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Jairam Ramesh claims, UPA’s Land Bill was pro-farmers

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, the proposed amendments in Land Acquisition Act do not augur well for future of the country and alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership of speak... Read More
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, the proposed amendments in Land Acquisition Act do not augur well for future of the country and alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership of speaking half truths. Ramesh, considered as architect of the said Act, accused Government of acting with vested interest and spelled out Congress line of action. Addressing a press conference in city on Friday, the former Union Environment Minister listed five points to counter Union Minister Nitin Gadkari claims of benefits through amendments in Land Acquisition Act of 2003 for nation. He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to usurp credit for beneficial measure in the said Act. For example, four times compensation for farm land was included in original Act and is not Modi’s generosity as latter claimed in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Also Resettlement and Rehabilitation clause was in original draft that made reference to 14 land acquisition laws that would need fresh look in view of passage of new Land Acquisition Act. Ramesh also countered Gadkari's claim that due to Act national security projects are stalled and stated that no consent is required for such projects and asked Minister to go through Act again. This is specifically mentioned in sec. 40 of Act, which accords special status to projects of national interest. This also includes land acquisition for irrigation projects for which no consent is required as being made out by BJP leaders and principally Gadkari, who is on nationwide tour to explain benefits of proposed amendments to Act. The Act also states that 80% consent of land owners is must if private company wants to acquire and 70% if it is a public private partnership project. However, amendments being brought by NDA Government removes this clause which will open doors for forcible acquisition of land to which Congress is opposed. Another amendment pertaining to removing five-year clause in Act, wherein if project does not starts within mentioned period the land would return to original owner. Now Government wants to open door for land grabbing as one can then hold onto land for 10, 15 or 20-years if the amendment carries through. The next point he touched was acquisition for industrial corridor and Government now wants to reserve one km of land on either side of said corridors. Citing example of Yamuna Expressway, the said one km stretch on either side now has Formula 1 racing car track and slew of private housing projects. So this is the hidden devil in the amendments which Government is not disclosing to people and trying to sell falsehood by painting picture of stalled development etc. Ramesh lastly mentioned the Government intention to dilute sec. 24 of Act in which it ensures land owners to claim higher compensation as per new provisions. He also alleged collusion between leading industrialists and Central Government and accused it of coining new terminology, Jai Adani, Jai Ambani to subvert Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan slogan of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. Local Congress Party leaders including former State Minister Rajendra Mulak, President of city and district units, Vikas Thakre and Sunitatai Gawande, former MLA Namdeo Usendi and others were present at the press conference.

‘No room for fair criticism’

Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his comment about five star NGOs, Jairam Ramesh said former wants to have illiberal democracy and there is no room for dissent or for fair criticism. Today, there is such a situation that anything which is not as per Government’s line then it is considered anti-national. He also expressed surprise at a letter written by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to Union Tribal Welfare Ministry calling for review of latter’s objections to State Government decision to vest control of forest committees that allowed them the right over forest produce to Forest Department officials. Ramesh said first successful experiment of Lekha-Mendha in Gadchiroli district wherein community got right on forest produce was in Maharashtra State and yet its Government want its review of something serious.

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Streets are not for fun, rules HC

Observing that blocking of public streets for events like “Happy Streets, Our Roads, Our Way” organised by a mediahouse on West High Court Road and part of North Ambazari Road from March 22 o... Read More
Observing that blocking of public streets for events like “Happy Streets, Our Roads, Our Way” organised by a mediahouse on West High Court Road and part of North Ambazari Road from March 22 on every Sunday morning, was without any legal provision, uniform policy and in breach of earlier orders, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday stayed the said event. The High Court directed the mediahouse not to hold such event on public streets with the active help of City Police and NMC in future till further orders from the Court. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Sunil Shukre, after a quite detailed hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by four citizens Prabodh Ukey, Chandrashekhar Bisen, Vikram Santoshwar and Pramod Thool, firmly made it clear that such blockage was without any legal authority. The Court has admitted the PIL for expedited final hearing. Sensing trouble, Nagpur police very quickly distanced itself from the event and claimed that no permission was granted and that they merely extended support to the event to regulate traffic on the road and to maintain law and order in the locality. “We have already restrained the organisers from using the name of the police or its logo in any manner,” it was stated. The city corporation submitted that it has permitted the organisers to erect a small stage in front of their office-building, but denied that any permission to block roads was granted and also denied any partnership with the event. The High Court repeatedly sought to know the statutory provision and power under which roads can be blocked and later observed in its order that no responsible officer of respondent authorities could point out to any provision under Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act or Bombay Police Act to permit the organisers of the event to do so. Petitioners pointed out in their representation dated March 27 and documents obtained under RTI that permission was contrary to earlier orders passed by High Court and traffic can not be blocked in this fashion. The Municipal Commissioner and DCP (Traffic) while deciding the representation maintained a stoic silence about blocking of roads. The Commissioner of Police, despite a specific direction, failed to pass any orders, the High Court noted. The High Court rejected all arguments about merits of event and attempt to take recourse to power of police to regulate traffic by stating that law did not permit such a blockade for such events. It was claimed on behalf of the mediahouse that they were conducting the event with noble idea to create awareness among masses and to provide them with happiness in pollution free atmosphere. Advocate Darshan Siras appeared for the petitioners. Government Pleader Bharti Dangre (State), Senior Counsel Anil Mardikar with Adv. Tushar Mandlerkar (mediahouse) and Adv. Jemini Kasat (NMC) represented the respondents.

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Rs 22.8 lakh theft at house of Gadkari’s brother-in-law

IN A daring day light theft at the Khamla residence of Kishor Kamlakar Totade, Director of Purti Solar Systems Pvt Ltd and brother-in-law of Union Surface Transport & Shipping Minister Nitin Ga... Read More
IN A daring day light theft at the Khamla residence of Kishor Kamlakar Totade, Director of Purti Solar Systems Pvt Ltd and brother-in-law of Union Surface Transport & Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled foreign currency, gold ornaments, silver utensils and artifacts collectively worth Rs 22.80 lakh on Friday. A resident of Raghukamal Apartment, first floor, Plot No 34 A, Pande Layout, Khamla, Totade (55) had gone to Tata Nagar for some business-related work. Around 1 pm, he returned to the city by a train. Before disembarking from the train, he contacted his wife Manisha and asked her to come to the railway station to pick him up. His wife and son locked their flat and went to railway station in a car. After picking up Totade, they returned home around 1.50 pm. When Totade, his wife and son climbed the first floor stairs of their house, they were shocked to find the lock of the steel door broken. After they entered their flat, the Totades found the house ransacked. Gold ornaments, silver utensils, artifacts and US $ 1000 missing from the almirah in the bedroom. Neighours gathered.

Staff from Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station, led by senior Inspector Shashikant Dhengle rushed to the spot on being informed by Totade.

Senior officials, including Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional CP (Crime) Shrikant Tawade, and DCP (Crime) Deepali Masirkar, also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned to trace the thieves. Soon after the arrival of senior police officials, a huge crowd of residents and passersby gathered in front of Totade’s residence.

Prima facie, police said, it was a well-planned burglary. The gang might have kept a watch on the movements of the Totade family. Grabbing the opportunity on seeing that Totade’s wife and son leaving in a car, the burglars struck at the flat. They gained entry into the house after breaking the door lock probably with a crowbar. Within half an hour, the intruders searched the entire house and collected US $ 1000, gold ornaments and silver utensils. While fleeing with the booty, the gang left the empty boxes of ornaments on the bed.

After recording Kishor Totade’s statement, Rana Pratap Nagar Police registered a case under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC.

Till late night, city police were groping in dark about the gang involved in the house-breaking theft that created sensation in the Second Capital.

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Mayor Datke furious over poor pace of bringing water connections in billing network

As against targeted 3,20,211 tap connections, Orange City Water (OCW) could bring only 80,719 connections in billing network so far. This irked Pravin Datke, Mayor, in a review meeting held on ... Read More
As against targeted 3,20,211 tap connections, Orange City Water (OCW) could bring only 80,719 connections in billing network so far. This irked Pravin Datke, Mayor, in a review meeting held on Friday.

“Mayor expressed his displeasure over the poor pace of bringing water connections, many of which are illegal tappings, in billing network. Prior to OCW taking over city’s water distribution in 2012, only 180 MLD water supplied in the city was being billed. Since OCW taking over, till date, 240 MLD water is being billed,” said Sudhakar Kohale, MLA and Chairman of Water Works Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).

Kohale, while interacting with media after the meeting of Water Works Committee, said that more than 250 MLD of water being supplied in the city was not billed. “We are making a steady progress in this regard. Now that we have made available all the infrastructure to OCW, the responsibility regarding water and related issues rests with it,” he said. As far as responsibility of much of water supply not being billed till few years ago, he held the officials of NMC responsible for the mess.

Asked about improvement in water supply to the city since completion of Pench-IV project recently, Kohale said that quantity of water available had increased. “We expected the water to be supplied to Sakkardara, Tajbagh and other such areas. However, owing to the unexpected problem of turbidity, the pipeline is being washed thoroughly. We hope that the problem is resorted within next six-seven days and these areas will get water,” he added. Regarding the demand for water supply to Godhni area, he informed that once the system was fully ready, 1.5 MLD to 2 MLD water might be supplied.

In reply to a question regarding losses in bulk supply of water, Kohale told the media that the losses were pegged at 60 MLD in the year 2012. The figure came down to 45 MLD in 2013, and 25 MLD in 2014. As far as recovery of water charges is concerned, he asked the OCW to provide year-wise details to media. According to OCW data, the recovery was Rs 72.20 crore before OCW took over in March 2012. At the end of 2014-15, as against demand of Rs 104 crore from 2.17 lakh consumers, the recovery was Rs 94.10 crore.

Kohale also informed the media that storage reservoirs Onkar Nagar, Trimurty Nagar, Seminary Hills areas would be connected to feeder main. As far as NMC’s preparedness for summer season is concerned, Kohale said that NMC had sent proposals for 303 borewells for non-networked areas. In networked areas, OCW will supply water through tankers if there was scarcity. In non-networked areas, NMC is prepared to supply water through 256 tankers, if needed, he added. R D Jadhav, Deputy Engineer, Water Works Department, also was present during the press conference. Kohale resigns from Water Works panel

Sudhakar Kohale, who got elected as MLA from South Nagpur constituency, tendered his resignation from the post of Water Works Committee chief of NMC on Friday. “Since I have got elected as MLA and already on various other committees, it has become very difficult for me to devote adequate time to NMC Water Works Committee’s responsibilities. Hence, I have resigned from the post of Water Works Committee chief,” he said. Asked about the his successor to this post, Kohale said that it was for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership to decide.

‘High-level meetings on Kochi, Jamghat projects soon’

Sudhakar Kohale, MLA, informed the media that Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, had held a meeting of officials to know the latest status of Kochi barrage and Jamghat inter-state irrigation projects. “Guardian Minister will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday, and request him to give some time for high-level meeting between Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers since Jamghat project is important for Nagpur city also,” Kohale said.

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MTDC to get maps, survey reports from Land Records at Lonar in two days

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have directed the Land Survey Records, which have taken measurement of the land under Survey Nos. 2 to 6, to hand over the ma... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice A M Badar, at the High Court here, have directed the Land Survey Records, which have taken measurement of the land under Survey Nos. 2 to 6, to hand over the maps of the area of the world famous crater, Lonar in Buldana district, to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation for considering the various aspects of developing the tourist spot in the nearby area.

During hearing of the PIL of a lawyer Kirti Nipankar and other citizens, the Court was informed that the Committee set up by High Court under the Collector will consider all the aspects on May 2 next. Thereafter, MTDC will take two months for identifying the trees and compliance report to the Court will be submitted on June 19 next. Amicus Curiae A C Dharmadhikari and Adv Anand Parchure appeared for the petitioners. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Adv L Bodade (MTDC) N B Kalwaghe represented the respondents.

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MHADA CO does a ‘sting op’, helps book fraudsters posing as agents

In an effort to bring to book the fraudsters claiming to be ‘agents’ of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Nagpur Development Board, a top officer himself posed as ‘... Read More
In an effort to bring to book the fraudsters claiming to be ‘agents’ of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) Nagpur Development Board, a top officer himself posed as ‘a person in need of MHADA housing unit’ and conducted a ‘sting operation’. Following the ‘sting operation’, an offence has been registered against the fraudsters in Wardha Police Station.

Pradeep Kumar Dange, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Chief Officer (CO) of MHADA Nagpur Board, conducted the ‘sting operation’ on the evening of Wednesday. “I had received complaints that some persons were posing as agents of MHADA and were assuring to secure enrolment for MHADA housing unit. For the purpose, they were collecting Rs 20,000 per enrolment from gullible persons,” Dange told ‘The Hitavada’. The accused are associated with Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha, which has its office in Bahujan Nagar in Sindi (Meghe) in Wardha district.

As per the details, Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha had collected Rs 20,000 each from at least 15 persons assuring them to secure enrolment for MHADA housing unit. On receiving a complaint in this regard, Dange decided to act himself. He obtained cellphone number of Sudhir Moon, a person associated with Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha. Dange ascertained the identity of Moon and his affiliation with the said organisation. During conversation, Dange said that he wanted to get enrolled for MHADA housing unit. As expected, Moon asked him to make payment of Rs 20,000 for the purpose. Moon called Dange to the office of the organisation.

Accordingly, Dange went to Wardha along with a clerk. From Wardha, Dange was taken to the office of Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha in Bahujan Nagar, Sindi (Meghe). According to Dange, at the office of the said organisation, three persons were present. These included Vidya Bhujade Patil, Sudhir Moon, and Bhimrao Naik. The trio assured Dange that his name would be enrolled for MHADA housing unit in Wardha that would cost Rs 6.50 lakh. The threesome also assured Dange that of the total cost, an aid of Rs 3 lakh would be secured from Social Justice Department. The trio asked Dange to pay the remaining amount in equal instalments of Rs 2,000 per month, later on. As Dange was posing as ‘an applicant’, the trio asked him to pay some amount. Dange paid them Rs 10,000 and got a receipt.

As soon as Dange got receipt, he revealed his identity. Shocked, the office-bearers of Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha started tendering apologies. However, Dange approached Wardha Police Station, and lodged a complaint against Vidya Bhujade Patil, who runs Astitva Gram Vikas Sanstha. Based on Dange’s complaint, a case was registered under relevant provisions of law at Wardha Police Station. The amount of Rs 10,000 paid by Dange to the accused posing as ‘agents’ and SIM card of his cellphone are with the cops for investigations.

MHADA has no agents: Dange

Pradeep Kumar Dange, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) and Chief Officer of MHADA Nagpur Board, appealed to the people that they should not fall prey to persons posing as ‘agents’ of MHADA. “I wish to make it clear that MHADA has no agents at all. MHADA has not outsourced the task of enrolment for housing unit to any other agency or organisation,” he said. He appealed to the people, if they have been approached by ‘agents’, to come forward with details and lodge complaints at MHADA Nagpur Board office so that appropriate action could be taken against the fraudsters.

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Jailbreak case: 9 more mobile phones found inside Central Jail

AFTER recovering more than hundred cellphones, SIM cards, batteries, and Marijuana after the sensational Nagpur jailbreak case, jail authorities on Friday discovered nine more cellphones and SI... Read More
AFTER recovering more than hundred cellphones, SIM cards, batteries, and Marijuana after the sensational Nagpur jailbreak case, jail authorities on Friday discovered nine more cellphones and SIM cards in the barracks which were later seized by Dhantoli Police. With this, the total number of cellphones recovered from inside the jail so far has gone up to 109.

On the other hand, the City Police still appear to be clueless about the whereabouts of the five fugitives, including three hard-core criminals booked under MCOCA, who escaped by scaling the 23 ft high jail wall after cutting the rods of Barrack No. 6 between 2 am and 4 am on March 31.

Hard-core criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal; and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, had escaped from the jail after getting inside help. Three of them booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) owe allegiance to dreaded criminal Raja Ghous who too is locked up in the jail. Two others were involved in robbery and firearms cases.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, had constituted a high-level inquiry committee headed by Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption Bureau) Praveen Dixit after the jailbreak incident that shook the state administration. Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble was the first to be suspended and is likely to be dismissed from service by the Chief Minister.

Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar then had placed senior Jailer Vaibhav Atram, and jail officers R G Parekar, S C Mahashirke, Malwad five sepoys Mangesh Prajapati, R R Patil, Ramesh Dhekle, Ashok Bhandarkar, and Sanjay Thokal for dereliction of duty. Crime Branch officers had arrested Ganesh Kamalkishor Sharma (30), a resident of Lane No. 5, Taj Nagar, Mankapur, and Nawab Tohid Khan (22), a resident of Plot No. 24, Mankapur, near Don Bosco School, for their involvement of in the jailbreak conspiracy. Later, cops arrested Abrar alias Raju Badhiyara alias Shaikh Wajid Shaikh Mohammad (30), a resident of Yaseen Plot, Tajbag, and Chetan alias Abir Sunil Hazare (24), a resident of Corporation Quarter, Bara Signal, Borkar Nagar, on suspicion. The investigators had seized five country-made pistols and 38 cartridges.

However, the suspects too are unaware about the whereabouts of the five fugitives. Senior police officers believe that the five escapees crossed the border and are hiding in Nepal.

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Aspirants for posts in boards, corpn active in BJP

With the date of appointment in corporations and boards coming near, the aspirants for coveted posts have become enthusiastic in BJP and leaving no stone unturned to realize their dream. Shivra... Read More
With the date of appointment in corporations and boards coming near, the aspirants for coveted posts have become enthusiastic in BJP and leaving no stone unturned to realize their dream. Shivraj government is likely to make appointments in boards and corporations in the end of the month.

Even luck of those leaders who came to BJP by shunning Congress may also shine as BJP has indirectly indicated that those who joined BJP during elections also stands on good chance to get the posts as posts would be given on the basis of eligibility criteria.

Sources said that post aspirants are contacting senior leaders of the party to brighten their chances. BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, while speaking to select group of journalists, had said that those who joined BJP during the course of elections have become BJP men and posts in boards and corporations would be given according to qualification and eligibility. Many people are trying to read the hidden message in Chouhan’s comment and they have started contemplating that whether he wanted to say that even those Congress leaders who joined BJP during elections could be also considered for “red beacon”. Names of many BJP leaders are doing rounds for the coveted posts of president and vice presidents of various boards and corporations. Names of former MLA Ramesh Sharma alias Guttu Bhaiya, Vijendra Singh Sisodia, Lata Wankhede, Govind Malu, Dr Hitesh Vajpayee are creating ripples for posting in boards and corporations. Along with aforementioned leaders, there is long list of aspirants for posts in BJP. The appointments in boards and corporations is prerogative of state government and final decision would be of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan but suggestion made by state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan would be considered before finalising the names. Once appointments are made in corporations and boards, path for Cabinet expansion would be opened.

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Material prosperity meaningless without spiritual awakening: Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj

Yugdrishta Yogi Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj has said that material prosperity is meaningless without spiritual awakening. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will pave way for this. He said t... Read More
Yugdrishta Yogi Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj has said that material prosperity is meaningless without spiritual awakening. He said that Simhastha Mahakumbh-2016 will pave way for this. He said that world peace cannot be possible if every person does not have peace of mind. He said that peace is not an imported thing; it dwells naturally in the hearts and minds of human beings.

Sadguru Vasudev lauded the seminar and the events to be held thereafter ahead of Simhastha Mahakumbh. He said that under imaginative leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, these events will give ideological proportions to Simhastha Mahakumbh side by side being a festival of holy bath. He was addressing inaugural session of 3-day international seminar on “Valued-based Life” at Vidhan Sabha here on Friday. Series of these seminars will continue upto Simhastha Mahakumbh 2016. Chief Minister Chouhan presided over the seminar.

Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj praised efforts of Chief Minister Chouhan to bring about spiritual awakening side by side economic growth. He also referred to state’s unprecedented agriculture growth. Urging all to participate in Simhastha-2016, he said that Simhastha is not a mere ritualistic event, but a state of spiritual science. Sadguru said that India would be known as the most value-based country in the world after 25 years. India alone can offer solutions to internal problems in the world. He said that now people have started seeing outside self instead of looking above themselves. They have become capable to think about themselves. India is now capable to solve its conscience-related maladies.

Sadguru Said that being born as human being is in itself an important event and objective of human life to acquire all capabilities for human welfare. He said that soil of India is unique. Bhav, raga and tala form India. Raga is fixed while tala can be selected. He said that life is a form of Karma. A human being performs physical, mental, emotional and energetic works, but is not able to be conscientious about them. He said that Dharma means the rules which govern and discipline inner self and nature.

Sadguru while replying to queries of audience said that there is a cacophony in India. Eeveryone is free to do anything, but every person is peace-loving by nature.

It is the very identity and capability of India. He said that peace is a basic need. There may be a lot of concepts, but accurate tools are not available to implement them. If there are tools, wisdom to use them is lacking. He said that correct use of these tools has been described in Indian values of life. The acumen to use wisdom is found only in Indian values and Yogic science.

Giving outlines of the seminar, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it is a humble effort of the state government to revive traditions of ideological Mahakumbh.

The Simhastha Declaration would offer solutions to global problems. Solutions to contemporary problems will be presented through Simhastha Declaration. He said that apart from material development, a government should also strive for improving happiness index. He said that over 2500 research papers have been collected from country and world at the international seminars. Over 100 scholars will deliver lectures. Throwing light on concept of seminar’s subject, he said that values are getting eroded in every walk of life. Life is meaningless without values. Referring to rich ideological heritage of Indian culture, he urged to disseminate it throughout the world through Simhashta. Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev Maharaj and the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the premises of Vidhan Sabha. Chouhan felicitated Sadguru with shawl, coconut and memento. The seminar began amidst religious chants of Vedic Mantras. The seminar is being held by Department of Cultural with the cooperation of Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, New Delhi and Makhanlal University of Journalism & Mass Communication, Bhopal. Former CM Kailash Joshi, Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa, members of the cabinet and large number of distinguished people from all walks of life were also present on the occasion.

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Health services normalise as junior doctors call off strike

Health services in Hamidia Hospital normalised from the day as the junior doctors announced calling off two days’ old strike with arrest of one Shahrukh, who had beaten up two junior doctors ... Read More
Health services in Hamidia Hospital normalised from the day as the junior doctors announced calling off two days’ old strike with arrest of one Shahrukh, who had beaten up two junior doctors on Tuesday night. However, patients suffered in the morning as the hospital authorities arrangements of pressing medical officers, senior resident doctors and assistant professors did not work well.

As the junior doctors were informed about arrest of the person who beat doctors, they announced returning to work. The junior doctors had demanded arrest of the person beat junior doctors at the hospital under the Doctors’ Protection Act.

Besides arresting the accused, the police assured junior doctors to depute two cops permanently at the Hamidia Hospital to control such untoward incidents at the city’s biggest hospital. The police van will also patrol at hospital campus for more than 20 days to watch on the suspected persons and preventing the doctors.

From Saturday, the patients will get proper attention of the doctors and treatment.

According to junior doctors last time when attendants of a patient beat the doctors, the police had arrested the accused under doctors protection act but when the junior doctors held strike for four days. This time it could have been happened the same, if the senior officers of the Gandhi Medical College and Hamidia Hospital did not build pressure upon the police, he said.

Adarsh Vajpayee, President of Gandhi Medical College Junior Doctors’ Association, said the strike was called off in the day and all junior doctors attended on their duty.

“The police arrested Shahrukh on charges of beating junior doctors in emergency, assured two police persons permanently for patrolling in hospital and two police vans will patrol in hospital campus many times every day for 20 days,” he said.

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Woman dies after being hit by bus in MP Nagar

In a tragic incident, a 37-year-old woman was mowed down by a bus in front of Swami Vivekananda Regional Spine Centre, MP Nagar Zone-I on Friday. The woman was driving her scooter with earphones ... Read More
In a tragic incident, a 37-year-old woman was mowed down by a bus in front of Swami Vivekananda Regional Spine Centre, MP Nagar Zone-I on Friday. The woman was driving her scooter with earphones on. Negligence of both the bus driver and the deceased apparently resulted in the accident.

MP Nagar police informed that the deceased is identified as Priyanka Mamtani (37), wife of Vijay Kumar Mamtani, resident of Subhash Nagar.

She was riding her scooter with registration number MP-04 SM-4879 and was on her way home when she was hit by a speeding bus with registration number MP-04 PA-3763.

Fearing of being caught the bus driver tried to escape with the bus due to which the girl was mowed down by the rear tire of the bus. The girl sustained grave serious injuries and died on the spot. Her internal organs were scattered at the spot. The girl was riding her scooter with her earphones on. The commuters gathered at the spot and rushed the body to JP Hospital with the help of 108-service where she was declared brought dead.

The angry mob broke the glasses of the bus. Meanwhile, three accused, including bus driver, conductor and one other, were nabbed by the police and are under custody. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of IPC has been registered by the police against the accused. The body has been sent for post-mortem to Hamidia Hospital. Local vendors and others present at the spot told that the many accidents take place at the road due to rash and reckless driving of the minibus drivers. Two accidents took place near the spot last Friday but luckily both sustained minor injuries. The mob was also angry over the delay shown by ambulance of 108-service. “Minibus drivers have always been a matter of concern and regular checking is also performed by the traffic department. In this case as people have informed that many accidents take place near spot, technical aspects will be examined and required measures will be taken to curb the vulnerability of the commuters towards accident”, said SP South Anshuman Singh.

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Power tariff hiked by 10 per cent in State

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission issued the new power tariff rates on Friday. Consumers who consume power from 301 units till 500 units will have to bear the fraught of 10 per c... Read More
Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regularity Commission issued the new power tariff rates on Friday. Consumers who consume power from 301 units till 500 units will have to bear the fraught of 10 per cent. Likewise, consumers who consume power from 51 units till 100 units will have to bear the fraught of 5 per cent. Farmers will remain unaffected from the new tariff rates. Along with this, people consuming power till 30 units and 50 units will also remain untouched from new tariff hike. New tariff would be effective from April 25.

The power tariffs have been hiked on the demand of power companies. Earlier, it was likely that new power tariff would be out in March end but due to some unknown reason, new tariff plan was delayed. Power companies have demanded hike of 24 per cent in power tariffs, citing increased expenditure and losses. After this, Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission had conducted public hearing on proposed tariff hike. The new tariff rates are 9.83 percent against the demand of 24 percent hike demanded by power companies.

According to the unit wise consumption consumer figure, number of people using power till 30 unit is 39 per cent while number of people using power till 50 units is 11 per cent. Both are going to remain unaffected from the new tariff hike.

The number of people consuming power from 51 units till 100 units is 31 percent. While the number of consumer’s using 301 unit’s till 500 units is 2 percent. And the number of people using more than 500 units is zero percent.

Meanwhile, electricity rates of agriculture pumps have been increased around 13 percent but flat rate has been kept unchanged. State government will give necessary subsidy to electricity companies in lieu of farmers paying the bills on flat rate. In this manner, electricity bills of farmers will remain same. Currently, State Government is giving subsidy of Rs 5000 crore to electricity distribution companies against the electricity being given to farmers at cheap rates. Against the 13 per cent tariff hike in agriculture pumps, state government will give subsidy of Rs 1100 crore to electricity companies. Hence, farmers are going to remain unaffected from the new tariff of power.

When contacted, Managing Director of Power Management Company Manu Shrivastava said that power companies have demanded hike of 24 per cent and the present hike is only 9.83 per cent against the demanded hike. But then also, power company will give good performance. Last year, 24 per cent revenue was increased without going for tariff hike.

When asked that Delhi government had halved the power bills then why steps were not taken to provide relief to consumers in state, he said that Delhi is a city and has many resources. In comparison to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh is a big state. Already, subsidy of Rs 5000 crore is given to farmers in state. Likewise, subsidy is also given for single bulb connection.

Congress Chief Spokesman K K Mishra has reacted sharply on tariff hike and said that hike has exposed the face of BJP government. He added that Government often claims that State is power surplus and if such is the situation then why power hike had been done. He said State Government should learn lesson from Delhi government which had cut the power bills. AAP Secretary Akshay Hunka demanded that there is enough room to reduce the power bills and demanded audit of accounts of power companies by CAG. He however said that power tariff had been not increased as was demanded by power companies and it is a big victory of AAP. BJP media incharge Dr Hitesh Vajpayee said that it is the work of Government to take care of interests of farmers and BPL families and it is doing so by providing subsidy in power supplied to them.

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Free health schemes fail to benefit actual beneficiaries

AMBITIOUS programme of the State Government to provide free listed medicine, pathology and radiology is proving useless to poor patients due to malpractice, blatant acts of some medical staffers ... Read More
AMBITIOUS programme of the State Government to provide free listed medicine, pathology and radiology is proving useless to poor patients due to malpractice, blatant acts of some medical staffers at Government Hospitals. Though the State Government has started two projects, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Nishulk Vitran Yojana (SVBPNAVY) and free pathological services in last four months, but in absence of proper monitoring, implementation of guidelines has deterred success of schemes.

Sources revealed that in absence of proper monitoring some doctors are still prescribing not listed medicines to patients and compelling them to purchase the same from private medical stores. Irrespective of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan strict instructions, no medicine for BPL cardholder should be purchased from other medical stores.

If a patient needs any medicine, duty doctors would make arrangements to avail the required medicine from other medical stores.

Surprisingly, nexus of some medical staff, some medical stores has found a new way to overcome compulsion of providing free medicines under SVBPNAVY, usually they start their malpractice after closure of OPD hours.

Medical staffers working in emergency services like ICCU, SNCU, prescribe list of medicines of particular brand, (usually ignore to write generic name of medicine as per direction of Union Health Department) patients get only two medicines out of five medicines prescribed in the list, the patient has no other option but to purchase the required medicine from a particular medical store that too after shelling out more money. Some of medical staffers are indulged in malpractice without any fear. When some patients dare to make any complaint against such irregularity, no administrative officials of Health Department, they replied that only listed medicines under free medicine are available, or sometimes they do not even bother to give satisfactory reply to complainant due to some or other reason best known to the official. Civil Surgeon, Dr Sinha said he will take action against the staff found indulged in malpractice, negligence of execution of government beneficiaries scheme meant for poor patients.

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HC seeks report from State Govt on shifting of dairies in 2 weeks

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday gave two weeks time to the State Government for submission of reply befor... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Friday gave two weeks time to the State Government for submission of reply before the court regarding distance of dairy sheds from the river and shifting of dairies outside municipal limits.

The division bench has fixed the matter for hearing on May 1. On Friday, the State Government has stated before the court that the government has constituted a committee, who would present report (regarding distance of dairy from rivers) before the Cabinet, thereafter, the government will submit reply before the court. The division bench has heard bunch of petitions filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President NUMM and others.

In previous hearing of the matter, the division bench had perused recommendations made by NEERI. It is noticed that the prevailing policy of 2014 of the State Government as is in force provides norms for setting up of and allowing dairies to operate. However, since recommendation of NEERI in its report of January 2015 is founded on scientific analysis of empirical data, we expect the State Government to examine the report carefully and consider whether there is need to modify prevailing policy of 2014.

The division bench are not expressing any opinion either way on recommendations made by NEERI in its report of January 2015, submitted pursuant to order dated on December 19, 2014. Counsel for dairy owners submitted that if the State Government is required to reconsider the policy, it must address concerns of dairy owners as well. Dairy owners intend to make representation to the State Government in that behalf.

That representation be made before April 6, 2015, addressed to the Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, MP Government for the time being, the division bench had deferred hearing of these matters till April 17. In the meantime, further compliance report be filed by the State Authorities, the division bench said in previous hearing.

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National Lok Adalat to be held on April 25

NATIONAL Lok Adalat will be organised on April 25. Monthly National Lok Adalat or the People’s Court is a process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise on establishing ... Read More
NATIONAL Lok Adalat will be organised on April 25. Monthly National Lok Adalat or the People’s Court is a process of settlement of disputes between litigants through compromise on establishing mutual consensus. Monthly National Lok Adalat will be organised under directions of National Legal Services Authority at High Court, District and Tehsil level under guidance of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Executive Chairman of MP State Legal Services Authority Justice Rajendra Menon. All parties who seek resolution of their disputes or are litigating for their rights are free to come forward with their grievances and depart with amicable settlements through mechanism of National Lok Adalat. Cases related to family matters, labour disputes, land acquisition matters, civil cases, revenue cases, MGNREGA matters shall be taken up.

Efforts are being made to resolve matters at pre-litigation stage and response of last National Lok Adalat is a motivation for those desirous of resolution of their disputes through mediation process and appealed them to come forward for settlement before benches of National Lok Adalat.

Information related to referred cases for monthly National Lok Adalat scheduled to he held on April 25, 2015. 1 Revenue cases- Pre-Litigation cases 17516, pending cases 36383, total 53899 cases. 2 MNREGA case- Pre-Litigation cases 82694, pending cases 3407, total 86101 cases. 3 Land Acquisition cases- Pre-Litigation cases 2893, pending cases 4857, total 7750 cases. 4 Labour cases- Pre-Litigation cases 309, pending cases 929 cases, total 1238 cases. 5 Family matters- Pre-Litigation cases 144, pending cases 11376 cases, total 11520 cases.

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2 murder accused held within hours of incident

KHAMARIA police succeeded in apprehending two accused of murder of a youth in Amjhar area within a few hours of the incident, on Friday. The accused have been identified as Kallu alias Dharam Sin... Read More
KHAMARIA police succeeded in apprehending two accused of murder of a youth in Amjhar area within a few hours of the incident, on Friday. The accused have been identified as Kallu alias Dharam Singh Masram (25) and his brother Prem Singh Masram (27), residents of Amjhar area. A youth named Ajit alias Vicky Jharia (22), a resident of Amjhar area in Khamaria, was stabbed to death with sharp-edged weapons over an old rivalry at Amjhar area under jurisdiction of Khamaria police station, on Friday morning.

SHO of Khamaria police station Rakesh Tiwari informed that Mithai Lal Jharia (46), a resident of Amjhar area, informed that his elder brother runs a tea kiosk in Amjhar area. Son of his elder brother Ajit alias Vicky was on his way for fetching water in containers on his motorcycle when a man named Kallu alias Dharam Singh Masram called Ajit. When Ajit reached the spot Kallu and his brother Prem Singh Masram started abusing him and attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. In the attack, Ajit sustained critical wounds on his neck, back and chest.

Bleeding profusely the injured fell down on the spot and succumbed to his grave injuries. Learning about the incident, a police team reached the spot and found the body drenched in blood. Receiving the information, senior police officers along with FSL team reached the spot and started investigation into the case. Police sent the body for post-mortem to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital after conducting panchnama. Khamaria police have registered a case against the accused under sections 302 and 34 of the IPC.

Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra under the supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police (East), Amrendra Singh and CSP, Ranjhi, J P Mishra constituted a police team for investigating into the case and apprehending the accused. Continuing a thorough search, police team led by SHO of Khamaria police station, Rakesh Tiwari succeeded in apprehending the accused while search underway to recovery of weapons used to kill the youth.

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HC issues notice to Chief Secy over appointment of MPHRC Chairperson

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele on Friday issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Government to submit reply... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele on Friday issued notice to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Government to submit reply before the court regarding appointment of Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC). The division bench has issued notice in public interest litigation filed by Dr P G Najpandey, State President of Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM).

The division bench has directed K S Wadhawa, Additional Advocate General of the State, who may seek instructions in the matter and file reply within four weeks. Advocate Ajay Raizada appeared on behalf of the petitioner. The division bench has issued notice to only Chief Secretary of MP Government and in its order said that looking to the nature of relief claimed for in the petition, for the present, it is not necessary to issue notices to the respondents Secretary to his excellence, Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. The petitioner filed this PIL questioning inaction of respondents in not appointing Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission even after 4 years and 4 months of retirement of earlier Chairman.

The petitioner has prayed before the court to direct the respondents to appoint Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Madhya Pradesh as provided under Section 21 of protection of the Human Rights Act 1993.

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Petition against bottling plant in Balaghat dismmised

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele has dismissed petition filed by Rajendra Prasad Choubey against the State Government clai... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice S K Gangele has dismissed petition filed by Rajendra Prasad Choubey against the State Government claimed to be a public spirited person has filed this writ petition and it is grievance of the petitioner that in Garra village, Lalbarra tehsil, Balaghat district a bottling plant has been put up by another respondent, which is illegal and contrary to provisions of law for purpose of establishment of bottling plant.

On a complete reading of the reply filed by respondents, it is clear that allegations made by the petitioner are not correct. Bottling plant has been established after following all norms as required under law and statutory inspection conducted by authorities as is evident also does not show any illegality in the matter.

In view of the above, we see no reason to make any further indulgence into the matter. The petition is therefore, dismissed, the division bench said.

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Be ready to shell out more for power

MADHYA Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has declared new power tariff with 10 per cent hike for 2015-16. Consumers of 51-100 units of electricity will face five per cent tariff h... Read More
MADHYA Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has declared new power tariff with 10 per cent hike for 2015-16. Consumers of 51-100 units of electricity will face five per cent tariff hike. There will be no hike for consumers using 0-50 units of electricity. The State Government will bear expenditure of hiked electricity tariff on agriculture consumers in form of subsidy to power distribution companies.

Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited Manu Shrivastava informed that there will be no tariff hike for more than 46 lakh consumers, including 36 lakh single light connection and 10 lakh consumers of 0-50 units. Only five per cent tariff hike has been made for around 31 per cent domestic consumers of 51-100 units. He informed that there will be no effect on flat rate agriculture consumers who pay Rs 100 per horsepower monthly electricity charge. The State Government will bear their expenditure by providing subsidy to power distribution companies. Manu Shrivastava added that hike of 10 per cent tariff was essential to ensure quality and uninterrupted electricity supply across the State. There is a significant growth in availability of electricity in the State. Electricity supply was 3528 crore units in year 2009-10, 3850 in 2010-11, 4273 crore units in 2011-12, 4743 crore units in 2012-13, 5239 crore units in 2013-14 and 5740 crore units electricity was supplied during 2014-15. Growth of electricity supply has been increased from 9.1 per cent to 14.9 per cent which has been increased 63 per cent in last five years.

He informed that as compared to augmentation of electricity supply, cost of electricity supply has increased by Rs 3.22 in year 2009-10, Rs 3.46 in 2010-11, Rs 3.93 in 2011-12, Rs 4.08 in 2012-13 and Rs 4.15 in 2013-14 and Rs 4.34 in 2014-15.

Along with this, price of main sources of power generation coal and oil has also increased by more than 98 per cent, while railway freight by 51 per cent. Rate of coal was Rs 1663 per tonne in 2009-10, 1883 in 2010-11, Rs 2782 per tonne in 2011-12, Rs 2976 per tonne in 2012-13, Rs 3109 per tonne in 2013-14 and Rs 3296 per tonne in year 2014-15.

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Judicial Custody of twelve accused extended: FCSC scam

The twelve accused officials of the State’s Food and Civil Supplies Corporation (FCSC) who were earlier arrested will now remain in jail under judicial custody till May 1. Accused officials are... Read More
The twelve accused officials of the State’s Food and Civil Supplies Corporation (FCSC) who were earlier arrested will now remain in jail under judicial custody till May 1. Accused officials are identified as Shiv Shankar Bhatt, Tikamdas Harchandani, Kshirsagar Patel, Satish Kumar Kaivartya, Kaushal Kishore Yadu, Sandeep Agrawal, D K Sharma, Ravindranath Singh, Devendra Singh Kushwaha, Ramful Pathak, Ashok Soni and Sudhir Kumar Bhole. These officials are accused of irregularities in custom milling of paddy and transportation of salt.

A case has been registered against them under relevant Section of Prevention of Corruption Act. The period of earlier judicial custody of these accused officials was over on Friday. Special Judge, ND Tigala was on leave today so the accused officials were produced in the court of the District and Sessions Judge RCS Samant. Prosecution moved an application for further extending the judicial custody period of the accused. Prosecution maintained that investigation in the case is presently in progress.

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3-yr-old girl abducted from home at Priyadarshini Nagar

A 3-year-old girl was abducted from her house situated at Priyadarshini Nagar on Thursday. Missing girl Sakshi Makhija was at home with her two brothers, when the incident happened.

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A 3-year-old girl was abducted from her house situated at Priyadarshini Nagar on Thursday. Missing girl Sakshi Makhija was at home with her two brothers, when the incident happened.

Rajendra Nagar Police informed that Sakshi’s mother Karishma alias Punam Makhija runs a boutique whereas her husband Sunil Makhija doesn’t have any job. So, she is only bread earner of the family.

The statement given by 10-year-old brother of Sakshi, her mother Punam and Sunil are quite conflicting. While Punam said that she left the house at around 8:00 pm for some work. Her three kids including Sakshi and her two brothers 10-year-old and 4-year-old boys were at home with the father Sunil Makhija whereas Sunil said that he also left the home for Amlidih a few minutes later after his wife. Meanwhile, ten year old brother Sakshi said that he didn’t see her after his father left home.

Police investigation revealed that the relation between couple is on the verge of breakdown. Domestic disputes often turn physical. Neighbours said that the family has moved into the flat at Rohini Villa just 2 months back and since then they have quarrelled everyday.

The bone of contention between the couple is the boutique run by Punam. Sunil is always suspicious of his wife’s talking with customer. Hence, police is investigating from all the aspects. Meanwhile, a case has been filed with the Rajendra Nagar Police Station.

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Rs 25 lakh theft at VIP Road, Fundahar

Mocking the ‘foolproof’ security arrangements and sanitisation of all the routes, where contingent of State Police had twice conducted full dress rehearsal ahead of President of India visit... Read More
Mocking the ‘foolproof’ security arrangements and sanitisation of all the routes, where contingent of State Police had twice conducted full dress rehearsal ahead of President of India visit to Raipur, some dare-devil thieves made it rich as they decamped with cash Rs 25 lakh from a plush bungalow situated at Fundahar in Mana on VIP Road leading to Raipur Airport. While a heavy posse of security forces remained deployed all along the routes from where the motorcade of President passed, the thieves yet managed to break-in the house, situated on VIP Road, Mana, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Yet, the top brass of State Police kept on boasting themselves for ensuring an ‘incident-free’ stay of President of India Pranab Mukherjee to Capital Raipur.

However, in the wake of theft, many people particularly those from business and trading community, have raised fingers towards Raipur Police, which was ‘supposedly’ maintaining high vigil ahead of President’s visit to the Capital city. For the reasons, the crime scene – the bungalow being situated at the Fundahar Chowk on VIP road, which was the main ingress for President’s motorcade from Raipur Airport and was being constantly patrolled all throughout the night by the security personnel from security details.

According to police investigators, the theft occurred between 2 am to 4 am, when some unidentified thieves struck at a bungalow of one Vinay Dubey (46). “The entire family was asleep, when the thieves sneaked into the house after break opening the lock of bungalow’s rear entrance. The cash was kept in another room of bungalow where Dubey’s 90-year-old mother Uma Devi was sleeping all alone,” the sourced added.

Investigators presumed that the unidentified thieves brought in use some sort of sedating spray to ensure that the elderly woman doesn’t wakes up. Hereafter, for the thieves, it was a ‘cake walk’ as the got keys to the almirah having cash, which Uma Devi had placed it under her pillow. “However, our forensic experts failed to lift any finger print of suspected intruders either on the gates or on Almirah,” they pointed out.

With the break of dawn, Vinay, an early riser was shocked out of his wits, when he himself found out that theft has occurred and all the cash and some petty gold ornaments had vanished into thin air. “Even for us, when we arrived at bungalow of Vinay Dubey for taking up Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), none of us found any CCTV cameras inside the premises,” one of the investigators told The Hitavada.

Sources, in the meantime, also averred that a team of Central Crime Branch (CCB) too visited the crime scene during the afternoon hours since the amount involved in the crime is pretty big. However, the prima-facie spot investigation by CCB also failed to lay their hands on any major clue or leads that could inch them towards the suspected thieves. Meanwhile, Telibandha Police has registered a FIR under Sections 457 and380 of Indian Penal Code.

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IIMs must assume greater responsibility for overall development: President

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) must assume greater responsibility for overall development of the society. The IIMs can help realise Mahatma Gandh... Read More
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) must assume greater responsibility for overall development of the society. The IIMs can help realise Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘Samarth Bharat’ and elimination of poverty.

The President stated this in his convocation address at IIM Raipur which celebrated its fourth Convocation at its GEC Campus, Sejbahar, on Friday.

“The IIMs must work extend support to state and union government as counselors for proper management in the various government works which has direct impact on the society. In this way, the IIMs can help the society,” said the President of India. In his address to the passing out students and graduating students at the convocation, the President said, “It is the youth who should strive hard not only to achieve their own goal but also help out others in their mission.”

Speaking on the current position of higher education in the country, the President said the nation has 713 universities,, 36000 colleges, 30 NITs, 16 IITs number of IISERs and institutes of managements which needs physical expansion in the form of infrastructures and quality facilities to make these institutes world class which is possible only with the proactive steps of the governments. Recently the Government of India has taken some important decisions and once of them is National Ranking Frame World which, according to the President, will create a healthy competition in the higher education sector.

In his address, Governor Balramji Das Tandon said that a new environment is waiting outside for them. “Your have to face a new challenge everyday once you move out and your should prepare yourself for the same,” said the Governor.

Also shared the dais are State Higher Technical Education Minister Prem Prakash Pandey and MP Raipur Ramesh Bais IIM Raipur Board of Governors Chairman Hari S Bhartia and IIM Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay.

Students awarded Gold medals

The IIM Raipur convocation ceremony also saw gold medals being given away by the first citizen of the country, Pranab Mukherjee for scholastic performance. Among the Post Graduate Programme (PGP)students, Jayesh Surisetti received the Chairman’s Gold Medal while Arpit Bajpai received the Director’s Gold Medal and Pavan Kumar Tatineni received the PGP Chairman’s Gold medal. Similarly, Aditi Singhal(2013-15 batch)and Anurag Rao(2012-14 batch)received Chairman’s gold medal for Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) batch.

At the end of the ceremony all the students of Post Graduate Programme (PGP) and Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive (PGPWE) received their diplomas from the Chairman Board of Governors, IIM Raipur, H S Bhartiya.

CG ministers, officials to learn Management skills at IIM Ahmedabad, says Dr Singh

Speaking about the importance of management, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the occasion said Chhattisgarh Government has succeeded in reducing energy distribution loss, increase its power load factor by effectively using the management skill. Besides, many other State Government departments have been able to enhance their efficiency through proper management and praised the IIM Raipur for its support in this direction, said the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister also said that the State ministers and officials will be visiting IIM Ahmedabad for learning management skills. The Chief Minister also spoke on how he can enhance the role of IIM Raipur in State Government work.

