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Stagecraft Adda: Eight amazing short plays bring funny Friday for fans

Stagecraft Adda has come of age. Having seen the presentations for some time now, one has been a witness to their ‘growing years’, their teething problems and today what they presented, was... Read More
Stagecraft Adda has come of age. Having seen the presentations for some time now, one has been a witness to their ‘growing years’, their teething problems and today what they presented, was beyond adolescence age, a professional job that deserved the loud applause each one got.

The plays were staged under the aegis of Stagecraft Theatre, Persistent Systems Limited and Nirzar Film Society at the Kavi Kalidas Hall of Persistent Systems Limited. There were eight short plays like ‘Business as usual’ directed by Anuj Hamilton that had a cast comprising Anuj Hamilton, Ketaki Kane Salankar, Sonal Trivedi, Swati Sani, Aryan Acharya and Pratiksha Ganvir.

The story dealt with the usual deadline oriented work in an advertising agency and a dumb Secretary making it difficult for the Boss. Anuj, Ketaki and Sonal stole the thunder.

The play ‘Exiting’ Directed by Anamika Sawarkar was a classic presentation and had Raveesh Jaiswal and Onkar Ghare, two employees of a firm who happened to meet for the first time in a lift, leading to opening a can of worms leading to revealing of identities of the sacked men who happened to be the ones in the lift. Superb acting by both the individuals with equally fascinating yet typical interlude of office goers had a rollicking effect on the audience who enjoyed every bit of it.

Play ‘Adhoori Cigarette’ was another fine bit of presentation directed by Swati Sani and written by Nandan Majumdar. It had two top actors Raveesh Jaiswal and Sonal Trivedi dishing out performances that were truly sensitive and great. Play ‘Devoid’, directed by Gurnoor Bedi was good but what lacking was the volume in the dialogue delivery. The actors Vinay Pande, Leonard Naidu and Rachit Khetan performed well but seemed to speak amongst themselves. Play ‘The Usual Date’ directed by Pranjala Chauhan was quite entertaining and it was good acting by Onkar Ghare, Leonard Naidu and Shruti Ringe in order of merit that did it.

‘Face value’ directed by Vinay Pande had an unusual story of a unkept stranger who is mistaken to be a street hag and who reveals his true identity by his noble deed of returning a lady’s lost purse. Promod Naidu and Pranjala Chauhan deserve a pat on their back. ‘Choti Si Khwahish’ was superb story as it dealt with today’s parent child conflict where the child is being thrust upon with a career line it does not want to take and causes mental agony to the tender soul and how the single parent realises her folly and rectifies it in time. Arushi Thapar, once again showed her class in her performance as the student, while Ketaki Kane Salankar and Swati Sani played their part well. Play ‘Date Night’ directed by Perizad Major and written by Bianca Nazareth Arya was based on a young available girl all excited about her blind date, performed brilliantly by Anamika Sawarkar. The experimental theatre introduced by Guru Vikash Khurana is showing promising results and his bunch of dedicated performers make audiences feel assured of some good performances in the days ahead. N Y Sharma was the anchor who had some of the choicest of ‘Sher-O-Shayari’ for each presentation.

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Speedy justice: On HC order, cops remove seal from petitioners’ godown in an hour

Two brothers from Mominpura -- Afsar Khan and Akhtar Khan -- who deal in scraps, and have been feeling completely helpless and at their wit’s end for last over 6 months before the deaf and me... Read More
Two brothers from Mominpura -- Afsar Khan and Akhtar Khan -- who deal in scraps, and have been feeling completely helpless and at their wit’s end for last over 6 months before the deaf and merciless Wadi Police. Reason: The cops had seized four vehicles loaded with materials for trade belonging to them and sealed their godown at 13, Khadegaon Road, Ward No. 14 in Wadi area, on May 5, 2014. The cops, after the action, were paying no heed to several representation made by the scrap-dealers. At last, the duo could get justice at the speed of lightening and within one hour of hearing of their criminal writ petition. Due to High Court’s intervention, police have to eat humble pie and remove wax seal on the godown and release seized goods to the petitioners.

The action of seizure of goods and sealing of the godown was initiated by the cops on the ground that the material on the vehicles was “stolen goods”. Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande asked two Wadi Police officers to remain personally present before them to explain under which legal provision they had acted in such a brazen manner and till date, though more than 6 months have passed and nobody coming forward and claiming ownership of those goods as stolen from him, why they did not undo the injustice done by them.

Quite angry, the Court directed the police to remove seals from the godown and release the seized goods within one hour and report compliance to the Court after the lunch recess, which was duly done and the Court satisfied with the job well done, disposed of the criminal writ petition after the petitioner confirmed this statement by the APP Rajesh Nayak on behalf of the Police.

Firm challenges declassification: HC issues notices to Labour Secy, others

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have, in response to the writ petition filed by M/s Power Mechs Limited, Hyderabad/Koradi, Nagpur, issued notice to the respondents - State Labour Secretary, Asst Commissioner of Labour, Mahagenco and M/s Larsen and Toubro, Koradi to show cause in reply to the petitioner’s contentions, by December 3 next in respect of wrong change in classification of the petitioner from engineering to “employment on the construction or maintenance of road or construction related industry activity.”

The petitioner is worried as due to this classification, the rates of wages due and payable to all technical and skill labour employed by the petitioner have drastically increased. This caused adverse impact on the finances of the company as impugned decision is not based on any settled position of law. In the special allowances notification wages wise, the petitioner will go up from No. 19 to No. 11. Adv S G Zinjarde appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketki Joshi (State), Adv Mohgaonkar (Mahagenco) and Shantanu Ghate (L&T) represented the respondents.

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State Govt to launch time-bound plan for completion of pending projects

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, on Friday, and took stock of various issues including functioning of Statutory Development Boards, tribal development, and addressing the regional disparity ... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, on Friday, and took stock of various issues including functioning of Statutory Development Boards, tribal development, and addressing the regional disparity in development. It is learnt that the proposal to constitute a Task Force for speedier and time-bound completion of pending projects, also was discussed in the meeting.

Ch Vidyasagar Rao chaired a meeting that was attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his cabinet colleagues including Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. A wide range of issues including those related to development, particularly of backward regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada were discussed. The deliberations centred around functioning of Statutory Development Boards, issues related to tribal development, higher education and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan etc. Top bureaucrats also attended the meeting that was held at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.

Governor, who has special role to protect interests of backward regions, also asked the Government to speed up the process of removal of backlog in irrigation sector in Amravati Division. In irrigation sector, physical backlog of Vidarbha is ever-mounting and the region is deprived of its irrigation potential due to unholy nexus between contractors and their political masters. Even the legally binding directives issued by the Governor have been flouted brazenly by Governments in last one decade and only financial backlog has been eradicated while physical backlog persists. Addressing the conclave, Rao observed than more than 150 TMC ft of water from Godavari river basin in the State had not been utilised fully. He asked the Government to take steps to harness the water fully for the benefit of farmers.

It is gathered that the Government is mulling over a proposal to form a Task Force for speedier and time-bound completion of pending projects in backward regions. In his address to the State Legislature earlier this month, Ch Vidyasagar Rao had dropped enough hint in this regard. He had said, “The Government will launch a time-bound plan for speedy implementation of various pending projects with special emphasis on addressing the regional disparity in the State.” The Government proposal is in tune with this. The Governor had also stated that the State required huge investments for completing many on-going projects in the areas of irrigation, transportation, and basic infrastructure. He had also stressed the need to reorient public expenditure, eliminate revenue deficit, and make more resources available for investment in capital assets.

Representation to Vidarbha in Govt jobs discussed

The meeting also discussed mechanism to provide deserving and adequate representation to Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in employment in services under the control of the State Government and opportunities for admission to vocational education institutions.

As per the data compiled by Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) Expert Member Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar, only 9.87 per cent employment opportunity has been given to Vidarbha region, while 50 per cent posts have been bagged by those from Pune Division, 10 per cent from Nashik, and 6 per cent from Konkan region. Total 66.93 per cent jobs were given to Rest of Maharashtra while Marathwada got only 23 per cent jobs, Amravati Division got 7 per cent jobs, and Nagpur Division got only 2.67 per cent jobs.

Even the former Chairman of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Sudhir Thakre had written a letter in this regard to the Governor. Social activist Nitin Ronghe also had submitted a memorandum in this regard to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao during the latter’s recent visit to Nagpur.

Observing that none of the State’s universities featured in ‘Top 200’ in the world, the Governor, who is also Chancellor of universities, called for efforts to improve the standard of higher education and research in varsities. He also emphasised on the need to have a Development Committee while implementing various initiatives pertaining to school education and other sectors.

Discussion on functioning of Statutory Devpt Boards

Further action on Dr Vijay Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development, also was discussed in the high-level meeting. Various issues related to this also came up for discussion. Extended term of Statutory Development Board is expiring in April 2015, and it was discussed briefly whether to continue the Boards or not.

When the Kelkar Committee was appointed, cutting across party lines, leaders from Vidarbha had strongly opposed the basic premise of the panel. The previous Government had tried to change the nature of backlog discourse by appointing Dr Kelkar Committee to suggest mechanism to ensure balanced development and change all existing parameters to calculate backlog. However, the report was never made public and presuming pro-Western Maharashtra tilt, there was a growing demand to reject the finding. With the new Government headed by Devendra Fadnavis assuming office, Vidarbha region is naturally expecting a much better deal and sanctity of all Constitutional mechanisms.

Vidarbha which was merged into Maharashtra in 1960 by the then leadership ignoring recommendations of First States Reorganisation Commission (SRC), remained backward owing to consistent neglect of developmental needs. After Dr Dandekar Committee quantified backlog, measures undertaken failed to wipe out ever-mounting backlog. Finally, the President of India constituted Statutory Development Boards, but even this experiment has hardly succeeded fully in its purpose.

The Boards constituted by the Governor from time-to-time act as advisory bodies. Among other functions, the Boards assess the impact of various development efforts in removing regional imbalance and in achieving overall growth. According to a point of view, Statutory Development Boards failed to remove backlog and became toothless watchdogs. In case of Vidarbha, after much pressure, the then Government made financial allocations. Though the backlog continued and even increased in physical terms, the Government declared that the financial backlog was removed in case of Vidarbha except for some part of Amravati Division.

Against this backdrop, with the extended term of Statutory Development Boards expiring in April 2015, the initiation of discussion on functioning of the Boards assumes significance. The discussion will continue in coming months also.

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Unruly scenes mar DBA meet over polls

Unruly scenes, wordy duel which ultimately led to physical attack on a lawyer, marred the meeting of District Bar Association (DBA) on Friday afternoon. DBA Secretary Manoj Sable sustained minor in... Read More
Unruly scenes, wordy duel which ultimately led to physical attack on a lawyer, marred the meeting of District Bar Association (DBA) on Friday afternoon. DBA Secretary Manoj Sable sustained minor injuries and also rushed to lodge complaint with Sadar Police against fellow executive committee members. This free for all between DBA office-bearers has sent shock waves among legal fraternity with senior lawyers strongly disapproving of such rowdy behaviour by handful of lawyers bringing disgrace to profession.

It all started when the DBA Executive Committee was discussing the issue of holding the election and about updating the electoral rolls, which is subject matter of great controversy.

The present DBA Executive Body headed by Sudeep Jaiswal has already completed its term, but still no elections were held due to a controversial decision to freeze electoral list for members enrolled upto November 2013.

However, a majority of the members were aghast with this decision and election committee headed by Adv P K Mishra has already decided to update the voters list. But suddenly the elections were postponed by the present DBA committee to seek guidance of the general body.

During the meeting, tempers run high as Sable and many others wanted to overturn the decision, but President Sudeep Jaiswal and his supporters opposed any such move. Soon the situation went out of control and some members stopped DBA Secretary Sable from speaking and used abusive and insulting language against him. It lead to heated altercation and Sable was physically assaulted and he sustained injuries. Shocked and astonished by this unruly behaviour, Sable went to Sadar police and identified Joint Secretary Adv Randive and others as persons who assaulted him. After much persuasion, the complaint was withdrawn, and DBA tried to downplay this unpleasant episode which remained hot topic of discussion in legal fraternity.

Initially, DBA president denied any such incident, but later conceded that this unfortunate incident did take place. He squarely blamed Sable for provoking and slapping fellow lawyer due to which others hit back, Jaiswal claimed.

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No shortage of funds for Gorewada zoo, says CM

After decentralising powers to transfer junior officers in Water Resources Department and Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra Government will adopt similar policy in case of Forest Departm... Read More
After decentralising powers to transfer junior officers in Water Resources Department and Food and Drugs Administration, Maharashtra Government will adopt similar policy in case of Forest Department also.

In a meeting held at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai on Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated that there would be no shortage of funds for expediting the work of ambitious Gorewada zoo project of international standard, according to Mantralaya sources.

Chief Minister was addressing a meeting called to review activities of Forest Department. He presided over the meeting.

Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and authorities concerned were present in it. At the meeting, forest officers made power presentation on priorities, progress, challenges before the department and provided required information to the Chief Minister. Fadnavis also discussed about forwarding the zoo’s master plan for approval to Central Zoo Authority and getting viability gap funding of Rs 183.63 crore from the Centre for this project.

Meanwhile, addressing a Meet-The-Press programme held in Nagpur recently, Fadnavis had assured that the government would allot Rs 27 crore required for completion of rescue centre, an integral part of Gorewada zoo project and that he would ensure early completion of this project for tourists.

When contacted, Mungantiwar told ‘The Hitavada’ that the government would allot funds to Gorewada zoo project as and when required for its completion. He said that the government has also decided to decentralise the power to transfer officers and employees of the department. The government would also implement this policy in phases in other government departments. It has decided to focus attention on achieving development activities and it would stand solidly behind the officers/employees performing good job, he added.

The sources pointed out that the Chief Minister said that his government would concentrate on achieving development of forests in the State with a view to boosting the present revenue of Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore. He expressed confidence in view of Mungantiwar, who also holds portfolio of Finance, the financial problems of Forest Department could be solved early to help speed up the development activities.

There are as many as 45,000 villages in the State of out of them 15,500 mainly depend on forests. An average of two crore mandays employment opportunity is generated from forest area and that highlighted importance of the department, said Fadnavis. While briefing Chief Minister, officers informed that 29 villages in Gadchiroli district had been given collective rights, where they had collected and auctioned bamboo bundles and earned income of Rs 15.60 crore.

Stressing importance of people’s participation in conservation of flora and fauna, the Chief Minister mentioned that it would help in progress of forests. The meeting also discussed issues like boosting eco-tourism by preserving bio-diversity, massive tress plantation programme to achieve the target of bringing 33 per cent forest cover of the geographical area of Maharashtra, providing employment opportunities to the tribals, giving status to tiger-centric tourism in Vidarbha, priority to mitigation of man-animal conflict, reducing load on jungle, forest fires, illicit tree felling, encroachments on forest lands, Joint Forest Management, sorting out pending cases, implementation of Forest Rights Act etc.

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CM lights up MIHAN-SEZ; power supply resumes at Rs 4.39/unit

Yes there is light at the end of tunnel. Finally, the power woes at the prestigious MIHAN-SEZ have come to an end with newly-elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resolving the ... Read More
Yes there is light at the end of tunnel. Finally, the power woes at the prestigious MIHAN-SEZ have come to an end with newly-elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis resolving the issue. Power will be supplied uninterruptedly to industries in MIHAN-SEZ from the midnight of November 21, 2014 and that too for concessional rate of Rs 4.39 per unit.

Fadnavis has promised to find a solution to this long-pending demand of industries which set up units in MIHAN-SEZ and were finding it difficult to pay the astronimcal rate of Rs 10.50 per unit and prevailing uncertainty about power supply. Accordingly, within days, the Chief Minister has come up with a solution giving much needed respite to industries and giving a firm signal to all investors to consider MIHAN as their investment destination. MADC had signed an agreement in 2007 with Abhijeet Group for supplying power to MIHAN at Rs 2.97 per unit. When the time came to actually supply the power, AMNEPL (Abhijeet) said it was unable to secure coal linkage for its 240 MW plant and hence could not supply power at such a low rate. This led to a bitter litigation, raising big question mark over viability of industries within MIHAN.

The issue was also before power regulator-Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC). After receiving an interim order from MERC, MADC is entitled to buy power from electricity exchanges or float tenders to buy power from generation companies. MERC has also directed MSEDCL to provide standby support to MADC for meeting contingencies, if any. Mahatransco and load dispatch centre too have been directed to facilitate MADC in supplying power to consumers to MIHAN-SEZ.

Accordingly, MADC decided to buy power from Indian Energy Exchange through open access and with a technical support from MSEDCL started power supply at the concessional rate of Rs 4.39 per unit from Friday midnight.

According to MADC bosses, all the officers of MSEDCL extended precious support to MADC during the entire process. Officers of MADC expressed gratitude towards Government of Maharashtra for the quick decision taken on this issue. The resumption of power supply on concessional rate will not only bring a big relief to around 23 consumers of MADC in MIHAN-SEZ but also give a golden opportunity to the new investors willing to start an export oriented unit in MIHAN SEZ. Fadnavis has lived upto expectation by quickly finding solution to this vexed issue by ensuring quick decision on supply of cheap and interrupted power to MIHAN-SEZ which is symbol of proposed developmental works in Vidarbha region. A meeting was convened by S V Chahande, Chief Engineer of MADC with senior officials of MSEDCL and entrepreneurs in MIHAN-SEZ on Friday. It was agreed that power would be made available to industries and beneficiaries in the MIHAN-SEZ at Rs 4.39 per unit.

Talking to The Hitavada, President of MIHAN Industries Association said, “From night of November 21, 2014, we are free to take power from the open access.” He has thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who had promised that power would be resumed in the MIHAN-SEZ. He also thanked Vice-Chairman and Managing Director (V-CMD) of MADC Tanaji Satre for taking continuous follow-up of the issue. Present for the meeting were Keshav Ingole, Chief Electric Consultant, Chief Engineer of MSEDCL and industrialists.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on November 3, 2014 had announced that he would give the highest priority to complete the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project. He had conducted a review meeting of MIHAN in the presence of MLA Chandrashekhar Bavankule, Additional Chief Secretary Dr P S Meena, Additional Chief Secretary (Power) Ajay Mehta, Principal Secretary (Finance) and Guardian Secretary for the Nagpur District Sudhir Srivastava, MIHAN V-CMD Tanaji Satre, Secretary to CM Praveen Darade, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Vardhane, District Collector Abhishek Krishna and MIHAN Chief Engineer S V Chahande.

He directed officials to remove roadblocks in the project and said that MADC Ltd should have joint venture with MSEDCL so that power could be made available to industries in the project at Rs 4 to 4.40 per unit. He also said that since MADC has power generation licence in its name, it can purchase power from MSEDCL and provide it to industries in MIHAN project. The proposal was ayed in the meeting. Now, the first important issue of power has been resolved. There are other issues like land acquisition and rehabilitation.

It may be recalled that MADC had inked with Abhijeet Group for supply of power to industries in MIHAN at the rate of Rs 2.30 per unit. After supplying power for almost one year, due to certain differences which cropped up between them, the honeymoon broke throwing all the industries in MIHAN into darkness. These industries were forced to operate on their own DG set which had eaten into their profit margins and they operated on reducing capacities. The issue was brought to the notice of former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan who failed to resolve the issue. Meantime, the industries, AMNEPL, MADC were locked in legal battle at several fora.

The new Fadnavis Government in the State has rekindled hopes among the investors who are sitting on the fence and gearing up to park their investment in the MIHAN-SEZ.

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PIL on unseating of 12 nominated MLCs; State seeks time to file reply

The state government on Wednesday sought one week’s time to file reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging nomination of 12 politically connected members by Governor to upper ho... Read More
The state government on Wednesday sought one week’s time to file reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging nomination of 12 politically connected members by Governor to upper house of state legislature. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande granted time to Government to file reply.

According to petitioner Maharashtra Sanskruti Sanstha, the outgoing Democratic Front (DF) Government had nominated their own political workers as MLCs. In 78-member Legislative Council, the Congress had 21 members while NCP has 28 members and both parties nominated six members each from Governor’s quota.

As per Article 171(5) of the Constitution, Governor can nominate persons having “special knowledge or practical experience” in respect of literature, science, art, co-operative movement and social service to the Legislative Council. As per information obtained under the RTI by the petitioners from 1986 to 2014 most of the appointees are social workers with active political connection to ruling party. Whether the 12 MLCs possessed any expertise as required by the Article 171 (5) of the Constitution, the PIL asked while pointing out that nobody from the field of science has ever been appointed on Legislative Council.

The PIL has demanded scrapping of list approved by the Governor and unseating of these 12 MLCs since the appointment is nothing but a blatant political act making complete mockery of constitution and intentions of its framers to give due representation to literateurs, genuine social workers, scientists and experts who are averse to elections but can still participate and guide the legislative process.

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Contracts to ‘favourite’ parties: High Court seeks contours of policy

After tackling menace of “favourite” contractors playing havoc in bagging State PWD contracts being given almost totally by exploiting “pick and choose” mode, with considerable success, ... Read More
After tackling menace of “favourite” contractors playing havoc in bagging State PWD contracts being given almost totally by exploiting “pick and choose” mode, with considerable success, now Nagpur Contractors’ Association has train its gun on the same department’s liberal policy of encouraging “mostly non-genuine” labour co-operative societies in the matter of awarding plum contracts up to worth Rs 50 lakh per society per year without competitive bidding under 33 per cent quota and thus causing unnecessary financial loss to the state exchequer.

The division bench at the High Court consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande has noted that till now petitioner-Association’s several representations suggesting remedial measures to curb this growing menace of contractors monopolising PWD contractors through these non-genuine, mostly non-functional labour co-ops societies, fallen on deaf ears and remained unheard. It has asked State PWD to tell it in two weeks its views on the suggestions made by the association and intimate the Court feature of its policy to control such illegalities and irregularities rearing their heads in the garb of these societies.

The petitioner has claimed that in case its suggestions are accepted and implemented the evil trend of contractors obtaining works in the names of bogus labour societies would be curtailed to a great extent.

Advocate Rohit Joshi appeared for the petitioner - Association. Government Pleader Bharti Dangre (State) represented the respondent. Adv Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the intervenor-Karemore, in support of the petitioner.

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HC treats reports on growing backlog of Vidarbha as PIL

Taking suo motu cognisnace of the newspaper reports pertaining to ever growing backlog of Vidarbha region and raw deal meted to it from decades, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court treated them as ... Read More
Taking suo motu cognisnace of the newspaper reports pertaining to ever growing backlog of Vidarbha region and raw deal meted to it from decades, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court treated them as public interest litigation (PIL) and appointed Senior Counsel C S Kaptan as Amicus Curiae to assist the Court.

The amicus curiae is expected to present the petition in proper format highlighting the vexed issue of backwardness of Vidarbha, legal and constitutional arrangements and how they have been followed only in breach creating resentment among people. A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande asked Senior Counsel Kaptan to present a proper petition in two weeks.

This judicial cognisance about burning problems of Vidarbha is very important, as the last government tried to change the nature of backlog discourse by appointing Dr Vijay Kelkar Committee to suggest mechanism to ensure balanced development and change all existing parameters to calculate the backlog. With new State Government headed by Devendra Fadnavis assuming office promising a much better deal to Vidarbha and to protect sanctity of all constitutional mechanisms, this suo motu PIL will be keenly watched in coming weeks.

According to reports, Vidarbha which marged into Maharashtra in 1960 by then leadership ignoring recommendations of First State Reorganisation Commission (SRC), remained backward and after Dr Dandekar Committee quantified the backlog, measures undertaken failed to wipe out the backlog. Finally, the President of India constituted Statutory Development Board, but even this experiment has gardly succeeded.

