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Union Ministry of Power asks States to study Maharashtra pattern for R-APDRP

The Union Ministry of Power has acknowledged the excellent work done in Maharashtra in rolling out Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) and asked other State... Read More
The Union Ministry of Power has acknowledged the excellent work done in Maharashtra in rolling out Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) and asked other States to follow this model. Joint Secretary B N Sharma has asked distribution companies in States like Rajasthan and Tripura to study the R-APDRP model of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL or Mahavitaran) as it could be useful for them while implementing reforms in distribution network. Already, the load-shedding protocol of Mahavitaran has caught attention of power distribution companies in Tamil Nadu and Bihar.

The officers from distribution companies of these two states are interacting with Mahavitaran officers. They are also interacting with officers from Information Technology Department who have designed the system, which is working very efficiently. The system was applauded at national level and Mahavitaran is receiving many inquiries from other States battling power shortage. Central Government launched R-APDRP to improve country’s power distribution sector to have correct assessment of distribution losses, the collection efficiency, and similar parameters to ensure accurate planning.

Projects under this ambitious programme are taken up in two parts -- Part A including the projects for establishment of baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting/auditing and IT-based consumer service centres; and Part-B including regular distribution strengthening projects. The Part-B covers system improvement, strengthening and augmentation etc. Central Government has made a huge investment in this programme. In Maharashtra, Rs 324 crore will be spent in Part-A and Rs 3,468 crore in Part-B.

Mahavitaran added yet another feather to its cap when it supplied 16,194 MW power as against the highest demand of 17,020 MW on April 15. Mahavitaran got the highest demand for power in its history, and managed to supply 16,194 MW power. This is a record of sorts, stated a release issued by Mahavitaran. On April 8, Mahavitaran had supplied 16,000 MW. Since last few months, the company is successfully meeting increased demand for power in Maharashtra. Mahavitaran claimed that load-shedding is ‘history’ but it was being implemented only in the circles where recovery is very poor. This is being done to discipline the consumers in such identified pockets, which constitute only 15 per cent area. Load-shedding is based on transmission and distribution losses in these pockets -- where losses are 42 per cent and more in urban areas, and 45 per cent in rural areas.

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Four engg students lock themselves inside RTMNU Registrar’s chamber

After making number of attempts of ransacking the varsity premises, engineering students on Wednesday resorted to locking themselves inside the chamber of Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Mahara... Read More
After making number of attempts of ransacking the varsity premises, engineering students on Wednesday resorted to locking themselves inside the chamber of Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to press their demands. They came out of the room after about an hour.

The students who locked themselves in the Registrar’s chamber were identified as Rahul Dadmal, Akshay Yergude, Firoz Khan, Pappu Pramod Deshmukh, all activists of Prahar from Chandrapur. At the time of this unique agitation, the Registrar and the other officials of the varsity were at the High Court.

Since Anoop Kumar took over as acting Vice-Chancellor, he has been taking initiatives and conducting meetings to resolve the issue of engineering students. But before he could come out with a solution, the aggrieved students, on Wednesday, barged into the premises and tried to take the law into their hands. The representatives and leaders of various students welfare associations from Wardha, Chandrapur and Nagpur reached the university to press their long pending demands of “jumping facility” (The one which was sent by Academic Council to Governor, through which the students were supposed to get relaxation upto two preceding years or four preceding semesters). The students entered the varsity premises and directly went upstairs. Before anybody could understand, the agitating students barged into the chamber of the Registrar who had gone to High Court. To everybody’s surprise, the students locked themselves inside the chamber.

A team of Sitabuldi Police Station reached the spot on being informed. The cops’ attempts to bring the students out of the chamber went in vain. None of the university staffers tried to get in touch with the agitator and pacify them. Someone even tried to contact Bachchu Kadu, MLA and founder of Prahaar. After about an hour, the students came out of the chamber on their own. The team of policemen from Sitabuldi police, under the leadership of Police Inspector Sanjay Vernekar, swung into action and arrested the four students. They were taken to police station. Offence under Sections 353, 448 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against the quartet. Further investigations are on. Later, a delegation of the students led by former MLC S Q Zama discussed the issue with the police. The delegation raised the demand to resove the issue at the earliest.

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RTMNU avoids placing correct picture, observes HC

n HC imposes token fine on RTMNU officials for such deliberate action n No prohibition on admissions, Making it quite clear that the High Court never prohibited admission to students by th... Read More
n HC imposes token fine on RTMNU officials for such deliberate action n No prohibition on admissions, Making it quite clear that the High Court never prohibited admission to students by the 250 banned colleges or conducting examinations, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora, on one hand cleared a lot of confusion in the academic circles over these aspects and also commented on the other hand, with a lot of anguish that despite being given several opportunities to place correct picture on the issues involved, the RTMNU administration deliberately avoided to come clean. After lengthy hearing, the Court passed an interim order and besides other things imposed fine of Rs 101 on each RTMNU officer, who were party to such an exercise, payable to the Legal Services Sub-Committee of the High Court.

Continuously second day running, the Court conducted hearing of a bunch of petitions by 250 college managements, whose admissions to students were not processed by the University and these students were not permitted to appear in the examinations, as these colleges were found, not having even single qualified teacher. After hearing, the Court passed an interim order dealing with certain off-shoots of the controversy before it and left remaining issues for further hearing, consideration and appropriate directions to the hearing on April 24 next. After the petitioner, Sunil Mishra reported to the Court, in compliance with its order, that there have been several differences between the contents of documents given to the High Court on March 6, as originals of the material placed before the Academic Council, in its meeting of March 4 last and the copies of those documents given to Mishra, the Court tried to go to the roots of the allegations including the one by Mishra, that the charts containing the data regarding these 250 colleges were not prepared by the university administration. Those were prepared by the members of the Academic Council themselves in the manner, which suited them most.

During the hearing, it was also said that the university officials could not have prepared such charts at such a short notice and these could not have been verified by the two Academic Council Members, Dr Deshmukh and Dr Meghe, within 45 minutes period of adjournment, between two sessions of the Academic Council meeting on March 4, 2014.

Further, it was also remarked that as it is clear from the material placed before the Court regarding the Academic Council meeting that the charts were not ready beforehand, then it was also impossible to prepare those charts in that 45 minutes period. The Court referred to the record of the proceeding of the Academic Council meeting including charts and resolutions, presented before it for evaluation and stated that according to it, the record placed before the Academic Council was incomplete and nobody could have examined it in 45 minutes, therefore, Council’s Resolutions did not comply with the suggestions made by the Court through its orders of December 17, 21, 2013 and February 28, 2014.

The Court has noted with anguish that the university administration made attempts to push up non-genuine students and managements at the expense of genuine students and managements and because of that genuine persons suffered. The Court has stated that an extraordinary situation has been created by somebody to shield somebody. At one stage of the hearing concession came from the RTMNU counsel, that there is variance between the copies of the same documents. The Charts were prepared after the Court’s orders. To avoid responsibility these charts seem to have been prepared.

Advocate B G Kulkarni and others appeared for the petitioners. Senior Counsel A M Gordey with Adv. Sudhir Puranik and others (RTMNU) and AGP Deepak Thakare and Neeraj Patil (State) represented the respondent.

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FDA team seizes gutkha, paan masala, other material worth Rs 60,000

Nagpur Division of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Tuesday seized Jafrani Jarda, paan masala and machine of manufacturing ‘Kharra’ worth Rs 60,172 from M/S Baba Traders, near Gandhi Ga... Read More
Nagpur Division of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Tuesday seized Jafrani Jarda, paan masala and machine of manufacturing ‘Kharra’ worth Rs 60,172 from M/S Baba Traders, near Gandhi Gate Mahal.

As per the gazette notification FSSA/Gazette/777-2013/7 dated July 18, 2013, Government of Maharashtra has imposed a ban on sale, distribution, storage and transport of food items like gutkha, scented tobacco, scented supari, (betelnut) scented paan masala etc for one year. Nagpur FDA, on a tip of, raided the premises of M/S Baba Traders and seized the items. Food Safety Officer (FSO) A D Raut, R B Dhabarde, FSO Vigilance L P Soyam conducted the raid and registered an offense against Ramesh Arjundas Jasnani, a resident of Adarpur Apartment, Nara Road,Jaripatka, at Kotwali Police Station.

Police Sub Inspector Atram has registered an offense against Jasnani on the complaint of FSO Akhilesh Damodhar Raut under Section 188, 273 and 328 of the IPC, read with sub-section 3(I)(II)(V), 27(2) (IV) under the FSSA act. N R Wakode, Assistant Commissioner (Food) FDA has appealed the citizens to inform FDA about the sale, distribution or storage of gutkha, paan masala and scented supari on FDA’s phone number 2562204 to help administration to implement gutkha ban effectively in the city.

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HC appoints liquidator to attach properties of Mahadeo Land Developer

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has appointed Provisional Liquidator to take charge of all properties owned by M/s Mahadeo Land Developers. Justice Ravi K Deshpande, while hearing a winding-u... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has appointed Provisional Liquidator to take charge of all properties owned by M/s Mahadeo Land Developers. Justice Ravi K Deshpande, while hearing a winding-up petition filed by 47 aggrieved investors, directed Official Liquidator to immediately take charge of properties and assets owned by Mahadeo Land Developers floated by its promoter CA Pramod Agrawal.

Agrawal had promised astronomical returns on land to his investors and had lured thousands of gullible citizens who blindly invested their hard-earned money with him and purchased lands whose market value has nosedived once land bubble on Wardha Road was bust.

According to aggrieved investors, Agrawal had floated various finance schemes and promised to double the principle amount within 30 months. However, the amount was never returned and all investors were left in lurch. Agrawal was initially released on conditional bail on a promise that he would return the money, but he breached the commitment and now cooling heals behind the bar.

The Supreme Court had directed him to deposit Rs 30 crore as a pre-condition for grant of bail and Agrawal had failed to deposit even a farthing till date. Income Tax Department had also attached properties owned by Mahadeo Land Developers for tax default. The investors moved the High Court under Sections 433 and 434 of the Companies Act, 1956 for winding­up of Company and sought appointment of Official Liquidator as Provisional Liquidator. Initially, Agrawal raised a preliminary objection and claimed that the petition was premature, but the objection was rejected.

According to petitioner’s counsel Dhananjay Dhondarkar, the Mahadeo Land Developers was unable to pay its debt which were in the form of deposits to be returned to depositors along with the interest after expiry of the period. The High Court, in its order passed on December 21, 2012, had directed Mahadeo Land Developers to deposit Rs 50 lakh and till date no money was deposited. According to Advocate A P Raghute appearing for other respondents, the company was unable to pay the debts since record of the company are seized by Income Tax Department which contain about 572 sale deeds of Rs 450 crores. Justice Ravi Deshpande after hearing the company matter, held that Mahadeo Land Developers had failed to pay its debts to a creditor and there are sufficient grounds for appointment of Provisional Liquidator.

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Power supply imbroglio: Industries in MIHAN-SEZ threaten shut down

A day after Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited (AMNEPL) conveyed the decision to stop power supply to industries in MIHAN-SEZ area from April 17, members of MIHAN Industries Associatio... Read More
A day after Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited (AMNEPL) conveyed the decision to stop power supply to industries in MIHAN-SEZ area from April 17, members of MIHAN Industries Association threatened to shut down if the imbroglio over power supply was not resolved.

“If there is no power, how will we run our industries? If the imbroglio is not resolved soon and power is not supplied to industries in MIHAN-SEZ at reasonable rates, all our 22 industries will be forced to think about shut-down,” threatened Manohar Bhojwani, President of MIHAN Industries Association. Addressing a press conference at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan here on Wednesday, Bhojwani and other office-bearers of the Association said that though AMNEPL had announced to stop power supply from April 17, it had stopped supplying power from April 16 evening.

According to Bhojwani and others, the Association members discussed the issue of power supply with the senior officers of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC); and Satish Shrikhande, Senior General Manager of AMNEPL. However, they said, the deadlock continued. “It is surprising as to why MADC is not allowing the proposal for Open Access to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industries,” Bhojwani said. On one hand, said Bhojwani, MADC was not allowing Open Access proposal. On the other, it wanted the industries to get alternative power supply from State-run power utility MSEDCL. “If we get power from MSEDCL, it would be around Rs 12 to Rs 13 per unit. This is in stark contrast to what the MADC had promised in its marketing brochure. MADC had promised uninterrupted power supply at reasonable rates. If industries pay such a high amount as power tariff, how will they survive?” he asked. If industries in MIHAN-SEZ area closed down, around 10,000 people would lose employment, he added. Sudhir Paliwal, Vice-President of MIHAN Industries Association, alleged that political establishment wanted imbroglio to be unresolved. “There is a conspiracy to keep Vidarbha region deprived of industrial development. Similar things happened in cases of Butibori and Amravati industrial areas in the past,” he added. If MSEDCL could supply power at Rs 3-4 per unit to Mumbai-based private entity BEST, why was it bent upon charging Rs 13-14 per unit to industries in Vidarbha, he asked. The 22 industries that threatened shut down over power supply deadlock, together have a turnover of over Rs 500 crore. These include major firms like Caliber Point, Lupin Pharma, Smart Data, Evix Software etc. Ajay Soni, Vice-President of MIHAN Industries Association; Alok Pande, and other office-bearers were present at the press conference. It may be mentioned that Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) had asked MSEDCL to step-in if AMNEPL failed to provide uninterrupted electricity to units within notified SEZ area. AMNEPL had blamed MADC for not accepting its proposal to source electricity from Tata Power and supply it to consumers in MIHAN-SEZ area using Open Access and expressed its desire to stop its existing mechanism to produce and supply power using DG sets.

The present requirement of MIHAN-SEZ area is around 25 MW and AMNEPL does not have any dedicated coal block for power generation. MADC has filed a petition against AMNEPL and MSEDCL in MERC demanding uninterrupted and guaranteed power supply, which is essential to run any unit or carry out any activity within notified SEZ area.

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Injured CRPF man succumbs

One of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who sustained severe injuries in the Naxal violence in the state’s Bastar region, has expired. The CRPF man Pushparaj had sustained injur... Read More
One of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who sustained severe injuries in the Naxal violence in the state’s Bastar region, has expired. The CRPF man Pushparaj had sustained injuries along with others in the incident on last Wednesday and he was airlifted to Ramkrishna Care Hospital, Raipur. The hospital had informed that he was brought in a critical state and even after amputation of left lower limb he remained critical. He was brought in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest and both his lower limbs were severely damaged. He was kept on ventilator support. The hospital informed on Tuesday that he had suffered three cardio-respiratory arrests and cerebral hypoxia is the deterioration in such conditions. Besides, there was also acute renal failure in this case.

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Will CM Dr Singh win it for cricket fans?

Much to the disappointment of lakhs of cricket fans in Chhattisgarh, untiring efforts of Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) to host one of the home matches of Delhi Daredevils at Shaheed Veer ... Read More
Much to the disappointment of lakhs of cricket fans in Chhattisgarh, untiring efforts of Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) to host one of the home matches of Delhi Daredevils at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur seem losing ground after the sponsors and other department of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) refused to move their setup to Raipur just for one match. The BCCI broadcasting team and sponsors of the team were not very much keen in shifting any matches of Delhi Daredevils to Raipur because there only five matches remain with them to host in Delhi after maximum number of their matches were shifted abroad in the first leg of the IPL-7, said CSCS President Baldeo Singh Bhatia. The Delhi Daredevils owner had written to the BCCI, but the sponsors and broadcasting team were reluctant. According to them, it is not viable to shift the entire setup for just one match. At least two matches will do for them, said Bhatia adding that the CSCS was still in touch with the BCCI bosses to pursue them for the last match of Delhi Daredevils scheduled to be held on May 19. “We have not lost hope. We would put last minute efforts even as the Season-7 of IPL is commencing on April 16,” Bhatia said. Meanwhile, it was learnt that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who had been out of scene in the IPL matter due to his hectic campaigning schedule for Lok Sabha elections, got himself involved after Tuesday’s development. It was said that the Chief Minister assured the CSCS that he will try to get the BCCI nod for hosting IPL match in Raipur.

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Caste-line politics will become extinct: Tiwari

It is unfortunate that political parties in the country do not talk about issues like scams, price-rise, devaluation of Rupee but irrelevant issues like Hindu-Muslim, caste based issues are being t... Read More
It is unfortunate that political parties in the country do not talk about issues like scams, price-rise, devaluation of Rupee but irrelevant issues like Hindu-Muslim, caste based issues are being taken up, which has not benefited anyone but political parties like Congress and constituents of United Progressive Alliance, said eminent Bhojpuri actor and playback singer Manoj Tiwari while talking to media persons during a press conference on Tuesday. Manoj Tiwari, who is also a Bharatiya Janta Party candidate from Delhi (North-East), is in Chhattisgarh for canvassing on behalf of the party. On Monday he addressed a public meeting at Bhanpuri in Raipur while canvassing for BJP candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha Ramesh Bais apart from addressing public meetings at Durg on behalf of party candidate Saroj Pandey. Adding that caste-line politics will become extinct during this Lok Sabha elections, Tiwari said Dalits, Muslims, OBCs, all have now understood that they have been used as vote-banks by Congress and UPA constituents. This caste and religion based politics has not benefited anyone, neither has created any employment opportunities nor benefited any youth, woman, etc from the above mentioned castes. Hence they have decided to shun from being the puppet of parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, etc which has destroyed the development prospects of states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc. Terming that May 16, the day election results will be announced, it would bring second Independence for the country, Tiwari said he is confident that BJP will surpass its Mission 272+ target. So far as Uttar Pradesh is concerned the party will win over 50-55 seats out of 80 Lok Sabha seats and in Bihar, the party will win over 25-30 seats out of 40 Lok Sabha seats. In Delhi, he is confident that the party will completely sweep the polls. He said he is canvassing for the party throughout the country and have seen the enthusiasm and likeness for Bharatiya Janata Party and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. People are vying to bring Modi in power as they believe he can deliver as he has already proved himself by developing Gujarat. Regarding Aam Aadmi Party and its performance in Delhi, Tiwari was of the opinion that people in the National Capital are angry with Arvind Kejriwal as he had discarded Delhi after 49 days of governance. People in Delhi have taught him a good lesson on April 10, when the National Capital went into polls. He said people have understood that this person is not here to give good governance but is a man supported by anti-India international powers and is indirectly supporting Congress. Adding that there is no alternative for Narendra Modi, Manoj Tiwari urged the people to vote for the security, integrity and development of the country, which only BJP led NDA government can provide. Answering a query, Tiwari said he had begun his political career with Samajwadi Party hoping that socialism will prevail among the masses. Unfortunately, there is no socialism in Samajwadi Party and his joining it was a great mistake. His stardom was cashed by the party big-wigs.

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Mahasamund LS: Contest well set for trench-war

Both the traditional opponents Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress have strategically positioned themselves for the contest. Here also both the parties have tried to trigger exodus ... Read More
Both the traditional opponents Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress have strategically positioned themselves for the contest. Here also both the parties have tried to trigger exodus of senior party workers with Congress initiating the move but the Bharatiya Janata Party was in advantage with their prize catch of former Congress leader and OBC leader Motilal Sahu and independent MLA Dr Vimal Chopda. Both of them joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Also came along hundreds of Congress party workers who took BJP memberships, prominent among them were Amar Bagga; Shani Bagga former Saraipali Nagar Panchayat President; Gangaram Patel, Jaspal Singh, Surendra Chowdhary, etc. On the other hand, Radhacharan Hota, Mangalcharan Nayak, Mahadev Bariha and Heeralal Sahu whom the Congress claimed as had joined the party in the presence of its candidate Ajit Jogi, met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Monday and assured him that they have not joined Congress and that they are very much in BJP and would ensure lead for BJP from their respective Janpads. Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency which was once a Congress stronghold, has been taken over by Bharatiya Janata Party slowly but firmly in the last few years. Every time poll analysts used to guess the win of the party from polling percentage and total number of voters but this time it has become different cause this heavy polling is expected as the number of women voters in three Assembly segments of the constituency is more. The constituency has a total of 1511043 voters including 756364 male and 754630 female voters who will cast their franchise on April 17 through 1937 polling booths. BJP is contesting the election with three factors, first apart from its national issues, the personality of Chandulal Sahu, image of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and colossus wave among the masses in favour of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. On the contrary, the Congress has pitched its former Chief Minister Ajit Pramod Jogi in the fray. Poll strategists are of the opinion that Jogi will have to play all his cards that too very effectively if he intends to win. Jogi might be confident from Dhamtari and Bagbahara but what results Mahasamund, Saraipali, Pithora, Basna will generate remains to be seen. Apart from the BJP support in the area, the Congress local leaders from these areas are up-in-arms against the Congress high command, hence barring the central issues, the Congress doesn’t have any local issues to ponder with. More or less there is high resentment and differences among some section of party workers in both the parties. Presently, Bharatiya Janata Party is struggling hard to maintain lead of 95303 votes which it had polled during the recently held Assembly elections. If the Assembly elections are some indications, BJP had got lead in six Assembly segments while the Congress candidate Ajit Jogi is struggling to cast a dent in this lead. As per the records, in Saraipali Assembly segment BJP had polled 82064 votes while Congress had polled 53232; in Basna Assembly segment BJP had polled 77137 while Congress got 70898; in Khallari Assembly segment BJP polled 58562 while Congress polled 52653; in Rajim Assembly segment BJP had polled 69625 while Congress polled 67184; in Bindranawagarh Assembly segment BJP polled 85843 while the Congress polled 55307; in Kurud Assembly segment BJP had polled 83190 while the Congress polled 56013; in Dhamtari Assembly segment the BJP polled 60407 while the Congress polled 70960 and in Mahasamund the BJP polled 39609 votes, Congress polled 42694 and Independent candidate Dr Vimal Chopda polled 47416 votes. Chopda is in BJP now.

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MSRTC registers criminal cases against 1,975 staffers in 2012-13

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has registered criminal offence against its 1975 employees in the year 2012-2013 in various cases in various police stations across Maharash... Read More
Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has registered criminal offence against its 1975 employees in the year 2012-2013 in various cases in various police stations across Maharashtra. MSRTC is also initiating disciplinary action against these employees.

This was revealed under Right to Information Act, to activist Abhay Kolarkar recently. This may be shocking for MSRTC, but a large number of its employees were found to be involved in criminal offences like cheating, and misappropriation. The MSRTC is in big loss and employees indulged in such activities which will increase losses further. Nagpur Division has only 572 buses and all are in satisfactory condition, MSRTC officials claimed. The division has incurred a loss of Rs 3.46,45,000 in financial year 2012-2013 and maximum expenditure was on purchase of diesel. MSRTC buses carried 7,12,16,000 passengers in FY-2012-2103 and generated amount of Rs 15,25,66,400.

The Corporation has catched 1948 passengers without tickets in 2012-2013 and recovered Rs 1,79,104 fine from them. The Information Officer stated that in two years 171 buses met with accidents and three employees and 6 passengers died and 132 were injured. In last three years, MSRTC could not earn any profit.

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Crime Branch officers conduct searches in city

LOCAL Crime Branch officers of Chandrapur Police probing coal supply scam in Maharashtra State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation (MSCCF) conducted simultaneous searches at three places in the ... Read More
LOCAL Crime Branch officers of Chandrapur Police probing coal supply scam in Maharashtra State Co-operative Consumers’ Federation (MSCCF) conducted simultaneous searches at three places in the city and seized about 10,000 incriminating documents from MSCCF Regional Office and two offices of an agent near KDK College and Central Avenue on Tuesday.

After unearthing the fraud involving crores of rupees in in the name of supplying coal on cheaper rates to hundreds of small scale industries (SSIs) from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), Chandrapur Police registered an offence under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 409 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against MSCCF’s Executive Director Narayan Khatake (Mumbai), Bhushan Kheboodkar, Manager (Business), Ugemuge, Regional Manager (Coal Division), Tannirwar, Manager (Nagpur), agent Ajay Agrawal, Vijay Agrawal and Naveen Jaiswal. Led by Inspector Hemantkumar Kharabe, the teams conducted searches at MSCCF office and offices of Ajay Agrawal near KDK College and Central Avenue.

According to Police, MSCCF was supplying coal on cheaper rates to SSI from WCL. MSCCF appointed Ajay Agrawal by allegedly flouting the eligibility criteria. Ajay Agrawal allegedly did not deposit Rs 15 crore as security deposit and was neither having a weighbridge nor a fleet of minimum 25 trucks to lift the coal from WCL mines and transport it to the SSI units. The MSCCF was depositing the amount to WCL and getting the delivery order. Agent Ajay Agrawal was authorised to issue give loading slips for transportation of coal to SSIs from the WCL mines.

One of the investigation officers told ‘The Hitavada’ that Ajay Agrawal in connivance with other accused was allegedly issuing loading slips to transporters and illegally selling the coal meant for SSI to others on higher rates. “We are conducting indepth probe into the matter,” he added. He informed that the police registered the offence on the basis of a complaint lodged by Bhaskar Sahare.

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Install electricity metres outside homes, SNDL to customers

Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL), the power distribution franchisee of MSEDCL, has asked its customers to install electricity metres outside their homes that would ensure regular meter reading... Read More
Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL), the power distribution franchisee of MSEDCL, has asked its customers to install electricity metres outside their homes that would ensure regular meter reading and accurate billing. In old part of city where SNDL supplies power, the power metres are placed inside homes and more often meter reader during their round find homes locked. This in turn leads to billing such customers as per average and often leads to complaints of inflated bills. With the meters installed safely outside homes, the reader can always record the exact units consumed during a billing cycle and the consumer is relieved of the stress of imprecise billing, the SNDL release said.

Alternatively, working couples can take advantage of the voluntary meter reading SMS service and send the meter recording on 7507771777. This way there is self-compliance of the billing information on the part of consumers. Business Head, SNDL, Sonal Khurana, has appealed to consumers to get their meters placed at an appropriate place outside the house. SNDL is reaching out to its consumers and provide them the best of services.” The issue of locked premises has been a major concern for both SNDL and consumers since past few months. For instance, if a customer was unavailable at home for three successive meter readings, he was being billed on an average basis as per his last six months of electricity usage. When in the fourth month, his exact meter reading was actually based on the balance of units which he hadn't paid for over the last three months which got added to his bill. As a result, there was a difference in his bill for the fourth month and what he has been paying for the last three months. To address this problem, SNDL is urging customers to get their meters installed outside their homes.

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Garbage not cleaned? Use WhatsApp to inform NMC

The WhatsApp (application) on smartphone is generally used for sending jokes, messages, voice recording and videos to friends. On smartphone, this has become one of the most very popular applic... Read More
The WhatsApp (application) on smartphone is generally used for sending jokes, messages, voice recording and videos to friends. On smartphone, this has become one of the most very popular applications in recent days. However, Health Department (Sanitation) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to use this system to maintain cleanliness in the city. They are using this system to inform each other about heap of garbage and non-collection of garbage in certain areas.

The Health Department is adopting this high-tech system within department to maintain cleanliness in the city. Health Officer Dr. Ashok Urkude informed that they have formed a group of all Inspectors, zonal officers, health officer and Deputy Director (Health) are members of the group.

The senior officers take round of city every day and wherever they found heap of garbage, they immediately upload the photographs on their mobiles. In many places the sanitation workers leave the heap of garbage on road without lifting it. Urkude has issued notices to Zonal Officer for negligence in duty and slapped fine of Rs 1000 to them. The common man can also use this application to lodge complaint to health department. They can upload the photo and send it on what’s app to Ashok Urkude on his number 9823074729. They can also upload photos on mobile of zonal officers.

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HC seeks Mpl Commissioner’s affidavit on illegal hoardings

Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Tuesday informed the High Court that many illegal hoardings have been removed and stern action was initiated and sought time to place on record a comprehensive a... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation on Tuesday informed the High Court that many illegal hoardings have been removed and stern action was initiated and sought time to place on record a comprehensive affidavit about action taken pursuant to High Court order. Justice A V Nirgude while hearing contempt petitions filed by Dinesh Naidu of Parivartan NGO and Adv Raspalsingh Renu, granted one weeks time to NMC and traffic department to file affidavit of Municipal Commissioner. The High Court on last week had asked the civic authorities and police to take action against illegal hoardings as election campaign was over. The High Court had asked Commissioner of Police and DCP (Traffic) to file affidavit within one week and spell out steps taken to remove hoardings erected in violation of outdoor advertising policy and previous orders of High Court. The petitioners have made specific complaint that the NMC officials and Police officials have failed in obeying the directions passed by High Court in the matter of “illegal banners, hoardings and posters” in which specific directions were given to both the authorities to remove illegal hoardings and register an FIR against the culprits u/s 3 of The Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1995. During last hejaring, the petitioners have produced photographs of 24 hoardings erected illegally. The NMC and city police had lodged 112 FIRs against 577 persons and recovered fine worth Rs 6 lakh. The NMC tried its level best to demonstrate that hoardings were erected with due permission and there is no guideline about distance between two hoardings. If two hoardings are being erected at same place, then the height should not exceed 40 feets and all permissions clearly stipulated this. After last crackdown, the NMC had directed all hoarding site owners to remove their hoardings. But when site owners displayed permission letters and compliance as per policy, the hoardings re-appeared on Nagpur sky-line. Adv Priyadarshan Madkholkar (Adv Renu) Adv. Tushar Mandlekar (Dinesh Naidu) appeared for the petitioners. Adv Sudhir Puranik appeared for NMC.

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Orange crop to be taken on pilot basis under MGNREGS in Vidarbha

Oranges and Vidarbha are inseparable. In fact, Nagpur is also known as Orange City because of orange cultivation and export of oranges to other parts of the country and abroad. However, over the ... Read More
Oranges and Vidarbha are inseparable. In fact, Nagpur is also known as Orange City because of orange cultivation and export of oranges to other parts of the country and abroad. However, over the years, things have not remained the same as far as quality and productivity of orange fruit is concerned. Considering this, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) Directorate at Nagpur has decided to undertake a novel project.

The MGNREGS Directorate has chalked out a plan to implement a pilot project on orange cultivation under the widely popular scheme in three districts of Vidarbha. The project is proposed to be implemented in Nagpur, Amravati, and Wardha districts. In each district, 50 hectares of land will be covered under the project. At present, Vidarbha region has 1.48 lakh hectares of area under orange cultivation. Orange is a cash crop for farmers in the region. Against this backdrop, the project has been chalked out to give a boost to cultivation of quality oranges. The project is being implemented in Kharif season later this year.

According to Dr Uday Patil, Deputy Commissioner (Agriculture), MGNREGS Directorate, orange productivity in Maharashtra is 3.9 metric tonnes per hectare. Compared to other states, it is very low. Besides, only 13 per cent of the orange crop now fulfill the prevalent quality standards.

“There is immense scope for marketing of the crop within and outside the country. However, owing to flaws in production methods and lack of scientific management, the production of oranges that qualify on the parameters of prevalent quality standards is less than desired,” he said.

Considering this, MGNREGS Directorate and Divisional Commissionerate (Nagpur) prepared a proposal for orange cultivation based on Indo-Israel technology. The Government cleared the proposal, which was prepared in consultation with National Bank for Rural and Agricultural Development (NABARD). The project will be implemented on the farms of orange-growers who are interested. The project period is three years, and use of drip-irrigation is mandatory. The expenditure to be incurred on drip-irrigation facility will be met from Convergence head of Agriculture Department. According to Dr Uday Patil, many factors result in loss of orange crop. These include water accumulation, over-watering, inter-cropping, hot breeze, low micro-irrigation, Gummosis of citrus crop (known as ‘Dinkya’ in local parlance), lack of trimming as per requirement etc. “Proper planning, management, and adoption of scientific methods can avoid all the problems. Under the proposed scheme, care will be taken of various aspects. The scheme will definitely lead to increase in life of orange orchard, effective increase in quality and production of the citrus fruit, and rise in income of orange-growers,” he added.

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Angry relatives ransack hospital over girl’s death

TENSION erupted at Gangabag, Pardi, in Kalamna area when relatives of a nine-year-old girl ransacked ADN Hospital after she died during treatment on Tuesday morning.

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TENSION erupted at Gangabag, Pardi, in Kalamna area when relatives of a nine-year-old girl ransacked ADN Hospital after she died during treatment on Tuesday morning.

Besides the girl’s relatives, a group of residents from Pardi also joined the protesters and damaged an ambulance charging medical negligence by the hospital authorities. As the situation was beyond control, cops used force and dispersed the violent mob. The ADN Institute of Paramedical Sciences, run by Dhanwantari Bahu-uddeshya Shaikshanik and Samajik Sanstha, also has a Multi-Speciality Hospital at Pardi.

Dr Purshottam Dwivedi and Dr Ramchandra Dubey are the Chairman and Secretary respectively of the institution. A resident of Pardi, Punapur Road, Harshita Keshav Borkar (9) was admitted to the hospital by her parents after she complained of severe stomach pain last evening. The doctors’ concerned administered her a vaccine. Around 8.30 am on Tuesday, the doctors declared Harshita dead. Harshita’s father Keshav, who works with a civil contractor, was shocked to hear that his daughter was no more. Her mother Kanchan, who was in the hospital, fell unconscious. Her relatives charged that the doctors and nurses on duty did not attend to Harshita which led to her death. The hospital authorities denied the charges. The news spread like jungle fire in the locality. Hundreds of residents stormed into the hospital and created ruckus. Another group of youngsters smashed the windshield of an ambulance parked in front of the hospital. Staff from Kalamna Police Station and additional force from Control Room arrived at the spot. Cops quelled the mob and sent the girl’s body to Mayo Hospital for autopsy. Later, senior officers assured the deceased’s relatives that they would investigate into the matter and initiate appropriate action if the hospital authorities were found guilty. After initially registering an accidental death case, Kalamna Police started the probe.

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Hailstorm batters city again

After the dust storm, city was battered again on Tuesday, this time by a hailstorm. The storm was localised over North Nagpur, giving it a severe battering in the evening, while most of the cit... Read More
After the dust storm, city was battered again on Tuesday, this time by a hailstorm. The storm was localised over North Nagpur, giving it a severe battering in the evening, while most of the city was immersed in Hanuman Jayanti celebrations. The effect of storm was witnessed all over city which was splattered by heavy rains towards the dusk. The rains brought much needed respite from prickly heat due to high humidity levels since past few days.

It began just like yesterday around evening and left behind a trail of destruction in several localities off Kamptee Road, where the effect was felt more. While rest of city too had braced for another round of high wind speed however it fizzled out before it could inflict any damage. The moisture level was not that high, also there was no sudden drop in temperatures unlike in North Nagpur where it combined to inflict maximum damage today. Throughout the day the wind was blowing at a steady speed, although there was no drop in afternoon temperature that was around 38 to 39 degrees Celsius.

The Meteorological Office said the wind speed today was around 40 km/hr and was accompanied with heavy rains. The worst battering was witnessed in railway colonies, including Baileyshop and Motibag areas. The Civil Defence Force at Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) was called out after the hailstorm resulted in severe disruptions. The railway employees said the devastation was maximum in Baileyshop quarters where several huge trees got uprooted. Many of the trees fell on the quarters which are nearly century old. The Civil Defence volunteers took stock of the situation and rescued several employees trapped in the quarters.

Even the tin sheds of Motibag Diesel Shed got ripped off by the strong wind force and landed several feets away. People who were outside ran helter skelter as the wind gathered speed. The falling of tin sheets on some quarters and in small lanes of Motibag railway colony led to panic situation. The battering knocked out the power supply in almost entire North Nagpur as tree branches fell on power lines which tripped at many parts. The storm lasted barely ten minutes but its force was enough to level many a trees in railway colonies and alongside Kamptee Road.

Engineering Branch officials rushed to the railway colonies and took stock of the ground situation. Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Alok Kansal is expected to visit Motibagh Diesel Shed on Wednesday morning for inspection of the damage. The Meteorological Office here explained that the storm got built-up due to excessive moisture and upper cylonic situation formation resulting in the hailstorm. Jaripatka, Indora, Lashkaribag, Kamptee, and many other parts of North Nagpur witnessed hailstorm.

The officials said the situation today and also yesterday was due to induction of moisture generated in Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea and the cylonic formation is now localised over East Rajasthan. The moisture travelling from both the seas moved through East Vidarbha to Rajasthan caused the unseasonal rains and built-up hailstorm.

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Two sets of same varsity documents at variance with each other? Doubts persist in High Court

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora, at the High Court here, heard the bunch of writ petitions filed by the managements of the 250 banned colleges and the issue of the permission... Read More
Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora, at the High Court here, heard the bunch of writ petitions filed by the managements of the 250 banned colleges and the issue of the permission to the students admitted by them to appear in the examinations for over little an hour, but real and substantial progress could not be made as the Court noticed that the data in the charts prepared by the RTM Nagpur University and the originals of the same produced before the Court, which were kept in a sealed cover in the Court Registry and opened after few days are at variance with the official copies of those documents made available to others .

With a view to set these doubts at rest , the Court has given time till 2.30 pm tomorrow, to petitioner Sunil Mishra, to compare the copies of the "originals" with the Court and the copies made available to him and report to the Court, because his persistence in casting doubts on the intent of the Varsity officials is much more than any one else.

After the departure of Dr. V S Sapkal from the Varsity scene, now there appears to be virtually very little or no difference between the two sides and they want permission from the Court for more than 6,600 students to appear in the examination, by way of an order by it. They appeared to be tired of hearings now. On the other hand, the Court pointed out again that it is not getting proper assistance from the University. The Court stated that it is talking about those, who have given or giving instructions to the Varsity counsel, which are not proper and adequate.

The Varsity counsel intimated to the Court that all the charts containing data regarding 250 colleges were prepared by its Deputy Registrar (College Section), Ramesh Bhelawi on the basis of the data compiled by the 12 clerks working under him from the 250 files with the University office. Now the University has nothing barring these charts to show, which it had produced before the Academic Council on March 4, 2014, in its meeting for taking decisions.

This was teamwork by the RTMNU office staff, giving rise to it presumption of genuineness. These charts were prepared after following proper procedure. These charts were prepared after the Court's order of February 28, 2014. The Court was informed that the compiled data-the basis for preparing charts is not available for perusal.

Advocates B.G.Kulkarni and others appeared for the petitioner college managements. Senior counsel A.M.Gordey with Adv. Sudhir Puranik and other counsel on the panel represented the RTM Nagpur University.

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NMC trips on LBT target, stares at financial crisis

Less recovery in Local Body Tax (LBT) has financially crippled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as it has incurred a shortfall of whopping Rs 250 crores in financial year 2013-2014. Now, the civi... Read More
Less recovery in Local Body Tax (LBT) has financially crippled Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as it has incurred a shortfall of whopping Rs 250 crores in financial year 2013-2014. Now, the civic body is struggling hard for maintaining fine tune between recovery and income.

Recently, civic body has closed its financial account for FY-2013-2014. The effect of Local Body Tax (LBT) has taken a toll and NMC is in serious financial crisis and unfortunately, civic body has miserably failed to tap new revenue sources or increase its revenue from present sources. The local body has total receipts of around Rs 800 crore and out of it, almost Rs 100 crore is received as Government grants. This means that only Rs 700 crore were in the coffer of local body. The total committed expenditure of NMC is around Rs 750 crore and civic body has sanctioned developmental works of Rs 200 crore in last financial year. The civic body has incurred loss of Rs 250 crore in last FY. Surprisingly, civic body did not take any austerity measures for reducing their expenses.

Sources claimed that civic body is walking on a tight financial rope to perform its obligatory duty as well to complete developmental work. The civic body has now sought Rs 200 crore from the State Government to maintain balance and carry on its duties without hindrance. After enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT), the financial position of local body has gone from bad to worst due to increase in committed expenditure. The civic body has somehow managed to pay monthly salary and pension to its employees and retired staffers, though the date has been missed quite often. The committed expenditure of NMC is Rs 60 crore per month including Rs 25 crore on salary, Rs 7 crore on pension, Rs 7 crore on electricity, Rs 1.5 crore on raw water, Rs 7.25 crore to OCW, Rs 75 lakh on petrol and diesel, Rs 60 lakh on telephone and security guards, Rs 1.5 crore on advance, Rs 4 crore on loan, Rs 2.5 crore on garbage lifting and Rs 5 crore on Government loan.

Sources informed that NMC generated Rs 300 crore from LBT in this FY. The projected income from LBT was around Rs 500 crore but due to stiff opposition from traders and business persons, the income was reduced by Rs 200 crore. In-spite of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane’s efforts, the property tax department has generated revenue of Rs 190 crore only. After LBT, this is a prominent income source of NMC but employees failed to achieve 100 per cent recovery. Former Standing Committee Chief Avinash Thakre and Tax Committee Chief Girish Deshmukh had claimed to generate Rs 350 crore but they failed to achieve target. The ruling BJP led NVA has adopted dilly-dally approach in increasing revenue of local body by adopting value based property tax. The civic body has passed the resolution for implementation but ruling party is delaying its enforcement. This has led to major revenue loss of local body.

It may be mentioned that outgoing Standing Committee chairman Avinash Thakre had presented an unrealistic budget of Rs 1,400 crore before the general body. Only 50 per cent target given by Standing Committee was achieved by the administration. The budget was very much inflated and now, the administration has stopped old payments to give salaries to its employees. The Standing Committee had presented a plethora of development work without increasing a tax burden and suggested innovative schemes last year. Thakre had increased bar-chart of target from Rs 1232 crore given by Municipal Commissioner to Rs 1,401 crore for FY-2013-2014.

In-spite of differences with ruling party, the Commissioner had sanctioned road and other development works worth of Rs 250 crore during last two years. The establishment cost crossed limit and it is impossible to maintain development with income. The new revenue sources suggested by the Standing Committee had failed to generate any revenue in last FY.

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Draft to legalise illegal religious buildings ready

The draft for regulation of illegal religious buildings (temples, mosques, Gurudwara, church) constructed on government land before September 29, 2009 has been finalised, procedure for regulati... Read More
The draft for regulation of illegal religious buildings (temples, mosques, Gurudwara, church) constructed on government land before September 29, 2009 has been finalised, procedure for regulation of these buildings will be started once it gets clarification from the Law Department. The Religious Trust and Endowment Department would then invite suggestion from common public through publication of the draft. According to proposal prepared by the department, only those buildings or organisations will be declared legal, which were registered as trust or a society. A committee would be formed with Collector heading the proceedings along with a team of Police Superintendent, SDO Revenue, rural investment representatives and officers of local bodies, the committee will recommend legalisation of religious buildings or organisation to Divisional Commissioner if these buildings were not hindering transport system or public use. Divisional Commissioner will then make his final decision, based on the Collector’s report. Based on the objections and suggestions received by the Religious Trust and Endowment Department, it would add the rules of the draft into management and activities regulation act 2001 of these religious organisations. It is to be noted that there are 53 thousand religious organisations or buildings, which were illegally constructed on government land in the State. A petition was filed in Supreme Court in 2006 regarding removal of religious places, which were constructed by encroaching government land.

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Residents of Kolar go without water on 3rd consecutive day

Residents of Kolar suburb did not get water supply for the third consecutive day in the scorching heat of summer on Sunday. Earlier, 25 water tankers used to do water supply in the 21 wards of ... Read More
Residents of Kolar suburb did not get water supply for the third consecutive day in the scorching heat of summer on Sunday. Earlier, 25 water tankers used to do water supply in the 21 wards of the State capital, out of which, mere seven were doing this duty now for the whole municipality. This has caused water shortage and as people did not get water supply even on Sunday, crisis began. It is mentionable that advance planning is sketched to deal with any kind of crisis. However, no one seems to understand the troubles the citizens of Kolar suburb are going through due to the shortage of water. The residents of this suburb are being troubled since many years instead of them being provided with facilities in the name of drinking water. Kolar municipality did manage to make drinking water plan worth Rs 53 crore and took credit for the same. However, in reality, it has proved of little benefit to residents of the suburb. No one in the municipality seems to have the answer to the question as who was responsible for the lack of alternative water supply during summer in the municipality. The municipality provides most water in the slums. However, during the 3-day strike of water tanker owners, slum dwellers had to face phenomenal water crisis and not a single minister visited them to take note of their problems. When on Sunday, water supply was not done for the third consecutive day, the condition of residents became unbearable. On the other hand, water tanker operators are claiming that the residents had to face these problems due to willfulness of municipality officers. Water tanker operators, whose electricity connection had been cut due to nonpayment of bills, were saying that the municipality knew all this, despite which, they were not being given their due payment.

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Case registered against organisers of BJP rally

BJP leaders have organised a rally in support of party’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Alok Sanjar on April 12 and no proper permission was taken from administration in this regard. Taking cogni... Read More
BJP leaders have organised a rally in support of party’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Alok Sanjar on April 12 and no proper permission was taken from administration in this regard. Taking cognizance, Berasia SDM got registered case against organisers of the rally. As per information, BJP workers and leaders had organized a public rally without any permission in Berasia area on April 12. When Berasia SDM, Anugrah P came to know about this rally, she got case registered against organisers of rally. When contacted, Berasia SDM, Anugrah P said to “The Hitavada” that case had been registered against organisers of the public rally, not against BJP candidate Alok Sanjar.

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Youth abducts, rapes 15-yr-old girl on pretext of marriage, held

Habibganj police arrested a youth for allegedly abducting and raping a teenage girl by taking her to Harda district on pretext of marriage, said police here on Monday. The victim girl, who wen... Read More
Habibganj police arrested a youth for allegedly abducting and raping a teenage girl by taking her to Harda district on pretext of marriage, said police here on Monday. The victim girl, who went missing on April 10, returned back to her home on her own on Sunday. Later, the girl told her parents that the accused neighbour youth had abducted her and took her to his native place, Harda where he outraged her modesty on pretext of marriage. Subsequently, her parents along with their daughter reached at police station and lodged a complaint in this regard. SHO Habibganj G P Agarwal told ‘The Hitavada’ that besides raping the girl at Harda, the accused had been raping the victim here on pretext of marriage for a long time. After lodging a case of rape and abduction, police arrested the youth named Ramgopal Manik, 20.

After being produced before the court, the accused was later, sent to jail. Police said that the victim girl, 15, who resided near Benazir Hospital at Sai Baba Nagar, went missing on April 10. Accused Ramgopal Manik, who also resided at Sai Baba Nagar, abducted her while she was on her way back home after visiting Sai Temple. On pretext of marriage, the accused took her to his native place at Harda district where he outraged her modesty several times. Earlier also, the accused youth had raped her several times near the hospital.

After taking the victim girl to Harda and raping her several times, the accused refused to keep his promise. Following his refusal, the girl returned home on Sunday and narrated the whole incident to her parents. Later following her complaint, police lodged a case under section 376, 366 and 363 of IPC as well as ¾ of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012 against the accused.

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Man falls off crane at Govindpura Industrial Area, dies in hospital

A 48-year-old man died after he fell off a crane while working on it at a factory located at Govindpura Industrial Area under Ashoka Garden police station during day hours of Sunday, said police.... Read More
A 48-year-old man died after he fell off a crane while working on it at a factory located at Govindpura Industrial Area under Ashoka Garden police station during day hours of Sunday, said police.

Soon after he fell off the crane, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he breathed his last during further treatment. Being informed regarding his death, police rushed to the hospital and seized the body, which was later sent for post-mortem. To begin further investigation into matter, a case under section 174 of CrPC has been lodged by police. Police said that an investigation was being carried to know whether it was an accident or carelessness of factory management, which led to victim’s death. Victim was identified as Maneshwar, 48, son of Chakradhar, basically hailing from Odisha and currently residing at Shiv Nagar in Bhopal. The victim used to work at AS Enterprises, located at Govindpura Industrial Area. On incidence day on Sunday afternoon, the victim climbed the crane and was doing some maintenance work.

According to police, while doing maintenance work, he accidentally fell off the crane and became unconscious. Subsequently, he was rushed to a nearby hospital with hope of his survival. However, within an hour of being admitted here, the victim succumbed to his injuries. Following his death, police informed victim’s kin in Odisha.

Police said that the body of the victim would be handed over to his kin once they reach the city. Further investigation was being carried out in this case till the filing of the report.

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Piplani murder case: Woman accompanied by lover killed husband

To fulfill desire of living along with brother-in-law-cum-lover, it was the wife of BHEL sweeper, who was found murdered inside his slum on Sunday morning, who, accompanied by her, lover killed... Read More
To fulfill desire of living along with brother-in-law-cum-lover, it was the wife of BHEL sweeper, who was found murdered inside his slum on Sunday morning, who, accompanied by her, lover killed the victim.

However, after murder of her husband, she narrated a false story of his killing to police to avert being held but failed to do so, said Piplani police on Monday. Piplani police on Monday not only claimed to have solved the case but also arrested both the killers. Victim’s brother and his wife were in illicit relationship for a long time and wanted to continue this relationship without any hurdle. But, as the victim was thorn in the way of their relationship, both wrote script of his murder and later, executed it. Shockingly, after killing her husband by slitting his throat with knife, victim’s wife celebrated his murder by having sex with her lover that moment.

Police said that the killers were Rampal, 25, hailing from Jaroli village in Mahoba district in UP and working as a driver in New Delhi and Kiran, 25, hailing from Panwadi village in Mahoba and currently residing at Nehru Nagar in Piplani. According to police, accused Rampal had developed physical relationship with his sister-in-law Kiran only after 15 days of marriage of his deceased elder brother Babulal, 28, son of Jugati Makoria. Since the marriage, they were in illicit relationship.

In the meantime, as Babulal came to know about their relationship from his mother Vimla Bai, he took Kiran and his four children to Bhopal where Kiran developed relationship with a youth, 6 to 7 years younger than her and also was her relative. On knowing it, Babulal beat up the accused youth and his wife some two years ago. Since Kiran and Rampal could not forget each other and wanted to live together, both decided to eliminate the victim, Babulal.

Going through the plan, she called Rampal to Bhopal. On incidence day, Rampal waited at railway station until she called him and asked him to reach the slum while the victim was asleep.

Rampal reached at her slum and hit Babulal’s head with a stone and later slit his throat by knife and after success of their plan, accused Rampal and Kiran had sex near the body. However, in order to misguide police, Kiran cooked up fake story that on the night of incident, Babulal had beer party with his friends and she went asleep in another room with her children and in morning, saw her husband murdered. But, she failed to misguide the police and going through statements of locals and other family members and forensic experts, the police caught both the accused and booked them under charges of 302, 201 and 34 of the IPC.

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Exile of Rajkumar Patel ends, returns to Cong

Finally, expelled Congress leader Rajkumar Patel returned to party fold on Monday. Patel reached party office during evening hours and received a warm welcome. Patel was expelled from Congress for ... Read More
Finally, expelled Congress leader Rajkumar Patel returned to party fold on Monday. Patel reached party office during evening hours and received a warm welcome. Patel was expelled from Congress for six years when his B form was rejected in last Lok Sabha election from Vidisha seat on technical grounds.

Patel, considered close aid of Digvijay Singh, was in news when he had filed nomination papers to contest Vidisha Lok Sabha election as independent candidate. He was claiming that he was the real claimant for Congress ticket and his activeness was somewhere posing threat to Congress candidate Laxman Singh. Notably, BJP candidate Sushma Swaraj is also contesting election from Vidisha seat. Recently, Patel had withdrawn his nomination papers and at that time only, it was crystal clear that he was preparing ground to return to Congress. Now, even discussion has started that whether act of Patel to file nomination papers and later withdrawing them from Vidisha Lok Sabha seat, was a preplanned exercise to ensure return into Congress party.

Congress is saying that return of Patel into party fold would strengthen it further in Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, which was having sizable population of Patel caste, which played significant role in victory.

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No pre-poll calculations, silent voters baffle candidates in Sagar

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Organisation Secretary Arvind Menon, along with party’s National Vice-President, Prabhat Jha had to rush to Sagar, lone divisional headquarters of MP’s Bundelkh... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Organisation Secretary Arvind Menon, along with party’s National Vice-President, Prabhat Jha had to rush to Sagar, lone divisional headquarters of MP’s Bundelkhand, during last weekend to reconcile local organisation after a complaint by party’s official candidate.

Though the campaign had entered final leg here, party has been struggling to mollify local leaders, riled over fielding Laxmi Narayan Yadav, a former Janata Party minister who once joined the Congress before coming into BJP fold in 2009.

BJP turned this constituency into a party’s citadel and did not allow Congress to break into electorate after 1996. It was also reported that uneasiness among State BJP organisation members about this Parliament seat was caused by party’s post-ticket distribution survey. This survey showed that it remained a tough choice for the electorate here despite party’s surge in MP.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Cabinet aide Bhupendra Singh, who had won 2009 LS polls by a margin of 1.31 lakh, was hunting for party ticket for his wife Saroj Singh while another Cabinet colleague Gopal Bhargava chased party leaders for his son Abhishek Bhargava’s candidature. These failed efforts jaded BJP campaigning initially but a confident state organisation put its weight behind Yadav.

Both Yadav and Congress candidate Govind Rajput, however, have equal reasons to be worried. Yadav and Rajput – both former MLAs from Surkhi – are unfamiliar to the electorate in a larger segment of Sagar Lok Sabha seat, spread in two districts - Sagar and Vidisha. They have yet to catch on with the voters of Sironj, Shamshabad and Kurwai Assembly segments of Vidisha district. These seats were included in Sagar LS during previous delimitation. In addition, Bina, Khurai, Naryaoli, Sagar and Surkhi Assembly segments of Sagar district are also part of this Lok Sabha seat. Rajput has been contesting with a frail and scattered party outfit in this Lok Sabha constituency and is banking on individual leaders and personal contacts. In addition, the Congress candidate has been relying on sizeable Dangi Rajput, his own community, as well as on party’s traditional base.

The Congress debacle in recent Assembly polls, however, could be a major worrying factor for Rajput. Congress could manage to win only one out of eight Assembly segments of Sagar Lok Sabha in 2013 Assembly polls. During poll campaigning, Rajput has been raising the issue of Yadav’s frequent defections while BJP candidate has been counting on Narendra Modi’s popularity in addition to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s programmes and image.

A strong party structure may also go in favour of Yadav but candidates and their supporters are baffled by the electorate’s silence, sparing no chance for pre-poll calculations. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), though a new player, in addition to Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), have further increased the confusion. Before delimitation, Sagar had been a reserved seat for scheduled caste. So, there has been a sizeable Dalit population here in addition to Brahmin, Yadav and OBC voters. Rajput has also been using the face of Union Minister, Pradeep Jain Aditya, a party nominee from Jhansi (UP), in poll advertisement campaign in order to woo Jain community voters.

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Anand Sharma makes scathing attack on Narendra Modi, BJP

Union Minister, Anand Sharma lambasted BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi by saying that Modi was having limited knowledge about various subjects, including politics and he was not a hu... Read More
Union Minister, Anand Sharma lambasted BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi by saying that Modi was having limited knowledge about various subjects, including politics and he was not a humble person and does not speak in sweet voice. Taking on BJP campaign focusing on Gujarat model, Anand Sharma said Gujarat was having highest number of school dropouts, worst performance in controlling malnutrition deaths, poor performance in attracting investment, etc.

Addressing a press conference, Anand Sharma made a blistering attack on BJP by saying that BJP took credit of all good things and when anything wrong happened, then it blamed the Congress. Making a sarcastic comment, he said that if a boy was born, then BJP took credit and if child died, then it was due to Congress. Likewise, if there was a good crop, then it was due to BJP and if hailstorm happened, then it was due to Congress. He also alleged that BJP was political department of RSS.

Training guns on BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi, he said that all knew the limited knowledge of Modi on geology, politics and so on. Modi also does not take press conference as in that case, he had to answer questions. Taking potshots at BJP, he stated that one person was challenging and even his comparison was being done with great leaders. Speaking about Modi, he said that Modi had not participated in discussion in Gujarat Assembly, never answered starred questions and was opposed to transparency in governance. In Gujarat, phones of officials and even judges were tapped. Talking about BJP campaign, he said that ninety percent hoarding places had been taken by BJP. He also said that BJP hoardings showed photos of one person and that was Modi and after objections from some quarters, photo of Atal Behari Vajpayee was included at one or two places in Delhi. Defending UPA Government, he said that BJP often criticizes UPA Government, but it should not be blamed as it had performed better in many sectors like FDI, investment, business, lifting poor people out of poverty, etc. UPA had ensured transparency by bringing RTI and introduced public procurement law and Lokpal Bill. Even if suspicion was cast, then UPA Government had not desisted from taking action against ministers irrespective of fact that this action would draw anger of its allies. Action in A Raja case and former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal were examples in this regard. He also referred to statistic showing good performance of UPA in FDI, national income index, investment and so on.

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Petition challenging encroachments on Govt land disposed off

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has disposed off the petition filed by Dharshansingh Verma challenging the encr... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has disposed off the petition filed by Dharshansingh Verma challenging the encroachments on government land. Considering the nature of grievance made in this petition about the encroachments caused on the Government land, instead of examining that grievance for the first time in this court, we deem it appropriate that the said grievance ought to be examined by the Collector in the first instance and thereafter to take appropriate legal action in accordance with law after following due process and giving opportunity to all concerned.

The division bench has passed following directions for disposing of this petition that the petition be treated as representation made to Sehore Collector about encroachments on subjected land, which incidentally is Government land/public property. The Collector shall cause to make enquiry into this grievance and if he is convinced about the same, he will be obliged to take action against the encroachers and unauthorised structures to remove the said encroachment on the public property with utmost dispatch by following due process and giving opportunity to all concerned. If the Collector has any difficulty in taking follow-up action as per the direction issued by him, must report that fact to this court forthwith and seek appropriate directions, as may be required.

The division bench has also directed that if the Revenue Authority intends to proceed to remove or demolish unauthorised structures standing on the public property and apprehends any threat from the encroachers with regard to that action, may request Superintendent of Police, Sehore to provide sufficient police force for security arrangement.

If such request is made, the Superintendent of Police shall personally ensure that adequate police force is deputed on the site, on the date and time notified by the revenue authority for proceeding with the removal/demolition of unauthorised structures standing on the public property. In case the revenue authorities have any difficulty in taking action, in accordance with law, and in terms of the direction contained hitherto, must approach this court for appropriate directions with utmost dispatch. Any person aggrieved by the decision or action of the revenue authorities will be free to challenge the same by way of appropriate proceedings, if so advised, before the court of competent jurisdiction.

If the Collector passes any adverse order, the affected person is given one week’s time before taking action on the basis of that order to enable the concerned persons to assail that order by way of appropriate proceedings before the court of competent jurisdiction.

The division bench has directed the Collector filed action taken report in this court, on or before July 7, 2014. If such report is not filed, the matter is listed on July 10, 2014 under caption “Directions” for passing appropriate orders. Liberty is given to the petitioner to move this Court if the action taken report is deficient or discloses that complete action is not been taken to remove all the unauthorised occupants/structures.

Liquor shops’ allotment subjects to court’s final order

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has issued directions in allotment of liquor shops in the State to continue the earlier order of the division bench pertaining to the final allotment of the liquor shops in Madhya Pradesh would be subjected to the final decision of the court. The court said the authorities might accept the tenders being submitted by the applicants for the allotment of liquor shops.

Earlier, the division bench had issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Commercial Tax and Excise Department of MP, Excise Commissioner, Madhya Pradesh and asked them to file their reply, in the matter of retail sale of the India and Foreign Liquor for the year 2014-15. The division bench has given said directions after hearing the public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, President, Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch.

The petitioner filed this petition against the illegal action of the respondents whereby arrangement for distribution of retail sale of the Indian and foreign liquor for the year 2014-15 dated January 7, 2014, and revised arrangement for distribution of retail sale of the Indian and foreign liquor for the year 2014-15 was issue on January 9.

It is pointed out that the aforesaid revised arrangement has been made by the respondents clearly violating the provision of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Food Safety and Standards Rules 2011. As per provision of aforesaid act and rules alcoholic drink included in the aforesaid acts and as per the provision of the Section 31 of the aforesaid Act there is provision for registration of registration license and as per the act registration under the act is compulsory and for the purpose of registration are granting the license Foods and Medicine Department is a registering authority and that the quarry was made in the year 2012 regarding licensing of alcoholic drink and Government of India clarify the position regarding alcoholic drink and director food safety Madhya Pradesh specifically issue a latter regarding compulsory of the registration.

Inspite of the aforesaid respondent Commissioner not included said condition in distribution of the arrangement of revised scheme; the petitioner made representation but nothing has been done. The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct the respondent commissioner to specifically mention the condition regarding licensing as per the provision and rules of food safety and standards act in revised arrangement for distribution of retail sale of the Indian and foreign liquor for the year 2014-15. And court to direct the respondents to liquor shop or outlet can be run without registration under the food safety and standards act. The petitioner prayed interim relief before the court to stay the operation of effect of revised arrangement for distribution of retail sale of the Indian and foreign liquor for the year 2014-15, during the pendency of this writ petition. Advocate Dinesh Upadhyay appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

Plea on public food supplies dismissed

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Sharma has dismissed the petition filed by Maa Sharda Mahila Bahu Uddesshiya Sahkari Samiti, Sevdi, against the State Government and others in the matter related to public food supplies. Inter-alia contending that Clause 6 of Schedule II of the MP Public Food Supplies (Distribution Control) Order, 2009 is discriminatory and unsustainable, this writ petition has been filed. This question has already been considered and a detailed order passed by a co-ordinate bench of this court, wherein similar writ petitions filed on similar grounds have been dismissed. In another writ petition Shri Kripa Gramin Prathmik Sahkari Upbhokta Bhandar Maryadit, Nainpur Verses State of Madhya Pradesh and others) by a detailed order passed on December 16, 2011, similar petitions have been dismissed.

The division bench says that “In view of the above and for the grounds already indicated in the order passed by a co-ordinate bench of this court on December 16, 2011, in another writ petition and various other cases, we see no reason to interfere into the matter. Accordingly, the petition stands dismissed”. Advocate Himanshu Chourasia appeared on behalf of the petitioner while Rahul Jain¸ Government Advocate for respondents.

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Rlys concept to upgrade selected stations faces fund-crunch; projects delayed

Announcement of making important railway stations of the country world-class in the year 2009, seems to be put on the backburner forever. Plan for developing world-class facilities at selected ... Read More
Announcement of making important railway stations of the country world-class in the year 2009, seems to be put on the backburner forever. Plan for developing world-class facilities at selected railway stations in the country to tie-up with the international standards and capacity building for efficient operations, comfort and convenience to passengers, safety, security as well as employees welfare and care.

In line number of stations in Central India have been identified for development through public, private partnership (PPP).

The modern facilities like construction of hotels and rest houses to accommodate 1,000 people, restaurants, shopping complex, modernised parking, acoustic environment, advanced ticketing, public address system and entertainment arenas proposed to add much more for passengers.

The development has been guided with a motive to develop this project as vibrant centres of selected cities for activities of commerce, entertainment and social space. But in case like Jabalpur Railway Station, where the multi-functional complex is ready under this project but is waiting for the launch. According to plan, the Jabalpur Railway Station MFC’s first floor would be equipped with passenger facilities like facilitation area. It would offer facilities that passengers would require at the station, including a shopping area. Though RLDA the authorities are on an action plan for fast tracking the development of projects and realisation of expected revenues. RLDA has lined up 60 more new MFC sites and 8 other standalone sites for which bidding process is being initiated in phases within a fortnight.

But, it is highly a matter of doubt whether such companies would be investing in Jabalpur. With the leasing of complexes, facilities such as shopping, food stalls/ restaurants, bookstalls, ATMs, medicines and variety stores, budget hotels, parking etc are to be provided.

On the other hand, the Railways have high claims that several leading brands, retail, hotel chains and developers have expressed their interest in MFCs being developed by RLDA. If it is so, then authorities should answer why the delay is being made in starting the services of complex.

Multi-functional complexes nearing completion

The multi-functional complexes proposed at 60 major railway stations by Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA). MFCs at 26 railway stations developed jointly with IRCON ISL and RITES are nearing completion and are waiting for being leased out. Prominent places being Jabalpur along with Haridwar, Udaipur, Madurai, Allahabad, Manmad, Guntur are waiting for the start.

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Farmer’s body found in Kundan

Sensation prevailed in Bhedaghat when body of a farmer was found in pool of blood in Kudan area under the jurisdiction of Bhedaghat police station on Monday. The farmer was brutally killed with s... Read More
Sensation prevailed in Bhedaghat when body of a farmer was found in pool of blood in Kudan area under the jurisdiction of Bhedaghat police station on Monday. The farmer was brutally killed with sharp-edged weapons. Prima facie of the investigation confirmed that the man was killed at another place and his body was found at a road side.

The deceased has been identified as Rakesh Singh Rajput (25), resident of Kudan. The man was missing from his house since Sunday night and his family members started a search for him. Continuing a search, they received information about the murder of Rakesh and his body was found near roadside. The news spread through the area and a large number of villagers gathered on the spot. Agitated family members and villagers staged road blockade at National Highway 12.

Learning about the incident, CSP, Bargi, Hariom Sharma, SHO of Bhedaghat, Sushmita Niyogi along with FSL team and police team reached the spot and started investigation into the case. The road blockade ended after interference of CSP Hariom Sharma, who assured the residents for taking prompt action into the case and apprehending the accused within 24 hours of the incident. CSP, Hariom Sharma informed that primary investigation into the case confirmed that the man was killed at other place and his body was placed at roadside. There was no evidence of attack or bleeding was found on the spot where body was found. The deceased sustained grave wounds on his face and neck. According to the statements of local persons, the deceased was a farmer and also involved in money laundering. Police are trying to register the statement of bereaved family members for finding any clue of his old rivalry and name of any suspected person.

Police have sent the body for post-mortem at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital to ascertain the reason of his death. Police registered a case against unidentified accused under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to find any clue of killer.

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CBI nabs absconding fraudster from Aurangabad

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur, succeeded in apprehending an accused of housing loan fraud case of Rs 86 lakh. The accused was absconding since year 2005, and was livin... Read More
A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur, succeeded in apprehending an accused of housing loan fraud case of Rs 86 lakh. The accused was absconding since year 2005, and was living with changed name in Aurangabad (Maharashtra).

The accused has been identified as Narendra Kumar Sharma, son of late Shivram Sharma, the then partner of M/s Akansha Enterprises, Jabalpur. He was living at Aurangabad in Maharashtra by changing his name to Narendra Kumar Paliwal.

Narendra Kumar Sharma was absconding since year 2005 during investigation of CBI case of housing loan fraud of about Rs 86 lakh by the builder firm M/s Akansha Enterprises, Jabalpur, in conspiracy with officers of Central Bank Home Finance Limited, Jabalpur, and CBI case housing loan fraud of about Rs 303 lakh done by the builder firm M/s Akansha Enterprises, Jabalpur etc. in conspiracy with officers of State Bank of India, Ranjhi, as well as borrowers etc. He and his brother Pramod Kumar Sharma was chargesheeted in nine and eight separate challans.

On September 29, 2007, the CBI filed nine separate chargesheets before the Court of Special Judge, CBI cases, Jabalpur, against three officers of Central Bank Home Finance Limited, Narendra Kumar Sharma and Pramod Kumar Sharma, both partners of builder firm M/s Akansha Enterprises, and 10 other borrowers etc. under sections 120B, 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC and 13(2) r/w (1)(d) Prevention of Corruption Act- 1988. Special Judge, CBI cases, Jabalpur, vide judgement dated on February 5, 2014, has convicted total 11 accused persons, and sentenced them to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment each under sections 120B, 420, 468 and 471 IPC and 13 (2) r/w (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act- 1988, and fines ranging from Rs 5,000/- to Rs 2,90,000/-. In another case, the CBI filed eight separate chargesheets on October 15, 2007, before the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Jabalpur against Officers of State Bank of India, Ranjhi, Narendra Kumar Sharma and Pramod Kumar Sharma, both partners of builder firm M/s Akansha Enterprises and various other persons etc. under sections 120B, 420, 468 and 471 IPC and 13(2) r/w (1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act- 1988 and the said trial is continuing. One other accused builder, Pramod Kumar Sharma, Partner of M/s Akanksha Enterprises and brother of Narendra Kumar Sharma is still absconding. Narendra Kumar Sharma was produced before Remand Magistrate, Jabalpur on Monday.

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Electioneering for second phase to end at 6 pm today

Electioneering for second phase of Lok Sabha elections in ten constituencies in the State would come to a grinding halt on Tuesday evening, 48 hours before the polling scheduled on April 17. ... Read More
Electioneering for second phase of Lok Sabha elections in ten constituencies in the State would come to a grinding halt on Tuesday evening, 48 hours before the polling scheduled on April 17. Electioneering would end at 6 pm on Tuesday on ten seats of State including Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Bhopal and Rajgarh. Polling would be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Thursday.

After this deadline, neither the political parties nor candidates will hold rallies and public meetings. Candidates would not be allowed to take part in any such meeting. Violation of directives may entail imprisonment or fine. The candidates, including Union Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia (Guna), former Union Minister Prahlad Patel (Damoh) and State BJP chief, Narendra Singh Tomar (Gwalior) would go to polls in second phase elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won eight out of these ten seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls while Congress managed to win only two seats - Guna and Rajgarh.

A total of 142 candidates are in the fray for Parliamentary constituencies of second phase Lok Sabha elections in State. Of second phase seats, maximum 28 candidates are in election fray in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat and minimum 6 in Rajgarh. The number of candidates left in fray in Morena is 17, Bhind 9, Gwalior 21, Guna 11, Sagar and Damoh 10 each, Tikamgarh 13 and Khajuraho 17. As many as 175 candidates were in the election fray in these constituencies in Lok Sabha elections-2009. Apart from 6 nationally recognised political parties, candidates of 33 other registered parties and 54 independents were also contesting elections.

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Devpt work in Bhatapara has stopped following Center’s negligence

Alleging UPA Government during the election campaign, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat Ramesh Bais said that following the shear negligence of the Central Government the ... Read More
Alleging UPA Government during the election campaign, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat Ramesh Bais said that following the shear negligence of the Central Government the development work in Bhatapara has come to stand still. The canal development of the Sondor water reservoir has been pending from past 35 years.

Addressing public rallies at Avrehti, Kamta, Sigma, Bansankar, Basera, Vishrampur and Tarenga, Ramesh Bais lauded the effort of the ruling BJP government for providing loans to farmers on very low interest and has been focused to improve agriculture prospect in the state. Similarly, to counter poverty in the state Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has floated many welfare schemes for the persons belonging to BPL category. Also for the education of the children in the state, BJP government is distributing free stationary materials including free cycle to the girls’ student. The BJP candidate during the campaign was accompanied by local MLA Shivratan Sharma and other senior party leaders.

Meanwhile, BJP state election in-charge Brijmohan has constituted rural election committee to monitor election campaign of party candidate Ramesh Bais. The committee will head by party senior leader Kedarnath Gupta and Nandkumar Sahu. The committee comprises of 64 members are been allotted responsibility of their respective areas.

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Conuntry is desperate to have NDA rule at center: CM

n Staff Reporter RAIPUR, Apr 13 Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh asserted that country is desperate to have BJP led NDA government at the center to provide respite to people from continually risi... Read More
n Staff Reporter RAIPUR, Apr 13 Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh asserted that country is desperate to have BJP led NDA government at the center to provide respite to people from continually rising inflation and corruption. He was addressing public meetings in Magarlod (Sihawa), Geshwa (Rajim), Basna (Mahasamund), Khandsara (Nawagarh) on Sunday when he alleged that Congress led UPA government has left the country in anarchy like situation. He appealed people to vote in large numbers in favour of the BJP candidates to ensure that Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister of India. CM Dr Raman Singh also appealed to his party workers to reach out to the remote parts of the state and propagate the welfare schemes of the state government. He said that his government has initiated number of welfare schemes for all sections of the society including providing subsidized food grains to over 65 lakh families. He also mentioned having increased bonus on procurement of per quintal of paddy to Rs 300 from Rs 270.

Chief Minister also cautioned the voters to cast their votes wisely as there were many candidates fielded with similar names to BJP candidate Chandulal Sahu. Dr Singh reiterated that people would ensure that BJP wins over all eleven parliamentary constituencies of Chhattisgarh.

Union Govt it behaving in discriminatory manner with Chhattisgarh

Taking a dig at the Congress Party, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh alleged the Congress led Union Government of behaving in a discriminatory manner with Chhattisgarh. Union Government left us alone despite the repeated appeal that Naxalism is not just a Chhattisgarh specific issue but the entire nation is reeling with its scourge. Addressing the election campaign from Akashwani and Doordarshan Kendra, Dr Singh said massive scale of corruption during the Congress reign has only aggravated the troubles of people. When Chhattisgarh was in most need, Central Government thrown many hurdles on the path of state’s development. Reducing the rice quota and creating power shortage by taking back the electricity of Central Pool are to name a few. On many occasion, state didn’t even get the royalty, which was its right. Chief Minister also informed about the successful schemes of State Government such as Public Distribution System (PDS), Nutrition Security Scheme and said that State Government has made Chhattisgarh a zero power cut state with minimum unemployment rate. He also informed about the several welfare schemes implemented by the State Government for farmers. Chief Minister appealed the people to vote for BJP.

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Poll, security arrangements being finalised for three C’garh LS constituencies

The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has demanded over 6000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the state of Maharashtra for parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh. Sources within the CE... Read More
The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has demanded over 6000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the state of Maharashtra for parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh. Sources within the CEO office informed that these would 15-column EVMs and are likely to be deployed in the Raipur Lok Sabha seat itself. Sources also informed that EVMs earlier planned to be deployed in Raipur are being dispatched to other districts including Durg and Bilaspur.

Meanwhile, preparations for second round of parliamentary polls in Chhattisgarh including in Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Mahasamund have intensified with campaigning slated to cease by Tuesday evening. Joint Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) DD Singh informed that three constituencies would have 6114 polling booths and 45,56,000 eligible voters. Singh said the poll timings in Kanker LS along with Mohla-Manopur (Rajnandgaon), Gariaband, Sihawa and Dondilohara areas would be till 3 pm citing Naxal threat. Voting in all of the remaining polling booths would be held for full time span.

It need be mentioned that security is going to be biggest concern in second round of parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh especially in wake of two gruesome Naxal attacks on poll parties as they returned. CEO Sunil Kumar Kujur has stressed that security personnel should strictly comply to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent such incidents. He dismissed that requisitioning more security forces is being considered for extracting poll parties after voting.

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3 terminated secret policemen meets DGP

Disgruntled with their unwarranted termination from service, 3 secret police personnel, who surrendered around one year ago at Kondagaon, had come to Raipur to meet Director General of Police (DG... Read More
Disgruntled with their unwarranted termination from service, 3 secret police personnel, who surrendered around one year ago at Kondagaon, had come to Raipur to meet Director General of Police (DGP) AN Upadhyay on Monday. Reasons of their termination are still not informed to them, the three secret police personnel complained to the journalists at Raipur Press Club during their visit.

Residents of Kanker, Kondagaon, Sitram Mandavi, Deepak Kumar Naag and Agyaram Netam reached the Police Head Quarter (PHQ). Sitaram said that they were active Naxals from 2005 to 11 under the Naxal Commander Raiju. duo Deepak Kumar and Agyaram were also an active member of Maoists organiSation. In 2013, they decided to shun the Naxal violence to join mainstream of society and surrendered. After which, they were recruited in secret police force by the Kondagaon Superintendent of Police (SP) on a monthly payment of Rs 9500, but in 2014, Kondagaon SP terminated them from the services.

In a press conference at press club, they said that Government hasn’t provided them any rehabilitation package according to rehabilitation policy. After the press conference, they went to meet DGP AN Upadhyay but he wasn’t present in the PHQ.

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Posts abolished under Chief Minister Urban Health Programme, unfair: CPCHEA

Posts have been abolished under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme. It is unfair because some of the posts are being continued and on the other hand order as such has been issued after t... Read More
Posts have been abolished under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme. It is unfair because some of the posts are being continued and on the other hand order as such has been issued after the Election Model Code of Conduct came into force.

Chhattisgarh Pradesh Contractual Health Employees Association (CPCHEA) while making the above allegations against Chhattisgarh government also highlighted that all such posts abolished were created after approval of the state cabinet headed by none other than the Chief Minister and it was also approved by the cabinet that these posts would be maintained under the state budget till 2017. Hence, citing the Government of India (GoI) these posts can not be abolished, CPCHEA added at a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Monday.

On April 2 the order regarding abolition of posts was issued and the reason cited was that the staff under the above said programme was not approved. It is unfair because the state government has not abolished some of the posts and has ordered for continuing them and the additional budget for the same will be borne by the state government. The government therefore can make budgetary provision also for posts abolished, CPCHEA stated.

If the posts were abolished citing GoI then all such posts which are not approved should be abolished. Posts of Medical Officer, City Programme Manager, Data Handler, Cold Chain and Logistic Assistant are not approved, but it has been decided that these posts under the programme will be continued with funds from state budget. But, other posts like Accounts Manager, Data Manager, Staff Nurse, Dresser, Eye Assistant, Health Assistant, Counselor, Paramedical and Class IV staff have been abolished. All these posts were created by the state government, CPCHEA maintained.

Reacting to all the above allegations of CPCHEA, an official in the state health department stated that posts have been maintained under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme keeping in view the GoI sanction under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) and also the need of the state. The official was critical of the GoI, stating that the NUHM was a kind of imposition on the state and Chhattisgarh has been taken in line with the advanced states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu. Letter correspondence has been done with GoI, the official added. It was further stated by this official that decision for abolition of the posts was arrived before the election model code of conduct came into force and implementation at a time when the code was in force was a mere coincidence. Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Kujur stated on being contacted by The Hitavada that all the government officials were informed in time about the code and adherence to it.

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FIR to be filed in cases of violation of Essential Commodities Act

Food Department of Raipur District Administration was all set to file First Information Report (FIR) against those who have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 and cases aga... Read More
Food Department of Raipur District Administration was all set to file First Information Report (FIR) against those who have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 and cases against them is pending for last five years. According to Assistant Food Officer (AFO) Sanjay Dubey, the Food Department has been continuously informing the persons, whose assets have been confiscated, for the deposit of the money against the confiscated goods. As department did not receive any response against the notices, the food department had no option but to take initiative for the FIR in the cases.

It is seen that the many people have allotted their houses/shops to others to run their business. The businessmen have disappeared after raids and confiscation of their shops by the food department. In such case, the house/shop owner will have to pay the price. According to Dubey, 23 persons did not pay the Rs 4 lakh despite repeated notices. If they do not pay the amount within a week, the food department will file FIR against them.

Those served notices are Yogesh Nayak (Raipura Tava Factory) for Rs 69,000, Rahul Singh (Adarsh Nagar, Mowa) for Rs 64,000, Ranjit Chatraj (Harshit Vihar, Tatibandh) for Rs 60,000, Hotel Gendlal (Fafadih) for Rs 26,500, Laxmi Gas Agency (Byron bazaar) for Rs 25,000, Manjushree Hotel (Lalbag Shopping Complex) for Rs 16500, Rohit Nasta Centre (Fafadih) for Rs 15,000, Ramchandra Mahakalkar for Rs 14,000, Apna Chullaha Centre (New Bus Stand) for Rs 11,350, Bikaner Misthan Bhandar (Pandri) for Rs 14200, Jai Bharat Mata Prathamik Bhandar, Bana, for Rs 11250, Manish Kumar (Bhilai) for Rs 14000, Maa Bambeshwari Bhandar (Birgaon) for Rs 13537, Godavari Devi (Lakhe Nagar) for Rs 12000, Hiramoti Sweets (Tilda) for Rs 10000, Rajasthan Bhojnalaya (MMI Hospital) for Rs 10000, Asharam Sahu for Rs 10000 and Glorious Restaurant (Raja Talab) for Rs 10000. The legal in-charge of Food Department, Dubey said these persons have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 by not responding to the notices.

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Stakes are high on the top profile seat of Rajnandgaon

  The Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is one of the high profile constituencies in the state involving the stake of the chief minister as his son Abhishek Singh is trying his luck in politic... Read More
  The Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is one of the high profile constituencies in the state involving the stake of the chief minister as his son Abhishek Singh is trying his luck in politics, contesting from here. The qualified engineer has taken to the heat and dust meeting people and seeking blessings from the elders.

Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, which is spread over 8 Assembly segments and two districts, of which, five are Naxal infested, has influence of Bairagi Kings and has been hogging media headlines eversince Bharatiya Janata Party decided to field Abhishek Singh. With 15,80,456 voters including 792330 male and 78840 female voters, this constituency will be going to polls on April 17, during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state. The constituency which was constituted in 1962, has faced 13 General Elections, wherein, Congress had won seven times, BJP five times and Janata Party had registered victory once. Late Shivendra Bahadur Singh from Congress had represented the constituency for the maximum period.

If the present Assembly elections are any indicators, both BJP and Congress are equally placed with Congress registering win in Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur and Khairagarh Assembly segments while the BJP had registered win in Rajnandgaon, Dongargarh, Kawardha and Pandaria Assembly segments. Although in comparison to 2008 Assembly elections, the BJP had registered win in lesser number of Assembly segments in he previous elections but it is still ahead as far as votes are concerned. BJP had received a total of 533099 votes while Congress received 511311 votes in eight Assembly segments.

Till date, the win with highest margin has been registered by BJP’s Madhusudan Yadav who had won previous General Elections by a margin of 1.20 lakh votes when he had defeated Congress’ Devrat Singh.

However, in the last five years the numerical graph has registered a decline with the margin for the party coming down to 22000 in the Rajnandgaon parliamentary constituency in the Assembly elections.

Naxal menace posing major challenge before security troopers

With the polling date drawing closer, the administration is making all efforts for peaceful elections as many parts of the constituency are Naxal infested. The recent Naxal incidents in Bastar and Naxal announcement for election boycott have made the administration become more vigilant. Although heavy deployment of forces are underway, mostly in the five out of eight Assembly segments which are Naxal infested, conducting of peaceful elections has become a challenge for both the Election Commission and security forces. After Bastar region, Rajnandgaon is the most Naxal infested region in the state. Mohla Manpur Assembly segment under the constituency is completely Naxal infested with 87 booths in the segment has been classified as hyper-sensitive while 89 as sensitive. Similarly, 106 booths in Khujji, 34 in Dongargaon, 72 in Dongargarh and 59 booths in Khairagarh Assembly segements are classified as hyper sensitive or sensitive due to Naxal presence. Alike Bastar, Naxalites have not yet triggered any major incidents in Rajnandgaon during this period of election. Earlier naxals had looted booths, killed a BJP candidate Darbar Singh Mandavi, Congress leader Sudama Ujwane and a BJP worker in Dongargaon area. This has made the security forces to tighten its grip in the entire constituency.

Fight for Rajnandgaon geting tougher

Besides Abhishek Singh Congress’ Kamleshwar Verma, Samajwadi Party’s, Seema Kaushik, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Anand and Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhaskar Dwivedi are contesting from here. But the contest is mainly between the contestants of two principal parties BJP and the Congress and braving the heat and naxal threat the candidates are trying to woo the voters here. Many issues of the people which were convincingly forgotten by the political parties have started resurfacing. The Congress here is much perturbed with mass exodus of local leaders from the party to join BJP

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CRMS Amla unit employees stage hunger strike

The railway employees of Amla unit of Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS) staged one day hunger strike to protest administration failure to fulfill the assurances. The CRMS office bearers sat on... Read More
The railway employees of Amla unit of Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS) staged one day hunger strike to protest administration failure to fulfill the assurances. The CRMS office bearers sat on strike in front of Station Master's cabin as divisional administration has failed to take back Amla-Chhindwara- 51523) Chhindwara-Indore (59386) crew link. Earlier these two trains were manned by staff from Nagpur Division of Central Railway. However for some untold reasons the crew link was changed and these two trains were given to staff from Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway. Furious at this unilateral decision of railway administration which CRMS says would results in staff retrenchment at Central Railway, an agitation was held during the beginning of year. On January 7, 2014, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) held talks with striking employees and an agreement was reached with staff as administration promised to take back these two trains that was handed over to SECR. R K Verma, Treasurer, Amla Branch, CRMS, said from time to time the administration was reminded of the accord but nothing happened. Balram Sahu, Punit Kushawah, Satish Meena protest the decision and has demanded returning the train crew link to Central Railway. Those who sat on hunger strike included M A Khan, Tarun Dongre, Prem Kumar, Rajendra Babbu, S M Deshmukh, Sheikh Munir, K L Kawadkar, K R Nawangre, and others.

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Dust storm lashes city

A dust storm lashed the city on Monday evening, stopping short of another battering this season. Though through out the day sun was gleaming, the humidity in air however troubled the Nagpurians f... Read More
A dust storm lashed the city on Monday evening, stopping short of another battering this season. Though through out the day sun was gleaming, the humidity in air however troubled the Nagpurians for most part of afternoon. Around 5 pm suddenly thunderous activity started but it provided little indication for trouble that was brewing-up in the skies. Nagpurians were little prepared for the storm that was quickly gathering steam. And it started in a flash, without an iota of warning.

The temperature that was hovering around 40 degrees Celsius plunged quite rapidly. All of sudden strong winds started blowing and within moments it gathered shape of a dust storm. The wind speed according to Meteorological Department that time in city was 20 knots. This speed knocked out everything that came its way. It being a holiday on account of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, citizens in large numbers was present at Deekshabhoomi to pay their obeisance. The sudden surge in wind caught the citizens off their feet. The dust storm caused tremendous hardships of those on streets and on the ground. For nearly ten minutes the city was lashed by the severe storm. Owing to summer the sand had dried and it got blown over in huge quantities giving tough time to Nagpurians. Those residing in multi storeyed buildings were on high alert as the severe wind pressure rattled the window panes.

