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No shifting of State electricity headquarters

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Shukla has termed the shifting of State Electricity headquarters as rumour and denied the existence of any kind of pro... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited, Managing Director, Sanjay Shukla has termed the shifting of State Electricity headquarters as rumour and denied the existence of any kind of proposal in this regard. On the other hand, Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company, Umesh Rautji has confirmed the establishment of branch office of the company for better monitoring of power transmission projects and other works. He informed that Principal Secretary (Energy), I C P Keshri declared the establishment of two branch offices of Power Transmission Company at Bhopal and Indore for better monitoring of works throughout the State. For this, senior officers will be transferred at branch offices. In a meeting with the members of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch, Sanjay Shukla informed that there is no proposal for shifting of State Electricity headquarters or transfer of any key post from Jabalpur. Contrary to the statement of the Managing Director, Secretary of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch, Dr. P G Najpande charged that branches of Power Transmission Company have been established on demand of some officers. He also gave reference of dual addresses of Power Management Company at Jabalpur and Bhopal in its official correspondence. In the meeting, delegation of Jabalpur Nagrik Manch comprised of senior office-bearers of different business, industrial and social organisations. Members of Nagrik Manch informed that, in order to protest the establishment of branch offices, an important meeting of all the organisations would be organised to discuss further course of action at its office situated at Punjab Bank Colony, Damohnaka, on May 28, 5 pm onwards.

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‘Local Help Centre’ on smartphones for convenience of engg students

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), has introduced a new step “Local Help Centre”, on smartphones for convenience of students, who are taking admission in Engineering courses. This ne... Read More
Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), has introduced a new step “Local Help Centre”, on smartphones for convenience of students, who are taking admission in Engineering courses. This new facility has started, especially, for rural students, who are unable to attend the college-level counselling. Now, engineering students would not stand in a queue or would not wait for an hour for attending counselling. DTE has provided counselling facility on mobile phones. With an aim to make counselling easy, the department has prepared this application on smartphones. It has been seen that students are facing various problems during the counselling conducted for various courses under DTE. Students of rural areas also faced problems while searching help centre. This application will help students in searching the centre in an easy way. In order to solve this problem and make this process easier, DTE has started this new application. DTE has prepared this application with the support of MP Mobile Application. Through this application, students can get complete information, from allotment to branch selection. It may be mentioned that students of State appeared in online counselling for the Engineering and Pharmacy courses through Kiosk Centre or MP Online. Now, with the introduction of new application, students would get nine kinds of services on smartphones. Due to this, students could not appear for counselling without going to Kiosk Centre. Now, students who appear for counselling should download MP Mobile from Google application store. This application comprises status, allotment, choice felling, change password, and etc. options are available. The complete information about counselling scheduled is available on application. The counselling would be held through this application for engineering, pharmacy, architecture, hotel management, and other courses.

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Sahasrabuddhe chairs meeting of BJP corporators of Jabalpur

BJP Vice-President and Incharge Madhya Pradesh, Vinay Sahashtrabuddhe, on Tuesday, took a meeting of Bhartiya Janata Party corporators. During the meeting, he asked corporators to take the achi... Read More
BJP Vice-President and Incharge Madhya Pradesh, Vinay Sahashtrabuddhe, on Tuesday, took a meeting of Bhartiya Janata Party corporators. During the meeting, he asked corporators to take the achievements of State Government to public. The BJP Vice-President also asked the corporators to also apprise people of works being done by the State Government for welfare of every section of society. He said people should know that what Government is doing for their progress and welfare. He also asked the corporators to work hard in their ward and redress civic problems. Sahasrabuddhe, on the occasion, directed the corporators to do quality development works in their wards. He said Municipal Corporation is the best place of learning. He said the corporators must do good work and seek experience and also win people's faith. Incharge, Madhya Pradesh, Sahashtrabuddhe said the corporators must visit big cities and see how the development works are done in metropolitan cities and do the same in their city. Amongst those also present on the occasion were Organisation General Secretary, Arvind Menon, City Chief, BJP, Dr Vinod Mishra, President Rural BJP, Ashish Dubey, Mayor, Dr Swati Godbole, MLA, Nandani Maravi, Pratibha Singh, Sushil Tiwari, Chairperson, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, Sumitra Balmeek and others.

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High Court dismisses petition against BMC

A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, R S Jha has dismissed the petition filed by Rajkumar Raichandani against the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The peti... Read More
A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, R S Jha has dismissed the petition filed by Rajkumar Raichandani against the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The petitioner has filed this petition, being aggrieved by order dated on April 8, 2015 by which the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, and application under Order 1 Rule 10 CPC, has been rejected by BMC. It is submitted by the counsel for the petitioner that the petitioner had filed an application along with documents to indicate that the petitioner was suffering from severe osteoarthritis and the doctor has opined that the petitioner was not able to climb stairs or to stand in the court and in such circumstances, the petitioner had filed an application for getting her statement recorded on commission, but the court below has rejected the same inspite of accepting the medical certificates submitted by the petitioner. Counsel for the petitioner has submitted that the order rejecting the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, is therefore illegal and deserves to be set aside as it has caused serious prejudice to the petitioner. Counsel for the petitioner further submits that the petitioner had filed an application under Order 1 Rule 1 CPC, seeking impleadment of the Town and Country Development Authority, Bhopal, but that application has also been rejected by the court below without assigning proper reasons for the same. The single bench, having heard the counsel for the petitioner, observed that the court below, while dealing with the petitioner’s application under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, has taken into consideration the medical certificate and has, thereafter, held that to facilitate recording of the statement of the petitioner, the petitioner shall come to the court and thereafter her statement shall be recorded by the concerned Commissioner and her cross-examination shall also be held at a suitable place which would not require the petitioner to either stand in the court or be put to any other inconvenience looking to her medical condition. The single bench, in its order, said it do not find any illegality in the impugned order passed by the court below on the application filed by the petitioner under Order 26 Rule 1 CPC, as the court below has taken adequate care for recording the statement of the petitioner. A perusal of the order passed by the court below further indicates that the dispute raised by the petitioner in the plaint is in respect of the action being taken by the Municipal Corporation Bhopal against the alleged illegal construction of a restaurant, health club, entertainment and celebration centre by the petitioner and, therefore, the petitioner has impleaded the Municipal Corporation who has also filed its written statement. The court below has considered the aforesaid aspect and has thereafter stated that the Town and Country Development Authority is not a necessary party and the application has been filed by the petitioner only to delay the proceedings.” Having perused the written statement as well as the order passed by the court below, the bench stated that it is of considered opinion that there is no illegality or material irregularity in the impugned order warranting interference. Looking to the fact that the suit filed by the petitioner is of the year 2009, expeditious steps are required to be taken by the petitioner to ensure that the same gets decided at the earliest. In view of the aforesaid discussion, the petition filed by the petitioner stands dismissed, the single bench said.

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Returning Officer, Sirmour told to be present before HC

During the hearing of Sirmour Vidhan Sabha related election petition, the single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, G S Solanki has directed the Returning Officer, Si... Read More
During the hearing of Sirmour Vidhan Sabha related election petition, the single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Justice, G S Solanki has directed the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa to remain present before this Court on the next date of hearing for recording the evidence. The single bench further directed him to produce the record of election of 68 Sirmour Legislative Assembly Constituency after completing necessary formalities as required under the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 including opening the strong room for production of the record before this Court on the next date of hearing. The single bench has given directions to the Office (Registrar) to issue fresh summons to the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa. The single bench has listed the matter for recording the evidence on July 14, 2015. The election petition was filed by Dr Vivek Tiwari against MLA Divyaraj Singh. In the previous hearing of the election petition, respondent was not present before the court. Service report of summons issued to the Returning Officer, Sirmour, District Rewa has not been received. It appears to be a fault on the part of the office of the District Judge. Since this is an election petition, it requires expeditious trial. In these circumstances, the office is directed to write a letter to the District Judge, Rewa to ensure strict compliance of the orders and process issued by this Court. On February 5, 2015, the petitioner had filed interim application before the court, which is an application under Order 16 Rule 1(3) of the CPC. Counsel for the petitioner had submitted that due to inadvertence, the petitioner could not file the list of the witnesses who are Government servants like the Returning Officer. It is further submitted that the issues involved in the petition cannot be proved without examination of the Returning Officer of 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa, therefore, the petitioner may be permitted to summon the witnesses mentioned in the additional list of witnesses. Counsel for respondent had opposed the application. Thereafter, the division bench had, in its order, said “I have perused the petition along with the issues, the Returning Officer of 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa is necessary evidence for adjudication of controversy between the parties. In these circumstances, the interim application is allowed. The single bench had issued summons to the Returning Officer 68, Sirmour Vidhan Sabha Constituency, District Rewa to remain present before the court for recording the evidence, but till date, the Returning Officer is not present before the court for recording the evidence.

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Employee at Block Education office caught taking bribe

Sleuths of Lokayukta Police special establishment, Jabalpur caught an Assistant Grade-II employee at Block Education Office while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from a teacher of Government school for... Read More
Sleuths of Lokayukta Police special establishment, Jabalpur caught an Assistant Grade-II employee at Block Education Office while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from a teacher of Government school for disbursing payment of Rs 3.45 lakh pay fixation arrears, on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Vijay Patel, posted as Assistant Grade-II at office of Block Education Officer at village Mehadvani in district Dindori. The officers of Lokayukta police nabbed the accused when he was taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from Ramesh Masram, posted as teacher of Government school and resident of village Chirpani. The appellant Ramesh Masram lodged a complaint with Superintendent of Police, Lokayukta, Padmavilochan Shukla that the payment of his pay fixation arrears of Rs 3.45 lakh was pending since a long time. He contacted Vijay Patel, Assistant Grade-II at Block Education office, who demanded bribe of Rs 40,000 against release of payment. He already paid bribe of Rs 10,000 and the matter was settled with further payment of Rs 27,000 for releasing the payment. Acting on the complaint, a team of Lokayukta police fielded the appellant for collecting evidences and obtained a voice recording of corrupt employees while demanding bribe. Once the information was confirmed, Lokayukta police team reached the spot and trapped the Government employee red-handed while taking bribe of Rs 27,000 from appellant Ramesh Masram. The Lokayukta police have arrested the accused employee while further investigations are underway to unravel more incidents of taking bribe from the accused. The accused was trapped by Lokayukta police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Satish Mishra, Inspector, Antram Choudhary, Inspector, Oscar Kindo, Havaldar, Balwan, Constables, Ravindra Singh and Vinod Chouhan.

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‘Restoring faith in governance biggest achievement of NDA Govt’

“Restoring trust of public on governance is the biggest achievement in just one year of Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During... Read More
“Restoring trust of public on governance is the biggest achievement in just one year of Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. During the ten years of UPA regime, the nation had witnessed governance holiday. Balanced policies and active working on different aspects, the BJP led NDA Government and its visionary Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the very first year, established ideal conditions before nation for delivering good governance. The first year passed with notion ‘Saal Ek Shuruvat Anek’ (Various Initiatives In Year One),” said Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, National Vice President of BJP and Incharge MP State while addressing a press conference at Circuit House No.1, on Thursday. He is in city to attend the start of Jankalyan Parva to be observed till May 31 in the country to propagate the message of achievement and works done by Union Government under leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in past one year. During press meet, he was accompanied by Member of Parliament, Rakesh Singh, BJP City Chief, Dr. Vinod Mishra, BJP (Rural) District President, Ashish Dubey, MLA Sushil Tiwari. BJP leader, Sahasrabuddhe added that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on first anniversary of the BJP-led NDA Government at Centre, has written a letter to the citizens congratulating them on this occasion. In his letter, Modi had described the baby steps taken by the Government to fulfill future vision. Giving impetus to the concept of strengthening connectivity, right from infrastructure to Internet, the Union Government has given equal focus. Simultaneously, across the globe, the image of India, which was over-shadowed by corruption, financial scams and red tape, the foreign investors as well as domestic were showing low interest towards investing in India. But in past one year, scenario has changed and now, foreign countries are appreciating the changes taking place in the country. Sahasrabuddhe said continuous and persistent efforts of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his Government earned respect and honour for the country at international platforms. The rescue of people from different countries stranded in different terror strikes and in natural calamities like which struck Nepal recently, has enhanced the image of the country, which has emerged as a friendly nation. Above all, the BJP--led NDA Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has attained success in restoration of public confidence on the institution called Government. The Government, like constitution of Niti Aayog, has taken various important decisions by scrapping old and outdated Planning Commission, Constitution of India comprising all States as stakeholders, attracting foreign investment in infrastructure, industry, insurance and other sectors through ‘Make In India’ drive. The Prime Minister, with his out of box thinking, has initiated innovative Swaccha Bharat Abiyaan and also initiated various social welfare schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Samajik Suraksha Insurance Scheme, etc. following foremost priority of establishing the concept of ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’. Answering a query about progress in black money return and Section 370 abrogation from Jammu & Kashmir, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said both the issues are important and with due importance, the Government is approaching ahead. Till now, establishment of SIT along with issue has been discussed at international platforms like United Nations. Now Government is working to bring a stringent law that would hit root cause of generation of black money. The stringent law and its provisions would stop all such practices. Commenting on delay in appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), two important posts, Sahasrabuddhe said, as per directions of apex court, the process has been started with organisation of first meeting in this regard and soon, second meeting would be organised and appointments would be declared. Lastly, commenting on the preparations for coming Bihar Assembly elections, Sahasrabuddhe said BJP would undoubtedly win the coming Assembly elections in Bihar under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

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Forest Deptt’s experiment to ensure cent per cent results in tree plantation

Department of Forest, Chhattisgarh government, plans experiment with an innovative idea for getting cent per cent result in the tree plantation. If the outcome of the experiment remains encouragi... Read More
Department of Forest, Chhattisgarh government, plans experiment with an innovative idea for getting cent per cent result in the tree plantation. If the outcome of the experiment remains encouraging then the method will be adopted for the plantation of trees across the state to enhance the chances of making grow more than 80 per cent of trees after their plantation. The idea has been mooted by Kamal Agrawal who has earlier been succeed in his experiment with ‘Deshi Washing Machine’ and ‘Deshi Water Filter’ which costs very cheaper and his technology has also been taken into notice by multi-national companies like Godrej. Speaking about the theory of innovative tree plantation method, Agrawal said his method is very similar to the Innovative Sand Pipe Tree Plantation Method which has been able to save maximum amount of water and helps the plants to grow healthy in Gujarat state. Agrawal said he had shot a letter to the senior forest officials, including Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) Upadhyaya requesting him for a meeting. “In response, two officials of the forest department such as Conservator of Forest A H Kapasi and Assistant Conservator of Forest Rajendra Nischal visited to me the other day. I told the officials about the unique method which emphasises effective use of sand underneath saplings during their plantation. Use of sand in the plantation will also protect the plants from termite,” Agrawal said. According to Agrawal, only 30-35% of the saplings survive in the first year after their plantation, of which only 20-22% saplings survive till the end. The ‘Use of sand in plantation method’ will definitely prove a boon for plantation. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Conservator of Forest Kapasi said the idea has so far not been experimented in the state. “We have reported our seniors on the matter. First of all, we will send the report to State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) for experiment under the supervision of researchers. If the experiment remains a success then we will move with it,” said Kapasi.

Sand helping in better plantation

To be mentioned, Vruksha Prem developed the unique method to plant trees. It is called Sand Pipe Tree Plantation method. This method saves maximum amount of water and helps the plants to grow healthy. Till date the NGO has successfully planted more than 125000 trees with the help of this method. The original concept came from the construction of house of Premjibhai. He intentionally kept the layers of sand in the compound for rain water to percolate. The method is as follow: It has been observed that where ever human disturbance is not observed not a single plant, out of 1,25,000, died due to shortage of water. It proves that trees need moisture at the root and not quantum of water to grow.

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Pursuit of perfection! Students in C’garh mostly preferring self-financed courses

It’s an interesting reality to know that 32% of the 1.56 lakh students at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in different universities of the Chhattisgarh pursue their studies in sel... Read More
It’s an interesting reality to know that 32% of the 1.56 lakh students at undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in different universities of the Chhattisgarh pursue their studies in self financed courses and over the last one decade, these self financed courses witness a sharp growth than the traditional courses. The latest reports of the Higher Education Status of all 29 states and 7 union territories of University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development reveal that over the last one decade from 2004 to 2014, all universities of the Chhattisgarh saw a sharp rise in the enrollment of students for self financed courses of both undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. Because of more job prospects and career opportunities now these self financed courses are tough competition to the traditional or core courses. It may be mentioned that Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) Raipur is the first university of the state which has introduced self finance courses around 12 years ago and now all of other universities such as Guru Ghasidas Central University Bilaspur, Bilaspur University, Sarguja University Ambikapur and Bastar University Jagdalpur are also offering various self financed courses in both degree as well as diploma forms. Out of all these self financed courses, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is most popular amongst students followed by Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science (B Sc) in Information Technology, Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) in Computer Science, Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Studies, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology or Microbiology and Bachelor of Journalism. Apart from it diploma courses in computers, management, information technology, tourism, mass communication and library science have also gained popularity among the students of all districts in state during last few years. ‘These self financed courses are market oriented courses assure good jobs and bright future. Because of it more and more students are enrolling for these courses during last one decade in all parts of the state’ said Dr. Amitabh Dutta, Reowned Higher Educationist and Principal of leading college in Durg district. But one major problem behind self financing courses is that University Grants Commission and Higher Education Department of State do not provide grants to the institutions for functioning of them and as a result fees are higher than traditional courses like Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education. The another problem is that owing to the lack of industries especially in pharmacy, cosmetics and leather, graduates or post graduates of many self financed courses are still struggling to get a suitable job in Chhattisgarh. Dr H N Dubey, former principal and educationist stated ‘Most self financed courses are skill based and as a result they are popular among students. It is true that owing to the shortage of industries, many graduates of different self financed courses face problem in getting job across state but in other parts they get job and their career would shape up in a plan manner as compared to their counterparts of traditional courses, he added. All of these courses are now gaining popularity in students of rural areas and small towns of the state as many students of these areas have showed their interest in pursuing their higher education in self finance courses rather than traditional ones.

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Students won gold for university to reappear in exams

The students of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), who had failed to attend a few subjects in the examinations held this year to represent the university at an inter-university sports e... Read More
The students of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU), who had failed to attend a few subjects in the examinations held this year to represent the university at an inter-university sports event, were on Tuesday granted permission to reappear. The students are Ranjeet Kumar, Ganesh Yadu and Dinesh Kumar. It is worth mentioning, Ranjeet had won Gold medal in Athletics while Ganesh and Dinesh bagged Gold medal in Kayaking event. The students had earlier a meeting with the Vice Chancellor Professor S K Pandey and Registrar K K Chandrakar urging them for consideration on the issue. A proposal in this regard was presented in the Executive Council meeting held the other day. The Executive Council gave the green signal to the students who have brought laurels for the university. According to the university officials, the university has taken a bold step by allowing the students for appearing for examination. The decision will also help encourage students of the university to participate in sports activities.

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Robbery at Ring Road-1; mobike-borne thieves loot Rs 7.9 lakh cash

Two armed motorcycle-borne desperadoes looted Rs 7.90 lakh cash from the employees of a cosmetic dealer agency on gunpoint in broad daylight on Ring Road no-1 at around 2 pm on Tuesday. Looters... Read More
Two armed motorcycle-borne desperadoes looted Rs 7.90 lakh cash from the employees of a cosmetic dealer agency on gunpoint in broad daylight on Ring Road no-1 at around 2 pm on Tuesday. Looters chased down the two employees before intercepting them near Jaika Automobiles. After a brief interval, Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths were on their toes once again, when the reports of loot at gunpoint was aired in the police short-wave walkie-talkies. Police sources informed that Javendra Sahu alias Raju and Avinash Mahobia, employees of an agency namely Touch Stone Office Private Limited, were heading bank to deposit Rs 7.90 lakh on the service road of Ring Road no-1, when two youths on a blue Bajaj Pulsar Motorcycle blocked their way. Sensing something dangerous, victim Avinash, who was driving the motorbike, took a U-turn and rushed back to the office situated behind Jaguar Showroom, Ring Road no-1 at Raipura. It took a couple of minutes for the looters to intercept them near Jaika Automobiles. Soon as they intercepted Avinash and Javendra, looters took out a gun and pointed right at them. They snatched the bag full of money off the hands of victims. While the victims were in state of shock, bike-borne looters turned their vehicle towards Durg-Bhilai in full throttle. Though, the police was informed within 10 minutes of incident, there wasn’t any barricade or check post put on the roads. Javendra informed that they couldn’t see the registration of numbers of the motorcycle as the number plate was bent upward. Police sources informed that Javendra Sahu is cashier at Touch Stone Office Private Limited, owned by one Rajendra Parakh. DD Nagar Police said that an offence under Section 392 has been registered against unidentified looters. Police sources said the looters have gathered complete information about the victims as they specifically targeted them. The way they chased the victims, it could be said that the looters were completely aware that there is a big amount in the bag being carried by the victims.

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Consumers fuming over power tariff hike

A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to... Read More
A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to increasing prices of essential commodities and unscheduled power cuts. Rural areas, in particular, are mostly affected by the erratic power cuts at a time when the BJP government claims to have surplus power in the state. Besides residents, industries also protested against the power tariff hike which will come into effect from June 1, 2015 and will remain in force till March 31, 2016 or till the issue of next order. “From a common consumer to an industrialist, everybody will be affected by this power tariff hike. Recession is there, market is unable to create demand there is no demand in the market. Basic industries like Steel industry are passing through critical phase. The hike cannot be in the interest of either domestic consumers or industries,” said Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Amar Parwani. Not at all in the interest of industries which is already in difficult condition, said Dr S K Sharma, Vice-President, Urla Industries Association. “The hike in tariff will again push industries back. No one in the government is ready to listen to us,” said a disappointed Sharma. Even as the industry association cannot disregard the regulatory commission’s order, the association can move the central regulatory commission for an appeal, he said. Meanwhile, G C Mukherjee, Director, Commerce, CSPDCL said only 40 per cent hike in the power tariff is done in last decade. The first hike in the power tariff was brought into effect in 2004-05 and since then about 40 per cent hike has been done. Every year, on an average 4-4.5 per cent hike has been effected, he said. According to the hike, the consumers using 0-40 unit electricity in a month will have to pay Rs 3 per unit instead of existing Rs 2.70 while those using 41-200 units in a month will have to pay Rs 3.10 per unit electricity instead of existing Rs 2.70. Similarly, the consumers using 201-600 unit electricity in a month will pay Rs 4.90 per unit instead of current rate of Rs 4.40. The consumers consuming power more than 600 units in a month will have to pay Rs 6.50 per unit.

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Consumers fuming over power tariff hike

A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to... Read More
A hike of 14 per cent in the average power tariff rates by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has left the people fuming who are already in an arduous situation due to increasing prices of essential commodities and unscheduled power cuts. Rural areas, in particular, are mostly affected by the erratic power cuts at a time when the BJP government claims to have surplus power in the state. Besides residents, industries also protested against the power tariff hike which will come into effect from June 1, 2015 and will remain in force till March 31, 2016 or till the issue of next order. “From a common consumer to an industrialist, everybody will be affected by this power tariff hike. Recession is there, market is unable to create demand there is no demand in the market. Basic industries like Steel industry are passing through critical phase. The hike cannot be in the interest of either domestic consumers or industries,” said Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Amar Parwani. Not at all in the interest of industries which is already in difficult condition, said Dr S K Sharma, Vice-President, Urla Industries Association. “The hike in tariff will again push industries back. No one in the government is ready to listen to us,” said a disappointed Sharma. Even as the industry association cannot disregard the regulatory commission’s order, the association can move the central regulatory commission for an appeal, he said. Meanwhile, G C Mukherjee, Director, Commerce, CSPDCL said only 40 per cent hike in the power tariff is done in last decade. The first hike in the power tariff was brought into effect in 2004-05 and since then about 40 per cent hike has been done. Every year, on an average 4-4.5 per cent hike has been effected, he said. According to the hike, the consumers using 0-40 unit electricity in a month will have to pay Rs 3 per unit instead of existing Rs 2.70 while those using 41-200 units in a month will have to pay Rs 3.10 per unit electricity instead of existing Rs 2.70. Similarly, the consumers using 201-600 unit electricity in a month will pay Rs 4.90 per unit instead of current rate of Rs 4.40. The consumers consuming power more than 600 units in a month will have to pay Rs 6.50 per unit.

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71 SAS officers transferred

In a major re-shuffle of the officers of State Administrative Services State Government on Tuesday transferred 71 officers. Following the orders Umakant Pandey who was Additional Director of High... Read More
In a major re-shuffle of the officers of State Administrative Services State Government on Tuesday transferred 71 officers. Following the orders Umakant Pandey who was Additional Director of Higher Education has been transferred as General Manager of MP Warehousing Corporation, Ratnakar Jha who was Additional Collector Chhindwara has been transferred to Bhopal as Chief GM MP Central Region Power Division, Kedar Singh who was Chief GM of MP Central Region Power Distribution Company has been transferred to Additional Collector of Sehore, Ikschit Garpale who was Additional Collector of Bhopal has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Ashok Nagar, PC Tripathi who was Deputy Collector of Bhopal has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Sidhi, Shweta Parma has been posted as the Deputy Collector of Bhopal from Deputy Collector of Chhindwara, Rajesh Kumar Gupta has been transferred as Deputy Collector of Bhopal, Minisha Pandey has been transferred as the Deputy Collector of Bhopal from Deputy Collector of Anuppur. Along with these 63 other officials have also been given new postings by the state government.

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Clerk of Housing Board dies after being hit by train; woman immolates self

A sexagenarian was killed after being hit by a train at railway crossing near Shalimar Apartment near Habibganj railway station area, police said on Tuesday. Police told that deceased was iden... Read More
A sexagenarian was killed after being hit by a train at railway crossing near Shalimar Apartment near Habibganj railway station area, police said on Tuesday. Police told that deceased was identified as Punjab Rao (60), son of Poonaji Rao, resides at EWS Quarter in Kotra Sultanabad. Punjab was posted as a clerk in Housing Board Office. On Monday morning he went for routine morning walk but did not return house on usual time. Later, GRP Habibganj spotted his body laying on railway track and based on the mobile number mentioned in his Aadhar card, family members of deceased were informed. Police said that he was killed when he was hit by the goods train while crossing the railway track yesterday. Police further said that till now it was not clear that whether he reached himself at the railway track to commit suicide or he accidentally got hit by the train. As of now the police have registered a case under section of accidental death and sent the body of deceased for autopsy and further investigation was on in the case. In another incident, a newly-married woman committed suicide by setting herself ablaze in her house located at Mahuakheda village under Berasia police station on Tuesday night. Later, the family members rushed her to nearby hospital but till then she had succumbed to the burn injuries and police were informed regarding the incident. Police said that deceased woman was identified as Krishna Bai (20), son of Leelaram Mehar, a resident of Mahuakheda village. However the statements of family members could not be registered yet therefore the reason behind immolating self could not be known. Subsequently, the police have registered a case under Section 174 of CrPc and started further investigation in the case.

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Wheat production likely to cross last year’s record

The wheat procurement process is almost over and now, Agriculture Department is waiting for final figures of wheat procurement from mandis to know that how much wheat has been produced overall ... Read More
The wheat procurement process is almost over and now, Agriculture Department is waiting for final figures of wheat procurement from mandis to know that how much wheat has been produced overall in Madhya Pradesh. Agriculture Department is quite hopeful that wheat production would be more from last year. “We are waiting for figures of procurement done at mandis and it would take couple of days to reach figures till us. It would be only after this that we would be able to tell final figure of wheat production of Madhya Pradesh. However, Agriculture Department is sure that wheat production is likely to cross the wheat production figures of previous year,” informed Agriculture Director, Mohan Lal Meena to ‘The Hitavada’. Sources in Agriculture Department added that had there had been no inclement weather condition in rabi season then wheat production could have been far more in Madhya Pradesh. When contacted, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Rajesh Rajora told ‘The Hitavada’ that final figures of wheat production are yet to be worked out but wheat production is definitely going to be more than the last year. However, he said that quality of wheat had suffered in some pockets of state due to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm. Notably, when wheat were in harvesting stage, unseasonal rainfall, hailstorm and speedy winds have created havoc in some parts of state, destroying the standing crops. The wheat quality of affected areas had suffered badly owing to unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm and farmers faced hardships in selling such wheat. Some farmers have even committed suicides after seeing their damaged crops. Notwithstanding the loss done by unnatural activities, Madhya Pradesh is heading for record wheat production once again.

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Meeting of MANIT Board of Governors likely to be stormy

The Board of Governors meeting of MANIT institution is likely to be held on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to be stormy. In addition, there is news that Registrar Ajit Narayan would not be ... Read More
The Board of Governors meeting of MANIT institution is likely to be held on Wednesday. The meeting is expected to be stormy. In addition, there is news that Registrar Ajit Narayan would not be allowed to attend the meeting and this new issue has just added fire to the cauldron. In the Wednesday’s meeting, proposal regarding reinstatement of services of five faculty members is likely to come up. Earlier, these five faculty members were suspended following the issue related to irregularity in their appointments but later on their services were restored without seeking the nod of Board of Governors. Hence, now proposal regarding reinstatement of services of five faculty members would be tabled before Board of Governors for approval. “The Hitavada” contacted Director MANIT, Appu Kuttan over the issue but he said that he would speak to media only after Wednesday’s meeting. Meanwhile, air is thick with the news that Collector had written letter to MANIT Director not to allow Registrar Ajit Narayan to attend the Board of Governors meeting. Ajit Narayan, who is already facing probe over his reappointment to Registrar, post and this has left Ajit Narayan fuming. He had threatened to knock the court doors if he is not allowed to attend the meeting. The efforts to contact Collector Nishant Warwade also failed to bear the fruits as he had not picked up phone despite repeated attempts.

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Unrelenting heat continues to affect normal life in State

Unbearable heat continues to sweep Madhya Pradesh. Sultry weather conditions have left adverse impact on normal life. Blazing sun has set the temperatures on boil. Maximum temperature of Bhopal... Read More
Unbearable heat continues to sweep Madhya Pradesh. Sultry weather conditions have left adverse impact on normal life. Blazing sun has set the temperatures on boil. Maximum temperature of Bhopal settled at 43.2 degree Celsius, two degree above normal. There is possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of Rewa, Sagar, Shahdol, Gwalior and Chambal divisions. Isolated parts of Shajapur, Khargone and Hoshangabad districts are also likely to face the wrath of heat wave. Meanwhile, thunder activities, lightening and dust storm are likely in some parts of Sagar, Rewa and Shahdol divisions and districts including Gwalior, Datia, Morena, Bhind, Katni, Jabalpur, Balaghat and Seoni. Remaining parts of State would witness dry weather. Now, people are fed up of sultry weather conditions and unbearable heat and waiting for arrival of monsoon which would bring down the temperatures to normal.As of now, increased temperatures have become a cause of concern to everyone. The roads wearing deserted look during noon hours is now a common scene in Bhopal and other parts of State as well. As temperatures are high, people are trying to find some relief from heat by drinking cold drink, lassi and lemon water. Owing to this reason, sale of cold drink has increased by leaps and bounds. As far as temperatures of other cities are concerned then Indore recorded maximum temperature of 41.3 degree Celsius, Gwalior 45.9 degree Celsius, Jabalpur 43 degree Celsius, Khajuraho 40.5 degree Celsius. Gwalior and Jabalpur have witnessed thunder activities in past twenty four hours and recorded traced rainfall. In last twenty four hours, Rewa, Shahdol, Sagar, Gwalior and Chambal divisions were in grip of heat wave. Meanwhile, seasonal diseases have increased due to which hospitals are witnessing influx of patients mainly suffering from water-borne diseases and sun stroke.

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CM distributes sweets to people at Roshanpura

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed sweets to people at Roshapura over completion of one year rule of Modi government at the Centre on Tuesday. Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Sing... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed sweets to people at Roshapura over completion of one year rule of Modi government at the Centre on Tuesday. Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had inaugurated the exhibition focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On this occasion, MLAs Rameshwar Sharma, Vishwas Sarang, Mayor Alok Sharma and large number of Yuva Morcha workers were present. In his speech, Chouhan showered praise on Modi government.

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Rail projects should be completed speedily in view of Simhastha: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Tuesday and urged him to ensure that ongoing rail projects of Madhya Pradesh are completed at a rapid pace in vie... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu here on Tuesday and urged him to ensure that ongoing rail projects of Madhya Pradesh are completed at a rapid pace in view of Simhastha. The Railway Minister assured that these projects will be completed speedily. The Chief Minister said that Khandwa to Mhow railway line is important in view of ensuing Simhastha. Gauge conversion work is underway presently on Ratlam-Indore-Mhow-Khandwa line. Similarly, Chintaman-Fatehabad section is an important link of Ujjain city through which devotees from western region come. This section measuring about 27 kms has been closed for gauge conversion. It needs to be opened soon. Gauge conversion work can be undertaken after Simhastha. Construction of a part of Lalitpur-Singrauli railway link has been completed. This rail project is important for Bundelkhand. This should be completed at the earliest. Similarly, Jabalpur-Gondia gauge conversion work should also be completed soon. The Chief Minister informed that Mandi Board is developing multi-model logistics hub at Pawarkhera. This project has railway sidings on three sides which need to be connected with railway lines. Railways should provide NOC for it. This logistics hub is near Itarsi Railway Junction of Western Railway, which is significant for railway transport. Railway Minister Prabhu assured that works of all these projects will be undertaken on priority. Principal Secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bains and Secretary Vivek Agrawal were also present at the meeting.

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Foundation stone to be laid for world-class Habibganj Railway Station this year: Prabhu

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the foundation stone for transforming Habibganj Railway Station into that of a world-class station will be laid by the end of this year. The Minist... Read More
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that the foundation stone for transforming Habibganj Railway Station into that of a world-class station will be laid by the end of this year. The Minister was laying foundation stone for the traction alternator factory in Vidisha along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. Railway Minister said that Bhopal’s Habibganj station will be developed as model station. Foundation stone of country’s first traction alternator engine plant with a budget of Rs 60 crore was laid on Tuesday. Besides, foundation stone of godown at Saurai railway station was also laid and renovated platform of Sanchi station was inaugurated by the Railway Minister. The factory is being setup with an estimated budget of Rs 60 crore by the Railway on a 9 hectare of land which is to be completed in two years of time. The factory is at a distance of nearly 6 km from the Vidisha railway station which is convenient with the view of transportation of the manufactured traction alternators. The traction motor plant is going to manufacture traction motors exclusively for the Indian Railways which will be used in the electric loco engines. Chief Minister Chouhan on this occasion said that it is a historic day. Chouhan said that a number of development works have been undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during one year of his term. Growth rate has increased and inflation declined. Chouhan said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated ‘Make in India’. Madhya Pradesh and Railways will form a joint venture company for expansion of public amenities for rail passengers. Establishment of this factory at Vidisha will be important for development of the State. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj expressed satisfaction over fulfillment of her announcement. She expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Chouhan and state government for co-operation in allotment of land for the factory. She informed that the components to be produced in this factory were imported earlier. This year, 100 diesel alternators will be manufactured in the factory. She informed that Mudra Bank has been set up to extend loans to small-time businessmen. She said that Vidisha is getting five gifts on Tuesday. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign is moving forward with establishment of this factory. He expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Chouhan for making available free land by the State Government for the factory. He said that funds have been mobilised to make available good rail services to all in the country. Prabhu said that “Rail Badhe Desh Badhe” programme will be held upto June 15 under which one work or other will be undertaken at every railway station.

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Dreaded goon booked under MPDA

COMMISSIONER of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav on Monday detained notorious goon Rahul alias Chaptya Chandrabhan Meshram under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleg... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav on Monday detained notorious goon Rahul alias Chaptya Chandrabhan Meshram under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Dangerous Persons and Video Pirates Act (MPDA). A resident of Plot No 51, Hiwri Nagar, near Saroj Convent, Rahul alias Chaptya is involved in several crimes of serious nature. Earlier also, he was booked under MPDA and preventive action was also initiated against him under Sections 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC). However, he continued indulging in criminal activities. Finally, the city police chief decided to again detain him under MPDA.

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All police stations to have separate Investigation Wing

In a move aimed at improving the quality of investigation in ‘sessions triable cases’ and boost conviction rate in the State, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal has issued order t... Read More
In a move aimed at improving the quality of investigation in ‘sessions triable cases’ and boost conviction rate in the State, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Dayal has issued order to form separate ‘Investigation Wing’ at all police stations from July 1. Dayal confirmed the development and told ‘The Hitavada’ that the move would definitely make an impact. As per the order issued on May 24, each police station shall have a separate Investigation Wing that will be entrusted with the ‘exclusive dedicated responsibility’ of investigation in all sessions cases registered at such police stations. ‘The Hitavada’ has in possession a copy of DGP’s standing order no. 24 of 2015. Through the order, the DGP has given time till July 1 to all the units to take ‘necessary action’ to disseminate instructions and prepare police stations. He has sought compliance of the order by August 1. In effect, the order separates Investigation Wing from Law and Order functions of the Police Department. The separation shall be applicable to police stations in Commissionerate areas (including Nagpur and Amravati in Vidarbha region), District Police, and Government Railway Police that have dual responsibility of crime investigation and maintenance of law and order. Dayal has minced no words in stating that the officers assigned to the Investigation Wing shall not be committed to any other category of investigation or be withdrawn for the discharge of law and order duties ‘under no circumstances’. There was a demand for separating investigation function from law and order function. Dayal said that the objective of the Standing Order is to improve the quality of investigation of sessions cases and ensure timely disposal of such cases. The move will also result in improving conviction rate. Commissioners of Police, Superintendents of Police, and Government Railway Police will now have to identify suitable manpower and segregate it exclusively for investigation and ‘pairavi’ roles.

Keeping in mind slow investigation, the DGP has asked Police officers to ensure a ‘fixed tenure’ for investigation teams and duly equipping them with legal, forensic, scientific, and technological expertise and resources. He also reminded the State Police to achieve time-bound investigation with ‘meaningful, applied supervision’ by superior officers.

An annual review will be undertaken to assess the efficacy of the said Standing Order. With the order, Dayal has issued details regarding selection of personnel, tenure, posting, repatriation of officers and constabulary, command structure, charter of work, resources, and power of transfer of investigation from Investigation Wing within or beyond the respective units.

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RMC predicts ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vid

Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted a ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vidarbha this week. Already, various parts of Vidarbha and especially Nagpur are recording maximum tempe... Read More
Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted a ‘severe heat wave situation’ in Vidarbha this week. Already, various parts of Vidarbha and especially Nagpur are recording maximum temperatures above a discomforting 45 degrees Celsius. Nagpur city recorded maximum temperature sof 46.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. It was the third highest after Wardha (46.5 degrees Celsius) and Bramhapuri (46.4 degrees Celsius) in Vidarbha region. But, the minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.6 degrees Celsius, which was the highest in Vidarbha. Maximum temperature in other parts of Vidarbha was as follows: Akola-- 43.6 degrees Celsius, Amravati-- 44.2 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 39 degrees Celsius, Chandrapur-- 46 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 41 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 43.8 degrees Celsius. A little rainfall upto 0.3 mm was recorded in Nagpur on Tuesday and the sky was partly clouded.

The maximum humidity varied up to 55 per cent and minimum was 16 per cent. Weathermen predicted that little rainfall will occur in a couple of days. Though it is expected to reduce the temperature, it may increase humidity thereby adding to discomfort.

According to RMC, dry weather will prevail over Vidarbha and maximum temperatures also will change a little. On Tuesday, maximum temperature was appreciably above normal over East Vidarbha and normal over West Vidarbha. Minimum temperatures rose over East Vidarbha and changed little over West Vidarbha.

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No power supply shut-down in city after 12 noon: MSEDCL

Offering relief to consumers facing the peak summer with mercury staying over 45 degrees Celsius, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided not to implement ... Read More
Offering relief to consumers facing the peak summer with mercury staying over 45 degrees Celsius, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has decided not to implement ‘power supply shut-down’ after 12 noon till the end of summer. However, the relief will be applicable only in areas under Congress Nagar Division that comes under the jurisdiction of MSEDCL.

In pre-monsoon period, MSEDCL has geared up with maintenance and repair works. MSEDCL carries out power supply outage every Wednesday for maintenance and repairs. Outage is conducted every Wednesday in various parts of the city that come under the jurisdiction of the State-run power distribution utility. Many a time, outage is carried out throughout afternoon hours, leaving Nagpurians experience the peak-summer heat without any respite indoors. Considering this, MSEDCL’s Nagpur Urban Zone has decided to carry out maintenance and repair works before 12 noon every Wednesday.

Suresh Madavi, Superintending Engineer of Nagpur Urban Zone of MSEDCL; and K P Bhise, Executive Engineer of Congress Nagar Division of MSEDCL; have taken the decision. The decision is being implemented with immediate effect from May 27 (Wednesday).

Accordingly, power supply outage on this day will be carried out as follows: Laxmi Nagar feeder-- 6 am to 11 am; Cargo Hub and Chichbhavan-- 7 am to 11 am; Hill Top, Navnirman, Bhende Layout, Kali Mata, Bank of Maharashtra, and Anand Talkies feeder-- 8 am to 11 am; Dandige Layout-- 9 am to 11 am. Power supply to areas under these feeders will be interrupted during this period.

Still, MSEDCL stated cautiously, there could be unexpected interruption in power supply owing to ‘extreme heat, additional load, or technical snag’. “The consumers should co-operate with MSEDCL in case of these factors causing unexpected power supply interruption. The consumers may call on toll-free numbers 18002333435 or 18002003435,” stated an MSEDCL release.

It may be mentioned here that Nagpur city has four divisions for power supply. Of these, only Congress Nagar Division is with MSEDCL while other three divisions namely Civil Lines, Gandhibagh, and Mahal are with distribution franchise Spanco Nagpur Division Limited (SNDL). Following a major interruption recently, MSEDCL took over operations and maintenance in Civil Lines division from SNDL.

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Centre to expedite work on BHEL unit in Bhandara: Geete

Praising the Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing several schemes for the benefit of common man in its first year, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Shiv S... Read More
Praising the Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing several schemes for the benefit of common man in its first year, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete said that the Centre would expedite work on Solar Power Generation Unit of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) at Bhandara. “Union Government will start pending construction work of Solar Power Generation Unit of BHEL at Bhandara very soon. I hope to get all required clearances from other Ministries,” Geete said. The total cost of the project is Rs 2,700 crore. Geete was addressing a press conference at Nagpur on Tuesday, to mark completion of one year of BJP-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the office. He said that the project was initiated during Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime by the then Minister Praful Patel. However, the project did not get the nod of the Union Cabinet then, Geete said. Required land was acquired and construction of compound wall has been completed, he added. The project will yield direct employment for around 2,000 persons while 5,000 will get indirect employment, Gite said. The decision on the project has been taken six months later. Central Government would provide Rs 1,000 crore grant for this project. Obtaining ‘No Objection Certificates’ and clearances from other Ministries is under process and a detailed note will be submitted to Union Cabinet for its nod within two months, he informed mediapersons. Replying to a question, Gite claimed that the UPA Government did not clear the file of BHEL project. The Union Minister said that Ministry of Heavy Industries will organise a conclave of automobile industries at Nagpur to motivate them to set-up their projects in Vidarbha. The conclave will be organised with the help of automobile associations.

The Shiv Sena leader praised Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for completing one year in its office. It may be recalled here that Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray had flayed the Central Government, in which it is also an ally, over Nuclear Power Project at Jaitapur and Land Acquisition Bill. Also, a delegation of Shiv Sena MPs had met Prime Minister over the issue of Jaitapur. Gite said, “Central Government is working for common man. Prime Minister has announced several schemes for the benefit of common man.” He also praised Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for undertaking construction of cement roads in the country. Gite said that he was trying to rejuvenate seven cement production units under his department.

Listing out the achievements of his Ministry, Gite said that 21 out of 32 units had been rejuvenated. Next year, remaining 11 units also will be operationalised again. During UPA regime, only 13 units were in profit. “Now, 17 are making profit. The Ministry has surplus fund of Rs two lakh crore and this will be utilised for development of the nation,” he told reporters. The Ministry has taken a wise decision to close down five units and offer voluntary retirement as per pay scale of 2007. “This decision will be financially beneficial for the employees and they are happy,” he added. He attacked UPA Government for not taking decision to close down these units for several years, resulting in wastage of public money.

Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Buldhana MP Prataprao Jadhav, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sameer Meghe, Mayor Pravin Datke, Kishor Kanhere, District President Satish Harde were present during the press briefing.

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HSC results today, students to get marksheets on June 4

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is all set to announce the results of HSC Board Examinations on Wednesday at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on... Read More
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is all set to announce the results of HSC Board Examinations on Wednesday at 1 pm. The results will be displayed on official website of the Board. Students will get their marksheets on June 4. MSBSHSE conducts HSC and SSC examinations in Maharashtra through its nine Divisional Boards located at Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Latur, and Ratnagiri. The Board conducts examinations twice a year and the number of students appearing for the main examination is around 14 lakh for HSC. For supplementary examination, around 6 lakh students are expected to appear for HSC and SSC together. There are about 7,000 (HSC) higher secondary schools/junior colleges in the State.

The distribution of marksheets to junior colleges will be held on June 4 at 11 am. Students will get their marksheets on June 4 at 3 pm at their respective colleges. Students willing to go for retotaling will have to apply to respective Divisional Board till June 15. Students have to attach photocopy of marksheet received on June 4. Photocopy of the marksheet downloaded from Internet would not be allowed. The persons concerned should contact respective junior colleges and Divisional Boards.

Students can submit their forms on-line for examinations to be conducted in September/October 2015 and the dates of the same will be declared later. The Board had started Class Improvement Scheme in the year 2008. This scheme was started with a purpose to give students a chance to improve their grades. Students who appeared in Summer-2015 will have a chance of appearing in the examination in October-2015 and February/March-2016. The Board has made arrangement to make available photocopy of answershet if demanded by students. The interested students may apply after on-line declaration of result. They can apply between May 27 and June 15 by depositing required fees.

The Board has begun revaluation facility from February/March-2013. For revaluation, photocopy of answersheet must be procured. After procuring photocopy, application for revaluation should be made within five days with required fee.

CBSE Class X result likely to be out today

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to announce CBSE Class X result on Wednesday. Students may log on to either of the Board’s official websites cbse.nic.in or cbseresults.nic.in to check their results.

Candidates desiring to access their results will have to enter their roll number in either of the above mentioned websites.

Once the results appear on screen, students can take a print out or save a copy for further use.

A total of 13,73,853 students appeared for Class 10 CBSE examination this year, a rise of 3.37 per cent over the previous year. These included 8,17,941 boys and 5,55,912 girls.

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Goons gang rape minor girl at knife-point

FOUR goons gang raped a minor girl at knife-point after assaulting her friend near TB Ward premises in Imambada area on Sunday night. Cops arrested three of the four culprits in this connection... Read More
FOUR goons gang raped a minor girl at knife-point after assaulting her friend near TB Ward premises in Imambada area on Sunday night. Cops arrested three of the four culprits in this connection. The accused have been identified as Ganesh Ramdas Satpute (25) Rohit Sanjay Tambe (25), both residents of TB Ward Quarters, Karunand Ramesh Moon (26), a resident of Rambag, near Ashok Boudh Vihar and one of their accomplices. Around 9.30 pm, the 17-year-old girl was returning home with her friend. The accused accosted her and her friend. They then thrashed her friend. Sensing trouble, her friend ran away. The goons then took the girl in the jungle near TB Ward premises. At knife-point, they raped her turn by turn in the bushes. After committing the heinous crime, the goons threatened to kill her if she narrated the incident to anybody. The culprits then fled the spot. The victim narrated the ordeal to her parents upon returning home. Her parents took her to the police station to lodge a complaint. After recording the victim’s statement, woman Police Sub-Inspector Hiroli sent her to Government Medical College & Hospital for treatment. Imambaba Police later took Ganesh Satpute, Karunanand Moon and Rohit Tambe into custody and registered an offence under Sections 376(2)(g), 323, 504, 506(b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with Sections 4, 8 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, against them. Cops have launched a manhunt for the fourth accused in the sensational gang rape case.

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Sakshi selected for International Karate contest

She looks frail, but there is no mistaking in those menacing looks when one comes face to face with Sakshi Fulzele, a coy 11-year-old Black Belt Karate Champion and a student of Apostalik English... Read More
She looks frail, but there is no mistaking in those menacing looks when one comes face to face with Sakshi Fulzele, a coy 11-year-old Black Belt Karate Champion and a student of Apostalik English Primary School, Kukde Layout. Sakshi has made a name for herself in Martial Arts and has bagged several gold medals till date. She is a student of Maharashtra Karate of Martial Arts Sports Academy Nagpur, that is affiliated to All India Karate Federation, recognised by Government of India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Welfare Association and Indian Olympic Association. Sakshi has been selected to participate in the competition to be held in Malaysia on November 21 and 22. She will be part of a team of 19 participants, the group being led by Hasan Ismail. At a press conference, Sakshi’s teacher and instructor Rajesh Larokar, a Black Belt 2 Dan, informed that Sakshi has bagged 32 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals and has traveled not only in Maharashtra but to other places like Katra (Jammu & Kashmir), Nepal and won gold. She has also won gold medal in Taekwando event organised by Youth Welfare and Sports Directorate Pune. Sakshi has been interviewed by Awaz Tv Channel and was felicitated at the Military grounds for her performance in the Nirbhaya Beti Mass Martial Art demonstration. She has passed the examination for Black Belt held at Brahmapuri by Maharashtra Sport Academy. Nirdhar Mahila Bal Vikas Samiti, Consulate General of Sri lanka U Samartunga, have felicitated her. She has won the Women’s Excellence Award conferred by Aditya Hero Honda. Her father Sanjay Fulzele is employed as House Keeper while her mother Poonam works at a petrol pump. Coming from a economically backward background, she is looking for a sponsor to meet her expenses of the trip that costs Rs 1,20,000. The girl is genuinely talented and one can make out from her voracious looks, how keen she is to go to Malaysia and bag the championship there. If one has to look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, here is Sakshi, genuine gold medalist who fits in the category of a beti, who has it in her and one who can be a beacon to other girls of her age and above. Sakshi is bound to make the city proud. Social Clubs can join hands to make her dream come true. She can be reached through her instructor Rajesh Larokar on mobile no 9579005291 or on 9096892169. Contributions can be made directly in her SBI Narendra Nagar Account no. 34430530060.

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Property worth Rs two lakh destroyed in major fire at Bazargaon Paper Mill

Property worth Rs two crore was destroyed in a fire incident at Bazargaon Paper Mill near Kondhali on Monday. Huge quantity of raw material, waste papers and sheds was devastated in the fire. How... Read More
Property worth Rs two crore was destroyed in a fire incident at Bazargaon Paper Mill near Kondhali on Monday. Huge quantity of raw material, waste papers and sheds was devastated in the fire. However, no casualty was reported. According to information, at 9.15 am fire broke out at Bajargaon Paper Mill probably due to high day time temperature. Some of employees of the company first noticed thick smoke bellowing from raw material unit of the company. As huge stock of raw material was stored in the unit, fire spread in the entire area of the company within minutes. Immediately, the employees started dousing the flames with the help of portable extinguishers but in vain. Panic gripped the staff as fire was spreading in the area very quickly. General Manager of the company -- Jayprakash Agrawal -- informed Kondhali Police about the incident. Staff from Kondhali Police Station led by Police Inspector Pradip Lambat rushed to the spot. The police relayed the information to Fire and Emergency Services of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Municipal Councils of Katol and Kalmeshwar. Fire tenders from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar and Katol were reached the spot and started fire fighting operation. Before the firefighters could reach the spot, flames were rising dangerously. Thick smoke was seen from several kilometers from the company. An eye-witness said that raw material, four pulp machines, clipping machines were gutted before the firefighters reached the spot. The firefighters stayed put for around six hours to douse the flames. Three fire tenders, one each from Nagpur, Kalmeshwar and Katol, were pressed during the fire fighting operation. In three shifts, 210 employees work in the company, Bazargaon Paper Mills Limited which manufactures paper for last 35 years. Kondhali Police are investigating the incident.

Fire tenders of Solar Explosives Pvt Ltd play major role

Three fire tenders of Solar Explosives Pvt. Ltd., which were first to reach the spot, played a major role in dousing flames at Hardoli Paper Mill on Saturday. Property worth over Rs three crore was gutted. In Monday’s incident, a fire tender of the company was among the three which were pressed into service.

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Vid distts top in LPG cash subsidy transfer

Often, awareness holds the key as far as availing of different schemes of the Government is concerned. In case of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, which was later revised and rech... Read More
Often, awareness holds the key as far as availing of different schemes of the Government is concerned. In case of Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme, which was later revised and rechristened as ‘Pahal’, Maharashtra is better placed in the country. And, within Maharashtra, Vidarbha region tops the chart. While the State average for number of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transfers is 84.08 per cent, that of Vidarbha is 87.71 per cent. Interestingly, of 36 districts (including Mumbai city and suburbs), only six districts have recorded more than 90 per cent cash subsidy transfer. And, all these six districts are from Vidarbha. Wardha district has topped the State with the highest 94.93 per cent of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transferred to their accounts, reveals the official data. It is followed by Naxal-affected and tribal-dominated Gadchiroli district, Gondia, Amravati, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts. Among 11 districts in Vidarbha, Nagpur is, however, placed at eighth position with 85.41 per cent of LPG consumers getting cash subsidy transferred to their accounts. As per the official data, Vidarbha has total 304 LPG distributors. They cater to 32,44,626 consumers. Of these, as many as 28,45,782 consumers are getting cash subsidy transferred to their bank accounts. DBTL scheme was launched around two years ago. Initially, it was linked to bank account and Aadhaar Card. However, as many consumers were yet to get Aadhaar Cards, it was revised and rechristened as ‘Pahal’ from November 15, 2014. In the initial phase, it was launched in 54 districts across the country including Amravati and Wardha from Vidarbha region. From January 1, 2015, it was launched in all remaining districts in the country. Those who are still not enrolled with proper linkages under the scheme, have been given ‘parking period’ up to June 30, 2015, to get enrolled so that subsidy could be transferred to their bank accounts.

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Two men murdered in separate cases in Nandanvan

KILLERS are on the prowl again. A day after the murder of a Sindhiban resident Sayyed Salim Pathan at Tajbag, city was rocked by two more murders in Nandanvan area. One of the victims was a cou... Read More
KILLERS are on the prowl again. A day after the murder of a Sindhiban resident Sayyed Salim Pathan at Tajbag, city was rocked by two more murders in Nandanvan area. One of the victims was a cousin of woman Police Sub-Inspector while the other was a drunkard. In the first incident that took place in the small hours of Monday, two men stoned to death their common friend at Jai Bhim Chowk, Padole Nagar and threw the body near Saint Xavier’s School on outer Ring Road in a bid to destroy the incident. The deceased, Ashok Tulsiram Umbarkar (27) was a resident of Plot No. 72, Shakti Mata Nagar. He was a relative of a woman Sub-Inspector attached to Kotwali Police Station. Cops arrested Aakash Mandal and one other in this connection. Ashok was a close friend of Aakash. He had gone to Aakash’s house last night. A quarrel broke out between Ashok and Aakash over some issue. After heated exchanges, Aakash Mandal and one of his accomplices smashed Ashok’s head with a boulder killing him on the spot. The killers then took the body near Saint Xavier’s School and dumped it on the roadside. They then kept the motorcycle on the body to create a scene as if Ashok was killed in a road accident. Passersby noticed Ashok’s body and informed cops. Nandanvan Police arrived at the spot and sent the body to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) for autopsy. Investigations revealed that Ashok did not die in any road accident but was murdered by Aakash and one of his friends. Subsequently, police took the culprits into custody. Following a complaint lodged by Nandkishore Shriramji Mosarkar (43), a resident of Hiwri Layout, cops registered an offence under Sections 302, 201 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the killers. In the second incident, a laundryman killed a painter with a sharp-edged weapon over liquor near the former’s house at New Diamond Nagar in the afternoon. Identified as Sandeep Jageshwas Choudhary (32), the deceased was a resident of New Diamond Nagar. Cops arrested Suresh Manchalwar (35), a resident of the same locality, in this connection. A painter by profession, Sandeep often used to create scenes under the influence of liquor. Around 4 pm, Sandeep was abusing Suresh after consuming liquor. Suresh, who runs a small laundry, too, was drunk. He lost his temper and killed Sandeep with a sharp-edged weapon. After Sandeep fell down, Suresh ran away. Sandeep was lying in a pool of blood. Residents informed the police. Cops arrived at the spot and sent the body to GMC&H for post-mortem. After registering an offence under Section 302 of the IPC against Suresh, cops have launched a search for him. Further investigations are being carried out by Nandanvan Police.

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Self-study was Science topper Arusha’s key to success

For a bubbly and lively Arusha Kelkar, self-study was the success Mantra. A student of Centre Point School, Katol Road, Arusha is the city topper in Science stream. She is the daughter of Neurosurg... Read More
For a bubbly and lively Arusha Kelkar, self-study was the success Mantra. A student of Centre Point School, Katol Road, Arusha is the city topper in Science stream. She is the daughter of Neurosurgeon Dr Shailesh Kelkar and Anesthetist Dr Aarti Kelkar. “My main study area was my school classroom. With a team of dedicated teachers, who groomed us in a perfect way, made all the difference”, says Arusha. Her unwavered concentration in school paid rich dividends for her. Defying her family tradition, she wants to be an engineer. Her secret of success is study hard and don’t panic during exam, maintain your cool and everything else would fall in line. In her leisure time, she likes to indulge in a little bit of TV and games. A happy family of three siblings with an elder sister and a younger brother, she like to spend quality time with parents. A set study routine and consistent three hours of study paved way for her success in exams. She gives the credit of her success to parents, teachers and specially her sister. Arusha is a bright example for others aspiring to prepare for Board exams that with consistent efforts and hard work, nothing is impossible to achieve.

Abhishri Kabra, Dhruv Daga are Commerce joint toppers

Abhishri Kabra and Dhruv Daga of Bhavan’s BP Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Nagpur have topped the CBSE XII examination in Commerce stream by scoring 97.4 per cent marks. While Abhishri aspires to be a chartered accountant, Dhruv wants to become a successful businessman. Talking to The Hitavada about her success, Abhishri said, “I worked very hard, studied for 6 to 8 hours daily and was constantly guided by parents and teachers. I also made sure that I learnt from every mistake.” Her parents Aparna an Sandeep Kabra are running their own business but Abhishri was to become Chartered Accountant. She wants to join best college in the country for further studies. “Good performance depends on your effort and preparations, but proper guidance is also equally important,” Abhishri further said, adding that her main focus was to correct her shortcomings and to reinforce what she already knew. My teachers worked hard and made sure that every possible error was taken into account.” Abhishri gives credit of her success to teachers, parents and friends. According to her, friends helped her to maintain the good performance in competition and also supported her to perform well. It may be mentioned here that Abhishri has represented her school at national-level badminton competition many times. She likes to read books and play board games during free time. Dhruv Daga told The Hitavada, ““Regular studies and undivided attention towards all subjects are the secret of my success,” Dhruv told “I worked really hard but emerging as topper but had never expected to be on top. This achievement has given me confidence to perform even better in future.” Dhruv’s father Adarsh Daga is a businessman and mother Vandana Daga is a home maker. He has a younger sister. Dhruv wants to join family business and become a successful entrepreneur. He gives credit of the success to teachers and family members for guiding through difficult times. “Teachers’ encouragement and efforts contributed to my success and have made this possible,” he said. “My parents, especially my mother, helped me cross every difficult step,” he mentioned. Dhruv scored 99 marks in Accounts, Business Studies and Mathematics and 95 in Economics and English.

Humanities stream topper Aishwarya proves her point

“Humanity is the best subject to explore knowledge regarding human behaviour which was the biggest reason behind choosing this stream,” said Aishwarya Kayande of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir, Shrikrishna Nagar who topped in Humanity stream with 96.2 per cent. According to Aishwarya, “Choosing this stream and scoring high was a big task for me to prove everyone that students can score high in Arts stream too.” Aishwarya scored 100 marks in Political Science, 95 in English, Psychology and Economics and 96 marks in Sociology. She has cleared IELCS and got chance to join University of Leeds in United Kingdom. “I will join University of Leeds in September but I am excited for today because it is a biggest achievement of my life and topping in board examination is like icing on the cake,” she added. Aishwarya’s father Atul Kayande is a Sales Executive and mother Asmita Kayande is a Medical Representative. “My parents and teachers helped me to prepare well for the examination and also guided me to clear every obstacle. Hence, I give the credit of my success to them,” says Aishwarya. She had scored 93 per cent in SSC examination but this achievement gives her more satisfaction. She likes to write poems and likes to sing too.

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CBSE XII results: Girl power holds the sway, yet again

GIrls held the sway yet again in the results of Class XII examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). But for the Commerce stream, girls topped in the other three stream... Read More
GIrls held the sway yet again in the results of Class XII examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). But for the Commerce stream, girls topped in the other three streams in Nagpur. Arusha Kelkar of Centre Point School, Katol Road topped Science Stream with 97.4% marks, followed closely by Sudipta Mukherjee of the same school with 96.8% marks and Sakshi Naukarkar of Bhavans Shrikrishna Nagar branch with 96.6% marks. In Commerce stream, Dhruv Daga and Abhishri Kabra of Bhavans Civil Lines are joint toppers with 97.4% marks followed closely by Bharat Gurnari and Yamini Temburnikar of Centre Point School, Katol road who scored 97% marks. Snigdha Rathi and Palak Daga got 96.8% marks. In Humanities, Aishwarya Kayande of Bhavan’s, Shrikrishna Nagar topped with 96.2% marks followed by Shaad Mirza who scored 95%, Anupriya Priyamohan Mishra got 94.2% marks. This time too, girls outscored boys with more number of merit holders. Arusha Kelkar, Atrishri Kabra, Yamini Temburnikar, Shaad Mirza, Priya Mohan are the topper girls from Nagpur. Girls gave a pass percentage of 87.56 as compared to that of boys being a distant 77.77. Among schools, Bhavan’s registered most number of merit holders followed by Centre Point School. Overall pass percentage this year is 82. Last year it was 82.70. The pass percentage of Chennai region, which includes Mumbai, dipped to 91.4% this year from 92.89% but it bagged the second position across the country. Alrice Dorine Alva from Don Bosco School, Navi Mumbai, made it to the national merit list with 471 marks out of total 500, scoring 94.2% marks. Girls once again fared better than boys in the region with pass percentage of 92.13%, while boys registered 90.32%. This was in keeping with last year’s trend, with girls scoring 93.13% and boys lagging behind with little over 90%. The results is avail able on www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in, www.cbse.nic.in. The Board, in its statement, added that post-result counselling would begin on Monday and continue till June 8, for which it has provided a toll-free number.

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94 banks have NPA of Rs 3,20,453 cr!

The banking sector is facing a big challenge of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) due to economic slowdown during last several years. It may come as a shocker for the citizens that NPA of 94 banks was ... Read More
The banking sector is facing a big challenge of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) due to economic slowdown during last several years. It may come as a shocker for the citizens that NPA of 94 banks was at a whopping Rs 3,20,453 crore up to December 2014. As per the data provided by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), NPA of 94 banks was Rs 3,20,453 crore up to December 2014. State Bank of India (SBI) topped the chart with a whopping Rs 59,114 crore worth of bad loan. Private banks also are facing the same problem of NPA. Tremendous rise in NPA has become a cause of concern for Union Finance Department. RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar obtained information regarding bad loan from RBI. As per the RTI query reply received by Kolarkar, Punjab National Bank had NPA of Rs 21,830 cr and Bank of Baroda had NPA of Rs 13,035 cr. NPA of major banks was as follows: Bank of India-- Rs 14,679 crore, Canara Bank-- Rs 10,369 crore, Central Bank of India-- Rs 11,793 crore, IDBI Bank Limited-- Rs 12,109 crore, Indian Overseas Bank-- Rs 12,681 crore, Union Bank of India-- Rs 12,234 crore, and ICICI Bank-- Rs 11,299 crore. NPA of other banks also was in thousands of crores of rupees viz. Allahabad Bank had NPA of Rs 7,991 crore, Andhra Bank had bad loans of Rs 7,118 crore, Bank of Maharashtra-- Rs 6,187 crore, Corporation Bank-- Rs 6,932 crore, UCO Bank-- Rs 9,096 crore, United Bank of India-- Rs 7,809 crore, and State Bank of Hyderabad-- Rs 5,393 crore. Sources claimed that Economic Survey report also expressed concern over the amount involved in bad loans.

The economic slowdown in last 10-14 years was main cause of increasing NPA. However, Indian banks are financially strong to face these challenges. During last one year, the new Government at the Centre has taken various measures to improve market position and paving way for coming out of the economic slump.

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Police could have nabbed two more jailbreak accused

Facts are now emerging as to how the city police have bungled on a tip off given by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and allowed two more of the fugitives to escape. Had the city police acted o... Read More
Facts are now emerging as to how the city police have bungled on a tip off given by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and allowed two more of the fugitives to escape. Had the city police acted on the tip off of the RPF given a fortnight ago, four of the jail inmates, who had escaped from Nagpur’s Central jail in a daring jailbreak case, would have been in their bag. Subsequent clues are available to suspect that the city cops are all willing to keep mum on the issue in order to save themselves from the blame. Not only that there is also reluctance on their part to acknowledge the vital help the RPF had provided in nabbing two of the escaped prisoners. There are reasons to believe that the city cops were in some sort of hurry to claim credit for the arrest of the two fugitives, which perhaps led them to declare the catch without keeping patience to wait for the other two to walk into the trap.

On May 14th City police with the help of RPF, Betul, nabbed two accused who had escaped from Nagpur jail. Mohammad Shoeb Khan and Prem alias Nepali were caught in this operation. They had escaped with their accomplices Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25), Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) by climbing the jail wall after cutting the iron rods of Barrack No 6 in the small hours of March 31 with inside help.

The information of the same was given by RPF some four days before it. The highly placed sources also revealed that in fact Betul RPF had given information about four jail break accused almost a fortnight before May 12. These four included the most dangerous one Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta. The frequency of the accused visiting Betul came to notice of RPF through one informer who could get hold of some code language. RPF then promptly passed on the information to Nagpur city police. The information did reach to senior police officers but surprisingly it was not taken seriously. The sources said that the police had bestowed the responsibility on a person of mere constable level. He went, enquired very casually which alerted the accused and ultimately they seemed to have changed their hide-out.

Nagpur Police lost the chance of bringing back four of the five accused. Instead of deputing some senior and responsible officer to ascertain the veracity of information, a constable was sent and the whole thing was botched-up. The poor constable then came under fire and faced wrath of seniors for wasting such a golden chance.

On May 14 also when accused were caught, the complete operation was conducted by RPF. In fact Commissioner of Police in a press conference had assured that he would disclose everything about how the operation was conducted, but so far no further details were revealed. Head constable Sanjay Soni and senior inspector Chandan Singh Bisht of RPF, Betul, Madhya Pradesh, played key role in nabbing the two jail break accused. PI Bisht said, “We got information that the accused were at Kanpur. We laid a plan and they were forced to get down at Itarsi. We had minute to minute information. We secretly arranged a vehicle to bring them to Betul. Shoaib and others were staying in Betul and were changing locations frequently. This time the location was cordoned off by us. Police team arrived and in a joint operation we nabbed the culprits.”

Bisht said, “We are not hurt as police did not mention our name because many times there are some legal or professional constraints while taking accused into custody. Several issues came to fore and Police may have done so to avoid legal complications.”

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Railways’ LARSGESS scheme runs into controversy

Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) joins long list of messed-up policies in the Indian Railways. Due to wrong interpretation of directives ... Read More
Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS) joins long list of messed-up policies in the Indian Railways. Due to wrong interpretation of directives by the field units the scheme implementation has run into rough weather. The Board smelled a scam after scrutiny of LARSGESS cases revealed ineligible employees were considered for voluntary retirement that paved way for employment of their ward in Railways.

A furious Board turned heat on Zonal Headquarters directing them to review all LARSGESS cases and take action against those found guilty. The directive has employees, those who were wrongly selected, in a spot, as Damocles sword hangs on their services of their wards. The officers who were part of panel that were formed across division to scrutinise could wrong is a new revelation. The Personnel Departments has now asked all branches whose employees were eligible for LARSGESS to go for fresh scrutiny and appended new directives as per Board’s directives, it is learnt.

At Nagpur Division of Central Railway, three cases came to notice wherein ineligible employees got cleared under LARSGESS. In one case the retired employee passed away but in other two cases court cases are on, and both have got stay from Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT). Post Board’s notice, employees who are in doubtful category are in a spot as nobody is their to take-up their cases as even Unions are shying away from matter.

The Personnel Branch at Nagpur Division of Central Railway issued a circular in January 2015 directing Assistant Divisional Engineers of S&T, TRD, TRS, Electrical (G), Chief Personnel Officer (Personnel) Carriageway, to review all cases accepted under LARSGESS and submit report. The cases pertain to period 1/7/2011 to 1/7/2013 and the circular also mentions that the review be done as per directives issued through revised criteria.

The circular also explicitly directed that employees who did not complete scheduled tenure of 20-years be called back to complete their required period to quality for the scheme. But the catch is the ward of railway employee who was inducted in place of their parents have completed nearly two-years of service and by rules, an employee who completes 180-days of service is deemed to be permanent. So experts said the directives of Personnel Branch is against the basic employment rules. Further in some cases, in other divisions, the railway personnel who retired voluntarily has started receiving pension after full and final settlement. So the directives throws-up number of new problems which needs to be sorted out before correcting the wrong, sources claimed. The Safety related retirement scheme (erstwhile) was initially introduced on the consideration that with advancing age, the physical fitness and reflexes of the staff concerned deteriorate, thereby causing a safety hazard. Initially, the scheme would cover two safety categories viz. Drivers (excluding shunters) & Gangman. Subsequently, the benefit of this scheme was extended to other safety categories of staff with a grade pay of Rs.1800 & Rs. 1900 with certain modifications on eligibility criterion and nomenclature. This modified scheme is called as Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff’((LARSGESS).

The division reaction is that all the cases are being presently scrutinised and only after this exercise anything concrete can be commented upon, said PRO P D Patil.

Although Railway Board claimed that division officials erred in reading the LARSGESS scheme but those familiar with its implementation said the interpretation was always open and now only Railway Board has taken objections. For example if an employee has worked for 15-years as box boy (a non safety category) and then is transferred to TRS (a safety category post) and on 20-years of service he is considered to be in safety category. Another case is about trackman who is also posted to work as keyman but latter is non-safety category so what is to be done? Here though originally recruited as gangman but worked as keyman so what should be the case?

As to Railway Board circular, now divisional officials are in bind since employees whose ward have been recruited are regulars and even their provident fund is being cut.

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Goat comes to ‘rescue’ of hungry Pench tigress in wild

Authorities of Pench Tiger Reserve made an experiment for the first time in Maharashtra in releasing a six-year-old tigress from bigger enclosure on May 17 in pench jungle. It now made another ... Read More
Authorities of Pench Tiger Reserve made an experiment for the first time in Maharashtra in releasing a six-year-old tigress from bigger enclosure on May 17 in pench jungle. It now made another experiment in a week’s time to provide food to the beast in jungle by tying a goat as it failed to make the first kill so far.

According to reliable sources, forestmen tied a goat in Gawalighat area and the untrained and hungry tigress killed it to satisfy its hunger after six days. At the time of release from the enclosure, the beast had consumed enough food but after getting full freedom it could not make the first kill. The first kill carries much importance to know the capabilities to hunt the prey in wild, they added.

This radio-collared TF2 tigress has now moved to Lamadoh. The tigress has been wandering in the radius of three to four km area near Rani Doh, after release from the enclosure. It is returning near to area of the enclosure on Sadisuda road, sources pointed out.

According to a wildlife expert a tigress moves in eight to ten km area per day in normal course for demarcation of territory. Teams of Special Tiger Protection Force and forestmen monitoring movements of the tigress while another team is doing foot patrolling, deeping a safe distance from the carnivore. Moreover, forestmen are also monitoring the movement with the help of an elephant, particularly in hilly terrain. The first protocol is how many attempts she made to kill prey and which animal. Forestmen have to record attempted ambush made during the week. Success of even a single of 8-10 attempts indicates that the tigress is able to hunt.

Pench officials maintain secrecy about this tigress since its release in wild hence newsmen have to depend on their sources to get information.

The expert feel that the officials have made hurry in providing food as was being done in the enclosure. They should have waited for at least 10 days and observed the performance of the tigress before offering it a goat. If the beast gets used to get ready-made food, it may deteriorate natural hunting instinct of the tigress. Besides, it runs the risk of the tigress developing a tendency of attacking goat, cow, and other such domestic animals only. In that case, it might develop a tendency to stray to human habitations in search of cow, goat or such easy prey. This may add one more element to prevailing man-animal conflict.

He wanted that the authorities should decide whether the experiment of releasing it is successful or not in a month’s period otherwise make a plan to retrieve the carnivore.

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NMC to bring uniformity in property tax levied on school, college buildings

Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is framing a policy to levy similar property tax on schools and college buildings by taking away discretionary powers of the zonal ... Read More
Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is framing a policy to levy similar property tax on schools and college buildings by taking away discretionary powers of the zonal officers.

Presently, there are no rules and Educational Institutions are forced to pay property tax as per whims and fancies of the Assistant Commissioner of that particular zone. Presently, the Educational Institutions are paying either residential or non-residential category tax. Surprisingly, Dharampeth Zone, and Nehru Nagar Zone office declined to share such information as according to them it is not under purview of RTI. Interestingly, other zonal officers have shared the information, but these two zones turned down the application without citing any cogent reason. Shashikant Hastak, Superintending Engineer and Incharge of Property Tax Department confirmed The Hitavada that the department was trying to make unity in the system by levying non-residential (NR) tax from all the education institutes. He said, the local body is taking every care to correct mistake and to bring every institution under one umbrella. He admitted mistakes by the Assistant Commissioners and property tax department for levying different property tax for these institutions. The charges of residential and non-residential are different. The NR institutes have to pay more taxes than residential building. Hastak said, the schools falls under non-residential buildings.

Activist Shankar Gulani obtained information regarding property tax levied on educational institutes under Right to Information (RTI) from NMC. According to the information, Satranjipura Zone office levied NR tax on two schools and assesed 9 schools as residential. In Gandhibag zone, all five schools are under residential category. In Lakadganj zone, only 7 out of 52 schools are NR and in Dhantoli zone, five out of 13 have been categorised under NR category.

Hanuman Nagar zone has maximum 81 schools and colleges. This zone could be called as Educational Hub zone. However, only 16 schools are non-residential as per NMC authorities. At Ashi Nagar zone, only one school is non-residential while remaining 32 are included in residential category. Shankar Gulani said, there is no justification or rationale in levying different category taxes for the same purpose institutions. The local body is working on whims and fancies of the officials while office-bearers and administration are in deep slumber.

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CBSE Class XII results today

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of class XII examinations on Monday at 12 noon. The results would be uploaded on a number of websites including on www.r... Read More
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will declare the results of class XII examinations on Monday at 12 noon. The results would be uploaded on a number of websites including on www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in, the board said.

Students would also be able to know their results through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) by dialling 24300699 (Delhi), 011-24300699 (other parts of the country). MTNL subscribers can call 28127030 (Delhi) and 011-28127030 (other parts).

Besides, students would also be able to check their marks obtained through SMS (text message) services of certain mobile phone operators. Officials said the results of class X would also be announced in a couple of days. The results are expected on May 27.

Last year, a total of 10,28,928 candidates had registered for class XII examination and the pass percentage across the country stood at 82.66 per cent.

The board, in its statement, added that post-result counselling would begin from tomorrow itself and continue till June 8, for which it has provided a toll-free number — 1800118004.

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India tops in most road crash fatalities globally

With around 400 deaths and 8,000 injuries in road accidents reported daily in India, the country makes it to the top of the list of most road crash fatalities globally. Add to it, the loss of pro... Read More
With around 400 deaths and 8,000 injuries in road accidents reported daily in India, the country makes it to the top of the list of most road crash fatalities globally. Add to it, the loss of productivity, fuel and environmental effects, the gravity of the current situation is unavoidable. Majority of all road accident cases in and around the city reach Orange City Hospital and Research Institute (OCHRI) due to availability of wide range of specialities and super specialities with related diagnostics under one roof. As a social project, OCHRI ascertained and refreshed road safety knowledge of all its personnel so that they can percolate the same to society. It recently organised this sensitisation workshop under aegis of Vidarbha Orthopaedic Society (VOS), pre-test and post-test were taken. Kalyani Nursing School, Housekeeping, Security and Pharmacy Agencies were also involved in the undertaking. Audio-visual clip prepared by VOS was shown to the participants and guidance was given by Dr Ashutosh Apte, President of VOS wherein need to adhere road discipline, wearing helmets and awareness of road safety measures were highlighted. Ganesh Iyer conducted the ceremony and Dr Noorul Ameen made the welcome speech while Roy Thomas proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Noorul Ameen, SMO Incharge, Roy Thomas General Manager (HR) and Prakash Shende, Secretary, Orange City Bahuudeshiya Sanstha were the conveners of this novel undertaking at OCHRI while Priya Sashi, Saramma Samuel, Bharti Badwaik, Parag Meshram, Pankaj Wadaskar, Madhukar Chanore, Santosh Mykalwar, K S Shaji and Avinash Ganar were members of the organising committee. Dr Anup Marar, Director (Administration) and President of OCBUS, OCHRI conveyed his gratitude and applauded Dr Ashutosh Apte to have taken road safety theme as part of social responsibility during his stint as President of VOS. It may be added that it is unique to see a major trauma centre and an Orthopaedic society joining hands to inculcate road safety discipline to citizens to reduce accidents in first instance.

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Black buck fawn kept at deer park crying for proper upkeep

A fifteen-day-old fawn of black buck that strayed from its mother in Zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, and has been kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills on Friday, is ... Read More
A fifteen-day-old fawn of black buck that strayed from its mother in Zudpi jungle near Shankarpur, Khapri, and has been kept in a room made of planks at deer park in Seminary Hills on Friday, is facing extreme hardships in absence of bare necessary facilities, essential for survival of the newly born. The mercury is soaring around 47 degrees Celsius in Nagpur city now a days. The fawn, with its fragile tender health, is virtually doomed and may die due to total apathy shown by the forest department. There is no provision of even a fan, leave apart cooler, provided to take care of the unfortunate antelope. The attitude of the department smacks of typical governmental style of highhanded way of functioning and total lack of awareness and sympathy towards wild animals, specially in handling such types of emergencies. Only yesterday, biodiversity experts delivered sermons on importance of biodiversity and need for protection/conservation of biodiversity at a programme held to mark International Day for Biological Diversity. This is the true test to their “so- called” genuine love for the dumb creatures and it is here where one gets to see them in their true colours. What is appalling is that the door of the wooden room is locked to prevent the fawn come out. The chowkidar sits outside as if he is performing his duties properly. A visit to the wooden room at Seminary Hills on Saturday revealed that an earthen pot is kept inside the room but that was empty. What sort of conservation policies do these people speak of is something only they can explain. When asked about the dry pot, the chowkidar replied that the fawn must have toppled the water pot. But no effort seems to have been made to replace it with one that will sustain the antelope’s push and retain water, or is it that permission has to be sought to procure one, from higher ups. However, Mamata Patole, Forest Guard, is offering cow milk in a bottle to the black buck fawn. In reality, a veterinary doctor should have examined the creature and advised the care-takers on the mode of handling the fawn, even when being fed with cow’s milk as it’s digestive system may not accept this in a first go. Further, there are no proper arrangements and competent supervision from experts for the animal, especially when the weather is very harsh these days of summer. The forest department has not called for a veterinary doctor to examine health of the new born, it is learnt. Tracing previous records of Seminary Hills, most of the deer brought at the deer park for treatment during transit period died due to negligence and in absence of medical help. Recently, two monkeys died in the deer park. It has now become an equation that whenever a deer is brought to Seminary Hills, its future becomes grim. Last year, the officials concerned had made arrangement for a small cooler in a quarter in the nearby nursery for injured leopard/tiger to enable it beat the heat but the facility is lacking now. Meanwhile, whenever tiger or leopard cubs get separated from their mothers, forestmen immediately start a combing operation at the spot of separation and jungle around it to trace. In case, the mother is found then forestmen can restore the cubs. In this case, such thought has not struck to the mind of the forest officers, which is evident from their ‘inactivity’. Such combing operation is taken up as early as possible because chances of tracing the calling mother are more. The fawn was brought yesterday at 4.30 pm but even after passing of 24 hours no such operation is taken up for the welfare of the innocent fawn. The fawn followed goats of Balu Chanelwar, a farmer from Shankarpur, when they returned home. Finding a new guest, Balu contacted forestmen. A team from Seminary Hills, led by RFO (Rescue) Daware, brought the fawn to the deer park yesterday. When contacted, Dipak Bhat, Deputy Conservator of Forest, said that the department would make arrangements on Monday, tomorrow being Sunday.

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School students adopting digital lifestyle: Survey

The Indian school students are rapidly adopting and adapting to a Digital lifestyle to succeed in a global economy where the Default is Digital. This was the clear trend established by the TCS ... Read More
The Indian school students are rapidly adopting and adapting to a Digital lifestyle to succeed in a global economy where the Default is Digital. This was the clear trend established by the TCS GenY Study 2014-15, conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation across 14 cities in India.

Today’s high school students lead gadget-rich lifestyles; are heavy internet users; and are active on social media channels to stay well-informed with current affairs and keep in touch with family and friends, revealed the study. There are not many variations in choices or usage patterns when it comes to gender of the student.

The need to be constantly aware, always connected and make informed choices is in the basic DNA of the post-millennial students. The TCS GenY survey findings provide us with essential information to prepare ourselves to provide them with exciting career opportunities.

The findings of TCS GenY Study 2014-15, India’s largest survey of over 12,365 high school students across 14 Indian cities, reveal that the ‘post-millennial’ population are very social by nature and over 75% spend an hour online every day.

However, today’s youngsters still consider face-to-face or ‘in-person’ communication as the most preferred way of communicating with friends (36%), though 46% of the respondents said they digitally stayed in touch using video chat. When it comes to Instant messaging, WhatsApp is by far the most popular instant messaging platform (58%) followed by SMS (20%). Desktops and laptops are the most popular mode of accessing the internet (55%), followed by smart phones (30%). About 72% own smartphones.