As per data compiled by Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) Expert member Adv Madhukar Kimmatkar only 9.87 per cent employment opportunity has been given to Vidarbha region, while 50 per cent posts have been bagged from those from Pune region, 10 per cent from Nashik and 6 per cent from Konkan region. Total 66.93 per cent jobs were given to Rest of Maharashtra while Marathwada bagged only 23 per cent jobs, Amravati division youths got 7 per cent jobs while Nagpur division got only 2.67 per cent jobs. This is enormous injustice towards people of the region, he claimed.

In irrigation sector, backlog of Vidarbha is ever mounting and region is deprived of its irrigation potential due to unholx nexus between contractors and their political masters. Even the legally binding directives issued by Governor have been brazenly flouted by governments in last one decade and only financial backlog has been eradicated while physical backlog persists. Maharashtra has 58 per cent forest, of which maximum is in Vidarbha. Gadchiroli district has maximum 85 per cent forest and due to zudpi jungle issue, the development projects have been stalled. At least 37 tehsils of Vidarbha are Naxal-affected and speedy development is the only answer, the report has stated. Besides backlog of agricultural pump is matter of concern.

Then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Yashwantrao Chavan had made a solemn promise in the legislative assembly on March 1960, “I wish to assure the people of Vidarbha that they need have no apprehension that their legitimate interests will not be protected, on the other hand, they will be zealously guarded and will be treated as a sacred trust of the future Maharashtra Government. The terms of what is known as the Nagpur pact will be honoured and wherever possible, something more will be done.”

However, as per these reports, during last five decades, Vidarbhites got step-motherly treatment and their legitimate expectations were not honoured and this saga of injustice has been well documented by Planning Commission itself.

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PIL on dengue: HC issues notices to Health Secy, others

In response to revelation by a citizen Anil S Angre before the High Court through his public interest litigation (PIL) that apathy of local bodies has aided and abetted dengue virus to spread its... Read More
In response to revelation by a citizen Anil S Angre before the High Court through his public interest litigation (PIL) that apathy of local bodies has aided and abetted dengue virus to spread its fangs in large areas of Nagpur City with more than 10,000 inhabitants suffering from the ailment and more than 25 persons are reported dead till date. Taking serious cognizance of this development, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V.M.Deshpande have issued notice to the respondents - State Health Secretary, Deans of GMCH and IGGMCH and the City Municipal Commissioner to show cause in reply to the petition in two weeks.

The Court has indicated that it will hear the PIL further with the connected matter on the next date.The petitioner has intimated to the Court that there is no proper medical facilities available in the local and Govt. hospitals and because of that poor persons are undergoing lot of inconvenience and hardships. The petitioner’s main emphasis is directed against the local bodies' lack of concern in not taking due care for protecting citizens from this viral menace. G.P. Bharti Dangre waived notice for the State. Adv. Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the petitioner.

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NMC moots Entry Tax to replace Local Body Tax

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to propose Municipal Entry Tax (MET) to replace Local Body Tax (LBT) in the State. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has organised an important meeting... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to propose Municipal Entry Tax (MET) to replace Local Body Tax (LBT) in the State. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has organised an important meeting on Thursday to find out amicable solution to replace LBT and Octroi. The meeting will be held in Mumbai with all senior officers of municipal bodies across the state.

Additional Chief Secretary of Finance Department, Principal Secretaries of Urban Development Department, Sales Tax Commissioner, Municipal Commissioners of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, New Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, and Thane will attend the meeting. Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane also will attend the crucial meeting.

Sources claimed that NMC would oppose the idea of the Government accepting Subodh Kumar Committee’s recommendations, and will try to persuade State Government to levy account-based taxation system and non account-based taxation system for dealers. If the Government accepts recommendations of Subodh Kumar Committee, the local bodies will face problems in meeting day-to-day expenditure. For, dependence on State Government will increase as there are variations in collection of Value Added Tax (VAT). From some dealers, VAT is collected on monthly basis, and from some on half-yearly basis. Local bodies will require monthly funds for meeting day-to-day expenses. This will put extra burden on State exchequer. Increase in urbanisation also will contribute to increase in expenditure in coming years and that has to be considered while abolishing LBT.

It may be mentioned that Octroi constituted an average 46 per cent of total revenue of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in last four years. Since enforcement of LBT, this contribution has been reduced to 33 per cent. The local body has bridged the gap of 13 per cent by liquidating its investment of Rs 142 crore that has adversely affected the asset side of NMC. Till October 31, 2014, NMC had collected Rs 234 crore from LBT.

The total expenditure incurred during 2013-2014 was Rs 727 crore against which NMC collected recurring revenue of Rs 693 crore. The local body has failed CAPEX account funding. Previously, Octroi collections enabled NMC in CAPEX funding.

The local body already feels the heat of reducing scheduled rates on motor spirits. NMC received Rs 65 crore from Octroi while it generated only Rs 45.55 crore from LBT. The Subodh Kumar committee also recommended levying 2 per cent surcharge on Stamp Duty. Presently, LBT on Stamp Duty is 1 per cent and NIT is collecting 0.5 per cent on Stamp Duty. The proposed one per cent extra on Stamp Duty will increase burden on common man. The policy regarding local body surcharge on VAT is not clear. Municipal Profession Tax is being collected by the State Government and if the same is collected by NMC, it would get estimated revenue of Rs 5 crore.

During its election campaign, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised to scrap LBT and Octroi from municipal bodies if it was elected to power. Barring Mumbai, all Municipal Corporations in Maharashtra are levying LBT on traders and business persons. After taking charge as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis assured people to scrap LBT very soon. Against this backdrop, the meeting on Thursday in Mumbai has assumed special significance.

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760 cases of stamp duty evasion under scanner

Department of Registration and Stamps has decided to crack down on the cases of stamp duty evasion across State. In Nagpur Division, the department has detected as many as 760 cases of evasion an... Read More
Department of Registration and Stamps has decided to crack down on the cases of stamp duty evasion across State. In Nagpur Division, the department has detected as many as 760 cases of evasion and has decided to send notices in such cases.

The total amount of Stamp Duty involved in these many cases of evasion is Rs 2,37,09,000. On an average, in each case the Government has to recover Rs 31,000 Stamp Duty. In most of these cases, the parties involved did not pay Stamp Duty and the Government lost its revenue. At the beginning of the financial year 2013-14, that is, on April 1 this year, the total number of cases of Stamp Duty evasion was 1,114. These cases involved an amount of Rs 3,90,93,000. Since then, in some cases, the department recovered the stamp duty.

At the end of October 31, as many as 760 cases of stamp duty evasion were still there. “We have decided to take action in these cases. From Thursday, we will be preparing a list and start issuing notices. A team of five or six officials will be constituted to conduct further scrutiny,” said S N Dutonde, Joint Director (Registration) Class-I. According to him, the department has been taking several steps to curb stamp duty evasion, and suppression of information.

Dutonde further said that there were 17,195 other cases in which stamp duty was to be recovered. These cases, which date back to 25-30 years, involve an amount of Rs 12,05,07,100. Prior to 1985, agreement to sale and other deeds were crystallised on a stamp of Rs 5. Vide an order dated December 10, 1985, the Government made payment of stamp duty mandatory for all agreements. The department had issued notices in many such cases, but as the properties had changed hands and certain years had passed by, there was reluctance on part of property owners in paying stamp duty.

Meanwhile, following public pressure, the Government waived stamp duty in cases that involved stamp duty to the tune of Rs 500. Now also, the property owners who have to pay stamp duty to the tune of Rs 10,000 have gone to the Government requesting waiver in cases dating back to 25-30 years or more. The matter is pending for decision at the level of the Government. Whether the State Government waives the stamp duty in these cases during winter session of State Legislature, remains to be seen.

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Wardha distt worst hit by drought-like situation in division

Maharashtra Government has declared drought-like situation in 19,069 villages across State including 2,029 in Nagpur Division. Of six districts in Nagpur Division, Wardha is the worst-hit with as m... Read More
Maharashtra Government has declared drought-like situation in 19,069 villages across State including 2,029 in Nagpur Division. Of six districts in Nagpur Division, Wardha is the worst-hit with as many as 1,049 villages facing drought-like situation.

As per the ‘paisewari’ (crop yield) declared by Maharashtra Government on Wednesday, Kharif season 2014-15 saw 2,029 villages in Nagpur Division facing drought-like situation due to below-average and irregular rainfall. As per the data compiled by Revenue Department, there are a total of 8,697 villages in six districts of Nagpur Division. Of these, 7,943 are Kharif villages.

After assessment, the department has declared ‘paisewari’ in 7,796 villages. So far, official records reveal, crop yield has not been declared in 252 villages as they are in submergence of irrigation projects or have non-agricultural land, or have been acquired for projects. Of the villages for which crop yield has been declared, 2,029 got crop yield below 50 per cent, and 5,767 have more than 50 per cent yield.

Of six districts, Wardha is the worst-hit with 1,049 villages having less than 50 per cent yield. It is followed by Nagpur district with 525 such villages facing drought-like situation, 448 in Chandrapur district; and seven in Bhandara district.

However, in many villages, farmers have been demanding compensation even if the yield is more than 50 per cent. According to them, though the yield was 60 per cent, they were not eligible to get aid as technically the yield was more than 50 per cent. Meanwhile, State Government will be seeking aid from Central Government. Soon, a team deputed by Central Government is likely to visit the affected villages and assess the situation.

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Civil Services entrants to be younger now

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has bitten the bitter bullet of revamping the Civil Service examination structure, wherein it has drastically reduced maximum induction age to 26 yea... Read More
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has bitten the bitter bullet of revamping the Civil Service examination structure, wherein it has drastically reduced maximum induction age to 26 years for General category candidates, and up to 31 years in case of other candidates. OBC, SC/ST, and physically challenged candidates are going to get a bit extra benefit, but still substantially down from the previous permissible age limits. Similarly, the number of attempts have been reduced to three from previous four+two more attempts allowed during last exam. Now, there is category-wise differentiation in the rules.

For OBC, maximum age is now capped at 28 years, for SC/ST it is 29 years, and for physically challenged a further relaxation of two years has been granted. The attempts for OBC are now capped at five, for SC/ST it will be six, and a further two-year relaxation over and above six for physically challenged candidates. These changes in Civil Services Exam are applicable from Civil Services Exam-2015 onwards.

Currently, candidates from unreserved (General) category can appear for exams up to 30 years of age. In case of OBC, it is up to 33 years; up to 35 years for SC/ST; and 12 years over and above that in case of physically handicapped (challenged) candidates. These changes are part of wide-ranging reforms in Civil Services Exam structure recommended by Second Administrative Reforms Commission whose 10th report was accepted partially by Central Government.

The report titled ‘Refurbishing of Personnel Administration -- Scaling New Heights’. These reforms appear to be aimed at revamping the Civil Services Exam structure and is sure to make entry into central service tougher henceforth.

Right now, the liberal relaxation as to age and number of attempts meant a candidate could aim to crack the Civil Services Exam till the age of 40 years. However, with changing global scenario, Union Government aims to bring in freshness in Central services so that future policy implementers have that capacity to face multiple challenges. With the entry becoming tougher, only the brightest would able to crack the exams and make the grade, experts feel.

Public Administration study made compulsory

Another major recommendation on part of ARC is to make study of public administration a must for those appearing for Civil Services examination and setting-up National Institutes of Public Administration which could evolve as major sources of civil services aspirants.

Though the Government has accepted this recommendation, it has made modifications. After induction, the successful candidates would go through compact paper in Public Administration during induction training. The paper was prescribed by Expert Committee of Human Resource Development. The ARC had also suggested introduction of Public Administration subject in central university having subjects like Constitution of India, Indian Legal System, Administrative Law, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, Indian History and Culture etc.

UPSC to determine promotions

Central Government also accepted that promotion up to Selection Grade would be supervised by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after proper review. Further, power would be delegated to respective department itself. Also, ARC’s recommendation of mid-career training is made mandatory for all Group A and B officers henceforth, and linked to promotions. ARC prescribed that the officers should be evaluated during training.

ARC also suggested setting-up National Institute of Good Governance or either upgrading one of the existing national/state institutes, that would identify, document and disseminate best administrative practices and also conduct training programmes. Central Government said it would explore establishing such institute on PPP model and felt it should function as think tank and provide policy advice to Government. The Government also indicates it might reverse 2003 decision of phasing out recruitment of LDCs and directed Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to refer the matter to Cabinet.

The Government has however not adhered to introducing more transparency in induction at top management level, especially at Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level and above. ARC suggested modifying current empanelment scheme by more transparent and objective placement procedure. It suggested at higher echelons of bureaucracy it should be seen that public servant possess necessary aptitude and potential for carrying out the assigned tasks. Further it was recommended to have competition for empanelment at SAG and above to all services.

One of the major recommendation by ARC was to throw open the HAG level posting to persons outside the Government service. However the Government has not accepted the said suggestion for time being.

ARC also proposed creation of Central Civil Services Authority under proposed Central Services Bill and it should be a five-member body consisting of Chairperson and four members, including a full time Member-Secretary (a full time officer of rank of Secretary to Government of India). The Chairperson and Members should be persons of eminence in public life and they be vetted with authority of deciding promotions, posting of officers of Joint Secretary and onwards. But accepting this would have eroded Government authority and hence the recommendation though not rejected but neither accepted also.

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And the winners are...

The Smt Ramabai Kholkute Running Shield was awarded to Modern School for wining the highest number of prizes in the show. l Shri Chakrapani Naidu Runing Trophy was awarded to Modern School f... Read More
The Smt Ramabai Kholkute Running Shield was awarded to Modern School for wining the highest number of prizes in the show. l Shri Chakrapani Naidu Runing Trophy was awarded to Modern School for sending maximum entries in the show. l Late Shri Ramaawatar Prasad Sharma Trophy was awarded to Bhartiya Vidya Mandir for sending the maximum entries in the show in second place l In the Section 1 comprising any Single Red Rose prize was awarded to: Sohana Mokashi of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Naman Todakar of St Xavior Convent and Avneesh Shivahare of Modern School, Esha Dahasahastra of CDS Katol Road, Shripriya Agrawal of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir. l In Section II , comprising Any Single Red Flower (other than Rose) prizes were awarded to Ishita Duddalwar of Modern School, Bhargavi Mahtoof Modern School, Arhant Tambe of Modern School, Prathamesh Mahatoof Modern School , Vihan Saraf of Centre Point School. l In Section III comprising Bunch of Three or more Red Fklowers, prizes were awarded to Dhaanya Anand of Modern School , Kartik Mire of St Xavir Convent, Drithi Hegade of Modern School, Sameera Tambe of Mt. Carmel Convent, Vrinda Kulkarni of Modern School . l In Section IV (A) : Red Flower, arrangement for children below 9 years, prizes were awarded to Abudheet Dhawad of Modern School, Dewansh Gupta of Modern School Amruta Gadekar of Delhi Public School, Aayra Nimje of Modern School, Yashvi Joshi of Modern School. l In Section IV (B) : Red Flower arrangement for Children Between 9 and 12 Years, prizes were awarded to Shrivansh Damahe of Sahu's Garden School, Isha Ambhaikar of Modern School , Sararnya Jaiswal of Centre Point School, Nidhi Manapure of Modern School , Palak Agrawal of Centre Point School. l In Section IV (C) : Red Flower Arrangement for Children between 12 and 15 Ywars , prizes were awarded to Prashansha Pimpalkar of Somalwar High School, Ritik Parmar of School of Scholars, Aarti Kamble of Somalwar High School, Sweety Wankhede of Somalwar High School, Rishika Morey.

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Enthusiastic response marks Red Flower Show

Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first... Read More
Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, known to the children as Chacha Nehru. Uniqueness of this show is that it is held for children below the age of 15 years only and use of red flowers only is permitted.

The response this year was overwhelming in a way as 125 students from various schools of Nagpur took part in the show and displayed about 200 entries.

Dr Kamar Banu Karem former Director, Institute of Science and IAS Academy was the chief guest of the show and prize distribution ceremony. Shirish Joshi, President welcomed the chief guest. She appreciated the club's effort in organising the special show for children which gave them a platform to exhibit their talent. She also appealed the children to practice the values and ethics laid down by late Panditji and also urged them to take to the habbit of reading to gain all round knowledge. Shrikant Doifode, Vice President of the club conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Swati Gokhale proposed a vote of thanks. Aasawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ was also present on the dais.

Judges for the show were Anupama Gijre, Radhika Mande and Kalpana Karmarkar. Chief Guest praised the efforts of Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club for organising such wonderful event.

Present at the show were Kedar Gokhale, Chairman Flower Show Committee, Padma Deshraj, Secretary, Shanta Madnani, Ramesh Madnani, Dr. Sunita Sharma, Seema Dhawad, Lata Andhare, Arti Rajkondawar, Sharad Paliwal, Gauri Andhare.

Excellent arrangements were made by the Principal and staff of NEERI Modern School for smooth conduct of the show. Prizes of the show were sponsored by The Hitavada.

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Enthusiastic response marks Red Flower Show

Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first... Read More
Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ conducted 40th Red Flower Show on Sunday at the Neeri Modern School, Laxmi Nagar. Every year, this show is held to celebrate birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, known to the children as Chacha Nehru. Uniqueness of this show is that it is held for children below the age of 15 years only and use of red flowers only is permitted.

The response this year was overwhelming in a way as 125 students from various schools of Nagpur took part in the show and displayed about 200 entries.

Dr Kamar Banu Karem former Director, Institute of Science and IAS Academy was the chief guest of the show and prize distribution ceremony. Shirish Joshi, President welcomed the chief guest. She appreciated the club's effort in organising the special show for children which gave them a platform to exhibit their talent. She also appealed the children to practice the values and ethics laid down by late Panditji and also urged them to take to the habbit of reading to gain all round knowledge. Shrikant Doifode, Vice President of the club conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Swati Gokhale proposed a vote of thanks. Aasawari Shenolikar, Magazine Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ was also present on the dais.

Judges for the show were Anupama Gijre, Radhika Mande and Kalpana Karmarkar. Chief Guest praised the efforts of Nagpur Garden Club and ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club for organising such wonderful event.

Present at the show were Kedar Gokhale, Chairman Flower Show Committee, Padma Deshraj, Secretary, Shanta Madnani, Ramesh Madnani, Dr. Sunita Sharma, Seema Dhawad, Lata Andhare, Arti Rajkondawar, Sharad Paliwal, Gauri Andhare.

Excellent arrangements were made by the Principal and staff of NEERI Modern School for smooth conduct of the show. Prizes of the show were sponsored by The Hitavada.

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No complaint in district under Anti-Black Magic Act

Nagpur district has not seen a single case so far under the Anti-Black Magic Act that came into being last year. Now, the Government has constituted Project Implementation and Monitoring Commit... Read More
Nagpur district has not seen a single case so far under the Anti-Black Magic Act that came into being last year. Now, the Government has constituted Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) to create awareness about the Act and its provisions.

Addressing a press conference at his office here the other day, Panjabrao Wankhade, Additional Collector and Chairman of District-level PIMC, said that the State Government had defined the tasks of PIMC. As per the mandate, PIMC at district level was expected to organise awareness programmes/workshops etc at district, tehsil, and village levels. Initially, the programmes are being organised at district level.

The Government had allocated Rs 1 crore at State level for the purpose of creating awareness among people.

Replying to a question, Wankhade said that the PIMC was constituted but the non-official members were yet to be appointed. Asked why no complaint was registered under the Anti-Black Magic Act despite some complaints lodged against various religious programmes, he said that PIMC was empowered to create awareness and remaining part was the responsibility of Police Department. As per the provisions, Police Inspector at each police station had to be designated as Vigilance Officer, he added.

It may be mentioned here that State Government enacted Anti-Black Magic Act after the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar last year. Mangesh Wankhade, Assistant Commissioner, Social Justice Department, and Member Secretary of District-level PIMC; Chhaya Sawarkar, State-level PIMC Member; and Anil Thakre, District Information Officer also were present at the press conference.

Manav’s lecture in city today

To create awareness about Anti-Black Magic Act and its provisions, Social Justice and Special Assistance Department of Maharashtra Government and PIMC have organised jointly lectures of anti-superstition activist Prof Shyam Manav throughout the State.

Manav’s lectures are being conducted across the State since November 10. In Nagpur, the lecture will be held at Hindi Mor Bhavan at Jhansi Rani Square at 6 pm on November 17. Manav will also deliver lectures with demonstrations of ‘miracles’ and scientific explanations, at Bhandara (Nov 19), Gondia (Nov 20), Gadchiroli (Nov 21), Chandrapur (Nov 22), Wardha (Nov 24), and Yavatmal (Nov 25). Panjabrao Wankhade appealed to the people to attend the lectures in large numbers.

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Court seeks records in land acquisition cases

Unhappy with State Government’s inability to answer its query regarding present status of the possession of the 8 petitioners’ lands, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the Hig... Read More
Unhappy with State Government’s inability to answer its query regarding present status of the possession of the 8 petitioners’ lands, Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have directed production of records of these lands on November 21 next, to ascertain as to who (petitioners or the Government) are in actual possession of these lands at present. This will be crucial for decision of these petitioners’ 4 petitions.

The petitioners have approached the Court pointing out to the Court that the Special Land Acquisition Officer is not justified in not taking actual physical possession of the acquired land for construction of Outer Ring Road of the Nagpur City, particularly when the impugned awards were passed on June 30, 2007 and in view of enforcement of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013,effective from January 1, 2014, the said award has become infectious and lapsed and is not binding on the petitioner. One other petition has been filed by Legal Representatives (LRs) of late Rajveer

Bahadur Shah, seeking quashing of the award of March 13, 2014 regarding acquisition of the petitioner’s land for the State Highway.

The LRs have stated that this Award is not binding in view of the enforcement of the new Act. Adv A H Jamal appeared for the petitioners. The Court has posted this petition for further consideration on November 21 next, after issuing notice to the respondents.

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Working Sunday for CM; Hundreds throng Ramgiri

It was a working Sunday for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as hundreds of well wishers and others turned-up at Ramgiri. While a few came just to wish him good luck and renew old acquaintance... Read More
It was a working Sunday for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, as hundreds of well wishers and others turned-up at Ramgiri. While a few came just to wish him good luck and renew old acquaintance, others, however, came with their respective demands before the Chief Minister.

People reached Ramgiri hours before Chief Minister’s arrival. Fadnavis arrived at 12.30 pm and was quick to start the proceedings, and in eagerness people jostled for space to get closer to him. Since Fadnavis has instructed police to be less tizzy about people getting closer to him, the visitors tried to out do one another in a bid to reach near Fadnavis, unmindful of inconvenience being caused to former. But still Chief Minister was cool as cucumber and gave patient hearing to every delegation and the smile on his face never faded as photographers clicked him at drop of hat.

Umesh Choubey, social worker, urged Chief Minister to push through Anti-Superstition Bill so that acts of human sacrifice can be curbed strictly. The activists referred to spine chilling incident of Wardha where a nine-year-old boy was sacrificed. Choubey demanded a high level inquiry and trying the case in fast track court.

Gajraj Project Affected Persons: A delegation of Gajraj Project Affected Persons (PAPs) during discussion with Chief Minister demanded that their land be returned as the project has remained only on paper for last 21 years. The delegation was led by Suresh Choudhary, President, Rashtriya Shetkari Sanghatna. Commissioner of Police K K Kashyap also called on Chief Minister and held discussion on law and order situation.

