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State records total average of 454.1 mm rainfall till date

INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total... Read More
INCESSANT rain for past few days has activated the monsoon activities in all 27 districts of the State.

During current Monsoon season from June 1 to July 25, Chhattisgarh has recorded a total average of 454.1mm rainfall. Among all districts, Kanker received the highest rainfall of 701.9mm while the minimum of 268.2mm was recorded at Balrampur district.

According to the State Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Dhamtari district recorded 12.7mm, Gariaband 10.3mm, Kondagaon 9.2mm, Kanker 9.0, Balod 8.8mm, Durg 6mm, Kabeerdham 3.2mm, Korba 3.3mm and Raipur district 2.8mm during last 24 hours ended on Saturday morning.

Similarly, Koriya district recorded 439.9mm rainfall, Surguja 273.9mm, Surajpur 330.3mm, Jashpur 295.4mm, Raigarh 400.4mm, Mahasamund 526.3mm, Raipur 537.2mm, Baloda Bazaar 525.9mm, Gariaband 574.9mm, Janjgir-Champa 413.7mm, Korba 340.9mm, Bilaspur 410.7mm, Mungeli 404.6mm, Kabeerdham 413.1mm, Rajnandgaon 578.5mm, Durg 492mm, Bemetara 546.8mm, Balod 527.3mm, Dhamtari 579mm, Bastar 425mm, Kondagaon 583.3mm, Narainpur 481.7mm, Dantewada 356.1mm, Sukma 406.1mm and Bijapur district 425.5mm.

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Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal to visit Cameroon in Africa

Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10. ... Read More
Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal will be proceeding to Cameroon in Africa to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference scheduled to be held from October 2 to October 10.

It is worth mentioning here that Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which is head-quartered at London, organises conferences every year in one or the other member countries. This time it is being held at Cameroon, where Speaker and Public Representatives from 125 branches of 60 member countries will be attending and discuss upon various subjects of parliamentary system and international cooperation.

In the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon, Speaker and Deputy Speaker from Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, senior Members of Parliament as well as Speakers and Chairmen from State Assemblies participate at the Conference. For the assistance of Indian delegation, the Secretary General of Lok Sabha and three Secretaries of State Assemblies will also participate in the Conference as Secretary to the Indian Delegation.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma has been selected to participate in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Cameroon as Secretary to Indian Delegation.

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Chhattisgarh cricket team hopes to get Ranji clearance in September

Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be pre... Read More
Chhattisgarh cricket team will get clearance for playing in the Ranji Trophy tournaments in September if things go well. “A proposal seeking Ranji status to the state cricket team will be presented in the Annual General Meeting of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) likely to be held in September this year,” said Chhattisgarh State Cricket Sangh (CSCS) President Baldeo Singh Bhatia on Saturday.

Bhatia said he had a meeting with the Technical Committee of BCCI in Mumbai. BCCI chief selector Sandeep Patil was also part of the meeting. The committee has assured that the proposal of CSCS will strongly be presented in the meeting. Bhatia was optimist about Chhattisgarh’s chance of obtaining green signal for the formation of a Ranji team. He said the BCCI decision, if comes in favour, will be a boon for the players of the state from their future point of view.

He also said that a team of BCCI is visiting Raipur in the first week of August for the inspection of facilities for the Champions League T20 matches to be played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Parsads, Raipur from September 13 to 23.

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Ernest & Young appointed technical advisor to CM

Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. T... Read More
Ernst & Young (known as EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom, has been appointed as the technical advisor to Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The company will be advising the Secretariat on policy making as well as proper and effective implementation of social welfare schemes. Sources also informed that the company will control CHiPS and provide all the necessary technical guidance to the Secretariat.

Ernst & Young is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom founded by Arthur Young in 1849 with offices in London, Greater London, United Kingdom, New York, NY, United States of America. The Company is into Assurance Services comprising Financial Audit (core assurance), Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, and Climate Change and Sustainability Services; Tax Services includes Transfer Pricing, International Tax Services, Business Tax Compliance, Human Capital, Customs, Indirect Tax, Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services, Transaction Tax; Advisory Services consisting of four sub-service lines including Actuarial, IT Risk and Assurance, Risk, and Performance Improvement and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) deals with companies’ capital agenda – preserving, optimizing, investing and raising capital.

It is worth mentioning here that Chhattisgarh will be first state in the country which had appointed a specializing corporate entity as full-time technical advisor. The state government has floated global offers for the selection of technical advisor and six companies including Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ernest and Young apart from four other companies. After completing of interview and other selection process, the state government finalized Ernest and Young as the Advisor as the company has good experience of working in Chhattisgarh and had extended its services earlier to CMDC, NRDA, CSIDC and CTD apart from organising successfully the State Investors’ Meet. The company EY is also working upon the agenda of economic development in ten other states also.

Highly placed sources in the state government while confirming the news have stated that the company will work on the agenda of economic development towards achieving the goal of Chhattisgarh government to scale Economic Development Index of the state at 10 percent apart from solving and advising on preparation of policies and technical difficulties. It will also study the policies of other governments both at national and international level and accordingly advice on policy making in the state.

Since the state is facing Naxal problems in 14 out of 27 districts, the company will be advising on proper implementation of government schemes on socio-economic grounds apart from advising on tax fixation, urban development schemes, infrastructure, multi-sector investment encouragement, etc as the state government is initiating various schemes in these directions.

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Petitions disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The divi... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court disposed off petitions challenging demand towards interest on royalty amount founded on conversion factor specified in impugned circulars. The division bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi has dispose off all writ petitions and writ appeals by quashing and setting aside instructions contained in the circular dated August 11, 1993 to 1999, invoke notional conversion factor of 1.6 even in cases where the Assesse was able to substantiate the fact that the actual quantity of limestone consumed was less than 1.6.

Besides quashing that part of the instruction, we are inclined to quash and set aside decision of the Tribunal and the Revisional Authority as also of Assessing Authority in respect of every petitioner(s)/ appellant(s) and including all consequential actions and demand notices based on order of Assessing Authority and instead relegate them before the concerned Assessing Authority to re-examine the issue afresh from the stage of filing of Returns in the light of the observations made hitherto. We also set aside operative order of the Single Judge dismissing writ petitions filed by Appellants and instead grant same relief even to those writ petitioners by relegating them before the Assessing Officer. Accordingly, all writ petitions and writ appeals are disposed of on above terms. All MCCs are disposed of in terms of this order. The division bench has disposed off the various petitions filed by Grasim Industries Limited, Neemuch, Mysore Cement Limited, Century Textiles and Industries Limited, Jaypee Rewa Cements Limited and others. In all these petitions, the challenge is, essentially, to circulars dated December 19, 1992, and August 11, 1993, respectively, in so far as it purport to provide for mode of computation of royalty amount in respect of extracted Limestone by applying conversion factor of 1.6:1 metric 7 tonne. As a consequence of these Circulars, each of the petitioners have been called upon to pay the royalty amount at an uniform rate on the assumption that they have removed and consumed 1.6 Metric Tonne Limestone for manufacturing of 1 Metric Tonne of Cement/Clinker.

For the nature of controversy, brought before this Court, it may not be necessary to advert to the factual position, in detail, in each of these writ petitions. Suffice it to observe that the petitioners are manufacturers of Cement (Ordinary Portland Cement and Pozzolana Portland Cement) and Clinker. The Limestone is the basic ingredient for manufacture of these products. The petitioners claim that they have subsisting mining lease. Some of the petitioners are engaged in the stated business for quite some time, in the concerned area. After expiry of the lease period and coming into force of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (herein after referred to as the "Act of 1957"), the lessees are required to execute lease deed as prescribed in Form-K, as specified under the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960.

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High Court issues directives in PIL against 82 illegal institutes in MP

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning i... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma issued directions in PIL related to 82 institutes in Madhya Pradesh that are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law. The division bench has directed the Secretary of the Department of Higher Education to ensure that inspection teams constituted by the State for the same are made more effective and illegalities, if found, be dealt with in accordance with law.

The division bench in its order said that apart against the institutes identified, if action has not been taken and if an action is proposed to be taken, the same be initiated as per law and a report be submitted to the Registrar General of this court within a period of three months indicating as to what action has been taken or proposed to be taken in the matter. Based on the report that may be submitted by the competent authority of State Government, petitioner is granted liberty to initiate fresh proceedings, if required after a period of three months. With the aforesaid, for the present, this petition is disposed off.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Nityanand Mishra against Secretary, Higher Education Department, Bhopal, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni. Inter-alia contending that certain institutes in Madhya Pradesh are functioning illegally and without proper sanction of law and approval of competent statutory authority, certain courses like MBA, MCA, M.Sc., CS, BCA, PGDCA etc are imparted to students in an illegal manner and in spite of complaints being made, no action is being taken.

The petitioner claiming himself to be a public spirited person has filed this petition, Pro-Bono. Respondent Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, concerned and respondent Higher Education Department the competent authority in the Department of the State Government have filed a detailed reply and from the reply filed by the State Government it transpires that for the purpose of stopping all such illegal activities, a high power committee and an inspection team has been constituted by the State Government and instructions have been issued to all the collectors of the Districts and Commissioners of the Division to conduct periodical inspection and submit their reports. It is stated by the State Government that in pursuance thereto, after this writ petition was filed a detailed enquiry was conducted and in the state certain institutes (82 in numbers) were identified which were found to be functioning without proper sanction of law or in an illegal manner. It is said that FIR has been filed against these institutes and action has been taken.

However, counsel for the petitioner submits that after the State reply was filed and the said list was submitted in 2011, no action has been taken and even today some of the institutes as contended in the list are functioning and illegality continues. Prem Francis, counsel appearing for respondent Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vishwavidyalaya, Katni, University and S Mishra, counsel appearing for Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, submit that as far as these universities are concerned, they have taken action in the matter and there is no illegality in institutes functioning under their jurisdiction. Be that as it may the fact remains that petitioner has highlighted before this court the irregularities and prima facie from the report submitted by the State Government, it is apparent that certain irregularities have been found and certain institutions, about 82, have been prima facie found to be functioning illegally. The list of such institutions has been submitted by the State Government and it is not known as to what action has been taken against these institutes after their identification and the illegalities found out.

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EPFO allots first Universal Account Number of State to Indore resident

THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commis... Read More
THE Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has allotted first Universal Account Number (UAN) of the State to a member in Indore. PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra took a meeting of all commissioners of the State through video-conferencing and gave necessary directions on Saturday.

He asked them to work on war footing to provide UAN to over 30 lakh PF shareholders of the State. EPFO has started providing UAN to its subscribers to ease transfer of provident fund accounts on switching jobs and claim settlements. Employees will be able to operate UAN once these are made operational from October 15. With this facility, employees have to update their employee identity numbers provided by new employer in their UANs while switching jobs and their accounts will be automatically shifted, cutting time in PF transfer. After allotment of UAN, an employee need not request the employer to provide details to EPFO, unlike now. Besides, their claims would also be settled faster once savings bank accounts are seeded with UANs.

EPFO has requested employers covered under it to seed the know-your-customer (KYC) documents such as Aadhar, National Population Register (NPR) number and bank account details of their employees with UANs by September 15.

PF Commissioner Ajay Mehra said UAN will play a pivotal role in providing better service to employees. He said after getting UAN, a subscriber would not be issued new PF account number on joining new firm or organisation. It will provide great respite to those workers who switch jobs frequently. UAN is an account number, which would be allotted to a subscriber for various schemes run by EPFO for his entire service period with different employers. Mehra gave necessary instructions to Commissioners of Bhopal, Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain and Sagar. He has appointed PF Commissioner Gajala Ali Khan as Nodal Officer for execution and monitoring the drive. A four-member team has also been given technical training under supervision of Bhopal PF Commissioner Ashvini Gupta.

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Seminar on ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’ ends

A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineer... Read More
A two-day national-level seminar organised on the topic of ‘Enhancing Agriculture Profitability through Value Addition’, was concluded in a gracious manner at College of Agricultural Engineering, on Saturday. The seminar was organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), This seminar was organised in the series of celebration Golden Jubilee.

In this seminar, more than 100 Scientists, Engineers, businessmen, and Industrialist associated with agriculture products participated.The objective of this seminar was to enhance agriculture profitability through value addition, to solve difficulties which arise in research and publicity of agriculture product. Chief guest on the occasion was Member of Parliament (MP), Rakesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, JNAU, Professor, V S Tomas was presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion, MP, Rakesh Singh said that agriculture is an ancient history in Indian. Agriculture is a part of Indian culture, and tradition. It highlighted our culture, value and tradition. He said that it is very necessary that modern technologies should be introduced and provide its benefits to farmer. So that, they can grow huge production of crops. This also change the lifestyle of farmers by providing huge profits. He also emphasized to Scientists for spreading the technologies upto the farmers.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor, Tomar appreciated the initiative which are being taken by MP for progress of agriculture production. On this occasion, Dr Gyanedra Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satna and, Dean Agriculture Faculty, Dr S K Rao, Dean College of Agriculture Engineering, Dr G S Rajput, Dr P K Mishra were present. Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tomar presented memotoes to all the guests. The award was also presented to winner scientists of Poster presentation.

Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce , Ravi Gupta, Dr B M Khandelwal, Dr Mohan Singh, Dr A K Gupta were present.

The programme was convened by Dr Sheela Pandey and vote of thanks proposed by Secretary, Dr R K Nema.

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AAP yet to chalk out strategy in Madhya Pradesh

The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concl... Read More
The restructuring of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) state wing is yet to take shape. Sources from the party claim that the main strategy had not being chalked out yet. The mission expansion campaign concluded on July 24 in the State.

Volunteers also said that the VYAPAM issue and many corruption issues in the State were not getting enough attention from the AAP, which was vouching against corruption earlier. The membership number also declined in many districts, especially when it concerned youngsters. To focus on grievance cell of volunteers does not serve the purpose as main issues for which the party will take stand had still not been identified.

Aam Aadmi Party representatives from Madhya Pradesh were in Haryana in the month of June to attend national observers’ AAP meet to decide on working strategy. To decide the future strategy subsequent to rift between national level leaders in Aam Aadmi Party, a ‘Chintan Shivir’ has been organised in Haryana, where representatives from all the States have been called. From Madhya Pradesh, representatives have gone to Haryana in which revamping of state executive body was discussed. The main emphasis was, however, to frame an effective plan district wise.

Aam Aadmi Party in the State has said that State Executive Body meeting would also be organised to formalise the action plan after this national level meet so as to increase the membership in AAP. AAP’s strategy to popularise their Lok Sabha candidates with few clicks in social networking site was gaining popularity among the youngsters but it was unable to provide worthwhile results during elections. Earlier, budget constraint had limited the State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wing to go for digitised vote appeal in the State capital.

To meet ends, AAP has also urged supporters to get support for infrastructure for the party office, which is still continuing. The inadequacy in infrastructure has been a reason providing hindrance for the effective implementation of the party campaign.Volunteers and supporters have been asked to help for used up computers, table, chairs and other second hand infrastructure, which they can donate to the party office. The donation strategy itself started by AAP has attracted many people earlier but now, it’s showing sharp decline.

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Thieves strike at Excise Deptt official’s house

Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house wa... Read More
Unidentified miscreants targetted the locked house of an Excise Department official, located at JK Town under Kolar police station and made away with valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The house was locked and those burglars sneaked into the house in the meantime. The incident came to light on Saturday morning when the victim house owner, along with other family members, returned home. Later, house owner reported the matter to police. Subsequently, a case of burglary was lodged against unidentified miscreants. Accordingly, the police launched a manhunt to nab those miscreants, who were on run till filing of the report. TI, Kolar station Akhilesh Mishra said the complainant Pawan Kumar, 36, son of Bhagwati Prasad Azad, a resident of house no B 76, JK Town near JK Hospital had lodged a complaint in this regard. Pawan Kumar is posted as an Inspector in Central Excise Department. In his complaint, Pawan told the police that his wife was pregnant and following labour pain, they admitted her to a private hospital where she delivered a baby. Following her delivery, he, along with other relatives, stayed at the hospital and returned home on Saturday morning. When they reached home, they spotted that the lock of main gate was broken and thieves took away cash amount of Rs 5,000 and gold jewellery, all to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh from the almirah of bedroom. A case under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC against unidentified thieves was lodged by police and their efforts to nab those burglars were on.

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Three arrested with 40 kg cannabis

In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

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In a major breakthrough, Mangalwara police arrested three persons, including a woman, and seized a consignment of cannabis, weighing 40 kg and Rs 90,000 cash amount from their possession.

All of them were arrested for illegal drug trafficking at Alpana trisection on Friday night. There was a tip-off, which facilitated the police in arrest of these smugglers. City Superintendent of Police, Hanumanganj, Navratan Singh said it was around 7 pm an auto rickshaw driver tipped off police regarding drug dealing by passengers. Acting swiftly on tip-off, a police team left for the spot and detained the three, including a woman. During search, around 40 kg of cannabis and Rs 90,000 in cash were recovered from their possession. The money was meant for the payment of cannabis. The identity of arrested smugglers was established as Yasmeen (35) of Chola Mandir, Rakesh (26) and Sai Kiran (21) of Warangal in Telangana. Yasmeen’s husband Sanju Siddiqui, who hails from Warangal in Telangana, instructed her to provide the money for collecting delivery.

Sanju, an auto rickshaw driver, was involved in drug trafficking in the past. Rakesh and Sai Kiran brought the consignment and took an autorickshaw from the pre-paid booth but instructed the autorickshaw driver to stop the auto rickshaw near Alpana Square where Yasmeen was waiting for them.

When the autorickshaw driver suspected that the three were dealing in drugs, he informed the police. Seizing drugs from their possession, police lodged a case under NDPS Act against them. Police said that they would be interrogated to unearth customers across the city as well as out of Bhopal.

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No support from ex-servicemen mars Kargil Diwas celebrations

This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen We... Read More
This time, the Kargil Diwas celebration witnessed lack of support from Ex-Service men Welfare Board in the region. The discontent over servicemen for not appointing a director in Ex Servicemen Welfare Board seems to be one of the main reasons. The State administration’s decision to appoint official from Police Department, has been assigned additional charge of Director of Ex Servicemen Welfare Board, aggravating the concerns of ex-servicemen.

As per norms, Ex-Armymen belonging to at least Brigadier level need to be appointed as director of the board. Col Dixit from Welfare Board told that it had been more than a year and the appointment was a mere formality to float the welfare board. But when it comes to implementation and real issues of ex servicemen, things are not taking good shape. Reportedly, interview has already been conducted but appointment is yet to finalised and the process was not catching pace.

Earlier, Brigadier George Mathai, Ex-Director of Sainik Welfare Board said that major issues of ex servicemen which include special reservation quota meant for ex-service men in Class-3 and Class-4 category, issuing arm license to ex-servicemen, etc. was not being brought forward.

To issue arms license to ex-servicemen on priority basis and also to waive off the license fee would facilitate them to get secure job. But when it came to other districts, especially in Chambal region, which included Morena, Bhind, etc., inspite of large number of ex service men settled there, there were no facilities reaching them. To get absorbed in Police Department was a tough task and though these ex servicemen had 10% quota, the rules were not followed stringently.

Out of 500 vacant post meant for the ex-servicemen quota, only 25-30 seats got filled, mainly in Police Department, Jail Department and Forest Department and for that too, the parameters fixed were not friendly to the ex servicemen who struggle to get employment at 35 years of age after retirement from army services.

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Heavy fine imposed on private medical colleges

In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing... Read More
In case of selling State quota MBBS seats by the State’s six private medical colleges, State Government on Saturday imposed heavy fine. After holding many meetings in this connection, hearing the directors of all six private medical colleges, final decision regarding imposing fine on the medical colleges was taken in a high-level meeting held at the MPAFRC, on Saturday, which was attended by officers of Medical Education Department. Government has charged Rs 5 lakh for State quota MBBS seat in which private medical colleges admitted students of PMT passed. While Rs 10 lakh was charged per seat for those State quota MBBS seats, which were filled by the medical colleges without PMT passed students.

Total MBBS seats were 206 that were to be filled up through the PMT by the State Government under the State quota but the private medical colleges had filled up these seats before the Government took initiative to fill it. Maximum State quota MBBS seats were sold by Indus Medical College, Indore. The Madhya Pradesh Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee imposed fine of Rs 5.50 crore, LN Medical College has been charged Rs 2.45 crore, Chirayu Medical College has been fined Rs 2.25 crore, People’s Medical College has been fined Rs 2.15 crore (all medical colleges located in Bhopal), Arvindo Medical College, Indore has been fined Rs 40 lakh and RD Gardy Medical College, Ujjain has been fined Rs 35 lakh.

Total amount is Rs 13.10 crore, to which, the Government has given deadline of two months. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the fine amount, they will have to pay all the amount with 12 percent interest. The MPFARC has decided to deposit all this amount into the Government’s special funds formed to provide education loan to the economically poor students, who are meritorious and want to go for higher education.

Prof. T R Thapak, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Fees & Admission Regulatory Committee, said that in matter of selling state quota MBBS seats by the private medical colleges, total Rs 13.10 crore fine was imposed. The amount will be deposited in the special funds for the economically poor students. If the medical colleges fail to deposit the required amount in two months deadline, we charge Rs 12 percent interest, he said.

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High Court dismisses anticipatory bail application

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has dismissed anticipatory bail application filed by Vijay Tripathi. This application has been filed for grant of anticipatory bail to the applicant in connection with crime registered at police station STF, Bhopal, for offences punishable under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and 3(d), 1, 2/4 of Madhya Pradesh recognised Examination Act-1937.

Argument of applicant is that while dealing with application preferred by principal accused Vijay Singh, son of Chhote Lal, the court has noticed in its order dated July 8, 2014, that Vijay Singh is not named as accused in that case. If Vijay Singh has not been named as accused in crime, the question of making any inquiry with the applicant in connection with telephonic call records in which it has been noticed that there were exchange of telephone calls between applicant and Vijay Singh, does not arise. This argument, in our opinion, is ill advised. The fact that Vijay Singh was not named as accused till July 8, 2014, does not necessarily follow that he will not be named as accused in spite of material indicating his complicity in commission of crime registered as crime comes on record and becomes available to investigating officer. Further, in the order dated on July 8, 2014, on which reliance has been placed, the court has found that there was no immediate apprehension of arrest of Vijay Singh, while disposing of his application. The same logic would apply to applicant. The applicant has been merely asked to report to the investigating officer. If there is no material available with investigating officer indicating complicity of the applicant in commission of crime in question, the investigating officer, in law, will have no authority to arrest the applicant.

For, amended provisions of the code, in particular Section 41, mandates that investigating officer must record reasons as to why he deems it fit to arrest the concerned person. That is sufficient safeguard to the applicant. The present case is not a case of applicant being persecuted by investigating officer. As a result, we decline to entertain this application. Hence, dismissed, said the division bench. Advocate Anuvad Shrivastava appeared on behalf of the applicant, while P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the respondent State.

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With 3 more cases, 53 dengue patients detected in 24 days

With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from wher... Read More
With three more dengue suspects’ blood samples testing positive on Saturday, total dengue patients in the city in last 24 days has reached 53. Two of them are from South TT Nagar area from where many dengue patients were found earlier while one dengue patient was from Basant Vihar Colony, the new place where dengue mosquito larvae had been active.

Many patients with dengue fever suspicion reached the Government, private hospitals and nursing homes to get their blood tested, fearing dengue. Most of the dengue suspected patients returned with some medicines while those having continuous fever for the last three to four days were advised blood test for particularly, dengue fever. According to a senior doctor in JP Hospital, more blood samples were collected at the hospital and malaria office. The two labs, to perform Eliza test, had more samples pending for testing. The samples are said to be tested on Monday as Sunday is holiday.

It is learnt that after chiding by Pankaj Agrawal, Health Commissioner, District Malaria Office (DMO) on Saturday sent information of dengue tests to the CMHO office.

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Mishra writes missive to STF ADG on dramatic surrender of Sharma

Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under... Read More
Chief Spokesman of Congress, K K Mishra has written a letter to ADG, STF, Sudhir Sahi and said to him that in his absence, surrender of mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken place and it was under well planned manner. Mishra said that accused was close to a senior IAS officer and he demanded that call details of last four years of both accused and IAS officer be publicised.

Mishra also demanded probe into the manner Sudhir Sharma had surrendered. He also demanded that concerned IAS officer should be called for interrogation. He alleged that while on run, accused was in touch with the concerned IAS officer. Notably, Sudhir Sharma is accused in VYAPAM scam and he was wanted by STF for quite some time. Raids were conducted in his search but police returned empty handed. In a dramatic manner, Sudhir Sharma came to court and surrendered on Friday. Accused Sharma was a BJP leader and close to then Culture Minister Laxmikant Sharma. When their name cropped up in scam and Congress made a big issue, BJP cancelled their membership. Laxmikant Sharma was arrested and currently, he is behind bars.

‘Number of companies of Sudhir Sharma should be checked’:

State Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has claimed that mining baron Sudhir Sharma had taken full benefit of delay in his arrest and he had ensured that less properties should be in his name. STF should take this matter seriously and see whether Sudhir Sharma is still handling the companies, which have come to fore during IT raid against him.

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Accused in VYAPAM scam Sharma sent on police remand till July 30

The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July... Read More
The district court, on Saturday, sent Sudhir Sharma, a mining baron and accused in Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, on police remand for further interrogation till July 30.

Special Task Force (STF) of state police, while producing Sharma in court, asked for his remand so that more evidence against him could be unravelled as well as to strengthen the case. Considering the points made by STF as valid, the court remanded Sharma to it till July 30. While he came out from the court after being remanded to STF, Sharma claimed his innocence before mediapersons.

He also said that it was only matter of time and he would be freed from all charges made by STF on false ground as he had nothing to do with the scam. Before Sharma could make his presence in the district court on Saturday, his supporters in good number thronged the court. Notably, on Friday, he reached the court with his family members and surrendered.

Move of Sharma came following rejection of his bail plea from the Supreme Court. Also, the district court had set July 28 as last date of his surrender, failing which, court could have issued order to attach his property. Sharma was on run since May and was given an ultimatum to present himself in court before July 28 by CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari during a last hearing on July 22. A cash award of Rs 5,000 was also declared on any information leading to his arrest by the probe agency.

Earlier, the last date of appearing in the court for Sharma was set July 22. But his lawyer Pratulya Shandilya appeared in the court on the said date and sought extension of deadline for surrender on certain grounds. The court accepted it and extended the deadline, providing some relief to him.

STF has made Sharma accused in two scams - first with Police Constable Recruitment Examination and second with Sub-inspector Recruitment Examination. Soon after being booked by STF, Sharma went absconding and remained on run till Friday, when he himself turned at the court and surrendered.

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Moments, memoirs and melody

On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of conclu... Read More
On Saturday morning, Marathi literature-lovers, Nagpur-lovers, and music-lovers all enjoyed a rare treat of memories, poetry, and melody at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall. The occasion was of concluding function of birth centenary year celebration of legendary poet, lyricist, film-maker and a versatile personality Raja Badhe. Legendary composer Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, Classical vocalist Asha Khadilkar, poet Sandeep Khare, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Raja Badhe's brother Baban, Mayor Prof Anil Sole and the Ajay Rajkarne, who made this rare gathering possible, were present on the dais.

All guests shared memoirs of their association with Raja Badhe. Pt Hrudaynath Mangeshkar, being the one who enjoyed Raja Badhe's company even more than his own brother, was overwhelmed while sharing how Badhe introduced him to the field of professional music composing. Pt Mangeshkar also shared that great meeting in which Swatantraveer Savarkar himself handed over two of his poems to him for composing. And, what more, the meeting was arranged by Raja Badhe. Asha Khadilkar recalled her debut in Sangeet Natak which was morally psychologically supported by Raja Badhe, the lyricist of the play. Now, the institution herself, Khadilkar narrated how minutely Badhe used to listen the songs. She also threw light on Raja Badhe as an able composer.

Nitin Gadkari, a Mahal boy then, used to see Raja Badhe visiting Gadkari Wada and the Soman's residence in his neighborhood. Gadkari narrated how proudly his parents used to talk about the great achievements of a Nagpur boy Raja Badhe in Mumbai and his close association with Swatantryaveer Sawarkar.

Sandeep Khare lamented that he never had an opportunity to meet Raja Badhe, a poet who created timeless classics. Khare expressed happiness that Vidarbha, the home of Raja Badhe has finally remembered him in such a grand way. He also presented Badhe's one poem written decades ago, but absolutely relevant to modern times.

For Mayor Prof Anil Sole, it was an opportunity to make some announcements in order to preserve the memories of Badhe. The Square in Mahal in front of CP and Beral College is going to be named after him. NMC libraries will have a reading room named after Badhe. And most importantly, the proposed Suresh Bhat Memorial Auditorium will have a special gallery in memory of Raja Badhe. Raja Badhe's brother Group Captain (Retd) Baban Badhe, who was overwhelmed by the love and affection shown by the Nagpurians, proposed a vote of thanks. A website www.rajabadhe.com was launched at the hands of dignitaries on the occasion. This website is a actually a beautiful celebration of life of this 'Raja' poet. A CD of his songs, and a set of DVDs on his life and time was also released on the occasion.

The function was very well organized and professionally managed, which is quite a new thing for Nagpurians. Such welcome changes are must to streamline the cultural activities in city. Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings. The musical event followed by the function was also attended by hundreds of music-lovers. Noted singers of Nagpur presented the songs with musical arrangement by Sachin Dhomane.

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Motorcyclist who fell into pit succumbs

ANTHONY Swami (56), who suffered serious injuries after he and his wife fell into a six-foot pit dug out by OCW contractor for repairing a pipline on July 18, died during treatment at Mayo Ho... Read More
ANTHONY Swami (56), who suffered serious injuries after he and his wife fell into a six-foot pit dug out by OCW contractor for repairing a pipline on July 18, died during treatment at Mayo Hospital on Saturday night. A Central Railway employee, Anthony Swami was a resident of Block No 401, Ajni Railway Quarters, near RPF Barracks.

The contractor concerned executing the work allotted to him by the OCW had dug out a pit in front of Plot No 12, Nazul Layout on the road stretch connecting Itarsi bridge and Mecosabag for repairing pipe line. The contractor had not taken any measures like installation of reflectors or glow signboards to ensure safety of road users.

As a result, Anthony Swami (56) and his wife Tarshila (48), who were going on a motorcycle (MH-49/R-2624), fell into the pit in the night of July 18 and were seriously injured. They were rushed to Mayo Hospital where Anthony succumbed to his injuries. After six days of the incident, Jaripatka Police had booked the OCW contractor for his negligence causing death of Anthony.

Anthony leaves behind his wife Tarshila, son Bernard, daughters Monika and Lijju and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn the loss.

An official press communiqué issued by OCW stated that the company would initiate stern action against its sub-contractor for his alleged negligence.The company, however, clarified that the pit dug out the spot where the mishap occurred was properly barricaded and safety tapes put up. Due heavy rains on July 18, there were no street lights that resulted in the mishap. After the couple fell into the pit, the company team rushed Anthony and his wife to Mayo Hospital. The company maintained that the tragedy occurred due to the negligence of the contractor and not by OCW. Meanwhile, BSP Corporator Kishore Gajbhiye has demanded scrapping of the contract given to OCW for not executing the work properly flouting all satey norms. A delegation of BSP would meet Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to press for the demand.

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Hirwai enlightens teachers on its greenery project

Hirwai, an organisation dedicated to green Mother Earth, held a meeting of teachers from over 50 schools to give tips on its project of collecting information about plants/trees, undertaking pl... Read More
Hirwai, an organisation dedicated to green Mother Earth, held a meeting of teachers from over 50 schools to give tips on its project of collecting information about plants/trees, undertaking plantations and drawing pictures to be executed through the students. The meeting was held under the presidentship of Vishakha Rao, President of Hirwai, in Raman Science Centre on Saturday.

Naresh Chafekar, Treasurer and Sapna Kale, Project Co-ordinator, provided necessary information about the project and replied to the queries raised by participating lady teachers.

Under the project 'Green Fingure Award' and 'Green School Award' will be given to students.in four categories as well to schools. A students having all round qualities would be declared as Green Ambassador of Hirwai. Students from kindergarten to 10th std would take part in the project that would last on October 15.

On the occasion, Nishikant Jadhav, retd IFS Officer, and Sanjay Deshpande of Shrushti Paryavaran Sanstha, became members of the organisation. Pradeep Gawande, Secretary, and Paramjeet Singh were among those who were seated on the dais.

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Major VAT procedural reforms to be implemented soon: Mulak

MAJOR VAT reforms pertaining to procedures and systems would be carried out in the coming days which would resolve the various long-standing issues of trade and industry, remarked Rajendra Mula... Read More
MAJOR VAT reforms pertaining to procedures and systems would be carried out in the coming days which would resolve the various long-standing issues of trade and industry, remarked Rajendra Mulak, the Minister of State for Finance, while addressing the audience at an interactive meet organised by the Nagpur Branch of ICAI in ICAI Bhavan, Dhantoli. He responded to all the queries raised by the chartered accountants (CAs) related to VAT. He further said that there were certain issues with LBT implementation which would be resolved very soon and that the LBT model of Maharashtra was appreciated by all in the Empowered Group of Finance Minister at the Central level. Mulak addressed various issues of the power sector. He informed that MIHAN would be allowed to purchase power from open market and it could supply power at Rs 4 per unit to MIHAN units, which would give a major boost to MIHAN and it would become fully operational in the very near future. He assured all possible help to the CAs in matters related to revenue law implementation and appreciated the infrastructure at the Nagpur Branch of ICAI.

CA Julfesh Shah, Vice-Chairman, WIRC said that the assessees were ready to pay tax, but a conducive and positive environment was needed. He also said that while performing their duties, CAs would come across various difficulties faced by their clients and complicated procedures should be simplified.

Earlier, CA Ashwini Agrawal, Chairman of the Branch felicitated Mulak on his maiden visit to the branch of ICAI. He requested the Minister to set up a system for regular interaction with professionals and trade and industry for the smooth implementation of taxation laws.

The dais was shared by G B Indurkar, Additional Commissioner of Sales Tax and Lahane, Deputy Commissioner of Sales Tax. The programme was coordinated by Suren Duragkar while Umang Agrawal introduced the chief guest. Swapnil Ghate, Secretary proposed the formal vote of thanks.

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RTMNU permits colleges to admit 25% more students than intake capacity

With the large number of students passing HSC examination this year, many of them have started facing problem of getting admissions for higher studies. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur Univers... Read More
With the large number of students passing HSC examination this year, many of them have started facing problem of getting admissions for higher studies. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has permitted colleges to admit 25 per cent more students than the actual intake. Earlier, University had allowed colleges to admit 10 per cent more students than the intake capacity.

In a circular sent to affiliated colleges Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD), Director Dr Shrikant Komawar said that the result of HSC examination of 2014 Summer was much better. This has created problem of admission of these students as the number of students have become more than the number of available seats. With a view that no student should remain without admission, University has used power under section 83 (3)(c) and asked colleges to admit students, 10 per cent more than the actual intake. University had asked colleges to send the proposal in this regard.

Meanwhile, Government has directed universities that if after increasing the limit by 10 per cent, the students do not get admissions then increase the capacity. State has asked university to use power under section 83 (3) (c) to increase the capacity.

It has been made clear by the university that the colleges which have proper strength of teachers and infrastructure facility will be allowed to admit students more than 25 per cent of intake capacity, by Vice-Chancellor using the special powers under section 14 (7). This is being done on behalf of Academic Council. The colleges in which students found in the waiting list of the courses of first year after filling up of sanctioned intake should apply to university to get 25 per cent more seats. While sending proposal colleges should send the list of admitted students and number of students in the waiting list. The lists should be attested and attached to the application.

The information will have to be sent to Government by September 1, 2014, colleges need to send their proposals within that date. This arrangement is made for the academic year 2014-15, so no new section or post will be sactioned. Noted Academician and teacher of Vasantrao Naik college of Arts and Social Sciences Dr Feroz Haidri expressed satisfaction on this decision. He said that this is a welcoming move and students will not be deprived of admissions.

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Unrealistic, the word that describes NMC’s budget

One should dream big, it is said. But, it is also said that one should work pretty hard to turn the dream into reality. As far as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is concerned, it believes in d... Read More
One should dream big, it is said. But, it is also said that one should work pretty hard to turn the dream into reality. As far as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is concerned, it believes in dreaming big but not in taking steps to realise the big dream. A look at the budget estimates of both – the civic administration and Standing Committee (political leadership) - prove this point.

Often, one hears that the budget of NMC is ‘inflated’ or ‘unrealistic’. The budget estimates of civic administration are revised by Standing Committee (political leadership), and there have been intermittent rounds of blame-game between civic administration and political leadership. However, irrespective of claims made by both the sides, the truth remains that not once in past 10 years has NMC been successful in achieving the same mark in budgetary estimates and actual results the next year.

Since 2004-05, Municipal Commissioner’s budget estimates have been revised always by the Standing Committee. However, neither the civic administration nor the Standing Committee has been successfull in turning the ‘dream budget’ into a reality. “This has become a regular feature as the administration and political leadership both fail to gauge the hard realities of liabilities and revenue sources. As a result, there is less-than-projected realisation of revenue under one head or the other, at the end of every financial year. This affects NMC’s capacity to meet the liabilities,” said a source familiar with the issue. He added that non-realisation of the projected budget estimates at the end of financial year, year after year, reflected poorly on the financial management of NMC.

If one takes a look at the budget estimates of Municipal Commissioner’s budgets over the years since 2004-05, and the actual targets achieved, it becomes clear that actual results at the end of financial year have been lesser than the projected budget figure. The closest that civic administration’s budget could get to reality was in 2004-05. Then, Municipal Commissioner’s budget was of Rs 339.56 crore and the actual result at the end of the financial year was Rs 338.04 crore. Thus, there was difference of only Rs 1.52 crore between the administrative projection of budget and reality. The same year, Standing Committee had revised the administrative budget of Rs 339.56 crore to Rs 524.36 crore. The administration’s estimates were thus revised upwardly by Rs 184.80 crore. The result was obvious – at the end of financial year 2004-05, the difference between budgetary projection of Standing Committee and actual result was a whopping Rs 186.32 crore.

This has been the case over the years, without an exception. In 2011-12, for the first time, NMC’s budget went beyond the mark of Rs 1,000 crore. Municipal Commissioner had proposed a budget of over Rs 1,087 crore, Standing Committee revised it to Rs 1,187.12 crore. However, as neither the administration nor the political leadership had paid heed to ground realities, both failed in their projections. As a result, the financial result for the financial year was Rs 815.49 crore only. This was Rs 272.25 crore less than the projection of Municipal Commissioner and Rs 379.54 crore less than the estimates of Standing Committee.

Unfortunately, despite repeated failures, neither the civic administration nor the political leadership has given the financial management of the civic body a serious thought. In 2013-14, civic administration had proposed a budget of Rs 1,232.47 crore, which was revised upwardly to Rs 1,401.37 crore by Standing Committee. But, the provisional figures that have been compiled recently are around Rs 850 crore only. Of course, civic administration and political leadership both have been blaming the imposition of Local Body Tax (LBT) for the fall of revenue. Still, one wonders how Standing Committee can propose even higher budget for the financial year 2014-15. The administration has proposed a budget of Rs 1,061.40 crore, but Standing Committee has raised it to Rs 1,645.02 crore, making various new announcements and ‘expressing confidence’ that NMC’s revenue would increase. Isn’t NMC still engaged only in dreaming big, without much emphasis on getting realistic?

Need to get more realistic: Mpl Commr

When ‘The Hitavada’ talked to Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane said that NMC needed to get more realistic and hence the administration has been submitting a budget that was closer to reality. Asked about Standing Committee increasing the administration’s budget, Wardhane said, “We propose realistic budget, they propose optimistic budget.” On why NMC failed in achieving the budget figures at the end of financial year, the Municipal Commissioner said that several schemes or works are announced in a year and this created liabilities for the next year. As a result, the revenue in next year’s budget is consumed in clearing the liabilities and only attempts could be made to meet the demand for developmental works in current financial year.

Supportive State Govt, tough decisions needed: Mayor

Mayor Prof Anil Sole, who knows NMC very well and has served in various capacities, felt that difference in actual result of a financial year and projections of administration as well as political leadership was on account of one simple reason – projections were only ‘estimates’ and not actually ‘budget’.

The administration has to propose its estimates considering its constraints and Standing Committee has to consider the developmental needs and aspirations of the people, Sole said. Still, financial management could have been better if the State Government had been supportive, he added. According to him, State Government did not have proper analysis and understanding of the issues confronting the civic bodies. “On various occasions, State Government has taken decisions that would hamper revenue collection of NMC. The latest one being replacement of octroi with Local Body Tax. Since imposition of LBT, NMC’s finances have taken a hit,” he said.

Sole, who is also MLC, said that expenditure component could be controlled and revenue could be increased if the administration did its bit. “At present, NMC’s administrative expenditure is 67 per cent. This needs to be curtailed, as this leaves very little for carrying out developmental works and meeting the aspirations of Nagpurians. Besides, rationalisation of taxes and concerted efforts of administration to realise the revenue are other steps that are needed to improve the situation,” he said. Also, he added, civic body will have to take some ‘tough and unpalatable’ decisions to restore financial discipline and put Nagpur on fast track of development in future.

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Presence of leopard creates fear among Maneri residents

Spotting a leopard along with cub created fear among the residents of Maneri industrial area in Barela on Wednesday. In a fresh instance, an onlooker Kallu Chakrawarty, resident of Maneri area,... Read More
Spotting a leopard along with cub created fear among the residents of Maneri industrial area in Barela on Wednesday. In a fresh instance, an onlooker Kallu Chakrawarty, resident of Maneri area, informed that he went to nature’s call behind Sri Ram Plaster factory in the night when he sighted a leopard and its cub near plantation area.

The news of sighting leopard spread throughout the area till next morning and officers of Forest Department were informed about the incident. Receiving the information, a team of District Forest Department comprised of Deputy Ranger, GL Barman, Prakash Chandra and Mahendra Thakur reached the spot and traced out pugmarks of female leopard from the plantation area.

Forest confirmed the existence of leopard in the forest area and instructed the residents to be precautionary for any untoward incident. They advised the residents to maintain distance from the forest area and informing about sighting of leopard again.

Following the sighting of leopard created a panic amongst residents at Maneri industrial area and Barela. According to wildlife activists, the existence of leopard along with its cub near human habitation is not only a threat to their lives but also vulnerable for poaching incident. They expressed the need of rescuing of leopard and its cub for their rehabilitation at protected forest area otherwise any inappropriate incident can be reported in the area.

Team of Forest Department started patrolling in the area while residents have been instructed for taking necessary precautionary measures for avoiding any untoward incident and informing the forest department about sighting of leopard.

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HC to hear petition regarding Mental Health Act 1987 on August 21

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, said in the letter petition related to Mental Health Act, 1987 the... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, said in the letter petition related to Mental Health Act, 1987 the respondent State to offer comments each of the obligations referred to in the chart handed by the Amicus Curiae within three weeks. The division bench has listed to the case for next hearing on August 21, under caption ‘directions’.

Amicus Curiae has been handed in a chart delineating the obligations to be discharged by the State Government under the various acts concerning juveniles. The same is taken on record by the division bench. In letter was sent for ensure to the provisions of Mental Health Act, 1987 and given medical facilities to the all mentally retired persons walking in roadside and public places in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

It is letter petition filed by on social worker Hari Om Shrivastava, Advocate, which has been registered as Public Interest Litigation, as per the order passed by Chief Justice. Considering the controversy involved in this case, the court had direct Shekhar Sharma, standing Counsel for Union of India and Vijay Pandey, Deputy Advocate General, to take notice in this matter.

The division bench on November 22, 2012, in its order said ‘As in the case, petitioner is seeking enforcement of provision as contained in Mental Health Act, 1987, Sharma shall seek instructions from Union of India in respect of the steps taken by the Union of India for enforcement of the aforesaid Act and also what provision has been made by the Union of India for providing finance for enforcement of the provisions of aforesaid Act, because for enforcement of provision, certain infrastructure facilities are to be provided in the state of Madhya Pradesh, for which till date there is no provision.

The division bench had also order to the counsel for State shall also seek instructions from the State of Madhya Pradesh in respect of the steps taken by the State of Madhya Pradesh for giving effect to the provisions of aforesaid Act.

Anil Khare, Senior Advocate assisted by H S Chhabra, Advocate as Amicus Curiae. Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for the respondents-State.

Govt gets week’s time to reply in matter related to super built-up area

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday fixed next date of hearing on August 11, 2014 in the matter related to concept of “super-built up area” as being contrary to the orders of the Supreme Court. State Government of on Wednesday in its prayer before the court asked to give a week’s time for submissions of report pertaining to the positive steps that will be taken by Stage Government. Thereafter, the division bench has fixed next date of hearing on August 11.

Earlier, the division bench had continued the “stay order” on clause 2 of Market Value Guideline of District Bhopal through which the Collector had directed registration of multi-storeyed flats, apartments by including proportionate areas of the common areas, facilities and determining the stamp duty accordingly. The interim order came on the application for vacation of stay order dated 30th May 2013 moved by the State Government in the petition challenging determination of market value of flats, apartments in multi-storeyed buildings in the guidelines for year 2013-14 by “Neeraj Boolchandani and Muskan Memorial Trust”, which the challenged the very constitutionality of whole concept of “Super Built Up Area” as being contrary to the orders of the Supreme Court and contrary to the applicable rules.

The trust had approached the High Court in the backdrop of provisions under the Market Value Guidelines, 2013 mandating that the market values of flats, apartments for any sale transaction shall be determined by including the market value of common areas like parking, open areas, gardens, stair cases, lobbies, etc. as contained under the Schedule to the guidelines.

The trust pleaded in the petition that charging the common man of the common areas and services in any colony and making them compulsorily “sellable” was contrary to the directives of the Supreme Court, where it laid down that common amenities and facilities are “non-transferable” and cannot be sold by any builder, developer. The High Court had initially stayed the operation of guidelines on May 30, 2013. The State Government thereafter moved the vacation, removal of stay order quoting grounds of severe revenue losses and stamp duty to it.

Counsel for the petitioner Siddharth Radhelal Gupta opposing the application contended that the authorities endowed with the powers of determination of market value severely exceeded their powers as nowhere under the parent act of Indian Stamp Act, 1899 or under the Market Value Guidelines Rules of 2000 has any power been conferred on the authorities no make any transaction saleable or transferable when it has been so declared contrary by the Supreme Court.

Hearing on issue of lawyers’ shed at Collectorate on Aug 11

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case and fixed next date of hearing on August 11, in the matter related to removal of temporary shed in possession of the lawyers at Jabalpur Collectorate. In the previous hearing of the case related to space for Advocates in Collectorate premises, counsel for the State contended before the court that 3000 sq. ft. land was given for the advocates premises.

Earlier, the division bench had heard petitioners’ (Advocates) seeking interim relief to provide an appropriate place in premises of Collectorate, so that, its members are able to work properly. The petitioners are also aggrieved with the sudden removal of their fixtures from the premises of Collectorate.

The bench in its order had directed that after deliberations between the petitioners and the authorities representing the Collector, a settlement has been arrived at that the Collector would immediately provide land measuring approximately 500 sq. ft., so identified in the court to the Bar Association and thereafter, a plot measuring approximately 3000 sq. ft. by way of permanent arrangement.

It is also expected that all the fixtures, which were removed from the premises of Collectorate would soon be returned to the respective advocates. The division bench has listed to the case for further order on July 21.

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Disclose names of politicians facing Lokayukta probe: NUMM’s Najpande

Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) sent a notice to Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh for disclosing the names of politicians and higher-level officers against whom inquiries are underway or conc... Read More
Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) sent a notice to Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh for disclosing the names of politicians and higher-level officers against whom inquiries are underway or concluded to aware the common public.

Regional President of NUMM Dr P G Najpande informed that cases of two out of 11 ministers and 31 out of 95 higher level officers are still pending with the Lokayukta, but their names are yet to be disclosed. Lokayukta is still undisclosed the status of inquiry either it is underway or concluded.

In this regard, NUMM sent a notice to Lokayukta for providing the list of names of politicians and higher level officers.

Dr Najpande added that knowing the fact of these politicians and bureaucrats are termed as public servants in the norms and it is a right of residents to know about the inquiries pending against the persons who are getting salaries from taxes paid by them. Through the notice, NUMM pressed demand before Lokayukta for providing the names of such politicians and bureaucrats within a month to make aware the residents about their working.

Dr Najpande added that under the norms of Lokayukta Act, Lokayukta inquired about the complaints received against politicians and bureaucrats and closed their cases, recommended to other authorities or register police case against them.

NUMM’s Manish Sharma, Geeta Pandey, Rammilan Sharma, Bina Singh, Salma Khan, Mukesh Jain and others met Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh, Justice PP Navlekar, on July 17 and raised demand for disclosing the conclusion of inquiry against politicians and bureaucrats.

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Blood samples of six dengue suspects sent to ICMR

Blood samples of six patients admitted with symptoms of Dengue at Victoria Hospital sent to the ICMR for confirmation. About six patients with symptoms of Dengue from Gardarwara, Narsingpur distr... Read More
Blood samples of six patients admitted with symptoms of Dengue at Victoria Hospital sent to the ICMR for confirmation. About six patients with symptoms of Dengue from Gardarwara, Narsingpur district, were admitted to Victoria Hospital during late on Tuesday evening.

Dr Girish Bajpai, Medical Officer, informed that patients admitted have symptoms of dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness. Hospital has sent the blood samples of patients with specific note in decrease blood platelets to the Indian Council of Medical Research (Pathology Test) for final confirmation of the dengue. He said rapid confirmatory test kit for dengue is available in the hospital but for final confirmation of the same, we have to send the blood samples to the ICMR.

Medicines are available in adequate quantity at the Victoria Hospital. Anti Viral Medicine have been given to the patients, condition of all the patients are becoming normal. It may be mentioned that more than 400 patients were found dengue positive last year in the month of July 2013. About 250 patients were affected with dengue, in Bakori village, last month, now the dengue is spreading in nearby villages of Anjania Tehsil, Mandla. Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan informed that task force has been constituted to check the further spread of dengue in the area. He further informed that female Aedes mosquito responsible for dengue grows on clean water, specially water stored in bucket, tyre, this disease spreads rapidly to the other patient when carrier mosquito bites new person, they also gets effected from the dengue.

Fresh water should be consumed; stored water in the bucket, pots should be emptied in regular interval to check the further spread of disease. It is advisable to damage the water containers dumped at the backyards of the houses. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four-dengue viruses.

Symptoms of dengue appear in 3 to 14 days after the ineffective bite. Dengue appear in Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness, abrupt onset of high fever, severe frontal headache, pain behind the eyes which worsens with eye movement, muscle and joint pains, loss of sense of taste and appetite, nausea and vomiting. With early detection and proper case management and symptomatic treatment, mortality can be reduced substantially.

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Who is to blame for Jabalpur’s stagnated industrial growth?

Possibilities for industrial growth in Jabalpur remained unheard even various industry clusters like plastic park, wood park, agro-food-processing park, forest produce park, IT park, mineral an... Read More
Possibilities for industrial growth in Jabalpur remained unheard even various industry clusters like plastic park, wood park, agro-food-processing park, forest produce park, IT park, mineral and mine cluster, dairy cluster, handloom cluster, etc. proposed in past but the sad part is nothing has taken shape, thanks to the laid back attitude of authorities. Yet, land is not finalised for any of the proposed industrial cluster in last six years.

The idea of sector-wise dedicated industry clusters worked in different parts of the country but for Mahakoshal region in Madhya Pradesh it seems failed. A successful solution related to shortage of industrial land, skilled human resource, etc did not find place in plans for the divisional headquarters of this tribal-dominated region, Mahakoshal.

In past three decades Jabalpur, which had been a prime commercial centre around three decades ago, the prime commercial products of the then market timber, forest produces, spices, handloom fabric, leather, timber-fuel coal and production from defence added glory to this centre. Ignorance in past two decades has left industry and enterprises stagnated in Jabalpur.

In yester years only promises were made in the name of industry clusters, plans but nothing concrete was initiated to bring things on ground. The government machinery seems helpless before lack of infrastructure as all the MoUs signed in Investors Meet in 2007 could not be brought on ground and all were cancelled.

Only discussions on possibilities in Jabalpur linking with different industry clusters were discussed amidst authorities. Even identification for land also initiated, yet are of no use. The existing enterprises are struggling. Mostly industries are dependent on works provided by factories run by central departments or by the Ordnance Factories.

The administration must fix priorities along with business organisations to work on possibilities in existing industry secondly for fresh enterprises timely and speedy initiatives must be done. Industry development and planning are associated with various factors like available infrastructure, connectivity etc. for new clusters the state government must chalk out special packages by including them with central funded schemes. Besides, marketing of resources and natural heritage around Jabalpur must be marketed in home and abroad with policy to benefit locals from industry.

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Gohalpur police arrest four thieves, seize six vehicles

Continuing a rigorous campaign against criminals, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending four vehicle-lifters and seized six motorcycles amounting to Rs 2.2 lakhs from them. The accused were a... Read More
Continuing a rigorous campaign against criminals, Gohalpur police succeeded in apprehending four vehicle-lifters and seized six motorcycles amounting to Rs 2.2 lakhs from them. The accused were apprehended while planning for selling stolen vehicles to a scrap dealer.

The accused have been identified as Anil alias Chhotu Singh (19), son of Rewa Singh, a resident of Uday Nagar area in VFJ Estate, Ranjhi, Arjun Raikwar (23), son of Om Prakash Raikwar, resident of Punjab Bank Colony in Kotwali area, Ashish Vishwakarma (29), son of Jagdish Vishwakarma and Rajkumar Vishwakarma (30), son of Ruplal Vishwakarma, a resident of Hanumantal area.

Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh informed this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday. It may be mentioned that Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has instructed the police for strengthening information network for collection information about listed criminals and taking information about their current occupations to monitor their involvement in anti-social activities. ASP Amrendra Singh added that compliance with the direction Gohalpur police started a campaign and received information about some suspected men who were talking about selling of vehicles to scrap dealer.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team under the supervision of CSP, Gohalpur, Surendra Pal Singh Dabar led by SHO of Gohalpur police station, Vipin Tamrakar started search for suspected man and succeeded in apprehending them in Raddi Chowki area in front of scrap dealer Maqsood Kabadi.

Police team recovered six motorcycles from the accused including which were stolen from Ranjhi, Belbagh, Gautam Ji Ki Mariha, Garha and Anand Nagar, Adhartal areas.

Police are interrogating the accused for revealing more theft and other crime incidents by them. On the achievement of police team, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for the members of police team comprised of Sub Inspector, K P Mishra, Assistant Sub Inspectors, Vinod Dubey, Raghuveer Singh, Head Constable, Naresh Kumar, Constables, Rajesh Kewat and Afak Quraisi.

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BJP leaders fooling citizens in name of projects: Saxena

“Residents of Jabalpur are being duped in the name of Sewage and Solid Waste Management Projects by the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. Mayor and MIC memb... Read More
“Residents of Jabalpur are being duped in the name of Sewage and Solid Waste Management Projects by the leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation. Mayor and MIC members are responsible for failure of both the projects in their 10-years regime and misusing the funds of Rs 1,200 crore. Residents will have to bear the burden of refunding the loans through higher taxes for next many years,” charged Vinay Saxena, Leader of Opposition in JMC, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday.

Vinay Saxena has accepted the challenge of Mayor Prabhat Sahu for apologising publicly on the condition of finding his allegations wrong in Lokayukta inquiry. He added that Sewage and Solid Waste Management projects are worst forms of corrupt practices of BJP governance in JMC since last 10 years.

Sewage projects remains failed on practical grounds due to absence of door-to-door connectivity while required land for establishing three sewage treatment plants is yet to be occupied. The sanctioned fund of Rs 362 crore for door-to-door connectivity of sewage lines could not be implemented yet.

Till now, JMC has utilised just Rs 90 crore out of Rs 250 crore’s project. Mismanaged sewage project would compel the residents to face another phase of digging all the roads in city for door to door connectivity and its budget will also be increased by many folds.

Similarly, he charged that the solid waste management project is limited on papers since last three budget sessions and not a single work has been started for materialising the project. Members of Congress Parshad Dal claimed that the ongoing Sewage project and long awaited project of Solid Waste Management could not be completed in future under the leadership of corrupt BJP leaders.

Addressing the press conference, former MLA Lakhan Ghanghoria claimed that a thorough and transparent Lokayukta inquiry will definitely exposed the scam of Rs 1,200 crore in JMC. He informed that the then Congress-led UPA Government had provided budget of Rs 1,929 crore under the head of JNNURM to JMC. BJP leaders have misused the central aid and now BJP-led NDA government is trying to wrap-up the JNNURM scheme. Ghanghoria asserted that being the biggest national party, Congress will strongly protest the proposal for withdrawing the ambitious scheme of JNNURM. Senior Congress leader Alok Mishra claimed that BJP’s Mayor and MIC members have failed in ensuring development of Jabalpur with the budget of Rs 1,200 crore and BJP’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is dreaming to develop 100 smart city including Jabalpur with the budget of Rs 76 crore each. He assured the residents of Jabalpur to fight for their rights and ensuring punishment to Mayor and MIC members.

He said that cities like Bhopal and Indore have been developed with the same fund under JNNURM but unfortunately BJP leaders failed in utilising the fund for desired development of Jabalpur. During the press conference, Corporators Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Dinesh Singraul, Narender Singh Pandhe, Pankaj Pandey, Shaban Mansuri and others were present.

Vinay Saxena along with other Congress corporators levelled serious charges of corruption in JMC and recently submitted an affidavit with Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh. Challenging the allegations of Congress corporators, Mayor Prabhat Sahu, in a press conference, had condemned all the allegations and affirmed to emerge blotless in any inquiry. Through the press conference, Sahu had challenged the Congress corporators for publicly making an apology if they will fail in proving their charges.

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Heavy rains during last four days result in overflowing of reservoirs

MONSOON rains during last four days filled all big and small reservoirs by an average of 74.89 per cent across the State. Out of the total average storage capacity of 6266.839 million square me... Read More
MONSOON rains during last four days filled all big and small reservoirs by an average of 74.89 per cent across the State. Out of the total average storage capacity of 6266.839 million square meters, the reservoirs have recorded an average of 4692.935 million sq mtrs with Bango and Tandula dam having the highest of 81 per cent water storage each on July 23 at 8am.

According to the Data Center of Water Resource Department, water storage in different reservoir (in million sq mtr) across the state are Dudhwa reservoir 122.9 (43.26 per cent), Sikasar reservoir 154.07 (77.47 per cent), Kharang reservoir 156.27 (81.26 per cent), Sondhur reservoir 107.88 (60.06 per cent), Murumsilli reservoir 59.87 (36.98 per cent), Kodar reservoir 99.05 (66.48 %), Maniyari reservoir 127.78 (86.50 %), Kharkhara reservoir 139.02 (100 %), Gondli reservoir 78.35 (80.94 %), Kosarteda reservoir 40.43 (63.47 %), Paralkot reservoir 60.85 (60.85 %), Shyam reservoir 14.80 (23.85 %), Shirpani reservoir 49.47 (98.45 %), Pipariya Nalla reservoir 40.56 (100 %), Ballar reservoir 20.25 (55.59 %), Sutiyapat reservoir 38.62 (100 %), Mongra Barrage reservoir 9.90 (30.89 %) and Maroda reservoir 16.17 (50.59 %).

The official datas further indicated that storage at Saroda reservoir is 33.14 (100 %), Ghongra reservoir 18.24 (60.57 %), Matiya Moti reservoir 20.62 (77.87 %), Jhumka reservoir 13.77 (58.92 %), Gez reservoir 13.63 (59.60 %), Khamar Pakut reservoir 1.56 (8.10 %), Keshwa reservoir 9.59 (53.88 %), Karnala Barrage 15.62 (86.35 %), Banki reservoir 2.07 (78.40 %), Kedar Nalla reservoir 12.98 (78.40 %), Kinkari Nalla reservoir 15.14 (96.40 %), Kunwarpur reservoir 1.57 (10.06 %), Beharkhar reservoir 12.50 (19.17 %), Khapri reservoir 7.38 (63.18), Kumharu reservoir 4.68 (41.26 %), Barnai reservoir 4.54 (40.7 %), Pendrawan reservoir 7.43 (70.08 %), Ruse reservoir 8.85 (96.41 %), Putka Nalla reservoir 1.77 (26.90 %), Mayana reservoir 2.62 (46.77 %) and Dhara reservoir 3.43 (47.83 %).

As per the Meteorological Center, Raipur’s main figures of rainfall (in cm) received on Wednesday in the state, Khairagarh recorded 14, Dabhra 13, Antagarh Chowki 10, Manpur, Mohla, Chhuria and Saja 9, Gunderdehi, Dondi, Gandai, Chuikhadan and Dongargarh 8, Magarlod, Dhamdha, Gariaband, Gurur, Dondilohara, Bemetara, Berla, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon and Mainpat 7, Thankhamaria 6 along with Tilda, Simga, Dhamtari, Patan, Balod and Sahaslohara 5. At the same time, rainfall between 4 to 1 cm was recorded at many places across the state. The Met Center in its statewide forecast stated of slight to medium rainfall and thundershowers expected at some places across the state on Thursday. In Raipur, the sky will be normally cloudy with chances of rain or thundershowers.

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New Guv to take oath on July 25

Newly nominated Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon and his wife Brijpal Tandon will be arriving in the capital on July 24 and will reach Raj Bhawan in the evening. The nominated Gover... Read More
Newly nominated Governor of Chhattisgarh Balramji Das Tandon and his wife Brijpal Tandon will be arriving in the capital on July 24 and will reach Raj Bhawan in the evening. The nominated Governor Balramji Das Tandon will be administered oath of office and secrecy by Justice Yatindra Singh, Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court on July 25 at 12.50 pm.

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Girl fished out from Kharun river

Perhaps her time hadn’t came and this is the reason why she is still alive, these were talks going on the banks of river Kharun, when some fishermen fished out a girl from river Kharun nearly... Read More
Perhaps her time hadn’t came and this is the reason why she is still alive, these were talks going on the banks of river Kharun, when some fishermen fished out a girl from river Kharun nearly five kilometres from the place, where she had fell into water. A resident of Danganiya, Bhumika Patel (25) along with her cousin sister Vidya Patel was coming from Durg on a bus. When the bus was passing over Kumhari Bridge, she and her sister decided to picture the river Kharun, which is running wild after the three days of intense raining. As Bhumika set her feet on wet and slippery surface of the bridge, she fell directly into the gushing water flowing with full force. As Bhumika fell in water, her sister screamed for help but there wasn’t much people could do to save her. Bhumika was set on course of river Kharun, which took her down the stream up to around 5 km. Near, Gomchi village, some fishermen spotted her hand and immediately rushed with their boat. When they took her out of water, they didn’t expect her to be alive but, it turned out otherwise. Bhumika was alive and everybody took a sigh of relief. Police informed that Bhumika is student of M.Sc and she didn’t even suffer any injury in the incident. However, Bhumika was admitted to Suyash Hospital at Kota as precaution.

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Walkout on issue of lack of doctors in tribal areas

Health Minister Amar Agrawal was cornered by the opposition Congress on the issue of lack of doctors, particularly in far flung rural areas and tribal dominated areas. During Question Hour, sco... Read More
Health Minister Amar Agrawal was cornered by the opposition Congress on the issue of lack of doctors, particularly in far flung rural areas and tribal dominated areas. During Question Hour, scores of Congress Legislators threw a volley of questions on the Health Minister, which he tried his best to answer. However, unsatisfied with his answers the Congress members staged Walkout from the House.

On the third day of Monsoon Session, Congress Legislator from Dantewada Devati Karma raised the issue through her starred question. Karma asked as to how many contractual doctors had been posted in district hospitals in Bastar Division between 2003 to 2010, whether the service of contractual doctors were terminated in 2010, if yes, how many doctors were re-appointed under contract and how many were removed and why.

Health Minister Amar Agrawal while in his written answer stated that during 2003-2010, 19 contractual doctors had been posted in various district hospitals in Bastar Division. In 2010, the services of all 18 doctors were re-appointed under contract but services of one dentist was not appointed as there was availability of dentist in Maharani Medical College Hospital, Jagdalpur.

In her supplementary queries, MLA Devati Karma queried why there were no sufficient doctors in rural areas particularly those which are tribal dominated and situated in far flung areas. There are large numbers of patients in these areas who are not getting proper medical care due to lack of doctors. During emergency, people have to rush to either Jagdalpur or capital Raipur, where also, government hospitals are in pathetic conditions and people have to rely of private nursing homes and shell out huge amount of money. She also gave instance of her son Deepak Karma, who was recently bitten by snake and had to rush to Maharani Medical College Hospital at Jagdalpur from Dantewada and further he was referred to Dr B R Ambedkar Medical College Hospital, Raipur but not finding suitable medical care here, she was bound to take her son to a private hospital.

Devati Karma strongly demanded that up-till when the state government will make arrangements for doctors in rural and tribal dominated areas so that people do not have to face such situation. Other Congress Legislators including Amarjeet Bhagat, Bhupesh Baghel, Dhanendra Sahu, T S Singhdeo, etc also tried to corner the Health Minister on the issue and raised questions on the appointment of doctors in the state. BJP Member Shivratan Sharma asked whether the state government can make it mandatory for the medical students to serve compulsorily in rural areas for a period of three to five areas after completing their MBBS.

After being cornered from all sides, Minister Agrawal stated that the intensions of the state government is very clear and has initiated all efforts to the extreme point and as soon as doctors would be available they will be posted accordingly. He stated that special allowance, highest pay scale, etc but still the lack of availability is prevailing. The state government is already making its efforts but he urged the opposition members instead of complaining to come forward and introduce qualified doctors so that they can be recruited. Unsatisfied with the reply, the Congress members staged Walk Out.

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Vehicles stranded, people suffer as rivers swell due to incessant rains

Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the Raipur district as hundreds of heavy commercial vehicles as well as regular modes of public transportation found themselves stuck at the thre... Read More
Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt across the Raipur district as hundreds of heavy commercial vehicles as well as regular modes of public transportation found themselves stuck at the three major bridges – connecting the Capital city with the rest of the state – on which the heavy gush of river water was overflowing. The blockade, according to local police and district administration, is fallout of three days of incessant rains which led the all major as well as minor river bodies to swell and flow uncontrollably.

However, the blockage of vehicular including the goods and public transports was causing lots of hardship to the common people. While many private buses on several routes had to be cancelled, the detention of goods trucks at overflowing bridges is leading to shortage and skyrocketing in the prices of vegetables and daily needs item. It is estimated that it might take as much as four to five days for situation to normalize especially to clear the long queues of trucks piled up on various routes passing through Raipur. Increased water levels in Doodh river forced vehicles to queue up ahead of Keshkal while many of the trucks and matadors were stuck on approach road Saraipali-Basna road from Raipur due to water overflowing Sankra bridge.Similar is the situation in Gariaband where long queues of trucks were seen piled up due to flooding in Pairi river. Reports indicated that none of the vehicles have managed to move ahead of Mainpur and Deobhog.

However, with most rivers and canals over flowing due to consistent rains, residents wanting to commute to neighboring districts remained stuck without option. Many of the rural commuters were seen at Bus Stands waiting for buses to leave for Kawardha, Bilaspur, BalodaBazaar and Saraipali. Some of the passengers complained that they are not getting accurate information as to when the buses will leave. According to reports received, some of these buses left for neighboring districts post noon. It need be mentioned that over 150 buses commute daily to destinations like Kawardha, Bilaspur, Saraipali and BalodaBazaar. Sources informed that canals in most of these routes were overflowing and could pose threat to commuters and buses.

Many of those stuck at Raipur Bus Stand were labourers. They said that heavy vehicles are also stuck enroute so it is better to wait at the bus terminal.

Meanwhile, yet another casualty of heavy rains was the Raipur-Patan route which got disrupted due to Kharun river water overflowing on Mahadev Ghat bridge enroute. Acording to reports received, water was flowing two- to-three meters above the bridge in the morning which forced vehicles, especially the heavy ones to pile up behind one another.

It need be mentioned that scores of people cross over from Patan daily to attend to their jobs in Raipur but it was a different case on Wednesday as they could only watch as helpless spectator to swelling Kharun river and blocking their route. With chances strong that accidents may happen if someone adventurous tries to cross over, police deployed its personnel to prevent such life threatening initiative.

Locals residing around Mahadev Ghat bridge noted that water rising to breach bridge level was seen after years. Some of the youths and elderly came by just to enjoy the sighting of water gushing and splashing.

Home Guards save lives of hundreds of people

Meanwhile, State Government has claimed that Home Guards have performed commendable duty and rescued hundreds safely from overflowing rivers and canals across Chhattisgarh. Sources said that in coordination with district administration and local police force, Home Guards have successfully saved lives.

Amongst some of the commendable stories includes rescue of 40-50 girl students from Girl’s Ashram located in village Pantora of Gariaband district when 4-5 feet high water level inundated the premises. Yet another marvelous story was when a motor-cyclist was rescued from a canal in village Gam near Pairi river. Similarly, two labourers were also rescued from brick kilns while they risked drowning in floods in villge Samodar, 14 kilometers from Arang in Raipur district.

Another case was when two pickup drivers were rescued while they screamed for help as their vehicles shut down in middle of bridge due to rising water levels while crossing over Kolhan canal on Raipur BalodaBazaar route.

Home Guards arranged ropes and searchlights to carry out their rescue. A rescue squad of Home Guards rescued 31 people including women, elderly and children from flooded village Khaira in Rajnandgaon district. Home Guards deployed two motor boats in Chandrapur and Shiurinarayan areas of Janjgir-Champa district to carry out rescue attempt. One of the motor boat has also been deployed in Bilaspur district while work was ongoing till the filing of the report in private farmhouse of rescue of 100 people in village Mudra, six kilometers from Abhanpur in Raipur district. 11 rurals were also rescued from flooded parts of Geeram Chicha in Durg district.

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20-year-old youth robbed off mobile, cash at Nazirabad

A 20-year-old youth was robbed off his cellphone and cash by two robbers while he was heading to one of his relatives’ house at Nazirabad locality of State capital here during evening hours of ... Read More
A 20-year-old youth was robbed off his cellphone and cash by two robbers while he was heading to one of his relatives’ house at Nazirabad locality of State capital here during evening hours of Tuesday. Both the miscreants, in aftermath of the incident, fled from the spot with looted valuables.Later, the victim reached police station and reported the matter. Police said that based on his complaint, a case under sections of Indian Penal Code was lodged against the two and a manhunt was launched to nab them. Till filing of the report, both of them were on run. Police said victim was identified as Roop Singh, 20, son of Hari Singh, basically hailing from Sehore district. On Tuesday evening, he reached the city by bus and was heading to one of the relatives’ house at Meghra Sudkheri village on foot. In his complaint to police, victim said that on Tuesday evening, he was heading to the house of his relative while the two namely Narayan and his friend Laxman waylaid him and looted his cellphone and cash amount Rs 5,000 from him. After looting his valuables, both of them fled subsequently. On being asked how the police identified both the robbers, police said that the victim knew both of them very well. Police said that a case was lodged following his complaint and efforts were on to nab both of them.

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‘VYAPAM ka Sach’: Cong MLAs demand case be registered against CM, Tomar

The dust over ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ book is yet to settle down. A delegation of Congress MLAs, led by leader of opposition Satyadev Katare reached Habibganj police station and demanded that case s... Read More
The dust over ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ book is yet to settle down. A delegation of Congress MLAs, led by leader of opposition Satyadev Katare reached Habibganj police station and demanded that case should be registered against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP State President Narendra Singh Tomar in connection with ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue. Besides, Congress has decided to take the issue to national level. Around one dozen Congress MLAs will stage sit-in in Delhi on Thursday at Jantar Mantar and will later, try to meet President of India over the matter.

Leader of opposition, Satyadev Katare, accompanied by party MLAs, reached Habibganj police station on Wednesday morning to lodge complaint against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP State President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar over ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue. In the complaint given to police, Katare alleged that the photo of VYAPAM has been published in the book, which is an offence. The book has been published in such a fashion, which gives the impression that actually, book has been published by VYAPAM itself. The book does not carry name of publisher and its address and this was a criminal offence. Katare also claimed that BJP had obtained Government documents illegally and published them in book, which has been published as part of larger conspiracy. Documents, which were shown by CM in House, were secretly given to BJP. Apart from this, CM and BJP State President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar have misused their post to provide benefit to BJP.

“We have taken the complaint and said that any action would be taken only after investigation,” said Habibganj police SHO G P Agrawal to ‘The Hitavada’.

Later, Satyadev Katare spoke to media at Congress office and alleged that irregularities had even taken place in online exam of pharmacy of NRHM. In the meantime, a lady named Sunita Jain also reached press conference and claimed that she had taken part in PSC exam 2003. She had performed well even in PSC exam 2006 but she was not called for interview. When she applied for marksheet, she came to know that out of 2100, she had secured 1249 marks but then also Ashish Mishra, who got 1240 marks, was called for interview. When she tried to know in this regard, she got the reply that she was not having adequate numbers in women candidate list. She later knocked the doors of court over the sex discrimination issue. She had even approached CM but to no avail. On this occasion, Katare claimed that when Ritu Chouhan gave the exam, no such list was prepared and when intelligent students came for success, their path was stopped by hook or crook.

Meanwhile, BJP has lodged complaint with Habibganj police station, demanding registration of case against Congress State President Arun Yadav and leader of opposition Satyadev Katare on Wednesday. A delegation of BJP leaders, led by Vijendra Singh Sisodia, approached Habibganj police and said that Congress leaders were regularly undertaking baseless campaigning against BJP.

In the complaint, BJP said Congress leaders had issued a book in which baseless allegations had been levelled against BJP regime. The book does not carry name of publisher and printer and it is an offence. Publication and distribution of this book by Congress is an offence under IPC section 420 and violation of Press & Book Registration Act. The delegation of BJP included D R Hitesh Vajpayee, Rakesh Sharma and Prakash Meerchandani.

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Privileges panel starts process on privilege info

Assembly’s Privileges Committee has started the process in connection with the privilege information given against Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare and Congress MLA Balabachan. The secon... Read More
Assembly’s Privileges Committee has started the process in connection with the privilege information given against Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare and Congress MLA Balabachan. The second meeting of committee was held on Tuesday and various aspects were pondered over.

Committee would give chance to both leaders to put up their side on the matter. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and Forest Minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar had given privilege information against the duo for bringing ‘ghanti’, ‘kamandal’ and saffron cloth inside Assembly during Budget Session. Speaker had referred privilege information to Privileges Committee.

After bringing ‘Kamandal’ and other items inside Assembly, Katare claimed that CM had said that even if a single allegation is proved against him, then he would take ‘sanyas’ and Government had accepted that CM’s niece got selected in wrong manner. Hence, CM should take ‘sanyas’. Katare had sought permission to table the brought items but Speaker had denied permission. Later on, at instance of Katare, Balabachan had put the things on table.

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65-year-old woman resists chain snatching, succeeds in saving half

On the lines of snatching gold chains on the pretext of asking address, a 65-year-old woman was targetted in the State capital on Tuesday. But instead of being afraid, the woman resisted the sn... Read More
On the lines of snatching gold chains on the pretext of asking address, a 65-year-old woman was targetted in the State capital on Tuesday. But instead of being afraid, the woman resisted the snatchers and succeeded in saving half of her gold chain.

A 65-year-old woman was relieved of her gold chain at E-7 Arera Colony locality under Habibganj police station by two unidentified bike-borne miscreants here late on Tuesday night. In aftermath of the incident, the victim reached Habibganj police station and reported the matter. Police said that following her complaint, subsequently, a case of loot was lodged against unidentified robbers and a manhunt has been launched to nab them. But till filing of the report, there were no whereabouts of miscreants.

According to police, victim Aarti Verma was picking flowers from garden outside her house. Two bike-borne youths arrived in the locality and asked her regarding address of a resident.

Being compassionate, she went near them to provide the details and it was when they attacked and snatched the gold chain from her neck. But the victim offered resistance and caught hold of hand of the victim who tried to snatch the gold chain. In the scuffle, the miscreants managed to escape with half of the broken gold chain and the victim managed to save the remaining half part.

In her complaint to police, she claimed that the two bike-borne miscreants, in the age group of 20-22 years, came to her on the pretext of asking address, attacked her and escaped with the broken half of the gold chain she was wearing. She claimed that the robbed part of the chain was worth Rs 25,000. Efforts of police to nab them were on. Notably, it has become a fashion for miscreants to loot chains from women on pretext of asking for addresses in State capital. In past, many cases had occurred in same fashion and hence, the police advised women of being alert while providing any kind of details to unknown persons.

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Bhopal battles waterlogging due to heavy rains

Bhopal was drenched by a spell of light to moderate showers on Wednesday. People in Bhopal woke up to a cloudy weather condition and around 11 am, light showers hit the city. Rains continued afte... Read More
Bhopal was drenched by a spell of light to moderate showers on Wednesday. People in Bhopal woke up to a cloudy weather condition and around 11 am, light showers hit the city. Rains continued after regular gaps, creating water logging problem in low lying parts of the city. Weather Department has forecast more rains in city in next twenty-four hours. A house collapsed in city amid rains in which an elderly person got injured. Rains are lashing city after breaks for last couple of days, throwing normal life out of gear. Regular rains have created water-logging problem in low-lying areas of city including Bharat talkies road, Shiv Nagar, New Market area, near Lal Parade ground area, Saifia College road, some parts of Aishbagh locality, etc. Passersby had to face problems in crossing the water-filled areas. Vehicle riders had a harrowing time crossing the water-filled lanes. Weather Department said till evening, Bhopal had recorded rainfall of 72.8 mm.

According to information, a wall of a muddy house in Baghsevania locality collapsed during rains and in this incident, an elderly person named Ramcharan got injured. He was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment and was out of danger. Notably, two people had died and eight where injured in Lalghati area during heavy rainfall two days back.

People living in low-lying areas are having a harrowing time due to rainfall as rain water has accumulated in the lanes and around their houses, creating unhygienic living condition for them. They have to cross the water filled lanes to reach to other parts.

The worst-affected during rains are school children. Amid rains, they have to go to schools. However, schools were closed in city on Wednesday, looking at the possibility of heavy rains. Weather Department has warned of more rains in city as strong monsoon system is just 50 km away from State capital. Regular rainfall has led to rise in water level of Upper Lake, which is lifeline of city.

Many parts of State battered by rain

Heavy to very heavy rains have wrecked havoc in many parts of Madhya Pradesh in last twenty-four hours. Burhanpur was the worst-affected town as it received maximum rainfall in State in past twenty-four hours. It has also rained heavily in other parts including Betul, Khandwa, Atner, Nepanagar, etc. Some casualties have been reported due to heavy rain. Weather Department has forecast heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated parts of Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior, Chambal, Hoshangabad and Indore divisions in next twenty-four hours.

Burhanpur administration said that city was battered by heavy rains, which led to flooding of local Tapti river. Flood water of the river entered low-lying areas and as many as 1,154 people were rescued and shifted to safer places. Water was flowing over three bridges, cutting off traffic from both ends. One village was said to be besieged by rainwater. High alert has been sounded and administration is keeping close watch on the situation.

It is learnt that a woman was washed away in a flooded nullah in Betul district but there was no official confirmation in this regard. With this, two persons have died in Betul. Machna river is overflowing in Betul and Bhopal Betul road has been disconnected. Sources said that a minor girl died after a house collapsed in Tikamgarh district. State flood control room said rains have been more than normal in 21 districts, one district has recorded normal rainfall and 26 districts have received less rainfall. Meanwhile, Bhind and Morena are two districts, which have recorded scanty rainfall so far.

Weather Department said monsoon system was over Hoshangabad and its impact was going to be in maximum parts of State. Bhopal may receive few spells of heavy rainfall in next twenty-four hours. Rainfall activities would be centred on western parts, especially, the Nimad region and rains in north east parts would be normal. Heavy rains have also created havoc in some other parts including Balaghat, Pandhana, Khandwa, Multai, etc. State Government is closely monitoring the situation. If the Weather Department is to be believed, further spells of rains are going to bridge the gap between less and normal rainfall in State.

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NMC Enforcement Deptt demolishes illegal building in Dharampeth

Taking tough action against unauthorised construction in the orange city, the Enforcement Department attached to Dharampeth Zone has demolished four storied under construction building situated a... Read More
Taking tough action against unauthorised construction in the orange city, the Enforcement Department attached to Dharampeth Zone has demolished four storied under construction building situated at prime location in Dharampeth near Maata Mandir on Wednesday. The unauthorised building was constructed on residential plot without any sanction from the competent authority. Dharampeth Zone office issued notice to owner Biharilal Kelwani to stop construction immediately in January 2104. However, the builder defied the instructions of NMC and expedited construction work. The local body issued notice under section 53 of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1964. In-spite of this notice the owner continued with the construction. Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Assistant Commissioner Rajesh Karade to immediately demolish illegal construction at Dharampeth. On his directions, the team of Enforcement Department under leadership of Executive Engineer Dilip Jamgade, Rajesh Karade, deputy Engineer Kedar Mishra started demolition on Wednesday. Municipal Commissioner visited the site and expressed satisfaction over demolition work. Mishra said, the owner does not have any sanctioned building plan and he is constructing a commercial building on residential plot. The plot was leased by the NMC. The team of Enforcement Department broke the slabs, and walls with the help of concrete cutter, and JCB removed the shutter in ground floor. Junior Engineer Sanjay Lakde, Jivane and other team members were present.