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Steering Committee approves Rs 190 cr CAMPA forestry plan

A meeting of the Steering Committee of Maharashtra State CAMPA approved a plan for Rs 190 crore on Wednesday at Mumbai for taking up forestry and core activities in Maharashtra.

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A meeting of the Steering Committee of Maharashtra State CAMPA approved a plan for Rs 190 crore on Wednesday at Mumbai for taking up forestry and core activities in Maharashtra.

Swadhin Kshatriya, Chief Secretary, who is also Chairman of the committee, presided over the meeting held in the meeting room, Mantralaya, Mumbai, in which Vikas Kharge, Secretary, Forest, and top forest officers were present.

The committee will shortly submit the report to the State Government that would forward a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Central Government, at Delhi to seek required funds from CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund, Management and Planning Committee).

Sources close to Forest Department informed that the government would undertake compensatory afforestation worth Rs 55 crore while Rs 135 crore are planned for Net Present Value and other components.

They said that 70 per cent amount would be spent on core activities such as general plantations, wildlife management, working plan and forestry. About ten per cent funds would be spent on communication/mobility while five per cent amount would be utilised for research activities. The remaining 15 per cent funds would be made available for other activities such as infrastructure development.

A K Saxena, Head of Forest Force, Sarjan Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Dr A K Jha, Director General, Social Forestry, Pune, Dr Suresh Gairola, Shree Bhagwan, Dr S H Patil, all Additional Principal Chief Conservators of Forest, Virendra Tiwari, Chief Conservator of Forest, Mantralaya, and a representative of the Finance Department took active part in the meeting.

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Another jolt to realty sector: Hike in compounding charges proposed

After tremendous hike in development charges for sanctioning building plan, the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed hike in compounding charges to regulari... Read More
After tremendous hike in development charges for sanctioning building plan, the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed hike in compounding charges to regularise excess construction or margin violations of residential or commercial buildings in the city. The local body has proposed 50 per cent of the ready reckoner charges for residential buildings and 75 per cent of the ready reckoner charges for commercial buildings to regularise their excess construction. The proposal of Town Planning Department is pending for the nod of Standing Committee. The present rate for regularising building is Rs 1,380 per sq mts for residential buildings and Rs 2,100 sq mts for commercial buildings. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is trying to make Nagpur as vibrant city with affordable housing, development growth and make it a livable city but ironically Bharatiya Janata Party led NMC is taking such draconian decisions making it extremely difficult for this dream becoming a reality.

According to the proposal, the local body will regularise margin violations of back side and adjacent side of the 10 mts heighted building upto 50 per cent of the violations. The local body can also regularise 0.60 meter front margin violation by charging 50 per cent of the ready reckoner rate for residential and 75 per cent for commercial buildings. The local body will regularise building having height from 10 mts to 14.99 mts by charging 50 per cent ready reckoner rates for residential building and 75 per cent for commercial buildings. In these buildings, the NMC will regularise side margins upto 33 per cent and 0.60 mts for front margin. The present rate of compounding for such violation is Rs 1,380 per sq mt for residential and Rs 2,100 per sq mt for commercial.

The Town Planning Department will regularise violation in public, semi-public, educational institutes, and other organisational buildings with height of 15 mts and above, after obtaining NoC from Fire Services and Emergency Department. The department will regularise 25 per cent violation of back and side margins by charging 50 per cent of ready reckoner rates for residential buildings and 75 per cent for commercial buildings.

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Singapore Government to share expertise with NMC, assures Ajit Singh

Singapore Government is keen to share its expertise in the field of water sector, sewerage, and recycle-reuse of water with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ... Read More
Singapore Government is keen to share its expertise in the field of water sector, sewerage, and recycle-reuse of water with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is exploring possibilities for investment from Singapore Government for rapid urbanisation in the orange city. This was assured by Ajit Singh, Consul General of Singapore while interacting with office bearers and officials of NMC on Wednesday morning.

Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar welcomed him by presenting a floral bouquet.

Ajit Singh is visiting promising cities in India to explore possibilities of future investment and technology. Around 8 per cent residents of Singapore are of Indian origin and they are heading various institutions in the country and occupying key posts including Deputy Prime Minister, Chief Justice and other important positions.

Mayor Datke urged him to provide their expertise and technology with finance in the field of cleaning of Nag River, Sewerage and Integrated Transport Planning as they have done a lot in this sector.

Singh said, Singapore has developed a lot in last several decades. It has expertise in urban planning solutions, tourism, water treatment, sewerage and other sectors. Singapore has successfully invented simple conventional methods to capture and store rainwater and treated it with innovative solutions. The country is producing recycled used water and desalinated water to address the challenges. Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore has development water management system: water catchment network, drainage and sewerage system, water treatment and distribution, production of clean recycled used water, and desalination. The Singapore Government has began water treatment centre at Pune.

Singh said, Singapore is organising Mayor council meeting, Centre for liveable city, leadership programme every year. He invited Mayor and Municipal Commissioner to visit the country. Municipal Commissioner gave him presentation regarding future planning and growth of the orange city. He said, “We are looking for hi-tech technology from Singapore so that Nagpur will be immensely benefited. We need help in Transport Oriented Development and skill development university in the second capital of Maharashtra.” He gave information of 24 x 7 water supply scheme, and future requirement of the city including soft finance. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, senior corporators Sandip Joshi, Sunil Agrawal, Deputy Commissioner Rizwan Siddique, ADyMC Pramod Bhusari, Superintending Engineers Prakash Urade, Shashikant Hastak, City Engineer Sanjay Gaikwad, Executive Engineer Mahesh Gupta, and Deputy Engineer Rajesh Gurnule were present.

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Guardian Minister clears all hurdles in constructing Maharajbag road

Maharashtra Government has directed Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeth to clear all hurdles for the construction of a road connecting Amravati Road to Ambazari road and provide No objection C... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeth to clear all hurdles for the construction of a road connecting Amravati Road to Ambazari road and provide No objection Certificate (NoC) for 1.43 hectares land near Mor Bhavan for expanding city bus station. Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule gave these directions to PDKV officials in a meeting held at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) office on Monday. Mayor Pravin Datke, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, Sameer Meghe, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Standing Committee Chief Ramesh Singare were present in the meeting. The local body will construct 12 meter wide road on back side of Morbhavan bus stop connecting North Ambazari road to Amravati road. This road has been included in the development plan but PDKV officials were not ready to provide this land to NMC for expanding Mor bhavan bus station and road construction. The local body will construct security wall and bridge by spending Rs 5.68 crore. NMC has taken advance possession of 4,997 sq mts land from PDKV. This includes 488 sq mts land of Matru Seva Sangh. Guardian Minister also directed officials to start construction of 24 meter road from University Library square to Amravati road via Maharajbag. Present 8-mts narrow road is not enough to cater to vehicular traffic which is increasing by leaps and bounds. The total cost of the project is Rs 4.57 crore. Bawankule directed PDKV to support NMC in this cause. He has also directed to initiate process to declare Kashmiri Galli slum near New Futala as notified slum. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed NMC and PDKV to provide land for extension of Mor Bhavan bus station at Sitabuldi. The local body started process for user change under section 37 of MRTP Act, 1966. The total reserve land is 3.85 hectare of which 1.14 hectare land is under possession of MSRTC while 2.71 hectare land will be transferred free of cost to NMC. However, Collector’s office has directed to obtain NoC from PDKV. The issue of Dabha- Bhivsenkhori for construction of 18 mts road was also discussed in the meeting. Senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Sandeep Jadhav, Prabhakar Yeole, Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde, Pramod Bhusari, Jayant Dandegaokar, Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, PDKV officials Vilas Kharche, Prof. Ram Gawande, D A Bharati, Executive Engineers Dilip Jamgade, Mahesh Gupta, Sanjay Jaiswal, Assistant Director Satish Renge, Zade, D D Jambhulkar, Satish Neral, Kanti Sonkusare, Krishna Firke were present.

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No Nazul land transactions without Govt permission

Now, the Nazul plot holders will require prior permission of Maharashtra Government for every transaction on Nazul land in Nagpur and Amravati Divisions. Recently, Revenue Department of Maharasht... Read More
Now, the Nazul plot holders will require prior permission of Maharashtra Government for every transaction on Nazul land in Nagpur and Amravati Divisions. Recently, Revenue Department of Maharashtra Government has amended Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966 to restrict all transactions on Nazul land, evoking angry reactions from Nazul lease holders.

This draconian amendment will give another weapon in the hands of Revenue Department to arm-twist gullible lease holders and will ultimately result into more corruption. This anti-people change has surprised Nagpurians and goes against the efforts of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who fought hard for Nazul lease holders for last one decade to resolve the problem of unearned income.

The Revenue Department’s move has made lease holders very unhappy who feel that instead of making system more transparent and people-friendly, the amendment has further complicated it while granting opaque and arbitrary decision making powers to Mantralaya bosses. The previous provision is good enough and does not require any prior permission of the State Government.

Maharashtra Government has issued an ordinance to amend Section 37 of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966 and inserted Section 37 A in the Act. The Act has restricted any sale, transfer, redevelopment, change of user and others in relation to Government land and Nazul land.

The Act stated, “every sale, transfer, redevelopment, use of additional floor space index (FSI), transfer of transferable development rights (TDR), or change of use of any Government land in Amravati and Nagpur Revenue Division including Mumbai city and Revenue division in the state which is granted for various purposes under the provisions of this code or rules made thereunder or any law relating to land revenue, before the commencement of this code, including the Nazul lands in Amravati and Nagpur divisions shall be subject to taking the prior permission of the State Government.” “The State Government, while granting such permission as required, will recover premium or change and share of unearned income subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified by general or special order, issued by the Government from time to time. Provided that, if the provisions of this section or any such orders issued thereunder are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of order of land grant or the lease deed executed with the terms and conditions of the order of land grant or lease deed executed prior to the commencement of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code. However, this provision will not be applicable with retrospective effect in Amravati and Nagpur divisions.”

It may be mentioned that Nazul plot holders are in large numbers in the city. There is lots of development in these plots as all these plots are situated at prime localities like Dhantoli, Ramdaspeth, Civil Lines, Dharampeth, Shankar Nagar etc. Apart from charging premium on transfers of plots, the State Revenue Department has created another hurdle to put condition of taking its permission which may create lot of problem for the plot holders and developers. The provision will increase malpractices and will also consume lot of time for sanctioning the file.

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Singapore keen to explore potential of Nagpur

A high-level delegation of Singapore Consulate is arriving on Tuesday evening on a three-day long visit to explore possibility to join hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Gov... Read More
A high-level delegation of Singapore Consulate is arriving on Tuesday evening on a three-day long visit to explore possibility to join hands with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and State Government for the development of the city and division.

Consul General Ajit Singh is arriving on April 14 at 4.30 pm from Mumbai. He along with other officials will visit Deekshabhoomi, Dragon Palace in the evening. He will interact with prominent businesspersons at 8 pm at Hotel Radisson Blu. It may be mentioned that after Nagpur has taken centre stage in Maharashtra and Central Government, the visits of foreign delegations have increased in the city. Recently, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had signed an agreement with France to develop Nagpur as smart City. A delegation of China, Australia had also recently visited the city.

Ajit Singh will meet Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on April 15 at 10.30 am at NMC’s Civil Lines Office. They will discuss regarding development proposals of the city and future growth plans. The delegation will leave for Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and visit Butibori Industrial Park at 3 pm. They will interact regarding setting up of an Industrial Park with the officials.

The delegation will further move to Multimodal International Hub Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) for site visit and interact with Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) officials at Central Facility building of MIHAN-SEZ at 4.30 pm the same day.

Ajit Singh is also slated to meet former BCCI President Adv Shashank Manohar in the evening. On last day of their tour, they will leave for Pench Tiger Reserve to mull possibilities of development in tourism sector.

Pench Tiger Reserve has number of tigers and Maharashtra Government has already announced to develop Nagpur as Tiger Capital of the country. They will also meet some key policy formulators and leading intellectuals of Nagpur in the afternoon and will proceed for Mumbai at 5.10 pm.

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S P Yadav is new City Police chief, Rajvardhan Jt CP

THE State Home Ministry on Monday put to rest all speculations about selection of the new city police chief by appointing Additional Director General (ADG) S P Yadav as Commissioner of Police Nag... Read More
THE State Home Ministry on Monday put to rest all speculations about selection of the new city police chief by appointing Additional Director General (ADG) S P Yadav as Commissioner of Police Nagpur.

Yadav replaces K K Pathak who has been shifted to Pune as Commissioner of Police. Yadav is likely to take over the charge from Pathak on Wednesday.

An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of 1986 batch, Yadav was heading the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Pune, prior to his appointment as Nagpur Police chief.

A native of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), Yadav had worked as Superintendent of Police in Parbhani, Osmanabad and Nanded. He also worked as Deputy Commissioner of Police and Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) in Mumbai. He worked with Central Police Organisation on deputation and Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration), Mumbai. After Yadav was promoted to the rank of ADG, he was asked to head the State CID.

Similarly, Joint Commissioner of Police Anup Kumar Singh has been transferred to Mumbai as Joint Commissioner (Administration). Rajvardhan, an IPS officer of 1997 batch, has been promoted to the rank of Special Inspector General of Police and sent to Nagpur as Joint Commissioner. Prior to his promotion, Rajvardhan was Additional Commissioner (Economic Offences Wing ) of Mumbai Police. Rajvardhan had earlier served as SP (Gadchiroli). Sanjay Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police in Pune, too, was promoted to the rank of ADG and has been asked to take over the charge of CID.

An officer of 1989 IPS batch, Sanjay Kumar had earlier served Nagpur Police as Deputy Commissioner (Zone I) and later as Nagpur in-charge of subsidiary Intelligence Bureau.

Likewise, Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, an officer of 1989 IPS batch, would be the new Principal Secretary (Special) Home after his promotion to the rank of ADG. Updhyay was earlier the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mumbai. He, too, had worked in Nagpur as DCP (Traffic), SP (Nagpur Rural), Additional CP (Crime) and DIG (Prisons).

Additional Commissioner of Police (Admin) Deepak Pandey has also been shifted to Mumbai as DIG (State Human Rights Commission).

The post of Special IGP (State Human Rights Commission) has been downgraded to the rank of DIG.

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City records lowest ever April temperature in 47 years

Nagpur is famous for oranges and also for its hot and harsh summer. However, looking at the events unfolding in the skies during last few days, the city’s signature summer identity is in dang... Read More
Nagpur is famous for oranges and also for its hot and harsh summer. However, looking at the events unfolding in the skies during last few days, the city’s signature summer identity is in danger. Moreover, unseasonal rains in last three days have plummeted mercury which nose-dived resulting in the chill especially during evening. On Monday, the minimum temperature, 17.4 degrees Celsius (63.3 Fahrenheit), was the lowest of April month, since 1968. The lowest ever minimum temperature of the month -- 13.9 degrees Celsius -- was recorded on April 1, 1968.

Though welcome, the chill is making citizens uncomfortable. City’s maximum temperature on Monday showed the variation of 11 degree below normal.

Normally, in mid April, the maximum temperature shows upward surge and mercury hovers around 40-41 degrees and even sometimes known to have surpassed 43-44 degrees Celsius mark. But the disturbances in nature’s cycle has brought down the mercury to 32 degrees Celsius. Even the minimum temperature has nose-dived to 17.4 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal.

Such is the chill in air that citizens are contemplating bring out woollens from the closet. However, citizens, who preferred to remain indoors, were experiencing more inconvenience due to rise in humidity. The humidity, on Monday, at highest point was 98 per cent.

Meanwhile, for last three days, the city has been battered by high velocity wind. During late afternoon, the sun suddenly gets behind thick dark clouds, and then it starts pouring.

Further, complications are due to the fact that falling raindrops are so chilled that people are avoiding to step out. In fact, on Monday, citizens were seen wearing raincoats as it rained heavily especially during late evening. AS per the Meteorology Department, the forecast for April 14 is fairly widespread rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm all over Vidarbha.

The disturbance in the region is due to upper air cyclonic circulation over West Madhya Pradesh and stretching to interior Maharashtra.

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V-C Dr Kane unveils plan to revamp exam system

Dr S P Kane, the new Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Monday declared his ambitious road-map to revamp entire examination system and to make it m... Read More
Dr S P Kane, the new Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) on Monday declared his ambitious road-map to revamp entire examination system and to make it more accountable, transparent, credible and time-bound. Inordinate delay in declaring results will become a thing of distant past, Dr Kane confidently stated while interacting with mediapersons.

Admitting that examination system which is the backbone of the university, has collapsed, Dr Kane announced a new and very promising beginning in his first official press conference as Vice-Chancellor. Dr Kane had worked as Controller of Examinations (CoE) and knows the undercurrents of the examination system. On the basis of that experience, probably, he realised that examination system should be strengthened.

While unveiling his plans, Dr Kane said, “There is no uniformity in examination system in any of the universities in State. We want to streamline it here. Every year examination is conducted by university. Now, as per the new system, we will ask colleges to conduct examinations of 50 per cent marks and examinations of remaining 50 per cent marks will be conducted by the university. Colleges will conduct examinations of subjective type and university examination will be of objective type. The marks sent by the colleges will be added to the marks given by the university and then the result will be out after eight days.”

Replying to a query, Dr Kane said, “I identified that unavailability of teachers is the biggest problem. So in this new system, I did not keep the need of the teacher or valuers. As half of the examination is supposed to be conducted by college, the malpractices, act of copying will be absent completely.”

Any student who fails and wants to see the answersheet, can pay the required charges and apply for the same. Every student will be given a password through which they can access their marksheets on-line and find out the mistakes. It is not difficult. There are softwares with which this can be easily done, Dr Kane stated.

“Our students fail to deliver in competitive examinations. This is the universally accepted system for judging the students. I am aware that there are less number of teachers in affiliated colleges. So we will form a cluster of the colleges and the teachers will do the valuation. Remember university will conduct audit of examinations conducted by colleges. If any mistake is noticed then the action will be taken,” pointed Dr Kane.

This change in examination will need the permission from the authorities. But V-C Dr Kane said, “I shall not go on my own. I shall not only put this before authorities but also I want suggestion from parents, students, common people and all stakeholders. I am optimistic that authorities would surely support me.”

About appointing Pro-Vice Chancellor, CoE and filling up other vacant posts, Dr Kane said that very soon it would be done.

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The road less travelled: Different generations, different time, one passion - Nature!

After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has exp... Read More
After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has expanded its reach with introducing ‘Alag Raah’ event from April 12. ‘Alag Raah’, a monthly Prayas-Sevankur initiative to publicise stories of heroes living next door to us, who have journeyed along their own path in life while achieving a measurable social impact, was launched from Sunday. First edition include three personalities representing different generations, different backgrounds but sharing one passion - love for nature.

Dr Anil Pimpalapure, well-known dentist of Nagpur, who is better known for his contribution in protection of endangered birds, wildlife and nature conservation was the first guest. Pediatrician and a Forensic expert Dr Tarique Sani, who is also a serious amateur wild life photographer was the second guest while Dr.Rohan Chakravarty, a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer dedicated his life for wildlife conservation was the third guest. These three guests were the representatives of three generations, still, were very much connected through their unconditional love for nature and wildlife. The interactive programme coordinated by Prajakta Atul and Dr Avinash Saoji received an overwhelming response by select audience present at Mundle Hall.

“To be passionate about something and pursue it with dedication as a career is in fact the true basis of living. This is very much possible,” said Dr Anil Pimpalapure. Practicing dentist since 1980, he developed interest in wildlife since 1983 and started his study on Great Indian Bustard from 1987. Dr Pimpalapure founded Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sanghatan and contributing in protection of endangered bird species, nature conservation since then.

“We spare little time for our hobbies, our families, or our passions. Yet these are the things that make life worth living and what we work so hard to earn money for,” said Dr Tarique Sani. A multi-talented personality, he has published in more than 50 journals and ornithology books across the world. Dr Sani understands Stock markets, fundamental and technical analysis of companies. Recently, he got certified as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 trainer by Morphicminds.

“A memorable encounter with a beautiful tigress bathing in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary waterhole led me give up my career in dentistry and take up drawing for wildlife and conservation,” said Dr Rohan Chakravarty. He is creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons, comics and illustrations on wild animals; wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability and all things green. With over 250 cartoons and counting, Green Humour is possibly the largest collection of cartoons on wildlife and environment on the web.

‘Alag Raah’ is not just a modified version of ‘Amhi Bighadalo...’, but it is a complete new concept that will bring people working silently in different fields to the fore. Positive and inspiring life stories of these people shared by themselves is a commendable concept.

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The road less travelled: Different generations, different time, one passion - Nature!

After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has exp... Read More
After making second Sunday of every month special for Marathi speaking people of Nagpur for a year with ‘Amhi Bighadalo Tumhi bi Ghadana’ programme; ‘Prayas-Sewankur’ organisation has expanded its reach with introducing ‘Alag Raah’ event from April 12. ‘Alag Raah’, a monthly Prayas-Sevankur initiative to publicise stories of heroes living next door to us, who have journeyed along their own path in life while achieving a measurable social impact, was launched from Sunday. First edition include three personalities representing different generations, different backgrounds but sharing one passion - love for nature.

Dr Anil Pimpalapure, well-known dentist of Nagpur, who is better known for his contribution in protection of endangered birds, wildlife and nature conservation was the first guest. Pediatrician and a Forensic expert Dr Tarique Sani, who is also a serious amateur wild life photographer was the second guest while Dr.Rohan Chakravarty, a cartoonist, illustrator and animation designer dedicated his life for wildlife conservation was the third guest. These three guests were the representatives of three generations, still, were very much connected through their unconditional love for nature and wildlife. The interactive programme coordinated by Prajakta Atul and Dr Avinash Saoji received an overwhelming response by select audience present at Mundle Hall.

“To be passionate about something and pursue it with dedication as a career is in fact the true basis of living. This is very much possible,” said Dr Anil Pimpalapure. Practicing dentist since 1980, he developed interest in wildlife since 1983 and started his study on Great Indian Bustard from 1987. Dr Pimpalapure founded Maharashtra Pakshimitra Sanghatan and contributing in protection of endangered bird species, nature conservation since then.

“We spare little time for our hobbies, our families, or our passions. Yet these are the things that make life worth living and what we work so hard to earn money for,” said Dr Tarique Sani. A multi-talented personality, he has published in more than 50 journals and ornithology books across the world. Dr Sani understands Stock markets, fundamental and technical analysis of companies. Recently, he got certified as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 trainer by Morphicminds.

“A memorable encounter with a beautiful tigress bathing in Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary waterhole led me give up my career in dentistry and take up drawing for wildlife and conservation,” said Dr Rohan Chakravarty. He is creator of Green Humour, a series of cartoons, comics and illustrations on wild animals; wildlife and nature conservation, environment, sustainability and all things green. With over 250 cartoons and counting, Green Humour is possibly the largest collection of cartoons on wildlife and environment on the web.

‘Alag Raah’ is not just a modified version of ‘Amhi Bighadalo...’, but it is a complete new concept that will bring people working silently in different fields to the fore. Positive and inspiring life stories of these people shared by themselves is a commendable concept.

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‘Multidisciplinary approach in health care is need of the hour’

“In order to ensure success of schemes like Health for All or National Rural Health Mission etc. in India, the Government should involve all healthcare pathies to work together. Every health ca... Read More
“In order to ensure success of schemes like Health for All or National Rural Health Mission etc. in India, the Government should involve all healthcare pathies to work together. Every health care science has its own limitations. No pathy is perfect, hence, it is needed to use the best from every pathy for the health care of entire mankind,” said National President of Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians (IIHP) and Managing Editor of Rational Physicians, Dr Ramakan B Dagade.

Dr Dagade was here to attend the technical discussion organized by Nagpur Chapter of IIHP at CPWD Guest House to mark the birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, father of homoeopathy.

Talking to The Hitavada, Dr Dagade expressed a concern over the young graduates and post graduates of Homoeopathy practicing Allopathy. He said, “Youths must have a faith in own pathy. Homoeopathy is the science of medicine which can be compared with even all health care education. Improvement and standardization of homoeopathy education across the country is must for building the faith in this system. Persons who are practicing homeopathic medicines throughout their lives and who have clinical orientation should be given a chance to work as teachers in homoeopathy colleges. Some changes have to be made in the education pattern.”

Dr Dagade compared the principles of Homoeopathy with Yoga, Ayurveda and other health care sciences.

“Yogic principles are based on Chaitanya Shakti (Consciousness) while the Homeopathy is based on vital force. In Homoeopathy, the concept of homeostatic balance on physical levels is expanded to include the mental and emotional realms as well. In other words, one's body, mind and emotions are viewed as always working to maintain a relative degree of homeostasis or balance. Because the body, mind and emotions respond in unity to stress, the Homoeopathic approach to understanding disease is holistic. This is very similar to Yoga,” he pointed out.

Even Ayurveda is the science which is based on the principles of Tridosha i.e. Kapha, Vata and Pitta. In Homoeopathy, Psora, Syphilis and Sycosis are the three fundamental causes of all chronic diseases that afflict the human race as discovered by Dr Hahnemann and called them miasms. This word is derived from Greek word miaism meaning pollution. Syphilis and Sycosis are the venereal and contagious chronic diseases, whereas Psora is a non-venereal chronic disease. Psora is present from the beginning to end of life and is the root cause of most of the diseases. These principles have resemblance with Ayurveda, Dr Dagade stated.

In Pediatrics and Geriatric patients Homoeopathy can do wonders in treatment of various diseases. It is needed to have interdisciplinary approach amongst health care professionals to serve humanity better, Dr Dagade expressed.

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NMC neglecting building material dumped on road

Residents of the Orange City are facing hardships due to illegal dumping of construction materials on internal roads. The dumped material is causing disruption to smooth flow of traffic in many... Read More
Residents of the Orange City are facing hardships due to illegal dumping of construction materials on internal roads. The dumped material is causing disruption to smooth flow of traffic in many areas. Surprisingly, the local body is turning blind eye towards this problem. So far, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has not taken any cognizance or issued notice or levied fine on builders concerned for using public roads for dumping construction material. The residents of Prashant Nagar, Samarth Nagar, Ajni Chuna Bhatti, and East Samarth Nagar, Gajanan Nagar are facing inconvenience for last several months. Sand, bricks, iron, cement bags, gravel, wooden logs and other essential items for construction activity for a house or business establishment are found merrily dumped on roads, forcing vehicles to take alternative route from whatever little space available on the road.

Ironically, the local body neither initiated action against the builders concerned nor took any note of complaints lodged by local residents. Further, a stationary truck MH-34/A-3473 is blocking the road near FCI godown for last several months.

On several occasions High Court has directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation to take action against stationary vehicles occupying road space but all directions have been honoured only in breach. The localities that a facing the problem fall under Sai Mandir ward 56 represented by senior corporator of BJP Munna Yadav and Usha Nishitkar. The construction activities are rampant in these localities from dawn to dusk but nobody cares about hardships faced by the common man.

Commuters, especially two-wheeler riders and pedestrians are hit hard due to this encroachment on public space. Petty mishaps are frequent in the areas and in many cases, citizens have suffered injuries. Though the civic body has already warned against such activities and threatened to slap fine against violators, but seldom this warning are materialised. Interestingly, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Kakde resides in one of the affected areas but he too has not instructed the zone office concerned.

Construction activities are going around for years in the area and residents are irked by this problem persisting for most period of the year. Then Home Minister R R Patil, during his visit to one of the most distinguished residents, had expressed deep concern over the sorry state of affairs and had pulled up the authorities for putting citizens’ life in jeopardy.

Despite repeated complaints, zone offices seem to be oblivious to hardships faced by residents for reasons best known to them.

A few days ago, a school-going boy sustained injuries while moving on the road near Yashodham Enclave Building in Prashant Nagar due to dumping of sand for construction work. Such incidents are a routine in most of the areas and citizens are awaiting solution to the problem and action against the guilty.

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Jail wall height to be increased up to 20 ft

Snapped into action after the sensational jail break, jail administration has woken-up to tighten the security measures and first thing being done is to increase the height of perimeter wall. R... Read More
Snapped into action after the sensational jail break, jail administration has woken-up to tighten the security measures and first thing being done is to increase the height of perimeter wall. Right now the wall at Central Jail here is 14 feet high and now authorities have decided to raise its height to 20 feets, said the sources. This is the first of several new measures being thought in light of exposure of severe lacunae in security management inside Central Jail. The incident was a severe embarrassment for Maharashtra Police and jail administration in particular.

The incident came even as Maharashtra Legislature was in session and put Government in sorry light. But Government responded fast and constituted a high level probe committee and also pulled-up jail officials for laxity.

Till now nobody thought such a high wall would be scaleable. But the equation changed overnight after five members of Raja Ghous gang escaped scaling the wall on March 31. So in aftermath of internal inquiry as well as visits of top officials of Maharashtra Police the jail administration drew-up new plan to redraw security arrangements. Apart from raising the height the officials also wants fencing on the top to further deter any future escape plans.

Officials of Public Works Department (PWD) were contacted by jail administration and discussion were held on raising the height of perimeter wall. The wall falls on back side of Central Jail towards Chunabhatti from where the under trails made good their escape. CCTV network: Another new thing that has been put in place is ban on entry of all type of tempo/trucks inside the jail. Earlier, vehicle could move in and this was flagged off as serious violation. Hence, administration has now instructed to unload supplies outside the jail and then move them manually.

Similarly, proposal for installation of CCTV and scanners is being drawn-up and will be sent to Pune based headquarters of Prisons for sanction of funds. The CCTV cameras would be installed at all entry and exit point so that any manual overlap can immediately be countered with machine help.

The Central Jail houses 2,000 inmates, including some high profile under trials including Yakub Menon, the Bombay blast accused who is awaiting hanging, underworld figure Arun Gawli, hardcore naxalites. Local thugs and notorious goons of city are also lodged in the jail. Scanners are also being procured as another measure to prevent import of unauthorised products. The door frames would be installed right near the entrance gate the sources said so that changes of smuggling in any electronic of prohibited things could be detected well in time.

Another long term measure as announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is installation of jammers in Central Jail to jam use of electronic equipments.

Rich haul of banned objects in Central Jail

During the last eight days , total 243 illegal items were seized from Central Jail. In fact recovery of so many mobile handsets came as a shocker. As the sensational jailbreak case triggered alarm, the entire police administration woke-up to harsh realities. Jailors from outside Nagpur were called and a through search of entire Central Jail campus was undertaken which yielded a rich haul of banned objects. The seizure list speaks volume about work culture of the jail. The Hitavada which got a copy of list of illegal items that were seized from the jail. The statistics reveals that total 75 mobiles phones along with 72 mobile phone batteries, four pen drives, 28 mobile phone charges, 15 sim cards, five ganja packets and 44 others items were seized from the jail till Sunday.

According to sources, mobile phones and others items were hidden in the toilets, bathroom and floors. The electronic items were wrapped in the polythene bags and then concealed in toilets. Everything was done very smartly and jail officials it seems did not take any strict measures to ensure that mobiles were not used inside the jail premises.

Most shocking facts was that police had recovered four mobile phones, four batteries, six mobile phone charges, one sim cards from Government Press inside the Central Jail. It can be mentioned that the jail inmates were deployed for work in the press and it seems they were extensively using mobile phones from the press.

Deputy Inspector Genera (DIG) (Prison), East Vidarbha Region, Shashikant Shinde, admitted that seizure of banned items is very shocking and added that those found guilty will not be spared. “We are conducting searches everyday and security of the jail has been increased,” the DIG further said.

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Irrigation potential of 1,92,134 Ha in Vidarbha caught in forest tangle

At least 33 irrigation projects in rainfed region of Vidarbha are affected by forest issues. In fact, of these projects with combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares, Vidarbha Irrigat... Read More
At least 33 irrigation projects in rainfed region of Vidarbha are affected by forest issues. In fact, of these projects with combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has been able to complete only four projects with combined irrigation potential of 8,011 hectares only so far.

Even if one considers the latest claims of VIDC that work on seven projects with total irrigation potential of 2,56,040 hectares is in progress, it still leaves irrigation potential of 1,92,134 hectares caught in the tangle of issues pertaining to diversion of forest land. “In short, only 1.70 per cent of targeted irrigation potential has been created in 8-10 years. This clearly shows callous and casual attitude of Maharashtra Government towards the people of Vidarbha in all these years,” said Adv Avinash Kale, Convener, Lok Nayak Bapuji Aney Smarak Samiti.

Adv Kale, who dug the information out from VIDC, has written a letter in this regard to the Governor of Maharashtra. He told ‘The Hitavada’ that he had sought information about 33 irrigation projects with VIDC caught in the tangle of forest and environmental clearance issues. In response, VIDC apprised him on April 1, 2015, that these 33 projects required only 5,373.23 hectares of forest area to create combined irrigation potential of 4,56,185 hectares.

Of these projects, four with irrigation potential of 8,011 hectares have been completed. These four projects are namely Bhiwapur in Amravati district with irrigation potential of 360 hectares, Goki in Yavatmal district with irrigation potential of 7,080 hectares, Kasola in Washim district with potential to irrigate 260 hectares, and Lodhisitapar lift irrigation scheme with potential to irrigate 311 hectares.

Seven other projects namely Lower Painganga in Yavatmal district, Karajkhed lift irrigation scheme in Bhandara district, Pindkepar in Gondia, Katepurna barrage in Akola, Wasni (Bujruk) in Amravati, Dindora barrage in Chandrapur, and Kanhan Nadi (Kochi barrage) in Nagpur district, have got final approval for diversion of forest land required. As per the communication of VIDC received by Adv Kale, the construction work on these projects is in progress. These seven projects together required forest area of 1,281.13 hectares, to pave way for creating combined irrigation potential of 2,56,040 hectares. Of these, only Lower Painganga project has potential to irrigate 2,27,271 hectares. These seven projects had got ‘in-principle’ approval for diversion of forest land between 2007 and 2010.

Sadly, remaining 22 projects with combined irrigation potential of 1,92,134 hectares are still caught in forest tangle. And, VIDC has submitted a proposal to the Government to ‘omit’ three projects citing ‘technical reasons’. These three projects include Saleheti (irrigation potential of 430 hectares) and Sonkund (792 hectares) in Bhandara district, Salod (38 hectares) in Amravati district. Further, due to callous approach, ‘in principle’ approval to Ranbodi feeder canal in Nagpur district has lapsed, as in more than five years since the ‘in principle’ approval was received, nothing could move on ground.

For remaining projects, VIDC has paid to Forest Department the amount of ‘Net Present Value’ (NPV) running into crores of rupees for diversion of forest land. For instance, for six projects namely Human (Chandrapur), Ajansara barrage (Wardha), Goki (Yavatmal), Vanjari Nala (Gondia), Parwa Pohra (Washim), and Wardha barrage (Yavatmal), VIDC has deposited with Forest Department an amount of Rs 194.77 crore as against NPV. Nnow, the proposals for diversion of forest land for these six projects are ‘under process’ for final approval.

“Five projects namely Chorkhamara in Nagpur district; Jambhli, Suparsal, Dhamditola, and Pindkepar projects in Gondia district are in local sector. VIDC has informed me that the action regarding these projects is expected from Water Resources Department,” Adv Kale told ‘The Hitavada’. VIDC data reveals that crores of rupees have been spent on some of the irrigation projects without even obtaining necessary final approval for diversion of forest land, alleged Adv Kale.

“This is very serious and shocking matter. It is a cause of great concern for people of Vidarbha. Hence, I have appealed to the Governor to take cognisance of this and take positive steps to provide relief to people of rainfed region of Vidarbha,” he added. As Vidarbha region has been deprived of irrigation development over the years due to ‘inertness and inaction on part of Maharashtra Government’, Adv Kale said, people have been raising the demand for statehood to the region.

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HC orders PWD to provide coolers in courtrooms, judges’ chambers

Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL), Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Ananat M Badar at the High Court have ordered the State Public Works Department (PWD) to provide dessert coo... Read More
Responding to the public interest litigation (PIL), Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice Ananat M Badar at the High Court have ordered the State Public Works Department (PWD) to provide dessert coolers in all courtrooms and judges’ chambers. The court directed the PWD to co-ordinate with other departments concerned of State Administration to get adequate funds released within next 10 days. The PIL was filed by High Court Bar Association Secretary.

999 The Court has directed the Additional Chief Secretary, State PWD, Anand B Kulkarni to see that funds are made available within the stipulated time for compliance in terms of the High Court’s order of March 4 last and the directives issued on April 11. The respondent -authorities have been directed to file compliance report coinciding with the next date of hearing of the PIL, around 3 weeks after release of funds. In the affidavit placed on record of the PIL, Kulkarni has submitted that after co-ordinating with officers of the other departments, he got estimates prepared for the requirement and expenses needed to be sanctioned.

He has expressed hope that administrative approval and release of funds would be there in 3 months and execution of the work order in two months after those are issued. The court has noted that the judges, lawyers and staff have to toil hard in summer.

Advocate Sudhir Puranik appeared for the petitioner. Additional Government Pleader Deepak Thakre and Government Pleader Bharti Dangre represented State. Assistant SGI Rohit Deo held brief for State Government.

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Hubby’s friends rape woman

A woman was raped in her home by her husband’s friend two days ago at Purani Basti. The incident happened, when woman’s husband had gone on work on April 8, Wednesday afternoon.

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A woman was raped in her home by her husband’s friend two days ago at Purani Basti. The incident happened, when woman’s husband had gone on work on April 8, Wednesday afternoon.

Police sources informed that victim woman was alone in her home, when the accused duo Pramod Joshi (25) and Suresh Joshi turned up at her home, asking for her husband, who wasn’t there at that time. Both of them forcibly entered the home and after locking her two kids inside another room, one of them Suresh forced himself up on the woman.

When Suresh committing the heinous act inside the home, Pramod was keeping watch outside.

After Suresh, when Pramod also attempted to rape the woman, she somehow mustered up the courage to scream for help. As she shouted for help, accused duo escaped from the scene. She told her husband about the entire incident and after consultation with her family, she finally filed a complaint with the Purani Basti Police Station on Friday.

On her complaint, Purani Basti Police has arrested both the accused and booked them under Section 376 and 366 of Indian Penal Code.

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Surendered SIMI operative makes some startling revealations

Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative Gufran Ahmed, who surrendered in the Court on April 9, made some startling revelation in the police interrogation.

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Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operative Gufran Ahmed, who surrendered in the Court on April 9, made some startling revelation in the police interrogation.

Police sources informed that as Gufran Ahmed is an educated youth, he was given place into the think tank of the organisation. Before joining the banned outfit, Gufran was working as a medical representative. Extremists indoctrinated him by showing videos and pictures of Gujarat riots and Babri Masjid demolition.

Police recovered two SIM cards from Gufran Ahmed. Now, the next logical step that police going to take is to obtain the call and message details of the SIM cards. Reportedly, after he was named in the FIR, SIMI leaders sent Gufran to Dubai, where he was working as a caretaker for some local officials. Arrangement of passport and work visa was also made by the top rank SIMI leaders. The laptops recovered from Gufran contained extremely objectionable videos, pictures and most of all blueprints of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

There are three agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA), Intelligence Bureau and Chhattisgarh Police interrogating Gufran. Reportedly, once his remand in Chhattisgarh is over, NIA will be taking him to New Delhi for further investigation.

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CSERC’s hearing on power tariff sees all round protests

Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regularity Commission (CSERC) held hearing for Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16 was conducted on Friday amidst chaos ... Read More
Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regularity Commission (CSERC) held hearing for Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16 was conducted on Friday amidst chaos and mayhem at Officers’ Club situated in the premises of Chhattisgarh State Power Company head-quarters at Dangania.

Representatives from various political and non-political organisations including Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch, Pragatisheel Kissan Sanghatan, Azadi Ka Antim Andolan, etc participated in the Hearing and vehemently opposed the proposal for increasing power tariff amidst shouting of slogans and display of placards and banners. There was a time when Congress party workers forcibly entered the dais where CSERC Chairman Narayan Singh and CSERC Member V K Srivastava were sitting and virtually gheraoed them and presented lanterns before the Commission. Police contingents present on the occasion had to forcibly remove the protestors from the dais.

The Hearing had commenced from 10am in the presence of Chairman Narayan Singh and Member V K Srivastava. As soon as hearing started, CPI(M) workers led by Dharmaraj Mahapatra entered the hall while shouting slogans.

They also showed black flags to the Commission. He said the power consumers will be getting high voltage jolt if the proposals for increasing power tariff forwarded by the State Power Companies are approved by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC). Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd which is supplying power to its consumers particularly domestic, have proposed for 35 percent hike in tariff to overcome the losses incurred over Rs 2400 crore in previous two financial years.

Mahapatra further stated that what is the use of centralized hearing in the Capital if people from districts like Koriya, Bastar, Sukma who will be affected from the power hike are not able to attend the hearing. Such hearings should be conducted in every division as earlier. He also added that instead of putting the burden of loss on common people, the CSPDCL should recover the Rs 1500 crores from the defaulters particularly comprising of industrialists and government offices.

Rajkumar Gupta representing Chhattisgarh Swabhiman Manch and Pragatisheel Kisaan Sanghatan stated that it is unfortunate that CSERC is holding hearing in the premises of CSPC, which raises the question of its being impartial. He said CSPDCL has incurred losses due to its own mistakes and wrong policies as well as violation of norms. Why should the common people be burdened for the mistakes made by power companies, in fact they should penalized for that.

Mayor Pramod Dubey while speaking at the hearing took up the issue of charges levied against System Strengthening Charge. He said Rs 4500 per Kilowatt is being charged. He said such charges are levied on EWS connections also. Taking up the issue of hiking tariff of street lights from Rs 2.85 per unit to Rs 3.50 per unit, the Mayor virtually threatened that if this hike is not withdrawn the Raipur Municipal Corporation will start levying taxes on every electric pole and installations of CSPDCL. He said the CSPDCL has increased fixed charges from Rs 74 per KW to Rs 135 per KW. He demanded that such charges should be reverted.

Azadi Ka Antim Andolan Convener Imran Pasha also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Alike previous years, this year also, the Chhattisgarh Power Companies including Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd, Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Ltd and Chhattisgarh and State Power Distribution Company Ltd have deposited their proposals on January 1, 2015. According to sources, the power companies have proposed power tariff of 32-35 percent to recover the losses worth Rs 2450 crore which these companies have incurred in due course of time. As per the proposals, these companies have incurred loss to the tune of Rs 1000 crore in the current financial year 2014-15 while it had incurred losses to the tune of Rs 1450 crore in the financial year 2013-14. In order to bridge these losses, the power companies have demanded hike in power tariff.

It is worth mentioning here that the Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd had targeted an income of Rs 8590 crore, against which, the company could earn only Rs 7500 crore. In order to bridge this loss, CSPDCL has urged CSERC to make provisions so that the incurred loss estimated at Rs 1000 crore can be overcome. However, the increase in power tariff might create more problems for the state government which is already in the receiving end due to paddy procurement, bonus and ration cards. But since there is no election in near future, the state government may go ahead with the hike.

Congress boycotts ‘hearing’

Chhattisgarh Congress on Friday boycotted the proceedings of ‘hearing’ being conducted by Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) for the Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation for the financial year 2015-16. Earlier the Congress leaders and workers opposed the proposed hike of power tariff and sat on dharna before the Commission during the hearing process.

Taking up the issue that during the hearing process being held in the premises of Chhattisgarh State Power Company head-quarters in Dangania, the Congress leaders led by former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak and Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay raised the issue that CSERC although conducting Public Hearing but its banners and posters is displaying the work Hearing, which is unethical.

Pandemonium was created in the hall where hearing was undergoing which virtually led to impasse into the proceedings as the Congress workers were shouting slogans against the state government as well as the CSERC. Eminent lawyer and former Congress Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak who was speaking at the moment had to stop her speech as Congress Raipur (Urban) President Vikas Upadhyay rushed into the proceedings along with his supporters displaying a CSERC banner and raised question as to whether the Commission was conducting hearing or public hearing.

Former Mayor Kiranmayee Nayak then urged the CSERC Chairman Narayan Singh to give his ruling in this direction as the CSERC is quasi-judicial body. She stated CSERC should clarify whether it was hearing or public hearing. She asked till previous years, all CSERC advertisements and notices had stated public hearing, whether that process was correct or the process today is correct.

Chairman Narayan Singh then clarified that as per provisions laid under Section 62 and Section 86 it is aptly clear that it is ‘Hearing’, and objections and appeals of all concerned and affected parties will be heard during the hearing. On this, Nayak questioned, if it is Hearing, then whether the CSERC had issued notification and provided copies of petition filed by power companies to each and every power consumer who will affected from this Annual Revenue Requirement and Tariff Fixation process. She said the CSERC has only made public announcement and called people to attend the process and submit their demands and objections, which comes under category of public hearing.

The CSERC Chairman as well as CSERC officials couldn’t gave satisfactory answers to these objections raised by the Congress. They stated that as per provisions it is Hearing and CSERC will be hearing the objections and demands of every concerned person or organizations. Unsatisfied with the answer the Congress boycotted the proceedings and left the hearing.

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Damoh, CMHO caught red-handed taking bribe

These days, the corruption at District Health Offices is on rise despite several directives from the Government. On Friday, Dr OP Gautam, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Damoh was caug... Read More
These days, the corruption at District Health Offices is on rise despite several directives from the Government. On Friday, Dr OP Gautam, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Damoh was caught red handed by Sagar Lokayukt while he was taking bribe of Rs 10,000 from a multi health worker at his house to reinstate him. The Multi purpose Health Workers was suspended by the CMHO due to carelessness in work few months ago. Before reaching to house of Dr Gautam to give of Rs 10,000, the Lokayukt police caught him red handed. When contacted Dr Nidhi Vyas, Divisional Joint Director, Sagar division, said she was in field to monitor the immunization programme so she does not have any information about bribe taking by the Damoh CMHO Dr O P Gautam, CMHO said he was deliberately implicated by some politically influential people. “I never take bribe for any work it is conspiracy against me. I could not understand when a multipurpose health worker was giving me Rs 10,000 and then Lokayukt police was there to catch me, he said.

Anuppur CMHO suspended for purchasing substandard drugs

Govt Suspends Anuppur CMHO for purchasing substandard drugs.

