had confessed of stealing only copp... Read More
It began with a big bang and ended into trifle, the theft at a Bungalow on VVIP Shankar Nagar road was busted with the arrest of 4 boys including 3 minors, who had confessed of stealing only copper wires.

No CCTV, no LED, no servers and certainly not CPUs, the boys arrested by the Civil Lines Police said that they only stole copper wires so that they could make some money to buy psychotropic drugs. The initial claim of Bungalow owner Amit Agrawal that thieves have stolen aforementioned electronic equipment worth over 20 lakh are turning out to be false alarm.

Three minors including an 18-year-old boy Navneet Singh alias Sonu said that they there was no such equipment in the Bungalow. To steal the wires, they entered the home for 5 to 6 times each day over a period of one week. They only took out copper wires and conduction pipes from the air-conditioner systems, which are only worth about Rs 2500.

Boys said that they sold the wires to a scrap dealer at Devar Basti after burning the rubber coating of the wires in a ground. Police perplexed over the conflicting statements of the complainant and thieves. Hence, any further confirmation on the stolen stuffs will only come after the investigation and confirmation. Even if the theft wasn’t so big, police security in the VVIP area is still under scrutiny.

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City police nab 3-member inter-state gang of thieves

After facing the barrage of criticism from media and public, Raipur Police relished the melodious appreciation from same corner with the arrest of 3-member inter-state gang of thieves, which wr... Read More
After facing the barrage of criticism from media and public, Raipur Police relished the melodious appreciation from same corner with the arrest of 3-member inter-state gang of thieves, which wrecked havoc by pulling out one of the biggest and audacious thefts worth in crores at posh areas like Samta Colony, New Rajendra Nagar and Tagore Nagar in past one week.

In a jam-packed press conference, Raipur Range Inspector General of Police (IG) GP Singh said it was the result of Raipur Police and Central Crime Branch (CCB) team’s concerted efforts and synergy that the inter-state gang has come to the clutches of law. IG also informed that they have recovered all the cash Rs 72, 45,000 and stolen ornaments including 50 Tola (500 gram) Gold, silver Jewellery about 1 kilogram and other stuffs such as watches and semi-expensive jewellery with total worth 1.05 crores from the Meerut, Uttar Pradesh (UP) based gang.

Raipur Police and the CCB had come under immense pressure after the sudden spurt in incidents of theft in the Capital city. The trio Imran Saifi (23), Mohammad Rashid (21) and Mohammad Shahnawaz (20), all residents of Rasulpur Aurangabad under Bhawanpur Police Station in District Meerut, were caught from different places as the arrest of one led to the catch of another. Still, two members of the gang, whose names are not yet known, are still reportedly at large.

Three cases of theft were reported by Kishore Sadhwani atTikrapara Police Station and by Anup Vaswani at New Rajendra Nagar Police Station on November 25 and two days later at Saraswati Nagar Police Station by Vijay Agrawal on November 27. Cash and Ornaments stolen in all these cases have been recovered, police claimed.

A team of CCB led by Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Crime Ajatshatru Bahadur Singh collected the intelligence data in a meticulous investigation of the Crime Scene at Samta Colony on November 27. After the scientific analysis of data and rigorous checking of staying facilities in the Capital City, CCB sleuths came to know that the Burglars were staying in hotel near Station and after big theft at Samta Colony, they left the City in a train on the same day. CCB immediately went interrogated the Railway employees at ticket counters and found that they bought ticket for Samta Express to Meerut.

Hence, one of the teams of CCB immediately flown to New Delhi to establish identity and keep eyes on the accused trio travelling in the train. Team reached Mathura and got onboard the Samta Express. Then after checking the entire train and going through the reservation list, they established identity of thieve, which was like searching a hair pin in stack of husk. Soon, the CCB Inspector In-charge Sanjay Singh also touched down in New Delhi. Two of the three accused Imran Saifi and Mohammad Shahnawaz were caught as the train arrived at Hazrat Nizamuddin Station. All this while CCB team in the train was in continuous contact with the Senior Officials in Raipur.

In the initial interrogation, two arrested accused informed that Mohammad Rashid, who had involved in all the thefts, had got off of the train with all the cash and ornaments at Nagpur Station. So, one more team was dispatched to Nagpur while the interrogation with the two arrested in Delhi continued. Eventually, Mohammad Rashid was also arrested from Nagpur Station.

In the preliminary interrogation, trio has confessed committing thefts at Shailendra Nagar, Tagore Nagar, Amlidih, New Rajendra Nagar, Shanker Nagar, Devendra Nagar, Pandri, Samta Colony, Sunder Nagar, Rohinipuram, Avanti Vihar and some other posh areas of the Capital city.

MODUS OPERANDI

Imran Saifi, the mastermind of the Gang, used to hire auto-rickshaws and carried out reconnaissance in the pretext of Gas Stove Repairing or selling Winter Jackets/Clothes in uptown colonies. While one of the three accused stays with the auto-rickshaws at some distance from the target home, one stand watch outside it and the third one used to break the locks and steal the stuffs. They select hotels and lodge, which are situated near the bus stands and railway stations. The gang arrived in Raipur on November 24, 2014 and the thefts began from November 25.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND

Imran Saifi has confessed of pulling out thefts in Faridabad with the help of Mohammad Rashid whereas Mohammad Shahnawaz has confessed of thefts in Raipur only.

OTHER INFO ABOUT TRIO

Imran Saifi had education up to Class-X and his brother has a cloth shop in Meerut. He has spent quite a lot of tie in Delhi and often used to visit his friends at Kolkata and Cochin. Shahnawaz only studied up to Class-VI and was a mobile Vendor. Mohammad Rashid dropped out of school after Class-II and used carryout small thefts in Delhi.

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Amit Shah to address mega gathering of party workers on December 12

On the occasion of completion of one year of the third tenure of Bharatiya Janata Party Government led by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the state, it is all likely that Bharatiya Janata Party ... Read More
On the occasion of completion of one year of the third tenure of Bharatiya Janata Party Government led by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the state, it is all likely that Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah will be addressing a mega gathering of party workers and office-bearers at Science college grounds here in the capital on December 12.

According to the party sources, the BJP National President was due to visit Chhattisgarh on December 10 but on the request of senior party leaders he postponed his visit till December 12 as on that day the first year of the third term of BJP Government in the state will complete. On the occasion the state BJP has decided to hold a mega programme on that date. On the occasion, the BJP National President will be addressing a mega gathering of party workers and office-bearers who will gather from all over the state.

BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik who is presently canvassing for the party in Jharkhand, will be returning within 2-3 days. Thereafter he will be holding meeting for preparation of National President’s visit. It is worth mentioning here that the numbers of active members in the state are approximately 23,000 while there are three lakh primary members.

After being nominated as the BJP National President, it will be a maiden visit of Amit Shah in Chhattisgarh. Hence the state unit of BJP is preparing for giving him a rousing welcome. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has already conducted a preliminary meeting with the senior leaders of the party in this direction.

During his stay in Raipur, the BJP National President will also hold separate meetings with senior leaders, MLAs and Members of Parliament. During his stay in Chhattisgarh the National President will be discussing various issues pertaining to the state as well as suggest ways to thwart the opposition onslaught.

Cong to finalise strategy on assembly session on Dec 4

Various aspects of botched up sterilization operations in Bilaspur as well as paddy procurement related woes of the farmers would be amongst the prominent agenda which would be discussed in meeting of Congress legislators on December 4.

Talking to The Hitavada over phone, CLP leader TS Singhdeo said that he expected state government to allow peaceful discussions on these vital issues of public interest. In so far as issue of bringing in fresh no-confidence motion against Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal is concerned, Singhdeo said that party is exploring the issue in all its aspects including legal.

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Five people injured as speeding Safari overturns

Five persons were injured in a road accident when a speeding Safari vehicle they were travelling in overturned in village Kaladehi under jurisdiction of Bargi police station on Sunday. The inju... Read More
Five persons were injured in a road accident when a speeding Safari vehicle they were travelling in overturned in village Kaladehi under jurisdiction of Bargi police station on Sunday. The injured have been identified as Deshant Patel (17), a resident of Shahpura Bhitoni area, Piyush Jain (17), resident of Super Market area in Lordganj, Himanshu Agrawal (19), a resident of Railway Station area in Bargi, Aniket Patel (17), resident of Dhanvantri Nagar area in Garha and Hitesh Kori (18), a resident of Shastri Nagar area in Garha. According to police, they received information about a road accident in Kaladehi village. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and found that a Tata Safari (MP-20T-9485) had overturned. Police team rescued travellers with the help of locals and rushed them to Suvidha Hospital, Jabalpur with the help of 108 Ambulance Service. The injured informed that they were on their way towards Hanumantal temple in Kaladehi village when their vehicle overturned. Condition of injured is reported to be stable and is undergoing treatment at hospital. Police have registered a case against the accused driver under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Man held for duping people on pretext of recruitment in GRC

Gwarighat police have apprehended a man involved in duping of unemployed persons in the name of their recruitments in GRC on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Sukesh Kumar Rajput (30),... Read More
Gwarighat police have apprehended a man involved in duping of unemployed persons in the name of their recruitments in GRC on Sunday. The accused has been identified as Sukesh Kumar Rajput (30), son of Shyamlal Rajput, a native of Noorwala in Panipath district.

SHO of Gwarighat police station Sub-Inspector Nehru Singh Khandate informed that Bhagwandas Sharma (40), an employee of Grenadiers Regimental Centre (GRC) filed a written complaint that he is deployed in ongoing recruitment process in GRC started from October 3. He received information about a man who was alluring unemployed persons in the name of their recruitment in GRC against cash of Rs 2 lakh per candidate. Receiving the information, he immediately contacted his Naik and Lance Naik and started search for the accused.

Acting on the information, he along with a team reached Narmada Nagar in Gwarighat area and found a man who was busy in teaching seven boys on a notepad. The accused informed that he was operating a coaching class.

In the search of his premises, they recovered some documents having seal of Army authorities. When the students named Manjeet Kumar, Chetan Singh, Vikas Kumar, Anoop, Bhupendra, Sunil Kumar and Anurag were inquired, they disclosed that Sukesh Kumar assured them for their recruitment in GRC and was informing them about written examination scheduled on Sunday. He also took cash of Rs 2 lakh each from them for their recruitment in GRC. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under sections 420 and 511 of the IPC and apprehended the accused while further investigations are underway.

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Miscreant attacks woman with blade in her house

Panagar police have registered a case of attempt to murder for assaulting a woman with a blade in her house on Sunday. The injured has been identified as Prabha Sharma (35), a resident of Panag... Read More
Panagar police have registered a case of attempt to murder for assaulting a woman with a blade in her house on Sunday. The injured has been identified as Prabha Sharma (35), a resident of Panagar area and owner of general store.

According to police, they received information from hospital that a woman was admitted for treatment of critical injuries. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and found that a woman named Prabha Sharma had sustained injuries on her neck and face. In her statement, injured informed that she runs a general store in her house.

On Saturday night, she closed the shop and entered the house when a local man named Jittu Patel knocked the door. When she opened the door, Jittu started abusing her husband and threatened her. Before she learnt the intensions of miscreant, he attacked her with a blade and wounded her neck and face. She was immediately taken to Government Hospital Panagar where she was given primary treatment and referred at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital, Jabalpur. Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 307 and 452 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for him.

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Advocates must endeavour hard to get justice for their party: Justice Mishra

Adhivakta Parishad Madhya Pradesh organised a law lecture on Human Rights at Vindhya Bhawan, Katanga, on Sunday. Supreme Court Judge Justice Deepak Mishra was chief guest of the programme. Justic... Read More
Adhivakta Parishad Madhya Pradesh organised a law lecture on Human Rights at Vindhya Bhawan, Katanga, on Sunday. Supreme Court Judge Justice Deepak Mishra was chief guest of the programme. Justice Mishra along with Justice A M Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, National General Secretary of Adhivakta Parishad, D Bharat Kumar and State President T S Ruprah inaugurated the lecture by lighting the lamp.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice Deepak Mishra shed light on role of advocates in implementation of Human Rights. He said advocates must endeavour hard and work with full devotion to get justice for their party. He said advocates know human rights well hence they should come forward and fight for justice. It is not necessary that advocates are appointed by anybody on any special post.

They on their own accord should work for righteousness, added Justice Mishra. He also shared his experiences with advocates.

Expressing his views on the occasion, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice A M Khanwilkar said it is worthwhile to memorise contribution of Barrister Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi in getting implemented human rights in India. He played a pivotal role in developing a feeling of equality amongst all and making India a national from a country. Justice Khanwilkar called upon advocates to ensure their contribution in protection of human rights. Later, Jai Sachdeva, Secretary, District Unit of Adhivakta Parishad also urged advocates to work to safeguard human rights. He said legal fraternity could work better in this matter. Earlier, Adhivakta Parishad welcomed the guests.

Advocate Surendra Singh conducted the proceedings of the programme while senior Advocate R K Agrawal proposed a vote of thanks. Those who participated in the programme were senior Advocate Rajendra Prasad Tiwari, former Advocate General Ravinandan Singh, B S Shroti, P R Bhave, Vijay Shukla, Purushendra Kaurav, Vijay Pandey, P S Paliwal, Ashish Pathak, R S Patel, Harish Agnihotri and others.

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Man booked for attempt to murder

Lordganj police have registered a case of attempt to murder by firing a bullet in Shyam Band gully in Kacchiyana area, on Sunday. According to police, Ritesh Nayak (37), a resident of Kacchiyan... Read More
Lordganj police have registered a case of attempt to murder by firing a bullet in Shyam Band gully in Kacchiyana area, on Sunday. According to police, Ritesh Nayak (37), a resident of Kacchiyana area filed a written complaint that he has a plot near Bhargava building where construction work is underway since one month.

On Sunday, he was monitoring construction works, when Ravi Bhalla along with his brother Rocky Bhalla arrived and started abusing him for uninstalling air conditioner. He informed that air conditioner was uninstalled due to ongoing construction works. They insisted for reinstallation of air conditioner and Ravi Bhalla took out a pistol and opened fire at him.

It was a lucky escape for him that the bullet brushed passed his head. Hearing the loud noise of fire, neighbourers gathered on the spot and miscreants managed to escape. On the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 448, 294, 323 and 34 of the IPC and started a search for the accused.

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Unidentified thieves burgle house in Dixitpura, flee with jewellery, cash

Unidentified thieves burgled a house and took away jewellery and cash worth lakhs in Dixitpura area under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

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Unidentified thieves burgled a house and took away jewellery and cash worth lakhs in Dixitpura area under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

The incident took place when members of Jha family went to attend a marriage function of a relative in Gwarighat area when thieves entered the house. According to police, house owner Rajni Jha, owner of beauty parlor informed that she along with her husband and other family members went to attend a marriage function of new niece in Gwarighat area on Saturday.

On Sunday morning, a customer contacted her on phone that lock of entrance door of her house was broken.

Receiving the information, she along with her husband immediately rushed the house and found that commodities were disturbed inside the house and almirah was open. She informed that unidentified person broke the lock and entered the house. Thieves took away precious jewellery worth lakhs and Rs 50,000 cash from safe of almirah. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and started investigation into the case. Police have registered a case against unidentified thieves and started a rigorous search for them.

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Man killed, another critically hurt in road accident on Amkhera road

In a tragic incident, a man was killed and another sustained critical injuries in a road accident reported on Amkhera road near country liquor shop under jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station... Read More
In a tragic incident, a man was killed and another sustained critical injuries in a road accident reported on Amkhera road near country liquor shop under jurisdiction of Gohalpur police station on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Manish Kushwaha (30), a resident of Narmada Nagar area, while Sudama Kori (40), a resident of Kudwari village sustained critical injuries.

According to police, receiving the information of accident at Amkhera area a police team reached the spot and found that a motorcycle rider was killed after being hit by a moped while the rider of moped also sustained critical injuries.

The injured was immediately rushed to hospital with help of 108 Ambulance Service while body was sent for post-mortem to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. The accident took place when rider of motorcycle (MP-20MV-8169) travelling towards Gohalpur from by-pass area while moped rider was travelling towards Kudwari village from Gohalpur area.

Later, the deceased was identified as Manish Kushwaha. Police have registered a case under Section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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3 members, including 2 women, of a family killed in mishap in Ujjain

In a tragic incident, three members of Kumod family of Jabalpur, including two women, were killed in a road accident in Ujjain, on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Sadanand Kumod an... Read More
In a tragic incident, three members of Kumod family of Jabalpur, including two women, were killed in a road accident in Ujjain, on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Sadanand Kumod and Shanta Kumod, residents of A-14 at Ratan Nagar area and their relative Sadhna Kumod, a resident of Shakti Nagar area in Garha. According to information, Sadanand Kumod, retired from LIC, Shanta Kumod, employee of Bank of India along with Sadhna Kumod went to attend a marriage function of a relative in Ujjain.

They left for Ujjain on November 29. The incident took place when they were travelling in an auto-rickshaw on Indore–Ujjain road when a speeding bus rammed into their auto-rickshaw near Meghdoot Dhaba.

In the mishap, the auto-rickshaw was entangled with the bus and skid with the bus at around 300 metres.

The auto-rickshaw was completely damaged while Sadanand, Shanta, Sadhna along with the driver were succumbed to their critical injuries on the spot. News of incident reached residence and a large number of relatives, locals and neighbourers were gathered at house in Ratan Nagar area. Members of Kumod family left for Ujjain for taking the bodies. The incident has spread a wave of sorrow throughout the area.

Man crushed by mini-truck on Katangi–Jabalpur road

A man was crushed to death by a mini-truck on Katangi– Jabalpur road under jurisdiction of Katangi police station. The deceased has been identified as Mahesh Vishwakarma (45), son of Rajaram Vishwakarma, a resident of village Bhiloda and working as taxi driver in Jabalpur.

According to police, they received information about a road accident at Katangi-Jabalpur road and a police team reached the spot. Police found that a man was run over by a speedy 407 mini truck (UP-83-9305). The incident took place when the man was waiting for public transport vehicle at roadside when a speeding mini truck being driven recklessly by the driver hit him. In the mishap, Mahesh Vishwakarma sustained critical injuries and died on the spot due to profuse bleeding. Witnessing the incident, onlookers gathered at the spot and succeeded in stopping the mini truck. Police sent the body for post-mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital after carrying out Panchnama and registered a case against the accused driver under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC. Continuing a rigorous search, police succeeded in apprehending the accused truck driver while further investigations are underway.

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CM holds meeting of all MPs from C’garh

On the eve of the initiation of Winter Session in the Parliament, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh called a meeting of all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from the State. During the meeting Chief ... Read More
On the eve of the initiation of Winter Session in the Parliament, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh called a meeting of all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from the State. During the meeting Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Health Minister Amar Agrawal and Principal Secretary (Health) Dr Alok Shukla gave a detailed presentation about the sterilization incident which took 13 lives in Bilaspur district. The Members of Parliament were informed about the steps initiated by the State Government. During the meeting the Chief Minister and officials also informed about the development proposals pending for Central approval.

The meeting of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Members was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. The meeting which was held at the Chief Minister’s official residence was attended by MPs including Ramesh Bais, Chandulal Sahu, Dr Banshilal Mahto, Dinesh Kashyap, Kamalbhan Singh, Lakhanlal Sahu, Abhishek Singh, Ranvijay Pratap Singh Judeo, Dr Bhushanlal Jangde. Also present were Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar, Advisor to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, ACS M K Raut, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Aman Singh, Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh, Joint Secretary Rajat Kumar and Director Health Services R Prasanna. During the meeting extensive discussion was also held on the selection of villages under MP Model Village Scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and on their development work plan. Keeping in view the raising of questions on sterilization case in Bilaspur in Parliament, the MPs were made acquainted about the facts and figures and steps taken by the State Government.

They were also informed about the compensation and the facilities being extended to the children who died in the grievous incident. Also of the 121 women, 104 women have been cured and were discharged from the hospital while 17 others are recuperating at various hospitals. While two health department officials have been terminated, four others have been suspended.

Also after registering FIR, the surgeon has been arrested. On getting complaints against spurious drugs supplied for operation, all the medicines supplied by concerned drug manufacturers have been banned, the manufactures have been arrested and cases lodged against them.

During the meeting it was informed that under MP Model Village Scheme, 15 villages have been short-listed. The Chief Minister directed the senior officials to direct all concerned district collectors to prepare and present development work plan for these villages at the earliest. A meeting will be scheduled soon for the same. Keeping in view the Winter Session from Monday, the Chief Minister also informed that MPs about the pending proposals which are pending with the Centre.

These proposals include establishment of Tribal University in Chhattisgarh, special package for the construction of Naya Raipur, laying of broad-gauge line between Mandir Hasuad-Naya Raipur-Kendri and to transfer 80 acres of land under narrow gauge to the state government against 150 acres land being provided for above broad gauge line. Also NRDA had forwared Rs 742 crore scheme under Smart City Scheme for Naya Raipur as well as information on several other pending schemes were exchanged.

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Survey reveals shocking statistics on literacy level in C’garh

During last one decade, the literacy level across the Chhattisgarh has been improved but sicken part is that still one in 12 households of the State does not have even a single literate member.... Read More
During last one decade, the literacy level across the Chhattisgarh has been improved but sicken part is that still one in 12 households of the State does not have even a single literate member. In rural parts of the State condition is more horrible as in every 7th house, all the family members were found to be illiterate.

According to the statistics of literacy released by Census of India on Saturday, Chhattisgarh has total number of 5640620 households (both rural and urban parts) and out of which 721631 households where not a single family member know how to read and write that means all of family persons were found to be illiterate and it accounted of 12.25%. But the positive factor is that amongst these households, in 1.78 lakh households which accounted of 31.6%, four members of the family know how to read and write. It is clearly shows that efforts of different government agencies and NGOs got success and literacy level in the state witnessed a little improvement. As a decade back (in 2003-04), 37.2% of the households had at least four literate members and 15.3% had none.

In rural areas, there has been no change in the illiteracy level and still it has to be found high in many districts of the state. Among the 43.58 lakh households in rural areas of the Chhattisgarh, in 6.55 households, none of the family member was found to be literate that accounted of 16.02%. On the other hand in urban areas, literacy level saw a little improvement as out of the 1.28 lakh households, only 66739 households do not even one literate among its members.

The shocking part is that many districts of the state such as Durg and Rajnandgaon which were declared highest literate districts of the Chhattisgarh have also recorded many households where not a single member was literate. In Durg district, 47528 out of 7.01 lakh households where not a single member is literate whereas in Rajnandgaon, 25296 amongst 3.17 households which do not have one literate member.

In tribal districts of the stat, condition is horrible as all the districts which come under Bastar Division such as Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Bijapur and Naryanpur witnessed 38% households without a literate family member. In Scheduled Caste (SC) category households of the state, 13% houses do not have a single literate family member and in Scheduled Tribe (ST) category household, 19% households do not have a single literate family member. A senior officer of Census of India informed all of these statistics have been prepared after analyzing the data of Census 2011, literacy data of 2013-14 and annual health survey for 2013-14.

‘It is true that overall literacy of Chhattisgarh has gone up owing to various schemes of government agencies but it is also a saddest factor still so many people have no knowledge of reading and writing and they are still illiterate’ said Dr P S Gupta, HoD of Sociology Department in Pt Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur. ‘Households without even a single literate member must be in remote areas and among migrant labourers. People of these sections are still unaware of the utility of education and prefer work over education’ asserted Gautam Banerjee, Centre Coordinator of Shiksha, a national level NGO works for education and literacy. He also added that for rising the literacy level, Chhattisgarh should adopt the policies of southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu where only 1.5% and 2.8% respectively households without a literate member.

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Warlyani bats for super-speciality hospital in Jagdalpur to cater to injured jawans

Senior State Congress leader Ramesh Warlyani has alleged that state government is not serious towards providing urgent medical care to injured security personnel.

He was referring to recen... Read More
Senior State Congress leader Ramesh Warlyani has alleged that state government is not serious towards providing urgent medical care to injured security personnel.

He was referring to recent incident where four security personnel were injured in Sukma after leftist insurgents fired at them. Warlyani had visited injured jawans at Ramkrishna hospital in Raipur on Sunday. He said that some of the injured jawans were brought to Raipur which caused delay of several hours in extending medical treatment.

Warlyani pointed out that gunbattle between Naxals and jawans is frequent and there have been occasions when security personnel lose their lives due to delay in medical treatment while on way to Raipur.

He suggested that state government should instead institute a super-speciality hospital in Jagdalpur itself with senior most doctors posted there. He also took potshots at the state government claims that Chhattisgarh has become free of Naxal menace when such incidents are coming to fore where Naxals are not even sparing a helicopter. Congress leaders Inderchand Dhariwal, Sheikh Shakeel were also present during Warlyani’s visit.

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SRLM focusing on intensive VOA training for six resource blocks in Chhattisgarh

Aiming to achieve the objective of economic empowerment of rural women in State, the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) of Chhattisgarh is actively roping in successful practices from neighbor... Read More
Aiming to achieve the objective of economic empowerment of rural women in State, the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) of Chhattisgarh is actively roping in successful practices from neighboring Andhra Pradesh. Rural women in batches from six identified resource blocks are being trained to maintain account books of loans availed by women members as well as work collectively while maintaining strict fiscal discipline. The identified resource blocks by SRLM in Chhattisgarh includes Bastar (Bastar), Rajnandgaon (Rajnandgaon), Narharpur (Kanker), Kurud (Dhamtari) and Balrampur (Balrampur).

It is to this end that Chhattisgarh SRLM has roped in the services of Society for Elimination Rural Poverty from Andhra Pradesh to send in their trainers and train Village Organisations Assistants (VOAs). Officials in the SRLM informed that women are being organized in Self Help Groups and Village Organizations to avail loans and start their own small level enterprises locally. But, officials added, fiscal discipline and regular meetings are also inculcated to ensure that these women are able to sustain economic empowerment on a long-term basis.

SRLM officials informed that only recently they had conducted a 10-day training for women from Bastar, Rajnandgaon and Kanker districts, a fresh batch of women from Balrampur, Bastar and Chhura blocks have been identified to go training in maintaining account books and help women members maintain strict fiscal discipline.

SRLM officials also informed the once a substantial number of VOAs receive training and become conversant with the subject, these women would then be sent out as trainers to other districts of Chhattisgarh to train more VOAs.

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It’s not pad yatra but Congress’ political yatra

Coming down heavily on the Congress for politicizing the issue of sterilization deaths, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday stated that that the so called ‘Pad Yatra’ to be launched by Congres... Read More
Coming down heavily on the Congress for politicizing the issue of sterilization deaths, Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday stated that that the so called ‘Pad Yatra’ to be launched by Congress is nothing but a ‘political yatra’. Talking to the media persons BJP Spokesperson Srichand Sundrani said the Congress neither has any sympathy with those who have died nor they are perceptive towards those who are recuperating after the incident. They’re just trying to get to their bewildering political objective, while taking the cover of unfortunate deaths.

Sundrani while addressing the media persons during a press conference at Ekatma Parisar termed the ‘Mahatari Nyay Yatra’ being taken out the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee as farce and stated it to be a ‘Political Yatra’ of CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel. BJP State Spokesperson Srichand Sundrani while asserting that the Congress should abstain from doing politics on dead, said the Congress leaders during the so called pad yatra had reached the ‘Manch’ by SUVs through bypass roads and then again they disappeared. Sundrani claimed that the Yatra is not getting any response from Congressmen, forget about people.

Adding that the sterilization deaths are unfortunate and grievous and the state government is committed to punish all those who are guilty for the deaths, the BJP Spokespersons stated that no persons found guilty in the on-going enquiries will be spared.

The spokespersons further added that the state government has provided all necessary and possible health care and compensation to the victims and the prompt action taken by the state government has resulted into saving of many lives. The state government has not only acted sensitively on behalf of victims but has also taken necessary action to punish the guilty.

Adding that the Congress by taking out such political gimmicks is trying to mislead the people, they stated that neither the Congressmen in Chhattisgarh nor the AICC Vice President have any sympathy towards the people who died. They are only interested to achieve some political gain from the incident, which is unfortunate. They added that the people have seen the Congress rule since last 60 years and very well understand their policy and intentions.

Sundrani said that by taking a sensitive initiative towards family members of the women who lost their lives in the sterilization case at Bilaspur district, the state government has decided to adopt their children. Accordingly, a fixed deposit worth Rs 2 lakh will be made in the name of every minor child of the women who had lost their lives during sterilization camp in Bilaspur district. Apart from providing every child free education a health-card of every child will be made, on whose basis, the child can avail free medical treatment at Apollo Hospital Bilaspur till he attains the age of 18 years.

Sundrani said apart from these the Chief Minister had announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the family members of women who had lost their lives and a compensation of Rs 50,000 each and free treatment to the remaining women who had undergone sterilization operation during these camps.

In order to provide speedy and best medical treatment teams of senior doctors from AIIMS Delhi and Apollo Hyderabad were called and best possible treatment had been provided.

The state government has terminated the services of two officers while two others had been suspended. Surgeon who had conducted the operations had not only been terminated but criminal charge was registered against him and was subsequently arrested.

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Dr Sharma’s termination in web of controversy

Controversy erupted following the orders terminating the services of suspended Health Director, Dr Ashok Sharma as the department’s minister not only expressed ignorance over development but ... Read More
Controversy erupted following the orders terminating the services of suspended Health Director, Dr Ashok Sharma as the department’s minister not only expressed ignorance over development but reportedly, also took the issue to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

It was said that before issuing service termination orders of Dr Ashok Sharma, suspended about three years back, Principal Secretary, Health, Praveer Krishn did not have necessary approval of the Chief Minister and Health Minister that was needed in case of a severe action on class one officer of any Government department.

When the media raised this issue of ignoring departmental minister by a Principal Secretary, he suddenly reached city, leaving local body election meetings at Chambal region to enquire Principal Secretary Praveer Krishn on Dr Sharma’s service termination order.

When some mediapersons had asked Narottam Mishra, Health Minister whether Principal Secretary, Health had brought matter of Dr Sharma’s service termination into his knowledge before issuing orders, he answered in the negative. Dr Ashok Sharma, former Health Director had said that the court had already given stay order on any action against him on matter of irregularities in Pandit Deendayal Mobile hospitals. The Government has not yet vacated the stay so the service termination orders was not as per rule. “I will approach the court, challenging the Government order,” he said. When contacted, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, said that everything circulated in media was false about service termination order of Dr Ashok Sharma.

“Chief Minister and Health Minister both, have been made aware about this action. It is simply departmental action and whatever I have done is keeping in mind all rules and regulations and it is right,” he said. Many efforts were made to contact Narottam Mishra, Health Minister but he did not respond to phone calls.

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Preparations in full swing prior to health officials’ visit

PREPARATIONS are in full swing at Government Hospital in the district prior to visit of Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, Praveer Krishna and other higher offic... Read More
PREPARATIONS are in full swing at Government Hospital in the district prior to visit of Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, Praveer Krishna and other higher officials of Health Department scheduled next week.

Health Commissioner, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission, Madhya Pradesh, are likely to accompany him during the visit. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan conducted meeting of higher officials including District Programme Manager, National Rural Health Mission, District Immunisation Officer, District Health Officer, District Tuberculosis and AIDS Officer and other officers concerned of district health services to review ground status of execution of various health beneficiary schemes and ensure that benefits of each health beneficiary scheme should reach the desired beneficiary. He also directed officials to maintain record keeping of each immunisation of child and mother, other medicines being offered to pregnant women, family planning programme, pathology test, other medication to pregnant women under Mother and Child Tracking System. He said special stress must be laid on HIV test during pregnancy, timely detection of pregnant women under high risk category to bring down Mother Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) which is comparatively higher in the district since last couple of years.

DPM and District Immunisation Officer have been directed to visit, Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centre, Delivery Points, dispensary in the city area and check ground status like medical staff presence on every day basis, keeping of record related to immunisation, Anti-Tuberculosis Programme, AIDS Programme, Malaria Programme.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW), Auxiliary Nurse Wifery (ANM) and Supervisor at block-level in rural areas have been asked to execute government health beneficiary programme like collection of malaria slide, check haemoglobin of pregnant women through haemoglobin meter to trace women falling under high risk category, distribution of calcium and iron, Albendazole tab among pregnant women.

The Principal Secretary would like to review benefits of ongoing health beneficiary schemes reached to desired person beneficiary, shortcoming in execution of government beneficiary schemes like Immunisation, Mother and Child Tracking System, Delivery points, Family Planning Programme, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Nishulk Aushadhi Vitran Scheme and Free Pathology Scheme in the meeting of problems related to health workers and other medical staff during meeting of high-level officers of Health Department. He is likely to conduct surprise inspection of hospital and health care centre and inquired about services with the patient. Proper disbursement of funds allocated for development and purchase of medical equipment and government health care centres and government hospitals.

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More amusement activities being planned in Van Vihar

The beautification of Boat Club area was mainly focussed to bring in more local tourist influx in the area. From development of food zones, service areas to more amusement activities are being pl... Read More
The beautification of Boat Club area was mainly focussed to bring in more local tourist influx in the area. From development of food zones, service areas to more amusement activities are being planned in the area. Besides this, proposal of fully fledged Van Vihar Vathika Museum was also in process.

Van Vihar National Park is going to have model replica of forest reserves in the museum. The Vihar Vathika museum, which will be built inside the national park, will carry details of all forest reserves in the State including Dhoopgarh, Amarkantak, Pachmarhi. Details of flora and fauna would be incorporated in the museum.

Tender process for construction of the museum was being invited, as per the official. Earlier, Centre for Environment and Education, Ahmedabad was given the assignment but it was unable to materialise and tender had been called for again. Forest museum would have all details about flora and fauna, including rivers, mountains and specialities of forest reserves.

Winter season is considered as one of the favourite seasons, where rush of locals is high at places like the national park. Recently, jungle safari was started as a method to facilitate the process of giving people a closer look of wildlife.

The forest museum is supposed to be developed as infotainment centre, where information of the flora and fauna of the major forest range and reserves in Madhya Pradesh would be provided to the tourist. The information will also help to educate the children to have better knowledge about the natural resources in the State. However recently, the status shows that inspite of having largest forest cover in the region, the forest area had been shrinking due to cutting of trees, including in Sidhi, Mandla, Satna, Umaria, Jabalpur, Jhabua, East Nimar, Dewas, Chhindwara, Chhatarpur and Balaghat districts. The museum is supposed to provide and raise awareness about forest conservation too.

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Congress expels rebels for 6 years

State Congress President Arun Yadav has expelled rebels from party for the period of six years. They have been accused of fighting against declared party candidate in independent manner and tryin... Read More
State Congress President Arun Yadav has expelled rebels from party for the period of six years. They have been accused of fighting against declared party candidate in independent manner and trying to sabotage. The names of expelled rebels are: Ram Singh Rathore (Nagda), Sachan Prakashchandra (Unhel), Chaaya Patni (Unhel), Seema Atulkar (Amla), Fazlehak Pathan (Ratlam), Anjulata Shrivastava (Panagar), Hafeez Mev (Malhargarh), Saroj Suresh Sethia (Bhanpura), Shahnaz Maqsood Ahmad (Bhanpura), Maheshchandra Daheria (Bhairoganj), Ranjeet Vasnik (Barghat), Anil Soni (Balaghat), Manish Vajpayee (Bijawar) and Manoj Bhatnagar (Bijawar). Notably, after ticket distribution process, there was strong resentment among those Congress workers, who were eying ticket and they had filed their nomination papers from their respective places as independents. Party has taken serious note of their act and finally, axe fell on them. Dissatisfied leaders had come to protest at party headquarters. Most important of them was ex MLA from Banda (Sagar) Narayan Prajapati and ex MLA Ranveer Jatav. At least three vice presidents including Manak Agrawal, Premchand Guddu and Dr Govind Singh have resigned from their posts by saying that tickets were not distributed in proper manner. However, they vowed to work for party.

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SPCB makes action plan to prohibit use of diesel generators

State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has made an action plan to prohibit use of diesel generators (DG) set found indulged in violation of pollution norms to run DG sets prescribed Central Polluti... Read More
State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has made an action plan to prohibit use of diesel generators (DG) set found indulged in violation of pollution norms to run DG sets prescribed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Sources in the department revealed that the team constituted by State Pollution Control Board will conduct inspection to check pollution violation level of diesel generators in wake of coming marriage season.

The team will check status of diesel generator set installed at mobile towers, run during marriages, big DG sets installed at various offices and other public places.

The team will recommend further course of action like imposing penalty, closing down of DG set, action against the civic body, individual and firm etc found indulged in violation of Environmental Protect Act, The Air Act, 1981, The Water Act, 1974, Noise Pollution Control Rules. CPCB has made a recommendation that case should be registered against the DG set found indulge in violation of pollution level for second and third time, even after repeated warning.

It is learnt that in absence of specific guidelines for operations of Diesel Generator (DG) set installed at Mobile Tower, DG Set running in Marriages, installed at Apartment, Big offices complaint of causing noise and Air Pollution has been surfaced repeatedly before SPCB. It was also difficult for State Pollution Control Board to categorise them, to check Air and Noise pollution violation level. Large number of mobile towers are not registered at Jabalpur Municipal Corporation yet, it would become difficult for SPCB to specify and categorise DG Set installed at Mobile Tower, running during the marriages for lighting, under various pollution control acts.

L Patel, Regional Officer, State Pollution Control Board confirming this said, as per direction of CPCB, necessary action like imposing penalty, closing down of DG set causing pollution and legal prosecution would be initiated under norms of environmental acts against the person, Civic bodies, individual and firms, if they found indulge in violation of the same after repeated warning.

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Man booked for selling mortgaged property to ex-serviceman

OMTI police registered a case against accused for selling mortgaged property to a family of ex-serviceman and grabbed money worth Rs 23 lakh at Triveni Green Residency in Polipathar area. SHO of O... Read More
OMTI police registered a case against accused for selling mortgaged property to a family of ex-serviceman and grabbed money worth Rs 23 lakh at Triveni Green Residency in Polipathar area. SHO of Omti police station Indramani Patel informed that Tek Bahadur (49), a resident of Triveni Green Residency, Polipathar, filed a written complaint that he retired from the Army. He received information that owner of B-7 house at Triveni Green Residency, Polipathar named Arun Chopra was selling his house. Receiving the information, Tek Bahadur contacted the house owner and decided to purchase house for Rs 23 lakh.

Thereafter, he made registry of purchasing the property at the office of Assistant Registrar and took possession of the property. After some days, some employees of HDFC bank reached the house and asked about Arun Chopra, his wife and Tripti Chopra for recovery of loan amount of Rs 55 lakh which they had bought against their property in 2013.

They learnt that members of Chopra family had duped him by selling their mortgaged house without clearing the loan. On the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under sections 420, 120 (B) and 34 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Blind murder mystery of woman solved, accused held

GARHA police have solved blind murder mystery of a woman and succeeded in apprehending the accused. The woman was killed following illicit relation with an auto-rickshaw driver. Auto-rickshaw d... Read More
GARHA police have solved blind murder mystery of a woman and succeeded in apprehending the accused. The woman was killed following illicit relation with an auto-rickshaw driver. Auto-rickshaw driver killed her due to increasing demands of the woman. The accused has been identified as Nikhlesh alias Nikku Sharma (42), son of Harish Sharma, a resident of Singhai Colony, Hanuman Lassi Wali Gully in Kotwali area. IPS, Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Sunday.

Body of an unidentified woman was found behind community hall situated at Sharda Mandir area in Garha on November 20. It was difficult to identify the woman as her head was smashed with a stone.

Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra constituted a police team under supervision of ASP Isha Pant for further investigation into the case and apprehending the accused. The police team led by CSP, Gorakhpur, MP Prajapati started investigation into the case for identifying the deceased and reason of her killing.

Investigating the case, a man named Purushottam Chouksey filed a complaint of missing of his daughter at Kotwali police station on November 22. Identifying the body of woman, police started further investigation into the case and found fresh locations of her mobile phone at village Mangeli and Gwarighat area. With the help of cyber cell, police team succeeded in detaining a man who possessed mobile of the deceased. In rigorous questioning, the accused Nikhlesh Sharma confessed to have murdered the woman by strangulating her and crushing her head with a stone. He further revealed that he works as an auto-rickshaw driver and met Meera Bai one year ago. They started meeting regularly and several times visited Nagpur and Singrampur. They were also habitual of consuming liquor. Nikhlesh held an argument with Meerabai over an issue of demanding money. Thereafter, Nikhlesh decided to end his trouble by killing Meera Bai. He planned to murder her and consumed liquor with her. They reached hilly area of Sharda Mandir and then he strangulated her. He smashed her head with a stone for hiding her identity and escaped with her mobile phone and purse.

On the achievement of police team, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra congratulated members of police team led by SHO of Garha police station, RP Tiwari, comprised of Sub Inspector, Aruna Vahane, ASI, Ram Kumar Marco, Head Constable, Rajesh Shukla, Santosh Pandey, Constables, Satish, Virendra, Ajay and Harshvardhan.

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Supreme Court upholds protection granted by HC to IOC staffer

The Supreme Court of India has upheld protection granted by the High Court (HC) to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) employee. The bench consisting Justice J S Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra dismiss... Read More
The Supreme Court of India has upheld protection granted by the High Court (HC) to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) employee. The bench consisting Justice J S Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra dismissed the special leave petition filed by IOC, challenging the protection granted to its employee Mahendra Kumar Hedaoo by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. Hedaoo was appointed in the year 1997 in IOC and was working at IOC situated at Virangram, Ahmedabad and his caste claim was referred to the caste scrutiny committee. The committee invalidated the same on November 13, 2013 and respondent IOC terminated the services of the petitioner on January 8, 2014. The division bench of Bombay High Court had stayed the termination and finally allowed the same and granted service protection. The High Court has held that the issue regarding question as to whether Halba Koshtis were entitled to benefits of scheduled tribe or not was under limbo for considerable time right from 1984 to 2000 when the constitution bench of the Apex Court on November 28, 2000 held that no alternation or modification is permissible in Presidential Order and as such Halba Koshtis are entitled to benefits of Scheduled Tribe and the Apex Court has held that such appointments and education degrees which are become final should not be disturbed. The High Court has held that the petitioner was continuously working with respondent since 1997 though petitioner’s appointment was subject to caste validity. But, since the petitioner worked for 18 years there was nothing brought on record to show that the petitioner’s services were adverse and not satisfactory and therefore find that the petitioner’s probationary period shall be deemed to be confirmed and will be continued as candidate who has completed and his probation and the petitioner’s initial appointment of the year 1997 stands protected. It is made clear that the petitioner would be entitled only for protection of his initial appointment and the petitioner shall be herein considered to be candidate belonging to open category for all purposes. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for the Indian Oil Corporation while Adv Ram Parsodkar appeared for the employee.

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Nagpur property boom shifts to rural areas

After exceeding target for two consecutive years, stamp duty collection in Nagpur Division has dipped at the end of October this financial year. According to officials, the collection is almost... Read More
After exceeding target for two consecutive years, stamp duty collection in Nagpur Division has dipped at the end of October this financial year. According to officials, the collection is almost 10 per cent lesser than expected. The official data makes an interesting revelation that due to high property prices in Nagpur city, the demand for property is more in Nagpur Rural resulting in the latter area exceeding the target at the end of October itself.

Senior officers in the Department of Registration and Stamp Duty told ‘The Hitavada’ that the dip in collection could be attributed to a variety of reasons. However, they said, the main reason was slump in realty market. “High prices of properties has resulted in lesser number of documents getting registered,” said an officer. Further, he said, the increase in stamp duty collection targets has affected the recovery percentage.

As per the official figures, the stamp duty collection target was Rs 687 crore in 2013-14 for six districts of Nagpur Division. Later, with good recovery, the target was revised to Rs 920 crore. Against this, the actual recovery was Rs 929.43 crore. For the current year 2014-15, the department has given target of Rs 1,095 crore. Against this, the department has been able to collect stamp duty of Rs 498.06 crore. “Compared to the previous year, the collection this time also is good. However, the collection is 45.48 per cent of increased target. Despite increased target, the collection should have been at least 55 per cent of the target,” said an officer.