The barricades put-up by Traffic Control Branch on Deekshabhoomi road got knocked down by the high speed. Cops on duty braved out the 10 minute period with great difficulty as the dust particles dropped the visibility. As fast as the storm occurred, accompanied by light rains, it blew over within matter of minutes. The damage was quite less as the dust storm withered out quite fast. Memories of hailstorm that lashed Nagpur district during mid-February and again in March came back flooding.

According to Meteorological Department, the city recorded 7.7 mm of rains during the evening period. Though the rains brought some respite from torturous heat, it remains to be seen the after effects of storm as humidity is surely going to cause of great concern for next few days due to disturbance in nature.

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‘SMEs, co-op banks are two sides of same coin’

n Business Bureau THE development of the country depended on its small traders. The Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) contributed 45 per cent of the manufacturing output of the country and ... Read More
n Business Bureau THE development of the country depended on its small traders. The Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) contributed 45 per cent of the manufacturing output of the country and had a share of 40 per cent of the total exports of the country. In India, there were about 3 crore SME entrepreneurs giving employment to about 10 crore people, hence the SMEs played a vital role, said Vidyadhar Vaishampayan, Chairman, Thane Janata Sahakari Bank Limited and Director, NAFCUB. He was speaking at a function organised by Shriram Urban Co-operative Bank Limited on Monday in the Scientific Sabhagruh. Vaishampayan further stated that the SMEs and co-operative banks were the two sides of the same coin. “There is wide scope for finance to the SMEs as most of them, upto 85 per cent are arranging finance from their personal sources,” he said. He also mentioned that his bank had given 50 per cent of loan to the first-generation entrepreneurs and was running in good profit. Vaishampayan also cautioned about the savings rate coming down from 36 per cent to 30 per cent. “The bankers are now required to be more alert,” he said. Throwing light on the subject - ‘The role of co-operative banks in capacity building for young entrepreneurs’ - he said that the SME sector was lagging behind due to lack of availability of credit and high cost of credit due to which 85 per cent of the SMEs were self-dependent, collateral requirement in credit, limited axis equity funding, excessive Government laws, competitive raw material rates, lack of access to global market, etc. The co-operative banks could use this sector as the nationalised banks had now started funding the SMEs but the co-operative banks were already financing in the same sector. “There is a huge potential in funding the SME sector,” he said. In the beginning, Adv Ulhas Aurangabadkar, Chairman of the bank, in his welcome address, presented a brief walkthrough of the bank’s 18 years of journey. “We are now at a grown up age of 18 years with steady progress believing sudden rise has a sudden fall. As per the unedited figures as of March 31, 2014, the bank has deposits of Rs 107 crore. The bank has disbursed loan of Rs 64 crore with a business per employee of Rs 3 crore and the bank has earned a net profit of Rs 1.3 crore,” he said. He also noted that the bank wanted to bring forward the success story and the work of successful entrepreneurs and hence the initiative had been started from this year. The bank awarded ‘Udyam’ award to Ashok Ratnakar Kale of Sanstar Microsystems Private Limited and Sunita Gandhi of Aakar Interiors. They also shared their success stories and interacted with the august gathering. CA Abhiram Deshmukh, Vice-Chairman of the bank, welcomed the guest with a small plant.

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Alternate financial mechanism must for small traders: CAIT

CAIT’s Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal on Monday underscored the need to have alternate financial mechanism for small traders would be on top of the agenda of the CAIT. The core bankin... Read More
CAIT’s Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal on Monday underscored the need to have alternate financial mechanism for small traders would be on top of the agenda of the CAIT. The core banking sector has failed to serve the small traders which has also been asserted by a recent report of Dr Nachiket Mor Committee formed by RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. CAIT would urge upon the new Government to strengthen the co-operative banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) which already provide financial assistance to small traders and low income group. It would demand a classification in NBFCs and would call for categorisation of Small Banking Finance Companies in NBFCs with a clear mandate to serve the small traders and low income group. “Normally, it has been experienced that whenever small traders visit commercial banks, they are never entertained. Banks ask us what we have to mortgage. If we have enough property to mortgage then why we would have visited banks,” Khandelwal wondered. “This is one of the important reasons that small traders need alternate financial mechanism, otherwise the domestic trade will never see light at the end of the tunnel,” he pointed out. Khandelwal said that small traders as they did not get financial support from nationalised banks, they have to often borrow money from lenders at higher rates which eat into the margins of their business. “Those who did not get loan from banks they even did not think of expanding their business operations and therfore are left out with no options,” he added.

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‘Separate Ministry for Internal Trade is need of hour’

Keeping an eye on the incumbent Government at the Centre, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), apex body of the traders in the country has kicked off its exercise to bring core issues o... Read More
Keeping an eye on the incumbent Government at the Centre, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), apex body of the traders in the country has kicked off its exercise to bring core issues of at the centre stage in its bid to find place on priority chart of the next Government irrespective of the party which gets mandate. CAIT has already released its Traders National Charter on February, 27, 2014 at New Delhi at its national convention which was inaugurated by BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and was also participated by leaders of different political parties including Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal.

Addressing a press conference in city on Monday, CAIT National President B C Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal outlined CAIT’s agenda for next Government. “Indian economy is in a very dilapidated condition and needs highest priority of the next Government having focus on exploitation of domestic resources is need of the hour. Therefore, the retail trade of India which contributes nearly 15 per cent to national GDP requires more focus than corporate sector in order to make economy vibrant and resurgent,” said Bhartia. Bhartia said that CAIT has decided to embark upon the next Government to formulate a National Trade Policy and a separate Ministry for Internal Trade. Till the time, the separate Ministry is formed, it would demand a State Minister for Internal Trade in Ministry of Commerce with a full-fledged Directorate of Internal Trade in the Ministry to draw policies and monitor structured growth of retail trade of India comprising of more than six crore business enterprises offering employment to 25 crore people in the country.

Further neglect of this important sector of Indian economy would not be tolerated any more and if need arises, CAIT would not hesitate to launch a nation-wide movement. Khandelwal alleged that Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma had worked at the behest of corporate world and MNCs. He had never given time to listen to domestic traders’ problem and therefore he failed to modernise the domestic trade and strengthen it.

Allowing FDI in Retail has become a burning issue for traders and therefore the move is being opposed tooth and nail. CAIT would give more focus on upgradation and modernisation of existing retail trade. On one hand, both Central and State governments harp on implementing e-governance in Government departments. “Traders are being made subject to e-compliance in taxation and other departments whereas Government has not taken any initiative to empower traders with computerisation. This has created a gulf between Government and traders and therefore traders find it difficult to make e compliance,” he pointed out.. CAIT has demanded Government to design a nation-wide campaign for education and awareness among the trading community for need of upgradation, modernisation and computerisation and also to ensure financial assistance to traders for computerising the existing business format. However, CAIT has already working on this issue and recently it has signed a MoU with global major in e commerce eBay for the above issue and promote on-line biz among traders.

CAIT and eBay will make announcement at a press conference in New Delhi on April 17,2014. CAIT will also lay more emphasis on formation of a Review Commission to review laws, acts, rules and regulation governing retail trade and all such obsolete laws should be dispensed with whereas necessary amendments must be made in rest of the laws. BJP has already committed for such review in its poll manifesto. “The amendments in Food Safety and Standards Act, uniform taxation structure in the country and early implementation of GST but in prior consultation with stakeholders, ban on commodity exchanges, review of APMC Act, are core issues which CAIT will be raising for next Government,” Bhartia stated.

Prominently present were M P Goyal, L N Sharma, Kishore Dharashivkar, Prabhakar Deshmukh, Farooque Akbani, Nikhilesh Thakkar, Kamlesh Vora, Ashok Dalmia and Anupkumar Gupta from Akola, Dhananjay Joglekar, Atmaram Paraswani, Sasaniji and Anil Dewalsi from Amravati, Gajanand Agarwal and Nirajbhai Agarwal from Gondia, Ajay Bhattad from Bramhapuri, Dilip Sarda from Gadchiroli, Shankar Jalan, Bajrang Agarwal, Anil Nagpal, Ravindra Gupta, Satish Bang, Bhawani Shankar Dave, Prakash Jais, Lalchand Gupta and others.

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City remembers Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on birth anniversary

Nagpurians paid rich tributes to the architect of Indian Constitution and messiah of the downtrodden, on his 123rd birth anniversary on Monday. Bharatiya Janata Party Anusuchit Jati Morcha members... Read More
Nagpurians paid rich tributes to the architect of Indian Constitution and messiah of the downtrodden, on his 123rd birth anniversary on Monday. Bharatiya Janata Party Anusuchit Jati Morcha members led by Mayor Anil Sole paid tributes at Dr Ambedkar’s statue at Samvidhan Chowk, here. MLA Krishna Khopde, City Unit President of the Morcha Dharmapal Meshram, Prof Sanjay Bhende, Prof Rajesh Bagdi, Prof Shrikant Deshpande, Sandip Jadhav, Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Patel, Satish Shiraswan, Adv Rahul Zambre, Roshan Gaurkhede paid floral tributes to Dr Ambedkar.

Preamod Pendke, Anant Patrikar, Avinash Dhamgaye, Sham Chandekar, Abhay Gotekar, Subhash Pardhi and others were present. Nagpur City (Dist) Congress Sevadal volunteers led by Ramgovind Khobragade paid tributes at Samvidhan Chowk.

Macchindra Jivane, Arun Gaikwad, Vijay Manjre, Arun Anasane, Datta Dahake, Haridas Dongre, Manoj Walke and others were present. Department of Atomic Energu and Atomic Minerals, Directorate for Exploration and Research celebrated the day with Dr veena Raut from Sainath College and Moushmi Meshram of Rajshree Mulak College of Engineering as chief guest and main speaker respectively. Amit Majumdar, Regional Director presided. Senior scientists and staff of the department along with their family members attended the programme. D P Bhange conducted the proceedings. S A Meshram proposed a vote of thanks. Nagpur City Congress Committee led by ciuty unit Chief Vikas Thakre, MP Vilas Muttemwar, MPCC Secretary Jayprakash Gupta, Sheikh Hussain, Ramgovind Khobragade, Abha Pande paid floral tributes at Samvidhan Chowk. OBC Wing of City Congress worker led by Chandrakant Hinge paid tributes at Samvidhan Chowk. Vijay Wanve, Sanjay Bhilkar, Ashok Urkunde, Bhagwan Kature and others were present.

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Janmashatabdi Smarak Sangharsha Samiti workers paid floral tributes at Dr Ambedkar’s portrait at the proposed site of Dr Ambedkar birth centenary year memorial, near Yashvant Stadium. Naresh Wahane, Dinesh Andarsahare, Baban Bondade, Bhimrao Vaidya, N L Naik and others were present. The members demanded immediate construction of the memorial. Bahujan Samaj Party paid tributes to Dr Ambedkar and also celebrated its foundation day at Samvidhan Chowk.

The members of the party were led by BSP candidate from nagpur Lok Sabha constituency Dr Mohan Gaikwad. Vishvas Raut, Milind Bansod, Vivek Hadke, Uttam Shewde, Murli Meshram, Avinash Badge and others were present. Mahatma Phule Samajik Nyay Parishad paid tributes at Deekshabhoomi and demanded that the place should be declared ‘A’ grade pilgrimage and tourist spot. Bhushan Dadwe led the workers. Maharashtra Minister Dr Nitin raut paid tributes at Deekshabhoomi and later at Samvidhan Chowk. He then attended a programme at Indora Buddha Vihar. His wife Sumedha, daughter Captain Diksha Raut and office bearers of Congress committee accompanied him.

Bahujan Republic Ekta Manch workers led by its President Adv Sulekha Kumbhare paid floral tributes at Samvidhan Chowk. Ajay Kadam, Avinash Ukesh, Moreshwar Patil, Tilak Gajbhiye, rekha Bhave, Rajani Lingayat, Sawla Shingale, Chandramani Pantaone and others were present.

National Republic Party city unit President Sachin Walde paid floral tributes atSamvidhan Chowk, on behalf of the party. Vijay Kamble, Amol Walde, Sanjay Nagrare, Dilip Waghmare, Anil Gaikwad, Shailendra Tembhurne, Sandesh Khobragade and others were present. Mahatma Phule Samta Parishad paid tributes at Samvidhan Chowk. SurendraArya, Arif Qazi, Alka Kamble, Rushi Karonde, Ishwar Barde, Shyam Nadekar, Bhujangrao Katarpawar, Vinod Sheware and others were present. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Tathagat Gautam Buddha Jayanti Samiti, Untkhana paid tributes at Dr Ambedkar’s statue. Adv Milind ganar hoisted the flag.

Jivane and Secretary Rajendra Sathe spoke about life and work of Dr Ambedkar and appealed to the people to take his thoughts to the person at the lowest rung of the social ladder. Sanghpal Ganar, Arun Sakharkar, Kiran Deore, Naland Ganvir, Sanghratna Ganar, Sahadev Bhagat, Ashtadip Nagrare, Prashant Bansod and others were present.

Bharatiya Nagarik Sangharsha Manch celebrated the day at Dr Ambedkar’s statue near Sakkardara Tank. Sweets were distributed to mark the occasion. Omprakash Somkumwar, Prakash Shivankar, Ravindra Mankar, Akash Kodape, Laxman Gedam, Haribhau Adhau, Gunwant Khante and others were present. Nagpur Improvement Trust employees paid tributs to Dr Ambedkar at their office. Executive Officer Arvind Deshbhratar, Establishment Officer Nilima Patne, Assistant Director of Town Planning Sunita Aloni, Executive Engineer R W Janbandhu, PRO Viju Borkar were present. Mahila Congress City Unit Chief Abha Pande was the chief guest at Kanchipura, Maskasath. Bijju Pande, Ajay Dalal were the guests of honour.

Dr Ambedkar Lawyers’ Association celebrated the day at its office at 72, Metta Nivas, Nara. Secretary Yadav Pote paid floral tributes. D T Bankar presided. The speakers stressed the need to eliminate casteist elements from the society, quality education for all and transparency in functioning of the government. Adarsha Vidya Mandir High School and Junior College, Smt A G Singhi Science Junior College, Smt S V Mohta Commerce Junior College, Smt G G Sarda Pre-primary and High School, Smt S V Mohta Semi-English School and Smt Bhavribai Amarchand Sarda Valak Mandir, Gandhibag jointly celebrated the day at Adarsha Vidya Mandir. Dr Bhau Lokhande was the chief guest. Gadpayle, Rajashree Bansod and Namdev Gharade were the guests of honour. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathon Daud Samiti had organised a marathon race from Samvidhan Chowk. MLA Sunil Kedar, social worker Suhas Wakode, Col Yashvant Telang were the guests for flag off. The race concluded at Deekshabhoomi. The prize distribution function will be held at Dhanwate National College premises in the next week.

The birth anniversary was also celebrated by Dalit Sena and Lok Janshakti Party; All India Samta Sainik Dal at Untkhana, Castribe Karmachari Kalyan Mahasangh, National People’s Social Organisation, Vidarbha Matang Ekta Mahasangh, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar va Annabhau Sathe Vicjar Manch, King Cobra Organisation Youth Force, Magasvargeeya Panipurawtha Karmachari Sanghatna, Rashtra Uddharak Yuvak Sanghatna’s Rishabh High School and residential Ashramshala, Samta Nagar; Kumbhalkar Social Work Evening College, Sanjivani Sakhi Sangh, Kalasagar Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya, Gandhibag; Communist Party of India; Backward Classes Telecom Employees Sanghatan, RPI (K), Bhim Jyoti Bouddha Vihar Maitri Sangh, Barse Nagar, Panchpaoli; Dalit Panther, Vidarbha Unit; Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, All India SC, SC railway Employees’ Asociation, Rana Pratap Nagarik Samiti, Republican Movement, Akhil Bharatiya Sarvavargeeya Kalar Samaj, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh Ratapsinh Chauhan and others.

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Gang of thieves busted

AMRAVATI, Apr 14 RURAL Police have arrested a gang of thieves including a woman which used to commit thefts in the temples. The gang has committed thefts at Jwalamukhi Devi Sansthan at Hinglaj... Read More
AMRAVATI, Apr 14 RURAL Police have arrested a gang of thieves including a woman which used to commit thefts in the temples. The gang has committed thefts at Jwalamukhi Devi Sansthan at Hinglajpur village under the jurisdiction of Loni Police Station and also at Bendoji Maharaj Sansthan, Ghuikhed under the jurisdiction of Talegaon Police Station. Police took the gang members into custody from Akola Jail. Vishwas Natthuji Sarkate (51) and Minakshi Yogiraj Ingle, both from Borgaon Manju town in Akola district and Sudhir Sahebrao Ingle (34) from Shivani village in Akola district are the names of the arrested accused. According to information, unidentified thieves decamped with gold and silver ornaments and also a crown of Jwalamukhi Devi worth Rs 1.5 lakh from Hinglajpur village on March 25, 2013. While in a similar theft at Bendoji Maharaj Sansthan, Ghukhed on January 25, 2014, in which unidentified thieves decamped with gold and silver ornaments and a crown worth about Rs 2.28 lakh. Police have registered offences in both the cases. S Viresh Prabhu, Superintendent of Police and Purushottam Karad, Additional Superintendent of Police taking cognisance of the incident have handed over the enquiry to Crime Branch Police. Crime Branch Police after enquiry, came to notice that, a man and a woman have arrived at both the temples and halted for 2-3 days by pretending that they have been blessed with baby after 12 years due to the blessings of the God. They allegedly inspect the respected premises and executed the theft incidents 2-3 days after they left the place. Police also came to know that, same type of theft incident took place Manora village in Washim district and accused were arrested by police and currently are lodged in Akola Jail. Rural police immediately demanded the custody of the accused and have brought them on remand. Accused allegedly have confessed about their involvement in both the theft incidents. Police are trying to recover the stolen property from the accused. The arrest has been executed by H B Pathan, PSI, Arun Mete, Head Constable, Mulchand Bhamburkar, Shrikrushna Hanwate, Trumbak Manohar, Shakil Chavan, Amit Wankhade and Sachin Mishra under the leadership of A G Khan, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Kiran Wankhade, Assistant Police Inspector and under the guidance of Viresh Prabhu, Superintendent of Police and Purushottam Karad, Additional Superintendent of Police. Police are investigating further in the incident.

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Pt Bachharaj bag overall title

PT. BACHHARAJ Vyas Vidyalaya claimed the overall champions’ honour while Revati Kore, Vaishvik Mohatkar, Mansi Uikey and Prathmesh Joshi were adjudged best athletes in the Nagpur District Junior ... Read More
PT. BACHHARAJ Vyas Vidyalaya claimed the overall champions’ honour while Revati Kore, Vaishvik Mohatkar, Mansi Uikey and Prathmesh Joshi were adjudged best athletes in the Nagpur District Junior Athletics Championship which was organised by Nagpur District Athletic Association at RTM Nagpur Univesity ground. Pt. Bachharaj, who were the pre-event favourites, earned 108 points to become overall champion. They were followed by RS Mundle High School who finished second with 75 points whereas Bhonsala Military School got third place with 73 points. Arjuna awardee Vijay Munishwar distributed the prizes. Athletic coach SJ Anthony presided over the concluding function. Gurudeo Nagrale, Chitra Pantawne, Ravindra Tong and Jitnedra Ghordadekar were also prominently present. Prof. Sharad Suryavanshi, Secretary, NDAA made introductory remarks. Yamini Thakre conducted the proceedings while Archana Kattewar proposed a vote of thanks. At the outset, the event was inaugurated at the hands of Vaishali Chatare, Shiv Chhatapati awardee and former international athlete. Dr Vivekanand Singh was the guest of honour while Dr Sanjay Choudhary was the special guest. LR Malviya, President, NDAA presided over the inaugural function.

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Reshimbag Gym are champions

AFTER bagging the Guzder League Twenty20 title, Reshimbag Gymkhana continued their splendid form to emerge champions in Guzder League ‘A’ division tournament organised by Vidarbha Cricket Assoc... Read More
AFTER bagging the Guzder League Twenty20 title, Reshimbag Gymkhana continued their splendid form to emerge champions in Guzder League ‘A’ division tournament organised by Vidarbha Cricket Association at VCA, Civil Lines. Reshimbag defeated Ruby Sporting Club by five wickets in the final match. Batting first, Ruby were tottering at 42 for five in the 17th over when Sanjog Binkar (46; 70b, 3x4) and Gaurav Upadhyaya (29; 56b, 1x4) joined forces and stitched a slow but useful 72-run partnership to rescue their side. Despite that, Ruby could only manage 151 before being bowled out in 43.1 overs. Swapnil Bandiwar was the pick of Reshimbag bowlers with figures of four for 32. Jayesh Dongaokar (3-9) too bowled well. While chasing the target, Reshimbag looked in control of things thanks to some good performances from Anup Fulper (45) and Kunjan Patel (25). Late hitting from Dongaokar and Ravi Jangid helped Reshimbag achieve the target in 34.5 overs with five wickets intact.

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Shobhayatra to mark Hanuman Jayanti today

A grand shobhayatra on Shri Hanuman would be taken out from Shri Hanuman Mandir, Rajabaksha, Medical Chowk, on Tuesday at 4 pm to mark Shri Hanuman Jayanti. Shri Hanuman Janmotsava Shobha Yatra S... Read More
A grand shobhayatra on Shri Hanuman would be taken out from Shri Hanuman Mandir, Rajabaksha, Medical Chowk, on Tuesday at 4 pm to mark Shri Hanuman Jayanti. Shri Hanuman Janmotsava Shobha Yatra Samiti has organised the yatra. This is the 18th year of this shobhayatra.

The shobhayatra will consist of about 50 attractive floats depicting various mythological scenes. The yatra will begin after puja of Shri Hanuman at the hands of Anil Sole, Mayor, Nitin Gadkari, ex-President of BJP, Vilas Muttemwar, sitting MP, Banwarilal Purohit, former MP, Vijay Darda, Avinash Pande, Ajay Sancheti, all MPs, Devendra Fadnavis, Dinanath Padole, both MLAs, K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police, Dr Vilas Dangre, Dr Gopinath Tiwari, Nishith Mishra, Jaiprakash Gupta, Basantlal Shaw, Sanjay Saxena, Ashok Mankar, Reeta Ashok Mule and others.

The shobhayatra will pass through Rajabakssha, Ramgab, Ashok Chowk, Medical Chowk, Hanuman Nagar, Siraspeth, Reshimbag, Zenda Chowk, Ganesh Nagar, Nandanvan, Mangalmurty Lawns Chowk, Tiranga Chowk, Chhota Tajbag, Raghuji Nagar, Ayodhya Nagar, Sharda Chowk, Shri Diddheshwar Hall Chowk, Manewada road, Tukdoji Chowk, Ajni Police Station, Vanjari Nagar and reach back to the temple.

Vivek Tiwari, Shrimant Raje Mudhoji Bhonsle, Ravindra Awasthi, Vijay purohit, Nitin Gujar, Shrimant Raje Jaisingh Bhonsle, Girish Pandav, Abhijit Vanjari, Sachin Gujar, dr Harish Purohit, Geeta Waghela, Nandu Chopkar, Rajendra Siroya, Vishnu Goenka, Tarun Ojha, Vijay Kewate, Rajendra Mishra, Anil Sinha, Subjhash Sharma, Sandip Agrawal, Bhuwanesh Tripathi, Radheshyam Rajput, Mihir Mehta, Nitin Ingle, Harish Kunde, Prashant Nagulwar and others are working hard to make the event successful. Devotees have organised a grand shobha yatra on Shri Hanuman on Tuesday at 9 am from Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir, Killa Road, Mahal, as part of celebration of Shri Hanuman Jayanti.

Before beginning of the shobhayatra, programmes of Kakad aarti, abhishek etc have been organised in the early morning. Gauri Shinde and party would present sugam sangeet in the mandir at 7 pm. On Wednesday, a blood donation camp has been organised at 9 am while Rangoli, drawing competitions have been organised for women and children at 5 pm, followed by Bhakti Sangeet by ISKCON. Sanjay Buwa Kartalkar wil present Gopalkala kirtan on Thursday at 3 pm while a talent show would be organised on Friday at 8 am for children. The programmes will end with Prakshal puja and bhajan.

Jalaram Prarthana Bhavan: Jalaram Satsang Mandal will also celebrate Shri Hanuman Jayanti on Tuesday at Quetta Colony. Various religious programmes have been organised to mark the occasion, informed Lalit Dawda, Secretary. Radhakrishna Mandir: Devotees will celebrate Shri Hanuman Jayanti with great enthusiasm and religious fervour on Tuesday. Parmeshwarlal Poddar will perform milk abhishek to Shri Hanuman in the mandir, Wardhman Nagar in the morning, followed by various religious programmes. Narayandas Zanwar, President, has appealed to devotees to take part in the programmes in large numbers.

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HC upholds school mgmt’s plea against Govt’s approval to 2 teachers

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Atul Chandurkar, at the High Court here, have allowed the writ petition filed by Shri Tukaram Shikshan Sanstha, Gadchiroli , quashing and setting aside the State ... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Atul Chandurkar, at the High Court here, have allowed the writ petition filed by Shri Tukaram Shikshan Sanstha, Gadchiroli , quashing and setting aside the State Director of Education (Secondary and Higher Secondary), Pune’s communication of August 17,2009 granting approval to the appointment of Nilima and her sister Archana Yeshwant Akre on the posts of Asst. Teachers and also the order of the Deputy Director of Education of October 21, 2009, directing the petitioner-management to send the proposal of these two teachers for grant of approval.

The Secretary of the petitioner-Society had challenged the two impugned orders. as according to the petitioner, these two women were appointed teachers by the then President Y M Akre, their father, without following procedure for appointment. One Pratibha Kawale had challenged these apppointments and also withdrawal of approval granted to her appointment by a writ petition 4463/2003.

Though these teachers did not challenge cancellation of approval granted to them on September 25, 2004, the Society sought reconsideration of cancellation of approval by the authorities. The Minister asked the Deputy Director of Education to reconsider grant of approval to these two teachers. In compliance with the Minister's desire,these impugned orders came to be passed. The HC has noted that in absence of power of review, the Joint Director or the Education Officer (secondary) could not have reconsidered the issue of cancellation of approval of these two teachers. The cancellation of approval order of September 25, 2004 had attained finality and the said order was never challenged by the two aggrieved teachers in a competent court and the Society had also withdrawn its petition without liberty.The concerned Minister had no authority to entertain appeal and issue the direction for re-consideration.

Advocates Dr R S Sundaram and Usha Tanna appeared for petitioner. AGP Anand Fulzele (State), Sangram Sirpurkar (two aggrieved teachers) and Mukesh Samarth (other management people) represented the respondents.

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Balloon vendor killed in cylinder blast

A BALLOON vendor met with a horrifying end when his head was blown into pieces in a cylinder blast at Timki in Tehsil area on Monday. So gory was the incident that a portion of his skull got stu... Read More
A BALLOON vendor met with a horrifying end when his head was blown into pieces in a cylinder blast at Timki in Tehsil area on Monday. So gory was the incident that a portion of his skull got stuck to a branch of tree in front of his rented house. Some nearby residents had providential escape when the explosion took place.

The deceased, Durugpal Mahipal Chauhan (20) was a resident of Patilpura, Timki. Durugpal used to stay with his colleagues in a rented house at Timki. He used to generate acetylene gas in cylinders for balloons by using calcium carbide and water. After attaching the cylinder filled with gas to his bicycle, he used to visit different localities for selling balloons.

Around 4 pm on Monday, he was preparing gas in front of his house. He put calcium carbide, water and some chemicals in cylinders. While he was trying to airtight the lid of one of the cylinders, it exploded killing him on the spot. Some persons passingby had a narrow escape. Soon after the explosion, panic gripped the area. After a few minutes, nearby residents were shocked to find Durugpal’s headless body with blood splattered on the ground.

Staff from Tehsil Police Station led by Senior Inspector V S Sanap arrived at the spot. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise the probe. After conducting the spot panchnama, cops sent the body to Mayo Hospital for autopsy. On the basis of the information given by Lalchand Fulchand Chauhan (50), Tehsil Police registered an offence under Sections 304(A) and 427 of the IPC against the deceased.

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Valuables worth 4.30 lakh burgled from jewellery shop in Gittikhadan

IN A sensational burglary, a gang of unidentified thieves stole cash, gold ornaments, silver idols and utensils and other valuables collectively worth over Rs 4.30 lakh from a jewellery shop in G... Read More
IN A sensational burglary, a gang of unidentified thieves stole cash, gold ornaments, silver idols and utensils and other valuables collectively worth over Rs 4.30 lakh from a jewellery shop in Gittikhadan area in the wee hours of Sunday.

Owned by Mohan Vishwanath Domde, Renuka Jewellers’ shop at Ahbab Colony Square was closed on Saturday and Sunday. A gang of thieves struck at the shop during the dark hours. After making a hole on the rear wall, thieves entered the shop. The intruders collected readymade ornaments, silver utensils, coins and idols of god and goddesses and decamped with the booty. Around 12 noon on Monday when Domde (39), a resident of Plot No. 54, Suraj Nagar, opened the shop, he was shocked to find the showcases and almirah empty. Some cash, gold ornaments, silver utensils and other valuables were also stolen.

Staff from Gittikhadan Police Station rushed to the shop on being informed about the theft. Fingerpint experts were summoned to trace the culprits. Till late night, the investigators were clueless about the burglars involved in the theft. Prima facie, police said, it was a well-planned theft. Possibility of involvement of some gang cannot be ruled out, they added. Further investigations are being carried out by Gittikhadan Police.

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Into freezing vegetables and ryots’ woes

They are a team of two -- one is Computer Engineer and another a businessman. From this description, one may think that they are into a software business and operating from a plush office in po... Read More
They are a team of two -- one is Computer Engineer and another a businessman. From this description, one may think that they are into a software business and operating from a plush office in posh locality of a major urban centre. But, one may be proven wrong on meeting Hasan and Sarah. For, this young and dynamic couple -- the team -- is not into software business. Hasan and Sarah are into the business of frozen vegetables. They do not work at a major urban centre, but have set up a plant in remote village Sindivihir, about 30 kms from Kondhali in Nagpur district. What prompted them to take to this business that made it mandatory for them to devote most of their time to rural landscape?

“We do not want to see our farmers commit suicide. The entire planet will sustain if farmers across the globe live happily. Farmers produce vegetables. But, vegetables go waste due to lack of storage facilities. They also do not get deserving price for vegetables in the market. Hence, we have formed a network of about 500 local farmers and directed them to sell their vegetables to us. All farmers are getting adequate money for their vegetables immediately,” Hasan told ‘The Hitavada’.

Hasan and Sarah chose to foray into this business to help farmers. “Such unique facility is not available in entire South East Asia. We have brought the technology of producing frozen food items from France. Though, the machinery is advanced, we have trained the local youths to operate the entire system. “We have only one qualified Engineer to supervise the entire process; rest of the work has been done by these trained youths. The entire unit has 400 workers and all are from local village,” said Hasan Shafiq.

The facility of producing frozen vegetables has been termed by Shafiq couple as ‘Farm Level Processing.’ BY Agro & Infra Pvt. Ltd., as the name indicates, it is an agriculture company, specialising in frozen foods, frozen fruits and frozen vegetables in India. The company believes in farm level processing and leveraging technology to help farmers sell all that they produce, and make healthy and nutritious food available to all throughout the year. The actual production was started from Ram Navami in 2013. But prior to which the couple has to struggle a lot. This dream project required more than five years to complete by overcoming number of obstacles.

Sarah, spoke about their struggle as, “When we purchased 150 acres of land in this small and remote village, we came to know that there was a huge shortage of water in the summer months. To conserve water, we created an artificial lake, on-site, which would be filled by rain water in the monsoon, and cater to our needs in summer, when the water table goes down and the wells run dry. Last year, the lake was full with the abundant rains, and till date the lake is brimming with water. In fact, due to the creation of the lake, a whole new ecosystem has started developing around it. Migratory birds now stop for a drink at the lake, and small animals come here to quench their thirst. A huge well has been dug to ensure continuous supply of water and a small power generator has also been installed to ensure continuous supply of power. For all these, we have faced a lot of opposition from local farmers, we have to educate them and constantly encourage them.” The company has passed all the tests and standards of food safety. The company has been certified by Food Safety and Standard Authority (FSSA), ISO and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).

“With the huge investment, we have ensured that everything that we produce, meets the highest standards of quality, hygiene, and nutrition. We have tried to save energy and resources, and reducing the impact we have on the environment, so that we leave a cleaner and greener planet for future generations. Towards these goals, we have partnered with local farmers, providing them with high quality seeds and fertilizers, and supporting them with agricultural technology and know-how all through the farming cycle. This ensures that the produce harvested is of the highest quality in terms of size, shape, colour and nutritional value. At harvest, we procure all the produce from local farmers and the produce is cleaned and processed by our state-of-the-art, fully automated systems, with minimum human intervention, thus ensuring highest levels of hygiene. The products are quick frozen using our state-of-the-art Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) technology. IQF technology ensures that each individual piece of product is frozen separately, and never sticks together in lumps when packed,” Sarah stated. The frozen vegetables produced by the company include Pumpkin, Cauliflower, Garlic, Onion, Spinach, Orange segments, mango dices etc.

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Power woes of MIHAN-SEZ over as MSEDCL agrees to supply electricity

n MERC in its important ruling directs MSEDCL to step-in The Industrial and Information Technology Units of Multimodal Industrial Hub Airport at Nagpur and Special Economic Zone (MIHAN-SEZ) may ... Read More
n MERC in its important ruling directs MSEDCL to step-in The Industrial and Information Technology Units of Multimodal Industrial Hub Airport at Nagpur and Special Economic Zone (MIHAN-SEZ) may heave a sigh of relief as Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has directed Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to provide power to the units situated in MIHAN-SEZ area.

It may be mentioned that Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Private Limited (AMNEPL) has failed to provide assured electricity to the units in the MIHAN-SEZ area. The present requirement of MIHAN-SEZ area is around 25 MW and AMNEPL does not have any dedicated coal block for power generation. The construction work of Tata Consultancy Services, Boeing India Private Limited was affected due to non-availability of assured electricity while production and exports of Caliber Point Business Solution, Ebix Software, Koluddata Software, Yelamanchili Sofware, Informatics Solutions, Cenosphere India Private Limited and other companies were also disturbed due to non-supply of power and high rate power.

Maharashtra Airport Development Company Limited has filed a petition against AMNEPL and MSEDCL in the MERC demanding uninterrupted and guranteed power supply, which is so essential to run any unit or carry out any activity within notified SEZ area.

Chandra Iyengar, Chairperson of MERC has passed an interim order recently. The Commission agreed that there is an emergent situation for which ad-interim arrangement should be in place for providing uninterrupted supply to consumers including continuos process industries. The MSEDCL has shown its willingness to provide electricity to the units in MIHAN-SEZ area immediately.

After hearing all the parties, the Commission directed MADC, AMNEPL and MSEDCL to ensure that the consumers in the MADC area should get un-interrupted power supply. AMNEPL should start supplying minimum 80% of the committed supply of power starting from 2 pm from April 11, 2014, which AMNEPL had agreed. In case AMNEPL is not able to provide uninterrupted power supply as per agreement to the consumers, MSEDCL should start supplying power to such consumers who have applied to them. MSEDCL may use the transmission/distribution network of AMNEPL and MADC. The commission will decide appropriate charges for use of assets subsequently. It may be added that power supply is biggest problem of MIHAN-SEZ area. The Diet Foods International Nagpur, Kolland Developers Private Limited, Kanav Agronomy, Mahindra Satyam, and Lupin Pharma have started construction work in SEZ area. The situation was very bleak and existing industries were finding it difficult to run their units because of snapping of power supply. It may be recalled that MADC had assured power supply at Rs 2.97 per unit rate. The existing units are operating on diesel sets to keep the unit running. The interim order of MERC can give some relief to Units in coming days.

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Damocles’ Sword hangs over Akola GMC’s 150 MBBS seats

Though intake of Akola’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) increased to 150 due to prompt judicial intervention, it would not be able to admit students on additional 50 seats in ac... Read More
Though intake of Akola’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) increased to 150 due to prompt judicial intervention, it would not be able to admit students on additional 50 seats in academic session 2014-15, thanks to shocking apathy by State Government and authorities who let down all concerned by breaching the promise to remove all deficiencies in time-bound manner.

Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked Central Government not to renew permission for admission of 2nd batch of MBBS students against the increased intake from 100 to 150 for the academic session 2014-15 for Akola GMCH. Now, Damocles Sword hangs over medical seats of Akola GMCH of which 70% are available for bright students of Vidarbha and this affordable medical seats might be lost again, if corrective steps are not taken on war-footing. Worse, there is a big question mark over even the original intake of 100 seats of Akola GMCH. The renewal of MCI for these original 100 seats is due this year, but the college authorities have miserably failed to comply with MCI inspection report including appointment of a full-time Dean, reveals sources. The MCI Executive Committee recently considered the Council Assessor Report and pointed loopholes like inadequate infrastructure, congested examination rooms and OPD area. The MCI report also pointed out that Central Clinical Laboratory functions only during OPD hours, speech therapy is not available, in none of wards water coolers are available, only two mobile X-ray machines are available as against requirement of 6. Ironically, both these X-ray machines are non-functional.

The committee has decided to recommend to the Central Government not to renew the permission for increased intake of 100 to 150 and not to grant continuance of recognition of college for the award of MBBS degree (100 seats) at GMC, Akola.

Some PG seats increased

Recognition of MS (Orthopaedics) qualification against increased intake from 1 to 3 seats at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Swangi, Wardha was under consideration of Post Graduate (PG) Committee of the MCI. The committee has decided to recommend increased intake granted by Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Wardha for JNMC, Wardha be recognised and included in the 1st Schedule to the IMC Act, 1956. The Post-graduate Committee further decided that the recognition so granted shall be for a maximum period of 5 years from the date of notification upon which the institute shall have to apply for renewal of recognition. NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences was granted increased intake of 2 to 4 seats in PG in PSM; 2 to 3 PG seats in Physiology, increased intake in General Medicine and ENT too. GMCH, Nagpur got recognition of MD (Forensic Medicine) qualification for 2 seats granted by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik in respect of students being trained at Government Medical College, Nagpur be recognised and included in the 1st Schedule to the IMC Act, 1956. GMCH also got MD (Biochemistry) qualification with increased intake from 2 to 4 seats. Obstetric and Gynaecology Department of GMCH, Nagpur has 6 PG seats which has been increased to 7 and it was granted by MCI. Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMC&H), Nagpur could not get recognition for MD (Paediatrics) for increased intake from 2 to 3. Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha got recognition of MD (DVL) (Skin) for one seat. Yavatmal’s Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College could not get recognition for PG Paediatrics, Ophthalmology and Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Pathology.

Deficiencies in IGGMC&H Paediatric

Everybody must be wondering as to how come everytime intake of PG seats of Government Medical Colleges is never approved by the MCI while private colleges never face such obstacles. For records sake, the MCI has pointed out a large number of deficiencies in various Government Medical Colleges which pitched for more PG seats.

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Medico-Legal reports to be computerised, State to HC

“At present medico-legal reports including post-mortem reports received from medical officers are handwritten and mostly illegible; due to which the investigating agencies are unable to under... Read More
“At present medico-legal reports including post-mortem reports received from medical officers are handwritten and mostly illegible; due to which the investigating agencies are unable to understand the said report. Therefore, it is necessary to issue directions to Public Health and Medical Education Department to provide computerised medico-legal reports (MLR) to the investigating agencies,” stated an affidavit filed by State Home Department before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court.

The affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sevagram-based forensic expert Dr Indrajit Khandekar, seeking computerisation of all MLRs and its generation through Forensic Medical Software. Home Department further submitted that the medical officer who had prepared post-mortem report, after some years may not be available for trial to give evidence on the said medical report. Therefore, it is necessary to furnish computerised medico legal report and where there is a problem of electricity supply in remote areas, the type written medico-legal reports should be supplied by the doctors. If the correct and proper MLRs are provided it will obviously facilitate for appreciation of proper evidence during trial.

Peeved by the illegible handwriting of medicos, especially in MLRs (FMR) including clinical forensic and post-mortem reports, Dr Khandekar, who is in-charge of Clinical Forensic Medicine Unit (CFMU) and Associate Professor at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) Sevagram-Wardha has approached the High Court on the ground that illegible handwriting of doctors on MLRs often creates lot of problems for courts and criminal justice system is adversely affected. His plea is based on his detailed study report that had already submitted to the govt agencies.

A division bench comprising Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C.V. Bhdang granted two weeks more time to Public Health and Medical Education departments to file reply. Citing Khandekar’s exhaustive study his counsel Vijay Patait had earlier contended that most of the MLRs handwriting of the doctor is not legible and lot of time is consumed in deciphering the said writings and also highlighted the problems posed during criminal and civil investigation because of the illegible handwriting.

Dr. Khandekar stated that bad handwriting causing tremendous problems in day to day functioning of the courts and it is one of the impediments in meeting the ends of justice.

Adv Patait had earlier also contended that the MLRs prepared by the doctors in sexual assault, injuries in cases of assault, attempt to murder, road traffic accident, poisoning cases, person causing nuisance under the influence of alcohol, arrested person, dowry death, torture and murder cases including post-mortem reports etc plays a major role in meeting the ends of justice. Petitioner was represented by Advocates Vijay Patait and Swapnil Pathak. AGP Deepak Thakre represented the respondent authorities.

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Poll, security arrangements being finalised for three C’garh LS constituencies

The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has demanded over 6000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the state of Maharashtra for parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh. Sources within the CE... Read More
The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has demanded over 6000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the state of Maharashtra for parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh. Sources within the CEO office informed that these would 15-column EVMs and are likely to be deployed in the Raipur Lok Sabha seat itself. Sources also informed that EVMs earlier planned to be deployed in Raipur are being dispatched to other districts including Durg and Bilaspur. Meanwhile, preparations for second round of parliamentary polls in Chhattisgarh including in Rajnandgaon, Kanker and Mahasamund have intensified with campaigning slated to cease by Tuesday evening. Joint Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) DD Singh informed that three constituencies would have 6114 polling booths and 45,56,000 eligible voters. Singh said the poll timings in Kanker LS along with Mohla-Manopur (Rajnandgaon), Gariaband, Sihawa and Dondilohara areas would be till 3 pm citing Naxal threat. Voting in all of the remaining polling booths would be held for full time span. It need be mentioned that security is going to be biggest concern in second round of parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh especially in wake of two gruesome Naxal attacks on poll parties as they returned. CEO Sunil Kumar Kujur has stressed that security personnel should strictly comply to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent such incidents. He dismissed that requisitioning more security forces is being considered for extracting poll parties after voting.

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Change in school timing during summer becomes a matter of debate

Change in school timing in summer has become a matter of debate as the principals, teachers, parents and students have reacted differently over the change of school timing, followed after the direc... Read More
Change in school timing in summer has become a matter of debate as the principals, teachers, parents and students have reacted differently over the change of school timing, followed after the directive in the same context was issued by the district administration with the noble intention of sparing children from searing summer heat while commuting to their school and back to their homes. Where the school heads and teaching staff are of the view that such changes in the timing of schools will hamper the continuity of studies in academic session and the teachers will also not be able to do justice with the prescribed course, especially that of the higher classes. While maximum numbers of parents are of the view that although the change in timing of schools is in the interest of students in lower classes, but it could have adverse affect on the studies of senior students. Many parents, teachers and schools were of the opinion to conduct the higher classes in morning shift, and declare holiday for the kids. On the other hand, the students from primary and middle school are a happy lot as the prospect of enjoying more days of summer vacation is quite a thrilling one for them. Although the senior students considered it a hurdle in completion of their course within the stipulated time span, but maximum number of them welcomed the decision and also have geared up to utilize the extra spare time, either by joining crash courses or by joining tuitions. Prashant Vashisth, Principal Delhi Public School, Bhilai opined that the change in time is not in the interest of the students from higher classes. Teachers and students, both would not be able to do justice with the prescribed topic in academic curriculum, as some among them would be completed in haste. He suggested that school timing should have been changed for the kids and not for the board examination appearing students. V S Kalpana, Principal, Shri Sankara Vidyalaya, reacting vehemently on the change in time said that it is certainly good for the kids but not for the senior students. Teachers will not be able to do justice with the course as reduction in the working hours would force the teachers to complete certain topic in the haste, and finally the students will be at the receiving end. Rammana Rao, Physics teacher in DAV Jamul said, “It will become difficult for us to complete the course in time and also to revise it, and any how we will have to manage this by conducting extra classes in future. That certainly becomes a burden for us and as well as for students. He said that when a student is willing and their parents are also allowing them to join tuition and coaching classes at any time, then why not attend the school at noon time. “The change in time and later preponment of summer vacation is likely to hamper the progress in studies of my son, so I opted for the crash course introduced by a coaching class in the city with the intention of utilizing the vacation properly and also for ensuring the desired progress of my son”, said Amrita Bakshi, a parent whose son is in class-12th. To be carried in box When contacted, District Education Officer, Ashutosh Chawre said that the decision of change in school time, or preponment of summer vacation, are introduced in consideration to the request of parents and certain organizations with an objective to spare the children from the searing heat while commuting to school. This directive is issued by the district administration and should be considered mandatory by all schools of the district to abide by it. Regarding the hampering of studies DEO pointed that the children interested in studies will any how continue their studies and the change in time is not likely to hamper the academic career of any student, as it is only for sparing children from the summer heat, asserted Chawre.

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Posts abolished under Chief Minister Urban Health Programme, unfair: CPCHEA

Posts have been abolished under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme. It is unfair because some of the posts are being continued and on the other hand order as such has been issued after the... Read More
Posts have been abolished under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme. It is unfair because some of the posts are being continued and on the other hand order as such has been issued after the Election Model Code of Conduct came into force. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Contractual Health Employees Association (CPCHEA) while making the above allegations against Chhattisgarh government also highlighted that all such posts abolished were created after approval of the state cabinet headed by none other than the Chief Minister and it was also approved by the cabinet that these posts would be maintained under the state budget till 2017. Hence, citing the Government of India (GoI) these posts can not be abolished, CPCHEA added at a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Monday. On April 2 the order regarding abolition of posts was issued and the reason cited was that the staff under the above said programme was not approved. It is unfair because the state government has not abolished some of the posts and has ordered for continuing them and the additional budget for the same will be borne by the state government. The government therefore can make budgetary provision also for posts abolished, CPCHEA stated. If the posts were abolished citing GoI then all such posts which are not approved should be abolished. Posts of Medical Officer, City Programme Manager, Data Handler, Cold Chain and Logistic Assistant are not approved, but it has been decided that these posts under the programme will be continued with funds from state budget. But, other posts like Accounts Manager, Data Manager, Staff Nurse, Dresser, Eye Assistant, Health Assistant, Counselor, Paramedical and Class IV staff have been abolished. All these posts were created by the state government, CPCHEA maintained. Reacting to all the above allegations of CPCHEA, an official in the state health department stated that posts have been maintained under the Chief Minister Urban Health Programme keeping in view the GoI sanction under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) and also the need of the state. The official was critical of the GoI, stating that the NUHM was a kind of imposition on the state and Chhattisgarh has been taken in line with the advanced states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu. Letter correspondence has been done with GoI, the official added. It was further stated by this official that decision for abolition of the posts was arrived before the election model code of conduct came into force and implementation at a time when the code was in force was a mere coincidence. Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Kujur stated on being contacted by The Hitavada that all the government officials were informed in time about the code and adherence to it.

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FIR to be filed in cases of violation of Essential Commodities Act

Food Department of Raipur District Administration was all set to file First Information Report (FIR) against those who have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 and cases again... Read More
Food Department of Raipur District Administration was all set to file First Information Report (FIR) against those who have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 and cases against them is pending for last five years. According to Assistant Food Officer (AFO) Sanjay Dubey, the Food Department has been continuously informing the persons, whose assets have been confiscated, for the deposit of the money against the confiscated goods. As department did not receive any response against the notices, the food department had no option but to take initiative for the FIR in the cases. It is seen that the many people have allotted their houses/shops to others to run their business. The businessmen have disappeared after raids and confiscation of their shops by the food department. In such case, the house/shop owner will have to pay the price. According to Dubey, 23 persons did not pay the Rs 4 lakh despite repeated notices. If they do not pay the amount within a week, the food department will file FIR against them. Those served notices are Yogesh Nayak (Raipura Tava Factory) for Rs 69,000, Rahul Singh (Adarsh Nagar, Mowa) for Rs 64,000, Ranjit Chatraj (Harshit Vihar, Tatibandh) for Rs 60,000, Hotel Gendlal (Fafadih) for Rs 26,500, Laxmi Gas Agency (Byron bazaar) for Rs 25,000, Manjushree Hotel (Lalbag Shopping Complex) for Rs 16500, Rohit Nasta Centre (Fafadih) for Rs 15,000, Ramchandra Mahakalkar for Rs 14,000, Apna Chullaha Centre (New Bus Stand) for Rs 11,350, Bikaner Misthan Bhandar (Pandri) for Rs 14200, Jai Bharat Mata Prathamik Bhandar, Bana, for Rs 11250, Manish Kumar (Bhilai) for Rs 14000, Maa Bambeshwari Bhandar (Birgaon) for Rs 13537, Godavari Devi (Lakhe Nagar) for Rs 12000, Hiramoti Sweets (Tilda) for Rs 10000, Rajasthan Bhojnalaya (MMI Hospital) for Rs 10000, Asharam Sahu for Rs 10000 and Glorious Restaurant (Raja Talab) for Rs 10000. The legal in-charge of Food Department, Dubey said these persons have violated the provisions of Essential Commodities Act 1955 by not responding to the notices.

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Stakes are high on the top profile seat of Rajnandgaon

The Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is one of the high profile constituencies in the state involving the stake of the chief minister as his son Abhishek Singh is trying his luck in politics, con... Read More
The Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is one of the high profile constituencies in the state involving the stake of the chief minister as his son Abhishek Singh is trying his luck in politics, contesting from here. The qualified engineer has taken to the heat and dust meeting people and seeking blessings from the elders. Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, which is spread over 8 Assembly segments and two districts, of which, five are Naxal infested, has influence of Bairagi Kings and has been hogging media headlines eversince Bharatiya Janata Party decided to field Abhishek Singh. With 15,80,456 voters including 792330 male and 78840 female voters, this constituency will be going to polls on April 17, during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state. The constituency which was constituted in 1962, has faced 13 General Elections, wherein, Congress had won seven times, BJP five times and Janata Party had registered victory once. Late Shivendra Bahadur Singh from Congress had represented the constituency for the maximum period. If the present Assembly elections are any indicators, both BJP and Congress are equally placed with Congress registering win in Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur and Khairagarh Assembly segments while the BJP had registered win in Rajnandgaon, Dongargarh, Kawardha and Pandaria Assembly segments. Although in comparison to 2008 Assembly elections, the BJP had registered win in lesser number of Assembly segments in he previous elections but it is still ahead as far as votes are concerned. BJP had received a total of 533099 votes while Congress received 511311 votes in eight Assembly segments. Till date, the win with highest margin has been registered by BJP’s Madhusudan Yadav who had won previous General Elections by a margin of 1.20 lakh votes when he had defeated Congress’ Devrat Singh. However, in the last five years the numerical graph has registered a decline with the margin for the party coming down to 22000 in the Rajnandgaon parliamentary constituency in the Assembly elections.

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Around 10,000 auto-rickshaw drivers to boycott polls

Around ten thousand auto-rickshaw drivers of the state capital are planning to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections since they are not satisfied with the policies of the state government. Accor... Read More
Around ten thousand auto-rickshaw drivers of the state capital are planning to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections since they are not satisfied with the policies of the state government. According to the auto-rickshaw drivers, they are still deprived of their basic rights after 10 years of service for which they are especially blaming the district administration and RTO. They are terming the attitude of district administration and RTO as that similar to dictatorship due to which they have to struggle a lot in order to fulfill their basic needs. Recently a meeting of the association of auto-rickshaw was convened in which the prevailing issues were discussed and also a decision was taken to prepare a rigorous strategy regarding their role in the upcoming elections.

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Martyr Shikshakarmi bids tearful adieu with Guard of Honour

TEARFUL Adieu was bade on Sunday to martyr Shikshakarmi, Satynarayan Devangan by the resident of Dundera (Utai) village in Durg district and dignitaries, following the guard of honour, presented by... Read More
TEARFUL Adieu was bade on Sunday to martyr Shikshakarmi, Satynarayan Devangan by the resident of Dundera (Utai) village in Durg district and dignitaries, following the guard of honour, presented by security personnel. A large number of villagers along with political leaders and police officials were also present for tributes to the departed one. Satyanaryan Dewangan, the martyr Shikshakarmi was a native of Dundera village near Utai. He was cremated following the guard of honour, accorded to him at his native village. A large number of villagers from the place mourned the irreparable loss. B L Pal, SDoP, Patan; Phoolsingh Netam, SHO, Utai Police Station and Anjali Yerewar (Reserve Inspector), Durg Police Line along with several political leaders, including Durg M.P, Saroj Pandey, Women and Child Welfare, Minister, Ramshila Sahu; MLA Durg (Urban) Arun Vora, and former MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Vijay Baghel were present for paying tributes to the martyr. Satyanarayan Dewangan (44) was one among the members of returning polling party, back to Bijapur District Headquarters in a bus, when red-brigade triggered a landmine blast, killing some party members and Satyanarayan was one who laid down his life while rendering his valuable services for the country. Late Satyanarayan was serving as Shikshakarmi Grade-I in Bhatwara village school of Bhairamgarh in Bijapur district since last two and a half years. He left behind his grieving family members, including his father, brother, wife and two children.

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Poll duty Naxal attack victims to receive compensation: CEO Kujur

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur has confirmed that poll and security personnel deceased or injured in Saturday’s Naxal attack in Bijapur and Sukma districts would be eligible for ... Read More
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur has confirmed that poll and security personnel deceased or injured in Saturday’s Naxal attack in Bijapur and Sukma districts would be eligible for compensation under electoral code as mandated by Election Commission of India. He said that Collector’s report in this regard is being awaited detailing. Kujur said that the maximum compensation for injured due to violence while on poll duty is Rs 10 lakh while families of the deceased who were on poll duty and passed away due to violent acts are eligible for Rs 20 lakh. Speaking on challenges ahead as the next round of parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh would include Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund and Kanker, all of which are partially afflicted with Naxalism, Kujur said that strict compliance to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) by poll parties and security personnel would be ensured. He denied that increased allocation of security forces is being pondered upon. Kujur said that he has instead, asked the District Electoral Officers and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to ensure that security personnel strictly comply with the laid down SOP. He said that had there been more security personnel in the Sanjivni ambulance that was blasted on Saturday, there would have been more fatalities. With regards to final vote percentage in Bastar parliamentary election, CEO Kujur confirmed it to be around 59.23 percent, a significant surge over last parliamentary polls. Sources in the CEO office also confirmed that poll figures are being entered per polling booth with the arrival of EVMs from remote areas. Sources in the CEO office also suggested that despite the Saturday’s Naxal attack, there is no prospect of re-polling as all EVMs have been extracted unscathed.

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‘Naxal violence has hindered progress of state’

Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh has hindered the progress of the State, particularly in the tribal dominated regions, but the one feature it has established is that the critical care is now availabl... Read More
Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh has hindered the progress of the State, particularly in the tribal dominated regions, but the one feature it has established is that the critical care is now available in the state. Thanks to the health and medical services in the private sector of the State. In the incidences of violence triggered by Naxals so far there have been casualties of security personnel, politicians and polling personnel and almost in all such cases the victims having chances of survival were airlifted from the remote areas to private hospitals in the state capital. Such preference to private hospitals meant a kind of certificate to these institutions that they have better critical care unit than the State Government’s institutions. And it is true, said sources in the state health department on condition of anonymity. Critical care is a team work that requires both men and machines. The institution providing such care requires multispeciality and multidisciplinary team and well equipped with instruments and capability of service round the clock. Certainly these hallmarks are there with the private institutions so they are preferred, the sources added. An authoritative official in the department said on condition of anonymity that the health and medical services of the State Government can not be blamed because it has to function within a budgetary allocation and work according to priorities. The Health Department has to check spreading of such diseases which are totally preventable and to spend in cases of treatment of such diseases like malaria, jaundice, tobacco caused cancer and others. If there is more wisdom in the society to the effect that the government need not spend for treatment of preventable diseases and the people take care of themselves by following the preventive tips, then the Government will be in a position to spend for up grading its institutions with manpower and instruments that are needed for critical and advanced care, the official said. “Chhattisgarh Government has made a budgetary provision which amounts to 58 per cent more when compared with the allocation of the previous financial year. Chhattisgarh has been counted among the leading states in the country in terms of decline registered in the infant and mother mortality rates,” the official cited in supporting the Government. The Government official may be true, but a fully-equipped trauma centre is a need in restive Bastar region, keeping in view the type of injuries suffered in incidences of Naxal violence. In the cases of blast and gun shot injuries victims lose blood profusely and they need immediate attention of doctors. The condition of such victims is made stable and they are then shifted in a stable condition to private hospital in Raipur and the medical treatment begins in the state capital. There is every possibility that condition of such patients while being transported may become more complicated. In case of abdominal injury, the abdominal portion may bulge and there may be formation of puss. Surgical stitching becomes very difficult in such condition. In case of injury on chest, lungs, veins and arteries may be effected and in case of cervical spine injury, the victim develops breathing difficulty, the sources added.

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Chief Secy, DGP visit Bastar, collect info on Naxal attack

In the wake of brutal Naxal attack on the security forces and election staff returning from polling, top rank officials of the State Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil... Read More
In the wake of brutal Naxal attack on the security forces and election staff returning from polling, top rank officials of the State Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kujoor and Director General of Police (DGP) A N Upadhyay on Sunday visited the Bastar constituency to take detail information from local officials about the incidents of Naxal violence. It’s noteworthy that Naxals had attacked polling parties near Kutru-Ketulnar in Bijapur District on April 12, claiming seven members of a polling party whereas on the same day, Naxals also killed all the five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers onboard an Ambulance (Sanjeevani Express), when they triggered a powerful landmine near Darbha of Jagdalpur. The technician and driver of the Sanjeevani Express were also killed in the blast. Vivek Dhand, after returning from Jagdalpur, informed that families of each government employee, who martyred in the Naxal violence, would be provided with Rs 32 lakh of financial assistance, which include contribution Rs 20 lakh from Election Commission of India and Rs 12 lakh. Even the driver and technician would be given financial assistance of RS 20 lakh each by Election Commission of India whereas State Government has announced a help of Rs 5 lakh to each of them. On member of each of the victim families will also be given Government job on compassionate grounds. Chief Secretary also informed that according to the CRPF rules, families of each of the martyred personnel will be given financial help of Rs 40 lakh each.

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Woman commits suicide, dejected husband jumps in front of train

IN A shocking incident reported at Shahpura police station, a newly married woman suffering from acute stomach pain committed suicide by consuming pesticide. The woman died while undergoing t... Read More
IN A shocking incident reported at Shahpura police station, a newly married woman suffering from acute stomach pain committed suicide by consuming pesticide. The woman died while undergoing treatment. Unable to bear the shock, the dejected husband then ended his life by jumping in front of a train near Bhitoni station. According to police, Hemlata, resident of Ramghat Piparia, was recently married and was expecting. She was suffering from acute stomach pain. Despite several treatment there was no respite. On Saturday afternoon, unable to bear the biting pain she allegedly consumed pesticide and decided to end her life. Family members on seeing her in desolate condition rushed her to National Hospital Jabalpur. In the hospital, while undergoing treatment she died at around 1.30 am, after the death was reported police reached the hospital and carried out investigations under which panchnama was made and the body was referred for autopsy. Ajay Mallah, husband of the deceased, who was also present in the hospital was so depressed. The husband who reportedly left the hospital saying that he was going to his native place did not reach home. On Sunday morning, family members who did not find Ajay started searching him and was shocked to see his body lying on railway track close to Bhitoni station. Locals passing through the route informed police about the body lying on railway track. On being informed police reached the spot and made panchnama and referred the body for autopsy. During panchnama the deceased was identified by family members as Ajay Mallah. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered by the police who are investigating further. The two suicidal deaths was reported from Ramghat Piparia was mourned by people of the area.

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Local marble artisans fail to get desired recognition in market

LACK of policy, poor awareness on business potential, demand of artefacts made up on white marble stone of Narmada valley, available technology for value addition, processing of marble like sculp... Read More
LACK of policy, poor awareness on business potential, demand of artefacts made up on white marble stone of Narmada valley, available technology for value addition, processing of marble like sculpture finishing, dragging this traditional art form on verge of extinction. Less interest of government agencies is frustrating huge potential of marble stone-based employment. Leading producer of soft marble, besides hard marble stone used in building construction is being exported to other states from Madhya Pradesh. Yet, no emphasis is being laid on marketing, processing, value addition of marble by developing value chain addition, processing facilities and marketing facilities to bring artefacts to national and international platforms.

The programme run by medium, small and micro enterprise ministry, Government of India has given various facilities. But equal participation of local administration is necessary. In this, the Madhya Pradesh Government has nothing special to offer and to encourage local art and artisans.

Simultaneously, for small craftsmen, sculptors and artisans working in marble, timber or furniture wood, clay, wrought iron, bamboo, cane and other such items no support has been initiated yet. Handicraft from few districts chosen by Handicraft and Handloom Development Department is presented as art of Madhya Pradesh on different platforms. The grade of marble stone used in statues is available in abundance in Jabalpur at the banks of Narmada in Bhedaghat.

The place is also house of artists shaping statues and attractive Bhedaghat scenery, but the art has failed to get desired recognition in market due to lack of promotion or branding in campaigns highlighting tourism and business in Jabalpur circuit. On the other hand, marble used in building construction is being excavated from mines in Katni are being processed in other states and huge profits are made by few private companies. Similar is the story of timber wood industry. Sculptors, artisans and people associated with craft work of marble in Jabalpur division are not getting proper lift. Nor they are getting any exposure in national and international exhibitions in proper manner. There is need to work on creating policies and programmes to support and encourage artisans for uplift and development of art as well as to ensure employment for villagers around White Marble Rock Valley.

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Patients bear brunt of shortage of technicians at dialysis unit

PERSISTING shortage of technician at dialysis unit has badly affected functioning of the unit to its full strength of center at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. In abse... Read More
PERSISTING shortage of technician at dialysis unit has badly affected functioning of the unit to its full strength of center at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. In absence of adequate technicians, many poor patients admitted at different wards are deprived of dialysis facility in spite of five units dialysis machine are already installed in the center. In spite of about 10-15 patients are seen in queue, one technician has been deployed to manage the center, reason best known to the medical administration.

Despite increase in demand of dialysis over period of years no sincere effort has been made either by the medical administration or State Medical Education Department to start recruitment of technician either on contractual or regular appointment base, to meet the needs of poor patients. Sources claimed that about 500-600 patients registered in OPD, 80-100 admitted in medical hospital everyday. Out of them large section of patient suffers from one or other disease related to kidney.

Shockingly, it is true that many patients in utter need of dialysis are compelled to go to private hospital, in absence of adequate staff. One technician operates dialysis machine only during OPD timings from 8 am to 2 pm and around 30 patients register for dialysis every day, but in absence of adequate technicians, dialysis of only 10 patients is performed and rest of them either have to wait for their turn on the next working day or are compelled to take dialysis at other private hospital.

As dialysis costs around Rs 300 per sitting at Medical College Hospital, which is less as compared to other private hospitals. Though proposal for appointment of new technicians is still lying at different departments were sent to Medical Education Department (MED), but over the period of years, neither the officials or public representatives from city, have made sincere efforts to make comprehensive plan either to resolve shortage of technicians or upgrade existing equipment which could be more beneficial to patients.

Talking to the newspaper, Superintendent Dr Pradeep Kasar said that proposal for required technician is pending with Medical Education Department, Bhopal, for further course of action. In case there is any further delay in execution of orders then we would appoint daily-wage workers as technician to fulfill our requirement .

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Thieves target locked house in Naya Mohalla, decamp with cash

LEAVING the house unattended on Sunday proved dear to Imtiyaz Khan, resident from Naya Mohalla, as some unidentified miscreants opened lock of the house and broke the almirah and managed to flee ... Read More
LEAVING the house unattended on Sunday proved dear to Imtiyaz Khan, resident from Naya Mohalla, as some unidentified miscreants opened lock of the house and broke the almirah and managed to flee with cash Rs 8 lakh along with gold ornaments weighing 60 grams. According to information, a house owned by Imitiyaz Khan was targeted by some unidentified miscreants on Sunday afternoon.

The incident surfaced prominence at around 6 pm when the house owner returned home they found lock of the main door open along with others locks. As he entered the house his living room was all ransacked and the almirah lock was broken and cash and other valuables were missing. The man immediately informed police who reached the spot along with sniffer dog squad, finger print experts and carried out investigations. Khan informed police that on Sunday morning he left house for some work, his wife who remained at home then left to meet her parents. She had informed Khan about her visit.

Around 6 pm when Imitiyaz returned he found the locks broken and opened by some befitting keys. He found Rs 8 lakh cash kept in the locker missing along with gold ornaments and other belongings worth around Rs 3 lakh.

The investigation team, who reached the spot, carried out investigations as finger print experts attempted to seek possible finger prints of unidentified miscreant. The toil carried out to obtain finger prints remained inconclusive. A case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against unidentified miscreants against whom a search has been started. About the peculiar theft it is informed, the miscreants managed to open the locks of the house, having invaded inside had ample time to break the lock of alimrah and managed to take away cash and other belongings.

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12-year-old kid meets watery grave during immersion of mortal remains

ACCOMPANYING bereaved family to immerse urn of maternal grandmother proved fatal for a 12-year-old kid who lost his life after being drowned in the river. In yet another instance of premature dea... Read More
ACCOMPANYING bereaved family to immerse urn of maternal grandmother proved fatal for a 12-year-old kid who lost his life after being drowned in the river. In yet another instance of premature death registered at Gwarighat police station, a 12-year-old kid who was with his family members for immersion of immortal remains drowned in high currents of Narmada in Darogaghat Gwarighat on Sunday morning. According to information, Kunjilal Kahar (55) resident from Shankarshah Nagar informed police that he along with other members of the family visited Darogaghat Gwarighat for immersion of mortal remains of his mother-in-law. After immersion was done, as per tradition family members took a dip in the holy river. Ayush alias Tikku (12), who had accompanied the members to Darogaghat Gwarighat, for immersion also took a dip in the river. But due to high currents he got swept away from the river bank. By the time, family members could take cognisance of the same the boy had drowned in the river. Local divers present started search for the boy and after long exercise, the body was fished out from the river bed. On being informed police reached the spot and made panchnama and referred the body for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital as further investigations are under way.

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Vivek Tankha to be counsel for ceiling-hit farmers in High Court

RENOWNED Lawyer Vivek Tankha will be the Councillor for ceiling-affected farmers in Madhya Pradesh High Court. This was informed during a meeting of Ceiling Affected Farmers’ Association (CAFA)... Read More
RENOWNED Lawyer Vivek Tankha will be the Councillor for ceiling-affected farmers in Madhya Pradesh High Court. This was informed during a meeting of Ceiling Affected Farmers’ Association (CAFA) held on Sunday. Dr P G Najpande of CAFA informed that land of farmers of Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Ujjain was acquired under Land Urban Ceiling Act (LUCA) but even after dissolution of law, land was not returned to farmers, which is injustice to farmers. After withdrawal of LUCA by the Union Government, the land acquired from farmers in Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and other states were returned to them but Madhya Pradesh Government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan failed to hand over land to farmers acquired under Land Urban Ceiling Act, even after making many pre poll election promises in last 10 years. He informed Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan did not initiate any steps on affidavit submitted by 550 ceiling affected farmers in which they declared that they are still doing farming in the land, which was earlier acquired under Land Urban Ceiling Act during the meeting of ceiling-affected farmers with him at Legislative Assembly room on December 5, 2012. Such negligent approach of the Chief Minister on sensitive issue related to farmers shows how much he is concerned towards farmers. This issue will be produced before the court, added Najpande. Dr P G Najpande, Rajendra Patel, Ashish Upadhyay, Rajesh Girdeniya, Chandra Shekhar Patel, Kailash Patel, Surendra Patel and other members of CAFA were present on the occasion.

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Martyr Shikshakarmi bids tearful adieu with Guard of Honour

TEARFUL Adieu was bade on Sunday to martyr Shikshakarmi, Satynarayan Devangan by the resident of Dundera (Utai) village in Durg district and dignitaries, following the guard of honour, presente... Read More
TEARFUL Adieu was bade on Sunday to martyr Shikshakarmi, Satynarayan Devangan by the resident of Dundera (Utai) village in Durg district and dignitaries, following the guard of honour, presented by security personnel. A large number of villagers along with political leaders and police officials were also present for tributes to the departed one. Satyanaryan Dewangan, the martyr Shikshakarmi was a native of Dundera village near Utai. He was cremated following the guard of honour, accorded to him at his native village. A large number of villagers from the place mourned the irreparable loss. B L Pal, SDoP, Patan; Phoolsingh Netam, SHO, Utai Police Station and Anjali Yerewar (Reserve Inspector), Durg Police Line along with several political leaders, including Durg M.P, Saroj Pandey, Women and Child Welfare, Minister, Ramshila Sahu; MLA Durg (Urban) Arun Vora, and former MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Vijay Baghel were present for paying tributes to the martyr. Satyanarayan Dewangan (44) was one among the members of returning polling party, back to Bijapur District Headquarters in a bus, when red-brigade triggered a landmine blast, killing some party members and Satyanarayan was one who laid down his life while rendering his valuable services for the country. Late Satyanarayan was serving as Shikshakarmi Grade-I in Bhatwara village school of Bhairamgarh in Bijapur district since last two and a half years. He left behind his grieving family members, including his father, brother, wife and two children.

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Poll duty Naxal attack victims to receive compensation: CEO Kujur

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur has confirmed that poll and security personnel deceased or injured in Saturday’s Naxal attack in Bijapur and Sukma districts would be eligible ... Read More
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur has confirmed that poll and security personnel deceased or injured in Saturday’s Naxal attack in Bijapur and Sukma districts would be eligible for compensation under electoral code as mandated by Election Commission of India. He said that Collector’s report in this regard is being awaited detailing. Kujur said that the maximum compensation for injured due to violence while on poll duty is Rs 10 lakh while families of the deceased who were on poll duty and passed away due to violent acts are eligible for Rs 20 lakh. Speaking on challenges ahead as the next round of parliamentary election in Chhattisgarh would include Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund and Kanker, all of which are partially afflicted with Naxalism, Kujur said that strict compliance to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) by poll parties and security personnel would be ensured. He denied that increased allocation of security forces is being pondered upon. Kujur said that he has instead, asked the District Electoral Officers and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to ensure that security personnel strictly comply with the laid down SOP. He said that had there been more security personnel in the Sanjivni ambulance that was blasted on Saturday, there would have been more fatalities. With regards to final vote percentage in Bastar parliamentary election, CEO Kujur confirmed it to be around 59.23 percent, a significant surge over last parliamentary polls. Sources in the CEO office also confirmed that poll figures are being entered per polling booth with the arrival of EVMs from remote areas. Sources in the CEO office also suggested that despite the Saturday’s Naxal attack, there is no prospect of re-polling as all EVMs have been extracted unscathed.

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‘Naxal violence has hindered progress of state’

Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh has hindered the progress of the State, particularly in the tribal dominated regions, but the one feature it has established is that the critical care is now availa... Read More
Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh has hindered the progress of the State, particularly in the tribal dominated regions, but the one feature it has established is that the critical care is now available in the state. Thanks to the health and medical services in the private sector of the State. In the incidences of violence triggered by Naxals so far there have been casualties of security personnel, politicians and polling personnel and almost in all such cases the victims having chances of survival were airlifted from the remote areas to private hospitals in the state capital. Such preference to private hospitals meant a kind of certificate to these institutions that they have better critical care unit than the State Government’s institutions. And it is true, said sources in the state health department on condition of anonymity. Critical care is a team work that requires both men and machines. The institution providing such care requires multispeciality and multidisciplinary team and well equipped with instruments and capability of service round the clock. Certainly these hallmarks are there with the private institutions so they are preferred, the sources added. An authoritative official in the department said on condition of anonymity that the health and medical services of the State Government can not be blamed because it has to function within a budgetary allocation and work according to priorities. The Health Department has to check spreading of such diseases which are totally preventable and to spend in cases of treatment of such diseases like malaria, jaundice, tobacco caused cancer and others. If there is more wisdom in the society to the effect that the government need not spend for treatment of preventable diseases and the people take care of themselves by following the preventive tips, then the Government will be in a position to spend for up grading its institutions with manpower and instruments that are needed for critical and advanced care, the official said. “Chhattisgarh Government has made a budgetary provision which amounts to 58 per cent more when compared with the allocation of the previous financial year. Chhattisgarh has been counted among the leading states in the country in terms of decline registered in the infant and mother mortality rates,” the official cited in supporting the Government. The Government official may be true, but a fully-equipped trauma centre is a need in restive Bastar region, keeping in view the type of injuries suffered in incidences of Naxal violence. In the cases of blast and gun shot injuries victims lose blood profusely and they need immediate attention of doctors. The condition of such victims is made stable and they are then shifted in a stable condition to private hospital in Raipur and the medical treatment begins in the state capital. There is every possibility that condition of such patients while being transported may become more complicated. In case of abdominal injury, the abdominal portion may bulge and there may be formation of puss. Surgical stitching becomes very difficult in such condition. In case of injury on chest, lungs, veins and arteries may be effected and in case of cervical spine injury, the victim develops breathing difficulty, the sources added.

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Chief Secy, DGP visit Bastar, collect info on Naxal attack

In the wake of brutal Naxal attack on the security forces and election staff returning from polling, top rank officials of the State Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sun... Read More
In the wake of brutal Naxal attack on the security forces and election staff returning from polling, top rank officials of the State Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kujoor and Director General of Police (DGP) A N Upadhyay on Sunday visited the Bastar constituency to take detail information from local officials about the incidents of Naxal violence. It’s noteworthy that Naxals had attacked polling parties near Kutru-Ketulnar in Bijapur District on April 12, claiming seven members of a polling party whereas on the same day, Naxals also killed all the five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers onboard an Ambulance (Sanjeevani Express), when they triggered a powerful landmine near Darbha of Jagdalpur. The technician and driver of the Sanjeevani Express were also killed in the blast. Vivek Dhand, after returning from Jagdalpur, informed that families of each government employee, who martyred in the Naxal violence, would be provided with Rs 32 lakh of financial assistance, which include contribution Rs 20 lakh from Election Commission of India and Rs 12 lakh. Even the driver and technician would be given financial assistance of RS 20 lakh each by Election Commission of India whereas State Government has announced a help of Rs 5 lakh to each of them. On member of each of the victim families will also be given Government job on compassionate grounds. Chief Secretary also informed that according to the CRPF rules, families of each of the martyred personnel will be given financial help of Rs 40 lakh each.

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Around 10,000 auto-rickshaw drivers to boycott polls

Around ten thousand auto-rickshaw drivers of the state capital are planning to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections since they are not satisfied with the policies of the state government.... Read More
Around ten thousand auto-rickshaw drivers of the state capital are planning to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections since they are not satisfied with the policies of the state government. According to the auto-rickshaw drivers, they are still deprived of their basic rights after 10 years of service for which they are especially blaming the district administration and RTO. They are terming the attitude of district administration and RTO as that similar to dictatorship due to which they have to struggle a lot in order to fulfill their basic needs. Recently a meeting of the association of auto-rickshaw was convened in which the prevailing issues were discussed and also a decision was taken to prepare a rigorous strategy regarding their role in the upcoming elections.

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Govt empowers university registrars

n Staff Reporter RECEIVING many complaints from the teaching and non teaching departments at the Government Universities in the state, the Higher education department has taken it seriously, em... Read More
n Staff Reporter RECEIVING many complaints from the teaching and non teaching departments at the Government Universities in the state, the Higher education department has taken it seriously, empowered the University Registrars to control it. The empowerment of the University Registrars has perturbed both teaching and non teaching staff, specially the teaching staff is more worried. The reason is that till issuance the new Government order delegating more powers to the Registrars, there was no check on the University Teaching Departments (UTDs).

According to a senior officer in Higher education department, the UTDs performance in all the Universities was held and it was found that the students’ strength at the UTDs is declining regularly, teaching faculties are more compared to the students. Classes are irregular in UTDs, Government spends crores of rupees to improve the condition of the Universities but it goes in vain with regularly performance reports of the University up to expectations.

“The Government has many complaints that the University teachers do not properly teach the students, many days the classes are not held by one or another pretend, it is the reason why the students prefer either private universities or the universities out of the state for advance learning,” the senior officer said.

In the new orders, the Government has asked all Government Universities to make surprise visits of the teaching and non teaching departments, check regularity of the employees, files disposal and students classes, timings of classes, students performance etc.

Earlier, the University Registrars did not have to do anything with the teaching departments, only Vice Chancellors did get feedback of the UTDs from professors. Even, preparing time table of the classes is also now the task of Registrars. On the recommendations of the Registrars, the Government will directly take action against the professors and University employees or officers if they are careless about their works.

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Female bear Reshma at Van Vihar Rescue Centre now stable

CONDITION of female bear Reshma, which was brought to Van Vihar Rescue Centre recently, is said to be stable. As per the sources, her health was deteriorating since its was rescued from Kalanad... Read More
CONDITION of female bear Reshma, which was brought to Van Vihar Rescue Centre recently, is said to be stable. As per the sources, her health was deteriorating since its was rescued from Kalanadar few days back.

She is 22-year-old and is a dancing bear, too much exertion and intense heat in the city might have been the reason for the deteriorated health concerns. However now her condition is healthy and she reportedly is being under constant medical attention, confirmed the sources at Van Vihar.

The Van Vihar national park is already geared up to install coolers and fans in the national park. Considering the summer heat the Van Vihar administration is geared up to install the coolers before time, earlier it was decided that around nine coolers will be installed in the month of May. Since the temperature in the region is witnessing high range the Van Vihar had decided to install the cooler by April15.

Especially for the felines in Van Vihar national park the coolers is being installed. Most of the lions in Van Vihar National park have attained the old age and are hardly visible for the visitors even for a glimpse. Besides that the lions which are their in National Park have old age problems and are sick most of the time resulting in confinement of the ferocious species only to its den. Lions average age is fifteen years and most of them have attained the average age. Besides that due to old age the lions are not seen wandering in the open premises.

However, with less number of lions seen wandering in the open premises in the Van Vihar National Park, the park has lost its charm in the State capital. Especially the children who visits in National Park are fond of seeing lions in its natural habitat but most of the lions are confined to the den only and are hardly seen wandering in open places due to old age.

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Farmer found dead in field, foul play suspected

A 30-YEAR-OLD farmer was found dead mysteriously at a field in Batiya village under Bazariya police station limits during night hours of Saturday, said police. As per sources, there was froth co... Read More
A 30-YEAR-OLD farmer was found dead mysteriously at a field in Batiya village under Bazariya police station limits during night hours of Saturday, said police. As per sources, there was froth coming out from his mouth indicating towards foul play behind the death of the farmer.

Besides, the victim was liquor addicted and that day he was drunk heavily, it might be possible that he died of liquor poisoning or over dose of liquor, said the police. Subsequently, the police rushed the spot and seized the body which was later sent for post-mortem after panchnama. The post-mortem report of the victim is awaited till date. Victim was identified as Dilip Singh Adiwasi, 30, son of Ram Singh Adiwasi, residing at Jamaniya village.

Police lodged a case under section 174 of CrPC and began further investigation into circumstances surrounding the incident. Investigation Officer Assistant sub-inspector TP Singh told ‘The Hitavada’ that the victim was a farmer by occupation and used to reside with his 10-year-old son. The wife of the victim passed away some years ago and the two were sole in the family who were residing together, Singh added. He further said that the victim was liquor addicted and used to consume liquor every day. That day he too, consumed liquor along with his friends somewhere in the village and left for his house. However, he could not reach at house and later was found dead at an agricultural field owned by Komal Bai.

It was around 9pm the police were informed regarding his body lying in the field. ASI said, the exact cause behind his death cannot be said until PM report produces to police, but, prime facia it is learnt that he might have died of liquor poisoning. But, here the possibility of foul play behind his death also cannot be ruled out so far, he further added. Further investigation was on in this case, till the filing of the report.

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BHEL sweeper found murdered at Piplani

A 30-year-old BHEL sweeper was found murdered inside his room of the slums located under Piplani police station in the wee hours on Sunday.  On Saturday night the victim was asleep in one room ... Read More
A 30-year-old BHEL sweeper was found murdered inside his room of the slums located under Piplani police station in the wee hours on Sunday.  On Saturday night the victim was asleep in one room of the slum, while his wife and children were asleep in another.

By Sunday morning, as the victim was found murdered, the police were informed in this regard. The throat of the victim was silted by knife like sharp-edged weapon. Following the incident, subsequently police along with FSL team rushed the spot, while police seized the body, the FSL team gathered evidences from the spot. Later the body was sent for post-mortem of which report was awaited, till the filing of the report. Police said that the victim was identified as Babulal Makoriya, 30, son of Jugti Makoriya, residing at slums areas in Piplani.

Babulal used to work as sweeper on contract basis with BHEL. According to the information, on Saturday night some friends of the victim were visiting his house, due to which he asked his wife and children to stay in the other room. Following his instruction, victim’s wife namely Kiran got the children and stayed in the second room. On Sunday morning, as she woke up, she found herself locked inside the room over which she shouted to open the door. The door of the house was locked from outside and hearing her shouting, neighbors reached and opened the door.

As she came out from the room, she looked inside the room of her husband and found him murdered. In the initial probe it was found that the victim’s throat was silted by a sharp edged weapon. No other injury marks are visible which could establish that the victim struggled to save himself. 

Police recovered bottles of liquor from the room of the victim which suggests that there were some friends along with victim that night. It might be possible that under the influence of liquor, a fight broke out among them and victim’s friends killed him and fled, said the police. The other contractual sanitation workers and the contractors under whom the victim used to work were being questioned by the police.  Besides, the role of the victim’s wife was also under the scanner as she was present at the slum at the time of incident but failed to hear anything while the victim was killed. The victim is survived by his wife and four children. A case under section 302 of the IPC was registered by the police and further investigation was on. 

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Star campaigner of AAP Bhushan likely to visit Khandwa on April 18

PRASHANT Bhushan, star campaigner of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is likely to visit Khandwa on April 18. To support one of the strongest candidate from AAP in the State Alok Agrawal, he is likely to joi... Read More
PRASHANT Bhushan, star campaigner of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is likely to visit Khandwa on April 18. To support one of the strongest candidate from AAP in the State Alok Agrawal, he is likely to join campaigning. However he will not be visiting Bhopal and his party campaigning would be restricted to Khandwa mainly. There has been active campaigning by AAP volunteers in the region. Narmada Bachao Andolan activist and AAP candidate from Khandwa also got support of RTI activist from Gujarat Charul and Vinay especially for nukkad natak campaigns. In support of Rachna Dhingra the Lok Sabha AAP candidate from Bhopal Shazia Ilemi visited Bhopal on Friday .As a part of election campaign road rally was also organised . It has to be mentioned that Alok Agrawal, candidate of AAP from Khandwa is one of the poorest candidate who has filed his nomination worth declaring assets of Rs 12,871. Besides, when it comes to support from national AAP star campaigners the Madhya Pradesh candidates are yet to get much needed support and even for adequate infrastructures the struggle is being felt by volunteers in some regions. Charul and Vinay represents Loknaad team which use street plays, music to highlight the plight of the marginalised group of society and issues of pastrol communities shepherds, , fisher folk, construction works, migrant labourer etc. They have received national and international awards for their work. In the three days campaign through street plays the issues of BPL card issues and villager level matter were brought to light. To join the party campaigning in the state capital Prashant Bhushan is not coming to Bhopal and the sources from AAP informed that due to tight schedule the visit to Bhopal has been cancelled.

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Campaigning nearing conclusion, candidates still await star power

AS THE polling date is nearing, the political party candidates intensified their campaigning at rural and urban areas bagging votes. Candidates, specially Congress and BJP did not want to miss... Read More
AS THE polling date is nearing, the political party candidates intensified their campaigning at rural and urban areas bagging votes. Candidates, specially Congress and BJP did not want to miss any opportunity to take blessing from the religious leaders too. On Sunday, on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, both BJP candidate Alok Sanjar and Congress candidate PC Sharma took blessing from Jain community saints. Before starting campaigning, it was the interesting scene to the public that both the national party candidates at a time met Jain community saint to take their blessing. Both the party candidates are waiting meetings of the big personalities in their favour. Congress workers and local leaders in vehicles moved different parts of the city bagging votes for PC Sharma. While PC Sharma started his campaigning from Ahmadpur, then went to the city rural area Nazeerabad, then came to DIG bungalow area, in a vehicle with folded hands bagging vote and support from the people in Loksabha elections, assuring them to serve them full five years.

PC Sharma went to the Church at BHEL, took part in PALM Sunday function. Later, PC Sharma reached to Itwara, met people, listened their woes and assured them to try to solve their problems, fight for their problems. He in his election speeches made people aware about his political struggle for the rights of the people. BJP CANDIDATE: BJP candidate Alok Sanjar moved at urban areas for vote and support of the people, a meeting was held at Mansa Bhawan seeking vote and support from the city traders. In the city there are about 700 to 800 traders. In the meeting former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi and BJP Vyapari Prakosth state convener Gopi Kirshn Nema was also present. The BJP leaders and traders tied turban to Alok Sanjar. On this occasion MLA Vishnu Khatri, Rajendra Vijayvargiya, Santosh Agrawal, kailash Agrawal, Lalit Jain, Radheshyam Maheshwari and others.