A delegation under the leadership of former MLC B T Deshmukh, delegation of MFUCTO met Devendra Fadnavis and put various demands of teachers. Dr Anil Dhage accompanied him. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Dr Milind Mane interacted with Fadnavis and apprised him of various memorandums.

School friends to fete CM

A delegation of ex-students and teachers of Saraswati Vidyalaya, Shankar Nagar Branch, called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to invite him for a felicitation programme to be held in his honour at the school. Since the school is alma mater of Fadnavis, the later accepted the request. November 28 was fixed for the grand function. Retired teacher Chandrakant Virkhare, ex-students Rakesh Purohit, Corporator Ashwini Jichkar and Mukul Barhanpure were part of the delegation.

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Vidhan Bhavan - The monument of democracy

Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra is very well known for its lush green environment, its weather, the British made heritage buildings, MIHAN, etc.

One of the most famous localities ... Read More
Nagpur, the second capital of Maharashtra is very well known for its lush green environment, its weather, the British made heritage buildings, MIHAN, etc.

One of the most famous localities in Nagpur is Civil Lines. The plush locality of Civil Lines is home to many important National buildings, heritage structures and palatial bungalows. Some of the heritage buildings are the Vidhan Bhavan, Raj Bhavan, High Court building, Gerenal Post Office, Old Secretariat Building (now the Divisional Commissioner Office), etc. Of them, the most important building in Nagpur is the Vidhan Bhavan, situated right in the heart of the city, it is very well known.

The Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature is held every year at the Vidhan Bhavan of Nagpur. Though this year, this historical building is celebrating its centenary year; the state government hardly took any initiative to celebrate the occasion.

The foundation stone of the present Assembly Hall at Nagpur was laid in 1911 and the building was completed for functioning in 1914. It was constructed by the then British Government to command the administration of the CP and Berar State, of which Nagpur was the capital.

During this period, the legislative council of Central Province in British India was established on November 8, 1913. In the legislative council, the limited number of seats had most members from the representation of the British Government and other members from the trading community, landholders etc. The legislative council was continued till 1936 and was later changed into Legislative Assembly.

In 1935, the Government of India Act, passed by the British Parliament, enabled elections for the provincial assembly. An electorate was made up with men having minimal financial resources; women and the poor were excluded from the elections.

In the 1937 elections, Indian National Congress took a majority of the seats. N B Khare from Nagpur became the first Prime Minister (Chief Minister in today’s terms) of CP and Berar State. Ravi Shankar Shukla was elected as the next Prime Minister. The central province was formed in 1861 with Nagpur as its capital and later it was formed as CP and Berar by merging the Berar region on October 24, 1936, headed by a British Chief Commissioner.

In 1960, this State was divided. The Vidarbha region had gone to Maharashtra state with much resistance from the natives. The rest of the area was merged with Madhya Pradesh and now Chhattisgarh. Thus, Nagpur lost its capital status. But, a “Nagpur Pact” was signed by the Maharashtra state government, headed by late Yashwantrao Chavan to protect the interests and equal development of Vidarbha region. Accordingly, Nagpur was made the auxiliary capital of the Maharashtra and the winter session of the state legislature and the state legislative council was to be held at Nagpur.

The Assembly Hall initially had limited seats. As the Maharashtra assembly has two houses -- State Legislative Assembly and State Legislative Council, the building space was not adequate for both -- the assembly and the council.

In view of the present need, more space was created within the hall in a massive renovation plan, initiated by the state government, over a decade ago. However, the renovation was materialised inside the house, maintaining its original shape in view of its heritage value. Now the assembly hall has an ample space for the houses, plus offices for different ministers, canteen, offices for different political parties, space for representatives of media and offices of State Legislature.

During this annual ritual, all the MLA’s across the state gather at Nagpur. The provision for their stay is organised at the new MLA Hostel in Civil Lines area. There are beautiful cottages arranged for the stay of the ministers. During this time, the security in Nagpur also gets stringent.

The Winter Session of the State Legislature is likely to start from December 8 and will continue for three weeks.

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No irrigation project work order sans bank guarantee verification

Continuing with the task of streamlining the functioning of Water Resources Department (WRD), the new State Government has asked the department not to issue work orders without verification of ba... Read More
Continuing with the task of streamlining the functioning of Water Resources Department (WRD), the new State Government has asked the department not to issue work orders without verification of bank guarantees given by the contractors in case of various irrigation projects.

The decision has been taken to avoid the incidences of ‘bogus’ bank guarantees furnished by the contractors during the previous Government’s regime. The matter of ‘bogus’ bank guarantees had come to fore in the aftermath of multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra. In many cases, the directions of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) dating back to the year 2007 were ignored to benefit the contractors. BJP-led Government has decided to clear the mess relating to bank guarantee.

In WRD, many works are awarded to contractors. While accepting tender of a contractor after evaluation, the department issues a letter of acceptance and asks the contractor to deposit security deposit. The deposit is accepted through various types of instruments including bank guarantee. However, many cases has come to fore in which the contractors themselves submitted a copy of bank guarantee instrument (document), and there was no verification done. In certain cases, contractors submitted ‘bogus’ bank guarantees.

To keep check on such practices, the new Government has asked WRD not to issue work order to contractor concerned till bank guarantee is not verified. As far as possible, the bank guarantee will be accepted through registered post from the bank concerned. In exceptional cases, if a bank transfers bank guarantee to contractor concerned, WRD has been directed to ask the contractor to request the bank to send an unstamped duplicate copy of original bank guarantee.

T N Munde, Chief Engineer and Joint Secretary (Irrigation), has issued a circular in this regard to all the top officers of WRD and all Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs). Executive Engineer, Accounts Officer or Accountant, and clerk and tender clerk in sections concerned will be held responsible for financial loss caused to the Government on account of not carrying out verification, extension, and encashment of bank guarantees within stipulated period.

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4 women injured as bus hits tree on hillock near Kelwad

A picnic to resort in Kelwad area turned into tragedy when a private bus, in which 30 women from city were travelling, fell off a hillock and turned turtle on Sunday afternoon. Four women sustain... Read More
A picnic to resort in Kelwad area turned into tragedy when a private bus, in which 30 women from city were travelling, fell off a hillock and turned turtle on Sunday afternoon. Four women sustained critical injuries in the mishap, said Kelwad police. According to police, a group of 30 women from Nagpur headed for a picnic to Satpuda resort near Kelwad, around 40 km from the city. The women boarded the bus (MH-31/3733) in Laxmi Nagar area during morning hours. Police said that the mishap occurred between 1.30 pm and 2 pm when the bus was negotiating the steep road on the hillock four km away from the resort. After travelling some distance, the bus’ engine shut down midway due to a snag. The driver panicked and in a hurry failed to control the bus and the bus started reversing. The bus hit a tree while sliding back and then turned turtle. Four women sustained grievous injuries in the mishap. The injured are identified as Sangita Ravindra Khajanji, Nanda Jichkar (45), Anjali Patrekar and Vandana Dable. Staff of Kelwad police station rushed to the spot immediately after being informed. The injured women were treated at a primary health care centre and then shifted to a hospital in the city for further treatment.

Kelwad police have registered offence under Sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code against driver identified as Dhammadev Ganraj Ganvir (24), a resident of Nagpur. Further investigations are on.

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Court rejects bail to Mohta brothers in fake will case

Sessions Court has rejected anticipatory bail application moved by Ravi Vallabhdas Mohta, Madhav Vallabh Mohta, both residents of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth; Dilip Gundekar, Ashish Gundekar an... Read More
Sessions Court has rejected anticipatory bail application moved by Ravi Vallabhdas Mohta, Madhav Vallabh Mohta, both residents of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth; Dilip Gundekar, Ashish Gundekar and Advocate Aparna Dalvi, who are charged for allegedly preparing a fake will in a bid to grab the property inherited by a woman. Sadar police had registered an offence under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC on the basis of complaint made by Kamla Shridas Mohta, a resident of 135, Nikunj Mohta, Ramdaspeth. Mohta had alleged that accused prepared a bogus will of her mother-in-law Seema Mohta at Tehsil Office near Akashwani Square by allegedly forging documents on January 20, 2012. They then submitted the forged will in the court to grab the property inherited by her. Prosecution stated that during investigations, it came to fore that accused prepared a forged seal and signature of a notary and concerned lawyer-notary revealed it in his statement to cops. The Additional Sessions Judge Dhamecha after hearing both the sides, rejected the anticipatory bail application. Adv S T Madnani assisted the prosecution while Adv Prakash Jaiswal represented the accused persons.

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Elderly woman killed while resisting robbery

An elderly woman was brutally murdered after she resisted a robber at her Thawre Colony residence under jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station. The incident is of Saturday when the woman, Kamla... Read More
An elderly woman was brutally murdered after she resisted a robber at her Thawre Colony residence under jurisdiction of Jaripatka police station. The incident is of Saturday when the woman, Kamlabai Jagannath Wasnik (82) was alone at her home, just 500 metres from headquarters of Nagpur Rural Police. She suffered injuries while resisting attack by an unidentified person and died at a hospital on Sunday, the police said.

The incident police said occurred around 2.30 pm. An unidentified person sneaked into Wasnik’s residence and was about to flee with booty when Kamla came suddenly came in front of him. The robbed panicked and attacked Kamlabai when she confronted him. The robber hit a heavy object on Kamlabai’s head. She fell on a sofa in the living room. After about half an hour, Kamlabai’s maid reached the house. She was shocked on noticing injured Kamlabai lying unconscious on the sofa.

Panicked maid servant raised an alarm. Soon other family members and neighbours reached the spot. With the help of the neighbours, injured Kamlabai was rushed to a private hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

A team of Jaripatka police station reached the spot. During panchnama, the cops noticed a piece of bone lying near the sofa. Prima facie, police said, the unidentified robber while fleeing hit a heavy object on Kamlabai’s head causing fatal injury.

Police have registered offence under relevant sections of the IPC against unidentified robber. Further investigations are on.

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KV Vayusena Nagar Principal killed in road accident

The Principal of Kendriya Vidyalay (KV), Vayusena Nagar, died while his wife sustained grievous injuries after their car turned turtle near Khapri village under jurisdiction of Kalmeshwar police ... Read More
The Principal of Kendriya Vidyalay (KV), Vayusena Nagar, died while his wife sustained grievous injuries after their car turned turtle near Khapri village under jurisdiction of Kalmeshwar police station on Sunday.

George Thadatil (59) was driving the car. He sustained multiple injuries in the mishap and succumbed on the spot. His wife Kocharani Francis sustained grievous injuries on her head and hand. A teacher -- identified as Dinesh Malode (35) who was also in the vehicle, escaped with minor injuries.

According to Kalmeshwar police, Thadatil along with Kocharani Francis and Dinesh Malode was traveling in Wagon R car (MH-40/K-8330). “They had gone to Jarud village in Warud taluka of Amravati district on Sunday morning. After enjoying a day at the agriculture land of Malode, they started for Nagpur in the afternoon,” a police officer said. At 4.30 pm, near Adivasi Ashram Shala, behind Khapri village on Katol- Kalmeshwar road, Thadatil lost control over the car which veered off the road. The car, police said, rammed into the compound wall of Ashram Shala flipping over almost thrice.

On getting information, staff of Kalmeshwar police station rushed to the spot. The cops found that Thadatil sustained serious injuries on head and other parts of the body and was bleeding profusely. He breathed his last on the spot. Kocharani also sustained serious injuries on head and shoulder and was lying in a pool of blood.

The police rushed the trio to Kalmeshwar Primary Health Care Centre. After primary treatment, Kocharani was shifted to a private hospital in city.

Police said, Thadatil lost control of the car as a rear tyre burst. The car which was in great speed tumbled thrice off the road and rammed into the Ashram Shala wall.

Kalmeshwar police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337, 304 (A) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 184 of MVA against the deceased. Further investigations are on.

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Is MS Excel calculating it correctly?

The software giant Microsoft appears to have left a blind spot in the widely used product -- MS Excel. A city-based Mathematics teacher Hemant Ganjre has found out a problem with the software, an... Read More
The software giant Microsoft appears to have left a blind spot in the widely used product -- MS Excel. A city-based Mathematics teacher Hemant Ganjre has found out a problem with the software, and has advised users not to use MS Excel with blind faith while doing calculations.

Maths teacher with SFS High School and Junior College, Ganjre told ‘The Hitavada’ that MS Excel’s versions of 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013 calculate ‘wrongly’ the factorials of numbers greater than 20. “This is a very big mistake and cannot be neglected as factorial or FACT function is used for higher studies,” he said. Ganjre, who also teaches Vedic Mathematics, said that he found out the problem with the software from the number of zeroes at the end of the factorials calculated by using the software and calculations done manually.

MS Excel is widely used software. It has many functions like SUM, MAX, MIN, FACT (factorial) etc. The FACT function returns the factorial of any number. In higher studies like BSc and engineering, aeronautics, satelllite industries, etc factorial has great importance. Factorial of a number is the product of multiplication of a series of descending natural numbers from that number till 1. For instance, factorial of 5 will be the product of 5x4x3x2x1, that is, 120. Similarly, the factorial of 10 (denoted as (10!)) will be the product of 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1, that is, 36,28,800.

According to Ganjre, MS Excel shows the factorials up to 20 correctly. After 20, the factorials of further numbers are calculated ‘wrongly’. For instance, the factorial of 21 is shown as 51090942171709400000 in MS Excel. As per the calculations done by Ganjre, the factorial of 21 is 51090942171709440000. Similarly, factorials of 22, 23, 24, 25 also are calculated ‘wrongly’ in MS Excel while manual calculations show exact results. “Even if we do not use FACT function, there is mistake in the simple multiplication to multiply all the numbers in factorial too,” Ganjre said.

There are several websites for calculation of factorials. These websites also differ in results produced by FACT function in MS Excel and their calculations using simple multiplication. Ganjre said that he was trying to get in touch with Microsoft to inform it about the problem with FACT function in MS Excel.

“For now, I just appeal to the people using MS Excel not to have blind faith in factorial calculations,” Ganjre added.

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VHA elections: Sarda’s HLPP wins all 13 posts

STEEL businessman and former president of Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) Radheshyam Sarda-led Hockey Lovers and Promoters Panel (HLPP) made a clean sweep as they ousted ruling VHA Development ... Read More
STEEL businessman and former president of Vidarbha Hockey Association (VHA) Radheshyam Sarda-led Hockey Lovers and Promoters Panel (HLPP) made a clean sweep as they ousted ruling VHA Development Panel headed by BC Bhartia in the much publicised elections of the association.

Under the chairmanship of former VHA President Suresh Sharma, joint MD, Baidyanath Ayurved Limited, HLPP grabbed all the 13 posts during the elections held on Sunday at Charity Commissioner’s Office, Civil Lines.

The elections were held after seven years after VHA life member DS Karunashankar won a legal battle in Supreme Court. The apex court directed Charity Commissioner Office to conduct the elections as per voters list of 2005 elections.

Out of total of 317 voters which included six patrons, 271 life members and 40 affiliated units, 190 cast their votes and gave a clear mandate to the HLPP panel for a period of one year. Sarda, who was association’s president in 2005, defeated two-time VHA chief BC Bhartia by a margin of 14 votes to clinch the top post. Sarda garnered 102 votes while Bhartia managed to get 88. Voters preferred to support their ‘old friends’ rather than giving Development Panel another chance, who were holding the posts for last seven years.

Vinod Trivedi, who was secretary of the association in 2005, defeated incumbent secretary Vinod Gawai by a margin of 16 (103-87) votes. This is for the first time Gawai has seen the exit door of the association since 2005. In 2005 Gawai was elected as one of the vice-presidents and since 2006 he was secretary of the body. Treasurer Shyam Sharma continued to sail through easily winning the same post comfortably, this time representing HLPP. Sharma, who is association’s treasurer since 2005, defeated Ghanshyam Purohit by 14 votes. Like Sarda, Sharma too garnered 102 votes while Purohit won 88.

The joint secretary’s post was clinched by another HLPP candidate Pramod Jain who defeated Bhaskar Naidu (VHADP) by (109-81) 28 votes. Voters, which also include a good number of top businessmen of city apart from former hockey players and lovers showed their affection towards Sardar Atal Bahadur Singh once again.

The former Nagpur Mayor garnered maximum 118 votes to win one of the four vice-president’s post, representing HLPP. The other HLPP members to secure vice-president’s posts include Trilokinath Sidhra (108 votes), DS Karunashankar (100 votes) and Kishor Goydani (98 votes). They all defeated VHADP’s Arif Khan (79), Unnat Khanna (87), Kuldeep Reddy (69) and Ajay Gour (61). There was a clear panel voting for vice-president’s posts as 78 voters preferred HLPP while 51 voted for VHADP, the remaining 61 voters did cross voting.

The trend started to favour HLPP from the beginning when all the three members of the panel won their posts from affiliated units category. Out of 40 votes, HLPP’s Kunal Patil won 23, Javed Rana got 21 and Sanjay Lokhande garnered 20. They defeated VHADP’s Dashrath Talewar (19), Bernard Ekka (17) and Juned Khan (19). The two posts in general category were won by HLPP’s Salim Baig and former NMC Standing Committee Chairman Dayashankar Tiwari. Baig won 110 votes, second highest after Atal Bahadur Singh while newcomer Tiwari won 105.

The elections were smoothly conducted by election officer Harish Gadge and his assistants RH Padalwar and DR Wagh. Counting of votes were held under the watchful eyes of AP Matte, Joint Charity Commissioner, Nagpur and AV Kulkarni, Deputy Charity Commissioner, Nagpur.

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CM trying to attract Rs 1 lakh cr investment for Maharashtra

Maharashtra Government is trying to attract investment worth over Rs One lakh crores in State in next few months. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State Government is taking some positive steps b... Read More
Maharashtra Government is trying to attract investment worth over Rs One lakh crores in State in next few months. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State Government is taking some positive steps by reducing number of permissions from 70 to 20 and will lease out land for 90 years to pave way for industrialisation in State. This was informed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while talking to mediapersons at Ramgiri on Sunday afternoon.

Recently, the Government has dispensed with archaic procedures and has decided to launch an Investors Facilitation Cell called ‘MAITRI’ to assist industries. The Cell would be empowered to make it an effective single window clearance mechanism. The state will also launch new policies to attract investment in electronics, manufacturing, SEZ, export oriented units and IT sectors.

Fadnavis also informed that in coming days, new policy for Agro and Food Processing Industries will be declared. He said, Urban Development Department (UDD) will notify the proposal of Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MRDA) of Nagpur district. He has instructed department to call meeting of the MRDA immediately.

A meeting of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) was held at Mumbai. Fadnavis said, the land disposal rule of the MADC will be changed. The lease period will be increased from 30 years to 90 years.

Earlier, there was discretionary power to the Minister for direct allotment to industries.

Now, new Government has scrapped all discretionary powers to the minister. The policy will be transparent for all the industries. He said, the Government will cancel all the allotments, that have not started construction even after 5 to 8 years after purchasing land in the MADC. The MADC will construct 250 transit units for Project Affected Persons (PAPs) of MIHAN-SEZ area. The company will shift villagers into these transit units and villages will be vacated for further development works.

New Airport in Ballarshah

The MADC will construct new airport at Ballarshah, Fadnavis said, the present airport in Chandrapur can not be expanded due to paucity of space and landing problems. The Company has identified new land in Ballarshah for airport development. He said, the company will expand runway in Akola and Shirdi airport will become operational very soon.

AIIMS, IIM in MIHAN

State Government will provide land to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and Central Government’s unit of Plastic Technology. The Government will allot land for these public institutes in non-Special Economic Zone (SEZ) area. The Government has around 2000 acres land in non SEZ area, he added.

Cheap power to MIHAN

State Government has cleared the deck for providing cheap electricity to industrial units in MIHAN-SEZ. The power purchase tender has been issued and Government is willing to provide electricity at Rs 4.5 per unit. The present rate of electricity is Rs 9 per unit. The cheap electricity will open the door for progress of the area.

New Chief Minister has called all the files related to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). He said, a file has been prepared to provide Rs 100 crore assistance to NMC. The file is under consideration in Finance Department. The Government will allot pending funds to local body for their assistance. He said, to improves traffic system in the Orange City, the Home Department will install CCTVs for electronic surveillance.

Cabinet expansion before Nov 30

Devendra Fadnavis cabinet expansion will be held between November 25 to November 30. About inclusion of Shiv Sena nominees in the first cabinet expansion, the Chief Minister said, “In politics the doors for discussion are always open.” However, he denied reports about mediation by RSS chief Dr Mohan Bhagwat to defuse the strained ties with Shiv Sena and possible discussion with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to ensure patch-up.

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PWD Minister Sartaj meets Manak Agrawal!

The meeting between PWD Minster Sartaj Singh and disgruntled Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has heated up political atmosphere in State. Though Manak Agrawal has ruled out any possibilit... Read More
The meeting between PWD Minster Sartaj Singh and disgruntled Congress Vice President Manak Agrawal has heated up political atmosphere in State. Though Manak Agrawal has ruled out any possibility of joining BJP but political atmosphere is abuzz with speculations that Manak may take any big political decision in coming time. “Sartaj Singh is my friend and was a neighbour. He used to visit my house and I used to go to his house. Nothing too much should be read in connection with his visit to my house,” said Manak Agrawal, who resigned from Vice President’s post on Thursday over ticket distribution row. Manak Agrawal said that he would take any future step after 3 pm on Saturday.

Notably, Agrawal is having old tussle with Suresh Pachauri and he is angry over the manner his supporters have been ignored in ticket distribution. As far as Manak’s resignation from Vice President’s post is considered then party has so far not received his resignation letter. But Manak Agrawal had not gone to party office on Friday. State Congress President Arun Yadav had said to media that he had not received any resignation.

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Congress unable to quell resentment among workers

Congress is unable to tide over the situation arisen after ticket distribution. Unsatisfied Congress leaders and workers are reaching party headquarters and demonstrating to register their prot... Read More
Congress is unable to tide over the situation arisen after ticket distribution. Unsatisfied Congress leaders and workers are reaching party headquarters and demonstrating to register their protest against declared candidates. Ex-Congress MLA Narayan Prajapati and his supporters protested against declared party candidate for Nagar Panchayat of Banda at party office on Friday.

Narayan Prajapati along with supporters reached party headquarters and started to raise slogans in support of his demand. He and his supporters alleged that ticket for Banda Nagar Panchayat had been given to undeserving candidate Sunita Chaudhary on the instance of ex-MLA Govind Singh Rajput. Narayan Prajapati alleged that Govind Singh had sold the ticket and had given walk over to BJP. “Banda comes in my area and Govind Singh’s area is Surki then also he ensured ticket for Sunita, who had in past worked for BJP. Party observer had given only one name for ticket and that was of Sapna Khangar Rai. When I approached party President Arun Yadav, he spoke to observer and latter informed that he had forwarded single name of Sapna for ticket. Arun Yadav has assured to look into the episode.

If Sunita Chaudary fights election then she would get defeated,” said Narayan Prajapti. When media confronted ex-MLA Govind Singh Rajput, he refuted the claim of Narayan Prajapati by saying tickets have been given on the basis of reports prepared by observers. He said candidate had not been decided by him rather by party. Apart from this, a woman came at Congress office by saying that party had asked to contest the election but he was not given the “B” form. She later approached Arun Yadav for the solution of the problem. A group of workers, who were raising slogans, stormed into the room where Arun Yadav and other leaders were participating in a function to mark Nehru Jayanti.

After meeting disgruntled party workers have besieged Arun Yadav and started to narrate their problems and woes. After meeting, Arun Yadav briefly spoke to media and said that there is no resentment in party. Whatever voices are being raised is a family matter and problems would be sorted out. “Where would party leaders would go if they have some problem. They would definitely approach me,” said Yadav.