As far as district-wise figures are concerned, the highest target of Rs 839 crore is given to Nagpur city, where the collection till October is Rs 323.63 crore. This is 38.57 per cent of the target, lower than the Division average. Quite interestingly, the target of Rs 75 crore has been exceeded in Nagpur Rural at the end of October only. The collection of stamp duty is Rs 75.62 crore in Nagpur Rural. This also shows that the demand for property is shifting towards rural areas, with the prices sky-rocketing in Nagpur city. The scene is likely to turn better for property in rural parts of Nagpur, said the officer.

Among remaining four districts in Nagpur Division, stamp duty collection is better than the division average. Gadchiroli district, which had the lowest target of Rs 8 crore only, has already crossed the target. The stamp duty collection in Gadchiroli district, at the end of October, is Rs 8.55 crore. Sources said that this is on account of a single land deal in Chamorshi tehsil yielding stamp duty of over Rs 4.50 crore.

Maximum stamp duty payment through GRAS

Government Receipt Accounting System (GRAS), an e-payment system, has worked wonders for State Government as far as payment of stamp duty is concerned.

According to officials, the collection of stamp duty through GRAS has increased tremendously. In fact, maximum of the collection is through GRAS. As far as the current financial year is concerned, of a total Rs 498.06 crore stamp duty collected till October-end, a whopping Rs 441.66 crore has been collected through GRAS. Only Rs 56.40 crore has been collected through Department of Treasury.

Finance Department, Government of Maharashtra, has decided to receive payments electronically. GRAS is e-payment mode in addition to conventional methods of payment offered by the Government.

The system of accepting online payment of Maharashtra State’s Taxes through Internet portals of various banks has been developed, without having any implication on the existing procedure of the executive and accounting agencies of the department. GRAS is a 24x7 facility and citizen can make payment any time of the day. Online filling of single challan form facilitates minimum fields of the challan to be filled. Instant online receipts for payment made and instant online bank transaction number become available under the system. Further, one can pay personal taxes as well as on behalf of a firm, company, and others.

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Congress to stall House proceedings during winter session over ryots’ issue

Congress leadership said, it won’t let the House function during the winter session of State Legislature in city, unless the problems faced by farmers are resolved by the Maharashtra Governme... Read More
Congress leadership said, it won’t let the House function during the winter session of State Legislature in city, unless the problems faced by farmers are resolved by the Maharashtra Government.

Terming the performance of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) as lackluster, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre said, the Congress is launching state-wide agitation beginning December 1 and culminating with massive morcha to Vidhan Bhawan on first day of winter session. The morcha is to attract attention of Government to plight of farmers and to demand a CBI probe in Javkhed massacre of Dalit family whose culprits are still at large. Farmers are in distress due to drought or poor rains and State Government is busy discussing whose support to take or how to muster majority while people and farmers in particular suffer. BJP leadership seems to have forgotten tall promises made during elections and are now backtracking on the same, he said while addressing a press conference in city on Sunday.

Thakre said, on December 1, Congress has organised dharnas at all tehsil places in State and later presentation of memorandum to Revenue officers, demanding compensation of Rs 25,000/Ha to farmers in non-irrigated areas and Rs 50,000/Ha to irrigated land holders to bail them out of present crisis. While major part of State is in grip of drought, the position of cotton and soyabean cultivators is not too good. For cotton the Government should provide guaranteed price of Rs 6,500 and since current price in market is below, the Government should bridge the gap.

Spelling out the action plan of Congress, which he claimed is real opposition in State, MPCC chief said, on December 4 ‘rasta roko’ agitation will be launched in Vidarbha and Marathwada if Government failed to accept their demands. Similarly, he said, Congress would not let the House function if farmers are not given aid package. He said that Congress Government had given aid package whenever farmers in State faced hard time and now its time for BJP Government to do the same.

On Javkhed killings, Thakre criticised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not sparing time to visit the village where three people of Dalit family were brutally murdered. The police have failed to crack the case and hence State should hand over the probe to Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI). Also he took swipe at Governor for not visiting Javkhed.

BJP is trying to manufacture majority in the House during trust vote by trampling upon democratic norms, Thakre quipped. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was also present at the press conference. He dubbed the BJP Government in Maharashtra as unconstitutional as it lacks majority. The procedure of voice vote for proving majority by BJP made mockery of democratic traditions and was also unconstitutional and gave reference of norms. He said, Governor’s directive were not followed by BJP and majority is proven by division of votes only.

Chavan urged Governor to direct BJP to prove its majority in a special session of Assembly or on first day of winter session in city. Normally, the leader of single largest party hands over list of supporting MLAs to Governor and then majority is proven by division of votes on floor of Assembly. But all these norms were given a go by in Maharashtra and hence Congress is keen on judicial intervention. Chavan also criticised Speaker Haribhau Bagade for changing the agenda on the day of trust vote without nod from the House and for unilaterally declaring that Government has won trust vote by voice vote.

Asked about suspension of its MLAs by Speaker, the former Chief Minister said, Congress legislators were within their democratic right to protest the unconstitutionality of Government and have done nothing wrong.

Chavan also feared that BJP may try to prove its majority by reducing the strength of Congress MLAs as Speaker-led committee is contemplating suspension of a few others for trying to prevent Governor from entering in the House on the day of trust vote. Chavan also said that the demand by Congress for video clip of House proceedings was not granted by the Speaker. Footage of the proceedings can bring out the truth, he said.

Asked about LBT issue, Chavan expressed surprise and said, why BJP has now backtracked from its promise and wondered whether it’s going to at all fulfill the promises made during the election. Bringing out discrepancy in statement of BJP leaders who are speaking in different voices on abolishing LBT, Chavan said, while Chief Minister Fadnavis stated that only after Goods and Services Tax is implemented the LBT would go, Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari claimed that BJP Government would abolishing the tax within one month’s time.

Congress legislators including Deputy leader in House Vijay Wadettiwar, Virendra Jagtap, Abdul Sattar, Amar Kale, Rahul Bondre, ex-Ministers Dr Nitin Raut, Anees Ahmed, Rajendra Mulak, President of Nagpur City Congress Committee Vikas Thakre, corporator Prafull Gudadhe, Atul Kotecha and others were present.

‘Cong to move HC over trust vote procedure’

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan hinted at approaching court against the procedure adopted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win the trust vote. Bombay High Court is currently hearing a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs) and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee may join as intervener, but added that current we are holding discussion on the move, he further said. There is laid down procedure on seeking trust vote by minority Government and BJP did not follow the norms which is spelled out in S R Bommai case where nine-member constitutional bench of Supreme Court has spelled out guidelines.

Chavan further said the video of proceedings of House on trust vote day be submitted in court and also shown to people of Maharashtra and it would clear the things on our stand that BJP does not enjoy majority.

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Funds for Victim Compensation Scheme: HC seeks details from Principal Finance Secy

Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Developing Intervention for Social Human Action (DISHA), Amravati, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court ... Read More
Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Developing Intervention for Social Human Action (DISHA), Amravati, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have directed the Principal State Finance Secretary to indicate in two weeks the details of and time frame for funds it would be making available for the Victim Compensation Scheme contemplated and formulated under Section 357(A) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The petitioner - NGO - is aggrieved as the respondent - State Government - has framed and gazetted the said scheme on April 11, 2014, but implementation has not started as required funds have not been provided for. The scheme has been framed by State Governor in co-ordination with the Central Government for providing funds for giving compensation to the victims or their dependents, who have suffered loss or injury as a result of of a crime and who require rehabilitation. It has been stated in the scheme that State Government shall allot a separate budget for the scheme every year.

The respondents including the State Law and Judiciary and Home Secretaries displayed inaction in the matter since the year 2009 till June, 2013 and the scheme was not even prepared. During pendency of preparing the scheme, the respondents have even not started functioning and passing interim orders under sub-sections (4), (5) and (6) of Section 357-A of the CrPC and also the decision taken by the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority on June 19, 2011 and communicated to all the District Legal Aid committees on July 6, 2011.

According to “DISHA”, at present, the scheme is mostly on paper. It is not functional yet. Government has not released funds by now to facilitate its implementation, which is to be monitored by the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority. The petitioner has prayed for directions to assure that the benefits flowing from the scheme reaches to the last victim of crime.

There is provision of payment up to Rs two lakh for loss of (each) life, up to Rs 50,000 for permanent disability and up to Rs three lakh for victim of acid-attack. Payment of extra amount up to Rs 2,000 for funeral expenses and up to Rs 15,000 for actual medical expenses incurred before death or on account of permanent disability. Advocate Tejeswini Khade appeared for uthe petitioner.

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CM assures to strive for justice to Gowaris

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Road Transport and Safety Nitin Gadkari and people from all walks of life on Sunday paid rich tributes to Gowari martyrs at the memorial at ... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Road Transport and Safety Nitin Gadkari and people from all walks of life on Sunday paid rich tributes to Gowari martyrs at the memorial at Zero Mile on Sunday. Thousands of Gowari community members from across State visited the memorial and paid homage to 114 martyrs, who died in the stampede 20 years ago.

Addressing a gathering after paying tributes, Fadnavis said that the condition of Gowari community was same after 20 years. The community, which had taken out a morcha to press the demands for getting facilities of tribals and lost 114 family members, are still struggling for better education and employment facilities. “I have received a number of memoranda today and will look into the every memorandum personally and do whatever possible for their for betterment,” Fadnavis assured.

Fadnavis further said that for a developed country all communities should be get opportunities in education and employment sectors and the State Government would make all efforts for achieving progress of Gowari community.

In his address, Gadkari said that he would make sincere efforts to solve problems of the community with the help of Chief Minister. Expressing 1994 stampede day as black day, he blamed the then Chief Minister Sharad Pawar for not coming at the venue and address the agitators. “The incident could have been avoided if the CM had come at the morcha venue,” said Gadkari. Informing about various Union Government’s skill development programmes, Gadkari said that the Government launched a scheme in which 4.7 crore people would be benefited. He asked members of the community to take the advantage of the scheme.

Member of Parliament Kripal Tumane, MLC Anil Sole, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Nana Shyamkule, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, MLA Dr Anil Bonde, former state minister Anil Deshmukh, NCP City Unit Chief Ajay Patil and others also paid rich tribute at the memorial.

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BJP committed to statehood to Vidarbha: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Sunday reiterated that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for formation of separate state of Vidarbha. The party will r... Read More
Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Sunday reiterated that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for formation of separate state of Vidarbha. The party will require 2/3 majority in the parliament to pass the bill and we appeal Congress party to support Government for this cause, he claimed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not averse to formation of Vidarbha, Gadkari asserted while making it clear that party has not given up its ideological commitment to form smaller states which are administratively viable.

Gadkari participated in panel discussion organised by VED at Banyan Hall, Chitnavis Centre on Sunday. TV anchor and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai co-ordinated the panel discussion. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was present as guest speaker in the function.

In his inimitable style Gadkari responded to all the queries posed by Sardesai. Gadkari said, any region can not propser only by attaining statehood, but the leadership of the particular region should be committed to its development. In last several years, the leaders from Vidarbha failed in this task and are responsible for lack of development, he bluntly stated. The leaders of Vidarbha were busy in opening colleges but they were less committed for the development. However, BJP has passed the resolution in its national party meeting at Bhubaneshwar and we will try our level best for the formation of state, he stated. Gadkari strongly denied that Prime Minister Modi had opposed the demand to form Vidarbha. He said that Prime Minister was replying to allegation levelled by opposition parties that BJP wanted to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra. Modi never uttered a word opposing Vidarbha state, he clarified. He accused media for twisting meaning of Modi’s statement just to create a controversy.

Gadkari said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met him on Sunday morning at his mahal residence. Fadnavis assured me to remove LBT in one month, he claimed. The media wrongly interpreted statement of Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, he clarified. He said, Maharashtra is lagging behind in every sector ranging from Agriculture, irrigation, and social and financial sectors. He said, from Prime Minister Irrigation Scheme funds will be made available for construction of canal. The BJP Government will make state load shedding free in next five years, he promised. The State Government sought loan for 5 lakh agricultural pumps under rural electrification scheme.

The Central Government has sanctioned projects worth of Rs 19,000 crore in last six months for Nagpur. He said, we will remove backlog of last 25 years in next five years from the region. He appreciated Fadnavis for providing electricity at nominal rates in MIHAN-SEZ.

Gadkari refused to comment on taking support of Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. He also denied any role of RSS in Government. He said, BJP does not have any dynasty politics and we did not include any leader’s son in the cabinet while justifying inclusion of Yashwant Sinha’s son Jayant Sinha purely on the basis of merit. He said, only transparency and amendment in old acts can eradicate corruption from the country. The people of the country are more intelligent and nowadays they express their frank and fearless views on social media, he added. He admitted that we never anticipated that we will get absolute majority in Lok Sabha elections. The people of the country voted for the development, he claimed.

Gadkari and Chavan released the book “ 2014 : The election that changed India” penned by Rajdeep Sardesai.

Pot-shots between Gadkari-Chavan add spice The function witnessed pot shots between guest speakers Gadkari-Chavan and Sardesai. On one occasion Chavan alleged that Fadnavis Government has failed to prove majority on the floor of the house and this government is unconstitutional. Gadkari challenged him to table bring no confidence motion against the BJP Government in the state in winter session.

When Sardesai asked whether BJP Government will file cases against corrupt politicians of NCP, Gadkari said that he had good relation with Uddhav Thackeray, Ajit Pawar, Narayan Rane, and Raj Thackeray but we will not spare any corrupt person, he added. Personal relationship will not come in way when tackling corruption, he stated.

When Chavan said, MIHAN and Metro decisions were taken by his government, Gadkari said, take out notings in the file that proves Fadnavis Government has taken decision to reduce electricity rates in MIHAN. On one occasion, Gadkari said, Rajdeep Sardesai you don’t know me but the people of Nagpur know me well. A speaker made unwarrented comments about personal life of Sardesai rather than speaking about the book.

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More trouble for PCC, one more resignation offered

State Congress continues to face troubles as one more leader offered resignation, levelling allegations against Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Arun Yadav. On the other hand, fingers are... Read More
State Congress continues to face troubles as one more leader offered resignation, levelling allegations against Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Arun Yadav. On the other hand, fingers are also being raised towards the financial transaction between PCC and Jawahar Bhawan Trust. In a fresh development, Alot Nagar Parishad president Munim Ramprasad wrote a letter to All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi offering resignation from the party and leveling allegations against Yadav. Earlier, several other party leaders had leveled allegations against the PCC pointing out bungling in ticket distribution for ensuing civic polls.

During the campaign trail for civil polls, PCC chief, in a public rally at Alot, had said that the corruption brewed up in Alot Nagar Parishad during past years.

Yadav camp has been saying that this was slip of tongue as PCC chief forgot that Alot Nagar Parishad was headed by the Congress. Yadav also ridiculed Nagar Parishad office-bearers, which belong to his own party. Yadav’s party mate Munim Ramprasad is now saying that how can he stay in a party where state chief was not aware for whom he has been campaigning for. Munim is considered close to former MP Premchand Guddu, who had recently resigned from his post expressing displeasure over ticket distribution.

Meanwhile, AICC had sent a chartered accountant for examining the transaction between PCC and Congress run Jawahar Bhawan Trust. It was alleged that over Rs 12 Lakh were withdrawn by the PCC from the Trust’s account. Earlier, the amount was reported at Rs 32 Lakh. It was learnt that a secret complaint regarding financial bungling was made by to AICC by disgruntled leaders. Now, it is reported that PCC had given this amount to Trust about ten years back. Now, he only took back this amount from the Trust.

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Drugs’ storekeepers to drag Govt to court over suspensionDrugs’ storekeepers to drag Govt to court over suspension

Question has been raised over sudden suspension of 19 districts hospital drugs storekeepers on Saturday by Public Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Director Shailbala Martin. ... Read More
Question has been raised over sudden suspension of 19 districts hospital drugs storekeepers on Saturday by Public Health and Family Welfare Department’s Additional Director Shailbala Martin. All suspended drugs storekeepers are understood to have decided to approach High Court, challenging health department’s order of suspending them on the very petty issue.

Two drugs storekeepers pleading anonymity said that what is the use of getting drugs tested by them when no action will be on the base of their drugs testing report?. The health department has already issued orders to all districts’ Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHOs) and district hospital Civil Surgeons that they had to make drugs manufacturing companies payment within 15 days of receiving drugs anyhow – on the basis of the companies’ drugs testing reports. The CMHOs and Civil Surgeons pay the companies as per Government directives. Last year’ some CMHOs and hospital Civil Surgeons did not make payment and waited the reports of the drugs they had got tested. Companies complained delay in payment to the department, the senior health officers on the basis of such complaints had rapped the CMHOs and Civil Surgeons.

“ Earlier , some drugs storekeepers had told the CMHOs and Civil Surgeons of substandard drugs of the companies but the company drugs assignment attached drugs testing report was good, both the CMHOs and Civil Surgeons had ignored testing report by the drugs storekeepers, they said on anonymity.

It is learnt that despite 147 drugs’ poor quality proved in state capital’ Central Drugs Testing lab, the Government did not change its order of payment to the drugs companies within 15 days of receiving drugs on the basis of company test report. No assistant to the drugs storekeepers

Sources said that the drugs store keepers in district hospitals have not been given an assistant. Only one fourth class employee has been attached with the store who cannot writing work. The health dept told them to sent drugs for testing in three days.

According to some drugs storekeepers, it is not possible them to send drugs in three days of receiving drugs. The department does not understand practical problem. Usually courier companies deny if there is liquid drugs or any sensitive drugs, anyhow they are pursued by giving some additional money but it is not possible all the time.

Many efforts were made to contact Shailbala Martine on phone but could not be contacted for comments.

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Professor couple dupes college of Rs 12 lakh

A professor couple illegally withdrew Rs 12.50 lakh from the bank account of Mansarovar Dental College in the Kolar road area of State capital. Kolar Police have registered a case against the acc... Read More
A professor couple illegally withdrew Rs 12.50 lakh from the bank account of Mansarovar Dental College in the Kolar road area of State capital. Kolar Police have registered a case against the accused.

According to police, Dr Vinay Kumar was acting principal of Mansarovar Dental College from 2011 to 2013 while his wife Dr Vinita Bhandari was professor in the same college. As the Chairman of the college was suffering from cancer he gave financial power to then Principal Dr Kumar and left for abroad for his treatment. Dr Vinay Kumar along with his wife withdrew cash from the bank account of the college from March 16, 2012 till December 10, 2013. Initially no one was able to know about the illegal withdrawal from the bank account but once the matter surfaced, the accused couple left the institution together. On the complaint of Administrative Officer of Mansarovar Dental College Abhay Shukla, a case has been lodged against accused couple. Police have registered a case of fraud against the accused couple under sections of IPC. Police have initiated investigation in the matter. None of the accused was arrested till the filing of report. Meanwhile, a 32-year-old married woman has lodged a complaint against her husband and in-laws for harassing for dowry. Hema Yadav, 32, wife of Vivek Naagar is a resident of Bagh Mugaliya. She got married to Naagar, a resident of Nikhil Homes but the accused started harassing her for dowry. The accused was later joined by his family members and they demanded Rs 10 lakh cash and a four-wheeler as dowry from the victim woman. Police have registered a case of dowry harassment against accused husband Vivek his father Dinesh and mother Pushpa.

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Timing of schools in State capital to change from today

With onset of winter season, CBSE and ICSE schools of the city are set to change their school timings from Monday. However, few schools have already changed their schedule while some schools will... Read More
With onset of winter season, CBSE and ICSE schools of the city are set to change their school timings from Monday. However, few schools have already changed their schedule while some schools will allow the new timing from December first week.

Though the winter vacations for schools will start December 24 onwards and will go on till January second week. Most of the missionary schools will start their campuses at 8 am from December first week. Central Schools have also sought permission from senior authorities and district collector to change the timing. The new timing of Central School will be at 8 am from December first week. Earlier these schools were running from 7.15 am.

Vikram School has changed its timing from 7 am to 8 am on November 16, International Public School (IPS) changed its timing from 7.30 to 8 am on November 17, Mount Forte School changed its timing from 7.15 am to 8 am on November 17, Delhi Public School (DPS) changed it timing from 7.40 am to 8 am on November 17, Jawahar Primary Wing changed its schedule from 7.45 am to 8.15 am on November 17 while its senior secondary classes have been changed from 7.30 am to 8 am on November 17, Anand Vihar School changed its timing from 7.30 to 8 am on November 17 and Maharashi Vidya Mandir (Ratanpur) changed its timing from 7.40 am to 8 am on November 21.

Schools like St Xavier and Sagar Public School is changing its timing from Monday onwards. The new timing of both schools will be 8 am. Hema Higher Secondary School, Campion School (Arera Colony) and Kendriya Vidyalayas are changing timing from December. The new timing of Hema Hr Sc School (December 1) will be 8 am, Campion School (December 4) will be 8.15 am and KV will be 8 am.

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No pugmarks found, Forest Deptt deploys special squad in Samardha range

Active movement of wild animals in Samardha range is becoming a big concern for villagers but unfortunately, the State Forest Department is yet to get any pugmarks on the area. Reportedly, the St... Read More
Active movement of wild animals in Samardha range is becoming a big concern for villagers but unfortunately, the State Forest Department is yet to get any pugmarks on the area. Reportedly, the State Forest Department officials met the villager in Hamidia Hospital on Sunday who was admitted with grave injuries on head by tiger attack .However as the movements of other animals like wild bear, wild boar is also active in the area it is becoming difficult for the forest department officials to locate the and identify the pugmarks .As per the relatives of the villager the attack was by tiger only and the movement of tigress and cubs have also been very prominent in this area .

Recently, due to the increase in human-animal conflict in the region, the villagers are in terror as mainly attack is in afternoon and evening hours when they take cattle for grazing in the region. The special team deployed in the region has also been provided with gum boots, sweater and other necessary equipments considering winter season in the area. Officially, the attack done by tiger is yet to be confirmed though special squad deployed in the region has started for looking for the pug marks Last month, a cow was killed by the tigress in the region. The wildlife activist had also pointed out that since active movements of tigers is being reported from this region quite often, the poachers have also become active. Besides this, the Special Tiger protection force has not been constituted by the State Forest department to curb poaching .As per the directives issued in the year 2009 the central government is also proving the financial assistance to constitute the Special Tiger protection force, they have highlighted earlier.

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Dr Sharma’s termination in web of controversy

Controversy erupted following the orders terminating the services of suspended Health Director, Dr Ashok Sharma as the department’s minister not only expressed ignorance over the development bu... Read More
Controversy erupted following the orders terminating the services of suspended Health Director, Dr Ashok Sharma as the department’s minister not only expressed ignorance over the development but reportedly, also took the issue to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

It was said that before issuing service termination orders of Dr Ashok Sharma, suspended about three years back, Principal Secretary, Health, Praveer Krishn did not have necessary approval of the Chief Minister and Health Minister that was needed in case of a severe action on class one officer of any Government department. When the media raised this issue of ignoring departmental minister by a Principal Secretary, he suddenly reached city, leaving local body election meetings at Chambal region to enquire Principal Secretary Praveer Krishn on Dr Sharma’s service termination order.

When some mediapersons had asked Narottam Mishra, Health Minister whether Principal Secretary, Health had brought matter of Dr Sharma’s service termination into his knowledge before issuing orders, he answered in the negative. Dr Ashok Sharma, former Health Director had said that the court had already given stay order on any action against him on matter of irregularities in Pandit Deendayal Mobile hospitals. The Government has not yet vacated the stay so the service termination orders was not as per rule. “I will approach the court, challenging the Government order,” he said.

When contacted, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, said that everything circulated in media was false about service termination order of Dr Ashok Sharma.

“Chief Minister and Health Minister both, have been made aware about this action. It is simply departmental action and whatever I have done is keeping in mind all rules and regulations and it is right,” he said. Many efforts were made to contact Narottam Mishra, Health Minister but he did not respond to phone calls.

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Land records gutted in fire at Collectorate

Documents in record room of Collectorate caught fire on Sunday morning. Many important documents, including land records of several villages under Bhopal Collectorate, were consumed by the fire. ... Read More
Documents in record room of Collectorate caught fire on Sunday morning. Many important documents, including land records of several villages under Bhopal Collectorate, were consumed by the fire. Four fire tenders of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) were deployed for dousing the fire. It took over an hour to control the fire. According to information, even after 30 minutes had passed since the documents caught fire, still no one was able to enter the record room due to smoke. It is worth mentioning that record rooms do not have windows due to which it caused much trouble in dousing the fire. The new record room was developed near the canteen in Collectorate. Around 11 am, people noticed smoke coming out of the room after which senior officers were informed. Fire tenders immediately rushed to the spot.

By the time fire tenders doused the fire, documents related to land records and revenue court decisions were gutted.

According to Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Fire Officer Sajid Khan, it took more time to douse the fire as no windows except for door was available for entry. While other officers of Collectorate told that since no windows were constructed in the record room, it took more time to douse the fire. Power supply was also disrupted for dousing the fire.

According to information, land records of three villages- Misrod, Chichli and Semri had gutted. Collectorate officials are claiming that the loss of documents would be known after checking of all the records. Officials are also claiming that the record of these villages would be recovered by other sources too. Bhopal Collector Nishant Warwade, who is presently out of town, told mediapersons that all the records would be checked and gutted records would be recovered.

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Stagecraft Adda: Eight amazing short plays bring funny Friday for fans

Stagecraft Adda has come of age. Having seen the presentations for some time now, one has been a witness to their ‘growing years’, their teething problems and today what they presented, was... Read More
Stagecraft Adda has come of age. Having seen the presentations for some time now, one has been a witness to their ‘growing years’, their teething problems and today what they presented, was beyond adolescence age, a professional job that deserved the loud applause each one got.

The plays were staged under the aegis of Stagecraft Theatre, Persistent Systems Limited and Nirzar Film Society at the Kavi Kalidas Hall of Persistent Systems Limited. There were eight short plays like ‘Business as usual’ directed by Anuj Hamilton that had a cast comprising Anuj Hamilton, Ketaki Kane Salankar, Sonal Trivedi, Swati Sani, Aryan Acharya and Pratiksha Ganvir.

The story dealt with the usual deadline oriented work in an advertising agency and a dumb Secretary making it difficult for the Boss. Anuj, Ketaki and Sonal stole the thunder.

The play ‘Exiting’ Directed by Anamika Sawarkar was a classic presentation and had Raveesh Jaiswal and Onkar Ghare, two employees of a firm who happened to meet for the first time in a lift, leading to opening a can of worms leading to revealing of identities of the sacked men who happened to be the ones in the lift. Superb acting by both the individuals with equally fascinating yet typical interlude of office goers had a rollicking effect on the audience who enjoyed every bit of it.

Play ‘Adhoori Cigarette’ was another fine bit of presentation directed by Swati Sani and written by Nandan Majumdar. It had two top actors Raveesh Jaiswal and Sonal Trivedi dishing out performances that were truly sensitive and great. Play ‘Devoid’, directed by Gurnoor Bedi was good but what lacking was the volume in the dialogue delivery. The actors Vinay Pande, Leonard Naidu and Rachit Khetan performed well but seemed to speak amongst themselves. Play ‘The Usual Date’ directed by Pranjala Chauhan was quite entertaining and it was good acting by Onkar Ghare, Leonard Naidu and Shruti Ringe in order of merit that did it.

‘Face value’ directed by Vinay Pande had an unusual story of a unkept stranger who is mistaken to be a street hag and who reveals his true identity by his noble deed of returning a lady’s lost purse. Promod Naidu and Pranjala Chauhan deserve a pat on their back. ‘Choti Si Khwahish’ was superb story as it dealt with today’s parent child conflict where the child is being thrust upon with a career line it does not want to take and causes mental agony to the tender soul and how the single parent realises her folly and rectifies it in time. Arushi Thapar, once again showed her class in her performance as the student, while Ketaki Kane Salankar and Swati Sani played their part well. Play ‘Date Night’ directed by Perizad Major and written by Bianca Nazareth Arya was based on a young available girl all excited about her blind date, performed brilliantly by Anamika Sawarkar. The experimental theatre introduced by Guru Vikash Khurana is showing promising results and his bunch of dedicated performers make audiences feel assured of some good performances in the days ahead. N Y Sharma was the anchor who had some of the choicest of ‘Sher-O-Shayari’ for each presentation.

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Speedy justice: On HC order, cops remove seal from petitioners’ godown in an hour

Two brothers from Mominpura -- Afsar Khan and Akhtar Khan -- who deal in scraps, and have been feeling completely helpless and at their wit’s end for last over 6 months before the deaf and me... Read More
Two brothers from Mominpura -- Afsar Khan and Akhtar Khan -- who deal in scraps, and have been feeling completely helpless and at their wit’s end for last over 6 months before the deaf and merciless Wadi Police. Reason: The cops had seized four vehicles loaded with materials for trade belonging to them and sealed their godown at 13, Khadegaon Road, Ward No. 14 in Wadi area, on May 5, 2014. The cops, after the action, were paying no heed to several representation made by the scrap-dealers. At last, the duo could get justice at the speed of lightening and within one hour of hearing of their criminal writ petition. Due to High Court’s intervention, police have to eat humble pie and remove wax seal on the godown and release seized goods to the petitioners.

The action of seizure of goods and sealing of the godown was initiated by the cops on the ground that the material on the vehicles was “stolen goods”. Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande asked two Wadi Police officers to remain personally present before them to explain under which legal provision they had acted in such a brazen manner and till date, though more than 6 months have passed and nobody coming forward and claiming ownership of those goods as stolen from him, why they did not undo the injustice done by them.

Quite angry, the Court directed the police to remove seals from the godown and release the seized goods within one hour and report compliance to the Court after the lunch recess, which was duly done and the Court satisfied with the job well done, disposed of the criminal writ petition after the petitioner confirmed this statement by the APP Rajesh Nayak on behalf of the Police.

Firm challenges declassification: HC issues notices to Labour Secy, others

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have, in response to the writ petition filed by M/s Power Mechs Limited, Hyderabad/Koradi, Nagpur, issued notice to the respondents - State Labour Secretary, Asst Commissioner of Labour, Mahagenco and M/s Larsen and Toubro, Koradi to show cause in reply to the petitioner’s contentions, by December 3 next in respect of wrong change in classification of the petitioner from engineering to “employment on the construction or maintenance of road or construction related industry activity.”

The petitioner is worried as due to this classification, the rates of wages due and payable to all technical and skill labour employed by the petitioner have drastically increased. This caused adverse impact on the finances of the company as impugned decision is not based on any settled position of law. In the special allowances notification wages wise, the petitioner will go up from No. 19 to No. 11. Adv S G Zinjarde appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketki Joshi (State), Adv Mohgaonkar (Mahagenco) and Shantanu Ghate (L&T) represented the respondents.

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State Govt to launch time-bound plan for completion of pending projects

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, on Friday, and took stock of various issues including functioning of Statutory Development Boards, tribal development, and addressing the regional disparity ... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, on Friday, and took stock of various issues including functioning of Statutory Development Boards, tribal development, and addressing the regional disparity in development. It is learnt that the proposal to constitute a Task Force for speedier and time-bound completion of pending projects, also was discussed in the meeting.

Ch Vidyasagar Rao chaired a meeting that was attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet colleagues including Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. A wide range of issues including those related to development, particularly of backward regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada were discussed. The deliberations centred around functioning of Statutory Development Boards, issues related to tribal development, higher education and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan etc. Top bureaucrats also attended the meeting that was held at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

Governor, who has special role to protect interests of backward regions, also asked the Government to speed up the process of removal of backlog in irrigation sector in Amravati Division. In irrigation sector, physical backlog of Vidarbha is ever-mounting and the region is deprived of its irrigation potential due to unholy nexus between contractors and their political masters. Even the legally binding directives issued by the Governor have been flouted brazenly by Governments in last one decade and only financial backlog has been eradicated while physical backlog persists. Addressing the conclave, Rao observed than more than 150 TMC ft of water from Godavari river basin in the State had not been utilised fully. He asked the Government to take steps to harness the water fully for the benefit of farmers.

It is gathered that the Government is mulling over a proposal to form a Task Force for speedier and time-bound completion of pending projects in backward regions. In his address to the State Legislature earlier this month, Ch Vidyasagar Rao had dropped enough hint in this regard. He had said, “The Government will launch a time-bound plan for speedy implementation of various pending projects with special emphasis on addressing the regional disparity in the State.” The Government proposal is in tune with this. The Governor had also stated that the State required huge investments for completing many on-going projects in the areas of irrigation, transportation, and basic infrastructure. He had also stressed the need to reorient public expenditure, eliminate revenue deficit, and make more resources available for investment in capital assets.

Representation to Vidarbha in Govt jobs discussed

The meeting also discussed mechanism to provide deserving and adequate representation to Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in employment in services under the control of the State Government and opportunities for admission to vocational education institutions.

As per the data compiled by Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) Expert Member Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, only 9.87 per cent employment opportunity has been given to Vidarbha region, while 50 per cent posts have been bagged by those from Pune Division, 10 per cent from Nashik, and 6 per cent from Konkan region. Total 66.93 per cent jobs were given to Rest of Maharashtra while Marathwada got only 23 per cent jobs, Amravati Division got 7 per cent jobs, and Nagpur Division got only 2.67 per cent jobs.

Even the former Chairman of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Sudhir Thakre had written a letter in this regard to the Governor. Social activist Nitin Ronghe also had submitted a memorandum in this regard to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao during the latter’s recent visit to Nagpur.

Observing that none of the State’s universities featured in ‘Top 200’ in the world, the Governor, who is also Chancellor of universities, called for efforts to improve the standard of higher education and research in varsities. He also emphasised on the need to have a Development Committee while implementing various initiatives pertaining to school education and other sectors.

Discussion on functioning of Statutory Devpt Boards

Further action on Dr Vijay Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development, also was discussed in the high-level meeting. Various issues related to this also came up for discussion. Extended term of Statutory Development Board is expiring in April 2015, and it was discussed briefly whether to continue the Boards or not.

When the Kelkar Committee was appointed, cutting across party lines, leaders from Vidarbha had strongly opposed the basic premise of the panel. The previous Government had tried to change the nature of backlog discourse by appointing Dr Kelkar Committee to suggest mechanism to ensure balanced development and change all existing parameters to calculate backlog. However, the report was never made public and presuming pro-Western Maharashtra tilt, there was a growing demand to reject the finding. With the new Government headed by Devendra Fadnavis assuming office, Vidarbha region is naturally expecting a much better deal and sanctity of all Constitutional mechanisms.

Vidarbha which was merged into Maharashtra in 1960 by the then leadership ignoring recommendations of First States Reorganisation Commission (SRC), remained backward owing to consistent neglect of developmental needs. After Dr Dandekar Committee quantified backlog, measures undertaken failed to wipe out ever-mounting backlog. Finally, the President of India constituted Statutory Development Boards, but even this experiment has hardly succeeded fully in its purpose.

The Boards constituted by the Governor from time-to-time act as advisory bodies. Among other functions, the Boards assess the impact of various development efforts in removing regional imbalance and in achieving overall growth. According to a point of view, Statutory Development Boards failed to remove backlog and became toothless watchdogs. In case of Vidarbha, after much pressure, the then Government made financial allocations. Though the backlog continued and even increased in physical terms, the Government declared that the financial backlog was removed in case of Vidarbha except for some part of Amravati Division.

Against this backdrop, with the extended term of Statutory Development Boards expiring in April 2015, the initiation of discussion on functioning of the Boards assumes significance. The discussion will continue in coming months also.

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Unruly scenes mar DBA meet over polls

Unruly scenes, wordy duel which ultimately led to physical attack on a lawyer, marred the meeting of District Bar Association (DBA) on Friday afternoon. DBA Secretary Manoj Sable sustained minor in... Read More
Unruly scenes, wordy duel which ultimately led to physical attack on a lawyer, marred the meeting of District Bar Association (DBA) on Friday afternoon. DBA Secretary Manoj Sable sustained minor injuries and also rushed to lodge complaint with Sadar Police against fellow executive committee members. This free for all between DBA office-bearers has sent shock waves among legal fraternity with senior lawyers strongly disapproving of such rowdy behaviour by handful of lawyers bringing disgrace to profession.

It all started when the DBA Executive Committee was discussing the issue of holding the election and about updating the electoral rolls, which is subject matter of great controversy.

The present DBA Executive Body headed by Sudeep Jaiswal has already completed its term, but still no elections were held due to a controversial decision to freeze electoral list for members enrolled upto November 2013.

However, a majority of the members were aghast with this decision and election committee headed by Adv P K Mishra has already decided to update the voters list. But suddenly the elections were postponed by the present DBA committee to seek guidance of the general body.

During the meeting, tempers run high as Sable and many others wanted to overturn the decision, but President Sudeep Jaiswal and his supporters opposed any such move. Soon the situation went out of control and some members stopped DBA Secretary Sable from speaking and used abusive and insulting language against him. It lead to heated altercation and Sable was physically assaulted and he sustained injuries. Shocked and astonished by this unruly behaviour, Sable went to Sadar police and identified Joint Secretary Adv Randive and others as persons who assaulted him. After much persuasion, the complaint was withdrawn, and DBA tried to downplay this unpleasant episode which remained hot topic of discussion in legal fraternity.

Initially, DBA president denied any such incident, but later conceded that this unfortunate incident did take place. He squarely blamed Sable for provoking and slapping fellow lawyer due to which others hit back, Jaiswal claimed.

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No shortage of funds for Gorewada zoo, says CM

After decentralising powers to transfer junior officers in Water Resources Department and Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra Government will adopt similar policy in case of Forest Departm... Read More
After decentralising powers to transfer junior officers in Water Resources Department and Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra Government will adopt similar policy in case of Forest Department also.

In a meeting held at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai on Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that there would be no shortage of funds for expediting the work of ambitious Gorewada zoo project of international standard, according to Mantralaya sources.

Chief Minister was addressing a meeting called to review activities of Forest Department. He presided over the meeting.

Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and authorities concerned were present in it. At the meeting, forest officers made power presentation on priorities, progress, challenges before the department and provided required information to the Chief Minister. Fadnavis also discussed about forwarding the zoo’s master plan for approval to Central Zoo Authority and getting viability gap funding of Rs 183.63 crore from the Centre for this project.

Meanwhile, addressing a Meet-The-Press programme held in Nagpur recently, Fadnavis had assured that the government would allot Rs 27 crore required for completion of rescue centre, an integral part of Gorewada zoo project and that he would ensure early completion of this project for tourists.

When contacted, Mungantiwar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the government would allot funds to Gorewada zoo project as and when required for its completion. He said that the government has also decided to decentralise the power to transfer officers and employees of the department. The government would also implement this policy in phases in other government departments. It has decided to focus attention on achieving development activities and it would stand solidly behind the officers/employees performing good job, he added.

The sources pointed out that the Chief Minister said that his government would concentrate on achieving development of forests in the State with a view to boosting the present revenue of Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore. He expressed confidence in view of Mungantiwar, who also holds portfolio of Finance, the financial problems of Forest Department could be solved early to help speed up the development activities.

There are as many as 45,000 villages in the State of out of them 15,500 mainly depend on forests. An average of two crore mandays employment opportunity is generated from forest area and that highlighted importance of the department, said Fadnavis. While briefing Chief Minister, officers informed that 29 villages in Gadchiroli district had been given collective rights, where they had collected and auctioned bamboo bundles and earned income of Rs 15.60 crore.

Stressing importance of people’s participation in conservation of flora and fauna, the Chief Minister mentioned that it would help in progress of forests. The meeting also discussed issues like boosting eco-tourism by preserving bio-diversity, massive tress plantation programme to achieve the target of bringing 33 per cent forest cover of the geographical area of Maharashtra, providing employment opportunities to the tribals, giving status to tiger-centric tourism in Vidarbha, priority to mitigation of man-animal conflict, reducing load on jungle, forest fires, illicit tree felling, encroachments on forest lands, Joint Forest Management, sorting out pending cases, implementation of Forest Rights Act etc.

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CM lights up MIHAN-SEZ; power supply resumes at Rs 4.39/unit

Yes there is light at the end of tunnel. Finally, the power woes at the prestigious MIHAN-SEZ have come to an end with newly-elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resolving the ... Read More
Yes there is light at the end of tunnel. Finally, the power woes at the prestigious MIHAN-SEZ have come to an end with newly-elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resolving the issue. Power will be supplied uninterruptedly to industries in MIHAN-SEZ from the midnight of November 21, 2014 and that too for concessional rate of Rs 4.39 per unit.

Fadnavis has promised to find a solution to this long-pending demand of industries which set up units in MIHAN-SEZ and were finding it difficult to pay the astronimcal rate of Rs 10.50 per unit and prevailing uncertainty about power supply. Accordingly, within days, the Chief Minister has come up with a solution giving much needed respite to industries and giving a firm signal to all investors to consider MIHAN as their investment destination. MADC had signed an agreement in 2007 with Abhijeet Group for supplying power to MIHAN at Rs 2.97 per unit. When the time came to actually supply the power, AMNEPL (Abhijeet) said it was unable to secure coal linkage for its 240 MW plant and hence could not supply power at such a low rate. This led to a bitter litigation, raising big question mark over viability of industries within MIHAN.

The issue was also before power regulator-Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). After receiving an interim order from MERC, MADC is entitled to buy power from electricity exchanges or float tenders to buy power from generation companies. MERC has also directed MSEDCL to provide standby support to MADC for meeting contingencies, if any. Mahatransco and load dispatch centre too have been directed to facilitate MADC in supplying power to consumers to MIHAN-SEZ.

Accordingly, MADC decided to buy power from Indian Energy Exchange through open access and with a technical support from MSEDCL started power supply at the concessional rate of Rs 4.39 per unit from Friday midnight.

According to MADC bosses, all the officers of MSEDCL extended precious support to MADC during the entire process. Officers of MADC expressed gratitude towards Government of Maharashtra for the quick decision taken on this issue. The resumption of power supply on concessional rate will not only bring a big relief to around 23 consumers of MADC in MIHAN-SEZ but also give a golden opportunity to the new investors willing to start an export oriented unit in MIHAN SEZ. Fadnavis has lived upto expectation by quickly finding solution to this vexed issue by ensuring quick decision on supply of cheap and interrupted power to MIHAN-SEZ which is symbol of proposed developmental works in Vidarbha region. A meeting was convened by S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of MADC with senior officials of MSEDCL and entrepreneurs in MIHAN-SEZ on Friday. It was agreed that power would be made available to industries and beneficiaries in the MIHAN-SEZ at Rs 4.39 per unit.

Talking to The Hitavada, President of MIHAN Industries Association said, “From night of November 21, 2014, we are free to take power from the open access.” He has thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who had promised that power would be resumed in the MIHAN-SEZ. He also thanked Vice-Chairman and Managing Director (V-CMD) of MADC Tanaji Satre for taking continuous follow-up of the issue. Present for the meeting were Keshav Ingole, Chief Electric Consultant, Chief Engineer of MSEDCL and industrialists.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on November 3, 2014 had announced that he would give the highest priority to complete the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project. He had conducted a review meeting of MIHAN in the presence of MLA Chandrashekhar Bavankule, Additional Chief Secretary Dr P S Meena, Additional Chief Secretary (Power) Ajay Mehta, Principal Secretary (Finance) and Guardian Secretary for the Nagpur District Sudhir Srivastava, MIHAN V-CMD Tanaji Satre, Secretary to CM Praveen Darade, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Vardhane, District Collector Abhishek Krishna and MIHAN Chief Engineer S V Chahande.

He directed officials to remove roadblocks in the project and said that MADC Ltd should have joint venture with MSEDCL so that power could be made available to industries in the project at Rs 4 to 4.40 per unit. He also said that since MADC has power generation licence in its name, it can purchase power from MSEDCL and provide it to industries in MIHAN project. The proposal was ayed in the meeting. Now, the first important issue of power has been resolved. There are other issues like land acquisition and rehabilitation.

It may be recalled that MADC had inked with Abhijeet Group for supply of power to industries in MIHAN at the rate of Rs 2.30 per unit. After supplying power for almost one year, due to certain differences which cropped up between them, the honeymoon broke throwing all the industries in MIHAN into darkness. These industries were forced to operate on their own DG set which had eaten into their profit margins and they operated on reducing capacities. The issue was brought to the notice of former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who failed to resolve the issue. Meantime, the industries, AMNEPL, MADC were locked in legal battle at several fora.