Surendranath Singh campaigned for Alok at Arera colony, sought votes for BJP candidate. Umashankar Gupta, Higher Education minister said the Prachar Rath equipped with modern technology flagged off at the districts to the campaigning of BJP candidates on Sunday. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan will address an election meeting in support of Alok Sanjar at Somwara , on Monday.

During the campaigning, Alok Sanjar received warm reception from public. Senior BJP leaders told party workers to expose Congress led UPA Government and seek vote for BJP candidate to make Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.

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Bhopal has highest number of women candidates in second phase

A TOTAL of 142 candidates are in the fray for 10 Parliamentary constituencies in second phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 17 in Madhya Pradesh. As many as 11 woman candidates inc... Read More
A TOTAL of 142 candidates are in the fray for 10 Parliamentary constituencies in second phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 17 in Madhya Pradesh. As many as 11 woman candidates including 3 in Bhopal are in fray in second phase seats including four seats of Bundelkhand and three seats of Chambal region. In the second phase, the candidates including union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia (Guna), former union minister Prahlad Patel (Damoh) and state BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar (Gwalior) would go to poll. Of second phase seats, maximum 28 candidates are in the election fray in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat and minimum 6 in Rajgarh. The number of candidates left in fray in Morena is 17, Bhind 9, Gwalior 21, Guna 11, Sagar and Damoh 10 each, Tikamgarh 13 and Khajuraho 17. As many as 175 candidates were in the election fray in these constituencies in Lok Sabha elections-2009. Bhind and Tikamgarh Lok Sabha constituencies are reserved for scheduled castes. Apart from 6 nationally recognised political parties, candidates of 33 other registered parties and 54 independents are also contesting elections. Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress have fielded 10 candidates each, Communist Party of India 2 and Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) one. There are 4 constituencies where more than 16 candidates are in the fray including 17 in Morena, 21 in Gwalior, 17 in Khajuraho and 28 in Bhopal. Maximum 11 independent in the second phase are in Bhopal and minimum one in Bhind followed by 7 in Morena, 6 in Gwalior, 7 in Guna, 4 in Sagar, 6 in Tikamgarh, 5 in Damoh, 5 in Khahuraho and 2 in Rajgarh. A total of 11 woman candidates are in the election fray for these 10 Parliamentary constituencies including maximum 3 in Bhopal and Bhind, 2 in Gwalior and one each in Sagar, Tikamgarh and Khajuraho. Indian National Congress has fielded Imarti Devi (Bhind), Samajwadi Party Anita Hitendra Chaudhari (Bhind), Dr. Ambesh Kumari Ahirwar (Tikamgarh), Sheeba Malik (Bhopal), AAP Krishna Devi (Bhind), Neelam Agrawal (Gwalior), Rachna Dheengra (Bhopal), Al-Hind Party Geeta Rajput (Gwalior), Bahujan Samaj Party Saroj Katiyar Kurmi (Sagar), Bundelkhand Congress Durga Sharma (Khajuraho) and independent candidate Prabhavati Shakya Khot is in the election fray in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Thus, there is only one woman candidate among 54 independents whereas 9 independent woman candidates had contested elections in 2009 Lok Sabha elections from these seats.

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HC raps State Govt for favouring celebrity prisoners

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has rapped the State Government and authorities for applying different yardsticks for grant of parole to celebrity prisoners while overlooking ordinary prisoners. ... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has rapped the State Government and authorities for applying different yardsticks for grant of parole to celebrity prisoners while overlooking ordinary prisoners. The public outrage over parole granted to celebrity prisoners for asking and even by tweaking norms and series of judgements by High Court had forced the State Government to appoint a high-level committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary rank officer. Now, the High Court has directed the panel to complete its task within three months. One such classic instance of raw deal meted to an ordinary prisoner came to light when Nagpur bench was hearing a petition filed by one Ravindra Shantaram Sawant, originally from Bhayandar and presently lodged in Central Prison, Nagpur challenign rejection of his application for grant of parole to attend his ailing mother. The application was rejected on the ground that no document was submitted in support of the petitioner’s contention that his mother was seriously ailing. It appears that this is a classic case wherein the authorities have failed to apply their mind even to the record before them, observed a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang. The perusal of record would reveal that the record itself contains the certificate of Dr. Arun Bhute who is a surgeon. The said record clearly states that the condition of the petitioner’s mother is serious and she requires hospitalization, the High Court tersely observed. “It appears that the respondent State has different set of rules for ordinary prisoner and a celebrity prisoner. If an ordinary prisoner applies for parole, not only the relevant documents are overlooked but the applications are kept pending for moths together. If a prisoner is celebrity prisoner, parole is given for asking,” the High Court observed while expressing deep anguish over such double-yardsticks. The High Court directed authorities to release petitioner-prisoner on parole on accepting the surety provided by him. However, the High Court refrained from passing any stringent order since the State had constituted a committee to look into this matter, but directed Registry to send a copy of this order to the Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department with a request that said committee should finalize the Rules as expeditiously as possible and preferably within three months.

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Minor girl sets herself afire after boyfriend creates scene, her sister dies in rescue act

A family’s poverty came back to haunt it when its youngest member, a teenage girl attempted suicide peeved at repeated ruckus created by her boyfriend. However, for the girl, Monica Waghade (17... Read More
A family’s poverty came back to haunt it when its youngest member, a teenage girl attempted suicide peeved at repeated ruckus created by her boyfriend. However, for the girl, Monica Waghade (17), the story did not quite end like she had scripted. As she battles for life after setting herself ablaze, her elder sister, Sangeeta Waghade (21), who tried to rescue her, died as she too got engulfed in the flames. Sangeeta was get married next month.

The Waghade family is now staring at twin tragedy, as a single moment of recklessness has claimed two lives in a flash. The younger girl, Monica, with 90 per cent burn injuries, is battling for her life at Indira Gandhi Government College and Hospital (IGGMC&H). The incident occurred at Nirmal Colony under the jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station late on Saturday night. For the teenage girl, the ruckus created by her boyfriend at her home on Saturday night was the flash point. The youth, Vickey Lohe, who hails from Mankapur, had barged into Monica’s home and picked-up fight with her family. Embarrassed to core by Vickey’s disrespect to her parents and sister, Monica chose to end her life.

According to Jaripatka police, love blossomed between Monica and Vickey Lohe, a resident of Mankapur area. Monica was working as domestic help after she left her studies. Vickey was a drunkard. He used abusive language against Monica’s family members. Waghade family told the police that Vickey used to came at their house to meet Monica. Till the day of the incident, he had visit their home 3-4 times, they added. Vickey, as usual, was in inebriated condition when he arrived at Monica’s house on Saturday at 10 pm. He hurled abuses on her family.

When Monica’s mother and sister Sangeeta rebuked him, an angry Vickey thrashed them and continue to berate them. Monica got depressed by Vickey’s behaviour. She doused herself with kerosene and torched herself. Her mother and Sangeeta rushed to her rescue. It took the duo and other family members great efforts to put off the flames. However, Sangeeta’s colthes caught fire and the flames engulfed her. Immediately, with the help of neighbours, the sisters were rushed to IGGMC&H. Sangeeta succumbed to burn injuries at the hospital while Monica with 90 per cent burn injuries, is battling for her life.

Jaripatka police have registered offence under Sections 452, 294, 323 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Vickey Lohe. A senior police officer of Jaripatka Police Station said that they have launched a manhunt to arrest Vickey Lohe who is on the run.

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Govt to provide protection to witnesses getting threats

Alarmed over threats dished out to key-witnesses in criminal trials, Maharashtra Government finally comes out with witness protection policy. High-level committees have been appointed to immedi... Read More
Alarmed over threats dished out to key-witnesses in criminal trials, Maharashtra Government finally comes out with witness protection policy. High-level committees have been appointed to immediately extend protection to such threatened witnesses. Due to lack of any protection and support from official machinery, law-abiding citizens often get reluctant to depose before criminal courts due to which prosecution cases often crumbles.

Bombay High Court, in the matter of Vijay Shrikrishna Jadhav versus Maharashtra Government, had directed the government to provide protection to the witnesses. Law Commission, too, had recommended Central Government to come out with witness protection programme and give statutory protection to them since their testimony is crucial link in administration of justice. Government has decided to give protection to the people who have become witnesses in serious crimes, whose lives are at stake and who get the threat calls. The committees at various levels have been formed. They include district-level committee, committee at Commissionerate level who will decide about persons who need to be protected. The committees work at various levels as per the type of crime. They include committee at district level, committee at Police Commissionerate, Committee at the level of Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), committee at CID level and committee at the level of Police Headquarter.

Superintendent of Police will chair the district level committee which will have Deputy Superintendent of Police and Police Inspector as members and Police Inspector of local crime branch as Member Secretary. Commissioner of Police will lead the committee at Police Commissionerate level. It will have Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) as Member Secretary and Additional CP or DCP as member. ATS level committee will have Additional Director-General (ATS) as Chairman and DCP as Member Secretary. Special Inspector General of Police of ATS will be its member. While ADG (Crime) will be the Chairman of CID level committee with Special IG and Additional Superintendent of Police as members. Superintendent of Police (Law and Research) will be its Member Secretary.

The top level committee will be at State Police Head Quarters with Additional Director General (Police) as Chairman and Special IG (Security) as Member Secretary and ADG (special drive) as member. Government has chalked out a proper system for giving protection to witnesses in crimes. Police officers, social worker, lawyer, NGO or witness can apply to the committees to get the protection. The applicant should apply to the committee which is related to the police machinery that is investigating that crime. Suppose the investigation is being done by the machinery at CID level then the applicant should apply to the committee at CID level. The committee is expected to take decision within 15 days of the submission of application. The committee will decide whether the protection need to be given to the witness immediately or not. If the committees reject the application then the person can apply to the committee at the level of Police Head Quarters. The committee at the level of Police headquarters would take review after every three months. If they find that witness does not need any protection then it can be removed. The committees while providing protection are expected to make a clear mention of period of protection. These committees would not only handle the cases of witnesses who had demanded protection in the past but also for new cases. If the witness turn hostile then his protection would be withdrawn. The protection given to the witnesses will be free of cost.

What Law Commission has suggested

The Law Commission in its 198th report has formulated structure for witness protection. The accused in our country have a right to an open public trial in a criminal court and also a right to examination of witnesses in open court in their presence. The right of the accused for an open trial in his or her presence, being not absolute, the law has to balance that right of the accused as against the need for fair administration of justice in which the victims and witness depose without fear or danger to their lives or property or those of their close relatives.

There are three categories of witnesses: (i) victim-witnesses who are known to the accused; (ii) victims-witnesses not known to the accused (e.g. as in a case of indiscriminate firing by the accused) and (iii) witnesses whose identity is not known to the accused. Category (i) requires protection from trauma and categories (ii) and (iii) require protection against disclosure of identity.

In category (i) above, as the victim is known to the accused, there is no need to protect the identity of the victim but still the victim may desire that his or her examination in the Court may be allowed to be given separately and not in the immediate presence of the accused because if he or she were to depose in the physical presence of the accused, there can be tremendous trauma and it may be difficult for the witness to depose without fear or trepidation. But, in categories (ii) and (iii), victims and witnesses who are not known to the accused have a more serious problem if there is likelihood of danger to their lives or property or to the lives and properties of their close relatives, in case their identity kept secret at all stages of a criminal case, namely, investigation, inquiry and trial.

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‘Take inspiration from martyrs to bring the country to order’

“Today our youth have become dedicated soldiers of ‘Beer bar’ and have taken a back seat to simply look at the disorderly things that are playing havoc with the national interest. Youngster... Read More
“Today our youth have become dedicated soldiers of ‘Beer bar’ and have taken a back seat to simply look at the disorderly things that are playing havoc with the national interest. Youngsters should take inspiration from freedom fighters, revolutionaries and martyrs to undo the damage being caused to the nation,” exhorted veteran journalist and social worker Umesh Choubey while delivering the presidential address at a programme - ‘Krantikari Amar Shaheed Shatabdi Samaroh’, organised by Shahu Garden High School and Junior College, Nagpur, and Rashtrahit Sanghatan Nagpur, on Sunday.

The programme was organised to felicitate present day family members of legendary revolutionaries and martyrs who played a major role in India’s freedom struggle. Those invited and who were present on the occasion were Ravindra Pingle and his wife Mangala Pingle, descendants of Shahid Vishnu Ganesh Pingle, descendants of Revolutionary Kesri Singh Barhat, Vuishal Singh and his wife Alka Barhat; descendant of Shahid Rajguru, Satyasheel Rajguru; descendant of Shahid Ashfaqullah Khan who carried the same name, descendant of Shahid Mahaveer Singh Rathore, Asim Rathore; descendant of Maharani Jhansi Arun Krushnarao Jhansiwale.

The dignitaries were felicitated with an ang vastra, memento and bouquet. Umesh Choubey was felicitated by Umesh Shahu with a shawl, memento and bouquet. Also felicitated on the occasion were Ajay Bagdi of Maganlal Bagdi family, Shivpal Verma, Narayanrao Chandpurkar, Khapawale Babulal Gupta family member Sanjay Gupta, Ramdas Bhangde, Rakesh Shahu, Veermani Srivas, Shahar Shrivastava, Ramesh Gaur, R P Shahu and Ramrao Gachke. Umesh Choubey feted Vijay Sagar.

Also present were Krishnakumar Pande, Ashok Samrit and Rajendra Samudre. Speaking on the occasion, Ashfaqullah Khan thanked the organisers for arranging such a memorable programme. He spoke at length of his predecessor Ashfaqullah Khan and his contribution to India’s freedom. He also shed light on Ramprasad Bismil’s association with Ashfaqullah, where they lived, ate and preyed together giving example of a unique brotherly relationship and how they worked in complete confidence of each other for India’s freedom. Ravindra Pingle spoke on Vishnu Pingle’s work yet from information gathered, Vishnu was influenced by Lokmanya Tilak and had strong links with Gadar Party, Rajbihari Bose and Netaji.

Arun Jhansiwale, descendant from 5th generation, urged the people to provide physical training to make women and help them become strong so that they can save themselves against attacks. He also suggested of starting a training class for young girls in self-defence. He added, “Whatever we dreamt of achieving in Independent India still remains unfulfilled to some extent.” Asim Rathore spoke of family encouragement that is important for upbringing of children. He spoke of Shahid Mahaveer Singh’s contribution to Indias freedom, which is very rarely talked about. Vishal Barhat paid tributes to youngsters who sacrificed their lives so that the present day youngsters enjoyed fruits of freedom.

Vijay Sagar also spoke on the occasion. Umesh Choubey spoke about his association with Kundanlal for a decade, Ashfaquallah’s personality, Krishna Kakde’s daring, Mahavir Singh’s revolutionary temperament, Bhaskar Chaore, Adv Narayanrao Chandpurkar, Shankar Mahalle, and said that the trumpet of revolution was first blown in Nagpur.

He said that soon the city will be having a grand motivating memorial for freedom fighters, revolutionaries and martyrs near Gowari memorial. Earlier, Umesh Shahu, Chief Coordinator and Education In-charge, made introductory remarks. Students of Class 7 and 8 presented welcome songs under the guidance of Manisha Kulkarni and Anil Uppalwar. Niti Oberoi proposed a vote of thanks.

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New land acquisition law triggers demand for revision of benefit-cost ratio for projects

The new land acquisition law, under which compensation for land to be acquired is to be paid at market rates, is making the ongoing as well as proposed projects financially ‘not viable’. ... Read More
The new land acquisition law, under which compensation for land to be acquired is to be paid at market rates, is making the ongoing as well as proposed projects financially ‘not viable’. Considering this serious implication for a region like Vidarbha, the provisions in the law have triggered a demand for revision of benefit-cost ratio for various public projects.

Under the new law Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the project-affected persons or whose land is to be acquired for a particular public project are to be paid compensation that will be four times the prevalent rates in rural areas and two times in urban areas. Though the law’s implementation is yet to pick up, the agencies like Public Works Department (PWD), Water Resources Department (WRD) etc have started studying the provisions of the law.

In case of Vidarbha, at least the above-mentioned two departments are already facing problems of project viability as they have to take care of payment of net present value (NPV) if forest land is being acquired for a project. In such condition, the provisions for increased compensation in the new land acquisition law may spell doom for projects in the region as many of those would become ‘unviable’.

In fact, sources in the Government said that acquisition of land for public projects may become almost impossible in near future. This will affect the development of specially the under-developed regions like Vidarbha. In case of irrigation projects only, the viability factor comprises cost of payment of NPV and compensatory afforestation for forest land, catchment area development plan etc.

Against this backdrop, a high-level meeting was held recently at Delhi. The representatives from all the States across the country were asked to give their opinions on the provisions of the new law. There, sources said, representatives of almost all the states including the ones from Maharashtra pressed for revision of benefit-cost ratio to make projects viable. The benefit-cost ratio is the ratio of benefit derived against cost of a project. For instance, in case of irrigation projects, it is 1 for drought-prone areas and 1.5 for other areas. This means, if Re 1 is spent as cost on a project in drought-prone area, the benefit from that project also should be Re 1 to make it a financially viable proposition.

A senior officer, who is in the know of things in this regard, told ‘The Hitavada’ on the condition of anonymity that the representatives of various states made a request to the Planning Commission of India to revise benefit-cost ratio. “Unfortunately, in case of Maharashtra, the state government has not made any communication with Planning Commission of India so far,” he said. As far as irrigation projects in Vidarbha are concerned, NPV could be included in cost factor but the compensatory afforestation and catchment area development should be considered as benefit. “The demand has come up as assets are being created through compensatory afforestation and catchment area development,” said an officer of WRD.

Besides, compensation for land acquisition is to be four times of the prevalent rates in rural areas and two times in urban areas, this payment will have a social impact. “Hence, the amount of compensation to be paid to project-affected persons must be treated as ‘social cost’ and it should not be considered as ‘cost’ while calculating benefit-cost ratio for projects,” said the source.

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How do you see Jesus’ suffering? asks Vicar

Thousands of Catholics set out in procession with a blessed palm front in hand to their respective churches from the different parishes of the Orange City remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry in... Read More
Thousands of Catholics set out in procession with a blessed palm front in hand to their respective churches from the different parishes of the Orange City remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. Thus, they became one with Catholics worldwide in bringing in the Holy Week which is the culmination of the Lenten season, a season dedicated to prayer, abstinence, fasting and alms-giving in repentance of their sins and preparing to welcome the Risen Jesus in their homes and hearts on Easter Sunday.

At the Saint Francis de Sales Cathedral, faithful from nine localities of the Cathedral parish attended a brief palms blessing ceremony in their respective localities and then set out in procession, holding these blessed palms as they walked in procession to reach the SFS Cathedral by 7 a.m. where they participated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Palm Sunday Mass.

On their entry to the Cathedral compound, they were greeted by large backdrop which depicted Jews flourishing palm fronds as they accompanied Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. That truly consolidated the tone of the day’s proceedings with the Eucharist of the Word taking the faithful back to Jesus’ time Jerusalem and thereabout where he instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper he shared with his band of 12 Apostles (Maundy Thursday), set out to pray at Mount Olives, was betrayed into the hands of the Romans by the treasurer Apostle of their group, Judas that very night, was condemned to death on a cross like a hardened criminal of that time and his dead body was finally laid in a tomb on what is observed today as Good Friday. All of this was read out from the Holy Bible from the Gospel of Mathew from Chapter 26 verse 14 to Chapter 27 verse 66.

For those listening attentively to this extended reading of the passion and death of Jesus, Fr. Jerome Pinto, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Nagpur asked during his homily: “How do you see Jesus’ suffering?” Prompting them into thinking along the right lines, he advised the faithful not to be bogged down by focusing on merely the suffering of Jesus for that in itself was excruciating to the point of death. He prompted them into contemplating the reasoning behind that willful surrender to that painful and disgraceful death on the cross. He reminded them about God the Father having sent his only Son Jesus as an unblemished sacrificial lamb to die for the sins of mankind, so that man would be free from the bondage of sin for evermore. “Do you believe this, that Jesus died for sinful man then and continues to die for him every moment, so that you and I may rise from bondage of sin and have everlasting life after death? “Jesus died because he loved us. If we in turn love Jesus as He loved us, we will keep His commandments and would thus love both God and our neighbour in accordance with the will of God, like Jesus did.” The Vicar General wished all the faithful a faith-filled Holy Week to come.

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The man who saved 30,000 snake-bite victims

Listening to snake lover Rajesh Thombre’s deep involvement in reptiles, specially snakes and his experiences thereafter that led to his learning about effect on victims of snake bites, he hi... Read More
Listening to snake lover Rajesh Thombre’s deep involvement in reptiles, specially snakes and his experiences thereafter that led to his learning about effect on victims of snake bites, he himself being one on several occasion, its remedial treatment, Anti Snake Venom (ASV) serum, its types, dozes needed to treat a victim, pattern of injecting doze, avoiding tendency of revenge against venomous snake, all points out to the universal dictum where there is a will there is a way.

The programme of a dialogue with Rajesh Thombre, snake expert from Chalisgaon with Dr Avinash Saoji, was organised at the BRA Mundle Hall, South Ambazari Road under the aegis of Prayas-Sevankur, Mundle Education Trust and late Achyutrao Mahajan Charitable Trust. Looking at this frail boyish man, one cannot believe in the fact that he has survived 63 snake bites, saved over 30 thousand snake bite victims by referring them to hospitals and briefing the doctor on treatment and ways of making ASV that are cheaper and affordable to the common man.

By his sheer dint of knowledge, Rajesh has won the trust of several Doctors who care to listen to him when he speaks of solutions being available to what may appear to be complicated. Rajesh had a very pathetic upbringing during childhood when his father a practising priest and mother both passed away leaving his younger brother 3 months old for Rajesh to take care along with his grand mother. He boldly took up the challenge, practised Bhikshuki, spent time in temples, took away wheat flour lamps to make chapatis, caught grazing goats to get milk for his brother, worked in a hotel learnt the art of peeling water melons artistically, that helped him in demonstrating skingrafting to a doctor and saving a boy’s venom affected arm and a young marriageable girls leg from being amputed.

He was a sharp observer and use to observe mice stealing cooking oil by dipping its tail in the bottle and how he punished the rat by replacing the oil with Hydrochloric Acid keeping the smell of oil intact. He learnt the art of catching fish with open palms, frogs with the help of his sacred thread (Kardoda) and later graduated to snakes without the use of hook stick. Having learnt the art of reading the Hindu calendar, (Panchang) he also mastered the art of face reading and how to convert problems into opportunities. Rajesh also worked in a Dairy and was surprised to find people asking for him and getting a shock to see Rajesh in shorts and banyans smeered with milk or cream and meeting the people in his dairy premises and not in a hosiptal as was expected by people who had heard about his “treatment”, often putting a question mark on their having found the right address.

Rajesh also had a stint with veterinary Doctors and learnt the art of milking cows and buffalows, assisting in delivery of cows and buffaloes and even sorting out complications leading to loss of appetite of Bovines that surprised veterinary doctors. While speaking about his first cobra bite experience he had in 1993, he was surprised to see doctor Dr Satish Kadam in the audiance , who was then visiting Chalisgaon and had taken prompt action that saved Rajesh’s life. They had only spoken on telephone earlier but met and hugged for the first time.

Rajesh also has another interesting hobby of training dogs and has a dog squad that boasts of Golden Retriever, Rottweiler and German Shephards. He is also member of the State Wildlife Advisory Board and assists Forest department in apprehending poachers in the Naxal affected forests of Garhchiroli without fearing for life and assisted by his trained dogs. Today Rajesh is in constant demand. His family is being fed and looked after by his well wishers. He has two children. But his heart and soul is outside his home and amongst snake victims, or those who need his guidance to save birds and animals as well.

The second programme in the series will be held on May 11 at the same venue featuring a man with criminal background and jail experience who is now a well known management consultant. More details can be had from Dr Avinash Savji Mobile no.9420722107,

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Conference on Industrial Automation and Computing concludes

First International Conference on Industrial Automation and Computing (ICIAC-2014) organised by Jhulelal Institute of Technology concluded. The conference is organized in association with Persi... Read More
First International Conference on Industrial Automation and Computing (ICIAC-2014) organised by Jhulelal Institute of Technology concluded. The conference is organized in association with Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd, Manganese Ore India Limited (MOIL) and Department of Environmental Science of Institute of Science, Nagpur. The conference was inaugurated at the hands of Padmashree Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman, BOG, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi The Guest of Honor was Dr. R.P. Tondon, Professor in the Physics and Astrophysics Dept. of Delhi University. He emphasized the significance of imparting certain knowledge of basic sciences in the arena of engineering and technology.

The conference had included technical sessions for all participants. One of them was by Mr. Raghupathi N. Cavale who is the Vice President and Head of India Business at Infosys. Mr. Cavale has more than 25 years for experience spanning electrical transmission and distribution design, project management, implementation of ERP packages and IT. He conducted a session to provide guidance on analytics, machine learning, nanotechnology and cloud computing. He advised the participants to acquire technical education to cope up with the rapidly changing requirements for employment. Another session was by Dr. Prakash Apte, Professor at Electrical Dept IIT; Mumbai who addressed the gathering by sharing his innovative research work that is The Taguchi Method. He suggested that the students should have higher goals in order to implement their technical knowledge in research projects. He also congratulated JIT for organizing this conference successfully. Dr. Premshankar Dubey, senior scientist in Acoustics, Ultrasonics, Vibration Standards and Electronics Instrumentation Cell (AUVS&EIC) at National Physics Laboratory discussed his research subject that is ultrasonic instrumentation with the participants. He also differentiated between products made in India with those of USA on the basis of many factors. He praised the response of the participants who took part in the conference with enthusiasm. Technical session on Design Optimization of Steel portal frames using genetic algorithm was given by Dr. Wei Sha, Professor of Materials Science in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. He appreciated the efforts taken by the management and faculty of JIT for carrying out this technical activity. Dr. Aminul Hoque is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh, University of Engineering and Technology. He addressed the ETC dept on his research area that is Industrial Automation. Nitin Bawankule, an Industry Director at Google, Gurgaon, conducted a session at JIT and emphasized that education is the foundation for one’s career. The associating collaborators are reputed organizations such as Raman Science Centre, Nagpur, National Remote Sensing Centre, Nagpur, Infocepts, Nagpur, Neorithm Technologies Pvt. Ltd.,USA, CII Now Inc., Sunnyvale, California, USA, First Impression Technologies Pvt. Ltd.,Nagpur, Kloud Data Labs Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur, Zero Point Energy Pvt. Ltd., Nagpur, Lemon Ideas Pvt. Ltd, Nagpur. The conference received an overwhelming support from Dr. Joshi, National Remote Sensing Centre, Nagpur.

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TMC guideline for April for citrus growers in Vid

Technology Mission on Citrus for Vidarbha and Marathawada, under National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India operational at NRCC, Nagpur has announced a schedule o... Read More
Technology Mission on Citrus for Vidarbha and Marathawada, under National Horticulture Mission, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India operational at NRCC, Nagpur has announced a schedule of various practices to be followed during April month for the citrus growers of Vidarbha.

Irrigation should be continued to maintain the fruit set of Ambia fruits. Frequency of the irrigation should be increased at 6-7 days interval due to ensuing summer season and high temperature. In Nagpur, mandarin and sweet orange one year old tree should be given twice the amount and 3 yrs old tree given thrice the amount. 8 year old tree should be given 163 litres/day/tree while 10 yrs and above aged tree should be irrigated with 204 litres / day/tree. In acid lime (lemon) one year tree should be given 11 litres water/day/tree, 2 yrs tree be given 16 litres water/day/ tree, 8 yrs tree be given 65 litres/day/ tree while 10 yrs and above tree should be given 100 litres of water everyday. During summer months mulching around tree trunk up to 5-10 cm should be done with wheat straw, paddy straw or uprooted weeds so that, evaporation of water due to high temperature can be minimized which helps in reducing fruit crop.

Fertilizer should be applied at the rate of 108g urea or 250g Ammonium sulphate and 157g single superphosphate along with 25g zinc sulphate, 25g ferrous sulphate and 25g manganese sulphate for one year old plant. For 2,3, and 4 years trees the rate should be two, three and four times of the quantity recommended for one year tree. Apply 20 to 25 kg farm yard manure to each tree in the soil. These fertilizers and FYM should be applied along the periphery of trees with care that fertilizers are applied to moist soil only.

During April month, incidence of bark eating caterpillar is commonly seen, more menacing on old orchards. To control the pest, remove the wooden frass and then inject dichlorovos at the rate of 5ml in one litre water with the help of disposable syringe. Push the dichlorvos soaked cotton wad into the larval tunnel. Incidence of mites takes an alarming shape during this month. To combat this pest, spray of dicofol 1.8EC @ 2 ml or Propargite 1 ml or Abamectin 0.37 ml or Ethion 2 ml per litre of water may be sprayed. Repeat second spray after 15 days interval.

The dead wood on the citrus trees should be kept pruned, about 2cm below the dead portion followed by spraying with carbendazim fungicide at the rate of one g per litre of water. To check fruit drop during Ambia bahar, spray of solution containing 1.5g 2,4-D or Gibberelic acid 100g benomyl and 1kg urea dissolved in 100 liters of water is suggested. The interval spray may be reduced to 15 days if an excessive fruit drop continues. Regular monitoring of irrigation should be done.

For nurseries, soil preparation has to be done by spreading one part of virgin fertile soil, one part of sand and one part of FYM on concrete floor raised up to 1.5ft in height. Drench the bed completely with water and cover it up with 100 micron thick polythene sheet. The sides of the sheet should be sealed to avoid vapour loss. Dr. M. S. Ladaniya, Mission Leader, TMC and Director, NRCC has requested the citrus growers of Vidarbha to avail these advisories released to press in the first week of every month exclusively for the citrus growers under TMC. In case of any difficulty, growers should contact on Tel. No. 0712-2500325 or E-mail at citrus_ngp@sancharnet.in or at tmc.vidarbha@gmail.com as per the convenience.

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Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch celebrates foundation day

Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch celebrated its foundation day and birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, at Mor Hindi Bhavan, Sitabuldi, here. Convenor of the organi... Read More
Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch celebrated its foundation day and birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, at Mor Hindi Bhavan, Sitabuldi, here. Convenor of the organisation Adv Sulekhe Kumbhare said that Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s vision of Republican Party is being followed by the Manch. The organisation is striving to bring about social, political, educational, economic change so that the backward class people could lead life with dignity.

Senior Republican leader Vinayak Jamgade, labour leader babu Bhaladhare, social worker ratnamala meshram were the guests of honour. During eight years of formation of the organisation, it has successfully contested elections of local self government bodies and party like Congress had to take cognizance of the organisation during the Lok Sabha elections. Jamgale spoke about movement for bringing about social change started by Mahatma Jyotiba Phule. Bhaladhare also spoke on the occasion. Kumbhare was felicitated by the workers of the organisation.

Vandana Bhagat made introductory remarks and conducted the proceedings. Tilak Gajbhiye proposed a vote of thanks. Harish Kamble, Vivek sahare, Ajay Kadam, Narayan Nitnawre, Moreshwar Patil, Mohlata Meshram, Jyoti yadav, hemraj tembhurne, Suresh Suryavanshi, Mahendra Thul Guruji, Vishnu Thaore and others were present.

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College students offer ‘shramdaan’ to build check dams in Kalmeshwar

In a constructive effort, M Com Department students of G S College of Commerce & Economics, Nagpur, offered ‘shramdaan’ to build two check dams for wildlife in Kalmeshwar Forest Range on Sa... Read More
In a constructive effort, M Com Department students of G S College of Commerce & Economics, Nagpur, offered ‘shramdaan’ to build two check dams for wildlife in Kalmeshwar Forest Range on Saturday. The check dams will help wild animals in territorial forest to quench their thirst during scorching heat in summer months. The 57 boys and girls built the check dams by using sandbags in one of the mainstreams along with four Professors Rashi Arora, Madhuri Purohit, Ashutosh Tiwari and Pallavi Shrivastava by joining hands with P K Mahajan, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, M Mohite, Range Forest Officer, Kalmeshwar, Kundan Hate, Honorary Wildlife Warden for Nagpur district, Sanjay Despande, Convener, Shrusti Paryavaran Mandal, Vinit Arora, Prateek Dade, Laxmikant Ahirkar and forest guards. The activity though highly fruitful was full of adventure for the students and teachers who travelled from the city and trekked in the jungle interiors to reach the site. They spotted fresh tiger pugmarks and showed resilience and persistence in finishing the task despite possibility of attacking by wild bees. Forest Department expressed thanks to the college and congratulated Hate and Arora for successfully organising the activity.

Despande applauded the efforts of the college students and informed that such voluntary ‘Shramdaan’ activity does not only inculcate responsibility towards the environment among the youth but also help a long way in reducing man-animal conflict. Hate highly appreciated the initiative taken by G S College of Commerce and Economics and hoped that it will create an awareness towards wildlife protection among the other college youths.

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Binkar hits ton as Ruby pip Navniketan to enter final

IN A thrilling Guzder League ‘A’ Division semi-final, Ruby Sporting Club defeated Navniketan Cricket Club by three runs to make it to the final on Sunday. After being put into bat, Ruby score... Read More
IN A thrilling Guzder League ‘A’ Division semi-final, Ruby Sporting Club defeated Navniketan Cricket Club by three runs to make it to the final on Sunday. After being put into bat, Ruby scored 258-8 in their stipulated 45 overs at the VCA Civil Lines ground and then restricted Navniketan to 255-9, four runs short of the target. Sanjog Binkar (103; 103b, 12x4, 1x6) was the architect of the Ruby score. Binkar added 103 runs for the third wicket with Prajwal Baniya (51; 68b, 7x4). Apart from the duo, only skipper Azhar Sheikh (37; 35b, 2x4, 1x4) could get into the double digits. Rest of the batsmen could not cash in on the platform provided to them. Navniketan bowlers did a decent job in the later half to restrict the opponents who were once 135-2 in 26.1 overs.

Akshay Karnewar returned with figures of 4-52 from his seven overs. Ankit Kushwah, who removed both the openers early on, and Vinod Kumar took two wickets apiece while Nikhil Magar was the most economical giving away just 27 runs for his lone wicket in eight overs. Navniketan openers Akshay Wadkar (38) and Pravin Naktore (18) started the chase in right earnest adding 63 runs in 12.2 overs before the former became Ruby skipper Sheikh’s (11-0-55-3) first of the three victims.

Navniketan skipper Aditya Sarvate (38) and Dharmendra Ahlawat (89; 94b, 9x4, 1x6) consolidated the start and added 103 runs for the third wicket before the former was held by Gaurav Upadhyay off Sheikh. Ahlawat’s knock went in vain as he did not get any support from the middle and lower order batsmen. He was the seventh batsman out when the side needed twenty more runs to win the game. Some good bowling and inept batting restricted Navniketan four runs short of the target as they could go from 239 to 255 in last ten balls.

Sheikh was supported by Ashish Gawande (2-63), Upadhyay (1-31) and the fielders who effected three run outs.

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Basking in golden glory continues

BRIDGE lovers, crazy about the brain game of bridge continued to bask in the glory of Vidarbha Bridge Association’s golden years as they competed in the VBA Summer Annual Bridge Tournament’... Read More
BRIDGE lovers, crazy about the brain game of bridge continued to bask in the glory of Vidarbha Bridge Association’s golden years as they competed in the VBA Summer Annual Bridge Tournament’s much loved Team Duplicate Swiss League bridge event. If there was a winner of the day, then it was the Patni’s team which bagged the Team Duplicate Swiss League Topper’s prize.

Otherwise, it was a tiring day, especially for the President and Secretary of VBA, G. Sundermurthy and Madhav Vinze who after playing ensured all was set for the morrow, the last day of this VBA Summer Annual Bridge Tournament. Amidst all of this, they spared time to search through heaps of photographs and wracked their weary brains to remember the greats of VBA of the yesteryears. If anyone did come to mind almost instantly to both, it was Subhash Agarwala, a ticker tape is every visible which indicates the cupboard full of books which the late Agarwala’s family has donated to the VBA as reference material. “Of course, there books donated by others as well,” adds G. Sundermurthy, continuing, “these include B.P. Kanoria, S. Mahadevan, S.M. Bajoria besides two others. These books today number over a thousand, yet one must admit they are at least 10-15 years behind even then, as compared to contemporary bridge. But, we take consolation from the fact that there are millions and millions permutations and combinations to a bridge deal and hence, there is much to learn always.”

Reflecting on numbers, both agreed that the maximum number bridge playing members VBA has seen was in the 1970s-1980s, it was certainly at least three times than the number today, they agreed. “Today though VBA can boast of 170 members, only around 80 of them are playing members.” However, amidst these were a good number of top brass from the Income Tax Department, and VNIT, some of whom are still around playing today, both recalled. Getting back to dwindling present day numbers, they blamed the lack of interest shown by younger players. “One needs to look into the advantages of this game which helps one remain concentrated, calculating and competitive upto a ripe old age of even 91 as our member M.N. Datta is,” adds R.S. Tambe.

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CSTPS project affected victims cry out for justice

Expressing displeasure over the negligence of Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) towards the unemployed children of the farmers whose lands were acquired for the CSTPS project, Sa... Read More
Expressing displeasure over the negligence of Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) towards the unemployed children of the farmers whose lands were acquired for the CSTPS project, Sardar Katkar demanded either to absorb the farmers’ children in service or to return the acquired farmlands, recently. Katkar informed through a press release that Maharashtra Government acquired a farmland of about 11 thousand hectares and 52 gaonthans (village site) for the CSTPS project in the year 1980-81 and handed over to the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB). Actual electricity production started in the year 1984 and within only 6 years, MSEB paid the loan and earned profit in crores. In the year 1998, MSEB was honoured by the Central Government for huge electricity production. MSEB also encouraged its employees by giving lakhs of rupees in the form of prizes. But to the disappointment, the owners of the land on which the CSTPS project is standing are deprived of their right and are crying for justice. The administration and State Government is deliberately neglecting towards the farmers and their unemployed children. The project-affected farmers frequently staged agitation to attract the State Government’s attention towards their demands. But every time they had to satisfy on the promises and assurances. As per the rule, it is necessary for any company or firm to absorb at least one candidate of family in service in exchange of the land acquired. After acquiring of lands by CSTPS, the farmers have been left landless without any source to earn their living. But even after 34 years have passed after land acquisition, there are about 50 per cent project-affected farmers who have been deprived of their rights. No candidate of the project-affected families has been absorbed in the service by CSTPS. Therefore they are leading a life of difficulties, Katkar informed. Katkar further said that about 200 unemployed project affected youths were appointed on the remuneration of Rs 6000 per month while skilled workers are being given Rs 12,000 per month as per the Contract Based Workers’ Act. The project-affected ITI candidate is being deprived of all the facilities and remuneration which is applicable for the skilled workers. Informing that 75 per cent project-affected workers completed the Advanced Skilled Workers’ Training, Katkar requested the administration to absorb them in service as regular and permanent workers.

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‘India generates over 220 mn tonnes of fly ash annually’

Butibori Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) in association with Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Ltd organised a seminar on ‘Fly ash utilisation to protect our environment.’ India generates over... Read More
Butibori Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) in association with Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Ltd organised a seminar on ‘Fly ash utilisation to protect our environment.’ India generates over 220 million tonnes of fly ash annually and the rate is growing at faster pace. Lakhs of acres of land will be occupied with fly ash that will generated in coming years, experts said.

Based on advancements in power plant and boiler technologies, India generates one of the world-class fly ash today which is the value-added commodity. But there is no sufficient awareness in the public and entrepreneurs about the opportunities in using fly ash. Fly ash brick production which was dependent on imported technologies till 1990 at heavy investment, has come within the reach of small scale entrepreneur, ever since FaL-G technology was invented in 1991 indigenously, bringing down the plant cost as low as to Rs 5 lakh in SSI. This was possible for avoiding the heavy duty press and autoclave associated with imported technologies. Based on the potential of the country for over 300 billion bricks, there is scope to promote over 100,000 FaL-G brick plants with employment potential of over 1.9 million workers.

FaL-G bricks are superior in strength against clay bricks and totally eco-friendly activity, conserving top soil and fuel, and abating pollution. Hence this activity needs to be taken to the people as an avenue of employment opportunity. N. Kalidas of Institute for Solid Waste Research and Eco-Balance (INSWAREB), who has developed FaL-G technology, made the technical presentation and also enlighten the entrepreneurs on techno-financial benefits of the fly ash brick activity. With this agenda in background, BMA and Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited organised this seminar at BMA hall.

This programme was responded by large numbers of brick and cement manufacturers. Ajay Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Roshan Nair, Vice–President, and Arun Choudhary, General Manager of Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited and Hemant Ambaselkar, Immediate Past President of BMA, Nitin Lonkar, Secretary, Kishor Malviya, Joint Secretary and Manish Gupta, along with Pradeep Raut conducted the programme successfully.

Interested entrepreneurs may contact Prabodh Ojha at Indorama and Sarang Sawangikar at Reliance Power, Butibori for further assistance in putting up a Fly Ash SSI. They may contact D S Utane at BMA. For more details, interested may also contact N. Kalidas for Fly Ash Technology, informs a press release issued here.

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‘Small towns to see more hiring in telecom sector’

WITH telecom majors focusing on decentralisation of their networks by setting up customer centre desks in tier II and III cities, hiring in rural areas will continue to grow by up to 20 per cen... Read More
WITH telecom majors focusing on decentralisation of their networks by setting up customer centre desks in tier II and III cities, hiring in rural areas will continue to grow by up to 20 per cent, say experts.

“Tier II and III cities offer the feasibility in hiring the talent at much lower cost and retention is also comparatively higher. Though ready talent is not available in these areas, it is not difficult to train them as per the requirements of the company. So, the hiring will continue to grow in these areas. Minimum 15-20 per cent higher than last year,” executive search firm GlobalHunt's Managing Director Sunil Goel told PTI here. He said hiring in tier II and III cities provides a wider range of availability and decentralised approach, which suits the best as business continuity plan. It also helps the company in managing lower recurring cost in increments and physical infrastructure are also available at much lesser cost as compared to the metros, he said. Moreover, retention of employee is also becoming one of the major challenges in metro cities as high attrition inflicts a lot of recruitment, training and development cost on the companies, he said.

Industries like insurance and healthcare have also been following similar routes, he added. Echoing similar views, another industry expert opined that the need for skilled professionals in tier II and III cities has seen a significant surge to build the skill gap. “India is a big market and also one of the most competitive in the domain with multiple players in the fray. About 50-60 per cent of the subscribers come from non metros, including tier II and III cities and those are also one of the focused revenue markets for the companies,” he said.

Randstad India CEO Moorthy K Uppaluri said with the overheating of the urban market segment, telecom companies have been pro-actively building infrastructure in rural areas over the past few years to expand their subscriber base, widen distribution networks, boost profit margins and compete more effectively. “Market estimates show that the share of rural subscribers has increased at an annual rate of 15-20 per cent over the past year. With these developments, we believe that the telecom sector is poised to grow in tier II and III cities and expect hiring to go up by about 10 per cent this year and continue to gain momentum in future,” he said. Given the challenge of skills gaps, he said most firms hold periodic and structured training to equip and update their workforce with the necessary skills that will help them perform their job efficiently.

“As business potential in rural markets is growing, we are also witnessing a similar trend in FMCG, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) industries, consumer durables, education and retail segments,” he added.

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Hanuman Jayanti celebrations from today

Preparations of Shri Hanuman Janmotsav Shobhayatra starting from Shri Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir are in final stage. This is the 18th year of Shobhayatra. The Shobhayatra will start from Rajabaksh... Read More
Preparations of Shri Hanuman Janmotsav Shobhayatra starting from Shri Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir are in final stage. This is the 18th year of Shobhayatra. The Shobhayatra will start from Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir on April 15 at 4 pm after the aarti and pooja of Lord Hanuman. Mayor Anil Sole will perform pooja. The idol of Lord Hanuman will be placed on the decorated chariot after being carried by Shrimant Raje Mudhoji Bhonsale on his head.

Route of Shobhayatra: Rajabaksha Hanuman Mandir-Rajabaksha-Rambagh-Ajanta Hall-Ashok Square-Medical Square-Hanuman Nagar- Siraspeth-Reshimbagh-Zenda Chowk- Ganesh Nagar-Nandanvan Square- Mangal Murti Lawn Square- Tiranga Chowk- Sakkardara-Chhota Tajbagh Square- Raghuji Nagar-Ayodhya Nagar-Sharda Chowk- Shri Siddheshwar Sabhagruha Square-MAnewada Road-Tukadoji Square-Ajani Police Station- Wanjari Nagar Water Tank-TB Ward and will conclude at Rajabaksha temple. About 50 floats will participate in the same.

Sarvajanik Hanuman Mandir Devasthan Committee Lendhra Park Ramdaspeth: The committee has organised a shobhayatra on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti on April 15 at 4 pm. The shobhayatra will start from Ramdaspeth Hanuman Mandir after pujan being performed by Mayor Anil Sole and Corporator Vishakha Maind. Distribution of Mahaprasad will be held from 10 pm.

Sarvajanik Hanuman Mandir Devasthan, Jagnath Budhwari: Hanuman Jayanti programme has been organised at Sarvajanik Hanuman Mandir Devasthan, Jagnath Budhwari on April 15 at 5.30 am. Kishor Parate will do abhishek of Lord Hanuman. Raju Sadhankar, Sanjay Markandey, Vasanta Khapekar, will remain prominently. Mahaprasad will be distributed on April 19. Sudhir Dawle, Rahul Harde, Swapnil Thawre, Anil Markandey, Anil Harde, Vinod Markandey, Pratik Sadhankar, Naresh Khapekar, Murari Sharma, Kishor Rakhunde and others are working hard for the success of the event.

Shri Data Hanuman Mandir: On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti a shobhayatra will be taken out from Shri Data Hanuman Mandir Dharampeth on April 15 at 6 pm. The shobhayatra is organised by Shri Data Hanuman Yuvak Mandal while Mahaprasad will be held on April 16 at the premises of temple, informs a press release.

Shri Tekdi Road Hanuman Mandir Samiti: The Samiti under the ongoing Hanuman Jayanti celebrations Bhajan Sandhya will be held on April 14 at 5.15 pm. Jas Jagran of Shri Deva Kanojiya (Kamptee) was held on Sunday. Hanuman Jayanti Mahaprasad will be held on April 15 from 11 am at temple premises Gawali Pura, Sitabuldi. Shree Hanuman temple, Mohite Wada: Noted author Sacchinand Shewade to deliver lecture at Shree Hanuman temple, Mohite Wada, near RSS buidling, Mahal on Monday at 7.30 pm. He will also felicitate HBP Govindshastri Arwikar Maharaj after the lecture. Mukund Dolas, member of Shree Hanuman Mandir Sarvajanik Dharmaday Trust informed in a press release that Shewade will deliver lecture on ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his war strategy’. He appealed people to attend the programme in large numbers.

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HC admits plea for sanction to prosecute police officer, orders expedited hearing

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here,have admitted criminal writ petition filed by a pensioner, Sushant Kumar K.Banerjee (73) from Mankapur Ring Road Area , for exp... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here,have admitted criminal writ petition filed by a pensioner, Sushant Kumar K.Banerjee (73) from Mankapur Ring Road Area , for expedited final hearing. The petitioner is seeking sanction from the State Government under section 197 Cr P C to prosecute the then ACP Anant Damodar Thorat working under the DCP, Sadar Zone. The petitioner’s application for sanction made on December 22, 2011 was rejected by the respondent - State Home Secretary on October 1, 2012.The then ACP ,Sadar, A D Thorat had charge-sheeted the petitioner under sections 354, 509, 294, 506 of the IPC read with section 3 (1) (x) and 3 (1) (xi) of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and allegedly maliciously prosecuted him on a ‘false’ complaint of one Varsha Kamraj Jambhulkar, who has been not having good terms with her, due to the petitioner’s legal efforts to see removal of illegal constructions by her. Ultimately, as the prosecution failed to prove charges for want of corroboration and bring offences home, the trial court Judge, G T Kadri had acquitted him on July 22, 2011. The petitioner appeared in person. APP M K Pathan represented the State.

DRT allows city steel trader’s appeal; charged interest held exorbitant

The Debt Recovery Tribunal Presiding Officer here, Irshad Husain has allowed the Securitization appeal filed by M/s Chinteshwar Steel Pvt Ltd and its Directors -Naresh and Diggant Soni, holding that the respondent-State Bank had taken steps by making a demand to the applicant/appellant by charging exorbitant rate of interest and not only this the rate of interest is also not disclosed by the said Bank, which is also against the legal requirement and also the Punjab and Haryana HC judgment in the case of Central Bank vs Ravindra.

The applicant had filed the appeal under section 17 (1) of he SARFAESI Act, challenging the action taken by the Bank under the provisions of the said Act.The Company,which was set up in 2003 for manufacturing sponge iron was asked by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board through a notice in September, 2006 to reduce production to 30 pc. Due to fire in its coal yard, the Company had suffered loss of Rs. 72 lakh. The Company had not received its insurance claims till date.Advocates Rajiv and Rohan Chhabra appeared for the appellants. Advocate S N Kumar (Bank) and Adv R H Agrawal (Nirmala Ramlal Soni (73) and Rajesh Soni) represented the respondents.

Quashing opponent company’s action, DRT allows appeal

Quashing and setting aside the action taken by M/s Phoenix ARC Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, the Debt Recovery Tribunal Presiding Officer here, Irshad Husain has allowed the Securitisation appeal of M/s Suresh Trading Company, Gondia, which by way of action had put the property of the Gondia trader on sale under the notice of November 22, 2012.

The creditor- Bank of India had issued notice initially on January 19, 2010 under section 13 (2) of the SARFAESI Act, demanding an amount of Rs 1,07,40,370.80 outstanding against the borrower. The date up to which the Bank claimed outstanding had not been mentioned, making it arbitrary and void. The Tribunal has held that in the facts and circumstances of the case, the action of the respondent-Company is arbitrary, not in consonance with the provisions of the Act as well as the Rules, particularly Rule 8 (2) of the Security Interest (Enforcement) Rules and by not following the RBI guidelines. Advocate Atul Pande appeared for the appellant. M A Raheman represented the respondent -Company.

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Two more robberies in Nandanvan, Kotwali

Two more robberies were reported from different parts of city. The incidents occurred under the jurisdictions of Nandanvan and Kotwali police stations on Saturday night. In the first case, two bi... Read More
Two more robberies were reported from different parts of city. The incidents occurred under the jurisdictions of Nandanvan and Kotwali police stations on Saturday night. In the first case, two bike-borne robbers snatched away gold necklace worth Rs 50,000 of a 43-year-old woman at Tulsibag under the jurisdiction of Kotwali police station on Sunday at 10.45 pm. According to police, victim Kalpana Purushottam Raghtate (43), a resident of Telipura, Itwari, with her brother and daughter had gone to Jain Kalar Samaj Bhavan, Reshimbag Square, to attend a marriage reception. After attending the function they were heading towards home on Scooty moped (MH-31/CD-6246). The police said two bike-borne robbers came from behind and dashed against the moped and as the trio on moped tried to come out of shock the robbers truck. The snatched gold ornaments and fled even before the victim had a chance to raise an alarm. The accused sped away from the spot in a flash after the incident. Kotwali police have registered the case under sections 392 and 34 of IPC. In another case, two bike-borne robbers looted a youth at Nandanvan main road under the jurisdiction of Nandanvan police station at 10 pm. According to police, Sayyad Faizan Abid Ali (18), a resident of plot no 11, Bada Tajbag, along with his friend Maujammid were walking down the road when three youth on a bike accosted them. The accused threatened the victims with sharp edged weapons and snatched his mobile phone. Before Sayyad could raise an alarm the accused sped away from the spot. Nandanvan police have registered the case under sections 392 and 34 of IPC.

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Various events to mark birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar

Various social, cultural, educational and political organisations in city will pay rich tributes to Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 123rd birth anniversary on April 14. Nagpur City Distri... Read More
Various social, cultural, educational and political organisations in city will pay rich tributes to Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 123rd birth anniversary on April 14. Nagpur City District Congress Committee: City Congress President Vikas Thakare will garland the statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at Sambvidhan Square at 9.30 am. All members of congress committee will grace the occasion.

Bayabai Mhaiskar Smruti Pratishthan: On the occasion of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti, an open essay competition for students of standard 9, 10, 11 and 12 has been organised. The subjects of the same are 1) Rashtrapremi Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, 2) Maza Adarsha Mahapurush: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, 3) Dr Babasaheb Ambedkaranchi Granthasampada, 4) Streemukti Va Babasaheb Ambedkar, 5) Hindu Samaj va Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, 6) Dr Babasaheb Ambedkaranche Jeevan Va Karya. The students can send their essays on or before May 10 on Bayabai Mhaiskar Smruti Pratishthan, Plot No 40, near Shatabdi Nagar Bouddha Vihar, Post Bhagwan Nagar, Nagpur 27 (Cell No 9764410363), informs Bhimrao Mhaiskar, organiser, in a press release.

Bahujan Mukti AndolanVa Rashtriya Sanghatana: On the occasion of Birth Anniversaries of Mahatma Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, the organisation has organised Prabodhan Sandesh Yatra Amrut Mahotsav on April 14, 15 and 16 at Ambedkar Chowk, near railway station, Kalmeshwar. Various programmes like felicitation of prominent personalities, Sangharsha Gatha, a musical programme,etc will be held. Bhadant Dhammasen Vipashyana Acharya will inaugurate the function while Special Inspector General of Police Nagpur Range Ravindra Kadam will be the chief guest. National President of Bahujan Mukti Suresh Dongre will preside over. All India Samata Sainik Dal: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti programme will be held at the premises of Sainik Dal, Head Quarters, 32, Untakhana, Rambagh Road, Nagpur 01. The programme will start with flag hoisting at 8.30 am and a workshop on ‘Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Va Samata Sainik Dal will be held at 5.30 pm. Meanwhile, 87th foundation day of Samata Sainik Dal was celebrated on Sunday at Madhuram Hall, Hindi Mor Bhavan, Jhanshi Rani Square, Sitabuldi. A website of Dal was also released on this occasion. Senior Ambedkarite L.R.Bali addressed the audience. S Chandraiyya, Chairman of Sainik Dal presided over. Takshak Chahande made introductory remarks. Se Sanjay Gajbhiye conducted the proceedings. Adv Baburao Shende proposed a vote of thanks. Dr P.T.Ramteke, Baidyanath, Adv Nagsen Dhoke, Harish Chahande, Dharmadas Chandankhede, Bhalchandra Lokhande, Pradnyakar Chandankhede, Mulchand Masare, Bhimrao Mhaiskar, Nitin Shambharkar and Shobha Bhongade were also present.

Castribe Karmachari Mahasangh: Mahasangh President Krishna Ingale will garland the statue of Dr Ambedkar at Samvidhan Square at 8 am while tributes to Dr Ambedkar will be paid at its office at 9.30 am by Satyadev Ramteke. P Pujya Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Va Tathagat Gautam Buddha Sanyukta Jayanti Samiti: Abhivadan rally is organised on the occasion of 123rd birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar. The rally will start from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar ground, Untakhana on April 14 at 6.30 am. It will pass through the area and conclude at Untakhana. Bharatiya Republican Parishad: City President Asangh Ramteke will garland the statue of Dr Ambedkar at Dr Ambedkar Square, MIG Hudco Colony, Nara Road Nagpur 14 at 6.30 am. Adv Devman Meshram will also grace the occasion.

Sandesh Anand: On the occasion of Dr Ambedkar Jayanti a programme to distribute Sandesh Anand Patrakar Ratna Puraskar 2014 will be held at 12 noon at B 15, NIT complex, Medical Road, Untakhana, Nagpur 09. Senior Journalist Umeshbabu Choubey will preside over. Teacher MLC Nago Ganar will inaugurate the programme. Prakash Lonare, Girish Pandav, Abhijeet Wanjari, Rajabhau Tanksale, Sujata Kombade, Yogesh Tiwari, Nilima Bawane, Anil Thakre, Vijay Marodkar will also grace the occasion.

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‘CR needs to make more efforts to make optimum use of home platform’

Homeland platform is ahead of time as other projects that would enable to make Central Railway make its optimum use are not yet complete. Right now just one train, Mumbai-Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto ... Read More
Homeland platform is ahead of time as other projects that would enable to make Central Railway make its optimum use are not yet complete. Right now just one train, Mumbai-Nagpur-Mumbai Duranto Express runs and terminates from this stand alone platform no. 8, and for operation of this single train the goods yard remains paralysed for nearly half an hour every time. Making this statement Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Central Railway, Nagpur Division, O P Singh, however said efforts are on to get the connecting projects, Kalumna-Nagpur doubling and Chhindwara-Nagpur broad gauge completed as fast as possible.

Home platform is unique but Singh felt its utility would be more when all projects get completed. Talking informally to newspersons against background of Rail Week celebrations, DRM said Nagpur Division is banking heavily on four projects to break the gridlock at Nagpur, the criss cross point for North-South and East-West train services. One of the most important corridors of Indian Railways, Nagpur Junction is banking heavily on early completion of ongoing gauge conversion of Chhindwara-Nagpur broad gauge, Kalamna-Nagpur doubling and Kalamna-Godhni Chord Line doubling. Apart from these, another important project is Sewagram-Nagpur third line whose survey is complete. The alignment of new line would be on left side and revealed that third line would see total realignment in Ajni Yard for its integration.

Singh said Sewagram-Nagpur third line is most critical and hoped the projects get going by year end. The project involves laying of cross- overs at various points to enable its full utilisation as main line-cum-loop. The third line is most necessary and capacity constraints would start affecting operations when future thermal power plants on Nagpur-Wardha route starts their operations.

The Chord line doubling would mean important of Godhni increasing as it would become crew changing point for goods trains. The good rakes moving in East-North and vice-versa would skip Nagpur station. This would be a great relief and help us expand passenger operations as their would be freeing of capacity at Nagpur Yard. Most coal laden rakes coming from mines of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd., move to Koradi and Khaparkheda Thermal Plants where a large expansion in capacity is under way. Further there are other movement of goods in either direction and Nagpur being the gateway, right now there is jumbling of trains leading to detentions, the DRM explained. He also said Bina-Itarsi third line would also result in faster movement of trains on Northern direction of country.

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Person Safety Device - A ray of hope for bed-ridden patients

His relatives kept telling him that his grandfather had fallen down from bed several times during late night hours and could not stand up. He remained there for the whole night in that condition.... Read More
His relatives kept telling him that his grandfather had fallen down from bed several times during late night hours and could not stand up. He remained there for the whole night in that condition. The relatives became tensed as they could not find out the solution. They had to spend sleepless nights. Finally, this young software engineer came out with the solution. He invented Person Safety Device (PSD). He experimented it with his grandfather. It was successful. Everybody at his grandpa’s place heaved a sigh of relief. He has also got the patent for this project. Chandrahas Kawishwar, a young software engineer of Nagpur did it. “The idea struck my mind that why not prepare such a device that would help everybody at home. I used to see my relatives always tense because of the worry that my grandpa would fell down from bed. At first, only my grandfather was in my mind. But now I am seeing that everywhere people are facing this problem and they don’t have any solution,” pointed Chandrahas.

Explaining the concept, Chandrahas said, “A Person safety device is an audible safety device used to help in fall prevention management and to assist in monitoring residents movements. A PSD is a system which includes a sensor pad below mattress and a small box size piece of equipment that activates a signal when motion is detected.” Person Safety Device system usually consists of two main components: Alarm box and Sensor pad. The alarm box is powered with 12v DC power supply and in-built battery backup on power failure. The alarm box connects to the sensor pad with a long extension cord which activates when Person attempts to move from bed. The alarm box connects to the sensor pad with a long extension cord. When the person attempts to move from bed the alarm box makes a sound with light indications.

Chandrahas said, “Safety is a primary concern for caretakers in a private setting, as well. Protecting loved ones can be a difficult challenge, especially for independent seniors. The device provide a means to allow autonomy, yet alert of an emergency when necessary. The same device that can be used in nursing facilities can also be utilized for hospital use. Usually we see most of the hospitals use CCTV system to monitor the patients’ activity, which is very much expensive and it needs computer operator to handle all these systems. But even though it could not alert patient movement to the attendant or the conditions presented in slides. Suppose device installed on all 4 beds and alarm unit installed at reception. If patient attempts to move from bed, the alarm would activate at nursing counter. After the alarm, nurse would go and attend the patient.

It is estimated that more than half of the patients in long-term care facilities will encounter one or more falls per year. With these types of accidents being the highest cause of injury, fall prevention is imperative. The device initiates when a person attempts to exit his or her bed, which can reduce hazards before they happen. Often times, falls occur and patients are not attended for hours. The device is a precautionary tool and address problems immediately. Whether the device is meant for general citizens only? Chandrahas said, “At first, I focused only on my grandpa which was a general case. But then I found even children, the people with dementia or Alzheimer’s also face same kind of problem. I thought over it and finally came to conclusion that it is equally useful for the above category also. These patients get confused and disoriented easily and are prone to wandering. Monitoring their movement is essential to security measures. Not only that even the people having the habit of walking while in sleep.”

Many times due to fear of such falls, the relatives lose sleep. Due to the continues monitoring caretaker may suffer from physical, mental stress, insomnia, fatigue. But the device has come out for the rescue of these relatives.

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AAP leader Shazia Ilimi reaches Bhopal to support Lok Sabha candidate Dhingra

SHAZIA Ilimi, AAP Aam Aadmi Party leader was here in the State capital on Saturday to support Bhopal AAP Lok Sabha candidate Rachna Dhingra. The volunteers of AAP were excited to welcome the only s... Read More
SHAZIA Ilimi, AAP Aam Aadmi Party leader was here in the State capital on Saturday to support Bhopal AAP Lok Sabha candidate Rachna Dhingra. The volunteers of AAP were excited to welcome the only star campaigner from Delhi till date to reach the State capital as a part of Lok Sabha elections campaigning. The road rally was started off from Ravindra Bhavan, Moti Masjid, which eventually culminated at Iqbal Maidan.The AAP party is getting immense support of gas survivors in the city and the party candidate herself being the Bhopal gas tragedy activist is also working as an added advantage.

Shazia ilimi is contesting from Ghaziabad from AAP ticket. Unlike the party campaigning in other cities like Ghaziabad which witnessed presence of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal who had canvassed heavily for their party nominees, the regions in Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal has been sidelined to some extend, as per some AAP members.

The party was expected to get support of national leaders to come for the campaign but due to the tight schedule it did not happen. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers is seen distributing Aam Aadmi caps to the residents for publicity but vouching less for the local AAP Lok Sabha candidates. Reportedly there has been drift within the party with regards to the names of the Candidates recently announced by AAP party. The support to Arvind Kejariwal is there but when it comes to support local candidates including local candidate from Bhopal Rachna Dhingra discontentment is witnessed. Earlier AAP’s Madhya Pradesh unit’s chief spokesperson Akshay Hunka said that he has already spoken to Arvind Kejariwal and the dates of his visit to the city is likely to be announced before Lok sabha elections but later on no confirmation has been received for that.

It has to be mentioned that Alok Agrawal, candidate of AAP from Khandwa is one of the poorest candidate who has filed his nomination worth declaring assets of Rs 12, 871.Besides Narmada Bachao Andolan Activist and reportedly one of the strongest candidates of AAP party from Khandwa Madhya Pradesh Alok Agrawal is getting support from the National AAP team for campaigning. Subsequent to the support received by award winning RTI activists from Gujarat Charul and Vinay who were present in Khandwa for Nukkad natak campaigning last week.

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Worst condition of patients at Govt hospitals

The patients, even serious patients sweat at Government hospitals and years old fans, some run at very low speed are found insufficient to the patients to give them relief from the scorching he... Read More
The patients, even serious patients sweat at Government hospitals and years old fans, some run at very low speed are found insufficient to the patients to give them relief from the scorching heat. The temperature is increasing day by day, according to the weather department in coming days, the temperature may cross 40 degree. Even, education officers considering raising temperature has changed the school timings. But the health department that has huge budget to provide better medical facilities to the patients, has not yet made arrangements of coolers to the hospitals. Some patients avoid admission to the Government hospitals, prefer the private hospitals. According to a senior doctor at JP hospital, the hospital authorities do not initiate purchasing new coolers or getting old one repaired due to short of budget and avoid any administrative problems, the hospital authorities do not take interest to provide better facilities to the patients. Secondly, the Government hospital have not yet been allotted the budget for financial year 2014-15, that will be applicable from April 1. So the hospital Superintendents find it difficult to draw the salaries of the contractual employees and even some regular employees.

However, the Government hospitals have adequate funds in its Rogi Kalyan Samiti, it is collected from X ray charge, registration, pathological tests and others. The hospital Superintendents might make arrangements of coolers from this funds. Many old out of order coolers are lying at the hospital stores of Katju hospital, district JP hospital, Bairagarh civil hospital and others. It is the condition of the district and other Government hospitals at the state capital what will be the condition of rural health centres and the hospitals at other districts. Interestingly, considering worst condition of the patients at Kolar Government hospital, somebody donated a cooler as the hospital superintendent was helpless to purchase the new coolers.

Many doctors have already got Air Conditioners installed at their chambers, the coolers have been installed at some doctors’ chambers but nobody is there to care the patients. Usually those patients are economically weak are forced to admit in the Government hospitals.

When contacted Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), admitted to have no coolers at Government hospitals. However, a cooler has been donated by somebody at Kolar hospital. “ During my visit to Katju hospital I have instructed to hospital authorities to make cooler arrangements from Rogi Kalyan Samiti funds and later adjust funds from budget. The budget to the Government hospitals is yet to be allotted , he said.

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Ahead of polls, cops arrest seven with firearms, live cartridges

AHEAD of lok sabha polls-2014 which is to be held on April 17 in the state capital, City Crime Branch in coordination with City police nabbed above half-a-dozen miscreants and recovered firearm... Read More
AHEAD of lok sabha polls-2014 which is to be held on April 17 in the state capital, City Crime Branch in coordination with City police nabbed above half-a-dozen miscreants and recovered firearms and live cartridges from their possession in past 24 hours. As many as 7 miscreants were nabbed respectively and 8 firearms including 4 pistols, 2 revolvers and 2 country made firearms were recovered from them. Police also recovered 8 live cartridges from the arrested miscreants in this search operation. The search operation was conducted by crime branch in coordination with MP Nagar and Govindpura police station.

Crime Branch official said four miscreants were arrested from MP Nagar locality while police nabbed rest 3 from Govindpura area.According to police, there was a tip-off that some miscreants were standing near Subhash Railway crossing mysteriously. Acting on tip-off, the police rushed to the spot and finding them suspicious, they took all four miscreants namely Faiz, Faizal Khan, Farooq Khan and Sad Khan into their custody. Later during their body search, 4 firearms including one pistol and three country made firearms as well as three live cartridges were recovered from their possession. Police said that they were planning to commit a big crime but before they could success in their ill-intention, the police arrested them.

On the other hand, three miscreants were also nabbed at Govindpura locality in connection with possessing firearms illegally.

Police first arrested Sadik Khan and seized firearms and live cartridges from his possession.Later as he told the police that he sold out firearms to other persons also, police later nabbed two other miscreants also who purchased firearms from Sadik. Shakil Mansoori and Shafique Ullah Khan were later arrested and firearms as well as live cartridges were recovered from their possession also. Subsequently all of them were booked under sections of Arms Act by concerned police. To know more details regarding firearms and live cartridges, all the arrested miscreants were being interrogated by the police, till the filing of the report.

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Valuables worth lakhs, important documents of MPEB gutted

VALUABLES worth lakhs of rupees and important documents of Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPEB) were gutted in a major fire which broke out at two different places in the State capital... Read More
VALUABLES worth lakhs of rupees and important documents of Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPEB) were gutted in a major fire which broke out at two different places in the State capital on Saturday.

Besides fire at record room of MPEB, the flame of fire also took wooden furniture shops at Pul Patra into their clutches gutting furniture and raw materials. The flame of fire was so strong that it spread into 7-8 shops and furniture worth lakhs of rupees were gutted into this major fire. The first incident took place at Pul Patra where a major fire broke out at wooden furniture shops in the early morning hours Saturday.

However, a major incident was averted as the fire could spread into other shops also but, as many as dozen fire tender vehicles were pressed into service on the right time which pacified the fire after battling for 2 hours. According to the information, the fire broke out after a truck loaded with Sugarcane broke the electricity power supply wires near the shop. The broken wires fell on the furniture shops causing the fire. No casualty was reported in the incident as the residential area was located at a good distance from the incident spot.

The vehicles carrying Sugarcane entangled with the electricity power supply lines of the area which caused a short circuit and one of the shops got fire which soon spread in the adjacent shops. Following the incident, police have registered a case under section 289 and 427 of the IPC and section 139 of the Electricity Act. Meanwhile, the accused truck driver fled from scene leaving the truck behind on the spot which was later seized by the police. Till the filing of the report, the accused truck driver was on run to arrest which the police have launched a manhunt so far.

In yet another fire incident, important documents of MPSEB gutted after a fire broke out at MPSEB record room in Chandbad area near the Bhopal railway station. Soon after the fire broke out, around 4 fire tender vehicles rushed to the spot. It took almost half-an-hour to douse the fire. However, till then, important documents were gutted completely. Injury or casualty was not reported in the incident. The reason due to which the fire broke out was not confirmed.

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Cong lodges plaint against Modi

Firing a fresh salvo against BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi, Congress has demanded registration of case against Modi on charge of cheating country and Election Commission. Congress ... Read More
Firing a fresh salvo against BJP Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi, Congress has demanded registration of case against Modi on charge of cheating country and Election Commission. Congress also demanded that case of women atrocity should be also registered against Modi.

State Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal reached TT Nagar police station and lodged a two page complaint against BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi. In his complaint, Manak Agrawal said that whatever Modi had done to his wife it comes under the ambit of women atrocity act. Secondly, Modi had accepted Jasodaben as his wife but no information has been given to nation about her whereabouts. Hence, police should immediately start search operation to find Jasodaben and should provide adequate security to her.

Logically, She is deemed to have enough security for being Chief Minister’s wife. Manak Agrawal also said that if it was not mandatory to mention wife name in the column of nomination papers then Modi could have again hidden the marital information which he was doing successfully from last 44 years. Expressing concern on whereabouts of Jasoda Ben, he said that so many days have passed since Modi accepted Jasoda Ben as his wife but so far people of country do not know that where she is.

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Height of inhumanity! 5-yr-old girl raped, dumped in Guna

IN A gruesome incident, an unidentified miscreant barged into a house located at Chachoda village in Guna district and took away a 5-year-old girl child and raped her and dumped her at Mandi area... Read More
IN A gruesome incident, an unidentified miscreant barged into a house located at Chachoda village in Guna district and took away a 5-year-old girl child and raped her and dumped her at Mandi area to die.

The miscreant thrashed the girl’s grandmother and took away the victim girl from her house while her father went to somewhere else during night hours of Friday. It was at around 12’o clock, that the victim girl was spotted in critical condition and was rushed to a nearby hospital with no delay. Later, going through her critical condition, the girl was referred to a city hospital by the doctors.

Till the filing of the report, the victim was undergoing treatment at Kamla Nehru Hospital, Bhopal, and her condition was reported to be stable. Following the incident, police lodged a case under section 376 and 307 of IPC as well as sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act-2012. Besides rape, the accused has also been charged with half-murder charge for beating up the victim’s elderly grandmother badly.

SDOP Mubarak Ali told ‘The Hitavada’, “The incident took place during 9pm to 11pm while the victim girl along with her grandmother was alone at the house. Knowing there was no man at the house, that unidentified miscreant barged into the house and attacked the elderly woman and took away the girl child.” After outraging the modesty of the girl, the accused dumped her at Mandi area in critical condition and fled, he added. As she was spotted by Chachoda station police personnel, she was rushed to a nearby hospital with no delay at Guna from where later referred to Bhopal. On being asked whether the police have traced down the identity of the accused as well as arrested him, he replied in negative. However, he further added that some suspicious persons have been taken into custody and were being questioned at police station. According to Chachoda police station, on Friday night the father of the girl residing at Dak Bungalow Road, left the house to go to temple. The victim girl and her grandmother were alone at the house when that unidentified miscreant barged into the house.

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Over 500 AAP members join BJP

More than 500 members from Aam Aadmi Party donned the colours of Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday in the presence of BJP Raipur Lok Sabha Convenor Brijmohan Agrawal. Also present were BJP Sta... Read More
More than 500 members from Aam Aadmi Party donned the colours of Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday in the presence of BJP Raipur Lok Sabha Convenor Brijmohan Agrawal. Also present were BJP State Vice-President Sachidanand Upasne, Sunil Soni, Prabha Dubey among others. Discouraged with the performance of Aam Aadmi Party at the national-level, particularly in Delhi and the diminishing popularity of Arvind Kejriwal and senior AAP leaders, and encouraged with the works undertaken by the BJP Government in the State under Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and the BJP policies, they decided to join the party, informed the AAP members who joined BJP.

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AAP will give strong challenge to rivals in LS polls: Gupta

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have sent loud and clear signal that coming Lok Sabha elections will be no cake walk for Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress, because its candidates are all set to gi... Read More
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have sent loud and clear signal that coming Lok Sabha elections will be no cake walk for Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress, because its candidates are all set to give strong challenge to the rivals in the polls. These views were expressed by National Secretary Pankaj Gupta, while interacting with mediapersons here on Saturday.

Talking to media, AAP National Secretary Gupta said that time has come to show Congress and BJP parties that people are desperately in need of change and AAP is their first choice. The prevailing irregularities and corruption in State Government departments is being clearly seen by the citizens and are fed-up with such ill-goings. Highlighting AAP’s performance across the country in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Pankaj Gupta said that party is expecting around 70 to 100 seats in their kitty and laid his emphasis that party is focused on to defeat Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi, because their defeats will bring new dimension in Indian politics. To counter these strong politicians, AAP has fielded its powerful candidates like Arvind Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas against them.

National Secretary Pankaj Gupta said that the membership drive two months before in the State has given big boost to convey party policies among the masses and lauded the efforts of state party post holders for their dedication towards the drive, he thanked party persons for successful membership drive in Chhattisgarh, which has surpassed the proposed target by a bigger margin.

Commenting on party performance in the State, Pankaj Gupta said that AAP is contesting on 10 Lok Sabha seats and is confident to wrest at least 4 seats in Chhattisgarh. “The party is making in-road in State and hope that the elected candidates will manage to win the hearts of voters through their performance and development works,” said Gupta.

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CM directs to increase security for poll officials

On the aftermath of the Naxal incidents at Bijapur and Bastar which left 14 people including five CRPF personnel dead and over eight people injured, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh called an emerge... Read More
On the aftermath of the Naxal incidents at Bijapur and Bastar which left 14 people including five CRPF personnel dead and over eight people injured, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh called an emergency meeting of senior administrative and police officials on Saturday evening. During the meeting the Chief Minister issued directives to the officials to increase security of the poll personnel engaged in polling duties in order to ensure free and fair elections and for security of public life and property. He asked the officials to strike co-ordination with the Election Commission and take all necessary steps as per the guidelines issued by them. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N K Aswal, DGP Amarnath Upadhyay, Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister N Baijendra Kumar and Aman Singh and ADG R K Vij. Earlier, sharply reacting on the allegations leveled by the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee who raised doubt that the delay in returning of poll personnel might result into fake polling, the Chief Minister said it is unfortunate that such allegations are being leveled against poll personnel and security personnel who are executing their duties under severe life threat. Such allegations will have damaging affect on their morale. The Chief Minister said the Congress is all set to lose from all the 11 Parliamentary segments in Chhattisgarh. Perturbed with the anticipated defeat, the Congress leaders have gone berserk and issuing such irrelevant statements. The Chief Minister said the Congress should know the ElectionCommission had installed CCTV cameras in all polling stations. Also other arrangements have been made by ECI to ensure free and fair elections. It seems that the Congress has already conceded defeat and is issuing such irrelevant statements.

Cong demands probe into delayed arrival of EVMs in Bastar

Chhattisgarh Congress, on Saturday, demanded probe into the voting pattern on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) arriving late from interior/Naxal-affected parts of Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.

State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, addressing a press conference in Congress Bhawan, questioned as to why it is taking more than 50 hours for poll parties to arrive at their respective district headquarters when they could reach the polling station within 12 hours before voting. He said that poll parties are forced to take refuge in police camps along with EVMs and the possibility of manipulation cannot be ruled out.

He also expressed concern that families of poll personnel are also anxious to have them back soon and the appropriate arrangements must be made in this regard. He said that as high as 200 poll parties not being able to report to their district headquarters two days later than conclusion of voting is a serious issue. Baghel also said that he has asked his own party workers to gain insights of voting percentage and patterns which can be verified with the official data to ascertain whether there is any scope of manipulation.

Returning the attack on BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Baghel questioned as to what prompted him to accept his marital status now. He said that while this is indeed a personal issue, the submission in affidavit is a public document and thus within realm of debate. He also rubbished Modi’s allegation that Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her family are apprehensive to prevent some secrets from coming out. Baghel asserted that Gandhi family has always been sacrificing for the country.

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Rubber factory gutted in Mahaveer Nagar

Hundreds of lives were at risk, when a massive fire broke out in a rubber factory situated right in the middle of a residential colony Mahaveer Nagar on Saturday. Considering the huge risk posed ... Read More
Hundreds of lives were at risk, when a massive fire broke out in a rubber factory situated right in the middle of a residential colony Mahaveer Nagar on Saturday. Considering the huge risk posed by the fire, authorities had to evacuate 8 houses built close to the rubber factory compound, where the fire was raging. Fire has also exposed the District Administration that allowed the rubber factory amidst a residential locality. According to the police, fire engines of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC), NECO, SARDA and Bhilai Steel Plant were rushed to extinguish the massive inferno that was re-emerging again and again. It took more than 6 hours just to douse the fire but the ember was still smouldering under the stack of rubber peelings. According to the reports, the land belonging to one Subhash Chand Madhok. Factory manufactured rubber out of the conveyor belts and sold it to remould the tyres. The compound spread over 2000 square feet of land surrounded by 5 feet long boundary wall was stacked with used tyres to the brim. Local residents were furious with the authorities and surrounded the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), who assured of taking legal action. Giving the incident a political colour, Pankaj Sharma son of Satyanarayan Sharma, Congress candidate from Raipur constituency, also reached the spot to earn some brownie points of the voters.

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Google comes out with ‘Helping Women Get On-line’

He is our own Nagpurian, a student of Shivaji Science College. He stood first in the order of merit in HSC examination. He did his engineering from VRCE (now VNIT). After working with Motorol... Read More
He is our own Nagpurian, a student of Shivaji Science College. He stood first in the order of merit in HSC examination. He did his engineering from VRCE (now VNIT). After working with Motorola, Whirlpool, DELL, he joined Google India as Director and came out with so many innovations. According to him, Google is the company that wants people to ‘love’ its products, not just ‘like’.

Nitin Bawankule, an Industry Director at Google, Gurgaon is in city to conduct a session in first two-days International Conference on Industrial Automation and Computing (ICIAC-2014) organised by Jhulelal Institute of Technology (JIT). While talking to The Hitavada, Bawankule disclosed many new things Google is doing for the customers.

“Google India wants to digitise India. Till last year there were 130 million people accessing internet, now it has risen to 230 million people this year. By the year 2060, the number will go up to 5,000 million. Presently, 65-70 per cent people using internet are men. The number of women using internet is very less. The reason behind it is, the women feel that internet is of no use to them. But we do not think that internet cannot be of any use to women. So we have come out with Helping Women to Get On-line. The name of website is ‘www.hwgo.com’,” said Bawankule.

If a woman wants to know the recipe of a particular food item, she calls her mother and ask how to prepare. But now she does not need to trouble her family members. She would do it on her mobile and get the preparation of recipe on you tube with all procedure. This is Google’s invention.

“The question is who will teach women how to handle internet and how to use it. We have that solution. She has to go on our website ‘www.hwgo.com’ where all instructions are given. She just have to click and get on it. That’s it! The website will teach her from how to use internet. We expect that there would be 50 million women who would be using net,” asserted Bawankule Google is trying to help businessmen, especially small and middle ones. For this, Google has developed 3,000 websites free of cost. Suppose we want to buy a particular bicycle of a make. How do we find out where to go? Google’s website for the businessmen will help us. It will show where to go and buy the bicycle. Google is also trying to reach remote areas where the people would be using internet. In villages people manufacture certain products. The person who knows the real cost buys that product from her in a meagre cost and sell it in higher cost earning huge profit. Now this woman will search the cost of that product on her mobile. She would negotiate with that so-called smart man and get proper price for her product. The mobile with Android cost much. Google has thought how to reduce the cost and they got the solution. Soon mobile with Android would cost not more than Rs 1,000/- and internet may be Rs 100/-. The rural people can afford this, pointed Bawankule.

‘Passion to learn is important’

According to Nitin Bawankule, his excellent academic record did help him to get a job in a company like Google. At the same time he feels that passion is very important to achieve success.

“I worked in companies that dealt with different products. When I faced interview I was not much aware about Information Technology which is an important part in Google. But they selected me because of my zeal of learning,” he said. Education laid foundation for Bawankule. Had he not been academically strong, he wouldn’t have got jobs in top industries. At the same time he feels that the other inner qualities like habit of reading and tremendous interest to learn new things made all the difference.

Bawankule said, “Whenever I read anything I did it with intention to get as much knowledge. Secondly, one should always keep oneself in competitive atmosphere, that makes one work harder. Thirdly, one should not restrict oneself from doing certain things.”

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MCI to condone absence of teacher on Observer duty

Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken a decision that will come as a great relief to teachers and heads of the institutions. MCI has decided to condone the absence of a medical teacher appoi... Read More
Medical Council of India (MCI) has taken a decision that will come as a great relief to teachers and heads of the institutions. MCI has decided to condone the absence of a medical teacher appointed as Observer by the Council. Dean of the medical college and teachers were facing dilemma whenever MCI appointed the teachers as Observers. When the teachers (appointed as Observers) went for medical inspection, and MCI team came for inspection, these teachers were treated as ‘absent’ in their parent institution. This put the Deans of medical colleges in a fix whether to allow teachers on MCI duty. MCI has undertaken a National Faculty Development Programme under which eight nodal centres and 16 regional centres have been recognised by it. These have been entrusted with the responsibility of training full-time medical teachers of medical colleges attached to it. The basic medical education technology workshop carried out by the recognised centres for the attached medical colleges is supervised by an Observer deputed by the nodal centres or the regional centres concerned. Through a policy decision taken by its Executive Committee, MCI has informed that that a medical teacher deputed as Observer would be treated as on official duty on behalf of the MCI for the said dispensation of the task. This has been done to facilitate the presence of Observers at four-day basic medical education technology workshop. Further, MCI has clarified that the absence of a medical teacher deputed as Observer at the time of inspection of his/her parent medical college by MCI will be condoned. Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chairman of MCI Academic Council, said that the policy decision by MCI Executive Committee would go a long way in facilitating the participation of Observers at the faculty development workshops in a free-flowing manner as the two cardinal impediments had been dealt with effectively by the same.

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‘60,000 names missing from electoral rolls’

Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar has lodged a complaint with Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding names of around 60,000 voters missing from electoral rolls.

A delegation led by... Read More
Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar has lodged a complaint with Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding names of around 60,000 voters missing from electoral rolls.

A delegation led by Muttemwar and comprising MLA Dinanath Padole, Congress city chief Vikas Thakre, and General Secretary of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Marotrao Kumbhalkar met Deputy Collector Nishikant Sukey in this regard. Muttemwar lodged a complaint with ECI.

According to a release issued by Kumbhalkar, thousands of voters in the city were deprived of their right to vote as their names were missing from electoral rolls. Many had the elector’s photo identity cards issued by ECI but their names were not in the voters’ list. Some old voters’ names were deleted from the list for no reason, he alleged. The local administration made available supplementary voters’ lists to political parties only three days prior to polling, and these lists were not available at polling stations. As a result, many young voters also could not vote. According to the release issued by Kumbhalkar, around 60,000 voters in Nagpur city were deprived of their democratic right due to problems in the electoral rolls.

AAP demands re-election

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Nagpur district, has demanded re-election with updated list of voters. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, AAP’s Ajay Sanghi said, “Names of a large number of regular voters were deleted from voters’ list. This is serious tampering of election data and someone must be held accountable for it.” Sanghi said that AAP had informed the Election Commission regarding the matter. A large number of first-time voters, who had enrolled their names in time, did not find their name in voters’ list. Besides, he alleged, a large number of dead and married voters along with bogus voters continued to be part of voters’ list. He also accused the cops, Congress and BJP workers of preventing AAP volunteers from putting up party banners at booths near polling stations despite permission from the Election Commission.

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Social impact mgmt plan mandatory under new Land Acquisition Act

Now, any Government or private entity requiring land for a project will have to first prepare a ‘social impact assessment report’ and also a ‘social impact management plan’. This has be... Read More
Now, any Government or private entity requiring land for a project will have to first prepare a ‘social impact assessment report’ and also a ‘social impact management plan’. This has been made mandatory under the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. Maharashtra Government has notified the draft Rules under the Act recently and has invited suggestions/objections on the same till April 19. Interestingly, the draft Rules have been notified suggestions/objections have been invited during the period when Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha elections is in force.

It may be mentioned here that the new Act has sent ripples in various Government departments as well as private companies as it would require payment of compensation for land to be acquired, at market rates. This will effectively increase the cost of all the projects -- public or private. The draft Rules published by Revenue and Forest Department of Maharashtra Government shall apply to cases wherein notification for land acquisition has been issued before December 31, 2013 but the award has not been declared. The notifications in such cases, may be issued under Land Acquisition Act, MIDC Act, or MRTP Act.