Despite several directives from senior health officers from state capital to all districts’ CMHOs to refrain from purchasing substandard drugs and get the drugs tested before placing order to the company, Dr R P Shrivastava, CMHO, Anuppur is said to have purchased substandard drugs about two months ago. A team of senior health officers from state capital had gone to Anuppur and investigated the matter ,found the CMHO guilty. On Friday , he was suspended. Many efforts were made to contact Dr R P Shrivastava but he could not be contacted.

When contacted Dr Ranjana Gupta, Divisional Joint Director, Shahdol division, confirmed suspension of Dr RP Shrivastava ,said a letter was received from Commissioner, health about his suspension. “ I do not know what exactly the matter was but a team of senior health officers was come to Anuppur to investigate some matter. They had taken some documents along with them two months, she said. “ There is shortage of doctors in Government hospitals, if the Government suspends them ,should reinstate soon, she said.

A senior officer in directorate of health, pleading anonymity , said that the probe against some more CMHOs regarding financial irregularities, administrative lapses procurement of drugs, excess payments to private hospitals and nursing homes is going these days. Some more CMHOs will be found guilty and be suspended soon.

Divisional Commnr, Indore did not receive reply

Sanjay Dubey, Commissioner, Indore Division, said that he had written to Commissioner Health, about show cause notice last year to take action against Dr Ashok Dagria the then Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Indore. “But I have not yet received any reply from the Directorate of Health.

Senior officer in Health Department said the collectors and commissioners from some parts of the State wrote against the respective districts’ CMHOs. The complaints are laying pending for months.

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Blame game over safety loopholes in BRTS Corridor begins

With the conditions getting out of hand in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Corridor, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Traffic Police are blaming each other for the prevailing conditions. Bo... Read More
With the conditions getting out of hand in the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Corridor, Bhopal Municipal Corporation and Traffic Police are blaming each other for the prevailing conditions. Both parties are accusing each other for the continuous problems in the corridor where numerous accidents have started raising questions. Meanwhile the MP Human Rights Commission has directed traffic police and the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to work jointly for improving the conditions, providing safe way to people in the corridor.

It is worth mentioning that in last 6 months there have been over 50 accidents in the BRTS Corridor where 14 causalities have been reported. 10 such causalities have been reported from road accidents in the Corridor while 4 deaths were caused due to low floor buses. Meanwhile the Corporation and Traffic Police are yet to take remedial steps to control the increasing number of accidents.

Officials in the Corporation said that the traffic police should start penalizing all such people driving inside the Corridor. Unless strict actions are taken there won’t be much development, while officials in the traffic police said that Corporation needs to deploy traffic wardens in the Corridor along with installing gates at the junctions.

Shalini Dixit, ASP Traffic while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said that the commission has directed for installation of CCTV cameras in the corridor, along with deploying traffic wardens. However there is a need to aware people as well and Corporation needs to implement the plans.

Premshankar Shukla, PRO, BMC said that traffic police needs to start penalizing and take some harsh action against people driving in the Corridor, especially in night. He said that we will deploy wardens in Corridor but a driver who has consumed liquor will not think twice before running them over. Therefore traffic Police needs to take action.

It is worth mentioning that the State Human Rights Commission has directed Corporation and Police to work jointly to control the increasing number of accidents in the Corridor.

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TB Hospital officers deny sending patients home without treatment for want of drugs

Senior health officers said that they did not know about sending TB patients at their home by TB doctors on Thursday without treatment ,saying them the State TB hospital has no drugs.

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Senior health officers said that they did not know about sending TB patients at their home by TB doctors on Thursday without treatment ,saying them the State TB hospital has no drugs.

Pankaj Agrawal, Commissioner, Health said that he did not know whether state TB hospital doctors in city sent TB patients home without treatment for want of drugs.

“ You have brought the issue in my knowledge, I will initiate inquiry into the matter. it is not the matter whether the World Health Organisation (WHO) or Government of India officers’ team coming to visit TB hospital. The TB patients should be given proper treatment, it is our duty. How it happened I do not know, Commissioner, health said. A senior officer in directorate of health said the hospital doctors were writing to their senior officers for the last one year about shortage of drugs compared to the number of patients. But the officers sitting at directorate of health , looking after TB national programme overlooked their drugs shortage demand. When the doctors found no drugs they had sent back the patients in serious condition.

When contacted Dr KL Sahu, Director, health looking after the TB national programme, said he did not know whether the TB hospital doctors sent back home patients without treatment saying there was no drugs. “I could not find time to know about the reason. I was busy in some other work, he said.

When contacted Dr Kaushal Kumar, in charge Superintendent, State TB hospital said he went to directorate of health to explain the matter.

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Deliberations begin on possible date of Cabinet reshuffle

With the conclusion of two-day State-level executive meeting, now discussion has started in BJP that when vacant posts of corporations and boards would be filled by Government. Likewise, delibe... Read More
With the conclusion of two-day State-level executive meeting, now discussion has started in BJP that when vacant posts of corporations and boards would be filled by Government. Likewise, deliberations have started on the possible date of cabinet reshuffle. The aspirants for coveted posts have now intensified their lobbying by seeking blessing of senior leaders. Air is thick with the news that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan would go for cabinet expansion after appointments in corporations and boards.

“I think that as the time of membership drive has increased by a month hence chances of appointments in corporations and boards would be in the end of the month and later cabinet reshuffle would be done,” said a BJP leader to ‘The Hitavada’.

As government has started mulling to fill vacant posts in corporations and boards hence aspirant for posts have become more active. They are leaving no stone unturned to realise their dreams and henceforth they have started to make strong point for getting the coveted posts of president and vice president in corporations and boards.

Already, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had stated clearly that those who will become president and Vice-President in corporations and boards will not get the ticket of MLAs and MPs in next elections. Sources said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had indirectly hinted that appointments would be made in corporations and boards in a week or two weeks. Later on, cabinet reshuffle would be done. It is widely speculated that some senior MLAs and few ex ministers would be picked up in the cabinet. The names of Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh, Archana Chitnis, Omprakash Saklecha, Kedarnath Shukla, Jagdish Deora are creating ripples as far as cabinet expansion is concerned. While doing cabinet expansion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would try to keep balance between caste and region.

It is speculated that two senior ministers who have crossed age of seventy faces the chances of being dropped but so far no clear cut indication had come from government in this regard.

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Kamlakant, Satyanarayan on remand till April 15

Jehangirabad police produced former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former Deputy Secretary Kamlakant Sharma before court and took them on police remand till April 15. Both are accused in appoint... Read More
Jehangirabad police produced former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former Deputy Secretary Kamlakant Sharma before court and took them on police remand till April 15. Both are accused in appointments made against norms in assembly secretariat during the period of Congress regime.

“We have taken Kamlakant Sharma and Satyanarayan Sharma on police remand till April 15,” said CSP Jehangirabad Salim Khan to “The Hitavada”. Both of them were called for interrogation at Jehangirabad police station on Thursday and later they were arrested.

This case, which was filed against more than one dozen people on the complaint made by assembly secretariat, in February had generated enough heat as it includes names of former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, former Speaker Srinivas Tiwari as accused. All the appointments that are under the cloud of controversy were made during the period 1993 till 2003. One of the accused, A K Pyasi had retired as Principal Secretary. A committee had probed the irregular appointments made in assembly during the tenure of Congress regime.

It is learnt that Satyanarayan Sharma had got appointed as LDC in 1993 and got regular promotions and due to this reason he succeeded to reach till the post of Secretary. An IAS officer require at least 16 to 18 years of time in reaching till this coveted post.

During the period of interrogation, Jehangirabad police would try to know that how Satyanarayan Sharma and Kamlakant Sharma managed to get appointments and who helped them in getting the heavyweight posts despite the fact that they were not eligible for it.

Meanwhile, Congress Chief Spokesman KK Mishra said arrest of former Secretary Satyanarayan Sharma and former deputy secretary Kamlakant Sharma was done with the vengeance feeling.

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Congress never bothered for farmers when in power: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken opposition on target by telling that farmer was nowhere in the agenda of Congress when it was in power and now when it is away from power it is shed... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has taken opposition on target by telling that farmer was nowhere in the agenda of Congress when it was in power and now when it is away from power it is shedding crocodile tears on farmers. Chouhan also claimed that crop insurance scheme started by then UPA Government is faulty and it is rather looting peasants and filling the stomachs of insurance companies.

Henceforth, Central Government would be requested over the issue and even permission would be sought for forming separate insurance scheme for Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan was addressing the concluding session of two-day state executive meeting of BJP in State capital on Friday.

Chouhan trained guns towards Digvijay Singh by saying that at the time of Congress regime, compensation of Rs 500 was given for per hectare but in BJP regime compensation has increased to Rs 15,000 per hectare. Even those crops were included in compensation package which were not included in RBC norms earlier. Talking about land acquisition bill, which has generated enough heat with Congress dubbing it as pro industrialist and bane to farmers, Chouhan said lies are being spread by opposition over the land bill after it failed to get anything. There is not at all need to make change compensation mentioned in 2013 bill.

He added that BJP had received sound victory in local body elections, lok sabha elections and assembly elections hence from top to bottom there is BJP. He urged party workers to accept the victory with humbleness. Talking about various successful schemes of his government, he said in Congress regime, irrigation facility was limited till 7 lakh hectares which had now increased till 30 lakh hectare. However, government is not content and wants to take irrigation facility till 40 lakh hectare. To achieve this target, lands would be needed to construct the dams.

Government had also decided to give bonus on wheat in other form and money had been arranged in this regard. Narmada river is life line of Madhya Pradesh and a scheme would be started for poor’s for circumambulation of this pious river and pledged to started scheme to make Narmada a pollution free river. He underlined for crop pattern change and one alternative earning option along with farming.

On this occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said BJP is the lone political party whose leaders, workers and government works could not be matched by any other political party. Congress is on the verge of end in entire country and it is due to this reason that it is making desperate attempts to put negative things before masses with the intention to malign the image of Government. BJP National Vice President Prabhat Jha, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and BJP State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon have also addressed the concluding session of the meeting.

Agriculture proposal was also passed in the meeting. It was presented by Kisan Morcha state president Bansilal Gurjar in which successful launched by Shivraj Government to make agriculture a profitable business was highlighted.On this occasion, senior leader Kailash Narayan Sarang, MP Dr Satyanarayan Jatia, Vikram Verma, MP Faggan Singh Kulaste, home minister Babulal Gaur.

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Plea on Barodiya Trust Narsinghpur disposed off

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice J K Maheshwari has given directions in the issue related to Shri Dev Ramchandra Ji Mandir Barodiya Pipariya, Kareli Tehsil, Narsingh... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice J K Maheshwari has given directions in the issue related to Shri Dev Ramchandra Ji Mandir Barodiya Pipariya, Kareli Tehsil, Narsinghpur District is a registered public trust, having its land, area 10.275 hectare land which was auctioned in favour of respondent Balkrishna Mannar. The single bench has directed that the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department or Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, as the case may be, shall look into matter and ensure that their officers should not submit incorrect facts along with affidavit in their reply. Erring officer be also dealt with law and action taken be intimated to this court within a period of six months. In view of the aforesaid, this petition stands disposed off. The petition was filed by Nemichand Nayak, through Advocate Ajay S Raijada seeking relief that the court to quash auction proceedings in favour of respondent Balkrishna Mammar and to quash entire action including proceedings of dated December 6, 2012, and to direct an impartial enquiry into entire controversy. The court to take suitable action against Balkrishna Mammar in furtherance of FIR filed by Tehsildar and to direct respondent Collector to see that the fund is utilised properly. The single bench in its order said, in view of the aforesaid, this court is unable to accept stand as taken by the Government and that too by an officer, who is holding post of the Deputy Collector. It is to be noted here that making an incorrect statement before the court amounts to contempt of court but in any case this court is not inclined to proceed for such harsh action at present. If a writ petition has been filed and cognisance is taken by a court issuing a notice, however, at the time of filing counter reply by the respondent, it is their duty to bring correct facts before the court and not to defend anyone by the Government as litigant. The single bench added that “In view of foregoing discussion, it is apparent that relief as prayed for cannot be directed at present because the period of contract is going to elapse by May 5, 2015 and the amount has been deposited though after filing the reply by the State Government. However, it is directed that after expiry of the period of contract, fresh auction proceedings be held by competent authority in accordance with law and be granted to highest bidder, ensuring compliance of terms and condition of auction notice. So far as furnishing of incorrect information by officer before court is concerned, it is directed that the Principal Secretary, General Administration Department or the Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, as the case may be, shall look into the matter and ensure that their officers should not submit the incorrect facts along with the affidavit in their reply. The erring officer be also dealt with in accordance with law and the action taken be intimated to this court within a period of six months. In view of the aforesaid, this petition stands disposed off.” Advocate Ajay Raizada appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Amit Seth, Government Advocate for respondent State.

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Bail plea of ex-VC of Sagar varsity dismissed

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C V Sirpurkar has dismissed bail application filed by Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur Uni... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C V Sirpurkar has dismissed bail application filed by Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur University of Sagar. The single bench in its order said “After careful appraisal of rival contention in backdrop and facts and circumstances of the case and keeping in view evidence collected so far, as also the fact that investigation is still on and chargesheet is yet to be filed, in the opinion of this court application deserves to be rejected. Consequently, first application for bail filed on behalf of the applicant Dr N S Gajbhiye is dismissed.” The single bench has heard first application for bail filed on behalf of applicant Dr Namdeo Shriram Gajbhiye in crime registered by CBI ACB, Jabalpur, under Sections 120-B and 419 of the IPC and Sections 13 (2) read with section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

As per prosecution case, applicant was Vice-Chancellor of Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar, from 2010 to 2013. During his tenure, direct appointments to post of Assistant Professors in the Department of Forensic Science and Criminology were made.

Applicant entered criminal conspiracy with co-accused Mahendra Karna and Vandana Vinayak to favour them and to appoint them on the post of Assistant Professor even though they were not eligible for the same, for illegal gratification. Thus, applicant committed fraud and criminal misconduct as a public servant.

Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) for respondent CBI on the other hand opposed bail application mainly on grounds that it was found that an amount of Rs 99 lakh was deposited in SB account of the applicant during the period when selection process for appointment of Assistant Professors was on.

There are five other cases of fraud registered against applicant. One case is related to possessing disproportionate assets than known sources of income. A preliminary inquiry is being conducted against applicant regarding irregularities committed in purchase of super computers worth Rs 4.5 crore. The applicant is mastermind of the case. ASG has also submitted that process of selection is governed by the Union Grants Commission Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2010.

ASG for CBI submits that regulations apply to all universities established or incorporated by or under any Central Act, Provincial Act or State Act. ASG invited attention of court to Clause Nos. 3.3.0, 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 of aforesaid regulations and has submitted that during process of selection, was conducted in violation of aforesaid clauses.

However, this is not a case of violation of provisions simplicitor, a huge amount was deposited in bank account of the applicant as well. He has also submitted that as per Section 11 (2) of the Central Universities Act, 2009, Vice Chancellor is Principal Executive and Academic Officer of the University and is required to exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the University. It has further been submitted that the investigation is still on and charge sheet is yet to be filed; therefore, it has been prayed that the application be rejected. “After careful appraisal of rival contention in backdrop and facts and circumstances of case and keeping in view evidence collected so far, as also fact that investigation is still on and chargesheet is yet to be filed, the court said the application should be rejected. Consequently, this first application for bail filed on behalf of applicant Dr Gajbhiye is dismissed,” single bench said. Senior Advocate Anil Khare with Namrata Kesharwani appeared on behalf of applicant, while J K Jain, Assistant Solicitor General for respondent CBI, ACB, Jabalpur.

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Jabalpur Forest divn tops in record revenue in State

ENSURING best forestry and wildlife protection, Divisional Forest Office Jabalpur topped in the State by registering record revenue of Rs 263 crore in financial year 2014-15. Annual revenue col... Read More
ENSURING best forestry and wildlife protection, Divisional Forest Office Jabalpur topped in the State by registering record revenue of Rs 263 crore in financial year 2014-15. Annual revenue collection of forest division has increased from Rs 244 crore in 2013-14. Now, Jabalpur Forest Division is targeted to register another record of revenue collection upto Rs 270-280 crore in financial year 2015-16 and plantation of more than 30 lakh saplings and 20 lakh teakwood suit throughout the division.

Even after facing loss of Rs 20 crore due to cutting of dry bamboo the division emerged on top in collection of revenue across the State. Chief Conservator of Forest, Jabalpur Division, B K Mishra, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that record revenue collection has been registered through materialising best management and timely execution of plans. The division started stocking of harvested timber in depot during October and ensured its timely auction and supply. Along with revenue collection, divisional office materialised development works worth Rs 50 crore for regeneration of forest, intensive plantation drive, improvement of forests, fencing of protected forest areas and plantation in urban areas in the division.

CCF B K Mishra added that highest collection of revenue through timber harvesting was registered with Rs 160 crore in Mandla district while revenue collection of Rs 88 crore in Dindori and revenue collection of Rs 12 crore was reported in Jabalpur-Katni circle. The CCF informed that the division already gave surplus target from guidelines of setting annual revenue target. The Division registered revenue collection of Rs 244 crore in 2013-14. According to norms, the division had to be given 10 per cent increased target for 2014-15 but its annual target increased upto 20 per cent. Even after giving surplus target, the division registered a record revenue collection.

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Stay on criminal proceedings against Shankaracharya continues

MADHYA Pradesh High Court bench comprising Justice J K Maheshwari continued stay on criminal proceedings against Jagatguru Shankaracharya listening to plea filed by Sandeep Savner on Friday. ... Read More
MADHYA Pradesh High Court bench comprising Justice J K Maheshwari continued stay on criminal proceedings against Jagatguru Shankaracharya listening to plea filed by Sandeep Savner on Friday. MPHC granted three weeks’ time to counsel of complainant to file reply. During hearing on Friday, Counsel of complainant once again demanded extension of time to file reply, but the counsel for applicant raised objection as the complainant has already taken time four times to file reply. It is to be mentioned that Sandep Savner, disciple of Sai Baba, resident of Bhopal, had filed complaint against statement of Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Ji in which he said Sai is not a incarnation of Hindu God, so Hindus should not worship Sai Baba. Taking note on complaint, Bhopal District Court registered a case under Section 298 of the IPC. To quash proceedings against Shankarachayra, Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi, Asim Trivedi and others have filed at MPHC under Section 482.

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Cong corporators focus on cleanliness arrangements, quality in devpt works

THE adjourned budget meeting of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) was held at Pt Bhawani Prasad Tiwari auditorium on Friday. Opposition Congress corporators spoke at length over proposals of... Read More
THE adjourned budget meeting of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) was held at Pt Bhawani Prasad Tiwari auditorium on Friday. Opposition Congress corporators spoke at length over proposals of proposed budget for 2015-16. On one hand, the Opposition members demanded increment in fund under Coporators’ head, while on the other they insisted on genuine efforts for provision of all basic civic amenities to citizens. Corporators also emphasised over necessary rectification in cleanliness arrangements and quality in development works. They gave valuable suggestions for overall development of city and asked for fixing accountability of senior officials in development works.

Congress MLA Tarun Bhanot opened discussion on budget. As the Congress is yet to decide Leader of Opposition, the MLA played the role and spoke on various issues in budget. Bhanot said public representatives have forgotten the issue of flyover in the city. He said united efforts should be made for construction of flyover. He opposed operation of door-to-door garbage collection and lifting of garbage on contract simultaneously. He said ruling party is thinking to raise contract amount from Rs 16 crore. He said the move would put heavy burden on the civic body.

Expressing concern over deteriorated cleanliness arrangements, Bhanot said ruling party must think seriously over issues and ensure proper cleanliness in the city. He said tax collection of JMC has increased from Rs 1.50 crore to Rs 150 crore but development works are not executed accordingly.

Bhanot said roads, which were approved in last budget, are not completed yet. He urged the House to fix accountability of officer concerned in completion of development works within stipulated time.

Over constitution of a monitoring team, comprising engineers for development works, Bhanot questioned that from where JMC will arrange engineers as it doesn’t have engineers. He also demanded to increase fund under Corporators’ head from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.

He urged the House to provide details of project of fixing LED streetlights in the city to save electricity. He said the House members must be apprised about project that how come 50 per cent power could be saved from LEDs. Later, the Congress MLA also demanded for garden in slum areas, additional tax on high rise buildings, construction of marriage halls, regularisation of illegal colonies, provision of potable water in Ramnagra, Tilwaraghat, etc.

Thereafter, Shiv Sena Corporator Thaneshwar Mahawar demanded no money for door-to-door garbage collection. He also urged for construction of proposed 25,000 toilets in the city. Terming the amount approved for Corporators’ head insufficient, Mahwar said the amount must be increased to double fold. Shiv Sena Corporator also demanded need of proper planning before dismantling any square for beautification. He also asked for some amendment in e-tendering process, accountability of officers in road construction work, foundation of Jabalpur Education Athletic Association, health scheme for corporators, realisation of money from parking at private hospitals etc.

Similarly, Corporator Rishi Yadav, Neetu Tejkumar Bhagat, Shyam Krishna Tiwari, Shima Ajam Khan, Kavita Yadav, Niharika Mishra, Jasveen Gujaral also spoke over budget proposals. Corporators emphasised the need of multi-level parking, special allocation for plantation programme, promotion of public participation in development of parks, development and beautification of main squares, needed impetus to development of crematorium, slaughter house, Bhanwartal Garden, security at swimming pool at Bhanwartal, shed for cattle, modernisation of fire department, cleaning of Hanumantal pond, renovation of Ghantaghar etc. During the meeting, corporators also drew attention of ruling party towards deteriorated condition of JMC schools. They said school lack separate toilets for girls. They said issues must be taken care seriously and necessary toilets are constructed at JMC schools.

Besides, widening of Khandari bridge, resolution of hoarding problem, free hold of lease land, making JMC website more informative etc was also discussed during the budget meeting, which has been adjourned till 11 am, on April 15.

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Tragedy averted: 6 wagons carrying ammunition derail

A MAJOR tragedy was averted when six wagons of goods train derailed on up main track in between coaching depot and Accident Relief Train siding late on Friday afternoon. Due to slow speed of go... Read More
A MAJOR tragedy was averted when six wagons of goods train derailed on up main track in between coaching depot and Accident Relief Train siding late on Friday afternoon. Due to slow speed of goods train there was no loss of life and property. 45 wagons were loaded with ammunition from Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK). In the incident major damage was caused to railway tracks and wagons of the train.

Cause behind derailment is yet to be ascertained as DRM A K Singh has ordered comprehensive probe in this case. As per initial investigations carried out, some alleged stones were found on the track of goods trains that could have led to the derailment besides engineering and mechanical snag cannot be ruled out. Derailment on up track affected many passenger and express trains before Jabalpur at several stations at Adhartal, Deori, Gosalpur, Sihora, Dundi and Sleemanabad.

As trains in up track were run on down track in between Adhartal and Jabalpur station. Normal traffic on up track main track is likely to be restored on Saturday morning as rescue operations have been started by rescue team supervised by senior railway officers.

According to information, a goods train laden with ammunition from OFK started from Khamariya railway siding on Friday afternoon to Amla in Maharashtra. After the train had crossed Adhartal station and was approaching Jabalpur, six wagons derailed in between coaching depot and Accident Relief Train siding around half kilometres before Jabalpur station.

As the speed of the train approaching Jabalpur was extremely slow still six wagons got off the track causing damage to railway track. Fortunately, no wagons overturned and a major tragedy was averted. Moreover the wagons after derailment inclined on the left as the down main track got spared.

Soonafter derailment was reported panic occurred in the section, top brass from Jabalpur division including DRM A K Singh along with other senior officers from mechanical, engineering, disaster management rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. As the accident spot is close to Accident Relief Train (ART) siding staff from ART started rescue operation. Wagons that derailed would be put back on track after heavy crane arrives from Itarsi to the accident spot.

Under rescue operation started immediately by rescue team, the wagons before and after six derailed wagons on track were safely detached from goods train. However, due to derailment a substantial portion of the track has been badly damaged as sleepers in the affected portion broke completely.

DRM A K Singh when contacted said a comprehensive probe has been ordered to ascertain the cause behind the incident. He said in course of preliminary investigations carried out on the spot some alleged that stones were found on the tracks. On being asked about any possibility of sabotage as goods train was laden with ammunitions, he said that stone found on the track possibility cannot be ruled out. A joint probe will be conducted in this regard to establish actual cause behind derailment besides any flaws on the part of engineering or mechanical department.

Consignment of ammunition from Ordnance Factory Khamaria was loaded at Khamaria Railway Factory siding and ammunition consignment was to reach Amla in Maharashtra. Goods train that started from Khamaria railway siding for destination Amla derailed.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to guard the ammunition inside derailed wagons. At the time of filing this report heavy train from Itarsi to lift the wagons had started and was to reach the accident spot at around midnight.

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MSEDCL projections on tariff hike are unrealistic: VIA Energy Forum

VIA Energy Forum has submitted objections to MERC on tariff proposal and approved aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of MSEDCL for financial year (FY) 2013-14 to 2015-16. MSEDCL has proposed tar... Read More
VIA Energy Forum has submitted objections to MERC on tariff proposal and approved aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of MSEDCL for financial year (FY) 2013-14 to 2015-16. MSEDCL has proposed tariff hike to the tune of 32 per cent compared to past tariff order.

In past order in case No. 19 of 2012 MERC approved aggregate revenue requirement of Rs 47,937 crore for FY 12-13. This order was issued by MERC on August 16, 2012. Thereafter regular tariff was not revised but interim charges like AEC, IC, Genco, Transco etc., were imposed by MERC. MSEDCL filed a regular tariff petition vide case No. 121 of 2014 and requested MERC for Rs 53,046 crore, Rs 57,554 crore and Rs 63,682 crore of revenue requirement for FY 13-14, FY 14-15 and FY 15-16. Hence the proposed increase in FY 15-16 compared to past tariff order of 12-13 is 32 per cent. “Whereas, MSEDCL is giving false statement that the proposed increase is minus 10 per cent upto plus 24 per cent in different categories of consumers,” the Forum said in the objections.

The Forum has requested the Commission to decrease tariff for FY 2015-16 by reducing Rs 8,658 crore from ARR of FY 2015-16 by not allowing any revenue gap of Rs 4,717 crore claimed by MSEDCL.

After considering above submission and surplus revenue of Rs 8,658 crore the total difference in ARR should be Rs 13,375 crore and therefore the average cost of supply should be reduced by Rs 1.43 from the projected tariff of MSEDCL. MSEDCL has projected average cost of supply as Rs 6.86 per unit and reduction as above comes to Rs 5.43 per unit which is even less than the past tariff order of Commission in which average cost of supply was Rs 5.56. Therefore, the tariff should reduce even less than the tariff order of commission issued on August 16, 2012.

MSEDCL fails to spend permitted expenses on repairs

Commission had allowed more expenses to administrative and repairs and maintenance in the regulations to improve services to consumers. But MSEDCL did not spent the amount and increased employees cost. Therefore, the actual spent amount has to be considered for final true up for FY 13-14. Employee expenses exceeded by Rs 2,272. “These are controllable expenses. As per regulations under profit and gains formula one third amount to be allowed eligible under the head ‘ Employee expenses’ to MSEDCL. For FY 13-14, the reduction in operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses should be Rs 5320 minus Rs 3805 comes to 1515. For FY 14-15 and FY 15-16, reduction of wheeling of surplus available power are deducted from wheeling energy units and reduced employee cost to that extent which is 7102 minus 6933 that comes to 169,” the VIA Energy Forum said.

‘Refund extra FAC recovered from consumers’

MSEDCL had collected more amount from the consumers by increasing the fuel adjustment charges (FAC). In the electricity bill of March 2015 sent to consumers, MSEDCL instead of levying 16 paise FAC per unit for the month of March 2015, it had imposed FAC as Rs 1.40 per unit which brought strong resentment among consumers. VIA Energy Forum said that the calculations were not correct since six months. Therefore, it has demanded to refund the extra amount recovered in the form of FAC either by credit or debit.

Mismatch in power purchase, sale in ’14-15

In reply to the Commission’s query No.88, MSEDCL submitted the month-wise details of actual power trading from April 2014 to November 2014. As per the submissions of MSEDCL, the sales of surplus available power for trading for 8 months in FY 14-15 was 362.55 million units (MUs). Average monthly sales calculated come to 45.32 MUs. Accordingly projected sales of surplus power in 12 months for FY 14-15 should be 544 MUs at the rate of Rs 2.77 per unit. On this basis realisation of 544 MUs should be Rs 151 crore during FY 14-15. But MSEDCL projected sale of surplus power during FY 14-15 as 6,500 MUs with realisation of Rs 2,339 crore with an average realisation rate of Rs 3.60 per unit. Thus, MSEDCL projections are unrealistic. Actual sale of surplus power is only 544 MUs and the excess energy i.e. 6500 MUs minus 544 MUs comes to 5956 MUs which had been sold to consumers at average cost of supply.

The T&D losses for FY 14-15 were 22.16 per cent. MSEDCL has taken sale of available surplus power at distribution periphery. After adding T&D losses of 22.16 per cent on remaining 5,956 MUs, the reduction on total power purchases payable would be 7,273 MUs. As per energy balance total power purchases payable during FY 14-15 were 1,14,448 MUs. “We calculated total power purchases payable by deducting 7,273 MUs from 1,14,448 MUs which comes to 1,07,451 MUs. Then on the basis of average power purchase cost, we arrived power purchase expenses,” the VIA Energy Forum said.

MSEDCL projected power purchase expenditure as Rs 41,181 crore hence saving in power purchase should be Rs 41,181 minus Rs 38,583 which comes to Rs 2,598 crore. The loss of revenue from trading of power should be Rs 2,339 crore minus Rs 151 crore that comes to Rs 2,188 crore. In case, the surplus energy of 5,956 MUs is sold to consumers at average cost of supply after calculation comes to Rs 1,947.61 crore. “In case, power purchase is reduced the saving will be Rs 2,598 crore minus Rs 2,188 which comes to Rs 410 crore,” the Forum noted.

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RTO’s online appointment scheme challenged in HC

In an interesting development, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court comprising Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice Sunil Shukre issued notices to the State Transport Secretary, State Transport... Read More
In an interesting development, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court comprising Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice Sunil Shukre issued notices to the State Transport Secretary, State Transport Commissioner, Mahesh Zagade, RTO Nagpur City, RTO Nagpur Gramin, Deputy RTO Nagpur East in WP No. 2028/2015 filed by the petitioners -- Gauri Gokhale and others -- directed the respondents to file affidavit in three weeks. The petitioners have challenged the office circular issued by the State Transport Commissioner on November 26, 2014 by which the citizens were directed to procure “online appointment” to appear for the driving test through a particular website. The petitioners stated that setting such a “condition precedent” to appear for the driving test is arbitrary, illegal and untenable in the eyes of the law. According to the petitioners, State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade has abused his powers and introduced the “special application form”/ “special document of online appointment certificate” which is contrary to the provisions of Sections 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 27, 28 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1988, rule 14, 15, 17 of the CMV Rules 1989, Rule 14,15 of the MMV Rules 1989 and Article 14, 19, 21 of the Constitution of India. The counsel for the petitioners Adv Tushar Mandlekar argued that as per Section 27 of the MV Act 1988, the powers to prescribed application form, fees, documents and levying any condition is only with the Central government and State government and Transport Commissioner has no powers, authority, jurisdiction or legislative competence to introduce such scheme. The counsel for the petitioners further argued that the applicant gets more than three chances to appear for the driving test but the “online appointment scheme” is a complete failure and does not even give a single chance to appear for the driving test during validity of the learners licence. It may be noted that citizens including the petitioners have complained that they are not getting any appointment for appearing for driving test for next six months and they are being deprived of getting their driving license, which is violative of their fundamental right under Article 19 (1) (a). The petitioners stated that the online appointment scheme is absolutely illegal, oppressive, unreasonable and does not give valid appointment to them. On the contrary, the said scheme is a “classic example” of abuse of powers or misuse of powers by State Transport Commissioner, they stated. The petitioners have prayed for quashing of the circular mandating on line appointments in writ jurisdiction of the High Court. The Court has directed the respondents to file their reply by May 4, 2015. Adv Tushar Mandlekar argued for the petitioners and Adv Fulzele waived the notice for the State.

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Firing case: Little Sardar, two others surrender

Dreaded goon Shailendrasingh Lohiya alias Little Sardar along with his two accomplices including a Shiv Sena office-bearer, on Friday, surrendered at Pachpaoli Police Station. Lohiya and two ot... Read More
Dreaded goon Shailendrasingh Lohiya alias Little Sardar along with his two accomplices including a Shiv Sena office-bearer, on Friday, surrendered at Pachpaoli Police Station. Lohiya and two others were booked in connection with opening fire at two youths at Patankar Square on March 31. The trio includes Shailendrasingh Lohiya (42), a resident of Pachpaoli; Bittu Bhatia (35), a resident of Jaripatka, and Sonusingh Gour (32), a resident of Yashodhara Nagar. Police said, Gour is an office-bearer of Shiv Sena. His Safari car has a logo of Shiv Sena. Pachpaoli police had built pressure on family members of Little Sardar which finally forced the goon to turn himself before police. Little Sardar, along with the duo, arrived at the police station on Friday evening and surrendered themselves to police. Police Inspector Rajendra Nikam informed that the police have taken the trio into custody and would produced them in the court on Saturday.

The police had booked the accused trio under Sections 143, 147, 149, 307, 506 (B) of the Indian Penal Code, read with Sections 3, 25 and 4, 25 of the Arms Act on the basis of complaint given by Jograj Singh Kashmir Singh Dhillon (21), a resident of Baba Vittuji Nagar. According to Jograj Singh and Goldy had gone to Tuli Mall where they got involved in a scuffle with Rinku Bhatia. Heated exchange of words occurred between Rinku and Jograj. Rinku immediately dialled his brother-in-law, Little Sardar, a known goon in North Nagpur area. Though Jograj and Goldy managed to escape they were allegedly chased by Little Sardar and his associates and opened fire at their car.

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Triple murder case: Sakkardara police arrest four main accused

Sakkardara police arrested four main accused of Thursday night bloodbath at Bhande Plot. The gory murder of Ugle brothers police said was due to sudden provocation and not premeditated. The pol... Read More
Sakkardara police arrested four main accused of Thursday night bloodbath at Bhande Plot. The gory murder of Ugle brothers police said was due to sudden provocation and not premeditated. The police theory came in aftermath of piecing together the clues pointing at the big brother attitude of the deceased having rubbed the accused persons wrong way.

On Thursday, in the aftermath of murder of Sanjay Ugle (30), Keshav (27) and Eknath (32), all residents of Shambagh, Bhande Plots, there was talk among people in area about the brothers’ rivalry with a known goon in Sakkardara area. The police, however, discounted the inter-gang rivalry as the accused persons do not have any previous history of indulging in any crime.

The dominating attitude of Ugle brothers who went on slapping the accused person without provocation proved to be the proverbial last straw. Sources said, the criminal background of eldest of Ugle brothers, Eknath and their involvement in running a gambling club in area had the locals against them. Police said, on Thursday, the locals in Bhande Plots, including Ugle brothers and accused persons had gone to attend thread ceremony. They shared an six-seater auto-rickshaw. Sanjay slapped Nehal, one of the main accused, for his callous way in handing money. Nehal’s uncles and co-accused in the case Ramesh alias Rama Nagose and Raju Nagose confronted Ugles but they, too, were browbeaten.

Though the ceremony passed off peacefully but the accused persons were waiting for chance to settle scores. During return journey, there was tension in the vehicle as Ugle brothers continued threatening them. The moment the group reached Bhande Plot, another round of argument ensued between Ugles and the accused persons. The Ugle brothers were carrying wooden sticks and attacked Nehal’s uncle.

Nehal and his uncle and their friends, all police said, are vegetable sellers, rushed to their homes and came back armed with long knives. They lunged at Ugle brothers who never anticipated that their domination could be challenged. As Nehal and others attacked Ugle brothers ran helter-skelter to dodge the attackers who were in foul mood. However, one by one the three were cornered and stabbed repeatedly till they were dropped. Each of the Ugle brothers had over 15 to 20 injuries all over the body.

The police have arrested Ramesh alias Rama Nagose, Nehal Nagosab, Shubham Satpaise and Raju Nagose.

The other accused identified as Bhushan Bahad alias Balya Manjre, Manoj alias Manya Sontakke and Shubham, all residents of Bhande Plot slums are at large.

Residents, relatives mourn loss of Ugle family’s breadwinners

Pall of gloom descended on Bhande Plot slums when the bodies of three Ugle brothers were handed over to the relatives after autopsy. The sight at Ugles’ residence was very sad as the family lost all its breadwinners. Further, wife of the youngest of the deceased, Keshav, is pregnant and is due for delivery. She was unconsolable. Meanwhile, as police started search to nab the culprits, Ugle family had no clue as to how the event unfolded. The sultry weather on Thursday night was also blamed for the chain of events that resulted in the bloodbath.

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Another hailstorm may hit Vid by Apr 13: Met Deptt

Regional Meteorological Centre, Nagpur has issued warning of another spell of hailstorm in Vidarbha as well as in Nagpur till April 13. Meanwhile, the city received another spell of rainfall on F... Read More
Regional Meteorological Centre, Nagpur has issued warning of another spell of hailstorm in Vidarbha as well as in Nagpur till April 13. Meanwhile, the city received another spell of rainfall on Friday.

According to Weather Department, formation of upper air cyclonic situation in Maharashtra and Gujarat may cause hailstorm in whole Vidarbha and Nagpur. It is also forming moisture in the air which is causing heavy rain in some parts of Vidarbha. In the month of April, the situation may remain same and in the last week of April the temperature may elevate, Weather Department informed.

After heavy rains on Thursday, the temperature reduced 20C and the maximum temperature on Friday was 38.20C while the minimum was 22.20C. On Saturday, partly cloudy sky would occur and maximum and minimum temperature would be around 380C and 240C respectively.

On Friday, Weather Department registered a rainfall of 9.5 mm in Nagpur at night which also reduced the temperature. Except Nagpur, no rainfall was registered in Vidarbha on Friday. The maximum temperature registered on Friday in Vidarbha district was in Akola (40.70C) while Brahmapuri (40.20C), Chandrapur (40.20C) and Wardha (400C) also registered maximum temperature over 400C. April is the month of scorching summer and minimum rainfall is registered in this month. But, due to instability in upper air and creation of low pressure changed the scenario of April.

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Prashant Wasankar’s sister-in-law arrested, wife may surrender soon

Mithila Vinay Wasankar, sister-in-law of scamster Prashant Wasankar was formally arrested on Friday after her bail plea was rejected by Supreme Court. The Apex court directed Mithila, who was a... Read More
Mithila Vinay Wasankar, sister-in-law of scamster Prashant Wasankar was formally arrested on Friday after her bail plea was rejected by Supreme Court. The Apex court directed Mithila, who was also a Director in M/s Wasankar Wealth Management, a firm that gobbled-up crores of rupees of investors, to surrender before Special Judge (MPIDA) V T Suryavanshi. The court sent her to five days of police custody remand.

Meanwhile, Bhagyashree Wasankar, wife of prime accused Prashant Wasankar and one of the Directors, is likely to surrender on lines of Mithila, as her bail plea too has been dismissed in Apex court. The court had directed Bhagyashree and Mithila to surrender within 28-days before MPIDA court.

Wasankar Wealth Management fraud is touted as the biggest economic crime to have rocked the second capital of State. Scores of investors had parked their hard earned money with Prashant Wasankar in hope of doubling their investment. However as investigations revealed, Wasankar did not invest the money in stock market and instead parked it in purchasing high end properties. The investigating team of Economic Offences Wing of Crime Branch is scouting for properties amassed by Wasankar and his family members.

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Exemption to cars, ST buses at 5 toll booths around Nagpur city

Providing a much-awaited relief and fulfilling one more of its promise, the Government of Maharashtra under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that 12 toll booths will be closed down ... Read More
Providing a much-awaited relief and fulfilling one more of its promise, the Government of Maharashtra under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that 12 toll booths will be closed down from the midnight of May 31. These 12 booths include two from Vidarbha region. Besides, the Government has announced exemption to cars/State Transport (ST) buses from payment of toll tax at 53 toll booths in the State including 13 from Vidarbha.

The two toll booths that are to be closed down from May 31 midnight include one each under Public Works Department (PWD) and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The toll booth under PWD to be closed down is located at Ravan Tekdi at 3.400 km point on four-lane project of Khamgaon by-pass in Buldhana district. The one under MSRDC is located at Tadali under the Railway Over Bridge (ROB) project in Chandrapur district.

It may be mentioned here that recently, under the leadership of BJP MLC Shobhatai Fadnavis, traders and local residents had resorted to agitation demanding closure of Tadali toll booth in Chandrapur district. It was alleged that four ROBs were constructed in the year 2000 namely at Tadali Main on Jam-Warora-Chandrapur Road, Tadali Siding on Jam-Warora Road, one on Chandrapur Road, and another on old Chandrapur-Ballarpur Road. Tadali toll booth was started to recover Rs 32 crore spent on these four RoBs. Though the toll tax recovery was to end in 2013, MSRDC extended it by three years. Till recently, MSRDC had recovered Rs 70 crore. However, MSRDC extended the toll recovery deadline till 2027, which irked the people. Against this backdrop, announcement of closure of Tadali toll booth is being welcomed in Chandrapur district. The Government also offered relief to cars/ST buses by announcing exemption to them from payment of toll tax at 13 booths in Vidarbha region. There was demand for exemption to privately-owned cars and ST buses. These 13 booths include five under PWD and eight under MSRDC. The booths under MSRDC at which exemption has been announced to cars and ST buses include five at different entry points to Nagpur city. These five include one each on Nagpur-Katol Road, Nagpur-Umred Road, Nagpur-Hingna Road, Hingna Road-Amravati Road, and Wadi junction. One more booth in Nagpur district is at Katol on Nagpur-Katol-Jalalkheda Road. The other two MSRDC booths in Vidarbha include one at Murtijapur on Murtijapur-Daryapur Road in Amravati district, and another at 0.400 km mark on Chimur-Warora-Wani Road in Chandrapur district.

Against the exemption to cars and ST buses at MSRDC booths in Vidarbha, State Government will have to pay compensation amount to the toll booth operators. The total compensation amount in this regard for these eight toll booths under MSRDC in Vidarbha is Rs 77.09 crore per annum for a period of five years. The booths under PWD include those at 9.000 km and 54.000 km marks on Malkapur-Buldhana-Chikhli Rama two-lane road project in Buldhana district, one near village Arambha on Jam-Warora four-lane road project; and one each at Nandori and Visapur on Warora-Chandrapur-Bamni four-lane road project, State Highway No 264, 266, and 267.

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NMC Standing Committee stays usurious hike in devpt charges

Friday brought a double delight for Nagpurians. For, on this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing tour of France yielded an agreement under which France will be investing in developing... Read More
Friday brought a double delight for Nagpurians. For, on this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ongoing tour of France yielded an agreement under which France will be investing in developing Nagpur as a ‘Smart City’. And, on this day, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Standing Committee stayed the implementation of usurious hike in development charges that was haunting the Nagpurians for past some time.

“For the past few days, media has been pointing out that the hike in development charges was exorbitant and would prove to be a hurdle for commoners in realising their dream of building own house. Several complaints were received at the offices of Mayor, Standing Committee, and Ruling Party Leader. Hence, in the meeting held today, Standing Committee decided to stay the implementation of the hike,” said Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee, while addressing a press conference on Friday.

It may be mentioned here that ‘The Hitavada’ has been pointing out through its report that the steep hike in development charges will result in hike in prices of flats and shops in the city. NMC had hiked development charges up to a whopping 2,000 per cent for residential buildings and up to 4,625 per cent for commercial buildings. This evoked sharp reactions as it would result in manifold increase in construction cost and ultimately lead to common man’s dream of having own property remaining unrealised. The hike came at a time when the city’s realty market was facing a slowdown, and would affect adversely the city’s growth. The hike in development charges was up to 35 times in case of residential properties and 58 times in case of commercial properties.

Taking cognisance of media report, especially those of ‘The Hitavada’, Standing Committee stayed the hike. Dayashankar Tiwari, Ruling Party Leader, said that the proposal regarding development charges would be brought before General Body after following due procedure and consultation. Standing Committee stayed the hike following a resolution in this regard placed by its member Adv Sanjay Balpande.

“The hike effected by the administration was putting an unnecessary and a huge burden on the middle class and common people of Nagpur. The hike was effected considering the situation in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, etc. However, the administration forgot that Nagpur’s geographical reality was different,” said Tiwari.

According to Tiwari, Nagpur city has more number of smaller plots admeasuring between 1,000 sq ft and 2,400 sq ft. Besides, Nagpur’s population size is smaller than that of Mumbai and other places. Also, the financial strength of citizens was not considered by the administration while effecting hike. “Hence, we have stayed its implemention, asking the administration to submit a fresh proposal to General Body through Standing Committee within 15 days. Now, Standing Committee and General Body will take appropriate decision considering NMC’s growth without exorbitant burden on people of Nagpur,” Tiwari added.

In his resolution, Adv Balpande had pointed out that development charges were decided in NMC’s budget for the financial year 2008-09. As General Body had cleared it, any change in it had to be effected after prior approval of Standing Committee and General Body. However, the civic administration did not consult Standing Committee or General Body and effected usurious hike in development charges. “This would force people to go for unauthorised construction. This would also hit the revenue collection of NMC,” he stated in the resolution, through which he demanded stay on implementation of the hike in development charges. Senior corporator Sunil Agrawal and others also were present in the press conference.

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Elections for Saibaba Mandir Trust ordered

Joint Charity Commissioner A P Matte has ordered election for Board of Trustees of Shri Saibaba Sewa Mandal which runs famous Saibaba Mandir on Wardha Road and has appointed Mangala Kamble, Assis... Read More
Joint Charity Commissioner A P Matte has ordered election for Board of Trustees of Shri Saibaba Sewa Mandal which runs famous Saibaba Mandir on Wardha Road and has appointed Mangala Kamble, Assistant Charity Commissioner as Election Officer. The Election Officer has been directed to select three employees of Joint Charity Commissioners office of her choice to conduct entire election process. While partly allowing application moved by ex-trustee Avinash Shegaonkar.

About the much debated membership issue which was set to rest by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court which set aside orders of Deputy Charity Commissioner and Joint Charity Commissioner upholding disqualification of members just for not paying Re 1, the new order has authorised the Election Officer to accept the applications of membership after publication of notice from various categories on payment of subscription amount to the trust.