The new Fadnavis Government in the State has rekindled hopes among the investors who are sitting on the fence and gearing up to park their investment in the MIHAN-SEZ.

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PIL on unseating of 12 nominated MLCs; State seeks time to file reply

The state government on Wednesday sought one week’s time to file reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging nomination of 12 politically connected members by Governor to upper ho... Read More
The state government on Wednesday sought one week’s time to file reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging nomination of 12 politically connected members by Governor to upper house of state legislature. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande granted time to Government to file reply.

According to petitioner Maharashtra Sanskruti Sanstha, the outgoing Democratic Front (DF) Government had nominated their own political workers as MLCs. In 78-member Legislative Council, the Congress had 21 members while NCP has 28 members and both parties nominated six members each from Governor’s quota.

As per Article 171(5) of the Constitution, Governor can nominate persons having “special knowledge or practical experience” in respect of literature, science, art, co-operative movement and social service to the Legislative Council. As per information obtained under the RTI by the petitioners from 1986 to 2014 most of the appointees are social workers with active political connection to ruling party. Whether the 12 MLCs possessed any expertise as required by the Article 171 (5) of the Constitution, the PIL asked while pointing out that nobody from the field of science has ever been appointed on Legislative Council.

The PIL has demanded scrapping of list approved by the Governor and unseating of these 12 MLCs since the appointment is nothing but a blatant political act making complete mockery of constitution and intentions of its framers to give due representation to literateurs, genuine social workers, scientists and experts who are averse to elections but can still participate and guide the legislative process.

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Contracts to ‘favourite’ parties: High Court seeks contours of policy

After tackling menace of “favourite” contractors playing havoc in bagging State PWD contracts being given almost totally by exploiting “pick and choose” mode, with considerable success, ... Read More
After tackling menace of “favourite” contractors playing havoc in bagging State PWD contracts being given almost totally by exploiting “pick and choose” mode, with considerable success, now Nagpur Contractors’ Association has train its gun on the same department’s liberal policy of encouraging “mostly non-genuine” labour co-operative societies in the matter of awarding plum contracts up to worth Rs 50 lakh per society per year without competitive bidding under 33 per cent quota and thus causing unnecessary financial loss to the state exchequer.

The division bench at the High Court consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande has noted that till now petitioner-Association’s several representations suggesting remedial measures to curb this growing menace of contractors monopolising PWD contractors through these non-genuine, mostly non-functional labour co-ops societies, fallen on deaf ears and remained unheard. It has asked State PWD to tell it in two weeks its views on the suggestions made by the association and intimate the Court feature of its policy to control such illegalities and irregularities rearing their heads in the garb of these societies.

The petitioner has claimed that in case its suggestions are accepted and implemented the evil trend of contractors obtaining works in the names of bogus labour societies would be curtailed to a great extent.

Advocate Rohit Joshi appeared for the petitioner - Association. Government Pleader Bharti Dangre (State) represented the respondent. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the intervenor-Karemore, in support of the petitioner.

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HC treats reports on growing backlog of Vidarbha as PIL

Taking suo motu cognisnace of the newspaper reports pertaining to ever growing backlog of Vidarbha region and raw deal meted to it from decades, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court treated them as ... Read More
Taking suo motu cognisnace of the newspaper reports pertaining to ever growing backlog of Vidarbha region and raw deal meted to it from decades, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court treated them as public interest litigation (PIL) and appointed Senior Counsel C S Kaptan as Amicus Curiae to assist the Court.

The amicus curiae is expected to present the petition in proper format highlighting the vexed issue of backwardness of Vidarbha, legal and constitutional arrangements and how they have been followed only in breach creating resentment among people. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande asked Senior Counsel Kaptan to present a proper petition in two weeks.

This judicial cognisance about burning problems of Vidarbha is very important, as the last government tried to change the nature of backlog discourse by appointing Dr Vijay Kelkar Committee to suggest mechanism to ensure balanced development and change all existing parameters to calculate the backlog. With new State Government headed by Devendra Fadnavis assuming office promising a much better deal to Vidarbha and to protect sanctity of all constitutional mechanisms, this suo motu PIL will be keenly watched in coming weeks.

According to reports, Vidarbha which marged into Maharashtra in 1960 by then leadership ignoring recommendations of First State Reorganisation Commission (SRC), remained backward and after Dr Dandekar Committee quantified the backlog, measures undertaken failed to wipe out the backlog. Finally, the President of India constituted Statutory Development Board, but even this experiment has gardly succeeded.

As per data compiled by Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) Expert member Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar only 9.87 per cent employment opportunity has been given to Vidarbha region, while 50 per cent posts have been bagged from those from Pune region, 10 per cent from Nashik and 6 per cent from Konkan region. Total 66.93 per cent jobs were given to Rest of Maharashtra while Marathwada bagged only 23 per cent jobs, Amravati division youths got 7 per cent jobs while Nagpur division got only 2.67 per cent jobs. This is enormous injustice towards people of the region, he claimed.

In irrigation sector, backlog of Vidarbha is ever mounting and region is deprived of its irrigation potential due to unholx nexus between contractors and their political masters. Even the legally binding directives issued by Governor have been brazenly flouted by governments in last one decade and only financial backlog has been eradicated while physical backlog persists. Maharashtra has 58 per cent forest, of which maximum is in Vidarbha. Gadchiroli district has maximum 85 per cent forest and due to zudpi jungle issue, the development projects have been stalled. At least 37 tehsils of Vidarbha are Naxal-affected and speedy development is the only answer, the report has stated. Besides backlog of agricultural pump is matter of concern.

Then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Yashwantrao Chavan had made a solemn promise in the legislative assembly on March 1960, “I wish to assure the people of Vidarbha that they need have no apprehension that their legitimate interests will not be protected, on the other hand, they will be zealously guarded and will be treated as a sacred trust of the future Maharashtra Government. The terms of what is known as the Nagpur pact will be honoured and wherever possible, something more will be done.”

However, as per these reports, during last five decades, Vidarbhites got step-motherly treatment and their legitimate expectations were not honoured and this saga of injustice has been well documented by Planning Commission itself.

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PIL on dengue: HC issues notices to Health Secy, others

In response to revelation by a citizen Anil S Angre before the High Court through his public interest litigation (PIL) that apathy of local bodies has aided and abetted dengue virus to spread its... Read More
In response to revelation by a citizen Anil S Angre before the High Court through his public interest litigation (PIL) that apathy of local bodies has aided and abetted dengue virus to spread its fangs in large areas of Nagpur City with more than 10,000 inhabitants suffering from the ailment and more than 25 persons are reported dead till date. Taking serious cognizance of this development, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V.M.Deshpande have issued notice to the respondents - State Health Secretary, Deans of GMCH and IGGMCH and the City Municipal Commissioner to show cause in reply to the petition in two weeks.

The Court has indicated that it will hear the PIL further with the connected matter on the next date.The petitioner has intimated to the Court that there is no proper medical facilities available in the local and Govt. hospitals and because of that poor persons are undergoing lot of inconvenience and hardships. The petitioner’s main emphasis is directed against the local bodies' lack of concern in not taking due care for protecting citizens from this viral menace. G.P. Bharti Dangre waived notice for the State. Adv. Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner.

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NMC moots Entry Tax to replace Local Body Tax

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to propose Municipal Entry Tax (MET) to replace Local Body Tax (LBT) in the State. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has organised an important meeting... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to propose Municipal Entry Tax (MET) to replace Local Body Tax (LBT) in the State. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has organised an important meeting on Thursday to find out amicable solution to replace LBT and Octroi. The meeting will be held in Mumbai with all senior officers of municipal bodies across the state.

Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Department, Principal Secretaries of Urban Development Department, Sales Tax Commissioner, Municipal Commissioners of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, New Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, and Thane will attend the meeting. Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane also will attend the crucial meeting.

Sources claimed that NMC would oppose the idea of the Government accepting Subodh Kumar Committee’s recommendations, and will try to persuade State Government to levy account-based taxation system and non account-based taxation system for dealers. If the Government accepts recommendations of Subodh Kumar Committee, the local bodies will face problems in meeting day-to-day expenditure. For, dependence on State Government will increase as there are variations in collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). From some dealers, VAT is collected on monthly basis, and from some on half-yearly basis. Local bodies will require monthly funds for meeting day-to-day expenses. This will put extra burden on State exchequer. Increase in urbanisation also will contribute to increase in expenditure in coming years and that has to be considered while abolishing LBT.

It may be mentioned that Octroi constituted an average 46 per cent of total revenue of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in last four years. Since enforcement of LBT, this contribution has been reduced to 33 per cent. The local body has bridged the gap of 13 per cent by liquidating its investment of Rs 142 crore that has adversely affected the asset side of NMC. Till October 31, 2014, NMC had collected Rs 234 crore from LBT.

The total expenditure incurred during 2013-2014 was Rs 727 crore against which NMC collected recurring revenue of Rs 693 crore. The local body has failed CAPEX account funding. Previously, Octroi collections enabled NMC in CAPEX funding.

The local body already feels the heat of reducing scheduled rates on motor spirits. NMC received Rs 65 crore from Octroi while it generated only Rs 45.55 crore from LBT. The Subodh Kumar committee also recommended levying 2 per cent surcharge on Stamp Duty. Presently, LBT on Stamp Duty is 1 per cent and NIT is collecting 0.5 per cent on Stamp Duty. The proposed one per cent extra on Stamp Duty will increase burden on common man. The policy regarding local body surcharge on VAT is not clear. Municipal Profession Tax is being collected by the State Government and if the same is collected by NMC, it would get estimated revenue of Rs 5 crore.

During its election campaign, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to scrap LBT and Octroi from municipal bodies if it was elected to power. Barring Mumbai, all Municipal Corporations in Maharashtra are levying LBT on traders and business persons. After taking charge as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis assured people to scrap LBT very soon. Against this backdrop, the meeting on Thursday in Mumbai has assumed special significance.

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760 cases of stamp duty evasion under scanner

Department of Registration and Stamps has decided to crack down on the cases of stamp duty evasion across State. In Nagpur Division, the department has detected as many as 760 cases of evasion an... Read More
Department of Registration and Stamps has decided to crack down on the cases of stamp duty evasion across State. In Nagpur Division, the department has detected as many as 760 cases of evasion and has decided to send notices in such cases.

The total amount of Stamp Duty involved in these many cases of evasion is Rs 2,37,09,000. On an average, in each case the Government has to recover Rs 31,000 Stamp Duty. In most of these cases, the parties involved did not pay Stamp Duty and the Government lost its revenue. At the beginning of the financial year 2013-14, that is, on April 1 this year, the total number of cases of Stamp Duty evasion was 1,114. These cases involved an amount of Rs 3,90,93,000. Since then, in some cases, the department recovered the stamp duty.

At the end of October 31, as many as 760 cases of stamp duty evasion were still there. “We have decided to take action in these cases. From Thursday, we will be preparing a list and start issuing notices. A team of five or six officials will be constituted to conduct further scrutiny,” said S N Dutonde, Joint Director (Registration) Class-I. According to him, the department has been taking several steps to curb stamp duty evasion, and suppression of information.

Dutonde further said that there were 17,195 other cases in which stamp duty was to be recovered. These cases, which date back to 25-30 years, involve an amount of Rs 12,05,07,100. Prior to 1985, agreement to sale and other deeds were crystallised on a stamp of Rs 5. Vide an order dated December 10, 1985, the Government made payment of stamp duty mandatory for all agreements. The department had issued notices in many such cases, but as the properties had changed hands and certain years had passed by, there was reluctance on part of property owners in paying stamp duty.

Meanwhile, following public pressure, the Government waived stamp duty in cases that involved stamp duty to the tune of Rs 500. Now also, the property owners who have to pay stamp duty to the tune of Rs 10,000 have gone to the Government requesting waiver in cases dating back to 25-30 years or more. The matter is pending for decision at the level of the Government. Whether the State Government waives the stamp duty in these cases during winter session of State Legislature, remains to be seen.

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Wardha distt worst hit by drought-like situation in division

Maharashtra Government has declared drought-like situation in 19,069 villages across State including 2,029 in Nagpur Division. Of six districts in Nagpur Division, Wardha is the worst-hit with as m... Read More
Maharashtra Government has declared drought-like situation in 19,069 villages across State including 2,029 in Nagpur Division. Of six districts in Nagpur Division, Wardha is the worst-hit with as many as 1,049 villages facing drought-like situation.

As per the ‘paisewari’ (crop yield) declared by Maharashtra Government on Wednesday, Kharif season 2014-15 saw 2,029 villages in Nagpur Division facing drought-like situation due to below-average and irregular rainfall. As per the data compiled by Revenue Department, there are a total of 8,697 villages in six districts of Nagpur Division. Of these, 7,943 are Kharif villages.

After assessment, the department has declared ‘paisewari’ in 7,796 villages. So far, official records reveal, crop yield has not been declared in 252 villages as they are in submergence of irrigation projects or have non-agricultural land, or have been acquired for projects. Of the villages for which crop yield has been declared, 2,029 got crop yield below 50 per cent, and 5,767 have more than 50 per cent yield.

Of six districts, Wardha is the worst-hit with 1,049 villages having less than 50 per cent yield. It is followed by Nagpur district with 525 such villages facing drought-like situation, 448 in Chandrapur district; and seven in Bhandara district.

However, in many villages, farmers have been demanding compensation even if the yield is more than 50 per cent. According to them, though the yield was 60 per cent, they were not eligible to get aid as technically the yield was more than 50 per cent. Meanwhile, State Government will be seeking aid from Central Government. Soon, a team deputed by Central Government is likely to visit the affected villages and assess the situation.

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Civil Services entrants to be younger now

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has bitten the bitter bullet of revamping the Civil Service examination structure, wherein it has drastically reduced maximum induction age to 26 yea... Read More
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has bitten the bitter bullet of revamping the Civil Service examination structure, wherein it has drastically reduced maximum induction age to 26 years for General category candidates, and up to 31 years in case of other candidates. OBC, SC/ST, and physically challenged candidates are going to get a bit extra benefit, but still substantially down from the previous permissible age limits. Similarly, the number of attempts have been reduced to three from previous four+two more attempts allowed during last exam. Now, there is category-wise differentiation in the rules.

For OBC, maximum age is now capped at 28 years, for SC/ST it is 29 years, and for physically challenged a further relaxation of two years has been granted. The attempts for OBC are now capped at five, for SC/ST it will be six, and a further two-year relaxation over and above six for physically challenged candidates. These changes in Civil Services Exam are applicable from Civil Services Exam-2015 onwards.

Currently, candidates from unreserved (General) category can appear for exams up to 30 years of age. In case of OBC, it is up to 33 years; up to 35 years for SC/ST; and 12 years over and above that in case of physically handicapped (challenged) candidates. These changes are part of wide-ranging reforms in Civil Services Exam structure recommended by Second Administrative Reforms Commission whose 10th report was accepted partially by Central Government.

The report titled ‘Refurbishing of Personnel Administration -- Scaling New Heights’. These reforms appear to be aimed at revamping the Civil Services Exam structure and is sure to make entry into central service tougher henceforth.

Right now, the liberal relaxation as to age and number of attempts meant a candidate could aim to crack the Civil Services Exam till the age of 40 years. However, with changing global scenario, Union Government aims to bring in freshness in Central services so that future policy implementers have that capacity to face multiple challenges. With the entry becoming tougher, only the brightest would able to crack the exams and make the grade, experts feel.

Public Administration study made compulsory

Another major recommendation on part of ARC is to make study of public administration a must for those appearing for Civil Services examination and setting-up National Institutes of Public Administration which could evolve as major sources of civil services aspirants.

Though the Government has accepted this recommendation, it has made modifications. After induction, the successful candidates would go through compact paper in Public Administration during induction training. The paper was prescribed by Expert Committee of Human Resource Development. The ARC had also suggested introduction of Public Administration subject in central university having subjects like Constitution of India, Indian Legal System, Administrative Law, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, Indian History and Culture etc.

UPSC to determine promotions

Central Government also accepted that promotion up to Selection Grade would be supervised by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after proper review. Further, power would be delegated to respective department itself. Also, ARC’s recommendation of mid-career training is made mandatory for all Group A and B officers henceforth, and linked to promotions. ARC prescribed that the officers should be evaluated during training.

ARC also suggested setting-up National Institute of Good Governance or either upgrading one of the existing national/state institutes, that would identify, document and disseminate best administrative practices and also conduct training programmes. Central Government said it would explore establishing such institute on PPP model and felt it should function as think tank and provide policy advice to Government. The Government also indicates it might reverse 2003 decision of phasing out recruitment of LDCs and directed Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to refer the matter to Cabinet.

The Government has however not adhered to introducing more transparency in induction at top management level, especially at Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level and above. ARC suggested modifying current empanelment scheme by more transparent and objective placement procedure. It suggested at higher echelons of bureaucracy it should be seen that public servant possess necessary aptitude and potential for carrying out the assigned tasks. Further it was recommended to have competition for empanelment at SAG and above to all services.

One of the major recommendation by ARC was to throw open the HAG level posting to persons outside the Government service. However the Government has not accepted the said suggestion for time being.

ARC also proposed creation of Central Civil Services Authority under proposed Central Services Bill and it should be a five-member body consisting of Chairperson and four members, including a full time Member-Secretary (a full time officer of rank of Secretary to Government of India). The Chairperson and Members should be persons of eminence in public life and they be vetted with authority of deciding promotions, posting of officers of Joint Secretary and onwards. But accepting this would have eroded Government authority and hence the recommendation though not rejected but neither accepted also.

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And the winners are...

The Smt Ramabai Kholkute Running Shield was awarded to Modern School for wining the highest number of prizes in the show. l Shri Chakrapani Naidu Runing Trophy was awarded to Modern School f... Read More
The Smt Ramabai Kholkute Running Shield was awarded to Modern School for wining the highest number of prizes in the show. l Shri Chakrapani Naidu Runing Trophy was awarded to Modern School for sending maximum entries in the show. l Late Shri Ramaawatar Prasad Sharma Trophy was awarded to Bhartiya Vidya Mandir for sending the maximum entries in the show in second place l In the Section 1 comprising any Single Red Rose prize was awarded to: Sohana Mokashi of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Naman Todakar of St Xavior Convent and Avneesh Shivahare of Modern School, Esha Dahasahastra of CDS Katol Road, Shripriya Agrawal of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir. l In Section II , comprising Any Single Red Flower (other than Rose) prizes were awarded to Ishita Duddalwar of Modern School, Bhargavi Mahtoof Modern School, Arhant Tambe of Modern School, Prathamesh Mahatoof Modern School , Vihan Saraf of Centre Point School. l In Section III comprising Bunch of Three or more Red Fklowers, prizes were awarded to Dhaanya Anand of Modern School , Kartik Mire of St Xavir Convent, Drithi Hegade of Modern School, Sameera Tambe of Mt. Carmel Convent, Vrinda Kulkarni of Modern School . l In Section IV (A) : Red Flower, arrangement for children below 9 years, prizes were awarded to Abudheet Dhawad of Modern School, Dewansh Gupta of Modern School Amruta Gadekar of Delhi Public School, Aayra Nimje of Modern School, Yashvi Joshi of Modern School. l In Section IV (B) : Red Flower arrangement for Children Between 9 and 12 Years, prizes were awarded to Shrivansh Damahe of Sahu's Garden School, Isha Ambhaikar of Modern School , Sararnya Jaiswal of Centre Point School, Nidhi Manapure of Modern School , Palak Agrawal of Centre Point School. l In Section IV (C) : Red Flower Arrangement for Children between 12 and 15 Ywars , prizes were awarded to Prashansha Pimpalkar of Somalwar High School, Ritik Parmar of School of Scholars, Aarti Kamble of Somalwar High School, Sweety Wankhede of Somalwar High School, Rishika Morey.

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Enthusiastic response marks Red Flower Show

Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first... Read More
Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, known to the children as Chacha Nehru. Uniqueness of this show is that it is held for children below the age of 15 years only and use of red flowers only is permitted.

The response this year was overwhelming in a way as 125 students from various schools of Nagpur took part in the show and displayed about 200 entries.

Dr Kamar Banu Karem former Director, Institute of Science and IAS Academy was the chief guest of the show and prize distribution ceremony. Shirish Joshi, President welcomed the chief guest. She appreciated the club's effort in organising the special show for children which gave them a platform to exhibit their talent. She also appealed the children to practice the values and ethics laid down by late Panditji and also urged them to take to the habbit of reading to gain all round knowledge. Shrikant Doifode, Vice President of the club conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Swati Gokhale proposed a vote of thanks. Aasawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ was also present on the dais.

Judges for the show were Anupama Gijre, Radhika Mande and Kalpana Karmarkar. Chief Guest praised the efforts of Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club for organising such wonderful event.

Present at the show were Kedar Gokhale, Chairman Flower Show Committee, Padma Deshraj, Secretary, Shanta Madnani, Ramesh Madnani, Dr. Sunita Sharma, Seema Dhawad, Lata Andhare, Arti Rajkondawar, Sharad Paliwal, Gauri Andhare.

Excellent arrangements were made by the Principal and staff of NEERI Modern School for smooth conduct of the show. Prizes of the show were sponsored by The Hitavada.

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Enthusiastic response marks Red Flower Show

Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first... Read More
Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, known to the children as Chacha Nehru. Uniqueness of this show is that it is held for children below the age of 15 years only and use of red flowers only is permitted.

The response this year was overwhelming in a way as 125 students from various schools of Nagpur took part in the show and displayed about 200 entries.

Dr Kamar Banu Karem former Director, Institute of Science and IAS Academy was the chief guest of the show and prize distribution ceremony. Shirish Joshi, President welcomed the chief guest. She appreciated the club's effort in organising the special show for children which gave them a platform to exhibit their talent. She also appealed the children to practice the values and ethics laid down by late Panditji and also urged them to take to the habbit of reading to gain all round knowledge. Shrikant Doifode, Vice President of the club conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Swati Gokhale proposed a vote of thanks. Aasawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ was also present on the dais.

Judges for the show were Anupama Gijre, Radhika Mande and Kalpana Karmarkar. Chief Guest praised the efforts of Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club for organising such wonderful event.

Present at the show were Kedar Gokhale, Chairman Flower Show Committee, Padma Deshraj, Secretary, Shanta Madnani, Ramesh Madnani, Dr. Sunita Sharma, Seema Dhawad, Lata Andhare, Arti Rajkondawar, Sharad Paliwal, Gauri Andhare.

Excellent arrangements were made by the Principal and staff of NEERI Modern School for smooth conduct of the show. Prizes of the show were sponsored by The Hitavada.

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No complaint in district under Anti-Black Magic Act

Nagpur district has not seen a single case so far under the Anti-Black Magic Act that came into being last year. Now, the Government has constituted Project Implementation and Monitoring Commit... Read More
Nagpur district has not seen a single case so far under the Anti-Black Magic Act that came into being last year. Now, the Government has constituted Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) to create awareness about the Act and its provisions.

Addressing a press conference at his office here the other day, Panjabrao Wankhade, Additional Collector and Chairman of District-level PIMC, said that the State Government had defined the tasks of PIMC. As per the mandate, PIMC at district level was expected to organise awareness programmes/workshops etc at district, tehsil, and village levels. Initially, the programmes are being organised at district level.

The Government had allocated Rs 1 crore at State level for the purpose of creating awareness among people.

Replying to a question, Wankhade said that the PIMC was constituted but the non-official members were yet to be appointed. Asked why no complaint was registered under the Anti-Black Magic Act despite some complaints lodged against various religious programmes, he said that PIMC was empowered to create awareness and remaining part was the responsibility of Police Department. As per the provisions, Police Inspector at each police station had to be designated as Vigilance Officer, he added.

It may be mentioned here that State Government enacted Anti-Black Magic Act after the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar last year. Mangesh Wankhade, Assistant Commissioner, Social Justice Department, and Member Secretary of District-level PIMC; Chhaya Sawarkar, State-level PIMC Member; and Anil Thakre, District Information Officer also were present at the press conference.

Manav’s lecture in city today

To create awareness about Anti-Black Magic Act and its provisions, Social Justice and Special Assistance Department of Maharashtra Government and PIMC have organised jointly lectures of anti-superstition activist Prof Shyam Manav throughout the State.

Manav’s lectures are being conducted across the State since November 10. In Nagpur, the lecture will be held at Hindi Mor Bhavan at Jhansi Rani Square at 6 pm on November 17. Manav will also deliver lectures with demonstrations of ‘miracles’ and scientific explanations, at Bhandara (Nov 19), Gondia (Nov 20), Gadchiroli (Nov 21), Chandrapur (Nov 22), Wardha (Nov 24), and Yavatmal (Nov 25). Panjabrao Wankhade appealed to the people to attend the lectures in large numbers.

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Court seeks records in land acquisition cases

Unhappy with State Government’s inability to answer its query regarding present status of the possession of the 8 petitioners’ lands, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the Hig... Read More
Unhappy with State Government’s inability to answer its query regarding present status of the possession of the 8 petitioners’ lands, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have directed production of records of these lands on November 21 next, to ascertain as to who (petitioners or the Government) are in actual possession of these lands at present. This will be crucial for decision of these petitioners’ 4 petitions.

The petitioners have approached the Court pointing out to the Court that the Special Land Acquisition Officer is not justified in not taking actual physical possession of the acquired land for construction of Outer Ring Road of the Nagpur City, particularly when the impugned awards were passed on June 30, 2007 and in view of enforcement of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013,effective from January 1, 2014, the said award has become infectious and lapsed and is not binding on the petitioner. One other petition has been filed by Legal Representatives (LRs) of late Rajveer

Bahadur Shah, seeking quashing of the award of March 13, 2014 regarding acquisition of the petitioner’s land for the State Highway.

The LRs have stated that this Award is not binding in view of the enforcement of the new Act. Adv A H Jamal appeared for the petitioners. The Court has posted this petition for further consideration on November 21 next, after issuing notice to the respondents.

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Working Sunday for CM; Hundreds throng Ramgiri

It was a working Sunday for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as hundreds of well wishers and others turned-up at Ramgiri. While a few came just to wish him good luck and renew old acquaintance... Read More
It was a working Sunday for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as hundreds of well wishers and others turned-up at Ramgiri. While a few came just to wish him good luck and renew old acquaintance, others, however, came with their respective demands before the Chief Minister.

People reached Ramgiri hours before Chief Minister’s arrival. Fadnavis arrived at 12.30 pm and was quick to start the proceedings, and in eagerness people jostled for space to get closer to him. Since Fadnavis has instructed police to be less tizzy about people getting closer to him, the visitors tried to out do one another in a bid to reach near Fadnavis, unmindful of inconvenience being caused to former. But still Chief Minister was cool as cucumber and gave patient hearing to every delegation and the smile on his face never faded as photographers clicked him at drop of hat.

Umesh Choubey, social worker, urged Chief Minister to push through Anti-Superstition Bill so that acts of human sacrifice can be curbed strictly. The activists referred to spine chilling incident of Wardha where a nine-year-old boy was sacrificed. Choubey demanded a high level inquiry and trying the case in fast track court.

Gajraj Project Affected Persons: A delegation of Gajraj Project Affected Persons (PAPs) during discussion with Chief Minister demanded that their land be returned as the project has remained only on paper for last 21 years. The delegation was led by Suresh Choudhary, President, Rashtriya Shetkari Sanghatna. Commissioner of Police K K Kashyap also called on Chief Minister and held discussion on law and order situation.

A delegation under the leadership of former MLC B T Deshmukh, delegation of MFUCTO met Devendra Fadnavis and put various demands of teachers. Dr Anil Dhage accompanied him. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Dr Milind Mane interacted with Fadnavis and apprised him of various memorandums.

School friends to fete CM

A delegation of ex-students and teachers of Saraswati Vidyalaya, Shankar Nagar Branch, called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to invite him for a felicitation programme to be held in his honour at the school. Since the school is alma mater of Fadnavis, the later accepted the request. November 28 was fixed for the grand function. Retired teacher Chandrakant Virkhare, ex-students Rakesh Purohit, Corporator Ashwini Jichkar and Mukul Barhanpure were part of the delegation.

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Vidhan Bhavan - The monument of democracy

Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra is very well known for its lush green environment, its weather, the British made heritage buildings, MIHAN, etc.

One of the most famous localities ... Read More
Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra is very well known for its lush green environment, its weather, the British made heritage buildings, MIHAN, etc.

One of the most famous localities in Nagpur is Civil Lines. The plush locality of Civil Lines is home to many important National buildings, heritage structures and palatial bungalows. Some of the heritage buildings are the Vidhan Bhavan, Raj Bhavan, High Court building, Gerenal Post Office, Old Secretariat Building (now the Divisional Commissioner Office), etc. Of them, the most important building in Nagpur is the Vidhan Bhavan, situated right in the heart of the city, it is very well known.

The Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature is held every year at the Vidhan Bhavan of Nagpur. Though this year, this historical building is celebrating its centenary year; the state government hardly took any initiative to celebrate the occasion.

The foundation stone of the present Assembly Hall at Nagpur was laid in 1911 and the building was completed for functioning in 1914. It was constructed by the then British Government to command the administration of the CP and Berar State, of which Nagpur was the capital.

During this period, the legislative council of Central Province in British India was established on November 8, 1913. In the legislative council, the limited number of seats had most members from the representation of the British Government and other members from the trading community, landholders etc. The legislative council was continued till 1936 and was later changed into Legislative Assembly.

In 1935, the Government of India Act, passed by the British Parliament, enabled elections for the provincial assembly. An electorate was made up with men having minimal financial resources; women and the poor were excluded from the elections.

In the 1937 elections, Indian National Congress took a majority of the seats. N B Khare from Nagpur became the first Prime Minister (Chief Minister in today’s terms) of CP and Berar State. Ravi Shankar Shukla was elected as the next Prime Minister. The central province was formed in 1861 with Nagpur as its capital and later it was formed as CP and Berar by merging the Berar region on October 24, 1936, headed by a British Chief Commissioner.

In 1960, this State was divided. The Vidarbha region had gone to Maharashtra state with much resistance from the natives. The rest of the area was merged with Madhya Pradesh and now Chhattisgarh. Thus, Nagpur lost its capital status. But, a “Nagpur Pact” was signed by the Maharashtra state government, headed by late Yashwantrao Chavan to protect the interests and equal development of Vidarbha region. Accordingly, Nagpur was made the auxiliary capital of the Maharashtra and the winter session of the state legislature and the state legislative council was to be held at Nagpur.

The Assembly Hall initially had limited seats. As the Maharashtra assembly has two houses -- State Legislative Assembly and State Legislative Council, the building space was not adequate for both -- the assembly and the council.

In view of the present need, more space was created within the hall in a massive renovation plan, initiated by the state government, over a decade ago. However, the renovation was materialised inside the house, maintaining its original shape in view of its heritage value. Now the assembly hall has an ample space for the houses, plus offices for different ministers, canteen, offices for different political parties, space for representatives of media and offices of State Legislature.

During this annual ritual, all the MLA’s across the state gather at Nagpur. The provision for their stay is organised at the new MLA Hostel in Civil Lines area. There are beautiful cottages arranged for the stay of the ministers. During this time, the security in Nagpur also gets stringent.

The Winter Session of the State Legislature is likely to start from December 8 and will continue for three weeks.

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No irrigation project work order sans bank guarantee verification

Continuing with the task of streamlining the functioning of Water Resources Department (WRD), the new State Government has asked the department not to issue work orders without verification of ba... Read More
Continuing with the task of streamlining the functioning of Water Resources Department (WRD), the new State Government has asked the department not to issue work orders without verification of bank guarantees given by the contractors in case of various irrigation projects.

The decision has been taken to avoid the incidences of ‘bogus’ bank guarantees furnished by the contractors during the previous Government’s regime. The matter of ‘bogus’ bank guarantees had come to fore in the aftermath of multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra. In many cases, the directions of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) dating back to the year 2007 were ignored to benefit the contractors. BJP-led Government has decided to clear the mess relating to bank guarantee.

In WRD, many works are awarded to contractors. While accepting tender of a contractor after evaluation, the department issues a letter of acceptance and asks the contractor to deposit security deposit. The deposit is accepted through various types of instruments including bank guarantee. However, many cases has come to fore in which the contractors themselves submitted a copy of bank guarantee instrument (document), and there was no verification done. In certain cases, contractors submitted ‘bogus’ bank guarantees.

To keep check on such practices, the new Government has asked WRD not to issue work order to contractor concerned till bank guarantee is not verified. As far as possible, the bank guarantee will be accepted through registered post from the bank concerned. In exceptional cases, if a bank transfers bank guarantee to contractor concerned, WRD has been directed to ask the contractor to request the bank to send an unstamped duplicate copy of original bank guarantee.

T N Munde, Chief Engineer and Joint Secretary (Irrigation), has issued a circular in this regard to all the top officers of WRD and all Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs). Executive Engineer, Accounts Officer or Accountant, and clerk and tender clerk in sections concerned will be held responsible for financial loss caused to the Government on account of not carrying out verification, extension, and encashment of bank guarantees within stipulated period.

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4 women injured as bus hits tree on hillock near Kelwad

A picnic to resort in Kelwad area turned into tragedy when a private bus, in which 30 women from city were travelling, fell off a hillock and turned turtle on Sunday afternoon. Four women sustain... Read More
A picnic to resort in Kelwad area turned into tragedy when a private bus, in which 30 women from city were travelling, fell off a hillock and turned turtle on Sunday afternoon. Four women sustained critical injuries in the mishap, said Kelwad police. According to police, a group of 30 women from Nagpur headed for a picnic to Satpuda resort near Kelwad, around 40 km from the city. The women boarded the bus (MH-31/3733) in Laxmi Nagar area during morning hours. Police said that the mishap occurred between 1.30 pm and 2 pm when the bus was negotiating the steep road on the hillock four km away from the resort. After travelling some distance, the bus’ engine shut down midway due to a snag. The driver panicked and in a hurry failed to control the bus and the bus started reversing. The bus hit a tree while sliding back and then turned turtle. Four women sustained grievous injuries in the mishap. The injured are identified as Sangita Ravindra Khajanji, Nanda Jichkar (45), Anjali Patrekar and Vandana Dable. Staff of Kelwad police station rushed to the spot immediately after being informed. The injured women were treated at a primary health care centre and then shifted to a hospital in the city for further treatment.

Kelwad police have registered offence under Sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code against driver identified as Dhammadev Ganraj Ganvir (24), a resident of Nagpur. Further investigations are on.

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Court rejects bail to Mohta brothers in fake will case

Sessions Court has rejected anticipatory bail application moved by Ravi Vallabhdas Mohta, Madhav Vallabh Mohta, both residents of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth; Dilip Gundekar, Ashish Gundekar an... Read More
Sessions Court has rejected anticipatory bail application moved by Ravi Vallabhdas Mohta, Madhav Vallabh Mohta, both residents of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth; Dilip Gundekar, Ashish Gundekar and Advocate Aparna Dalvi, who are charged for allegedly preparing a fake will in a bid to grab the property inherited by a woman. Sadar police had registered an offence under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC on the basis of complaint made by Kamla Shridas Mohta, a resident of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth. Mohta had alleged that accused prepared a bogus will of her mother-in-law Seema Mohta at Tehsil Office near Akashwani Square by allegedly forging documents on January 20, 2012. They then submitted the forged will in the court to grab the property inherited by her. Prosecution stated that during investigations, it came to fore that accused prepared a forged seal and signature of a notary and concerned lawyer-notary revealed it in his statement to cops. The Additional Sessions Judge Dhamecha after hearing both the sides, rejected the anticipatory bail application. Adv S T Madnani assisted the prosecution while Adv Prakash Jaiswal represented the accused persons.

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Elderly woman killed while resisting robbery

An elderly woman was brutally murdered after she resisted a robber at her Thawre Colony residence under jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station. The incident is of Saturday when the woman, Kamla... Read More
An elderly woman was brutally murdered after she resisted a robber at her Thawre Colony residence under jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station. The incident is of Saturday when the woman, Kamlabai Jagannath Wasnik (82) was alone at her home, just 500 metres from headquarters of Nagpur Rural Police. She suffered injuries while resisting attack by an unidentified person and died at a hospital on Sunday, the police said.

The incident police said occurred around 2.30 pm. An unidentified person sneaked into Wasnik’s residence and was about to flee with booty when Kamla came suddenly came in front of him. The robbed panicked and attacked Kamlabai when she confronted him. The robber hit a heavy object on Kamlabai’s head. She fell on a sofa in the living room. After about half an hour, Kamlabai’s maid reached the house. She was shocked on noticing injured Kamlabai lying unconscious on the sofa.

Panicked maid servant raised an alarm. Soon other family members and neighbours reached the spot. With the help of the neighbours, injured Kamlabai was rushed to a private hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

A team of Jaripatka police station reached the spot. During panchnama, the cops noticed a piece of bone lying near the sofa. Prima facie, police said, the unidentified robber while fleeing hit a heavy object on Kamlabai’s head causing fatal injury.

Police have registered offence under relevant sections of the IPC against unidentified robber. Further investigations are on.

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KV Vayusena Nagar Principal killed in road accident

The Principal of Kendriya Vidyalay (KV), Vayusena Nagar, died while his wife sustained grievous injuries after their car turned turtle near Khapri village under jurisdiction of Kalmeshwar police ... Read More
The Principal of Kendriya Vidyalay (KV), Vayusena Nagar, died while his wife sustained grievous injuries after their car turned turtle near Khapri village under jurisdiction of Kalmeshwar police station on Sunday.

George Thadatil (59) was driving the car. He sustained multiple injuries in the mishap and succumbed on the spot. His wife Kocharani Francis sustained grievous injuries on her head and hand. A teacher -- identified as Dinesh Malode (35) who was also in the vehicle, escaped with minor injuries.

According to Kalmeshwar police, Thadatil along with Kocharani Francis and Dinesh Malode was traveling in Wagon R car (MH-40/K-8330). “They had gone to Jarud village in Warud taluka of Amravati district on Sunday morning. After enjoying a day at the agriculture land of Malode, they started for Nagpur in the afternoon,” a police officer said. At 4.30 pm, near Adivasi Ashram Shala, behind Khapri village on Katol- Kalmeshwar road, Thadatil lost control over the car which veered off the road. The car, police said, rammed into the compound wall of Ashram Shala flipping over almost thrice.

On getting information, staff of Kalmeshwar police station rushed to the spot. The cops found that Thadatil sustained serious injuries on head and other parts of the body and was bleeding profusely. He breathed his last on the spot. Kocharani also sustained serious injuries on head and shoulder and was lying in a pool of blood.

The police rushed the trio to Kalmeshwar Primary Health Care Centre. After primary treatment, Kocharani was shifted to a private hospital in city.

Police said, Thadatil lost control of the car as a rear tyre burst. The car which was in great speed tumbled thrice off the road and rammed into the Ashram Shala wall.

Kalmeshwar police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337, 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 184 of MVA against the deceased. Further investigations are on.

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Is MS Excel calculating it correctly?

The software giant Microsoft appears to have left a blind spot in the widely used product -- MS Excel. A city-based Mathematics teacher Hemant Ganjre has found out a problem with the software, an... Read More
The software giant Microsoft appears to have left a blind spot in the widely used product -- MS Excel. A city-based Mathematics teacher Hemant Ganjre has found out a problem with the software, and has advised users not to use MS Excel with blind faith while doing calculations.

Maths teacher with SFS High School and Junior College, Ganjre told ‘The Hitavada’ that MS Excel’s versions of 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 calculate ‘wrongly’ the factorials of numbers greater than 20. “This is a very big mistake and cannot be neglected as factorial or FACT function is used for higher studies,” he said. Ganjre, who also teaches Vedic Mathematics, said that he found out the problem with the software from the number of zeroes at the end of the factorials calculated by using the software and calculations done manually.

MS Excel is widely used software. It has many functions like SUM, MAX, MIN, FACT (factorial) etc. The FACT function returns the factorial of any number. In higher studies like BSc and engineering, aeronautics, satelllite industries, etc factorial has great importance. Factorial of a number is the product of multiplication of a series of descending natural numbers from that number till 1. For instance, factorial of 5 will be the product of 5x4x3x2x1, that is, 120. Similarly, the factorial of 10 (denoted as (10!)) will be the product of 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1, that is, 36,28,800.

According to Ganjre, MS Excel shows the factorials up to 20 correctly. After 20, the factorials of further numbers are calculated ‘wrongly’. For instance, the factorial of 21 is shown as 51090942171709400000 in MS Excel. As per the calculations done by Ganjre, the factorial of 21 is 51090942171709440000. Similarly, factorials of 22, 23, 24, 25 also are calculated ‘wrongly’ in MS Excel while manual calculations show exact results. “Even if we do not use FACT function, there is mistake in the simple multiplication to multiply all the numbers in factorial too,” Ganjre said.

There are several websites for calculation of factorials. These websites also differ in results produced by FACT function in MS Excel and their calculations using simple multiplication. Ganjre said that he was trying to get in touch with Microsoft to inform it about the problem with FACT function in MS Excel.

“For now, I just appeal to the people using MS Excel not to have blind faith in factorial calculations,” Ganjre added.

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VHA elections: Sarda’s HLPP wins all 13 posts

STEEL businessman and former president of Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) Radheshyam Sarda-led Hockey Lovers and Promoters Panel (HLPP) made a clean sweep as they ousted ruling VHA Development ... Read More
STEEL businessman and former president of Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) Radheshyam Sarda-led Hockey Lovers and Promoters Panel (HLPP) made a clean sweep as they ousted ruling VHA Development Panel headed by BC Bhartia in the much publicised elections of the association.

Under the chairmanship of former VHA President Suresh Sharma, joint MD, Baidyanath Ayurved Limited, HLPP grabbed all the 13 posts during the elections held on Sunday at Charity Commissioner’s Office, Civil Lines.

The elections were held after seven years after VHA life member DS Karunashankar won a legal battle in Supreme Court. The apex court directed Charity Commissioner Office to conduct the elections as per voters list of 2005 elections.

Out of total of 317 voters which included six patrons, 271 life members and 40 affiliated units, 190 cast their votes and gave a clear mandate to the HLPP panel for a period of one year. Sarda, who was association’s president in 2005, defeated two-time VHA chief BC Bhartia by a margin of 14 votes to clinch the top post. Sarda garnered 102 votes while Bhartia managed to get 88. Voters preferred to support their ‘old friends’ rather than giving Development Panel another chance, who were holding the posts for last seven years.

Vinod Trivedi, who was secretary of the association in 2005, defeated incumbent secretary Vinod Gawai by a margin of 16 (103-87) votes. This is for the first time Gawai has seen the exit door of the association since 2005. In 2005 Gawai was elected as one of the vice-presidents and since 2006 he was secretary of the body. Treasurer Shyam Sharma continued to sail through easily winning the same post comfortably, this time representing HLPP. Sharma, who is association’s treasurer since 2005, defeated Ghanshyam Purohit by 14 votes. Like Sarda, Sharma too garnered 102 votes while Purohit won 88.

The joint secretary’s post was clinched by another HLPP candidate Pramod Jain who defeated Bhaskar Naidu (VHADP) by (109-81) 28 votes. Voters, which also include a good number of top businessmen of city apart from former hockey players and lovers showed their affection towards Sardar Atal Bahadur Singh once again.

The former Nagpur Mayor garnered maximum 118 votes to win one of the four vice-president’s post, representing HLPP. The other HLPP members to secure vice-president’s posts include Trilokinath Sidhra (108 votes), DS Karunashankar (100 votes) and Kishor Goydani (98 votes). They all defeated VHADP’s Arif Khan (79), Unnat Khanna (87), Kuldeep Reddy (69) and Ajay Gour (61). There was a clear panel voting for vice-president’s posts as 78 voters preferred HLPP while 51 voted for VHADP, the remaining 61 voters did cross voting.

The trend started to favour HLPP from the beginning when all the three members of the panel won their posts from affiliated units category. Out of 40 votes, HLPP’s Kunal Patil won 23, Javed Rana got 21 and Sanjay Lokhande garnered 20. They defeated VHADP’s Dashrath Talewar (19), Bernard Ekka (17) and Juned Khan (19). The two posts in general category were won by HLPP’s Salim Baig and former NMC Standing Committee Chairman Dayashankar Tiwari. Baig won 110 votes, second highest after Atal Bahadur Singh while newcomer Tiwari won 105.