Survey highlights

72% own Smartphones; Most preferred gadget for 4 out of 10 surveyed

Over 50% access internet through Home PCs, Laptops

Positive outlook on Social Media though not for studies

7 of 10 say it makes them more aware of the current events and helps them keep in touch with friends and family

9 out of 10 have Facebook accounts; 52% are part of at least one community on FB

65% have Google+ accounts; 6 of 10 use WhatsApp

4 of 10 use Twitter - sports personalities (66%), celebrities (55%) and film stars (54%) are most followed by students surveyed

Social media is not considered useful for studies. Considered more useful for keeping in touch with friends and family and staying abreast with current affairs

Online Habits: Ready to Ping!

3 in 10 respond to notifications within 5 minutes; About 4 in 10 respond once a day

76% spend an average time of up to 60 minutes on social media every day

Writing posts (29%); chatting (25%); posting photos (14%) were Top 3 social activities

46% of the respondents used FaceTime/ Skype/ Google Hangout

Shopping and e-commerce

Two-thirdssurveyed shop online,primarily for gadgets

Top items bought: Electronics (66%), Books (61%); Movies (41%); Travel (39%); Clothes (36%)

Safety First! Parental Controls active

52% of the respondents said their online activities were monitored by parents

Of those whose parents monitored their online activities, more than half gave password access to online accounts

Learning and Careers

Online sources like Wikipedia used the most (63%), followed by PDFs (51%) and online videos (44%) for learning resources

TV and newspapers were most used to consume news (76%); online sources (53%); and links from friends/ family (36%)

IT and Engineering were the most sought after career options, especially among the boys (59% each; girls: 42% each)

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FDA collects samples of Maggi noodles from Nagpur too

Following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh ordering Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there, the FDA is Maharashtra also has decided to test t... Read More
Following the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Uttar Pradesh ordering Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there, the FDA is Maharashtra also has decided to test the product.

Accordingly, FDA has collected samples of Maggi noodles from Nagpur also and sent those for chemical analysis to Food Testing Laboratory.

As per the directives from Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Maharashtra FDA Commissioner, Food Safety Officers (FSOs) of Nagpur FDA (Food) inspected the premises of storage depots of Nestle India Limited on Amravati Road.

M C Pawar, Assistant Commissioner (Food), Nagpur Rural, told ‘The Hitavada’ that FSOs from Uttar Pradesh had ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi noodles from all shops there after they found excess levels of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) after analytical tests of its two dozen packets. Following this, FDA Commissioner of each State has directed FSOs concerned to collect samples and send those for analysis.

“In Nagpur, we have collected 8 to 9 samples of Maggi noodles from the stock point and sent them for analytical tests. “The picture will become clear only after analytical report,” said Pawar.

FSOs from UP had claimed that high levels of lead had been found in samples they had collected and tested.

The issue has led to a heated debate across the country on use and effects of Monosodium Glutamate.

N R Wakode, Assistant Commissioner (Food), Nagpur City, said that results of analysis were awaited. If FDA found level of lead or MSG in the samples in excess than the prescribed standards, then necessary action will be taken against the company under the provisions of FSSA Act, he added.

Interestingly, he added, “Monosodium Glutamate is being used in a number of products world-wide and this happens with some batches.”

What is MSG? Is it bad for you?

Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is a flavour-enhancer. It is commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, processed meats etc. United States FDA has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is ‘generally recognised as safe.’ But, according to Dr Katherine Zeratsky, Head of Research and Development, Laboratory Department, Mayo Health Clinic in USA, use of MSG remains controversial. For this reason, when MSG is added to food, US FDA requires that it be listed on the label. As Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) in India is based on the law in the US and Europe, most of the provisions of US FDA are applicable in India too. According to Dr Zeratsky, MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, FDA received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions known as MSG Symptom Complex included headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas, rapid fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations), chest pain, nausea, weakness.

However, researchers have found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and these symptoms. Researchers acknowledge, though, that a small percentage of people may have short-term reactions to MSG. Symptoms are usually mild and do not require treatment. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG, stated Dr Katherine Zeratsky in her report.

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Devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills near Kondhali, property worth Rs 3 cr destroyed

PROPERTY worth over Rs three crore was gutted in a devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd, about six kilometre from Kondhali, on Saturday.

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PROPERTY worth over Rs three crore was gutted in a devastating fire at Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd, about six kilometre from Kondhali, on Saturday.

A huge quantity of imported goods, raw material, chemical starch, rosin, local waste paper, and sheds were devastated in the inferno. After the fire, the factory wall developed cracks. However, no casualty was reported. Quick response by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading at the boiler of the plant, workers colony and adjoining forest.

Hardoli Paper Mills Ltd is a leading manufacturer of paper and craft paper. It is one of the major suppliers from the region. The company had started its second new unit in the same premises.

Around 11.45 am, fire broke out at the mill probably due to high temperature. Within minutes, it started spreading in the entire mill. Panic gripped the workers. They contacted company Director Anil Kumar Lakhotia and informed him about the incident. Lakhotia immediately informed the Fire bridge and Kondhali Police. Director of Solar Explosives S Nuwal and General Manager Satyanarayan Mundhada sent three fire tenders from their company. Atlanta Infra Assets Limited sent three tankers to the spot. As many as eight fire tenders from Nagpur, MIDC, Katol and Narkhed were also dispatched. Fire tenders from other places were called in to battle the fire. Before the firefighters could reach the spot, flames were rising dangerously. Thick smoke was seen from several kilometres on the National Highway.

PSO (Kondhali) Pradip Lambat, PSI Gajanan Telrandhe and staff also arrived at the spot. Deputy Sarpanch (Dudhala) Kishor Rewatkar and others also visited the spot. After combating with the inferno for about four hours, firefighters doused the flames completely. It is learnt that the company had imported huge quantity of raw card board and other material from UAE and USA. The material and other chemicals stored in as many as five godowns were completely devastated. Kondhali Police are investigating the incident.

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Crime branch sleuths raid timber merchants

SLEUTHS of Crime Branch on Wednesday swooped on timber merchants in city sending ripples in the trade circles. Acting on directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, Crime Branch teams raided o... Read More
SLEUTHS of Crime Branch on Wednesday swooped on timber merchants in city sending ripples in the trade circles. Acting on directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, Crime Branch teams raided office of Timber Merchants’ Association and seven of its members to investigate charges of alleged misuse of position by office-bearers of Association.

Since early morning Crime Branch teams fanned out at eight places, undertaking searches and seizing huge piles of documents relating to property and other transactions of the seven members and the Association. The raid was expected as Crime Branch was granted three months time by HC to submit its findings after it rejected Association’s plea to quash the two First Information Report (FIRs) registered here.

The cops led by IO Pradip Lande under the supervision of DCP (Crime) Dipali Masirkar searched residence and firms of Association President Prabhudas Patel, Ankur Apartment, Satnami Nagar, Jayantilala Patel, Bakshishar Apartment, Satnami Nagar, Ladabhai Patel, Timber Market, Ghat Road, Govindbhai Patel, Jagjivanram Nagar, Shankarlal Patel, Shivkumar, Sonba Nagar, Lakham C Patel, Jalaram Nagar and Dinesh Patel, Sonba Nagar. A team also undertook searches at office of Timber Merchants’ Association at Lakadganj and took into possession some documents, it is learnt. Economic Offences Wing of Crime Branch has already registered offence under sections 420, 406, 465, 467, 468, 471, 474, 477(A), 423, 120-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, for misappropriation of trust money, its diversion for private purpose by the trustees and forgery and cheating with trust members and action contrary to aims and objectives of trust.

Earlier, a special probe was conducted by Charity Commissioner’s office and its report was filed before the High Court confirmed allegations of gross irregularity in purchase of property at Kapsi by Nagpur Timber Merchants’ Association, misuse of position by then office-bearers, diverting association funds for their personal gain and purchasing the property from firm owned by office-bearers themselves.

The agreement to purchase land has been found to be bogus and merely a cover up exercise, the report concluded. All transactions were dubbed as malafide, illegal, questionable and even dates were tweaked, the inspection report stated and also that the cheques pre-dated registration of property. Crime Branch had also obtained opinion of handwriting expert and found even the signature to be forged.

Mohan Walji Patel had blown the lid on the scam, alleging massive bungling by office-bearers of Association. Following the complaint, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) had ordered investigation and after finding prima facie evidence, FIRs were registered. EOW found that association office-bearers had transferred an amount of Rs 42.30 lakh from trust account in favour of their own business-Krushnakripa Developers and the money was used to purchase 2.5 acres of tribal land situated at Khasra no 70/2 and 70/3, Patwari Halka no 20, Mouza Kapsi Bujurg, Kamptee tehsil.

The cops are likely to decide their next course of action after scrutinising the voluminous documents they have seized in today's raid.

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It’s 470 Celsius, heat wave at its peak in Vid

After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second h... Read More
After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second highest maximum temperature in the month of May in the decade. Heat wave was at its peak in the region. Chandrapur was the hottest city in Vidarbha with 47.4 degree Celsius.

The effect of heat wave paralysed the normal life in the region especially the Orange City as most of the roads wore a deserted look while some witnessed thin traffic. Unless compelled by circumstances, people preferred to remain indoors. Those moving on roads were seen in protective gears and scarves to brave the scorch.

People also avoided to visit public places like bus stand, railway station etc. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Wardha recorded the second hottest place in Vidarbha with 47.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.2 degree Celsius which is also very high. Similarly, the minimum temperature of Chandrapur was 28 degree Celsius and Wardha was recorded 29.5 degree Celsius respectively.

The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Akola-- 46.2 degree Celsius, Amravati-- 45.4 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 41.5 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.5 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44.1 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.2 degrees Celsius. Most of the places like Akola, Amravati, Bramhapuri and Washim recorded the minimum temperature over 30 degree Celsius which explained the situation of heat waves over Vidarbha.

Weather Department predicted the heat waves will continue over Vidarbha and there is no relief for people from heat atleast one week. dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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It’s 470 Celsius, heat wave at its peak in Vid

After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second h... Read More
After many spells of hailstorm and rainfall, the scorching summer is getting intensified in Vidarbha. With mercury touching the 47 degree celsius mark on Wednesday, the city recorded new second highest maximum temperature in the month of May in the decade. Heat wave was at its peak in the region. Chandrapur was the hottest city in Vidarbha with 47.4 degree Celsius.

The effect of heat wave paralysed the normal life in the region especially the Orange City as most of the roads wore a deserted look while some witnessed thin traffic. Unless compelled by circumstances, people preferred to remain indoors. Those moving on roads were seen in protective gears and scarves to brave the scorch.

People also avoided to visit public places like bus stand, railway station etc. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the Wardha recorded the second hottest place in Vidarbha with 47.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature of Nagpur was 31.2 degree Celsius which is also very high. Similarly, the minimum temperature of Chandrapur was 28 degree Celsius and Wardha was recorded 29.5 degree Celsius respectively.

The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Akola-- 46.2 degree Celsius, Amravati-- 45.4 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 41.5 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.5 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44.1 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.2 degrees Celsius. Most of the places like Akola, Amravati, Bramhapuri and Washim recorded the minimum temperature over 30 degree Celsius which explained the situation of heat waves over Vidarbha.

Weather Department predicted the heat waves will continue over Vidarbha and there is no relief for people from heat atleast one week. dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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Kurve takes over as new Collector; moves Metro Rail files on Day One

Sachin Kurve, a Nagpurian and an IAS officer of 2003 batch, took over as District Collector of Nagpur district on Wednesday morning. Soon after taking over from Abhishek Krishna, who has been tra... Read More
Sachin Kurve, a Nagpurian and an IAS officer of 2003 batch, took over as District Collector of Nagpur district on Wednesday morning. Soon after taking over from Abhishek Krishna, who has been transferred to Raigad, Kurve made a statement that his priority would be to ensure ‘accessible, approachable, and transparent’ administration.

“I am aware that Nagpur has come a long way and is on global map now. It is home-town of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and also of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Further, it is attracting various foreign delegations as Nagpur is emerging as a hot investment destination. Indeed, it is a big responsibility to take over as District Collector here,” Kurve told reporters. Asked about his priorities, the new Collector said that his actions would speak louder than words. There would be ‘lot of changes’ in administration in one month, he added. Of course, he said, he would continue with the good initiatives of his predecessors. On Day One of his taking over the charge as District Collector, Kurve swung into action mode. Apart from formal taking over from the outgoing Collector Abhishek Krishna and farewell to the latter, he held a meeting to take stock of the progress of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan implementation in the district, and also talked to officers about land acquisition issues concerning important projects, issues relating to issuance of various certificates through Setu Kendra.

After a meeting with officials concerned, Kurve moved the three proposals for acquisition of Government lands in Sitabuldi for Metro Railway project. These included a proposal for acquisition of 2,252.63 sq mtrs land in possession of Patwardhan High School; 1,782.70 sq mtrs land in possession of Police Department and Patwardhan High School; and 2,535.77 sq mtrs land in possession of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.

Further, Kurve said that he would strengthen Setu Kendra. “A lot many people visit the Setu Kendra and Collector office time and again to know if certificates they had applied for have been issued. We are planning to put in place a mechanism under which E-mail Id and cellphone number of each applicant will be taken so that once the certificate he/she has sought is ready, we can intimate him/her. Also, with this facility, we will be able to communicate to applicant if any compliance is required,” he explained.

Kurve is an IAS officer of Uttarakhand cadre. He had worked as Collector at Rudraprayag, Tehri-Garhwal, Dehradun, and Haridwar districts there. During his tenure as Dehradun Collector, he was honoured by the Governor of Uttarakhand for stupendous work during elections. At Haridwar, he oversaw preparations for Kumbh Mela. Also, as Managing Director of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, he oversaw arrangements for Kailas Mansarovar Yatra. During 2013 disaster in Uttarakhand, he was actively involved in evacuation of 6,000 pilgrims stranded at Gangotri. At Tehri-Garhwal, he had the responsibility to look after rehabilitation of persons affected by Tehri dam project.

Promises people-friendly administration

Promising people-friendly administration, the new Collector said that people would be able to meet him between 10 am to 2 pm every working day, ‘without any prior appointment’. Also, the SMS service under public distribution system would be updated so as to put a check on diversion of foodgrains in open market.

In a day or two, Kurve said, he would be visiting Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) area to take stock of the progress made so far. Informing about the outcome of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan review meeting he chaired on Wednesday evening, Kurve said that he had directed the officials concerned to expedite the e-tendering process by the end of this month so that maximum works could be completed by the end of June. Already, out of 168 works under the scheme, 152 have been contracted out, he added.

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Govt agencies’ nod needed to acquire their lands for Metro Rail project

With the Governments at the Centre and the State both trying to expedite Nagpur Metro Railway, the project has got a big push. The project entails acquisition of Government lands in prime areas o... Read More
With the Governments at the Centre and the State both trying to expedite Nagpur Metro Railway, the project has got a big push. The project entails acquisition of Government lands in prime areas of the city. However, the Government agencies concerned are yet to give nod to acquisition of these lands in their possession. Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the nodal agency for Nagpur Metro Railway project, has forwarded to the district administration the proposals for acquisition of lands under possession of various Government agencies in January and February this year. However, barring Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), none of the other Government agencies concerned have expressed willingness to part with land under their possession now. At least 10 pieces of land are required to be acquired for the ambitious project. Of these, four pieces are in Mouza Sitabuldi, three in Mouza Dhantoli, one each in Mouza Ajni, Mouza Lendhra, and Mouza Nildoh (Hingna tehsil). The pieces of land in Mouza Sitabuldi include 9,400 sq mtrs under possession of MTDC and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL); 2,252.63 sq mtrs in possession of Patwardhan High School; 1,782.70 sq mtrs with Police Department and Patwardhan High School; and 2,535.77 sq mtrs in possession of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences.

The lands in possession of other agencies include: Mouza Dhantoli-- Government of Maharashtra (19,887.90 sq mtrs); New English High School Association (2,645.32 sq mtrs); Government of Maharashtra (2,006.96 sq mtrs); Mouza Ajni-- Central Jail Press (1,203.49 sq mtrs); Mouza Lendhra-- Central Jail Press (8,150.60 sq mtrs). However, none of the agencies concerned have given nod to acquisition of their lands for the project. “MTDC has sought alternative land, and others have simply not responded in any which the manner,” said an official familiar with the situation.

Six of these proposals were already sent to the Government for expediting land acquisition. And, proposals for acquisition of three lands in Sitabuldi area were forwarded on Wednesday by Sachin Kurve, the new District Collector.

For the project, 26.07 hectares of land in Survey No 18 of Mouza Nildoh in Hingna tehsil also is required. However, the land is in possession of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) for its Firing Range. The district administration is learnt to have offered alternative land to SRPF at Bid Borgaon. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the Government already.

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Maharashtra Cabinet gives nod for IIIT at Nagpur, Pune

After receiving approval letter from Ministry of Human Resource Development, now Maharashtra Cabinet has also given green signal to set-up Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Nag... Read More
After receiving approval letter from Ministry of Human Resource Development, now Maharashtra Cabinet has also given green signal to set-up Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Nagpur and Pune. After Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) now another national level institute will be set-up at Nagpur. The admissions to these IIIT will be made from the academic year 2016-17.

Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposed 100 acre site for IIIT at Waranga village, which is behind Bar Sheshrao Wankhede Sahkari Sutgirni near Butibori. Site admeasures a total of 39.96 hectare which consists of two adjoining pieces of land include 36.29 hectare out of 76.29 hectare in Survey no. 140 and 3.67 hectare out of 7.67 hectare in the survey no. 141 as recommended by the Site Selection Committee after its visit to Nagpur on July 25, 2014.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced this happy news after the weekly cabinet meeting. This prestigious institute will give another boost the dream of making Nagpur into a global educational hub. Apart from keen interest shown by present Central and State Government, the district administration did a admirable job of identifying and securing such a large tract of land for IIIT.

The purpose of setting up IIITs is to create quality manpower in information and technology sector. Earlier there were two options to set up the IIIT in Maharashtra, either in Pune or at Nagpur. In 2008, the HRD ministry decided to set up IIITs during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) to address the challenges faced by the Indian IT-industry and growth of the domestic market in the sector. It was decided to set up 20 IIITs on private-public partnership (PPP) in the country where the Centre and state along with the industry would be stakeholders. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had batted for Nagpur only but it was noticed that out of 20 IIITs in the country, two can be set up in Maharashtra so Pune was also selected for IIIT. There is a large scale concentration of IT companies in Pune and this institute will be set-up near Chakan where an international airport is also proposed.

The institution will be set up on PPP model. The 50 per cent fund will be given by Central Government, Maharashtra will give 35 per cent while two companies will share the remaining 15 per cent amount. They include Mumbai’s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Nagpur’s ADCC who will contribute 7.5 per cent each. First Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed soon. The committee that had visited site consisted of Dr Anup Mishra, Director of IIIT unit of MHRD, Dr Deshmukh, Director of IIIT, Gwalior, GR Thakare, Joint Director of Technical Education and Ahuja, Executive Engineer of CPWD.

Nagpur on global educational map

Other national level institutions in city: - National Fire Service College - National Civil Defence College - National Power Training Institute - Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology - National Savings Institute - National Academy for Direct Taxes - National Institute of Intellectual Property Management - National Academy of Defence Production - Indian Institute of Management (upcoming) - All India Institute of Medical Sciences (upcoming)

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Wildlife research facility to come up at Gorewada

WILDLIFE health research activities will be carried out in the wildlife veterinary hospital in the premises of the rescue centre in Gorewada zoo project of international standard from June.

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WILDLIFE health research activities will be carried out in the wildlife veterinary hospital in the premises of the rescue centre in Gorewada zoo project of international standard from June.

The finishing work of the rescue centre is going on in full swing at Gorewada as the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) has tentatively decided to inaugurate the centre at the hands of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, on June 15, it is reported.

The construction work of the centre such as administrative building, hospital, internal roads, quarters, water tanks, enclosures, etc. is being carried out by Public Works Department through a contractor, which is now at finishing stage. PWD has to hand-over the rescue centre to FDCM till May 31 in view of the inauguration programme. However, a grace period of a week or so could be granted to PWD to finish all the activities. Meanwhile, FDCM officers can make necessary arrangements for the inaugural function.

When contacted, A K Nigam, Managing Director, FDCM, Nagpur, said on Wednesday that FDCM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) last year agreeing that the university would provide technical inputs/expertise while corporation would look after equipment and materials required for the treatment and research activities. Young veterinary doctors will get training and first-hand experience in treating wild animals as well undertake wildlife health research activities.

At present, the number of wildlife veterinary doctors is very less because they do not get opportunity to handle wild animals for treatment. Wildlife veterinarians are less in the country if compared to the number of such doctors in foreign countries. Forest officials prefer doctors with wildlife treatment experience before engaging for treating the animals, he added.

This hospital will play an important role in preparing a team of young doctors and that would also help in developing protocol for animals in zoo conditions and in the wild as there is difference of tolerance in between the two categories, said Nigam. Meanwhile, a meeting of the regional level empowerment committee was held last month under the presidentship of Nigam here in which it sanctioned purchase of equipment and other materials required for treatment/research activities. In the preliminary meeting, veterinarians told a budget of Rs 8.47 crore for equipment and Rs 13.50 lakh per year for purchasing lab materials like test tubes to which FDCM agreed.

Reliable sources informed that the State Government allotted Rs 5.65 crore in March for Gorewada zoo project. FDCM is to spend Rs 1.74 crore of the amount for purchasing equipment. Arrangements like furniture have started for the set up while it is expected that the equipment would land at the centre till June end. The activities would begin in full swing soon after the inauguration, sources pointed out.

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RTI activist files PIL against NMC officials for misutilising funds, seeks high level action

On compliance with the High Court’s direction of August 27, 2014, by the RTI activist Mukesh Jaideoprasad Sahu of Sonba Nagar, Nagpur to deposit Rs One lakh for indicating his bonafides, the ... Read More
On compliance with the High Court’s direction of August 27, 2014, by the RTI activist Mukesh Jaideoprasad Sahu of Sonba Nagar, Nagpur to deposit Rs One lakh for indicating his bonafides, the division bench headed by Justice Vasanti Naik has issued notice to the respondents to show cause after summer vacations ending on June 8 next, in reply to the allegations of mis-utilisation of funds by the NMC officials and his prayer for high level action against them.

The respondents are Union Rural Development Secretary, State Secretaries for General Administration and the Regional Town Planning Departments, Municipal Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption, Nagpur.

Considering the nature of the petition being related to public interest, besides the petitioner’s counsel being Shrikant Khandalkar, the Court has also appointed Adv Prakash Meghe as amicus curiae to assist it.

It has been stated in the public interest litigation (PIL) that the audit reports in respect of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) show major irregularities committed by the civic officials and that the corporation has suffered huge losses. In the year 2013, in response to the query by the activists, it has become matter of public knowledge that till 2012, the corporation has not answered the audit objections raised by authorised officials.

On May 6, 2013, the petitioner has lodged complaint and sought action. It has been brought to the notice of the Court that there is unattended benefit to the contractor due to excess loading of Value Added Tax (VAT) of Rs 83.38 lakh. There has been excess payment of Rs 111.25 lakh to the contractors due to incorrect calculation of price variation claim. There has been undue benefit of Rs 37 lakh to contractor due to delay in preparation of price variation bills. There has been an avoidable expenditure of Rs 55.76 lakh on extra items.

Though the corporation submitted explanations to these objections, its answers were not accepted by the Accountant General. Non-use of office building resulted in blocking of funds to the extent of Rs 27.67 crore.

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28-yr-old girl raped on pretext of marriage

A 28-year-old girl, on Tuesday, approached Bag Sewania police station and lodged a complaint against her tenant, who outraged her modesty several times on pretext of marriage.

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A 28-year-old girl, on Tuesday, approached Bag Sewania police station and lodged a complaint against her tenant, who outraged her modesty several times on pretext of marriage.

Following the complaint of the victim, the police have registered a case of rape against the accused youth and launched a manhunt to nab him. Town Inspector Bag Sewania Salil Sharma said that the victim girl resided at Saket Nagar and was pursuing MSc from a private college. In her complaint, she told police that around 2 years ago, the accused Chandraprakash alias Ravi, who hails from Bihar and was also her distant relative, started to live in their house as tenant. TI Sharma further said that the accused was pursuing MTech from TIT College. The girl further said that as few of their subjects were common, they came in touch with each other and soon, they fell in love. Three months ago, when her father was not present at the house, the accused overpowered her and then, outraged her modesty.

Later, the accused promised to marry her and on the pretext of marriage, raped her several times. However, when the course of accused was completed, he left the room and fled to his native town in Bihar. Realizing the fact that the accused cheated her, she lodged a complaint of rape at Bag Sewania police station against the accused. Subsequently, the police have lodged an FIR under section 376 of the IPC against accused youth and sent a police team to Bihar to nab the culprit.

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Draft of MP VAT (Amendment) Ordinance ayed

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided that amount of Rs 6,500 per horsepower will be charged from small and marginal farmers for providing p... Read More
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday decided that amount of Rs 6,500 per horsepower will be charged from small and marginal farmers for providing permanent power pump connections to them during year 2015-16. During financial year 2016-17, a sum of Rs 7,000 per horsepower will be deposited.

Other farmers will have to pay Rs 10,400 per horsepower during year 2015-16 and Rs 11,200 per horsepower during year 2016-17. Only Rs 32,500 will be charged from small and marginal farmers for infrastructure works of agriculture pumps of 5 horsepower and remaining Rs 17,500 will be given as subsidy by the State Government. Rs 52,000 will be charged from other farmers and the State Government will bear remaining Rs 98,000.

It is noteworthy that the State Government has given subsidy worth Rs 227 crore during year 2014-15 on permanent power pump connections.

Like year 2014-15, amount of Rs 1,200 per hour at flat rate will be charged in 2 equal installments as electricity bills this year also. Against it, the State Government had provided subsidy worth Rs 4,480 crore to power distribution companies during 2014-15. Under this head, provision of Rs 4,962 crore has been made for current financial year 2015-16.

Madhya Pradesh VAT (Amendment) Ordinance-2015

The Cabinet approved Madhya Pradesh VAT (Amendment) Ordinance-2015. Under it, announcements made by the Finance Minister while tabling budget for 2015-16 will be implemented. The ordinance proposes to increase tax from 4 to 5 percent on transfer of goods used in manufacture of goods/raw materials outside the State. Provision is proposed in the ordinance on value addition in reference to subsequent sales of telephones, cellular handsets and fablets, tobacco-free pan masala and gutkha within the State. The State Government announced various concessions under Industrial Promotion Policy for discharge of liabilities of sick units including tax and interest/fine. These include discharge of liabilities of interest/fine on payment of tax. There is no provision in the Act to implement this scheme. It is proposed to be included in the ordinance.

As per current provision, payment of 5 percent amount with increase in every 6 months on decision in the first appeal for extending period of stay given by Appeal Board is desired. Suitable amendment has to be made in pursuance of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh’s announcement for abolishing expectation of payment of additional amount.

Presently, there is a provision of fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 on presenting returns after delay of 30 days. As per Chief Minister’s announcement, a proposal has been made in the ordinance to decrease fine of Rs 1,000 per day upto maximum of Rs 50,000 by half. The Cabinet endorsed the proposal to obtain loan from HUDCO for construction of 16 colleges and 11 girls hostels of Higher Education Department. Construction cost of every college building is Rs 3,38,00,000 and girls hostel Rs 1,47,00,000. Total cost of the project is Rs 71,15,00,000. Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board has been appointed nodal agency for construction works. The Board will obtain Rs 67,50,00,000 loan from HUDCO. Its guarantee will be given by the State Government. The Cabinet gave consent to construction of Patan-Rehli-Tendukhera road (State Highway-15) through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation under BOT. Its estimated cost is Rs 219 crore 62 lakh and length 86.60 kms. The Cabinet decided to merge services of 170 Government servants posted in various departments. Merger of 63 posts has been done in Fisheries Department, Commerce and Industries 13, Revenue 29, Farmers Welfare & Agriculture 14, Public Health & Family Welfare 34, Tribal Welfare one and 16 posts have been merged in Technical Education and Skill Development Department.

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Sun spits fire, many places in State in grip of heat wave

Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on T... Read More
Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on Tuesday. It sizzled at the maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal level. Naugaon recorded highest maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees Celsius. Temperature was at or above 45 degrees Celsius in many cities of State.

When people woke up in morning on Tuesday in Bhopal, heat was already there to give harrowing time to them. By 9 am, it was difficult to remain outside house for long time. Blistering heat made people to remain indoors as much as possible. By noon, heat reached its zenith in State capital and it looked like the burning sun was spraying fire on earth.

Roads and markets became deserted during noon hours. Only those people were seen on roads, who have to go some other place in connection with their work. Bike riders covered their face with handkerchief or scarf to escape from the brutal attack of hot winds. While driving two-wheeler, one could feel the burning sensation on skin.

Other places also witnessed unbearable heat. Jabalpur recorded maximum temperature at 45.2 degrees Celsius, Gwalior at 45.4 degrees Celsius, Indore at 43.2 degrees Celsius, Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, Guna at 45. 7 degree Celsius, Shajapur at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Sagar at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Damoh at 46.8 degrees Celsius, Ujjain at 45 degrees Celsius, Hoshangabad at 46.3 degrees Celsius and Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, etc. In other words, there was heat wave at several places of State on Tuesday, which left a negative mark on the normal life.

Weather Department said that weather was dry across the State and districts of Ujjain were in grip of severe heat wave. Sagar, Hoshangabad, Indore, Gwalior and Chambal division were in grip of heat wave conditions. In the forecast, Weather Department warned of severe heat wave conditions in isolated parts of Hoshangabad, Indore and Ujjain divisions. There is also possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of districts of Gwalior, Chambal, Sagar and Bhopal divisions.

As far as Bhopal is concerned, then sky is expected to remain clear and maximum temperature is going to stay at 45 degrees Celsius.

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Court rejects bail application of Joint IG Jain

The bail application of Joint IG Stamp, Indrajeet Kumar Jain was rejected by the court on Tuesday. Jain is facing the charge of taking money and helping a candidate in clearing the Transport Cons... Read More
The bail application of Joint IG Stamp, Indrajeet Kumar Jain was rejected by the court on Tuesday. Jain is facing the charge of taking money and helping a candidate in clearing the Transport Constable recruitment exam 2012.

Indrajeet Kumar Jain had allegedly accepted bribe of Rs 3.5 lakh to help one Manoj Kaul in clearing the Transport Constable exam. He had kept some money with himself and given remaining sum to some VYAPAM officers. It is learnt that court rejected the bail application of Jain by saying that if bail was given, then social interest would get affected. Notably, STF had arrested Indrajeet Kumar Jain on May 8 from his office. Jain earlier denied the charges, but when evidences were furnished before him, he gave in. He was held after the confession of Manoj Kaul, who reportedly revealed the name of Jain. He had accused Jain of receiving money to help him in clearing the exam. Interestingly, before his arrest, it was only few days ago that Jain had received promotion.

He is also brother of Rishabh Kumar Jain, who was Deputy Commissioner Commercial Tax and had died in custody of Lokayukta police several years back.

The arrest of Jain in VYAPAM scam is another high profile arrest in VYAPAM case. Several people have been arrested in VYAPAM case, which had also taken political colour, as Congress is describing it as biggest scam in BJP rule. Already, former Minister Laxmikant Sharma is behind bars in connection with the scam apart from some top officers of VYAPAM, including Nitin Mohindra.

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Fire at ABVP office; goods worth around Rs 25 lakh gutted

A major fire broke out at Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) office located at Depot Square on Tuesday morning. The officials present in the premises doused the fire and on information, ... Read More
A major fire broke out at Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) office located at Depot Square on Tuesday morning. The officials present in the premises doused the fire and on information, two fire tenders from BMC also reached the spot. Prima facie it seems that the fire was caused due to short circuit in the electrical supply line.

According to sources, the fire erupted at the Nanaji Deshmukh Seminar Hall situated on the ground floor of the building. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

Meanwhile, the exact amount of damage caused due to fire could not be assessed till the filing of report, but sources claimed that loss of furniture, half-a-dozen ACs, around 10 fans, LED projectors and fixtures worth around Rs 25 lakh was caused due to the fire.

The officials said that the fire erupted in between 5-6 am on Tuesday morning. The hall was locked so the people remained unaware of the fire. When they saw smoke coming out of the cracks of door, they opened the doors and found that the flames had engulfed almost all the furniture and fixtures. )

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MP to institute Aruna Shanbaug Memorial Award

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State Government will institute Rs one lakh annual award in memory of Aruna Shanbaug for outstanding work towards preventing violence a... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State Government will institute Rs one lakh annual award in memory of Aruna Shanbaug for outstanding work towards preventing violence against women. Women will be given 33 percent reservation in police force. For other Government jobs too, similar provision will be considered. Every year, special health check-up camps will be organised in every district for women. Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be started in new form. A chapter on Beti Bachao Abhiyan will be included in the school curriculum. The Chief Minister also released State’s policy for women-2015.

Chief Minister was addressing the second Mahila Panchayat at his residence here on Tuesday. In the series of ‘Panchayats’ being organised to directly interact with different classes, the Mahila Panchayat was organised. Women from different districts attended the function.

The Chief Minister announced that all 51 district headquarters will have a crèche. Incentives will be given to women’s SHGs for outstanding functioning. Women’s self-help groups would be given priority in the work of preparing meals in Government bodies. Women’s self-help groups under the project Udita will be imparted training in making sanitary napkins. Hostels for working women will be constructed at Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur. If women in emergency cases have to stay in a city, they would call the police on women’s helpline. It would be responsibility of the police to provide them safe stay. Chouhan also announced that the districts doing well in prevention of malnutrition with public participation will be rewarded. Shaurya Dals will be set up in all 51 districts. Every year, individuals and institutions preventing child marriage will be given cash award of Rs 51,000. The villages reporting more girl child births will be rewarded. Chouhan said that the Usha Kiran Centres helping women in distress affected by violence will be set up at Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Rewa and Sagar.

He said that those committing crimes against women will be severely punished. Suitable measures will be taken to amend the relevant laws for which the Central Government will be approached. Women’s desk will be set up in all police stations. Currently, 141 police stations have the desk. The Chief Minister said that the State Government is committed to ending discrimination against daughters. The Government has chalked out different schemes to help women in all spheres of life. He said that suggestions received at the Panchayat will be considered and those suitable will be implemented. Minister for Women and Child Development, Maya Singh said that all 14 announcements made in the first Woman Panchayat in 2006 have been fulfilled. She said that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, many radical decisions have been taken for socio-economic, political and educational empowerment of women.

Principal Secretary Women and Child Development J N Kansotia spoke about the departmental schemes aimed at empowering women. Commissioner Women Empowerment Kalpana Shrivastava talked about objectives while highlighting the role of Mahila Panchayat . However, encouraged by the Chief Minister to give inputs for policy-making, women responded enthusiastically, giving their suggestions. Savita Chouhan said that special courts should be set up for speedy delivery of justice to women. Crimes against women must be checked by strict laws. Aparna Verma of Jabalpur talked about guidance for female entrepreneurs, saying that they should be given financial assistance for starting their own business. Rekha Dahima (Mandsaur) said that reservation must be given to Banchhda community. SuKrishna Kant Tomar said that Nari Niketan Centres should be set up in every division. Archana Rathore (Jhabua) said that the problem of migration in Jhabua is related to dowry demands. It must end. Sangita Desai (Agar) said that destitute women should get financial support for the starting their own business.

Sarita Deshpande (Bhopal) said that fully equipped shelter homes should be built in every district. Santosh Pawar (Satna) suggested establishment of women’s banks. Gayatri Nagpure (Balaghat) suggested increasing the honorarium of Anganwadi workers. Uma Bhargava (Bhopal) said that the administration should also be sensitive to women’s issues. Saba Rahman (Gwalior) suggested that women doing well in preventing infanticide should be honoured.

Preethi Patidar (Ujjain) said that women entrepreneurs should be given space in every market to help them ensure economic growth. Anju Datre (Gwalior) said that specific space should be earmarked for alcohol shops. Kiran Gehlot (Agar) advocated stringent legal provisions in case of domestic violence against unmarried and disabled women.

The Chief Minister launched a product of packed kodo-kutki made by Women’s self-help group Dindori. He released a booklet ‘Hauslon Ki Udan’.

On this occasion, Minister for PHE, Kusum Mahdele, former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi, former minister Ranjana Baghel, Chief Secretary Anthony De Sa, DGP Surendra Sinh, Sadhana Singh Chouhan, a large number of women working in different sectors of society were present.

Coaching facility for girls appearing for competitive examinations

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that girls coming from villages and small towns to districts and divisional headquarters for higher education will be financially supported by the State Government. They will be given Rs 2,000 at divisional headquarters and Rs 1,250 at district headquarters for accommodation. Expenses on coaching for All-India competitive examinations and entrance tests will also be borne by the State Government. The cost of higher education of daughters coming in merit list of higher secondary examinations will also be borne by the Government. If young women entrepreneurs plan to set up industries, they will be given guarantee on loans by the State Government and upto five-year will pay six percent interest subsidy. Every year, 50,000 daughters will be imparted job-oriented training.

Two-year maternity leave

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also announced that female staff in Government service could take maternity leave and child caring or nursing leave for two years once in their service period. Government officials and employees will be given training on gender sensitivity. In case of complaints against male staff regarding harassment of women, it would be mentioned in their annual confidential reports. Adequate representation of women in employees’ advisory committees in Government departments will be ensured.

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Cancel Dindora Barrage, demands Ahir

Union Minister of state for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday sought cancellation of Dindora Barrage Project. The project was sanctioned by Congress-NCP Government and not aime... Read More
Union Minister of state for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday sought cancellation of Dindora Barrage Project. The project was sanctioned by Congress-NCP Government and not aimed for irrigation but to provide water to Central India Power Limited (1000 MW power plant) and hence it should be shelved, he stated while opposing its revival.

Addressing a press conference at Ravi Bhavan, Ahir stated the medium irrigation project was sanctioned about 23 years ago and located at the common borders of three districts like Wardha, Yavatmal and Chandrapur. he initial project cost was Rs 476 crores and out of which just Rs 12 crores were given to farmers for their land. The land acquisition was not completed by the previous Government till 2012.

Ahir brought irregularities to the notice of WRD Minister Girish Mahajan and VIDC officials. Government had procured 1,100 hectares of fertile land from farmers for just Rs 12.16 crores (at the rate of Rs 41,000 per acre) while for 95 hectares of forest land Government has paid compensation of Rs 13.56 crores. This is an example of sheer injustice to farmers, he added.

The officials, the then minister and contractors have exploited farmers in the name of this project, Ahir alleged. The project was sanctioned with the aim to provide 80 percent water to power plant, 17 percent water for irrigation and only three percent for drinking.

Ahir demanded the Government to give compensation to project affected farmers as per new land acquisition act, which is four times than the previous cost. BJP led Government is not against the farmers and new land acquisition act will definitely benefit the farmers, Ahir claimed.

Hinganghat MLA Sameer Kunnawar, Wani MLA Bodkurwar Sanjivreddi Bapurao, Rahul Saraf , Chandan Goswami were also present.

Opposes mining at Bhadrawati OF site

Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilizers, Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday opposed the demand of Western Coalfield to allow mining at Chanda Ordnance Factory situated in Bhadravati and relocate the factory. Referring to recent meeting in which this demand was made, Ahir wrote a letter to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar regarding this issue and stated the decision to shift the ordnance factory will go against the national interest. Ahir while addressing the press conference said, the coal block near Chanda Ordnance Factory is very small. The coal reserve in this area is just 20 million MT, while the coal reserve at other different blocks identified in country is 285 billion MT. Recently Government has kept 204 coal blocks for auction while 138 coal blocks were handed over to Coal India. When the country has 285 billion MT coal reserve, for just 20 million MT coal reserve, it is not justified to shift the ordnance factory. Firstly, the Government should consume 285 billion MT coal reserve and then touch 20 million MT coal reserve at Chanda Ordnance Factory, he added.

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Swedish companies keen to invest in MIHAN

Consul General for Sweden in Mumbai Fredrika Ornbrant visited MIHAN to explore the possibilities for Swedish companies to invest. She was happy with the progress at MIHAN.

After her visit ... Read More
Consul General for Sweden in Mumbai Fredrika Ornbrant visited MIHAN to explore the possibilities for Swedish companies to invest. She was happy with the progress at MIHAN.

After her visit Fredrika Ornbrant said “This is my first trip to Nagpur. I have heard so much about this city. I visited MIHAN and the MIHAN-SEZ areas, both important to the development of Maharashtra. Swedish companies have traditionally chosen Maharashtra for investments. Around one third of the Swedish companies are located in the State. Sometimes land acquisition is a challenge so I think the development plans for Nagpur is a good opportunity for companies looking to expand or establish business in India. There is a positive shift in perception of Swedish companies about investing and expanding their operations in India as it is evident in the results of the business climate survey 2014-15.” Swedish Consul General further said, “90% of the Swedish companies surveyed believed that India’s investment business climate was favourable and this is evident as these companies create 28,000 direct jobs in Maharashtra and many more indirectly. We have also noticed an increase in the number of requests about India which is positive. Sweden has often led the way in offering innovative solutions and one such offering is SymbioCity or smart city and I truly hope that we will see the footprint of Swedish business community increase here in Maharashtra that will help promote sustainable urban development that proves beneficial to both India and Sweden."

Atul Thakre, Marketing Manager, MADC gave presentation on MIHAN to Consul General- Fredrika and PR-Manager, Mitalee Karmarkar. Present were Sanjay Chahande, Chief Executive and Abid Ruhi, General Manager.

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BJP bags 11 seats in NMAPC, loses three seats due to cross-voting

Cross voting and invalid votes gave a major jolt to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi panel in the Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections. BJP led NVA ... Read More
Cross voting and invalid votes gave a major jolt to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi panel in the Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections. BJP led NVA lost three seats in the election and managed to win only 11 seats while Congress won 6, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) won one seat each in the election. The elections were held on Sunday for electing 28 members for the high-profile NMAPC. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is the chairman of this 40 members committee. The committee will look after development of the Metro Area.

BJP lost two seats in the lottery, its candidates Parinay Fuke and Ashwini Jichkar lost to Congress candidates Deepak Kapse and Arun Dawre. BJP’s Swati Akhatkar was eliminated after bagging only four votes in the first round. She did not get second preference votes in the election. Sources claimed that the two votes of BJP supporter independents were crossed and four votes were declared invalid. Surprisingly, Sushma Choudhary, who bagged only one vote of first preference in the first round, completed required quota due to second preference votes and won the election.

BJP led NVA’s Satish Holey, Chetana Tank, Nilima Bawane, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Sudhir (Bandu) Raut, Narendra Borkar, Sushma Choudhary, Congress candidates Prashant Dhawad, Suresh Jagyasi, Rekha Barahate, and BSP’s Abhishek Shambharkar were declared elected in the first round itself after completing required quota. Shambharkar, Dhawad and Jagyasi got 8 votes each in the first round itself.

Shiv Sena’s Mangala Gawre, BJP’s Divya Dhurde, Pravin Bhisikar, and Sadhana Barde, RPI’s Raju Lokhande, Congress Sanjay Mahakalkar were also declared elected. The NMC votes were counted in 21 rounds. Total 144 votes were casted and out of that four were declared invalid.

From Nagpur rural area, Sunil Kode, Ravindra Chikhale, Manish Karemore, Pravin Khade, Deorao Kadu, Kanta Bawankule, Mohan Makade and Kailash Vaidya were declared elected. The counting of rural area was held in 13 rounds. Total 328 members exercised their voting rights and out of that 7 votes were declared invalid. The counting was held at Bachat Bhavan at Collector Office premises. Collector Abhishek Krishna was the incharge of the election process.

Mayor Pravin Datke, Legislators Anil Sole, Sudhakar Kohle, Prakash Gajbhiye, Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre, Zilla Parishad President Nisha Sawarkar, senior corporator Sunil Agrawal, Avinash Thakre, Girish Deshmukh congratulated elected members of the NMAPC.

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Soon, Robotics-based research centre to come up in city

Nagpur is all set to take a leap forward in robotics. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials concerned to pave way for a Robotics-based Research Centre to be set up in Nagpur. <... Read More
Nagpur is all set to take a leap forward in robotics. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, asked the officials concerned to pave way for a Robotics-based Research Centre to be set up in Nagpur.

Fadnavis chaired a meeting in this regard at Ramgiri, Chief Minister’s official residence in the city, on Tuesday evening. He asked Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to take up the task of designing appropriate curriculum to support the Robotics-based Research Centre in the city. The research centre will come up at the initiative of Asia Brown Boveri (ABB), the leading supplier of industrial robots.

Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU; Dr Narendra Chaudhary, Director of VNIT; Dr D K Agrawal; Dr Ashok Gomashe, Registrar of RTMNU; Praveen Pardeshi, Principal Secretary with Chief Minister’s Office; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Sachin Kurve, Director of VANAMATI; attended the meeting.

Addressing the officials, Fadnavis said that use of robots is increasing in not only developed but also in developing countries. The research centre will provide a boost to use of robotics and relevant technologies in the country. Besides, it will open up avenues of learning and provide a good exposure to students in this part of the country.

Chief Minister has called up a follow-up meeting at 9.30 pm on Wednesday at Varsha, the official residence of Chief Minister in Mumbai. Apart from senior officials of ABB, the officials of VNIT and RTMNU also have been asked to attend the meeting. It may be mentioned here that ABB is leading supplier of industrial robots, modular manufacturing systems and service. So far, as per the data on its website, ABB has installed more than 2,50,000 robots worldwide.

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Mercury soars to 46.9 degrees; second highest in the decade

Heat wave swept across the entire Vidarbha region on Tuesday, with Wardha and Nagpur recording the highest temperatures. At 47.5 degrees Celsius, Wardha was the hottest place in entire State. Nag... Read More
Heat wave swept across the entire Vidarbha region on Tuesday, with Wardha and Nagpur recording the highest temperatures. At 47.5 degrees Celsius, Wardha was the hottest place in entire State. Nagpur, too, remained in the grip of blistering heat with the mercury soaring to 46.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in last couple of years, and the second highest in decade, for the month of May.

Obviously, the heat wave threw the normal life out of gear and roads wore a deserted look. Unless compelled by circumstances, people avoided to come out of the comforts of home and offices. Though the maximum temperature was not as high as it was in Wardha or Nagpur, the situation remained more or less the same in other places in Vidarbha region as well.

According to officials of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, the heat wave will continue at least for next three days and it may get extended to a week. “The temperature in Nagpur will remain between 45 to 47 degrees Celsius this week,” R D Meshram, Assistant Meteorologist, RMC, told The Hitavada.

According to Meshram, the highest temperature for the month of May in 10 years in Nagpur city was 47.9 degrees Celsius recorded on May 23, 2013. The lowest minimum temperature was 19.4 degrees Celsius recorded on May 4, 1917. He said that El Nino effect prevailed over Nagpur, raising the chances of hailstorm before monsoon. “Tremendous climatic fluctuation will also affect Monsoon this year,” he added.

The maximum temperature recorded in Nagpur city on Tuesday was four degrees above normal for this time of the year and also the highest this summer. The minimum temperature of the day was 25.9 degrees Celsius. The atmosphere was discomfortingly hot outside even at night. Situation was no better in other parts of Vidarbha too. Wardha was the hottest with maximum temperature of 47.5 degrees Celsius followed by Chandrapur at 46.8 degrees Celsius, and Akola (46.4 degrees Celsius). The maximum temperature at other places was as follows: Amravati-- 45.6 degrees Celsius, Buldhana-- 42 degrees Celsius, Brahmapuri-- 45.8 degrees Celsius, Washim-- 44 degrees Celsius, and Yavatmal-- 45.6 degrees Celsius.

According to RMC, dry weather prevailed over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. Maximum temperatures appreciably rose over East Vidarbha and North Chhattisgarh; rose over West Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh. The minimum temperatures rose over South Chhattisgarh and changed little over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh. They were above normal over West Vidarbha, North-West Madhya Pradesh, and South Chhattisgarh; and normal over East Vidarbha, East Madhya Pradesh, South-West Madhya Pradesh, and North Chhattisgarh.

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NMC removes encroachment in busy Sitabuldi market

Taking tough stand against encroachment on footpaths of city roads, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday, razed illegal constructions at upmarket Sitabuldi and Maharajbag road. Encroac... Read More
Taking tough stand against encroachment on footpaths of city roads, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday, razed illegal constructions at upmarket Sitabuldi and Maharajbag road. Encroachments of 150 shops have been removed with the help of two JCBs by the anti-encroachment drive team. Tension prevailed for sometime when the drive faced tremendous opposition from shop owners and police were forced to resort to mild-lathi charge at Maharajbagh road. The team also removed one religious structure situated near nullah on Maharajbagh road.

The action began at 12 noon and concluded at 7 pm. The Sitabuldi market was closed due to this drive and shop owners incurred a loss of around Rs One crore, sources claimed. The team removed hoardings, shutters, and other encroachments from footpaths. The prominent amongs them are- Kaveri Bar, Jaishree Bar, Rekha Studio, Bombay Tailor, Bharat Sports, Neelam Studio, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Ganesh Restaurant, Hotel Jaibhole, Pappe Juice Corner, Yonker shoes, Shubh Mangalam, Raymond shop, Maharashtra Emporium, K Chandak, Fashion club, Montina Shoes, Mallik Shoes, Son Chafa, Simran bazar, Bombaywala, Khandan and other shops of the market. The team removed last encroachment of Gupta Traders at Loha Pool. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Assistant Commissioner Subhash Jaideo and Arun Pimpurde, Superintendent of Enforcement Department lead the action.

The staff of Sitabuldi police was deployed to assist the drive peacefully. The team seized five truck loads of materials during drive. Deputy Engineer Anil Kadu, Sanjay Gore, Sanjay Bisane, Nilesh Sambhre, Purshottam Pande, Sunil Gajbhiye, Girish Likhar, Sanjay Ingle and others were present.

Sitabuldi Merchant Association criticised the action of NMC for undertaking drive at Buldi market. They have demanded action against hawkers, who create traffic jam daily on this busy road and occupy a major portion of main road illegally. Chandrakant Raghtate, President Arjun Bhojwani, Joint Secretary, Kisan Agrawal, Jeevan Jain said, the civic body should issue notice to them for removing illegal structures. We are not against action, but local body should give time to remove our structure, they added. They alleged that Police manhandled Jaikumar Jain, owner of Humlog and Khandan. Jain was injured during police action.

Meanwhile, Local Body also removed illegal construction of religious structures from footpaths at Nehru Nagar zone as per the directions of Supreme Court and Bombay High Court. The team removed 13 illegal religious construction under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Moroney. This includes Nagoba Mandir, picture of Tajuddin Baba, Ganesh Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Shiv Nag Mandir. Gulani, Police Inspector of Sakkardara police station and Deputy Engineer Raju Khanorkar, Manoj Gadre, Manish Bhoyar, Dhananjay Medulkar, Bhimrao Junghare, Shrikant Kherde were present.

The Mangalwari zone also removed illegal religious construction. This includes Hanuman Mandir, Durga Mandir, Shiv Mandir, and Dargah. The action was taken under guidance of Prakash Warade, Assistant Commissioner while Deputy Engineer Ameen Akhtar, P P Dhankar, A P Chauhan, P S Sarpate, P S Waghmare, Ujjawal Dhanvijay, Pankaj Parashar, and others were present.

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Two men sustain critical injuries in group clash over petty issue

TWO men sustained critical injuries in a group clash over a petty issue in Jahangirabad area in front of Sonali Restaurant under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of ... Read More
TWO men sustained critical injuries in a group clash over a petty issue in Jahangirabad area in front of Sonali Restaurant under jurisdiction of Lordganj police station in intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The injured have been identified as Mayank Shukla (25), living near Shishubal Mandir School in Adhartal and Sawan Choudhary, a resident of Ganjipura area. In the attack, Sawan Choudhary was attacked with a knife which got stuck in his head. The injured was rejected for treatment at Victoria Hospital, Metro Hospital and City Hospital and was rushed to Nagpur. According to police, they received information of clash in Jahangirabad area and a police team reached the spot. Police learnt that an injured in group clash was admitted at Medas Hospital. Police team reached Medas Hospital where injured Mayank Shukla informed that he along with his friends Nitin and Raviraj went for dinner at Abhinandan Restaurant in City Bus Stand area where Sawan Choudhary, a resident of Bhartipur and Manish Vishwakarma of Ganjipura met and started provoking them. Mayank objected them when Sawan and Manish went outside the restaurant and drove away on their motorcycle. When Mayank along with Nitin and Raviraj were on their way towards home, Sawan and Manish stopped them in front of Sonali restaurant and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Manish caught him and Sawan stabbed his head, ribs and wrist with a knife. Thereafter, Nitin and Raviraj took him to Medas Hospital for treatment. Acting on the complaint, police registered a case against the accused under sections 341, 307 and 34 of the IPC and started investigations into the case. On the other hand, Manish Vishwakarma (23), a resident of Ganjipura, filed a complaint that he along with friend Sawan Choudhary went for dinner at Abhinandan Restaurant where they held an argument with Mayank Shukla and his friends. When Manish and Sawan tried to escape from the spot, miscreants chased them and stopped them in front of Sonali Restaurant and attacked them with sharp-edged weapons. Mayank Shukla attacked Sawan Choudhary with a knife and wounded his head and managed to escape from the spot. Sawan Choudhary fell on the road and the knife was stuck in his head. The injured was rushed to Victoria Hospital where doctors expressed their helplessness in providing treatment. Then the injured was taken to City Hospital and Metro Hospital but doctors refused to take him. Family members then rushed the injured to Nagpur where his condition is reported to be critical. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 307, 341, 294 and 34 of the IPC and Section 3(2)5 of the SC/ST Act and efforts are being made to arrest the accused.

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Many places in State in grip of heat wave

Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on T... Read More
Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are literally reeling under heat wave conditions. The unbearable heat has left normal life paralysed. Bhopal witnessed yet another hottest day of the season on Tuesday. It sizzled at the maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees above normal level. Naugaon recorded highest maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees Celsius. Temperature was at or above 45 degrees Celsius in many cities of State.

When people woke up in morning on Tuesday in Bhopal, heat was already there to give harrowing time to them. By 9 am, it was difficult to remain outside house for long time. Blistering heat made people to remain indoors as much as possible. By noon, heat reached its zenith in State capital and it looked like the burning sun was spraying fire on earth.

Roads and markets became deserted during noon hours. Only those people were seen on roads, who have to go some other place in connection with their work. Bike riders covered their face with handkerchief or scarf to escape from the brutal attack of hot winds. While driving two-wheeler, one could feel the burning sensation on skin.

Other places also witnessed unbearable heat. Jabalpur recorded maximum temperature at 45.2 degrees Celsius, Gwalior at 45.4 degrees Celsius, Indore at 43.2 degrees Celsius, Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, Guna at 45. 7 degree Celsius, Shajapur at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Sagar at 46.2 degrees Celsius, Damoh at 46.8 degrees Celsius, Ujjain at 45 degrees Celsius, Hoshangabad at 46.3 degrees Celsius and Khajuraho at 46.4 degrees Celsius, etc. In other words, there was heat wave at several places of State on Tuesday, which left a negative mark on the normal life. Weather Department said that weather was dry across the State and districts of Ujjain were in grip of severe heat wave. Sagar, Hoshangabad, Indore, Gwalior and Chambal division were in grip of heat wave conditions.

In the forecast, Weather Department warned of severe heat wave conditions in isolated parts of Hoshangabad, Indore and Ujjain divisions. There is also possibility of heat wave in sundry parts of districts of Gwalior, Chambal, Sagar and Bhopal divisions.

As far as Bhopal is concerned, then sky is expected to remain clear and maximum temperature is going to stay at 45 degrees Celsius.

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Extensive dairy farm policy to be chalked out during meeting in Bhopal on May 21

EXPOSING pollution caused in rivers and problems caused to passers-by from State and National Highways having dairies and their waste stashed at roadsides, around 18 years ago Nagrik Upbhokta M... Read More
EXPOSING pollution caused in rivers and problems caused to passers-by from State and National Highways having dairies and their waste stashed at roadsides, around 18 years ago Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) had filed a public interest litigation before Madhya Pradesh High Court demanding an extensive policy on dairy farms shifting far from rivers and also from State and national highways.

To this PIL, MPHC had directed to formulate an extensive dairy farm policy to the State Government and to hold a meeting of officials concerned and departments in this regard. In compliance, Madhya Pradesh Animal Husbandry and Civil Administration and Environment Department have jointly organised a meeting at Bhopal on May 21. Accordingly, decisions taken in the meeting will be submitted before the High Court. Dr P G Najpandey of NUMM and Hardayal Dubey informed that the Madhya Pradesh Government has prepared a Dairy Manual-2014, which was again amended in 2015. The guideline does not define the policy. A large number of objections were filed against amendments. Observing objections on guidelines the MP High Court had directed to chalk out a policy and in this regard a meeting will be convened in Bhopal.

NUMM State President Dr P G Najpandey informed that according to the rulebook limits 100 meters distance is the permissible limit for setting up a dairy farm from river or state highway. The National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) citing decisions of Maharashtra Government have recommended to set-up dairy farms at least 500 meters away from rivers. Dr Najpandey added that the MP High Court had rejected norms of 100 metre distance from rivers for dairy farms. The High Court said that NEERI is a technical institution and asked the State Government to give reason why the research based recommendations of NEERI have been overlooked and 100 metres distance from river for dairy farms is permitted in guidelines set by the State Government in 2015. In the meeting to be held on May 21 discussions on important issues will be held.

NUMM members including Manish Sharma, Rajkumar Soni, Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Rammila Sharma informed that in Maharashtra and in other states rules have been framed by notifying no construction zone or no construction areas but in Madhya Pradesh no orders in this regard have been issued yet. NUMM’s Dr Najpandey informed that in Bhopal near Kaliyasot river compulsion for no construction area is just 33 metres and on banks of river Narmada the distance is 100 metre for restriction of no construction zone. Citing these examples a policy should be defined for equality.

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Jabalpur Express Rail Coach Restaurant to take dining experience to all new level

TOURISTS and residents will soon have a new eatery experience with establishment of ‘Jabalpur Express’ Rail Coach Restaurant in the city. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limi... Read More
TOURISTS and residents will soon have a new eatery experience with establishment of ‘Jabalpur Express’ Rail Coach Restaurant in the city. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited (MPTDCL) will soon start Rail Coach Restaurant at Hotel Kalchuri. The restaurant will be developed like a railway station where visitors will enjoy meals inside a rail coach and railway platform. Adding attraction to the restaurant its waiters will be attired as coolies and manager will be attired as Travelling Ticket Examiner.

In order to develop atmosphere of a railway station, original railway bogies, railway signal, signal metre will be installed along with announcements at railway station for adding more attraction to the restaurant. Regional Manager of MPTDCL Ashok Mehra, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that the proposal of establishing a Rail Coach Restaurant at Hotel Kalchuri has been given green signal from the head office.

The project is targeted to be completed by October 2015. The restaurant will be developed on the basis of ‘Bhopal Express’ restaurant in Bhopal.

Visitors will have a new experience of eatery inside a railway coach and railway platform amidst complete atmosphere of a railway station. He informed that original rail coach and railway signal light will be available in the restaurant. Chief of Materials Management Department, West Central Railway, has been sent requirement to provide original railway signal and other materials while railway coach manufacturer in Nagpur has been contacted for original railway coach for Rail Coach Restaurant. Ashok Mehra informed that Jabalpur Express restaurant will definitely provide a new experience of eatery to residents and will attract maximum tourists in the city. Preparations for the restaurant have been started to ensure its completion by October 2015 in order to open the restaurant during new tourism season.

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VNJS Scheme fails to serve the purpose

VARSHIK Nishulk Jan Swasthya Yojana (VNJSY) started by the Madhya Pradesh Government to check health status of patients above 40 years of age is proving non-beneficial to patients.

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VARSHIK Nishulk Jan Swasthya Yojana (VNJSY) started by the Madhya Pradesh Government to check health status of patients above 40 years of age is proving non-beneficial to patients.

Though health beneficiary scheme VNJSY was started with claims that patients above 40 years of age their medical check-up will be done at Government Victoria Hospital, Civil Hospital and Community Health Care Centre, Shahpura.

Separate room no 2 has been allotted at Government Victoria Hospital for patients coming for check-up under VNJSY, though computer has been installed in the room to maintain medical record, but most of the time it is seen that doctors are not available in the consultation room. Doctors say that they have to do their routine consultation work then they can give consultation to patients coming under this scheme.

Senior doctor on condition of anonymity said that government launches health beneficiary schemes considering health of patients of different age groups. Like mother child health care scheme, non communicable disease and now VNJSY scheme, but as far as appointment of doctors is concerned still there is shortage of 35 per cent of doctors. How is it possible for a doctor to execute routine duties and also take care of various health beneficiary schemes launched by the government. It is to be mentioned that State Government has started VNJSY for free annual check-up of a person who are above 40 years. Under this scheme, blood pressure, routine urea creatinine, kidney function test, liver function test, cancer diagnosis test and other routine tests for commonly occurring diseases after 40s are to be done at government hospital. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan said that VNJSY was started on May 1 this year, if there is any patient complaint we will definitely consider them and fix the lacunas.

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Pleas challenging eligibility clause in MP Medical, Dental PG Course disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off all petitions challenging eligibility clause specified in Madhya P... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has disposed off all petitions challenging eligibility clause specified in Madhya Pradesh Medical and Dental Post Graduate Course Admission Rules-2015 on the basis of assurance given by the State authorities through counsel as noted earlier. The division bench has heard petitions filed by Dr Rohit Singh and others separately. These matters were listed for admission. Considering arguments canvassed by petitioners, in particular, with reference to challenge to eligibility clause specified in Madhya Pradesh Medical and Dental Post Graduate Course (Admission/Diploma) Admission Rules-2015 being ultra vires and hit by Article 14 of the Constitution of India and as process for admission to post-graduate medical and dental course for 259 State quota seats, is at an advanced stage up to 3rd counseling, the division bench thought it appropriate to hear matters urgently, though being a court holiday, with consent of the counsel appearing for respective parties.

Accordingly, matters were notified for hearing. At the outset, counsel for the respondents/State, relying on averments in reply-affidavit filed to oppose these petitions and in particular, the decision of the Supreme Court dated on April 25, 2014, in Ishita Dua and others versus State of MP and others has raised preliminary objection regarding maintainability of these petitions.

He submitted that each petitioners having passed MBBS/BDS examination from Medical/Dental College of Madhya Pradesh is being considered as eligible to participate in admission process. None of the petitioner is disqualified or has been disqualified in terms of any other eligibility clause. More so, the authorities are treating all the candidates, who have passed MBBS/BDS examination from Medical/BDS College of Madhya Pradesh as eligible to participate in admission process both in terms of Rules of 2014 as also now under Rules of 2015.

Once this statement is accepted, it necessarily follows that there is no surviving cause of action for any of the petitioners before us. In other words, there will be no violation of any fundamental rights of these petitioners under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, as they are being considered for admission as eligible candidates.

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National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27

REGULAR National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27 at Conference Hall of South Block at High Court, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary of Legal Service Authority.

Addressing a ... Read More
REGULAR National Lok Adalat will be organised on June 27 at Conference Hall of South Block at High Court, informed Dinesh Nayak, Member Secretary of Legal Service Authority.

Addressing a press conference, Nayak said the National Lok Adalat or People’s Court is a process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise or by establishing mutual consensus.

National Lok Adalat will be organised under directions of National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) at High Court, District and Tehsil level under directions of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and under guidance of Executive Chairman of MP State Legal Services Authority, Justice Rajendra Menon, he added. Gajendra Singh, Secretary, High Court Legal Services Committee informed that all parties who seek resolution of their disputes or are litigating for their rights are free to come forward with their grievances and depart with amicable settlements through the process of National Lok Adalat. He said cases related to family matters, labour disputes, land acquisition matters, civil cases, revenue cases, MGNREGA matters shall be taken up during Lok Adalat. Efforts are made to resolve matters at pre-litigation stage and response of last National Lok Adalat is a motivation to all persons desirous of resolution of their disputes through mediation process and appealed them to come forward for settlement before benches of National Lok Adalat.

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Now, Govt school teachers to face eligibility test from June 21

RAJYA Shiksha Kendra (RSK) has issued order for conducting eligibility test for teachers of government schools. This test will be conducted at state-level from June 21. Where, teachers of governm... Read More
RAJYA Shiksha Kendra (RSK) has issued order for conducting eligibility test for teachers of government schools. This test will be conducted at state-level from June 21. Where, teachers of government schools will appear and prove their eligibility of teaching. As per order, teachers should prove their eligibility in the test otherwise their demotion is sure. In order to finalise parameters of eligibility of teachers.

Teacher who will not qualify the test will have to face demotion. After this order, all the teachers are in grip of fear. This test will decide new gradating of teachers. As per rules, valuation of teachers will be carried out through the test.

According to the test, it will be decided that which teacher is eligible for which class.

Presently, it is seen that teachers teach different classes and most of them are found using guides and other books for a particular class. This test will also help in identifying quality of teachers. As per new order of RSK, teachers of government schools will prove their eligibility of education before teaching a class. If a teacher fails to clear the examination then the teacher will be demoted.

Thereafter, the teacher will be asked to take primary classes. Along with this, promotion benefits will not be given to weaker teachers. Trainings will be conducted for weak teachers. Main objective of this test is to identify weak points of teachers and highlight their quality of teaching. Due to poor performance of teachers, students are not giving their best. It reflects in their studies, hence it is important to identify weak points of teachers and improve their eligibility. District Project Coordinator (DPC) Mohanlal Pathak said that the objective of the test is to create interest among teachers towards course books. Many teachers lack knowledge about chapter or courses. Hence, it becomes necessary to conduct such tests to identify quality of education of teachers in government schools.

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Committee formed to prepare syllabus of UG courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited suggestions or objections from student fraternity, faculty members and education experts on modern syllabus for various undergraduate (UG) cours... Read More
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited suggestions or objections from student fraternity, faculty members and education experts on modern syllabus for various undergraduate (UG) courses in all universities across the nation. A statement issued by the UGC said that the commission has constituted a committee of experts to frame/prepare model syllabus for undergraduate courses.

The committee has prepared the draft syllabus for 19 undergraduate courses including bachelors in physics, chemistry, life science, anthropology, economics, sociology and other essential subjects.

It may be mentioned that UGC has embarked on numerous measures to enhance efficiency and excellence in the higher education system in the country. The UGC statement said that the reforms undertaken in this regard have led to noticeable improvement in the standards of education.

However, because of the diversity in evaluation system followed by different universities in the nation students have suffered acceptance of their credentials at times across the university system as well as the employment agencies.

In order to ease this process, UGC has formulated guidelines for adoption of uniform choice based credit system across all the universities including 9 universities of the state. The statement further said this would ensure seamless mobility of students across the higher educational institutions of the state as well as other parts.

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Ensuring benefits to both beginners, seniors will be my priority: Adv Thakur

Difficulties in life are no hurdles, but test of time which when faced with strong will power, makes a person worthier, says Advocate Satyendra Singh Thakur, who has been elected as the Preside... Read More
Difficulties in life are no hurdles, but test of time which when faced with strong will power, makes a person worthier, says Advocate Satyendra Singh Thakur, who has been elected as the President of Bar Association, Raipur, which has history of more than 100 years.

After winning the election with record margin of 603 votes, Thakur now looks forward to contribute through this association for the noble profession of advocate so that both the beginners and the senior ones are benefited. “It is my grandfather Late Rudra Singh’s dream that became visible when I attained the success of becoming an advocate. At that time there was an advocate D N Jha whom my grandfather used to idealize and encourage me to become an advocate. I grew up in a joint family and the income of our bread winners was limited. I used to run betel kiosk as Thakur Pan Bhandar and also worked as cinema hall checker in Shyam Talkies, but never forgot the goal of becoming advocate. It is mentor Late DP Tamrakar whose guideline I still follow that an advocate should keep his fees within the easy affordability of the common people,” said Thakur while talking to this newspaper.

Practicing as an advocate is a costly profession because he or she needs books and other references for delivering the best to the clients. Presently, it is say up to Rs 75,000 per year that an advocate needs to spend after books and references. But, still it is possible for an advocate to curtail his other expenditures and keep fees at the possible minimum, said Thakur.

Sharing his experience further, Thakur said that when an advocate chooses to serve any organisation as employee then he is thought to be earning a definite income and enjoys credibility in terms of paying capacity. When an advocate practices the profession independently, many people still think that his/ her income is not definite. A lot of steps if taken can wipe out this thinking.

First of all such advocates who are beginners need certain financial support like monthly stipends up to a certain time so that they can read, refer and consult to get ripe and deliver. Besides, existences of benches and tribunals in the city will create more scope for advocates. It is also suggestible that there should be judicial complex that means that the courts, tribunals, consumer forums should be placed near one another for convenience of the people and advocates. It is also suggestible that such senior advocates who have crossed fifty years of practice should be paid fixed honorarium. Bar Association, Raipur, will do the needful in this direction, said Advocate Thakur.

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BSP ambulance overturns, patient dies, three injured

Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) ambulance CG07D9686 going from Dallirajhara to Sector-9 Hospital, Bhilai, overturned near Bhaisbod, Danitola pass as main spring was broken. Patient Kishanlal Chavare r... Read More
Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) ambulance CG07D9686 going from Dallirajhara to Sector-9 Hospital, Bhilai, overturned near Bhaisbod, Danitola pass as main spring was broken. Patient Kishanlal Chavare referred to Sector-9 Hospital died on the spot. His nephew Umesh Chavare, daughter Hemlata and attendant Udayaram were injured. Driver Nandlal escaped unhurt.

According to information deceased Kishanlal Chavare was admitted in Dallirajhara Hospital on Monday evening. Today around 11 am his condition deteriorated hence he was referred to Sector-9 Hospital Bhilai. Ambulance CG07 D 9686 carrying patient Kishanlal Chavare, his nephew Umesh Chavare, daughter Hemlata and attendant Udayram and driven by Nandlal overturned at village Bhaisbod near Danitola pass. Patient Kishanlal Chavare received head injuries and died on the spot. Hemlata received severe injuries on head and face and fainted while Umesh received injuries on head and other parts of body. Udayram received injuries on leg and internal parts.

Deceased Kishanlal was a BSP employee working in Jharan Dalli Mines as Drilling Operator. CITU and Samyukt Khadan Majdoor Sangh’s (SKMS) Rajendra Behra, Gautam Behra, Vinod Mishra and others reported regarding mismanagement in BSP Hospital Rajhara, shortage of doctors, new ambulance and X-Ray machine and other necessary equipments hunger strike and demonstration were organized in front of Mines Office Chowk, Dallirajhara and Sector-9 Hospital, Bhilai. In a meeting the Management Head had assured to fulfill all demands within couple of months but none of the demands has been fulfilled yet. The Unions have demanded compassionate appointment to family member as per rule. General Manager Mines AK Nath said the ambulance was not much old. Two new ambulances are being purchased. The vehicle might have overturned on being uncontrolled for some reason. It will be investigated.

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Wife denies allegations against RPF Sub-Inspector

Wife of the beleaguered Railway Protection Force (RPF) Sub-Inspector R K Rathore, who was alleged of taking money from youths on the pretext of getting them job into Police Department, discarded ... Read More
Wife of the beleaguered Railway Protection Force (RPF) Sub-Inspector R K Rathore, who was alleged of taking money from youths on the pretext of getting them job into Police Department, discarded off all the allegations, saying the youths, who are their relatives, are using pressure tactics to occupy their ancestral farm land at village Sakti of Janjgir-Champa.

Speaking at a press conference, R K Rathore’s wife Santoshi Rathore said that her husband RK Rathore had filed police complaint against Mukesh Rathore and his father Bhawanilal Rathore for stealing the loan book and trying to illegally occupying his land in 2013. After the police investigation and interrogation, Mukesh Rathore returned the loan book to her husband in front of Sakti Police and also confessed that his allegation on RK Rathore that he had taken Rs 1.50 lakh from him was false. He gave it in written on a stamp paper.

So, to take the revenge from her husband, Mukesh Rathore has now levelled baseless allegation that his husband took money from youths on the pretext of recruiting them into police.

It has also been proved that it was a boy named Sandeep Rathore, who took money from the youths by alluring them of the recruitment as police constable. Sandeep has also confessed this in a stamp paper properly signed by notary. Santoshi Rathore said the of the five boys, who have levelled allegations, four boys as Mukesh Rathore, Babulal Rathore, Ashwani Rathore and Bhuvneshwar Rathore are all relatives whereas the fifth complainant Ramkrishna Yadav is only outsider.

There are so many discrepancies in their allegations as it was proved in a Departmental investigation against SI RK Rathore, who came out clean in this long and detailed investigation. So, it’s all pressure tactics to defame and mentally harass her husband so that he let go his ancestral land.

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Defence Minister to visit State capital on May 26

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be reaching capital Raipur on May 26. He will be here to give a detailed account of the achievements and working of National Democratic Alliance government ... Read More
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will be reaching capital Raipur on May 26. He will be here to give a detailed account of the achievements and working of National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NDA Government will be completing one year of its tenure on May 26. Bharatiya Janata Party State Organisation has geared itself for the visit and to make an outline of Defense Minister’s programmes.

On the occasion of completion of one year of the tenure, Union Ministers will be visiting the states for giving a detailed account of the government’s achievements. This was informed by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on his return from New Delhi. BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik and BJP State General Secretary (Organization) Rampratap Singh, who also returned with the Chief Minister on Monday evening, also got engaged in the party’s forthcoming programmes.

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Cabinet ayes outsourcing of teachers, docs and nurses for Sarguja-Bastar divisions

Chhattisgarh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Tuesday decided to fill vacancies in high schools, higher secondary schools and government hospitals through outsourcing. It was i... Read More
Chhattisgarh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Tuesday decided to fill vacancies in high schools, higher secondary schools and government hospitals through outsourcing. It was informed in the meeting that the posts of lecturers for subjects such as science, English and commerce in high schools and higher secondary schools of both these revenue divisions are vacant. Likewise, for health services also, there is shortage of doctors, staff nurses and lab technicians in hospitals.

Despite several attempts by the state government in past to fill these posts, the vacancies couldn’t be filled. As education and health services- both are very essential for common people, the Cabinet today passed the proposal of filling these posts through outsourcing, so that these services are conducted smoothly.

In the meeting, Cabinet also gave post facto approval to three-month extension of tenure of single-member probe commission headed by District and Session Judge (Retd) Anita Jha. This commission was constituted by state government to investigate sterilization deaths in Bilaspur district. The time-limit for commission to submit the investigation report had ended on May 12. To extend this time-limit by three months, the notification had been already issued, and post facto approval to which has been given in today’s cabinet meeting.

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Sun getting merciless: Mercury crosses 440C mark

THE sizzling summer in the capital touched a new high on Tuesday, breaking through the 44-degree mark to settle at 44.4 degree Celsius. This was the highest temperature surge during first 19 da... Read More
THE sizzling summer in the capital touched a new high on Tuesday, breaking through the 44-degree mark to settle at 44.4 degree Celsius. This was the highest temperature surge during first 19 days in the month of May since 2009, when the mercury had climbed to 46.1 degree Celsius on 2nd May.

While Tuesday was 2.4 degrees more than Monday’s maximum of 42.0 in Raipur, a similar phenomenon was witnessed in other parts of the state.

In parts of the city, the maximum was also higher. Mana recorded a scorching high of 44.8 degree C, the highest temperature recorded till date in Raipur Airport area in the current month.

While the Met Department hasn’t held out any hope of the heat wave 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 Tuesday was 30.3, two degrees above normal. However, the highest minimum of 30.5 degrees across the state was recorded at Bhilai. Similarly, the highest maximum temperature of 45.9 degrees during the day was recorded at Bilaspur.

Met officials said most parts of the state were in the grip of intense heat caused largely by North Westerly winds and absence of rain. While many places in Chhattisgarh were in throes of a severe heat wave like conditions, other major districts in the state mainly Bilaspur, Bhilai, Pendra Road, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur were experiencing above normal temperatures.

Bhilai also witnessed searing heat, with mercury recording 43.5 degree C on Tuesday, which notched 3.5 degree C upwards trend as compared to Monday’s 40.0 degree Celsius. “Even though clouds ‘partly and partially’ played their role 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 Pradeep Prajapati, a resident of New Shanti Nagar.

The humidity oscillating between 20 and 50 per cent has added to the woes. And if weathermen predictions are any yardstick, there will be no relief for the capital with the temperature likely to oscillate between 28 and 45 degree C.

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India to China, via Nagpur!

THAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi wove his magic in Shanghai a couple of days ago is a known fact. In his elements, Modi not only left the frenzied crowd spellbound, but the Prime Minister also e... Read More
THAT Prime Minister Narendra Modi wove his magic in Shanghai a couple of days ago is a known fact. In his elements, Modi not only left the frenzied crowd spellbound, but the Prime Minister also evoked praise from the Indian and Chinese media. However, not many would know that the architect of Modi’s historic Shanghai reception was a Nagpurian!

Amit Waikar, an alumnus of Somalwar School, Ramdaspeth, was the man behind Modi’s mega event held at Shanghai’s iconic World Expo Exhibition Centre, on Saturday. Waikar, being the President of the Indian Association of Shanghai, a community organisation affiliated with the Indian Consulate of Shanghai, led the team of organisers that planned Modi’s Shanghai visit.

“As soon as we came to know about PM Modi’s China visit about three months back, we thought of organising a Madison Square-like event here in China,” said Waikar, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ over phone from Shanghai, on Sunday. The real challenge for Waikar and his team, however, was to get the Indian diaspora together. “The number of Indians in China compared to that in the United States or Australia is quite low. There must be only about 30,000 Indians here. So, we first had to decide on the scale on which we were going to organise the reception,” he said. Waikar took help of the social community network to get the Indians together across the 30 cities in China. “We also decided to give priority to the students studying in China for obvious reasons. I called up the student co-ordinator and various city co-ordinators and got them to give confirmation via an RSVP,” said Waikar, who works for Doehler, a food and beverage company.

Indians travelled to Shanghai from cities across China, including from Dongguan, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shaoxing, Yiwu, Foshan, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen and to Waikar’s amazement, the event was a huge success. What the gathering of 4000 people may have lacked in size, it made up with the enthusiasm. “It was a great moment personally for me as well to welcome the Indian PM upon his arrival at the venue. As soon as he arrived, I said to him “Dekhiye aapko dekh ke yaha 250 students kitne mantramugdh ho gaye hai! (Look how enthralled the 250 students are to see you!).”

Chinese security was largely invisible during the event, possibly to preserve the festive atmosphere of the occasion and it was Waikar and his team that had an added responsibility to maintain the decorum.

“I am really glad it went off well. I feel relieved and overjoyed,” he added. Waikar, who has been in China for six years now, has shot to instant fame since his school friends and fellow Nagpurians have seen him greeting Modi and giving interviews. Photos of him welcoming Modi are also being circulated on WhatsApp in Nagpur. “My 1991 Somalwar batchmates are constantly asking me if it’s really me or did I photoshop it!” he quipped. And what does he tell them? “Nothing, I am too happy to give explanations at the moment,” he concluded.

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State Govt offers 1.5 FSI to AIIMS

Maharashtra Government has offered 1.5 FSI for ambitious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up in 150 acre land at MIHAN. This will help the institute to go vertical. There was ... Read More
Maharashtra Government has offered 1.5 FSI for ambitious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up in 150 acre land at MIHAN. This will help the institute to go vertical. There was a demand to allot 200 acre land for AIIMS, but State offered 150 acre land outside notified zone. Now, the additional FSI will help AIIMS to come up with state-of-the-art facilities. Also, the Government has expressed its keen desire to transfer the land. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had already communicated the decision regarding allotment of 150 acres of land in MIHAN project to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In order to finalise the location, a team of officers of Ministry had visited the site at MIHAN on April 28, 2015. The site identified by the team includes above 100 acres of land under the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) processing zone. The letter further states that the State Government is giving 1.5 FSI to AIIMS in lieu of 50 acres of deficit land allocation so that vertical expansion for construction of building may be carried out along with requisite open spaces as proposed by the Ministry. As per the Chief Minister’s letter to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare of December 17, 2014, State Government reconfirmed the allocation of 150 acres of land in MIHAN non-SEZ area for setting up AIIMS at Nagpur. Sujata Saunik, Principal Secretary in an letter to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made it clear that as Government of India wants to start the work of construction immediately and since denotification of SEZ may take few months, the State Government is suggesting 150 acres of land outside the SEZ processing zone area and adjacent to the proposed location. Union Minister of Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has taken a lot of efforts to bring AIIMS at Nagpur. He was of the view that the Institute should be in city area but experts ruled out the suggestion since such a huge land bank was not available inside the city. As per AIIMS norms, the entire set up should be at one place. Any suggestion of setting up of certain centres or units of the institute and its hospital at different places was not entertained. Besides giving rise to the problem of co-ordination, distance etc it would also increase the overall cost of the project and the treatment cost for the patients.

AIIMS sub-centre to come up at TB ward premises

Though Ministry of Health and Family Welfare states that AIIMS should be at one campus, the small OPD is being planned at TB ward premises. Metro blood bank, plasma separation centre would also function from the premises. Patients will be checked at this sub-centre and would be referred to main AIIMS through proper transportation.

What more is needed for AIIMS *Provision for augmentation of electric and water supply and sewage treatment units to meet future needs

*Extension of the metro rail up to AIIMS or provision of a feeder bus service to metro

* Direct connectivity to outer ring road

* A helipad for airlifting patients

* Clearances of various departments like environment and forests

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VHA delegation calls on top police officials

All hospital and nursing homes representatives under banner of VHA called upon S P Yadav, Commissioner of Police, Anupkumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police, Nirmala Devi, DCP- Zone I, Ishu ... Read More
All hospital and nursing homes representatives under banner of VHA called upon S P Yadav, Commissioner of Police, Anupkumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police, Nirmala Devi, DCP- Zone I, Ishu Sindhu, DCP- Zone IV and Rajan Mane, PI Incharge, Dhantoli to highlight the insecurity being faced by hospitals. The medical professionals and hospital administrators brought to light a set pattern wherein un-related persons terrorise the doctors and hospital staff, vandalise the property and force waiving off charges etc. They sought immediate response from police when distress call is sent to 100 and filing charges under Maharashtra Medicare service, persons and Medicare Institutions (Prevention of Violence and damage or loss of property) act 2010 against mobsters. The doctors conveyed that their fear has led to contemplating stop attending serious patient and in emergency hours and patients will be directed to Government Medical colleges/ hospitals. Their daily routine has got affected with such unsavoury incidents and defamation caused is unbearable. VHA team complimented the fast action by Ishu Sindhu wherein Dhantoli police team led by PSI Sanke under supervision of PI Mane handled the tense situations in Suretech and Child Hospital. Police authorities assured to sensitise police personnel about the new 2010 act, ensure immediate response team to hospitals, book the mobsters who terrorised the doctors and hospital staff in SURETECH & CHILD Hospitals under the stringent section of 2010 act and implored the doctors to continue serving serious needy patients even in odd hours without any fear. Police authorities also cautioned public not to take law and order in their hands and if there are any complaints they should file the same with concerned statutory authorities as per provisions given in Indian constitution.