There are three category of memberships - Ordinary members (Rs 1,000 and more), Life members (Rs 10,000 and more) and Patrons (Rs 1 lakh and more). The membership dispute also took a political turn with those belonging to Congress and NCP camps joined hands against earlier trustees belonging to BJP camp. After a fierce legal battle, the issue now stands settled. The Joint Charity Commissioner has directed already enrolled members to pay deficit subscription amount to become legal and valid members.

The Election Officer has also been directed to accept the applications and payment of deficit membership fees after due verification with the assistance from the present Board of Trustees. The Election Officer has been directed to fix a date and publish in the newspaper informing public about last date for submitting applications for membership and amount to be paid for different categories of members. The forms will be scrutinised and placed before the Joint Charity Commissioner and only after his permission, the election programme to elect Board of Trustees will be declared.

The present Board of Management has been directed to extend its co-operation and assistance to the election officer for holding elections. Adv Shree Ganesh Abhyankar appeared for the applicant Avinash Shegaonkar.

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Town Planning Deptt under fire for pathetic performance

This may shock anybody envisioning overall development of Nagpur, as the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is apparently not keen to match the pace of Chief Minister ... Read More
This may shock anybody envisioning overall development of Nagpur, as the Town Planning Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is apparently not keen to match the pace of Chief Minister and others who want to develop Nagpur. During last five years, the worthies of Town Planning Department have rejected 72 per cent building sanction plans citing various reasons during, while ignoring thousands of illegal constructions carried out by tweaking sanctions. The percentage of rejection is very high and strange looking at poor quality of technical expertise with the department. Sanctioning of building plan is very major issue of the NMC and often builders and common citizens have complained of rampant corruption. Speedy sanctions will increase infrastructure growth in Nagpur as well as generate major income for the local body.

Considering the massive unauthorised construction which took place right under the nose of NMC’s Town Planning Department and its inability to control spurt in illegal buildings coming up in every part of city, the rate of rejection and inordinate delay in sanctioning building plan has invited only public wrath and skepticism about its functioning. Barring lucky few whose files are cleared at high speed, the commoners have very bad experience of Town Planning Department where red-tape and touts are ruling the roost.

These lapses have figured in the latest report of City Development Plan (CDP) released recently. The report stated that the compliance standard of the NMC seems to be very rigid, but there is need to restructure parameters based on which the building plans are being rejected. Surprisingly, Town Planning Department did not maintain any data of rejection of the sanction building plan.

It may be mentioned that as per Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act, every development or redevelopment of buildings, whether residential, commercial, or industrial, needs approval of building plan from the Town Planning Department of NMC. The local body has introduced Auto DCR for expediting the process but it takes 60 days like manual process.

As per this report, the sanctioning process and procedure of building plan is very complicated and time consuming. The approval process involves multiple stages paving way for higher corruption in the department at all the level. The builder or any person intending to carry out any development work has to give a notice by filing up the profarma prescribed by the department. It should be accompanied with plans and statements in sufficient copies. The builder has to take no objection certificates from various departments including fire department, that is also time consuming. The file then moves to Assistant Director of Town Planning for approval. Then the file moves to Junior Engineer with approvals from the Town Planner for document verification, site inspection and technical scrutiny. Once the file is scrutinized through Auto DCR, it moves back to ADTP with approvals from Junior Engineer and Deputy Engineer.

Even after Auto DCR was developed to ensure all the functions for building plan approval starting from scrutiny of plan, generating reports, forwarding to different staff members for further assessment and approval, and escalating matter in case of non-compliance by any of staff member as per the workflow of the module, very little has changed on the ground. Still most of the tasks are carried out manually and use of Auto DCR is kept at minimal, for reasons best known to NMC officials. This shows that local body, that has bagged prize in implementation of e-governance at various sectors is not comfortable in using these applications and this has affected the work adversely. This has also increased corruption and chances of human errors are very high while sanctioning building plans.

As per report, in the year 2007-2008, the local body received 761 applications of building plans and around 642 applications were approved by the department, that was 84 per cent clearance. However, in 2008-2009, the department received 1,694 applications and only 173 were approved, that was only 10 per cent. The year 2009-2010 was worst for the builders as only 531 plans were sanctioned by the authority as against 2,228 applications. In 2010-2011, total 1,148 cases were sanctioned against 2,522 cases and in 2011-2012, total 160 building plans were sanctioned against 2,581 applications. It is necessary to take several steps to expedite the process of sanctioning building plan. As local body has very limited option for increasing its revenue due to poor recovery from property tax and local body tax, it is high time for office bearers and as well as administration to take bold steps in this regard.

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Rlys SOP for child protection

Another step has been taken towards protection of Rights of children. This time by Indian Railways. However, not before the Delhi High Court issues direction in a court case against the Union of ... Read More
Another step has been taken towards protection of Rights of children. This time by Indian Railways. However, not before the Delhi High Court issues direction in a court case against the Union of India.

The steps taken by Indian Railways for adopting Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) on an experiment basis at 20 railway stations, include Nagpur Railway Station. The SOP for Railway officials and Railway police on protecting and rehabilitating children in contact with the Railways was framed with the help of Department of Women and Child Development and announced during a national conference on ‘Protecting the rights of vulnerable children in contact with Railways’, held at Delhi. The conference was held to mark eight foundation day of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

Although the detailed plan for steps to be taken by the Railway authorities and Railway police have not been finalised, Nagpur Childline has been roped in for effective implementation of the SOP.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Director of Nagpur Childline, Dr John Menachery stated that the SOP requires the Station Master/RPF/GRP to trace the child’s parents/guardians, as soon as any such child is located. If the parent or guardian is not found, the child has to be produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) within 24 hours. The Railway authorities are required to provide safe space for keeping such children till they are produced before the CWC. The Station Master is authorised to make expenses in this regard. The photograph of such children should be uploaded on the website of the Railways. The Trave Ticket Examiners (TTEs) are required to keep an eye on groups of children in trains to prevent child abuse and child trafficking, and intervene, if necessary.

The step taken by the government is considered to be a major step in protecting children from getting exploited by groups operational in kidnapping and using them as beggars or sexual abuse or other form of criminal activities.

The Railway authorities are required to set up Child Help Groups (CHG) on these selected 20 Railway stations. Besides Nagpur, CST Mumbai and Mumbai Central Terminus in Maharashtra are the other stations under the project. The Railways are also required to run a round-the-clock Child Help Desk with the help of Childline staff.

Dr Menachery stated that Nagpur Childline will soon be increasing its team size to support the Railways in running the Child Help Desk. The SOP is a major step for care and protection of these children till they are re-united with their families or sent to shelter homes.

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Search panel shortlists 5 names for RTMNU V-C

The search panel formed under Justice Vikas Sirpurkar for selection of suitable Vice-Chancellor (V-C) for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has finalised five names of the ca... Read More
The search panel formed under Justice Vikas Sirpurkar for selection of suitable Vice-Chancellor (V-C) for Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has finalised five names of the candiates.

The panel has submitted the names to Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

According to sources, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh of Mumbai University is the front-runner for the post. The other names are -- Principal of Pote Engineering and Technology College, Dr D G Wakde; Head of Department, Statistics, of RTMNU, Dr S P Kane; Wardha’s Dr Pramod Yeole and Dr Mahendra Roy from Amravati.

The Chancellor’s office has sent the intimation to all the five candidates and called them for an interview at 4 pm on Tuesday. Earlier, the panel comprising Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Department, and Dr Prafullakumar Kale, Director of MGIRI, Wardha, conducted interviews of 18 candidates at Wardha on April 4 and 5.

The panel succeeded in maintaining secrecy throughout the process. Though there is no official version but Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, who is considered close to State Education Minister Vinod Tawde is likely to become the new V-C of the RTMNU. Fifty-year-old Dr Deshmukh had worked as visiting faculty of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Thane before joining Mumbai University.

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12 more cellphones, 4 SIM cards seized from Central Jail

EVEN as Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit is conducting the high-level inquiry into the jailbreak case, investigators continue to seize cellphones, SIM cards and batter... Read More
EVEN as Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit is conducting the high-level inquiry into the jailbreak case, investigators continue to seize cellphones, SIM cards and batteries from the barracks. On Monday also, jail authorities seized 12 more cellphones and four SIM cards from inside the jail. Additional Director General of of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar on Monday ordered suspension of senior Jailer Vaibhav Atram and Jailer Ashok Malwad. Many more sepoys and jail officers are likely to be suspended.

After the jailbreak incident, Additional Director General (Prisons) Meera Borwankar, conducting a departmental inquiry, had earlier suspended Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble (as per Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ order), two jail officers -- R G Parekar and S C Mahashirke, five sepoys -- Mangesh Prajapati, R R Patil, Ramesh Dhekle, Ashok Bhandarkar, and Sanjay Thokal -- for dereliction of duty. DIG (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde, too, may face action.

Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Dixit, who is heading the probe panel constituted by the Chief Minister, visited Central Jail on the third consecutive day for the inquiry. He was being assisted by Additional Director General (Law & Order) K L Bishnoi, Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and DySP (ACB) Sanjay Purandare in the probe.

Taking a serious note of large scale corruption in jail administration and continuous seizure of cellphones, batteries, SIM cards and marijuana from barracks, Dixit directed senior officials to send sniffer dogs to sanitize Central Jail premises. Accordingly, Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS) with deep-search metal detectors to detect cellphones, batteries, SIM cards, and weapons was pressed into service. Similarly, narcotics detection dogs of the Railways were also being used to trace drugs and narcotic substances in the jail premises.

Meanwhile, sources informed that Jail Superintendent Kamble (now under suspension) had allegedly celebrated birthday party of a gangster when he was kept in the jail. A political leader, too, had joined the party. Similarly, some jail officers were extending special favours to ‘rich inmates’ by providing them cellphones, cigarettes, liquor, mutton and narcotics after accepting huge sum from them. “It’s a chain from top to botton and almost every jail employee gets money for giving such special services to inmates,” added the sources.

Cops arrest two goons for helping five criminals escape Central Jail

CITY Police on Monday arrested two persons -- Ganesh Kamalkishor Sharma and Nawab Tohid Khan -- in connection with the sensational jailbreak case. This is likely to give cops a big lead in nabbing the five prisoners who are still absconding even after six days of the incident that shook the state administration.

Prima facie, Ganesh Sharma (30), a resident of Lane No. 5, Taj Nagar, Mankapur, and Nawab Khan (22), a resident of Plot No. 24, Mankapur, near Don Bosco School, were allegedly involved in the jailbreak conspiracy hatched by hard-core criminals inside the Central Jail. Sharma and Nawab Khan were allegedly standing outside the jail in a vehicle when dreaded criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey, Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu, Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta, Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri, and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur escaped by scaling the 23 ft high wall after cutting iron rods of Barrack No. 6. Sharma and Nawab, who were part of the conspiracy, allegedly took the escapees in a vehicle.

Bisensingh Uikey, (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; were booked under the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) along with dreaded gangster Raja Ghous. Ghous did not escape as he had injuries in his leg. Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal; and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, were involved in robbery and firearms cases.

Possibility of involvement of many more, including Raja Ghous, in the jailbreak conspiracy cannot be ruled out. After grilling Ganesh Sharma and Nawab Khan, separate teams of Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had already left in search of the fugitives. However, senior police officials are still to get any information about the escapees.

Speaking to ‘The Hitavada,’ a senior Police Officer said, “We have strong leads in the case. We are confident of nabbing the five criminals in coming few days.” He said, Ganesh Sharma and Nawab Khan, too, are criminals and were involved in serious crimes including robbery.

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Income from Agri land sale beyond 8 km exempt from IT: High Court

How the distance of 8 kms from the Municipal Limits should be measured, if the land is sold as agricultural land and exemption under Income Tax Act is sought? This interesting question was rece... Read More
How the distance of 8 kms from the Municipal Limits should be measured, if the land is sold as agricultural land and exemption under Income Tax Act is sought? This interesting question was recently decided by Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in a bunch of appeals filed by Income Tax department against many big land developers and builders who claimed that agricultural land was not a capital asset and distance should be measured by approach road and not by the straight line method. Income Tax department insisted that the time-tested Crow’s flight or straight line distance should be applied to measure its actual distance and claimed that it was business income.

According to Adv Anand Parchure appearing for Revenue, Section 11 of the General Clauses Act indicates the legislative intention that the distance has to be computed aerially and not by the approach road. The income generated from the urban property/asset is a business income and not the agricultural income.

According to Revenue, Section 11 of the General Clauses Act will prevail, unless a different intention appears to the contrary while asserting that the business income cannot be equated with the agricultural income. When capital assets are sold, the income is business income and not the agricultural income.

Due to dispute about how to measure the distance for the purpose of non-agricultural land within the meaning of section 2(14)(iii)(b) of the Income Tax Act, the matter finally landed up in the High Court. The assessee took stand that the distance should be taken through the approach road while the Assessing Officer has taken the aerial distance and accordingly, held that the land sold by the assessee is a capital asset being situated within 8 kms of the municipal limits.

The High Court after a detailed discussion on the issue reiterated that the distance between the municipal limits and assessed property/asset is to be measured having regard to the shortest road distance and not as per the crow’s flies i.e. a straight line distance as canvassed by the Revenue. A division bench consisting of Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale while rejecting the appeal filed by revenue agreed that the amendments in the taxing statute, unless a different legislative intention is clearly expressed, shall operate prospectively. Any consideration received out of sale of the agricultural land cannot be treated as business income for the purpose of Income Tax.

Income Tax exemptions for agricultural income is bound to promote agriculture in the country. It is in our National interest to meet the increasing needs of foodstuffs for growing population and would serve the interest of justice. Agricultural lands are already subjected to land revenues and other local taxes need not be overburdened.

The revenue can tap other alternative resources to meet the revenue requirements, the High Court noted while upholding ITAT’s order.

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Cong is misleading nation on Land Bill: Anurag Thakur

Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard to safeguard the interest of all sections of society. The new Land Acquisition Bill also has been drafted with the same inte... Read More
Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard to safeguard the interest of all sections of society. The new Land Acquisition Bill also has been drafted with the same intent. However, Congress is misleading the nation on this crucial Bill, said Anurag Thakur, President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

Thakur, also Secretary of BCCI, was interacting with media on the sidelines of a meeting concerning Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) in the city on Sunday. He said that the new Land Acquisition Bill was crucial for projects concerning rural development and national security. Welcoming the Prime Minister’s appeal to citizens, who were financially well to do, to surrender their LPG subsidy, Thakur said that BJYM also was working to popularise the initiative among masses. Already, BJYM is working on increasing the involvement of youth in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Asked about the trouble within Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the BJYM chief and BJP MP said that people claiming to bring about a change in politics were themselves working with political motives. To another question, he said, “Our Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has restored the image of India on world stage.”

Regarding the Indian cricket team’s show in semi-final of Cricket World Cup, Anurag Thakur said that the team played well. “We need to appreciate the players for putting in their efforts. Also, we need to get mature about win and loss in the game,” he added. Thakur also visited Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir, Reshimbagh, and offered tributes to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder. Earlier, at the airport, BJYM office-bearers welcomed him.

Later, at BJP regional office, Thakur interacted with BJP and BJYM workers and appreciated them for their work in increasing membership of BJP in Nagpur city, and asked them to increase the membership to 1 lakh. “He also asked us to work for making people aware of the benefits of Jan Dhan Yojana, health insurance, and other schemes of the Government,” said Bunty Kukde. Praveen Datke, Mayor; Shrikant Deshpande, Shivani Dani, Jitu Thakur, Surendra Yadav, Sagar Rahate, Sudhir Sawarkar, Satish Wade, Khemraj Damahe, Avinash Khadatkar, Ajay Bodhare and others were present.

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RTMNU V-C Search panel to submit report today

The presentations of all the 18 candidates who are aspiring to become Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University ended on Sunday. The presentations of all the candidates ... Read More
The presentations of all the 18 candidates who are aspiring to become Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University ended on Sunday. The presentations of all the candidates began on Saturday with 10 aspirants. On Sunday, remaining eight candidates were listed, the prominent among them was Dr Sanjay Deshmukh of Mumbai University.

A total of 18 candidates appeared on these two days. They include Dr Mahendrakumar Roy of Biotech, PG Maths Head Dr Kishor Adhao, Principal of Pote Engineering and Technology College, Dr D G Wakde, Wardha Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute Principal Dr Pramod Yeole, Head of Electrical Engineering of Rajiv Gandhi Engineering, Research and Technology College Dr Zafar Javed Khan, Head of PG Economics of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Dr Vinayak Bhise, Dr R C Thool of Engineering and Technology College being run by Nanded’s Guru Gobindsingh organisation, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh of Mumbai University, Senior Researcher Dr Satish Tote, Vice-Chancellor of North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon Dr Sudhir Meshram, Electronics Department Head Dr D K Gautam, Nanded’s Yashwant Mahavidyalaya Principal Dr N V Kalyankar, Dr M H Fulekar, Dr M N Saraf, Dr Prakash Khodke.

The panel headed by Justice Vikas Sirpurkar and retired Judge of Supreme Court with Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary and Dr Prafullkumar Kale, Director of Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialisation, Maganwadi, Wardha will submit its report to Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on April 6 evening. The panel will submit the names with the analysis. The Chancellor will pick five names.

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NMC seeks Central aid to complete JNNURM projects

Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is struggling for funds for completing all on-going projects sanctioned under Central Government’s ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban R... Read More
Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is struggling for funds for completing all on-going projects sanctioned under Central Government’s ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. The local body requires balance Rs 302 crore for completing the projects.

The NMC is already under fire for poor performance on all fronts and inordinate delay in completion of projects is inviting public wrath forcing Mayor Pravin Datke to run from pillar to post to get balance funds from the Central Government.

Recently, he made a public appeal, during a function for augmentation of water supply scheme, before Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu for releasing balance funds as local body does not have enough funds for completing all these projects. In fact Venkaiah Naidu had assured in the last public function held at Nagpur for launching of Metro Rail that the Central Government would provide balance funds of JNNURM to all the mission cities under new scheme. However, the Central Government is yet to launch new scheme and local bodies are in a fix over balanced fund. The projects are already incomplete and escalation cost increased the cost of these projects manifolds.

The previous Government had already stated that no funds would be released for projects not completed before March 31, 2014. Initial phase of JNNURM ended on March 31, 2012. It was decided to extend the period to March 31, 2014. Subsequently, decision was taken to give mandate for sanctioning new projects up to March 31, 2014, known as transition phase. This has adversely affected the flow of grant in-aid. Previous Government had sanctioned North Sewerage Zone project worth of Rs 491 crore in 2014, however, the funds were not released by the new Government.

This is an important project for the city as sewage system is collapsed. The sewage is polluting Nag River and finally irrigation water of Gosikhurd project and Kanhan river. It may be mentioned that Union Government had sanctioned 17 projects under JNNURM. Out of these 17, as many as 12 projects are completed while 5 projects are in advance stage of completion. Additionally, 2 non Urban Infrastructure Governance (UIG) projects - Star bus service and E-Governance are also completed. The total cost of the projects is Rs 1487.25 crores against that NMC has received Rs 477.43 crore from Union Government and Rs 191.62 crore from Government of Maharashtra. The local body has contributed Rs 706 crore for these infrastructure projects.

The Government of India’s memorandum of June 10, 2014, stated that as against 19 projects GoI has held grant of Rs 55.28 crore and GoM has held grant of Rs 22.11 crores, that aggregates to Rs 77.40 crore. As against ongoing infra projects the grants claimed to GoI is Rs 101.42 crore and GoM is Rs 40.57 crore aggregating to Rs 142 crore has not been released. The remaining balance grants from GoI is Rs 58.78 crore and GoM is Rs 23.51 crore. The total grant awaited from GoI is Rs 215 crore and GoM is Rs 86.21 crore.

This is a huge amount for the orange city, Datke stated in a letter to Naidu. It may be mentioned that State Government has made a provision of Rs 1,000 crore to grant its share for all incomplete projects under JNNURM. The State Government’s share is 20% in the complete project, Central Government’s share is 50% and 30 per cent share has been contributed by the local body.

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State clears revised revival package for Nagpur, Wardha, Buldhana DCCBs

In what could be a big relief for beleaguered Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) in Vidarbha region, Maharashtra Government has cleared revised revival packa... Read More
In what could be a big relief for beleaguered Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) in Vidarbha region, Maharashtra Government has cleared revised revival package for these banks. Also, State has released Rs 212 crore for their revival as its share in the package that involves contributions of Central Government and National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD).

The revival package, however, is conditional. The conditions include appointment of an administrative board headed by respective District Collector, 50 per cent of recovery against non-productive assets (NPA) of these banks to be deposited with the Government for share capital, no fresh recruitment or increment to existing employees without prior approval of State Government, etc.

Still, the most important condition is that Nagpur DCCB will have to raise funds for repaying the share capital to the Government through sale of its building in Mahal. Similarly, Buldhana and Wardha DCCBs have been asked to sale their seven and five plots respectively. These three banks have been asked to raise money through sale of these properties within one year.

These banks landed in trouble owing to several reasons including the infamous Gilts Scam in Nagpur DCCB. These banks also could not get banking license from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as they failed in fulfilling the condition of 4 per cent Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio (CRAR). There was a demand for revival of these banks, and the State Government had given in-principle approval to make available financial assistance of Rs 319.54 crore as share capital to improve the CRAR of these banks. The approval was granted considering financial condition of these banks as on March 31, 2014. Later, on November 17, 2014, Central Government announced a scheme for revival of 23 beleaguered DCCBs in the country. These banks included Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana DCCBs from Vidarbha region. As per the Central Government’s scheme, a revival package of Rs 379.67 crore was finalised so as to help these banks improve CRAR to 7 per cent, considering the financial condition as on March 31, 2015. The package involved Rs 129.70 crore as share of Central Government, Rs 212 crore as Staet’s share, and Rs 37.97 crore as NABARD’s share.

A few days ago, before the end of financial year 2014-15, State Government released its share of Rs 212 crore for revival of Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana DCCBs. Of this amount, Rs 65.87 crore is meant for Nagpur DCCB, Rs 77.59 crore for Wardha, and Rs 68.54 crore for Buldhana DCCB. Of this amount also, these banks would get Rs 15.80 crore, Rs 7.19 crore, and Rs 12.51 crore in the form of share capital. However, the amount would be inadequate. As per the latest report of Commissioner (Coo-operatives) and Registrar of Co-operative Societies, these three banks would require financial assistance to the tune of Rs 445.65 crore to maintain 7 per cent CRAR considering their financial condition on March 31, 2015. As per the revised figure, State’s contribution increases to Rs 277.98 crore. Still, the revised amount for revival would be sanctioned only after ‘Snap Audit’ of these banks by NABARD. Of the total amount of Rs 445.65 crore in revised revival package, Rs 35.50 crore would be released as share capital, and remaining amount as financial assistance.

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Seven more mobile phones recovered from Central Jail

More skeletons are tumbling out of cupboards of Central Jail after seven more mobile handsets were detected during special drive in aftermath of jailbreak by five undertrials. During the drive, f... Read More
More skeletons are tumbling out of cupboards of Central Jail after seven more mobile handsets were detected during special drive in aftermath of jailbreak by five undertrials. During the drive, four SIM cards were also found. So far, about 35 handsets have been recovered from the prison, making the officials numb and exposing the deep rot within the system.

According to information, a team of jail authority undertook searches under watchful eyes of top brass of State Police who are intermittently camping in city to probe the sensational jail break. From Sunday morning, the search yielded seven handsets, six batteries, four SIM cards and two chargers from Barrack No 3. Incidentally, this is second haul of mobile handsets as on Friday, 28 cellphones and 15 batteries were recovered.

The jail authority handed over the recovered handsets to Dhantoli police station and the police have registered the case under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar continue to camp in city as the issue has snowballed into a major embarrassment for the State Police. The jailbreak is going to reverberate for long as the escaped undertrials formed part of gang that had let loose a reign of fear in city. They were painstakingly caught from different parts of country by Nagpur police after taking help of police force of that respective States.

The visit of ADGP (Prisons) has come with an agenda to probe the role of prison staff and investigate the rot. Further she is tasked with finding out how the five undertrials could escape undetected from high security prison. With more inputs pouring in, the first part prison administration has undertaken is to sanitise the campus. So painstakingly each and every barrack is being checked and rechecked to detect mobile handsets. Now it remains to be seen how many more skeletons are discovered as top brass continues its clamp down.

Parallel probe by Govt continues

Meanwhile, a parallel probe ordered by Maharashtra Government into jailbreak is also continuing. The committee comprises Director General of Police (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit and ADG (Law and Order) K L Bishnoi. While the prison administration is going to submit their own findings, the other Committee is tasked with suggestion recommendations for ensuring fool proof security and change of role if any of prison officials. The probe headed by DGP Dixit is going in depth as to where the lapses occurred so that rectifying measures could be taken to prevent repeat of such incidents in the future.

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Men’s rights activists counter Deepika’s video

After Deepika Padukone’s video #MyChoice received thousands of likes, men’s rights activists have countered the video with their own titled ‘Men Choosing to Go Their Own Way (MGTOW).’ T... Read More
After Deepika Padukone’s video #MyChoice received thousands of likes, men’s rights activists have countered the video with their own titled ‘Men Choosing to Go Their Own Way (MGTOW).’ The video also speaks about choices of males and it has also gone viral. According to Save India Family Foundation (SIFF) claimed that the MGYOW has been liked by countless thousands. These men believe in all the choices for men and they believe in living a life in their own terms and they are clear that they will neither marry nor have any committed relationship with any woman, the SIFF claimed while countering Deepika’s my choice.

The number of such MGTOWs are almost 100,000 in India and these numbers are growing fast. In a way, they are following most of these things that Deepika Padukone mentioned about women in her video.

Being free from a relationship means, they also have all the freedom and choices. These men are saying, “My money, my choice. My Bungalow, my choice. My holiday trips, my choice,” SIFF claimed.

These activists believe that feminists are making life very complicated for men, while the traditionalists in legal system are tying the men down, expecting men to fulfill traditional roles and hence many of them are opting not to get married and avoid all consequential complications.

“Deepika Padukone has shown real face of feminism today. We should be thankful to her. It has also shown that there is an element of anarchy in feminism. Lakhs of urban women are following this brand of feminism believing that as women they are entitled to all privileges and choices, with no responsibilities,” says Jyoti Tiwari, spokesperson of SIFF. “Feminism has dumped the principles of gender equality long ago and the new wave of feminism is all about blaming men and masculinity and treating men as enemies of women. Feminists are pushing for policies and laws to establish entitlements and privileges for women at the expense of men. So, they should stop expecting men to partner in women’s issues, because it is ridiculous,” Tiwari claimed.

Rajesh Vakharia, President of SIFF lamented the anti-male rhetoric and campaign to degrade men. You cannot degrade a section of population and then expect them to partner you. This is absurd, he said.

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People’s thumbs-up to new rate platform tickets

Notwithstanding general criticism, the upward revision of platform ticket has swelled the coffers of Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The division registered around 112.5% growth on very first... Read More
Notwithstanding general criticism, the upward revision of platform ticket has swelled the coffers of Nagpur Division of Central Railway. The division registered around 112.5% growth on very first day after price of platform ticket was revised to Rs 10. Going by the figure, it is clear that people have given their thumbs-up to increased rate of platform ticket.

According to information, on April 1, 2014, the division had sold 7,115 platform tickets and earned revenue worth Rs 42,050. Compared to it, on April 1, 2015, the division earnings stood at Rs 87,720 against sell of just 8,041 platform tickets.

A senior officer of Central Railway informed that the division has sold more platform tickets compared to sales of last year. In a day, the division has earned Rs 87,720 only by selling platform tickets. Platform tickets are pure revenue of railways as the cost of operation is almost negligible and cost is that of printing.

There was apprehension among senior railway officers that ticket sales would be down as people would avoid platform ticket due to high rates. However as day's figure trickled in the success of the new scheme was apparent drawing smiles all around. The trend is continues can provide great source of revenue to Railways.

The decision by Railway mandarins on upward revision of rate of platform ticket clearly reflects the changing thinking at higher echelons. The upward revision might be thought as move to curb number of visitors to station, but given the practical need people would rather prefer purchasing tickets.

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4 persons killed in separate mishaps in district

Four persons lost their lives in separate mishaps under the jurisdictions of Khaparkheda, Kondhali and Jalalkheda on Thursday. In the first accident, two bike-borne persons were killed after a ... Read More
Four persons lost their lives in separate mishaps under the jurisdictions of Khaparkheda, Kondhali and Jalalkheda on Thursday. In the first accident, two bike-borne persons were killed after a speeding motorcycle collided with their motorcycle at Bhanegaon fly-over under the jurisdiction of Khaparkheda Police Station in the afternoon hours. Deceased were identified as Kawadu Ramchand Chikate (55), a resident of Juniwasti Bhanegaon and Ritesh Rupchand Wasnik (30), a resident of Mauda. According to police, the ghastly mishap occurred at 2.30 pm on Bhanegaon fly-over. Kawadu Chikate was riding motorcycle (MH-40/K-6696) while Ritesh Wasnik was riding pillion. A speeding motorcycle (MH-40/V-3614) came from another side and collided with the motorcycle. Kawadu and Ritesh sustained grievous injuries in the mishap and later succumbed. Khaparkheda Police have registered the case under Section 279, 337 and 304 (A) of IPC read with sub-section 184 of MVA. Further investigations are on. In yet another mishap, unidentified vehicle knocked dead a bike-borne youth at Madana village under the jurisdiction of Jalalkheda Police Station on Thursday evening. According to police, Lochan Pundlik Alone (35), a resident of Khedi Kala Pandhurna village of Chhindawada district was riding a bike (MP-28/H-8142) at 6.30 pm while Sunil Shembekar (35), a resident of Porgavan village of Amravati district was riding pillion. A speeding vehicle came from another side and hits the motorcycle. Alone sustained grievous injuries in the mishap and died on the spot. Pillion rider Shembekar was also injured in the mishap. Jalalkheda Police have registered the case under sections 279, 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code.

In the third accident, a 28-year-old bike-borne youth was killed after a rashly driven car hit his motorcycle near Rajkamal Hotel under the jurisdiction of Kondhali Police Station on Thursday morning.

According to police, Ashish Gunwant Lokhande (28), a resident of Katol was heading towards Kondhali on his motorcycle (MH-40/M-0227). A speeding car came from another side and hit the bike. Ashish Lokhande sustained multiple injuries in the mishap. He was admitted to a Primary Health Care Centre, Kondhali where he succumbed to the injuries. Kondhali Police have registered the case under sections 279, 304 (A) of Indian Penal Code read with section 184 of MVA.

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COPD jumps to No. 2 in list of killer diseases

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) which was on number 5 in the list of killer diseases in India in 1990 jumped to number 2, just behind heart ailment. This is the study done by Ma... Read More
The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) which was on number 5 in the list of killer diseases in India in 1990 jumped to number 2, just behind heart ailment. This is the study done by Maharashtra Government itself. In 1990, Tuberculosis was on number one in the killer disease list while heart disease was on number 3 with Pneumonia standing on number 2. The scenario has changed.

In Europe and America, main cause of COPD is smoking and they are concentrating to reduce smoking mainly in young people through awareness drives. But in India, there are so many other causes known besides smoking. As per statistics of Chest Research Foundation India, there are 110 million smokers in India out of which 12 million are female. It also says 56% of non smokers suffer from COPD. So what are the other causes – outdoor air pollution, biomass fuel, mosquito coils, vehicle emission, burning of dry waste in open, construction pollution, emission of thermal power plants, industries, coal mines, pesticides and so on.

According to an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report India is the fourth largest producer of cigarette and bidi. There are 18.4 crore tobacco users in India with 4 crore using cigarette, 8 crore using bidis and 6 crore using chewable forms of tobacco. Nearly 45% of Indian men and 12%women use some form of tobacco. COPD caused by smoking is a progressive self inflicted debilitating disease which is second top most cause of death in India and number 1 killer in Maharashtra.

More than 75% cases of Asthma and COPD have never undergone spirometry and are treated empirically by just keeping stethoscope on chest which is highly unreliable, pointed Dr Swarnakar. Dr Rahul Kodgule, faculty from Chest Research Foundation, Pune said, “The need is for early diagnosis by Spirometary test, multidisciplinary approach, prevention by removing causative factors, awareness programme by media and affordable treatment. Countries and causes can be different but problem is same. What is required is PPP (Patient Professional Partnership) along with Government and NGOs.”

Dr Rajesh Swarnakar, Pulmonologist and Director of Getwell Hospital said, “The estimated morbidity of Chronic Respiratory Diseases like asthma and COPD by 2016 will be 57.2 million which is more than that caused by Cancer, Ischemic Heart Diseases, brain stroke and Diabetes put together. The resulting economic burden of COPD and Asthma is whooping 30,000 and 10,000 crores. If we follow spirometry based treatment of Asthma and COPD the morbidity and resulting economic burden of these diseases can be drastically reduced.”

Dr Rahul Kodgule said, “If we look at the number of mortality of various diseases, cause of deaths being injuries topped the table with 7.49 lakhs mortality followed by 5.77 lakhs deaths caused due to respiratory diseases. As per study conducted by World Health Organisation (WHO) in the year 2008, COPD will be the number one cause of death in 2015. There will be huge gap between number one killer as COPD and diabetes which will be at number 2. Because of increase in population and vehicles the air pollution level has gone up. Apart from this, the eating habit of children, sedentary lifestyle making the problem more difficult. Junk food like pizza, burger being eaten by the children while watching TV.”

The hygiene factor also plays an important role. Cleaning of the body and proper washing of the hands from time to time is very important. Apart from exposure to biomass smoke the other pollutant factors include burning of mosquito coil, indoor fungus like uncleanliness. These factors lead to Asthama, COPD, Respiratory Tract Infection, Poor Lung Growth, Lung cancer. To tackle these issues Indian Chest Society has designated 9 centers all over India to train technicians and doctors by running certified courses every year endorsed by the society. Nagpur has such recognized centre at Department of Respiratory Diseases at Getwell Hospital with Dr Rajesh Swarnakar, Pulmonologist and Director of the hospital as its course coordinator. Dr Rahul Kodugale said, “Unfortunately Government has still not started a national program to control COPD. The international guidelines to treat asthma and COPD are based on results of spirometry which we hardly do which is akin to treating diabetes without checking blood sugar level or treating hypertension without seeing patient’s blood pressure.”

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Four days since jailbreak, cops, investigators make no headway

THE sensational Nagpur Central jailbreak case is still shrouded in mystery as even after four days cops and other investigating agencies have made no headway in the whereabouts of the five fugiti... Read More
THE sensational Nagpur Central jailbreak case is still shrouded in mystery as even after four days cops and other investigating agencies have made no headway in the whereabouts of the five fugitives.

The escape remains a puzzle that Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar and top brass of Nagpur City Police are still finding hard to solve. After conducting preliminary inquiry, Borwankar had suspended two Jail officers R G Parekar and S C Mahashirke on Thursday. Earlier, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered suspension of Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble against whom the Government had received 51 complaints. Many more skeletons are likely to tumble from the cupboard after the inquiry. Even DIG (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde may face the music.

A Special Team of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) visited Central Jail for inquiry as per the instructions of Director General of Police (ACB) Praveen Dixit on Friday.

Dixit, who is heading a high-level inquiry committee constituted by Chief Minister Fadnavis to probe the jailbreak case, would visit the jail on Saturday. He is expected to examine the findings of the internal inquiry conducted by ADG (Prisons) Borwankar. It is learnt that senior officials have deployed security guards near the well situated in the jail premises round-the-clock after Sepoy Vijay Gawali made startling revelations before the media that hundreds of cellphones were thrown into it. Exposing rampant corruption in jail administration and special favours extended to inmates by some officers, sepoy Gawli had alleged that the investigators would find a hoard of cellphones if the well was cleaned up. He had also exposed before mediapersons as to how jail officers accept huge money for allowing inmates to use cellphones and organise mutton parties, besides providing cigarettes, bidis, liquor and narcotics to them. Following alleged threats from senior officers, including senior Jailer Vaibhav Atram, sepoy Gawali had also lodged a complaint with Dhantoli Police.

After getting inside help, hardcore criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal; and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, had escaped from the jail in the wee hours of Tuesday. These criminals escaped after cutting the iron rods of Barrack No. 6 and scaling the prison wall. Bisensingh Uikey, Mohammad Shoaib and Rahul Gupta, were booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) with dreaded criminal Raja Ghous and one other. Prem and Aakash alias Golu Thakur were arrested in a robbery and firearms case. Raja Ghous too was locked in the same barrack but he could not escape because of injuries in his leg. Though allegations are being levelled that Ghous masterminded the jailbreak, he appears to be a hard nut to crack for police. City Police would produce Ghous before the Special Court at Nyay Mandir in connection withe the MCOCA case on Saturday. Security would be tightened in and around the district court when Ghous would be produced before the Special Judge.

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3 persons killed, one injured in separate road accidents

THREE persons, including a woman, were killed and one other injured seriously in three road accidents in the city. In the first incident, a motor truck towing another truck crushed a woman to ... Read More
THREE persons, including a woman, were killed and one other injured seriously in three road accidents in the city. In the first incident, a motor truck towing another truck crushed a woman to death and injured her husband seriously in front of Baba Sarkar Traders at Itabhatti Square in Yashodhara Nagar area. The deceased, Jahira Khatun (36) was a resident of Padole Nagar. Her husband Mohammad Tajuddin Mohammad Jalaluddin Shah (42), who suffered serious injuries in the mishap, was rushed to Mayo Hospital.

On Thursday evening, Mohammad Tajuddin and Jahira were going on a scooterette (MH-31/DY-5790) to his cousin’s house. A motor truck (MH-40/Y-0221) towing another truck (CG-04) hit their scooterette from behind. The couple fell down. Jahira came under the wheels of the truck and was killed instantaneously. Mohammad Tajuddin was admitted to Mayo Hospital. After registering a case under Sections 279, 337, 304(A) of the IPC read with Sections 187 of Motor Vehicle Act against drivers of both the trucks, Yashodhara Nagar cops started investigation.

In the second incident, a rashly-driven Maruti Swift ‘Dzire’ car knocked dead a youth at LIC Square, Sadar in the small hours of Friday. Fearing arrest, the car driver sped away.

Identified as Mayur Indrasingh Oswal (23), the deceased was a resident of Unit II, Buddha Nagar, Ashok Square.

Mayur and his friend were going on a scooter (MH-49/R-6609) towards LIC Square from Liberty Cinema. A Swift ‘Dzire’ care bearing registration number of Haryana hit their scooter killing Mayur on the spot. The car driver fled the spot fearing arrest. Sadar Police are trying to trace the ‘killer’ car after registering a hit-n-run case under Sections 279, 304(a) of the IPC read with Sections 134 and 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act against its driver. In another incident, a youth died of head injuries after his speeding motorcycle skidded off the road near Chandmari Temple in Nandanvan area on early Friday morning.

The deceased, Nilesh Manikrao Wadwe (21) was a resident of Plot No 190, Sambhaji Nagar, Narsala. Nandanvan Police are investigating the case.

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Couple in suicide pact

IN A suspected suicide pact, a young married couple ended their lives by hanging in their house in Hudkeshwar area on Thursday. Around 5.15 pm, Naushad Pandharinath Donadkar (28) and his wife Ro... Read More
IN A suspected suicide pact, a young married couple ended their lives by hanging in their house in Hudkeshwar area on Thursday. Around 5.15 pm, Naushad Pandharinath Donadkar (28) and his wife Rohini (24) were found hanging with ‘dupattas’ in their house at Flat S-7, Sufi Plaza, Dighori. The couple is survived by their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The couple was from Gadchiroli district. They were staying in a rented flat. Naushad was a pharmacist at Central India Institute of Medical Sciences (CIIMS), Bajaj Nagar. Rohini was pursuing studies in Law.

Soon after receiving information about the incident, staff from Hudkeshwar Police Station led by Sub-Inspector Muley arrived at the spot. Cops found Naushad and Rohini hanging from the ceiling fans in separate bedrooms. Cops found Rohini’s diary in which she addressed a letter to her parents stating that she feels like committing suicide but was worried about her daughter.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Naushad and Rohini often used to quarrel over domestic issues. The couple had gone to Gadchiroli three days ago and kept their daughter with their family. Investigators believe that Rohini first ended her life and then Naushad took the extreme step.

After conducting the inquest ‘panchnama,’ cops sent the bodies to Government Medical College & Hospital for post-mortem. On the basis of information given by Revati Sachin Vairagade (29), a resident of T-1, III floor, Sufi Plaza, Dighori, Hudkeshwar Police registered a case of accidental deaths. Further investigations are under way.

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JEE Mains today, over 17,000 students to appear

Over 17,000 students in city will appear for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Mains to be held on April 4 at 29 centres. Central Board of Secondary Education has appealed students to note tha... Read More
Over 17,000 students in city will appear for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Mains to be held on April 4 at 29 centres. Central Board of Secondary Education has appealed students to note that those who have passed Class 12th examination should bring photocopy of their marksheets and those who have appeared this year and waiting for their Class 12 results should bring their admit cards of class 12th examination to their respective centres. Students should write JEE roll number on marksheet/admit card.

In the country, 13.03 lakh aspirants are appearing who would aim for the elite Indian Institute of Technology by attempting the JEE Advanced 2014, which only the top 1.5 lakh rank holders of JEE Mains will be eligible to appear for.

The pen and paper based exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 4, whereas, the online/computer based exam will take place on April 10 and 11.

JEE (Main) exam will be bifurcated into two parts- Paper 1 for admission to BE and BTech courses, and Paper 2 for admission to BArch and BPlanning courses. Paper 1 will have objective-type questions with equal weightage to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Paper 2 will have objective-type questions in Mathematics as well as questions to test candidates' aptitude and drawing.

Time schedule

JEE Mains Time schedule: Activity: Paper I: Paper II Entry in examination hall: 9 am: 1:30 pm Distribution of test booklet: 9.20 am: 1:50 pm Seal of test booklet to be broken/opened to take out answer sheet: 9:25 am: 1:55 am Last entry in examination hall: 9:30 am: 2 pm Test commences: 9:30 am: 2 pm Test concludes: 12:30 pm: 5 pm

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Fix charges in private hospitals in district: Guardian Minister

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, has asked the administration and Indian Medical Association (IMA) to fix the charges in private/corporate hos... Read More
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister and Guardian Minister of Nagpur district, has asked the administration and Indian Medical Association (IMA) to fix the charges in private/corporate hospitals. Further, he has pressed for keeping reserved 20 per cent of beds in private hospitals for poor patients.

Bawankule has sent a letter to Divisional Commissioner, District Collector, Municipal Commissioner, and President of IMA. In the letter, he has pointed out that the rates of various treatments made available to the patients at various private/corporate hospitals in Nagpur city and district. Every hospital charges different rates, even for ICU. As a result, the members of the family of patients are always in tension about hospital charges.

“Even the Medical Council of India had tried to fix the rates in case of private hospitals. A draft prepared by Central Government in accordance with Clinical Establishments Act, talks about display of charges for various treatments,” Bawankule has stated in the letter. The Guardian Minister has added that the Government offered concessions to private hospitals on equipment, power supply etc. In return, the Government expected these hospitals to keep 20 per cent of beds reserved for poor. “Unfortunately, though there are 3,000 beds in private hospitals in Nagpur city, none of the hospitals has the list of poor patients admitted to 20 per cent of beds,” he has lamented.

Without mincing words, the Guardian Minister has pointed out that the poor patients also had to bear additional burden and did not get benefits of facilities available in private hospitals. Hence, Bawankule has stated, it is necessary to fix the charges for various treatments offered to patients and to display prominently on board the information about 20 per cent beds reserved for poor. Bawankule has directed the administration to take action accordingly, and submit a report in this regard.

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Hit-and-run case: Motorcyclist knocks youth dead

IN a hit-n-run incident, a speeding motorcyclist knocked dead a youth and injured his friend seriously in front of Bajrang Steel on Bhandara Road in Kalamna area on Tuesday night. Fearing arre... Read More
IN a hit-n-run incident, a speeding motorcyclist knocked dead a youth and injured his friend seriously in front of Bajrang Steel on Bhandara Road in Kalamna area on Tuesday night. Fearing arrest, the motorcyclist fled the spot. Identified as Lokendra Ashok Pande (28), the deceased was a resident of Sonba Nagar. His friend, Durgesh Deorao Kharbade (34), also a resident of Sonba Nagar, was seriously injured in the mishap. Around 9.30 pm, Lokendra and Durgesh, who were on a Honda Activa (MH-31/DX-8154), were crossing the road. Suddenly, a young man riding Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (MH-40/X-5783) speedily hit their Honda Activa killing Lokendra on the spot and injuring Durgesh. The motorcylist then fled the spot.

After registering a case under Sections 279, 337, 338, 304(A) of the IPC, read with Sections 134 and 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act, Kalamna Police launched a search for the motorcyclist.

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Unauthorised constructions in urban areas to be regularised

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday, announced in Legislative Assembly that the State Government would regularise the unauthorised constructions in all urban areas of Maharashtra. At t... Read More
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, on Wednesday, announced in Legislative Assembly that the State Government would regularise the unauthorised constructions in all urban areas of Maharashtra. At the same time, however, he said that care would be taken that no more unauthorised constructions come up in these areas.

State Government is obtaining the opinion of Law and Judiciary Department on how to regularise the unauthorised constructions in urban areas, without violating the directions of the Supreme Court and Bombay High Court, Fadnavis said. Further, he said, Revenue Department’s opinion would be obtained within next eight days. And, in 15 days, decision on regularising the unauthorised constructions would be taken. He was replying to a debate on action against unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad area under Pune Metropolitan Region.

BJP MLAs from Pimpri-Chinchwad namely Laxman Jagtap, Yogesh Tilekar, Jagdish Mulik, Mahesh Landge, Prof Medha Kulkarni and others raised the issue through Calling Attention Motion. The members demanded to stop the action against thousands of unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad area. In response, Fadnavis said that the Government had accepted ‘in-principle’ a report submitted by Sitaram Kunte, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner, heading the committee. In its report, Kunte Committee stated that 70-75 per cent of illegal constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad could be regularised.

“On similar lines, most unauthorised constructions in municipal corporation/council areas across the State could be regularised,” Fadnavis said. The report would be placed before the Cabinet, after which final decision would be taken soon. Besides, the Government would make a request to the High Court to stay demolition of unauthorised constructions in Pimpri-Chinchwad area, as the Government had accepted the report of Kunte Committee ‘in principle’.