The elections were smoothly conducted by election officer Harish Gadge and his assistants RH Padalwar and DR Wagh. Counting of votes were held under the watchful eyes of AP Matte, Joint Charity Commissioner, Nagpur and AV Kulkarni, Deputy Charity Commissioner, Nagpur.

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CM trying to attract Rs 1 lakh cr investment for Maharashtra

Maharashtra Government is trying to attract investment worth over Rs One lakh crores in State in next few months. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State Government is taking some positive steps b... Read More
Maharashtra Government is trying to attract investment worth over Rs One lakh crores in State in next few months. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State Government is taking some positive steps by reducing number of permissions from 70 to 20 and will lease out land for 90 years to pave way for industrialisation in State. This was informed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while talking to mediapersons at Ramgiri on Sunday afternoon.

Recently, the Government has dispensed with archaic procedures and has decided to launch an Investors Facilitation Cell called ‘MAITRI’ to assist industries. The Cell would be empowered to make it an effective single window clearance mechanism. The state will also launch new policies to attract investment in electronics, manufacturing, SEZ, export oriented units and IT sectors.

Fadnavis also informed that in coming days, new policy for Agro and Food Processing Industries will be declared. He said, Urban Development Department (UDD) will notify the proposal of Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MRDA) of Nagpur district. He has instructed department to call meeting of the MRDA immediately.

A meeting of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) was held at Mumbai. Fadnavis said, the land disposal rule of the MADC will be changed. The lease period will be increased from 30 years to 90 years.

Earlier, there was discretionary power to the Minister for direct allotment to industries.

Now, new Government has scrapped all discretionary powers to the minister. The policy will be transparent for all the industries. He said, the Government will cancel all the allotments, that have not started construction even after 5 to 8 years after purchasing land in the MADC. The MADC will construct 250 transit units for Project Affected Persons (PAPs) of MIHAN-SEZ area. The company will shift villagers into these transit units and villages will be vacated for further development works.

New Airport in Ballarshah

The MADC will construct new airport at Ballarshah, Fadnavis said, the present airport in Chandrapur can not be expanded due to paucity of space and landing problems. The Company has identified new land in Ballarshah for airport development. He said, the company will expand runway in Akola and Shirdi airport will become operational very soon.

AIIMS, IIM in MIHAN

State Government will provide land to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Central Government’s unit of Plastic Technology. The Government will allot land for these public institutes in non-Special Economic Zone (SEZ) area. The Government has around 2000 acres land in non SEZ area, he added.

Cheap power to MIHAN

State Government has cleared the deck for providing cheap electricity to industrial units in MIHAN-SEZ. The power purchase tender has been issued and Government is willing to provide electricity at Rs 4.5 per unit. The present rate of electricity is Rs 9 per unit. The cheap electricity will open the door for progress of the area.

New Chief Minister has called all the files related to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). He said, a file has been prepared to provide Rs 100 crore assistance to NMC. The file is under consideration in Finance Department. The Government will allot pending funds to local body for their assistance. He said, to improves traffic system in the Orange City, the Home Department will install CCTVs for electronic surveillance.

Cabinet expansion before Nov 30

Devendra Fadnavis cabinet expansion will be held between November 25 to November 30. About inclusion of Shiv Sena nominees in the first cabinet expansion, the Chief Minister said, “In politics the doors for discussion are always open.” However, he denied reports about mediation by RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat to defuse the strained ties with Shiv Sena and possible discussion with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to ensure patch-up.

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PWD Minister Sartaj meets Manak Agrawal!

The meeting between PWD Minster Sartaj Singh and disgruntled Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has heated up political atmosphere in State. Though Manak Agrawal has ruled out any possibilit... Read More
The meeting between PWD Minster Sartaj Singh and disgruntled Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has heated up political atmosphere in State. Though Manak Agrawal has ruled out any possibility of joining BJP but political atmosphere is abuzz with speculations that Manak may take any big political decision in coming time. “Sartaj Singh is my friend and was a neighbour. He used to visit my house and I used to go to his house. Nothing too much should be read in connection with his visit to my house,” said Manak Agrawal, who resigned from Vice President’s post on Thursday over ticket distribution row. Manak Agrawal said that he would take any future step after 3 pm on Saturday.

Notably, Agrawal is having old tussle with Suresh Pachauri and he is angry over the manner his supporters have been ignored in ticket distribution. As far as Manak’s resignation from Vice President’s post is considered then party has so far not received his resignation letter. But Manak Agrawal had not gone to party office on Friday. State Congress President Arun Yadav had said to media that he had not received any resignation.

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Congress unable to quell resentment among workers

Congress is unable to tide over the situation arisen after ticket distribution. Unsatisfied Congress leaders and workers are reaching party headquarters and demonstrating to register their prot... Read More
Congress is unable to tide over the situation arisen after ticket distribution. Unsatisfied Congress leaders and workers are reaching party headquarters and demonstrating to register their protest against declared candidates. Ex-Congress MLA Narayan Prajapati and his supporters protested against declared party candidate for Nagar Panchayat of Banda at party office on Friday.

Narayan Prajapati along with supporters reached party headquarters and started to raise slogans in support of his demand. He and his supporters alleged that ticket for Banda Nagar Panchayat had been given to undeserving candidate Sunita Chaudhary on the instance of ex-MLA Govind Singh Rajput. Narayan Prajapati alleged that Govind Singh had sold the ticket and had given walk over to BJP. “Banda comes in my area and Govind Singh’s area is Surki then also he ensured ticket for Sunita, who had in past worked for BJP. Party observer had given only one name for ticket and that was of Sapna Khangar Rai. When I approached party President Arun Yadav, he spoke to observer and latter informed that he had forwarded single name of Sapna for ticket. Arun Yadav has assured to look into the episode.

If Sunita Chaudary fights election then she would get defeated,” said Narayan Prajapti. When media confronted ex-MLA Govind Singh Rajput, he refuted the claim of Narayan Prajapati by saying tickets have been given on the basis of reports prepared by observers. He said candidate had not been decided by him rather by party. Apart from this, a woman came at Congress office by saying that party had asked to contest the election but he was not given the “B” form. She later approached Arun Yadav for the solution of the problem. A group of workers, who were raising slogans, stormed into the room where Arun Yadav and other leaders were participating in a function to mark Nehru Jayanti.

After meeting disgruntled party workers have besieged Arun Yadav and started to narrate their problems and woes. After meeting, Arun Yadav briefly spoke to media and said that there is no resentment in party. Whatever voices are being raised is a family matter and problems would be sorted out. “Where would party leaders would go if they have some problem. They would definitely approach me,” said Yadav.

BJP warns rebels to either withdraw nomination or face music

BJP has made it clear that those who have filed nomination papers as independent candidate against party’s declared candidate should withdraw their nomination papers or else be ready to face the music. The message is clear cut message to rebels that they should follow the discipline or should be ready to get sacked. Notably, voice’s of resentment among BJP worker’s and leaders is coming from sundry parts of state. These are those leaders who were eying tickets and failed to get the same. Now they are red faced and opposing the declared candidate of party. For instance, there is strong protest against Sagar Mayoral candidate Abhay Dhare. Likewise voices of resentment are being noticed in Gwalior and Chambal and even in Vindhya region.

To tide over the situation, BJP is taking the help of senior and influential leaders but still voices of discontent are yet to be buried. The rebels are posing threat to BJP and BJP wants to overcome from the situation arisen after ticket distribution.

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Two more Congress VPs resign

There is no end to the woes of Congress. Ex-Member of Parliament from Ujjain, Premchand Guddu resigned from all posts, including Vice President post, of Congress by claiming that party has give... Read More
There is no end to the woes of Congress. Ex-Member of Parliament from Ujjain, Premchand Guddu resigned from all posts, including Vice President post, of Congress by claiming that party has given ticket to a SIMI person Kayyum Nagori in Mahidpur. Meanwhile, former minister and Congress Vice President Dr Govind Singh also resigned from his post by saying that party had given corporator ticket in Gohad to a woman, who comes from family of Tejnarayan Shukla, who is accused in murder case of former MLA Makhan Lal Jatav. “I resigned from all party posts to register protest against party decision to give ticket to SIMI man Kayyum Nagori from Mahidpur. I had tried to convey my woes to state party president Arun Yadav but he had not picked up phone calls made by me. I am coming to Bhopal on Saturday,” said Premchand Guddu while talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

Premchand Guddu added that party’s image has got dented after ticket to SIMI man Kayyum Nagori, who is cousin of hardcore SIMI activist Safdar Nagori. Notably, Congress has made Kayyum Nagori as candidate of Mahidpur Nagar Palika President post. Meanwhile, MLA from Lahar, Dr Govind Singh said to “The Hitavada” that he had resigned from vice president post because party had given ticket of corporator in Gohad to “Bhabi” of Tejnarayan Shukla. Shukla had come out of jail on bail and he is accused in murder case of former MLA Makhan Lal Jatav.

He added that apart from this, party had also ignored dedicated party workers in ticket distribution and given tickets to new entrants from BJP. “I am deeply hurt by the manner in which party workers have been ignored in ticket distribution and decided to resign from Vice President’s post,” said Dr Govind Singh, who is MLA from Lahar.

When asked that whether he is going to leave Congress, he said he had only resigned from post not from party. When asked about speculations that he is going to BJP, he said such things holds no water. “If I had wanted to join BJP then why I should have been making scathing attack against ruling party BJP in assembly,” he said.

In Bhopal, State Congress President Arun Yadav said he had not received resignation of either leaders and claimed that there is no resentment among party workers over ticket distribution.

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Many BJP-claimed devpt works lying incomplete in Durg: Cong

Though Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to have undertaken development works worth crores of rupees during its 15 year long tenure in Durg Municipal Corporation the reality seems different. Sev... Read More
Though Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to have undertaken development works worth crores of rupees during its 15 year long tenure in Durg Municipal Corporation the reality seems different. Several mega projects worth more than 1,000 crore, as claimed by the BJP, has been undertaken for providing basic amenities to the people but most of it has reportedly remained incomplete even after several years of its scheduled completion of time period.

It may be mentioned that the BJP has been in power in the DMC since 2009. For the last 15 years the BJP had been promising the people to provide better drinking water facility and make the city green and clean. Besides, the corporation, with the intention of increasing its revenue, also started several mega projects like construction of multiplex complex and commercial establishments.

In order to provide pure drinking water to the residents of 58 wards, the DMC launched Extensive Water Project-Phase-II worth Rs. 94 crores. The project was supposed to be completed by January 2012. But even by the end of 2014 the dreams of the residents to get pure drinking water has allegedly not materialized. The fact is that till date the work for laying the pipelines have not been completed. The construction work of new Filter Plant and Intake Well is still in progress.

Similarly, in order to make the city slum free, the DMC launched IHSDP housing scheme worth Rs. 19 crores at Urla. Around 1638 houses were constructed under the scheme but only 300 beneficiaries were benefitted. In order to increase the revenue, the DMC launched a mega project of constructing shops under Mukhyamantri Sawalamban Yojna. The project worth 6.50 crores remains incomplete even after 5 years and only the digging work for laying the foundation has been done. Instead of earning revenue, the DMC has been reportedly paying interest for the loan taken for the project. Besides, the construction work for proposed shopping complex at Ganjpara worth 1.50 crore, Borsi Haat Bazar etc., had not yet completed. It may also be mentioned that in order to make the city clean, the DMC awarded the cleaning work to Kivar Company. The agreement has been made for 30 years. The fact is that Kivar Company after 13 months of its alleged poor quality of work withdrew from the contract. The DMC is reportedly have made payment worth Rs. 10 crores to the company and now the sanitation of the city is on God’s mercy.

Filth and garbage collected at every nook and corner of the city has been a common sight.

Arun Vora, Congress MLA has alleged that the BJP during its last 15 years of tenure in DMC has made the city backward to two decades. The tall claims made by the BJP have proved futile. The people of the city are still deprived of basic amenities. The city has no good roads, no better supply of drinking water, outbreak of diseases like Dengu, Cholera, jaundice etc., during the BJP rule in DMC proves the pathetic condition of sanitation in the city.

However, Dr. SK Tamer, Mayor stated that the BJP led body in the DMC has changed the face of the city. Development works worth several crores of rupees have been undertaken during the BJP rule. Several mega project which are in progress is the gift of the BJP to the people of the city. ‘The people of Durg has witnessed sea change during the BJP rule and they will again vote for the BJP in the forthcoming DMC polls. BJP will retain DMC and fulfill the dreams of the residents of all 60 wards’, said Dr. SK Tamer.

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Rahul Gandhi to visit C’garh today

The botched up Pendari sterilization operations have had resonance across the country and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would be visiting Chhattisgarh on Saturday to take stock of prevailing... Read More
The botched up Pendari sterilization operations have had resonance across the country and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would be visiting Chhattisgarh on Saturday to take stock of prevailing situation of the victims and their families.

According to Congress sources, Rahul Gandhi is expected to land in Raipur at early on Saturday morning where after he would visit Bilaspur by road. Party General Secretary Incharge Girish Dewangan informed that Gandhi would be accompanied by state party President Bhupesh Baghel and Durg MP Tamradhwaj Sahu. Sources also informed that CLP leader TS Singhdeo would also be receiving party Vice-President in Bilaspur itself.

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi is also likely to visit Bilaspur earlier than other party leaders and would be receiving Gandhi scion there. Party sources informed that AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora and MP Mohsina Kidwai may not arrive along with Rahul Gandhi.

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Chhattisgarh Pavilion becomes centre of attention at IITF-2014

Pavilion of Chhattisgarh state is all set to woo traders and visitors at 34th India International Trade Fair 2014 (IITF) which opened today at Pragati Maidan, here. The pavilion at Hall no. 2 giv... Read More
Pavilion of Chhattisgarh state is all set to woo traders and visitors at 34th India International Trade Fair 2014 (IITF) which opened today at Pragati Maidan, here. The pavilion at Hall no. 2 gives a beautiful glimpse of the state’s tribal and rural crafts. Self-help groups from various districts in Chhattisgarh have showcased their handicrafts in 19 stalls inside the pavilion.

Apart from natural and mineral resources of the state, the pavilion also has a wide range of handloom and dress materials to lure women visitors. At the entrance of the hall, weavers working on table looms give the spectator an idea of how handlooms are weaved. The fortnight-long fair is based on the theme of ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. The centre of the Chhattisgarh pavilion displays bamboo, jute and bell metal works prepared by women.

“We put up our stalls in the pavilion every year. This year we have brought new items made up of bamboo such as file cover, purse, bags, letter holder and wall curtains,” said Kosi Bai who came from Narayanpur, Bastar.The fair will be open for businessmen and industrialists for first five days i.e from November 14 to 18 and from November 19 to 28 it will be open for general public.

Officer of Chhattisgarh Tourism Information Centre, New Delhi, Manish Joshi said people interested in Chhattisgarh tourism will get detailed information on tourist destinations. The pavilion also has stalls each on ‘Godna’ Print, Teracotta (clay art), iron craft and bell metal put up by the groups from Bastar.

A stall by Pragya art, Raipur has various showpieces and wall paintings made up of paper mash.

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Opposition is busy politicising deaths of sterlization tragedy: Upasne

Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Sachidanand Upasne while terming the deaths of 14 women in the sterilization case at Pendari as unfortunate, said that the opposition Congress, as usua... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Sachidanand Upasne while terming the deaths of 14 women in the sterilization case at Pendari as unfortunate, said that the opposition Congress, as usual, is doing politics on this unfortunate incident.

Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party vehemently criticizes this political conduct of Congress, the BJP spokesperson stated that Congress do not have the moral right to do so because it is the same Congress which had given a thorough pass to Warren Anderson, who was responsible for Bhopal Gas tragedy, where more than 3,000 people had lost their lives, Upasne alleged that the then Congress Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh had facilitated clear passage of Anderson from the State reportedly through his own plane.

Upasne, the BJP spokesperson further stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party does not want to make any comparison but want to refresh the memory. He said that the Congress whose Chief Minister had given clear passage to the person involved in a tragedy where more than 3000 people had lost their lives and lakhs others are still suffering, doesn’t have any right to speak on the issue.

Adding that this is definitely a heart rendering and poignant incident arising out of criminal negligence and as soon as the incident came to light the State Government led by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh by fixing the priority, made arrangements for best possible medical care for the victims.

Thereafter the people responsible for the grave negligence were not only suspended but FIR lodged against the guilty apart from ordering Judicial enquiry apart from registering criminal cases against medicine manufactures who had supplied medicines.

Adding that the complete analysis of the any government’s functioning should be done, Upasne said that the state government had always worked towards providing quality healthcare for the people and accordingly it had launched several schemes including Sanjeevani Kosh under which 30 various types of ailments are treated free of cost apart from providing heart disease treatment for children, mal-nutrition rate had come down to 38 percent from 48 per cent.

Apart from these, other schemes are also being run for the benefit of people. The Congress which has been virtually rejected thrice by the people in the state during elections, is eyeing this incident as a chance to inducing new lease of life and gain political mileage from it, which is unfortunate.

Meanwhile, BJP Mahila Morcha State President Shobha Soni while expressing anguish over the incident has praised the steps taken by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. She added that the steps taken by the state government will not only bring relief to the victims and their family members but will ensure them swift justice.

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No compromise with the quality of drugs: CM

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday ordered the Health Department officials to conduct raids on the wholesalers and retailers of drugs and medicines. He said anybody playing with the lives of... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday ordered the Health Department officials to conduct raids on the wholesalers and retailers of drugs and medicines. He said anybody playing with the lives of patients will be dealt with severely. The Chief Minister said that officers of the concerned departments will also not be spared.

There should not be any compromise on the quality of drugs on the part of manufacturers, wholesale dealers and retailers. The Health and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla conducted a video-conference meeting with all district Collectors and Chief Medical and Health Officers in Bilaspur and asked them to be vigilant. He asked them to curb the menace of fake and sub-standard drugs in the entire state. The Health Department official shave banned the drugs manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Private Limited, Khamardih, Raipur, with immediate effect. Many patients fell ill after consuming the drugs manufactured by the company in Bilaspur. Controller of Food and Drugs Administration Ravi Prakash Gupta in a circular has asked the district Collectors to stop the sale of drugs of the banned company in their area of jurisdiction. The banned drugs should be sealed soon. The district Collector should immediately send a report to the concerned authorities.

It should be ensured that the M/s Mahavar Pharma drugs are not used in the Government hospitals in the entire state. The Collectors should inspect all the private hospitals in the districts and see that the banned drugs are not still in use. The Controller of Food and Drugs Administration in a separate order said that the ban on drugs of Mahavar Pharma will be in force till further orders. The concerned Health Department officials have started conducting raids on all the medical shops in the entire state. The Collectors have started taking meetings with medical shop-owners.

Raids were conducted in Raigarh, Dhamtari, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Sukma and other districts. In Raipur, officials conducted a raid on chemist shop in Mova. Jashpur Collector Himshikhar Gupta in an appeal urged the citizens not to buy the banned drug-Ciproxin 500 mg and other medicines of Mahavar Pharma.

Accordingly, raids have been conducted at the various dealership and retailers throughout the state by Food and Drug Administration Department. During raid in Raipur 29 lakh banned tablets have been recovered; 95,200 tablets were recovered from medicine stores of Ambikapur district hospital; in Rajnandgaon the department seized approximately 1.87 lakh tablets; 20,000 tablets from Dhamtari district; 2.59 lakh tablets from Surajpur district, etc. Also large numbers of such tablets have been received from various other districts as well.

FDA bans sale of medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd

The Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA) has banned sale and distribution of all types of medicines manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur with immediate effect.

It is worth mentioning here that after serious doubts on the purity of medicines used during sterilization operations held recently at Bilaspur district has been expressed, the samples of medicines used has been sent for examination to Central Medicine Test Laboratory, Kolkatta. These medicines include the tablet – Ciproxin 500mg, which has been manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd.

Keeping in view the doubts of these medicines being lethal for human consumption, the state government has imposed ban on sale and distribution on all the medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur with immediate effect. The state government has further appealed to the people neither purchase nor use any medicine manufacture by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur.

Meanwhile, Raipur Collector Thakur Ram Singh has directed all government and private hospitals, medical colleges and hospitals affiliated to them, nursing homes, private and government pharmacies not to use, distribute, sell and market all the ten drugs which have been prohibited by the state government. He also strictly directed all above mentioned institutions not to use any medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The directive has been issued to Chief Medical and Health Officer, Civil Surgeon, to the representatives of pharmacy association and drug inspectors at a meeting on Friday.

During the meeting the Collector has urged the representatives of pharmacy associations not sell, market and distribute these medicines and whosoever have stock of these medicines they should promptly inform the same to the district administration. The representatives of pharmacy associations have assured the district administration that they will cooperate and bring into compliance the directive. Accordingly, the representatives of pharmacy associations also appealed to all medical shop and distributors not to do the same and follow the directives.

The ten medicines banned by state government include Povidone lod sol E130802, Diazepam CDZ1302, Surgical Spirit 0153A1406, Pentazocin M14114, Atropine sulphate CAT1302, Adrenaline AD1401, Anesthtic, Antiseptic lotion S48, Ciprocin 500 14101CD and Ibuprofen 400 mg TT450413.

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Parseoni Tehsil Office Sr Clerk in ACB trap

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Praveen Marotrao Sakhare, Senior Clerk at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,500 from a young man ... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Praveen Marotrao Sakhare, Senior Clerk at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,500 from a young man from Walni Mines to hush up the case registered against him. According to information, action was initiated against Gunwantrao Khadse (34), a resident of Walni Mines, under Sections 107 and 116 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). When Khadse appeared at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, Praveen Sakhare demanded Rs 4,000 to hush up the matter. Khadse negotiated with Sakhare who later agreed to accept Rs 3,500 from him. Khadse then lodged a complaint against Sakhare at ACB office. Subsequently, a trap was laid at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, and bureau officers caught Sakhare red-handed when he accepted the cash from Khadse.

An offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against Sakhare at Parseoni Police Station.

The trap was laid by PI Sanjay Gabhne and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and DySP (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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Rlys invites FDI for Nagpur-Sewagram freight line, main station development

Railway Ministry has got going with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), notifying the projects in which it envisages private equity, and that included Sewagram-Nagpur third line, Nagpur Terminal and... Read More
Railway Ministry has got going with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), notifying the projects in which it envisages private equity, and that included Sewagram-Nagpur third line, Nagpur Terminal and Durg-Rajnandgaon third line. All these projects have just remained on drawing boards for last few years owing to shortage of funds, although there’s no doubt about their financial viability, especially the freight lines -- Sewagram-Nagpur and Durg-Rajnandgaon.

These infrastructure projects are critical to improving the rail’s throughput but somehow Railway Board failed to find funds due to too many projects going at a time. Nagpur-Sewagram route of about 76 kms is one of the most congested routes under Central Railway. The saturation is leading to detention and hitting the revenue, still the third line was not thought off until two-year back when it found mention in Railway Budget. But from that period nothing has moved, as funds is a major hindrance.

Experts and even senior railway officials say, the project has assured returns as currently the line capacity on the route is nearing 150%, which means the third line would help de-congest and ensure speedier movement of Mail/Express trains. The dedicated freight line on the route can be a game-changer for the region as well.

As per the Board’s documents, the estimated cost for Nagpur-Sewagram project is Rs 297.85 crore. The probable mode of execution could be Build-Operate Transfer/Annuity and bidding parameter mentioned by Railways is Viability Gap Funding/Annual Premium.

Same is the case with Durg-Rajnandgaon route, a distance of just 31 kms, under South East Central Railway (SECR). The Bilaspur Zone handles more than 90% of total coal movement. It is the lifeline of most of the coal plants of the country. And the said route for which Railways is seeking FDI is on Bilaspur-Nagpur route, which is heavily congested. The route congestion hampers movement of freight rakes and it gets affected due to continuos addition of new Mail/Express train keeping in with the demand of travellers. The cost of the project is pegged at Rs 152.99 crore and its parameters are same as mentioned for Sewagram-Nagpur project.

The Railway Ministry has identified in all 16 freight lines wherein it is desperately seeking private equity, either from within the country through domestic industry or from FDI route. In fact, Railways has mentioned that it was open to idea of 20% viability gap funding (VGF) for the freight lines project.

The third project of region to be listed for FDI is Nagpur Terminal. Nagpur is among two stations on Central Railway, the other being Shivaji Nagar (Pune) which are planned to be developed as world class. The Railway Ministry has named 13 stations all over country for development with world class amenities. For the development of Nagpur station, there were talks of roping in a Belgium firm, but the project could not move ahead. A team of Belgium Railways and other experts had visited Nagpur and inspected the station along with Ajni railway station. However, nothing more moved ahead after the said visits.

Though PPP route is not new but this time Railways have tried to lure the foreign investors by specifying that a proposal would get in-principle approval and projects can be submitted directly to Advisor (Infrastructure), Railway Board. Even Zonal Railway can submit the development proposal.

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Cotton procurement to start in State from today

Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation (MSCCGMF) will start procuring cotton in the State from Saturday. Of a total 100 cotton procurement centres to be opened grad... Read More
Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation (MSCCGMF) will start procuring cotton in the State from Saturday. Of a total 100 cotton procurement centres to be opened gradually, as many as 50 will be in Vidarbha region.

Opening of cotton procurement centres comes as a big respite to cotton-growers, who were staring at a crisis due to crashing of cotton prices below Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the open market. As per the Nagpur head office of Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation, the cotton procurement will start for the season 2014-15 on November 15, at 27 centres initially.

Cotton will be procured at MSP. In the next two phases of procurement, 73 centres more will be started.

Of a total 100 centres planned to be opened in the State in due course of time, 50 will be in Vidarbha region while 36 in Marathwada and 14 in Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, and Nashik districts.

The procurement through these centres will continue for 90 days, it was announced a few days ago by Chandrakant Patil, Co-operation and Marketing Minister.

Maharashtra has 42 lakh hectares area under cotton, and the expected yield of cotton this year is 80 lakh bales. The State saw 38.72 lakh hectare area under cotton in 2013-14, and 41.92 lakh hectare in 2014-15. As per the MSP announced by Central Government, Banni/Brahma variety of cotton will be procured at MSP of Rs 4,050 per quintal, H-4/H-6 at Rs 3,950 per quintal, LRA-5166 at Rs 3,850 per quintal, AK/Y-1 at Rs 3,600 per quintal.

However, MSCCGMF stated in a release issued on the eve of starting cotton procurement, cotton with more than 12 per cent moisture content will not be procured. If cotton being brought to procurement centre has more than 8 per cent moisture and texture or staple length lesser than the norms, deductions will be made from payment to be given to farmers, stated MSCCGMF.

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Fake cops on looting spree

AFTER a brief lull, fake cops have become active again in the Second Capital and made away with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.60 lakh from three elderly women in Jaripatka, Ambazari and Rana Pratap N... Read More
AFTER a brief lull, fake cops have become active again in the Second Capital and made away with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.60 lakh from three elderly women in Jaripatka, Ambazari and Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station areas in broad day light on Friday.

In the first incident that took place around 9.45 am in Jaripatka area, four tricksters impersonating as policemen intercepted Sheela Chandrabhan Sethia (60) in front of Kalgidhar Satsang Mandal on Bank of Maharashtra Road when she was on a morning walk.

The four ‘cops’ told Sheela Sethia that a robbery had taken place and advised her to remove the gold ornaments worn by her and keep them inside. After she removed her ornaments worth Rs 1.60 lakh, one of them took them in his hand. He then started wrapping the ornaments in a paper. He then stealthily removed the ornaments after diverting her attention and fled the spot. Later, she realised that the ‘cops’ had taken away her gold ornaments. A resident of Plot No 95, Sheela Sethia immediately lodged a complaint with Jaripatka Police who registered a case under Sections 170, 410 and 34 of the IPC.

The second incident that took place at Verma Layout, the same tricksters’ gang using similar modus operandi, looted four gold bangles worth Rs one lakh from Mamta Ashok Tolani (56), a resident of 158 C, Vishveshwar Apartment, Ambazari Hill, in the afternoon. Around 1 pm, Mamta Tolani was on way to a grocery shop. Two motorcycle-borne pseudo cops accosted her. Introducing them as policemen, they told her to keep all her ornaments in the bag as a special checking drive was going on. Presuming them to be police officers, she wrapped her gold bangles in a paper and handed over to them. By diverting her attention, they removed the gold bangles. One of them wrapped fake bangles in the papers and gave them to her. When Mamta Tolani returned home, she was shocked to find the fake bangles wrapped in the paper were fake. She immediately informed the police about the incident. On the basis of her complaint Ambazar Police registered a case of cheating and impersonation against the two unidentified tricksters.

Similarly, another woman too fell prey to the tricksters near Hanuman Temple at Navnirman Society in Rana Pratap Nagar area. A resident of Plot No 41, Navnirman Society, Ratna Gangadhar Batulwar (74) was returning home from Bank of India . Two motorcycle-borne men accosted her. Posing as policemen, they told her that robbers had looted gold ornaments from Puja Verma and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DYSP) was patrolling the area. They then asked asked her to keep all her ornaments in the purse. When she removed the gold ornaments (two bangles, a chain and a ring) worth Rs one lakh, one of tricksters took them in his possession. One of them removed the ornaments on the pretext on keeping them in her purse. After reaching home, she was shocked to find the ornaments stolen from her purse.

After recording her statement, Rana Pratap Nagar Police Police registered a case under sections 170 and 420 of the IPC.

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CM decentralises powers to shift officials in WRD, FDA

IN what could be called a much-awaited step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decentralised the powers to transfer officials of Water Resources Department (WRD) and Food and Drug Administration (... Read More
IN what could be called a much-awaited step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decentralised the powers to transfer officials of Water Resources Department (WRD) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to the senior officers.

WRD has several Grade A and B officers and employees. Previously, the authority to transfer Executive Engineers was vested with the Chief Minister. As a result, despite poor performance, many Executive Engineers etc could not be transferred by their seniors. The senior officers were helpless, as they could only move file and the final decision was to be taken by Chief Minister. In many cases, the politically-connected junior officers mounted political pressure on their seniors to maintain their posting at a particular place.

For long, senior officers had been demanding authority to transfer junior officers. On Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took the decision. Now, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) can take the decision on transfer of junior officers. Transfer of Deputy Engineers can be cleared by Chief Engineer concerned, instead of Water Resources Minister now. Chief Engineer concerned may also take decision to transfer unit engineers, Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, in consultation with Superintending Engineer. Earlier, these powers were vested with Minister of State for Water Resources.

Recently, during the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s maiden visit to Nagpur, the officers of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) also had sought powers to transfer Junior Engineers/Sub-Divisional Engineers, to be given to field officers. Such delegation of power would help in curbing political interference in transfers, the officers had felt.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister has also delegated powers of transferring Drug Inspectors to Commissioner of FDA. The FDA Commissioner has been empowered to transfer Drug Inspectors, Scientific Officers, Food Safety Officers, and Administrative Officers. Earlier, the powers were with FDA Minister. There are 161 posts of Drug Inspectors, 265 posts of Food Safety Officers. Announcing the decision in Mumbai, Fadnavis hoped that decentralisation of powers to transfer would yield good results in the long run and bring transparency and expedite administration.

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SID blames social media for fanning communal tension in Maharashtra

State Intelligence Department (SID) has sounded warning to State police and its various agencies about misuse of social media to create communal tension and disturb peace in the State on December... Read More
State Intelligence Department (SID) has sounded warning to State police and its various agencies about misuse of social media to create communal tension and disturb peace in the State on December 6.

The warning assumes significance in view of fast changing political equations in the State, and this volatility could be exploited to fan communal tension. Social media has emerged as a big culprit in fanning tension in State, hence SID has asked field units to be on their toes. Highlighting that about 492 cases were registered in the State in about last 10 months due to derogatory remarks posted on social media, the SID has advised police personnel to take adequate precautionary measures.

Since winter session of Maharashtra Legislature is commencing at Nagpur from December 8, mischief mongers are likely to deliberately create tension by provoking gullible followed by appealing to their religious sentiments using misleading propaganda.

According to circular of SID accessed by The Hitavada, it is mentioned that 125 cases were registered in the State due to derogatory remarks for hurting sentiments of Hindus.

After the remarks, 182 reactions occurred in the State and cops had a tough time managing those situations. This in turn led to registration of 271 cases, that police are now investigating.

The State police also registered 37 cases that relates to hurting sentiments of Buddhists in the State and 290 reactions were reported as consequences of it. And 96 cases were registered after these reactions occurred in different parts. The SID report further stated that 76 cases got registered in the State for hurting sentiments of Muslims and 38 reactions were reported.

Taking cognisance of the derogatory marks and after studying new political scenario in the state, the SID has cautioned police units to be more vigilant and active before December 6. Circulation of derogatory images and messages on social media could lead to communal tension in the State, it feared.

Hence, every units should must take preventive actions against circulation of such message/images on-line. Strict watch must be kept in city and fast action be taken to prevent mass circulation of such mischievous postings as any lapse could prove costly, as violence is known to occur very fast when religion is involved, said the sources.

An Intelligence officer said that this is first time when SID has taken contingence of nuisance of social media, and has specifically issued warning for December 6. On the day in 1992, disputed structure at Ayodhya was razed while Dr Ambedkar's death anniversary also falls on same date. Though of late police do not have that much worry as it used to in the immediate aftermath of pulling down of structure in Ayodhya. But the recent incident in Marathwada where a dalit family was brutally murdered has increased worries among the intelligence department. The delay in apprehending of culprits has created resentment about police machinery and social media is abuzz with postings about the same. The intelligence department has specific inputs about some organisations planning to create trouble and against this backdrop it asked field personnel to be extra alert.

Emergence of MIM worries intel

Electoral success by MIM in Maharashtra and alarming instances of radical elements within community has increased worries of police machinery in the state.

According to intelligence sources, they are keeping a close watch on activities of MIM and its call to adopt aggressive stance over Babri issue and to name every new mosque after Babri. The open advocacy of confrontationist approach by MIM leaders during electoral campaign and thereafter, has been taken seriously by the intelligence machinery which has advised entire state police force be remain extra cautious and foil any attempt to vitiate communal harmony and create hatred between two communities.

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Cops permit eateries encroaching RTMNU land to continue business

In 1992 when Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) willingly donated its 70.09 acre land to government for sports complex, nobody ever thought that the land would be lost forev... Read More
In 1992 when Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) willingly donated its 70.09 acre land to government for sports complex, nobody ever thought that the land would be lost forever. Instead of sports complex, eating joints have come up on the university land, evoking sharp protests from all quarters.

Public outrage, favourable judicial orders and even solemn declaration on the floor of Assembly has not helped University in securing its land from the encroachers. To add to its woes, now City Police have ‘shielded’ the eating joints by permitting them to continue business. Anoop Kumar, former Acting Vice-Chancellor and Divisional Commissioner had objected to renewal of eating licenses of the eateries.

After fighting a lengthy battle in court, RTMNU did get back 44.5 acre land, but remaining land is still with State Government.

Moreover, almost 10 acre land has been encroached upon by eating joints and they have questioned the RTMNU’s ownership and are strongly opposing eviction in civil courts. In the meantime, University has objected to continuance of the eateries on its land. Even people have raised a question - how could these eating joints function on the land belonging to the university?

To run eating joint, one needs ownership rights and the building plan sanctioned. These joints do not have both. But still police permitted them to do business. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar, if the joints have FDA license, NMC permission then he can allow them to function. FDA gives license to any street vendor because the authorities do not require that the joint should have proper building. Still how police permitted? Abhinash Kumar has an argument. According to the Bombay Police Act, people who run the joints should not be trouble-creators. Surprisingly, State Excise Department has already registered offences against the eateries encroaching upon the varsity land.

Four years back, ‘The Hitavada’ highlighted the issue after which the RTMNU authorities came out of deep slumber. The news report made the varsity aware about how Social Justice Department constructed the wall on the 20-acre land-ostensibly for its own project, but it was not in the interest of the university. University then initiated some steps and successfully stopped the activity.

This time university is probably unaware about new encroachments. Around five acre land opposite Vice-Chancellor’s bungalow, which is a part of 70.09 acre land which government is yet to handed over to the university, has been encroached upon by slum-dwellers. Earlier, the varsity foiled a political leader’s bid to built a skating rink on that land. According to sources, the university brought this to the notice of the district administration, but due to Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the issue could not be seriously tackled.

University handed over this land to State Government for sports complex. But this complex was shifted to Mankapur. After that the government just forgot to hand over the land back to university. Late Balraj Aher took a lot of initiatives to help varsity get back the land. He along with other university bigwigs fought the battle on streets, met some political leaders. So many meetings were held with the then Revenue Minister of Maharashtra, Narayan Rane, but in vain. The matter ultimately reached High Court with Citizen’s Forum taking up the cudgels to save the land for posterity. On the petition, the Court directed State Government to return the 44.5 acres land to the university. Since then, nobody ever bothered to get back the land. Now, people have high hopes from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailing from the city, alumni of the university. Fadnavis was member of Senate of the university.

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HC admits PIL

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday has admitted the public interest litigation for hearing, challenging action ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday has admitted the public interest litigation for hearing, challenging action of respondents in not seeking information regarding the Government contract etc under 9-A of the Representation of the People Act-1951. In previous hearing, the division bench had issued notice to the Cabinet Secretary, Union of India in the matter related to the petitioner challenging action of respondents in not seeking information regarding the Government Contract etc under 9-A of the Representation of People Act-1951 and asked the respondent to file their reply by issuing notices in PIL filed by Sanjeev Kumar Pandey against the Chief Secretary, Union of India, Chief Election Commissioner, Indian Election Commission, New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner, State Election Commission and District Election Officer, Jabalpur. The petitioner through counsel, Advocate, Rajesh Chand, contended before the court that impugned action of respondents in not seeking information under Section 9A of the act is allowing illegible candidates to continue in elections. The said information under Section 9-A required to be given by the candidate, which is essential under provisions of the Act. It will create transparency and will create cleanliness in election proceedings. The petitioner prayed before the court to direct respondents to seek declaration under Section 9-A of the Act.

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Pvt hospitals asked to give details of admitted patients

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) in a letter issued to private hospitals directed them to provide information about patients admitted in their hospital with symptoms of mosquito-borne dise... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) in a letter issued to private hospitals directed them to provide information about patients admitted in their hospital with symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases on Wednesday. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel while talking to the newspaper informed that as per Union and State Health Department, information about patients admitted with symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, chikungunya should be sent to CMHO office with 24 hours after the patient is admitted in the hospital. Daily report of patient with malaria and mosquito-borne disease should be sent to District Malaria Officer through e-mail or through messenger.

Blood sample of patient admitted with symptoms of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases should be sent everyday to lab situated at Victoria Hospital, through their own means. District Malaria Officer (DMO) Kureel informed it is being observed that most of the private hospitals do not provide information about patients who die due to mosquito-borne diseases or admitted with symptoms of the same to CMHO office, which is violation of norms as per guidelines of Union Health Department.

For eradication of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. The Union Government is running various programmes to check further spread of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases and collect actual ground data. Data of each patient suffering from mosquito-borne diseases are collected at Government hospital and sent to Union Government so that time to time upgradation will be made in existing Anti-Malarial policy for complete eradication of disease, added Kureel.

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Hearing in case of reservation for Mayor’s post deferred

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday deferred case for hearing till Monday in the matter related to reservation f... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday deferred case for hearing till Monday in the matter related to reservation for the post of Mayor in various Municipal Corporation and President, Municipal Council of the State. Earlier, the division bench had issued notices to the State Government, State Election Commission, Bhopal and others and asked them to file their reply. The petition was filed by various petitioners separately including Braj Yadav, Rahul Singh Tomar and others challenging violation of Section 29-A of Madhya Pradesh Municipalities Act-1961 and Ultra-Vires of Article 243-T(1) of Constitution of India.

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Hearing of case seeking medical facilities to legal fraternity on Dec 3

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has given direction in the matter seeking medical facilities to legal fraterni... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has given direction in the matter seeking medical facilities to legal fraternity which includes lawyers, judicial officers and employees in court premises that since the Bar Council General Body meeting scheduled to be held on November 29, 2014, in which possibility of three ambulances to be purchased by the Bar Council will be explored. The court said to list the matter on December 3, 2014, for hearing.

The petitioner sought a writ mandamus to respondents regarding medical facilities, which ought to be provided to lawyers and their fraternity and also to judicial officers and employees. It is submitted that under Article 21 of Constitution of India, basic right of getting proper medical attention is a fundamental right. The petitioner Association has given various representations to various authorities seeking medical treatment to legal fraternity.

It is submitted that large number of judicial fraternity is without any hospital facility for better treatment. There are about 1.25 lakh lawyers registered with respondent State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh in the State. Further, there are about 6000 to 7000 judicial officers working in various District Courts and about 50,000 employees working in said courts of Madhya Pradesh.

There are no hospitals and proper medical facilities for these persons. Large number of litigants visit the court premises every day, but for any eventuality, there is no medical facility provided in the court premises for such litigants in case of emergency. Public Interest Litigation filed by Satyendra Pandey, President, Advocates Social and Welfare Association, Jabalpur against Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Bhopal, Commissioner, Jabalpur Division, Collector, Jablapur, Registrar General, Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur and Secretary, State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur. Advocate A P Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Piyush Dharmadhikari, Government Advocate for the State and Advocate S Gulatee appeared for the State Bar Council of MP.

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CBI raids at VFJ; Delhi, Kolkata-based private firms

CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur Branch, on Friday raided five places in Jabalpur and two places in Kolkata and Delhi of Chargeman of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) and owners of... Read More
CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur Branch, on Friday raided five places in Jabalpur and two places in Kolkata and Delhi of Chargeman of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) and owners of private firms. The raids were conducted on complaints of corrupt practices prevailing at Materials Management Section of VFJ and seized several important documents pertaining to corrupt practices.

CBI teams conducted raids at two offices of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur and residences of Pankaj Chaturvedi, resident of Chandra Shekhar Ward, Ranjhi, Ashok Singh, resident of Sanjay Nagar, Ranjhi and Ashish Kumar, resident of Mohit Residency, Tilahri, Mandla road. Besides this, two teams conducted raids at two places in Delhi and one place in Kolkata at residences of owners of private firms.

CBI, Jabalpur, Superintendent of Police Manish V Surti informed that corrupt officers were charging commission from private firm for issuing supply order of spare parts. CBI teams possessed several incriminating documents pertaining to disproportionate properties and corrupt practices of officers from their residences and offices. Raids were conducted in a series of investigations in a case of corruption reported a month ago.

CBI has already registered a FIR against Ashish Kumar, on charges of criminal conspiracy with Proprietor of M/s Bullet Lock Company, Kanpur and in pursuance of said criminal conspiracy, Ashish Kumar resorted to corrupt practices by abusing his official position as a public servant in matter of tenders/supply orders for supply of material/spare parts by the firm of Sanjay Puri. Investigating the case, CBI learnt that some more officers of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur are involved in corrupt practices in Materials Management Section (MM).

In the raids, CBI teams seized several important documents pertaining to corrupt practices of government servants and documents of their bank accounts, investments and properties. Scrutiny of documents was underway till late night at offices and residences of corrupt officers. Raids were conducted by separate CBI teams comprising of DSP, Raja, DSP, Naresh Indora, Inspector, Rajesh Bhonsle, Inspector, A K Chakravarty, Inspector, Sanjay Solanki, Inspector, Amit Bangar, Inspector, Hariom Dixit, Inspector, Yadav, SI, Niyaz Ahmed, RSO, Manish Melonia and others.

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Sensation in Panchpaoli as four boys of family reported missing

Four children in the age group of 10-15 years have been reportedly missing from Panchpaoli area on Saturday, leading to fearing of their kidnapping.

According to police, Ritendersingh alia... Read More
Four children in the age group of 10-15 years have been reportedly missing from Panchpaoli area on Saturday, leading to fearing of their kidnapping.