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NMC to survey all high-rise buildings

Taking lessons from major fire at Lotus Business Park in Mumbai, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Fire and Emergency Safety Department to conduct survey of high rise commercial ... Read More
Taking lessons from major fire at Lotus Business Park in Mumbai, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed Fire and Emergency Safety Department to conduct survey of high rise commercial building with glass facade immediately. The Fire Department will not allow ICUs and Operation Theater in higher floors of the buildings. The terrace must remain open for any untoward incident.

In a meeting, the Commissioner Wardhane said, “I cannot afford a loss of any fireman in such incident. The department should take stringent action against defaulters and disconnect water and electricity of these buildings.” He took review of fire and safety measures in glass facade buildings in the city. The Commissioner directed every fire station officer to survey atleast 10 high rise buildings in a month to keep check on such incidents and take appropriate action. He said, architects should give preferences to life safety instead of front elevation of the building.

Chief Fire Officer Rajendra Uchake gave presentation before the Commissioner. He said, local body should not allow any construction in terrace and it should be kept open for any incident. The ICU and operation theatre should not be allowed in higher floors. These rooms should be at ground floor or first floor. Chief Fire Officer said, architects are not following the provisions of National Building Code and Development Control Rules while making building plans. As per NBC, it is necessary to have two separate RCC stair cases. The Town Planning Department should take NOC from Fire Department for glass facade buildings. The glass glazing should have openings for entry of fireman in the building. The city has around 1500 high rise buildings and department is checking fire fighting equipments.

The Fire Department will float a tender for purchase of 42 mts TTL in the city. Deputy Commissioner Rizwan Siddique, Town Planning officer C S Zade, Station Officers B P Chandankhede, K M Chandekar, Dharamraj Nakode, Rajendra Dube, Mohan Gudadhe, Sadashiv Bhende, Shriram Bhoyar, Sunil Raut, Kehav Gothee, and R M Gorle were present.

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50% teaching posts issue resolved, RTMNU may issue circular today

The issue regarding filling up atleast 50 pe cent teaching posts in colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has been resolved. University may issue circular... Read More
The issue regarding filling up atleast 50 pe cent teaching posts in colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has been resolved. University may issue circular on Thursday.

The problem was created after the emergence of 250 banned colleges. It became necessary to have teachers in colleges, instead of running them sans teachers. So the committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Baban Taywade was constituted with Adv Abhijeet Wanjari, Dr Pramod Yeole, Dr Ravindra Kshirsagar as members and Dr Shrikant Komawar as Member Secretary.

Committee conducted 4 to 5 meetings. The committee suggested that professional and traditional courses should have at least one teacher for one course, 50 per cent seats should be filled, students should not be deprived of any examination etc.

Committee has recommended that colleges should appoint teachers by December 31. But University insist that colleges can appoint teachers by October 31. The circular is being issued on Thursday and it may say that colleges should recruit teachers by October 31, said highly placed sources.

University on June 1 had displayed circular making colleges mandatory to have 50 per cent teachers course-wise. University had made it clear that if that number of teachers are not appointed then examinations of those students would not be conducted. Protesting this decision, Principal association had threatened to launch agitation. Because of this colleges refused admissions to students. After that University appointed Dr Taywade committee.

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Man arrested for circulating counterfeit currency notes

IN A significant breakthrough, Crime Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped a member of an inter-state gang involved in circulating counterfeit currency and seized 555 fake currency notes of face va... Read More
IN A significant breakthrough, Crime Branch sleuths on Wednesday trapped a member of an inter-state gang involved in circulating counterfeit currency and seized 555 fake currency notes of face value Rs 3,22,500 from his possession. Of the total seizure, 90 fake notes are of Rs 1,000 denomination and remaining are of Rs 500 denomination.

Identified as Udaysingh Baluji Nimje (49), the accused is a resident of Vinkar Colony, near Nav Shakti Primary School, Lendi Talao. Acting on a tip off, a team of Crime Branch laid a trap near a paan kiosk at Golibar Square. Around 11.30 am, Nimje came to the paan kiosk. When cops surrounded him, he tried to escape. Cops nabbed him. During his physical search, police found 40 fake notes of Rs 500 denomination bearing identical numbers.

During questioning, Nimje told the investigators that he had kept some more notes at a woman’s house at Binaki Layout, Dhammadeep Nagar.

The Crime Branch team then conducted searches at the woman’s house and seized the bundles of remaining counterfeit notes kept by Nimje in a cloth bag. After registering an offence under relevant sections of the IPC against Nimje, Crime Branch officers are now searching the other members of the gang. The arrest was made API Mangesh Desai, API Atulkar, ASI Abdul Wahab, HC Pramod Kohle, NPCs Prakash Sidam, Kuldip Petkar, Manish Bhosle, WPCs Rubina and Firoz under the supervision of Joint CP Sanjay Saxena, Addl CP (Crime) Sunil Kolhe, ACP(Crime) Nilesh Raut, PIs Avinash Shilamkar, Sunil Mahadik and Shivaji Gaikwad.

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Another audit report exposes bunglings by NIT

Relying on a highly-critical audit report pulling Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for irregular allotment of public utility land, favours doled out to private contractors, lethargy in planning proce... Read More
Relying on a highly-critical audit report pulling Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for irregular allotment of public utility land, favours doled out to private contractors, lethargy in planning process and gross misuse of Gunthewari act to delete land reservations to provide undue benefit to builders, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has urged the High Court to appoint a probe panel into bunglings within NIT and punish the erring officers and trustees.

The audit report prepared by Accountant General’s office for the period 2003-2011 has questioned NIT’s functioning and its decision making process in several cases pointing out that in most cases it benefitted private parties at the cost of public exchequer.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Sunil Shukre while hearing this PIL filed by Chetan Rajkarne, issued notices to respondent authorities and directed State Government to spell out steps taken during last three years on the issues raised in the audit report. The respondent authorities have been directed to file affidavit within three weeks.

According to petitioner, the earlier audit report upto year 2003 had highlighted gross abuse and misuse of power by NIT officials and trustees and next audit report till March 31, 2011 also indicate same disturbing trend and reveals that PU plots, playgrounds, open spaces, land earmarked for gardens, schools, hospitals and other useful purpose have been gobbled by greedy builders in connivance with NIT officials.

The audit report has dealt with several issues like transfer of PU lands to various institutions controlled by influential persons, allotment of big lands to non-existing housing society’s allegedly controlled by a political heavyweight, rampant irregularities in several B-O-T projects in which NIT lost crores, unauthorised collection of Rs 5 crore additional development charges, excess payment to contractors in most of the projects by-passing the norms, excessive and unjustified expenditure on projects which were never completed on time. The petitioner has also highlighted bunglings by NMC in granting irregular and unauthorised permissions to illegal allotments made by NIT and sought civil and criminal action against all erring officials. NIT counsel S K Mishra pointed out that a similar PIL filed by Anil Wadpalliwar based on The Hitavada expose is pending for final hearing and this petition has raised same issues. However, counsel for the petitioner Shrikant Khandalkar claimed that the PIL is based on latest audit report and charged the NIT counsel with making misleading statements. He also claimed that then Guardian Minister and his educational institution is one of the biggest beneficiary of land allotment and claimed that there was conflict of interest. In earlier writ petition the enquiry panel was formed to probe eight issues and report had recommended several suggestions to improve procedure. The audit paras are finalised after seeking response from the concerned department and many paragraphs are dropped after considering the reply. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv S K Mishra represented NIT while AGP Kalyani Deshpande waived the notice for respondent State.

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HC rejects plea against media highlighting Katju’s expose

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have firmly declined to entertain city lawyer Uday Dastane’s writ petition seeking ban on the media, particularly the electronic m... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court have firmly declined to entertain city lawyer Uday Dastane’s writ petition seeking ban on the media, particularly the electronic media transmitting, re-transmitting and causing lots of furore in the country over former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju’s exposure.

Justice (retd) Katju, on July 20, raked up a 10-year-old controversy relating to elevation of a District Judge in Tamil Nadu to Madras High Court Additional judgeship, one year extension to him and thereafter his confirmation despite intelligence report of corruption against him, allegedly under political pressure brought on three former Chief Justices of India - Lahoti, Sabharval and Balakrishnan.

According to the court, there is nothing placed by the petitioner on record through his petition, to justify the Court’s interference under Articles 226 or Article 215 of the Constitution of India.

The court has also stated that it also can not go into the aspect of contempt of court raised by the petitioner, as it does not find any element of contempt of court in the controversy, to which the court’s attention has been drawn via this petition.

Alleging failure on the part of the respondents - Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Director, Electronic Media Monitoring Centre and Chairman, Press Council of India (Justice Katju himself) to perform their statutory functions by initiating suo motu action according to Sections 19 and 5 of the Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules and Program Code framed under the Rules to prohibit telecasting of the programmes featuring Justice Katju and discussions on his utterances.

The petitioner’s intent in filing this petition has been to prevent further damage to the institution of Judiciary and further lowering down the image of the judicial system in the eyes of the society at large and common man in particular. While opposing the petition vehemently, the new Assistant SGI Rohit Deo, in his first major assignment for Central Government stated that judiciary is not so fragile to get damaged by such controversies.

Even the eminent jurists like Soli Sorabjee, Ram Jethmalani also participate in such discussion and even very strong comments are advanced, which is good for democratic polity and essentially freedom of expression and exercise of right to make fair comment.

Further, there is no need to treat it as a holy cow, the petitioner Dastane appearing in person advocated discussion on such issues behind closed doors, the Court favoured openness and transparency in the functioning of the judiciary. It said that all the three wings of the State are on equal pedestal and judiciary should also be open to public criticism as the Executive or the Legislature are.

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Rain fury: Motorcyclist killed, brother injured as huge tree falls on them

RAIN fury claimed the life of a teenage boy and injured his younger brother seriously after a huge tree fell on them when they were on way back home on their motorbike. The tragedy occurred nea... Read More
RAIN fury claimed the life of a teenage boy and injured his younger brother seriously after a huge tree fell on them when they were on way back home on their motorbike. The tragedy occurred near Kusumtai Wankhede Hall, North Ambazari Road on Wednesday.

Passersby rushed Ashutosh Vijay Kumbhare (18), a resident of Sudam Nagri, Ambazari Hilltop, to KRIMS Hospital, Ramdaspeth, but his life could not be saved. His brother Swapnil (16) is undergoing treatment at the same hospital.

Around 10.30 am, Ashutosh and Swapnil were returning home on a Honda Stunner motorcycle (MH-31/DK-6865) via Alankar Talkies Square. Swapnil was riding pillion. Suddenly, a huge tree in the premises of Nagpur Nagarik Sahakari Rugnalaya uprooted and fell on Kumbhare brothers passingby injuring them seriously.

Some passersby rushed Kumbhare brothers to KRIMS Hospital where the doctors declared Ashutosh dead.

Vehicle traffic was affected for about an hour as the uprooted tree had blocked the road.

Staff from Sitabuldi Police and Fire Brigade personnel arrived at the spot. Fire Brigade personnel cleared the road by cutting the branches of the tree. On the basis of the information given by Om Damodar Singh (26), a resident of SRPF Camp, Hingna Road, Sitabuldi Police registered an accidental death case.

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CBI sleuths trap Weavers Service Centre’s Dy Director

CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers attached to its city-based Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday caught H B Suryawanshi, Deputy Director, Weavers Service Centre, red-handed while deman... Read More
CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers attached to its city-based Anti-Corruption Unit on Wednesday caught H B Suryawanshi, Deputy Director, Weavers Service Centre, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 4,000 from a weaver towards issuance of Bunkar Identity Card.

Mohammad Kadir Shaikh Tayyab, a resident of Satranji Karkhana, Taj Nagar, Lane No. 2, Manewada Road, lodged a complaint with the CBI that Suryawanshi was demanding Rs 8,000 for issuing Bunkar Identity Cards to him and his uncle Shaikh Chand Taji. He also stated in his complaint was Suryawanshi was illegally charging Rs 4000/- per card. The CBI registered a regular case bearing (No.RC.14(A)2014-NGP) against Suryawanshi under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 on on Tuesday.

Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap on Wednesday and caught Suryawanshi red-handed while accepting Rs 4000/- Mohammad Kadir for issuing Bunkar Identity Card standing in his name.

The trap was laid by Inspector Niraj Gupta and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep M Tamgadge.

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Searches at residence, office of CR’s Sr Section Engineer

OFFICERS attached to Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted searches at the office and residential premises of R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer (I... Read More
OFFICERS attached to Anti-Corruption Wing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted searches at the office and residential premises of R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer (Inspection) at the Office of Senior Divisional Electrical Engineer (Track Rolling Stock-TRS), Central Railway, Ajni, after registering a case of criminal conspiracy and corruption.

CBI, Nagpur, had registered a case (No. RC 13(A)/2014-NGP ) under Section 120-B of the IPC, Sections 7, 12, 13(2) read with Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 on the basis of a source information.

It is alleged in the FIR that Rabindra Kumar Bhalotia, Managing Director of M/s Riddi Siddhi Udyog Limited, Rajendra Prasad Sarani, Kolkata, during the year, 2013-14 entered into a criminal conspiracy with R K Sharma, Senior Section Engineer, Office of DRM, S&T, Central Railway, some others.

In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, Sharma regularly agreed to accept bribe from Bhalotia for showing favour in violation of rules. CBI officers investigating the case conducted searches at Sharma’s office and residential premises.

During the search at his office at Ajni, CBI sleuths seized incriminating documents related to the issue. The case is further is being carried out by PI Manoj Nair under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (CBI) Sandeep Tamgadge.

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Agencies swoop down on bribe-seeking public servants

Office Assistant of Revenue Deptt’s Addl Commr in ACB net ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers on Wednesday caught Tina Thakur, Office Assistant of Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S ... Read More
Office Assistant of Revenue Deptt’s Addl Commr in ACB net ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers on Wednesday caught Tina Thakur, Office Assistant of Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 25,000 from a marginal farmer to get his land dispute settled in his favour.

Waman Sahare’s ancestral agriculture land admeasuring 13.16 hectare was distributed among his brothers. Each brother got a share of 0.52 hectare. When Sahare checked the 7/12 records in 2005, his brother’s name was mentioned instead of him.

Sahare had lodged a complaint with the District Collector who gave a decision in his favour. Sahare’s elder brother then had filed an appeal before the senior officials. The matter came up for hearing before Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam. On July 10 and 11, Gautam heard the case.

Office Assistant Tina Thakur approached Sahare and told him that he would have to pay Rs 40,000 to Additional Commissioner Gautam for getting the decision in his favour. She also told Sahare that if he failed to pay the amount, Gautam would give the decision in his brother’s favour. Sahare negotiated with Tina Thakur and struck a deal for Rs 25,000. Sahare then lodged a complaint with ACB officers. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at the canteen in Divisional Commissionerate and caught Tina Thakur red-handed when she accepted the cash from Sahare.

Bureau officers then brought Tina Thakur to Additional Commissioner Gautam’s office. They quizzed Gautam and recorded his statement to find out whether he had any role in the matter.

ACB officers arrested Tina Thakur and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 against her at Sadar Police Station. The trap was laid by DySP (ACB-Wardha) Anil Lokhande, NPCs Girish Korde, Naresh Parashar, Nishith Ranjan Pande, Manish Ghode, Pradip Kadam, Pradip Deshmukh, Nilesh Barve, and Ragini Hiwale under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Vasant Shirbhate and Additional Superintendent of Police (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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Excessive rains in 44 east Vidarbha tehsils

The incessant rains in the region during last three days resulted in excessive rainfall in about 44 tehsils of eastern Vidarbha with Wardha district recording the highest downpour of 200.10 mm.... Read More
The incessant rains in the region during last three days resulted in excessive rainfall in about 44 tehsils of eastern Vidarbha with Wardha district recording the highest downpour of 200.10 mm. Ashti tehsil registered 200 mm, Arvi-196, Karanja-184.70 mm, Deoli-131 mm, Samudrapur-127 mm, Hinganghat-114.40 mm while Selu got the lowest rainfall of just 7.8 mm. In 14 tehsils of Nagpur district the excessive rainfall was recorded with highest at Narkhed 156.20 mm rains. Ramtek-155 mm, Kamptee-156.20 mm, Nagpur city-140.10 mm, Nagpur Rural-140.10 mm, Umrer-135.10 mm, Katol-133.40 mm, Kuhi-128.40 mm, Parseoni-120.30 mm, Bhiwapur-107 mm while Kalmeshwar-103 mm. At Bhandara district Lakhni-176.80 mm was the highest. Later Tumsar-142.60 mm, Pawni-135 mm, Bhandara-123.30 mm, Mohadi-116.50 mm, Sakoli-113.20 mm, Lakhandur-111 mm. In Gondia-113.20 mm, Lakhandur-111 mm, Deori-170 mm, Tiroda-168 mm, Salekasa-155.60 mm, Gondia-151.80 mm, Amgaon-147.60 mm, Goregaon-144.50 mm, Arjuni Morgaon-123.40 mm and SadakArjuni-123 mm.

In Chandrapur district at Brahmapuri-115.40 mm, Chimur-113 mm while Nagbhid-107.30 mm while at other 12 tehils the rainfall was normal. At Gadchiroli in Korchi-145.40 mm, Kurkheda-145 mm, Wadsa-132 mm, Armori-83.80 mm. The traffic from bridge on Parlakota river had to be suspended as water level rose to about 7.30 feet above it due to which Bhamragad road was closed.

The rainfall recorded in region during last 24 hours is---Nagpur-130.97 mm, Wardha-153.90 mm, Bhandara-131.19 mm, Gondia-147.99 mm, Chandrapur-40.56 mm, Gadchiroli-52.50 mm. The average rainfall during the season now stands at 109.52 mm.

Meanwhile, all the 36 doors of Gosikhurd mega project were lifted to release excess water. This had to be done as for past one week Gondia-Bhandara region has been pounded by excessive rains which had disrupted normal life. Even the catchment area of Gosikhurd in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh received very heavy rainfall due to which there has been excess ingress forcing irrigation officials to lift the dam’s gates.

Similarly, water was also released from other dams including Kardha bridge on Wainganga river in Bhandara district about 9,920 qusecs, at Mathani point on Kanhan river 2,850 qusecs, at Deori on Wainganga in Gondia -- 5,975 qusecs and Mahalgaon on Bawanthadi river -- 1,589 qusecs, Wan river at Hinganghat in Wardha district -- 1,345 qusecs, Waghulibuti on Wainganga river in Chandrapur district -- 9,260 qusecs, and Wadsa on Wainganga river in Gadchiroli district -- 8,722 qusecs.

46 trees uprooted in Orange City

Although rains stopped on Wednesday after three days of intense lashing, the high velocity winds uprooted 46 trees across Orange City. The city’s green cover suffered damage as most of the trees which were almost on breaking point toppled over disrupting traffic at many points on Wednesday. High velocity wind was an aftereffect of depression that weakened into low pressure area. The rains stopped giving relief to the citizens who were harried a lot. But the incessant rains over last three days has set in chill and people were uncomfortable and would take some time to settle. However, on Wednesday the winds caused damage to tree while 46 came crashing down in as many areas.

Water-logging occurred near LIC Square due to stagnation of water. Fully -grown trees got uprooted at various places including in front of Alankar Talkies, near Ajni PRS, at Empire Point (Kingsway) that blocked the traffic for several hours. The Fire and Emergency staff of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was on its toes attending calls of about devastation in various areas.

Meanwhile, had the rains not stopped on Wednesday, Gorewada dam would have started over flowing as the water level had almost reached the danger mark -- 315.65 metres. By the evening, storage level of the dam was 315.22 metres. Mayor Anil Sole and Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane inspected the position at Gorewada.

The officials were directed to alert the people residing on banks of Pili river to remain alert since excess water from Gorewada dam is being released into it.

Chairman of Water Works Committee Sudhakar Kohale, Chairman of Health Committee Ramesh Shingare, corporator Bhushan Shingne, Executive Engineer R D Jadhav, Deputy Enigneer Deepak Chitnis, Production Manager, Orange City Works, Praveen Sharan other officials were also present during the inspection visit.

Heavy rains claim ailing child’s life

Heavy rains during last three days claimed life of an ailing toddler. The child, Ghanshyam Kallu Bhuia (just 18-month-old) was not keeping well for last two days. Bhuia family was residing in MIHAN area where M/s Shapoorji & Pallonji, a construction major is executing some big ticket works. Owing to continuous rains, his parents could not take him to doctor as the area was not accessible. On Wednesday, when rains stopped, parents of the ill child took him to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

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Drug peddler held with four grams smack

CONTINUING a rigorous campaign to prevent consumption and trade of narcotics substances, Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending a drug peddler and seized four grams of smack from his possess... Read More
CONTINUING a rigorous campaign to prevent consumption and trade of narcotics substances, Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending a drug peddler and seized four grams of smack from his possession. The accused has been identified as Naresh Dumar (40), a resident of near Ghoda Hospital in Omti area. SHO of Ghamapur police station Sushil Chouhan informed that under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra and Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh police have started a special drive against trade of narcotic substances. Continuing the drive, police received information about a suspected man sighted near new building in Marghatai area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and succeeded in trapping the accused. During search, police team seized four grams of smack filled in a paper. Police have arrested the accused and registered a case against him under sections 8, 21 of the NDPS Act while further investigations are underway to identify names of other persons working in the trade of narcotic substances.

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Members of two families injured in group clash

MEMBERS of two families sustained injuries in a group clash over a petty issue reported in Badi Khermai area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station on Saturday. According to police, Bi... Read More
MEMBERS of two families sustained injuries in a group clash over a petty issue reported in Badi Khermai area under jurisdiction of Hanumantal police station on Saturday. According to police, Billu Saini (20), a resident of Badi Khermai area, filed a complaint that his younger brother Bittu Saini was returning from a milk shop when a neighbour Uma Saini started abusing him. When he objected to this, Uma Saini, her husband Raman Sainin and son Suryakumar Saini attacked him and threatened him. On the other hand, Uma Devi Saini (50), resident of Badi Khermai area, filed a complaint that she was talking with relative Billu Saini when Bittu Saini passed out from the area and abused her. She objected to this Bittu, his brother Billu and Pinki Saini attacked her and other family members. Acting on both the complaints, police have registered counter cases under sections 294, 506, 323 and 34 of the IPC and started investigation into the case.

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Demanding CBI probe, Cong workers stage protest

DEMANDING CBI inquiry and resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for alleged involvement of BJP ministers and leaders in VYAPAM scam, thousands of Congress leaders, workers led by Ar... Read More
DEMANDING CBI inquiry and resignation of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for alleged involvement of BJP ministers and leaders in VYAPAM scam, thousands of Congress leaders, workers led by Arun Yadav, President, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, on Saturday took out a march from Malviya Square and staged massive protest near Collectorate.

Police had to use water cannons and mild cane charge to stop Congressmen from marching to Collectorate from Ghantaghar. Some Congress leaders reportedly sustain minor injuries in the chaos created during use of water cannons. The Congress leaders submitted memorandum to Additional Collector Chhote Singh.

Earlier, MPCC President Arun Yadav, State President Youth Congress, Kunal Choudhary, State President, Mahila Congress, Mandavi Chouhan, State President, Seva Dal, Yogesh Yadav and others addressed a huge gathering of Congress leaders and workers at Malviya Square. During the address, senior Congress leaders demanded the government to start CBI probe into VYAPAM scam. They also demanded Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to tender resignation. Senior Congress leaders alleged that the CM had knowledge of irregularities and corruption, committed in recruitment of teachers, police personnel and providing admission in MBBS and other professional courses through VYAPAM. Despite he took no measures to check irregularities. He is doing nothing to punish the guilty. They said the Chief Minister is also not recommending CBI probe. Congress leaders said due to huge corruption and irregularities many ineligible people were given jobs and students given admissions in professions degree courses. Thousands of meritorious students despite being eligible for admission in medical and other professional courses have been bearing the pang of ineligibility. They said the irregularities and corruption allegedly done by senior officials of VYPAM in connivance with BJP Ministers have ruined the future of thousands of talented youths. Congressmen said the State Government has asked STF to probe the scam, which is a State Government agency. Congress leaders said the government is not opting for CBI inquiry into the matter just to safeguard officials and ministers allegedly involved in the scam. They said the STF inquiry cannot be deemed fair. Senior Congress leaders alleged that as names the BJP ministers and relatives of the Chief Minister are coming to fore in the scam, he should tender resignation immediately. They said the Congress party has already exposed alleged involvement of relatives of the Chief Minister and BJP leaders in the scam by making public their telephone calls and messages to concerned authorities at VYAPAM. They said the Chief Minister despite ordering CBI inquiry into the scam is filing defamation suit against Congress leaders, who have been exposing the names of people, who allegedly been involved the scam. Amongst the senior Congress leaders who led the protest were Lakhan Ghanghoria, Dinesh Yadav, Tarun Bhanot, Rajendra Yadav, Kaushlya Gotia, Anubha Sharma, Nilesh Awasthi, Amrish Mishra, Sanjay Yadav, office bearers and members of City Congress Committee, Youth Congress, NSUI, Mahila Congress, Kisan Congress Committee, Seva Dal and others.

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CJ Khanwilkar opens new computer block, releases handbook on mediation

THE full court meeting convened in presence of Chief Justice Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and companion judges of the Principal Seat and benches at Indore and Gwalior was marked by ... Read More
THE full court meeting convened in presence of Chief Justice Madhya Pradesh High Court A M Khanwilkar and companion judges of the Principal Seat and benches at Indore and Gwalior was marked by inauguration of new filing counter, computer block and launch of Handbook on Mediation and Action Plan-2014 compendium on implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act-2000 and Rules-2007. Inauguration of the new block shall open avenues for much needed easy accessibility to filing, processing, checking of cases along with creation of a congenial working environment for the staff.

The Chief Justice apprised that similar filing centres would also be opened at Indore and Gwalior benches, which will facilitate and benefit litigants and advocates at large.

‘Handbook on Mediation and Action Plan-2014’ is an in-depth approach to the concept of mediation and its institutionalisation as it emerges as one of the most beneficial tools for peaceful adjudication of matters. The book lays down various schemes and policies for mediation, training and awareness programmes and also bears telephone numbers of trained mediators along with the relevant literature on mediation. The handbook of High Court has been released under the guidance of Justice A M Khanwilkar, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court marks path for institutionalisation of an effective adjudicatory tool which is ‘Citizen Centric’ and will be beneficial for public at large with its viable options of win solutions.

The occasion was also important for release of a compendium on implementation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act-2000 and Rules-2007 with relevant information for stakeholders right from the first contact with children in need of care and protection and children in conflict wit law up to the stage of their rehabilitation. It also bears information on contact numbers and role of important stake holders. Release of this book reflects sensitivity of the High Court and the State Legal Services Authority for the cause of children in their best interest and will encourage all persons to nurture children as responsible citizens.

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Murder accused wanted since 2012 arrested

CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal absconding in a murder and attempt to murder cases since February 2012 at Piparia village in Belkhera. Superintendent of Police had d... Read More
CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal absconding in a murder and attempt to murder cases since February 2012 at Piparia village in Belkhera. Superintendent of Police had declared cash reward of Rs 4,000 for giving any information or arresting the accused. Police team have recovered a country-made revolver and a live cartridge from him. The accused has been identified as Shiv Kumar Singh Thakur (29), son of Randheer Singh Thakur, a resident of Kusli village.

Additional Superintendent of Police Amrendra Singh disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Saturday. Rekh Singh Rajput (45), a resident of Kusli village, was shot dead by six men in Belkhera area on February 25, 2012. Investigating the case, police team succeeded in apprehending four accused named Durgest Patel, Dhannu Patel, Bhole Singh and Pramod while two more accused including Harnam Singh and Shivkumar Singh were absconding after the incident.

Shiv Kumar Singh along with Ballu Sen, Kallu Lodhi attempted to murder Vikram Rajput in Tamia village on January 16, 2014. Taking a serious note into the case, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra had declared cash reward of Rs 4,000 for giving information or arresting absconding criminal Shivkumar Singh.

Investigating the case, Cantonment police received information about absconding man who was sighted near Empire Talkies area. Acting promptly on the information, ASP Amrendra Singh constituted a team under supervision of CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari. The police team led by SHO of Cantonment police station, Arvind Choubey comprised of Head Constable, Rajesh Kumar, Constables, Arun Vyas, Deepak Bakode, Cyber Cell, ASI, Kapur Singh Maravi, Head Constable, Saji Mathai, Constable, Rajesh Sharma, Amit Patel, Crime Branch, ASI, Jagannath Singh Yadav, Head Constable, Prashant Solanki, Constable, Sunil Pardi and Satya Sen enclosed the area and succeeded in apprehending the accused. In his search, police team recovered a 12-bore country-made revolver and a live cartridge from the accused.

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CM responsible for ruining life of over one crore youth due to VYAPAM: Yadav

“CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is responsible for ruining life of over one crore youths of the State who have been cheated in 156 examinations conducted by VYAPAM,” alleged Arun Yada... Read More
“CHIEF Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is responsible for ruining life of over one crore youths of the State who have been cheated in 156 examinations conducted by VYAPAM,” alleged Arun Yadav, President of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), while addressing a press conference on Saturday. Yadav raised serious objection on STF’s slow pace of investigation in VYAPAM scam. He alleged that why only one Minister Laxmikant Sharma was arrested in VYAPAM scam while other ministers and government officials are at large.

Congress has complete faith in judiciary. STF is conducting investigation under observation of Madhya Pradesh High Court but we would request the court to ensure that speedy investigation is done to ensure justice with innocent youths deprived of getting seats in government jobs due to irregularities.

Yadav alleged that in a recent loot incident at Ujjain, there was involvement of STF jawans, then how can one trust investigation conducted by the State agency.

The Congress would continue demand for CBI probe in VYAPAM scam. He said when the Chief Minister accepted the demand of CBI probe into death of former Dean Dr Sakalya in the Legislative Assembly then why he is keeping mum over CBI probe in VYAPAM scam.

Talking on role of Additional Advocate General, Purushendra Kaurav, working in different capacities as counsel for STF, Government Advocate in VYAPAM scam and State Government. He said how is it possible for the counsel to justify his job as counsel of both accused and victim, alleged Yadav. India is a democratic country. Every one has the right to raise voice against injustice and corruption. Congress will not bow down before threatening of defamation cases against Congress leaders.

Madhya Pradesh has become the crime capital of India in BJP regime. The State is ranked first in rape and crime against women. He said UPA-1 had introduced Right to Information Act (RTI) to give fundamental rights to people to know about government working, but it is sad state where government has seized the fundamental right, with introducing amendment to RTI Act where closure report of investigation conducted by Economics Offences Wing (EOW) and Lokayukta has been kept away from RTI Act.

This law has been introduced after EOW forced not to public the grounds after closure report filed in dumper scam, this is clear violation of fundamental right of every individual by the Constitution of India. State Women’s Congress President Mandvi Chouhan, YC President, Kunal Choudhry, Sarveshwar Shrivastava and others were present on the occasion.

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Congress CLP meet today

With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, the crucial Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would meet on Sunday evening to strategize on cornering state government on various issu... Read More
With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, the crucial Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would meet on Sunday evening to strategize on cornering state government on various issues. It need be mentioned that Congress has already expressed its intent that it may bring in no confidence motion against Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal. State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, also Patan MLA, and CLP leader TS Singhdeo had demanded an explanation from Gaurishankar Agrawal on allegations of government land encroachment or that he should resign from the constitutional post of Speaker. A final decision on whether or not Congress would bring in no confidence motion against Gaurishankar Agrawal would be taken in the CLP meeting on July 20. Baghel also said that other public interest issues like jaundice deaths across state as also ongoing controversies on ration card verification would also be raised in the State Assembly. He said that state Congress would rake up the issue of ration card cancellations of genuine beneficiaries. He said that state government issued cards prior to assembly election to garner votes but is now canceling these cards after grabbing power in State and Centre. Steep hike in electricity tariffs in an era of soaring inflation would also be raised during the Vidhan Sabha session, he informed.

Baghel also demanded to know as to what steps were taken by Dr Raman Singh government to ensure Rs 2100 Minimum Support Price for paddy farmers. He said that while BJP had promised Rs 300 bonus per quintal of paddy in Chhattisgarh assembly election, the BJP led central government issued directive for non payment of bonus, to escape from its commitment. He questioned the silence of Dr Raman Singh over the fresh directive from central government on paddy bonus issue. He said that being an influential leader of BJP and three times Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh must put in efforts to get paddy MSP raised to Rs 2100 apart from bonus of Rs 300 per quintal.

State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel would also be hosting Iftar party on Sunday at his residence. Since the legislators are also going to be in Raipur for CLP meeting and attending the assembly session, they are also expected to attend the Iftar party. It need be mentioned that minorities and especially Muslims have traditionally been considered voters of Congress party.

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Accept self-attested documents: CM to gazetted officials

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has directed all gazetted officials in the State Government to accept self-attested copies of certificates along with application forms forwarded by applicants for... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has directed all gazetted officials in the State Government to accept self-attested copies of certificates along with application forms forwarded by applicants for the purpose of jobs or other utilities. He said the state government has withdrawn the mandatory requirement of attestation of certificate copies and photographs by gazetted officials and all such copies and photos should be accepted after self-attestation by the candidates.

However, during interview or during final stage of selection process, the candidates will have to bring along original certificates and documents for verification. An order in this direction was issued by General Administration Department has issued necessary directives to Chairman, Revenue Board; all State Government departments; departmental heads, Divisional Commissioners, all District Collectors and Chief Executive Officers of all Zila Panchayats.

The Chief Minister has further directed the officials to ensure strict compliance of the order and the provision will be applicable for all state and central government offices.

The Chief Minister said by accepting the said proposal which was recommended in the 12th report of Second Administrative Reform Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a huge relief to the students and applicants who apply for jobs, etc. He said the central government order has come with a new message of good governance and public-utility. The Chief Minister has extended his gratitude on behalf of the people of Chhattisgarh to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Cong leader Mishra demands EOW probe into paddy shortage during procurement; claims it to be a scam

Former Minister and Congress leader Vidhan Mishra has alleged an estimated Rs 200 crores worth of scam in the procurement process of paddy by MARKFED and different societies. He demanded a prob... Read More
Former Minister and Congress leader Vidhan Mishra has alleged an estimated Rs 200 crores worth of scam in the procurement process of paddy by MARKFED and different societies. He demanded a probe by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) and expressed apprehension that scam could be of much larger proportion as the tallying of paddy procurement figures is still ongoing. He also demanded immediate audit of these societies pending since past three years.

Explaining his allegations, Mishra said that state government procured 7972192 metric tones of paddy from 1333 cooperative societies and even as variation of 2.5 percent in paddy stocks is permissible, it is shocking to note that shortage of 1.44 lakh metric tones of paddy was reported from different societies. He said that 111 societies in Raipur have undergone tallying of figures in terms of paddy procurement out of total of 340 societies, which means that shortage figures could still go up. Speaking on Raipur as case study, Mishra said that 25 societies in Raipur have registered paddy shortage over permissible limit of 2.5 percent. He said that similarly 127 of the societies across state have so far been found to have reported shortage of over 2.5 percent.

Mishra said that a EOW probe is must because 1.12 lakh metric tones was reported short during 2012-13 and 111 societies were found to be erring. He added that there has been no worthwhile action initiated against these societies and they continue with their business unabated year after year. He cited instance of Bilaspur where state government handed over 26 such cases to police for legal action. He said that police have been demanding validated audit report before proceeding with their investigations.

Mishra also alleged that peons or clerks have been given charge of Manager in many of these societies because of lack of staffers. He said that some of these staffers are merely class V or VIII passouts but are handling paddy procurement worth crores every year.

He said that out of 1333 cooperative societies, 451 Managers are from Sahakari Bank while 882 Managers are from cooperative societies. Mishra claimed that cooperatives department does not have educational qualification related records of managers from cooperative societies. He claimed that as high as 67 percent of cooperative societies have Incharge managers whose educational qualifications are of school level.

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It’s Chhattisgarhi that breaks culture of silence among students at Saraitola School

“It is Chhattisgarhi language that works for me. I started talking to them (parents and students) in Chhattisgarhi instead of Hindi to break the culture of silence prevailing among the studen... Read More
“It is Chhattisgarhi language that works for me. I started talking to them (parents and students) in Chhattisgarhi instead of Hindi to break the culture of silence prevailing among the students of our school,” says Sanjay Kumar Patel, a teacher (Shikshakarmi) of the Government Primary School, Saraitola (B), a tribal forest village under Guhaan-nala gram panchayat in Nagri block of Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh state. The village is located about 4 km away from the Dhamtari-Nagri road. There are around 60/64 households in the village. So to say it is a poverty ridden village with each of the household having a BPL (Below Poverty Line) ration card. Despite being a tribal village, the school and its ambience can attract anybody.

Even at 4.30 pm, the school office remains opened and Sanjay Patel, who is a shikshakarmi, can be found busy with some registers. When asked about the students though it is already past school closing time, he replied, “The parents have requested to leave the students early as they were supposed to accompany parents for Gattasillymandeimela.”

The School has strength of 37 students including 19 boys and 18 girls. Out of 37 students 2 belong to other backward community and rest are Schedule Tribes.

There are three teachers, but one of them has been deputed to the newly established Thakurpara School. So now only two teachers are there including Sanjay Patel and the other one is the Head teacher Hiraman Singh Netam. Netam is a local resident and from the tribal community as well, he too had left earlier for the mela, informed Patel.

Patel says when he joined in 2009, the condition of the students was not well, and they look frightened. When asked anything they kept mum. But now this is no more the situation here. Now they can face the people. “I tried to build the relationship between the teachers and the students. I went to the villagers and meet the parents of each of the students and also meet the students separately. I became familiar with them by speaking their language Chhattisgarhi. Then villagers came closer to the school, they started supporting the school. They start attending SMC meetings which they were not doing earlier. So a bond has been made among the school and villagers,” he told this newspaper.

Earlier the parents would not allow their kids to go outside for study. He said the villagers very often said that, “hamgondgawanrhain” means we are illiterate and ignorant tribes; we don’t know anything about the outside world. “But we convinced them and motivate them that, this is not true and they can also do great job. So now two students who were well in education got admitted in the hostel. Thus villagers extend their support to the school and the teachers as well.

“When I was alone I stayed in the village but now I’m staying with my family, some 5 km away from the village in a place called Dugli. (He says the reason behind not staying in the village is that, his two children are reading in high school and there is no vegetable market and no shops in the village.) When asked about his dream, he says “My dream is the development of the students. I want to see them as a good human being.”

The teacher said he saw a group of three villagers sitting outside a house and some kids playing nearby, he stopped there and asked one of them why they have not go to the madei yet? Just to initiate further talk to verify what he has discussed and seen in the school. He says many of them have left but they have not. “I found two of them were highly inebriated. So you are enjoying madei inside the village itself I remarks and they laughed.” The Madei mela is a popular fair in this part of tribal region which people celebrates after harvesting in each village one after another.

Then I asked about school to Ghasiram Netam, (who is also the father of three school going kids, Surydev Singh Netam of class 5, Gagan in class 2 and Chandni is going to anganwadi center)the man who has not taken alcohol, (he says the head teacher of the school is with me pointing one among them).

Students of this primary school were found inquisitive and academically knowledgeable. Despite being a remote tribal school, the students have aspirations for higher studies and become professionals likes engineers, doctors, teachers etc. The school was found as good as a private school despite some challenges, there is a very good relationship among the villagers and school, and the sincere efforts put in by the teacher are clearly visible.

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17-year-old girl goes missing from TT Nagar

A 17-year-old teenage girl has been reported missing for past two days from TT Nagar locality; the teen went missing on July 17 during night hours from her house. Since she went missing, her pa... Read More
A 17-year-old teenage girl has been reported missing for past two days from TT Nagar locality; the teen went missing on July 17 during night hours from her house. Since she went missing, her parents are searching as well as waiting for her return.

But, on Friday, her mother reached TT Nagar police station and reported the matter, fearing her abduction. Following the complaint, TT Nagar police lodged a case of abduction against unidentified person and launched a manhunt for the girl as well as abductors if she had been abducted. A case under section 363 of Indian Penal Code was lodged by police in this regard.

Police said that they were trying to establish whether the girl had left her house on her own or she has been abducted. They ruled out possibility of abduction, saying, still no call of ransom had been made to the victim’s parent.

According to police, Ramwati Jatav, 45, mother of the girl, told the police in her complaint that on night of July 17, her daughter was found missing from the house.

Thinking she might have gone to nearby place, they did not try to search her earlier. But failing to return the house even after passing a couple of hours, a manhunt was launched but there were no whereabouts of their daughter.

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Children forced to study in water-logged classrooms in city

Children in Government schools in urban and rural areas are forced to study in water-logged classrooms and before study, they are asked to clean the class room. In the State capital, there are ... Read More
Children in Government schools in urban and rural areas are forced to study in water-logged classrooms and before study, they are asked to clean the class room. In the State capital, there are more than 80 such schools identified by the School Education Department about two months ago. Worst condition is of rural areas, where children find difficult to reach school gate due to water-logged school campus. Due to sub standard building construction, water had leaked from the roof and walls. It may be noted that it was not an old building but newly constructed school buildings.

Schools face permanent water-logging problem in every rainy season. Children from Hamidia school, Rashidia school, Government school at Nehru Nagar, Ratibar, Kolar areas, Fanda blocks, Berasia, Gandhi Nagar and some more areas are the school buildings, which need major repairing work. If this was the condition in the State capital, what will be the condition of the State’s in other districts, and remote places, which can be very well imagined. In a written order, District Programme Coordinator (DPC) has asked school headmasters to shift children to nearby Government schools if the school roof leaked or water logged in the classrooms. In the new system, State Government has already issued directives to all the Panchayats and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) to repair school buildings with education cess recovered from the people along with property tax. But neither the Panchayats nor the BMC were yet to take up school building repairing work despite many reminders by the School Education Department. According to sources, District Programme Coordinator (DPC) had written to the Rajya Shiksha Kendra (RSK) officers, sending list of schools to be repaired. He is understood to have sought funds of Rs 5 lakh for the repairing work but it has not yet been sanctioned. Rains have already started in the State. “Many times, when the city experiences heavy rains, sometimes children do not attend classes or sometimes, we are forced to declare holiday as we cannot get children seated in the water logged classrooms. What ever we could do we did. We wrote to DPC, not for the first time, many times in the past but in vain, said headmaster in a Government school at Fanda. An officer in District Education Office said, usually, in rainy season, most of the times, there were undeclared holidays for one or other reason. Sometimes, children do not go to school because of no approach road or cannot study in the water-logged classrooms. Sometimes, teachers do not attend the school. When contacted, R K Pandey, District Programme Coordinator (DPC), said he had sent a proposal to RSK to get funds for repairing of 80 Government schools in both, urban and rural areas, but no sanction has yet been received. Government has already asked Panchayats and BMC to repair the schools from Education Cess. As soon as I get funds, repairing will be started.

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CM tells revenue officers to ensure effective management at tehsil hq

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told the revenue officers to ensure effective management of tehsil headquarters so that common people can get better services and facilities. He was address... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told the revenue officers to ensure effective management of tehsil headquarters so that common people can get better services and facilities. He was addressing a provincial convention of Madhya Pradesh Revenue Officers’ Association on Sunday.

Chouhan said that the State Government was committed to providing better revenue administration and facilities to common people. CM also lauded the performance of MP’s revenue officers sent for relief and rescue operations in Uttarakhand and said that revenue officers discharged challenging duties with efficiency and skill.

Chief Minister directed Principal Secretary Manoj Shrivastava to hold discussions with the association and give suggestions to the Government regarding the memorandum and questions raised about revenue officers’ cadre. Referring to distribution of relief, he said that Rs 2,700 crore as relief was distributed for the first time in the State. It could not have been possible without assistance of revenue staff, he added.

He urged to give suggestions regarding simplification of revenue rules from administrative point of view and make suitable changes in them, in tune with current circumstances. Agriculture growth rate has reached 24.99 percent. Madhya Pradesh will be the frontline state soon with cooperation of all, he added.

Chouhan released association’s souvenir and a book containing experiences of teams of Revenue Department in Uttarakhand. The book has been compiled by association’s President P S Tripathi. On the occasion, a workshop on ‘Public Orientation of Revenue Administration’ was also held.

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Police stations not displaying names of child welfare officers

Most of the police stations in the State capital are not displaying names of Child Welfare Officers (CWOs), pointing fingers against the claim of police personnel of being sensitive towards bes... Read More
Most of the police stations in the State capital are not displaying names of Child Welfare Officers (CWOs), pointing fingers against the claim of police personnel of being sensitive towards best interest of children. Child Welfare Officer has been appointed at every police station, who deals with cases involving children below the age of 18. Child Welfare Officer only deals with cases involving children at police station. If a child is detained over his alleged role in any crime or after committing any offence, CWO would produce that child before Juvenile Justice Board in civil dress, not in uniform. But, the motive behind appointing these officers, is not serving purpose as their names are not being displayed inside most of the police stations in Bhopal.

Talaiya, Hanumanganj, Shahjehanabad and Kotwali police stations are the stations where the names of CWOs have not been written at any place inside the stations.

Every time, when a person reaches police station in connection with cases involving children below 18 years of age, he suffers as he has to go in search of CWO.

Besides these stations, Bhopal GRP and RPF police stations also don’t have CWOs’ names displayed inside the stations.

Hanumanganj Station House Officer (SHO) A R Negi, on being asked why name of CWO was not being displayed at his station, said that a few days ago, the whole station was painted, which has hid the name of CWO.

But, he further added, shortly the name of CWO would be displayed inside the station. GRP Station House Officer (SHO), D K Joshi said that it had been a long time since name was written on wall and now, it had been rubbed off.

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By-election in 3 Assembly seats of MP on Aug 21

By-election on three vacant seats for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha including Bahoriband, Vijayraghavgarh and Aagar would be held on August 21 following the notification scheduled to be issued ... Read More
By-election on three vacant seats for Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha including Bahoriband, Vijayraghavgarh and Aagar would be held on August 21 following the notification scheduled to be issued on July 26.

Election Commission of India has declared the schedule on Saturday for the by-election on 18 seats in four states, including three Assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh.

According to schedule, the notification for the by-election would be issued next Saturday while the last date of filing nomination would be August 2. Nominations of the candidates would be scrutinised on August 4 while August 6 would be last date of withdrawing the nomination. The polling is scheduled on August 21 while counting of votes would be held on August 25. Election for Bahoriband Assembly seat in Katni district is scheduled due to death of local BJP MLA Prabhat Pandey, who had died following brain haemorrhage in a Mumbai hospital in April this year.

Former Congress MLA from Vijayraghavgarh, Sanjay Pathak had joined the BJP after resigning from this State assembly seat while Aagar’s former MLA Manohar Untwal has been elected to Parliament from Dewas seat on a BJP ticket during recent Lok Sabha elections.

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Malaria patients on rise at Shahdol, Betul

These days, malaria patients are fast rising in Shahdol and Betul urban and rural areas. However, this is not for the first time. Every year, malaria patients are found in these two districts i... Read More
These days, malaria patients are fast rising in Shahdol and Betul urban and rural areas. However, this is not for the first time. Every year, malaria patients are found in these two districts in numbers more than the other districts. Health Department has not yet made proper arrangements to kill malaria mosquito larvae. In Shahdol, in last three days, 120 malaria patients were found in both, urban and rural areas, exposing the anti-larvae spray by the District Malaria Office. Senior officers in Directorate of Health said that now, doctors’ team will not be sent to the affected districts. District malaria officers will have to work there to control malaria.

A senior health officer in Shahdol said malaria workers spread pesticides to kill malaria mosquito larvae but it was not effective. If the drugs were effective, the larvae could be killed. Malaria workers do their job but if the drugs are substandard, what can they do, the officer said.

Sources said that in rains, health officers and doctors find it difficult to control malaria, treating the patients and surveying affected areas. District Health Officers, not only in Shahdol and Betul, but in other districts too are ill at ease due to lack of manpower and substandard drugs to control malaria. Even, the local bodies do not work in coordination with the district health authorities. When contacted, Pankaj Agrawal, Commissioner, Health, said he would not send team of doctors from Bhopal to malaria-affected Shahdol and Betul.

The epidemiologist in Jabalpur would control the situation. Betul is also affected by malaria. District Malaria Officer will work to control the disease, he said.

Three more dengue patients in city

There is no let up in dengue menace in the city and continuously, dengue patients have been found in different areas. With three more dengue patients on Saturday, the figure reached 41 in 21 days, creating panic among public. Narottam Mishra, Health Minister, has on Friday, sounded high alert on dengue in State and asked the health officers to ensure timely and proper treatment of dengue patients.

Two dengue suspects’ blood sample tested positive at district JP hospital while one blood sample tested positive at Malaria office. The anti-larvae survey in city’s dengue and malaria prone areas has almost stopped. District Malaria Officer (DMO), as had been stated earlier, is waiting for dengue patients, to start survey and spraying pesticides, killing the dengue larvae. It is the reason the he has not yet started the survey or taking up pesticides spray work in many areas. Dengue patients were repeatedly found at South TT Nagar area, where the malaria officer had surveyed and sprayed pesticides, raising a question mark on the pesticides survey.Despite repeated calls, Dr K V Vajpayee did not lift his cellphone to give information about dengue patients. When contacted, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical & Health Officer (CMHO), confirmed three more dengue patients’ blood test tested positive. Total number of dengue patients, according to him, is 41. Two samples tested positive at JP Hospital and one at Malaria office.

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LBT searches at two more establishments

Cracking a whip against evaders, Local Body Tax (LBT) Department continued with its search and seizure operations on Saturday too. The team raided premises of Puja Dairy Products and Puja Milk ... Read More
Cracking a whip against evaders, Local Body Tax (LBT) Department continued with its search and seizure operations on Saturday too. The team raided premises of Puja Dairy Products and Puja Milk and Food Products, near Vijay Talkies. This firm is owned by Sandeep Kewlani, Raj Kewlani, and Harish Kewlani of Nagpur.

LBT Department noticed that goods were being imported from outside NMC limit by the firms that are deemed registered for LBT. As per the data collected by the department, collective purchase of these two establishments was about Rs 14.33 crore during 2013-2014 but not a single rupee was remitted towards LBT. The process of recording the inventory of goods available in both the above establishments was in progress. According to officials, a majority of goods in the import of Rs 14.33 crore was liable for LBT. Penal action as per the Act and Rules shall be initiated against the said dealer in due course of time.

The action was initiated under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, and under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram. The team comprised Yadav Jambhulkar, Narayan Wankhede, Sanjay Mendhule, Sumer Gajbhiye, Sushil Nimgade, and Shailesh Bhardwaj. LBT Department has shorrtlisted dealers who are purchasing and importing goods but not paying LBT as required under LBT Rule 40. It shall continue with its search and seizure operations against all such dealers.

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Govt pays compensation of Rs 67.23 cr in wildlife attacks

Maharashtra Government paid a whopping amount of Rs 67.23 crore by way of compensation to persons affected by attacks by wild animals, causing loss of lives, domestic animals and damage to crop... Read More
Maharashtra Government paid a whopping amount of Rs 67.23 crore by way of compensation to persons affected by attacks by wild animals, causing loss of lives, domestic animals and damage to crops and property during the last four years.

There was a tremendous jump in herbivores causing damages to crops of farmers in 2013-14, when the government paid a compensation of Rs 31 crore whereas the crop damages were Rs 8.96 crore in the previous year. According to official figures of the compensation, the government paid a compensation of Rs 9 crore to over 2000 injured persons and to kin and kith of 185 persons killed in the attacks made by wild animals during 2010-11 to 2013-14.

During the last four years, wild animals killed 23,762 domestic animals and injured about 200 animals. The government paid a compensation of Rs 10.90 crore to the affected farmers living in and around jungle areas. There is also sudden rise in the compensation from Rs 10.30 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 37.13 crore in 2013-14 in the attacks on domestic animals.

Meanwhile, Rudraditya, noted conservationist, gave training and demonstration to field staff members, office-bearers/members of Joint Forest Management Committees and Eco-Development Committees to reduce man-animal conflict cases by using local resources. He provided training in Nagpur, Chandrapur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Pune, Thane and Kolhapur. The programme was taken up at the initiative by Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Nagpur.

It has been observed that there is also sudden rise in wild animals causing damages to crops in the recent years. Therefore, measures such as erecting solar fencing in the villages situated around jungle, controlling illegal grazing by domestic animals in forest, development of grasslands etc have been taken up.

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Class XI admissions: Students prefer Ambedkar, Shivaji, Hislop colleges

Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Shivaji Science, Hislop were the most prefered colleges during Science, Commerce and Arts of Class XI admissions.

In Science stream in Dr Ambedkar colle... Read More
Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi, Shivaji Science, Hislop were the most prefered colleges during Science, Commerce and Arts of Class XI admissions.

In Science stream in Dr Ambedkar college admissions opened at 97.60 and closed at 94.60 percentage in Open Category. In Commerce stream English Medium the admission opened at 98.40 & closed at 90.60 percentage for open category. In Arts admission for Open category opened at 89.20 and closed at 72.20.percentage. In all the three faculties the closing percentage of Dr. Ambedkar College is the highest if we consider all the colleges in entire city of Nagpur.

Dr K M Reddy, Principal of the college thanked management with Sadanand Fulzele, Secretry Param Pujya Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti who gave freedom. Principal Dr K M Reddy and Vice-Principal V B Varangaokar were elated and expressed their gratitude, for the faith expressed by students in Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi while welcoming them.

Shivaji Science too did not leave behind its Science closed at 96.20 pc while Hislop too did better. Principal of Shivaji Science Dr D K Burghate pointed out that this cut-off is satisfactory and people have started knowing where to go and where not to go.”

Now students should ensure admissions by July 22. After that no admission would be done. Parents are demanding one-day extension of reporting. Education Department till now has not given any indication of extending reporting date by a day or two.

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Dr Kala Saboo conferred with Chikitsa Samman

Dr Kala Saboo, well-known Gynaecologist and Director of Saboo Hospital was conferred with Chikitsa Samman award. The award was given to Dr Saboo, in memory of Bramhaleen Mata Rewanand Giri, for... Read More
Dr Kala Saboo, well-known Gynaecologist and Director of Saboo Hospital was conferred with Chikitsa Samman award. The award was given to Dr Saboo, in memory of Bramhaleen Mata Rewanand Giri, for her outstanding services in field of medical treatment.

In the year 2013, the award was given to Dr Smita Devle. Industrialist Manish Mehta presided. Also present was Managing Trustee of Bator Gita Mandir Nirmalanand Maharaj. Mayor Anil Sole was chief guest at the Adarsh Matoshree Samman programme held at Cotton Market based Gita Mandir. Mayor Sole, in his speech said that a mother’s role in good times as well as bad times of a person is very important and it provides him hope to over come difficulties. In the programme mother of Industrialist Manish Mehta Swaroopaben Amarchand bhai Mehta was conferred with Adarsh Matoshree Samman.

Mayor Anil Sole was felicitated by student Gunjan Nirban. Dr Premlata Tiwari conducted the proceedings Anand Nirban introduced the guests. Former President of VIA Prafulla Doshi, Trustee of Gita Mandir B K Agrawal, Umesh Sharma of Vidarbha Seva Samiti, Sanjiv Maharaj, Pradesh Cong Secretary J P Gupta, Dr Smita Devle, designer Madhubala Singh, Adv Mukesh Sharma, Dr Yogesh Director of Saboo Hospital, Neeta Mehta National President of CAT BC Bhartiya, Ramesh Mantri, Dr Kirti Tanna of Tanna Care Hospital, Dr Suresh Chandak, Mukesh Varma, Anita Saboo, Sarla Somani, Director of Blue Heaven Ambience College Anil Sharma, and others were on dais.

Dr Kirti Tanna praised Dr Saboo for being in the forefront in providing treatment to patients. She also mentioned some interesting anecdotes related to Dr Saboo’s working, who has adopted new techniques with changing times. The entire premises of Gita Mandir reverberated with applause when Dr Kala Saboo was awarded the certificate and cash of Rs 31,000.

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Engg Colleges compete with each other in admissions

With autonomous engineering colleges scoring high allotment percent in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) Round-I; the non-autonomous colleges are competing with each other to get the students... Read More
With autonomous engineering colleges scoring high allotment percent in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) Round-I; the non-autonomous colleges are competing with each other to get the students.

The colleges like St Vincent Palloti Engineering College, Jhulelal Institute of Technology (JIT), Meghe Group’s Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Research (RGCER) and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Engineering and Research (BACER). With Palloti secured 94.75 per centage allottment, the percentage seat filled in CAP Round- I in JIT is 86.26. RGCER has 63.7 per cent seat filled and BACER has 46.04 percent seats filled in CAP round -I.

Nagpur Institute of Technology has 40.71% seats filled.

S B Jain with 75%, Gaikwad-Patil with 65.42%, GNIEM with 57.74 per cent, Raisoni Academy with 66.02 per cent also fared well. Some colleges like Central India with 4.73% seats filled, ITM 6.94%, VMIT 7.67%, NUWA 16.94%, Mulak 8.93% did not do well. In seat distribution, majoriy of the students prefered Mechanical over other branches. After that with Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) completing the allotment of CAP round-I, 19693 students did not get allotment. Unfortunately Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) stood 8th as far as allotment percentage is concerned. RTMNU secured 42.52 per cent allotment. Out of total 15,463 seats in Centralised Admission Process (CAP) under RTMNU, 6,575 have been allotted while 8,888 remained vacant. Even Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University could attract more number of students.

Most of the students are tilted towards autonomous institutions. It is evident from the allottment percentage of autonomous institutions which is 94.23. The total CAP seats in State level/ autonomous/ deemed university are 14,233. The total allotted seats are 13,412 and total vacant seats are 821.,Jt Dir to take action on erring ARCs It has been found that some of the colleges are running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) from the places in the city instead of the college venue. When it was brought to the notice of Joint Director (Technical Education) Gulabrao Thakre have issued letters to all ARCs explaining them the concept with a warning anybody found running ARCs from outside, the action would be taken against them.

Jt Dir to take action on erring ARCs

It has been found that some of the colleges are running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) from the places in the city instead of the college venue. When it was brought to the notice of Joint Director (Technical Education) Gulabrao Thakre have issued letters to all ARCs explaining them the concept with a warning anybody found running ARCs from outside, the action would be taken against them.

Beware! Students should not provide password

At most of the ARCs they ask for the password to students. Student with full trust or not aware of gimmick hand over the same. That ARC register the password and give first option for that college where the ARC is running. As per the new rule of admission, in first round, first option is mandatory for students. They have to take admission if they click for first option and they get the same. So students should not give passward and ID to anybody, appealed Joint Director Technical Education, Nagpur Divisiona G R Thakare.

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Monk kills young woman, commits suicide in Mansar’s Boudh Vihar

SENSATION prevailed in Ramtek area when a monk strangled a young woman to death and later committed suicide by hanging in Manjushree Boudh Vihar at Mansar on Friday night.

The incident cam... Read More
SENSATION prevailed in Ramtek area when a monk strangled a young woman to death and later committed suicide by hanging in Manjushree Boudh Vihar at Mansar on Friday night.

The incident came to light on Saturday morning when body of Simla Sachendra Gajbhiye (35), a resident of Kandri Mines, was lying on the floor of Manjushree Boudh Vihar. Saccha Naga Bhante (55) was found hanging from the ceiling fan with a nylon rope.

Prima face, Saccha Naga Bhande allegedly had illicit relations with Simla. After a quarrel last night, Saccha Bhante strangled Simla to death with a petticoat string and then committed suicide.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Simla often used to visit the Boudh Vihar and allegedly had intimacy with Saccha Bhante. Last night, she left home and came to the Boudh Vihar at Mansar. As she did not return home, her family members started searching for her. As they could not trace her, they lodged a missing report with the police. Around 10.30 am on Saturday, Devrao Bhowte, a nearby resident, went to the Boudh Vihar. He knocked the door which was latched from inside. Despite repeated knocks, there was no response from Saccha Bhante.

Bhowte peeped through the window and was shocked to find Simla’s body and Saccha Bhante hanging from the ceiling fan with a rope. Crowd gathered as news spread like jungle fire in Mansar and Ramtek.

Staff from Ramtek Police Station, led by Inspector Pramod Madame and API M M Parate, arrived at the spot on being informed. Cops broke the door and gained entry into the Boudh Vihar. Assistant Superintendent of Police Dr Dilip Salunkhe also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Cops sent the bodies for post-mortem.

Ramtek Police registered an offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against Saccha Bhante after registering a case under the provisions of 174 CrPC against him.

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Manikrao Thakre asks Cong leaders to bury hatchet

While firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre urged the Congress workers not to get demoralised by defeat in Lok Sabha el... Read More
While firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Manikrao Thakre urged the Congress workers not to get demoralised by defeat in Lok Sabha election but to concentrate on ensuing Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.

Firing salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National President Amit Shah, who had visited the Orange City on Friday, Manikrao Thakre said that people of Maharashtra who had faith in ideology of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar would reject Shah’s model in the ensuing election of Legislative Assembly. Thakre was addressing Congress workers from West Nagpur in a meeting held at Sanskrutik Bhavan here on Saturday.

Minister of State for Energy Rajendra Mulak, MLA Dinanath Padole, Leader of Opposition in NMC Vikas Thakre, former ministers Satish Chaturvedi, Vinod Gudadhe Patil, former MP Gev Awari, former MLC S Q Zama, Sheikh Husain, Atul Kotecha, Jaiprakash Gupta, Vishal Muttemwar, and others were present on the dais.

“BJP and Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘Achche Din’ had proved to be a balloon that burst soon after Lok Sabha election, and common man is facing the heat of rising inflation,” Manikrao Thakre said. Soon after taking over, the BJP-led Government at the Centre effected rail fare hike. Congress’ agitation forced Modi government to roll back hike in fares of local trains.

Thakre asked party workers not to get demoralised over Lok Sabha poll result, and gear up for Legislative Assembly polls. “Visit every household in your area and inform people about good work done during the rule of Congress,” he said. “Communal forces that killed Mahatma Gandhi may try to disturb peace in the State during Assembly election and we need to be alert,” he said. He urged the party leaders to bury the hatchets and ensure victory for the party in Assembly elections. Without making a direct reference to discontent against Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Thakre said that Chavan had done a ‘fantastic job’ in the State with transparency.

Mulak accused BJP-led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi’s rule in Nagpur Municipal Corporation of failure in providing basic amenities to citizens. He alleged that BJP had no vision of development and hence the road condition in city had deteriorated, citizens were not getting proper drinking water, and were facing various problems. He urged Vikas Thakre to corner BJP in NMC. Vikas Thakre appealed MPCC chief to give opportunity to local leader to contest from West Nagpur Assembly seat. Congress will definitely win all six Assembly seats in Nagpur city, he said.

Dinanath Padole and Satish Chaturvedi asked party workers to reach out to citizens and make them aware about good work done by Congress government. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator Harish Gwalbanshi and Nitish Gwalbanshi joined Congress along with their supporters.

Row between Thakre and Mulak over West Nagpur

The tiff between Minister of State for Energy Rajendra Mulak and Congress’ city chief Vikas Thakre became quite visible during the Congress meet as both took jibes at each other, making clear their intentions to contest as Congress candidate from West Nagpur segment of Assembly.

In his speech, Mulak came down heavily on BJP over ‘misrule’ in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and asked Vikas Thakre, who is Leader of Opposition in NMC, to corner BJP. The workers treated this as an indirect advice to Vikas Thakre to remain in NMC and not to stake claim for Congress ticket from West Nagpur segment.

Vikas Thakre hit back and publicly appealed MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre to field only the ‘local candidate’ from the segment. “West Nagpur was once a citadel of Congress, but the party lost the seat after fielding a candidate from Rural Nagpur. Party workers are working hard to regain the seat for Congress, but if a high-profile candidate is imposed on them, BJP will retain the seat,” he said without naming Mulak.

Many party workers also said that it was Vikas Thakre who had convinced Gwalbanshi brothers to join Congress party in presence of MPCC chief. Vikas Thakre also asked MPCC chief that it would be injustice to loyal party worker if the ticket from West Nagpur segment was given to some ‘leader from Rural Nagpur’.

Rane stays with Cong: Thakre

In his brief interaction with the reporters, Manikrao Thakre said that Industries Minister Narayan Rane -- who has announced to resign from Congress-led Government in State -- would stay with the party. “We are trying to pacify Rane. Senior national and state leaders of the party have spoken to him after his public announcement of resignation,” said Thakre.

On seven corporators of Congress from Thane city joining Shiv Sena, MPCC chief said that they switched over only for their ‘personel gains’.

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LCB sleuths arrest six persons in Dhanesh Gupta murder case

IN A significant breakthrough, cops attached to Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Nagpur (Rural) Police on Saturday arrested six persons in connection with the sensational murder of young trader Dhanes... Read More
IN A significant breakthrough, cops attached to Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Nagpur (Rural) Police on Saturday arrested six persons in connection with the sensational murder of young trader Dhanesh Bansilal Gupta (30) in Pauni. After gunning down Dhanesh Gupta, the assailants also attempted to kill his younger brother Smeet alias Sumit Gupta on July 15.

LCB sleuths seized a Toyota Innova car and a Maruti Van used by the accused for committing the crime.

The accused have been identified as Tufansingh Indalsingh Yadav (28), Virendra Lakhansingh Yadav (22), Sunil Gopal Yadav (22), all residents of Chorbahuli; Vasudeo Gassu Gathe (21), a resident of Lalbara, Balaghat (MP); Sunil Lalbahadursingh Yadav (30), and Omprakash alias Oma Shriram Nimborne (30), both residents of Kanhan.

A resident of Deolapar, Dhanesh Gupta was shot dead by prime accused Tufansingh Yadav from his mouser and other accused youths attempted to kill his brother Smeet alias Sumit at latter’s mobile shoppe in Pauni, about 24 kilometre from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway on Tuesday evening. The murder was a fallout of an old enmity between the Gupta family and the Yadavs of Chorbahuli. After the incident, violence and arson erupted at Pauni, Chorbauli and Deolapar. Villagers torched police vehicles on the highway at Pauni and set afire houses of the killers at Chorbahuli, besides resorting to stone-pelting on private vehicles on the highway. An undeclared curfew was clamped in the riot-hit areas falling under the jurisdiction of Deolapar Police Station. Next day, the residents observed a bandh in Pauni, Chorbahuli and Deolapar demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Nagur Rural) Prakash Jadhav, who is holding additional charge of SP, directed senior Inspector Jayesh Bhandarkar of LCB to constitute separate teams to search the killers. Accordingly, the LCB teams laid traps at different places and nabbed the culprits.

The arrests were made by senior Inspector Bhandarkar and his team comprising APIs Pradip Lambat, Dinesh Labde, Ashok Deotale, and Arvind Saraf, Head Constables Pramod Bansod, Moreshwar Nagpure, Madan Asatkar, Michael Danial, Vasanta Chutey (driver), Bhaurao Khandate (driver), NPCs Dilip Lanjewar, Mudatsar Jamal, Suresh Gathe, Rasheed Shaikh, Manoj Choudhary, Ajay Tiwari, constables Mangesh Dange, Radheshyam Kamble, and Amol Nagrare under the supervision of officiating SP Prakash Jadhav and Assistant SP Dr Dilip Salunkhe.

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IIT-Roorkee team inspects Nag river, asks NMC to submit revised DPR

A team of experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee paid a visit to the city, inspected Nag river for rejuvenation project, and asked officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (... Read More
A team of experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee paid a visit to the city, inspected Nag river for rejuvenation project, and asked officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to revise detailed project report (DPR) for Nag river rejuvenation. The present DPR was prepared in 2008, and it covers architectural aspects more than environmental ones.

The team members Dr Arun Kumar and Dr V K Gupta inspected Nag river throughout the day and also met Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in the afternoon at his residence. Mayor Prof Anil Sole was present prominently during the meeting. It may be mentioned that NMC had submitted Nag river rejuvenation plan under National River Conservation Plan in 2008 to Central Government. The total cost of the project was Rs 200 crore, which was later reduced to Rs 126 crore.

Sources confirmed that both expert members raised technical issues with Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade in the meeting. They sought clarification on 40 points including measurement of flow of sewage during monsoon as well as dry weather and directed the civic administration to file compliance immediately.

Pench Project Cell head Prakash Urade, along with a battery of NMC officers, made a presentation before the team regarding Nagpur and necessity of rejuvenation of Nag river. He informed that State Government had recommended this project for consideration under River Rejuvenation Programme of Central Government. Dr Arun Kumar raised objection regarding walking track along the bank of Nag river. He also queried about small Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) proposed by the local body. NMC has to incorporate answers to all technical points in revised DPR.

The team members inspected flow of river from Ambazari lake. Later, they inspected the river at Canal Road, Sangam Chawl, and confluence of Nag and Pili rivers at Bharatwada-Punapur. The flow of river was inspected near St Xavier School also.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also discussed the project with team members and directed the civic administration to file compliance immediately. He said, this is a prestigious project and Nag river is signature river of the city. It is necessary to clean this river. He said, it is my dream to start boating in Nag river.

Mayor Anil Sole said, NMC is backing the project and the administration will respond to all technical queries immediately. Nag river rejuvenation is a matter of prestige for the city. The local body took initiative last year to clean the river with the help of people and NGOs. This drive got good response from the local people. The city will provide sewage water for treatment and the treated water will be supplied to Mahagenco for thermal power station. The local body will earn Rs 15 crore per annum by way of selling treated water to Mahagenco. He said, Modi Government has forwarded DPR to IIT Roorkee for its opinion. IIT Roorkee team will submit appraisal report to Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for approval. Dinesh Rathi, of DRA; delegates of Shah Technical Consultant; and Grass Root Consultant were present during the inspection. Executive Engineer Shyam Chavan, Rejuvenation Cell head Mohd Israil, Junior Engineers Rajesh Dupare, Suresh Bhaje also accompanied the team.

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EE Bhore in ACB net

SLEUTHS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday caught S N Bhore, Executive Engineer (EE), Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division of Water Resources Department, red-handed while ... Read More
SLEUTHS of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday caught S N Bhore, Executive Engineer (EE), Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division of Water Resources Department, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 1.60 lakh cash from a contractor for clearance of final bills worth Rs 48 lakh. The bureau officers trapped Bhore at his Shikshak Colony residence in Bhandara after he accepted the bribe from Raju K Bhoyar, partner of New Tech company, Nagpur.

Bhoyar’s New Tech company was awarded contract for some work at Dhapewada Barrage project. The contractors executed the work systematically as per the specifications. The engineers concerned from Vidarbha Hydroelectric & Lift Irrigation Division (Bhandara) inspected the work and had given clearance for payment of bills to the company. However, Executive Engineer Bhore was simply clearing the running bills. For clearance of the final bills, he demanded Rs 1.60 lakh cash from Bhoyar.

Fed up of the constant harassment, Bhoyar approached senior ACB officials and lodged a complaint against Bhore. Bhoyar, thereafter, started negotiations with Bhore who asked Bhoyar to bring the cash at his house on Saturday. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at Bhore’s residence at Shikshak Colony, Bhandara, and caught him red-handed when he accepted the cash from Bhoyar. Soon after Bhore was taken into custody, separate teams of ACB conducted searches at his office and residential premises. The bureau officers are now assessing the wealth amassed by Bhore, including the movable and immovable assets, and his connections with other top officers in Water Resources Department. ACB officers are expected to seal Bhore’s bank lockers. ACB officers registered an offence under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act against Bhore at Bhandara Police Station. The trap was laid by Dy SP (ACB) Prashant Kolwadkar and Inspector Kishor Parwate and their team under supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Vasant Shirbhate and Addl SP (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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17-yr-old pregnant girl escapes from JP Hospital

In a mysterious way, a 17-year-old girl, who is pregnant of nine months, escaped from JP Hospital here on Thursday. The girl was admitted in the hospital after she had labour pain. According to H... Read More
In a mysterious way, a 17-year-old girl, who is pregnant of nine months, escaped from JP Hospital here on Thursday. The girl was admitted in the hospital after she had labour pain. According to Habibganj police, the girl basically hails from Morena district and was residing at Balika Anurakshan Grah in the State capital. She has been sent from Morena Balika Anurakshan Grah. Head Constable of Habibganj Thana and Investigation Officer in this case, Sehadulal told ‘The Hitavada’ that the girl was admitted in the hospital on Friday night after she had labour pain. With her a woman guard from the Balika Grah was deployed for her security and to keep an eye on her. In night she went to the toilet while the woman guard present with her but she somehow tricked the guard and succeeded in escaping from the hospital. He further said that the case is being investigated but the exact reason behind her escaping is yet not established. While some of the hospital staff allegedly told that the girl was not happy in the Anuraskhan Grah and was being harassed there.

Police registered a case under several sections of IPC, including Section 373, and case is being investigated also the girl is being searched at the possible locations where she might go.

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Cable Stayed Bridge to beautify picturesque Upper Lake

A new passage, Cable Stayed Bridge, parallel to Kamla Park’s earthen bridge overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake would soon be a reality. This long-awaited 17-metre wide and 300-metre long st... Read More
A new passage, Cable Stayed Bridge, parallel to Kamla Park’s earthen bridge overlooking the picturesque Upper Lake would soon be a reality. This long-awaited 17-metre wide and 300-metre long structure would connect old to new city areas. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone on Thursday for this Cable Stayed Bridge costing Rs 29.47-crore.

“Bhopal will be developed as world’s most beautiful city. Light metro train will also be launched in Bhopal. Beauty of Upper Lake would further enhance with construction of this cable bridge,” said Chouhan while laying the foundation stone in presence of Home Minister Babulal Gaur, Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh and former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi.

Chouhan informed that Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been provided an amount of Rs 120-crore for development works under Chief Minister’s Infrastructure Fund. Planned development works have been undertaken to enhance Bhopal’s reputation as state capital. Traffic hurdles have been removed. State Government will extend all possible assistance for Bhopal’s development, he added.

Chief Minister said that Madhya Pradesh is progressing in every norm of development. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. Per capita income has also witnessed considerable increase. Benefit of development has been extended to every poor since state government believes that everyone has right over resources. A housing policy is being chalked out which envisages houses for all. He urged to send every child to school and co-operate in developing Madhya Pradesh as a literate state.

Urban Administration & Development Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, while presiding over the function, said that this cable bridge will smoothen traffic flow. He assured that BMC will get all possible co-operation from state government. Rural Development Minister and in-charge of Bhopal district Gopal Bhargava said that Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in both urban and rural development.

Mayor Krishna Gaur, while welcoming the guest said that this cable stay bridge from Kamla Park to Retghat is a major gift for Bhopal city. The first 6-lane flyover in the state is being constructed in Habibganj.

The Cable Stay Bridge costing Rs 29.47 crore will be constructed from Kamla Park to Retghat under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). It will be 300 meters longs and 17 meters wide. The state-of-the-art cable bridge will serve as a link between Old and New Bhopal City.

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NGT to hear Kaliaysot encroachment issue today

The petition regarding the encroachments in Kaliyasot is going to be heard in National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday. In the hearing the Director, Town and Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, is... Read More
The petition regarding the encroachments in Kaliyasot is going to be heard in National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday. In the hearing the Director, Town and Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, is also supposed to submit a detail report of inspection of the premises of the builders, developers and to check whether any construction has been carried on record. The National Green Tribunal has noted that especially during monsoon season such activities can lead to disasters.

During last hearing bailable warrants have been issued to the authorities and also they were asked to remain present in the court to explain the facts concerning the course of river Kaliyasot, its flood plain zone and green belt as also the encroachments and constructions raised therein.

Inspite of directions issues neither the record is placed before us nor the Director, T&CP is present in person in last hearing . The application clearly suggests that the course of river Kaliyasot is being fettered with embankment of the height exceeding 15 feet on both sides and soil debris is being dumped to fill the depression on the banks of river Kaliyasot may be for leveling the site and raise further constructions. These construction activities do suggest that the flood plain zone and the green belt abutting the river on both sides are being filled in. Such activities are an invitation to the disaster that may occur during rainfall as a result of the wiping out the flood plain zone and the petitioner has also submitted a details of construction work with photographs to prove the encroachments besides the river.

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Govt universities teaching, non-teaching staff to launch big agitation from Monday

To register strong protest against the inter university transfer decision by the State Government by introducing an amendment in the Universities Regulatory Act-1973 that will be tabled in Vidhan... Read More
To register strong protest against the inter university transfer decision by the State Government by introducing an amendment in the Universities Regulatory Act-1973 that will be tabled in Vidhan Sabha on July 22, Government universities’ 1200 teachers and 5000 employees, including class three and class fourth, will launch strong agitation from Monday. Whether they will be on one day token strike ,on Monday or taking out rallies in the districts where the Universities are, the decision in this regard to be taken within a day. The Barkatullah University Teachers’ Association (BUTA) and Barkatullah University Non-Teaching Employees Union general body meeting was held on Thursday to form the agitation strategy against the Government decision of making amendment in the University act allowing the Government to transfer teachers and employees from one university to another.

“The teachers and employees’ seniority will be affected, the research scholars will suffer and what will be done about the projects in different universities for different faculties brought by the professors from University Grant Commission (UGC). The Government has not thought about this serious aspect behind transfers of the university teachers and employees. Those employees and teachers who will fight for the genuine demands in their universities might be targeted by the Government to transfer to kill the agitation, said a senior professor.

According to sources, all types of works in the state’s Government universities will be affected from Monday when the teachers and employees will jointly launch agitation against the Government for taking this decision.

Professor H S Yadav, President of Barkatullah University Teachers Association (BUTA) said that he has talked to the presidents of teachers associations in all the Government universities to start agitation against the Government for taking inter-university transfers and they are agreed. The non-teaching employees of the universities have also joined hands as they will also be affected with this decision.

“We will start a big agitation against the Government to table the amendment in the University Regulatory Act 1973. We will take decision in a day whether we will take out a rally or observe one day token strike. The Government decision will create many hurdles as promotions of the teachers, employees, research scholars will suffer and what will be about the UGC projects sanctioned to the faculties particularly on the work of faculty professors, Professor Yadav said.

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MPPCB to shun illegal mining unit in Shahdol

The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has been stringently directed to shun illegal mining and operation of crusher unit in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh.

The directions ha... Read More
The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) has been stringently directed to shun illegal mining and operation of crusher unit in Shahdol district in Madhya Pradesh.

The directions have been issued by central zonal bench, National Green Tribunal (NGT) comprising justice MS Nambiar and expert member P S Rao on Thursday with regards to grievance of the applicant about illegal operations of mining unit in Shahdol. It was also mentioned that S P Bhadoria, Sub-Regional Officer, MPPCB, Amlai, District Shahdol revealed that, though consent was obtained for mining and operation of stone crushing unit but on inspection conducted by the Sub-Regional Officer, it was found that the it has not complied with the conditions provided in the consent orders.

It reveals that the consent was granted to carry out the mining operation only manually but this condition is violated.

It also shows that while granting the consent to carry out the stone crushing activity, conditions were imposed which includes provision of a dust containment-cum-suppression system including water spraying system for the equipment / units, construction of wind breaking walls of sufficient height, construction of metalled road within the premises, regular cleaning and wetting of the ground within the premises, growing of green belt along the periphery.

Accordingly, it is not legally entitled to continue the mining operation or the working of the stone crusher unit.

In such circumstances, if the said mining operation and stone crushing unit are being operated, they are to be stopped forthwith. The MPPCB is directed to see that the operations of the units are stopped.

It is also been noted that consents were granted only for one year which had expired in the year 2010 itself. The MPPCB is also been asked to submit the report by next hearing scheduled on August 14.

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It is BJP Govt which went for probe into Vyapam: CM

“It is a well-known fact that previous governments have not paid attention on irregularities happening in Vyapam. But when irregularities came into my knowledge, BJP Government decided to han... Read More
“It is a well-known fact that previous governments have not paid attention on irregularities happening in Vyapam. But when irregularities came into my knowledge, BJP Government decided to hand over probe of Vyapam to STF. Without any discrimination, probe is being done. But Congress is playing dirty politics and we have to inform people about impartiality of probe,” said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in his felicitation programme organised by Bhopal division workers on Thursday.

BJP workers felicitated Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for leading State to number one position in development rate in country. Chouhan has been also felicitated for establishing record in agriculture production. On this occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other senior leaders were present.

Chouhan said during Congress time, development rate was minus four and it has reached to number position in entire country in BJP regime. Agriculture development rate is 3 per cent in country but Madhya Pradesh’s agriculture rate is 24.99 per cent. Madhya Pradesh is the only State which has sent extra money to the houses of farmers by distributing bonus on minimum support price on wheat, paddy and maize.

In the month of September, Krishi Mahotsav would be celebrated and farming would be made modern by adopting new pattern of agriculture. Not even a single inch land would remain non-irrigated. Talking about river link plan, he said employment opportunities are being increased for youths. Earlier, per capita income was Rs 12,000 which has reached to Rs 54,000 in BJP regime, he said.

He said Congress has reached into oblivion and knows that until Shivraj will lead BJP, its days will never return. Hence, personal allegations are being levelled and confusion is being spread daily. He urged for giving befitting reply to Congress tactics.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said by giving able leadership, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken forward state into every sector. On this occasion, BJP National General Secretary, Ramlal, former CM Sunderlal Patwa, former CM Kailash Joshi, senior leader Kailash Sarang, BJP state organisation general secretary Arvind Menon, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, MP Alok Sanjar, BJP District President Alok Sharma and others were present.