In effect, the cost of projects for which the award for land acquisition has not been declared prior to December 31, 2013, will increase as the compensation will have to be paid after conducting all the procedures laid down in the draft Rules. Besides, the compensation will be as per the market rates.

As per the draft Rules published by Revenue and Forest Department of Maharashtra Government, ‘social impact assessment study’ and report based on that have been made mandatory. For the study, notification has to be published within 30 days of deposit of processing fees for carrying out such study by requiring body/firm. The study report has to be submitted to the State Government within six months from the date of commencement of the study, along with views of the affected families recorded in writing. The study report is mandated to comprise three parts -- project feasibility report, project impact report, and ‘social impact management plan’ for the project.

The study report also is required to have nine annexures -- list of likely-to-be-displaced families; lists of infrastructure, land holdings, businessmen, landless people, disadvantage groups like SC/ST/handicapped, landless agricultural labourers, prospective employable youth in affected area; and socio-economic and cultural profile of affected area and affected families. The agency conducting social impact assessment study has to cover ‘100 per cent’ of the affected families. In no case, forest land is to be considered as an alternative land for land to the project-affected persons. As per the draft Rules, in case of land acquisition for private companies, Collector of the district concerned has to initiate the process for obtaining consent of affected persons. Besides, the Collector has to resolve outstanding issues related to land rights, land tilling, and land records in affected areas so that all the land-owners can be identified correctly before initiating consent procedures. The Rules make it necessary to ‘video-record’ all the individual consent-taking procedure. Following the procedure, no land-holder can withdraw his consent once given, said a source.

Collector himself or an authorised Government officer or an authorised agency will have to conduct a survey and undertake a census of affected families within a period of three months from the date of publication of preliminary notification. Based on that, a draft Rehabilitation and Resettlement Scheme has to be prepared by Collector. Post-implementation of the scheme, conduct of an audit of rehabilitation and resettlement also has been made mandatory under the draft Rules.

Independent authority for land acquisition, rehab

Under the draft Rules, State Government has to establish a Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authority for speedy disposal of disputes relating to land acquisition in each revenue division in the State. It will have powers of Civil Court. Thus, there will be separate authority for Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Konkan, Aurangabad, and Nashik divisions.

Land not utilised for 5 years to be returned to farmers

It is proposed under the draft Rules that if land acquired under the new Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, is not utilised for five years from the date of taking over the possession, it will be returned to the original owner.

The land may be returned to original owner or his/her legal heirs, or to the Land Bank of the Government by issuing a notice to the requiring body/firm for which the land was acquired.

This provision has been included following widespread demand for various rights groups. The groups cited several cases in which land was acquired at cheaper rates from the farmers for a project and that project did not come up for years together. Later, in some cases, the land for the project was sold by the acquiring agency for commercial purposes at much higher rates.

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All India hockey from 20th

AFTER more than a decade city would witness top level hockey tournament with Vidarbha Hockey Association organising 1st All India VHA-Nagpur Gold Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament from April 20 to ... Read More
AFTER more than a decade city would witness top level hockey tournament with Vidarbha Hockey Association organising 1st All India VHA-Nagpur Gold Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament from April 20 to 26.

The tournament will be held under the aegis of Hockey India and will be played at the lush green outfield of Vidarbha Hockey Association off Amravati Road. The tournament will be inaugurated by G B Indurkar, Additional Commissioner, Sales Tax, Nagpur Zone on April 20 at 7.30 am. DC Garg, CMD, Western Coalfields Limited, Nagpur will be the guest of honour. VHA President BC Bhartia, Secretary, Vinod Gawai, vice-presidents Arif Khan, Unnat Khanna, Dr Kirtivardhan Dixit, Treasurer Ghanshyam Purohit, Joint Secretary Bhaskar Naidu and all executive members of VHA will remain present. Addressing a press conference at the ground, President Bhartia said, “The tournament, which will be played on knock-out basis, carries a total prize money of Rs 1.75 lakh with the winners getting Rs 1,00,000 and the runners-up pocketing Rs 50,000. The team finishing third will take home Rs 25,000. The top three teams will also get glittering rolling trophies.”

Top hockey teams from all parts of the country will be taking part in the tournament. “We have invited teams like Corps of Signals from Jalandhar, Chennai XI, BEG from Pune, Northern Railways from Lucknow, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (Bhopal), Pomposh from Rourkela, South Central Railway from Secundrabad, Divakar Hockey Academy from Katni (MP), Sports Authority of India from Sundargarh (Orissa) Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), from Bhilai, DHA, Akola, DHA, Jalgaon, DHA, Gondia, DHA Aurangabad, DHA Chandrapur are likely to take part in the tournament,” said Secretary Gawai.

“VHA Senior Division Champions, South East Central Railway, runners-up Dhyanchand Academy, DSA Central Railway and Eagle Sporting will also be taking part in this prestigious tournament,” he added. Eighteen members will be allowed per team. All the outstation teams will be accommodated at MLA Hostel. Outstation teams, barring those from Railway Department, will also get railway concessions issued by Hockey India. The tournament will be played as per FIH Rules and organising committee’s decision will be final and binding to all teams. Hockey India will be appointing officials for this prestigious tournament.

“The tournament will be played on knock-out basis. On the opening day four matches would be played. Two in the morning session and two in the evening. The quarter-finals will be played on April 23 and 24 while the semi-finals will be played on April 25. On April 26, hard-line final would be played at 3 pm followed by final at 4.30 pm,” Gawai added. Various committees, under the leadership of President Bhartia and Secretary Gawai, have been formed for smooth conduct of the tournament.

The committee members are Bhaskar Naidu, Arif Khan, Unnat Khanna, Dr Kirtivardhan Dixit, Ghanshyam Purohit, DV Talewar, Naresh Sawaitul, Vilas Totade, Devdutta Dasture, Ravi James, Rajesh Bihari, Satish Fulsunge, Ravi Francis, Abid Khan, Mohd Shamin, Bhushan Khadse, Shahnawaz Khan, Rajkumar Jha, Sachin Kamble, Ajay Purohit, Nimit Lal, Farukbhai Akbani, Sajid Pathan, Virendrasingh Baghel, Shahid Sheikh, Ravi Porradiwar, Firoz Khan, Dr Prashant Rathi, Dr Neena Sahu, Radhakrishna Hospital, Adv Shashibhushan Vahane, Adv S Sirsat, Adv W M Wase, Paritosh Pramanik, Sushil Masram, Ajit Bhalla, Gunanand Jha, Roshani Krupale, Harish Sisodiya, Manish Vyas, Ravi Jaiswal, Kamlesh Hiranwar and others.

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Bajaj’s bag top honours in Board-a-Match

EVEN as the players of Bajaj’s, Chhajed’s and Patni’s rejoiced for having finished from the first through to the third spot (in that order) in the Board-a-Match event of Friday, the cream... Read More
EVEN as the players of Bajaj’s, Chhajed’s and Patni’s rejoiced for having finished from the first through to the third spot (in that order) in the Board-a-Match event of Friday, the cream teams of the Pairs Elimination contest got on with the Pairs Final to decide the top three prize winning pairs at the Vidarbha Bridge Association sports complex in Shankar Nagar on Saturday. Both events are part of the VBA Summer Annual Bridge Tournament organised in the Golden Jubilee year of the association and the Silver Jubilee year of the Association’s sports complex in Shankar Nagar. Bajaj’s succeeded in clinching top honours by virtue of having secured 84 points, in the Board-a-Match event and will be remembered as the team to have bagged the BAM title in VBA’s Golden Jubilee Year. Chhajed’s falling short by three (81 points) of Bajaj’s tally, had to remain content with the runner-up prize. Patni’s having earned 76 had to settle for the third prize. Bajaj’s top-spot was secured by virtue of the understanding their players exhibited in carding during the 12-rounds-of-two-boards-each contest. These comprised: P.M. Kherde, Mukund Kale, A.J. Puranik and V.J. Puranik. Chhajed’s consisted of Shalendra Chhajed, G. Sundermurthy, Sameer Roy and Anil Mohta. Qualifiers of the Pairs Final event: Qualifier 1)Madhav Vinze-S.G. Ghangrekar. 2)A.G. Deshpande-Aruna Deshpande. 3)M.M. Luley-M.N. Datta. 4)Sanjeev Kumra-Neeraj Kumra. 5)Ghoshhazra-Nadkarni. 6)G. Sundermurthy-Sameer Roy. 7)S.D. Chaudhary-M.S. Hasabnis. 8)M.I. Hararwala-S.N.Kulkarni. 9)S.K. Patni-P.N. Dixit. 10)S.N. Bajoriya-P.B. Wadikhaye. 11)C.S. Chaudhary-Dewani. 12)Patki-Srirao. 13)L.N. Madne-A.L. Deshpande. 14)M.D. Diwan-A.N. Pendse. 15)Kusum Bhave-Manik Pathak. Reserve Pairs: R1)R.N. Rewatkar-A.P. Rewatkar. R2)Naveen Mithal-Meenakshi Mithal. On Sunday: Duplicate Swiss League event begins at 12.30 p.m.

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Gaysons celebrates 35 glorious years

GAYSONS, one of the leading fashion houses in the city is celebrating 35 years of glorious existence in the Orange City. Addressing a press conference on Friday evening, Brijesh Agrawal, promot... Read More
GAYSONS, one of the leading fashion houses in the city is celebrating 35 years of glorious existence in the Orange City. Addressing a press conference on Friday evening, Brijesh Agrawal, promoters of the Gaysons said, the store was started some 34 years back. With continuos quality services and product, the store has now become one stop destination for all the garments and fashion apparel having a large clientele from all sections of the society in Central India.

“We are one of the pioneers in Central India in the latest garment and fashion apparel retailing. Our strength are excellent service and focused attention. Today, Gaysons is one of the most preferred shopping destinations for branded garments and accessories,” Agrawal said.

“Besides fashion, we are also the most trusted manufacturers and retailers of school, college and industrial uniforms,” said Ravindra Agrawal, promoter of Gaysons. “Genuine attention to detail and total customer satisfaction have taken this brand to greater heights even in the face of stiff competition from multi-national brands with huge mall vying for a slice of the market. Customers prefer to shop at Gaysons because they know the get assured quality and personalised attention which is a drawback of other big malls,” he added.

He said that customers needs personal attention which is absent in the big malls and therefore the list of the customers associated with the Gaysons has increased to a larger extent. Gaysons has recently opened a separate outlet for kids—Tots & Teens—covering a huge area located adjacent to the main shop at Abhyankar Road, Sitabuldi. The kids mall caters to everything required for age group between 0 to 16 years, right from the apparels to accessories to uniforms, said Ajay Agrawal, promoter of Gaysons. He said, “There are different compartments for all products. We offer some exclusive products which are seldom available in the city.” He added that the celebration year of Gaysons would give a value addition to its loyal customers by introducing a privilege card which is very unique in its benefits. “The benefits are numerous with no terms and conditions attached to purchases. After starting the new store—Tots & Teens—the collection and the category has been bifurcated,” said , Rahul Agrawal, promoter. Gaysons- The Fashion Mall caters to menswear, ladieswear, watches, German silver, home accessories and other products, he added. Gaysons Tots & Teens caters to kids apparel, new born section, uniform and related accessories.

The promoters have always gauged the pulse of the market and have been the first to respond to customer requirements and they are now uniquely placed to cater to the requirements of the entire family and home of their customers.

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‘IRS provides fuel to economy for sustained development’

THE valedictory ceremony for the induction training of the 66th batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) was held in the NADT Auditorium on Saturday. Justice Mohit S Shah, Chief Justice of Bom... Read More
THE valedictory ceremony for the induction training of the 66th batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) was held in the NADT Auditorium on Saturday. Justice Mohit S Shah, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court was the chief guest for the valedictory ceremony. R K Tewari, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was the guest of honour.

Mohit S Shah talked at length about the tax jurisprudence and particularly about tax and morality, tax and equity and tax avoidance and tax evasion. He discussed these issues with reference to various judgements and his own practical experience. He congratulated the officers on entering the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). “The IRS provides fuel to the economy of the nation for sustained development,” Shah added. Shah in his speech commended the officers on choosing to serve the nation and expressed his happiness about their idealism. He said that he was convinced that today’s youth were thoughtful, innovative and kind. He advised the officers to use their head as well as heart while interpretation of law, invoking of rules while functioning as a quasi-judicial authority. He also elaborated upon ten guiding principles of good tax policy and requested the Chairman of CBDT to consider it.

The function commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp at the hands of the chief guest and other dignitaries. Justice Mohit Shah was welcomed by the Principal Director General (Training) by presenting a floral bouquet. R K Tewari, Chairman, CBDT and guest of honour was welcomed by R K Choubey, Additional Director General-I by presenting a bouquet.

R K Tewari also congratulated the officers on successful completion of induction training. He informed that Rs 6,40,000 crore budget was collected as against the target of Rs 6,36,000 crore. He said that it was possible because of the policy of voluntary compliance and hard work of the officers of the department. He appreciated that NADT had contributed to the capacity building of the department. He hoped that the officers of the 66th batch would follow the principles of justice and fairness in discharge of their duties.

M K Mishra, Additional Director General-II gave the welcome address and briefed the overview of the induction training. A brief introduction of the chief guest and guest of honour was presented by Amit Bobde, Deputy Director and Associate Course Director. Rajkumar Ghosh, Course Director presented the course report wherein he gave details of composition of batch, objectives of the programme, training inputs and training methodology.

Two officer trainees, Rajrajeshwari and Sushil Kullahari gave the feedback on the training programme. The officer trainees described as to how the training had moulded their personalities into the ones suitable for being a tax administrator. They assured of their commitment in serving the nation. The Director General (Training), NADT, Kiran Oberoi Vasudev appreciated the efforts of the Academy and generations of trainers who have developed these training modules. She said that now the test lied in the application of training and they should be committed to hard work and integrity in their career.

R K Choubey, Additional Director General-I administered the taxpayers’ oath to the officers. Gold medals and certificates were distributed by Mohit Shah and R K Tewari. B Fouzia Taranum was judged best probationer and awarded Finance Minister’s gold medal for all-round performance. She also received three more gold medals for highest marks in academics, in the subjects procedure/technique of investigation and drafting of orders and reports and in Information Technology and operations.

Rajrajeshwari received the gold medal for highest marks in Strategic and Operations Management and Transfer Pricing. She shared the gold medal in Transfer Pricing with Reshma Nair. Praveen Kumar received the gold medal for highest marks in Rajbhasha Hindi.

Judges of the Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench, Justice B R Gavai, Justice A Naik, Justice P B Varalem, Justice A S Chandurkar and Justice C V Bhadang were present on the occasion. R K Gupta, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-Tax was also present on the occasion. The vote of thanks was proposed by Hitendra Ninawe, Joint Director and Course Director. The programme concluded with national anthem, informs a press release.

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22 cattle rescued, five arrested

The alert Bajrang Dal workers, on Saturday, rescued 22 cattle that were being taken to abattoir at Akola. The rescued animals were shifted to Gorakshan Sabha, Dhantoli. A truck (CG-04/A-0792)... Read More
The alert Bajrang Dal workers, on Saturday, rescued 22 cattle that were being taken to abattoir at Akola. The rescued animals were shifted to Gorakshan Sabha, Dhantoli. A truck (CG-04/A-0792) was carrying 22 cattle from Kamptee to Akola. At Bazargaon, it developed some snag and came to a halt. Bajrang Dal activists from Kondhali, Bazargaon, Pusagondi area were close-by, and noticed that the truck was carrying cattle. Along with the local citizens, they rescued the cattle. They also informed the cops who came to the spot. The truck, with 17 bulls and calves, was taken to Gorakshan Sabha in Dhantoli area where the cattle were handed over for proper care. The cops arrested five persons namely Sheikh Salim Sheikh Darbari (40), Rupesh Ramnath Kaisare (19), Mohammad Mumtaz (20), Babloo Khan (21), and Aslam (21), all residents of Kamptee. According to police, one Nasir Bhai from Kamptee had asked the truck-driver to transport the cattle to Akola.

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Namasankirtanam is way to achieve national integration: Sri Bhagavathar

“Namasankirtanam is the only way in Kaliyug to get salvation. Namasankirtanam is the process which binds all segments of society, brings peace and harmony. In another words, Namasankirtanam i... Read More
“Namasankirtanam is the only way in Kaliyug to get salvation. Namasankirtanam is the process which binds all segments of society, brings peace and harmony. In another words, Namasankirtanam is a time tested method for national integration,” said Sri Bala Venkata Krishnan Bhagavathar from Chennai. Bala Venkata Krishnan Bhagavathar is a popular figure of Bhajan Sampradaya in South. He is an employee of Electricity Board in Chennai. He was in city for Seetha Kalyanam organised by Bhagavad Pada Sabha on Saturday.

Bala Venkata Krishnan elaborated the importance of Namasankirtanam by reciting a hymn told by his guru Cheran Mahadevi Laxminarsimhan Bhagavathar. He recited, Kalau Kalmasha Chitthanam Papa Dhravyopa Jeevinam; Vidhikriya Viheenanam Gathihi Govinda Keerthanam and said, “Just by recitation of name of Govinda a person in Kaliyuga gets rid of anger, lust, desire, ego etc. Recitation of name of Lord Krishna is the only way to get liberation from all worries.”

Bhajan Sampradaya is not new to Indians. The great saints like Sant Kabir, Surdas, Meera Bai, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Narsi Mehta etc are the known saints of Bhakti Marg. They promoted strong devotion and total surrender on the lotus feet of Almighty through Bhajans. In Maharashtra, the Bhakti Marg was developed by great saints. It is said in Maharashtra that Saint Dnyaneshwar had laid foundation of ‘Bhagavat Dharma’ and Saint Tukaram took it at its peak. Nivrutti, Sopan, Muktabai, Sant Namdev, Gora Kumbhar, Savata Mali, Sant Eknath, Chokha Mela, Janabai, Sakhu Bai etc had promoted Bhagavat Dharma to maintain peace and harmony in society. These saints had set an example how ‘Bhagavat Dharma’ could bring national integration. The same ‘Bhagavat Dharma’ originated in Maharashtra was spread in South as ‘Dakshina Bhajan Sampradayam.’ In South India, Govindapuram Bodhendra Swamigal, Thiruvisanallur Shridhara Venkateshwara Iyyaval and Marudaanallur Sadguru Swamigal are considered as ‘Trinity of Bhajan Sampradaya’.

“Marudaaanallur Sadguru Swaamigal was the one who provided us the basic Dakshina Sampradaaya Bhajan Paddhathi by incorporating songs in different languages. He devoted forty years of life in spreading the Bhakthi cult through the soul stirring Namasankeertanam, attained Samadhi at the age of forty. Sadguru Swamigal marvelously shaped the Dakshina Bhajan Sampradaya for the occasions of performance of Radha Kalyanam, Sita Kalyanam, Rukmini Kalyanam etc,” said Bala Venkata Krishnan.

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Advanced neurology services at Med College still a distant dream

HERE’S a bad news for people of Mahakoshal area who are expecting advanced neurology services at Medical College Hospital, undergoing construction works of Super Speciality Neurology Centre a... Read More
HERE’S a bad news for people of Mahakoshal area who are expecting advanced neurology services at Medical College Hospital, undergoing construction works of Super Speciality Neurology Centre at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital has stopped since last four months without any prior intimation. The undergoing construction works was stopped reasons best known to higher officials of medical administration and Medical Education Department at Bhopal.

Dr Y R Yadav, Head Department of Neurology, is one of the renowned doctors in the country, serving since last 22 years at NSCBMCH has made landmark efforts to sanction the proposal for establishment of separate neurology super specialty center in 2008. After several efforts he succeeded to get approval from the State Government. Madhya Pradesh Government sanctioned separate budget for establishment of separate superspecility neurology center in 2011. It was also promised by the higher authorities concerned of Medical Education Department that construction would be completed within two years from the date of start of construction but till date only part of ground floor construction work is complete. Now, since last four months construction work has been stopped completely which has raised many questions whether the most acclaimed neurology superspeciality center will be completed in next few years or not, or proposed project would be dropped.

It may be mentioned that Dr Y R Yadav, Head Department of Neurology, started laser microsurgery techniques, has developed the separate advance specialised Neurosurgery Department, with team of more than 4 neurosurgeons to perform complicated neurosurgeries round-the-clock. Working on different capacities in department of surgery, since last 22 years Dr Yadav not only established advanced neurosurgery department in Central India at NSCBMCH also looking forward for recognition of two super specialist DNB, M.Ch. Neurosurgery seats in proposed inspection of MCI.

Dr Yadav further elaborating on the services said patient with having serious brain and traumatic injury did not have to go metros. Major neurology services including advance Neurophysician and Neurosurgery treatment would be available round the clock at this center. 49-bedded centers would have Three Operation theatre including 2 for elective surgery and one for serious infected patient would be established. State government has already sanctioned the 8 new posts including 1 professor, 1 Assistant professor, 6 senior resident doctors raising the strength to 10 super specialist Doctors to give round the clock services.

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Youths can change face of nation: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that youths play major role in changing the face of the country. With the help of youths, BJP would be able to oust UPA government from centre. He alleged ... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that youths play major role in changing the face of the country. With the help of youths, BJP would be able to oust UPA government from centre. He alleged that Congress led UPA government had cheated people on every step. He was addressing Nav Matdata convention of party at Manas Bhawan on Wednesday.

Lambasting Congress, he said that central government is an inactive government. It is responsible for devaluation of rupee against dollar. On the contrary, instead of fulfilling promise to ease the inflation, Congress led UPA government had only increased the inflation and thus made lives of people miserable. Rahul Gandhi had insulted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by tearing apart the ordinance. Now the real hero of country is Narendra Modi and Congress is like a villain. Instead of caring for nation, Sonia Gandhi is caring for her son Rahul Gandhi. A new energy is flowing among people with the projection of Narendra Modi and Congress is perturbed with this development. Now atmosphere has been in favour of BJP.

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2 ex-MLAs, senior BSP leader join BJP

Former MLA from Mehgaon (Bhind), Rakesh Shukla and ex MLA of BSP from Sevda (Datia), Radhelal Baghel joined BJP on Wednesday. BSP leader from Ater (Bhind), Mahendra Singh Bhadoria also joined BJP. ... Read More
Former MLA from Mehgaon (Bhind), Rakesh Shukla and ex MLA of BSP from Sevda (Datia), Radhelal Baghel joined BJP on Wednesday. BSP leader from Ater (Bhind), Mahendra Singh Bhadoria also joined BJP. They joined BJP after reaching Chief Minister’s residence and taking BJP membership in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Rakesh Shukla had left BJP in last Assembly elections after Assembly ticket was denied to him. Later, he had contested election from little known regional party. When aforesaid leaders joined BJP, it was claimed by BJP that Rakesh Shukla was ex MLA of Congress. In fact, he had never been in Congress. When Congress came to know about the BJP claim, it clarified that BJP was rather making a false claim. Rakesh Shukla, Radhelal Baghel and Mahendra Singh Bhadoria pledged to work for BJP candidates and to campaign for them. It is like home return to Rakesh Shukla, who had remained MLA twice from BJP.

In the meantime, State President of Samajwadi party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav Yuva Brigade, Siddharth Agrawal joined BJP along with his supporters. It is noteworthy that BJP is turning out to be a green pasture for leaders of other parties including Congress and BSP. They are joining BJP after regular intervals. In this election season, BJP has succeeded to make dent into Congress bastion by attracting its four stalwart leaders including declared Lok Sabha candidate from Bhind, Dr Bhagirath Prasad and three sitting MLAs namely Sanjay Pathak, Dinesh Ahirwar and Narayan Tripathi.

Now BJP leaders have started passing sarcastic remarks on Congress. On Tuesday, BJP National Vice President, Prabhat Jha had said that he will not be surprised when one day, Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Satyadev Katare will be in queue to join BJP. He had even said that luring Congress MLAs was a part of strategy to make mission 29 successful in Madhya Pradesh.

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WCR GM releases 15th issue of journal ‘Rajbhasha Sarita’

THE 30th meeting of Regional Rajbhasha Executive Committee of West Central Railway (WCR) was organised on Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by General Manager Ramesh Chandra. At the outset, ... Read More
THE 30th meeting of Regional Rajbhasha Executive Committee of West Central Railway (WCR) was organised on Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by General Manager Ramesh Chandra. At the outset, General Manager Chandra released 15th issue of journal, Rajbhasha Vibhag, ‘Rajbhasha Sarita’. Addressing the meeting, GM Chandra appreciated use of Hindi language and its publicity in WCR by officers and employees. He also expressed satisfaction over progress of Rajbhasha in WCR. He emphasised to follow basic communication and cent per cent follow of Section 3 (3). GM Chandra informed that we have registered achievements in the field of Rajbhasha. For this best performance and for appreciable works of Hindi, Diesel Shade Itarsi of Bhopal Division felicitated with ‘Rail Mantri Rajbhasha Shield’ and officers and employees of WCR were felicitated individual awards of Railway Board. He expressed happiness on this achievement of WCR. At the outset of meeting, Chief Rajbhasha Officer S C Jethi accorded warm welcome to GM, members from the departments and division. He said that WCR has registered huge progress in use and publicity of Rajbhasha. He informed that recently, Raguraj Singh Karmyogi from Kota Division bagged third position in Munshi Premchand Puraskar Yojana and Diesel Shade Itarsi won ‘Rail Matri Rajbhasha Shield’. These two brought laurels to the Railways. S C Jethi also said that our entire zone is situated in Hindi belt and it is a target that all works should be executed in Hindi language in all the departments. He also informed that officers and employees should submit applications, leave applications, travelling allowance bill and programme should be presented in Hindi. With this, we can extend more support for publicity of Hindi.

Further, he also reviewed Rajbhasha Prayog and drew attention of members towards shortcomings in the various funds. He said that more positive efforts should be initiated to remove these shortcomings. Lastly, he said that this is the first meeting under guidance of GM Chandra and he said that more progress would be carried out in usage and publicity of Hindi. The meeting was convened by Secretary P S Bagdwal, Senior Officer of Rajbhasha.

A vote of thanks was proposed by Deputy Chief Rajbhasha Officer Sachin Shukla.

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SP declares cash reward for info on Golu Singh, others

SUPERINTENDENT of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared cash reward of Rs 5,000 for giving any information or arresting absconding accused of firing incident during public contact drive at... Read More
SUPERINTENDENT of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared cash reward of Rs 5,000 for giving any information or arresting absconding accused of firing incident during public contact drive at Mankedi village of Bargi Assembly constituency. The accused, BJP MLA’s son, had opened fire on Congress workers when they were campaigning in favour of Congress candidate Vivek Tankha at Mankedi village under the jurisdiction of Belkhera police station on April 7. In the firing incident, four workers including Abhay Singh alias Chuttu, resident of Belkhera, Abhay Singh and others sustained bullet injuries. The accused have been identified as Golu alias Anurag Singh (30), son of Brajkishore Singh, resident of Belkhera, Ramgopal Lodhi (28), son of Kanhayya Lodhi, resident of Belkhera, Pushpraj Singh Lodhi (25), son of Nanhu Singh Lodhi, resident of Belkhera, Yashpal Singh Lodhi, son of Vishal Singh Lodhi, resident of Sunachar area in Belkhera. Police have already registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 149, 148 and 147 of the IPC and sections 25, 27 of the Arms Act. Police have failed in apprehending the accused of firing incident even after 48 hours of the incident. SHO of Belkhera police station Raju Rajak was suspended for his careless working in maintaining law and order situation. Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra informed that police are conducting a rigorous search for apprehending absconding criminals but still failed in finding any clue. Now police have declared cash rewards of Rs 5,000 each for giving any information or arresting four absconding men. Besides this, heavy deployment of police force has been carried out in the area for further prevention of any clash and peaceful polling in the area on Thursday.

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Security beefed up as district goes to polls today

JABALPUR police are all set to ensure fair and peaceful polls at eight constituencies in the district. Polling will be conducted amidst tight security arrangements in the district at 1,814 pollin... Read More
JABALPUR police are all set to ensure fair and peaceful polls at eight constituencies in the district. Polling will be conducted amidst tight security arrangements in the district at 1,814 polling booths. District police have strengthened security arrangements with deployment of more than 6,000 security personnel in the district.

Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra informed that district police have made necessary security arrangements for fair and transparent polling in the district. Additional deployment of security forces has been done to maintain law and order situation during elections in the district. A total of 209 mobiles including 145 patrolling mobiles, 64 Quick Reaction Team (QRT) mobiles have been deployed for rigorous patrolling at critical and vulnerable polling booths.

Besides this, a total of 138 zonal officers are deployed with patrolling mobiles for division-wise inspection under supervision of 24 gazetted officers. Police stations, sector magistrate and gazetted officers would monitor polling process at every centre in 10-15 minutes in their respective areas. Barricading points at around 17 places at rural and urban areas has been made for checking of every single vehicle entering in the district.

SP Harinarayanachari Mishra informed that along with available force of 2500 police personnel of district police, two companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF), eight companies of Para Military Force, four companies of Special Armed Force (SAF), 600 Home Guard personnel, 2,000 special police officers and additional staff of Indore, Katni and Government Rail Police (GRP) have been deployed for strengthening security arrangements and conducting transparent and peaceful elections in the district.

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Over 17 lakh voters to seal fate of 15 candidates today

Finally, it is time for 17,10,777 voters to decide the fate of 15 candidates in fray for general elections-2014 in Jabalpur Parliamentary constituency. As the district goes to polls on Thursday, th... Read More
Finally, it is time for 17,10,777 voters to decide the fate of 15 candidates in fray for general elections-2014 in Jabalpur Parliamentary constituency. As the district goes to polls on Thursday, the administration and police forces are on high alert to conduct the polls peacefully at 1814 polling centres in the constituency. More than 8,000 government employees have been deployed for smooth and transparent elections in the district. Zonal officers and sector magistrates have also been deployed to check law and order situation during polls.

Amid tight security arrangements polling will be carried out from 7 am to 6 pm on Thursday. In order to ensure transparency during polling, mock polls will be organised at all polling centres one hour prior to polls. According to directions of Election Commission of India, besides voters’ card, voters may also use alternate photo identity proofs to cast their votes. Distribution of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and other polling material was done amongst polling parties at Election Control room situated at MLB Government Girls’ School premises on Wednesday. Polling parties of rural and urban areas were given polling material. Parties of rural areas were given material first to reach their respective polling booths located in remote areas.

2 lakh new voters to exercise right

Highest number of 2,25,950 new voters will exercise their voting rights at 250 polling booths in Panagar Assembly constituency, while lowest number of 1,93,237 voters will cast their votes at 185 booths of Jabalpur Cantonment Assembly area. Likewise, 2,25,605 voters would cast their votes at 280 booths in Patan Assembly constituency while number of voters at 216 booths in Jabalpur West constituency is 2,25,496. Total number of 2,18,833 voters would use their voting rights at 217 polling centres of Jabalpur East constituency while 2,13,121 voters are listed at 214 in Jabalpur North constituency. Number of voters in 2,05,422 voters would cast their votes at 242 booths in Bargi assembly constituency. A total of 2,03,113 voters would use their voting rights at 210 polling booths in Sihora assembly constituency.

350 vehicles used for transportation

A total number of 350 vehicles were used for transportation of polling parties at their respective polling centres. Vehicles including 227 big buses and 123 mini-buses were used to transport polling parties, while 26 tractors, two boats and a motor boat were used for transporting polling parties to far flung areas.

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BJP offered bribe to independent candidate from Kanker, alleges Cong

A delegation of Chhattisgarh Congress leaders led by Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak, on Wednesday, approached the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur alleging that BJP office-bearers offered to... Read More
A delegation of Chhattisgarh Congress leaders led by Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak, on Wednesday, approached the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur alleging that BJP office-bearers offered to bribe an independent candidate from Kanker Lok Sabha constituency for withdrawing his candidature from electoral fray. In their complaint, the Congress delegation demanded that CEO must reject the candidature of Vikram Usendi, BJP candidate from Kanker, besides registration of FIR. Congress leaders elaborated that Kamlesh Thokne and Tikeswari Sinha, both co-conveners of BJP Kanker parliamentary constituency, offered Rs 1 crore as bribe to one Sugriva Ram Sinha to ensure that Mahendra Gawde, an independent candidate from Kanker, withdraws his candidature.

They also claimed that Sugriva Ram Sinha has filed an affidavit confirming the offer of bribe and there is also audio recording of the conversation. Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak cited the relevant sections of Representation of People Act, 1951 to demand immediate rejection of Usendi’s candidature. Congress leaders Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, Faizal Rizvi, CPCC (Legal Cell), Chandrahas Nayak, Sunil Goswami (election agent, Kanker), Gurdeep Singh, Sourabhmani Mishra were also present in the delegation.

‘BJP managed funds worth crores from contingency funds’

In a separate memorandum submitted to CEO Kujur, the Congress delegation alleged that BJP managed to get crores worth released from the contingency funds before the model code got enforced and money is now being withdrawn to benefit the ruling party candidate Abhishek Singh, son of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Congress leaders expressed their apprehension that administrative officials also might be under influence because of Rajnandgaon being a VIP constituency. Congress leaders demanded that CEO Kujur intervenes misuse of funds.

In a third memorandum, Kawardha District Congress Committee demanded the immediate transfer of Balwant Patel, Executive Engineer, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Kawardha. Congress leaders alleged that he has been posted there since year 2005 and is close to BJP candidate Abhishek Singh.

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Sai flays Rahul Gandhi’s comments on missing women from C’garh

Bharatiya Janata Party State President Vishnudeo Sai while commenting on the Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that 20,000 women are missing from Chhattisgarh, termed the AICC Vice President Rahul Gandh... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State President Vishnudeo Sai while commenting on the Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that 20,000 women are missing from Chhattisgarh, termed the AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the leader of charlatans. He challenged the AICC President to present list of 200 missing women with proof. Sai stated that Rahul who basically reads prepared speeches, speaks whatever briefed to him or his assistants by the local leaders without any verifications. Terming that the speeches given by the Congress Yuvaraj are full of lies and the AICC President and his mother levels allegations that Narendra Modi speaks lies. Sai further stated that the biggest lie spoken by Rahul Gandhi in Balod that whenever UPA government has taken steps for the benefit of poor, the BJP has alleged that the Centre is wasting money. He asked the mother-son duo under whom the UPA government is running to bring forth a particular moment when the BJP had objected any public welfare scheme. Sai further stated that the truth is the UPA government by increasing the prices of essential commodities has put the poor into trouble. He said even the Food Security Bill being spoken by Rahul has been passed with support from BJP and not only that the Food Security is being implemented in Chhattisgarh since last six years. While Rahul is promising no one will sleep hungry, BJP states that in Chhattisgarh no one sleeps hungry. The state is providing 35 kgs foodgrains under Food Security Act to 90 percent population at Re 1 and Rs 2. The complete population of state is covered under Health Insurance. Sai further alleged that the Congress and its Yuvaraj deceive people by showing them false dreams but it is unfortunate for the Congress in Chhattisgarh as there are buyers for their dreams as the people here have seen their dream come true under the rule of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh led BJP government.

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BJP Spokesperson reacts sharply on Baghel’s comments

Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Yashwant Jain while reacting sharply on the comments passed by CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel on Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh during a public meeting ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Yashwant Jain while reacting sharply on the comments passed by CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel on Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh during a public meeting at Rajnandgaon, said that before issuing comments against Chief Minister, Baghel should retrospect first. Jain said the ever rising popularity of the Chief Minister is troubling the Congress and they have become mentally unstable. They are now fighting a decisive battle for their very existence through issuing irrelevant statements.

Jain further stated that in the last ten years the BJP government in the state under Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has implemented numerous public welfare schemes properly and thus benefiting lakhs of beneficiaries. The development undertaken in the state under Dr Raman Singh has become a precedent for other states. The Centre has also given numerous awards to Chhattisgarh. Adding that whenever Congress Union Ministers visited Chhattisgarh they have only praised the state. Even Chhattisgarh has created a record of achieving National Awards.

Criticising CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel, Jain said by issuing irrelevant and baseless allegations, what Baghel is trying to do is mislead the people but has failed miserably. The schemes made and implemented by BJP government under Chief Minister has touched every persons from the society including students, farmers, poor, affluent, old, etc.

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BJP lodges complaint against Jogi for alleged violation of EC norms

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has registered a complaint with the Election Commission of India against Congress candidate from Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency Ajit Jogi for distributing pollin... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has registered a complaint with the Election Commission of India against Congress candidate from Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency Ajit Jogi for distributing polling slips with his photograph and election symbol of Congress printed on it in gross violation of norms laid down by the Election Commission of India. Naresh Chandra Gupta, State Convener, BJP Legal Assistance Committee, Lok Sabha Elections 2014, informed that Congress candidate from Mahasamund Lok Sabha Ajit Jogi inspite of strict directives of ECI, is distributing polling slips with his picture and election symbol of Congress in all Assembly segments.

The BJP for substantiating its claim also attached an elections slip distributed by Jogi and his supporters in Rajim. Claiming it to be gross violation of Model Code of Election Conduct, BJP has urged the ECI to stop such kind of illegitimate publicity.BJP stated that ECI has banned distribution of polling slips along with party pamphlets and also that arrangement has been made by ECI itself to distribute the same. The BJP urged to stop such campaign and initiate action against the Jogi.

The BJP further stated that when the said complaint was displayed before the Chief Electoral Officer, Chhattisgarh, he reportedly clarified that the polling slip brought by BJP as proof is in actuality a medium of publicity and can be distributed till the day before the polling date. Under such situation, BJP while asking the CEO to clarify directives and guidelines issued by ECI in this direction and sought permission whether the same can be done by BJP also.

AAP lodges plaint against RO Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has lodged official complaint with the State Election Commission for the removal of Mahasamund Returning Officer (RO) for violating election norms. The members alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the seat was given undue advantage during the nomination procedure by the officer. According to AAP State Spokespersons, Uchit Sharma, when party candidate Laxman Musturiya went for the nomination, he was allowed to enter the returning officer office with only four persons, but when BJP candidate from the area Chandulal Sahu was allowed to fill his nomination with eight persons. He also alleged that dummy 10 candidates featuring name of ‘Chandulal Sahu’ has been sponsored by Bharatiya Janata Party to confuse the voters in the area.

Sharma further informed that during the festive season from April 7 and 8th at Khalari temple, the authorities distributed pamphlets appealing the general public to vote in favour of BJP candidate, which is gross violation model code of conduct.

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AIMC President Shobha Ojha’s visit to C’garh postponed

The proposed visit of All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) President Shobha Ojha to Chhattisgarh on April 11 has been postponed indefinitely. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Mahila Congress (CPMC) President Anita... Read More
The proposed visit of All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) President Shobha Ojha to Chhattisgarh on April 11 has been postponed indefinitely. Chhattisgarh Pradesh Mahila Congress (CPMC) President Anita Rawte confirmed that the visit has been in the wake of IIIrd phase of parliamentary elections around the country. Rawte said that although no reason has been cited for postponement of visit, the overall election scenario in the country and pressing engagements elsewhere is being reported for the delay. It need be recalled that Ojha was to have visited Chhattisgarh to guide the CPMC on their election related strategies to help party perform well in the parliamentary polls. Also, she was to have elaborated the CPMC party workers as to how they would convince women to vote in favour of Congress.

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8 applicants including Satyanarayan Banjare withdraws candidature from Raipur LS

RAIPUR: With April 9 being the last day for withdrawal of candidature for sixth phase polling scheduled on April 24, a total of eight candidates withdrew their candidature from Raipur Lok Sabha sea... Read More
RAIPUR: With April 9 being the last day for withdrawal of candidature for sixth phase polling scheduled on April 24, a total of eight candidates withdrew their candidature from Raipur Lok Sabha seat including one Satyanarayan Banjare. According to the list of withdrawal of candidature, Govind Ram Dewangan, Rajendra Todar, Ishwari Prasad Sarang, Indira Ghritlehre, Dr Kailash Adil, Vedram Gaikwad, Pratap Wadhra and Satyanarayan Banjare withdrew their nominations on April 9.

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Campaigning for Raipur LS begins today; 12 days left with candidates to woo voters

The 36 candidates, who are in fray for the Raipur Lok Sabha election slated for April 24, will have 12 days to campaign starting from April 10. The campaigning will conclude on April 22 evening. ... Read More
The 36 candidates, who are in fray for the Raipur Lok Sabha election slated for April 24, will have 12 days to campaign starting from April 10. The campaigning will conclude on April 22 evening. The main parties and their candidates fighting polls from Raipur Lok Sabha seat are Ramesh Bais (BJP), Satya Narayan Sharma (Congress), Ajay Verma Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch, Bishat Kurre, Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, Guruji Virendra Kumar Dahria (BSP), Anil Kumar Umre (Ambedkarite Party of India), Madanlal Sahu (Communist Party of India (Marxist and Leninist) Red Star) and Sandeep Tiwari (Aam Aadmi Party).

There are 23 Independent candidates, including six Muslim candidates, in fray for Lok Sabha seat. In the meantime, with the allotment of poll symbols the first phase work for the Parliamentary election in Raipur has been completed on Wednesday evening. Immediately after the allotment of symbols, the Returning Officer Thakur Ram Singh held a meeting of the officials and the political representatives to make them aware about the process of submission of election expenditure. According to the Returning Officer, BJP candidate Ramesh Bais will have to submit his election expenditure on three dates on April 12, 16 and 21 respectively, his main rival Congress candidate Satya Narayan Sharma has been allotted April 13, 17 and 22 for the submission of poll expenditure. Similarly, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sandeep Tiwari has been allotted April 13, 17 and 22.

Election symbols allotted

The process of allotment of symbols to the candidates contesting elections from Raipur Lok Sabha seat was completed on Wednesday (April 9) evening. Apart from well-known symbols Hand, Lotus, Elephant and Broom of major national level party, other national and local parties allotted symbols as Whistle to Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch, Coat to Ambedkarite Party of India, Ringh to Azadi Ka Antim Andolan, Swing Machine to Republic Paksha (Khoripa), Bicycle to Samajwadi Party, Flag with Three Starts to CPI-ML Liberation, Saw to Bharatiya Community Party (ML) Red Star and Candles to Shakti Sena (Bharat Desh), Flowers & Grass to All India Trinamool.

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BJP’s Ramesh Bais keeps up with intensive campaigning

Amidst all the political permutations and combinations, Bharatiya Janata Party Raipur Lok Sabha candidate Ramesh Bais continued with his intensive public contact programme. In this direction he m... Read More
Amidst all the political permutations and combinations, Bharatiya Janata Party Raipur Lok Sabha candidate Ramesh Bais continued with his intensive public contact programme. In this direction he met people from Shankarnagar area, Devendra Nagar area, Jawahar nagar area, etc.

During his visit to Shankarnagar area, Bais visited Ashoka Towers and had a meeting with the residents at the residence of Chagan Mundra. People were happy finding Bais amongst them. Addressing the gathering Bais said that the country is vying for a change and under such situation it becomes the duty of the people to exercise their franchise so that the misrule of Congress led United Progressive Alliance government can be ended and ensure the win for BJP led NDA government. Present on the occasion were Srichand Sundrani, Rajiv Agrawal, Sunil Soni, Ashok Sharma, Bajrang Khandelwal, Bobby Kashyap, Sunil Mishra and eminent personalities of the area.

Later while undergoing public contact programme at Devendra Nagar area, Bais visited the Sai Nagar where he held meeting with the residents and members of Maharashtra Mandal at the residence of Shekhar Amin, General Secretary of Maharashtra Mandal. Here a resolution was passed that not only the Maharashtrian samaj will vote in favour of BJP but cent percent voting will be done. Present on the occasion were Uday Chimote, Sachidanand Upasne, Rajendra Shesh, Sudhir Paretkar, S S Brahamankar, Nalini Chittawar amongst others.

Thereafter while undergoing public contact programme at Jawahar Nagar area, Bais visited the residence of Kishan Agrawal. Agrawal promised to provide all necessary assistance to Bais during elections and he is committed towards Bharatiya Janata Party. Bais while speaking on the occasion said he is very obliged for the love and affection extended towards him by the people of his constituency and that he will continue to work for the betterment of the people of the state. Present on the occasion were Mukesh Sharma, Lallu Mahawar, Sachidanand Upasne, Sunil Soni, Rajendra Faujdaar, Jain Tapas, Ashok Somwanshi, Kailash Muraraka, Shishir Sharma, Vijay Sharma, Ajay Agrawal, Virendra Gupta, Bajrang Khandelwal, Chandesh Shah, Bharti Bagal, Pritosh Sharma, Gokul Narwani, Basant Dimbade, etc.

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Polls in Bastar - Security agencies on toes

Amidst imminent threat of Maoists offensive, security agencies are fingers crossed with eight segments of violence-riddled Bastar parliamentary seat going to polls on Thursday April 10, even as a... Read More
Amidst imminent threat of Maoists offensive, security agencies are fingers crossed with eight segments of violence-riddled Bastar parliamentary seat going to polls on Thursday April 10, even as a thick security blanket of 143 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been thrown all over the ‘Redlands.’ These security measures have been further reinforced with the presence of a sizeable State Police force deployed in these killing zones.

Bigger than the size of Kerala and spread over 40,000 square kilometer, the sprawling hinterlands of Bastar parliamentary constituency contributes for eight segments Kondagaon, Narainpur, Bastar, Jadgalpur, Chitrakot, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta, having 12,98,971 ballot holders, who would decide the electoral fate of eight candidates in fray, including two women. With over 1797 polling booths instituted across Bastar, a total of 12,98,971 voters would cast their votes on Thursday out of which there are more women voters (6,65,290) than male voters (6,33,681). A total of eight candidates are in electoral fray including 2 women.

With Sukma, Bastar, Dantewada and Narainpur witnessing peak Maoists rampage and bloodshed in past few months, particularly against the backdrop of Takabada ambush in which 15 persons including 14 troopers and one civilian were killed, security in and around the poling stations in these areas have been increased to manifolds. So much so that, even some of the inaccessible areas in these districts are now swarming with heavy and combined presence of security personnel, both from CAPF and State Police. Of the 143 companies of CAPF – numbering 14,300 security personnel – alone troopers from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) leads the tally with highest headcounts, who have been mobilized specially for poll duty, wherein the others remaining companies are of Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Apropos, companies from Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) have also roped in as part of extended security arrangements for the polling day in Bastar, now also known as ‘Gateway to Red Corridor.’

While a large number of CRPF and BSF personnel has already been deployed in the region for Anti Naxal Operations (ANO), the task of 143 companies of CAPF under security measures is to cover the voters, poll officials and polling materials (including EVMs) spread over over 1797 polling booths instituted across Bastar of which 58 are critical polling stations. Talking to The Hitavada, R K Vij, Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Ops) said that the security forces have diffused dozens of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) such as landmines, pressure mines and others, which were planted at several locations to ambush the security forces engaged in poll duty for ferrying poll officials, materials and those stationed at polling stations. “We have been constantly receiving about the random movement of the Maoists outfits and their cadres’ presence in Bastar ever since the bell for LS polls was sounded. “These rebels reinforced by their military and platoon divisions are up in arms to launch offensive and disrupt the parliamentary polls as they have given a call for poll boycott,” he added.

However, according to ADGP Vij, constant vigil and successive operations based on precise intelligence inputs, during past one month have helped to foil several deadly and nefarious designs of the red-brigade members. “We are on full alert and our security arrangement is top gear,” he maintained.

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HC refuses to intervene in Gondia faulty EVM plea

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Gondia-Bhandara Lok Sabha constituency Prashant Mishra on Wednesday knocked the doors of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court against the alleged faulty Electron... Read More
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from Gondia-Bhandara Lok Sabha constituency Prashant Mishra on Wednesday knocked the doors of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court against the alleged faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) but only to return empty-handed.

The High Court refused to interfere in the ongoing election process and made it clear that courts are not expected to stop or intervene in the election process after it commences. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora made it clear that petitioner has remedy by way of election petition, if he feels aggrieved after elections.

According to petitioner, he had lodged complaint with Returning Officer about alleged faulty EVMs in which all votes were automatically transferred. The petitioner claimed that he immediately brough this discrepancy to the notice of Returning Officer and apprehended that EVMs were tampered. It may be mentioned that around 10 EVMs in Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency malfunctioned. In these machines, all the votes were transferred to Congress-NCP candidate, irrespective of button pressed. The Election Officer of Bhandara-Gondia tested the EVMs before representatives of the political parties. This has raised a serious questionmark over credibility of ECI, petitioner claimed while demanding change of these EVMs or installation of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPTA). Adv Mahajan appeared for the petitioner. AGP Neeraj Patil represented the state.

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Vid had seen highest turn-out of voters in 2nd general polls

The lowest turn-out was in the year 1991, when the country witnessed the economic crisis

With all the political parties, countless social and voluntary organisations, and the admi... Read More

The lowest turn-out was in the year 1991, when the country witnessed the economic crisis

With all the political parties, countless social and voluntary organisations, and the administrative machinery motivating people to go to vote, it will be interesting to see how many voters turn-out on April 10, the polling date for Lok Sabha elections this time in Vidarbha region.

This also calls for a look-back at the voter turn-out in Vidarbha in the past general elections, and the events that might have affected the polling percentage. The region, which now comprises 11 districts and 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, has never recorded less than 50 per cent voter turn-out. It recorded 78.88 per cent polling in the first general elections to Lok Sabha held in the year 1951. The highest-ever polling percentage in the region was registered in 1957, when the second general elections to Lok Sabha were held. Then, 82.25 was the polling percentage. However, barring the first two general elections, voter turn-out in Vidarbha always remained under 70 per cent.

The general elections held in the year 1962, however, saw a drop of almost 14 per cent in number of voters exercising their franchise in Vidarbha. The next elections saw a marginal rise of slightly over 1 per cent. Then on, the voter turn-out in Vidarbha has been inconsistent. Sometimes, there was increase over the previous year, followed by sudden drop. The year 1991 saw polling percentage in Vidarbha drop to the lowest-ever level of 52.41, from 66.17 in 1989 elections. Then, many had attributed this drop to the impact of economic crisis in these three years.

Three elections were held in four years starting from 1996. Interestingly, during this phase of political instability, the polling percentage saw a steady rise till election of a stable Government in 1999. The polling percentage in Vidarbha was 59.08 in 1996, followed by 63.94 in 1998, and 65.20 in 1999. However, when the general elections to Lok Sabha were held in 2004, the voter turn-out decreased to 59.45 per cent. This was a decrease by around six per cent compared to previous election. The slide in voter turn-out in Vidarbha continued in 2009 elections and there was decline by around four per cent.

A look at Vidarbha’s voting performance in specially the past five general elections to Lok Sabha, reveals that polling percentage increased in 1996 and 1998. But, since 1999, it has declined steadily. This has triggered a lot of concern among political parties as polling percentage dipped specially in urban segments of the Parliamentary constituencies. Even nationally, dip in polling percentage despite rise in population drew attention of political leaders as well as administrative machinery.

Especially in 2009 elections, many voters in Vidarbha alleged that their names were missing or polling booths were changed after delimitation of constituencies. This was considered as one of the major reasons behind decline in polling percentage. As a result, over the past five years, efforts were made systematically to remove as many discrepancies possible from the electoral rolls.

Besides, a new option of ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) has been introduced considering the possibility that many voters wanted to express their dissent by not going to vote. All the political parties, social and voluntary organisations, Election Commission of India, administrative machinery, and media organisations have tried to motivate people to vote in more numbers. Against this backdrop, it will be interesting to see if there is desired increase in polling percentage, at least in Vidarbha region.

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Distt Collector takes stock of poll preparations, issues instructions

District Collector and District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna took stock of the preparations for the voting to be held on April 10. Krishna took details of hoardings erected to create aware... Read More
District Collector and District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna took stock of the preparations for the voting to be held on April 10. Krishna took details of hoardings erected to create awareness among voters for increasing voting percentage. Ad spots on FM and DD are also targeting voters to exercise their franchise.

Similarly, Collector has issued notice directing all private establishments in district, including shops, hotels, restaurants, industrial units to ensure that people employed with them should be given paid leave. People who do not have slips issued by the Election Commission of India should not get disappointed as they can still cast their votes provided they carry valid photo identity cards with them. As per the Election Commission of India any of the 11 I-cards are valid for identity purpose and they are -- Passport, driving license, I-cards issued by Central, State and Public Sector Undertakings, photo pass books of banks and post offices or photo I-cards, PAN card, Aadhaar Card, Smart Card, MNEREGA job card, Smart Card of Health Insurance, Retired employees I-card, photo I-card slips issued by Election Commission of India.

In district there are total 4,059 polling booths and necessary police bandobast has been deployed at all booths. The booths that have been identified as sensitive and hyper-sensitive, police and district administration are taking extra precautions. Polling parties have already been sent to respective stations along with all the necessary election materials.

Similarly, separate flying squads are continuously monitoring the situation and where necessary taking action to ensure free and fair elections on Thursday. It may be noted that about 450 election officers and 22,428 employees have been deployed across the district. To aid them about 9060 police officers, men would be provide security cover.

In Ramtek, the total voters are 16,43,197 while in Nagpur total voters are 18,50,937. District Collector took a round of entire district and personally visited polling booth, including sensitive ones and checked the preparedness of the staff on duty. Deputy District Election Officer Pradeep Dange, Assistant Election Officer Prakash Sharma and other staff accompanied the Returning Officer during the inspection tour.

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Thousands of cops on bandobast to ensure free and fair polling today

ELABORATE security arrangements have been made by deploying thousands of police personnel for polling in the Second Capital on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak... Read More
ELABORATE security arrangements have been made by deploying thousands of police personnel for polling in the Second Capital on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak informed, a company of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), two companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), personnel from Government Railway Police (GRP), Mumbai, recruits from Police Training School (PTS), about 7,000 police personnel from Nagpur Police Commissionerate, 1,200 Home Guards, and two companies of Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have been deployed in the bandobast.

Similarly, riot control vehicles, patrollers and reserved squads of the Deputy Commissioners of Police also have been deployed to ensure free and fair elections, he added. Of the 2,136 polling booths in 673 buildings in the city, Pathak said, 91 have been declared critical. Police and security agencies are maintaining a strict vigil in the sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas, he added.

Pathak also informed that patrolling has been intensified in slums to check distribution of cash and liquor by candidates or their men to woo voters. Nakabandi has been ordered and hotels and lodges are being checked by the police, he added. Pathak said, preventive action has been initiated against about 1,500 persons, including anti-social elements, and 32 criminals have been externed from the district. A total of seven fire arms were seized from criminals and four criminals were booked under the MPDA, besides registering a total of 47 offences under the Arms Act, he added. Pathak also said, illicit liquor worth over Rs 28 lakh have been seized and 95 per cent non-bailable warrants were issued.

Maintaining that the police administration is strictly adhering to the Election Commission’s directives after imposition of Model Code of Conduct. A few minor incidents of violation of code of conduct have been registered at Lakadganj, Sadar, Sonegaon and Imambada police stations. Separate traffic arrangements have been made by the city police, he added.

Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena and Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) Deepak Pandey, and Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sunil Kolhe were also present at the press conference.

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Polling for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha today

Stage is set for first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 10 seats in Vidarbha on April 10. Around 1.66 crore voters in all ten parliamentary constituencies of the region will exercise their franchise to... Read More
Stage is set for first phase of Lok Sabha polls for 10 seats in Vidarbha on April 10. Around 1.66 crore voters in all ten parliamentary constituencies of the region will exercise their franchise to elect representative for the highest house of the country. The election in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur is biggest challenge for the machinery. Adequate security force has been deployed in all the constituencies.

The fate of former President of BJP Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister Praful Patel, Maharashtra Ministers Shivajirao Moghe, Sanjay Deotale, seven-term MP Vilas Muttemwar will be locked in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) on Thursday. The people will exercise their franchise on Thursday between 7 am and 6 pm. This time, the voting hours have been extended by two hours and those inside the polling station by 6 pm will be allowed to vote. This one step will boost the voting percentage. The election machinery has geared up for the first phase of biggest dance of democarcy in the country. The counting will be held on May 16.

The elections will be held at Nagpur, Ramtek, Buldhana, Akola, Chandrapur, Bhandara-Gondia, Wardha, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Yavatmal-Washim, and Amravati on Thursday. Total 201 candidates including 182 male and 18 female and one belonging to third gender are in the fray from these ten parliamentary seats in the region.

Ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has formed an alliance with PRP and BREM while main opposition - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena has formed a Mahayuti with Republican Party of India (A), Shetkari Swabhiman Sangathan and others. All parliamentary constituencies are witnessing multi-cornered fight. For the first time, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting election from Nagpur and Vidarbha. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is also contesting all the seats in the region. Former BJP President Nitin Gadkari, senior MP Vilas Muttemwar and AAP candidate Anjali Damania are in the fray from Nagpur, while Minister Sanjay Deotale and BJP candidate MP Hansraj Ahir and AAP candidate Wamanrao Chatap contesting election from Chandrapur. Union Minister Praful Patel and BJP MLA Nana Patole are in fray from Gondia-Bhandara. Former Union Minister Mukul Wasnik is facing challenge from Shiv Sena’s Krupal Tumane from Ramtek. Congress MP Datta Meghe’s son Sagar Meghe is in the fray from Wardha facing challenge from BJP’s Ramdas Tadas in Wardha constituency.

BJP MP Sanjay Dhotre is facing challenge from Congress candidate Hidayat Patel, and BRP-BMS candidate Prakash Ambedkar in Akola. The interesting fight will be seen in Amravati, where Congress-NCP has given ticket to Navneet Kaur Rana. She is facing challenge from Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul, RPI’s Rajendra Gavai and BSP’s Gunwant Deopare. Maharashtra Minister Shivajirao Moghe is facing challenge from four term MP Bhavana Gawali of Shiv Sena in Yavatmal-Washim seat. Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav is facing challenge of NCP-Congress candidate Krishnarao Ingle in Buldhana and Congress MLA Dr. Namdeorao Usendi and BJP candidate Ashok Nete are in fray from Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency.

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Muttemwar promises to make Nagpur a world-class city

Congress-NCP-PRP-BREM candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha Vilas Muttemwar has urged people of Nagpur to vote in favour of Congress to make Nagpur as world class city.

Muttemwar who has represen... Read More
Congress-NCP-PRP-BREM candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha Vilas Muttemwar has urged people of Nagpur to vote in favour of Congress to make Nagpur as world class city.

Muttemwar who has represented Nagpur in Lok Sabha since 1998 stated that Nagpur is emerging as prominent city at national level. The Congress has given due importance to the city to make it as one of the first ten cities in the country. Now, its time to make it as world class city by providing world class facilities. Nagpur is now a centre of attraction at International level. In MIHAN-SEZ, all IT companies are taking interest. Infosys, TCS and other IT giants are creating their hub for future growth. Central Government has already declared Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur. We have developed the city, Muttemwar stated. He urged people to repose faith in Congress again.

Meanwhile, NCP City President Ajay Patil assured that all party workers would work in favour of Vilas Muttemwar. There is no difference between Congress and NCP and all are working with better co-ordination. NCP President Sharad Pawar and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar have directed party workers to work honestly in favour of alliance candidates. Many social organisations and community body office-bearers declared their support to Muttemwar in the election.

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Give me chance for better and promising future of Nagpur: Gadkari

BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI-Swabhimani Sanghatana-Shetkari Sanghatana candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha seat Nitin Gadkari has urged people to repose faith in him for better and promising future of Nagpur, exp... Read More
BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI-Swabhimani Sanghatana-Shetkari Sanghatana candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha seat Nitin Gadkari has urged people to repose faith in him for better and promising future of Nagpur, expedite stalled developmental projects and for good governance.

“Come out in large numbers to vote for change and to shape a better India. Country wants change and usher into era of development. Fate of the nation and Nagpur depends on the outcome of the 16th Lok Sabha elections and I am confident that people of Nagpur will give overwhelming support to BJP-Sena alliance,” Gadkari hoped. Listing out his achievement, Gadkari claimed that he never viewed development and politics from narrow considerations of creed, caste, faith and relentlessly worked for better Nagpur. Gadkari lamented that Congress was trying to make a sectarian appeal and create fear psychosis among people by polluting social harmony and asserted that people would foil such divisive attempts.

State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis has also urged people to give a massive mandate to Gadkari and BJP led NDA by coming out for voting in large numbers. This is the golden opportunity to bring out country from despair and depression, he stated while appealing for clear mandate in favour of BJP to form a stable government at the centre headed by Narendra Modi. In a separate appeal signed by State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena District Chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe, RPI President Bhupesh Thulkar, City president Raju Bahadure, BJP city president Krishna Khopde, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Mayor Anil Sole, Girish Vyas and others have urged people of Nagpur to cast vote in favour of Gadkari.

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Maj Gen Rajesh Arya visits Insitute of Military Law

Maj Gen Rajesh Arya, VSM, the General Officer, HQ Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla visited Institute of Military Law (IML), Kamptee on Wednesday. Maj Gen General Staff (Training) is a covet... Read More
Maj Gen Rajesh Arya, VSM, the General Officer, HQ Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Shimla visited Institute of Military Law (IML), Kamptee on Wednesday. Maj Gen General Staff (Training) is a coveted Army appointment under whose guidance and control all Category ‘A’ and Category ‘B’ training establishments of the Indian Army throughout the country are run.

Located at Kamptee Cantonment, IML is a Category A training establishment that imparts training to officers of Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and also officers from Para-military Forces belonging to Border Security Force, Coast Guard, GREF, NSG etc in military and allied subjects. It runs various courses on discipline, vigilance, and military law subjects for the officers of all Arms/Services as well as JAG Departmental officers.

Officers from foreign countries also visit IML for training purposes. The course include Judge Advocate Basic course (Young Officers course) of the JAG’s Department as also Judge Advocate Advance course for the middle rung officers of the department. The courses are highly useful to the Indian Army since the training curriculum aims at maintenance of discipline in the Forces as well as dispensation of justice to the rank and profile.

On this occasion, MGGS (Training) inspected the premises of the Institute and praised the upliftment and progressive development under the stewardship of Brig D K Ahluwalia, Commandant, IML. On this occasion, the Instructors at IML Lt Col R C Jain, Lt Col Navdeep Goswami, Major Monal Pashine, and Capt Priti Malik also were present. He also appreciated the quality of training being imparted to the officers and the dedication of the IML officers and staff. He suggested various other means towards more effective and result oriented approach in training establishments.

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Lord Gautam Buddha was a great psychologist, says Dr Pangaonkar

n Staff Reporter The thoughts expressed by Bhagvan Gautam Buddha, about 2500 years back conform to the theories of modern science. By going through his thoughts one can say that Lord Gautam Budd... Read More
n Staff Reporter The thoughts expressed by Bhagvan Gautam Buddha, about 2500 years back conform to the theories of modern science. By going through his thoughts one can say that Lord Gautam Buddha was a great psychologist. This was stated by renowned psychiatrist Dr Shailesh Pangaonkar. Dr Pangaonkar was speaking during a seminar on ‘Buddha Dhamma and psychotherapist’, organised by Department of Dr Ambedkar Thoughts of RTM Nagpur University. Bhadanta Vimalkirti Gunasiri, Bhadanta Dr Anand from Aurangabad and Neurologist Dr Sanjay Ramteke were the other speakers. Head of the Department Dr Pradeep Aglave presided. Bhadanta Vimalkirti said that ‘sanskars’ have great importance in Buddha Dhamma, which modifies human behaviour by guiding him on psychological base. The control over mind and feelings have been emphasised in the Panchasheel given by Buddha. Dr Aglave explained the concept through stories from life of Gautami and Angulimal. Dr Ramesh Shambharkar conducted the proceedings. Dr Shankar Khobragade proposed a vote of thanks.

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Lalita Public School karatekas shine

ABOUT 150 students of Lalitha Public School, Wardhaman Nagar brought laurels to the school by successfully clearing the karate-do belt gradation examination organised recently by Vidarbha Institute... Read More
ABOUT 150 students of Lalitha Public School, Wardhaman Nagar brought laurels to the school by successfully clearing the karate-do belt gradation examination organised recently by Vidarbha Institute of Self Defence (VISD). VISD is affiliated to The World Shotokan Karate-Do Federation which is recognised by Karate Association of India.

Sensai Sachin Anjikar conducted the belt gradation examination. From the lot, 72 karatekas were eligible for the red belt, 49 for the yellow while the rest took the examination to earn orange and green belts. Chetna Tank, Director, Lalitha Public School and Vinisha Menon, Principal of the school congratulated the students on their achievement. Following are the names of some of the karatekas who successfully cleared the examination:

Orange Belt: Tanvi Barapatre, Garima Sharma, Vansh Bele, Lokendra Sinha, Mohd Mosaif Khan, Mohd Zaid Khan, Raghav Vyas, Aditi Swarkar, Yash Dhawade, Gaurav Davem Purn Katlewar, Karina Shende, Shrutika Samanta, Chirag Khandelwa, Pranay Nimje,Ashna Agrawal, Rani Chikte, Rohini Manekar, Nayan Khante, Salik Raza, Sarthak Wankhede.

Green Belt: Mohd Junaid Sheikh, Samat Wadalkar, Arya Pande, Prapti Khandait, Aaditya Chaudhari, Yogita Chkte, Sanskar Pande, Rishab Golani, Apurwa Agrawal, Vedant Shelke, Anjanikumar Singh, Harshal Dhote, Pradyumna Gaidhane.

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‘Ensaara Metro Park will be a game changer’

ENSAARA Metro Park, which is all set to change the lifeline of the local real-estate industry, will prove a boon to the people who will feel proud not of their living but of their existence in the ... Read More
ENSAARA Metro Park, which is all set to change the lifeline of the local real-estate industry, will prove a boon to the people who will feel proud not of their living but of their existence in the world. “Ensaara Metro Park will be a game changer in the real-estate market. We are looking that a person who comes within the boundary of the coveted project should feel comfortable not only about his own but also about the surroundings, liveable infrastructure amidst greenery and all necessities available at throwaway distance,” said Sanjay Kothari, Chief Executive Officer of Luxora Infrastructure Private Limited, while unmasking the potential of the project on Wednesday afternoon. He said that the project which covered about 300 acres of land, would have 3,000 dwelling units including villas, sky-villas, flats, row-houses, commercial complexes, hospitals, hotels, schools, clubs, restaurants, etc.

In the first phase, 1,355 units would be constructed covering an area of 140 acres. Of the 140 acres, 100 acres would be reserved for greenery. The first phase would be completed in the next 30 months. “We are concentrating on quality which is the statement of our project. We have done a lot of homework before designing our project and we will abide by what we have promised to our customers. This is the reason that in a span of four months, since launch of our project, 125 units have been booked and ample enquiries are pouring in,” Kothari disclosed.

On the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, 25 units were booked. All the units are priced from Rs 40 lakh onwards. “After dedicating the first phase to our valued customers, we will focus our attention on the second and third phases,” he said. He said that the project would corner a place in the real-estate market as it would redefine quality backed by maintenance.

“Maintenance is one of the important issues which very few people think of in this sector. We have given responsibility to a dedicated company which will take care day and night so that people who have parked their investments in dwelling units feel blessed,” he said. According to Kothari, infrastructure of any township dwells upon two things - internal infrastructure and external infrastructure. “To built a township, a builder must understand a lot of things right from designing to usage of quality materials. It strengthens the foundation and enhances the life of the project,” he noted.

“The real-estate industry, which was witnessing some rough weather, is now looking up and the coming days will definitely bring good prospects,” Kothari claimed. With several real-estate players taking the dive, Nagpur was witnessing horizontal growth due to availability of space. He said that local bodies should come forward and help the real-estate players, which they direly needed, so that the goods could be delivered on time. They should provide foremost facilities like water, electricity, network of roads, hospitals, etc. “We always harp on our statement that Vidarbha generates a lot of electricity and has a lion’s share in the total generation of Maharashtra. However, the problem is that the people are not getting power supply on time which often makes the task difficult,” he pointed out.

Kothari said that the real estate industry was witnessing an overburden of taxes in various forms like Value Added Tax (VAT), Stamp Duty, Service Tax, Labour Cess, etc. “The real contribution of taxes to the total project climbs up to 15 per cent which makes the units costlier. We want that the Government should reduce the tax burden and allow us to work in a hassle-free manner as we are fulfilling the basic requirement of the people and changing their dreams into reality with the sweat of our brow,” he added. He said that Government should always take stakeholders into confidence before introducing any newer taxes.

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Stock market zooms to new high in anticipation of stable Govt

THE Indian stock markets are zooming to all-time highs in anticipation of a stable Government at the Centre. The pre-election rally is mainly driven by the hope of change in Government and introd... Read More
THE Indian stock markets are zooming to all-time highs in anticipation of a stable Government at the Centre. The pre-election rally is mainly driven by the hope of change in Government and introduction of reforms to crank up the stalled engine of growth. On Wednesday, the Sensex jumped to close at an all-time high of 22,702 and Nifty at 6,796 driven by liquidity infused by FIIs, mutual funds and HNIs. “The general mood of market operators, brokers and FIIs are for a stable Government in the present elections due to which the markets are skyrocketing,” said Anuj Badjate, Director of Badjate Stock and Share Private Limited, in an exclusive talk with The Hitavada on Wednesday. Badjate said that the markets had bottomed out and ready to march upward. “The markets sense the turnaround six to nine months in advance,” he added. There would be a correction only if a fractured Government or a hung Parliament was formed. It had been seen in the previous elections that setbacks were not sustained for a long period of time and the economy bounced back. “If a stable Government is formed then the Sensex can easily attain the 30,000-point mark during a two-year perspective,” he suggested. The most preferred sectors to bet on would be financial, power and pharmaceutical to lead the rally. The real boom in markets would happen when all sectors contributed turn by turn to the rally. IT sector might be dented by strengthening of the rupee. But their business depended on the revival of the US and UK economies, which was already happening, he pointed out.

Kailash Jogani, senior Chartered Accountant and President of Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL) said that marketmen were expecting a stable Government in the coming elections. The issues of the economy would have to be addressed as the economy was in doldrums even though the rupee was stable the Current Account Deficit (CAD) was and lower. The Meteorological Department had predicted a not so good monsoon this year. The most interesting thing was lack of participation by retail investors in the run-up to the market. FIIs were pumping in liquidity through the promissory note route which was hot money and could be withdrawn anytime if the poll outcome was not favourable. It was always seen that retail investors would take a dive in the market after the run-up and sell when the markets took a dip. This general perception should be taken into account, he suggested.

Julfesh Shah, Vice-Chairman of the WIRC of ICAI, said that the markets were pinning their hopes on the formation of a stable Government to bring about a change in business environment, due to which markets are witnessing a pre-election rally. Most of the operators are looking forward to introduction of reforms in taxation, Goods and Services Tax (GST), Direct Tax Code (DTC) and other neglected areas.

“Mutual funds and HNIs are buying aggressively in select companies on revival of these sectors. For the Sensex, the short-term target can be 26,000 points,” he added. Retail investors might start entering the market by accumulating stocks of companies which had survived the 2008 downfall and came out with flying colours in small quantities upto May 16 when the results would be declared, he stated. In case of a hung Parliament, the markets could witness high volatility and huge selling pressure. Therefore, he advised the retail investors to adopt a cautious approach while investing.

Sameer Bakre, Past Chairman of ICAI, Nagpur Branch said that basically the pre-election rally was driven by the feeling that a stable Government would be formed at the Centre. Investors needed to be cautious as most of the problems would not be solved overnight. It would take time for the Government to get its act together and deliver results on the economic front. The picture was not so rosy as the new Government needed to control inflation, lower interest rates, bring about reforms in banking, DTC, GST, environment issues, withdraw retrospective laws and avoid crony capitalism, he added.

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Not getting right talent costing Indian economy Rs 53,000 crore, says study

INDIA is likely losing Rs 53,000 crore from its economy as companies are unable to hire people with right talent for the job and are incurring high recruitment costs, says a study. Done jointly by ... Read More
INDIA is likely losing Rs 53,000 crore from its economy as companies are unable to hire people with right talent for the job and are incurring high recruitment costs, says a study. Done jointly by professional networking site LinkedIn and consultancy PwC, the study said: “If India was better at matching talent with the right opportunities, this could unlock as much as Rs 508 billion (Rs 50,800 crore) in increased productivity.” This was resulting in lost opportunity to generate Rs 508 billion in additional productivity, it added.

The study further said: “Longer time taken to find the right candidates combined with the increased likelihood of mismatched talent leaving jobs sooner are costing Indian companies Rs 22.3 billion (Rs 2,230 crore) in avoidable recruitment cost.” Together these costs were resulting in India “likely losing approximately Rs 530.31 billion from its economy, it noted. The study, which is based on analysis of 11 countries, has placed India at the bottom two with a score of 34, just above China (with a score of 23), in terms of talent adaptability. The Netherlands emerged at the top on this parameter followed by United Kingdom (2nd), Canada (3rd), Singapore (4th), United States (5th), Australia (6th), France (7th), Germany (8th) and Brazil (9th).

“Emerging markets such as India and China have lower scores because they have fewer mature sectors and their geographic size limits talent mobility,” the study said. PwC India leader People and Change Consulting, Padmaja Alaganandan said: “Factors such as low sector diversity, sub-optimal investment in personal skill building, policy hurdles and development rates have held down India’s actual talent adaptability threshold.

“The loss, quantified for the first time underlines the importance we should be placing on driving flexibility, skills training and ensuring a more thoughtful approach to hiring.” As per LinkedIn India’s Director, Talent Solutions, Irfan Abdulla, “raising the level of talent adaptability in a market will go a long towards enabling economic success for everyone, from job-seekers to recruiters and the economy.”

The analysis is based on interactions from LinkedIn’s network of 277 million professionals, including 24 million in India which also received good response. This analysis was further cross referenced with information on 2,600 employers from PwC’s Saratoga database, to understand which countries were better at aligning talent with opportunity.

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Steel demand grows lowest in four years

INDIA’S steel consumption grew by just 0.6 per cent in 2013-14 fiscal, its lowest in four years, to 73.93 million tonnes (MT), mainly impacted by a slower expansion of the domestic economy and ... Read More
INDIA’S steel consumption grew by just 0.6 per cent in 2013-14 fiscal, its lowest in four years, to 73.93 million tonnes (MT), mainly impacted by a slower expansion of the domestic economy and lower imports. “India’s real consumption of total finished steel was up 0.6 per cent year-on-year in April-March 2013-14 at 73.932 MT, impacted primarily by the slowdown in the domestic economy and a sharp decline in imports,” Joint Plant Committee (JPC), a unit of the Steel Ministry, said in a report.

“The low growth rate in domestic steel consumption indicated that base level demand conditions continued to be weak during 2013-14,” it said.Construction sector accounted for around 60 per cent of the country’s total steel demand while the automobile industry consumed 15 per cent. Both the sectors were plagued by a slowdown in the economy which according to the Central Statistics Office estimates grew by 4.9 per cent in 2013-14, against the growth rate of 4.5 per cent in 2012-13.The previous fiscal was also not that impressive for the steel industry as well with consumption growing by a mere 3.3 per cent on subdued demand due to slackening of the economy and high interest rates.

Steel consumption grew by 5.5 per cent in 2011-12 and 9.9 per cent in 2010-11, according to Joint Plant Committee. The consumption of steel depended on the growth of the economy. A sound economy ensured higher consumption. User industries such as construction and consumer durables had a bad run last fiscal resulting in dip in demand, an industry expert said on the condition of anonimity. “The demand for steel in March was not good either as it expanded by only 0.7 per cent to 6.738 MT over March 2013, dampened by the impact of the slowdown and a 34.2 per cent decline in imports during this period, which the decline in exports by 23.6 per cent and a modest rise in production for sale (4.8 per cent) could not outweigh the situation,” JPC said.

The month-on-month trends however, were different and saw real consumption go up by 10.2 per cent in March 2014 over February 2014, encouraged primarily by a supply-side push as both productions for sale and imports recorded strong growth though exports also shoot up by 33.6 per cent.

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Over Rs 44 lakh recovered in Amravati, Hinganghat

Just a day before Lok Sabha elections, Amravati and Hinganghat police seized cash over 29 lakh and Rs 15 lakh respectively in separate incidents. The collective seizure is more than Rs 44 lakh. ... Read More
Just a day before Lok Sabha elections, Amravati and Hinganghat police seized cash over 29 lakh and Rs 15 lakh respectively in separate incidents. The collective seizure is more than Rs 44 lakh. Hinganghat police seized Rs 15,45,945 and arrested five persons during a raid on a guest house here on Wednesday. No offence has been registered till the filing of this report.

Police received an information about the persons carrying big cash at the Amrut Guest House. Police officials and Special Election team reached the guest. During the search, they found more than Rs 80,000 from Room No 103 on first floor and Rs 14,61,000 from Room No 203 on second floor. They recovered total Rs 15,45,945. Police have arresed Saiyyad Gajjafar Ali (45), Nagpur, Sarang Choudhary (26), Hinganghat, Ajay Rudrakar (34), Hinganghat, Ravindra Bele (35), Nagpur, and Pramod Darpal (36), Nagpur. The raid was conducted under the guidance of Akkanavru Prasad DySP. Raghuvanshi, Income Tax Officer, from Wardha, and Arvind Saxena, Election Officer had come to enquire about the raid.

Amravati: Amravati city police, on Wednesday, seized cash of about Rs 29 lakh during checking at two different spots in the city. Police seized Rs 94,000 from Arjun Nagar Check Point and Rs 28 lakh from Bhatkuli road check point here. Gadgenagar police seized Rs 94,000 from the Tata indica Car (MH-31-DK-8280) at 11.30 am in Arjun nagar Check Point. The car was driven by Vijay Shankar Pasare (29) from Nagpur. While Sheikh Rafique Sheikh Gaffar, Nai Basti area of Toknaka locality, Nagpur and Abdul Bashir Abdul Jamir (32) from Itwari, Nagpur were also travelling in the car which was heading towards Amravati.

During interrogation, the persons in the car informed the police that they were wholesale dealer of watermelon and were heading towards Amravati for purchasing the watermelon. Police also had summoned Income Tax officials at the spot. The cash seizure action was executed by Dipak Kuralkar, Police Inspector, Naikwar, Assistant Police Inspector, and team from Gadgenagar Police Station.

In yet another incident which took place at Bhatkuli road, Kholapuri Gate Police seized cash of Rs 28 lakh from the Maruti Suzuki Swift Car (MH-27-AC-1916). The car was driven by Anil Rambhau Jawanjal (30) from Thilori village in Daryapur while Vilas Rambhau Tole (48) from Satyabhama Nagar, Daryapur, was in the car. They were heading towards Daryapur with cash in the dickey. Vilas Tole is Director of Tole Patil Ginning Industry, Daryapur. According to Vilas Tole, he had withdrawn Rs 30 lakh from Shyam Square Branch of State Bank of India from Amravati. He had given Rs 2 lakh to Gajanan Bapu Dhandale.

The remaining cash was to be given to farmers. Kholapuri Gate police have seized cash Rs 18 lakhs in the form of Rs 500 notes while cash of Rs 10 lakh in the form Rs 100 notes. Vilas Tole also showed cheque book to the police. Police have informed about that seizure to the Income Tax Department. The seizure action was done by Kholapuri Gate Police under the guidance from PI Dakhore.

Illicit liquor worth over Rs 7 lakh seized, 20 held

AKOLA, April 9

Against the backdrop of the Lok Sabha polls, Anti-liquor Squad took action against 20 accused in sale of illegal trade of liquor and seized more than 11,000 litres of liquor, informed Swati Kakde, Superintendent of District Excise Department, on Wednesday. In view to avert any misconduct during Lok Sabha elections scheduled on April 10, the State Excise Department’s Anti- liquor Squad launched raids during March 3 to March 5 and seized 9805 litres worth Rs 6,46174.

Again in the second phase taken up during April 1 to April 8, the squad took action against five accused and seized 1415 liters of liquor worth Rs 75,565. In both the raids, the department took action against 20 accused and lodged cases against them under relevent sections of IPC. Swati Kakde, Superintendent of District Excise Department, informed that the action would be continued to put strict vigil on sale of illegal liquor.

Police seize explosives

GONDIA, Apr 9

During patrolling police have recovered Naxal material and explosives on Tuesday. The outlaws have threatened people not to vote in Lok Sabha election on April 10. The administration has geared up to face untoward situations and is expecting good turnout in the Naxal-dominated areas. Paramilitary forces and police parties have intensified their patrolling in the identified vulnerable areas. In the late noon hours on Tuesday, during patrolling C-60 party recovered Naxal material that includes detonators, wire bundle, pencil cells, flash guns, etc. near village Piperkhari under Chichgarh police station.

Confirming the report, DSP Dr Dilip Zalke informed that his department has made all the adequate arrangements and there is no need for people to be scared. He also hoped that people will come out in big numbers to cast their vote.

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NHAI seeks permission to build toll-plaza near Patansaongi

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday on Wednesday permitted National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct a toll plaza near Patansaongi, but made it clear that it can not be... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday on Wednesday permitted National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct a toll plaza near Patansaongi, but made it clear that it can not be started without proper notification from the Central Government.

The High Court was hearing a PIL filed by Ashatai Khandale, resident of Patansaongi in Saoner tahsil against construction of toll plaza at Patansaongi, on the National Highway No. 69, just 23 KMs away from the city, The petitioner has urged that the respondents have no authority under law to construct a Toll Plaza at Patansaongi, predominantly when they have not sought prior permission from the Gram Panchayat, Patansaongi. Particularly, when the respondents propose to construct an underground passage for operational use beneath the Toll Plaza likely to be set up at Patansaongi , which is a coalmine zone, they cannot be permitted to do so, without prior permission from the Western Coalfields Ltd. Further, setting up a Toll Plaza at Patansaongi , closely by the side of the National HIghway 69 would result in traffic congestion and increased vehicle-jams into possible mishaps. The petitioner has prayed for shifting and locating Toll Plaza at such a site ,which does not pose any risk, problem and inconvenience to any resident of the village. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang after hearing NHAI counsel granted permission to go ahead with toll plaza construction. NHAI stated that notification to make toll plaza functional ad operational is yet to be issued by competent authority. Petitioners counsel Mohit Khajanchi stated that NHAI had promised to install height barrier, but the area falls under the jurisdiction of public works department and hence it is necessary to join State PWD as party-respondent. The High Court then permitted the petitioner to join Executive Engineer of PWD Division-II and issued notice to newly added respondent with a direction to file reply within three weeks.

During last hearing, NHAI claimed that shifting of toll plaza was not possible, but to avoid inconvenience to villagers, they would erect height barrier to stop traffic of heavy and over-loaded vehicles. NHAI also offered to issue a monthly pass to villagers residing within 20 km vicinity.

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HC’s notice on PIL against District Collector ignoring first inquiry report in implementing NREGA Scheme

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Union and State governments - to show cause in four weeks in reply to the public interest... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have issued notice to the respondents - Union and State governments - to show cause in four weeks in reply to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by noted social activist in the city Umesh Choube.

According to the PIL, Nagpur District Collector is not right in holding second inquiry into the much-faulty and full of illegal and irregular implementation of the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREGA) scheme, ignoring the report of earlier Committee constituted by Government of Maharashtra. The petitioner has pointed out that instead of acting upon the report already available for the purpose of taking action against the culprit officials, the Collector is not right in undertaking another inquiry with a view to safeguard his own and other officials’ interests. The respondents joined to the petition are Union Rural Development Secretary, State’s Principal Secretary, Water Conservation and Planning, Divisional Commissioner, Collector, Nagpur, Tehsildars of Umred and Bhiwapur; Pravin Darade, then Collector and the Chairman, NIT at present; R N Rai of Social Forestry Circle; S S Patil and P B Kottewar of Social Forestry Division; Plantation Officer, Abdul Salam; D C Chakole and Shraddha Jaiswal Plantation Officers; G N Khapekar, Shobharam Motghare, Sanjay Dhiwre, Dilip Sawarkar, Pramod Bhusari and 8 other officers. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. Assistant SGI S K Mishra (Central Government) and In-charge Govt Pleader Bharati Dangre (State) represented respondents.

HC raps State Govt for protecting Bezonbagh PU land encroachers Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday rapped State Government and authorities for not initiating action against encroachers who grabbed public utility land of Bezonbagh society spread over 80 acres. The land was allotted to Empress Mills workers in North Nagpur.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Atmaram Uke and four others, expressed displeasure over the fact that its earlier orders about removal of encroachment were not complied with. In this petition, the High Court had ordered Divisional Commissioner to conduct a survey of Bezonbag land and encroachment, then NMC and District Administration was asked to remove encroachment. Later, the Government and some of the intervenors claimed that their plots can be regularised by the Government as they were genuine allottees and descendants of Empress Mill workers.

According to Adv Firdos Mirza appearing for petitioner, Addtl Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshtriya in his affidavit had promised to remove encroachments within 2 months. But nothing has been done. Entire machinery is working to save encroachment made by a powerful leader of ruling party who is Cabinet minister in present dispensation. Meanwhile in another petition filed by Bezonbagh Mahila Action Committee it was alleged that due to encroachments road-width of 80 feet wide road has shrinked to 40 ft and at same places it is 60 ft. The High Court then issued notice to Urban Development Department, city survey, NMC and NIT asking them to file reply within three weeks. According to petitioner committee, wide road from Jaripatka to Pagalkhana which passes through Barakholi area, has been reduced to mere lane due to encroachment and inability of authorites to shoo away land grabbers.