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UGC asks varsities to set up counselling cell

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sent an order to all central universities and institutes of higher education to set up a counseling system at their campuses to help students with p... Read More
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sent an order to all central universities and institutes of higher education to set up a counseling system at their campuses to help students with problems of stress, anxiety and homesickness. According to the UGC, “Higher education institutions should mandatorily put in place a broad-based ‘Students Counseling System’ for the effective management of problems and challenges faced by students.” This new directive is part of the recently released UGC guidelines on Safety of Students and off Campuses of Higher Education Institutions, which has been sent to all varsities. The guidelines seeks from universities to amend their ordinances and relevant provisions to ensure that the new guidelines are implemented in the interest of the students. The guideline says, “It should be an unique, interactive and target-oriented system, involving students, teachers and parents, resolved to address common student concerns ranging from anxiety, stress, fear of change and failure to homesickness and a slew of academic worries.” It further says, “It should bridge the formal as well as communicative gaps between the students and the institution at large.” The guidelines also recommended that each faculty member is responsible for at least 25 students and be available to give personal hearings to the issue they face. According to the guidelines, “Teacher counselors, trained to act as the guardians of students at the college level, should remain in close touch with the students allotted to them (batch of 25 students) throughout the year, cater to their emotional and intellectual needs and convey their growth report and feedback on attendance, examination results etc to their parents at regular interval of time. Teacher counselors can coordinate with wardens of hostels and exchange personal details of students, academic record and behaviour patterns for prompt pre-emptive or corrective action.” According to the official of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, it has already set up such counseling cell during the tenure of Dr Vilas Sapkal the then Vice-Chancellor. University had constituted cell with psychologists, psychiatrists, educationists as the members. But this officer who spoke to The Hitavada on condition of anonymity could not ascertain whether the cell was running or not.

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Basoli enters into 41st year with fresh colours, new look

AFTER accomplishing a milestone of promoting creative freedom for 40 years amongst three generations of Nagpur, Basoli Group not only nourished the childhood, but also strengthened the psychologi... Read More
AFTER accomplishing a milestone of promoting creative freedom for 40 years amongst three generations of Nagpur, Basoli Group not only nourished the childhood, but also strengthened the psychological base of Nagpur’s creative minds, said Dr Satish Vate, Director of NEERI on Sunday. He was speaking as chief guest at the 40th year celebration of Basoli Group organised at Scientific Society Hall, Laxmi Nagar. Chandrakant Channe, founder of Basoli Group, and eminent educationist Bhaiyyasaheb Mundle were present on the dais. The Basoli touch was visible in the function with entire stage was decorated with yellow and white backdrop with a grand replica of a spectacle (a sign of 40 years of age) places aesthetically on the stage. Three white chairs, a transparent podium, and a huge figute of ‘40’ were adding beauty into the stage. The function was also short and sweet as well as innovative. Dr Vate spoke about the bond between nature science and creative art. “As environment scientists, we work close to the nature and we can relate with the artists, especially painters who paint these hues on the canvas,” he said. Bhaiyyasaheb Mundle gave the credit of Basoli’s success to the people associated with the group and their dedication and passion towards arts. Channe shared the future plans of the group and introduced proposed changes in the formats of Basoli camps. Six families, who allowed their wards to choose off beat fields and excel into their respective fields would be accorded warm felicitation on the occasion. They include: 1. Dr Sanjeev and Dr Sanjivani Kelkar, who encouraged their engineer daughter Tejasvini to pursue research in music and make career in it. Their son Nachiket also has chosen an unconventional profession of wildlife biologist. 2. Dr Rajendra and Rajana Pradhan made their son Chinmay a renowned painter on national level while their daughter Sai learned computer graphics to become animation artist. 3. Noted neurologist Dr Chandrashekhar and Namrata Meshram’s son Ashay is learning animation at NID Ahmedabad while his younger brother Aviral is Basoli’s member. 4. Dr Vivek and Shubhada Wagh’s son Siddhesh is PHD in maths while his younger sister is learning animation at NID. 5. Noted orator Kishor Galande and his wife Savita encouraged their daughter Asavati to pursue career in compering while their son Ajinkya is learning Tabla playing at Talayogi Gurukul of Pt Suresh Talwalkar. Apart from these families, five members of Basoli, who have done exceptional work in creative and artistic fields, were also felicitated. They include Munindra Jangam, art director of many films; Chinmay Deshkar, child artist; Atharva Pande, Potrait artist; Mangesh Bawase, theatre artist, and Devendra Belankar, Theatre activist. Kishor Galande, expressed his feelings of behalf of the parents. Samir Hejib conducted the proceedings and proposed a vote of thanks.

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Govt’s ‘no new college’ norm creates confusion

Some things never change and this is truly applicable for our slow moving system and its notorious bureaucracy which ensures that every good initiative seldom leads to its desired result. The dec... Read More
Some things never change and this is truly applicable for our slow moving system and its notorious bureaucracy which ensures that every good initiative seldom leads to its desired result. The decision of Maharashtra Government not to allow any new college during current academic year, based on empirical evidence of large number of vacant seats in every stream during last some years, was formalised only two days before the last date of submitting final proposal by respective universities. Ironically, all universities received this circular, after the last date is over. Now, all stakeholders are in confusion and uncertain about proposal and actual implementation of decision.

The order dated April 28 has clearly ruled out any new college, faculty, courses or additional seats for this academic year in a move to set right the higher education opportunities in state. The Government order states, “In higher education, balance is required in terms of opportunities for students in different parts of the state such as — city, rural, tribal, naxalite and hill areas.

The Government order states, “In higher education, balance is required in terms of opportunities for students in different parts of the state such as — city, rural, tribal, naxalite and hill areas. However, in the last academic year, thousands of seats remained vacant. Yet, new approval requests came from the very localities with vacancies, thereby causing an imbalance of higher education opportunities across state. Hence, Government has decided that no new approvals would be given this academic year (2015-16). Universities should instead submit revised perspective plans within the next three months for the government to give approval after proper study.” Dr Shrikant Komawar, Director of Board of College and Universities Development (BCUD) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) expressed surprise over this circular. He said, “The proposals of the new colleges, new courses, new sections go through proper scrutiny which begins in October. Accordingly, our university, too, completed the procedure and submitted the proposal in last week of April, 2015 which are supposed to be submitted by April 30. Though the circular was issued on April 28, the university did get the same after the last date of submission.” RTMNU authorities are in a fix and are clueless about dealing with this important matter.

For the previous academic year, applications for approvals had come from colleges, and ultimately these colleges witnessed dwindling numbers and over 25 per cent vacant seats.

Each year, universities are individually expected to create a blueprint, keeping in mind the existing higher education opportunities, requirements in different faculties, the number of students and the demand for different courses. Based on that, approvals are given to new colleges, courses, faculties and additional seats. The new government seems to have decided to actively participate in making of perspective plans this time, before giving them the nod. Dr Komawar said, “After every five year, with the additions of amendments new perspective plan is prepared. Our perspective plan has completed two years. But the Government has asked us to put certain necessary changes to have transparency and proper system.”

Considering the ever increasing number of colleges, a proper study of requirements and opportunities is indeed important to strike a balance.

Engineering Colleges troubled by large vacant seats

Following large number of vacancies in engineering colleges, the then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had constituted committee under the Chairmanship of Dr G D Yadav, Director of Chemical Institute to find out the reasons behind such a large number of vacant seats. The committee in its detailed report had recommended that no new college should be permitted. It is speculated that present State Government might have acted on the recommendations of Dr Yadav committee. The State had registered over 65,000 vacant seats in engineering faculty alone. This year with the decision not to go ahead with new colleges, number of vacant seats may come down. Nagpur region had witnessed some 9,000 seats vacant last year, mostly in new colleges while there was rush for admission in premier and reputed colleges.

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Govt likely to conduct its own CET for engineering in 2016

The department of Higher and Technical Education of Maharashtra Government may conduct its own Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to engineering courses from next academic year. If this C... Read More
The department of Higher and Technical Education of Maharashtra Government may conduct its own Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to engineering courses from next academic year. If this CET is conducted then Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will be out. There is lot of confusion regarding JEE in its current form.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde had announced that there would be a state-level common entrance test (MH-CET) for admissions to engineering institutes from the next academic year. The test was last held in 2013-14. Same is scheduled to be held in May 2016. Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET), respective States are already conducting their own CETs for admission to medical colleges.

Supreme Court in an judgement had said that no multiplicity of tests should be held to secure admission in professional courses like medical and engineering. Accordingly NEET was planned. But while planning for the NEET, the Government failed to create proper mechanism. Private Medical colleges approached Supreme Court pointing out number of practical difficulties in finalising admissions on the basis of the CET conducted by Government. State Governments felt that they would lose the seats to the candidates from outside State and everywhere pressure was mounted on Governments to protect interests of students domiciled in that particular state. Finally NEET was scrapped. On the same lines, opposition was whipped up against JEE too. But, amidst these changes and different entrance tests conducted by different agencies every year based on different courses, ultimate sufferer would be hapless students.

Earlier UPA Government had changed the format of CET for the admissions to Indian Institute of Technology. Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) was conducting AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) for the admissions to National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), autonomous colleges, deemed universities and IIT-JEE for the admissions to IIT. It was changed to JEE Main and JEE Advanced. For the past two years, only scores of JEE-Mains were considered for admissions to engineering colleges in the state. From next year, only those keen on seeking admission to national-level engineering institutes will have to give that exam. The minister had said the objective was to reduce the pressure which two examinations bring.

CET is easier than JEE, so more students want to appear for it. The number of seats for engineering courses is more in Maharashtra, so students will need to score high to get admission in reputed colleges.

Some parents alleged that Government always creates confusion and their wards suffer. The authorities should come out with the clear-cut policies as far as CET is concerned, added one angry parent.

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Captive tigress released in Pench

In a first experiement of its kind in Maharashtra, the six-year-old radio-collared TF2 tigress kept in an open enclosure at Tirthalmangi in Pench Tiger Reserve was released in Pench jungle after ... Read More
In a first experiement of its kind in Maharashtra, the six-year-old radio-collared TF2 tigress kept in an open enclosure at Tirthalmangi in Pench Tiger Reserve was released in Pench jungle after a period of two years and 20 days on Sunday.

This is the second experiment in the country; the first being held at Panna Tiger Reserve around two years ago.

This was confirmed by Meyipokyin Aier, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), East Region, Nagpur. He said that the tigress was provided with encough food before release in the wilderness.

It is reported that a gate of the enclosure spread in ten acres was opened and the yearning tigress jumped out of it at 2.30 pm to disappear in jungle within no time. It was released amid tight security as no outsider was allowed to enter the vicinity during the operation. The Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director of Pench Tiger Reserve, Divisional Forest Officer, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Range Forest Officer, patrolling/monitoring team and forestmen supervised and conducted the operation.

Reliable sources informed that forestmen have installed camera traps around the spot, nearby places and along the possible routes frequented by tigers. Two elephants have been called from Melghat and Madhya Pradesh for using their services in monitoring the movements of the beast.

Meanwhile, a team from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, led by Dr Bilal Habib, Senior Scientist, tied radio-collar to the tigress after tranquilising it on Thursday. The National Tiger Conservtion Authority had given permission one month ago to shift the tigress in the wild. Accordingly, the experts’ committee finally decided on April 23 to release the tigress in Pench only.

When it was a cub, this tigress was separated from its mother in Dabha jungle in Chandrapur district in 2009. Two more cubs were also separated with this tigress then. All the three cubs - one male and two females - were brought to Bor Wildlife Sanctuary in September 2009 and kept in a comparatively small enclosure with no much facility to exercise and kill a live prey released in the enclosure. The officials decided to shift them to a bigger enclosure at Pench so that they can provide training in hunting skills.

Accordingly, the male cub was brought from Bor to Pench on April 17, 2013 and two female cubs on the midnight of April 26, 2013. A team from Wildlife Institute of India had observed performance of the three animals and certified that one tiger is unfit for release in jungle while two tigresses are fit for jungle.

Accordingly, forest officials shifted the tiger to Katraj zoo on the outskirt of Pune city a couple of months back. Now, they have released this tigress today. After observing performance of this tigress for two/three months, the officials will then decide to release the another one.

Tigress now faces true test of survival

With the release of this tigress, a new chapter has been opened in its life. The beast spent six years in captivity and now for the first time it has got full freedom to wander in the natural habitat. At the same time, the tigress, which is deprived of training from its mother in hunting skills, will have to face challenges in jungle and withstand the test. The wild animal has received training to some extend in hunting in the open enclosure. However, a vast difference between being fed with easily available prey in the enclosure and adverse conditions prevailing in jungle will test the animal’s capability in adapting to the changed environment. The tigress will make a fresh beginning which involves demarcating territory, identifying prey areas, waterholes and introduction to other tigers roaming in the areas through scent marks. Pench boasts of movements of 24 tigers in the reserve and the tigress will have to find its own companion for its future well being.

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Nation capable to defend itself: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured the nation that the Army has adequate ammunition to protect the boundaries of the country and to face any untoward incident. The situation is not ... Read More
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured the nation that the Army has adequate ammunition to protect the boundaries of the country and to face any untoward incident. The situation is not grim as it was between 2008 to 2013 during United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, he stated while asserting that under NDA rule, the nation is fully geared up to meet any challenge and protect itself against any odds.

It may be mentioned that Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) pointed out acute shortage of ammunition in its latest report based on findings of 2013. The report stated that the availability of War Wastage Reserve (WWR) was only 10 per cent of the total types of ammunition stock. Parrikar said, situation has improved a lot but not 100 per cent. Hitting back at UPA, Parrikar said that the previous Government was not serious in maintaining the arms and ammunition stock. Parrikar personally monitored the situation to maintain availability of the stock. He said, we are studying the situation and will maintain all types of ammunition in the stock. Today we have 50 per cent stock of ammunition, he added. Replying on mountain strike corps, Parrikar said, the previous Government has decided to create corps but did not make any financial arrangement. The ambitious proposal required around Rs 87,000 crore in 2010 and now, the requirement had gone upto Rs One lakh crore. The Department does not have funds for infrastructure and not even for their salary. He said, I am trying to settle this issue. On purchase of 36 Rafale combat aircraft, Parrikar said, the Government is willing to complete crucial deal on Government to Government basis. Previously also such deals were inked between Government to Government. He said, we will not hesitate to ink the deal between Government to Government for the benefit of the country. On issue of border row with China, Defence Minister believed that the Prime Minister Modi’s tour will be helpful to sort out border dispute.

Parrikar meets RSS Chief

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar met Dr. Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at RSS headquarters, here, on Sunday to brief him regarding completion of one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government and achievements of his department. Modi Government is completing one year at the Centre on May 26. Parrikar spent around 1.30 hours in the afternoon at RSS headquarters at Mahal. This is third high-profile visit of Modi Government’s Minister.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP National President Amit Shah met Dr. Bhagwat at Nagpur. Parrikar said, he meet Dr. Bhagwat as Swayamsevak and he does not require any agenda to meet him. I am here to visit Ordnance Factories and sort out some local problems related to defence land and it is natural for a Swayamsevak like me to meet RSS Chief, who is incidentally in Nagpur, Parrikar told mediapersons. Later he visited Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s house at Mahal. After his hectic tour, Parrikar interacted with important BJP functionaries at an informal function organised at the residence of former MLC Ashok Mankar. On Monday morning, The Defence Minister will visit Sitabuldi fort and Tekadi Ganesh Mandir. Parrikar is slated to visit OF Ambazari and OF Bhandara and will leave for Delhi at 3 pm.

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WCL urges MoD to relocate OF Bhadravati for coal mining

Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has urged Ministry of Defence to consider its proposal to shift Ordnance Factory Chanda, situated at Bhadravati to a new location as it is situated on coal bear... Read More
Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has urged Ministry of Defence to consider its proposal to shift Ordnance Factory Chanda, situated at Bhadravati to a new location as it is situated on coal bearing land and new coal mines are being opened close to the establishment of Ordnance Factory. The proposal cropped up in a high-level meeting of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Transport Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Sunday evening.

The proposal of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) proposing mining in this area was discussed at length. Parrikar directed WCL officials to study economic viability of the project as they have to create new infrastructure for the Ordnance Factory, that is spread over 7000 hectares land and also have to construct residential quarters located on 150 hectares land. The Minister allowed WCL to take trial pit of the coal to assess its quality and then put a proposal before the Defence Ministry. It may be recalled that a high-level committee headed by eminent scientist Dr A P J Abdul Kalam had strongly recommended ban on any type of mining within 3 km vicinity of Ordnance Factory and particularly when commercial coal mining was proposed near Ordnance Factory, Bhadravati. This was almost one and half decades ago and the proposal of shifting OF from Bhadrawati was also shelved. The idea of allowing mining was dropped following a spirited legal fight to protect important national institution like OF where sensitive ammunition is produced.

Key issues solved

Minister Parrikar while briefing mediapersons said that the 30 per cent issue has been resolved while 30 per cent issues are in the pipe line and remaining issues will be sorted out in near future after discussion. They also discussed for an expansion of OF Ambazari and Jawaharnagar, Bhandara. He also favoured to accord permission for construction of bye-pass road at Kamptee contonment to reduce the pressure on present traffic, and find solution on the problems being faced by the local residents of Kampteee Cantonment. They also discussed a proposal to give permission for laying the pipeline at Yerkheda, Ranala and handing over 7.50 hectare Defence land for Koradi Mahalaxmi Mandir. The transfer of Idgah, Kamptee land to Idgaha Trust, and fulfillment of demand to remove the iron iillar, road and wire fencing on football ground for practice of youths was also discussed. The local residents of Ghaza are facing problems due to Firing Range and solution needs to be found to resolve the issue.

The issues related to Nagpur city of sparing Defence land for beautification, landscaping and development works, giving permission for laying of pipeline of NMC pumping station, handing over 1.93 acres Defence land along Ansari road near Sitabuldi fort for parking purpose as per the reservation under DP of Nagpur, and transfer of 27.39 acres of railway line land of OF Ambazari from SRPF camp to OF Ambazari to NMC, service charge issue of Vayusena Nagar were also discussed in the meeting.

IAF to vacate 278 ha land whenever MADC requires it

Parrikar said,, the Ministry has cleared the exchange of 2.3 hectare land belonging to CRPF and 278 hectare land of Indian Air Force for MIHAN project to MADC. This land is very important for the upgradation and future development of existing airport of Nagpur as it is the part of the proposed 400 hectares of land to be given to the Indian Air Force in the exchange of 278 hectares of land. He said, currently, the IAF will not shift its present units and infrastructure as it will be required for operation of helicopters for naxal areas. Otherwise, the IAF has to operate it from Gorakhpur. As and when the land is required by MADC, the operation unit will be shifted to new location on 400 hectares land. It may be mentioned that the proposal is very old and pending for nod of the Defence Ministry. Rajya Sabha MPs Abhay Sancheti, and Avinash Pande, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, Mayor Pravin Datke, Legislators Krishna Khopde, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Prof. Anil Sole, Nago Ganar, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Collector Abhishek Krishna, and Defence Officials were present in the meeting.

MoD may open Sitabuldi fort

Defence Ministry is also in favour to open Sitabuldi Fort for the tourists round the year and also sparing Defence land to Shri Tekadi Ganesh Mandir on lease basis. For the first time, the Defence Minister has given ample of time to sort out the issues of Nagpur district. Parrikar will visit Sitabuldi fort and Tekadi road on May 18 at 8 am. The Minister also sorted out the major problem of transfer of 278 hectares land of Indian Airforce (Gajraj Project) for setting Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) to Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC).

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Basoli: A museum without walls

IT'S DIFFICULT to believe that Basoli Group has completed fourty long years and still spreading fresh, innocent colours, spirit of creative freedom and power of imagination with ever-increasing... Read More
IT'S DIFFICULT to believe that Basoli Group has completed fourty long years and still spreading fresh, innocent colours, spirit of creative freedom and power of imagination with ever-increasing energy. Basoli Group describes itself as a movement with specific goal offering creativity in different children art fields. However, it is a museum without walls. After four decades of its existence, this creative museum has huge collection of art and artists. Hundreds of ‘Basolians’working in various creative and artistic fields, many of them teaching arts to the young generations and countless individuals inheriting the spirit of creativity amongst their wards are the gifts of this movement to this part of India. Especially, in Nagpur, one could find three generations associated and groomed along with Basoli Group. Chandrakant Channe, who initiated this creative movement, has many plans to celebrate completion of 40 years of this group. "Change is inevitable. With changing needs and psychology of the new generation, 'Basoli' is all set to introduce major changes in its projects from this year. All these changes are going to be positive and thoughtful," Channe said while talking to 'The Hitavada'.

Instead of traditional ten-day long residential camps, 'Basoli Group' is set to introduce short two or three days camps specifically dedicated for particular art genres like Drawing, Painting, Drama, Music, Clay, Installations, Film Making, and Puppetry. "Kids interested in particular style would join the specific camp. This will give them more freedom and make the camp enjoyable," said Channe. According to him, the new generation wants early results and couldn't wait in longer residential camps.

Innovative 'My Transparent Room'

During the course of discussion, Channe told about the newest innovative project 'My Transparent Room' which will be introduced from this year. "We will provide huts created with transparent plastic to the participants and ask them to paint it according to their imagination and flair. This project was a huge success while tried on experimental level. Kids will paint their minds, their dreams on the transparent plastic walls of these rooms," he said.

Celebrations today

Basoli Group will celebrate the completion of 40 years in a novel way at Scientific Society Hall, at 6.30 pm on Sunday. Prabhakarrao Mundle, President of Mundle Education Trust, will preside over the function while Dr Satish Vate, Director of NEERI will be the chief guest. Six families, who allowed their wards to choose off beat fields and excel into their respective fields would be accorded warm felicitation on the occasion.

These include: 1. Dr Sanjeev and Dr Sanjivani Kelkar, who encouraged their engineer daughter Tejasvini to pursue research in music and make career in it. Their son Nachiket also has chosen an unconventional profession of wildlife biologist. 2. Dr Rajendra and Rajana Pradhan made their son Chinmay a renowned painter on national level while their daughter Sai learned computer graphics to become animation artist. 3. Noted neurologist Dr Chandrashekhar and Namrata Meshram's son Ashay is learning animation at NID Ahmedabad while his younger brother Aviral is Basoli's member. 4. Dr Vivek and Shubhada Wagh's son Siddhesh is PHD in maths while his younger sister is learning animation at NID. 5. Noted orator Kishor Galande and his wife Savita encouraged their daughter Asavati to pursue career in compeering while their son Ajinkya is learning Tabla playing at Talayogi Gurukul of Pt Suresh Talwalkar.

Apart from these families, five members of Basoli, who have done exceptional work in creative and artistic fields, would also be felicitated. They include Munindra Jangam, art director of many films; Chinmay Deshkar, child artist; Atharva Pande, Potrait artist; Mangesh Bawase, theatre artist, and Devendra Belankar, Theatre activist.

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House, a museum...

'Kala Vaibhav' bungalow in Giri Peth is easily recognizable as it has a huge front yard full of trees of different kinds. Ramesh Satpute, who resides here along with his 91-year-old mother Shakun... Read More
'Kala Vaibhav' bungalow in Giri Peth is easily recognizable as it has a huge front yard full of trees of different kinds. Ramesh Satpute, who resides here along with his 91-year-old mother Shakuntala and his sisters, not only maintains a beautiful nursery here, but also preserves rare collections of several goods in this house. The house has a huge collection of rare brass pottery and art works preserved carefully by Satpute's mother since years. It also has Satpute's popular collection of LPs and records for which his name has entered in several record books. The house also has a collection of rare perfume bottles and idols of Lord Ganesha maintained by Satpute's sister. In fact, each member of this family has preserved a collection of rare goods to make this house a perfect 'museum'.

Shakuntala Satpute's collection of brass goods include a rare water heater which comes right from Southi Arabia, a beautifully crafted ornament box, hundreds of unconventionally designed locks, cutters, lamps, and frames. Ramesh Satpute's collection of Records has more than 6000 LPs and records. Many of these are exclusive and master records. Satpute used to visit Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar to buy the rare LPs of Natya Sangeet and live music shows. He also used to contact the music companies to purchase the LPs from their collection. However, this effort gained major support by the donors. Satpute candidly shares the credit of such huge collection with the generous donors who donated their records and even record players to him. He takes special care to all the LPs and the players. He claims that every record from his collection can be played at any moment.

His sister’s collection of perfume bottles, shells and idols also has many rare pieces in it. The family is all set to celebrate Museum Day on May 18.

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Confusion galore about Medical CET

Maharashtra Government has taken decision to constitute Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority to regulate fees for recognised professional courses run by these institutions, to not to allow priv... Read More
Maharashtra Government has taken decision to constitute Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority to regulate fees for recognised professional courses run by these institutions, to not to allow private institutions to conduct their own Common Entrance Test. Government has come out with the ordinance. But private medical or engineering colleges did not get any information about this development officially. This has created confusion among parents about whether students should appear CET of private colleges or not.

State Cabinet of Maharashtra has decided to implement Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission Fees) Act, 2015, the draft of which was pending for past few years. The Cabinet decided to issue an ordinance in this regard during Monsoon Session of State Legislature, which will start after commencement of the academic year 2015-16. The ordinance will spell out appropriate fee structure for professional courses, thereby curbing profiteering.

Though the Government has said in its ordinance that it would be applicable from the academic year 2015-16, no instructions have been passed to private institutions by the Government. Dr Kamal Kishor Kadam, President of Association of Private and Unaided Medical and Dental Colleges (APUMDC) told ‘The Hitavada,’ “We read it in the newspapers only. We did not get any instructions from the State Government so we have asked institutions attached to our association to go ahead with the routine activity.”

Some of the parents said that the step is not wrong but there is confusion about CET. Government has not come out with clear instructions. Parents question whether their wards should appear in the CETs to be conducted by private association or not? Whether the ordinance is applicable to deemed universities as far as CET is concerned? These and all other questions are still unanswered.

Meanwhile, Dr Kadam said, “In the year 2002, Supreme Court has given liberty to professional colleges. Now Government wants to check it. How will these institutions run. Curbing profiteering is ok but bringing total control is something not good. We are planning to approach Court.”

With the Government’s move, there will be only one Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the Government. Private institutions will not be allowed to hold their own CETs.

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Jailbreak: Accused duo recreate scene before investigators

CRIME Branch officers on Saturday took two jail-break accused to Central Jail to recreate the scene as a part of their investigation process. Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwank... Read More
CRIME Branch officers on Saturday took two jail-break accused to Central Jail to recreate the scene as a part of their investigation process. Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar also quizzed the two accused, according to sources. Probing the sensational jailbreak case, police officers took dreaded criminals Mohammad Shoeb Khan alias Shibbu Salim Khan and Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri to Central Jail and asked them to demonstrate as to how they had escaped along with three of their accomplices in the small hours of March 31. Senior Jail authorities also interrogated them to find out as to how they got the inside help in executing their plan. Sources informed that Borwankar, who is conducting a departmental inquiry against the jail officers concerned, also held meeting and reviewed the jail security. She also gave necessary instructions to Jail officials, added the sources. Mohammad Shoeb Khan (25), a resident of New Mankapur, Koradi Road; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a resident of Nepal, and another dreaded criminal Arman Munna Malik (22), a resident of Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh, were nabbed in a joint operation by Betul Unit of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Crime Branch. Cops had seized two country-made revolvers, one Mauser gun and 10 live cartridges from them.

Facing charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), Mohammad Shoeb Khan and Prem alias Nepali had escaped with their accomplices Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25), Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) by climbing the jail wall after cutting the iron rods of Barrack No 6. However, Satyendra Gupta, Bisen Singh and Aakash alias Golu Thakur are still untraceable.

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Chief Secy commences Geotechnical investigation work of Metro Rail project

Giving momentum to ambitious work of Nagpur Metro Rail, Swadheen Kshatriya, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra has commenced the work of Geotechnical investigation of Metro Rail project on Saturday... Read More
Giving momentum to ambitious work of Nagpur Metro Rail, Swadheen Kshatriya, Chief Secretary of Maharashtra has commenced the work of Geotechnical investigation of Metro Rail project on Saturday afternoon at Gowari T-point. Kshatriya performed traditional pooja with Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL). Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, District Collector Abhishek Krishna, were also present on the occasion.

Geotechnical Investigation plays a very crucial role in designing of the most important and critical component of the entire Metro Rail System i.e. Foundation. The soil investigation will reveal strata of soil for laying the foundation of Metro Rail. Swadheen Kshatriya switched on the operation of the drill machine to declare the phase of Geotechnical Investigation work as commenced.

Chief Secretary also sought information regarding route of North-South Corridor of Nagpur Metro Rail. Dixit showed him Metro Rail routes from Automotive Square passing through the Zero Mile area and then further to Munje Square where an Interchange Station is planned.

The Geotechnical Investigation work has been given to Anandjiwala Technical Consultancy from Ahmedabad. The company will dig 370 bore holes on routes of metro rail to find out the position of soil. The depth of the trial bores will be 8-30 mts and diameter of trial bores will be 150 mm. The work is expected to be completed in next three months. D G Philip, General Manager (Admin), Anand Kumar, Executive Engineer, D M Sonwane, OSD, Rajeev Yelkawar, Deputy Engineer, Sandeep Bapat, Bhandarkar, Mrugesh Anandjiwala and Shilpi Rattan were present.

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Amit Shah meets RSS chief

Amit Shah, National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at RSS headquarters, here, on Saturday to brief him regard... Read More
Amit Shah, National President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at RSS headquarters, here, on Saturday to brief him regarding completion of one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government.

Modi Government is completing one year at the Centre on May 26. Shah spent around 1.35 hours at the RSS headquarters at Mahal. In the afternoon, he met Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Sarkaryavah of RSS at Reshimbag Smruti Mandir premises.

Shah is the second senior leader of BJP to meet top leadership of RSS to present progress card. Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had also met RSS chief on Thursday. He also took review of Anti-Naxal operations at Ravi Bhavan.

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is also arriving on Sunday to meet top brass of the RSS. Sources informed that Parrikar is arriving at 2 pm and will visit RSS HQ at 4 pm. He will stay at night and will visit Bhandara on Sunday. Before meeting RSS chief, Shah visited Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s house in Mahal. They discussed several issues for one hour. Shah refused to meet mediapersons at Ravi Bhavan.

Earlier, Shah was accorded warm welcome at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, BJP City President Krishna Khopde, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohle, MLC Prof Anil Sole, Mayor Pravin Datke, Standing Committee chief Ramesh Singare, ruling party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Sanjay Phanje, Chandan Goswami, Nishant Gandhi and others met Shah at Ravi Bhavan.

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Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning panel election today; 41 candidates in fray

The election of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) will be held on May 17. Out of total 30 posts, election will be held for 28 posts. Total 41 candidates -- 25 from Nagpur Muni... Read More
The election of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) will be held on May 17. Out of total 30 posts, election will be held for 28 posts. Total 41 candidates -- 25 from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) area and 16 from rural areas -- are in the fray. Polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led panel is likely to get majority in the committee. Vinay Moon, Additional Collector and Assistant Returning Officer-NMAPC for Nagpur (Rural), has made all arrangements for free and fair elections. The candidates in the fray for 20 seats from NMC area segment are Swati Akhatkar, Deepak Kapse, Mangalabai Gaware, Jagadish Gwalbanshi, Sushama Chaudhary, Suresh Jagyasi, Ashwini Jichkar, Chetana Tank, Arun Daware, Alka Dalal, Prashant Dhawad, Divya Dhurde, Pragati Patil, Parinay Fukey, Sadhana Barde, Rekha Barhate, Nilima Bawane, Narendra (Balya) Borkar, Praveen Bhisikar, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Murlidhar Meshram, Sudhir (Bandu) Raut, Raju Lokhande, Abhishek Shambharkar and Satish Holay.

The ballot paper for NMC segment will be white-coloured, and the polling booth for this segment will be NMC’s Civil Lines office. Similarly, from Nagpur rural area, 16 candidates are in the fray for eight seats. Total number of voters is 330. The candidates for rural area segment are Deorao Kadu, Manish Karemore, Fakira Kulmate, Sunil Kode, Praveen Khade, Sandeep Ghiye, Jitendra Chavan, Ravindra Chikhale, Chanda Jumde, Rajendra Dudhbale, Vijay Nikose, Neeta Potfode, Kanta Bawankule, Mohan Makde, Kailash Vaidya and Rameshwar Sathawane.

The ballot paper for this segment will be pink-coloured. The polling booths for various tehsils including respective Panchayat Samiti (PS) offices for Nagpur (Rural) tehsil, Mouda, Parseoni, Hingna, and Kamptee. Polling for Kuhi and Umred tehsils will be held at PS office, Umred; and for Kalmeshwar and Saoner at PS office Kalmeshwar.

The voting pattern will be ‘single transferable vote’ or ‘preferential vote’. The voters will have to write number 1, 2, or 3 as per his/her preference before the name of a candidate. If all numbers are written before a candidate’s name, the vote will be treated as invalid. Besides, a voter will have to write the number(s) using only the pen provided by the polling officer.

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Curd whey can remove soil and water pollutants: Research

The path-breaking research for improving quality of soil contaminated by pesticides has been done by researchers from Nagpur. The method is cheaper and effective in extreme environmental condit... Read More
The path-breaking research for improving quality of soil contaminated by pesticides has been done by researchers from Nagpur. The method is cheaper and effective in extreme environmental conditions and derived from bioresource technology. The researchers have been contacted by various countries for use in treatment of waste water and soil, for better agriculture management. In India also the method has attracted attention of many scientists and other organisations.

The micro-organism (Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain-PP2 and Kocuria turfanesis strain-J) synthesised and produced in curd whey and tested using various parameters. The biosurfactants, defined as a class of surface-active molecules synthesised by micro-organisms, have gained attention because of their biodegradability, low toxicity, ecological acceptance and ability to be produced from wastes. They can be used for waste water treatment and removal of heavy metals from soil. The research work conducted by Dr Kirti Dubey, Dr Pravin Charde, Dr Latika P Shendre, all from Sevadal Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Dr Sudhir Meshram, VC of North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon; Vijay S Dubey of Hislop College and Dr Asha Juwarkar of NEERI was published in an international science journal. The researchers have also patented the technology. Pesticides like monocrotophos is highly toxic for aquatic invertebrates, birds and mammals and is not compatible with integrated pest management programmes. The use of monocrotophos is increasing for getting desired pesticidal effect, which has resulted in saturation of soil with this toxic pesticide. This percolates or flow to contaminate ground water and flowing water in natural water bodies. It is also found to be highly toxic for certain species including house sparrow, Japanese quails, canaries and pigeons.

Thus the technology is not only useful for protection of soil and water, but also protects some animals and birds, which have been declared endangered species.

The micro-organisms were tested in extreme conditions of pH, salinity and temperature for currently used pesticides monocrotophos and imidacloprid. The experiments have shown effective results in removing contamination of soil and water. As curd whey was used as no-cost fermentation medium for biosurfactants, the procedure is very cheap. The curd whey is water removed from curd to prepare ‘Chukka’ for making Indian delicacy ‘Shrikhand’. While preparing one kilo of Chakka, we get about nine liter of curd whey, which is usually thrown away. Now this can be used for treatment of contaminated soil and water.

Commercial use of the technology could further reduce the cost of production and if transferred to the farmers, it can be easily used by them for improving the quality of soil and water. Thus expenditure on human health will also be reduced.

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RSS pats Modi Govt for its good performance

Patting back of Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government for its good performance during last one year, senior RSS functionary and Sah Sarkaryavah Dattatraya Hosbale comp... Read More
Patting back of Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government for its good performance during last one year, senior RSS functionary and Sah Sarkaryavah Dattatraya Hosbale complimented Modi for eradicating graft from high-places, eliminating middlemen, giving a new hope and aspiration and making a very promising beginning. This Government will perform more during its tenure, Hosbale stated while addressing a function organised by Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). He also cautioned BMS workers to shun selective confrontation with Government and instead continue with its policy of responsive co-operation in national interest.

Hosbale was addressing party workers meeting of BMS at Br Abhyankar Smarak Samiti Hall, Main Road, Dhantoli on Saturday. Vidarbha Pradesh President of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Ramesh Patil and Vasant M. Pimplapure shared dais. Hosbale asked the BMS workers to be pro-active for the new set-up and help in maintaining this positive momentum. The first major change witnessed after BJP Government came to power was the nation was freed from the clutches of ‘Political Middlemen’ (Rajakiya Dalal). Prime Minister Narendra Modi is successful in giving a clear message of entire world. He has displayed cultural identity of India and triggered the nation’s soul. He has changed the perception of other countries towards India. Now the country is standing with all its strength and courage, Hosbale stated with a sense of satisfaction.

BMS is an independent trade union and is closely watching the social, economical, cultural, educational changes in the country. BMS in principle will not accept the changes as it is. But as a responsible Indian, each member of BMS should play a multiple role in national development, he added.

‘Responsive co-operation needed’

Hosbale touched some issues like land acquisition bill, export law, foreign direct investment in defence, railways, telecom, banking, and retail and insurance, rising inflation, and disinvestment of public sector units, labour reform etc and said, the Government is thinking about total transformation of nation. In this situation, instead of adopting the policy of ‘selective confrontation’ like other trade unions, BMS should stick to its policy of ‘responsive co-operation,’ he added.

‘List of 72 economic issues sent to Govt’

Hosbale pointed out that a list of 72 issues of economical field was handed over to the concerned ministers in Centre. These issues were discussed in details with these ministers and out of these 43 issues would be solved easily without any dispute. The discussions on rest of the issues will continue and will be solved with mutual co-operation, he said.

‘Bureaucracy yet to change’

Hosbale expressed that BMS should give some time to the new Government to perform because though the legislature has been changed, the bureaucracy has remained as it is. It will also take some period for the bureaucrats to change their attitudes, habits and thoughts. BMS always had a nationalistic outlook. This outlook should be manifested in its activities. National interest is accepted as supreme and the workers interest to be protected and promoted within its frame work. National Commitment is to guide all negotiations at collective bargaining and promoted within its frame work. Each BMS worker should accept these principles in broad interest of nation, he stated. General Secretary Ashok Bhutad conducted the proceedings.

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MIHAN project: One more hurdle cleared

Removing yet another hurdle in expediting MIHAN, the Union Home Ministry has cleared exchange of 2.3 hectare land belonging to CRPF for the ambitious project. The land bearing survey no. 1/1, b... Read More
Removing yet another hurdle in expediting MIHAN, the Union Home Ministry has cleared exchange of 2.3 hectare land belonging to CRPF for the ambitious project. The land bearing survey no. 1/1, belonged to CRPF and is located at village Shivangaon. This land is very important for the upgradation and future development of existing airport of Nagpur as it is the part of the proposed 400 hectares of land to be given to the Indian Air Force in the exchange of 278 hectares of land. Recently MADC also signed MoU with Defence Ministry, IAF for the transfer of 278 hectares of land to MADC. These are the two major and much awaited breakthroughs in the development of MIHAN project. MADC will give equal land, bearing survey No. 2/1 & 2/2 to CRPF at Shivangaon.

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Gadkari seeks better air service for Nagpur

Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has appealed all air companies to provide better air connectivity to Nagpur in view of its growing economic and educational importanc... Read More
Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has appealed all air companies to provide better air connectivity to Nagpur in view of its growing economic and educational importance. Due to spurt in trade and commerce, business, education activities, there is massive increase in number of passengers using air travel to and fro Nagpur, Gadkari stated in his letter addressed to all aviation companies. Gadkari, who chairs a task-force to speed up MIHAN project, has also sought views of aviation majors about making air service better, faster and more affordable. Nagpur is poised to host IIIT, AIIMS, IIM and other prestigious institutions in addition to several national and international companies investing in MIHAN, due to which there will be additional air traffic for Nagpur. Gadkari has asked aviation companies to give their suggestions and also explore the possibility of starting international flights from here. Gadkari has also mooted a meeting with these companies after receiving their feedbadk.

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Parents slam Edn Deptt for lack of transparency in RTE admission list

Charging the State Education Department with committing gross irregularities and lack of transparency in preparing admission list of students under the Right to Education Act (RTE), aggrieved par... Read More
Charging the State Education Department with committing gross irregularities and lack of transparency in preparing admission list of students under the Right to Education Act (RTE), aggrieved parents have decided to approach higher authorities to scrap the list and stop the ongoing chaos and confusion over RTE admissions. The ineligible candidates whose name figured in the admission list should be scrapped and their documents including address proof and income certificates should be probed, demanded parents action group.

In many premier schools, authorities found that documents were highly questionable and issued by tweaking the rules just to fulfil the eligibility under the RTE, depriving genuine and poor students living in close vicinity from securing the admission, thereby making a mockery of noble intention behind the RTE Act.

Pointing that the manual system was better, angry parents accused that on-line process messed up entire process. The list was full of fake addresses and fake income proof. Education Department hardly took any efforts to explain the whole system to the parents and schools, the parents action group alleged. The RTE Act clearly says that the admissions be given to the student who stays in one km vicinity at walking distance of a school. But ignoring the instructions given in the act, the department allotted seats to the students who stay well beyond one km and in some cases even to those living upto five km from the school premises. According to parents, the move of the Education Department about preparing final list surprised one and all. Earlier, the department had announced that it would take out lottery first for the students staying within the vicinity of one km from the schools. But, for reasons best known to authorities, it was given up and norms were relaxed.

The online admission lottery was introduced to bring in transparency, but its sloppy implementation lead to exact opposite and unwarranted outcome. Problems started the moment the software accepted applications from parents for both pre-primary and primary sections of the same school, even though technically it should have been in only one section.

Education officers, who themselves are confused about implementation of the RTE Act, now, are threatening schools with dire consequences if they do not admit the children in Standard-I. The schools whose entry level is nursery have refused to admit students in Standard-I as it is not possible at this juncture to do so. About 69 schools have been admitting students in nursery since the RTE came into being and Government, too, has permitted to them so.

However, due to pressure mounted by some insignificant political workers with the help of shady elements, the Education Department adopted high-handed tactics and invited wrath of parents, schools and public. Amidst the chaotic situation, the RTE admission process for premier schools has come to a grinding halt.

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PIL seeks protection for pre-primary admissions under RTE

Irked over the faulty implementation of admission process under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, angry parents have approached the High Court charging School Education Department and its offic... Read More
Irked over the faulty implementation of admission process under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, angry parents have approached the High Court charging School Education Department and its officials with agonising young children. Buckling under pressure of the Education Department authorities who insisted on admission in Standard-I as per new circular dated April 30, some schools cancelled pre-primary admissions done as per earlier circular dated January 21, 2015.

The petitioner parents alleged that authorities deliberately undermined the admission process by not taking action against errant schools who flouted High Court’s order dated May 7. Further, the petitioners demanded that the government reimburse schools admitting children to pre-primary classes. More than 30,000 children across State will be out of school if the government cancels the pre-primary admissions, the petitioners claimed.

Petitioner parents, while sharply criticising April 30 Government Resolution (GR) that has been stayed by the High Court, accused the State with showing lack of understanding of basic child psychology in depriving those children who have already bagged seats in the pre-primary section and creating uncertainty and confusion for children.

A division bench consisting Justice A K Menon and Justice S C Gupte on Friday asked the aggrieved parents to make representation before schools which cancelled admissions of pre-primary students under the RTE quota following April 30 GR which made Standard-I as point of entry for RTE admissions.

State Education Department on April 30 had issued a controversial GR by which schools were to reserve 25 per cent seats in Class I as entry-level point.

Earlier, admissions under the RTE were taken from pre-primary sections.

The GR was issued mid-way when RTE admissions were near completion across Maharashtra and schools were threatened with prosecution and withdrawal of NoC and derecognition. Aggrieved by this GR contradicting earlier norms, several schools approached the High Court pointing out that admissions for pre-primary sections under RTE quota were already done for this academic year. On May 7, the High Court had come down heavily on School Education Department and allowed the schools to go ahead with their admission process as per earlier GR and as per their own entry point (either nursery or Std-I) while directing authorities not to harass any school on this count. However, in many parts of Maharashtra, several schools, despite the High Court order, buckled under the pressure of the Education Department which threatened to withdraw the recognition and NoC, cancelled admissions of students for pre-primary classes. Following this, aggrieved parents filed a public interest litigation (PIL) before the vacation bench. The High Court asked the parents to first make a representation before the schools informing them about the May 7 order of the High Court directing for status quo on the admissions under the Right to Education Act while permitting them to come back later.

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IGGMCH gets renewal for additional 50 seats?

Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to grant renewal of increased 50 seats to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), in... Read More
Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to grant renewal of increased 50 seats to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), informed reliable sources.

Respective State Governments had been asked to submit undertaking through Secretaries. Maharashtra Government had sent the undertaking at the hands of Director of Medical Education and Research Dr Pravin Shingare instead of the Secretary bringing the medical colleges into trouble. Despite this, IGGMCH got the renewal, said sources.

Two-day meeting of Executive Committee of MCI was held in Delhi. MCI had asked States to send Secretaries with undertakings. Like last year, when the then Medical Education Secretary Manisha Mhaiskar could not turn up due to ill-health, this time Medha Gadgil also could not go for the meeting. Dr Shingare carried the undertaking of fulfilling compliance but MCI Executive Committee refused to accept it as it was to be handed over strictly by the Secretary. The approval was kept pending. Surprisingly, approval for the additional 50 seats of IGGMCH got permission, said highly placed sources.

IGGMCH has been fighting for the renewal. First it was for the 40 increased seats to make it a college with 100 seats, now for the 50 increased seats to make it 150 from 100. It got status of 150 seats when Central Government had come out with the plan to increase 50 seats of the medical colleges which are 10 years old and already have 100 seats or 150 seats. Yavatmal, Akola and IGGMCH from Vidarbha got benefited.

New Government in Maharashtra has given a momentum to the work and the seven medical colleges in State, as announced by the previous government, are to benefit. Out of seven proposed medical colleges proposed by previous NCP-Congress Government, only Chandrapur and Gondia have shown remarkable progress. Both have acquired 25 acre land and also got 300-bed hospital.

The team of Medical Council of India (MCI) inspected the Gondia medical college while Chandrapur was in the waiting. But inspection will not be done at Chandrapur as the last date of submission was May 15.

Elaborating the progress of seven medical colleges -- Satara, Nandurbar, Alibag, Mumbai, Baramati, Chandrapur and Gondia, a senior official said, “Only Chandrapur and Gondia have 25 acres of land, building to run college and required 300-bed hospital. The colleges at other places are in deep trouble. At Satara and Alibaug, land for medical college has not be acquired. The proposed building at Mumbai was gutted so the colleges there have lot many problems. Nandurbar has just completed land acquisition process. Baramati is not a district place so, as per the requirement of MCI, it does not fulfill the condition of existence of district hospital.”

It is learnt that IGGMCH had failed to comply for teaching posts. The college, in its compliance, pointed out that the excess posts should be transferred to the faculty where there are less number of posts. This would balance the teaching staff. There was second problem regarding unavailability of funds for senior residency as pointed out by MCI at IGGMCH. The funds for about 34 Residents have been sanctioned.

Chanda’s folly proves critical

During the last inspection by MCI, Chandrapur Medical College had erred by putting couple of gynaecology patients in the ward of surgery. These patients were not counted among Gynaecology ward patients. Had that been done, the total number of beds could have gone to 300, which was a requirement MCI was looking for to give consent to the new medical college. But, due to the error, under the Establishment of Medical Council Act, Chandrapur’s application was rejected. Chandrapur then requested another inspection but it was not done.

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Jailbreak: PCR for 3 criminals till 22nd

CITY Police on Friday obtained remand of three hardcore criminals, including the two who had escaped from Central Jail, for their custodial interrogation till May 22.

Cops produced accus... Read More
CITY Police on Friday obtained remand of three hardcore criminals, including the two who had escaped from Central Jail, for their custodial interrogation till May 22.

Cops produced accused Mohammad Shoeb Khan alias Shibbu Salim Khan (25), a resident of New Mankapur, Koradi Road; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a resident of Nepal, and Arman Munna Malik (22), a resident of Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh, before the court and procured their police custody remand (PCR) for eight days.

Mohammad Shoeb Khan and Prem alias Nepali had escaped with their accomplices Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25), Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) had escaped by climbing the jail wall after cutting the iron rods of Barrack No 6 in the small hours of March 31 with inside help.

Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq, Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta and Mohammed Shoeb Salim Khan alias Shibbu were booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and kept in Central Jail.

Bisen Singh, Satyendra Gupta and Mohammed Shoeb owe allegiance to gangster Raja Ghous who had killed a youth near Untkhana square two years ago. Ghous and Gupta had also opened fire at policemen in Nandanwan area and also in Jaripatka and Pachpaoli. Ghous was first booked in 2008. He and his gang members had escaped from the custody of Chhindwara Police some years ago. After Ghous met with an accident, he was admitted to a private hospital at Sakkardara square. Despite deployment of security guards at the hospital, Ghous managed to flee. Later, Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Ghous from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Since then, he and his three gang members were kept in Central Jail. However, Ghous could not escape from the jail as he had suffered leg injuries. On the basis of the information given by Betul (MP) unit of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Crime Branch personnel nabbed Mohammad Shoeb, Prem alias Nepali and another criminal Arman Malik and seized two country-made revolvers, one Mauser gun and 10 live cartridges from them. However, three more accused in jailbreak case -- Satyendra Gupta, Bisen Singh and Aakash alias Golu Thakur -- are still at large. After the jailbreak incident that shook the entire administration in the state, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had immediately suspended Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble. Fadnavis had ordered a high-level inquiry into the jailbreak. Fadnavis constituted the high-level committee headed by Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit to probe the incident. Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar had suspended several jail officers and sepoys for dereliction of duty. Cops searched the entire jail premises and seized hundreds of cellphones, SIM cards, batteries and Marijuana from different barracks. It was alleged that some jail officers facilitated escape of the five hardcore criminals from Central Jail.

Earlier, cops had arrested four criminals -- Ganesh Sharma (30), a resident of Taj Nagar, Nawab Tohid Khan (22), a resident of Plot No 24, Mankapur, near Don Bosco School, Abrar alias Raju Badhiyara Shaikh Wajid Shaikh Mohammad (25), a resident of Yaseen Plot, Tajbag, and Chetam alias Abir Sunil Hazare (24), a resident of Borkar Nagar -- for their alleged involvement in the jail-break conspiracy. Police had also seized five pistols and 38 catridges from Abrar alis Raja and Chetan alias Abir.

ADG (Prisons) Meera Borwankar collects details about accused AFTER the arrest of Mohammad Shoeb Khan, Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri and Arman Munna Malik in a joint operation by Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Crime Branch, Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar collected more details about them from investigators.

According to sources, senior police officers interrogating Mohammad Shoeb Khan and Prem alias Nepali have informed Borwankar as to how they had escaped from Central Jail with other three fugitives Satyendra Gupta, Bisen Singh and Aakash alias Golu Thakur. Borwankar is conducting a departmental inquiry against the jail officers placed under suspension in the jail-break case. She would brief Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit, who is heading the high-level inquiry into the jail-break incident, about the day-to-day development in the investigation.

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Nagpurians witness ferocious rains

Nagpurians relished in summer rains as torrential rains pounded the city on Friday. Citizens troubled by prickly heat and cloudy weather needed the change and rain arrived in a nick of time to ... Read More
Nagpurians relished in summer rains as torrential rains pounded the city on Friday. Citizens troubled by prickly heat and cloudy weather needed the change and rain arrived in a nick of time to relieve the ordeal. As predicted by Meteorological Department, citizens were prepared but ferocity of rains did caught them by surprise. Within two hours the city was lashed with full force accompanied with high velocity winds and visibility on roads was reduced. After the rains stopped the Meteorological Department rain gauge read 31.8 mm.

Since early morning there was cloudy weather and yesterday night the weather god had sounded warning of immense thunderstorm. And the skies opened-up close to noon and since start the speed of falling rains was ferocious. The thick sheet of rains splattered with gusto and those on streets also reported being hit by falling hails in the initial moment. The visibility was reduced to just few feet due to falling rains and aided by wind speed it made driving on roads quite a difficult task. Within half an hour most of low lying area in city as usual got submerged as storm water drains could not match speed of falling rain.

The meteorological department attributed the rain to formation of trough over Central India. The prediction for weekend is that rains accompanied with thunderstorm is possible on Saturday but Sunday and further ahead there would sunshine. However monsoon would start getting activated over Andaman from May 20 onwards and thereafter city can witness some rains.

Today also within minutes of rain, city looked like a lagoon as water puddles formed in every nook and corner thanks to uneven road surface and drains. The same old story of water submerging low lying squares was witnessed again today giving a fright to commuters who got caught in the middle. The spots were same old, Shankar Nagar Square, Jhansi Rani Square, Panchasheel Square etc. where water accumulate and remained stagnant.

The high intensity rain today had substantial impact on the mercury and citizens are enjoying another spell of cool times. The maximum temperature read 37 degrees Celsius which was five degrees below normal. However on flip side the increase in humidity which peaked to 98 per cent could signal worry in next few days as it brings back sultry weather.

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Motorcyclist killed, two hurt in mishap

A motorcyclist was killed and two on pillion sustained injuries in a road accident at Khaparkheda on Wednesday. The trio were on way to attend a funeral of a relative when the mishap occurred at Ho... Read More
A motorcyclist was killed and two on pillion sustained injuries in a road accident at Khaparkheda on Wednesday. The trio were on way to attend a funeral of a relative when the mishap occurred at Hockey Building square at 11.30 am. The trio are Hauman Ganesh Meshram (50), a resident of Gopiwada, Jawahar Nagar, Bhandara, Mahadeo Zadba Bawne (40), Mathni, Mouda tehsil, and Gajanan Zinde Meshram (40), Chichghat, Kuhi. Hanuman was driving the Hero Honda Splendor (MH-31/B-1908) and two were on pillion and they were heading towards Khaparkheda when at T-point Truck (CG-04/DK-9877) rammed into the bike. Hanuman died on the spot while two others escaped with injuries. After the mishap passers-by gathered in large number and tension was palpable when police reached the spot in time and controlled the situation. Police have booked the truck driver and futher investigations are on.

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Two panels formed to regulate admissions, fees in private professional colleges

Acting swiftly ahead of admission season, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday constituted two separate regulatory bodies to regulate fees and admissions for recognised professional courses run by... Read More
Acting swiftly ahead of admission season, Maharashtra Government on Wednesday constituted two separate regulatory bodies to regulate fees and admissions for recognised professional courses run by private unaided institutions, to prevent profiteering and regulate admission process. Government has taken this decision of constituting Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority and Admission Regulatory Authority which will be headed by retired judges of High Court. These bodies will now get statutory status as per this Ordinance which will be converted into law during monsoon session.

State Cabinet had already taken this decision on April 21 to implement the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission Fees) Act, 2015, the draft of which was pending for past few years. Instead of waiting for law to be passed by Legislature during monsoon session, the Higher and Technical Education Department has come out with this ordinance. The ordinance will spell out appropriate fee structure for professional courses with an aim to curb excessive profiteering.

The Government made it clear that the Supreme Court had directed to enact the law in this regard many years ago, but it could not be enacted as ‘education barons’ dominated earlier regimes. Government wanted to enact the law in the legislature, but it had decided to take ordinance route considering that the admission process for new academic session 2015-16 would begin shortly. With the Government’s move, there will be only one Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the Government. Private institutions will not be allowed to hold their own CETs.

As per the Cabinet decision, private colleges running courses in medical, agriculture, higher education, technical education, will have to display fees on the notice board. Further, the course fee will remain the same till the completion of the course. The colleges will not be allowed to collect fees for more than one year. The competent authority headed by a retired judge of the High Court will not only regulate the fees hike but also supervise the common admission process. The authority/committee will have a Chartered Accountant, ex-Vice Chancellor of a university, Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Director of Technical Education and expert from Finance Department.

Even the institutional quota will be filled through merit only, under the supervision of the authority. If an institution provides fake information, the top management/director/owner of such a private institution may be booked and imprisoned for a period ranging from six months to two years.

At present, fees of these professional institutions are currently being looked after by Shulk Niyantran Samiti (fee control committee) and admissions are looked after by Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (Admission Regulation Committee). Parents and NGOs have been alleging that the Samiti had failed in its mandate.

Colleges will have to follow SC/ST quotas

The colleges will have to follow SC/ST quotas as specified under Maharashtra Private Professional Educational Institutions (Reservation of Seats for Admission for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, De-notified Tribes (Vimukta Jatis), Nomadic Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act, 2006.

Pvt unaided medical, dental colleges have 35,000 intake

Maharashtra has 27 unaided medical and dental colleges with over 5,000 seats for MBBS, BDS, BSc nursing and other paramedical courses. More than 35,000 candidates from across the country compete in Associate-CET exam conducted jointly by these colleges annually. At present, the asking capitation rate for an MBBS undergraduate seat is Rs 30-50 lakh. For post-graduate medical seats, the rate is between Rs 75 lakh and Rs 2 crore, depending upon the speciality. In addition, students need to pay annual fee.

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Major reshuffle in police rank; Daithankar is new Addl CP

State Home Department effected another reshuffle in police rank affecting 100 police officers that saw new chiefs at Chandrapur, Bhandara and Wardha districts in Nagpur Revenue Divisions. Simil... Read More
State Home Department effected another reshuffle in police rank affecting 100 police officers that saw new chiefs at Chandrapur, Bhandara and Wardha districts in Nagpur Revenue Divisions. Similarly, at Nagpur city a new Additional Commissioner of Police (Deputy Inspector General of Police rank) has been posted. Also, Amravati city gets new Commissioner of Police.

According to information, C G Daithankar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl CP) Pune is transferred to Nagpur in the same rank. He will replace S K Tarwade, who is working as Additional CP (Crime). Tarwade has been shifted to Pune Commissionerate while Addl CP Pune S S Solunke will be the new Commissioner of Police of Amravati city. At Washim district police unit also a new women officer is posted as Superintendent of Police.

Prakash Jadhav, DCP Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Nagpur, is shifted as Principal of Police Training School (PTS), Khandala. Chandrapur SP Rajiv Jain will take over the charge of DCP ACB Nagpur. Anant Rokade SP Parbhani transferred as SP of Special Action Group (SAG) Nagpur.

Other transfers are S R Dighavkar SP Buldana to SRPF G-XI Navi Mumbai; V Prabhu SP Amravati Rural to SP Solapur(R); Vinita Sahu, Addl. SP, Sindhudurg, to SP, Washim; Ankit Goyal Addl SP Kolhapur to SP Wardha; Shailesh Balkawade Addl SP Ahmednagar to DCP Nagpur; P P Akkaneru, Asst. SP, Hinganghat, Wardha, to SP, CID Pune; S M Waghmare DCP Nagpur to DCP Mumbai; S G Diwan DCP Nasik to SP Chandrapur; Manjunath Singe, Asst. SP, Amravati Rural, to Addl. SP, Gadchiroli; S Y Dhiware, SP, Special Operations, Nagpur, to Addl. SP, Nanded; SD Khadasane, Addl. SP, Malegaon (Nasik Rural) to Addl. SP, Chandrapur; R S Pardeshi, Addl. SP, Baramati (Pune Rural) to Addl. SP, Akola; GB Dakhore, Addl. SP, Yeotmal, to Commandant SRPF, Gr-IX Amravati; R A Shinde, Addl. SP, Gadchiroli, to Addl. SP, Pune Rural; Sanjay Jadhav, Addl. SP, Chandrapur, to Addl. SP, Amravati(R); Nikesh Khatmode, Addl. SP, Akola to Addl SP Malegaon; Tanaji Chikhle, Addl. SP, Aheri to Addl. SP, Baramati; Rahul Shrirame, Addl. SP, Aheri to DCP Navi Mumbai; P T Sonawane, SP, Wireless Nagpur to SP, Wireless Pune; ID Kamble, SP, Wireless Pune to SP, Wireless Nagpur; Lakhmi Gautam, SP, Ahmednagar to SP, Amravati (R); Akhilesh Singh, SP, Dhule to SP, Yeotmal; Raja Ramswami, Asst. SP, Morshi (Amravati Rural), to Asst. SP, Chandur Railway, Amravati; P M Chavan, SDPO, Akot (Akola) to SDPO, Akola City; Praveen Mundhe, Asst. SP, Akola to SDPO, Peth Nasik(R); Sanjay Darade, SP, Yeotmal to Commandant. SRPF Gr-IV Nagpur; Ranjan Sharma, Commandant, SRPF, Gr-IV, to DCP Nagpur; K A Kanse, SP, Bhandara to SP, Hingoli; N Ambika, SP, Hingoli to DCP Nasik; D K Zalke, SP, Railways Nagpur to SP, Bhandara; Anil Paraskar, SP, Wardha to SP, Beed.

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Uttam Galva Steel, Sharda Auto Industries get ‘Mega Project’ status

Industries Department, Government of Maharashtra has decided to give ‘Mega Project’ status to two industries of Vidarbha including Wardha-based Uttam Galva Steel and Sharda Auto Industries, B... Read More
Industries Department, Government of Maharashtra has decided to give ‘Mega Project’ status to two industries of Vidarbha including Wardha-based Uttam Galva Steel and Sharda Auto Industries, Butibori. Five other industries situated in other regions too have been accorded the Mega Project status. In all these seven projects, an investment of Rs 4,571 crore has been involved offering an employment to 5,825 people. In order to attract investors and take lead among all the states in the country in the industrial development, State Government in 2005 had introduced Mega Project Policy. Principal Secretary of Industries Department, Government of Maharashtra was assigned to categorise industries and given them clearances so that they would set up their projects soon. Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary of Industries Department conducted a meeting in this regard and took the decision to give status to industries as per the guidelines.

The two industries that were given the status of Mega Project in Vidarbha are Uttam Galva Steel in Wardha district where an investment of Rs 2750 crore has been involved and it will provide employment to 1,000 people. In Sharda Auto Industries, Butibori, Rs 136.76 crore has been invested which has potential to offer employment to 535 people. Apart from these two industries, there are other industries in Maharashtra. They include Ceat Industries at Ambarnath-- Rs 781 crore has been invested and employment would be given to 900 people, Octega Green Power, and Sugar Company, Karnoor district Kolhapur--Rs 316.21 crore (990 people), Linan Art, Tarapur in Thane district--Rs 290 crore (1,500 people), KSB Pumps, Khandala in Satara district-Rs 290 crore (400 people), Micrometal Industries, Kagal in Kolhapur district--Rs 7.44 crore (500 people).

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HC directs cops not to keep cash, valuables in Police Malkhana

Coming down heavily upon the police machinery for sloppy investigations into growing instances of cash and valuable deposited in police malkhana located inside police stations, the Nagpur bench o... Read More
Coming down heavily upon the police machinery for sloppy investigations into growing instances of cash and valuable deposited in police malkhana located inside police stations, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed Home Department and Maharashtra Police to deposit cash or valuable ornaments only with treasury or Government or Nationalised Bank. By no stretch of imagination cash or valuables can be deposited with police station, the High Court observed while issuing these important directives.

Hearing a case in which in-charge of Sitabuldi Malkhana constable Anil Bobde vanished with a cash of Rs 15 lakh deposited with police station with very remote possibility to recover the same as a result causing huge loss to public exchequer, a division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh directed State Government to forthwith issue warning to all the concerned not to deposit cash or valuable ornaments or articles in Malkhana of Police Stations and place the compliance report before the Vacation Judge on May 15. In the instant case, cash worth Rs 15 lakh was seized by Investigating Officer on March 27, 2012 and the same was deposited with Malkhana of Sadar Police station on March 28. It remained in the said Malkhana till it was transferred to Police Station, Sitabuldi on June 1, 2012. According to prosecution, the incharge of Malkhana of Sitabuldi Police Station Constable Anil Bobde took away the said cash from Police Malkhana without any permission and when this fact came to fore, Constable Bobde was placed under suspension.

Interestingly, as per rules, the Government is paying subsistence allowance to him and recovering an amount of Rs 10,000/­ per month from the subsistence allowance. The High Court while expressing anguish over this sorry state noted that by this time, the departmental enquiry against Bobde ought to have been completed and final order ought to have been passed in such a serious misconduct committed by him since a period of over two years has already passed. The High Court directed respondent authorities to complete the Departmental Enquiry within a period of three months and take a decision.

The High Court also sought to know whether any properties of the said Constable were found and attached and asked the Public Prosecutor Bharati Dangre to direct the Investigating Officer to immediately find out the properties and attach them and file the compliance report. The High Court also asked a DCP rank officer to supervise the investigations and furnish the report after vacation.

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Union Home Minister to review anti-Naxal operations today

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in city on Thursday to undertake a review of the anti-Naxal operations in East Vidarbha region. Singh will review anti-Naxal operations in East Vida... Read More
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive in city on Thursday to undertake a review of the anti-Naxal operations in East Vidarbha region. Singh will review anti-Naxal operations in East Vidarbha during a meeting slated at Ravi Bhavan on Thursday afternoon.

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya along with Director General of Police, Maharashtra Sanjiv Dayal with other top officials and Superintendents of Police of Naxal-hit districts including Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Gondia will be attending the meeting. The Union Home Minister will be arriving in the city by a BSF aircraft on Thursday morning. He will immediately leave for ‘Smruti Mandir’ in Reshimbag where the third year annual training camp of RSS is under way. He will address the participants from across the country, BJP city unit sources said.

The Union Home Minister will also visit RSS headquarters in Mahal and likely to meet RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat and other senior functionaries. According to sources, Rajnath Singh is expected to stay at Mahal headquarters for a considerable time. After the budget session is prorogued, this high-profile visit from Union Home Minister to RSS headquarters is being closely watched.

After the anti-Naxal operation review meeting, Rajnath Singh will return to New Delhi.

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Dreaded criminal Bagwani booked under MPDA

COMMISSIONER of Police S P Yadav on Tuesday booked dreaded criminal Bhavesh alias Rinku Mulchand Bagwani under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Dru... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police S P Yadav on Tuesday booked dreaded criminal Bhavesh alias Rinku Mulchand Bagwani under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Bootleggers, Drug Offenders, Dangerous Persons and Video Pirates (MPDA) Act. A resident of Tulsi Nagar, Lakadganj, Bagwani (32) was involved in several crimes of serious nature. Several offences were registered against him. He was earlier booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Preventive action under Sections 107 and 110 was also initiated against Bagwani. However, he continued induling in criminal activities. Finally, city police chief Yadav decided to book him under MPDA. The action was initiated as per the order of Commissioner of Police by Crime Branch and Lakadganj Police under the supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional CP (Crime) Shrikant Tarwade, DCP (Zone III) Abhinash Kumar, DCP (Crime) Deepali Masirkar and ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut.

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Student develops Autoreader device for visually impaired

Autoreader, a device which can read text and convert into speech, has been developed by a 14-year old Std IX student from the city. The device easily mountable on head along with a headphone is... Read More
Autoreader, a device which can read text and convert into speech, has been developed by a 14-year old Std IX student from the city. The device easily mountable on head along with a headphone is a major breakthrough in helping the visually challenged in reading English and Devnagari script. The camera on the forehead takes images of the text, matches it with the information fed in the processing unit, converts it into speech for the reader, Aditya Bhople explains his innovative gadget enthusiastically. Although several gadgets to help the visually challenged persons have been developed in the world, this one is the most handy, a single piece unit, which can be carried anywhere and works for about seven hours, with the lithium battery installed in it. The battery can be recharged with a mobile charger. Moreover, the device is more safer than a mobile phone. While talking to The Hitavada, Aditya stated that the device was initially prepared to read English text, now can read Devnagari script upto 60% accuracy. This has been done to help the visually challenged in India. Efforts to improve reading capacity in other Indian language would be experimented later.

Aditya is leaving for Delhi, wherefrom to US to demonstrate his innovation in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. He has been selected through Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS) of Department of Science and technology, Government of India, and will be among 12 young scientists from India.

There are about 285 million visually challenged persons in the world, including over 30 million in India. Unfortunately about 90% of them lack access to devices which can read for them. They are dependent on other human beings who help them in reading any text.

The device, if produced commercially would be much cheaper than those available in the market today. The present estimated cost is 95 USD, against 2,000 USD to 3,000 USD for the devices available in the market. Aditya’s Autoreader will be a major leap in efforts towards development and rehabilitation of the visually challenged. Aditya is a student of Narayan Vidyalaya, Nagpur. His father Ashish Bhople is a mechanical engineer, working with Dubai Airlines and mother Archana is a post-graduate in commerce and a home maker. Aditya’s mentor Sunil Khajone is working in US and has been communicating with him through internet.

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Mah Govt to enter into direct negotiations with land owners

Maharashtra Government henceforth would not acquire any private land and instead enter into direct negotiations with the land owners so as to cut down delays in acquisition process. The landmar... Read More
Maharashtra Government henceforth would not acquire any private land and instead enter into direct negotiations with the land owners so as to cut down delays in acquisition process. The landmark decision was notified in a GR issued by Department of Revenue and Forest on May 12. The GR laid down norms for future acquisitions, especially irrigation project which required large tracts of land.

At district level a committee headed by District Collector would be constituted to determine the price for acquisition of land for the project. The committee would have seven member including Superintending Engineer (Water Resources Department), Superintending Engineer (Public Works Department), District Government Pleader, Assistant Director, Town Planning, Competent Authority of Acquiring Body and Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition) would be Member Secretary.

The GR also lists formula for determining value of land, it would be based as per Schedule-I in which secs 26 to 3o of Land Acquisition Act 2013 in which sec 26 to 30, in which compensation would be decided after taking into account all aspects of land to be acquired. The final price of compensation would be 25% over and above total figure arrived after calculating all aspect of the land. This is particularly helpful while determining land value wherein their are trees, horticulture units, standing crops and for determining its value help of agriculture, forest and garden specialists should be taken. Before deciding on compensation search report of said land title would be done through Government lawyers.

Terms for Compensation: Government has finalised two types of modes for payment of compensation to affected farmers or land owners. One is one time payment of entire compensation to owners and in second time the Government would give fifty per cent value at time of acquisition and balance money through annuity basis.

Rules for Acquisition: To acquire land for new projects the authority should acquired entire required land in one go. For irrigation projects particularly the land acquired for dam site, rehabilitation site, main canals and distribution units should be purchased directly from the farmers. Similarly for projects in non-irrigation sector also land can be acquired directly by entering into negotiations. However the GR specifically states that the department acquired land should go for total acquisition in single go instead of installments. For unfinished irrigation projects also the required land be acquired directly for dam site, submerge area, for canals (50%) and for distribution units in one go. In case where dam is already built and where land is needed for canals the Irrigation Department can go for negotiations or direct purchase. The new rule of State Government comes even as Parliament is seized of matter related to land acquisition and country is witness quite an uproar on the issue. Till now private land used to acquired under provisions of Land Acquisition Act which used to result in delay as owners were never satisfied with returns provided by State Government which would be quite low than prevailing market price. Maharashtra Government was contemplating changes in land acquisition norms and a special committee of Secretaries was constituted on 24/12/2014.

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Four booked for defrauding couple to the tune of Rs 12 lakh

RANA Pratap Nagar Police on Tuesday booked four persons for allegedly defrauding a couple from Gadchiroli to the tune of Rs 12 lakh by making a fake agreement towards sale of a flat with them.... Read More
RANA Pratap Nagar Police on Tuesday booked four persons for allegedly defrauding a couple from Gadchiroli to the tune of Rs 12 lakh by making a fake agreement towards sale of a flat with them.

The accused have been identified as Sudhakar Bapuraoji Raut (50), a resident of Plot No 201, Vitthalwadi, near Rajapeth Bus Stand, Hudkeshwar, Nitesh Sukhdeve (25), Mohan Yashwant Diwekar (28), a resident of Plot No 101, Anand Narayan Apartment, Mhalgi Nagar and one Bhimte.

Posing as the real owner of Flat No 202, Urich Regency, Plot No 23, khasra 12, mouza Bhamti, Ward No 75, near Trimurti Nagar Square, Sudhakar Raut allegedly approached Naresh Kailashdas Ramteke (47), a resident of Dhanora Road, Gadchiroli. Between August 17, 2014 and February 18, 2015, Raut collected Rs 10 lakh from Ramteke by allegedly making a fake agreement with his wife towards the sale of the flat. Raut and other accused took Rs two lakh from Ramteke couple for opening a bank account and gave them a fake receipt. When Ramteke came to know that they cheated him and his wife, he lodged a complaint with the police. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Ramteke, Rana Pratap Nagar Police registered an offence under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC against the accused quartet. Further investigations are under way.

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Nagpurians experience mild tremors again

Less than a month ago Nepal had a severe earthquake and Nagpur city too had experienced tremors at various places. On Tuesday also, following another earthquake in Nepal, mild tremors were felt... Read More
Less than a month ago Nepal had a severe earthquake and Nagpur city too had experienced tremors at various places. On Tuesday also, following another earthquake in Nepal, mild tremors were felt in some parts of Nagpur triggering widespread panic and pulling fear-stricken people out of their homes and offices at few places. However, there was no immediate report of any loss of life or property.

Unlike last occasion, the earthquake tremors felt on Tuesday afternoon, lasted for barely few seconds and its impact was minimal. Within minutes when it became clear that entire North India received major jolt due to earthquake, people in high-rise buildings and crowded places opted to go to safer places.

Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Geological Survey of India, Central Region, Nagpur N Kutumb Rao, Seismic Broadband Observatory located within the premises of GSI, Nagpur analyzed and computed the data for the earthquake occurred on Tuesday. The data says, the earthquake took place at 12.35 noon at a magnitude of 7.5 Richter Scale. The epicentre of the quake was 1027 kms from the observatory at Nagpur. The latitude was at 28.0050 North and longitude is at 85.915 East. Residents of various parts of city called The Hitavada office and keep informing about the tremors. The areas were shaken for few seconds forcing them to scurry out of their homes and run for safer places. Harbhagwan Nagpal, a resident of Itwari who stays at third floor said, “I felt dizziness in the afternoon. At first I felt that something has gone wrong with my health. To clear my doubt, I asked my daughter. She also felt some tremors. I immediately switched on the TV and the news was going on. I felt that as if our building moved from East to West.” At some places furniture rattled and ceiling fans swayed when the minor tremors struck. In few coaching classes, the students were asked to go out of the building. Wasimbhai, Assistant Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University told The Hitavada that the ceiling fans and furniture started shaking in his home at Zafarnagar. Shrikant Vekhande, a drawing teacher at Centre Point School, Dabha who stays at Mhalginagar said he was so scared for his children’s safety after the tremors. Dr Anand Pathak, noted Oncologist whose hospital is at Dhantoli felt the tremors for one minute. He stays at Ramdaspeth and his family members too experienced the same.

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Government announces LBT amnesty scheme for traders

In a major respite to thousands of traders across Maharashtra, the State Cabinet on Tuesday finalised an amnesty scheme for them to pay their Local Body Tax (LBT) without fear of paying a fine ... Read More
In a major respite to thousands of traders across Maharashtra, the State Cabinet on Tuesday finalised an amnesty scheme for them to pay their Local Body Tax (LBT) without fear of paying a fine or facing punishment. The scheme will be applicable to 25 Municipal Corporations including Nagpur. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is the only major civic body which has been excluded from the ambit of LBT amnesty scheme. BMC has retained Octroi and LBT has not been extended to BMC area. According to State Cabinet, the traders who pay entire outstanding LBT amount as on March 31, 2015 will be exempted from interest and fine. This step was taken following major decision of Devendra Fadnavis Government to scrap LBT from August 1, 2015 and as part of roadmap, this amnesty scheme has been floated so as to recover huge dues from traders across Maharashtra who resisted registration under LBT for a long period. Most of the municipal corporations are in deep financial crisis due to default in filing LBT return and paying LBT to civic bodies in time.

Natually all traders and shopkeepers who have not paid their LBT are required to pay entire outstanding LBT amounting till March 31 to take benefit of this scheme which will be in force in June-July 2015. It will be applicable for all registered and non-registered traders, the Government clarified. This is another effort of the Government to widen the tax net and ensure registration of traders and shopkeepers who have expressed deep resentment against the paper-work involved in filing returns which are levied on turn-over of individual trader. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the amnesty scheme will run from June 1 to July 31. Traders who approach the government after July 31, will not be given amnesty. The traders will have to file return for every financial year to avail the benefit of LBT amnesty scheme.

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Police bust gang of ATM thugs

In a major breakthrough, Kotwali police, on Tuesday, claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of thugs from Punjab and Haryana, who fraudulently withdrew an amount of Rs 1.64 crore from ATM boo... Read More
In a major breakthrough, Kotwali police, on Tuesday, claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of thugs from Punjab and Haryana, who fraudulently withdrew an amount of Rs 1.64 crore from ATM booths of as many as 17 banks. Two members of the gang were arrested red-handed from Peer Gate area, while their accomplice managed to escape. Superintendent of Police (South) Anshuman Singh, speaking to mediapersons in a press conference, said that the arrested accused were identified as Narendrajeet Singh (44), from Faridabad in Haryana and Parwindar Singh (27), from Punjab. One more accused Ravindra Singh alias Billa, who was also member of their gang, was absconding.

SP Singh further said that besides their arrest, Kotwali police have recovered cash of Rs 44,000, 3 mobiles, one Swift Dzire car and 60 ATM cards from their possession. The modus operandi of the gang members was that they first withdrew money from the ATM machine and then, they shut down the power supply of the ATM machine so that their transaction could not be entered in the bank records. After getting the money, they make call to the officials on the numbers given at ATM machine and register their complaint that even after completing all the steps, they did not receive cash from the machine and the amount was deducted from their account. However, after cross-examination, the bank representative found their complaint true as no record of withdrawal was there and money was credited in their account. Subsequently, they used to call the call centre of the respective bank and register their complaint that they could not withdraw the money and it was wrongly deducted from their account. The bank call centre, on finding no record of their withdrawal, used to credit the money back into their account. The incident came to light when the accused were trying to withdraw money from an ICICI Bank ATM at Peergate on May 6. After withdrawing the money, they tried to switch off the power of the ATM, but could not succeed in their attempt and left in a hurry. The guard posted at the ATM, who was inside in his cabin, heard them talking and informed the Kotwali police. He also took down the registration number of their car and gave it to the police. The police took immediate notice of his complaint and on May 7, arrested them from Talaiya police station area. During interrogation, it was found that money was refunded frequently in their ATMs. They were staying at Krishna Hotel in the city and had planned to withdraw money from various ATMs. During further interrogation by police, both the accused confessed that their relatives were also involved with them in the gang and till now, they had fraudulently withdrawn money in Delhi, Agra, Allahabad and Bhopal.

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Farmer’s interest should be kept paramount in new crop insurance policy: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed the need for making new crop insurance policy more practical to compensate loss of crops to farmers and keeping farmers’ interests in view.

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stressed the need for making new crop insurance policy more practical to compensate loss of crops to farmers and keeping farmers’ interests in view.

He also suggested fixing assured minimum assistance by insurance companies to farmers in the event of crop loss due to natural calamities and other causes. Chouhan was addressing a meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contemplate on new crop insurance policy being chalked out.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Gujarat Agriculture Minister and senior officers of Union Agriculture Department and PMO attended the meeting. The Chief Minister said that the UPA Government had formulated crop insurance policy keeping in view interests of insurance companies instead of farmers. He said that present Union Government had resolved, in its election manifesto, to formulate crop insurance policy in the interest of farmers. NDA Government is committed to its resolve of formulating effective and useful new crop insurance policy.

Following the meeting, Chouhan informed that the State Government had distributed Rs 2,087 crore assistance from its own resources, when soybean crop of State’s farmers were damaged last year. Insurance companies had refused to compensate such massive loss saying that they could not give more assistance than total amount of installments paid.

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Semwal is new PS, Medical Education

After shifting Pravir Krishn from Health Department about a fortnight back, the State Government has now transferred Ajay Tirki, Principal Secretary, Medical Education as Principal Secretary, R... Read More
After shifting Pravir Krishn from Health Department about a fortnight back, the State Government has now transferred Ajay Tirki, Principal Secretary, Medical Education as Principal Secretary, Raj Bhawan.

State Government has issued orders for new postings of 6 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Principal Secretary to Governor VC Semwal has been posted as Principal Secretary (Medical Education) and Principal Secretary (Medical Education) Ajay Tirkey as Principal Secretary to Governor. Commissioner-cum-Director Handicraft & Handloom and MD Handicraft & Handloom Development Corporation Veera Rana has been posted as Principal Secretary (Tourism) and Commissioner-cum-Director Rajya Shiksha Kendra and ex-officio Secretary (School Education) Rashmi Arun Shami as Secretary (Personnel and GAD). On return from deputation from the Central Government, Ashish Shrivastava has been posted as Commissioner-cum-Director Rajya Shiksha Kendra and ex-officio Secretary (School Education) and Deepti Gaud Mukherjee as Commissioner-cum-Director Handicraft & Handloom and MD Handicraft & Handloom Development Corporation (Additional charge). Following issuance of orders for new postings, Ashwini Kumar Rai will be relieved of additional charge of Principal Secretary Personnel and GAD and Hari Ranjan Rao of Secretary Tourism. Their remaining departments will remain the same.

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6% additional DA to Govt employees

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday sanctioned 6 percent additional DA instalment to employees. With this, their total DA has risen to 113 percent.... Read More
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday sanctioned 6 percent additional DA instalment to employees. With this, their total DA has risen to 113 percent. Apart from Government servants, benefit of increased DA will also be given to pensioners, Adhyapak cadre employed under Panchayat Raj institutions and local bodies and Panchayat secretaries under Panchayats and Rural Development Department. DA has been increased with effect from January 1, 2015.