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Gwalior SP Verma removed after alleged affair echoes in Assembly

Hours after Opposition raking up the issue of extramarital affairs of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma in Assembly during zero hour and demanding his suspension, State Government removed the controversial... Read More
Hours after Opposition raking up the issue of extramarital affairs of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma in Assembly during zero hour and demanding his suspension, State Government removed the controversial police officer on Thursday. Pramod Verma, IPS officer of 2001 batch, has been sent to Police Headquarters as AIG. Santosh Kumar Singh, IPS officer of 2000 batch, has been posted as DIG Gwalior range.

During zero hour, alleged extramarital affair of Gwalior SP Pramod Verma echoed in Assembly on Thursday. Opposition raised the issue and demanded suspension of Verma, but Speaker said discussion could not be done on the basis of reports published in newspapers and got expunged the things said by House members on the issue. Later in evening, news came that Pramod Verma has been removed and sent to PHQ.

Notably, wife of Pramod Verma had some days back lodged a complaint, accusing her husband of having extramarital affair with a woman, who is said to be police officer.

Victim has also levelled serious charges against husband, like behaving rudely, not taking care of her and subjecting her to harassment. She said that she did her best to save the marriage and when things failed to work she had gone at the house of father in Delhi.

Later, she returned to husband’s house on the request that she should give one more chance to save the marriage in the interest of children. But again things failed to work and she again returned to father’s home.

In the complaint, victim had demanded action against husband and his new-found love. It is learnt that father of victim had hoped for justice timely. On Wednesday, Pramod Verma had spoken to ‘The Hitavada’ and rejected all the charges levelled against him by wife and said that he would try to settle the matter in amicable manner.

Congress stages walk out in Assembly

Congress staged walk out in Assembly over the incident in which a man had barged into the house of woman Congress leader during night hours in the intervening night of June 25 and June 26, in Sheopur. The issue was raised during zero hour by Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat. Rawat claimed that person had barged into the house with bad intentions. When Rawat named the person, ruling party took strong objection by saying that investigation is going on into the incident. Speaker directed to expunge the name of the person by saying that no allegation could be levelled against anyone during the course of investigation. For a while, house plunged into the din. Amid chaos, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare wanted to know from Speaker that when the matter would be taken for discussion today but Speaker moved towards call attention. Getting unsatisfactory reply, Opposition staged walk out.

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Justice Joshi is new MAT Chairman

Former judge of Bombay High Court Justice (retd) Ambadas Haribhau Joshi has been appointed as Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). He took over as the MAT Chairman from July 15 at... Read More
Former judge of Bombay High Court Justice (retd) Ambadas Haribhau Joshi has been appointed as Chairman of Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT). He took over as the MAT Chairman from July 15 at Mumbai. Justice Joshi retired as High Court judge on December 15, 2013. Born on December 16, 1951 at Ambajogai, in Beed district, he did his BA and LL.B from Marathwada University and topped the law course. He mainly practised at Aurangabad High Court for decades and had represented RBI, SBI, Nationalised banks, co-operative banks, Pune and Marathwada Universities, and handled various matters pertaining to election, revenue, service, land acquisition etc. He was appointed as judge of Bombay High Court on March 16, 2004 and for nine long years he was posted at Nagpur bench. He also worked as visiting judge at Panji, Aurangabad benches and principal seat at Mumbai. During his stint at Nagpur, he was instrumental in starting study circle for new lawyers and insisted that young lawyers must sharpen their skills and be perfect in pleadings.

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River pollution: ZP recommends STP to be set up through MIDC

Responding to the issue of pollution of rivers due to effluents discharged from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area and villages around the city, Zilla Parishad (ZP) undertoo... Read More
Responding to the issue of pollution of rivers due to effluents discharged from Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area and villages around the city, Zilla Parishad (ZP) undertook a study and site inspections. After the exercises, ZP has observed that rivers or nullahs were getting polluted not due to sewage discharge from villages in the vicinity of Nagpur city.

The perception that portions of Nag and Wena rivers and various nullahs outside the limits of Nagpur city were getting polluted/contaminated due to sewage discharge from nearby villages, is ‘wrong’, states a note prepared by ZP. MIDC Industries Association had stated that sewage generated in households in villages in the vicinity of Nagpur city, towards Hingna, was polluting the rivers and nullahs. ZP note counters the claims of MIDC Industries Association.

“On site visit, it was found that river Wena was getting polluted as the untreated industrial effluents from MIDC area were being discharged into the drainages of Gram Panchayat area,” states ZP note. A team of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’s Advanced Technology Support (ATS) Sub-Division also visited the sites and suggested setting up of a single large sewage treatment plant (STP) for all six Gram Panchayats -- Digdoh, Nildoh, Nagalwadi, Wanadongri, Isasani, and Raipur.

The exercise of site inspection was taken up by ZP after a multi-agency meeting held at the initiative of Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar on April 25 earlier this year. Accordingly, ZP team paid a visit to sites of Nag river, Wena river, and various nullahs and the villages of Digdoh, Nildoh, Nagalwadi, Wanadongri, Isasani, and Raipur towards Hingna outside the limits of Nagpur city.

It also conducted a meeting of Sarpanch, Deputy Sarpanch, ZP and Panchayat Samiti members from respective villages, Gramsevak, and officials of MIDC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Water Supply Department, ATS Sub-Division of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) etc.

Later, the situation of sewage disposal from the above-mentioned villages was discussed in detail. It came out that these six villages had a total of 3,154 households without toilet. To ensure that this fact does not result in contamination of natural water in rivers and nullahs, ZP has proposed to include all these six villages under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan under which toilets will be constructed.

After study and site visits, ATS Sub-Division of MJP suggested that if land was available along the river or nullah banks, proposal for STP could be moved. However, NABARD norms state that Gram Panchayat owned land should be available along the banks and the water treated in STP should be made available for agricultural purposes. As Gram Panchayat owned land is not available along the banks of Nag and Wena rivers, and agricultural lands are not available due to rapid urbanisation, STP cannot be set up, states the note prepared by ZP. It further recommends setting up of STP through MIDC as pollution of rivers/nullahs could be attributed to discharge of untreated industrial effluent. To curb water pollution, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) should be asked to prepare a project report, suggests ZP note.

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MGNREGS works to be monitored through special mobile app

Soon, all the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Maharashtra can be seenn on mobile phone devices through an application specially developed for th... Read More
Soon, all the works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Maharashtra can be seenn on mobile phone devices through an application specially developed for the purpose.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday in the newly inaugurated office of MGNREGS Commissionerate here, EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut said that the monitoring will be done through the mobile application developed through Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC).

“This will make the implementation of MGNREGS more transparent,” he said. Besides, social communication units were set up and social audit was started.

Speaking on the overall progress in implementation of MGNREGS, Raut said that when he assumed charge of the ministry, the budget was Rs 300 crore only. “Today, we are utilising over Rs 2,000 crore on providing jobs to needy. So far, we have completed two lakh works under the scheme. We have set up nurseries, covered Class C municipal councils, encouraged sericulture and horticulture, etc under the scheme,” he said. A helpline also was set up to redress grievances of the people, and effort was on to redress the grievances within 24 hours.

As much as 35 per cent of the total quantum of work under MGNREGS was in Vidarbha region. “The decision to set up MGNREGS Commissionerate in Nagpur has proven to be correct,” said the EGS Minister. Asked about the drought-like situation and rainfall deficit, he said that his ministry had planned for the contingency and ample works were available on shelf. As the demand comes the works will be made available, he added. Especially, there was an increase in demand for works under the scheme from paddy-growing belt of the State. Maximum works were being done in Bhandara and Beed districts at present.

On August 15, Raut said, his department will observe ‘Gram Rozgar Din’ and prepare labour budget. In reply to a question, he said that funds for revival of agricultural lands eroded during floods, were with the respective Collectors. “The soil revival is a long-drawn and continuous process,” he added.

To another question, Raut said that unemployment allowance was given only in one case so far. The case is from Bhandara district. The allowance was given as work was not given despite demand.

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Special bench of HC to hear ULC scam cases from Aug 1

A special division bench has been constituted to finally hear the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban ... Read More
A special division bench has been constituted to finally hear the petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde alleging massive irregularities in allotment of surplus lands declared under the Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act. A one-member committee headed by former High Court judge R K Batta had confirmed the massive fraud and found gross violations of the procedure in every allotment.

The special division bench consists of Justice A P Bhangale and Justice Z A Haq and will hear the matters from August 1 along with lead petition filed by former MLA Sunil Shinde through Adv Anand Parchure.

According to State Government, in 27 cases, action is being taken and the allotments are being cancelled. The petitioner claimed that Batta Commission had submitted its report way back in 2007 and the allotments are still not being cancelled. The High Court had sought specific details of action taken against each of the beneficiary whose allotment was sought to be cancelled. State Government had promised to implement Batta Commission report and take departmental action against erring officers.

Justice Batta had indicted the then ULC authorities namely E Z Khobragade (presently member of MAT) and S G Gautam (Deputy Commissioner) for gross abuse of power and flagrant breach of ULC norms and government guidelines and for favouring high and mighty by these officials.

Justice Batta committee report had also pointed out several irregularities in allotments made to institutions controlled by then Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi, former Animal Husbandry Minister Anees Ahmed, former minister Vinod Gudadhe Patil, Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe, former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, North Nagpur MLA Nitin Raut, ex-MLA Raje Satyewan Rao. The committee had not spared the societies floated by officials namely Vidarbha Patwari Sangh, Maharashtra Rajya Magaswargiya Vidyut Karmachari Sangh, Vidarbha Mulki Sewa (E.Z.Khobragade, President), a society in which Rekha Eknath Khobragade, Wife of Competent Authority E.Z.Khobragade was president when land was allotted, Maharashtra Officers' Forum (President E Z Khobragade then Competent Authority) and Green City Government Officers Housing Co-operative Society (senior IAS, IPS officers and judicial officers are members of the society) and pointed out discrepancies in allotment of lands to these institutions.

The committee in its explosive report had reproduced a directive issued by the Secretary, Housing on February 20, 2001 to submit to the Government proposals of only Anees Ahmed, Minister, Satish Chaturvedi, M.L.A. and Nitin Raut, M.L.A for allotment of ULC lands, clearly revealing as to how the ULC lands were distributed to chosen few as a political largesse. Making a startling revealation Justice Batta committee has pointed out that Government had failed to take possession of 3.71 crore sq. mt land (37192242.56 sq. mt land to be exact) under section 10(3) of the ULC Act in 1371 cases. Out of 3065 cases the government had failed to initiate action in 2192 cases so far, the committee pointed out with great anguish.

Action u/s 10(3) of the Act has been taken only in respect of 1/5th of land approximately (10112798.77 Sq. Mtrs.) and action is required to be taken in respect of 4/5th of land approximately (37192242.56 Sq. Mtrs.). Absolutely no reasons were given by the authorities for gross inaction, the report stated. Even where notification has been issued under section 10(5) of the Act, possession has not been taken in large number of cases for inexplicable reasons. Even in case of exemption granted under section 20 and 21 of the ULC Act for low cost housing and Talegaon Dabhade pattern, no steps were taken to ensure whether terms and conditions on which exemption was granted were complied with or not except for issuing notices, the report stated.

Justice Batta committee examined 112 cases and found that in five cases the allotment was not referred to government and was made by the Collector. In 48 cases advance possession has been given in breach of government guidelines. The committee examined 23 allotments made for Government purpose; 19 allotments made for Co-operative Societies of Government servants, other Co-operative Societies and Societies floated by Government servants; 8 allotments made for Hospitals/Nursing Homes and allied purposes; 18 allotments made for Charitable institutions/other institutions and 31 allotments made for Educational purpose. “In majority of cases there has been no scrutiny whatsoever at the level of Competent Authority or sincere attempt to collect essential, necessary, vital and relevant information/data which is required for taking decision whether land should be allotted and if so how much” Justice Batta tersely observed.

“The two Competent Authorities who are mainly responsible for keeping Govt. Circulars/Resolutions relating to scrutiny of proposals in cold storage are Shri E.Z.Khobragade and Shri S.G.Gautam. These officers not only did not take care or bothered to abide by Govt. Circulars/ Resolutions, but on the contrary gave boost to recommendations from Ministers, M.L.A.'s by high lighting that the proposal/Institute is of so and so and is recommended by so and so,” the report had observed citing many examples.

With the case finally reaching the hearing stage after a long wait of 10 years, all eyes are on outcome of this petition which may affect future of many political stalwarts.

HC quashes Collector’s order cancelling ULC allotment to Chaturvedi’s institution

Meanwhile, in a major respite to former Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi, who was under fire over allotment of ULC land to his educational institution, the High Court had quashed the order of District Collector dated March 18, 2011, by which the allotment was cancelled and parties have been directed to maintain status-quo. Infact, allotment of 65 acres of land at Wadadhamna by ULC authority to Chaturvedi’s institution had triggered the entire ULC controversy leading to a historic order passed by High Court directing State Government not to allot any ULC land to any individual or institution without its permission. Then MHADA Chairman Sunil Shinde had moved the High Court against transfer of land from MHADA to Chaturvedi’s institution and High Court had stayed the allotment.

Challenging the order of Collector cancelling allotment of land in its favour under Section 23 of the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976, the petitioner institution Lokmanya Tilak Jankalyan Shikshan Sanstha claimed that after ULC was repealed on November 29, 2007, such a power to cancel allotment could not have been exercised after said date. The land was allotted on January 1, 2004 and respondent authority made a demand of Rs 12.40 lakh and on January 3, the amount was paid and letter of allotment was issued on January 7. Petitioner-institution claimed that it was in possession of said land since January 9, 2004. First show cause notice for alleged breach and violation was issued on September 16, 2008, after ULC was repealed. The Collector instead of acting independently as quasi judicial authority, mechanically obeyed the directions of the State Government, it was contended. Justifying cancellation, the State Government claimed that since land was not put to particular use, allotment was cancelled as per rules. Collector acted in furtherance of the decision taken by Cabinet sub committee on July 2, 2010.

In show cause notice, it was alleged that the petitioner had violated terms and conditions of the allotment. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang while partly allowing the petition pointed out that authorities did not place on record any clear document regulating such land allotment by any other law and prima-facie power under Section 23 (3) of the ULC Act was not available after November 29, 2007.

In this situation, in present facts, question whether the petitioner has failed to put the land to use for which it was allotted needed to be answered by the Collector and we find that Collector has only implement the orders of the State Government and has not considered all material facts before arriving at the conclusion, the High Court noted. The Collector has been directed to take a fresh decision in relation to show cause notice in accordance with law within a period of three months.

Adv S K Mishra appeared for the petitioner. AGP Anand Fulzele represented respondent authorities.

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No alliance with NCP, unless it severs ties with BJP-Sena: Raut

The issue of continuing the pre-poll alliance between the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra is far from being settled.

On Thursday, senior Congress leader ... Read More
The issue of continuing the pre-poll alliance between the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra is far from being settled.

On Thursday, senior Congress leader and EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut said that unless NCP severed ties with BJP-Sena in some local bodies in the State, there cannot be any alliance with it for Legislative Assembly poll.

Replying to a question during a press conference, Dr Raut said that NCP had trucked with BJP-Sena in at least five Zilla Parishads (ZP) in Vidarbha region and in a few local bodies elsewhere. Against this backdrop, it would not be appropriate for Congress to form pre-poll alliance with NCP. “The issue will be discussed for decision in the meeting of Congress-NCP co-ordination committee, scheduled next week,” Raut said.

Asked about the resignation tendered by another senior Congress leader and Industries Minister Narayan Rane, Raut said, “I have not talked to him, but I am sure that we can convince him.” When it was pointed out that he too had tendered resignation some time ago, Raut added that he had resigned on the grounds of his principles and it had got nothing to do with ‘party ticket to my son’. Asked if the ‘party ticket to son’ was a dig taken at Rane, whose son Nilesh contested unsuccessfully in recently held Lok Sabha election, Raut avoided answer.

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Amit Shah in city today, to call on RSS chief

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to accord a warm welcome to newly elected National President Amit Shah on Friday. Shah is arriving in Orange City on July 18 at 11 am by special flight ... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to accord a warm welcome to newly elected National President Amit Shah on Friday. Shah is arriving in Orange City on July 18 at 11 am by special flight from New Delhi. This is his maiden visit after being elected as BJP National President recently. Shah will meet Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and Saryakarvah Bhaiyyaji Joshi at 4 pm. Shah will pay tributes at Deekshabhoomi at 1 pm. He will go to Dharampeth residence of State President Devendra Fadnavis at 1.30 pm. Shah will visit Reshimbag at 3 pm to pay tributes to RSS founder Dr K B Hedgewar before the meeting with present RSS chief.

It may be mentioned that Amit Shah was unanimously elected as President of BJP recently. A close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah was instrumental in stunning win in Uttar Pradesh. Now, Amit Shah is planning for victory in Maharashtra Assembly elections. Party will take benefit of his planning strategy in the election to ensure victory.

During his recent meeting with State BJP leaders, Shah had asked them to fine-tune strategy to defeat Congress-NCP during assembly polls. BJP is trying to rope in all Union Ministers for the assembly elections and at least one minister will visit Maharashtra every week. BJP state unit has been asked to co-ordinate with all the Union ministers to resolve the pending issue and all of them have been asked to take care of one district each. The party workers from Nagpur city and Nagpur district will accord him grand reception at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur at 11 am.

BJP State President Devnendra Fadnavis, City President Krishna Khopde, District President Dr Rajiv Potdar, Mayor Anil Sole, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sudhir Parve, Vijay Ghodmare, ZP President Sandhya Gotmare, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Sudhakar Kohle, Sandip Joshi, Arvind Gajbhiye, Rajesh Bagadi, Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling party leader at NMC Pravin Datke, Jamal Siddique, Ashok Dhote, Anandrao Raut, Dilip Jadhav, Shrikant Deshpande, Upendra Kothekar, Kishor Revatkar, Ramesh Mankar, Prakash Totwani, Chandan Goswami, Archana Dehankar, Kalpana Pande, Dr Kirtida Ajmera will welcome him. The members of SC Cell will welcome him at Deekshabhoomi. City President Dharampal Meshram, Satish Sirswan, Adv Rahul Zamare, Roshan Gaurkhede, Amrish Dhore urged party workers to remain present in large number. The party has decided to welcome him at every square en-route on Friday.

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Two killed as Sumo, dumper collide at Makardhokda mine

In a gory mishap, two persons, including a Service Engineer of Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), were killed and three others injured seriously when a gravel-laden dumper rammed into a Tata S... Read More
In a gory mishap, two persons, including a Service Engineer of Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), were killed and three others injured seriously when a gravel-laden dumper rammed into a Tata Sumo at Makardhokda opencast mine of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), about five kilometre, from Umrer, on Thursday.

The deceased have been identified as Service Engineer (BEML) Ashok Shyamrao Burewar (50), a resident of Rameshwari, Nagpur, and fitter Pramod Shankar Nagrare (50), a resident of Umrer.

Raju Turaturi (Tata Sumo driver), Ajay Khangar and Devendra Singh, who suffered serious injuries in the mishap, have been admitted to Orange City Hospital & Research Institute (OCH&RI), Nagpur.

Around 1 pm, Burewar, Nagrare and three others were going in a private hired Tata Sumo (MH-40/N-7030) for official work at the opencast mine. A speeding gravel-laden dumper (BH-50/M-3168) coming from opposite direction rammed into the Tata Sumo on a steep turning killing Burewar and Nagrare on the spot. Tata Sumo driver Turaturi, Khangar and Devendra Singh were seriously as they jumped out of the vehicle before the head-on collission.

Bodies of Burewar and Nagrare were trapped in the mangled Tata Sumo beneath the dumper.

Workers gathered at the spot. SDO Shankarsingh Rajput, PSO (Umrer) Sanjay Pawar along with police force arrived at the spot. With the assistance of the workers, bodies of Burewar and Nagrare were extricated and sent to Rural Hospital for post-mortem.

Umrer Police booked the dumper driver, Vijay Santya Kambli. Further investigations are under way.

Last rites of Ashok Burewar will be performed at Manewada ghat at 10 am on Friday.

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City’s Honey Batra secures second All India Rank in CA-CPT exam

Honey Batra, son of Sudhir and Shikha Batra, Wardha, obtained 2nd All India Rank (AIR) in CA-CPT (Foundation) Examination. This is a matter of pride for Vidarbha region, as it requires a lot of... Read More
Honey Batra, son of Sudhir and Shikha Batra, Wardha, obtained 2nd All India Rank (AIR) in CA-CPT (Foundation) Examination. This is a matter of pride for Vidarbha region, as it requires a lot of hardwork to even clear the examination. Honey has secured 196 marks (out of 200) -- 40/40 in Law and 50/50 in quantitative aptitude. It’s the highest ever CPT score from Nagpur region. A student of Bhavan’s, Civil Lines branch, Honey has been a brilliant student throughout. He scored 96.60% in Std X with 100 marks in Mathematics and 97% in Std XII (Commerce).

Honey had a well-planned approach and always studied conceptually without bothering about the marks. He says, “To score high, you must learn new and new things and increase your depth each time you read.” His role model is his grandfather Mukundlal Batra who is Director of Wardha Nagarik Bank and his brother Neeraj Batra, a practicing Chartered Accountant, who himself has had a brilliant academic record.

Honey lives in a joint family with nine members including his two brothers, a sister, grandfather and paternal uncle and aunt. The best part about his success story is unlike his peers, he does not have a Whatsapp or Facebook account, rather he loves to read motivational books. He wants to give credit of his success to his parents, family members, teachers and friends. He has taken admission in Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi for pursuing B. Com (Hons) and will be joining there soon.

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Oral plaint before HC: Baramati GMC gets Rs 100 crore; no provision for Gondia, Chanda

Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, particularly real face of its Western part’s leadership, one is shocked to see from time to time, which is totally anti-Vidarbha and that is reflected through it... Read More
Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, particularly real face of its Western part’s leadership, one is shocked to see from time to time, which is totally anti-Vidarbha and that is reflected through its actions. The latest example of this is the Maharashtra State Cabinet’s recent decision to provide Rs 100 crore as financial aid for setting up government medical college at Sharad Pawar’s Baramati and in contrast with that there is no provision for the proposed government medical college at Gondia and Chandrapur in Vidarbha, it is learnt.

This fact was brought to the notice of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre, orally, at High Court on Wednesday. In response to this, the court granted leave to Advocate Anil Kilor to amend his writ petition in support for setting up medical college at Chandrapur.

Supreme Court has disposed of the writ petition filed by Congress MLA from Gondia - Gopaldas Agrawal, pointing out that as all proposals for new colleges had to be finalised by July 15 last. Now, proposal of medical college in Gondia will have to wait till next year. Similar proposal for Chandrapur has been rejected by the Union Health Ministry, at least for this year.

The court appeared in favour of citizens/experts coming forward to file public interest litigations for such public purposes, instead of MLAs or Ex-MLAs, whose motives may not be found to be very selfless and those appear suspect rightly or wrongly in the public eyes. Assistant SGI SK Mishra informed the court that he has resigned his post “with immediate effect” and he wanted discharge from his assignments immediately. The court declined to do so and desired it to be conveyed to Central Government that it should make alternate arrangement for its representation before the court by the next date in the last week of July.

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NA permission and legal requirement

Under Section 44 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, before carrying out any development on the land, an eligible person has to apply to the Collector for the permission to convert the use o... Read More
Under Section 44 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code 1966, before carrying out any development on the land, an eligible person has to apply to the Collector for the permission to convert the use of agricultural land for any non-agricultural purpose, or to change the use of land from one non-agricultural purpose to another non-agricultural purpose.

For obtaining NA permission, applicant has to attach documents as mentioned below: 7/12 extract, Copies of the all the relevant mutation entries pertaining to land in question, Extract of village Form 8 A, Certified copies of the land map from the Taluka Inspector, Taluka Land Record Office, 8 copies of site plan and 8 copies of building plan (if permission is asked for constructing building), NoC from Highway Authorities or other appropriate authority, NoC from concern Grampanchyat/Municipal councils, If the NA permission is already granted and application is to be made for change of use of land, then copy of the NA order and sanctioned plan is to be attached.

If the land is attracting provisions of Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1948 then The Sale Permission received under Section 43/63, No dues certificate from farmer’s co-op society, Certificate received from the Talathi stating therein that the land in the question is not under acquisition.

Any other documents such as NoC and clearance certificate etc, if the land attracts provisions of some other laws.

On receiving NA order, the valuation of the property increases manifold. The procedure is intriguing and cumbersome. It invites precise professional expertise and in most cases scope for middlemen. It adds significantly to the credentials of the property as it is a certification from the government with regards to its immaculate legal and revenue marketable title. Any Indian citizen can buy NA property anywhere even if he is not an agriculturist.

What about ‘zero tolerance’ for unauthorised constructions, regional development plans?

Though the government has adopted a recommendation of the high-level committee, there are several other recommendations on which some measures are yet to be taken. This inaction leaves one wondering if the government really wants to ‘curb’ unauthorised constructions or leave scotfree the builders and developers who have violated the laws and norms.

For instance, the committee had recommended in clear terms to regularise unauthorised constructions dating back to period prior to January 31, 2013 in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities. But, no final decision has been taken in this regard. As a result, the builders and developers who violated the norms and laws and sold such troubled properties to innocent investors nurturing the dream of their own home/flat, are out of the trouble and investors are still waiting for the government to protect their investment of a lifetime.

In case of such constructions after the said cut-off date, it was proposed to adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance for unauthorised construction’. Under this policy, unauthorised constructions were to be demolished. It was proposed to constitute district and sub-division level committees to inspect and monitor constructions in rural areas to ensure that there was no violation of norms and laws. For the first two years, the recommendations regarding constitution of committees for control of unauthorised constructions were to be implemented in Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Thane, Nashik, and Aurangabad. After studying their effectiveness, these recommendations were to be implemented in other districts. However, nothing visible has been done in this regard till date.

In most cases, Gram Panchayats gave permission for multi-storeyed structures though it was not in their powers. Considering this, the committee had recommended to lodge FIR against Sarpanch, Deputy Sarpanch, members of Gram Panchayat who granted protection/permission to unauthorised constructions in respective areas. Nothing has been done so far in concrete terms.

The committee had also recommended repeal of Maharashtra Prevention of Fragmentation and Consolidation of Holdings Act and changes to various other laws including Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. So far, the Government only released the draft of MRTP Act and invited suggestions/objections on the same.

The most challenging task for the Government is in regulating unauthorised constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of cities other than the major ones. For the purpose, it needs to sanction regional development plans so that development is executed in a planned and authorised manner. Since 45 years, of a total 35 districts in State, 11 do not have regional development plan at all. These 11 districts include Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Yavatmal, and Buldhana from Vidarbha region.

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Existing NA process opaque, non-transparent

Despite recommendations made by numerous committees and circulars issued by Revenue Department to make NA or non-agrilcutural permission simpler, more transparent,the process of granting NA remai... Read More
Despite recommendations made by numerous committees and circulars issued by Revenue Department to make NA or non-agrilcutural permission simpler, more transparent,the process of granting NA remained highly discretionary and time consuming.

Violation of NA norms was root cause of a great realty scam on Wardha Road and several town planning officials and developers found themselves in soup for granting NA permission to agricultural lands situated beyond 200 mts of Gaothan limit.

Shrouded in mystery, obtaining NA permission has always been considered as a costly affair by the developers. Though the Revenue Department had made it mandatory for all District Collectors and their sub-ordinates to process NA applications within stipulated 90 days, it was honoured only in breach.

In fact, Revenue Department had candidly admitted that due to ownership disputes, inordinate delay in getting requisite information and NoCs from other departments, a large number of NA applications made by power of attorney holders (mostly builders and developers) for high value land adjacent to municipal limits, it becomes difficult to complete the NA process within 90 day period mentioned in Maharashtra Land Revenue Code.

The applicant is often required to run from pillar to post just to know status of his NA application and in the process has to spend a lot of time, money and energy. This helplessness of NA applicants is often exploited by unscrupulous elements who promise fast-track NA clearance for a consideration and an unholy nexus between such brokers-officials flourish.

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NA permission not required for land in Devpt Plan area

Within a year since the report of high-level committee to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities including Nagpur, Maharashtra Government has dec... Read More
Within a year since the report of high-level committee to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities including Nagpur, Maharashtra Government has decided to scrap the concept of non-agricultural (NA) permissions for lands in Development Plan (DP) areas.

As per the decision taken by State Cabinet in its meeting held on Wednesday, prior permission of District Collector will not be required for non-agricultural use of any land in the Development Plan area under the jurisdiction of municipal corporation/council.

However, land-holder will have to obtain permission from competent authority (municipal corporation/council) concerned for development of the said land as per the use in DP. Within 30 days of getting such permission, the land-holder will have to furnish the information in this regard to Revenue Department. This has been made necessary to enable Revenue Department (District Collector’s office) to calculate the conversion charges and NA cess.

For the lands outside the said DP area, however, NA permission will be required as per the procedure.

State Cabinet also decided to simplify this procedure.

As per the simplified procedure, Revenue Department will grant no objection certificate for NA permission to planning authority concerned for development of the land, after scrutinising the land laws and payment of requisite ‘nazarana’ (charges). After this, the land-holder will get final comprehensive approval for development of the said land.

To ensure that scrutiny of records is made easily, it has been decided to create and maintain a ‘Data Bank’ at the office of District Collector in each district. With creation of ‘Data Bank’ it will not be required to seek certificates from various departments in every case. This will save time and facilitate faster grant of NA permissions.

It may be recalled that the high-level committee had made several recommendations to the government to curb unauthorised/illegal constructions in rural areas in the vicinity of major cities in State including Nagpur, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, etc. The committee was appointed in the wake of unauthorised/illegal constructions in violation of various laws and rules, floor-to-space index (FSI) norms, in the rural areas around major cities. As far as Nagpur is concerned, countless multi-storeyed buildings had come up in areas like Besa, Beltarodi, Shankarpur, Ghogli, Hingna, Wadi, Kanholibara, Bahadura, Gotal-Panjri etc.

Against the backdrop, the high-level committee had recommended scrapping of the concept of NA permissions. The committee had stated that the concept of obtaining NA permissions should be done away with on the lines of decision taken by Madhya Pradesh Government.

State Cabinet’s decision taken on Wednesday is based on this recommendation of the high-level committee, which had submitted its report to the Government in August 2013. The committee comprised Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Principal Secretary (Rural Development), Principal Secretary (Urban Development-I), Director of Town Planning, and Divisional Commissioners of Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Konkan, Pune, and Nashik. Principal Secretary (UD-I) was the co-ordinator of the committee.

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Violence, arson erupt in Pauni, Chorbauli after trader shot dead

VIOLENCE and arson erupted at Pauni and Chorbauli in Deolapar Police Station area, about 24 kilometres from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur highway, after a group of anti-socials shot dead a trader a... Read More
VIOLENCE and arson erupted at Pauni and Chorbauli in Deolapar Police Station area, about 24 kilometres from Ramtek on Nagpur-Jabalpur highway, after a group of anti-socials shot dead a trader and injured his brother seriously on Wednesday evening. Angry villagers torched six police vehicles on the highway and set afire houses of the killers at Chorbauli, besides resorting to stone-pelting on private vehicles on the highway.

They also torched a tractor, a jeep and other vehicles parked in front of the houses of the killers. Staff from Deolapar, Kamptee, Kanhan, Ramtek, and Saoner Police stations, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) of Nagpur (Rural) Police and a platoon of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed in the area. An undeclared curfew has been clamped in Deolapar.

A resident of Deolapar, Dhanesh Bansidharji Gupta (27) was shot dead allegedly by Jaisingh Ashrafilal Yadav and his family members from Chorbauli after a dispute over parking of vehicles in front of his brother Smeet alias Simmi Gupta’s Mobile shop during weekly market. Smeet alias Simmi Gupta, who was seriously injured in the clash, is battling for life in a private hospital in Nagpur. Dhanesh was rushed to Wockhardt Hospital Nagpur where the doctors declared him ‘brought dead.’

According to sources, the dispute arose between the trader, Dhanesh Gupta and members of the Yadav family over collection of market tax and parking of vehicles. After heated exchanges, the members of Yadav family decided to teach the Gupta family a lesson. Around 4.45 pm, Jaisingh Ashrafilal Yadav, Tufan Yadav, Malkhamsingh Yadav, Indalsingh Yadav, Premlal Yadav, Sunil yadav and their accomplices carrying country-made pistols, swords and other weapons stormed into Smeet Gupta’s shop in Pauni village. They started attacking Dhanesh and Simmi Gupta. One of them opened fire killing Dhanesh on the spot and seriously injured Smeet Gupta. Three bullets hit Gupta on his chest. The Yadavs fled the spot after the incident.

The news about firing spread like wild fire in Pauni and Chorbauli. Gupta’s supporters visited Chorbauli and resorted to stone-pelting on the houses of Yadav family members. They later set afire their houses. The unruly mob gheraoed Deolapar Police Station demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Hundreds of residents blocked the National Highway at Deolapar and Pauni and set afire police jeeps, besides damaging other vehicles. Cops used force to quell the violent mob.

Officiating Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Prakash Jadhav and other senior officers are camping at Pauni to handle the situation.

Locals claim that hardened criminal Jaisingh Yadav and his accomplices are now trying to make a comeback through various syndicates operational in the area. Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam visited the riot-hit areas to take stock of the situation.

Villagers for probe into cops’ inaction

CONDEMNING Deolapar Police for not taking timely action last night after Dhanesh Gupta had lodged a complaint against the members of Yadav family, residents demanded high-level inquiry into the incident.

Some residents told ‘The Hitavada’ that police bashed up the members of the bereaved family, including brother of deceased Rupesh Gupta, during rasta roko agitation. ZP member (Karwahi Circle) Shanta Kumre, who had gone to console the bereaved family, was also injured in the police lathi-charge.

Traffic on NH 7 affected for 4 hrs

VEHICULAR traffic on the National Highway No 7 came to a grinding halt for more than four hours following violence and arson at Pauni, Chorbauli and Deolapar. Some villagers were injured when police used force to disperse the violent mob. It is learnt that some policemen also suffered injuries during stone-pelting by the residents. Nagpur (Rural) Police have detained some persons for indulging in riots. Till late night, Deolapar Police were yet to get any clue about the whereabouts of the killers.

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HC seeks report from Seoni SP in mother-son duo missing case

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, to examine the case in dif... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday directed the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, to examine the case in different aspects and issue appropriate instructions as may be required and report compliance within two weeks in the matter of two missing persons on February 2007 namely petitioner’s daughter Rukmani and a one-and-half-year-old child, grandson of the petitioner. The division bench has listed to the matter on July 31, 2014, under caption ‘Top of The List’.

The division bench in its order said that personal presence of the Superintendent of Police, Seoni, dispensed with for the time being, provided the compliance report filed on or before July 28.

In addition, local police may take measures as may be advised to trace missing people or to take other consequential steps as may be advised. The division bench has issued said order in the petition filed by Lochan Lal Sanodiya.

The chart submitted before the court indicates the line of investigation, court said, “It is noticed that although the complaint was registered on March 6, 2007, regarding two persons missing, a mother and her child, except making some effort till June 8, 2007, there was hardly any effort made to trace the duo till January 31, 2012. Prima facie, this is indicative of inaction of officials in-charge of investigation at relevant point of time. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty, give us sufficient explanation in forthcoming hearing, the division bench said. However, counsel Swapnil Ganguly, Deputy Advocate General for the State, was unable to point out as what action has been taken against those officials, by the department.

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CMHOs, DMOs asked to plan strategy to check spread of malaria, dengue

SECRETARIAT of Public Health and Medical Department has issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officers (DMOs) to prepare a work plan to check... Read More
SECRETARIAT of Public Health and Medical Department has issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officers (DMOs) to prepare a work plan to check spread of water-borne contagious diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya during rainy season. As per fresh guidelines, DMO, Block Medical Officer, at Primary Health Centre will remain connected with IDSP official and sent information on number of patients suffering from malaria, dengue and other water-borne diseases on weekly basis to the control room of the Health Department in Bhopal.

Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW) should visit door-to-door to collect blood slides of people in the area identified as prone to water-borne diseases. Collected blood slides should be sent to Central Pathology Malaria Lab at Victoria Hospital for confirmation. MPHW have been directed to check water-logging in the area, insecticides should be sprayed, mosquito net should be used. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel informed that each health worker has been directed to prepare at least 25 blood slides every day.

Chloroquine tabs should be distributed among patients with complaints of fever, shivering to check further spread of malaria, water and mosquito-borne diseases. Private hospitals have been directed to send information of patients who died due to dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases should be sent to CMHO office within 24 hours on every working day through mail or personal letter or messenger.

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Power distribution cos at loggerheads on providing security to field staffers

POWER distribution companies are at loggerheads for providing security to field staffers to ensure recovery of electricity dues and action in pilferage cases due to political interference. Even a... Read More
POWER distribution companies are at loggerheads for providing security to field staffers to ensure recovery of electricity dues and action in pilferage cases due to political interference. Even after facing huge debts due to non-payment of electricity bills and power pilferage, the State Government and power distribution companies are helpless in putting up strict check due to vested interests of public representatives. Honest consumers are shouldering burden of debts on power companies but the government is tight-lipped in strengthening revenue recovery and action in power pilferage cases. Tall claims of ensuring overall development of State power sector is still an unachievable task for the power companies due to unnecessary political interference.

Madhya Pradesh Government is regularly insisting power distribution companies to increase revenue recovery and on the other hand, public representatives are trying to pressurise field staffers for not registering cases against offenders in their respective areas. Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla has recently directed the senior officers of power companies to increase revenue recovery but overlooked the root cause that is hampering recovery of electricity revenue and stopping power pilferage cases. Several cases of attacks on field employees of power distribution companies are regularly reported across the State but companies are yet to come up with concrete initiatives to provide security to its officers and employees due to political unwillingness.

A team of engineers of Madhya Pradesh East Region Power Distribution Company Limited (MPERPDCL) were recently attacked during checking of an electricity meter in Jabalpur but the company authorities are yet to respond to their demands of providing security. Agitated officers have refused to continue revenue recovery and surprise inspections while campaign of seizing properties of defaulter consumers has been stopped due to unwillingness of the company authorities and the State Government. Despite having a separate Vigilance Department, the companies have failed in ensuring security of field staffers.

A proposal for establishment of electricity police stations is also gathering dust since long but is yet to be materialised due to lack of willingness in power companies.

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HC seeks report from Mpl Commr on recent stray bull attack

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma on Wednesday directed the Municipal Commissioner of JMC to file specific reply regarding d... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Alok Verma on Wednesday directed the Municipal Commissioner of JMC to file specific reply regarding death caused by stray bull attack and several others injured in the same incident as the news appeared in newspapers on June 28. Despite clear directives from the court on August 8, 2012, to catch and confine all stray animals specially stray bulls on roads. Despite orders and further dates the menace continues and bulls are now causing deaths, injuring people and also causing traffic jams.

The division bench sought reply from the Municipal Commissioner within two weeks and listed to the matter for further orders on August 11, 2014. The division bench has given said directions in the contempt petition filed by Advocate Satish Verma.

Earlier, in this case the division bench had directed the State Government to file further compliance report before the court after four weeks in the issue of availability of anti-rabies vaccine in government hospitals of the State. Earlier in the hearing, Deputy Advocate General Rahul Jain informed the division bench on March 19, Principal Secretary, Health, had issued directions to all the government hospitals will provide anti-rabies vaccine 365 days 24 hours to victims of dog bites. The court asked him to file a compliance report of different Chief Medical Health Officers (CMHOs) whether order is complied in true spirit or not.

The division bench had directed the Principal Secretary, Health Department of Madhya Pradesh, to file affidavit with regard to order dated on January 30, 2014, in which direction given for 24 hours availability of anti-rabies vaccine in government hospitals.

The petitioner’s allegation is that the court’s order is not complied in Jabalpur and the State Government is making false statement before the court. In earlier hearing, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation submitted report before the court that sterilisation and vaccination process on dogs was implemented between August 7, 2012 and January 29, 2013. Still near about 13,000 dogs are on streets for which aforesaid exercise is going on and it will take some more time to complete the process.

Regarding stray bulls, it is stated that between August 8, 2012, and August 31, 2012, 354 stray bulls were captured. But still some more bulls are on streets for which the same drive will be started again. At this stage, petitioner has drawn attention to order dated on August 8, 2012, passed in this case and submitted that single unit of anti-rabies vaccine is not available at Victoria Hospital, Jabalpur and Medical College Hospital, Jabalpur.

The division bench also directed for compliance of the order dated on August 8, 2012. At this juncture, the court observed that for availability of anti-rabies vaccine, the petitioner is constrained to approach the court while it is an obligation on the part of the State to make available this vaccine 24 hours on all days of the week at Medical College Hospital, Jabalpur and Victoria Hospital, Jabalpur because emergency can be at any time and for this purpose the citizens should not be kept waiting for the vaccine.

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Dr Dwivedi likely to take charge as new Dean on 21st

SUSPENSE in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises over new Dean continued even on Wednesday as the newly appointed Dean Dr P C Dwivedi, presently, the Superintenden... Read More
SUSPENSE in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital premises over new Dean continued even on Wednesday as the newly appointed Dean Dr P C Dwivedi, presently, the Superintendent of Government Medical College, Rewa, did not take charge till late evening hours on Wednesday.

Acting Dean Dr Rooplekha Chouhan, Superintendent, Dr P K Kasar, Superintendent Cancer Hospital, Dr Pushpa Kirar were waiting for the new Dean at the Dean’s chamber till late evening hours. Late in the evening, they received information that Dr Dwivedi would like to join on July 21. It is to be mentioned that Dean of Mahatma Gandhi Medical Dr Ulka Shrivastava, senior in the list released by the Medical Education Department, has already refused to join as Dean, thereafter MED sent a proposal to the second eligible person, Dr P C Dwivedi, second in the seniority list of Professor in the Government Medical College in Madhya Pradesh. He accepted the proposal of Director of Medical Education and released the order for appointment of Dr Dwivedi late in the evening on Monday.

Sources confirmed that Medical Education Department (MED) have interacted with senior professor of the Jabalpur Medical College listed in the seniority list.

MED has come to the conclusion that Dr P C Dwivedi is second most senior and deserving candidate for the post of Dean. His name was put before the Direct Promotion Committee (DPC) for final verdict, thereafter his name was announced as new Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital.

Dr P C Dwivedi is known for his strict working, good governance and punctuality. He has served in Department of Ophthalmology, Government Medical College, Rewa, in different capacities successfully in last 35 years. Most of the times NSCBMCH have in-charge Dean, it is almost after six years, Dr L P Verma has joined as regular Dean but after serving for eight months he was transferred to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar, in the behest of political leader of ruling party. Dr Verma known for his strict working had started many incomplete development works pending since last one decade, during his tenure 25 alleged Munna Bhais were put behind the bars, action was also initiated against the consultant for not attending patients in OPDs. But due to rising political pressure he was transferred to Government Medical College, Sagar, on September 17, 2013.

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Baghel alleges massive corruption in transfers of state govt officials

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Wednesday, alleged that transfers in state government is increasingly proving to be a well organised industry where mediators and agents are... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Wednesday, alleged that transfers in state government is increasingly proving to be a well organised industry where mediators and agents are raking in money for favorable postings.

Baghel said that transfers and postings should be made to ensure administrative efficiency and providing all round exposure to officials but instead it has become tool in the hands of certain influential people to make easy money. Baghel said that officials and staffers are being threatened with adverse postings and are forced to seek refuge with Ministers and other highly influential people for favorable postings.

He said that money is also being made to convey confidential information to officers on whether their name figures in the transfer list. He added that officers are transferred deliberately and then made to pay hefty amounts to cancel to reassign them to another and more favorable postings. Officials of all crucial government departments including Public Works Department, Revenue department, Education department, Health department and others are apprehensive of being transferred to adverse posting in the ongoing reshuffle. Baghel said that while transfers were to have been completed by July 15 as was announced by state government, it is now being speculated that preparations are on to issue new transfer lists in back dates. He also alleged that certain favourite officials are being made Incharges, which has evolved as another major avenue for extracting money out of officials. Baghel said that government work is also suffering due to prevailing anxiety amongst officials and staffers of state government.

Amitesh Shukla in fray for CPCC new panel

As crisis in the Congress deepens over formation of new executive committee of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, senior leaders are camping in New Delhi for a berth in the new panel. Former MLA from Rajim, Amitesh Shukla is also making a strong claim for position in the body. Chhattisgarh, once forte of the Congress has been decimated by Bharatiya Janata Party on the recent elections. Top leaders lost their seats including Amitesh Shukla due in-fight in the party. Amitesh lost to BJP candidate Santosh Upadhya by a narrow margin.

“Once again factionalism has surfaced among the leaders over the formation of new executive body to weaken the claim of Shukla family members,” said Amitesh. He alleged that after the demises of former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Pandit Shyamacharan Shukla (2007) and his brother former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Vidiyacharan Shukla in 2013, the party leaders are making all efforts to keep him away from the political scenario.

It may be mentioned that Amitesh has served as vice-president of party during undivided Madhya Pradesh and later he was elected from his father’s constituency Rajim, in Raipur from a Congress ticket during the 1998 Assembly elections.

After the formation of a separate Chhattisgarh state under Ajit Jogi government Amitesh Shukla was minister for Panchayat and Social Welfare. During, 2002 Assembly session he was the only minister to receive accolades from the Leader of Opposition Nand Kumar Sai for regularly inspecting the roads and taking action against the officials found responsible for laying poor roads under the PMGSY.

Meanwhile, it seems that after losing the assembly election, Amitesh Shukla is keen for a berth in the CPCC.

Cong Legislative Party to meet on July 20 to strategize for assembly session

With Chhattisgarh assembly session set to start from July 21, crucial meeting of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has been convened on July 20 itself. The CLP meet has been organized in a private hotel. State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, who is also Patan MLA, and CLP leader TS Singhdeo would preside over the meeting. The prominent agenda of the meeting is to evolve strategy for assembly session. It need be mentioned that CLP leader TS Singhdeo had taken strong objection to state government not consulting the opposition leaders before finalizing the session. He had also registered his protest that monsoon session of Chhattisgarh assembly is consistently being kept short despite the fact that Congress wants to raise many crucial issues including ration card verification drive.

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‘WHO standard is still difficult even with increased medical seats’

Seats for admission in MBBS are now considerably increased in Chhattisgarh and given the fact that newer medical colleges may also be started, it is sure that the seats will increase further in... Read More
Seats for admission in MBBS are now considerably increased in Chhattisgarh and given the fact that newer medical colleges may also be started, it is sure that the seats will increase further in the time to come. Yet, it will take very long time to meet the standard of doctor-patient ratio set by World Health Organisation (WHO) in this state.

It may be mentioned that the medical fraternity in the state and also such people who want to make their children doctors are delighted over the fact that this year admission in MBBS will be on much more seats. In the state’s oldest medical college, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, the counselling will be done for 150 seats and the same in the medical college in Bilaspur. Admissions will be given on 100 seats in the medical college at Jagdalpur; 50 seats in the medical college at Raigarh and on 100 seats in the newly established medical college at Rajnandgaon. Besides, there is also Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College in Durg district. During the recent past Medical Council of India (MCI) had taken a strict attitude on giving its consent for increased number of MBBS seats in the medical colleges. However, things became final at the eleventh hour and it is now sure that this year the counselling will be done for admissions on the above said number of seats, said sources in the Directorate of Medical Education (DME). According to Director of Medical Education Pratap Singh, MCI can neither increase nor decrease the number of seats in any given institution, but it can certainly recommend for the same. It is Government of India (GoI) which gives the necessary permission in this regard and after hearing the state government GoI has given the permission for admission on increased seats.

It is obvious that increased intake of MBBS students will not cast any positive effect immediately on the existing doctor-patient ratio in Chhattisgarh because it will take at least five years for them to become doctors and then there is also the career option for them to do higher studies. Besides, there is also the All India quota (15 percent) and central pool (3 percent) which has to be considered for admissions. It means the state will don the counselling for 82 percent of the seats. However, there is now compulsion for the MBBS students in the state to provide services in rural areas and it is also likely that more number of medical colleges will come up in the time to come. Definitely it will make some positive impact on the doctor-patient ratio in the state, but WHO standard for doctor patient ratio is 1: 1000. This ratio presently in Chhattisgarh is nearly 1: 4000. It will therefore take a very long time to meet the WHO standard, but it is also true that many developed countries presently are also not able to meet this standard, said a DME official.

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CM order imparting free education for girls in govt polytechnic institutes

On initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, girls in Chhattisgarh will now be entitled for free education in government polytechnic institutes as well. State Government has decided to provide... Read More
On initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, girls in Chhattisgarh will now be entitled for free education in government polytechnic institutes as well. State Government has decided to provide exemption in tuition fees to even those girl students, who have taken admission in academic session 2014-15 and those who are presently pursuing courses in these institutes.

Living up to his promises in manifestos and budget announcements, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has issued orders regarding free education facility of girls in all government colleges of state, including the government engineering colleges as well. In the same sequence, government polytechnic institutes of state will be providing exemption in tuition fees to all the girl students. Presently, about 1400 girl students are pursuing education in 23 polytechnic institutes of Chhattisgarh. With effect of this latest decision of state government, each girl student of these polytechnic institutes will be entitled for exemption in tuition fees of Rs 5000.

Officials of Directorate of Technical Education informed that state government has taken the decision of opening five new polytechnic institutes in state during this academic session. With that, the girl students of state will be able to avail free education in total 28 government polytechnic institutes of Chhattisgarh. On instructions of Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey, Department has issued orders in the context. Minister Pandey said that this decision of Dr Raman Singh’s government will largely benefit and encourage those girls of state, who are interested in pursuing career in the filed of engineering. Minister Pandey has thanked Chief Minister for this important initiative and has congratulated the girl students of polytechnic institutes of state.

Earlier, before proceeding for before leading a 90 member strong delegation of devotees to Baba Baijnath Dham Yatra on Friday, Higher and Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey had stated that girls pursuing graduation courses in government colleges in the state will be eligible for exemption from paying tuition fees.

He said necessary orders have been issued in this direction.

However, girl students studying in private colleges will not get the benefit of the said scheme. In spite of this, this initiative will go a long way towards ensuring women empowerment in the state, as poor students from rural as well as urban areas will be able to complete at least graduation courses, who used to opt out from such courses due to poverty. Pandey informed that the Bharatiya Janata Party had promised in its election manifesto that girl education upto graduation level in government colleges will be made free. He added that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in his budget speech had also announced the same, accordingly orders have been issued. Girl students pursuing graduation courses like BE, B Sc, B Com, BA, BHSc, etc will be exempted from paying tuition fees. He informed that approximately 1600 girl students are pursuing technical courses apart from thousands others in various traditional colleges. He said students who are in second or third year they will not be required to pay their fees in future till completion of graduation courses. It is worth mentioning here that the state government had been providing free education to girls till Class XII, which now has been extended till the graduation level.

PTS warns of self immolation in CM’s Jandarshan today

A representative association of paramedical technicians called Paramedical Technician Sangh (PTS) said that its members will seek the permission from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh that they may be allowed to end their lives. PTS will meet Dr Singh in Jandarshan programme on Thursday, said PTS President Dr Naresh Sahu. It may be mentioned that the association claims to have met the state Chief Minister more than 68 times in the ‘Jandarshan’, but got only assurances over the demand of service recruitment rules. Paramedical technician course was started way back in 2001, but even till today state government has not made any service recruitment rules for these technicians. If the permission is not granted then the members will attempt self immolation at the venue of Jandarshan, Sahu said, adding he will lead the PTS delegation in the move.

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Police recover body wrapped in gunny bag

Within last 7 days, three unidentified bodies have been recovered in mutilated state from different parts of city and city police was having a hard time to identify the victims. Even when these... Read More
Within last 7 days, three unidentified bodies have been recovered in mutilated state from different parts of city and city police was having a hard time to identify the victims. Even when these cases are still being investigated, on Wednesday morning, police recovered a body of an unidentified middle-aged man from Jehangirabad locality. Body of the victim, aged around 40-42 years, was wrapped in gunny bag and was recovered from Jogi Mohalla in mutilated state. First, locals spotted the victim’s body, which was wrapped in a gunny bag in pool of blood and then, informed the police with no delay. Subsequently, police rushed to the spot and seized the body, which was later sent for postmortem examination. Police said that the body of the victim was in mutilated state and might have been chopped by sharp-edged weapon. Body of the victim was found in a pool of blood and hence it can be said that excessive bleeding and also no medical aid could reach to him on time led to his death, added the police. Police said that an inspection of the spot was carried out but nothing was found, leading either to identity of the victim or to killer. A case under section 174 of CrPC was lodged by police and further investigation was begun.

All nearby police stations were informed and police were tallying missing persons to establish his identity. Notably, some days ago, Hanumanganj police also recovered the body of an unidentified youth from Agarwal Dharamshala. The youth was killed after his head was hit with some hard object.

Police neither could establish his identity nor could arrest the killer while the question of reason, which led to his murder, was beyond thinking of police.

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Light showers lash city for hours

Weather in State capital has turned pleasant due to regular rainfall for past couple of days. Light to moderate showers drenched the State capital on Wednesday. Light showers started around 11 am... Read More
Weather in State capital has turned pleasant due to regular rainfall for past couple of days. Light to moderate showers drenched the State capital on Wednesday. Light showers started around 11 am and continued till noon. Weather Department has said that State was going to get good rainfall as monsoon system was active. Forecast issued by Weather Department said that heavy rains would lash isolated places of State, mainly in west and south-east parts in next twenty-four hours.

“A low pressure area is over Madhya Pradesh. Besides, one system is developing at Bay of Bengal and one upper air circulation is developing in Arabian Sea. Besides, monsoon trough is passing through the State. All these factors are going to give good rainfall in State,” said weatherman E R Chintalu to ‘The Hitavada’.

Weather Department said that there were chances of heavy rainfall in isolated parts of divisions such as Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Chambal, Hoshangabad, Bhopal and Indore. Till evening, on Wednesday, Bhopal recorded rainfall of 15.1 mm followed by 40.4 mm in Indore, 23.7 mm in Gwalior, 4.3 mm in Jabalpur, 60 mm in Pachmari. Maximum temperature of Bhopal was 27.6 degree Celsius.

Till morning of Wednesday, Betul received 11 cm rainfall followed by 10 cm in Ashok Nagar, Sonkach, Nagda, Ichawar, 9 cm in Aagar and Harda, 8 cm in Khirkia, 7 cm in Pichore, Kannod, Kaknar, Multai, Khachrod, Ujjain and Dewas, 6 cm in Saunsar, Pushprajgarh, Thandla, Todakhurd, Chicholi, Khategaon, Atner, Tarana, Nasrullaganj, Pachmari, etc.

Changed weather conditions have given a major relief to Government as well as farmers. Otherwise, till first week of July, rains were localised and monsoon system was not strong. Now, entire Madhya Pradesh is getting drenched by rains, ranging from light, moderate to heavy. Still, State is yet to get normal rainfall.

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State AAP to relaunch membership drive

State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is geared up to set state wide volunteers meeting in order to relaunch the membership drive in the region. Meetings would be held in different districts, which include... Read More
State Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is geared up to set state wide volunteers meeting in order to relaunch the membership drive in the region. Meetings would be held in different districts, which include Bhind, Ujjain, Satna, Indore, Sagar, Mandla. Besides this, grievance cell would also be set up within the party to clear out the disputes between the party workers and work out strategy in better manner.

During Lok Sabha elections, many disputes had been witnessed among the party volunteers. Amidst rift seen between the party volunteers on their support to the local Lok Sabha AAP candidates, national leaders of AAP were also seen settling the grievances.

Reportedly, the volunteers and some executive members of AAP in Madhya Pradesh had exhibited their dissatisfaction over the party’s decision of names of the candidates of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) in Madhya Pradesh. The decision was taken by the Delhi National Council member without even discussing with the local volunteers, which showcased that the party was working like other political parties, they claimed.

State AAP spokesperson Prahlad Pandey has been relieved from spokesperson responsibility. Pandey has been removed from the post as he had made some statements criticising the party for the decisions taken at a meeting of its National Executive in New Delhi on January 31. It was a collective decision taken by State AAP Committee members Akshay Hunka, Mamta Pathak, Shailendra Singh Kushwah, Sharad Kumre and Abhay Verma. There is also a proposal to restructure the State executive members body in the State, which would be done only after interactive sessions are held among the volunteers. The grievance cell is also expected to take note of issues the party is facing which includes finance, official setup, strategy building and also identifying main issues, which can be focussed within the State.

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Child scheme being implemented in State: Maya Singh

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed Assembly on Wednesday that Central Government sponsored ICDS scheme and ISSNIP and State Government-aided Atal Behari Vajpayee Bal Arogya ... Read More
Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh informed Assembly on Wednesday that Central Government sponsored ICDS scheme and ISSNIP and State Government-aided Atal Behari Vajpayee Bal Arogya & Nutrition Mission is being implemented in State. Under these schemes, work to improve nutrition level in children in the age group of 0 to 6 years is being done. Allotted budget is used through the medium of district and child development project and aaganwadi centres. She was replying to question asked by MLA Rajendra Pandey.

Probe ordered into purchase of tribal land

Revenue Minister Rampal Singh assured of probe within three months into the case related to purchase of tribal land by land mafia at cheap rates in Jabalpur district. MLA Sushil Kumar Tiwari had raised the issue through call attention motion and claimed that through the help of administrative officers, land mafia had purchased land of tribals at a cheap rate of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 per acre. In reality, the price of land is Rs 40 lakh to Rs 45 lakh per acre. From last one and half years, land mafia are doing the process of purchasing around 800 acre to 900 acre land of tribals.

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Opposition rakes up ‘VYAPAM ka Sach’ issue once again

Once again, opposition raked up the ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue in Assembly during Zero Hour on Wednesday and claimed that important documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly have been publis... Read More
Once again, opposition raked up the ‘VYAPAM Ka Sach’ book issue in Assembly during Zero Hour on Wednesday and claimed that important documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly have been published in the book. Speaker told opposition to raise the issue in other forum as book was not matter of adjournment. Speaker was of the view that adjournment could not be done on the book.

Opposition claimed that publisher of book was Vijay but address of publisher was not mentioned. Ramnivas Rawat took objection on publication of Assembly document in the book and wanted to know that whether it is not a criminal offence.

Interrupting in middle, Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare requested Speaker that if issue does not come under adjournment, then it should be taken in discussion in any other form. Speaker assured him of considering the request.

Notably, opposition had raised the book issue inside House even on Tuesday and said wanted to know how documents of Mantralaya as well as Assembly got published in the book. Katare had claimed that BJP had published the book. Katare had even written letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue and demanded action against State BJP President cum Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on the issue.

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Gwalior SP’s wife accuses hubby of cheating her

After suspended AIG, Anil Mishra, another cop is in the eye of controversy. Wife of Gwalior SP, Pramod Verma has lodged complaint against her hubby, accusing him of having extramarital affair wit... Read More
After suspended AIG, Anil Mishra, another cop is in the eye of controversy. Wife of Gwalior SP, Pramod Verma has lodged complaint against her hubby, accusing him of having extramarital affair with a married woman. She also accused him of abusing her. Police headquarters has started probe into the complaint. Meanwhile, Pramod Verma has rubbished the allegations and said there was some misunderstanding and miscommunication and he was going to resolve the entire issue.

In the complaint, wife of Pramod Verma said that her husband was having extramarital affair with a married lady. When she learnt about the illicit relationship, she tried to speak to her hubby but she was rather subjected to harassment. She said that in last three years, she tried hard to save her marriage but to no avail. She was emotionally shattered due to rude behaviour of her husband and when things went over the head, she preferred to go to the house of parents along with kids in Delhi in June 2012. In August 2012, her father-in-law had a major heart surgery in Jaipur and she had gone to see him along with children. There, everyone suggested her to give one more chance to the marriage for the sake of children.

From Jaipur, she reached Bhopal where her husband was posted at that time. But she was shocked to see that her hubby used to behave properly in front of colleagues and juniors and was rude at home and was not bothered about her as well as her children. In April 2014, her husband had gone on election duty to Gwalior. While going there, he had taken her bank passbooks and cheque book, leaving her penniless.

In the meantime, she said that her husband wanted to separate her from kids by trying to send them to a boarding school in USA. When things went out of control, her uncle and Mausaji came to take her to Delhi on April 29, 2014 and she, along with children, had gone to Delhi on the same day.

In the complaint, wife of Pramod Verma demanded strict action against husband and the woman with whom her hubby was allegedly having extramarital affair. The complaint has been lodged with Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, New Delhi.

When contacted by ‘The Hitavada’, Gwalior SP Pramod Verma refuted the charges levelled against him and denied having extramarital affair. Verma claimed that the issue might have arisen due to misunderstanding and miscommunication and he was going to resolve it by approaching his wife.

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NGT seeks Master Plan for Mandideep: MSW mgmt

With respect to non compliance of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) rules in Mandideep, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the authorities to submit Master Plan for Mandideep in next hearing. Th... Read More
With respect to non compliance of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) rules in Mandideep, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the authorities to submit Master Plan for Mandideep in next hearing. This direction was issued as it was found that the Master Plan made available and taken on record related to Raisen district and not particularly, to Mandideep.

The petition has claimed non-compliance of the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000. During last hearing, NGT had split original petition as one issue pertained to municipal solid waste (MSW) and domestic sewage in Mandideep and the other was industrial effluents discharged from the industries in Mandideep. NGT bench noted that inspite of the reply that despite a lengthy correspondence made from 2002 onwards, State Government has not provided required land for creating designated landfill site to municipal council, Mandideep. It was also noted that is not the case that there is no Master Plan in force and in fact, a Master Plan has been in force since 2005 and all developments and real estate work is being carried out in accordance with land use as provided under the Master Plan of 2005.

In 2010, allotment was made but municipality requested for allotment of free land as had been done in the case of other municipalities. Master Plan of Mandideep was basically to facilitate Urban Administration and Development (UAD) Department and concerned revenue officers, district collector, Raisen and CEO, municipal council, Mandideep to find a solution for allotment of landfill site. The landfill site proposal can be forwarded to Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board only after the submission of Master Plan.

Issues like setting up of sewage treatment plant before its discharge into Betwa river and the Government shall consider necessary financial assistance to the municipal council. It was placed before NGT that in the absence of a Master Plan, no identification and demarcation of area for residential, institutional, commercial and industrial use is being done and majority of the real estate development projects are directly discharging their effluents into the River Betwa through Kaliyasot river, causing pollution.

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CMHOs, DMOs asked to prepare work plan to check spread of dengue, malaria

SECRETARIAT, Public Health and Medical Department, have issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officer (DMO) to prepare a work plan to check sprea... Read More
SECRETARIAT, Public Health and Medical Department, have issued fresh guidelines to Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) and District Malaria Officer (DMO) to prepare a work plan to check spread of water-borne contagious diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya in rainy season.

As per fresh guidelines, DMO, Block Medical Officer at Primary Health Centre will remain connected with IDSP official and sent information on number of patients suffering from malaria, dengue and other water-borne diseases on weekly basis to Control Room of Health Department in Bhopal. Multi Purpose Health Worker (MPHW) should visit door-to-door to collect blood slides of people in the area, identified as prone to water-borne diseases. Collected blood slides should be sent to Central Pathology Malaria Laboratory at Victoria Hospital for confirmation. MPHW have been directed to check water-logging in the area, insecticides should be sprayed, mosquito net should be used. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel informed that each health worker have been directed to prepare at least 25 blood slides every day. Chloroquine tabs should be distributed among patients with complains of fever, shivering to check further spread of malaria, water and mosquito-borne diseases. Private hospitals have been directed to send the information of patient who died due to dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, chikungunya should be sent to CMHO office within 24 hours on every working day through e-mail or personal letter or messenger.

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Shiv Sena Corporator, JMC staffers refuse to budge, continue protest

THE tussle between Shiv Sena Corporator and Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) employees is taking serious turn. On one hand, JMC employees are on indefinite strike and demanding arrest of th... Read More
THE tussle between Shiv Sena Corporator and Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) employees is taking serious turn. On one hand, JMC employees are on indefinite strike and demanding arrest of the Corporator, while on the other hand, Shiv Sena leaders, members are demanding immediate suspension of Rajesh Kharasia, Planning Clerk of Divisional Office no. 3 of the JMC.

On Sunday, Shiv Sena and Congress Corporators met Mayor Prabhat Sahu and submitted a memorandum demanding strict action against Kharasia for levelling fake charges against Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar and lodging false report in police.

Condemning strike of JMC employees, corporators alleged that many JMC employees misuse public money and when any public representative stops them from doing the same, they level fake allegations against them and go on strike to pressurise JMC administration and authorities concerned to take action against public representatives.

Congress Corporator Mukesh Rathore said it is the right of public representative to raise voice against injustice with common man. He said levelling fake allegations against Corporator is unacceptable. Shiv Sena corporators, leaders said if JMC administration will not terminate the JMC employee, corporators of all parties would take to streets and stage protest.

Shiv Sena leaders said the Mayor has assured them of needed action in the matter. They said corporators work for citizens not for his family members. Sahu said he would see that JMC employees would end their strike so that people do not face problems. It may be noted that JMC employees are on indefinite strike against alleged manhandling with Rajesh Kharasia by Shiv Sena Corporator Mahawar. Employees have been demanding arrest of Mahawar. They alleged that Mahawar barged into the office of the clerk and manhandled him while he was busy discharging duty, on Thursday.

They said public representatives often behave badly with JMC officials, employees. Dubey said now they would not tolerate any such insult on behalf of the public representatives and would not end the strike till the Police not arrest Mahawar.Employees’ Union leaders also demanded the Mayor and administration to end membership of Shiv Sena Corporator from Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and take strict action against him for his bad conduct. They also warned to continue their strike till their demands are not fulfilled. They also alleged that Mahawar was pressurising JMC employees to provide undue benefit of government schemes to his near and dear ones. When the employee was not ready to do illegal act, Mahawar allegedly manhandled him.

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Security arrangements in Med College to be strengthened soon

SECURITY in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be strengthened. Director of Medical Education (DME) in a letter to the Dean has directed to improve security for medical... Read More
SECURITY in Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be strengthened. Director of Medical Education (DME) in a letter to the Dean has directed to improve security for medical staff and hospital premises after recent death of former Dean Dr Sakalya at his residence in the hospital premises about a week ago. He directed to give priority to ensure full proof security arrangements for doctors, patients in the hospital premises. A meeting of high-level police officials will be called in coming week to take stock of security arrangements at Medical Hospital following death of former Dean in mysterious circumstances.

In the meeting various issues related to lacunas in present security system were discussed. It is to be mentioned that police officials have suggested that there must be one entry gate to enter in wards, metal detector should be installed at entrance gate, proper personal check of each attendants at entrance gate should be done on priority.

Only then entry of unwanted elements and people carrying arms could be stopped, after the incident of brutal killing of an elderly patient undergoing treatment at Surgery ward. Police was doing three-time regular patrolling but due to some or other reason, police post situated in the hospital premises is not being opened for 24 hours due to inadequate staff. Recent death of former Dean Dr Sakalya under mysterious condition has put a question mark on how doctors and patients are safe in Government hospital premises. Sources revealed that only after each incident higher authorities take stock of security system, some amendments in the prevailing system might be done, but as time passes, efforts to continue strict security check gets slow. Similar incident of stabbing an attendant of a patient in the hospital took place in 2012-2013 to strengthen security many proposals like increase in security staff, minimise access entry points, increase in number of guards, installation of CCTV were sent to Medical Education Department but as time passes cold water was poured. Surprisingly, it is true that the medical administration had sent a fax to agencies conducting annual maintenance in Bhopal to repair 7 out of order CCTV cameras immediately after the incident of death of Dr Sakalya. Sources confirmed that men from the agency hired for repair works of CCTV would come after another 4-5 days.

Even after one and half year of installation of more than 12 cameras at various important check points at Medical Hospital, only 5 CCTVs are operational. Sources revealed that out of 12 CCTVs installed at various points, including 2 at entrance gate near ramp, 2 at old casualty, 1 at ICCU fourth floor, 1 at GLR ward, 1 at paediatric Department, 2 at operation theater, 2 at OPD registration counters, only 5 are working and rest are out of order due to complaints of damaged lens, problems in connection and many other problems best known to officials of the medical administration.

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Dr Rooplekha Chouhan likely to become next Dean of Med College

DR Rooplekha Chouhan, Head of Gynaecology Department, Acting Dean, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital is likely to become the next Dean. After Dr Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, M... Read More
DR Rooplekha Chouhan, Head of Gynaecology Department, Acting Dean, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital is likely to become the next Dean. After Dr Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Indore, senior in the list refused the proposal of Medical Education Department and another senior Dr Dwivedi from Rewa did not show any interest to join as Dean, Dr Rooplekha Chouhan is senior most professor eligible for the post of Dean.

Sources confirmed that Medical Education Department (MED) has interacted with senior professors of the Medical College, Jabalpur and listed in the seniority list. MED has come to the conclusion that Dr Chouhan is senior most and deserving candidate for the post of Dean. Her name will be put before the Direct Promotion Committee (DPC) for final verdict. MED is likely to announce her name within this week. Dr Rooplekha Chouhan is known for her strict working, good governance and punctuality. She has served in the department of Gynaecology in different capacities successfully in last 35 years.

NSCBMCH have in-charge Dean, it is almost after six years Dr L P Verma join as Regular Dean but after serving for eight months he was transferred to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar, in the behest of political leader of ruling party. Dr Verma known for his strict working has started many uncompleted development worked pending for last one decade. During his tenure, 25 Munna Bhais were put behind the bars, action was also initiated against Consultant for not attending patients in OPDs etc. But due to rising political pressure he was transferred to Government Medical College, Sagar, on September 17, 2013.

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Elderly man killed, another critically hurt in mishap

AN ELDERLY man was killed and another sustained critical injuries when a speeding motorcycle rammed into their bi-cycle near Bilpathar village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station. The... Read More
AN ELDERLY man was killed and another sustained critical injuries when a speeding motorcycle rammed into their bi-cycle near Bilpathar village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station. The deceased has been identified as Bharosa Choudhary (65), a resident of Natwara village, while condition of injured Khijju Choudhary is reported to be critical and is undergoing treatment in hospital. According to police, Babu Choudhary (68), a resident of Natwara village, filed a complaint that he along with Khijju Choudhary and Bharosa Choudhary went for bathing in Narmada at Jhansighat. They were returning home on their bi-cycles when a speeding motorcycle (MP-20EA-1147) being driven recklessly by the driver rammed into motorcycle of Bharosa Choudhary and Khijju Choudhary. The injured were rushed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital where Bharosa Choudhary was declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding in primary check-up while the condition of Khijju Choudhary is reported to be stable undergoing the treatment at hospital. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for him.

Crane driver held for accidental death of labourer at COD

RANJHI police have apprehended driver of crane for accidental death of a labourer while working at Central Ordnance Depot (COD) area. The accused has been identified as Madan Kacchi, working as driver. Labourer Bahadur Paraste (20), a resident of Shahpura village in Dindori, was crushed to death while working at Central Ordnance Depot (COD) due to falling of a barrel on him, on July 12.

Witnessing the incident, all the labourers and officers working on the spot rushed the injured to hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors in primary check-up due to profuse bleeding. Learning about the incident, a team of Ranjhi police reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 304 (A) of the IPC and started investigation into the case to ascertain reason of accident. Investigating the case, police found that the incident took place due to mistake of crane driver Madan Kacchi and apprehended him for further investigation into the case.

Wanted criminal held, bomb seized

GORA Bazaar police succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal in several crime cases and seized a country-made bomb from him. The accused was externed from the district limits. The accused has been identified as Prem alias Anmol Malik, son of Rambharose Malik, a resident of Hanuman Mandir in Bilahari area. According to police, they received information about a wanted criminal who was sighted near Cantonment area.

Taking prompt action on the information, a police team reached the area and started rigorous search for identified man. Continuing the search, police team succeeded in trapping the accused when he was riding a motorcycle (MP-22F-3776) near Bank of Maharashtra. During search, police team recovered a country-made bomb. Police have apprehended the accused and registered a case against him under Section 5 of the Explosives Act and Section 188 of the IPC for violating norms of Section 14 of Madhya Pradesh State Security Act. It may be mentioned that taking a serious note on increasing criminal activity of Prem Malik, he was externed from the district limits.

Man held while selling mauser

BUS Stand police trapped a man when he was trying to sell a mauser near Rain Basera area and seized a country-made mauser from him. The accused has been identified as Scahin alias Changu Choudhary (23), son of Dilip Choudhary, a resident of Choudhary Mohalla, Rampur Gorakhpur area. According to police, they received information that a suspected man was sighted near Bus Stand area. Acting promptly on the information, a police team reached the spot and detained a suspected man. During search, police team recovered a country-made mauser from him. Police have registered a case against the accused under sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act while further investigations are underway.

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Three youths, including two siblings, killed in accident

IN A tragic incident, three youths, including two real brothers, met untimely death and one was injured in a road accident reported near Hirapur Bandha village under jurisdiction of Bhedaghat pol... Read More
IN A tragic incident, three youths, including two real brothers, met untimely death and one was injured in a road accident reported near Hirapur Bandha village under jurisdiction of Bhedaghat police station, on Sunday evening. The deceased have been identified as Lucky Patel (20), resident of Bamhnauda village in Panagar area, Hasmat Khan (19) and his elder brother Aleem Khan (25), son of Tej Khan, a resident of Bilha village. Deepak Baghel (20), son of Brajbhushan Baghel, a resident of Devri village of Panagar sustained injuries in the accident. According to an eye-witness, Kaushlendra Rajak (22), a resident of Bajrang Ward, Devri in Panagar informed that he along with Sameer Kewat were travelling on a motorcycle of Govind Kewat towards Jhoteshwar.

When he was passing through Hirapur Bandha village, he witnessed Lucky Patel and Deepak Baghel on a motorcycle (MP-20MR-5431). He was riding behind their motorcycle when he witnessed that two men riding a motorcycle in a bid to overtake a speeding truck rammed into the motorcycle of Lucky Patel.

In the mishap, Lucky Patel, Deepak Baghel and two men on other motorcycle were thrown off from their motorcycles and sustained critical injuries. The injured were immediately rushed to hospital for treatment where Lucky Patel, Hasmat Khan and Aleem Khan were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding, while condition of Deepak Baghel is reported to be critical and is undergoing treatment at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and sent the bodies for post-mortem while further investigations are underway to ascertain the reason of accident.

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MANIT issues order to suspend absent students from hostel

Taking note of falling attendance of students in classrooms, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) issued circular for suspending such students from hostel.

According to c... Read More
Taking note of falling attendance of students in classrooms, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) issued circular for suspending such students from hostel.

According to circular released by the director Appukuttan KK, if any student is absent from classroom without informing the concerned authority, institute will issue suspension order from the hostel. Director Kuttan said that students were continuously not attending lectures, which was affecting quality of education among them.

He further said that each class was very important for them but they ignored the direction given by authorities. Earlier, head of the departments (HoDs) had given various instructions to the students for being present in the classroom but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

Finally, director Kuttan issued circular to suspend them from hostel. Circular will be effective on all departments and all students. Notably, institute is already suffering from lack of hostel space for students. To tackle this problem, institute has allotted single seater room to two students.

Now if student would not be present in classroom without informing the concerned authority, he will be suspended from hostel and room will be allotted to some other candidate.

MANIT to release first list of candidates eligible for engineering courses today

MANIT would release the first list of eligible candidates for admission to engineering courses on Monday. After the list, candidates will be given three days to confirm their admission. Institute is offering admission to the candidates having eligible rank in JEE-Main conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Last date of choice filling for candidates was Saturday midnight. Second round of admission will be started from July 19.

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Air India flight diverted to Indore

An Air India flight, which was supposed to land at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal was on Sunday evening diverted to Indore due to bad weather. The flight, which flew from Mumbai and had to be diver... Read More
An Air India flight, which was supposed to land at Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal was on Sunday evening diverted to Indore due to bad weather. The flight, which flew from Mumbai and had to be diverted, had landed at Bhopal airport some hours later. According to information, flight landed here at airport at around 8 pm.

Airport Director Vivek Upadhyay told ‘The Hitavada’, “Due to bad weather, the Air India flight was diverted to Indore. And as the weather became suitable, the flight landed at Raja Bhoj Airport.”

Passengers of the flight had to spend their anxious time at Indore until the fight took off for Bhopal again. Upadhyay further said that due to bad weather, flights had been diverted from time to time and it was not a serious issue.

Upadhyay, who was out of the State capital, could not provide more detail in this regard. As monsoon has made its entry into State capital, it is assumed that more flights would be diverted in coming time. Also, on Sunday, two days later, city had experienced heavy showers and thunderstorm.

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CM Chouhan to perform special pooja for rains at Mahakal Mandir today

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Ujjain on the first Monday of Hindi month Shravan July 14 and perform special pooja for good rains at Mahakal Mandir.

Chouhan will leave Bho... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will visit Ujjain on the first Monday of Hindi month Shravan July 14 and perform special pooja for good rains at Mahakal Mandir.

Chouhan will leave Bhopal for Ujjain by plane at 10.30 am. After special pooja there, Chief Minister will reach Jabalpur and later, take part in programmes at Vijayraghavgarh and Bahoriband in Katni district. He will return to Bhopal the same evening.

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MPHRC may intervene in ensuring safety rules in school transportation

State Human Rights Commission is likely to intervene for setting up of recommendations to ensure safety rules in school vans and buses in the city. Around two days back, half a dozen school stude... Read More
State Human Rights Commission is likely to intervene for setting up of recommendations to ensure safety rules in school vans and buses in the city. Around two days back, half a dozen school students, including a girl, sustained injuries after an overloaded van carrying them overturned. The driver was found to be a teenager, driving the vehicle without any proper license.

Sources from MPHRC said that it was also mentioned that there are many unauthorised vans engaged in transporting students between home and schools, which needed to be checked. Issue of carrying students more than the capacity is also a cause of concern. This also showcased the callousness of school administration over ensuring the safety in school transportation.

Earlier, MPHRC had also taken cognizance and set recommendations to authorities to take appropriate measures to ensure that the children are not required to carry extremely heavy bags to school. Cognizance was taken on the basis of complaints of parent’s teachers association in various schools.

State Human Rights Commission has been duly concerned about the availability of drinking water, toilet and other basic facilities in schools. On inspection, it was found that the situation on this count was satisfactory in Bhopal but not elsewhere. When it came to ensuring basic facilities in schools, which included proper transportation, State School Education Department had assured availability of adequate funds to equip all schools with proper toilet and drinking water facilities within two years.

Cognizance also mentioned that on the basis of a survey that children could even suffer brain damage if they were forced to carry school bags that were more than one-tenth of their body weight. Survey conducted in the State has revealed that the weight of school bags in the case of Government school students was within reasonable limits. In fact, it was also mentioned that the parent-teacher associations of various schools were being approached to take proper initiative to tackle the problem of school bags, etc. in right earnest.

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It’s official: School vans can carry upto 14 passengers now

Two-day strike launched by private school van drivers concluded on Sunday afternoon. School vans would start their operation from Monday as usual. School van operators had succeeded in getting th... Read More
Two-day strike launched by private school van drivers concluded on Sunday afternoon. School vans would start their operation from Monday as usual. School van operators had succeeded in getting their demands accepted by the administration. Main issue of number of passengers in the vehicle was also resolved with van drivers getting their wish fulfilled.

Private van drivers would get commercial permit to run their vehicle throughout the State, said Shivkumar Soni, President of Private School Van Association. Addressing mediapersons, Soni said that they had taken decision to end the strike after discussing the issue with District Collector, Nishant Warwade and RTO Ajay Gupta in the presence of MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Surendra Nath Singh. He said that the association will meet RTO Gupta on July 16 and decide a fixed day for organising camp where van drivers will get permit and fitness certificate. Besides, in the camp, RTO will fix the number of school vans and only authorised vans will be allowed to carry children between school and home. Soni further said that they will go for certificates on the date given by RTO.

According to Soni, van drivers will get commercial permit to run their vehicle as a taxi throughout the State. However, van older than 15 years, would not be getting permission for the same. After getting the permit, van drivers will be allowed to carry normal passengers in their vehicle for commercial purpose as well.

Apart from this, van having permit from RTO would be allowed to carry 14 children below 12 years of age. Earlier, District administration was permitting only 7 children in a van. Association President Soni said that MP Alok Sanjar will help van drivers, who want to exchange their van with Magic, Maximo or other similar vehicle. District administration will issue recommendation letter to such drivers.Notably, private school vans were on two-day strike to protest the joint campaign launched by RTO and Traffic Police Department. Strike caused inconvenience to parents as well as schools. Some of the parents decided not to send their kids to school while some schools themselves declared holiday. Van drivers had various demands from the District administration. Some of their demands have been accepted by the officials on Sunday.

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State Govt all set to control VYAPAM

State Government is all set to establish control over of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, following startling revelation in competitive exam scam ... Read More
State Government is all set to establish control over of Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known as VYAPAM, following startling revelation in competitive exam scam during the Special Task Force (STF) investigation, implicating several prominent people.