The regularisation of unauthorised constructions in all urban areas across the State would be a big relief to those who purchased such properties. In most cases, there are violations of Floor Space Index (FSI) norms, Transferable Development Rights (TDR), Development Control Rules etc. As far as Nagpur is concerned, unauthorised constructions mostly mushroomed in the city periphery like Besa, Beltarodi, Bahadura, Wadi etc. These areas are technically rural, and outside the jurisdiction of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). However, the rural areas of Hudkeshwar and Narsala have been annexed to NMC area recently.

Within city limits, there are numerous instances of FSI violations, side margin breach and ignoring some or the other provisions of DCR and building bye-laws and on many occasions, the construction can not be regularised or violation can not be compounded by charging premium. In such instances, where innocent and gullible purchaser of the flats is put to loss since builder simply refuses to own up the responsibility, the decision by Government will provide succor to such affected citizens.

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CBI registers case against city-based B S Ispat, its Director in coal scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Wednesday, registered a case against Nagpur-based B S Ispat and its Director and others for submitting false information on existence of the compan... Read More
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Wednesday, registered a case against Nagpur-based B S Ispat and its Director and others for submitting false information on existence of the company while submitting the application and also during processing of the application for allocation of Marki Mangli Coal Block-I in Yavatmal district.

CBI registered the case under Sections 120-B, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against B S Ispat Limited and its Director Mohan Agrawal. CBI also conducted searches on Wednesday at the ‘official and residential premises of the accused’ at Nagpur, Chandrapur, and Yavatmal. After registering the 40th FIR in the coal scam, CBI carried out searches at Agarwal’s residence, corporate office in Nagpur, factory office in Chandrapur, and mine-site office of the company in Yavatmal. As per the statement on the CBI website, the Director of B S Ispat Limited allegedly submitted ‘false information’. The coal block was allocated for captive use in the proposed Sponge Iron Plant (SIP) of 3 lakh tonnes per annum capacity. It was also mentioned in the allocation letter that the company would set up a washery, and washed coal would be used in the SIP and the middling would be used in the Captive Power Plant (CPP) to be set up by the company.

As per the CBI statement, it was alleged that the promoters of the company, after getting allocation of the coal block, disposed of their shares through Share Purchase Agreement in the year 2011.

It may be recalled that CBI had last year registered a case against 100 per cent subsidiary of B S Ispat -- Gondwana Ispat Limited, and its promoter and Director Ashok Daga regarding alleged misrepresentation of facts. Further investigation is continuing, added the CBI statement. B S Ispat Limited was established in the year 1999 with the main business objectives of coal mining, power generation, and steel manufacturing. As per the reports, it got allocated the coal mine block Marki-Mangli I in Jhari Jamni tehsil of Yavatmal district in the year 2001. Ministry of Coal approved its mining plan on July 19, 2005. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) also gave its ‘No Objection Certificate’ in March 2005, for rated capacity of 3 lakh tonnes per annum. On May 17, 2007, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests accorded environmental clearance to Marki-Mangli I coal project of B S Ispat Limited over a lease area of 731.42 hectares. The coal mine project was located at villages Marki Buzurg, Pandharkawda, Ganeshpur, and Pardi. The life of the mine at the rated capacity was 30 years.

However, in the year 2011, B S Ispat was sold to OCL Iron and Steel Company. Though B S Ispat continued to be owner of Marki Mangli I coal block, the company was owned by OCL Iron and Steel Company.

In February 2015, in the recent coal block auction, B S Ispat got Marki Mangli III at Rs 918 per tonne.

Gondwana Ispat Limited, a 100 per cent subsidiary of B S Ispat Limited, was incorporated in October 2001. It also had been allotted Majra coal block in Warora tehsil of Chandrapur district.

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State Government regularises 129 unauthorised layouts

To provide major relief to plot-holders of unauthorised layouts, Urban Development Department (UDD) has regularised 129 layouts situated on land belonging to Government and Nagpur Improvement Tru... Read More
To provide major relief to plot-holders of unauthorised layouts, Urban Development Department (UDD) has regularised 129 layouts situated on land belonging to Government and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) in the city. Around 2 lakh plot-holders of the city will be immensely benefited by this important decision. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis played a major role in deciding this issue of plot-holders. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane pursued the matter after taking charge of the Trust recently. The proposal was pending for several years but previous Government did not pay any attention towards it.

It may be mentioned that NIT had acquired land for various purposes in the city. The State Government also transferred additional land under the Urban Land Ceiling Act to NIT. However, the owners of the said lands sold them illegally to various persons by demarcating plots. At many places, the NIT had given compensation to original land owner and acquired land but it was encroached, while on some land the award of the land was passed but NIT failed to get acquisition of the land, and in some cases ULC had transferred land to NIT for various schemes but illegal layouts cropped on these lands. The Board of Trustee of NIT had recommended regularisation of these layouts in a resolution passed on June 26, 2011. However, the resolution was pending with State Government for its nod for last four years.

Regularising 41 unauthorised layouts situated on the land acquired by NIT, the State Government has directed Trust to regularise land under the provisions of Development Control Rules (DCR) and relax condition of Rule 5 (2) of DCR. The NIT should not regularise layouts situated on reserve land. The NIT has been directed to recover cost of land acquisition and development fees with interest from the plot holders.

The State Government, while regularising 71 layouts situated on land transferred by ULC to NIT, has directed NIT to regularise these layouts under condition and rules laid down under ULC. The Trust will regularise these layouts under DCR and will relax condition under Rule 5 (2) of DCR. The State Government has allowed NIT to recover cost of land acquisition and development cost with interest from the plot-holders. The NIT should develop 17 layouts on that land where the award was declared but land was not acquired by it. The NIT will recover development charges from them.

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CM’s gift: Full ownership rights to plot-holders over conservancy lane

Solving out major and critical problem of the Second Capital of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to give ownership of conservancy lanes to adjacent plot-holders for a ver... Read More
Solving out major and critical problem of the Second Capital of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to give ownership of conservancy lanes to adjacent plot-holders for a very reasonable rate. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will give ownership of conservancy land on lease at 25 per cent rates of prevailing ready reckoner rates for residential purposes only.

Ruling Party leader at NMC Dayashankar Tiwari while briefing mediapersons praised Chief Minister Fadnavis for solving this long pending issue of the city and also for reducing the rates for getting ownership rights of these lanes. State Government has issued directions on March 26, 2015. Earlier, Maharashtra Government had issued directions to provide ownership of conservancy lane on lease at New Dharampeth, Congress Nagar, Barse Nagar-Panchpaoli and Jat Tarodi on February 5, 2001. The local body had requested Maharashtra Government to grant 30 years lease on all conservancy lanes to adjacent plot holders. The State Government had granted permission on August 12, 2013 on following conditions that the NMC would recover two times amount of prevailing ready reckoner rates from plot holders for these rights. Additionally, the plot holders had to pay 2 per cent ground rent every year. However, due to stringent conditions of ready reckoner rates, the proposal did not evoke any positive response from the plot holders.

Even Fadnavis, then a very active MLA from South-West Nagpur, also raised the issue in Legislative Assembly and other platforms to reduce the rates, however, then Government refuse to provide any relief to aggrieved plot holders.

As per new order, around 2,07,684 sq mts conservancy lane will be occupied by adjacent plot holders. The plot holders, who do not want to use FSI of the said lane, will have to pay 25 per cent amount of prevailing ready reckoner rates and 2 per cent ground rent every year for ownership rights of the lane. If the plot holders want to use FSI of the lane, they have to pay 100 per cent ready rekoner rates and 2 per cent ground rent every year. If the plot holders want commercial use of the lane, then they have to pay double the rate of ready reckoner rate in addition to 2 per cent ground rent per annum.

The frontage plot-holders will have to pay double the rate of ready reckoner.

Tiwari claimed that the local body can earn Rs 400 crore from conservancy lane rights in next four years. In the very first year (current fiscal), the NMC may earn Rs 100 crore. The NMC will earn Rs 8 crore per annum after four years from 2 per cent ground rent. However, no construction is permissible over conservancy lane, which must be left open for cleanliness work.

It may be mentioned that till 1955, there was no underground sewage system in city. The drainage and sewerage line were open to sky till 1955. The conservancy lanes were left at the rear side of houses to clean the sweeper service toilets in a layout. The lanes became defunct with introduction of underground sewage system after 1955. The lanes about 8 to 16 feet in width between two residential lanes remained either defunct or encroached. Any construction in the lanes is unauthorised and is liable to be demolished.

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3 arrested in Panchpaoli firing case

PACHPAOLI Police on Wednesday arrested three anti-social elements owing allegiance to dreaded criminal Little Sardar alias Shailendra Singh Lohia for firing at two youths at Patankar Square. Cop... Read More
PACHPAOLI Police on Wednesday arrested three anti-social elements owing allegiance to dreaded criminal Little Sardar alias Shailendra Singh Lohia for firing at two youths at Patankar Square. Cops arrested accused Rinku alias Harvinder Singh Bhatia, Raju alias Nirbhar Singh Harbhajan Singh Tak and Sittu alias Harjeet Singh Gurvichan Singh Gaur after they surrendered at the police station.

However, Little Sardar and others involved are still at large.

Jograj Singh Kashmir Singh Dhillon (21), a resident of Baba Vittuji Nagar, and Goldy had gone to Tuli Mall where they had a scuffle over some issue. Rinku contacted his brother-in-law Little Sardar, who enjoys a considerable clout in North Nagpur area, and informed him about the incident. Within minutes, Little Sardar along with his accomplices came to Tuli Mall in a black coloured Audi 6060 and a Tata Safari. They rammed their vehicle into Jograj’s car and later charged at him with a sword. Jograj sensing danger thought it wise to escape from the scene. He immediately boarded his Tata Indigo Manza (MH-40/AC-8941) car along with his friend and started driving towards Patan Square. Little Sardar and his gang started chasing them in their vehicles. Seeing Jograj gaining lead, Little Sardar and his men opened fire. Four shots were fired in direction of Jograj’s car creating panic among passers-by.

On being informed, Police swung into action and reached Patankar Square. They seized empty shells and started investigations. There were rumours that accused Sonu Gaur suffered bullet injuries. However, Little Sardar and his other accomplices are still absconding.

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No trace of fugitives; ADG (Prisons) Meera Borwankar admits to lapses

ADDITIONAL Director General (ADG) of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar, on Wednesday, arrived in the Second Capital and started an in-depth probe in the sensational jailbreak in which five hard-... Read More
ADDITIONAL Director General (ADG) of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar, on Wednesday, arrived in the Second Capital and started an in-depth probe in the sensational jailbreak in which five hard-core prisoners fled Central Jail, Nagpur. The firebrand IPS officer, Borwankar started an inquiry immediately after her arrival.

The major security lapse had forced Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to immediately suspend Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble and order a high-level inquiry into the case. Superintendent of Amravati Jail, S V Khatavkar was asked to take over Kamble’s charge.

Accompanied by DIG (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde, Borwankar reached Central Jail at around 4.15 pm and started the inquiry. After inspecting the Barrack No. 6 from where the five criminals, including the three booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), escaped after cutting the iron rods and scaling the prison wall, Borwankar also quizzed suspended Jail Superintendent Kamble, jailers, sepoys and some inmates for more than four hours. She would submit a detailed report to the Chief Minister, who also holds the Home portfoilio, for appropriate action.

Some more Jail officers and sepoys are likely to be placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. Similarly, DIG (Prisons) Shinde is likely to be transferred for his alleged casual approach in jail administration. Speaking to mediapersons, ADG (Prisons) Borwankar admitted that there were major security lapses. “I collected information from all concerned about the incident. I will prepare a detailed inquiry report and submit it to the government,” she added.

Meanwhile, the entire police machinery of the region is groping in dark about the whereabouts of the five fugitives. Separate teams of different police units including Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) have been fanned out in search of the dreaded criminals.

Hard-core criminals Bisensingh Rammulal Uikey (35), a resident of Dhumal, Seoni (Madhya Pradesh); Mohammad Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), a resident of New Mankapur; Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (24), a resident of Kamptee; Prem alias Nepali Shalikram Khatri (21), a native of Nepal, and Aakash alias Golu Rajusingh Thakur (22), a resident of Kutubshah Nagar, Gittikhadan, had escaped from the jail in the wee hours of Tuesday after getting inside help.

Preliminary investigations revealed that these criminals escaped by scaling the 23 ft high prison wall after cutting iron rods of Barrack No. 6 between 2 am and 4 am. These prisoners hatched the jailbreak plan at the behest of dreaded gangster and arms supplier Raja Ghous alias Ghous Ali alias Raja Waris Ali who, too, was locked in the same barrack. It is alleged that Raja Ghous, suffering an injury in his leg, took ‘supari’ from a prominent businessman to eliminate the latter’s rival(s). Ghous was provided a cell phone allegedly by a sepoy. As per the plan, the prisoners contacted some other members of their gang who had kept the vehicle ready for them near the southern wall towards FCI Godown. The jail officials found a dark coloured shawl and shoes near the wall. A senior police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that separate squads had already left for some places in adjoining Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in search of the fugitives.

In view of serious allegations about the conspiracy, he said, investigators may quiz Raja Ghous in the prison as Bisensingh Uikey, Mohammad Shoaib and Satyendra alias Rajbahadur Gupta were the members of his gang.

High-level panel to probe into case

CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday constituted a high-level committee headed by Director General (Anti-Corruption) Praveen Dixit to conduct an inquiry into the Nagpur jailbreak incident. Additional Director General (Law & Order) will also be a part of the committee. The committee has been asked to submit its findings by April end.

Fadnavis said that he has also directed the committee to probe the security lapses as well as the system. “The officer held responsible in this case would be dismissed under Article 311 of the Constitution of India. There were 51 complaints against the Jail Superintendent, who is now under suspension, but I’m astonished why the previous government failed to take action against him,” he added.

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State appoints 18 Distt In-charge Secretaries

State Government on Tuesday appointed 18 District In-charge Secretaries for all 27 districts. Senior Indian Administrative Service cadre officials have been made District In charge Secretaries. ... Read More
State Government on Tuesday appointed 18 District In-charge Secretaries for all 27 districts. Senior Indian Administrative Service cadre officials have been made District In charge Secretaries. According to the order issued in this direction by General Administration Department, Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh has been given charge of Raipur and Gariaband districts, Additional Chief Secretary N K Aswal has been given charge of Janjgir-Champa district and Additional Chief Secretary M L Raut has been given charge of Bilaspur and Mungeli districts. Similarly, Secretary R C Sinha has been given charge of Surguja and Balrampur-Ramanujganj districts, Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla has been given charge of Bastar and Kondagaon districts, Principal Secretary Sunil Kujur has been given charge of Dhamtari district, Principal Secretary R P Mandal has been given charge of Korba district, Principal Secretary Amitabh Jain has been given charge of Kanker district, Secretary Dr B L Agrawal has been given charge of Balod district, Secretary Subrat Sahu has been given charge of Bijapur and Narayanpur districts, Secretary Dinesh Shrivastava has been given charge of Koriya and Surajpur districts, Secretary Amit Agrawal has been given charge of Balodabazaar-Bhatapara district, Secretary Niddhi Chibbar has been given charge of Mahasamund district, Secretary Ganesh Shankar Mishra has been given charge of Kawardha district, Secretary K R Pisda has been given charge of Durg and Bemetara districts, Secretary Dr B L Tiwari has been given charge of Raigarh and Jashpur districts, Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh has been given charge of Rajnandgaon district and Secretary Dr M Geetha has been given charge of Sukma and Dantewada districts.

As per the orders issued by the General Administration Department, these In charge Secretaries will be touring their respective districts on monthly basis and review the development works undergoing there.

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Significant rise in land related disputes

More than 30 conflicts have arisen over land acquisition during the duration of 2013 and 2014 at 12 districts of Chhattisgarh State a rise of over 60% over 2012 which had recorded only 19 cases... Read More
More than 30 conflicts have arisen over land acquisition during the duration of 2013 and 2014 at 12 districts of Chhattisgarh State a rise of over 60% over 2012 which had recorded only 19 cases of land disputes at different parts of the State. This is revealed in the mapping exercise of United States (US) Based Social Organisation, Right and Resources Initiative (RRI) along with Indian Based Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development (SPWD) after analysing the pending cases of land disputes in district courts, high courts of all states as well as Supreme Court of India and record complains regarding it in various police stations of all affected 165 districts including 12 ones of Chhattisgarh.

This flammable situation and facts are the major factors behind the bitter debate and objection over the new land acquisition law of central government both in the Indian Parliament as well as all states. On one hand many industrial analysts and businessmen consider the takeover of the land as essential for growth and expansion of the industrial sector, on the other hand the problems of compensating and rehabilitating those rural people who have been displayed by such projects remain unresolved. It is estimated that projects worth of around 10000 crore rupees are affected owing to the land dispute cases at different parts of the Chhattisgarh during the duration of past two years.

The maximum cases of land conflicts were recorded at different districts of the Bastar division with 14 cases in 2013 and 2014. Amongst all districts of the division, maximum (5) cases were recorded at Dantewada district followed 3 cases in Bastar district, 2 cases in Sukma and one case each in Narayanpur, Bijapur, Kanker and Kondagaon districts.

Similarly 9 cases of land acquisition were reported at several districts of the Sarguja division consist of 4 cases in Jashpur district and 2 cases of land conflicts each in other districts of the division. In Bilaspur division too, 6 cases of land disputes or acquisition were recorded during the time duration of 2013 and 2014, 3 cases were recorded at Raipur division and least 2 cases were reported in different parts of the Durg district.

One of the senior representative of RRI-Asia Regional Program said ‘Due to rich mineral and forest resources, maximum cases of land conflicts are being reported at tribal districts of the state where respect for people’s rights are missing element in many of the cases and it is responsible for rift and clash between the land acquisition cases’, he added.

Most of the conflicts occurred owing to the takeover of land by private entities for making power projects, industries, real estate and economic zones. An increase drive of takeover regarding this purpose has evoked strong reactions among land holders and rural people of the affected areas and those ones who work on the land.

Umabharti Sahu, Social Activist who works and actively take parts in all those movements in land acquisition cases stated that although companies give compensation to the farmers of the land but this small amount of compensation is not sufficient to fulfill all requirements of these innocent and poor rural people. She also alleged that in many cases with the medium of violence, deal of land transfer occurs which is an unobjectionable matter and cannot be tolerated at all.

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Time to experience some international flicks

It’s a good news for the city cinema-lovers as an array of films would be showcased during the five-day long ‘Raipur International Film Festival’ will be organised at Mahant Ghasidas Museum... Read More
It’s a good news for the city cinema-lovers as an array of films would be showcased during the five-day long ‘Raipur International Film Festival’ will be organised at Mahant Ghasidas Museum premises from April 10 to 14.

The festival, dedicated to filmmaker Late Kishore Sahu, Playwrights duo Satyadev Dubey and Habib Tanveer, will be inaugurated with premier show of upcoming movie ‘Jai Ho Democracy’ and a series of cultural performances by artists from across the country and abroad nations on April 10 at Muktakash Manch.

Organised jointly by Chhattisgarh Film and Visual Art Society (CFVAS), Raipur, World India Foundation (WIF), New Delhi and State Culture Department, the festival will have also lecture sessions of renowned film and theatre personalities including Om Puri, Satish Kaushik, Ranjeet Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Dr Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Adil Hussain, Suzanne Bernert and many others.

CFVAS’s Chairman Subhash Mishra and thespian Yogendra Choubey informed that while senior art critic Ajit Rai is the festival coordinator, Union Minister of State for Defence General VK Singh has consented to inaugurate the festival by lighting the ceremonial lamp on the first day. Mishra added that all the film personalities will also held discussions with the audience during the festival. Though, the selection of films to be screened is under progress by the experts.

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Anganbadi workers call off indefinite strike after Chief Minister’s assurance

The striking Anganbadi workers and assistants have called off their ten-day long indefinite strike on Tuesday. It is being stated that the announcement of withdrawing strike had been made after g... Read More
The striking Anganbadi workers and assistants have called off their ten-day long indefinite strike on Tuesday. It is being stated that the announcement of withdrawing strike had been made after getting assurance from the Chief Minister.

Making the announcement, the President of Anganbadi Karyakarta Avam Sahayak Sangh has stated that all the Anganbadi workers and assistants will resume duty from April 1.

These Anganbadi workers were on indefinite strike since March 20 against fulfillment of their six-point demands. In this direction, a memo had been submitted to the Governor. Meanwhile, sources have informed that the Anganbadi Karyakarta and Sahayak Sangh has reportedly broken into two factions, wherein, the faction led by incumbent President has announced withdrawing of strike and resuming of duties while the other faction has stated that they will continue with the strike.

It is worth mentioning here that earlier the State Government which had taken serious cognisance of the indefinite strike called by Anganbadi workers and assistants, had issued ultimatum to them to resume duties on or before April 3 as the strike had disrupted urgent services including distribution of nutritious food to women and children. State government had also empowered District Collectors to dismiss the striking Anganbadi workers and make new recruitments.

Women and Child Development Department Secretary Dinesh Shrivastava informed that Anganbadi workers would not be eligible for either sanctioned leave or any honorarium during the strike period. It was also informed that Self Help Groups would be given priority of running Anganbadi centers incase the workers don’t end their strike. Officials informed that Chhattisgarh is very near to achieving targets of Millennium Development Goals and the ongoing strike adversely impacts the mission while also displaying the non-cooperative attitude of these workers.

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Increased freight charges from today

The freight charges of Indian Railways will be increased with effect from April 1 as per the provisions laid down in the Railway Budget 2015-16. The Railways had not increased passenger tariff but ... Read More
The freight charges of Indian Railways will be increased with effect from April 1 as per the provisions laid down in the Railway Budget 2015-16. The Railways had not increased passenger tariff but the freight charges has been increased by 3.2 percent on an average. The increase in freight charges will bring affect into the cost of essential commodities as well as directly affecting the steel and aluminum industries. Targeting a rise of Rs 4000 crore additional revenue collection, the Railways has increased the freight charges of several commodities. Accordingly, in the forthcoming financial year the freight charges of food-grains, pulses, urea, etc will be increased by 10 percent, while the freight charges from coal will increase by 6.3 percent, cement by 2.7 percent and scrap as well as pig iron by 3.5 percent. The Railways has fixed a target of freight transportation of 110.5 crore tons in 2015-16. Also the freight charges of iron ore and steel has been increased by 0.8 percent, bitumen and asphalt by 3.5 percent.

The Railways has also proposed to increase the cost of platform tickets to Rs 10 from Wednesday onwards with an objective to check unwanted crowds in railway platforms. Also the ticket reservation period has been increased to 120 days from existing 60 days. This may also create problems as people will have to book their tickets four months earlier and people will find severe crisis of reservation as Railways has virtually failed to control the touts. However, the officials on the contrary have opined that this will check the menace of touts and the passengers will be benefited. Software has also been changed in this direction.

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Bank robbery: Police launch intense manhunt

POLICE are desperately trying to dig out clues leading to unidentified robbers, involved in the sensational armed loot at Union Bank of India, Bhlai-3-Charoda Branch.

The police authorities... Read More
POLICE are desperately trying to dig out clues leading to unidentified robbers, involved in the sensational armed loot at Union Bank of India, Bhlai-3-Charoda Branch.

The police authorities asserted that they were investigating all minute details to track down the culprits, involved in the bank robbery.

According to information, after receiving message that Ambikapur police had managed to crack the dacoity at Central Bank, Narmadapur branch, Bhilai-3 police led by Naresh Patel, Station House Officer, Bhilai-3 Thana proceeded to interrogate the gang of dacoits to dig out clues regarding Bhilai-3 Bank robbery or to ascertain their suspected involvement. The police did not found any corroboration between Bhilai-3 Bank armed loot and Narmadapur Bank dacoity, or any clues leading to the culprits involved in the robbery.

When contacted, Naresh Patel, SHO, Bhilai-3 Thana informed that during interrogation of dacoits, involved in Narmadapur Bank dacoity, did not yield and clue or corroboration. He also added that owing to same modus operandi of the gangs and occurrences of crimes, one after another, the police were suspecting links of gangs or involvement. It may be recalled that in the sensational armed loot, four unidentified ruffians, with covered faces, had stormed into Union Bank of India in Bhilai-3 and looted over Rs 11.09 lakhs at the gun point, reportedly on February 25 afternoon.

Two youths involved in kidnapping arrested, stolen car recovered

City Kotwali Police have arrested two youths accused of loot and kidnapping and have recovered a stolen Santro car from their possession. The accused were caught while they were looking for customers to sell the car. The accused befriended a coal trader of Assam on pretext of business and looted the car after abducting the driver. The driver was kidnapped by the duo around 45 days ago and he was released after 20 days. The accused have been identified as Manoj Kumar Jha (32), son of Narayan, a resident of Madhubani District, Bihar and Mahadev Sahu (36), son of late Jhumuk, resident of Harnabandha, Durg. The Bihar based accused was residing in a rented house at Deendayal Colony near DPS. Police sources informed that around 45 days ago, the accused duo went to Hubli, Assam and met with Ramzan and his partner Noor Aslam in connection with coal business. They asked them to supply coal and when the trader asked for Rs 1 Lakh as advance, the duo requested him to escort them to ATM for withdrawing money.

Meanwhile when Noor Aslam and his driver Hasan Ali were taking them to the ATM in the car, the duo thrashed Aslam and threw him out of the car. They then threatened the driver Hasan and brought him to Durg in the car. The driver was later released by them after 20 days. An offence in this regard was also registered in Chapar Police Station of Hubli under section 365 and 379-34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). On being tipped off, a police team nabbed the accused from Polsaypara and strictly interrogated them during which they revealed about the incident. Meanwhile, City Kotwali Police have seized the car and investigations in the case were on till the last reports came in.

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MoU signed for Surat-Paradeep gas pipeline

The Union Government has already started laying of the natural gas pipeline from Surat in Gujarat to Paradeep Harbour in Odisha. The gas pipeline will pass through Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur and... Read More
The Union Government has already started laying of the natural gas pipeline from Surat in Gujarat to Paradeep Harbour in Odisha. The gas pipeline will pass through Rajnandgaon, Durg, Raipur and Mahasamund districts in Chhattisgarh. The MoU was signed between Indian Oil Corporation Limited and state-government owned Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation (CSIDC) here at Mantralaya. The MoU was signed in the presence of Revenue and Industrial Department Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh.

The MoU was signed by Indian Oil Corporation official Subroto Verma and Chhattisgarh State Industrial Development Corporation Managing Director Sunil Mishra. A master plan will be made in one-year on the utility value of gas for the local populace and state government. A project will be prepared for the usage of natural gas as fuel for industrial units.

The Indian Oil Corporation is one of the ‘Navratna’ companies under Government of India. The IOC officials informed that plans are being made to protect environment by using natural gas. Indian Oil Corporation representative Aditya Singhal, P K Saklecha, Chhattisgarh State Investment Promotion Board Managing Director K L Uike, Deputy Director Anuraag Pande and CSIDC Managing Director Alok Trivedi and a lot of senior officers were present at the signing ceremony.

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2 men involved in stealing plywood stock worth Rs 1.25 lakh arrested

MADAN Mahal police apprehended two men involved in theft of plywood stock worth Rs 1.25 lakh in Shukla Nagar area on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Jugal Kishore Dahia alias Kisho... Read More
MADAN Mahal police apprehended two men involved in theft of plywood stock worth Rs 1.25 lakh in Shukla Nagar area on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Jugal Kishore Dahia alias Kishore (26) and Abhishek Chourasia (26), residents of Sneh Nagar area. According to police, Pramod Sharma (34), a resident of Shukla Nagar area, filed a complaint that he is owner of plywood store in the area. On March 30, he instructed his worker Jugal Kishore Dahia that stock of plywood will be delivered for Sihora and said to ensure its timely delivery from the godown. On next day, he received information that two autos were sent from the godown. Taking a serious note on the information, he asked the worker Jugal Kishore about delivery of second auto-rickshaw. In rigorous questioning, Jugal Kishore confessed to have stolen plywood stock with the help of Abhishek Chourasia who took away 31 plywoods worth Rs 1.25 lakh in a loading auto (MP-20LA-4135). Acting promptly on the information, a police team succeeded in apprehending the accused loading auto owner and seized entire stock of plywood and auto-rickshaw. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 381 of the IPC while further investigations are underway.

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Summer special trains to tackle vacation rush

IN COMMITMENT to provide better services to customers, Railways is starting summer special trains this year. Some of them will pass through different stations of West Central Railways. Train no... Read More
IN COMMITMENT to provide better services to customers, Railways is starting summer special trains this year. Some of them will pass through different stations of West Central Railways. Train no 09421/09422, Ahmedabad-Allahabad-Ahmedabad weekly summer special will run from Ahmedabad on 05/04/2015 to 28/06/2015 and from Allahabad on 06/04/2015 to 29/06/2015. Departure of train is scheduled from Ahmedabad every Sunday at 14.10 hours and reach Allahabad on Monday at 16.40 hours. Departure of the train from Allahabad is scheduled on every Monday at 21.05 hours and reach Ahmedabad on Tuesday at 23.55 hours. Train will have 21 coaches and will halt at Jabalpur and Satna Railway Stations of West Central Railway. Train no 09017/09018 Bandra Terminus-Allahabad-Bandra Terminus Weekly train will run from Bandra station from 02/04/2015 to 25/06/2015 and from Allahabad station from 03/04/2015 to 26/06/2015.

Departure of train from Bandra Terminus is schedule on every Thursday at 04.45 hours and reach at Allahabad on Friday at 08.50 hours. Departure of train is scheduled every Friday at 10.25 hours and reach Bandra Terminus on Saturday at 16.10 hours. The train will halt at Itarsi, Pipariya, Narsingpur, Jabalpur, Katni and Satna of West Central Railway. Train no 09051/09052 Surat -Chapra- Surat Weekly train will start from Surat from 04/04/2015 to 27/06/2015 and from Chapra from 05/04/2015 to 28/06/2015. Departure of train is scheduled from Surat on every Saturday at 06.10 hours and reach Chapra on Sunday at 10.50 hours. Train will leave from Chapra on Sunday at 13.25 hours and reach Surat on Monday at 16.50 hours. This train will halt in Jabalpur station of West Central Railway. Train no 09055/09056 Surat-Patna-Surat Weekly train will run from Surat from 07/04/2015 to 30/06/2015 and from Chapra from 08/04/2015 to 01/07/2015. The train will start from Surat on every Tuesday at 06.10 hours and reach Chapra on Wednesday at 10.40 hours. Train will leave from Chapra on every Wednesday at 14.55 hours and reach Surat on Thursday at 19.55 hours. This train will halt at Jabalpur and Itarsi station of West Central Railway.

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Due to poor construction, dream of RDU hostel for scholars remains unfulfilled

RESEARCH Scholar Hostel of the Rani Durgavati University (RDU) planned, funded and its construction started with reason to give hostel facility to research scholars coming to RDU but fate of th... Read More
RESEARCH Scholar Hostel of the Rani Durgavati University (RDU) planned, funded and its construction started with reason to give hostel facility to research scholars coming to RDU but fate of this building fell prey to administrative lethargy and now it is not in a good condition. Even before it is opened for use or being shifted from contractor to RDU, various parts of the building are getting damaged exposing poor quality of work. The new hostel building waiting for scholars and it seems that soon this newly building would be declared damaged and unfit for use.

A huge amount has been spent already on construction of research scholars hostel for scholars of RDU with an aim to provide hostel facility to scholars. But the dream of having a research hostel at RDU remains unfulfilled. Many years have passed but the building has not been handed over by the contractor yet.

After sex scam and involvement of its contractor in this case had indulged this important construction was in dispute due to this it has not been started for scholars yet. Now, condition of this newly constructed premises is not in a good state as some portion of the building is damaged.

Now, this hostel has become useless for scholars and also for RDU. In different departments majority of research scholars are coming to RDU to pursue research studies from different parts of the country, but for these students RDU do not have proper place for accommodation. As official sources added, research hostel was constructed under previous Five Year Plan. Construction of hostel was done with joint funds allotted by University Grants Commission (RDU) and Rani Durgavati University (RDU). In this around Rs 60 lakh was contributed by RDU and remaining amount was contributed by UGC. This hostel comprises 16 rooms and 2 halls and washrooms. Specially, for use of research scholars new building was constructed. Vice-Chancellor RDU Dr K N Singh Yadav said, “I am collecting information about procedural formalities to start research hostel and soon works will be carried out to start the hostel which was constructed for welfare of scholars in the University.” Vinod Jarolia Engineer of RDU said, “Construction of hostel was not constructed during my tenure. He denied to have any information about construction history and details of funds related to the hostel.”

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Three men killed, one critically injured in truck-car collision

IN A tragic incident, three men were killed and one sustained critical injuries in a head-on collision of a speeding truck and a car at Natwara village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police sta... Read More
IN A tragic incident, three men were killed and one sustained critical injuries in a head-on collision of a speeding truck and a car at Natwara village under jurisdiction of Shahpura police station in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The deceased have been identified as Rohtan Jat (32), a resident of Pakti Sakti area of Hathras district, Sachin Jat (20), a resident of Nagla Badhia area in Aligarh district and Vinod Sharma (45), a resident of Madaka area in Hathras district. Condition of injured Pramod Jat (30), a resident of Nagla Disi of Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh is reported to be critical and is undergoing treatment.

According to Shahpura police, they received information about a road accident in Natwara area and a police team reached the spot and rushed one injured to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital for treatment with the help of 108 Ambulance Service.

The accident took place when four men from Uttar Pradesh were travelling in a Swift Dzire car (UP-80DB-7376) towards Jabalpur. When they were passing through Natwara area, a speeding truck (CG-04JA-0613) coming from opposite direction rammed into the car. In the mishap, three of the four men travelling in the car were killed on the spot due to profuse bleeding, while condition of an injured is reported to be critical.

The car was completely damaged and injured and bodies were taken out after cutting the car with the help of gas cutter. After the incident, the accused truck driver managed to escape from the spot and police have seized the truck.

Police have sent bodies for post-mortem to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital after conducting panchnama.

After primary treatment, injured was referred to private hospital for further treatment. During initial investigation, police learnt that the truck was loaded with iron rods and was travelling towards Bhopal through Jabalpur. Police have registered a case against the accused truck driver under sections 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC and started search for him.

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With no major tax revision, JMC budget focuses on progress

SHOWING profit, fiscal budget of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) for year 2015-16 proposed no major tax revisions barring some increment in license fee on marriage gardens and car bazaars.... Read More
SHOWING profit, fiscal budget of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) for year 2015-16 proposed no major tax revisions barring some increment in license fee on marriage gardens and car bazaars. Budget has proposed property tax for villages and colonies of new wards, which have been included in city limits. Water tax, property tax, shop rent, education cess and other taxes and fee remained untouched. However, to fill civic body’s coffers budget proposes some increment in license fee on marriage gardens and car bazaars. The budget shows a proposed income of Rs 6,46,75,29,600 while expenditure of Rs 6,46,62,41,500 and surplus of Rs 12,88,100.

Presenting first budget, Mayor Dr Swati Godbole said it is a balanced one and will surely add to overall development of the city. She said the budget is focused to make Jabalpur a clean and green city. The budget will fulfill public expectations to a large extent. Dr Godbole said clean, green and healthy environment is main objective of the budget hence maximum efforts will be made to ensure proper cleanliness in the city and keeping the environment clean by curbing pollution, doing plantation etc. Besides, efforts to make Narmada clean and provide good roads, better streetlights and other necessary civic amenities will be given priority.

For the same, JMC will introduce door-to-door collection of garbage in all 79 wards of the city. Apart from this, it will construct nearly 25,000 individual toilets to rid city of open defecation. Besides, 125 public toilets will be constructed within city limits, the Mayor added. She said waste generated from religious places, vegetable markets, hotels, marriage gardens etc will be used to make bio-fertiliser. Dr Godbole said one high quality road will be constructed in all five assemblies of the city. The budget has a provision of Rs 12.50 crore for the work.

Similarly, development of at least 10 squares, two crematoriums and two lakes is also proposed in the budget. While to ensure transparency and quality in construction works, the budget has proposal for e-tendering, e-MB and e-payment. To ensure quality in construction works, especially in roads, a team of four engineers apart from third party monitoring and 11 member committee will supervise works. Besides, a Task Force to tackle water, cleanliness, street light and emergency situation is also proposed in the budget. The Mayor further informed that the budget has a proposal of Rs one crore for development of vegetable market at Kachhpura apart from Rs 5 crore for traffic arrangement, Rs 20 lakh for development works under Corporator head, Rs 30 lakh for works under Chairperson head. This time no money has been allocated under Mayor’s head.

To improve streetlight arrangement and save electricity, budget has a proposal to replace nearly 6400 lamps from Sodium to LED lamps. Rs 10 crore has been proposed for the work. Likewise, for clean atmosphere JMC will continue scheme of development of gardens, parks through public participation. JMC will bear 85 per cent of total expense while 15 per cent will be borne by locals. The budget has a proposal to purchase one TTL ladder to tackle fire incidents if occurs in multi-storied buildings. For this Rs six crore has been proposed in the budget. BJP MLA Anchal Sonkar, Ashok Rohani, Sushil Tiwari, nominated MLA, L B Lobo and Congress MLA, Tarun Bhanot were also present during the budget meeting.

Long debate was held over fixing of date for budget meeting. As the Opposition was demanding 15 days to analyse the budget and doing home work, while ruling party was adamant on allowing only a week’s time as was declared by Chairperson Sumitra Balmeek from the Chair. After prolonged debate, the Mayor allowed 10 days for examining budget by the corporators. Now, the House will assemble for budget meeting at 11 am on April 10.

Proposed Increment

The budget has proposed increment in license fee for marriage gardens and car bazaars. It proposed fee revision on marriage garden of upto 10,000 square feet to Rs 25,000, from 10,001 to 20,000 square feet to Rs. 50,000 and above 20001 sq feet Rs 1,00,000. Similarly, for Car Bazaar upto 5000 square feet area the license fee is proposed to Rs 20,000, from 5001 to 10,000 sq feet Rs 30,000 and above 10,001 sq feet the fee would be Rs 40,000.

Tax Proposal

The budget has proposal of property tax on houses in villages and colonies, which are situated in new wards recently included in JMC limits. The budget has property tax proposal of one paisa per square feet on Kutcha houses and two paisa per sq feet on Puckka houses. Viz. if some body has a Kutcha house on 10,000 square feet area, he would have to pay Rs 10 as property tax while for Kutcha house the tax would be Rs 20.

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9-member panel to advise on deputation of Tehsildars as zonal officers

A nine-member committee has been formed which will give suggestions over bringing in officers of Tehsildar level as Zonal Officer on deputation in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. The proposal... Read More
A nine-member committee has been formed which will give suggestions over bringing in officers of Tehsildar level as Zonal Officer on deputation in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. The proposal was introduced in the meeting of Municipal Council on Tuesday, where Chairman Surjit Singh Chouhan directed for formation of a 9 member committee which will be headed by Member of Mayor in Council Sankar Makoria. The committee will now give its suggestion over deputation of the officials in the next General Council meeting. Meanwhile the proposal for setting up special police force for the Bhopal Municipal Corporation was passed by Municipal Council. BMC will bear all the expenditure related to setting up the police force, along with setting up a police station. The proposal will now be sent to the state government. However the proposal presented in the General Council for appointment of consultant for construction of the Multi level Parking was sent back to the MiC as it has the power to pass proposal upto Rs 2 crore.

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Many Congress leaders receive BJP membership message!

BJP is elated over the success of its membership drive. It is regularly sending message of membership to common people to increase its base in the state. But what is a matter of utter surprise is... Read More
BJP is elated over the success of its membership drive. It is regularly sending message of membership to common people to increase its base in the state. But what is a matter of utter surprise is this that even some Congress leaders and workers have received invitation of BJP membership on their cell phones and they were certainly shell shocked.

Vice president of state Congress, Manak Agrawal is one of the Congress leaders who had received message of BJP membership on his cell phone. “ I had received first message of becoming BJP member on cell phone and after some time I got another message that I had become BJP’s member. I received BJP’s message at least six or seven times. It’s not me many other Congress leaders and even government officers have also received the BJP’s membership message on their cell phones. BJP’s membership drive is bogus and BJP needs to authenticate its membership by publishing the names,” said Manak Agrawal to “The Hitavada,”. Manak Agrawal said that there is no increase in BJP membership as is being claimed by the ruling party. BJP is doing fraud in the name of membership. Chief Spokesman of Congress KK Mishra is also one such Congress leader who had received the BJP membership message twice. “ The figures of BJP’s membership are fake. Like me, there are many Congress persons who have received the message of BJP membership and even they have received the message that they have become BJP member. I demand from election commission that probe should be done to check the bogus membership drive of BJP and if it is found on wrong foot then its recognition should be cancelled,” demanded KK Mishra. Mishra also claimed that according to his knowledge, even government officers have been made BJP’s members. He alleged that seeing its declining credibility, BJP had played the game of membership

Notably, BJP is conducting membership drive under which one receive message on mobile phone that if he wants to become BJP member then he needs to give missed call on number 18002662020.

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BJP makes one crore members

BJP has achieved the target of one crore members on Tuesday. Buoyed over the success of membership drive, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that state unit of BJP had created a r... Read More
BJP has achieved the target of one crore members on Tuesday. Buoyed over the success of membership drive, BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that state unit of BJP had created a record by achieving the target within one and half months. BJP National President Amit Shah had increased the time limit of membership drive by one month. A glittering function was organised at BJP headquarters to celebrate the success of membership drive on Tuesday night. Active membership was given in symbolic manner to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and former MP Kailash Joshi. BJP State President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that it is a matter of pride that party’s membership drive continued in country till four months and Madhya Pradesh BJP, in the aftermath of local body elections, achieved the target of one crore members by just in one and half months.

Claiming that Madhya Pradesh has become the pioneering State in membership drive, Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh has left behind all other states in membership and now party’s national president Amit Shah had increased the membership drive of Madhya Pradesh till April 30. He urged party workers to work with the same zeal during the extended time limit of membership drive as they have worked during one and half months. On this occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed happiness on the success of membership drive and dedicated its success to hard work of party workers and said now Madhya Pradesh is pioneering state in development rate in country and it had been felicitated with Krishi Karmanya award thrice.

He said the time of membership drive has been increased by a month and it is a challenge to party workers. Apart from this, Madhya Pradesh had also created record in giving relief to farmers. When Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was informed about the measures taken for farmers he had lauded the initiatives.

However, he said he had requested centre to relax the norms of wheat purchase in the aftermath of damage to crops by unseasonal rainfall and hailstorm.

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HC disqualifies Deosar MLA Rajendra Meshram

A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice G S Solanki on Tuesday allowed an election petition filed by Vanshmani Prasad Verma against Rajendra Kumar Meshram and election of... Read More
A SINGLE bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice G S Solanki on Tuesday allowed an election petition filed by Vanshmani Prasad Verma against Rajendra Kumar Meshram and election of respondent Rajendra Kumar Meshram from Assembly Constituency number 81 Deosar Assembly constituency is hereby declared as null and void.

The single bench in its order said that in circumstances, respondent was not qualified to contest election from Deosar Assembly Constituency number 81 on the date of filing nomination for election and the Returning Officer has committed illegality in accepting nomination paper of respondent and not rejecting his nomination paper due to non-compliance of Sections 33(5) and 36(2)(b) of the Representation of PeopleAct of 1951.

Thus, issue Nos. 3 and 4 are answered in affirmative, as a consequence thereof, election of respondent is liable to be set aside. Since respondent has not filed certified copy of voter list of 80, Singrauli Constituency in which his name was registered as an elector and thereby he has not complied with mandatory provisions of Section 33(5) and 36(2)(b) of the Act of 1951, therefore, he was not eligible to be chosen to fill seat of 81 Deosar Constituency.

The single bench added that in other words, he was disqualified to be chosen to fill the seat under the Act of 1951.

Thus, this case is covered under Section 100(1)(a) along with Section 100(1)(d)(i) of the Representation of People Act of 1951. Since respondent was not eligible to contest election from 81, Deosar Constituency of Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, therefore, now it is not necessary to consider whether election of respondent has been materially affected due to improper acceptance of nomination paper of respondent.

The petitioner has succeeded in proving that respondent has failed to comply with the mandatory provision of Sections 33(5) and 36(2)(b) of the Act of 1951 20) Resultantly, the election petition is allowed. Election of respondent No 1 from 81 Deosar Constituency is hereby declared as null and void, the single bench said.

The petition was filed by Vanshmani Prasad Verma against Rajendra Kumar Meshram. Advocate Arvind Shrivastava with Sumit Kanojiya appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Saurabh Tiwari with Gaurav Tiwari for the respondent. The petitioner filed the petition under Section 80 of Representation of the People Act, 1951, against election of returned candidate that is respondent, 81, Deosar Constituency of MP Vidhan Sabha. Advocate of Supreme Court, Ashwani Dubey commenting no behalf of Respondent Rajendra Kumar Meshram said, “He can approach the apex court under Article 136 of the Constitution of India and he has right to appeal in the Supreme Court against High Court’s order.

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Industrialist can purchase land without diversion; Cabinet nod to amendments

The Cabinet, in a meeting on Tuesday, approved a new set of provisions allowing the industrialists/developers to purchase agricultural land without diversion for setting up the industries or de... Read More
The Cabinet, in a meeting on Tuesday, approved a new set of provisions allowing the industrialists/developers to purchase agricultural land without diversion for setting up the industries or developing the residential areas. The diversion process can be completed after the land purchase.

According to information, the Cabinet gave nod to the bill regarding the amendments in Madhya Pradesh Ceiling on Agriculture Holding Act, which would allow the industrialist to easily purchase the land for setting up the industries. The industrialists would, however, need to start work on industry within three-years of land purchase or the government would take back the land. In addition, the industrialist would also need to inform the district authorities about the land purchase within 90-days of the process.

A Cabinet also decided to arrange 6 lakh MT DAP, 2 lakh MT Complex, 60 thousand MT potash and 10 lakh MT urea for Kharif year 2015 through MARKFED. Of these, 4 lakh MT DAP, 1.25 lakh MT Complex, 3 Lakh MT urea and 40,000 MT potash will be stored in advance.

For this, the state government will give guarantee of Rs 1200 crore every year to MARKFED from year 2015-16 to 2016-17. Earlier, the guarantee was Rs 500 crore. Exemption will be given from guarantee fee on guarantee of Rs 1200 crore for the period from year 2015-16 to 2016-17. State Government will pay the interest on it.