Government servants, who are contributors to General Provident Fund (GPF), will be given cash payment of increased DA with salary of April 2015. Arrears of increased DA from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 will be deposited in their Provident Fund accounts. The Cabinet decided to post Commissioner in Medical Education Department. The post will be filled with an officer of Indian Administration Service (IAS). The Cabinet decided to upgrade 20-bed Katju Hospital, Bhopal to 100-bed hospital. It was decided to create 50 posts of medical, paramedical and other cadre for this. The Cabinet decided to obtain Rs 2,000 crore loan for 14 major roads in the State and 8 incomplete state highways from NABARD. The loan will be obtained through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation.The 14 district roads include Ambah-Pinhat of Morena district, Tekna-Manpur-Rameshwar of Sheopur district, Nandigaon to Sewdha in Datia district, Satanwara-Narwar of Shivpuri district, Jawasa-Sunarpura and Pawai-Prithvipur of Bhind district, Dhaneta-Rakhi-Shahajpur, Belkhadu-Sarod and Suraiya-Simariya-Badhiyakhed-Paradiya-Dhamni-Singori in Jabalpur district, Bichhiya-Samnapur-Dindori in Dindori district, Mandla-Pindrai in Mandla district, Sleemanabad-Vilayat Kalan in Katni district and Badnagar-Sundrabad-Khachrod-Unhel, Sundarabad-Runinja-Khachrod and Runinja-Satrudha roads in Ujjain district. The incomplete state highways to be completed include Bhopal-Berasia-Sironj, Sendhwa-Khetiya, Sarangpur-Akodia-Shujalpur, Jabalpur-Patan-Shahpura, Morena-Sabalgarh, Satna-Chitrakoot, Nagda-Dhar-Gujri and Neemuch-Manasa roads. The Cabinet accorded sanction to expenditure of Rs 2,37,00,000 for getting on-site maintenance and support from software provider company WIPRO Limited for one year following implementation of “State Go-Live” of “Sampada” computerisation project in Registration Department. The Cabinet decided to set up office of Sports & Youth Welfare Department in Agar-Malwa district. For it, sanction of 9 posts and budget of Rs 43,96,000 from year 2015-16 to 2016-17 was sanctioned.

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Centre selects Bhopal for smart city project

Bhopal will now be developed as a smart city under Centre’s ambitious project. This decision of the Union Government was conveyed to the gathering during a seminar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Fo... Read More
Bhopal will now be developed as a smart city under Centre’s ambitious project. This decision of the Union Government was conveyed to the gathering during a seminar in New Delhi on Tuesday. Four other cities of the country including Vijayawada, Jaipur, Mysore and Guntur have also been selected under the smart city project. A team of Word Bank would soon visit the State capital for this purpose.

According to a BMC press release, the work of smart city in the State capital will be done by the Union Government with the help of World Bank. Mayor Alok Sharma expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu for selecting Bhopal for the development as smart city. BMC Commissioner Tejasvi S Nayak will meet the World Bank team on Thursday for discussions over the development works. Meanwhile, the Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) has also been preparing DPR of a smart city on the land of stud farm. The BDA is planning to develop smart city on Hoshangabad road on 78.30 acre of land of stud farm. The blueprint of the project has already been prepared and preliminary cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,000 crore. “The work is under process and preparations of DPR will be started soon,” said Kumar Purushottam, CEO, BDA.

The plan of the project has already been prepared by BMC and has also been put before the State Government. Government has now asked for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the project. Government will then see that the report to what extent matches with the Union Government’s smart city features and the State Government will also look for funds from the Union Government for the project. BDA has included all the smart city services in the project due to which the expected expenditure has increased two-fold.

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Panic grips people as tremors rock State capital

Tremors of earthquake having its epicentre in Nepal were felt in State capital on Tuesday noon. After experiencing tremors, people came out of their offices and houses and gathered at open plac... Read More
Tremors of earthquake having its epicentre in Nepal were felt in State capital on Tuesday noon. After experiencing tremors, people came out of their offices and houses and gathered at open place. The people on ground floor of buildings hardly felt tremors, but those who were on second, third or fourth floor of buildings, felt the tremors. They claimed they had seen chairs shaking and things tumbling. No casualty was reported from anywhere.

After 12.30 pm, Bhopal experienced mild tremors of earthquake of 7.3 magnitude having epicentre in Nepal. People living in second, third, fourth and fifth floor saw chairs and other household items moving little bit automatically and also saw things shaking slightly. Seeing this, people got frightened and rushed out of their offices. When mild tremors were felt, many ministers of Shivraj Cabinet were inside the Mantralaya and they rushed out of their cabins in panic. Likewise, Mantralaya officials also rushed out of the building. Sources said, it was minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia inside the Mantralaya and she was first to say that aftershocks were due to earthquake. She left the Mantralaya immediately. Like her, Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya, Panchayat Minister Gopal Bhargava also came out of their cabins and left the Mantralaya. Siren was sounded in Mantralaya for safety measures. Like Mantralaya, employees of Vindhyachal and Satpura also came out of the building and stood in open place. They all were talking how they felt during the time of tremors.

Tremors left people shocked in MP Nagar, which houses maximum corporate and private offices. All of them came out in open from their offices and were panic striken. The bank line near Pragati petrol pump saw crowd of people standing at parking places. A man said he was on third floor of the building in bank line when all of a sudden, he felt chair shaking. The thought that earthquake had struck made him to flee towards open place. All the people were busy in talking about the tremors and about their experiences. They were also curious and called their family members as well as friends to narrate their experience. A woman living on third floor of a complex in Shivaji Nagar saw that sofa of her house had moved and she frantically came out of her house. Within no time, tremors became a common discussion point in State capital. When contacted, Director of Weather Department, Dr Anupam Kashyapi told ‘The Hitavada’ that Bhopal and other parts of Madhya Pradesh felt aftershocks whose epicentre was in Nepal. These aftershocks were caused due to Himalayan range. However, there was nothing to panic in State due to Himalayan range factor. People living in Kachcha houses in Rewa and Sagar areas have been suggested not to stay in their houses. He said possibilities of more tremors in coming two to three days could not be ruled out. In Madhya Pradesh, tremors were mainly felt in eastern Madhya Pradesh, including Rewa, Sagar, Shahdol, Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal etc. The news of tremors spread like wild fire in State. People were trying to take updates by switching on news channels and seeing live reports.

State no exception to tremors

Before the tremors of Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh had felt aftershocks of earthquake having epicentre in Nepal, a fortnight ago. In past also, State had witnessed earthquake related activities.

Earthquake of 5.5 magnitude had hit Shivpuri in 1926, 1929 and 1930 respectively. Jabalpur experienced earthquake of 6 magnitude in 1997. Singrauli witnessed earthquake of 6.5 magnitude in 1930. Damoh had recorded earthquake of 6.5 degree Celsius in 1846.

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Constable of 6th Battalion, SAF dies

A POLICE Constable of 6th Battalion, Special Armed Force (SAF), died after consuming some poisonous substance under mysterious circumstances under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station, on Tuesda... Read More
A POLICE Constable of 6th Battalion, Special Armed Force (SAF), died after consuming some poisonous substance under mysterious circumstances under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station, on Tuesday. The deceased has been identified as Ramkumar Verma (58), a resident of near Tallaiyya Hanuman Temple in Ranjhi area and posted as Constable at 6th Battalion of Special Armed Force. Station House Office (SHO) of Ranjhi police station Anil Kumar Mourya informed that police received information about death of Ramkumar Verma. The Constable was admitted for treatment by his family members at Victoria Hospital. After giving primary treatment, he was referred to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for further treatment. Condition of constable deteriorated and he breathed his last while undergoing treatment in the hospital. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem after conducting panchnama. Primary investigation confirmed that the man died due to some poisonous substance. Police have registered a case while further investigations are underway to ascertain reason behind the incident.

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Areas of Narmada, Sone, Chipra basin prone to earthquake

Tremors felt due to earthquake in Nepal have left everyone perturbed across Madhya Pradesh. Though there was no casualty and damage to property, but people were concerned about their safety. Howe... Read More
Tremors felt due to earthquake in Nepal have left everyone perturbed across Madhya Pradesh. Though there was no casualty and damage to property, but people were concerned about their safety. However, there is something more to worry about for people residing in areas situated in Narmada, Sone and Chipra river basin as these places are most vulnerable to earthquake.

As earthquake activities can not be predicted, no one knows when earthquake would strike, but whenever it will happen, possibilities of large-scale damage could not be ruled out. Weather Department Director, Dr Anupam Kashyapi said to ‘The Hitavada’ that districts including Shahdol, Umaria, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Hoshangabad, Harda, Khandwa, Khargone, Badwani are most vulnerable to earthquake owing to Narmada, Sone and Chipra river basin. Government should pay attention to the preparedness of these places and should not allow construction of high-rise buildings. It should be ensured that if buildings are constructed, then they should be earthquake resistant. Mud house or kachcha houses should not be built.

In simple words, aforesaid districts are vulnerable to seismic activities and sitting on time bomb. Weather Department has also done study on possibilities of earthquake in Madhya Pradesh and cited reasons for Narmada, Chipra and Sone basin as being cause of concern. “The tremors felt due to Himalayan range activity in Nepal is not a cause of concern to Madhya Pradesh but Narmada, Chipra and Sone basin is really a cause of concern,” said Director of Weather Department, Dr Anupam Kashyapi. Whenever river water reaches melted magma, it would cause earthquake. As the population is increasing, there is possibility of loss of life and property.

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6 per cent additional DA to Govt employees

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday sanctioned 6 percent additional Dearness Allowance instalment to employees. With this, their total DA has risen... Read More
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Tuesday sanctioned 6 percent additional Dearness Allowance instalment to employees. With this, their total DA has risen to 113 percent.

Apart from Government servants, benefit of increased DA will also be given to pensioners, Adhyapak cadre employed under Panchayat Raj institutions and local bodies and Panchayat secretaries under Panchayats and Rural Development Department. Dearness Allowance has been increased with effect from January 1, 2015.

Government servants, who are contributors to General Provident Fund (GPF), will be given cash payment of increased Dearness Allowance with salary of April 2015. Arrears of increased DA from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 will be deposited in their Provident Fund accounts.

The Cabinet decided to post Commissioner in Medical Education Department. The post will be filled with an officer of Indian Administration Service (IAS). The Cabinet decided to upgrade 20-bed Katju Hospital, Bhopal to 100-bed hospital. It was decided to create 50 posts of medical, paramedical and other cadre for this. The Cabinet decided to obtain Rs 2,000 crore loan for 14 major roads in the State and 8 incomplete state highways from NABARD.

The loan will be obtained through Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation. The 14 district roads include Ambah-Pinhat of Morena district, Tekna-Manpur-Rameshwar of Sheopur district, Nandigaon to Sewdha in Datia district, Satanwara-Narwar of Shivpuri district, Jawasa-Sunarpura and Pawai-Prithvipur of Bhind district, Dhaneta-Rakhi-Shahajpur, Belkhadu-Sarod and Suraiya-Simariya-Badhiyakhed-Paradiya-Dhamni-Singori in Jabalpur district, Bichhiya-Samnapur-Dindori in Dindori district, Mandla-Pindrai in Mandla district, Sleemanabad-Vilayat Kalan in Katni district and Badnagar-Sundrabad-Khachrod-Unhel, Sundarabad-Runinja-Khachrod and Runinja-Satrudha roads in Ujjain district.

The incomplete state highways to be completed include Bhopal-Berasia-Sironj, Sendhwa-Khetiya, Sarangpur-Akodia-Shujalpur, Jabalpur-Patan-Shahpura, Morena-Sabalgarh, Satna-Chitrakoot, Nagda-Dhar-Gujri and Neemuch-Manasa roads. The Cabinet accorded sanction to expenditure of Rs 2,37,00,000 for getting on-site maintenance and support from software provider company WIPRO Limited for one year following implementation of “State Go-Live” of “Sampada” computerisation project in Registration Department.

The Cabinet decided to set up office of Sports & Youth Welfare Department in Agar-Malwa district. For it, sanction of 9 posts and budget of Rs 43,96,000 from year 2015-16 to 2016-17 was sanctioned.

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2 policemen injured after being hit by car during patrolling

Two policemen sustained injuries after being hit by a speeding car during night patrolling near Adarsh Nagar area under jurisdiction of Rampur sub police station in intervening night of Monday ... Read More
Two policemen sustained injuries after being hit by a speeding car during night patrolling near Adarsh Nagar area under jurisdiction of Rampur sub police station in intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The injured have been identified as Sharda Thakur and Mayan, posted as constables in district police. According to Rampur police, the accident took place when constables were deployed for night patrolling in the area. During patrolling, Sharda and Mayank were riding on a motorcycle. When they were passing through Adarsh Nagar area, a speeding car (MP-04CF-6658) being driven recklessly by the driver hit their motorcycle and rammed into a tree.

Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and rushed the injured to hospital. The condition of injured is reported to be stable undergoing treatment at hospital. Acting on a complaint, police have registered a case against the accused car driver under sections 279 and 337 of the IPC and apprehended the accused driver.

Man arrested with revolver

Cops of Ghamapur police station succeeded in apprehending an accused and recovered a country-made revolver from him near crematorium road, on Tuesday.

The accused has been identified as Chintu Rajput (29), a resident of village Ghana in Khamaria area. SHO of Ghamapur police station Sanjay Dubey informed that during a rigorous campaign against anti-social elements, police received information about a suspected man sight near Marghatai road. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached the area and detained a suspected man. In his search, policemen recovered a country-made six rounder revolver from him. The accused was apprehended with active working of police team comprised of Assistant Sub Inspector, R K Tripathi, Head Constable, Ghanshyam and Constables, Rakesh Pandey and Pramod Rai. Police have registered a case against the accused under section 25 and 27 of the Arms Act while further investigations are underway to identify and apprehend the person who supplied the fire arm to the miscreant.

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HC stay on sand mining on banks of Narmada continues

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice M C Garg on Tuesday continued stay on sand mining on banks of Narmada after the collectors and the Madh... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice M C Garg on Tuesday continued stay on sand mining on banks of Narmada after the collectors and the Madhya Pradesh Government failed to furnish complete information sought by the court in the case filed by Narmada Bachao Andolan. The division bench has directed the Madhya Pradesh Government to furnish complete details regarding mining activities in the project areas before the court till July 1.

In previous hearing, the division bench had directed complete stay on all sand mining operations in Sardar Sarovar Project affected areas in the State and called upon the Madhya Pradesh Government to furnish complete details regarding mining activities in project areas.

The court had expressed serious dissatisfaction on refusal of the State to furnish required details and categorically ordered that there shall be no further sand mining in SSP affected areas, until satisfactory information is filed in terms of previous orders.

The court found force in contentions of petitioners -NBA and noted that the Mining Department could not have granted leases of lands in SSP areas, once the same have vested in NVDA and if the same has happened, it is in ‘colourable exercise’ of power by the authorities concerned. The court also directed the State Government to immediately file detailed reply with complete information in terms of the order dated March 26, 2015. Pollution Control Board and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) were also directed to file detailed replies at the earliest.

The division bench has heard PIL filed against large scale, reckless sand mining in Narmada valley, especially SSP submergence and catchment areas, leading to adverse impact on reverie ecology, ground water, reservoir fish and causing major revenue loss to the State exchequer, crores of corruption. Mining has a major impact on life span of the dam itself. Although PIL was filed in June 2013, first effective order has been issued almost 2 full years, during which detailed pleadings have been exchanged between parties - GoMP, NVDA, PCB and NBA and PIL was transferred twice from Jabalpur to Indore and back to Jabalpur.

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Material worth over Rs 25 lakh gutted in devastating fire at carton factory

COLOSSAL stock of cartons and raw material worth lakhs was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out at a carton factory in Richhai industrial area during wee hours on Tuesday. The fire was so ... Read More
COLOSSAL stock of cartons and raw material worth lakhs was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out at a carton factory in Richhai industrial area during wee hours on Tuesday. The fire was so intense that the Fire Department of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation had to seek support of defense installations in dousing the fire. Fire tenders, tankers and other vehicles of JMC had to made over 100 trips to and fro from Adhartal Pump station to fetch water and douse the devastating fire.

As the fire caught at mounds of waste cartons kept in open area of the factory, firefighters were using JCB machines to slid heaps and extinguish fire which is still igniting inside piles of waste cartons. Contrasting claims to reasons behind the incident and the loss have been made as the factory owner is mum over reasons while the Fire Department is not ruling out possibility of any mischievous act.

Similarly, the Fire Department has estimated the loss to be around Rs 25 lakh, while factory owner has been claiming loss to manifold. In this incident, nearly 300 tonnes of used carton, which is 25 per cent of entire stock piled in the factory premises, were reduced to ashes, informed the Fire Department officials. Superintendent, Fire Department, Omprakash Dubey informed the newspaper that Jabali Carton Factory situated in Richhai Industrial area in Adhartal caught fire at about 3 am. He said the Fire Department was informed about the incident at 4 am. Narendra Kataria is owner of the factory. Dubey said soon after receiving information the Fire Department sent nine vehicles one after another including fire tenders and tankers to combat the devastating fire. He said as heaps of waste cartons caught fire within no time it spread into larger area. Till firefighters reached the site fire had engulfed few heaps of waste cartons. Dubey claimed that firefighters with their untiring efforts could save 75 per cent of stock kept in open. He said the fire was so devastating that they had to seek help from Ordinance Factory Khamaria, Vehicle Factory and Gun Carriage Factory in controlling and dousing it. Dubey said firefighters of JMC were tirelessly dousing the fire since 4 am. He said fire tenders of JMC had made over 100 trips to Adhartal station to fetch water and douse fire. JCB machines have been deployed to slide mounds and extinguish fire. The Superintendent of Fire Department said in this incident nearly 300 tonnes of waste cartons were gutted completely. Over 25 per cent stock of cartons was gutted in fire, while 75 per cent stock was saved, he claimed. He estimated that the loss suffered was around Rs 25 lakh. It has been reported that the factory lacks proper arrangements to tackle such fire incidents. It is devoid of needed fire extinguishers and other required equipments and water sources.

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Ajit Jogi’s wife robbed aboard Somnath Exp

MLA of Kota constituency in Bilaspur and wife of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi was relieved of her handbag while travelling in AC coach of Somnath Express at Itarsi Railway Station o... Read More
MLA of Kota constituency in Bilaspur and wife of former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi was relieved of her handbag while travelling in AC coach of Somnath Express at Itarsi Railway Station on Tuesday. Unidentified thief burgled her handbag carrying Rs 15,000 and some documents between 12 noon to 1 pm. MLA Renu Jogi, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that the incident took place when she was travelling in AC-I of Somnath Express from Jabalpur towards Bhopal to attend a family function in Bhopal.

Renu Jogi along with other passengers, including a family of engineer from Vadodara, took lunch and were sleeping on their berths. She woke up around 12 noon to 1 pm when she found that her handbag was missing from her berth. She along with other passengers tried to search the bag but all efforts proved futile. Renu Jogi then filed a complaint of theft from AC-1 coach of Somnath Express with Government Railway Police (GRP), Habibganj Railway Station.

GRP Habibganj registered a complaint against unidentified thief, while further investigations are underway to identify and apprehend the accused.

Rise in theft incidents exposes security arrangements for VIPs and VVIPs in trains made by the Railway authorities. Rise in crime graph with high profile persons reflects seriousness of competent authorities to ensure security arrangements in trains.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ MLA Renu Jogi expressed disappointment over security of passengers and their luggage in trains. She made an appeal towards Government Railway Police to ensure the thief is arrested and his other associates involved in such anti-social activities and keep a check on rising theft incidents and ensure security of passengers.

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‘Rational efforts were not made to arrest accused of chit fund company’

A local court has observed that the case diary, in which directors of a chit fund company HBN and Allied Ltd are accused, does not state that rational efforts were made to arrest these accused pe... Read More
A local court has observed that the case diary, in which directors of a chit fund company HBN and Allied Ltd are accused, does not state that rational efforts were made to arrest these accused persons. It is an order of the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Udai Laxmi Parmar that mentions this observation in dismissing a plea from the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) of Chhattisgarh police. The plea was filed to attach the immovable property of one of the accused Amandeep Singh. While observing that rational efforts were not made to arrest the accused, the court order further stated that in this circumstance it can not be believed that the accused persons have absconded. No evidence/ documents were produced to maintain as to what type of efforts the accused persons or the accused Amandeep were making to dispose their property in Raipur or any part of the property, stated the court order. The court observed that the plea filed by the SIC was prima facie not maintainable and therefore dismissed the plea. Besides Amandeep, the other accused persons according to case diary are Harminder Singh Saran, Manjit Kaur, Jasbir Singh. SIC in the plea for attachment of property maintained that the accused persons were absconding and the accused Amandeep owns land in Raipur. The SIC in-charge could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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Contractual docs who agitated will be disassociated from Pt JNMC

The contractual doctors of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College (JNMMC) who agitated during the recent inspection of the institution by Medical Council of India will be disassociated fro... Read More
The contractual doctors of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College (JNMMC) who agitated during the recent inspection of the institution by Medical Council of India will be disassociated from the institution. Near about 120 contractual doctors are thus to be disassociated from the medical college.

It may be mentioned that these doctors were served a show cause notice. They decided to reply to the notice jointly. Sources from these contractual doctors informed that before agitation they had been drawing the attention of the State Government through appropriate authorities to solve their pay discrepancy. Their counterparts in Bilaspur and Rajnandgaon get more pay. No assurance was given to the contractual doctors of the Raipur institution in this regard. After they came to know that MCI would inspect the institution, they made their intention clear to the concerned authorities that if their demand is not paid attention they would not appear in the counting formality. Even on the day of inspection they tried to gain assurance, but failed and finally they agitated, said the sources. The sources also claimed that the medical colleges in Raipur, Bilaspur and Rajnandgaon fall in same category.

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RTI activists take a stand for victim in dome collapse

The recent incident of dome collapse at the site where a programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been proposed at Naya Raipur has awakened Right to Information (RTI) activist who will see... Read More
The recent incident of dome collapse at the site where a programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been proposed at Naya Raipur has awakened Right to Information (RTI) activist who will seek details from the State’s General Administration Department (GAD). It is worth mentioning that from amongst the injured a 30-year male has succumbed to the injuries and another person is so injured that he may be bed ridden through out his life.

An RTI activist Dr Gitesh Amrohit, who is also one of the practicing physiotherapists in the city, informed that he will exercise the Right to Information and seek details from GAD. The activists is informed that funds to the tune of Rs 50 crores were to be spent for the domes, canopies and other arrangements for the programmes of the Prime Minister at Naya Raipur and another part of the state. Whether this money was from the BJP funds or it was the public money is to be known. The other queries under RTI would be whether any tender process was followed in giving the contract and if followed then how many contractors applied and on what basis the contract was given to the concerned contractor. It would be also asked whether the labourers engaged in these temporary construction works were insured or not and what are the relevant rules and regulations applicable. It would be further asked whether any quality assurance exercise was necessary to be undertaken or not, stated Dr Amrohit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the state on May 9 and the dome collapsed at the proposed site a day before. State health department informed that from amongst the injured one Ramadhar, 30, years, who hailed from Matia village, Gariaband district died. According to sources from Ramkrishna Care Hospital, condition of another injured Ram Kishore Yadav so degraded that this victim may not be able to stand after recovery and may be bed ridden throughout life.

INTUC submits memo to SDM over appointment of people from other States

Showing their concern over appointment of employees from other states, members of Indian National Trade Union Congress submitted memorandum to SDM here. The members alleged that RSPL Limited Ghadi Powder Company located at Urla is employing persons from out of the state.

According to INTUC State General Secretary Bhawani Markam the state employees are being deprived of job opportunities and persons from outside state are been employed. He alleged that management of Urla based RSPL Limited Ghadi Powder Company has employed labourers from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh and local Chhattisgarhi people are not being employed by the management. He further said that during the allocation of land to the company on subsidies rate by the state government and terms and condition were kept to give employment to local people. But, it’s sad that local people are not being employed and job chances are given to outsiders. Showing their concern INTUC members led by Bhawani Markam submitted memorandum to SDM and demanded action against the company management for violation of employment norms as per slated by the state government. Present during the occasion were Devadeep, Karan Netam, Devendra Sori, Raja Khan, Babu Khan and Puran Singh.

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Fans yell for men in yellow

It was Chennai Super Kings all the way in the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh (SVNS) International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday with nearly 80 per cent of the cricket frenzied crowd of Chhattisgarh we... Read More
It was Chennai Super Kings all the way in the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh (SVNS) International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday with nearly 80 per cent of the cricket frenzied crowd of Chhattisgarh wearing yellow turned up to cheer Dhoni and company. Despite losing to Delhi being the home team, it were ‘kings’ who stole the show. It was literally “Shor in the under construction world-class city, Naya Raipur” – as if an entire crowd of Chhattisgarh turned up at the SVNS International Cricket Stadium to watch Dhoni and his men.

Neither the hot nor the humid evening dampened the spirit of the cricket lovers – from younger to elderly gathered at SVNS Stadium. People filed into the stadium from 5.30 pm. Some like Mayank Verma, Ajit Banchhor, Ayush Verma, Arjun Banchhor, Muskan Agrawal, Yash Agrawal, Megha Agrawal, Rajkumar Agrawal, Megha Agrawal, Lalit Agrawal (Raipur) and Atul Kedia (Nagpur), all in their twenties and studying, had come early hoping to grab seats and witness pre-match practice of DD and CSK especially Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had spent some time in the nets playing football.

They made placards to cheer Chennai Super Kings and got themselves colourful red horns, kings’ crowns of ancient era and a rainbow wig. For these viewers most of whom were first timers, it was a grand occasion. They all said there is no chance of cheering any other teams, when Dhoni is there as they screamed out of excitement…‘Dhoni…Dhoni…Dhoni…’ and it went on to echo.

This was the first time they were watching a live match. It was a sea of yellow, with T-shirts and flags in support of CSK.

A few royal blue flags in support of Delhi Daredevils fluttered from above the pavilion. When Dhoni and his company hit at the nets during practice session, the crowd roared. Waves of CSK moved from left to right. The crowd reserved its biggest cheer for the huge sixes and boundaries to be hit in the match. Between every over music came on and many in the crowd danced, excitement writ large on their face.

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It was uncle and aunt who burnt kids for PRIVACY

Uncle and Aunt were behind the outrageous incident, where two kids were burnt alive in Ghupsideeh village of Utai, Durg on Monday noon. The accused finally broke down under intensive interrogation ... Read More
Uncle and Aunt were behind the outrageous incident, where two kids were burnt alive in Ghupsideeh village of Utai, Durg on Monday noon. The accused finally broke down under intensive interrogation by the police and confessed that she and her husband have burnt both the children by setting them afire as they (she and her husband) were being deprived of any privacy for enjoying their marital bliss since the time they were married two months ago; the police said.

Police sources informed that the deceased children Mohan Ojha (4) and Dhaneshwari Ojha (6), children of Ghanshyam Ojha, the elder brother of accused Domendra, were always insisting to sleep with their aunt, Malti, and its outcome, the couple was unable to have any time in privacy, although they were married only two months ago. Irritated with such circumstances, the duo on Monday afternoon grabbed the opportunity when the parents of the deceased children were out in the fields, and the children were sleeping on a cot. Malti and her husband drenched the children with kerosene and set them afire.

While stating that the aforesaid details came out and the facts related to the gruesome offence were finally established after a thorough investigation, Rohit Kumar Jha, Sub-divisional Officer of Police, Patan Zone informed that during interrogation in the police custody, the accused woman had finally broken down and disclosed the information, along with the sequence of crime, pointing that after their marriage, they were not able to spend any time in privacy in the joint family, as the kids always insisted to be with her. Frustrated and irked to the core due to such situation, she took this drastic step where her husband also was the willing partner in committing the heinous crime. Utai Police have registered the case against the accused Malti and Domendra under section 302, 436, 450 and 34 of IPC and have sent them in judicial custody on remand and further investigations in eh same context are on. Police team comprising of SDOP Rohit Jha, DySP (Crime) Durg KL Tandon, DySPs, Meeta Pawar, Saba Anjum, Ritesh Shrivastava, Sub Inspector Purna Bahadur, Head Constable, Rajesh Pandey, R Ramanshankar and Utai Police Station Inspector, KL Sahu, Sub Inspector, RS Thakur, Shivcharan Sahu, Head Constable-Ashwani Kumar, Constable-Ishwar Chandra, Jai Prakash Sahu and others played a vital role during the investigation.

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Timely action by RPF officer, vendor saved passenger life at Wardha station

Timely action and swift response on part of Railway Protection Force (RPF) office and a vendor saved a life of a passenger. The incident occurred at Wardha railway station on Sunday.

According... Read More
Timely action and swift response on part of Railway Protection Force (RPF) office and a vendor saved a life of a passenger. The incident occurred at Wardha railway station on Sunday.

According to information, Raju Dole (40), a resident of Nagpur, was traveling in S-3 coach of 18029 LTT-Shalimar Express. The train was arrived at platform no 1 of Wardha station at 11.30 am. When the train resumed journey, Dole tried to board the running train and suddenly lost balance. He slipped in gap between bogie and platform. RPF's Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Ram and a vendor Akram Khan saw Dole's predicament and ran to the help of passenger. The two caught hold of Dole and pulled him up. The timely action averted Dole slipping under the train.

RPI Inspector Peter Garvin informed that Dole was taken to RPF station and given first aid.

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Good response to NUWJ’s free health check-up camp

The Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ), in association with Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, organised a Free Health Check-up Camp on Sunday at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan. Many journalists, non-jou... Read More
The Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ), in association with Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, organised a Free Health Check-up Camp on Sunday at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan. Many journalists, non-journalists and media employees with their family members benefitted from the day-long camp wherein medicines were also distributed free of cost. Specialists in Medicine, Surgery, ENT, Gynaecology, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Pediatrics were present for consultation. Family Health Card was also issued to the members.

The dedicated team of doctors and their support staff included Dr Ajeet Saoji, Dr Aniruddha Deoke, Dr Manohar, Dr Saboo, Dr Meenakshi, Dr Nilesh Joshi, Dr Sainani, Dr Dhok, Dr Anjali Bhure, Jitendra Muley, Vishal Khursange and Shalini Patil among others. Sister Leena was the course co-cordinator of the Basic Life Support demonstration.

At the outset, the camp was inaugurated by Dr Amol Deshmukh, Secretary, (VSPM) while Dr Kajal Mitra, Dean, NKP Salve Medical College was present.

Dr Deshmukh promised to provide quality services and a green channel for mediapersons that would help them get speedy services in LMH at a subsidised rate. He also announced Aravind Babu Deshmukh award for outstanding journalist while addressing the gathering. Dr Mitra was open to having courses in stress management for the journalists so that they lead a healthy life.NUWJ President Bramha Shankar Tripathi, NUWJ General Secretary Anupam Soni, Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Trust President Pradipkumar Maitra and Secretary Shirish Borkar shared the dais. Soni conducted the proceedings and proposed a vote of thanks.

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Scrap SNDL’s franchisee agreement, demands BJP

The fact-finding committee appointed to probe into affairs of power distribution franchisee SNDL has received more than 10,000 complaints from citizens demanding cancellation of distribution fr... Read More
The fact-finding committee appointed to probe into affairs of power distribution franchisee SNDL has received more than 10,000 complaints from citizens demanding cancellation of distribution franchisee agreement. A delegation of prominent BJP leaders led by Mayor Pravin Datke, Central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare and Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari met the committee and submitted complaints received from the citizens. Complaints are pouring in against the franchisee and there is growing demand to hand-over the franchisee area again to MSEDCL. The Civil Lines division has been taken over by MSEDCL following recent power crisis caused by flash-strike of SNDL staffers.

It may be recalled that Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has appointed a two-member committee headed by R B Goenka and Gauri Chandrayan to probe franchisee agreement, service rendere by it to consumers and look into grievances of consumers about billing, faulty meters and sub-standard service. SNDL is handling power distribution of Mahal, Gandhibag and Civil Lines division which covers South, North, East, Central and major portion of West Nagpur and recent strike by SNDL staffers due to which half the city was under dark turned out to be tipping point of outrage against the private player.

Mayor and others appraised the committee about large number of complaints received from the consumers about faulty meter reading, inflated bills and rude behaviour of SNDL staffers and high-handed tactics adopted by them under the garb of special drive. They also complained about SNDL’s inability to redress grievances in time, lack of technical and experienced manpower and lack of transpaency in billing process, leading to massive resentment.

Another delegation led by South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohale also submitted a memorandum to fact-finding panel and demanded cancellation of franchisee agreement of SNDL. Kohale alleged that SNDL employees went on strike without any prior intimation and citizens faced tremendous problem during the strike. Consumers of Mahal Zone are getting higher power bills. Even a poor person, who lives in slum, is getting power bills worth Rs 1200, said Kohle. Customer care center of SNDL is ill-equipped hence, consumers are not getting proper help, he added.

Kailas Chute, Ramesh Singare, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Nita Thakre, Swati Akhatkar, Rita Mule, Divya Dhurde, Vijay Asole, Sanjay Thakre, Anil Lambade and Parshu Thakur were part of the delegation.

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Engineering students develop low cost nose implants

Every individual has a fundamental right to look good but for the unfortunate victims of accidents and those with deformities by birth, plastic surgery is often the only but a costly resort. In... Read More
Every individual has a fundamental right to look good but for the unfortunate victims of accidents and those with deformities by birth, plastic surgery is often the only but a costly resort. In many cases if one suffer from deformity in nose, the nose implants are fitted which is a costly affair. The students of mechanical engineering of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) under the aegis of Bio-Medical Engineering Forum (BMEF), have designed and developed nose implant for augmentation Rhinoplasty in collaboration with Dr S N Lulay Senior ENT surgeon of Nagpur. Nikhil Adhe, Sourabh Shende and Adwait Inamdar under guidance of Dr Rashmi Uddanwadiker have indigenously fabricated low cost implant which suits Indian demography.

Nikhil, Adwait and Sourabh were successful in procuring raw material from US based supplier in association with Métier Lifestyle, New Delhi, fabricated the die as per the shape of the implant in collaboration with Dulocos Moulds and Conveyers Pvt Ltd. Industrial Partner, performed number of steps and after repeated trials got a defect free sample. After lot of hard work, they got the sample approved from doctors. The sample was then tested for biocompatibility and contamination in NABL accredited laboratory Anacon Labs Pvt Ltd.

The official handover ceremony of the final product took place at VNIT. A multitude of doctors, ENT Surgeons and members of Biomedical engineering forum graced the occasion. Director, Dr Narendra Chaudhary, Patron of Biomedical Engineering Forum congratulated the entire team for successful completion of the project.

Dr S N Lulay highlighted the need of such research for the betterment of society. Earlier, Dr P M Padole, President of BMEF gave a brief report about the activities of the forum like the research leading to deployment of stent in coronary artery and fatigue testing of hip implant developed by DRDO, estimation of muscle characteristics, development of prosthetic hand etc. Dr Rashmi Uddanwadiker, Secretary, BMEF who has supervised the research project said about the nose implants which are meant for correction of saddle nose. Buoyed by the success of the project, she hoped for many such successful collaborations in the future which would benefit the society at large. It’s a matter of pride for BMEF and VNIT researchers to hand over the final product to doctors and surgeons.

The function was attended by leading doctors and eminent personalities like Dr Avinash Deshmukh, Dr Madan Kapre, Dr Alankar Ramteke, Dr Pallavi Lulay, Dr Ramesh Mundle, Dr Harshwardhan Arya, Dr Satish Das, Dr Sunita Shrivastava, Dr Satyajeet Jagtap, Dr Rajendra Deshmukh, Dr Rajendra Saoji, Dr Prashant Naik, Dr S G Garway, Dr Sudhanshu Kothe, Dr Abhay Datarkar, Dr Vinay Mahore, Dr Surendra Gawarle, Dr Devendra Mahore, Dr A M Pawde, Dr V V Harkare, Dr Ashwini Uddanwadiker, Dr D R Peshwe, Dr S R Sathe etc.

The doctors from various specialties like cardiology, plastics, orthodontist, ENT and orthopeadics were extremely delighted to see the capabilities of BMEF and expressed optimism that under future collaborations various instruments and implants can be manufactured indigenously and at a low cost.

The implants presently are hand carved by doctors from silicone block themselves to get desired shape. Shape of the implant depends on doctor’s skill. They also have poor surface finish and aesthetics. Few surgeons prefer to use readymade imported implants. However, readymade implants having a standard shape do not suit Indian face morphology. Ready-made imported implants being costly also increase overall cost of surgery.

Researchers at VNIT have designed implant and made a solid model according to Indian face morphology requirement. They have set up manufacturing process to make implants. The main aim of the research is to provide implant at very low price to make the surgery accessible to common man.

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Unhappy with casual approach, Govt directs Forest officers to be diligent, prompt towards court cases

Taking a serious cognisance of dismal track record of Forest Department in conducting court cases and failure to put forth its stance effectively before judicial fora, Maharashtra Government has ... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of dismal track record of Forest Department in conducting court cases and failure to put forth its stance effectively before judicial fora, Maharashtra Government has directed all forest officers to be extremely diligent, sensitive, prompt and responsible in presenting government side.

Noting that due to failure in filing affidavit in time, non-communication of orders to superior officers, lack of proper assistance to Government Pleaders and casual manner in which matters of forest workers and daily wagers are handled, many a time, the top Forest officials are summoned by the courts for contempt and adverse strictures are passed. This often leaves Forest department and its bosses with red face and hence to avoid such ignominy in future, the government has issued a detailed guideline to the officers laying down crystal clear road-map about steps to be taken in the court affairs.

Government has directed all employees to treat court proceedings as an integral part of their official work and change their response towards litigation. Government expects all staffers to display sensitivity, promptness, alertness after the first notice is received or copy of the petition is served.

Though technically, Head of Forest Force, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Additional PCCF or such top officers are joined as respondents while regional officer, who actually deals with the matter, are joined as respondent after top officials. Due to laxity at regional level, Government’s side is not presented effectively in the court due to lack of information to the advocate. Even after giving repeated opportunity the officers and panel advocates fail to attend the court and hence the court is left with no choice but to proceed ex-parte. The judicial decisions go against the Government due to such callousness, the department has stated while pulling up the officials. Even affidavits are not filed in stipulated time.

Henceforth, the officers have been directed to constantly stay in touch with the Government advocate and personally attend the court when a case comes up for hearing. The affidavits must be proper, concise, informative and should be filed within time in consultation with Government Pleader and experts to rule out any chance of error or lacuna.

It is also observed that an appeal is not filed in time i.e. 90 days in the appellate court against the decision of a lower court. The appeal is dismissed mainly because of late submission and inordinate delay. In many cases, implementation is not done despite court decision as the order copy is not made available in time. Therefore, Secretary, Forest, and other senior officers have to face contempt of court cases. The officers are asked to be present in the court and deposit penalty or cost of the case. This results in maligning the image of the department. Therefore, it is necessary for the officers to take due care and play a role of model litigant, the Government has directed.

The Government has also asked the officers to be pro-active about court cases as soon as the copy of the case is received from the court. They should consult top officials to finalise response within two days. Senior Officers have been directed to remain extremely diligent while submitting para-wise reply which becomes foundation of any affidavit, keep a proper record of all cases, appoint co-ordinator at regional level and take assistance of law officers to effectively present Government’s side.

In cases where state treasury is likely to face any financial burden, regional officers have been instructed not to give commitment on their own because a wider consultation with GAD, Finance, and other concerned departments is necessary before accepting any financial liability.

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Two power utilities publicly blame each other for costly electricity

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) has hit back at its sister concern, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), saying it does not need su... Read More
Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) has hit back at its sister concern, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), saying it does not need suggestions on running its affairs, as it filed an affidavit before Regulator accusing latter of not honouring power purchase pact. Irked by MSEDCL affidavit and public statement of its Managing Director O P Gupta in city calling for scrapping old generating units, the Mahagenco said it knows what is best for company and seem to suggest to latter, not to meddle. MSEDCL has no right to decide which units should function, instead it will be better if former honour the pact with Mahagenco regarding 100% purchase of generated power, its affidavit reads.

The public spat between the two State owned power companies is out in open, threatening to push behind the real issue of high tariff in State. As Government is pushing for lowering the energy rates the officials of two companies have tried to put other in bad light before Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission (MERC). Earlier, MSEDCL in its yearly tariff revision affidavit called for closure of old generation units of Mahagenco, saying they are the reason for costly power.

On the contrary MSPGCL in its affidavit said high transmission and distribution losses and purchases from private players play a role in prevailing high tariff to consumers. Apart from this MSEDCL's operating and maintenance plus administrative costs also are major factors in calculation of tariff, the transmission company put out in its affidavit filed before Regulator on May 8. MERC is currently deliberating on the petition filed by MSEDCL wherein it is seeking yet another round of hike in energy rates for which latter filed its justification. Mahagenco has also accused MSEDCL of not honouring the pact about 100% purchase of its power and instead opting for purchases from private players. This step of MSEDCL has put generating company in a piquant situation, as it had raised capital for commissioning new units owing to pact with MSEDCL. The interest on capital has put financial burden on Mahagenco, the popular acronym for generation company.

In a veiled warning to MSEDCL, the Mahagenco pointed out that as per the agreement while former is bonded but latter is free to sell its power to others on short term basis and it can also determine the rates. At the same time, Mahagenco, if it desires, can fix the rate to be charged from MSEDCL, the affidavit reads. Another important point that Genco highlighted is that in future, power tariff of private generation players might increase as Regulator has allowed compensatory traffic for incremental generation due to import of costly coal. This hiked rate in range of RS. 3.39 to 3.95/unit would be much more than Mahagenco's generation cost.

Rubbing out another MSEDCL point about reserving Rs. 5,000 crore of revenue with Regulator as Regulatory Assest, the Genco officials said this demand is contrary to decision of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel). Also it warned of major financial crisis as Mahagenco would be bereft of cash needed for daily generation and could have impact on generation and also put ongoing projects on back burner.

Even as it countered demand for shutting down old generating units, Mahagenco pointed out that they had themselves closed down old units at Koradi, Bhusawal and Chandrapur in 2014 and also asked permission from MERC for its closure further ahead. In the affidavit the company officials also patted themselves on their back on having commissioned many new units in time frame of seven to eight years. Also the addition of nearly 6,000 MW is enough to meet demand for next 50-years.

Mahagenco also has taken steps to lower the production cost and said in future power would be cheaper at 30-50 paise and results would be seen soon, it predicted.

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Are your medicines safe in scorching heat ?

Entire Vidarbha region is reeling under scorching heat. The temperature of major cities in Vidarbha ranges from 420C to 450C and may mercury may soar further. In such a situation, how safe are ... Read More
Entire Vidarbha region is reeling under scorching heat. The temperature of major cities in Vidarbha ranges from 420C to 450C and may mercury may soar further. In such a situation, how safe are our medicines? This is a million dollar question which should be asked by people to drug companies. Unfortunately, the storage condition of medicines is one of the most neglected area. When the question is asked to number of scientists, pharmacists, drug store owners, doctors and people in medical field, most of them are unable to give a cogent and convincing answer.

The improper storage condition and insulation from extreme heat conditions can affect potency of drug and even change its chemical composition and going by the casual approach towards such an important thing, not surprisingly, many complain of no effect or in extreme case, a patient may lose life if a life saving drug is exposed to such a high temperature.

When The Hitavada visited number of medical stores in city, it is observed that very little attention is paid towards storage of medicines by most of the chemists. If this is the condition in city like Nagpur, then one shudders to think about pitiable condition in smaller towns of Vidarbha where long power cuts is a routine phenomenon.

No mechanism to monitor the changes in chemical constitution of drug molecules has been evolved by administration. The same is reflected when, Food and Drugs Administration receives analytical reports from Public Analyst for the samples of drugs they seize. Many medicines were found less in content, the change in pH, presence some micro-organisms, failing in disintegration time etc are the common results of analytical reports. This happens because of not following proper storage conditions. Modern medicines have Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) which are chemical in nature. The chemicals are so sensitive, that they can change their physical and chemical properties according to environmental conditions. Today, many people are regularly consuming medicines. They include diabetics, hypertensive, heart patients and event some general people consume chemicals in the form of vitamins, minerals and nutritionals. But no one is aware about their storage conditions and the temperature to which these have to be stored. Chemicals change their behavior when exposed to heat or temperature.

Stability of medicine or pharmaceutical formulation tells about the quality and efficacy of the products till its life-time (till expiry date). Chemical stability is achieved when each active ingredient retains its chemical integrity. When the drug molecule maintains its original physical properties including appearance, palatability, uniformity, dissolution and suspendibility, the molecule is considered as physically stable. Microbiological Stability depends on Sterility or resistance to microbial growth is retained according to the specified requirements while when the therapeutic effect remains unchanged, the molecule is called as therapeutically stable. The molecule is also required to be toxicologically stable. Storage condition is defined as the recommended temperature and relative humidity level at which a product can be exposed for a stipulated period of time at which the product retains its stability, before the expiry date. These conditions are recommended by the manufacturing company after stability studies have been carried out. Temperature and humidity levels should be regularly measured to ensure that these conditions are met.

‘Expiry date depends on specified storage condition’

All chemical molecules used as Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) have different rates of decompositions. Thus, expiry date of drugs also differ. For example, Amoxycillin suspension is prescribed to children as an antibiotic, it has an expiry date of 14 days when stored at room temperature (25 degrees) while Trimethoprim/Sulphamethoxazole combination has shelf life of five years when stored below 30 degree. The degradation of any chemical molecule occurs when the climatic conditions are changed. These degradation processes include, hydrolysis, oxidation and degradation by light. This is because of the chemistry of many of the functional groups in drug molecules and the ubiquitous presence of water and oxygen. Even when factors such as water, oxygen and light have been controlled, degradation will still occur, but at a reduced rate.

Insulin in high temperature loses its potency

R Vimalavathini and B Gitanjali, Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry compared three brands of insulin available in market and studied the effect of temperature on Insulin. Their paper titled ‘Effect of Temperature on the Potency and Pharmacological Action of Insulin’ has been published in Indian Journal of Medical Research. The researchers have confirmed, “Insulin stored at high temperatures loses its potency and biological activity. Thus, storage in refrigerator is the ideal method of storage of insulin vials. However, when adequate storage cannot be assured at cool temperatures, insulin vials may be used within two weeks of opening. Diabetic patients need to be educated properly about the temperature and duration of storage of insulin vials to maintain adequate glycaemic control.

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‘There is no short cut to learning Ghazal singing’

“There is no short cut to learning the art of Ghazal singing. One has to do regular Riyaz”, stated Mohd Hussain, one member of the Hussain brothers, the other inseparable member being Ahmed... Read More
“There is no short cut to learning the art of Ghazal singing. One has to do regular Riyaz”, stated Mohd Hussain, one member of the Hussain brothers, the other inseparable member being Ahmed Hussain.

Together, they have become a formidable team of performers who have carved a niche for themselves in the art of Ghazal and Bhajan singing. Having been trained in the Jaipur Gharana art of Hindusthani Classical Music under their father Late Ustad Afzal Hussain, the Hussain Borthers were interacting with the Press at the South Central Zone Cultural Centre.

Asked about the low popularity of Ghazal singing these days, the duo smiled and in their relaxed mood, stated “Ghazals are like “fashion trend”.

These trends come and go and when they are at the peak of popularity, artists give many performances .

Today it may be at the lowest rung of concerts, it will bounce back” they felt. “Had they not been popular, our children would not have taken to them” they exclaimed. Speaking about Pakistani Singers making good money in India and getting popularity, the Hussain brothers felt that it was very surprising that when our country has rich talent and tradition available, waiting for opportunity, our own people are inviting mediocre signers from neighborhood and under the label of imported from Pakistan, they are being marketed.

Speaking about learning to present a Ghazal, Ahmed Hussain said “ Riyaz has its categories and it needs orientation from Gurus. One must have God’s “meharbani” as well and identify one self with the art” observed Mohd Hussain. They were full of praise for The SCZCC and Dr Piush Kumar in particular for organising a very rare morning baithak, that was held today morning, that featured Ghazals based on Hindusthani Classical Ragas and Bhajans. “No where in India , such rare baithaks are held.

We are presenting such a programme at dawn for the first time. Our language of interaction with the “rasik” musically will be simple and we will explain difficult Urdu words so as to enable the listners in following us on the lyrics” stated Mohd Hussain. The music of Hussain brothers has been applauded and appreciated by legends like Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj.

“We don’t go after hankering for publicity, it comes naturally by virtue of our performances, our sincere Riyaz and the rest we leave it to the Lord”, exclaimed Ahmed Hussain.

Asked about venturing into Fusion music, Ahmed Hussain was quick to respond” We don’t believe in dissecting music. We also do not appreciate the kind of playback singing that is in vogue today. It has a mix of Folk and Qawwali. The old tradition melody content has dried up. However, we do like to use modern day musical instruments in our singing, but stick to our traditional roots of music and our Gayaki, that does not change” reiterated Ahmed and Mohd Hussain.

The brothers have performed at SCZCC today in Brahmanaad morning baithak.

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Twinkle Club, Bhonsala Military School’s third Personality Development Camp concludes

“Today, youth are aware about latest technologies, but they are lagging behind in physical and character development. This type of Personality Development Camps (PDC) helps to groom the overall... Read More
“Today, youth are aware about latest technologies, but they are lagging behind in physical and character development. This type of Personality Development Camps (PDC) helps to groom the overall personality of students which is required to be a good person,” said former International Cricketer Prashant Vaidya, who was the chief guest during the concluding programme of third PDC jointly organised by The Hitavada Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation at Bhonsala Military School Campus, near Godhani Railway Station, Koradi Road on Saturday.

Team work, discipline and leadership quality are most important factors of life and Bhonsala Military School and The Hitavada Twinkle Club are providing a platform to improve these qualities among kids, Vaidya stated.

In this third and the last PDC, total 358 campers participated and overall more than 900 participated in all the three camps. All campers exhibited patriotism, team work and discipline in the form of various activities which were held on Saturday evening. Every camper experienced different adventurous activities like rock climbing, horse riding, rappelling, river rafting, river crossing, night navigation, swimming, watermanship training, firing, horse riding, yoga, obstacle training, map reading, moral education, group discussion, basic boxing skills, archery, guest lectures and much more during the camp.

They got training under the supervision of retired military personnel for all seven days. They represented at various activities at 30 acres of land of BMS. Centrally air cooled residential facility along with healthy food and dinning facility made the camp even more exciting.

They were also taught disaster management and how to help if a calamity strikes. The mental stimulation various competitions, guest lectures, treasure hunts, quizzes and workshops were also organised.

In the concluding programme, campers exhibited different obstacle demonstration including horse riding, shooting, war strategies, rope climbing, river crossing and much more. A cultural event presented by campers in the form of different dance performances was appreciated by all.

In the beginning of the cultural programme, Tarun Patel, Secretary, Central Hindu Military Education Society (CHMES), Nagpur gave the introductory remarks. Commandant Col (Retd) J S Bhandari presented the camp report during the programme. Lalit Joshi, Head Master, BMS and Anjali Ansingkar, Assistant Head Mistress were also shared the dais.

Aniruddha Methi welcomed the guests while Rishi Lahoti and Saloni Kasat shared their experiences during the camp. Tanvi Damle and Anandita Pillai compered the cultural programme.

During the camp various competitions were also organised and the prize distribution was held during the concluding programme. Ayush Arikar, Avantika Wadhai, Piyush Kumar, Sanjeevani Dubey, Luv Suchak, Jiya Gawande, Avadhut Sayre, Nidhee Bhalge, Ashwin Rakhunde, Piyush Kumar, Muneera Vanak and Avijeet Khurana were the prize winners.

The team of Bhonsala Military School worked hard for the success of the event.

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State vows to prepare Heat Action Plan by Nov

Making clear the stand of Maharashtra Government over curbing casualties due to heat, Principal Secretary of Health Sujata Sounik said, “We are committed to complete the Heat Action Plan of m... Read More
Making clear the stand of Maharashtra Government over curbing casualties due to heat, Principal Secretary of Health Sujata Sounik said, “We are committed to complete the Heat Action Plan of major cities in State by November. I have asked the concerned departments to work with co-ordination so that the implementation of plan can be started from December.”

Sounik was speaking during the concluing function of the workshop on Heat Action Plan organised jointly by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Maharashtra Public Health Department at Hotel Tuli Imperial on Saturday.

Sounik said that various agencies like NGOs, Weather department, police department, construction associations, Architects, private and government medical officers need to have better coordination. Sounik appealed the officers concerned that the agencies should think on how fast diagnosis of the patients of sunstroke can be made, how the treatment can be metted out to such patients etc. NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde, Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Director of NMC Health Dr Milind Ganvir, Director of National Public Health Institution, Gandhinagar Dr Dilip Mavlankar, Principal of Public Health Institute Dr Padmaja Jogewar, Dr Muzaffar Husain (Delhi), Dr P S Ganguli were seated on the dais. Hardikar said, “In 2013, the first Heat Action Plan (HAP) in Asia was prepared in Ahmedabad (Gujarat). Now, second plan is being prepared in Nagpur and this workshop will benefit the related persons.” Dr Dilip Mavlankar, Dr Jairaj Desai, Dr Tejash Shah, Dr Umaiya Tiwari, Dr Ajit Rajiva, Dr Priya Datta (Ahmedabad) guided the people and gave presentation. Dr Bhavna Sonkusre and Dr Sajiy compered the programme.

ESIC hospitals on deathbed

Central Government had agreed long back to take over the State-run Employees State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) hospitals. But it was not done. On the other hand Maharashtra Government too is not providing funds to these hospitals. Because of sluggishness of the decision makers, these hospitals are virtually on deathbed and waiting breath their last. When asked about it to Principal Secretary of Public Health department Sujata Sounik, she said, “As no decision was taken on earlier proposal of Government, we are planning to send the proposal again. The meeting in this regard soon would be held in Mantralaya. Till then we are not able to make any provision of funds for these hospitals.”

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NMC agrees to supply water to Godhani, Bokara villages

Nagpur Municipal Corporation will give 2 MLD water to two villages -- Godhani and Bokara-- under Pench-IV project. The decision was taken in a meeting of Nagpur Environment Service Ltd (NISL) o... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation will give 2 MLD water to two villages -- Godhani and Bokara-- under Pench-IV project. The decision was taken in a meeting of Nagpur Environment Service Ltd (NISL) on Saturday. Chairman of Water Supply Department of NMC and MLA Sudhakar Kohale informed reporters about the decision. Water to Godhani village will be supplied from Water treatment plant, Godhani while Bokara village will get untreated water directly. Some officers apprehended that this decision may partially affect the water pressure of city areas including Laxmi Nagar zone. In another decision, NMC has decided to give water connection to under construction buildings at commercial rates.

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CM ayes amalgamation of Gunthewari plots

TAKING a bold step to help thousands of small plot holders living in unauthorised lay-outs, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has permitted amalgamation of these plots regularised under Gunthewa... Read More
TAKING a bold step to help thousands of small plot holders living in unauthorised lay-outs, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has permitted amalgamation of these plots regularised under Gunthewari Act. Most of the plots in 572 and 1900 unauthorised lay-outs are very small in size (mostly 1200 sq ft, 1500 sq ft or 2400 sq ft) with very little depth and width, making it impossible to construct a decent house. Therefore, there was a demand to permit amalgamation of these plots so as to construct small flat-schemes or a house with basic amenities.

As per the order issued by Urban Development Department, the amalgamation of plots will depend upon the width of adjoining roads. For the roads with width upto 6 to 9 mts, amalgamation will not be permitted. For road with width between 9 to 12 mts, amalgamation upto 4000 sq mt is now permitted while for plot adjoining road with width of 12 to 15 mts amalgamation upto 8,000 sq mt is permitted. For 15 to 18 mt wide roads, plots can be amalgamated to create a single entity of 12,000 sq mt and for road with width above 18 mt, small plots can be amalgamated to create a large land admeasuring upto 20,000 sq mt. This will facilitate development of realty market in unauthorised lay-outs as the plot size permitted after amalgamation is suitable to create affordable housing pool.

East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde who pursued the matter since a very long time, raised the issue with Chief Minister. The draft proposal was published on December 25, 2014 and Town Planning Department submitted its report to the Government on March 25. Chief Minister cleared the proposal on May 6 and notification has been issued, Khopde told ‘The Hitavada.’ Around 10 lakh people are residing in 6,000 undeveloped lay-outs and many schemes are coming up in these areas.

It may be recalled that the proposal of NIT and NMC to allow amalgamation of plots regularised under Gunthewari Act was rejected by then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last year stating that it was against the Gunthewari Act, 2001. A group of small-time builders and developers believe that amalgamation of plots and loading of TDR for their flats scheme in these localities will reduce the prices of flats in outskirts and people may get flats at affordable prices. Fadnavis also made it clear that amalgamation of plots adjoining small road is not permissible and allowed it only for plots adjoining wide roads above 9 mts.

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Major fire at Wadi petrol pump

SWIFT action by Fire Brigade averted a major tragedy after Shri Krishna Petrol Pump, a dealer of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), on the busy Amravati Road near Wadi Octroi Post ca... Read More
SWIFT action by Fire Brigade averted a major tragedy after Shri Krishna Petrol Pump, a dealer of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), on the busy Amravati Road near Wadi Octroi Post caught fire on Saturday afternoon.

Following explosion in one of the underground tanks in the fire, panic gripped the people in the nearby commercial complexes. No casualty was reported though property worth Rs one crore was gutted in the inferno.

Around 2 pm, Fire Brigade received a call that fire engulfed the petrol pump in Wadi. A team of fire-fighters swung into action. Eight fire tenders from Sakkardara, Cotton Market, Narendra Nagar, Civil Lines and MIDC fire stations rushed to the spot to douse the blaze which reportedly originated from a pipe being used for refilling the underground tank from a tanker.Before the fire-fighters could reach the spot, petrol pump staff made futile efforts to douse the flames using fire extinguishers. Within seconds, the entire underground tank caught fire. The petrol pump staff, tanker driver, cleaner and others standing nearby ran helter-skelter. Soon, fire engulfed the entire petrol pump. People in the adjacent buildings themselves came out due to fear.

Flames were billowing out and a thick cloud of black smoke emerging from the petrol pump was noticed from a distance of half a kilometre. Traffic on the otherwise busy Amravati Road came to a grinding halt. Curious passers-by watching the incident shouted when one of the underground petrol tanks exploded.

Soon after reaching the spot, fire-fighters took their positions and started dousing the flames. Staff from Wadi Police Station and Traffic Branch arrived to handle the crowd. People working in the godowns behind the petrol pump were, however, asked to evacuate.

After combating with the inferno for about two-and-a-half hours, fire-fighters doused the flames completely using foam and averted a major tragedy.

A Fire Brigade officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that it was a tough task to contain the fire at the petrol pump. “We left no stone unturned to get the fire under control and also used foam to douse the flames,” he added.Prima facie, he said, a spark might have caused during unloading diesel from a tanker believed to have set off the flames. About 10,000 litre petrol was devastated but 10,000 litre diesel was saved, he added. Giving a big smile to the journos, a fire-fighter reacted, “Thank God ! Nobody was hurt. We did it.”

Some eye-witnesses said, fire caused due to mishandling of a pipe that was being used to refill the underground tank. There was 10,000 litre petrol and equal quantity of diesel in the tanker. The incident took place when the fuel was being unloaded in the underground tank from the tanker. Petrol and diesel vending machines were also damaged.

Wadi Police, who are investigating the incident, informed that the tanker driver Babar Khan Sattar Khan and petrol pump staff had a narrow escape. The petrol pump is owned by Indrajitsingh Baweja, they added.

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3 drug-peddlers held with 101 kg marijuana from Puri-Ahmedabad Exp

SLEUTHS attached to Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Crime Branch, with the assistance of Government Railway Police (GRP), on Wednesday caught three drug-peddlers from Ahmedabad-Puri Express and sei... Read More
SLEUTHS attached to Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Crime Branch, with the assistance of Government Railway Police (GRP), on Wednesday caught three drug-peddlers from Ahmedabad-Puri Express and seized 101 kg marijuana (Ganja) worth Rs 10.10 lakh from their possession. Identified as Sukesh Benudhar Maharana (20), Prashantkumar Bawribindu Mohpatra (32) and Pramod Mahindra Bagarsingh (22), the accused drug-peddlers are the residents of district Puri, Odisha. Acting on a tip off, a team of Crime Branch of the city police with the assistance of GRP personnel trapped the three drug-peddlers in the toilet of S-4 coach of Ahmedabad-Puri Express after the train arrived at Nagpur Station. Cops found three polypropylene bags containing 101 kilogramme Marijuana with them. Cops confiscated the bags containing Marijuana and registered an offence under Sections 20 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against them at Railway Police Station. The arrests were made by Inspectors Panditrao Sonwane, Chandrashekhar Dhole, and Giri Thatod, PSI Mushtaq Shaikh and their team comprising Ganesh ladhe, Gajanan Thakur, Vasudeo Mandwekar, Pradip Ingoley, Shailesh Thawre, Tarachand, Prakash Sidam, Bacchu Tiwari, Nitin Rangne, Kishor Mahant, Datta Ghugal, Praful Bondre, Sayyed Waheed, GRP personnel Narendra Chowdhary, Babusingh Thakur, Santosh Choube, Shivanand Nagre, Naresh Kharagban and others under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional CP (Crime) Shrikant Tarwade, DCP (Crime) Deepali Masirkar and ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut.

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HC comes to rescue of GMCH Yavatmal

After purusing amicus curiae J T Gilda’s note, during hearing of 15-years-old PIL of local lawyer C H Sharma and 6 other citizens regarding pitiable conditions of the State Government’s medic... Read More
After purusing amicus curiae J T Gilda’s note, during hearing of 15-years-old PIL of local lawyer C H Sharma and 6 other citizens regarding pitiable conditions of the State Government’s medical colleges in Vidarbha, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have directed the Assistant SGI Rohit Deo to present up-to-date status report by June 10 next, regarding State Government’s compliance with assurances given to the Central Government and the Medical Council of India regarding removing 34 infrastructural deficiencies pointed out to it in the VP Naik Government Medical College ,Yavatmal. For the time-being, recommendations of decision of not to add 50 seats to 100 existing seats will remain on the back-burner. Further, as a much needed timely relief, the Court has clarified that the Central Public Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India (MCI) should not give effect to any adverse order till June 10 next, when entire picture will be clear before the Court. It has been pointed out in the amicus curiae’s note, that this has been the third renewal of additional 50 seats and in the last year, the State Government had given undertaking before the MCI to remove the deficiencies within one year. Despite the High Court’s orders to this effect, the officers in the Mantralaya did not implement the Court’s orders in true letter and spirit. The Court has been intimated that even though funds were sanctioned by the State Finance Department, the factual position is that about Rs 5 crore meant for Medical College, Yavatmal lapsed by March 31 last, since the amounts were not utilised due to apathy shown by the officers including the Dean. The Court has been requested to issue directions to the authorities to remove deficiencies within stipulated time, so that before commencement of academic session there would be assurance of no loss of 50 precious medical seats. Despite repeated statements by the authorities since 2005-06, that qualified faculty will be appointed and the deficiencies would be set right, at present the scenerio is dismal, if one glances at medical colleges in Vidarbha. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Saurabh Tapariya (MCI) and AGP Kalyani Deshpande represented the respondents.

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Single doc establishments form Rapid Action Groups

After formation of Vidarbha Hospital Association by big hospitals to act in unison, now, single doctor establishments have also come together to form Rapid Action Groups to tackle the serious i... Read More
After formation of Vidarbha Hospital Association by big hospitals to act in unison, now, single doctor establishments have also come together to form Rapid Action Groups to tackle the serious issue of attack on doctors and their hospitals. Taking a cue from their Amravati counterparts, medicos operating their own small establishments and nursing homes decided to join hands to protect themselves from physical assault, goondaism and shoo away miscreants who often vandalise property and carry out physical assault. Emboldended by lack of any resistance from small hospitals and unorganised doctors, many rowdy elements under the guise of helping patients and their relatives resort to violence or dish out threats to carry out violence. In most cases, doctors feel that medical negligence is seldom the reason behind such attacks. Some patients and their relatives create ruckus to avoid settlement of the bills and to armtwist doctors to give up major amount. Often due to demonstrations and hype created during such incidents, doctors often succumb to pressure tactics. To effectively deal with such situations, Indian Medical Associations have set up Assault on Doctors groups. Nagpur IMA has also formed such a group. But, looking at the ever growing incidents of attack on doctors the need for effective group was felt. Dr Warsha Dhawale, former President of IMA, Nagpur and member of State-level PCPNDT panel, mooted the idea. She said, “I saw this group working in Amravati quite successfully and it strengthens the bond among doctors.” I am very happy that doctors in Nagpur unanimously agreed to implement it here, she said. The Rapid Action Group consists of doctors alone and no musclemen or bouncers will be involved. The groups will be organised as per particular zones where hospitals are situated. Hospitals and doctors including specialists like ENT Surgeon, General Surgeon, Physician, Paediatrician, Orthopaedic or any other specialist will be part of this group. If any incident takes place at any hospital in that zone, the doctor at receiving end is expected to immediately post the message seeking help and his colleagues from other hospitals or dispensaries will reach to help him out.Dr Warsha Dhawale said, “We are trying to get help from police also. The police of that area will also be involved in the group. We will be seeking toll free number for us. If that is done then that doctor will give a call on that number so that police can reach immediately.” Dr Dhawale pointed out, “Why people are not ready to accept medical accidents as they accept road accidents? Without understanding the mistake they start attacking doctors.” In the first phase, doctors will formalise their zone-wise group, nominate their co-ordinators. Dr Ajay Kate, President of IMA, Nagpur said, “Though IMA has no direct role to play it will act as Co-ordinator, I personally feel that doctors should actively support this group and help fraternity member in distress.”

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Gandhigiri by Union Bank of India staff to recover pending dues

Tuesday morning was something different for residents of Crorepati Galli in Civil Lines area. The staff members of Union Bank of India, Nagpur, peacefully gathered in front of a posh bungalow in ... Read More
Tuesday morning was something different for residents of Crorepati Galli in Civil Lines area. The staff members of Union Bank of India, Nagpur, peacefully gathered in front of a posh bungalow in the lane, and held placards requesting for payment of the bank’s dues. The bank staffers, including women, resorted to ‘Gandhigiri’ in front of ‘Yash’, the residence of Yashwant Sangla and Manju Sangla, on Henessey Road (Crorepati Galli), on Tuesday. As per the bank, the Sanglas are the Directors of M/s Linkson Coal and Minerals Private Ltd. M/s Linkson Coal and Minerals Private Ltd had availed a loan of Rs 55 crore from Union Bank of India. However, it turned into Non-Performing Asset (NPA) in December 2013. The bank staffers carried placards requesting for repayment of the bank’s dues. The staff of Union Bank of India took the extreme step of staging demonstration in front of the residence of the Sanglas to make the company repay the public money.

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Noted lawyers S K Mishra, Avinash Gupta designated as Senior Advocates by HC

Wednesday turned out to be yet another happy day for Nagpur’s legal fraternity with two more lawyers-S K Mishra and Avinash Gupta- as Bombay High Court Chamber meeting held on Wednesday eveni... Read More
Wednesday turned out to be yet another happy day for Nagpur’s legal fraternity with two more lawyers-S K Mishra and Avinash Gupta- as Bombay High Court Chamber meeting held on Wednesday evening, designated them as Senior Advocates. All the sitting judges of Bombay High Court and all its co-ordinated benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad, Goa participated in the chamber meeting via video-conferencing. The full court meeting considered many names senior practitioners to be designated as Senior Advocate. According to sources, names of six lawyers including two from Nagpur were approved by the High Court. There were four names from Nagpur bar for consideration. The Senior Advocate is equivalent to Queens Counsel in United Kingdom and is entitled for a special black robe which is identical to one adorned by a Sitting Judge of the High Court. As per the rules framed, the entire list is put forth before a sub-committee of judges with a representation to the Principal seat, benches at Nagpur, Aurangabad and High Court at Goa and thereafter it is placed for consideration before the entire Court, consisting of all the sitting judges. The element of secret voting has been started from last couple of years before designating an advocate as a Senior Advocate by “virtue of the ability, experience and standing at the Bar or special knowledge or experience in law.” Right now, the senior advocates from Nagpur include V R Manohar, K H Deshpande, R B Pendharkar, M G Bhangde, Kumkum Sirpurkar, Subhodh Dharmadhikari, A M Gordey, Sunil Manohar, Chandrashekhar Kaptan, Anand Jaiswal and Anil Mardikar. Now S K Mishra and Avinash Gupta have been added to this list. Adv S K Mishra is senior standing counsel of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for last one and half decades and has passionately defended the NIT and its developmental policies including IRDP, Gunthewari, Metro Region etc. He is standing counsel for Nagpur Municipal Corporation. He is former Chairman of District Bar Association and is an active member of High Court Bar Association. He was Principal Law Officer of the Union Government from 2006-2008 and later re-appointed as Assistant Solicitor General of India from 2008 till 2014. During his eventful six years tenure, Adv Mishra as Principal Law Officer was credited with effectively representing the Union of India, various Central Government Establishments and Ministries before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. According to official record, more than 96 per cent cases were decided in favour of Central Government during his tenure. Adv Avinash Gupta, a meritorious student hailing from Chikhli in Buldana district, is an ace criminal lawyer of the region and has impressive track-record. He had bagged all the gold medals in law faculty, which was record of sorts during those times. During his chequered legal career spanning over three decades, he has appeared in virtually every important criminal trial before sessions court and High Court and carved a distinctive and enviable space for himself. Adv Gupta has conducted hundreds of sessions trials as well as argued scores of appeals at the high court earning respect from all corners of the bar and the bench. As a matter of principle He never defended hardened criminals or persons accused of drug peddling .He was appointed as special public prosecutor in many sensational matters to represent the State. He was President of High Court Bar Association (HCBA) from 1999-2002. The designation of two senior practitioners as Senior has been widely welcomed by legal fraternity.

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Standing Committee flays NMC admin over hike in devpt charges

Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, asked the civic administration to issue a circular regarding stay ordered by the committee to usurious hike in development ch... Read More
Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, asked the civic administration to issue a circular regarding stay ordered by the committee to usurious hike in development charges. Standing Committee, which had stayed the hike in development charges on April 10, expressed a ‘strong displeasure’ over the administration not issuing a circular to this effect despite passage of almost a month. “Standing Committee had passed a resolution on April 10, staying the usurious hike in development charges. Since then, the NMC administration was expected to implement the decision of the committee and issue a circular. However, as the administration has failed in doing so, members of Standing Committee expressed a strong displeasure over this,” said Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee. He was talking to reporters after the committee’s meeting held on Wednesday. The committee had asked the administration to submit a revised proposal to Standing Committee within 15 days. However, Singare said, no such proposal came to the committee. Hence, Singare told reporters, the committee issued fresh directions to the administration to issue a circular within seven days in accordance with the decision taken on April 10. “We have asked the civic administration to implement our previous resolution and inform the department concerned about stay given to hike in development charges,” he added. Further, the Standing Committee resolved to delegate powers to Chairman of the committee to take appropriate decision regarding hike/decline in various development charges and compounding charges. Standing Committee members felt that the hike in development charges proposed by the administration was not only ‘usurious’ but also ‘illogical’. At the time of granting permissions for construction or sanctioning layout, various charges were levied on the rate of land as per Ready Reckoner (RR). And, when it came to compounding charges, under the new proposal it was being levied on rate of construction as per the RR. “As there was difference in both, the proposal for usurious hike in development charges was illogical,” Singare said. There should be some logic in levy of charges. The proposal cleared by NMC general body in its meeting held on July 5, 2008, was logical as it proposed to levy charges on rate of construction and had proposed hike of 10 per cent every three years. It may be mentioned here that ‘The Hitavada’ has been pointing out that the steep hike in development charges will have a greater impact on the prices of flats and shops in the city. NMC had hiked development charges up to a whopping 20 times for residential buildings and up to 46.25 times for commercial buildings. This evoked sharp reactions as it would result in manifold increase in construction cost and ultimately lead to common man’s dream of having own property remaining unrealised. In certain cases, even the construction of around 150 sq ft had generated demand for charges to the tune of a whopping Rs 3 lakh. The hike in development charges was up to 35 times in case of residential properties and 58 times in case of commercial properties. Annual special cleanliness tax on hotels, hospitals

Standing Committee, in its meeting held on Wednesday, also cleared levy of annual special cleanliness tax on hotels, restaurants, marriage halls, lawns, and hospitals. As per the proposal, the tax will be levied from financial year 2015-16. Tax Assessment Committee had suggested certain amendments in the proposal moved by the administration. 18-metre DP road proposal cleared

The committee also cleared a proposal for works pertaining to construction of 18-metre Development Plan (DP) road from Morris College T-Point to Institute of Science/Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University building. As no bid was received for development of this road, and District Collector had given advance possession of 7,914.993 sq mtrs land required for the project, NMC Standing Committee had received a proposal for two major related works. These included demolition of old protection walls and construction of new walls, replacing old bridge with new one. The administration had sought permission of Standing Committee to proposal for inviting tenders for new construction of footpath, drainage, and road. “Only physical possession is to be taken,” Singare said.

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MSEDCL takes over power supply from SNDL in Civil Lines Division

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) on Wednesday stepped-in and took over power distribution work in Civil Lines Division from its franchisee, Spanco Nagpur Discom L... Read More
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) on Wednesday stepped-in and took over power distribution work in Civil Lines Division from its franchisee, Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL). From 12 noon onwards, the state power utility took over Operations & Maintenance in Civil Lines Division as per directives of its Managing Director Omprakash Gupta who earlier arrived in city from Mumbai in the morning. However, many areas of South and East Nagpur are still without power as MSEDCL in absence of manpower has not yet taken over operations in Mahal and Gandhibagh Divisions, while SNDL is yet to resolve the issue of striking workers. The MSEDCL Spokesman said that SNDL is granted further time to break the impasse with the striking workers. Till that time MSEDCL goes for head hunting as it locates surplus staff to be deployed for full-fledged operations in remaining two divisions of the city. Meanwhile, Director (Operations), MSEDCL Prabhakar Shinde also air dashed to the city and held confabulations with local officials as the overnight impasse dented the image of State Government. And more embarrassing was fact that home town of Chief Minister and Energy Minister went without power for such a long time. So on Wednesday the first thing MSEDCL did it was to read the franchisee agreement to SNDL as it temporarily took over Operations & Maintenance in one division. The Civil Lines Division stretches from Automotive Square of Kamptee Road to distance Friends Colony in West Nagpur. It covers 12 sub-stations, 13 section offices and three sub-divisions catering to 1.38 lakh consumers. More importantly, Civil Lines houses all the offices of State and Central Government which were handicapped in absence of power supply. Even Chief Minister's Secretariat, Hyderabad House is located in Civil Lines and his city residence Ramgiri too went without power. By noon MSEDCL arranged nearly 70 personnel who fanned out in Civil Lines Division housing all important Government establishments and also several sensitive localities, including residential quarters of top bosses of State and Central utilities. The strike by SNDL workers had a paralysing effect on power distribution in two thirds of Nagpur city which was handed over to the franchisee a few years back. The entire area went without power since Tuesday afternoon till MSEDCL stepped-in on Wednesday. The MSEDCL Spokesman said about 90 per cent of faults were rectified without two hours of taking over the operations. Civil Lines Division is geographically biggest and hence it was given preference by MSEDCL. Due to non-availability of power, a major law and order situation had emerged in city putting cops on toes as irate citizens resorted to rioting to vent their anger.

MSEDCL issues show cause notice to SNDL

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is going to issue a show cause notice to Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL), calling for an explanation for mishandling of power distribution work in the franchisee area. For beleaguered SNDL the fresh trouble is like a double whammy, as it is already under pressure after State Government appointed two-member committee to go into its working and investigate complaints against the company. Till last year, SNDL was toast of Essel Utilities, a Subhash Goel Group company, as the power franchisee was named best model of public private partnership. But fresh flash strike by SNDL workers caught the company management off guard and nearly half of the city went without power for entire night. The Tuesday night fiasco however erased all the goods things of yesterday. Meanwhile, Amey Pathak, Spokesman, SNDL, when contacted said negotiations are on with striking workers and the management is trying its best to resolve the matter. He said in remaining two sub-divisions company is trying to restore order with help of substitute workers but it is an uphill task. Despite severe handicap SNDL has covered about 60 per cent of area.

CM orders tough action

Taking a very serious cognisance of the power mess created due to ongoing tiff between SNDL and its workers, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday evening directed SNDL to immediately restore power supply in franchisee areas. He also ordered tough action against persons who conspired to deliberately sabotage the whole system to disrupt power supply in Mahal, Gandhibag and Civil Lines division of Nagpur Urban area. On Tuesday night a major portion of North, South, Central and West Nagpur was under dark after SNDL workers snapped power supply to these localities. According to Mantralaya sources, Chief Minister obtained all necessary information from top officials and directed the power utilities to keep a close tab on the situation and ensure that no further inconvenience should be caused to citizens. Meanwhile, Janakrosh and Aam Admi Party citicised SNDL management for mishandling the striking workers issue that caused unnecessary trouble to citizens. AAP activists staged agitation at SNDL office at Narang Towers in Civil Lines even as management was engaged in talks with agitation workers. In a press release the President of Janakrosh Dr. Anil Laddhad demanded that the State Government should immediately intervene in the matter and if proved, take strong punitive action against SPANCO management including termination of the franchisee distribution agreement, for its failure to fulfill its contractual obligations and thus violating the terms thereof. AAP: The activists of AAP moved into SNDL office on Wednesday evening after they attempted to lodged complaint with police station against company management for its failure to honour its commitment. The party workers raised slogans against SNDL management holding them responsible for the mess and tormenting citizens. They were asking where is Chief Minister when half of city is in darkness and asking for termination of SNDL's agreement, said a release issued by Mangesh Telang. Maharashtra Veej Kamgar Mahasangh: Maharashtra Veej Kamgar Mahasangh has demanded termination of franchisee agreement between MSEDCL and SNDL. Till the agreement is abrogated the workers of MSEDCL should not be dispatched in SNDL areas for restoration of power supply, said a release issued by Shankar Pahade, General Secretary of Mahasangh.

Agitating SNDL workers call off strike

Even as tempers ran high in East Nagpur localities after fresh area was plunged into darkness, agitating workers of Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited (SNDL) called of their flash strike late on Wednesday night. SNDL management went into top gear and held several round of talks with the agitating workers as top bosses of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDLC) build pressure calling for early settlement to the problem. A SNDL spokesman said that the on-going strike of technical staff has been called off with immediate effect in larger interest of the consumers and city's power distribution services. SNDL management clinched a mutual agreement with the workers federation. The agitating employees have reported back to their respective working stations. It has also been confirmed that in interest of the consumers, these technicians would immediately work towards effective restoration of power supply across franchisee area. The pressure was on SNDL bosses was immense and they were joined by parent company bosses, Essel Group, and finally towards night an agreement was signed between workers and management. As per sketchy details, the workers would get a hike of Rs. 4,000 and also all the required material in time. Towards late night agitating citizens ransacked the SNDL sub unit at Mahal office where hundreds had gathered after power outage since Wednesday evening. People resorted to road blockade and even burnt tyres. Some among the mob broke open the locks and threw the files and other material inside the sub-station. The spot was just a few metres from Kotwali police station but it seems police were under order not to use force. Earlier though partial order was restored by stepping-in by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), fresh area was plunged into darkness on Wednesday evening, this time in Mahal Division of city. Frustrated residents thronged sub-station near Kotwali police station only to found it locked, said readers who called up The Hitavada. Fresh reports of power outage was also received from Mahal, Hudkeshwar, Mhalgi Nagar and other nearby localities as replica of Tuesday's disorders seems to being replicated in East and South Nagpur localities. These areas had remained untouched by Tuesday flash strike by SNDL workers. But since evening today the power in these areas was systematically switched off one by one, presumably by striking workers. On Wednesday morning MSEDCL realised the volatile situation and took over distribution network in Civil Lines Division. But towards evening entire area from Gandhi Statue off Central Avenue, Chitar Oli, Mahal area is enveloped in darkness, susceptibly due to mischief on part of striking SNDL workers. Since evening the people said power is not available in their area. Today being Wednesday, initially people thought that due to maintenance work the power is not available. But despite evening when power was not restored people suspected something amiss and went to sub-station only to found the premises locked. Acid Test of MSEDCL Machinery: Striking SNDL workers are testing the MSEDCL machinery and wanting to stretch them to maximum knowing well that there is limitations of manpower, the sources said. A team of MSEDCL technicians are learnt to have rushed to Gandhibagh area and secured the power infrastructure in the area. MSEDCL too is understaffed and fresh wind storm caused widespread damage to power infrastructure in Congress Nagar Division.

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VYAPAM scam: HC directs SIT, STF to conduct joint meeting

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday, has directed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and Special ... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday, has directed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and Special Task Force (STF) to conduct joint meeting for taken action plan for arresting accused in VYAPAM scam. The division bench has fixed to the matter for next hearing on May 14, 2015. In the previous hearing on May 5, 2015, two separate envelops were received by the court, one from ADG STF and the other from SIT. Both the envelops were directed to be opened in Court. The envelop received from SIT contains the 8th report with accompanying material. The envelop sent by STF contains explanation offered by STF with reference to the issues referred to in our previous orders. The division bench had of the opinion that it will not be feasible to examine these reports and the documents accompanying thereto in detail in Court much less after Court time is over as this order is being dictated at 4:40 p.m. Besides these reports, one note has been submitted by counsel for the State prepared by the STF, which the division bench had told, has been submitted to SIT pursuant to the communication received from SIT dated on April 13, 2015 with respect to investigation of some cases, copy whereof is made over to us. The division bench had accordingly, deferred the hearing of this matter till May 6, 2015 for further consideration.

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DHE to introduce e-book facility from next session

It’s good news that Department of Higher Education (DHE), would introduce e-book facility from the next session at college level. Thereafter, students can avail e-books and can get all informat... Read More
It’s good news that Department of Higher Education (DHE), would introduce e-book facility from the next session at college level. Thereafter, students can avail e-books and can get all information related to their studies on mobile phones from the next academic session. DHE is planning to bring about e-revaluation in the state.

This is the first time, when a Government Department is taking an information technology initiative to promote e-learning among students otherwise this kind of initiative has always been taken at the university level only. The Department is converting all the syllabus books into e-books which would be available on internet and in the library in the formal CDs. Where, students can access e-books at free of cost. The Department is also working to launching a mobile application. In which, students of all the government colleges and government recognised colleges in the state can access mobile application to get the information of their syllabus time table and other important notices related to studies. They could get all the information without visiting to college for the information. The mobile application will also help the college administration and staff members update themselves. The project would be financial supported by World bank.

As per the information, the Department has already conducted a testing of other two projects virtual classes on youTube and DHE Pod cast ( A digital medium that consist of an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF file).

The Department has started virtual classes on You Tube for students of Higher Education virtual classes comprises video feed of the lecture and supported by general presentation. Students can access online material on You Tube and reuse it as needed. The Pod cast system allows students colleges management and professor to listen to news and important notices of the Department. The Audio will be released once in a week by the department. The system would now be on Mobile application too. These two projects were launched without investment of a single rupee. The Department can use social networking sites to launch the project. . The system would now be on Mobile application too. These two projects were launched without investment of a single rupee. The Department can use social networking sites to launch the project.