Sources said that the State Government was likely to bring a proposal in the Cabinet to introduce several changes in VYAPAM, setting controls of State Government. So far, VYAPAM has been working as an autonomous society instead of Government organisation. Size of the Board would also be reduced to nine from present 25 members. Proposal in this regard is likely to come up for discussion in the next Cabinet meeting scheduled on Tuesday. A long discussion between Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Secretary Anthony de’Sa and other officials has already taken place in this regard. VYAPAM scam, during past one month, has been echoing at national level, bringing trouble to State Government. Congress also raised this issue during the State Assembly Session. More than 200 persons have been arrested in connection with this scam.

A former minister Laxmikant Sharma and several top officials of VYAPAM are under arrest following investigation, revealing their involvement. Network of this scam is spread across the country as some of the arrests were made from UP and Bihar. State Government now wants to stop any repetition of such activities in VYAPAM in future. Sources said that name of the Board would also be changed under the new proposed Act. The Board would function under the General Administration Department (GAD) of the State Government. So, the State Government would be able to monitor functioning of VYAPAM.

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Are we prepared: Dams go dry, MP stares at drought

Due to extremely low rainfall in monsoon this year, water level in various dams in Madhya Pradesh is going down at a fast pace. Most of these dams have recorded their lowest level this year, whic... Read More
Due to extremely low rainfall in monsoon this year, water level in various dams in Madhya Pradesh is going down at a fast pace. Most of these dams have recorded their lowest level this year, which clearly pin points towards a bigger water crisis in near future. Farmers of State are highly dependent on these dams for irrigation purposes but falling water level is worrying farmers, who believe that if these dams do not get water soon, crops in the field will completely go waste.

Similar condition is being observed by hydel plants in State that are dependent on water from these dams for production of electricity. Reportedly, electricity is being produced through two plants in peak hours since pumps are closed in day time.

Experts are speculating that looking at the monsoon condition, there was 75 per cent chance of drought in central India while there is 80 per cent chance in western India, 50 per cent chance of drought in southern India if conditions remain stagnant. Reportedly, dams and canals in states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana are already registering severe fall in water level.

Most of the dams in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh area are on the brink of hitting their lowest level.

Gandhisagar dam, whose lowest level is 1,250 feet, is at 1295.70 feet mark, Indirasagar Dam whose lowest level is 243.23 foot is at 245.81 foot mark, Sardar Sarovar Dam has its lowest level at 110.64 foot and is currently on its brink at 114.25 foot, and similarly, other such dams like Bansagar, Rajghat are also recording low water level. Bisalpur dam in Rajasthan is currently suffering the most and has dried completely, water in this dam comes through rains in areas of Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Ajmer, Bhilwada and Tonk district but these districts are yet to receive first monsoon showers, which has affected the dam in the region adversely.

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HC’s notice on plea for admission to B Ed, M Ed courses only to colleges with correct student-teacher ratio

IN response to the writ petition filed by Dr Sadhana Makde and 3 other Assistant Professors in B Ed-M Ed colleges seeking directions from the Court to the respondent - State Government and RTMNU ... Read More
IN response to the writ petition filed by Dr Sadhana Makde and 3 other Assistant Professors in B Ed-M Ed colleges seeking directions from the Court to the respondent - State Government and RTMNU authorities, to ensure that admissions to these courses in the colleges affiliated to the RTMNU are granted strictly as per the student-teacher ratio stipulated by the NCTE, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre, at the High Court here, issued notice to the respondents - State Higher and Technical Education Secretary, Chairman of the B Ed Central Admission Committee and the RTMNU Registrar. There is requirement of minimum 4 full time teachers in B Ed course and admissions to the M Ed should be in teacher-student ratio of 1 to 5 on the basis of full time approved teachers available in the college/ course from the academic year 2014-15. Adv B G Kulkarni appeared for the petitioners. AGP Ms Deshpande represented the State.

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State Consumer Commission affirms order to builder to fulfill assurances: appeals fail

Dismissing 3 appeals filed by Hingnikar Developers and Builders and Sunil Hingnikar, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission 's Presiding Member, B A Shaikh and Member Jayshree Yengal ha... Read More
Dismissing 3 appeals filed by Hingnikar Developers and Builders and Sunil Hingnikar, the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission 's Presiding Member, B A Shaikh and Member Jayshree Yengal have affirmed the impugned common order passed in two consumer complaints on July 15, 2006 and a separate order of August 24, 2006 filed by the District Consumers’ Forum here, by which all the said 3 complaints were partly allowed, granting identical reliefs to the respective complainants. The District Forum came to the conclusion that the complainants are entitled to get sale deed executed in their favour from the appellants. They have been also complainants held entitled to parking space as per specifications given in Agreement to sale and Deed of Declaration. The Forum had also held that the complainants were also entitled to installation, testing and commission of lift along with key and documents, to get proper services agreed to be provided by the builder. But the Forum refused to grant amenities like blockages ,leakages etc. being time -barred. Virtually the Forum decided that builder should give all assured by him ,while entering into Agreement. Adv A G Gharote appeared for the appellant. Besides others, Adv Mukund Papinwar represented the complainant -consumer Ajay Ramprasad Rathi.

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HC sets aside lifer in murder case

Pronouncing a judgement reserved earlier, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have quashed and set aside conviction for murder and life sentence award... Read More
Pronouncing a judgement reserved earlier, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C V Bhadang, at the High Court here, have quashed and set aside conviction for murder and life sentence awarded to the appellant truck driver, Ramkisan Dhotre (32) of Dharni tahsil in Amravati district by the 1st Add. Sessions Judge, Achalpur, on January 17, 2011, with the observation that at any rate this may be case where two views are equally possible and the one favouring the appellant would obviously prevail . According to the High Court, the trial court cannot justifiably invent entirely different case/story in the place of one of the prosecution. Further, in the case there is no evidence on record to show that the deceased had met with a suicidal death and appellant abetted the same. Due to this factor, no recourse can be taken to the alternate charge as framed against the appellant. The third aspect of the case, on which the Court has given its finding, is that merely on the basis of a motive, the burden cannot be said to have shifted on the appellant-accused to explain the circumstances as required under section 106 of the Evidence Act. According to the prosecution, the appellant married the deceased Lalita in the year 2001. He was working as a cleaner on a truck. Sometime after the marriage the accused started maltreating the deceased suspecting her character. One year after the marriage, they started living separately. The deceased used to inform her parents regarding maltreatment on phone. Two days prior to the incident, the deceased had informed her father - Madhukar Umarkar ,complainant in the case, that her life was in danger and he may take her away to her parental home. On April 4, 2008, at about 7 am, her father came to know via phone that her body was found in a well of the village .He went to the village and saw the body lying in a well. Thereafter , he lodged complaint with the Police Station, Dharni. It is stated that in custody, the appellant had given a confessional statement. Advocate Dr. U K Kalsi appeared for the appellant-accused. APP Sanjay Doifode represented the State.

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Sena eyeing victory on 150 assembly seats: Raut

Shiv Sena is trying to win 150 seats on its own to ensure its Executive President Uddhav Thackeray becomes next Chief Minister of Maharashtra in ensuing assembly elections. Interestingly, Sena ... Read More
Shiv Sena is trying to win 150 seats on its own to ensure its Executive President Uddhav Thackeray becomes next Chief Minister of Maharashtra in ensuing assembly elections. Interestingly, Sena usually contests on 171 seats while its alliance partner fights 117 seats. However, due to unprecedented victory in Lok Sabha polls, state level leaders of both the parties are urging their top leadership to contest from maximum seats and not to depend on alliance partner.

Sanjay Raut, Rajya Sabha MP and Executive Editor of Sena mouthpiece Saamna, urged party workers to work hard to give unparallel success to the party. Each and every seat of the party is important and crucial in the election. He urged to win South Nagpur seat in the coming election. He was addressing party workers at Siddheshwar Hall in Manewada. District Chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe organised the convention of party workers. Nagpur Sampark Pramukh Dr. Deepak Sawant, Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane, MLA Ashish Jaiswal, former MP Prakash Jadhav, Satish Harde, Ramesh Bakshi, Chhotu Desai were present on the dais.

Raut said, it is very unfortunate that Shiv Sena does not have any representation from second capital of Maharashtra in the assembly. Nagpur should be gateway of Vidarbha for Shiv Sena. He said, the party will create its strong base in other assembly segments also. The party should work hard for hoisting saffron flag atop Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Dr. Deepak Sawant said, Shiv Sena should increase its base in rural as well as in urban sector. The young Shiv Saniks can change the winds in other direction. The leaders will recommend those who work hard for the party in ensuing elections.

District Chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe said, the party should stake claim on Central Nagpur and South Nagpur seats in ensuing assembly elections. He said that earlier, the party used to contest two seats in the city but somehow, the seat was reduced to only one. The party workers are trying hard to mark their presence in all the constituencies. Radheshyam Hatwar compered the programme. Raje Mudhoji Bhosale, Kishor Parate, Kishor Kumeria, Sheetal Gharat, Bandu Talvekar, and others were present in the meeting at large number.

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Road damage: HC raps State, Centre for buck-passing

Taking serious cognisance of the pitiable condition of roads and especially National Highway leading to Mouda thermal power plant executed by National Thermal Power Corproration (NTPC) due to use... Read More
Taking serious cognisance of the pitiable condition of roads and especially National Highway leading to Mouda thermal power plant executed by National Thermal Power Corproration (NTPC) due to use of heavy machinery, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has pulled up the authorities for passing the buck and blaming each other for deteriorating condition of roads.

“The authorities of the Central and State Government cannot be permitted to pass the buck on each other and deny the right of motorable roads to the citizens,”warned a division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice Sunil Shukre while hearing a PIL filed by Kamptee MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

Bawankule has demanded that National Highways and NTPC be directed to immediately repair the road and make is motorable. In its affidavit the State Government itself admitted that due to plying of heavy vehicles by NTPC and NHAI, the heavy damage has been caused to the internal roads. According to petitioner, 192 km roads including major parts of 40 internal roads and part of national highway have been damaged due to transport of heavy machinery required for NTPC power plant. The State Government had directed NTPC and NHAI to shell out money for road repairs, but nothing has been done. In his Kamptee constituency, Bawankule claimed that 98 km road length of 26 internal roads have been badly damaged and a sum of Rs 41.50 crore is required to restore them. Total loss has been estimated at Rs 79 crore.

The High Court has also constituted a committee headed by the Superintending Engineer, Public Works Department, representative of NTPC and Additional General Manager (HR) NTPC, to examine the condition of the roads, find out the exact value of damages to the said roads and as to whether the damage caused is on account of the vehicles used by the NTPC or the National Highway Authorities Limited and if it is on account of joint use, the individual proportion of the damages caused on account of plying of their respective vehicles. The said committee of officers have been asked to make the recommendations for repairing or restoration of the said roads and make them motorable. The panel has been directed to submit report within six weeks and submit a report on or before August 20, 2014. Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner

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Fadnavis blasts DF Government for delaying Citizens’ Charter Act

LAUNCHING a broadside against Maharashtra Government for delaying Citizens Charter Act, Devendra Fadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief and MLA from South-West Nagpur assembly ... Read More
LAUNCHING a broadside against Maharashtra Government for delaying Citizens Charter Act, Devendra Fadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief and MLA from South-West Nagpur assembly segment, extended a helping hand to citizens harassed by rampant corruption in city survey offices.

Fadnavis said the Citizens Charter would have put an end to endless delay in providing service from Government offices, a right of people. But the Democratic Front Government is least interested and hence for last two-years the Act that he had tried to introduce through Private Bill in Assembly has not yet seen light of the day.

Assuring people who had thronged his Janata Darbar, a majority of them senior citizens, Fadnavis who expressed confidence of forming the next Government in State promised to have the Citizens Charter framed. This will be the first task of new BJP-Sena alliance Government the BJP leader assured the people, most of whom came with high hopes that atleast their ordeal would come to end. Fadnavis held first ever Janata Darbar, specially for city survey matters at Parate Sabhagruha, Khamla, on Sunday. Large number of people from all over city turned-up to putforth their woes, though the programme was meant for people residing in South-West assembly segment which he represents. A majority of cases were pending for approval for getting names on property cards, exact measurement of plots, changes for errors that crept in property cards etc. Some of the cases putforth by citizens were also involved in legal tangle and Fadnavis promised to get them examined by Legal Cell of party. He also extended blanket promise to every case registered at the camp to have them cleared from City Survey office and also get back to citizens about the details.

Later addressing media Fadnavis said over 300 complaints were received and many more are still registering for which a special cell was set-up at the venue. To make segregation easier the complaints were being received Zone-wise, there are three city survey offices, Zone-I, Zone-II and Zone-III together handling the entire city. Many of the complaints, mostly elder people complained about endless visits to get what is their basic right. A common thread that people alleged is demands ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh, presence of touts which helped in processing the matters faster. The BJP leader said the experience of common man at city survey office represents the culture that is now part of current DF Government dispensation, not to do the work of people. He warned the city survey officers that BJP has dossiers on their property, details of their cross connections with influential people in city, and also stated henceforth they will be tracked as to whom they meet and interact. Setting time limit for dealing with genuine complaints which do not have legal hassles, Fadnavis wanted these matters to be cleared within 7-15 days period and in cases that required some additional inputs they should be dealt of within two months period.

BJP leaders including MLC and Mayor Prof Anil Sole, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee Narendra Borkar, NIT Trustee Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Ruling Party leader in NMC Pravin Datke, corporators Ramesh Shingare, Sandeep Joshi, Prakash Totwani, Girish Deshmukh, Ashwini Jichkar and others were also present.

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Armed robbers kill elderly woman in Narendra Nagar

A day light robbery in Narendra Nagar went awry resulting in murder of an elderly lady on Sunday. The incident is a chilling reminder of challenges of policing the vast expanse of urban mess th... Read More
A day light robbery in Narendra Nagar went awry resulting in murder of an elderly lady on Sunday. The incident is a chilling reminder of challenges of policing the vast expanse of urban mess that has come-up in Southern tip of city.

According to information, Roshni Mirdas Petkar (62), a resident of plot no 74, Deen Prajaahit Society, Narendra Nagar, her daughter-in-law Deepika Swapnil Petkar (26) and four month old grandson Himanshu were at home. Roshni’s son Swapnil works at Manganese mines at Saunsar, Ramtek, had gone on duty.

Roshni had just gone to bathroom and Deepika was putting clothes on rope for drying when two youths barged in the house. Deepika confronted robbers who whipped out sharp weapons and issued her threats and demanded keys to iron almirah. The time was around 1 pm. At the same time, Roshni came out from bathroom after she heard a scream and was frightened to core on seeing the sight ahead. Two robbers were threatening her daughter-in-law with sharp edged weapons while her grandson was asleep on the sofa and she instantly raised an alarm. She was hoping neighbours would respond and the robbers would flee away. But the robbers got panicked and now turned their attention to the elderly woman who got pushed down due to sudden surge by the intruders.

The robbers were brutal to core and they strangulated Roshni to silence her. Deepika gathered courage and shouted for help as she realised that her mother-in-law's was in danger. The robbers got panicked and they fled from the house. Deepika tried to revive her mother-in-law thinking she must have been knocked unconscious. She sprinkled water on her but the elderly lady did not respond. Now Deepika was frightened and she informed her relatives. The relatives informed police control room. The relatives rushed Roshni to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where doctors declared her brought dead.

Staff of Ajni police station led by Police Inspectors Laxman Dumbre and B P Salunkhe rushed to the spot. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Zone-I) (Additional Charge of Zone IV) Abhinash Kumar also visited the spot. Ajni police have registered the case under sections 302, 398 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with section 135 of Bombay Police Act. The police have not made any breakthrough in the case till filing of the report.

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Why medical store operating inside Elgin premises being overlooked?

IRRESPECTIVE of strict orders of Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, that no commercial activities will be allowed in government hospital premi... Read More
IRRESPECTIVE of strict orders of Chief Minister and Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning Department, that no commercial activities will be allowed in government hospital premises, Red Cross medical stores in Lady Elgin Hospital premises is still operational. Highly placed officials in the Health Department informed that owner of the medical stores is pressuring tactics from his sources that he will be allowed to operate business of medicine selling from premises of Elgin Hospital. Sources claimed that till date the medical stores through his alleged close contacts with some leaders of ruling party manages to delay action of shifting of medical stores from the premises.

On other hand, Chief Medial and Health Officer Dr B S Chouhan finds himself in dilemma, whether he would comply the direction of removing the commercial activity in government hospital before the proposed visit of PSPHFPD this week. Now the ball in the CMHO’s court whether he would allow medical store to continue selling medicine from the hospital premises or comply the order of PSFPPHD.

PSPHFPD Praveer Krishna in a written order sent to the Chief Medical and Health Officer last month had directed him to remove commercial activities from Government Hospital premises with immediate effect. CMHO in compliance with the order has directed the concerned Civil Surgeon and Superintendent to remove all the commercial activities like canteen, medical stores, other similar activities with immediate effect. On directions of Civil Surgeon, Red Cross Medical Stores at Victoria Hospital closed his shop. On other hand, in spite of written order, medical stores at Lady Elgin Hospital continue the operation of selling medicine. Sources claimed that owner of the medical stores operating at Elgin Hospital is an active member of ruling party, he dares to open shop in spite of written order on the behest of local ruling party leader. Senior doctor on condition of anonymity informed that in last few year, Red Cross stores has become means of commercial activities, though the State Government has allowed for establishment of Red Cross medical stores to give generic medicine on subsidised rate to poor patients, but as time passes shop owner has replaced the subsidised medicines with propaganda medicine and earns huge profit by giving commission to doctors on prescribing such product. Ultimately the poor patient, who comes with a hope that he would get medicine at affordable price but returns empty-handed.

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Week-long special TB awareness drive proves beneficial for many

A WEEK-LONG special drive to control spread of tuberculosis under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) started successfully completed registering an average 200-sputum test eve... Read More
A WEEK-LONG special drive to control spread of tuberculosis under Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) started successfully completed registering an average 200-sputum test every day at various health centers in the city. During the special drive, various awareness programme on early symptoms of Tuberculosis like continue cough for 15 days, blood from cough, etc given at Gram Arogya Kendra, Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centre for early detection of new patients. Free sputum test were taken at DOTS center, Victoria Hospital, informed District Tuberculosis Officer (DTO), Dr C P Tiwari.

Doctors at various government hospitals provided necessary Guidance and treatment to the tuberculosis positive patient during special drive this week. Dr C P Tiwari expressed satisfaction over the number of patient increased for sputum test during the whole week, special tuberculosis prevention drive. He further informed that rise of 100 patient registered from the average during the drive registered at various center every day. 100 out of sputum samples more than 2000 patient found positive for Tuberculosis, whereas every day about 9-10 patients were found positive out of around 150 samples tested every day. All the necessary diagnostic facility and treatment under DOTS and Advance DOTS therapy is available to the patients at Victoria Hospital. Treatment to around 4000 tuberculosis patients is being provided at Victoria hospital every year in the district. Though basic treatment for tuberculosis patient under DOTS program (Ethambutal, Pyrazinamide, Rifampicin, Isosinazied), streptomycin Injection are available at the center, but number of patients with developed Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) is increased in recent years. In absence of proper insulation ward at Medical Hospital, patient are compelled to go Bhopal for their treatment, but as per the recent order, now the patient with MDR would be treated in Medical College Jabalpur, after the construction of separate wards for TB patient. Dr Tiwari made an appeal that if some person having developed cough for more than 15 days, can come to nearest DOTS center and give his sputum samples for TB test apart from the special anti Tuberculosis drive, this diseases is communicable disease, early detection and necessary treatment is only method to stop further spread of disease.

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Publicity vehicle to mark World Population Day flagged off

JILA Panchayat President Bharat Singh Yadav, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan flagged off Mamata, Prerna publicity vehicle in presence of high officials of Public Health... Read More
JILA Panchayat President Bharat Singh Yadav, Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan flagged off Mamata, Prerna publicity vehicle in presence of high officials of Public Health and Family Planning Department on the occasion of World Population Day fortnight celebration at Victoria Hospital on Friday.

CMHO Dr Chouhan said as per theme of World Population Day-2014, all the activities to celebrate the day were based on the theme ‘Small Bite-Big Threat’ given by WHO. He made an appeal to public representative, renowned personalities to promote the need and essentially of sterilisation among people in their surrounding areas, and get sterilisation done in nearest government medical centre. Informing about the activities, he said workshop will be organised on benefits of small family and disadvantage of big families with the help of poet, writers, journalist, students, awareness rally on the family planning will be organised in each Gram Aryogya Kendra, painting, song, extempore speech, debate competitions for women will be organised on July 22, quiz competition will be organised at Gram Arogya Kendra on July 23, public representative, renowned personalities will participate in cycle rally to apprise general masses on the need of population stabilisation essential for overall growth of country at each health care centre on July 24.

During Population Stabilisation Fortnight, special VHND session would be organised in each Gramsabha to connect target married couples, pregnant women with various aspects of population. Slogans on benefits of population stabilisation at village-level, list of target couples will be prepared and they will be apprised on losses due to increase in population, Special advise would be provided to the DCM, BCM and Asha workers. District Malaria Officer, Ajay Kureel, District Program Manager, Sharda Singh, Ravi Shankar Kosta, Brijesh Mishra and other officials of health department were present on the occasion.

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‘With reformative steps, Modi Govt has efficiently put Rlys back on track’

MEMBER of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Singh participated in the debate on Rail Budget and led the discussion representing BJP-led NDA Government in the Centre. In his 35 minutes address, MP Singh appr... Read More
MEMBER of Parliament (MP) Rakesh Singh participated in the debate on Rail Budget and led the discussion representing BJP-led NDA Government in the Centre. In his 35 minutes address, MP Singh appreciated efforts initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda for taking reformative steps to bring out Railways from crises developed in past years. Lambasting previous Congress-led UPA Government in the Centre for the present pathetic condition of Railways, Rakesh Singh said that Congress in its 60 years regime has not done anything for the Railways and are expecting development in six months. MP Singh said that Railways connects every part of the country. Since independence Railways has been an integral part in development of the country. But 171-year-old Railway demands expansions.

The 65,187 km rail on which 12,617 passenger trains and 7421 freight trains are making Indian Railways the 4th biggest railways in the world. Now, in global perspective, the Indian Railways need advancement, modernisation and facilities of world class. In past years previous governments could not focus on its maintenance and condition of lifeline of the country turned from bad to worse in past 10 years regime of Congress-led UPA Government in the Centre.

Modi Sarkar has a vision to put Railways back on track from ongoing crises and to change its infrastructure, which is running in deplorable condition by rejuvenating every part of this important sector. To fulfill dreams of changing face of Railways when the decision of rising fare taken in previous Railway Budget presented by UPA accepted, even on this UPA and Congress leaders have objection.

MP Rakesh Singh criticising continuous ignorance of recommendations given by various committeesconstituted in past 60 years for development of Railways. But majority of reports find place in dust-bins. He then highlighted provisions made by Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in Railway Budget tabled in Parliament on July 8. He said for security of women passengers only excuses of security staff crunch were made by previous governments but we have declared to appoint 17000 security personnel including 4000 women constables. Thereafter, he given various firsts declared in the Railway Budget establishing the fact that since the Modi Government came in power only development remains in centre stage and this reflects in the Railway Budget. He lastly supported the budget tabled in Parliament in the debate and appealed the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Railway Minister, Gowda to give emphasis on development of projects related to Madhya Pradesh and in central India.

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JMC staffers demand quick action against Shiv Sena Corporator for manhandling clerk

DEMANDING immediate arrest of Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar for allegedly manhandling Rajesh Khrasia, Planning Clerk, deputed at Divisional Office no. 3 of Jabalpur Municipal Corporatio... Read More
DEMANDING immediate arrest of Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar for allegedly manhandling Rajesh Khrasia, Planning Clerk, deputed at Divisional Office no. 3 of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, officials and employees of JMC went on indefinite strike on Friday. They staged protest in front of the office of Mayor Prabhat Sahu and demanded police administration to arrest Mahawar. Due to the strike, all the offices at JMC headquarters and Divisional offices remained closed. The strike caused inconvenience to the public. Employees’ Union leaders Ram Dubey and others alleged that Thaneshwar Mahawar had barged into the office of the clerk and manhandled him while he was busy discharging his duty on Thursday.

They said public representatives often misbehave with JMC officials and employees. Dubey said now they would not tolerate any such insult by public representatives and would not end the strike till Mahawar is arrested .

Employees’ Union leaders also demanded the Mayor and administration to end membership of Shiv Sena Corporator from Jabalpur Municipal Corporation and take strict action against him for his bad conduct. They also warned to continue their strike till their demands are not fulfilled. The Employees’ Union leaders alleged that Mahawar was pressurising JMC employees to provide undue benefits of government schemes to his near and dear ones. While to protest against charges levelled against him, Shiv Sena Corporator along with a large number of supporters on Friday staged dharna at Gorakhpur Police Station. Mahawar said he was falsely implicated by the clerk of JMC. Mahawar alleged that he was not present inside the office despite he was dragged into the act. The tussle between the Corporator and JMC employees is providing dear to public as their works are lying pending due to the strike.

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Police round up 8 suspects in BJYM leader’s shoot out case

ELEVEN suspects have been identified by the police in the sensational murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President of Majholi Mandal (West) Chintesh Chauhan (33), who was fired from cl... Read More
ELEVEN suspects have been identified by the police in the sensational murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President of Majholi Mandal (West) Chintesh Chauhan (33), who was fired from close range by a group of miscreants late on Thursday night. Out of the 11 identified around eight have been rounded-up by the police. The brutal murder of BJYM leader is an outcome of old rivalry.

About the murder of BJYM leader it may be recalled that on Thursday, Chintesh Chauhan was returning to his native village Lohri under Majholi police station on a bike along with his friend Narayan and two others in another motor bike. While heading for the village they were allegedly intercepted by Sitaram Chauhan, Ranjeet Chauhan, Chunulal Kachi, Brajbhan Kachi, Jangbhadhur, Rajbhadhur, Ravindra Chauhan and others.

Taken by surprise, Chintesh and his friend tried to defend themselves, as the miscreants who had intercepted them shot them by a country-made revolver. The miscreants then managed to flee from the spot leaving Chintesh in a desolate condition. His friends rushed him to Metro Hospital, Jabalpur. After being brought to the hospital the medical staff declared him brought dead. On being informed police reached the hospital and carried out investigations and made panchnama and referred the body for autopsy to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital. A case of murder was registered by the police.

Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain informed that Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader was shot by miscreants when he along with friends were returning to the village.

After preliminary investigations it is informed that a land measuring 72 acre of Forest Department was encroached by Sitaram Chauhan. It is speculated that Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leader had informed the Forest Department about alleged encroachment.

Owing to information obtained from the Forest Department staffers reached the encroached land and seized JCB found deployed in the forest land. The investigation team have obtained evidence that in view of the action taken by the Forest Department made Sitaram Chauhan skeptic that Chintesh Chauhan worked as informer for the Forest Department and thereupon developed animosity.

Murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha leaders happens to be an outcome of animosity developed due to alleged information given to Forest Department that eventually accounted for seizing JCB of Sitaram from the forest land.

On being contacted, Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain informed that the murder is an outcome of old animosity between Chintesh Chauhan and other villagers offended.

He informed that Chintesh was killed in a planned manner as miscreants apparently rounded up and fired indiscriminately. Of the 11 suspects absconding, 8 have been rounded up by the police while search for remaining three absconding miscreants is on and we are hopeful of early arrest.

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Birth Certificates can be received free of cost within 21 days of birth

Birth certificate is the first legal right and identity proof of every child. Birth certificate is an important document required for issuance of driving license, voter id and passport etc. If cl... Read More
Birth certificate is the first legal right and identity proof of every child. Birth certificate is an important document required for issuance of driving license, voter id and passport etc. If claimed within 21 days of birth of a child, birth certificates are available for free. After 21 days also, birth certificates can be received at minimal fee from Municipal Council, Municipal Corporation, or Gram Panchayat concerned. Presently, the rate of birth-death registration is significantly low in Chhattisgarh, to improve which State Government and Union Minister of Home are jointly making efforts. Statistics Department officials informed that under Birth-Death Registration Act 1969 and Chhattisgarh Birth-Death Registration Rule 2001, registration of birth-death registration is compulsory in Chhattisgarh and all other states of India. Fee for searching the entry in birth-death register is Rs 2 per year. Death certificate is an important document in the cases of property transference, insurance claims, family pensions etc. Birth-death registration can be used as proof under Indian Proof Act, 1872. Moreover, these are also very important for census and health related data. Under Birth-Death Act 1969, there is a provision of charging penalty to the registrar for not reporting registration. Present rate of birth-death registration in India is 82 per cent (as per year 2010). It is compulsory for head of the family/family member/aanganbadi worker/kotwar in case of household, for Village Head in case of a village, to report the incidence of birth or death to Panchayat Secretary or Deputy Registrar within 21 days. In case, the birth or death has taken place in a hospital or any other institution, then District Registrar has to be reported about the same. In urban areas, officials of urban development bodies like municipal council, municipal corporation, and nagar panchayat act as registrar. In case the information is provided verbally, then it is compulsory for the registrar to take signature/thumb impression of the informer on completely filled form-1, 2 or 3 for birth report, death report or birth-death report respectively, as per the case. Registrar is also responsible for ensuring the completion of entire procedure of making entry of the birth-death report, as per the rules.

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Baghel holds spl camp in Patan on ration card claims/objections

Chhattisgarh Congress has alleged that there is widespread resentment amongst beneficiaries across state on the manner in which state government officials are carrying out ration card cancellatio... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress has alleged that there is widespread resentment amongst beneficiaries across state on the manner in which state government officials are carrying out ration card cancellation. Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, on Friday, held a special camp in his legislative area of Patan where party workers helped local beneficiaries understand verification drive and how to file claims/objections. He said that similar camps on party initiative are receiving massive success across the state. Party spokesperson blamed the policies of state government behind many chakkajams, dharnas and demonstrations across Chhattisgarh. He said that many a genuine beneficiaries are facing harassment in the name of ration card verification. He also alleged that similar ration card verification drive was carried out in year 2009 when many beneficiaries were deprived of their genuine right.

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Ramkrishna Care Hospital equipped with Einstein Vision 2-3D laparoscopy system

Ramkrishna Care Hospital (RCH) in the state capital is now equipped with Einstein Vision 2- 3D laparoscopy system that ensures the best accuracy in minimally invasive surgeries by providing the s... Read More
Ramkrishna Care Hospital (RCH) in the state capital is now equipped with Einstein Vision 2- 3D laparoscopy system that ensures the best accuracy in minimally invasive surgeries by providing the surgeon much better view of the anatomy of the patient on monitors. RCH with this system is now far ahead to benefit the patients because in such high precision surgeries the time required, pain and blood loss are much less; the recovery is faster and the cosmetic results are also better. Scopes are inserted into the abdomen through minor incisions and the images of the organs inside the abdominal cavity are viewed on 3D Monitors wearing 3D Glasses. This is like watching a 3D movie in a theatre, and is far superior to watching ordinary movies. The kind of system in RCH is the first in Asia Pacific, said Dr Gurmukh Advani, Country Manager, B Braun and Dr Sandeep Dave, Managing and Medical Director of RCH, and a laparoscopic surgeon. Minimally invasive surgery is highly technology dependent and needs expert surgeons’ operative skills. Currently, one of the challenges in laparoscopic surgery is adaptation to the routinely used 2 dimensional (2D) camera which gives a flat view of surgical field on the monitor. It is like operating with one eye closed. 3D anatomy is seen on a 2D Monitor with no depth perspective. Tissue handling and suturing is extremely difficult. Einstein 3D laparoscopy overcomes the limitation of earlier camera and gives excellent depth perception and resolution. The net effect of the display is looking at the organ in real life, on the 3D TV Monitor! Magnified view of organs is possible, and with advantage of gentle tissue handling and minimal scar on the abdomen. Einstein Vision 2 - 3D system has optical components made by SCHOLLY and developed and marketed by AESCULAP - BBRAUN. Based on the AESCULAP experience of more than 25 years in surgical visual systems, Einstein Vision 2 has been launched internationally only in June 2014. The first installation in India and Asia Pacific is at RCH, Raipur. It is the gold standard for all minimal invasive surgical procedures and clinical results with different types of surgeries including cancer surgeries are much better.

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Court records petitioners’ statements in alleged false affidavit case

District Court on Friday recorded statements of plaintiffs in the former MP Saroj Pandey alleged false affidavit case which was filed in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court on June 18. The ... Read More
District Court on Friday recorded statements of plaintiffs in the former MP Saroj Pandey alleged false affidavit case which was filed in the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court on June 18. The Court after recording the statements adjourned the proceedings till July 23 during which the decision regarding acceptance or quashing of the petition will be taken.

It may be mentioned here that on June 18 a petition accusing the former Durg MP Saroj Pandey of submitting false and contradictory affidavits was filed by former DMC Corporator, Vincent D’Souza, Amol Malsure and Shrinivas Khediya. The petitioners had alleged that the former MP had given different addresses in different affidavits filed during various elections.

Through the plea the petitioners had requested the court to disqualify the former MP from obtaining any constitutional posts until the court delivers any judgment on it and had also sought legal actions against the former MP.

Meanwhile, on Friday the CJM Pankaj Sharma recorded statements of Vincent D’Souza, Amol Malsure and Shrinivas Khediya. While giving the statements, the petitioners reportedly furnished some documental evidences connected with the case. After recording the statements, the CJM directed to conduct argument regarding quashing or acceptance of the petition on July 23, informed court sources.

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Mob stages demo after minor hangs self

POLICE on Thursday evening took two into custody on charges of abetment for committing suicide by a minor girl in Vambe quarters in Model Town, Bhilai.

The four-lane highway was jammed fo... Read More
POLICE on Thursday evening took two into custody on charges of abetment for committing suicide by a minor girl in Vambe quarters in Model Town, Bhilai.

The four-lane highway was jammed for an hour on Friday noon between 3 pm to 4 pm after the incident triggered resentment among residents of the area, who staged demonstration near Toll Plaza, Supela, Bhilai while keeping the body of deceased girl on the highway. They were demanding quick action for arresting the culprits in the alleged gang rape and murder. The normal vehicular movement was restored after police resorted to a cane charge for dispersing the infuriated mob.

The police said it was the incident of suicide while citing the short finding report, following autopsy. Police sources informed that the deceased minor girl was identified as Kajal Pandey (16), daughter of Bharat Pandey, a resident of Vambe Quarters, Model Town, Bhilai. The police said that at about, 6:30 pm on Thursday, Kajal was found lying dead in her house. There was a piece of black dupatta, looped around her neck while another piece was tied to the ceiling fan in the room. The police took the body into custody and sent it for autopsy.

The accused of the crime of abetment for suicide were identified as Hol Singh and Sabbir Kumar, residents of Vambe Quarters, Model Town, Bhilai. The police took two Veerbahadur and Hol Singh into custody while Sabbir Kumar was stated to be absconding. The police said that involvement of Veerbahadur in the whole episode would be established after further investigation.

At about 3 pm on Friday, the residents of the area laid the Kajal’s body at the highway and staged demonstration alleging gang rape against the accused and pressing demands for their immediate arrest and capital punishment for them. The police officials and personnel reached the troubled location and tried to pacify the agitators while assuring stern legal action against the accused, but the agitators continued their demonstration at the highway. The normalcy was restored at the highway after police resorted to cane charge for dispersing the mob. When contacted, Rakesh Joshi, SHO, Supela Police Station informed that on the basis of short finding report following autopsy, it was the suicidal hanging and she was also not sexually molested prior to death. On Thursday evening, Hol Singh and Sabir Kumar were with Kajal at her house while she was alone and after sometime she was found hanging dead by her sister Pooja. SHO Joshi also added that as per preliminary report, Kajal used to complain of mental harassment by Hol Singh.

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State announces free education to girls upto graduation

Fulfilling one of the promises made in its election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party led State Government issued orders for making the education of girls in the State completely free till ... Read More
Fulfilling one of the promises made in its election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party led State Government issued orders for making the education of girls in the State completely free till the graduation-level both in traditional as well as technical courses. Girl students studying in government colleges (both traditional and technical), will be benefited from this facility. However, girl students studying in private colleges will not get the benefit of the said scheme. In spite of this, this initiative will go a long way towards ensuring women empowerment in the state, as poor students from rural as well as urban areas will be able to complete at least graduation courses, who used to opt out from such courses due to poverty. Talking to mediapersons at Raipur just before leading a 90 member strong delegation to Baba Baijnath Dham Yatra on Friday, Higher and Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey said girls pursuing graduation courses in government colleges in the state will not required to pay fees. He said necessary orders have been issued in this direction. He also informed that the state government has decided to pay Rs 1000 as monthly pension to the workers in un-organized sector. Orders have also been issued in this direction.

Pandey informed that the Bharatiya Janata Party had promises in its election manifesto that girl education upto graduation level in government colleges will be made free. He added that Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in his budget speech had also announced the same, accordingly orders have been issued. Girl students pursuing graduation courses like BE, B Sc, B Com, BA, BHSc, Polytechnique, etc will not require to pay their fees and will be benefited. He informed that approximately 1600 girl students are pursuing technical courses apart from thousands others in various traditional colleges. He said students who are in second or third year they will not be required to pay their fees in future till completion of graduation courses. It is worth mentioning here that the state government had been providing free education to girls till Class XII, which now has been extended till the graduation level. Pandey further stated that order has been issued for granting Rs 1000 monthly pension to workers in unorganized sector. He said when was with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a proposal in this direction had been approved. This decision would go a long way in benefiting the workers in the organized sector.

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Two more dengue patients found, number rises to 15 in 15 days

Due to non-activeness of the District Malaria Office (DMO), the dengue patients in the city are on the rise, with two more dengue patients admitted at JP Hospital, on Friday, now 15 dengue patien... Read More
Due to non-activeness of the District Malaria Office (DMO), the dengue patients in the city are on the rise, with two more dengue patients admitted at JP Hospital, on Friday, now 15 dengue patients in 15 days were recorded. The DMO did not spray pesticides to kill larva at the sewage water, heaps of garbage and larva prone areas because it did not have the kerosene as was told to the Collector. Nishant Varvade, Collector, is said to have rapped Dr K V Vajpayee, District Malaria Officer (DMO), and provided him kerosene to spray the pesticides on Friday and directed him to make efforts to control the malaria and dengue. It is learnt that the DMO does not take trouble to collect information of dengue and malaria patients from Government and private hospitals, he counts only those patients got their blood samples tested at its Kamla Park located office. While as per the Government instructions the DMO is responsible to gather information of malaria, dengue cases from Government and private hospitals, ensure regular spray of pesticides at the larva prone areas of the city.

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Corrupt engineer’s house turned into school

A house build by the money earned through corrupt means is now turned into a school. This is the first instance where confiscated property under anti-corruption campaign in State is being dedic... Read More
A house build by the money earned through corrupt means is now turned into a school. This is the first instance where confiscated property under anti-corruption campaign in State is being dedicated for public use in the state. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday dedicated for a government school and Anganwadi in a palatial building confiscated under Anti-Corruption Act at Indore. Chouhan said that no corrupt person will be spared in the State and the government will confiscate property earned through corruption and put it to public use. Lokayukta organisation had acted against Arvind Tiwari, a sub engineer posted as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Dewas, under Anti-Corruption Act and presented a case in the court, which subsequently ordered to seize the property concerned. When concerning persons did not give possession, Indore Collector Akash Tripathi acquired Tiwari’s properties and allotted the building at Sudama Nagar for establishing a primary school and anganwadi. The building is built up in 2500 square feet in a plot measuring 1700 square feet. Chouhan said that the best Anti-Corruption Act in the country has been formulated in Madhya Pradesh. Under the Act, cases are being registered against public servants involved in corruption and financial irregularities. The cases are being tried by special court within stipulated time-limit of one year. On being found guilty, assets of convicted government employees are being confiscated. He said that today’s function is the occasion of dedicating such a property to people. He said that Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, officers and employees are covered by the definition of public servant.

The Chief Minister himself admitted Satish Mahadev in the school and Rakhi Upadhyay in anganwadi. The Chief Minister greeted newly admitted children and distributed text-books to them. Transport Minister Bhupendra Singh, Mayor Krishna Murari Moghe, Indore Development Authority Chairman Shankar Lalwani and MLA Malini Gaud were present on the occasion.

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Bailable warrants against authorities for callousness in checking encroachment near Kaliyasot river

Taking a stringent note of encroachments in the green belt area of Kaliyasot river, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrants against Officer In-charge, Madhya Pradesh State ... Read More
Taking a stringent note of encroachments in the green belt area of Kaliyasot river, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued bailable warrants against Officer In-charge, Madhya Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority, Director, Town and Country Planning Department and, Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Council Kolar, Bhopal.

The warrants have been issued as the authorities were unable to comply with orders of NGT. As directed in last hearing the NGT had asked Director, Town and Country Planning to carry out inspection and present a report on it in next hearing.

Further central zone of NGT comprising U D Salvi and expert member P S Rao also noted that the authority have been asked to be present the record of any construction which has been carried out in 30/33 meters distance in the green belt area required to be maintained from river Kaliyasot.

The order further required if the record is not placed before NGT, the Director, Town and Country Planning, to remain present in the court to explain the facts concerning the course of river Kaliyasot, its flood plain zone and green belt as also the encroachments and constructions.

The petitioner, Dr Subash C Pandey said that this is an historic achievement as it is first time bailable warrants have been issued for encroachments .The photographs annexed with the application clearly suggests that the course of river Kaliyasot is being fettered with embankment of the height exceeding 15 feet on both sides and soil debris is being dumped to fill the depression on the banks of river Kaliyasot may be for levelling the site and raise further constructions. These construction activities do suggest that the flood plain zone and the green belt abutting the river on both sides are being filled in. Such activities are an invitation to the disaster that may occur during rainfall as a result of the wiping out the flood plain zone. There is no one to apprise the NGT bench about the action taken by the concerned authorities in that regard and consequently the warrants have been issued. The next hearing of the matter is scheduled for July 18.

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Nandkumar Singh Chouhan likely to be new State BJP President

Senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is most likely to become next State President of Madhya Pradesh BJP. Some big leaders like Faggan Singh Kulaste, Anil Madhav Dav... Read More
Senior BJP leader and Member of Parliament Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is most likely to become next State President of Madhya Pradesh BJP. Some big leaders like Faggan Singh Kulaste, Anil Madhav Dave and Anoop Mishra are also in race for the coveted but air is blowing in favour of Nandkumar Singh Chouhan as he is close to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and present State President-cum-Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Highly placed sources in BJP told ‘The Hitavada’ that so far no consensus has been evolved in party over any one name for state president post. Even no discussion has happened over the issue in Delhi. Newly appointed National President of BJP, Amit Shah has just taken the reins of party and he would take some time to take any decision in this regard. “It is true that name of Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is on top of the list but there are some other names which are creating ripples for coveted posts. These names include Faggan Singh Kulaste, Anil Madhav Dave and even Anoop Mishra,” said a senior leader of BJP while talking to ‘The Hitavada”. The indications pouring in media suggests that name it is Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, who is going to succeed Narendra Singh Tomar. The reason is this that Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is not only close to CM but also to Tomar. It is also being said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has met some senior functionaries of party and even RSS and tried to create atmosphere in favour of Nandkumar Singh Chouhan who is fondly known as Nandu Bhaiya among party workers. If sources are to be believed then name of new state chief would be announced by party in one or two days and it is Nandu Bhaiya, who is going to get the reins of state BJP. Notably, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had defeated State Congress President Arun Yadav in Lok Sabha election.

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Opposition stages walk out in Assembly on lawyers’ issue

The issue of strike of advocates in Indore rocked the Assembly on Friday. Opposition raised the issue through call attention motion following which Home Minister Babulal Gaur announced suspension... Read More
The issue of strike of advocates in Indore rocked the Assembly on Friday. Opposition raised the issue through call attention motion following which Home Minister Babulal Gaur announced suspension of Tukoganj TI Kanaiyalal Dangi, but refused to budge to the demand of withdrawing cases registered against advocates and action against the builder by stating that any necessary action would be taken only after investigation. Congress MLAs Jeetu Patwari and Ramnivas Rawat brought call attention motion.

Jeetu Patwari said judicial work in Indore High Court and District Court has been badly affected owing to ongoing strike of advocates. He said advocates went on strike after scuffle between a builder and some lawyers and alleged inaction by cops. In his reply, Gaur announced the suspension of TI Kanaiyalal Dangi and conceded to the demand of high level inquiry. However, he refused to accept the demand of withdrawal of cases registered against advocates and to take action against concerned builder. Unsatisfied by reply, opposition led by leader of opposition Satyadev Katare staged walk out.

Notably, Jeetu Patwari had recently raised the issue of strike of advocates in Indore affecting judiciary work during zero hour in Assembly. He was later assured that matter would be taken for discussion.

Opposition stages walk out on irregularities in Waqf Board

The Opposition staged walk out in Assembly as it was not satisfied with the government reply on demand for action against some guilty officials of Wakf Board. Congress MLA Arif Aqueel had raised the question over aforesaid subject during question hour. In his reply, GAD Minister Antar Singh Arya said that action of suspension has been taken against six officers, including OSD Mohammad Yunus, Superintendent Mohammad Afaq, clerk Abdul Rehman, Tanveer Ahmad and two others. Aqueel claimed that present CEO itself had given in written that financial irregularity of Rs 2000 crore had happened. He had written letter to his department for registration of criminal case against three CEOs including Dawood, Zaidi and Syed and since then four months have passed but no action has been taken so far. Aqueel demanded suspension of named three CEOs. Arya said government is serious over the issue and process is being done to suspend Zaidi and probe committee’s area is being increased.

In the meantime, Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat registered strong objection by saying that when Assembly’s question and reference committee had made the recommendation for action then why probe is being done through the medium of officers and this is insult of question and reference committee of assembly. Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare also registered objection over no action on recommendation of question and reference committee. After this, opposition staged walk out.

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Is Nagpur destined for AIIMS-like institution?

With the declaration of All India Institute of Medical Sciences-like (AIIMS) institution in Vidarbha in Union budget, everybody has become curious about the place. The demand is on rise to get... Read More
With the declaration of All India Institute of Medical Sciences-like (AIIMS) institution in Vidarbha in Union budget, everybody has become curious about the place. The demand is on rise to get the institution in Nagpur itself.

AIIMS like institutions in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Poorvanchal in UP. A provision of Rs 500 crores made. It is a matter of great satisfaction that all the six new AIIMS at Jodhpur, Bhopal, Patna, Rishikesh, Bhubaneswar and Raipur, which are part of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, have become functional. A plan to set up four more AIIMS like institutions at Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Poorvanchal in UP is under consideration. Finance Minister has proposed to set aside a sum of Rs 500 crore for this. Presently 58 Government Medical Colleges have been approved. It is also proposed to add 12 more Government Medical Colleges. In addition, dental facilities would also be provided in all the hospitals.

When contacted Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chairman, Academic Council, Medical Council of India (MCI) said, “It was in the year 1984, when Barrister A R Antulay was Chief Minister, the thought emerged to develop AIIMS-like institution in Nagpur. But proposition made by Antulay resulted into Super Speciality Hospital. Against that backdrop, it is a happy moment that after over 30 years, finally AIIMS-like institution is coming. This is definitely going to impact tertiary care of Vidarbha, academics and research. It’s a welcome decision.”

Nagpur has upper hand to get this institution. Nagpur is a growing city plus it has land. It has become hub for medical tourism. In MIHAN the health city was proposed so this AIIMS-like institution can be set up there. But some people are demanding this institution at their respective constituencies.

Few months ago Dr Vijay Kumar Gavit, the then Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra had taken efforts to include two more GMCs of Vidarbha to be upgraded under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). He pursued the matter with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. These two institutes include Akola GMC and Yavatmal’s late Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College.

Dr Sajal Mitra, Head, Department of Orthopaedics, GMCH said, “Research will lead to upgradation of technology. It should be a research hub. I welcome this step. It will lead to Vidarbha’s upliftment in healthcare sector. Regional problems can be best studied by institutions like AIIMS. AIIMS is research. It is not related to good treatment only. More research more education is the motto of AIIMS.”

For the selected institutions to get benefits of the PMSSY, however, the State Government has to make a ‘commitment’ on certain aspects. These include creation of required posts, recruitment of manpower, availability of ‘un-encumbered’ land, power and water supply to the required level, permission from statutory bodies etc.

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Tension grips Central Avenue after defamatory post on WhatsApp

A defamatory post morphing picture of a religious holy place on WhatsApp messenger sparked violence in Tehsil area on Friday evening. A group of youths belonging to minority community from Mominp... Read More
A defamatory post morphing picture of a religious holy place on WhatsApp messenger sparked violence in Tehsil area on Friday evening. A group of youths belonging to minority community from Mominpura and adjoining localities resorted to stone pelting on Central Avenue damaging a Starbus and other private vehicles. The unruly mob burnt tyres on the road condemning the Tehsil Police for not registering a case against the person for posting morphed picture on WhatsApp hurting their religious sentiments. However, quick response by city police forced the agitators to quickly disperse and situation was brought under control within no time. According to police, a youth, who is resident of Gayatri Nagar area, had posted a defamatory picture in a group of WhatsApp messenger. Another youth, who is also a member of the group, informed his friends about the picture. News about the defamatory picture spread in the area rapidly and hundreds of residents rushed to Tehsil police station demanding registration of case against the person and his immediate arrest. However, Police Inspector V S Sanap referred the matter to Cyber Cell of Crime Branch for further inquiry.

Angry over delay in action by Tehsil police, the mob gathered at Central Avenue and resorted to stone pelting. Windshield of a Starbus was broken during the stone pelting, said the police. Some of them burnt tyres on the road throwing traffic movement out of gear.

Once again WhatsApp flared up the passion and news about communal tension spread in the city like wild fire. Due to tyre burning and presence of a large number of agitated people, the busy market closed down within a very short span and panicked grip the area.

Some members of the group also tried to shut down shops of the area. A petrol pump of Hindustan petroleum was closed down to avoid untoward incident.

As traffic control branch office was just behind the spot, the traffic police immediately informed police control room about the incident. Staff of Tehsil police station and special squad of Zone III rushed to the spot. Heavy deployment of police led to cooling of temper. The police immediately doused the burning tyres and cleared the traffic.

Commissioner of Police (CP) K K Pathak informed ‘The Hitavada’ that heavy police bandobast has been deployed in the area. “We have increased patrolling in the area and directed all officials to remain alert during patrolling,” said the CP. The CP appealed citizens to not to share any defamatory post on social media to maintain peace in city. Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP) Sanjay Saxena informed that the accused has been arrested.

Mohd Iliyas alias Pappu Patel informed mediapersons that the accused had posted the highly objectionable picture three days back. However, police had not registered case when the delegation met Police Inspector V S Sanap on Wednesday, people alleged.

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HC’s notice to State on roster scam in RTMNU

Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C.V.Bhadang, at the High Court here, have issued notice to the respondents - State Home Secretary, City Police Commissioner and the Police Station Office... Read More
Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice C.V.Bhadang, at the High Court here, have issued notice to the respondents - State Home Secretary, City Police Commissioner and the Police Station Officer, Sitabuldi, Nagpur to show cause by August 11 next, in reply to the criminal writ petition filed by Sunil Mishra, who has sought appointment of Special Investigation Team -SIT - for investigating into the alleged roster scam in all 506 appointments made in reserve category during the years 2002 to 2008.

Petitioner has alleged that all University officials have indulged in roster scam and have prepared forged and fabricated documents. Justice G.G.Loney Committee had submitted its report on January 5, 2011 and recommended action in the matter by way of registering FIR under sections 465, 466, 467, 468, 469 and 471 Indian Penal Code against responsible officials.

Due to alleged inaction on the part of police machinery, the petitioner apprehended that whole thing may be hushed up.

Without getting approved roster point from the department, the University has no right to make any appointments, the petitioner stated while claiming in any appointment contrary to the roster point, no pay is permissible to any such appointee.

The petitioner has prayed for appointing SIT under a Police Officer not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and assigning it probe into the alleged scam within a stipulated period. and take action against culprits in accordance with law.

An Action Taken Report should also be sought from the SIT, the petition has demanded. The petitioner appeared in person. Assistant Public Procuter (APP) Sanjay Doifode represented the State.

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Radio collar on Warora’s GIB becomes dysfunctional

The first ever experiment of tying Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT) - radio collar - to a Great Indian Bustard (GIB) at Warora has failed after two months as it developed some fault.

A team... Read More
The first ever experiment of tying Platform Transmitter Terminal (PTT) - radio collar - to a Great Indian Bustard (GIB) at Warora has failed after two months as it developed some fault.

A team of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) from Dehradun had fitted PTT to a male GIB on December 25, 2013 at Ashti village in Warora taluka of Chandrapur district. This was the first case of transmitter put on a GIB anywhere in the world. GIB is a critically endangered bird falling the category of Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

As per last year’s census, there were about a dozen GIBs in Warora and Bhadravati tehsils of Chandrapur district and the number of these birds, which are almost on the verge of extinction, in Maharashtra could be hardly around 30, including 12 in Nanaj sanctuary situated in Solapur district. Now, this year’s census for GIB has begun from today.

Reliable sources informed that the PTT worked properly for one-and-a-half months but then it started malfunctioning. It stopped functioning from the beginning of March. Forest Department concealed the information since then.

When contacted, Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Nagpur, admitted on Friday that PTT was out of working in view of some snag developed in the device. Dr Bilal Habib, Senior Scientist, WII, Dehradun, and his team had tied the transmitter radio collar on the back of GIB in collaboration with Forest Department. The bird resumed normal activity after release. This first experiment is supported by Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds of the State. The study for two months gave critical information about ecology and habitat of GIB essential for its conservation Dr Habib had visited Warora in the last week of November first to study locations, accessibility and availability of the birds. He again reached Warora with the team and the device for radio collaring. WII had purchased two equipments from USA at a cost of Rs 20 lakh.

As per the plan to tie solar powered radio transmitters, the device weighing 70 grams was tied with a belt to the male on the back of GIB while another device weighing 35 grams would be fixed to the female bird. The device can function for about four years. The intentions behind radio collaring the GIB are to monitor and know migration route of these birds during summer months. At present, forest officials do not know where GIBs move and prefer their habitats. This will also help study what are their activities at other places and know life cycle. The GIB movement will be tracked by satellite and computer, he added.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Government had made a memorandum of understanding (MoU) two months back with WII for the purpose of radio collaring to two GIBs at Warora and two at Nanaj sanctuary. An amount of Rs 35 lakh had been deposited with WII for the purpose. Transmitter fitted on the bird gives signal via satellite and provides information to the user agency in the form of a track that shows the flight path travelled by the bird.

Sailesh Tembhurnikar, Chief Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, said, PTT emits radio waves and if there is good reception then the officials would come to know locations, path tracking, behaviour in changing weather, nesting habits etc. The study and monitoring is important, he said adding that modern technology is useful in wildlife habitat/migration study, which should be published.

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Gondia misses Government Medical College bus

The Supreme Court division bench at New Delhi, consisting of Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhyaya and Justice Sharad Bobde, has declined to interfere in the decision making process of the Medical... Read More
The Supreme Court division bench at New Delhi, consisting of Justice Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhyaya and Justice Sharad Bobde, has declined to interfere in the decision making process of the Medical Council of India to permit setting up of New Government Medical College at Gondia from the 2014-15 academic session and disposed of the special leave petition filed by Gopaldas Agrawal, the Congress MLA from Gondia, against the order passed by the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court to seek appropriate directions from the Supreme Court in this regard. The apex court has pointed out that as the last date for finalising all proposal for new medical colleges this year is July 15 next, it does not want to interfere with the decision making of the Central Government’s Health Ministry and the Medical Council of India. Advocates Jugal Kishor Gilda and Gaurav Agrawal appeared for petitioner. This development in the Supreme Court virtually sealed the fate of the proposal of duly sanctioned and commanding support of the persons influential in the State Government for Medical College in Gondia during this year. As the proposal for the medical college at Chandrapur is quite deficient on several counts, it has less possibilities this year. The Dean of this College and the Secretary (Health) of the State Government have been asked to meet the MCI Executive Committee in New Delhi at 11 am on July 12, 2014 with the evidence of rectification of several deficiencies pointed out to them long back. Similarly in the case of the GMCH at Yavatmal in respect of further granting increased intake of 50 seats in addition to the 100 seats already sanctioned, the Dean of the College and the State Government’s Secretary (Health) to meet the MCI Executive Council for knowing its mind, knowing the deficiencies and showing them the evidence of rectification.

Through its communications on July 10 last, the MCI Secretary B D Jain has informed the Central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that it has recommended increased intake of 50 seats from 100 seats for the IGMC, Nagpur and the GMCH, Akola. At the High Court here, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre have posted these cases for appropriate directions on July 15 next. Advocates Anil Kilor and Anup Gilda appeared for the petitioners. GP Bharati Dangre (State) and Adv Rahul Bhangde (MCI) represented the respondents.

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Nagpur Rural Police books sand mafia Latif Ansari, aide under MCOCA

SPECIAL Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam on Thursday booked sand mafia Mohammad Latif Hafeez Ansari and one of his gang members Ramsevak Pancham Kaithal under the Mahar... Read More
SPECIAL Inspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Ravindra Kadam on Thursday booked sand mafia Mohammad Latif Hafeez Ansari and one of his gang members Ramsevak Pancham Kaithal under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

With the initiative of Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh and Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Jadhav, the Nagpur (Rural Police) prepared the proposal to book dreaded criminal Mohammad Latif and his gang members under MCOCA after they attempted to eliminate IPS probationer Gaurav Singh. Mohammad Latif and his gang members tried to crush the police vehicle carrying Gaurav Singh under a sand-laden tipper (MH-40/Y-7538) in the night of June 28 near Nayakund in Parseoni area. Besides taking the tipper driver and his helper into custody, Nagpur (Rural) Police arrested Mohammad Latif on charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy on June 30.

Owing allegiance to some local politicos, Mohammad Latif and his gang members were involved in illegal sand mining at different places in the district including Kanhan, Khaperkheda, Parseoni and Mouda.

A string of offences of serious nature, including murder, attempt to murder and robbery were registered against Mohammad Latif at different police stations in Nagpur (Rural), Nagpur City and Chandrapur district An IPS officer of 2012 batch, Gaurav Singh has been actively engaged in combating sand mafia in the district.

On June 28, Gaurav Singh had given a hot chase to the tipper when he found that it was running away with sand when three Police parties raided the sand ghats in the darkness of the evening. The tipper driver did not stop his vehicle even after Gaurav Singh’s driver succeeded in overtaking it and signalling it to stop. Instead, the tipper-driver chose to ram the police officer’s vehicle with an intent to crush him to death. However, cops chased and nabbed the tipper driver Mangesh Chandrabhan Godhankar (25), a resident of Walni, and his helper.

To tackle the sand mafia’s menace in the district, Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh and Additional SP Jadhav directed senior Inspector Jayesh Bhandarkar of Local Crime Branch of Nagpur (Rural) Police to investigate the matter. Inspector Bhandarkar collected the record of criminal activities of Mohammad Latif and his close aide Ramsevak Kaithal. Accordingly, Additional SP Jadhav prepared a proposal and had recommended Special IGP (Nagpur Range) Kadam to book Mohammad Latif and Ramsevak Kaithal under MCOCA. As per the provisions of the MCOCA, Assistant SP (Ramtek Division) Deepak Salunke is now investigating the case.

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Rs 490 cr plan for devpt of Sewagram

Against the backdrop of 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival at Sewagram (Wardha), Maharashtra Government has taken up an ambitious project of development of Sewagram-Wardha-Paonar ci... Read More
Against the backdrop of 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival at Sewagram (Wardha), Maharashtra Government has taken up an ambitious project of development of Sewagram-Wardha-Paonar circuit. The Rs 490 crore project is set to be completed in three-and-a-half to four years, that is by 2018, when the nation will be celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Already, the State Government has made allocation for the project that is being executed through Planning Department. The project has various salient features including development of ‘Gandhi For Tomorrow’ resource centre, heritage route covering 27 places on Nagpur-Wardha route, conservation of Sewagram Ashram, strengthening the existing Gandhian institutions etc.

The project titled ‘Revitalisation of Sewagram-Wardha-Paonar Region’ aims at creating a circuit on the lines of Shantiniketan and Sabarmati in India.

“The Government has created a budget head for the project. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others will be present during bhoomipujan of the project scheduled in the first or second week of August,” said Guardian Minister of Wardha district Rajendra Mulak. He was addressing a press conference at Ravi Bhavan here on Friday after a meeting chaired by him. Mulak, who is also Minister of State for Finance and Planning, told the reporters that the State Government had appointed M/s Adarkar Associates as the architect and Project Management Consultant for the project.

Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, M M Gadkari of Sewagram Ashram Pratishthan, Neera Adarkar of M/s Adarkar Associates, Shrikant Barhate, Dr S N Thakur, Babarao Khairkar, Chief Executive Officer of Wardha ZP Uday Chaudhary, and others were present in the meeting.

State Government has prepared a ‘Concept Paper’ on the project and constituted a monitoring committee headed by Mulak. Divisional Commissioner (Nagpur) Anoop Kumar, Collector (Wardha), Chief Executive Officer of Wardha Zilla Parishad, Superintendent of Police (Wardha), Chief Officer of Wardha Municipal Council, Superintending Engineer of Public Works Department (Chandrapur), and Superintending Engineer of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (Chandrapur) are members of the committee. Another committee has been constituted under Divisional Commissioner (Nagpur) to prepare Sewagram Development Plan. District Planning Officer (Wardha) is Member Secretary of this committee and members include Wardha Collector, Chief Executive Officer of Wardha ZP, Chief Engineer of PWD (Nagpur), Chief Engineer of MJP.

According to Mulak, the project has various components including refurbishing and strengthening of Sewagram Ashram, promoting heritage conservation and tourism, providing boost to local economy, infrastructure development, promotion of local cuisine and culture, four-laning of Nagpur-Wardha road and naming it as ‘Ahimsa Marg’, encouraging solar passive architecture, putting in place surveillance mechanism and installing CCTV cameras at Sewagram Ashram etc.

Neera Adarkar told reporters that a heritage route covering 27 major heritage places had been identified for development. “Swaraj Pheri has been identified as part of larger heritage tourism project. The places covered include Gitai Mandir, Magan Sangrahalaya, Centre of Science for Villages, etc,” she said. The kiosks providing information about the entire Sewagram-Wardha-Paonar circuit and historic significance of various places, will be set up at Nagpur airport, Nagpur Railway Station, Butibori by-pass point, Wardha. While effecting the development, care is being taken to follow the thoughts and simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi, she added.

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Ministry approves CM’s proposals of Industrial Corridors

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had proposed for development of three main Industrial Corridors in the state and accordingly the projects had been sanctioned by Railways during the budget for 2012-13... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had proposed for development of three main Industrial Corridors in the state and accordingly the projects had been sanctioned by Railways during the budget for 2012-13. The Railway Ministry had approved the said proposals and sanctioned three Industrial Corridors which include Raigarh-Mand Coal Field Corridor, Akaltara Surajpur Corridor and Jairam Nagar-Chilhati Corridor. However, no financial sanctions had been made during the budget of year 2013-14. Among the three Industrial Corridors, two covers 25 coal mines allocated to SECL and private companies. First the Telaipoli-Raigarh railway line project which has been proposed for National Thermal Power Plant, but the line can be extended till Gharghoda which can be used by Gare-Palema coal block. Under Raigarh Mand Coal Field corridor, line expansion can be done till Dharamjaigarh via Kharsiya, Gharghoda. This would enhance connectivity between Korba, Dharamjaigarh, Pathalgaon, Jashpur and to Lohardaga in Jharkhand.

Under Akaltara-Surajpur Corridor, first rail line is proposed between Akaltara to Morega and second line from Parsa to Surajpur which further can be connected to Ghargoda. After construction of both these lines, Howrah-Mumbai line and Anuppur-Ambikapur line would get further connectivity. The Jairamnagar-Chilhati Corridor proposal is for the benefit of cement industries in Bilaspur district.

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When city becomes a dump yard!

Ever since the Raipur Waste Management Private Limited (RWMPL) has stalled garbage cleaning and collection works over payment issue in the Capital city, sanitation conditions are turning worse da... Read More
Ever since the Raipur Waste Management Private Limited (RWMPL) has stalled garbage cleaning and collection works over payment issue in the Capital city, sanitation conditions are turning worse day-by-day with heaps of filth littered around every nook and corner of the Capital city.

Disgruntled by the company’s working, Congress Corporators on Monday staged day-long demonstration and sit-in at the gate of Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Headquarter. Congress Corporators such as Mrityunjai Dubey, Pramod Dubey, Rakesh Dhotre, Manoj Kandoi and Jasbir Dhillion remained glued at the porch of RMC Headquarter while demanding immediate termination of contract to Kivar Environ, the parent company of RWMPL.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, agitating corporator Mrityunjai Dubey said that he has applied for an authenticated copy of Agreement between RMC and Kivar under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. As soon as that copy would be available to him, he will quickly move ahead to Court and will also release the Agreement copy for the media persons.

Mrityunjai Dubey handed over a memorandum to Station House In-charge of Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar to register a FIR against Kivar Environ. He also submitted another memo to RMC Commissioner Avnish Kumar Sharan, demanding to blacklist the Company.

Meanwhile, other Congress Corporators alleged that Kivar Environ stopped working without any intimation, which itself is a violation of the agreement. On top of that Kivar has also violated the order of the Supreme Court i.e. unlike the Supreme Court’s order, Company hasn’t deployed minimum ration of 03 sanitation workers on per 1000 population.

Ill-effects of the Company’s strike have already started to show upon the citizens of Capital city in the forms of diseases like diarrhea, malaria, typhoid and dengu, making life difficult for them. He directly alleged RWMPL CEO Manish Kumar and Kivar Environ Managing Director Subhash Menon for such deaths of so many people by these diseases.

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RC Singhdeo demands for better Rly connectivity in Bastar, Surguja areas

With Union Railway Budget due to be presented today, former Chhattisgarh Finance Minister Ram Chandra Singhdeo said that central governments often cave in to pressure in allocating new trains to ... Read More
With Union Railway Budget due to be presented today, former Chhattisgarh Finance Minister Ram Chandra Singhdeo said that central governments often cave in to pressure in allocating new trains to different areas and this is why uniform expansion of Railway network, at least in terms of passenger services, is not seen. He said that cities with ever growing population are given more trains even when the central government should focus on uniform rail line expansion to stoke balanced growth of nation.

Speaking on expectations of Chhattisgarh from Union Railway Budget, RC Singhdeo said that central governments have been extracting the mineral resources of Chhattisgarh but the state was not given its due share in terms of passenger services.

He said that rail line expansion in Chhattisgarh is mostly to exploit the mineral riches of state. RC Singhdeo expressed concern that Surguja and Bastar lack Railway facilities which is a massive hurdle in the progress of these areas. He said that endowed with natural beauty, these two divisions could have been developed as tourist hub had the government focused on Railway network. He added that despite being one of the most profitable divisions, Bilaspur has not been provided with enough passenger amenities.

He said that safety and provision of basic amenities including quality and affordable meals are a must for passengers. Citing some recent Railway accidents, he said that rail tracks in Chhattisgarh also needs to be examined and it should be ensured that ultras are not able to disrupt rail activities.

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‘A boost in infrastructure spending will give impetus to agri sector’

As the nation waits with bated breath to hear what the new government has to present in its first ever budget, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur held a pre-budget discussion to find out... Read More
As the nation waits with bated breath to hear what the new government has to present in its first ever budget, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur held a pre-budget discussion to find out what the young minds of the institute expect India’s Finance Minister to deliver on July 10. The session was opened by Professor B S Sahay, Director IIM Raipur, who stated why it is crucial for such discussions to be held.

The first panel discussion revolved around ‘Agriculture and Rural Development’ where IIM Raipur students spoke about how India’s agricultural sector needed a stimulus. A huge part of this would come in the form of creating provisions for smart villages which will be self-sustaining in nature. The expectations from Budget 2014-15 for the agricultural and rural sector are that there should be a boost in infrastructure spending which will give an impetus to the agricultural sector.

New schemes on micro financing and provision for alternate form of energy will help revive the sector.

The second panel discussed and deliberated over ‘Infrastructure and Industry’. The students spoke on how till date the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors have been performing. A huge section of the Indian population still lacks access to proper roads. The capital investment in the sector has not yet brought in the transformations expected. This sector provides employment opportunities for the youth. Yet, there has been a slack which has resulted in a slowdown in this sector. The panel members agreed on how the new government must certainly bring in policies which will help the sector grow. India’s development story depends heavily on how the country’s infrastructure and industry sector perform.

The third panel discussion was on ‘The Financial Sector’ in which the students talked about the banking sector, insurance sector and capital market. The panel discussed how the sector was facing the downside of a slowing economy. The banking sector has been experiencing an increase in the percentage of non-performing assets. With the issuance of more banking licences the sector is poised to have a positive outlook provided it gets the necessary support from the new government through favourable policies in the upcoming budget. Through policies that promote financial inclusion of the rural sector, the Budget 2014-15 will certainly help the rural areas develop.

This was followed by the fourth panel discussion on ‘Taxation’. The panellists noted how tax contributes to 10.66% of the country’s GDP. However, only 10% of Indians pay their taxes. The Government of India should set clear policy and stand by them. Retrospective amendments are detrimental towards the investment climate of the country. Taxation should be made investor friendly and transparent tax structure should be encouraged. GST remains the most important component of tax reforms. It is a revenue sharing order between the centre and the states. Gradual implementation is the route to a successful rollout of the progressive taxation scheme. Not just “tax terrorism” but also “red-tape terrorism” arising out of the laid out procedure should be curbed.

The event’s final panel discussion was on ‘Social Sector Programmes.’ The students broadly discussed topics like job creation, poverty alleviation, social healthcare, education, food, water, sanitation and so on. The students proposed budget allocation on nation-wise incubation centre and to encourage SMEs and social entrepreneurship. Provisions for tax benefits for specially abled and senior citizens would be helpful to the country. Larger allotment for schools and research in biotechnology would help the education and healthcare sectors. They suggested that the PDS could be made efficient following the Chhattisgarh PDS model. This ended the discussion of the pre-budget session organised by IIM Raipur.

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With NDA at Center, C’garh expecting high

  South East Central Railway Zone, in spite of being the highest revenue generating zone of Indian Railways, has been receiving step motherly treatment from Centre since time immemorial and peopl... Read More
  South East Central Railway Zone, in spite of being the highest revenue generating zone of Indian Railways, has been receiving step motherly treatment from Centre since time immemorial and people have started accepting it as a sort of routine now. However, with Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government in power at the centre, this time Chhattisgarh is expecting relatively good share in the Railway Budget in comparison to yester years.

If the recent developments, like visit of Railway Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar and his separate meetings with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, are some indications, Chhattisgarh might be benefited from this Rail Budget, which Union Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda will be tabling today in the Parliament.

Apart from the significant budgetary allocations and necessary approvals for the commencement of three Freight and Passenger Corridors in the state, originations of new trains, development of passenger amenities, etc are on the cards.

Rail Board Chairman Arunendra Kumar, who had been elevated to the said post from the post of General Manager, South East Central Railways, have already the first-hand knowledge of the shortcomings Chhattisgarh is facing so far as Rail facilities are concerned. Also Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh during recent and earlier visits to the National Capital, had already appraised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda about the short comings and highlighted the necessities and popular demands of people.

It may be recalled that before every budget, the Union Railway Ministry and Railway Board asks all Railway Zones and Members of Parliament to send proposals for including in Rail Budget. Proposals include enhancement of rail amenities for passengers and freight transport, facilities for rail employees, expansion of existing rail tracks, expansion of train routes, addition of stoppages, laying of new rail-tracks as well as others facilities are received and announced during rail budgets and this practice is going on year after year. However such announcements made during Rail Budget are to be implemented within the said financial year, which seldom takes place.

Ironically, of the seventeen zones, all the other sixteen zones are getting the necessary facilities and up-gradation but in spite of being the highest revenue earning zone, the South East Central Zone comprising of Raipur, Bilaspur and Nagpur divisions, particularly the Chhattisgarh region within the Zone has been kept adrift of facilities. It seems Chhattisgarh, since its creation 14 years ago is being ruled by BJP led government barring the first three years when Ajit Jogi was in power, is paying the price as there was UPA government at the Centre, said Sachidanand Upasne, Vice President, BJP. Even the announcements made by during the earlier rail budgets are yet to be fulfilled, he added. Now that there is BJP government in both centre and state, it is being expected that the state might get a good share and the pending announcements will be fulfilled, said Upasne.

  Most popular demands made by people and public representatives

During several meetings of Zone Railway Users Consultative Committee and Division Railway Users Consultative Committee such demands have come to fore which include increasing of frequency of Bilaspur-New Delhi Rajdhani Express to at least five days a week; Extending the Indore-Bilaspur Narmada Express upto Korba; Nagpur-Howrah train to be run via Bilaspur; Shatabdi Express between Durg-Raigarh; increasing of frequency of Durg-Jammu Tawi Express to five days; providing connectivity to Hyderabad and Vellore for reasons of medical treatment; new railway line connecting Ambikapur-Barwadih, gauge conversion on rail track connecting Gondia, Balaghat, Nainpur, Jabalpur, Chindwada apart from broad-gauge conversion from Katangi-Tirodi section; laying of track connecting Uslapur, Takhatpur, Mungeli, Kawardha, Dongargarh for which survey has been completed; necessary initiative towards completing Rowghat Project, etc.

Announcements yet to be fulfilled

Several announcements had been made for the state during previous rail budgets but ironically few have seen the light of the day. The announcements pending include establishment of medical college under Public Private Partnership by Railways; establishment of Rail Neer Plant; train connecting Bilaspur-Bhagat-ki-Kothi Bikaner; re-start of Intercity Express between Korba-Raipur; doubling of single broad-gauge lines; narrow-gauge conversion, laying of third track, etc are yet to be fulfilled.

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GCF gets prodn order for 71 Light Field Guns

Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, has obtained new production target of 71 Light Field Guns during the year 2014-15. The Gun Carriage Factory successfully completed its annual production ta... Read More
Gun Carriage Factory (GCF), Jabalpur, has obtained new production target of 71 Light Field Guns during the year 2014-15. The Gun Carriage Factory successfully completed its annual production target of around Rs 600 crore during the financial year 2013-14. In this target, the GCF produced Light Field Guns (LFGs).

Pointing out the successful completion of production target, the factory has been given new production target of 71 Light Field Guns. The overall production target of GCF is around Rs 600 crore. According to sources, Ministry of Defence has recently placed order for obtaining 71 Light Field Guns to the Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata (OFB). Gun Carriage Factory has been proposed to be given fresh indent for production of LFGs in its annual production target.

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Sub-standard beauty products may harm your looks

Good looks with fair skin, shining and soft hairs, toned body and much more in the list of fashion-freak generation. Exploiting this desire in hearts of common people a large number of sub-stan... Read More
Good looks with fair skin, shining and soft hairs, toned body and much more in the list of fashion-freak generation. Exploiting this desire in hearts of common people a large number of sub-standard stuff for beauty and hair care are being sold at higher rates without justifying the price with the quality and performance. Beware: These products are not good on skin if applied regularly.

On one side through retail counters and on anther customers are being cheated by the products being sold through on-line shopping sites. As majority of sub-standard and quality stuff is being sold with attractive discounts and claims. A large number of customers have lost their money in allurement of heavy discounts tagged with the stuffs being sold in combo packs and special launch offers.

Heavy discount on beauty products, hair care products have become a common trend. The mantra of huge discounts on beauty products, hair care products and services initially used to attract customers to showcase other good quality products.

But now is being misused. The sub-standard material is being flown in market offering huge discounts and claims of international quality and standard of products. In this way customers are being cheated by paying money for poor quality while government is losing its money in terms of taxes being waved off as per rebate columns for discounts and stock clearance.

Thanks to the authorities who are responsible to catch the ongoing manipulation but are giving blind eye to the ongoing business. Customers are less informed about qualities and actual comfort features of dermatological products and its applications, on skin while sleeping or working during day or night hours. They are being allured in the name of herbal ingredients, natural science and medicinal values used in traditional methods of different countries. Along with this discount adds more excitement for buyers using on-line sites.

Beauty Expert, Arif Khan opined that complaints about quality of material used in beauty and skin care products could be termed as a normal process. As majority of people of are unaware about their application criteria along with diet restriction on using such products. Secondly, majority of online and tele-brand shopping companies are selling products with high claims of desired results only use to increase sales and associate people with their services, product is just a connecting point for them. But ultimately the product remains fail.

Rohit Khatwani, VLCC Channel Partner, opined these sub-standard quality footwear which are in majority endorsed in market are popular brands from China and US based companies.

The customers should consult to professional doctors and experts as every person has different skin and scalp type and requires special medicines, supplements. People if are not well informed would certainly lose their money and also face some problem in their health.

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Plea challenging service rules by constable disposed off

A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Sanjay Yadav has disposed off the petition filed by Umabharti Kamde with directions that the Schedule III of Rule 8 of Service... Read More
A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Sanjay Yadav has disposed off the petition filed by Umabharti Kamde with directions that the Schedule III of Rule 8 of Service Recruitment Rules 2011, which prescribes minimum physical qualification of Transport Constable (Female) as 1.68 meter height is hereby quashed. The minimum qualification of chest would not be applicable to female.

The single bench also added that the State is direct to prescribe proper physical qualifications in regard to height for Transport Constable (Female) in accordance with the observations made by this court in the order. The appointments made by the Transport Department of male candidates against the posts reserved for female candidates are hereby set aside.

The single bench in its order said that it is directed that the state shall fix the physical qualification of height for the post of Transport Constable (Female) in Transport Department and incorporate the same in the rules of 2011 within a period of four weeks and thereafter the State shall conduct a fresh selection of remaining vacancies to the post of Transport Constable (Female), which could not be filled up in pursuance to the selection process initiated vide notification issued by the Vyapam.

Petition filed by the petitioner Umabharti Kamde against Secretary, Department of Transport, Bhopal, Commissioner, officer of Transport Commissioner, Gwalior and Joint Transport Commissioner, office of Transport Commissioner, Gwalior. Advocate H S Rajput appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while A K Sharma, panel lawyer for respondent State.

The issue as to whether the respondents are justified in framing rules laying down similar physical qualification as males for women candidate for selection to the post of Female Transport Constable under Madhya Pradesh Transport Department Subordinate (Class III Executive) Service Recruitment Rules, 2011, raised in the petition has been decided by a division bench in Himadri Raje and others versus State of Madhya Pradesh and others.

Court tells Collector to file report on encroachment removal

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has directed Jabalpur Collector to file status report on progress of removal of remaining encroachments inside the medical college land in 15 days be listed for hearing on August 4. The petition highlighted the encroachments including illegal shops at Pisanhari and some of the land sold by JDA and bus-stand which are situated in within Medical College land. The division bench has given said order in the petition filed by Advocate, Satish Verma challenging sale of shops developed on Medical College land and were sold illegally by JDA.

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Thieves target MLA Sonkar’s house

Unidentified thieves targeted the house of MLA Anchal Sonkar and taken away gold and silver jewelleries from temple situated in his house in the intervening night of Sunday-Monday under the juris... Read More
Unidentified thieves targeted the house of MLA Anchal Sonkar and taken away gold and silver jewelleries from temple situated in his house in the intervening night of Sunday-Monday under the jurisdiction of Omti police station.

According to police, MLA Anchal Sonkar lodged a complaint at Omti police station that unidentified thieves break-in a temple situation in his house and taken away a golden crown, a silver crown, Mangalsutra and marble idol from the temple. Taking a serious note into the case, police have registered a case against unidentified thief under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC and started a rigorous search for accused.

Learning about the incident, a large number of locals and party workers reached the house of MLA Anchal Sonkar and charged the working of police in maintaining law and order situation in the area.

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Notices issued to CS, others over admissions in pvt medical colleges

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to Chief Secretary, State Government, Principal Secr... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to Chief Secretary, State Government, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Bhopal, Director, Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Additional Director General of Police, Special Task Force, Bhopal, and others and asked them to file their reply before the court.

The division bench issued notices on the writ petition filed by Dr Anand Rai, Post Graduate Medical Officer working at Indore under Health and Family Welfare Department of State. Petitioner was also intervener in another writ petition, wherein through intervention application, the corruption involved in admissions in private medical colleges was questioned. That court vide order dated May 20, 2014 petitioners was provided liberty from the court to prefer separate petition and with that observation the court permitted petitioner to withdraw intervention application.

Petitioner is not having any personal enmity against any of respondent; neither any personal interest of petitioner is involved. Though being a crusader against corruption petitioner filed various complaints before the respondent authorities for investigating the offence of corruption, and in lieu to this movement petitioner helped the investigating agency to discover the facts, have also explained about in what manner the corruption and offence is committed who all are involved etc, thus petitioner is said to be the whistle blower and advisor to the investigating agency.

The petitioner filed writ petition through Advocate Nikhil Tiwari that the complaint with respect to malafide approach of Private Medical Colleges established in the State of Madhya Pradesh was also made by petitioner to the authorities. It was sorry state of affair that respondent authorities have not acted upon the complaints filed by the petitioner. Thus the petitioner is compelled to file this instant petition and seeking direction from this Court against the respondent to take action pursuant to the complaints made by the petitioner.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to summon the entire relevant record, and further the investigating agency may kindly be directed to take possession of the record in respect to the admissions in private medical colleges. The petitioner also prayed relief before the court to issued direction to the respondent officials to act upon the complaints made by the petitioner and further enquire the entire matter so that the offenders be prosecuted.