BJP warns rebels to either withdraw nomination or face music

BJP has made it clear that those who have filed nomination papers as independent candidate against party’s declared candidate should withdraw their nomination papers or else be ready to face the music. The message is clear cut message to rebels that they should follow the discipline or should be ready to get sacked. Notably, voice’s of resentment among BJP worker’s and leaders is coming from sundry parts of state. These are those leaders who were eying tickets and failed to get the same. Now they are red faced and opposing the declared candidate of party. For instance, there is strong protest against Sagar Mayoral candidate Abhay Dhare. Likewise voices of resentment are being noticed in Gwalior and Chambal and even in Vindhya region.

To tide over the situation, BJP is taking the help of senior and influential leaders but still voices of discontent are yet to be buried. The rebels are posing threat to BJP and BJP wants to overcome from the situation arisen after ticket distribution.

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Two more Congress VPs resign

There is no end to the woes of Congress. Ex-Member of Parliament from Ujjain, Premchand Guddu resigned from all posts, including Vice President post, of Congress by claiming that party has give... Read More
There is no end to the woes of Congress. Ex-Member of Parliament from Ujjain, Premchand Guddu resigned from all posts, including Vice President post, of Congress by claiming that party has given ticket to a SIMI person Kayyum Nagori in Mahidpur. Meanwhile, former minister and Congress Vice President Dr Govind Singh also resigned from his post by saying that party had given corporator ticket in Gohad to a woman, who comes from family of Tejnarayan Shukla, who is accused in murder case of former MLA Makhan Lal Jatav. “I resigned from all party posts to register protest against party decision to give ticket to SIMI man Kayyum Nagori from Mahidpur. I had tried to convey my woes to state party president Arun Yadav but he had not picked up phone calls made by me. I am coming to Bhopal on Saturday,” said Premchand Guddu while talking to ‘The Hitavada’.

Premchand Guddu added that party’s image has got dented after ticket to SIMI man Kayyum Nagori, who is cousin of hardcore SIMI activist Safdar Nagori. Notably, Congress has made Kayyum Nagori as candidate of Mahidpur Nagar Palika President post. Meanwhile, MLA from Lahar, Dr Govind Singh said to “The Hitavada” that he had resigned from vice president post because party had given ticket of corporator in Gohad to “Bhabi” of Tejnarayan Shukla. Shukla had come out of jail on bail and he is accused in murder case of former MLA Makhan Lal Jatav.

He added that apart from this, party had also ignored dedicated party workers in ticket distribution and given tickets to new entrants from BJP. “I am deeply hurt by the manner in which party workers have been ignored in ticket distribution and decided to resign from Vice President’s post,” said Dr Govind Singh, who is MLA from Lahar.

When asked that whether he is going to leave Congress, he said he had only resigned from post not from party. When asked about speculations that he is going to BJP, he said such things holds no water. “If I had wanted to join BJP then why I should have been making scathing attack against ruling party BJP in assembly,” he said.

In Bhopal, State Congress President Arun Yadav said he had not received resignation of either leaders and claimed that there is no resentment among party workers over ticket distribution.

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Many BJP-claimed devpt works lying incomplete in Durg: Cong

Though Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to have undertaken development works worth crores of rupees during its 15 year long tenure in Durg Municipal Corporation the reality seems different. Sev... Read More
Though Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to have undertaken development works worth crores of rupees during its 15 year long tenure in Durg Municipal Corporation the reality seems different. Several mega projects worth more than 1,000 crore, as claimed by the BJP, has been undertaken for providing basic amenities to the people but most of it has reportedly remained incomplete even after several years of its scheduled completion of time period.

It may be mentioned that the BJP has been in power in the DMC since 2009. For the last 15 years the BJP had been promising the people to provide better drinking water facility and make the city green and clean. Besides, the corporation, with the intention of increasing its revenue, also started several mega projects like construction of multiplex complex and commercial establishments.

In order to provide pure drinking water to the residents of 58 wards, the DMC launched Extensive Water Project-Phase-II worth Rs. 94 crores. The project was supposed to be completed by January 2012. But even by the end of 2014 the dreams of the residents to get pure drinking water has allegedly not materialized. The fact is that till date the work for laying the pipelines have not been completed. The construction work of new Filter Plant and Intake Well is still in progress.

Similarly, in order to make the city slum free, the DMC launched IHSDP housing scheme worth Rs. 19 crores at Urla. Around 1638 houses were constructed under the scheme but only 300 beneficiaries were benefitted. In order to increase the revenue, the DMC launched a mega project of constructing shops under Mukhyamantri Sawalamban Yojna. The project worth 6.50 crores remains incomplete even after 5 years and only the digging work for laying the foundation has been done. Instead of earning revenue, the DMC has been reportedly paying interest for the loan taken for the project. Besides, the construction work for proposed shopping complex at Ganjpara worth 1.50 crore, Borsi Haat Bazar etc., had not yet completed. It may also be mentioned that in order to make the city clean, the DMC awarded the cleaning work to Kivar Company. The agreement has been made for 30 years. The fact is that Kivar Company after 13 months of its alleged poor quality of work withdrew from the contract. The DMC is reportedly have made payment worth Rs. 10 crores to the company and now the sanitation of the city is on God’s mercy.

Filth and garbage collected at every nook and corner of the city has been a common sight.

Arun Vora, Congress MLA has alleged that the BJP during its last 15 years of tenure in DMC has made the city backward to two decades. The tall claims made by the BJP have proved futile. The people of the city are still deprived of basic amenities. The city has no good roads, no better supply of drinking water, outbreak of diseases like Dengu, Cholera, jaundice etc., during the BJP rule in DMC proves the pathetic condition of sanitation in the city.

However, Dr. SK Tamer, Mayor stated that the BJP led body in the DMC has changed the face of the city. Development works worth several crores of rupees have been undertaken during the BJP rule. Several mega project which are in progress is the gift of the BJP to the people of the city. ‘The people of Durg has witnessed sea change during the BJP rule and they will again vote for the BJP in the forthcoming DMC polls. BJP will retain DMC and fulfill the dreams of the residents of all 60 wards’, said Dr. SK Tamer.

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Rahul Gandhi to visit C’garh today

The botched up Pendari sterilization operations have had resonance across the country and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would be visiting Chhattisgarh on Saturday to take stock of prevailing... Read More
The botched up Pendari sterilization operations have had resonance across the country and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would be visiting Chhattisgarh on Saturday to take stock of prevailing situation of the victims and their families.

According to Congress sources, Rahul Gandhi is expected to land in Raipur at early on Saturday morning where after he would visit Bilaspur by road. Party General Secretary Incharge Girish Dewangan informed that Gandhi would be accompanied by state party President Bhupesh Baghel and Durg MP Tamradhwaj Sahu. Sources also informed that CLP leader TS Singhdeo would also be receiving party Vice-President in Bilaspur itself.

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi is also likely to visit Bilaspur earlier than other party leaders and would be receiving Gandhi scion there. Party sources informed that AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora and MP Mohsina Kidwai may not arrive along with Rahul Gandhi.

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Chhattisgarh Pavilion becomes centre of attention at IITF-2014

Pavilion of Chhattisgarh state is all set to woo traders and visitors at 34th India International Trade Fair 2014 (IITF) which opened today at Pragati Maidan, here. The pavilion at Hall no. 2 giv... Read More
Pavilion of Chhattisgarh state is all set to woo traders and visitors at 34th India International Trade Fair 2014 (IITF) which opened today at Pragati Maidan, here. The pavilion at Hall no. 2 gives a beautiful glimpse of the state’s tribal and rural crafts. Self-help groups from various districts in Chhattisgarh have showcased their handicrafts in 19 stalls inside the pavilion.

Apart from natural and mineral resources of the state, the pavilion also has a wide range of handloom and dress materials to lure women visitors. At the entrance of the hall, weavers working on table looms give the spectator an idea of how handlooms are weaved. The fortnight-long fair is based on the theme of ‘Women Entrepreneurs’. The centre of the Chhattisgarh pavilion displays bamboo, jute and bell metal works prepared by women.

“We put up our stalls in the pavilion every year. This year we have brought new items made up of bamboo such as file cover, purse, bags, letter holder and wall curtains,” said Kosi Bai who came from Narayanpur, Bastar.The fair will be open for businessmen and industrialists for first five days i.e from November 14 to 18 and from November 19 to 28 it will be open for general public.

Officer of Chhattisgarh Tourism Information Centre, New Delhi, Manish Joshi said people interested in Chhattisgarh tourism will get detailed information on tourist destinations. The pavilion also has stalls each on ‘Godna’ Print, Teracotta (clay art), iron craft and bell metal put up by the groups from Bastar.

A stall by Pragya art, Raipur has various showpieces and wall paintings made up of paper mash.

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Opposition is busy politicising deaths of sterlization tragedy: Upasne

Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Sachidanand Upasne while terming the deaths of 14 women in the sterilization case at Pendari as unfortunate, said that the opposition Congress, as usua... Read More
Bharatiya Janata Party State Spokesperson Sachidanand Upasne while terming the deaths of 14 women in the sterilization case at Pendari as unfortunate, said that the opposition Congress, as usual, is doing politics on this unfortunate incident.

Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party vehemently criticizes this political conduct of Congress, the BJP spokesperson stated that Congress do not have the moral right to do so because it is the same Congress which had given a thorough pass to Warren Anderson, who was responsible for Bhopal Gas tragedy, where more than 3,000 people had lost their lives, Upasne alleged that the then Congress Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh had facilitated clear passage of Anderson from the State reportedly through his own plane.

Upasne, the BJP spokesperson further stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party does not want to make any comparison but want to refresh the memory. He said that the Congress whose Chief Minister had given clear passage to the person involved in a tragedy where more than 3000 people had lost their lives and lakhs others are still suffering, doesn’t have any right to speak on the issue.

Adding that this is definitely a heart rendering and poignant incident arising out of criminal negligence and as soon as the incident came to light the State Government led by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh by fixing the priority, made arrangements for best possible medical care for the victims.

Thereafter the people responsible for the grave negligence were not only suspended but FIR lodged against the guilty apart from ordering Judicial enquiry apart from registering criminal cases against medicine manufactures who had supplied medicines.

Adding that the complete analysis of the any government’s functioning should be done, Upasne said that the state government had always worked towards providing quality healthcare for the people and accordingly it had launched several schemes including Sanjeevani Kosh under which 30 various types of ailments are treated free of cost apart from providing heart disease treatment for children, mal-nutrition rate had come down to 38 percent from 48 per cent.

Apart from these, other schemes are also being run for the benefit of people. The Congress which has been virtually rejected thrice by the people in the state during elections, is eyeing this incident as a chance to inducing new lease of life and gain political mileage from it, which is unfortunate.

Meanwhile, BJP Mahila Morcha State President Shobha Soni while expressing anguish over the incident has praised the steps taken by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. She added that the steps taken by the state government will not only bring relief to the victims and their family members but will ensure them swift justice.

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No compromise with the quality of drugs: CM

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday ordered the Health Department officials to conduct raids on the wholesalers and retailers of drugs and medicines. He said anybody playing with the lives of... Read More
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday ordered the Health Department officials to conduct raids on the wholesalers and retailers of drugs and medicines. He said anybody playing with the lives of patients will be dealt with severely. The Chief Minister said that officers of the concerned departments will also not be spared.

There should not be any compromise on the quality of drugs on the part of manufacturers, wholesale dealers and retailers. The Health and Family Welfare Department Principal Secretary Dr Alok Shukla conducted a video-conference meeting with all district Collectors and Chief Medical and Health Officers in Bilaspur and asked them to be vigilant. He asked them to curb the menace of fake and sub-standard drugs in the entire state. The Health Department official shave banned the drugs manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Private Limited, Khamardih, Raipur, with immediate effect. Many patients fell ill after consuming the drugs manufactured by the company in Bilaspur. Controller of Food and Drugs Administration Ravi Prakash Gupta in a circular has asked the district Collectors to stop the sale of drugs of the banned company in their area of jurisdiction. The banned drugs should be sealed soon. The district Collector should immediately send a report to the concerned authorities.

It should be ensured that the M/s Mahavar Pharma drugs are not used in the Government hospitals in the entire state. The Collectors should inspect all the private hospitals in the districts and see that the banned drugs are not still in use. The Controller of Food and Drugs Administration in a separate order said that the ban on drugs of Mahavar Pharma will be in force till further orders. The concerned Health Department officials have started conducting raids on all the medical shops in the entire state. The Collectors have started taking meetings with medical shop-owners.

Raids were conducted in Raigarh, Dhamtari, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Sukma and other districts. In Raipur, officials conducted a raid on chemist shop in Mova. Jashpur Collector Himshikhar Gupta in an appeal urged the citizens not to buy the banned drug-Ciproxin 500 mg and other medicines of Mahavar Pharma.

Accordingly, raids have been conducted at the various dealership and retailers throughout the state by Food and Drug Administration Department. During raid in Raipur 29 lakh banned tablets have been recovered; 95,200 tablets were recovered from medicine stores of Ambikapur district hospital; in Rajnandgaon the department seized approximately 1.87 lakh tablets; 20,000 tablets from Dhamtari district; 2.59 lakh tablets from Surajpur district, etc. Also large numbers of such tablets have been received from various other districts as well.

FDA bans sale of medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd

The Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA) has banned sale and distribution of all types of medicines manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur with immediate effect.

It is worth mentioning here that after serious doubts on the purity of medicines used during sterilization operations held recently at Bilaspur district has been expressed, the samples of medicines used has been sent for examination to Central Medicine Test Laboratory, Kolkatta. These medicines include the tablet – Ciproxin 500mg, which has been manufactured by M/s Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd.

Keeping in view the doubts of these medicines being lethal for human consumption, the state government has imposed ban on sale and distribution on all the medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur with immediate effect. The state government has further appealed to the people neither purchase nor use any medicine manufacture by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd, Khamardih, Raipur.

Meanwhile, Raipur Collector Thakur Ram Singh has directed all government and private hospitals, medical colleges and hospitals affiliated to them, nursing homes, private and government pharmacies not to use, distribute, sell and market all the ten drugs which have been prohibited by the state government. He also strictly directed all above mentioned institutions not to use any medicines manufactured by Mahavar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The directive has been issued to Chief Medical and Health Officer, Civil Surgeon, to the representatives of pharmacy association and drug inspectors at a meeting on Friday.

During the meeting the Collector has urged the representatives of pharmacy associations not sell, market and distribute these medicines and whosoever have stock of these medicines they should promptly inform the same to the district administration. The representatives of pharmacy associations have assured the district administration that they will cooperate and bring into compliance the directive. Accordingly, the representatives of pharmacy associations also appealed to all medical shop and distributors not to do the same and follow the directives.

The ten medicines banned by state government include Povidone lod sol E130802, Diazepam CDZ1302, Surgical Spirit 0153A1406, Pentazocin M14114, Atropine sulphate CAT1302, Adrenaline AD1401, Anesthtic, Antiseptic lotion S48, Ciprocin 500 14101CD and Ibuprofen 400 mg TT450413.

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Parseoni Tehsil Office Sr Clerk in ACB trap

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Praveen Marotrao Sakhare, Senior Clerk at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,500 from a young man ... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Praveen Marotrao Sakhare, Senior Clerk at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 3,500 from a young man from Walni Mines to hush up the case registered against him. According to information, action was initiated against Gunwantrao Khadse (34), a resident of Walni Mines, under Sections 107 and 116 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). When Khadse appeared at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, Praveen Sakhare demanded Rs 4,000 to hush up the matter. Khadse negotiated with Sakhare who later agreed to accept Rs 3,500 from him. Khadse then lodged a complaint against Sakhare at ACB office. Subsequently, a trap was laid at Tehsil Office, Parseoni, and bureau officers caught Sakhare red-handed when he accepted the cash from Khadse.

An offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against Sakhare at Parseoni Police Station.

The trap was laid by PI Sanjay Gabhne and his team under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and DySP (ACB) Sanjay Purandare.

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Rlys invites FDI for Nagpur-Sewagram freight line, main station development

Railway Ministry has got going with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), notifying the projects in which it envisages private equity, and that included Sewagram-Nagpur third line, Nagpur Terminal and... Read More
Railway Ministry has got going with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), notifying the projects in which it envisages private equity, and that included Sewagram-Nagpur third line, Nagpur Terminal and Durg-Rajnandgaon third line. All these projects have just remained on drawing boards for last few years owing to shortage of funds, although there’s no doubt about their financial viability, especially the freight lines -- Sewagram-Nagpur and Durg-Rajnandgaon.

These infrastructure projects are critical to improving the rail’s throughput but somehow Railway Board failed to find funds due to too many projects going at a time. Nagpur-Sewagram route of about 76 kms is one of the most congested routes under Central Railway. The saturation is leading to detention and hitting the revenue, still the third line was not thought off until two-year back when it found mention in Railway Budget. But from that period nothing has moved, as funds is a major hindrance.

Experts and even senior railway officials say, the project has assured returns as currently the line capacity on the route is nearing 150%, which means the third line would help de-congest and ensure speedier movement of Mail/Express trains. The dedicated freight line on the route can be a game-changer for the region as well.

As per the Board’s documents, the estimated cost for Nagpur-Sewagram project is Rs 297.85 crore. The probable mode of execution could be Build-Operate Transfer/Annuity and bidding parameter mentioned by Railways is Viability Gap Funding/Annual Premium.

Same is the case with Durg-Rajnandgaon route, a distance of just 31 kms, under South East Central Railway (SECR). The Bilaspur Zone handles more than 90% of total coal movement. It is the lifeline of most of the coal plants of the country. And the said route for which Railways is seeking FDI is on Bilaspur-Nagpur route, which is heavily congested. The route congestion hampers movement of freight rakes and it gets affected due to continuos addition of new Mail/Express train keeping in with the demand of travellers. The cost of the project is pegged at Rs 152.99 crore and its parameters are same as mentioned for Sewagram-Nagpur project.

The Railway Ministry has identified in all 16 freight lines wherein it is desperately seeking private equity, either from within the country through domestic industry or from FDI route. In fact, Railways has mentioned that it was open to idea of 20% viability gap funding (VGF) for the freight lines project.

The third project of region to be listed for FDI is Nagpur Terminal. Nagpur is among two stations on Central Railway, the other being Shivaji Nagar (Pune) which are planned to be developed as world class. The Railway Ministry has named 13 stations all over country for development with world class amenities. For the development of Nagpur station, there were talks of roping in a Belgium firm, but the project could not move ahead. A team of Belgium Railways and other experts had visited Nagpur and inspected the station along with Ajni railway station. However, nothing more moved ahead after the said visits.

Though PPP route is not new but this time Railways have tried to lure the foreign investors by specifying that a proposal would get in-principle approval and projects can be submitted directly to Advisor (Infrastructure), Railway Board. Even Zonal Railway can submit the development proposal.

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Cotton procurement to start in State from today

Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation (MSCCGMF) will start procuring cotton in the State from Saturday. Of a total 100 cotton procurement centres to be opened grad... Read More
Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation (MSCCGMF) will start procuring cotton in the State from Saturday. Of a total 100 cotton procurement centres to be opened gradually, as many as 50 will be in Vidarbha region.

Opening of cotton procurement centres comes as a big respite to cotton-growers, who were staring at a crisis due to crashing of cotton prices below Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the open market. As per the Nagpur head office of Maharashtra State Co-operative Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation, the cotton procurement will start for the season 2014-15 on November 15, at 27 centres initially.

Cotton will be procured at MSP. In the next two phases of procurement, 73 centres more will be started.

Of a total 100 centres planned to be opened in the State in due course of time, 50 will be in Vidarbha region while 36 in Marathwada and 14 in Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, and Nashik districts.

The procurement through these centres will continue for 90 days, it was announced a few days ago by Chandrakant Patil, Co-operation and Marketing Minister.

Maharashtra has 42 lakh hectares area under cotton, and the expected yield of cotton this year is 80 lakh bales. The State saw 38.72 lakh hectare area under cotton in 2013-14, and 41.92 lakh hectare in 2014-15. As per the MSP announced by Central Government, Banni/Brahma variety of cotton will be procured at MSP of Rs 4,050 per quintal, H-4/H-6 at Rs 3,950 per quintal, LRA-5166 at Rs 3,850 per quintal, AK/Y-1 at Rs 3,600 per quintal.

However, MSCCGMF stated in a release issued on the eve of starting cotton procurement, cotton with more than 12 per cent moisture content will not be procured. If cotton being brought to procurement centre has more than 8 per cent moisture and texture or staple length lesser than the norms, deductions will be made from payment to be given to farmers, stated MSCCGMF.

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Fake cops on looting spree

AFTER a brief lull, fake cops have become active again in the Second Capital and made away with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.60 lakh from three elderly women in Jaripatka, Ambazari and Rana Pratap N... Read More
AFTER a brief lull, fake cops have become active again in the Second Capital and made away with gold ornaments worth Rs 3.60 lakh from three elderly women in Jaripatka, Ambazari and Rana Pratap Nagar Police Station areas in broad day light on Friday.

In the first incident that took place around 9.45 am in Jaripatka area, four tricksters impersonating as policemen intercepted Sheela Chandrabhan Sethia (60) in front of Kalgidhar Satsang Mandal on Bank of Maharashtra Road when she was on a morning walk.

The four ‘cops’ told Sheela Sethia that a robbery had taken place and advised her to remove the gold ornaments worn by her and keep them inside. After she removed her ornaments worth Rs 1.60 lakh, one of them took them in his hand. He then started wrapping the ornaments in a paper. He then stealthily removed the ornaments after diverting her attention and fled the spot. Later, she realised that the ‘cops’ had taken away her gold ornaments. A resident of Plot No 95, Sheela Sethia immediately lodged a complaint with Jaripatka Police who registered a case under Sections 170, 410 and 34 of the IPC.

The second incident that took place at Verma Layout, the same tricksters’ gang using similar modus operandi, looted four gold bangles worth Rs one lakh from Mamta Ashok Tolani (56), a resident of 158 C, Vishveshwar Apartment, Ambazari Hill, in the afternoon. Around 1 pm, Mamta Tolani was on way to a grocery shop. Two motorcycle-borne pseudo cops accosted her. Introducing them as policemen, they told her to keep all her ornaments in the bag as a special checking drive was going on. Presuming them to be police officers, she wrapped her gold bangles in a paper and handed over to them. By diverting her attention, they removed the gold bangles. One of them wrapped fake bangles in the papers and gave them to her. When Mamta Tolani returned home, she was shocked to find the fake bangles wrapped in the paper were fake. She immediately informed the police about the incident. On the basis of her complaint Ambazar Police registered a case of cheating and impersonation against the two unidentified tricksters.

Similarly, another woman too fell prey to the tricksters near Hanuman Temple at Navnirman Society in Rana Pratap Nagar area. A resident of Plot No 41, Navnirman Society, Ratna Gangadhar Batulwar (74) was returning home from Bank of India . Two motorcycle-borne men accosted her. Posing as policemen, they told her that robbers had looted gold ornaments from Puja Verma and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DYSP) was patrolling the area. They then asked asked her to keep all her ornaments in the purse. When she removed the gold ornaments (two bangles, a chain and a ring) worth Rs one lakh, one of tricksters took them in his possession. One of them removed the ornaments on the pretext on keeping them in her purse. After reaching home, she was shocked to find the ornaments stolen from her purse.

After recording her statement, Rana Pratap Nagar Police Police registered a case under sections 170 and 420 of the IPC.