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‘Govt decided to establish State Nodal Centre to strengthen quality of EdN, Clinical processes’

‘Government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to the establish State Nodal Centre at Government College of Nursing Jabalpur and Ujjain to strengthen the quality of Educational and Clinical processe... Read More
‘Government of Madhya Pradesh has decided to the establish State Nodal Centre at Government College of Nursing Jabalpur and Ujjain to strengthen the quality of Educational and Clinical processes and practice at 22 Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) training Centre and 20 General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) school of Madhya Pradesh’ said Dr Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO, Jhpiego while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Tuesday.

She said objective of this programme is to develop the capacity of the faculty of these schools through six-week training course designed by the Indian Nursing Council. Specialised skills labs have been established and other learning labs have strengthened at both colleges and other Nursing Institutions for providing hand on practice to the ANM’s/ GNM’s students.

Jhpiego is an international non profitable health organisation affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University, that has worked for nearly 40 years, in 68 countries and more than 120 educational program strengthening pre service education for ANM’s and GNM’s, back bone of health care program in any country.

She further informed that fundamental principle of the program is building nursing midwifery institutions, quality assurance, strengthening health systems, leveraging resources, being catalytic, Ensuring evidence based, proven and effective interventions. Talking on the future plans in the country she said introduction of uniform competency based examination and certification for Nursing Midwifery Students, providing on line tools to strengthen basic health care needed to bring down the CMR and MMR, Concerted advocacy efforts at the national and state levels for ensuring greater clinical and programmatic autonomy for Nursing Midwifery cadre in India’s Public Health System.

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Accused to get seven days time for necessary protection against arrest

A Division Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Moolchand Garg finally decided various petitions challenging recently registered FIR relating to appoi... Read More
A Division Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court presided by Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Moolchand Garg finally decided various petitions challenging recently registered FIR relating to appointments in Vidhan Sabha during the tenure of former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh and former Speaker Shrinivas Tiwari.

The High Court where on one hand declined to stop the investigation being carried out by the Jahangirabad Station Police or to quash the FIR, but at the same time restrained the Police from arresting various persons named in the FIR. The High Court whilst passing the final orders directed that “The petitioners shall cooperate in the matter of investigation with the investigating authorities and shall not create any hindrance in investigation. If During Investigation, there arrest is required the authority shall inform the petitioners in writing, when they have 7 days time to approach the appropriate court for necessary protection against arrest. During the period of 7 days, they shall not be arrested subject to fulfillment of various conditions as mentioned in the order.”

The final orders came in the bunch of petitions filed by various Government employees appointed during the tenure of erstwhile Speaker Shrinivas Tiwari and working at various senior positions in the Vidhan Sabha or State Government on Wednesday.

Srinivas Tiwari who was the Speaker Vidhan Sabha from 1993 to 2003 had appointed quite many people in MP Vidhan Sabha in his “Personal Staff”, who were thereafter absorbed in various departments under Government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2006 an enquiry committee was setup by the State Government headed by Justice Sachindra Dwivedi (Retd), which pointed out serious irregularities in the appointments during Speaker Tiwari’s tenure and recommended for CBI enquiry.

However nothing was done for good 9 years, when on 27th February 2014 suddenly FIR was registered against 20 persons including former CM, Digvijay Singh and Speaker Tiwari. The writ petitions preferred by accused persons pointed out that Justice Dwivedi’s (Retd) report was ab-initio unconstitutional as the enquiry committee was never appointed by Vidhan Sabha or the enquiry committee was never notified in the gazette under the ‘Commissions of Enquiries Act’. Even the FIR failed to point out any illegalities in the appointment of the various accused persons, and thus the desperation of the police authorities for arresting the petitioners was unfounded in law.

Counsel for the petitioner Siddharth Radhelal Gupta argued that the petitioners who have been roped in the FIR were done solely for political reasons due to turf tussle between the former CM Digvijay Singh and the current ruling party. Gupta contended that the criminal proceedings are nothing but based on illegal and unconstitutional report having no sanctity in law. Even in the FIR no specific allegations have been attributed to them so to constitute any offence as stated therein. The Police has been simply desperate to arrest the various accused persons so that undue pressure can be build on them.

On the arguments of counsel, the High Court passed the abovementioned final order granting relief to the various petitioners who are working in various Government posts. The petitioners included Yagyanarayan Sharma, Devendra Tiwari, Rajesh Dwivedi, Sharad Dwivedi, Devendra Kumar Tiwari, Ramesh Kumar Tiwari, Sudhir Tiwari, Brahmchari Prasad Tiwari who are posted at various places in the department.

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MPHC orders stay on all sand mining operations in Sardar Sarovar Project

In a significant order on Wednesday, a Division Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Mool Chand Garg has directed a complete stay on all sand min... Read More
In a significant order on Wednesday, a Division Bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Mool Chand Garg has directed a complete stay on all sand mining operations in the Sardar Sarovar Project affected areas in the state and called upon the Government of Madhya Pradesh to furnish complete details regarding the mining activities in the project areas.

The Court expressed its serious dissatisfaction at the refusal of the State to furnish the requisite details and categorically ordered that there shall be no further sand mining in the SSP affected areas, until satisfactory information is filed in terms of the previous Orders. The Court found force in the contentions of the petitioners -NBA and noted that the Mining Department could not have granted leases of lands in the SSP areas, once the same have vested in the Narmada Valley Development Authority and if the same has happened, it is in “colourable exercise” of power by the concerned authorities.

On March 26, 2015, the court had issued a specific directive to the Collectors of all the concerned districts to “file affidavit and provide in tabular form the names of lessees, date on which lease permission was granted and date on which the land in respect of which lease has been granted, has been vested in NVDA. Other relevant information also be furnished”. Despite being granted two extensions on April 7, 2015 and on April 22, 2015, the Government failed to provide the information with details as sought for by the Court. Notably on April 22, 2015, the Government was directed to file the reply within 3 days, failing which the Court warned that all sand mining would be stayed. Despite the Court’s severe warning and specific directives, the utter non-compliance of the State came a shock to the Court.

Although a so-called ‘Compliance Report’ was filed on the 25th April, with regard to sand mining leases in the Badwani and Dhar Districts, the same did not contain, rather concealed, the details sought that when were the lands in question were transferred to the NVDA, names of lessees and dates of leases. NBA filed a reply and proved with specific examples from different villages as to how land vested in NVDA almost 10-12 years ago has been leased out for mining by the State. Pleading for the petitioners NBA and SSP oustees affected by the mining activities, Medha Patkar urged the Court to forthwith stop all the mining activities in the areas, since the same is in gross violation of the directives issued by the Supreme Court, the National Green Tribunal and also constitutes a criminal offence under the Penal Code. Counsel for the State, Swapil Ganguly pleaded that notwithstanding the fact that the lands have been vested in NVDA, the Government of MP has sovereign rights with regard to the acquired lands, including grating permissions for mining activities. However, the Court refused to consider the submissions by the State today, in the absence of the specific information sought from previously.

The Court directed the State Government to immediately file a detailed reply with complete information in terms of the Order dated on March 26, 2015. The Pollution Control Board and Union Ministry of Environment and Forests were also directed to filed detailed replies at the earliest. Patkar urged the Court to forthwith stop all the mining activities in the areas, since the same is in gross violation of the directives issued by the Supreme Court, the National Green Tribunal and also constitutes a criminal offence under the Penal Code.

Counsel for the State, Swapil Ganguly pleaded that notwithstanding the fact that the lands have been vested in NVDA, the Government of MP has sovereign rights with regard to the acquired lands, including grating permissions for mining activities. However, the Court refused to consider the submissions by the State today, in the absence of the specific information sought from previously. The Court directed the State Government to immediately file a detailed reply with complete information in terms of the Order dated on March 26, 2015. The Pollution Control Board and Union Ministry of Environment and Forests were also directed to filed detailed replies at the earliest.

Order passed in PIL against sand mining

The order was passed in a major PIL filed against the large-scale, reckless sand mining in the Narmada valley, especially the SSP submergence and catchment areas, leading to adverse impacts on the reverie ecology, ground water, reservoir fish and causing major revenue losses to the state exchequer, crores of corruption. The mining also has major impacts on the life span of the Dam itself. Although the PIL was filed in June, 2013, the first effective order has been issued today, almost 2 full years, during which detailed pleadings have been exchanged between the parties including Government of Madhya Pradesh, NVDA, PCB and NBA and the PIL was transferred twice from Jabalpur to Indore and back to Jabalpur.

NBA welcomes this Order of the High Court, as a significant check towards arresting the unregulated and unlawful mining in the Narmada valley, by the omissions and commissions of the state agencies, mining department, revenue officials, police as well as the local goons involved.

The matter has been listed on May 12, 2015 for further hearing and orders.

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Swami Swaroopanand to be Shankaracharya of Jyotirmat Peeth

Justice Gopal Updhayay of Allahabad Court judgment delivered on May 6, challenging the eligibility of Jyotipetheshwar, Jagatguru Shankaracharya Shri Swami Swaroopanand ji Saraswati Maharaj to b... Read More
Justice Gopal Updhayay of Allahabad Court judgment delivered on May 6, challenging the eligibility of Jyotipetheshwar, Jagatguru Shankaracharya Shri Swami Swaroopanand ji Saraswati Maharaj to be on the post of Shankracharya Jyotirmat Peeth, has directed that Swami Swaroopnand Ji would now be Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Peeth on May 6 informed Bharamchari Subudhanand, personal Secretary, Jagatguru Shankaracharya while addressing press conference organised on Wednesday.

He further informed that honorable court on the merits grounds has disposed on the petition filed by the another claimant Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati for the post on the merit grounds. He further informed that court has disposed the ground presented by the claimant, producing his eligibility for the Shankracharya post of Jyotirmath.He further informed that court has also banned the use of name of Shankracharya, ornaments like Sihasana, Chatra, Chavar, Chadi to be used by the Shankracharya. He further informed that on the directed of Apex court, hearing of the matter begins on November 7,1989,at Allahabad Civil Court, then after regular hearing and recording the statement of witness concern with the matter during last 25 years finally Court gives verdict that Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati would be called and be on the post of Shakracharya of Jyotirmath. Ajeet Verma, Sachhidanand Shekatkar were present on the occasion. He further informed that court has disposed the ground presented by the claimant, producing his eligibility for the Shankracharya post of Jyotirmath.He further informed that court has also banned the use of name of Shankracharya, ornaments like Sihasana, Chatra, Chavar, Chadi to be used by the Shankracharya.

He further informed that on the directed of Apex court, hearing of the matter begins on November 7,1989,at Allahabad Civil Court, then after regular hearing and recording the statement of witness concern with the matter during last 25 years finally Court gives verdict that Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati would be called and be on the post of Shakracharya of Jyotirmath.

Ajeet Verma, Sachhidanand Shekatkar were present on the occasion.

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7-yr-old girl dies after falling from hands of neighbour

In a miserable incident, a seven-year girl succumbed to her internal injuries in absence of adequate treatment. The girl sustained internal injuries after falling when she was being tossed by a m... Read More
In a miserable incident, a seven-year girl succumbed to her internal injuries in absence of adequate treatment. The girl sustained internal injuries after falling when she was being tossed by a man while playing at house situated in village Auria under the jurisdiction of Madhotal police station. The innocent child named Anjana Kewat could have been saved but she did not given timely and adequate treatment in a week long time and she succumbed to her internal injuries.

Parents who ran pillar to post for treatment of their unconscious child and, at last, child succumbed to her internal injuries undergoing treatment at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

The incident took place when a man, on April 27, named Chandan Kewat, a resident of near Marhimata Mandir area was playing with Anjana Kewat (7), daughter of Guddu Kewat (45), a resident of village Auria. Chandan was tossing the girl to entertain her she was slipped from his hands and fell down on the floor. In the incident, little girl lost her consciousness and was rushed at the clinic of Dr Thakur in Surtalai area. Child was given treatment and her parents took her home.

Thereafter, on May 3, condition of child was deteriorated and she was taken at clinic of Dr Agrawal in Madhotal area. After primary check-up, doctor expressed his helplessness for treatment of child. Then, parents rushed the child at Samadhan Hospital where hospital management refused for admission of child while she was also declined for treatment at Johri Hospital and Mahakoshal Hospital.

Harassed and helpless, Kewat couple took their child at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital where their 7-years daughter succumbed to her internal injuries undergoing treatment at the hospital in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem after conducting Panchnama while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reason of her death.

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Mini-bus rams into BRTS corridor leaving driver, conductor injured

The driver and conductor of a speeding mini-bus were injured as the driver lost control over steering and rammed into a bus-stop while moving in BRTS corridor near Collectorate under Koh-e-Fiza p... Read More
The driver and conductor of a speeding mini-bus were injured as the driver lost control over steering and rammed into a bus-stop while moving in BRTS corridor near Collectorate under Koh-e-Fiza police station on Wednesday morning. However, no casualty was reported as there were no passengers inside the bus when the incident took place. In the aftermath of incident, both the injured driver and conductor were rushed to Hamidia Hospital by the locals in 108 Ambulance. Meanwhile, the police have registered a case under section 279 of the IPC and provisions of Motor Vehicle Act against the bus driver.

Town Inspector Koh-e-Fiza, Suryakant Awasthi said that the incident took place at around 9:30 am when a mini-bus no 7 bearing registration number MP 04 H8629 was heading towards Lalghati in BRTS corridor.

TI Awasthi further said, “With intention to save time, the mini-bus driver was driving the bus speedily and that too, in BRTS corridor, which is only permitted for low-floor buses. Near Collectorate, the driver of the bus lost his control over steering and the bus rammed into a bus stop.

The intensity of the mishap was so great that the bus broke the railing and climbed on the platform of bus-stop. At the time of incident, no passenger was present inside the bus while duo driver and conductor of the bus sustained grievous injuries, who were later admitted to Hamidia Hospital. Following the information, police rushed to the spot and removed the damaged bus from corridor after which traffic resumed in BRTS corridor.

However, till the police personnel reached Hamidia Hospital, both the injured got themselves discharged from the hospital. Therefore, their names could not be registered by the police. Subsequently, the police have seized the bus and a case has been registered against the accused.

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Engineering student dies, another injured in road mishap

A 20-year-old engineering student died while another sustained grievous injuries after their bike rammed into rotary at Link Road-1 under MP Nagar police station on the intervening night of Tuesd... Read More
A 20-year-old engineering student died while another sustained grievous injuries after their bike rammed into rotary at Link Road-1 under MP Nagar police station on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the mishap, the engineering student died on the spot due to multiple head injuries while his injured friend was rushed to Narmada Hospital, where his condition was reported critical. Town Inspector MP Nagar Brajesh Bhargava, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that the deceased has been identified as Sachin (20), son of Anoop Shukla, a resident of Chunna Bhatti area, who was 2nd year student (Mechanical branch) in Truba College. TI Bhargava further said that Sachin basically hailed from Sagar where his father was a trader. Sachin was nephew of Ashok Shukla, posted as SP in Police Training School (PTS) Umaria. The injured youth was identified as Sajal Rai.

The incident took place at around 1 pm when Sachin, along with his friend Sajal, were returning on black Pulsar bike MP 04 ZM 6032 after attending birthday party of a friend at Lalghati.

Sachin was riding the bike and Sajal was riding pillion and both were said to be heavily drunk when they were returning home from the party. Near 1250 square, their bike, after becoming out of control, rammed into Chhatrapati Shivaji rotary at Link Road-1. The intensity of mishap was so high that Sachin died on the spot and Sajal was critically injured and was undergoing treatment at Narmada Hospital. Both the youths were not wearing helmets, which resulted in death of Sachin, who sustained multiple injuries on his head.

Subsequently, the police have registered a case of accidental death and the body of deceased was sent for post-mortem after which the body will be handed over to family members.

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Dr Atul Kumar Shrivastava is new Director of Van Vihar

The State Government has issued transfer orders of 23 IFS officers of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests, 12 Conservator of Forests and 20 Deputy Conservator of Forests. Now, Dr. Atul Kumar... Read More
The State Government has issued transfer orders of 23 IFS officers of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests, 12 Conservator of Forests and 20 Deputy Conservator of Forests. Now, Dr. Atul Kumar Shrivastava will be Director of Van Vihar in place of Chief Conservator of Forests BPS Parihar, who has been posted in the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal. Pankaj Agrawal will be OSD in the Forest Department.

Among other officers of the rank of Chief Conservator of Forests, Girdhar Rao has been posted at the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A Gautami at Betul, SK Mandal as CEO of Bio-technology Council, Bhopal, Lal Singh Rawat at Chhatarpur, BK Mishra as Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Advisor of State Planning Commission, Ajit Kumar Shrivastava at Jabalpur and Bhagwat Singh has been transferred to Hoshangabad.

Field Director of Panna National Park has been transferred to Kuno-Palanpur Sanctuary, Sheopur in the same capacity, Vishram Sagar Sharma as Principal, Rangers College, Balaghat, Dhirendra Bhargava to Balaghat, Pushkar Singh to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal, Satyanand to Directorate of Sericulture, Bhopal, SD Pateria and AB Gupta to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal, Alok Das to Seoni, Dharmendra Verma to Rajya Laghu Vanopaj Sangh, Bhopal, HU Khan to Betul, Kamlesh Chaturvedi and PK Singh to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal and Shamsher Singh has been transferred as Chief Conservator of Forests, Rewa. Forest Conservator-level transfers: Subhranjan Sen has been transferred as Field Director, Panna National Park, Mohan Lal Meena to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal, L Krishnamurthy to Ujjain, BS Annigeri to Khandwa, Ajay Kumar Yadav Chhindwara, Hari Shankar Mohanta Seoni, Ashok Kumar Singh Bhopal Forest Division, RK Shrivastava and VK Neema Chhatarpur, KS Alawa Dindori and Keshav Singh and Nizam Qureshi have been transferred to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

Deputy Conservators of Forests: Ajay Pal Singh has been transferred as DFO to Guna, RN Verma North Shahdol Forest Division, Manoj Argal Mandsaur, KK Bhardwaj Katni, KP Sharma Sehore, DK Paliwal Obaidullaganj, Sanjay Muharrir to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal, KS Bhadoria Mandla, Chowk Singh Ninama Sheopur, SK Dubey Harda, B Madhuraj Nauradehi Forest Circle, J Dev Prasad as Director Forest School, Betul and AK Bansal has been transferred as Director Forest School, Shivpuri.

Devesh Kohli has been transferred to office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bhopal, Ravindra Mani Tripathi South Chhindwara Forest Division, AK Singh Chhindwara, Padma Priya Balakrishna Narmada Valley Development Authority, Bhopal, Anand Kumar Singh Hoshangabad, DS Kanesh Burhanpur and BC Baghel has been transferred to Satna Forest Division.

Mangesh Tyagi returns from deputation APCCF Mangesh Tyagi has been posted in the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Project). Tyagi was on deputation as Advisor to State Planning Commission.

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MPHRC takes cognizance of Indore Police’s Gunda Virodhi Abhiyan

The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has taken cognizance of the Gunda Virodhi Abhiyan and has issued notices to DIG, Indore. The cognizance has been taken in accordance with the va... Read More
The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has taken cognizance of the Gunda Virodhi Abhiyan and has issued notices to DIG, Indore. The cognizance has been taken in accordance with the various news published in newspapers, and other electronic media channels.

Many times the TV channels have showcased the brutality with which the police personnel are taking out the campaign and Human Rights Commission has said that while doing this, no human rights violations should take place.

The activity to restore law and order can be done in systematic way too without harming the human rights of any individual. The individuals, who are being caught under this campaign, are arrested for what all offences and the Police Department needs to ensure its detailed list. Besides, it was also asked that while arresting the offenders, certain norms and procedures have to be followed. From streets, they were shown being dragged and being hit inhumanly, which is not acceptable. (Contd on page 2)

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Jal Satyagrahis reject offer of fertile land in Narsinghpur

Jal Satyagrahis, demanding reduction in water level of Omkareshwar reservoir, rejected offer for fertile land of Narsinghpur district on Wednesday. It is for the second time that Jal Satyagrahis ... Read More
Jal Satyagrahis, demanding reduction in water level of Omkareshwar reservoir, rejected offer for fertile land of Narsinghpur district on Wednesday. It is for the second time that Jal Satyagrahis have turned down offer of land by the Government.

The water level of Omkareshwar reservoir has been increased recently from 189m to 191m for release of irrigation water to 28,000 farmers affected by hailstorm and rains. No one in the populace is affected by submergence due to raising water level to 191m. The State Government said that most of 6,329 submergence-affected families have resettled elsewhere, availing benefit of rehabilitation policy and special package. Initially, these families were provided Rs 153 crore as compensation and other heads. Later, they were also provided benefit of Rs 225 crore special package announced by the Chief Minister. Most of the families have vacated submergence area, availing benefit of the package. Only 213 families are insisting on demand of land-for-land and reduction of reservoir level by 2 metres.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made it clear that the Government is ready for discussions with satyagrahis on demand of land for land. The Government wishes to solve their problems earnestly, but water level of reservoir cannot be reduced overlooking interests of thousands of farmers. Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Narmada Valley Development have held discussions with representatives of satyagrahis. In a marathon discussion on April 23 last, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Lal Singh Arya had urged the Jal Satyagrahis to call off the agitation and assured to allot fertile land to them in lieu of their land affected by submergence.

As per assurance of the Minister of State, a 10-member delegation of farmers was shown fertile land in Narsinghpur. Prices of this land range between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 12 lakh per hectare as per Collector Guideline. The land is situated at villages Chavarpatha, Kesli, Bariyaghat, etc. in Tendukhera tahsil of Narsinghpur district. Departments officers were hopeful that consensus would be reached on acceptance of this fertile land, but the delegation of Jal Satyagrahis declined to accept this land, said a State Government release.

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Bhoj Open University confers DLit on ex-PM, Bharat Ratna Vajpayee

Honorary DLit of Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal was conferred on former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Behari Vajpayee at his residence on Wednesday in New Delhi in the prese... Read More
Honorary DLit of Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University, Bhopal was conferred on former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Atal Behari Vajpayee at his residence on Wednesday in New Delhi in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Union Steel & Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Madhya Pradesh BJP President and MP Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Arvind Menon, MPs Anoop Mishra and Alok Sanjar and members of Madhya Pradesh cabinet were also present on the occasion. The Chief Minister said that goodwill of 7.50 crore people of Madhya Pradesh is inherent in the D. Lit. conferred on Atal Behari Vajpayee for his unforgettable contribution. He wishes welfare of all. The great leader of masses believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam. Chouhan informed that emotions of happiness had appeared on the face of Atal Ji when D. Lit was conferred on him. He accepted the honour by saying “Yes”. Apart from inspiration, we have also got his blessings. We would do better work continuously in the area of public service with his blessings.

Chouhan was accompanied by Ministers Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Babulal Gaur, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Umashankar Gupta, Sartaj Singh, Gopal Bhargava, Gaurishankar Shejwar, Dr. Narottam Mishra, Gaurishankar Bisen, Vijay Shah, Gyan Singh, Antar Singh Arya, Rampal Singh, Deepak Joshi, Surendra Patwa, Sharad Jain, Registrar of Bhoj University Dr. B Bharti and scholars.

Vice-Chancellor of Bhoj University Prof. (Dr.) Tariq Zafar said that the university had announced D. Lit. on August 27, 2014 in view of Atal Behari Vajpayee’s literary talent, political acumen and public service. He said that the university is feeling proud by honouring Vajpayee.

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Report on green belt in colonies: BMC seeks more time

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has conducted the survey to check the commercialisation of areas marked as green belt. However, it has sought more time to place the record in front of the ... Read More
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has conducted the survey to check the commercialisation of areas marked as green belt. However, it has sought more time to place the record in front of the Green Tribunal. The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has also submitted that it has prepared the report and would be filing it by next hearing.

It has to be mentioned that with regard to the petition filed by the residents of twin colony - Fortune Glory Extension and Fortune Glory Extension Phase II had moved National Green Tribunal bench under Fortune Glory Extension Welfare Association against Fortune Builders and others as open space of colony was being used by the second colony, the green panel has directed to conduct the survey. Earlier, it has also asked the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner as well as Chief Town Planner, BMC to remain personally present to explain how areas marked as open spaces for green belt have been granted permission for sale and construction in Fortune Glory Extension Colony.

They have also raised concerns over that despite interim orders issued by Tribunal construction on disputed open space measuring about 155 sq metres is continuing. A stay order was also obtained earlier for this issue. As per the directions issued by the Green Tribunal, assistant engineer in office of city planner, Bhopal Municipal Corporation carried out on the spot inspection of the site in presence of both parties and also prepared a detailed report based on their findings. The hearing of the matter is scheduled for July 24.

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PANNA TRAGEDY: 21 bodies brought to State capital for identification

Panna administration, on Wednesday, sent dead bodies of all 21 people to two different hospitals of Bhopal, where they would be preserved in freezer until their DNA does not match with that of th... Read More
Panna administration, on Wednesday, sent dead bodies of all 21 people to two different hospitals of Bhopal, where they would be preserved in freezer until their DNA does not match with that of their relatives. Dead bodies have been preserved in People’s Hospital and Bhopal Memorial Hospital. Notably, all 21 people died when their bus overturned and caught fire near Pandav fall of Panna on Monday.

“We have sent all 21 dead bodies, burnt beyond recognition, to two hospitals of Bhopal, where they would be preserved in freezer. The dead bodies have been sent to People’s Hospital and Bhopal Memorial Hospital respectively. The dead bodies have been sent for DNA test. The DNA sample of dead bodies would be matched with that of the claimants and if DNA matches, then body would be handed over to the claimant. The entire procedure will take time of atleast one month,” said Panna Collector, Shivnarayan Singh Chouhan to ‘The Hitavada’. He said that there was no other option than to go for preserving the bodies in freezer. Another problem is that ex-gratia amount cannot be disbursed until the DNA samples do not match.

It is learnt that earlier, dead bodies were sent to three different hospitals of city including Hamidia Hospital, People’s Hospital and JK Hospital, but there was some problem in preserving bodies at Hamidia Hospital and JK Hospital. Hence later, it was decided that bodies would be preserved in People’s Hospital and Bhopal Memorial Hospital. Ten bodies have been preserved in People’s Hospital and 11 bodies have been preserved in Bhopal Memorial Hospital respectively.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada’, Inspector General of Police, Sagar range, Pankaj Shrivastava said that teams have been sent to arrest the bus owner, Gyanendra Pandey, who has been made co-accused in the case. Meanwhile, medical check-up of bus driver was done to know whether he was drunk at the time of incident and tests showed that he was not drunk. However, survivors stated that he was driving bus at break-neck speed and they had even asked him not to drive so fast.

Notably, bus carrying passengers hit the culvert and then, overturned and caught fire near Pandav fall of Panna on Monday. Twenty-one bus passengers were charred to death and fifteen were injured. The bodies were burnt so badly that they could not be recognized. The diesel tank of bus got leaked and owing to this reason, bus caught the fire. Meanwhile, police have sought the help of technical experts to know the reason of mishap and prima facie, expert team said, steering of bus was not locked. Interestingly, bus driver had given statement that as steering got locked, bus collided with the culvert and overturned. A case has been also registered against bus driver.

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‘make Modi’s visit a grand success’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also initiated exercise towards making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Chhattisgarh a grand success. In this direction, the BJP state organisatio... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also initiated exercise towards making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Chhattisgarh a grand success. In this direction, the BJP state organisation has not only decided to give him a rousing welcome but also has decided to make both of his public meetings a grand success. In this direction a strategy was prepared during a significant meeting held at BJP state head-quarters Late Kushabhau Thakre Parisar. The meeting which was chaired by BJP National Joint General Secretary (Organisation) Saudan Singh was attended by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State President Dharamlal Kaushik, BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, PWD Minister Rajesh Munat, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, State General Secretaries Shivratan Sharma and Bhupendra Savanni and State General Secretary (Organization) Rampratap Singh. Addressing the meeting, Saudan Singh said despite very short period of time, impressive efforts should be made by all office-bearers and party workers in order to make the visit of Prime Minister a grand success. He said a message should go to the country from here as to how an iconic leader should be welcomed. It’s a major challenge for all of us but we have to come out with flying colours. He said booth level workers want to hear the Prime Minister. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while addressing the meeting said there is a festive environment over the visit of Prime Minister. Despite adverse circumstances in Bastar region, there is massive enthusiasm among people in Dantewada district and people are eagerly waiting for the visit of Prime Minister. He said during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections Prime Minister Modi had conducted extensive tours and addressed several public meetings in various parts of Chhattisgarh. Every party worker of BJP in the state is enthusiastic with his visit and wants to make it a mega success. State President Dharamlal Kaushik said that on the maiden visit of BJP National President Amit Shah, a rousing welcome had been given. He urged the party workers to ensure similar and even massive welcome will be given to Modi during his visit. During the meeting PWD Minister Rajesh Munat gave a detailed account of his schedule to the party office-bearers. He urged the party office-bearers that they should ensure that every party worker should reach the programme site one hour in advance because all roads to the programme site will be closed before an hour of his arrival.

PM’s Raipur and Dantewada Tour:

Chief Secy reviews arrangements Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand today reviewed arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Dantewada and Raipur visit, scheduled on May 9. While chairing the review meeting in Mahanadi Bhavan, Chief Secretary instructed the officials concerned to ensure proper security arrangements during Prime Minister’s tour along with stage management, arrangements of drinking-water, cleanliness, electricity, tele-communication, barricading, first aid, traffic, fire brigade, and Sanjeevani 108 ambulance for common people. In the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) N K Aswal, ACS Panchayat and Rural Development M K Raut, Principal Secretary (Forest) R P Mandal, Principal Secretary (Home) B V R Subramanyam, Principal Secretary PWD Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary Technical Education Renu Pillai, Director General of Police A N Upadhyay, Additional Director General of Police Mukesh Gupta and Additional Director General of Police R K Vij, School Education Secretary Subrat Sahu, Women and Child Development Secretary Dinesh Shrivastav, Industry and Commerce Secretary Subodh Singh, Home Secretary Ashok Juneja, Housing and Environment Secretary Sanjay Shukla, Panchayat and Rural Development Secretary P C Mishra, Special Secretary of General Administration Department S K Jaiswal, Raipur Division Commissioner Ashok Agrawal, IG Raipur Range G P Singh, Director Health R Prasanna, Vice Chairman NRDA S S Bajaj and number of other officials were also present.

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‘make Modi’s visit a grand success’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also initiated exercise towards making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Chhattisgarh a grand success. In this direction, the BJP state organisatio... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also initiated exercise towards making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Chhattisgarh a grand success. In this direction, the BJP state organisation has not only decided to give him a rousing welcome but also has decided to make both of his public meetings a grand success. In this direction a strategy was prepared during a significant meeting held at BJP state head-quarters Late Kushabhau Thakre Parisar. The meeting which was chaired by BJP National Joint General Secretary (Organisation) Saudan Singh was attended by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State President Dharamlal Kaushik, BJP National General Secretary Saroj Pandey, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, PWD Minister Rajesh Munat, Panchayat Minister Ajay Chandrakar, State General Secretaries Shivratan Sharma and Bhupendra Savanni and State General Secretary (Organization) Rampratap Singh. Addressing the meeting, Saudan Singh said despite very short period of time, impressive efforts should be made by all office-bearers and party workers in order to make the visit of Prime Minister a grand success. He said a message should go to the country from here as to how an iconic leader should be welcomed. It’s a major challenge for all of us but we have to come out with flying colours. He said booth level workers want to hear the Prime Minister. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while addressing the meeting said there is a festive environment over the visit of Prime Minister. Despite adverse circumstances in Bastar region, there is massive enthusiasm among people in Dantewada district and people are eagerly waiting for the visit of Prime Minister. He said during Lok Sabha and Assembly elections Prime Minister Modi had conducted extensive tours and addressed several public meetings in various parts of Chhattisgarh. Every party worker of BJP in the state is enthusiastic with his visit and wants to make it a mega success. State President Dharamlal Kaushik said that on the maiden visit of BJP National President Amit Shah, a rousing welcome had been given. He urged the party workers to ensure similar and even massive welcome will be given to Modi during his visit. During the meeting PWD Minister Rajesh Munat gave a detailed account of his schedule to the party office-bearers. He urged the party office-bearers that they should ensure that every party worker should reach the programme site one hour in advance because all roads to the programme site will be closed before an hour of his arrival.

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Superkings, Sunrisers to stay in Hotel Taj

While J P Duminy and company will stay at Hotel Haldiram V W Canyon, David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Superkings will stay at Hotel Taj Gateway. According ... Read More
While J P Duminy and company will stay at Hotel Haldiram V W Canyon, David Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Superkings will stay at Hotel Taj Gateway. According to sources, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, which will play their matches in Raipur on May 9, will be landing in Raipur on Friday morning while Chennai team will be arriving on May 11 morning. Chennai will play the 47th match of the IPL Season 8 against Rajasthan Royals in Chennai on May 10 before boarding for Raipur on May 11. Similarly, Hyderabad will play the 42nd match of the IPL against Rajasthan on May 7 before boarding for Raipur on May 8. Sources added that some players of Delhi may reach Raipur on Thursday evening i.e May 7. Apart South African all-rounder J P Duminy, who is captaining the Delhi Daredevils team, other prominent members in the team, who have large fan followings, are Yuvraj Singh, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, South African allrounder Albie Morkel, leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra, Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile etc. Similarly, Australian opener and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner, who, so far, has been single-handedly won the matches for his team, will be the main attraction in the match between Delhi and Hyderabad. New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, Indian medium pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are the starts in the team to watch for when they will take on Delhi. The most consistent team of all the IPL tournament Chennai Superkings have the players like Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, in form Ashish Nehra and Dhoni himself.

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All set to welcome cricketers in C’garh

With just two days left for the match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, hotels booked for the teams are busy in last minute preparations to host their celebrity guests who stay in... Read More
With just two days left for the match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad, hotels booked for the teams are busy in last minute preparations to host their celebrity guests who stay in the hearts of millions of fans in cricket frenzied nation like India. Hotel Haldiram V W Canyon, which had hosted the teams during the matches played in Raipur under IPL 2013 and Champions League T20 2014, will be hosting the Delhi Daredevils team which is landing in Raipur on Friday morning. While, Hotel Haldiram V W Canyon president Vinod Kumar Madra and General Manager Sanjeev Sehgal and their staff are leaving no stone unturned in extending the best of the hospitality to the cricketers, Head Chef Dinesh Kumar Singh, Executive Chef Manish Sarna and their team is taking care of the food department as per the guidelines of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Fat-free frozen meat of lamb from New Zealand, cheese from Switzerland and France, grapes from America and green apple from Germany will be prominent among the dishes prescribed by the BCCI, the General Manager told this newspaper on Wednesday. Besides, the hotel management will give more stress on the South Indian dishes keeping in mind the presence of South Indian players in the Delhi Daredevils team. “We will ensure that the players and the officials of the team, including GMR Rao, the owner of the team, enjoy their nearly week long stay (May 8 morning to May 13 morning) like previous two occasions. There is well-equipped gym , world-class swimming pool and other facilities of international standard in our hotel which will entertain the player,” said the General Manager, adding that the J P Duminy and company will definitely enjoy the stay. IPL Themed Menue Warm Ups Yuvi’s six of six, Duminy’s Saffron Chicken Roll (It’s captain’s favourite – like chicken cordon bleu), Chandni Chowk to Raipur (Chat Platter), Zaheer’s Yorker (he will like this – lamb mince balls cooked in tandoor), Angelo’s catch (city’s local fish – sole fried with perfection served with mint chutney), Gary’s Cigar Rolls (Team’s head coach Gary Kirsten got the team rolling), Amit’s Googly Shoogly (Mushrooms Duplex – Try it out its real googly) etc. are the themed menu.

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17-layer security cover for PM during Bastar visit

Three multi-role Mi-17-1V choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF), squad of over 50 elite Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos and a strong contingent of 15 thousand security personnel roped in ... Read More
Three multi-role Mi-17-1V choppers of Indian Air Force (IAF), squad of over 50 elite Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos and a strong contingent of 15 thousand security personnel roped in from different wings of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and Chhattisgarh Police would cement together to form an impregnable and formidable 17-layer security cover for Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Maoists-hotbed Dantewada of Bastar region on May 9. Successive rounds of high-level meetings attended by Intelligence Bureau (IB), CAPF and State Police top brass have been revising all the details to ensure ‘foolproof’ security arrangement for the Prime Minister Modi to this Maoists-controlled region, even as SPG commandos have already overridden all the security protocols in the area. On the condition of anonymity, one of the armed forces top brass averred to The Hitavada that three Mi-17-1V choppers – multi-role military transport gunship – have been pressed in service to ferry the Prime Minister Modi from Raipur to Dantewada along with other VVIPs accompanying him. “These choppers have been exclusively called from Hindon Airbase of IAF and kept on standby for the PM’s visit,” he maintained. To a query, this official refused to divulge any details about wartime and on-board weaponry capabilities of Mi-17-1V choppers citing security reasons. “It would enough from layman’s point of view to know that this airborne war-machine called Mi-17-1V is known as workforce and backbone of IAF helicopter fleet,” he added. In the meantime, according to the police sources, since the security agencies had apprehensions of some untoward, it was decided to suspend the holding of Weekly Market on May 8 and 9 respectively in Dantewada district. “For the reasons, in wake of past incidents, where Maoists guerillas while mixing up with local crowd had have carried out deadly and unprecedented assaults, this move was necessitated and thus the local district administration decided to suspend the weekly market for two successive days at the villages situated in the close proximity of district head quarters. It is, however, first time, when weekly market had to be suspended in view of VVIP visit,” the sources added. Earlier, during the daytime on Wednesday, a high-level meeting convened in the presence of top officials of State Administration as well as State Police and CAPF took a stock of elaborate and unprecedented security arrangements for the ensuing visit of Prime Minister. Moreover, SPG officials were also reported to have finalized the final proforma of the security details. Sources, in the meantime, averred that banned Maoists organization Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee threw pamphlets in the interior areas of Dantewada district to register their opposition against the Prime Minister visit. The pamphlets had ‘PM Modi Vapas Jao’ written on it. The Maoists, who have also called ‘Bastar Bandh’ in protest against PM’s visit to Dantewada, strongly criticized the Land Acquisition Bill. The Bandh Call of Maoists has also been supported by outlaws Telangana-Odisha Special Zonal Committee. Moreover, the Bastar Range Inspector General of Police (IGP) S R P Kalluri has cancelled the leaves of all police personnel with immediate effect keeping in view the PM’s visit. “While leaves of all personnel, right from Constable to Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) rank officer have been cancelled till May 10, earlier sanctioned leaves also stands suspended,” reads an order issued from the Office of the Bastar Range IG office.

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Lifer for six in brutal murder of realtor

PROBABLY for the first time in the history of judiciary in the Second Capital, six goons were sentenced for life on the basis of electronic evidence and trial court considered CCTV footage as v... Read More
PROBABLY for the first time in the history of judiciary in the Second Capital, six goons were sentenced for life on the basis of electronic evidence and trial court considered CCTV footage as vital proof for conviction. The six goons were held guilty by Additional Sessions Judge M W Chandwani on Tuesday for killing goon-turned-realtor Jitendra Marotrao Gawande inside Seven Hills Bar & Restaurant, Sakkardara. The brutal incident was captured on CCTV installed inside the bar and went viral within hours creating ripples across Maharashtra.

After examining as many as 20 prosecution witnesses and untampered CCTV footage, the court sencenced Tushar Sahebrao Dalal (21), a resident of Dattatraya Nagar, Kunal Motiram Maske (30), a resident of Gangabai Ghat, Laxmikant alias Lacchu Ravindra Faye (32), a resident of Bhutia Darwaza, Mahal, Amol Mahadeo Mandale (30), a resident of Bhande Plot, Bhupesh alias Rinku Vitthal Tichkule (29), a resident of Congress Nagar, and Sameer Sureshrao Katkar (29), a resident of Somwari Quarter, Raghuji Nagar, to life imprisonment.

A resident of Bhagwan Nagar, Jitendra Gawande (37) and Tushar were friends. Tushar had borrowed Rs 50,000 from Jitendra for his wife’s delivery in December 2012. Tushar had promised Jitendra that he would return the money shortly. However, he did not return the money to him. Jitendra’s wife also conceived. He too wanted money for his wife’s delivery. Jitendra then started demanding his money from him. Tushar got angry as Jitendra was often demanding money from him.

Around 3 pm on January 10, 2013, Jitendra was with his brother Pramod at Sub Registrar’s office in Sakkardara when Tushar contacted him on his cellphone. Jitendra received the call and switched it to speaker. Tushar threatened to kill Jitendra as the latter was troubling him for money. Jitendra’s brother Pramod too heard the conversation. After sometime, Tushar again contacted Jitendra on his cellphone and asked him to reach Seven Hills Bar & Restaurant, Bhande Plot, near Hotel Bollywood Centre Point, Sakkardara, at 5.30 pm on the same day to collect the money. Pramod adviced Jitendra not to go there as Tushar had issued him life threats. Around 5.30 pm, Jitendra went to the bar. Tushar, Kunal, Laxmikant alias Lacchu, Amol, Bhupesh alias Rinku, and Sameer were already sitting in the bar. One of them was consuming liquor.

Tushar picked up a quarrel with Jitendra near the bar counter. Bar Manager Raghuveer Vallabhdas intervened and requested them to calm down. One of them whipped out a knife at Raghuveer and told him to keep mum. Kunal, Laxmikant alias Lacchu, Amol, Bhupesh alias Rinku, and Sameer ensured that the main door of the bar was latched from inside. Tushar then took out a knife and started stabbing repeatedly. Tushar’s accomplices also joined him and killed Jitendra on the spot. They then fled the spot. Staff from Sakkardara Police Station arrived at the spot on being informed and sent Jitendra’s body for autopsy. Cops procured the footage of the surveillance cameras installed at the bar. The entire incident was captured in the cameras. Sakkardara Police then arrested Tushar, Kunal, Laxmikant alias Lacchu, Amol, Bhupesh alias Rinku, and Sameer on charges under Sections 302, 120(b), 143, 147, 148, 149, 506(b) of the IPC. Police sent the hard disc of the CCTV footage to Forensic Science Laboratory, Kalina, Mumbai. The forensic experts confirmed that the CCTV footage was not tampered.

The then Senior Inspector (Sakkardara), Vitthal Salunke and PSI Rupali Bawankar investigated the case and chargesheeted Tushar, Kunal, Laxmikant alias Lacchu, Amol, Bhupesh alias Rinku, and Sameer.

As the charges were substantiated against them, the court sentenced them to life imprisonment for the offence under sections 302, 120(b) and 149 of the IPC with a fine of Rs 5000 each. For the offence under Sections 506 (b) of the IPC, the court sentenced them to two years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 500 each. The court sentenced Tushar and Kunal to three months imprisonment with a fine of 500 for the offence under sections 143 of the IPC. Similarly, the court sentenced them to one year and two years imprisonment for the offences under Sections 147 and 148 respectively. District Government Pleader Vijay Kolhe represented the state. Advocates Surendra Gadling, Shrimali, Prafulla Mohgaonkar, Ashok Bhangde and Rajkarne were the defence lawyers.

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Gawli released from Nagpur jail on 15-day parole

Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2008 murder case, was today released from the Nagpur Central Jail on a 15-day parole. Gawli, who had sought leave to att... Read More
Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2008 murder case, was today released from the Nagpur Central Jail on a 15-day parole. Gawli, who had sought leave to attend his son's wedding on May 9, had been granted parole by the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday. He walked out of the jail around 2 pm on Tuesday. “Gawli has been released on 15-day parole today. He will have to return to jail on May 21. During the parole period, Gawli will report to Agripada police station in Mumbai,” a Nagpur jail official said.

After considering the impugned order passed by the Divisional Commissioner of Nagpur on April 23, which rejected Gawli's application seeking parole for 30 days to enable him to attend his son's wedding, the High Court had granted him 15 days parole to be counted from the day he will be released. As per the court order, on all alternate days of parole period Gawli, a former MLA, will have to report to Agripada Police Station (Mumbai) for one hour in the morning.

In August 2012, Gawli, along with 11 others, had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special MCOCA court in Mumbai in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar murder case. After being released from Central Prison, Gawli spent some time at the residence of one of his close acquaintance, and left for Mumbai in the evening.

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‘Produce Ashramshala staff service conditions or deposit Rs 5 lakh’

KEEPING in mind non-compliance with the High Court’s repeated directives by the State Government to present before the Court Rules and other provisions governing the service conditions of the... Read More
KEEPING in mind non-compliance with the High Court’s repeated directives by the State Government to present before the Court Rules and other provisions governing the service conditions of the Ashramshala employees on various dates- last time on March 31, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have sought compliance once again, in 6 weeks by July 1. In the event of the respondent -authority failing to do the needful, the court has directed it to deposit Rs 5 lakh towards unpaid arrears of the 6th Pay Commission with the High Court Registry, by the next date. Adv Anand Parchure appeared for the petitioners. AGP Bharti Maldhure represented the State.

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SNDL in deep trouble

The month of May has been quite fateful for SNDL ever since it bagged license to supply power to nearly two third of Nagpur city. In the very first year, a storm that lashed the city broke the ba... Read More
The month of May has been quite fateful for SNDL ever since it bagged license to supply power to nearly two third of Nagpur city. In the very first year, a storm that lashed the city broke the back of MSEDCL infrastructure in SNDL area resulting in large scale disruption of power supply. It required nearly a month for the fledging company to restore power supply but not before taking huge beating to it's image. Thereafter a few years later once again during the peak summer season power outages occurred. In between the strike by earlier workers also resulted in power outages and non attendance of fault calls. Also for SNDL the current strike by its workers could not come at a worst time as Maharashtra Energy Department has appointed a two member committee to go into company affairs. This is considered as a critical default and may prove quite costly for SNDL.

No word from SNDL: MSEDCL

“Neither has SNDL sought any help from us nor have the workers informed about their intention to go on flash strike,” MSEDCL’s Nodal officer Suresh Madavi said. Employees with essential utility like power supply cannot go on such strike without proper notice. SNDL should have put in place back-up system to ensure power supply to franchisee areas, he said.

SNDL refuses to bow down

A press release of SNDL stated that all legitimate HR policies were being practiced for benefit of its employees. SNDL replied to the demands of workers’ federation on April 18, 2015. The company would not succumb to unjustified demands. SNDL is making best efforts to make alternative provisions in interest of its consumers but unlawful agitating individuals are making it difficult for the company to cater to consumers requirements as its offices are gheraoed and substitute workers are being harassed, it added.

MSEDCL may restore power

As per power franchisee distribution agreement, the MSEDCL has right to step in case of any emergency and looking at the mess created by SNDL employees and inability of the management to ensure uninterrupted power supply to franchisee area which covered Mahal, Gandhibag and Civil Lines division covering nearly three fourth of Nagpur, the MSEDCL will have to press into service its emergency response team to restore power supply in franchisee areas. Entire old city area and Civil Lines area where Government offices and Courts are situated were without power, taking citizens by surprise. Many high-ranking officials expressed their deep anguish over the sorry state of affairs. However, the MSEDCL officials claimed that it will take some time to restore power as the premises are locked by staffers and MSEDCL also has limited manpower stationed here.

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Consumers gherao SNDL office, pelt stones

Power supply in Raghuji Nagar, Somwari Quarters, Tajbagh, Vishwakarma Nagar, Manewada, Sakkardara area got disrupted after the strike by SNDL workers. According to information, the employee... Read More
Power supply in Raghuji Nagar, Somwari Quarters, Tajbagh, Vishwakarma Nagar, Manewada, Sakkardara area got disrupted after the strike by SNDL workers. According to information, the employees closed down phase of the area and locked-up the office. As no one responded to phone call, people started gathering at the office. A mob of more than 500 hundred consumers was noticed at 11 pm at the Manewada sub-station. The irate mob pelted stones on the office. A consumers told ‘The Hitavada’ that entrance test of various courses are on tomorrow and this step of SNDL employees have puts students in fix. Police bandobast was deployed at all SNDL units as a precautionary measure.

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SNDL workers ‘strike’ power supply of city

Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited’s (SNDL) tryst with destiny continue to test patients of Nagpurians as during peak summer the strike by company's contractual employees plunged half of Nagpur in ... Read More
Spanco Nagpur Discom Limited’s (SNDL) tryst with destiny continue to test patients of Nagpurians as during peak summer the strike by company's contractual employees plunged half of Nagpur in dark. About 320 employees of SNDL went on flash strike since Tuesday evening, demanding pay parity with MSEDCL employees. As a result, power fault calls went unattended and one by one most of localities in Eastern and Northern Nagpur went without power. Outraged citizens called SNDL Helpline but it was of no help.

Already under fire for dismal performance, the SNDL is trying to restore power with the help of only 20 workers with it. They were going to each sub-station and restore power supply, but due to presence of angry citizens and absence of experienced staffers, the private power distribution operator was finding it difficult to manage the emergency. Due to scorching heat, even those with inverters were soon without back-up and forced to curse the power franchisee for crippling the electricity supply.

There was an element of sabotage also, as the employees of SNDL, who were on strike, switched off the system by adjusting timers, making the task quite difficult for SNDL restoration team. The employees on strike included Linemen and Technical Operations Managers. They had locked sub-stations also, before going on flash strike.

Citizens in home town of State's Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule were left in lurch due to SNDL’s internal problem. ‘The Hitavada’ received number of phone calls from Civil Lines, Jaripatka, Indora, Tukdoji Maharaj Square and other parts of city about power failure. People said they called up consumer care centre and direct numbers of SNDL but there was no end to their plight. Initially when the power went off citizens thought there must be some local problem and it would be sorted out soon. But hours passed and the darkness still persisted then citizens patience ran out and they stepped out of their houses to check facts. But on reaching SNDL complaint centres they found it locked, and this give rise to anger among people.

In front of many sub-stations, angry mob shouted slogans against SNDL and cursed the authorities for mismanaging the power distribution system. The irate mob ransacked sub-stations, pelted stones at vehicles damaging the windscreen. Hopelessly outnumbered, cops played the role of mute spectators.

A press release of striking workers of SNDL said that the company has recruited only 320 persons to cater to nearly 4.5 lakh consumers. The work pressure is immense and staff is short and they cannot meet expectations of the consumers. Hence they are asking for better pay and recruitment of additional hands so that fault calls and other jobs can be handled efficiently.

The workers said they should get similar pay grade as risk factor of SNDL and MSEDCL employees is same. A notice was served to SNDL management on Tuesday afternoon, before they went on flash strike.

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Waterhole census to begin today

The stage is set for conducting the yearly census of wild animals in protected areas on Buddha Pournima day on Monday. All the arrangements such as erecting ‘machaans’ near waterholes have ... Read More
The stage is set for conducting the yearly census of wild animals in protected areas on Buddha Pournima day on Monday. All the arrangements such as erecting ‘machaans’ near waterholes have been completed for the two-day exercise.

The wildlife enthusiastis will begin the exercise by recording the numbers of wild animals sighted from 12 noon on Monday to 12 noon on Tuesday. One forestman and one volunteer will sit on the ‘machaan’ (wooden platform) while one forestmen plus three/four volunteers would sit on permanent towers for the purpose.

The census is held in view of full moon night on Buddha Pournima, when the visibility is clearer. The census has received encouraging response from wildlife lovers, representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations and youths all over the tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Vidarbha. Sighting wild animals in full moon night is a rare experience as a viewer could watch beauty of active jungle with divine touch in moon light. While Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve will remain open to tourists for jungle safari other parks like Pench, West Pench, Mansinghdeo, Umrer-Karhandla, Bor, New Bor, Tipeshwar and Painganga will be closed for tourists on both the days.

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Maoists claim to champion cause of Dalits, kill them

The Dalits or Scheduled Castes should be treated as a special social section that is peculiar to the obnoxious caste-ridden Indian society.

Thus reads the opening lines of a paragraph on ... Read More
The Dalits or Scheduled Castes should be treated as a special social section that is peculiar to the obnoxious caste-ridden Indian society.

Thus reads the opening lines of a paragraph on ‘Dalits’ on Page-127 of the ‘Strategy and Tactics’ document of Communist Party of India (Maoist). The document, which is one of the founding documents of CPI (Maoist) — an outfit formed that came into being in 2004 after merger of major factions of erstwhile Naxalite organisations — appears to be a mere ‘lip service’ to the cause of Dalits. Reason? If Naxalites/Maoists had been really treating Dalits or Scheduled Castes as a ‘special social section’, they would not have killed 23 Dalits in Gadchiroli district alone.

As per the list of persons killed by Naxalites/Maoists from 1990 to April 2015, as many as 23 of those killed were Dalits (belonged to Scheduled Castes). And, this is the data relating to Gadchiroli district alone. Previously, the Left Wing Extremism was prevalent in six districts namely Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia, Yavatmal, and Nanded.

In Gadchiroli district, as per the data, 12 Dalits were killed between October 1990 and June 2004, that is a span of around 14 years. In September 2004, major Naxalite organisations merged to form CPI (Maoist). Within a year, Maoists killed three Dalits. Between July 2005 and April 2015, that is a span of over nine years, the Maoists killed 11 Dalits. Thus, before CPI (Maoist) came into being, the erstwhile Left Wing Extremists had killed less than a Dalit per year. However, data reveals, after CPI (Maoist) came into being, these Leftist ultras killed more than one Dalit per year, with 2005 being the worst year as it saw three Dalit killings. A closer look at the data brings out that the Left Wing Extremists killed the highest 4 Dalits in area under the jurisdiction of Repanpalli Police Station in Aheri tehsil; followed closely by three killings in Aheri Police Station area in the same tehsil. Recently, on April 19 midnight, the Maoists killed Patru Durge, their latest Dalit victim. Durge was Deputy Sarpanch of Damrancha in Aheri Sub-Division, and was getting prominence as a leader of Buddhist community. The outlaws killed two Dalits each in areas under the jurisdictions of Zinganoor, Dhanora, and Etapalli Police Stations. A Dalit innocent was killed in each of the following police station areas — Jimalgatta, Bhamragad, Reguntha, Purada, Tekada/Rompalli, Kurkheda, Sironcha, Rajaram, Asaralli. The Dalits hacked to death by the Left Wing Extremists in Gadchiroli district include three surrendered Naxals, two Special Police Officers (SPOs), two Kotwals, and one Police Patil also. These include: Yadala Pocham (Police Patil, killed in 1991); Keshav Pagade (Kotwal, 1996), Mukunda Sahare (Kotwal, 2009); Sujan Jangam (surrendered Naxal, 2003), Shyamrao Durge (surrendered Naxal, 2007), Aruna Durgam (surrendered Naxal, 2010); and Janardhan Zade (SPO, 2013) and Samayya Latkari (SPO, killed in 2014).

Dalits being sidelined in Maoist hierarchy too?

pNaxalites/Maoists have been terming Dalits as ‘natural proletariats’ and using them to increase their cadre strength in rural areas. However, within Naxalite/Maoist organisations also, there exists a caste bias. Many Ambedkarite organisations have been alleging that the Left Wing Extremists have been sidelining Dalit leaders in CPI (Maoist). Sources familiar with the situation revealed that in the recent past, most of the arrested Maoists belonged to Dalits or Scheduled Castes. In fact, some of the Dalit cadres in CPI (Maoist) are displeased over the treatment being meted out to Milind Teltumbde in the recent past that has seen increase in domination of Kamma, Kapu, Sahu, Dhamdi, and Bhumihar community commanders.

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Fee regulation authority will check exorbitant fees: Tawde

Strongly justifying little harsh decision of Maharashtra Government to regulate fees of professional colleges, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that move was aimed at checking the unwarranted ... Read More
Strongly justifying little harsh decision of Maharashtra Government to regulate fees of professional colleges, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that move was aimed at checking the unwarranted tendency among some professional colleges to charge hefty fees from hapless parents. We are not against private professional colleges but through this regulation want to dissaude any college from extracting exorbitant fees, Tawde made it clear. Tawde was speaking during a teacher convention organised by Vidyapeeth Shikshan Manch at Shikshak Sahakari hall on Sunday. It may be recalled that Maharashtra Government has recently taken decision to constitute Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority to regulate fees for recognised professional courses run by these institutions, to prevent profiteering. State Cabinet took a decision in this regard, to implement the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission Fees) Act, 2015, the draft of which was pending for past few years. The Cabinet passed an ordinance in this regard and the bill will be tabled during forthcoming Monsoon Session of State Legislature.

The Government has made it clear that the Supreme Court had directed to enact the law in this regard many years ago, but it could not be enacted as ‘education barons’

dominated earlier governments in Maharashtra. According to Higher and Technical Education Minister Tawde, the Government wanted to enact the law in the legislature, but it had decided to take ordinance route considering that the admission process for new academic session would begin shortly. Pointing out that the role of teachers in development of university is very important, Tawde said, “We will soon try to implement the recommendations made by the committees of Dr Ram Takwale, Dr Arun Nigwekar and Dr Anil Kakodkar. But they have given full powers to Vice-Chancellor and they also have recommended that even the nomination of members on Senate also would be done by Vice-Chancellor for which we do not agree. Personally I feel it will not be the wise move. But the other recommendations we will include with some changes.” Tawde in his speech also did some plain speaking about constant cribbing and demands raised by teacher organisations. Making his displeasure clear, Tawde wondered as to how can teachers hold students for ransom to pressurise Government to fall in line. Teacher organisations demand only grants, salary hike, conditions and rarely go beyond rhetoric and seldom raises issue of quality education, unemployability of graduates or empty classrooms. He said, “Government spends Rs 44,000 crore on education but the quality of education is not improving. There are more number of cases pertaining to education department pening in the courts. I appeal teachers that they should not launch agitation at the cost of students. We want to prosper colleges and Government is serious about implementing Rashtriya Uchchastar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).” Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Dr Murlidhar Chandekar, Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University, MLC Anil Sole, Nago Ganar also spoke on the occasion. MLA Dr Milind Mane, Patron of Manch Dr Prabhuji Deshpande, President Dr Chandrashekhar Bhusari, Organisational Secretary Dr Shyam Punde, Dr Subhash Chaudhari, city president Purushottam Thote were seated on the dais. Tawde launched the website of Manch and released bulletin Pravartan. Dr Prabhuji Deshpande gave introductory speech.

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Gadkari launches ROMDAS vehicle to conduct road mgmt survey

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), made a presentation on Road Network Survey planned through a specially equipped survey vehicle, at the residence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for... Read More
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), made a presentation on Road Network Survey planned through a specially equipped survey vehicle, at the residence of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport and Highways, here on Sunday. Soon after the presentation, Gadkari performed pooja of the survey vehicle to formally launch the survey.

Talking briefly to reporters on this occasion, Gadkari said that the Road Measurement Data Acquisition System (ROMDAS) for road network survey would be helpful in mapping the roads and knowing the condition of roads. Such vehicles and technique of road network survey are already in use in various countries of the world. This particular vehicle has been brought to India from New Zealand. “The survey and the well-equipped vehicle will help in curbing corruption and expediting the pace of quality development, especially in remote and inaccesible areas of Kashmir and North-East,” Gadkari said. Chandrakant Patil, Maharashtra Public Works Minister, who was present on this occasion, said that the survey would be helpful in chalking out strategy for planned road development. Already, there has been much politics over road development, quality of roads, standard of works done etc. Advanced system will help the Government in coming up with proper policy response, Patil said. Vikas Kumbhare, MLA; Praveen Datke, Mayor; Atul Kumar, Chief General Manager of NHAI, and others were present prominently on this occasion. Earlier, Atul Kumar made a presentation on Road Network Survey and ROMDAS-equipped vehicle here. During his presentation, Atul Kumar threw light on the technology being used and the objectives behind taking up the survey. ROMDAS, developed by Data Collection Limited (DCL), is a system designed to collect ‘asset and pavement information’ using almost any vehicle. The system includes hardware components, odometer, interfaces and software licenses for collecting survey data. The data outputs include distance, speed, Location Reference Points, manual rating and referencing of inventory, events and road condition through user-defined key-coding, travel time surveys for assessing traffic congestion and delays, moving traffic counts, etc. The initiative is a part of Asset Management System launched by NHAI, in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Digital India’. The vehicle fitted with ROMDAS will have sensors and high-resolution cameras. The system will be linked with GAGAN satellite system and Global Positioning System (GPS). The project of road network survey is being implemented across the country, and it involves mapping of 3 lakh km of road length. Already, 1 lakh km of road length has been mapped and the data collected is being processed to be put up on the website of NHAI. These roads include Nagpur-Ahmedabad, Pune-Pimpalgaon, Varanasi-Nepal, Jammu-Pathankot and others. Already, the system is being used in 75 countries.

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Let’s make Nagpur district tanker-free: Fadnavis

“Let us work together to make Nagpur a tanker-free district through successful implementation of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan,” said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. He was addressing the conclu... Read More
“Let us work together to make Nagpur a tanker-free district through successful implementation of Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan,” said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. He was addressing the concluding function of district-level workshop on Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall here on Sunday.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district, was the guest of honour while Popatrao Pawar, Executive Director of State Government’s Model Village Programme was the chief guest. MLAs Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhakar Kohale, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhir Parve, Sameer Meghe, Dr Milind Mane, Mallikarjun Reddy; MLC Anil Sole; Nisha Sawarkar, ZP President; Sharad Donekar, Vice-President; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of ZP also shared the dais on this occasion.

Stressing on making Nagpur district a role model for entire country, Fadnavis said that public partnership was needed to make the district free from scarcity of water. Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan has been launched to assure drinking water to each and every citizen of Maharashtra, he added. Maharashtra has more than 82 per cent of cultivable area under rainfed farming, and only 18 per cent is under irrigation, Chief Minister said. Even if the Government completes all irrigation projects in the State, only 40 per cent area could come under irrigation. “This means, more than 60 per cent of the State could still face drought-like situation due to lack of irrigation. Jalyukta Shivar Campaign is decentralised model of ensuring availability of 100 per cent water to each village and town in the State,” he said. About 20,000 to 22,000 towns in the state are facing water scarcity. The Government has decided to make 5,000 towns scarcity-free every year. Thus, in four years, no town in the State will face water scarcity, Fadnavis said. For the success of this initiative, there have to be integrated efforts. Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan should be converted into a public movement to make the State prosperous, he wished. Krupal Tumane declared Rs one crore from his MP Fund for Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan. Popatrao Pawar vowed to make 22 Vidarbha towns as models like Ralegan Siddhi and Hiware Bazar. With the help of experience and integrated study of topography, hydrology and geology, these 22 Vidarbha can be transformed, he added. Prabhakar Deshmukh, Secretary of Rural Development Department, made introductory remarks. Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings while Dr Archana Kadu, District Superintending Agriculture Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.

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CM Fadnavis to grace World Laughter Day event today

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend the World Laughter Day programme, to be jointly celebrated by 32 branches of Central India Laughter Club, at Seminary Hills on May 3. The ... Read More
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend the World Laughter Day programme, to be jointly celebrated by 32 branches of Central India Laughter Club, at Seminary Hills on May 3. The day will be celebrated between 6.30 am and 8.30 am and 6 pm to 7 pm. Fadnavis will grace the occasion at 6 pm, when a candle march will be taken out on Ramgiri Road to pay tributes to Nepal earthquake victims. Addressing a press conference President of the Club Kishor Thutheja stated that all members from Nagpur for the Laughter Sessions, which is aimed at physical and mental fitness of all, have been invited for the programme. The Laughter Club conducts stick exercise, physical warm up, steel cage exercise, pranayam and laughing sessions for the members, without charging any fees. The club had also arranged a bicycle for exercise and free ride at Seminary Hills. Satirical or comic poems, sharing jokes, Zumba dance etc Surendra Gupta, Md Israil Khan, Jagdish Khatri were also present at the press conference.

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Waterhole census to begin tomorrow

Necessary arrangements for conducting waterhole census by forestmen and wildlife enthusiasts by sitting on machaans on Monday and Tuesday are being completed at different tiger reserves, natio... Read More
Necessary arrangements for conducting waterhole census by forestmen and wildlife enthusiasts by sitting on machaans on Monday and Tuesday are being completed at different tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Vidarbha.

This yearly exercise isundertaken on every Buddha Pournima day in view of full moon night when the visibility for sighting wild animals is comparatively better in the parks. The concerned authorities get the data on status of carnivores, especially tigers, and herbivores like deer, sambhar, bison and others in the protected areas through this waterhole census.

While Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district will remain open for jungle safari to tourists, all other parks such as Melghat, Pench Melghat, Navegaon-Nagzira and Bor Tiger Reserves, Navegaon National Park, Kolitmara (West Pench), Mansinghdeo, Umrer-Karhandla, Tipeshwar and Painganga Wildlife Sanctuaries will be closed on both days for tourists. C S Reddy, Assistant Conservator of Forest, TATR, Core, informed that the volunteers would start going towards ‘macchans’ at 11 am on Monday, when the morning jungle safari is over. There will be no disturbance by tourists enjoying jungle safari during evening hours, when the exercise will be in progress. The park remains closed on every Tuesday and it has nothing to do with safari, he added.

The enumerators - one forestman and one volunteer on a wooden platform, one forestman and three/four enthusiasts on permanent towers - will take up the job of registering the numbers of wild animals at waterholes from 12 noon on Monday to 12 noon on May 5 ie for 24 hours. They get the advantage of clear moon light on Buddha Pournima night that will prove to be a thrilling experience. TATR Office received over 550 applications from energetic wildlife lovers and finally selected 130 persons to carry on the work by sitting on 110 ‘machhans’, including permanent structures in Teliya, Tadoba, Kolsa and Pandharpaoni areas. There will be no charges for the volunteers for the purpose but they will have to carry food packets. Forest Department will provide them drinking water. Similarly, the Office of Pench Tiger Reserve received over 600 applications of participants and of them 310 have been selected to take up the job at Pench Tiger Reserve, Kolitmara in West Pench, Mangsinghdeo, Bor, New Bor, Umrer-Karhandla, Tipeshwar and Painganga Wildlife Sanctuaries. Arrangements for erecting over 310 ‘machaans’ are nearing completion. The volunteers in Pench and Kolitmara in West Pench will be required to pay Rs 600 per head to get T-Shirt, booklet, food packets and biscuit packet. Volunteers at Bor, New Bor and Umrer-Karhandla sanctuaries will have to pay Rs 400 per head while youths at Tipeshwar and Painganga sanctuaries will have to deposit Rs 200 per head. Mobiles and cameras would not be allowed inside the park.

Melghat and Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserves will remain closed for tourists during census work, it is reported.

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The Hitavada Twinkle Club & BMS’s PDC Batch-2 concludes

The second batch of Personality Development Camp organised by The Hitavada Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Military School (BMS) successfully completed its seven day schedule that concluded with a g... Read More
The second batch of Personality Development Camp organised by The Hitavada Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Military School (BMS) successfully completed its seven day schedule that concluded with a grand demonstration of outdoor and cultural extravaganza on Satruday.

The campers appeared fully charged inspite of the tough ordeal that put them through the grind for a complete shape up and development of mental toughness. Once at the camp site, the mood changed dramatically as one got to make new friends, began to learn the ropes of a disciplined time table, that had varied subjects matched perfectly with physical endurance modules that comprised of Horse riding, Commando training, River Crossing, Archery, Swimming, firing, motivating lectures on various aspects of Personality Building, Handy man training that makes a child a jack of many trades.

Commandant of Bhonsala Military School Col (Retd) JS Bhandari and his team of dedicated Instructors and teachers ensured that children enjoyed the camp and its curriculum was made as interesting as possible unlike other outdoor camps where the contents are ‘piled’ upon a youngster.

A meticulously planned morning-to- evening schedule, kept the campers on their toes assuring them of a good appetite and rewarded by good sumptuous food and a well-deserved good nights sleep. Home was out of mind as it was out of sight. It was fun with new friends and interesting activities that automatically woke up the campers at 4 am. What was impressive was that in both the batches, not a single camper felt homesick and there were no withdrawls of registrations. Parents and relatives gathered to witness their wards performing were impressed with not only the performances under the watchful eye of the Ex Servicemen but also the sprawling impressive campus, that made many wish that they too could be part of all this grandeur. The demos appeared to be of routine kind yet what was really impressive was the courage shown by campers in handling horses while learning to ride, confidently negotiating bridges and ditches and developing strong physical endurance, very much essential for their metabolic growth. A colourful cultural programme at the pool site after Sun down , was yet another thoroughly enjoyable event that brought curtains on the seven day grooming ordeal. Girl’s and Boy’s , in colourful attires danced and sang to vent their joy at having spent a week in one of the best environs of a Military School. Participants presented colourful dances on ‘Des Rangeela’, ‘Dhol Baje’, and ‘India Wale’, and ‘Jai Ho’ songs. Earlier, Ganesh Vandana performed by them also received good response.

Prizes were awarded to cadet Akhil Ravishankar for being Best in Obstacles amongst Boys, Samruddhi Patil for being best amongst girls, Best Shooter award was given to Hrishikesh Gupta amongst Boys and Best shooter prize amongst girls was awarded to Muskaan Gupta. Anuj Deshmukh was adjudged as best Rider amongst Boys while Arya Kailabagh was declared Best rider amongst girls. Bindas Boy award went to Raghav Sharma while Umang Juneja was declared Bindas girl. Best cadet amongst boys (Junior) was awarded to Pravesh Mirani, Best cadet seniors was awarded to Anuj Deshmukh. Amongst Girls best cadet Junior was awarded to Arya Gillurkar and Best cadet Senior to Anushka Zullurwar.

Chief Guest for the cultural programme was Dr SP Kane, Vice-Chancellorof RTM Nagpur University. Prominently present on the occasion were Manoj Burse Advertisement Manager, BMS Chairman Shailesh Joglekar, Secretary Tarun Patel, Treasurer Ashwin Ghatate, Commandant Col JS Bhandari, Head Master Lalit Joshi and Assistant Head Mistress Anjali Ansingkar.

Amay Soman welcomed the gathering. Abha Gadgil handled Prize distribution, Tanmay Demble spoke of his experiences in English while Bhakti Deshmukh spoke about her experiences in Hindi. Shakshi Singh and Tanushree Mantri conducted the cultural programme. Parents of the participants, their siblings and friends were present in large numbers to encourage their wards and watch them performing.

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Two brothers drown in Mansar lake

In a heart wrenching incident, a couple lost both their sons after they drowned in a lake at Mansar under the jurisdiction of Ramtek Police Station on Friday. The boys were identified as Ravi R... Read More
In a heart wrenching incident, a couple lost both their sons after they drowned in a lake at Mansar under the jurisdiction of Ramtek Police Station on Friday. The boys were identified as Ravi Raju Mariyam (11) and Abhishek Raju Mariyam (13), both are residents of Mansar. According to information, the boys were playing with tyre by the lakeside as their home situated nearby the lake. Ravi had gone to the lake to clean his chappal and suddenly stuck in silt. He started screaming for help. His elder brother Abhishek rushed to the spot and attempted to save him. However, he also got stuck in the mud. Both shouted for help but unfortunately nobody was nearby. Finally, they drowned in the lake. Police said, the parents lost both their sons in the incident. Ramtek Police have registered a case of accidental death. Further investigations are on.

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Over 25,000 to appear in AIPMT today

OVER 25,000 students are appearing in All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) to be held at 43 centres on Sunday. The examination is being conducted by Central Board of Secondary Educat... Read More
OVER 25,000 students are appearing in All India Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Test (AIPMT) to be held at 43 centres on Sunday. The examination is being conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). CBSE has appealed to students to reach at their respective centres 45 minutes before the start of the examination. The admissions through this test will be made in Government Medical and Dental Colleges all over the country except the States of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir for the academic session 2015-16. The result for the same will be announced on June 5, after which, candidates will be allotted admissions to almost 2,200 MBBS and 300 BDS seats.

The entrance test shall consist of one paper containing 180 objective type questions from Physics, Chemistry and Biology (Botany and Zoology) to be answered on the specially designed machine-gradable sheet using ball point pen only. The duration of paper would be three hours. It will be held between 10 am and 1 pm.

AIPMT scores are used for admission to 15 per cent seats in Government Medical/ Dental colleges and are also used by participating private colleges. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) used for MBBS and BDS admissions in 2013 has been replaced by AIPMT, although the entrance examination syllabus remains the same as that for NEET UG.

In compliance with the directives of the Supreme Court of India, the CBSE is conducting this test. The responsibility of the CBSE is limited to the conduct of the entrance test, declaration of result and providing merit list to the Director General Health Service (DGHS) and participating States/ Universities/ Institutions.

The counselling for successful candidates under 15% all India quota seats is conducted by the DGHS and the counselling for admission in seats under the control of other participating States/ Universities/ Institutions shall be conducted by their respective authorities.

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LBT to be abolished from Aug 1: Fadnavis

State Government will keep its promise and abolish Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1 as announced in the State Budget-2015, said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister.

Fadnavis was speaking ... Read More
State Government will keep its promise and abolish Local Body Tax (LBT) from August 1 as announced in the State Budget-2015, said Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister.

Fadnavis was speaking while responding to his felicitation at Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) here on Saturday. Addressing the traders, Chief Minister said that the transactions pending till March 31, 2014, or the cases pending or not filed during the agitation against LBT would be covered under Amnesty Scheme. Giving an example of his latest visit to Solapur, Fadnavis said that the District Collector there had come to him and said that the traders there were ready to pay lumpsum amount of Rs 50 crore and the difference would be adjusted on actual clearance of issue. Fadnavis assured the traders that cases registered against them during agitation against LBT would be withdrawn. “Our Government is open to dialogue on any issue pertaining to traders, and expect the traders to discuss the matters with us before taking any extreme step,” he said. Chief Minister said that more textile industries would come up in Amravati area as the chemical belt would be now converted into textile zone, he said.

CM, Gadkari to grace ‘Jalyukta Shivar’ event today

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, will grace ‘Jalyukta Shivar’ campaign workshop at Deshpande Hall here on Sunday.

Gadkari inaugurate the workshop at 10 am. Fadnavis will grace the concluding function at 2.30 pm. Chief Minister will arrive in the city at 2 pm from Mumbai. After the workshop, he will reach Hyderabad House, Civil Lines. At 5 pm, he will proceed to Ramgiri. At 7 pm, he will attend a reception. Later, he will return to Ramgiri, and stay there at night.

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State Govt proposes scrapping of zoning in new TDR Regulation

In what could be a shocker for those who have got a sort of ‘monopoly’ over Transferable Development Rights (TDR) and who bought TDR for a particular zone to exploit the real estate boom to t... Read More
In what could be a shocker for those who have got a sort of ‘monopoly’ over Transferable Development Rights (TDR) and who bought TDR for a particular zone to exploit the real estate boom to their advantage, Urban Development Department (UDD) of Maharashtra Government has proposed scrapping of zoning in the new TDR Regulation. If implemented in its present form, this may result in lowering of property prices even in prime areas of various cities including Nagpur.

UDD has issued the draft of proposed new ‘comprehensive revised regulation’ in respect of Transferable Development Rights and Accommodation Principle. The draft has been prepared in view of the provisions of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (popularly known as Land Acquisition Act). In the draft, it has been stated clearly, “For surrender of the gross area of the reserved plot, the owner shall be entitled for TDR irrespective of user zone in congested/non-congested area from where it is originated/ generated.”

Effectively, this spells out scrapping of the contentious zoning for utilisation of TDR. Zoning has been at the root of massive TDR scam in almost every growing city. There were four zones -- A, B, C, D. Certain elements took advantage of zoning to establish their sort of ‘monopoly’ in TDR. The TDR in the form of FSI was higher in A and B zones and there were several takers, even willing to pay higher premiums. In ‘C’ zone, though ample TDR was available, there were only a few takers. As far as ‘D’ zone is concerned, not many evinced interest as the TDR generated there had to be consumed in the same zone.

As per the draft of new TDR Regulation, released on April 30, the entitlement for TDR in case of non-congested area shall be 200 per cent of the basic FSI up to a maximum FSI of 2.00. In case of congested area, entitlement for TDR has been proposed to be 200 per cent of the basic FSI up to a maximum FSI of 2.50. The owner/lessee is entitled for TDR of 185 per cent of the basic FSI up to a maximum FSI of 1.85 in case of non-congested area, and that up to a maximum of 2.20 in case of congested area; provided that levelling of the surrendered land and construction of the compound wall to such land is not insisted upon where it is not permissible according to prevailing Development Control Regulations (DCR) of respective municipal corporation.

Interestingly, these regulation shall not be applicable for TDR generated from construction of amenity or roads, slum TDR, and heritage TDR. The proposed policy also links TDR to width of adjoining roads. Already, the people in Mumbai and other areas have expressed concern over this as it may result in lower Floor-to-Space Index (FSI) and buildable area, for buildings/structures going in for redevelopment. Further, a builder will get TDR of 0.5 as ‘maximum permissible utilisation of TDR on balance plot area’ if the width of adjoining road is 9-12 metres. Considering that the basic/normal FSI is 1, the builder will get a maximum FSI of 1.50 as ‘maximum limit of building potential’.

Similarly, if the road width is 12-18 metres, the maximum TDR (permissible utilisation of TDR on balance plot area plus basic/normal FSI) will be 1.75. The maximum TDR in terms of FSI in case of plots fronting on the road width of 18-24 metres is 2 (1+1). In case of road width of 24-30 metres, the maximum TDR in terms of FSI will be 2.25 (1+1.25). The total maximum limit of building potential in terms of FSI will be 2.50 in case of utilisation of TDR on plots fronting on road width of 30 metres.

Thus, sources said, in case of narrow roads, the builders interested in development will have to remain content with lesser TDR. This may directly affect the financial proportions of a building plan, especially in cases of redevelopment. Besides, it is like punishing others for narrow roads built by the respective planning authorities. The draft elaborates on manner of development of reserved/designated sites in Development Plan (DP). It specifies principle for development through Accommodation Reservation for various reservations shown in DP viz. reservations for garden, play ground, recreation ground, cremation/burial ground, slaughter house, sewage treatment plan, educational institutions, town hall, town hall etc.

UDD has invited suggestions/objections from the people on the draft, which ‘supersedes all the earlier existing/proposed regulations and directives’ issued in respect of TDR and Accommodation Principle of all 25 Municipal Corporations in the State including four -- Nagpur, Chandrapur, Amravati, and Akola -- in Vidarbha region. The suggestions/objections have to be submitted to Joint Director of Town Planning of region concerned, and then the Government will take ‘final decision’. The notice of the draft regulation, issued on April 30, has been ordered to be displayed at the offices of Joint Director of Town Planning in various divisions including Nagpur and Amravati, and at the office of Director of Town Planning at Pune.

Construction Amenity TDR

The new regulation proposes a formula for TDR against construction and handing over built-up area of an amenity to planning authority. As per the formula, Construction Amenity TDR (in sq mtrs) can be arrived at by multiplying the cost of construction of amenity by 1.25, and the sum thus obtained be divided by land rate per square metre. The cost of construction of amenity as well as land rate both shall be as mentioned in Annual Statement of Rates published by Registration Department or as per the District Schedule of Rates prepared by Public Works Department annually, ‘whichever is acceptable by land-owner’.

Utilisation of TDR

The new regulation also proposes a formula for calculating the utilisation of TDR on receiving plot. TDR generated from any land use zone shall be utilised on any receiving plot irrespective of the land use zone. For the purpose, utilisation of development rights (in sq mtrs) on receiving plot can be arrived at by dividing the rate (in Rs per sq mtr) of generating plots in generating year by rate of receiving plot in generating year, and this sum is to be divided by TDR debited from Development Rights Certificate (DRC) in sq mtrs.

The DRCs may be used on one or more plots of land, and also on plots/land having DP reservations of buildable nature whether vacant or already developed. Also, the DRCs may be used on plots/land available with the owner after surrendering the required land to the planning authority under Accommodation Reservation Principle and also in case of a composite building. DRCs may also be used on balance plots/land available after surrendering the area under reservation to the planning authority.

However, the DRCs shall not be valid for use on receivable plots in following areas -- agricultural/no development zone/green zone/biodiversity park reservation in DP; area within the flood control line (Blue Line) or prohibitive zone as specified by Irrigation Department; coastal regulation zone; and where the permissible basic FSI is less than 1.

What is TDR?

Sometimes, development potential of a plot of land may be separated from the land itself and may be made available to the owner of the land in the form of TDR. These rights are made available when the planning authority concerned intends to acquire the land for development of various reservations (parks, sewage treatment plants etc.) or public purpose (road construction, road widening etc.).

TDR is available to owner for constructed amenity handed over the said planning authority. The owner or lessee of a plot of land reserved and to be acquired by planning authority for public purposes as proposed in DP, shall be eligible for award of TDR in the form of FSI which he may himself use or transfer to any other person.

In summary, if a land-owner or developer surrenders his land to respective planning authority (municipal corporation) for public purpose and offers to resettle for free the people displaced by infrastructure projects or slum-dwellers, he gets TDR. These rights entitle him for construction of a proportional area in the form of increased FSI for the area.

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Field officers facing problems in deforestation of zudpi jungle

Following the annoucement of the previous Government that thousands of hectares of zudpi jungle land would be freed for development, people in Vidarbha region were very happy. They were left disa... Read More
Following the annoucement of the previous Government that thousands of hectares of zudpi jungle land would be freed for development, people in Vidarbha region were very happy. They were left disappointed on learning that the zudpi jungle to be ‘freed for development’ was only fragmented stretches not useful for forest management. Now, there is one more disappointment for people of Vidarbha -- Field Officers are facing problems while dealing with the problems pertaining to even this zudpi jungle land. Field officers of Revenue Department and Forest Department both are facing problems while deciding the proposals for deforestation of identified fragmented zudpi jungle land. “The biggest problem is that the field-level officers are expected to prepare GPS maps of the identified sites and then ensure that they are superimposed on the topo-sheets, so that the portion of zudpi jungle under encroachment or farming use could be identified exactly,” said an official. The officials sent to prepare GPS maps at different sites are facing another problem. Each of the GPS devices they handle can store only up to 10 maps. As a result, if an official from Nagpur leaves for a spot to prepare GPS map for a fragmented piece of zudpi jungle land, he has to come back to Nagpur once he has got 10 maps. For remaining work pertaining to the same piece of land, he has to visit the place again. At some places, there exists a zudpi jungle stretch of 3 acres between two farm-lands on prevailing maps. However, presently on ground owners of both the adjacent farm-lands have covered some part of this zudpi jungle land, leaving less than 3 acres of zudpi jungle land. “In such a situation, how could we finalise the proposals received?” wondered a field-level officer. Some time ago, with the initiative of Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, a workshop was organised for officers dealing with the subject, to enlighten them with procedures for deforestation of fragmented zudpi jungle land. Later on, field-level officers started the work of preparing proposals. But, as they went deeper with the proposals, they started facing the problems. To discuss these issues and try to find out a solution, a high-level meeting has been organised at Van Bhavan here on May 12 at 11 am. The top-level officers of Revenue and Forest Departments will attend the meeting, and discuss the issues threadbare, it is learnt. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, so far, a total of 127 proposals have been prepared for deforestation of identified zudpi jungle land. These proposals include 773.46 hectares of zudpi jungle land identified for deforestation, as it is found ‘not suitable’ for forestry purposes. These include 16 proposals involving 475.73 hectares of land in Nagpur district, and 111 proposals involving 297.74 hectares in Gadchiroli district.