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Illicit liquor worth Rs 80,280 seized

CRIME Branch officers seized illicit liquor worth Rs 80,280 and booked five persons in this connection. The accused have been identified as Raju Ramlal Mohankar (Koradi), Sanjay Lallu Nayak (Te... Read More
CRIME Branch officers seized illicit liquor worth Rs 80,280 and booked five persons in this connection. The accused have been identified as Raju Ramlal Mohankar (Koradi), Sanjay Lallu Nayak (Tehsil), Rajshree Vijay Gajbhiye (Bhivsankhori), Pintu Rajesh Shahu (Lakadganj) and Mukesh Shelotkar (Yashodhara Nagar). Crime Branch officers initiated the action as per the instructions of Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police Police Sanjay Saxena and Additional CP(Crime) Sunil Kolhe.

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Surrendered Naxals to cast vote in Gadchiroli

About 62 surrendered naxalites would exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls in Maharashtra in Gadchiroli district on April 10. This marks a major turn around as one when they were... Read More
About 62 surrendered naxalites would exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls in Maharashtra in Gadchiroli district on April 10. This marks a major turn around as one when they were on other side of law these same persons did not believe in democracy. Now that these surrendered outlaws have decided to cast their votes marks a major victory for democracy. These naxalites expressed their desire to participate in elections to Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, Suvez Haq, and police machinery then made arrangements with Election Commission to provide them i-cards.

The State administration is elated at the decision of these reforms naxals to participate in the election process. These persons were active in various dalams for about 15-20 years but later realised its futility. Also they were unable to understand achievement of red movement which killed tribals in whose interest the leadership talks of capturing power through revolution. A number of youth who had taken to naxalism are leaving the movement because of reasons of health, fear of death, suppression of their rights etc. Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency goes to polls on April 10 and this area is marked sensitive owing to naxal presence in large numbers. The naxals have directed tribals to boycott the elections. Therefore against this background the decision of ex-naxalites to participate in democratic process is a sure success of peace moves.

The police administration has asked voters to exercise their franchise without fear and said they will be provided through security for process of voting. The administration has also put-up banners in entire district appealing people to participate in the election process.

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Impostors rob two persons of Rs two lakh in separate cases

POSING as police and vigilance officers, tricksters looted gold ornaments worth Rs two lakh from two persons, including an elderly woman, in Imambada and Ganeshpeth areas on Wednesday morning.<... Read More
POSING as police and vigilance officers, tricksters looted gold ornaments worth Rs two lakh from two persons, including an elderly woman, in Imambada and Ganeshpeth areas on Wednesday morning.

Jija Devendra Gharde (61), a resident of Plot No 21 ( MIG), Housing Colony, Vakilpeth,was returning home after depositing money in her account at Central Bank of India. Near Priya Bar & Restaurant at Reshimbag Chowk, three men accosted her. Posing as a policeman, he asked her to keep the gold ornaments inside her bag. When she removed the gold ornaments worth Rs 1.85 lakh worn by her and kept in a bag, the tricksters diverted her attention and decamped with the ornaments. On the basis of Jija Gharde’s complaint, Imambada Police registered a case under Sections 170, 420 and 34 of the IPC. In another incident, three tricksters looted two gold rings worth Rs 15,000/- from a resident of Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) near Geeta Mandir on Subhash Road by posing as vigilance officers.

Around 11.30 am, L Ramallu L A Swami (58), a resident of House No 20, Annapurna Colony, Ward No 39, near Ganesh Middle School, Bilaspur, was on way to Railway Station from Gandhisagar.One of the three tricksters approached him. Introducing himself as a vigilance officer, he told Swami that it was dangerous to wear gold ornaments during election period. he asked him to remove the gold rings worn by him and keep them inside.

The trickster then diverted his attention and took away the gold rings. Ganeshpeth Police started investigations after registering a case under Sections 419 and 420 of the IPC.

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‘It is shameful that mafias, anti-social elements are allowed to act freely in MP’

AICC Observer for State Mohan Prakash said it is shameful for the State where goons, mafias and anti-social elements are allowed to act freely and under alleged protection of head of the State,... Read More
AICC Observer for State Mohan Prakash said it is shameful for the State where goons, mafias and anti-social elements are allowed to act freely and under alleged protection of head of the State, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday. He said such practice is unhealthy and dangerous for democracy. Prakash alleged that BJP is using such tactics and misusing government machinery to win Lok Sabha elections. Prakash said BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi always defame Gandhi family by making false claims in public but the truth is that many BJP ministers are involved in corrupt practices.

Commenting on Congress manifesto, he said Sankalp Patra of the party speaks for inclusive growth for every section of the society and not changed since 1952 from the first Manifesto till date. He said Right To Information, Right to Food and now we pledge to introduce Right to Employment, Right to Health etc if we come to power for third time, added Prakash. He said BJP used to change Manifesto each time, now they it has taken the issue of construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya that within framework of the constitution.

He said we have made complaint to Central Election Commission and Police administration for playing biased approach towards the BJP. Congress candidate Vivek Tankha on the occasion said it was shameful day in a democratic country, where MLA’s son after making life threatening attack on Congress workers are roaming freely. He alleged that District Administrative Officer and State Police Officials have adopted biased approach in favour of BJP MLA Pratibha Singh’s son Golu Singh, responsible for firing at Congress workers doing peaceful campaign at Mankedi. Tankha said he had repeatedly made phone calls to District Collector and Superintendent of Police that Bargi Assembly Constituency is a sensitive area and more police and other forces should be deployed to maintain law and order since last six days. When he was on his way to Sihora for election campaign, he received a call from the Congress worker Ajay Singh Thakur that BJP MLA Pratibha Singh’s son Golu had stopped him from campaigning. After 10 minutes, some Congress workers informed that Golu had fire gunshots injuring five Congress workers.

About two hours before the incident he had informed the SP and Collector of possible untoward incident, they both assured that there is enough police force, they would organized flag march. But after the incident occurred, he called the DGP, SP and District Collector, they only sent one SHO and other police just for the sake of cheap publicity, even the SHO does not dare to take action against the MLA son who had committed various non bail able offences roaming freely and threaten people not to vote for Congress.

Such extreme autocracy, pressuring tactics against common people or any other party in the democracy pattern would not be allowed, added Tankha and said BJP always claimed that it has respect for women, but BJP MLA, Anchal Sonkar had recently abused a trainee lady police officer at public place which she was doing her duty.

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BJP workers, supporters put best foot forward to woo all on last day

APPEALING voters to support Bharatiya Janata Party Lok Sabha candidate from Jabalpur seat Rakesh Singh on April 10, public representatives of BJP, party workers and office-bearers of different fr... Read More
APPEALING voters to support Bharatiya Janata Party Lok Sabha candidate from Jabalpur seat Rakesh Singh on April 10, public representatives of BJP, party workers and office-bearers of different fronts, cells and morchas carried out public contact in their respective areas. In Adhartal Mandal a group of party workers led by Mala Singh, Kanti Rawat Mishra, Ragini Dixit, Meera Mishra, Murli Dubey< manish Agrahari, Subhash Shukla, Chitrakant Sharfma, Munna Jansanghi, Vimal Rai, Usman Ansari, Maqbool Ansari, Mahesh Rajput, Sushil Sahu, Bittu Rai, Santosh Raikwar and others conducted public contact in Anand Nagar, Raza Chowk, Milk Scheme and adjoining areas.

In Mukherji Mandal the BJP workers starting from Jhanda Chowk carried out extensive public contact drive to Chungi Chowki area. Eminent those who were present includes Yogendra Rajput, Jaipal Gogya, Narendra Verma, Sanjay Domar, Mukesh Birha, Tillu Nechlani, Mahendra Pasi, Anoop Paigwar, Hemraj Rajak, Yogesh Lokhande and others. At Deendayal Mandal, party workers led by former Mayor, Sadanand Godbole, Shankar Shrivastava, Roopram Patel, Rajesh Diwedi, Rajneesh Jain, Pawan Tiawri, Rameshwar Choudhary, Laxman Gupta and other appealed residents of Ranital, Baldeobagh, Ukharei, Sarvodaya Nagar, Yadav colony to support BJP by pressing button carrying Lotus symbol on the EVM.

In Milonigunj Mandal starting from Chote Phuhara area, a team of BJP workers carried out public contact in Saraf, Kotwali area. Appealing voters to support BJP Dilip Dubey, Ajay Tiwari, Shobhan Billiya, Rakesh Agraewal, Kungi Johri, Vinita Vajpayee, Indra Patel, Jaikumar Jain, Rahul Rajak and others apprised voters about development works done by Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh and State Government.

In Narmada Mandal the election campaigning started from Gorakhpur to Mahanadda, Madan Mahal square under the leadership of Sudhir Nayak, Rajendar Suryavanshi, Raghunath Yadav, Abilash Pandey, Kake Anand, Loveleen Anand, Sushil Choubey, Praveen Malhotra, Uma Vishwakarma, Meena Thakur, Malti Choudhary, Jai Chakrabarty, Dampu Gupta, Akilesh Tiwari, Suresh Pandey, Sanjay Nahatkar and others appealed votes to cast their vote in support of BJP to form a strong government in the centre under the leadership of BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate, Narendra Modi by casting their votes in support of Rakesh Singh.

In Garha Mandal the campaign starts from Pisanhari Ki Madhia to Gulaua Square, Garha area under the leadership of former MLA, Harendrajeet Singh accompanied by Rajesh Badagiyaan, Ajay Tiwari, Vinay Amlate, Vivek Agrawal, Abilash Pandey, Pradeep Patel, Mohit Choubey, Hement Sahu, Sangeeta Vishwakarma, Sushila Shukla, Santu Kapoor, Sanjay Tiwari, Dhanna Jain and large number of party workers appealed voters to support BJP on April 10.

In Cantonment Jabalpur Mandal of BJP, the public contact commenced from Sadar ward no 3 and continued in ward 4 and 5, Gorabazar area in ward no 2 and 6. The team of BJP workers was led by MLA Ashok Rohani. Eminent those who appealed voters to support BJP in Lok Sabha elections includes Rinku Viz, Mickle Kapoor, Anshuman Shukla, Dharmendra Kushwaha, Dilip Rajak, Meenu Agrawal, Sunder Agrawal, Trishna Chatergi, Lata Rajak, Jagdish Agrawal, Anil Bavaria, Pranav Awasthi, Sanjay Kapoor and others.

In Ranjhi Mandal, BJP workers commenced public contact from Raza Chowk and in different areas of Ranjhi suburb led by Ashok Rohani, MLA appealed voters to support BJP by casting vote in support of Rakesh Singh. He was accompanied by Santosh Ghaghare, Rajesh Mishra, Rajesh Bhatia, Harish Pujabi, Prabha Shankar Kushwaha, Damodar Soni and others.

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Commuters to face tough time during polls

PASSENGERS are facing tough time to reach their destinations due to unavailability of buses for next two days of elections. District Election Office has acquired a total of 350 buses, including... Read More
PASSENGERS are facing tough time to reach their destinations due to unavailability of buses for next two days of elections. District Election Office has acquired a total of 350 buses, including 227 big buses and 123 mini buses have been acquired for transportation of polling teams for general elections-2013. It is also a tough time for players who are regularly conducted their practice at Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla Stadium, Wright Town, as all the vehicles procured for transportation of polling teams have been parked inside the stadium. The stadium remained jam-packed with parking of vehicles.

Besides this, route from Prem Mandir, Wright Town, towards MLA School is also blocked due to parking of buses on election duty. Along with buses, a total of 26 tractors, one motor boat and two boats have been acquired by the District Election Office for transportation of polling parties at polling booths situated in remote locations in Bargi, Patan and Sihora Assembly constituencies. Following acquisition of buses, bus stands at city, medical college and Damoh Naka areas remained empty and many passengers were witnessed running here and there for buses to reach their destinations.

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Man kills two-month-old son over petty argument with wife

IN A spine-chilling incident, a cruel man threw his two-month-old child and killed him over an argument with his wife in his house situated in Sharda Nagar area under jurisdiction of Madhotal pol... Read More
IN A spine-chilling incident, a cruel man threw his two-month-old child and killed him over an argument with his wife in his house situated in Sharda Nagar area under jurisdiction of Madhotal police station. The accused took away body of the child and buried it at his native place in Rehli in Sagar. Taking prompt action in the case, police apprehended the accused and took out body of the child for post-mortem. The accused has been identified as Ramkishore Soni. SHO of Madhotal police station, Shabana Parvez informed that on April 6, Priyanka Rajak (20), resident of Sharda Nagar and native of Rehli in Sagar district, filed a complaint that she lived with her husband at a rented house in Sharda Nagar area. Priyanka informed that she gave birth to a boy two months back at Elgin Hospital who was very weak and was undergoing treatment. She informed that, her husband has illicit relations with his aunty who regularly visited the house. On April 5, when she returned home from Karmeta area, she witnessed her husband lying on bed with his aunty. When she objected to this, Ramkishore started arguing with her. In the evening, when she was feeding milk to her child, Ramkishore snatched the child from her and threw him on iron bed. She immediately picked him up but he fell unconscious. Ramkishore immediately took the child to hospital and returned after an hour. Thereafter, Ramkishore left her at house of his aunty and took the child to Rehli and returned after burying him. He threatened his wife not to disclose the incident to anyone or he will kill her too. Meanwhile, her parents reached the house and she disclosed the incident. She reached at Madhotal police station and registered a complaint against her husband. Acting promptly on the complaint, police registered a case against the accused under Section 302 and 201 of IPC and succeeded in apprehending the accused.

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BSP employee crushed under loco near Blast Furnace

IN A fatal mishap in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) on Tuesday evening, a BSP employee was run over by the loco near Blast Furnace-7. While denouncing the mishap, the labour unions’ leaders p... Read More
IN A fatal mishap in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) on Tuesday evening, a BSP employee was run over by the loco near Blast Furnace-7. While denouncing the mishap, the labour unions’ leaders pressed demands for high level enquiry in the mishap and stern action against the person responsible for mishap. Police sources informed that the deceased BSP employee was identified as Heeralal. The police said that at about 8 pm on Tuesday, Heeralal was working in Blast Furnace-7 when he was run over under a speeding loco. The police recorded the unnatural death and are further investigating the matter. Talking to the newspaper, S M Pandey, General Secretary, Steel Employees Union (INTUC) told the newspaper that Heeralal, the BSP employee of Transport and Diesel (T&D) Organization of BSP was the part of shunting staff and was run over by a speeding loco near the crossover of blast furnace station in Blast Furnace-7 on Tuesday evening. He demanded high level enquiry in the mishap and stern action against the person, responsible for the mishap within a fortnight. Contacting the newspaper, Hindustan Steel Employees Union (CITU) leaders stated that they would assemble near the office of General Manager, T&D, BSP and inspect the spot to ascertain the cause behind the mishap, and find out the lack of safety measures at this location, in context of the BSP employees. When contacted, Public Relation Department, BSP informed that the mishap occurred during shunting of empty ladles by loco. BSP management would conduct the enquiry and initiate further action in the matter accordingly, and also grant the justified compensation as per rules to the family members of Heeralal, the victim BSP employee.

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Woman’s body found at construction site

Sensation prevailed in Tatibandh locality of Capital Raipur on Tuesday morning, when locals found a bare body of woman inside an under-construction building site of Raipur Development Authority (... Read More
Sensation prevailed in Tatibandh locality of Capital Raipur on Tuesday morning, when locals found a bare body of woman inside an under-construction building site of Raipur Development Authority (RDA), situated on Durg-Bhilai road. Prima-facie investigation says it is a case of homicide, even as whispers grew louder that the woman was allegedly subjected to sexual torture before being murdered in cold blood. However, there was no official confirmation by to corroborate the rape and murder theory.

According to police sources, Police Control Room (PCR) was given telephonic information by some locals that they have spotted the body of a naked unidentified woman inside one of the rooms of RDA development construction site in Tatibandh. Based on the information, a team from Amanaka police station was rushed to the crime scene just to find the victim’s nude body and her broken bangles shattered nearby.

Albeit there was no corroboration by police investigators, it was suspected that the accused could have criminally assaulted the woman before killing her. In the meantime, a huge crowd from nearby areas reached the scene no sooner the news spread that police have found a naked woman’s body, even as the investigators despite their all primary efforts failed to identify the deceased.

Amanakar police investigator Rakesh Bhoi later told the media that they have found a piece of cloth (gamcha) around the deceased’s woman neck. “The exact cause of woman’s death could be now ascertain only after a full autopsy report of her received by police,” he added.

Local residents attributed the that under-construction building of RDA has been into ruins for past many years and often these places are frequented by anti-social elements. Just few days ago, according to some frightened locals, they spotted gathering of some people inside one the under-construction building rooms. In the meantime, the woman’s body recovery has panicked the people in Tatibandh and areas in the vicinity as they alleged that patrolling team from local police station hardly bothers to look into these abandoned concrete structures serving as den for various criminal activities.

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LS polls may delay declaration of CGBSE results

Unlike previous results of Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE), CGBSE class XII and X results 2014 will be delayed by a week. The only reason behind the delay in declaration of resu... Read More
Unlike previous results of Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE), CGBSE class XII and X results 2014 will be delayed by a week. The only reason behind the delay in declaration of results is Lok Sabha elections. Usually, Class XII results are announced by April 30 followed by the Class X annual results in the first or second week of May.

But the Lok Sabha poll has made it difficult for the CGPEB officials to meet the deadline this year, said Deputy Secretary Arti Wasnik. The evaluation of Class XII answer sheets is expected to be completed by April 14 and it will take another two-three weeks to complete other formalities. “We are trying to minimise errors in the results and thus it will not be in the interest of students if we make hurry and commit mistakes. Class XII results will be out First week of May,” said the Deputy Secretary.

She further said that the valuation of answer sheets of class X will start after the evaluation of class XII. So it is not possible for the Board to declare results of class X before the counting of votes scheduled to be held on May 16. “As the results of class X holds less importance than Class XII, our focus now is on class XII results,” she said. When asked if the Board had inadequate evaluators, the Deputy Secretary said there was no such matter.

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BJP Star campaigners to be in State soon

Galaxy of Bharatiya Janata Party National and State leaders are descending in Chhattisgarh for campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. Accordingly the programme schedules for star campaigners of... Read More
Galaxy of Bharatiya Janata Party National and State leaders are descending in Chhattisgarh for campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. Accordingly the programme schedules for star campaigners of BJP are being finalized. As per the schedule received till now, BJP Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing election public meetings in the State on April 11. Similarly, the programmes for BJP National President Rajnath Singh and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj are also been chalked out.

BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi will be canvassing for the party candidates during second and third phase of polling in the state. Modi will address a mega public meeting on April 11 at Dhamtari in Mahasamund. Polling will be held in Mahasamund on April 17. After addressing political meeting at Bhubhaneshwar, Modi will reach Raipur at 2.40pm and proceed by helicopter and reach Rudri in Dhamtari at 3pm. After completing his public meeting, Modi will return to Raipur by helicopter and proceed for Ahmedabad at 5pm. Bharatiya Janata Party National President Rajnath Singh will be addressing public meeting at Janjgir and Rajnandgaon on April 10. The BJP National President will be addressing public meeting at Pamgarh in Janjgir and then proceed to Khairagarh in Rajnadgaon Lok Sabha. He will be addressing a mega public meeting at 2.45 pm in favour of BJP candidate Abhishek Singh. The final scheduling is being finalized by the state leadership. Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj will also be visiting Chhattisgarh for addressing public meetings in April 17.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will be on whirlwind tour of Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency on April 10. Starting from addressing public meeting at village Magchuwa in Dondi Lohara, he will proceed to village Chilhati in Khujji Assembly segment where he will address a public meeting at 3pm. Thereafter, he will proceed to village Mohara in Dongargarh, where he will address an election public meeting at 4pm. On April 12, the Chief Minister will address public meetings at Deobhog at 3pm and in Bagbahara at 4.30 pm in Mahasamund Lok Sabha.

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C’garh Cong constitutes election committee for Satyanarayan Sharma

Chhattisgarh Congress has constituted election campaign committee for Satyanarayan Sharma, who is party’s official candidate from Raipur parliamentary constituency. Chhaya Verma, who herself admi... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress has constituted election campaign committee for Satyanarayan Sharma, who is party’s official candidate from Raipur parliamentary constituency. Chhaya Verma, who herself admitted of being upset at her candidature being canceled from this seat also figures in the list of campaign committee members. Party spokesperson Jaswant Claudius informed that CPCC General Secretary Abdul Hamid Hayat has been made Chief Office Coordinator while program coordination would be overseen by Inderchand Dhariwal, Madan Taleda, Niranjan Haritwal and Suresh Shukla. Also, state Congress office-bearers Rajesh Bissa, Hasan Khan, Jaswant Claudius, Sanjay Thakur and Sheikh Shakeel have been assigned to media department of Satyanarayan Sharma’ campaign committee. Prominent Congress leaders including Dhanendra Sahu, Mohammed Akbar, Swarupchand Jain, Janak Ram Verma, Pratibha Pandey, Mahant Ram Sunder Das, Tarun Chatterjee, Radheshyam Sharma, Rajkamal Singhania, Ramesh Warlyani, Ramlal Bhardwaj, Rajendra Tiwari, Subhash Sharma, Santosh Agrawal, Rudrakumar Guru, Chaitram Sahu, Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak, Vikas Upadhyay, Anita Sharma have been included as members of the campaign committee.

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Colossal wave in favour of Narendra Modi is flowing all over country: Dr Singh

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has vehemently denied the charges that the Bharatiya Janata Party is providing backdoor assistance to former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Mahasamund Lo... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has vehemently denied the charges that the Bharatiya Janata Party is providing backdoor assistance to former Chief Minister and Congress candidate from Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency to win elections as a part of an alleged concordat. He also vehemently denied that any assistance was taken from Jogi during recently held Assembly elections and that all possible efforts will be done in order to ensure the win of BJP candidate from Mahasamund Chandulal Sahu. While answering queries from the media persons at Jagdalpur at a press conference before initiating his whirlwind tour of Naxal violence torn Bastar Parliamentary constituency, the Chief Minister said a colossal wave in favour of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is flowing all over the country. He said that the BJP led NDA government will come to power after the Lok Sabha elections by gaining more than 272 seats. In this direction, the party will register win with huge margins in all the 11 seats from Chhattisgarh. He said according to a feedback, BJP led NDA will be winning more than 292 seats.

He said during Lok Sabha elections, he had toured many places including Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra as campaigner of the party and at every place the party is in a better position. Answering a query where he was asked that Chhattisgarh was behind as per survey, the Chief Minister said the situation now has improved and the party will win all 11 seats.

While discussing on BJP’s Election Manifesto, the Chief Minister said the manifesto has been prepared keeping development in mind and there are numerous schemes and plans for the upliftment of poor and farmers, for generating employment opportunities and improvement of economy. The manifesto is based on One India, Superlative India and Inclusive Development. He said after BJP constituted government in the state for the third consecutive time, it implemented all the schemes which were promised in the election manifesto during Assembly elections within 60 days.

Speaking on Naxalism, the Chief Minister said if BJP led NDA government comes to power, not only development in Chhattisgarh will expedite but the major problem Naxalism will be dealt after extensive discussion and in coordination from all Naxal infested states. He said development works in Naxal infested areas are being completed successfully. He said though security forces are less during this elections but it is enough to conduct peaceful elections. He said he was certain that alike Assembly election, the percentage voting in Lok Sabha elections will also increase and surpass 70-80 percent mark.

Regarding purchase of forest produce under support price, the Chief Minister said difficulty has been arising due to imposition of Model Code of Election Conduct but will be initiated from the current season. Regarding construction of Ram Mandir, the Chief Minister said commitment has been made that it will be constructed without violating the provisions of Constitution.

Present on the occasion were BJP candidate for Bastar Dinesh Kashyap, Kamalchandra Bhanjdeo, Santosh Bafna, and other local leaders.

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Two, including girl, attempt theft at SBI, Hamidia road

In a bid to make away with some important things, two unidentified people, including a girl, with covered faces barged into State Bank of India (SBI) located at Hamidia road under Hanumanganj pol... Read More
In a bid to make away with some important things, two unidentified people, including a girl, with covered faces barged into State Bank of India (SBI) located at Hamidia road under Hanumanganj police station in the wee hours of Tuesday. However, they could not succeed in their ill-intention so far. They sneaked into bank by cutting grills of the window. Their theft-attempt came into light only after the branch manager reached bank after some hours they fled from there. Seeing the documents scattered in the office, the bank manager called up the police with no delay.

Subsequently, senior police personnel including CSP Hanumanganj reached the spot. Police said that the complainant Abhay Mishra, branch manager of SBI first informed the police in this regard. In his complaint, Mishra told the police that at around 11 am on Tuesday he reached the bank. On reaching there he spotted that unidentified persons have snaked into the closed bank with intention to commit theft. As the footages of CCTV camera showed, a youth and a girl with covered faces sneaked into the bank in between 5 and 6 am on Tuesday.

They tried to open the locker of bank using duplicate keys but failed to open it. Later, they also tried to open the cabin of branch manager. But, interestingly, they didn’t touch rifles and expensive laptops kept in the bank which indicated that they sneaked into bank in search of any crucial document. Following the complaint of the manager, Hanumanganj police have registered a case under Section 457 of the IPC against both unidentified accused. Police started further investigation into matter. However, the police failed to ascertain their identities as well as their motive behind sneaking into bank, till the filing of the report.

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Campaigning gains momentum in city

The campaigning of political parties in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat is becoming intense. Candidates are doing hectic campaigning to seek votes and public support. BJP candidate Alok Sanjar and Congress... Read More
The campaigning of political parties in Bhopal Lok Sabha seat is becoming intense. Candidates are doing hectic campaigning to seek votes and public support. BJP candidate Alok Sanjar and Congress candidate PC Sharma have visited various parts of the constituency to seek blessings of people. Alok Sanjar had done intense campaigning in Kolar slum area. Later, he was accompanied by local MLA Rameshwar Sharma, had done campaigning in parts of Huzur Assembly constituency such as Ratibad, Mungalia Chaap, Mundla, Nathu Berkheda. Sanjar was received with great warmth by people at every place. They garlanded him and assured to support him. Sanjar had also visited Ram Mandir in Sabzi Mandi and Jehangirabad based Kali Mandir. He worshipped and prayed for his victory. Congress candidate PC Sharma visited various temples and attended rituals performed on the occasion of Ram Navmi. He visited temples including Ram temple of Ravi Shankar Nagar.

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Katare demands removal of Jabalpur Collector, IG, SP

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Satyadev Katare has demanded immediate removal of Jabalpur Collector, Inspector General and Superintendent of Police in the wake of Monday’s incident in whi... Read More
Leader of Opposition in Assembly Satyadev Katare has demanded immediate removal of Jabalpur Collector, Inspector General and Superintendent of Police in the wake of Monday’s incident in which BJP MLA’s son had opened fire against some Congress workers. Demanding registration of case against BJP MLA Pratibha Singh under Section 120B, Satyadev Katare alleged that complaints of Congress regarding violation of model code of conduct are being not entertained by election commission and it looks that officers posted in maximum districts are working for BJP. In this regard, Congress is going to lodge complaint with Election Commission in New Delhi. Addressing a press conference at Congress office, Satyadev Katare expressed deep concern over firing incident of Jabalpur. He said that Congress was regularly making complaints about the happenings taking place in Jabalpur. Party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Jabalpur Vivek Tankha had himself spoken to DGP and informed him about the abnormal things happening in Jabalpur. But no cognisance was taken. If cognisance had been taken then firing incident in which some Congress workers have been injured could have been averted.

He claimed that Election Commission is not taking cognisance of complaints being made by Congress in connection with violation of model code of conduct. He even alleged that it seems that officers posted in districts are working for BJP and in this situation fair polling could not be imagined. In this regard, Congress is going to lodge complaint with Election Commission in New Delhi. Lambasting Raisen Collector, he said that this Collector had even threatened to cancel the nomination of Congress candidate.

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AAP’s Khandwa LS candidate Alok Agrawal gets national leaders’ backing

Narmada Bachao Andolan activist and one of the strongest candidates of AAP from Khandwa, Alok Agrawal is likely to get support from the national AAP team for campaigning. Subsequent to the supp... Read More
Narmada Bachao Andolan activist and one of the strongest candidates of AAP from Khandwa, Alok Agrawal is likely to get support from the national AAP team for campaigning. Subsequent to the support received by award winning RTI activists from Gujarat Charul and Vinay, who were present in Khandwa for Nukkad Natak campaigning which concluded on Tuesday, the pressure for national AAP team members like Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan is mounting.

Alok Agrawal, candidate of AAP from Khandwa, is one of the poorest candidate who has filed his nomination worth declaring assets of Rs 12,871. Besides, when it comes to support from national AAP star campaigners the Madhya Pradesh candidates are yet to get much needed support and even for adequate infrastructures the struggle like receipt vouchers is being felt by volunteers in some regions including Bhopal.

Chitrupa Palit, Spokesperson of AAP, Khadwa, said that dates of the visit of national team members are not confirmed especially for Arvind Kejriwal but it is likely that Prashant Bhushan is likely to visit on April 18. On asking whether absence of national level star campaigners in the rally is affecting the campaigning she said that the street plays and dramas are very effective mode and we are able to reach to the villagers better through this. The AAP party wing from Khandwa has claimed earlier that the party has enrolled 3.5 lakh members recently other than the online members. Charul and Vinay represents Loknaad team which use street plays, music to highlight the plight of the marginalised group of society and issues of pastrol communities shepherds, fisher folk, construction works, migrant labourer etc. They have received national and international awards for their work. In the three days campaign through street plays the issues of BPL card issues and villager level matter were brought to light. The team is known for nukkad natak and raising awareness in the rural folk for their rights and their presence has boosted up the campaigning strategy in the region, she added.

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Youth’s punch which led to death of a cop was show off for his girl friend; arrested: Police

After running from pillar to post in murder case of a police constable, who died after being punched at Habibganj Railway Station on March 25, Habibganj GRP on Tuesday finally claimed to have arr... Read More
After running from pillar to post in murder case of a police constable, who died after being punched at Habibganj Railway Station on March 25, Habibganj GRP on Tuesday finally claimed to have arrested the killer.

The accused youth whose punch led the death of the constable had just punched the victim constable to show off before his female friend. Traffic cop Sushil Kumar, 22, hailing from Datia, was getting off Punjab Mail Express at Habibganj station on the day when he clashed with accused youth Sudhir Mohale, 30, resident of Banapur, Hoshangabad. Accused Mohal was getting his female friend of her birth while the clash took place. When Sushil resisted him, accused Mohale had punched on the face of Sushil and the latter fell unconsciousness. With no delay, he was rushed to a private hospital where he breathed his last. Habibganj GRP station SHO DK Joshi told ‘The Hitavada’ that it was very complicated case that there was no CCTV footages to establish identity of the killer. Around 250 up-downers were questioned after which the police could detain the female friend of the accused.

However, earlier she denied for having any link with the accused but, later she confessed that she was along with him that day when the incident took place, Joshi added. Going through her information, the police also arrested the accused named Sudhir Mohale from Hoshangabad. The accused used to run a stationery shop at Seoni.

Days ago the incident took place; Mohale came to city along with his female friend and stayed at a hotel with her. On being asked whether the police were having sufficient evidences against the accused to watertight the case, Joshi replied in positive. He said that there was an eyewitness who saw all happenings that day at railway station and would record his statement in the court against the accused so far. On Wednesday, the police would produce the accused in the court and would ask for his police remand to collect more evidences to watertight the case.

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Prabhat Jha takes dig at Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare

National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party Prabhat Jha has taken a dig at Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare and said that it is due to Katare that leaders are leaving Congress and joining... Read More
National Vice President of Bharatiya Janata Party Prabhat Jha has taken a dig at Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare and said that it is due to Katare that leaders are leaving Congress and joining BJP. He said that poaching Congress MLAs is part of strategy to win maximum Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. Jha was doing informal meeting with media persons at BJP headquarters on Tuesday. Jha said that no one likes Satyadev Katare in Congress and this is the reason that Congress leaders like MLA Narayan Tripathi are coming in BJP. Making a sarcastic comment on Katare, he said who knows that one day Katare may come up along with application to join BJP.

Speaking about exodus in Congress, he said that when an elected representative leaves then the situation of that particular party could be easily imagined. He claimed that as of now Congress is a party divided in groups. He also said that luring Congress leaders is a strategy of BJP to achieve mission 29 in State. He also stated that anyone can join BJP and there is an open invitation to them. This is probably for the first time that Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare is on the target of Prabha Jha.

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Cong MLA Narayan Tripathi joins BJP

Congress is continuously suffering jolt one after another. In a fresh blow, Congress MLA from Maihar, Narayan Tripathi joined BJP on Tuesday. Narayan Tripathi is the third Congress MLA who had swit... Read More
Congress is continuously suffering jolt one after another. In a fresh blow, Congress MLA from Maihar, Narayan Tripathi joined BJP on Tuesday. Narayan Tripathi is the third Congress MLA who had switched over to BJP in this election season. Congress is finding itself helpless as far as exodus of its leaders to BJP is concerned. Narayan Tripathi joined BJP in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Satna. Tripathi assured that he would strengthen BJP in the constituency and would ensure victory to BJP candidate from Satna Ganesh Singh. This political development has come as another shocker to Congress. Some days back, Congress MLA from Jatara (Tikamgarh) Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar had taken up BJP membership. Before Ahirwar, it was Congress MLA from Vijayraghogarh (Katni) who had changed his loyalty and moved to BJP. The first major shock had come to Congress when it’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhind, Dr Bhagirath Prasad joined BJP. Now he is fighting election Congress from the same seat. The exodus of leaders one after another has left senior Congress leaders perplexed. They are in a state of confusion that what is happening in their party and how the brain drain could be contained. Somewhere state Congress President Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare are coming under the fire of criticism for not being able to keep house in order. When media persons asked question to Satyadev Katare over Narayan Tripathi issue, he said that till last night, Tripathi was doing campaigning in favour of party in Satna and asking votes for party candidate. What happened between night and morning is a question of surprise. However, no one can stop the person who had made up mind to leave. He added that rival party BJP is doing a new kind of politics which would have far reaching consequences and people would definitely give apt reply to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this regard. But one thing is clear that as far as question related to poaching of leaders of rival parties are concerned BJP is ahead. Now people have started speaking that who is next Congress leader going to BJP?. BJP had been continuously claiming that it wants to make state as Congress less state and whether luring of Congress leaders is a game plan of BJP in this regard.

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Shabby BHEL township likely to be improved soon

THE condition of the houses in BHEL township is likely to improve with time since the 60-year-old houses cannot be given new shape. The plan that the BHEL administration had prepared to construct t... Read More
THE condition of the houses in BHEL township is likely to improve with time since the 60-year-old houses cannot be given new shape. The plan that the BHEL administration had prepared to construct two houses as model house has been sidelined since it comprised of remarkable expenditure without any hope that the condition of the house will see any improvement. Many decisions were taken keeping in view the shabby conditions of the houses during the meeting of BHEL advisory committee recently. It is worth mentioning that with the constriction of BHEL factory as soon as the recruitment started nearly 250 TRT accommodations were made which were made of temporary shades. The township was later developed and the houses were constructed for 11,813 employees and officers. Similarly the accommodations were constructed for 160 CISF personnel. The most number of accommodations were the small 8182 A type accommodations. During that time the number of employees was more than 15,000 and thus many accommodations were allotted to 2 employees, since this being the best township of the state capital at that time it had its craze among the residents of the state capital. 214 B type houses were made for supervisor and officers 716 C type and 116 D type houses were also constructed. As of now, the houses in the worst condition are the ‘A’ type accommodations most of which have turned to ruins. The ones which still left are being restored however according to the employees it is just the waste of money. The employees are suggesting that instead of spending Rs.29 crore on repairing the ruined houses that cannot be repaired new houses and accommodations should be constructed instead.

During the meeting of urban advisory committee it was decided that during the house allotment, the salary should not be cut from the beneficiary employee till the time the employee himself does not gives the ‘satisfied’ certificate and starts living in it. Moreover, the allotment of the houses will be done to the employees only after the repairing work is completed. Also, for the sake of the allottee, he will give his approval only after seeing the accommodation and the house to his satisfaction. The list of hazardous and dangerous houses will be prepared. The residents of the area have also expressed outrage on the sewage problem of the township. Moreover, some of the retired employees of BHEL have given their accommodations on rent, investigations should be carried out in that case.

During the meeting the proposal of construction of multi storied building instead of old houses could not get the approval. On record there are still 11813 houses available for allotment despite the fact that more than half of them are in ruins now. Despite spending Rs.29 crore on the up keeping and repairing the condition of the township has not improved over time. The final say and the power to affirm whether or not the house is worth living have been given to the allottee. From now on the members of the urban advisory committee will keep keen eye on the sewage and house repairing works.

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Over 4.8 crore people to cast vote from across Madhya Pradesh

IN THE 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State, 4,80,91,624 voters will cast their votes. These include, 2,52,89,978 males, 2,28,00,592 females and 1,054 other voters. Number of young voters i... Read More
IN THE 29 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State, 4,80,91,624 voters will cast their votes. These include, 2,52,89,978 males, 2,28,00,592 females and 1,054 other voters. Number of young voters is maximum among voters int the State. The number of voters turning 18 years of age as on January 1, 2014, and from 18 upto the age of 29 is 1,64,75,859 who will exercise their franchise on April 10, 17 and 24. This 34.26 per cent of total number of voters in the state. The number of voters in the age group of 18-19 years is 16,43,741 and 20-29 years 1,48,32,118 which is 3.42 per cent and 30.84 per cent, respectively. Maximum 83,719 voters of 18-19 age are in Khargone Parliamentary constituency. These include 43,771 males, 39,946 females and 2 other voters and lowest number 35,532 voters of this age group in Jabalpur include 21,329 males and 14,203 females voters. Among other Parliamentary constituencies in the state, Morena has 51,252, Bhind 39,754, Gwalior 63,560, Guna 63,922, Sagar 58,260, Tikamgarh 46,259, Damoh 45,837, Khajuraho 59,505, Satna 40,726, Rewa 44,924, Sidhi 66,820, Shahdol 48,791, Mandla 56,421, Balaghat 57,126, Chhindwara 50,851, Hoshangabad 42,891, Vidisha 66,429, Bhopal 58,535, Rajgarh 68,987, Dewas 66,897, Ujjain 47,740, Mandsaur 53,394, Ratlam 71,985, Dhar 73,879, Indore 98,335, Khandwa 61,336 and Betual has 60,074 voters in the 18-19 age group. 20-29 age group

In the 20 to 29 age group, Morena Parliamentary constituency has maximum 6,23,816 voters and Ujjain minimum 4,01,970 voters followed by Bhind 4,10,827, Gwalior 5,36,688, Guna 5,45,996, Sagar 4,70,230, Tikamgarh 4,62,652, Damoh 5,09,685, Khajuraho 5,37,577, Satna 4,66,299, Rewa 4,53,022, Sidhi 6,05,468, Shahdol 4,92,077, Jabalpur 5,35,106, Mandla 5,59,261, Balaghat 4,66,799, Chhindwara 4,30,047, Hoshangabad 4,46,624, Vidisha 4,85,796, Bhopal 5,91,375, Rajgarh 4,84,702, Dewas 4,60,698, Mandsaur 4,48,569, Ratlam 5,76,259, Dhar 6,15,123, Indore 6,13,449, Khargone 5,48,208, Khandwa 5,35,931 and Betul Lok Sabha constituency has 5,17,864 voters 20-29 inthe age group 20 to 29 years.

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High rise project stuck because of paper work

Multi storey high rise project of housing board is being stuck in the Town and Country Planning (T&CP) Department because of document formalities. Board is going to launch this project at Katara hi... Read More
Multi storey high rise project of housing board is being stuck in the Town and Country Planning (T&CP) Department because of document formalities. Board is going to launch this project at Katara hills. According to information, Housing Board is carrying out preparations since last year for this project. Project got the approval of High rise committee however, is being stuck in the T & CP department since last three months. Besides this, concerned officials of T&CP said that, project is being delayed because of authorization process while if the project would have being launched by private builder then it would have started. On the other hand, carelessness of board officials is also the reason behind delay in project. Sources said that, housing board is going to construct 700 flats on 10 acres area at Katara Hills under initial phase of the project. Board would spend around Rs 120 crore on this project. Around 40 acres land is reserved for this project. After completion of first phase, they will start work of second phase. Besides this, housing board would like to launch two other high rise projects after the success of this project. On the other hand, an officer of T&CP told that, project has not approved yet because of some paper formalities. While, on another side, an officer of housing board said that, they have done all the formalities, project will be approved soon.

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Development works stranded at BHEL

There has always been unclear status when it comes to the development work in BHEL area. Many works were being done since more than one year which have been stopped and left stranded for one reason... Read More
There has always been unclear status when it comes to the development work in BHEL area. Many works were being done since more than one year which have been stopped and left stranded for one reason or the other. On the other hand the proposals of many works to be done still rest inside the files. Moreover, the works which have been done are still incomplete. The development works in BHEL area regularly face a problem or the other due to which the work of even the major four-lane roads are incomplete while the development works which were being done from some time have been stopped citing the model code of conduct as the reason despite the fact that no guidelines whatsoever have been issued about stopping the development works. The construction of the four-lane work which was started by the Home Minister himself a month before has also been left stranded. This road has already been constructed from DRM Office to Saket Nagar, Barkhera, Barkhera Pathani and Adharsheela to Avadhpuri turn. On the other hand despite 4 rounds of the Home Minister in last 3 months mere one wall of Lakshmi Nagar bridge has been constructed and the rest of the work is far from being started despite the fact that more than 50,000 people are waiting for the construction of this bridge since the construction of this will pave way to the construction of fourlane road till Ayodhya bypass. According to the sources, the construction of road from DRM Office to Avadhpuri turn and from Durga Nagar to AIIMS has been left stranded in the midway due to the slums. One slum on this road was removed last year and had the obstructions on the roads been removed at that very time the road construction till 11 mile bypass would have been complete. Both of these construction works are being done since last 2-3 years despite which they are still incomplete. Many four-lane roads in BHEL area were to be constructed and their beautification was to follow for which different departments have been vested with different responsibilities. However the proceeding was topped due to the ongoing model code of conduct and according to the sources it will resume only after the Lok Sabha election gets concluded and the model code of conduct gets lifted. Moreover, the time limit of the constriction and the beautification work will only be decided once the constriction work resumes. Similarly, the preparation for beautification work on the both sides of the highway till Ratnagiri is being done since last 3 months. According to the officers many developmental as well as the construction works have already been started and they will be resumed once the model code of conduct gets lifted.

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With poll campaign coming to end, administration gears up for polling

With high-voltage political campaign for Nagpur and Ramtek Lok Sabha seats coming to an end on Tuesday evening, the administration has geared up for polling scheduled on April 10. Till polling ... Read More
With high-voltage political campaign for Nagpur and Ramtek Lok Sabha seats coming to an end on Tuesday evening, the administration has geared up for polling scheduled on April 10. Till polling date, the administration will be keeping a strict vigil on activities of political parties and candidates and those violating Model Code of Conduct will face stringent action.

A total of 18,99,395 voters including 9,19,781 females will choose Member of Parliament of Nagpur constituency while 16,75,415 electors including 7,89,595 females will elect Member of Parliament from Ramtek constituency. Of a total 35,74,810 voters in the district, which comprises Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies, a total of 80,000 will vote for the first time.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening after campaign period was over, District Collector and District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna said that all arrangements were in place in the district for Lok Sabha elections. Of a total 108 ‘critical’ polling booths in the district, 61 are in Nagpur. Armed forces will be deployed at such booths, he said. In all, 61 micro-observers and 15 videography teams will be deployed at critical polling booths in Nagpur constituency. Besides, 15 web-casting facilities will be made available. In Ramtek constituency, 47 micro-observers and 18 videography teams will be on vigil at critical polling booths. On polling day, that is, on Thursday, 1,015 vehicles including 12 fire tenders and 12 ambulances will be pressed into service.

Till date, six cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct have been registered including three in Ramtek constituency including one against Congress candidate Mukul Wasnik. In all, 901 licensed arms have been deposited out of total 2,717 arms in the district. The cops seized 15,900 litres of illicit liquor and 43,229 milligrammes of drugs, during special drives till April 4. After polling, the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be stored at Strong Room at Kalamna yard of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee. Adequate security arrangements have been made at the Strong Room till the date of counting, that is, May 16, said Abhishek Krishna. Additional Collector and Returning Officer (Ramtek) Panjabrao Wankhade, Deputy District Election Officer Pradeepkumar Dange also were present in the press conference.

Police Bandobast

There are 4,059 polling booths in the district, including 1,828 in Nagpur and 2,231 in Ramtek constituency. These include 25 auxiliary polling stations. As far as security is concerned, 2,558 police personnel will take care of safe conduct of polling in Nagpur along with 1,061 Home Guards, 54 jawans of para-military forces. In Ramtek constituency, 1,335 policemen are on poll duty along with 321 Home Guards, and two companies of para-military forces.

Special vigil in sensitive areas

The administration has identified 12 Expenditure Sensitive Pockets (ESPs) in the district. The possibility of distribution of money and liquor is higher in these pockets and hence special vigil will be kept there, said District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna. These pockets include Babulkheda, Vasantrao Naik slums, Naik Talav, Pardi Naka, Jaripatka, and Indora areas of Nagpur city; and Old Betul Road (Saoner), Wanadongri (Hingna), WCL mines area (Umrer), Old Kamptee, Kandri (Kamptee) in Ramtek constituency. Extra efforts will be taken to tackle situations, if any, in these areas, he added. According to Abhishek Krishna, 36 special Static Surveillance Teams (SSTs) have been deployed in these areas.

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HC directs opening of sealed cover containing RTMNU documents for inspection today

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University is in tight corners at present and it is trying hard to wriggle out of the same, on the issue of the whereabouts of the original documents, which were... Read More
Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University is in tight corners at present and it is trying hard to wriggle out of the same, on the issue of the whereabouts of the original documents, which were produced by the University Administration before its Academic Council in its meeting of March 4, 2014 for considering and deciding upon course of action regarding students admitted by 250 banned colleges for not appointing qualified teaching staff. After varied admissions and retractions regarding the documents, the University has intimated to the High Court that whatever the original documents it had placed before the Academic Council, have all been handed over to the Court on March 6 last and those are now in the sealed cover with the Registrar (Judicial) of the Court. With a view to give one more opportunity to the University to redeem its reputation in the public eye, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora have directed its lawyers Senior Advocate A M Gordey, Advocate Sudhir Puranik, petitioners’ counsel B G Kulkarni and an authorised officer of the University Administration to attend the office of the High Court’s Registrar (Judicial) tomorrow at 1.30 pm. In their presence, the said officer will remove seal from the cover and permit these lawyers and the RTMNU official to carry out inspection of the documents in the said cover. Further indication by the Court is that these petitions - mostly by the banned colleges’ managements, will be listed before it on April 15 next at 2.30 pm and the the cover with broken seal and the documents, it contains, will be before the Court for perusal by the Judges. During hearing of all the interrelated petitions, the Court wanted to see the original documents, which were before the University's Academic Council in its meeting on March 4 last, on the basis of which the Council took decisions and adopted resolutions, duly verified and signed by the Varsity officials with their names. The University had sought time for that. The Court asked them to comeback at 4.30 pm with those original documents in their possession. At this juncture the University thrown in the towel and conceded that They have no other original documents, besides those, which are already with the Court in the sealed cover. Sunil Mishra in person, Advocate B G Kulkarni, Uday Dastane and V G Bhamburkar and other lawyers appeared for their respective petitioners. Senior Counsel A M Gordey with Advocates Sudhir Puranik and other lawyers represented the RTMNU. AGP Deepak Thakare held the brief for the State.

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BJP asks EC to re-check all EVMs in Bhandara-Gondia

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President Devendra Fadnavis has demanded that Election Commission of India (ECI) should re-check all electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Bhandara-Gondia to e... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President Devendra Fadnavis has demanded that Election Commission of India (ECI) should re-check all electronic voting machines (EVMs) in Bhandara-Gondia to ensure free and fair election. He said, “If ECI cannot check all EVMs in next 48 hours then elections should be postponed till all EVMs are properly checked.”

It may be mentioned that around 10 EVMs in Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency malfunctioned. In these machines, all the votes were transferred to Congress-NCP candidate, irrespective of button pressed. The Election Officer of Bhandara-Gondia tested the EVMs before representatives of the political parties. A team of central committee of BJP will meet Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampat on Wednesday to lodge complaint against malfunctioning of EVMs. This has raised a serious questionmark over credibility of ECI, he added. These EVMs can change election result in favour of particular side. ECI should come clean on these malfunctions and should lodge complaint against tainted officers and employees. The ECI should install paper trail to stop such nuisance.

Fadnavis said, election campaign has come to an end in all ten Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha. There is a strong wave of Modi in the region. The BJP-Shiv Sena will win all 10 seats in the region, he asserted. The Mahayuti has good co-ordination between all the faction. BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Nitin Gadkari, and myself addressed several meetings in the region. The people are against Congress led UPA-II Government. They still had not got compensation of hailstorm, and food grains under Food Security Act, he alleged.

Fadnavis said, Dalit and Minority community will also cast their vote in favour of BJP-Shiv Sena. BJP-Shiv Sena and Mahayuti workers successfully reached all the homes of voters during the election period. BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari will take lead in all the assembly constituencies, he predicted. The State BJP Manifesto will be released in one or two days, he added. BJP Spokesperson Girish Vyas, Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Sudhakar Kohle, Chandan Goswami were present.

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City celebrates Ram Navami with traditional fervour

City on Tuesday was turned to Ayodhya as devotees of Lord Ram celebrated Ram Navami with religious fervour. Celebration of Ram Navami is not just worshipping Lord Ram but is to pay gratitude to t... Read More
City on Tuesday was turned to Ayodhya as devotees of Lord Ram celebrated Ram Navami with religious fervour. Celebration of Ram Navami is not just worshipping Lord Ram but is to pay gratitude to the ‘ideal’ manifested in the form of Lord Ram. Apart from the religious rituals performed by many groups, communities and organisations in city, as many as five grand Shobhayatras thronged in different areas in city in evening while a Ramdhum rally held in the morning from Lakadganj created an atmosphere. The Ram Navami celebrations were started from early morning as the temples were decorated with lighting, rangoli and flowers. On the occasion, people performed rituals and adorned the idols of Lord Rama with flowers, ornaments and new clothes. The temples in the city were decorated with flowers and illuminations. Meals were prepared so that devotees visiting the temples could be given food or ‘prasad’.

Day begins at 4 am

The religious rituals at Poddareshwar Ram Mandir were started at 4 am with Mangala aarti, Abhishek, Abhyanga Snan followed by Shahanai vadan at 5 am. Shriram Samkirtan by Shriramkrishna Math Samkirtan Mandal was held from 9 am to 10 am while samkirtan of Mahamantra by noted singers in city and Om Hareram Hare Krishna Manas and Samkirtan Mandal was held till 12 noon. Janmotsav of Lord Ram was celebrated with religious fervour at temple premises. Shriram Janmotsav was also celebrated at Shriram Mandir, Ram Nagar.

Ram Dhum Rally: The rally held in morning has helped to add colour to the celebrations.Lakadganj Ram Janmotsav Samiti organised a grand Ramdhun Rally from 8.30 am on the occasion of Ram Janmotsav. The executive members of samiti performed pooja at Kalimata Mandir and palanquin procession started from the premises. The rally passed through Chhapru Nagar Square, Wardhaman Nagar square, Vaishnodevi Square, Ambedkar Square and culminated at Hanuman Mandir were Ram Janmotsav was held and musical recitation of Hanuman chalisa was held.

Ram Janmotsav was celebrated by Shree Kalgidhar satsang Mandal with religious fervour. Adv Madhavdas Mamtani led the celebrations and delivered discourse on Ram Avatar, as mentioned in the Dasam Granth by Shree Guru Gobind Singh. He said that the Dasam Granth is available in prominent Gurudwaras including Takht Shree Hujur Sahib in Nanded; Shree Mata Sahib; Takht Shree Harminder Sahib, Gurudwara Nanakzira in Patna etc.

The south Indian communities celebrated Ram Navami with religious fervour. The Telugu community organised Sita Rama Kalyan Mahotsavam at Andhra Association and at CPWD Community hall on Ram Navami. Shobhayatras in evening:

The city witnessed five grand shobhayatras. The oldest among them was the 300 years old shobhayatra of Bhonsala dynasty. The 48th Shobhayatra of Podareshwar Ram Mandir, 41st Shobhayatra of Paschim Nagpur Nagrik Sangh, Ram Nagar, 12th Shobhayatra of Belly Shop Prachin Shiv Mandir in North Nagpur and a shobhayatra at Wadi area mesmorized the entire environment in city. All the roads were filled with Ram Bhaktas wearing saffron coloured pagadi, holding saffron flags in their hands and reciting the name ‘Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’as if Lord Ram has been manifested in city for a special purpose.

Shobhayatra from Bhonsala Palace: Lord Ram is ‘Kuldaivat’ of Bhonsala dynasty and Bhonsalas celebrate Ram Navami with religious fervour each year. This year the Shobhayatra started from senior Bhonsala palace and Sarang Cultural Foundation welcomed the same at Gandhi Putala, Central Avenue. Founder President Sarang Dhok and executive members worshipped Lord Ram as per tradition. A grand fire show was held and members distributed prasad. The successors dynasty, Shrimant Raje Raghuji Bhonsale (fifth), Raje Mudhoji Bhonsale (Third), Jaysingh Bhonsale were felicitated on this occasion. According to Bhonsala, Lord Ram is the ideal of entire country. Lord Ram is an ideal son to the parents, an ideal husband to His wife, a good brother to his young brothers, a good and Ideal king to the people of His kingdom, a good and ideal protector of Dharma, a good and ideal ruler, a good and ideal friend to vanaras, an example for morality, therefore, Lord Rama is called Maryada purushottam Ram.

48th Shri Ram Janmotsav Shobhayatra: The identity of communal harmony and a procession which is only second after republic day parade in India, 48th Shriram Janmotsav Shobhayatra was started with grand manner from Shri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir at 4 pm. Managing Trustee of Shri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir, Ramkrishna Poddar, Punit Poddar, Mahendra Poddar, Shyam Sunder Poddar etc performed pujan of idols of Lord Ram, Mata Janaki, Laxman and Hanuman placed on ‘Divya Rath.’ The main decorated chariot has been developed by Hazarilal Agrawal family and Shyamsunder Poddar on a trolley. Dhanraj Painter has decorated the same while CA PDM Agrawal family and Shyam Burra from Indore have contributed for electric arrangements. As per the tradition the first citizen Mayor Anil Sole performed pujan and garlanded the idols.The other dignitaries including former BJP National President Nitin Gadkari, MP Vilas Muttemwar, MP Ajay Sancheti, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, MLA Dinanath Padole, ex-minister Rameshchandra Bang, former standing committee Chairman Dayashankar Tiwari, city congress president Jaiprakash Gupta, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, BJP City President MLA Krishna Khopde, ruling party leader Pravin Datke, deputy mayor Jaitunbi Ashfaq Ansari, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, NMC Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Umesh Sharma, Munnalal Gaur, Sanjay Balpande, Suresh Agrawal, Santosh Agrawal, Rajesh Agrawal also offered flowers and garlands. The dignitaries then pulled the chariot with long rope like that of Jagannath Rath.

41st Shobhayatra of Paschim Nagpur Nagrik Sangh (PNNS): The shobhayatra started after pujan of palanquin by MP Vilas Muttemwar, MP Ajay Sancheti, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, city congress president Jaiprakash Gupta, Adv Anand Parchure, Parinay Fukey, corporator Varsha Thakre and Chandrashekhar Ghushe. After pujan the palanquin was carried out by the dignitaries from Shri Ram Mandir Ram Nagar on their shoulders amidst recitation of Shriram Jai Ram Jai Ram. President Jayant Apte, Secretary Rajiv Kalele, Treasurer Pravin Mahajan, member of Shobhayatra committee Kishore Kolwadkar, President of NECO group Basantlal Shaw, industrialist Arun Lakhani, Chief Civil Engineer Koradi project Pramod Naphade, project Director and Vice President of L&T Vijay Vinchurkar, Prashant Pawar, Abhijeet Mujumdar, Prashant Duchakke, Samir Damle, Ramnikbhai Parekh, Madhukar Somalwar, Prakash Somalwar, Rajiv Mengal, Vice Presidents Ravi Waghmare, Ashok Patrikar, Joint Secretary Madan Chobe, Trustees including P.P.Deshpande, Ashok Bagalkote, Prakash Kulkarni, Pranay Tidke, Prashant Pawar, Prabhakar Hastak, Adv Sachin Narale, Milind Wazalwar and Mrunal Puranik also performed pujan.

Shobhayatra in North Nagpur: Shri Shiv Mandir Trust and Shobhayatra Utsav Committee organised a grand shobhayatra in North Nagpur. The shobhayatra started from 300 years old ancient Shri Shiv Mandir at Bellyshop railway colony on decorated Ram Rath. Additional Divisional Railway Manager of South East Central Railway A Gupta, noted homoeopath Dr Vilas Dangre, noted pediatrician Dr Uday Bodhankar, CMD of Gurunanak Institute Navneetsingh Tuli, clinician Vijay gupte, bhagawatacharya Nandkishore Pandey, Deepak Lalwani, former corporator Vedprakash Arya, temple trust president Virendra Jha, Secretary Pravin Dabli, P Satyarao, Krishnamurali Pande, P Vijaykumar, M Prabhakar performed pujan.

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Dr Nitin Raut blasts Athawale for supporting Shiv Sena, BJP

EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut attacked Republican Party leaders supporting Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena alliance in the Lok Sabha elections and alleged that these leaders have violated the te... Read More
EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut attacked Republican Party leaders supporting Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena alliance in the Lok Sabha elections and alleged that these leaders have violated the teachings of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. In a press conference held at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Tuesday evening, Dr. Raut stated that Dr. Ambedkar in a book (18th volume published by Maharashtra Government) wrote that Ambedkarites should not form an alliance with rightist parties like Hindu Mahasabha and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in the elections. There is no harm in an alliance with Congress party and Socialist parties. RPI leader Ramdas Athawale violated the teachings of great leader, he added. He also claimed that Ambedkarites would not accept BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the country. They would support Congress alliance in the election. Raut claimed that Congress-NCP alliance would get 10 seats in Vidarbha. There is better co-ordination between Congress-NCP and other alliance partners. There is no rift in the party and all workers are working dawn to dusk for Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar who has done a lot for development of the city. Sevadal leader K K Pande, Sanjay Dube, Sandip Sahare and Milind Sontakke were present in the press conference.

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Nagpur, nation ready for change: Gadkari

Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena-RPI-Swabhimani Sanghatana mega alliance candidate Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday urged people to vote for change to shape a better India and foil the communal propaganda ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena-RPI-Swabhimani Sanghatana mega alliance candidate Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday urged people to vote for change to shape a better India and foil the communal propaganda of Congress trying to create fear psychosis and spoil the social harmony of Nagpur. Country wants change and usher into era of development and fate of nation and Nagpur depends on outcome of 16th Lok Sabha elections and I am confident that people of Nagpur will give overwhelming support to BJP-Sena alliance, asserted Gadkari.

Addressing a largely attended meeting at Sakkardara at the end of his two-week long campaign, Gadkari promised to give top priority to create employment, speed up development work. NDA is fighting elections while according preference to public interest, facilities to commners, inclusive growth and reaching benefits of development to last man in the queue. Gadkari slammed Congress for resorting to cheap tactics and pollute the social harmony by adopting highly objectionable antics. Every section of society, poor, minorities, industrialists want to see a stable government headed by Narendra Modi and rattled by popularity of BJP and Modi, opponents are distributing inflammatory pamplets. Ignore such things and vote for BJP, Gadkari appealed. BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis confidently asserted that Gadkari will win by record margin from Nagpur.

Shiv Sena district president Shekhar Sawarbandhe, Mayor Anil Sole, MP Ajay Sancheti, city president Krishna Khopde. Vikas Kumbhare, RPI president Bhupesh Thulkar, Ashok Mankar, Chandramani Bhivgade, Raju Bahadure, Kailash Chute, Ashish Deshmukh, Ramesh Shingare, Chhotu Bhoyar, Satish Hole, Yogesh Ban and other office-bearers were present in the meeting.

South Indian Cell (Tamil) has decided to support Nitin Gadkari. In a meeting convened by K Jagadeesan, convenor this decision was taken and prominent members met him at his residence.

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Muttemwar ends campaign with grand rally in North Ngp

Congress-NCP candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha Vilas Muttemwar took out a massive scooter rally in North Nagpur on last day of campaign. EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut was specially present in the rally... Read More
Congress-NCP candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha Vilas Muttemwar took out a massive scooter rally in North Nagpur on last day of campaign. EGS Minister Dr. Nitin Raut was specially present in the rally. Congress leaders demonstrated unity within the party. Muttemwar and Raut were present in open jeep for canvassing of Congress party. In a rare moment, Raut and Muttemwar drove a scooty in some parts of North Nagpur. Scooter rally began from Kamal chowk and passed through Laskaribag, Panchpaoli, Balabhaupeth, Milind Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Menhdibag Power house, Kundanlal Gupta Nagar, Vinoba Bhave Nagar, Vandevi Nagar, and other parts of North Nagpur. Congress Sevadal leader K K Pande, Sanjay Dube, Sandip Sahare, Kehsavrao Bokade, Suresh Jagyasi, Sheshrao Wasnik, Raju Thool, Sindu Uike, Bhavana Lonare, Ravindra Kaur, Thakur Jagyasi, Abdulla Khan, Milind Sontakke, Milind Chaure, Kushal Heado, Martin Moresh, Mamta Gedam, Ajit Singh, Ad. Suryakant Jaiswal, Haribhau Kirpane, Vinod Walde were present.

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Nagpur youth show keen interest in LS election

As the country witnessed the hectic political campaign and release of manifestos by various political parties, the youths in Nagpur kept a close watch on these developments. While the country i... Read More
As the country witnessed the hectic political campaign and release of manifestos by various political parties, the youths in Nagpur kept a close watch on these developments. While the country is talking about involvement of its ‘demographic dividend’ in the biggest-ever election exercise, the youngsters also are taking a keen interest in Lok Sabha election this time.

‘The Hitavada’ talked to a few of the young voters, some of them exercising their franchise for the first time, and got to know about their aspirations and opinion on the ‘festival of democracy’ called elections. All are excited about their participation in the process. Many are hopeful that new Government will reduce their burdens. A college student, Akshay Patil is excited to cast vote for the first time on April 10. He enrolled his name for the first time in the voters’ list along with his friends. “Competition between top parties of the country to attract voters in this election has made us realise the importance of our vote, and encouraged us to cast vote,” he said. Vivek Sharma, a Central Government employee, will exercise his franchise for the first time in this Lok Sabha election. He registered his name in the voters’ list during previous Legislative Assembly election during a special drive. But, due to some reason, his name did not appear in the electoral rolls. He followed up the matter and got enrolled his name in the voters’ list. Sharma is looking for a change for a variety of reasons. “Increasing prices of commodities, corruption, women’s safety, and crime are major issues for a common man. I will like to vote for a candidate, who brings about a change in the scenario,” Sharma said. All the political parties have come up with attractive with manifestos, promising several things. Piyush Lonare, a private bank employee, said that political parties should remember promises made in their manifestos after coming to power. “The candidates also should promise only what they can fulfill in the span of five years,” he opined. Rohini Wasani, a student and NGO volunteer, said that new Government should work for rehabilitation of families affected by Gosikhurd irrigation project, MIHAN, etc. Political parties in Vidarbha should avoid caste-based politics, she added. Ashfaq Tausif, a social work student, hoped that the Government either shunned quota in education sector or provided it to all students of all communities. He voiced his concern for jobs.

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I am fighting elections for change: Bhansali

Pankaj P Bhansali, a social worker, is contesting elections from Nagpur constituency on Coconut symbol. Aggrieved by corruption, foul political tactics, bureaucratic approach against the common pe... Read More
Pankaj P Bhansali, a social worker, is contesting elections from Nagpur constituency on Coconut symbol. Aggrieved by corruption, foul political tactics, bureaucratic approach against the common people and basic flaws in the existing system Bhansali entered the fray. A businessman Bhansali is neither a politician not belong to any political family or has any affiliation to any political party.

Bhansali during his campaign has expressed willingness to make all efforts to bring about the change in the existing system, which according to him is exploitative. He is hopeful that the change is inevitable as people are frustrated with their continuous exploitation.

Despite being one of the major cities in the country Nagpur is being neglected and many developmental projects are delayed beyond reasonable limits. The region can achieve development in the field of industry, education, hospitality etc. Businessmen and common people can be granted relief through proper taxation policy. Bhansali has also supported the demand of separate Vidarbha for removing the backlog of development.

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District jr athletic meet on April 13

NAGPUR District Athletics Association (NDAA) will be organising district junior athletics championship on April 13 at RTM Nagpur University playground. Boys and girls from 14 to 16 years can parti... Read More
NAGPUR District Athletics Association (NDAA) will be organising district junior athletics championship on April 13 at RTM Nagpur University playground. Boys and girls from 14 to 16 years can participate in the competition. On the basis of their performance, 13 players will be selected in the district team for 12th Junior National Athletics Championship to be held in Haridwar from April 25 to 27.

A selection committee under the leadership of athletic coach Jitendra Ghordadekar has been formed. The selection committee also comprises Padmakar Chormade, Chitra Pantawane, Mangesh Paunikar and Dhairyashil Sute. The entry fee is Rs 24 and the last date for entry is April 11. Each player will be allowed to participate in just one event.

The Under-14 events include 100m, 600m, high jump, long jump and shotput. The events in Under-16 section comprises 100m, 200m, 400m, 1000m, 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump discus throw, javelin throw and shotput. Nagraj Khursane, national athelete from Krida Prabodhini, will inaugurate the meet at 8.30 am. LR Malviya, President, NDAA will preside over the function. Gurudeo Nagrale, athletic coach, will also grace the occasion.

The prize distribution function will also be held on the same day at 6.30 pm. Arjuna awardee Vijay Munishwar will be the chief guest on the occasion. SK Anthony, working president, NDAA will preside over the function. Interested can contact Dr Sharad Suryavanshi (9850303154) for further details.

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St Rossello’s belt gradation exam concludes

ST. ROSSELLO’S Educational Society, Mathni-Mouda recently conducted belt gradation examination under the guidance of Sensei Kushal Ingole, Sensei Narendra Bihar, Sensei Kiran Yadav and Nilkanth K... Read More
ST. ROSSELLO’S Educational Society, Mathni-Mouda recently conducted belt gradation examination under the guidance of Sensei Kushal Ingole, Sensei Narendra Bihar, Sensei Kiran Yadav and Nilkanth Kukade. Headmistress Julie Augustin and Mary Thomas handed over the belts to the karatekas. All the successful karatekas gave the credit of their success to Kiran Yadav. Following are the successful karatekas: Blue Belt: Sagar Dudhbarve, Harsh Gajbhiye, Pawan Yerelagadda, Vishal Rote, Prajwal Ikhar, Prayas Sathwane, Sumit Domne, Sonal Gajbhiye, Gaurav Bhoyar and Tarun Verma. Green Belt: Gaurav Prasad, Shrikrishna Bawankule, Jitendra Reddy, Neha Khadse, Usha Usmani, Sanket Thosare and Vedant Salve. Orange Belt: Sarvari Meshram, Swaraj Manwatkar, Piyanshu Patil, Mrunal Gaidhane, Saif Deshmukh, Jeevan Fukat, Mohana Gollapudi, Samiksha Paunikar, Khushi Dudhbarve, Tanmay Rokde, Rahi Sonune, Sairam Vaidya, Sarang Sahare, Sujit Suryawanshi, Yash Kharabe, Govil Lambat, Vikas Pikalmunde, Vipul Verma, Kunal Gajbhiye and Krutika Vaidya. Yellow Belt: Sejal Dahake, Kritika Kshirsagar, Anushka Kamble, Jay Aglawe, Siddhanth Patre, Shailesh Thakre, Ayush Uikey, Trisharan Dupare, Uda Usmani, Aman Ambilduke, Yash Gondule, Ashish Domane, Zheel, Raghuraj Singh, Switi Verma, Darshan Kolhe, Shruti Kolhe, Kisan Harode, Shailesh Rathod, Prithviraj Rathod, Akshata Mehar and Bhavesh Godbole.

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Dr Lovneet receives best teacher award

DR LOVNEET Kaur Randhawa, physical education teacher of Kenrdiya Vidyalaya, CRPF, got best teacher award for excellent performance in sports from KV Jabalpur region and for uplifting the standards ... Read More
DR LOVNEET Kaur Randhawa, physical education teacher of Kenrdiya Vidyalaya, CRPF, got best teacher award for excellent performance in sports from KV Jabalpur region and for uplifting the standards of sports in KVS Sanghatan.

Under her guidance, the students have won many medals. On a personal level too, Dr Lovneet won many awards while serving as a physical education teacher. She has also received Shivchhatrapati Award from Government of Maharashtra in the year 1992 for her outstanding achievement in handball.

Dr Lovneet received award from VK Shrivastava, Deputy Commissioner, Jabalpur region. Dr Lovneet has given special thanks to the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF and their parents, besides VK Shrivastava, Deputy Commisioner, Jabalpur, Dr D Ojha, Assistant Commissioner, Jabalpur, KVS Region, Mohare, Inspector General, AP Singh, Deputy Inspector General, KG Wankhede, Principal, KK Mendhe, Barve and all the staff members for their support. The principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya has congratulated her on the success.

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Hailstorm destroys 50% watermelon crop; prices inflate to new high

WATERMELON crop in Vidarbha has been left devastated due to hailstorm which struck in the month of March. The farmers of watermelon suffered heavy losses resulting in short supply of the crop i... Read More
WATERMELON crop in Vidarbha has been left devastated due to hailstorm which struck in the month of March. The farmers of watermelon suffered heavy losses resulting in short supply of the crop in the wholesale market. “The recent hailstorm has destroyed watermelon crop by upto 50 per cent in most places where it is grown,” said Shabaz Khan, a third generation watermelon wholesaler at the Cotton Market.

He said that with reduced supplies from the farmers end there was a shortage of watermelons in the wholesale market due to which prices had shot up to new highs. The prices of watermelon are quoted at Rs 10 per kilogram compared to Rs 5 per kilogram last year in the wholesale market. The watermelon crop had started arriving in the market from the past one month but there was no guarantee that the supply would continue till the end of June when the season would end and the supply got exhausted. Also, there was a huge demand for export of the crop. People had become more aware of the health benefits of watermelon during summer and were buying in a big way. This had put pressure on the supplies and had aggravated the problem on the price front, he added.Previously, about 20 trucks of watermelon used to be downloaded in the market. But this year, the picture was totally different as four to five trucks were being unloaded on a daily basis, he pointed out.

There were eight wholesalers of watermelon at the Cotton Market. Watermelon crop was mostly grown in the sandbeds of rivers and streams throughout Vidarbha. Watermelons from far off places like Kerala were also coming to the market to meet the demand of the consumers.

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Well-known TV actress Rashmi Desai visits Pyramid City

PYRAMID Group of Companies, a trusted known brand for quality construction. All the projects are approved /sanctioned by NIT. New windows of opportunity are opening up and Pyramid is prepared for... Read More
PYRAMID Group of Companies, a trusted known brand for quality construction. All the projects are approved /sanctioned by NIT. New windows of opportunity are opening up and Pyramid is prepared for an eventful future marked with the important milestone. Pyramid is leveraging on rich past to address projects for the present with the objective to build the India of tomorrow. Recently, Pyramid Group of Companies celebrated its annual meet at Pyramid City. To be a part of this occasion and make the occasion more auspicious Rashmi Desai- TV sensation marked her presence in the programme with great enthusiasm. According to Rashmi- Pyramid Group of Companies has stood a benchmark for Nagpurians, it has given Nagpurians a chance to experience a specious and luxurious life and house which they always dream of and make Nagpur a city of modernisation.

Rashmi also said, “The one thing I liked about Nagpur is the greenery of the city, which makes the city more beautiful and calm and also oranges as its famously known for it.” She also said, “She loves the audience of Nagpur very much for their simplicity they have and affection for me which feels I am truly blessed.” At the end she gave her best wishes to whole team of Pyramid Group for their future plans and upcoming projects. Pyramid City is rendering services and facilities to people since many years and has completed its Phase-I all around Nagpur i.e., in Jaripatka, Wardha Road and at Besa etc. The development work has commenced and the township will have modern amenities.

The facility like school, hospital, mall, multiplex, wedding celebration hall, clubs, sports complex, theme restaurant etc, informs a press release issued here. For more details and bookings contact Pyramid House situated at 101, Ganesh Snehal, South Amabazari Road, Shraddhananpeth, Nagpur (Phone number: 0712-6463928), the press release added.

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Biz optimism index for Q2 2014 rises 9.1%: Report

BUSINESS Optimism Index for the second quarter of this year has improved as there has been a positive shift in India Inc’s sentiment despite economic uncertainty, says a Dun & Bradstreet report... Read More
BUSINESS Optimism Index for the second quarter of this year has improved as there has been a positive shift in India Inc’s sentiment despite economic uncertainty, says a Dun & Bradstreet report.

BOI, which measures the pulse of the business community, stands at 154.5 for Q2 2014, an increase of 9.1 per cent as compared to Q2 2013. For calculating the composite BOI, each of the six parameters - net sales, net profits, selling prices, new orders, inventories and employee levels - is assigned a weight. The parameter weights are then applied to these ratios and the results aggregated to arrive at the Composite Business Optimism Index.

Five of the six optimism indices - volume of sales, new orders, net profits, selling prices and inventory levels - saw an increase as compared to Q2 2013, the report said. “There has been a positive shift in business sentiment amongst India Inc. Even as business sentiment continues to be impacted by economic uncertainty, a sense of confidence appears to be slowly returning,” said Kaushal Sampat, President & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet - India.

“The buoyant sentiment regarding future demand conditions, reflected in the 13-quarter high resultant optimism for volume of sales, underscores the confidence apparent in the domestic economy currently,” he added. Amongst the sectors, basic goods was found to be the most optimistic. The clearances awarded to projects under implementation by the Cabinet Committee on Investments and pick-up in new project announcements could have played a role herein, he added.

Sampat said that a stable political outcome after the election could provide a significant boost to business confidence in the forthcoming quarter.

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Wockhardt’s ‘Be the change, cast your vote’ drive with 20% discount

INIDA, the worlds youngest country and the largest democracy, is on the edge of general elections. Are we being responsible citizens and casting votes to elect the right leader? Unfortunately not. ... Read More
INIDA, the worlds youngest country and the largest democracy, is on the edge of general elections. Are we being responsible citizens and casting votes to elect the right leader? Unfortunately not. India has an estimated population of 1.27 billion, over 50 per cent is below the age of 25. They are the next generation of the country to bring the change within the nation as well as the globe. But unfortunately, most youngsters are clueless about both their rights and duties towards the nation. When they are questioned about their rights once they turn 18 years old, their common answer would be like they are eligible to drive, drink, smoke, get tattoos etc. Seldom do people hear a youngster say that we will fulfil duties as a citizen and cast vote. Wockhardt Hospital has taken a step in creating awareness about the upcoming elections and educating the citizens about the need and importance to vote. The campaign ‘Be the change, cast your vote’ aims to reach out to numerous people to urge them to vote. In order to woo citizens and ensure that they vote, the hospital is also offering a 20 per cent discount on its general health check-up package. Any citizen who comes in the hospital and shows the inked election finger will be eligible for this discount. The discount will be valid for a period of 15 days from the date of voting April 10, 2014. Sunil Sahasrabudhe, Centre Head of Wockhardt Nagpur said, “We all consciously take care of our health to prevent ourselves from all diseases. We should take care of our nation in the same way. We should exercise ours rights and duties towards our nation ad vote to elect the right leaders who will keep our nation healthy. We at Wockhardt Hospital appeal to every citizen to cast their vote on April 10, 2014 and fulfil their duty towards the nation.” As part of the election awareness campaign, Wockhardt Hospital will also stress on the importance of choosing the right candidate to lead the nation. The need is to choose a leader who is trustworthy and responsible for the welfare and health of the public and not just vote for a political party. Wockhardt Hospitals, Nagpur has two well-established centers of clinical excellence in Nagpur, one is a Super Speciality Hospital and the other one is Central India’s most prominent dedicated Heart Care Center. The Heart Care Centre at Nagpur is a centre of excellence for cardiac surgeries and angioplasties having performed the first Endoscopic Radia Harvested Coronary Bypass Surgery, informs a press release.

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‘Entrepreneurs must avail facilities of CPSUs’

GOVERNMENT of India Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) Development Institute, Nagpur in association with Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nagpur organised S... Read More
GOVERNMENT of India Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) Development Institute, Nagpur in association with Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nagpur organised State Level Vendor Development programme at Nagpur District Chemist and Druggists Association Hall, Gandhibagh, Nagpur. The objective of the programme is to provide a platform to SSI’s in which the purchase policies along with the Vendor Development of the Government and CPSUs representatives such as WCL, MECL, NTPC, MOIL, NSIC, MIHAN and IOCL etc., explain their qualitative and quantitative annual requirements in respect of raw material, spare parts, equipments and the procedure of their respective vendors registration.

The chief guest of the programme Ashutosh Tripathi, Plant Head of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited who graced the inaugural function. He said that the entrepreneurs should avail the facilities provided by Government of India and CPSU for providing their raw materials, spares, equipment, etc.

K R K Prasad, Director of MSME-DI, Nagpur quoted that maximum entrepreneurs should come forward to take the facility of public procurement policy introduced by Ministry of MSME’s 2012. The guest of honour Mohammed Dawood Khan, Director of Indian Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI), Nagpur advised the entrepreneurs to enhance qualitative and quantitative in their products so that more opportunities available in the global market. Abdul Kalique Rana, Director of IMCCI emphasised entrepreneurs to come forward to contribute in the Indian economy.

The vote of thanks was proposed by P T Doiphode, Assistant Director of IMT, MSME-DI, Nagpur. The programme proceedings were conducted by A G Telang, Assistant Director of (MAT), MSME-DI, Nagpur. Shiv Kumar Rao, Abdul Sadique, Wasimuddin Sahab, Salman Ahmed and Shadab Khan contributed their efforts to make the programme a success.

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‘Need to understand science behind environment’

CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) celebrated its 57th CSIR-NEERI Foundation Day on Tuesday. Padma Bhushan Prof S K Joshi, former Director General, CSIR and V... Read More
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) celebrated its 57th CSIR-NEERI Foundation Day on Tuesday. Padma Bhushan Prof S K Joshi, former Director General, CSIR and Vikram Sarabhai Professor was the chief guest on this occasion and delivered 57th CSIR-NEERI Foundation Day lecture in the NEERI auditorium. Dr Satish R Wate, Director, CSIR-NEERI and Prakash Kumbhare, Head, R&D Planning Division, CSIR-NEERI shared the dais.

While addressing the audience, Prof Joshi briefed about the beginning of CSIR-NEERI and its role for environment protection in the country. He advocated that though CSIR-NEERI made significant progress in the past, but now CSIR-NEERI will have to strengthen its science and technology base more to overcome the upcoming environment-related challenges, such as ozone depletion, global warming, climate change, etc. The scientists will have to go deep into the science to better understand the environment and explore its complexities, he added. He assured that CSIR-NEERI is capable of combating environmental concerns in the country.

Prof Joshi said that indoor pollution is a major concern for the country. Smokeless chulhas have not yet reached in adequate number to rural areas, he added. He also expressed concern over more use of petroleum products as a fuel which are causing air pollution and affecting human health. Briefing about water pollution, Prof Joshi said that safe drinking water is a serious issue in India. He informed that recently released IPCC report is also indicating water pollution a major issue. He stated that sewage treatment plants in the country either not being maintained or not properly operated. CSIR-NEERI can help in this regard, he advocated.

Prof Joshi said that there was need to develop air pollution dispersion models to better understand the air quality. He also narrated the importance of environmental genomics, bioremediation, big data science, and multidisciplinary research for environment protection.

Earlier in his welcome address, Dr Satish Wate, Director, CSIR-NEERI briefed about the glorious R&D journey of CSIR-NEERI undertaken in last 56 years. He also briefed about the past and present challenges in R&D in environmental science and engineering. He stated that the Institute has initiated new R&D activities for environment protection in the country. He assured that the Institute would progress in the area of environmental modeling which will facilitate more to take policy decisions.

CSIR-NEERI Foundation Day awards were also given away on this occasion. Dr N N Rao received ‘Outstanding Senior Scientist’ award; D P Choudhury - ‘Outstanding Office Personnel’ award; S K Lokhande - ‘Outstanding Technical Officer’ award; Y J Baseshankar - ‘Outstanding Technician’ award; Ravi More - ‘Outstanding Project Assistant’ award; and Dr Priti Mangrulkar - ‘Outstanding Young Researcher’ award. Students who participated in the Science Model Exhibition-cum-competition were given prizes on this occasion. Rajbhasha Samachar was also released. Jaya Sabjiwale conducted the proceedings while Prakash Kumbhare proposed a vote of thanks.

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BJP-Sena led NDA Govt means securing one’s future: Tumane

Krupal Tumane, the Mahayuti candidate from Ramtek constituency, wrapped-up his campaign with visit to Katol assembly segment on Tuesday. In his rallies, Tumane said voting for Sena-BJP-RPI (A)-... Read More
Krupal Tumane, the Mahayuti candidate from Ramtek constituency, wrapped-up his campaign with visit to Katol assembly segment on Tuesday. In his rallies, Tumane said voting for Sena-BJP-RPI (A)-Shetkari Sanghatana combine means securing one's future. He said the new Government of BJP-Sena led NDA would lay stress on creating more jobs for youth and ensure education to all. The NDA candidate promised to make all dreams of electorate come true.

During his tour, Tumane toured Dorli-Bhingari, Metpanjara, Kahala, Dawhlapurudora, Sawanga, Kondhali, Junapani, Chandanwadi, Murti, Latgaon, Paradsinga, Digras, Wadli, Masli, Kalamba, Yenva, Isapur, Zilpa, Bhilgaon and other villages. He was accompanied by Shiv Sena leader Rajendra Harne, Pandurang Burade, Vandana Lonkar, BJP's leader Dr Rajiv Potdar, Sena MLA Ashish Jaiswal, BJP MLAs Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sudhir Parwe and Vijay Ghodmare and several others. Akhil Bhartiya Maratha Mahasangh has announced its support to Krupal Tumane from Ramtek parliamentary constituency, claimed a release issued by Shiv Sena. Shalikrao Jadhav, President, Nagpur District, has blamed Congress for price rise, unemployment and farmers suicide. The support was decleared at a rally held in Saoner. Devendra Fadnavis, President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra State, addressed a public meeting in support of Mahayuti candidate Krupal Tumane at Narkhed and Saoner. Addressing the meeting, Fadnavis blasted UPA for pushing the nation to disaster by their 10-years of misrule. The farmers are in dire straits as their produce is not getting due prices. The cotton and paddy growers are staring at huge losses due to anti-farmers policy of Congress Government and faced with huge debt farmers are committing suicides.

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Pande’s book providing information about Vidarbha movement released

‘Vidarbha Ka Dard’, a book penned by Ajay Pande was released at the hands of senior lawyer Shrihari Aney, at a function held here recently. President of Oil Merchants Association Laxminaray... Read More
‘Vidarbha Ka Dard’, a book penned by Ajay Pande was released at the hands of senior lawyer Shrihari Aney, at a function held here recently. President of Oil Merchants Association Laxminarayan Sharma was in the chair. Convenor of Vidarbha Joint Action Committee Ashish Deshmukh, Chief Editor of Vidarbha Chandika Mahesh Purohit, President of Bharatiya Rashtriya Kranti Parishad Anita Soni and President of Vidarbha Seva Samiti Umesh Sharma were the guests of honour. The book provides information about the Vidarbha movement from the era of Bapuji Aney and Brijlal Biyani to their today’s fourth generation, struggling for separate Vidarbha. Ashish Deshmukh said that the book should help in awakening youth on the issues confronting people of Vidarbha. Soni assured that the book will be gifted to 62 legislators from Vidarbha region. Laxminarayan Sharma and Umesh Sharma also appreciated the efforts made by the author. Ajay Pande also expressed his views. Anand Nirban made introductory remarks. Varsha Tiwari conducted the proceedings. Dr Santosh Modi proposed a vote of thanks.

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Hail-hit farmers get Rs 100 cr relief fund

About Rs 100 crore have been received for disbursement to farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hail-storm during February and March. Rs 80 crore was received on April 3, while Rs 20 crore w... Read More
About Rs 100 crore have been received for disbursement to farmers affected by unseasonal rains and hail-storm during February and March. Rs 80 crore was received on April 3, while Rs 20 crore was recieved on April 7 for disbursement in Nagpur division. In the first phase, Rs 80 crore was made available in the division. Farmers from six districts in the division received compensation as follows - Nagpur - Rs 67.70 crore, Wardha - 18 crore, Bhandara - 4 crore, Gondia - 5 crore, Chandrapur - 3 crore and Gadchiroli - Rs 30 lakhs. As the revenue staff is busy in elections, the disbursement upto April 7 was upto rs 1.28 crore in Nagpur, Rs 1.41 crore in Wardha, Rs 1.69 crore in Bhandara, Rs 2.44 crore in Gondia and Rs 30 lakh in Gadchiroli. The remaining amount will be disbursed after the polls in the region. As per the High Court directions, the financial help will be disbursed by April 15.

The number of affected farmers in Nagpur Division are 2,20,446. The crop in 1,30,122 hectare was affected causing a loss of Rs 193.44 crore. The estimate was given by the Agriculture Department. This include rabi crop in 25,949 hectare (more than 50%); irrigated crops in 92,952 hectares (more than 50%), horticulture crops in 11,220 hectare (more than 50%), informs an official press note issued here.