The Cabinet sanctioned phase-2 of Project Uday. Loan worth about Rs. 1500 crore will be obtained from ADB for this about Rs. 2100 crore project. Remaining 15 per cent each of the expenditure will be borne by government and urban bodies. Under phase 2 of the project, water improvement works will be undertaken in 159 small and medium cities. Works for sewerage managements, rainwater outflow and solid waste management will also be carried out as per requirement.

The cabinet decided to open 40 post-matric hostels for scheduled caste students in next academic session and year 2015-16. It is noteworthy that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced to open 50 new post-matric hostels in July 2014. Of these, 25 each are for girls and boys. Sanction for creation of posts for 10 post-matric hostels was given during year 2014-15. All hostels will be opened at district headquarters. Each hostel will have 60 seats. It has also been decided to create 29 posts of hostel superintendent, 109 of class-IV employees and 50 of contractual sanitary worker.

The Cabinet decided to amend guiding principles for availing services of high-level technical experts-cum-coaches in sports academies being run by Sports & Youth Welfare Department. Decisions of an empowered committee constituted for this will be followed.

Earlier, technical experts-cum-coaches of A, B and C categories were given honorarium of Rs. one lakh, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively. It has been decided to increase Rs 1.50 lakh, Rs one lakh and Rs 75,000 respectively. Rs 60,000 honorarium will be given to D category coaches and Rs 40,000 to E category coaches. Yearly increments will be made on the basis of consumer price index.

The technical experts, who impart coaching residing in academies will be given Rs 20,000 per month for housing arrangements, Rs 20,000 for local conveyance allowance and Rs 10,000 per month for food.

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BMC Budget: No hike in existing taxes, no new ones

No increase in taxes or the fresh tax was proposed as Mayor Alok Sharma presented his maiden Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) budget estimated at Rs 2745.60-crore on Tuesday for FY 2015-16, p... Read More
No increase in taxes or the fresh tax was proposed as Mayor Alok Sharma presented his maiden Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) budget estimated at Rs 2745.60-crore on Tuesday for FY 2015-16, promising modern amenities like wi-fi and she-lounge.

If compared to last year’s budget of Rs 2064.69-crore, the budget has gone up by over Rs 680-crore.

According to the budget the revenue collection of 2015-16 has been projected at around Rs 2800 crore.

With the increase in the limits of the BMC, a special Mayor Infrastructure Fund has been consituted with a budget of Rs 15 crore, on the lines of CM Infrastructure Fund for development of the 20 newly-merged villages into the Corporation.

Mayor announced for setting up five new petrol pumps at Sant Hirdaram Nagar, Chuna Bhatti, Kolar, ISBT and Transport Nagar. The pumps will provide petrol and diesel not only to Corporation but also to the public. People will also be able to file their taxes at these petrol pumps.

A budget of Rs 25 crore has been sanctioned for construction of an administrative building which will serve as headquarters of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). The BMC HQ will be constructed over a land of 5 acres which will be 29 storied and will be the tallest building in the city. A fund of Rs 22.75 crore has been earmarked for conservation and preservation of the lakes of the city in the budget this year. The budget has been devised to woo the students of the city as well. There are provisions for organizing Global Education fair where representatives of various Universities and Colleges of New Zeland, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Dubai and others will participate.

Along with these, funds have also been issued for construction of multi level parking, link-way bridge over Lower Lake, formation of mohalla samiti, construction of service lanes, beautification of Sadar Manzil, development of Chowk bazaar and other areas of the city.

MP Nagar to be developed into WI-FI Zone

People at MP Nagar will soon be getting the facilities of Wi-Fi, as Mayor Alok Sharma on Tuesday announced for development of the area into a Wi-Fi zone. Provisions have been made in this regard in the annual budget of the Corporation. However, the amount issued is yet to be released. Mayor Alok Sharma announced that after MP Nagar, it will be implemented in other parts of the city too.

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21 Dy Collectors transferred in Nagpur Division

In a major administrative reshuffle, 21 Deputy Collectors were shifted from their present positions for a variety of reasons including some of them being in the same district for years together... Read More
In a major administrative reshuffle, 21 Deputy Collectors were shifted from their present positions for a variety of reasons including some of them being in the same district for years together. At least 11 of these officers working as Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) will be replaced now by fresh faces as Probationary officers have been asked to assume the charge of the office. The fresh faces who have been asked to take over as SDOs include Namrata Chate (shifted as SDO to Saoner), Deepti Suryawanshi (Umred), Smita Patil (Wardha), Sangeeta Rathod (Chimur), Manisha Dandge (Sakoli), Sunil Suryawanshi (Chamorshi), Shilpa Sonale (Tumsar), Shubhangi Andhale (Arvi), Gangaram Talpade (Deori), Kalpana Nil (Chandrapur), and Seema Ahire (Brahmapuri). Archana Pathare, another Probationary Officer, has not been included in the list of transfers as she is on ‘long leave’ since May 2014. The list of transfers, however, has come as a shock and surprise for many senior officers of the rank of Deputy Collector. Sunil Gade, Resident Deputy Collector, Wardha has been transferred to Wadsa in Gadchiroli district as SDO. Gade’s transfer has been effected citing the reason that there were ‘complaints’ against him and that he had completed two-and-a-half years in Wardha district. Further, five Deputy Collectors have been transferred from their current positions as they were in the same district for a period ranging from six years to 10 years, though an officer is transferred after completing the term of three years. These officers include Sujata Gandhe, Deputy Collector (EGS), Nagpur; Ajay Ramteke, Deputy District Election Officer, Nagpur; Anant Walaskar, Resident Deputy Collector, Gondia; Rajlaxmi Shah, Assistant Commissioner (Land Reforms), Divisional Commissionerate, Nagpur; Shailesh Meshram, Deputy District Election Officer, Wardha. Of these, Gandhe has been in Nagpur district for over 10 years. She has been shifted to Bhandara as Deputy Collector (Revenue). Ajay Ramteke has been in Nagpur district for over nine years, and has been shifted to Chandrapur as Deputy Collector (Enforcement). Walaskar, who has been in Gondia district for over six years, has been transferred to Wardha as Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition) for Upper Wardha project. Rajlaxmi Shah, who has been in Nagpur district for over six years, has been shifted to Wardha as District Rehabilitation Officer. Shailesh Meshram has been shifted to Nagpur as Deputy Collector (Pench Project-II). He has been in Wardha district for over six years.

The other officers transferred include V N Harkande, Saoner SDO, to Chandrapur as Deputy Collector (EGS); Umesh Kale, Umred SDO, to Gondia as Deputy Collector (GAD); Vaibhav Nawadkar, Wardha SDO, to Wardha as Resident Deputy Collector; V R Urkude, Chimur SDO, to Bhandara as Deputy District Election Officer; D P Talmale, Sakoli SDO, to Gondia as Deputy Collector (EGS); Ashok Latare, Tumsar SDO, to Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition); V R Thakre, Arvi SDO, to Gondia as Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition); D M Sonwane, Deori SDO, to Gadchiroli as SDO; R B Khajanchi, Mul SDO, to Chandrapur as Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition-General); Sanjay Daine, Chandrapur SDO, to Chandrapur as Resident Deputy Collector; M A Raut, Wadsa SDO, to Nagpur as Deputy District Election Officer; Subhash Chaudhary, Deputy District Election Officer, Gadchiroli, to Nagpur as Deputy Collector (Revenue), and Damodhar Nanhe, Deputy District Election Officer, Wardha, to Gadchiroli as Deputy Collector (Land Acquisition-General). Sudhakar Kulmethe, Resident Deputy Collector at Chandrapur, has been transferred to Nagpur as Assistant Commissioner (Land Reforms) in the office of Divisional Commissioner. Kulmethe has been transferred to Nagpur considering his expertise in preparing proposals pertaining to zudpi jungle. N K Lonkar, Deputy District Election Officer, Gondia, has been kept in Gondia district in the capacity of Resident Deputy Collector.

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Students pay for services which MKCL never provided

“Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, according to sources has come to conclusion that it was facing problems since software from the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) was ... Read More
“Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, according to sources has come to conclusion that it was facing problems since software from the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) was procured.”

“After facing so many problems because of the technical systems developed by MKCL, senate members of Mumbai University protested and the authorities have to say that Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) – entrusted with some responsibilities – to ensure error-free work this time, failing which its contract would be reviewed.”

“In Kolhapur University people have demanded to cancel the contract with MKCL.” These are examples of some universities which have made agreement with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) and students did not get the services supposed to be given. On the same lines Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University also faced same problems. It did not distribute the degrees of around one lakh students, thanks to MKCL. University has collected money from students and deposited in the account of E-Suvidha of MKCL but the company did not give any service. Students paid for the services which they never got.

Adv Manmohan Bajpayee, Senate Member has raised this issue in recently concluded Senate. Some people are raising the issue pointing out that the payment to the tune of Rs 5 crore of MKCL is pending with the University. Sources said that very small part of the payment is related to the work done by MKCL, rest is only the fees-- Rs 50 charged per students. Dr Murlidhar Chandekar, Pro-Vice Chancellor while replying to this issue said, “As per the State Government directives, a separate account has been created for E-Suvidha of MKCL wherein Rs 7 crore have been deposited. We haven’t spent a single penny from it nor we have paid to MKCL because though MKCL has submitted the bills, earlier CoE had asked them to furnish the details of the services provided by them and MKCL did not give them.”

To decide about the payment part, a committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Dr Chandekar which will study what services MKCL had given and how much payment is supposed to be given.

A Government Resolution (GR) was issued in the year 2006 through which Government has made avilability of E-Suvidha to all students compulsory to all the universities. Gradually, the then Government brought MKCL into the picture. With all other universities, RTMNU too signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MKCL. The affidavit duly signed by Vivek Sawant, MD of MKCL and the then Registrar of RTMNU Subhash Belsare available with The Hitavada clearly says that MKCL was supposed to provide 14 administrative and facilitation services. The services included mainly providing admit cards, examination result processing, marksheet, degree certificate, migration certificate. They did not do it. Fortunately, university has been availing the services from the other agency since MKCL entered. This agency was giving service to university in lower cost because of which university could conduct examination and all. As per the information available with The Hitavada MKCL has provided admission card to some students, alloted permanent registration number to some students, trasfered only regular student data to other agency and unloading timetable.

Adv Bajpayee has asked university whether they have issued legal notice to MKCL for violating the agreement, the answer was no. University also told Senate that MKCL was supposed to provide services to affilated colleges also which also they failed to do. It was also told in the house that though MKCL did not provide all services but frequently threatened university to stop working and finally it did in 2013.

RTMNU has confered 68,605 degrees and 166 PhDs after 101st convocation. University could not distribute the degrees as the work was supposed to be completed by MKCL. The angry members asked administration why action is not taken against MKCL for failure to provide services.

Other Senate Member Mahendra Nimbarte demanded to provide the amount collected under E-suvidha and whether any audit of MKCL`s services was conducted. University informed that they had severed pact with MKCL and engaged other agency in its place. MKCL has put up the bills suddenly without informing university at all. They did not reply to letters sent by the university regarding services which were not provided.

Vivek Sawant, MD of MKCL has told news Channel ‘ABP Maza’ that the company did send letters to university but they did not receive reply and MKCL has also provided all services. Unfortunately the papers with The Hitavada tells a different story.

Website too was left halfway

In the agreement, MKCL was expected to design website, update it from time to time, create separate web portal for affiliated colleges wherein students would log in and create their own account through which they would operate without coming to university. Not only that, MKCL was supposed to provide them all information through SMS. But unfortunately MKCL only created website and left it halfway. Finally the question remains what work MKCL did exactly?

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ACB to probe Gosikhurd, Jigaon, Lower Painganga irri projects

The BJP-led Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, ordered probe into various irregularities in execution of Gosikhurd national project, Jigaon, and Lower Painganga irrigation projects in Vidarbha r... Read More
The BJP-led Maharashtra Government, on Tuesday, ordered probe into various irregularities in execution of Gosikhurd national project, Jigaon, and Lower Painganga irrigation projects in Vidarbha region. Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) started open enquiry into the irregularities in these projects.

Girish Mahajan, Water Resources Minister, disclosed this to media after the Legislative Assembly was adjourned for the day in the afternoon hours. While announcing that ACB will conduct the probe, Mahajan said that the probe into Gosikhurd national project across river Wainganga was being ordered taking cognisance of a complaint lodged by Nagpur-based organisation Jan Manch.

Earlier, on February 18, Maharashtra Government had ordered the ACB to conduct open enquiry into irregularities alleged in two different petitions regarding irrigation projects under VIDC. Accordingly, the ACB had urged Water Resources Department (WRD) to make available necessary documents, technical experts, accounts experts. WRD also made those available these to the ACB. And, the ACB issued orders for open enquiry into Gosikhurd, Jigaon, and Lower Painganga projects a couple of days ago, said Mahajan.

Between 2008 and 2010, various tenders relating to works under Gosikhurd irrigation project were allotted with VIDC officials favouring politically influential contractors. The unholy nexus of contractors-bureaucrats-politicians was at work. Even the due procedure was by-passed. Mahajan, while announcing the probe on Tuesday, told reporters that in several cases, mobilisation/machinery advance was given to contractors though there was no such provision in tender document. Other irregularities included wrong estimates, by-passing laid-down procedure to grant Revised Administrative Approval (RAA), cost updating to favour contractors etc. On February 26 this year, Jan Manch had submitted to the ACB a complaint running into 3,134 pages in 12 volumes demonstrating a sample case study of one single tender in Gosikhurd project. The complaint explained the ‘modus operandi of manipulation’ by officials of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) and contractors. In its complaint, Jan Manch had found ‘massive irregularities’ indicating ‘conspiracy, cheating, and collusion’ between officials of VIDC and contractors.

Some of the prominent observations in Jan Manch complaint included exorbitant tender estimates, tender authorities manipulating the original cost estimate of tender after receiving bids to ‘adjust’ the bid to within 5 per cent mark to avoid approval of Finance Department, lack of adequate experience of bidders, successful bidders not having adequate bid capacity and concealing facts and misleading VIDC, ‘severely rigged’ bidding process, etc. ‘The Hitavada’ had highlighted these and various other irregularities and exposed multi-crore irrigation scam, through its investigation series ‘Black Paper on Irrigation’ published in the year 2012. Since then, BJP had been pressing for action against those involved. The then Congress-NCP Government had appointed a Special Inquiry Team (SIT) headed by eminent water expert Dr Madhavrao Chitaley to conduct probe into the irrigation scam. Though the SIT brought out several irregularities and confirmed ‘The Hitavada’ expose, it did not name directly Ajit Pawar, the then Deputy Chief Minister during whose tenure as Water Resources Minister, these irregularities took place. The SIT report had stated clearly that Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs) did not have powers to grant RAA to projects. Still, in various cases, RAA was granted and the responsibility for this rested with Member and Chairman of the IDCs. Interestingly, Water Resources Minister is Chairman of IDCs. During the period 2006-09, NCP bigwig Ajit Pawar was Water Resources Minister. Further, the SIT headed by Dr Madhavrao Chitaley had recommended ‘in-depth probe’ into Jigaon irrigation project in Buldhana district, and Dhamni project in Kolhapur district. In the Action Taken Report (ATR) tabled by the then Congress-NCP Government, it was mentioned that the probe was already in progress through Vigilance Squad.

Taking a cue from the observations made in the SIT, Girish Mahajan announced that probe would be conducted through the ACB into Jigaon and Lower Painganga projects also.

‘Jan Manch ready to extend co-operation to ACB’

Reacting to Mahajan’s announcement of ACB probe into Gosikhurd, Adv Anil Kilor, President of Jan Manch, told ‘The Hitavada’ that he would thank Maharashtra Government, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan for taking necessary steps to curb corruption in irrigation sector. “This action will boost people’s confidence in the Government that it will act against corruption irrespective of involvement of politically influential entities,” he said. Adv Kilor said that Jan Manch was ready to extend co-operation to ACB in conducting probe, and also share all technical details if sought.

‘The Hitavada’ exposed irregularities

It was ‘The Hitavada’ expose that blew the lid off the multi-crore irrigation scam, in 2012. After skimming through hundreds of pages of official notes, tender documents, work orders, Revised Administrative Approval (RAA), internal inquiry reports, Government circulars, letters issued from the then Water Resources Minister’s office, and other documents, ‘The Hitavada’ had published an investigative series titled ‘Black Paper on Irrigation’.

The series had shaken the corridors of power, as it had specific details then known to very few. Apart from stirring up the political atmosphere in the entire country, ‘The Hitavada’ series had led to filing of two petitions. The petitioners freely quoted the content from ‘The Hitavada’ series. Quoting ‘The Hitavada’ series, the PILs highlighted that within a span of just seven months in 2009, cost of 38 irrigation projects under VIDC had escalated by a whopping Rs 20,050.06 crore -- from Rs 6,672.27 crore to Rs 26,722.33 crore. Thirty out of these 38 projects got hurried approvals in just four days -- August 14, 2009 (11 projects); June 24, 2009 (10 projects); July 7, 2009 (5 projects), August 18, 2009 (4 projects). Cost of six of these projects went up by 6 times to 33 times of their original cost and in case of 12 projects, the cost shot up by more than twice the original estimates. Further, there was grant of mobilisation/machinery advance to the tune of Rs 614.46 crore to politically well-connected contractors and firms, in brazen violation of rules and despite having no provision in tender documents.

In case of Gosikhurd, the project cost escalated from Rs 373 crore to Rs 13,600 crore. The original project cost in the year 1988 was Rs 372 crore, which was revised to Rs 2,091 crore in 1999, and later Rs 5,659 crore in 2007. Central Water Commission pegged its cost to Rs 7,778 crore in 2008. Interestingly, by 2012, despite spending around Rs 6,049 crore on the project, as against the potential to irrigate 2.5 lakh hectares of land in Nagpur, Bhandara, and Chandrapur districts, irrigation potential created was only 34,056 hectares.

The addition of components to the project, astronomical rise in project cost raised suspicion of scam and sub-standard works by unholy nexus of contractors-officials-politicians who used Gosikhurd project as milching cow for over 25 years.

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CBI conducts ‘inquiry’ at the office of Sunil Hitech

A SPECIAL team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the infamous multi-crore coal blocks allocation scam conducted inquiries at the office of Sunil Hitech Engineers Ltd and residential ... Read More
A SPECIAL team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the infamous multi-crore coal blocks allocation scam conducted inquiries at the office of Sunil Hitech Engineers Ltd and residential premises of its Joint Managing Director Sunil Ratnakar Gutte on Tuesday, reliable sources said.

Sources informed ‘The Hitavada’ that a team led by two CBI officers of the rank of DSP verified some documents related to coal block allocation, at the company’s Ramdaspeth office and office-cum-residence of Gutte in Civil Lines. The officers of the country’s premier investigation agency arrived in the Second Capital on Monday for the inquiry, added the sources.

Sources said that there were allegations that seven coal blocks were alloted in the State initially in the name of Maharashtra State Mining Corporation (MSMC). However, only three were handed over to MSMC for power generation and remaining four were allotted fraudulently to private joint-venture companies. Of these four, sources alleged, Agarzari coal block was allotted to Adani Enterprises, Warora coal block to Gupta Coal, Adkoli coal block to Sunil Hitech Engineers Ltd, and Gare Palma coal block to India Bulls. There were serious allegations against the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was also holding the Mining portfolio, for reducing the upfront payment in tender bidding thereby giving concessions and undue advantage to these private parties.

If the Bureau officers conducting an inquiry find any concrete evidence of fraud and criminal conspiracy in the matter, the 40th FIR in the coal scam may be registered by the CBI, sources said.

When contacted, Sunil Gutte told ‘The Hitavada’ that he was in Delhi when the CBI team visited his office. “After I arrived, I came to know that the Bureau officers took away the documents related to the case,” he added. Gutte also said that the CBI team had permission to visit his office for inquiry purposes.

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5 hardcore criminals escape from Central Jail

IN A massive embarrassment to the state administration, five hardened criminals, including three booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), escaped from Central Jail, ... Read More
IN A massive embarrassment to the state administration, five hardened criminals, including three booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), escaped from Central Jail, Nagpur in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The escape came to light during the morning roll call when Bisen Singh Ramulal Uikey alias Farooq (35), Satyendra alias Rahul Rajbahadur Gupta (25) and Mohammed Shoaib Salim Khan alias Shibbu (24), all booked under MCOCA, along with Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri (24) and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur (23) were found missing.

Apparently, the five criminals fled after cutting iron rods of Barrack No 6 between 2 am and 4 am. The jail authorities, however, are tight-lipped whether the five escaped in a van or by climbing the jail wall.

Bisen Singh, Satyendra alias Rahul Gupta, and Mohammed Shoaib owe allegiance to dreaded gangster and arms supplier Raja Ghous alias Ghous Ali alias Raja Waris Ali who, too, is locked in the same prison.

Soon after receiving information from jail authorities about the ‘mysterious escape’ of the five prisoners, the entire law enforcing agencies across the state were put on a high alert. All police units, including the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), launched a manhunt for the five prisoners.

Peeved at the major security lapse, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has immediately suspended Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble and ordered a high-level inquiry into the jail-break.

It should be noted that Yakub Menon, sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, underworld don Arun Gawali, prime accused in German Bakery Bomb blast case Himayat Baig, a few terrorists and hardcore Naxalites are locked in Central Jail Nagpur.

Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Additional Commissioners of Police Shrikant Tarawade (Crime) and Deepak Pande (South Region), DCP (Zone IV) Ishu Sindhu, ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut and other officers visited Central Jail. The senior police officials supervising the probe collected details about the incident from DIG (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde and other senior jailers.

Accused Prem alias Nepali Salikram Khatri and Aakash alias Golu Rajju Singh Thakur were involved in other serious crimes including robbery and Arms Act. Bisen Singh, Satyendra Gupta and Mohammed Shoaib and gangster Ghous had killed a youth near Untkhana square two years ago. Raja Ghous and Gupta had also opened fire at policemen in Nandanwan area and also in Jaripatka and Pachpaoli. Ghous was first booked in 2008. He and his gang members had escaped from the custody of Chhindwara Police some years ago. After Ghous met with an accident, he was admitted to a private hospital at Sakkardara square. Despite deployment of security guards at the hospital, Ghous managed to flee. Later, Crime Branch sleuths nabbed Ghous from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Since then, he and his three gang members were kept in Central Jail. A senior police official told ‘The Hitavada’ that the five prisoners were missing from ‘Badi Gol’ barrack No 6 during morning roll call. The jail authorities immediately alerted the city police. The officer informed that Dhantoli Police registered an offence under Section 224 and 34 of the IPC against the accused prisoners after Jailer Ravindra Govind Parekar, on behalf of Jail Superintendent Vaibhav Kamble, lodged an official complaint. “We have launched a massive search for the five accused prisoners,” he added. Prima facie, he said, the accused prisoners had pre-planned their escape. There were major security lapses by jail guards and authorities concerned, he added.

Needle of suspicion points to inside help

DID the five criminals escape in a vehicle after scaling the jail wall? As it was a well-planned jail break case, investigators believe that the prisoners used cellphones to contact some members of their gang who had kept the vehicle ready for them near the southern wall towards FCI Godown.

The cops are trying to determine how these prisoners could escape from high security prison. There is a well established procedure where every head is accounted for in morning as well in evening. So without inside help, that too at very senior level, the jail break is virtually impossible.

Some policemen believe that the criminals escaped from the jail as they wanted to eliminate some of their rivals. Taking into consideration every minutest aspect of the incident, cops are leaving no stone unturned in keeping a strict vigil on the known and identified rivals of the five-some. Similarly, police have also alerted their Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh counterparts.

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Two cricket betting dens raided at Gittikhadan, Nandanvan

City police busted two cricket betting dens in city on penultimate day of the World Cup on Sunday. While first raid was carried out in Nandanvan area, the second raid was done as per tip off go... Read More
City police busted two cricket betting dens in city on penultimate day of the World Cup on Sunday. While first raid was carried out in Nandanvan area, the second raid was done as per tip off got by Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone IV in the jurisdiction of Zone-II of Nagpur Police Commissionerate.

Gittikhadan: A raid at a bungalow in MD Township-II in Zingabai Takli on Godhni Road resulted in rich haul of material worth Rs. 19 lakh. The area falls under the jurisdiction of Gittikhadan police station.

DCP Zone-IV Ishhu Sindhu got information about the cricket betting den in Maharana Nagar, where about nine bookies were netted by the police on Sunday. The den was in operation at Bungalow no.90 in MD Town -II, since past one month. The cops seized about 92 mobile handsets, 5 laptop, two four wheelers, one two wheeler and other material. Similarly cash of Rs. 30,670 was also recovered at the spot that was supervised by Zone-IV. The total recovery was pegged at Rs. 19, 78,000

The arrested accused were identified as Chetan Malu, Wasim Ahmed Abdul Rahim, Amit Agrawal, Nishit Patel, Sunil Mulchandani, Vijay Gharlani, Suresh Shukla, Nanu Soni and Sagar alias Shyam Adtiya.

Nandanvan: A team of Nandanvan police busted a cricket betting joint in Shesh Nagar and arrested two youths on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, a team led by Sub-Inspector Ingle carried out swoop at house of Dilip Renke. The cops found two youths, Amit Renke (28), a resident of Shesh Nagar, and Arvind Mudgal (38), a resident of Ashirwad Nagar, and host of other material. The police found four registered containing names and figures of bets placed. A LED tv set was on and Australia-New Zealand title clash of cricket world cup was on. The cops seized chits of opening and closing of bets, 10 mobile handsets and other material. Total value of seized goods was pegged at Rs. 57,250.The raiding team consisted of Head Constable Battulal Pandey, Naik Police Constable Prakash Wankhede, Dilip Kumar Chole, Manoj Ghode, Woman Police Constable Sangeeta Titarmare. Police Inspector Bidwai supervised the raid.

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BJP corporator booked for misbehaving with women

The residents of Timki- Bhankheda registered a complaint against BJP corporator Ramesh Punekar of Prabhag 30 for misbehaving and assaulting womenfolks on Sunday morning. Tehsil police registered ... Read More
The residents of Timki- Bhankheda registered a complaint against BJP corporator Ramesh Punekar of Prabhag 30 for misbehaving and assaulting womenfolks on Sunday morning. Tehsil police registered offence under Sections 504, 506 and 323 of the IPC against Ramesh Punekar.

Sources claimed that the residents of Timki-Bhankheda area were receiving contaminated water for last several months. A delegation of women reached Punekar’s house on Sunday morning to lodge a complaint. They also carried a bottle of contaminated water to buttress their grievance. They were demanding to provide clean potable water in the area. Punekar allegedly misbehaved with the women and also allegedly threw a plastic chair and a water bottle towards them.

Taken aback by this rowdy behaviour of the corporator, a delegation of women under leadership of social worker Vijay Dahikar reached Tehsil police station to lodge criminal complaint against Punekar. However, police were not ready to register the complaint. The delegation threatened to sit on dharna at Gadkariwada against police inaction and insulting behaviour by Punekar. Sensing trouble from agitating women, the tehsil police registered offence against Ramesh Punekar.

The problem of contaminated water is very old in the locality. Punekar had allegedly bashed a delegate of Orange City Water (OCW) for supplying contaminated water in the locality.

However, there is no improvement in the water supply and residents are regularly receiving impure and contaminated water. The question was raised in the general body meeting also. OCW failed to change water pipeline and provide clean water in the locality, the residents alleged.

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Chain-snatchers target women devotees during Shobhayatra

Miscreants displayed smart tricks by targeting womenfolk on sidelines of Ram Navami celebrations, as they struck at three places. The women were relieved of gold ornaments. In three other cases... Read More
Miscreants displayed smart tricks by targeting womenfolk on sidelines of Ram Navami celebrations, as they struck at three places. The women were relieved of gold ornaments. In three other cases, police registered robbery as gold chains were snatched by youths.

Three cases of chain-snatching were reported from different police stations in city on Saturday. In each case, the modus operandi was same, two persons came on a black-coloured two-wheeler and snatched away gold chain worn by a woman and sped away. The total value of looted chains was pegged at Rs 1.10 lakh.

Yashodhara Nagar: The incident occurred on Vaishali Nagar to Bhilgaon road at 3.30 pm. Shobha Warghat (55), a resident of Rishikesh Town-3, was walking down the road when the miscreants targeted her. Two youths in age group of 25-30 years riding on a black-coloured Pulsar came from behind and snatched away gold chain worn by Warghat. The chain was worth Rs 35,200.

Sakkardara: In Sakkardara the incident occurred near Dattatray Nagar overhead water tank at 11.35 pm. Satish Gaurkar (45), residing near Dattatray Nagar, was on way home on bike while his wife, Nandini, was riding pillion. Two youths came on black coloured Karizma and snatched the gold chain worn by Nandini. The value of chain was pegged at Rs. 20,000. The two were returning home after seeing Ramnavami shobhayatra when the incident occurred.

Nandanvan: At Nandanvan, the incident occurred near NIT complex, opp. Gurudeo Nagar petrol pump, at 10 pm. Laxmi Ambilduke (57), a resident of Maroti Block no. C, was heading home with husband on their two wheeler when two miscreants targeted them. The two youth came on black coloured motorcycle and snatched the gold chain worth Rs. 50,000.

Three more chain-snatching cases were reported from Nandanvan, Sitabuldi and Ambazari police stations. At Nandanvan, Rita Shende (42), a resident of Telephone Nagar, Dighori, lost her gold chain on Umred Road. She had gone for Mahaprasad at auto stand near Telephone Nagar when unidentified person removed her gold mangalsutra worth Rs. 50,000.

In Sitabuldi jurisdiction, the chain snatching occurred at Mor Bhawan bus stop at 4 pm. Anjanabai Shelke (70), a resident of Godhni, was waiting for bus when unidentified person snatched the gold chain worth Rs. 42,500.

Under Ambazari jurisdiction, the complainant Rajkali Chaturvedi (58), Sudamnagari, lost her gold chain at Laxmibhuvan Square. She was standing in crowd watching the shobhayatra when unidentified person removed the gold chain worth Rs. 12,000. The incident occurred around 7.30 pm.

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State Board commits mistake in other HSC papers too...

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has admitted the mistakes in Mathematics paper of HSC Summer 2015 examination in two questions and they have allotted seven m... Read More
Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has admitted the mistakes in Mathematics paper of HSC Summer 2015 examination in two questions and they have allotted seven marks for this blunder. Now, a group of parents have identified similar errors in other papers for which their wards will be unnecessarily penalised. According to parents who have painstakingly compiled mistakes in Physics, Chemistry and Political Science along with additional mistakes in Mathematics paper, the Board has merely agreed to award some marks for its own mistake, which will put to students of State Board to a great disadvantage of other boards and also those from Urdu Medium. Board has agreed to allot full marks to Urdu Medium students while others are getting roughly more than half the marks.

It is now in the public domain that the HSC Board had decided to allot 4 + 3 = 7 marks to all the students who attempted Q 2 (B) (iii) and Q 6 (A) (iii) in Mathematics (English Medium) paper (2015) for the mistakes in the respective questions. However the facts are more serious than what is revealed. Every paper is translated in three more mediums namely Marathi, Hindi and Urdu where these mistakes have occured.

As per the displayed time table, board conducts the examination in total 139 subjects and offered 4 mediums. Here only 5 subjects are considered. It is quite likely that similar may be the situation with other subjects and in respective mediums. The Board policy is to allot full marks for those students only who attempted the incorrect questions. And ‘Attempted Question’ in this case is defined as that which is solved with incorrect (naturally) answer or that question is found written by the student or only that question number is found written. However, according to experts, this pious sounding pro-students policy is riddled with many contradictions and it is mostly used to cover up the mistakes and the responsibilities of the related persons.

The student, who read the question but unable to follow the same due to the mistake in it naturally gets confused and decides not to attempt the same, is deprived of the additional (gifted) marks. The student who writes only the question or mere the question number but not the single line as the answer will be benefited with full credit.

It is also learnt that the system of paper setting consists of panel of setters, moderators, translators and the subject committee members who recommends the final draft of any paper. The paper is then printed after necessary proof corrections. However the nature of the mistakes in the above five papers decisively indicates the failure of the system at each and every level. The aggrieved parents have demanded that the board authorities should apply the prevalent practice followed in standard competitive examinations where instead of gifting the marks for incorrect questions same are deducted from the maximum marks for the related paper. Thus here the maximum marks for Mathematics will be (80-7 =73) for English, Marathi and Hindi medium and (80-27 =53) marks for Urdu medium. After the valuation, proportionate marks out of the prescribed maximum marks rounded to nearest greater integer may be calculated for the final tally in the subject. Similar policy should be adopted for every subject and for any medium.

According to experts this arrangement has two advantages-this will neither take away any marks for not attempting the incorrect questions nor provide undue advantage of marks for the mistakes; This will surely nullify the effect of all the mistakes in the paper.

Parents have also approached the State Government demanding zero tolerance towards such mistakes and setting up an enquiry committee independent of the board authorities against all the responsible persons from setters to proof readers at each level and necessary penal action should be ordered. It is also learnt that some affected parents are also seeking legal advise to file a PIL.

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Nagpur to get CRC for Persons with Disabilities

WITH an aim to create resources and infrastructure required for developing services for persons with disabilities, the Central Government is ready to start the Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for... Read More
WITH an aim to create resources and infrastructure required for developing services for persons with disabilities, the Central Government is ready to start the Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in Nagpur. The centre will benefit persons with disabilities residing in Central and West India. The State government will provide land for the CRC and with the help of Central Government's department of Social Justice; the CRC will start functioning within a year. These important announcements were made by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Social Justice Thawarchand Gehlot on Sunday. The two leaders, along with Union Minister for surface transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari and a galaxy of political personalities, attended a grand function of aid distribution to persons with disabilities organised at Reshibagh Ground on Sunday afternoon. The function was organised by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Foundation, and District Rehabilitation centre for Persons with Disabilities. More than 5,000 persons with different disabilities were given tricycles, wheel-chairs, white canes, financial help, and loans to start their own business during the event at the hands of the dignitaries. Thousands of beneficiaries, their family members, and prominent personalities from various walks of life attended the function in large numbers. With distribution of more than 50 truck-full of material to the beneficiaries, the function arguably became India's first of its kind function organised for persons with disabilities.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, Mayor Praveen Datke, MP Krupal Tumane, MLCs Prof Anil Soley, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, District Collectors from the division, Secretaries of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department, and number of prominent dignitaries from social and political scene were prominently present on the dais. Akhil Bharatiya Seva Pramukh of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Suhas Hiremath was special guest on the occasion. As it was a national mourning on Sunday in memory of former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, the programme began with observing silence and paying homage to the great visionary leader. The dignitaries skipped the formal floral welcome and directly started the programme of aid distribution.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the total aid being distributed during the function is of worth Rs 6.72 crores and a total 5,492 people are getting benefitted by it. "This is for the first time in the history of this nation that such a huge number of people are getting benefitted in one single function. Development doesn't only means construction of fly-overs and roads, but the empowerment of the weaker section is real development," he said. Gadkari also appealed Central Government to start the Composite Regional Centre in Nagpur to benefit disables of entire Central region.

Union Minister for Social Justice Thawarchand Gehlot took the opportunity to introduce several steps taken by his department for the benefit of persons with disabilities. "A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. Central Government has decided to perform cochlear surgeries of deaf children between 0 to 6 years of age," Gehlot stated. All the proposals sent by Maharashtra for such surgeries were accepted by the Central Government and surgeries were performed, he added. Giving his consent for the establishment of Composite Regional Centre, Gelhot asked State Government to allot land for the same.

Responding to his demand, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the land will be handed over to the Social Justice Department within a month and the Composite Regional Centre will be functional within a year. Fadnavis also shared his plans to come up with the manufacturing of robotic limbs with the Defence Ministry. Earlier, Rajkumar Badole, Suhas Hiremath, Dr Viral Kamdar and others also addressed the gathering.

What is CRC

Composite Regional Centre for Persons with Disabilities (CRC) is a service modality set under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. The ministry has set up five CRCs in different parts of India. Apart from undertaking centre-based and camp-based rehabilitation related activities, it also functions as resource centre for persons with disabilities. Persons having different disabilities are served by the Centre. They include persons with Locomotor Disability, Blindness, Low-vision, Hearing Impairment, Mental Retardation, Mental Illness, Leprosy Cured, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Multiply Disabled of all ages. Special emphasis is given to early intervention.

A team including Audiologist, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, Physiotherapist, Prosthetic and Orthotic Engineer, Rehabilitation Officer, Special Educationist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Vocational Instructor work at CRC on principles of trans-disciplinary approach.

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‘Shifting NTC’s cotton mills to Vidarbha will bring positive change’

In a boost for cotton economy of Vidarbha region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, Maharashtra Government has urged National Textile Corporation (NTC) to shift latter’s closed mills in ... Read More
In a boost for cotton economy of Vidarbha region, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, Maharashtra Government has urged National Textile Corporation (NTC) to shift latter’s closed mills in Mumbai to cotton belt. As NTC is sitting on prime real estate in state capital, State Government baited the textile giant with a win-win proposal, to relocated closed mills to Vidarbha and Marathwada and get approval for redevelopment of its land in Mumbai. Disclosing this Fadnavis said first such mill is opening in Nandgaon-Khandeshwar MIDC Zone in Amravati and three more mills are in pipelines in the region. The mills will fulfill the cotton to fabric policy and prove mutually beneficial to cotton cultivators as well as NTC.

Vidarbha is known as cotton belt and yet lack of cotton mills proved detrimental to interest of farmers owing to lack of value addition in the region. Now the process is being reversed, Fadnavis said and indicated in Marathwada too similar mills are being opened. He also slammed the big dam policy, saying it failed to provide desired results and hence Maharashtra Government has focussed on decentralised water conservation schemes, aiming to create water resources at respective villages. The Jalyukta Shivar Scheme of Government aims to reverse the traditional policies which brought about agrarian crisis and reeled of statistics to back-up his claim. He said about 40% of big dams of country are in State and yet 82% of farming is dependent on rain water. This proves that big dam policy was ineffective.

Chief Minister was speaking after releasing a book ‘Farmers suicides in Vidarbha: An Agrarian Crisis’, brought out by Tirpude College of Social Work, here on Sunday. Rajkumar Tirpude, President, Yugantar Education Society, Wamanrao Kombade, Secretary, Dr T V Gedam, Vice-President, Vaishali Tirpude were seated on the dais. Principal Dr K S Patil made introductory remarks and informed about the book that contains articles throwing light on agrarian crisis in Vidarbha, its reason, causes and also provides solutions to overcome it.

Fadnavis further said in Vidarbha compared to Kharif, the percentage of Rabi sowing is just 25%, an indication of non availability of water due to tardy implementation of Government policies. Now, Government has concentrated on half complete projects by providing adequate resources to complete them in totality so that farmers get the canal water in Vidarbha. The Government has also decided to end the backlog of agriculture power pumps and allocated Rs. 1,000 crores in budget and also directed ending previous backlog in Vidarbha region. Similarly, Rs. 800 crores has been released for providing subsidy to farmers in region for drip irrigation scheme.

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Chief Secy reviews Rail Corridor project

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

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Girl’s body found half-buried at village Chikhli

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

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

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

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

CCB nabs man for killing wife

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

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Electricity board misplaces file, plea rejected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apt coordination spared many lives in BSP gas leak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC asks Govt to examine NEERI report carefully

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cantt Board, Pachmarhi asked to remove encroachments

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

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

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

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Bail petitions of Shukla, Sharma deferred till 17th

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

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

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

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

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CM for removal of tendency to impose schemes from higher level

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

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

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CM meets PM, urges aid to hailstorm-hit farmers

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

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

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Congress MLAs’ dharna at Assembly ends

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

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

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

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

Leaders perform yagya outside Assembly gate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BDA nod to proposed smart city

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

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Youth arrested for raping five minor girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khandelwal, Kalmegh not in a mood to go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mungantiwar to inaugurate office of State Biodiversity Board today

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

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Consumers slam MSEDCL over tariff hike proposal

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

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

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

Irrelevant tariff hike: Kaskhedikar

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

Power companies failed to reduce losses : Dharmadhikari

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

Petition creating confusion : Jichkar

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

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

MSEDCL looting farmers: Nakhate

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

Steel industry needs concession : Mundra

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

Our expenditure is 16% : MSEDCL MD

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

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Venkaiah Naidu to dedicate to people Pench-IV project

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

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

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

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

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Three killed, two injured in 2 road mishaps in Jaripatka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chinese trade delegation also evinces keen interest in city

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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French team evinces interest in Nagpur Metro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NGT unhappy with MoEF over clean coal norm implementation

Bailable warrant issued against MoEF Secretary for flouting earlier NGT order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four persons arrested for poaching deer in Butibori

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

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

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

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

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

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Rich tributes paid to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC concerned over unscientific disposal of waste

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

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

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

Additional PP S M Ukey represented the State.

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High Court allows only authorised representatives to enter RTO premises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Draconian hike in development charges to hit realty market

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

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

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

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

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

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In death, she gave life to many

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

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

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

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

Efforts of civil defence instructors went in vain

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

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

‘State should submit views on Kelkar panel report’

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

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State to generate 14,400 MW renewable energy

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

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

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

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

‘Take benefit of Krushi Sanjeevani Yojana’

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

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Mah gets Rs 961 cr for renewable energy sector

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

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

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

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Chandrapur’s liquor traders move HC

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

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

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

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

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

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New buildings to get 33% extra FSI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Craze for ‘selfie’ claims seven young lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two brothers among dead

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

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Importing coal is a matter of shame: Piyush Goyal

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

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

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

Acche Din for Maha Power Consumers

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

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

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

Chavan was indifferent to power crisis, claims Goyal

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

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

LED lights can save 10,000 MW electricity

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

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

WCL to construct 200-bedded hospital at Koradi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rise above politics for development: Fadnavis to all political parties

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

High Power Committee for MIHAN

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

Improve development in undeveloped layouts

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

Gadkari promises all support to Metro

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

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

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

Suggestions invited on website

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

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Son stabs drunkard father to death after tiff in WCL Colony

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

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

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State Govt committed to conserve Sindhi culture, language: CM

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

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

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

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

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

‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’

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

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

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

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

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He is no more, yet lives on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forensic Department extends all help

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

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NCC to enroll 25 lakh cadets: Air Marshal Ajit Bhonsle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CDP = Copy. Deceive. Paste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CDP-II: The fraud called stakeholders’ consultations

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

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

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

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Two hi-tech gambling rackets busted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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High Court stays appointment of super speciality docs at AIIMS Bhopal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Malaiya incident condemnable: WCR GM Chandra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NSCBMCH likely to start B Sc Nursing course soon

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

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

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Kavita dreams to play Lady Sherlock Holmes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

issue of non-payment of salaries to shikshakarmis rocks Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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600 cylinders seized from Golden Gas Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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Fire breaks out at chemical factory in Bhilai

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

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

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

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Trucks collide head on; drivers charred

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CGBSE putting all efforts to declare exam results in April

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

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

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

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HC stays appointment of super speciality docs at AIIMS Bhopal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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People, Cong protest proposed power hike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Twin murders rock Bagsewaniya

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Loan recovery from farmers with over 50% loss suspended

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Four tribal girls allegedly strip searched during exam at Betul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3-D Theatre inaugurated at Raman Science Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Backlog of 5 lakh agricultural pumps in Vidarbha, Marathwada

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

Bar, dhabas to have pre-paid power meter

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

‘No additional burden of higher tariff on consumers’

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

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Tiger poachers’ custody extended till March 23

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

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

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RTO to remain open today

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

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WCL’s largest mine to be opened on March 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adventure sports to NCC, Forces’ aid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sur Jyotsna National Music Award ceremony on 22nd

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

Singer Hariharan, Soul India Band to perform live

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

Singer Hariharan, Soul India Band to perform live

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

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

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

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NMC reserves Wathoda land for Skill Development Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Constable Ingley, conduit caught taking bribe

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

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

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

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SECR’s apathy puts 42 staffers’ kin in fix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BJP Govt’s maiden budget hailed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ZP budget scaled down to Rs 35.40 cr

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

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

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

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

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

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

Members irked over not getting notice of meet

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

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

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

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

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

Oppn slams budget as ‘eyewash’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Meet NPV, other expenses from VIDC funds first’

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

‘State should submit views on Kelkar Committee report’

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

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Two held for killing friend over fishing

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

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

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

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

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State needs Rs 70,750 crore for 452 irrigation projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rs 200 cr for rehab of MIHAN PAPs

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

Rs 197 crore for Metro Rail

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

Lakadganj Police station to be smart; CCTVs in city

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

Special provisions for Malgujari tanks

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

Special Scheme for Yavatmal district

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

Rs 1039 cr for agriculture pumps

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

Rs 7,272 cr for irrigation projects

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

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

Air-strips in Akola, Amravati, Chandrapur

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

Koradi temple to develop

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

Dr Ambedkar Training Centre at Kamptee

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

Botanical garden at Chandrapur

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

Rs 191 cr for Tadoba-Andhari

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

Special funds for Mayo

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

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

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Three people commit suicide in separate incidents

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

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Abhikalpan to bring Technocrats under one roof on March 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shortage of social workers at Govt hospitals cripple services

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

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

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

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

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

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Rajak couple murder mystery solved, three accused arrested

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SIT submits 6th probe report on VYAPAM, hearing today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CM on intensive tour to hailstorm-hit areas from today

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

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

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Tension in Gandhi Nagar after girl goes missing

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

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

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Barracks of State jails packed to the rafters!

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

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Congress lodges complaint against BJP leaders with Income Tax Deptt

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

It had also submitted documentary evidences to substantiate its allegations.

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

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

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

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

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Cabinet approves Prevention of Litigation Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ex-BJP MLA Ramesh Saxena gets 3 years jail

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

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

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

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‘Ramayana has same status as of Vedas’

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

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

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

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Swine flu troubles legislators too!

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

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

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

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

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Police issue instructions for Congmen to be followed during bandh

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday proves chaotic day for House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cong’s State-wide ‘Mahabandh’ today

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

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

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

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

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‘Kirtan is our traditional system to achieve social bonding’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stakeholders slam NMC for flawed city devpt plan

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

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

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

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

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

Long term perspective missing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HC dismisses pleas against LBT due to alternate remedy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police Academy fails to inculcate moral values in officers?