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AMRUT to rejuvenate NMC’s incomplete JNNURM projects

This may be good news for cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Central Government has decided to provide funds to incomplete projects of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal M... Read More
This may be good news for cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as Central Government has decided to provide funds to incomplete projects of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under newly launched Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Now, the local body will have to complete these projects any how by March 2017.

The Union Cabinet has approved Central funding under AMRUT to the projects sanctioned under JNNURM but not completed. JNNURM projects relating to urban development which were sanctioned during 2005 -2012 and achieved physical progress of 50 percent by availing 50 per cent of central assistance released and those sanctioned during 2012-2014, would be benefited by this decision. The NMC may get pending dues of Rs 250 crore from Central Government for these on-going but incomplete projects of JNNURM. The projects of Recycle and Reuse of Water, Rehabilitation plan to implement 24 x 7 water supply, Water supply scheme in Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) areas, E-governance and Pench IV- II may get funds under this scheme. However, the railway over bridge (RoB) of Maskasath may not get any funds.

Previous Congress led UPA Government had sanctioned 17 projects under JNNURM and out of that 12 projects were completed and 5 projects are in advanced stages of completion. In addition to these 17 projects, 2 non Urban Infrastructure Governance (UIG) projects - Star bus service and E-Governance are also completed. The total cost of these projects is Rs 1,487.25 crores against that NMC has received Rs 477.43 crore from Union Government and Rs 191.62 crore from Government of Maharashtra. The local body had contributed Rs 706 crore for these infrastructure projects.

It may be mentioned that earlier, the Central Government has rejected the proposal of NMC to release funds for incomplete projects under JNNURM. The Central Government had directed State Government to complete these pending projects from their own resources. The Central Government had termed the projects sanctioned during transition period as “non-sanctioned.”

As against ongoing infra projects, the grants claimed to GoI is Rs 101.42 crore and Rs 40.57 crore are awaited from GoM aggregating to Rs 142 crore, which have not been released so far. The remaining balance grant from GoI is Rs 58.78 crore and GoM is Rs 23.51 crore. The total grant awaited from GoI is Rs 215 crore and GoM is Rs 86.21 crore.

The local body is seeking Rs 7.74 crore from Central Government for Pench IV-II projects, Rs 16.26 crore for recycle and reuse of water, Rs 48.48 crore for uninterrupted water supply scheme, and Rs 27.25 crore for water supply scheme in NIT areas and Rs 1.68 crore of E-governance scheme. However, this scheme may not provide funds for the North Sewerage Zone project as this project was sanctioned during UPA Government regime but no funds were sanctioned for it.

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RTE: Confusion reigns supreme, process underway in 222 schools

As there is no clear-cut instructions about the admissions to be made under Right to Education Act (RTE) the confusion reigned supreme. Meanwhile, Education Department has extended the last date ... Read More
As there is no clear-cut instructions about the admissions to be made under Right to Education Act (RTE) the confusion reigned supreme. Meanwhile, Education Department has extended the last date to May 13. It was supposed to end on May 4.

After the delegation of Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) had met Vinod Tawde, School Education Minister on Monday. They had put certain demands before the Minister. One of those demands was to make RTE admission at Nursery-level voluntary. Minister has immediately given a nod to it. This decision came in the midst of the RTE admission process. As far as Nagpur is concerned, students have already got SMS for nursery admissions. Schools whose entry level is nursery are in trouble as they have to admit students in Standard-I. These schools were not informed by the schools about this sudden change in policy.

Most of the people felt that the admission has come to halt. But Deputy Director of Education Anil Pardhi has said that the problem is being faced by only 69 schools. There are total 291 schools in the Nagpur which are doing RTE admissions. It means that 222 schools do not have any problem. With the admission process of Right to Education Act (RTE) has reached its fag end, Maharashtra Government has made entry point of admissions under RTE flexible. This decision has sent parents of kids already admitted this year into a panic and the confusion continued.

Shahid Sharif, Chairman of RTE Action Committee who is rendering services to the aggrieved parents said that Government should take serious cognizance of this development.

Sharif has opened his office behind Bhide Girl High School, Sitabuldi where parents are thronging with lot of complaints. Sharif opposed the demand of MESTA to make Leaving Certificate compulsory for the parent.

According to him most of the parents do not have this certificate so how could they bring the same. With this confusion, Sharif has demanded that the process be conducted again.

He said according to act Government should constitute State Advisory Council but Maharashtra Government has not done that till now.

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Superiors threaten forest labourers

Ignoring a clear directive not to deploy any forest labourer for household work, senior forest officers continue to deploy forest labourers as domestic aides in apartments occupied by them. Whe... Read More
Ignoring a clear directive not to deploy any forest labourer for household work, senior forest officers continue to deploy forest labourers as domestic aides in apartments occupied by them. When the poor workers protested, they were threatened with warning of severe punishment. A Range Forest Officer warned them to keep quiet or else their salaries will not be paid.

When these disturbing facts came to fore, Range Forest Officer, Seminary Hills threatened labourers to meekly fall in line of face music. In the process, the officers decently buried the latest Government Resolution dated January 31, 2015 directing all officers not to utilise services of forest labourers for personal purpose at the residences of higher authorities.

The GR specifically mentions that forest labourer is an important constituent in Forest Department at lower level. Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has categorically stated while talking to newsperson at Van Bhavan on Tuesday that he could understand the work of maintaining garden or camp office by a labourer at the bungalow of an officer but it would not be proper to deploy him for household works. He strongly disapproved this colonial era relic which is demeaning for forest labourer.

Now, it has come to light that the Range Forest Officer, Seminary Hills, has issued letters to three forest labourers on April 24 asking them to work at the bungalows of three higher officers such as camp office, garage, maintaining vehicle, garden, maintaining electric supply etc. The letters are issued to Kisan Rokde, Ramlal Gore and Sanjay Kapse.

Ramlal is working at Nara Depot as a labourer, where eight deer died recently either due to starvation or biting by stray dogs. He has been asked to work at the ‘Government Bungalow’ of Dr N Rambabu, APCCF, situated in Forest Officers’ Colony near Van Bhavan in Civil Lines.

There are no bungalows as such but only flats in the colony. Dr Rambabu lives in a flat on first floor of Parijat building. There is a round place in front of the building called garden but in fact it has only grass grown on it. Reliable sources asked as to how camp office could be opened in the flat. It is reliably learnt that when Ramlal expressed his reluctance, the RFO allegedly told him that he would stop making his monthly payment. Ramlal has not joined the duties at the flat even after passing a week. Forest officials were quite reluctant to come on record and most officers parried the question.

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CM ropes in Israel to combat agrarian crisis in Vidarbha

In a major initiative to tackle agrarian crisis and drought like situation in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, Israel, known for its world-famous water-efficient and highly productive agriculture... Read More
In a major initiative to tackle agrarian crisis and drought like situation in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions, Israel, known for its world-famous water-efficient and highly productive agriculture, extended helping hand to help farmers’ of Vidarbha to curb the spate of suicides here and to make agriculture productive and profitable.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu assured Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that Israel will collaborate with Maharashtra in the field of agriculture specially to combat agrarian crisis in Vidarbha and Marathwada. Israeli Agriculture Minister Hon Yair Shamir was present during the meeting.

Appreciating Israel's policy of ‘more crop per drop,' Chief Minister Fadnavis stated that he was looking forward to technological collaborations with Israel for such initiatives. “We not only want to import technologies but also want to manufacture it in Maharashtra under ‘make in India’and “Make In Maharashtra.” Fadnavis extended invitation to Israel and it's delegation to guide the regions with advanced technologies for drip irrigation, agri-equipments, post-harvest technology. Despite limited land and scarce water resources, Israel has emerged as one of the most productive agricultural nation with highest yield using minimum water. Such technologies can solve global hunger, sustainable growth, mitigate impact of climate change, Fadnavis stated.

During his Israel visit, Fadnavis also met former President Shimon Peres who is motivating force behind Peres Center for Peace and he readily agreed to mobilise

Isreali technology to help reduce farmer suicides in districts like Yavatmal and Osmanabad. Fadnavis requested him to support Maharashtra to halt farmer suicides by application of Israeli technology. He also invited Shimon Peres to visit Maharashtra.

Official delegation had meetings with Jethro and Demeter organisations where both sides agreed to expand engagement in technical collaboration in agricultural sector.

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Rahul arrives to a rousing welcome

After months of political wilderness, Congress workers and leaders assembled in large numbers to give a warm welcome to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday at Nagpur Airport. Rahul ... Read More
After months of political wilderness, Congress workers and leaders assembled in large numbers to give a warm welcome to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday at Nagpur Airport. Rahul Gandhi arrived here to visit families of farmers who committed suicide due to agrarian crisis. Rahul will undertake a 15-km day-long padyatra in Amravati division.

AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash, MPCC President Ashok Chavan, leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, AICC Secretary Bala Bacchan, former MP Vilas Muttemwar, former ministers Anees Ahmed, Satish Chaturvedi, Nitin Raut, City President Vikas Thakre and others welcomed Gandhi at airport. A tight police vigil was maintained and mild force was used to disperse some over enthusiastic workers who tried to breach security cardon. He proceeded to Ravi Bhavan and is slated to leave for Amravati district at 5.30 am.

Gandhi will meet the families of farmers who committed suicide in Dhamangaon Railway and Chandur Railway tehsils. He will launch nation-wide Kisan Padyatra from Gunji village in Dhamangaon Railway on Thursday. Earlier MPCC President Ashok Chavan stated that the padyatra has been launched to oppose anti-farmer policies of the Central and State Governments and their apathy towards farmers. Since January, the state has witnessed suicides of 1,200 farmers and the highest being Amravati division with 295 followed by 215 in Aurangabad, Chavan told media.

MLA Adv Yashomati Thakur who is co-ordinating tour said, Rahul Gandhi will arrive at Gunji village at 7.45 am from Nagpur and meet the family members of late Nilesh Bharat Walke and late Ambadas Wahile, both the farmers had committed suicide. Gandhi will leave Gunji at 8.15 am. Later, he will reach Shahapur village where he is scheduled to meet the family members of late Kishor Amble at 9.15 am. He will then proceed to Ramgaon village in Chandur Railway, 8 kms from Shahapur, and will interact with the family of late Kacharu Tupsundare at 12 noon. He will also visit Rajana village at 12.40 pm where he will interact the family of late Marotrao Neware. He will then proceed towards Tongalabad village at 1 pm and meet the family of late Manik Thawkar, late Ashok Satpaise, late Ramdas Adkine and late Shanar Adkine. He will then leave for Nagpur at 3 pm by car. Rahul Gandhi also will take darshan of Shri Gajanan Maharaj at Ramgaon village and also interact with farmers in the premises of Maruti Devasthan at Hirapur village, informed Adv Thakur.

Bablu Deshmukh, District President of Congress Party, has appealed to the activists to welcome Rahul Gandhi with cotton garlands.

Another farmer ends life in Morshi

A day ahead of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s day-long padyatra in Vidarbha, suicide of yet another agriculturalist has come to light. The agriculturist, Gajanan Sheshrao Khongal, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into a well in Morshi tehsil of the district, police said today. The 35-year-old, who had taken a loan of Rs 60,000 from a co-operative bank, took the extreme step apparently due to crop failure and mounting debt, they said. Khongal, who owned four acres of land, left his home for farm on Monday noon, but did not return till late in the night, causing anxiety among his family members. While the family members launched a search, his body was found floating in a well in his farm on Tuesday morning, police said.

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No shortage, delay of funds for forestry projects: Mungantiwar

The BJP-Sena Government in Maharashtra has doubled the provisions to Rs 600 in the budget and there would be no shortage and delay of funds for forestry projects, said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest ... Read More
The BJP-Sena Government in Maharashtra has doubled the provisions to Rs 600 in the budget and there would be no shortage and delay of funds for forestry projects, said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, on Tuesday.

Talking to newspapers after addressing a meeting of top forest officers in the Conference Hall of Van Bhavan, Civil Lines, here, Mungantiwar, who also holds finance portfolio, said that the government allotted limited funds till March 31 in view of hurry and incompletion of works. Now, it would disburse around 70 per cent funds to the concerned authorities till May 5. The Finance Department insisted that the funds sanctioned for a particular scheme should be spent on it only, he added.

He said that the government earmarked about Rs 250 crore for Van Dhan Yojyan and Eco-Tourism Development Board. He asked the Principal Secretary, Forest, to prepare a monthly time-table for Van Dhan Yojna being implemented in the interest of 60 lakh tribals residing in and around jungle. The Gram Sabha and Joint Forest Management Committee would play an active role for achieving welfare of tribals. Moreover, an amount of Rs 40 crore has been earmarked under Shyama Prasad Jan Van Yojna for providing employment opportunities to the villagers by undertaking forest management activities, he pointed out. The Forest Minister said that the concerned authorities Eco-tourism Development Board would make planning for development of natural spots for promoting co-ordination between the government and public. The main intention that the public should feel that the jungle belonged to them and work for protection and conservation. Moreover, the government is establishing a federation for value-addition of 33 minor forest produce. The government would provide technical knowledge and machinery to the forest-dwellers for value addition to Mahua by preparing products as well in case of other commodities, he added. Mungantiwar feels that required funds should be given in time for completing the projects like Forest Academy at Rangers’ College, Chandrapur, Bamboo Research and Training Centre at Chichpalli etc.

As for Gorewada zoo project, Mungantiwar said, this pending scheme has gained momentum with the efforts by the Chief Minister and himself and assured that the project would be completed within five years.

With the merger of Social Forestry in Forest Department, a massive afforestation programme would be taken up on non-forest, road side and waste lands as a step towards bringing forest cover in 33 per cent of the geographical area.

To a question, the minister replied that the work of rehabilitation of the remaining two villages - Rantalodi and Palasgaon - in the core area of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve would now be taken up. The rehabilitation work of Botezari, Kolsa, Jamni and Navegaon has been completed, he added.

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JEE (Main) cut-off score has come down

The students who cleared Joint Entrance Engineering test, the result of which was declared on Monday heaved a sigh of relief as this year the cut-off score has gone down as compared to last yea... Read More
The students who cleared Joint Entrance Engineering test, the result of which was declared on Monday heaved a sigh of relief as this year the cut-off score has gone down as compared to last year. The students of Nagpur cleared the examination with flying colours with the topper Pritesh Kumbhare scoring 320 out of 360. As far as Nagpur is concerned three probable toppers emerged. They are Pritesh Kumbhare who scored 320 out of 360, Kanak Agrawal who scored 316 and Rishank Mittal who are scored 315 out of 360. As per the information available in city, except these two no student was identified scoring 300 and above out of 360. The other probable solid scorers are Kaustubh Vyas scoring 290, Kaushik Vyas scored 286, Anuj Choudhary (282).

The cut off score that was declared seen a slight low than last year. This year the cut-off score for general candidates in JEE (Mains) is 105, for OBC 70 marks, for SC 50 marks and for ST 44 marks. Last year it was 115, 74, 53 and 47 respectively. Many of the students though did not score very high but cut-off score will be helping them to go for JEE (Advanced).

This year, over 13 lakh students have appeared for the JEE (Main) 2015. The top 1.5 lakh candidates will be eligible to appear for the JEE (Advanced) for admissions to IITs. The examination was conducted on April 4 (off-line) and on April 10 and 11 (on-line). The JEE (Main) exam was conducted online and offline. CBSE holds this national level engineering entrance examination that acts as a gateway for admission to centrally-funded institutions such as the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT) and others. Also, it is the first screening test for Indian Institute of Technology (IITs). Students clearing this examination are eligible for the JEE (Advanced) 2015, for which the online registrations will have to be done between May 2 to May 7, 2015. The JEE (Advanced) 2015 exams are scheduled for May 24. Students clearing both the exams – the JEE (Main) 2015 and the JEE (Advanced) 2015 - will be eligible for admissions in the NITs, IITs and other technical institutes.

Admission to the Undergraduate Engineering Programmess at NITs, IITs, other centrally funded technical institutions and those funded by participating state governments, and others, shall look into the candidate’s performance in Class 12 or any other equivalent exam and also in JEE.

The states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting students based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) 2015 application form on-line.

Schools, colleges too excel in JEE (Main)

The students of Shivaji Science college, Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Dinanath High School excelled in JEE (Main) result that was declared on Monday.

Nearly 248 students of Shivaji Science College, Congress Nagar, has qualified for JEE Advanced examination-2015. Shraddheya Ajay Shendre has probably topped in this prestigious examination from the college. Principal Dr D K Burghate and others have congratulated these students.

The students of Dr Ambedkar College have again brought laurels to the institution which is indeed a great achievement for the college. Above 219 students have qualified for the JEE Advanced Examination. Sumit Shirgure with score of 285 marks, Mandar Bhurchandi with score of 275 marks, Mohit Patil has scored 222, Chanchal Kadoo has scored 219 marks, Kaivalya Dabhadkar has score 210 marks and Chirag Parikh with 202 marks cleared with flying colours. These students were congratulated by R S Gavai, ex-Governor of Kerala, S J Fulzele, Secretary of the Smarak Samiti, Director Dr K M Reddy, Principal Dr P C Pawar, M B Ghode, Vice Principal, Dr Arun Joseph Registrar.

Most of the toppers this time are from Dinanath High School, Dhantoli. They include Pritesh Kumbhare (320), Kanak Agrawal, Kaustubh Vyas, Kaushik Vyas. They were congratulated by Tripti Ghosh, Management Adminstrator, Sunita Roy, Principal.

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HC directs Chief Secy to release Rs 250 cr to MJP in 6 weeks

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have directed during hearing of the writ petition of Rajaram Vitthalkar and 28 other employees of the Maharashtra Je... Read More
Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, have directed during hearing of the writ petition of Rajaram Vitthalkar and 28 other employees of the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran in various Vidarbha districts, that the State Chief Secretary should sort out procedural difficulties and arrange release of Rs 250 crores by the various State Government Departments, in next 6 weeks towards payment of Sixth Pay Revisions arrears of the Jeevan Pradhikaran employees, all over Maharashtra. As intimated during the hearing, the Court asked the State Chief Secretary to do the needful to get approval from the State Cabinet for release of the funds in coming 6 weeks and make disbursement of the released funds to the MJP authorities and inform the Court on the next date after 6 weeks. The Court has also noted that out of Rs 250 crores, as much as Rs 200 crores are payable by the various civic bodies to the MJP through the State Urban Development Department and Rs. 50 crores by the various Zilla Parishads through the State Rural Development Department. The Court had passed the order on February 3 last, that the Pradhikaran has completed the works and to recover the dues to the tune of Rs 2200 crores from various civic bodies, huge Govt revenue appeared blocked in the process at the cost of the employees of the Pradhikaran. It has been suggested that recovery should be made at the threshold, that is, before releasing grants to these authorities. The arrears are said to be of the period January 1, 2006 to March 31, 2009. Advocate Prakash D Meghe appeared for the petitioners. Advocate D M Kakani (MJ Pradhikaran) and Add Govt Pleader Anand Fulzele (State) represented the respondents.

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Confusion over RTE on-line admission continues

With the admission process of Right to Education Act (RTE) reaching its fag end, Maharashtra Government has made entry point of admissions under RTE flexible. However, instead of resolving ongo... Read More
With the admission process of Right to Education Act (RTE) reaching its fag end, Maharashtra Government has made entry point of admissions under RTE flexible. However, instead of resolving ongoing imbroglio, this decision has added only to prevailing confusion and panic wave has gripped parents of kids already admitted this year in pre-primary classes. But Maharashtra English School Trustees’ Association (MESTA), representing more than 8,000 private schools has welcomed this decision as majority of schools have been benefited by this announcement. But the premier and most sought after prominent schools across Maharashtra are hit hard since their point of entry is Nursery.

The delegation of MESTA met Vinod Tawde, School Education Minister on Monday and put forth their demand to make point of entry under RTE flexible and to make RTE admission at Nursery level voluntary. The Education Minister immediately agreed to their demand. But, this agreement has put the education department officials and school authorities in a fix as RTE admission process is near completion. As far as Nagpur is concerned, students have already got SMS for nursery admissions. Schools whose entry level is nursery are in trouble as they have been asked to admit students in Standard I. Since these schools have already started RTE process for nursery admissions three years ago, their RTE quota seat for Standard I are completely exhausted. These schools were not informed by the department about this sudden change in policy, thereby creating an unnecessary friction between parents and school authorities.

Founder President of MESTA Sanjayrao Tayade Patil told mediapersons, “The state education department has also assured fee reimbursements within 15 days to schools, for students from classes I to VIII admitted under RTE over the years. We have appealed Minister to reimburse admission fees of three years from 2012-13. We have demanded rise in the fees as the amount per student given is not adequate looking into enormous cost involved in providing quality education.”

Now, while schools have welcomed the move, parents have expressed serious concerns about the U-turn. Of course, some of the schools felt that this decision should have been taken earlier. Several allotments already completed for this academic year are now at stake, forcing applicant parents to belatedly seek admission for their children outside RTE's ambit. Students thus admitted to schools over the last few years will continue their education, the fate of those admitted this year hangs in the balance. Their parents will now either have to pay the fees or seek admission elsewhere.

Patil told mediapersons, "The meeting was very fruitful. The government has understood schools' issues with mandatory pre-primary admissions and no fee reimbursement mechanism in place. These delays have cost us dearly for RTE students from classes I to VIII over the last three years. Government has assured us to fulfill the demands in 15 days. If that is not done then we will approcah Court. Sanjay Tayade Patil, founder-president of MESTA, added, "With this, individual schools can take decisions based on their financial situation. Admission to classes I to VIII is mandatorily covered under RTE."

"In the meeting, several school managements showed interest in retaining children admitted in the pre-primary section this year. We are sure not all schools will turn away these students, " Patil stated.

MESTA’s demands agreed by Minister

- Reimbursement of three years should be paid to schools immediately - Do not make admissions at Nursery level mandatory - Review ‘no failure till Std 8’ policy - Reimbursement amount should match with actual fees charged by schools - While admitting Leaving Certificate of the ward should be made compulsory -Morchas in school premises should be banned -Government should not impose various taxes - Electricity should not be charged as per commercial rate - On the lines of other schools, Government should provide food for students of English Medium schools - Condition of one acre or two acre land for the schools to be set up under self-financed scheme should be relaxed

Programming error in RTE process ?

The system which recorded all details about schools, parents was not properly programmed, leading to chaos, all-round confusion and friction. According to experts, the system should have put in place a flawless programme through which the entire on-line admission process could have been conducted without any glitch. The programme should have simply blocked admission for Standard I in schools where point of entry under RTE is nursery and this elementary error has created lot of problems for all the stakeholders and parents are schools are at loggerheads due to this software error.

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3 held for supplying Marijuana to Central Jail inmates

CRIME Branch sleuths nabbed three persons supplying Marijuana to some inmates of Central Jail on Monday. Cops seized 373 gramme Marijuana valued at Rs 52,230 from their possession.

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CRIME Branch sleuths nabbed three persons supplying Marijuana to some inmates of Central Jail on Monday. Cops seized 373 gramme Marijuana valued at Rs 52,230 from their possession.

The accused have been identified Amol Rajesh Bodhele (18), a resident of Dharampeth, near Boudh Vihar, Nishikant Bhimrao Temre (30), a resident of Jai Nagar, Pandhrabodi, Akshay Hanumant Battulwar (19), a resident of Ambazari Hilltop.

While patrolling in government and private vehicles, cops attached to Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Crime Branch nabbed Amol, Nishikant and Akshay near Mount Carmel School at Ajni Square on suspicion. During their search, policemen found 248 gramme Marijuana hidden in the foot wear of Amol and Akshay. Similarly, cops seized 125 gramme Marijuana from the utility box of a Honda Activa of Akshay. During their interrogation by Crime Branch personnel, the accused trio confessed to supplying Marijuana to some jail inmates.

Cops registered an offence under Section 20 and 29 of the Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act against the Amol, Nishikant and Akshay. The arrests were made by a team of Crime Branch comprising HC Gajanan Thakur, NPCs Ganesh Ghughulkar, Kishor Mahant, Nitin Tiwari, satish Patil, Nitin Rangne, PC Naresh Shingne, and WPC Rubina Shaikh under the supervision of Addl CP (Crime) Shrikant Tarwade, DCP (Crime) Deepali Masirkar, ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut, and PI Pandit Sonwane.

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Father-son held for involvement in hawala

COPS deployed at Nyay Mandir on Tuesday apprehended a father-son duo wanted by Delhi Police for their involvement in looting Rs 24 lakh cash in a hawala transaction. Identified as Salaluddin Khan... Read More
COPS deployed at Nyay Mandir on Tuesday apprehended a father-son duo wanted by Delhi Police for their involvement in looting Rs 24 lakh cash in a hawala transaction. Identified as Salaluddin Khan Abdul Aziz (60) and his son Yunus Khan (38), the accused are the natives of Chhapar, district Churu, Rajasthan. However, investigators believe that they are not father and son but members of an inter-state gang involved in looting cash of hawala deals in transit. According to Police, the accused duo had looted Rs 24 lakh cash at revolver point in Delhi last year. Probe by Delhi Police revealed that the accused had committing serious crimes at various parts of the country, including Nagpur, some years ago but were untraceable. A team of Delhi Police led by Inspector Mukesh Kumar visited Nagpur. The team came to know that Salaluddin Khan and Yunus Khan had looted Rs 40 lakh cash from Lakadganj area some years ago. The case was pending before the court in the city.

After confirming that the accused duo would be visiting the court on Tuesday, Inspector Mukesh Singh alerted the security officers deployed in Nyay Mandir premises. Around 4.30 pm, eyes of some constables fell on the accused duo near the gate. They surrounded the accused duo and caught them. Later, they were handed over to the team of Delhi Police.

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Rahul Gandhi to undertake padyatra in Amravati on 30th

After storming Punjab and meeting distressed farmers, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will visit Vidarbha on April 30 and will arrive at Nagpur on April 29 at 9.30 pm from New Delhi. Rahul... Read More
After storming Punjab and meeting distressed farmers, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will visit Vidarbha on April 30 and will arrive at Nagpur on April 29 at 9.30 pm from New Delhi. Rahul will undertake a 15-km day-long padyatra in Amravati division from April 30 for highlighting the farmers’ woes. Rahul Gandhi will travel about 175 kms, out of which he will walk 15 km through villages of Gunji, Shahapur in Dhamangaon railway tehsil and Rajhna, Tonglabad in Chandur railway tehsil; which have seen highest number of suicides. Rahul Gandhi after his 56-day sabbatical has raised the issue of agrarian crisis and land acquisition bill to oppose the Central Government in an apparent bid to regain the lost political ground. During last Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Maharashtra, the Congress party was virtually routed, though Rahul Gandhi had undertaken a whirlwind campaign. The party is trying to regain confidence of common man through this padyatra. After his arrival from Delhi on Wednesday night, Rahul Gandhi will proceed to Ravi Bhavan where he will stay over night. Since he is SPG protectee, a massive security cardon will be in place. “Gandhi who will arrive in Nagpur on Wednesday evening, will go to Amravati next morning to embark on the day-long padyatra,” Ashok Chavan, President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) informed in a press release. Congress leaders Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Maharashtra In-charge Mohan Prakash, Co-incharge Balaram Bacchan, former MPCC Chief Manikrao Thakre will accompany Gandhi. According to Chavan, Maharashtra experienced severe agrarian crisis and the Amravati division in Vidarbha region has witnessed 295 farmers’ suicides this year.

“Since January, the state has witnessed suicides of 1,200 farmers and the highest being Amravati division with 295 followed by 215 in Aurangabad,” Chavan claimed. “However, the State Government has informed the Centre that only three farmers had committed suicide and even Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said in Lok Sabha that he does not believe in the State Government’s figures,” Chavan added. The MPCC chief said Gandhi will interact with farmers and families of those who committed suicide and discuss the agrarian crisis with them and also ways to help them tide over the problem.

“The programme is chalked out for one-on-one interaction between the affected farmers and Gandhi as well as a mass contact programme,” he said rejecting the charges that the erstwhile Congress Governments in the state as well as the Centre had done nothing for the farmers because of which they are facing such a situation. According to Chavan, the Congress has decided to go to the people to highlight the “apathy” of the State and Central Government towards farmers’ woes due to natural calamities like scarcity, unseasonal rains and hailstorm.

“The government pretends to be sleeping and it is our duty to wake them up,” Chavan said while rejecting the charge that his party was politicising the issue of farmers suicides. “That has never been our intention. Besides, there are no elections now,” he added. Chavan said when the Congress was in power in the state and Centre, it had completely written off farmers’ debts to help them tide over natural disasters. Farmers are faced with similar situation now and the need of the hour is a complete loan waiver, he added. “Farmers’ present condition is due to natural calamities over the last one year and the government's failure to help them tide over it.”

Chavan accused the State and the Central Government of being ignorant about the ground realities. He also criticised the BJP-led Maharashtra government for removing the stock limit of pulses saying the decision was aimed at helping certain traders. Nagpur City Congress President Vikas Thakre has appealed party workers to welcome Rahul Gandhi at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur at 9 pm.

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City sizzles as mercury inches closer to 450C

Belatedly though, famed scorching summer of Nagpur is on track. As Nagpurians were warming-up for week ahead, the mercury soared to record high today. It was 44.5 degrees Celsius and in Fahrenhei... Read More
Belatedly though, famed scorching summer of Nagpur is on track. As Nagpurians were warming-up for week ahead, the mercury soared to record high today. It was 44.5 degrees Celsius and in Fahrenheit terms-112.1 F, which was three degrees above normal, indicating the harsh season ahead. Better part of April, wherein sun shines bright, was more or less cool due to climate change. Towards end of month the city is now sizzling, and venturing out is being counted as a dare devil act. Normally, during last week of May the temperature in city starts inching towards sensitive 45 degrees Celsius mark and sometimes even reaches upto 48 degrees Celsius. This time the atmospheric changes has altered the character of climate and variations occur at drop of hat. If past week Nagpurians saw dust storms, then previously it was raining cats and dogs and now there is no respite from scorching heat. The constant variations in climate during the month unsettled Nagpurians.

Apart from heat, the humidity is also unsettling citizens and traditional cooling methods, the coolers are providing to hardly useful during the day time.

People are avoiding stepping out during the afternoon time, unless it is very important work, and preferring to do chores either early in morning. Markets wore deserted look during peak afternoon time and in evening they are so jam packed that there is hardly space to move.

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...and RMC wakes up to call for clean Budhatalab

After the eye-opening photographs of dead fishes, possibly to have succumbed to excess pollution levels in the Capital city’s major water source Budhatalab, Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC)... Read More
After the eye-opening photographs of dead fishes, possibly to have succumbed to excess pollution levels in the Capital city’s major water source Budhatalab, Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) woke up from the slumber and kick-started a mega and special cleanliness drive of the oldest and biggest pond.

It may be recalled that ‘The Hitavada’ had prominently published a photograph of dead fishes floating on the surface of Cityline front page on Saturday, April 25. This harrowing moment of bitter truth was captured by ‘The Hitavada’ photo journalist Manoj Dewangan.

Dead fishes are the indicators of the dangerous level of pollutions in the Budhatalab. Water of the Budhatalab has turned dangerous for not just the creatures living in the pond but also for the humans taking bath and washing clothes or utensils with water of this pond. Washing of utensils and clothes with the water of Budhatalab may cause extremely hazardous waterborne diseases like hepatitis and diarrhoea.

Though late, authorities listened to the wake up call of the dying pond and took up the job of cleaning up this precious water source. Around 80 sanitation workers were deployed to clean the Budhatalab from human filth and watercress. A compound of 12 bags of lime powder and bleaching powder was spread across the border of pond. Workers also removed thousands of dead fishes from the water.

Even Mayor Pramod Dubey took the stock of sanitation works going on at the pond on Sunday. Mayor was accompanied by Zone-7 Commissioner Dr Pritam Mishra, Zone Health Officer Dr Radheshyam Agrawal and Zone Health Inspector Dharmendra Pradhan. Concerned after looking at the thousands of dead fishes, Mayor scolded the fishing contractor of the pond for not taking enough measures for keeping the fishes healthy and alive. Mayor said that absence of the timely medication of the water has resulted into the hike in pollution level and subsequent deaths of fishes. Dubey warned the contractor to improve the situation or else his license would be cancelled.

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Durg MP Tamradhwaj Sahu terms Land Acquisition Bill as anti-farmer

DURG MP Tamradhwaj Sahu termed the Land Acquisition Bill of BJP as anti-farmer and also misleading for innocent farmers. He was speaking in a ‘Meet The Press’ programme while replying querie... Read More
DURG MP Tamradhwaj Sahu termed the Land Acquisition Bill of BJP as anti-farmer and also misleading for innocent farmers. He was speaking in a ‘Meet The Press’ programme while replying queries regarding key issues of the district like those of the sudden hike in Treatment Charged by JLN Hospital of BSP; high level committee report in BSP Gas Leak; water sharing issue of filter plant of Bhilai Municipal Corporation along with the employment opportunities for local youths in BSP. The programme was specially organized by New Press Club of Bhilai on Sunday.

Tamradhwaj Sahu observed that the omission of the clause about seeking consent of farmers made the Land Acquisition Bill worst for farmers. He opined that the consent of farmers is a must, and that the clause ought to be re-accommodated in the bill, for securing the interests of farmers in the country.

In context of employment opportunities for local youths in BSP, MP Sahu opined that the SAIL management ought to consider the demand of employment of local youths on priority basis as when the populace continues to bear pollution, owing to emission from the plant, the plant traffic keeps occupying the roads, and when the plant itself has been established on the land belonging to Chhattisgarh. Regarding queries about closure of BSP schools and ever increasing dominance of private schools in the district, Member of Parliament Sahu observed that BSP management ought to bring in measurers to upgrade educational standards and quality of education for restoring the glory and academic excellence of BSP managed schools. About the high level committee report on BSP Gas Leak, and sudden hike in treatment charges by JLN Hospital of BSP, Sahu assured that he had already discussed the issue with C S Verma, Chairman SAIL, and that the issue would be sorted out in the special meeting with the SAIL Chairman along with S Chandrasekaran, CEO, BSP, scheduled on April 27 and 28. However, about the queries regarding escalated cost of treatment at JLN Hospital, Bhilai, Tamradhwaj Sahu opined that CSR funds of BSP are remaining unused and that they should be utilized in subsidizing the treatment charges for the populace of region. The queries regarding controversial issue of water sharing from filter plant of Bhilai Municipal Corporation, Sahu stated that the issue ought not to be politicized, and that he would look into it personally for resolving it amiably in the best interest of populace from twin cities of Bhilai and Durg. At the outset of ‘Meet the Press Programme’, T Surya Rao, president, New Press Club, delivered the welcome address. Khilawan Singh Chauhan, General Secretary proposed the vote of thanks while concluding the significant event.

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People in rural C’garh devoid of benefits

The 49% reservation for people of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class prove no beneficial thing for them at least in rural parts of the Chhattisgarh as they are still strugg... Read More
The 49% reservation for people of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class prove no beneficial thing for them at least in rural parts of the Chhattisgarh as they are still struggling to get a proper job for fulfilling the needs of their and other family members. From 2009-10 to 2012-13, unemployment of people in these categories have only raised and only their urban counterparts got some kind of benefits from this reservation system.

The reports and findings of National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) by Register General of India reveal that there has been an increase in the unemployment of people in all Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) across rural areas of the Chhattisgarh from 2009-10 to 2012-13. The unemployment rate among males in rural parts of the state increased from 2.1% to 2.4% for SC categories.

On the other hand in ST category, the unemployment rate of males increased from 1.5% in 2009-10 to 1.9% in 2012-13 whereas during the same time duration, it increased slightly from 1.4% to 1.5% in people of OBC categories.

Amongst women living in rural areas, unemployment has been increased much higher than male counterparts of their castes. In SC category, unemployment rate of women increased from 1.1% in 2009-10 to 1.3% in 2012-13.

Similarly, in women of ST categories across rural areas of the state, it has been raised from 0.8% to 1% in the time duration of these years. Only in women of OBC categories it has recorded no change (1.3% in 2009-10 and 1.3% in 2012-13). In urban parts of the district, condition of people (both male and female) of all these categories is much better and it seems that people of urban areas are fully aware about the facilities and reservations which are being provided by central as well as state government to them.

The unemployment rate of male of SC category in urban parts of the state has been declined from 1.8% in 2009-10 to 1.4% in 2012-13. Similarly in males of ST category, the unemployment witnessed a decline from 1.2% to 0.8% during this time duration whereas in OBC category, it has saw a dip from 1.1% in 2009-10 to 0.7% in 2012-13.

Women of these categories in urban parts of the state are also aware of their reservation rights and use it in their education, job and other things.

The unemployment rate of women in SC category of urban parts saw a dip of 1.5% in 2009-10 to 1.1% in 2012-13 whereas in ST category it has been reduced from 1.2% to 0.9% during this time duration. In OBC category, the unemployment rate of women decline from 1.2% in 2009-10 to 0.8% in 2012-13. Dr. Anjana Darbari, Sociologist said that most of rural areas, education is still a distant dream for people of these categories and because of illiteracy they are totally unaware of their rights and facilities.

Dr. R K Singh, Social Activist stated that just like southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu, awareness on rural areas has to be increased by the state government so that more and more rural people will get the advantage of their rights.

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Another case of negligence in sterilization comes to fore

It seems the death of 17 people during sterilization surgeries at Bilaspur during last year has not changed the scenario and still negligence in surgeries has been reported at various parts of St... Read More
It seems the death of 17 people during sterilization surgeries at Bilaspur during last year has not changed the scenario and still negligence in surgeries has been reported at various parts of State. One such case of alleged negligence has been revealed in Patan block of Durg district on Sunday. According to the information, Neelima Tiwari (26) wife of Rameshwar Tiwari, a resident of Baseen Village in Patan block went for sterilization surgery at Community Health Centre Patan on April 17. Her condition deteriorated after the surgery and caused infections in the stenches. It is reported that Dr A K Sanyal performed the operation.

The woman also started bleeding after the operation. After seeing her condition further deteriorating, doctors of CHC Patan immediately referred her to district government hospital Durg. Dr. Sarita Minj examined her and treated. But when noticed no improvement in the health condition of the woman she also referred her to Dr. BR Ambedkar Hospital and Research Centre Raipur for further treatment.

According to information under the family planning programme, Government is still giving target to every district and to achieve the target, Health Department of all district perform the operation without following the guidelines and rules of Medical Council of India.

The family members of the patient also alleged that in district hospital too, owing to the delay in treatment, infection as well as bleeding in the body has been raised and now they would go to private hospital for treatment purposes. However, when contacted, Dr. JP Meshram, Civil Surgeon of the district hospital refused the allegations and claimed that the hospital did all the medical treatments of the patient and did not take her health condition lightly.

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My last wish is to see Indian athlete win Olympic medal, says Milkha Singh

Asserting that India is yet to achieve the height in athletics, what it has achieved in many other sports, Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh, said his last wish is to see an Indian ath... Read More
Asserting that India is yet to achieve the height in athletics, what it has achieved in many other sports, Milkha Singh also known as The Flying Sikh, said his last wish is to see an Indian athletic win Olympic Medal. Milkha Singh, was here in the capital to inaugurate the mega township ‘Avinash New County Club’ being developed by the ace housing promoters from Chhattisgarh – Avinash Builders at Naya Raipur.

During a press conference held on Sunday at Club Paraiso in Maruti Lifestyle at Mohba-Bazaar, the ace athlete urged Anand Singhania, Managing Director of Avinash Group to come up with a Milkha Singh Athletic Academy at the new township and promote tribal children who’re interested in athletics. He said they should be provided with schooling, proper training facilities, coaching and regular monitoring so that good athletes are churned out. He said “through your efforts, if you’re successful in creating at least one Milkha Singh, he visit to Raipur today will be successful otherwise it will go waste.”

On the occasion, the ace athlete congratulated Anand Singhania and his group for coming up with an excellent township at Naya Raipur, which he compared with the city of Chandigarh, when it was just established. He extended best wishes for Naya Raipur and said the city will be much more beautiful when it will be completed.

Singh said despite there are over 50,000 athletic coaches throughout the country who are training sportspersons under SAI and otherwise, no encouraging results has emerged as of now. He said the country despite doing good in sports like badminton, tennis, hockey, cricket, wrestling, boxing, shooting, etc, still it is lacking in athletics – the mother of all sports. Till day only 5-6 athletes of international repute could be churned from the country which include himself, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa, Ram Singh, P T Usha and Anju George, none have been able to cut a niche in the field of athletics. Milkha Singh while adding that there is no shortcut to hard work, was all praise for the film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,” which was made on him. He said despite the fact that he is yet to watch the movie as he has not seen any movie since eighties, he said after the release of the said movie, younger generation had got an idea how a Milkha Singh was prepared and what sacrifices he had to make to become one.

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Blackout

High velocity winds coupled with torrential rainfall on Sunday evening reigned havoc in the Capital claiming one life and leaving several others injured. The high velocity winds left several electr... Read More
High velocity winds coupled with torrential rainfall on Sunday evening reigned havoc in the Capital claiming one life and leaving several others injured. The high velocity winds left several electric poles and trees uprooted, while most of the hoardings and advertisement bill-boards were virtually ripped apart. The devastating winds which started from 6.30 pm continued for over an hour.

The high velocity winds became more dangerous as it was accompanied by torrential rains later-on. The outcome led to capital plunging into darkness for several hours as the winds had severely affected 33/11KV transmission lines as well as 132 KV sub-station. However, promptness on the part of employees and officials from Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd led to fast restoration of normalcy.

Speaking to The Hitavada, Vijay Mishra, DGM (PR) Chhattisgarh State Power Company, said maximum damages caused to electric lines and sub-station was due to falling of trees and hoardings over power transmission lines. However since the CSPDCL had already completed its seasonal maintenance work for summer season, the damages were less and normalcy could be restored fast. He said the officials and employees are working towards restoring normalcy on war footings and very soon the power connections will be restored in places where major damages have taken place. He added that the CSPDCL employees are zeroing on major faults at first and after rectifying them, they will rectify the smaller faults.

Areas like Vrindavan Nagar, Gayatri Nagar, Professor Colony, Avanti Vihar, Ashish Colony, Bajaj Colony under New Rajendra Nagar ward, Mahadeo Ghat area, Chandinagar, Sarvoday Nagar, Boriyakhurd, Dunda, Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar, Amlidih, Saddu, Mowa, Daldal Seoni, Gudiyari, Gogaon, Puranibasti, etc more than two dozen areas in the Capital are worst hit and were plunged into darkness. Hundreds of people had got stranded at various places due to heavy winds and torrential rainfall. Also in many parts of the city people had to toil hard to remove water from their residences.

Meanwhile, police sources informed that one Padmabhushan Thapa, a resident of Phokatpara in Fafadih area and working as security guard at Suraj Pearls Industries in Khamtarai died after a boundary wall collapsed over him due to heavy wind and torrential rainfall. Despite heavy winds and rainfall, the guard was sitting by the side of the boundary wall to execute his duty near the entry of the upcoming factory. He didn’t move inside despite he was urged by other employees to get inside the factory building. Suddenly the under-construction boundary wall collapsed and the ill-fated security guard came under the debris resulting in his death.

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Goods train catches fire at Banapura Railway Station

A major accident was averted at the Banapura Railway Station managed by the Bhopal Rail Division when 4-5 wagons of a freight train that caught fire was put off by the Railway personnel immedia... Read More
A major accident was averted at the Banapura Railway Station managed by the Bhopal Rail Division when 4-5 wagons of a freight train that caught fire was put off by the Railway personnel immediately.

Freight train was carrying raw coal to be deposited in Bina Refinery on Sunday, when some passengers on the station premises noticed smoke coming out from one of the wagons. Passengers informed about the smoke to Railway officials at the station, after which, two vehicles of fire brigade were brought in on the spot, which helped to douse the fire.

Due to the incident, railway traffic was affected as Kamayani Express was made to stop at Dulariya station, while another cargo train was affected mid way, said officials in Bhopal Rail Division.

After nearly three hours, fire brigade staff finally managed to douse the fire after spraying water on all the wagons of the freight train. Officials in the Bhopal Rail Division informed that the fire was under control and that, there was no damage to life or property of any sort. They said that the fire was likely caused due to the immense heat and the hot weather conditions.

The train was about to leave for Bina from the Banapura railway station when the smoke was detected. The freight carrier was carrying coal of high quality, which is highly combustible. Following the incident, the freight carrier has been stopped at the Banapura railway station and was yet to depart at the time this news was filed.

IA Siddiqui, Public Relation Officer (PRO), Bhopal Rail Division, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that they were in contact with the authorities at the station. Siddiqui said that no loss of life or property has been reported and the freight carrier was still standing at Banapura railway station.

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Youth commits suicide by jumping off 7-storey bldg at New Market

Chaos prevailed at Gangotri Complex as a youth committed suicide by jumping off the 7-storey building in New Market area in the wee hours of Sunday. The wrist veins of both the hands of the dec... Read More
Chaos prevailed at Gangotri Complex as a youth committed suicide by jumping off the 7-storey building in New Market area in the wee hours of Sunday. The wrist veins of both the hands of the deceased were also cut. Reason for the suicide was not yet known.

TT Nagar police informed that the deceased has not been identified as no identity proof was recovered by the police from his possession. A huge crowd gathered around the spot, but no one was able to identify the deceased and told the police that had not seen the deceased before.

A team of police rushed to the spot after receiving information of the incident. Police did punchnama and later, sent the body to Hamidia Hospital for postmortem. Much useful information is expected to surface after the postmortem report. A case under section 174 of CrPC has been registered by the police in the case after preliminary investigations. Further investigations have also started in the case. An FSL team has been deployed at the spot. “The identification of the deceased was not possible as no such documents were recovered from his possession and the locals and other vendors have seen him earlier in the area. The information will be sent to other police stations of the capital city and we hope to ascertain the information of the deceased soon,” Manish Bhadouria, SHO, TT Nagar said.

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Doc’s iPhone 6 stolen from bus

Mobile phone of a doctor worth Rs 50,000 was pick pocketed in a minibus on Sunday at Abbas Nagar Square.

Police informed that the victim Dr Ajay Kapoor (49), son of Jitendra Kapoor, hails fr... Read More
Mobile phone of a doctor worth Rs 50,000 was pick pocketed in a minibus on Sunday at Abbas Nagar Square.

Police informed that the victim Dr Ajay Kapoor (49), son of Jitendra Kapoor, hails from Bikaner district of Rajasthan. He was travelling in mini bus to Abbas Nagar when his mobile phone was pick pocketed by an unidentified miscreant.

Victim told the police that his daughter had applied for a medical entrance test for which the examination centre was in Bhopal.

He visited Bhopal along with her daughter for her examination and was on his way to hotel, when his mobile phone Apple iPhone 6, worth Rs 50,000 was pick pocketed by an unidentified miscreant in the mini bus.

He came to know of the theft when he got down from the bus. He immediately lodged a complaint in the context at Gandhi Nagar police station. A case under section 379 of IPC has been registered by the police. The IMEI number of the mobile phone is being traced. investigations are being carried out by the police to nab the accused.

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Female infant’s body found floating in pond

A body of a female infant was found floating in the pond in front of Sidhi Wali Masjid at VIP Road on Sunday.

Talaiya police informed that the locals gave the information of a body, which wa... Read More
A body of a female infant was found floating in the pond in front of Sidhi Wali Masjid at VIP Road on Sunday.

Talaiya police informed that the locals gave the information of a body, which was found floating in the pond in front of Sidhi Wali Masjid at VIP road. The pond is situated on the opposite side of Raja Bhoj statue at the VIP road. The body was found floating by a commuter, who immediately gave the information to Talaiya police.

The body was fished out of the pond by the police with the help of local people and was sent to Hamidia Hospital for postmortem. It is suspected that the baby was thrown by the parents themselves as it was a girl child. Police is searching for the parents of the deceased.

“The body is of a new born girl child and it might have been thrown, being a girl child, by the parents. Parents of the deceased are being searched and strict action will be taken against them,” said Talaiya SHO Pritam Thakur.

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New members connect emotionally with party, says State BJP President

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President and MP Nandkumar Singh Chouhan has said that the party spreading the spirit of nationalism has become the biggest political party in the world. He a... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State President and MP Nandkumar Singh Chouhan has said that the party spreading the spirit of nationalism has become the biggest political party in the world. He also exhorted the party workers to devote time and make the three-month public relations campaign a big success. Chouhan said that becoming a new member of the party means connecting emotionally with the party.

The State Party President also said that the recent verdict of the High Court in connection with the VYAPAM scam revealed the conspiracy of the Congress Party. The mastermind of the entire conspiracy Digvijay Singh presented forged documents in the court, as a result of which, court asked the SIT to take legal

action against the party. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly made 1.11 crore members in Madhya Pradesh and with four days to go, the State may reach the top position in terms of membership in the country, beating states like Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. This would complete the first phase of the organisational membership in the State. The second phase of the public relations campaign would go on for 90 days, wherein party workers would reach out to the houses of the new members and hand over a letter from the National Party President and tell them about the ideology of the party, achievements of the NDA Government and the Madhya Pradesh Government. They would also take the families into BJP fold and express their gratitude towards them. Among the others present on the occasion were State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon, National President of the Tribal Cell Faggan Singh Kulaste, MP Alok Sanjar, Jyoti Dhurve, Ajay Pratap Singh and others. Addressing the function, State Organisation General Secretary, Arvind Menon said that everyday, analysis of the progress of 90-day membership campaign in the State is done. He said that earlier, one lakh active members were made in the party, while this time, 1.25 lakh members would be made.

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MP Govt bans husbands of Sarpanchs from Panchayat meetings

The State Government has prohibited participation of Sarpanchs’ husbands in meetings of Panchayats as part of measures for further empowerment of elected women representatives and to strengthen... Read More
The State Government has prohibited participation of Sarpanchs’ husbands in meetings of Panchayats as part of measures for further empowerment of elected women representatives and to strengthen their role in rural development. Panchayats and Rural Development Department have issued orders in this regard.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed need to end Sarpanch-husband culture at a function marking National Panchayats Day in New Delhi on April 24, 2015. He had also said that all elected women representatives of Panchayats should be provided full opportunities to work so that they can participate in development of village with self-confidence. The Prime Minister had said that elected women representatives are playing important role in Panchayat Raj system. Therefore, efforts to empower them must be boosted further. At a meeting chaired by Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava at Mantralaya on Saturday, it was decided, in deference to the wish of Prime Minister Modi, to end unnecessary interference by Sarpanch-husbands in meetings and proceedings of Panchayats. Strict action will be taken if Sarpanch-husband and male members of female representatives are included in Panchayat proceedings. Directives have been given to district administration, Zila, Janpad and Gram Panchayats to ensure compliance of the orders. Union Panchayat Secretary Vijay Anand and ACS Panchayats, Rural Development Aruna Sharma and other officers were present at the meeting. Minister Bhargava directed that Gram Sabhas and meetings of Panchayats should be video-graphed. These meetings will be monitored by State Government. If it is found in enquiries by Commissioner Panchayat Raj and other senior officers that any meeting of Gram Sabha and Gram Panchayat is conducted by a male in place of elected woman representative, then proceedings should be started to remove concerned woman Sarpanch after giving her due hearing. ACS Sharma informed that women Sarpanchs have been entrusted important responsibilities to improve school education in their respective jurisdictions, ensure students’ attendance, motivate them to attend school, time-to-time health examination and vaccination of students, ensure sanitation and cleaning of school toilets and monitoring of mid-day meal scheme. Intensive training programme has been introduced to train women Panchayat representatives regarding conduct of Panchayat Raj system and operating computer. It is noteworthy that 50 percent seats in Zila, Janpad and Gram Panchayats have been reserved for women to ensure their maximum participation. Women are playing important role in all-round development of villages. Training and guidance booklets in easy and simple language have been sent to all Gram Panchayats. The booklets contain information about powers of Panchayats’ elected woman representatives and guidance to conduct Panchayat proceedings.

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Tremors felt in some districts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday too

On Sunday, once again, tremor was felt at 12.40 pm in some districts of Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Satna and some parts of Raisen district. The tremor stayed for 4-5... Read More
On Sunday, once again, tremor was felt at 12.40 pm in some districts of Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Satna and some parts of Raisen district. The tremor stayed for 4-5 seconds and was felt in many colonies in Bhopal city. As per the Weather Department, the intensity of the earthquake was mild as compared to the tremor experienced on Saturday. Earthquake tremor with 6.9 magnitude occurred on Sunday at 12.40 pm between latitude 27.6 North and Longitude 85.6 East. The jolts were felt only once, but there are reports of cracks in flats, mainly located at first and second floor.

The massive earthquake, which occurred in Nepal and India on Saturday morning, resulted in much casualty. The massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with devastating force less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu causing tremors in northern India, including districts in entire Madhya Pradesh as well. The aftershocks are likely to continue in adjoining areas and aftershocks were experienced on Sunday in Delhi and North India as well. However, in Madhya Pradesh, on Sunday, the tremors were limited to northern parts of the State. As per Weather Department, there is nothing to worry as Bhopal comes sunder Zone 11, which is low risk zone, but precautions can be taken so as to avoid adverse incidents due to panic situation.

The officials of Disaster Management Institute stressed that they have said earlier that as per seismic parameters, Bhopal comes under Zone 11, which is Low Damage Risk Zone. But literally speaking, no place can be placed under safe zone completely. The reason is that if earthquake with high intensity such as of 7.9 magnitude is felt in Nepal, it is quite obvious that normally, aftershocks of this magnitude will be observed in the regions in Central India, including State capital. The earthquake was in Zone 4 and 5 border, which occurred in Nepal. This zone is highly vulnerable. The entire state of Madhya Pradesh is located in zone II and zone III, indicating low and moderate earthquake zones respectively.

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‘Diabetic patients should be extra cautious while relishing summer fruits’

“IF A normal person consumes fruits of summer season say a mango, pancreas have the capacity to convert sugar into energy, while pancreas of person suffering from metabolic disorder and hormo... Read More
“IF A normal person consumes fruits of summer season say a mango, pancreas have the capacity to convert sugar into energy, while pancreas of person suffering from metabolic disorder and hormonal imbalance like diabetes does not perform that well and fails to convert the sugar,” said Dietician Dr Ankita Sahu. She said a diabetic patient has to pay special attention while consuming carbohydrate rich diet, best way is exchange process.

Suppose a normal person consumes a mango then diabetic patient should consume one fourth of that such habit in normal practice helps pancreas to get sugar at optimal level and sugar level is maintained. There is a common myth that after washing out starch carbohydrate level does not increase, but the fact is that leaving out starch from rice while cooking will work up to some level to bring down sugar level in rice.

A diabetic patient should avoid one bowl of rice or a chapatti to compensate diet to maintain sugar level gained during summer, as dosage of anti-diabetic medicine, diet of diabetic patients are usually fixed by doctors.”

She said though mangoes and watermelon are rich source of vitamins, supported with anti-cancer properties and many other properties necessary for good health, but for diabetic patient, in adequate quantity prescribed by dietician is recommended more use of such seasonal fruit (rich source of carbohydrate leads to rise in sugar level, proves fatal for a diabetic patient), added Dr Ankita. Endorsing facts renowned Physician and Associated Professor of Government Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr Prashant Punekar said that there is a myth that quick work out helps a diabetic person to maintain their level even after consuming seasonal fruits in summer. There are large section of diabetic patients who do not pay attention on rise in Glycemic Index (measurement showing increase in blood sugar level after consuming food) after consuming seasonal fruits like mangoes, grapes and specially watermelon specially during summer. Negligence in taking care of sugar level could prove harmful for a diabetic patient. He said usually sugar level increases during summer and confirm with pathological test glycated haemoglobin test Hb1Ac (summary of sugar level in last three months), diabetic used to consumed seasonal fruit having high sugar value in summer season.

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‘Students in MP have potential to succeed in field of technology’

SHRI Ram Institute of Technology (SRIT) organised a day-long national seminar on ‘Recent Developments in Hi-Tech Areas’ on Sunday. Chief guest on the occasion was Minister for Agriculture Gau... Read More
SHRI Ram Institute of Technology (SRIT) organised a day-long national seminar on ‘Recent Developments in Hi-Tech Areas’ on Sunday. Chief guest on the occasion was Minister for Agriculture Gaurishankar Bisen, while Mayor Dr Swati Godbole, Vinod Gontia, General Secretary, BJP State Unit were present as special guests. Sudhir Mishra, CEO and MD BrahMos Aerospace, Delhi, Dr S Pal, Vice-Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advance Technology Pune, D K Shukla, Head Reactor Operation Division Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, Dr Akhilesh Kumar Pandey, Chairman, MP Private Regulatory Commission, Bhopal, Ramendra Karsoliya, Vice-Chairman Rewa Shiksha Samiti, Dr S P Kosta, Director General SRIT Professor N George, Group Director Dr L K Patel, Director.

At the outset, the programme was inaugurated by lighting the traditional lamp. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bisen said that India is a leading country in different sectors. Youth of our State are pursuing in different sectors like software and technology.

“I believe that students in Madhya Pradesh have immense potential to achieve success in the field of technology. He emphasised on ‘Make in India’ mission. Minister Bisen said we should also focus on ‘Make in Jabalpur’, students should work hard and should extend contribution for this drive and for development of the nation and state as well. It is necessary that we initiate more efforts to search such equipment which can provide pre-information for natural disaster like ‘earthquake.’

Mayor Dr Swati Godbole congratulated SRIT family for conducting the programme. She said that young engineers should work for development of the city. General Secretary BJP, Madhya Pradesh, Vinod Gontia, threw light on foundation story of SRIT. He gave the credit for success of the Institution to Dr George and entire family of SRIT.

CEO Dr Sudhir Mishra said that we are number one in agriculture sector. It is important that we maintain this and open more agriculture universities and training centres. He said that development of any State depends on Agriculture, Manufacturing and Service sector. Already we are leading in agriculture and now we have to work for manufacturing sector. We can establish manufacturing hub in state or city and contribute towards Make in India.

Political figures, bureaucrats should come forward and initiate efforts towards manufacturing. During the programme, SRIT felicitated CEO and MD of BrahMos, Aerospace, New Delhi, Dr Sudhir Mishra with Lifetime Achievement Award. S P Kosta felicitated him by presenting shawl, shreephal and mementoes. A large number of students and teaching faculties and employees of the group were present.

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6 armed rogues thrash couple, son; burgle house at gun-point

SENSATION prevailed in Khalhari-Mehgawa village under Sihora police station on intervening night of Saturday when around six armed miscreants assaulted Laxman Patel, his wife and son who were f... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in Khalhari-Mehgawa village under Sihora police station on intervening night of Saturday when around six armed miscreants assaulted Laxman Patel, his wife and son who were fast asleep. The miscreants burgled the house at gun point. They grabbed almirah keys and managed to loot the house and fled with valuables and gold and silver jewellery. In the assault, the couple and their son are reported to be serious and are undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Jabalpur after being referred for Jabalpur District Hospital from Sihora Government Hospital.

According to information, Laxam Patel, a teacher. On Saturday evening, Laxman Patel who ventured in agriculture field to take stock of crops returned home around midnight and had dinner with his wife, Chandraprabha, and son, Deependra (13).

Family members after having dinner slept at around 12.30 am and at around 1.20 am six armed masked miscreants invaded the house of Patel and assaulted them while they were asleep.

Masked miscreants having invaded the house thrashed the family bitterly and at gun-point they asked the couple’s son to hand over keys of almirah. The family in great fear and panic had no other option but to hand over the keys. The miscreants also intimidated the woman and grabbed the ornaments she was wearing.

The miscreants who had ample time to steal valuables held the family captive in another room and later managed to flee from the spot. The incident came to light in the morning when Patel managed to move inside the room at around 3.30 am and called ambulance 108 for assistance and later informed police on 100. SHO Sihora Sanjay Shukla informed that the incident took place at midnight hours as the family had sustained serious injuries and were in a state of shock. In the first instance Patel screamed for help this made people residing close by to reach the spot and then they informed Ambulance 108 followed by 100 at around 3.30 am. Ambulance 108 reached to the location and rushed the injured family to Sihora Government Hospital for treatment. In between police also reached the hospital and recorded statement of the family members. On the basis of statements recorded, a case under relevant sections of the IPC has been registered against unidentified miscreants behind the incident. SHO Sihora Shukla said we have started a massive search for absconding miscreants behind the incident. The injured family members after being rushed to Sihora Government Hospital in Ambulance 108, doctors examined the injuries and found the condition critical and immediately referred them to Jabalpur District Hospital. Relatives of the injured family who brought them to Jabalpur admitted in a private hospital. At private hospital condition of the injured family is reported to be stable.

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PM Modi assures to consider issues raised for development of Jabalpur

APPRISING about tremendous potential of defence production in Jabalpur in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh discussed various important and releva... Read More
APPRISING about tremendous potential of defence production in Jabalpur in the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh discussed various important and relevant issues of development of prime commercial centre of Mahakoshal region.

In the office of the Prime Minister at Sansad Bhavan during a meeting MP Singh gave detailed report on Jabalpur and possibilities in different sectors. While briefing about Jabalpur, MP Singh informed that Jabalpur is prime centre in eastern Madhya Pradesh and is a natural tourist hub with variety of tourists specialties and spots.

Jabalpur is also hub of opportunities and a UN explored destination for industry in food processing sector, mining industry and readymade garment industry and defence sector.

Highlighting possibilities of Defence Manufacturing Cluster in Jabalpur, MP Singh informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that since British rule Jabalpur has five defence factories and a huge Army base. The city has adequate resources suitable for development of defence manufacturing cluster.

On this Prime Minister Modi showed positive response to MP Singh assuring him to look into the matter and possibilities. MP Rakesh Singh also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Jabalpur. Expressing satisfaction towards the positive response shown by Prime Minister Modi on issues related to industrial development in Jabalpur, MP Singh said the Prime Minister had assured that the government will consider issues raised by MP Singh in his letter which he presented to him during a meeting regarding development.

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India is a progressive nation but lacks components: Dr Pal

DR S Pal, Vice-Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advance Technology, Pune, said, “India is a progressive country. We are working towards agriculture sector, medical, space, IT, and other field... Read More
DR S Pal, Vice-Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advance Technology, Pune, said, “India is a progressive country. We are working towards agriculture sector, medical, space, IT, and other fields. Even, we have best communication ratio (95 per cent). We are not less than any other country; we have best infrastructure, best facilities, best machinery to excel in any field. Basic problem is that we lack component.

While, numbers of Indians are working in other countries towards making component. We purchase components from other developing countries. If we can start working towards preparing components then we will rule other countries.

Due to lack of components, we have only 15 Indian automobile companies, which manufacture Indian model car. We have only one mobile company, while India is the biggest country where mobiles are used. So that, it is necessary that Industrialist should work for making components in our country. Basic reason is also lack of skill development. Now, the government is promoting skill development and also providing huge funds for skill development. He also emphasised that more facilities should be developed for working. Along with this, corruption should be stopped and rules for execution of works are so complicated. So that, easier rules should be developed for better executing of work.

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‘My wife spent sleepless nights after her name was dragged in VYAPAM’

“I cannot express the pain, such shoddy charges levelled against my wife, she did not sleep many nights. One cannot imagine the anguish when accusations were levelled against innocent, publis... Read More
“I cannot express the pain, such shoddy charges levelled against my wife, she did not sleep many nights. One cannot imagine the anguish when accusations were levelled against innocent, published and shown on TV,” said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, asking that is it a crime being CM’s wife and should allegations be levelled without any investigation.

Chouhan, while talking to journalists on Sunday morning, said that he would call upon Congress President Sonia Gandhi to clarify whether she has mandated Digvijay Singh and other party leaders to “malign” his image.

Chouhan was reacting to the STF report submitted to the High Court, pointing out that excel sheets submitted by All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Digvijay Singh were tampered with. Digvijay, claiming to have acquired the documents from a cyber expert, has spearheaded the attack against Chouhan and his wife by alleging that the excel sheet of VYAPAM scam was tampered with. Digvijay had submitted these excel sheets to High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has been monitoring VYAPAM scam.

The Congress leader had alleged that word ‘CM’ was replaced by other names in original excel sheet.

The Chief Minister, while reacting to the recent HC observations, said that Digvijay had tried to hamper the development of the State by levelling false allegations. “This was conspiracy. They tried to mislead the investigation by forging the documents. Digvijay has been a master of improbity. He is master in hatching conspiracy. He speaks lie without hesitation,” said Chouhan.

He said that Digvijay stands exposed as the Madhya Pradesh High Court has endorsed the SIT’s finding that the document submitted as evidence was indeed forged. “Singh was running a smear campaign against me based on this very document,” he added.

Chouhan said that a smear campaign was run against him by holding press conferences at various levels and in various cities as Digvijay and Congress have been trying to save the accused. He said that some of the accused are close to them (Digvijay and Congress). Chouhan said that they even met the Prime Minister to malign his image. Digvijay was trying to create an atmosphere of suspicion as he was not able to digest as to how a common man became the Chief Minister and holding office for 11 years. Chief Minister said that he would write a letter to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi, asking her to take action against Digvijay and other Congress leaders, who levelled false allegations. Chouhan said that he would also meet the Congress President in this regard. He said that ultimately, this type of act would only malign the image of their party.

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Kids Carnival held at Nagpur Central

KIDS participated in Nagpur Central Kids Carnival from various parts of the city, parents were also there to encourage their kids. Fun and learning activities were there for the kids. Dr Rash... Read More
KIDS participated in Nagpur Central Kids Carnival from various parts of the city, parents were also there to encourage their kids. Fun and learning activities were there for the kids. Dr Rashmi Shukla, MD Hompathy did parenting counciling for partents. Both kids and parents where engaged in the activity, dance sessions, nerf shooting, theatre, car racing were the fun activities for kids. Next sunday more fun activities will be there for kids like Zumba dance, theatre, hand painting, drawing and clay modelling, nerf shooting, car racing etc. For registration contact Nagpur Central CSD on (Ph: 0712-6693666, 9503424636).

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Second batch leaves for Twinkle Club, Bhonsala Military School’s Personality Development Camp

The second batch of Personality Development Camp organised by ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Military School was flagged off by Shyam Rathi, Prominent Businessman of the city, on Su... Read More
The second batch of Personality Development Camp organised by ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Military School was flagged off by Shyam Rathi, Prominent Businessman of the city, on Sunday afternoon from Gorakshan premises. Secretary Tarun Patel was present prominently. The participants appeared fully charged up for the seven-day camp, where they will be without their favorite play tools -- smart phone and television. The young participants waved at their parents, with some homesick feelings in the gut. While at the camp site, the mood changes dramatically as they get opportunity to make new friends in disciplined time table. The Commandant Col (Retd) J S Bhandari has lined up a meticulously planned morning to evening schedule, that will keep the campers on their toes assuring them of a good appetite and rewarded by good sumptuous food and a well deserved Good nights sleep. For the participants, home should be out of mind as it will be out of sight, he added.

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Court’s notice on plea against allotting plot under Abadi Scheme at Selu

IN response to the writ petition filed by Gautam Gaikwad against allotment of plot under the Abadi Scheme at Gram Panchayat, Selu in Kalmeshwar tahsil of Nagpur district, by SDM, Saoner, through... Read More
IN response to the writ petition filed by Gautam Gaikwad against allotment of plot under the Abadi Scheme at Gram Panchayat, Selu in Kalmeshwar tahsil of Nagpur district, by SDM, Saoner, through the impugned order passed by him on February 3, 2015, on the letter of Tahsildar, Kalmeshwar sent by him on January 15, 2015 to the SDM, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here have issued notice to the respondents making it clear that allotment, if any, would be subject to the orders of the court.

The petitioner has prayed for declaring the impugned order of allotting plot as illegal. He has also sought directions to Collector, Nagpur, for conducting detailed inquiry and fresh survey for allotting plots afresh under the Abadi Scheme. He has also prayed for direction to the SDM and the Tehsildar to maintain status quo regarding allotment of plots made by the order of February 3 last by the SDM.

Adv Anubhav A Mardikar appeared for the petitioner. AGP Nitin Rode waived notice for the State.

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Govt scraps another archaic rule of dual permission

Now, it is not necessary to take prior permission of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for setting up workshop, factory, bakery, flour mill within city limits. Urban Development Department of ... Read More
Now, it is not necessary to take prior permission of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for setting up workshop, factory, bakery, flour mill within city limits. Urban Development Department of Maharashtra Government has issued a direction to stop dual permission regime thrust upon the small entrepreneurs by complex rules framed earlier.

The State Government has amended section 313 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act recently, to provide relief to thousands small cottage industries. As per this provision, the permission of concern Municipal Corporation was necessary to start small business. According to the “Ease of Doing business” policy adopted by new State Government under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the entrepreneurs, who already took permission of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) will not require to take additional permission of NMC. The State Government has amended act in budget session of the Legislature recently.

It may be mentioned that such permission was a source of corruption and also granted immense powers to sundry babus consolidating “Inspector Raj.”

The small entrepreneurd had to grease the palm of local body staffers for seeking permission for his/her business. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis knew this fact well as he had worked as Mayor of orange city. The city has more than 1,000 flour mills and every mill owner passed through trauma of running from pillar to post to get permission.

This new amendment will provide them relief as they have to contact MIDC persons only. The State Government should also direct MIDC for speedy disposal of all the cases so that the small entrepreneur would get benefit in real terms.

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HC to hear Kush Kataria murder appeal from today

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is slated to conduct final hearing of appeal filed by State Government seeking death penalty for Ayush Pugalia, who has been awarded double lifer for brutally ki... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court is slated to conduct final hearing of appeal filed by State Government seeking death penalty for Ayush Pugalia, who has been awarded double lifer for brutally killing eight-year-old Kush Kataria from Monday. The High Court will also hear another appeal filed by prosecution challenging acquittal of Ayush for offence punishable under section 364-A (kidnapping for ransom). Similarly, appeal filed by Ayush against his conviction will also be heard by a division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh.

During earlier hearings, the High Court had taken trial court to task for permitting the defence counsel to put questions about omissions found in depositions of child witnesses to investigating officer and Principal District Judge was asked to record deposition of child witnesses to rectify this defect from evidence recorded by trial court.

The Sessions Court had awarded double lifer to Ayush holding him guilty of murdering 8-year old innocent Kush Kataria in most brutal manner and in cold-blood. However, the Sessions Court had turned down demand of prosecution and society at large to hang him and instead awarded double lifer looking at his young age and lack of criminal past and failure of prosecution to pin-point motive behind this diabolic murder. Even the trial court had described this horrific murder as rarest of rare case and had agreed with prosecution that accused killed a defenceless, helpless tiny tot, but avoided the capital punishment, since the motive was not very clear.

The prosecution has demanded enhancement of sentence citing the solid evidence, extreme cruelty shown by Ayush in eliminating 8-year old Kush Kataria, manner in which he was abducted and horrific manner in which Kush was killed using brick, cutter by Ayush to extract ransom only to be spent on his girl-friends and on his lavish life-style. The prosecution claimed that it had presented a water-tight case before the trial court based on solid and unshakable evidence backed by painstaking investigation.

Adv Rajendra Daga is appearing as Special Prosecutor for the State before the High Court,

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City’s population growth declines due to migration of younger lot

Due to lack of political will of local leadership and step-motherly treatment given by the previous State Governments during last 15 years, the growth rate in population of Nagpur city has been... Read More
Due to lack of political will of local leadership and step-motherly treatment given by the previous State Governments during last 15 years, the growth rate in population of Nagpur city has been declining as compared to previous decades due to migration of younger population.

The reason for declining population growth rate is due to limited economic opportunities in the city. If economic activities do not increase in the city, then the growth rate will further reduce in next three decades as younger population will migrate to other cities. Pune, which is now bustling with activities and is first choice of all youngsters, has also gone through such a phase and only during last one and half decade, after IT boom, the situation reversed, transforming it into youthful city with unlimited potential to grow.

The experts feel that due to this alarming trend, Nagpur has become like Pune of yesteryears- a city of middle-aged and retired persons. Now, with change of guard at Centre and State, it is responsibility of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government to once again make it a vibrant city. Thanks to city’s very own Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who are taking every possible step to make Nagpur as an attractive destination for industrial activity and a livable city.

The rating agency CRISIL in its latest City Development Plan submitted to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has indicated this alarming trend. The report stated that the orange city has strong presence in Maharashtra as far as urbanisation is concerned but lack of support and delay in implementation of various projects has affected the competitiveness of the city. The report stated that the city caters as a growth centre for the entire district as well as the neighbouring districts. The city witnessed natural growth in population but growth rate has been declining as compared to previous decades. The city has witnessed less in-migration during the period 2001-2011.

This indicates that, perhaps, Nagpur has been unable to provide adequate employment opportunities, which typically propel in-migration. The report stated that the population density has increased in 2011 as compared to 2001 and the average household size has reduced in 2011 as compared to 2001.

Based on the assessment of population in the past few decades which reveals that the growth rate of the population decreased from 41 per cent in 1971-81 to 19 per cent in 2001-11. Further using the decade growth rate of past decades and linear projection method, the growth rate may reduce in the next three decades to 12 per cent (2031-41). However, after new Government at Centre and State assumed power, the economic activities have increased and developmental activities might revive the growth rate and population in the orange city. If all goes well, then by 2041 the population in Nagpur will be 2.5 times more than the population of 2011. As per the incremental method study by the CRISIL, the population would increase to 29.59 lakh in 2021; 35.86 lakhs in 2031 and 43.28 lakhs in 2041. The decade growth rate considered as per this method is about 20.9 per cent, 21.2 per cent and 20.7 per cent for 2021, 2031 and 2041 respectively.

In Nagpur, the developments like improving the city infrastructure, MIHAN project, healthcare facility, international airport and cargo hub, and industrial developments at Butibori, Hingna, and Kamptee are some of the important factors that will attract investment for economic development and also attract people to Nagpur. Apart from these developments, there are proposals to develop IT parks and power plants in and around Nagpur.

The stakeholders observed that developments like MIHAN and Nagpur METRO region will be exclusive events and it will have very little impact on either Nagpur city nor NMC for providing basic infrastructure and services. For MIHAN, MADC is authority, while for Nagpur METRO region, NIT is the authority which will be developing all the necessary and required infrastructure and will also provide services to the residents of the respective regions. Thus, the projections that will be considered will be for NMC jurisdiction area or Nagpur city, excluding MIHAN and Nagpur METRO region.

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CAG, too, confirms misappropriation in Public Works Department

Already under scanner over the past some episodes of irregularities, suspension of officers, and litigations, Public Works Department (PWD) has come under fire from the Comptroller and Auditor ... Read More
Already under scanner over the past some episodes of irregularities, suspension of officers, and litigations, Public Works Department (PWD) has come under fire from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) also, which has confirmed misappropriation in PWD Nagpur Circle. CAG has confirmed the misappropriation in PWD’s Division-I, Nagpur, in its latest report submitted to the Government of Maharashtra recently. The watchdog, during its inspection, detected a ‘difference’ of Rs 42 lakh between the amount of receipt and actual expenditure. Shockingly, this ‘difference’ should have been shown as a closing balance at the end of month. However, CAG has pointed out, the amount was ‘neither shown in cash book nor brought forward in subsequent month’.

CAG has recorded its observations in the case dating back to the financial year 2009-10. During the audit conducted in September 2011, a scrutiny of the cash book maintained in Sub-Division of the office of the Executive Engineer, Public Works Division-I, Nagpur, it came to fore that the receipts in the month of December 2009 were Rs 44,79,535 and expenditure was Rs 44,79,535, but the balance at the end of the month was shown as ‘nil’. However, CAG observed that initially the actual expenditure entered in the cash book during the month was only Rs 2,79,535, which was later ‘cut’ and shown as Rs 44,79,535.

There was no mention of the missing amount of Rs 42 lakh. Also, the details of payments made was ‘not made available’ by the Division. Various forms submitted by the Division along with monthly accounts of December 2009 revealed that the expenditure was booked under head ‘service charges for Raj Bhavan’. CAG has expressed strong displeasure over the fact that the supporting documents ‘were missing’ from the monthly account. “Thus, the amount remained unaccounted and suspected embezzlement of Government money, therefore, cannot be ruled out,” CAG has stated in its latest report.

When the CAG sought response from PWD, the Superintending Engineer of Public Works Circle-Nagpur accepted in June 2013 that there was ‘misappropriation’ of Rs 42 lakh and stated that the matter was referred to the higher authority for ‘further necessary action’. However, till December 2014, that is, even after five years of the misappropriation, PWD did not make available further details to the CAG.

Till January 2015, the response from the Government of Maharashtra also was awaited, adds the CAG report.

In the same report, CAG has also pointed out that the Executive Engineer, Public Works Division-I, Nagpur, paid wages to day-labourers on hand-receipt ‘before actual execution of work’ resulting in ‘fictitious’ payment of Rs 1.41 lakh. The payment of wages in this case pertained to labourers engaged for cottage cleaning, dusting, washing, and upkeep of Ravi Bhavan cottages during December 2010 for winter session of State Legislature. In this case also, in response to CAG communication, Superintending Engineer of Public Works Circle-Nagpur accepted that there was a case of ‘suspected fictitious payment’ and that departmental enquiry was initiated against officials concerned. However, CAG observed, no further progress in the case was made available to it though it was called for.

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Nagpur girl takes to Twitter to get info about father stranded in Nepal

City girl Anuradha Nikumbh, used Twitter to reach out to External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and locate her father Vasudeosingh Nikumbh (63) in Nepal after the earthquake. She had tweeted,... Read More
City girl Anuradha Nikumbh, used Twitter to reach out to External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and locate her father Vasudeosingh Nikumbh (63) in Nepal after the earthquake. She had tweeted, “I had been trying hard since afternoon to reach out Ministry of External Affairs through phone. My dad is in Kathmandu. I am unable to contact. Please help people like us.” Minutes after her tweet, Sushma Swaraj asked for details about her father.

For Anuradha, who is currently working in Pune, it was sort of a pleasant surprise as she did not anticipate such a fast response and that too from Union Minister. She uploaded picture of her father along with all other details. After two hours, her mother received information at Nagpur that Vasudevsingh Nikumbh (62) was traced in Nepal and he was hale and hearty. The news brought relief in Nikumbh household. Nikumbh is in Nepal for visiting Pashupashinath Temple. The use of social media and response from External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj has left deep imprint of Nikumbh family.

Anuradha told ‘The Hitavada’ that the family got panicked after hearing news of earthquake in Nepal. “We tried to contact father on mobile phone but it was switched off. It was really a great experience as Swaraj had responded speedily,” she said.

Sapna Nikumbh, mother of Anuradha, who lives in Somalwada area, said that Vasudeosingh left the city on Wednesday. He, along with relatives including Thakursingh Nikumbh (64) and Gunwansingh Rathod (76), boarded Gorakhpur Express on Wednesday and reached Kathmandu on Friday night. “He had called up on Friday night,” she said. However, the news of earthquake and destruction in Kathmandu panicked Sapna. “I live alone at home. I was in panic for a day as there was no contact with my husband,” she said. She also thanked Sushma Swaraj and Twitter.

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City doctors, pharmacists on medical mission to Nepal

Responding to the call of the Central Government, a team of doctors, pharmacists, and attendants from Nagpur district left for Nepal to lend a helping hand to people in strife following devasta... Read More
Responding to the call of the Central Government, a team of doctors, pharmacists, and attendants from Nagpur district left for Nepal to lend a helping hand to people in strife following devastating earthquake, aftershocks.

The team of 10 including doctors, attendants, and pharmacists left for Nepal by a flight at 8 pm. Of these, two pharmacists were attending an on-going Patient Counseling Course (PCC) at the office of Deputy Director of Health Services (DDHS) here, when the organisers — Maharashtra State Pharmacy Council and DDHS — received a call from the Central Government to to relieve Pravin Sonawane and Vinod Raghurte.

DDHS authorities directed them to pack up their luggages. They will be leaving on Monday morning for Delhi by Air India flight, therefrom to reach Kathmandu.

Independently, six doctors from Nagpur district also got a similar call. The team of doctors, pharmacists, and attendants will reach Delhi, and from there they will reach Nepal on Monday. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ at DDHS office before leaving for the airport, pharmacists Sonawane and Raghurte said that they felt proud and happy to respond to the call of duty, representing India. “We are very glad to have been chosen by the Government for an important humanitarian mission. We are delighted to get an opportunity to serve the humanity on behalf of India,” Sonawane and Raghurte echoed the same feeling.

All 55 participants of the PCC and the organisers greeted Sonawane and Raghurte for their selection in the mission. They wished the pharmacists a happy journey and extended complimented for a succcessful mission. Other members of team that would be leaving for Nepal include Dr Anup Wakodkar (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Dr Sumit Ambade (Anaesthesist), Dr Prashant Bonde (Physician), Dr Rupesh Badwaik (Medical Officer), Dr Deepankar Meshram, Dr Gajanan Meshram, Dr Ashok Jadhav. Dr Ashvin Agade, Dr Vishal Hiwarkar, Dr Pranit Ghonmode, Dr Dinesh Jivane, Dr Madavi, Atul Mankar and Harish Nimje were present during the see-off programme held at DDHS office.

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605 from Vid safe; ‘not traced’ include 2 from city

As many as 605 persons from Vidarbha region, who had gone to Nepal, have been traced and are safe. These include 289 from Nagpur, 160 from Washim, and 156 from Yavatmal districts. However, two ... Read More
As many as 605 persons from Vidarbha region, who had gone to Nepal, have been traced and are safe. These include 289 from Nagpur, 160 from Washim, and 156 from Yavatmal districts. However, two persons from Nagpur could not be traced or contacted as telecommunication lines in Nepal were still to be restored. Meanwhile, residents of various areas in Nagpur city continued to report that they ‘felt’ tremors on Sunday noon also. However, there was no official confirmation or denial of tremors. As per the data with the State Government till Sunday evening, a total of 1,000 persons from various parts of Maharashtra in Nepal were traced and were reported to be safe. These included 289 persons from Nagpur, 156 from Yavatmal district, and 160 from Washim. “Some of them have reached India and some are at Kathmandu airport. So far, no casualty of persons from Maharashtra has been reported in Nepal earthquake,” stated a communication issued by the office of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The administration was receiving the passengers at airport and providing assistance with travel to respective destinations in Maharashtra.