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CM decentralises powers to shift officials in WRD, FDA

IN what could be called a much-awaited step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decentralised the powers to transfer officials of Water Resources Department (WRD) and Food and Drug Administration (... Read More
IN what could be called a much-awaited step, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decentralised the powers to transfer officials of Water Resources Department (WRD) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to the senior officers.

WRD has several Grade A and B officers and employees. Previously, the authority to transfer Executive Engineers was vested with the Chief Minister. As a result, despite poor performance, many Executive Engineers etc could not be transferred by their seniors. The senior officers were helpless, as they could only move file and the final decision was to be taken by Chief Minister. In many cases, the politically-connected junior officers mounted political pressure on their seniors to maintain their posting at a particular place.

For long, senior officers had been demanding authority to transfer junior officers. On Friday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took the decision. Now, Principal Secretary (Water Resources) can take the decision on transfer of junior officers. Transfer of Deputy Engineers can be cleared by Chief Engineer concerned, instead of Water Resources Minister now. Chief Engineer concerned may also take decision to transfer unit engineers, Junior Engineers, Assistant Engineers, in consultation with Superintending Engineer. Earlier, these powers were vested with Minister of State for Water Resources.

Recently, during the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao’s maiden visit to Nagpur, the officers of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) also had sought powers to transfer Junior Engineers/Sub-Divisional Engineers, to be given to field officers. Such delegation of power would help in curbing political interference in transfers, the officers had felt.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister has also delegated powers of transferring Drug Inspectors to Commissioner of FDA. The FDA Commissioner has been empowered to transfer Drug Inspectors, Scientific Officers, Food Safety Officers, and Administrative Officers. Earlier, the powers were with FDA Minister. There are 161 posts of Drug Inspectors, 265 posts of Food Safety Officers. Announcing the decision in Mumbai, Fadnavis hoped that decentralisation of powers to transfer would yield good results in the long run and bring transparency and expedite administration.

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SID blames social media for fanning communal tension in Maharashtra

State Intelligence Department (SID) has sounded warning to State police and its various agencies about misuse of social media to create communal tension and disturb peace in the State on December... Read More
State Intelligence Department (SID) has sounded warning to State police and its various agencies about misuse of social media to create communal tension and disturb peace in the State on December 6.

The warning assumes significance in view of fast changing political equations in the State, and this volatility could be exploited to fan communal tension. Social media has emerged as a big culprit in fanning tension in State, hence SID has asked field units to be on their toes. Highlighting that about 492 cases were registered in the State in about last 10 months due to derogatory remarks posted on social media, the SID has advised police personnel to take adequate precautionary measures.

Since winter session of Maharashtra Legislature is commencing at Nagpur from December 8, mischief mongers are likely to deliberately create tension by provoking gullible followed by appealing to their religious sentiments using misleading propaganda.

According to circular of SID accessed by The Hitavada, it is mentioned that 125 cases were registered in the State due to derogatory remarks for hurting sentiments of Hindus.

After the remarks, 182 reactions occurred in the State and cops had a tough time managing those situations. This in turn led to registration of 271 cases, that police are now investigating.

The State police also registered 37 cases that relates to hurting sentiments of Buddhists in the State and 290 reactions were reported as consequences of it. And 96 cases were registered after these reactions occurred in different parts. The SID report further stated that 76 cases got registered in the State for hurting sentiments of Muslims and 38 reactions were reported.

Taking cognisance of the derogatory marks and after studying new political scenario in the state, the SID has cautioned police units to be more vigilant and active before December 6. Circulation of derogatory images and messages on social media could lead to communal tension in the State, it feared.

Hence, every units should must take preventive actions against circulation of such message/images on-line. Strict watch must be kept in city and fast action be taken to prevent mass circulation of such mischievous postings as any lapse could prove costly, as violence is known to occur very fast when religion is involved, said the sources.

An Intelligence officer said that this is first time when SID has taken contingence of nuisance of social media, and has specifically issued warning for December 6. On the day in 1992, disputed structure at Ayodhya was razed while Dr Ambedkar's death anniversary also falls on same date. Though of late police do not have that much worry as it used to in the immediate aftermath of pulling down of structure in Ayodhya. But the recent incident in Marathwada where a dalit family was brutally murdered has increased worries among the intelligence department. The delay in apprehending of culprits has created resentment about police machinery and social media is abuzz with postings about the same. The intelligence department has specific inputs about some organisations planning to create trouble and against this backdrop it asked field personnel to be extra alert.

Emergence of MIM worries intel

Electoral success by MIM in Maharashtra and alarming instances of radical elements within community has increased worries of police machinery in the state.

According to intelligence sources, they are keeping a close watch on activities of MIM and its call to adopt aggressive stance over Babri issue and to name every new mosque after Babri. The open advocacy of confrontationist approach by MIM leaders during electoral campaign and thereafter, has been taken seriously by the intelligence machinery which has advised entire state police force be remain extra cautious and foil any attempt to vitiate communal harmony and create hatred between two communities.

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Cops permit eateries encroaching RTMNU land to continue business

In 1992 when Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) willingly donated its 70.09 acre land to government for sports complex, nobody ever thought that the land would be lost forev... Read More
In 1992 when Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) willingly donated its 70.09 acre land to government for sports complex, nobody ever thought that the land would be lost forever. Instead of sports complex, eating joints have come up on the university land, evoking sharp protests from all quarters.

Public outrage, favourable judicial orders and even solemn declaration on the floor of Assembly has not helped University in securing its land from the encroachers. To add to its woes, now City Police have ‘shielded’ the eating joints by permitting them to continue business. Anoop Kumar, former Acting Vice-Chancellor and Divisional Commissioner had objected to renewal of eating licenses of the eateries.

After fighting a lengthy battle in court, RTMNU did get back 44.5 acre land, but remaining land is still with State Government.

Moreover, almost 10 acre land has been encroached upon by eating joints and they have questioned the RTMNU’s ownership and are strongly opposing eviction in civil courts. In the meantime, University has objected to continuance of the eateries on its land. Even people have raised a question - how could these eating joints function on the land belonging to the university?

To run eating joint, one needs ownership rights and the building plan sanctioned. These joints do not have both. But still police permitted them to do business. According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhinash Kumar, if the joints have FDA license, NMC permission then he can allow them to function. FDA gives license to any street vendor because the authorities do not require that the joint should have proper building. Still how police permitted? Abhinash Kumar has an argument. According to the Bombay Police Act, people who run the joints should not be trouble-creators. Surprisingly, State Excise Department has already registered offences against the eateries encroaching upon the varsity land.

Four years back, ‘The Hitavada’ highlighted the issue after which the RTMNU authorities came out of deep slumber. The news report made the varsity aware about how Social Justice Department constructed the wall on the 20-acre land-ostensibly for its own project, but it was not in the interest of the university. University then initiated some steps and successfully stopped the activity.

This time university is probably unaware about new encroachments. Around five acre land opposite Vice-Chancellor’s bungalow, which is a part of 70.09 acre land which government is yet to handed over to the university, has been encroached upon by slum-dwellers. Earlier, the varsity foiled a political leader’s bid to built a skating rink on that land. According to sources, the university brought this to the notice of the district administration, but due to Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the issue could not be seriously tackled.

University handed over this land to State Government for sports complex. But this complex was shifted to Mankapur. After that the government just forgot to hand over the land back to university. Late Balraj Aher took a lot of initiatives to help varsity get back the land. He along with other university bigwigs fought the battle on streets, met some political leaders. So many meetings were held with the then Revenue Minister of Maharashtra, Narayan Rane, but in vain. The matter ultimately reached High Court with Citizen’s Forum taking up the cudgels to save the land for posterity. On the petition, the Court directed State Government to return the 44.5 acres land to the university. Since then, nobody ever bothered to get back the land. Now, people have high hopes from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailing from the city, alumni of the university. Fadnavis was member of Senate of the university.

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HC admits PIL

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday has admitted the public interest litigation for hearing, challenging action ... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday has admitted the public interest litigation for hearing, challenging action of respondents in not seeking information regarding the Government contract etc under 9-A of the Representation of the People Act-1951. In previous hearing, the division bench had issued notice to the Cabinet Secretary, Union of India in the matter related to the petitioner challenging action of respondents in not seeking information regarding the Government Contract etc under 9-A of the Representation of People Act-1951 and asked the respondent to file their reply by issuing notices in PIL filed by Sanjeev Kumar Pandey against the Chief Secretary, Union of India, Chief Election Commissioner, Indian Election Commission, New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner, State Election Commission and District Election Officer, Jabalpur. The petitioner through counsel, Advocate, Rajesh Chand, contended before the court that impugned action of respondents in not seeking information under Section 9A of the act is allowing illegible candidates to continue in elections. The said information under Section 9-A required to be given by the candidate, which is essential under provisions of the Act. It will create transparency and will create cleanliness in election proceedings. The petitioner prayed before the court to direct respondents to seek declaration under Section 9-A of the Act.

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Pvt hospitals asked to give details of admitted patients

CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) in a letter issued to private hospitals directed them to provide information about patients admitted in their hospital with symptoms of mosquito-borne dise... Read More
CHIEF Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) in a letter issued to private hospitals directed them to provide information about patients admitted in their hospital with symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases on Wednesday. District Malaria Officer Ajay Kureel while talking to the newspaper informed that as per Union and State Health Department, information about patients admitted with symptoms of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, chikungunya should be sent to CMHO office with 24 hours after the patient is admitted in the hospital. Daily report of patient with malaria and mosquito-borne disease should be sent to District Malaria Officer through e-mail or through messenger.

Blood sample of patient admitted with symptoms of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases should be sent everyday to lab situated at Victoria Hospital, through their own means. District Malaria Officer (DMO) Kureel informed it is being observed that most of the private hospitals do not provide information about patients who die due to mosquito-borne diseases or admitted with symptoms of the same to CMHO office, which is violation of norms as per guidelines of Union Health Department.

For eradication of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. The Union Government is running various programmes to check further spread of malaria, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases and collect actual ground data. Data of each patient suffering from mosquito-borne diseases are collected at Government hospital and sent to Union Government so that time to time upgradation will be made in existing Anti-Malarial policy for complete eradication of disease, added Kureel.

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Hearing in case of reservation for Mayor’s post deferred

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday deferred case for hearing till Monday in the matter related to reservation f... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice S Kemkar on Friday deferred case for hearing till Monday in the matter related to reservation for the post of Mayor in various Municipal Corporation and President, Municipal Council of the State. Earlier, the division bench had issued notices to the State Government, State Election Commission, Bhopal and others and asked them to file their reply. The petition was filed by various petitioners separately including Braj Yadav, Rahul Singh Tomar and others challenging violation of Section 29-A of Madhya Pradesh Municipalities Act-1961 and Ultra-Vires of Article 243-T(1) of Constitution of India.

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Hearing of case seeking medical facilities to legal fraternity on Dec 3

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has given direction in the matter seeking medical facilities to legal fraterni... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Vandana Kasrekar has given direction in the matter seeking medical facilities to legal fraternity which includes lawyers, judicial officers and employees in court premises that since the Bar Council General Body meeting scheduled to be held on November 29, 2014, in which possibility of three ambulances to be purchased by the Bar Council will be explored. The court said to list the matter on December 3, 2014, for hearing.

The petitioner sought a writ mandamus to respondents regarding medical facilities, which ought to be provided to lawyers and their fraternity and also to judicial officers and employees. It is submitted that under Article 21 of Constitution of India, basic right of getting proper medical attention is a fundamental right. The petitioner Association has given various representations to various authorities seeking medical treatment to legal fraternity.

It is submitted that large number of judicial fraternity is without any hospital facility for better treatment. There are about 1.25 lakh lawyers registered with respondent State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh in the State. Further, there are about 6000 to 7000 judicial officers working in various District Courts and about 50,000 employees working in said courts of Madhya Pradesh.

There are no hospitals and proper medical facilities for these persons. Large number of litigants visit the court premises every day, but for any eventuality, there is no medical facility provided in the court premises for such litigants in case of emergency. Public Interest Litigation filed by Satyendra Pandey, President, Advocates Social and Welfare Association, Jabalpur against Secretary, Home Department, Bhopal, Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Bhopal, Commissioner, Jabalpur Division, Collector, Jablapur, Registrar General, Madhya Pradesh High Court, Jabalpur and Secretary, State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur. Advocate A P Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner, while Piyush Dharmadhikari, Government Advocate for the State and Advocate S Gulatee appeared for the State Bar Council of MP.

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CBI raids at VFJ; Delhi, Kolkata-based private firms

CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur Branch, on Friday raided five places in Jabalpur and two places in Kolkata and Delhi of Chargeman of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) and owners of... Read More
CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Jabalpur Branch, on Friday raided five places in Jabalpur and two places in Kolkata and Delhi of Chargeman of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) and owners of private firms. The raids were conducted on complaints of corrupt practices prevailing at Materials Management Section of VFJ and seized several important documents pertaining to corrupt practices.

CBI teams conducted raids at two offices of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur and residences of Pankaj Chaturvedi, resident of Chandra Shekhar Ward, Ranjhi, Ashok Singh, resident of Sanjay Nagar, Ranjhi and Ashish Kumar, resident of Mohit Residency, Tilahri, Mandla road. Besides this, two teams conducted raids at two places in Delhi and one place in Kolkata at residences of owners of private firms.

CBI, Jabalpur, Superintendent of Police Manish V Surti informed that corrupt officers were charging commission from private firm for issuing supply order of spare parts. CBI teams possessed several incriminating documents pertaining to disproportionate properties and corrupt practices of officers from their residences and offices. Raids were conducted in a series of investigations in a case of corruption reported a month ago.

CBI has already registered a FIR against Ashish Kumar, on charges of criminal conspiracy with Proprietor of M/s Bullet Lock Company, Kanpur and in pursuance of said criminal conspiracy, Ashish Kumar resorted to corrupt practices by abusing his official position as a public servant in matter of tenders/supply orders for supply of material/spare parts by the firm of Sanjay Puri. Investigating the case, CBI learnt that some more officers of Vehicle Factory Jabalpur are involved in corrupt practices in Materials Management Section (MM).

In the raids, CBI teams seized several important documents pertaining to corrupt practices of government servants and documents of their bank accounts, investments and properties. Scrutiny of documents was underway till late night at offices and residences of corrupt officers. Raids were conducted by separate CBI teams comprising of DSP, Raja, DSP, Naresh Indora, Inspector, Rajesh Bhonsle, Inspector, A K Chakravarty, Inspector, Sanjay Solanki, Inspector, Amit Bangar, Inspector, Hariom Dixit, Inspector, Yadav, SI, Niyaz Ahmed, RSO, Manish Melonia and others.

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Sensation in Panchpaoli as four boys of family reported missing

Four children in the age group of 10-15 years have been reportedly missing from Panchpaoli area on Saturday, leading to fearing of their kidnapping.

According to police, Ritendersingh alia... Read More
Four children in the age group of 10-15 years have been reportedly missing from Panchpaoli area on Saturday, leading to fearing of their kidnapping.

According to police, Ritendersingh alias Raj Kaur Gurcharansingh Marwa (15), Reet alias Priyam Kaur Gurcharansingh Marwa (14), Lavmeet Singh alias Lilo Gurcharansingh Marwa (11) and Kawalpritsingh alias Pitto Gurcharansingh Marwa (10), all nephew of Hardevsingh Lakhvindersingh Marwa (45), a resident of Buddha Nagar, near Gurudwara. The four boys left their house for the nearby Gurudwara around 10.20 am on Saturday but did not return even after considerable time.

A panicked Hardevsingh Lakhvindersingh Marwa and other relatives searched for the boys at all possible places but in vain. Finally, a missing complaint was lodged at Panchpaoli Police Station. As per the Supreme Court ruling, Panchpaoli police have registered a case of kidnapping -- Section 363 of the Indian Penal Code. Further investigations are on.

Rs 2.40 lakh burglary in Mahadula village

In another house-breaking theft, unidentified thieves stole gold ornaments and cash collectively worth Rs 2.40 lakh from a house at Mahadula village under jurisdiction of Koradi police station.

According to police, Mohan Prabhakar Hirde (46), a resident of Plot no. 57, Dhulas Layout, along with family had gone to Dongargarh on Saturday night. Grabbing the opportunity, unidentified thieves entered the house after breaking open the latch of the door and stole gold and silver ornaments.

Hirde family returned home on Sunday morning only to find broken latch one main door and with trepidation rushed in only to be left aghast.

Koradi police have registered offence under Sections 457 and 380 of the Indian Penal Code agianst unidentified thieves. Further investigations are on.

Youth killed in freak mishap

A youth riding pillion on a motorcycle died in a freak mishap at Khapa Road under jurisdiction of Saoner police station on Saturday. According to police, Nikhil Hiwarkar, a resident of Telkamptee, was riding pillion on a motorcycle (MH-31/AA-8791) while Abhijit Panjab Kasare (28), a resident of Telkamptee, was riding the two-wheeler at 8 pm. Abhijit, the police said, was riding recklessly, resulting in the mishap. Abhijit lost control on the bike while negotiating a sharp curve at Khapa Road. Nikhil fell down and sustained grievous injuries. He was admitted to Primary Health Care Centre, Saoner, where he succumbed to the injuries. Saoner police have registered offence under Sections 279, 337, 304 (A) of the IPC read with Section 184 of the MVA against Nikhil Hiwarkar.

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HC dismisses land owner’s plea for de-reserving land

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have dismissed with costs, the writ petition filed by Pradip Khimji Suchak, the land owner from Ghatanji in Yavatmal district for ... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court have dismissed with costs, the writ petition filed by Pradip Khimji Suchak, the land owner from Ghatanji in Yavatmal district for getting his land reserved for garden in the development plan, de-reserved in motion-hearing holding that the petition is premature at present.

The petitioner was seeking quashing of the impugned letter of June 28, 2013 issued by the Chief Officer of the Municipal Council, Ghatanji and also declaration from the Court that reservation/designation or allotment provided under the development plan of October 7, 1982, May 14, 2002 and July 13, 2005, notified by State Government for Ghatanji Municipal Council, in respect of land Survey No. 55/2 in village Ghati of 2.56 HR has lapsed and the same land shall be now available to the petitioner for development or otherwise as permissible under the law. The petitioner also wanted direction to State Government to take necessary steps for notifying lapsing of reservation in the official Gazette with all the relevant facts and circumstances, in the interest of justice.

The petitioner had urged that the respondents have frustrated the very object of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966 and their approach amounts to depriving the citizens of their rights to enjoy their properties at own free will.

It is unjustified on the part of the respondents to keep land reserved with no further action for years together .

The land was being shown reserved for garden since October 7, 1982. But till now there is nothing on the ground to indicate that anything like that is on the respondents’ mind. On September 11, 2002, the petitioner had received a notice for hearing from Deputy Director, Town Planning, Amravati. On May 18, 2013, the petitioner had sent a notice under Section 127 of the MRTP Act, 1966 and requested to the respondents to award him the value of the land or de-reserve the said land in the development plan. On June 28, 2013, rejection of the petitioner’s request was conveyed to him by the Chief Officer, Municipal Council.

Advocate Nitin Bargat appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketki Joshi represented State.

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High Court quashes lifer to two for murder, acquits woman accused

Allowing the appeal by Shamabee Ataurrasul (26) and partly allowing the appeal by other two accused persons -- Sheikh Salar and Sheikh Khalid, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande redu... Read More
Allowing the appeal by Shamabee Ataurrasul (26) and partly allowing the appeal by other two accused persons -- Sheikh Salar and Sheikh Khalid, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande reduced conviction of Sheikh Salar for lesser offence of one under Section 304 Part II of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and changed the sentence from lifer to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 7 years.

The other accused escaped from conviction for murder to the one for committing the offence under Section 326 of the IPC read with Section 34 and the appellate court maintained the sentence of RI for 3 years. While, the court acquitted the woman accused of the offence under Section 326, and ordered her release.

On March 22, 2012, the Sessions Judge, Buldana had held two of the these three accused guilty of committing murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Deceased Sheikh Kalim was the brother of the first claimant and son of prosecution witness Sheilkh Kalu.

On June 29, 2009, the accused had blocked the lane by placing stones and laying cardon. Hence there was quarrel between them. On the day of the incident, five accused entered into the house of the deceased at about 7.30 pm at Mehkar. The deceased died on July 4, 2009. The Court has recorded the failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Advocate Dr U K Kalsi appeared for the appellant - accused persons. APP Sanjay Doifode represented State.

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Wasankar Directors plead ignorance about Prashant’s financial dealings

Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management are now trying to distance themselves from the financial transactions of Prashant Wasankar who is cooling his heels behind the bars. According to them the ... Read More
Directors of Wasankar Wealth Management are now trying to distance themselves from the financial transactions of Prashant Wasankar who is cooling his heels behind the bars. According to them the original complainant and others have lend money to Prashant and they were not aware about such personal transactions.

The argument was advanced during the hearing of anticipatory bail applications of Bhagyashree Wasankar, Kumud Choudhary and the regular bail application of Abhijeet choudhary before Special Court for the MPID Act.

According to applicants, documents reveal that it was Prashant alone who had taken loan from all the complainants and that a promissory note was got executed by him and claimed that the complainants had at no point of time invested money with Wasankar Wealth Management or any of the companies where the other directors had a role to play. As such, the liability incurred by Prashant being in his personal capacity and not being a vicarious liability could not be fastened upon the directors of the company as the company was nowhere involved. Prashant Wasankar’s bail plea has already been turned down by the Special Court in earlier round.

In reply to the court’s query about refund of the amount, Adv Prakash Naidu appearing for the applicants pointed that Prashant would require some considerable time to repay, but he was unable to repay immediately. The properties held by Prashant which have been seized value more than about Rs 50 crore and the amount which has to be given at par values is approx Rs 47 crore. Wasankar is willing to sell his properties and make good the financial transactions. But if he is detained in jail, neither will his properties fetch a respectable market value nor will he be in a position to repay the transactions, it was contended. Matter being part heard and in order to obtain instructions from Prashant Wasankar was adjourned and is now kept on November 12. APP Pandey appeared for State.

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Mungantiwar confident of BJP winning trust vote

“Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win the trust vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and provide a strong and stable government that will work for all-round development of the State,... Read More
“Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win the trust vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and provide a strong and stable government that will work for all-round development of the State,” said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister of State.

Mungantiwar was talking to reporters on Sunday. He visited Smriti Mandir, Reshimbag, in the morning and bowed before the statue of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Later in the day, he held a meeting of party office-bearers at BJP’s Vidarbha Office in Dhantoli. Asked about the stand taken by Shiv Sena, Mungantiwar replied, “We are in favour of friendship, and we are hopeful of positive development.” Asked if BJP valued friendship of Shiv Sena or NCP as far as winning trust vote in the Assembly was concerned, he avoided a straight answer. “Let us all wait for some time,” he said with a smile.

To another question, Mungantiwar replied that the BJP-led government in State would conduct department-wise review of finances. “May it be Irrigation or Tribal Development or any other department, whether the funds meant for a specific purpose were utilised properly during the tenure of previous government, will be reviewed,” he said. Further, he said that the new Government under BJP leadership was committed to completing at least half of the pending irrigation projects in next five years.

Mungantiwar, who also holds Forest portfolio, said that the government was positive on according priority to Gorewada international zoo at Nagpur, and Deccan Odyssey special train.

Addressing BJP office-bearers, Mungantiwar said that he was committed to fulfilling the aspirations of the people. He assured to maintain dignity and due respect of workers, and also to work for people. Finance Minister also interacted with the office-bearers and workers on various issues concerning development of the region. He assured to consider valuable suggestions for development of Vidarbha.