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

Unit commander should set example: DGP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Govt reduces power tariff by 12 to 19 %

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Devendra Fadnavis Government revives Nagpur, Wardha, Buldana DCC Banks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CM announces National Law School at Nagpur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pillars of under-construction Ramdaspeth building cave in

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

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

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

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

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

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Impart education in mother tongue: RSS

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

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

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

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Power supply disrupted in several areas

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

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Hails ease storm effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Plan to install ATVM in Bhopal Rly Station mired in confusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2 die, 17 injured in group clash

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

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

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

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

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2 die, 17 injured in group clash

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

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

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

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

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Medical Edn Deptt inks MoU with MAA of North America

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

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

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

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One more swine flu patient dies in city

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

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

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CM reviews crop losses to farmers from incessant rain

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

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

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

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

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

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Out of four swine flu patients, two responding to treatment

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

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Why is MP Govt ignoring places of archaeological importance?

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

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

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

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

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

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Blind murder case solved, 2 held for brutally murdering juvenile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recruitment for 240 new posts at MPMSU to start soon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MPCA decentralises infrastructure to ensure ample facilities to players

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

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

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

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

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

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Those surviving with disabilities are all alone!

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

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State Budget ‘hit’ among common people!

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

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

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

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‘Need to formulate water policy in C’garh’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Less water needed in traditional farming

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

Rivers are dying in Chhattisgarh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Demand for dialysis and technicians rising in government hospitals

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

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

Machines are there in some of the government’s institutions, but operator is not appointed. Patients living in the remote areas have no option other than to go in the major cities for treatment. Several patients are unable to cover such long distance and have died on the way. State Health Minister has been apprised of the above said observations and the demand.

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Police bust major betting racket in State capital

Civil Lines Police on Sunday busted a big cricket betting syndicate with links into the other states with the arrest of 6 men from New Shanti Nagar. This is first major action against cricket b... Read More
Civil Lines Police on Sunday busted a big cricket betting syndicate with links into the other states with the arrest of 6 men from New Shanti Nagar. This is first major action against cricket betting racket going with full pace in the Capital city since the beginning of Cricket World Cup. Civil Lines Police said that they were receiving sporadic information about cricket betting going in patches across the Capital city but nothing major. However, their luck soon changed, when they got tip-off about a big betting syndicate working at the posh New Shanti Nagar on Sunday.

A Joint team of Civil Lines Police and Central Crime Branch (CCB) Police quickly swung into action and raided the house of one Dilip Chawla at the New Shanti Nagar. Dilip Chawla was operating betting racket from his single-storey home. Dilip’s family lives in the ground floor whereas the betting was being run on the first floor.

Besides Dilip, there were five other man namely Manoj Chawla (kingpin), resident of Telibandha, Anil Chawla, resident of New Shanti Nagar, Harish Panjwani, resident of Amlidih, Roshan Matlani, resident of Telibandha and Abrar Khan, resident of Rajtalab, who were taking bets on the Pakistan Vs Ireland match that was played on the Sunday.

Police seized about Rs 52600 in cash whereas the betting amount as entered in the note book was about Rs 2.55 crores. Electronic equipments such as LED television, laptop, 2 Calculators, pen, over a dozen and half cell phones, mobile chargers, motorcycle and one Activa scooter were also seized by the police.

Reportedly, Police also recovered a diary containing names of gamblers, which include some high profile personalities of the Capital city. Police is expecting a lot of names to come forward, when police will get to the records of phone numbers recovered from the cell phones.

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Ensure water supply during summer: Mayor to OCW

Mayor Pravin Datke has directed Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Works Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prepare a roadmap for smooth water supply during summer. Datke also... Read More
Mayor Pravin Datke has directed Orange City Water (OCW) and Water Works Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prepare a roadmap for smooth water supply during summer. Datke also instructed to prepare time-table of water supply during sunny days. He was addressing a joint meeting of OCW and NMC at Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Hall. Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Transport committee Chairman Bandu Raut, senior corporators Sunil Agrawal, Gopal Bohare, Superintending Engineer Prakash Urade, Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Sanjay Jaiswal, Shyam Chavan, CAFO Madan Gadge, R D Jadhav, Pradeep Rajgire, Deepak Chitnis, Chief Engineer of OCW Sanjay Roy, Rajesh Kalara, Venkat Reddy, Rahul Kulkarni, Moh. Israil and others were present. Gaikwad informed the meeting that around 215 MLD water is being received from Kanhan and capacity of Kanhan Pumping Station will be enhanced upto 240 MLD. The local body receives 16 MLD water from Gorewada, and including Pench- I,II, and III, the city is getting 620 MLD water. As per the dirctions of Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, the local body will dig 331 borewells in non-network area. The city has 5,479 borewells and out of that 1,400 are situated in non-network area. The NMC had deployed 246 tankers last year for water supply. Mayor directed administration to repair borewells immediately.

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Now, PG students of unaided medical colleges to get stipend

The Post Graduate students undergoing Post Graduate Degree/Diploma/Super Speciality course in unaided medical colleges in the country shall be paid stipend at par with the PG students studying in... Read More
The Post Graduate students undergoing Post Graduate Degree/Diploma/Super Speciality course in unaided medical colleges in the country shall be paid stipend at par with the PG students studying in medical institutions run by State and Central governments. The decision, taken by Academic Committee of Medical Council of India (MCI), will come into force from the academic year 2015-16.

MCI has sent letters to the managements of all private medical colleges/post graduate institutions with instructions to implement the decision.

The provisions of PG Medical Education Regulations, 2000 is mandatory and bringing in character, the letter states. It points out that there was one column in Letter of Intent where it is written that the students admitted to this course shall be paid stipend as what is being paid to students of GMCs. MCI has made it clear that some medical colleges are not following Clause 13.3 of PG Medical Education Regulation, 2000. This clause makes the medical colleges mandatory for paying stipend to PG students by unaided medical institutions at par with the students of GMCs. The letter also points out that some of the colleges are not paying stipend as per the norms. These institutes have sent clarification but MCI says that those were not acceptable. Taking serious cognisance of non-following of the rule by colleges, MCI has decided to come down heavily on them. As per the letter, the MCI would be sending warning to the colleges for not adhering to the regulations. The institutes are also directed to ensure that the stipend to the PG students will be paid at par with all government medical institutions as per the regulations from academic year 2015-16. The letter also states, if the colleges do not follow the regulation then the admission made for that academic year would not be considered as valid and necessary action would be taken against institute.

When contacted, Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chairman of Academic Committee of Medical Council of India, said, “The issue of payable stipend to PG students of unaided medical colleges in the country has already been covered in an explicit manner under PG Medical Education Regulation, 2000. The said proposition was mooted by PG Committee under my chairmanship in 2007 and the amendment was incorporated in the year 2008. It is a positive sign now that council has specified that deviation from faithful adherence to the same by colleges would result in invocation of disciplinary jurisdiction of MCI. It would benefit the PG student in unaided medical college as a whole. It is a welcome initiative.”

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GAD issues ‘stern’ warning to officers not joining in Vidarbha

Taking a serious cognisance of reports that several of the officers transferred to Vidarbha region had not joined at respective positions, General Administration Department (GAD) under Chief Mini... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of reports that several of the officers transferred to Vidarbha region had not joined at respective positions, General Administration Department (GAD) under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has issued a ‘stern’ warning to such officers.

Dr Bhagwan Sahai, Additional Chief Secretary (Service), GAD, issued a circular in this regard on Wednesday to all ministers, ministers of state, all Members of Parliament and legislators, all political parties, and departmental heads. In the circular, Dr Sahai stated clearly that there were several vacancies in all 11 districts of Vidarbha region apart from Dhule, Nandurbar, Hingoli, Parbhani, Osmanabad, and Beed districts.

“Also, the Government has found that new officers are not willing to join in these districts. This is affecting adversely the functioning in respective districts,” he mentioned in the circular.

Recently, ‘The Hitavada’ had published a report highlighting that several posts in Vidarbha region in general and Nagpur Division in particular were lying vacant as the officers transferred there had not joined. Following this, the administration in Nagpur Division had communicated to the Government the status in this regard. As per the communication, some of the transferred officers had completed the formality of joining at given posting in Vidarbha but had proceeded on long leave immediately afterwards. In most of the cases, the officers had not joined at all.

Meanwhile, expecting that the transferred officers would join in at places of posting in Vidarbha, the officers working on these posts previously were relieved so that they could join at their places of posting. In some cases, the officers from other districts of the State had managed to remain at their place of old posting with their administrative heads ‘not relieving’ them.

Taking this seriously, GAD has now asked the administrative heads in other districts of the State to ‘relieve immediately’ their subordinates transferred to Vidarbha region or the districts mentioned above.

Vidarbha region has been facing this problem since long. As far as Nagpur Division is concerned, seven posts of Sub-Divisional Officers and 17 posts of Deputy Collectors are vacant. At least 12 Deputy Collectors from Western Maharashtra were transferred to fill up 17 vacancies.

However, not a single officer has joined in (except for a few completing formality technically and proceeding on leave). Even till Wednesday, when Dr Sahai issued the circular, the situation was the same.

A senior officer in the administration said that merely issuing circular would not force the officers from Western Maharashtra joining in Vidarbha or other backward districts. “Instead of issuing circulars, the top bureaucrats of various departments should issue show cause notices and take stern action against officers avoiding postings in Vidarbha,” he remarked.

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Probe into garbage dumping scam begins

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started probe into garbage dumping scam by Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML) at Bhandewadi Dumping Yard. The company is charged with inflating figur... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started probe into garbage dumping scam by Kanak Resources Management Limited (KRML) at Bhandewadi Dumping Yard. The company is charged with inflating figures of garbage lifted from city and recovering excessive charges from the civic body in connivance with NMC officials causing loss to NMC’s kitty. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has constituted a three-member committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Kakde to probe the scam. Recently, Municipal Commissioner Hardikar visited Bhandewadi dumping yard to check the pathetic condition of animal shelter. He found that the trucks coming to Bhandewadi loaded with garbage are carrying less garbage. He directed Veterinary officer Gajendra Mahalle to verify on-line and check the loaded truck on weigh machine using a modern software. Mahalle found some discrepancies in loaded trucks. The trucks weighted more garbage than actual weight. The local body is paying according to the weight of the garbage to KRML. Sources informed The Hitavada that Mahalle weighted around 20 trucks and found around 20 kg to 100 kg less garbage against actually shown by the KRML. The other members of the committee are- Deputy Director (H) Dr. Milind Ganvir and Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Moroney. The inquiry committee has started probe into the matter. NMC is paying Rs 1,000 per tonne to KRML for lifting and transporting garbage at Bhandewadi. The city generates around 1,200 tonnes garbage per day and KRML is lifting only 1,000 tonnes garbage daily. Former Commissioner Shyam Wardhane had began probe of garbage dumping at Bhandewadi yard. Then Municipal Auditor Suwarna Pande conducted a probe into garbage dumping scam and after noticing massive discrepancy, special squads were constituted, but the audit could not be completed due to her transfer.

Kamlesh Sharma, KRML Senior Manager, denied any misappropriation in dumping of garbage at Bhandewadi. He said, the weight of garbage is more or may less in every vehicle as we do not have any weighing machine to check the weight of garbage. The garbage is weighed at Bhandewadi dumping yard. We are dumping around 1000 tonnes of garbage at dumping yard. Recently, the company has started mechanised transfer of garbage centre at Budhwari bazar. We are also collecting door to door garbage from every household in the city.

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HC seeks Mahagenco’s reply on Rs 29,000 cr imported coal scam

Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of m... Read More
Taking a serious cognisance of a massive Rs 29,000 crore imported coal scam unearthed by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) indicating unholy nexus between coal suppliers and big-wigs of many State-run power companies, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state power generating utility - Mahagenco - to come clean on this issue and file its reply indicating extent of import of costly coal and resultant loss to the state exchequer. The High Court, during last hearing, had also sought to know from Mahagenco whether in order to ensure that the coal which is supplied by the importers is of actual quality for which the payment is made and whether it is willing to get the samples analysed by an independent Government laboratory. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice C V Bhadang, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar alleging turf-war between coal and power utilities which is bleeding the state exchequer and hapless power consumers of Maharashtra, directed Mahagenco to file its reply within two weeks on this new shocking revealation brought to the notice of High Court by petitioner by way of additional submissions.

According to the petitioner, the DRI had unearthed a scam involving companies inflating the value of coal imports from Indonesia for their power plants and siphoning money abroad. Initial estimates by the agency pegged the overvaluation at Rs 29,000 crore in the period 2011-2014. The DRI has raided over 80 shipping companies, intermediaries and laboratories across the country including, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Kerala in search of documents that mentioned the real value of the imports. Almost all laboratories testing coal in India have been searched by the DRI to obtain the lab reports for verification of the calorific value of the imported coal.

The overvaluation also has an impact on the tariff paid by consumers as power companies could have a higher tariff fixation based on the inflated rates. The DRI is also investigating some of the public sector companies that have indulged in overvaluation. The overvaluation of the imported coal has a direct effect on the tariff fixation. In other words, the power tariff would be less - possibly Re 1 per unit - if the value of imported coal value was not inflated, according to the petitioner.

According to news reports, the imported coal from Indonesia is overvalued to the extent of at least two times the actual value declared in the country of origin. The petitioner also brought the shoddy sampling process undertaken by coal companies to the notice of the High Court and how the CIL and its subsidiaries are flouting BIS norms while undertaking independent third party sampling thus making a mockery of entire process which is used to fix the coal rates. Citing an RTI information which revealed the casual manner in which entire coal sampling issue is handled and its results are declared confirming pre-declared grades in almost every case, the petitioner stated that hapless consumers have been penalised to the extent of Rs 2,100 crore as more public money has been spent to purchase sub-standard coal.

The High Court, during last hearing, had also directed Mahagenco to specify the average rate of coal supplied from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and that of imported coal between January 2014 and December 2014 and also average rate of transporting the coal from WCL to its units and that of transporting charges paid for bringing imported coal from the source till the destination.

The Mahagenco, in its earlier affidavit, had squarely blamed WCL, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) with supplying inferior quality coal and charging much more from it. The total burden on account of grade slippage was Rs 2,160 crore in financial year 2012-13, Mahagenco had claimed in an earlier affidavit filed before the High Court. This burden has resulted in rise in power tariff which has been ultimately passed on to consumers and recovered from them, the Mahagenco has claimed. Receipt of inferior quality coal of high ash content from all subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL) is a major concern for Mahagenco, the affidavit stated.

The petitioner also expressed surprise over the withdrawal of a case by Mahagenco against coal utilities and agree to patch-up at huge cost to public exchequer only on the promise of fair deal in future on coal supply and cost as per actual grade. In fact, this is the real bone of contention between two utilities for decades and a bitter legal fight is on at various fora, at the cost of power consumers of Maharashtra who are forced to shell out highest tariff due to this dispute, the petitioner stated while raising serious objection over this development.

Adv Shrirang Bhandarkar and Adv Anjali Bhandarkar appeared for the petitioner. Adv Rakesh Rathod (MahaGenco), Adv S C and Ashish Mehadia (CIL-WCL), Adv Tushar Darda (Coal Controller and Union of India), Government Pleader Bharati Dangre (State), Adv S V Purohit (MSEDCL) appeared for the respondents.

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NIT earmarks Rs 150 cr for metro rail, Rs 50 cr for metro region

To give a new momentum to ambitious Metro Rail Project in the city, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has allocated Rs 150 crore in its annual budget for financial year 2015-2016. The Trust has also... Read More
To give a new momentum to ambitious Metro Rail Project in the city, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has allocated Rs 150 crore in its annual budget for financial year 2015-2016. The Trust has also made a provision of Rs 50 crore to undertake various developmental schemes in Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). It has also planned to renovate Gokulpeth Market, auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar, multi-level car parking at Central Avenue, Sports Complex at Umrer Road, Cultural and Marriage Hall at Nari, Ring Road and renovation of Ambazari Swimming Pool. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane presented annual budget projecting an income of Rs 830 crore before board of trustees on Wednesday. The Trust will spend Rs 826 crore on various developmental projects in the city.

Metro Rail Project Central Government and State Government have formed a Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL) to execute Metro Rail project in the city. The special purpose vehicle comprises Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and NIT in addition to State Government and Central Government. NIT has contributed its 5 per cent share in the company. The metro rail project was sanctioned by the Central and State Government last year. The total estimated expenditure of the project is Rs 8,680 crore. The central and state Governments will contribute 20 per cent share each while NIT and NMC are required to share 5 per cent each and remaining 50 per cent will be generated through soft loans. The first meeting of board of directors of NMRCL is slated on March 13 at New Delhi.

Metropolitan Region Area development

Wardhane also made a provision of Rs 50 crore for Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA). Recently, NIT has published Metropolitan Region Plan which is spread over 3,577 sq kms in 721 villages. The Trust has invited suggestions and objections from the common man. The NIT will require whopping Rs 37,000 crore for the development of the region. In first stage, the NIT has undertaken plan for Sumthana-Kotewada-Sondapar-Jamatha and Parsodi area spread in 10.08 sq kms. This scheme was sanctioned by the State Government. The second scheme-- Khadka- Kirmiti- Shivmadka- Sumthana- Panjari spread in 9.58 sq kms is pending for the State Government. The NIT is also preparing Logistic scheme for Gondkheri-Chinchbhuvan-Pendhri at 20 sq kms.

Rs 115 crore on development work at unauthorised layouts

NIT will spend Rs 115 crore on various developmental works at unauthorised layouts. The trust is expecting revenue of Rs 63 crore from these layouts in next financial year. Chairman has made a provision of Rs 6 crore for completing other works from funds of Central Government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme. In addition to development in 10 clusters, the NIT will spend Rs 35 crore on laying of water pipe line in unauthorised layouts. It will spend Rs 40 crore on road construction, Rs 20 crore on laying of sewerage lines, Rs 50 crore on water pipe line and Rs 5 crore on storm water drain.

Wardhane presented budget to Trustee Dr. Ravindra Bhoyar, Standing Committee chairman of NMC Ramesh Singare, Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, and Collector Abhishek Krishna. Superintending Engineer Sunil Gujjalwar, Pravin Kide, Arvind Deshbhratar, Milind Salve, and others were present.

NIT invites suggestions, objections on email too

Now, the common man can register objections on draft development plan of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Area (NMRA) through e-mail also. NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane said, it is not possible for farmers or villagers to register their complaint physically at Metro Region Office at Ambazari. Therefore, it is decided to open an email account of Metropolitan region to register objections and suggestions. The Metro Plan includes 721 villages of 9 tehsil spread over an area of 3,577 sq kms.

Suggestions and objections are acceptable in writing to the Town Planning officer or the Deputy Director Town Planning. The same can also be received on Nagpur Improvement Trust’s email-id: nitmetrodp@gmail.com

NIT budget at a glance

Provision of Rs 40 crore for beautification of Tajuddin Baba Dargah. 2,900 units to be constructed under affordable housing in the city. Around Rs 50 crore allocated for the work. Around 448 housing units proposed at Sheshnagar in Wathoda and 2,000 units in Hazari Pahad. Cultural and marriage hall at Nari Ring Road. Bus terminal at Jagnade Square, school at Nari and Chikhli (Deosthan) and vegetable markets at Indora and Bidipeth on PPP basis. Renovation of Gokulpeth commercial complex. Auditorium at Wardhaman Nagar. Multi-level car parking at Central Avenue. Sports Complex at Umrer Road. Marriage Hall at Bhange Layout. Renovation of swimming pool at Ambazari. Garden for physically handicapped children at Bhamti. Special developmental works from funds of Member of Parliament, and Legislators. Hostel for Tribal students at Pardi and Chikhli. Shahitya Bhusan Annabhau Sathe Memorial at Chinchbhuvan. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hall at Deekshabhoomi. Museum and modernised training institute, beautification at Chicholi. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Foundation Centre at Lal Godown, Kamptee.

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Online cricket gambling racket busted, nine arrested

CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team appr... Read More
CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team apprehended nine gamblers and seized Rs 69,500, LED television set, seven mobile handsets and record of satta bookings from the spot. The accused have been identified as Murli Khatri, a resident of Napier Town, Rahul Anandani of Sheetlamai area, Rajesh Ahuja, resident of Harshit Nagar, Kanhayyalal Kukreja of Mahanadda, Mukesh Khatri, a resident of New Ram Nagar area, Prakash Malgani, resident of 90 quarters, Jitendra Ahuja of behind City Coffee House, Prakash Chelani of Narghayya and Kishore Prathyani.

SHO of Gorakhpur police station H R Pandey informed that under direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign against illegal gambling activities. During the campaign, police received information about online gambling activity at a rented house in Panchsheel Nagar area. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team under direction of senior police officers raided the house. In the raid, police team apprehended nine accused involved in gambling and taking bookings of satta on cricket matches in ongoing ICC World Cup. Police team seized cash of Rs 69,500, LED television set, set top box, seven mobile handsets and other electronic accessories from the spot. Police have registered a case against the accused Kishore Prathyani (32), a resident of N-7, Panchsheel Nagar and house owner Dilip Makhija under Section 4 of Gambling Act and Section 66 of Information Technology Act while further investigations are underway.

Gambler betting on Australia-Sri Lanka match held in raid

CONTINUING a campaign against illegal gambling activities, Vijay Nagar police busted a high-tech cricket satta worth lakhs on Australia-Sri Lanka match in ongoing ICC World Cup at a rented house situated in Kachnar City area, on Sunday. Police have succeeded in apprehending the accused involved in taking online bookings of cricket satta and seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobile connector, voice recorder, cassettes, card reader, data card, pen drive, three diaries and 11 slips of booking online Satta. The accused has been identified as Kanti Gogyani (30), son of Tulsidas Gogyani, a native of Sindhi Colony in district Satna and lived as tenant at a house near Kachnar City Gate Number-4. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under the supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West), Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) against illegal gambling on cricket satta. SHO of Vijay Nagar police station, Sunil Nema informed that during the campaign police received information about an online cricket satta network operated from a rented house in the area. Acting promptly on the information, senior officers were informed and a raid was conducted at identified house.

In the raid, police team busted online cricket satta and apprehended a man involved in taking bookings of bidding on cricket matches. Police team seized a laptop, one LCD television set, one set-top box, mobiles connector, 18 mobile handsets, voice recorder, cassettes, other electronic gadgets and record of Satta bookings worth lakhs and Rs 3,000 from the accused. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 4 (A) of Gambling Act and Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act, while further investigations are underway to disclose names of other persons working in the network of online satta racket.

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Online cricket gambling racket busted, nine arrested

CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team appr... Read More
CONTINUING an extensive campaign against gambling, Gorakhpur police have busted an online cricket satta on ICC World Cup matches from house number N-7 in Panchsheel Nagar area. Police team apprehended nine gamblers and seized Rs 69,500, LED television set, seven mobile handsets and record of satta bookings from the spot. The accused have been identified as Murli Khatri, a resident of Napier Town, Rahul Anandani of Sheetlamai area, Rajesh Ahuja, resident of Harshit Nagar, Kanhayyalal Kukreja of Mahanadda, Mukesh Khatri, a resident of New Ram Nagar area, Prakash Malgani, resident of 90 quarters, Jitendra Ahuja of behind City Coffee House, Prakash Chelani of Narghayya and Kishore Prathyani.

SHO of Gorakhpur police station H R Pandey informed that under direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign against illegal gambling activities. During the campaign, police received information about online gambling activity at a rented house in Panchsheel Nagar area. Taking prompt action on the information, a police team under direction of senior police officers raided the house. In the raid, police team apprehended nine accused involved in gambling and taking bookings of satta on cricket matches in ongoing ICC World Cup. Police team seized cash of Rs 69,500, LED television set, set top box, seven mobile handsets and other electronic accessories from the spot. Police have registered a case against the accused Kishore Prathyani (32), a resident of N-7, Panchsheel Nagar and house owner Dilip Makhija under Section 4 of Gambling Act and Section 66 of Information Technology Act while further investigations are underway.

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Govt Cancer Hospital at Med College to have latest cancer treatment facility

GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of ad... Read More
GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment machine like Braky therapy, Linear Accelerator at par with any higher medical centre is in final stage.

Superintendent of Government Cancer Hospital Dr Pushpa Kirar informed that funds for cancer diagnostic equipment and treatment facility has already been sanctioned by the Union Government and State Government, construction work for separate building has been completed by following specific norms of Atomic Department to ensure minimise radiation.

Installation process of Braky Therapy machine will begin soon. She said Government Cancer Hospital (GCH) at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital (NSCBMCH) is the only Cancer Hospital in Mahakoshal, Bundelkhand and Malwa area that have ultra modern diagnostic and radiotherapy facilities.

Barky Therapy is the latest treatment method in which radiation target only the cancer cell without damaging healthy cells inside the body.

Elaborating services available she said waiting list of patients for radiotherapy treatment has become zero after recruitment of new radiology technicians, radiotherapy facilities at two advance cobalt machine are available from 8 am to 8 pm during working days could be extended upto 11 pm after the recruitment of one physicist. Ultramodern 3D CRT machine to diagnose specific cancer cells cancer is connected through LAN from MRI and CT Scan centre helps to give radiation to actual cancer cells without harming normal cells. Associate Professor Dr Shyam Ji Rawat said large number of free injection in chemotherapy like Cisplactin, Morphine oral drug are provided to cancer patients are given free of cost. Nursing staff trained from advanced medical centre AIIMS is providing chemotherapy to patients. Medical staff organises cancer screening camp in rural and urban areas for early detection of cancer. Besides this, special counsellor provides counselling to give mental strength to patient to conquer dreadful disease like cancer.

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3 men killed, 4 injured in accident

IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The... Read More
IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The deceased have been identified as Anand alias Dabbu Parmar (35), a resident of Gujarati Mohalla in Madan Mahal, Ramgopal Vishwakarma (35), a resident of Polipathar Colony in Gwarighat and Manoj Gupta (45), a resident of in front of Kesharwani College while the condition of injured named Kamlesh Sharma (33), a resident of Hathital Colony, Ajay Behre (51), a resident of Cherital area, Nikesh Gupta (44), a resident of Chhota Phuhara and Govind Gupta (45), a resident of Chhota Phuhara area are reported to be stable and are undergoing treatment in hospital.

According to Bargi police, they received information about a road accident near Tinsi railway crossing and a police team reached the spot. Police team with the help of locals rushed the injured to hospital in Jabalpur. In the primary check-up, three of seven injured were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding while the injured were admitted for treatment at Sudha Nursing Home, National Hospital and Metro Hospital. In further investigation, police learnt that Anand Parmar, Ram Gopal Vishwakarma and Kamlesh Sharma were returning from house of their friend Pappu Vishwakarma in Sukri area in a car (MP-20FA-6377) towards Jabalpur. Similarly, Ajay Behre, Nikesh Gupta, Govind Gupta and Manoj Gupta were travelling in car (MP-20CA-5620) towards Bargi from Jabalpur. The two cars collided near Tinsi railway crossing. Police have registered a case while further investigations are underway to ascertain actual cause behind the incident.

Unidentified elderly man hit by motorcycle, dies

IN ANOTHER road accident, an unidentified elderly man died after being hit by a motorcycle near Panehra petrol pump area under jurisdiction of Ranjhi police station. According to Ranjhi police, they received information from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital that an unidentified elderly man was admitted for treatment of his injuries in a road accident.

Undergoing treatment, the man succumbed to his critical injuries. Receiving the information, a police team reached the hospital and sent the body for post-mortem. In further investigation, police team learnt that the deceased was riding his bi-cycle when unidentified motorcycle rider rammed into his bi-cycle. After the accident, unidentified accused managed to escape from the spot and police have seized the motorcycle from the accident spot. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused under section 304 (A), 279 and 337 of the IPC while further investigations are underway to identify the deceased and apprehend the accused.

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3 men killed, 4 injured in accident

IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

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IN A tragic incident, three men were killed while four others were critically injured in a road accident reported at Tinsi railway crossing under jurisdiction of Bargi police station.

The deceased have been identified as Anand alias Dabbu Parmar (35), a resident of Gujarati Mohalla in Madan Mahal, Ramgopal Vishwakarma (35), a resident of Polipathar Colony in Gwarighat and Manoj Gupta (45), a resident of in front of Kesharwani College while the condition of injured named Kamlesh Sharma (33), a resident of Hathital Colony, Ajay Behre (51), a resident of Cherital area, Nikesh Gupta (44), a resident of Chhota Phuhara and Govind Gupta (45), a resident of Chhota Phuhara area are reported to be stable and are undergoing treatment in hospital.

According to Bargi police, they received information about a road accident near Tinsi railway crossing and a police team reached the spot. Police team with the help of locals rushed the injured to hospital in Jabalpur. In the primary check-up, three of seven injured were declared brought dead due to profuse bleeding while the injured were admitted for treatment at Sudha Nursing Home, National Hospital and Metro Hospital. In further investigation, police learnt that Anand Parmar, Ram Gopal Vishwakarma and Kamlesh Sharma were returning from house of their friend Pappu Vishwakarma in Sukri area in a car (MP-20FA-6377) towards Jabalpur. Similarly, Ajay Behre, Nikesh Gupta, Govind Gupta and Manoj Gupta were travelling in car (MP-20CA-5620) towards Bargi from Jabalpur. The two cars collided near Tinsi railway crossing. Police have registered a case while further investigations are underway to ascertain actual cause behind the incident.

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Streamline services within a month or face music: CMHO to health centres

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan in a letter issued to Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre and Nursing Home has warned them to streamline their services within a month’s ... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr B S Chouhan in a letter issued to Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre and Nursing Home has warned them to streamline their services within a month’s time or else get ready to face action under violation of standard norms of State Health Department. Sources in the department confirmed in a letter to Director, Manager of the Hospital, Nursing Home, Day Care Nursing Home, Radiology Centre, Pathology Centre, CMHO has directed them to streamline their services within one month or face action in case they are found violating standard norms fixed by Union and State Health Department during inspection drive slated for next month.

In absence of continuous vigil, most of nursing home do not display rate list of various medical procedures, bed charge, nursing charges, taxes, pathological charges, radiology charges on their notice board as per standard norms in the district, besides this large number of hospitals do not send monthly status report of patients admitted with complaint of diseases like Malaria, AIDS, Dengue, Child birth, Immunisation programme to the CMHO office, violating standard norms.

District Collector S N Roopla has warned the officer concerned to ensure that medical facilities at private hospital should be streamlined within one month during last Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) meeting organised at the Collectorate last month.

The Collector also warned that action will be taken against hospital if found indulged in violation of fixed norms during inspection to start from first week of April. Radiology Centre has been asked to fill form F (Consent Letter) from pregnant women and other patients at sonography centre, notice board stating ‘Sex Determination is Illegal and not performed in centre’ should be put, qualification certificate of doctors performing sonograpy and medical staff performing X-ray should be exhibited on notice board and other essential norms to be fulfilled by centres to execute sonography under Pre-Natal Pre Conception Act.

Principal Secretary, Public Health and Family Planning, Praveer Krishna in a letter directed officials to start criminal proceedings against the owner and doctors of nursing home and sonography centre whomsoever indulged and found guilty of violating various clause of Pre-Natal Detection Technique (PNDT) Act during surprise inspection of sonography centres at rural and urban areas. He had also expressed dissatisfaction over delay and lethargic approach of District Health Department to make continuous vigil on Radiology Centre, Pathology Centres. Taking serious note on the issue, Chief Medical and Health Officers have issued letter to Nursing Home, Radiology Centre, Pathology Centres to streamline services before expected visit of Principal Secretary Praveer Krishna in first week of April. CMHO Dr B S Chouhan informed that there is provision of fine and punishment both for Hospital, Radiology Centre and Pathology Centre.

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Pregnant woman suffering from swine flu critical

CONDITION of swine flu positive pregnant woman admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital has become critical as per the last report received late in the ... Read More
CONDITION of swine flu positive pregnant woman admitted to isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Medical College and Hospital has become critical as per the last report received late in the evening on Sunday. While condition of two other male patients admitted remains critical.

Death toll rose to 19 at isolation ward on Sunday. Nodal Officer, Swine Flu, NSCBMCH, Dr Deepak Barkhade informed that out of six blood samples sent to ICMR Virology lab for confirmation of H1N1 Virus in last two days during Holi Festival four were found positive. Though condition of patients is normal, they were given medicine and discharged from hospital. Dr Barkhade said that as summer approaches chances of H1N1 infection is likely to decrease. He suggested that nose and mouth should be properly covered when you cough or sneeze to protect spread of influenza, germs that cause respiratory illness. Same tissue paper should be trashed after use, hands should be washed more often after every coughing and sneezing, alcohol swap should be used for cleaning,

touching of nose, mouth should be avoided to protect spread of germs, contact with already infected person should be avoided, ill person should prefer to stay at home to prevent spread of infection.

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Colourful celebration

The festival of colours ‘Holi’ was celebrated with great fervor and joy in State capital on Friday. A grand function of Holi was organised at Chief Minister residence where Chief Minister S... Read More
The festival of colours ‘Holi’ was celebrated with great fervor and joy in State capital on Friday. A grand function of Holi was organised at Chief Minister residence where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated people and even sing songs with them.

Several politicians and herd of common people visited the Chief Minister residence on Friday to wish Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. People applied tilak on face of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and congratulated him on Holi festival. Later on, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sang songs of holi. He was accompanied by spouse Sadhna Singh.

Likewise, entire State capital got dotted with various hues of colours. Children were playing “Holi” from morning hours. Children chasing their friends to colour them was a common view of city. The elders could not stop them from playing holi and they played holi with their family members and friends.

People playing holi with friends was a common scene of city on Friday. Throughout the day on Friday, state capital remained abuzz with holi celebrations. It was late in evening that people stopped playing holi. No untoward incident was reported on holi from any part of the city.

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One more dies of swine flu in city

It is March 8, but still, death of patients due to swine-flu continues besides emergence of new swine flu patients. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. His sample ... Read More
It is March 8, but still, death of patients due to swine-flu continues besides emergence of new swine flu patients. On Sunday, one more swine flu patient died in a private hospital. His sample had tested positive a day ago. The city found 33 new swine flu patients, of which, 20 samples were sent to Virology lab, Gwalior while remaining 13 samples of nasal-swab were sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Not a single day has passed without death of a swine flu patient in city. In last many years, it was for the first time when more than three dozen swine patients had died.

Considering no let up in swine flu menace, the Health Department has still continued swine flu OPD in Government hospitals until the swine flu patients are reduced to one or two. On Sunday, despite Government holiday, the swine flu OPD was open in about all Government hospitals. The sampling of swine-flu suspects continued at Government and private hospitals. Usually, the health authorities do not confirm death of swine flu patient until they do not get the patient’s test report positive. In case of one, the nasal-swab sample of a woman, who was under swine-flu treatment at a private hospital, tested positive. The health officers later confirmed her death.

Dr Veena Sinha, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), confirmed death of a woman whose swine-flu sample had tested positive. “I have no more details but one patient has died of swine flu. We have found 33 more swine flu patients. Their samples were sent to Virology lab, Gwalior and AIIMS.”

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Govt Cancer Hospital at Medical College to have latest cancer treatment facility

GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of ... Read More
GOVERNMENT Cancer Hospital at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital will be equipped with advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment facility soon. Process for installation of advanced cancer diagnostic and treatment machine like Braky therapy, Linear Accelerator at par with any higher medical centre is in final stage.

Superintendent of Government Cancer Hospital Dr Pushpa Kirar informed that funds for cancer diagnostic equipment and treatment facility has already been sanctioned by the Union Government and State Government, construction work for separate building has been completed by following specific norms of Atomic Department to ensure minimise radiation.

Installation process of Braky Therapy machine will begin soon. She said Government Cancer Hospital (GCH) at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital (NSCBMCH) is the only Cancer Hospital in Mahakoshal, Bundelkhand and Malwa area that have ultra modern diagnostic and radiotherapy facilities. Barky Therapy is the latest treatment method in which radiation target only the cancer cell without damaging healthy cells inside the body. Elaborating services available she said waiting list of patients for radiotherapy treatment has become zero after recruitment of new radiology technicians, radiotherapy facilities at two advance cobalt machine are available from 8 am to 8 pm during working days could be extended upto 11 pm after the recruitment of one physicist. Ultramodern 3D CRT machine to diagnose specific cancer cells cancer is connected through LAN from MRI and CT Scan centre helps to give radiation to actual cancer cells without harming normal cells. Associate Professor Dr Shyam Ji Rawat said large number of free injection in chemotherapy like Cisplactin, Morphine oral drug are provided to cancer patients are given free of cost. Nursing staff trained from advanced medical centre AIIMS is providing chemotherapy to patients. Medical staff organises cancer screening camp in rural and urban areas for early detection of cancer. Besides this, special counsellor provides counselling to give mental strength to patient to conquer dreadful disease like cancer.

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No classes in Govt colleges today as teachers in MP on mass leave

There will be no teaching in Government colleges and teaching departments of the Government universities including Barkatullah University (BU), on Monday. State’s 5,500 college and university... Read More
There will be no teaching in Government colleges and teaching departments of the Government universities including Barkatullah University (BU), on Monday. State’s 5,500 college and university teachers are on mass leave in support of their demand of Sixth Pay Commission arrears pending for the last four years. They will take out a rally from Nutan College, which will culminate at Second stop, where a meeting will be held. Senior office bearers of the Madhya Pradesh Government College Teachers and Government Universities’ Teachers’ Association functionaries will address this meeting. Some major decisions may be taken in the meeting.

Prof. Kailash Tyagi said, if the Government did not accept college professors’ demand of paying sixth pay commission arrears, the teachers may boycott university examinations. The Government always gave assurance but did not convert that into reality. This time, the college professors were in mood of decisive battle with the Government over payment of the arrears.

Prof. Tyagi said, recently, Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development (HRD) told Rajya Sabha the Madhya Pradesh Government had not demanded University Grant Commission (UGC)’s Sixth Pay Commission arrears amount from them.

“Till date, nine years have gone by, but the Government is not in a mood to pay arrears of Rs 415 crore to college teachers. The UGC issued order to all states on 31-12-2008, but the State Government issued order in year 2010, much later.

According to him, college teachers from all parts of the State would gather in city on Monday morning to participate in the rally to be taken out from Nutan College to Second stop and later, a meeting will be held to take further decisions of the agitation. “All Government university teachers have supported our demands,” he said.

Prof. Tyagi said Higher Education Minister had stated that they had demanded arrears amount from the Government of India. “You will be shocked to know that in the name of demand, only one installment of this arrears has been demanded by the State Government. What about the other installments,” he questioned. Prof. H S Yadav, State President, Madhya Pradesh Government University Teachers’ Association, said he has issued circulars to all University teachers, asking them to be on mass leave in support of college teachers’ demands and participate in rally. “We have issued circular to University teachers, but have not forced them. So, it is not sure how many University teachers will participate in the rally,” he said.

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Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all distts of MP: CM

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, Shaurya Dals exist in 20 districts. He said that Mahila Pancha... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Shaurya Dals will be constituted in all districts of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, Shaurya Dals exist in 20 districts. He said that Mahila Panchayat will be held at Bhopal in ensuing April. The Chief Minister was addressing International Women’s Day function here on Sunday.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 51,000 each under Lado Abhiyan will be given to girls, who have been felicitated today for preventing their child marriage. Society and Government should work in tandem to curb discrimination against girls. An atmosphere should be created, where birth of a girl child is celebrated. This Abhiyan is working towards changing mindsets in Madhya Pradesh. Abhiyan has been lauded at both, national and international level. Women’s empowerment should be in mission mode. There should be stricter legal provisions to punish gender crimes. He called for a debate in the country on death sentence to rapist.

Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh said that women can be empowered by making them self-reliant. A number of schemes have been implemented for women’s empowerment in the State. “Benefit of Ladli Laxmi Yojana has been extended to 19 lakh girls in the State so far. Under Lado Abhiyan, 51,000 child marriages have been prevented. CM’s Community Leadership Development Programme is being launched. Integrated efforts need to be made for women’s security,” Singh said.

At the function, Chief Minister Chouhan gave away Rani Avanti Bai Gallantry Award for year 2014 to Shyamu Bai of village Dodi in Agar district, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Social Service Award to Sukanya Bai of village Kundarpura in Chhatarpur district, Mukhyamantri Nari Samman Puraskar to Pushpa Mehta and Uma Yadav of Bhopal. He also felicitated girls, preventing their marriages under Lado Abhiyan, outstanding ASHA workers and members of best Shaurya Dals.

A souvenir focusing on Jawahar Bal Bhavan was also released on the occasion. Beneficiaries of Shaurya Dals, CM’s Women’s Empowerment Programme, Lado Abhiyan and Tejaswini programme shared their experiences. Children of Jawahar Bal Bhavan presented a dance drama. A film focusing on women’s empowerment was also screened. MP Alok Sanjar, MLA Vishwas Sarang and DGP Surendra Sinh were also present on the occasion. Principal Secretary Women and Child Development J N Kansotiya informed about departmental activities. Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Kalpana Shrivastava threw light on programme’s outlines.

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PM’s surprise call leaves lady SI dazed

Holi celebrations came with a surprise for a Sub-Inspector of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police of State capital when she received surprise phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Min... Read More
Holi celebrations came with a surprise for a Sub-Inspector of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police of State capital when she received surprise phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister praised the work of Nirbhaya Mobile Patrolling Police and the initiatives taken to safeguard and protect the rights of women in State capital.

A story about Bhopal’s Nirbhaya patrolling and Namita Sahu was posted on Prime Minister’s website. The story was liked by 1.50 lakh visitors, which came to the notice of Modi, after which, he called to laud her team and boost her morale. He also enquired about well being of her family members during phone call. Prime Minister Modi extended his wishes of Holi and International Women’s Day to the Sub Inspector Namita Sahu through the telephonic conversation. Sahu, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that she was taken aback by the sudden phone call from the Prime Minister of the country and could not utter a word as she was over the moon from the surprise call. She said that Prime Minister congratulated her on the work of the Nirbhaya Patrolling Police and asked her to keep up the work in future as well. She said that PM also gave her his email-id and telephone number and asked her to give her suggestions on such matters and feel free to talk to him.

Sahu said that Prime Minister was very generous and praised the initiative of the Bhopal Police and went on to say that she can directly contact him for guidance on various issues. Namita said that she was very nervous on hearing the voice of the Prime Minister. However, she calmed from the spontaneity of the PM, which gave her confidence to carry forward her work with new energy and motivation.

When asked whether she gave any suggestions to PM regarding curbing issues related to women, Namita said that she could not in the brief conversation, but will now work with more agility over the matters related to women in the city. It is worth mentioning that to commemorate the Delhi rape victim, a woman patrolling unit - Nirbhaya Patrolling Mobile Policing was launched in 2013. The unit was launched to ensure safety of women.

The patrolling unit consists of six woman police personnel, including four constables, one sub inspector and a driver, who work to help women seeking police assistance during emergency situations. They work in coordination with Woman Helpline 1090, as complaints registered at the helpline number are sent to the unit. .

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Sena may lose its lone member on standing panel due to infighting

Fate of Shiv Sena’s Standing Committee member Jagatram Sinha is hanging in balance, after a communication from Divisional Commissioner office informing Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that... Read More
Fate of Shiv Sena’s Standing Committee member Jagatram Sinha is hanging in balance, after a communication from Divisional Commissioner office informing Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that Sheetal Gharat is never registered as group leader of the party. As result, her decision to nominate Sinha has no legal validity. This may lead to vertical split in the party, and it may lose a seat in the Standing Committee, sources added.

Highly placed sources claimed that Sheetal Gharat, who was enjoying position of the group leader in NMC for last two years, was not registered with Divisional Commissioner. This is mandatory as per prevailing laws. Recently, Shiv Sena appointed Kishor Kumeria as group leader and he rejected the appointment of Jagatram Sinha made by Sheetal Gharat. Kumeria submitted a letter to Mayor Pravin Datke to remove Jagatram Sinha from Standing Committee as latter was not unanimous choice of Shiv Sena group. Mayor Datke directed Administration to check the details and place matter before the general body. The local body approached Divisional Commissioner’s office and was stunned by the answer.

Now, the question is, if general body follows the directions of Divisional Commissioner and reject the claim of Sheetal Gharat, then Sinha may lose his position but Shiv Sena will also be a loser and has to part with its seat in the Standing Committee. Because due to vertical split in the party, each faction will have three members each and as such both factions are ineligible for even a single seat in the committee. Interestingly, Congress will be net gainer as it will be entitled for one more seat in the Standing Committee. Now, all the eyes are on general body meeting to know the fate of Shiv Sena.

Meanwhile, Congress and BJP led Nagpur Vikas Aghadi members of the Standing Committee resigned from their posts to pave way for new members. Congress members- Sindhu Uike, Ravindra Kaur Bawa, Deva Usare and Prashant Dhawad, BJP-NVA members— Narendra Borkar, Vidhya Kanhere, Sangita Girhe, Ishrat Nahid and Moh. Jalil Ansari resigned from the membership. Their resignations were accpeted by Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare. The new members to replace these members will be elected in the general body meeting likely to be held on March 20.

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Girish Gandhi is Vidarbha’s cultural ambassador: Gadkari

CUTTING across the party lines, Girish Gandhi always worked for the larger welfare of the cultural and social scene of Vidarbha. After years of dedicated service for the literature, the foundat... Read More
CUTTING across the party lines, Girish Gandhi always worked for the larger welfare of the cultural and social scene of Vidarbha. After years of dedicated service for the literature, the foundation named after him will serve the same purpose in better way, said Union Minister of Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. He was speaking after the formal inauguration of Girish Gandhi Pratishthan, held at Shri Sai Sabhagruha, Shankar Nagar. Guardian Minister of Nagpur Chandrashekhar Bawankule presided over the function while senior journalist Madhukar Bhave was chief guest.

In his speech, Gadkari termed Girish Gandhi as his Guru. He appreciated Gandhi's ability to keep good relations with all leaders regardless the party differences. Gadkari said, it is his commitment to the cause of cultural, literary and social work that brings the helping hand of all party leaders to him. "It was due to his sincere effort that many artists, authors, poets and social workers came into limelight and made their identity," Gadkari said.

President of the Foundation Dr Akshay Kumar Kale, Secretary Ajay Patil, Prof Anil Nitnaware, Madhavrao Deshpande, Arun Wankhede, Santosh Kshirsagar, Nandkishor Panpalia, were present at the function. Prof Komal Thakre conducted the proceedings.

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Four monsters molest a 12-year-old girl

When the second capital of Maharashtra was preparing to mark International Women’s Day, three shocking incidents of molestation were reported in city raising a serious question-mark over safe... Read More
When the second capital of Maharashtra was preparing to mark International Women’s Day, three shocking incidents of molestation were reported in city raising a serious question-mark over safety of women.

In the first incident, four youths apparently in an inebriated condition dragged a 12-year-old girl, torned her clothes and molested her at Eastern Point Lodge on Saturday late night, sending shock waves across the city. The brazeness and audacity of the youngsters to gratify their lust without any fear of law and norms has also exposed the shallow claims made by top cops about women safety.