State Government has arranged for free boarding and lodging at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. Till Saturday night, 62 persons from Maharashtra had returned. Accomodation was provided to 18 of them in Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, and nine of these left for respective places on Sunday morning and nine others left in the afternoon. Mantralaya Cell received hundreds of calls and the team there was taking note of every request. State Government was in constant touch with Ministry of External Affairs and National Disaster Management Authority, for updates.

Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector, told ‘The Hitavada’ that 289 persons from Nagpur who had gone to Nepal, have been rescued and are on their way back home. Two persons namely Shrikant Budaram Chavan and Manoj Chavan, who were said to be residents of RMS Colony, could not be contacted as the telecommunication lines are down.

All the persons from Nagpur, who have been traced, are safe. Some of them are at Kathmandu. “We are in touch with Delhi control room and exchanging information. Some of the tourists, who had gone on individual trips and had hired private vehicles from Gorakhpur, are waiting for roads in Nepal to be cleared so that they can return,” Kumbhare said.

Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, had set up a District Control Room on Saturday. The airlines, private tour operators, travel agencies were contacted through District Control Room,, and were asked to furnish the list of persons who had gone to Nepal through them. The list was then forwarded to Delhi for follow-up.

Meanwhile, panic still prevailed in the city as many people ‘felt’ the tremors on Sunday also. The tremors were ‘felt’ in several areas soon after the television channels flashed the news of another quake and aftershocks in Nepal on Sunday around noon.

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Experts doubt tigress’ survival in wild

Wildlifers have still apprehensions on success of the experiment to release the six-year-old tigress, hand-reared in open enclosure, in Pench jungle shortly. Some of them expressed the view th... Read More
Wildlifers have still apprehensions on success of the experiment to release the six-year-old tigress, hand-reared in open enclosure, in Pench jungle shortly. Some of them expressed the view that it was now too late to release the adult tigress in the wilderness, when it is exposed to human imprints. Some feel that there are 50 per cent chances of survival of the beast while others feel the forest officer concerned would take credit if the experiment gets success and expressed doubt whether he would accept responsibility in case the tigress in question kills human beings. In case of adverse performance, the Forest Department may be required to issue shoot-at-sight order Vidya Athreya, Researcher, Wildlife Conservation Society, Pune, who has a wide range of experience in translocation of leopards, said, the release area is already occupied by tigers that would make difficult for this tigress to settle down. The tigers could be aggressive leading to territorial fight to drive the tigress away, she warned. “The tigress has passed almost half of its life in captivity. In fact, we are giving invitation to confrontation in the otherwise peaceful area by releasing the tigress,” Athreya expressed. Kishor Rithe, President of Satpuda Foundation, Amravati, and former member of Standing Committee, National Board for Wildlife, categorically stated that it was already late for the release and opposed the plan saying that the area -- Pench -- is already occupied by resident tigers, which means there will be possible confrontation with this tigress from the very first day of its release in the wild. A feasibility report on translocation is prepared before the plan. There should not be disturbance to the tigress for want of basic welfare factors and the spot should be away from human settlements. Rithe felt that the reasons mentioned by the field directors of both Pench and Melghat Tiger Reserves are not scientific and just shirk the responsibility of accommodating one tigress in their respective areas. The delay could aggravate problems for the beast, he added. Poonam Dhanwatey, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Chandrapur, said, keeping wild tigers in captivity is an absolute tragedy. Hand-reared tigers often suffer human imprinting, leading to the beasts coming close to humans triggering conflict. After release of this tigress in the wilderness a close monitoring is a must, Dhanwatey suggested. While opposing the decision, a wildlife expert and retired top most officer of the department, is of the opinion to shift this adult tigress to a breeding centre or zoo with tiger safari facility such as Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad. This would help students and tourists study the tigers, he added. Another wildlife buff questioned as to how does the tigress qualify for release in wild and what protocol/parameters are followed to certify this. Inviolate area with natural prey base is preferred for such experiment otherwise there is carnivore contest. The radio-collar would give pulse signals to get locations of the beast but not picture of adverse conditions it has to pass through. He pointed out that both the field directors from Pench and Melghat put forth the reason of hilly terrain for monitoring. If the terrain is so difficult then it could also mean difficulties for the concerned forestmen to monitor 24 tigers already in Pench. There are 112 personnel in Special Tiger Protection Force in Pench, he said adding that they should be actively involved in monitoring by shifting their camp, beside engaging elephants, foot/vehicle patrolling. Moreover, there should be planning in advance and constructed open closure in the area where the animal is to be released. After rearing, the animal should be released from a gate of the enclosure to enable it flee straight to the adjoining jungle. The first stage to release is collecting data on acclimatisation. Further, the officers should make arrangements for installing camera-traps well before in the area where the animal is likely to lead life, the expert pointed out.

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Twinkle Club and Bhonsala Military School’s Personality Development Camp 1st batch concludes on positive note

“It is really awe-inspiring to be witness to such a wonderful and productive seven-day personality development capsule, that has given new insight to children, awakening within them hidden tale... Read More
“It is really awe-inspiring to be witness to such a wonderful and productive seven-day personality development capsule, that has given new insight to children, awakening within them hidden talent, building self-confidence that will be useful for them to move ahead in life,” exclaimed a young couple whose girl child was participating in the camp for the first time. The Personality Development Camp for boys and girls was conducted under the aegis of The Hitavada Twinkle Club and CHME Society’s Bhonsala Adventure & Sports Foundation, at Chakki Khapa. It was truly an inspiring model camp that had a bit of everything for the young participants that will groom their personality, expose them to new avenues, expand their friend circle and get an idea of military training. The camp gives them a wake up call to them to see what life, other than smart phones and TV programmes has in the store when one steps out of one’s cosy comforts. Col (Retd ) J S Bhandari Commandant, Headmaster Lalit Joshi, Assistant Headmistress Anjali Ansingkar, ex-servicemen instructors, teaching staff comprising both ladies and gents took pains to give their best, that was evident from the views expressed by some of the students. The showcase of the camp capsule was the concluding function that had a demonstration of horse-riding and a simulated piece of action on the part of the Army against an arrogant and trouble shooting neighbour, a colourful well-planned and equally well choreographed cultural event by the swimming pool. Col Bhandari read out the camp report. Secretary Tarun Patel spoke about the objective behind organising the camp. During the seven-day camp various competitions were conducted. Prizes to the winners were awarded at the hands of Col J S Bhandari Commandant BMS to Rounak Jaiswal - Best in Obstackle (Boys), Abha Tarase (Girls), Rohan Dedwal - Best shooter (Boys), Sameksha Shende (Girls), Best Horse-rider Prasad Bhake (Boys), Muskaan Tiwari (Girls), Armay Fuke Bindas Boy, Sharannaya Indurkar Bindas Girl, Arya Zode Best Cadet (Boys) Junior, Vikramjeet Chawla Best Cadet (Boys) Senior, Best Cadet Girls (Junior) Rashi Padole, Best Cadet Girls (Senior) Sayali Chaudhari. Lalit Kumar Gupta and Sub Roshan Lall conducted the proceedings for horse-riding and military training demonstration. Abhay Singh Rawat welcomed the gathering at the cultural programme. Bhavini Tiwari and Saranya Jaiswal narrated their experiences. Anju Tewani and Aditi Itankar compered the programme. Headmaster Lalit Joshi proposed a vote of thanks. Also present were CHMES Secretary Tarun Patel, committee members Ashwin Ghatate, Treasurer, Dilip Chauhan Joint Secretary CHME, Prakash G Andhare member and Senior Staff Reporter The Hitavada and Nishigandha Chafekar also from The Hitavada. Second batch of the PDC camp starts on Sunday. The batch will be flagged off from Gorakshan Sabha at 4 pm. There are some vacancies for those who wish to join the camp. Registration can be made at the office of The Hitavada before 4 pm on Sunday.

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Union Cabinet’s decision will be big deterrence to juvenile offenders

THE Union Cabinet’s decision that empowers police to book juveniles (between 16-18 yrs age) under Indian Penal Code should come as a big deterrence for such offenders who were committing seriou... Read More
THE Union Cabinet’s decision that empowers police to book juveniles (between 16-18 yrs age) under Indian Penal Code should come as a big deterrence for such offenders who were committing serious crimes but were getting away with no law to punish them. The statistics with Nagpur City Police reveal some shocking acts committed by juveniles. In last three years and City Police have booked 1281 juvenile delinquents for committing serious crimes. Every year more than 400 juveniles were booked for crimes like murder, rape, robberies, dacoities in city limits. Data revealed that juveniles committed 35 murders while 32 were booked for attempt to murders. More shocking is the fact that 26 juveniles are facing charges of rape in the city. These figures are clear indicators of the brutality the juvenile delinquents indulge in but still evade punishment. Juveniles are on the forefront in thefts too. As per the statistics, total 100 robberies were committed by juveniles in last three years along with 174 burglary and 14 dacoities. The number of thefts goes up to 368 including 163 vehicle thefts. A senior police officer said that juveniles are repeat offenders and their interrogation reveals that they have no fear of law and law enforcement agencies. Deterrence theory says that people obey the law because they are scared of getting caught and being punished. However, the theory does not apply to juveniles. The reason is the law enforcement agencies have no power to catch or punish the juveniles. They can only send them to reform homes. “Now-a-days, boys attain maturity at the age of 16. It means, they are mature enough to know about law and law enforcement agencies. If a boy (between age group 16-18) commits a murder then law directs police to send him at Reform Centres. In some cases, we have seen a juvenile, who had committed murder at the age of 16, committing 2-3 murders in next two years,” the officer added. Cops also reiterated the fact that juvenile delinquents have no fear of law as law does not allow police to even interrogate them in police custody. In this backdrop the Union Cabinet’s approval to amendments in the Juvenile Justice Act, responding to national outcry after the Nirbhaya gangrape case in Delhi, has come as a potent tool for the law enforcing agencies to deal with this serious issue.

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‘8,000 Feeder Managers to be appointed to curb power theft’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government will appoint feeder managers to check theft of electricity and ensure it reaches to the customer in an even way. The process ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government will appoint feeder managers to check theft of electricity and ensure it reaches to the customer in an even way. The process for appointments of feeder managers will be initiated very soon. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, while announcing the appointment of over 8,000 feeder managers across the State said that the team comprising an Electrical Engineer and five ITI technicians will work on a feeder. Any of the medium voltage lines used to distribute power from a sub-station to consumers or to smaller sub-stations is known as a feeder. State Government will be creating jobs for around 48,000 engineers and technicians on these feeders. The Government has issued a Government Resolution in this regard. This scheme will not only reduce electricity distribution losses but also provide better services to consumers. Also, this will increase public participation in working of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Bawankule added. The State has around 5,647 non-agriculture feeders and around 4,178 feeders are load-sheding free. Remaining 1,469 feeders have more than 42 per cent commercial and transmission losses. MSEDCL will appoint retired engineer or graduate as feeder manager. This team will perform duties of meter reading, distribution of electricity bills, notice distribution, keep vigil to prevent electricity theft, providing new connections, and help to recover old dues. This will help MSEDCL perform better and save crores of rupees. The feeder managers and their teams are expected to reduce distribution and commercial loss (DCL) by at least 10 per cent in first six months. The Government will give 20 per cent incentive to those saving losses. The Government aims at reducing around 35-40 per cent losses of MSEDCL. This scheme will be implemented on pilot basis on 10 feeders in each zone. If a feeder manager fails in performing his duties upto the mark, MSEDCL will deduct 5 per cent amount from his account. After studying success of the scheme, MSEDCL will implement it in a big way on all the feeders. MSEDCL will provide funds for bill distribution and other purposes, but feeder managers will not have any financial powers. Bawankule appreciated an engineer Mahendra Jichkar for his idea of appointing feeder manager. He already performed the work in 2006. The Government is mulling over a proposal to introduce modernised system for detecting electricity theft. BJP MLA Krishna Khopde, Vijay Raut, and Kishor Wankhede were present in the press conference. Govt announces list of Electricity Helpers

Maharashtra Government has announced the list of 6,073 successful candidates, for recruitment of Electricity Helpers. Announcement of the list was pending for one year due to various reasons, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister. He said, the State Government has selected these candidates on the basis of their Class X result. The merit students would get a job. The list is available on www.mahadiscom.in. The Government has withheld the quota of Maratha and Muslim reservations, he added.

‘Meeting soon to sort out land dispute between Revenue Deptt and ZP’

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, has stepped in to resolve the long-pending dispute over transfer of land from Revenue Department to Nagpur Zilla Parishad. Soon, he said, a meeting will be held with Revenue Minister to sort out the issue. There is a dispute between Rural Development Department and Revenue Department regarding lands in Nagpur Zilla Parishad and Municipal Corporation areas. The dispute involves 5,302 lands in rural part of the district. Rural Development Department has issued a Government Resolution for transfer of these lands to Zilla Parishad. However, Revenue Department did not issue the Government Resolution to this effect. Therefore, Revenue Department officials are not ready to transfer these lands to Zilla Parishad. The matter also involves six prime properties in Nagpur city and 18 properties in various towns of the district.

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‘8,000 Feeder Managers to be appointed to curb power theft’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government will appoint feeder managers to check theft of electricity and ensure it reaches to the customer in an even way. The process ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena led Maharashtra Government will appoint feeder managers to check theft of electricity and ensure it reaches to the customer in an even way. The process for appointments of feeder managers will be initiated very soon. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, while announcing the appointment of over 8,000 feeder managers across the State said that the team comprising an Electrical Engineer and five ITI technicians will work on a feeder. Any of the medium voltage lines used to distribute power from a sub-station to consumers or to smaller sub-stations is known as a feeder. State Government will be creating jobs for around 48,000 engineers and technicians on these feeders. The Government has issued a Government Resolution in this regard. This scheme will not only reduce electricity distribution losses but also provide better services to consumers. Also, this will increase public participation in working of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Bawankule added. The State has around 5,647 non-agriculture feeders and around 4,178 feeders are load-sheding free. Remaining 1,469 feeders have more than 42 per cent commercial and transmission losses. MSEDCL will appoint retired engineer or graduate as feeder manager. This team will perform duties of meter reading, distribution of electricity bills, notice distribution, keep vigil to prevent electricity theft, providing new connections, and help to recover old dues. This will help MSEDCL perform better and save crores of rupees. The feeder managers and their teams are expected to reduce distribution and commercial loss (DCL) by at least 10 per cent in first six months. The Government will give 20 per cent incentive to those saving losses. The Government aims at reducing around 35-40 per cent losses of MSEDCL. This scheme will be implemented on pilot basis on 10 feeders in each zone. If a feeder manager fails in performing his duties upto the mark, MSEDCL will deduct 5 per cent amount from his account. After studying success of the scheme, MSEDCL will implement it in a big way on all the feeders. MSEDCL will provide funds for bill distribution and other purposes, but feeder managers will not have any financial powers. Bawankule appreciated an engineer Mahendra Jichkar for his idea of appointing feeder manager. He already performed the work in 2006. The Government is mulling over a proposal to introduce modernised system for detecting electricity theft. BJP MLA Krishna Khopde, Vijay Raut, and Kishor Wankhede were present in the press conference. Govt announces list of Electricity Helpers

Maharashtra Government has announced the list of 6,073 successful candidates, for recruitment of Electricity Helpers. Announcement of the list was pending for one year due to various reasons, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister. He said, the State Government has selected these candidates on the basis of their Class X result. The merit students would get a job. The list is available on www.mahadiscom.in. The Government has withheld the quota of Maratha and Muslim reservations, he added.

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Goons stab poor woman, create scenes in Imambada police station premises

TENSION ran high in Imambada area after a group of anti-social elements attempted to kill a poor woman when she asked them to give some food for her children on Friday night. After an hour, the a... Read More
TENSION ran high in Imambada area after a group of anti-social elements attempted to kill a poor woman when she asked them to give some food for her children on Friday night. After an hour, the anti-socials blocked the gate of Imambada Police Station with their vehicles and created scenes when the victim approached cops to lodge a complaint. According to police, Arvind alias Balu Shrawan Meshram (35), who is associated with Bahujan Manavadhikar Sanghatana, was celebrating his birthday party with his friends and family members at Rambag Colony Ground on Friday night. Arvind Meshram against whom a few offences were earlier registered at Sakkardara and Imambada Police Station was enjoying liquor with his associates. Around 11 pm, Rani Amol Bagde (25), a widow came and requested Arvind Meshram, his wife Aarti, Dolly and Sachin Wasnik to give some food for her children. Arvind Meshram and his friends abused and assaulted Rani. Arvind Meshram, who was in an inebriated condition, took out a knife and attacked Rani thrice injuring her seriously. With serious injuries in her hands, Rani went to the police station. When Arvind Meshram came to know that she approached the cops, he and his accomplices boarded a Tata Safari car and went to the police station. They blocked the main gate of the police station with a Tata Safari car and other vehicles. Arvind Meshram again attacked Rani in the police station. Sensing trouble, PSI Balaji Vaidya informed senior Inspector Dattatraya Bhapkar about the incident. Inspector Bhapkar arrived immediately and arrested Arvind Meshram and one other in this connection. Following a complaint lodged by victim Rani, cops registered an offence under Sections 307, 504 and 34 of the IPC against Arvind Meshram, Aarti Meshram, Dolly and Sachin Wasnik. Another offence under Sections 353, 341,186,147,149, 504 and 506 of the IPC was registered against Arvind Meshram and 8-10 others on the basis of a complaint lodged by PSI Vaidya.

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City mountaineer Bimla Deoskar safe

CITY mountaineer and adventurist Bimla Negi Deoskar, who is on her Mount Everest expedition, and her four team members are safe after severe earthquake rocked the Himalayan valley on Saturday... Read More
CITY mountaineer and adventurist Bimla Negi Deoskar, who is on her Mount Everest expedition, and her four team members are safe after severe earthquake rocked the Himalayan valley on Saturday. Within fifteen minutes of the quake, Bimla Deoskar informed about their safety through radio to the control station at Manali. “Bimla, her four fellow mountaineers and a Sherpa were at the Base Camp at an altitude of 21,000 feet (6400m). They did feel the tremors of the earthquake but the magnitude was much less on the Tibet side from where they are attempting to conquer the Everest. All the members are safe. There was avalanche but the Base Camp is the safest spot on her route,” informed Avinash Deoskar, Bimla’s husband, from Manali. “The expedition will carry on in spite of the earthquake,” he added. From the last three days, the team members were getting themselves acclimatised to the extreme conditions at the height of 21,000 feet by trekking in the area twice. If everything goes right, they would start their upward journey towards the Base Camp 2 on April 27. They are expected to reach the Base Camp 3 by May 15 and then from there begins the toughest part of the sojourn —towards the ‘Summit’ at 29, 035 feet (8850m). Deoskar had set out on an expedition to climb Mt Everest from Nagpur on April 5. She had earlier attempted the expedition in 1993 and had climbed up to 22,500 feet by taking the South (Nepal) side. However this time, she has taken the North (Tibet) route which is said to be more challenging.

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Aftershocks felt in city, people vacate buildings

The earthquake that shook Nepal and parts of India, also panicked the people in Nagpur. Mild tremors were felt in several parts of Nagpur city on Saturday morning, triggering widespread panic and... Read More
The earthquake that shook Nepal and parts of India, also panicked the people in Nagpur. Mild tremors were felt in several parts of Nagpur city on Saturday morning, triggering widespread panic and pulling fear-stricken people out of their homes and offices. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur told mediapersons that 240 people from Nagpur in five groups are trapped in Nepal. “Government is trying to establish contact with them. As per the primary report they are said to be safe and people should not feel panic. They will be rescued,” said Bawankule. According to the highly placed sources in Seismic Broadband Observatory of Geological Survey of India, Nagpur the first tremor of 7.3 Richter scale was reported at 11.41 in the morning the epicentre of which was located 987 km from Nagpur 72 kms North-West of Kathmandu, Nepal). The latitude of which was 28.26 degrees while longitude was 84.958 degrees. The aftershock was reported at 12.15 noon. It was measured 6.5 on the Richter scale (epicentre 124 kms North-West of Kathmandu). The distance of the epicentre from Nagpur was 1004 kms. The latitude of the same was 28.658 degrees and longitude was 84.666 degrees. Assistant Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Wasimbhai told ‘The Hitavada’ that he and others experienced tremor at Jafar Nagar. He also informed that residents at Sadar, Chhaoni and other areas were shaken for almost 30 seconds around 11.41 am forcing residents to scurry out of their homes and run for safer places. However, there was no immediate report of any loss of life or property. Prof Zakir Khan, Sports In-charge of Anjuman College of Engineering said that near Awasthinagar, he saw people were coming out of Oasis Hospital. At first he felt that there might be some accidents. But people told him they came out as they felt tremor. Dr Anand Pathak, noted Oncologist also said that he too received several calls about feeling tremors. Dr Avinash Banait, his son Dr Yash Banait who reside at Congress Nagar felt strong tremors, domestic utensils fell down and electricity gone. situated behind Bhide Girls School said that the computers and other material fell on the ground because of tremor. “We came out of home and informed other persons of the area to come out. My son Dr Yash desperately want to go to Nepal to rescue people. I as a father on one hand don’t want him to go but as a human being I feel he should go. He may leave for Nepal,” said Dr Banait. A 65-year-old Sampat Ramteke, President of Sicklecell Society of India who was working on his computer felt something. At first he felt it might be dizziness but then he realised it was earthquake tremor. People working in the building where the office of SNDL is situated evacuated the offices. The people working in various offices in Shriram Towers, near NIT also came out of it. ‘The Hitavada’ staffers received calls from all areas of Nagpur. The tremors were reported at Jaripatka, Koradi Road, Anant Nagar, Mankapur, Jaitala, Ramdaspeth, Dhantoli, Manewada, Bajaj Nagar and almost all parts of North Nagpur. Almost all districts of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, parts of National Capital Region, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh felt the tremors. The alluvium tracts and mostly Indo-Gangentic area were affected.

‘Our home is safe at Bhutan border’

Rudresh Chakravarti, a resident of Jayga situated at Bhutan border said, “Though the people at my hometown experienced a strong tremor, I was informed that my home is safe. People are used to such incidents there. But Siliguri district has been badly affected. The houses in hills of Sikkim, North West Bengal, houses have collapsed. As all the communication sources devastated, contacting the people there has become a big problem.”

CM appeals people to avoid panic

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has prayed for strength to stand strong in such sudden calamities. Tremors felt in some parts of Maharashtra too. I am taking constant update, monitoring the situation. I urge people to take precautions, avoiding panic. I have instructed the State Disaster Management Team to be prepared for rescue operations at any location in Nepal and India if required. I have also instructed State officials to be in touch with tourists from Maharashtra in Nepal to give all the support and help.

Dr Saini claims he had predicted

Director of National Civil Defence College (NCDC) Dr G S Saini has claimed that he had predicted today’s earthquake. He also admitted that his prediction has no scientific basis He said, “I have an intuition, no scientific backing but with two thursts continuously putting pressure in the Iran-Hindukush region and the Sumarta-Japan axis in recent times, with not much happening in the middle, there may be major event waiting to happen somewhere.”

Nagpur’s eight paediatricians are safe

Nagpur’s eight paediatricians have gone to Nepal to attend Continuing Medical Education. They include Dr Rishi Lodhiya, Dr Ketan Dixit, Dr Bhupendra Chahande, Dr Mustafa Ali, Sachin Ingole, Harshad Ingole, Dr Sanjay Panjwani, Dr Shivji, Chandrapur. Dr R G Patil, President of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Nagpur branch and Secretary Dr Girish Chard e have a talk with them. Dr Patil told The Hitavada that the doctors are safe. They have small problem at the airport as flights have been affected due to earthquake.

Helpline numbers

Taking cognisance of widespread panic due to tremors and among people whose relatives are in Nepal, Maharashtra Government has set up helpline. People who wish to get information about their relatives or friends in Nepal, may contact Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi on telephone number 011-23380325, and the administration at Nagpur on telephone number 0712-2562668. People may also call at Indian Embassy helpline numbers in Nepal -- 9779851107021/ 9779851135141. Also, the State Government has established Disaster Management Cell with telephone number 022-22027990.

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Dr Abhimanyu Niswade takes charge as GMCH Dean

When there is a mad scramble among Government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, it was Dr Abhimanyu Niswade who had decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so... Read More
When there is a mad scramble among Government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, it was Dr Abhimanyu Niswade who had decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so as to use the entire fuel cost to run an abandoned ambulance. It was his initiative to clean the hospital with a proper plan which he did. He brought discipline in the premises when he was working as Acting Dean. Finally, after lots of struggle, this visionary man got permanent appointment as Dean of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Nagpur.

Dr Niswade, on Friday, took charge as GMCH Dean officially. When Dr Niswade arrived in GMCH premises he received rousing welcome from all walks of life. The news unofficially got spread two days ago and he started receiving congratulations from his own colleagues. According to his friend Prince Uppal, overall development of GMCH in last 7 months initiated by him as an Acting Dean bore fruits.

A visionary, Dr Abhimanyu Niswade, was tipped to become Dean of Nagpur GMCH long ago, but he was transferred to Miraj GMC. He came back and was given the charge of Dean here.

Dr Niswade was promoted from the rank of Professor to the GMCH Dean by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC). Apart from GMCH, full time Dean was appointed at Ambejogai. But three colleges at Aurangabad, Nanded and Akola are waiting to get full-time Dean.

After working as Acting Dean for more than 6 months, now, Dr Niswade has been made full-time Dean.

After taking charge on Friday, Dr Niswade said, “I want to make GMCH, patient and their relative-friendly. There are several issues related to relatives of the patients. I want to resolve them one by one and for me it is not very difficult.”

To ensure proper treatment to maximum number of patients visiting the hospital, Dr Niswade increased the timing of OPD by an hour.

“When we see a Government hospital, we think with a particular mindset. I shall try to change that image. In GMCH, we have started taking certain measures like changing bedsheets daily, reopening old casualty wards to accommodate accident patients etc. Such measures will go a long way,” he said.

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Dr Murlidhar Chandekar assumes office as V-C of Gondwana varsity

New Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University Dr Murlidhar Chandekar has vowed to create academic environment in the colleges affiliated to this university. Dr Chandekar assumed charge on Thu... Read More
New Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University Dr Murlidhar Chandekar has vowed to create academic environment in the colleges affiliated to this university. Dr Chandekar assumed charge on Thursday evening.

Dr Chandekar has worked as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University when Dr Vinayak Deshpande was Acting Vice-Chancellor. Three years ago Dr Chandekar joined as Principal of VMV College, Nagpur. He has been working on various bodies of Mumbai University and YCMOU. He was instrumental in bringing examination reforms in Mumbai University. The changes suggested by his committee proved very vital and helped in curbing the malpractices in the examination in Mumbai University.

Acknowledging good steps initiated by earlier Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Kirti Dixit, Dr Chandekar said he would carry forward those initiatives. He said, “Academic environment needs to be brought back in the colleges. The upgradation of the university and updating the students with various informative things will be my priority. I have some student-centric schemes in my mind, which I will introduce gradually.”

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BJP’s Umrer MLA Parwe convicted for 2 years

In a major jolt to Umrer MLA Sudhir Parwe, a Magistrate’s Court in Bhiwapur, convicted him for two years for assaulting a Zilla Parishad teacher. JMFC K M Jaisinghani held Parwe guilty of ass... Read More
In a major jolt to Umrer MLA Sudhir Parwe, a Magistrate’s Court in Bhiwapur, convicted him for two years for assaulting a Zilla Parishad teacher. JMFC K M Jaisinghani held Parwe guilty of assault and obstructing public servant in this 10 years old case and sentenced him for two years and also slapped a fine of Rs 2,500. This decision has created a storm in district politics. The court also granted bail to Parwe to enable him to challenge the decision before higher court.

According to prosecution, Parwe, then a Zilla Parishad member, had allegedly assaulted a ZP teacher working with Seloti Mahendra Dhargave on December 10, 2005 and complainant approached police after which offence under Sections 332 and 353 of the Indian Penal Code. The chargesheet was filed before Umrer Court and later shifted to Bhiwapur court.

In all six witnesses were examined including Shrikant Uke, Kiran Motghare, Ashish Sontakke, Daulat Meshram, Dr T Ahmed and IO Gangadhar Kalambe. Defence stoutly denied all allegations and dubbed the entire prosecution story as concocted and fabricated.

Parwe to challenge verdict

According to Parwe, the entire case was based on falsehood and he was implicated for political reasons. “I will challenge the verdict before higher court,” he told mediapersons.

“At the relevant period, he was member of Kargaon ZP circle under Bhiwapur tehsil and Seloti village was part of his constituency. There was complaint of molestation by a lady teacher against said ZP teacher and hence he went to school along with people to secure justice for lady teacher. Six days later, the said ZP teacher filed complaint against me after he was instigated by political rivals,” Parwe claimed.

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HC slams Finance Secy over delay in release of funds for coolers in courts

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have declined to agree to usual ‘passing the buck’ game between the Departments of the State Government - this time betwe... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have declined to agree to usual ‘passing the buck’ game between the Departments of the State Government - this time between Law and Judiciary Department and the Finance Department for providing funds for complying with the High Court’s directions to install coolers in court-rooms, Judges’ chambers, Bar-rooms and waiting rooms for litigants in next 3 months.

When the Court was intimated this morning that Law and Judiciary Department has already submitted a plan for coolers in terms of the Court’s directions in the suo motu and the High Court Bar Association’s PILs, in view of unbearable hot working conditions and it was awaiting Finance Department’s approval of the plan and release of funds, quite familiar with the working of these departments, the Court expressed its gross dissatisfaction with almost no movement on the ground and plainly told the Government Pleader, Bharti Dangre that unless she reports back some positive development till Wednesday, the Court would like the Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) to remain personally present before the Court on next working day after May 3.

Advocates A C Dharmadhikari (amicus curiae) and Sudhir Puranik (HCBA) appeared for the petitioners.

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HC seeks response from Centre on coal import

Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of many state run power companies, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Union Coal and Power Ministries to file a detailed affidavit by June 12 spelling out whether such import was in consonance with Coal Procurement Policy, 2007.

A division bench consisting of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Ananta Badar while hearing hearing a PIL filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar alleging turf-war between coal and power utilities which is bleeding state exchequer and hapless power consumers of Maharashtra, sought to know justification for import of costly coal when state run power utility-Mahagenco is short-lifting the cheap domestic coal leading to artificial crisis.

In the backdrop of resolve of new Government to bring down the cost of power generation by sourcing more domestic coal at cheaper rate, this directions of High Court to coal and power Ministry and power generating utility are important as the PIL has actually raised this contention three years ago accusing power utility with short-lifting of raw domestic coal which is available in plenty with coal utilities near pit-head and importing coal at exorbitant cost and passing the burden on hapless consumers. Due to turf war between coal and power utilities the cost of power generation rose making Maharashtra and particularly Vidarbha an unattractive destination for industries, the PIL had stated.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar appearing for the petitioner contended that due to this turf-war, the state was loser and exchequer was paying huge cost for costly imported cost when cheap coal was available near pit-head. If the real truth is revealed, it will open a pandora’s box, he claimed while raising a serious question-mark over quality of imported coal, cost of transport incurred and very need to import costly coal from Indonesia and Australia.

Power and coal utilities have blamed each other for the existing mess in power sector. While Mahagenco claimed that it was victim of coal companies who supplied it poor quality of coal and for short supply compelling it to make alternate arrangements. The MahaGenco in earlier affidavit had squarely blamed WCL Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with supplying inferior quality coal and charging much more from it. The total burden on account of grade slippage was Rs 2,160 crore in financial year 2012-13, MahaGenco had claimed in an earlier affidavit filed before the High Court. This burden has resulted in rise in power tariff which has been ultimately passed on to consumers and recovered from them, the MahaGenco has claimed. The MahaGenco had claimed that due to poor quality coal supplied by WCL it paid Rs 1,000 crore more (Rs 573 per metric tonne) on account of grade slippage, Rs 1,100 crore to SECL (Rs 1,896 per metric tonne), Rs 60 crore to MCL (Rs 123 per metric tonne). Receipt of inferior quality coal of high ash content from all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited is a major concern for MahaGenco, the affidavit stated.

Earlier the High Court on October 9 had ordered a third party independent sampling of coal at both loading and unloading point to ascertain quality of coal supplied by Coal Companies to state-run power utility in which the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) confirmed that coal contained high-ash content and was sub-standard. The coal companies challenged the findings and sampling process itself and after a very stormy legal battle, the High Court on March 5 recalled its earlier order after the huge public cost involved in sampling process came to fore.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar and Adv Anjali Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv Rakesh Rathod (MahaGenco), Adv S C Mehadia (CIL-WCL), GP Bharati Dangre (State), Adv S V Purohit (MSEDCL) appeared for the respondents.

Imported coal Vs domestic coal

From January 2014 to December 2014, Mahagenco imported 2531739.68 metric tonne imported coal which forced power utility to shell out Rs 1,337,59,20,795 at the average rate of Rs 5283.29/MT. The Mahagenco incurred transport cost of Rs 428,02,13,973 and average rate of transport was Rs 1690.62 per metric tonne.

As against this for 19479503.13 MT domestic coal procured from WCL from January-December 2014, the power utility paid Rs 4,02,029.48 lakh and average cost of domestic coal was merely Rs 2063.86 per metric tonne. The transport cost of domestic coal was merely Rs 580.41 per metric tonne.

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Relief for 22 layouts in Chikhli Khurd

Providing a major relief to plot-owners in 22 layouts in Chikhli Khurd, the Board of Trustees of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) scrapped the reservation for composite depot on 120 acres of land... Read More
Providing a major relief to plot-owners in 22 layouts in Chikhli Khurd, the Board of Trustees of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) scrapped the reservation for composite depot on 120 acres of land there. The issue was pending for 45 years.

Informing about the development, BJP MLA Sudhakar Kohale said that 120 acres of land in Chikhli Khurd was reserved for composite depot in the year 1970. At present, 95 per cent of the land is under residential constructions. However, as the land was still reserved on record, NIT was unable to provide amenities to the residents. Owing to reservation of land, elected representatives also could not effect developmental works in the area.

“The decision taken by NIT’s Board of Trustees on Friday has come as a great relief to the people of the area. Around 30,000 people are living in constructions on the land reserved for composite depot. In buffer zone also, around 16-000 to 17,000 people are living,” Kohale said. He thanked Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport, for following up the matter with consistency.

Now that NIT’s Board of Trustees has decided in favour of scrapping the reservation, the proposal to this effect will be sent to the Government for final approval. Kohale was hopeful that the State Government also would give its nod to scrapping the reservation soon. Once the State Government approved it, decisions regarding rate at which development charges should be recovered etc would be taken.

Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Standing Committee and NIT Trustee, told reporters that one more important decision was taken in the meeting of NIT’s Board of Trustees held on Friday. “The Board of Trustees also decided to link the account of demand-notes being given to plot-holders in 1900 and 572 layouts, with the bank,” he said. If the demand accounts are linked with bank accounts, the plot-holders in these layouts will be able to pay the charges in instalments, he added.

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State working to provide power at 2013 tariff: Bawankule

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of district, said that the State Government was trying to ‘increase savings’ and thereby keep power tariff at the rates prevail... Read More
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of district, said that the State Government was trying to ‘increase savings’ and thereby keep power tariff at the rates prevailing in 2013. “This will provide a major relief to consumers in the State. The savings will help us ensure that the consumers are not burdened with hike in power tariff,” he said.

Bawankule was addressing a press conference at Bachat Bhavan Hall in Collectorate premises here on Friday. He said that savings implied various measures. For instance, he explained, thermal power generation plants in the State received coal from distant mine-heads or got imported coal transported from coastal areas. “We are drawing up a plan to reduce transport cost of coal to thermal power plants, through better organised functioning. This will save us Rs 500 crore,” he said. Further, Bawankule said, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) contracts were too old. “We will float global bids for OEM contracts. We expect that this move will help us save at least up to 15 per cent of the cost of current contracts,” he added. To take proper care of fuel and related issues, a post of Director (Fuel) will be created. The minister said that the previous Government had taken loan of Rs 55,000 crore for power sector. The loan was taken at the interest rate of 12 per cent. Bawankule said that he himself had held talks with Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and others for restructuring of the loan at 8 per cent interest rate. Success in restructuring of loan will help save around Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore, he hoped.

“Overall, we are expecting to save Rs 2,000 crore on current expenses. Controlling the expenses will enable us to pass on the benefits to consumers in a way that there will be no increase in power tariff. We shall be able to provide power at the rates prevailing in the year 2013,” the Energy Minister said.

Asked about the restructuring of power distribution sector, the minister informed the reporters that the State Government was mulling over creating regional power distribution companies. A study is being conducted to assess various factors involved in creation of regional power distribution companies for Vidarbha, Marathwada, Konkan etc. It may be recalled here that ‘The Hitavada’ had published a report about the Government move a few days ago.

Asked if creation of regional power distribution companies will benefit Vidarbha in terms of tariff as maximum power generation plants are located in the region, Bawankule said that it would not work that way. “Still, Vidarbha may get benefited by some decision regarding Open Access Surcharge. Some decision is likely by July,” he said, without elaborating further.

‘Govt should delegate powers regarding Nazul plots to Collector’

“The issue of Nazul lands has affected a lot of people. The Nazul plot-holders feel that provisions in the new law are inconvenient as powers pertaining to regularisation or construction are not vested with local authority, but the Government. Hence, I shall request State Government to delegate powers in this regard to Collectors,” said Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district.

Bawankule chaired a meeting regarding Nazul plot-holders’ grievances, on Friday. During the meeting, several Nazul plot-holders and their organisations submitted memorandums to the minister and sought relief. Nagpur Nazul Bhukhand-Dharak Sangh, led by senior BJP corporator Sandip Joshi and Swanand Soni, was the biggest group that submitted memorandum to Bawankule. The organisation demanded implementation of revised policy regarding Nazul plots in Nagpur Division. It also suggested several options.

Later, Bawankule told mediapersons that discontent amongst the Nazul plot-holders was genuine.

As per the new law, the State Government has vested in itself the powers relating to regularisation of Nazul plots and construction on these lands. Previously, these powers were vested with the District Collector. “However, this has resulted in inconvenience to plot-holders as they have to approach the Government at the highest levels in Mumbai. Hence, there is a widespread demand for delegation of powers to Collectors. I shall be moving a request to this effect soon,” Bawankule told reporters. He dubbed the provisions in the new law as ‘inconvenient’. “The new law has been passed but the relevant rules are yet to be framed. I shall try to expedite the process of framing of rules thereof,” he added.

Nishikant Sukey, Deputy Collector, informed that there were 250 cases of renewal of lease of Nazul plots. “These cases will get mature in a fortnight or so,” he said. In its representation, Nagpur Nazul Bhukhand-Dharak Sangh stated that the Government in the past five years effected changes in Nazul lease renewal process as well as in lease rent, and this has been troubling the plot-holders.

“As a result of unjust changes, those using Nazul plots for residential purposes and those who have inherited these plots, have been left with no other option than to sell the plots. The changes have made it almost impossible for ordinary plot-holders to keep the plots,” it was stated in the memorandum.

In the memorandum, Nagpur Nazul Bhukhand-Dharak Sangh stated that Nazul plots purchased through auctions or acquired on payment of premium are of ‘95 per cent ownership lease’. Hence, the ownership rights must be granted to lease-holders, it demanded. Further, between 1909 and 1939, lease rent was Rs 3.80 per annum. Between 1939-69, it was hiked to Rs 10.50 per annum.

In the next 30 years, that is, 1969-99, it was Rs 31.50 per annum. Between 1999 and 2011, the lease rent was Rs 94.50 per annum. However, vide a decision taken in December 2011, the lease rent was hiked to Rs 6,84,000 per annum for a period 2011-21, Rs 8,55,000 for 2022-32, and Rs 26,07,750 for 2033-43.

Following outcry from lease-holders, the lease rent was reduced to half. Still, it is quite higher. Hence, lease rent formula should be reworked and it should be charged at 5 per cent of the cost of plot, and it should not be revised for a period of 30 years.

The organisation also demanded regularisation, publication of list of plot-holders with details like if the plot was purchased through auction etc, and sorting out all pending issues within two months.

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New law mooted to curb overcharging of consumer items

The Department of Legal Meteorology has mooted a new law to tighten the rules pertaining to overcharging on part of shopkeepers by proposing two years’ imprisonment for violators. A proposal ha... Read More
The Department of Legal Meteorology has mooted a new law to tighten the rules pertaining to overcharging on part of shopkeepers by proposing two years’ imprisonment for violators. A proposal has been sent to Department of Food and Civil Supplies for examination. Numerous complaints are coming about traders charging over and above the printed maximum retail price (MRP). However, State Government is handicapped as currently there is now law to take action against such overcharging by businessmen. As of now action is based on Central law wherein the offender gets off by paying a fine of Rs 2,000 but new law has proposed a two years’ imprisonment to deter traders from overcharging. The Department of Legal Meteorology has undertaken a drive in State and so far it has received 650 complaints on social media. The most common complaint of overcharging is during sales of cold drinks which is more during the summer season. Thereafter, the shopkeepers selling milk, mobile handsets and electronic items overcharge customers, said the department officials.

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Revenue Deptt employees stop work as corporator’s hubby assaults clerk

The employees of Revenue Department at the Collectorate and some Tehsil offices in the district, on Wednesday, stopped work in protest of Shiv Sena corporator Alka Dalal’s husband Ajay assaul... Read More
The employees of Revenue Department at the Collectorate and some Tehsil offices in the district, on Wednesday, stopped work in protest of Shiv Sena corporator Alka Dalal’s husband Ajay assaulting a clerk at the Collectorate. Ajay Dalal also hurled abuses at a woman Tehsildar, it was alleged.

As per the details, Alka Dalal and her husband Ajay went to Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana office in the Collectorate premises on Wednesday around 1 pm. There, they asked the employees as to why ‘their work’ was not done. According to employees, Ajay Dalal used abusive language while talking to Rohini Pathrabe, Tehsildar, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana. When Madhukar Sakhare, Junior Clerk, tried to intervene, Dalal allegedly assaulted him and hurled abuses at him too.

The incident created sensation, and the employees resorted to flash strike. They stopped work in protest of the incident, following which Alka Dalal and her husband left the scene. Nagpur District Revenue Department Class III Ministerial Government Servants Association, Nagpur, submitted a memorandum to the District Collector’s office, registering protest over the incident and seeking immediate action against Dalal.

The Association delegation led by Satish Joshi, Ishwar Budhe, and Pramod Bele threatened to stop work till Ajay Dalal was arrested. The Association also demanded the district administration to take measures to prevent recurrence of such incident.

Following a complaint lodged by Sakhare, Sadar Police registered an offence under Section 353 of the Indian Penal Code against Ajay Dalal.

Further investigations were under way.

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62 nominations for 28 NMAPC seats

For Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections scheduled on May 17, as many as 32 nominations were received for 20 seats from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) area and 30 for... Read More
For Nagpur Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (NMAPC) elections scheduled on May 17, as many as 32 nominations were received for 20 seats from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) area and 30 for eight seats from rural areas, till Wednesday, the last day of filing nominations.

BJP-led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) filed 21 nominations on Tuesday, on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, for 20 members to be elected from NMC area. These 21 candidates include Narendra alias Balya Borkar, Devendra Mehar, Chetana Tank, Sudhir alias Bandu Raut, Pravin Bhisikar, Sushama Chaudhary, Satish Holay, Swati Akhatkar, Sadhana Barde, Meena Tidke, Raju Lokhande, Parinay Fukey, Aslam Khan, Ashwini Jichkar, Nilima Bawane, Jayshree Wadibhasme, Divya Dhurde, Jagadish Gwalbansi, Bhagyashree Kantode, Vidya Kanhere, and Mangala Gaware.

Prof Anil Sole, MLC; Krishna Khopde, MLA and BJP city chief; Pravin Datke, Mayor; Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader in NMC; Ramesh Singare, Standing Committee chief, and a host of other leaders were present prominently while the candidates submitted their nomination papers to Panjabrao Wankhade, Additional Collector.

On Wednesday, the last day of submission of nomination papers, 11 more nominations were filed for 20 seats from NMC area. These included the candidates of Congress and NCP. The corporators who filed papers on Wednesday included Pragati Patil, Alka Dalal, Suresh Jagyasi, Deepak Kapse, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Arun Daware, Rekha Barhate, Prashant Dhawad, Abhishek Shambharkar, Satyabhama Lokhande, and Murlidhar Meshram.

Thus, a total of 32 candidates are in the fray for 20 seats to be elected to NMAPC from NMC area (Nagpur city).

As far as eight seats from rural areas (Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, Gram Panchayats in Nagpur Metro Region) are concerned, the administration received 30 nominations till last day of filing nominations. These candidates include Ravindra Chikhale, Prakash Domki, Pravin Khade, Deorao Kadu, Sandeep Ghiye, Vijay Nikose, Manish Karemore, Amol Khodke, Nita Potfode, Kalpana Raut, Ghanshyam Thakre, Mamata Ambilduke, Rameshwar Sathawane, Parvatabai Atram, Chanda Jumde, Mohan Makde, Chango Tijare, Geeta Ghate, Kanta Bawankule, Sunil Kode, Raju Akhre, Bhushan Borkute, Kailash Vaidya, Fakira Kulmate, Rajendra Dudhbale, Jitendra Chavan, Nandu Dhankute, Suryakant Dhoble, Chetanlal Pande, and Lahu Dahifode.

Now, the nomination papers received will be scrutinised by the administration on April 24. Later, the candidates found eligible to contest will be allowed to withdraw from the fray, if some of them wish to do so, till April 30. On May 17, polling will be held and the counting of votes will be done on May 19.

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Cops’ weapons are for use: New CP S P Yadav

MAKING clear his intentions of cracking down hard on criminals in the Second Capital, new Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav has kept the option of using weapons open against ‘Goondas... Read More
MAKING clear his intentions of cracking down hard on criminals in the Second Capital, new Commissioner of Police Sharda Prasad Yadav has kept the option of using weapons open against ‘Goondas’.

“Weapons of police are not to show off but to be used as and when required for the protection of the common man. If any criminal attacks a citizen or cop, we will use weapons,” Yadav thundered during his maiden interaction with mediapersons after taking over the reins of the city police force.

“There is no place for goondas. Stern action will be initiated against all those giving protection to anti-social elements. Sincere efforts will be made to fulfill the expectations of the common man. Ensuring safety and security of the citizens will be our top-most priority. Proper treatment will be given to complainants at every police station,” he said.

The new city police chief convened a joint meeting of all Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners and Inspectors to find out ground reality and instructed them to solve all problems at police station-level itself so that citizens would not approach him with their grievances.

An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of 1986 batch, Yadav said, “Our policy will be ‘mend or bend’. If anybody takes law into their hands and threatening or harassing citizens, we will take up the issue very seriously. I will also investigate criminal-police nexus if any and restore the credibility of the police force.” Similarly, effective strategy would be evolved to tackle growing street crimes, particularly chain-snatchings and fake cops’ menace, he added.

On the recent jailbreak case that rocked the State administration, Yadav said all efforts were being made to trap the five fugitives escaped from the Central Jail in the small hours on March 31. “We have planned to book the accused in the jailbreak conspiracy under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA),” he added.

The CP informed that as many as 160 cellphones were found from inside Central Jail so far.

Yadav, who was heading the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) prior to taking over his new assignment, informed that GPS device would be fitted in all patrolling vehicles to reduce the response time and analog PBX system at Control Room would be replaced with digital one.

Under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and System (CCTNS) project, Yadav said, the CID completed data digitisation of 1.10 crore criminals across Maharashtra, including four lakh criminals from Nagpur, from 1989 up to 2012. The remaining work was on.

“This would help sharing crime and criminal information, sharing intelligence, enhancing tools for investigation, crime prevention, law and order maintenance, and traffic management across the state and country,” he said.

To a question, Yadav said that several suggestions were being made for a separate police station for women. Whether or not such proposal would be feasible in city like Nagpur to prevent and investigate crimes against women was being studied.

Replying to a query, Yadav said that he was aware of the traffic problems. “We have manpower of 500 in the Traffic Branch which is inadequate for city. Modalities will be worked out for appointing more traffic wardens or Home Guards by imparting them proper training in traffic management,” he added.

Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional Commissioners of Police Deepak Pandey (Admin) and Shrikant Tarwade (Crime) were also present at the press conference.

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State cracks whip, to regulate fees for private institutions

Coming down heavily on private unaided educational institutions in State, Maharashtra Government has decided to constitute Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority to regulate fees for recognised p... Read More
Coming down heavily on private unaided educational institutions in State, Maharashtra Government has decided to constitute Comprehensive Fee Regulatory Authority to regulate fees for recognised professional courses run by these institutions, to prevent profiteering.

State Cabinet took a decision in its meeting held on Tuesday, to implement the Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission Fees) Act, 2015, the draft of which was pending for past few years. The Cabinet passed an ordinance in this regard and the bill will be tabled during forthcoming Monsoon Session of State Legislature. The ordinance has spelled out appropriate fee structure for professional courses, thereby curbing profiteering.

The Government has made it clear that the Supreme Court had directed to enact the law in this regard many years ago, but it could not be enacted as ‘education barons’ dominated in Maharashtra. According to Vinod Tawde, Higher and Technical Education Minister, the Government wanted to enact the law in the legislature, but it had decided to take ordinance route considering that the admission process for new academic session would begin shortly.

With the Government’s move, there will be only one Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the Government. Private institutions will not be allowed to hold their own CETs. Dr Kamal Kishore Kadam, President of The Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges, Maharashtra (AMUPMDC), dubbed the move as ‘unjustifiable’.

As per the Cabinet decision, private colleges running courses in medical, agriculture, higher education, technical education, will have to display fees on the notice board. Further, the course fee can be revised with prior consent of the competent authority headed by a retired judge of the High Court. It will not only regulate the fees hike but also supervise the common admission process. The authority/committee will have a Chartered Accountant, ex-Vice Chancellor of a university, Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Director of Technical Education and expert from Finance Department.

Even the institutional quota will be filled through merit only, under the supervision of the authority. If an institution provides fake information, the top management/director/owner of such a private institution may be booked and imprisoned for a period ranging from six months to two years.

At present, fees of these professional institutions are currently being looked after by Shulk Niyantran Samiti (fee control committee). Parents and NGOs have been alleging that the Samiti had failed in its mandate.

Colleges will have to follow SC/ST quotas

The colleges will have to follow SC/ST quotas as specified under Maharashtra Private Professional Educational Institutions (Reservation of Seats for Admission for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, De-notified Tribes (Vimukta Jatis), Nomadic Tribes and Other Backward Classes) Act, 2006.

Minority colleges will be under scanner

Minority colleges will have to admit at least 51 per cent students from minority category. The seats remaining vacant will have to be surrendered to the competent authority that will first offer them to minorities, and then to general candidates on merit as per their admission test scores. If an institution fails to admit a minimum 51 per cent of its sanctioned intake from the persons belonging to a minority concerned, for three consecutive years, such institution shall be liable for action under section 12C of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act, 2004. The ordinance also has a provision to nullify irregular admissions and penalise the institutions.

Govt’s move unjustifiable, says Dr Kadam

Dr Kamal Kishore Kadam, President of The Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges, Maharashtra (AMUPMDC), dubbed the move as ‘unjustifiable’. According to him, in 2002, 11-judge bench of Supreme Court had made it clear that there would be no Government control on educational institutions. SC had observed that fees would be decided by institution, but there should not be any profiteering. Admission rights will be vested with the institutions. “All this has been reversed by the ordinance. In Government Medical Colleges, Government spends Rs 25 lakh per student and asks private colleges to charge only Rs 3.5 lakh fees which is unreasonable. SC judgment had then referred Dr Radhakrishnan who had said that educational institutions should be away from political interference. Maharashtra Government’s move is unjustifiable. All our members will meet soon to decide next course of action. If needed, we may move to Court,” he said.

Parents, students bodies welcome Govt move

Students and parents have welcomed the Government move to seek regulation of fee-structure and admission process through comprehensive ordinance. Jayant Jain, President of the Forum for Fairness in Education, said, “This was much awaited as most colleges have been enjoying all kinds of immunity due to political support. A majority of professional colleges are owned or backed by politicians, which has reportedly refrained the Governments of the State from making any law against them.”

Pvt unaided medical, dental colleges have 35,000 intake

Maharashtra has 27 unaided medical and dental colleges with over 5,000 seats for MBBS, BDS, BSc nursing and other paramedical courses. More than 35,000 candidates from across the country compete in Associate-CET exam conducted jointly by these colleges annually. At present, the asking capitation rate for an MBBS undergraduate seat is Rs 30-50 lakh. For post-graduate medical seats, the rate is between Rs 75 lakh and Rs 2 crore, depending upon the speciality. In addition, students need to pay annual fee.

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Historic Day for MIHAN

Successful trial run of new taxiway and Boeing MRO conducted

Wednesday turned out to be a historic day for ambitious Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) as the ... Read More

Successful trial run of new taxiway and Boeing MRO conducted

Wednesday turned out to be a historic day for ambitious Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) as the trial run of newly constructed 3.4 Km long taxiway and the Maintenance-Repair and Overhaul (MRO) unit constructed by Boeing for Air India was successfully conducted.

This happy development has boosted the efforts of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to project MIHAN as destination for foreign investors and big industrial houses. It will also open the sky for the development of this region as the longest and biggest aircraft of Air India- Boeing 777-300 ER made a successful trial run on the taxiway and MRO facility situated at MIHAN on Wednesday.

The aircraft landed at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport on Wednesday at around 12:25 pm and then it was towed by a special tractor to the MRO using the newly constructed taxiway by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC). The facility of Boeing MRO was completed some months back but construction of taxiway was pending due to various reasons. The total length of the taxiway is 3.4 kms.

The MRO is constructed by Boeing and handed over to Air India. The fully owned subsidiary of Air India, Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) has been given responsibility to run the MRO. This MRO will cater to both wide body and narrow body aircrafts. It will be targeting business in India as well as in foreign countries within reach of 5 hours air distance from Nagpur. The trial run was conducted to validate the condition of taxiway, its markings and surrounding clearances, and to check the inner space of the hanger of the MRO. The aircraft started its run with help of tractor from runway towards MRO on the taxiway and passing through the crossing of Shivangaon road reached MRO smoothly without any trouble. All the officials of MADC, Air India and others present were overjoyed with arrival of the aircraft.

Jagannath, CEO of AIESL, Tanaji Satre, VC-MD of MADC, S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of MADC were present to witness this historic moment.

H R Jagannath and Tanaji Satre along with other officials boarded Air India Boeing 777-300 ER from Mumbai to Nagpur for making a trial run. The plane took a halt for two hours in the MRO and left for Mumbai in the evening. Jagannath was pleased and satisfied with the condition and quality of taxiway and praised team MADC for the successful job. Tanaji Satre also congratulated all his officers, Air India team, contractor of the works and all who contributed to this success. Jagannath said, the MRO is fully ready physically for the operation. Now, once the license to operate is obtained from the DGCI, it will be made operational after official inauguration. AIESL has all the necessary technical expertise and manpower to operate this unit.

The MRO facility at MIHAN-SEZ is jointly created by Boeing India and Air India on a sprawling 50 acres of land. It has 24,000 sq metres area for the allied work. One part of the facility is connected with the airport while the other part will open at SEZ. This is Boeing’s second MRO in the world. The first one was set-up at Shanghai in China. The total investment is around Rs 100 crore. The MRO will be able to handle one Boeing 777, 787 or 747 aircraft or three 737 at one time. The Boeing will accept five aircraft every month at the facility for maintenance work.

The Boeing India has selected Nagpur for the ambitious project due to its central geographical location. The temperature of Nagpur is similar to West USA. These conditions are favourable for manufacturing of aircraft, as they are away from corrosion and sea water contamination. This is a greenfield project and there would be solar power facility, natural lighting system and rain water harvesting system.

S N Ojha, Executive Director, AIESL; Sunil Arora, DGM, AIESL; S K Chatterjee, Superintending Engineer, MADC; Ashok Choudhary, Deputy Collector, MADC; Prakash Patil, Deputy Collector (Rehab); Meshram, Deputy Collector (LA); Avadhesh Prasad, Senior Airport Director, MIL; Abid Ruhi, GM, MIL; Laxminarayanan, Senior Manager (Operations and Security) MIL; Manish Kumar, Airport Director, AAI; C Bankar, MADC; R P Lonare, EE, MADC; Atul Thakre, MM; Deepak Joshi, PRO, and all the officers and staff of MADC, AirIndia, AIESL, MIL, AAI were present on the occasion.

Taxiway for Boeing

Total length of Taxiway – 3.24 Km Length of Code – F taxiway : 1.30 Km., with Rigid pavement Length of Code – E taxiway : 1.94 Km with Flexible pavement Out of 1.94 Km, existing disused runway for a length of 1.0 Km was strengthened to cater Code-E aircraft. Total cost of the Work is – Rs. 58 Crore

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Jairam Ramesh claims, UPA’s Land Bill was pro-farmers

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, the proposed amendments in Land Acquisition Act do not augur well for future of the country and alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership of speak... Read More
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, the proposed amendments in Land Acquisition Act do not augur well for future of the country and alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership of speaking half truths. Ramesh, considered as architect of the said Act, accused Government of acting with vested interest and spelled out Congress line of action. Addressing a press conference in city on Friday, the former Union Environment Minister listed five points to counter Union Minister Nitin Gadkari claims of benefits through amendments in Land Acquisition Act of 2003 for nation. He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to usurp credit for beneficial measure in the said Act. For example, four times compensation for farm land was included in original Act and is not Modi’s generosity as latter claimed in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Also Resettlement and Rehabilitation clause was in original draft that made reference to 14 land acquisition laws that would need fresh look in view of passage of new Land Acquisition Act. Ramesh also countered Gadkari's claim that due to Act national security projects are stalled and stated that no consent is required for such projects and asked Minister to go through Act again. This is specifically mentioned in sec. 40 of Act, which accords special status to projects of national interest. This also includes land acquisition for irrigation projects for which no consent is required as being made out by BJP leaders and principally Gadkari, who is on nationwide tour to explain benefits of proposed amendments to Act. The Act also states that 80% consent of land owners is must if private company wants to acquire and 70% if it is a public private partnership project. However, amendments being brought by NDA Government removes this clause which will open doors for forcible acquisition of land to which Congress is opposed. Another amendment pertaining to removing five-year clause in Act, wherein if project does not starts within mentioned period the land would return to original owner. Now Government wants to open door for land grabbing as one can then hold onto land for 10, 15 or 20-years if the amendment carries through. The next point he touched was acquisition for industrial corridor and Government now wants to reserve one km of land on either side of said corridors. Citing example of Yamuna Expressway, the said one km stretch on either side now has Formula 1 racing car track and slew of private housing projects. So this is the hidden devil in the amendments which Government is not disclosing to people and trying to sell falsehood by painting picture of stalled development etc. Ramesh lastly mentioned the Government intention to dilute sec. 24 of Act in which it ensures land owners to claim higher compensation as per new provisions. He also alleged collusion between leading industrialists and Central Government and accused it of coining new terminology, Jai Adani, Jai Ambani to subvert Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan slogan of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Local Congress Party leaders including former State Minister Rajendra Mulak, President of city and district units, Vikas Thakre and Sunitatai Gawande, former MLA Namdeo Usendi and others were present at the press conference.

‘No room for fair criticism’

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his comment about five star NGOs, Jairam Ramesh said former wants to have illiberal democracy and there is no room for dissent or for fair criticism. Today, there is such a situation that anything which is not as per Government’s line then it is considered anti-national. He also expressed surprise at a letter written by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Union Tribal Welfare Ministry calling for review of latter’s objections to State Government decision to vest control of forest committees that allowed them the right over forest produce to Forest Department officials. Ramesh said first successful experiment of Lekha-Mendha in Gadchiroli district wherein community got right on forest produce was in Maharashtra State and yet its Government want its review of something serious.

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Streets are not for fun, rules HC

Observing that blocking of public streets for events like “Happy Streets, Our Roads, Our Way” organised by a mediahouse on West High Court Road and part of North Ambazari Road from March 22 o... Read More
Observing that blocking of public streets for events like “Happy Streets, Our Roads, Our Way” organised by a mediahouse on West High Court Road and part of North Ambazari Road from March 22 on every Sunday morning, was without any legal provision, uniform policy and in breach of earlier orders, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday stayed the said event. The High Court directed the mediahouse not to hold such event on public streets with the active help of City Police and NMC in future till further orders from the Court. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Sunil Shukre, after a quite detailed hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by four citizens Prabodh Ukey, Chandrashekhar Bisen, Vikram Santoshwar and Pramod Thool, firmly made it clear that such blockage was without any legal authority. The Court has admitted the PIL for expedited final hearing. Sensing trouble, Nagpur police very quickly distanced itself from the event and claimed that no permission was granted and that they merely extended support to the event to regulate traffic on the road and to maintain law and order in the locality. “We have already restrained the organisers from using the name of the police or its logo in any manner,” it was stated. The city corporation submitted that it has permitted the organisers to erect a small stage in front of their office-building, but denied that any permission to block roads was granted and also denied any partnership with the event. The High Court repeatedly sought to know the statutory provision and power under which roads can be blocked and later observed in its order that no responsible officer of respondent authorities could point out to any provision under Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act or Bombay Police Act to permit the organisers of the event to do so. Petitioners pointed out in their representation dated March 27 and documents obtained under RTI that permission was contrary to earlier orders passed by High Court and traffic can not be blocked in this fashion. The Municipal Commissioner and DCP (Traffic) while deciding the representation maintained a stoic silence about blocking of roads. The Commissioner of Police, despite a specific direction, failed to pass any orders, the High Court noted. The High Court rejected all arguments about merits of event and attempt to take recourse to power of police to regulate traffic by stating that law did not permit such a blockade for such events. It was claimed on behalf of the mediahouse that they were conducting the event with noble idea to create awareness among masses and to provide them with happiness in pollution free atmosphere. Advocate Darshan Siras appeared for the petitioners. Government Pleader Bharti Dangre (State), Senior Counsel Anil Mardikar with Adv. Tushar Mandlerkar (mediahouse) and Adv. Jemini Kasat (NMC) represented the respondents.

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Rs 22.8 lakh theft at house of Gadkari’s brother-in-law

IN A daring day light theft at the Khamla residence of Kishor Kamlakar Totade, Director of Purti Solar Systems Pvt Ltd and brother-in-law of Union Surface Transport & Shipping Minister Nitin Ga... Read More
IN A daring day light theft at the Khamla residence of Kishor Kamlakar Totade, Director of Purti Solar Systems Pvt Ltd and brother-in-law of Union Surface Transport & Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled foreign currency, gold ornaments, silver utensils and artifacts collectively worth Rs 22.80 lakh on Friday. A resident of Raghukamal Apartment, first floor, Plot No 34 A, Pande Layout, Khamla, Totade (55) had gone to Tata Nagar for some business-related work. Around 1 pm, he returned to the city by a train. Before disembarking from the train, he contacted his wife Manisha and asked her to come to the railway station to pick him up. His wife and son locked their flat and went to railway station in a car. After picking up Totade, they returned home around 1.50 pm. When Totade, his wife and son climbed the first floor stairs of their house, they were shocked to find the lock of the steel door broken. After they entered their flat, the Totades found the house ransacked. Gold ornaments, silver utensils, artifacts and US $ 1000 missing from the almirah in the bedroom. Neighours gathered.

Staff from Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station, led by senior Inspector Shashikant Dhengle rushed to the spot on being informed by Totade.

Senior officials, including Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional CP (Crime) Shrikant Tawade, and DCP (Crime) Deepali Masirkar, also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned to trace the thieves. Soon after the arrival of senior police officials, a huge crowd of residents and passersby gathered in front of Totade’s residence.

Prima facie, police said, it was a well-planned burglary. The gang might have kept a watch on the movements of the Totade family. Grabbing the opportunity on seeing that Totade’s wife and son leaving in a car, the burglars struck at the flat. They gained entry into the house after breaking the door lock probably with a crowbar. Within half an hour, the intruders searched the entire house and collected US $ 1000, gold ornaments and silver utensils. While fleeing with the booty, the gang left the empty boxes of ornaments on the bed.

After recording Kishor Totade’s statement, Rana Pratap Nagar Police registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.

Till late night, city police were groping in dark about the gang involved in the house-breaking theft that created sensation in the Second Capital.

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Mayor Datke furious over poor pace of bringing water connections in billing network

As against targeted 3,20,211 tap connections, Orange City Water (OCW) could bring only 80,719 connections in billing network so far. This irked Pravin Datke, Mayor, in a review meeting held on ... Read More
As against targeted 3,20,211 tap connections, Orange City Water (OCW) could bring only 80,719 connections in billing network so far. This irked Pravin Datke, Mayor, in a review meeting held on Friday.

“Mayor expressed his displeasure over the poor pace of bringing water connections, many of which are illegal tappings, in billing network. Prior to OCW taking over city’s water distribution in 2012, only 180 MLD water supplied in the city was being billed. Since OCW taking over, till date, 240 MLD water is being billed,” said Sudhakar Kohale, MLA and Chairman of Water Works Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Kohale, while interacting with media after the meeting of Water Works Committee, said that more than 250 MLD of water being supplied in the city was not billed. “We are making a steady progress in this regard. Now that we have made available all the infrastructure to OCW, the responsibility regarding water and related issues rests with it,” he said. As far as responsibility of much of water supply not being billed till few years ago, he held the officials of NMC responsible for the mess.

Asked about improvement in water supply to the city since completion of Pench-IV project recently, Kohale said that quantity of water available had increased. “We expected the water to be supplied to Sakkardara, Tajbagh and other such areas. However, owing to the unexpected problem of turbidity, the pipeline is being washed thoroughly. We hope that the problem is resorted within next six-seven days and these areas will get water,” he added. Regarding the demand for water supply to Godhni area, he informed that once the system was fully ready, 1.5 MLD to 2 MLD water might be supplied.

In reply to a question regarding losses in bulk supply of water, Kohale told the media that the losses were pegged at 60 MLD in the year 2012. The figure came down to 45 MLD in 2013, and 25 MLD in 2014. As far as recovery of water charges is concerned, he asked the OCW to provide year-wise details to media. According to OCW data, the recovery was Rs 72.20 crore before OCW took over in March 2012. At the end of 2014-15, as against demand of Rs 104 crore from 2.17 lakh consumers, the recovery was Rs 94.10 crore.

Kohale also informed the media that storage reservoirs Onkar Nagar, Trimurty Nagar, Seminary Hills areas would be connected to feeder main. As far as NMC’s preparedness for summer season is concerned, Kohale said that NMC had sent proposals for 303 borewells for non-networked areas. In networked areas, OCW will supply water through tankers if there was scarcity. In non-networked areas, NMC is prepared to supply water through 256 tankers, if needed, he added. R D Jadhav, Deputy Engineer, Water Works Department, also was present during the press conference. Kohale resigns from Water Works panel

Sudhakar Kohale, who got elected as MLA from South Nagpur constituency, tendered his resignation from the post of Water Works Committee chief of NMC on Friday. “Since I have got elected as MLA and already on various other committees, it has become very difficult for me to devote adequate time to NMC Water Works Committee’s responsibilities. Hence, I have resigned from the post of Water Works Committee chief,” he said. Asked about the his successor to this post, Kohale said that it was for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to decide.

‘High-level meetings on Kochi, Jamghat projects soon’

Sudhakar Kohale, MLA, informed the media that Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, had held a meeting of officials to know the latest status of Kochi barrage and Jamghat inter-state irrigation projects. “Guardian Minister will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday, and request him to give some time for high-level meeting between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers since Jamghat project is important for Nagpur city also,” Kohale said.

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MTDC to get maps, survey reports from Land Records at Lonar in two days

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have directed the Land Survey Records, which have taken measurement of the land under Survey Nos. 2 to 6, to hand over the ma... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have directed the Land Survey Records, which have taken measurement of the land under Survey Nos. 2 to 6, to hand over the maps of the area of the world famous crater, Lonar in Buldana district, to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation for considering the various aspects of developing the tourist spot in the nearby area.

During hearing of the PIL of a lawyer Kirti Nipankar and other citizens, the Court was informed that the Committee set up by High Court under the Collector will consider all the aspects on May 2 next. Thereafter, MTDC will take two months for identifying the trees and compliance report to the Court will be submitted on June 19 next. Amicus Curiae A C Dharmadhikari and Adv Anand Parchure appeared for the petitioners. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Adv L Bodade (MTDC) N B Kalwaghe represented the respondents.

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MHADA CO does a ‘sting op’, helps book fraudsters posing as agents

In an effort to bring to book the fraudsters claiming to be ‘agents’ of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Nagpur Development Board, a top officer himself posed as ‘... Read More
In an effort to bring to book the fraudsters claiming to be ‘agents’ of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Nagpur Development Board, a top officer himself posed as ‘a person in need of MHADA housing unit’ and conducted a ‘sting operation’. Following the ‘sting operation’, an offence has been registered against the fraudsters in Wardha Police Station.

Pradeep Kumar Dange, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Chief Officer (CO) of MHADA Nagpur Board, conducted the ‘sting operation’ on the evening of Wednesday. “I had received complaints that some persons were posing as agents of MHADA and were assuring to secure enrolment for MHADA housing unit. For the purpose, they were collecting Rs 20,000 per enrolment from gullible persons,” Dange told ‘The Hitavada’. The accused are associated with Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha, which has its office in Bahujan Nagar in Sindi (Meghe) in Wardha district.

As per the details, Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha had collected Rs 20,000 each from at least 15 persons assuring them to secure enrolment for MHADA housing unit. On receiving a complaint in this regard, Dange decided to act himself. He obtained cellphone number of Sudhir Moon, a person associated with Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha. Dange ascertained the identity of Moon and his affiliation with the said organisation. During conversation, Dange said that he wanted to get enrolled for MHADA housing unit. As expected, Moon asked him to make payment of Rs 20,000 for the purpose. Moon called Dange to the office of the organisation.

Accordingly, Dange went to Wardha along with a clerk. From Wardha, Dange was taken to the office of Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha in Bahujan Nagar, Sindi (Meghe). According to Dange, at the office of the said organisation, three persons were present. These included Vidya Bhujade Patil, Sudhir Moon, and Bhimrao Naik. The trio assured Dange that his name would be enrolled for MHADA housing unit in Wardha that would cost Rs 6.50 lakh. The threesome also assured Dange that of the total cost, an aid of Rs 3 lakh would be secured from Social Justice Department. The trio asked Dange to pay the remaining amount in equal instalments of Rs 2,000 per month, later on. As Dange was posing as ‘an applicant’, the trio asked him to pay some amount. Dange paid them Rs 10,000 and got a receipt.

As soon as Dange got receipt, he revealed his identity. Shocked, the office-bearers of Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha started tendering apologies. However, Dange approached Wardha Police Station, and lodged a complaint against Vidya Bhujade Patil, who runs Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha. Based on Dange’s complaint, a case was registered under relevant provisions of law at Wardha Police Station. The amount of Rs 10,000 paid by Dange to the accused posing as ‘agents’ and SIM card of his cellphone are with the cops for investigations.

MHADA has no agents: Dange

Pradeep Kumar Dange, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Chief Officer of MHADA Nagpur Board, appealed to the people that they should not fall prey to persons posing as ‘agents’ of MHADA. “I wish to make it clear that MHADA has no agents at all. MHADA has not outsourced the task of enrolment for housing unit to any other agency or organisation,” he said. He appealed to the people, if they have been approached by ‘agents’, to come forward with details and lodge complaints at MHADA Nagpur Board office so that appropriate action could be taken against the fraudsters.

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Jailbreak case: 9 more mobile phones found inside Central Jail

AFTER recovering more than hundred cellphones, SIM cards, batteries, and Marijuana after the sensational Nagpur jailbreak case, jail authorities on Friday discovered nine more cellphones and SI... Read More
AFTER recovering more than hundred cellphones, SIM cards, batteries, and Marijuana after the sensational Nagpur jailbreak case, jail authorities on Friday discovered nine more cellphones and SIM cards in the barracks which were later seized by Dhantoli Police. With this, the total number of cellphones recovered from inside the jail so far has gone up to 109.

On the other hand, the City Police still appear to be clueless about the whereabouts of the five fugitives, including three hard-core criminals booked under MCOCA, who escaped by scaling the 23 ft high jail wall after cutting the rods of Barrack No. 6 between 2 am and 4 am on March 31.

Hard-core criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal; and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, had escaped from the jail after getting inside help. Three of them booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) owe allegiance to dreaded criminal Raja Ghous who too is locked up in the jail. Two others were involved in robbery and firearms cases.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, had constituted a high-level inquiry committee headed by Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption Bureau) Praveen Dixit after the jailbreak incident that shook the state administration. Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble was the first to be suspended and is likely to be dismissed from service by the Chief Minister.

Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar then had placed senior Jailer Vaibhav Atram, and jail officers R G Parekar, S C Mahashirke, Malwad five sepoys Mangesh Prajapati, R R Patil, Ramesh Dhekle, Ashok Bhandarkar, and Sanjay Thokal for dereliction of duty. Crime Branch officers had arrested Ganesh Kamalkishor Sharma (30), a resident of Lane No. 5, Taj Nagar, Mankapur, and Nawab Tohid Khan (22), a resident of Plot No. 24, Mankapur, near Don Bosco School, for their involvement of in the jailbreak conspiracy. Later, cops arrested Abrar alias Raju Badhiyara alias Shaikh Wajid Shaikh Mohammad (30), a resident of Yaseen Plot, Tajbag, and Chetan alias Abir Sunil Hazare (24), a resident of Corporation Quarter, Bara Signal, Borkar Nagar, on suspicion. The investigators had seized five country-made pistols and 38 cartridges.

However, the suspects too are unaware about the whereabouts of the five fugitives. Senior police officers believe that the five escapees crossed the border and are hiding in Nepal.

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Aspirants for posts in boards, corpn active in BJP

With the date of appointment in corporations and boards coming near, the aspirants for coveted posts have become enthusiastic in BJP and leaving no stone unturned to realize their dream. Shivra... Read More
With the date of appointment in corporations and boards coming near, the aspirants for coveted posts have become enthusiastic in BJP and leaving no stone unturned to realize their dream. Shivraj government is likely to make appointments in boards and corporations in the end of the month.

Even luck of those leaders who came to BJP by shunning Congress may also shine as BJP has indirectly indicated that those who joined BJP during elections also stands on good chance to get the posts as posts would be given on the basis of eligibility criteria.

Sources said that post aspirants are contacting senior leaders of the party to brighten their chances. BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, while speaking to select group of journalists, had said that those who joined BJP during the course of elections have become BJP men and posts in boards and corporations would be given according to qualification and eligibility. Many people are trying to read the hidden message in Chouhan’s comment and they have started contemplating that whether he wanted to say that even those Congress leaders who joined BJP during elections could be also considered for “red beacon”. Names of many BJP leaders are doing rounds for the coveted posts of president and vice presidents of various boards and corporations. Names of former MLA Ramesh Sharma alias Guttu Bhaiya, Vijendra Singh Sisodia, Lata Wankhede, Govind Malu, Dr Hitesh Vajpayee are creating ripples for posting in boards and corporations. Along with aforementioned leaders, there is long list of aspirants for posts in BJP. The appointments in boards and corporations is prerogative of state government and final decision would be of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan but suggestion made by state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan would be considered before finalising the names. Once appointments are made in corporations and boards, path for Cabinet expansion would be opened.

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Material prosperity meaningless without spiritual awakening: Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj

Yugdrishta Yogi Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj has said that material prosperity is meaningless without spiritual awakening. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will pave way for this. He said t... Read More
Yugdrishta Yogi Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj has said that material prosperity is meaningless without spiritual awakening. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will pave way for this. He said that world peace cannot be possible if every person does not have peace of mind. He said that peace is not an imported thing; it dwells naturally in the hearts and minds of human beings.

Sadguru Vasudev lauded the seminar and the events to be held thereafter ahead of Simhastha Mahakumbh. He said that under imaginative leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, these events will give ideological proportions to Simhastha Mahakumbh side by side being a festival of holy bath. He was addressing inaugural session of 3-day international seminar on “Valued-based Life” at Vidhan Sabha here on Friday. Series of these seminars will continue upto Simhastha Mahakumbh 2016. Chief Minister Chouhan presided over the seminar.

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj praised efforts of Chief Minister Chouhan to bring about spiritual awakening side by side economic growth. He also referred to state’s unprecedented agriculture growth. Urging all to participate in Simhastha-2016, he said that Simhastha is not a mere ritualistic event, but a state of spiritual science. Sadguru said that India would be known as the most value-based country in the world after 25 years. India alone can offer solutions to internal problems in the world. He said that now people have started seeing outside self instead of looking above themselves. They have become capable to think about themselves. India is now capable to solve its conscience-related maladies.

Sadguru Said that being born as human being is in itself an important event and objective of human life to acquire all capabilities for human welfare. He said that soil of India is unique. Bhav, raga and tala form India. Raga is fixed while tala can be selected. He said that life is a form of Karma. A human being performs physical, mental, emotional and energetic works, but is not able to be conscientious about them. He said that Dharma means the rules which govern and discipline inner self and nature.

Sadguru while replying to queries of audience said that there is a cacophony in India. Eeveryone is free to do anything, but every person is peace-loving by nature.

It is the very identity and capability of India. He said that peace is a basic need. There may be a lot of concepts, but accurate tools are not available to implement them. If there are tools, wisdom to use them is lacking. He said that correct use of these tools has been described in Indian values of life. The acumen to use wisdom is found only in Indian values and Yogic science.

Giving outlines of the seminar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it is a humble effort of the state government to revive traditions of ideological Mahakumbh.

The Simhastha Declaration would offer solutions to global problems. Solutions to contemporary problems will be presented through Simhastha Declaration. He said that apart from material development, a government should also strive for improving happiness index. He said that over 2500 research papers have been collected from country and world at the international seminars. Over 100 scholars will deliver lectures. Throwing light on concept of seminar’s subject, he said that values are getting eroded in every walk of life. Life is meaningless without values. Referring to rich ideological heritage of Indian culture, he urged to disseminate it throughout the world through Simhashta. Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj and the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises of Vidhan Sabha. Chouhan felicitated Sadguru with shawl, coconut and memento. The seminar began amidst religious chants of Vedic Mantras. The seminar is being held by Department of Cultural with the cooperation of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi and Makhanlal University of Journalism & Mass Communication, Bhopal. Former CM Kailash Joshi, Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa, members of the cabinet and large number of distinguished people from all walks of life were also present on the occasion.

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Health services normalise as junior doctors call off strike

Health services in Hamidia Hospital normalised from the day as the junior doctors announced calling off two days’ old strike with arrest of one Shahrukh, who had beaten up two junior doctors ... Read More
Health services in Hamidia Hospital normalised from the day as the junior doctors announced calling off two days’ old strike with arrest of one Shahrukh, who had beaten up two junior doctors on Tuesday night. However, patients suffered in the morning as the hospital authorities arrangements of pressing medical officers, senior resident doctors and assistant professors did not work well.

As the junior doctors were informed about arrest of the person who beat doctors, they announced returning to work. The junior doctors had demanded arrest of the person beat junior doctors at the hospital under the Doctors’ Protection Act.

Besides arresting the accused, the police assured junior doctors to depute two cops permanently at the Hamidia Hospital to control such untoward incidents at the city’s biggest hospital. The police van will also patrol at hospital campus for more than 20 days to watch on the suspected persons and preventing the doctors.

From Saturday, the patients will get proper attention of the doctors and treatment.

According to junior doctors last time when attendants of a patient beat the doctors, the police had arrested the accused under doctors protection act but when the junior doctors held strike for four days. This time it could have been happened the same, if the senior officers of the Gandhi Medical College and Hamidia Hospital did not build pressure upon the police, he said.

Adarsh Vajpayee, President of Gandhi Medical College Junior Doctors’ Association, said the strike was called off in the day and all junior doctors attended on their duty.

“The police arrested Shahrukh on charges of beating junior doctors in emergency, assured two police persons permanently for patrolling in hospital and two police vans will patrol in hospital campus many times every day for 20 days,” he said.

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Woman dies after being hit by bus in MP Nagar

In a tragic incident, a 37-year-old woman was mowed down by a bus in front of Swami Vivekananda Regional Spine Centre, MP Nagar Zone-I on Friday. The woman was driving her scooter with earphones ... Read More
In a tragic incident, a 37-year-old woman was mowed down by a bus in front of Swami Vivekananda Regional Spine Centre, MP Nagar Zone-I on Friday. The woman was driving her scooter with earphones on. Negligence of both the bus driver and the deceased apparently resulted in the accident.

MP Nagar police informed that the deceased is identified as Priyanka Mamtani (37), wife of Vijay Kumar Mamtani, resident of Subhash Nagar.

She was riding her scooter with registration number MP-04 SM-4879 and was on her way home when she was hit by a speeding bus with registration number MP-04 PA-3763.

Fearing of being caught the bus driver tried to escape with the bus due to which the girl was mowed down by the rear tire of the bus. The girl sustained grave serious injuries and died on the spot. Her internal organs were scattered at the spot. The girl was riding her scooter with her earphones on. The commuters gathered at the spot and rushed the body to JP Hospital with the help of 108-service where she was declared brought dead.

The angry mob broke the glasses of the bus. Meanwhile, three accused, including bus driver, conductor and one other, were nabbed by the police and are under custody. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered by the police against the accused. The body has been sent for post-mortem to Hamidia Hospital. Local vendors and others present at the spot told that the many accidents take place at the road due to rash and reckless driving of the minibus drivers. Two accidents took place near the spot last Friday but luckily both sustained minor injuries. The mob was also angry over the delay shown by ambulance of 108-service. “Minibus drivers have always been a matter of concern and regular checking is also performed by the traffic department. In this case as people have informed that many accidents take place near spot, technical aspects will be examined and required measures will be taken to curb the vulnerability of the commuters towards accident”, said SP South Anshuman Singh.

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Power tariff hiked by 10 per cent in State

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission issued the new power tariff rates on Friday. Consumers who consume power from 301 units till 500 units will have to bear the fraught of 10 per c... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission issued the new power tariff rates on Friday. Consumers who consume power from 301 units till 500 units will have to bear the fraught of 10 per cent. Likewise, consumers who consume power from 51 units till 100 units will have to bear the fraught of 5 per cent. Farmers will remain unaffected from the new tariff rates. Along with this, people consuming power till 30 units and 50 units will also remain untouched from new tariff hike. New tariff would be effective from April 25.