According to police, Ritendersingh alias Raj Kaur Gurcharansingh Marwa (15), Reet alias Priyam Kaur Gurcharansingh Marwa (14), Lavmeet Singh alias Lilo Gurcharansingh Marwa (11) and Kawalpritsingh alias Pitto Gurcharansingh Marwa (10), all nephew of Hardevsingh Lakhvindersingh Marwa (45), a resident of Buddha Nagar, near Gurudwara. The four boys left their house for the nearby Gurudwara around 10.20 am on Saturday but did not return even after considerable time.

A panicked Hardevsingh Lakhvindersingh Marwa and other relatives searched for the boys at all possible places but in vain. Finally, a missing complaint was lodged at Panchpaoli Police Station. As per the Supreme Court ruling, Panchpaoli police have registered a case of kidnapping -- Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are on.

Rs 2.40 lakh burglary in Mahadula village

In another house-breaking theft, unidentified thieves stole gold ornaments and cash collectively worth Rs 2.40 lakh from a house at Mahadula village under jurisdiction of Koradi police station.

According to police, Mohan Prabhakar Hirde (46), a resident of Plot no. 57, Dhulas Layout, along with family had gone to Dongargarh on Saturday night. Grabbing the opportunity, unidentified thieves entered the house after breaking open the latch of the door and stole gold and silver ornaments.

Hirde family returned home on Sunday morning only to find broken latch one main door and with trepidation rushed in only to be left aghast.

Koradi police have registered offence under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code agianst unidentified thieves. Further investigations are on.

Youth killed in freak mishap

A youth riding pillion on a motorcycle died in a freak mishap at Khapa Road under jurisdiction of Saoner police station on Saturday. According to police, Nikhil Hiwarkar, a resident of Telkamptee, was riding pillion on a motorcycle (MH-31/AA-8791) while Abhijit Panjab Kasare (28), a resident of Telkamptee, was riding the two-wheeler at 8 pm. Abhijit, the police said, was riding recklessly, resulting in the mishap. Abhijit lost control on the bike while negotiating a sharp curve at Khapa Road. Nikhil fell down and sustained grievous injuries. He was admitted to Primary Health Care Centre, Saoner, where he succumbed to the injuries. Saoner police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337, 304 (A) of the IPC read with Section 184 of the MVA against Nikhil Hiwarkar.

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HC dismisses land owner’s plea for de-reserving land

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have dismissed with costs, the writ petition filed by Pradip Khimji Suchak, the land owner from Ghatanji in Yavatmal district for ... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have dismissed with costs, the writ petition filed by Pradip Khimji Suchak, the land owner from Ghatanji in Yavatmal district for getting his land reserved for garden in the development plan, de-reserved in motion-hearing holding that the petition is premature at present.

The petitioner was seeking quashing of the impugned letter of June 28, 2013 issued by the Chief Officer of the Municipal Council, Ghatanji and also declaration from the Court that reservation/designation or allotment provided under the development plan of October 7, 1982, May 14, 2002 and July 13, 2005, notified by State Government for Ghatanji Municipal Council, in respect of land Survey No. 55/2 in village Ghati of 2.56 HR has lapsed and the same land shall be now available to the petitioner for development or otherwise as permissible under the law. The petitioner also wanted direction to State Government to take necessary steps for notifying lapsing of reservation in the official Gazette with all the relevant facts and circumstances, in the interest of justice.

The petitioner had urged that the respondents have frustrated the very object of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966 and their approach amounts to depriving the citizens of their rights to enjoy their properties at own free will.

It is unjustified on the part of the respondents to keep land reserved with no further action for years together .

The land was being shown reserved for garden since October 7, 1982. But till now there is nothing on the ground to indicate that anything like that is on the respondents’ mind. On September 11, 2002, the petitioner had received a notice for hearing from Deputy Director, Town Planning, Amravati. On May 18, 2013, the petitioner had sent a notice under Section 127 of the MRTP Act, 1966 and requested to the respondents to award him the value of the land or de-reserve the said land in the development plan. On June 28, 2013, rejection of the petitioner’s request was conveyed to him by the Chief Officer, Municipal Council.

Advocate Nitin Bargat appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketki Joshi represented State.

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High Court quashes lifer to two for murder, acquits woman accused

Allowing the appeal by Shamabee Ataurrasul (26) and partly allowing the appeal by other two accused persons -- Sheikh Salar and Sheikh Khalid, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande redu... Read More
Allowing the appeal by Shamabee Ataurrasul (26) and partly allowing the appeal by other two accused persons -- Sheikh Salar and Sheikh Khalid, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande reduced conviction of Sheikh Salar for lesser offence of one under Section 304 Part II of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and changed the sentence from lifer to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 7 years.

The other accused escaped from conviction for murder to the one for committing the offence under Section 326 of the IPC read with Section 34 and the appellate court maintained the sentence of RI for 3 years. While, the court acquitted the woman accused of the offence under Section 326, and ordered her release.

On March 22, 2012, the Sessions Judge, Buldana had held two of the these three accused guilty of committing murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Deceased Sheikh Kalim was the brother of the first claimant and son of prosecution witness Sheilkh Kalu.

On June 29, 2009, the accused had blocked the lane by placing stones and laying cardon. Hence there was quarrel between them. On the day of the incident, five accused entered into the house of the deceased at about 7.30 pm at Mehkar. The deceased died on July 4, 2009. The Court has recorded the failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Advocate Dr U K Kalsi appeared for the appellant - accused persons. APP Sanjay Doifode represented State.

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Wasankar Directors plead ignorance about Prashant’s financial dealings

Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management are now trying to distance themselves from the financial transactions of Prashant Wasankar who is cooling his heels behind the bars. According to them the ... Read More
Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management are now trying to distance themselves from the financial transactions of Prashant Wasankar who is cooling his heels behind the bars. According to them the original complainant and others have lend money to Prashant and they were not aware about such personal transactions.

The argument was advanced during the hearing of anticipatory bail applications of Bhagyashree Wasankar, Kumud Choudhary and the regular bail application of Abhijeet choudhary before Special Court for the MPID Act.

According to applicants, documents reveal that it was Prashant alone who had taken loan from all the complainants and that a promissory note was got executed by him and claimed that the complainants had at no point of time invested money with Wasankar Wealth Management or any of the companies where the other directors had a role to play. As such, the liability incurred by Prashant being in his personal capacity and not being a vicarious liability could not be fastened upon the directors of the company as the company was nowhere involved. Prashant Wasankar’s bail plea has already been turned down by the Special Court in earlier round.

In reply to the court’s query about refund of the amount, Adv Prakash Naidu appearing for the applicants pointed that Prashant would require some considerable time to repay, but he was unable to repay immediately. The properties held by Prashant which have been seized value more than about Rs 50 crore and the amount which has to be given at par values is approx Rs 47 crore. Wasankar is willing to sell his properties and make good the financial transactions. But if he is detained in jail, neither will his properties fetch a respectable market value nor will he be in a position to repay the transactions, it was contended. Matter being part heard and in order to obtain instructions from Prashant Wasankar was adjourned and is now kept on November 12. APP Pandey appeared for State.

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Mungantiwar confident of BJP winning trust vote

“Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win the trust vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and provide a strong and stable government that will work for all-round development of the State,... Read More
“Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win the trust vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and provide a strong and stable government that will work for all-round development of the State,” said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister of State.

Mungantiwar was talking to reporters on Sunday. He visited Smriti Mandir, Reshimbag, in the morning and bowed before the statue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Later in the day, he held a meeting of party office-bearers at BJP’s Vidarbha Office in Dhantoli. Asked about the stand taken by Shiv Sena, Mungantiwar replied, “We are in favour of friendship, and we are hopeful of positive development.” Asked if BJP valued friendship of Shiv Sena or NCP as far as winning trust vote in the Assembly was concerned, he avoided a straight answer. “Let us all wait for some time,” he said with a smile.

To another question, Mungantiwar replied that the BJP-led government in State would conduct department-wise review of finances. “May it be Irrigation or Tribal Development or any other department, whether the funds meant for a specific purpose were utilised properly during the tenure of previous government, will be reviewed,” he said. Further, he said that the new Government under BJP leadership was committed to completing at least half of the pending irrigation projects in next five years.

Mungantiwar, who also holds Forest portfolio, said that the government was positive on according priority to Gorewada international zoo at Nagpur, and Deccan Odyssey special train.

Addressing BJP office-bearers, Mungantiwar said that he was committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people. He assured to maintain dignity and due respect of workers, and also to work for people. Finance Minister also interacted with the office-bearers and workers on various issues concerning development of the region. He assured to consider valuable suggestions for development of Vidarbha.

Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, BJP City chief and East Nagpur MLA; Anil Sole, MLC; Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare, all MLAs; Girish Vyas, Prabhakar Yeole, Pramod Pendke, Chetana Tank, Mohan Mate, Bunty Kukde, Kishor Wankhede, Guddu Trivedi, Babli Meshram, Kirtida Ajmera, Manohar Ahuja, Bandu Raut, Manoj Pandey, Prakash Daga, Vandana Yangantwar, Sheikh Feroze, Chandan Goswami and others were present prominently on the occasion.

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Dr Vilas Dangre is an epitome of selfless service: RSS chief

A person is recognised by the work done by him and less by the standing in society. And Nagpur, today, was witness to a golden day, when Nagpurians fondly applauded the work and dedication of one... Read More
A person is recognised by the work done by him and less by the standing in society. And Nagpur, today, was witness to a golden day, when Nagpurians fondly applauded the work and dedication of one of its finest medical practitioners, Dr Vilas Dangre. True to its tradition, Dr Dangre was accorded warm felicitation at Deshpande Hall on Sunday.

Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping were the guests. Also seated on the dais were Swami Brahmasthanand of Ramkrishna Mission, Banwarilal Purohit, former MP; Mayor Praveen Datke and Prof Sanjay Bhende, all part of Dr Vilas Dangre Shastabdapurti Samarambh Samiti.

Though the function held on a grand scale, it had a touch of warmth and looked more of a family congregation, said Dr Bhagwat, who added, people like Dr Dangre are a rare combination and hard to find in society today.

At the outset, Banwarilal Purohit, Working President of Samiti, said it is in recognition of tireless and sacred work being carried out by Dr Dangre. Describing Dr Dangre as karmayogi, he said, people of Nagpur feel proud and happy to felicitate him.

“What should we call Dr Dangre, a medical practitioner, an educationist or a journalist, but whichever role he dons, the midas touch in him gives it a different meaning,” Purohit said while describing the multifaceted personality. Narrating an incident of his driver whose wife was told to go for operation and how she got cured by Dr Dangre’s medicine, Purohit said, there are several such stories and each Nagpurian has been benefited.

Nitin Gadkari recalled his old association with Dr Dangre, during early days of his college life when they together worked in Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He could have at his beck and call political success but the latter moved away from it and devoted himself to cause of alleviating sufferings of people in society. Dr Dangre is at forefront of giving a helping hand to fledgling institutions from his earnings, as he is always striving for benefit of society in every possible way, Gadkari added.

Earlier, describing work of Dr Dangre, Swami Brahmasthanand said, “In this materialistic world, if we still have people like Dr Dangre, then it is our good deed that we known him and are benefited by him. One has to look at Dr Dangre to realise what one means by sacrifice.” Dr Dangre humbly accepted the public appreciation but said, it is uncomfortable for him as it goes against basic tenets of his beliefs. “For me, happiness is my work that has given me this stature that I can be proud of,” he opined.

While practicing Homeopathy the aim is clear, alleviating patients sufferings is guiding principle and there are no words to describe one's feelings when a patient tells that latter’s suffering has lessened after taking my medicine, he said.

Reflecting on life after reaching 60 years of age, Dr Dangre said, this is bonus life, and narrated an accident from which he escaped unscathed in Mumbai. Reciting an Urdu couplet which states that people waste their life in search of God, while he believes God exist here on earth in human beings, he stated while elaborating his principles of life.

Summing-up the proceedings, Sarsanghachalak Dr Bhagwat said, the gathering, on this mass scale speaks volume about work done by Dr Dangre. It is just like a family get together to pat on back one of its own who has excelled. The ease with which Dr Dangre has won over people is fantastic and is receipt of his devotion and dedication to work. Amidst this success what separates Dr Dangre from others is that latter has not let the achievement overcome his humility. Speaking further, Sarsanghachalak said, in life one does not get blessed in academics and if it happens then it is rare to succeed in chosen profession and then establish oneself in society and still after that to remain just simple is the most difficult task. But Dr Dangre has proven to be an exception due to his selfless work and simplicity. And that is because of Dr Dangre’s thoughts and philosophy that guides him is proactive.

However, Dr Bhagwat had an advice for the assembled gathering saying that everyone should take a leaf out of Dr Dangre’s life and work for society and nation. The success of organising such felicitations should be to widen the scope of selfless work by taking inspiration from work of person who is being felicitated, he concluded.

Renuka Deshkar compered the programme while Prof Sanjay Bhende proposed a vote of thanks.

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Tribal land transferred to non-tribals sans permission in 214 cases in Divn

Though the legal provisions bar transfer of land owned by a tribal to non-tribal, several such transfers have taken place in Maharashtra. As far as six districts of Nagpur Division are concerned,... Read More
Though the legal provisions bar transfer of land owned by a tribal to non-tribal, several such transfers have taken place in Maharashtra. As far as six districts of Nagpur Division are concerned, such transfers have taken place in 214 cases without obtaining proper permission from State Government. After a long gap, now, the government has started the process of ‘rectification’ in this regard.

Many tribals and non-tribals as well as government officials concerned did not know about the provisions dating back to 1974. As a result, there are many cases in which tribals have ‘sold’ their land to non-tribals, said sources in the administration. Owing to ignorance, there are cases in which registry of such ‘sale deeds’ has been done without obtaining prior permission from the competent authority of the district concerned.

There are cases in which successors of original tribal owner, who had ‘sold’ his land to non-tribal years ago, have staked ownership claim on the said land as the property has assumed significant value currently, said an official not wishing to be named. Owing to this, and other angles, the titles and transactions concerning tribal land have attracted law suits, and have complicated functioning of the government in such cases.

Recently, before enforcement of model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly elections, Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) consisting of Scheduled Tribe legislators had directed Revenue Department to stop all transactions pertaining to tribal lands and not to transfer any tribal land to non-tribal. TAC had pointed out that there were reports about large-scale transfers of tribal land to non-tribals and that land sharks and moneybags were obtaining such lands for peanuts, taking full advantage of poverty and ignorance of tribals. It was pointed out that there were 756 cases of tribal land transferred to non-tribal in Maharashtra.

As per the official data compiled so far, Nagpur Division has 214 cases in which tribal land has been transferred to non-tribals without obtaining the government sanction. Of six districts in the division, Chandrapur tops the chart as far as maximum such cases are concerned. Of a total 214 such cases, as many as 154 are in Chandrapur district alone, followed by 33 in Nagpur and 26 in Gondia districts. In Chandrapur district, as per the official record, 97 cases are pending for order. Apart from 214 cases of transfer of tribal land to non-tribal without government sanction, there are 261 cases in which such transfers were effected with government sanction.

An officer familiar with the matter told ‘The Hitavada’ that the government had started the process of ‘rectification’ and had restored land titles to original tribal owners in many cases. “A list has been prepared about transfers with and without government sanction,” he said. As far as Chandrapur district is concerned, he said that cases of transfer of tribal land to non-tribals were more in Korpana and Jiwati tehsils as they were a part of Andhra Pradesh previously, and the land documents have a different record pattern.

What does Maharashtra Land Revenue Code say?

As per Sections 36 and 36 (A) of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, restrictions have been imposed on transfer of tribal land to non-tribals. Section 36 (A) states clearly that no occupancy (of land) of a tribal be transferred in favour of any non-tribal through sale (including sales in execution of a decree of a Civil Court or an award or order of any tribunal or authority), gift, exchange, mortgage, lease or otherwise.

Only District Collector concerned is empowered to accord sanction if non-tribal moves an application in case of lease or mortgage for a period not exceeding five years, or with previous approval of State Government. District Collector also is expected to accord sanction only if he is satisfied that no tribal residing in the village in which the occupancy is situated or within five kilometres thereof is prepared to take occupancy from the owner on lease, mortgage, or by sale or otherwise.

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CM appeals Union Minister Gadkari to release Rs 1500 crore under MNREGA

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Central Government to release Rs 1500 crore to the State under MNREGA. He met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in this regard in New Delhi on Friday.Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Central Government to release Rs 1500 crore to the State under MNREGA. He met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in this regard in New Delhi on Friday.

Chouhan urged to immediately release Rs 1000 crore for paying wages to labourers under MNREGA. He said that this will facilitate completion of various MNREGA works in time. Wages will also be paid to labourers timely. He urged to release remaining Rs 500 crore by December. Chief Minister urged to release Rs 2,800 crore immediately under Prime Minister’s Rural Road Project and remaining amount of Rs 600 crore under Indira Aawas Yojana. He urged to complete repair of Gwalior-Dewas section of Agra-Mumbai National Highway No 3 at the earliest. Gadkari assured Chouhan of release of funds under the three projects. He also assured completion of repair of National Highway no 3 without delay.

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Debt-ridden farmer attempts suicide

A debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide in his farms at Mungaliya Chaap village under Khajoori police station of State capital on Wednesday evening. The farmer is undergoing treatment at a private... Read More
A debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide in his farms at Mungaliya Chaap village under Khajoori police station of State capital on Wednesday evening. The farmer is undergoing treatment at a private hospital where his condition is said to be stable. According to information, Kailash Prajapati, 42, son of Dariyav Singh is a resident of Mungaliya Chaap village is a farmer by profession. In last two years, his crops have destroyed several times due to which he got under loan of Rs 7 lakh. Prajapati had borrowed money from acquaintances and money-lender for farming but twice his crops of Soyabean and wheat got destroyed. The victim had not received the compensation from state government for destroyed crops. Also the victim is worried for his family as he has to make arrangements for his daughter’s marriage while one of his sons failed in examinations. These all issues added up and brought victim under depression and he felt, he had no other option left other than ending his life. According to Investigation officer in the case, ASI Rakesh Sharma of Khajoori police station told that victim Prajapati attempted suicide at his farm in Khori village. He is undergoing treatment at Kishnani hospital and reportedly stable and out of danger. Sharma said that Prajapati in his statement, given to SDM Maya Awasthi, that heavy losses in farming due to destroying of Rabi and Kharif crop led him to be under hefty loan. He had also lost hope for the compensation for destroyed crops led him to such steps. Reportedly, SDM Awasthi has instructed Director of Kishnani Hospital that all the expenses of Prajapati’s treatment will be taken care of by district administration. District administration will also make efforts to support victim and his family.

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CM Chouhan urges Uma to clear MP’s river linking project

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said that Madhya Pradesh is next only to Gujarat, in ensuring better use of water and has done best work for water augmentation. She said that Madh... Read More
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said that Madhya Pradesh is next only to Gujarat, in ensuring better use of water and has done best work for water augmentation. She said that Madhya Pradesh is also pioneer in extending benefits of Central schemes to people. Bharti stated this during a meeting with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan New Delhi on Friday. Chouhan urged the Union Water Resources Minister to sanction Rs 26,000 crore for State’s River Linking Project.

Chouhan called on Bharti in and discussed in detail the DPR sent by Madhya Pradesh Government for River Linking Project. Earlier, Chief Minister had raised this demand with the Centre. He informed Bharti that a detailed project report for inter-linking of 4 important rivers of Malwa region has been sent to the Centre by the State Government. He urged to sanction funds for the project so that its work can be done at a rapid pace. Bharti assured to consider all these issues and take a decision at the earliest.

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Premchand Guddu voices concern on ticket distribution process

Congress is facing reservation from certain quarters over the manner it is selecting candidates for upcoming civic polls. For instance, former MP, Premchand Guddu is not happy over the procedure... Read More
Congress is facing reservation from certain quarters over the manner it is selecting candidates for upcoming civic polls. For instance, former MP, Premchand Guddu is not happy over the procedure being adopted for ticket distribution and he had even shot of missive to state Congress in charge Mohan Prakash, voicing his concern.

“ Yes I have written letter to Mohan Prakash but I am not going to share it with media. I will keep my views at party forum,” said Premchand Guddu to “The Hitavada”. However, air is thick with the news that Premchand Guddu had voiced concern over the methodology adopted to select candidates for civic polls. He reportedly told in the letter that Congress is not going to get the desired results through the present system being followed to select names for tickets. Premchand Guddu’s letter news has created flutter in Congress and even state Congress President Arun Yadav has accepted that Premchand Guddu had written letter to Mohan Prakash but he refrained from giving any comment on it.

Somewhere Prem Chand Guddu’s letter is giving indication of differences among party leaders over the ticket distribution process. Already, Congress has bitten dust in assembly and lok sabha elections due to groupism.

In the meantime, former opposition leader Ajay Singh has advised party leaders to work in united manner as party is passing through difficult period. He suggested party leaders to shun the egoism and to give tickets to winning candidates irrespective of the fact that to which camp he belongs.

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Congress declares election committee

State Congress President Arun Yadav has declared party’s election committee for local body election 2014 on Friday. He himself is the President of the committee which is having 41 members. Se... Read More
State Congress President Arun Yadav has declared party’s election committee for local body election 2014 on Friday. He himself is the President of the committee which is having 41 members. Senior leaders like leader of opposition Satyadev Katare, Deputy Speaker of Assembly Rajendra Singh, MP Kamalnath, Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi, former union minister Suresh Pachauri, MP Vijaylaxmi Sadho and national president of Mahila Congress Shobha Ojha are members of this committee.

Apart from this, leaders like former union minister Kantilal Bhuria, former leader of opposition Ajay Singh, MLA Mukesh Nayak, former speaker of assembly Shrinivas Tiwari, former minister Hazarilal Raghuvansi, former MP Sajjan Verma, former MP Meenakshi Natrajan, AICC Secretary Bala Bachachan, MLA Arif Aqueel, former union minister Aslam Sher Khan, Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi, former MP Rajesh Nandini Singh, former Mayor Vishwanath Dubey, former minister Indrajeet Patel, former minister Dr Govind Singh, former MP Tarachand Patel, former MP Satyanarayan Pawar, former minister Saed Ahmad, former minister Narendra Nahta, Omkar Singh Markam, former minister Bisahulal Singh, MLA Sunderlal Tiwari, Rajbahadur Lodhi, former MP Vishvershwar Bhagat, former minister Raja Pateria, Yogesh Yadav, state president of Mahila Congress Mandvi Chouhan, Kunal Chaudhary, Vipin Bankhede, Deepchand Yadav and Vimlendra Tiwari.

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BJP MLA seeks permission from Amit Shah to stage demons

BJP MLA from Anuppur, Ramlal Rautel has sent a missive to party’s National President Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local district administration. His pang is this... Read More
BJP MLA from Anuppur, Ramlal Rautel has sent a missive to party’s National President Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local district administration. His pang is this that due to obstinate attitude of Anuppur Collector, standing crops of tribals were flattened to pave way for construction of a building. He wants to stage demonstration of Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary falling on November 15. “District Collector of Anuppur got standing crop of tribals destroyed to construct a new structure in area. When I came to know about the incident I rushed to the place. I was deeply pained to see the plight of affected people as they are naïve tribals.

Earlier, I had informed senior party leaders about the obstinate attitude of District Collector. Hence, I have written a letter to party’s national president Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local administration. I had also shot missives to state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, party’s State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon etc, informing them about my feelings,” said Ramlal Rautel talking to ‘The Hitavada’. He is also National General Secretary of party’s Scheduled Tribe Front.

He said that after the incident in which crops of tribals were flattened, he had also spoken to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on phone and afterwards district administration shelved the plan of building construction work. But he wants to stage the demonstration to raise the voice in the interest of tribals.

According to him, there is clear policy of State Government that no tribal should be evicted from the place he is living or doing farming then also such things are happening. As he is elected representative hence it is his moral duty to raise the voice in the larger interests of people.

BJP trying to evolve consensus to select candidates

BJP is doing discussion with party workers to develop consensus to prepare list of ticket aspirants. It will be on the night of Friday that panels of ticket aspirants for Municipal Corporations would be prepared. Later these panels would be forwarded to party headquarters.

The meeting of BJP’s state election committee is on November 9 and the meeting of divisional election committee is on November 9 and November 10. “ The candidates are likely to be declared by the evening of November 10 or November 11,” said BJP leader Vijendra Singh Sisodia to “The Hitavada”.

Sources said that first priority of BJP is to include the name of those ticket aspirants who have the winning ability and has good touch with local people.

Later, lists would be tabled before state election committee which would give final shape to selection procedure.

What makes the work of BJP more complicated is this that it is witnessing beeline of ticket aspirant for any post in civic bodies. Meanwhile, BJP is also preparing two manifestos for civic polls, first would be state level and second would be of local level. In state level manifesto, BJP is going to highlight the work done by Shivraj government for the welfare of people and state. Road connectivity, round the hour power supply, ensuring drinking water facility, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, education facility etc are likely to figure in BJP’s state level manifesto.

When asked that Congress is going to make multilayered scam VYAPAM a major election issue, a senior BJP leader said that people have lost interest in it and every time, Congress had bitten dust after raking the issue.

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Action against chit fund cos demanded

Flaying the ruling of Bharatiya Janata Party Government for showing soft corner for chit fund companies functioning in the State, the members of National Front of Indian Trade Union (NFITU) has... Read More
Flaying the ruling of Bharatiya Janata Party Government for showing soft corner for chit fund companies functioning in the State, the members of National Front of Indian Trade Union (NFITU) has demanded strict action against such companies and complete verification about their accountability. The members alleged that the callous attitude of the government towards the fake chit fund companies is encouraging them to commit financial embezzlement and cheat the poor persons. NFITU State Secretary Harishankar Bansor in a statement said that many fake chit fund companies are operating in the state and they are being patronised by influential persons close to the ruling party ministers. Recently, various cases related to financial embezzlement have been reported in which such companies after luring the poor persons with attractive pay-backs of their money deposit fled away leaving the investors in a lurch.

He further said that NFITU in the coming day organisation has planned to launch awareness drive for investors to cautious before making any sought of investment. Besides this the members will also submit memorandum to Director General of Police on November 13, to demand stern action such companies operating in the state.

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CCB cracks theft case in record time

Call it over enthusiasm or amateurism, a drug addict, who had stolen about Rs 3.60 lakh from a petrol pump in the night, landed in the net of Central Crime Branch within hours in the day. Theft w... Read More
Call it over enthusiasm or amateurism, a drug addict, who had stolen about Rs 3.60 lakh from a petrol pump in the night, landed in the net of Central Crime Branch within hours in the day. Theft was committed at around 2:00 am and Central Crime Branch (CCB) cracked the case by Friday noon.

A young boy Mohammad Asif (18), who fix puncture at Jaistambh Chowk, was high on psychotropic drugs, when he broke-in into the office of a petrol pump at Pachpedi Naka.

Police informed that Mohammad Asif, a resident of Brahmpuri, had consumed some sort of psychotropic drugs on Saturday night. After hanging out with friends, Asif stopped by the petrol pump to drink water from the water cooler installed there.

While drinking water, Asif saw that petrol pump office was locked but it was not built of bricks but glass and there was no guard, either. Seizing the opportunity, Asif took a heavy stone and smashed the glass.

He entered the office and opened the drawer, where he found the money. He kept some into the pocket and some into a polythene bag. Surprisingly, there was no one, who saw him stealing the cash.

On receiving information, CCB sleuths began investigation in the morning and within few hours; an informer tipped-off that a boy is roaming around with huge cash and is splurging on clothes and cell phone. CCB immediately swung into action and nabbed Asif, who was still under the effect of psychotropic drugs.

Asif said he bought a cell phone and clothes of the cash i.e. about Rs 10,000, which he said to have spent of the total stolen cash. CCB recovered about Rs 3,50,240 from him.

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Shortage of notes, coins, a blessing in disguise for business community

The shortage of notes and coins of small denomination seems to be a blessing for certain sections within business community. They consider it as the God-sent opportunity for fleecing out the unsu... Read More
The shortage of notes and coins of small denomination seems to be a blessing for certain sections within business community. They consider it as the God-sent opportunity for fleecing out the unsuspecting customers by handing them over the unwanted commodities like toffees or chocolates in lieu of change. This practice is ultimately causing a considerable loss to the consumers, although majority among them remain silent over the issue, considering that shortage is genuine and that they must sustain it as if it is a natural calamity!

It has been quite a long time since the shopkeepers in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg are forcing unwanted commodities or even their self-validated tokens bearing value of Rs 5 to 10, to the customers on the pretext of shortage of change. The shopkeepers are continuing such malpractices without any hitch, as they were never made to face a serious resistance by customers, colletively.

On the other hand, the shopkeepers, time and time again, articulate about their helplessness in the matter citing reasons that banks were reluctant to supply currency of smaller denomination and coins.

A resident of Maroda, A S Yadav said, “Now-a-days most of the shopkeepers seem to be reluctant in returning change to the customers, even when they have it in abundance. You could find toffees and chocolates not only in general stores and kiosks, but also in almost all the other shops, and branded showrooms and even in restaurants, beer bars, offices and other places.” Similarly, a resident of Housing Board, Surbhi Tamrakar said, “It would not be surprising if tomorrow people think of bartering such unwanted commodities at different government offices, railway counters and at other shops selling the things of daily needs.” She insisted that Reserve Bank of India should now initiate some measures for meeting the chronic and perhaps the artificial crisis of the currency of small denomination.

Adv S Mishra of Durg pointed that although the citizens are largely discontented with the practice of accepting all the useless things as substitute of change, but they often neglect the issue, instead of approaching consumers’ forum in the same context. “Firstly, they consider it as a small issue and secondly they are afraid that they might have to face defamation suit in case they fail to prove the guilt of a particular shopkeeper”, he added.

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Hectic political activities begins in Chhattisgarh

Soon after announcement of election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election 2014, hectic political activities have started in the State. Both the main political parties including Bharatiya Janata ... Read More
Soon after announcement of election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election 2014, hectic political activities have started in the State. Both the main political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress have initiated process towards finalising their manifesto, short-listing and selection of candidates and initiation of strategy making.

In this direction the BJP conducted meeting of senior party leaders from Raipur and Bastar divisions. The meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and participated by senior party leaders from BJP organisation, office-bearers of BJP Election Management Committee. During the meeting the Chief Minister conducted district-wise meetings of the party office-bearers from both the divisions and called upon them to take a resolve to ensure win for the party in each and every urban body in their respective areas.

Addressing on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the urban bodies’ election will be contested with development as the significant issue. Within next 2-3 days, the party will constitute committee for the short-listing and selection of candidates. After recommendations from district-level, division-level and state-level committees, screening of the candidates will be done and thereafter the announcement of candidates will be done. He added that ticket will be given to the winnable candidates only. The selection of candidates contesting for the post of Mayor will be done by State-level committee. Ministers will be given separate responsibility in the urban bodies’ election. Adding that the BJP leaders will touch the last person in the last ward of every urban body, the Chief Minister said the workplan for development will be laid before them and urged to vote for development in favour of BJP.

The Chief Minister further stated that urban bodies’ election means it is the election of party workers and it is party workers who will not only select their candidates for the post of Mayor, President and Corporators but also ensure their win. On Thursday, the meeting of Durg division was held followed by meetings of Bastar and Raipur division on Friday. On Saturday the meeting of Surguja and Bilaspur division will be held. During these meetings stress was laid upon creating a consensus in every ward and every urban body while selection of candidates. In the coming days, all party leaders will visit every nook and corner of the state and not only will urge the people to grant the membership of BJP but will be informed about the policies and schemes of the party so that they are convinced to vote in favour of party candidates. This will be done as an extensive campaign.

Addressing the meeting BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik stated that the party workers and office-bearers will have to identify all such wards and urban bodies where the party had suffered defeat and the workers will have to work hard in these areas. Also where the party had registered win, there also the party workers will have to go to the people with the party’s report card and convince them for voting in favour of BJP. Other leaders present on the occasion also spoke and gave several tips for the party’s win.

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Cong recounts issues for municipal polls

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel has recounted outbreak of diseases like malaria, jaundice and dengue in addition to poor cleanliness work undertaken by Kivar company as prominent... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel has recounted outbreak of diseases like malaria, jaundice and dengue in addition to poor cleanliness work undertaken by Kivar company as prominent issues which would ensure victory for Congress in municipal polls.

Speaking to mediapersons in Congress Bhawan, ration card and paddy procurement also have aggrieved masses which would further cause dent in the vote share of Bharatiya Janata Party.

He also alleged that fiscal situation is not good in the state which is evident from the fact that State Government is undertaking laying of foundation for same incomplete works again and again.

Speaking on the party ticket distribution, Bhupesh Baghel said that more than 75 percent tickets would be allocated to youths while the old contenders would be examined on the basis of their strengths and weaknesses.

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Urban bodies polls in two phases on Dec 8, 11

RAIPUR, Nov 7 The election schedule for Urban Bodies’ Election-2014 was announced on Friday by Chhattisgarh State Election Commission. With the announcement of the election schedule, the M... Read More
RAIPUR, Nov 7 The election schedule for Urban Bodies’ Election-2014 was announced on Friday by Chhattisgarh State Election Commission. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in all the urban bodies including municipal corporations, municipalities and nagar panchayats where elections will be held. Adequate numbers of government officials and security personnel will be deployed during the process for smooth conduct of election assured the State Election Commission.

Announcing the election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election, 2014 at a press conference, Chhattisgarh State Election Commissioner (SEC) Prafull Chandra Dalei informed that the complete election programme for Urban Bodies’ Election 2014 will start from November 17, 2014 and conclude on December 15, 2014. The notification in this direction was issued on November 7, 201 4. The State Election Commissioner informed that the election for 154 Urban Bodies’ will be conducted in two phases.

In the first phase, elections will be held in 51 urban bodies’ including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar Panchayats. In the second phase, elections will be held in 103 urban bodies’ including 20 municipal councils and 83 Nagar panchayats. Polling for the first phase, if necessary, will be held on December 8, 2014 and polling for the second phase, if necessary, will be held on December 11, 2014.

The counting and subsequent announcement of results for both the phases of polling will be held on December 15. SEC P C Dalei further informed that nomination for the post of Mayor, President and Corporators in 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar panchayats in the first phase will begin from November 17, 2014 and culminate on November 24, 2014. The nominations forms will be scrutinised on November 25, 2014 and candidates can withdraw their nominations till December 27, 2014.

Similarly, the nomination for the post of President and Corporators in 20 municipal councils and 83 nagar panchayats in the second phase, will start from November 19, 2014 and conclude on November 26, 2014. Accordingly, the scrutiny of nomination forms for the second phase will be held on November 27, 2014 and candidates can withdraw their names till November 29, 2014. 37,27,987 voters to exercise franchise

In the first phase, the numbers of Wards will be 1250 while in the second phase the numbers of Wards will be 1631, for which Corporators will be elected. Altogether, 37,27,987 people including 18,99,314 male and 18,28,673 female voters will be exercising their franchise during the Urban Bodies’ Election 2014. Accordingly, in the first phase, a total of 27,55,720 people including 14,13,776 male and 13,44,944 female voters while in the second phase, a total of 9,69,267 including 4,85,538 male and 4,83,729 female voters will be exercising their franchise. The Commission has already prepared voter-list with photographs for the election process. Accordingly the total numbers of polling booths will be 5087, of which, polling will be held in 3339 booths in first phase while for the second phase polling will be held in 1748 booths. The numbers of hyper-sensitive booths as of now for urban bodies’ election in the state are 147 while the numbers of sensitive booths are 1421.

By-poll in Khairagarh MC

Along with the general elections in the 154 Urban Bodies’, the State Election Commission will be holding bye-election for the vacant post of a Corporator in Ward No 3 under Khairagarh Municipal Council in Rajnandgaon district. Accordingly the nomination filing process will begin from November 17 and end on November 24, 2014. Scrutiny of nominations will be held on December 25 and candidates can withdraw their names till November 27, 2014. Polling will be held on December 8 and results will be announced on December 15, 2014. Rs 30 cr is estimated budget of polls

SEC P C Dalei informed that the total expenses estimated by the State Election Commission for conduction of Urban Bodies’ Election 2014 is Rs 30 crore. Since the Commission will be using Electronic Voting Machines with None of the Above (NOTA) option this time, an additional expense of Rs 10 crore has already been incurred for purchasing 7550 control units and 8550 ballot units of EVMs. Dalei informed that two types of EVMs will be used during the Urban Bodies’ Election 2014.

The first type is that which SEC has purchased from Electronic Corporation of India Ltd, which are multi-post units having multi-options of registering franchise for Mayor/President post and Corporator post. While the second type of EVM which SEC has received from Election Commission of India, has only one option and can register franchise for one post only.

Such machines will be used in Korba, Durg, Balod, Bemetara and Mahasamund districts. In the remaining districts, multi-post EVMs will be used. Dalei also informed that if numbers of candidates in any given urban body exceeds the number 56, for a single post, then the State Election Commission will be using ballot papers instead of EVMs, as the EVMs have capacity to register franchise for 56 candidates only.

Polls to be held in 154 urban bodies

CEC Dalei informed that in the first phase, elections will be held in 51 urban bodies’ including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar panchayats. The ten municipal corporations where elections will be held are Raipur, Bilaspur, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Raigarh, Durg, Jagdalpur, Dhamtari, Ambikapur and Chirmiri. The 19 Municipal Councils include Tifra, Janjgir-Naila, Akaltara, Bhatapara, Gariaband, Saraipali, Dalli Rajhara, Bemetara, Kawardha, Kondagaon, Sukma, Narayanpur and Bijapur. The 22 Nagar Panchayats include Bodri, Sirgitti, Sakri, Sargaon, Bhatgaon, Dharamjaigarh, Lailunga, Baghicha, Simga, Chura, Pithora, Tumgaon, Aamdi, Dondi, Chikhlakasa, Berla, Nawagarh, Pipariya, Pakhanjur, Antagarh, Dantewada, Geedam and Barsur. Polling for the first phase, if necessary, will be held on December 8, 2014. In the second phase, elections will be held in 103 urban bodies’ including 20 municipal councils and 83 Nagar panchayats. The 20 Municipal Corporations include T akhatpur, Ratanpur, Mungeli, Katghora, Balrampur, Manendragarh, Kharsia, Tilda-Neora, Gobra-Nawapara, Arang, Balodabazar, Mahasamund, Bagbahara, Kumhari, Ahiwara, Balod, Dongargarh, Kanker, Kirandul and Badi Kareli.

The 83 Nagar Panchayats include Bilha, Kota, Pendra, Gaurela, Malhar, Lormi, Patharia, Kharaud, Nayabaradwar, Sheorinarayan, Baloda, Adbhar, Jaijaipur, Dabhra, Chandrapur, Saragaon, Nawagarh, Rahoda, Pali, Churikala, Sitapur, Lakhanpur, Pratappur, Vishrampur, Jarahi, Ramanujganj, Wadrafnagar, Rajpur, Kusmi, Jagarkhand, Khongapani, Nayisendhri, Garghoda, Sariya, Baramkela, Kirodimal Nagar, Pusour, Pathalgaon, Kotba, Kunkuri, Abhanpur, Kharora, Mana Camp, Kurra, Bilaigarh, Kasdol, Palari, Bhatgaon, Tundra, Lawan, Fingeshwar, Rajim, Basna, Magarlod, Nagri, Kurud, Bakhara, Dhamdha, Patan, Utai, Gunderdehi, Dondi Lohara, Gurur, Arjunda, Deokar, Saja, Thankhamariya, Parpodi, Ambagarh Chowki, Chuhi Khadan, Dongargaon, Gandai, Churia, Pandaria, Bodla, Pandatarai, Sahaspur Lohara, Bastar, Farasgaon, Keshkal, Bhanupratappur, Charama and Dornapal. The Polling for the second phase, if necessary, will be held on December 11, 2014.

‘Polls not to be held in 15 urban bodies’

SEC P C Dalei informed that during Urban Bodies’ Election 2014, elections will not be held in 15 urban bodies in the state. Here the general elections are proposed in December 2015. The urban bodies’ where elections will not be held now are Bhilai Municipal Corporation, Jamul Municipal Council and Bhilai-Charoda Municipal Council in Durg district; Birgaon Municipal Council in Raipur district; Nagar Panchayat Maro in Bemetara district; Khairagarh Municipal Council in Rajnandgaon district; Sarangarh Nagar Panchayat in Raigarh district; Baikunthpur Municipal Council and Shivpurcharcha Municipal Council in Koriya district; Nagar Panchayat Konta in Sukma district; Bhairamgarh Nagar Panchayat and Bhopalpatnam Nagar Panchayat in Bijapur district; Bishrampuri Nagar Panchayat in Kondagaon; Narharpur Nagar Panchayat in Kanker district; and Premnagar Nagar Panchayat in Surajpur district.

Maximum limit of expenses fixed

SEC P C Dalei informed that by using the powers laid under Sub-section 2 of Section 14 (a) of Chhattisgarh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 and Sub-section 2 of Section 32 (a) of Chhattisgarh Municipal Council Act, 1961, the state government has fixed the maximum limit of expenses during election campaigning for candidates contesting for the posts of Mayor in municipal corporations and President in Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayats. Accordingly, under municipal corporations having population over 5 lakhs, a candidate contesting for the post of Mayor can spend maximum Rs 10 lakh for election campaigning. Similarly, Mayoral candidates for municipal corporations having population more than 3 lakh but upto 5 lakh can spend upto Rs 8 lakh while for municipal corporation having population less than 3 lakh, candidates can spend maximum limit of Rs 7 lakh.

Similarly candidates contesting for the post of President in Municipal Council having population over 50,000 can spend upto Rs 5 lakh while for Municipal Council having less than 50,000 population, candidates can spend upto Rs 4 lakh. For the post of President in Nagar Panchayats, a candidate can spend upto maximum limit of Rs 3 lakh.

Ironically, no financial limits as such have been fixed for candidates contesting for the post of Corporators in Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats. Under such conditions, candidates contesting for the posts of Mayor as well as President can easily pass the expenses to the account of Corporators of their respective parties and spend as much as they can.

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Green signal for e-commerce trading in country

Multi-national companies have got green signal for e-commerce trading in the country from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as against the Foreign Direct Investment giving a subway to MNC to ente... Read More
Multi-national companies have got green signal for e-commerce trading in the country from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as against the Foreign Direct Investment giving a subway to MNC to enter in Indian market. In near future the trade would loom large as threat on indigenous employment resources and business. Recently, these companies have taken 45 per cent business. The huge business turnout through online shopping sites and e-commerce have adversely impacted on retail trade while also given revenue losses to the government at large scale. Janata Dal United Madhya Pradesh workers have strongly condemened the decision of opening e-commerce for the MNCs and corporates stating it a difference in words and policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the country the retail business is employment orienting but the Multi national companies are hetching conspiracy to capture this business and eying their monopoly in retail business. e-commerce and FDI would give huge loss to the economy in coming days. Modi Government in Gujrat and Bharatiya Janata Party had strongly protested FDI and e-commerce and but the with coming in power in the centre the BJP had declined from its promises and have opened doors for the MNCs and corporate companies. Eminent amongst those who handed over memorandum addressed to Prime Minster includes National Council Member and former State General Secretary, Janta Dal United, Ghanshayam Yadav, Radheshayam Agrawal, Manmal Soni, Suraj Jaiswal, Arvind Paigwar, Iftekhar Ahmed, Tajinder Singh, Immam Khan, Gyanvati Verma, Ramesh Rajak, Pramod Chourasia.

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Case of forgery registered against proprietor of Star Constructions

Cantt police have registered a case of forgery of Rs 39.45 lakh against the proprietor of Star Constructions and started a search for him on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Rakesh D... Read More
Cantt police have registered a case of forgery of Rs 39.45 lakh against the proprietor of Star Constructions and started a search for him on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Rakesh Dwami, a resident of JK Compound, Sadar and owner of Star Construction Jabalpur. SHO of Cantt police station, Arvind Choubey informed that Samar Bahadur Singh (52), a resident of JAK RRC lodged a written complaint that Rajesh Swamy made separate agreements for selling houses with him and other persons including Prabhat Dubey, Neelam Wahi, Anuradha Pal, Rakesh Shukla, Asha Tiwari, Seeta Soni, Prabhunath Rajbhar and Shesh Mani Shukla and took advancements from all of them. Even after the agreement of selling houses, the owner of Star Construction is yet to provide them houses and absconding from the house since a long time.