Pravin Datke, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, BJP City chief and East Nagpur MLA; Anil Sole, MLC; Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare, all MLAs; Girish Vyas, Prabhakar Yeole, Pramod Pendke, Chetana Tank, Mohan Mate, Bunty Kukde, Kishor Wankhede, Guddu Trivedi, Babli Meshram, Kirtida Ajmera, Manohar Ahuja, Bandu Raut, Manoj Pandey, Prakash Daga, Vandana Yangantwar, Sheikh Feroze, Chandan Goswami and others were present prominently on the occasion.

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Dr Vilas Dangre is an epitome of selfless service: RSS chief

A person is recognised by the work done by him and less by the standing in society. And Nagpur, today, was witness to a golden day, when Nagpurians fondly applauded the work and dedication of one... Read More
A person is recognised by the work done by him and less by the standing in society. And Nagpur, today, was witness to a golden day, when Nagpurians fondly applauded the work and dedication of one of its finest medical practitioners, Dr Vilas Dangre. True to its tradition, Dr Dangre was accorded warm felicitation at Deshpande Hall on Sunday.

Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh; Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping were the guests. Also seated on the dais were Swami Brahmasthanand of Ramkrishna Mission, Banwarilal Purohit, former MP; Mayor Praveen Datke and Prof Sanjay Bhende, all part of Dr Vilas Dangre Shastabdapurti Samarambh Samiti.

Though the function held on a grand scale, it had a touch of warmth and looked more of a family congregation, said Dr Bhagwat, who added, people like Dr Dangre are a rare combination and hard to find in society today.

At the outset, Banwarilal Purohit, Working President of Samiti, said it is in recognition of tireless and sacred work being carried out by Dr Dangre. Describing Dr Dangre as karmayogi, he said, people of Nagpur feel proud and happy to felicitate him.

“What should we call Dr Dangre, a medical practitioner, an educationist or a journalist, but whichever role he dons, the midas touch in him gives it a different meaning,” Purohit said while describing the multifaceted personality. Narrating an incident of his driver whose wife was told to go for operation and how she got cured by Dr Dangre’s medicine, Purohit said, there are several such stories and each Nagpurian has been benefited.

Nitin Gadkari recalled his old association with Dr Dangre, during early days of his college life when they together worked in Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He could have at his beck and call political success but the latter moved away from it and devoted himself to cause of alleviating sufferings of people in society. Dr Dangre is at forefront of giving a helping hand to fledgling institutions from his earnings, as he is always striving for benefit of society in every possible way, Gadkari added.

Earlier, describing work of Dr Dangre, Swami Brahmasthanand said, “In this materialistic world, if we still have people like Dr Dangre, then it is our good deed that we known him and are benefited by him. One has to look at Dr Dangre to realise what one means by sacrifice.” Dr Dangre humbly accepted the public appreciation but said, it is uncomfortable for him as it goes against basic tenets of his beliefs. “For me, happiness is my work that has given me this stature that I can be proud of,” he opined.

While practicing Homeopathy the aim is clear, alleviating patients sufferings is guiding principle and there are no words to describe one's feelings when a patient tells that latter’s suffering has lessened after taking my medicine, he said.

Reflecting on life after reaching 60 years of age, Dr Dangre said, this is bonus life, and narrated an accident from which he escaped unscathed in Mumbai. Reciting an Urdu couplet which states that people waste their life in search of God, while he believes God exist here on earth in human beings, he stated while elaborating his principles of life.

Summing-up the proceedings, Sarsanghachalak Dr Bhagwat said, the gathering, on this mass scale speaks volume about work done by Dr Dangre. It is just like a family get together to pat on back one of its own who has excelled. The ease with which Dr Dangre has won over people is fantastic and is receipt of his devotion and dedication to work. Amidst this success what separates Dr Dangre from others is that latter has not let the achievement overcome his humility. Speaking further, Sarsanghachalak said, in life one does not get blessed in academics and if it happens then it is rare to succeed in chosen profession and then establish oneself in society and still after that to remain just simple is the most difficult task. But Dr Dangre has proven to be an exception due to his selfless work and simplicity. And that is because of Dr Dangre’s thoughts and philosophy that guides him is proactive.

However, Dr Bhagwat had an advice for the assembled gathering saying that everyone should take a leaf out of Dr Dangre’s life and work for society and nation. The success of organising such felicitations should be to widen the scope of selfless work by taking inspiration from work of person who is being felicitated, he concluded.

Renuka Deshkar compered the programme while Prof Sanjay Bhende proposed a vote of thanks.

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Tribal land transferred to non-tribals sans permission in 214 cases in Divn

Though the legal provisions bar transfer of land owned by a tribal to non-tribal, several such transfers have taken place in Maharashtra. As far as six districts of Nagpur Division are concerned,... Read More
Though the legal provisions bar transfer of land owned by a tribal to non-tribal, several such transfers have taken place in Maharashtra. As far as six districts of Nagpur Division are concerned, such transfers have taken place in 214 cases without obtaining proper permission from State Government. After a long gap, now, the government has started the process of ‘rectification’ in this regard.

Many tribals and non-tribals as well as government officials concerned did not know about the provisions dating back to 1974. As a result, there are many cases in which tribals have ‘sold’ their land to non-tribals, said sources in the administration. Owing to ignorance, there are cases in which registry of such ‘sale deeds’ has been done without obtaining prior permission from the competent authority of the district concerned.

There are cases in which successors of original tribal owner, who had ‘sold’ his land to non-tribal years ago, have staked ownership claim on the said land as the property has assumed significant value currently, said an official not wishing to be named. Owing to this, and other angles, the titles and transactions concerning tribal land have attracted law suits, and have complicated functioning of the government in such cases.

Recently, before enforcement of model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly elections, Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) consisting of Scheduled Tribe legislators had directed Revenue Department to stop all transactions pertaining to tribal lands and not to transfer any tribal land to non-tribal. TAC had pointed out that there were reports about large-scale transfers of tribal land to non-tribals and that land sharks and moneybags were obtaining such lands for peanuts, taking full advantage of poverty and ignorance of tribals. It was pointed out that there were 756 cases of tribal land transferred to non-tribal in Maharashtra.

As per the official data compiled so far, Nagpur Division has 214 cases in which tribal land has been transferred to non-tribals without obtaining the government sanction. Of six districts in the division, Chandrapur tops the chart as far as maximum such cases are concerned. Of a total 214 such cases, as many as 154 are in Chandrapur district alone, followed by 33 in Nagpur and 26 in Gondia districts. In Chandrapur district, as per the official record, 97 cases are pending for order. Apart from 214 cases of transfer of tribal land to non-tribal without government sanction, there are 261 cases in which such transfers were effected with government sanction.

An officer familiar with the matter told ‘The Hitavada’ that the government had started the process of ‘rectification’ and had restored land titles to original tribal owners in many cases. “A list has been prepared about transfers with and without government sanction,” he said. As far as Chandrapur district is concerned, he said that cases of transfer of tribal land to non-tribals were more in Korpana and Jiwati tehsils as they were a part of Andhra Pradesh previously, and the land documents have a different record pattern.

What does Maharashtra Land Revenue Code say?

As per Sections 36 and 36 (A) of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, restrictions have been imposed on transfer of tribal land to non-tribals. Section 36 (A) states clearly that no occupancy (of land) of a tribal be transferred in favour of any non-tribal through sale (including sales in execution of a decree of a Civil Court or an award or order of any tribunal or authority), gift, exchange, mortgage, lease or otherwise.

Only District Collector concerned is empowered to accord sanction if non-tribal moves an application in case of lease or mortgage for a period not exceeding five years, or with previous approval of State Government. District Collector also is expected to accord sanction only if he is satisfied that no tribal residing in the village in which the occupancy is situated or within five kilometres thereof is prepared to take occupancy from the owner on lease, mortgage, or by sale or otherwise.

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CM appeals Union Minister Gadkari to release Rs 1500 crore under MNREGA

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Central Government to release Rs 1500 crore to the State under MNREGA. He met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in this regard in New Delhi on Friday.Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Central Government to release Rs 1500 crore to the State under MNREGA. He met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in this regard in New Delhi on Friday.

Chouhan urged to immediately release Rs 1000 crore for paying wages to labourers under MNREGA. He said that this will facilitate completion of various MNREGA works in time. Wages will also be paid to labourers timely. He urged to release remaining Rs 500 crore by December. Chief Minister urged to release Rs 2,800 crore immediately under Prime Minister’s Rural Road Project and remaining amount of Rs 600 crore under Indira Aawas Yojana. He urged to complete repair of Gwalior-Dewas section of Agra-Mumbai National Highway No 3 at the earliest. Gadkari assured Chouhan of release of funds under the three projects. He also assured completion of repair of National Highway no 3 without delay.

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Debt-ridden farmer attempts suicide

A debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide in his farms at Mungaliya Chaap village under Khajoori police station of State capital on Wednesday evening. The farmer is undergoing treatment at a private... Read More
A debt-ridden farmer attempted suicide in his farms at Mungaliya Chaap village under Khajoori police station of State capital on Wednesday evening. The farmer is undergoing treatment at a private hospital where his condition is said to be stable. According to information, Kailash Prajapati, 42, son of Dariyav Singh is a resident of Mungaliya Chaap village is a farmer by profession. In last two years, his crops have destroyed several times due to which he got under loan of Rs 7 lakh. Prajapati had borrowed money from acquaintances and money-lender for farming but twice his crops of Soyabean and wheat got destroyed. The victim had not received the compensation from state government for destroyed crops. Also the victim is worried for his family as he has to make arrangements for his daughter’s marriage while one of his sons failed in examinations. These all issues added up and brought victim under depression and he felt, he had no other option left other than ending his life. According to Investigation officer in the case, ASI Rakesh Sharma of Khajoori police station told that victim Prajapati attempted suicide at his farm in Khori village. He is undergoing treatment at Kishnani hospital and reportedly stable and out of danger. Sharma said that Prajapati in his statement, given to SDM Maya Awasthi, that heavy losses in farming due to destroying of Rabi and Kharif crop led him to be under hefty loan. He had also lost hope for the compensation for destroyed crops led him to such steps. Reportedly, SDM Awasthi has instructed Director of Kishnani Hospital that all the expenses of Prajapati’s treatment will be taken care of by district administration. District administration will also make efforts to support victim and his family.

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CM Chouhan urges Uma to clear MP’s river linking project

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said that Madhya Pradesh is next only to Gujarat, in ensuring better use of water and has done best work for water augmentation. She said that Madh... Read More
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said that Madhya Pradesh is next only to Gujarat, in ensuring better use of water and has done best work for water augmentation. She said that Madhya Pradesh is also pioneer in extending benefits of Central schemes to people. Bharti stated this during a meeting with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan New Delhi on Friday. Chouhan urged the Union Water Resources Minister to sanction Rs 26,000 crore for State’s River Linking Project.

Chouhan called on Bharti in and discussed in detail the DPR sent by Madhya Pradesh Government for River Linking Project. Earlier, Chief Minister had raised this demand with the Centre. He informed Bharti that a detailed project report for inter-linking of 4 important rivers of Malwa region has been sent to the Centre by the State Government. He urged to sanction funds for the project so that its work can be done at a rapid pace. Bharti assured to consider all these issues and take a decision at the earliest.

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Premchand Guddu voices concern on ticket distribution process

Congress is facing reservation from certain quarters over the manner it is selecting candidates for upcoming civic polls. For instance, former MP, Premchand Guddu is not happy over the procedure... Read More
Congress is facing reservation from certain quarters over the manner it is selecting candidates for upcoming civic polls. For instance, former MP, Premchand Guddu is not happy over the procedure being adopted for ticket distribution and he had even shot of missive to state Congress in charge Mohan Prakash, voicing his concern.

“ Yes I have written letter to Mohan Prakash but I am not going to share it with media. I will keep my views at party forum,” said Premchand Guddu to “The Hitavada”. However, air is thick with the news that Premchand Guddu had voiced concern over the methodology adopted to select candidates for civic polls. He reportedly told in the letter that Congress is not going to get the desired results through the present system being followed to select names for tickets. Premchand Guddu’s letter news has created flutter in Congress and even state Congress President Arun Yadav has accepted that Premchand Guddu had written letter to Mohan Prakash but he refrained from giving any comment on it.

Somewhere Prem Chand Guddu’s letter is giving indication of differences among party leaders over the ticket distribution process. Already, Congress has bitten dust in assembly and lok sabha elections due to groupism.

In the meantime, former opposition leader Ajay Singh has advised party leaders to work in united manner as party is passing through difficult period. He suggested party leaders to shun the egoism and to give tickets to winning candidates irrespective of the fact that to which camp he belongs.

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Congress declares election committee

State Congress President Arun Yadav has declared party’s election committee for local body election 2014 on Friday. He himself is the President of the committee which is having 41 members. Se... Read More
State Congress President Arun Yadav has declared party’s election committee for local body election 2014 on Friday. He himself is the President of the committee which is having 41 members. Senior leaders like leader of opposition Satyadev Katare, Deputy Speaker of Assembly Rajendra Singh, MP Kamalnath, Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi, former union minister Suresh Pachauri, MP Vijaylaxmi Sadho and national president of Mahila Congress Shobha Ojha are members of this committee.

Apart from this, leaders like former union minister Kantilal Bhuria, former leader of opposition Ajay Singh, MLA Mukesh Nayak, former speaker of assembly Shrinivas Tiwari, former minister Hazarilal Raghuvansi, former MP Sajjan Verma, former MP Meenakshi Natrajan, AICC Secretary Bala Bachachan, MLA Arif Aqueel, former union minister Aslam Sher Khan, Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi, former MP Rajesh Nandini Singh, former Mayor Vishwanath Dubey, former minister Indrajeet Patel, former minister Dr Govind Singh, former MP Tarachand Patel, former MP Satyanarayan Pawar, former minister Saed Ahmad, former minister Narendra Nahta, Omkar Singh Markam, former minister Bisahulal Singh, MLA Sunderlal Tiwari, Rajbahadur Lodhi, former MP Vishvershwar Bhagat, former minister Raja Pateria, Yogesh Yadav, state president of Mahila Congress Mandvi Chouhan, Kunal Chaudhary, Vipin Bankhede, Deepchand Yadav and Vimlendra Tiwari.

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BJP MLA seeks permission from Amit Shah to stage demons

BJP MLA from Anuppur, Ramlal Rautel has sent a missive to party’s National President Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local district administration. His pang is this... Read More
BJP MLA from Anuppur, Ramlal Rautel has sent a missive to party’s National President Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local district administration. His pang is this that due to obstinate attitude of Anuppur Collector, standing crops of tribals were flattened to pave way for construction of a building. He wants to stage demonstration of Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary falling on November 15. “District Collector of Anuppur got standing crop of tribals destroyed to construct a new structure in area. When I came to know about the incident I rushed to the place. I was deeply pained to see the plight of affected people as they are naïve tribals.

Earlier, I had informed senior party leaders about the obstinate attitude of District Collector. Hence, I have written a letter to party’s national president Amit Shah, seeking permission to stage demonstration against local administration. I had also shot missives to state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, party’s State Organisation General Secretary Arvind Menon etc, informing them about my feelings,” said Ramlal Rautel talking to ‘The Hitavada’. He is also National General Secretary of party’s Scheduled Tribe Front.

He said that after the incident in which crops of tribals were flattened, he had also spoken to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on phone and afterwards district administration shelved the plan of building construction work. But he wants to stage the demonstration to raise the voice in the interest of tribals.

According to him, there is clear policy of State Government that no tribal should be evicted from the place he is living or doing farming then also such things are happening. As he is elected representative hence it is his moral duty to raise the voice in the larger interests of people.

BJP trying to evolve consensus to select candidates

BJP is doing discussion with party workers to develop consensus to prepare list of ticket aspirants. It will be on the night of Friday that panels of ticket aspirants for Municipal Corporations would be prepared. Later these panels would be forwarded to party headquarters.

The meeting of BJP’s state election committee is on November 9 and the meeting of divisional election committee is on November 9 and November 10. “ The candidates are likely to be declared by the evening of November 10 or November 11,” said BJP leader Vijendra Singh Sisodia to “The Hitavada”.

Sources said that first priority of BJP is to include the name of those ticket aspirants who have the winning ability and has good touch with local people.

Later, lists would be tabled before state election committee which would give final shape to selection procedure.

What makes the work of BJP more complicated is this that it is witnessing beeline of ticket aspirant for any post in civic bodies. Meanwhile, BJP is also preparing two manifestos for civic polls, first would be state level and second would be of local level. In state level manifesto, BJP is going to highlight the work done by Shivraj government for the welfare of people and state. Road connectivity, round the hour power supply, ensuring drinking water facility, Ladli Laxmi Yojana, education facility etc are likely to figure in BJP’s state level manifesto.

When asked that Congress is going to make multilayered scam VYAPAM a major election issue, a senior BJP leader said that people have lost interest in it and every time, Congress had bitten dust after raking the issue.

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Action against chit fund cos demanded

Flaying the ruling of Bharatiya Janata Party Government for showing soft corner for chit fund companies functioning in the State, the members of National Front of Indian Trade Union (NFITU) has... Read More
Flaying the ruling of Bharatiya Janata Party Government for showing soft corner for chit fund companies functioning in the State, the members of National Front of Indian Trade Union (NFITU) has demanded strict action against such companies and complete verification about their accountability. The members alleged that the callous attitude of the government towards the fake chit fund companies is encouraging them to commit financial embezzlement and cheat the poor persons. NFITU State Secretary Harishankar Bansor in a statement said that many fake chit fund companies are operating in the state and they are being patronised by influential persons close to the ruling party ministers. Recently, various cases related to financial embezzlement have been reported in which such companies after luring the poor persons with attractive pay-backs of their money deposit fled away leaving the investors in a lurch.

He further said that NFITU in the coming day organisation has planned to launch awareness drive for investors to cautious before making any sought of investment. Besides this the members will also submit memorandum to Director General of Police on November 13, to demand stern action such companies operating in the state.

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CCB cracks theft case in record time

Call it over enthusiasm or amateurism, a drug addict, who had stolen about Rs 3.60 lakh from a petrol pump in the night, landed in the net of Central Crime Branch within hours in the day. Theft w... Read More
Call it over enthusiasm or amateurism, a drug addict, who had stolen about Rs 3.60 lakh from a petrol pump in the night, landed in the net of Central Crime Branch within hours in the day. Theft was committed at around 2:00 am and Central Crime Branch (CCB) cracked the case by Friday noon.

A young boy Mohammad Asif (18), who fix puncture at Jaistambh Chowk, was high on psychotropic drugs, when he broke-in into the office of a petrol pump at Pachpedi Naka.

Police informed that Mohammad Asif, a resident of Brahmpuri, had consumed some sort of psychotropic drugs on Saturday night. After hanging out with friends, Asif stopped by the petrol pump to drink water from the water cooler installed there.

While drinking water, Asif saw that petrol pump office was locked but it was not built of bricks but glass and there was no guard, either. Seizing the opportunity, Asif took a heavy stone and smashed the glass.

He entered the office and opened the drawer, where he found the money. He kept some into the pocket and some into a polythene bag. Surprisingly, there was no one, who saw him stealing the cash.

On receiving information, CCB sleuths began investigation in the morning and within few hours; an informer tipped-off that a boy is roaming around with huge cash and is splurging on clothes and cell phone. CCB immediately swung into action and nabbed Asif, who was still under the effect of psychotropic drugs.

Asif said he bought a cell phone and clothes of the cash i.e. about Rs 10,000, which he said to have spent of the total stolen cash. CCB recovered about Rs 3,50,240 from him.

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Shortage of notes, coins, a blessing in disguise for business community

The shortage of notes and coins of small denomination seems to be a blessing for certain sections within business community. They consider it as the God-sent opportunity for fleecing out the unsu... Read More
The shortage of notes and coins of small denomination seems to be a blessing for certain sections within business community. They consider it as the God-sent opportunity for fleecing out the unsuspecting customers by handing them over the unwanted commodities like toffees or chocolates in lieu of change. This practice is ultimately causing a considerable loss to the consumers, although majority among them remain silent over the issue, considering that shortage is genuine and that they must sustain it as if it is a natural calamity!

It has been quite a long time since the shopkeepers in the twin cities of Bhilai and Durg are forcing unwanted commodities or even their self-validated tokens bearing value of Rs 5 to 10, to the customers on the pretext of shortage of change. The shopkeepers are continuing such malpractices without any hitch, as they were never made to face a serious resistance by customers, colletively.

On the other hand, the shopkeepers, time and time again, articulate about their helplessness in the matter citing reasons that banks were reluctant to supply currency of smaller denomination and coins.

A resident of Maroda, A S Yadav said, “Now-a-days most of the shopkeepers seem to be reluctant in returning change to the customers, even when they have it in abundance. You could find toffees and chocolates not only in general stores and kiosks, but also in almost all the other shops, and branded showrooms and even in restaurants, beer bars, offices and other places.” Similarly, a resident of Housing Board, Surbhi Tamrakar said, “It would not be surprising if tomorrow people think of bartering such unwanted commodities at different government offices, railway counters and at other shops selling the things of daily needs.” She insisted that Reserve Bank of India should now initiate some measures for meeting the chronic and perhaps the artificial crisis of the currency of small denomination.

Adv S Mishra of Durg pointed that although the citizens are largely discontented with the practice of accepting all the useless things as substitute of change, but they often neglect the issue, instead of approaching consumers’ forum in the same context. “Firstly, they consider it as a small issue and secondly they are afraid that they might have to face defamation suit in case they fail to prove the guilt of a particular shopkeeper”, he added.

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Hectic political activities begins in Chhattisgarh

Soon after announcement of election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election 2014, hectic political activities have started in the State. Both the main political parties including Bharatiya Janata ... Read More
Soon after announcement of election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election 2014, hectic political activities have started in the State. Both the main political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress have initiated process towards finalising their manifesto, short-listing and selection of candidates and initiation of strategy making.

In this direction the BJP conducted meeting of senior party leaders from Raipur and Bastar divisions. The meeting which was chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and participated by senior party leaders from BJP organisation, office-bearers of BJP Election Management Committee. During the meeting the Chief Minister conducted district-wise meetings of the party office-bearers from both the divisions and called upon them to take a resolve to ensure win for the party in each and every urban body in their respective areas.

Addressing on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the urban bodies’ election will be contested with development as the significant issue. Within next 2-3 days, the party will constitute committee for the short-listing and selection of candidates. After recommendations from district-level, division-level and state-level committees, screening of the candidates will be done and thereafter the announcement of candidates will be done. He added that ticket will be given to the winnable candidates only. The selection of candidates contesting for the post of Mayor will be done by State-level committee. Ministers will be given separate responsibility in the urban bodies’ election. Adding that the BJP leaders will touch the last person in the last ward of every urban body, the Chief Minister said the workplan for development will be laid before them and urged to vote for development in favour of BJP.

The Chief Minister further stated that urban bodies’ election means it is the election of party workers and it is party workers who will not only select their candidates for the post of Mayor, President and Corporators but also ensure their win. On Thursday, the meeting of Durg division was held followed by meetings of Bastar and Raipur division on Friday. On Saturday the meeting of Surguja and Bilaspur division will be held. During these meetings stress was laid upon creating a consensus in every ward and every urban body while selection of candidates. In the coming days, all party leaders will visit every nook and corner of the state and not only will urge the people to grant the membership of BJP but will be informed about the policies and schemes of the party so that they are convinced to vote in favour of party candidates. This will be done as an extensive campaign.

Addressing the meeting BJP State President Dharamlal Kaushik stated that the party workers and office-bearers will have to identify all such wards and urban bodies where the party had suffered defeat and the workers will have to work hard in these areas. Also where the party had registered win, there also the party workers will have to go to the people with the party’s report card and convince them for voting in favour of BJP. Other leaders present on the occasion also spoke and gave several tips for the party’s win.