The power tariffs have been hiked on the demand of power companies. Earlier, it was likely that new power tariff would be out in March end but due to some unknown reason, new tariff plan was delayed. Power companies have demanded hike of 24 per cent in power tariffs, citing increased expenditure and losses. After this, Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission had conducted public hearing on proposed tariff hike. The new tariff rates are 9.83 percent against the demand of 24 percent hike demanded by power companies.

According to the unit wise consumption consumer figure, number of people using power till 30 unit is 39 per cent while number of people using power till 50 units is 11 per cent. Both are going to remain unaffected from the new tariff hike.

The number of people consuming power from 51 units till 100 units is 31 percent. While the number of consumer’s using 301 unit’s till 500 units is 2 percent. And the number of people using more than 500 units is zero percent.

Meanwhile, electricity rates of agriculture pumps have been increased around 13 percent but flat rate has been kept unchanged. State government will give necessary subsidy to electricity companies in lieu of farmers paying the bills on flat rate. In this manner, electricity bills of farmers will remain same. Currently, State Government is giving subsidy of Rs 5000 crore to electricity distribution companies against the electricity being given to farmers at cheap rates. Against the 13 per cent tariff hike in agriculture pumps, state government will give subsidy of Rs 1100 crore to electricity companies. Hence, farmers are going to remain unaffected from the new tariff of power.

When contacted, Managing Director of Power Management Company Manu Shrivastava said that power companies have demanded hike of 24 per cent and the present hike is only 9.83 per cent against the demanded hike. But then also, power company will give good performance. Last year, 24 per cent revenue was increased without going for tariff hike.

When asked that Delhi government had halved the power bills then why steps were not taken to provide relief to consumers in state, he said that Delhi is a city and has many resources. In comparison to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh is a big state. Already, subsidy of Rs 5000 crore is given to farmers in state. Likewise, subsidy is also given for single bulb connection.

Congress Chief Spokesman K K Mishra has reacted sharply on tariff hike and said that hike has exposed the face of BJP government. He added that Government often claims that State is power surplus and if such is the situation then why power hike had been done. He said State Government should learn lesson from Delhi government which had cut the power bills. AAP Secretary Akshay Hunka demanded that there is enough room to reduce the power bills and demanded audit of accounts of power companies by CAG. He however said that power tariff had been not increased as was demanded by power companies and it is a big victory of AAP. BJP media incharge Dr Hitesh Vajpayee said that it is the work of Government to take care of interests of farmers and BPL families and it is doing so by providing subsidy in power supplied to them.

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Free health schemes fail to benefit actual beneficiaries

AMBITIOUS programme of the State Government to provide free listed medicine, pathology and radiology is proving useless to poor patients due to malpractice, blatant acts of some medical staffers ... Read More
AMBITIOUS programme of the State Government to provide free listed medicine, pathology and radiology is proving useless to poor patients due to malpractice, blatant acts of some medical staffers at Government Hospitals. Though the State Government has started two projects, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Nishulk Vitran Yojana (SVBPNAVY) and free pathological services in last four months, but in absence of proper monitoring, implementation of guidelines has deterred success of schemes.

Sources revealed that in absence of proper monitoring some doctors are still prescribing not listed medicines to patients and compelling them to purchase the same from private medical stores. Irrespective of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan strict instructions, no medicine for BPL cardholder should be purchased from other medical stores.

If a patient needs any medicine, duty doctors would make arrangements to avail the required medicine from other medical stores.

Surprisingly, nexus of some medical staff, some medical stores has found a new way to overcome compulsion of providing free medicines under SVBPNAVY, usually they start their malpractice after closure of OPD hours.

Medical staffers working in emergency services like ICCU, SNCU, prescribe list of medicines of particular brand, (usually ignore to write generic name of medicine as per direction of Union Health Department) patients get only two medicines out of five medicines prescribed in the list, the patient has no other option but to purchase the required medicine from a particular medical store that too after shelling out more money. Some of medical staffers are indulged in malpractice without any fear. When some patients dare to make any complaint against such irregularity, no administrative officials of Health Department, they replied that only listed medicines under free medicine are available, or sometimes they do not even bother to give satisfactory reply to complainant due to some or other reason best known to the official. Civil Surgeon, Dr Sinha said he will take action against the staff found indulged in malpractice, negligence of execution of government beneficiaries scheme meant for poor patients.

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HC seeks report from State Govt on shifting of dairies in 2 weeks

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday gave two weeks time to the State Government for submission of reply befor... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday gave two weeks time to the State Government for submission of reply before the court regarding distance of dairy sheds from the river and shifting of dairies outside municipal limits.

The division bench has fixed the matter for hearing on May 1. On Friday, the State Government has stated before the court that the government has constituted a committee, who would present report (regarding distance of dairy from rivers) before the Cabinet, thereafter, the government will submit reply before the court. The division bench has heard bunch of petitions filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President NUMM and others.

In previous hearing of the matter, the division bench had perused recommendations made by NEERI. It is noticed that the prevailing policy of 2014 of the State Government as is in force provides norms for setting up of and allowing dairies to operate. However, since recommendation of NEERI in its report of January 2015 is founded on scientific analysis of empirical data, we expect the State Government to examine the report carefully and consider whether there is need to modify prevailing policy of 2014.

The division bench are not expressing any opinion either way on recommendations made by NEERI in its report of January 2015, submitted pursuant to order dated on December 19, 2014. Counsel for dairy owners submitted that if the State Government is required to reconsider the policy, it must address concerns of dairy owners as well. Dairy owners intend to make representation to the State Government in that behalf.

That representation be made before April 6, 2015, addressed to the Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, MP Government for the time being, the division bench had deferred hearing of these matters till April 17. In the meantime, further compliance report be filed by the State Authorities, the division bench said in previous hearing.

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National Lok Adalat to be held on April 25

NATIONAL Lok Adalat will be organised on April 25. Monthly National Lok Adalat or the People’s Court is a process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise on establishing ... Read More
NATIONAL Lok Adalat will be organised on April 25. Monthly National Lok Adalat or the People’s Court is a process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise on establishing mutual consensus. Monthly National Lok Adalat will be organised under directions of National Legal Services Authority at High Court, District and Tehsil level under guidance of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Executive Chairman of MP State Legal Services Authority Justice Rajendra Menon. All parties who seek resolution of their disputes or are litigating for their rights are free to come forward with their grievances and depart with amicable settlements through mechanism of National Lok Adalat. Cases related to family matters, labour disputes, land acquisition matters, civil cases, revenue cases, MGNREGA matters shall be taken up.

Efforts are being made to resolve matters at pre-litigation stage and response of last National Lok Adalat is a motivation for those desirous of resolution of their disputes through mediation process and appealed them to come forward for settlement before benches of National Lok Adalat.

Information related to referred cases for monthly National Lok Adalat scheduled to he held on April 25, 2015. 1 Revenue cases- Pre-Litigation cases 17516, pending cases 36383, total 53899 cases. 2 MNREGA case- Pre-Litigation cases 82694, pending cases 3407, total 86101 cases. 3 Land Acquisition cases- Pre-Litigation cases 2893, pending cases 4857, total 7750 cases. 4 Labour cases- Pre-Litigation cases 309, pending cases 929 cases, total 1238 cases. 5 Family matters- Pre-Litigation cases 144, pending cases 11376 cases, total 11520 cases.

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2 murder accused held within hours of incident

KHAMARIA police succeeded in apprehending two accused of murder of a youth in Amjhar area within a few hours of the incident, on Friday. The accused have been identified as Kallu alias Dharam Sin... Read More
KHAMARIA police succeeded in apprehending two accused of murder of a youth in Amjhar area within a few hours of the incident, on Friday. The accused have been identified as Kallu alias Dharam Singh Masram (25) and his brother Prem Singh Masram (27), residents of Amjhar area. A youth named Ajit alias Vicky Jharia (22), a resident of Amjhar area in Khamaria, was stabbed to death with sharp-edged weapons over an old rivalry at Amjhar area under jurisdiction of Khamaria police station, on Friday morning.

SHO of Khamaria police station Rakesh Tiwari informed that Mithai Lal Jharia (46), a resident of Amjhar area, informed that his elder brother runs a tea kiosk in Amjhar area. Son of his elder brother Ajit alias Vicky was on his way for fetching water in containers on his motorcycle when a man named Kallu alias Dharam Singh Masram called Ajit. When Ajit reached the spot Kallu and his brother Prem Singh Masram started abusing him and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. In the attack, Ajit sustained critical wounds on his neck, back and chest.

Bleeding profusely the injured fell down on the spot and succumbed to his grave injuries. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and found the body drenched in blood. Receiving the information, senior police officers along with FSL team reached the spot and started investigation into the case. Police sent the body for post-mortem to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital after conducting panchnama. Khamaria police have registered a case against the accused under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.

Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra under the supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (East), Amrendra Singh and CSP, Ranjhi, J P Mishra constituted a police team for investigating into the case and apprehending the accused. Continuing a thorough search, police team led by SHO of Khamaria police station, Rakesh Tiwari succeeded in apprehending the accused while search underway to recovery of weapons used to kill the youth.

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HC issues notice to Chief Secy over appointment of MPHRC Chairperson

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele on Friday issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Government to submit reply... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele on Friday issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Government to submit reply before the court regarding appointment of Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC). The division bench has issued notice in public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM).

The division bench has directed K S Wadhawa, Additional Advocate General of the State, who may seek instructions in the matter and file reply within four weeks. Advocate Ajay Raizada appeared on behalf of the petitioner. The division bench has issued notice to only Chief Secretary of MP Government and in its order said that looking to the nature of relief claimed for in the petition, for the present, it is not necessary to issue notices to the respondents Secretary to his excellence, Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. The petitioner filed this PIL questioning inaction of respondents in not appointing Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission even after 4 years and 4 months of retirement of earlier Chairman.

The petitioner has prayed before the court to direct the respondents to appoint Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Madhya Pradesh as provided under Section 21 of protection of the Human Rights Act 1993.

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Petition against bottling plant in Balaghat dismmised

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele has dismissed petition filed by Rajendra Prasad Choubey against the State Government clai... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele has dismissed petition filed by Rajendra Prasad Choubey against the State Government claimed to be a public spirited person has filed this writ petition and it is grievance of the petitioner that in Garra village, Lalbarra tehsil, Balaghat district a bottling plant has been put up by another respondent, which is illegal and contrary to provisions of law for purpose of establishment of bottling plant.

On a complete reading of the reply filed by respondents, it is clear that allegations made by the petitioner are not correct. Bottling plant has been established after following all norms as required under law and statutory inspection conducted by authorities as is evident also does not show any illegality in the matter.

In view of the above, we see no reason to make any further indulgence into the matter. The petition is therefore, dismissed, the division bench said.

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Be ready to shell out more for power

MADHYA Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has declared new power tariff with 10 per cent hike for 2015-16. Consumers of 51-100 units of electricity will face five per cent tariff h... Read More
MADHYA Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has declared new power tariff with 10 per cent hike for 2015-16. Consumers of 51-100 units of electricity will face five per cent tariff hike. There will be no hike for consumers using 0-50 units of electricity. The State Government will bear expenditure of hiked electricity tariff on agriculture consumers in form of subsidy to power distribution companies.

Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited Manu Shrivastava informed that there will be no tariff hike for more than 46 lakh consumers, including 36 lakh single light connection and 10 lakh consumers of 0-50 units. Only five per cent tariff hike has been made for around 31 per cent domestic consumers of 51-100 units. He informed that there will be no effect on flat rate agriculture consumers who pay Rs 100 per horsepower monthly electricity charge. The State Government will bear their expenditure by providing subsidy to power distribution companies. Manu Shrivastava added that hike of 10 per cent tariff was essential to ensure quality and uninterrupted electricity supply across the State. There is a significant growth in availability of electricity in the State. Electricity supply was 3528 crore units in year 2009-10, 3850 in 2010-11, 4273 crore units in 2011-12, 4743 crore units in 2012-13, 5239 crore units in 2013-14 and 5740 crore units electricity was supplied during 2014-15. Growth of electricity supply has been increased from 9.1 per cent to 14.9 per cent which has been increased 63 per cent in last five years.

He informed that as compared to augmentation of electricity supply, cost of electricity supply has increased by Rs 3.22 in year 2009-10, Rs 3.46 in 2010-11, Rs 3.93 in 2011-12, Rs 4.08 in 2012-13 and Rs 4.15 in 2013-14 and Rs 4.34 in 2014-15.

Along with this, price of main sources of power generation coal and oil has also increased by more than 98 per cent, while railway freight by 51 per cent. Rate of coal was Rs 1663 per tonne in 2009-10, 1883 in 2010-11, Rs 2782 per tonne in 2011-12, Rs 2976 per tonne in 2012-13, Rs 3109 per tonne in 2013-14 and Rs 3296 per tonne in year 2014-15.

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Judicial Custody of twelve accused extended: FCSC scam

The twelve accused officials of the State’s Food and Civil Supplies Corporation (FCSC) who were earlier arrested will now remain in jail under judicial custody till May 1. Accused officials are... Read More
The twelve accused officials of the State’s Food and Civil Supplies Corporation (FCSC) who were earlier arrested will now remain in jail under judicial custody till May 1. Accused officials are identified as Shiv Shankar Bhatt, Tikamdas Harchandani, Kshirsagar Patel, Satish Kumar Kaivartya, Kaushal Kishore Yadu, Sandeep Agrawal, D K Sharma, Ravindranath Singh, Devendra Singh Kushwaha, Ramful Pathak, Ashok Soni and Sudhir Kumar Bhole. These officials are accused of irregularities in custom milling of paddy and transportation of salt.

A case has been registered against them under relevant Section of Prevention of Corruption Act. The period of earlier judicial custody of these accused officials was over on Friday. Special Judge, ND Tigala was on leave today so the accused officials were produced in the court of the District and Sessions Judge RCS Samant. Prosecution moved an application for further extending the judicial custody period of the accused. Prosecution maintained that investigation in the case is presently in progress.

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3-yr-old girl abducted from home at Priyadarshini Nagar

A 3-year-old girl was abducted from her house situated at Priyadarshini Nagar on Thursday. Missing girl Sakshi Makhija was at home with her two brothers, when the incident happened.

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A 3-year-old girl was abducted from her house situated at Priyadarshini Nagar on Thursday. Missing girl Sakshi Makhija was at home with her two brothers, when the incident happened.

Rajendra Nagar Police informed that Sakshi’s mother Karishma alias Punam Makhija runs a boutique whereas her husband Sunil Makhija doesn’t have any job. So, she is only bread earner of the family.

The statement given by 10-year-old brother of Sakshi, her mother Punam and Sunil are quite conflicting. While Punam said that she left the house at around 8:00 pm for some work. Her three kids including Sakshi and her two brothers 10-year-old and 4-year-old boys were at home with the father Sunil Makhija whereas Sunil said that he also left the home for Amlidih a few minutes later after his wife. Meanwhile, ten year old brother Sakshi said that he didn’t see her after his father left home.

Police investigation revealed that the relation between couple is on the verge of breakdown. Domestic disputes often turn physical. Neighbours said that the family has moved into the flat at Rohini Villa just 2 months back and since then they have quarrelled everyday.

The bone of contention between the couple is the boutique run by Punam. Sunil is always suspicious of his wife’s talking with customer. Hence, police is investigating from all the aspects. Meanwhile, a case has been filed with the Rajendra Nagar Police Station.

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Rs 25 lakh theft at VIP Road, Fundahar

Mocking the ‘foolproof’ security arrangements and sanitisation of all the routes, where contingent of State Police had twice conducted full dress rehearsal ahead of President of India visit... Read More
Mocking the ‘foolproof’ security arrangements and sanitisation of all the routes, where contingent of State Police had twice conducted full dress rehearsal ahead of President of India visit to Raipur, some dare-devil thieves made it rich as they decamped with cash Rs 25 lakh from a plush bungalow situated at Fundahar in Mana on VIP Road leading to Raipur Airport. While a heavy posse of security forces remained deployed all along the routes from where the motorcade of President passed, the thieves yet managed to break-in the house, situated on VIP Road, Mana, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Yet, the top brass of State Police kept on boasting themselves for ensuring an ‘incident-free’ stay of President of India Pranab Mukherjee to Capital Raipur.

However, in the wake of theft, many people particularly those from business and trading community, have raised fingers towards Raipur Police, which was ‘supposedly’ maintaining high vigil ahead of President’s visit to the Capital city. For the reasons, the crime scene – the bungalow being situated at the Fundahar Chowk on VIP road, which was the main ingress for President’s motorcade from Raipur Airport and was being constantly patrolled all throughout the night by the security personnel from security details.

According to police investigators, the theft occurred between 2 am to 4 am, when some unidentified thieves struck at a bungalow of one Vinay Dubey (46). “The entire family was asleep, when the thieves sneaked into the house after break opening the lock of bungalow’s rear entrance. The cash was kept in another room of bungalow where Dubey’s 90-year-old mother Uma Devi was sleeping all alone,” the sourced added.

Investigators presumed that the unidentified thieves brought in use some sort of sedating spray to ensure that the elderly woman doesn’t wakes up. Hereafter, for the thieves, it was a ‘cake walk’ as the got keys to the almirah having cash, which Uma Devi had placed it under her pillow. “However, our forensic experts failed to lift any finger print of suspected intruders either on the gates or on Almirah,” they pointed out.

With the break of dawn, Vinay, an early riser was shocked out of his wits, when he himself found out that theft has occurred and all the cash and some petty gold ornaments had vanished into thin air. “Even for us, when we arrived at bungalow of Vinay Dubey for taking up Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), none of us found any CCTV cameras inside the premises,” one of the investigators told The Hitavada.

Sources, in the meantime, also averred that a team of Central Crime Branch (CCB) too visited the crime scene during the afternoon hours since the amount involved in the crime is pretty big. However, the prima-facie spot investigation by CCB also failed to lay their hands on any major clue or leads that could inch them towards the suspected thieves. Meanwhile, Telibandha Police has registered a FIR under Sections 457 and380 of Indian Penal Code.

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IIMs must assume greater responsibility for overall development: President

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) must assume greater responsibility for overall development of the society. The IIMs can help realise Mahatma Gandh... Read More
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) must assume greater responsibility for overall development of the society. The IIMs can help realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Samarth Bharat’ and elimination of poverty.

The President stated this in his convocation address at IIM Raipur which celebrated its fourth Convocation at its GEC Campus, Sejbahar, on Friday.

“The IIMs must work extend support to state and union government as counselors for proper management in the various government works which has direct impact on the society. In this way, the IIMs can help the society,” said the President of India. In his address to the passing out students and graduating students at the convocation, the President said, “It is the youth who should strive hard not only to achieve their own goal but also help out others in their mission.”

Speaking on the current position of higher education in the country, the President said the nation has 713 universities,, 36000 colleges, 30 NITs, 16 IITs number of IISERs and institutes of managements which needs physical expansion in the form of infrastructures and quality facilities to make these institutes world class which is possible only with the proactive steps of the governments. Recently the Government of India has taken some important decisions and once of them is National Ranking Frame World which, according to the President, will create a healthy competition in the higher education sector.

In his address, Governor Balramji Das Tandon said that a new environment is waiting outside for them. “Your have to face a new challenge everyday once you move out and your should prepare yourself for the same,” said the Governor.

Also shared the dais are State Higher Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey and MP Raipur Ramesh Bais IIM Raipur Board of Governors Chairman Hari S Bhartia and IIM Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay.

Students awarded Gold medals

The IIM Raipur convocation ceremony also saw gold medals being given away by the first citizen of the country, Pranab Mukherjee for scholastic performance. Among the Post Graduate Programme (PGP)students, Jayesh Surisetti received the Chairman’s Gold Medal while Arpit Bajpai received the Director’s Gold Medal and Pavan Kumar Tatineni received the PGP Chairman’s Gold medal. Similarly, Aditi Singhal(2013-15 batch)and Anurag Rao(2012-14 batch)received Chairman’s gold medal for Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) batch.

At the end of the ceremony all the students of Post Graduate Programme (PGP) and Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) received their diplomas from the Chairman Board of Governors, IIM Raipur, H S Bhartiya.

CG ministers, officials to learn Management skills at IIM Ahmedabad, says Dr Singh

Speaking about the importance of management, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the occasion said Chhattisgarh Government has succeeded in reducing energy distribution loss, increase its power load factor by effectively using the management skill. Besides, many other State Government departments have been able to enhance their efficiency through proper management and praised the IIM Raipur for its support in this direction, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister also said that the State ministers and officials will be visiting IIM Ahmedabad for learning management skills. The Chief Minister also spoke on how he can enhance the role of IIM Raipur in State Government work.

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Steering Committee approves Rs 190 cr CAMPA forestry plan

A meeting of the Steering Committee of Maharashtra State CAMPA approved a plan for Rs 190 crore on Wednesday at Mumbai for taking up forestry and core activities in Maharashtra.

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A meeting of the Steering Committee of Maharashtra State CAMPA approved a plan for Rs 190 crore on Wednesday at Mumbai for taking up forestry and core activities in Maharashtra.

Swadhin Kshatriya, Chief Secretary, who is also Chairman of the committee, presided over the meeting held in the meeting room, Mantralaya, Mumbai, in which Vikas Kharge, Secretary, Forest, and top forest officers were present.

The committee will shortly submit the report to the State Government that would forward a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Central Government, at Delhi to seek required funds from CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund, Management and Planning Committee).

Sources close to Forest Department informed that the government would undertake compensatory afforestation worth Rs 55 crore while Rs 135 crore are planned for Net Present Value and other components.

They said that 70 per cent amount would be spent on core activities such as general plantations, wildlife management, working plan and forestry. About ten per cent funds would be spent on communication/mobility while five per cent amount would be utilised for research activities. The remaining 15 per cent funds would be made available for other activities such as infrastructure development.

A K Saxena, Head of Forest Force, Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Dr A K Jha, Director General, Social Forestry, Pune, Dr Suresh Gairola, Shree Bhagwan, Dr S H Patil, all Additional Principal Chief Conservators of Forest, Virendra Tiwari, Chief Conservator of Forest, Mantralaya, and a representative of the Finance Department took active part in the meeting.

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Another jolt to realty sector: Hike in compounding charges proposed

After tremendous hike in development charges for sanctioning building plan, the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed hike in compounding charges to regulari... Read More
After tremendous hike in development charges for sanctioning building plan, the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed hike in compounding charges to regularise excess construction or margin violations of residential or commercial buildings in the city. The local body has proposed 50 per cent of the ready reckoner charges for residential buildings and 75 per cent of the ready reckoner charges for commercial buildings to regularise their excess construction. The proposal of Town Planning Department is pending for the nod of Standing Committee. The present rate for regularising building is Rs 1,380 per sq mts for residential buildings and Rs 2,100 sq mts for commercial buildings. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to make Nagpur as vibrant city with affordable housing, development growth and make it a livable city but ironically Bharatiya Janata Party led NMC is taking such draconian decisions making it extremely difficult for this dream becoming a reality.

According to the proposal, the local body will regularise margin violations of back side and adjacent side of the 10 mts heighted building upto 50 per cent of the violations. The local body can also regularise 0.60 meter front margin violation by charging 50 per cent of the ready reckoner rate for residential and 75 per cent for commercial buildings. The local body will regularise building having height from 10 mts to 14.99 mts by charging 50 per cent ready reckoner rates for residential building and 75 per cent for commercial buildings. In these buildings, the NMC will regularise side margins upto 33 per cent and 0.60 mts for front margin. The present rate of compounding for such violation is Rs 1,380 per sq mt for residential and Rs 2,100 per sq mt for commercial.

The Town Planning Department will regularise violation in public, semi-public, educational institutes, and other organisational buildings with height of 15 mts and above, after obtaining NoC from Fire Services and Emergency Department. The department will regularise 25 per cent violation of back and side margins by charging 50 per cent of ready reckoner rates for residential buildings and 75 per cent for commercial buildings.

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Singapore Government to share expertise with NMC, assures Ajit Singh

Singapore Government is keen to share its expertise in the field of water sector, sewerage, and recycle-reuse of water with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ... Read More
Singapore Government is keen to share its expertise in the field of water sector, sewerage, and recycle-reuse of water with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is exploring possibilities for investment from Singapore Government for rapid urbanisation in the orange city. This was assured by Ajit Singh, Consul General of Singapore while interacting with office bearers and officials of NMC on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar welcomed him by presenting a floral bouquet.

Ajit Singh is visiting promising cities in India to explore possibilities of future investment and technology. Around 8 per cent residents of Singapore are of Indian origin and they are heading various institutions in the country and occupying key posts including Deputy Prime Minister, Chief Justice and other important positions.

Mayor Datke urged him to provide their expertise and technology with finance in the field of cleaning of Nag River, Sewerage and Integrated Transport Planning as they have done a lot in this sector.

Singh said, Singapore has developed a lot in last several decades. It has expertise in urban planning solutions, tourism, water treatment, sewerage and other sectors. Singapore has successfully invented simple conventional methods to capture and store rainwater and treated it with innovative solutions. The country is producing recycled used water and desalinated water to address the challenges. Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore has development water management system: water catchment network, drainage and sewerage system, water treatment and distribution, production of clean recycled used water, and desalination. The Singapore Government has began water treatment centre at Pune.

Singh said, Singapore is organising Mayor council meeting, Centre for liveable city, leadership programme every year. He invited Mayor and Municipal Commissioner to visit the country. Municipal Commissioner gave him presentation regarding future planning and growth of the orange city. He said, “We are looking for hi-tech technology from Singapore so that Nagpur will be immensely benefited. We need help in Transport Oriented Development and skill development university in the second capital of Maharashtra.” He gave information of 24 x 7 water supply scheme, and future requirement of the city including soft finance. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, senior corporators Sandip Joshi, Sunil Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner Rizwan Siddique, ADyMC Pramod Bhusari, Superintending Engineers Prakash Urade, Shashikant Hastak, City Engineer Sanjay Gaikwad, Executive Engineer Mahesh Gupta, and Deputy Engineer Rajesh Gurnule were present.

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Guardian Minister clears all hurdles in constructing Maharajbag road

Maharashtra Government has directed Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeth to clear all hurdles for the construction of a road connecting Amravati Road to Ambazari road and provide No objection C... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeth to clear all hurdles for the construction of a road connecting Amravati Road to Ambazari road and provide No objection Certificate (NoC) for 1.43 hectares land near Mor Bhavan for expanding city bus station. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule gave these directions to PDKV officials in a meeting held at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) office on Monday. Mayor Pravin Datke, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, Sameer Meghe, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Standing Committee Chief Ramesh Singare were present in the meeting. The local body will construct 12 meter wide road on back side of Morbhavan bus stop connecting North Ambazari road to Amravati road. This road has been included in the development plan but PDKV officials were not ready to provide this land to NMC for expanding Mor bhavan bus station and road construction. The local body will construct security wall and bridge by spending Rs 5.68 crore. NMC has taken advance possession of 4,997 sq mts land from PDKV. This includes 488 sq mts land of Matru Seva Sangh. Guardian Minister also directed officials to start construction of 24 meter road from University Library square to Amravati road via Maharajbag. Present 8-mts narrow road is not enough to cater to vehicular traffic which is increasing by leaps and bounds. The total cost of the project is Rs 4.57 crore. Bawankule directed PDKV to support NMC in this cause. He has also directed to initiate process to declare Kashmiri Galli slum near New Futala as notified slum. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed NMC and PDKV to provide land for extension of Mor Bhavan bus station at Sitabuldi. The local body started process for user change under section 37 of MRTP Act, 1966. The total reserve land is 3.85 hectare of which 1.14 hectare land is under possession of MSRTC while 2.71 hectare land will be transferred free of cost to NMC. However, Collector’s office has directed to obtain NoC from PDKV. The issue of Dabha- Bhivsenkhori for construction of 18 mts road was also discussed in the meeting. Senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Sandeep Jadhav, Prabhakar Yeole, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde, Pramod Bhusari, Jayant Dandegaokar, Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, PDKV officials Vilas Kharche, Prof. Ram Gawande, D A Bharati, Executive Engineers Dilip Jamgade, Mahesh Gupta, Sanjay Jaiswal, Assistant Director Satish Renge, Zade, D D Jambhulkar, Satish Neral, Kanti Sonkusare, Krishna Firke were present.

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No Nazul land transactions without Govt permission

Now, the Nazul plot holders will require prior permission of Maharashtra Government for every transaction on Nazul land in Nagpur and Amravati Divisions. Recently, Revenue Department of Maharasht... Read More
Now, the Nazul plot holders will require prior permission of Maharashtra Government for every transaction on Nazul land in Nagpur and Amravati Divisions. Recently, Revenue Department of Maharashtra Government has amended Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966 to restrict all transactions on Nazul land, evoking angry reactions from Nazul lease holders.

This draconian amendment will give another weapon in the hands of Revenue Department to arm-twist gullible lease holders and will ultimately result into more corruption. This anti-people change has surprised Nagpurians and goes against the efforts of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who fought hard for Nazul lease holders for last one decade to resolve the problem of unearned income.

The Revenue Department’s move has made lease holders very unhappy who feel that instead of making system more transparent and people-friendly, the amendment has further complicated it while granting opaque and arbitrary decision making powers to Mantralaya bosses. The previous provision is good enough and does not require any prior permission of the State Government.

Maharashtra Government has issued an ordinance to amend Section 37 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966 and inserted Section 37 A in the Act. The Act has restricted any sale, transfer, redevelopment, change of user and others in relation to Government land and Nazul land.

The Act stated, “every sale, transfer, redevelopment, use of additional floor space index (FSI), transfer of transferable development rights (TDR), or change of use of any Government land in Amravati and Nagpur Revenue Division including Mumbai city and Revenue division in the state which is granted for various purposes under the provisions of this code or rules made thereunder or any law relating to land revenue, before the commencement of this code, including the Nazul lands in Amravati and Nagpur divisions shall be subject to taking the prior permission of the State Government.” “The State Government, while granting such permission as required, will recover premium or change and share of unearned income subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified by general or special order, issued by the Government from time to time. Provided that, if the provisions of this section or any such orders issued thereunder are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of order of land grant or the lease deed executed with the terms and conditions of the order of land grant or lease deed executed prior to the commencement of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code. However, this provision will not be applicable with retrospective effect in Amravati and Nagpur divisions.”

It may be mentioned that Nazul plot holders are in large numbers in the city. There is lots of development in these plots as all these plots are situated at prime localities like Dhantoli, Ramdaspeth, Civil Lines, Dharampeth, Shankar Nagar etc. Apart from charging premium on transfers of plots, the State Revenue Department has created another hurdle to put condition of taking its permission which may create lot of problem for the plot holders and developers. The provision will increase malpractices and will also consume lot of time for sanctioning the file.

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Singapore keen to explore potential of Nagpur

A high-level delegation of Singapore Consulate is arriving on Tuesday evening on a three-day long visit to explore possibility to join hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Gov... Read More
A high-level delegation of Singapore Consulate is arriving on Tuesday evening on a three-day long visit to explore possibility to join hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Government for the development of the city and division.

Consul General Ajit Singh is arriving on April 14 at 4.30 pm from Mumbai. He along with other officials will visit Deekshabhoomi, Dragon Palace in the evening. He will interact with prominent businesspersons at 8 pm at Hotel Radisson Blu. It may be mentioned that after Nagpur has taken centre stage in Maharashtra and Central Government, the visits of foreign delegations have increased in the city. Recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had signed an agreement with France to develop Nagpur as smart City. A delegation of China, Australia had also recently visited the city.

Ajit Singh will meet Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on April 15 at 10.30 am at NMC’s Civil Lines Office. They will discuss regarding development proposals of the city and future growth plans. The delegation will leave for Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and visit Butibori Industrial Park at 3 pm. They will interact regarding setting up of an Industrial Park with the officials.

The delegation will further move to Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) for site visit and interact with Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) officials at Central Facility building of MIHAN-SEZ at 4.30 pm the same day.

Ajit Singh is also slated to meet former BCCI President Adv Shashank Manohar in the evening. On last day of their tour, they will leave for Pench Tiger Reserve to mull possibilities of development in tourism sector.

Pench Tiger Reserve has number of tigers and Maharashtra Government has already announced to develop Nagpur as Tiger Capital of the country. They will also meet some key policy formulators and leading intellectuals of Nagpur in the afternoon and will proceed for Mumbai at 5.10 pm.

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S P Yadav is new City Police chief, Rajvardhan Jt CP

THE State Home Ministry on Monday put to rest all speculations about selection of the new city police chief by appointing Additional Director General (ADG) S P Yadav as Commissioner of Police Nag... Read More
THE State Home Ministry on Monday put to rest all speculations about selection of the new city police chief by appointing Additional Director General (ADG) S P Yadav as Commissioner of Police Nagpur.

Yadav replaces K K Pathak who has been shifted to Pune as Commissioner of Police. Yadav is likely to take over the charge from Pathak on Wednesday.

An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of 1986 batch, Yadav was heading the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Pune, prior to his appointment as Nagpur Police chief.

A native of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Yadav had worked as Superintendent of Police in Parbhani, Osmanabad and Nanded. He also worked as Deputy Commissioner of Police and Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) in Mumbai. He worked with Central Police Organisation on deputation and Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration), Mumbai. After Yadav was promoted to the rank of ADG, he was asked to head the State CID.

Similarly, Joint Commissioner of Police Anup Kumar Singh has been transferred to Mumbai as Joint Commissioner (Administration). Rajvardhan, an IPS officer of 1997 batch, has been promoted to the rank of Special Inspector General of Police and sent to Nagpur as Joint Commissioner. Prior to his promotion, Rajvardhan was Additional Commissioner (Economic Offences Wing ) of Mumbai Police. Rajvardhan had earlier served as SP (Gadchiroli). Sanjay Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police in Pune, too, was promoted to the rank of ADG and has been asked to take over the charge of CID.

An officer of 1989 IPS batch, Sanjay Kumar had earlier served Nagpur Police as Deputy Commissioner (Zone I) and later as Nagpur in-charge of subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.

Likewise, Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, an officer of 1989 IPS batch, would be the new Principal Secretary (Special) Home after his promotion to the rank of ADG. Updhyay was earlier the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mumbai. He, too, had worked in Nagpur as DCP (Traffic), SP (Nagpur Rural), Additional CP (Crime) and DIG (Prisons).

Additional Commissioner of Police (Admin) Deepak Pandey has also been shifted to Mumbai as DIG (State Human Rights Commission).

The post of Special IGP (State Human Rights Commission) has been downgraded to the rank of DIG.

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City records lowest ever April temperature in 47 years

Nagpur is famous for oranges and also for its hot and harsh summer. However, looking at the events unfolding in the skies during last few days, the city’s signature summer identity is in dang... Read More
Nagpur is famous for oranges and also for its hot and harsh summer. However, looking at the events unfolding in the skies during last few days, the city’s signature summer identity is in danger. Moreover, unseasonal rains in last three days have plummeted mercury which nose-dived resulting in the chill especially during evening. On Monday, the minimum temperature, 17.4 degrees Celsius (63.3 Fahrenheit), was the lowest of April month, since 1968. The lowest ever minimum temperature of the month -- 13.9 degrees Celsius -- was recorded on April 1, 1968.

Though welcome, the chill is making citizens uncomfortable. City’s maximum temperature on Monday showed the variation of 11 degree below normal.

Normally, in mid April, the maximum temperature shows upward surge and mercury hovers around 40-41 degrees and even sometimes known to have surpassed 43-44 degrees Celsius mark. But the disturbances in nature’s cycle has brought down the mercury to 32 degrees Celsius. Even the minimum temperature has nose-dived to 17.4 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal.

Such is the chill in air that citizens are contemplating bring out woollens from the closet. However, citizens, who preferred to remain indoors, were experiencing more inconvenience due to rise in humidity. The humidity, on Monday, at highest point was 98 per cent.

Meanwhile, for last three days, the city has been battered by high velocity wind. During late afternoon, the sun suddenly gets behind thick dark clouds, and then it starts pouring.

Further, complications are due to the fact that falling raindrops are so chilled that people are avoiding to step out. In fact, on Monday, citizens were seen wearing raincoats as it rained heavily especially during late evening. AS per the Meteorology Department, the forecast for April 14 is fairly widespread rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm all over Vidarbha.

The disturbance in the region is due to upper air cyclonic circulation over West Madhya Pradesh and stretching to interior Maharashtra.

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V-C Dr Kane unveils plan to revamp exam system

Dr S P Kane, the new Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Monday declared his ambitious road-map to revamp entire examination system and to make it m... Read More
Dr S P Kane, the new Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Monday declared his ambitious road-map to revamp entire examination system and to make it more accountable, transparent, credible and time-bound. Inordinate delay in declaring results will become a thing of distant past, Dr Kane confidently stated while interacting with mediapersons.

Admitting that examination system which is the backbone of the university, has collapsed, Dr Kane announced a new and very promising beginning in his first official press conference as Vice-Chancellor. Dr Kane had worked as Controller of Examinations (CoE) and knows the undercurrents of the examination system. On the basis of that experience, probably, he realised that examination system should be strengthened.

While unveiling his plans, Dr Kane said, “There is no uniformity in examination system in any of the universities in State. We want to streamline it here. Every year examination is conducted by university. Now, as per the new system, we will ask colleges to conduct examinations of 50 per cent marks and examinations of remaining 50 per cent marks will be conducted by the university. Colleges will conduct examinations of subjective type and university examination will be of objective type. The marks sent by the colleges will be added to the marks given by the university and then the result will be out after eight days.”

Replying to a query, Dr Kane said, “I identified that unavailability of teachers is the biggest problem. So in this new system, I did not keep the need of the teacher or valuers. As half of the examination is supposed to be conducted by college, the malpractices, act of copying will be absent completely.”

Any student who fails and wants to see the answersheet, can pay the required charges and apply for the same. Every student will be given a password through which they can access their marksheets on-line and find out the mistakes. It is not difficult. There are softwares with which this can be easily done, Dr Kane stated.

“Our students fail to deliver in competitive examinations. This is the universally accepted system for judging the students. I am aware that there are less number of teachers in affiliated colleges. So we will form a cluster of the colleges and the teachers will do the valuation. Remember university will conduct audit of examinations conducted by colleges. If any mistake is noticed then the action will be taken,” pointed Dr Kane.

This change in examination will need the permission from the authorities. But V-C Dr Kane said, “I shall not go on my own. I shall not only put this before authorities but also I want suggestion from parents, students, common people and all stakeholders. I am optimistic that authorities would surely support me.”

About appointing Pro-Vice Chancellor, CoE and filling up other vacant posts, Dr Kane said that very soon it would be done.

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The road less travelled: Different generations, different time, one passion - Nature!

After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has exp... Read More
After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has expanded its reach with introducing ‘Alag Raah’ event from April 12. ‘Alag Raah’, a monthly Prayas-Sevankur initiative to publicise stories of heroes living next door to us, who have journeyed along their own path in life while achieving a measurable social impact, was launched from Sunday. First edition include three personalities representing different generations, different backgrounds but sharing one passion - love for nature.

Dr Anil Pimpalapure, well-known dentist of Nagpur, who is better known for his contribution in protection of endangered birds, wildlife and nature conservation was the first guest. Pediatrician and a Forensic expert Dr Tarique Sani, who is also a serious amateur wild life photographer was the second guest while Dr.Rohan Chakravarty, a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer dedicated his life for wildlife conservation was the third guest. These three guests were the representatives of three generations, still, were very much connected through their unconditional love for nature and wildlife. The interactive programme coordinated by Prajakta Atul and Dr Avinash Saoji received an overwhelming response by select audience present at Mundle Hall.

“To be passionate about something and pursue it with dedication as a career is in fact the true basis of living. This is very much possible,” said Dr Anil Pimpalapure. Practicing dentist since 1980, he developed interest in wildlife since 1983 and started his study on Great Indian Bustard from 1987. Dr Pimpalapure founded Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sanghatan and contributing in protection of endangered bird species, nature conservation since then.

“We spare little time for our hobbies, our families, or our passions. Yet these are the things that make life worth living and what we work so hard to earn money for,” said Dr Tarique Sani. A multi-talented personality, he has published in more than 50 journals and ornithology books across the world. Dr Sani understands Stock markets, fundamental and technical analysis of companies. Recently, he got certified as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 trainer by Morphicminds.

“A memorable encounter with a beautiful tigress bathing in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary waterhole led me give up my career in dentistry and take up drawing for wildlife and conservation,” said Dr Rohan Chakravarty. He is creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons, comics and illustrations on wild animals; wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability and all things green. With over 250 cartoons and counting, Green Humour is possibly the largest collection of cartoons on wildlife and environment on the web.

‘Alag Raah’ is not just a modified version of ‘Amhi Bighadalo...’, but it is a complete new concept that will bring people working silently in different fields to the fore. Positive and inspiring life stories of these people shared by themselves is a commendable concept.

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The road less travelled: Different generations, different time, one passion - Nature!

After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has exp... Read More
After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has expanded its reach with introducing ‘Alag Raah’ event from April 12. ‘Alag Raah’, a monthly Prayas-Sevankur initiative to publicise stories of heroes living next door to us, who have journeyed along their own path in life while achieving a measurable social impact, was launched from Sunday. First edition include three personalities representing different generations, different backgrounds but sharing one passion - love for nature.

Dr Anil Pimpalapure, well-known dentist of Nagpur, who is better known for his contribution in protection of endangered birds, wildlife and nature conservation was the first guest. Pediatrician and a Forensic expert Dr Tarique Sani, who is also a serious amateur wild life photographer was the second guest while Dr.Rohan Chakravarty, a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer dedicated his life for wildlife conservation was the third guest. These three guests were the representatives of three generations, still, were very much connected through their unconditional love for nature and wildlife. The interactive programme coordinated by Prajakta Atul and Dr Avinash Saoji received an overwhelming response by select audience present at Mundle Hall.

“To be passionate about something and pursue it with dedication as a career is in fact the true basis of living. This is very much possible,” said Dr Anil Pimpalapure. Practicing dentist since 1980, he developed interest in wildlife since 1983 and started his study on Great Indian Bustard from 1987. Dr Pimpalapure founded Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sanghatan and contributing in protection of endangered bird species, nature conservation since then.

“We spare little time for our hobbies, our families, or our passions. Yet these are the things that make life worth living and what we work so hard to earn money for,” said Dr Tarique Sani. A multi-talented personality, he has published in more than 50 journals and ornithology books across the world. Dr Sani understands Stock markets, fundamental and technical analysis of companies. Recently, he got certified as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 trainer by Morphicminds.

“A memorable encounter with a beautiful tigress bathing in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary waterhole led me give up my career in dentistry and take up drawing for wildlife and conservation,” said Dr Rohan Chakravarty. He is creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons, comics and illustrations on wild animals; wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability and all things green. With over 250 cartoons and counting, Green Humour is possibly the largest collection of cartoons on wildlife and environment on the web.

‘Alag Raah’ is not just a modified version of ‘Amhi Bighadalo...’, but it is a complete new concept that will bring people working silently in different fields to the fore. Positive and inspiring life stories of these people shared by themselves is a commendable concept.

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‘Multidisciplinary approach in health care is need of the hour’

“In order to ensure success of schemes like Health for All or National Rural Health Mission etc. in India, the Government should involve all healthcare pathies to work together. Every health ca... Read More
“In order to ensure success of schemes like Health for All or National Rural Health Mission etc. in India, the Government should involve all healthcare pathies to work together. Every health care science has its own limitations. No pathy is perfect, hence, it is needed to use the best from every pathy for the health care of entire mankind,” said National President of Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians (IIHP) and Managing Editor of Rational Physicians, Dr Ramakan B Dagade.

Dr Dagade was here to attend the technical discussion organized by Nagpur Chapter of IIHP at CPWD Guest House to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, father of homoeopathy.

Talking to The Hitavada, Dr Dagade expressed a concern over the young graduates and post graduates of Homoeopathy practicing Allopathy. He said, “Youths must have a faith in own pathy. Homoeopathy is the science of medicine which can be compared with even all health care education. Improvement and standardization of homoeopathy education across the country is must for building the faith in this system. Persons who are practicing homeopathic medicines throughout their lives and who have clinical orientation should be given a chance to work as teachers in homoeopathy colleges. Some changes have to be made in the education pattern.”

Dr Dagade compared the principles of Homoeopathy with Yoga, Ayurveda and other health care sciences.

“Yogic principles are based on Chaitanya Shakti (Consciousness) while the Homeopathy is based on vital force. In Homoeopathy, the concept of homeostatic balance on physical levels is expanded to include the mental and emotional realms as well. In other words, one's body, mind and emotions are viewed as always working to maintain a relative degree of homeostasis or balance. Because the body, mind and emotions respond in unity to stress, the Homoeopathic approach to understanding disease is holistic. This is very similar to Yoga,” he pointed out.

Even Ayurveda is the science which is based on the principles of Tridosha i.e. Kapha, Vata and Pitta. In Homoeopathy, Psora, Syphilis and Sycosis are the three fundamental causes of all chronic diseases that afflict the human race as discovered by Dr Hahnemann and called them miasms. This word is derived from Greek word miaism meaning pollution. Syphilis and Sycosis are the venereal and contagious chronic diseases, whereas Psora is a non-venereal chronic disease. Psora is present from the beginning to end of life and is the root cause of most of the diseases. These principles have resemblance with Ayurveda, Dr Dagade stated.

In Pediatrics and Geriatric patients Homoeopathy can do wonders in treatment of various diseases. It is needed to have interdisciplinary approach amongst health care professionals to serve humanity better, Dr Dagade expressed.

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NMC neglecting building material dumped on road

Residents of the Orange City are facing hardships due to illegal dumping of construction materials on internal roads. The dumped material is causing disruption to smooth flow of traffic in many... Read More
Residents of the Orange City are facing hardships due to illegal dumping of construction materials on internal roads. The dumped material is causing disruption to smooth flow of traffic in many areas. Surprisingly, the local body is turning blind eye towards this problem. So far, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has not taken any cognizance or issued notice or levied fine on builders concerned for using public roads for dumping construction material. The residents of Prashant Nagar, Samarth Nagar, Ajni Chuna Bhatti, and East Samarth Nagar, Gajanan Nagar are facing inconvenience for last several months. Sand, bricks, iron, cement bags, gravel, wooden logs and other essential items for construction activity for a house or business establishment are found merrily dumped on roads, forcing vehicles to take alternative route from whatever little space available on the road.

Ironically, the local body neither initiated action against the builders concerned nor took any note of complaints lodged by local residents. Further, a stationary truck MH-34/A-3473 is blocking the road near FCI godown for last several months.

On several occasions High Court has directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation to take action against stationary vehicles occupying road space but all directions have been honoured only in breach. The localities that a facing the problem fall under Sai Mandir ward 56 represented by senior corporator of BJP Munna Yadav and Usha Nishitkar. The construction activities are rampant in these localities from dawn to dusk but nobody cares about hardships faced by the common man.

Commuters, especially two-wheeler riders and pedestrians are hit hard due to this encroachment on public space. Petty mishaps are frequent in the areas and in many cases, citizens have suffered injuries. Though the civic body has already warned against such activities and threatened to slap fine against violators, but seldom this warning are materialised. Interestingly, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Kakde resides in one of the affected areas but he too has not instructed the zone office concerned.

Construction activities are going around for years in the area and residents are irked by this problem persisting for most period of the year. Then Home Minister R R Patil, during his visit to one of the most distinguished residents, had expressed deep concern over the sorry state of affairs and had pulled up the authorities for putting citizens’ life in jeopardy.

Despite repeated complaints, zone offices seem to be oblivious to hardships faced by residents for reasons best known to them.

A few days ago, a school-going boy sustained injuries while moving on the road near Yashodham Enclave Building in Prashant Nagar due to dumping of sand for construction work. Such incidents are a routine in most of the areas and citizens are awaiting solution to the problem and action against the guilty.

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Jail wall height to be increased up to 20 ft

Snapped into action after the sensational jail break, jail administration has woken-up to tighten the security measures and first thing being done is to increase the height of perimeter wall. R... Read More
Snapped into action after the sensational jail break, jail administration has woken-up to tighten the security measures and first thing being done is to increase the height of perimeter wall. Right now the wall at Central Jail here is 14 feet high and now authorities have decided to raise its height to 20 feets, said the sources. This is the first of several new measures being thought in light of exposure of severe lacunae in security management inside Central Jail. The incident was a severe embarrassment for Maharashtra Police and jail administration in particular.

The incident came even as Maharashtra Legislature was in session and put Government in sorry light. But Government responded fast and constituted a high level probe committee and also pulled-up jail officials for laxity.

Till now nobody thought such a high wall would be scaleable. But the equation changed overnight after five members of Raja Ghous gang escaped scaling the wall on March 31. So in aftermath of internal inquiry as well as visits of top officials of Maharashtra Police the jail administration drew-up new plan to redraw security arrangements. Apart from raising the height the officials also wants fencing on the top to further deter any future escape plans.

Officials of Public Works Department (PWD) were contacted by jail administration and discussion were held on raising the height of perimeter wall. The wall falls on back side of Central Jail towards Chunabhatti from where the under trails made good their escape. CCTV network: Another new thing that has been put in place is ban on entry of all type of tempo/trucks inside the jail. Earlier, vehicle could move in and this was flagged off as serious violation. Hence, administration has now instructed to unload supplies outside the jail and then move them manually.

Similarly, proposal for installation of CCTV and scanners is being drawn-up and will be sent to Pune based headquarters of Prisons for sanction of funds. The CCTV cameras would be installed at all entry and exit point so that any manual overlap can immediately be countered with machine help.

The Central Jail houses 2,000 inmates, including some high profile under trials including Yakub Menon, the Bombay blast accused who is awaiting hanging, underworld figure Arun Gawli, hardcore naxalites. Local thugs and notorious goons of city are also lodged in the jail. Scanners are also being procured as another measure to prevent import of unauthorised products. The door frames would be installed right near the entrance gate the sources said so that changes of smuggling in any electronic of prohibited things could be detected well in time.

Another long term measure as announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is installation of jammers in Central Jail to jam use of electronic equipments.

Rich haul of banned objects in Central Jail

During the last eight days , total 243 illegal items were seized from Central Jail. In fact recovery of so many mobile handsets came as a shocker. As the sensational jailbreak case triggered alarm, the entire police administration woke-up to harsh realities. Jailors from outside Nagpur were called and a through search of entire Central Jail campus was undertaken which yielded a rich haul of banned objects. The seizure list speaks volume about work culture of the jail. The Hitavada which got a copy of list of illegal items that were seized from the jail. The statistics reveals that total 75 mobiles phones along with 72 mobile phone batteries, four pen drives, 28 mobile phone charges, 15 sim cards, five ganja packets and 44 others items were seized from the jail till Sunday.

According to sources, mobile phones and others items were hidden in the toilets, bathroom and floors. The electronic items were wrapped in the polythene bags and then concealed in toilets. Everything was done very smartly and jail officials it seems did not take any strict measures to ensure that mobiles were not used inside the jail premises.

Most shocking facts was that police had recovered four mobile phones, four batteries, six mobile phone charges, one sim cards from Government Press inside the Central Jail. It can be mentioned that the jail inmates were deployed for work in the press and it seems they were extensively using mobile phones from the press.

Deputy Inspector Genera (DIG) (Prison), East Vidarbha Region, Shashikant Shinde, admitted that seizure of banned items is very shocking and added that those found guilty will not be spared. “We are conducting searches everyday and security of the jail has been increased,” the DIG further said.

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Irrigation potential of 1,92,134 Ha in Vidarbha caught in forest tangle

At least 33 irrigation projects in rainfed region of Vidarbha are affected by forest issues. In fact, of these projects with combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares, Vidarbha Irrigat... Read More
At least 33 irrigation projects in rainfed region of Vidarbha are affected by forest issues. In fact, of these projects with combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has been able to complete only four projects with combined irrigation potential of 8,011 hectares only so far.

Even if one considers the latest claims of VIDC that work on seven projects with total irrigation potential of 2,56,040 hectares is in progress, it still leaves irrigation potential of 1,92,134 hectares caught in the tangle of issues pertaining to diversion of forest land. “In short, only 1.70 per cent of targeted irrigation potential has been created in 8-10 years. This clearly shows callous and casual attitude of Maharashtra Government towards the people of Vidarbha in all these years,” said Adv Avinash Kale, Convener, Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti.

Adv Kale, who dug the information out from VIDC, has written a letter in this regard to the Governor of Maharashtra. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that he had sought information about 33 irrigation projects with VIDC caught in the tangle of forest and environmental clearance issues. In response, VIDC apprised him on April 1, 2015, that these 33 projects required only 5,373.23 hectares of forest area to create combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares.

Of these projects, four with irrigation potential of 8,011 hectares have been completed. These four projects are namely Bhiwapur in Amravati district with irrigation potential of 360 hectares, Goki in Yavatmal district with irrigation potential of 7,080 hectares, Kasola in Washim district with potential to irrigate 260 hectares, and Lodhisitapar lift irrigation scheme with potential to irrigate 311 hectares.

Seven other projects namely Lower Painganga in Yavatmal district, Karajkhed lift irrigation scheme in Bhandara district, Pindkepar in Gondia, Katepurna barrage in Akola, Wasni (Bujruk) in Amravati, Dindora barrage in Chandrapur, and Kanhan Nadi (Kochi barrage) in Nagpur district, have got final approval for diversion of forest land required. As per the communication of VIDC received by Adv Kale, the construction work on these projects is in progress. These seven projects together required forest area of 1,281.13 hectares, to pave way for creating combined irrigation potential of 2,56,040 hectares. Of these, only Lower Painganga project has potential to irrigate 2,27,271 hectares. These seven projects had got ‘in-principle’ approval for diversion of forest land between 2007 and 2010.

Sadly, remaining 22 projects with combined irrigation potential of 1,92,134 hectares are still caught in forest tangle. And, VIDC has submitted a proposal to the Government to ‘omit’ three projects citing ‘technical reasons’. These three projects include Saleheti (irrigation potential of 430 hectares) and Sonkund (792 hectares) in Bhandara district, Salod (38 hectares) in Amravati district. Further, due to callous approach, ‘in principle’ approval to Ranbodi feeder canal in Nagpur district has lapsed, as in more than five years since the ‘in principle’ approval was received, nothing could move on ground.

For remaining projects, VIDC has paid to Forest Department the amount of ‘Net Present Value’ (NPV) running into crores of rupees for diversion of forest land. For instance, for six projects namely Human (Chandrapur), Ajansara barrage (Wardha), Goki (Yavatmal), Vanjari Nala (Gondia), Parwa Pohra (Washim), and Wardha barrage (Yavatmal), VIDC has deposited with Forest Department an amount of Rs 194.77 crore as against NPV. Nnow, the proposals for diversion of forest land for these six projects are ‘under process’ for final approval.

“Five projects namely Chorkhamara in Nagpur district; Jambhli, Suparsal, Dhamditola, and Pindkepar projects in Gondia district are in local sector. VIDC has informed me that the action regarding these projects is expected from Water Resources Department,” Adv Kale told ‘The Hitavada’. VIDC data reveals that crores of rupees have been spent on some of the irrigation projects without even obtaining necessary final approval for diversion of forest land, alleged Adv Kale.

“This is very serious and shocking matter. It is a cause of great concern for people of Vidarbha. Hence, I have appealed to the Governor to take cognisance of this and take positive steps to provide relief to people of rainfed region of Vidarbha,” he added. As Vidarbha region has been deprived of irrigation development over the years due to ‘inertness and inaction on part of Maharashtra Government’, Adv Kale said, people have been raising the demand for statehood to the region.

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HC orders PWD to provide coolers in courtrooms, judges’ chambers

Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL), Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Ananat M Badar at the High Court have ordered the State Public Works Department (PWD) to provide dessert coo... Read More
Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL), Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Ananat M Badar at the High Court have ordered the State Public Works Department (PWD) to provide dessert coolers in all courtrooms and judges’ chambers. The court directed the PWD to co-ordinate with other departments concerned of State Administration to get adequate funds released within next 10 days. The PIL was filed by High Court Bar Association Secretary.

999 The Court has directed the Additional Chief Secretary, State PWD, Anand B Kulkarni to see that funds are made available within the stipulated time for compliance in terms of the High Court’s order of March 4 last and the directives issued on April 11. The respondent -authorities have been directed to file compliance report coinciding with the next date of hearing of the PIL, around 3 weeks after release of funds. In the affidavit placed on record of the PIL, Kulkarni has submitted that after co-ordinating with officers of the other departments, he got estimates prepared for the requirement and expenses needed to be sanctioned.

He has expressed hope that administrative approval and release of funds would be there in 3 months and execution of the work order in two months after those are issued. The court has noted that the judges, lawyers and staff have to toil hard in summer.

Advocate Sudhir Puranik appeared for the petitioner. Additional Government Pleader Deepak Thakre and Government Pleader Bharti Dangre represented State. Assistant SGI Rohit Deo held brief for State Government.

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Hubby’s friends rape woman

A woman was raped in her home by her husband’s friend two days ago at Purani Basti. The incident happened, when woman’s husband had gone on work on April 8, Wednesday afternoon.

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A woman was raped in her home by her husband’s friend two days ago at Purani Basti. The incident happened, when woman’s husband had gone on work on April 8, Wednesday afternoon.

Police sources informed that victim woman was alone in her home, when the accused duo Pramod Joshi (25) and Suresh Joshi turned up at her home, asking for her husband, who wasn’t there at that time. Both of them forcibly entered the home and after locking her two kids inside another room, one of them Suresh forced himself up on the woman.

When Suresh committing the heinous act inside the home, Pramod was keeping watch outside.

After Suresh, when Pramod also attempted to rape the woman, she somehow mustered up the courage to scream for help. As she shouted for help, accused duo escaped from the scene. She told her husband about the entire incident and after consultation with her family, she finally filed a complaint with the Purani Basti Police Station on Friday.

On her complaint, Purani Basti Police has arrested both the accused and booked them under Section 376 and 366 of Indian Penal Code.

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Surendered SIMI operative makes some startling revealations

Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative Gufran Ahmed, who surrendered in the Court on April 9, made some startling revelation in the police interrogation.

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Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative Gufran Ahmed, who surrendered in the Court on April 9, made some startling revelation in the police interrogation.

Police sources informed that as Gufran Ahmed is an educated youth, he was given place into the think tank of the organisation. Before joining the banned outfit, Gufran was working as a medical representative. Extremists indoctrinated him by showing videos and pictures of Gujarat riots and Babri Masjid demolition.

Police recovered two SIM cards from Gufran Ahmed. Now, the next logical step that police going to take is to obtain the call and message details of the SIM cards. Reportedly, after he was named in the FIR, SIMI leaders sent Gufran to Dubai, where he was working as a caretaker for some local officials. Arrangement of passport and work visa was also made by the top rank SIMI leaders. The laptops recovered from Gufran contained extremely objectionable videos, pictures and most of all blueprints of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

There are three agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA), Intelligence Bureau and Chhattisgarh Police interrogating Gufran. Reportedly, once his remand in Chhattisgarh is over, NIA will be taking him to New Delhi for further investigation.

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CSERC’s hearing on power tariff sees all round protests

Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regularity Commission (CSERC) held hearing for Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16 was conducted on Friday amidst chaos ... Read More
Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regularity Commission (CSERC) held hearing for Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16 was conducted on Friday amidst chaos and mayhem at Officers’ Club situated in the premises of Chhattisgarh State Power Company head-quarters at Dangania.

Representatives from various political and non-political organisations including Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch, Pragatisheel Kissan Sanghatan, Azadi Ka Antim Andolan, etc participated in the Hearing and vehemently opposed the proposal for increasing power tariff amidst shouting of slogans and display of placards and banners. There was a time when Congress party workers forcibly entered the dais where CSERC Chairman Narayan Singh and CSERC Member V K Srivastava were sitting and virtually gheraoed them and presented lanterns before the Commission. Police contingents present on the occasion had to forcibly remove the protestors from the dais.

The Hearing had commenced from 10am in the presence of Chairman Narayan Singh and Member V K Srivastava. As soon as hearing started, CPI(M) workers led by Dharmaraj Mahapatra entered the hall while shouting slogans.

They also showed black flags to the Commission. He said the power consumers will be getting high voltage jolt if the proposals for increasing power tariff forwarded by the State Power Companies are approved by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC). Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd which is supplying power to its consumers particularly domestic, have proposed for 35 percent hike in tariff to overcome the losses incurred over Rs 2400 crore in previous two financial years.

Mahapatra further stated that what is the use of centralized hearing in the Capital if people from districts like Koriya, Bastar, Sukma who will be affected from the power hike are not able to attend the hearing. Such hearings should be conducted in every division as earlier. He also added that instead of putting the burden of loss on common people, the CSPDCL should recover the Rs 1500 crores from the defaulters particularly comprising of industrialists and government offices.

Rajkumar Gupta representing Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch and Pragatisheel Kisaan Sanghatan stated that it is unfortunate that CSERC is holding hearing in the premises of CSPC, which raises the question of its being impartial. He said CSPDCL has incurred losses due to its own mistakes and wrong policies as well as violation of norms. Why should the common people be burdened for the mistakes made by power companies, in fact they should penalized for that.

Mayor Pramod Dubey while speaking at the hearing took up the issue of charges levied against System Strengthening Charge. He said Rs 4500 per Kilowatt is being charged. He said such charges are levied on EWS connections also. Taking up the issue of hiking tariff of street lights from Rs 2.85 per unit to Rs 3.50 per unit, the Mayor virtually threatened that if this hike is not withdrawn the Raipur Municipal Corporation will start levying taxes on every electric pole and installations of CSPDCL. He said the CSPDCL has increased fixed charges from Rs 74 per KW to Rs 135 per KW. He demanded that such charges should be reverted.

Azadi Ka Antim Andolan Convener Imran Pasha also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Alike previous years, this year also, the Chhattisgarh Power Companies including Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd, Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Ltd and Chhattisgarh and State Power Distribution Company Ltd have deposited their proposals on January 1, 2015. According to sources, the power companies have proposed power tariff of 32-35 percent to recover the losses worth Rs 2450 crore which these companies have incurred in due course of time. As per the proposals, these companies have incurred loss to the tune of Rs 1000 crore in the current financial year 2014-15 while it had incurred losses to the tune of Rs 1450 crore in the financial year 2013-14. In order to bridge these losses, the power companies have demanded hike in power tariff.

It is worth mentioning here that the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd had targeted an income of Rs 8590 crore, against which, the company could earn only Rs 7500 crore. In order to bridge this loss, CSPDCL has urged CSERC to make provisions so that the incurred loss estimated at Rs 1000 crore can be overcome. However, the increase in power tariff might create more problems for the state government which is already in the receiving end due to paddy procurement, bonus and ration cards. But since there is no election in near future, the state government may go ahead with the hike.

Congress boycotts ‘hearing’

Chhattisgarh Congress on Friday boycotted the proceedings of ‘hearing’ being conducted by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) for the Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16. Earlier the Congress leaders and workers opposed the proposed hike of power tariff and sat on dharna before the Commission during the hearing process.

Taking up the issue that during the hearing process being held in the premises of Chhattisgarh State Power Company head-quarters in Dangania, the Congress leaders led by former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak and Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay raised the issue that CSERC although conducting Public Hearing but its banners and posters is displaying the work Hearing, which is unethical.

Pandemonium was created in the hall where hearing was undergoing which virtually led to impasse into the proceedings as the Congress workers were shouting slogans against the state government as well as the CSERC. Eminent lawyer and former Congress Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak who was speaking at the moment had to stop her speech as Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay rushed into the proceedings along with his supporters displaying a CSERC banner and raised question as to whether the Commission was conducting hearing or public hearing.

Former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak then urged the CSERC Chairman Narayan Singh to give his ruling in this direction as the CSERC is quasi-judicial body. She stated CSERC should clarify whether it was hearing or public hearing. She asked till previous years, all CSERC advertisements and notices had stated public hearing, whether that process was correct or the process today is correct.

Chairman Narayan Singh then clarified that as per provisions laid under Section 62 and Section 86 it is aptly clear that it is ‘Hearing’, and objections and appeals of all concerned and affected parties will be heard during the hearing. On this, Nayak questioned, if it is Hearing, then whether the CSERC had issued notification and provided copies of petition filed by power companies to each and every power consumer who will affected from this Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation process. She said the CSERC has only made public announcement and called people to attend the process and submit their demands and objections, which comes under category of public hearing.

The CSERC Chairman as well as CSERC officials couldn’t gave satisfactory answers to these objections raised by the Congress. They stated that as per provisions it is Hearing and CSERC will be hearing the objections and demands of every concerned person or organizations. Unsatisfied with the answer the Congress boycotted the proceedings and left the hearing.

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Damoh, CMHO caught red-handed taking bribe

These days, the corruption at District Health Offices is on rise despite several directives from the Government. On Friday, Dr OP Gautam, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Damoh was caug... Read More
These days, the corruption at District Health Offices is on rise despite several directives from the Government. On Friday, Dr OP Gautam, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Damoh was caught red handed by Sagar Lokayukt while he was taking bribe of Rs 10,000 from a multi health worker at his house to reinstate him. The Multi purpose Health Workers was suspended by the CMHO due to carelessness in work few months ago. Before reaching to house of Dr Gautam to give of Rs 10,000, the Lokayukt police caught him red handed. When contacted Dr Nidhi Vyas, Divisional Joint Director, Sagar division, said she was in field to monitor the immunization programme so she does not have any information about bribe taking by the Damoh CMHO Dr O P Gautam, CMHO said he was deliberately implicated by some politically influential people. “I never take bribe for any work it is conspiracy against me. I could not understand when a multipurpose health worker was giving me Rs 10,000 and then Lokayukt police was there to catch me, he said.

Anuppur CMHO suspended for purchasing substandard drugs

Govt Suspends Anuppur CMHO for purchasing substandard drugs.

Despite several directives from senior health officers from state capital to all districts’ CMHOs to refrain from purchasing substandard drugs and get the drugs tested before placing order to the company, Dr R P Shrivastava, CMHO, Anuppur is said to have purchased substandard drugs about two months ago. A team of senior health officers from state capital had gone to Anuppur and investigated the matter ,found the CMHO guilty. On Friday , he was suspended. Many efforts were made to contact Dr R P Shrivastava but he could not be contacted.

When contacted Dr Ranjana Gupta, Divisional Joint Director, Shahdol division, confirmed suspension of Dr RP Shrivastava ,said a letter was received from Commissioner, health about his suspension. “ I do not know what exactly the matter was but a team of senior health officers was come to Anuppur to investigate some matter. They had taken some documents along with them two months, she said. “ There is shortage of doctors in Government hospitals, if the Government suspends them ,should reinstate soon, she said.

A senior officer in directorate of health, pleading anonymity , said that the probe against some more CMHOs regarding financial irregularities, administrative lapses procurement of drugs, excess payments to private hospitals and nursing homes is going these days. Some more CMHOs will be found guilty and be suspended soon.

Divisional Commnr, Indore did not receive reply

Sanjay Dubey, Commissioner, Indore Division, said that he had written to Commissioner Health, about show cause notice last year to take action against Dr Ashok Dagria the then Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Indore. “But I have not yet received any reply from the Directorate of Health.

Senior officer in Health Department said the collectors and commissioners from some parts of the State wrote against the respective districts’ CMHOs. The complaints are laying pending for months.

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Blame game over safety loopholes in BRTS Corridor begins

With the conditions getting out of hand in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Corridor, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Traffic Police are blaming each other for the prevailing conditions. Bo... Read More
With the conditions getting out of hand in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Corridor, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Traffic Police are blaming each other for the prevailing conditions. Both parties are accusing each other for the continuous problems in the corridor where numerous accidents have started raising questions. Meanwhile the MP Human Rights Commission has directed traffic police and the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to work jointly for improving the conditions, providing safe way to people in the corridor.

It is worth mentioning that in last 6 months there have been over 50 accidents in the BRTS Corridor where 14 causalities have been reported. 10 such causalities have been reported from road accidents in the Corridor while 4 deaths were caused due to low floor buses. Meanwhile the Corporation and Traffic Police are yet to take remedial steps to control the increasing number of accidents.

Officials in the Corporation said that the traffic police should start penalizing all such people driving inside the Corridor. Unless strict actions are taken there won’t be much development, while officials in the traffic police said that Corporation needs to deploy traffic wardens in the Corridor along with installing gates at the junctions.

Shalini Dixit, ASP Traffic while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that the commission has directed for installation of CCTV cameras in the corridor, along with deploying traffic wardens. However there is a need to aware people as well and Corporation needs to implement the plans.

Premshankar Shukla, PRO, BMC said that traffic police needs to start penalizing and take some harsh action against people driving in the Corridor, especially in night. He said that we will deploy wardens in Corridor but a driver who has consumed liquor will not think twice before running them over. Therefore traffic Police needs to take action.

It is worth mentioning that the State Human Rights Commission has directed Corporation and Police to work jointly to control the increasing number of accidents in the Corridor.

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TB Hospital officers deny sending patients home without treatment for want of drugs

Senior health officers said that they did not know about sending TB patients at their home by TB doctors on Thursday without treatment ,saying them the State TB hospital has no drugs.

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Senior health officers said that they did not know about sending TB patients at their home by TB doctors on Thursday without treatment ,saying them the State TB hospital has no drugs.

Pankaj Agrawal, Commissioner, Health said that he did not know whether state TB hospital doctors in city sent TB patients home without treatment for want of drugs.

“ You have brought the issue in my knowledge, I will initiate inquiry into the matter. it is not the matter whether the World Health Organisation (WHO) or Government of India officers’ team coming to visit TB hospital. The TB patients should be given proper treatment, it is our duty. How it happened I do not know, Commissioner, health said. A senior officer in directorate of health said the hospital doctors were writing to their senior officers for the last one year about shortage of drugs compared to the number of patients. But the officers sitting at directorate of health , looking after TB national programme overlooked their drugs shortage demand. When the doctors found no drugs they had sent back the patients in serious condition.

When contacted Dr KL Sahu, Director, health looking after the TB national programme, said he did not know whether the TB hospital doctors sent back home patients without treatment saying there was no drugs. “I could not find time to know about the reason. I was busy in some other work, he said.

When contacted Dr Kaushal Kumar, in charge Superintendent, State TB hospital said he went to directorate of health to explain the matter.

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Deliberations begin on possible date of Cabinet reshuffle

With the conclusion of two-day State-level executive meeting, now discussion has started in BJP that when vacant posts of corporations and boards would be filled by Government. Likewise, delibe... Read More
With the conclusion of two-day State-level executive meeting, now discussion has started in BJP that when vacant posts of corporations and boards would be filled by Government. Likewise, deliberations have started on the possible date of cabinet reshuffle. The aspirants for coveted posts have now intensified their lobbying by seeking blessing of senior leaders. Air is thick with the news that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan would go for cabinet expansion after appointments in corporations and boards.

“I think that as the time of membership drive has increased by a month hence chances of appointments in corporations and boards would be in the end of the month and later cabinet reshuffle would be done,” said a BJP leader to ‘The Hitavada’.

As government has started mulling to fill vacant posts in corporations and boards hence aspirant for posts have become more active. They are leaving no stone unturned to realise their dreams and henceforth they have started to make strong point for getting the coveted posts of president and vice president in corporations and boards.

Already, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had stated clearly that those who will become president and Vice-President in corporations and boards will not get the ticket of MLAs and MPs in next elections. Sources said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had indirectly hinted that appointments would be made in corporations and boards in a week or two weeks. Later on, cabinet reshuffle would be done. It is widely speculated that some senior MLAs and few ex ministers would be picked up in the cabinet. The names of Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh, Archana Chitnis, Omprakash Saklecha, Kedarnath Shukla, Jagdish Deora are creating ripples as far as cabinet expansion is concerned. While doing cabinet expansion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would try to keep balance between caste and region.

It is speculated that two senior ministers who have crossed age of seventy faces the chances of being dropped but so far no clear cut indication had come from government in this regard.

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Kamlakant, Satyanarayan on remand till April 15

Jehangirabad police produced former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former Deputy Secretary Kamlakant Sharma before court and took them on police remand till April 15. Both are accused in appoint... Read More
Jehangirabad police produced former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former Deputy Secretary Kamlakant Sharma before court and took them on police remand till April 15. Both are accused in appointments made against norms in assembly secretariat during the period of Congress regime.

“We have taken Kamlakant Sharma and Satyanarayan Sharma on police remand till April 15,” said CSP Jehangirabad Salim Khan to “The Hitavada”. Both of them were called for interrogation at Jehangirabad police station on Thursday and later they were arrested.

This case, which was filed against more than one dozen people on the complaint made by assembly secretariat, in February had generated enough heat as it includes names of former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, former Speaker Srinivas Tiwari as accused. All the appointments that are under the cloud of controversy were made during the period 1993 till 2003. One of the accused, A K Pyasi had retired as Principal Secretary. A committee had probed the irregular appointments made in assembly during the tenure of Congress regime.

It is learnt that Satyanarayan Sharma had got appointed as LDC in 1993 and got regular promotions and due to this reason he succeeded to reach till the post of Secretary. An IAS officer require at least 16 to 18 years of time in reaching till this coveted post.

During the period of interrogation, Jehangirabad police would try to know that how Satyanarayan Sharma and Kamlakant Sharma managed to get appointments and who helped them in getting the heavyweight posts despite the fact that they were not eligible for it.

Meanwhile, Congress Chief Spokesman KK Mishra said arrest of former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former deputy secretary Kamlakant Sharma was done with the vengeance feeling.

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Congress never bothered for farmers when in power: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken opposition on target by telling that farmer was nowhere in the agenda of Congress when it was in power and now when it is away from power it is shed... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken opposition on target by telling that farmer was nowhere in the agenda of Congress when it was in power and now when it is away from power it is shedding crocodile tears on farmers. Chouhan also claimed that crop insurance scheme started by then UPA Government is faulty and it is rather looting peasants and filling the stomachs of insurance companies.

Henceforth, Central Government would be requested over the issue and even permission would be sought for forming separate insurance scheme for Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan was addressing the concluding session of two-day state executive meeting of BJP in State capital on Friday.

Chouhan trained guns towards Digvijay Singh by saying that at the time of Congress regime, compensation of Rs 500 was given for per hectare but in BJP regime compensation has increased to Rs 15,000 per hectare. Even those crops were included in compensation package which were not included in RBC norms earlier. Talking about land acquisition bill, which has generated enough heat with Congress dubbing it as pro industrialist and bane to farmers, Chouhan said lies are being spread by opposition over the land bill after it failed to get anything. There is not at all need to make change compensation mentioned in 2013 bill.

He added that BJP had received sound victory in local body elections, lok sabha elections and assembly elections hence from top to bottom there is BJP. He urged party workers to accept the victory with humbleness. Talking about various successful schemes of his government, he said in Congress regime, irrigation facility was limited till 7 lakh hectares which had now increased till 30 lakh hectare. However, government is not content and wants to take irrigation facility till 40 lakh hectare. To achieve this target, lands would be needed to construct the dams.

Government had also decided to give bonus on wheat in other form and money had been arranged in this regard. Narmada river is life line of Madhya Pradesh and a scheme would be started for poor’s for circumambulation of this pious river and pledged to started scheme to make Narmada a pollution free river. He underlined for crop pattern change and one alternative earning option along with farming.

On this occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said BJP is the lone political party whose leaders, workers and government works could not be matched by any other political party. Congress is on the verge of end in entire country and it is due to this reason that it is making desperate attempts to put negative things before masses with the intention to malign the image of Government. BJP National Vice President Prabhat Jha, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and BJP State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon have also addressed the concluding session of the meeting.

Agriculture proposal was also passed in the meeting. It was presented by Kisan Morcha state president Bansilal Gurjar in which successful launched by Shivraj Government to make agriculture a profitable business was highlighted.On this occasion, senior leader Kailash Narayan Sarang, MP Dr Satyanarayan Jatia, Vikram Verma, MP Faggan Singh Kulaste, home minister Babulal Gaur.

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Plea on Barodiya Trust Narsinghpur disposed off

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice J K Maheshwari has given directions in the issue related to Shri Dev Ramchandra Ji Mandir Barodiya Pipariya, Kareli Tehsil, Narsingh... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice J K Maheshwari has given directions in the issue related to Shri Dev Ramchandra Ji Mandir Barodiya Pipariya, Kareli Tehsil, Narsinghpur District is a registered public trust, having its land, area 10.275 hectare land which was auctioned in favour of respondent Balkrishna Mannar. The single bench has directed that the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department or Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, as the case may be, shall look into matter and ensure that their officers should not submit incorrect facts along with affidavit in their reply. Erring officer be also dealt with law and action taken be intimated to this court within a period of six months. In view of the aforesaid, this petition stands disposed off. The petition was filed by Nemichand Nayak, through Advocate Ajay S Raijada seeking relief that the court to quash auction proceedings in favour of respondent Balkrishna Mammar and to quash entire action including proceedings of dated December 6, 2012, and to direct an impartial enquiry into entire controversy. The court to take suitable action against Balkrishna Mammar in furtherance of FIR filed by Tehsildar and to direct respondent Collector to see that the fund is utilised properly. The single bench in its order said, in view of the aforesaid, this court is unable to accept stand as taken by the Government and that too by an officer, who is holding post of the Deputy Collector. It is to be noted here that making an incorrect statement before the court amounts to contempt of court but in any case this court is not inclined to proceed for such harsh action at present. If a writ petition has been filed and cognisance is taken by a court issuing a notice, however, at the time of filing counter reply by the respondent, it is their duty to bring correct facts before the court and not to defend anyone by the Government as litigant. The single bench added that “In view of foregoing discussion, it is apparent that relief as prayed for cannot be directed at present because the period of contract is going to elapse by May 5, 2015 and the amount has been deposited though after filing the reply by the State Government. However, it is directed that after expiry of the period of contract, fresh auction proceedings be held by competent authority in accordance with law and be granted to highest bidder, ensuring compliance of terms and condition of auction notice. So far as furnishing of incorrect information by officer before court is concerned, it is directed that the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department or the Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, as the case may be, shall look into the matter and ensure that their officers should not submit the incorrect facts along with the affidavit in their reply. The erring officer be also dealt with in accordance with law and the action taken be intimated to this court within a period of six months. In view of the aforesaid, this petition stands disposed off.” Advocate Ajay Raizada appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Amit Seth, Government Advocate for respondent State.

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Bail plea of ex-VC of Sagar varsity dismissed

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C V Sirpurkar has dismissed bail application filed by Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur Uni... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C V Sirpurkar has dismissed bail application filed by Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur University of Sagar. The single bench in its order said “After careful appraisal of rival contention in backdrop and facts and circumstances of the case and keeping in view evidence collected so far, as also the fact that investigation is still on and chargesheet is yet to be filed, in the opinion of this court application deserves to be rejected. Consequently, first application for bail filed on behalf of the applicant Dr N S Gajbhiye is dismissed.” The single bench has heard first application for bail filed on behalf of applicant Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye in crime registered by CBI ACB, Jabalpur, under Sections 120-B and 419 of the IPC and Sections 13 (2) read with section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

As per prosecution case, applicant was Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar, from 2010 to 2013. During his tenure, direct appointments to post of Assistant Professors in the Department of Forensic Science and Criminology were made.

Applicant entered criminal conspiracy with co-accused Mahendra Karna and Vandana Vinayak to favour them and to appoint them on the post of Assistant Professor even though they were not eligible for the same, for illegal gratification. Thus, applicant committed fraud and criminal misconduct as a public servant.

Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) for respondent CBI on the other hand opposed bail application mainly on grounds that it was found that an amount of Rs 99 lakh was deposited in SB account of the applicant during the period when selection process for appointment of Assistant Professors was on.

There are five other cases of fraud registered against applicant. One case is related to possessing disproportionate assets than known sources of income. A preliminary inquiry is being conducted against applicant regarding irregularities committed in purchase of super computers worth Rs 4.5 crore. The applicant is mastermind of the case. ASG has also submitted that process of selection is governed by the Union Grants Commission Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2010.

ASG for CBI submits that regulations apply to all universities established or incorporated by or under any Central Act, Provincial Act or State Act. ASG invited attention of court to Clause Nos. 3.3.0, 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 of aforesaid regulations and has submitted that during process of selection, was conducted in violation of aforesaid clauses.

However, this is not a case of violation of provisions simplicitor, a huge amount was deposited in bank account of the applicant as well. He has also submitted that as per Section 11 (2) of the Central Universities Act, 2009, Vice Chancellor is Principal Executive and Academic Officer of the University and is required to exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the University. It has further been submitted that the investigation is still on and charge sheet is yet to be filed; therefore, it has been prayed that the application be rejected. “After careful appraisal of rival contention in backdrop and facts and circumstances of case and keeping in view evidence collected so far, as also fact that investigation is still on and chargesheet is yet to be filed, the court said the application should be rejected. Consequently, this first application for bail filed on behalf of applicant Dr Gajbhiye is dismissed,” single bench said. Senior Advocate Anil Khare with Namrata Kesharwani appeared on behalf of applicant, while J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General for respondent CBI, ACB, Jabalpur.

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Jabalpur Forest divn tops in record revenue in State

ENSURING best forestry and wildlife protection, Divisional Forest Office Jabalpur topped in the State by registering record revenue of Rs 263 crore in financial year 2014-15. Annual revenue col... Read More
ENSURING best forestry and wildlife protection, Divisional Forest Office Jabalpur topped in the State by registering record revenue of Rs 263 crore in financial year 2014-15. Annual revenue collection of forest division has increased from Rs 244 crore in 2013-14. Now, Jabalpur Forest Division is targeted to register another record of revenue collection upto Rs 270-280 crore in financial year 2015-16 and plantation of more than 30 lakh saplings and 20 lakh teakwood suit throughout the division.

Even after facing loss of Rs 20 crore due to cutting of dry bamboo the division emerged on top in collection of revenue across the State. Chief Conservator of Forest, Jabalpur Division, B K Mishra, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that record revenue collection has been registered through materialising best management and timely execution of plans. The division started stocking of harvested timber in depot during October and ensured its timely auction and supply. Along with revenue collection, divisional office materialised development works worth Rs 50 crore for regeneration of forest, intensive plantation drive, improvement of forests, fencing of protected forest areas and plantation in urban areas in the division.

CCF B K Mishra added that highest collection of revenue through timber harvesting was registered with Rs 160 crore in Mandla district while revenue collection of Rs 88 crore in Dindori and revenue collection of Rs 12 crore was reported in Jabalpur-Katni circle. The CCF informed that the division already gave surplus target from guidelines of setting annual revenue target. The Division registered revenue collection of Rs 244 crore in 2013-14. According to norms, the division had to be given 10 per cent increased target for 2014-15 but its annual target increased upto 20 per cent. Even after giving s