The accused took cash payments from Samar Bahadur Singh Rs. 3 lakh, Prabhat Dubey Rs. 2 lakh, Neelam Wahi Rs. 3 lakh, Anuradha Pal Rs. 3 lakh, Rakesh Shukla Rs. 3.5 lakh, Asha Tiwari Rs. 7 lakh, Seeta Soni Rs. 10.95 lakh, Prabhunath Rajbhar Rs. 2.5 lakh and Shesh Mani Shukla Rs. 4.5 lakh.Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 420 and 406 of the IPC.

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JNAU Advisory Committee’s annual meet held

Agriculture - Economics Research Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University Advisory Committee Annual Meeting 2014-15 held under the presidentship of Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary and... Read More
Agriculture - Economics Research Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University Advisory Committee Annual Meeting 2014-15 held under the presidentship of Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary and Finance Advisory, PC Bodh, Finance Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture New Delhi on November 6.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar presided over the program and welcomed the guests by presenting shawl shreephal and mementoes.

Dr Hariom Sharma, Director, Agriculture Economics Research Centre, JNAU Director given detailed report on different activities conducted by the centre. He highlighted the grant need of the centre for the coming financial year 2016-17 with recommendation to continue the grant besides for the appointment of officials and employees in different centres working under University by maintaining the policy decision taken by the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture.

Bodh supported the recommendations given by the centre Director while also highlighted the importance of the Centre that these Research Centres gives feed back to the government of India about all problems and shortcomings. They also give critical review on performance of different schemes prepared by the Government of India and State Government run programs. Such centres should be opened in different locations of the State.

Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary, Finance Advisor appreciating the performance of centre said the finance grant should not be changed or amended but the Union Government has taken policy decision. Hence he appealed Mr. Bodh to prepare report including all the points related to centre in stipulated time so that timely amendments could be made in policy decisions.

He further said the working of the centre should be expanded from review and study works to the development of entrepreneurship and extension activities. The members attending the meeting welcomed the recommendation.

Eminent amongst those who were present includes Dr Neelkanth Pendsey, Professor Department of Economics, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Dr P K Mishra, Director Extension Services, Dr G S Rajput, Director Instructions, Dr S K Rao, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr D K Mishra, Director Farms, Dr N P Singh, Accounts Comptroller, Dr. RM Sahu, Professor Agriculture Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University were present. Dr Deepak Rathi convened the meeting while Dr Raghuvanshi proposed vote of thanks.

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Six booked for preparing fake property documents, forged registry of property

Omti police have registered a case against six persons including Registrar and Deputy Registrar for preparing fake property documents and forged registry of property on Friday.

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Omti police have registered a case against six persons including Registrar and Deputy Registrar for preparing fake property documents and forged registry of property on Friday.

The accused have been identified as Hariman Singh, Jitendra Singh, residents of Shivir Garden, Mandla road, Mohammed Ismile, Badi Omti, Bhartipur, Akram Khan of Bhantallayya, Deputy Registrar, Verma and Registrar, Chaturvedi.

SHO of Omti police station, Indramani Patel informed that Hukum Patel (44), resident of village Tilahari lodged a written complaint that his elder brother Chetram Patel, resident of village Balwara in Barela.

Father in law of his brother gifted five acres of land to his grand son Lakhanlal (son of Chetram). On January 21, 2013, Chetram committed suicide. After his death, the property was registered in the name of Lakhanlal.

In January 2014, Hukum Patel received information that the property of Lakhanlal was possessed by Jitendra Singh and Hiraman Singh through fake property documents.

He immediately contacted at registry office and found that Jitendra Singh and Hiraman Singh prepared fake power of attorney of his brother late Chetram Patel of November 2013.

In further investigation, it was learnt that the stamp papers used for preparing power of attorney were sold out in November 2013 but the written matter was mentioned dated November 2011.

Investigating the case, police learnt that the accused Jitendra and Hariman prepared fake documents with the help of Mohammed Ismile and Akram Khan while also found the involvement of Deputy Registrar, Verma and Registrar, Chaturvedi in approving the registry of property on the basis of fake documents.

Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 420, 467, 468, 471, 120 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 82 and 83 of Registry Act while further investigations are underway.

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Poll expanses limit for candidates fixed

State Election Commission has fixed the election expenditure limit for candidates contesting election for the post of President and Corporator of Municipality and Municipal Council in the district.... Read More
State Election Commission has fixed the election expenditure limit for candidates contesting election for the post of President and Corporator of Municipality and Municipal Council in the district. As per the limit, the maximum election expenditure for President, Municipal Council is Rs 3 lakh. Likewise, the limit in the Municipality having population of below 50,000 is Rs 4 lakh, for Municipality of 50,000 to 1 lakh population is Rs 6 lakh and for the Municipality have the population n of over one lakh is Rs 10 lakh. The expenditure limit has been fixed on the basis of census 2011. The Election Commission has ascertained different colour for ballots to be used for the post of Corporator and President of local bodies. For the post of President, the ballots would be of white colour. For Corporator of Municipal Council the ballots would be of blue colour and for Corporator of Municipality the ballots would be of yellow colour. The ballots would be fixed on ballot unit of Electronic Voting Machine.

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Patients with symptoms of Dengue admitted in Government Hospital

Patient with symptoms similar as Dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness are increasing at OPD of Government Medical College and Hospital and Government Victoria Hospital during last cou... Read More
Patient with symptoms similar as Dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness are increasing at OPD of Government Medical College and Hospital and Government Victoria Hospital during last couple of days.

Specialist Doctor, Government Victoria Hospital Dr Girish Bajpai informed that Anti Malarial and other drugs have been given to the patients. Blood samples of patients with symptoms of Dengue has been sent of the District Malaria Lab at Government Victoria Hospital and ICMR Central Pathology lab to confirm whether the patient is positive for Dengue or not.

Most of patient coming with symptoms of Dengue are admitted in hospital, in case their Blood Platelets decreases, Blood Pressure falls even after medication, then patient are referred to Higher Medical Center, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College for treatment. Female aedes mosquito responsible for Dengue grows on clean water, specially water stored in bucket, tyre, this disease spreads rapidly to the other patient when carrier mosquito bites new person, they also gets affected from the Dengue.

He advised that Fresh water should be consumed, stored water in the bucket, pots should be emptied in regular interval to check the further spread of disease. It is advisable to damage the water containers dumped at the backyards of the houses. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four-dengue viruses. Symptoms of dengue appear in 3 to 14 days after the infective bite.

In the wake of rise in number of patients with symptoms of Dengue, District Health Services has issued alert to keep check on the spread of vector borne disease in the district. Chief Medical and Health Officer has already order the high officials of Malaria Department to start publicity to sensitize general masses on the symptoms, treatment and prevention from vector borne disease. He also directed concern officials District Malaria Officer (DMO) to coordinate with the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, to spray the insecticides Tempos and other insecticide on stagnant water, tyres, cooler, where there is stores water and chances of mosquito causing larvae can grow easily.

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Traders stages bandh against online shopping business

Exposing anomalies in e-retail online shopping business a grand rally and demonstration was staged by traders of Jabalpur while staged Jabalpur bandh protest till 12 pm as symbolic protest on T... Read More
Exposing anomalies in e-retail online shopping business a grand rally and demonstration was staged by traders of Jabalpur while staged Jabalpur bandh protest till 12 pm as symbolic protest on Thursday. The Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industries called Jabalpur Bandh. It is first step in fight against irregularities in online shopping sites business and ignorance of Governments in Union and State towards unethical business practices being played by online shopping sites.

The traders alleged that the Government is showing negligent attitude towards protecting traditional trade and business, which is directly linked with economy and employment resources for the huge population.

It may be mentioned that the online shopping sites are selling products to the customers offering lucrative offers of discounted rates and are not giving any guarantee of after sales service nor gives any guarantee and warrantee of the product sold through online.

MCCI Spokes Person, Shankar Nagdeo informed that various companies are exchanging products and after recycling are trade as fresh stock by cheating customers. Simultaneously different products and its features carrying products were delivered to the customers against the order placed by customer seeing advertisement.

While a state of confusion and distrust amongst customers is being crated by companies by selling fresh stock of same products to its dealers and retailers at higher rates causing misleading and rumor of profiteering being done by local traders and dealers also growing amongst customers for their prices and discounts.

The e-retail companies are also giving huge revenue losses to the Government of Madhya Pradesh by selling products below 30 to 40 costs. Such practices cut revenue income of State earned through VAT and other taxes. Highlighting irregularities and lacking in the system to stop tax evasion that are losses to the government inform of taxes and to protect the investment and employment for many in traditional market being generated in showrooms run by local dealers and retailers, a delegation of MCCI handed over a memorandum to Omti SDM Kavita Batley, addressed the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Mrs Nirmala Sitaram and to the Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Prior handing over the memorandum Traders assembled at the Malviya Square and in form of rally reached Collectorate. The rally was led by MCCI President, Ravi Gupta, Rajesh Chandok, Shantilal Patel, Arunkant Agrawal, Yuvraj Jain Garhawal, Hemraj Agrawal, Anoop Agrawal, Shankar Nagdeo, Akhil Mishra, Anil Jain, Anurag Garhawal, Arun Jain, Sundeep Jain, Amit Nehra, Amit Jain, Deepak Sethi, Purushotam Jotwani, Sudhir Sonkar, Neelesh Jain, Kewal Savlani, Pradeep Mandhyani, Nishant Khandelwal, Ashok Paryani, Santosh Jain, Jaiprakash Maheshwari, Dilip Talreja, Jai Balani, Parasram Bajaj, Gopichand Khemani, Peetambar Jaisinghani, Jairam Shadija, Daulatram Gulabbani, Nandlal Kundwani, Sunil Nagdeo, Praveen Gulati along with members of different organization attending the protest.

Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Assn to keep business closed for three days

The Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Association have declared to keep their business closed for three days on November 7, 8 and 9, 2014. During the three days strike the members of Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Association not only stop sales but also keep halt on their after sales services too.

MCCI’s bandh supported by Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce

The bandh called by MCCI was support by Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jabalpur Mobile Traders Association, Mahakoshal Computer Association, Galgalla Vyapari Sangh, Gorakhpur Vyapari Sangh, Distributor Association, Lordgunj Vyapari Sangh, Jawahargunj Vyapari Sangh, Mahakoshal Plastic Industry Association, Jabalpur Laghu Udyog Sangh, Mukadamgunj Vyapari Sangh, Sarafa Vyapari Sangh, Anaj Tilhan Vyapari Sangh, Timber merchant Association, Misthan Vikreta Sangh, Jabalpur Thok Vikerata Singh, Readymade Retain Vyapari Sangh, Jabalpur Footwear Business Association, Jabalpur Garment Manufacturing Association, Jabalpur Electronic Good Manufracturing Association and other business organisations joined the protest.

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Coal Scam: High Court upholds CBI spl court’s refusal to discharge Kanpur trader

Justice M L Tahaliyani at the High Court has dismissed the criminal application filed by Pawan Ramsnehi Gupta, a coal trader from Kanpur, under Section 482 of the CrPC and upheld the impugned o... Read More
Justice M L Tahaliyani at the High Court has dismissed the criminal application filed by Pawan Ramsnehi Gupta, a coal trader from Kanpur, under Section 482 of the CrPC and upheld the impugned order passed by the Special Judge, CBI cases, Nagpur, on June 22, 2012, refusing to discharge him in the case pending before the court below. The case has been instituted by the CBI and is in respect of handling and distribution of coal allotted to him by the coal company on the basis of bogus and forged documents in the name of fictitious units and instead of that reaching the small scale units and needy persons, he diverting that to open market. The Court rejected all the submissions advanced on his behalf of there being no evidence of any conspiracy by and through him.

The Court has been of the view that allegation of conspiracy can be established against the accused only after placing circumstances on record of the case and trial. There cannot be evidence of conspiracy even before the trial has begun.

It was made clear in the submissions made on behalf of the CBI that there was enough evidence in the charge-sheet against the applicant-accused. He has received about Rs 93 lakh by way of commission. It was pointed out that the order passed by the Court below refusing to discharge the accused is just and proper.

The accused was aware of the complaints against him from various persons or the observations made by the Watchdog committee from time to time and thus he is very much part of the criminal conspiracy hatched by Vijay Bansal with officials of National Co-operative Consumers’ Federation of India, Akola. Advocate A S Manohar appeared for the applicant - accused. APP Shyam Ahirkar and Adv. Anushree Ahirkar represented the CBI.

Lifer to 3 quashed

Allowing appeal filed by the three accused - Naresh Bhagat (50), his wife Nanda (40) and son Vishal (18) from Yavatmal district, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have quashed and set aside the order of conviction for murder passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Darwha, on April 27, 2013 and also sentence of life-imprisonment imposed on them, with the observation that in this case, the prosecution has utterly failed to discharge the burden of proving the case beyond reasonable doubt against these accused persons. Going a step ahead, the Court has also stated that the trial court’s judgment is based only on the conjectures and surmises. The conviction is based on only suspicion. The prosecution has even could not prove that death in this case was homicidal one.

Deceased Manohar was residing in Nagpur and was running a bicycle shop. The accused Naresh was rickshaw-puller. As Naresh used to meet him, they became familiar with each other. Deceased also visited house of the accused and developed intimacy with the third accused. Though accused started living in their village, deceased continue his visits to him. In the night of July 18 and 19, 2009, Maohar was found dead in the house of the accused at his village.

On August 13, 2009, Nirmala, the wife of the deceased lodged the report expressing suspicion that the accused persons had killed her husband. Adv Dr U K Kalsi appeared for appellant-accused persons. APP Nahush Khubalkar represented State.

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‘Notify parking zones before penalising people’

A shopkeeper has challenged the action of traffic police to lift the vehicles parked by roadside and claimed that without proper notification of parking and no parking zones, such action is illegal... Read More
A shopkeeper has challenged the action of traffic police to lift the vehicles parked by roadside and claimed that without proper notification of parking and no parking zones, such action is illegal and unjustified.

According to Sajid Ali, who runs a battery shop in Pardi area, challenged the action of traffic police, claimed that parking a vehicle in front of a shop more particularly when it was to the extreme left of the road, within the parking limits, cannot fall under any violation or offence as stated by the cops. Parking of vehicles within permissible zones demarcated by respondents cannot be an offence, the petitioner claimed.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande issued notices to respondent authorities and asked them to file reply within 15 days. Producing parking of vehicles by Traffic Police Department right under No Parking board, on corners and in prohibited lanes, the petitioner claimed that such parking is allowed all across the city be it out side the High Court, District Court, Reserve Bank, Income Tax Office, Sales Tax Office, Police Crime Branch Office, almost all Police Stations, State and District Consumer Forums, MAT Office, and all other business complexes. Such violations, by the government or semi-government authorities or otherwise, sends a wrong message to the public at large, and sets a wrong precedent.

According to petitioner, it is the duty of NMC and Traffic Police to demarcate the parking areas or likewise on the roads with yellow stripes but it has been noticed all around that most of the roads do not have the demarcations but still the innocents at large are being penalised illegally. It is the settled position of law that if anybody is to be punished for jumping red signal at any square then there had to be the red signal else no action could lie. Likewise if there is no sign or board of No-Parking displayed as required by statute then there could be no offence or violation, the petitioner asserted. Therefore, if there is no yellow strip for parking on road nor is there any sign displayed for No Parking, then there could be no action for violation of no-parking, it was contended.

The petitioner also alleged that authorities never act against the Lawns, Clubs and Hotel owners who allow their visitors to park their vehicles on the roads on the occasion of marriages, reception or any other function. There are many Hotels, Clubs and Lawns which are situated in congested areas of city and because of their visitor’s vehicles which are parked on roads; the smooth flow of traffic is hampered, it was stated.

The petitioner has urged High Court to direct the authorities to demarcate and paint yellow stripes and to display the board or signs for parking and No Parking zones in accordance with law. Meanwhile, innocent citizens should not be harassed or their vehicles should not be seized or fine slapped at places where requisite sign boards of No Parking and proper demarcation and painting of yellow stripes for parking are not made. Adv R S Renu appeared for petitioner.

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Nagpurian wins Rs 1.25 cr lottery bumper prize

Goddess Lakshmi has bestowed her blessings on a lucky Nagpurian who has won one of the two bumper prizes of Rs 1.25 crore in Diwali Bumper Draw of Maharashtra State Lottery. The prize winning l... Read More
Goddess Lakshmi has bestowed her blessings on a lucky Nagpurian who has won one of the two bumper prizes of Rs 1.25 crore in Diwali Bumper Draw of Maharashtra State Lottery. The prize winning lottery ticket was sold from Sai Lottery Centre operated by Ramesh Kamble at Panchasheel Square. Kamble, on learning about the prize for the ticket sold from his centre, was elated and distributed sweets at the square. It was a double joy for Kamble as another lottery ticket sold by him won Rs two lakh prize. The ticket for bumper prize was purchased sometime before Diwali but the identity of the buyer is still under wraps. The other bumper prize of Rs 1.25 crore was won by a resident of Ahmednagar while that other Rs two lakh prize went to a buyer from Jalgaon, Kamble said.

The authorities are awaiting for the claimant to turn-up to claim the bumper prizes. Maharashtra State Lottery is quite popular and bumper draw tickets during the festival time sees jump in sale of tickets.

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Govt directs CID to probe into Maa Umiya Society land deals

Maharashtra Government has directed the State CID to probe into alleged irregularities committed by Maa Umiya Industrial Co-Operative Society, which owns more than 375 acre land on Bhandara Road.... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed the State CID to probe into alleged irregularities committed by Maa Umiya Industrial Co-Operative Society, which owns more than 375 acre land on Bhandara Road. Home Department had directed the State CID to take over the probe and also asked Nagpur (Rural) Superintndent of Police to submit a detailed report about entire episode.

The complaint received by Home Department claimed that the said society was guilty of hatching a conspiracy to grab farmers’ land, misleading all the authorities, misusing authority of NIT and portraying a false picture to ensure acquisition of land at throwaway price by befooling poor land owners.

According to complaint filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar, the land spread in Mouza Kapsi, Tarodi and Asoli in Kamptee tehsil has been put to commercial use and non-agricultural use without any sanction from Town Planning and without NA permission. Despite this fact, many saw mills are functioning here, the complaint claimed.

The complainant quoted official letters of District Collector confirming that NA/TP permission to Maa Umiya has not been granted and his instruction to Forest Department to cancel saw mill permission, but nothing has been done so far by Forest Department, it was stated. As per norms, no saw mill can come on land without NA/TP, nor electric connection for such non-agricultural activity can be provided.

In fact, a public interest litigation (PIL) on the same issue filed by Wadpalliwar is pending before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in which all authorities including Nagpur Improvement Trust, Town Planning and Revenue authorities in their affidavits have confirmed irregularities and misuse of NIT’s name to defraud farmers.

Maa Umiya Society has vehemently refuted all the allegations and described itself as victim of malicious campaign. The society stated that its project was duly approved by appropriate authorities from time to time. Even the legal proceedings initiated earlier by several persons were dismissed by the High Court and even the Supreme Court had upheld the scheme of industrial and transport estate formed on co-operative basis.

Quoting earlier High Court proceedings pertaining to handing over of remaining land through acquisition, the society claimed that Government had promised to proceed after completion of process under Section 44-A of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code. The NIT had already lodged a complaint with police alleging massive land grab misusing its name by promoters of Maa Umiya Society and had requested State Government, City Police and District Collector to initiate criminal proceedings against society, the PIL pointed out.

After NIT was declared as a special planning authority for Metro Region, it had promptly issued a demolition notice to various buildings and lay-outs of Maa Umiya Industrial Co-operative Society situated over 378 acre land in Mouza Kapsi, Tarodi and Asoli villages on Bhandara road. NIT has issued notice under Section 53 of the MRTP Act and directed the Society to immediately stop construction and remove the buildings constructed without any permission of the planning authority.

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CM reviews city devpt issues; positive on removing hurdles

Continuing with his commitment to development of Nagpur city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT... Read More
Continuing with his commitment to development of Nagpur city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Friday in Mumbai. After taking stock of the progress of various projects and requirement of funds, Fadnavis asked the officials concerned to effect necessary changes in the proposals. With the growth of Nagpur city, several new developmental issues have come up for NMC and NIT.

Several issues needed resolution and proposals were submitted to Maharashtra Government. Chief Minister called a meeting in Mumbai to take stock of the proposals. Pravin Datke, Mayor; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Chairman of NIT; Sunil Gujjalwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT, and other officers were present in the meeting. Manu Kumar Srivastava, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department (UDD) and other senior officers also were present.

NMC officers apprised the Chief Minister that bigger townships coming up in and around Nagpur city were posing new challenges as far as water supply and other amenities were concerned. There were no rules making it mandatory for bigger townships to recycle and reuse water. Hence, amendments were required to be made to Development Control Rules in this regard. Fadnavis asked the officials of UDD to take necessary steps in this regard. Further, he asked UDD officers to expedite decision-making in important proposals pertaining to development of Nagpur.

During discussion on issues relating to NIT, the officers pointed out that amalgamation of plots could not be done in unauthorised layouts, and the issue was pending since long. Amalgamation will increase Floor-to-Space Index (FSI) and result in bigger plot area. Fadnavis is learnt to have directed the officers concerned to clear amalgamation. He also asked the officials concerned to make public the plan for development of Nagpur Metropolitan Region. Chief Minister is Chairman of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Planning Committee. When it was pointed out that the plan could not be made public without clearance of the Committee, Fadnavis asked the officials to call a meeting soon and complete the formality. The plan was cleared by Chief Minister’s office.

Meanwhile, development of Khadka-Kirmiti scheme on Wardha Road also came up for discussion. Fadnavis said that the scheme should be developed, and asked UDD to clear the same.

As per the NMC note submitted to Chief Minister, NMC required a total of Rs 1,172.2845 crore for various proposals. There are several proposals concerning UDD, Finance Department, Water Resources Department, Public Health Department, Public Works Department, Transport Department, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), and Maharashtra Airport Development Company. These proposals range from recarpeting of 195 kms roads constructed in the city under Integrated Road Development Project, exemption to NMC from paying Rs 84.45 lakh to Water Resources Department as against reservation of water from Pench reservoir, etc to funds for preparing detailed project report for public transport system, making available MSRTC depots for maintenance of city bus fleet, creating new posts of Additional Municipal Commissioner, Joint Additional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner.

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Verdict in Akku Yadav murder case likely on November 10

THE verdict in the sensational Akku Yadav lynching case of August 2004 is expected to be delivered on November 10. The trials were conducted in the court of Additional Sessions Judge V T Suryavan... Read More
THE verdict in the sensational Akku Yadav lynching case of August 2004 is expected to be delivered on November 10. The trials were conducted in the court of Additional Sessions Judge V T Suryavanshi.

A dreaded goon from Kasturba Nagar slums, Akku alias Bharat Kalicharan Yadav (32) was lynched by his victims, mostly women, in Nyay Mandir courtroom when he was being produced before a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) on August 13, 2004 by Jaripatka Police.

After killing Akku with knives, spear-heads, sword-sticks, broken glass and stones, a mob of residents torched his house at Kasturba Nagar in Jaripatka area. Investigations revealed that Akku was stabbed 73 times by the assailants after throwing chilli powder in his eyes.

Akku was a history-sheeter. A total of 26 criminal cases, including a gang rape, were registered against Akku and his accomplices since 1991. Prior to his murder, Akku was arrested 14 times. In 1999, he was detained for a year under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Boot-leggers, Drug Offenders and Dangerous Persons Act (MPDA) 1981. A preventive action under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was also initiated against him. Akku was externed from Nagpur City and district under the Bombay Police Act, 1951. However, he used to move freely in the city. Prior to his murder, Akku Yadav was taken into police custody. He was taken to court twice on August 8 and 10, 2004.

His victims had planned to eliminate him on August 10, 2004 when he was brought to the district court. Under the leadership of the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Yashasvi Yadav, the cops foiled their plan. Bipin Balaghati, one of the accomplices of Akku, was caught when he tried to provide him a knife in a tiffin box.

On August 13, 2004, his victims succeeded in eliminating him when he was being taken to the Court No. 7 in Nyay Mandir premises by two unarmed constables.

Sadar Police had arrested 24 persons including Eknath Chauhan, Adv Vilas Bhande, Ajay Mohod, Sumedh Karwade, Dilip Shende, and Pankaj Bhagat under Sections 120(b), 121(A), 143, 147, 148, 349, 302, 353, 332, 326, 427 of the IPC. As Akku was killed in the Nyaya Mandir courtroom while in the custody of two police constables -- Damodar Choudhary and Ravindra Suryavanshi -- attached to Jaripatka Police Station, the investigations in the case were handed over to the State CID (Crime). After conducting the probe, the then Police Inspector (CID) Baban Porate filed the chargesheet on December 7, 2004. When the trials started, accused Ajay Mohod, Devangana Humne, and Anjana Borkar passed away.

Under the supervision of District Government Pleader Vijay Kolhe, Additional Public Prosecutor Ravindra Bhoyar represented State during the trials. Adv R K Tiwari and Adv Ashok Bhangde argued on behalf of the accused.

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Governor blasts officials over zudpi jungle issue stalling devpt

Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, who is on his maiden visit of Vidarbha, held a meeting of senior officers in the region and took stock of the progress of MIHAN and irrigation projects... Read More
Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, who is on his maiden visit of Vidarbha, held a meeting of senior officers in the region and took stock of the progress of MIHAN and irrigation projects, implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA). While reviewing irrigation development in the region, he lambasted the officials for keeping the zudpi jungle issue unresolved for years together as that resulted in stalling of development of forest-rich areas like Gadchiroli.

On the last day of his four-day tour of Vidarbha, Ch Vidyasagar Rao chaired a meeting of senior officers at Raj Bhavan on Friday morning. The officers present in the meeting apprised the Governor about various issues pertaining to Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), irrigation development, progress of Gosikhurd National (Irrigation) Project etc. After being briefed about status of MIHAN project, the Governor asked questions about power supply imbroglio in MIHAN area, investment climate, rehabilitation of the project-affected persons (PAPs). He asked the officials concerned to expedite the ambitious project that had the potential to boost Vidarbha’s development and growth.

The officials told the Governor that a toal of 2,352.35 hectares of land was available in SEZ and non-SEZ area. Of this, only 656.43 hectares was allotted to 74 units. A total of 593.58 hectares of land was non-disposable, and 1,102.33 hectares was balance. As far as status of the investment in MIHAN was concerned, MADC had invested Rs 1,414 crore, of which Rs 1,025 crore was invested in SEZ area. Investors had invested Rs 1,932 crore including Rs 1,127 crore in SEZ area. Abhijeet Group had invested Rs 1,550 crore, of which Rs 1,050 crore was in non-SEZ area. Thus, so far, MIHAN project has seen investment of Rs 4,896 crore.

Of a total 74 investors, 58 are in SEZ area and 16 in non-SEZ area. Of the total number of units, 18 have commenced construction, nine companies have started work in Central Facility Building, and 47 had not started work. As against the project direct employment of 1.20 lakh, the MIHAN project has generated 7,378 jobs till date. The officers informed the Governor that the process of land acquisition was not completed as some part of Jaitala, Shivangaon, Bhamti was yet to be acquired. Many of the PAPs had shifted to rehabilitation site at Khapri, the officers said.

During review of irrigation development of Vidarbha region, the officers of WRD said that many projects were held up due to zudpi jungle issue. WRD officers also demanded relaxation to Gadchiroli district from the provisions of the Forest Conservation Act.

Further, they also apprised the Governor of vacancies in WRD. They informed him that VIDC had already submitted 73 proposals for revised administrative approvals worth balance cost of Rs 1,244 crore to State Government. If these proposals are cleared, as much of 46,250 hectares of balance irrigation potential will be created. Further, a total of 2,476 proposals required 23,195 hectares of land.

The Governor also reviewed implementation of provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) and asked the officials to ensure strict implementation of the law. The officials concerned informed Ch Vidyasagar Rao that 34,322 individual forest titles were distributed under Forest Rights Act in Nagpur Division. These titles involved 86,128.31 acres of land. Besides, a total of 1,610 community forest rights titles were distributed for 5,23,825.75 acres in six districts of Nagpur Division.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; R M Chavan, Chief Engineer of Water Resources Department (WRD); R B Shukla, Executive Director of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC); officers of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC); Forest Department; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) were present in the meeting.

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It’s a testing time for Devendra, says wife Amruta

In a candid chat with Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ‘The Hitavada’ got to know the “Mrs CM”. Other than being the CM’s wife, she is a mother and a successfu... Read More
In a candid chat with Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ‘The Hitavada’ got to know the “Mrs CM”. Other than being the CM’s wife, she is a mother and a successful banker - Associate Vice-President of Axis Bank in Nagpur. Excerpts of the interview:

Q: How do you and the Chief Minister feel about the grand reception received on Devendra’s arrival to the city?

A: It was an overwhelming experience. I realized how much people love Devendra. Their affection was genuine. Happiness was definitely there. Because people have loved and believed in him so much, voted for him, given him this position, even his party senior leaders also… it’s love of people, each BJP activist up to the top senior leaders … so it’s a feeling of responsibility that they have so much faith in him and so many expectations. He has to fulfill them. So, it’s a testing time for him. I have full confidence that Devendra will be able to meet the expectations of the people.

Q: As a voter from Nagpur, what do you want the CM to do for your city?

A: Vidarbha farmers are committing suicides. So a plan of action is needed to improve their condition. Second is the infrastructure. Bringing industries to Nagpur. MIHAN, and other projects that have not taken off. He is already working on it. Women’s safety is also important.

Q: Tell us more about yourself – you as a banker, mother, wife etc?

A: As a banker, I’m totally professional. I keep my personal and professional life separate. As a mother, like any other mother – I dote and care for my daughter. And as a wife (laughs…) I’m very patient and keep less expectations because of the kind of good work he is doing.

Q: Tell us more about your background? Where did you study? What are your interests?

A: My parents are both doctors and stay in Sadar. I’ve done my schooling from St. Joseph Convent. Then I did my MBA and then Taxation Laws from Symbiosis, Pune. I’m really passionate about music, singing. I like songs of all kinds, especially ghazals, bhajans, light classical music.

Q: When did you first hear Devendra’s name?

A: I was an apolitical person. I first voted at the age of 30, after marriage. So, even though I had heard his name as he was famous, I didn’t follow politics. I stayed in my own world, my own friends, my college, my music, and then my job. I used to read business newspapers and focused mainly on financial news. In my banking job I was working for 11 to 12 hours at UTI bank. I used to go at 9-9.30 am and come back by 8.30-9 pm. So, there was hardly any time to follow anything else. Nowadays, the young people are very aware. Some years back they were not … as I was not much aware.

So, when our mothers met and came up with this marriage proposal, I actually got to know the real Devendra (smiles…).

Q: Do you and Devendra discuss Nagpur’s development? Do you discuss politics?

A: I receive a lot of feedback from people as I’m into banking. I meet many HNI’s (High-net-worth individual) or knowledgeable people daily. I do discuss things with them. I do ask Devendra why can’t this be done, or why a particular thing is being done this way. He is a ‘Diggaj’ (stalwart). So I don’t need to tell him much. In fact, I learn a lot from him.

Q: Will you and your family miss the liberties of a common man?

A: (Laughs…) I’ll take the security men with me for eating out and will ensure they eat too. I’ll take them for movies. In fact I’m going out for dinner now with my friend Rani Dev.

Q: Anything that you’ll miss as a CM’s wife?

A: Nothing. It’s such a big responsibility and such a big achievement that these are very small things.

Q: Will your relation with your friends, colleagues, relatives change?

A: My real friends still talk to me in a ‘tu-takadi’ (informal) manner, just like before. Nothing has changed.

Q: Will you and your daughter Divija stay in Mumbai now?

A: Yes.

Q: With your banking job and now as the CM’s wife, will you get stressed?

A: It will require more time management. Stress won’t increase, as many positive things happen too. Devendra also works very hard. So if he isn’t stressed, and he is happy, I’m happy.

Q: Should a CM’s wife work?

A: Presently, I’ll be working, as I think I’ll balance my banking profession and my role as CM’s wife. If I am not able to balance my roles later… I’ll check it out. As of now, I’ll be working. I’ve been working with Axis bank since 12 years.

Q: Will security issues interfere with your work in the bank?

A: (Smiles…) It may interfere with my work, though I don’t think it’ll be much of a problem. My colleagues may feel that should they ask the ‘Mrs CM’ to do work. But my request to everyone is to treat me as normally as possible. Same way I want my daughter to be treated.

Q: Do you think Divija can one day become a politician like her father?

A: Can’t say, because today’s children are very much aware and they take their own decisions. This issue has not yet been explored as my daughter is just 5-years-old.

Q: Tell us more about your daughter Divija?

A: She is a very happy-go-lucky kid. And she has a natural ‘cultured’ nature. She will always take care that if her father is resting, she will not make noise. Or, if I come home, she will offer me water. She’ll say ‘Mama sit, what will you take’. She is a very understanding and caring kid.

Q: Do you find any major change in perspective of people about you in last one month?

A: Media exposure. Now everyone wants my reaction.

Q: What kind of food, clothing do you like? Which dish made by you does Devendra like?

A: I like healthy food. Paneer is one of my all-time favourites. Also, I like to wear any smart and comfortable outfit. I had made ‘gola bhaat and basil-tomato pasta’ for Devendra. He ate it happily.

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Govt names high-power panel to probe ULC allotments

Maharashtra Government has constituted a high-level panel headed by Chief Secretary to decide fate of surplus land allotted under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to co-operative housing societies ... Read More
Maharashtra Government has constituted a high-level panel headed by Chief Secretary to decide fate of surplus land allotted under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to co-operative housing societies in Nagpur.

The committee also has Principal Secretaries of Revenue, Urban Development, Law and Judiciary and Finance Departments, Director of Municipal Administration, and Divisional Commissioner as members.

The committee has been constituted pursuant to orders of High Court in a bunch of five petitions challenging cancellation of land allotted to them following report of one-man committee headed by Justice (retd) R k Batta.

Five societies- Magaswargiya Beghar Mahila Gruha Nirman Sahakari Sanstha Ltd., Nagpur and some of its members, Lohar Samaj Sanghatana (Maharashtra) Nagpur, Nagpur Mahila Gruha Nirman Sahakari Sanstha, Maharashtra Khatik Samaj Vikas Sanghatana, Nagpur, have challenged the decision taken by cancelling allotment of lands following Batta Committee report.

Common grievance of the petitioners was that they were neither given any notice nor granted hearing either by the One Man Committee in the inquiry conducted by it nor they were given any notice or hearing by the State Government before taking the decision of cancelling the allotments. According to the petitioners, the observations made by Justice Batta Committee were not correct as all the relevant documents were not placed on the record of the Committee.

The petitioners have submitted that the Committee has observed in some cases that there was no notification under Section 10(3) and under Section 10(5) of the Act of 1976 and, therefore, the allotments were illegal. The petitioners pointed out from the record that the notifications under Section 10(3) and Section 10(5) of the Act of 1976 had been issued and the allotments are done properly according to the statutory provisions. Even observations that the allotments were made without taking possession of the lands which according to the petitioners, were also not correct inasmuch as the possession of the lands were taken and the possession receipts were placed on record in the writ petitions.

The High Court division bench consisting of Justice A.P.Bhangale and Justice Z.A.Haq while allowing all the five writ petitions had quashed and set aside the impugned orders passed by the Collector in their respective cases and through a common judgment directed the State Govt. to appoint a High Power Committee to examine the legality and validity of allotment of the surplus lands to the petitioners.

Person whose civil rights are adversely affected is entitled for putting up his case and the State Government is under an obligation to comply with the requirements of the principles of natural justice, the High Court observed.

The Committee has been asked to take into consideration the relevant observations given by the One Man Committee in the report submitted by it to the State Govt. The petitioners have been asked to submit exhaustive representations for consideration of the Committee. Feeling the need to give personal hearing, the Committee will be able to do that through nominated officer. This Committee will have to complete its assignment in two months.

It may be recalled that High Court on June 7, 2006 had constituted Justice (retd) Batta panel to examine legality and validity of the surplus lands under ULC allotted to various individuals and institutions. The allegations were that 715 hectors of ULC land was distributed at the whims of the authorities and only to politically influential individuals and their institutions. Pursuant to the observations of the One Man Committee, the State Government has issued the orders cancelling the allotments of lands.

The High Court observed that the allotment of lands by the State as per the legitimate expectation of the citizens must be honest, impartial and not under dictate of self-serving individuals. The State property cannot be distributed at will in unfair and unjust manner without following due process of law and asked the new panel to reconsider allotment in the backdrop of Batta panel recommendations and documents placed on record.

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GMCH Dean gives up official car to revive abandoned ambulance

When there is mad scramble among government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, a high-ranking administrator has decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so as t... Read More
When there is mad scramble among government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, a high-ranking administrator has decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so as to use the entire fuel cost to run an abandoned Medical Ambulance.

The ambulance was not in use due to paucity of funds to meet the fuel expenses. Now, this ambulance will be used to transport needy patients of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Taken aback by this sorry state of affairs and instead of waiting for additional government funds, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade decided to divert fuel funds received by him for his own official car for the said ambulance.

As a result, he has decided to use his personal car and bear the burden of fuel, so that the official allowance of fuel can be diverted for the vehicle to be used for patients' transport.

Since there was no official ambulance available in the sprawling GMCH premises, number of private vehicles and ambulances had started occupying most of the space outside the hospital illegally. These ambulances were playing with the lives of patients and also supplying patients to private hospitals by feeding wrong inputs to patients and their relatives.

Considering the patient's condition and reviewing situation that the private ambulances were taking the patients to private hospitals, Dr Niswade decided to crack the whip and stop this illegal practice and immediately asked the ambulances to move away from the OPD of GMCH. Now the area has become free of private ambulances.

When patient approaches Outpatient Department (OPD) and asked to go for various investigations either in GMCH or Super Speciality Hospital, most of the patients are unable to find any credible transportation facility and are fleeced even by private transport facilities like auto. Most of the time poor patients come from outside Nagpur or from a distant area and these patients can not afford transport to the investigation destination or to Super Speciality Hospital.

"Considering this problem, I have decided to plan for proper transportation which will be free of cost. We have old ambulance which we will be repairing. This big ambulance will take patients to and fro at various time intervals from 9 am to 1 pm. One Aarogyamitra of Rajiv Gandhi Jivandayi Yojna will note down the details of the patients and co-ordinate their transportation requirement. This will save the patients' sufferings," said Dr Niswade. This, according to him, will save the money spent on fuel. This amount of money will be diverted for the maintenance of this transport vehicle.

No entry for late-comers at GMCH

Medical staff including doctors, residents, nurse, interns have to be in time in GMCH as Dean Dr Niswade has asked the security to lock the door at 9.30 am. near Ward number 5 from where the staff enters. Earlier the timings were followed only in breach. Once the staff enters he or she can not return till 1 pm. This has brought discipline in GMCH.

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Governor arrives on his maiden tour of Vidarbha

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao arrived in the city on Tuesday night, on his four-day maiden tour of Vidarbha region till November 7. During his tour, the Governor will be visiting Nagpur,... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao arrived in the city on Tuesday night, on his four-day maiden tour of Vidarbha region till November 7. During his tour, the Governor will be visiting Nagpur, Amravati, and Gadchiroli districts.

Pravin Datke, Mayor, welcomed the Governor on the latter's arrival at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, also welcomed the Governor with a bouquet. K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police; Ravindra Kadam, Special Inspector General of Police; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad, and other officers also were present on this occasion. After reception, the Governor proceeded straight to Raj Bhavan, where he would take a night halt.

As per the official itinerary, Ch Vidyasagar Rao will leave for Amravati at 9.20 AM on Wednesday. There, he will grace the inaugural function of 12th Maharashtra State Inter-University Cultural Festival 'Indradhanushya-2014' hosted by Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University at 10 AM. Later, he will leave for Dharni, where he will visit anganwadi, Public Health Centre and Dharni Rural Hospital. The Governor will attend the inaugural function of new building of Agriculture Technical School of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth at 12.15 PM and will interact with Government officials at Government Rest House, Dharni at 3.15 PM. Rao will return to Nagpur at 5 PM and take a halt at Raj Bhavan.

On November 6, the Governor will proceed to Gadchiroli by helicopter at 10 AM and visit Agarbatti (incense sticks) manufacturing unit and Community Forest Right village Gothangaon in Kurkheda tehsil of Gadchiroli district. At 11.45 AM, Rao will visit Hasta-Kala Kendra (ITI) Gadchiroli and at 12.30 PM, he will visit English Ashram School. Later, he will interact with officials at Collectorate in Gadchiroli at 2 PM. He will return to Nagpur for night stay.

On November 7, Ch Vidyasagar Rao will leave for Ramtek at 10.20 AM and will attend foundation stone laying programme of Convocation Hall during his visit to Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek at 10.45 AM. At 12 noon, he will unveil the statue of late V Rajeshwara Rao, Founder Chairman, Vodithala Education Society at Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science, Ramtek. Rao will return to Nagpur at 2.10 PM and will leave for Mumbai by a flight at 5.10 PM.

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NMC to demand bail-out package from State Govt

Instead of taking fresh loan from banks and financial institutions, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to seek a comprehensive bail-out package from new Government in Maharashtra. C... Read More
Instead of taking fresh loan from banks and financial institutions, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to seek a comprehensive bail-out package from new Government in Maharashtra. Cash strapped local body will demand financial assistance of at least Rs 200 crore from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led State Government. The meeting of NMC office bearers with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be held on November 10 at Mumbai to sort out problems related to local body.

In a primary meeting held on Monday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took review of pending problems related to local body and assured Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to organise meeting at Mumbai. As MLA Fadnavis had followed up the pending issues of NMC with State Government and had relentlessly pursued the issue with last Government. The meeting is expected to provide solutions to long pendings issues of Nagpur city and in view of winter session, many stalled developmental works will get financial allocations.

Mayor Pravin Datke informed The Hitavada that the financial condition of local body is in shambles. After enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT) in municipal corporations, the revenue dropped by whopping Rs 250 crores. Democratic Front Government had sanctioned Rs 200 crore loan proposal of the NMC before demitting office. The local body had called expression of interest (EoI) from the banks for providing loans to it. A leading bank is ready to provide loan at 10 per interest to NMC but in present financial condition, it could not pay the installment to the banks.

However, the local body will not go with this proposal and instead of obtaining loan from banks, they will ask financial assistance from the Government. If Government does not provide financial assistance, then they will demand interest free loan from the State Government. It may be mentioned that local body had obtained loan of Rs 300 crore from various agencies during last 10 years. The NMC obtained Rs 65 crore from Maharashtra Jivan Pradhikaran (MJP) while Rs 23.61 crore from LIC. The local body also obtained loan of Rs 200 crore from Bank of Maharashtra for Pench-IV Phase-I, and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects. The NMC had paid Rs 28.57 crore as principal amount and Rs 28 crore as loan interest. The local body will have to pay remaining amount of Rs 231 crore to various agencies. During adverse financial condition, it is not advisable for the NMC to obtain additional loan amount from the open market. Therefore, civic body is mulling proposal to avail interest free loan from the State Government.

The issue of bad condition of road will also be discussed in the meeting with Chief Minister. The local body does not have sufficient funds for resurfacing of IRDP roads therefore, NMC wants funds from the Government. During last year's flood, all the roads were badly affected and State Government did not release any fund for the repair works. The financial contribution of the State Government on JNNURM funds is pending and satisfactory solution of denotifying no shopping frontage on 24 roads is also pending with the State Government. On all these issues, the Administration is preparing a detailed note for the meeting.

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CCB sleuths nab two with illegal firearms

Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Sunday morning nabbed two with illegal firearms. CCB sleuths claimed that the arrested duo was working on plan of loot.

It happened on Sunday morning, when C... Read More
Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Sunday morning nabbed two with illegal firearms. CCB sleuths claimed that the arrested duo was working on plan of loot.