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Cong recounts issues for municipal polls

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel has recounted outbreak of diseases like malaria, jaundice and dengue in addition to poor cleanliness work undertaken by Kivar company as prominent... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel has recounted outbreak of diseases like malaria, jaundice and dengue in addition to poor cleanliness work undertaken by Kivar company as prominent issues which would ensure victory for Congress in municipal polls.

Speaking to mediapersons in Congress Bhawan, ration card and paddy procurement also have aggrieved masses which would further cause dent in the vote share of Bharatiya Janata Party.

He also alleged that fiscal situation is not good in the state which is evident from the fact that State Government is undertaking laying of foundation for same incomplete works again and again.

Speaking on the party ticket distribution, Bhupesh Baghel said that more than 75 percent tickets would be allocated to youths while the old contenders would be examined on the basis of their strengths and weaknesses.

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Urban bodies polls in two phases on Dec 8, 11

RAIPUR, Nov 7 The election schedule for Urban Bodies’ Election-2014 was announced on Friday by Chhattisgarh State Election Commission. With the announcement of the election schedule, the M... Read More
RAIPUR, Nov 7 The election schedule for Urban Bodies’ Election-2014 was announced on Friday by Chhattisgarh State Election Commission. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in all the urban bodies including municipal corporations, municipalities and nagar panchayats where elections will be held. Adequate numbers of government officials and security personnel will be deployed during the process for smooth conduct of election assured the State Election Commission.

Announcing the election schedule for the Urban Bodies Election, 2014 at a press conference, Chhattisgarh State Election Commissioner (SEC) Prafull Chandra Dalei informed that the complete election programme for Urban Bodies’ Election 2014 will start from November 17, 2014 and conclude on December 15, 2014. The notification in this direction was issued on November 7, 201 4. The State Election Commissioner informed that the election for 154 Urban Bodies’ will be conducted in two phases.

In the first phase, elections will be held in 51 urban bodies’ including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar Panchayats. In the second phase, elections will be held in 103 urban bodies’ including 20 municipal councils and 83 Nagar panchayats. Polling for the first phase, if necessary, will be held on December 8, 2014 and polling for the second phase, if necessary, will be held on December 11, 2014.

The counting and subsequent announcement of results for both the phases of polling will be held on December 15. SEC P C Dalei further informed that nomination for the post of Mayor, President and Corporators in 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar panchayats in the first phase will begin from November 17, 2014 and culminate on November 24, 2014. The nominations forms will be scrutinised on November 25, 2014 and candidates can withdraw their nominations till December 27, 2014.

Similarly, the nomination for the post of President and Corporators in 20 municipal councils and 83 nagar panchayats in the second phase, will start from November 19, 2014 and conclude on November 26, 2014. Accordingly, the scrutiny of nomination forms for the second phase will be held on November 27, 2014 and candidates can withdraw their names till November 29, 2014. 37,27,987 voters to exercise franchise

In the first phase, the numbers of Wards will be 1250 while in the second phase the numbers of Wards will be 1631, for which Corporators will be elected. Altogether, 37,27,987 people including 18,99,314 male and 18,28,673 female voters will be exercising their franchise during the Urban Bodies’ Election 2014. Accordingly, in the first phase, a total of 27,55,720 people including 14,13,776 male and 13,44,944 female voters while in the second phase, a total of 9,69,267 including 4,85,538 male and 4,83,729 female voters will be exercising their franchise. The Commission has already prepared voter-list with photographs for the election process. Accordingly the total numbers of polling booths will be 5087, of which, polling will be held in 3339 booths in first phase while for the second phase polling will be held in 1748 booths. The numbers of hyper-sensitive booths as of now for urban bodies’ election in the state are 147 while the numbers of sensitive booths are 1421.

By-poll in Khairagarh MC

Along with the general elections in the 154 Urban Bodies’, the State Election Commission will be holding bye-election for the vacant post of a Corporator in Ward No 3 under Khairagarh Municipal Council in Rajnandgaon district. Accordingly the nomination filing process will begin from November 17 and end on November 24, 2014. Scrutiny of nominations will be held on December 25 and candidates can withdraw their names till November 27, 2014. Polling will be held on December 8 and results will be announced on December 15, 2014. Rs 30 cr is estimated budget of polls

SEC P C Dalei informed that the total expenses estimated by the State Election Commission for conduction of Urban Bodies’ Election 2014 is Rs 30 crore. Since the Commission will be using Electronic Voting Machines with None of the Above (NOTA) option this time, an additional expense of Rs 10 crore has already been incurred for purchasing 7550 control units and 8550 ballot units of EVMs. Dalei informed that two types of EVMs will be used during the Urban Bodies’ Election 2014.

The first type is that which SEC has purchased from Electronic Corporation of India Ltd, which are multi-post units having multi-options of registering franchise for Mayor/President post and Corporator post. While the second type of EVM which SEC has received from Election Commission of India, has only one option and can register franchise for one post only.

Such machines will be used in Korba, Durg, Balod, Bemetara and Mahasamund districts. In the remaining districts, multi-post EVMs will be used. Dalei also informed that if numbers of candidates in any given urban body exceeds the number 56, for a single post, then the State Election Commission will be using ballot papers instead of EVMs, as the EVMs have capacity to register franchise for 56 candidates only.

Polls to be held in 154 urban bodies

CEC Dalei informed that in the first phase, elections will be held in 51 urban bodies’ including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 Nagar panchayats. The ten municipal corporations where elections will be held are Raipur, Bilaspur, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Raigarh, Durg, Jagdalpur, Dhamtari, Ambikapur and Chirmiri. The 19 Municipal Councils include Tifra, Janjgir-Naila, Akaltara, Bhatapara, Gariaband, Saraipali, Dalli Rajhara, Bemetara, Kawardha, Kondagaon, Sukma, Narayanpur and Bijapur. The 22 Nagar Panchayats include Bodri, Sirgitti, Sakri, Sargaon, Bhatgaon, Dharamjaigarh, Lailunga, Baghicha, Simga, Chura, Pithora, Tumgaon, Aamdi, Dondi, Chikhlakasa, Berla, Nawagarh, Pipariya, Pakhanjur, Antagarh, Dantewada, Geedam and Barsur. Polling for the first phase, if necessary, will be held on December 8, 2014. In the second phase, elections will be held in 103 urban bodies’ including 20 municipal councils and 83 Nagar panchayats. The 20 Municipal Corporations include T akhatpur, Ratanpur, Mungeli, Katghora, Balrampur, Manendragarh, Kharsia, Tilda-Neora, Gobra-Nawapara, Arang, Balodabazar, Mahasamund, Bagbahara, Kumhari, Ahiwara, Balod, Dongargarh, Kanker, Kirandul and Badi Kareli.

The 83 Nagar Panchayats include Bilha, Kota, Pendra, Gaurela, Malhar, Lormi, Patharia, Kharaud, Nayabaradwar, Sheorinarayan, Baloda, Adbhar, Jaijaipur, Dabhra, Chandrapur, Saragaon, Nawagarh, Rahoda, Pali, Churikala, Sitapur, Lakhanpur, Pratappur, Vishrampur, Jarahi, Ramanujganj, Wadrafnagar, Rajpur, Kusmi, Jagarkhand, Khongapani, Nayisendhri, Garghoda, Sariya, Baramkela, Kirodimal Nagar, Pusour, Pathalgaon, Kotba, Kunkuri, Abhanpur, Kharora, Mana Camp, Kurra, Bilaigarh, Kasdol, Palari, Bhatgaon, Tundra, Lawan, Fingeshwar, Rajim, Basna, Magarlod, Nagri, Kurud, Bakhara, Dhamdha, Patan, Utai, Gunderdehi, Dondi Lohara, Gurur, Arjunda, Deokar, Saja, Thankhamariya, Parpodi, Ambagarh Chowki, Chuhi Khadan, Dongargaon, Gandai, Churia, Pandaria, Bodla, Pandatarai, Sahaspur Lohara, Bastar, Farasgaon, Keshkal, Bhanupratappur, Charama and Dornapal. The Polling for the second phase, if necessary, will be held on December 11, 2014.

‘Polls not to be held in 15 urban bodies’

SEC P C Dalei informed that during Urban Bodies’ Election 2014, elections will not be held in 15 urban bodies in the state. Here the general elections are proposed in December 2015. The urban bodies’ where elections will not be held now are Bhilai Municipal Corporation, Jamul Municipal Council and Bhilai-Charoda Municipal Council in Durg district; Birgaon Municipal Council in Raipur district; Nagar Panchayat Maro in Bemetara district; Khairagarh Municipal Council in Rajnandgaon district; Sarangarh Nagar Panchayat in Raigarh district; Baikunthpur Municipal Council and Shivpurcharcha Municipal Council in Koriya district; Nagar Panchayat Konta in Sukma district; Bhairamgarh Nagar Panchayat and Bhopalpatnam Nagar Panchayat in Bijapur district; Bishrampuri Nagar Panchayat in Kondagaon; Narharpur Nagar Panchayat in Kanker district; and Premnagar Nagar Panchayat in Surajpur district.

Maximum limit of expenses fixed

SEC P C Dalei informed that by using the powers laid under Sub-section 2 of Section 14 (a) of Chhattisgarh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 and Sub-section 2 of Section 32 (a) of Chhattisgarh Municipal Council Act, 1961, the state government has fixed the maximum limit of expenses during election campaigning for candidates contesting for the posts of Mayor in municipal corporations and President in Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayats. Accordingly, under municipal corporations having population over 5 lakhs, a candidate contesting for the post of Mayor can spend maximum Rs 10 lakh for election campaigning. Similarly, Mayoral candidates for municipal corporations having population more than 3 lakh but upto 5 lakh can spend upto Rs 8 lakh while for municipal corporation having population less than 3 lakh, candidates can spend maximum limit of Rs 7 lakh.

Similarly candidates contesting for the post of President in Municipal Council having population over 50,000 can spend upto Rs 5 lakh while for Municipal Council having less than 50,000 population, candidates can spend upto Rs 4 lakh. For the post of President in Nagar Panchayats, a candidate can spend upto maximum limit of Rs 3 lakh.

Ironically, no financial limits as such have been fixed for candidates contesting for the post of Corporators in Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats. Under such conditions, candidates contesting for the posts of Mayor as well as President can easily pass the expenses to the account of Corporators of their respective parties and spend as much as they can.

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Green signal for e-commerce trading in country

Multi-national companies have got green signal for e-commerce trading in the country from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as against the Foreign Direct Investment giving a subway to MNC to ente... Read More
Multi-national companies have got green signal for e-commerce trading in the country from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi as against the Foreign Direct Investment giving a subway to MNC to enter in Indian market. In near future the trade would loom large as threat on indigenous employment resources and business. Recently, these companies have taken 45 per cent business. The huge business turnout through online shopping sites and e-commerce have adversely impacted on retail trade while also given revenue losses to the government at large scale. Janata Dal United Madhya Pradesh workers have strongly condemened the decision of opening e-commerce for the MNCs and corporates stating it a difference in words and policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the country the retail business is employment orienting but the Multi national companies are hetching conspiracy to capture this business and eying their monopoly in retail business. e-commerce and FDI would give huge loss to the economy in coming days. Modi Government in Gujrat and Bharatiya Janata Party had strongly protested FDI and e-commerce and but the with coming in power in the centre the BJP had declined from its promises and have opened doors for the MNCs and corporate companies. Eminent amongst those who handed over memorandum addressed to Prime Minster includes National Council Member and former State General Secretary, Janta Dal United, Ghanshayam Yadav, Radheshayam Agrawal, Manmal Soni, Suraj Jaiswal, Arvind Paigwar, Iftekhar Ahmed, Tajinder Singh, Immam Khan, Gyanvati Verma, Ramesh Rajak, Pramod Chourasia.

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Case of forgery registered against proprietor of Star Constructions

Cantt police have registered a case of forgery of Rs 39.45 lakh against the proprietor of Star Constructions and started a search for him on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Rakesh D... Read More
Cantt police have registered a case of forgery of Rs 39.45 lakh against the proprietor of Star Constructions and started a search for him on Friday.

The accused has been identified as Rakesh Dwami, a resident of JK Compound, Sadar and owner of Star Construction Jabalpur. SHO of Cantt police station, Arvind Choubey informed that Samar Bahadur Singh (52), a resident of JAK RRC lodged a written complaint that Rajesh Swamy made separate agreements for selling houses with him and other persons including Prabhat Dubey, Neelam Wahi, Anuradha Pal, Rakesh Shukla, Asha Tiwari, Seeta Soni, Prabhunath Rajbhar and Shesh Mani Shukla and took advancements from all of them. Even after the agreement of selling houses, the owner of Star Construction is yet to provide them houses and absconding from the house since a long time.

The accused took cash payments from Samar Bahadur Singh Rs. 3 lakh, Prabhat Dubey Rs. 2 lakh, Neelam Wahi Rs. 3 lakh, Anuradha Pal Rs. 3 lakh, Rakesh Shukla Rs. 3.5 lakh, Asha Tiwari Rs. 7 lakh, Seeta Soni Rs. 10.95 lakh, Prabhunath Rajbhar Rs. 2.5 lakh and Shesh Mani Shukla Rs. 4.5 lakh.Acting on the complaint, police have registered a case against the accused under section 420 and 406 of the IPC.

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JNAU Advisory Committee’s annual meet held

Agriculture - Economics Research Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University Advisory Committee Annual Meeting 2014-15 held under the presidentship of Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary and... Read More
Agriculture - Economics Research Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University Advisory Committee Annual Meeting 2014-15 held under the presidentship of Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary and Finance Advisory, PC Bodh, Finance Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture New Delhi on November 6.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Vijay Singh Tomar presided over the program and welcomed the guests by presenting shawl shreephal and mementoes.

Dr Hariom Sharma, Director, Agriculture Economics Research Centre, JNAU Director given detailed report on different activities conducted by the centre. He highlighted the grant need of the centre for the coming financial year 2016-17 with recommendation to continue the grant besides for the appointment of officials and employees in different centres working under University by maintaining the policy decision taken by the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture.

Bodh supported the recommendations given by the centre Director while also highlighted the importance of the Centre that these Research Centres gives feed back to the government of India about all problems and shortcomings. They also give critical review on performance of different schemes prepared by the Government of India and State Government run programs. Such centres should be opened in different locations of the State.

Raghav Chandra, Additional Secretary, Finance Advisor appreciating the performance of centre said the finance grant should not be changed or amended but the Union Government has taken policy decision. Hence he appealed Mr. Bodh to prepare report including all the points related to centre in stipulated time so that timely amendments could be made in policy decisions.

He further said the working of the centre should be expanded from review and study works to the development of entrepreneurship and extension activities. The members attending the meeting welcomed the recommendation.

Eminent amongst those who were present includes Dr Neelkanth Pendsey, Professor Department of Economics, Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Dr P K Mishra, Director Extension Services, Dr G S Rajput, Director Instructions, Dr S K Rao, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr D K Mishra, Director Farms, Dr N P Singh, Accounts Comptroller, Dr. RM Sahu, Professor Agriculture Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University were present. Dr Deepak Rathi convened the meeting while Dr Raghuvanshi proposed vote of thanks.

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Six booked for preparing fake property documents, forged registry of property

Omti police have registered a case against six persons including Registrar and Deputy Registrar for preparing fake property documents and forged registry of property on Friday.

The accused... Read More
Omti police have registered a case against six persons including Registrar and Deputy Registrar for preparing fake property documents and forged registry of property on Friday.

The accused have been identified as Hariman Singh, Jitendra Singh, residents of Shivir Garden, Mandla road, Mohammed Ismile, Badi Omti, Bhartipur, Akram Khan of Bhantallayya, Deputy Registrar, Verma and Registrar, Chaturvedi.

SHO of Omti police station, Indramani Patel informed that Hukum Patel (44), resident of village Tilahari lodged a written complaint that his elder brother Chetram Patel, resident of village Balwara in Barela.

Father in law of his brother gifted five acres of land to his grand son Lakhanlal (son of Chetram). On January 21, 2013, Chetram committed suicide. After his death, the property was registered in the name of Lakhanlal.

In January 2014, Hukum Patel received information that the property of Lakhanlal was possessed by Jitendra Singh and Hiraman Singh through fake property documents.

He immediately contacted at registry office and found that Jitendra Singh and Hiraman Singh prepared fake power of attorney of his brother late Chetram Patel of November 2013.

In further investigation, it was learnt that the stamp papers used for preparing power of attorney were sold out in November 2013 but the written matter was mentioned dated November 2011.

Investigating the case, police learnt that the accused Jitendra and Hariman prepared fake documents with the help of Mohammed Ismile and Akram Khan while also found the involvement of Deputy Registrar, Verma and Registrar, Chaturvedi in approving the registry of property on the basis of fake documents.

Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 420, 467, 468, 471, 120 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 82 and 83 of Registry Act while further investigations are underway.

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Poll expanses limit for candidates fixed

State Election Commission has fixed the election expenditure limit for candidates contesting election for the post of President and Corporator of Municipality and Municipal Council in the district.... Read More
State Election Commission has fixed the election expenditure limit for candidates contesting election for the post of President and Corporator of Municipality and Municipal Council in the district. As per the limit, the maximum election expenditure for President, Municipal Council is Rs 3 lakh. Likewise, the limit in the Municipality having population of below 50,000 is Rs 4 lakh, for Municipality of 50,000 to 1 lakh population is Rs 6 lakh and for the Municipality have the population n of over one lakh is Rs 10 lakh. The expenditure limit has been fixed on the basis of census 2011. The Election Commission has ascertained different colour for ballots to be used for the post of Corporator and President of local bodies. For the post of President, the ballots would be of white colour. For Corporator of Municipal Council the ballots would be of blue colour and for Corporator of Municipality the ballots would be of yellow colour. The ballots would be fixed on ballot unit of Electronic Voting Machine.

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Patients with symptoms of Dengue admitted in Government Hospital

Patient with symptoms similar as Dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness are increasing at OPD of Government Medical College and Hospital and Government Victoria Hospital during last cou... Read More
Patient with symptoms similar as Dengue like high fever, headache, restlessness are increasing at OPD of Government Medical College and Hospital and Government Victoria Hospital during last couple of days.

Specialist Doctor, Government Victoria Hospital Dr Girish Bajpai informed that Anti Malarial and other drugs have been given to the patients. Blood samples of patients with symptoms of Dengue has been sent of the District Malaria Lab at Government Victoria Hospital and ICMR Central Pathology lab to confirm whether the patient is positive for Dengue or not.

Most of patient coming with symptoms of Dengue are admitted in hospital, in case their Blood Platelets decreases, Blood Pressure falls even after medication, then patient are referred to Higher Medical Center, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College for treatment. Female aedes mosquito responsible for Dengue grows on clean water, specially water stored in bucket, tyre, this disease spreads rapidly to the other patient when carrier mosquito bites new person, they also gets affected from the Dengue.

He advised that Fresh water should be consumed, stored water in the bucket, pots should be emptied in regular interval to check the further spread of disease. It is advisable to damage the water containers dumped at the backyards of the houses. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four-dengue viruses. Symptoms of dengue appear in 3 to 14 days after the infective bite.

In the wake of rise in number of patients with symptoms of Dengue, District Health Services has issued alert to keep check on the spread of vector borne disease in the district. Chief Medical and Health Officer has already order the high officials of Malaria Department to start publicity to sensitize general masses on the symptoms, treatment and prevention from vector borne disease. He also directed concern officials District Malaria Officer (DMO) to coordinate with the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation, to spray the insecticides Tempos and other insecticide on stagnant water, tyres, cooler, where there is stores water and chances of mosquito causing larvae can grow easily.

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Traders stages bandh against online shopping business

Exposing anomalies in e-retail online shopping business a grand rally and demonstration was staged by traders of Jabalpur while staged Jabalpur bandh protest till 12 pm as symbolic protest on T... Read More
Exposing anomalies in e-retail online shopping business a grand rally and demonstration was staged by traders of Jabalpur while staged Jabalpur bandh protest till 12 pm as symbolic protest on Thursday. The Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industries called Jabalpur Bandh. It is first step in fight against irregularities in online shopping sites business and ignorance of Governments in Union and State towards unethical business practices being played by online shopping sites.

The traders alleged that the Government is showing negligent attitude towards protecting traditional trade and business, which is directly linked with economy and employment resources for the huge population.

It may be mentioned that the online shopping sites are selling products to the customers offering lucrative offers of discounted rates and are not giving any guarantee of after sales service nor gives any guarantee and warrantee of the product sold through online.

MCCI Spokes Person, Shankar Nagdeo informed that various companies are exchanging products and after recycling are trade as fresh stock by cheating customers. Simultaneously different products and its features carrying products were delivered to the customers against the order placed by customer seeing advertisement.

While a state of confusion and distrust amongst customers is being crated by companies by selling fresh stock of same products to its dealers and retailers at higher rates causing misleading and rumor of profiteering being done by local traders and dealers also growing amongst customers for their prices and discounts.

The e-retail companies are also giving huge revenue losses to the Government of Madhya Pradesh by selling products below 30 to 40 costs. Such practices cut revenue income of State earned through VAT and other taxes. Highlighting irregularities and lacking in the system to stop tax evasion that are losses to the government inform of taxes and to protect the investment and employment for many in traditional market being generated in showrooms run by local dealers and retailers, a delegation of MCCI handed over a memorandum to Omti SDM Kavita Batley, addressed the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Mrs Nirmala Sitaram and to the Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Prior handing over the memorandum Traders assembled at the Malviya Square and in form of rally reached Collectorate. The rally was led by MCCI President, Ravi Gupta, Rajesh Chandok, Shantilal Patel, Arunkant Agrawal, Yuvraj Jain Garhawal, Hemraj Agrawal, Anoop Agrawal, Shankar Nagdeo, Akhil Mishra, Anil Jain, Anurag Garhawal, Arun Jain, Sundeep Jain, Amit Nehra, Amit Jain, Deepak Sethi, Purushotam Jotwani, Sudhir Sonkar, Neelesh Jain, Kewal Savlani, Pradeep Mandhyani, Nishant Khandelwal, Ashok Paryani, Santosh Jain, Jaiprakash Maheshwari, Dilip Talreja, Jai Balani, Parasram Bajaj, Gopichand Khemani, Peetambar Jaisinghani, Jairam Shadija, Daulatram Gulabbani, Nandlal Kundwani, Sunil Nagdeo, Praveen Gulati along with members of different organization attending the protest.

Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Assn to keep business closed for three days

The Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Association have declared to keep their business closed for three days on November 7, 8 and 9, 2014. During the three days strike the members of Mahakoshal Computer Dealers Association not only stop sales but also keep halt on their after sales services too.

MCCI’s bandh supported by Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce

The bandh called by MCCI was support by Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jabalpur Mobile Traders Association, Mahakoshal Computer Association, Galgalla Vyapari Sangh, Gorakhpur Vyapari Sangh, Distributor Association, Lordgunj Vyapari Sangh, Jawahargunj Vyapari Sangh, Mahakoshal Plastic Industry Association, Jabalpur Laghu Udyog Sangh, Mukadamgunj Vyapari Sangh, Sarafa Vyapari Sangh, Anaj Tilhan Vyapari Sangh, Timber merchant Association, Misthan Vikreta Sangh, Jabalpur Thok Vikerata Singh, Readymade Retain Vyapari Sangh, Jabalpur Footwear Business Association, Jabalpur Garment Manufacturing Association, Jabalpur Electronic Good Manufracturing Association and other business organisations joined the protest.