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LS campaign is over, remove all illegal hoardings: High Court

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the civic authorities and police to take action against illegal hoardings as election campaign is over. Justice A V Nirgude while hearing cont... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the civic authorities and police to take action against illegal hoardings as election campaign is over. Justice A V Nirgude while hearing contempt petitions filed by Dinesh Naidu of Parivartan NGO and Adv Raspalsingh Renu orally observed that since election campaign for Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency is over, there is no impediment in removing all illegal hoardings. The High Court asked Commissioner of Police and DCP (Traffic) to file affidavit within one week and spell out steps taken to remove hoardings erected in violation of outdoor advertising policy and previous orders of High Court. The petitioners have made specific complaint that the NMC officials and Police officials have failed in obeying the directions passed by High Court in the matter of “illegal banners, hoardings and posters” in which specific directions were given to both the authorities to remove illegal hoardings and register an FIR against the culprits u/s 3 of The Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1995. During last hejaring, the petitioners have produced photographs of 24 hoardings erected illegally. The NMC and city police had lodged 112 FIRs against 577 persons and recovered fine worth Rs 6 lakh. The NMC tried its level best to demonstrate that hoardings were erected with due permission and there is no guideline about distance between two hoardings. If two hoardings are being erected at same place, then the height should not exceed 40 feets and all permissions clearly stipulated this. After last crackdown, the NMC had directed all hoarding site owners to remove their hoardings. But when site owners displayed permission letters and compliance as per policy, the hoardings re-appeared on Nagpur sky-line. Adv Priyadarshan Madkholkar (Adv Renu) Adv. Tushar Mandlekar (Dinesh Naidu) appeared for the petitioners. Adv. Sudhir Puranik appeared for NMC.

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Lobo initiates dialogue with Christians to redress problems

The initiative taken by MLA (Nominated) LB Lobo to initiate a dialogue with the members of Christian community and to redress their grievances and differences and to answer their queries related ... Read More
The initiative taken by MLA (Nominated) LB Lobo to initiate a dialogue with the members of Christian community and to redress their grievances and differences and to answer their queries related to their security, law and order in the regime of Bharatiya Janata Party and to clear their prejudice get associated with the name of BJP due to some incidents took place in the country.

The BJP working its ideology of working for the over all development of the country and society. Continuing the initiative taken by MLA Mrs LB Lobo to initiate inclusive dialogue with the Christian community people we have met Bishop of two different diocese in Jabalpur and answered their queries appealing them to continue the dialogue, says BJP, Minority Cell, Central Coordinator, Member, Jaideep Singh Dhindsa while addressing the press conference, on Monday.

He was accompanied by Shiraj Qureshi, ex-National Secretary, BJP Minority Cell, MLA, Mrs LB Lobo, MLA Jabalpur Cantt, Ashok Rohani and LG Lobo. He further says that the Minority Cell has also recommended to replicate the education system developed by the Christians in the country.

The community through its educational institutions have supported our whole society and educated a large number of students. The matter of concern is that the development of such educational system has nearly stopped following some constrains and blockades being developed due to lack of communication. He further says that BJP is a party with approach for whole and is working with motive to strengthen every fabric of the society. In this visit also being representatives of BJP minority we would meeting people from different sections of society counted under minority and also tries to bring them under one roof and to take their contribution in the development of the nation and not to the person or nay one community.

Replying to a query about the discussion on issue related to the religion conversion by Christian Missionries and number of cases leveled against them, Singh replied that they have some complaints in this regard but there is a huge communication gap and misunderstanding about their working. Cases are being lodged on missionaries working in schools and education but there is need of inclusive dialogue between main stream political figures and people in minority in order to understand their problems.

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Plea challenging fee hike diverted to committee

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has directed the petitioner to make representation to the committee headed by a... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has directed the petitioner to make representation to the committee headed by a former High Court judge constituted by the State Government in relation to the petitions filed challenging fees hike by the private schools. The court in its order stated that “If no such committee has constituted so far by the State Government, the petitioner is free to make representation to the Secretary, School Education Department, who may consider the same on its own merits and take appropriate decision as may be advised”.

The division bench further says that the petitioner, however, must bring on record some specific cases in the said representation and articulate the grievance of the parents in those cases so that the State Government can deal with that grievance appropriately. If the representation is filed by the petitioner, that will be decided by the Principal Secretary, School Education Department as expeditiously as possible preferably within four weeks from the date of receipt of the said representation and communicate the petitioner regarding further development in the said representation including the decision, if any, within same time. Petition is disposed off accordingly, said the division bench.

The division bench has given said directions in the two public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President, Nagarik Upabhokta Margdarshak Manch and others. Both these petitions were related to the issue of excessive and exorbitant fees collected by the Private Schools from their students. The court pointed that none of the parents have came before the court to raise such grievance.

The petitioner counsel contended that the petitioner-organisation has made representation to the State Government does not mean that the parents have any issue with regard to the fees structure. If the parents organisation were to make such grievance would be a different matter.

Moreover, it is noticed that the petitioner is relying on the communication issued under the signature of the Principal Secretary, School Education Department, which indicates that the State Government is contemplating to constitute a Committee headed by a Former High Court Judge to examine such and related issues.

Dolariya Tehsil formation challenged, plea disposed off

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has disposed off the petition filed by Rajesh Paliwal in the matter related to newly constituted Dolariya Tehsil.

The division bench has disposed off this writ petition with liberty to the petitioner or any other person aggrieved by the said notification to challenge the same by way of an appropriate proceeding; which challenge can be considered on its own merit in accordance with law. Accordingly, petition is disposed off. This petition was filed on February 21, 2010 for direction against the respondents to refrain from including Gram Panchayat Dhawakala in the newly constituted Tahsil Dolariya, which was earlier in the Tahsil Itarsi, District Hoshangabad.

It is indisputable that the said Gram Panchayat is already included in Tahsil Dolariya by issuance of Government notification. That Government notification is not subject matter of challenge in this writ petition. The division bench has disposed off this writ petition with liberty to the petitioner or any other person aggrieved by the said notification to challenge the same by way of an appropriate proceeding; which challenge can be considered on its own merit in accordance with law. Accordingly, petition is disposed of. Advocate D K Sharma appeared on behalf of the petitioner, Government Advocate, Samdarshi Tiwari appeared for the State.

Issuance of caste certificate to Bagri community

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, K K Trivedi has disposed off the petition filed by Ramashraya Prasad in the matter of related to issuance of caste certificate to Bagri community in Satna, Panna, Seoni and other districts as belonging to Scheduled Caste. This petition was filed in the year 2011 as Public Interest Litigation for issuing directions to the respondents to refrain for issuing caste certificate to Bagri community in Satna, Panna, Seoni and other districts as belonging to Scheduled Caste and to cancel all the certificates already issued by the Authorities. During the pendency of this petition, the petitioner has expired. We could have permitted any other person to get transposed as petitioner in this petition and pursue the same. However, in our opinion, no fruitful purpose would be served by doing so, in the fact situation of the present case. For, it is well established position that the certificate issued by the Tahsildar is not final. That is made subject to the scrutiny by the High Power Committee. It is only after validation of that certificate the same can be acted upon. In cases where the grievance about issuance of wrong caste certificate is brought to the notice of the High Power Committee, the same is duly inquired into and appropriate action is taken by that Committee. There is already mechanism provided for examining the question of validity of the caste certificate issued by the Tahsildar.

If any person has grievance about issuance of improper or incorrect caste certificate by any Authority, he is free to make that grievance to the High Power Committee and if such complaint is received the same shall be examined by the Committee as per law, expeditiously. Besides this nothing more is required to be said in this petition. The same is disposed off, said the division bench.

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Congress corporators lambast Rakesh Singh of inactiveness

Congress Parshad Dal, Jabalpur, lambasted Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh for remaining inactive for two terms and sacrificing development of Jabalpur. Criticising the inactive working of BJP... Read More
Congress Parshad Dal, Jabalpur, lambasted Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh for remaining inactive for two terms and sacrificing development of Jabalpur. Criticising the inactive working of BJP leader, Rakesh Singh in past ten years nothing positive have taken place in the city which could remain in memory of voters of this city. Congress corporators led by Vinay Saxena, Leader of Opposition in JMC, expressing resentment on the suppressive attitude of MP who had wasted ten years of this city killing all expectations of having a sound politician as Member of Parliament who might have raised the voice of people of this city who are waiting to see development since last many years.

The public representatives and leaders of BJP remain busy in works of their own interest. The best example of this ignorance towards Jabalpur is Member of Parliament, Rakesh Singh who got elected successively for two terms but failing to deal with his own attitude and personality blockades he could not think about the city. Vinay Saxena questioning his silence over bifurcation of Agriculture University, delay in allocution of compensation amount for farmers of natural calamity hit areas and his silence over pathetic condition of roads in the city, his inactive participation in increasing employment resources and raising average income. He also questioned that why Rakesh Singh did not meet Union Minister Kamal Nath in last ten years for the development of Jabalpur.

Vinay Saxena and members of Parshad Dal says that due to lack of effective and strong leadership people from Jabalpur have lost various opportunities and development projects. In last ten years MP Rakesh Singh had not taken any work seriously nor have worked to maintain law and order condition in the city, various serious nature criminal incidents took place but the MP of Jablapur remained abstain from his responsibilities.Eminent amongst those who present includes Kewal Ahuja, Rajesh Sonkar, Dinesh Singraul, Shekhar Soni, Dwarka Mishra, Nareindra Singh Pandhey, Parveen Ansari, Shameem Bagam and other shared the dais.

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Funds for books in Madrasas libraries go unutilised!

Around four lakh students associated with Madarasas, pursuing elementary education provided through these centre remains deprive of benefits of books library. As books and other required materi... Read More
Around four lakh students associated with Madarasas, pursuing elementary education provided through these centre remains deprive of benefits of books library. As books and other required material are yet to be purchased for library in Madarsas. The funds are in administrative trap as budget allotted around two years ago. At higher-level financial irregularities and manipulations related to use of funds allotted for the students facilities by government in schools and Madarsas this time turned costlier for the students. The need of reference books at institution's library would certainly help them in preparing better to go for higher studies. Such misuse of funds allotted for the development of libraries only exposes the ground reality of execution of schemes.

There are around four lakh students belonging to minority community pursuing their studies in Madarasas. In state grant for establishment of library and purchase of mathematics and science kit was given to 1296 Madarsas of states.

There are around 5,500 students pursuing studies in 180 Madarsas centres in Jabalpur city but out of which grant was sanctioned to only 85 Madarsas. Out of those selected Madarasas more than 80 per cent of Madarasas have not established the library and not even they have purchases science and mathematics kits.

As per information since last year only 72 Madara centres are registered with this scheme while rest 108 Madarsas are not included for any scheme. These 108 centres are running with registration in Madarsas Board.

However, 40 Madarsas in Kundam, Shahpura, Manjholi, Panagar and Patan are also enlisted with Jila Shiksha Kendra where around 1000 students are enrolled and would remain deprive of grants and scholarship provided by the government. In 2011, the School Education Department had sanctioned grant for 85 Madarsas of Jabalpur districts to establish library and to install science and mathematics kits for students right from elementary to upper groups. The grant has been sanctioned as per the directions of Union Government and also provided Rs 5,000 yearly to Madarsas for the maintenance of library. Authorities are paying no heed and yet no proper inspection of Madarsas has been carried out to check the installation of library and other facilities. Such circumstances are similar in other districts alike Jabalpur where a large numbers students also remain deprive of facilities. In fresh academic session too students pursuing studies in Madarsas may not avail chance to use library for reference. Kits of mathematics and science subjects due to negligence of authorities of School Education Department in checking the use of funds meant for the development of students welfare facilities.

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All set for Ram Navmi

The Shri Ram Mandir Sewa Samiti decorated Shri Ram temple on the occasion of Lord Ram Janmotsav on Tuesday. Social worker Ashok Vadhava would be chief guest on the occasion. President of organisa... Read More
The Shri Ram Mandir Sewa Samiti decorated Shri Ram temple on the occasion of Lord Ram Janmotsav on Tuesday. Social worker Ashok Vadhava would be chief guest on the occasion. President of organisation Gulshan Makhija would preside over the programme. Saint Bhagvanji Bapu, Dr Shyamdas Maharaj would also be present on the occasion. Secretary Subhash Bhalla said that eye catching fire crackers show would also be organised on the occasion. Manas Gayan, Ramdhun presentation and various religious programmes would also be organised on the occasion. Secretary Subhash Bhalla said that grand Bhandara and Maha Prasad distribution would also be organised on the occasion. A grand Ramnavmi procession would be taken out on Tuesday.

Public Relation Officer Rakesh Kaushal Goldi said that awe inspirig procession would be taken out from Shri Ram temple Madan Mahal at 3 pm. twelve eye catching tableau would be centre of attraction. Satsang presentation by women, eye catching tableau of Lord Ram Durbar would be centre of attraction. Women Bhajan Mandali, Saraswati Shikcha Samiti, Ram Mandir’s live tableau made by students, band party, horse riders team, Acharyas aboard vehicle and team of youth would also participate in rally. Prem Aurora, Prem Gulati, Geta Pandey, Mera Makhija, Vijay Aurora, Rama Avrole and others have appealed to participate in rally. Deedi Bhakti Prabha during the Dharm Sabha organised at Shri Ram Mandir Madan Mahal, said that our social political syustem needs lord Rama. Friendship of lord Rama with vultures, apes was contemporary view, Kevat, Shabri episode etc were against the social evils. Declaration to make Vibheshan as King, oath to bring the society to right track, assault of monsters for safety of Yajna by lord Rama. He got victory over evils by killing monsters.

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Star power to Tankha’s campaigning

Hindi film actress Amesha Patel and Congress leader Rajeev Shulka participated in the Road Show organised in support of Congress Lok Sabha candidate Vivek Tankha on Monday. Road Show started la... Read More
Hindi film actress Amesha Patel and Congress leader Rajeev Shulka participated in the Road Show organised in support of Congress Lok Sabha candidate Vivek Tankha on Monday. Road Show started late in the evening and passed through Kachchaghar, Ghamapur, Milonigang, Damoh Naka, Tripuri and other parts of the city. Large crowds of people gathered in front of the Tankha’s house. Lots of fans were waiting to have a glimpse of the Bollywood actress. During the Road Show, Amisha Patel waved to the public and urged people to cast their votes in favor of Congress candidate Vivek Tankha.

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Mutilated body on rly track: Victim strangulated to death, later dumped

The speculation, which was filling the air that the unidentified victim, whose mutilated body was recovered from Misrod railway track earlier, was strangulated to death and later, was dumped ... Read More
The speculation, which was filling the air that the unidentified victim, whose mutilated body was recovered from Misrod railway track earlier, was strangulated to death and later, was dumped at railway track was on Monday finally proved true. Post-mortem report of the victim on Monday confirmed that the victim died of being strangulated and later, was run over by the train. However, mystery behind the victim’s identity as well as murder remained unsolved even on Monday.

Two days ago, on Saturday night, the victim was found on railway track behind Indus Town in mutilated state. Since Saturday night, police failed to establish identity of the victim till date. SDOP Misrod Atik Ahmed Khan said that the post mortem report confirmed that the victim was strangulated to death. Police was leaving no stone unturned regarding establishing victim’s identity as well as solving this murder case, he added.

In the initial investigation, police found signs of struggle at the spot and the circumstantial evidences suggested that victim was beaten as broken tooth and blood was found at the spot. Attire of the victim suggested that he used to work as labourer. But until the area he used to live and the recent construction site in which he used to work is not found, it will be difficult to establish his identity, SDOP further added. Late night, on Saturday, at around 12:30 am, Misrod Station Master informed the police regarding body of the youth found lying on the railway track.

There was a noose around the throat of the victim, which suggested that he was strangulated to death first and later was dumped on railway track to misguide the police. Till the filing of the report, further investigation was on in this case.

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Man alleges JP Hospital doctors’ negligience caused wife’s death

A 30-year-old woman died during further treatment at JP Hospital on Sunday some three days after she gave birth to a child and since then, was admitted for further treatment. Following the death... Read More
A 30-year-old woman died during further treatment at JP Hospital on Sunday some three days after she gave birth to a child and since then, was admitted for further treatment. Following the death, husband of the victim alleged that doctors’ negligience had caused death of the victim. Claiming the victim was absolutely fine after delivery on April 4, he demanded the police for lodging a case against concerned doctors.

Reaching at hospital, Govindpura police seized the body and later, sent it for post-mortem. Police lodged a case under section 174 of CrPc and began further investigation into matter. Police said that after sufficient investigation into allegation of the victim’s husband, a case would be lodged against doctors. Victim was identified as Sandhya, 30, wife of Deepak, resident of Barkheda.

Some days ago, the victim was admitted at JP Hospital for delivery. According to information, on April 4, she gave birth to a child and since then, was undergoing treatment. On Sunday, her condition suddenly started deteriorating and later, she breathed her last. Deepak, husband of the victim, blamed doctors and nurses of the hospital for their negligence towards treatment of the victim, causing her death. Police said that the post-mortem report of the victim was awaited, which would reveal the cause behind her death as well as decide the next course of action in the case. Till filing of the report, further investigation was being carried out in this case.

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Kolar Hospital lags behind in facilities for patients

There is no let up in woes of Kolar Hospital, started by the Health Department on October 2, 2013 to cater the medical needs of more than 2.5 lakh Kolar residents. But it is still facing severa... Read More
There is no let up in woes of Kolar Hospital, started by the Health Department on October 2, 2013 to cater the medical needs of more than 2.5 lakh Kolar residents. But it is still facing several problems like lack of necessary equipment, doctors and paramedical staff. The X-ray facility in this hospital was started after four months of starting the hospital. Hospital Incharge Dr Jyoti Tiwari, who is medical officer, has to perform emergency duty because of her post as Hospital Incharge. In no other Government hospital, the Hospital Incharge performed emergency duty, only medical officers do it. But she is forced to do so due to shortage of medical officers there. There are only four medical officers, including her, who give round the clock services to the patients. Condition of pathology section was not good. Most of the time, patients are advised to approach the District JP Hospital or other Government hospitals for some necessary pathological tests. The reason cited by the hospital authorities is there is only one lab technician, who is, most of the days, on medical leave. However, hospital authorities are trying to take lab attendant’s services for pathological tests so that in emergency, the tests could be performed and patients may not suffer.

Some patients at Kolar Hospital said that the Health Department hurried in opening the hospital without infrastructure and staff just to get public appreciation.

When contacted, Dr Jyoti Tiwari, Kolar Hospital In charge, admitted the pathological tests suffered because of non-availability of lab technician. “The lab technician is usually, on medical leave. However, we are readying services of lab attendant. I am Hospital In charge but I am forced to do emergency duty. We are short of two medical officers,” she said.

Dr Tiwari said she has demanded one more lab technician and two medical officers to run the hospital services smoothly. However, still I have continued round the clock services, she said.

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Congress criticises BJP manifesto

State Congress President Arun Yadav has criticised BJP manifesto and dubbed it as directionless. “BJP has no clear vision. BJP has ignored tribals, dalits and women,” Yadav said. He alleg... Read More
State Congress President Arun Yadav has criticised BJP manifesto and dubbed it as directionless. “BJP has no clear vision. BJP has ignored tribals, dalits and women,” Yadav said. He alleged that BJP was known to make promises and forget them later. In a strong reaction on BJP manifesto, he said that the delay in releasing the manifesto had given birth to apprehension that BJP will not be able to give foresight in terms of political vision to people and when its manifesto was finally released, it had only disappointed the voters. Many tall claims had been made in the manifesto but BJP had not made it clear that how it will fulfill them. Several promises had been made to minorities but BJP could not be believed in this regard. He dubbed BJP manifesto as a bundle of hollow promises.

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BJP manifesto going to prove milestone: Tomar

BJP State President, Narendra Singh Tomar has described party’s manifesto as a milestone in the direction to strengthen economy, employment generation and eradication of inflation. It reflect... Read More
BJP State President, Narendra Singh Tomar has described party’s manifesto as a milestone in the direction to strengthen economy, employment generation and eradication of inflation. It reflected vision of better India and gave new hope. BJP has pledged to give security to women.

Tomar claimed that ten years rule of UPA Government had destroyed the economy of country. Inflation had made lives of people more miserable. Due to decline in production, unemployment situation had emerged. Recession and deficiency in purchasing power had left an adverse impact on the lives of people. The wheel of economic development had moved with great speed in anticipation of Modi leading the country. Inflation would be dealt with by expansion of e-governance. For some time, desperation feeling had surfaced in society due to insecurity feeling and women were feeling unsafe. BJP pledge to provide security cover would be palpable soon.

Citing party’s manifesto, he said commitment to provide benefit of more than fifty percent of investment cost would certainly pave way of happiness among peasants. A new chapter would start in the field of health with piped water supply in every village and AIIMs in every state. He said that hundred smart cities would be developed in country. BJP has also promised shelter to people living without homes.

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Budget shortage halts land development for industries

State Government always wanted industrial development in the State, invited industrialists to State but funds shortage to the Industry Department was becoming major hurdle in land development and i... Read More
State Government always wanted industrial development in the State, invited industrialists to State but funds shortage to the Industry Department was becoming major hurdle in land development and infrastructure for industries in many parts of the State. Even, in the State capital, condition was not good. Industrialists had shown their willingness to establish their plants in Bandi Khedi industrial corridor for the last five years. Every year, they ask Industry Department officers about infrastructure work progress but were disappointed with the reply. The work had not yet been started.

According to sources in Industry Department, delay in completing infrastructure works may force industrialists out of the city for establishing industries. For infrastructure development at only one place of Badi Khedi, the District Industry Officer had sought Rs 30 crore from the Government. File of sanctioning required funds is not moving due to Lok Sabha elections model code of conduct. Many industrialists willing to establish their industries around the city had applied to the District Industry Officer in 2009. Industrialists were eager to establish industries at Bandi Khedi. But there was still deserted land and in such condition, the industrialists could not start their project.

A senior officer in Industry Department said that all over the State, the condition of infrastructure development for industries was the same. Only in Indore, the Government took interest for industrial development. However, in the city, three places had been identified for development of infrastructure in Bagroda and Acharpura, but these places were yet to be developed by Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN).

AKVN has also several applications of industrialists, interested in establishing their plants. AKVN is said to have not developed the deserted land there. Some industrialists were said to have tuned up to other cities and even states to have their projects started. When contacted, Sanjay Pathak, District Industry Officer, said that Badi khedi area was to be developed in 2009. Applications of interested industrialists were also received in same year. “We have sought Rs 30 crore for land development, we may receive it after Lok Sabha election and start work, he said.

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Include air travel expense of Kamal Nath in election expenditure, says BJP

In a bid to corner Congress Lok Sabha candidate Kamal Nath, BJP Election Management Committee Convenor, Anil Madhav Dave has demanded from Election Commission that Kamal Nath’s air travel expen... Read More
In a bid to corner Congress Lok Sabha candidate Kamal Nath, BJP Election Management Committee Convenor, Anil Madhav Dave has demanded from Election Commission that Kamal Nath’s air travel expense should be included into his election expenditure and investigation should be done in this regard. Anil Dave apprehended that Kamal Nath had spent more than the fixed sum.

In the memorandum, submitted to Election Commission, Anil Dave said Congress Lok Sabha candidate from Chhindwara, Kamal Nath was extensively using his helicopter in campaigning and hence, his air travel should be investigated. Dave apprehended that Kamal Nath had done more expenditure than the fixed sum. Hence investigation should be done in this regard. He said Kamal Nath had approximately used eighty five helipads from March 22 to April 3. On construction of one helipad, Public Works Department has to cough out Rs 5,000. In this manner, a sum of Rs 4.25 lakh had been spent on construction of eighty-five helipads. Nath’s travel started from March 24 along with a campaigner and in remaining days, he alone had travelled.

He said that expenditure of Rs 49,62,920 was done on air travel and sum of Rs 4,25,000 spent on helipad construction. Total sum amounted to Rs 53,87,920, which should be included in election expenditure of Kamal Nath. He requested Election Commission to take cognizance in this regard and conduct fair probe.

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BJP and Cong at loggerheads in Indore Lok Sabha election

The Indore Lok Sabha seat is yet another seat in State, which is considered stronghold of BJP. Senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan had won election from Indore constituency for consecutive seven ... Read More
The Indore Lok Sabha seat is yet another seat in State, which is considered stronghold of BJP. Senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan had won election from Indore constituency for consecutive seven times and even in this election, she is in battlefield. Congress has once again fielded Satyanarayan Patel against her. In last election, Satyanarayan Patel had given tough fight to Sumitra Mahajan and latter had won by less than twelve thousand votes otherwise she had won her previous elections with vast margin.

Whether Patel would be able to break the fiefdom of Sumitra Mahajan this time? Indore Lok Sabha seat comprises eight Assembly seats namely Depalpur, Indore 1, Indore 2, Indore 3, Indore 4, Indore 5, Rau and Sanver. Except Rau, BJP is having all remaining Assembly seats and this gives an indication that why Indore Lok Sabha constituency is considered as bastion of BJP. BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan is facing uphill task of winning the election again, that too, with good margin and if this happens, then she would be the first leader from Indore Lok Sabha constituency to win eight elections in a row and this would be a record in itself. But if her last performance in election is considered, then this election is not going to be a cakewalk to her as happened to her in past.

On the other hand, Congress candidate Satyanarayan Patel is harping on his victory chances on the anti incumbency factor, risen against Sumitra Mahajan apart from riding on achievement plank of UPA Government. BJP’s Indore Gramin District President, Ravi Ravaliya said to ‘The Hitavada’ that BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan was again going to win the election on the basis of work done by her in the constituency. All BJP leaders were united and working for her victory. Congress was being cornered by raising the inflation and corruption issues that cropped up in UPA regime.

When asked that Sumitra Mahajan, popularly known as “Tai”, had won last election by a margin of less than 12,000 votes, he said “During last elections, circumstances were different and there were some problems but in this election, all things have been sorted out and all BJP leaders are working in united manner.” Notably, differences among Sumitra Mahajan and minister Kailash Vijayvargiya was not a hidden fact. Former State President of Mahila Congress Archana Jaiswal, who lives in Indore, said to ‘The Hitavada’ that of course BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan was a non controversial person but she had not done anything significant, which could be reckoned. Owing to this reason, there was anti incumbency factor against her, which Congress was trying to cash. On the other hand, Congress, for the first time, is fighting election as an organisation. When contacted, former MLA of Congress and District President of Indore rural, Antar Singh Darbaar said to ‘The Hitavada’ that there is strong resentment against BJP candidate Sumitra Mahajan as she had mostly remained inactive and Congress was trying to encash this factor with full strength. The other most important point, which Congress was trying to cash in on was that farmers were angry in rural areas as they had not received compensation against their damaged crops from the side of BJP-ruled State Government.

He added that BJP was harping on Modi wave but now, people change news channel when Modi comes on screen. All knew that Modi lacked in intelligence level and general knowledge. When asked that if Sumitra Mahajan had been inactive, then how she managed to win seven elections in a row, he said that it was the fault of the defeated candidates of Congress that after losing election, they had not maintained live relation with their constituency.

AAP was also creating jitters in Indore Lok Sabha constituency as its candidate was also in fray. Whether AAP would be able to make any difference to political scene was a debatable question. Likewise, other political parties were also in battlefield. But main fight was between BJP and Congress.

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Chhaya Verma breaks her silence; affirms continuing with Congress

The mystery over whether or not Chhaya Verma would continue with Congress was answered on Monday when she emerged after long dormancy before media persons confirming that she would remain a commi... Read More
The mystery over whether or not Chhaya Verma would continue with Congress was answered on Monday when she emerged after long dormancy before media persons confirming that she would remain a committed party worker. Verma was reportedly aggrieved when Congress high-command finalized former Minister Satyanarayan Sharma as party candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat.

As it happened, Chhaya Verma arrived suddenly at the residence of state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel on Monday morning where she confessed of being hurt with party canceling her candidature but also added that she would continue to be committed party worker. She termed Satyanarayan Sharma to be a father figure to her and asserted that all grievances have been come over with and she would actively campaign in party’s interests. Verma also dismissed as speculations, talks of her joining the rival BJP. It may be recalled that Chhaya Verma had gotten upset after the confusion regarding Raipur Lok Sabha seat candidature continue over days and finally concluded with cancellation of her ticket.

In his reaction, state Congress President Bhupesh Baghel termed Chhaya Verma’s grievance as genuine. It must be recalled that Baghel had earlier revealed that he is contact with Chhaya Verma. He was speaking on continuing speculations that Chhaya Verma may not ever rejoin active politics or may decide to quit party altogether. Both Chhaya Verma and Bhupesh Baghel departed later for public meeting in Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency. Raipur Mayor Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak and Chhattisgarh Congress Incharge General Secretary Girish Dewangan were also present on the occasion.

Satyanarayan Sharma continues his campaign; visits Pandri Bus Stand

Satyanarayan Sharma, Congress candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat, continued his campaign on Monday as well. Sharma visited Vivekanand Peeth Kota, Engineering College premises, University premises to interact with the routine morning walkers and ask them to vote for him.Sharma also visited busy Pandri Bus Stand to meet the commuters of the Raipur Lok Sabha seat. He visited Ram Nagar chowk to be able to meet a large number of passersby. Sharma’s close aides claimed that villagers Sukalu Ram from Tarpongi and Golu Verma of Dharseeva invited the senior Congress leader to visit their areas for public meeting. Both of them lauded the activeness of Sharma and assured voting for him.

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‘Boiling’ begins as Raipur touches 40 deg C mark

THE sizzling heat in the capital touched a new season’s high on Monday, breaking through the 41-degree mark to settle at 41.5 degree Celsius. While Monday was one degree more than Sunday’s maxi... Read More
THE sizzling heat in the capital touched a new season’s high on Monday, breaking through the 41-degree mark to settle at 41.5 degree Celsius. While Monday was one degree more than Sunday’s maximum of 40.8 in Raipur, a similar phenomenon was witnessed in other parts of the state.

However, Bilaspur topped the chart of highest temperature recording 41.7 degree Celsius in the state. Besides Raipur being the second highest at 41.5, it was followed with Mana (Airport) 41.4 degrees, Champa 40.6 along with Bhilai and Ambikapur 40.0 degrees each.

While the Met Department has not held out any hope of the scorching heat relenting, it claimed that the maximum temperature could fall only if a system is developed, which could lead to thunderstorms and squalls coupled with trace rainfall. The minimum temperature recorded in Raipur on Monday was 26.0, almost two degrees above normal. But, Bhilai was leading in minimum temperature list with 27.5 across the state.

Met officials sources said that most parts of the state were in the grip of sweltering heat caused largely by dry winds blowing from South Westerly and Westerly direction to Central India, and absence of rain. While many places in Chhattisgarh were in throes of a hot condition, other major districts in the state – Bilaspur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Ambikapur, Janjgir-Champa and Bhilai were also experiencing above normal temperatures. On immediate chances of rainfall, the weatherman said that there is a huge difference between the morning and evening humidity. Whenever, the average humidity of the day exceeds 40 per cent, the existing conditions favour for the formation of rain bearing clouds. Thus chances of rain or thundershowers increases.

“Even though some very high clouds were seen during the second half of the day, it was impossible to spend more than a few minutes out in the open. The sun was extremely harsh and I preferred to stay inside my air-conditioned office,” said Rajesh Gangwani, Tax Consultant having office at Santoshi Nagar Chowk.

According to the Meteorological Center, Raipur’s forecast, weather will be mainly dry across the state on Tuesday. Sky will be clear in the capital with maximum temperature expected around 42 degrees Celsius.

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R K Vij among 20-member Indian delegation to visit USA for seminar on Crisis Management

Rajinder Kumar Vij, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre officer of Chhattisgarh Police, is one among the 20-members Indian delegation, which is visiting Washington DC, United States of Ame... Read More
Rajinder Kumar Vij, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) cadre officer of Chhattisgarh Police, is one among the 20-members Indian delegation, which is visiting Washington DC, United States of America (USA) on 4-day tour to attend Senior Crisis Management Seminar. The seminar, to be held from June 2 to 6, is being organized by Government of United States.

Highly-placed sources informed that an official letter by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, confirming the selection of R K Vij, a 1988-batch IPS, presently serving as Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Ops) with Chhattisgarh Police, was received here recently. “Vij’s name to the Indian delegation was nominated by Director General of Police (DGP) A N Upadhyay last month,” the sources added.

Apart from ADG Vij, according to the sources, the other members of Indian delegation visiting USA includes Sanjoy Mukherjee (ADG, Establishment, PHQ, Kolkata, West Bengal), Ms Sampat Meena (IG, Organised Crime, CID, Ranchi, Jharkhand), Banshi Dhar Sharma (ADG, BSF, Eastern Command, Kolkata), Shailendra Kumar (IG, Comunication, CRPF, HQ) Aluru Bala Venkateswara Rao (IGP, OCTOPUS, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh), Om Prakash (DGP, Commandant, General Home Guard, Karnataka), Kulyash Kumar Sharma (ADGP, Panchkula), Rajeev Kumar Dasot (ADGP, Jaipur, Rajasthan), Sanjeev Shami (IG, ATS, Bhopal, MP), T K D Vinod Kumar (Joint Director, SVPNPA), Pradeep Kapur (ADGP, Odisha), Pundi Mallana Gaoud (ADGP Training, Manipur), Sutapa Sanyal (ADGP, EOW, Lucknow), Paras Nath Rai (ADG, Rail, Bihar), Somesh Goyal (IG, O&I, SSB, New Delhi), Deepam Seth (IG, Prov & Modernisation, PHQ, Dehradun), Kumar Vinay Singh Deo (IG, CISF, Eastern Sector, Patna), Pramod Asthana (IG,Director, BPR&D, New Delhi) and Dushyant Singh (Chief Security Officer, MHA).

Additional charge to two IPS officers

In another development, State Government on Monday allocated additional charge to two senior IPS officers. As per the orders issued from General Administration Department (GAD) in Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhawan), ADG (Naxal Ops/CAF/STF/CTJW) R K Vij has been given additional responsibility of ADG Telecommunications. Similarly, DIG Crime Investigation Department (CID) Purshottam Gautam has also been handed over additional charge of DIG (Rail) till further orders.

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CEO elaborates poll preparations in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur, on Monday, elaborated about the arrangements completed for Bastar parliamentary polls scheduled for April 10. He was addressing a press conference... Read More
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Kumar Kujur, on Monday, elaborated about the arrangements completed for Bastar parliamentary polls scheduled for April 10. He was addressing a press conference on the issue in his office.

As expected the security concerns have dominated the decisions with regards to electoral arrangements in Bastar constituency, that comprises of six districts afflicted with Maoist insurgency. CEO Kujur informed that out of 1797 polling booths instituted within this parliamentary constituency, 1407 have been designated as critical. Again, 238 polling booths have been shifted for security concerns against 167 during Vidhan Sabha polls, implying that those many more voters would have to tread under the scorching heat to cast their ballot.

CEO Kujur added that shifting of poll materials and personnel have already begun for areas where they would require to be airlifted through helicopters. He confirmed that six helicopters have been pressed into service for the purpose. With regards to ensuring continued monitoring in sensitive areas, CEO Kujur said that a total of 98 such polling booths have been identified across all legislative constituencies for webcasting as against only seven that were kept under this mode of surveillance during the Vidhan Sabha polls. More than 1000 digital/video cameras would also be deployed for critical polling stations in Bastar parliamentary constituency.

The timings have also been revised for Bastar Lok Sabha constituency. While previously, it was slated to be from 7 am to 4 pm for legislative segments other than Jagdalpur, it would now be from 7 am to 3 pm. Again, the voting timing for Jagdalpur legislative constituency has been revised from 7 am to 4 pm instead of 7 am to 6 pm. CEO Kujur also said that women have indeed been deployed as poll personnel in Bastar constituency, but have been assigned in urban areas.

Kujur confirms plaint against Gariaband Collector

Responding to media queries, CEO Kujur also confirmed having received complaint against Gariaband Collector Hemant Kumar Pahare. He said that the complaint is being examined for its veracity. He also denied disclosing as to what his findings with regards to Congress’s complaint against Rajat Kumar, former Korba Collector that led Election Commission of India (ECI) to order his removal from post. He also confirmed having sent report pertaining to Congress complaint against four senior police officials of State.

GVK EMRI to place air ambulances

GVK EMRI in collaboration with the department of Health and Family Welfare, Chhattisgarh government, will place two air ambulances and four Advanced Life Support ambulances during the Lok Sabha election in the state. This was informed by GVK EMRI official Shibu Kumar in presence of Suresh Kamle, Head of Operation, Chhattisgarh. It may be mentioned that GVK EMRI in a Public Private Partnership initiative with the state government has been successfully running emergency ambulance service dial 108 Sanjeevani Express and also dial 102 Mahatari Express in e state. Advance life support ambulances are the kind of ambulances that has ventilator and other facilities. State Programme Officer, Vector Borne Diseases, Dr V Jaiprakash focused on the occasion of World Health Day on Monday that Sanjeevani Exp was a good support in transportation of patients.

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High Court grants bail to Pallavi Joshi

JUSTICE M L Tahaliyani of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court granted bail to Pallavi Joshi, Director of Shreesurya Group, on Monday. While releasing Pallavi on a personal bond of Rs on... Read More
JUSTICE M L Tahaliyani of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court granted bail to Pallavi Joshi, Director of Shreesurya Group, on Monday. While releasing Pallavi on a personal bond of Rs one lakh with solvent surety of the like amount, the High Court directed Pallavi to surrender her passport with the Investigation Officer Police Inspector Vishnu Bhoye of the Crime Branch.

In September last year, officers from Economic offences Wing (EoW) of the Crime Branch had registered an offence under Sections 420, 406 and 34 of the IPC read with Sections 3 of Maharashtra Protection of Investors Deposit Act, 1999, against Shreesurya Group Chairman Sameer Joshi, his director wife Pallavi and others for duping hundreds of investors of crores of rupees. The first complaint was lodged by Amit Govind Morey (36), a hotelier and a resident of Plot No. 63, Pawanbhoomi, Somalwada, who was duped to the tune of Rs five lakh, by Joshi couple.Joshi’s firm floated several schemes attracting thousands of gullible investors from across Vidarbha, including retired government employees, promising high returns in the past 6-7 years. It also lured the common man promising doubling of the invested money within months. The firm also had floated an insurance scheme -- Jeevan Kalpavruksha -- on the lines of the one by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India offering life cover of about Rs one crore. However, the scheme allegedly turned out to be illegal as Shreesurya was not registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority as an insurance company. Even the insurance plans were not approved by the authority. Though the firm collected huge amounts by luring investors, it did not get any approval from any of the financial regulatory authorities. Moreover, it did not take permission from Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for running such collective investment schemes. Shreesurya Chairman Sameer Joshi had also issued notarised promissory notes mentioning that the firm would pay quarterly interest of 12.5 per cent on invested amount.

On October 17 last year, cops arrested Sameer Joshi. Immediately Pallavi applied for anticipatory bail and on October 24, 2013, Pallavi surrendered before the court after her anticipatory bail plea was rejected. After her police custody remand (PCR) ended, she applied for regular bail. As her bail plea was turned down by the Sessions Court, she then moved the High Court. Strongly opposing her bail plea, Public Prosecutor Bharati Dangre, Adv. B M Karde (lawyer appeared for investors) and Investigation Officer PI Bhoye said that it was a serious crime and the accused may abscond after release. The prosecution also stated that she may pressurise the witnesses in the case.

Defence lawyers Senior Counsel Sunil Manohar and Adv. Aniruddha Jaltare aruged that accused Pallavi had a secondary role in the case. Citing the observation of the Apex Court while granting bail to one of the accused in the 2G Spectrum scam Sanjay Chandra, the defence lawyers said that there is a principle of bail and not jail.

The defence pointed that that Pallavi had herself surrendered before the court on October 24, 2013 and there was no chance that she would escape . Similarly, defence lawyers pointed out that Pallavi was a mother and one of her two daughters was not well since long. In this background, the defence lawyers argued that she should be released. After hearing both the sides, the High Court released Pallavi on bail.

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Uddhav slams Cong-NCP for Vidarbha’s woes

Holding Congress led UPA government squarely responsible for farmers’ suicide in Vidarbha region and total failure of MIHAN project, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appealed voters t... Read More
Holding Congress led UPA government squarely responsible for farmers’ suicide in Vidarbha region and total failure of MIHAN project, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray on Monday appealed voters to cast their votes for Shiv Sena, BJP and RPI (A) candidate Krupal Tumane who is contesting for second time from Ramtek. “Shiv Sena is committed to development of entire Vidarbha region and Sena will prove it, if the voters give us an opportunity,” Thackeray promised.

Addressing an impressive campaign rally for Tumane at Kanhan, Uddhav said, officially the MIHAN project was to complete before 2015. However, scenario is totally opposite. The project will not take off till 2030 if the Congress led government continues in Centre and state. Around seven lakh youths of Vidarbha region migrated to other parts of country and the reason is alarming unemployment in the region, he said. Sena leader Subhash Desai, Dr Dipak Sawant, Former MP Prakash Jadhav, MLAs Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vijay Ghodmare, Sudhir Parwe, Ashok Shinde, Sena leaders Radheshyam Hatewar, BJP District Chief Rajiv Potdar, Shekhar Sawarbandhe, RPI leader Digambar Kathale and others were present on the dais. Lashing out at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the Sena president charged him with neglecting agriculture sector.

Once, Narendra Modi become Prime Minister of India, we will waive entire debt of farmers. Replying to Pawar’s recent comment questioning Uddhav’s competence to run Sena, Uddhav asserted that he got leadership of the party from Balasaheb, who was the best leader of country. “I tried to uphold dignity of Balasaheb’s legacy of patriotism, Hindutva and saffron flag and till last breath never compromise with our core beliefs,” he added.

Cautioning voters not to be swayed by money power and other allurements offered by UPA, Uddhav alleged that Congress-NCP leaders pockets irrigation projects money meant to remove Vidarbha’s backlog and now same ill-gotten money is being freely used to purchase votes. This money can’t buy loyalty of fiercely loyal Shiv Sainiks who are ferocious tigers, he thundered while appealing voters to throw out UPA and DF in next election.

Launching attack against Cobrapost sting operation that purportedly unravelled the conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Uddhav said the website discovered the information after 22 years only to influence a particular section to vote against NDA. He questioned the role of Intelligence agencies saying why the agencies had no information about the plan. “I will uncover mask of the Cobrapost,” he added. In another sharp attack, the Sena supremo raised questions over Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with Imam Bukhari and said “can I meet Shankaracharya and get his confidence for the election.” Congress calls us communal if we appeal voters over Hindutva issues however, no one dares to call Congress communal after their meeting with Imam Bukhari, Uddhav said. Will Imam Bukhari decide fate of Indian elections and next Prime Minister, Thackeray angrily asked evoking thunderous applause.

He further said that Mukul Wasnik, who is heavyweight leader of Congress party, has done nothing for the constituency. He praised Sena candidate Tumane as true representative of common man and urged people to ensure his victory on April 10.

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Campaign guns to go silent today

Campaign guns will go silent on Tuesday just as city gets ready to soak into Ram Navami fervour. For 10 seats of Vidarbha, voting will be held on April 10, in which political stalwarts are test... Read More
Campaign guns will go silent on Tuesday just as city gets ready to soak into Ram Navami fervour. For 10 seats of Vidarbha, voting will be held on April 10, in which political stalwarts are testing their fortunes in this make or break general elections. After curtain comes down on intense campaign that has tested the physical strength of candidates owing to intense heat, the last 48 hours before polling would then hold the key to swinging the electorate in one's favour. Generally in this two-days period before the actual voting begins, last minute dices are thrown to rope in the crucial support. Though campaigning comes to end on Tuesday evening, for candidates and political parties there would be no respite as battle would shift to low key but most important phase of elections. Each of the parties would try to poach on other's territory and add up the figures in their kitty. The administration, police and revenue would also up their ante and keep a hawk’s eye on this happenings, which mostly are kept hidden and away from glare, to prevent offering of allurements to electorate.

The campaigning this time though was subdued and the fuzz and shrill that once was witnessed during the election period was missed by one and all. Kudos to Election Commission for this subtle change in electioneering and hope by next election the more crucial issues that involves nation's future makes it to centre point of campaigning. However the high profile visits of stalwarts managed to pitchfork the election back into mainstream.

Narendra Modi set the tone by back to back visits to Vidarbha to campaign for BJP-Shiv Sena candidates in Wardha, Chandrapur, Akola and Amravati. At Yavatmal he held discussion with farmers over a cup of tea. And the massive crowd that Modi generated at each of his meetings was hot topic of discussion and its impact would be tested on April 10.

Not to be outdone Congress also lined-up its top leaders, Sonia Gandhi who addressed two impressive public rallies, one in support of NCP candidate Praful Patel in Gondia and other for party candidates from Nagpur and Ramtek, at Chikhli on border of two constituencies of Nagpur district. Rahul Gandhi too braving the April heat made a pitch for party candidates in meetings at Wardha, Yavatmal and last in Wadsa-Desaiganj (part of Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency). Prominent candidates in fray includes Nitin Gadkari, former National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is locked in fierce battle with four-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Nagpur Vilas Muttemwar.

A significant factor to watch in current election would be the performance of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as it makes its maiden electoral debut in parliamentary polls. After successful victory in Delhi, AAP was riding high on euphoria but political observers are also not clear about actual electoral performance, although none of the candidates are taking the challenge of Anjali Damania lightly, atleast in Nagpur seat. Along side the election is also acid test for Bahjuan Samaj Party (BSP) as this time it has failed to net any high profile names, unlike last time when it provided them handsome returns and also sealed fates of quite a few stalwarts. Further the rumblings in BSP that was witnessed in its Eastern Vidarbha unit post rout in assembly polls now has push the party in a corner of sort. Also whether emergence of AAP on the political scene is sure to be a big challenge for BSP in this election in the region.

Elsewhere in Vidarbha other prominent candidates in fray are sitting Member of Parliament and ex-Union Minister Anand Adsul who is trying his luck again from Amravati. The Shiv Sanik is feeling the political heat after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) fielded a woman candidate, Navneet Rana, wife of Badnera MLA Ravi Rana. Not to mention two others in fray from here, Gunwant Deopare who after snub from NCP has got Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket and another candidate to watch out for is Dr Rajendra Gavai, who incidentally got a shot in arm after getting support from influential Bacchu Kadu, Independent MLA from Achalpur, and his Prahaar organisation. In Western Vidarbha, sitting Members of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Dhotre is locked in a battle with traditional rival Prakash Ambedkar who failed to get Congress Party support which fielded its own candidate Hidayat Patel. This triangular fight would split votes down the line.

From neighbouring Buldana seat, sitting MP, Pratap Jadhav of Shiv Sena is again in fray and this time the rival candidate from NCP is new, sitting legislator Krishnarao Ingle. From Yavatmal-Washim constituency, sitting MP from Shiv Sena Bhavna Gawli takes on the challenge mounted by Congress candidate, Maharashtra Minister Shivajirao Moghe. This is the only seat in Vidarbha where MNS had fielded a candidate and Raj Thackeray addressed an impressive meeting on Monday evening.

In Eastern Vidarbha, NCP heavy weight and Union Minister Praful Patel is keen to retain his hold on Gondia-Bhandara constituency. The rival this time if BJP's Nana Patole who in last election fighting as independent had bagged impressive votes. Moving next to Chandrapur seat, sitting MP and BJP candidate Hansraj Ahir faces Congress nominee and Maharashtra Minister Sanjay Deotale. Former legislator Wamanrao Chatap has donned AAP cap to throw hat in the ring from this seat. In Wardha, Sagar Meghe has replaced his father Datta Meghe as Congress candidate. He takes on BJP nominee Ramdas Tadas, who incidentally was once a trusted lieutenant of senior Meghe. At Ramtek, All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and former Union Minister Mukul Wasnik again squares off with Shiv Sena's Krupal Tumane in Ramtek constituency.

At Chimur-Gadchiroli constituency Congress has fielded a new face, its sitting legislator Dr Namdeo Usendi while BJP has reposed trust in Ashok Nete. This constituency is more infamous because of naxal presence in major part of Gadchiroli which makes campaigning quite tough and also risky.

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Summer sets in, it’s 420 celsius

The familiar summer heat is here. The mercury touched 42 degrees Celsius mark on Monday, indicating a steady rise in temperature ahead.

The mean maximum temperature of Nagpur city is 39 degre... Read More
The familiar summer heat is here. The mercury touched 42 degrees Celsius mark on Monday, indicating a steady rise in temperature ahead.

The mean maximum temperature of Nagpur city is 39 degrees Celsius during the first week of April and it rises to 42 degrees towards the end of the month. This time, with hailstorm and untimely rains lashing the city in March, many speculated that summer would be softer. However, with the maximum temperature rising to 42 degrees Celsius mark right at the start of the second week of April, the summer is likely to be harsher. The maximum temperature recorded in the city on Monday was three degrees above normal. Usually, the minimum temperature in the city ranges from 22 to 26 degrees Celsius in April. On Tuesday, it was 23 degrees Celsius, which was normal. With rise in temperature, the traffic on city roads is thinner in late afternoon. The cool-drinks vendors are doing a brisk business. People are seen moving on roads with summer-gears like caps, sun-glasses, sun-coats. Many are seen covering their faces with scarves.

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted partly cloudy sky on Wednesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 42 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius respectively.

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BJP’s India vision flawed, its manifesto bogus: Sharma

Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has charged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with copying election manifesto of Congress. There is nothing new in the election manifesto of BJP and reflects ban... Read More
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has charged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with copying election manifesto of Congress. There is nothing new in the election manifesto of BJP and reflects bankruptcy of ideas, he claimed. Sharma also launched a scathing attack against BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and claimed that Maharashtra Model is better than Gujarat Model.

Sharma was interacting with mediapersons at Nagpur. Sharma said, BJP manifesto emphasised on 5 T’s- Trade, Tradition, Talent, Tourism and Technology. The world has admitted India’s talent, while Indians are deployed in maximum numbers in IT industry worldwide. The Gujarat Government has failed to give boost to tourism and country has increased its trade upto 825 billon dollors. Congress Government has already developed the nation in these sectors. Congress-led UPA has incrased budget in health sector upto Rs 86,000 crore while in Education budgetary allocation has touched upto Rs 80,000 crore. The Congress has promised to spent One trillion dollors in next five years in infrastructure sector. Delhi will be having biggest Metro Rail service. Congress Government is creating infrastructure all over the country and in metro centres. There is no new idea, new thoughts, in the BJP’s manifesto. He described the ensuing election as battle of ideas and two conflicting ideologies with varied world-view. Sharma claimed that Congress stands for pluralistic, inclusive India ideology framed by Gandhi and Nehru while BJP supports world-view which is sectarian, narrow and exclusivist.

Sharma also launched a tirade against Modi and alleged that he was arrogant and intolerant and never answered any questions. He went on to say that Modi was never known for humility or truthfulness and his only aim was to snatch power. Modi is famous for false encounter in Gujarat, he added. Sharma added that the projection of one man above his party, the society and even the country poses a grave danger to democracy. Sharma said, “India has never accepted any arrogant person.” The BJP is spending hundred crores for projecting a person in the election. BJP is using black money in election campaign, he alleged. He said, BJP is a political deparrment of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Referring to the Gujarat model, Sharma claimed that when Modi took over as chief minister of Gujarat, its debt was Rs 45,000 crore, which had now gone up to Rs 1.38 lakh crore. Replying to a question, Sharma said, “Congress led UPA will select Rahul Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister if voted to power.” Former Minister Anees Ahmed, Raju Vyas, Ramkrishna Ozha, Nana Gawande were present.

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Ram Navmi shobhayatra to have 60 floats

All the necessary arrangements have been made for taking out a grand shobhayatra of Lord Ram, consisting of over 60 attractive floats depicting different mythological scenes, on Tuesday from Shri... Read More
All the necessary arrangements have been made for taking out a grand shobhayatra of Lord Ram, consisting of over 60 attractive floats depicting different mythological scenes, on Tuesday from Shri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir to mark Ram Navami. Similarly, Paschim Nagpur Nagarik Sangh, Shriram Janmotsava Shobhayatra Samiti, Wadi, Bhonsla royal family and others will also take out separate shobhayatras in the city on Tuesday to mark the occasion.

The shobhayatra being taken out from Shri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir enters 48th year this year. Prof Anil Sole, Mayor, will perform pooja of idols of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman mounted on the decorated main chariot ‘Divya Rath’ on Tuesday at 4 pm. Nitin Gadkari, Vilas Muttemwar, Shivajirao Moghe, Banwarilal Purohit, Nitin Raut, Anil Deshmukh, Rajendra Mulak, Anoop Kumar, K K Pathak, Avinash Pande, Abhishek Krishna, Praveen Darade, Devendra Fadnavis, Deenanath Padole, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Krishna Khopde, Satish Chaturvedi, Anees Ahmed, S Q Zama, Ramesh Bang, Jaitunbi Ansari, Narendra Borkar, Jaiprakash Gupta, Dipak Patel, Munnalal Gaur, Shyamsundar Poddar, Suresh Sharma, Dayashankar Tiwari and others will also perform pooja, before beginning of the shobhayatra at 4 pm. Later, the guests and devotees will haul the main chariot with the help of a rope for a few distance.

The shobhayatra will consist of impressive flaots, bhajan/kirtan parties, band parties, folk dancers, skating dancers, lezim parties etc. The shobhayatra will pass through Hansapuri, Teen Nal Chjowk, Shahid Chowk, Gandhi statue, Badkas Chowk, Kelibag road, Mahal, Tilak statue, Subhash road, Cotton Market, Shani Mandir road, Dr Munje Chowk, Rani Jhansi Square, Variety Square, Sitabuldi Main Road, Loha bridge, Shri Ganesh Tekdi Road and reach back to the temple in the night.

Welcome gates and arches will be put up enroute the yatra while important squares will be also be decorated. Cracker shows would also be organised enroute. Proper police bandobast will be deployed on the route to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Similarly, a number of voluteers will take necessary care during the shobhayatra. Devotees and social organisations will put up stalls to provide drinking water and prasad to devotees all over the route. Ramkrishna Poddar, Pt Umesh Sharma, Punit Poddar and devotees attached to Shri Ram Shoabhayatra Samiti of the mandir are working hard for making the event a grand success.

Shri Baidyanath Ayurved Bhavan Ltd, The Hitavada, Dainik Bhaskar, Om Hareram Hare Krishna Manas Sankirtan Mandal, Big Bzaaar, Lalit’s Rajwada Palace, Umrer College of Engineering, Shri Rajiv Jaiswal Mitra Pariwar, Veneer Glass Industries, Rukhmini Metals and Gases Ltd, Jaibhavan Durga Utsava Mandal, Shri Ramdeobaba Bhakt Mandal, Shri Durgadevi Manas Mandir, Shri Jalaram Friends Pvt Ltd, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, Shri Jalaram Satsang Mandal and others will put up their floats in the yatra.

Similarly, Paschim Nagpur Nagrik Sangh will also take out a grand shobhayatra on Ram Navami on April 8 in West Nagpur area. Navratra of Shri Ramchandra began from Gudhi Padwa at Ram Mandir, Ram Nagar. As a part of Navratra celebration, the sangh organises Shobhayatra on a large scale every year from 1973. This is the 41st year of Shobhayatra, said, Rajiv Kalele, Secretary.

Pujan of palanquin consisting of idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman will be held at 5 pm. After the pujan, Shobhayatra will start from the premises of Ram Mandir. Rajendra Mulak, Anil Sole, Basantlal Shaw, MLA Devendra Fadnavis, MLA Sudhakar Dshmukh, Arun Lakhani, Dr Vilas Sapkal, Vijay Vinchurkar and K K Pathak will perform pujan. Jayant Apte, Pravin Mahajan, Ravi Waghmare, Ashok Patrikar, Madan Chobe, P P Deshpande, Ashok Bagalkote, Prakash Kulkarni, Pranay Tidke, Prashant Pawar, Prabhakar Hastak, Adv Sachin Narale, Milind Wazalwar and Mrunal Puranik are making necessary arrangements.

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Suicide is not the solution: Raj Thackeray to ryots

Suicide is not the answer to anything. And if you (farmers) still have to die, at least do so after eliminating the people who have forced you to take the extreme decision. This was the piece of ... Read More
Suicide is not the answer to anything. And if you (farmers) still have to die, at least do so after eliminating the people who have forced you to take the extreme decision. This was the piece of advice given by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray to the farmers of Vidarbha. He was addressing the poll campaign rally of MNS candidate from Yavatmal-Washim Lok Sabha constituency Raju Patil Raje, at Yavatmal’s Postal Ground on Monday.

Thackeray further said that it was a matter of shame that Yavatmal district has become infamous today for its many farmers’ suicides. Taking a did by Congress and NCP leaders he said, “The region faced hailstorms in recent past. Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan visited the affected areas. But, Pawar visited only those places where a NCP candidate is in fray for the Lok Sabha elections and Chavan toured the villages were Congress candidate is in fray.” The MNS chief further said Yavatmal is a backward district. “The number of unemployeds is high. But if the jobless want to travel out of the city for work, there is not even railway connectivity from here. The demand of railway line has been pending since long,” he pointed out. Stating that people voted for Bhavana Gawali with a hope that she would give momentum to the pending demand, Thackeray said that she too failed to bring railway in the district.

He further said, “Had Gawali been successful in fulfilling the demand, In would have come to Yavatmal in this election to campaign for her. But she has failed to do so and therefore people should now vote for Raju Patil Raje. If he too fails to bring railway connectivity, I would campaign against him in the next election, Thackeray said. The MNS candidate Raju Patil Raje also addressed the gathering.

It may be mentioned here that Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray’s public meeting was held at the same venue on Sunday. Raj’s rally on Monday evoked similar response as that of Uddhav’s.

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‘Support UPA’s vision of devpt, brotherhood’

IN the final phase of campaigning for the 16th Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was in Amgaon on Monday to address public meeting in favour of LS candidates ... Read More
IN the final phase of campaigning for the 16th Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was in Amgaon on Monday to address public meeting in favour of LS candidates Praful Patel and Dr Namdeo Usendi of Congress–NCP alliance supported by PRP and RPI (Gavai).

Addressing the well attended meeting in the premises of APMC ground, Chavan said “India has heritage of peace and brotherhood, people here are not believing in politics of destruction and hatred which the opposition people are trying to do. Modi’s Gujarat Model is a model of hatred and he is a man with the attitude of a dictator. First he hijacked senior partymen in the organisation and now is dreaming of doing the same with the nation.”

Lamenting on the Modi, Chavan said that he has cases of causing communal riots against him but has not tendered apology, keep away such communal forces from the governance for better and peaceful nation. Speaking further, Chavan said that this election is fight of two ideologies, one who want to divide the nation on the name of caste and the other who always wants peace and brotherhood among the people of the nation. Counting on the achievements of UPA Government, Chavan said that Congress-led UPA Government has done several works for the welfare of people. “We introduced Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana for availing free medical treatment to the deprived section and Food Security Act has been introduced to ensure foodgrain at cheapest price to common people.

Congress and NCP always think of farmers, tribals, farm labourers, OBC people and other sections of the society. In the need of farmers we announced immediate relief of Rs 3,000 crore as aid for the rain and hailstorm hit cultivators. Likewise Government is making available agriculture loan at zero per cent for the farmers. Tribals are getting ‘Van Haq’ pattas, all this is done during the regime of UPA Government, claimed Chavan. He appealed people to vote in favour of candidates of Congress–NCP alliance and against communal forces.

MLA Vijay Wadettiwar, Gopaldas Agrawal, Ramratan Raut and ex– MHADA Chairman Naresh Maheshwari also addressed the gathering. Wadettiwar dubbed BJP as ‘Jhagda Party.’ Former State Minister Bharatbhau Bahekar, NCP’s Tehsil President Kamalbapu Bahekar, former ZP President Tolsing Pawar, Congress President of Gondia district Purushottam Katre, Jamilbhai Pathan, Adv K R Shende, Isulal Bhalekar and several other supporters of Congress and NCP were present on the occasion.

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Nagpur make Mumbai sweat for title

Mumbai District Football Association emerged the winners of the 1st Maharashtra State Women’s Inter-District Football Championship at they Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli on... Read More
Mumbai District Football Association emerged the winners of the 1st Maharashtra State Women’s Inter-District Football Championship at they Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli on Monday. In what turned out to be a hard-fought title decider, the Mumbaikars needed to sweat it out before they could emerge winners defeating hosts, Nagpur District Football Association 1-0.

The match winner came in the sixth minute of play after the lemon break in this 30 minute per half decider. It was Mumbai’s hard-working and dependable going-for-the-ball medio Laura Estebeiro (seated in the team photo alongside, third from left, displaying the v-for-victory sign).

Laura who had all along been coming across as one of the key obstructors of Nagpur’s goal-bound advances in the mid-field, had in an attacking move of the Mumbaikars reached the top of the goal-arc of Nagpur’s citadel. From there she right-footed a floater which Nagpur’s goal-keeper Echcha Sahare deftly got her hands onto overhead, but to her dismay, she was not directly behind the ball and it deflected off her raised palms and lobbed behind the goal line (1-0, 36th min).

As it turned out, that was the only goal scored during the match with Echha Sahare coming up some spectacular saves when Mumbai were scorching NDFA’s penalty box looking to boot in net-bulgers. Among these include a double-handed powerful overhead save cutting off a floater by Lara (42nd min) and an attempt by Jennifer Peter (46th min, saved with a dive to Echha’s right) inside the goal area. Nagpur’s girls came up with a fighting fit performance. The real fighters among these being centre-forward and captain, Nikita Shende who despite being heavily marked come up with some timely assists, medio Sunita Yadav, striker Usha Uikey, Priya Tiwari in attack, Shraddha Yadav as left-back, Ratna Bhalavi and later Puja Mishra as defenders.

NDFA’s coach Sunil Kale and Manager Dr. Kalpana Jadhav together with Technical Director Morien D’mello and Deputy Technical Director Shalini Ragde, both past players of Maharashtra helped NDFA put up a stiff resistance, with the young women reciprocating adequately. Yellow card: Roshni Khobragade (36th mn, NDFA). Mohan Nair executive member WIFA as observer of the meet expressed his satisfaction at the successful hosting of the event.

In the prize distribution that wrapped up the evening, guest on the occasion, Nagpur City’s Congress Chief, Vikas Thakre gave away the prizes. Atal Bahadur Singh, Vice-President WIFA and President, NDFA was instrumental in garnering decent cash prizes for the meritorious players. He succeeded in raking in Rs.97,000 by way of prizes, of which Vikas Thakre donated Rs.36,000, Grand Cuisine (Mumbai) Rs.22,000, Tajshree Rs.15,000, NDFA 19,000 and Rs.5,000 from three local football clubs. MDFA took home a winner’s trophy and Rs.25,000. NDFA received the runner-up trophy and Rs.15,000. Mumbai’s Abeer Arsiwala and Jennifer Peter shared the Player of the Tournament purse of Rs.10,000 equally. Mumbai’s Laura Estebeiro (Player of the Tournament) received Rs.7,000, Durva Vahia (Rs.6,000) as Best Goal-keeper of the Meet and Nagpur’s Nikita Shende received Rs.5,000 for emerging the Best Player of the runner-up team. Coaches of the finalist teams received Rs.2,500 each while the coaches of the remaining teams of the tournament, Rs.2,000 each.

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Ex-Test player Jayantilal to coach at Mujumdar Academy

FORMER Test player of India, Mr Jayantilal Keniya, will be imparting coaching to budding cricketers for one month at the Mujumdar Cricket Academy, Vasant Nagar. The special camp will begin on Apri... Read More
FORMER Test player of India, Mr Jayantilal Keniya, will be imparting coaching to budding cricketers for one month at the Mujumdar Cricket Academy, Vasant Nagar. The special camp will begin on April 10. Jayantilal, who has also coached Vidarbha Ranji Trophy team, will teach nuances of the game in morning and evening hours for a month, informs a press release issued by Sunil Mujumdar, Secretary, MCA. MCA has a round-the-year coaching for youngsters on seven turf wickets and two astro-turf wickets. The Academy has made it a point to invite former cricketing greats for special coaching. Ex-England captain Graham Gooch is one among such legendary cricketers, who had interacted with MCA students in the previous years.

The Academy has produced several Ranji players through its training programmes. MCA’s teams also tours England and South Africa for practice games. Last year the academy team visited South Africa where the players had a special coaching stint with Gary Kirsten, former SA Test star and India’s World Cup winning coach.

The coaching methods at the academy involve video analysis, physical training programme, bowling machine and regular match practice on Turf Wickets. The trainees are placed into various teams that participate in all divisions of Guzder League.

Every year Mujumdar Cricket Academy’s players represent tournaments organised by BCCI viz., Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, CK Nayudu Trophy, Cooch Behar Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Vijay Merchant Trophy and others. More details can be had from Sunil Mujumdar on 9823028450 or at Vasant Nagar ground from: 6:30 am to 10.30 am and 4 pm to 7 pm daily.

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BJP vehemently opposed introduction of GST: Sharma

TURNING the heat on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating roadblock in the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said that it was ... Read More
TURNING the heat on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for creating roadblock in the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said that it was under the leadership of the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who alongwith the support of the BJP-ruled states, opposed the GST tooth and nail. “Now, BJP in its manifesto is saying that it will introduce GST. This is completely a mockery of the situation,” he noted.

The Government, had appointed Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushilkumar Modi as the Chairman of the Committee to see how the GST would be introduced and implemented. But even then also, the opposition continued only for the sake of opposition.

Sharma, who was talking to the media said that the then Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the present Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had created a roadmap for the GST as it would help in increasing GDP by over 2 per cent. He said that FDI in retail was good for the country’s economic growth as the chain of middlemen who used to exploit the farming community would have been eliminated. The organised retail contributed only 4 per cent while the rest 96 per cent was shared by the unorganised sector. “FDI in retail is in favour of farmers and we have voted in the Parliament,” Sharma noted.

The Union Commerce Minister said that during the rule of UPA I and UPA II, USD 285 billion FDI was attracted in the country. However, during the NDA regime, i.e. from 1998 to 2004, it was only USD 20 billion. “We have done all this when the global financial scenario was not good and there was economic slowdown,” he added.

During the regime of UPA I, for the first time in the year 2007, 10 satellites were sent to orbit in 1,000 seconds and the Government was able to hoist the tricolour of the country on the Moon. Listing out the achievements of the UPA Government, Sharma said that an amount of USD 500 billion was earmarked in the Five-Year Plan. It was increased to USD 1 trillion. The production capacity of electricity was increased from 1.12 lakh MW to 2 lakh MW. New corridors were coming up. “Delhi Metro is becoming much bigger than London,” he added.

‘NIMZ will be a stand alone integrated industrial township’ THE Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said that under the National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) 2013, NIMZs were being promoted. About 20 National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) had been notified in the country. NIMZ would promote self-employment and bring unprecedented development. Out of the 16 industrial infrastructural projects, 8 were coming on the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, two were in Maharashtra, one was being developed at Shendra-Bidkin near Aurangabad and the construction work had also started. Another NIMZ had been notified on Umrer-Kuhi area which had the potential to attract Rs 1 lakh crore.

It would give direct employment to 80,000 people and indirect employment to one lakh people. “We have already started the rehabilitation work of the project. NIMZ will be standalone integrated industrial township,” Sharma said. “In the NMP, we have talked about ground realities. We have never blown the things out of proportion,” he said.

‘Maharashtra Model better than Gujarat Model’

THE Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said that the Gujarat Model, which had been showcased by its Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had taken a backseat when it came to investment. Maharashtra had emerged as the number one investment destination in the country replacing Gujarat.

Maharashtra attracted FDI worth USD 63 billion and notched up the top position. Gujarat skidded to 6th position by merely attracting proposals worth USD 8 billion. This is the study done by the NSSO and Planning Commission.

“Narendra Modi is harping that Gujarat wooed USD 1,049 billion investment proposals against the reality of USD 8 billion. Modi is ignorant about history and economics,” he alleged.

Sharma said, when Modi took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the State was under a debt of Rs 45,000 crore. Now, it has augmented to Rs 1.38 lakh crore and had been ranked 10th in the country. “The Assembly session in Gujarat is only for 23 days and the remaining days are wasted without any work. Modi never talked about Budget. Even the CCTV footage and electronic media have been banned in the constituency from where Narendra Modi is contesting the election. It has become a police State. People of the country will never want to make India as the Gujarat Model,” the Union Minister pointed out.

The UPA Government promoted textiles exports which had touched USD 42 billion mark. About 20 per cent of the textile mills, which fell into the category of ‘sick’, got investment of Rs 25,000 crore against the debt restructuring programme.

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Adani Power starts 4th unit of 660 MW at Tirora

Adani Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd and part of the Adani Group, a global integrated infrastructure player, announced the commissioning of the fourth unit of 660 MW at its po... Read More
Adani Power Ltd, a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd and part of the Adani Group, a global integrated infrastructure player, announced the commissioning of the fourth unit of 660 MW at its power plant at Tirora in Maharashtra, thus emerging as the largest private power producer in India with an overall installed capacity of 8,620 MW. This is an important milestone in the history of Indian power generation as Adani Power Limited has added 2,640 MW in the last financial year, accounting for nearly 15 per cent of the overall capacity addition of about 17,000 MW in the country. The company has commissioned two 660 MW units in the first quarter, one 660 MW unit in third quarter and one 660 MW unit in fourth quarter of FY14, two each at Tirora in Maharashtra and at Kawai in Rajasthan.

“It is a proud event and a momentous occasion for everyone at Adani Power, as we are now the largest private power producer in India. This achievement is a testimony to our efforts in increasing electricity generation in the country, and only reflects our commitment towards nation building. It is a significant milestone in the path to achieve Adani Power’s target of generating 20,000 MW by 2020,” said Gautam Adani, Chairman of he Adani Group.

“The company’s project management team has acquired and assimilated expertise that enables speedy and reliable execution of large power generation projects. This has allowed us to add capacity at the given pace, and address the nation’s electricity demand,” said Vneet Jaain, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adani Power Ltd. Post commissioning of Unit 4 at Adani Power’s Tirora power plant in Maharashtra, the company added 660 MW to its existing installed thermal capacity of 7920 MW. Apart from this, the Adani Group has also installed a 40 MW Solar power plant in Kutch district, Gujarat, taking the overall installed capacity to 8,620 MW – the highest amongst private sector producers, across all fuels.

Founded in 1988, Adani has grown to become a global integrated infrastructure player with businesses in key industry verticals. They include - resources, logistics and energy. The integrated model is well adapted to the infrastructure challenges of the emerging economies.

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NVCC must get representation on Inter-State Trade Council: Agrawal

An interactive meeting was convened with trade and industry with Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile, Government of India which was well-attended by office bearers of NVCC,... Read More
An interactive meeting was convened with trade and industry with Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile, Government of India which was well-attended by office bearers of NVCC, VIA, NCCL, MIA, Vidarbha Environment Acting Group, MIHAN Industries Association and TiE, Nagpur etc. Dipen Agrawal, President of NVCC welcomed Sharma and presented a memorandum to promote, support or defend constitutionally the legislation or other action either by way of legislation or executive by the State or Centre governments. In the memorandum it has been stated that Vidarbha region, located in the eastern part of Maharashtra is made up of Nagpur and Amravati divisions which comprise of 11 districts. Vidarbha is believed to have substantial potential for industrial and agricultural exports. Government of Maharashtra (GoM) in recent years made efforts to tap the economic potential of the region and has organised ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ to leverage the region’s inherent strengths and facilitate its transformation into a premium investment destination for a host of industries. Its rich resource base makes it a prospective destination for manufacturing sectors such as Textiles, Mining, Power, Cement, Steel, Agro and Food Processing and Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals. At the same time, service sector also has the potential to flourish in the region. Given its central location, Vidarbha could also be an ideal place for export logistics operations. To enable the Vidarbha region to develop and contribute in national GDP to its optimum potential, by accelerating trade and commerce activities, NVCC requested to encompass various projects sanctioned/approved for the region into Commerce Ministry’s vision document and by ensuring time bound implementation. NIMZ which has been identified in Kuhi-Umrer tehsil of Nagpur district should be put on fast track. In fact, it has been a long overdue necessity for the entire Central India. What the Pragati Maidan is to the north, such a centre in Central India would be to the rest of India, it would be an alternative to Pragati Maidan. Considering the potential of farm-based export from the region, there is urgent need to have APEDA Center at Nagpur. It would not be out of place to mention here that, out-of 8 Agri Export Zones (AEZs) identified in Maharashtra, only one is in Vidarbha region i.e. Nagpur for oranges, whereas there is great potential of direct export of other agri-products including spices from the region. Unfortunately, in spite of these projects being approved/sanctioned way back in 2012 nothing has taken off yet. Development of Multi-Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) in Nagpur district. Indian Railways have conceived MMPL as multi-modal freight terminals for bulk, break-bulk and containerised traffic and would be equipped with facilities like warehousing, cold storage, handling, and customs checking, to facilitate efficient and cost effective services like cargo aggregation and disaggregation, inter-modal transfer, sorting, packing and repacking. Anticipating implementation of GST in future many logistic companies have committed themselves for huge investments in ‘Advantage Vidarbha.’ Ministry has set-up Inter State Trade Council for institutionalised dialogue between the Union and the states in matters relating to trade facilitation which is represented by various executive & administrative authorities including representations from limited national trade associations. NVCC should be treated as “special invitee” to represent Vidarbha. Dipen Agrawal, President urged the Minister that suggestions would be considered and implemented which would be a boon to Vidarbha. Sharma said that the suggestions would be looked into. Prominently present were Anees Ahmed, Ramkrishna Ojha, Prakash Wadhwani, Shreegopal Soni, Rohit Bajaj, Shailendra Manavat, Rohit Agrawal, Hemant Gandhi, Mayur Panchmatia, Raju Vyas, Manubhai Soni, Sachin Puniyani, Pankaj Shah, Anil Parakh, Pravin Tapadia, Rohit Agrawal and others.

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Candidates required to disclose source of poll funding

This time, while filing the final expenditure details, the candidates are required to disclose the source of funds utilised during election campaign. The candidates are required to furnish fi... Read More
This time, while filing the final expenditure details, the candidates are required to disclose the source of funds utilised during election campaign. The candidates are required to furnish final details of election expenditure within 30 days since declaration of election results. This time, polling is scheduled on April 10 and the counting of votes will be held on May 16. Thus, candidates will have to furnish final details of their poll expenses by June 15.

For the first time, it has been made mandatory for candidates to disclose the source of funds utilised during their election campaign. The candidates will be required to furnish the details in nine schedules, which will comprise various heads such as vehicles, refreshments, counting agents/workers deployed, rallies, public meetings etc. Besides, they will have to disclose how much of money they spent from their pockets, party fund, and amount received from sponsors/donors/associations/persons/firms etc.

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Expenditure sensitive pockets to be under keen watch till polling

As the hectic poll campaigning comes to an end on Tuesday, the election machinery will be keeping a close watch on Expenditure Sensitive Pockets in Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies of Lok Sabha ele... Read More
As the hectic poll campaigning comes to an end on Tuesday, the election machinery will be keeping a close watch on Expenditure Sensitive Pockets in Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies of Lok Sabha elections. These pockets have been identified on the basis of literacy, economic development, or number of complaints in the previous election.

District election machinery, in consultation with Police Department, has prepared a list of 12 Expenditure Sensitive Pockets. Of these, six are in Nagpur constituency and six are in Ramtek. However, the officials refused to reveal the names of these pockets. In each of the two constituencies, three Static Surveillance Teams (SSTs) will be deployed in three shifts of eight hours each. Further, Central Para Military Force personnel will be deployed to ensure adequate bandobast.

These pockets have been identified as per the directives of Election Commission of India (ECI). These have been identified in consultation with Expenditure Observer during the first visit, on the basis of literacy or economic development or number of complaints in previous election. These pockets will be kept under close vigil by SSTs during last three days before polling, which is scheduled on April 10. Where information is received that a candidate is indulging in high election expenditure, such candidate will be put under video surveillance all the time, ECI has directed the Returning Officers. Checking by SSTs on major roads or arterial roads shall also commence. The SSTs shall be controlled by District Election Officer (District Collector) and Superintendent of Police in rural areas and Commissioner of Police in city area, in consultation with General Observer and Expenditure Observers and the mechanism shall be strengthened in last 72 hours before the poll, particularly in vulnerable areas or in Expenditure Sensitive Pockets.

Meanwhile, the administration has taken the preparations for polls to the next level. Of a total 1,938 arms licenses, 268 have been deposited with the cops. In rural areas, there are total 779 arms licenses, of which 726 have been deposited, sources said. Further, of a total 2,324 non-bailable warrants received, the administration has issued 2,148 to the concerned.

As far as postal ballots are concerned, Nagpur constituency has 1,870 of them and Ramtek has 1,616. Of these, 604 have been distributed to officials on poll duty and their ballots have been sealed.

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Depositing weapons for elections: No interim relief to 16 petitioners

Admitting criminal writ petition filed by Sangram Rajurkar and 18 other licensed arms-holders against the order of the Akola District Collector-cum-District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer to ... Read More
Admitting criminal writ petition filed by Sangram Rajurkar and 18 other licensed arms-holders against the order of the Akola District Collector-cum-District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer to deposit their licensed weapons at the police stations during the Lok Sabha election period since March 10 last till the declaration of results on May 16 next, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have directed the listing of the petition before the Court for hearing in the third week of June next. As at present, no interim direction has been issued by the Court, the District Magistrate’s order, impugned through this petition is in operation with full force and the issue raised through the petition has been reduced for all practical purposes to merely academic one. After declaration of the poll results, either the Authority will withdraw its communication and return back the weapons to its respective owners or the petitioners themselves may move an application before the Court for returning their weapons and the Court will do the needful and dispose of the petition. The Court perused the affidavit, by way of Akola Authority’s explanation through affidavit on the legal and factual aspects relating to the impugned order. The Court was informed that all the requirements of Statute, Rules and Regulations along with Court’s guidelines in its judgment, in this regard, have been complied with. Screening Committee has been constituted as per guidelines and all directions have been adhered to. Advocate Anand Parchure appeared for the petitioners. APP Sangeeta Jachak represented State.

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Banned colleges’ issue: RTMNU retraces its steps

Fresh date for the case relating to the 250 banned colleges by way of writ petitions by their managements, was sought from the High Court on behalf of the RTM Nagpur University claiming that as... Read More
Fresh date for the case relating to the 250 banned colleges by way of writ petitions by their managements, was sought from the High Court on behalf of the RTM Nagpur University claiming that as the “original papers” given to the Court by it, regarding Academic Council’s meeting of March 4, 2014 on March 6 with a ‘pursis’ were not the correct ones and were given by mistake. And that led to wrong order by the Court, hence it should be granted time and permitted to replace the same with correct record. At one stage, the Court had said that nothing doing. Whatever documents were in the sealed cover were the original ones, as those were filed after a warning from the Court that the University must make sure about its correctness, as it would be passing appropriate order on its basis.

As the University counsel persisted for another date, the Court had said, “file whatever you want by April 7, 2014.” The University has come forward on Monday with an additional affidavit sworn in by the Registrar, Ashok Vithobaji Gomashe. This affidavit seems to be quite disappointing one contents wise. The University has admitted originality and genuineness of all the documents handed over by it to the Court on March 6 last and which has been kept in a sealed cover by the Registrar of the Court on the Judges’ order.

Only explanation, the Registrar has offered in his latest affidavit that the University has annexed to the affidavit the charts - A, B, C, D, E and F in tabular form for the convenience of the concerned persons. Those charts were compared and verified by the two Academic Council members - Dr Kishore Deshmukh, the Dean of the Science Faculty and Dr Bharat Meghe, the Dean of the Commerce Faculty, from the original records and have been found to be correct in all respects and have been added in the nature of secondary evidence.

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora have posted these petitions on Tuesday possibly for issuing appropriate directions or retaining the orders already passed.

In the additional affidavit, the University has tried to advocate the cause of 6,616 students of 63 colleges, who according to it, can be permitted to appear in the Summer-2014 examinations and declaration of their results can be subject to the decision by the High Court.

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AAP candidate Capt Hanfi holds public contact drive

AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha candidate Captain Hanfi along with Mukesh Jaiswal, Ramkishore Shivhare, Dhruv Mukherjee, Sanjay Yadav, Asif Khan conducted public contact drive in Veer Savarkar, Mad... Read More
AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha candidate Captain Hanfi along with Mukesh Jaiswal, Ramkishore Shivhare, Dhruv Mukherjee, Sanjay Yadav, Asif Khan conducted public contact drive in Veer Savarkar, Madan Mahal Chowk, Kuliyana, Kalimath, Amanpur, Maheshpur. In the evening, the Band presented patriotic songs in a programme ‘Ek Shaam Vatan Ke Naam’ at Civic Centre. Addressing the gathering, Captain Hanfi said unemployment is main problem of the city, there is possibility of establishment of industries in the city. Madhya Pradesh has become a crime hub as per National Crime Bureau record, common man is insecure in the State, now the time has come to vote in favour of AAP, who has stood first in eradication of corruption in the society. Abhishek Shrivastava, Siddarth Gautam and other AAP activists were present on the occasion.

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Congress demands disqualification of Prasad for allegedly distributing money

The State Congress has accused Bhind’s BJP candidate Bhagirath Prasad and former BJP MLA Arvind Bhadoriya for distributing money to the voters in violation of model code of conduct. The Congress ... Read More
The State Congress has accused Bhind’s BJP candidate Bhagirath Prasad and former BJP MLA Arvind Bhadoriya for distributing money to the voters in violation of model code of conduct. The Congress also released two pictures in support of its claim.

Satyadev Katare, while addressing a press conference here, released two pictures showing Bhadoriya distributing money to a youth while in second picture Bhadoriya is doing so along with Bhagirath Prasad, who had joined the BJP about a month back after he was made Congress nominee. Katare said that Congress is going to submit a letter to the Election Commission demanding the disqualification of Bhagirath Prasad. Katare also alleged that a Rewa based non-governmental organisation Gathjod Sukh Samriddhi Welfare Society is also transferring money to the bank accounts of BJP workers. The Leader of Opposition demanded to seal the accounts of this NGO and conduct a fair inquiry into the matter.

He said that the records of the bank account of this NGO should be checked and cases be registered against booth in-charge concerned of BJP. Katare also alleged that NGO has been collecting the names and addresses of the Congress workers, who are angry with party leaders.

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Primary students deprived of basic facilities in schools

STILL, many students of primary schools at rural areas could not get facility of permanent toilets and drinking water in school premises. Students are waiting when this facility would start in scho... Read More
STILL, many students of primary schools at rural areas could not get facility of permanent toilets and drinking water in school premises. Students are waiting when this facility would start in schools. Due to this, students are helpless for using open and temporary toilets in schools, in which, students are suffering a lot during school hours. Thanks to officers of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), Jila Panchayat, for neglecting needs of students in rural areas.

Lax behaviour of officers in opening real story of construction of toilets in schools of rural areas. While, the State Government had issued order for construction of permanent toilets and to arrange drinking water facilities in primary schools before starting school session. Even, the Government had also issued sufficient funds to agencies. In which, Rs 35,000 has issued for construction of toilets in every primary school. So that girls of primary schools would get all the basic facilities. Shocking fact is that every month a review meeting related to construction of toilets is conducted in Bhopal. Project officer and co-ordinator is regularly attending meeting, but nothing is an outcome from the meeting. With this weak performance of construction is showing that review meeting is now become only formalities.

Couple of months, the Government had strictly issued orders that all the construction works should be completed on time, otherwise, the next instalment for construction of toilets would not issued.

This is a high time for officers to complete the given target and to present the reports to the government. According to the sources, the State Government had initiated efforts to provide convenience to students of government primary schools.

With this aim, government had issued order that to construct permanent toilets in all primary schools under head of Serve Shiksha Abhiyan, so that students would get proper facility of toilets in the school. In this regard, government had given this responsibility to different departments. TSC, Jila Panchayat, got target for construction of total 1162 toilets in rural areas. As per order this target should have to completed on time.

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Aarti Tankha woos women voters

A GRAND public meeting of women was organised at Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Ward. Addressing the meeting, Aarti Tankha, wife of Congress candidate Vivek Krishna Tankha, said the UPA Government has st... Read More
A GRAND public meeting of women was organised at Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad Ward. Addressing the meeting, Aarti Tankha, wife of Congress candidate Vivek Krishna Tankha, said the UPA Government has started several schemes for welfare of minority class people. She said the Congress Government always thinks of unity, while on the contrary the BJP spreads seeds of poison among people. It divides people in the name of caste, creed and religion. She said the BJP has become one-man party. It talks about only one person, while the person is not bigger or important than the organisation. Tankha said Congress is the party of principles. She appealed to women to vote for Congress candidate who is committed towards development of the city. Film Actor Vivek Mushran while addressing public meeting said protection of democratic values is possible only under Congress rule. He said Congress is the only party which makes schemes for welfare of people of every section of the society.

Other Congress leaders also addressed the public meeting and appealed people to give their valuable votes to Congress candidate Vivek Tankha. They said the Congress candidate is a social worker who always works for benefit of ailing humanity. He organises medical camps for poor. He has opened schools for differently able children. Amongst those also present on the occasion were Iqwal Ahmed, Geeta Sharad Tiwari, Dr Rajia Siddiqui, Rachna Dwivedi, Rabia Begham, Dr Amita Chaterjee, Shamim Choubey and others. Arti Tankha along with Congress workers also did election campaigning in Village Ghana, Narayanpur, Shaila, Chulha Golai, Crasher Basti, Manegaon, Ghagra and others villages.