It happened on Sunday morning, when CCB personnel got tip-off about the two men planning to carryout robbery at Silyari while they were on patrolling. Natives of Jharkhand, accused duo Sandeep Sinha (29) and Anmol Prakash Minj (25) were chalking out a plan to carry out a heist or robbery, when they were surrounded and subsequently nabbed by the CCB.

As the CCB inspected their room, they found an illegal pistol with four live bullets, which the accused duo has claimed to be bought from Jharkhand for Rs 25000. Duo hasn’t yet revealed the specifics of their scheme. Police informed that both the accused were currently living in a rental house.

Entire action was carried out under the able guidance of CCB Inspector In-charge Sanjay Singh by Khamtarai Beat.

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Higher Edn still a distant dream for many

Believe it or not but only 11.8% youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years across the Chhattisgarh get a chance to fulfill their higher education goals as only this rate of students who hav... Read More
Believe it or not but only 11.8% youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years across the Chhattisgarh get a chance to fulfill their higher education goals as only this rate of students who have completed their pre-university or class 12th examination join college for pursuing undergraduate degree or diploma courses in different streams. Among all states and union territories of the nation, Chhattisgarh stands on 30th position with 11.8 Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education of various mediums. It has been found much lower than national GER of 21.1.

As per the data of Higher Education Status of India for year 2013 by Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC), only 2.93 lakh of the 24.88 lakh youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years at state go on to join college or any other higher educational institute. The collected Gross Enrollment Ratio for 2013 specifies that 88.2% of the young populations in Chhattisgarh are outside the purview of higher education. In terms of girls, the GER in state is worst amongst all states of the nation as it was reported only 9.1% in 2013. Out of 2.93 lakh enrolled students in higher education, 1.56 were received their education in 260 affiliated government higher educational institutions whereas remaining 1.37 students got their education in 304 (240-private unaided and 64-private aided) private institutes of both aided and unaided ones.

Out of the 19 universities (1-central one, 1-institute of national importance, 11-state ones and 5-private ones), Indira Music and Fine Arts University Khairagarh recorded the maximum GER of 14.1% in state universities while Bastar University saw the lowest GER with 9.2%.

In terms of the number of colleges per lakh population for youths of 18 to 23 years age group, Chhatisgarh performed poorly amongst all other states and union territories of the nation. The report revealed that there were only 19 colleges per lakh population, lowest than neighbouring states such as Maharashtra (35 per lakh population), undivided Andhra Pradesh (48), Madhya Pradesh (26) and Odisha (23). The saddest part is that small states like Mizoram (25), Meghalaya (22), Nagaland (23), Uttarakhand (32) and Pondicherry (61) performed better than Chhattisgarh.

Among all universities, once again Indira Music and Fine Arts University topped in terms of enrollment with 556 per college followed by Ayush Health University (554 students per college) and Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (540 students/college). Of all streams, Arts holds the sway in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses of all universities in the state followed by commerce, science, engineering, education, medicine and agriculture. The less favoured course is veterinary science and music.

In research works too, students of both genders did not enroll much in the state as compared to other students. In both PhD and M Phil universities of the state saw a very poor enrollment of both male and female students.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Higher Educationist and Principal of Indira Government College of Arts, Commerce and Science stated that low GER of state is due to financial problems and unawareness about the utility of higher education. There is always one things remain in mindset of the people in state is job and if anyone get job with decent salary on the basis of his secondary education and some integrated courses, then most of them skip their higher education, he added.

Dr. PS Choudhary, Retired University Reader said for rising enrollment of students in higher education, higher education department has to take some strong measures.

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‘Farmers’ resentment in Chhattisgarh will be discussed with Party President’

The issue of new paddy procurement policy of Chhattisgarh government which has been the cause of resentment among farmers as reported of late, will be discussed with Bharatiya Janata Party Nation... Read More
The issue of new paddy procurement policy of Chhattisgarh government which has been the cause of resentment among farmers as reported of late, will be discussed with Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah, stated Dr Laxmikant Bajpai, State President of Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh. He said after holding a formal discussion with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the issue he will take up the matter with the BJP national leadership. He added that on reaching Raipur on Saturday evening, the issue had come to his knowledge during discussion with local party workers and office-bearers of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Dr Laxmikant Bajpai, later formally inaugurated the BJP Digital (online) Membership drive at Ekatma Parisar, the regional party head quarters. While inaugurating the drive he observed that the digital membership drive is a step ahead towards making Congress-free India. He added that in near future, the BJP will become world’s largest political party with maximum number of members/cadres, through this initiative.

Earlier talking to the media persons at Raipur Press Club during a Meet the Press programme, the UP BJP President said this was his maiden visit to Chhattisgarh and during his stay here, he observed that it is a peaceful State. He said, State has only one problem which will be solved soon with policies introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Centre and implemented in the state by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Answering a query raised by media persons, Dr Bajpai said the BJP is highlighting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel because his message and initiatives has become relevant in today’s scenario. The Congress had kept in dark the person, who had given us the united India. He said Sardar Patel had taken initiative towards bringing national integrity, developing the cooperative sector by initiating cooperative movement and initiatives for the betterment and upliftment of farmers.

Asserting that Uttar Pradesh is presently dwelling with hardships as the incumbent state government led by Samajwadi Party has failed on all counts, Dr Bajpai said law and order situation has collapsed, power situation is at its worst, farmers are suffering, etc.

He said the state will be going into Assembly elections before the stipulated time. Elections are due in 2017 in Uttar Pradesh but given the current situation, the elections can take place anytime next year. He however added that the BJP will neither invoke the provisions laid under Article 356 nor any initiative will take place towards pulling down the government by horse-trading. The government will fall due to its own deeds. Dr Laxmikant Bajpai is a four times MLA from Meerut. He was minister of state for animal husbandry and dairy development in the BJP government in 2002-03. Experts believe that if given a free hand Bajpai on account of his clean image, effective management and contact with workers will lead BJP to regain its lost glory in Uttar Pradesh. The organizational and political skills of Dr Laxmikant Bajpai worked well for the BJP when the party bagged 71 out of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the General elections 2014, which is by far its best total. Later addressing the party workers in Ekatma Parisar, Dr Bajpai gave several tips for winning elections. He said strong organization at the booth level will take the party to new heights of success. Party is like a mother to the party workers and many a times a mother takes strong decisions for the benefits of wards but it is end result which counts. He urged the workers to work for the benefit of party.

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Ramadutt Joshi flays Jury for being partial to artists

Cultural organisation, Chhattisgarh Lok Kalakar Sangh (CLKS) have expressed resentment on the State Government for partial behaviour towards Artists who have been given away the Dau Mandraji Samm... Read More
Cultural organisation, Chhattisgarh Lok Kalakar Sangh (CLKS) have expressed resentment on the State Government for partial behaviour towards Artists who have been given away the Dau Mandraji Samman during the inaugural ceremony of Rajyotsav on Saturday evening.

Addressing a press conference at Raipur Press Club, Ramadutt Joshi, a folk singer as also CLKS’ President said, the award have been accorded to persons who are new to the field at a time when senior Nacha Artist Toran Sahu had also applied for the same.

“It is unfortunate that Sahu’s name was rejected by the jury. We oppose as it is a mark of disrespect towards the senior artist who have devoted his entire life for the enrichment of the State’s culture and tradition,” she added.

It needs to be mentioned here that the State Culture Department had bestowed Dau Mandaraji Samman to Anup Ranjan Pandey and LP Goswami for their contribution in the field of folk art. Joshi further maintained that Sahu is associated with the Nacha and Gammat since the past 5 decades and even did not think about monetary gains. “He devoted his life for the folk and this is what the Government has done. We highly oppose the decision of the jury, which has shown biased behaviour in selection,” she said. Toranlal Sahu, who was also present during the occasion, said that he had applied three times for the award; in the year 2010, 2012 and 2014 but his application was rejected. Prabhadutt Joshi, Dr Rekha Devi and Yogesh Tiwari were also present during the occasion.

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Visitors’ massive response to stall showing State’s visionary move towards devpt: Rajyotsav

On the occasion of 14th Foundation of Chhattisgarh State, the expo depicting the achievements and schemes of Panchayat and Rural Development Department at the Rajyotsava 2014 celebrations bein... Read More
On the occasion of 14th Foundation of Chhattisgarh State, the expo depicting the achievements and schemes of Panchayat and Rural Development Department at the Rajyotsava 2014 celebrations being held at Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Industries and Business Annex at village Tuta in Naya Raipur is getting the best response amongst other stalls. Particularly, the stall in the expo depicting the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (MP Model Village Scheme), wherein, the proposed development of villages like model schools and other facilities has become an attraction for the public representatives, villagers, school children, etc.

The model which depicts well planned village with planned habitat, concrete roads, greenery, sanitation and drainage facility, power, pucca roads, row houses for villagers, government housing, offices, etc. After seeing the model, every public representative from villages visiting the expo is dreaming in converting his village into a model village. Apart from the model of MP Model Village Scheme, other schemes of state government being implemented by the department were also show cased.

On the initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the department has planned to select such villages under the scheme which are situated in far flung areas and are generally cut-off from the mainstream.

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Dress Code to be implemented in ordnance factories

There is another ray of hope for the employees of ordnance factories to get corporate look with the implementation of dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata is all set for implementing dre... Read More
There is another ray of hope for the employees of ordnance factories to get corporate look with the implementation of dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata is all set for implementing dress code for officers and employees in all the ordnance factories in the country. The preparations for implementing dress code are underway and expected to come in force in coming months.

It may be mentioned a proposal for implementing dress code for officers and employees in ordnance factories was on cards since long years. Taking positive note on the proposal, the Deputy Director General (Industrial Relations), Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata indicated the implementation of project to bring uniformity amongst officers and employees of ordnance factories.

Chairman of Ordnance Factories, M C Bansal, during his recent visit, informed that the proposal for implementing dress code in ordnance factories is on cards since long years. The responsibility of designing and production of uniforms was handed over to Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi. The project has been delayed as the clothing factory expressed its helplessness in weaving of grand stock of cloths while Ordnance Equipment Factory also denied for stitching of more than one lakh uniforms. Now with a fresh development into the project, Deputy Director General of Industrial Relations has decided that the Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi will procure the cloth through tender process from open market for distribution to all the factories. The piece of clothes will be distributed amongst employees for stitching and its expenditure will be reimbursed by the factory. Once the dress code will be implemented, more than one lakh officers and employees in 41 ordnance factories in the country will get outfit of ‘Sky Blue Shirt’ and ‘Grey Pent’ as factories uniform as decided by a committee with the consent of employees’ unions and associations. The uniform will also have two logos of Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata and concerned ordnance factory while a badge of ticket number and name of employee. According to the information, every officer and employee will be given five sets of uniforms which will be compulsory while working in the ordnance factories.

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NUMM Yuva Prakost raises questions on disposal of E Waste, Medical Waste

Nagrik Upbhogkta Margdarshk Manch Yuva Prakost(NUMMYP)in letter to Prime Minister,Narendra Modi raised question what is significance of organising Swachh Bharat Abiyaan without taking proper measur... Read More
Nagrik Upbhogkta Margdarshk Manch Yuva Prakost(NUMMYP)in letter to Prime Minister,Narendra Modi raised question what is significance of organising Swachh Bharat Abiyaan without taking proper measures for disposal of Plastic waste, E Waste, Medical Waste, Human Organs waste causing major part of land and water pollution.

NUMMYP said how is it possible to keep our environment with organising cleanliness drive or sweeping the road with broom. NUMMYP president, Manish Sharma said according to the information collected from the various means thousand tones of E Waste, Plastic waste are coming out every month but in the whole campaign, Government does not come with action plan for the disposal of E waste, Plastic waste, which is matter of concern.

Only 15,881 tons of Municipal Solid waste has been disposed out of 1,27,486 tons produced every months, beside their only 1,10,000 E waste disposed out of 7,13,700 ton produced every month, 2,91,983 bio medical waste disposed out of 10,12,700 ton produced every month, beside this only 2,09,210 tonne of plastic waste disposed out of 10,27,000 ton produced every month. He said Scientist says that metal like Arsenic, Cobalt, Radium, Nickle, Chromium found the abovementioned waste is causing serious threat to the aquatic animal and environment. Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Shewta Jhariya and others member of NUMMYP said Government is interest to follw the rules and regulation like Plastic Waste, Management Rule 2011, E Waste Management Rule 2012, Medical Waste Rules 2009 and Solid Waste Management Rule 2010 environment protection act 1986

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Two thieves nabbed with stolen booty

Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending two thieves and retrieved stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them.

The accused have been identified as Wilson Dumar (28), son of Bh... Read More
Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending two thieves and retrieved stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them.

The accused have been identified as Wilson Dumar (28), son of Bhagwandeen Dumar, a resident of Loli Mohalla in Ghamapur and Jitendra Dumar (28), son of Ramdas Dumar, a resident of Loli Mohalla in Ghamapur.

SHO of Ghamapur police station, Sushil Singh Chouhan informed that, on October 19, Lakhan Rajput, a resident of Siddha Baba area lodged a complaint that unidentified person break-in his house and burgled jewelleries and two old mobile handsets.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team started search for unidentified thieves and detained some suspected men for investigation into the case. In the interrogation, two suspected men Wilson and Jitendra confessed the theft at house of Lakhan Rajput.

On their identification, police team retrieved the stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them while further investigations are underway for disclosing more theft incidents by the thieves.

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Unidentified miscreants create ruckus in Civic Centre area

Unidentified miscreants created ruckus in Civic Centre area in the intervening night of Saturday – Sunday and pelted stones on shops and parked vehicles. Several vehicles were damaged in ston... Read More
Unidentified miscreants created ruckus in Civic Centre area in the intervening night of Saturday – Sunday and pelted stones on shops and parked vehicles. Several vehicles were damaged in stone pelting at Press Complex, Marhatal, Civic Centre, Ganjipura and Srinath Ki Tallayya areas.

It was not the first time that miscreants created panic in the city area as same kind of incidents were reported in regular intervals at different areas of the city. Even after registering complaints, police are yet to take action against unwanted bikers who are habitual of streaming throughout the city during night hours and created ruckus in the city.

According to police, Raju Vishwakarma, owner of Vishwakarma Travels lodged a complaint that unidentified persons pelted stones on vehicles and damaged glasses of vehicles numbered MP-20T-5586 and MP-20CE-0975. Similarly, owner of Rajlaxmi Saree Centre informed that his car was parked at Press Complex in Civic Centre area and its back side glasses were broken by unidentified persons. Other persons including Nissar Ali’s car numbered MP-20PA-5539, Muin Khan’s car numbered MP-20-7849, Indica vista car numbered mp-20CD-3767 and several other vehicles were damaged due to stone pelting.

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Investigation into case of phone call of Energy Secy to MP Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Co Ltd officers begins

Police Cyber Cell started investigation on the case of phone call of Energy Secretary to the officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited directing them for depositing c... Read More
Police Cyber Cell started investigation on the case of phone call of Energy Secretary to the officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited directing them for depositing cash of Rs 2 lakh in a bank account. Cyber cell experts are trying to trap the unidentified accused through mobile and bank account numbers.

It may be mentioned that R K Sthapak, Superintendent Engineer, City Circle Jabalpur, on November 1, lodged a complaint at Omti police station that unidentified person posing himself as Energy Secretary, ICP Keshri phoned him on official cellular number and directed for depositing Rs 2 lakh in a bank account for treatment of his relative. Sthapak tried to call back the unidentified man on the same mobile number but his call could not be received. He held doubt and lodged a complaint at Omti police station.

Receiving the information, police registered a case against unidentified man under section 419, 420 and 511 of the IPC and relevant sections of IT Act and started investigation into the case. Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East), informed that the Cyber Cell officers have started investigation into the case for trapping the accused on the basis of mobile number and bank account number. Investigation team is optimistic for soon apprehending the accused.

Investigating the case, police learnt that some other officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorva Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited received the same phone call and were directed for depositing Rs. 2 lakh in a bank account. The other officers who were contacted in the name of Energy Secretary included Additional Secretary, PK Sinha, Superintendent Engineer (Vigilance), Ashok Nikose, Superintendent Engineer (Purchase), NK Jain, Executive Engineer, SK Giriya, Superintendent Engineer (Mandla), Ashok Dhurve, Superintendent Engineer (Katni), LP Khatik, Superintendent Engineer (Chhindwara), Prahlad Gupta and others. One of the officers, SE (Chhindwara), Prahlad Gupta was convinced with the duper and deposited the amount in said bank account. When he received the information of forge call, he immediately contacted the concerned bank branch and stopped the transfer of payment.

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SEC declares programme of general elections to urban bodies-2014

State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has released programme of general elections of urban bodies-2014. Polling will be held in 2 phases - on November 28 and December 2. Counting of votes for... Read More
State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has released programme of general elections of urban bodies-2014. Polling will be held in 2 phases - on November 28 and December 2. Counting of votes for first phase polling will be held on December 4 and second phase polling on December 6. Parasuram informed that model code of conduct has come into force in concerned areas, where elections are to be held.

Parasuram informed that notification will be published and filing of nominations will begin on November 5 from 10.30 am. The same day, notification regarding reservation will be issued and lists of polling booths released.

November 12 till 3 pm is the last date for receipt of nominations. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 13 and can be withdrawn till November 15. The same day, election symbols will be allotted to candidates. Polling for the first phase will be held on November 28 and second phase on December 2. Polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes for first phase polling will be held on December 4 and second phase counting on December 6 from 9 am.Parasuram informed that elections of 136 urban bodies will be held in the first phase, including 10 municipal corporations, 26 Nagar Palika Parishads and 100 Nagar Parishads. In the second phase, elections of 144 urban bodies will be held, including one municipal corporation, 38 Nagar Palika Parishads and 105 Nagar Parishads. Number of wards is 2,619 and polling booths 7,754 in the first phase in which 60,68,882 voters will cast their votes, including 31,94,428 males, 28,74,180 females and 274 others. Number of wards in the second phase is 2,496 and polling booths 3,395 in which 29,31,691 voters will cast their votes, including 15,33,045 males, 13,98,502 females and 144 others.

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Civic body elections announced, Code of Conduct implemented

Code of conduct for the upcoming civic body elections has been implemented throughout the State from Sunday, after the State Election Commission announced the civic body elections to be held in t... Read More
Code of conduct for the upcoming civic body elections has been implemented throughout the State from Sunday, after the State Election Commission announced the civic body elections to be held in the month of November and December. During a press conference, R Parsuram, State Election Commissioner informed the media that the elections will be held in 280 civic bodies out of the total 378 civic bodies in State.

Parsuram said that matters pertaining to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Chhindwara Municipal Corporation (CMC) are pending in the High Court. Therefore, elections to these civic bodies will be announced at a later stage. This year, for organising the civic body election, 11,365 polling centres will be formed in which 85,24,687 electorate will be voting to choose their representatives. It is worth mentioning that the elections are scheduled to be held over 571 wards of 280 civic bodies. Elections will be held in the Municipal Corporations of Indore, Gwalior, Sagar, Burhanpur, Satna, Rewa, Singrauli, Katni, Dewas, Khandwa and Ratlam. Talking to media, Parsuram informed that for the first time, picture voter list will be put to use in State that will be having pictures of each member of the electorate along with his details. This new system is being introduced to bring transparency in the voting procedure and will be accurately monitored. To organise the elections smoothly, special directions have been issued to district collectors to arrange for all the essentials required at the polling booths in their areas.

State Election Commission has devised new ways to monitor the electoral procedure, multi-post Electronic Voting machines (EVM), which are being used for the first time in the State for these civic body elections. These EVMs have been fitted with tracking software to know their exact location. This will help in easy monitoring of the EVM by the State Election Commission. Another prominent feature that will be seen by the voters in this year’s civic body elections will be the presence of None Of The Above (NOTA) button on the EVM for all the posts in the elections.

The elections will be held under the supervision of 1,000 nodal officers along with 1,500 police officers. 1,400 officials will be posted in strong room to monitor the elections while a massive police force of 18000 will guard the entire process.

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25-year-old married woman dies of burns during treatment

After struggling for life during treatment for seven days, a25-year-old married woman succumbed to the injuries here on Sunday. The women sustained injuries when accidentally she caught fire whil... Read More
After struggling for life during treatment for seven days, a25-year-old married woman succumbed to the injuries here on Sunday. The women sustained injuries when accidentally she caught fire while cooking at her house in Phuta Makbara locality under Hanumanganj police station. According to police, Kalpana Raikwar, 25, wife of Anil Raikwar, was a resident of Phuta Makbara locality in old city. On September 25, the woman set on fire accidentally while cooking at her home. Victim was admitted in Hamidia Hospital’s burn unit for treatment. In the initial investigation, accident seems to be the cause of burn injuries. Reportedly, the victim in her statement to police had told the incident was an accident. But police have not completely ruled out any foul play and investigating the reason of burn injuries. Police are questioning victim’s husband and in-laws in the matter. After the victim’s death on Sunday, police were informed, who sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC and have initiated investigation in the matter.

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First in country: A school for children of labourers

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that contribution of labourers was significant in the development of the State and country. “State Government has implemented a number of schemes... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that contribution of labourers was significant in the development of the State and country. “State Government has implemented a number of schemes to bring about positive changes in living standard of labourers.” He was addressing foundation laying ceremony of Shramoday School for labourers’ children at village Mugaliya Chhap here on Sunday. The Rs 30 crore residential school will be first in the country for children of labourers.

Chouhan said that the school will be named as Deendayal Shramodaya School. He said that a number of schemes were chalked out on the basis of decisions taken at Mazdoor Panchayat including scholarships, maternity benefits, assistance for girls’ marriage, on accidental death and assistance for treatment of labourers.

Now, Rs 10,000 upto Rs 50,000 will be given to children of the labourers, who are selected in teams for State, Division and District-level sports competitions. Construction workers will be given 50 percent amount on purchase of tool-kit by Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board. Labourers will be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Rs one per kg. In 5 years, 15 lakh houses will be constructed for the poor in the State. He said that children should imbibe education and contribute to State’s development. “Shramoday School will hone talents of labourers’ children. Arrangements for quality education will be made in this residential school. Its building will be completed within a year,” the CM said, adding that Madhya Pradesh had the highest economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. He announced to solve catchment area problem of farmers of Mugaliya Chhap and construction of a sports stadium in the village. He urged villagers to ensure success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan and construct toilets in every house in the village. Labour Minister Antar Singh Arya said that announcement regarding this residential school was made at Mazdoor Panchayat. “The State Government has introduced a number of schemes for labourers’ welfare,” Arya said. The welcome address was delivered by local MLA Rameshwar Sharma. MP Alok Sanjar, MLAs Surendranath Singh and Vishwas Sarang, Zila Panchayat President Meena Himmat Singh, General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Sultan Singh Shekhawat, Alok Sharma, Principal Secretary Labour Muktesh Varshney and large number of villagers and schools children were present on the occasion. Labour Commissioner KC Gupta proposed a vote of thanks.

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No permission to Health Deptt for recruiting doctors through MP Online

The Health Department was shocked after State Government’s refusal for not permitting recruitment of doctors through MP Online. Health Department had wanted to recruit doctors through MP On... Read More
The Health Department was shocked after State Government’s refusal for not permitting recruitment of doctors through MP Online. Health Department had wanted to recruit doctors through MP Online after refusing to conduct doctors’ recruitment examinations by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC), saying that it will start conducting recruitment examinations for doctors after the Special Task Force (STF) completes its probe in to earlier examination irregularities.

Health Department wanted to recruit 1,200 doctors to its district hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in first phase, even before promulgation of Swasthya Guarantee Yojna so that it could be implemented well.

The health department is to recruit many more than 3000 medical officers and specialists for its hospitals and health centres but it will do it in phases. Sources said that Health Department had sent a proposal more than a month ago to the Government seeking permission of doctors’ recruitment through MP Online. It was pursued but the Government is understood to have refused to give permission to the department to recruit doctors through MP Online. “If the Government gives permission to Health Department to recruit doctors through MP Online, other Government departments too will demand the same. A classic example is the Higher Education Department. It has to recruit assistant professors as study suffers in Government colleges. It might be the reason why the Government has not such permission to the health department, said a senior officer in health department. On the other hand, the MPPSC after revealing many recruitment examination scams in last more than one year has started taking many steps of reformation in examination system. All examinations will be conducted online from next year. The MPPSC is understood to have asked some Government departments o wait some months for recruitment examinations. When contacted, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, said the Government has not yet permitted Health Department to recruit doctors through MP Online. So we could not fill up the posts of 1200 doctors.” However, the MPPSC has assured us to conduct recruitment examinations but will take time, he said.-

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One more death due to dengue in State capital, total reaches 10

All claims of dengue control have proved false with regular finding of dengue patients and deaths of dengue patients in city. Health officers are now trying to hide dengue patients and deaths of... Read More
All claims of dengue control have proved false with regular finding of dengue patients and deaths of dengue patients in city. Health officers are now trying to hide dengue patients and deaths of dengue from public. On Sunday, one dengue patient died during treatment. Now, the figure of number of deaths of dengue patients has reached 10. In a week, it will be fourth death of dengue patient, causing concern among the public. It will increase more as many dengue patients are serious in private and Government hospitals. A youth, whose name could not be confirmed, admitted four days ago in JP Hospital with dengue symptoms, died on Sunday.

On the other hand , 10 more dengue samples tested positive, 3 in Malaria lab and 7 in JP Hospital lab, according to sources in JP Hospital. The figure of dengue patients in city has reached 480.

A senior doctor in JP Hospital said the situation of dengue patients in district was not well. “More than 80 patients with dengue fever symptoms and around the same numbers of patients reach other Government hospitals as Bairagarh Civil Hospital, Kolar Hospital, health centres, Hamidia, Indira Gandhi Hospital, private hospitals and nursing homes. In coming days, the dengue patients’ figure will cross 500. It will be a challenge for the health officers.

Though the AYUSH Department doctors, malaria employees, health department doctors and employees and even Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees were engaged in dengue control drive, there is no let up in dengue patients and even their deaths.

Several efforts were made to contact Dr Veena Sinha, Civil Surgeon, JP Hospital but she did not respond.

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62 officers of SAS transferred

In a major re-shuffle on Sunday, the State Government transferred 7 IAS officers along with 62 officers of the State Administrative Services (SAS). According to the orders released by the General... Read More
In a major re-shuffle on Sunday, the State Government transferred 7 IAS officers along with 62 officers of the State Administrative Services (SAS). According to the orders released by the General Administration Department on Saturday, Anju Pawan Bhadauria, Administrator (coordination), DPIP, Bhopal was transferred as Additional Collector Vidisha, Jamuna Bhide, joint collector, Mandsaur as CEO, District Panchayat, Neemuch, Niyaz Ahmed Khan, joint collector, Sehore as additional collector, Guna, Rakhi Sahay, deputy director, NVDA, Indore as additional director, NHDC, Khandwa, Kailash Bundela, deputy transport commissioner, Jabalpur as additional collector, Ujjain, Vidisha Mukherji, joint collector, Gwalior as Joint Commissioner Land Records, Gwalior.

G S Dhurve has been transferred as Joint Collector, Narsinghpur, Madhvi Nagendra as Joint Collector Vidisha, DR Bilve as Joint Collector, Chhindwara, Ajaydev Sharma as Joint Collector, Ujjain, Arun Kumar Singh to Deputy Collector, Rajgarh, TN Singh as joint collector, Ujjain Vishal Chouhan, deputy collector, Dhar as additional commissioner, Ujjain Municipal Corporation, Ranjana Mujalde as Deputy Collector, Alirajpur, KK Malviya as deputy collector, Shajapur, Mahendra Singh Kawache as Deputy Collector, Khargone, Virnarayan Singh as Joint Collector, Jabalpur, Lata Pathak, Deputy Collector Narsingpur, Sikalchand Paraste as Joint Collector, Balaghat, Bharatbhusan Gangele as Joint Collector, Dindori, B K Pandey as Joint Collector, Tikamgarh, Manoj Kumar as Joint Collector, Tikamgarh, Dilip Mandavi as Joint Collector, Rewa, V P Dwivedi as Joint Collector, Seoni, Bhupedra Goyal as Deputy Collector, Guna, Narayan Singh as Deputy Collector, Dindori, Kamlesh Puri as Deputy Collector, Rewa, Sarika Bhuria as Joint Collector, Dewas.

Along with these officials, Varsha Bhuria has been transferred as Deputy Collector, Neemuch, N N Arora as Joint Collector, Sagar, Ramprasad Verma as Deputy Collector, Sagar, Neha Bharatiya as deputy collector, Vidisha, Mala as Joint Collector, Khandwa, Jayant Joshi as Joint Collector Khandwa, Hargovind Bhadauria as Joint Collector, Datia, Anil Kumar as Joint Collector, Ashoknagar, Shailendra Singh as Deputy Collector, Dhar, Shobharam Solanki as Deputy Collector, Ujjain, BP Mathur as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Ritu Chouhan as Deputy Collector, Hoshangabad, Vivek Kshotriya as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Mahip Kishore as Deputy Collector, Gwalior, Sanjana Jain as joint Collector, Gwalior, Vimlesh Singh as Deputy Collector, Katni, Sringar Shrivastava as Deputy Director NVDA, Indore, Anjali Joseph as Deputy Commissioner, Ujjain Municipal Corporation. Arvind Chouhan as Deputy Collector Khandwa, Shankarlal Prajapati as Joint Collector, Chhatarpur, Saiyyad Ashfaq as Deputy Collector, Jhabua, DP Berman as Joint Collector, Anuppur, Abhishek Dubey as Deputy Collector, Ujjain, RP Gehlot as Deputy Commissioner, Land Records Ujjain, Anil Patwa as Joint Collector, Ujjain, RC Mishra as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Vinod Bhargava as Deputy Commissioner, Revenue Department, Gwalior division, Sunil Sharma as Joint Collector, Bhind, RP Ahirwar as Joint Collector, Vidisha, Sashibhusan Singh as Additional Collector, Sehore, Pawan Jain as Additional Collector, Betul, Suresh Kumar as CEO, GDA, Gwalior, Sudhir Kumar Kochar as Additional Collector, Indore, Sunil Raj Nayar as Deputy Collector, Bhopal and Urmila Shukla to Additional Director, VYAPAM, Bhopal.

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AAP to focus on 2nd phase of Mission Vistar campaign

In a bid to facilitate Mission Vistar campaign, senior leaders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are reaching State capital. Senior leaders like Yogendra Yadav from AAP called for volunteers’ effectiv... Read More
In a bid to facilitate Mission Vistar campaign, senior leaders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are reaching State capital. Senior leaders like Yogendra Yadav from AAP called for volunteers’ effective participation in bringing more public, especially, women and commoners with their agenda of anti-corruption campaigns.

With respect to Nagar Palika elections, AAP in the State has said that it will highlight the local corrupt candidates so that awareness can be created in public. Besides separate youth cell, grievance cell and auto rickshaw cell has also been formed. Recently, 23 new executive members of AAP were added to the State AAP wing as a part of Mission Vistar initiative.

As per the communiqué released, the AAP has stated that people of the country believe that the previous Government had things to hide and blocked the disclosure of names. Now, with present Government’s similar reluctance in sharing the names, it gave rise to a reasonable apprehension about its real intentions. By cherry-picking a set of names and concealing others, it has further confirmed the belief that the BJP is hell-bent on saving some of the influential people appearing in those lists. The truth is there is no law in India or treaty with any country that stops the Indian Government from taking action against the possessors of illicit money and for that the AAP is focused to bring out awareness. Reportedly, increase in grievances within the party has also led to formation of grievance cell in Aam Aadmi Party. Aam Aadmi party representatives from Madhya Pradesh also went to Haryana as national observers to decide on the working strategy. To decide the future strategy subsequent to rift between national level leaders in Aam Aadmi Party, a ‘chintan shivir’ was organised in Haryana, whereby representatives from all the States have been called. From Madhya Pradesh, two representatives have gone to Haryana for revamping of State Executive Body district wise. Subsequently, the State Executive Body of the party has been formed and grievance cell has also been constituted. Aam Aadmi Party in the State had said that State Executive Body meeting would also be organised to formalise the action plan after this national-level meet so as to increase the membership in the AAP.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis gets hero’s welcome

Sunday, the November 2, 2014, will be recorded in the history of Nagpur in golden letters. For, on this day, a sea of Nagpurians welcomed the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city in a ... Read More
Sunday, the November 2, 2014, will be recorded in the history of Nagpur in golden letters. For, on this day, a sea of Nagpurians welcomed the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city in a never-seen-before manner. For, how much the city loves the man called Devendra Fadnavis, was seen on every street in the form of colourful rangolis, gantries, hoardings, banners, posters, shower of flower petals, slogans, joy, respect, and awe. For, entire Orange City had become one persona with only one mood -- celebration.

On his maiden arrival in his home-town after taking over as the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Fadnavis was overwhelmed by the affection shown by the people from different walks of life. Youngsters, women, senior citizens, children, businessmen, political workers, students, common man, doctors, engineers, cops, officers, all were on streets since late afternoon. Anticipation was in the air since Sunday morning. Already, most streets were dominated by huge gantries and BJP flags to welcome the city's own Devendra.

Fadnavis arrived at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 4.30 PM. Mayor Praveen Datke welcomed him with bouquet. Mayor Pravin Datke, Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police; Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT); Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Ravindra Kadam, Special Inspector General of Anti-Naxalite Operations; Dr Aarti Singh, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural), Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner; and all the BJP MLAs and senior leaders and workers welcomed him at the airport. Soon after he came out of the airport, he was greeted by a huge roaring crowd eager to see the first Chief Minister from the city.

From the airport, Fadnavis mounted an open-top bus decorated in the form of a chariot specially to mark the maiden arrival of the first Chief Minister from the city, Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Devendra's wife Amruta Fadnavis, MLC Prof Anil Sole, 10 other BJP MLAs from the district namely Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Dr Milind Mane, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhir Parwe, D Mallukarjun Reddy, Sameer Meghe, former minister Sulekha Kumbhare, MP Ashok Nete, MLA Dr Pankaj Bhoyar, MLC N G Ganar, and other leaders accompanied Fadnavis in his massive rally that was even bigger than any 'Shobhayatra' taken out in the city so far.

Mayor Praveen Datke and senior corporator Sandip Joshi led the procession to clear the path for the chariot to move ahead. The young workers, supporters, and enthusiastic students rode motorcycles, waved BJP flags, and raised slogans. At Dr Hedgewar Memorial near the airport, Fadnavis stopped for a while and paid tributes. From there, at every prominent location in the city and road-sides swollen with bubbling crowd, Fadnavis got a rousing welcome. May it be Somalwada, Chhatrapati Square, Sawarkar Nagar Square, Khamla, Laxmi Nagar Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Coffee House square, everywhere the space was packed to such an extent that not an inch of road was visible for a long distance. Cheerful and smiling face of Fadnavis and other leaders and BJP flags only filled the sight. A Fathaka Show was organised at Coffee House Square by the party workers. At Jerryl Lawns, Dr Avinash Banait, Yash, Jerryl and Dr Jaishri Banait, and others presented a silver sword and a special Maratha turban to the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The road from Khamla Square to Shankar Nagar Square, had adorned a new look with beautifully drawn colourful rangolis of BJP's party symbol of Lotus. Vaishnav Shimpi Samaj group performed bhajans and kirtans near Police Training School. Countless many organisations and overwhelming crowd of people gave one an impression as if the Orange City as a whole was celebrating the occasion. As the procession drew closer to Fadnavis' residence near Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, the massive crowd was being joined in by several huge tributary crowds. Trikoni Park had become the nucleus of the city's single activity of celebration. Corporator Prakash Towani and his team welcomed him at Sawarkar Nagar square, while Dilip Rathi and family welcomed him at Orange City Square.

At Trikoni Park, the enthusiasm of people could not be bound by police barricading and bandobast. The restriction of space also could not deter Nagpurians from giving it a try to fit in the dense crowd. The illumination across the city was such that even the falling night appeared to have held back its dark, to welcome the city's son Devendra Fadnavis. After Fadnavis' felicitation also, till late night, the city streets were still flooded with people.

Though it was well past midnight, the city's mood remained upbeat. For, the city treated the celebration and massive reception given to Fadnavis, not as an end of celebration but a beginning of an era of deliverance. Near Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhanraj Fuse and others presented him a broom for Swachh Bharat Mission to Fadnavis. The girls wearing traditional sarees also welcomed him at various squares. At Laxmi Bhavan Square, the party workers weighed him with notebooks under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole. Baba Maind, Jaiprakash Gupta, and others were present on the occasion. Tejinder Singh Renu, Gopal Bohare, Avinash Thakre, Chandan Goswami, Sanjay Bhende, Ramesh Mankar, Girish Deshmukh, Munna Yadav, Brijbhushan Shukla, Zahir Bhai, Jaiprakash Parekh, Dinesh Sahu and many others were present prominently.

CM visits Dr Hedgewar Memorial

Visiting Dr Hedgewar memorial at Wardha Road was the first stop in the five-hour long rally of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was accompanied by Mayor Pravin Datke, and other office-bearers of the BJP. Paying his tribute, the young Chief Minister described the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a great patriot and his inspiration. Fadnavis will visit Smruti Mandir, Reshimbagh, at 9.30 am on Monday. Fadnavis visits Deekshabhoomi

Newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Deekshabhoomi and paid tributes to Gautam Buddha and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. He garlanded the statues of Buddha and Dr Ambedkar. He paid respects before the urn containing ashes of Dr Ambedkar.

Sadanand Fulzele, Secretary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, welcomed Fadnavis by presenting a bouquet. A painting of Deekshabhoomi also was presented him by the Samiti. Bhante Surei Sasai, Dr Rajendra Gavai, Anand Fulzele, Vilas Gajghate, Sudhir Fulzele, Vijay Chikate, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Nana Shamkule, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, former Minister Adv Sulekha Kumbhare, former Deputy Mayor Sandeep Jadhav, Castribe Mahasangh President Krishna Ingle also were present on this occasion.

Earlier, Fadnavis stopepd his convoy at Laxmi Nagar Square and got into another car to reach Deekshabhoomi where a huge crowd of thousands welcomed him with slogans, as many surged forward to shake hands with the young leader.

Grand public felicitation after Vote of Confidence

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a grand public felicitation of new Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after his Government wins the vote of confidence on the floor of Legislative Assembly. The confidence motion is scheduled on November 12. Sanjay Bangale, former BJP corporator, said that the party was planning to accord a grand felicitation to Devendra Fadnavis at Kasturchand Park ground in presence of a galaxy of leaders from Centre and State.

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'Saraswati' batchmates accord grand reception to Devendra Fadnavis

Old memories rekindled when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was given a rousing reception at Shankar Nagar Square by his batchmates, against backdrop of their alma mater---Saraswati Vi... Read More
Old memories rekindled when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was given a rousing reception at Shankar Nagar Square by his batchmates, against backdrop of their alma mater---Saraswati Vidyalaya. The 1985 batch of Saraswati Vidyalaya gave a rousing reception to Fadnavis who thanked his school friends.

The Chief Minister’s response enthused his batchmates who extended him an invitation to attend the school reunion planned on December 9 next. In fact, throughout the rally route that Fadnavis took from airport to his home in Dharampeth, he got down from atop the chariot to mix with his school friends.

The friends of Fadnavis who gathered at Shankar Nagar Square included Rakesh Purohit, Adv Nandkishore Dubey, Sanjay Kulkarni, Vivek Mishra, Mukul Barhanpure, Radha Chimurkar, Jayshree Kale, Dr Nishit Vijayan, Vinit Sondhi, Swati Agrawal, G V Iyer, Shashank Kulkarni, Alok Yadav, Milind Soman, Shailendra Agrawal, Chandrashekhar Kutumbe, Asad Firdosi, Shantanu Deshmukh and several others.

Raj Bhandar, run by Fadnavis’ school time batchmate, too, joined the celebrations by distributing 51 kg sweets at Laxmibhuvan Square.

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Devendra Fadnavis gets down to work; to review MIHAN progress today

Within a few days of taking over as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has got down to work. Barely a day after getting a historic reception in his home-town, Fadnavis has called ... Read More
Within a few days of taking over as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has got down to work. Barely a day after getting a historic reception in his home-town, Fadnavis has called a meeting to take stock of progress of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), the most ambitious project of Vidarbha region.

The meeting to review progress of MIHAN and Special Economic Zone will be held on Monday at 10 AM at Ramgiri, the official residence of Chief Minister in Nagpur.

Fadnavis has been raising various issues pertaining to the project for long on the floor of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, as an MLA from the Opposition side. He is well aware of hurdles in the path of MIHAN-SEZ and the persistent issue of power supply. After taking over as Chief Minister also, he is aware of the significance of MIHAN-SEZ project for Nagpur as well as entire region of Vidarbha. Hence, he has called the meeting, in less than a day after his maiden arrival in the city.

A task-master, Fadnavis has also called a meeting of all the Government agencies in Nagpur Division on Monday. After the meeting regarding MIHAN project, Fadnavis will chair the meeting of various projects in Vidarbha region. The heads of various agencies concerned will be making power-point presentation on status of these projects. Fadnavis may announce several important decisions after the meeting, during ‘Meet the Press’ programme of Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) at 6 PM at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan.

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Devendra will create history: Purohit

Speaking on behalf of city of Nagpur, former MP and senior BJP leader Banwarilal Purohit described Devendra Fadnavis as “only honest Chief Minister after late Yashwantrao Chavan.”

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Speaking on behalf of city of Nagpur, former MP and senior BJP leader Banwarilal Purohit described Devendra Fadnavis as “only honest Chief Minister after late Yashwantrao Chavan.”

Purohit predicted that Fadnavis would create history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up a real jewel and Nagpur’s best gift to Maharashtra will bring real change and expedite development. People should co-operate with the Chief Minister in finishing corruption and expose tainted persons and vested interests to make Maharashtra the country’s Number One State.

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Hero comes home

Publicly declaring his commitment to flush out corruption from public life, especially from Government decision-making process, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised to strengthen ins... Read More
Publicly declaring his commitment to flush out corruption from public life, especially from Government decision-making process, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised to strengthen institution of Lokayukta to keep effective check on graft at higher places. “I want to give a clean, speedy and efficient government and I will never allow your head to hang in shame and will discharge this great responsibility with best possible manner,” Fadnavis asserted.

Overwhelmed by massive public reception accorded to this illustrious son of the soil by Nagpurians on his maiden arrival, Fadvanis made a passionate bid to empower the oversight mechanism and watchdog bodies.

Addressing thousands of citizens at the specially created pandal in front of his residence in Dharampeth, Fadnavis thanked Nagpurians for making and shaping his political career and vowed not to compromise with ideals and principles just to stay in power.

Senior BJP leader and former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sameer Meghe, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sudhakar Kohle, Ashish Deshmukh, Mallikarjun Reddy, Vikas Kumbhare, MLCs Anil Sole, Nago Ganar, Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar, senior corporator Sandip Joshi, Sanjay Bangale, Rajesh Bagdi, Jaiprakash Gupta, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, BJP District chief Dr Rajiv Potdar, Girish Deshmukh, Amruta Devendra Fadnavis, Maya Iwnate and others were present on the dais.

People will feel the difference in Governance from day one. The disappointing experience of citizens with Government and red-tape will become a thing of past and Government will ensure speedy redressal of grievance by enacting the Right to Service Act by empowering citizens to demand service from official machinery within stipulated period, Fadnavis stated.

The former Government took some decisions in tearing hurry in last days which require additional sum of Rs 52,000 crore and fiscal condition of State is not very good, Fadnavis stated while appraising citizens about the fiscal mess created by Democratic Front Government. “However, we will not be cowed down by such crisis and will find way out effectively by undertaking major policy decisions to ensure quality spending and curb wasteful expenditure,” Fadnavis stated while invoking legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Commenting upon agrarian crisis and growing regional imbalance, the Chief Minister, a passionate champion of equitable development, reiterated his commitment to honour constitutional promise to help backward regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada. State Government will take help of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to take maximum benefit of central government schemes to provide fruits of development to backward region, he added.

Sandip Joshi compered the programme while Sanjay Bangale proposed a vote of thanks.

Mayor Datke, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, and Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar garlanded him on behalf of the Orange City. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit also welcomed him.