HC seeks action taken report from NHAI on Khawasa border road

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, has directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to submit report on action taken on Khawasa Border (Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra) distance of four and half kilometers before the court till July 25.

The division bench issued said order in the hearing to the bunch of the various petitions related to condition of national highways. Earlier, the division bench had directed to the Commissioner, Revenue Division, Sagar and Executive Engineer, PWD, National Highway Division, Sagar to take follow up action for removing all the encroachments obstructing the national highway project, expeditiously and not later than two weeks from receipt of copy of this order.

Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate assures to communicate this order to the concerned officials forthwith. The division bench had listed the matter on July 7, 2014 along with companion matters, for reporting compliance, said the division bench. Vishal Gupta, GMIT and Regional Officer, National Highway Authority of India is present in the Court.

The status report regarding repair and maintenance of National Highway in the State of Madhya Pradesh given under the signature of Vishal Gupta, GMIT and Regional Officer, National Highway Authority of India dated on May 1, 2014 is taken on record by the division bench.

P G Najpande, Narendra Nath Tripathi, P R Bhave, Senior Advocate with Devdatt Bhave, K N Pethia, Sanjay K. Agrawal appeared on behalf of the petitioners, while Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for State and Mohan Sausarkar, Advocate for the Union of India.

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Doctors, students demand CBI probe into Dr Sakalle’s death

Doctors and medical students have given 72-hour ultimatum to the State Government and district administration for CBI probe into the suspected death of Dr K D Sakalle on Monday.

A large nu... Read More
Doctors and medical students have given 72-hour ultimatum to the State Government and district administration for CBI probe into the suspected death of Dr K D Sakalle on Monday.

A large number of senior doctors and medical students submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Deepak Khandekar and Inspector General of Police (Jabalpur Range), Upendra Jain addressing the Chief Minister for conducting CBI inquiry into the suspected death of in-charge Dean of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Dr K D Sakalle. On July 4, Dr Sakalle was died under mysterious circumstances at his house situated at Medical College premises.

Taking a serious note of the mysterious death, a delegation of doctors and medical students under the banner of Indian Medical Association met Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police and pressed demand for ensuring CBI inquiry into the case for ascertaining the reason behind mysterious incident.

Doctors and medical students warned the State Government for starting CBI inquiry otherwise they would stage nationwide protest after staging symbolic strike after 72-hour of their demand. Doctors expressed doubt that Dr Sakalle dedicated his life for service of patients and his death in still mysterious due to prevailing circumstances.

President of IMA Jabalpur Branch, Dr Sudhir Tiwari, President of Junior Doctors Association Dr Yogendra Dhakar, Medical Teachers’ Association, Nursing Association and a large number of members of other medical and health associations and organisations handed over memorandum in the name of Chief Minister appealing for starting CBI probe into the case. Replying to the demand, Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police informed that combine team of district police and forensic experts is thoroughly investigating the case and assured the doctors and medical students for forwarding their demand to the state government for further consideration into the matter.

A police team already started investigation into the case and conducting scrutiny of documents and examining forensic evidences collected from the spot of incident.

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Asst professor of RGPV hangs self due to depression

After falling into depression, a 25-year-old assistant professor of RGPV has allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling at her residence located at Railway Colony under Bagsevaniya... Read More
After falling into depression, a 25-year-old assistant professor of RGPV has allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling at her residence located at Railway Colony under Bagsevaniya police station. The incident was occurred on Sunday evening and the police sent the body for postmortem after making punchnama. According to police, the victim has left a suicide note mentioning her depression as a reason behind taking such step. However, she has not mentioned the reason behind her depression in the hand written note to know which the police have initiated an investigation. The mother of the victim works in railway and posted at DRM office. Victim was identified as Ankita Sharma, 25, daughter of late D R Sharma, residing at Railway Colony. Police said that on Sunday evening at around 6 pm the victim hanged self from ceiling fan, she made a noose using her dupatta and hanged self from it. Mother of the victim was asleep while her sister was busy in her work inside her room while the incident occurred. As her brother reached at house, he spotted her hanging body and the incident came into light to other subsequent to which the police were informed, said the police. The victim has left a hand written suicide note mentioning that she was in depression from the long time over she took such step. An investigation into circumstances surrounding the incident was on by police till the filing of the report.

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Bhopal demands better facilities, special trains, cheaper freight charges

As the Union Railway Ministry is all set to roll out railway budget 2014 on Tuesday, higher expectation from public would make it difficult for the Government.

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As the Union Railway Ministry is all set to roll out railway budget 2014 on Tuesday, higher expectation from public would make it difficult for the Government.

Various expectation and hope squirt out from locals of the city. Bhopalites expect good facilitates at railway which includes fare, toilets, women safety and off course healthy food. They are anticipating Government to deliver a budget which provides comfortable journey and some new trains connecting different cities with nearby States. But it is definitely not going to be a cakewalk for them.

‘The Hitavada’ talked to number of experts about their expectation with the upcoming railway budget. Some of the people demanded for Shatabdi types train while some discussed for a safe journey for women. “There should some new trains connecting to nearby States with Bhopal. Reservation system should be made easy for people as it has become a nightmare for almost all. Condition of sleeper coaches has become very pitiable,” said Nasim Parvej, President Bhopal School Bus Owner Association.

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Kolar suburb gets Rs 150 cr package for development

Package of Rs 150 crore for the development of Kolar suburb demanded by MLA Rameshwar Sharma has been approved including the fund of Rs 52.10 crore drinking water plan has been approved under UID... Read More
Package of Rs 150 crore for the development of Kolar suburb demanded by MLA Rameshwar Sharma has been approved including the fund of Rs 52.10 crore drinking water plan has been approved under UIDSSMT for Kolar municipality. The approval has been made to fulfill the needs of the estimated population of 3.60 lakh by the year 2045.

MLA Rameshwar Sharma on Monday submitted a memorandum to Urban Administration and Housing Environment Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya regarding the implementation of the plan followed by the administrative transfer of the same once the suburb is merged into BMC.

It is worth a mention that the proposed merging of Kolar municipality was being opposed by Sharma till the time he put forth a set of conditions to ensure development in the area which was approved on Monday. Following the approval, the MLA too agreed for the merger. The decision was taken during a meeting held between Urban Administration Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, MLA Rameshwar Sharma and Principal Secretary of Urban Administration and development department regarding the preparation of draft for the development of Kolar.

The package involves the sewage plan of Rs 46.22 crore of UIDSSMT, widening and beautification of Kaliyasot river among other things while in memorandum it has been requested that the 69 villages that are in the catchment area of Upper Lake (Kolansh river) of Hujur tehsil should be included in the development plan.

Among other provisions are: connection of Kolar with the facility of metro train, special package to the suburb for the up keeping and conservation of Kaliyasot River. Moreover, two parallel roads will be developed keeping in view the increasing traffic problem in Kolar.

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MPBSE to lodge FIR against over 100 students for giving fake mark sheets

MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) to lodge FIR against 105 students having written the higher secondary exams conducted by the board by submitting fake marksheet of Xth board examinatio... Read More
MP Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) to lodge FIR against 105 students having written the higher secondary exams conducted by the board by submitting fake marksheet of Xth board examination.

All these candidates were called at board office to verify their original marksheet of class Xth. The board has started cancellation of examination of suspicious examinees on Monday. According to board officials, lesser number of students arrived at the office along with their marksheet of class 10. Some of the candidates arrived with the photo copy of marksheet which could not be verified. The board officials told the candidates to bring their original marksheet by evening but none of them appeared at the center with the original marksheet.

Pushpalata Singh, secretary MPBSE said that board has called these candidates along with original marksheet thrice but they did not do so. Now board would cancel their exam and later FIR would be lodge against them. She further informed that documents of 105 candidates were found to be suspicious while scrutinizing. These candidates wrote their exam after submitting the online form and documents. To clear the doubt about their documents, board officials called the candidates along with original marksheet but they failed to present the same.

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Notices issued to CS, others over admissions in pvt medical colleges

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to Chief Secretary, State Government, Principal Secr... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to Chief Secretary, State Government, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Bhopal, Director, Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, Director General of Police, Bhopal, Additional Director General of Police, Special Task Force, Bhopal, and others and asked them to file their reply before the court.

The division bench issued notices on the writ petition filed by Dr Anand Rai, Post Graduate Medical Officer working at Indore under Health and Family Welfare Department of State.

Petitioner was also intervener in another writ petition, wherein through intervention application, the corruption involved in admissions in private medical college was questioned. That court vide order dated May 20, 2014 petitioners was provided liberty from the court to prefer separate petition and with that observation the court permitted petitioner to withdraw intervention application.

Petitioner is not having any personal vengeance against any of respondent; neither any personal interest of petitioner is involved. Though being a crusader against corruption petitioner filed various complaints before the respondent authorities for investigating the offence of corruption, and in lieu to this movement petitioner helped the investigating agency to discover the facts, have also explained about in what manner the corruption and offence is committed who all are involved etc, thus petitioner is said to be the whistle blower and advisor to the investigating agency.

The petitioner filed writ petition through Advocate Nikhil Tiwari that the complaint with respect to malafide approach of Private Medical Colleges established in the State of Madhya Pradesh was also made by petitioner to the authorities. It was sorry state of affair that respondent authorities have not acted upon the complaints filed by the petitioner. Thus the petitioner is compelled to file this instant petition and seeking direction from this Court against the respondent to take action pursuant to the complaints made by the petitioner.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to summon the entire relevant record, and further the investigating agency may kindly be directed to take possession of the record in respect to the admissions in private medical colleges. The petitioner also prayed relief before the court to issued direction to the respondent officials to act upon the complaints made by the petitioner and further enquire the entire matter so that the offenders be prosecuted.

HC seeks action taken report from NHAI on Khawasa border road

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, has directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to submit report on action taken on Khawasa Border (Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra) distance of four and half kilometers before the court till July 25.

The division bench issued said order in the hearing to the bunch of the various petitions related to condition of national highways. Earlier, the division bench had directed to the Commissioner, Revenue Division, Sagar and Executive Engineer, PWD, National Highway Division, Sagar to take follow up action for removing all the encroachments obstructing the national highway project, expeditiously and not later than two weeks from receipt of copy of this order. Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate assures to communicate this order to the concerned officials forthwith.

The division bench had listed the matter on July 7, 2014 along with companion matters, for reporting compliance, said the division bench. Vishal Gupta, GMIT and Regional Officer, National Highway Authority of India is present in the Court.

The status report regarding repair and maintenance of National Highway in the State of Madhya Pradesh given under the signature of Vishal Gupta, GMIT and Regional Officer, National Highway Authority of India dated on May 1, 2014 is taken on record by the division bench. P G Najpande, Narendra Nath Tripathi, P R Bhave, Senior Advocate with Devdatt Bhave, K N Pethia, Sanjay K. Agrawal appeared on behalf of the petitioners, while Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for State and Mohan Sausarkar, Advocate for the Union of India.

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Absconding VYAPAM scam accused surrenders in court

Absconding accused in VYAPAM scam and brother of an IPS lady officer posted with PHQ Bharat Mishra on Monday reportedly reached the district court in a bid to surrender.

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Absconding accused in VYAPAM scam and brother of an IPS lady officer posted with PHQ Bharat Mishra on Monday reportedly reached the district court in a bid to surrender.

Bharat Mishra, 49, son of late Dr P Mishra, residing at Eden Garden in Chuna Bhatti, Kolar Road, was booked by STF over his alleged role in scam in Police Constable Recruitment Examination conducted by VYAPAM.

Soon after an FIR was lodged, he went absconding. While on Monday he reached the court on own in a bid to surrender so far. Besides having link with said scam, Mishra is learnt to have indulged in another scam also which is being verified by STF.

However, according to information, he could not surrender on the day on some legal ground. Amid no confirmation from Special Task Force (STF) of state police in this regard, Mishra had to return as his case diary was not reached to court on time.

Since STF failed to provide his case diary to the court, he returned back and would again reach the court on Tuesday.

Apart from this, STF on Monday arrested an accused in connection with Police Constable Recruitment Examination scam.

Lal Krishan Raghuvanshi was reportedly arrested from Pipariya and was later produced in the court. From court he was sent to jail under judicial custody.

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MAGMO calls off strike

After the assurance of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that the demands would be considered and given a thought, Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) has called off the... Read More
After the assurance of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan that the demands would be considered and given a thought, Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers (MAGMO) has called off the strike.

With over 300 in Nagpur and over 12,000 medical officers in State have resigned in protest on non-fulfillment of their demands. State Government had termed this agitation as illegal and asked medical officers to join the duties else action would be taken against the agitating medical officers under Maharashtra Essential Services Maintainence Act (MESMA).

Maharashtra Government had given ultimatum to striking gazetted doctors to join, else Maharashtra Essential Services and Maintenance Act (MESMA) would be imposed.

Healthcare facilities in the state suffered with close to 10,000 medical officers, about two-third of the state’s entire strength of medical practitioners have launched aggressie agitation.. A notice has been issued to MAGMO by the state government, saying it has already invoked MESMA (Maharashtra Essential Services and Maintenance Act), 2011, a month ago. MESMA was invoked on June 1 when the doctors had gone on strike for implementation of their demands.

Going too harsh, Government has removed temporary doctors from Primary Health Centres (PHC). Around 54 doctors are in first list who have been issued notices by Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The demands of the MAGMO include implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations for all state medical officers in the public health department with effect from January 1, 2006, and a pay hike. Other demands include increase in the retirement age from 58 to 62 years, regularisation of promotion procedure, optional non-practising allowance for medical officers pursuing PG and fixed working hours.

MAGMO has also sought absorption of the 789 ad hoc medical officers with Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree and the 32 such officers with Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree in government hospitals on permanent basis.

Health Minister Suresh Shetty said there was currently no provision to create additional posts for over 700 doctors. Shetty added that several rounds of meetings had already been held with the agitating doctors to discuss the issues.

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New property tax regime put on hold by NMC

In view of ensuing Assembly elections in the State, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) has decided to dump ready reckoner based property tax and avoid possible publ... Read More
In view of ensuing Assembly elections in the State, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) has decided to dump ready reckoner based property tax and avoid possible public backlash. For all practical purpose, the new tax regime will be in cold storage for a while.

The ruling party was eyeing revenue of around Rs 300 crore from the new system of property tax. The general body passed the budget with minor amendments in the proposal of Standing Committee on Monday. Congress and NCP staged walkout from the house charging the ruling alliance with misleading the people.

Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) opposed the budget tooth and nail. They termed it as inflated, and directionless without projection of new sources of income, while BJP and NVA corporators praised the budget and believed that it would achieve its target. It may be mentioned that Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar had presented budget of Rs 1,645 crore income in Financial Year 2014-2015. Borkar projected income of Rs 500 crore from Local Body Tax (LBT), Rs 300 crore from Property Tax, Rs 150 crore from Water and Rs 100 crore from Town Planning Department.

Vikas Thakre Leader of Opposition Vikas Thakre said, the Standing Committee has misguided the people of Nagpur. The budget is inflated by mind-boggling Rs 500 crore as compared to budget of Municipal Commissioner. Borkar has failed to find out new ways of income. In last two years, not a single scheme was completed. The ruling party is only making tall promises to common man. BJP is not sensitive on the issues of bus transport, water supply, and market. The starbuses are in pathetic condition. The civic administration is misleading citizens claiming that 250 buses were on the road, if these buses were on road, I would resign from the posts of leader of opposition and corporator, he dared. He also raised allocation of Rs three crore for providing e-rickshaws in the city. He alleged that this provision was made to provide benefit to a big leader of BJP. He also opposed the decision to stop providing firewood free of cost for last rites.

Praful Gudadhe: Senior Congress corporator Praful Gudadhe said that last year, the estimated income of the budget was Rs 1,400 crore but local body generated only Rs 800 crore only. This year, the Standing Committee Chief has presented budget of Rs 1,645 crore without having any new income sources. The ready reckoner based property tax did not get the nod of general body. The BJP is opposing LBT and it is expecting income of Rs 500 crore from it. If ruling party is expecting income of Rs 1,645 crore why it is obtaining loan of Rs 275 crore form financial institutions, he asked. The committee has failed to make arrangement of Rs 100 crore for acquisition of land earmarked under reservation. He sarcastically pointed out, when our basic education is not good in primary school, how we are going for digitisation of education. The ruling party has failed to give boost to any BoT projects in last 7 years, he alleged.

Pravin Datke: Replying to marathon discussion on budget, Ruling Party leader Pravin Datke said, civic body will earn more than Rs 250 crore in current financial year from property tax. The ruling party has decided to implement new system of property tax after complete assessment of the city. The civic body has demand of Rs 336 crore in property tax. The civic body is mulling proposals to open CFC for property tax and it will connect with other facilities like railway reservations. The local body will try to obtain sanction to BoT projects from Mumbai, this will increase revenue. The Orange City Water (OCW) will search connections without water meters. The local body will save energy by changing street lights with 27,000 LED. The administration will auction scrap of Rs 50 crore in this year. He also proposed modernised fire station in co-ordination with MADC in MIHAN. The general body passed the resolution not to put any cut on ward fund, fix priority and committed expenditure of zonal budget.

Abha Pande: Senior Congress corporator Abha Pande alleged that every time stars are not favourable for ruling party. The good days are yet to come. In budget, the income is not co-related with expenditure. She said, the ruling party has shown loan into income side while it is a liability. On one hand, BJP is opposing LBT, and Octroi while it is expecting income of Rs 500 crore from it.

Kishor Gajbhiye: Bahujan Samaj Party leader Kishor Gajbhiye also opposed the budget. He said, it is inflated budget projecting income 100 per cent more from last year’s income. However, there is no sources for additional income in the budget. He said, NMC should not allocate funds for Dr. Ambedkar Memorial at Patwardhan ground, till sanction from the State Government.

The discussion was initiated by senior BJP corporator Girish Deshmukh. He demanded allocation of Rs 5 crore each for development of Hudkeshwar and Narsala (B) village. He suggested for house to house survey for property taxes and termed budget as effective and hoped that it will give new direction to development. Congress corporator Yogesh Tiwari opposed the decision to stop free fire wood for funeral. Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar and Prakash Totwani said, BJP has projected income of Rs 1645 crore in the budget. They suggested to take traders and business persons in to confidence for LBT. Vijay Barse suggested for more funds for sports activities.

Senior corproators Sandip Joshi, Satish Holey, Avinash Thakre, Sunil Agrawal, Sanjay Bonde, Duneshwar Pethe, Gautam Patil, Arun Dawre, Savita Sangole, Raju Lokhande, Kishor Dorle, Deepak Kapse, Saraswati Salame, Ajay Dange, Raju Nagulwar, Bhushan Singane, Kiran Rodge Patankar, Yashashri Nandanwar, Suresh Jagyasi and Jagdish Gwalbanshi also participated in the budget.

Social organisation roped in for crematorium

BJP-NVA will rope social organisations to provide facilities in crematorium. The Standing Committee has proposed to stop soap for free firewood for funeral to protect environment. The committee has suggested to provide free dung cake and LPG for last rites. The ruling party, bowing under pressure from opposition and party corporators, has decided to provide free firewood on letter of any public representatives- MLAs, MLCs and corporators. Earlier, the firewood was provided free of cost to all the families. Ruling party leader Pravin Datke said, the civic body will give resonsibility of crematoriums to various social organisations for operation and maintenance. This will stop theft in crematorium.

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Mah Govt readies land units for 170 surrendered Naxals at Gadchiroli

In a major boost to rehabilitation of surrendered Naxals in Gadchiroli area, Government has given its nod to allot land units for surrendered Naxals. Administration of Gadchiroli district has a... Read More
In a major boost to rehabilitation of surrendered Naxals in Gadchiroli area, Government has given its nod to allot land units for surrendered Naxals. Administration of Gadchiroli district has also identified plots for 170 surrendered naxals who have been identified as beneficiaries. Assistant Collector of Gadchiroli R Shiv Shankar (IAS probationer) confirmed the development while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ saying it would take around two months for completion of all formalities for allotment of the plots.

The officer further informed that a huge Government land has been identified on Gadchiroli-Chandrapur State highway behind Navegaon village. Land levelling work has started and it will be completed very soon. There are 176 plots admeasuring 30x46 sq feets each. About 40% land of total area will remain as open space at the site, he said. “The surrendered naxals would get benefit under Indira Awas Yojana run by State Government.” This means, a substantial cost of construction will be borne by the government.

Special Inspector General (Spl IGP) Ravindra Kadam said that the police are ready with list of 170 surrendered naxals. They have laid down arms during past 10-years and they would be entitled for benefits of the scheme.

It can be mentioned that ten Naxals, including a deputy platoon commander and four couples gave-up arms before Gadchiroli police on December 19, 2013. The naxals are aged between 19 and 32 years and they had spent between two to eight years in the movement as dalam members.

Gadchiroli police under initiative named as ‘Campaign Navjeevan’ ensured surrender of 28 Naxalites belonging to different Naxal Dalams in Gadchiroli and border areas of Chhattisgarh on June 12.

Senior police officials of Maharashtra police visited the families of Naxal cadres in the State and appealed them to surrender assuring them of fair treatment and total help in their resettlement and rehabilitation to lead new life.

During the Campaign Navjeevan, the officials paid visit to the families of senior Naxal leader including that of Korchi Area Secretary of CPI (Maoist) Gopi alias NIringsay Madavi and Pahad Singh, the Divisional Committee Member of South Gadchiroli Division of CPI (Maoist).

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Bajaj to give Rs 10 cr to RTMNU for construction of new admn building

Bajaj Auto Limited has decided to give Rs 10 crore to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to build new building. The construction will be done on the 44 acre land which unive... Read More
Bajaj Auto Limited has decided to give Rs 10 crore to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to build new building. The construction will be done on the 44 acre land which university got back through litigations.

Announcing this in the press conference, Anoop Kumar, Acting Vice-Chancellor said, “Upon my request, Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto Limited acted fast and we will be getting Rs 10 crore under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). We will be erecting new building which will be named after late Jamnalal Bajaj new administrative building. There will be steering committee and Sanjay Bhargava, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Education Board, Wardha will be its member. There will be Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed. A meeting in this regard would be held on Tuesday.

As per company act the company which has profit of over Rs 5 crore, will have to spend 2 per cent as CSR. Messers Koranne company has been entrusted with the work of designing the building. Bajaj in his letter sent to Anoop Kumar has made it clear that he would have say in the modalities of disbursal,design and construction.

Draft ordinance reg Special exam approved

“Draft ordinance regarding conducting special examination for 6,616 students has been approved in the meeting of Management Council held on Monday. It will be to be referred to Chancellor, Chancellor will send it to Government. There is a process of scrutiny which I have followed scrupulously,” pointed Anoop Kumar.

Convocation to be held in time

Former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam who agreed to be chief guest of convocation to be held on September 27, 2014.

“About 1378 degrees which were termed as bogus which is highly objectionable, a committee has been reconstituted under Dr Sanjay Khadakkar. The committee will check all the details of 1,378 degrees. But convocation will be held on the scheduled date. Our preparations will start from August 4, University’s foundation day. We will be inviting Justice J N Patel as chief guest on foundation day. On the same day, Sanjeev Abhyankar’s musical concert would be held in the evening,” Anoop Kumar said.

Reappointment of FAO

On the issue of reappointment of Puran Meshram as Finance and Accounts Officer (FAO). His reappointment was endorsed by Government. Management Council was unanimous on his reappointment. His review was satisfactory. Against all this, Anoop Kumar has sent it to Chancellor under section 108. This issue may create problem as already resentment is being expressed by the employees.

Model college

Regarding Model college university is ready to accept 5 acre land and start construction work soon. Dr Anil Kakodkar is Chairman of Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Mission. The Mission and Gondwana University has bipartite agreement. Anoop Kumar has requested Dr Kakodkar to have it tripartite so that Model College can be part of that project. A meeting will be held on July 18 where this issue would be discussed and Dr Kakodkar to have a look into the Model college project. Anoop Kumar said he is serious about this college.

Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr A B Gomashe, Registrar, Vilas Ramteke, Controller of Examinations, Dr Sanjay Khadakkar, Chancellor nominee, Dr Shrikant Komawar, BCUD Director, Pradip Biniwale, Deputy Registrar, Shyam Dhond, PRO were present.

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All PG courses facing closure

The students pursuing higher studies in basic subjects are likely to face piquant situation, when the colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University will stop admitting stu... Read More
The students pursuing higher studies in basic subjects are likely to face piquant situation, when the colleges affiliated to Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University will stop admitting students for post-graduate courses. The situation has arisen because of compulsion of appointing teachers on a regular pay scale.

The Government and the University Grants Commission had taken a policy decisions to allow colleges to conduct post-graduate courses strictly on no-grant basis. The teachers for these courses also were being appointed on clock-hour basis. However, RTMNU has issued a notification stating that at least 50% of the teachers should be on regular employment and approved by the University. The condition is applicable to all the colleges affiliated to the university, from the academic year 2014-15.

RTMNU has 661 colleges affiliated to it. It also conducts 47 teaching departments of its own and three conducted colleges. Out of the colleges affiliated to the University - post-graduation in Commerce is available at 32 colleges; Master in Science, Master in Computer Applications, Master in Computer Management in 23, Master in Arts in 40 colleges and Master in Technology (Engineering Faculty) in 29 colleges.

Although M Tech courses are conducted by engineering colleges, which are totally non-granted, the colleges conducting other PG courses get grants for their under-graduation courses. If the condition imposed by the University is to be fulfilled, the fee structure for all the post-graduate courses, will have to revised. The students pursuing PG course will have to pay more than Rs 70,000 per year, which is a very difficult proposition. President of Principals’ Forum of RTMNU Dr R G Bhoyar said that majority of the students opting for basic subjects, are from rural area or are interested in becoming teachers. With the compulsion of appointing teachers on regular basis, the college managements will not be able to appoint teachers, nor would they get the students. The college managements, instead, are planning to down their shutters for post-graduation courses. The students will have the only options of post-graduate departments of the University, Government Science College and Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Sciences only. These colleges lack post-graduate courses in computer science and computer management.

On the one hand maximum stress is being laid on computer literacy and use of modern technology in all the fields, and on the other, situation for closure of teaching facilities is being created. When contacted Pro-VC of RTMNU Dr Vinayak Deshpande said that the issue is being discussed and the University will try to find out way out of this situation. Registrar Dr Ashok Gomashe agreed that the college managements will not be able to continue with the post-graduation courses.

The colleges which have been conducting courses with the help of under-graduate approved teachers, will have to get their approval from the University as post-graduate teachers. In this situation the such post-graduate teachers in the near future will demand scale of a post-graduate teacher and may even refuse to teach at under-graduation level. Even otherwise under-graduate teachers can not be compelled to teach at post-graduation level. In most of the universities these courses, which are basically specialised courses, are conducted with the help of experts from the field. The students at this level should get maximum exposure to the situation in the field instead of restricting them to classroom teaching. Almost all the autonomous institutes of repute follow this method of inviting experts. Why RTMNU should impose the condition, which is difficult to implement and is against the larger interest of the students and the society at large.

The major sufferer would be students from rural areas, as the PG courses available at their villages will be closed. They may not be able to afford stay in Nagpur for pursuing higher studies.

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Nagbhusan Award conferred upon Adv V R Manohar

Nagbhusan Foundation has conferred Nagbhusan Award upon legal luminary V R Manohar at the hands of Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday.

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Nagbhusan Foundation has conferred Nagbhusan Award upon legal luminary V R Manohar at the hands of Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday.

Receiving the prestigious award, Manohar said, “Though I am not a member of any political party, I believe that Narendra Modi’s Government will give clean and transparent administration.”

The award was presented to him at his residence in Dhantoli. Former MP Datta Meghe, Nagbhushan Foundation President Girish Gandhi were present prominently. Gadkari felicitated him with shawl, shrifal, memento, and a cheque of Rs one lakh. Adv Manohar donated the amount to ‘Women House’, a social organisation for the welfare of women.

Expressing gratitude for honour, one of the top and famous lawyers of India, Manohar said, “I am not associated with any political party. My father was associated with Jan Sangh and he contested election on its ticket. Therefore, my roots had a stint with politics. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed emergency in the year 1975. Many leaders were arrested during emergency and cases were filed against them in various High Courts. I argued against these cases in the courts.”

Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said, numbers of accidents are increasing in the country. Therefore, Union Ministry of Surface Transport has decided to amend certain rules to control the accidents. The ministry is screening present rules on legal ground. “We will take advice of Adv Manohar also, so that we do not face any legal tangle while implementing the new rules,” he added. Girish Gandhi made introductory remarks. Foundation member Satyanarayan Nuwal and Adv Akshay Naik were present on the occasion.

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MSEDCL restores power supply to Public Water Works schemes

In a major relief to public water works, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) has approved reconnection of their disconnected power connections of Public Water Works (PW... Read More
In a major relief to public water works, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) has approved reconnection of their disconnected power connections of Public Water Works (PWW) with immediate effect. The decision was taken due to drought-like situation in the State, said a MSEDCL officer.

A notification was issued by MSEDCL released on July 4, 2014, said many water works connections in State got disconnected on temporary and some on permanent as they ran-up huge arrears. Non-payment of energy bills by respective gram panchayats and Municipal Councils owing to huge amount resulted in this disconnection.

But now MSEDCL has directed its Superintending Engineer to reconnect power supply of PWWC on priority basis. The State run power supply utility took the decision from humanitarian point of view. Due to scanty rainfall this year many of the villages and small towns are facing acute water supply problem.

MSEDCL further said that this reconnection is proposed on purely temporary basis, to ensure that basic water needs of people are met and does not constitute any waiver of outstanding dues of power bills. All temporary disconnected and permanent disconnected public water works connections are to be considered for reconnection. In case of TD, the consumer has to pay last month’s bill only that has remained outstanding prior to disconnection. This payment is to be made prior to reconnection. In case of PD, the consumer has to pay last month’s bill prior to disconnection. MSEDCL has also said that in case of reconnection for TD consumers, the reconnection charges are to be recovered in full as per rules prior to release of connection.

In case of reconnection for the PD consumers, the consumers will be required to pay the new connection charges as per Schedule of Charges and Security Deposit as per rules.

No waiver in any amounts is to be given and all the outstanding amounts will reflect as arrears on the said PWW consumer and will continue to attract interest/ DPC etc. as per rules. The power distribution company also directed not to disconnect the power supply of any High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) Public Water Works for non-payment of arrears.

The current bills after reconnection/ new connection will be payable in full on or before due date, failing which supply to be disconnected immediately.

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With 30,000 members in a day, Twinkle Club breaks previous records

What a sight it was to see parents accompanying children standing patiently in the long queue, seeking membership of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, the largest children’s club of the country.... Read More
What a sight it was to see parents accompanying children standing patiently in the long queue, seeking membership of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, the largest children’s club of the country. Their enthusiasm can be gauged from the fact that six children were in the queue before midnight on Saturday itself. All roads in the city were leading to the venue of Twinkle Club membership drive on Sunday. And, the result was -- a record-breaking 30,000 kids getting enrolled as members of the Twinkle Club, which is celebrating its silver jubilee.

Hordes of people on two-wheelers and in four-wheelers arrived at Gorakshan Sabha from all directions of the city and quickly joined the queue that started after Saturday midnight itself. It took no time for the line to zigzag its way upto Kalimata Mandir and by afternoon it got extended up to lanes of Dhantoli with more people joining in.

People were seen filling up membership forms on the seats of two-wheelers and rushing to be in the queue. The roads around Gorakshan Sabha remained crowded till supplies of gift packets were exhausted at 7 pm, well past the scheduled deadline of 6 pm.

The kids were all enthusiastic about the membership, and they came with their flock of friends to get cards with numbers in a sequence. Those who got in the compound of Gorakshan Sabha cheered with joy. As the queue moved ahead, and they collected loads of gifts and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club ‘goody bag’, their smiles turned into bright laughters. The kids cherishing delicious ice-cream from Dinshaw’s was a sight to behold, as it was nothing but pure joy.

Of course, the kids also made it a point to shake hands with the mascots of tiger, elephant, Chhota Bheem, and monkey, and also danced with them on foot-tapping numbers being played at the venue. O P Singh Academy’s anchor Treza Michael also struck a lively chord with the kids and their parents as well with quiz, song, and dance activities.

Of course, interaction with new members was, as always, a refreshing experience. Savani Apte, a Std IV student of Chanda Devi Saraf (CDS) High School was very excited like others to be a part of Twinkle Club. “Twinkle Club is the best in the country. This is the third time I am becoming member and I will come next year also,” she added with a smile. She participates actively in different competitions organised by Twinkle Club throughout the year. Savani has participated in the drawing competition organised by Twinkle Club for last three years and won prizes. Asha Pacheriwala was a Twinkle Club member 15 years ago. In the silver jubilee year of Twinkle Club, she is a proud mother of Raunak. She came to make Raunak a member of Twinkle Club.

The cousins -- Ketan, Abir, and Tejas Meshram -- also enjoyed the membership drive. Ketan said that it was their fourth time when they were getting enrolled as members of the biggest children’s club in the country. “The programmes conducted by Twinkle Club are the biggest attraction for club members. Every year, we participates in summer camp,” said Abir. Loads of gifts and ice-cream are the most attractive part, added Tejas with a grin.

Tanuj Verma, a Std VII student of Modern School said that he became member of Twinkle Club for the first time this year. “The huge crowd and gifts are a surprise and indicator of popularity of the club,” he said. He became a member as one of his friends told him about Twinkle Club membership. Enjoying the lively atmosphere, he said that he would become member next year also, and participate in all the activities to be held throughout this year.

The Orange City’s Who’s Who also were invited to grace the membership drive of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, and they made it a point to be there. They all appreciated unique activity called Twinkle Club, and were impressed by the overwhelming response it gets every year since 25 years. They also extended best wishes to ‘The Hitavada’ for inclusion of Twinkle Club in the Limca Book of Records for the third time.

Mayor and MLC Prof Anil Sole, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Special Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxalite Operations) Anup Kumar Singh, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Zilla Parishad chief Sandhya Gotmare, MLA Krishna Khopde, Chief Conservator of Forest Shailesh Tembhurnikar, Conservator of Forest P K Mahajan, Additional Commissioner (Revenue) S G Gautam, Deputy Commissioner (GAD) Appasaheb Dhulaj, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (Central Railway) Jaydeep Gupta, Defence PRO Wg Cdr Sameer Gangakhedkar, President of Tirupati Urban Bank Sameer Meghe, Superintendant of Police (GRP) Shashikant Mane, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Bharat Tangde, DCP (Crime) Sunil Kolhe, DCP (HQ) Vijay Pawar, Additional SP (Nagpur Rural) Prakash Jadhav, ACP (Traffic) Mahadev Gawade, PI (Dhantoli) Girish Tathod, API (Traffic) Ganesh Gurav, and the list goes on.

All of them were too happy to be there and witness the fantastic start to silver jubilee year celebrations of the Twinkle Club.

The sponsors also were happy to get their share of smiles from the young and enthusiastic members. Subhash Jain, Chairman, Suruchi Group; Jimi Rana, Joint Managing Director, Dinshaw’s; Shiraj Gimi, President, Bapuna Group; Aakash Bhojwani, Director, Bhojwani Foods; Vikram Divadkar, Director, Ajit Bakery; Vivek Thakkar of Punit Super Bazar; HMSI dealership’s Dev Kanoria, Nitin Bhute, Laxmansinh Bhonsle, Hemant Kadu, Ismail Khan; Anand Jha, Regional Sales Manager, Glen Appliances; Deepak Khurana of Deepak Electric Stores; Nitesh Singh, Director, Abaccus; Subhalaxmi Wazalwar of Tupperware; Ankit Devani of Brindavan’s; and O P Singh of O P Singh Events were among the sponsors who visited the event.

The event assumed its grand scale with the fantastic support of Suruchi Group, Apna Bhandar, Dinshaw’s ice-cream, Haldiram’s, Vicco, Bhojwani’s, Ajit Bakery, Kellogg’s, Waghmare Food Products Pvt Ltd, Cadbury Oreo, Punit Super Bazar, Rotary Club of Nagpur, Mascot Honda, Sudarshan Honda, Tajshree Honda, Sai Point Honda, Highland Park, Dataronics Systems, Glen, Moonlight Studio, Abaccus, O P Singh Events, Tupperware, Deepak Electric Stores, Brindavan’s, MKH Sancheti Public School and Junior College, and Deepak Agencies.

O P Singh Events managed the music and sound during the event and the team comprised Dinesh Chaudry, Shekhar Wadhai, Harshal Dhonge, Chandrashekhar Lale, Gaurav, Nikhil, Suraj, Kunal, Vicky, and Milind. Treza Michael and RJ Priyanka of Red FM, the radio partner, made the mega-event more entertaining and fun-filled. Rohit Pal managed the event. Of course, one must not forget to mention the Police Department, which extended full co-operation.

The kids who got enrolled as members of the Twinkle Club can expect more gifts by lucky draw.

1,500 members at KEC International

While the Twinkle Club membership drive is a highly-awaited event in the calendar of children in the city, KEC International also made available the opportunity to kids at Butibori. And, a total of 1,500 kids got enrolled on the day.

The team of KEC International took the initiative to enrol the members of Twinkle Club at Butibori, for which the company made all the arrangements. In fact, the team of KEC International visited the schools and urged the manegements to take advantage of the membership drive being organised in Butibori. Head (HR) of KEC International Pradeep Raut and Shubhangi Saxena, who looks after Corporate Social Responsibility activities of the company, took special efforts to make the drive a grand success.

Special thanks to Police Department

A huge responsibility was shouldered on the staff of Dhantoli Police Station and that of Traffic Control Branch (South), on Sunday to ensure smooth conduct of the membership drive of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club. Since early morning, Traffic Police were on duty and guided the early birds to properly park their vehicles and avoid congestion.

Thereafter, as crowd began to swell, the staff of Dhantoli Police Station took over the management and aided the staff of ‘The Hitavada’ and its security wing in streamlining the process of people’s movement. As it was an overwhelming turnout, without the effective management on part of City Police, the drive would not have achieved the stupendous success.

Police Inspector of Dhantoli Police Station Girish Tathod, Assistant Police Inspector (Traffic) Ganesh Gurav, Sub-Inspector Omprakash Bhalavi along with staff of the police station, Traffic Control Branch (South) maintained a strict vigil at the venue, Gorakshan Sabha, throughout the day.

Special mention has to be made of Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, who directed Dhantoli Police Station to beef up bandobast after his visit and appreciated the work being done by ‘The Hitavada’.

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Student gets 433 marks out of 400!

THE Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) committed yet another blunder when it allotted 433 marks out of 400 to a LLB 5th Semester student.

The goof-up came to light when t... Read More
THE Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) committed yet another blunder when it allotted 433 marks out of 400 to a LLB 5th Semester student.

The goof-up came to light when the student, Saket Bhattad, uploaded the image of his markesheet on a social networking site which went viral among his friends and was even shared by many more. When contacted, the Controller of Examination, Vilas Ramteke said, the goof-up could have been due to some technical problem. It would be rectified and the authorities would take strict action against the guilty person, added Ramteke.

This is not for the first time that RTMNU has courted a controversy. The university has been in news throughout the year because of the mismanagement and several other issues affecting lives of students. According to Saket, the marks should have been calculated out of 600 but due to some problem the university missed 200 marks of 2 subjects and calculated it out of 400. “But I am happy to know that I got over 100 per cent this semester, laughed Saket while narrating the incident and said that I have full faith in the authority and pray that the mistake is rectified soon.”

Meanwhile, in yet another case of university’s killing apathy, students of MA in Mass Communication batch 2012-14 are still awaiting their revised results of first semester, though they have completed their fourth semester!

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BJP fulfilling promises mentioned in manifesto for labourers’ welfare: Naqvi

“BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) is a party of poor, labourers, rural people,” said National In-charge Bharatiya Janata Mazdoor Morcha (BJMM) Muktar Abbas Naqvi while addressing National Execu... Read More
“BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) is a party of poor, labourers, rural people,” said National In-charge Bharatiya Janata Mazdoor Morcha (BJMM) Muktar Abbas Naqvi while addressing National Executive Council meeting of BJMM organised at Jammu and Kashmir on July 1. He said demands related to welfare of labourers were in BJP’s manifesto for Lok Sabha elections and BJP Government is implementing the promises made in the manifesto for welfare of labourers.

BJMM National President Prahlad Patel informed about future events. Political proposal was also passed during National Executive Council meeting. In the proposal, BJMM demanded for unified and easy registration process of labourers across states. Union Government should implement the proposal for benefit of labourers as done for time bound in case of implementation of Food Security Act nation-wide.

BJMM also demanded that Provident Fund number should be connected to registration number of labourers so that benefit of social beneficiary scheme is availed by desired beneficiaries. National office-bearers of BJMM were present in the national convention of BJMM. Prahlad Patel submitted copy of political memorandum passed in national convention of BJMM at Jammu and Kashmir to the Union, Labour and Employment Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Patel apprised him of political demands related to labourers passed during national convention of BJMM and urged them for redressal of pending demands related to welfare of labourers.

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HC asks NEERI to submit status report on dairy inspection till 7th

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday asked the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday asked the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to submit status report before the court till July 7, 2014. Earlier, the court had directed NEERI to inspect dairies situated on the banks of river Gaur in Jabalpur. The division bench has fixed next hearing on July 7.

Earlier, the division bench had directed the Housing and Environment Department of Madhya Pradesh to pay Rs 10 lakh to National Environmental Engineering Research Institute till June 27. The division bench also directed the State Government to search new place for shifting of dairy farms from its present position situated near Pariyat and Gaur rivers and to file report in this regard till July 3.

Earlier, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute contended before the court that on June 2, 2014, it had inspected five dairies and had submitted its report before the court.

Thereafter, division bench had directed the State Government to pay Rs 20 lakh to National Environmental Engineering Research Institute for inspection of dairies situated near river Gaur in Jabalpur. The division bench also directed the State Government to recover Rs 20 lakh from dairy owners according to quantity of bovines in dairy farms.

The State Government if could not recover the said money from dairy owners, then the government would recover the said money according to Bhu-Rajasva Adhiniyam. The division bench has given said directions in public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) and others. The division bench also directed the Secretary, Food and Drugs Administration, Madhya Pradesh Government to furnish list of all dairy owners in three regions to whom registration certificate has been issued by the Designated Officer. Thereafter, as per court’s order issued on April 29, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute was informed on May 5, 2014, to undertake inspection and to submit its recommendations. Proposal regarding scope of work and other matters including financial proyposal has been forwarded along with said communication.

Even that is taken on record. In previous hearings of the case the division bench had directed the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board to ensure proper inspection of dairy farms by the expert team of National Investigate Research Institute.

The court added that expenses of the team of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute will be borne by dairy owners of five dairies. The court had directed Jabalpur Collector to submit list of dairy farms operating on banks of river Narmada and Pariyat.

On April 29, Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board submitted its inspection report in compilation of earlier directions of this court that three dairies have been closed and five dairies have created tanks for collection of water containing animal waste and other material comes out from dairy campus.

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HC upholds death sentence of rape, murder accused

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Wednesday confirmed death sentence of accused of rape and murder of a minor, Vijay Raikwar. ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice N K Gupta on Wednesday confirmed death sentence of accused of rape and murder of a minor, Vijay Raikwar. The division bench, after confirming death sentence of the accused has dismissed criminal appeal filed by Vijay Raikwar. The division bench in its order said, “We also found that the report of DNA finger printing unit completely matches with the accused involved in the crime.

The report clearly states that the mattress seized from the cot-contained blood of victim and that blood stains present on clothes of accused were also of the victim. Not only this, according to the report, even in the smegma of accused, blood of victim was found. Likewise, the report of Dr C S Jain, Junior Forensic Specialist, confirms involvement of the accused with the crime. For these reasons, we are in complete agreement with findings of trial court that the accused most brutally throttled the victim to death after raping her and then throwing the naked body at some distance from his house in the open”.

The division bench also added in its order that evidence on record clearly establishes that the victim was friend of accused’s sister, Janki and, therefore, she used to visit his house to play. And the accused, taking advantage of the trust of victim and he being alone in the house, subjected her to brutal rape and thereafter throttled her to death. Several injuries on the victim’s body testify the fact. He even inhumanely dumped the naked body of the victim on roadside at a distance of 50-60 steps from his house. Thus, an innocent hapless girl was subjected to barbaric treatment. We feel that the crime committed satisfies the test of ‘rarest of rare’ cases. We, therefore, uphold death sentence and also other sentences imposed by the trial court.

The death sentence of the accused is confirmed and his appeal is dismissed, the division bench said. Vijay Pandey, Deputy Advocate General, appeared on behalf of the State. Additional Sessions Judge, Raheli, Sagar District, by his judgement dated on December 23, 2013, passed in sessions trial sentenced accused Vijay Raikwar to death for committing murder of a minor girl after raping her.

He has also convicted the accused for offences under sections 376(2)(f) and 201 of the Indian Penal Code as well as section 5(I), 5(m) and 5(r) read with section 6 of the protection of children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and sentenced to life imprisonment and other terms of imprisonment with fine. All the sentences have been directed to run concurrently. The Additional Sessions Judge having sentenced the accused with death penalty has made a reference to the High Court. Being aggrieved with the conviction, the accused also filed a criminal appeal. By this common judgement we are deciding reference as well as criminal appeal. It is, however, to be noted that the Additional Sessions Judge by the same judgement acquitted co-accused Rajkumar Raikwar of the charges under sections 376(22)(f) and 201 of the Indian Penal Code for concealing the evidence.

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State fails to develop new hydro power units

MINISTER of Power has pointed out lackadaisical attitude of Madhya Pradesh in making strenuous attempt for further development of hydel power generation capacity. It has been noticed that despi... Read More
MINISTER of Power has pointed out lackadaisical attitude of Madhya Pradesh in making strenuous attempt for further development of hydel power generation capacity. It has been noticed that despite having tremendous potential for utilisation of water resources for amplifying hydel power generation the State is yet to come up with any fresh proposal since past years. Ironically, Madhya Pradesh runs hydro power projects of around 2,395 MW installed capacity but the State has share of only 915 MW. Despite having tremendous potential for development of hydel and small hydel power stations, the State has failed in using ample water resources.

Reviewing progress of State power sector, the Union Power Ministry stated that Madhya Pradesh Government is not making any progress in hydro energy front as installed capacity of hydel power stations in the State is around 2,395 MW while another project of 400 MW of Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation is under construction. It was also informed that Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has not cleared any hydro project in the State. A detailed project report from Madhya Pradesh for 100 MW Sone project was declined by CEA due to failure of authorities in furnishing basic inputs desired by the authority.

What is more that there is no hydroelectric project under progress for survey and investigation for further augmentation of power generation resources in the State. CEA confirmed that there is no project currently under examination. The Ministry of Power stated that the share of Madhya Pradesh in hydel power shall be declined due to stagnation of hydro sector in coming years.

There are only 10 hydro electric projects with installed capacity of 2,395 MW are operational including NHDC’s 1,000 MW Indira Sagar, Omkareshwar of 520 MW, Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company’s 90 MW Bargi Hydel Power Project, 115 MW Gandhi Sagar Project, Pench Hydel Power Station of 160 MW, 405 Ban Sagar-I, II and III projects amongst others.

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BEd colleges to have biometric attendance system

BEd colleges of Chhattisgarh will have biometric attendance system from this academic session to ensure presence of students in the classrooms. State School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap held ... Read More
BEd colleges of Chhattisgarh will have biometric attendance system from this academic session to ensure presence of students in the classrooms. State School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap held a meeting of the education department officials and gave necessary directives for the implementation of biometric system. “It is necessary that the BEd students maintain discipline as they one day will become teacher. Unless they become regular in their classes, how can they teach their students when given responsibility of teaching,” said the minister on the first day of two-day review meeting at Mantralatya on Wednesday. It is important that the BEd students get better education, the minister said. The minister will review the proceedings of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), State Literacy Mission Authority, Textbook Corporation, Madarsa Board and Sanskrit Board. School Education Secretary Subrat Sahoo and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

The minister also emphasised the need for quality education in the schools while underlining the chief minister’s decision of observing academic session 2014-15 as ‘Quality Education Year’. He also felt the need for making online the attendance of teachers undergoing training at various DIET (District Institute for Educational Training) centres. He also suggested print books in local languages like Halbi, Gondi etc. for making teaching of tribal students easy. Also present in the meeting were SCERT Director Sanjay Ojha, Textbook Corpotation Managing Director Yunus Ali, Public Instructions Director B S Maravi and Sanskrit Vidya Mandal Secretary Suresh Sharma.

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65% undertrial prisoners in State waiting for justice

Over 65% of the total 14,602 inmates in different jails of the Chhattisgarh state are under-trials and waiting for hearing of their cases in the court. Owing to the alleged lethargy in the hear... Read More
Over 65% of the total 14,602 inmates in different jails of the Chhattisgarh state are under-trials and waiting for hearing of their cases in the court. Owing to the alleged lethargy in the hearing of the cases at the courts, human right activists feel that so many innocent people are suffering unnecessary pre-trial punishment in already overcrowded jails of the state.

According to the information obtained by Gaurav Banerjee, Human Right Activist who collected the information, total 14,062 prisoners including 3,562 women are languishing in 31 jails of the state including 5 Central Jail, 10 District Jail and 16 Sub-Jails. Amongst 14,062 intimates, 9,145 are under-trials and remaining 4,917 are convicts.

It needs to be mentioned that already the central and district jails of the state are the most overcrowded jails of the nation. The 5 central and 10 district jails have a total prisoner capacity of 5,302 but currently 14,062 prisoners are in these jails, 8,760 prisoners more than the capacity of the jails. If the courts of the state deliver their judgments at the earliest, many innocent people would get freed from the prisons and overcrowded jails would get some relief.

The Central Jail in capital Raipur has 2,832 prisoners against the capacity of 1,190 and the shocking part is that amongst the 2,832, over 50% that is 1400 prisoners are under-trials. Similarly Central Jail-Durg has 1,706 intimates as against the capacity of 396 and out of them over 1,150 are under-trials.

The Central Jail Bilaspur has 2,715 prisoners as against the capacity of 1,008 and here too, 1,514 prisoners are under-trials. In Central Jail –Jagdalpur of Bastar district, 1,506 intimates are languishing at present though it has the facility to keep only 579 prisoners and here also, 1,106 prisoners are under-trials.

In Central Jail-Ambikapur of Sarguja district too, 1,210 intimates among the 1860 are under-trials although this jail has a capacity of keeping only 895 intimates. The 10 district jails of the state have 3,443 intimates as against of 1,234 capacity and amongst these 60% intimates are under-trials.

However in most of the 16 sub jails, prisoners are very few and in some of them have just 30 to 40 intimates. ‘According to the conventional norms, someone is innocent till proven guilty. The bail should be generally available and jail should be for exceptional. However, unfortunately, the same is not occurring in any one of the states across the nation’ said Dr Alok Sharma, Human Rights Campaigner and Senior Advocate.

He also pointed out that large number of under-trial prisoners in the jails of the state is great injustice and gross violation of the human rights. It is against the fundamental principle of freedom and the judiciaries need to be more considerable while granting bail. Meanwhile, one retired Judge was of the view that all courts have lots of cases and so it is one of the major reasons in delay of judgment. This might be the reason why several under-trial prisoners are in jails for last so many months.

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Minister Rajesh Munat inspects four-lane highway

Minister for PWD, Transport, Housing and Environment, Government of Chhattisgarh, Rajesh Munat inspected NH-6 four-lane highway, from Kumhari toll plaza to Durg, on Wednesday. The Minister dire... Read More
Minister for PWD, Transport, Housing and Environment, Government of Chhattisgarh, Rajesh Munat inspected NH-6 four-lane highway, from Kumhari toll plaza to Durg, on Wednesday. The Minister directed the officials of DSC Ventures Private Limited, the agency for construction and maintenance of NH-6, to follow the agreement clauses properly. Munat inspected the main lane and service lane at Charoda, Sirsa Gate, Bhilai-3, CBSE Chowk and Chandra Maurya, and reviewed the quality of road. Subsequently, he directed the concerning officials to undertake the necessary road repair work within next 15 days. He further instructed them to furnish the details of maintenance works undertaken on the road during the last one year.

Durg Collector, R Shangeetha; Durg SP, Dr Anand Chhabra; BMC Commissioner, Narendra Dugga; Vaishali Nagar MLA, Vidya Ratan Bhasin; Chief Engineer, Ministry of Transport and Highways, Government of India, DO Taware; along with the officials of DSC Ventures Private Limited, New Delhi and Public Works Department were present during the inspection.

The Cabinet Minister directed the officials of the agency to ensure that all the conditions of agreement were followed completely, before the last date of toll recovery in March, 2015. He specifically emphasized on measures for smooth vehicular traffic and redressal of the problems faced by commuters on the highway.

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Season based crop insurance in C’garh

RAIPUR, July 2 Chhattisgarh government has launched season based crop insurance programme for the current Kharif season. This insurance covers paddy, maize, soya bean, ground nut, pigeon pea a... Read More
RAIPUR, July 2 Chhattisgarh government has launched season based crop insurance programme for the current Kharif season. This insurance covers paddy, maize, soya bean, ground nut, pigeon pea and two other crops ( ‘Mung’ and ‘Urad’).

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has directed the agriculture department and all the other agencies to ensure that programme is implemented seriously. The programme will be implemented through the Government- of- India (GoI) authorized agriculture insurance companies. The agriculture department will pay the premium grant out of the funds provisioned for the financial year 2014-15. State Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal has appealed the farmers to come forward and avail the benefit of this insurance cover. The programme has been started as the administrative directives and operational guidelines issued from to time by the GoI Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Crop insurance companies have been selected for all the districts.

This insurance programme is compulsory for the indebted farmers in the notified area for the notified crop and optional for such farmers who are not indebted.

Fifty percent of the premium will be paid by the farmers and the remaining share fifty percent will be contributed by the central and the state governments in equal share. It is compulsory for the insurance companies to implement the programme in all the regions in the allotted districts.

In case any company has not implemented the programme in any of the allotted district then such company will be blacklisted for this programme. The insurance companies will do adequate publicity so that more and more farmers avail the insurance benefit.

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Vidhyarthi Morcha holds candle light protest against Shankracharya

Students’ organisation Vidyarthi Morcha hold a candle light protest against Dwarikapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand for his controversial remarks of calling Sai Baba as ‘not a deity... Read More
Students’ organisation Vidyarthi Morcha hold a candle light protest against Dwarikapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand for his controversial remarks of calling Sai Baba as ‘not a deity’ and appealed the people to do away from worshiping Sai Baba.

Members of the Morcha, led by President Subham Sahu, on Wednesday raised slogans against Shankaracharya besides demanding strict actions against him. While addressing media persons during the occasion, Sahu said that Swami Swaroopanand is not the only representative of the Hindu community and he has got no rights to tell people not to show faith on Sai Baba besides avoid worshipping him. “The statement of Shankaracharya has created resentment among all the Sai Baba followers and he should now apologize from Crores of people across the country,” he said.

He added Sai Baba is the symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity and had spread the message of peace and brotherhood among the people besides unveiling the bad aspects of religion. Even the Shridi Sai Baba Trust is doing a lot in the field of education and health for benefiting the humanity.

“The statement is very unfortunate and could create problematic situation in the country and Shankaracharya should apologize immediately,” Sahu demanded. He also informed that further protest and demonstration will be carried out in the coming days regarding the issue.

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State wrestling teams return ‘humiliated’

The state-level sub junior boys group and girls group has returned from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, without participating in the 33rd National Sub-Junior Boys and 17th Sub-Junior Girls Freesty... Read More
The state-level sub junior boys group and girls group has returned from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, without participating in the 33rd National Sub-Junior Boys and 17th Sub-Junior Girls Freestyle Wrestling event. Ten girls and eight boys along with their coaches and managers had to returned as the State Sports Department and Wrestling Association allegedly failed to submit the names of their coaches and managers to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and organisers in Srinagar, instead the relatives of the office-bearers of State Wrestling Association were found in the list submitted to the organisers.

Now the sports officials and association office bearers are trying to cover up the issue by refuting the charges leveled against them. They are also attempting to pacify the sports talents and their coaches and managers not to speak to media to highlight the issue so as to avoid public angst and criticism. However, the state’s image in national wrestling arena has already been dented as the state level team returned humiliated.

Talking to The Hitavada, team Manager Gangaprasad Sinha and one of the 18 wrestlers, who accused the sports department of Chhattisgarh of meting out step-motherly treatment to them, said on Wednesday that they had boarded Jammu-Tawi Express at Durg on June 25. Shravan Yadav, B Yadav and Ganesh Vishwakarma were the coaches and Gama Yadav and Babulal Sahu were the managers who accompanied the team.

Sinha said the State Wrestling Association had received an official letter from the organisers inviting Chhattisgarh team to take part in the national event. “I had a telephonic conversation with Jagannath Yadav, one of the members of State Association, and he told me to accompany the team as manager,” Sinha told this newspaper. “After arriving at Srinagar, we found only the names of Shravan Yadav and Gama Yadav in the list apart from players,” Sinha said adding that the wrestlers did want to stay with Shravan and Gama and thus they decided to come back.

Wrestlers Domendra Kumar Nishad, Manoj Sahu and Neelam Sahu alleged that the name of the coaches and managers was changed after reaching Srinagar and they were kept in dark about this development. “We did not want to participate in the event under the supervision of Gama Yadav and Shravan Yadav,” they said. They also alleged that they had to spend money from their own pockets for food during their travel and even after reaching Srinagar Gama Yadav denied to bear the expenses. The wrestlers, who reached Raipur on Wednesday, told media that they had to travel without ticket. On their way, they were also caught by a TT who imposed fine of Rs 5000. “When we narrated our agony, the TT agreed to accept Rs 700 as fine and allow us to travel from Delhi to Raipur,” they said.

Further, the players alleged that the players from Sports Authority of India (SAI) were allowed to participate in the name of Chhattisgarh. Stating whatever happened during these days as unfortunate, CWA General Secretary Brijeevan Rai said the indiscipline on the part of wrestlers has dented the image of Chhattisgarh. Rai also lamented state government’s biased attitude towards wrestling. “Till date we have not received a single penny from the state government for the promotion of wrestling. We manage expense on our own. The wrestlers should realise it,” Rai said.

WFI takes serious note of indiscipline by CG wrestlers

The young wrestlers of the state have shown indiscipline inviting the wrath of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Chhattisgarh Wrestling Association General Secretary Brijeevan Rai told this newspaper on Wednesday. A WFI letter received by the state body on Wednesday reads that Chhattisgarh players did not inform the statutory body and left the event venue which certainly shows unruliness on the part of players. “Kashmir is a sensitive place. It was quite insensible step taken by your wrestlers,” WFI senior vice-president Upadhyaya told Rai over phone.

“I asked your wrestlers about their difficulties so that it could be sorted out, but unfortunately none of them clarified the things,” Upadhyaya informed Rai. Rai, further, said the wrestlers were misled by two-three people who had accompanied the team just to visit Jammu and Kashmir. “As far as Sinha’s appointment as one of the managers is concerned, I don’t have idea about it,” Rai said.

The wrestlers may be declared defaulters by WFI, but the state body will try to settle the issue with the highest body, Rai said adding that he will soon call a meeting of the wrestlers, coaches and managers to know about the development.

Wrestlers selected for sub-junior national event

The wrestlers selected for the national event are Nobal Sinha, Manoj Sahu, Numesh Yadav and Prabhat Bhoyar (Dhamtari), Kundan Thakur, Domendra Nishad, Mahesh Sahu, Lucky Yadav (Durg). Similarly, girls team includes Tanuja Sahu, Divyabharti Sahu, Janki Sahu, and Nandani Nirmalkar (Dhamtari), Neelam Sahu and Kanchan Dhimar (Raipur), Payal Sapaha, Laxmi Yadav, Damini Keshar and Tanuja Yadav (Durg).

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‘By butchering people of C’garh, Naxals killing their brethren’

Later, speaking to media persons Ram Naresh Yadav extended his best wishes to the state and expressed hope that it proceeds on the path of continuous progress. He called upon the Naxalites to shu... Read More
Later, speaking to media persons Ram Naresh Yadav extended his best wishes to the state and expressed hope that it proceeds on the path of continuous progress. He called upon the Naxalites to shun violence and join mainstream. He said the Naxalites should keep in mind that Chhattisgarh is their state and people living here are their brethren. He said he would try to do every thing to end this menace. Answering a query on the implementation of provisions laid under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, the Governor said he will try his level best to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities.

The In charge Governor said the state is progressing continuously on the path of development, he added that he would try to develop best coordination between the state and the centre so that this progressive state could progress more expeditiously.

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MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav takes oath as C’garh’s In-charge Governor

Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was administered oath of office and secrecy as In charge Governor of Chhattisgarh here at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday. Justice Yatindra Singh, Chief Justic... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was administered oath of office and secrecy as In charge Governor of Chhattisgarh here at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday. Justice Yatindra Singh, Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court administered oath of office and secrecy to the In charge Governor at a simple but gorgeous function held at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan. The In Charge Governor Ram Naresh Yadav took his oath in the name of God in Hindi at 11am.

Ram Naresh Yadav after being administered oath of office and secrecy, has become the second In charge Governor in Chhattisgarh. Earlier, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh Sushil Kumar Shinde was administered oath of office and secrecy as the first In charge Governor of Chhattisgarh on July 28, 2005. Shinde was In charge Governor of Chhattisgarh for a period of approximately three months before E S L Narasimhan took charge as Governor of Chhattisgarh.

The simple but gorgeous function was attended by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo, Cabinet Ministers including Brijmohan Agrawal, Ramsewak Paikra, Ajay Chandrakar, Rajesh Munat, Punnulal Mohle, Kedar Kashyap, Ramsheela Sahu, former Assembly Speaker Dharamlal Kaushik and large number of public representatives.

Also present on the occasion were large number of administrative and police officials including Chief Information Officer Serjious Minz, State Election Commissioner P C Dalei, DGP Amarnath Upadhyay, Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma amongst other dignitaries. The family members of Ram Naresh Yadav were also present during the occasion.The Oath taking ceremony was conducted by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand. Principal Secretary to Governor Amitabh Jain and Registrar General A K Panda were also present on the dais during the ceremony.

After the oath taking ceremony was over, Ram Naresh Yadav was given a Guard of Honour. Later the In charge Governor returned to the Durbar Hall where all dignitaries including Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh greeted him with bouquets.

    Talking to media persons Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh extended his best wishes and congratulations to In charge Governor Ram Naresh Yadav. The Chief Minister while extending his best wishes on behalf of 2.5 crore people of the state said the state is privileged that a person like Ram Naresh Yadav who has got immense experience both politically and in administrative matters has been made In charge Governor.

On the back-drop of the oath taking ceremony, the Chief Minister while talking on the delay of Monsoon in Chhattisgarh assured the people not to panic. He said crops are sowed till July 15 and by then there will be sufficient rainfall. He said in any case the rain is delayed further, then also nothing to worry because the state has sufficient food grains and other materials in stock for next one year. He also stated that employment oriented works under MNREGS and other welfare schemes would be initiated in this case so that farm labourers do not face problem.

Commenting on the sub-standard supply of seeds, he said he had instructed the Chief Secretary to ensure that sub-standard seed is replaced by quality seeds by the suppliers and to take necessary action against people guilty.

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Retired head constable of CISF commits suicide

In a shocking incident, an old aged retired CISF jawan allegedly committed suicide by hanging at his house at Barkheda under Govindpura police station late on Tuesday night. As soon as the han... Read More
In a shocking incident, an old aged retired CISF jawan allegedly committed suicide by hanging at his house at Barkheda under Govindpura police station late on Tuesday night. As soon as the hanging body of the victim came into light to his family, the police were informed in this regard. Police seized the body, which was later sent for postmortem after completion of panchnama. No suicide note was recovered either from the spot or from the possession of the victim, which could throw light over the reason, which prompted him to take such step. However, police have termed it suicide following statements of the victim’s family that the victim has hanged self. Subsequently, a case under section 174 of CrPC was lodged and further investigation into circumstances surrounding the incident was initiated by the police. According to police, victim was identified as Ramcharan Ahirwar, 62, who was residing at Barkheda in Govindpura. Victim had retired from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as head constable some two years ago. Victim’s family members told the police that the victim used to remain ill often and was upset over his prolonged illness. But whether it was the exact reason that forced the victim to take such step was not confirmed, said the police. Police said that to unravel reason behind his suicide, an investigation has been initiated as well as the family members of the victim would also be questioned once they overcome their grief.Till the filing of the report, further investigation was on.

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BDA announces hike in rates of 12,000 properties by 30%

There was no relief whatsoever in real estate in the budget of the State Government announced on Tuesday and now Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) too has further increased the burden on the c... Read More
There was no relief whatsoever in real estate in the budget of the State Government announced on Tuesday and now Bhopal Development Authority (BDA) too has further increased the burden on the citizens of the State capital.

A meeting of Board of Directors of BDA was held on Wednesday in which the announcement of increment of property rates by 30% was made. On the other hand the interest rates of installments have been reduced from 16.5% to 12%.

With the increment the citizens will have to pay 30% more as compared to the current amount if he/she is planning to purchase the BDA’s property. This proposal was approved during the meeting of board of directors of BDA held on Wednesday. The meeting featured the Chairman of BDA and Divisional Commissioner SB Singh, Collector Nishant Warwade, BMC Commissioner Vishesh Garhpale, Joint Director of T&CP DP Kulshrestha, BDA CEO Kumar Purushottam among other officers. During the meeting 14 proposals were given approval.

The booking of properties in the colonies of BDA will be done on the basis of the increased costs starting from July which will affect nearly 12,000 properties. The increment in Collector guideline is being heralded as the reason behind the increased costs. The new prices will be applicable on those properties which BDA has not sold yet. According to BDA the new business rules have been implemented since last year in which the board of directors has the right to fix the property rates. The rate of the plot has been based on the Collector guideline while the rates of flats and commercial properties have been kept more than the guideline. On the other hand 14% increment has been done in Pipalner Aavasiya Yojna, 17% increment in Vedvati Aavasiya Yojna and 13% increment in Katara Hills Aavasiya Yojna. Another high point of the meeting was that Bharat petrol has been given the approval it requested for in regard to Pragati petrol pump near Board Office Square in MP Nagar zone-2.

BDA has also included lease rent in the lease property. According to the information the current price in Katara hills project is Rs 1700 per square feet which will increase to Rs 1900 per square feet after the addition of lease rent of 10 years.

BDA has however not increased the rates in Affordable Housing Projects in Salaiya and Barrai since these projects have been approved by the state administration and only the State Government itself can make changes in the same and thus the rate of 1-BHK flat has been kept Rs 4.5 lakh while the rate of 2 BHK flat has been kept as Rs 10 lakh. Apart of the current housing scheme in Katara Hills BDA has been given 5 acre of government land. BDA has also got the map approved from Town and Country Planning (T&CP) where 6 plots of 1000-2500 square feet have been cut. This will be launched in the first week of July after the approval of the board. BDA has priced it at Rs 1700.

New rates of plots in main schemes

Rajabhoj parisar: The old price of Rs.19 lakh has been increased to Rs.23.48 lakh for 1453.12 square feet land with the increment of 22% in the price. Misrod phase 2: Rs.32.10 lakh, a 30% increment from the old price of Rs.24.69 lakh for 1452.6 square feet area and Aero city: the new price is Rs.37.66 lakh for 2325 square feet area which is nearly 20% increment from the old price of Rs.30.24 lakh. Additional CEO BDA Arun Shrivastava said, “We are bound by the compulsion of not keeping price anything lesser than the Collector’s guidelines and we have abide by it. Moreover, the interest rate has been reduced to 7% from the earlier 9% while the premium interest rate for delay payment has been reduced from 16.5% to 12%.”

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HC notices to Health Secy, Director Health in Satna hospital fire incident

A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Public Health and Fam... Read More
A division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Wednesday, issued notices to the Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Welfare Department of Madhya Pradesh as well as Director, Health and Family Welfare, Bhopal, in the matter related to the recent fire incident in the neo-natal ward of District Hospital Satna, leaving seriously injured ten new born babies and one death reported in this case.

The division bench has issued notices in the public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch, and asked the respondent to submit their reply till July 30. The petitioner contended that the recent fire broke out in a District Hospital Satna in its Neo-Natal Ward, seriously injuring ten new born babies and one death case had created panic in the minds of general public particularly amongst mothers, whose new born babies were admitted in the neo-natal care unit of District Hospital, Satna. The aforesaid news spread in the electronic media and print media, and the general public after seeing the agony of the parents of the babies could visualise the trauma underwent by the parents due to lack of emergent facilities in the District Hospital Satna. The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct the respondents to constitute a high power committee to monitor and inspect the State run Primary Health Centre and District Hospitals and Private Hospitals, periodically to ascertain the fixation of safety measures and protective devices. The petitioner also prayed before the court to direct the respondents to regular affixing safety devices compulsorily in specialised wards.

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Katare attempts to corner Government on VYAPAM scam

Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare levelled volley of charges against Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government in discussion on adjournment motion brought by Opposition on much-spoken VYAPAM scam. K... Read More
Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare levelled volley of charges against Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government in discussion on adjournment motion brought by Opposition on much-spoken VYAPAM scam. Katare also questioned the probe being done by STF into the scam.

Katare said that why CM had called STF officers for review into the case. “How STF probe is fair if you are doing the review,” he questioned CM. Trying to put CM in dock in connection with the scam, he said that when CM had pulled up STF, accused in scam and once close to CM, Prem Prasad got anticipatory bail from court.

He also wanted to know why investigative agency STF was not involving Chairman of VYAPAM and who were the big persons as claimed by ex-minister Laxmikant Sharma during his arrest. He said big fish are still sitting in Vallabh Bhawan.

He demanded CBI probe into the scam, saying that as scam’s trail was entering various states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and so on and Madhya Pradesh police could not do probe in other states hence case should be handed over to CBI.Indirectly talking about clarification issued by Police Headquarters in which clean chit had been given to some influential persons, he wanted to know from Government why it was taking certificate from DGP, who was going to retire in two months. Coming to the scam, he said that names were forwarded on slips by saying that concerned person was very special like what had happened in the case of one Mihir Kumar.

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Seven judges of Indore Bench to continue hearings in Jabalpur, Gwalior from today

FOR the first time in the history of Madhya Pradesh High Court, following the indefinite strike of Indore Bar Council all the seven judges of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench will continu... Read More
FOR the first time in the history of Madhya Pradesh High Court, following the indefinite strike of Indore Bar Council all the seven judges of Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore Bench will continue scheduled hearings in Jabalpur and Gwalior from July 3.

Members of Indore High Court Bar Council are on indefinite strike against working of Indore police for registering a case against a builder for arguing and attacking an advocate on June 26. Thereafter, members of Indore High Court Bar Council demanded to register a case against the accused builders and staged demonstration near High Court premises. Meanwhile, Tukoganj police registered three cases against Bar Council President P K Shukla and several other advocates for disturbing law and order situation.

Indore Bar Council members charged partial working of SHO of Tukoganj police station and declared to stage indefinite strike from July 3. Taking a serituous note of the situation, Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday evening had an hour-long video-conferencing with Indore and Gwalior benches and decided to continue scheduled hearing of cases in Jabalpur and Gwalior.

Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court Ved Prakash informed that according to the decision, four out of seven judges of Indore Bench will reach Jabalpur for hearing of scheduled cases through helicopter on June 3, while remaining three judges will hear cases in Gwalior on the same day.

Four judges of Indore Bench including S K Seth, J K Maheshwari, S C Sharma, Prakash Shrivastava will continue hearing of cases in Jabalpur while three judges of Indore Bench including P K Jaiswal, S R Baghmare and J K Jail will hear cases in Gwalior. Similarly, Administrative Judge, Jabalpur, Ajit Singh will reach Indore for hearing of emergency cases and interacting with Indore Bar Council and District Police during agitation of advocates.

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Medical students accuse VYAPAM of shielding big fish

Accusing VYAPAM of throwing out innocent students from medical colleges to hide own faults, medical students have urged Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to intervene in the matter to save t... Read More
Accusing VYAPAM of throwing out innocent students from medical colleges to hide own faults, medical students have urged Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to intervene in the matter to save their career during a meeting with mediapersons here on Wednesday at a city hotel.

Besides urging CM, a group of students, rusticated for allegedly clearing the PMT entrance examinations through ‘unfair means’ by VYAPAM, have decided to take the battle against the injustice faced by them on own.

On Wednesday, at press meet held at MP Nagar, many students presented their sides over how VYAPAM had done injustice to them to save tainted students.

Bhavesh Nair, a third year student of LN Medical College, said, “No one wants to come up with the answer of this question that how my parents and I would repay my education loan taken after my selection and in the PMT examination and got admission in LN Medical College. Neither my family nor I have money to repay my education loan.”

“After investing lakhs of rupees and three crucial years of time, now I am left with only scar of a rusticated student. I was expelled for using unfair means by VYAPAM, which does not have any base to prove it that I have done cheating,” he further added.

Another student, Neha Verma, a Pre Final year student at MGM Indore College, said that even all the arrangements of the examinations and admissions from the beginning till the end was handled by VYAPAM. Now VYAPAM itself is blaming the students for clearing such exams through unfair means, which is really ridiculous.

Anti-Government and anti-VYAPAM slogans were also raised during the press-meet by the group of students. Another member of the protesting group Nisha Chouhan, an Intern at the Gandhi Medical College, also presented her view, saying that after so many years, they had detected use of unfair means, using some software, which is not acceptable.

They also said that some years ago, VYAPAM had said in its official statement that it was not having records before the year 2012. But now, how it is claiming for keeping these records as well as sufficient evidence against them should be investigated, they added.

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I will renounce life if role in VYAPAM proved: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said even if one single allegation was proved on his role in VYAPAM scam, he would not only retire from politics but also take ‘Sanyas’ from life. Chouh... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said even if one single allegation was proved on his role in VYAPAM scam, he would not only retire from politics but also take ‘Sanyas’ from life. Chouhan was replying on adjournment motion brought by Congress on multi-layered VYAPAM scam in Assembly on Wednesday.

Coming down heavily on Congress, Chouhan said he was in Khajuraho when he came to know that Opposition had levelled serious charges against him as well as his family, including his wife. Claiming that his wife was innocent, Chouhan said that it was he who had the credit of exposing irregularities in the scam. Training guns on Congress, Chouhan said that during Congress regime, jobs were doled out at will and he had tried to curb such things and to bring transparency. Claiming that no guilty would be spared, whether he is politician, middleman or corrupt officer, Chouhan said he was eager for debate on VYAPAM scam.

Criticising Congress for trying to malign his image as well as dragging the name of his family in the scam, Chouhan said Congress was concerned that VYAPAM issue should not slip from its hand and due to this reason, it is levelling baseless allegations. Dirty allegations were levelled at personnel level.

Talking about Opposition’s apprehension on STF probe, he said that even court had said that STF had acted promptly in case without wasting any time. It seems that Opposition is not having faith in police, High Court and STF. Coming to CBI probe demand of Opposition in scam, he said that High Court had rejected 14 petitions by expressing satisfaction on STF probe.

Chouhan could not complete his reply due to regular uproar by Opposition members. As Assembly was adjourned till Thursday following pandemonium, Chouhan would continue reply even on Thursday.

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HC expects Centre to keep aspirations of Vid in mind, restore MBBS seats

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here urged the Central Government to keep in mind the aspirations of the people of Vidarbha regarding MBBS seats in medical colleg... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here urged the Central Government to keep in mind the aspirations of the people of Vidarbha regarding MBBS seats in medical colleges in the region while considering the recommendations of Medical Council of India (MCI) in this regard till July 15 next.

The court also expressed displeasure over the style of functioning of Medical Council of India (MCI). The court was hearing a petition against decrease of 150 MBBS seats because of infrastructural deficiencies in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College at Nagpur, and Government Medical Colleges at Akola and Yavatmal. The Court assured the Central Government that while passing the subsequent orders, possibly on July 16 next, it will bind the State Government with undertakings to remove all deficiencies pointed out by MCI teams, within given time-frame, as it has done in the past, in respect of Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur.

During hearing of the PIL filed by city lawyer C H Sharma and a few others, the Court also perused the affidavit filed by State Medical Education Secretary Manisha Patankar-Mhaiskar and termed it ‘not satisfactory’.

On June 11, 2014, the Amicus Curiae had pointed out in his note that in its inspection of the Government Medical College at Yavatmal, MCI found and referred to certain deficiencies and had recommended to the Union of India not to renew the permission for admission of students to MBBS course against the increased intake of seats from 100 to 150 for the academic session 2014-15.

State Government filed this affidavit in response to the direction of the Court to indicate the time-frame required by it to remove all deficiencies pointed out by MCI.

The Court was informed that an amount of Rs 106,04,57,500/- was required to remove deficiencies at the Government Medical College in Yavatmal alone.

Adv A J Gilda assisted the amicus curiae J T Gilda. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Assistant Solicitor General of India S K Mishra (Central Goverrnment), and Adv Rahul Bhangde Medical Council of India represented the respondents.

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HC disposes of MLA’s plea on Gondia GMCH, clears way to move SC

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here reiterated that it would be appropriate if the writ petitioner Congress MLA of Gondia Gopaldas Agrawal moved the Supreme Cour... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here reiterated that it would be appropriate if the writ petitioner Congress MLA of Gondia Gopaldas Agrawal moved the Supreme Court for direction to Medical Council of India (MCI) to inspect the proposed Government Medical College (GMCH) project within a time-frame to enable it to admit students for the academic session 2014-15. With this observation, the Court disposed of the petition.

Before passing the order, the Court once again perused the Supreme Court’s order of June 6 last in the case of Priya Gupta Vs State of Chhattisgarh and others. The case dealt with the application of MCI for extension of time for sending its recommendations to Central Government, and for the Central Government to take final decision/issue letter of permission after considering MCI recommendations for establishment of new medical college, renewal of permissions and for increase in seats in existing medical college.

In its order, the Supreme Court had allowed the prayer of MCI by extending time schedule for sending its recommendations to Central Government for under-graduate course up to June 15, 2014.

It also extended the last date for issuing letter of permission by the Central Government for MBBS course up to July 15 next for the session 2014-15. The dates were extended subject to the conditions that due to this extension in time, admission schedule would not be disturbed and session for MBBS course would commence only from September 2, 2014 and last date of admission against stray vacancy was September 30, 2014.

The court also perused copy of the letter sent by Union Health Department’s Under Secretary Dewanand P Wethe to MCI Secretary on June 26, intimating that all cases of compliance referred to MCI by the Ministry might be scrutinised in the Executive Committee meeting on July 8, 2014 on merits and fresh recommendations for approval/disapproval with specific reasons might be sent to Health Ministry by July 10, 2014 positively.

On the last date, MCI counsel was asked to take instructions as to whether MCI had some plan of inspection of new medical college projects by July 2. The counsel had shown a copy of a letter to the Court and when the order was being dictated, took the said ‘letter’ back claiming that the same was confidential one. Advocates J T and A J Gilda appeared for the petitioner MLA Gopaldas Agrawal. Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Assistant Solicitor General of India S K Mishra (Union Health Ministry), and Adv Rahul M Bhangde (MCI) represented the respondents.

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It’s another hottest July

This July is not only about delayed Monsoon but also the rising mercury. For the third time in its history, Nagpur city recorded the highest maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius in the... Read More
This July is not only about delayed Monsoon but also the rising mercury. For the third time in its history, Nagpur city recorded the highest maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius in the month of July, on Tuesday. On Wedneday also, the maximum temperature remained a close 40.5 degrees Celsius. As against the average maximum temperature of 30-34 degrees Celsius for the month of July in city, this is 6.5 to 10 degrees higher. The maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius is the all-time record for the month of July. Previously, this temperature was recorded only twice -- once on July 12, 1966, and the second time on July 11, 1992. However, this time, the highest maximum temperature for July has been recorded on the very first day of the month. As per the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), July is the typical monsoon month when Nagpur receives the highest monthly rainfall. On a normal monsoon day, moderate rainfall of 10 to 30 mm may be observed and there are spells lasting for couple of days. This time, in the first two days of July, not a single drop of rain has been received in the city. However, the first two days saw the maximum temperature rising above 40 degrees Celsius.

On July 1, Nagpur was also the hottest of Vidarbha districts. Wardha registered 40.1 degrees Celsius, Chandrapur and Gondia registered 40 degrees Celsius each, Akola registered 38.6 degrees Celsius, Yavatmal recorded 38.2 degrees Celsius, Washim recorded 38 degrees Celsius, Amravati 36.8 and Buldhana registered 36.5 degrees Celsius.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Nagpur Regional Centre is observing the movement of monsoon over Central India. According to Assistant Meteorologist G T Gakare, “Currently there is no activity of monsoon over Vidarbha region. Some movement is going on in North East region, covering some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal.”

Gakare informed that in July, monsoon covers West-Central and North-East regions of the country. But, this time, low pressure is not formed yet over West-Central region. Rainfall is expected in Nagpur and nearby areas on July 8 and 9, but is likely to be below average.

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Election of Mayor, deputy, MC chiefs to be held as scheduled

With the Democratic Front (DF) Government withdrawing its earlier decision to postpone election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Municipal Council (MC) chiefs by six months; the election will be hel... Read More
With the Democratic Front (DF) Government withdrawing its earlier decision to postpone election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Municipal Council (MC) chiefs by six months; the election will be held as scheduled.

Maharashtra Government had postponed the election for six months due to ensuing State Assembly elections. The State Government had tabled an amendment in this regard in the State Legislature.