On the occasion, she said now Jabalpur would get its due right, which it was deprived of since several years. She said the area has huge possibilities of development despite not getting justice. Tankha said it is only due to inactivity of BJP public representatives Jabalpur is constantly been trailing behind in race of development. Pramila Prajapati, Sukhlal Yadav, Rajju Yadav, Komal Yadav, Vinay Gotia, Sanjay Raja, Sanju Patel, Hemraj and others were present on the occasion.

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Alarming rise in number of arthritis patients

ARTHRITIS has emerged as most common disease afflicting major population in the city in last few years. Surprisingly, arthritis is far common among people of city as compared to more commonly d... Read More
ARTHRITIS has emerged as most common disease afflicting major population in the city in last few years. Surprisingly, arthritis is far common among people of city as compared to more commonly discussed diseases like blood pressure and diabetes. Recent Annual Health Survey (AHS) 2013-14 report disclosed that percentage of patients suffering from arthritis is comparatively higher than patients suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure which falls in category of most commonly occurring diseases. According to AHS report, 8.56 per cent of people in the city are suffering from arthritis, as compared to 3.85, which is quite low. Majority of orthopaedicians in the city claimed that in last few years patients suffering from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, osteo arthritis falling in the category of arthritis has rapidly increased in last few years. Orthopaedician opined that in last decade many people adopted sedentary lifestyle, usually they avoid to do physical work, emerge as major reason to grab large number of masses suffering from arthritis, which is preventable by doing regular physical work at early stage. Senior Orthopaedician and HoD Orthopaedics Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Dr H K Taqi Raza informed that as per report of AHS 2013-14, around 7000 people in one lakh suffer from chronic disease of arthritis, this disease has grabbed around 5 million people in the country. Rise in percentage of patients suffering from arthritis day by day is alarming. Dr Prashant Punekar, Associate Professor, Medical College and Hospital, Jabalpur said chronic disease like high blood pressure, thyroid, flourosis, tuberculosis, cancer and asthma are common among urban people but AHS report has confirmed that such diseases are quite low in rural areas. Report reiterates the fact that lifestyle diseases like BP, diabetes are common among urban populace. Compared to 150-170 people per lakh in rural areas have diabetes almost five times more 800-900 person per lakh in urban areas suffer from the disease. He further informed that AHS report says Jabalpur leads the figure of patients suffering from diabetes followed by Bhopal and Indore. Similarly, patients of high BP are highest in Bhopal followed by Jabalpur and Indore. While in asthma cases, Bhopal stands first, then Indore, in case of arthritis Indore leads. Arthritis is a person made disease, if one starts physical exercise; he might get good results from further dreadful complications of arthritis. Senior Physician Dr Prashant Punekar said most of these diseases are caused due to high stress and sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary habits, adulterated food and high pollution levels. Most important thing is to bring overall change in lifestyle through regular exercise, proper food habits and measures to reduce stress level.

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Property worth lakhs gutted in three incidents

PROPERTY worth lakhs was gutted in fire incidents that broke out at different places in the city and adjoining rural areas on Sunday. First incident occurred near Raza chowk when fire broke out a... Read More
PROPERTY worth lakhs was gutted in fire incidents that broke out at different places in the city and adjoining rural areas on Sunday. First incident occurred near Raza chowk when fire broke out at a house damaging entire domestic articles. Second incident occurred at a farm where fire engulfed colossal stock of harvested yield. In third incident, a four-wheeler charred in the fire.

As per information, a devastated fire broke out in a house in Pasiyana created panic like situation in entire area on Sunday. People in large numbers gathered at the site. Meanwhile, residents informed the Fire Department of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) about the incident. Firefighters after reaching the spot doused the fire. As per information received from Fire Department, property worth Rs 1.80 lakh gutted in fire that broke out on top floor of a three-storey house of Juber Mohammad Rizbee in Pasiyana near Raza chowk at about 9.10 am. After few minutes of the incident family members saw fumes billowing from the top floor of the house.

Frightened family members tried to douse the fire but their efforts turned to vain. They immediately informed the Fire Department, which pressed fire tender into action to control fire. Unfortunately, before the firefighters could reach the site the fire had engulfed floor of the house. After reaching the spot the fire fighters had to combat for an hour to control the fire. Domestic articles including furniture, kitchen articles, clothes and other household goods worth over Rs 1.80 lakh was gutted in fire. In another incident, a Maruti car was charred completely in fire that broke out while refilling gas at about 12.30 pm. Spokesman of Fire Department informed that Tulsidas Babaria, who resides near Omkala mandir, Chandmari road, was reportedly refilling gas into the car. During refilling, the car caught fire and got charred completely. The Fire Department has estimated loss worth Rs 80,000. In third fire incident, huge stock of harvested yield kept at a farm was gutted. The incident occurred at the farm of B D Mishra at Shivpuri village in Kajarwara at about 3.30 pm. In the fire incident as many as 30 sacks full of wheat gutted in fire.

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Industrial possibilities in M’koshal remain untapped in almost every sector

MAHAKOSHAL region remains untapped from exploring industrial possibilities nearly in every sector. Despite having all vital signs to attract investment. Vital signs for investment are availability ... Read More
MAHAKOSHAL region remains untapped from exploring industrial possibilities nearly in every sector. Despite having all vital signs to attract investment. Vital signs for investment are availability of raw material, skilled human resources and connectivity. Equally important are functioning of government agencies offering privileges for new enterprise. Madhya Pradesh is surrounded by major states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. But is deprived of benefits and growth that could be made through planned exploitation of its centrally located position. The region has unexplored opportunities in every sector. For industry of different sectors the region has ample resources, skilled and low cost manpower, peaceful atmosphere. The region is known for rich natural diversity meaning a reserve of raw material for food processing, mining, wood and craft, aromatic and herbal medicine based industry and education. For local entrepreneurs and investors’ development their education and exposure of industrial potential in various sectors programmes like exposure trips, identification of regional level strength and potential of industry in different regions and districts, should be initiated so that some changes could be mentioned. Another point is development of dedicated special privilege industry zones. The possibilities for such concept are in Mandla, Dindori, Balaghat, Katni, Chhindwara, Jabalpur districts. The programme would help in providing employment to youths at their home while also control migration of labour from rural areas to cities. In different states like Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab etc and in North-Eastern states the concept of tax free zone is well implemented. In Mahakoshal region, possibilities are lying untapped. Like Jabalpur can be selected for food processing, mining and mineral, education. Similarly, for wood craft, leather, fashion and medicinal plants areas like Mandla, Dindori or Shahdol can be identified. Any district in Mahakoshal region could be developed as Logistic Hub being situated at heart of the country meaning the region covers nearly equal distance to all metro cities and industrial hub of the country. Jabalpur can also be projected for development of Special Education Zone. Jabalpur is the most potential area for Special Education Zone as it already has four universities and a national repute IIITDM (Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing) along with series of engineering and management institutes. This would bring series of employment opportunities for the skilled human resource available in this region as well as develop infrastructure of education matching international standards.

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Students, parents in a fix over deferment of XII Maths exam

ONCE again Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) will change date of one paper of class XII. Question paper of Mathematics subject of class XII was leaked. Due to this, the examin... Read More
ONCE again Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) will change date of one paper of class XII. Question paper of Mathematics subject of class XII was leaked. Due to this, the examination was cancelled. Again the Board has declared timetable for Mathematics on April 21. After parents drew authorities’ attention, the School Education Minister recommended the Board to change the examination date to April 21. The Board has not taken any decision to change the examination date. But, it seems that soon declaration will be made. Along with this, valuation of Board examination copies are being carried out on war footing.

Almost, 80 per cent of work has been completed. It is expected that results of class XII and X will be declared by May 10. If any problem arises, then result of class X and XII would be declared by mid of May. Due to NDA examination, various students are facing difficulties. NDA level examination will be held on April 20. Various students are appearing in this examination and going to other districts to appear in the examination. It is not possible for students to return their hometown within a day. Due to this, various parents and students contacted and drew the attention of School Minister about the issues. Minister of School Education has written a letter to Board to change the time of paper which will be scheduled on April 21. After discussions, the examination date would be changed. Soon, new dates of examination would be declared.

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Employees in Ordnance Factories to don new look

EMPLOYEES of Ordnance Factories are going to get corporate look with dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, is all set to implement dress code for officers and employees in all Ordnance ... Read More
EMPLOYEES of Ordnance Factories are going to get corporate look with dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, is all set to implement dress code for officers and employees in all Ordnance Factories in the country. Preparations to start dress code are underway and expected to come in force within three months.

A proposal to implement dress code for officers and employees in Ordnance Factories was on cards since long. Taking positive note on the proposal, the Deputy Director General (Industrial Relations), Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata, indicated implementation of project within 3-4 months to bring uniformity amongst officers and employees of Ordnance Factories.

Once dress code will be implemented, more than one lakh officers and employees in 41 Ordnance Factories in the country will get sky blue shirts and grey pants as their uniform decided by a committee with 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 the employee.

According to information, every officer and employee will be given five set of uniforms which will be compulsory while working in Ordnance Factories. The proposal was delayed when Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi, expressed its helplessness in weaving such grand stock while Ordnance Equipment Factory also denied to stich more than one lakh uniforms. Now, with fresh development into the matter, Deputy Director General of Industrial Relations has decided that the Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi, will procure cloth through tender process from open market for distribution to all factories. Clothes will be distributed amongst employees for stitching and its expenditure will be reimbursed by the factory. According to sources, the amount of stitching is yet to be decided by the authorities due to difference in its expenditure according to gradation of cities.

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Amisha Patel to arrive in Jabalpur today, do roadshow for Vivek Tankha

Well-known film actress Amisha Patel and Union Minister Rajiv Shukla will arrive in Jabalpur on Monday for roadshow in favour of Congress candidate, Vivek Tankha. They will seek votes for Viv... Read More
Well-known film actress Amisha Patel and Union Minister Rajiv Shukla will arrive in Jabalpur on Monday for roadshow in favour of Congress candidate, Vivek Tankha. They will seek votes for Vivek Tankha. Both Amisha and Rajiv Shukla will be there for two hours. They will participate in 10 km roadshow, they will be moving in open jeep. The roadshow in favour of Vivek Tankha will begin from North Civil lines at 4.30 pm and culminate at Tripuri Chowk, passing through Nagrath Chowk, Rasel Chowk, Rajiv Gandhi Chowk, Teen Patti Chowk, Malviya Chowk, Kpotwali, Chhota Phuhara, Damoh Naka, Ranital, Yadav colony, Gulaua Chowk, Beeti Chowk and Garha Bajar.

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TB Hospital or hell for patients?

State’s TB Hospital is, these days, in news for one or another reason. After detection of muster scam, now for the last two days, there is no water in hospital. More than 200 patients, some of ... Read More
State’s TB Hospital is, these days, in news for one or another reason. After detection of muster scam, now for the last two days, there is no water in hospital. More than 200 patients, some of them were suffering serious TB germs, some MDR patients. Patients’ attendants, family members or nearby locals help them for jug of water. Some attendants are forced to purchase water bottles from market. The toilets remain filthy and stinking. It was very difficult to stand there for few minutes. Some patients’ attendants, when asked about facilities in hospital, termed it as hell. It would be better we admit our patients in private hospital or keep them at home for treatment, they said.

About three months ago, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary (Health) had inspected the hospital, sanctioned lakhs of rupees funds for proper maintenance of the hospital but it seems either the funds had not reached the hospital or the hospital authorities do not take interest in proper maintenance of the hospital. It was the reason why patients were suffering for a glass of water for the last two days in hospital.

When one saw the wards, the economically poor patients, who are forced to live in such hell like conditions, said that they told the doctors, nurses but they ignored, saying they could not do anything, tell the Bade Saheb. When we tried to request Bade Saheb (Hospital Superintendent), we were denied entry into the room.” The patients were told to wait, water would come in tabs but two days had already passed without water.

Some paramedical staff said that there was leakage in pipeline for long time and problem of water scarcity was often found there. “It is duty of the hospital authorities to maintain the premises as they received enough funds from the Government for maintenance,” said one of the paramedical staff, pleading anonymity.

When this reporter tried to know problems of patients, they denied to divulge their names and said nobody was there to take care of them. Now they had left everything to God. Neither there are proper drugs, nor proper cleaning as is expected in TB Hospital where infection is easily spread.

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Cong declares 40 star campaigners for third phase of LS elections

State Congress President, Arun Yadav declared forty star campaigners for the third phase of Lok Sabha election on Sunday. Congress also forwarded the list of star campaigners to Election Commissi... Read More
State Congress President, Arun Yadav declared forty star campaigners for the third phase of Lok Sabha election on Sunday. Congress also forwarded the list of star campaigners to Election Commission. Names of star campaigners are: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Kamal Nath, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kapil Sibal, Anand Sharma, K Rehman Khan, Rajeev Shukla, Mohan Prakash, Digvijay Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi, Ajay Makan, Shakil Ahmed, etc.

Besides, star campaigners list also contains names of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, State Congress President Arun Yadav, Leader of Opposition in State Assembly Satyadev Katare, Rakesh Kalia, Rajya Sabha member Satyavrath Chaturvedi, former Union Minister Suresh Pachauri and Kantilal Bhuria.

Names of other star campaigners are: Ajay Singh, Rameshwar Nikra, Subodh Mohite, actor turned politician Raj Babbar, Meenakshi Natrajan, Shobha Ojha, former MP Balkavi Bairagi, MLA Mukesh Nayak, MLA Jeetu Patwari, Haribhau Rathore, singer Talat Aziz, former MP Gufran-e-Azam, Yogesh Yadav, State President of Youth Congress, Kunal Chaudhary, State President of Mahila Congress, Mandvi Chouhan, State President of NSUI, Vipin Wankhede, Sardar Singh Dangas, Ibrahim Qureshi and Syed Sajid Ali.

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Rahul Chouhan breaths fire after being replaced by Ajay Shah

After Congress changed his Lok Sabha ticket from Betul and gave it to Ajay Shah, Rahul Chouhan is in a state of shock and breathing fire against party. His main grudge is that party had changed... Read More
After Congress changed his Lok Sabha ticket from Betul and gave it to Ajay Shah, Rahul Chouhan is in a state of shock and breathing fire against party. His main grudge is that party had changed his candidature without taking him into confidence and now, he was planning to meet Rahul Gandhi in this regard. There is also news that he is having BJP’s offer. It may be mentioned that earlier, Congress had fielded Rahul Chouhan from Betul Lok Sabha seat. He belonged to Korbu tribal caste. However, things started to get hazy when Ajay Shah, brother of minister Kunwar Vijay Shah, made entry into Congress. On the very first day of entry of Ajay Shah, air was thick with the news that Rahul Chouhan could be replaced by Ajay Shah who is also a tribal.

Getting whiff about the undergoing development, Rahul Chouhan had rushed to Bhopal and had a long meeting with party President Arun Yadav. At that time, he was assured that his ticket would not be changed. But things did not settle here and started to get murkier as the days passed. Doubt that Congress candidate could be changed got more strength when ‘B‘ form was not given to Rahul Chouhan.

BJP is taking development in Congress as a plus point to it as its candidate Jyoti Dhurve is doing hectic campaigning from Day 1 of getting the ticket and on the other hand, Congress had wasted some time in clearing the ticket and later, messed up things by changing the candidate.

When asked that whether Congress was going to suffer in the wake of change of candidate, Block Congress President of Bhainsdehi, Vinay Shankar Pathak said that Rahul Chouhan was not a strong candidate and hence, party was not going to suffer with the change of ticket. “This could be gauged from the fact that Congress had never got enough votes from the polling booth of Rahul Chouhan,” he added. Political experts believe that in comparison to Rahul Chouhan, Ajay Shah was a heavier candidate. Shah was having influence in Harda and Harsood. Meanwhile, Rahul Chouhan was limited till Betul. Efforts to contact Rahul Chouhan failed as he did not pick up his cellphone despite continuous efforts.

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Miscreants flee with woman’s jewellery, complaint lodged

A 23-year-old married woman, on Saturday, approached TT Nagar police station and lodged a complaint against two unidentified miscreants for fleeing with her jewellery. Both unidentified miscreant... Read More
A 23-year-old married woman, on Saturday, approached TT Nagar police station and lodged a complaint against two unidentified miscreants for fleeing with her jewellery. Both unidentified miscreants reached at victim’s residence located at Bengali Colony, Panchsheel Nagar and offered to clean her jewellery on Saturday afternoon. On pretext of cleaning jewellery, they fled with it. Following the complaint of victim woman named Sonam Shah, 23, wife of Dilip Shah, police lodged a case of fraud against both of them. Subsequently, police launched a manhunt to nab the miscreants but, failed to get any breakthrough in this case till date. Police said that efforts were on to nab those miscreants and hopefully, they would be in police net shortly. Sonam, in her complaint to police, said that on Saturday afternoon, both the miscreants reached at her residence. Claiming to be well-known for cleaning work of jewellery, they asked her to give jewellery for cleaning if she possessed any. Believing them, the victim handed over her jewellery, which included gold chain, earning and others. After taking jewellery in their possession, they put it in a water-filled metal box and mixed some powder in the water. Later, they asked her to put the metal box on gas stove to heat the water. Following their instruction, the victim left with metal box thinking the jewellery were put inside the box. But as she opened the box later, she found jewellery missing and the box was empty. On realising that they fled with her jewellery, she reached at police station and narrated the whole story.

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Mahan coal block issue getting wider publicity

Mahan coal block issue is getting wider platform, especially after Greenpeace organisation vouching it in national and international platform. The issue was also picked up by political parties; how... Read More
Mahan coal block issue is getting wider platform, especially after Greenpeace organisation vouching it in national and international platform. The issue was also picked up by political parties; however, the second phase of Van Satyagraha is yet to start in the villages of Singrauli. Earlier, a mass rally was organised in Singrauli where 12–14 villages in the Mahan region came together.

The in-principle Stage I clearance was granted to Mahan coal block in 2012 with 36 conditions, which included implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA). This involved holding free and fair Gram Sabhas in villages that would then decide on whether they want a mine or not. On March 2013, a special Gram Sabha on FRA was conducted in Amelia village in Mahan region. Though 184 people attended the Gram Sabha, the resolution has 1,125 signatures – villagers say that most of them have been forged. Nine of the signatories have been dead for years. Nine of the signatories have been dead for three years. Besides this, 27 residents of Amelia have given written testimonies that they were not present during the Gram Sabha. Member of MSS filed a police complaint on the forged Gram Sabha resolution after successive attempts to engage the Collector and the Minister of Tribal Affairs on this issue. The growing on-ground resistance in the Mahan forest has found a large support base. The movement has over a million supporters across India, who lend their support through social media and other platforms. Movement is also being supported by leaders of various people’s movement including the Jan Sangharsh Morcha, Adivasi Mukti Sanghatan and Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan. This union of urban and rural India was unprecedented.

As per the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, Van Satyagraha would continue until the decision to mine in the forests was rolled back. They also claimed that there was evidence that Mahan coal block was allocated in the most non-transparent manner. But despite this, an inter-ministerial group (IMG) that was looking into de-allocation of coal blocks that have not commenced mining, however, gave a clean chit to Mahan coal block, based on the Stage II clearance on February 25, 2014. MSS demanded that the Stage II clearance should be revoked with immediate effect.

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Kamal Nath wants to continue winning streak in Chhindwara

Congress stalwart and Union Minister Kamal Nath and Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat have become synonymous to each other. Take the name of Chhindwara and name of Kamal Nath automatically comes to min... Read More
Congress stalwart and Union Minister Kamal Nath and Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat have become synonymous to each other. Take the name of Chhindwara and name of Kamal Nath automatically comes to mind. With his regular victories, Kamal Nath has turned Chhindwara seat as his strong citadel. Even in this Lok Sabha election, Kamal Nath is in battlefield and mainly, his fight is with BJP candidate Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh. Other parties are also in the race but main fight is only between BJP and Congress. Kamal Nath wants to continue his winning streak while BJP wants to dismantle Nath’s fort.

When one goes through the chronological history of Chhindwara Lok Sabha constituency, then the picture becomes clear that Kamal Nath has emerged as an unchallenged leader. This could be gauged from the fact that Kamal Nath had won eight Lok Sabha elections from Chhindwara. Kamal Nath won election in 1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009. When Kamal Nath charisma did not persist, then also seat had mainly remained in the hands of Congress. Only once BJP succeeded to register its victory when its candidate Sunderlal Patwa won election in 1996 by defeating Kamal Nath. Interestingly, Janata party candidate Gargishankar Mishra had also won election from Chhindwara in 1977.

What makes him so popular leader in the constituency? “Kamal Nath is having live relations with people and he helps everyone without any discrimination. Besides, he had ensured series of development works. including construction of flyovers, model railway stations, building of national highways, skill development centres in the constituency. All these things have made him a popular leader among masses,” said District Congress President of Chhindwara, Gangaprasad Tiwari to ‘The Hitavada’.

He said that BJP candidate Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh stood nowhere before the popularity of Kamal Nath and Congress was again going to win the election. On the other hand, BJP wants to make Kamal Nath bite the dust on the basis of UPA’s failure in controlling inflation and scams and trying to encash Modi wave. When contacted, BJP District (Rural) President Choudhary Tara Singh said to ‘The Hitavada’ that BJP was raising the inflation issue against UPA Government with full strength. Besides, BJP was also trying to corner Kamal Nath over irregularity issues related to his tenure such as corruption in sanctioned works, incomplete works, etc.

When asked that whether there was Modi wave, he said that it existed but party’s Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi had not given time to Chhindwara. If rallies of Modi had taken place, then scene would have been different and fight would have reached interesting phase. BJP candidate, Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh said to ‘The Hitavada’ that Kamal Nath had fooled people in his tenure and BJP was exposing this thing, inflation in UPA regime, etc. “I am getting good support of people and public want to see Modi as Prime Minister.

Apart from Modi wave, people are also happy with Shivraj Government’s works and all these factors are going to help in my victory,” he said. Apart from BJP and Congress, other political parties are also in the battlefield and it would be interesting to see that how much votes their respective candidates are going to bag.

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Delay in promotion orders irks Forest officials

The continuous inordinate delay in the promotion orders has stoked anger and frustration among the echelon of Forest Department officials. Aghast and agonized with the apathy and dormancy of hi... Read More
The continuous inordinate delay in the promotion orders has stoked anger and frustration among the echelon of Forest Department officials. Aghast and agonized with the apathy and dormancy of higher official placed at the Secretariat, these Indian Forest Service (IFS) official are just waiting for the election to finish on May 16, after that they could consider other serious options to press the Department. Promotion of these officers are due since August 30, 2013, when the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) gave its approval to the promotion. According to the provisions of laws regarding promotions, they were supposed to be given promotion after the completion of 14 years of service whereas these officers have well-completed 16 years and running into 17 year of their service. Reliable sources said that these officers have impeccable career record with completely free of any controversy or even an iota of irregularities Sources said that it's been more than a year for these IFS officers waiting for their promotion orders, which is keep being delayed on and on without any concrete reasons given by the officers at Secretariat. This resentment, which had been brewing in the department for the past one year, has recently come to fore with many officials off-late raising serious questioning on the overall functioning of the department, particularly with respect to ‘pre and post’ procedure adherence for the promotions and fresh posting orders thereupon. There are 24 vacant posts including Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), APCCF, Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) and Conservator of Forest (CF), which are duly approved by the Union Government also. So, it's unexplainable why there is a delay. Another gripe for these deserving and eligible officers is that some of the undeserving officers were given promotion in the January, 2014, but they were kept waiting. The dark contrast in this controversy is a glaring fact that these two IFS officials – VS Dhruv and CL Agrawal – who were posted as Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) in Korba and Dharamjaigarh respectively, earlier in August 2013, had defied the official orders of their promotion to CF rank, just because it did not followed with a prime posting. So defiant were these two IFS officials that they on being offered a loop posting after their promotion went on long leave on some undisclosed personal grounds and thereby made a mockery of an official order,” the sources said, adding that, the department, instead of taking a stern approach to their insubordination, had awarded them prime postings, a development which had just fueled the brewing resentment. Last year, Department also promoted more than a dozen IFS officers but kept some selected officers on waiting for no clear reason.

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Govt ‘Poor’ in spreading awareness on its welfare schemes in Naxal regions: Study

The Chhattisgarh state despite being one of the most insurgent hit states of the country is scaled ‘Poor’ in spreading the awareness on its welfare scheme in the naxal regions. This is foun... Read More
The Chhattisgarh state despite being one of the most insurgent hit states of the country is scaled ‘Poor’ in spreading the awareness on its welfare scheme in the naxal regions. This is found in a research study conducted by Dr Girish Kant Pandey, HoD, Department of Defence Studies, Government Nagarjuna Post Graduate (Autonomous) College of Science, Raipur. Publicity being the cheapest tool to prove naxals wrong was not effectively used by most governments including Chhattisgarh as a deterrent against naxalism.

 “Surprisingly, 80-90 per cent naxal-hit region villages of the state do not get a newspaper which can educate people of the region about government’s welfare schemes meant for public betterment. I have suggested the state government to ensure that each village in naxal regions get at least one newspaper. If there are 200 villages, the government needs to spend only Rs 400-600. It is the most cost effective method to make people aware about the ill intention of naxals,” Dr Pandey said while talking to this newspaper.

Forest guards, kotwars, security personnel can distribute the newspapers, Dr Pandey suggested in his research report. Recently the government uses pamphlets, posters etc. in Hindi language which hardly understood and digested in the low literacy districts infested with Naxal movement. FM Radio channels should be used to disseminate the culture of tribals through use of the vernacular language. 

“How can they read Hindi when they speak tribal languages Dondi, Madia etc., There is a need to have the messages in pictorial forms with tribal languages Dondi, Madia etc,” questioned Dr Pandey.

“Abujhmad  had 5 per cent literates in 1996 but no major change in the literacy rate nealy in the last two decades despite Sarba Siksha abhiyan and mid-day meal etc scheme in implementation. This is a sheer failure of the state administration and the central machinery functioning in bringing up the mass education level to create awarness,” he added.

‘Grey Words’ used to rupture South Bastar and North Bastar and vice versa

The research suggests the state to create patriotic feelings among youths of naxal regions. Instead of taking the youths on trips to Taj and other such places, they should visit to the army camps, borders etc. under Mukhya Mantri Yuva Bharat Yojana to develop patriotism among them. Dr Pandey is hopeful that the state government will consider his findings as a positve step post the Lok Sabha elections

The research stressed the need to use social media to highlight the ill intention of naxals and its sympathizers. “When you type naxal on google site, there are so many reports appear on your desktop. Most of such are found favouring naxals, but rarely you can see anti-naxal reports,” says Dr Pandey. On highlightng to one website ‘baharatraksha.com’ he says one can find unbiased reports on naxals. This website is developed by retired servicemen in Andhra Pradesh.

“We must prevent people from falling prey to ‘Grey Words’ of naxals. This is possible through the medium of publicity to reach out more people of naxal hit area,” said Dr Pandey. On Grey Words, Dr Pandey said “The naxals use this to disseminate wrong information about South Bastar in North Bastar and vice versa. They (naxals) use brainwash tactics by spreading rumours about the failure of police and security personnel.”

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Total 12,95,801 voters to exercise franchise in Bastar

Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which came into existence in 1952 will be going into polling for Lok Sabha elections 2014 on April 10. A total of 12,95,801 voters will be exercising their franch... Read More
Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which came into existence in 1952 will be going into polling for Lok Sabha elections 2014 on April 10. A total of 12,95,801 voters will be exercising their franchise from the constituency through 1,794 polling booths, of which, 666 booths are hyper sensitive, 557 are sensitive and with 38 auxiliary polling booths. Unfortunately, the constituency is entangled into intricate fighting and violence unleashed by those who have taken to arms in the name of fighting for justice and the state which is acting as a deterrent to stop these people from taking up arms. The more unfortunate thing is that neither the Centre, nor the state or even those who have initiated this have any answer or solution to stop this. Though the constituency is immensely rich in minerals and natural wealth, development, education, health services are still a distant dream for people living in villages due to the violence which is generating more problems like unemployment, poverty, etc.

Between 1952 and 1972, the politics in Bastar revolved around the then Royalty Prabirchand Bhanjdeo. His candidate Muchaki Kosa had won the first Lok Sabha elections held in 1952 as an Independent. In 1957, Surti Kistaiyya, also a candidate favoured by Bhanjdeo won the election on Congress ticket. Similarly, in 1962, Bhanjdeo’s candidate Lakhmu Bhawani registered a remarkable victory while contesting as Independent. Although Bhanjdeo was allegedly murdered in 1966, his influence very much prevailed during 1967 elections and independent candidate J Sundarlal was elected. In 1971, again an independent candidate Lambodar Baliyar won while in 1977 Janata Party candidate D P Shah won the Lok Sabha.

Thereafter, from 1980 to 1996 Congress ruled the constituency with Mankuram Sodi winning the elections in 1984, 1989 and 1991. But in 1996 again an independent candidate Mahendra Karma managed to win the Lok Sabha elections amidst opposition of implementation of Sixth Schedule.

From here, the constituency went out of reach for the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party took over. From 1999 onwards the constituency is with BJP. In 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 BJP candidate Baliram Kashyap and in 2011 his son Dinesh Kashyap won the elections. Senior BJP leader Baliram Kashyap virtually had a vast political influence among the voters in Bastar region and after his death on March 10, 2011, still the influence continues. Due to his clean and honest image, he had influence not only among his party but also in the opposition. The influence has been so deep, that his sons, sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap and School Education Minister Kedar Kashap are continuing with the winning spree.

Mankuram Sodi, who had once enjoyed good influence in the Bastar politics is in oblivion due to old-age and revolt against Congress. Maharaja Prabirchand Bhanjdeo had given Sodi entry into politics by contesting and ensuring his win from Keshkal Assembly segment. Later Sodi on his own capability became MP and Minister.

Eight candidates in fray from Bastar

Altogether eight candidates are in fray from Bastar Lok Sabha constituency. Along with BJP and Congress, the candidates representing AAP and CPI are ready to make a dent in the vote banks.

If the Assembly elections are taken into consideration, Congress are in stronger position as out of eight Assembly segments, Congress has registered win in five during 2013 Assembly elections.

BJP could manage only three seats which include Narainpur, Jagdalpur and Bijapur while the Congress has Konta, Dantewada, Chitrakote, Bastar and Kondagaon. This is the reason why, BJP has taken the Bastar elections very seriously. Apart from BJP party workers, Pracharaks from RSS has been pressed into campaigning.

Apart from Dinesh Kashyap, Deepak Karma and Soni Sori, others in fray include Vimla Sori from CPI, Shankar Thakur from Samajwadi Party, Manbodh Baghel from Bahujan Samaj Party, Arjun Thakur from Ambdekarite Party of India and Deochand Dhruv from CPI (ML).

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ECI orders removal of Rajat Kumar from post of Korba Collector

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered removal of Rajat Kumar from the post of Kobra Collector, confirmed Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Kujur. CEO Kujur had sent a detailed repo... Read More
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered removal of Rajat Kumar from the post of Kobra Collector, confirmed Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Kujur. CEO Kujur had sent a detailed report to ECI regarding Rajat Kumar after a Congress delegation filed complaint against him alleging him to be close to son of BJP candidate Banshilal Mahato. Rajiv Gandhi Shiksha Mission Director Reena Babasaheb Kangale, has been appointed as new Collector of Korba. Congress had even filed complaint with visiting Sudhir Tripathi, Deputy Election Commissioner and Incharge for Chhattisgarh in ECI. Congress demanded that Rajat Kumar, who would also be acting as District Electoral Officer (DEO) during the elections cannot be expected to remain unbiased and this must be removed from his incumbent capacity. CEO Sunil Kumar Kujur, while talking to The Hitavada, also admitted to having dispatched his report on the Congress complaint against four senior police officers.

Kujur denied disclosing the details of his report but added that ECI has ordered the removal of Rajat Kumar from post of Korba Collector based on his report. He also added that state government has even issued orders in this regard in compliance to the ECI directive. He also added that ECI directive on his report on four senior police officials also is being awaited.

CM expresses shock

Meanwhile, none less than Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh expressed shock at the ECI decision. It may be recalled that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel had even lodged his complaint against Rajat Kumar, outgoing Korba Collector, with ECI while he visited Delhi. Congress had recounted how Rajat Kumar allegedly favoured Banshilal Mahato’s son while allocating construction works under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is directly overseen by District Collector.

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Over 14,000 students appear in JEE (Mains)

The first Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) (Mains) 2014 offline examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education in Maharashtra went off smoothly on Sunday. As against 15,037 for Paper-I ... Read More
The first Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) (Mains) 2014 offline examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education in Maharashtra went off smoothly on Sunday. As against 15,037 for Paper-I and 2,598 for Paper-II, 14,580 students appeared in Paper-I and 2,436 students appeared in Paper-II at 35 centres in city. In Nagpur division, 1,734 students remained absent as total 31,585 students appeared in the exam. Total 33,319 students were expected to appear in the exam in the division. G R Thakre, Joint Director, Technical Education said that no untoward incident was reported. The arrangement was made in such a way that no untoward incident took place.” Dr Dilip Vaidya, Director Academics, ICAD-SL said, “The overall impression one gets is that the paper was very well-balanced with respect to the topics and difficulty level. As expected, almost 30% questions are of low level, which can be answered by average student who has been trained properly. However, there are about 10% difficult/lengthy questions, which ought to have been skipped by average students. Compared to JEE Mains 2013, Physics was difficult, Mathematics was both, lengthy and difficult; and Chemistry was of the same level.” Dr Vaidya pointed out, “In Chemistry, 11 questions were on physical chemistry, 8 on inorganic chemistry, 11 on organic chemistry. However, one question from organic chemistry had no correct option! In Mathematics, 9 questions were based on calculus, 10 on algebra/trigonometry, and 8 on coordinate geometry, and 3 on other topics. In Physics, 6 were on mechanics, 6 on electricity & Magnetism, 5 on modern physics, 4 on properties of matter, 9 on other topics. In short, based on off-line exam, the cut-off for qualifying JEE (Mains) is likely to go up, but the topper’s percentage is likely to come down. However, final prediction can be given only after completion of on-line tests, as about 38% students have opted for on-line pattern. Those students, who have skipped difficult/lengthy questions and avoided marking of doubtful questions, will be rewarded with great success.”

Chanda students fail to appear due to confusion

Around 29 students from Chandrapur district failed to appear for JEE (Mains) on Sunday. They created ruckus at examination centre at a school in the town. Mount Carmel Senior Secondary School, Cement Nagar, Ghugus, was the examination centre for JEE (Mains). On Sunday, out of 420 students, 391 appeared in the exam. The absent students, however, reached the examination centre after an hour due to lack of information about the school name which is in Chandrapur in the name of Mount Carmel. The 29 students who failed to appear for the exam demanded re-exam for them due to lack of information provided by the authorities.

In Nagpur also at St John’s School, Mohan Nagar, a student was denied entry for not carrying a photocopy of Class X marksheet. Other students were allowed to enter though they did not bring the same document. A vigilant parent had called The Hitavada and informed about the development. This man and other parents waited to give justice to that students but their efforts went in vain, it is learn.

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Only BJP can give justice to Dalits: Paswan

“Congress is busy spreading misconception about BJP that it is anti-backward and it will change the Constitution framed by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. In fact, BJP is the only party that can assure so... Read More
“Congress is busy spreading misconception about BJP that it is anti-backward and it will change the Constitution framed by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. In fact, BJP is the only party that can assure social justice to Dalits and bring them into mainstream,” said Ram Vilas Paswan, National President of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). Paswan was addressing a rally in Kamal Chowk on Sunday evening. Paswan and Republican Party of India-Athawale (RPI-A) President Ramdas Athawale were in Dalit-dominated North Nagpur to address a meeting in support of Nitin Gadkari, BJP-led NDA’s candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency. Paswan, who is one of the most prominent Dalit leaders in the country, said that Gadkari was known across the country as ‘Vikas Purush’. “Gadkari has done a lot for your city and region even without being a Member of Parliament. His vision is broader and goes beyond the lines of caste and creed. Trust the leadership that has given employment to thousands of youths irrespective of their caste and religion,” Paswan said. Paswan, who has joined the NDA quite recently, said that Congress-led UPA had no prominent issue to target NDA. As a result, they (UPA) kept raising the pitch on secularism and Gujarat riots.

“Electing Gadkari is electing a national hero for your city. I am sure, he will change Nagpur’s face and fate in coming five years,” Paswan added.

Nitin Gadkari, who joined the rally later, reasserted his commitment towards development of backward classes. “You all know my style of working. I never follow the lines of caste and religion while working. My first and foremost aim is overall development of the city and prosperity for each and every individual irrespective of caste and religion,” he said.

Paswan also said that he had a complete vision document and plan ready with him and more than 50,000 youths would get employment in two years if NDA was voted to power.

Injustice to Dalits will end in NDA’s regime: Athawale

RPI (A) President Ramdas Athawale appealed to the people to vote for Gadkari to ensure their overall development and progress. “It was dream of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar that Dalits should join the Government and become rulers. With Shiv Sena and BJP sharing the power with us, the Republicans are sure to play the important role in next Government. We all should send a visionary like Gadkari to Delhi for that,” Athawale said.

“With Dalit leaders like me, Ram Vilas Paswan and Udit Raj in Parliament, it is not possible to ignore the backward people in NDA rule,” Athawale said in his inimitable style. He appealed youths of Nagpur to elect Gadkari and ‘retire’ the present MP.

BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis also addressed the gathering and assured people that BJP was committed to the Constitution of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. “Our Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has always said that the Constitution is the only religious book for him as an Indian. BJP will neither change it nor allow others to change it in any case,” he assured.

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Parties to focus on booth management post campaigning

With barely 36 hours to go before the formal campaigning for ensuing Lok Sabha polls comes to an end, political parties have now undertaken the daunting task of distributing voting slips to voter... Read More
With barely 36 hours to go before the formal campaigning for ensuing Lok Sabha polls comes to an end, political parties have now undertaken the daunting task of distributing voting slips to voters. Leaders are now holding closed-door meetings with their confidants to review booth-level management. The community-wise meetings to garner more supports are being planned in next two days. Tuesday happens to be Ram Navami day and hence all candidates have planned day-long activities to contact more people and remain more visible during this important religious festival.

BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI candidate Nitin Gadkari and Congress-NCP-PRP-BREM candidate Vilas Muttemwar have a large back-up teams to look after finer details of electoral process and their hi-tech teams along with experienced workers are fine-tuning efforts to maximise electoral gains. Nobody is leaving any stone unturned and to check-mate political rival in this do-or-die battle.

During last two weeks, barring massive public rally addressed by AICC President Sonia Gandhi and NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar at Chikhli in support of Vilas Muttemwar and Mukul Wasnik who is contesting from neighbouring Ramtek, no big public meeting was held. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal set the tone of elections by holding an impressive road show in support of AAP candidate Anjali Damania and a well-attended public meeting at Kasturchand Park on March 14 in which he fired salvos at both Nitin Gadkari and Vilas Muttemwar.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan camped at Nagpur for almost four days and criss-crossed the city to address well-attended election meetings in which he patiently explained the party’s position, achievements of UPA and DF governments and why it is necessary to re-elect Muttemwar. His ministerial colleagues Narayan Rane, Harshawardhan Patil, Fouziya Khan, Mod Arif Naseem Khan also addressed meetings. AICC General Secretary and party in-charge Mohan Prakash, MPCC Chief Manikarao Thakre also supervised this prestigious battle and along with Chavan ensured that Congress enters the electoral battlefield unitedly burying hatchets. Local Congress leaders including EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, Anees Ahmed, Satish Chaturvedi, Minister of State Rajendra Mulak, South Nagpur MLA Dinanath Padole, City Congress chief Vikas Thakre ensured that Muttemwar’s padyatra and door-to-door meetings get good response. Chief Minister personally met prominent members of Sindhi community on Friday and Muslim community intellectuals on Sunday at Jafar Nagar.

BJP fielded Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to address series of election meetings. In fact, in last two months, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, BJP president Rajnath Singh had visited the city to address conventions. But during last two weeks, BJP also roaped in cine stars like Hema Malini, Vivek Oberoi, Neha Pendse, Smriti Irani, cricketstar-turned politician Navjotsingh Siddhu, former minister Shahnawaz Hussain, intellectuals like Balbir Punj, M J Akbar and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar before people of Nagpur. LJP President Ramvilas Paswan, Udit Raj, Ramdas Athawale, M S Bitta also campaigned extensively for Gadkari. But no big public meeting, which remained trademark of the party was organised and focus was given diversified campaign.

BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis himself accompanied Gadkari during his door-to-door campaign and addressed number of meetings across the city. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, who had snatched the Nagpur seat from Congress in 1996, also addressed number of public meetings in support of Gadkari. Gadkari himself addressed regular public meetings in most prominent squares. BJP legislators Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh along with Mayor Anil Sole and his team organised the campaign. More importantly, BJP organised many community level meetings like one held on Sunday in which all Gurudwaras of Nagpur on behalf of Sikh community declared support to Gadkari while Sindhi community had declared similar support during a meeting at Jaripatka.

But, such supports are not always unanimous since every community is divided and has many factions and hence one group declares support to one candidate only to provoke other to rush with letter of support in favour of another candidate. BJP supremo Mayawati addressed public meeting at Amravati and its nominee Mohan Gaikwad is conducting his campaign in traditional manner. AAP candidate Anjali Damania also conducted extensive campaign and addressed election meetings. This time, all political parties used social media to woo young voters and update their own supporters about programme. This has effectively ensured that details about rallies, actual photographs were communicated in real time to thousands of people.

Looking at the dismal voter turnout in 2009 elections, all political parties, Election Commission of India and voluntary organisations like India Against Corruption, Maitree Parivar, Samvedna, students bodies and many media and social media groups conducted special campaigns to ensure cent per cent voting. Now, this is key focus of all parties to ensure maximum voter turnout in their own dominant wards and to set-up an efficient booth-level management. Looking at the soaring mercury, this will be real challenge before all contestants on April 10.

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Modi’s ‘I-Me-Mine” will ruin BJP: CM

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan attacked BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for overshadowing his own party and senior leaders in this Lok Sabha Election here on Sund... Read More
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan attacked BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for overshadowing his own party and senior leaders in this Lok Sabha Election here on Sunday evening. “This I-Me-Mine approach of Modi is dangerous for BJP and even for country as it has seeds of authoritarian, autocratic rule,” he warned.

Addressing a well-attended public meeting at near Subhash Nagar in South West Nagpur, Chavan wondered as to how one individual like Modi can sideline entire party and it’s founder members like Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh in his bid to become the next Prime Minister of the country. BJP is presenting an individual instead of their ideology, manifesto and their senior leaders, Chavan added. According to him, “Modi’s attitude will spoil BJP and if God forbids, he becomes the next PM of the country, then he will destroy the nation too. While, on other hand, in this 10 years of span, UPA government worked to develop the nation and Maharashtra.”

Chavan appealed people to cast vote in favour of Congress and its alliance for the growth of the nation. Chavan also explained in detail various flagship schemes launched by UPA. “UPA improved the economy which was drained by the NDA Government 10 years ago. We gave many important bills like Food Safety Bill, NREGA and many others. JnNURM was launched in 62 cities in the country and 7 cities in Maharashtra and Nagpur is also one of them and a major beneficiary,” Chavan stated.

Chavan also said that Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana is launched in Maharashtra which is very much beneficial for all. Around 95 per cent of people in Maharashtra can take the health care benefit through this scheme. As per this scheme, around 970 diseases are covered and till date of its launching around two lakh patients have already been benefitted.

Two months ago State Government launched free ambulance service through out Maharashtra and 950 fully equipped ambulances are on work 24x7. For any emergency situation, people can dial 108 to take the service of this ambulance service at any part of State, Chavhan stated. He also said that MIHAN is a biggest achievement for State at national level which will more beneficial for Vidarbha and Nagpur. It will create around 3 lakh jobs for local youth and also help develop infrastructure of the city.

During the event, Nagpur Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar praised UPA regime and Chief Minister for taking forward MIHAN and for granting Rs 1,200 crore towards rehabilitation of villages affected by Gosikhurd. He also appreciated the work of Maharashtra Government for the infrastructure development and changing face of Nagpur. He also informed that companies like Infosys will provide 5,000 jobs to local youth in the first year and in next two years they will create 3,000 jobs for city youths. During the event, Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch (BREM) founder Sulekha Kumbhare said that in this election season every member should solve out their internal disputes.

Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak, former ministers Vinod Gudadhe-Patil and Ramesh Bang, former legislator Ashok Dhawad, PRP president Jogendra Kawade, Baburao Tidke, City Congress president Vikas Thakre, former minister Chandrakant Handore, social activist Dr Rupa Kulkarni, NCP City Unit chief Ajay Patil, Praful Gudadhe, Ashok Dhawad, Sheikh Hussain, Abha Pande, Pragati Patil and many other senior leaders and party members were present.

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People are in no mood to listen to Modi criticism: Fadnavis

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President Devendra Fadnavis has hit back at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar for his remarks against BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidat... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President Devendra Fadnavis has hit back at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar for his remarks against BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and cautioned him not to indulge in Modi-bashing since “People are in no mood to listen to criticism of Modi, they will treat you as villain.”

Fadnavis was addressing a press conference on Sunday afternoon. He said, “Pawar has no right to criticise Modi after he is declared as Prime Ministerial candidate. Pawar also had aspiration to become Prime Minister but he failed in securing this top job. In 2004, Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar had endrosed Dr Manmohan Singh for PM’s post, now, they do not have moral right to oppose Modi for the top post. The Indian constitution does not stop anybody to be projected as Prime Ministerial candidate. The people are eager to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of the country.”

It may be mentioned that Sharad Pawar while addressing rally at Nagpur on Saturday had alleged that Modi was in a tearing hurry to become Prime Minister of the country. In our country, after Lok Sabha elections, the elected representatives will elect their leader and President of India will invite largest party for formation of the Government. However, even before the first vote is cast, Modi has been selected as Prime Minister by BJP and alliance partners, Pawar had sarcastically remarked while dubbing Modi as “a groom in a hurry.” Fadnavis reminded that the NDA had contested elections in 1998 and 1999 by projecting Atal Behari Vajpayee as Prime Ministerial candidate and for 2014 polls, BJP and alliance partners in NDA had selected Modi as their captain. BJP State President said, Pawar does not have any right as his party is a private limited party. And in ensuing election, it will become a ‘nano’ party with single digit parliamentary seats. Fadnavis optimistically asserted that BJP-Shiv Sena Mahayuti would get 35 seats in the State including all 10 seats in Vidarbha.

Fadnavis once again dared Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan for open debate on development Model of Gujarat and Maharashtra. He said, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh are far ahead in development as compared to Maharashtra. The BJP ruled states are ahead in Agriculture Growth, Power Supply and other sectors. He said, Chief Minister’s challenge is like a Ranji team player giving challenge to captain of T-20 team. Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, City President Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Girish Vyas, Pravin Datke, Sandip Joshi, Chandan Goswami and Kishor Patil were present.

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Gadkari’s manifesto promises vibrant Nagpur

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Nagpur Nitin Gadkari has promised creation of 50,000 jobs in two years for unemployed youths, regularisation of 572-1900 layouts, developme... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Nagpur Nitin Gadkari has promised creation of 50,000 jobs in two years for unemployed youths, regularisation of 572-1900 layouts, development of Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and overall development of the region. Gadkari has promised to work towards formation of separate Vidarbha, if voted to power in centre and to give a face-lift to Nagpur and bring it at par with international cities like Singapore and Dubai BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis released election manifesto of Nitin Gadkari in a function organised at Hotel Centre Point on Sunday afternoon. Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, Mayor Anil Sole, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare were present on the dais.

Gadkari has promised abolition of Local Body Tax (LBT) from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). He has suggested two per cent additional VAT in lieu of LBT. He also promised for separate security arrangements for business premises and creation of readymade garments zone and Textile zone in the city. The party has promised for regularisation of 572 and 1900 layouts of Nagpur. Gadkari has demanded increasing of Gunthewari Act from 2001 to 2010 to regularise all the layouts. The party also promised for deletion of all reservations in these layouts and provide ownership rights to all slum dwellers. The party will provide plots to poor and needy people through NIT. The party has also assured special treatment arrangements of cancer, heart and other critical diseases for poor and needy patients along with better implementation of Jeevandayni Arogya Yojana and development of Mayo and Medical College and Hospitals.

Gadkari, who is famous for creation of 55 flyovers in Mumbai, also promised for cement roads and flyovers in the city. He also promised for flyover in Pardi area. Big promotion of MIHAN will create jobs for 50,000 unemployed youths and party has promised to attract big industrial houses. Gadkari also assured for providing jobs to engineers in NTPC project in Mouda. He will take efforts for IT Parks in Nagpur. The party will start training centres for competitive exams like IAS, IPS, Police recruitments.

The party has promised to provide 24 x7 water supply in the city and slum areas and a/c meat markets. Gadkari has promised international level railway services in Nagpur with clean platforms, development of Itwari, Ajni, Khapri and Kalmana terminus. The party has also promised cheap solar energy. The party has again promised electricity generation from waste. The party will promote cultural programme, green Nagpur- beautiful Nagpur, Pollution free Nagpur, Accident Free Nagpur, Cottage Industries, Sports development, Agriculture Exhibition and Promotion of Agriculture. Gadkari assured for development of Nagpur at National level. He promised for development of Nagpur on the lines of Singapore and Dubai. Orange City Street development, Gorewada International Zoo, and declaration of Tiger Capital for Nagpur.

BJP functionaries Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Avinash Thakre, Chandan Goswami and Kishor Patil were present.

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Modi’s Gujarat devpt claims are baseless: Pawar

POWER, if concentrated in one hand, corrupts. The movement of BJP is towards dictatorship which will be harmful to the country, stated Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at a public rally ... Read More
POWER, if concentrated in one hand, corrupts. The movement of BJP is towards dictatorship which will be harmful to the country, stated Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at a public rally here on Sunday afternoon. Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan were in the city to campaign for Congress candidate Hidayat Patel. Addressing the public meeting held on Swarajya Bhavan, Union Minister Sharad Pawar said the claims of development of Gujarat made by Narendra Modi are baseless, the credit of the development of Gujarat goes to the hardworking people of the State, Sharad Pawar added. Criticising Modi’s efforts to grab the post of Prime Minister Pawar said he is dreaming of the post in an unconstitutional way. Leader centred politics is a warning bell for the country, he stated. Pawar pointed out that though claims for development of Gujarat are being made, the figures show that the rate of development has fallen to 8% from 17% in the pre-Modi government. Pawar brought out the facts that the country’s food production has grown up in last ten years. The country has collected foreign exchange of Rs two lakhs thirty-two thousand crores from agriculture sector. Addressing the public meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan alleged that Prakash Ambedkar’s candidature will lead to splitting of secular votes in Akola constituency. He said that BJP has no official agenda for the elections. He called upon to fight the casteism spirit. District Guardian Minister Rajendra Darda, Congress contestant Hidayat Patel, Jogrendra Kawade also spoke on the occasion. Former Minister Azhar Husain, Dr Santoshkumar Korpe, Narayan Gawhankar, Ramakant Khetan, Natikoddin Khatib were present on the dais.

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Vivek Oberoi campaigns for Gadkari

Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi on Sunday participated in a road show organised in support of BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari. The rally taken out in West Nagpur evoked huge response. The rally started fro... Read More
Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi on Sunday participated in a road show organised in support of BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari. The rally taken out in West Nagpur evoked huge response. The rally started from TV tower square in presence of West Nagpur legislator Sudhakar Deshmukh. Residents of Surendra Nagar, Hazaripahad, Katol road, Friends colony gave rousing welcome to the rally. Later Oberoi addressed public meeting at Ashirwad Nagar in support of Gadkari and urged voters to shun selfish politicians who resurfaces only during election period. Describing Gadkari as man of words and vision, Oberoi appealed people of Nagpur to elect him with thumping majority. BJP leader Tarun Rathi, Corporator Sudhakar Kohale, BJYM President Bunty Kukde, ex-corporator Dipak Choudhary and others were present on the dais. Oberoi further said Gadkari had done fantastic work during his regime as state PWD minister. “Gadkari had constructed 55 fly-overs in Mumbai and solved problem of regular traffic jams of financial capital,” he said. Talking about Vidarbha region, Vivek said Nagpur’s development matters a lot for Vidarbha. If Nagpur runs on track of development then youth of every district of Vidarbha will get opportunity of education and employment, Vivek said. He accused Congress leaders with doing nothing for Nagpur and said people are fed up with Congress rule. Appealing voters in typical bollywood movie style Vivek said “Bhidu, Gadkariko vote denega, Yeh Maya Bhai ki appeal hai” Earlier, Vivek along with Gadkari, in a scooter rally, wooed voters of West Nagpur. Residents of Surendra Nagar, Hazaripahad, Katol road, Friends colony have given tremendous support to the rally.

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Patanjali Yog Samiti celebrates Hindu New Year with enthusiasm

Patanjali Yog Samiti, Bharat Swabhiman, Mahila Patanjali Yog Samiti had jointly celebrated Hindu new year at Sant Dhyaneshwar Garden, Dattatraya Nagar with enthusiasm and fervour. Life Member Sund... Read More
Patanjali Yog Samiti, Bharat Swabhiman, Mahila Patanjali Yog Samiti had jointly celebrated Hindu new year at Sant Dhyaneshwar Garden, Dattatraya Nagar with enthusiasm and fervour. Life Member Sundarlal Sharma presided over. Zonal chief Vishnu Bhutada greeted the participants. Exercises like Yogic Jogging, Surya Namaskar, Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati, Pranayam etc were demonstrated on this occasion. Mandal chief Namdev Fating made introductory remark. Shravanram Jangid, Prabhakar Sawalkar, Urmila Juwarkar welcomed the guests. Kayana Lokhande, Usha Chole, Harsha Kulsange, Pratibha Sawalkar, Adv Devendra Patrikar, Jagannath Bhoyar, Vishwanath Thakre, Sanjay Wangalwar, Pankaj Chore, Ratiram Titarmare, Shankar Godbole, Shamrao Khuje, Shakuntala Rajurkar and many others participated in the same.

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Nagpur face uphill task against Mumbai

Folks watching the young women from Mumbai District Football Association play realised that the coordination that these young women had among themselves while playing, was more fast and fluid as co... Read More
Folks watching the young women from Mumbai District Football Association play realised that the coordination that these young women had among themselves while playing, was more fast and fluid as compared to Nagpur District Football Association, both teams having won their respective semi-final outings on Saturday.

Mumbai had blanked Kolhapur 3-0 and Nagpur edged past Thane 2-1 in the semi-finals. There was a marked difference between the two teams’ overall style of play, both of whom will clash in the title decider of the 1st Maharashtra Women’s Inter-District Football Championship at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli on Monday evening. Coach of NDFA, Sunil Kale has indeed much to ponder about, and is doing the best he can with whatever talent that has been placed at his disposal. The picture isn’t all that gloomy though for he has the likes of a determined striker in the young city cop, striker Nikita Shende (3 goals) who has been displaying a never-say-die attitude, looking for goals right upto the final whistle. So is her co-striker Usha Uikey (2 goals) who is doing quite a bit of connecting work effectively in the attack and the mid-field, often falling back to connect well with the medios. The third co-striker, Shivani Gaikwad too has been showing good spirit coming up with the odd near-miss as in the semis. Priya Tiwari and Shraddha Yadav too are a good support in the attack from the mid-field and Ratna Bhalavi in defence with Kanchan Rode can make a good combo with goal-keeper Echha Sahare, who when charged up on any given day can come up with an impressive performance.

Overall, though, the team needs quite a bit of bonding if they hope to click as a team. Senior past players who have been attached to the team as Manager (Dr. Kalpana Jadhav), Morien D’mello as Technical Director and Shalini Ragde as Assistant Techical Director can use their experience with the friend of their youth, coach of the team, Sunil Kale, to bring out the best in the Nagpur district outfit. That hunger for goals which quite a few members of the team possess, is what will help Nagpur latch onto that flicker of a hope to score a winning goal, after all, as long there’s life there’s hope.

Nagpur, have in their ranks, four players, who have played last season in the MDFA Women’s League’s runner-up team, ‘Football Leaders’, which lost to Father Agnels in the final. These women from Nagpur include: Shraddha Yadav, Priya Tiwari, Echha Sahare (GK), Kirti Thapa and Pooja Mishra. So the key word for Nagpur is “Fight!” Besides, they enjoy the advantage of playing on home turf at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli on Monday. Mumbai flow better: The Mumbai women have come across as a team which flows better, but not really one which could simply walk over Nagpur. With some strategy, tips from their coach Fenny Fernandes, the team is expecting to come up with a title winning performance and grab the Rs.25,000 winner’s purse. They aren’t really focusing on the runner-up prize of Rs.15,000 sponsored by Tajshree. Mumbai’s striker Jennifer Peter and Nagpur’s striker Nikita Shende are both in the fray for the Best Player of the Tournament purse of Rs.10,000. Both have scored three goals each thus far.

Mumbai has impressed through their right-winger, Abeer Arsiwala and centre-half Laura Estebeiro, both of whom have, last season, played for the MDFA Inter-Club Women’s Football Tournament winner team, Father Agnel’s. So has their co-striker Shreya Yadav. Their center-forward, Jennifer Peter who plays for ‘Sea View’ is instrumental in giving the ball that goal-getting touch and their tall goal-keeper Durva Vahia for ‘Bodyline’ both teams having finished among the top four in MDFA’s women’s inter-club meet last season.

So, while Mumbai enjoy the edge, over hosts Nagpur, one never can tell what the indomitable human spirit is capable of churning up! Somehow, more than prize money, it’s a battle of honour for both. On Monday: Final: Nagpur District Football Association vs Mumbai District Football Association, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium, Police Lines Takli. Kick-off at 4.30 p.m.

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‘Provide due importance to child’s natural ability’

‘We always ask children to do this and do that. Whether we ask them what they want. I thing we should give due importance to the naturality of children,” pointed Aniruddha Deshpande, noted Ec... Read More
‘We always ask children to do this and do that. Whether we ask them what they want. I thing we should give due importance to the naturality of children,” pointed Aniruddha Deshpande, noted Economist. He was delivering speech during the valedictory function of two executive committee meeting of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal at Madhukar Bhavan.

Chancellor of Atalbihari Vajpayee Hindi University and President of Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal Dr Mohanlal Chhipa, General Secretary of Shikshan Mandal Dr Waman Gogte and Organising Secretary Vinayak Kanetkar were seated on the dais.

Deshpande said, “Kothari Commission has made it clear that while creating professionals it should be seen the the number should be 2% less than the actual requirement. We ignored it. Now the number of professionals are more but they don’t have jobs. Those who have the ability to work as Manager, have to work on lower post.” He urged that education should focus on research and also asserted that implementation is more important.

In two day executive committee meeting it was resolved to try to incorporate the literature of Dharmpal, a great thinker, in curriculum. The book is to be brought out on the suggestions and remedies to be sent by the members on ‘Education Policy for Able India’. It was decided to organise national symposium at Jaipur. The next national executive meet will be held at Ahmedabad on November 1 and 2. A sub-committee has been constituted by Mandal to create perspective plan for education. Various quiz will be organised in various districts of Maharashtra. An essay contest on ‘How should be the research paper’ will be organised at Jaipur. A prize of Rs one lakh would be given to the best essay.

Joint Organising Secretary Mukul Kanitkar compered the programme. Ramdas Diwan, Dattatray Muley, Shripad Chauganjkar, Nikhil Damle, Anita Shirpurkar, Anand Deshkar, Amar Aney, Anand Ghare were felicitated for the hard work they had put in during the meeting..

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13 couples detained after raid at lodge in Wadi

A swoop at Wadi in a lodge revealed the murky dealings under guise of lodging facility. The raid at instance of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone-I Avinash Kumar, netted 13 couples, mostly... Read More
A swoop at Wadi in a lodge revealed the murky dealings under guise of lodging facility. The raid at instance of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone-I Avinash Kumar, netted 13 couples, mostly collegians, on Sunday afternoon. The cops acted on a specific tip-off that Pratibha Lodge in Wadi is infamous hideout for amorous affairs. The Wadi police were directed to check-in. As cops knocked at doors, it was revealed that they were no travellers but youth. The lodge manager, Lalita Dumne was unable to explain as to how the rooms were let out without entering names of guests. The lodge is owned by one Bhagwan Patil. A majority among the couples were collegians, the girls studying in polytechnic courses and other under graduate courses. One of the couple was a labourer working at construction site. The police, however, let off the couples after issuing them warning.

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‘Only people with skills will succeed in life in future’

“Only people with skills will succeed in life, as they will possess knowledge of how to deal with people, selling skills and prioritising skills,” exhorted noted management Guru, Thinker, aut... Read More
“Only people with skills will succeed in life, as they will possess knowledge of how to deal with people, selling skills and prioritising skills,” exhorted noted management Guru, Thinker, author Shiv Khera, while addressing a gathering of youngsters, comprising of students, young employees, industrialists, teachers, parents at the Shetkari Sanghatana Hall on Sunday.

Shiv Khera was speaking on the topic ‘What Young India Wants’ organised by Samvedna Pariwar Sanstha, better known for their contribution in the field of Education, Environment and Culture.

Khera said that 90% problems are attitude oriented. “Some break new records while some break themselves,” he observed. He gave examples of Mohamad Ali who defeated his opponent with a combination of positive thinking, action and effort, that increased his probability of success. “This also requires positive action backing, like Marc Spitz, the ace swimmer who won 7 Olympic gold medals for which he practised 8 hours a day,” stated Khera. Said Marc “For a 15 second event, I practised for 15 years.”

Khera went on to add that such inspiring stories help change the definition of success, which is not absence of problems but overcoming problems. Khera spoke on various type of skills like people’s skills where relationship building is important. Technology and technicians can be bought but not relations, which are to be built. This can only happen with trust, which is a much greater compliment , he mused.

He referred to selling skills, where a person comes up with various ideas, prioritising skills, and on leadership with its three ‘P’ of powers namely position, power, personality power and third P based on principles of life. He said that leadership must take three decisions in life like decision of command single handedly, decision of consultation collective wisdom and decision of consensus. Khera took control of the audience and virtually regaled them with his brilliant oratory and real life examples, his Hindi English combination holding the audience spell bound.

Earlier, Adv Parijat Pande introduced Shiv Khera. Sagar Kotwaliwale offered floral bouquet. Others who also offered bouquet were Vishwas Pathak, Prashant Wasade, Kirti Agrawal and Sujit Kumbhalkar. Abhijit Kelkar conducted the proceedings while Adv Nishant Gandhi proposed a vote of thanks.

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Vote for clean, sincere candidates, appeals IAC

“Vote for clean and sincere candidates” was the appeal made at the ‘Matadar Jagrati Avahan’ by India Against Curruption, a movement to awaken the voters of Nagpur Lok Sabha Constituency to... Read More
“Vote for clean and sincere candidates” was the appeal made at the ‘Matadar Jagrati Avahan’ by India Against Curruption, a movement to awaken the voters of Nagpur Lok Sabha Constituency to vote, there by increasing voting. Anita Vijaykar, Coordinator of India Against Corruption (IAC) spoke to scribes at Samvidhan square and informed “ we are neutral and do not support or approve any party and are interested in campaigning for voting awareness.” Bhagwandas Rathi, another member of the IAC stated “ Voting percentage is reducing and there fore there is need to motivate the voter by inviting all parties and NGO’s to have more voting so as to have better screening and more representation in Parliament. For this , we are visiting many places in the city” he added. Also present from the IAC group were Dilip Narwaria, Yogesh Pachpore, Prashen Kyawal and Bhushan Bawankule. Groups from various political parties, comprising of youth representatives, came to the venue and read out the appeal which stated that they wish to appeal, with help and co-operation of IAC, to the common man to realise that voting is our National right and we must make use of this right to cast our vote on April 10. Members of Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Admi Party, members of VHP, Congress, Youth Congress , BJP Youth representatives, Janmanch, Christian Community were present on the scene. Also present were members of the Inner Wheel Club of Nagpur , Rotary Club of Nagpur Green City, Indian Medical Association, Vidarbha Industries Association (LEN), NOGS and other groups visited the venue. Those who were seen at the venue were Vikram Pankule Indian National Congress, Jaiprakash Parekh INC, Kunda Raut INC, Manoj Wargat Aam Admi Party, Vedprakash Balriya AAP, Komal Tiwari AAP, Ravindra Gaitonde AAP, Jyoti Kanhere AAP, Salil Deshmukh Nationalist Congress Party, Prakash Gajbhiye NCP, Mayur Umarkar NCP, Nidhi Kamdar Bharatiya Janta Party, Shivani Dani BJP, Dr Sanjay Deshpande Indian medical Association, Dr Mangala Ghisad, Ex President NOGS, Rajiv Jagtap Janmanch, Shashank Chaudhari Global logic, Sanjay Arora Rotary Club Nagpur North, Sanjay Gangwani and Percy Amroliwala, , Shrikant Aaaglave VHP, Vandana Sharma VIA Ladies Wing and Rotary North Hills, Aboli Pathak Inner Wheel Club, Pratibha Kulkarni IWC, Neelam Deshpande IWC, Sheela Deshmukh IWC, Pradnya Nagarnaik IWC , Aparna Chavan IWC, Rupa Junghare Teaching fraternity, Sushma Pankule WILPF, Raj Madankar, Kshitij Ingle Fedu NGO, Dilip Narwariya VJAC/IAC, Naved Ali Star Itech, Arun Hattewar NSK, Bhagwandas Rathi IAC, Anita Vijaykar IAC, Yogi Pachpor IAC, Bhushan Bawankule IAC and Prashen Kyawal IAC.

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75-day journey of Swami Vivekanand Rathyatra concludes

‘Swami Vivekanand Rathayatra’ arrived in city on Sunday after covering 13 districts of Vidarbha and Khandesh, 57 tehsils and number of villages. The yatra also covered Pandhurna, Amla and Betul... Read More
‘Swami Vivekanand Rathayatra’ arrived in city on Sunday after covering 13 districts of Vidarbha and Khandesh, 57 tehsils and number of villages. The yatra also covered Pandhurna, Amla and Betul of Madhya Pradesh state. The yatra after entering the city, got converted in to a huge procession. Swami Vivekanand Rathyatra, a journey of 75 days concluded here. Citizens accorded a grand welcome to the yatra when it passed through Koradi, Panjara, Mankapur, Pagalkhana Square, Sadar Bazar, LIC Square, RBI Square, Zero Mile, Variety Square, Jhanshi Rani Square, Panchsheel Square, Lokmat Square, The Hitavada, Rahate Colony and ended at the premises of Ramkrishna Math. Citizens showered flowers on the main decorated chariot in which huge idol of Swami Vivekanand was placed. Citizens also burst crackers to welcome the procession. Women holding earthen pots on their heads were in the forefront. Followed by artists in the attire of Swami Vivekanand, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Netaji Subhashchandra Bose, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh and Maharana Pratap.

When the procession reached Ramkrishna Math premises, children presented demonstrations of ancient warfare techniques. Cracker show was held and the procession entered in Ramkrishna temple where a meeting was held.

Swami Vipapmananda chaired the meeting. He felicitated Shivaji Thakre and Rakesh Dehariya the drivers of decorated chariot of Swami Vivekanand. Swami Vipapmanand also felicitated Mahadeorao Ninawe for his dedication. Artists who participated in different attires including Suraj Jaipurkar (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj), Suresh Bobde (Maharana Pratap), Saudamini Wadali (Jhanshi Rani Laxmibai), Kausthubh Rajhans (Bhagat Singh), Pranav (Vivekanand) and Sarjerao Galpat (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) were felicitated by Swami Vipapmanand.

Swami Antarananda said, Swami Vivekanand Rathayatra was started under the guidance of Swami Brahmasthananda on January 23, 2014. The yatra covered different areas in city till January 31 and on February 1, the yatra proceeded to Vidarbha via Kamptee and Ramtek. The yatra covered 5000 km distance during 75 days. Swamijis accompanied with Yatra delivered lectures in more than 500 schools and colleges more than 2 lakh students attended the lectures. Exhibitions of books, portraits, slogans, quotes of Swami Vivakenand along with other cultural programmes were held at different places, he added. Swami Dharnidharanand said, the yatra is successful in creating positive atmosphere in the districts where it passed. It is not a concluding but is a start of new prosperous India. Youths are inspired by thoughts and life of Swami Vivekanand. Lot of books of Swami Vivekanand were sold during the period, he added.

Sanjay Maharaj and Uday Halmare also shared their experiences. Swami Jyoti Swarupanand and Swami Tannishthanand were also present.

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RSCC pledges to support Satyanarayan Sharma

Satyanarayan Sharma, Congress candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat, attended a meeting of party ward Presidents and workers in Congress Bhawan on Friday. The agenda of the meeting was to plan sho... Read More
Satyanarayan Sharma, Congress candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha seat, attended a meeting of party ward Presidents and workers in Congress Bhawan on Friday. The agenda of the meeting was to plan showcasing of party strength and solidarity as Sharma would visit Raipur Collectorate on Saturday to file his fourth set of nomination. Mayor Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak and Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay were also present on the occasion. Party leaders expressed concern that since the candidature has been announced a bit late than scheduled, activists would have to efficiently strategize to ensure victory for Satyanarayan Sharma. The meeting was addressed prominently by Satyanarayan Sharma, Vikas Upadhyay and Dr Kiran Mayee Nayak and it culminated with suggestions as to how the rally on Saturday would be organized till the Collectorate.

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Shocker to Cong: MLA Shivraj Singh Usare joins BJP

In a major jolt to the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress, former Congress MLA from Manpur-Mohla Assembly segment Shivraj Singh Usare formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday during the publ... Read More
In a major jolt to the Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress, former Congress MLA from Manpur-Mohla Assembly segment Shivraj Singh Usare formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday during the public meeting held after the road show of BJP candidate for Raipur Lok Sabha Ramesh Bais, in the presence of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Earlier, Usare reached CPCC head quarters and handed over his resignation. Thereafter, he reached the BJP head quarters Ekatma Parisar where he was given a rousing welcome. Later talking to The Hitavada, Shivraj Singh Usare said he had given 40 long years in the service of Congress but only faced negligence. He said a simple and poor party worker like him do not have any say in the Congress. Since last five years he had been a Legislator and struggled for the welfare of people in his segment.

Though in Opposition, he had managed to do many development works for the region by urging Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. He said the Chief Minister had also given due importance to his proposal and had sanctioned many development works based on his proposals. That is the reason why he was joining BJP after being highly influenced from Dr Raman Singh. He said he was impressed because cutting above the party line the Chief Minister had helped him in nurturing his segment.

Usare said he wants to clarify that Congress is not a party it was earlier and numerous changes have taken place. Welfare of state, country, people has now become hearsay for Congress. On the contrary, the BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has highlighted Gujarat not only in the country but also all over the world through development. Now that he will become the Prime Minister, the country will develop alike Gujarat. He said under leadership of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the BJP government is undergoing numerous works of public welfare and development. All these things have influenced him and he took the decision to join BJP. Usare said so far as Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency is concerned, the BJP candidate Abhishek Singh is very popular among the people and they consider him as “Mati Putra” – Son of the Soil. He said the whole constituency has stood up in favour of Abhishek Singh. His representation of the constituency in Parliament will definitely bring good fortune.

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Thousands of BJP workers support Ramesh Bais

Amidst roaring thousands of Bharatiya Janata Party workers, office-bearers, supporters and general public who were shouting ‘Jeet Gaya Bhai Jeet Gaya, Ramesh Bais Jeet Gaya’, BJP Jindabad, Na... Read More
Amidst roaring thousands of Bharatiya Janata Party workers, office-bearers, supporters and general public who were shouting ‘Jeet Gaya Bhai Jeet Gaya, Ramesh Bais Jeet Gaya’, BJP Jindabad, Narendra Modi Jindabad, Dr Raman Singh Jindabad, Raipur ka Sansad Kaisa Ho, Ramesh Bais jaisa ho’, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha constituency Ramesh Bais after a massive show of strength and solidarity through a mega road show, filed another set of nominations. Earlier, the road show of Ramesh Bais, a six times MP and BJP Chief Whip in Parliament, who is vying for the seventh time, began from BJP state head-quarters Ekatma Parisar amidst beating of drums and bursting of crackers, followed by thousands of party office-bearers and workers, supporters and common people including women, senior citizens, who had come every nook and corner of the constituency in support of Bharatiya Janata Party while braving the scorching heat. The rally cum road show which had started from Ekatma Parisar, after passing through various parts of the city, reached near Dr B R Ambedkar statue in front of Collectorate and converted into a public meeting which was addressed by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and other leaders. It may be recalled that Bais had already filed his nomination on April 1 through a formal procedure on the pious occasion. Bais who is representing Raipur Lok Sabha constituency since last six terms in the Parliament is hopeful and confident that people will again extend their blessings on him for the seventh time. On Tuesday, on the pious occasion of second day of Navaratri, Bais had filed two sets of nomination papers. At that occasion Bais was accompanied by Agriculture Minister and Raipur Lok Sabha BJP Election Convener Brijmohan Agrawal, Raipur (North) MLA Srichand Sundrani, Arang MLA Naveen Markandey, RDA Chairman Sunil Soni, Raipur Municipal Corporation Speaker and BJP Secretary Sanjay Srivastava. Brijmohan Agrawal and Dr Harakh Jain had proposed. But on Friday, the nomination of Ramesh Bais was proposed by Rajesh Munat and Srichand Sundrani which was seconded by Shivratan Sharma, Naveen Markande, Deojibhai Patel and Nande Sahu. The filing of nomination was a show of strength and support Bais has among the people of his constituency. Thereafter, the Chief Minister inauguraed the Central Election office of BJP candidate Ramesh Bais adjacent to Mahant Ghasidas Museum. Present on the occasion were Ajay Chandrakar, Rajesh Munat, Shivratan Sharma, Srichand Sundrani, Deojibhai Patel, Naveen Markande, Chandrashekhar Sahu, Sachidanand Upasne, Prabha Dubey, Channi Verma, Sanjay Srivastava, Sunil Soni, Ashok Bajaj, Laxmi Verma, Meenal Choubey, Sanjunarayan Singh, Onkar Bais, etc.

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Ramesh Bais played a significant role in creation of new state: CM

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh who joined the road-show cum rally of Ramesh Bais, BJP candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha constituency near Dr B R Ambedkar statue, asserted while addressing a huge gat... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh who joined the road-show cum rally of Ramesh Bais, BJP candidate from Raipur Lok Sabha constituency near Dr B R Ambedkar statue, asserted while addressing a huge gathering that whenever a ship like Congress is on the verge of sinking, people start deserting it. He said BJP is not aiding exodus from Congress, on the contrary, senior leaders and party workers all over the country are deserting Congress because the party has lost credibility and no one wants to ride in a sinking ship. So far as BJP is concerned anyone can join the party and everyone is welcome, whosoever, is coming to join the party provided with self-conscience.

The Chief Minister while taking a dig at the Congress said MP Ramesh Bais had played a significant role in the creation of new state of Chhattisgarh. He said he feels pity on the mental volatility of Congressmen, when they ask what contributions had Ramesh Bais made as a MP. He said he is witness to the efforts made by Bais had made for separate Chhattisgarh before the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, and due to his efforts only, Chhattisgarh has been created.

Terming Bais as son of a farmer with a simple heart of a cultivator, the Chief Minister said Bais had never made propaganda of the works undertaken by him. However, the works undertaken by him are major and the list is long which includes establishment of All India Institute of Medical Sciences which is even bigger than Delhi AIIMS, converting Raipur Railway station into model station, establishment of IIIT, IIM, NIT, etc are some of the works undertaken by Bais. Dr Singh said the country today is on the threshold to witness two major historic changes, one, the Congress led United Progressive Alliance government will face its severest defeat in its history and will be able to garner nothing more than 70 seats. Second, the BJP led National Democratic Alliance will for the first time not only achieve the magic figure of 272 but will surpass it. He said this claim is not made by Bharatiya Janata Party but has been made by eminent psephologists, media houses – electronic and print as well as senior election strategists. He said however all said and done, it will be the hard work of the party workers and office-bearers during this period which will ensure win in all 11 seats in the state. He asked the party workers to work hard at the booth level. He said when the party gets lead in every booths, it concretes win in the constituency which in turn ensures win all over the country.

BJP candidate and sitting MP from Raipur Ramesh Bais who got sentimental seeing the massive public support during road show and public meeting, said the love, support, and respect he received from the people here are blessings for him and this is a loan which he will never be able to repay but he will always try his level best to come up to the people’s expectations. He said in his long political career he had done nothing to put people from Chhattisgarh or Bharatiya Janata Party in shame. Bais said he has to take up many more development works and he is assured that people from each and every community will come forward and bless him.

The meeting was also addressed by BJP Raipur Election Convener and Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal who while speaking in chaste Chhattisgarhi said the works undertaken in Chhattisgarh by Bais has established him as Vikas Purush in the state. People are fed up with price-rise, corruption, failed foreign policy, failed economic policy, failed internal security policy. People are vying for the polling dates to vote for BJP and make Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister of the country.

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IG G P Singh looking forward to ‘free and fair’ conduct of LS polls

“Avoid unwarranted risks that could lead to infliction of casualties. Avert uncalled expenses that could bring additional burden on state exchequer and result in waste of hard-earned taxpayers... Read More
“Avoid unwarranted risks that could lead to infliction of casualties. Avert uncalled expenses that could bring additional burden on state exchequer and result in waste of hard-earned taxpayers’ money.”

Armed with these two ‘mool mantras’, IG (Security) and Planning-Provisioning (P&P) Gurjinder Pal Singh is much optimistic and looking forward to the ‘free and fair’ conduct of Lok Sabha elections to be held in three phases viz. April 10, 17 and 24 respectively in Maoist-inflicted Chhattisgarh.

While talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Friday, IG G P Singh encapsulated his tactical-to-practical approach he has put in place to ensure that his strategic and cost-effective planning in view Lok Sabha polls is not compromised and is religiously followed by the forces in letter and spirit. “Most importantly, we (Chhattisgarh Police) are in comfortable position in terms of security forces availability needed for conducting the polls and those already engaged for poll duties are highly motivated, well acclimatized, well trained and well equipped to deal any sorts of contingency that may arise during the polls,” he added. According to IG Singh, the success story of Chhattisgarh Police with reference to its strategic deployment of force (510 companies) for ensuring peaceful conduct of Assembly Elections in 2013, that had impressed even the Election Commission of India (ECI) - who subsequently asked the other states to follow it as Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) - has helped in getting enough forces for LS polls. “So much so that, even after sending more than requisite number of force to every district, still we have surplus personnel left with us, who have been kept on stand-by mode as Reserve Force and would be utilized only if needed,” he maintained.  

However, a confident IG Singh was quick and agile to straightaway refuse any query regarding the quantum Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Police Forces sanctioned for conducting LS polls in Chhattisgarh. “As per directive of Election Commission of India (ECI) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), all information pertaining with tactical and strategic movement of forces is ‘classified’ and hence, it should not be disclosed,” he added. But, IG Singh admitted that security forces have been deployed in Bastar, where the first phase of LS polls is slated to take place on April 10. “So much confidentiality and clandestine measures were taken that hardly anyone could come to know when, where and how forces were sent to Bastar,” he maintained.

‘CAPF, CAF, STF, DF busy preparing for peaceful polls’ Keeping in view the restive nature of Bastar region, security forces are presently engaged in rehearsing pre-emptive measures for dealing with any unwarranted situation that may arise during the first phase of polls to be held on April 10 in the Maoist-ravaged war zone.

“Security forces, including CAPF, State Police and Anti-Naxal Operation personnel of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF), Special Task Force (STF) as well as District Force (DF) are conducting mock security drills in and around the areas, where polling will be held,” stated IG G P Singh. Also, the forces are conducting Area Domination Exercise (ADE) to sanitize those areas from security point of view, where national party leaders like BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, BJP National President Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and alike would tour as part of election campaigning for their respective party candidates. “All these exercises and precautionary measures, further reinforced with precise intelligence, are intended to foil every nefarious design of the outlaws,” IG Singh added.

To a query, IG Security averred that they are simultaneously reviewing and assessing the threat perception to the candidates of political parties contesting from Bastar. “Based on these threat perceptions and risk assessment, we are providing foolproof security cordon and cover to the candidates prone to Maoists attack. Many contestants of Bastar have already been provided Z plus category security cover,” he maintained.

“If everything goes as planned and things are ‘Ceteris Paribus’, Chhattisgarh Police would certainly save roughly between Rs 5-10 crores in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. The State Police will economize on the counts of resources that are remaining as leftover after the 2013 Assembly Elections,” said IG Planning and Provisioning G P Singh, who has always been frugal in his approach towards optimization of funds and resources at his budgetary disposal.

Shedding light on subject, IG Singh informed that the State Police spent a sum of Rs 60 crore on procuring several items including GI sheets, cemented sheets, Diesel Generator (DG) sets and various other such goods during November 2013 Assembly Elections. “But after assembly elections were over, hundreds of such items since then lying as dead stock would be used during the Lok Sabha elections and thereby, help to curtail additional fiscal burden between Rs 5-10 crore on new purchase,” he maintained.

Apropos, according to IG Singh, directives have been issued to all the Superintendents of Police (SPs) to ensure that they should avoid unwarranted expenses during the poll, even as a major chunk of taxpayers goes on fuel expenses and hire charges of vehicles used for deploying the forces at various locations. “For each company of security force, the State Police has to provide seven vehicles including three trucks, two busses and two multi utility vehicles (MUV). In 2013 assembly elections, 510 companies of security forces were engaged in poll duty across the state,” he informed.

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‘Create atmosphere for free and fair elections’

Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and Director General of Police Nandan Dube reviewed election preparations in Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar and Sheopur districts at Shivpuri. The Chief Secretary directe... Read More
Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa and Director General of Police Nandan Dube reviewed election preparations in Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar and Sheopur districts at Shivpuri. The Chief Secretary directed that such an atmosphere should be created that people can vote without fear and inducement. Principal Secretary Home R K Swai, ADGP (Intelligence) Sarabjeet Singh, ADGP (Law & Order) S S Thousen, Gwalior Division Commissioner K K Khare, Chambal Division Commissioner Shivanand Dube, IGP Adarsh Katiyar, collectors and SPs were present.

Chief Secretary de Sa said that ensuring free and fair elections is administration’s responsibility. For this, necessary preparations should be made and every precautionary measure ensured. He said that candidates and political parties also need to be informed about all electoral processes. He directed to pay special attention to mock poll at polling booths. He said that mock poll should be held in the presence of candidates’ agents and later EVMs should be cleared necessarily. Expressing pleasure over the fact that cent percent licensed weapons have been deposited in Gwalior district, he directed to cancel licenses of nine gun owners who have not surrendered their weapons in Sheopur district. He said that all borders should be sealed 48 hours before polling and strict action taken against suspicious elements.

DGP Dube said that police force should work with commitment to ensure peaceful and smooth polling. He said that borders of Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar and Sheopur districts adjoin large areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. These borders should be strictly fortified.

Principal Secretary Swai said that as per commission’s instructions, proper arrangements for basic amenities like air, water, shade etc. should be made available at polling booths. He said that all polling staff should be motivated to conduct elections with total impartiality. Earlier, Gwalior Commissioner K K Khare and Chambal Commissioner Shivanand Dube informed about election preparations in Gwalior and Guna Parliamentary constituencies.

2.54 lakh licensed weapons deposited

Large-scale security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. To prevent misuse of weapons, illegal arms are being recovered and licensed weapons got deposited.

So far, 2,54,891 licensed weapons have been deposited. In the series, 1178 licensed weapons have been seized and 3121 arms licenses cancelled. So far, 25,510 non-bailable warrants have been issued of which 920 were issued in last 24 hours. Similarly, police has seized 2010 illegal weapons.

Action has been taken under various sections of CrPC against one lakh 31,605 persons so far and one lakh 23 thousand 709 persons have been bound over. Action was taken against 1195 persons for violating this provision. In police action, explosives of 4 types have been seized. Besides, 14 different kinds of bombs and 531 live cartridges have also been seized.

As many as 442 check posts have been set up in view of security in Parliamentary constituencies. In all, 3425 majra-tolas have been identified under vulnerability mapping. Similarly, 8 thousand 256 people who can harass voters have also been identified. Action has been taken against 8091 such persons.

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Water scarcity in Kolar suburb gets worse every year

The water problem in Kolar suburb is something that every soul is wary of. While the political parties have been grabbing seats touching sensitive nerves of the residents that is the drinking water... Read More
The water problem in Kolar suburb is something that every soul is wary of. While the political parties have been grabbing seats touching sensitive nerves of the residents that is the drinking water problem however the problem stays and it has stayed here for years and growing with every passing year.

On the other hand the politicians of the state are busy playing political tricks and games on the residents of the suburb taking up the same issue time and over again. After the formation of municipality in the area the demand of giving water through Kolar pipeline has been raised time and again. during the elections, the politicians kept the issue in mind since it was ‘concerned with public good and welfare’ however as soon as the politicians got their motive met they seem have again forgot the problem. According to the information, eight panchayats in Kolar were disintegrated and the municipality was formed which had 21 total wards. During the election, the candidates of both Congress and BJP had promised to provide water to the suburb via Kolar pipeline with the help of which they climbed up the ladders of political success. However, since then 2 assembly elections and 1 Lok Sabha election has already been held in the state and the drinking water problem was again made issue during the election.