‘I believe in T20’

“I am a firm believer in efficiency and speed and like T20 match. On every ball I want to score more and I feel, this is the last ball of last over,” Fadnavis stated while making his intentions clear to remove policy paralysis from the governance and bring Maharashtra back on the track of development.

MIHAN to get pace

Fadnavis, who relentlessly pursued MIHAN project, also listed expediting the much-delayed project as his top priority and stated that as Chairman of MADC he will review the MIHAN project during a special meeting on Monday and try to remove all stumbling blocks.

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HC asks Divisional Commr to visit Shegaon, submit report

After getting acquainted with the Government Pleader Bharati Dangre’s response to the amicus curiae, Firdos Mirza’s intimation to the Court about disappointing progress in various projects ... Read More
After getting acquainted with the Government Pleader Bharati Dangre’s response to the amicus curiae, Firdos Mirza’s intimation to the Court about disappointing progress in various projects for improving conditions, development and beautification of Shegaon -- pilgrim center for thousands of pilgrims -- Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court here concentrated on ways and means to get desired results, during hearing of a PIL filed by Anandilal Bhutada and Suresh Jaipuriya.

Government Pleader stated that by visiting Shegaon personally the Government officials including the Divisional Commissioner, Amravati, and other interested persons -- lawyers etc can study and pay attention to various impediments like court’s interim orders, which have blocked the progress in the right directions. She appeared confident about good results flowing from such a visit.

The Court has directed Divisional Commissioner to go to Shegaon with some top State PWD official to go through the status of various planned projects and report to the Court in two weeks regarding problems in implementation and solutions he proposes to overcome them. The Court will hear the PIL further on November 19.

Advocates Naresh Saboo (Municipal Council, Shegaon) and Arun Patil (Gajanan Maharaj Deosthan) represented the respondents.

State Govt free to decide PDKV’s representation: Apex Court

The Chief Justice and Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri at the Supreme Court in New Delhi, have clarified that State Government in Maharashtra is free to decide representation of the appellant Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola, despite pendency of its appeal before the Apex Court. The Court has also stated that PDKV’s recently filed two appeals will be heard with the main appeal. Through its appeal, PDKV has challenged the order passed by the High Court in Nagpur on October 21, 2011 in PIL 34/2010 and WP 125/2011. The High Court had directed by its impugned order, demolition of the building constructed by the appellant-University at Survey No 84 in Nagpur.

The High Court’s direction is for PDKV to hand over the possession of the said building to Nagpur Municipal Corporation, which would seal the same. As a result, that building is lying unused and no maintenance of that building is possible. Now the appellants have shown readiness to use the building for the purpose it is reserved in the Development Plan of the Nagpur City. Originally, the building was constructed to house a communication center for the farmers. Now, PDKV has moved the Court for interim directions regarding the use of the building. Senior counsel Shekhar Naphade with Advocates Manish Pitale and Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the appellant PDKV.

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Two NCDC delegates save man’s life at city airport

Two delegates of ‘Traindia-2014’ leadership conclave at city-based National Civil Defence College (NCDC) saved a precious life at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here through Card... Read More
Two delegates of ‘Traindia-2014’ leadership conclave at city-based National Civil Defence College (NCDC) saved a precious life at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here through Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a procedure they got trained in.

The delegates were at the airport to catch Delhi-bound flight 6E-592 of Indigo on Saturday. Phoolchand Choudhary, Deputy Controller of Civil Defence, along with N K Pradhan, Deputy Chief Warden, both from Jaipur (Rajasthan) noticed a person collapsing in front of them, while standing in the queue for check-in. The man’s wife started crying.

Choudhary and Pradhan both checked the man and immediately moved him to the security lounge and started giving him CPR. The resuscitation provided by Choudhary revived the person and he was then moved to hospital in an ambulance. According to Dr G S Saini, Director of NCDC, the college trains all its officers in Basic Life Support skills that can save many lives. These highly skilled volunteers, nearly six lakh in number, are spread across the entire country and led Civil Defence Deputy Controllers in respective districts.

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NMC taking action against property tax defaulters

Lambasted by Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has swung into action. The department has started confiscation of properties of p... Read More
Lambasted by Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has swung into action. The department has started confiscation of properties of property tax defaulters in the city. The team of Laxmi Nagar Zone recovered Rs 95 lakh from eight property tax defaulters on Saturday.

The team also seized three houses for pending dues. The team seized open plot of Dilip Korde for recovering Rs 1.37 lakh, Chandrakant Sateja (Akash Classes) for recovering Rs 15 lakh. The team also recovered Rs 1.30 lakh from an open plot.

The team took action under leadership of Assistant Commissioner Ganesh Rathod. The other team members were Dhankar, Shrikhande, Narnawre, Rokde, Fulzele, Dhanorkar, Dhumal and Shegaokar.

Meanwhile, the team of Ashi Nagar Zone seized 10 properties for recovering dues from defaulters.

The team seized tower at Vedprakash Khanuja’s house for Rs 7 lakh dues, ICICI Bank ATM at Bharat Petroleum Pump for recovering Rs 3.34 lakh, HDFC Bank ATM from Bharat Petroleum Pump for recovering Rs 7.41 lakh, Chandan Industries Limited for Rs 1.42 lakh, Ashok Engineering Works for recovering Rs 72,000, Jai Kalal Samaj for Rs 3.29 lakh, Madho Vatsalya for Rs 1.17 lakh, Narayandas Agrawal for Rs 6.17 lakh, Tower Vision India Private Limited for Rs 13.54 lakh, and Ishwaridevi Valesa for recovering dues of Rs 60,000.

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Complete work of admin building floor by month-end: Wardhane

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed the civic administration to complete the work of first floor of C-Wing of new Administrative Building by the end of this month.

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Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed the civic administration to complete the work of first floor of C-Wing of new Administrative Building by the end of this month.

Along with a battery of officers, Municipal Commissioner took stock of the progress of work of Administrative Building on Saturday. Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar also accompanied Wardhane. It may be mentioned here that NMC is constructing the building since 2004-2005. Municipal Commissioner reviewed the work of interior design on the First Floor of C-Wing. The work of modular furniture for officers’ cabin and other work is going on at snail’s pace. The installation work of fire equipment is over and electrification work is near completion. Wardhane directed the officials concerned to complete the work by the end of this month so that the First Floor is ready for use.

Executive Engineer Manoj Talewar was present prominently during the visit of Municipal Commissioner. Accounts Department will be shifted in C-Wing. City Engineer Sanjay Gaikwad, Executive Engineer (E) Sanjay Jaiswal, Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Dhamecha also were present during the inspection.

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‘Bring ‘White Paper’ on backlog of Vid’

With the new BJP Government taking over in Maharashtra, Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) is organising an event to give information to newly elected Legislators of Vidarbha regarding i... Read More
With the new BJP Government taking over in Maharashtra, Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) is organising an event to give information to newly elected Legislators of Vidarbha regarding injustice meted out to the region during last 15 years’ rule of Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government.

The event will be held during winter session of State Legislature in the city, at VSDB Hall. Informing about the event and issues concerning Vidarbha, VSDB Expert Member Adv Madhukarrao Kimmatkar demanded that the new Government should bring out ‘White Paper’ on backlog, irrigation, agricultural pumps, and other important issues of Vidarbha. Adv Kimmatkar told mediapersons on Saturday that many newly elected legislators did not have any idea about backlog, and step-motherly treatment meted out to Vidarbha by the State Government for years together. He will inform them about obstacles in the path of development of Vidarbha. “Maharashtra has 58 per cent forest, of which maximum is in Vidarbha. Gadchiroli district has maximum 85 per cent forest,” he said.

Kimmatkar suggested fast action on increasing irrigation potential in Vidarbha to stop farmers’ suicides. The new Government should remove backlog of agricultural pumps, and load-shedding of power from Vidarbha. It is the duty of the Government to comply to the directives of Governor, but the Government had been neglecting the Governor’s directives, alleged Kimmatkar.

In spite of provisions in Constitution of India for providing jobs to 23.3 per cent on the basis of region’s population, the Government could provide only 8-10 per cent jobs to Vidarbha youths. He said, the Government should ensure that backlog does not increase in coming days and present backlog is removed.

The Government should also pay attention towards ex-Malguzari tanks in the region and give special attention towards Naxal-affected talukas of the region. Central Government is allocating ample funds to the State and it should be provided to backward region of Vidarbha. The Government should take steps for increasing industrialisation in the region. Kimmatkar hoped that Fadnavis would move a proposal for statehood to Vidarbha. He said, new Government should initiate probe into diversion of funds meant for Vidarbha to other areas.

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Noted centenarian artist Nana Gokhale no more

VETERAN painter Narayan alias Nana Vasudev Gokhale, the man who set an example of how to live life King Size, bid farewell to the mortal world on Saturday. He was 103 years and five months old.... Read More
VETERAN painter Narayan alias Nana Vasudev Gokhale, the man who set an example of how to live life King Size, bid farewell to the mortal world on Saturday. He was 103 years and five months old. The person, who lived his life to the fullest by painting until the last day of his life, breathed his last at around 1 am on Saturday. Last rites were performed at Ambazari ghat. Prominent personalities from the field of Art, Education and Literature attended the funeral. He leaves behind son Acharya Vivek Gokhale and a host of relatives to mourn the loss.

Nana Gokhale was closely associated with Basoli Group and Central India School of Fine Arts (CISFA). Young members of Basoli and youths of CISFA used to take inspiration from the veteran artist during various art workshops.

Born at Akola on June 3, 1911, Nana completed his education from Akola, Indore and Jabalpur and joined Daryapur’s Prabodhan Vidyalaya as a teacher in 1940s. He was felicitated with State Government’s Best Teacher award in 1972. He never took formal education of painting still he was master in painting landscapes and self-portraits. Nana painted more than 136 self-portraits -- arguably a world record.

After spending around six decades in Daryapur, Nana came to Nagpur in 2007. Until his last days, Nana was actively painting portraits and landscapes. He was regular participant and special attraction at various art camps organised by Basoli and CISFA.

Nana was also a good poet and author. Many of his books on subjects right from history of Daryapur to the Balgandharva’s Natya Sangeet hit the stands. ‘Sandhyasukte’, a poetry collection and ‘Thems Chya Tirawarun’ a collection of essays are very well appreciated.

Nana Gokhale was active and kicking until last day of his life. He took up the task to translate Samarth Ramdas Swami’s Dasboth in Sanskrit language. However, this remained incomplete as his health deteriorated.

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‘Governance will be fast, efficient, transparent’

Making it clear that there will be clear departure from the past , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated, he will be more interested in formulating policies and guidelines in tune with Narendra... Read More
Making it clear that there will be clear departure from the past , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated, he will be more interested in formulating policies and guidelines in tune with Narendra Modi government like affordable housing, transparency in citizen-government interaction and interface. The disappointing experience of citizens with Government and red-tape will be a thing of past and Government will ensure speedy redressal of grievance by enacting service delivery act by empowering citizens to demand service from official machinery within stipulated period, Fadnavis stated while asserting that Governance will undergo a major change and in sync with Modi’s vision to serve the population by inculcating efficiency, transparency and speed in the decision making process. Instead of resolving individual grievances and proposals, the government will be keen to lay down broad policy parameters to spell out road-map, he stated. The new Government will also take a fresh look at bifurcation of ministries by previous Congress-NCP regime, Fadnavis stated while interacting with journalists from Nagpur just before the first cabinet meeting.

There is a move to integrate PWD with MSRDC, all irrigation corporations with Water Resources, medical education with public health, integration of Revenue and Forests and even Human Resources Department on the lines of Centre by merging school, higher and technical education.

Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all powerful Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to oversee functioning of the Government and formulate and monitor governance process, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday mooted creation of a Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to keep a close watch on entire governance structure to ensure that every penny spent should amount to quality spending and not wasteful expenditure. I am studying the structure and whether best talent within the government having expertise in different arena can be absorbed in proposed CMO, Fadnavis informed.

This CMO will be nerve centre of State Government and will deal with major challenged faced by the Government and will naturally strengthen the institution of Chief Minister.

Fadnavis also welcomed the concept of decentralisation of decision making process for regions like Vidarbha and Marathwada. Nagpur already has CM office which functions only during winter session, and it can be made functional during remaining period and many issues can be tackled here. However, Fadnavis made it clear that he does not to create another layer of file-pushers and forwarding office, but wants to create a structure where most of the grievances can be redressed.

No mercy for toll mafia: CM

The new Government will not show any mercy towards toll mafia, Chief Minister declared. The agreements are lop-sided and in favour of BOT contractors and there is public outroar against existing toll contracts. “We will take legal opinion to ensure that contractors should not be benefitted from arbitration proceedings,” Fadnavis said.

The Government will review all toll projects and will crack whip against toll mafia and do everything possible to shut down toll booths which are not necessary.

However for incremental development, there are very few options and Government will study the entire issue and I have a plan ready to eventually make Maharashtra toll free, Fadnavis confidently stated.

‘Regional imbalance to be removed’

Declaring in crystal clear terms his unequivocal commitment to remove regional backlog, Fadnavis stated that his Government will follow in toto Constitutional mandate and will strive to remove backlog of all backward regions. About vexed issued of irrigation scam, delay in completion of projects especially in Vidarbha, Fadnavis declared that very soon he would announce major policy decision. There will be zero tolerance towards corruption.

Many suppressed reports will be out

The new Government has also decided to unlock many crucial and sensitive reports kept under wraps by the previous Congress-NCP regime for political reasons. Vijay Kelkar panel which studies the regional imbalance issue will be made public, Fadnavis stated while hinting that many such reports which were in custody of Government will finally see light of the day.

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City gears up to welcome CM Devendra Fadnavis

Sunday will be a historic day for Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis, the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city, will arrive here on Sunday after taking up the top job. To accord a rousing welco... Read More
Sunday will be a historic day for Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis, the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city, will arrive here on Sunday after taking up the top job. To accord a rousing welcome to this son of the soil, the Orange City is all geared-up with huge banners, posters, hoardings, gantries, events, and enthusiasm.

For the first time, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed the Government in Maharahstra and the party’s first Chief Minister belongs to Nagpur. As per the official programme, Fadnavis will arrive at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 4.30 pm by a special flight. Immediately after grand welcome by the party workers, Fadnavis will proceed in a procession to Dr Hedgewar Memorial near the airport at 4.50 pm. At 5.45 pm, the procession will reach Deekshabhoomi, where the new Chief Minister will pay tributes. At 6 pm, the procession will reach Trikoni Park near Fadnavis’ residence in Dharampeth. There, he will be accorded a grand felicitation.

Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, MP Ajay Sancheti, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Milind Mane, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sameer Meghe, Ashish Deshmukh, Mallikarjun Reddy, Sudhir Parwe also will participate prominently in the procession.

Ahead of maiden visit of Fadnavis after taking over as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Orange City was all decked up for the ‘extended celebrations of Diwali’. The police machinery made high-level security arrangements along the entire stretch from airport to his residence. At Fadnavis’ residence, the designation on the name-plate was changed from ‘South-West Nagpur MLA’ to ‘Chief Minister’. Similarly, the plaque with Devendra Fadnavis’ name was put up outside Ramgiri, the official residence of Chief Minister.

The enthusiastic citizens and party workers also have made huge arrangements for showering blessings and welcoming him at every square and corner of the city. The party workers erected huge welcome gates throughout various roads right from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport to his Dharampeth residence. Ahead of maiden visit of Fadnavis on Sunday, a meeting was held at BJP office here on Saturday. MLA Krishna Khopde chaired the meeting called for reviewing arrangements of grand reception of Fadnavis in the city. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLC Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Dr Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, and Prabhakar Yeole, Rajesh Bagadi, Pramod Pendke, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Girish Vyas, and Avinash Thakre were present in the meeting.

BJP PRO Chandan Goswami informed mediapersons that thousands of party workers would remain present at the airport to welcome him. After grand welcome at airport, Fadnavis will be seated on a huge chariot from airport and the procession will pass through the route -- Hedgewar Smarak near Hotel Pride, Chhattrapati Square, Sawarkar Nagar Square, Orange City Square, Jerryl Lawns Square, Laxmi Nagar Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Laxmi Bhavan Square, Coffee House Square, Dharampeth. He will also pay a visit to Deekshabhoomi. Former corporator Baba Maind said, the party workers will weigh Fadnavis with note-books, which will be distributed to slum-dwelling students later. Dr Avinash Banait will present Fadnavis a sword and turban like the one worn by Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Jerryl Lawns Square.

Corporators Sandip Joshi and Gopal Bohare also will remain present on this occasion. Corporator Prakash Totwani will distribute sweets, and workers will dance to the tunes of sandal at Sawarkar Nagar Square. Former Standing Committee chief of NMC Avinash Thakre and Bhuru Shukla also have organised a special reception of Fadnavis at Wardha Road. The party workers will perform Aarti at every prominent square and dance on the beats of drums.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will meet with all well-wishers, friends, and party workers at a huge pandal erected in front of his Trikoni Park residence in Dharampeth. BJP and the administration have made all preparations for his gigantic welcome in the city.

Hoardings welcoming Devendra Fadnavis, the new Chief Minister, were on display near his house at Trikoni Park and also in various parts of the city. A huge pandal was erected at Trikoni Park ground for felicitation ceremony. Fogging vehicle moving in various areas, roads being repaired and carpeted, police bandobast, BJP flags etc dominated the scene in the city on Saturday. Some of the volunteers including Kunal Moitra, Pravin Bansod and others were working hard in absence of Nachiket Pimpalapure, Kumar, Chhotu Dabholkar, Atul, Chetan, and other members of the staff of Fadnavis. Meanwhile, BJP appealed to the people to just shower flower-petals on Fadnavis and not present him garlands, bouquets as the police administration has banned these citing security reasons. The procession will not stop mid-way anywhere, stated a release issued by BJP. Sanjay Bangale, Kishor Wankhede, Virendra Kukreja, Kailas Chute, Guddu Trivedi, Bunty Kukde, Kirtida Ajmera, Dharmapal Meshram and others appealed to the people to follow the instructions of police and the administration.

NMC prunes trees on route of procession Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) chopped trees along the roads leading from airport to Chief Minister’s residence in Dharampeth. The trees were pruned on the route of grand reception procession of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The team of Garden Department trimmed trees to make road safer for the procession.

Sindhi Panchayat

Nag Vidarbha Central Sindhi Panchayat and other Sindhi organisations will felicitate Chief Minister Fadnavis at his residence. Panchayat Chief Vijay Kewalramani, Pratap Motwani, Dr. Vinky Rughwani, Murlidhar Sharma, Raju Sawlani, Kailash Kevalramani, Mahesh Maidhani, and others will present.

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SSW team raids Chandani Hotel, busts sex racket

COPS attached to Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Friday busted a sex racket at Chandani Hotel, Kamptee Road in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area and rescued eight young women... Read More
COPS attached to Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Friday busted a sex racket at Chandani Hotel, Kamptee Road in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area and rescued eight young women dragged into flesh trade by pimps. Police arrested the owner and Manager of Chandani Hotel for running the racket and providing young women to customers for self gains. Identified as Sunil Bapuraoji Makde (46) and Kishor Ramdasji Potbhare (26), the accused are the residents of Bhilgaon. Makde is owner of Chandani Hotel while Potbhare works as Manager. Acting on a tip off, Crime Branch officers sent a decoy to the hotel. Presuming him to be a customer, Makde and Potbhare provided a young woman after taking Rs 2,000 cash from him. The decoy then signalled the SSB team standing nearby. The team comprising PI B M Powar, API Amita Jaipurkar, PSI Kohale, ASIs Suresh Pandhre, Ramanand Thakur, and Govind Madne, HCs Pandurang Nikure, and Subhash Khedkar, NPCs Gopal Vaidya, Ajay Ghatod, Sayyed, WPCs Anita Dhurve, Asmita Meshram, Nita Dawre and PC Nilesh, under supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh and ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut raided the hotel. The team rescued eight women. Cops took Makde and Potbhare into custody. The rescued women were sent to Karuna Hostel. An offence under Sections 3,4,5 and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act against Makde and Potbhare at Yashodhara Nagar Police Station.

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Thick security cover near CM Devendra Fadnavis’ residence

AN unprecedented security blanket has been thrown in and around the Dharampeth residence of newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by the City Police. Fadnavis will arrive in the Secon... Read More
AN unprecedented security blanket has been thrown in and around the Dharampeth residence of newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by the City Police. Fadnavis will arrive in the Second Capital on Sunday on his maiden visit after becoming the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

BJP leaders, workers, bureaucrats, friends, relatives, well-wishers, office-bearers of different socio-political, business, industrial and sports organisations would be meeting Fadnavis at his Dharampeth residence near Trikoni Park. Traffic Branch of Nagpur City Police has made elaborate arrangements to avoid inconvenience to the public for the proposed felicitation programme of Fadnavis at Trikoni Park on Sunday. Single-lane parking arrangement has been made on Raosaheb Kashinath Fadnavis Marg, Dharampeth, Kanchan Kirti Lane to Hans Super Bazar, Suyash Medical Lane and Mama Road. Parking arrangement for the people attending the programme at Trikoni Park has been made at Tilak Nagar Ground near Canal Road. Parking of vehicles will be prohibited between Dharampeth Coffee Housing Square and Trikoni Park and between Laxmi Niwas Agrasen Marg and Trikoni Park from from 11 am till the programme is over.

Similarly, tight security arrangements have been made at ‘Ramgiri,’ the official residence of the Chief Minister.

Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena is supervising the security arrangements.

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Breach in Navegaon-Khairi canal to hit water supply

Localities in West, and parts of South and Central Nagpur will receive low pressure and restricted water supply from November 1 afternoon to November 2 afternoon, as the Right Bank Canal (RBC) of... Read More
Localities in West, and parts of South and Central Nagpur will receive low pressure and restricted water supply from November 1 afternoon to November 2 afternoon, as the Right Bank Canal (RBC) of Navegaon-Khairi dam developed a breach at village Nimba.

The breach is at 19 km from Navegaon-Khairi dam. The gates (to release water into the RBC) at Navegaon-Khairi Dam have been closed and water level in the canal was receding slowly on Friday evening. Due to this, only two pumps were operational from NMC-OCW’s Mahadula pumping station, and water supply would get affected by Saturday morning, stated a release issued by Orange City Water (OCW).

Water Resources Department had started the work to repair breach in the canal. The work was under progress and expected to be completed earliest by Saturday evening. Navegaon-Khairi Dam gates are expected to be opened on Saturday evening and water would be pumped to Mahadula only on November 2 afternoon.

Due to this, supply of potable water to various areas of the city will get affected adversely from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening as Pench-II pumping is directly dependent on supply from Mahadula raw water pumping station.

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LBT Deptt continues with search, seizure operations

Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continued with search and seizure operations. On Friday, it conducted search and seizure operation at M/s Shyam Sunder Stor... Read More
Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continued with search and seizure operations. On Friday, it conducted search and seizure operation at M/s Shyam Sunder Stores, near UCO Bank, Sitabuldi Main Road.

Shyam Sunder Stores is owned by Shankarlal Narayandas Kataria. LBT Department noticed that consignments of cloth were being imported by the firm without obtaining LBT registration. The search team did not found any documents or invoices pertaining to the business. The business/establishment exists for about 40 years.

Enforcement of LBT started from April 1, 2013. But, the dealer carried out the business without obtaining LBT registration and thus evaded taxes for about 18 months. The dealer has not maintained any record or accounts with regard to his business, stated a press release issued by LBT Department of NMC.

As per the inventory of goods recorded by the search team, goods worth approximately Rs 10 lakh were stocked in the shop. The search team had no other option sealed the establishment, added the release.

The action was initiated by LBT Officer Yadav Jambhulkar; Assistant LBT Officers Sanjay Mendule, Narayan Wankhede, Vilas Chahande, Ramesh Padghan, and Junior Inspectors Hore, Charde, Uke, and Samundre, under supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram, and valuable guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shhyam Wardhane and Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari. As per LBT Rule 9 (1), a dealer liable for registration cannot carry out a business within the city without obtaining LBT registration. LBT Department has observed that many dealers are purchasing and importing various goods without being registered under LBT. With the help of intelligence and information forwarded by dealers suffering from such practices, LBT Department has located and shortlisted many such dealers and shall initiate search and seizure action as per Section 152 (J) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, against all such dealers in future.

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Govt issues GR on gratuity, pension for social work college teachers

The teaching and non-teaching staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra, which are under Department of Social Justice and Special assistance, have finally heaved a sigh of relief. The depart... Read More
The teaching and non-teaching staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra, which are under Department of Social Justice and Special assistance, have finally heaved a sigh of relief. The department has issued Government Resolution (GR) on October 29, 2014 about their gratuity and pension scheme.

The fight for the pension and gratuity, like teachers under Higher Education Department was going on for several years. It is a grand victory for Maharashtra Association of Social Work Educators (MASWE), when it is celebrating completion of 20 years of existence.

The decision by Maharashtra Cabinet was taken on August 28, 2014, just before announcement of elections in the state. The cabinet decision was a fallout of two writ petition at Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and two at Bombay High Court. The State Government had moved Supreme Court against the decision of the Nagpur Bench directing the State Government to extend the retirement benefits to the teaching and non-teaching staff of these social work colleges, which are 51 in number. The Supreme Court, had rejected the State Government’s appeal and also the review petition. The issue was being followed consistently by MASWE.

President of MASWE Ambadas Mohite informed ‘The Hitavada’ about the good news for all the staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra. About 1,200 staffers from these colleges will be benefited. The Contributory Provident Fund will be applicable from the date of establishment of the concerned college. The pension for the staffer, appointed before November 1, 2005, will be computed from September 2, 1999. In the GR it has also been mentioned that the pensionery benefits will also be extended to those who have retired before September 2, 1999. However, the pension will be computed from the said date.

Mohite stated that some staff members died. This decision, however, will be helpful in supporting their spouse.

MASWE, which came to know about the GR on Friday, had another news to get overwhelmed. Their salary for the month of September, which was pending, was also released on Friday.

The Diwali festival for the social work college staffers, actually is beginning today.

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Notice to RTMNU on plea to accept thesis for evaluation for PhD degree

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have issued notice to the respondent -- Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), to show cause by... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have issued notice to the respondent -- Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), to show cause by November 25 next in reply to a writ petition filed by Nanaji Raghunath Umathe, a college teacher at Narkhed, who has already retired on April 30, 1999 after attaining 60 years of age.

The petitioner moved the Court for direction to the respondent-University to accept his thesis for Ph D degree for evaluation. According to the petitioner, it was obligatory for the University to accept three copies of hand-written thesis submitted by the petitioner on May 18, 2006, because provisions of Clause 12 (a) of Ordinance 43 permit the submission of hand-written copies. The petitioner stated that the University was not justified to reject his request for fresh registration on the alleged ground that as he had already retired, he could not be treated as a teacher-candidate.

It was contended on behalf of the petitioner that it was obligatory for the University to adopt reasonable and rational approach. The actions and decisions of the University are arbitrary and run counter to the Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

In order to avoid technical issues, the petitioner had submitted application for fresh registration. The petitioner was an approved Principal and had retired from service. Hence, it was not open for the University to contend that being retired the petitioner was not a teacher-candidate. The person who has retired as teacher, continues and is treated as teacher. It is strange that when rights of teachers are to be decided, a convenient way out is adopted and stated that retired teachers are not entitled for exemptions available to teacher in service. The petitioner also prayed for quashing the order of November 26, 2008, passed to refuse fresh registration.

Advocate B G Kulkarni appeared for the petitioner.

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Civil Defence, disaster management must be strengthened: Bedi

During the two-day 'Traindia-2014' leadership conclave organised by National Civil Defence College (NCDC) here, renowned social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi stressed upon the need... Read More
During the two-day 'Traindia-2014' leadership conclave organised by National Civil Defence College (NCDC) here, renowned social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi stressed upon the need to strengthen the Civil Defence and disaster management mechanism in the country.

Addressing the participants from across the country, Bedi said that there was no need to have an independent department in this regard. Already, she said, there are good mechanisms and these need to be strengthened. She appreciated NCDC for organising a thought-provoking conclave. With change in the nature of disasters, the response mechanism also should evolve, she added. She stressed on preparing the community as better responders to disaster situations, and also on the need for training the trainers.

The conclave was organised to explore and reinvent the leading role for Civil Defence in disaster risk reduction and community preparedness. R R Verma, Director General of Civil Defence, Home Guards, and Fire Services, was the chief guest at the inauguration of the conclave on Thursday. Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chancellor, KIMS Deemed University, Karad was the guest of honour and key-note speaker.

Dr G S Saini, Director of NCDC, chaired the session on Friday. Rajesh Chaudhary, Deputy Director of NCDC also shared the dais. Bedi released a CD prepared by NCDC on Civil Defence, on this occasion.

In his speech, Dr Saini said that for Civil Defence organisation to grow to its full potential, leadership training was necessary. This would groom effective leadership that will help empower a resilient community. The effective leadership will build trust and provide an avenue for community participation as well as reciprocity. The conclave was an effort towards building competencies amongst community members of Civil Defence to build faith, instill confidence, and lead the process of survival during disasters, he said. Dr Saini felicitated Bedi with memento.

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Run, March Past mark National Unity Day

Enthusiastic Nagpurians flooded the roads in the Orange City on Friday morning, as they carried the message of national unity while participating in the 'Run for Unity' event organised to mark Na... Read More
Enthusiastic Nagpurians flooded the roads in the Orange City on Friday morning, as they carried the message of national unity while participating in the 'Run for Unity' event organised to mark National Unity Day. The event was organised to mark birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Thousands of Nagpurians including administrative officers, Government employees, sportspersons, students, National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, policemen, and even senior citizens participated in the grand event. The youngest participant was 10-years-old, who participated on skates; while the senior citizens were in the age group of 75 years and above.

At the outset, all the participants gathered at Samvidhan Square. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, administered the oath of national unity to the participants. Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner; Vijay Santan, Deputy Director (Sports); Appasaheb Dhulaj, Deputy Commissioner also shared the dais on this occasion.

After administering the oath, the 'Run for Unity' was flagged off. Thousands of Nagpurians participated in the event that was organised to enlighten the younger generation of unparalleled work done by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who played a key role in integrating various royalties with India soon after the country won Independence from the British Raj. The run started from Samvidhan Square (RBI Square) and passed through Akashwani Square, VCA Square, NIT Square, LIC Square, before concluding at the point of start. Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector; Girish Joshi, J B Sangitrao, Prakash Patil, Dilip Sawarkar, Asha Pathan, Anita Meshram, all Deputy Collectors; Ajay Ramteke, Deputy District Election Officer; Sujata Gandhe and other senior officers also participated in the event.

Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner, and Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings of oath-taking ceremony. Meanwhile, in another programme Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, administered the oath of unity to officers. In a programme held in Video Conferencing Hall of District Collectorate, Abhishek Krishna paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and first Home Minister of country Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, by garlanding portraits of both the leaders.

Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector; Dilip Sawarkar, Girish Joshi, J B Sangitrao, Prakash Patil, Sujata Gandhe, Asha Pathan, Anita Meshram, all Deputy Collectors; Anil Gavit, Tehsildar were present prominently on this occasion.

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Diwali deja vu as Fadnavis takes oath as CM

It was a moment the city had waited for with bated breath. Its very own man, a leader with such an impeccable career graph, was all set to be anointed as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. ... Read More
It was a moment the city had waited for with bated breath. Its very own man, a leader with such an impeccable career graph, was all set to be anointed as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. And so, when at 4.30 pm, Devendra Fadnavis stood on that grand dais at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and began with the words, “I, Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis...”, the Orange City got unleashed in a festive frenzy. Bursting of firecrackers, distribution of sweets, all the dancing and several rallies followed till late in the night.

Unlike expectation, there was a thin crowd around Fadnavis’ house near Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, because all family members had gone to Mumbai to attend the swearing-in ceremony. But the little crowd present had no dearth of enthusiasm. Pravin Bansod, a Devendra supporter, was welcoming people. Some people waved the BJP flag, some raised slogans, some burst fire-crackers, and almost everyone was dancing. Sitabuldi Police Station’s PI Sanjay Vernekar and his team were positioned to avoid any untoward incident.

At Laxmibhavan Square, a big LCD screen was put up by Sulabh Gupta, noted businessman. “Around 1,000 people gathered at the square to watch the ceremony live,” Gupta said.

Ajay Sharma, owner of Indore Namkeen, said Laxmibhavan Square should be called CM Square as ‘Deven’ would often visit the square to buy paan from a kiosk in the area. Zahirbhai and his team presented songs and also distributed ladoos and fruits among the people.

Tushar Kothari of Kothari Automobiles, an ex-NCP members who joined BJP just three months ago, was also full of enthusiasm. “With Fadnavis becoming CM, everything is about to change. The road leading to the square was in pathetic condition, but the repairs have started already to make it ready before Fadnavis returns on November 2,” said Kothari.

In front of BJP office at Panchsheel Square, there were women playing fugadi sprinkling gulal. Former Mayors including Dr Kalpana Pandey and Vasundhara Masurkar also participated in the celebrations. “It is a matter of great pride for Nagpurians as our own man has become the Chief Minister of the state. The celebrations are like Diwali after Diwali,” they said.

Vicky Kukreja, North Nagpur BJP President, was at Mumbai but his supporters left no stone unturned to celebrate the moment.

At the main market in Jaripatka, a big screen was put up. Sweets were distributed at various places including Kamal Chowk, Indora, Nara. Sanjay Chaudhary, corporator, looked after the arrangements in Nara. Kukreja said, “A common man has become a CM. This CM will resolve issues of the common man. Development will take place in gunthewari sector.”

A screen had been put up in Badkas Chowk as well and the area had been decorated with saffron flags. Residents and BJP volunteers burst fire-crakers.

Jain Kalar Samaj Madhyavarti Mandal

Jain Kalar Samaj Madhyavarti Mandal has passed resolution to congratulate Devendra Fadnavis. Mandal has expressed that Fadnavis should give priority to the development of Nagpur. The members and office-bearers of Mandal were present in the meeting. They include Ravindra Duragkar, Anandrao Thaware, Bhushan Dadve, Wasudev Gosewade and others.

BJP, Nagpur Mahanagar

The people have celebrated near Rajendra Pande’s residence at Itwari Maskasath have celebrated the swearing-in-ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis on Friday. About 101 kg sweets were distributed. Suresh Patel, Prakash Suchak, Ghanshyam Mehta, Nirmal Guriya, Rohit Tanna, Hitesh Patel, Kushal Munot and others were present.

Arup Mukherjee and Dr Alka Mukherjee of Mukherjee Hospital have displayed screen at Bhandewadi where the oath taking ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis was shown from 4 pm onwards.

Harish Ganeshani, Executive Member of State Pharmacy Council has expressed his happiness and said that Fadnavis should put Nagpur’s development in his priority list.

Kailash Kewalramani, North Nagpur BJP functionary expressed his expectation that Fadnavis should do the development of this region which is experiencing backlog since long.

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Thick security cover around Fadnavis’ home

With anointment of Devendra Fadnavis as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the city police deployed a thick security cover in and around his Trikoni Park, Dharampeth residence. The top police b... Read More
With anointment of Devendra Fadnavis as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the city police deployed a thick security cover in and around his Trikoni Park, Dharampeth residence. The top police brass led by Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh personally visited the spot and reviewed the security arrangements. It was an indication that the place has become now a celebrity's home. Henceforth, this ever accessible home will now have round-the-clock security blanket to protect the new Chief Minister and his family members. The residents of Trikoni Park who were patiently waiting for this moment have decided to accord a rousing welcome to Fadnavis on November 2, when he is expected to come back to city as Chief Minister. CA Kunal Ekbote, a childhood friend of Devendra while welcoming the security arrangements said, “Now we can sleep easy as full police force will be here to take care of us.” Kunal and his family members were at the house of Fadnavis since afternoon till 9 pm. From 4.30 onwards people thronged Fadnavis's home. His brother Ashish and his family left for Mumbai today only to witness the younger siblings' selection and historical oath taking ceremony slated on Friday. Devendra's mother Sarita Fadnavis was very much at home to welcome the relatives, friends of Devendra, volunteers and the citizens of the area. She will leave for Mumbai on Wednesday morning to witness the oath taking ceremony of her young son who will also the first BJP Chief Minister of State. The office staff of Devendra including Kumar, Chetan, Atul Chhotu, were busy in welcoming the people, distributing sweets, informing people about the details of oath taking ceremony. Some vehicles have also been arranged for the close friends and relatives to go to Mumbai from his home. Kunal Moitra, his close volunteer who earlier used to work at his office said that most of the friends of Fadnavis have displayed hoardings to express happiness over the declaration of his name for the CM post. The social media was instantly flooded with congratulatory messages and people instantly flahsed their personal photo collection displaying warm relationship shared with new Chief Minister.

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City erupts in joy to celebrate historic moment

Nagpurians celebrated Diwali again on Tuesday evening after their beloved Devendra Fadnavis was elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. There w... Read More
Nagpurians celebrated Diwali again on Tuesday evening after their beloved Devendra Fadnavis was elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. There were celebrations across city and entire Vidarbha region and people burst crackers, distributed sweets and danced to the tune of sandals after their very close friend, leader and MLA from South-West Nagpur Devendra Fadnavis's name was formally announced by BJP top brass as the first Chief Minister of BJP in Maharashtra. Fadnavis will take oath of Chief Minister on October 31 at 4.30 pm at Wankhede Stadium.

For the first time in the history of Maharashtra, a youth from Nagpur has been selected for top job of the State. Devendra Fadnavis is not only the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from Nagpur as well as he is second youngest Chief Minister of the state.

Hundreds of citizens gathered near Fadnavis residence at Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, BJP Mahal office and at Regional office, Dhantoli to celebrate this historic moment. At Mahal, Itwari, Dharampeth, Sitabuldi, Ajni Square, Pratapnagar, Reshimbagh, Jaripatka, Central Avenue, Mecoasabagh, Kadbi square and other places of city, the party workers danced on the beats of sandal and distributed sweets. People also participated in the celebrations voluntarily. The people of Vidarbha welcomed his appointment and hoped that new Chief Minister will give justice to the backward region of Vidarbha. The women members of the party celebrated the moment on the beats of rthymic music before the house of Fadnavis in Dharampeth. Sanjay Phanje, Dr. Upendra Kothekar, Rajiv Hadap, Chandan Goswami, Ashwini Jichkar and other workers were present in large number.

City has lot of expectations: Mayor

Mayor Pravin Datke, who is in Mumbai to attend oath ceremony at Wankhede Stadium, said that Maharashtra has got energetic, visionary Chief Minister. He had worked as corporator, Mayor of Nagpur City and people of the city have lot of expectations from him. The State will progress under his leadership. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane welcomed his appointment.

Devendra has vision to lead Mah: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while talking to mediapersons at International Airport at Nagpur welcomed the selection of Fadnavis as next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This is a proud moment for Nagpur, he said and added that Fadnavis achieved this position with his dedication and hard work. He believed that under his leadership the state will develop fast and backward regions like Vidarbha, Konkan and Marathwada will get due justice. He said, Prime Minister Modi and himself will give complete support to him and ensure that he will emerge as most successful chief minister of Maharashtra.

Muttemwar welcomes Fadnavis’ anointment

Former MP Vilas Muttemwar welcomed his anointment and said, the Chief Minister has been elected from Vidarbha region after 22 years. This is a great honour for Nagpur and Vidarbha in general. Now, we hope that the good days of Vidarbha and Nagpur will begin as he know agony and difficulties of Vidarbha and Nagpur area. However, the demand of statehood to Vidarbha will go on backstage, he apprehended.

Vidarbha will get its due: Kimmatkar

Adv. Madhukar Kimmatkar, an expert Member of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) said this is a proud moment for Nagpur and Vidarbha. Devendra Fadnavis was always vocal about injustice meted out to Vidarbha in the legislative assembly. The people of the region have lot of hope from him and we believe that Vidarbha will be get separate statehood status under his able leadership.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule

Kamptee BJP MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Chief Amit Shah for appointment of Fadnavis as Chief Minister. He said, for the first time, Nagpur has got Chief Minister's post and it is proud moment for all Nagpurians.

Cutchi Memon Jamat

Cutchi Memon Jamat Jama Masjid, Nagpur welcomed the appointment of Fadnavis as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. President Altaf Ahmed said, it is most proud moment for all Nagpurians that the Chief Minister will be from our city. He congratulated for his success in future and hoped that Nagpur will be turnout to be world class city.

Sunil Duddhalwar

Former CREDAI President Sunil Duddhalwar also welcomed his appointment and believed that Fadnavis will make Nagpur as world classs city in future. BJP Uttar Bharatiya Sabha, Maharashtra General Secretary Sanjay Pande also hoped that Fadnavis can do lot of developments in the city.

Swatantryaveer Sawarkar Rashtriya Smarak

Arun Joshi, President of Swatantryaveer Sawarkar Rastriya Smarak gave best wishes to Fadnavis and hoped that he would work on the guidelines of late Sawarkar. Youth Force President Mikky Bakshi, BJP Uttar Bharatiya Sabha, Maharashtra General Secretary Sanjay Pande, BJP Khamla ward 69 Vice President Dr. Ram Kelapure, Navin Malewar, Piyush Joshi, Bacchu Paraswani, Shriram Mahakalikar, Chotu Borikar, city Vice President Bhusan Dabde, Sikandar Hussain, also welcomed appointment.

Vid Sindhi Vikas Parishad

Vidarbha Sindhi Vikas Parishad President Dr. Vinky Rughwani said, Fadnavis is very positive and responsive peron. He has deep understanding of the subject, a thorough gentleman and will fulfil the dream of Nagpurians.

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NMC proposes amendment in parking rules

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane gave hearing to 12 persons on proposed amendment in development control rules (DCR) for parking system. The local body has proposed amendment in rule 16 of D... Read More
Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane gave hearing to 12 persons on proposed amendment in development control rules (DCR) for parking system. The local body has proposed amendment in rule 16 of DCR under section 37 of MRTP Act, 1966. The rules were published on July 28 and Town Planning Department invited suggestion and objection on the proposed amendments. Municipal Commissioner heard the matter at NMC office. Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Superintending Engineer (NIT) Sunil Gujjalwar, Assistant Direction (TP) Satish Renge, Town Planner C M Zade, Deputy Engineers Rajesh Bhute, Mahesh Gupta, CREDAI President Prashant Sarode, Secretary Anil Nayar, former President Balbeersingh Renu, Dilip Bharade, Ashok Chandak, Rajendra Kulkarni, Vivek Vaidya, Ajit Gupta, Pankaj Dhawan, Subhash Kasulkar, Ashish Londe, and Rajesh Jaiswal were present. Commissioner assured them to send their objections and suggestions to Maharashtra Government.

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4 persons booked for defrauding city businessman of Rs 20 lakh

SADAR Police booked four persons, including one from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), for defrauding a city businessman to the tune of Rs 20 lakh and issuing life threats to him. The accused have... Read More
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Devendra will take Maharashtra to glorious heights, says proud mother

Sarita Fadnavis was a proud mother who cherished this moment with moist eyes confidently stated that her younger son would definitely make Maharashtra a glorious state. Speaking to mediapersons... Read More
Sarita Fadnavis was a proud mother who cherished this moment with moist eyes confidently stated that her younger son would definitely make Maharashtra a glorious state. Speaking to mediapersons, she vividly recalled journey of Devendra from a bubbly little boy to Chief Minister of big state like Maharashtra. Despite all odds, Devendra always maintained his cool, never compromised with his ideals and principles and his studiousness and spotless clean image carved a niche for himself and made family proud. He inherited qualities of his father late Gangadharrao and established a huge network of friends and well-wishers, she stated. His elder brother and me always supported him during his career, she said. I am confident that Devendra has capacity and capability to lead Maharashtra to glory, she proudly stated.

He has vision and really worked hard, says wife Amruta

Devendra’s wife Amruta, who is a senior Banking professional with Axis Bank, expressed happiness and joy. Devendra has been patient, maintained a clean image and has a visionary approach. He really worked hard and now that is paying off. I am very happy, she stated while bubbling with joy. Amruta along with daughter Divija watched the proceedings of BJP legislature party on television. Infact entire family was glued to television screens from the afternoon itsel