The term of these office-bearers is coming to an end between June and October 2014. Nagpur Mayor Prof Anil Sole and Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Patel are completing their tenure in respective offices, and the election of their successor is due on September 5, 2014. Some parties and organisations had challenged the DF Government’s decision to postpone the elections, in the court. Therefore, on Wednesday, State Cabinet has withdrawn its earlier decision. It is responsibility of State Government to conduct election of office-bearers on time. These elections are held smoothly and do not require high security.

The tenure of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Municipal Council chief is two-and-a-half years. The tenure of these office-bearers comes to an end between June and July.

The tenure of Mayors and Deputy Mayors also comes to an end in September and October. The Assembly election also is slated in September-October, and the Government administration, Police machinery will be busy controlling law and order situation.

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Netaji’s Death: HC notices to RAW, ministries of Home, External Affairs

Several commissions of inquiry, several reports, Central Government’s rejection of probe report submitted by Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee Commission, and a whole lot of documents have still ... Read More
Several commissions of inquiry, several reports, Central Government’s rejection of probe report submitted by Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee Commission, and a whole lot of documents have still failed in lifting the veil of mystery over the death/whereabouts of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

As a result, did he really die in plane crash, or was alive, are the questions not answered authoritatively so far.

A resident of Amravati, Dr Suresh Padhye has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in this regard at the High Court here on Wednesday and sought fresh Commission to probe into Netaji’s death/whereabouts, disclosure of reasons for rejection of the report of Mukherjee Commission by Central Government, and a ban on all publishers on publishing date of ‘death’ of Netaji as August 18, 1945.

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here issued notices to Cabinet Secretary, Union Ministries of Home Affairs and External Affairs, and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) asking them to file their submission in four weeks.

The court issued notices in response to the PIL filed by Dr Suresh Padhye, the younger brother of late Justice Ramesh S Padhye, against the Central Government’s decision of rejecting the probe report submitted by Justice Manoj Kumar Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry of November 8, 2005, regarding whereabouts of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The said report was rejected on May 17, 2006. Mukherjee Commission was appointed to find out whether Netaji died, when, where, and how; and, if he is alive, his whereabouts. The said Commission visited several countries and recorded statements of 131 witnesses. The panel concluded that Netaji died but not in plane-crash. The report was rejected without giving any reasons.

Dr Suresh Padhye has challenged the action of the Government in rejecting the report. From the year 1965 to 1977, the petitioner resided at Dehradun Ashram of Shardanandji, who according to the petitioner’s belief was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in disguise. According to him, the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai had stated in 1978 that the reports of Shah Nawaz and Khosla panel reports on Netaji’s death/whereabouts could not be called ‘decisive’ as ‘some further contemporary official documentary record have become available.’ While the Central Government has been refusing to accept the reports of various commissions of inquiry, the conclusion in the report of Justice M K Mukherjee Commission is different.

Against the backdrop of developments so far, the petitioner prayed, it is of utmost importance that the facts come out in an authoritative manner regarding Netaji’s death/whereabouts. He also contended that if the reports of earlier commissions were indecisive, it had to be verified how Netaji died.

Senior counsel K H Deshpande, with Adv Akshay Sudame, appeared for the petitioner.

The mystery about Netaji and developments so far

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose allegedly died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945. Government of India appointed a three-member committee under the chairmanship of Shah Nawaz Khan to enquire into the alleged crash. The committee came to conclusion that Netaji died in plane crash. Suresh Chandra Bose, brother of Netaji was one of the members of the committee. He dissented from the majority decision. However, the Government accepted the majority view.

In 1970, following public demand, another commission was constituted under chairmanship of Justice G D Khosla on July 11, 1970. This commission also came to the conclusion that Netaji died in a plane crash. In 1998, a petition was filed in Calcutta High Court seeking to declassify the documents relating to Netaji. Further, it sought an injunction against any agency or publisher or any person from publishing the story of ‘death’ of Netaji in alleged plane crash. The commission came to the conclusion that Netaji was dead. However, before the commission, there were five scenarios of his death as concluded from the depositions of the witnesses. Calcutta High Court directed the Union of India to launch an inquiry into alleged disappearance of Netaji.

On December 24, 1998, West Bengal Assembly passed unanimous resolution demanding fresh inquiry. Justice M K Mukherjee Commission was constituted on May 14, 1999. The commission was given five terms of reference. These included -- whether Netaji is dead or alive, if he is dead whether he died in plane crash as alleged, whether the ashes in Renkoji Temple in Japan are his, whether he died in any other manner at any other place, and if he is alive in respect of his whereabouts. The commission examined witnesses, documents, record, travelled to Japan, England, USA, Russia, and Taiwan, and even attempted to conduct DNA test. It concluded that Netaji had died but not in plane crash. The report of Mukherjee Commission was submitted on November 7, 2005, but the Government rejected the report.

Theories and Rejections

One theory stated that Netaji died in Red Fort on August 15, 1945. This version was rejected as being based on presumption and assumption.

The theory that Netaji died in plane crash on August 18, 1945, was rejected after detailed deliberations. The question whether Netaji landed in Russia or elsewhere could not be answered for dearth of evidence. It was held that remains/ashes in the urn in Renkoji Temple in Japan were not of Netaji.

It was contended that Netaji was living in disguise as Sharadanandji at Shoulmari Ashram, and that he died in Dehradun in 1977. However, there was no reliable evidence to prove that Sharadanandji was Netaji.

The version that Netaji died in Sheopurkalan on May 21, 1977, was also rejected.

It was alleged that Netaji was in disguise as Gumnami Baba and died in Faizabad on September 16, 1985. In absence of any clinching evidence, the version was rejected.

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Cops keeping vigil on Naxal-sympathisers: DGP Sanjeev Dayal

DIRECTOR General of Police Sanjeev Dayal said that the police are maintaining a strict vigil on Naxal sympathisers and supporters in urban areas in the State. “The day we get evidence against s... Read More
DIRECTOR General of Police Sanjeev Dayal said that the police are maintaining a strict vigil on Naxal sympathisers and supporters in urban areas in the State. “The day we get evidence against such persons giving shelter to the outlaws and spreading Maoist ideology in any part of the State, police promptly initiate action against them,” he added.

Speaking to mediapersons, Dayal said that police had taken action against Naxal supporters earlier also. “We continuously monitor activities of such persons owing allegiance to Naxal cadres trying to spread Naxalism in urban areas as we get information about them from our own men and other agencies,” he added.

About the arrest of Delhi University Professor G N Saibaba by Maharashtra Police, Dayal said that police had arrested a few more persons in the past four months operating under the cover of social or human rights organisations.

To questioner, Dayal said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured all possible assistance to tackle Maoist movement during the recently held joint meeting of chief secretaries and DGPs of 10 Naxal-hit states. The emphasis was more on joint inter-state anti-Maoist operations and it was decided that the officials posted in the Naxal-hit areas would meet on regular basis to review the joint action, he added.

When asked about the status of implementation of Centre’s ambitious scheme -- Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) --to facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of computerised data of criminals from police stations to State police headquarters and Central police organisations, Dayal said that the Director General National Crime Record Bureau informed him that the work was being done more expeditiously in Maharashtra than any other State. About rise in custodial deaths in Maharashtra, Dayal said that a committee had been constituted as per the orders of the Bombay High Court to find out the causes and steps taken to curb the problem. “The report of the committee will be submitted to the High Court,” he added.

To another query about the transfer of encounter specialist and controversial Police Sub-Inspector Daya Nayak to Nagpur Range, Dayal said that he and many officers were yet to be relieved from their present postings.

Admits to rise in crime steps for crime prevention, increase detection and recovery,” he said About delay in arresting culprits involved in financial crimes, Dayal said that the investigation in economic offences differ from other crime. Police arrest the accused in economic offences only after collecting adequate evidence, he added.

Admits to rise in crime

STATE Police Chief Sanjeev Dayal admitted that the overall crime rate has increased manifold in the recent past not only in Nagpur city but also across the State. “Instructions have been given to all officers concerned to initiate steps for crime prevention, increase detection and recovery,” he said. About delay in arresting culprits involved in financial crimes, Dayal said that the investigation in economic offences differ from other crime. Police arrest the accused in economic offences only after collecting adequate evidence, he added.

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64% deficient rainfall in Nagpur Division

Though the Monsoon is likely to get revived in next few days, the situation remains grim for the farmers especially in six districts of Nagpur Division owing to 64 per cent deficient rainfall. ... Read More
Though the Monsoon is likely to get revived in next few days, the situation remains grim for the farmers especially in six districts of Nagpur Division owing to 64 per cent deficient rainfall. Nagpur Division received only 36 per cent rainfall in the month of June, reveal the official figures.

The worst-hit district is Chandrapur, which is 69 per cent deficient in rainfall. It is followed by Bhandara, which is 67 per cent deficient; Wardha and Gadchiroli (66 per cent deficient each), Nagpur (59 per cent deficient), and Gondia (55 per cent deficient). These are official figures compiled by Divisional Commissionerate. As against the average rainfall of 205.17 mm between June 1 and July 1, the six districts of Nagpur Division received only 74.19 mm rainfall.

Of a total 64 tehsils spread over these six districts, Rajura in Chandrapur district is the worst-affected as it has received only 2.70 mm rainfall during the said period, and is 99 per cent deficient in rainfall. It is closely followed by Samudrapur tehsil in Wardha district, which is 92 per cent deficient. Only 11 tehsils have received more than 50 per cent rainfall. This means, as many as 53 tehsils in the Division are more than 50 per cent deficient in rainfall, compared to the average.

In Nagpur district, only three tehsils have received more than 50 per cent rainfall. These are Kamptee (51 per cent rainfall), Mouda (79 per cent), and Kuhi (81 per cent). Nagpur (City), Hingna, Katol, Kalmeshwar, and Bhiwapur have received less than 30 per cent rainfall. As against the average of 216.40 mm, Nagpur city has received only 56.90 mm rainfall.

The deficient rainfall and delayed Monsoon has affected farmers the most. As far as State is concerned, sowing has been done only in 6 per cent of total Kharif area of 134.70 lakh hectares. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, as against total Kharif area of 18,36,671 hectares, sowing has been done on only 1,39,800 hectares, which is around 8 per cent. Sowing for cotton has been done on 91,100 hectares; that for soyabean on 27,500 hectares; and tur on 17,000 hectares. Of the six districts, Nagpur has recorded the highest 14 per cent sowing, followed by 12-13 per cent in Chandrapur district, and only 2-2.50 per cent in Wardha district.

As maximum area in Bhandara, Gondia, and Gadchiroli districts is under paddy, its transplantation is considered as sowing. The paddy transplantation starts from second week of July. However, according to Agriculture Department officials, paddy transplantation will get delayed this year.

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Class XI bifocal list out, State Board students top the list

The final merit list for bifocal course of Class XI was declared on Tuesday. It was displayed on website of Centralised Admission Committee. Mithila Phadnaik, Sanskruti Alurwar and Shubham Pati... Read More
The final merit list for bifocal course of Class XI was declared on Tuesday. It was displayed on website of Centralised Admission Committee. Mithila Phadnaik, Sanskruti Alurwar and Shubham Patil of State Board top the list. Earlier there was a fiasco created as a student was put on the top with 498 marks. Later Centralised Admission Committee cleared the mistake and put the student at proper place. He has scored 488 marks.

The list was displayed at Dhanwate National College (CAP Centre) for knowing their results and dates for the final counseling for allotment of colleges. The details have been dispalyed on official website www.cacstd11ngp.org.

Over 57000 students have passed SSC this year from Nagpur district. The total seats for bifocal course are only 4962 and 5252 students had opted for bifocal seats. The admission procedure will start from July 3 and will continue till July 11 from morning 8 onwards.

The students have to remain present as per the time allotted to them with the required original documents like school leaving certificate and caste certificate. Those failing to do so would not get second chance.

The merit list for class 11 Science, Commerce and Arts streams will be declared on July 15 onwards.

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Many toll plazas shut down, but little respite for Nagpurians

AS per the decision of Maharashtra Government, total 8 toll plazas on Nagpur-Ghoti-Sinnar road, Deoli toll plaza on Nagpur-Bori-Tuljapur road and Seoni toll plaza in Washim district shut down f... Read More
AS per the decision of Maharashtra Government, total 8 toll plazas on Nagpur-Ghoti-Sinnar road, Deoli toll plaza on Nagpur-Bori-Tuljapur road and Seoni toll plaza in Washim district shut down from Tuesday. Nagpurians did not get any relief from existing toll plazas of IRDP. The State Government has closed 44 toll plazas from Tuesday. It may be mentioned that under pressure from opposition parties and Lok Sabha poll debacle, the State Government had announced in the Legislature that Government would do away with 44 toll plazas in the state.

Maharashtra has over 100 toll plazas and the ones that will be closed are small ones. Out of total 44 toll plazas, 10 are under the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), and 34 under Public Works Department (PWD). The State has 73 toll plazas of PWD, 53 of MSRDC, and 40 NHAI. The other toll plazas will continue with the collection of toll from the vehicles.

Closing of toll plazas would burden the state exchequer with Rs. 306 crore. However, despite reeling under a debt burden which is over 2.7 lakh crore, the Congress-NCP led state government decided to shut down the toll plazas.

The toll plazas were awarded to firms that had constructed small bridges, small stretches of road between 5-15 km and only a small portion of the amount remained to be recovered for the contractor. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corportion (MSRTC) gets a big relief from closing of tolls. The Government has given big relief to buses of ST from paying toll.

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Four minor girls resuced from red-light area

WITH the assistance of volunteers of Pune-based Freedom Firm and social workers, a team of Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Tuesday raided a brothel at red-light area Ganga Jam... Read More
WITH the assistance of volunteers of Pune-based Freedom Firm and social workers, a team of Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Tuesday raided a brothel at red-light area Ganga Jamuna in Lakadganj area and rescued four minor girls dragged into flesh trade by pimps.

Cops arrested one Janatabai alias Geeta Girajteli Karmawat (50) who allegedly forced the minor girls into flesh trade. Police also took two men into custody for questioning.

An NGO, Freedom Firm had deployed a team of undercover investigators in the red light area. Using hidden cameras, the volunteers in the team identified the victims, pimps and brothel keeper.After documentation, volunteers Satyajeet Baburao Desai, Surendra Namdeo Sahare and social worker Anjela Alles Aram informed about the presence of minor girls to Additional CP (Crime) Sunil Kolhe. A team of Crime Branch along with the Freedom Firm volunteers and social worker Dr Anupama Mishra raided the brothel and rescued the minor girls. Cops arrested brothel keeper Janatabai and two customers and registered an offence under Sections 3,4, 5 and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA), 1956.

The raid was conducted by SSW team comprising PI B M Powar, API M B Barapatre, WAPIs SM Patil and Amita Jaipurkar, ASIs Madne and Ramanand, HCs Pandurang Nikure, Prakash Sidam and others under the supervision of Additional CP (Crime) Kolhe and ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut.

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Oppn parties dub civic budget as ‘unrealistic’

Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) dubbed the civic budget as ‘inflated and unrealistic’. Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) is ... Read More
Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) dubbed the civic budget as ‘inflated and unrealistic’. Bharatiya Janata Party led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (BJP-NVA) is fooling the common man on the issue of development, they alleged. Countering the allegations, Ruling Party Leader (BJP) in NMC Pravin Datke welcomed the budget and stated that it reflected the policies of the party. Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Vikas Thakre said that while presenting the budget of Rs 1,645 crore, Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar had failed to give details of sources of revenue of the civic body. The financial condition of local body is in shambles. It does not have enough money to pay salaries of employees and carry out on-going development works. Instead of strengthening the financial position of local body, BJP is dreaming of cement roads and other non-vital issues, he said. NCP MLC Prakash Gajbhiye said, Standing Committee chief should ennlighten the people from where will he get additional Rs 600 crore in the current financial year. Municipal Commissioner has presented budget of Rs 1,000 crore. The income from Local Body Tax (LBT) has reduced drastically. The income from property tax has not increased in last financial year. “This is unrealistic and inflated budget,” he said. NCP group leader Pragati Patil said, the budget is not realistic and never achieved the set target. The last year, revenue target set in the budget was not achieved. Most of the schemes in this year’s budget are old ones, which are not started. There is no room for poor and needy people of the city. The budget does not have any schemes for women, no provisions for new washrooms in market places. The civic schools are in bad condition, she alleged. Congress corporator Abha Pande also criticised the civic budget presented by Borkar. She said, the budget does not have long-term perspective and it has less of new schemes and projects. This is old wine in new bottle, and Standing Committee has failed to explain how will it achieve revenue target. Ruling Party Leader Pravin Datke termed the budget as optimistic and believed that this will boost development in the city. He refuted the charges of inflated budget and said that the budget had estimated income of Rs 1,645 crore. The party will try its level best to achieve the target. BSP Leader Kishor Gajbhiye also slammed the Ruling Party for presenting inflated budget before the general body. He said, the target set by Standing Committee could not be achieved in one year as income of local body reduced drastically due to LBT. Many development projects could not start due to paucity of funds.

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City girl escapes matri‘money’ fraud

IT WAS surely a novel attempt by this conman. He wanted to make money from matrimony but the plan fell flat due to a city girl’s alacrity in the nick of time.

Going a step ahead of the fak... Read More
IT WAS surely a novel attempt by this conman. He wanted to make money from matrimony but the plan fell flat due to a city girl’s alacrity in the nick of time.

Going a step ahead of the fake mails that give million dollars as prize money to unsuspecting victims, this fraudster had created a fake profile on a matrimonial site to lure naive girls into financial transactions on pretext of tying nuptial knot.

The girl, Ravina (name changed) had registered herself at popular matrimonial website jeevansathi.com in January 2014 by paying three months subscription. Soon she got a request from one Dr Mohit Deshpande, claiming to be a London-based cardiologist. The picture was of a handsome young man, and the profile ticked all boxes as required by a prospective groom.

As friendship grew, Ravina and Dr Mohit started chatting on-line. The youth was active on net only after 11 pm Indian time. He told her that he was a native of Jalgaon district, working at the prestigious ‘The Heart Hospital’ in London.

After chatting for around a fortnight, the girl received a call from the youth from no +442838080604. He sounded a well-educated guy speaking fine English in a British accent, the girl told ‘The Hitavada’.

The girl’s family was also impressed with the young man. Ravina soon got a marriage proposal following which her elder brother had a chat with the man. He asked for phone numbers of his relatives but the youth parried it stating that he was going to Iraq to provide medical aid to injured persons.

Fifteen days later he yet again called Ravina asking for marriage. Her family members, too, gave their nod. The man asked Ravina to get a bank locker and book a five star hotel for marriage in Nagpur. As preparations were on, the man came up with an interesting story. He told Ravina that during their operation in Iraq his team found large stash of dollars and his commander distributed the amount among themselves.

The conman told Ravina that he had dispatched a parcel containing dollars and she would get it on June 30. He also asked the girl to pay Rs 1 lakh to receive the parcel. The demand for money made the girl suspicious and she narrated this story to her teacher. The lady teacher immediately searched the youth’s profile and was shocked to discover that he was a fraudster who had duped at least seven Indian girls. He had used three profile pictures of Dr Muhammad Usman Saeed Chaudhary, who is a cardiologist at The Heart Hospital, London.

Detailed information about the accused was uploaded on www.romancescam.com. The girl has thanked her stars but the family is yet to recover from the rude shock.

The family approached Sitabuldi police station and submitted a complaint. However, the police is yet to register the case.

How to identify fake profile on matrimonial sites?

If you are preferring on-line matrimonial sites for marriage then best tool to identify whether the profile is fake is webcam. You must ask the person to come on webcam for live chatting. If photograph of the person is fake, he will avoid on-line video chatting.

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Bor becomes the smallest tiger reserve in country

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary in Wardha district has now become 6th tiger reserve in Maharashtra and 47th in the county with the Ministry of Environment and Forests notifying it as a tiger reserve on ... Read More
Bor Wildlife Sanctuary in Wardha district has now become 6th tiger reserve in Maharashtra and 47th in the county with the Ministry of Environment and Forests notifying it as a tiger reserve on Monday. It is spread in 138.12 sq km area and is the smallest tiger reserve in the country.

Prakash Jawadekar, Environment Minister, who is also Chairman of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), has announced creation of Bor Tiger Reserve at Delhi.

The State Government had submitted a proposal to NTCA in May 2014 to carve out this tiger reserve for security and conservation of tigers. This reserve consists of Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, New Bor Wildlife Sanctuary plus its extended portion of 16 sq km, thereby covering 138.12 sq km area. Now, Bor Tiger Reserve would get technical support and funds from the Central Government to maintain the park.

Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, which was notified by the State Government in 1970, has now four tigers, leopards, sloth bears, bisons, sambar, deer and other wild animals. It is rich in biodiversity with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Talking to ‘The Hitavada,’ Uttam Sawant, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Bor, said, Bor sanctuary forms an important link with Pench and Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserves with fragmented corridors. A study is in progress on corridor links of Bor with other jungles, he added.

The basic welfare factors such as habitat, prey-base and availability of water are sufficient for the wild animals in Bor. There are 55 artificial water holes with solar system installed at 14 places while there are as many as 20 natural water holes, including Bor reservoir, where a herd of deer can be seen daily during evening hours, Sawant added.

It may be mentioned here that Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of Environment and Forests, had announced in the city on September 13, 2011 that Bor and Navegaon-Nagzira would be carved out as tiger reserves. Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve has already come into existence in Gondia district last year. The other tiger reserves in Maharashtra are Tadoba-Andhari, Melghat, Pench and Sahyadri.

Meanwhile, as per the guidelines by NTCA, a tiger reserve should have a minimum area of 800 to 1000 sq km.Wildlife lovers expressed surprise as to how NTCA considered Bor, having only 138.12 sq km area, to bring it in the category of tiger reserve.

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Revenue, Police deptts crack down on illegal sand mining

Cracking the whip against sand mafia involved in illegal excavation and transportation of sand from ghats in Nagpur district, the administrations of Revenue Department and Police Department have ... Read More
Cracking the whip against sand mafia involved in illegal excavation and transportation of sand from ghats in Nagpur district, the administrations of Revenue Department and Police Department have decided to deploy staffers from both the departments to keep round-the-clock vigil on at least six ghats.

Taking serious cognisance of the attack on IPS probationary officer Gaurav Singh by sand mafia near Nayakund village a few days ago, District Magistrate Abhishek Krishna convened a meeting of senior officers of Revenue Department and Police Department on Tuesday. Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Dr Aarti Singh, Sub-Divisional Police Officers, Sub-Divisional Officers of Saoner, Ramtek, and Mouda were present prominently.

After the meeting, District Mining Officer Rajendragir Gosavi said that six sand ghats in the district were identified for vigil as there were complaints of illegal excavation and transportation of sand. These ghats include Pardi, Walnni, Sahuli, Tembhurdoh, Beena Sangam, and Neri. Some other ghats also will be under vigil, he said.

District Magistrate Abhishek Krishna told reporters that units of Revenue and Police Department staffers will be formed and deployed at the six identified sand ghats. “Besides, certain points on the roads to these sand ghats will be identified and width-bars will be placed there to prevent traffic of trucks to and fro. This will help greatly in reducing illegal transportation of sand,” he said. Further, the action of externment will be initiated against the habitual offenders and notorious elements.

It is learnt that the District Magistrate also asked the officers to ensure stringent action against illegal excavation and transporation of sand. The field-level staff and Talathi who fail to initiate due action at their levels will also face the music. According to official sources, illegal excavation of sand is a result of stay on auction of sand ghats. The fight between sand mafia lobbies also has resulted in various legal tangles. Further, owing to e-auction of sand in the previous years, many new players entered the sand excavation market and this disturbed many old players including sand mafias.

Besides, in case of Nagpur district only, State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) has imposed a condition that sand above 2 metres depth only should be excavated. As a result, of a total 77 sand ghats identified for auction, only 16 could qualify for auction.

However, permission for auction of these ghats also is yet to be received. This has resulted in not only revenue loss for the Government but also illegal excavation and related issues. For the year 2014-15 also, the district admistration has identified 139 ghats for auction, but given the present situation of environmental clearance, these may not get permission from SEAC and State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), said a source.

PCR for sand mafia Latif till July 4

NAGPUR (Rural) Police on Tuesday obtained remand of sand mafia Mohammad Latif Ansari for his custodial interrogation till July 4. Similarly, cops arrested four others in this connection.

Arrested on charges under Sections 307, 379, 332, 427, 120 (b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Latif was taken into custody after his men allegedly tried to crush a police vehicle carrying probationary IPS officer Gaurav Singh under a sand-laden tipper at Nayakund on Saturday night.

Singh and his driver had given a hot chase to the tipper when they found that it was running away with sand after three police teams raided the sand ghats in the darkness. Singh’s driver succeeded in overtaking it and signalling it to stop. However, the tipper-driver rammed the police vehicle with an intent to crush Singh to death.

After the arrest of tipper driver Mangesh Chandrabhan Godhankar (25), a resident of Walni, and his helper, cops arrested Latif. Others arrested include Kisna Dhanraj Yedke (18), a resident of Walni, Manoj Sampatrao Katram (25), a resident of Chhindwara, and Naresh Dayaprasad Jawre (32), a resident of Chaknapur.

Police sources informed that about two dozen offences of serious nature including murder, dacoity, robbery and theft were registered against Latif in Nagpur and Chandrapur district.

Further investigations in the case are being supervised by Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural) Dr Aarti Singh and Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Jadhav.

Illegal sand mininng: Cops arrest 158 in six months IN the past six months, Nagpur (Rural) Police arrested 158 persons for illegal sand mining in 77 different cases and seized 959 brass sand worth Rs 13.72 lakh, between January and June 2014. Cops also seized tippers, trucks and tractors valued at Rs 3,77,68,000.

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Civic budget expects Rs 1,645 cr revenue, introduces capital-based property tax

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) has proposed new capital-based property tax from current financial year 2014-15 in the civic budget presented before the ge... Read More
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi (NVA) has proposed new capital-based property tax from current financial year 2014-15 in the civic budget presented before the general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday.

In view of the ensuing Legislative Assembly elections, NMC has avoided any harsh decisions in the budget. Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar has proposed a plethora of development in spite of poor financial condition of the local body. It will be interesting to see how local body maintains a fine balance between poor income and proposed developments.

Borkar presented the budget with an estimated income of Rs 1,645 crore, which is Rs 600 crore more than that proposed in the budget estimate prepared by Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane. The present budget is Rs 245 crore more than the amount of budget proposed by Borkar’s predecessor Avinash Thakre.

As against the proposed budget of Rs 1,400 crore for the year 2013-14, the local body could collect revenue of only Rs 800 crore.

The discussion on the budget for the year 2014-15 will be held on July 7. Standing Committee has also included Central Government fund of Rs 491 crore for North Sewerage Zone in the budget to ‘increase’ total income shown.

Central Government will release only 50 per cent of the amount under JNNURM for the project and 30 per cent will have to be contributed by local body, while the remaining 20 per cent would be shared by State Government.

Rs 500 cr from LBT

Though the ruling party -- BJP -- is opposing Local Body Tax (LBT) and Octroi tooth and nail, Standing Committee chief Narendra Borkar estimated revenue of Rs 500 crore from LBT in current financial year. Last year, the revenue from LBT was Rs 300 crore only but Standing Committee believed that this would increased. The committee has estimated the rise on account of expected recovery of LBT with interest from evaders. The issue of abolition of LBT is pending in the court of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. If State Government introduces 3 per cent surcharge on VAT, as an alternative to LBT, income of local body would reduce to Rs 51 crore only as VAT collection in Nagpur city is only Rs 1,700 crore.

Rs 300 cr from property tax

Standing Committee has proposed reforms and introduction of capital-based property tax system on the lines of Pune Municipal Corporation. Borkar assumed that local body would generate Rs 300 crore from property tax, this way. Last year, property tax recovery was only Rs 190 crore. In view of the ensuing Assembly elections, it will be politically unpalatable to introduce new tax system in the city as it would double the tax burden on property-owners. Standing panel chief suggested to search new properties for assessment to increase tax recovery.

Rs 100 cr revenue from Town Planning Deptt

Standing Committee has proposed revenue of Rs 100 crore from Town Planning Department. The ruling party suggested preparation of new Development Plan for the city. The committee also proposed expediting decisions in pending cases of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) and sanctioned building plans.

Rs 275 cr loan for devpt

NMC will obtain a loan of Rs 275 crore from financial institutions to complete pending development works. The civic body has to give its matching contribution for development works proposed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). State Government will take guarantee for obtaining loan of Rs 200 crore from financial institutions. However, the local body has proposed loan of Rs 275 crore including Rs 25 crore for removal of street-light poles creating obstacles in smooth flow of traffic on roads.

Rs 126 cr for rejuvenation of river, lakes

The civic budget finds mention of Nag river and Pili river rejuvenation programmes. The city has 11 lakes and three rivers. The total cost of rejuvenation and beautification programme is Rs 126 crore. Central Government will give financial assistance for beautification works. Presently, the civic body has undertaken work of Rs 5 crore for rejuvenation of Sonegaon, Gandhi Sagar, and Pandhrabodi lakes.

Rs 90 crore for cement roads

Standing Committee has proposed Rs 90 crore for second phase of construction of cement roads in the city. The committee has proposed mixing of 20 per cent fly ash generated in thermal power stations, in construction of cement roads. This will reduce the cost of cement roads. The construction of cement roads began last year after arbitration process, over certain issues. The local body will spend Rs 4 crore on maintenance and removing potholes on the roads.

No free firewood at crematoriums

Presently, the civic body is providing firewood for free at crematoriums to relatives of deceased persons. In the budget presented on Tuesday, the local body has decided to change its policy. Instead of providing free firewood, it will provide free LPG and dung cakes for performing last rites.

Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

NMC will install a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Gandhi Sagar lake in Central Nagpur. BJP MLA Vikas Kumbhare suggested that the statue should be installed in the middle of the lake. He assured to get funds from State Government for the statue project, of which the total cost is Rs 50 lakh.

IIT, JEE training for poor students

The local body has proposed to provide IIT, JEE training to poor and needy students. Already, the State Government is providing free coaching facilities to needy students. NMC’s facility will be in addition to that. Borkar emphasised on education and organising Education Expo, Science Exhibition, Digital Exhibition, Abacus training, and guidance ffor competitive examinations. Play-school also will be started for pre-nursery.

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‘RSU-affiliated colleges cannot run DLC, study centres of pvt varsities’

PT RAVISHANKAR Shukla University (Pt RSU) has tightened noose around colleges affiliated to it but are running distance learning courses (DLC) of private universities of state and outside. Quot... Read More
PT RAVISHANKAR Shukla University (Pt RSU) has tightened noose around colleges affiliated to it but are running distance learning courses (DLC) of private universities of state and outside. Quoting the letter (No. F.9-8/2008 (CPP-I), dated 28th April, 2009, of University Grants Commission (UGC), which prevents private universities establishing off-campus study centres or offer distance education programmes beyond the territory of the state in which they are located, Pt RSU on Monday (June 30) directed all the colleges, which are affiliated to it, to stop such study centres and educational programmes with immediate effect.

The principals of RSU-affiliated colleges have been directed to issue letter with declaration that their colleges are not running distance learning programme and study centres of private universities of Chhattisgarh or any other states. The letter should be submitted to the Registrar, Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur.

The University has also directed to ensure that the letter should be submitted before July 30, 2014. Apart from the RSU-colleges, copy of the letter has been forwarded to the Secretary and Commissioner, Higher Education Department, Director of College Development Council.

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Governor pays homage to martyrs

GOVERNOR Shekhar Dutt paid rich floral tributes to the martyrs here at Shaheed Vatika situated in Rajeev Smriti Van on Monday. Senior administrative officials of state, senior police officials ... Read More
GOVERNOR Shekhar Dutt paid rich floral tributes to the martyrs here at Shaheed Vatika situated in Rajeev Smriti Van on Monday. Senior administrative officials of state, senior police officials and officials of Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and other Armed Forces were also present on the occasion.

The Governor along with the other officials observed the place where names of the martyrs are mentioned. These names are of those Jawans or officials of police force, district police force, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indian Air Force, Naga Batallion, Chhattisgarh Home Guards, Forest Department etc who have attained martyrdom after the inception of Chhattisgarh state. It is worth mentioning here that the Shaheed Vatika was publicly dedicated by Governor Shekhar Dutt on January 30, 2012 on the occasion of death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Governor Dutt on the occasion said that today if the people are leaving a safe and peaceful life, it is just because of these martyrs. He also said that martyrs are the heroes of real life.

Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Additional Chief Secretary N K Aswal, Director General of Police (DGP) AN Upadhyay, Director General of Jail Girdhari Nayak, Commander of Chhattisgarh-Odisha Sub-Area Brigadier Balraj Mehta, Principal Secretary Amitabh Jain and others were also present on the occasion.

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Crime Branch nabs rape accused who filmed incident

Crime Branch sleuths on Monday succeeded in nabbing the culprit, who molested, raped and made SMS clip of a 16 year old girl. The accused, Himanshu Banjare, a resident of Sikolabasti, Durg, who h... Read More
Crime Branch sleuths on Monday succeeded in nabbing the culprit, who molested, raped and made SMS clip of a 16 year old girl. The accused, Himanshu Banjare, a resident of Sikolabasti, Durg, who had been absconding since the matter came to light was nabbed by the crime branch on a tip off.

It may be mentioned that the accused Himanshu Banjare was the neighbor of the victim and his sister and the victim were friends. The accused first raped the victim on May 2, 2013.

The mother of the accused reportedly called the victim home after which the accused raped her and made a MMS clip. Later, he started blackmailing the girl threatening to circulate the MMS clip if she fails in fulfilling his physical demands.

Fed up with regular harassment, the victim finally rushed to Mohan Nagar Police Station and lodged a complaint following which an offence was registered against the accused under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Later, after getting bail, the accused circulated victim’s MMS clip following which she allegedly tried to end her life by hanging self. Finally on Monday the crime branch succeed in laying hand on the culprit.

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Doctors can give strong message by quitting addiction: Dr Javed

The message against tobacco and alcohol addiction from the doctors and other people from the medical fraternity will go strongly to the common people if such doctors and other workers from the ... Read More
The message against tobacco and alcohol addiction from the doctors and other people from the medical fraternity will go strongly to the common people if such doctors and other workers from the fraternity totally avoid such things. This was told by Cardiologist from the city based Ramkrishna Care Hospital, Dr Javed Ali Khan, while addressing a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Monday.

Ahead of the Doctors’ Day, Dr Khan highlighted in the conference that two major causes of human deaths are hypertension or high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. The Indian society has 10 to 15 per cent prevalence of these diseases and the proportion is increasing.

Changing lifestyle, negligence in food habits, smoking and tobacco consumption in other form, increasing obesity and diabetes that is not detected timely are the causes. Replying to The Hitavada query, Dr Khan admitted that several such foods against which the doctors advise, smoking and alcohol are taken by some doctors. He said that the message from the medical fraternity against these items will be stronger if no such thing is in vogue among the people of this fraternity, but everyone has personal life in which no one has right to interfere.

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More than 700 police personnel deployed at CM’s residence

Raipur Police has braced up to control the Congressmen, who are going take out a rally to stage Gherao of Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. More than 700 police personnel and officers ... Read More
Raipur Police has braced up to control the Congressmen, who are going take out a rally to stage Gherao of Chief Minister’s residence on Tuesday. More than 700 police personnel and officers would be manning at the barricades erected on numerous points on roads to CM Bungalow.

Raipur Superintendent of Police (SP) OP Pal held a meeting of police officials to discuss and plan the police strategy regarding the rally and Gherao on Tuesday. Bamboo barriers were being erected as the report was filed.

Congress has informed that the rally will be taken out from Gandhi Ground, Congress Bhawan between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Thereon, they will move through the Kotwali Chowk, Jaistambh Chowk, Shastri Chowk and Khajana Tiraha, from where police will divert the rally towards Subhash Stadium. Agitators will be detained inside the Subhash Stadium. During the rally above explained route will be completely closed for common traffic. Entire Civil Lines area would be blocked and only selective people such as local residents, school goers and officials will be allowed through the barriers. Except during the rally, routes would be remaining open for common traffic.

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C’garh Cong to gherao CM’s House today

CHHATTISGARH Congress claims to have completed its preparations to stage gherao of Chief Minister House on Tuesday, July 1. State Congress would stage gherao to protest minimal hike in paddy s... Read More
CHHATTISGARH Congress claims to have completed its preparations to stage gherao of Chief Minister House on Tuesday, July 1. State Congress would stage gherao to protest minimal hike in paddy support price and electricity tariff hikes. All India Congress Committee Secretary Bhakta Charan Das, State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, party MLAs and other elected representatives as also candidates and office-bearers would register their participation in Tuesday’s gherao.

Congress sources spoke of expecting thousands to turn up in the agitation that would commence from Congress Bhawan and pass through Kotwali chowk, Jaistambh chowk, Shastry Chowk and then towards Rajiv Gandhi chowk from CEO office to reach CM House.

It need be mentioned that police force is expected to stop the march of Congress leaders near Shastry chowk or even near Subhash stadium. Police officials held detailed discussions with Chhattisgarh Congress office-bearers to persuade them to court arrest near Shastry chowk but party leaders reportedly refused such requests.

State Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and Ravindra Choubey, former Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, oversaw preparations of march and gherao in Congress Bhawan on Monday. It needs to be mentioned that leaders from different frontal and district organizations are putting in efforts to ensure maximum number of people in the CM House gherao to then have claim on crucial positions in new working committee. Even Baghel has reiterated that priority would be given in the new working committee to active and committed party workers.

In his issued statement, Baghel lashed out at State Government that it backtracked from its poll promise within months of coming in power. He also said that State Government is also canceling many ration cards of genuine beneficiaries in the name of verification drive. He said that party is collecting relevant state wide information and would take legal action in the matter against State Government including filing of PIL. Baghel also raked up the issue of State Government not taking up paddy support price hike to Rs 2100 with the Central Government.

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Only one doctor per 2500 patients in C’garh: WHO

In Chhattisgarh every day 5 neonates (in the age group of 0 to 28 days) and 1 woman die because of pregnancy related complications in the State. In the last 13 and half years (after the formati... Read More
In Chhattisgarh every day 5 neonates (in the age group of 0 to 28 days) and 1 woman die because of pregnancy related complications in the State. In the last 13 and half years (after the formation of Chhattisgarh as the 26th State on 1st November 2000), State has witnessed many developments but in the health sector the progress has been very marginal.

Currently there is only one doctor for 2500 patients across Chhattisgarh much less than the standard of World Health Organisation (WHO) and Medical Council of India (MCI), 1 doctor per 1000 patients and national average 1 doctor per 1700 patients.

According to the data of Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there is a severe shortage of doctors especially of allopathic doctors in different parts of Chhattisgarh. In Capital Raipur, one doctor treats 1800 patients whereas in Durg district one doctor treats 1910 patients. On the other hand in tribal districts like Bastar, Sarguja, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bijapur and Sukama, the condition is worst as there is only one doctor for 4500 people. Similarly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh, one doctor deals with 5000 patients. As compared to southern states and neighbouring Maharashtra as well as Punjab and Haryana. In Kerala the doctor patient ratio is 1: 900 much better than the standard of WHO and MCI while in Tamil Nadu, 1 doctor treats 1050 patients and in Maharashtra as well as Karnataka one doctor treats 1100 and 1130 patients respectively.

Dr. J S Sinha, researcher of the project informed that apart from doctors there is also an acute shortage of specialist doctors in the state. Owing to the less number of specialist doctors, majority of the patients in state are compelled to go to other states particularly Southern States for treatment spending huge money. As per the report, there is only 7 nephorologists (specialist doctor dealing with kidney ailments) in the entire Chhattisgarh (in government health sector only one in Raipur Medical College) which has population of over 2.5 crore people. Similarly there is also a severe shortage of gastroenterologists (who deals with stomach ailments)-only 12, the number of neurologist (deals with cases of nervous system disorders) is 5, neurosurgeons 6, rheumatologists, 1, pediatric cardiologist, 1, psychiatrists, 14, vascular surgeons, 2 and 15 trained oncologists (dealing with cancer cases).

The report also mentions that, 80% posts of specialist doctors such as surgeons, physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists and anesthesiologist at the several Community Health Centers are lying vacant. In primary health centers of 27 districts in the state, over 50% posts of MBBS doctors are lying vacant for last so many years.

An official of Chhattisgarh Health Services said there is need of taking important measure in improving health sector in the state. Just like Maharashtra and South States, department would have to offer attractive salary package to the doctors for working in the health sector of especially rural areas and tribal affected areas. Health Minister Amar Agrawal however remained unavailable for comment.

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Peddler nabbed with 3.5 kg Ganja near rly station

CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against consumption and trade of narcotic substances, Civil Line police nabbed a drug peddler and seized 3.5 kilogram of Ganja from him near Jabalpur Railway stat... Read More
CONTINUING a rigorous campaign against consumption and trade of narcotic substances, Civil Line police nabbed a drug peddler and seized 3.5 kilogram of Ganja from him near Jabalpur Railway station. The accused has been identified as Ashish alias Raju Issai (28), resident of Kanchghar Housing Board Colony. Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra had instructed the gazette officers and SHOs of urban and rural police stations for putting up strict check on consumption and trade of narcotic substances for preventing addiction and maintaining law and order situation in the district. SHO of Civil Line police station, Prafull Shrivastava informed that in compliance with the order of senior officers, police started a non-stop campaign against drug peddlers. Continuing the campaign, police started search for drug peddlers and strengthened its information network. Police received information about a man who was sighted near platform number – 1 at Jabalpur Railway station, roaming about in suspicious circumstances. Acting promptly on information, a police team reached the spot and succeeded in trapping the man. During search, police team recovered 3.5 kilograms of Ganja filled in a bag. Police have registered a case against the accused under section 8, 20 of NDPS Act and further investigation is underway to disclose the names of other persons working in the network of narcotics trade.

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JNAU decisions force farmers to run around

FARMERS coming to the Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) to seek expert advice and suggestions on purchase of hybrid, nuclear and breeder seeds, bio-fertilisers and seeking other co... Read More
FARMERS coming to the Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) to seek expert advice and suggestions on purchase of hybrid, nuclear and breeder seeds, bio-fertilisers and seeking other consultancy services being extended by the JNAU are facing various problems following lack of single window system for dealing with farmers and public-related works.

Secondly, the university administration is continuing to follow an illogical decision that has curtailed importance of Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) established with mandate to manage proper communication and services for farmers from this centre. Following such illogical decisions taken around five years ago by the university authorities, ATIC and KVK, two important initiatives of the Indian Agriculture Research Council (ICAR). are failing to deliver services to farmers with desired convenience.

This may hamper proper communication and services for farmers through the centres. Farmers visit the JNAU headquarters at Suhagi, a suburban part of the city even though city transport facilities and metro buses are available till the entrance of ATIC or KVKs. Farmers coming to take consultation or services have to pay extra money for auto-rickshaws or rickshaws.

Services like purchase of seeds or other farm inputs, expert advise are available at ATIC and KVK. Majority of times, the main entrance gate of university facing towards Jabalpur -Katni Highway at Suhagi remains closed. University authorities are maintaining the same reason of security reasons for closure of this gate for general entry since last five years. The ATIC building was constructed in year 2003-04 to redress grievances of farmers by providing them technical assistance and consultancy. The land selected for ATIC centre is near JNAU’s main entrance gate that opens on Jabalpur-Katni National Highway just to ensure convenience of farmers coming from different parts of the State.

Another factor which is pushing university to stick with its prior decision is sharing of 15 per cent profit between Directorate of Farms and ATIC or KVK that came in account of point from where hybrid seeds or other agro-products and services are sold. Sale of seed is also done directly by the Director, Farms, and at this stage, the university only has to keep accounts of business without any sharing and keeping all profits. Sources in the university alleged that short supply of seeds through ATIC has become a regular feature. Initially major chunk of seeds were sold by the directorate through its own resources to government and private agencies only. For local farmers, a stock was taken out for sale through single window system to fulfil formalities.

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Forest patrolling during rains is no one’s responsiblity!

IN A shocking manner, senior forest officers are shrugging off responsibility of patrolling in forests during rainy season, saying that it was not their responsibility. Field directors of tiger... Read More
IN A shocking manner, senior forest officers are shrugging off responsibility of patrolling in forests during rainy season, saying that it was not their responsibility. Field directors of tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national parks have the responsibility to ensure patrolling by forest officers and employees in dense forests. Poachers and hunters become active during rainy season so forest staff has to remain alert. However, those who avoid patrolling in tiger reserves and national parks are usually not punished because of their proximity to senior officers in the office of Field Director.

According to sources, field officers and employees usually avoid intense patrolling and senior officers at the forest head office in the State capital too do not ensure monitoring of field officers’ patrolling, saying that it was the duty of field directors. On the other hand, many times field directors write to the PCCF to take action against employees and officers who do not discharge their duty. Every year, the Forest Department purchases torches, raincoats or other necessary kits worth lakhs of rupees.

During the rainy season, employees use elephants to scale long distances at the tiger reserves, national parks or sanctuaries. A senior forest officer in the head office, pleading anonymity, said that the field staff usually prepared all paper reports of forest patrolling. “Officers incharge do not take trouble to pay surprise visit in the field to check whether patrolling was being done by junior staff. This is the reason why many poaching cases are registered during the rainy season. Poachers find rainy season as the golden chance for hunting tigers and other animals as they know well that the forest staff is lax in patrolling.”

Funds worth crores of rupees are sanctioned by the head office every year. The Central Government too sanctions crores of rupees funds but in the field, there is no change in the condition of forest and wildlife conservation.

When contacted, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Administration, Anil Oberoy, said that he had ordered the PCCF (Wildlife) to make all necessary arrangements for patrolling in forests during the rainy season. “What is necessary will be purchased soon. But all this work is done by the PCCF Wildlife,” he said. But surprisingly, PCCF (Wildlife) Narendra Kumar said that patrolling in forests whether in rainy or other seasons was the responsibility of field directors. “We do not interfere in their works from the State capital. They even are authorised to purchase kits for employees engaged in patrolling during the rainy season. We have issued instructions to field directors in this regard. If employees do not undertake patrolling, it is the duty of the Field Director to take action against them,” he said.

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MP Bar Council’s State-wide strike today

TO PROTEST incidents of police action on lawyers in Indore and other such incidents, the State Bar Council will stage a State-wide strike, ‘Pratibad Divas’ on July 1. In this strike, Bar ... Read More
TO PROTEST incidents of police action on lawyers in Indore and other such incidents, the State Bar Council will stage a State-wide strike, ‘Pratibad Divas’ on July 1. In this strike, Bar Council units at district and tehsil level would participate and hand over memorandum to the Collector and Tehsildar concerned.

On June 26, a small argument between a builder and a lawyer took serious proportions and in support of their colleague, all lawyers in Indore came out on roads and clocked main streets of the city on June 27. The dispute started at Starlit Tower where Advocate Z A Warsi and Tausif Warsi run their office. An office of Oysters Infrastructure is connected with their office. Tausif said that Arun Agarwal, who worked at a construction company, was heard talking and abusing someone loudly on phone in front of their office. The lawyer asked him not to talk loudly which led to dispute and builder started beating the lawyer and vandalising his office. After receiving information, police reached the spot and took both of them to the police station.

Tausif lodged a complaint against Arun Agarwal, Vinit Agarwal, Arvind, Munna and other under 307, 452, 232, 294, 506 for beating him, vandalising his office and looting Rs 25,000 on gun point. Meanwhile the news spread and all lawyers of Indore came in support of Tausif and blocked the road before High Court. They demanding filing of case of attempt to murder against the accused and suspension of TI.

On the other hand, the builder termed the matter as normal discussion over talking on the phone. He accused the lawyer of creating a ruckus. In the entire incident, police and administration were helpless as no senior officer reached the spot to control the situation.

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STF officers probing VYAPAM scam place reports before HC

DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, accepted reports from the officers of the Special Task Force (STF) i... Read More
DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, accepted reports from the officers of the Special Task Force (STF) in case related to VYAPAM scam being monitored by the High Court. On Monday, officers of the STF including, Additional Director General of Police (STF) Sudheer Shahi, Sanjay Tiwari, Ashish Khare, Kamal Mourya and others, submitted reports before the court. The court took the reports on record and fixed the next date of hearing on July 18. Earlier the division bench had heard P K Kaurav, Additional Advocate General for the State as well as Sudheer Sahi, Additional Director General of Police.

In the earlier hearing in this matter, Purushaindra Kaurav, Additional Advocate General, Counsel for the State, had sought some more time for preparing the chart disclosing information sought by the court on case-to-case basis. Earlier the division bench had released a 107-page judgement in 14 petitions praying transfer of investigation to CBI in the PMT scam.

The division bench had earlier ordered registry to start suo moto proceedings for court monitoring of investigation done by STF in respect of all criminal cases pertaining to examinations conducted by VYAPAM from time to time and directed to list the matter on April 25. Copy of this order and documents which were tendered before the court by the respondents during hearing would remain sealed and as part of the suo moto proceedings. Besides, affidavits filed by respondents in the respective writ petitions from time to time would also be kept in suo moto proceedings, as a separate compilation, arranged chronologically date-wise and properly paginated.

The division bench accepted the assurance given by the State that all criminal cases already registered and to be registered hereafter in connection with examinations conducted by VYAPAM upto year 2013 would be entrusted to STF, constituted in terms of notification dated August 26, 2013. The court had ordered to submit compliance report, in this behalf in the Suo-Moto proceedings till April 25. All interlocutory applications in the respective writ petitions were disposed off. It may be recalled that in the case the order was reserved for judgement dated on April 2, 2014 by the division bench of MPHC.

Court seeks reply from Govt: Extension of Makhanlal Chaturvedi University VC’s tenure

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to the Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal and sought reply by one week in the matter of extension of service period of Vice-Chancellor of university. Petitioner, Purnendu Shukla filed the Public Interest Litigation against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vice-Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal V K Kudiyala and Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal. The petitioner alleged that Chief Minister Chouhan had issued a notification related to extension of service of V K Kudiyala as Vice- Chancellor of the Makhanlal University while Kudiyala’s retirement date was on January 14, 2014. But the Chief Minister extended his tenure ignoring the provisions of the University Act. Advocate Ajay Mishra appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Transfer policy likely after Assembly session

THE State Government is understood to have decided to declare the transfer policy after the Budget session of the Assembly. Earlier, it was thought that the transfer policy would be discussed i... Read More
THE State Government is understood to have decided to declare the transfer policy after the Budget session of the Assembly. Earlier, it was thought that the transfer policy would be discussed in the Cabinet meeting. The State Government had banned transfers for a month from May 15 to June 15 and officers had hoped of lifting ban but it was not done. Employees and officers had kept their eyes and ears open during Cabinet meetings for a decision on lifting of ban on transfers. However, it is now clear that the Government will not discuss this issue in the Cabinet meeting.

It is learnt that all the government departments have prepared a list of transfers. However, officers and employees or even politicians are not seen at ministers’ bungalows as was the scene last year for transfers because the transfer policy has not been declared.

A senior IAS officer at the Mantralaya said that this year, the government will not allow transfers in bulk and a limit shall be set. Some transfer will be for those who want voluntarily while some will be done on the administrative ground. To control corruption in transfers and minimise intervention of touts, transfers will be limited this year.

“ After the Assembly session, a major reshuffle will first be done among IAS, IFS and IPS officers. Then some principal secretaries, secretaries and commissioners will be changed and then in the next phase, heads of departments will be changed,” the senior IAS officer said. When contacted, Chief Secretary, Antony D’ Sa told ‘The Hitavada’ that the transfer policy would not be discussed in the Cabinet meeting. The government will declare it in near future, he said.

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Green signal likely for ‘Dhanush’ after Pokhran trials

FIELD trials of the world’s longest firing indigenously upgraded 155 mm Bofors gun are evoking positive results during the ongoing validation trials at Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan. The ... Read More
FIELD trials of the world’s longest firing indigenously upgraded 155 mm Bofors gun are evoking positive results during the ongoing validation trials at Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan. The indigenous gun ‘Dhanush’ shall be given the green signal for production after the summer trials.

According to official sources, the ongoing trials, which started from June 16, might be the final field trials to accord green signal from Ministry of Defence for starting production of the indigenously upgraded 155 mm Bofors gun.

The Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board, in his statement, had already declared successful completion of winter trials of upgraded Bofors amidst extreme weather conditions on high altitude in Sikkim during February 2014. Earlier, the internal trials of two upgraded prototype guns also evoked positive response of Army authorities at Balasore coastal firing range in Orissa in January 2014.

The Gun Carriage Factory administration is optimistic of successfully attaining another round of ongoing trials of ‘Dhanush’ to obtain green signal of starting its production. The Swedish Bofors gun, upgraded at Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur, is unique throughout the world for its longest firing range and accurate targeting system. The Swedish gun Bofors has been modified in collaboration with 506 Army Base Workshop, Jabalpur and other defence production establishments.

Sources added that another round of summer trials is underway to check the firing of gun on variable parameters for testing its accuracy, length and functioning of electronic and mechanical systems midst peak summer season at Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan.

The positive results of another round of summer trials brought a ray of hope amongst senior officers and employees of Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur for escalating another successful step for the ambitious project.

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Budget to be tabled in Assembly today

THE Madhya Pradesh Government is going to table the Budget in State Assembly on Tuesday. It is speculated to be of more than Rs 1 lakh crore and the government seems to be in no mood to impose ... Read More
THE Madhya Pradesh Government is going to table the Budget in State Assembly on Tuesday. It is speculated to be of more than Rs 1 lakh crore and the government seems to be in no mood to impose any new tax. Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya will present the Budget.

According to sources, Government wants to provide housing facility to as many as people in State and keeping this thing in mind, it is most likely that VAT on materials, used in construction of houses such as iron and tiles, could be reduced.

Apart from this, Government is most likely to avoid touching tax arrangement on petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and LPG as of now. Any decision on VAT on petrol, diesel and LPG would be taken most probably after presentation of Union Budget.

As far as common people are concerned, they are waiting for budget with great curiosity and they are guessing that what would be Government provisions in budget and which are the things, which are going to become more costlier to them. Already, common people are bleeding due to rising inflation, hence they are waiting for budget with bated breath and praying that Government should not impose any such taxes on household commodities, which impacts their kitchen budget adversely.

Government seems to be in no mood to earn the ire of people and is making slew of changes in present tax structure on many house hold things. In the meantime, industrialists are also looking towards proposed budget with great eagerness. They wanted to know that which are the things, which are going to come under tax hammer of Government and what Government has in store them as gift. Whether Government is going to levy tax on import and export of materials is the question that is puzzling the mind of industrialists. At a time when inflation has increased cost of production in industries, industrialists wants to know whether Government is going to impose any new tax on raw materials used for production of various things.

Government has already indicated that it is having enough capital to meet the needs and hence, major hike in taxes is most unlikely. Government may go for slight hike in taxes of some items.

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Medical students’ documents being released after tough screening

Those medical students, who had passed MBBS and have taintless record, are finding it tough to get their original documents to have registration with the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council. These are... Read More
Those medical students, who had passed MBBS and have taintless record, are finding it tough to get their original documents to have registration with the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council. These are the students of 2009 batch. The Government has seized original documents of all students of this batch whether their names have figured in PMT scam. Recently, when those students who had passed MBBS from GR medical college, Gwalior from where more than 200 Munna bhais in different batches were arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in the last one year after scanning their personal documents. It is learnt that some students had threatened Dr GS Patel, Dean, GR Medical College, Gwalior of dire consequences if their original documents were not released soon, besides the life threats when the STF had arrested them. The college dean had apprised it to the higher authorities and the local police that unknown life threat calls had on his phones. According to sources, strict directives were issued from the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) that the Government medical college deans would not release the original documents of the students whether their names were figured in the PMT scam. It is creating problem to the genuine medical students who even passing the MBBS examinations cannot timely get them registered with the Madhya Pradesh Medical Council. When contacted, Dr G S Patel, Dean, GR Medical College, Gwalior, admitted life threats from some students, said the medical education department has seized original documents of all students of 2009 batch. Students find problem without original documents to get them registered with the MP Medical Council, he said.

Dr Patel said that maximum Munna Bhais were arrested from GR Medical college, Gwalior so the police had scanned documents of all the students from last batches.

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Govt might declare transfer policy after Session

State Government is understood to have decided to declare transfer policy after Vidhan Sabha session. Earlier, it was thought that the transfer policy would be discussed in the Cabinet meetin... Read More
State Government is understood to have decided to declare transfer policy after Vidhan Sabha session. Earlier, it was thought that the transfer policy would be discussed in the Cabinet meeting. State Government had banned on the transfers for a month from May 15 to May June 15 and the officers had hoped of lifting ban from transfers but it could not be done so. The employees and officers always kept eyes on the cabinet meeting for lifting ban on transfers but it is now clear that the Government will not discuss this issue in the cabinet meeting. It is learnt that about all the Government departments have prepared the list of transfers, however, the officers and employees or politicians are not as seen on the ministers’ bungalows as were seen last year for transfers because of not declaration of the transfer policy. A senior IAS officer at Mantralaya, said that this year the Government will not allow the transfers in bulk and will be made in limit, some will be those who want transfers voluntarily while some will be made on the administrative ground. To control corruption in transfers and minimizing the intervention of the touts, the transfers will be limited. “After Vidhan Sabha session, a major reshuffle in the IAS, IFS and IPS officers will be first, some Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Commissioners will be changed and in the next phase the head of the departments will be changed, the senior IAS officer said. When contacted, Antony D’ Sa, Chief Secretary told The Hitavada that the transfer policy would not be discussed in the cabinet meeting. The Government will declare it in near future, he said.

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Former Minister Sharma’s judicial remand extended

Former higher education minister and VYAPAM scam accused Laxmikant Sharma would have to remain in jail for more 14 days as his judicial remand was on Monday increased by the court.

The dis... Read More
Former higher education minister and VYAPAM scam accused Laxmikant Sharma would have to remain in jail for more 14 days as his judicial remand was on Monday increased by the court.

The district court on Monday extended his judicial remand till July 14 forcing the former minister to remain in jail for next 14 more days. On Monday the remand of Sharma was expired following which Special Task Force (STF) of state police has made his presence in the court through video-conferencing. Besides Sharma, other accused of VYAPAM scam including suspended DIG RK Shivhare, O P Shukla, Pankaj Trivedi, Nitin Mahindra and Pradeep Shukla were also presented in the court through video-conferencing. The district court has also increased the judicial remand of these accused till July 14. All of these accused were presented in the court of CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari.

Laxmikant Sharma was sent to jail under judicial custody in connection with scam in Food Inspector Recruitment Exam till June 30. And as on Monday his judicial remand was expired, STF made his presence in the court through video-conferencing.

Besides, STF on Monday also produced a scorer who was arrested in PMT Exam-2013 scam in the court. Prashant Yadav was sent to jail by the court under judicial custody.

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Delayed monsoon puts spanner in State’s power generation

LONG delayed monsoon is proving to be a ‘natural calamity’ for the power sector due to worsening condition of power generation in the State. The condition has made power companies uneasy as... Read More
LONG delayed monsoon is proving to be a ‘natural calamity’ for the power sector due to worsening condition of power generation in the State. The condition has made power companies uneasy as demand for electricity for irrigation and domestic purpose is steadily increasing. The maintenance of sick thermal power stations has been postponed while hydel power generation is on halt due to depleting water level in reservoirs.

The situation is turning grim due to acute shortfall in supply of coal stock as the State is facing cut back in supply of more than 15,000 tonne coal every day. The State requires more than 50,000 tonnes of coal in a day but is receiving only 35,000 tonnes at present. What is more disturbing is that the power sector in the State is relying on 70 per cent supply from central sector and other resources which are also facing the same dilemma due to shortfall in coal supply and delaying maintenance of thermal power units. A senior officer of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company, on the condition of anonymity, stated that, “the situation is like a natural calamity for the power sector. It is affecting not only Madhya Pradesh but all states. It is more troublesome for states dependent on outsourcing of electricity as shortfall in coal supply, depleting water level in reservoirs and increasing demand for electricity will remain a national problem till monsoon sets in full-fledgedly.”

The Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited had scheduled the annual maintenance of thermal power units from July 1. Following the delay of monsoon and increasing demand of electricity, maintenance of thermal power units has been postponed. The company has stopped operation of unit-6 at Satpura Thermal Power Station due to its critical condition while short maintenance of unit-7 is underway and unit number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are closed due to coal shortage.

Similarly, unit-3 of Sanjay Gandhi Thermal Power Station has been closed for short maintenance due to short coal supply while unit numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are functioning.

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Court seeks reply from Govt: Extension of Makhanlal Chaturvedi Univ VC’s tenure

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to the Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, B... Read More
A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Monday, issued notices to the Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal and sought reply by one week in the matter of extension of service period of Vice-Chancellor of university.

Petitioner, Purnendu Shukla filed the Public Interest Litigation against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vice-Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal V K Kudiyala and Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita University, Bhopal. The petitioner alleged that Chief Minister Chouhan had issued a notification related to extension of service of V K Kudiyala as Vice- Chancellor of the Makhanlal University while Kudiyala’s retirement date was on January 14, 2014.

But the Chief Minister extended his tenure ignoring the provisions of the University Act.

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196 women gangraped in MP from Jan 1 to June 10

As many as 196 women, including 91 minor girls, were gangraped in different districts of Madhya Pradesh from January 1 till June 10. In the same period, as many as 2,158 women, including 1,145 ... Read More
As many as 196 women, including 91 minor girls, were gangraped in different districts of Madhya Pradesh from January 1 till June 10. In the same period, as many as 2,158 women, including 1,145 minors were raped in different parts of State. 99 women were raped in Bhopal district, which was the highest. This was informed to Madhya Pradesh Assembly by Government on Monday.

Gwalior and Rewa district’s figures top in gangrape incidents with each having ten cases. Bhind and Khargone registered nine gangrape incidents each. Nine gangrape incidents happened in Jabalpur, four in Bhopal, six in Indore, etc.

After gangrape, three victims were murdered, one each in Bhind, Khargone and Jabalpur districts. Going through caste equations, 46 gangrape victims belong to schedule caste, 44 to schedule tribe, 69 to OBC and 37 to general category respectively. Congress MLA Ramnivas Rawat had asked question about gang rape and rape in State.

Answering question on rape cases, Government said 2,158 women were raped in various districts of Madhya Pradesh. Out of 2,158 victims, 1,145 are minors. After rape, eight victims were killed and as many as thirteen had committed suicide after rape incident. One victim was killed in Shivpuri district, one in Sheopur, three in Jhabua district, one in Harda district and two in Rajgarh district respectively. After rape incident, one victim had ended life in Shivpuri district, one in Ashok Nagar district, one in Jhabua, two in Indore district, one in Mandsaur, two in Jabalpur, one in Singrauli, one in Harda district respectively. Maximum 99 women including 65 minors were gang raped in Bhopal. Among the 99 victims, 17 victims belongs to schedule caste, seven to Schedule tribe, 35 to backward class and 40 to general category. Thirty-four victims were adult and 65 were minors.

As many as 91 women were raped in Indore, 74 in Jabalpur, 89 in Satna, 63 in Gwalior, 56 in Shivpuri, 56 in Sagar, etc. Agar district witnessed the least incidents with four rape incidents in State.

State Government informed Assembly that to stop atrocities against women, fastrack courts had been formed in all 51 districts in which cases related to rape, gangrape, murder after rape are being heard. From January 1, 2013 till December 31, 2013, capital punishment was given in fourteen cases and lifetime imprisonment in 286 cases. From January 1, 2014 till April 30, lifetime imprisonment has been given in 96 cases. Police have, on January 1, 2013, started state level women helpline 1090 and so far, 25,294 complaints have been received and 25,196 complaints have been eradicated. Expert police personnel are giving free judo karate training to school and college-going girls and so far, more than 5,000 girls have been trained.

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MP Assembly adjourned after paying tributes

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday after paying tributes to eminent personalities including late Union Minister Gopinath Munde, MLA Prabhat Pandey, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speak... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday after paying tributes to eminent personalities including late Union Minister Gopinath Munde, MLA Prabhat Pandey, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker S Mallikarjunaiah, former Union Minister of State Tapan Sikdar, former MLA B R Yadav and Rajya Sabha member Khushwant Singh on Monday. Notably, Monday was the first day of Assembly session.

In his condolence message, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he could not believe that Gopinath Munde is no more.

Remembering his association with Munde, Chouhan said that when Munde was Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Maharashtra, first ever action was taken against underworld and network of underworld was destroyed.

He said that when Munde became Union Minister, he had met him and apprised him about the problems of State and he had assured of full cooperation.

Paying tribute to Khushwant Singh, he said that Khushwant Singh used to write with open heart and wrote without caring for criticism. His life was like open book. Chouhan also remembered souls of other departed personalities and paid tribute to them.

Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare also paid tribute to departed souls. Paying tribute to Khushwant Singh, he said that he was young till he died. He also remembered his association with Munde and said that he was always alert in meetings.

Afterwards, house observed silence of two minutes in respect of departed eminent personalities after which Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma adjourned house for the entire day.

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MP Assembly adjourned after paying tributes

Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday after paying tributes to eminent personalities including late Union Minister Gopinath Munde, MLA Prabhat Pandey, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speak... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till Tuesday after paying tributes to eminent personalities including late Union Minister Gopinath Munde, MLA Prabhat Pandey, former Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker S Mallikarjunaiah, former Union Minister of State Tapan Sikdar, former MLA B R Yadav and Rajya Sabha member Khushwant Singh on Monday. Notably, Monday was the first day of Assembly session.

In his condolence message, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he could not believe that Gopinath Munde is no more.

Remembering his association with Munde, Chouhan said that when Munde was Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Maharashtra, first ever action was taken against underworld and network of underworld was destroyed.

He said that when Munde became Union Minister, he had met him and apprised him about the problems of State and he had assured of full cooperation.

Paying tribute to Khushwant Singh, he said that Khushwant Singh used to write with open heart and wrote without caring for criticism. His life was like open book. Chouhan also remembered souls of other departed personalities and paid tribute to them.

Leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare also paid tribute to departed souls. Paying tribute to Khushwant Singh, he said that he was young till he died. He also remembered his association with Munde and said that he was always alert in meetings.

Afterwards, house observed silence of two minutes in respect of departed eminent personalities after which Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma adjourned house for the entire day.

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CLP meeting held, strategy chalked out for Assembly session

What should be the strategy of party inside the House and how to raise burning issues, most importantly, VYAPAM in impressive manner were some points, which were deliberated in the meeting of C... Read More
What should be the strategy of party inside the House and how to raise burning issues, most importantly, VYAPAM in impressive manner were some points, which were deliberated in the meeting of Congress MLAs organised on Monday. Some Congress MLAs were of the view that VYAPAM issue should also be raised during the Question Hour but Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare was against any such move and said that party MLAs should take part in Question Hour and raise issues after it.

Discussion was also done over how shadow cabinet formed by Satyadev Katare should raise issues in more effective manner inside house and what should be its strategy. According to sources, Congress MLA Sunderlal Tiwari was of the view that there is no need to be lenient on VYAPAM issue as it is even generating heat at national level. Hence, this issue should be even raised during Question Hour and he is certainly going to raise voice with full strength in this regard. However, Satyadev Katare does not agree with his view that issues should be raised in question hour. He was, rather, of the opinion that issues should be raised after Question Hour.

In other words, there was some disagreement among some Congress MLAs over the question that what should be the strategy of party inside house during Question Hour.

Notably, in last Assembly session, it was Sunderlal Tiwari, who had often disrupted the Question Hour by raising VYAPAM issue.

In the meantime, Sandeep Dixit gave tips to members of shadow cabinet over how to gather information from government departments and how to raise public issues in impressive manner. One thing is very clear that VYAPAM issue is going to rock Assembly and Opposition is going to make full efforts to give harrowing time to ruling party inside house over the issue.

Government also seems to be prepared to repel the attack of Opposition, especially, on VYAPAM issue. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is learnt to have claimed that Government is ready for any discussion and would give appropriate answer to every question. However, he said that opposition should do politics on positive subjects.

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MP Government to table Budget in Assembly today

Madhya Pradesh Government is going to table Budget in Assembly on Tuesday. It is speculated to be of more than 1 lakh crore and Government seems to be in no mood to impose any new tax on many t... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Government is going to table Budget in Assembly on Tuesday. It is speculated to be of more than 1 lakh crore and Government seems to be in no mood to impose any new tax on many things. Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya will present the Budget.

According to sources, Government wants to provide housing facility to as many as people in State and keeping this thing in mind, it is most likely that VAT on materials, used in construction of houses such as iron and tiles, could be reduced.

Apart from this, Government is most likely to avoid touching tax arrangement on petroleum products such as petrol, diesel and LPG as of now. Any decision on VAT on petrol, diesel and LPG would be taken most probably after presentation of Union Budget. As far as common people are concerned, they are waiting for budget with great curiosity and they are guessing that what would be Government provisions in budget and which are the things, which are going to become more costlier to them. Already, common people are bleeding due to rising inflation, hence they are waiting for budget with bated breath and praying that Government should not impose any such taxes on household commodities, which impacts their kitchen budget adversely.

Government seems to be in no mood to earn the ire of people and is making slew of changes in present tax structure on many house hold things. In the meantime, industrialists are also looking towards proposed budget with great eagerness. They wanted to know that which are the things, which are going to come under tax hammer of Government and what Government has in store them as gift. Whether Government is going to levy tax on import and export of materials is the question that is puzzling the mind of industrialists. At a time when inflation has increased cost of production in industries, industrialists wants to know whether Government is going to impose any new tax on raw materials used for production of various things.

Government has already indicated that it is having enough capital to meet the needs and hence, major hike in taxes is most unlikely. Government may go for slight hike in taxes of some items.

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Gondia GMC proposal delayed due to State’s slackness

Inexplicable delay in simple paperwork by the Government of Maharashtra has delayed the approval of the Government Medical College (GMC) at Gondia indefinitely despite the fact that the Medical... Read More
Inexplicable delay in simple paperwork by the Government of Maharashtra has delayed the approval of the Government Medical College (GMC) at Gondia indefinitely despite the fact that the Medical Council of India (MCI) has already extended the May 15 approval-deadline once by one month. However, the second deadline of June 15, too, has passed without any progress in completion of paperwork. As a result, Gondia may not have the GMC in the current academic session.

It is difficult to say whether there is any political reason, such as the silent tussle between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, the two partners of the Democratic Front Government, behind the slackness of the Maharashtra Government in the slow-motion approach to completion of paperwork for the Gondia Government Medical College. The officials of the Department of Medical Education have restricted themselves to giving evasive answers even to specific queries about the proposed GMC at Gondia. The Gondia GMC is one of the seven medical colleges proposed by the Government of Maharashtra. The other six medical colleges include ones at Satara, Alibaug, Navi Mumbai, Baramati, Chandrapur, and Nandurbar. The uniqueness of the Gondia proposal is that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare cleared the proposal for Gondia as early as February 19, 2014, agreeing to meet 75% of the fund-requirement, leaving only 25% of funds to be raised by the State Government. Thanks to the efforts by Gondia MLA Gopaldas Agrawal, environmental and forest clearance was obtained and a 5-hecatre land was allotted for the purpose on May 15, 2014.

However, the State Government did not process the paperwork for a mandatory Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Central Government, which delayed the approval process still further. In anticipation of the completion of procedures by State Government, the Medical Council of India fined May 15 for inspection of the project. For reasons which no State Government official has been able to explain the delay from the State’s side. The only word that could be heard was, “We are trying to expedite the process”, though nothing moved for whatever reason. Resultantly, the May 15 inspection date, too, passed without any action. Meanwhile, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) requested for extension of the deadline and got it pushed to June 15.

However, on June 7, 2014, the DMER again approached the MCI to seek another extension realising that it might not be able to catch up with the extended deadline of June 15 for submitting all these administrative compliances. Another hitch has been with the inordinately approval of the MoU by the State Planning Department which woke up only on June 11, 2014, to give its nod to do the needful.

Until now, however, the State Government is yet to complete the formalities, and the approval for the GMC at Gondia is in a limbo seemingly for an indefinite period.

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Borkar to present civic budget today

Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar will present civic budget at 11 am at Town Hall on Tuesday. Mayor Anil Sole will preside over the meeting. Borkar is likely to present budget of whoppin... Read More
Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar will present civic budget at 11 am at Town Hall on Tuesday. Mayor Anil Sole will preside over the meeting. Borkar is likely to present budget of whopping Rs 1500 crore before general body.

It may be mentioned that after enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT) in NMC, the revenue of civic body dipped tremendously. Therefore, it is interesting to see, how, Standing Committee Chief will balance between income and development. The income of local body fell by Rs 500 crores in FY-2013-2014. The budget was delayed due to election code of conduct of Lok Sabha and Graduates' constituency elections, and Standing Chief has to face another code of conduct of Assembly elections slated in September- October. The civic body has sought Rs 200 crore from the State Government to maintain balance and carry on its duties without hindrance.

The civic body has somehow managed to pay monthly salary and pension to its employees and retired staffers, though the date has been missed quite often. The committed expenditure of NMC is Rs 60 crore per month including Rs 25 crore on salary, Rs 7 crore on pension, Rs 7 crore on electricity, Rs 1.5 crore on raw water, Rs 7.25 crore to OCW, Rs 75 lakh on petrol and diesel, Rs 60 lakh on telephone and security guards, Rs 1.5 crore on advance, Rs 4 crore on loan, Rs 2.5 crore on garbage lifting and Rs 5 crore on Government loan.

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‘India’s research must become world class’

Emphasising on high quality research, Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar said that the research in engineering institutions must become comparable to the best in the world. “We should be able to... Read More
Emphasising on high quality research, Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar said that the research in engineering institutions must become comparable to the best in the world. “We should be able to identify individuals and groups who do research that can be compared with the best in the world and specially support them liberally,” said Dr Kakodkar while delivering address during the first convocation of G H Raisoni College of Engineering.

Dr Kakodkar pointed out, “We should engage ourselves in some grand challenge activities of importance to the nation. Several faculty would need to come together to address such grand challenge in a coordinated manner. In my view, all this would make our education more holistic and also create an ecosystem that nurtures the spirit of innovation that we so desperately need to inculcate in our younger generation.”

Dr.Anil Kakodkar in his address wished the students a very successful career ahead and urged them that as an engineer or a technologist should become an important part of the Nation building process through their respective capabilities that they have acquired during the course of their studies.

Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Padma-Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar and Director of IIT Delhi, Dr R K Shevagaonkar were chief guests for the function. Vice- Chancellor of RTMNU Anoop Kumar, Chairman of Board of Governors GHRCE Sunil Raisoni graced the occasion with their esteemed presence. The program started with the Academic procession led by Director of the Institute Dr. Preeti Bajaj. The program was conducted in the auditorium of the college. In this convocation a total of 894 BE, 425 M.Tech, 159 ME, 135 MBA, 111 MCA passing certificates under autonomy were distributed. Apart from this 49 medals were given. Four students received Gold medals. They include Sushant Burde in Electronics branch, Prachi Moharir in Environmental Engineering, Munmun Ghosal (VLSI) PG course and Uzma Quadri in (VLSI) PG course. 49 silver medals were also awarded in various disciplines. Hemant Ghungare of Electronics department was adjudged as Best Student for the year 2014.

Dr. R. K. Shevagaonkar, Director, IIT Delhi mentioned that the quality consciousness of the college could be seen in the efforts it has made to modify its curriculum to meet the standards of Washington Accord. He congratulated the College authorities for this very important step. He stated that the graduating students would realize the importance of this step when they get into the professional world. He was quoted as saying that 'A bird sitting on a tree has no fear of fall, not because it is sitting on a solid branch but it has faith in its wings'. He also added that graduates should not confuse between education and course content, that education is a combination of logical reasoning, analytical and experimental skills, professional ethos, time management, and many others.

Vice Chancellor Rashtasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Anoop Kumar marked his presence with his wishes to G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering. He said he felt honored by the presence of two extraordinary individuals.

He further mentioned that the First Graduation Day was a historic occasion and marked the realization of dream, commitment, innovation, and hard work of the founding fathers of this budding institution.

He referred to the graduating students as stars of the event and congratulated them for the awards and medals they received. He also extended his wishes to the proud parents to remember this day with much greater fondness than the graduating students.

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‘India’s research must become world class’

Emphasising on high quality research, Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar said that the research in engineering institutions must become comparable to the best in the world. “We should be able to... Read More
Emphasising on high quality research, Padmavibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar said that the research in engineering institutions must become comparable to the best in the world. “We should be able to identify individuals and groups who do research that can be compared with the best in the world and specially support them liberally,” said Dr Kakodkar while delivering address during the first convocation of G H Raisoni College of Engineering.

Dr Kakodkar pointed out, “We should engage ourselves in some grand challenge activities of importance to the nation. Several faculty would need to come together to address such grand challenge in a coordinated manner. In my view, all this would make our education more holistic and also create an ecosystem that nurtures the spirit of innovation that we so desperately need to inculcate in our younger generation.”

Dr.Anil Kakodkar in his address wished the students a very successful career ahead and urged them that as an engineer or a technologist should become an important part of the Nation building process through their respective capabilities that they have acquired during the course of their studies.

Former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Padma-Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar and Director of IIT Delhi, Dr R K Shevagaonkar were chief guests for the function. Vice- Chancellor of RTMNU Anoop Kumar, Chairman of Board of Governors GHRCE Sunil Raisoni graced the occasion with their esteemed presence. The program started with the Academic procession led by Director of the Institute Dr. Preeti Bajaj. The program was conducted in the auditorium of the college. In this convocation a total of 894 BE, 425 M.Tech, 159 ME, 135 MBA, 111 MCA passing certificates under autonomy were distributed. Apart from this 49 medals were given. Four students received Gold medals. They include Sushant Burde in Electronics branch, Prachi Moharir in Environmental Engineering, Munmun Ghosal (VLSI) PG course and Uzma Quadri in (VLSI) PG course. 49 silver medals were also awarded in various disciplines. Hemant Ghungare of Electronics department was adjudged as Best Student for the year 2014.

Dr. R. K. Shevagaonkar, Director, IIT Delhi mentioned that the quality consciousness of the college could be seen in the efforts it has made to modify its curriculum to meet the standards of Washington Accord. He congratulated the College authorities for this very important step. He stated that the graduating students would realize the importance of this step when they get into the professional world. He was quoted as saying that 'A bird sitting on a tree has no fear of fall, not because it is sitting on a solid branch but it has faith in its wings'. He also added that graduates should not confuse between education and course content, that education is a combination of logical reasoning, analytical and experimental skills, professional ethos, time management, and many others.

Vice Chancellor Rashtasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Anoop Kumar marked his presence with his wishes to G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering. He said he felt honored by the presence of two extraordinary individuals.

He further mentioned that the First Graduation Day was a historic occasion and marked the realization of dream, commitment, innovation, and hard work of the founding fathers of this budding institution.

He referred to the graduating students as stars of the event and congratulated them for the awards and medals they received. He also extended his wishes to the proud parents to remember this day with much greater fondness than the graduating students.

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Doyen of Vidarbha Ophthalmology Dr Ishwarchandra passes away

legendary Ophthalmologist, teacher of almost every present medical professional has passed away on Monday morning. He was 92. He leaves behind two sons, two daughters and a host of relatives ... Read More
legendary Ophthalmologist, teacher of almost every present medical professional has passed away on Monday morning. He was 92. He leaves behind two sons, two daughters and a host of relatives to mourn his loss. The last rites were performed at Ambazari ghat.

Born on July 13, 1922 in Punjab, Dr Ishwarchandra was brought up in Madhya Pradesh. After passing matriculation examination in 1935, he joined Robertson Medical School to finish a diploma course (LMP) in 1942. He joined the Army on January 1, 1943 and served for a period of four-and-a-half year. In 1949, he joined Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Madras, for pursuing a license course. He was admitted to Army Lake Medical College, Calcutta, in 1950 for condensed MBBS course.

Dr Ishwarchandra worked with Sitapur Eye Hospital (1000 bedded) from July 1951 to December 1952, when he was selected to the post of lecturer in Government Medical College, Nagpur. He obtained DO (Nagpur) in 1954 and MS (Ophthalmology) from Lucknow in 1958. Dr Ishwarchandra was promoted to the post of Professor and Head of Department in 1962. He was awarded fellowship for pursuing further studies in subject of squint by British Council at Moorefields Eye Hospital, London, a Mecca of ophthalmology in England. During this tenure, he visited prominent hospitals at Holland; Belgium; West Germany; Paris; Switzerland and Rome.

He headed the Vidarbha and Maharashtra ophthalmic societies and contributed actively to the All India society and was conferred a ‘Life Time Achievement’ award in 2003.He was very interested in sports and was a part of the university selection committee and bagged several trophies.

After retirement, he started a private practice in 1980 and continued until 2012. He sustained his love of teaching, with the PG students at Mahatme Eye Hospital until May 2013.

He was a man of principles and a model citizen. Despite his great achievements he was very humble in his dealings. He will always live in the hearts of his colleagues, students, friends and family.

Ex-MP Banwarilal Purohit paid his respect to last remains of Dr Ishwarchandra. Noted Ophthalmologists Dr Praful Mokadam, Dr S C Karandikar, Dr Gandhewar, Dr Anil Bajaj, President of Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr Pallavi Alsi, Dr Dube, Dr Sanjay Marwah, President of Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society Dr Gopal Arora, Dr Dinesh Chhabra, Abnash Khurana, Dr Prashant Agnihotri and others in large number were present.