The political parties also promised to provide permanent solutions to the drinking water problem within a year’s time. Now, preparations are being done for the second Lok Sabha election but the fact is that the problem still remains as it was years before. The residents of Kolar suburb are thus forced to fully depend on borewell and water tankers for the drinking water facility. The number of contracted water tankers working in Kolar municipality as o now is 28 while there are more than 150 private tankers which collect Rs 250 Rs 500 per water tanker. The water price for the ground level is Rs 250-Rs 300 and Rs 400-Rs 500 for first and second floor which means that a single family has to pay nearly Rs 3000 per month for drinking water. Kolar Rehevasi Vikas Samiti and other residents of the suburb have done demonstrations many a times that water supply should be done in the suburb via Kolar pipeline. Signature campaigns and protests were also carried pout. Declarations were also made that Kolar will get water from Kolar dam once Bhopal gets Narmada water however none of it was manifested in reality. As of now, preparations are being made to provide water from Kerva dam to the suburb under UIDSSMT plan.

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New postings for seven IAS officers

The State Government has issued new posting orders for 7 Indian Administrative Service officers. Jaishree Kiyawat the Collector of Jhabua has been posted as Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State... Read More
The State Government has issued new posting orders for 7 Indian Administrative Service officers. Jaishree Kiyawat the Collector of Jhabua has been posted as Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Dairy Federation Limited. Neeraj Dube the Collector of Khandwa has been posted as Additional Secretary, MP Government. B Chandrashekher, Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Dairy Federation Limited has been posted as Collector of Jhabua. Sanjay Goyal the Director, Public Health & Family Welfare and ex-officio Deputy Secretary Public Health & Family Welfare and Director Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (Additional charge) has been posted as Collector of Ratlam. Dr.Rajiv Chandra Dube the Collector of Ratlam has been posted as Director, Public Health & Family Welfare and ex-officio Deputy Secretary Public Health and Family Welfare and Director Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (Additional charge). Shilpa Gupta the CEO of Zila Panchayat, Khargone has been posted as Collector Khandwa. Neha Makhya the SDO (Revenue) Chanderi, district Ashok Nagar has been transferred to the post of SDO (Revenue) Chanderi, district Jabalpur. All above mentioned officers have been directed to assume charge at new place of posting and send compliance report.

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LCD projectors to be installed in My Bus soon

Pretty soon LCD projectors will be installed in the ‘My Bus’ that run on BRTS road of the State capital on which Bhopal City Linked Limited (BCLL) is working with all its concentrated efforts. ... Read More
Pretty soon LCD projectors will be installed in the ‘My Bus’ that run on BRTS road of the State capital on which Bhopal City Linked Limited (BCLL) is working with all its concentrated efforts. Estimations are being made that the plan will be realised within 2-3 week’s time.

These LCDs will be installed in all the buses running under My Bus. Moreover, secret cameras will be installed in all the buses to keep eye on the passengers. The installation of these cameras is also nearly complete and if everything goes according to the plan then the installation of secret cameras in the buses will be completed within two weeks’ time.

The demand of travelling in the buses of My Bus in the state capital is such that nearly a lakh passengers daily travel via these buses. Moreover, the passengers are demanding that the numbers of these buses should be further increased.

According to the information if the interest of the passengers keeps on to be this encouraging then more buses can be run on BRTS in future. On the other hand BCLL has decided the number of secret cameras to be installed in the buses.

The number of these cameras which are being installed from the security of the passengers point of view will be 2 in each bus and if need be the number of these cameras will be installed.

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Lottery for selection of Haj pilgrims to be taken out on April 15

The lottery for the selection of Haj pilgrims for this year by MP Haj Committee will be done by April 15. All India Haj committee has on the other hand has decided April 21 as the last date for t... Read More
The lottery for the selection of Haj pilgrims for this year by MP Haj Committee will be done by April 15. All India Haj committee has on the other hand has decided April 21 as the last date for the lottery fro selection of Haj pilgrims for the year. State Haj committee has received 17,000 applications this time around for Haj. As of now the state Haj committee is waiting for quota to be allotted by Central Haj committee. Last year the committee had received the quota of 4025 passengers. Taking in view the cut being done in the quota speculations are being made that the state Haj committee might get quota for 3200 passengers this time around. According to an officer of the committee 16,500 applications were received this time around by the final day of the application. The applications received via post have not yet been counted and chances are that the number of applicants will comfortably reach or cross 17,000. The ones to be affected the most due to the cut being made will be applicants of general category and the main reasons for the same being the high number of applications in reserved category and few seats available as total quota, according to the rules the committee has to first fill the available seats with the candidates of reserve category A and B. moreover, if the number of seats is less than the number of applications even in the reserve category than lottery should be carried out. According to estimation the number of applicants of both types of reserve category has crossed the mark of 3000 this year. Meanwhile, the officers of Central Haj committee met president Pranab Mukherjee recently in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum in which it was told that the Indian government has received the quota of 1,36,000 pilgrims from the UAE government. 36,000 seats out of the total have been reserved for private tour operators by the government which has affected the quota of the Haj committees badly. The central Haj committee has thus demanded that the tour operators should not be given these seats.

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Sushma Swaraj files nomination

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, Sushma Swaraj filed her nomination papers in Raisen on Friday. Before going for filing nomination papers, she performed special ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, Sushma Swaraj filed her nomination papers in Raisen on Friday. Before going for filing nomination papers, she performed special yagya to seek divine blessing for victory. Congress Lok Sabha candidate for Vidisha Laxman Singh also filed his nomination papers. Sushma Swaraj filed nomination papers in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his wife Sadhna Singh and senior minister Gaurishankar Shejwar. While Laxman Singh filed nomination papers in presence of his brother, Digvijay Singh, ex-Union minister Suresh Pachauri, State Congress Vice President Rameshwar Nikra etc.

After filing nomination, Sushma Swaraj addressed a rally in Vidisha. Sushma Swaraj asked people that in last election, they have given victory by the margin of 3.90 lakh and now she requests them to take the victory margin to four lakh. “I have made three promises with the constituency and fulfilled them. Notwithstanding of busy schedule of Parliament, I have met people of the constituency in every fortnight,” she said. On this occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it is a matter of pride that Sushma Swaraj is contesting from Vidisha. Whenever she speaks, all hears her patiently. He requested that people should ensure victory to her and even to party’s by election candidate from Vidisha, Kalyan Singh. Training guns towards Congress, he claimed that now Congress is heading towards its declination.

Such is the situation that Congress leaders have developed disenchantment and now they are joining BJP. Laxman Singh also files nomination: Along with Laxman Singh, Indore MLA Jeetu Patwari has also filed nomination paper as dummy candidate of Congress from Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency. This has left tongues wagging in political corridors. Whether Laxman Singh can withdraw anytime is the question being discussed among people. However, Congress has dubbed such kind of speculation as baseless. Congress Chief Spokesman KK Mishra said that Jeetu Patwari is only dummy candidate and Laxman Singh is party’s official candidate and much should not be read in this regard.

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BJP wants to win Gwalior seat for its State President

The battle for Gwalior Lok Sabha seat is attracting attention of every one and reason is obvious. BJP State President Narendra Singh Tomar is contesting election from the constituency. Congress has... Read More
The battle for Gwalior Lok Sabha seat is attracting attention of every one and reason is obvious. BJP State President Narendra Singh Tomar is contesting election from the constituency. Congress has fielded Ashok Singh from the constituency. Gwalior seat was once the safe seat of Congress, but from last two elections it is with BJP. To win the election, BJP is campaigning in aggressive manner as election for it has become a prestige point as its state president is in fray.

Gwalior Lok Sabha seat comprises eight assembly seats namely, Gwalior Rural, Gwalior, East, South, Bhitarwar, Dabra, Karera and Pohari.

Once Congress was undefeatable in this constituency and this could be gauged from the fact that Madhavrao Scindia had won this seat for five consecutive times. The situation changed when BJP leader Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya won the seat in thirteenth Lok Sabha election. However, seat again went to Congress in 2004 and remained with it till 2007. In 2007, BJP fielded Yashodhara Raje Scindia won the seat and she again won the following Lok Sabha election from the constituency in 2009.

Now, BJP has given ticket to Narendra Singh Tomar, who had won the last Lok Sabha election from Morena. What forced Tomar to look for new seat is a debatable question. It is a great challenge before Narendra Singh Tomar to win the election that also with huge margin. The pressure on Tomar could be understood from the fact that he is camping in his constituency for maximum time and he is hardly stepping outside his constituency. On the other hand, Congress is also doing hectic campaigning in the constituency to snatch the seat from BJP. Caste politics rules the roost in the constituency and castes play important role in the victory of candidates. Apart from domination of other backward class, schedule caste people are also having strong presence and this could be gauged from the fact that two assembly seats of constituency are reserved for schedule castes. Hence, both Congress and BJP are giving special focus on luring the voters of schedule class also apart from making effort to attract other backward caste people. General caste factor comes at third place. BJP is confident of winning the election and it has three reasons. First of all, its candidate Narendra Singh Tomar is a heavyweight leader and he himself is having strong mass appeal. Besides, there is wave of BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and people are greatly influenced by schemes of Shivraj government. On the other hand, Congress candidate Ashok Singh is harping on achievement of UPA Government to bag the votes. He is seeking votes in the name of UPA’s flagship schemes and achievements but somewhere he is also feeling public anger against inflation. This one point is giving some tough time to him. But no one can predict that to whom public is going to give mandate. However, it is a truth that fight is directly between BJP and Congress irrespective of the fact that some other parties are also in the fray.

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This poll is fight of two ideologies: Scindia

“LOK Sabha election is an election of two ideologies. One, which is secular, which unites people and has reliance in taking everybody together, while the other is ideology of communalism, ideolog... Read More
“LOK Sabha election is an election of two ideologies. One, which is secular, which unites people and has reliance in taking everybody together, while the other is ideology of communalism, ideology of dividing people and promoting corruption,” said Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, while addressing an election rally in favour of Congress candidate Vivek Krishna Tankha at historic Kamania gate, on Friday. Scindia urged people to cast their valuable votes after thinking twice, thrice and several times. He said people should vote for the candidate who has vision and capability to develop the city and benefit the citizens. He said people have experienced ten-year rule of BJP government.

During these years, the government ruined the State including Jabalpur. Youths have no jobs, children have no good institutions, women and elderly people have no security. Total anarchy has prevailed in entire Madhya Pradesh, alleged Scindia. He said crime, corruption, hunger, unemployment, malnourishment has gripped the State. He questioned what the BJP Government has done in last 10 years? Besides promoting corruption and befooling masses, it has done nothing for welfare of the State and its people, he said. VYAPAM scam is a live example of the same, he alleged. Scindia said recently farmers have faced massive catastrophe. Hailstorm destroyed tillers of soil of Madhya Pradesh. But, despite succouring poor farmers, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave assurances to them through big advertisements in newspapers. He spent more than Rs 100 crore on these advertisements, but did not take the pain to help the farmers. Till today, not even a single farmer in State has been provided compensation. Moreover, the BJP ministers have misused Rs 500 crore provided by the Union Government to help poor farmers, alleged Scindia. He said today there is dire need of honest and clean image people in politics. And people of Jabalpur have got the chance of electing honest, dedicated and social worker in the form of Congress candidate. Scindia appealed to the people to vote for Vivek Krishna Tankha who has all the qualities to take the city on the path of progress. The city would no doubt flourish leaps and bounds under representation of Tankha, asserted Scindia. Lashing out at BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for blaming Union Government for lack of industrialisation in Jabalpur, Scindia said industrialisation is a subject of State Government not of Union. He said the State BJP Government has failed to provide basic amenities to people. The State lacks good roads, better health facilities, needs electricity, potable water etc. Scindia said the BJP had promised to provide jobs to one lakh youths. But, it could not provide employment to a single unemployed youth, alleged Scindia. He said the Union Government has made a policy to provide 35 kilogram foodgrains to every individual from March onwards, but in Madhya Pradesh even BPL people are not getting it from ration shops.

He urged people to teach a lesson to such alleged corrupt and irresponsible government by giving votes to Congress candidate. Earlier, he also addressed a public meeting at Panagar and appealed people to vote for Vivek Krishna Tankha. Before Scindia, Congress leaders and Congress candidate Tankha also addressed public and sought their blessings for victory of Congress in Lok Sabha elections.

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Modi party fails to bring out its manifesto, says AI Women’s Congress President Ojha

National President of All India Mahila Congress Shobha Ojha came heavily on Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said that Modi party has so far failed to br... Read More
National President of All India Mahila Congress Shobha Ojha came heavily on Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said that Modi party has so far failed to bring its manifesto to inform people that what it intends to do and what are its programmes. Shobha Ojha also lambasted BJP in the wake of sting operation exposing role of BJP leaders in Babri Mosque demolition. Addressing a press conference at party headquarters, Shobha Ojha described BJP as Modi party and said that BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi is active since last one year and so far, his party has been not able to bring its manifesto. People wanted to know that what are his party’s programmes and what he intends to do.

Speaking about spying incident of an architect woman allegedly done by Gujarat government, she said Gujarat government had given affidavit to Apex Court two days back and admitted spying that was allegedly done by three agencies including ATS. Referring to a sting operation done by cobra post on Babri Masjid demolition, she said that this operation exposed the role of BJP leaders. Answering to a question, she said Congress had given 15 per cent Lok Sabha ticket to women. On question pertaining to the exodus of Congress leaders into BJP, she said that it happens in parties and even niece of Atal Behari Vajpayee had joined Congress. On this occasion, Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal, Chief Spokesman KK Mishra, Spokesman JP Dhanopia, Ravi Shrivastava and Vibha Patel were present.

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Greenpeace India rubishes Essar’s allegations

In a press released issued here on Friday, Greenpeace India rubbished Essar’s ridiculous allegations of inciting villagers in Mahan region against them. In yet another attempt to browbeat and thr... Read More
In a press released issued here on Friday, Greenpeace India rubbished Essar’s ridiculous allegations of inciting villagers in Mahan region against them. In yet another attempt to browbeat and threaten the growing voices against Essar’s coal mining plans in Mahan, the company filed a case at the District and Sessions Court, Waidhan in Singrauli, on Greenpeace and on members of local communities residing in Mahan to silence their voices. Greenpeace will take legal recourse to respond to these baseless allegations. “Essar is once again trying to stifle all voices of opposition. But the allegations do not hold any water. Essar should first do a reality check before filing court cases,” said Priya Pillai, senior campaigner with Greenpeace India.

Essar claims to have fulfilled all the 36 conditions required for getting Stage II forest clearance. But the fact remains that the Gram Sabha resolution, which forms the basis of the clearance, has been forged. This special Gram Sabha on Forest Rights Act was held in March 2013, at Amelia village to build a consensus on the proposed mine in Mahan forest. A police complaint about the forged Gram Sabha resolution was filed in February. Community members have been trying hard to file an FIR at the local police station, but the local police authorities have refused to do so. “We have witnessed the plight of people who have been displaced by big infrastructure and mining projects in Singrauli. It is impossible for us to leave our forests and live in 10 ft x 10ft makeshift houses. We derive our livelihood from the forests. We will be deprived of our livelihoods if the company succeeds with its mining plans. We are just being persecuted for living in harmony with nature,” said Jag Narayan Shah, resident of Amelia village, Mahan. Earlier in January this year, Essar filed a defamation suit of Rs 500 crore and a gag order against Greenpeace in the Bombay High Court and Greenpeace has already filed its response. The suit also laid down the condition that members of Greenpeace cannot conduct any activity within 100 meters of the company’s premises in Mahalakshmi, Mumbai. This followed after 14 Greenpeace activists scaled the company’s headquarters in Mumbai and unfurled a giant banner.

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Modi appeals Maoists to shun the gun to prosper

Urging the Maoists to take up plough rather guns as guns would not solve their problems, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat and prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ... Read More
Urging the Maoists to take up plough rather guns as guns would not solve their problems, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat and prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that BJP is for more greener earth and not for more bloodshed. Modi condemned UPA Government for not handling Maoists’ issue well. Addressing a massive rally at Chanda Club ground on Friday, to seek support for BJP candidates Hansraj Ahir from Chandrapur-Arni-Wani constituency and Ashok Nete from Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency, Modi urged people to vote BJP to power for stable and strong government. Devendra Fadnavis, State President of BJP, Sudhir Mungantiwar, former State chief of BJP, Shobha Fadnavis, MLC, Nana Shamkule, MLA, Atul Deshkar, MLA and District President of BJP, Balu Dhanorkar and Ramesh Deshmukh, District chiefs of Shiv Sena, Ashok Ghotekar, District President of RPI (A), Dr Mangesh Gulwade of Sawantra Bharat Paksh, and other activists were present on the dais.

Blasting UPA chairperson for misguiding women of the country, Modi said that her claims that UPA Government has put a check on growing crime against women were untrue. “The latest figures published by Government of India indicate that many cases of harassment/atrocities against women have taken place in 7 out of 10 Congress-led states that figure in the list whereas BJP ruling states are not included in it,” Modi criticized. Two years ago, a Delhi girl was gangraped and brutally murdered. Thousands of youths had come to the streets to seek justice to her but the police force in Delhi used water cannons on them. After that Nirbhaya Fund of Rs 1,000 crore was provided in the budget, but not a single rupee was spent on the same, Modi claimed. “Earlier, Congress was throwing dust into the eyes of people but now it is throwing chilli powder,” he said and questioned how dignity of women will be secured with such policies of UPA government.

Modi recalled the infamous ‘Tandur’ case of Delhi and Kalpana Giri, a Congress activist of Latur, who was missing and later found murdered. A youth activist of the Congress was arrested in the same connection, he said.

Modi also condemned the UPA Government for totally ignoring Adivasis in the country. Showering praises on former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for constituting the independent Tribal Ministry during his reign, Modi said that Vajpayee made an earnest attempt to bring the tribal people into national mainstream. BJP has been working for welfare of the farmers, he said. Modi lauded Hansraj Ahir for working hard and bringing to fore the coal scam and appealed people to vote for BJP candidates for stable and strong government in which the safety of women, welfare of farmers and tribals will be certainly heeded, he promised.

Meanwhile, the local police were in for a surprise when they found Gujarat Police urging them to change the place of the stage and provide them with manpower to avoid untoward incident. The Gujarat Police, it has been learnt, was in Chandrapur a week back to take stock of security situation. The Gujarat police interacted with DSP Rajiv Jain and gave nod for the rally. The Gujarat battalion (specially recruited for Narendra Modi’s security) instructed the higher officials of Police Department regarding change the stage. The whole security was shouldered up on Ravindra Kadam, IG, Nagpur range, who also was on his toes during the rally.

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Only Cong can keep India united, says Rahul Gandhi

“The opponents of Congress party are talking about the end of the party. But Congress party can never end, as it is a thought that struggles for the rights of neglected and powerless people. It i... Read More
“The opponents of Congress party are talking about the end of the party. But Congress party can never end, as it is a thought that struggles for the rights of neglected and powerless people. It is the Congress party that has kept the Indian nation united,” said Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of AICC, while addressing an election rally at the Postal Ground on Friday. MPCC President Manikrao Thakare, Mohan Prakash, State’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Jogendra Kawade, PRP President, Shivajirao Moghe, party’s candidate from Yavatmal and Washim Lok Sabha constituency and Sanjay Deotale, party’s candidate from Chandrapur and Chimur Lok Sabha constituency were prominently present on the occasion. Taking a dig at the BJP’s development plank, Rahul Gandhi said that though the rival party speaks of development, its development agenda is very different from that of Congress’. “While they want to bring about development of a specific class, we want to include also the backward classes and tribals into the process of development,” he said. Putting forth Tata’s ‘Nano’ project as an example, Rahul Gandhi said that the project that was to come up in West Bengal first, was opposed by Mamata Banerjee, as farmers there would have lost their many acres of land. That is when the project was established in Gujarat where farmers’ 3,000-acre land was acquired. As against it only 2,000 people got jobs, he said. “Such is their idea of development. We do not want such development,” Rahul said adding that big projects would need land. But the farmer, whose land is being acquired, should get the right to fix rate of the land. Besides, the development brought about by such projects should have his participation too, Gandhi said. Stating that Congress party has always helped farmers, Rahul Gandhi recalled the agriculture crisis of year 2004, “When the Centre had announced an assistance package of Rs 60,000 crore for farmers. At that time too, our opponents had made a hue and cry over it, questioning us on the way we would arrange for such a huge amount. We not only arranged the amount but also disbursed it among farmers. This year too, the hailstorm-hit farmers of Maharashtra have been provided with assistance package of Rs 4,000 crore. The amount is being distributed among farmers,” he informed. Listing government’s achievements, the AICC Vice-President said that through the MNREGA scheme, people are assured of jobs. Through Food Security Scheme, food was guaranteed to people. “However, we received criticism for that too. The UP government did not even implement the scheme,” he said. For providing inexpensive treatment, Rajiv Gandhi Arogyadayi Yojana has been implemented, Rahul said adding that in last 10 years the government has implemented many schemes for common people. On the issue of corruption, Rahul Gandhi said, “Those who point fingers at us forget Karnataka. Their Chief Minister went to jail in land scam but they conveniently forget that. They forget corruption rampant in states of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh,” he said. Concluding his speech, the Congress’ Vice-President said that no one man could run a nation. Everybody should come together and form a great nation. Earlier, addressing the gathering, MPCC President Manikrao Thakre said that as party’s opponents are left with no issues that are leveling baseless allegations. These would leave no effect and the Congress would win 30 to 35 seats in coming elections, predicted Thakre. In his speech, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan rejected the claims of Narendra Modi that Gujarat has progressed more than Maharashtra. He said that be it industrial progress, agricultural production, health services or basic amenities, Maharashtra is ahead of Gujarat in all respects. “I challenged Modi to clarify on all counts in a television debate,” he said. Stating that Modi has taken over the reins of the party, ignoring claims of senior members, Chavan said this shows his ‘autocratic’ attitude, which would be detrimental for the nation. Jogendra Kawade called for keeping Modi at bay to keep Indian union strong. Prof Vasant Purke, MLA, conducted the programme. Vijay Darda, MP, Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Yavatmal, Sandeep Bajoriya, MLC, Haribhau Rathod and MLA Nandini Parvekar were present on the occasion.

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Drama at Muttemwar’s office over EC’s raid

Flying squad of Election Commission (EC) conducted a raid at Janvad press office, which is run by Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar’s son, after one of the election observers received an SMS cla... Read More
Flying squad of Election Commission (EC) conducted a raid at Janvad press office, which is run by Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar’s son, after one of the election observers received an SMS claiming Rs Four crore cash kept in the office on Thursday night. However, after the day-long drama, the EC officials could dig out only Rs 5.7 lakh cash from the office. The cash was in the office to distribute salaries of employees of the press, said Vilas Muttemwar.

However, this action sparkled charges and counter-charges. A fuming Muttemwar, who virtually stopped his campaign on Friday and stayed back at Janvad office with supporters, charged the EC observer with acting at the behest of BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari and trying to plant Rs 2 crore in his office to malign him. An amused Gadkari camp stoutly denied the allegations and wondered leniency shown towards Congress candidate and questionable role of local officials who remained a mute spectator.

It all started on Thursday night when the squad, along with police team, raided the office in search of elusive money. As the printing of newspapers was going on, the officers stopped all newspapers bundles and started checking. Each bundle was scanned by the officers in search of cash. They also check-over premises and printing machine. The squad then moved to office of Gitesh Muttemwar, which was locked. They called security guard to open the lock. The guard informed the official that keys are with Gitesh Muttemwar.

Meanwhile, by 2.30 am as the news about this raid spread like wildfire, City Congress chief Vikas Thakre and other leaders rushed to the office and demanded search warrant from officials. Muttemwar informed the mediapersons that Dilip Pansari, election observer had brought cash worth Rs Two crore with him and attempted to kept the cash in the office. “My party workers foiled the nefarious bid,” he said. The officials had no search warrant or permission, said a visibly angry Muttmwar. The officials asked policemen to guard the room and also kept a video shooting camera to keep watch on the movement.

A junior rank election officer arrived at the office on Friday morning to open the lock of the office. However, Congress leaders refused to let open the office and insisted that Pansari should personally come. A large number of Congress workers hurled expletives at EC officials and Muttemwar while slamming the official on phone gave him a mouthful in front of his cheering workers. This drama continued for hours together with Congress workers demanding search of Gadkariwada where they alleged that a lot of cash has been stashed.

The lock was opened around afternoon and officials performed a panchanama and gave a copy to Vilas Muttemwar by evening. Another heated arguments between Congress workers and the election commission officials broke out when the officials seized a campaigning car of Muttemwar. The officials told Congress leaders that they are seizing the car and taking it to police station, where the car will be opened. However, the Congress leaders opposed the move and questioned motive of the officials. After some argument, the election commission officer opened doors of the car. However, only campaigning ballot papers could be found inside. Encouraged by this, Congress workers indulged in heavy sloganeering against EC officials and demanded raid at Gadkariwada and they volunteered to accompany officials. On the basis of complaint given by Nayab Tehsildar Nandkishore Chhotelal Gautam, Imambada police have registered non-cognizable offence against Gitesh Muttemwar under the Representation of People Act.

‘EC official biased, acting on behest of Gadkari’

Vilas Muttemwar, while addressing a press conference, alleged that the election commission was working at the behest of BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari. Pansari, who is officer of Gujarat cadre is biased officer and is only targeting Congress party. The officer is only checking Congress’s vehicles in city, he alleged. However, he has not shown similar courage against Gadkari, he claimed.

Muttemwar charged BJP leader with distributing crores of rupees in the election. “I will complaint against ‘biased’ nature of Pansari to the state election commission,” said Muttemwar. Gadkari is violating model code of conduct everyday. He is arranging parties for voters after rallies and Election Commission has not initiated action against him. Expenditure officer was not present during the raid, he added.

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Sonia’s poll meetings in city, Lakhni today

Sonia Gandhi, President of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and chairperson of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), will be on a day-long tour of Vidarbha on Saturday. She will address poll ca... Read More
Sonia Gandhi, President of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and chairperson of United Progressive Alliance (UPA), will be on a day-long tour of Vidarbha on Saturday. She will address poll campaign meetings for Congress-NCP candidates at Nagpur and Lakhni. Sharad Pawar, NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister, also will address the meetings.

Sonia Gandhi will address the campaign meeting for Congress candidate from Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency Vilas Muttemwar, at 4 pm at Chikhli-Kalamna in Nagpur. Mohan Prakash, AICC General Secretary and Maharashtra In-charge; Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Manikrao Thakre, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee; and prominent leaders of Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), People’s Republican Party (PRP) will share the dais on this occasion.

Earlier in the day, she will address a campaign meeting for NCP candidate from Bhandara-Gondia constituency Praful Patel. The meeting will be held at Nirdhanrao Patil Waghaye College ground in Lakhni in Bhandara district, at 3 pm. Sharad Pawar, Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief, also will address the meeting.

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NMC ditches Nagpur again on preparation of revised CDP

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) either fails to learn its lessons or it is too adamant to pay any heed towards norms and people. On Friday, it conducted a discussion on preparation of revised Ci... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) either fails to learn its lessons or it is too adamant to pay any heed towards norms and people. On Friday, it conducted a discussion on preparation of revised City Development Plan (CDP-II) without any pre-event publicity. Surprisingly, it conducted the discussion during the period of Lok Sabha elections, leaving out the corporators and political leaders who are busy in hectic political campaign.

Previously, NMC had drawn flak for conducting stake-holders’ meeting for CDP-II in December 2013 without any pre-event publicity. That time also, it conducted a ‘regulated’ exercise instead of ‘informed’ one. The consultant agency CRISIL Risk and Infrastructure Solutions (CRIS) also had drawn flak then for its ‘shoddy’ presentation that comprised of inadequate and incorrectly formulated information. Mayor Prof Anil Sole and Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane also had expressed strong displeasure in the manner in which the meeting was conducted, and had asked CRIS to organise next meeting with proper pre-event publicity so that more stake-holders participated in the exercise that is significant for the city’s future development.

The previous CDP involved an amount of Rs 5,000 crore and the CDP-II is likely to involve a whopping Rs 10,000 crore. If CDP is prepared with involvement of as many Nagpurians as possible, it would define the course of city’s development. Shockingly, despite specific instructions from Mayor and Municipal Commissioner both in December 2013, the presentation of CRIS on CDP-II has not been put up on NMC’s website. What has been put up there is only a proforma in which people are supposed to give their responses. This proves that there are people in NMC who do not want Nagpurians to get informed about development planning process of their own city.

As far as the meeting held on Friday is concerned, once again, NMC did not give it any pre-event publicity. Even the media persons were not informed about the meeting that was held at Standing Committee Hall of NMC. The JnNURM toolkit for CDP preparation states clearly, “There should be sufficient media publicity for CDP launch workshop.” According to sources, Brijgopal Ladda of CRIS and S S Hastak, Nodal Officer of NMC for CDP, made presentations at the outset. Later, two sessions of ‘focussed group consultations’ were conducted. One session was on ‘Urban Poor’ and another on clubbed-together areas of ‘Water, Sewerage, Solid Waste Management, Traffic and Transportation’.

In the name of ‘focussed group consultations’, NMC officials played a smart trick of keeping most of the people out of the development planning process. In fact, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane himself was in Delhi. Still, the meeting was conducted. Two more sessions of the meeting will be held on Saturday at the same venue. One of these sessions will be on ‘Urban Governance and Finance’ and another on ‘Heritage, Environment, and Tourism’.

It is widely clear from the nomenclature of the sessions that priority sectors defined in JnNURM toolkit have been ‘mixed and matched’ to the convenience of NMC and CRIS. For both the sessions held on Friday, only around 30-40 people were present. Most of the people invited for the meeting are the ones who filed their responses in proforma given by CRIS on NMC’s website. That is, once again, NMC has tried to ditch Nagpurians and keep them at bay from revising CDP in a manner that would make Nagpur a better city.

Shockingly, the meeting has been organised in a period when all the corporators are busy in political campaign for Lok Sabha elections. Thus, the corporators and political leaders have been left out of the process of revising CDP. One fails to understand as to why could not NMC wait for a few more days till the voting for Lok Sabha elections was over. Then, involvement of more people could have been ensured. But, the simple fact that NMC did not do it, leaves one wonder if there is some design to prepare a CDP-II based on ‘imposed vision’ of a few and not the ‘considered observations’ of many.

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Listless hosts shown the door

SITTING in the hut, only few teams would have experienced the eerie silence more often than Vidarbha. They added one more to their infamous list on Friday after a listless show. The Vidarbha p... Read More
SITTING in the hut, only few teams would have experienced the eerie silence more often than Vidarbha. They added one more to their infamous list on Friday after a listless show. The Vidarbha players sat dejected on the chairs when tailender Amol Junghade missed an Ishwar Pandey delivery that rested in the wicketkeeper’s gloves. While the Madhya Pradesh lads were enthralled, Vidarbha players were expressionless. It was only when skipper Shalabh Shrivastava broke the silence that his boys collected themselves for the customary handshake. Vidarbha were shown the door after an uninspiring show against Madhya Pradesh, losing their must-win game by 14 runs in the Central Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament at VCA, Civil Lines. The asking was a modest 138 but Vidarbha batsmen made heavy weather of it and left too much to do in the latter stages. There seemed no plan and no awareness about the equation. Vidarbha needed to finish off the game in the 16th over or so to give themselves a good chance to advance to the knock-outs. However, Vidarbha not only consumed ample time, but kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to find themselves 29 short of the target with just two overs to spare. In came the hard hitting Umesh Yadav (6) who picked up a slower delivery and carted it for a six but got dismissed the next ball. Couple of wickets fell in the same over leaving Vidarbha to get 18 off the last over. The pair Junghade (3*) and Aditya Sarvate (2*) could do nothing but try a few rash shots. Before that, Faiz Fazal (3) failed again when he was caught plumb in front by a Pandey delivery that nipped back. New entrant Akshay Kolhar (14) looked good when he played three glorious hits to fence but was caught by Udit Birla in slip. Jitesh Sharma (17) and Amol Ubarhande (32) tried to consolidate but the former departed just when the partnership looked dangerous. Shrivastava (11), Gaurav Upadhyaya (23) and Urvesh Patel (10) also failed to force the issue. The bowlers looked good again when they reduced MP to 10 for three in 2.1 overs. Swapnil Bandiwar (2-28) picked up vital wickets of Mohnish Mishra and Naman Ojha while Umesh Yadav (2-18) scalped Jalaj Saxena in his first over. Jatin Saxena hung in there as MP were 50 for five in the 9th over. Debutant Sohrabh Dhariwal showed his power-hitting skills with a 12-ball 24 to push MP to 137 for nine in 20 overs. With three losses in as many matches, Vidarbha are out of contention while Madhya Pradesh have kept their hopes alive with two wins in four games. Vidarbha will play Rajasthan in an inconsequential match on Saturday morning.

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Nagpur to play Thane in SF

Strong teams competing in the WIFA Inter-District Women’s Football Championship took full advantage of the somewhat pleasant conditions of Friday morning to pile on goals. As a result as many ... Read More
Strong teams competing in the WIFA Inter-District Women’s Football Championship took full advantage of the somewhat pleasant conditions of Friday morning to pile on goals. As a result as many as 19 net bulgers were scripted off the four quarter-finals played, two each at the Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University playground in Ravi Nagar and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli. Of course, besides the winner’s and runner-up purse of Rs.25,000 and Rs.15,000, the young women, especially the strikers are eyeing the ‘Player of the Tournament’ purse of Rs.10,000 and the ‘Player of the Final Match’ purse of Rs.7,000. It came as no surprise then, that teams were trying their best to boot in as many goals as possible, despite it being a knock-out tournament. Yet, more and more exciting goals is what football is all about and Friday’s superior teams enjoyed it all the way. More goals rained down at the varsity ground (13) than at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium (6) in these four quarter-final outings. MDFA thrash Jalgaon 7-0: Considered as keen contenders for the title, the eves from Mumbai District Football Association playing their opening outing of the tournament went boom-boom right from the kick-off at the varsity ground. Abeer Arsiwala (6th min) was the first to make the net bulge for the damsels from Mumbai. Shreya Yadav (21st min) and Jennifer Peter (22nd min) helped make it 3-0 when the whistle sounded the lemon break. Thereafter, Abeer Arsiwala (33rd min), Shreya Yadav (40th min), Manisha Yadav (48th min) and Trishala Desai (60th min) made obvious, the difference in scoring power of both teams. MDFA will now play Kolhapur in the first semi-final on Saturday. nKolhapur SA pump in half-a-dozen against Bhandara: Not to be considered any less superior, Kolhapur in the next match at the varsity ground kept at it until they dragged their victory scoreline to 6-0 against Bhandara. They led 4-0 at the lemon break. Kolhapur’s Mrudul Khot (11th min, Shamalee Delekar (13th, 16th mins), Tejal Patil (20th min), Aishwariya Hawaldar (22nd min) were the enthusiastic goal getters in the first half of play. Thereafter, Shamalee Delekar (28th min) helped raise the Kolhapuris’ goal tally to six. NDFA blank Gondia DFA 3-0: In what raised hopes for the host team to figure at least in the title clash, Nagpur District Football Association blanked Gondia 3-0. Captain Nikita Shende, played an enterprising role scoring twice (6th, 14th mins) from inside the goal area off goalmouth melees. Usha Uikey deftly converted off a penalty kick awarded in the 9th minute). Gondia needs to be credited with having stopped NDFA’s goal glut in the second half. NDFA coach Sunil Kale seemed fairly happy his girls cleared the first hurdle. He is looking to use the bench strength at his disposal against Thane on Saturday. nThane drub Osmanabad 3-0: Looking the superior outfit right from the kick-off, Thane DFA leading 2-0 (Ankita Paratbodi 10th min, Khushboo Rathore 13th min) until the breather scored one more seven minutes before the long whistle through their quick witted Nagma Sheikh who made the most of a weakly executed goal-kick by Osmanabad’s goal-keeper Sukshita More. On Saturday: Semi-finals: 7a.m.: Kolhapur Sports Association vs Mumbai District Football Association. 8 a.m.:Nagpur District Football Association vs Thane District Football Association. The title clash is slated for April 7.

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Rajasthan run past slow Railways

Rajasthan kept their hopes alive of entering the knock outs as they defeated Railways convincingly in the Central Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament at VCA, Civil Lines. Batting first, Raja... Read More
Rajasthan kept their hopes alive of entering the knock outs as they defeated Railways convincingly in the Central Zone Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament at VCA, Civil Lines. Batting first, Rajasthan were powered by Rajesh Bishnoi’s superb late hitting as they heaped 175 for six in 20 overs. Bishnoi’s 58 had five fours and as many sixes. Openers Ankit Lamba (34) and wicketkeeper Suryaprakash Suwalka (32) laid a solid platform for Bishnoi’s heroics. Railways never got going after losing three wickets for just one run on the board. Ultimately, the Railmen could only manage 168 before getting bowled out. Railways will play Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

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UPA failed on all fronts: Smriti Irani

“Inflation touched new height in the regime of UPA Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh and made the life of common man miserable. Similarly, the law and order situation is so bad that women can... Read More
“Inflation touched new height in the regime of UPA Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh and made the life of common man miserable. Similarly, the law and order situation is so bad that women can’t walk freely on streets. Hence you should seek answer from the Government in this election,” said Smriti Irani, National Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was addressing a poll campaign rally organised at Patanbori in Pandharkawda tehsil of Yavatmal district, in favour of party candidate from Chandrapur Lok Sabha seat, Hansraj Ahir. Along with Ahir, former MP Rajabhau Thakare, former MLAs Sandip Dhurve and Madan Yerawar were prominently present on the occasion. Speaking further Irani said, “ UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi had assured to check inflation in 100 days after coming to power. But it happened exactly opposite. The Government created new records in corruption. We were shocked to see the figures of scam as nobody has seen such a huge figures of scam. The Government has failed on all fronts, alleged the Vice-President of BJP. Former MP Rajabhau Thakare, former MLA Sandip Dhurve and party candidate Hansraj Ahir also spoke on the occasion.

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CETP - a distant dream for MIA members

THE much-awaited Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) project designed by the MIDC Industries Association (MIA) seems to be a distant dream for the member units. The reason is mainly attribut... Read More
THE much-awaited Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) project designed by the MIDC Industries Association (MIA) seems to be a distant dream for the member units. The reason is mainly attributed to the recently broached out revised guidelines for the Centrally-sponsored scheme of CETP which have clamped various conditions. Of them, two conditions seem to be impractical and cannot be assimilated by the MIA members. It has been mentioned that for a CETP project, 50 per cent effluent generated should be contributed from small scale industries (SSIs).

Secondly, the project cost ceiling has been kept at Rs 1.5 crore for one million litres per day (MLD). Under such condition, the contribution from the Central Government would be 50 per cent and 25 per cent from the State Government. MIA had planned to set up 2 MLD project. As per the new guidelines, the project cost ceiling, MIA would only get Rs 2.25 crore from the Central and State governments.

However, as per the experts and detailed project report (DPR) prepared by MIA, the cost of the 2 MLD project is Rs 6.50 crore i.e. for 1 MLD it is Rs 3.25 crore. “We will only get a grant of Rs 2.25 crore and the remaining amount i.e. Rs 4.25 crore will have to be shared by MIA members which is impossible at this juncture,” said Mayank Shukla, President of MIDC Industries Association while talking to The Hitavada on Friday. As per the previous guidelines, there was no project cost ceiling. For the project of Rs 6.50 crore, the contribution from the Central Government was Rs 3.25 crore and about Rs 1.62 crore from the State Government. The contribution from MIA members would have been only over Rs 1.63 crore.

“Now, as per the new guidelines, the contribution has suddenly jumped by over Rs 2.63 crore which has made the situation murky,” he said. “Even, we cannot generate 50 per cent of effluent in Hingna MIDC Industrial Area. All these factors and rigorous guidelines have dismantled our entire calculations and has thrown cold water on the dreams of our members,” he pointed out.

He said that there was already an inordinate delay in getting the environment clearance certificate and cost to establish for execution of the CETP project. During the last Winter Session of the State Legislature, the Member Secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), in the presence of concerned Minister, had promised MIA that conditional consent and certificate to set up CETP would be issued. However, the certificate had not been received till date, he said. On the contrary, after the meeting of the Member Secretary, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, the Joint Director of Water Pollution Control Board, Mumbai had dashed off a showcause notice to MIDC Industries Association. All the queries raised by the Board were duly addressed by MIA representatives.

Capt C M Randhir, Secretary of MIA and President of CETP Committee said, “We have not received any consent. The new guidelines has made the job very cumbersome. In order to apprise the members about the present situation, an extraordinary general meeting of members was convened on Friday in the MIA House. It was decided in the meeting that MIDC should be requested to set up CETP as an infrastructural facility for the existing units. There are 238 effluent generating units in MIDC. MIDC has provided CETP facility to Textile Zone in MIDC, Amravati. “Even, in an important judgement, the court has directed MIDC to provide CETP facility to industries,” Randhir said.

He said that in Hingna, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) had acquired land way back in 1964. The plots were allotted to entrepreneurs at Re 1 per square meter. “Now the present rate is being quoted at Rs 1,400 per square meter. Besides, if anyone wants to transfer leasehold rights, MIDC charges differential payment. In the span of 50 years, MIDC has mopped up huge capital from industries. Looking to gravity of the situation, MIDC should set up CETP for industrial units and bail them out from present situation,” he suggested. There are more than 1,100 industrial units in Hingna Industrial Estate. Of them, over 900 are working. “We are regularly paying taxes and providing employment to people. Whenever we are at the receiving end, we are always taken for a ride. How will industrial development take place if things won’t alter in the coming days,” Capt Randhir wondered.

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‘Public Procurement Policy will give boost to MSMEs’

MSME-DI, Nagpur, Government of India, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium enterprises, has organised one day Vendor Development Programme recently in association with Datta Meghe Institute of E... Read More
MSME-DI, Nagpur, Government of India, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium enterprises, has organised one day Vendor Development Programme recently in association with Datta Meghe Institute of Engineering Technology, Wardha for the benefit of Micro Small Enterprises. The objective of the programme was to make aware entrepreneurs about the policy and its implementation process so that they would get the benefit to supply products to the public sector undertakings. The programme was presided over by C S Dodke, Assistant Director of (IMT), MSME-DI, Nagpur, B S Nagashetti, Chief Manager of WCL, Nagpur was the chief guest of the function. Dr Sachin Untawale, Principal of DMIETR, Wardha, Uday Chawada, Senior Manager of MECL, Nagpur, Phulmari, Officer of NSCI, Nagpur P K Sarkar of Richardson and Crukedds, Gachake, Divisional Manager of SBI, Wardha were present as guest of honour. Professor S O Kedia, conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks. C S Dodke, Assistant Director (IMT) said that the Government of India, Ministry of MSME, has opened new doors for the progress of micro and small enterprises through Public Procurement Policy under which it will be mandatory for all CPSUs/Central Departments to procure at least 20 per cent of their annual requirements from micro and small manufacturing enterprises. Out of this 20 per cent target of annual procurement from micro and small enterprises, a sub-target i.e. four per cent out of 20 per cent has been earmarked to the SC/ST entrepreneurs. “Public Procurement Policy will give boost to the development and growth of enterprises and also opened new marketing avenues for micro and small enterprises,” he added. This policy has already started implementing throughout the country and many enterprises are taking the advantages of the policy. At national level till now 54 CPSUs have given more than two lakh products from vendors. About 108 CPSUs have responded with their procurement data and to achieve the target by March 2015. Therefore there is a need to make more and more entrepreneurs aware to understand the vendor registration procedure of Public Sector understandings. MSME-DI is making all efforts to bring the CPSUs as a buyer and entrepreneurs as a seller on one platform to interact with each other to exchange views for establishing better marketing avenues for medium small enterprises (MSEs), informs a press release here. Dodke further said that this new policy rests upon core principles of competitiveness, adhering to sound procurement practices and execution of orders for supply of goods or services in accordance with a system which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective, informs the release further.

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ICAI to prepare road map for economic reforms, taxation

APEX body of chartered accountants ICAI will soon prepare a road map for economic reforms, including simplification of tax structure, for the new Government that is expected to be in place next mon... Read More
APEX body of chartered accountants ICAI will soon prepare a road map for economic reforms, including simplification of tax structure, for the new Government that is expected to be in place next month. “As a first ever-step by chartered accountants we want to put a economic road map for the new Government,” central council member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Anuj Goyal told reporters here. Suggesting simpler tax laws, Goyal said the present regime is complicated and includes huge compliance costs for the people. “Presently, compliance costs for paying taxes is a lot and we want only limited number of taxes in the country and that people who can bear the burden of the taxes should only be taxed,” he said. “We want more revenue to come in but with less taxes on the end user. Simplifying the taxation regime will reduce the leakages, compliance costs as well as collection costs,” he added. Looking to play a greater role in the nation building process, chartered accountants will suggest a road map that will help the new Government - to be elected in May following the general elections - frame policies for economic growth. “We want to approach the policies concerning the economy through a clean slate method. We want to look at things afresh and not just bring in amendments to the existing laws as that does not serve the purpose,” Goyal said. The committee for capacity building of CA firms and medium practitioners as well as committee on management accounting of ICAI will prepare a draft concept paper for discussion, he said. The draft paper will be deliberated upon by the ICAI council, which will then come out with a road map. “As soon as the new Government comes to power the document will be presented to them giving them insight on what the new economic policies should be,” Goyal said. He also said that Government schemes such as the employment guarantee programme NREGA should be audited to account for every penny that flows into such schemes. Besides, he said, entities with over Rs 1 lakh crore deposits should be audited. The institute will hold a national summit here on ‘India Economy: Way Forward for the Members and Students of ICAI’.

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Differences emerge once again in poll expenses

The administration has found differences in election expenditure details provided by prominent candidates from Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies of Lok Sabha, and the calculations based on schedul... Read More
The administration has found differences in election expenditure details provided by prominent candidates from Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies of Lok Sabha, and the calculations based on schedule of rates (SOR) fixed by Election Commission of India (ECI). A few days ago also, differences had been revealed in details provided by candidates and the calculations done by the administration. Differences are still there in expenditure figures for the second round of poll campaign period -- from March 28 to March 31. ECI has fixed rates for various items including the vehicles (as per their make/brand) to be used for campaign, cost of a cup of tea/coffee, refreshments, banners, hoardings, flags, advertisements, garlands, pandals, vehicles used in rallies etc. The candidates from Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies were asked to furnish details of their election expenses depending upon use of various items, as per the rates fixed by ECI. Accordingly, the contestants furnished the details with District Expenditure Monitoring Committee (DEMC). In Nagpur constituency, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate has furnished details quoting expenditure to be Rs 6,52,299 but the administration has arrived at the figure of Rs 7,33,670. Thus, there is a difference of Rs 81,371 in both the figures. In case of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Anjali Damania, the difference is to the tune of Rs 1,23,681. The administration has calculated difference of Rs 5,20,272 in details submitted by BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari, and difference of Rs 76,253 in details submitted by Congress candidate Vilas Muttemwar. In Ramtek constituency, Congress candidate Mukul Wasnik has shown expenditure of Rs 9,33,408 during campaign but the administration’s calculations peg the figure at Rs 11,35,167. Similarly, in case of Shiv Sena candidate Krupal Tumane, the expenditure shown by him is Rs 5,38,418 but the administration’s calculations peg it at Rs 5,87,371. the third prominent candidate -- Kiran Rodge of BSP -- has shown expenditure of Rs 1,18,896 and the administration has calculated it to be Rs 1,29,134. Taking cognisance of the difference in figures of expenditure, the administration has issued ‘reconciliation notices’ to the candidates seeking their explanation within 48 hours. In the last round of campaign, the candidates from both the constituencies are required to furnish expense-details on April 7.

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Civilian personnel, cadet of Air Sqn NCC feted

n Staff Reporter Sanjay K Chandrikapure, Senior Clerk, and Abhishek R Gahare, Cadets Senior Under Officer of 2 (Maharashtra) Air Squadron of National Cadet Corps (NCC) were awarded Commendation... Read More
n Staff Reporter Sanjay K Chandrikapure, Senior Clerk, and Abhishek R Gahare, Cadets Senior Under Officer of 2 (Maharashtra) Air Squadron of National Cadet Corps (NCC) were awarded Commendation Card and medals by Director General of NCC for excellence in their fields during the training year 2013-14. Wg Cdr Mordhwaj Singh Choudhary, Commanding Officer, of NCC unit at Nagpur handed over the commendation medals and certificates to Abhishek and Chandrikapure both in a programme organised in NCC unit the other day. Chandrikapure joined NCC as a civilian staff on April 2, 1989, and is presently working as Training Clerk in the unit since September 2006. During the period of report, he demonstrated dedication and foresight in correspondence for 200 senior and 1,150 junior cadets of the unit. He streamlined the procedure for reports and returns in the unit. He has been constantly interacting with the ANOs, cadets and other PI staff to get the requisite data for compilation and onward submission to NCC Group, Nagpur and NCC Directorate, Maharashtra. Abhishek Gahare was enrolled as Senior Division cadet in June 2011. He was awarded the rank of Cadets Senior Under Officer of the unit in March 2012. During his tenure of NCC training in the unit, he attended AIVSC-2011 at Bangalore as part of Maharashtra Contingent and won overall first position. During National Integration Camp (NIC) at Amritsar, he secured second position in debate and also led the Contingent of Maharashtra Directorate. He participated in Republic Day Camp-2013 at New Delhi and won Silver Medal in RC Power, and Bronze Medal in Control Line Aerobatics in All India Competitions of Aeromodelling. Due to his contribution, NCC Directorate Maharashtra contingent won the coveted PM’s banner in RDC-13, states a press release.

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Div Commissioner Anoop Kumar fetes Pt Abhyankar

Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar felicitated Pt Sanjiv Abhyankar in a programme organised at the Hall of the Commissioner’s office. Speaking on the occasion, Anoop Kumar described Pt Abhya... Read More
Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar felicitated Pt Sanjiv Abhyankar in a programme organised at the Hall of the Commissioner’s office. Speaking on the occasion, Anoop Kumar described Pt Abhyankar as one who has preserved the Guru Shishya parampara and one who is also a good organiser. Such organising skills need to be maintained by musicians, he added. Replying to the felicitation, Pt Abhyankar stated that the Indian tradition of Guru Shishya parampara is well known and respected world wide. He also praised his Guru Pt Jasraj for the tutelage. District Collector Abhishek Krishna, Director of SCZCC Piush Kumar, Tabalchi Mukesh Jadhav,Violinist Atul Upadhayay, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Singh Gautam, D S Chilmulwar, Sarita Murhekar and others were present on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner Rajlaxmi Shah conducted the proceedings while Deputy Commissioner (Development) N P Mitragotri proposed a vote of thanks.

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Congress gives rights to citizens along with development: Chavan

While asserting that Congress has been focusing on people’s right, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said, “Congress has not been talking of development alone, but it has give... Read More
While asserting that Congress has been focusing on people’s right, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan said, “Congress has not been talking of development alone, but it has given the rights to the citizens. It was Congress who gave people their various rights. Now people are talking about right to education, right to food, right to health, right to house. We want people should grow along with the city.” Chief Minister was addressing public meeting for Congress’s Nagpur Lok Sabha candidate Vilas Muttemwar at Mominpura on Friday. Lashing out at BJP for being a non-secular party, Chavan said that while BJP was trying to create differences among communities, Congress always focussed people’s growth. “We brought Common Civil Code, we brought Rajiv Gandhi Jivandayi Aarogya Yojna (RGJAY) for poor people. If you see the statistics, you will realise what development Congress has brought as compared to others,” pointed Chief Minister.

Pointing out the differences in BJP, Chief Minister said, “The leaders like Jaswant Singh, Lal Krishna Advani have been sidelined. It’s their internal matter whom they should give ticket and whom not but there is no talk of collective leadership. Narendra Modi is giving separate treatment to everybody. He himself became the PM candidate. If such a person becomes the Prime Minister, he would ruin the country and our country will be in danger.”

Chavan said, “At Nagpur, in MIHAN various companies are coming. Recently Infosys, TCS companies have come and brought so much investment. This will surely increase the employment of the city. We have reduced power tariff by 20 per cent to benefit weavers. We are trying to bring Textile Park. Muttemwar has been fighting for getting Gosikhurd dam completed and we gave Rs 12,00 crore. Vidarbha Advantage has started attracting industries flow towards vidarbha. Gorewada zoo is under process. State Government has given Rs 125 crore to medical college at Nagpur.” While assuring that the backlog of Vidarbha would be removed, Chief Minister said, “I am aware about the backlogs of irrigation, industrialisation. I want Vidarbha to progress more and more. It would be done if UPA comes to power again and for that I appeal people of Nagpur to vote for Vilas Muttemwar who has fought for the development of this city.”

Earlier Vilas Muttemwar, Sheikh Husain and others spoke. Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak, Ex-Minister Anees Ahmed, ex-MLA Ashok Dhawad, MPCC General Secretary Jaiprakash Gupta, Dr Raju Deoghare, ex-MLA Yadavrao Deogade, Congress Women’s unit President Abha Bijju Pandey, ex-MP and National President of People’s Republican Party Jogendra Kawade, Brijbhushan Shukla, Atul Kotecha, Shukat Quereshi, Adv Asif Quereshi, Zulfakar Ali Bhutto were present prominently.

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Uddhav assures Khamgaon to Jalna Railway Line completion

Blasting the Congress-led UPA Government for tormenting the nation with scams, price rise and hardships, Uddhav Thackeray, President of Shiv Sena, urged people to vote for change. Addressing ... Read More
Blasting the Congress-led UPA Government for tormenting the nation with scams, price rise and hardships, Uddhav Thackeray, President of Shiv Sena, urged people to vote for change. Addressing a rally at Khamgaon, Thackeray rued that despite tall claims of Congress of being pro-poor and pro-farmers, the hailstorm hit farmers of the State have been left in lurch. At many places, the survey has not been completed yet. Only Congress and NCP activists who own farm lands have got compensation, he alleged adding that such injustice would never happen if the NDA comes to power. Stressing on the importance of Khamgaon-Jalna Railway Line, Uddhav Thackeray promised that the line would be completed in five years if Modi government comes to power. Seeking vote for NDA candidate from Buldana constituency Prataprao Jadhav, Thackeray urged people to vote for changing all that is wrong with the nation and pushing the country into progress by voting for NDA candidate. BJP senior leader Gopinath Munde, Vinayak Mate, Maratha leader, Ramdas Athawale of RPI (A), Bhausaheb Fundkar, former leader of opposition in Legislative Council, Vinod Tawade, leader of opposition in Council, MLA Chainsukh Sanchetti and Prataprao Jadhav were prominently present on the occasion.

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Industrial Symposium and lecture series begins in VNIT

The inaugural function of the 2-day industrial symposium and lecture series organized by Centre of Excellence of Commbedded Systems and industry institute interaction cell of Visvesvaraya Nati... Read More
The inaugural function of the 2-day industrial symposium and lecture series organized by Centre of Excellence of Commbedded Systems and industry institute interaction cell of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur was held at VNIT auditorium on Friday.

Dr Ajoy Kumar Ray, director of IISET, Shibpur, Kolkata emphasized the need of interdisciplinary research for the betterment of the society in his speech as chief guest of the function. He further highlighted the communication and embedded systems development state of the art in western countries and further commented that joint research efforts are required to develop our country in the respective areas of research. Dr Ajoy Kumar Ray also briefed the design issues of COMMBEDDED systems. Director of VNIT Dr Narendra Chaudhari in his presidential speech also expressed the requirement of joint research efforts in the different areas of engineering for the fruits of real technological developments to percolate down the lowest level of society. He further highlighted the achievements of the COE interms of the MOUs and patents applied for in the short span of time by the investigators.

Dr A G Kothari, Co-convenor Highlighted the agenda and goals of the COE in his opening remarks. Dr A G keskar, Convenor introduced the chief guest. Dr R B Deshmukh, HoD electronics Engg. highlighted the efforts of the department faculty in various related areas and also promised that similar efforts will be continued to bring up these activities. Dr PS Deshpande, HOD Computer science briefed about the importance of Real time operating system issues related to communication and embedded system designs.

Prof D R Peshwe, prof V A Mhaisalkar were present on the dias. Dr K M Bhurchandi delivered the vote thanks. Around 500 students and faculty members of various institues attended the lecture series. The industrial symposium was attended by around 1000 persons till 5 pm.

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VNIT’s CoE applies for two patents

The World Bank assisted Centre of Excellence (COE) for applied research in electronics and computer science engineering was established in July last year at the Visvesvaraya National Institute ... Read More
The World Bank assisted Centre of Excellence (COE) for applied research in electronics and computer science engineering was established in July last year at the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT). It has already begun delivering products and technologies for the industry as well as common man. Centre has already applied for two patents. The centre has also triggerred dialogue with USA and European Union countries along with working towards self sustainabilityand continuation of the research center activities. COE is one of the six centresout of the 30 established in country. It has got Rs5 crore grant from the National Project Implementation Unit (NIPU), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. It is expected to design and develop technologies and devices for dedicated applications in compact and miniaturized form using state of the art software and hardware platforms for conducting interdisciplinary research,” said Ashwin Kothari, co-coordinator of the COE and associate professor of department of electronic engineering at VNIT. Moving few steps in this direction Kishor Bhurchandi, associate professor in electronics and his team in COE has already developed assistive devices for differently abled persons with low vision or who are blind. One device is a ‘navigation assistive device’ which uses ultrasonic sensors to detect any obstacle around the person in all directions and above or below him to pave way for smoother movement by a person who cannot see. Another device being tested at present in the institute is a prosthetic motorized leg which unlike other prosthesis allows natural integration between the knee and entire lower limb has been sent for participation at Texas Analog design contest 2014 at Bengalore. Team has demonstrated the working of the leg to Dr Padmabhushan Nandkishore Laud, an orthopaedic surgeon. The prosthetic leg senses movements of the undiseased leg and synchronizes the movement of the prosthetic leg with it,” said Dr Kishor Bhurchandi. Another PI and professor of electronic engineering, Dr A G Keskar, who along with drKothari is working on development of a gadget for use by paraplegic and muscular dystrophy persons. The gadget can be borne on the face and will use the tongue to operate a computer. Some other projects in initial stages include energy harvesting from electromagnetic waves around an electronic equipment to charge a mobile, development of a reconfigurable antennae for cognitive radio.DrAbhay Gandhi is working on development of a low cast electronic slate and ground penetrating radar for sensing of land mines. Future plans include developing face recognition systems for security purposes. On the interdisciplinary front the COE in collaboration with Dr Alpana Dongre from the department of architecture is working on modifying the acoustics and lighting of buildings.With limitations of architectural changes in the existing buildings, research is on to use the dynamics of electronic signal processing and build in intelligence into system for different types of acoustic arrangements. Work is also on to design tailor made devices for speech modulations. Dr k M bhurchandiis working with DrShitalchiddarwarof mechanical department for development of snake and other forms of robots. To begin with the centre has decided to improve the departmentlaboratories under the thematic areas of COE. Out of the Rs 5 crore grant, about Rs 3 crore is going into development of state of art 24X7 laboratorieswhile remaining money will go for soft skill enhancement and staff salaries. The COE is also looking for a chair professor for the centre. It already has 26 teams working on different projects including experts from IITs and industries. “We at Innovation Labs VNIT have developed this as a team, with members-Rohan Thakker, Sachin Bharambe and Ajinkya Kamat, Final year, and Sai Teja Manchukanti, Prasad Vagdargi, Akash Singh, Anshul Paigwar, Manish Maurya, Shivam Srivastava, Manish Saroya and Shaishav Vashi,” said Tushar Jagdale. Info Box- Achievements and Future Plans * Two patents filed for assistive device for navigation in dark or no-visibility ambience for visually impaired and a rapid reconfigurable modular robot system.* Faculty presented and published research papers in past eight months.*Provision of incentive for undergraduate students to work on rural embedded technologies. *Employing consultants and project managers. *Developing virtual learning models, multimedia studies, trainings for students and faculty. * Certificate courses, summer internship courses in the laboratory for students from other institutes in order to pick up good talent and try to retain them for projects. * The state of art laboratory has radiofrequency embedded prototyping, advance higher frequency measurement equipment experiment set ups for long term evaluation of 4G mobile ecosystems, cognitive radio, real time spectrum analysis facility which will be opened for researchers outside the institute for generating funds for self sustainability of the facility by following due procedures.

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Sort out Kondhali fly-over issue: HC’s ultimatum to administration

During a hearing on a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on bad condition of National Highways, the High Court here asked the administration to sort out the issue of Kondhali fly-over by... Read More
During a hearing on a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on bad condition of National Highways, the High Court here asked the administration to sort out the issue of Kondhali fly-over by April 24. Justices Bhushan Gavai and C V Bhadang directed the administration to complete the process of acquisition of land required for Kondhali fly-over on Amravati National Highway. In the previous hearing, the court had asked the District Collector to use powers delegated to him to acquire the required land and hand over the possession of the same to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The court had asked to complete the process within two weeks. If required, the court had stated, the administration should call for police bandobast and take appropriate charges from NHAI.

During the hearing on the PIL on Wednesday, In-charge Government Pleader Adv Bharti Dangre told the court on behalf of the administration that the affidavit in this regard could not be prepared. The court was told that District Collector was busy with the preparations for Lok Sabha elections. The administration sought a week’s time. On this, the court granted last chance to the administration and asked to submit the report after completing the process.

The lawyers representing the land-owners stated that the land-owners were facing problems in getting compensation for land acquisition as the lands were in the name of their ancestors. Hence, before acquisition, the lands should be transferred in their name. The court turned down the contention of the land-owners.

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Sort out Kondhali fly-over issue: HC’s ultimatum to administration

During a hearing on a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on bad condition of National Highways, the High Court here asked the administration to sort out the issue of Kondhali fly-over by... Read More
During a hearing on a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) on bad condition of National Highways, the High Court here asked the administration to sort out the issue of Kondhali fly-over by April 24. Justices Bhushan Gavai and C V Bhadang directed the administration to complete the process of acquisition of land required for Kondhali fly-over on Amravati National Highway. In the previous hearing, the court had asked the District Collector to use powers delegated to him to acquire the required land and hand over the possession of the same to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The court had asked to complete the process within two weeks. If required, the court had stated, the administration should call for police bandobast and take appropriate charges from NHAI.

During the hearing on the PIL on Wednesday, In-charge Government Pleader Adv Bharti Dangre told the court on behalf of the administration that the affidavit in this regard could not be prepared. The court was told that District Collector was busy with the preparations for Lok Sabha elections. The administration sought a week’s time. On this, the court granted last chance to the administration and asked to submit the report after completing the process.

The lawyers representing the land-owners stated that the land-owners were facing problems in getting compensation for land acquisition as the lands were in the name of their ancestors. Hence, before acquisition, the lands should be transferred in their name. The court turned down the contention of the land-owners.

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Postal Department to release stamp on Padmashri Kamlatai Hospet

Postal Department has issued a postal stamp in the name of Padmashri Kamlatai Hospet, renowned social worker and founder of Matru Sewa Sangh. The postal stamp, approved by Indian Philatelic Bure... Read More
Postal Department has issued a postal stamp in the name of Padmashri Kamlatai Hospet, renowned social worker and founder of Matru Sewa Sangh. The postal stamp, approved by Indian Philatelic Bureau on March 13, 2014, will be dedicated to the people at a function to be held at General Post Office, Pune at 12 noon on May 24. Co-incidentally the postal stamp is being released a day after birth anniversary of Kamlatai, who was born on May 23, 1896. The stamp will be released and dedicated to public at the hands of Post Master General of Pune and Goa Region Hanmantrao Kakde. Kamlatai, nee Yamu was born to a Police Officer Krishnaji Mohoni. She lost her father when she was very young. She later stayed with her maternal uncle and was married to Gururao Hospet from Hospet village in Karnataka. Yamu became Kamla in the year 1908, when she was just 12 years of age. Unfortunately, she lost her husband three years after her marriage. The rituals of tonsuring head of a widow was strongly opposed by her brother and with the help of police brought her back from Hospet house. Kamlatai, later, completed two-year nursing course at Dafrin Hospital, Nagpur. Her two friends -- Savitribai Matange and Venutai Nene supported her. Kamlatai’s life changed when she was scolded by a British Metron, when she (Kamlatai) offered commode to an Indian pregnant woman, who was seriously ill. She, along with Savitribai Matange, launched a movement to motivate widows to become self-reliant. After getting support from several social reforms of that period Sitabuldi Sutikagruha was established in the year 1921, which later renamed Matru Sewa Sangh (MSS). With the determination of Kamlatai Hospet this organisation started in a very small place gradually grew and 18 branches of MSS maternity home were started in the Central Province. Kamlatai Hospet and Venutai Nene were the founder of Matru Sewa Sangh, which today is a renowned organisation in the country. Several projects were started under the banner, including Panchawati Vruddhashram, Nandanvan School for Mentally Challenged, Institute of Social Work, Nursing School, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Orthpaedically Handicapped Children etc. Kamlatai Hospet passed away on November 15, 1981. She was honoured with Padmashri and Nalva Medal by Red Cross Society. Kastruba Gandhi, workers of Maharshi Karve Ashram, Sharda Sadan of Pandita Ramabai, Vanita Samaj of Yashodabai Joshi, Atmanishtha Yuvati Sangh of Babarao Sawarkar, Hind Sevika Sangh of Jankibai Apte, Sitabai Gadgil, Madhurabai Dravid, Gangabai Gokhale, late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had appreciated the work done by Kamlatai Hospet. Dr Chandrabhan Bhoyar, member of Indian Philatelic Bureau and Chairman of Mahatma Phule Talent Research Academy worked hard and followed the issue with the Philatelic Bureau for getting the proposal cleared.

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HC asks Revenue Secy to probe functioning of City Survey Office

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have directed the State Revenue Secretary to enquire into functioning of the City Survey Office and submit a report in 3 month... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have directed the State Revenue Secretary to enquire into functioning of the City Survey Office and submit a report in 3 months. The court was greatly surprised to peruse submissions on oath filed by Dadabhau Sonu Talpe, Deputy Director of Land Records, who was caught red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for passing favourable orders. Talpe had filed submissions in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) of Vishal Khandekar. The petitioner, Vishal Khandekar, President of NCP’s Youth Wing in Nagpur, alleged illegalities and irregularities being committed by five respondent-officers of the City Survey/Land Record office, while discharging their official duties and helping builders’ lobby in the city, seeking immediate action against them. The PIL will be heard again by the Court on July 9. During the hearing, appearing for the intervenors Adv Bhanudas Kulkarni told the court that Talpe had effected entry of three names as owners of the same plot. The City Survey numbers of this plot also are the same. The court expressed strong displeasure over the State side seeking more time to file affidavit, though it was asked to file the same as per previous directions. Adv Khandalkar pointed out that the State had been claiming that probe was on, but the nature of probe was not being revealed. The court sought information on this count, but the State side could not provide substantial information. The court blasted the State side and directed to conduct a probe and submit the report within three months. The Court also wanted the Revenue Secretary to probe into as to whether by passing any orders such officers have shown favour to individuals or builders in the city and to fix the responsibility for the same on culprit officers. The Court expected completion of inquiry and filing of action taken report in the Court within 3 months. The Court gave liberty to the petitioners and the intervenors to file the material with them in respect of illegalities being committed by the City Survey Officers in Nagpur, before the Secretary, Revenue Department, Mumbai. The petitioner named S C Suryawanshi, A K Fating, P B Jagtap, K S Hattekart, and G B Daberao as the respondent-officers involved in the alleged malfunctioning, and sought inquiry and action against them. The petitioner alleged that these officers indulged in massive corruption in land measurement. In collusion with each other, they allegedly changed the measurements on record of the land to help the builders and developers in Ambazari Layout, Lendra, Zingabai Takli, Sitabuldi, Jaitala, Khamla, Ajni, Chinchbhuvan, Brahmani, Katol and other areas in Nagpur. Superintendent of Land Records S C Suryawanshi allegedly misguided the senior officials. He changed the area and boundaries in 42 cases within the jurisdiction of Nagpur Collectorate, the petitioner alleged. According to the Collector, these officers indulged in corrupt practices and amassed crores of rupees illegally. The complaint to this effect had been lodged with the ACB by the petitioner. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar, In-charge Government Pleader Bharati Dangre represented the State. Advocates Subhash Kalbande and Bhanudas Kulkarni held the brief for the intervenors.

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VNIT gets Centre of Excellence status; World Bank also grants Rs 5 crore aid

Nagpur’s Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) has been granted World Bank assisted project of technical education with the status of Centre of Excellence (CoE). The grant of Rs ... Read More
Nagpur’s Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) has been granted World Bank assisted project of technical education with the status of Centre of Excellence (CoE). The grant of Rs 5 crore was also declared to VNIT. National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU-A, Unit of Ministry of Human Resource Development for implementation of World Bank assisted projects in technical education had invited proposals for participation in “Establishing Centres of Excellence” from institutions selected under the project -- Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme, Phase-II (TEQIP-II). Department of Electronics Engineering and Department of Computer Science Engineering of VNIT has participated. Around 30 Centres of Excellence (CoE) were proposed to be established. VNIT is amongst six National Institutes of Technology (NIT) centres which got the status of CoE. VNIT-CoE is the only one working on the theme of Applied Research in Combedded System. Recently, VNIT-CoE signed MoUs with IIEST (Formerly BESU) Kolkata, SGSITS-Indore and Government College of Engineering, Jalgaon. Signing of MoUs with a few reputed IITs and research organisations and reputed Industries is in progress.

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Star campaigners to address poll rallies in Vid from today

With only a week to go for campaign period for Lok Sabha elections to end, major political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, a... Read More
With only a week to go for campaign period for Lok Sabha elections to end, major political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have decided to step up canvassing for their candidates through their ‘star campaigners’.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will be on Vidarbha tour from Thursday. Chavan will first address election campaign rallies at Risod in Washim district for candidate Dr Hidayat Patel, Akot in Akola district for party’s candidate on Thursday. Later in the day, at 6.10 pm, he will arrive in Nagpur and address three campaign rallies for party candidate Muttemwar. Chavan will stay at Chief Minister’s official residence ‘Ramgiri’ on Thursday night. He will be in Vidarbha for next three days.

Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, will address poll meetings in Ramtek constituency. Aditya will reach Patansaongi in Saoner tehsil at 9.30 am on Thursday and kickstart last-phase poll campaign for party’s Ramtek constituency candidate Krupal Tumane, by offering flowers at the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He will take a brief halt at Khapa. At 12 noon, he will address party office-bearers at Abhinandan Sabhagruha, Saoner. At 6 pm and 7 pm, Aditya will address poll meetings at Hingna and Wadi respectively.

MLC Dr Deepak Sawant, BJP state chief Devendra Fadnavis, RPI (A) office-bearer Bansod, former MP Prakash Jadhao, Shiv Sena district chief Rajendra Harne and others will be present prominently, informed Chandrahas Raut through a release. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will address campaign rally in Yavatmal-Washim on April 4 for Congress candidate Shivajirao Moghe. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar will jointly address election rallies in Vidarbha for the candidates of Congress-NCP alliance to send a strong message of unity to the workers.

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar will address rallies at Nagpur and Bhandara-Gondia constituencies on April 5. At Nagpur, the meeting will be held at Chikhli-Kalamna for Congress candidates Vilas Muttemwar (Nagpur) and Mukul Wasnik (Ramtek). At Bhandara, both the top leaders will address meeting for NCP candidate Praful Patel. Besides, Sharad Pawar will address a rally for Congress candidate Shivajirao Moghe at Mangrulpir in Yavatmal-Washim constituency. Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address a meeting in Vidarbha. On April 4, he will address a meeting in Chandrapur district for BJP candidate Hansraj Ahir. On the same day, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will address a poll meeting for party candidate Nitin Gadkari at Nagpur. The next day, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, film star Vivek Oberoi will address meetings for Gadkari on April 5 and 6. Former National President of BJP Nitin Gadkari, who himself is contesting from Nagpur, also is a ‘star campaigner’ for other BJP candidates in the region. He has already addressed several poll meetings in Vidarbha. Similarly, BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis and Leader of Opposition (Council) Vinod Tawde have addressed poll rallies. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray also will be on tour of Vidarbha to step-up campaign for party candidates. On April 4, he will address poll rally at Buldhana for candidate Prataprao Jadhav. On Saturday, he will address another rally at Amravati for party candidate Anand Adsul. On April 6, he will address rally at Yavatmal-Washim for Bhavna Gawali. Uddhav Thackeray will address his last Lok Sabha campaign rally in Vidarbha at Ramtek on April 7 for party candidate Krupal Tumane. On April 7, MNS chief Raj Thackeray will address a campaign rally for his party’s lone candidate from Vidarbha -- Raju Patil Raje.

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Osmanabad to meet Amravati in opener

OSMANABAD and Amravati will lock horns as the first Maharashtra State Women’s Inter-District Football Championship will kick off at the different city stadiums on Thursday. As many as 10 tea... Read More
OSMANABAD and Amravati will lock horns as the first Maharashtra State Women’s Inter-District Football Championship will kick off at the different city stadiums on Thursday. As many as 10 teams from Maharashtra are competing in this tournament. All Pool ‘A’ matches will be played at the Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University stadiu in Ravi Nagar. Pool ‘B’ matches will be played at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Stadium in Police Lines Takli. Mumbai from Pool ‘A’ and Nagpur from Pool ‘B’ will play directly in round two (quarter-finals). This is the first inter-district football tournament for women being conducted under the aegis of the Western India Football Association (WIFA) in Maharashtra. Fourteen teams are playing to a knock-out draw with seven teams in each of the two pools. The winner of the tournament will get richer by Rs.22,000. In addition to that, NDFA has decided to give the winner team Rs.25,000. The runner-up takes home Rs.15,000. Among other prizes that NDFA will gift to talented players of this event include Rs.10,000 to the Player of the Tournament, Rs.7,000 to the Player of the Final Match. The Best Goalkeeper of the meet will receive Rs.6,000, while the best player from the runner-up team will take away Rs.5,000. Coaches of both the finalist teams will receive Rs.2,500 each. Five talented players from among the losing semifinalists competing will receive Rs.1,000 each. The inaugural function will be held at 7 am at university ground. Pragati Patil, Corporator, will be the chief guest of the function while NDFA dignitaries—Salim Baig, Harish Vora, Eugyn Norbert, Iqbal Kashmiri, Pradeep Nagrurkar, Abdul Latif , Atma Ram Pande, Stanley Gregory and Mohd. Javed Rana—will also be present on the occasion. Thursday’s fixture: Osmanabad vs Amravati at 7.00 am. Satara vs Kolhapur at 8.00 am. Wardha vs Bhandara at 9.00 am. The Nagpur team: Nikita Shende (Captain), Anne Paul, Pooja M Mishra, Kanchan Rode, Shradha Yadav, Ratana Bhalavi, Shilpa Shahu, , Sunita Yadav, Priya Tiwari, Shivani Gaikwad, Echha Sahare, Kirti Thapa, Roshni Khobragade, Ashwani R. Badele, Usha Ukey, Priyanka Lanjewar, Ruhi Rawat, Bhubaneswar N. Pendam. Coach: Sunil Kale. Manager: Dr. Kalpna Jadhav. Tournament Technical Director: Moreen D’mello. Tournament Asst. Technical Director: Shalini Ragade THE TEAMS: Usmanabad, Amravati, Satara, Kolhapur, Wardha, Bhandara, Thane, Jalgaon, Mumbai and Nagpur.

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Batters let Vidarbha down

SHALABH Shrivastava did not even turn back after Karn Sharma hit the Vidarbha skipper’s third consecutive delivery for a massive six. The ball went on to kiss the top roof of VCA’s Cricket Ac... Read More
SHALABH Shrivastava did not even turn back after Karn Sharma hit the Vidarbha skipper’s third consecutive delivery for a massive six. The ball went on to kiss the top roof of VCA’s Cricket Academy but in the meantime Shrivastava quickly came, shook Sharma’s hands and led his side out of the park. It was as if Vidarbha were eager to do away with the match and end the agony after their batsmen had failed miserably. They were handed a six-wicket drubbing by Railways in their second match of the Central Zone Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 cricket tournament at VCA, Civil Lines. Jitesh Sharma (5), who scored half century in the first game, was the first to go for Vidarbha in the second ball of the second over, after the hosts elected to bat. A mix-up between Urvesh Patel (9) and Faiz Fazal (6) put the latter off as he missed a straight delivery from Anureet Singh (2-25) to get leg before. Patel and Shalabh Shrivastava (23) joined floor and took time to settle against the likes of Karn Sharma (2-26) and CP Saini. Just when the time came to accelerate, Patel misread a Sharma flipper and was caught plumb on back foot. Big hitters like Apoorv Wankhede (3) and Himanshu Joshi (1) failed to clear the fielders as Vidarbha were reeling at 81 for nine in 17.1 overs. Thankfully for the hosts, Gaurav Upadhyaya’s prowess, which included a 22-run final over, breezed Vidarbha to 114 for nine in 20 overs. Upadhyaya’s unbeaten 49 off 31 balls had three fours and five towering sixes one of which landed out of the ground. Defending a below par score, Vidarbha bowlers, led by Umesh Yadav (1-10), started superbly. The first three overs, comprising a wicket maiden, yielded just one run and sent two Railways’ batsmen back in the hut. In the fifth over, Amit Paunikar (15) too got run out for the second time reducing Railways to 16 for three in 4.2 overs. That was the closest Vidarbha could come as after that Mahesh Rawat (47; 29b, 4x4, 4x6) and Karn Sharma (49; 40b, 4x4, 3x6) got together and hit Vidarbha out of the competition. The Rawat-Sharma partnership of 75 runs came off 56 balls. Even though Rawat got out with Railways needing 24 runs, it was only a matter of time when Sharma did the inevitable in Shrivastava’s over. Vidarbha, with two losses in as many matches, have left themselves with no option but to win the other two games by a good margin. Not only that, Vidarbha would be hoping for some other results to go their way to advance to the Inter-Zonals.

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Unseasonal rains affect supply of local oranges

n By Praveen Vighre THE unseasonal rains and hailstorm had not only damaged crops but fruits also. Grapes, which were easily available, were now becoming dearer as the fruit had been largely dam... Read More
n By Praveen Vighre THE unseasonal rains and hailstorm had not only damaged crops but fruits also. Grapes, which were easily available, were now becoming dearer as the fruit had been largely damaged due to rains, sources said. During the same period last year, the Kalamna Market had an inflow of about 200 truck loads of oranges, which had now come down to just 50 trucks a few days back and presently it had stopped, informed Rajesh Chabrani, Director, Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Kalamna. He further noted that even the supply of grapes had come down drastically to just 10 per cent. “The rains have tremendously damaged the crops. If the condition prevails the fruit will be out of stock within a week,” added Chabrani. Sheikh Hussain, President of The Mahatma Fuley Fruits and Adtiya’s Association, also informed that Fuley Market had very less supply of oranges and grapes. “It will hardly last for three to four days, after which we have to wait for this fruit till next season,” Hussain said. Even oranges have been damaged by the rains. Grapes are presently available with a price tag of Rs 100 per kg, while oranges are available at Rs 200 per dozen. “These fruits are available with only a hand full of farmers and that too will soon come to an end. The prices of grapes and oranges have started shooting upwards and soon it will be out of reach of common man,” said Dilip (Munna) Sahu, who is running a fruit stall at Netaji Market, Sitabuldi. He further added that presently there is acute drop in supply from the farmers. “Presently, we are selling local oranges kept at cold storage and imported oranges which have been imported from South Africa,” he noted.

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Shubhmangalam inaugurates its third store at Dharampeth

Shubhmangalam has been a connoisseur of the hand-loom craft of sarees for many years now. Having a special affinity for this beautiful garment, Shubhmangalam has been showcasing sarees of disti... Read More
Shubhmangalam has been a connoisseur of the hand-loom craft of sarees for many years now. Having a special affinity for this beautiful garment, Shubhmangalam has been showcasing sarees of distinct character and style displaying the traditional spectrum. Being in this business since 1980, they started the flagship store at Nagpur in 2000. The store has variety of unique imitation jewelleries, branded purses and exclusive collection of show pieces. In keeping with its tradition of providing unique and unparalleled ethnic fashion for womens, the ultimate trend setter of Nagpur was inaugurated a new upscale boutique pattern store in Dharampeth. The inauguration was done by MLA Devendra Fadnavis, State President of BJP on the occasion of Gudi Padwa. Commenting on the launch, Sachin Bawne, owner of Shubhmangalam Sarees said, “We are extremely excited with the launch of another store in Nagpur as it validates our mission to expand across Nagpur and also give the Nagpurians a chance to redefined their style and fashion which have never seen before. It is like a dream come true and I thank Lord Almighty and all our supporters and clients to make today’s event a huge success. To add more glamour on this occasion Monica Bedi, the renowned Bollywood actress also witnessed her presence. Apart from western sarees, the store has huge variety of pure silk sarees, Banarasi sarees which will highlight the beauty of an Indian women.” For details contact at WHC Road, opposite Laxmi Bhavan Sq, opposite Bank of Maharashtra Dharampeth (Ph: 0712-2554931/61).

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Damania purchased farm land illegally: Kondhane farmers

n Staff Reporter Kondhane Dharan Parisar Vikas Manch, on Wednesday, alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Anjali Damania and her husband Anish Damania had illegally purchased 31 hectares... Read More
n Staff Reporter Kondhane Dharan Parisar Vikas Manch, on Wednesday, alleged that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Anjali Damania and her husband Anish Damania had illegally purchased 31 hectares of farmers’ land in Kondhane village in Karjat tehsil of Raigarh district. “Damanias are not farmers but purchased farm land illegally. Now, they are creating hurdles in construction of irrigation dam in the village to protect their 31 acres land from submergence,” alleged the Manch in a press conference held here on Wednesday. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) President Kishor Tiwari, Kondhane Dharan Parisar Vikas Manch President Anil Gogate and Secretary Dattatraya Kshirsagar addressed the press conference. Presently, they said, the land is in possession of Maharashtra Government. The Manch urged the State Government to return land held by Damanias to original land-holders. Manch office-bearers told reporters that Anjali Damania had purchased land for agriculture medicine purposes in 2006 but did not develop the land till 2008. Damania tried to sell this land to builders and developers of Mumbai at higher rates. Anish Damania sold the land under ‘Varad Vinayak Developers Private Limited’, they alleged. The farmers lodged a complaint with Tehsildar of Karjat. After hearing, Tehsildar issued notice to Damanias for producing certificate of their being farmers, which they failed to produce. Tehsildar forfeited the land for Maharashtra Government. Gogate and others alleged that Damania had filed a law suit against acquisition of this land for irrigation dam. She met Chief Minister, other leaders of Congress-NCP, and BJP to protect it. “She is pushing to shift the irrigation project by 700 meters to protect her land, leading to delay. This has increased project cost by Rs 140 crore. Besides, Damania did not allow construction of a road for crematorium in the village,” they alleged.

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Tawde challenges CM for debate on development

Leader of Opposition in Council Vinod Tawde challenged Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for open debate with him, Devendra Fadnavis and Eknathrao Khadse on development model. Chief Minister C... Read More
Leader of Opposition in Council Vinod Tawde challenged Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for open debate with him, Devendra Fadnavis and Eknathrao Khadse on development model. Chief Minister Chavan has challenged BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for open debate. In a press conference on Tuesday evening, Tawde said, Chief Minister first debate with them on several issues, then talks about Modi. He alleged Chief Minister has failed to give direction to development of Maharashtra. The State has advantage of having Head Offices of various companies in Mumbai but production units are in different states. The State is lagging behind in every front, he attacked. Tawde claimed that Mahayuti would win all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Vidarbha. The Mahayuti will bag 38 to 42 seats in the State. Launching attack on Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Tawde claimed that NCP will reduce to one or two seats in the State. He said, BJP-Shiv Sena led Mahayuti will be facing direct fight in 38 seats. In some seats, there are triangular fight. Replying to a question, he said, Maharashtra Government is rubbing salt on the wounds of hailstorm affected farmers’ in the region. The State Government has announced compensation but it is not distributed to affected persons. He also attacked NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar for levelling uncharitable remarks against Modi. He said, Pawar is fearing defeat in ensuing Lok Sabha elections. He said, BJP is projecting Modi as Prime Minister Candidate like Congress had projected Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi. Now, Congress does not have Prime Minister candidate, he dubbed. BJP Spokesperson Girish Vyas, Chandan Goswami, Sanjay Fanje were present.

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Congress has created record of breaking promises: Smriti Irani

Noted Television actress and MP Smriti Irani alleged that Congress had registered a record of breaking promises. They have not fulfilled the promises given in Parliament and out of parliament, ... Read More
Noted Television actress and MP Smriti Irani alleged that Congress had registered a record of breaking promises. They have not fulfilled the promises given in Parliament and out of parliament, she pointed. Irani is contesting election from Amethi on BJP ticket against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. She conducted public meetings on Wendesday in Nagpur and appealed people to elect BJP candidate from Nagpur Nitin Gadkari. Irani addressed meetings at Tiranga Chowk in South Nagpur, Kharbi Road in East Nagpur and Gandhi Nagar in West Nagpur. The meetings witnessed the huge crowd.

While addressing meeting at Tiranga chowk, Irani said that UPA Government had promised to reduce the price hike in 100 days, instead it has hiked the prices by 100 times. It promised to give safety to the citizens of India but it remained only on paper. Rahul Gandhi shows mere paper and claims that citizens are safe. Citizens are not feeling safe in this country so their claims are baseless, said Irani. Smriti Irani slammed NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar too. Nitin Gadkari too lambasted Congress and said that NDA Government would reduce the price hike by 25 per cent within 6 months. He promised that he would make MIHAN to function. Those present during the meeting were Dayashankar Tiwari, Shekhar Sawarbandhe, Kishor Kumeria, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Sudhakar Kohle, Archana Dehankar, former Mayor and ex Mayor Dr Kalpana Pande, others.