Identity of the accused persons— who arrived in a white coloured car — is yet to be ascertained. However, the teenage girl — who lives in nearby slum — is still under acute trauma.

According to information, the incident occurred at around 10 pm when the poor girl stepped inside the lodge to fetch water. The four lascivious boys saw the girl and pulled her. When the girl opposed them, the accused forcibly dragged her inside and torned her clothes.

Meanwhile, parents of the girl heard her frantic calls and rushed to the spot. Security guard of the lodge, too, arrived at the spot and thrashed the monsters. Beating a hasty retreat, the accused persons fled from the spot in the car itself. Staff of Dhantoli Police Station rushed to the spot. CCTV footage is being scanned to identify the accused persons.

Dhantoli police have registered the case under sections 354 (a), (b), 2, 3 and 34 of Indian Penal Code read with sections 7, 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

Molesation cases reported in Lakadganj, Wadi

In another molestation case, a 34-year-old Pankaj Mohan Diwanji, a resident of Plot no 4, Pipala fata, Durga Nagar forcibly entered the house of a 22-year-old girl and molested her on Saturday evening.

Lakadganj police said, the incident took place at 5.45 pm when the girl, her sister and mother were in the house. After molesting the girl, the accused also threatened them with dire consequences. Lakadganj Police have registered the case under sections 452, 354, 294 and 506 of IPC.

In another case reported under the jurisdiction of Wadi Police Station, a man molested a 35-year-old woman by taking advantage of darkness.

Police said, the victim woman was standing behind her house at 8.30 pm due to power outage. The accused approached the woman and molested her. Wadi police have registered the case under sections 354, 294 and 506 (b) of IPC. Further investigations are on.

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Anna presses for withdrawal of Land Acquisition Bill

Veteran Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare, on Sunday, said that the new Land Acquisition Bill being brought up by Central Government should be withdrawn. “We do not need any amendments... Read More
Veteran Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare, on Sunday, said that the new Land Acquisition Bill being brought up by Central Government should be withdrawn. “We do not need any amendments. The Government should simply withdraw the Bill,” he said.

Anna was talking to reporters at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here on Sunday evening. He arrived from Pune, and had a brief halt here before leaving for Wardha, where he will be holding deliberations with the delegates of 40-50 farmers’ organisations on Monday.

The social activist, who has launched an agitation against the Land Acquisition Bill, said that the Central Government was now talking of removing anti-farmer provisions. “They talk but do not do anything. If they can remove these provisions now, after the agitation; why did not they remove those earlier?” he asked. “Now,” he added, “we do not want amendments. The Government should withdraw the Bill.”

Anna Hazare has announced a 1,100 km ‘padyatra’ (foot march) from Gandhi Ashram in Sevagram in Wardha district to Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. The details like schedule of the march, route etc will be finalised in the meeting to be held at Wardha on Monday. The march is expected to take around three months to cover the distance from Sevagram to Delhi. Hazare had earlier said that he would appeal to the farmers across the country to court arrest at local level. The march will educate farmers about ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the Central Government.

It may be recalled here that Hazare had staged a two-day protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi last month, during Budget Session of Parliament. The protest was organised under the banner of Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas, and was later supported by various farmers’ groups.

Asked about power struggle in Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) resulting in removal of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from Political Affairs committee, Anna Hazare refused to comment. “It is internal matter of AAP,” he said.

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Kondhali cops crack murder mystery

Kondhali police have cracked the mystery behind killing of a youth whose body was found buried in Digdoh area. Police have arrested two youth and are searching for a third involved in the gory ... Read More
Kondhali police have cracked the mystery behind killing of a youth whose body was found buried in Digdoh area. Police have arrested two youth and are searching for a third involved in the gory murder of Vinod Chintaman Warthi (20). Vinod’s body was buried in a pit after his murder by accused trio, two of whom, Pravin Warthi (19) and Suraj Raut (20), both residents of Digdoh, are in police custody now. The police after preliminary investigations have established the motive for murder, suspected illicit relations between Vinod and mother of one of the accused. Vinod and the accused’s mother had gone to pilgrimage during Shivratri. The two were however found lying on Digdoh by-pass road, apparently heavily drunk. As the news reached the accused the three headed to spot and took away the two. Vinod was badly bashed-up by the accused trio. The accused duo claimed that when Vinod gained consciousness latter had fled away from their custody. However the police have seized the bi-cycle of Vinod from the house of one of the accused. Police Station Officer (PSO) Pravin Lambat and his team are conducting investigations under supervision of Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Ishwar Katkade.

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This village in Wardha district gets 24x7 drinking water

Effective implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in basaltic terrain in Sawli Sastabad taluka of Wardha district has ... Read More
Effective implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme by Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) in basaltic terrain in Sawli Sastabad taluka of Wardha district has resulted in rescharging of groundwater and availability of drinking water to rural masses. This successful model has helped in coping up with scarcity like situation.

Under the programme, main stress is given on strengthening of source at taps, hand-pumps or wells to confirm sustainability of drinking water. The priority is given to places where possibility of drinking water scarcity is lurking by making alternate arrangements.

This was disclosed by Dr I I Shah, Deputy Director, GSDA, Nagpur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ here on Saturday. He said, in order to meet shortfall of drinking water, an innovative artificial recharge model has been developed and adopted. It is in the form of modified underground cement wall, which is constructed down stream of drinking water supply well located on the bank of nullah, resectioning of nullah to create additional storage of water and using shafts to recharge deeper aquifer, he pointed out.

This recharge model is implemented in 18 scarcity affected villages of Wardha district and it is effectively working. The creation of surface water storage, sub-surface groundwater movement check and recharge to deeper aquifer near source well together have resulted into rise of water levels ranging from one metre to two metres in the upstream area in the summer.

Most of the individual water supply schemes in rural areas are based on ground water. In most of the cases a dug- well as a source, which is normally located on the bank of nullah, stream or river, thickness of weathered zone normally varies in between four metres and seven metres below from nullah bed. The entire part of Wardha district is covered by basaltic terrain and every year some of the villages face shortage of water from April onwards. Ths scheme was executed with a view to meeting drinking water scarcity. Shah pointed out that shaft helped in release water directly to aquifers whereas the it was time consuming process by way of percolation. Water is available only during monsoon and hence it is necessary to check the otherwise flowing rain waters. There should be combination of three measures - underground bandhara, nullah deepening in reverse gradient and rechage sharft to get effective results, he added.

Evaporation is a big culprit in hydological cycle. Therefore, water is stored in the aquifer within a short time with the help of a shaft so that it is protected from sunlight. GSDA makes water management for around eight to ten months for storing water. It has been observed that there are only 16 to 18 rainy days in a season so priority is given to store water by implementing effective menagement. The purpose would not be served just by constructing structures. We can make more irrigation by adopting micro-irrigation methods such as drip and sprinkler making economic use of this precious commodity, Shah pointed out.

Nitin Mahajan, Senior Geologist, P K Kalambe, Assistant Geologist, Wardha, and staff members executed the programme successfully.

Similarly, This programme is also implemented in 38 villages of Nagpur division by completing 87 measures during the financial year 2014-15.

Underground water-level goes down

The underground water level has gone down below one metre in Nagpur district while it has dwindled upto half a metre in Chandrapur, Bhandara, Gondia and Wardha districts. The depletion of water level in Gadchiroli district is neglible. A report of Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA) has revealed the figures on the basis of readings taken in 163 observation wells in January month. Dr I I Shah said, the underground water level has gone down one metre below in 73 observation wells whereas it has increased in 38 wells. The water level has also gone down by half a metre in observation wells, though some wells registered marginal increase in the water level, he added.

The readings of levels are taken four times in one year, beginning from October.

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SNDL reduces power losses by 50%

Signalling success of privatisation policy of power distribution network in State, Spanco Nagpur Discom Ltd. (SNDL) has knocked down power losses by whopping 50%. Spanco’s achievement came in... Read More
Signalling success of privatisation policy of power distribution network in State, Spanco Nagpur Discom Ltd. (SNDL) has knocked down power losses by whopping 50%. Spanco’s achievement came in a span of four-years from starting the operations in three sub-divisions of city. The franchisee area of Spanco effectively covers nearly two-thirds of city geographical area. When the company began its operations, the power losses stood at 30.1% in year 2011. Now as per record, power losses are around 14.90% in 2014. In financial year April 2012 and March 2013, the DF area had witnessed power losses upto 26% that was reduced to 19% between April 2013 and March 2014. Further, the company increased its efforts and further reduced the power losses by 4.10% and now effective losses (commercial&distribution) are 14.90%. The declining trend of power losses has given boost to company’s willingness to scale up it’s investment in city’s power distribution infrastructure sector. The company have distributed city in six circles viz Civil Lines, Lashkaribagh, Manewada, Nandanwan, Tulsibagh and Gandhibagh. Out of the six circles, Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles recorded maximum power losses trend i.e. 21% in year 2014. However, Manewada circle has recorded minimum power losses which is 8.80% followed by Civil Line (9.10%), Gandhibagh (14.70%) and Nandanvan (16.90%).

New infra and vigilance bored fruits

Business Head of SNDL, Nagpur DF, Sonal Khurana stated that releasing new connections and introducing tamper free infrastructure is the reason behind the success. The company have replaced around 1 lakh electro- mechanical meters and also increased vigilance activity in franchisee area.

“We have laid air bunch cable in maximum areas to curb power theft through hooking. In some vigilance activity, we noticed that consumers are tampering cables (Electric pole to meter) and hence we connected maximum meters through armoured cable.

SNDL is operating in the city with 2800 transformers and the company have system to monitor power consumption from each transformer, he said.

Separate vigilance team for commercial consumers

Sonal Khurana said the company have deployed special teams to study power usage trends of 60,000 commercial consumers including 218 consumers with High Tension Line supply and other power intensive industries. SNDL is supplying power to many plastic industries, daal mills and other units in the city.

Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles are still challenge

Lashkaribagh and Tulsibagh circles continue to be a challenge for the company. The two circles recorded power losses 42.10% and 32.80% in between April 2012 and March 2013 respectively are current reading are 21.10% and 21.40% respectively. It means, the both circles are sharing 50% of total power losses. Nandanvan circle has recorded 16.90% losses.

According to information, areas like Garib Nawaj Nagar, Itabhatti, Mominpura, Timki, Bhaldarpura, Binaki, Pardi, Hasanbagh, Tajbagh and Wathoda areas of the circles are known for rampant power thefts. Though SNDL have unearthed maximum powerline taps in these areas still they see huge work ahead to curb power losses.

The company knows its focus areas but these colonies have dense human habitations and SNDL squad have to tread cautiously while zeroing in on power thieves.

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MRSAC to prepare base data, maps of drinking water sources

HOW to realise the vision of providing drinking water to all? This was the big question before the State Government considering the fact that there was no accurate data available with it regard... Read More
HOW to realise the vision of providing drinking water to all? This was the big question before the State Government considering the fact that there was no accurate data available with it regarding the drinking water sources. Against this backdrop, now, Water Supply and Sanitation Department (WSSD) has asked Maharashtra Remote Sensing Applications Centre (MRSAC) to prepare base data and detailed maps in this regard.

WSSD, on Wednesday, informed all Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors, and Chief Executive Officers of all Zilla Parishads in the State regarding this decision. As per the decision, MRSAC has been asked to prepare maps of public sources of drinking water supply through Global Positioning System (GPS). Further, it has been asked to develop a mobile phone application (Mobile App), web-based Geographical Information System (GIS) etc. These will pave way for effective implementation of Water Quality Monitoring and Survey Programme.

Dr Subrata Das, Director, MRSAC, told 'The Hitavada' that the developments would pave way for implementing the Government's commitment and vision of providing drinking water to all. "Under the project, MRSAC will be conducting collection and compilation of detailed data relating to source of drinking water supply, habitation that requires drinking water, distance between the source and the habitation, how will water reach the location of requirement etc. Detailed mapping will be done to prepare accurate data, which will be treated as base data," he said.

Once the data is collected and compiled, it will be available on a separate website for people, Dr Das said. Then, the people will be able to locate drinking water source, availability of water, quality of water available etc. It will help in reducing administrative and maintenance issues. There will be periodic monitoring of source water for its quality, though the period of monitoring is yet to be finalised, he added.

WSSD has given its nod to signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nagpur-based MRSAC and Belapur-based Water and Sanitation Institute. The project involves zeroing in on drinking water sources in 34 districts, excluding Mumbai and Mumbai suburbs, collecting samples and assessing quality of water at the source.

The project also involved maintenance of works done at the source for two years. "As maintenance and repairs cannot be done through available manpower, these works will have to be outsourced to private firms. For the purpose, company will be finalised after following tenders. Director of Water and Sanitation Institute, Belapur, will be the authority for implementing tender process," states a communication issued by Nandkishor Garud, Deputy Secretary, WSSD. For the tasks cut out for MRSAC, WSSD will pay to it an amount of Rs 49.18 lakh. Of this, half of the amount -- Rs 24.90 lakh -- has been released and remaining will be released in a phased manner.

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Man thrashed for unruly behaviour succumbs

A man, who was thrashed by his neighbours on March 7, Saturday, succumbed to the injuries on the same night at 3 am. Deceased Tara Nayak was killed after he created mayhem in his locality at Moti... Read More
A man, who was thrashed by his neighbours on March 7, Saturday, succumbed to the injuries on the same night at 3 am. Deceased Tara Nayak was killed after he created mayhem in his locality at Motilal Nagar Kota under Saraswati Nagar Police Station. Saraswati Nagar Police informed that people of his locality were extremely angry over Tara for his unruly behaviour with them. Sources said that Tara created havoc in the area just a day before and openly shouted abusing words to his neighbours while picking up fight with almost everyone on his neighbourhood. On March 7, Saturday, when Tara went out of his house at around 4:30 pm in the evening, accused Rajesh Tandi, Rajesh Chhatri, Kundan Bihar Sharma and Trinath Baghel, residents of same area, were waiting for him behind a temple. Armed with sword, batons and planks, aforesaid men attacked Tara Nayak. Tara’s wife Pinky Nayak, who was also following him, saw the attack, when his husband was severely beaten up. As Tara went unconscious, they attackers left him bleeding on the spot. Tara was rushed to the Hospital with critical wounds all over his body and thin chance of survival.

After an overnight battle for life, Tara gave up at 3:30 am. On the complaint of Pinky Nayak, Saraswati Nagar Police arrested Rajesh Tandi, Rajesh Chhatri, Kundan Bihari Sharma and Trinath Baghel, booking them under Section 307, 34, which was later converted to the 302 of Indian Penal Code.

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Talpuri residents complain against CHB

A delegation of Talpuri Housing Board International Colony Residents Association, Bhilai led by President of the association Sunil Chaurasia met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at his official re... Read More
A delegation of Talpuri Housing Board International Colony Residents Association, Bhilai led by President of the association Sunil Chaurasia met Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh at his official residence on Sunday and submitted a memorandum complaining about the heavy increase in prices, illegal imposition of service tax and incomplete development done by Chhattisgarh Housing Board.

The beleaguered members of the association along with the memorandum also handed over the documents in support of their issues and demanded intervention of the Chief Minister.

It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Dr Singh gave a patient hearing to the colony residents and expressed resentment over the attitude of the Chhattisgarh Housing Board.

He immediately instructed the Commissioner of Chhattisgarh Housing Board to hold a meeting with the association members and work accordingly to resolve the issues as soon as possible. He also instructed the housing board Commissioner to pass on the instructions to Chairman as well and complete the pending works.

The delegation further complained that the project of the housing board which was supposed to be completed in a duration of two years is still incomplete i.e. the project was ought to be complete by October 2010 and hence is now in its seventh year. They sadly apprised Dr Singh that this delay has forced the residents to pay a heavy cost and has also given immense mental stress. The delegation also included Advisor of the association SK Sharma, General Secretary Mukesh Kulmi, Vivek Agrawal, Chandresh Rathore, Jyoti Agrawal and Manju Gupta.

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Academic Excellence honour for IIM Raipur Director Prof B S Sahay

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay was honoured with Amity Academic Excellence Award by Amity University. On behalf of Professor B S Sahay, the award was ... Read More
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur Director Professor B S Sahay was honoured with Amity Academic Excellence Award by Amity University. On behalf of Professor B S Sahay, the award was received by Professor Sanjeev Prashar on February 26 as a part of 15th International Business Summit & Research Conference INBUSH-ERA held at Amity University, Noida Campus.

The award was conferred on Professor Sahay, acknowledging his contribution to the field of academics. The citation read, “A profound scholar with an impeccable academic background, Professor Sahay is highly respected in the world of academics and has been acknowledged worldwide for duly propagating the doctrine of knowledge. He has published many research papers in national and international journals and has held distinguished positions in many learned societies, institutions editorial advisory bodies and important committees. Undoubtedly, a professional par excellence, he has created many benchmarks in the field of education and research and is truly a role model for others to follow.”

Dr Sahay has over 31 years of experience. He was the founding director of Indian Institute of Management – Raipur and was also the director of two colleges of national level – IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon. He has published over 140 research articles national and international journals. In his career, Professor Sahay has influenced not just several management scholars but also the management thought especially in the area of supply chain. Several of his papers have had a deep impact on supply chain logistics and management.

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Tough lesson taught to molestation accused

An elderly person, who tried to molest a minor girl, was taught a lesson by the residents of the area. On the report of the victim’s mother, the police have registered a case against the accu... Read More
An elderly person, who tried to molest a minor girl, was taught a lesson by the residents of the area. On the report of the victim’s mother, the police have registered a case against the accused under Sections 363, 342, 376 and 511 and are further investigating the matter. The accused has been identified as Jeevanlal Mahar, resident of Mil Para.

According to police at about 10 am the 10-year-old victim had been to the nearby temple to pay obeisance.

While the girl was on way to the temple, the accused Jeevanlal Mahar allegedly caught hold of her hand and forcefully took the girl to his house.

He is reported to have tied the girl with a sari and tried to molest her.

Meanwhile the girl screamed for help and the neighbours came to know about the incident. They immediately rescued the girl and caught hold of Jeevanlal and handed him to the residents, who reached the spot in large numbers.

The residents thrashed Jeevanlal severely and handed him over to the police. On the report of the victim’s mother the Kotwali police registered a case against the accused under relevant sections and are further investigating the matter.

Jilted lover uploads obscene pics of girl on social media

A jilted lover took an obscene revenge of betrayal, when he uploaded vulgar photographs on a fake Facebook account of her ex-girlfriend. Amanaka Police has booked accused Prashant Ambsara, native of Bihar and was residing at Parthiv Nagar in Raipur, under relevant Sections of Information Technology (IT) Act. They were having an affair in the College but, as the time passed by, girl’s affection toward Prashant faded. Prashant made several attempts to convince the girl for marriage but failed every time. He was frustrated by this denial and wanted to take revenge. Hence, he created a fake Facebook account on the name of girl nearly 2 months ago.

He uploaded many pictures, in which both were seen in intimacy. For the last 2 months, girl’s relatives tried to persuade and even warn Prashant about the consequences but, when he crossed limits and uploaded extremely vulgar photographs on the account. Girl’s relatives reported the matter to the police. However, this delay in filing report gave Prashant a chance to escape.

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Swine flu spreading tentacles in urban areas of Durg

The residents of urban parts across Durg district need to be extra careful as Swine Flu or H1N1 confirmed as well as suspected cases were reported more in these areas as compared to rural areas... Read More
The residents of urban parts across Durg district need to be extra careful as Swine Flu or H1N1 confirmed as well as suspected cases were reported more in these areas as compared to rural areas.

The statistics of the Health Department in the Durg district revealed that from January 1st to March 6th of the current year 2015, Durg district recorded 5 deaths of Swine Flu as well as 20 confirmed and 30 suspected cases of this infection. Out of the 5 people who lost their lives owing to H1N1 infection, 4 were of urban areas only 1 patient was belonged to rural area of the Dhamdha block in district.

Among the 20 confirmed cases of this infection which were reported during 7 weeks across district by different national labs, 17 were of urban parts such as Durg city, Bhilainagar City and Charoda areas. Only 3 confirmed patients were of rural areas of Durg and Dhamdha blocks at the district. The maximum cases of both confirmed as well as suspected of Swine Flu were recorded at several wards of Durg Municipal Corporation. As wards of this corporation witnessed 3 deaths followed by 11 confirmed cases and 16 suspected cases of this infection during last one month. Similarly wards of Bhilai Municipal Corporation has also recorded 2 deaths, 8 confirmed and 11 suspected cases of this infection (H1N1) and patients of this infection were reported not only slum wards of the cooperations but also of residential wards of both cooperations. ‘It is a really a disturbing fact but reality that people of urban areas at different parts of the district have been diagnosed with H1N1 infection as compared to their counters at different rural areas of three blocks in the district’ said one senior medical officer of Durg District Health Department.

Dr Prashant Kumar Shrivastava, CMHO of the district stated that the urban areas which are reporting both confirmed as well as suspected cases of H1N1 virus or Swine Flu will be surveyed and district health department will try its all efforts to find out the exact reason behind it.

Swine Flu: Two more suspected deaths

Two more suspected swine flu patients have died in Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital (BRAMH), Raipur. A 44-year old woman from Supela, Bhilai was admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital on Sunday afternoon. She died. The other death was of a four-year female child and she was from Raipur district, informed BRAMH sources.

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Swine flu: Nagpur Divn records 59 deaths

The number of swine flu patients is rising in the Division day-by-day, the State Government is trying to take steps to control the disease. Total 59 deaths were recorded in Nagpur Division from J... Read More
The number of swine flu patients is rising in the Division day-by-day, the State Government is trying to take steps to control the disease. Total 59 deaths were recorded in Nagpur Division from January 1 to March 3. The swine flu patients include both, children and aged. Capacity of the ward allocated for swine-flu patients in Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) has been increased by merging the ward in Ophthalmology Department. With this, the number of beds in the wards has increased. This was following the order by State Health Minister Deepak Sawant, every Government hospital has increased the capacity of the wards for swine flu patients. In Nagpur city, 33 swine flu patients have died while three deaths have been recorded in Nagpur rural areas. Six deaths were reported from Gondia, Chandrapur and Wardha (two each). The toll also includes six patients from Madhya Pradesh and two from Andhra Pradesh. All the required arrangements have been made in various hospitals in the region to handle rising number of swine flu patients. A doctor attending swine flu patients informed that suspected swine-flu patients are treated at the GMCH ward. Swab samples of the patients are sent for testing. The course of treatment is decided after receiving the test results of the patients. If a patient tests negative, he/she is shifted to other wards, while those who testing positive are retained in the special ward. The number of patients admitted in GMCH on Tuesday, was around 45. Most of the doctors claimed that citizens are not taking proper precautions.

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Ramesh Singare is new Standing Panel chief

Ramesh Singare, a senior corporator of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Singare will ta... Read More
Ramesh Singare, a senior corporator of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday. Singare will take charge as Chairman of the Standing Committee on March 5, 2015 at Civil Lines office of NMC. Congress party corporators boycotted the election of Standing Committee. Singare was nominated by the BJP for the top job of the NMC on Tuesday morning. Panjabrao Wankhede, Additional Collector, chaired the proceedings of the election while Secretary Harish Dube and Vilas Fadnavis supported him for conducting the election. Outgoing chairman Narendra Borkar, and members of the committee Sanjay Balpande, Shrawan Khapekar, Ishrat Nayed Ansari proposed name of Ramesh Singare for the chairman’s post while Gopi Kumre, Vidya Kanhere, Sangita Girhe and Sharad Bante seconded it. Singare submitted four sets of nomination papers for the election. Since Wankhede received only a single nomination form of Singare, he was declared elected unopposed. Congress members Prashant Dhawad, Deva Usare, Ravindra Kaur Bawa and Sindhu Uike boycotted the election while Kishor Gajbhiye of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) abstained from the election. Shiv Sena member Jagatram Sinha and NCP corporator Kamil Ansari participated in the election. Ramesh Singare while talking to mediapersons expressed his gratitude towards Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, City BJP Chief Krishna Khopde, Mayor Pravin Datke, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari for his selection for the important post. He said, “We will try hard to increase income of the local body as well as undertake development work with the help of Central and State Governments.” Mayor Pravin Datke, Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Deputy leader Munna Yadav, Sandip Joshi, Avinash Thakre, Harish Dikondwar, Sunil Agrawal, Gopal Bohare, Prakash Totwani, Sanjay Bonde, Pallavi Shamkule, Rita Mule, Sanjay Balpande, Pramod Pendke, Rajesh Ghodpage, Vishakha Maind, Pravin Narad, Manisha Kothe, Divya Dhurde, Prabhakar Yeole, Balwant Jichkar, and others welcomed him by presenting bouquets. Municipal Commissioner Shravan Khapekar also welcomed Ramesh Singare by presenting bouquet at BJP office.

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HC sets aside lifer of mother-daughter duo, slaps Rs 3 lakh cost on Home Deptt

IN a path-breaking decision, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has quashed and set-aside lifer of a mother-daughter duo awarded to them for eliminating new born baby of the daughter, on the b... Read More
IN a path-breaking decision, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has quashed and set-aside lifer of a mother-daughter duo awarded to them for eliminating new born baby of the daughter, on the basis of very weak evidence and also imposed an exemplary cost of Rs 3 lakh on Home department raising a serious question-mark over conduct of prosecution. The High Court also quashed the trial court judgement and awarded compensation of Rs 1.50 lakh each to be paid out of compensation amount which must be deposited before April 15. The episode dates back to the year 2003 while trial court passed the judgement in 2006 and almost nine years later, the High Court acquitted both the ladies and expressed deep anguish for their conviction and imprisonment on the basis of such a flimsy evidence.

A division bench consisting of Justice Arun Chaudhari and Justice P N Deshmukh while allowing appeal filed Rama Jogdand also issued notice to a voluntary organisation Varhad which failed to file appeal on behalf of mother even after a passage of eight years. As a result, Savitribai languished in jail for nine years and was recently shifted to Nagpur prison from Amravati while Rama got bail in 2007 and her letter brought to light the sheer apathy of system towards such persons who are endlessly waiting for justice and have no resources to secure their legal rights.

According to prosecution story, 19-years old unmarried Rama was admitted to a hospital in Pusad and delivered a baby on September 9, 2003. Two days later, a newly born baby was found dead in Painganga river. After due investigations, the Pofali police station came to conclusion that it was Rama's baby and arrested her and her mother Savitribai. The chargesheet was filed before a Sessions Court, Pusad.

During trial, both denied the charge and even denied the prosecution story of hospitalisation and subsequent delivery. Therefore, the allegation of drowning the new born to death at Painganga was vehemently denied by both before the trial court. The trial court held them guilty in 2006 and during intervening three years, they languished in jail. When Savitribai was shifted to Nagpur jail, she wrote a letter through Jail Superintendent to High Court stating her plight. Taking a very serious notice of this issue, the High Court appointed Adv Daruwala as counsel for the appellant and asked him to present the matter. According to official record, the appeal was pending since 2006 and apparently due to abject poverty and ignorance about legal process, Savitri remained in jail and even during trial period, they spent three years in jail.

According to Adv Daruwala, entire case is based on a very weak foundation, not supported by factual matrix, DNA report and only on the basis of hearsay evidence, the mother-daughter duo was convicted. The prosecution lawyer APP T A Mirza fairly conceded that there was no solid evidence against both the appellants.

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Unseasonal rains damage crops on 76,411 hectares in Nagpur Divn

Acting swiftly on the directions of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the administration has prepared a preliminary assessment report on damage caused to crops in Nagpur Division due to recent un... Read More
Acting swiftly on the directions of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the administration has prepared a preliminary assessment report on damage caused to crops in Nagpur Division due to recent unseasonal rains and strong winds. As per the report, crops on 76,411.50 hectares area spread across six districts in the division, got damaged.

Nagpur Division comprises six districts -- Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli. These districts together have Rabi area of 4,13,100 hectares. Farmers had carried out sowing operations in 3,77,872 hectares. Of this, maximum 1,29,888 hectares of area was under Wheat, followed by 1,41,370 hectares on Chickpea. The unseasonal rains and strong winds on March 1 and 2, damaged Wheat, Chickpea, Javas, Lakhodi, and Tur crops. Damage was caused also to Mango, Orange, vegetables and other crops.

As per the preliminary assessment of crop loss, these crops on 76,411.50 hectares have been damaged. According to the joint report prepared by Revenue and Agriculture Departments and Zilla Parishad administrations, unseasonal rains and strong winds wrecked standing crops, destroyed harvested crops, and resulted in flower-shedding in case of fruit crops. Nagpur district is the worst-hit with crops on 42,350 hectares getting damaged. Nagpur is followed by Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli districts as far as quantum of crop damage is concerned.

As per the official report, at least seven tehsils received more than 65 mm rainfall, which is considered as alarming level. These include Mouda and Bhiwapur (Nagpur district); Bhandara, Mohadi, and Sakoli (Bhandara district); Gondia and Tirora (Gondia district). Of these, Bhandara and Tirora tehsils received 100 mm and 108.40 mm rainfall respectively. There are 12 other tehsils that have received more than 50 mm rainfall. These include Katol, Umred, and Kuhi (Nagpur district); Arvi and Karanja (Wardha district); Paoni and Lakhandur (Bhandara district); Goregaon and Sadak Arjuni (Gondia district); Gondpipri, Warora, and Chimur (Chandrapur district).

Meanwhile, the Relief and Rehabilitation Department under Revenue and Forests Department sent an 'urgent' communication to all Divisional Commissioners and District Collectors in the State asking them to get conducted the exercise of assessment of crop damage due to unseasonal rains on February 28 and March 1. However, the communication asks the officials not to conduct 'panchnama' in 'scarcity-hit villages' that had got financial assistance in Kharif-2014 season. It also asks the officials to file damage assessment report in prescribed format and with photographs of farms where crops were destroyed. The photograph should also bear caption providing details like name of farmer concerned, Survey Number, Group Number, village etc. Further, the report should contain assessment of loss of property, livestock, dead and injured persons etc.

BJP-Sena Govt must provide relief to farmers: Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh, former Food and Civil Supplies Minister and senior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), flayed the BJP-Shiv Sena Government in the State and Centre for 'failure' to offer good prices to agricultural produce. "Now, the Government must act fast and provide relief to farmers who lost Rabi crops due to unseasonal rains and strong winds in the past few days," he said.

According to Deshmukh, State and Central Governments both did not offer good prices to farmers. "BJP has failed in keeping its pre-poll promise of increasing minimum support price. Also, BJP-led Government at the Centre has not made any provision for Price Stabilisation Fund of Rs 500 crore started by the erstwhile Congress-NCP Government," alleged the former minister. When the farmers were in trouble due to natural calamity in the past, then Congress-NCP Government offered an aid of Rs 921 crore with the efforts of the then Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he said.

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Now, co-op banks have to deduct TDS on interest of Rs 10,000+

The devil has finally arrived. It is bad news for co-operative banks as Union Budget 2015 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made amendment to Section 19A of Income Tax Act, 1961 w.e.... Read More
The devil has finally arrived. It is bad news for co-operative banks as Union Budget 2015 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made amendment to Section 19A of Income Tax Act, 1961 w.e.f June 1, 2015, which stated that the exemption from TDS on payment of interest to members by co-operative socieities and banks would be withdrawn.

The issue was raised by The Hitavada on November 25, 2014, brought to the notice by city's renowned CA Kailash Jogani, President of NCCL. Jogani had sent representation on this matter to Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), country's apex governing body on Income Tax with the copy of article published in The Hitavada. He had also requested for the above clarification and chargeability of TDS in the pre-memorandum Budget to the Finance Minister earlier in the month of January 15, 2015. "Now, after the presentation of the Union Budget 2015, it is clear that every co-operative societies and co-operative banks have to deduct TDS on the interest Rs 10,000 or above on deposits held by the depositors irrespective of whether they are shareholder or not," said Jogani. Hitherto, the co-operative sector in the country are not deducting TDS on the payment made on the interest Rs 10,000 or above on FDR (fixed deposit receipt/time deposit receipt) to its members without fear of taxmen.

Most of the co-operative banks in India including Maharashtra are paying interest on Rs 10,000 or above on FDR (fixed deposit receipt/or time deposit receipt) without deducting TDS on the assumption that if the interest is payable to the member, the TDS provisions are not applicable. Actually, if the interest Rs 10,000 is paid by any co-operative society engaged in the banking has to deduct the TDS like other banks governed by Banking Regulation Act 1949. That the effective or charging provision regarding the TDS on time deposits is dealt in clauses (vii) & (viia) of 194A(3) which is extracted as under : " The provisions of sub-section (1) shall not apply -

(vii) : to such income credited or paid in respect of deposits (other than time deposits made on or after the 1st day of July, 1995) with a banking company to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949) applies (including any bank or banking institution referred to in section 51 of that Act); (viia) : to such income credited or paid in respect of, (a) deposits with a primary agricultural credit society or a primary credit society or a co-operative land mortgage bank or a co-operative land development bank; (b) deposits (other than time deposits made on or after the 1st day of July, 1995) with a co-operative society, other than a co-operative society or bank referred to in sub-clause (a), engaged in carrying on the business of banking"

From the above it is very clear that clause (vii) deals with interest payment by a banking company while the clause (viia) deals with interest payment by a certain category cooperative societies including a cooperative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking. It is also clear that, as regards a co-operative society engaged in carrying on the business of banking, there is no exemption for the interest payments in respect of time deposits made on or after 01-07-1995. All the co-operative societies are not deducting TDS on the basis of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) circular No 9 of 2002 issued. However, the said circular No 9 of 2002 dated September 11, 2002, issued by CBDT has been quashed and set aside by the Bombay High Court in the case of Jalgaon District Central Co-operative Limited. Therefore, the said circular is of no relevance. It was pronounced by the Bombay High Court that the CBDT could not interpret the provisions of law by way of circular. The Court has set aside and quashed the CBDT circular in its entirety and not read down or modified the circular. Therefore that circular is no longer in existence and hence no portion of it can be relied upon. In view of the set aside of the circular and as such interest on time deposits by a co-operative bank clause (viia) is applicable and not the clause (v) and TDS is required to be done. Even in the explanatory notes to Finance Act 1995 leaves no doubt, whatsoever, about the applicability of clause (viia) to a cooperative society engaged in the business of banking they are liable for deduction of tax on the payment of interest Rs 10,000 or above to its members or non members.

"The provisions are very clear that co-operative banks have to deduct TDS on payment of interest Rs 10,000 on FDR whether it is paid to member or non member & if the same is not done the expenditure of interest paid may be disallowed u/s. 40(a)(ia) & also liable for interest & penalties," Jogani noted. He said, the applicablity for deducting TDS on interest Rs 10,000 or above was since July 1, 1995. Since 20 years, Government did not paid any heed or issued any clarification although, co-operative banks and societies were liable to deduct TDS. Instead of taking any action on co-operative banks and societies, just by overlooking the actual provisions of the Act, prospective amendment has been made effective from June 1, 2015.

"Several co-operative banks and societies are operating in the country under the political clout and therefore, Government had not taken any action on them," Jogani pointed out.

He said, from June 1, 2015, co-operative banks and societies have to deduct TDS on interest Rs 10,000 or above on FDR or time deposits. "Additionally, recurring deposits have been brought under the TDS net," he said. "Now, the amount of Rs 10,000 interest is not limited to any particular branch of the bank, if the bank has adopted core banking solution (CBS). In such case, the cumulative interest of all the branches if it touches Rs 10,000, then the bank is liable to deduct TDS," Jogani disclosed.

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NMC fails to submit Rs 100 cr road repair proposal to Govt

This may be a shocker for Nagpurians! The dream of riding on good and better quality roads in the city may be shattered as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to submit propos... Read More
This may be a shocker for Nagpurians! The dream of riding on good and better quality roads in the city may be shattered as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to submit proposal to get Rs 100 crore financial assistance from Maharashtra Government. The financial aid was sanctioned by the State Government during supplementary budget passed in the winter session of Legislature in Nagpur.

Highly placed Mantralaya sources confirmed that the local body did not submit detailed project report (DPR) to the finance departemnt of the State Government during last two months. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was very keen to provide funds to local body to improve road quality in the city. He convened meetings attended by Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar on three occasions to understand the planning of the local body. However, every time he was disappointed by the wrong planning of the NMC. The total plan size was Rs 300 crore out of that Rs 100 crore was to be provided by the State Government while remaining Rs 200 crore were to be contributed by NMC and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Fadnavis suggested to include maximum roads in the DPR to provide relief to common man as well as use modern technology to increase the life of roads.

It may be mentioned that the city roads are in pathetic condition and it is impossible for the NMC and NIT to repair these roads from their own funds. Since City's very own Devendra Fadnavis is heading the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena led State Government, hopes of Nagpurians are riding high and everybody is confident that he will bring marked improvement in city's infrastructure including its roads. Chief Minister tried to find out better solution but he was not satisfied with the DPR of the local body. The vehicle owners are regularly enjoying bumpy ride on city roads. Surprisingly, the local body had spent around Rs 100 crore in last three years for the repair works but the condition of road has gone from bad to worst. Earlier, the NMC has made a grand plan of Rs 1,400 crore expenditure for repairs of these roads but Chief Minister had suggested to reduce the plan size and increase road length. As per instructions, the local body again preapred a plan of Rs 400 crore for improving road conditon. The presentation was made before the Chief Minister but he was unhappy and did not clear the proposal. He has suggested to reduce width and include more roads and to explore modern technology and submit cost effective solution for providing

overlay of cement concrete on major roads so that roads once constructed would serve for atleast 30 years. NMC has prepared a plan with expert members and verified it from VNIT.

The NMC had constructed city roads under Integrated Road Development Project (IRDP) way back in 2002-2003. Sources claimed that the total length of prominent city road is 409 kms but after excluding ring road, state highways and national highways, the remaining length of the road is 333 kms that covered 183 city roads. After reducing on-going concrete road work and concrete roads, the remaining length of the road is 242 kms and local body will require Rs 1,400 crore for its repair.

Meanwhile, a local trafic safety organisation Janakrosh has lodged a complaint with Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar regarding shoddy quality of road repair work between LAD Square to Abyankar Nagar and from Shhradanand Peth to Laxmi Nagar square. Secretary Ravi Kaskhedikar said that the road was repaired on February 28 and on the very next day, the road lost its carpet due to rains. This reveals, the sub-standard work done by contractor and a major reason why city roads are in shambles, he claimed while demanding stern action against contractor and concerned engineer.

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HC notice to Transport Deptt authorities on contempt plea

Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Tra... Read More
Justice B P Dharmadhikari and Justice A P Bhangale at the High Court here issued notices to Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Government, Secretary (Transport) Gautam Chatterjee, Commissioner (Transport) Mahesh Zagade, and other authorities on a contempt plea. The notices are returnable on March 16.

The other officers to whom notices have been issued include Regional Transport Officer (Nagpur) Sarjerao Shelke, RTO (Nagpur Rural) Sharad Jichkar, Deputy RTO (Nagpur East) Ravindra Bhuyar. The notices have been issued on a contempt plea under Sections 11 and 12 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971. Santosh Gupta and others have filed the petition accusing the Transport Department authorities of violating the orders of the High Court in writ petitions 2065/1987 and 5001/1999.

It is the contention of the petitioners that they are ‘authorised representatives’ of motor vehicle owners, duly appointed under sections 182 and 183 of The Contract Act, 1872 read with Power of Attorney Act, in Nagpur. They have alleged that the State Transport Department authorities have arbitrarily restricted their entry into Regional Transport Offices on the directions of State Transport Commissioner Mahesh Zagade dated January 12, 2015. The petitioners stated that they are legally appointed ‘authorised representatives’ and entitled to work on behalf of their masters as per Contract Act and as per the judgment and orders passed by the High Court. The Court had held on June 6, 2002 that if a person enters with valid authority letter on behalf of his master/vehicle owner with due authority letter to do the specific work, he shall not be restrained from entering into the premises of RTO offices. But, Transport Commissioner has issued directions on January 12, 2015 that no agents should be allowed to enter into RTO offices. The petitioners felt that the authorities had committed ‘contempt’ and are liable for punishment under Sections 11 and 12 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.

Adv Tushar Mandlekar appeared for petitioners and Adv Ketki Joshi for the State.

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Rail Budget offers new works worth Rs 3,470 crore to CR Nagpur Divn

Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion... Read More
Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has hit a bumper lottery in the Rail Budget in terms of new works worth Rs 3,470 crore. Similarly, a sum of Rs 591.75 crore is received for ongoing expansion and other development works in the division, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) O P Singh while sharing details with media on Friday.

Singh said, the new works mostly relates to capacity augmentation relating to doubling and tripling of existing corridors. The approval of new works is highest in history of Nagpur Division. The funds for new works is going to be arranged from financial institutions about which Budget has not given details. All eyes are fixed on Rail Bhawan as to how it manages to get private funds for rail transport, as worldwide the trend is negative. The identified projects of doubling and tripling in Central India are of utmost important to decongest the bottlenecks that remained ignored over a long period.

High Speed Corridor: One of the highlight of new works is sanction of Rs 76 crore for development of high speed corridors on Nagpur-Ballarshah section. DRM Singh said about two years are required to carry out repairs to bridges, culverts, replace turnouts and lay high capacity rail, upgrade signalling system, to get ready for running trains at 130 km/hr. Rajdhani and Duranto, both of which have LHB coaches, apart from Premium Trains have capacity to run at highest permissible speed in section.

He said, an incremental benefit of development of high speed corridor for division would be increase in average speed of trains, including that of goods trains. Today, one BoxHL train speed was increased from 60 km/hr to 75 km/hr and progressively other trains would be covered. The benefit of faster movement of trains would be increased availability of space on tracks leading to introduction of new train services. To a question, DRM said it’s difficult to calculate speed increase. Further he stated that at division level speed of some passenger trains would be increased as they end-up blocking the path and creating congestion. Same is the case with goods trains whose speed too is being targeted to increase substantially.

Third Line: For Itarsi-Nagpur third line a sum of Rs 153.18 crore is sanctioned in the next financial year. The total cost of project is pegged at Rs 2,326 crore for 297 kms. The work is divided into three projects, including two ghat schemes.

Another third line work sanctioned for division is Nagpur-Sewagram (76.3 kms) for which Rs 50 crore is allocated from general railway pool and other Rs 55 crore from institutional finance. For Wardha-Ballarshah third line (132 kms) Rs 14.40 crore would be arranged for the year ahead. Total project cost is pegged at Rs 630 crore. Shed Expansion: A proposal to expand capacity of Ajni Electric Loco Shed was approved in the budget and it’s going to cost Rs 14.95 crores. The project envisages increasing holding capacity of Shed from current 175 to 200 locos. Also Rs 25.50 crore is earmarked for electrification work on Amravati-Narkher line which is 138 kms. Once electrified the route would cater to movement of goods traffic going to Badnera via Nagpur by skipping station yard. Other senior officers of division were also present at the press conference.

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Detection rate slumps while serious crime increases in city

Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rat... Read More
Already under fire for steady decline in conviction rate last year, detection rate too has lagged in Nagpur Police Commissionerate. The record compiled by cops indicates a jump of 5% in crime rate while the corresponding detection rate increased by just 1%. In 2014, total 8,817 cases were registered as against 8,366 in the year 2013. Going through the record sheet, it appears that there is a spurt in serious crimes viz. murder, dacoity, chain-snatching, cheating. For top brass of police machinery in second capital of State, time has come to pull-up its socks and the force needs to tighten the grip on criminals.

The city witnessed 103 murders in the year 2013 and in 2014, too, the figure is the same. In the last year, 11 cases remained undetected. About 92 attempt to murder cases were registered in city which shows a jump of 10% as compared to figure of the year 2013.

In 2013, total 15 dacoities were reported and 14 of them were detected successfully by City Police. However, the cops have solved only 12 dacoity cases out of 16 registered in the year 2014. Though detection rate in robbery shows marked improvement at 61%, that of house-breaking theft (HBT) is pegged at 24% only.

Thieves are striking at will in city and everywhere booty looted is in range of couple of lakhs. And as most of time case gets reported to police station quite late, the cops have very little to investigate. Also in most theft cases the accused tend to dispose of booty quite fast which makes recovery quite a complicated process. Further, another reason for falling detection could be vacancies in city police force. Also off late the bandobast duty for visiting VIPs is consuming lot of working time of officers as well as field staff. Therefore, this double burden is taking its toll of men and machinery which gets reflected in detection rate.

Crime against women soaring

A jump of 29% is seen in the crime against women. About 113 rape cases were reported across the city in year 2014 as compared to 90 in year 2013. Detection rate in rape cases has fallen down by 3% in 2014 and it was 100% in year 2013. The molestation cases graph is also on rise as city police registered 70 more cases than the previous year. Total 279 molestation cases under section 354 of IPC were registered in the city. However the figure was 209 in year 2013.

Around 3,000 thefts in a year

Property theft graph is soaring high and has touched the mark of 3,000. City had reported 2,760 total thefts in 2013 and the figure zoomed to 2,962 in 2014. The cops have detected only 712 thefts with detection rate of 24% which was 23% in 2013.

Maximum share of total thefts are of motor vehicle, 1604 of them were stolen in 2014 which is a jump of 12% (1430 motor vehicle were reported stolen in year 2013). The investigations too need to be spruced-up by city police.

Zone-1: No preventive action, crime graph soars

The performance if analysed zone-wise reveals that Zone-I report card was not that significant. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar was heading the Zone before he was transferred to Zone-III of Nagpur Police Commissionerate. Comparatively other zones which functioned sans any limelight managed good rate on detection front as also on preventive action. Zone-I covers police stations viz. Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Wadi, MIDC, Sonegaon and Rana Pratap Nagar.

In Zone-I, 1,253 crime cases were registered under Class I-V category in 2014. The figure was 1,152 in 2013. The Zone also witnessed spurt in attempts to murder, robberies, house breaking thefts, motor vehicle thefts and crime against women. The Zone reported 19 attempt to murder cases in 2014 which has double than previous year (only 9 in 2013). If analysed minutely, the Zone hogged maximum highlight due to high profile gambling raids, but somehow this seemed to had deflected attention on detection of serious crime.

Also during last year Zone-I did not undertook preventive action. MPDA was invoked against 11 dreaded goons in Commissionerate. About a dozen criminals were externed of the total 94 cases done in the same year.

A senior police officer said, police has to work very hard and have total dedication if them contemplating registering cases under MPDA and MCOCA, and hence field officers are reluctant to pursue this options. Similarly media ignores this cases and they get relegated to some corners in newspapers.

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