Prof Ishwarchandra- A tribute to a legend

A Teacher affects eternity, he never knows till when his influence lasts. Prof Ishwarchandra was a doyen in the field of Ophthalmology and was a father figure to almost all ophthalmologists trained and taught the Science and art of ophthalmic practice in this part of the world.

The prize of excellence is discipline and he personified by his actions. His discipline and meticulousness is legendary. At 8 am his Black Morris car used to drive at a prefixed spot in front of Eye Department of Medical College and Sir used to walk up to his OPD with his grace and poise of a Saint walking to his prayer.

Patients used to just wait in queue to be soothed by his soft caring advice. He firmly believed in the dictum “Our life has values so long we attribute value to the lives of others.” He is known for his teaching abilities and an uncanny judge of the calibre of his students. Like a master mason he crafted the student into the best possible professional one is capable. Encouraging them, supporting them and picking them up if they fall made him endearing to his students who are spread all around the world propagating the light he lit in their mind and heart. Being a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology for nearly 27 years he has been instrumental in a large number of Ophthalmologists who rever him and worship him.

As a sports enthusiast he used to play hockey with students and under his tutelage the Govt Medical College teams brought laurels in various sports. He believed in all round development of his students. He was extremely tolerant, very kind and compassionate which fostered Best Student Teacher relationship.

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‘A’ category status proposed for Tajuddin Dargah, Deekshabhoomi

NAGPUR District Planning Committee has proposed to give ‘A’ category pilgrimage status to Tajuddin Baba Dargah and Deekshabhoomi of Orange City. The proposal was passed unanimously and will... Read More
NAGPUR District Planning Committee has proposed to give ‘A’ category pilgrimage status to Tajuddin Baba Dargah and Deekshabhoomi of Orange City. The proposal was passed unanimously and will be sent to Maharashtra Government for its clearance.

The DPC meeting was held at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande hall on Monday. Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe presided over the meeting while Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh, EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut, Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak and MLAs, MLCs were present in the meeting.

It may be mentioned that Tajuddin Baba has followers from all over the country. Dargah of Tajuddin Baba is situated at Umrer road in Nagpur. Deekshabhoomi is also world-level worship centre for people from across the country. Deekshabhoomi is a sacred monument of Buddhism, where the architect of Indian Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar embraced Buddhism along with his 5,00,000 followers on October 14, 1956. Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur, Maharashtra, a location regarded as a pilgrimage centre of Buddhism in India.

Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year, especially on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din.

Earlier, the DPC has proposed ‘B’ category status to Tajuddin Baba Dargah and Deekshabhoomi but due to mounting pressure from various organisations and public representatives, the DPC has proposed ‘A’ category status. Corporators Aslam Khan and Deepak Kapse also raised their voices for giving the status to these holy places. Moghe informed mediapersons that during last Financial Year- 2013-2014, the departments had spent around 99 per cent funds provided by the State Government under various schemes. The departments had spent Rs 322 crore against sanctioned fund of Rs 330 crore during last year. The State Government has sanctioned budget of Rs 420 crore for Nagpur district. District Planning Committee has spent Rs 9.96 crore under various schemes.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has sanctioned Rs 5 crore for construction of District Planning Committee building in the city. The estimate and designing of proposed building is under preparation. Minister Anil Deshmukh grilled Nagpur city and District Police for not installing CCTVs in the squares. Deshmukh said, the State Government has provided Rs 75 lakh for CCTVs but not a single CCTV has been installed during one year.

MLC Prakash Gajbhiye raised the issue of providing financial assistance to hailstorm affected farmers’ and residents of the district. He said, State Government has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for two Buddha vihars in Kuhi tehsil but the construction work has not been started.

The State Government has given target of Rs 740 crore for distribution of crop loan in the district. Till now, the banks distributed Rs 200 crore and proposals of Rs 370 crore are ready with the banks. Moghe said, District Collector is searching for a land for Tercentenary auditorium in the memory of late Vasantrao Naik. The State Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for it.

ZP Member Shivkumar Yadav was unhappy with Moghe as he did not get time to express his views in the meeting. Raju Lokhande raised the issue of temporary sanitation workers. MLAs Sunil Kedar, Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Krishna Khopde, Dinanath Padole, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vijay Ghodmare, Nago Ganar, ZP Vice-President Chandrashekhar Chikle, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumare, CEO Shivajirao Jondhale, Additional Tribal Commissioner Dr Pallavi Darade, Additional NMC Commissioner Hemant Pawar, and DPC Incharge Krishna Firke were present.

Advantage Vidarbha in August

Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe said, the State Government will organise Advantage Vidarbha function in first week of August. The function delayed due to Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister is very keen to organise conclave in the region.

------------- We lost due to weak publicity: Moghe

Guardian Minister Shivajirao Moghe said, Congress defeated in the recently held Lok Sabha elections due to weak publicity of our welfare and developmental works. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has campaigned aggressively in the election like marketing agency while Congress has failed to encash their developmental works.

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Cops nab sand mafia Latif Ansari

AFTER obtaining remand of driver of the sand-laden tipper and his helper arrested for attempting to kill IPS probationer Gaurav Singh for their custodial interrogation, the Nagpur (Rural) Polic... Read More
AFTER obtaining remand of driver of the sand-laden tipper and his helper arrested for attempting to kill IPS probationer Gaurav Singh for their custodial interrogation, the Nagpur (Rural) Police continued crack down on sand mafia in the district. Officers of Local Crime Branch (LCB), Kanhan and Parseoni Police have detained some more persons, including dreaded criminal Latif Hafeez Ansari and a few owing allegiance to some local politicos and hard-core criminals, for questioning. Another team of Nagpur (Rural) Police under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh and Additional SP Prakash Jadhav are constantly maintaining a strict vigil on the activities of some identified persons in Kanhan, Khaperkheda and Parseoni area booked earlier in illegal sand excavation and from whom cops had seized as many as 120 truckloads of sand in the past some time.

The crackdown in the past 24 hours assumes special significance in the light of the attempt of by the sand mafia to crush the police vehicle carrying Probationary Police Officer Gaurav Singh under a sand-laden tipper (MH-40/Y-7538) in the night of Saturday. Gaurav Singh had given a hot chase to the tipper when he found that it was running away with sand when three Police parties raided the sand ghats in the darkness of the evening. The tipper driver did not stop his vehicle even after Gaurav Singh’s driver succeeded in overtaking it and signalling it to stop. Instead, the tipper-driver chose to ram the police officer’s vehicle with an intent to crush him to death.

The sand tipper damaged the police vehicle. Tipper driver Mangesh Chandrabhan Godhankar (25), a resident of Walni, and his helper ran away leaving their vehicle at the spot. But cops chased and nabbed them. An IPS officer of 2012 batch, Gaurav Singh has been actively engaged in combating sand mafia in the district and the criminals seemed to have planned to eliminate him. However, Gaurav Singh and his driver Ashok Nagmote had a miraculous escape with partial damage to their vehicle. Still the cops chased the culprit tipper driver and helper and succeeded in nabbing them.

Gaurav Singh’s driver told the investigators that Godhankar had also tried to effect a head-on collision before hitting their vehicle deliberately as he wanted to kill them, but could not succeed in the evil design. Superintendent of Police Dr Aarti Singh told ‘The Hitavada’ that the accused were being interrogated intensely. Other members of the gang would be brought to book soon, she added.

Dr Singh, who visited Parseoni Police Station, said that about 100 cases against the sand mafia were registered in the past six months. Three gangs of sand mafia appear to be active in the district, she added. “We will leave no stone unturned in putting behind bars all those involved in illegal activities in the district,” she said adding that “We are contemplating to book dreaded criminal and known sand mafia Latif Ansari under MPDA.”

Dr Singh said that Ansari was externed from the district earlier. But the High Court quashed the externment order, she added. About the modus operandi of the sand mafia, she said, these criminals are often equipped with royalty papers from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh and ferry the illegally excavated sand. But, we seize the royal paper from the truckers and examine them from District Mining Officer concerned of Madhya Pradesh, she added.

Dr Singh said, the Nagpur (Rural) Police also have sought assistance of the officers of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) who have powers to slap fine of up to Rs 50,000/- on these truckers ferrying illegally mined sand.

Sand worth Rs 9.50 lakh seized

KHAPERKHEDA Police on Sunday seized 625 brass sand valued at Rs 9.50 lakh dumped by some gang members near Walni Colony. Prima facie, Nagpur Rural Police said, the sand was illegally excavated from ghats and stocked by sand mafia.

Following a complaint lodged by SDO (Patansawangi) Prakash Ghargude, Khaperkheda Police registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. Search for the gang members is on.

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Doctors should balance work and personal life: Dr Khurana

“Because of professional commitments, doctors are heavily engaged in their work. Most of them are not able to give time to their families. This is not good. I feel, doctors should maintain ba... Read More
“Because of professional commitments, doctors are heavily engaged in their work. Most of them are not able to give time to their families. This is not good. I feel, doctors should maintain balance between work and personal life,” suggested Dr Akash Khurana, noted Actor, Director and Chairman – Nimbus Communication Ltd. He was speaking during the installation ceremony of new team of Association of Medical Faculties (AMF) on Sunday at Hotel Tuli International. The AMF this year have slogan ‘A fit healthy body- The best fashion statement.’Dr Khurana further said that in Hippocratic Oath, there was a mention of ethics. It should be taken in a subjective way. The other side of the coin also should be considered. He also pointed out that doctors should focus on personality development and communication skills while pointing out that doctors have shown that they were good theatre personalities.

Dr Gopal Arora a well known ophthalmologist, Director of Akshar Eye Institute and Treasurer of Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society has taken over as the President while Dr Vinod Sukhija an eminent Physician and Director of Navjeevan Multispeciality hospital as secretary. Dr Kishor Taori, Chairman of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) was the guest of honour.“There are few black sheeps in medical fraternity because of whom the whole community is facing wrath of the people. MMC is doing the cleaning work by punishing these ill-gotten people and protect those doing good work. The cut practice is the main issue. We do not want to sensationalise, but we want to sensitise people. Doctor-patient relationship needs to be developed as 50 per cent of the attacks on doctors are due to bad communication,” said Dr Taori.

Praising efforts taken by Maharashtra Government’s Public Health department working under the Minister Suresh Shetty, Dr Taori said that the female-male ratio had improved a lot in Maharashtra. It has gone up to 964:1000, informed Dr Taori.Eminent personalities like The Hitavada Editor Vijay Phanshikar, noted Ophthalmologist Dr S C Karandikar and noted diabetologies Dr Firoz Bharda were felicitated by Dr Akash Khurana.

While replying to the felicitation Phanshikar said, “Is there any need to felicitate shinning Moon, Sun? They are doing their duties. I am also doing my duty. I do not remember anything which I should not have done.” Narrating personal experience Phanshikar expressed gratitude towards medical fraternity. He said, “My salute to all you doctors. You help millions of people to live life. You all are good people. Everybody who is good human being is a good professional. If I am not good man then I would not have been good journalist.”

Dr S C Karandikar and Dr Bharda also spoke. Earlier AMF diractory conceptualised by Dr Rajesh Ballal was released. Dr Gopal Arora gave Presidential speech. He installed other office-bearers. They include Dr Rajesh Singhania -IPP, Dr Sanjay Kriplani -IPS, Dr Gauri Arora -President Elect, Dr T S Uberoi and Dr Yunus Shah -Vice President, Dr Ajay Deshpande and Dr Anne Wilkinson- Jt Secretary and Dr Grishma Dhingra as Treasurer. Executive committee members include Dr Murtuza Akhtar, Dr Rajesh Atal, Dr Shyam Babulkar, Dr Rajesh Baghe, Dr Sadashiv Bhole, Dr GS Bhutani, Dr Naresh Gurbani, Dr Rizwan Haq, Dr Anil Jawaharani, Dr Nayeem Khan, Dr Ashish Kubde, Dr J S Mehta, Dr Rajeev Mohta, Dr Shantanu Mukerji, Dr Namrata Rathod, Dr Anil Raut, Dr Vinky Rughwani and Dr Nanak Tolani.Different committees have also been formed like CME, Cultural,Symposium,Adolescent and HIV education, Health camp, Membership, Greeting, Planning, Dental committee and Anti Assault committee with different Chairperson for the smooth working of association.

Dr Bianca Nazareth-Arya compered the programme. Dr Vinod Sukhija proposed vote of thanks.

Dr Gopal Arora was felicitated along with parents -Surendrakumar Arora and Nirmal Arora, brother- Sandip and wife Dr Sangeeta. Dr Gopal Arora felicitated parents of Dr Akash Khurana- Abnash Khurna and Indira Khurana.The installation was followed by symposium on Dr Indumati Tapnikar Oration.

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‘Make India stronger on the values of Swadeshi science’

“India has immense potential. Swadeshi science and technologies also are available. On the values of these, India can be made stronger with the co-operation of scientific community,” said Nit... Read More
“India has immense potential. Swadeshi science and technologies also are available. On the values of these, India can be made stronger with the co-operation of scientific community,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Shipping, Rural Development.

Gadkari was speaking as the chief guest at the valedictory function of the first national convention of Vijnana Bharati at Persistent Systems auditorium here on Sunday evening. Eminent nuclear scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar presided over. Padma Shri Dr Vijay Bhatkar, National President of Vijnana Bharati; Dr V K Saraswat, former Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO); Dr Uma Vaidya, Vice-Chancellor of Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University; Dr Manmohan Vaidya, Prachar Pramukh of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS); Prof K I Vasu, Founder President of Vijnana Bharati; Jayakumar A, Secretary General; and Jayant Sahastrabuddhe, Organising Secretary also shared the dais.

Lauding the contribution of Vijnana Bharati to the Indian scientific thought, Gadkari stressed upon the need for scientists to co-operate and co-ordinate with the Government to bring about positive changes for nation’s progress. Science and technology are tools and their right use can eradicate poverty and make the nation stronger and prosperous, he said. He threw light on various initiatives taken by the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre and appealed to the scientific community to help the Government in making India a superpower. He also stressed upon the need to ensure technology transfer from laboratories to land. “Science and technology should help poor, ensure prosperity foor nation. Research is necessary in the sectors of water, land, forest and environment, and livestock,” he added.

Dr Kakodkar, in his short speech, observed that the country would not achieve excellence in research without curiosity as the driving force. Apart from science and technology, India needed to work seriously on right kind of human beings and organisations like Vijnana Bharati were doing the work, he said. Dr Manmohan Vaidya also spoke on the occasion.

Sanjay Tiwari conducted the proceedings while Dr Shriram Jyotishi, In-charge Vidarbha Co-ordination of Vijnana Bharati, proposed a vote of thanks.

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3 tiger reserves to remain open partially from July 1

Tadoba-Andhari, Pench and Melghat Tiger Reserves will remain partially open from July 1 on account of monsoon while Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve will remain totally closed from June 30 for to... Read More
Tadoba-Andhari, Pench and Melghat Tiger Reserves will remain partially open from July 1 on account of monsoon while Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve will remain totally closed from June 30 for tourists.

The wildlife sanctuaries in Vidarbha having facility of ‘pakka’ forest roads would remain open while others will be closed down during monsoon. Tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are kept closed during monsoon in view of breeding season of wild animals and bad condition of internal roads.

When contacted, G P Garad, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur, said on Sunday that the tar road from Moharli to Tadoba, a distance of 19 km, and a road from Navegaon to Tadoba and further to Moharli, about 30 km, would remain open for visiting tourists while internal roads towards Teliya lake, Yenbodi etc would remain closed from July 1 to October 15.

He recommended to Sarjan Bhagat, Chief Wildlife Warden, to allow 30 vehicles to go inside park from Moharli entry point and six vehicles from Navegaon gate daily during morning and evening safaris. Reply in this regard is awaited.

Garad thought of opening Navegaon gate this year as ST bus service is already operative from this end. Otherwise, as many as 117 vehicles are allowed daily from Moharli, Kolara, Navegaon, Khutwanda, Pangdi and Jhari gates. Last year, 20 vehicles were allowed to go inside from Moharli gate daily during monsoon.

He said that online booking for jungle safari would also be closed down from July 1. In case of good response from tourists during rainy season, he could start online booking for 20 entries in jungle daily, if the quota of 30 vehicles is sanctioned, and remaining entries on the spot.

Similarly, Pench Tiger Reserve would also remain partially open for tourists from Sillari to Totladoh, a distance of 8 km on tar road, and to Ambakhori and Saddle dam. Rest of the internal roads would be closed down. At present around 80 vehicles enter in from Sillari gate daily while Pench Office has asked for allowing 30 vehicles daily during monsoon and in view of limited flow of tourists. Moreover, Mansinghdeo Wildlife Sanctuary, an extended portion of Pench, will remain closed, informed D H Raut, Divisional Forest Officer, Nagpur. As for Melghat Tiger Reserve, Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, CCF and Field Director of the reserve, Amravati, said that tourists activities will go on during rainy season on tar road from Semadoh to Harisal and Kolkhas while internal roads from tourists zone would be closed down in view of bad road conditions. The park will be re-opened from October month, he added.

When contacted, S S Katore, Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife), Gondia, said that Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve would be closed down for tourists from June 30 till September 30 in view of rains. Interested tourists can visit Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, situated 55 km from Nagpur, and enjoy jungle safari on 24 km forest roads from Karhandla to Ranbodi Tippat-Navegaon Deshmukh-Bhalerao Tippat-Pullar. As many as 20 vehicles would be allowed to go inside park daily, subject to permission from Bhagat. At present, 40 vehicles are allowed daily on 44 km route, informed G F Luche, Range Forest Officer of the sanctuary.

Uttam Sawant, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, informed that Bor and New Bor Wildlife Sanctuaries in Wardha district would be closed down from July 1 for three months in view of bad road condition during monsoon. As for Tipeshwar and Paingang Wildlife Sanctuaries, there are no much tourists activities.

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Metro Rail likely to get Centre’s nod in July

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is likely to give clearance to ambitious Metro rail project in cabinet meeting to be held in July. Sources claimed t... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is likely to give clearance to ambitious Metro rail project in cabinet meeting to be held in July. Sources claimed that Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari was trying hard to lay foundation stone of the project before State Assembly elections.

Highly placed sources confirmed that Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had prepared reply to various queries raised by Union Home Department, Finance Department, Railways, and Highways. The replies will be sent to Maharashtra Government and later Union Government for their nod. Sources claimed that the proposal would send to Union Government within next 10 days.

It may be mentioned that Maharashtra Government has already given in-principle nod to Metro Rail for the Orange City. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted detailed project report to construct two corridors of Metro rail connecting 39 kms of North-South and East-West parts. The total cost of the project is around Rs 8,000 crore. The DMRC has proposed Mumbai-like elevated Metro rail.The DMRC suggested to constitute a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for implementing the project and for its subsequent operation and maintenance in the city. The constitution of SPV is under process as it will require permission of the State Government. Sources claimed that State Government has assured Union to form a SPV after its approval.

The constitution of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is also pending for legislation. The Central government has directed State to enact a policy for formation of UMTA. The UMTA would be headed by Chief Secretary and it would have Secretaries of all the departments to clear way for operating Metro rail. The State will have to create Urban Transport Fund for smooth running of rail and rail services will be connected with feeder bus services. The DMRC has suggested Rs 100 crore for feeder bus services. The State Government will have to take guarantee of security of metro rail services.

NIT has been appointed as nodal agency for implementation of Metro Rail project in the city. The project would get funds from the Central and State Government under ambitious JNNURM project for promotion of public transport to decongest the city and improve mobility of citizens. The Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) has prepared Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for orange city.

As per report around 3.63 lakh commuters out of total population of 28.59 lakh may use Metro Rail in the year 2021. As per report, around 12.28 per cent commuters will use the metro rail in 2021. The cost of laying of 1 km elevated metro is Rs 226 crore. The construction cost of the project is Rs 3600 crore while 60 per cent cost will be spent on other equipments.

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Clarity needed over nuclear liabilities law: Dr Kakodkar

Now that Russia has agreed upon India’s nuclear liability law, the issue of nuclear liabilities has occupied centre-stage once again. Against this backdrop, eminent nuclear scientist Padma Vi... Read More
Now that Russia has agreed upon India’s nuclear liability law, the issue of nuclear liabilities has occupied centre-stage once again. Against this backdrop, eminent nuclear scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr Anil Kakodkar felt that the Government needed to have better clarity on various clauses of nuclear liability law.

Talking to reporters on Sunday, the former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission said that the pacts with nations like United States, France should go to finality now that Russia had given its nod. At the same time, the Central Government should take decisions to bring better clarity in nuclear liability law. Elaborating on these points, Dr Kakodkar said, “Concerns over civil nuclear liability regime affecting the domestic as well as foreign companies, exact nature of liabilities, measures for management of these liabilities, insurance burden etc should be addressed.”

It may be mentioned here that the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010, provides for placing huge legal liability on equipment suppliers and reactor operators in case of a nuclear incident. In 2011, new rules capped the liability to Rs 1,500 crore. This is hurting not only global nuclear vendors but also the domestic companies, and changes have been sought in the law. Further, there are issues with nuclear insurance as there is no single Government insurance entity in India to take care of insurance of nuclear power plants running into thousands of crores of rupees. In a latest development, the Government is working on providing insurance cover to existing and new nuclear power plants.

Commenting on the issue of financial aspects of these issues, Dr Kakodkar said that the residual burden arising out of these liability factors affected balance sheets of companies. He favoured making necessary amendments to the law. Besides, he said, efforts were needed to bring nuclear power tariff to a level comparable with other options. He also stressed on identifying new sites for nuclear power plants, to enable other countries also to participate.

Asked about availability of atomic minerals in the country, the former Secretary (Department of Atomic Energy) to Government of India said that India’s uranium potential had doubled. Still, he added, it needs to be raised further. “We need to increase our assets like Uranium mines, fuel cycle facilities etc in other countries also. Concerted efforts are needed in this direction as China is exploring it at various places,” he suggested.

To a query on integrated energy approach, the celebrated nuclear scientist said that there should be an umbrella organisation for new technology and research in the field of new energy. A policy covering various related aspects will be a great step, he added. In France, he told reporters, the Atomic Energy Commission was changed to Advanced Energy Commission and it helped a lot there. For fuel cell research in India, he observed, a comprehensive approach was needed.

‘Bhabha’s bungalow must be conserved’

Dr Anil Kakodkar added his voice to the growing chorus for conservation of country’s pioneering nuclear scientist late Homi Bhabha’s bungalow ‘Mehrangir’ in Malabar Hill in Mumbai. Dr Kakodkar, who is former Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), said that the said bungalow had seen various stages of India’s atomic energy evolution as Homi Bhabha had lived in the said bungalow.

“It must be conserved as heritage. How to do it is up to the Government,” he said. After it was sold in an auction to a businessman for Rs 372 crore recently, BARC scientists have been demanding the Government to step in and take over the bungalow to convert it into museum in public interest. Central Government also told Bombay High Court recently that it was considering the take-over of the bungalow.

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‘Centre plans to give a big boost to inland waterways devpt’

A few Indians know that there is an independent authority called Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) for development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. Soon,... Read More
A few Indians know that there is an independent authority called Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) for development and regulation of inland waterways for shipping and navigation. Soon, it will be known to all. For, it is all set to get a boost.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, on Sunday, unveiled that the plans were afoot to give a boost to inland waterways development in the country. Shedding light on the proposed project, under Ministry of Shipping, Gadkari said that the Central Government was preparing a massive Rs 8,000 crore plan pertaining to ‘water and transport’.

“As it comes under my ministry, I am working on developing water ports/terminals and introducing sea-planes in the country. Recently, I have approved sea-plane transport between Juhu and Nariman Point in Mumbai and it will start in six months,” he said.

Speaking at the valedictory function of Vijnana Bharati national convention here, the senior BJP leader said that if road transport cost Rs 1.50 per unit, rail transport cost Re 1, and waterways transport cost only 50 paise per unit. “Waterways is the most cost effective means for transport of goods like raw material to industries, and passenger transport. The rivers like Ganga and Yamuna are being cleaned up and those could be used for inland waterways. In fact, 24 wateways terminals were proposed along these rivers. The challenge will be in encouraging waterways transport and still keeping the rivers clean,” he elaborated. A part of the waterways transport will be amphibious buses that will ply on roads as well as in water. On Monday, he said, a company was to make a presentation on these amphibious buses.

Advocating the use of inland waterways, Gadkari said that coal was being transported from Odisha to Gujarat for thermal power plants. This had contributed to increase in generation cost of power in coastal areas, and land-locked areas were getting imported coal transported there from coasts. To save this money wasted on transports, the Government was mooting to use road-transported coal in land-locked areas and imported coal in coastal areas. “This will help the economy a lot,” he observed.

As far as the country’s road network is concerned, the Union Minister said that emphasis would be on construction of concrete roads. “Bitumen roads are alright but Indian money goes to other countries as bitumen is imported. Material for concrete roads is available through industries in India, and these roads require little maintenance and saves money on recurring expenditure,” he explained. He announced that Amravati-Surat portion of highway would be a concrete road.

Nagpur to get four buses running on 100% Ethanol

Soon, Nagpur city may get four buses that will run on 100 per cent Ethanol. According to Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari, technology had advanced to the extent that 100 per cent Ethanol could be used in automobiles. “A Bangalore-based company is doing it, and Nagpur will get four buses running on 100 per cent Ethanol. We want to encourage use of Ethanol and alternative fuel, produced domestically, in automobiles as it will save great national wealth going to other countries in the form of Oil Import Bills,” he said. However, he added, the Government will have to deal sternly with ‘the strong lobby’ behind imports of petroleum and products. Motor vehicle and pollution related laws in countries like United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, Germany was in progress to explore the possibility of adopting fuel-engine norms of international standards, he added.

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Accused wanted to start ‘Wadapav’ shop

The accused Atul Kate claimed that the plot to kidnap the girl was aimed at getting some quick money for starting a wadapav shop in city. A past check of Kate revealed that the accused used to ru... Read More
The accused Atul Kate claimed that the plot to kidnap the girl was aimed at getting some quick money for starting a wadapav shop in city. A past check of Kate revealed that the accused used to run a Beer Bar at Goa which he closed down due to losses.

He then left Goa and started new business at Miraj village of Sangli district. However, here too Kate’s destiny did not shine and the business too was shut down. Then he came to Nagpur but for many days the family used to go hungry as it was in financially poor position. Kate said the plan to kidnap the girl would have helped him get some money to start a fresh phase of life.

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Social media helps trace kidnapped girl

THE flak-drawing social media proved its worth on Sunday when it helped in reunion of a kidnapped girl with her parents and arrest of the accused. Photo of the girl circulated on WhatsApp messe... Read More
THE flak-drawing social media proved its worth on Sunday when it helped in reunion of a kidnapped girl with her parents and arrest of the accused. Photo of the girl circulated on WhatsApp messenger came handy for an alert constable of Railway Protection Force (RPF) to nab the accused couple, Atul and Vrushali Kate, at Dhamangaon.

Srushti, ten-month-old daughter of Manoj Wairagade, a resident of Ulhas Nagar, under the jurisdiction of Ajni police station, was kidnapped on Friday. The accused couple who had befriended Wairagade family abducted the child on pretext of purchasing clothes for her. The couple were frequent visitors to Wairagades and occasionally used to take the girl to their place.

On the fateful day Wairagade’s wife had no inkling about the intention of Kates. After police got complaint about kidnapping they immediately uploaded the photo of the girl on all social media sites. On Sunday, the accused couple’s luck ran out and they got caught at Dhamangaon.

The couple had deboarded from Gondwana Express when RPF jawan Prakash Ghodke got suspicious about their movements. Some relatives of Wairagades at Dhamangaon were also searching for the girl at the railway station. They showed the girl’s picture on WhatsApp to the jawan, who immediately recognised the girl and detained the couple.

After kidnapping the girl from her Ulhas Nagar residence on Friday afternoon the accused had boarded a train and reached Akola station. Kate contacted Wairagade and allegedly demanded a ransom of Rs 50,000. The distressed father approached Ajni police about the same. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Chandra Kishor Mina asked a special team to investigate the matter. They kept tab of the accused on basis of his mobile location. Police learnt that the accused couple went to Madhya Pradesh on Friday night and again returned to Maharashtra. The accused were continuously changing their location to avoid being traced by cops.

Meanwhile, parents of the girl deposited Rs 30,000 in bank account of Kate’s wife. Kate withdrew the money from an ATM. The accused then boarded general compartment of 12405 Bhusawal-New Delhi Gondwana Express at Akola station at 7.30 am. RPF Inspector Peter Garvin informed ‘The Hitavada’ that as the toddler was repeatedly crying the RPF jawan decided to inquire after her. When the couple could not give clear answer the jawan became suspicious. In the meantime some swayamsevaks of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) approached the constable and showed him the kidnapped girl’s on WhatsApp.

Due to constant travelling the girls had developed fever. The RPF constable immediately deboarded the accused couple with the girl and took them to the waiting hall. Assistant Commandant of RPF Sanjay Choudhary dispatched Wardha RPF staff to the spot and took the accused to Pulgaon and then to Wardha station. Sources informed that there was chaos at Dhamangaon station where hundreds of villagers had gathered. RPF recovered Rs 23,762 from Kate’s possession.

The accused along with the girl were later handed over to Ajni police led by PI Bajrang Salunkhe and API Ravi Rajulwar. PI Salunkhe informed that the accused has been booked under sections 163, 366 (A) of Indian Penal Code. The couple would be produced in the court on Monday, he said.

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Nagpur-made ‘Lastbenchers’ all set to develop ‘Wood-cutter’ film industry in city

Determined Youths, ably supported by parents, can do anything and just anything they desire. This was visible on Friday during the first preview of the Hindi movie ‘Lastbenchers’ held at Ti... Read More
Determined Youths, ably supported by parents, can do anything and just anything they desire. This was visible on Friday during the first preview of the Hindi movie ‘Lastbenchers’ held at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan Auditorium.

The movie is full of special features. Produced completely in and around Nagpur, it can be easily called 'college-made' movie. All the actors, technicians, and singers are making their debut with this movie. It is based on the real life story of college drop outs who are struggling to get success while walking on the path less travelled, selected by them. Most of the youths involved in creative production of the film are under 25, and many of them are college drop outs. Their production technique may be amateur, they might have used DLSR cameras to shoot most of the scenes, but the final product is no doubt, impressive.

The makers of ‘Lastbenchers’ never had any formal training of film making. The only urge of doing something creative and innovative has brought them together and a wonderful movie was produced as outcome.

Censor Board passed the movie with U/A certificate for public on June 27. Since then, the team has decided to hold theatrical screenings, previews for students in various locations. First such preview was organised at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan auditorium on Friday.

Prajakt Rebeloma, Director, story, dialogue and screenplay writer, and lead actor of the movie himself is a college drop out. He said, “Lastbenchers is specially made for youngsters. I would like this movie to be watched by all youngsters of Nagpur. It’s our passion to form woodcuters’ film industry in Nagpur. We have decided to continue our work with the same dedication. We have a great support from our producer Er Moreshwar Meshram.”

The movie is scheduled to be released in 1,200 theatres in August. Till then, the boys are busy in creating waves in youths for the movie, as they want even more theatres.

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Govinda Aala Re...

After two spells of thundershowers on Friday, amazing ‘Govinda’ casted a spell and interacted with his fans at Zenda Chowk. Govinda, who is making comeback to silver screens with his home p... Read More
After two spells of thundershowers on Friday, amazing ‘Govinda’ casted a spell and interacted with his fans at Zenda Chowk. Govinda, who is making comeback to silver screens with his home production ‘Abhinay Chakra’ visited the Orange City and told his fans about his new movie for which they had to wait for seven odd years.

”When the director Deepankar Senapati narrated the subject to me, I felt I had to do it. It’s something I’ve never done before. I wanted to play this idealistic cop. And I wanted to complete the film in one schedule which we did,” said Govinda embellishing his trademark grin.

The actor, who has become a legend in Indian film industry with his rib-tickling comedies and multi-faceted roles, is playing a super cop for the first time in ‘Abhinay Chakra’. The film’s production commenced in 2013 under the banner of Mangal Tara Films - Govinda’s home Prodcution. The film was completed in a record 29 days. It features Govinda and former Mrs World Richa Sharma in the lead roles, along with Ashutosh Rana, Murali Sharma, Makarand Deshpande and Harish Kumar in supporting roles.

“I am overwhelmed to see all of you in such a large numbers. This love and affection of fans works as energy booster for actors. You inspire me to keep doing new experiments like Abhinay Chakra,” Govinda said. Govinda’s fans insisted him to render some super hit dialogues from his movies, and the actor also didnt let them down. Govinda, who was a Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2009, was also asked some political questions by his fans. However, the actor refused to comment on political questions saying that he has chosen to be away from politics to concentrate more on films.

The event was coordinated by Master Group Events’ Vijay Jain and his team for Govinda Fans Club.

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Public transport suffers as NMC, VNIL play blame-game

Nagpur is growing but the city’s public transport has become a victim of the blame-game being played by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Starbus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects... Read More
Nagpur is growing but the city’s public transport has become a victim of the blame-game being played by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Starbus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL). Though many buses are off-the-road, NMC is shying away from initiating some action. On the other hand, the operator has been demanding reimbursement of concession granted to students from NMC, which is trying in vain to get the amount reimbursed from the State Government.

Under the Centrally-sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), NMC received 240 low-floored buses (popularly known after its brand name Starbus) in the year 2010. Prior to that in 2007-08, NMC entered into an agreement with VNIL to run the city bus service. Then, VNIL procured 230 buses and brought those into operation. In the year 2010, NMC received a total of 240 buses including 60 buses in the month of April, 34 in August, 33 in September, 55 in October, and 58 in November. Owing to various issues ranging from poor maintenance or neglect towards timely maintenance, the operator company started taking off-the-road its buses.

According to NMC officials, most of the buses on road are the ones received under JNNURM.

Still, there are many buses received under JNNURM that are awaiting repairs and off-the-road. There were issues of parking space availability. While the VNIL said that NMC was to make available parking space, NMC said that Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) -- which once operated city bus service but quit after incurring losses consistently -- should make available its space at Mor Bhavan for parking of city buses operated by VNIL. MSRTC refused to part with the land, and lack of parking space resulted in VNIL parking its buses on the roadside creating new point of inconvenience to the people. Miscreants started damaging the buses, and again the public transport suffered.

Asked about this, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Kakde told ‘The Hitavada’ that NMC had served legal notice to VNIL over keeping the buses off-the-road, but there has been no change in the situation. On the issue of NMC inviting ‘Expression of Interest’ to appoint second operator for city bus service, Kakde said, “It is under process.”

Non-reimbursement of concession amount affects student routes

Reimbursement of amount of concession granted by VNIL to students, freedom fighters, blind, and disabled persons has become another bone of contention between NMC and VNIL for years and this has resulted in the operator taking steps as stopping plying of buses on certain routes to maintain financial balance.

According to NMC sources, MSRTC also used to provide bus passes at concessional rates to students, freedom fighters, blind, and disabled persons and seek reimbursement from the State Government. State Government made book adjustments and it was shown on book that reimbursement amount was adjusted in aid it gave to MSRTC.

However, VNIL being a private operator appointed by NMC, no such ‘book adjustment’ facility was available. Still, NMC asked the State Government to reimburse the amount of concession to NMC so that it could reimburse the same to VNIL. This has been going on since 2007-08 and the amount of concession sought by VNIL from NMC has accumulated to Rs 52,15,21,278 till date.

However, all hopes of NMC have been dashed by the latest communication from the Government. A letter signed by V A Daingade, Desk Officer, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra, and addressed to Nagpur Municipal Commissioner states it clearly, “There arises no question of Government reimbursing the amount of concession granted to students and others in the public transport in the area of local body.” The letter has asked NMC to take ‘appropriate decision at its level’ in this regard.

As a result, said NMC officials, the city bus service operator is cutting down its operating costs and certain routes have got affected. Besides, as the concession amount is not being reimbursed, certain routes with high student flow are in trouble. This is causing a great inconvenience to many schools and colleges as their students used the city bus service to travel between their homes and institutions.

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LBT imbroglio: State Govt mulling new alternative tax

After a long period of indecision and repeated discussions with traders and Mayor of municipal corporations in the State, Democratic Front (DF) Government has decided not to make Local Body Tax (LB... Read More
After a long period of indecision and repeated discussions with traders and Mayor of municipal corporations in the State, Democratic Front (DF) Government has decided not to make Local Body Tax (LBT) mandatory, but to introduce a new alternative tax.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan made it clear on Friday that State Government would not make LBT mandatory, considering the fierce opposition from municipal corporations and traders. The latest proposal of levying surcharge on Value Added Tax (VAT) also met with opposition as the Mayors were opposed to it as they felt that it would affect the financial stability of municipal corporations.

Against this backdrop, the Government is thinking over introduction of a new alternative tax for municipal corporation areas. Finance Department officials have been asked to prepare a proposal in this regard. It is learnt that the proposal for new alternative tax will come up soon.

It may be recalled here that Mayors of various municipal corporations including Nagpur as well as traders have continued their opposition to LBT. Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) and other trade bodies also attended the meetings chaired by Chief Minister and said that they were debating over the issue. Meanwhile, MLC and Mayor Prof Anil Sole took stock of the financial condition of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Thursday and Friday. After attending these meetings, Sole said that NMC was still facing the revenue deficit of Rs 40 crore, and the main reason behind deficit being the imposition of LBT. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Sole accused the Democratic Front (DF) Government in Maharashtra, of being ‘non-serious’ over the issue of LBT.

“As far as Bharatiya Janata Party is concerned, we are opposed to Octroi as well as LBT both. We want some other feasible alternative that will not compromise with the financial interests of local bodies,” Sole added. According to him, even the new proposal of the Government to levy a surcharge of 3 per cent on Value Added Tax (VAT) will add only Rs 50 crore to the kitty of NMC. Had there been Octroi, it would have yielded a revenue of Rs 650 crore for NMC in a financial year, he felt.

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Tension in Hansapuri over encroachment removal

The encroachment removal squad of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) met with a stiff opposition from the residents of Hansapuri Khadan on Friday, and tension prevailed in the area following de... Read More
The encroachment removal squad of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) met with a stiff opposition from the residents of Hansapuri Khadan on Friday, and tension prevailed in the area following demolition of a few structures. Police allegedly resorted to mild lathicharge in which one youth was injured. Meanwhile, on complaint of NMC officials, Tehsil Police booked former Minister Anees Ahmed, former corporator Zulfikhar Bhutto and 10 others for rioting and obstructing the public servant from discharge of duties.

As part of its ongoing encroachment removal drive, NMC’s Enforcement Department squad reached Hansapuri Khadan area on Friday afternoon. According to residents, the officials told them that Municipal Commissioner had asked them to demolish four-feet wall near nullah.

However, alleged former Minister Anees Ahmed, as the NMC squad demolished 16 pucca houses of people residing there for over 50 years, and a 100-years-old Masoba Temple, the people got angry. There was an altercation between the residents and the NMC officials. The residents pelted stones at the JCB excavator pressed into service for demolition of encroachments. The stone-pelting damaged front pane of the excavator.

Anees Ahmed, former corporator Zulfikhar Bhutto led the residents and raised slogans against the NMC officials and stopped the encroachment removal drive. Meanwhile, Anees Ahmed alleged, police personnel deployed on bandobast duty resorted to lathicharge. A 15-year-old Kamal Uikey sustained head injury in the lathicharge, he alleged. According to him, some women also sustained injuries. The houses of Madan Gaur, Shivcharan Nayak, Diwakar Tiwari, Chhayabai Gaur, Shyamu Gaur, Jagatram Yadav, Mahesh Barmaiya, Ramkalibai Gudi, Itibai Gedam, Manish Gaur, Ramdulari Gaur, Shivnarayan Gaur and others were demolished in the action, he added. “It has resulted in total loss of Rs 1.50 crore,” he said.

According to Anees Ahmed, the encroachments dating back to period before 1995 cannot be displaced as per the Government Gazette. Besides, encroachments cannot be removed during monsoon season. Still, NMC officials ignored both the things. Many houses demolished dated back to 65 years. Besides, these were at a distance of four feet from the nullah. He demanded suspension of officials and remuneration to affected families.

In a late night development, based on a complaint of NMC’s Deputy Engineer Arun Mogarkar, Tehsil Police registered offence under Sections 353, 143, 147, 149, 336, 3337, 427, 294, and 506 of Indian Penal Code against Anees Ahmed, Zulfikhar Bhutto, and 10 others including members of Gaur and Barmaiya families. These sections are non-bailable and relate to assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, rioting, threatening, etc.

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Rains give great relief to Nagpurians from heat

It seems rainy season is back on track, if one is to go by Friday evening's downpour in city. The first spell was in the early afternoon and it provided some relief from the prickly heat. Towar... Read More
It seems rainy season is back on track, if one is to go by Friday evening's downpour in city. The first spell was in the early afternoon and it provided some relief from the prickly heat. Towards evening the rainfall was back with bang and this time the delivery was near perfect. For nearly half hour the city was lashed with full speed rainfall which had the desired effect. And in the evening people out there enjoyed the rainfall to fullest. One could see that people were elated at getting drenched in rains.

The city received rain in two spells on Friday and finally they managed to bring down the temperature in city. Till 8.30 pm the rainfall recorded for the day was 13.6 mm and weather officials are hopeful of further rains in the days ahead.

Hopefully this spell of rain should also speed-up sowing operations in and around the second capital of State. In city, Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV) has vast cultivable land within the city. Many localities dot along boundary of PDKV land and it is a sight to behold during monsoon.

But before the rains poured citizens faced a fiery ordeal as mercury suddenly started its upward climb. Around 2 pm the sun was shining as it was summer and it troubled citizens who were desperately waiting for revival of paused rainy season. So when the second spell thoroughly drenched every open space, the relief on people's faces told the story.

Earlier, overnight the city received the rainfall but that was not enough. As per IMD, Nagpur, the rainfall recorded till 8.30 am was just 0.5 mm. However, Chandrapur in Eastern Vidarbha received good amount of rainfall overnight, and it was 25.4 mm. In other places Brahmapuri recorded 4.2 mm and Wardha just 0.1 mm. Friday’s position of rainfall in Vidarbha is yet not clear.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that monsoon revival is by June 28. Though officially the monsoon was declared to have started in Eastern Vidarbha by June 19, but the rains that should have made an impact were missing. In West Vidarbha, the official date for monsoon was June 24 but there too rains failed to keep the date.

Due to slow progress of monsoon the sowing operations did not start as farmers did not want to waste precious resources. A daring few who got swung by few good showers ended-up cursing their fate as rains took a long gap. This long pause was troubling as seeds had started sprouting and in absence of rains the plants were wilting due to heat. But now with rains are back, hopefully it should address the worry of farmers.

The farming in Vidarbha is most rainfed and cotton, soyabean and other crops require good amount of watering during the kharif season. In absence of good monsoon the farmers were a worried lot and so was the administration which was toying with contingency plan in case of prolonged delay in arrival of rains. Water position this year is quite good as dams in region are having sufficient quantity of storage. But absence of rains was hurting and in near future a drinking water crisis would have loomed in the region in case of any further absence of rains.

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Medical fraternity unimpressed by Awhad's visit

The visit of Minister Dr Jeetendra Awhad was ok but there was strong reaction in medical fraternity about ‘Coffee with students.’ The programme has triggered anger in medical fraternity. Some... Read More
The visit of Minister Dr Jeetendra Awhad was ok but there was strong reaction in medical fraternity about ‘Coffee with students.’ The programme has triggered anger in medical fraternity. Some of the doctors said that the way the programme was presented has humiliated Deans. Students asked questions about their problems which was their legitimate right but Deans were grilled and students laughed at them was offending to them. Some of the doctors raised the issue that how many people know about Deans’ rights? Deans have no power. He is like a toothless tiger. Awhad many times asked Dean that certain things do not need money. This statement is fine but on several occasions, Dean even cannot transfer Class IV employee. Whenever Dean sends any proposal to DMER, it takes months to get clearance. He cannot spend a single penny without the permission of DMER. In such a situation how the Dean could be held responsible is the million dollar question.

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Minister Awhad showers promises on medicos

All Medical and dental colleges to have free wi-fi connectivity within 24 hours. All libraries, common rooms in medical and dental colleges will have Air-Conditioners. The talk with Standford Unive... Read More
All Medical and dental colleges to have free wi-fi connectivity within 24 hours. All libraries, common rooms in medical and dental colleges will have Air-Conditioners. The talk with Standford University is underway regarding e-library. Hostel elections should be held within a week. By July end or August first week, tender will be floated to procure MRI machine at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College (IGGMC). Within three days, the street-lights in IGGMCH premises would start working. These are some of the promises showered by Maharashra’s Minister of Medical Education Dr Jeetendra Awhad during his visit to the city.

Awhad was on a visit to city’s IGGMCH and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). During his first visit to these hospitals after becoming Minister, Awhad had an interaction with students of both the colleges under the programme ‘Coffee with Students’. In this programme at IGGMCH and GMCH, Dr Awhad made so many promises.

Students placed so many issues in front of him and Dr Awhad gave solution. According to him there is a huge gap between Dean and students. There is no proper communication between doctors and patients. Dr Awhad was of the opinion that there should be public speaking course and he has asked DMER and MUHS. He also promised to recruit Class IV employees within two months. Dr Awhad reached IGGMCH a bit late by 11.35 am. He first met Dean where he had a chat with officers of IGGMCH. He was accompanied by Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Dr Pravin Shingare. Ex-Cabinet Minister Anees Ahmed, Atul Londhe, Spokesperson of NCP, Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC, Zulfakar Bhutto, Prabodh Uke and Bandu Sahare were present.

The students openly asked so many questions to Minister Awhad and Minister in turn answered the questions. Before the interaction with students, Dr Awhad took a round of the hospital premises.

During the interaction with students, a issue of quality of food came up and Dr Awhad took a round of canteen and mess. He tasted food in the kitchen of canteen and then had his meal with students in their mess. He visited boys as well as girls hostel. During his visits he gave instructions to Dean Dr Prakash Wakode. Dr Awhad visited GMCH also where he was welcomed by Dr Rajaram Powar and others. Dinanath Padole, MLA has given him a memorandum of demands. Dr Awhad immediately gave instructions on the issues raised by Padole.

Medicos should be habitual of certain things

A girl student complained that she had to go from the road where mortuary is situated which makes her feel uneasy. So the entrance of the mortuary should be changed. Minister Dr Jeetendra Awhad expressed surprise and asked how the medical students feel uncomfortable with mortuary. He pointed out that it was part of their curriculum so they should not scare.

Restore 50 MBBS seats of IGMC: Dr Anees Ahmed

Recalling 50 additional MBBS seats sanctioned to IGMC Nagpur under the scheme of Health Ministry, Govt of India for all those colleges who had completed 15 years of operation; Dr Anees Ahmed, ex-Minister, on Friday submitted a deputation to Medical Education Minister Jeetendra Awhad to see to it that norms for getting those 50 seats as laid by MCI should be fulfilled as soon as possible. Dr Anees Ahmed who had last year fought for restoring IGMC seats, he even went to the extent of meeting CM, then Union Health Minister, Gulam Nabi Azad, Smt Santosh Kumar.

Dr Anees Ahmed asked the Minister Jeetendra Ahwad to see to it that IGMC and students of Vidarbha should not be deprived of 50 additional seats because of apathy of standard. He requested the Minister to convene a meeting of all concerned authorities and to not keep any stone unturned in fulfilling all norms laid by MCI for additional 50 seats.

Dr Anees Ahmed specially reminded the Minister that people of Vidarbha would never compromise on IGMC additional seats issue. If their issue is not positively resolved, people of Vidarbha would for sure teach a lesson in the upcoming Assembly election to the ruling Government.

‘Show more concern for hospital’

At Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), Dr Jeetendra Awhad, Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister was discussing various issues with Dean Dr Prakash Wakode. Suddenly, Central Nagpur MLA Vikas Kumbhare entered and started alleging that he was not informed about the Minister’s visit. Dr Awhad told him that he had asked Collector to inform Kumbhare. When Kumbhare continued spilling anger, Dr Awhad told him to keep quiet and asked him to show more concern for hospital.

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Goons threaten youths, loot cash from ATM

In a bizarre robbery, a gang forced four youths to withdraw cash from ATM after threatening them with sharp weapons. The quartet withdrew Rs 28,000 and the incident occurred at Sharda Nagar und... Read More
In a bizarre robbery, a gang forced four youths to withdraw cash from ATM after threatening them with sharp weapons. The quartet withdrew Rs 28,000 and the incident occurred at Sharda Nagar under the jurisdiction of Nandanvan police station on Monday. According to police, Sanjay Devrao Bonde (27), a resident of plot no 59, Saraswati Nagar, Sakkardara, he and his friends Rahul Thakre, Prajwal Khanjole and Rohit Pawar were walking down the road at Sharda Nagar at 5.30 pm. Four youths stopped them and whipped out sharp-edged weapons. The accused first snatched their mobile phones and forcibly took Sanjay to ATM, where they withdrew Rs 28,000 from his bank account. The accused then fled from the spot on motorcycle. Nandanvan police have registered a case 392 and 34 of Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are on.

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HC directs RTMNU Academic Council to take fresh decision on 6,616 students

Allaying all apprehensions voiced by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) authorities relating to the matter of 6,616 students, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang of ... Read More
Allaying all apprehensions voiced by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) authorities relating to the matter of 6,616 students, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang of the Nagpur Division Bench of Bombay High Court asked the RTMNU Academic Council to take a fresh decision in the matter in its meeting scheduled on Thursday.

RTMNU authorities had apprehensions that as the matter relating to 6,616 students allegedly admitted by hundreds of colleges without adequate and qualified staff -- defying the University’s directive in this regard -- was sub judice before the High Court, they were not in a position to take any decision for holding special examination for these students. Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang directed them to take decision about examination for these students in Academic Council’s meeting scheduled on June 26 without getting deterred by any unfounded thought of that sort.

The Court instructed the University authorities to take decision and place a copy of the same before it, with copies to other concerned parties, at 2.30 pm on July 1 next. An application that has voiced opposition to the validity of the State Government’s directive to the University to decide about holding special examination for these students, is also likely to be heard along with comments on that on July 1. Another petition about illegal and irregular functioning of professional colleges being run by the persons quite influential in University affairs has been posted by the Court for further hearing on July 31.

Adv B G Kulkarni (college managements), Senior counsel M G Bhangde (applicant students seeking examination), Senior counsel A M Gordey with Advocates S M Puranik, Raj Wakode, Ranjeet Bhuibhar, and Jaywant Ghurdey (RTMNU) appeared for various parties.

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Police book Director of Matrix Infra for duping investors

Dhantoli police have booked Director of Matrix Infra Estate Private Ltd here for duping 10 persons. The Director -- Suchit Ramteke -- had taken token amount between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh from ... Read More
Dhantoli police have booked Director of Matrix Infra Estate Private Ltd here for duping 10 persons. The Director -- Suchit Ramteke -- had taken token amount between Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh from each for booking of flats in his upcoming flat scheme. However after collecting the money he allegedly fled from city. Mobile phone of Ramteke is switched off and his office at Dhantoli area and house at Khamla area is locked, said Dhantoli police.

Complainant Rajesh Devidas Ingole (35), a resident of Quarter no 102/2, 118, Infantry Battalion, had given Rs 2.12 lakh to Suchit Ramteke between May 20 and June 23. The accused had given agreement to sell to Ingole. The complainant told the police that he had booked a flat in the Golden Enclave Flat scheme at Zari village.

During primary probe the police found out that the builder had undertaken construction of three flats scheme at a time, two of them in Zari and one on Kamptee Road. Several people had booked the flat in Matrix Scheme taken in by attractive rates offered by him. Those who paid money upfront were promised by the builder, Ramteke, to arrange housing loan for them. Hence people promptly paid the advance amount but their hopes got dashed when the builder suddenly vanished from the city. However, Ramteke had not constructed any scheme at the said spot.

Investigation officer Sub-Inspector M V Shrirao informed ‘The Hitavada’ that more then 10 persons, who had booked flats at various schemes of Matrix Infra Estate Private Ltd, approached the police station. “We are on right track and will nab the accused very soon,” said PSI Shrirao.

Dhantoli police have registered the case under sections 420 and 34 Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are on.

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HC grants a week’s time to RBI for making submissions

Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here granted a week’s time to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for making submissions regarding restoration of banking licenses t... Read More
Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice S B Shukre at the High Court here granted a week’s time to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for making submissions regarding restoration of banking licenses to beleaguered Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs).

The Court allowed the request of the RBI Counsel for time to make submissions on its behalf on these petitions filed by the three DCCBs and granted a week for the same. At the same time, the court asked the petitioner banks to get the position regarding aid offered from the State Government. The court told the three petitioner DCCBs that it had granted interim relief to them only because of the State Government’s assurance to financially help these banks.

The court expressed surprise over ‘conditional’ aid package of Rs 319.54 crore subject to the Court and RBI decision in favour of these beleaguered co-operative banks. The court declined to say anything to the Government regarding relaxation of conditions. Adv Mukesh Samarth appeared for the petitioner-banks. Advocates S N Kumar and AGP Deepak Thakare represented the RBI and the State respectively.

It may be recalled here that these three DCCBs required financial aid to get their banking licence restored. State Government has offered aid package of Rs 319.54 crore to these banks. However, the aid package is conditional. The Government has laid out the conditions that the amount will be released to these three banks, provided the court cases are decided in their favour. Besides, the RBI also should express its willingness formally to restore the banking licenses of these banks. Further, the aid will be treated as share-capital from the Government, which the banks will have to repay by way of selling out their properties.

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Adv Bharti Dangre becomes first woman GP at HC Nagpur bench

One of the most promising and brilliant lawyers of Nagpur High Court Adv Bharti Dangre has been appointed as Government Pleader of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court for a period of 3 years. She... Read More
One of the most promising and brilliant lawyers of Nagpur High Court Adv Bharti Dangre has been appointed as Government Pleader of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court for a period of 3 years. She is the first lady Government Pleader of Nagpur Bench and will be the Principal Law Officer of the State Government for entire Vidarbha region.

This post is considered as equivalent to Advocate General of Vidarbha and legal circle has widely welcomed her appointment as Government Pleader. She was officiating Government Pleader since last four months after then GP Nitin Sambre was elevated as Judge of Bombay High Court in January 2014.

Adv Dangre is known for her sincerity, hard work and brilliant Court Craft. Adv Dangre was the mainstay of Government Pleader office for last many years. She was appointed as Assistant Government Pleader in 2000 by then Government Pleader Bhushan Gavai (now Sr Administrative Judge of Nagpur Bench). In 2007 Adv Dangre was appointed as Additional Government Pleader, the post she held with great distinction for next 6 years.

A meritorious Law student, Adv Dangre was actively involved in social causes right from her students day. She had espoused cause of women’s rights along with social activist Dr Seema Sakhare and as Public Prosecutor she has ensured death penalty for the culprits in four major cases in which young girls were brutally raped and murdered. She has represented State of Maharashtra in thousands of important cases in High Court during last 14 years. She is a visiting faculty to various law colleges and is a resource person for various legal institutions.

The appointment was cleared by Law and Judiciary Department and by Chief Minister himself day before yesterday. Formal notification was issued on Tuesday evening. From Wednesday, Adv Dangre will formally head GP office for next three years.

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Teachers’ Constituency: Shrikant Deshpande wrests seat from Khotare

Shrikant Deshpande, Shiv Sena leader and candidate of Shikshak Aghadi, wrested the Amravati Division Teachers’ Constituency seat of Legislative Council from sitting MLC Vasant Khotare. Deshpa... Read More
Shrikant Deshpande, Shiv Sena leader and candidate of Shikshak Aghadi, wrested the Amravati Division Teachers’ Constituency seat of Legislative Council from sitting MLC Vasant Khotare. Deshpande’s victory was announced well past midnight after 16 rounds of counting of votes, as none of 17 candidates in the fray could complete the votes-quota of 13,062.

Deshpande, who polled 12,109 votes at the end of final round, pushed Adv Arun Shelke, President of Shri Shivaji Education Society, and sitting MLC Vasant Khotare on second and third positions respectively. Deshpande took a lead of 4,942 votes over Adv Shelke, who polled 7,167 votes.

Khotare had polled 4,616 votes at the end of 14th round. In all, 17 candidates were in the fray for Amravati Division Teachers’ Constituency seat, for which victory was set on 13,062.

From very first round, Shrikant Deshpande took the lead, clearly indicating the tone of the result. Shrikant Deshpande had taken the lead of 3,437 votes over Adv Shelke in the first preferential votes. Shrikant Deshpande had polled 8788 first preference votes as compared to 5,351 to Adv Shelke. Ruling MLC Vasant Khotare slipped down to third position with 4,016 first preference.

The trend of counting was maintained till the end of the 10th round and margin of Deshpande went on increasing at the end of every round. With the indication of probable victory, supporters of Deshpande started celebrating outside the counting centre. About 125 employees and officers were taking efforts for counting the votes which was going on under the leadership of D R Bansod, Divisional Commissioner, and Mahdav Chimaji, Deputy Commissioner. All the five Collectors from the five districts in the division were also supervising the counting process. Seema Vyas, Election Observer, was monitoring the counting process.

Shrikant Deshpande who took major lead in the second round reached to the counting centre along with his supporters. Jubilant Deshpande while interacting with the mediamen credited his success to Diwakar Rawate, Shiv Sena leader and said that he has succeeded due to the co-ordination skills learnt from him.

“I will fight to fulfill the promises made to the teachers and declared in the manifesto. I will never let the teachers disappoint and will try to give corruption-free administration to the teachers,” said Deshpande. He assured to take efforts to provide the benefits of 7th Pay Commission to the teachers as declared by Central Government and also for increasing the retirement age of the teachers upto 60 years. Deshpande further said that he will submit the petition at the court for giving rights of voting to primary teachers in teachers’ constituency elections.

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Sole’s mission ahead: Securing all 6 Assembly seats in city for BJP

Talking to mediapersons, a smiling Prof Anil Sole said that he was confident of his victory since beginning. On his mission ahead, Sole said that he would work for securing all six Legislative Asse... Read More
Talking to mediapersons, a smiling Prof Anil Sole said that he was confident of his victory since beginning. On his mission ahead, Sole said that he would work for securing all six Legislative Assembly seats in the city for BJP.

“Nagpur Division Graduates’ Constituency of Legislative Council covers six districts having 32 seats of Legislative Assembly. Ensuring victory of BJP candidates in ensuing Assembly elections will be my first priority,” Sole told reporters.

On his victory from Graduates’ Constituency, Sole said, “We got support from all sections including teachers, students, workers’ organisations. Our leader and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari has built up this constituency very strong. His experience and goodwill helped me, and hence we were confident of retaining the seat.”

Commenting on the tricky issue of 250 banned colleges in the region, Sole stressed on finding out some amicable solution in a manner that would not amount to contempt of the court.

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BJP candidate Anil Sole wins Graduates’ Constituency seat

Despite low voting, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to retain its bastion of Nagpur Division Graduates’ Constituency with its candidate Prof Anil Sole defeating his rival Congress-NCP... Read More
Despite low voting, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to retain its bastion of Nagpur Division Graduates’ Constituency with its candidate Prof Anil Sole defeating his rival Congress-NCP’s Principal Dr Baban Taywade by a big margin of 31,259 votes. Sole’s victory once again proved that this seat of Legislative Council is BJP’s carefully built and nurtured fortress.

Prof Anil Sole, Nagpur Mayor and BJP-Shiv Sena-RPI (Athawale) alliance candidate, defeated Dr Baban Taywade, candidate of Congress-NCP- RPI (Gavai) candidate, by 31,259 votes and retained the Graduates’ Constituency seat for BJP. Sole polled 52,485 votes while Taywade got 21,226 votes. A retired IAS officer and Indepedent candidate Kishor Gajbhiye, who was instrumental in reviving the reputation of Nagpur University after Kohchade scam, surprised everybody by securing 19,455 votes.

In the previous election, 96,580 voters out of total 1,83,726 had exercised their franchise. The polling was, thus, 52.57 per cent. Of these, 91,385 were found valid and BJP candidate Nitin Gadkari had polled 52,761 votes of first preference. He had defeated his rival Taywade by 23,925 votes. Taywade had polled 28,836 votes. BSP candidate Pradeep Padole had finished third securing 9,471 votes.

This time, the number of voters increased to 2,88,326 but only 1,00,073 (34.70 per cent) turned up for voting. As there were total 14 candidates in the fray, such a low polling percentage had surprised many. On the basis of number of valid votes, 47,043 was fixed as the quota number of votes sufficient to declare a candidate as winner. A candidate polling these many votes first would be declared winner. Despite low polling percentage, BJP candidate Sole polled an impressive 52,485 votes. Compared to 94,084 valid votes, the votes polled by Sole were 55.78 per cent.

Of a total 1,00,073 votes polled, 5,973 were found invalid. For the first time, the option of ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) was made available to the voters, and 219 opted for it. The counting process began at 8 am on Tuesday at Providential Girls’ High School, Civil Lines. Adequate police force was deployed there. The results of first round of counting of votes were declared at around 2 pm.

In the very first round, Sole took a lead of over 9,000 votes. With every round, Sole’s lead kept on increasing. The difference between the number of votes polled by Sole and Taywade also widened steadily. When Divisional Commissioner and Returning Officer Anoop Kumar declared the result of fourth round, Sole along with BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis, city unit Vice-President Sanjay Bhende, Sandip Joshi, Pravin Datke, Dr Upendra Kothekar and others entered into the hall. BJP corporator Prakash Totwani himself distributed sweets on the dais.

Sole’s wife Ashwini expressed her happiness by offering sweets to her husband. Later on, BJP workers took out a victory rally from Providential Girls’ High School to BJP’s office. BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis, MLAs Krishna Khopde and Vikas Kumbhare, former MLC Ashok Mankar, Deputy Mayor Jaitunbi Ashfaque Ansari, BJP District President Dr Rajiv Potdar, Girish Deshmukh, and a host of others led the rally.

‘Gadkari has turned Graduates’ Constituency into BJP fortress’

Interacting with media, BJP State President and MLA Devendra Fadnavis said that senior BJP leader and Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari had built Graduates’ Constituency into a strong fortress for BJP during his stints as MLC for four consecutive terms.

“Our national leader Nitin Gadkari has maintainted BJP’s supremacy over this constituency for last over 20 years. BJP always won from this constituency. Sole has created a new record by winning the election with a lead of 31,259 votes,” Fadnavis said. Eveybody was watching the election keenly as it was held immediately after Lok Sabha polls in which Vidarbha region gave BJP-Sena a clear mandate. “People have expressed their faith in BJP in this election also and I am confident that this will continue in Assembly polls too,” he added.

Divisional Commr lauds officials for good work during election

Expressing satisfaction over smooth conduct of Nagpur Division Graduates’ Constituency election, Divisional Commissioner and Returning Officer for the election Anoop Kumar said lauded the officials for ‘good work’. Anoop Kumar told reporters that barring one or two small incidents, the administrative machinery did its work systematically. The grievances of candidates were well attended. “Certain issues regarding validity of caste certificates came up, but were sorted properly. There were six District Collectors monitoring 24 tables efficiently,” he said.

There was some delay in declaring victorious candidate as Election Commission of India (ECI) had asked the Returning Officer to wait for ECI’s signal. ECI had given a format which was to be filled up with all details of counting, following which ECI would permit Returning Officer to declare the result. The nod from ECI came at around 6.30 pm and Anoop Kumar declared Prof Anil Sole as the winner.

Anoop Kumar was all praise for his team of officers and employees. Mentioning particularly the names of Deputy Commissioner Appasaheb Dhulaj, and Deputy District Election Officer Pradeepkumar Dange, Anoop Kumar said that these two officers worked day in and day out. Every officer showed punctuality and training of staff also bore fruits, he added.

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CM announces payment of Rs 300 per quintal as bonus to farmers

The state government in accordance with its promise made in its election manifesto has given formal order for payment of bonus on paddy to the farmers. The Dr Raman Singh had announced payment of... Read More
The state government in accordance with its promise made in its election manifesto has given formal order for payment of bonus on paddy to the farmers. The Dr Raman Singh had announced payment of Rs 300 per quintal as bonus to the farmers. 50 percent of the bonus amount will be paid in first installment by July 15. As first installment of the bonus amount, an amount of Rs 1196 crores has been released to the Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Marketing Federation. It may be mentioned that Dr Raman Singh government had made a provision of 2400 crores in the current budget for payment of bonus to the farmers. In the previous Kharif season, about 11.76 lakh farmers had sold 79.70 lakh metric ton of paddy at minimum support price. The government had announced a bonus of Rs 300 per quintal to the farmers which was Rs 30 more than Kharif season of 2012-13. An order in this regard has been issued to all District Collectors. Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh and Secretary in Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Vikas Sheel took a meeting of the officials at Mantralaya and reviewed the preparations for the distribution of bonus. As per the orders of the government the first installment will be distributed in a time-bound manner. The bonus amount for distribution will be made available to the cooperative banks by MARKFED before 26th of this month and the farmers will have to be distributed the bonus amount by July 15.

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Mercury rising as rain elude Chhattisgarh

DESPITE drop in temperature, hot and humid conditions prevailed across the state on Tuesday making the conditions horrible for the public.

Though the information of Chhattisgarh being c... Read More
DESPITE drop in temperature, hot and humid conditions prevailed across the state on Tuesday making the conditions horrible for the public.

Though the information of Chhattisgarh being covered by the advancing Southwest Monsoon registering heavy showers has brought delight among rainwear sellers, agriculturists, cooler users and season based garment retailers, but it seems their delight was short lived as the rains has suddenly disappeared bringing hot and humid conditions back. With the maximum temperature revolving around 37 degree Celsius for last few days, rain bearing clouds have eluded the capital city and there seems to be no respite from sultry conditions. However, evening hours become pleasant in comparison to day times under the influence of earlier thundershowers. According to the statewide Meteorological Data, Mana (Air Port) recorded the highest maximum temperature of 38.2 degree Celsius followed by 38.0 degree at Bilaspur, 37.9 degree at Durg, 37.8 at Raipur and 37.0 at Bhilai on Tuesday. The mercury level may climb gradually if there is no rainfall in the coming days, said Met sources. Meanwhile, Raipur topped the data of highest minimum temperature across the state by recording 29.1 degrees closely followed by Bhilai and Mana (Airport) at 29.0 and 28.2 degrees respectively. The lowest temperature of 24.4 degrees was recorded at Ambikapur.

In the forecast for June 25, Met Center, Raipur has predicted rain or thundershowers at some places in the state. Sky would be partly cloudy with chances of rain or thundershowers in Raipur.

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Assembly monsoon Session expected to be hectic

The forthcoming five day Monsoon Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will be short but hectic as several significant issues including jaundice deaths, cancellation of ration cards and increase in po... Read More
The forthcoming five day Monsoon Session of Chhattisgarh Assembly will be short but hectic as several significant issues including jaundice deaths, cancellation of ration cards and increase in power tariff, etc., being some of the prominent ones. Apart from these burning issues there are several other issues where the Opposition will try to corner the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

The five day Monsoon Session of Fourth Chhattisgarh Assembly will begin from July 21 and continue till July 25. On the first day, questions will be raised from the departments of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Women and Child Welfare Minister Ramsheela Sahu. On the second day, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar and Food Minister Punnulal Mohle will answer the questions raised by the Members.

On July 23, Health Minister Amar Agrawal and Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra will answer the questions raised from their respective departments. Similarly, on July 24, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal and Tribal Development and School Education Minister Kedar Kashyap will answer the questions raised from their respective departments. On the last day, i.e., on July 25, questions raised by Members on the respective departments of Revenue and Higher Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey and PWD, Housing and Environment Minister Rajesh Munat would be answered by the respective Ministers.

Already the process of registering questions for the short session by the Members has already begun. Apart from the Members of opposition Congress, questions are being raised by the Members of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party also. Congress is gearing itself to gain most out of this short session and by raising significant issues like jaundice deaths it would try aggressively to corner the state government. Accordingly strategy is being finalized to corner the state government over the issue of approximately 50 jaundice deaths in the state. Apart from this, the opposition and ruling party members collectively will corner Food Minister for large scale cancellation of ration cards.

It is worth mentioning here that the state government has initiated a special drive wherein, ration cards are being inspected through house to house survey campaign and ineligible ration cards are being cancelled. The opposition is raising question as to why such drive was initiated after Lok Sabha elections and why not before. Why did the state government issued ration in these ration cards, which are now been cancelled. Who is going to hold the responsibility of such huge pilferage of ration during the months when Lok Sabha election was underway. The Opposition will also raise questions on paddy worth crores lying in the open without enough precautions and covering and getting rotted due to rains.

Meanwhile, the state government and its Ministers are also gearing up to thwart effectively the move of the opposition. All the Ministers have been directed to get their home work done properly so that they can answer the questions in the House effectively.

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24 hours maternity services in PHCs

State government is committed for improvement in the health of mothers. The special steps are streamlining the state’s 33 first referral units that include district hospitals and community he... Read More
State government is committed for improvement in the health of mothers. The special steps are streamlining the state’s 33 first referral units that include district hospitals and community health centres. Blood transfusion service is available in 16 district hospitals and 18 community health centres. Medical officers are being imparted caesarian operation and anaesthesia training.

Availability of maternity services round the clock is being ensured in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and these centres have been identified. Officials of the state health department informed that more than 1462 sub-health centres have been identified as delivery points. The department is taking steps to make all the sub-health centres functional. As per the directives of the Government of India, a sub-health centre is considered functional in case of more than three child deliveries in it. Staff nurses, auxiliary nurse midwives and also another category of workers are given 21-day skilled birth attendance training. It may be also mentioned that district level committees have been made under the wing of safe abortion services and these committees recognize the private institutions for safe abortion. In all the PHCs, a special day is marked as ‘Mahatari Laika Swasthya Diwas’ every week. Infant and mother mortality rates have declined due to promoting safe child delivery under the programme ‘Janani Suraksha Yojana’ and special efforts of the state government. ‘Mahatari Express’ service has also been started. The pregnant women are provided iodine containing salt and also iron and iodine containing double fortified salt.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari reviews NH projects

Taking serious cognisance of deaths caused due to various road accidents throughout the country, the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari deliberated w... Read More
Taking serious cognisance of deaths caused due to various road accidents throughout the country, the Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari deliberated with the transport, police and public works department officials from the states. In this direction, the Union Transport Minister took a class of transport, police and PWD officials from Chhattisgarh on Tuesday which lasted for over one and a half hour.

The Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari also voiced his serious concern over the tardy progress in completion of National Highways in different parts of the country and called for urgent measures to overcome prolonged delays which were causing immense hardships to the people.

Sources meanwhile informed that Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari who undertook a state-wise review of the national highways projects, analyzed targets and achievements of these projects and underscored the need for effective death traps management to ensure road safety. During the day-long review meetings, Gadkari laid special emphasis on road safety measures and asked the representatives of different states to take short-term, medium term and long term measures to remove the already identified black spots which were notorious as death traps. The Minister took to task some of the concessionaires managing highway projects in some states and warned them that they would not be allowed to charge toll unless the highway were fully operational. The contractors failing to meet deadlines may face serious consequences he warned.

Joint Transport Commissioner Hemkrishna Rathor observed that the exercise which has been initiated by the Union Transport Minister is worth praising as this is a maiden and unique initiative on the part of the Union Ministry. This is good that the centre is taking interest in lowering the cases of accidents in the states and the recent helmet campaign is a part of this initiative.

During the class, the Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari asked the officials about the actual figures number of accidents which had occurred in the state, reasons of accident and whether such road accidents had been reviewed, how many people had died or were injured during such accidents, whether any steps had been taken by the departments concerned to stop such accident, if not why. During the meeting questions were raised regarding identification of accident prone areas and district-wise figures of such accidents. Questions were raised whether wearing helmets are mandatory in the state or not.

Accordingly, the transport and police department officials had prepared a report on the number of accidents, number or people who had lost their lives or were injured during such accidents and the steps taken by the departments concerned to bring down accidents in the state, which was submitted with the Union Transport Minister after presentation. The meeting was attended by Transport Department Joint Commissioner Hemkrishna Rathor, PWD Secretary R P Mandal and senior police officials.

Apart from Chhattisgarh, officials from many other states also are participating in the review meeting being conducted by the Union Transport Minister since last two days. Meanwhile, after the initiative taken by the Union Transport Ministry, Road Safety Committee has been constituted in Chhattisgarh. The Committee has been given a time period of three months to study and submit their reports. Apart from making helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders and proper implementation of this directive through out the state, this Committee will have to submit report on various ways and measures to curb the rising rates of accidents and accidental deaths.

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FDI in Railways will pave way for its privatisation, says Jogi

Coming down heavily on the State Government, former chief minister and senior congress leader Ajit Jogi said that development between Raipur and Naya Raipur is not a worthy step.

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Coming down heavily on the State Government, former chief minister and senior congress leader Ajit Jogi said that development between Raipur and Naya Raipur is not a worthy step.

“Government is making six-phases of Kamal Vihar. It should better give the construction work to private hands and give due importance in solving the problems of the common masses,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday. Jogi said that he was not in a mood to speak against the Central Government for the coming six-months but increase in the railway fare and inflation compelled him to speak against the Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.

He said that Narendra Modi is doing opposite to what he had preached before the elections and even is willing to give the responsibility of opening the ordnance factory to foreign companies. “Whatever weapons foreigners would make, the country would buy and our army personnel will use. This is a threat to country’s security,” the senior congress leader said adding by introducing FDI in Railways would pave path for its privatization.

Jogi said that soon Ambani and Adani will run the trains from New Delhi to Mumbai. He criticized the state government for canceling the ration cards of poor people at a time when people are suffering from price rise. He alleged that before the assembly polls, the government made ration cards of 70 lakh families in place of 56 lakh families and now the BJP-led central government is asking the state government about the reasons that led to the same. “For getting the votes these cards were made and now since the government is formed, the BJP ruled State government is canceling them. This is injustice with the poor people of the state,” he said adding that lakhs of tons of paddy is rotting due to heavy rain while on the other hand the government is not distributing rice to the poor people.

Jogi said that in Janjgir-Champa district alone, paddy worth Rs 25 crore have been rotten. “Why there is no proper arrangement of keeping the paddy safe?” he questioned. When asked about his defeat in the recently held elections, the former Chief Minister said that the matter is in court and he is waiting for the judgment. He was also of the view that new state executive should be formed as the executive committee in 11 states have been dissolved after defeat of the party in the polls.

CREDAI claims no issues with up-coming Kamal Vihar-2, Capital Devpt Project-5

Builders and colonisers particularly those who are members of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) do not have any problems as of now with the up-coming Kamal Vihar-2 or Capital Development Project-5. The names of people cropped up recently opposing the same are neither members of CREDAI nor are builders or developers. In fact these people are basically investors who have invested in land, which now have come under the purview of Kamal Vihar scheme.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Anand Singhania, Chairman, CREDAI Chhattisgarh said that the names which have cropped up recently are not CREDAI members. He further stated that the CREDAI Chhattisgarh has already held its first meeting with its members regarding the said project and certain suggestions has emerged during churning in the meeting. He said the CREDAI will be holding a meeting on June 26 with Chief Executive Officer, Raipur Development Authority and during the meeting such suggestions will be shared with the government.

It is worth mentioning here that Congress leaders and land owners Gurbaksh Singh Chabda, Anand Kukreja had led a delegations of land owners to Housing Minister Rajesh Munat, PWD Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and voiced opposition against the Kamal Vihar-2 and Capital Development Scheme-5. Meanwhile, CREDAI has clarified that these people are not its members. CEO RDA has shot a letter to the CREDAI members inviting them to have a discussion on Kamal Vihar Scheme-2. Accordingly, almost all 80 members from CREDAI will be participating in the meeting on June 26.

As of date the CREDAI members do not own any land in the scheme area and that in case any member have lands in the specific area, the Association will not create any hindrance in the development of city instead will cooperate in its development while abide by the norms in the scheme.

RDA starts to allocate developed lands to land owners

Raipur Development Authority (RDA) while fulfilling its earlier promises has started allocating developed lands to the land owners whose lands were acquired under the Kamal Vihar Phase-1 Scheme and more than 380 land owners have not only been allocated but registry of those lands are also being facilitated. On Tuesday, the RDA issued a list of 380 land owners who have been allocated developed land and registration process has been completed.

RDA has also clarified that the some people having vested interests and are indulged in cases like illegal plotting are misleading people that the land acquired under the Kamal Vihar scheme is not being returned. On the contrary, the RDA has initiated registration of lands of the land owners through a continuous process. During a meeting held on Tuesday, RDA CEO Amit Kataria has directed the officials to hold a camp at collectorate from July 7 to July 14, wherein, registry and contract with the land owners in Kamal Vihar scheme can be executed.

CEO Kataria further stated that the land owners who have been allocated land can carry on building of houses, etc after getting their drawings and designs approved. Kataria further informed that state government is mulling action against those people who are indulged against illegal plotting. He said many such illegal colonizers had tried to take developed lands under Kamal Vihar scheme but the RDA rejected such initiative. He said Sub Divisional Officer (Revenue) has provided list of persons involved in illegal plotting along with the land records.

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CM meets Union Forest Minister for speedy clearances

In order to get clearance of the Environement and Forest Ministries posing hurdles in various development projects, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held meeting with the Union Forest and E... Read More
In order to get clearance of the Environement and Forest Ministries posing hurdles in various development projects, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held meeting with the Union Forest and Environment Minister, Prakash Javdekar. In this meeting along with Chief Minister, State Public Works Minister, Sartaj Singh, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Gopal Bhargava and Member of Parliament, Rakesh Singh were specially present.

During the meeting Chief Minister, Chouhan discussing various projects also highlighted the prevailing problems in progress of Jabalpur-Gondia Broadgauge project due to non-clearance of forest and environment ministry and appealed to initiated necessary efforts to give clearance to the project.

MP Rakesh Singh also informed Mr. Javdekar about his report that he submitted in previous week at his office. On this Union Forest and Environment Minister informed the delegation of leaders from Madhya Pradesh that he has sought report related to the issue and assured that to resolve the issue all sort of efforts would be resolved.

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Inquiry begins in case of negligence at Kundam PHC

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer, Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan has ordered inquiry in the case of miscarriage of a pregnant woman suffering from anaemia at Kundam Primary Health Centre, late in the even... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer, Dr Bharat Singh Chouhan has ordered inquiry in the case of miscarriage of a pregnant woman suffering from anaemia at Kundam Primary Health Centre, late in the evening on Monday.

The CMHO informed that no medical staff would be spared if proved to be negligent towards duties. The inquiry was initiated and ANM, Kalpana Patel summoned at the office. Statement of the victim, relatives and other concern medical staff would be taken within day or two, so that truth would out come on the basis of evidences and statement. Stern action would be initiated against the concern medical staff whomsoever found indulge in negligence towards duties.

It may be mentioned the Punia Bai (29), wife of Nem Singh Barkhede, resident of village Kanhai, Kudam block, was admitted serious condition with four-month pregnancy at PHC Kundam, where she miscarried. Doctor diagnosed that she had only 3 point haemoglobin against the standard 10-12 required for normal pregnancy. She was referred in serious condition at Lady Elgin Hospital, while undergoing treatment, her condition deteriorated and doctor referred her to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday for higher medical care.

Meanwhile, the delegation of medical staff of Kundam Hospital met Chief Medical and Health Officer, Dr B S Chouhan at his office, and lodged complaint the ANM accusing her of being arrogant and misbehaving with colleagues and negligent towards duties.

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HC asks Collector to earmark space for lawyers at Collectorate

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Tuesday, heard advocates’ plea for interim relief for an appropriate place in th... Read More
A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Alok Aradhe, on Tuesday, heard advocates’ plea for interim relief for an appropriate place in the premises of Collectorate, so that they members were able to faction properly. The petitioners were aggrieved with the sudden removal of their fixtures from the premises of the Collectorate. The division bench listed the case related to removal of temporary sheds in possession of the advocates at Collectorate, Jabalpur for further order on July 21.

The bench, in its order, said that after deliberations between the petitioners and authorities representing the Collector, a settlement had been arrived that the Collector would immediately provide land measuring approximately 500 sq ft, identified in the court to the Bar Association and thereafter, a plot measuring approximately 3000 sq ft by way of permanent arrangement.

It is also expected that all fixtures which were removed from the premises of Collectorate would soon be returned to the respective advocates. The division bench has listed the case for further order on July 21. Earlier it had deferred the hearing till June 24 in the case. Earlier Senior Counsel for the petitioners, while inviting the attention of the court to order dated on May 16, 2014 passed by division bench of the court in writ petition, submitted that in an earlier round of litigation, the respondents had assured the division bench that as and when the decision was taken to remove the temporary sheds of the advocates, seven days’ advance public notice would be given. However, in violation of the aforesaid assurance, a notice dated on June 2, 2014 was given to the public in general and in a high-handed and arbitrary manner, in the night on June 10, 2014, tables and chairs of the advocates kept in the tin shed were removed forcibly from the premises of the Collectorate, in haste. The action of the Collector, Jabalpur was termed as high-handed and arbitrary. It was also urged that duties discharged by the advocates were public duty and the respondents are under an obligation to provide accommodation, building to ensure effective working of judicial system or functioning of administration of justice. Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha with Advocate Sashank Shekhar appeared on behalf of the petitioners.

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Forest Deptt disowns reserve forest area

The natural bio-diversity of dense forest area is at stake due to the lethargic working of the Forest Department in orange reserve forest area of Panagar – Chattarpur between Kasi and Jalgaon... Read More
The natural bio-diversity of dense forest area is at stake due to the lethargic working of the Forest Department in orange reserve forest area of Panagar – Chattarpur between Kasi and Jalgaon villages near Simni reservoir.

Continuous illegal excavation from the hills in forest areas is revealing the truth behind claims of strict checking on illegal mining by the Forest Department and other authorities. Illegal mining in suburban forest areas is not a new issue in the district as several illegal mining sites can be seen in the nearby suburban areas.

It is quite disappointing that the Forest Department is denying that the said area falls under its jurisdiction and shifting responsibility to district authorities. District Forest Officer, HS Mohanta, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, has refuted the existence of any illegal mining in forest area and said that the identified area was not under jurisdiction of Forest Department. Reserve forest area number 448 is the perfect example of failed campaign against illegal mining by the Forest Department in the district. Persons involved in illegal mining are openly excavating sand near Simni reservoir and hilly areas in Panagar – Chattarpur beat between Kasi and Jalgaon villages.

The illegal mining area is an orange reserve forest area and re-plantation site of bamboo under Kasi Gram Panchayat. Following the careless working of Forest Department, those involved in illegal mining are openly excavating the hilly areas. Illegal excavation of red gravel is also vulnerable for damage of right bank canal. Besides this, uninterrupted transportation of heavy loading vehicles are badly damaging the canals and causing soil erosion.

Surprisingly, when some environment activists contacted the Forest Department and demanded action against illegal mining, forest officers claimed that the mining was being carried out in orange area reserve forest but failed in giving details about the documents. The land record (Khasra) of this reserve forest was missing from the office of the district Forest Department. Illegal mining of red gravel from reserved forest area has increased kilns of bricks in adjoining villages that are adversely affecting the natural bio-diversity and agricultural growth in the area. The current illegal mining sites are the perfect examples of flourishing illegal mining in the district but Forest Department and other government agencies are yet to take action against the plunder of natural bio-diversity.

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Wanted goon nabbed by Gorakhpur cops

Continuing a rigorous campaign for apprehending histiry-sheeters, Gorakhpur police have succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal who was absconding in more than 20 cases, including murders and... Read More
Continuing a rigorous campaign for apprehending histiry-sheeters, Gorakhpur police have succeeded in apprehending a wanted criminal who was absconding in more than 20 cases, including murders and attempting to murder. The apprehended accused was wanted in a shoot out incident of Bittu Minocha reported on November 27, 2011. Superintendent of Police had declared cash reward of Rs. 15,000 for apprehending or giving information about the accused.

The accused named Vijay Yadav was apprehended when he was sleeping at the banks of river Narmada at Uma Ghat. He was arrested by active working of combine police team of Gorakhpur CSP squad and Gwarighat police. Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Siddharth Bahuguna disclosed this while addressing a press conference, on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that Bittu Minocha, a noted businessman of Gorakhpur area was shot dead in an indiscriminate firing incident, on November 27, 2011. Police team succeeded in apprehending Ratan Yadav, Manish Patel, Monu Sablok, Kapil Chouksey and other persons and mastermind of the incident Vijay Yadav was absconding. ASP, Bahuguna added that continuing a campaign, CSP, Gorakhpur squad’s Head Constable, Mradulesh Sharma received information about the absconding criminal. Acting promptly on the information, a combine team of squad and Gorakhpur police under the direction of Rajesh Tiwari enclosed the area and succeeded in apprehending the accused at the banks of river Narmada. Police team recovered a loaded revolver from the accused. ASP, Siddharth Bahuguna informed that more than 20 sensitive cases have been registered against Vijay Yadav while he was currently absconding in five case of murder and attempt to murder. Police are still investigating the case for apprehending more persons who provided shelter to the wanted criminal. The accused was apprehended with active working of police team comprised of SHO of Gwarighat police station, Sub Inspector, Nehru Khandate, Head Constable, Mradulesh Sharma, Dhananjay Singh, Constables, Shesh Narayan, Amit Rajak and Vijay Dubey. On the achievement, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for the members of police team.

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Chief Justice asks NVDA officials, project-hit to come to consensus

THE Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, headed by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar, on Tuesday, asked the officials of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) to sit and hold a dialo... Read More
THE Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, headed by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar, on Tuesday, asked the officials of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) to sit and hold a dialogue with activists and farmers of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) as there was no consensus on what was to be done to prevent water logging as well as canal breaches affecting the standing crop and farms of the farmers in Nimad, on a large scale. The Chief Justice was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by NBA through Medha Patkar related to Omkareshwar (OSP) and Indira Sagar (ISP) Project canals.

Terming it a ‘mediation’, the Chief Justice stated that when the farmers were not satisfied with the works done by NVDA technical team, there should be a joint decision on the OFD/CAD works to be undertaken with the common cause of preventive negative impacts and destruction of livelihood. Both the parties showed willingness to do the same and agreed to draw consensus through a dialogue.

The NVDA officials, including Chief Engineers, Executive Engineers, Commissioner and Director held an hour-long meeting with the petitioner-in-person and NBA team in the High Court on June 23 itself, as directed by the Court.

It was decided that in the case of every village where the serious problem of canal breaches as identified, there would be a joint inspection in the field. The villages in Maheshwar, Badwah and Manawar tehsils in OSP canal phases were identified based on the NBA’s submissions already made to the court and High-level Committee under the Chief Secretary. Similarly, other villages in the Rajpur, Anjad and Sanawad tehsils in the ISP canal area were identified for the same purpose. Some discussion was held on the need for not just inlets but wider siphons, VRB structures, bridges etc while it was decided that the decision would be taken in the field itself.

The schedule plan begins from June 26, 2014 onwards; the revenue employees such as patwaris and tehsildars would also be invited. Once the solutions to the problem faced over the last few years were concluded unanimously, the works would be completed within the shortest time, i.e. before the onset of monsoon in July. It was also decided that in case a particular work could not be completed before monsoon and leaving it half way would create further problems for the land and agriculture, the same would not be taken up, without the consent of the affected persons and local people. NVDA agreed that certain major structures are yet to be constructed and those will have to be planned and executed. NBA expects that there is a decision to compensate the actual loss to the farmers due to above-mentioned problems resulting out of lack of OFD/CAD works. There is a dispute over this as the Commissioner, NVDA suggested that compensation would be paid only on the basis of RBC rules. NBA asserts the old British days rules would not suffice, as those are completely not in conformity with the actual losses faced by the farmers. The decision for determination and payment of appropriate compensation is left to the Chief Justice for suitable orders within the framework of law, clearances and as per the principle of natural justice.

Medical College Chairman asked to appear before HC in contempt case

A DIVISION bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Sushil Kumar Gupta, on Tuesday, issued directions in a contempt petition and ordered the Chairman, L N Medical and Research Centre, JK Town, Bhopal, to be personally present before the court on July 3. The contempt petition was filed by Amita Jaiswal who appeared in Pre-Medical Text, 2009 conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, Bhopal for MBBS and BDS courses in various government autonomous medical and dental colleges of the State. After due verification, the petitioner was allotted seat in MBBS course at LN Medical College and Research Centre. The petitioner deposited fees and took admission in the college. Verdict of Supreme Court pronounced on October 9, 2009 permitted filing of 100 seats at Sagar. The State Government issued advertisement scheduling counselling and the petitioner participated in counselling and was allotted Government Medical College, Sagar. As per direction, petitioner had to deposit documents which were with LN Medical College and Research Centre. However the college refused to hand over the documents and the petitioner filed writ petition. Court vide order dated on October 20, 2009 directed the LN Medical College to hand over the documents and return the fee. Respondents after much hue and cry did not return the fees. Thus committed gross contempt of the order passed by this court. Advocate Mrigendra Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Chief Justice asks NVDA officials, project-hit to come to consensus

THE Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, headed by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar, on Tuesday, asked the officials of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) to sit and hold a dialo... Read More
THE Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, headed by Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar, on Tuesday, asked the officials of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) to sit and hold a dialogue with activists and farmers of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) as there was no consensus on what was to be done to prevent water logging as well as canal breaches affecting the standing crop and farms of the farmers in Nimad, on a large scale. The Chief Justice was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by NBA through Medha Patkar related to Omkareshwar (OSP) and Indira Sagar (ISP) Project canals.

Terming it a ‘mediation’, the Chief Justice stated that when the farmers were not satisfied with the works done by NVDA technical team, there should be a joint decision on the OFD/CAD works to be undertaken with the common cause of preventive negative impacts and destruction of livelihood. Both the parties showed willingness to do the same and agreed to draw consensus through a dialogue.

The NVDA officials, including Chief Engineers, Executive Engineers, Commissioner and Director held an hour-long meeting with the petitioner-in-person and NBA team in the High Court on June 23 itself, as directed by the Court.

It was decided that in the case of every village where the serious problem of canal breaches as identified, there would be a joint inspection in the field. The villages in Maheshwar, Badwah and Manawar tehsils in OSP canal phases were identified based on the NBA’s submissions already made to the court and High-level Committee under the Chief Secretary. Similarly, other villages in the Rajpur, Anjad and Sanawad tehsils in the ISP canal area were identified for the same purpose. Some discussion was held on the need for not just inlets but wider siphons, VRB structures, bridges etc while it was decided that the decision would be taken in the field itself.

The schedule plan begins from June 26, 2014 onwards; the revenue employees such as patwaris and tehsildars would also be invited. Once the solutions to the problem faced over the last few years were concluded unanimously, the works would be completed within the shortest time, i.e. before the onset of monsoon in July. It was also decided that in case a particular work could not be completed before monsoon and leaving it half way would create further problems for the land and agriculture, the same would not be taken up, without the consent of the affected persons and local people. NVDA agreed that certain major structures are yet to be constructed and those will have to be planned and executed. NBA expects that there is a decision to compensate the actual loss to the farmers due to above-mentioned problems resulting out of lack of OFD/CAD works. There is a dispute over this as the Commissioner, NVDA suggested that compensation would be paid only on the basis of RBC rules. NBA asserts the old British days rules would not suffice, as those are completely not in conformity with the actual losses faced by the farmers. The decision for determination and payment of appropriate compensation is left to the Chief Justice for suitable orders within the framework of law, clearances and as per the principle of natural justice.

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Chief Secy De Sa checks arrangements for Prez’s visit

Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, Anthony JC De Sa carried out inspection of preliminary preparations for the visit of President Pranab Mukherji at Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, on Ju... Read More
Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh, Anthony JC De Sa carried out inspection of preliminary preparations for the visit of President Pranab Mukherji at Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University, on June 27. The President would grace the occasion as chief guest for the Golden Jubilee Year 12th Convocation Ceremony of JNAU.

Chief Secretary, De Sa reviwed the progress of different works related to programs to be organised on this occasion and also inspected the venues where different programmes would be held.

Chief Secretary, De Sa accompanied by senior officials including Director General of Police, Nandan Dubey, Principal Secretary, Home, Raj Kishore Swai and Additional Director General of Police, (Law & Order), S L Thousen reached Dumna Airport around 12.30 pm. After inspection ongoing preparations of visit of President of India, Pranab Mukherji at Dumna the team of higher officials fly for the JNAU by the same helicopter.

At JNAU the team of officials including Divisional Commissioner, Deepak Khandekar, Inspector General of Police, Upendra Jain, Collector Vivek Porwal, Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University higher ups led by Vice Chancellor, Professor, Vijay Singh Tomar, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. SK Rao, Director Research Services, Dr. Sahib Singh Tomar, Director Extension, Dr. PK Mishra, Registrar, Rajesh Paliwal along with other senior officials and staff of the JNAU were specially present. During the inspection Chief Secretary, Mr. De Sa given necessary instructions to the officials while also reviewed security arrangements in proper manner.

Earlier, at the JNAU ground the team led by Vice Chancellor, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar welcomed the Chief Secretary, Anthony De Sa, Principal Secretary, Raj Kishore Swai, DGP, Nandan Dubey, Ad.DG, SL Thousen and officials in special presnence of Divisonal Commissioner, Deepak Khandekar, IG Upendra Jain, Collector and SP. After inspecting the ongoing preliminary preparations related to visit of the President of India, the top officials of the State would fly for Bhopal by the same helicopter from temporary helipad created at the Jawahar Ground of the JNAU.

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Man critically injures wife, in-laws

Following old quarrel with wife, a man, along with his three other friends, attacked his wife and in-laws with sharp-edged weapons at Kolar locality some two days ago. Incident was reported from... Read More
Following old quarrel with wife, a man, along with his three other friends, attacked his wife and in-laws with sharp-edged weapons at Kolar locality some two days ago. Incident was reported from Rajharsh Colony under Kolar police station limits and took place last Sunday. In aftermath of the incident, assailants fled the spot while the injured were rushed to Hamidia Hospital. Condition of victims was said to be critical at hospital and they were undergoing treatment. Based on the complaint of victims, police lodged a case of half-murder against those assailants and have launched a manhunt for them.However, a case under section 307 of Indian Penal Code was lodged but the police failed to arrest any of them. The incident took place on Sunday and a case in this regard was lodged by police on Monday. Kolar Station House Officer (SHO), Akhilesh Mishra said that a police team has been sent to Garhakota, the home town of the accused, to nab all assailants. According to information, Kamlesh Ahirwar, basically hailing from Garhakota in Sagar district, resides at his in-law’s house at Rajharsh Colony in Kolar along with his wife. A month ago, a fight broke out between the couple, following which, he left his in-law’s house and went to his home town, Sagar. But, on Sunday, Kamlesh, who wanted to teach a lesson to his wife and in-laws as well, returned back to in-law’s house along with three other friends. Before anyone could understand their ill-intention, Kamlesh, along with his friends, attacked them with axes and injured them badly. Wife of Kamlesh, her mother and brother sustained severe injuries in this attack and were rushed to hospital for further treatment. A kid also sustained injuries in this attack so far.

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Due to wrong eye drops, children face vision problem

Many children, who had gone to Government hospital, Sendhwa to get their eyes examined two days ago, reached the hospital again with complaint of blur vision. Doctors had told the children an... Read More
Many children, who had gone to Government hospital, Sendhwa to get their eyes examined two days ago, reached the hospital again with complaint of blur vision. Doctors had told the children and their patients that now, their wards would see better than past. An Ophthalmologist prescribed eye drops but the pharmacist provided patients some other drops. It created problems, the children felt itching in eyes, they were forced to close their eyes most of the time as their vision was not clear. A senior health officer in Barwani said that children and their parents were told not to worry, in a week, the eye drops’ effect would subside and problem of blurred vision will be automatically removed. It is surprising that the no strict action against the pharmacist provided wrong eye drops to patients has yet been initiated. Case was hushed up by terming it as human error. When contacted, Dr A K Mehta, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Barwani, admitted to distributing wrong eye drops by the pharmacist in Sendhwa hospital. “Children who had reached there to get their examined were given wrong eye drops. They will not be blinded, they will have blur vision for some days only , then it will be ok. It is human error by pharmacist, he said. “I have not taken any action against the pharmacist for distributing wrong eye drops, the CMHO said.

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Dengue spreading wings in city as no DMO to take action

Dengue is gradually spreading in city and there is no regular District Malaria Officer (DMO) in city and maximum districts. Dr K V Vajpayee, DMO has been given additional charge of DMO. He is a... Read More
Dengue is gradually spreading in city and there is no regular District Malaria Officer (DMO) in city and maximum districts. Dr K V Vajpayee, DMO has been given additional charge of DMO. He is as Deputy Director in Health Department’s divisional office, so he cannot find proper time to pay attention on Malaria Department’s activities. In a week, two Dengue patients, found in the city, were admitted in JP Hospital. Dengue was confirmed with the Elisa test.

For the three days of admission of Dengue patient at JP Hospital, Malaria Department did not do any anti-larva activities around the patient’s residence or made blood slides to know whether Dengue had spread to others. Sheer negligence of Malaria Department might increase number of Dengue patients. Anti-larva activity needs timely response as soon as it is detected in the patient.

It is interesting to note that not only from private hospitals and nursing homes, Malaria Department has failed to get information of Dengue patient from Government JP Hospital. it might be due to negligence towards Dengue menace. “Two Dengue patients in a week is a sign of rising Dengue patients in city and Malaria Department is simply useless despite heavy budget and staff, said a senior doctor in JP Hospital.

When contacted, Dr K V Vajpayee, District Malaria Officer (DMO) said JP Hospital did not inform him about Dengue patient. “If they had informed in detail, we would have done anti-larva activity near 50 houses around the residence of the patient and make blood slides. I have heard of the Dengue patient only through the media, I have no authentic information, Dr Vajpayee said.

When contacted, Dr Veena Sinha, Civil Surgeon, District JP Hospital, denied allegations by Dr Vajpayee and said we give Dengue patient’s information to the District Malaria Officer (DMO). Patient was admitted first to Hajela Hospital after confirming Dengue in Hamidia Hospital. I do not know whether he is admitted in JP Hospital. If Dengue patient is in JP Hospital, we will provide his information to the DMO, she said.

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Marathon meeting between CM, Sartaj, Bhargava and Gadkari

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with PWD Minister, Sartaj Singh and Panchayat & Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava had a marathon meeting with Union Surface Transport Minister ... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with PWD Minister, Sartaj Singh and Panchayat & Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava had a marathon meeting with Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Tuesday. Union Labour Minister and MP from Gwalior, Narendra Singh Tomar was specially present on the occasion. Chairman of National Highways Authority and representatives of construction agencies were also present.

Chief Minister Chouhan threw light in detail one by one on the condition of 9 National Highways in the State. He informed that the State Government has spent Rs 290 crore from its own resources on repair of these roads. He urged to re-imburse this amount. At the meeting, Bhopal-Sanchi, Gwalior-Shivpuri, Obaidullahganj-Betul, Indore-Dewas, Khajuraho-Jhansi, Shivpuri-Dewas, Jabalpur-Lakhnadaun, Rewa-Katni-Jabalpur, Sidhi-Singrauli, Shahdol-Katni, Jabalpur-Mandla-Chilpi, Rewa-Sidhi (NH 75) and National Highways connecting Indore with Gujarat were minutely reviewed and practical solutions were suggested to dispose of the hurdles coming in the way of construction works.

Describing Jhansi-Khajuraho road as of international importance from tourism point of view, the Union Surface Transport Minister stressed the need to complete it on priority. The Chief Minister urged to accelerate pace of works of National Highways and sanction construction of Vidisha bypass.

Gadkari assured that work order will be issued as soon as 90 percent land for the bypass road is acquired. At present, he asked to present DPR for the bypass so that technical sanction can be given.

Chief Minister Chouhan urged for selection of villages under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana on the basis of census of 2012 and that the Centre should bear the cost of over 50 meter long bridges. He urged to promote construction of pucca and permanent infrastructural assets under MNREGA and fixing ratio of labour and material as 40:60 instead of 60:40.

Chouhan informed Gadkari that the State Government has chalked out an ambitious rural transport scheme. It envisages making available 10,000 vehicles to unemployed youths for public transport in villages and towns. The Chief Minister said that it would be better if the Union Government sanctions this scheme.

The Chief Minister urged to improve conditions for disability and widow pension schemes. He said that age limit for pension eligibility of disabled persons and widows should be abolished and quantum of disability should also be reduced from 80 percent to 40 percent.

Referring to discrimination against the state in Indira Aawas Yojana, Chouhan said that 37 lakh families in the state live in shanties, but the Central Government has given much lesser allotment. He said that state’s allotments in Indira Aawas Yojana should be increased.

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Satna District Hospital SNCU gutted in fire

Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Satna District Hospital, where fire broke out at its Sick New Born Care Unit (SNCU) on Tuesday. When the fire broke out, there were 37 infants. Due to smo... Read More
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at Satna District Hospital, where fire broke out at its Sick New Born Care Unit (SNCU) on Tuesday. When the fire broke out, there were 37 infants. Due to smoke, infants were yelling, their mothers and family members present there were crying for help to save their children from fire. While trying to save the infants, hands of two nurses got badly burnt, who are being treated there. Condition of some infants was serious and were shifted to Rewa Government Medical College-associated Sanjay Gandhi Hospital for treatment.

According to a senior doctor in Satna District Hospital, hospital staff and family members of some patients tried to douse the fire while trying to save infants from fire. Hospital staff immediately called fire tenders. Firemen used all its all cylinders to douse the fire. After three hours, fire could be controlled but the whole SNCU was gutted. Flames of the fire leapt very high. If there was some delay in dousing the fire, it could have spread in other parts of the hospital. More than 300 patients, including women patients, who were injured badly, have been admitted in different wards, said hospital employees.

“Mercury was climbing and due to fire, lights were off. Children, other patients and their attendants were feeling uneasy due to heat. Doctors and other paramedical staff have been asked to stay in the hospital at night to continuously monitor health of the patients, specially serious patients, children and delivery women, said a senior health officer.

Dr G P Singh, Civil Surgeon, Satna District Hospital, said he could not know how the fire broke out at hospital’s SNCU. We saved all 37 infants. Infants, who were seriously injured, were shifted to Rewa Medical College-associated hospital. Others will be treated at the hospital’s other wards,” he said.“Our first priority is to save life of the children and others, getting SNCU repaired and restart it. However, we will get the matter probed and responsibility will be fixed, Dr Singh said.

When contacted, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, said the fire broke out at Satna District Hospital’s SNCU due to short circuit. “Our first priority is to save the children, provide them treatment and getting the SNCU rebuilt. Then we will get the matter probed,” he said.

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3 Bangladeshis detained, police steps away from solving Bairagarh case

As many as three Bangladeshi origin, including a woman, have been detained from New Delhi by city police in connection with sensational Bairagarh robbery case that took place on June 18.

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As many as three Bangladeshi origin, including a woman, have been detained from New Delhi by city police in connection with sensational Bairagarh robbery case that took place on June 18.

However, saying that the police had solved the case with detaining of these suspects would not be correct as of now when police were questioning them on their alleged role.

A senior police official, pleading anonymity, said that as many as three, including a woman hailing from Bangladesh, have been detained from New Delhi and were being questioned.

“Whether police has solved the robbery case and announcing their arrest was a matter of time only,” the senior police official said. Robbers who committed robbery that night were six in number while the police could only detain three of them.

In this condition, police would have to work hard to arrest remaining three robbers. Detaining of these suspects was made following their call details, which police found through cellphone belonged to one of those robbers and was left accidentally at the crime spot.

Notably, on June 18, six masked robbers barged into house of hardware trader, namely Naresh Chotwani.

Placing knife on the neck of his daughter, namely Ruchika, they took cash and jewellery belonging to his mother, Rukmani and fled. However, they had made away with huge cash and valuables if Ruchika had not showed extraordinary courage and presence of mind.

She lied to them on two counts, first that she was a guest at the house and was not having information regarding cash and valuables in the house that moment and second, that there were a lot of family members were asleep inside the house.

Also, she raised an alarm, hearing which, family members woke up and rushed to the place where those robbers gathered. But till then, those unidentified robbers fled from spot with cash and jewellery.

While escaping, one of the robbers left his cellphone, which was later seized by police.

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Notice issued against Ajay Singh

It is learnt that court has issued notice against former Leader of Opposition, Ajay Singh, asking him to appear in next hearing of the defamation suit filed against him. Last year, Singh had ... Read More
It is learnt that court has issued notice against former Leader of Opposition, Ajay Singh, asking him to appear in next hearing of the defamation suit filed against him. Last year, Singh had used objectionable language against CM and his wife during public meetings. CM and his wife had knocked the doors of court and filed defamation suit of Rs 1 crore against Singh.

It may be mentioned that CM and his wife had filed defamation suit against Ajay Singh last year by saying that their reputation was hurt by the allegations of Singh.

In the defamation suit, CM announced to donate the claim amount for the rehabilitation of families affected by Uttarakhand tragedy.

Before knocking the doors, CM had asked Ajay Singh to seek apology publicly and when latter had not done so, defamation suit was filed against him.

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Sharma remanded to STF in constable recruitment scam

Hitting hopes of former Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, district court here on Tuesday again remanded him to Special Task Force (STF) of state police for further interrogation. This t... Read More
Hitting hopes of former Higher Education Minister Laxmikant Sharma, district court here on Tuesday again remanded him to Special Task Force (STF) of state police for further interrogation. This time, Sharma has been remanded in connection with scam in Police Constable Recruitment-2012 till June 26.

The former minister, who was arrested earlier on June 15 from his government residence at 74 Bungalow, was reportedly produced in the court of in-charge CJM APS Chouhan.

STF earlier arrested him on his alleged role in scam in contractual teacher recruitment and was taken on remand for further interrogation. As on Tuesday, remand period was expired, STF produced him in the court and again arrested in connection with another scam. On Tuesday, while he was taken to court premises by STF many supporters of him thronged the court in his support. However, Sharma had earlier advised his supporters for not coming to court but, on Tuesday supporters reached the court premises in large numbers and even some touched the feet of former minister. Besides Sharma, STF also produced Pankaj Trivedi, P K Mishra, Nitin Mahindra and Ajay Sen, all were arrested in VYAPAM scam, in the court on same day. The court extended their remand period till June 26 for further interrogation. On Tuesday their remand period ended after which STF produced them before the court. OP Shukla was also sent on police remand in connection with Constable Recruitment scam.

Giving the ground over which Shukla was named in FIR in Constable Recruitment scam, an STF official said that a folder with the name of Shukla was found in the hard disk recovered from the system of Pankaj Trivedi. In further development in said scam, STF on Tuesday reportedly arrested a constable on his alleged role with the scam. According to information, Ankit Shukla, basically hailing from Rewa and currently was posted at Satna, was arrested by STF.

As per information, Pankaj Trivedi get as many as 40 candidates passed Constable Recruitment Examination through unfair means.

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Naqvi comes in defence of CM Chouhan in VYAPAM scam

BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has come in defence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in VYAPAM scam by claiming that everything would get clear in probe. Backing Chief Mi... Read More
BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has come in defence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in VYAPAM scam by claiming that everything would get clear in probe. Backing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Naqvi said everyone, including party and people of country, know well about nature of Chouhan. Congress should stop taking out cockroaches from dry well of corruption.

Naqvi said aforesaid things while interacting with media in city on Tuesday. Naqvi had come to attend two-day meeting of National Executive Committee of party’s Minority Front. Earlier, he had inaugurated the meeting of minority front and said that BJP’s Prime Minister candidate Narendra Modi worked hard to make people passionate and this passion gave mandate in favour of BJP.

Congress was claiming that BJP could not win Muslim dominated seats but BJP registered victory on seats having more than 55 percent Muslim population. Muslims have exuded faith on BJP. Naqvi lambasted the Congress by saying that Congress had given inflation, unemployment in legacy. Speaking about Muslims, who are lagging behind in race of development, he said that in Congress regimes, Muslims got away from mainstream in Congress regimes. “Now Government is preparing schemes for over all development of society. A scheme is being prepared for the development of minority community,” he said.

He further added that Minority Development Ministry under the leadership of Union Minister Najma Heptullah would leave no stone unturned to ensure education, development and equality to people of minorities. Taking on Congress, he said Congress leaders were claiming that formation of Modi Government was not possible and when BJP won the election, then these political seculars became disappointed.

“Various schemes were devised for the welfare of minorities in sixty years rule of Congress. Even 15 point programme was made and ninety districts were selected. But these schemes could not be implemented in proper manner. Congress got defeated in 73 out of 90 minority dominated districts,” he said.

Expressing concern on volatile situation of Gulf countries, he said even western media is responsible for negative publicity of situations of Gulf countries. “Western media dubbed Sunni’s as terrorists and sometimes describe Shia’s as terrorists. By creating such atmosphere, they are dividing the society,” he claimed.

On the oil crisis issue arisen due to unrest in Gulf countries, he expressed concern on oil issue and said that Modi Government is taking steps to deal with the situation. Efforts have been started for self dependency in oil.

State’s Minister for Minority Welfare, Antar Singh Arya informed that construction work of all facility equipped Haj house in Bhopal and Indore would get completed in 2014-15. On this occasion, National President of BJP’s Minority Front, Abdul Rashid Ansari, front’s National In Charge D K Jain, senior leader Arif Baigh, State In Charge of BJP Minority Front Vijendra Sisodia, Minority Welfare Minister Antar Singh Arya and front’s State President Hidayatullah Sheikh were present.

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Shikshak Parishad’s stir from July 1

Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad has warned Maharashtra Government that it would shut down schools from July 1 against the order that made thousands of teachers in excess.

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Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad has warned Maharashtra Government that it would shut down schools from July 1 against the order that made thousands of teachers in excess.

The meeting of Parishad held on Monday at Kalyan which was attended by its President Venunath Kadu, Teacher MLC Ramnath Mote and Nago Ganar, MLC. As per the decision now on June 25 in Maharashtra and on June 26 in Vidarbha, the association will submit memorandum to District Education Officer.

On June 27 a grand meeting of thousands of teachers of Maharashtra will be held at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan. It will be addressed by Devendra Fadnavis, State BJP President and Vinod Tawade, Opposition party leader in State legislature Council.

Parishad has pointed out that the new rule says that there should be one section for 70 students. If this is implemented then 60,000 teachers would lose their jobs and it would affect students also. Parishad has demanded that there should be 1 section for 25 students in urban area, 20 students section for rural and 15 students section in tribal part.

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Driver stoned to death, two accused arrested

SENSATION prevailed at Thakre Layout, Manish Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Dabha Ring Road when a driver was stoned to death by two teenagers over an old enmity on Sunday night. Cops arrested th... Read More
SENSATION prevailed at Thakre Layout, Manish Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Dabha Ring Road when a driver was stoned to death by two teenagers over an old enmity on Sunday night. Cops arrested the killers within 20 hours of the incident. The deceased, Nitin Vishwanath Khawse (31) was a resident of Plot No 24, Sai Nagar. Nitin was a driver by profession. He was attached to a private firm. On Sunday evening, he returned home. After having some snacks, he left home. While he was passingby, eyes of his rivals Rahul Shyamrao Khade (19) and Likhit Aade (18) fell on him. Rahul and Likhit, who were allegedly in an inebriated condition, picked up a quarrel with him. They thrashed Nitin. When Nitin retaliated, they pushed him aside. Nitin fell down. They then smashed his head with boulder killing him on the spot. The killers then ran away. As Nitin did not return home till late night, his wife got worried and started searching for him in the locality. Around 6 am on Monday, residents found the body. The news spread like wild fire in Sai Nagar locality. With her neighbours, Nitin’s wife also reached the spot and identified her husband’s body. Cops arrived at the spot on being informed and sent the body to Mayo Hospital for autopsy. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Manisha Khawse (29), wife of the deceased, Gittikhadan Police arrested Rahul Khade, a resident of Dakhni Mohalla, Shivaji Nagar, and Likhit Aade, a resident of Dabha, on charges under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. Further investigations are under way.

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Board debars girl, later decides to declare her result as a good gesture

Young Apeksha Meshram was busy deciding her future academic course of action, waiting anxiously for the HSC results. But to her horror, the Maharashtra State Board decided to debar her for flou... Read More
Young Apeksha Meshram was busy deciding her future academic course of action, waiting anxiously for the HSC results. But to her horror, the Maharashtra State Board decided to debar her for flouting an examination norm. However, the Board retracted its decision later, realising that the girl had in fact helped the Board nab two corrupt valuers.

Apeksha Meshram, a student of Dayanand Arya Kanya Vidyalaya, Nagour, had appeared for HSC examination from Commerce field in summer 2014. In the examination for the subject Secretarial Practice (SP) students have to write a letter on the theme given in the question paper. In the letter they also have to put an imaginary phone number. Apeksha, instead of creating one, wrote down the mobile phone number of Neha Burde, who is the married sister of her good friend Anup Hedaoo. Mentioning phone number of a known person is strictly prohibited as per State Board’s rules, but Apeksha hoodwinked this one.

Meanwhile, Apeksha’s anshwer-shhet made its way into the hands of valuers Pradip Katre and Shrikant Yede of Saleksa in Gondia district. They called up Neha thinking it must be the phone number of the student. Puzzled Neha cut the call and asked Anup if he had given her number to anyone. It later came to light that Apeksha was the one who had written it down in the answer-sheet. When the valuers came to know about this they called up Apeksha and first threatened her of action. later, they allegedly demanded bribe to help Apeksha score better. Apeksha and Anup thought it wise to contact Rashidbhai Kanchwala, a businessman, and Sachin Bisen, President of Khairipura Action Committee. They then decided to bring the valuers’ intention to the notice of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Accordingly, a trap was laid and Katre and Yede were arrested. The action was carried out with the help of the Board.

Apeksha thought that all was over now and she waited anxiously for her result on June 2. However, she was shocked when her ersult did not appear on the official website. When she enquired with the Board office she was told that she had been debarred owing to involvement in unfair means as writing a phone number of a known person in answersheet was prohibited.

Kanchwala and Bisen camwe to Apeksha’s rescue yet again. There initial efforts to convince the official concernedwent in vain. However, the Board later decided to withdraw the action and declare the girl’s result.

When contacted, S M Ganorkar, Chairman of Nagpur Divisional Board said, “We had decided to debar the student as we felt that she had some ulterior motive behind writing the phone number but later we realised that she did not write it with purposely and therefore our committee decided to clear her case and declare the result.”

Anil Pardhi, Secretary of the Board, told The Hitavada, “Our committee discussed the issue and found that Apeksha has, in a way, helped the Board in nabbing the corrpt valuers. We are thankful to her and therefore we decided to reward her by withdrawing the case against her. Her result will be declared within two days.”

After all the ups and downs over her result, Apeksha finally heaved a sigh of relief with the good news. Apeksha is said to have scored around 70 % marks but it will be confirmed after result is declared officially.

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Waigaon turmeric also on way to get GI tag

Just like Bhiwapuri Mirchi, another unique farm produce from Vidarbha region -- Waigaon Haldi -- is in the process of getting Geographical Indications (GI) tag. Already, registration process for ... Read More
Just like Bhiwapuri Mirchi, another unique farm produce from Vidarbha region -- Waigaon Haldi -- is in the process of getting Geographical Indications (GI) tag. Already, registration process for the GI tag to Waigaon Haldi has been completed and additional representation has been made by Waigaon Halad Utpadak Sangh.

Like Bhiwapuri Mirchi, the process to get GI tag for Waigaon Haldi also started under Maharashtra Agriculture Competitiveness Project (MACP). Under the project, support was extended to Waigaon Halad Utpadak Sangh -- a registered organisation of Waigaon Turmeric farmers in Samudrapur tehsil of Wardha district. The registration process for GI tag has been conducted through Prof Ganesh Hingmire of GMGC, Pune. The institution has registered 10 products from Maharashtra for GI tag.

Waigaon Haldi is a widely popular turmeric variety of Vidarbha. Approximately 80 per cent of farmers from village Waigaon cultivate turmeric and hence the name ‘Waigaon Haldi’. According to Vandana Nawghare, the specific characteristics of Waigaon Haldi are pungent odour, dark mustard yellow colour, concentric rings on wet stem, curcumin oil is above 6 per cent and when crushed manually it is about 8 per cent. It has higher curcumin oil content compared to Sangli, Selam or Jalgaon turmeric. This particular variety of turmeric has unique taste, rich in oil content, pleasant aroma, and medicinal value. More importantly, it is cultivated in organic manner.

Waigaon turmeric fingers are used to prepare pickles. Curcumin capsules prepared from Waigaon turmeric are used as dietary supplement in treatment of Cancer and other diseases. Organic farming expert Manohar Parchure had prepared a capsule for Cancer patients from Waigaon turmeric and got good results. It was also studied as a potential anti-viral agent against HIV.

The most important chemical components of turmeric are a group of compounds called curcuminoids, which include curcumin demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin. There are volatile oils such as turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberene.

In the representation made during the registration process for GI tag, it was mentioned that Waigaon turmeric is also helpful in treating and preventing neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. It is also used as a traditional medicine to treat Arthritis, skin diseases especially wet eczema, and its oil works as an external antibiotic to prevent infections in wounds. It is also used as Ayurvedic medicine in cases of cough and cold. From old stem or rhizome extract or powder, Waigaon turmeric is converted into ‘Kumkum’ used for worship. It is also useful in cosmetics. Waigaon turmeric is in great demand in Nagpur market as well as in adjoining state of Andhra Pradesh. It is also known to have been exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan, China etc. Once the produce gets GI tag, its market value will get a boost and the cultivators will earn profits. Other benefits include boost to processing, development of small scale industry, women empowerment through availability of manual work, packing and marketing jobs. GI tag will also help the farmers get premium price for this quality product.

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HC grants bail to Pallavi Joshi

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to Pallavi Joshi, wife of Shree Surya director Sameer Joshi arrested for duping hapless investors to the tune of crores.

Pallvi had ... Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday granted bail to Pallavi Joshi, wife of Shree Surya director Sameer Joshi arrested for duping hapless investors to the tune of crores.

Pallvi had surrendered before the court on October 24, 2013 after her husband Sameer was arrested by crime branch in connection with Shreesurya scam. According to her counsel, Pallavi had no direct connection with affairs of Shree Surya and she was merely one of the directors and attended some of the public functions in that capacity. She was made co-accused in various places following scores of complaints filed by the aggrieved investors at Amravati, Akola and Pune.

Pallavi Joshi has been chargesheeted for the offences punishable under sections 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) Act, 1999.

The prosecution has charged Sameer and his wife with making false and unbelievable promises to gullible public and assured them to double the money within two and half years. Her release will send a wrong message to society at large, the prosecution claimed while opposing the bail application. The applicant and her husband Sameer were running various companies under the group name ‘ShreeSurya Group of Companies’. The total investment made by the depositors is around Rs.67 Crores and the value of the property seized by the police is Rs.18 Crores.

Senior Advocate Sunil Manohar contended that the applicant was not connected with submitted that the applicant was not concerned with the day to day affairs of the companies and that her name has been inserted as Director by her husband. she is in custody since October 24, 2013. She had two young kids including five year old daughter and they are undergoing psychological turmoil. Pallavi has been lodged in jail since last eight months and taken to various places where offences have been registered. The High Court in one of the matter had granted bail to her, but the trial court ignored it and rejected the bail application, it was argued.

According the High Court most of the witnesses are depositors and employees of the applicant and her husband. However, since the allegations made by aggrieved people are also backed by documentary evidence and hence the High Court did not agree with apprehension that applicant will tamper with the evidence. She is co-accused while prime accused is her husband, the High Court had noted in earlier order.

Considering all factors, Justice M L Tahliyani granted bail to Pallavi. By earlier order, her passport has been impounded and she has been restrained from leaving the jurisdiction of trual court and to co-operate with the investigating agencies.

Senior Counsel Sunil Manohar, Adv Chandrashekhar and Aniruddha Jaltare appeared for the applicant. APP Rashi Deshpande represented prosecution

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‘Gangs’ of Nagpur invade social media

THE spurt in horror crimes in Nagpur has sent the social media in an overdrive. The Orange City is now being made a destination for Crime Tourism on WhatsApp, the popular messenger app. The mes... Read More
THE spurt in horror crimes in Nagpur has sent the social media in an overdrive. The Orange City is now being made a destination for Crime Tourism on WhatsApp, the popular messenger app. The message, doing rounds, sends an open invitation to daredevils out there to take a tour of city which is in grip of gangs. And the recent filmy-style slaying of three people in full public view has made people nod in approval.

“Jaha kadam kadam pe mout aur banduk chaku talwar hai bharpur.... Himmat hai mere bhai to kuch din to gujaro aake Nagpur.... - Nagpur Crime Tourism - Nagpur Police.” This message paints a gory picture of the city which dares people to come here and brave the armed goons.

The message is a copy of superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s TV promotion advertisement for Gujarat Tourism but with a twist added about the bloodshed in Nagpur. Earlier a similar message was circulated but that was about Iraq which is in grip of a war.

The fact cannot be denied as Nagpur is regularly witnessing gang wars, street crimes, house breaks, thefts, rapes, molestation and chain snatching. Recently a man was murdered in full public view in Sangram Bar. The act was caught on camera and went viral.

Next a person was done to death near Central Bus Terminus in broad daylight. And then this shocker of a triple murder at Hasanbagh. As hapless public ran helter skelter the assailants chased down their targets in a bid to mow them down. When that failed, swords and lethal arms came out just like any Hindi film.

Amid this gory bloodshed the city police is looking like an innocent bystander, silently watching the carnage on Nagpur’s streets. At least, this is the impression that the common man has formed about the strong city police force.

Through the people’s perspective the city cops have become just helpless spectators. But Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena insists it is not the case. “After studying recent crime patterns in city we have noticed that criminals who were lying low for past two years have suddenly become active,” the Joint CP said. Saxena added that police have identified 35 criminals in city and orders have been issued to Crime Branch and Zonal Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) to take stern action against them.

Cops are now focusing on preventive option and are further exploring legal angles to pin down the criminals who have become active, Saxena further said. Till the cops swing into action with their new-formed strategy, the Gangs of Nagpur will keep playing -- on the minds and in the media.

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BJP confident of victory, Cong hopes to reverse the tide

The counting of votes and announcement of results of Nagpur Graduates constituency election is scheduled on Tuesday. The fate of the candidate will be out by evening.

Anil Sole contested a... Read More
The counting of votes and announcement of results of Nagpur Graduates constituency election is scheduled on Tuesday. The fate of the candidate will be out by evening.

Anil Sole contested as candidate of BJP-Shivsena-RPI grand alliance while Dr Baban Taywade was the candidate of Congress-NCP-RPI (Gavai) and others. Former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye contested election on BSP ticket too was considered as formidable one. This election saw low voter turn out of 34.79 as against 52.57 in previous election. This has helped all candidates in predicting their victory. This constituency is considered as the bastion of BJP. From Pandit Bacchraj Vyas, Ramjivan Chaudhari, Gangadharrao Fadnavis to Nitin Gadkari, the BJP and earlier Jan Sangh maintained their winning spree here. Gadkari represented the constituency since last 25 years.

The result assumes importance as the election was held immediately after Lok Sabha elections where BJP registered thumping victory in entire Vidarbha. It remains to be seen what effect the Modi wave has on this election.

The counting of votes will be conducted at Providence Girls’ High School in Civil Lines. At the school, CCTV cameras will be installed and security will be deployed. On commencement of counting process, number of valid votes will be declared first. Based on the number of valid votes, quota of preference votes needed to decide winner will be calculated. The formula for fixing quota is simple -- number of valid votes divided by the digit 2, and addition of digit 1 to the sum. The number arrived at in such a manner will be the quota of votes required to decide winner. The candidate first polling the number of votes thus fixed, will be declared winner.

In the previous election held in 2008, Gadkari had polled 52,761 votes while his rival Principal Baban Taywade had polled 28,836 votes. Thus, Gadkari had won by a big margin of 23,925 votes. According to BJP leaders, the constituency has never disappointed BJP candidate and during last elections also the opponents made claim about massive enrollment, but infact additional enrollment of voters actually helped the BJP candidate and in every election, our victory margin increased, they claimed while predicting similar results this time. Former IAS Officer Kishor Gajbhiye who received backing of Phule-Ambedkar graduate associations and various social organisations also did well in Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur districts and is likely to take sizeable votes from committed voters.

Of a total 2,87,622 voters in six districts of Nagpur Division, as many as 1,66,157 are in Nagpur district alone, where BJP is ruling party in Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Zilla Parishad both. Nagpur district saw 57,271 voters turning up, which means only 34.47 per cent turnout. As per the official figures of polling in Wardha district out of 30,522 voters only 8050 voted, in Bhandara district out of 21,960 around 9,722 voted, in Gondia of 18,529 voters only 8,102 voted while in Gadchiroli district out of 13,028 only 4672 voted and in Chandrapur district out of 38,130 voters only 12,256 came out for voting.

Though the low turnout has disappointed all the key contestants, each of them claimed that majority of their supporters came out in large numbers for voting. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around Providence Girls School. But due to manual counting, the final result is expected only by evening.

All eyes on Graduates, Teachers’ Constituency poll results today

Fate of candidates who contested from the Amravati Teachers’ Constituency and Nagpur Graduates’ Constituency will be decided by Tuesday evening after the counting of votes. There is great anxiety among contestants and supporters alike to know the outcome.

In Amravati, with the higher number of candidates this time the contest has already become interesting and it will take number of rounds to decide the final winner.

Polling for Amravati Teachers’ Constituency was held on June 20 and 62.50 percent polling was recorded. The constituency has total 44,526 voters which include 34,331 male and 10,195 female voters. Sitting MLC Vasant Khotare of Vidarbha Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh, Adv Arun Shelke of Shri Shivaji Education Society, Shrikrishna Awchar of Vidarbha Madhyamik Shikshak Parishad, Shekhar Bhoyar supported by Vidarbha Jansangram Sanghatana, Shrikant Deshpande of Shikshak Aghadi, Varsha Nikam of Shikshak Bharati, Dr Subhash Gavai of Prajasattak Association and Indian NET-SET Association, Dr Santosh Hushe of Bahujan Madhyamik Va Uccha Madhyanik Shikshak Sangh and Prakash Tayade are the prominent candidates.

The counting process will be held in Government Polytechnic from 8 am. Considering the preferential voting and tough contest, several rounds of counting are expected to held. It is expected that the margin of victory will be thin and the final results will emerge only by late evening.

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Protests continue over Railway fare hike

Protests continue over Railway fare hike as Youth Congress state Vice-President Deepak Mishra led party workers to stage demonstrations near Raipur Railway station on Sunday. Party workers had ... Read More
Protests continue over Railway fare hike as Youth Congress state Vice-President Deepak Mishra led party workers to stage demonstrations near Raipur Railway station on Sunday. Party workers had put on mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda and distributed sweets to mock BJP’s slogan of ‘Acche Din Aane Wale Hain’. Mishra said that they want to convey the message that BJP has only stoked inflation since coming to power much against its propaganda during the parliamentary election. He said that inflation would spiral out of control due to Railway freight hike.

Sharik Rais Khan, Naresh Gadpal, Bhavesh Soni, Saddam Solanki, Ujjwal Kaushik and many others were prominently present in the protest. Meanwhile, another protest against Railway fare hike was organised at Budhatalab dharna site by Pankaj Mishra, State Youth Congress General Secretary.

YC workers staged a drama where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh were shown as ‘Yamraj’ and ‘Ravan’ respectively while effigies symbolizing underprivileged, middle class and farmers were hanged to signify that masses are reeling under soaring inflation. Mishra said that with the increase of Railway and electricity fares, the people of Chhattisgarh are shocked as to why they voted in BJP. He said that Congress would register vehement protests against such anti-people decisions.

Prominent amongst Youth Congress workers present during the protest included Dhananjay Thakur, Yogesh Tiwari, Shahid Qureshi, Sachiv Pandey, Amit Sharma, Manharan Verma and many others.

It’s nothing but Cong’s dramatics: Upasne

Bharatiya Janata Party State Vice-President Sachidanand Upasne while terming the opposition and dharna by Congress against the increase in rail tariff as mere dramatics, said the Congress party was never concerned for the common people. Asserting that the Congressmen do not have the right to speak on inflation, Upasne said apart from increasing rail tariff which was not increased since last five years or more, the Union Railway Ministry is trying to increase the facilities for the passengers. The hike was also necessary for Railways which is running under loss and there was severe dearth of funds for initiating modernization and development process in Railways.

Upasne further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi while taking charge as Prime Minister of India had stated in his address to the Nation that some hard decisions will be taken to bring the country’s economy back to track, which had been into doldrums due to wrong financial policies of previous governments. Also it is required to increase the facilities for passengers.

Bharatiya Janata Party State General Secretary Shivratan Sharma has stated that the former Railway Minister under United Progressive Alliance government had given the proposal for the said increase in passenger and goods tariff and was due for implementation with effect from May 1, 2014 but due to Lok Sabha elections, its implementation was put on hold and was being implemented now. In order to provide safe, better and comfortablity factor to the people this increase had been necessary. The Railways is suffering losses to the tune of Rs 30 crore on daily basis and in order to maintain these losses this challenging decision has been taken.

State Secretary and Spokesperson Sanjay Srivastava said the Congressmen who had been ruling in the centre for a long time and being indulged in corruption, scams and betrayal, have suddenly awakened and making an issue out of the initiative taken by Union Railway Minister towards modernizing and improve its unsound condition. He said such action of Congress is not new because whenever there is any initiative towards development, Congress will always be there to oppose it.

Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson and MLA Srichand Sundrani said that the courageous initiative of Union Railway Minister should be appreciated. He said by increasing the rail and goods tariff the inflation has increased a bit but the Union Railway Minister has tried to ensure safe and comfortable journey to the people. He said the upliftment of economic condition of railways was necessary so as to enhance and expand the services of Railways and improve connectivity in the far flung areas.

BJP State Spokesperson Yashwant Jain added that some strong steps are required to bring back the country’s economy on tracks. He said due to bad management and corruption of the previous government, the Railways had reached to a situation from where its bankruptcy was certain. Under such a situation, a decision like this will provide the necessary lifeline for its survival and enhancement of facilities for the people. He said the people will have to suffer a bit for the said increase but they will be ensured safe and secure travel apart from providing fast movement of goods.

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‘Only strong Bill, stern actions can put check on corruption in MGNREGA’

‘In order to check corruption in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a strong Bill needs to be introduced by the government. There are several deficiencies in our ... Read More
‘In order to check corruption in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a strong Bill needs to be introduced by the government. There are several deficiencies in our anti-corruption systems because of which despite overwhelming evidence against the corrupt, no honest investigation and prosecution takes place and the corrupt are hardly punished’, stated Anand Varghese, Lokpal MGNREGA.

Talking to The Hitavada, Anand Varghese pointed that our anti-corruption agencies have basic structural deficiencies because of which they are incapable of doing any honest investigations. So with this regards as well as with the increase in the levels of alleged corruption in the political class, a strong Bill is welcome and would come as a relief to people. He was of the opinion that there are some unaccounted areas in the present MGNREGA Lokpal Bill, without which the whole intention of rooting out corruption from public offices might just seem to be eyewash.

Speaking about MGNREGA scheme, the Ombudsman (MGNREGA Lokpal) informed that it is an Indian labour law and social security measure. MGNREGA seeks to enhance the livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. Its mission is to augment wage employment opportunities by providing employment on demand and thereby extend a security net to the people and simultaneously create durable assets to alleviate some aspects of poverty and address the issue of development in the rural areas.

Elaborating on the autonomy of Ombudsman, Varghese stated that the Ombudsman is independent of the jurisdiction of the central or state government. Any person, who has a grievance against the MGNREGA Authority, could himself or through his authorized representative make a complaint to an Ombudsman, which is free of charge. The complaint should be duly signed by the complainant and his authorized representative, if any, and shall state clearly the name and address of the complainant, the name of the office and official of the Nodal Department against whom the complaint is made, the facts giving rise to the complaint supported by documents, if any, relied on by the complainant and the relief sought from the Ombudsman.

Regarding procedure for filing complaint and redressal of grievances, Varghese informed that a complaint pertaining to any subjects alleging deficiency in the implementation of MGNREGA scheme could be filed with the Ombudsman. It includes complaint against Gram Sabha, registration of households and issue of job cards, custody of job cards, demand for work, payment of wages and unemployment allowance, discrimination on the basis of gender, worksite facilities etc.

Talking about the challenges of Ombudsman, Varghese stated that it’s a very challenging job. On several occasions the order given to CEO and PO to look into the matter of complaint and give the reports after investigation, but they do not respond properly. So it becomes difficult for an authority to take legal action in time. The people who are victims of corruption, exploitation or cheated cannot get justice in time due to non availability of the record wanted for decision.

Varghese further suggested that for quick action of the order there should be a time period in which the investigation reports should be made available by CEO or PO’s who are asked to investigate with technical team. If failing to give report in time limit the decision of complaint will be made possible at earliest. He was of the view that in MNREGA scheme the personal land reform should be stopped because it has been reported that in several cases the Sarpanchs have allegedly benefitted his followers. Besides, MGNREGA should be for village development, beautification and needs of the village people, he added.

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C’garh Cong leaders meet Antony in Delhi

Chhattisgarh Congress leaders including State party President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo met senior Congress leader A K Antony, who has been assigned... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress leaders including State party President Bhupesh Baghel and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader TS Singhdeo met senior Congress leader A K Antony, who has been assigned head of Congress committee to review Lok Sabha poll debacle, in Delhi on Sunday to discuss party’s drubbing in State. Party sources informed that Antony had even asked party leaders if they would like to submit their views and suggestions in writing.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ over phone, Baghel admitted that state party could not advertise the achievements of UPA Government and resultantly suffered defeat. He denied disclosing details of one to one conversation with Antony but reiterated that factionalism within the party was very limited in Lok Sabha polls compared to its prevalence during Vidhan Sabha poll.

Speaking on party reorganization exercise, Bahgel said that all senior leaders and their supporters would be accommodated.

CLP leader TS Singhdeo, in talks with The Hitavada over phone, blamed the local and national scenarios for the party’s defeat. He said that BJP had widely utilized social media to build resentment against Congress.

Speaking on Congress’s dismal performance in Surguja, Singhdeo said that result gaps have been seen widening in past three elections in subsequent Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections. He also said that Baghel is most likely to tour around different districts of state to meet and seek feedback of Congress workers before finalizing party reorganization.

Satyanarayan Sharma and Dr Charan Das Mahant, Congress candidates respectively from Raipur and Korba parliamentary constituencies, also put forth their views before AK Antony in one to one meeting. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, who was party’s hopeful from Mahasamund constituency, did not attend the review meeting and opted to remain in Chhattisgarh. While Dr Charan Das Mahant, party sources said, reiterated that party factionalism and inactivity of certain party members led to his defeat by meager margin of over 4000 votes, party’s Rajnandgaon candidate Kamleswar Verma reportedly complained about how party organization did not turn up to support him even when he was pitted against Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh’s son Abhishek Singh as BJP candidate.

Chhattisgarh Mahila Congress President Anita Rawte and Devendra Yadav, NSUI state President, also met Antony on Sunday. Party sources said that both Baghel and Singhdeo would be meeting BK Hariprasad, AICC General Secretary and party Incharge for Chhattisgarh, and AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora to deliberate on party reorganization. Both the leaders are expected to return to Raipur on Monday itself.

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Our target is to construct a literate and well-educated Chhattisgarh: CM

Asserting that for creation of healthy and prosperous Chhattisgarh it is necessary that first all should collectively construct a cent-percent literate and well-educated Chhattisgarh, Chief Minis... Read More
Asserting that for creation of healthy and prosperous Chhattisgarh it is necessary that first all should collectively construct a cent-percent literate and well-educated Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said it is our target and we have to ensure that any child in our or neighboring household is deprived from going to school. The Chief Minister observed these views while addressing a huge gathering of people at Raigarh. On the occasion the Chief Minister also extended his blessing to the newly enrolled school children. He said without education, the life of a person is incomplete and hence the personality development of every child is necessary. On the occasion, the Chief Minister while giving thrust to the development in the district dedicated and laid foundation stone for development works worth Rs 65 crores. These works include dedication of bridge worth Rs 6.90 crore in Kharra ghat over River Kelo, ten roads worth Rs 16.35 crore constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna and Mukhya Mantri Sadak and Vikas Yojna.

While addressing the people at the Kisaan sammelan, Mahila sammelan and Shala Pravesh Utsav, the Chief Minister stated that the state government has decided to observe this year as the Quality Education Year in the government schools.

Hence significant participation of teachers, parents and general people is required. Quarterly, half-yearly and yearly examinations will be held for students from Class-1 to Class-8 and the report card of students will be directly handed to the parents. In order to ensure participation of local villagers in the management of schools, gram sabhas would be organized apart from strengthening the shala vikas samitis.

Addressing the massive gathering, the Chief Minister highlighted several welfare schemes run by the state government for the benefit of farmers and women and urged them to take the benefit of these schemes. The Chief Minister said with the blessings of people, the party has constituted government in the state consecutively for the third time. He said in the last ten years numerous important projects have been implemented in Raigarh and other districts of the state. He mentioned the construction of Kelo Irrigation Project and establishment government medical colleges. He said network of roads are being laid to take development to the villages so that these villages can be joined with the main-stream. During the programme the Chief Minister distributed various solar lamps, sewing machines, work kits, to beneficiaries under various schemes.

Present on the occasion were Women and Child Welfare Minister Ramsheela Sahu, MLA Roshanlal Agrawal, former MP Naveen Jindal and other dignitaries and officials.

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Pune-based businessman duped of Rs 50 Lakh

A Durg based youth duped a Pune (Maharashtra) based businessman of Rs 50 Lakhs promising him to arrange No Objection Certificate (NOC) for constructing a resort. The accused even signed an agre... Read More
A Durg based youth duped a Pune (Maharashtra) based businessman of Rs 50 Lakhs promising him to arrange No Objection Certificate (NOC) for constructing a resort. The accused even signed an agreement with the victim before taking the money and after the deal, he handed over a fake recommendation letter signed by All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi to the victim. The victim finally lodged the complaint after the accused failed in providing any NOC and also in returning the money.

The victim has been identified as Bala Sahab (42), son of Padri Nath Jagtap, a native of 592/93, Narayanseth Pune 30, Maharashtra. Police informed that the victim got acquainted to the Arya Nagar based accused Praveen Kumar Pathak three years back. Later, the accused promised him to provide an NOC for constructing a resort following which the victim gave Rs 50 Lakhs as advance. The accused had even inked an agreement with the victim. Later on February 22, 2011, the accused showed a fake letter to the victim and claimed that it was sent via fax by AICC President Sonia Gandhi for recommending the NOC.

Meanwhile, on January 28, when the victim asked for NOC, the accused refused to provide it and even failed in returning the money. Later, On victim’s complaint, Mohan Nagar Police have registered an offence against the accused under section 420 of IPC.

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Couple accused in forgery worth Rs 50 Lakh sent to JCR

A Gwalior-based couple accused of duping Rs 50 lakhs from people were on Sunday sent to judicial custody remand (JCR). The accused were arrested by the police on Saturday while on the following... Read More
A Gwalior-based couple accused of duping Rs 50 lakhs from people were on Sunday sent to judicial custody remand (JCR). The accused were arrested by the police on Saturday while on the following day they were produced before the court from where they were sent to jail. The accused have been identified as Mansa Kasture and her husband Anand Kasture, both residents of HUDCO, Bhilai. According to information, the couple was living in HUDCO since several years and they had even opened a temporary office in their house. The duo had introduced themselves as Post Office agents and had lured the locals for investing money.

They had promised the locals to pay double amount on investment, believing on which several victims had invested money in their schemes. Apart from various other victims, Raipur based Arun Verma had given Rs 50 Lakhs to the accused in different installments for investing in their scheme.

Later in the month of May, the accused couple had fled Bhilai following which the victim had lodge a cheating case against them in City Kotwali Police Station. Meanwhile, acting on a tip off, the police had arrested the accused from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) and the duo was produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Jitendra Singh on Sunday from where they were sent to judicial remand till July 5.

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Home Minister to hold meeting of all Naxal-infested states

To give all the necessary thrust to the development projects in the Naxal infested districts and to discuss upon safety and security in these areas apart from initiation of intensive anti-Naxal c... Read More
To give all the necessary thrust to the development projects in the Naxal infested districts and to discuss upon safety and security in these areas apart from initiation of intensive anti-Naxal campaign, a meeting of Naxal infested states has been called by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The meeting is likely to be held on June 27. The meeting will be attended by Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police from all the ten Naxal infested states including Chhattisgarh. Apart from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the significant meeting will be addressed by Home Secretary Anil Goswami and National Security Advisor Ajit Dobhal, informed sources.

This will be first meeting of Naxal infested state since the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance government has come to power.

During the meeting stress would be given on chalking out an integrated action plan for the eradication of Naxal menace. Highly placed sources have informed that the newly elected Narendra Modi government has given top most priority to the Naxal issue and accordingly a strategy of integrated work plan is being prepared in consultation with the affected states. Apart from Chhattisgarh, states like Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, West Bengal, etc are facing the Naxalite problems but the menace is gravest in Chhattisgarh. More than half of its districts are under Naxal influenced. There is a hope that the new BJP led NDA government in the centre will take strong initiative towards eradication of this menace.

Sources further informed that during the meeting with the Centre all necessary stress would be taken towards preparing an integrated action plan, so that a better coordination is created among the states suffering under the menace and an initiative towards joint campaign against the Naxal elements are launched subsequently in all the affected states.

It may be recollected that during his previous visit to the National Capital, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had separately held meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Discussion and suggestions will be sought from other Naxal infested states also. It has been observed that since last several months Naxal incidents have increased and Centre is stressing upon curbing the same.

During the meeting stress would be given towards initiating development in Naxal infested districts. Of the 14 infested districts in the state, funds are being allocated under Integrated Action Plan to ten districts. During the demand the state might ask for including the remaining four under IAP. It is also being stated that the Union Home Minister had earlier promised to provide additional troops of security forces and helicopters for combating the menace.

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Indian Postal, Staff Selection Committee exams held peacefully

A LARGE number of candidates appeared in examination conducted by Indian Postal and Staff Selection Committee (SSC) on Sunday. The examination was held in different centres in peaceful manner. ... Read More
A LARGE number of candidates appeared in examination conducted by Indian Postal and Staff Selection Committee (SSC) on Sunday. The examination was held in different centres in peaceful manner. Administration made all preliminary preparations to conduct the examination in all centers. Flying squad and observers were deployed in center for conducting the exam in a peaceful manner. As per information, Indian Postal conducted the examination for the post of Postal Assistant / Shorting Assistant Exam on June 22.

Similarly, Staff Selection Committee (SSC), conducted examination for Delhi Police SI. Staff issued a recruitment notification for filling up 2892 SI and ASI vacancies in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police department. Approximately 4 Lakhs of eligible candidates were applied for these vacancies and successfully attended paper 1 examination which conducted on June, 22. Both the examination was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere in all the center. The centers made in Colleges and schools.

As per the information, around 3000 candidates appeared in SSC examination. Which was conducted in different 15 centre in a peaceful atmosphere. A total 60,000 candidates appeared in the Postal Department examination which was conducted in different 109 centre of city. These candidates came from different districts including Mandla, Umaria, Shahdol, Katni, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Anuppur, Satna, Maihar. The examinations were conducted in two shifts in morning and evening. SSC Delhi Police SI Paper 1 examination was conducted on June, 22 and paper2 examination will be going to conduct on September 21 2014.. Candidates who will gain minimum cut off marks or above will be shortlisted for paper2 Examination. After paper 2 Examination qualified candidates will be invited for PST/ PET that is second stage of selection. Candidates who are medically fit then they will be called for interview. This is a final stage of selection procedure and candidates will select based on the performance in the personal interview.

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Malayalees in MP to suffer most from Railway fare hike

The hike in Railway fares has aggravated problems for localites, who mostly catch south-bound trains. There are various hardships faced by South Indians residing in the Central part of India, w... Read More
The hike in Railway fares has aggravated problems for localites, who mostly catch south-bound trains. There are various hardships faced by South Indians residing in the Central part of India, which has been highlighted by the Railway Ministry many times earlier. However, no favourable action has been initiated to redress grievances and on top of it, the fair hike will hit badly into their lives.

Cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and towns such as Jhansi, Bina, Vidisha, Ujjain, Dewas, Guna, Pitampur, Betul, Chhindwara, Hoshangabad, Sarni, Satna, Katni, Sagar, Khandwa, have population of Malayalees over 5 lakh. People of these areas are mainly depending on the route via Bhopal-Itarsi to reach Kerala. The trains that are originating from Delhi/other cities of North India are having few births for above places except in Kerala and Mangla Express. As a result, people are not able to get reservation in normal times and in season, are nearly impossible to get a reservation. People residing in Madhya Pradesh do not have facility to travel in Rajdhani Express, Garib-rath, Sampark Kranti and newly introduced Nizamuddin-Trivandrum bi-weekly express as these trains are passing via Kota and Konkan.

In an emergency situation, people do not have even an option of direct air services to Kerala for which they have to reach either Delhi or Mumbai, which takes 10 to 13 hours by rail.

These issues have been taken by All India Malayalee Association. They have also send petition to the Union Minister railways to increase number of berths/quota in all classes from Bhopal on trains – especially in Swarna Jayanti & Millennium (12643 & 12645) or additional bogies to be attached.

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DHS starts massive campaign to create awareness on malaria

TO SENSITISE general masses on prevention and treatment of malaria, vector-borne disease among medical and other concerned fraternity, District Health Services has started a massive campaign. T... Read More
TO SENSITISE general masses on prevention and treatment of malaria, vector-borne disease among medical and other concerned fraternity, District Health Services has started a massive campaign. Team of health workers have started massive awareness campaign in different parts of the city prone to vector, especially low-lying areas, where water-logging is a common issue. Health team also carried posters and slogans informing about the cause, symptoms, prevention and treatment from malaria, dengue, chikunguniya and other vector-borne diseases.

The team identified area, where there is stagnant water and informed people residing in nearby areas to remove stagnant water, responsible for producing larvae causing malaria. They also informed about the cause, prevention, symptoms of malaria and other vector-borne diseases. The team also took sample of stagnant water and showed larvae-producing mosquito. Larvae-producing mosquito grows on stagnant water; it takes only two to three days, to become mosquito, major cause of malaria, dengue and other vector-borne diseases. Advises people to empty the stagnant water in coolers and changes the whole water every day, to prevent the growth of the mosquito causing larvae.

Health team sprayed insecticides tempos on the area, where larvae are developing, paraffin were sprayed on the place where larvae is developed into mosquito. Team also demonstrated simple methods to keep continuous check on the larvae. Spraying insecticide, spreading bleaching powder on the stagnant water would help to kill mosquito. Health workers also took Blood slide of some patient with symptoms like Malaria, sample would be sent to central malaria pathology lab situated in district hospital.

Multi Purpose Health Workers also conduct inspection of the water logging, are appraised people that they should check water logging in their surrounding, if there is some water logging, insecticide should be sprayed immediately to check further spread of disease like chicken guinea, Dengue, Falciferum Malaria. DMO also informed the officials of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) to start the cleaning of the water logging in the various parts of city to prevent the people from Malaria.

Chief guest Dr Chouhan while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said ASHA health workers, multi-purpose health workers, lab technicians achieving 100 per cent target in preparing malaria blood slides, RDT kit and treatment through ACT tablet will be rewarded for their work.

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MP Assembly moving towards paperless work: Speaker Sharma

Madhya Pradesh Assembly has started to work in the direction of paperless work. Work is underway to make question and answers on line from the forthcoming session. Assurances given by ministers... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Assembly has started to work in the direction of paperless work. Work is underway to make question and answers on line from the forthcoming session. Assurances given by ministers in house would also be made online. Apart from this, there is a proposal to make Assembly proceedings online.

Addressing a press conference, Assembly Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said some changes have been effected in the Assembly. Work to make question-answers online has commenced and there was consensus to start this work from coming session.

“If this process works in proper manner, then it would be first arrangement of its kind in country,” he said. He informed that even a proposal has been drafted to make Assembly proceedings online. Along with this, assurances of ministers would be also made online. A software is being prepared in this regard. However, there is no proposal to telecast Assembly proceedings online. Question and reference branch of Assembly would be made better. Apart from this, security would be further beefed up with the installation of modern CCTV cameras.

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME:

Assembly speaker Sitasharan Sharma informed that two-day orientation programme had been organised for newly elected members of Madhya Pradesh Assembly from June 28. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would be the first speaker of the inaugural session while Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan would address the concluding session of the programme. Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, former Speaker of Jharkhand, Inder Singh Namdhari, former Lok Sabha General Secretary, Subhash Kashyap are prominent personalities, which would be part of the programme. There would be total eight sessions, in which, house members would be acquainted about various issues of house proceedings.

Other known faces, who are going to take part in the orientation programme and shed light on important issues are: former Union Minister Vikram Verma and Minister Narottam Mishra.

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JMC holds marathon to mark Martyrdom Day of Rani Durgawati

JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) under joint auspices of Mitra Sangh, Durgawati Smriti Raksha Abhiyan Samiti on Sunday organised a marathon under series of programmes being organised to mar... Read More
JABALPUR Municipal Corporation (JMC) under joint auspices of Mitra Sangh, Durgawati Smriti Raksha Abhiyan Samiti on Sunday organised a marathon under series of programmes being organised to mark Martyrdom Day of Rani Durgawati. JMC will organise main programme at Bhawartal Garden and at tomb of Rani Durgawati on June 24. A large number of children participated in the marathon organised both in men’s and women’s category.

Municipal Commissioner Vedprakash flagged off the marathon. Marathon in women’s category was started from Bhawartal Garden and was culminated at Sharda Chowk, Madan Mahal while marathon in men’s category commenced from the garden and concluded at the tomb of Rani Durgawati in Barha village. In women’s category, Manju Yadav, Rajkumari, Shraddha Jain, Purvi Soni, Annapurna Swami, Aashu remain on first, second and third place. Besides, seven other runners were also selected for consolation prize. They include Mubina, Kanchan, Shikha, Resham, Dipika, Palak, Subhi and Ruth Charls.

In men’s category Rajendra Bind, Chandramani, Rohit Yadav, Ramnath Dhurve, Pankaj Koshta were stood on first, second and third place. Seven other runners will be provided consolation prize. They include Jitendra Rajak, Seevant Sahu, Ajit Rajak, Jalaj Sakhuja, Bhagat Singh Thakur, Sai Nath Pille and Sagar Kumar. Winners of marathon will be given cash prize of Rs 21,000, Rs 11,000 and 5,000 respective for first, second and third place while consolation prizes will also be given to seven runners each in men and women category.

State Health Minister Sharad Jain, MP Rakesh Singh, MLA, Anchal Sonkar, Sushil Tiwari, Pratibha Singh, Ashok Rohani, Tarun Bhanot, Chairman JMC, Rajesh Mishra, Leader of Opposition Vinay Saxena will give away prize to winners in presence of Mayor-in-Council members and corporators during the programme to be organised at Bhawartal Garden at 9 am on June 24. Earlier, a tribute paying programme will be organised at tomb of warrior queen at Narai Nala (Barha) on her martyrdom day.

Police personnel will give guard of honour to Durgawati. Later, public representatives and office-bearers of various organisations will pay tributes to warrior queen. Chief guest on the occasion will light a torch and hand over to a team of runners who would take it to Bhawartal Garden and fix it before giant statue of Rani Durgawati at garden at 9 am.

Those present while flagging off the marathon were Mayor-in-Council members Shriram Shukla, Sarvesh Mishra, Manpreet Singh Anand, Coordinator Durgawati Smariti Raksha Abhiyan, Ajit Verma, Mohan Shashi, S Shekatkar, Deputy Commissioner, Rakesh Ayachi, Incharge, Sports Officer, Rakesh Tiwari, Mahendra Vishwakarma, Secretary, Jabalpur Corporation Athletic Association and others.

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Demand of multi-storied business complex in city falling on deaf ears

THE demand of construction of multi-storied business complex to solve shortage of commercial land within municipal area seems to have fallen on deaf ears of the authorities concerned in plannin... Read More
THE demand of construction of multi-storied business complex to solve shortage of commercial land within municipal area seems to have fallen on deaf ears of the authorities concerned in planning for business development in city.

Authorities in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation should focus on resolving the issue and their initiative can ensure better employment at one point. Multi-storied industrial complex will be a centre that will offer series of common facilities for different trade and enterprise within the city limits.

Nor civic bodies, neither administrative officials have worked on possibilities of such infrastructure yet. This development will help people in operating their business and production houses. Development of infrastructure is in policy of the State Government. Policy supports development of such multi-storied complex for micro and small enterprises. For micro enterprises support emerged as a ray of hope finding a place to start their enterprise within municipal limits. Local authorities’ ignorance is only delaying benefits of this development to city.

A delegation of industrial organisations and leaders have raised a demand before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sharing the idea of developing a multi-storied industrial complex in city limits to combat shortage of industrial land.

To bring the concept on ground authorities not even ready to see possibilities in the Central Government sponsored schemes for cluster development. Hundreds of people are running cottage, micro and small size manufacturing units on their own resources. They would get a common platform and opportunity to learn about traits of business expansion. It would accumulate unorganised sector towards organised lines. In order to avail benefits of Industrial Policy and Schemes for the SMSEs and Cottage industry proposal should be initiated from district authorities to State, then some thing could be developed for new entrepreneurs. Answer to all challenges before micro or cottage industry, small enterprise is the development of Multi-storied industrial complex as a common platform.

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Misuse of on-line booking resulting into less footfalls in national parks

THE tourism season at national park will end on June 30 till October 15. Hoteliers, resort owners are facing short of footfall of tourists in closing fortnight. Reasons 1) Misuse of Safari Ride... Read More
THE tourism season at national park will end on June 30 till October 15. Hoteliers, resort owners are facing short of footfall of tourists in closing fortnight. Reasons 1) Misuse of Safari Ride On-line Booking System by Tour Operators. 2) Higher entry charges in national parks for Safari in Madhya Pradesh. 3) Poor connectivity with wildlife tourism circuit from major destinations and cities of the country etc.

Advance booking system for safaris in Kanha and Bandhavgarh national parks are being misused. On-line booking is considered as most transparent system of booking but due to lack of monitoring on booking and its cancellation works by tour and travel agencies with fake identity it has an adverse impact on tourism sector in the region.

The system lacuna is turning into great loss for local hoteliers and tour operators of Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves. The advance on-line booking for safaris is getting corrupt and misused by some by booking on fake names on MP On-line portal.

Due to continuous mismatch in booking and cancellation transparency in booking and cancellation is in question. On-line booking for safaris has made the process easy and ensures transparent working for officials of the department. But, last moment cancellations are also turning quite phenomenal circumstance for many. There are national and international tour operators who work on promotional basis and keep advance booking of safaris for their guests and tourists coming to national parks and tiger reserves with complete packages. The situation is so that advance booking from their part has already been done for months of April and June, which is the best season with assurance for easy spotting of wildlife especially big cats.

Highlighting this irregularity, in regular intervals local tour operators have raised the issue in previous season before authorities concerned in parks and reserves, the Forest Department to put some monitoring points and modifications in process, so that this process of advance booking in bulk can be monitored and its misuse could be controlled. In order to stop misuse of bulk booking system in advance the authorities should stop option of refundable tickets or must put high cancellation charges as introduced in the Tatkal scheme in railway booking.

Such corrections will certainly discourage non-serious visitors, unethical practices and also those aiming to exploit the system for their own good. Such practices are killing business opportunities for local hoteliers who cannot invest much on this wrongly applied booking method. If close observation is made on official portal, it would be realised that constantly on-line system is hitting for cancellation and rebooking within few seconds of time. The portal which shows booked for all major zones of parks will show availability of a ticket for a moment when ticket on fake names are returned. These tickets are then again purchased in the name of the guest within no time. To be noted, if the tickets are returned before 72 hours of the date for which it is booked, it is reflected in the system. If the tickets are returned within 72 hours of the day for which they were booked, they are transferred to the current booking or gate booking quota. It is through this quota that often the local tour operators mange to get their guests have safari ride. But, this too becomes quite risky during the peak seasons as most bookings are done for such seasons.

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Transfer of consultants to prove major setback during MCI inspection

TRANSFER of over six consultants from clinical and non-clinical branch from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar and other medical coll... Read More
TRANSFER of over six consultants from clinical and non-clinical branch from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital to Bundelkhand Medical College, Sagar and other medical colleges in the State will prove to be a major setback during proposed Medical Council of India (MCI) inspection to grant and extend recognition for new and existing post-graduate seats at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital scheduled in coming months.

Senior Consultant, on condition of anonymity, informed that although their is existing 15 per cent shortage in academic staff at NSCBMCH proposed transfer of consultant to Government Medical College, Sagar, will lead to scarcity of academic staff, as per norms of MCI to grant permission and recognition for two new proposed seats of transfusion medicine at Medicine Department.

Besides this, recognition of two newly proposed MD (Psychiatrist) (first time in any Government Medical College in Madhya Pradesh) is in dark in absence of adequate staff. He further informed that after a long span of six years, the Health Department granted approval for additional 55 post graduate seats at NSCBMCH but the state Medical Education Department is in process of transfer of consultant to other medical colleges due to some or other reason best known to them.

It is to be learnt that as per existing transfer policy of State Government, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, who have served for more than 10 years in one Medical College should be transferred to other government medical colleges in the State.

Sources also revealed that MED is in process of making major changes in existing transfer policy like compulsory transfer of Regular Academic staff in specific period of time to other medical college, compulsion of doctors to join new college, time scale promotion with transfers etc. Dean Dr Sakalya informed that we would demand adequate staff against vacant posts so that we would not face problem of shortage of doctors during proposed MCI inspection at Medical College. He said that he had informed higher officials of Medical Education Department that transfers would create problems in recognition of existing and proposed courses.

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Man beats wife to death for delay in serving food

Annoyed over delay in serving food, a man beat his wife to death with a wooden object at Berasia locality. Accused husband hit his wife’s head on Saturday night and the victim died during fu... Read More
Annoyed over delay in serving food, a man beat his wife to death with a wooden object at Berasia locality. Accused husband hit his wife’s head on Saturday night and the victim died during further treatment at Apex Hospital on Sunday morning. Accused was arrested by police soon after he hit his wife on Saturday night and was booked for beating up the victim. On Sunday, following death of victim, a case of murder under section 302 of IPC was also added in FIR lodged against him. Accused later was put behind bars after being produced in the court. Police sent body of victim woman for postmortem examination and have begun further investigation into the matter. Police said that the victim was identified as Aasma Bee, 25, wife of Arif Khan, residing at Lalariya village under Berasia police station. On Saturday night, a fight broke out between the couple as the victim reportedly failed to serve food to Arif on time. Annoyed over delay in serving food, accused attacked his wife with a wooden object. With injured head, she was rushed to a hospital where she reportedly fell into coma. Even after there was less chance of her survival, doctors kept making efforts to save her for the whole night. But, during morning hours, finally, their efforts proved insufficient and the victim succumbed to her head injuries.

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Congress workers protest rly fare hike, stop Kamayani Express

Party workers and leaders of State Congress, led by Congress District President, P C Sharma, reached Barkheri naka and stopped Kamayani Express on Sunday during the course of demonstration agai... Read More
Party workers and leaders of State Congress, led by Congress District President, P C Sharma, reached Barkheri naka and stopped Kamayani Express on Sunday during the course of demonstration against the Union Government’s train fare hike. During the whole proceedings, demonstrators protested and raised slogans against the Central Government. Police squad from Jahangirabad thana then reached the spot and used force to get the demonstrators out of the train’s way.

Congress party workers also carried out a demonstration at Beemakunj in Kolar against the Central Government in protest against the increase in train fare, during which, demonstrators torched effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the main road. After getting the information regarding the demonstration, Kolar police than reached the scene but managed to do so only after the demonstration ended. Ironically, burning of PM’s effigy has come around the time when Home Minister Babulal Gaur has issued clear instructions that the PM’s effigy should not be burnt in any case anywhere in the state.

During the demonstration, Congress party workers continued to deride BJP’s popular election campaign slogan and twisted it to ‘Abki bar mehangi sarkar’ and directly held the Centre responsible for price rise. Demonstrators said that increasing the train and freight train fares will lead to increase in inflation and it will have direct effect on the common man’s pocket and thus, the hike should be withdrawn. It is worth a mention that the Central Government has provisioned an increment of 14.2% in train fares and 6.5% in freight rates, much to the hostile review from around the country. Demonstration featured State President of Mahila Morcha, Mandvi Chouhan, District President, Pratibha Tomar and Urban President, Anil Bittu Sharma among others. However, Youth Congress party workers of the State also carried out demonstration at VYAPAM Square in a unique way against the reigning BJP-led State Government and fed ‘gulab jamun’ to horses and donkeys as a meaning of and a metaphor to the admission of undeserving candidates to colleges via the infamous VYAPAM fraud. Party workers claimed that the students being netted and arrested in the case are minor players while the big fish in the case is still eluding.

Demonstration featured Tariq Ali, Manoj Thakur, Umang Jain, Salim Qureshi, Girish Shrimali, Rahul Bharti and Rahul Sen among others.

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STF arrests police constable linked with VYAPAM scam

Special Task Force (STF) of State Police arrested a police constable over his alleged link with scam in police recruitment exam-2011 here on Sunday.

Accused constable allegedly facilitated a... Read More
Special Task Force (STF) of State Police arrested a police constable over his alleged link with scam in police recruitment exam-2011 here on Sunday.

Accused constable allegedly facilitated a candidate to clear Madhya Pradesh police constable recruitment examination.

Accused has been identified as Ramveer Rawat, posted at 17th battalion Special Armed Force (SAF), Bhind. According to information, Rawat, a resident of Morena district, had taken Rs 3.5 lakh from Vikas Rawat.

Amount was taken by him to secure his selection in MP police with help of the racket involved in MP police recruitment exam. Besides, four accused of same scam, who were arrested by STF on Saturday, were produced in the court on Sunday.

Later, they were remanded to STF for further interrogation till June 27. Sarvendra Jadaun, Sunil Yadav, Vijay Rawat and Naresh Prajapati were remanded to STF on Sunday. Naresh, who had got recruited as constable in MP police in 2011, appeared in Police Constable Recruitment exam-2012 in place of his brother Rajesh Prajapati. According to information, Naresh, who was posted as constable in Indore district, had not only appeared in place of his brother but he also appeared in Police Constable Recruitment Exam-2013 in place of another candidate. STF officials were mulling out the identity of those candidates were facilitated by him.