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Coal Scam: High Court upholds CBI spl court’s refusal to discharge Kanpur trader

Justice M L Tahaliyani at the High Court has dismissed the criminal application filed by Pawan Ramsnehi Gupta, a coal trader from Kanpur, under Section 482 of the CrPC and upheld the impugned o... Read More
Justice M L Tahaliyani at the High Court has dismissed the criminal application filed by Pawan Ramsnehi Gupta, a coal trader from Kanpur, under Section 482 of the CrPC and upheld the impugned order passed by the Special Judge, CBI cases, Nagpur, on June 22, 2012, refusing to discharge him in the case pending before the court below. The case has been instituted by the CBI and is in respect of handling and distribution of coal allotted to him by the coal company on the basis of bogus and forged documents in the name of fictitious units and instead of that reaching the small scale units and needy persons, he diverting that to open market. The Court rejected all the submissions advanced on his behalf of there being no evidence of any conspiracy by and through him.

The Court has been of the view that allegation of conspiracy can be established against the accused only after placing circumstances on record of the case and trial. There cannot be evidence of conspiracy even before the trial has begun.

It was made clear in the submissions made on behalf of the CBI that there was enough evidence in the charge-sheet against the applicant-accused. He has received about Rs 93 lakh by way of commission. It was pointed out that the order passed by the Court below refusing to discharge the accused is just and proper.

The accused was aware of the complaints against him from various persons or the observations made by the Watchdog committee from time to time and thus he is very much part of the criminal conspiracy hatched by Vijay Bansal with officials of National Co-operative Consumers’ Federation of India, Akola. Advocate A S Manohar appeared for the applicant - accused. APP Shyam Ahirkar and Adv. Anushree Ahirkar represented the CBI.

Lifer to 3 quashed

Allowing appeal filed by the three accused - Naresh Bhagat (50), his wife Nanda (40) and son Vishal (18) from Yavatmal district, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have quashed and set aside the order of conviction for murder passed by the Additional Sessions Judge, Darwha, on April 27, 2013 and also sentence of life-imprisonment imposed on them, with the observation that in this case, the prosecution has utterly failed to discharge the burden of proving the case beyond reasonable doubt against these accused persons. Going a step ahead, the Court has also stated that the trial court’s judgment is based only on the conjectures and surmises. The conviction is based on only suspicion. The prosecution has even could not prove that death in this case was homicidal one.

Deceased Manohar was residing in Nagpur and was running a bicycle shop. The accused Naresh was rickshaw-puller. As Naresh used to meet him, they became familiar with each other. Deceased also visited house of the accused and developed intimacy with the third accused. Though accused started living in their village, deceased continue his visits to him. In the night of July 18 and 19, 2009, Maohar was found dead in the house of the accused at his village.

On August 13, 2009, Nirmala, the wife of the deceased lodged the report expressing suspicion that the accused persons had killed her husband. Adv Dr U K Kalsi appeared for appellant-accused persons. APP Nahush Khubalkar represented State.

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‘Notify parking zones before penalising people’

A shopkeeper has challenged the action of traffic police to lift the vehicles parked by roadside and claimed that without proper notification of parking and no parking zones, such action is illegal... Read More
A shopkeeper has challenged the action of traffic police to lift the vehicles parked by roadside and claimed that without proper notification of parking and no parking zones, such action is illegal and unjustified.

According to Sajid Ali, who runs a battery shop in Pardi area, challenged the action of traffic police, claimed that parking a vehicle in front of a shop more particularly when it was to the extreme left of the road, within the parking limits, cannot fall under any violation or offence as stated by the cops. Parking of vehicles within permissible zones demarcated by respondents cannot be an offence, the petitioner claimed.

A division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande issued notices to respondent authorities and asked them to file reply within 15 days. Producing parking of vehicles by Traffic Police Department right under No Parking board, on corners and in prohibited lanes, the petitioner claimed that such parking is allowed all across the city be it out side the High Court, District Court, Reserve Bank, Income Tax Office, Sales Tax Office, Police Crime Branch Office, almost all Police Stations, State and District Consumer Forums, MAT Office, and all other business complexes. Such violations, by the government or semi-government authorities or otherwise, sends a wrong message to the public at large, and sets a wrong precedent.

According to petitioner, it is the duty of NMC and Traffic Police to demarcate the parking areas or likewise on the roads with yellow stripes but it has been noticed all around that most of the roads do not have the demarcations but still the innocents at large are being penalised illegally. It is the settled position of law that if anybody is to be punished for jumping red signal at any square then there had to be the red signal else no action could lie. Likewise if there is no sign or board of No-Parking displayed as required by statute then there could be no offence or violation, the petitioner asserted. Therefore, if there is no yellow strip for parking on road nor is there any sign displayed for No Parking, then there could be no action for violation of no-parking, it was contended.

The petitioner also alleged that authorities never act against the Lawns, Clubs and Hotel owners who allow their visitors to park their vehicles on the roads on the occasion of marriages, reception or any other function. There are many Hotels, Clubs and Lawns which are situated in congested areas of city and because of their visitor’s vehicles which are parked on roads; the smooth flow of traffic is hampered, it was stated.

The petitioner has urged High Court to direct the authorities to demarcate and paint yellow stripes and to display the board or signs for parking and No Parking zones in accordance with law. Meanwhile, innocent citizens should not be harassed or their vehicles should not be seized or fine slapped at places where requisite sign boards of No Parking and proper demarcation and painting of yellow stripes for parking are not made. Adv R S Renu appeared for petitioner.

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Nagpurian wins Rs 1.25 cr lottery bumper prize

Goddess Lakshmi has bestowed her blessings on a lucky Nagpurian who has won one of the two bumper prizes of Rs 1.25 crore in Diwali Bumper Draw of Maharashtra State Lottery. The prize winning l... Read More
Goddess Lakshmi has bestowed her blessings on a lucky Nagpurian who has won one of the two bumper prizes of Rs 1.25 crore in Diwali Bumper Draw of Maharashtra State Lottery. The prize winning lottery ticket was sold from Sai Lottery Centre operated by Ramesh Kamble at Panchasheel Square. Kamble, on learning about the prize for the ticket sold from his centre, was elated and distributed sweets at the square. It was a double joy for Kamble as another lottery ticket sold by him won Rs two lakh prize. The ticket for bumper prize was purchased sometime before Diwali but the identity of the buyer is still under wraps. The other bumper prize of Rs 1.25 crore was won by a resident of Ahmednagar while that other Rs two lakh prize went to a buyer from Jalgaon, Kamble said.

The authorities are awaiting for the claimant to turn-up to claim the bumper prizes. Maharashtra State Lottery is quite popular and bumper draw tickets during the festival time sees jump in sale of tickets.

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Govt directs CID to probe into Maa Umiya Society land deals

Maharashtra Government has directed the State CID to probe into alleged irregularities committed by Maa Umiya Industrial Co-Operative Society, which owns more than 375 acre land on Bhandara Road.... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed the State CID to probe into alleged irregularities committed by Maa Umiya Industrial Co-Operative Society, which owns more than 375 acre land on Bhandara Road. Home Department had directed the State CID to take over the probe and also asked Nagpur (Rural) Superintndent of Police to submit a detailed report about entire episode.

The complaint received by Home Department claimed that the said society was guilty of hatching a conspiracy to grab farmers’ land, misleading all the authorities, misusing authority of NIT and portraying a false picture to ensure acquisition of land at throwaway price by befooling poor land owners.

According to complaint filed by a vigilant citizen Anil Wadpalliwar, the land spread in Mouza Kapsi, Tarodi and Asoli in Kamptee tehsil has been put to commercial use and non-agricultural use without any sanction from Town Planning and without NA permission. Despite this fact, many saw mills are functioning here, the complaint claimed.

The complainant quoted official letters of District Collector confirming that NA/TP permission to Maa Umiya has not been granted and his instruction to Forest Department to cancel saw mill permission, but nothing has been done so far by Forest Department, it was stated. As per norms, no saw mill can come on land without NA/TP, nor electric connection for such non-agricultural activity can be provided.

In fact, a public interest litigation (PIL) on the same issue filed by Wadpalliwar is pending before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in which all authorities including Nagpur Improvement Trust, Town Planning and Revenue authorities in their affidavits have confirmed irregularities and misuse of NIT’s name to defraud farmers.

Maa Umiya Society has vehemently refuted all the allegations and described itself as victim of malicious campaign. The society stated that its project was duly approved by appropriate authorities from time to time. Even the legal proceedings initiated earlier by several persons were dismissed by the High Court and even the Supreme Court had upheld the scheme of industrial and transport estate formed on co-operative basis.

Quoting earlier High Court proceedings pertaining to handing over of remaining land through acquisition, the society claimed that Government had promised to proceed after completion of process under Section 44-A of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code. The NIT had already lodged a complaint with police alleging massive land grab misusing its name by promoters of Maa Umiya Society and had requested State Government, City Police and District Collector to initiate criminal proceedings against society, the PIL pointed out.

After NIT was declared as a special planning authority for Metro Region, it had promptly issued a demolition notice to various buildings and lay-outs of Maa Umiya Industrial Co-operative Society situated over 378 acre land in Mouza Kapsi, Tarodi and Asoli villages on Bhandara road. NIT has issued notice under Section 53 of the MRTP Act and directed the Society to immediately stop construction and remove the buildings constructed without any permission of the planning authority.

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CM reviews city devpt issues; positive on removing hurdles

Continuing with his commitment to development of Nagpur city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT... Read More
Continuing with his commitment to development of Nagpur city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called a meeting of officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) on Friday in Mumbai. After taking stock of the progress of various projects and requirement of funds, Fadnavis asked the officials concerned to effect necessary changes in the proposals. With the growth of Nagpur city, several new developmental issues have come up for NMC and NIT.

Several issues needed resolution and proposals were submitted to Maharashtra Government. Chief Minister called a meeting in Mumbai to take stock of the proposals. Pravin Datke, Mayor; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Chairman of NIT; Sunil Gujjalwar, Superintending Engineer of NIT, and other officers were present in the meeting. Manu Kumar Srivastava, Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department (UDD) and other senior officers also were present.

NMC officers apprised the Chief Minister that bigger townships coming up in and around Nagpur city were posing new challenges as far as water supply and other amenities were concerned. There were no rules making it mandatory for bigger townships to recycle and reuse water. Hence, amendments were required to be made to Development Control Rules in this regard. Fadnavis asked the officials of UDD to take necessary steps in this regard. Further, he asked UDD officers to expedite decision-making in important proposals pertaining to development of Nagpur.

During discussion on issues relating to NIT, the officers pointed out that amalgamation of plots could not be done in unauthorised layouts, and the issue was pending since long. Amalgamation will increase Floor-to-Space Index (FSI) and result in bigger plot area. Fadnavis is learnt to have directed the officers concerned to clear amalgamation. He also asked the officials concerned to make public the plan for development of Nagpur Metropolitan Region. Chief Minister is Chairman of Nagpur Metropolitan Area Development Planning Committee. When it was pointed out that the plan could not be made public without clearance of the Committee, Fadnavis asked the officials to call a meeting soon and complete the formality. The plan was cleared by Chief Minister’s office.

Meanwhile, development of Khadka-Kirmiti scheme on Wardha Road also came up for discussion. Fadnavis said that the scheme should be developed, and asked UDD to clear the same.

As per the NMC note submitted to Chief Minister, NMC required a total of Rs 1,172.2845 crore for various proposals. There are several proposals concerning UDD, Finance Department, Water Resources Department, Public Health Department, Public Works Department, Transport Department, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), and Maharashtra Airport Development Company. These proposals range from recarpeting of 195 kms roads constructed in the city under Integrated Road Development Project, exemption to NMC from paying Rs 84.45 lakh to Water Resources Department as against reservation of water from Pench reservoir, etc to funds for preparing detailed project report for public transport system, making available MSRTC depots for maintenance of city bus fleet, creating new posts of Additional Municipal Commissioner, Joint Additional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner.

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Verdict in Akku Yadav murder case likely on November 10

THE verdict in the sensational Akku Yadav lynching case of August 2004 is expected to be delivered on November 10. The trials were conducted in the court of Additional Sessions Judge V T Suryavan... Read More
THE verdict in the sensational Akku Yadav lynching case of August 2004 is expected to be delivered on November 10. The trials were conducted in the court of Additional Sessions Judge V T Suryavanshi.

A dreaded goon from Kasturba Nagar slums, Akku alias Bharat Kalicharan Yadav (32) was lynched by his victims, mostly women, in Nyay Mandir courtroom when he was being produced before a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) on August 13, 2004 by Jaripatka Police.

After killing Akku with knives, spear-heads, sword-sticks, broken glass and stones, a mob of residents torched his house at Kasturba Nagar in Jaripatka area. Investigations revealed that Akku was stabbed 73 times by the assailants after throwing chilli powder in his eyes.

Akku was a history-sheeter. A total of 26 criminal cases, including a gang rape, were registered against Akku and his accomplices since 1991. Prior to his murder, Akku was arrested 14 times. In 1999, he was detained for a year under the Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Slumlords, Boot-leggers, Drug Offenders and Dangerous Persons Act (MPDA) 1981. A preventive action under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was also initiated against him. Akku was externed from Nagpur City and district under the Bombay Police Act, 1951. However, he used to move freely in the city. Prior to his murder, Akku Yadav was taken into police custody. He was taken to court twice on August 8 and 10, 2004.

His victims had planned to eliminate him on August 10, 2004 when he was brought to the district court. Under the leadership of the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone II) Yashasvi Yadav, the cops foiled their plan. Bipin Balaghati, one of the accomplices of Akku, was caught when he tried to provide him a knife in a tiffin box.

On August 13, 2004, his victims succeeded in eliminating him when he was being taken to the Court No. 7 in Nyay Mandir premises by two unarmed constables.

Sadar Police had arrested 24 persons including Eknath Chauhan, Adv Vilas Bhande, Ajay Mohod, Sumedh Karwade, Dilip Shende, and Pankaj Bhagat under Sections 120(b), 121(A), 143, 147, 148, 349, 302, 353, 332, 326, 427 of the IPC. As Akku was killed in the Nyaya Mandir courtroom while in the custody of two police constables -- Damodar Choudhary and Ravindra Suryavanshi -- attached to Jaripatka Police Station, the investigations in the case were handed over to the State CID (Crime). After conducting the probe, the then Police Inspector (CID) Baban Porate filed the chargesheet on December 7, 2004. When the trials started, accused Ajay Mohod, Devangana Humne, and Anjana Borkar passed away.

Under the supervision of District Government Pleader Vijay Kolhe, Additional Public Prosecutor Ravindra Bhoyar represented State during the trials. Adv R K Tiwari and Adv Ashok Bhangde argued on behalf of the accused.

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Governor blasts officials over zudpi jungle issue stalling devpt

Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, who is on his maiden visit of Vidarbha, held a meeting of senior officers in the region and took stock of the progress of MIHAN and irrigation projects... Read More
Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, who is on his maiden visit of Vidarbha, held a meeting of senior officers in the region and took stock of the progress of MIHAN and irrigation projects, implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA). While reviewing irrigation development in the region, he lambasted the officials for keeping the zudpi jungle issue unresolved for years together as that resulted in stalling of development of forest-rich areas like Gadchiroli.

On the last day of his four-day tour of Vidarbha, Ch Vidyasagar Rao chaired a meeting of senior officers at Raj Bhavan on Friday morning. The officers present in the meeting apprised the Governor about various issues pertaining to Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), irrigation development, progress of Gosikhurd National (Irrigation) Project etc. After being briefed about status of MIHAN project, the Governor asked questions about power supply imbroglio in MIHAN area, investment climate, rehabilitation of the project-affected persons (PAPs). He asked the officials concerned to expedite the ambitious project that had the potential to boost Vidarbha’s development and growth.

The officials told the Governor that a toal of 2,352.35 hectares of land was available in SEZ and non-SEZ area. Of this, only 656.43 hectares was allotted to 74 units. A total of 593.58 hectares of land was non-disposable, and 1,102.33 hectares was balance. As far as status of the investment in MIHAN was concerned, MADC had invested Rs 1,414 crore, of which Rs 1,025 crore was invested in SEZ area. Investors had invested Rs 1,932 crore including Rs 1,127 crore in SEZ area. Abhijeet Group had invested Rs 1,550 crore, of which Rs 1,050 crore was in non-SEZ area. Thus, so far, MIHAN project has seen investment of Rs 4,896 crore.

Of a total 74 investors, 58 are in SEZ area and 16 in non-SEZ area. Of the total number of units, 18 have commenced construction, nine companies have started work in Central Facility Building, and 47 had not started work. As against the project direct employment of 1.20 lakh, the MIHAN project has generated 7,378 jobs till date. The officers informed the Governor that the process of land acquisition was not completed as some part of Jaitala, Shivangaon, Bhamti was yet to be acquired. Many of the PAPs had shifted to rehabilitation site at Khapri, the officers said.

During review of irrigation development of Vidarbha region, the officers of WRD said that many projects were held up due to zudpi jungle issue. WRD officers also demanded relaxation to Gadchiroli district from the provisions of the Forest Conservation Act.

Further, they also apprised the Governor of vacancies in WRD. They informed him that VIDC had already submitted 73 proposals for revised administrative approvals worth balance cost of Rs 1,244 crore to State Government. If these proposals are cleared, as much of 46,250 hectares of balance irrigation potential will be created. Further, a total of 2,476 proposals required 23,195 hectares of land.

The Governor also reviewed implementation of provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) and asked the officials to ensure strict implementation of the law. The officials concerned informed Ch Vidyasagar Rao that 34,322 individual forest titles were distributed under Forest Rights Act in Nagpur Division. These titles involved 86,128.31 acres of land. Besides, a total of 1,610 community forest rights titles were distributed for 5,23,825.75 acres in six districts of Nagpur Division.

Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; R M Chavan, Chief Engineer of Water Resources Department (WRD); R B Shukla, Executive Director of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC); officers of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC); Forest Department; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur; Prakash Urade, Superintending Engineer of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) were present in the meeting.

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It’s a testing time for Devendra, says wife Amruta

In a candid chat with Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ‘The Hitavada’ got to know the “Mrs CM”. Other than being the CM’s wife, she is a mother and a successfu... Read More
In a candid chat with Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, ‘The Hitavada’ got to know the “Mrs CM”. Other than being the CM’s wife, she is a mother and a successful banker - Associate Vice-President of Axis Bank in Nagpur. Excerpts of the interview:

Q: How do you and the Chief Minister feel about the grand reception received on Devendra’s arrival to the city?

A: It was an overwhelming experience. I realized how much people love Devendra. Their affection was genuine. Happiness was definitely there. Because people have loved and believed in him so much, voted for him, given him this position, even his party senior leaders also… it’s love of people, each BJP activist up to the top senior leaders … so it’s a feeling of responsibility that they have so much faith in him and so many expectations. He has to fulfill them. So, it’s a testing time for him. I have full confidence that Devendra will be able to meet the expectations of the people.

Q: As a voter from Nagpur, what do you want the CM to do for your city?

A: Vidarbha farmers are committing suicides. So a plan of action is needed to improve their condition. Second is the infrastructure. Bringing industries to Nagpur. MIHAN, and other projects that have not taken off. He is already working on it. Women’s safety is also important.

Q: Tell us more about yourself – you as a banker, mother, wife etc?

A: As a banker, I’m totally professional. I keep my personal and professional life separate. As a mother, like any other mother – I dote and care for my daughter. And as a wife (laughs…) I’m very patient and keep less expectations because of the kind of good work he is doing.

Q: Tell us more about your background? Where did you study? What are your interests?

A: My parents are both doctors and stay in Sadar. I’ve done my schooling from St. Joseph Convent. Then I did my MBA and then Taxation Laws from Symbiosis, Pune. I’m really passionate about music, singing. I like songs of all kinds, especially ghazals, bhajans, light classical music.

Q: When did you first hear Devendra’s name?

A: I was an apolitical person. I first voted at the age of 30, after marriage. So, even though I had heard his name as he was famous, I didn’t follow politics. I stayed in my own world, my own friends, my college, my music, and then my job. I used to read business newspapers and focused mainly on financial news. In my banking job I was working for 11 to 12 hours at UTI bank. I used to go at 9-9.30 am and come back by 8.30-9 pm. So, there was hardly any time to follow anything else. Nowadays, the young people are very aware. Some years back they were not … as I was not much aware.

So, when our mothers met and came up with this marriage proposal, I actually got to know the real Devendra (smiles…).

Q: Do you and Devendra discuss Nagpur’s development? Do you discuss politics?

A: I receive a lot of feedback from people as I’m into banking. I meet many HNI’s (High-net-worth individual) or knowledgeable people daily. I do discuss things with them. I do ask Devendra why can’t this be done, or why a particular thing is being done this way. He is a ‘Diggaj’ (stalwart). So I don’t need to tell him much. In fact, I learn a lot from him.

Q: Will you and your family miss the liberties of a common man?

A: (Laughs…) I’ll take the security men with me for eating out and will ensure they eat too. I’ll take them for movies. In fact I’m going out for dinner now with my friend Rani Dev.

Q: Anything that you’ll miss as a CM’s wife?

A: Nothing. It’s such a big responsibility and such a big achievement that these are very small things.

Q: Will your relation with your friends, colleagues, relatives change?

A: My real friends still talk to me in a ‘tu-takadi’ (informal) manner, just like before. Nothing has changed.

Q: Will you and your daughter Divija stay in Mumbai now?

A: Yes.

Q: With your banking job and now as the CM’s wife, will you get stressed?

A: It will require more time management. Stress won’t increase, as many positive things happen too. Devendra also works very hard. So if he isn’t stressed, and he is happy, I’m happy.

Q: Should a CM’s wife work?

A: Presently, I’ll be working, as I think I’ll balance my banking profession and my role as CM’s wife. If I am not able to balance my roles later… I’ll check it out. As of now, I’ll be working. I’ve been working with Axis bank since 12 years.

Q: Will security issues interfere with your work in the bank?

A: (Smiles…) It may interfere with my work, though I don’t think it’ll be much of a problem. My colleagues may feel that should they ask the ‘Mrs CM’ to do work. But my request to everyone is to treat me as normally as possible. Same way I want my daughter to be treated.

Q: Do you think Divija can one day become a politician like her father?

A: Can’t say, because today’s children are very much aware and they take their own decisions. This issue has not yet been explored as my daughter is just 5-years-old.

Q: Tell us more about your daughter Divija?

A: She is a very happy-go-lucky kid. And she has a natural ‘cultured’ nature. She will always take care that if her father is resting, she will not make noise. Or, if I come home, she will offer me water. She’ll say ‘Mama sit, what will you take’. She is a very understanding and caring kid.

Q: Do you find any major change in perspective of people about you in last one month?

A: Media exposure. Now everyone wants my reaction.

Q: What kind of food, clothing do you like? Which dish made by you does Devendra like?

A: I like healthy food. Paneer is one of my all-time favourites. Also, I like to wear any smart and comfortable outfit. I had made ‘gola bhaat and basil-tomato pasta’ for Devendra. He ate it happily.

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Govt names high-power panel to probe ULC allotments

Maharashtra Government has constituted a high-level panel headed by Chief Secretary to decide fate of surplus land allotted under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to co-operative housing societies ... Read More
Maharashtra Government has constituted a high-level panel headed by Chief Secretary to decide fate of surplus land allotted under Urban Land Ceiling (ULC) Act to co-operative housing societies in Nagpur.

The committee also has Principal Secretaries of Revenue, Urban Development, Law and Judiciary and Finance Departments, Director of Municipal Administration, and Divisional Commissioner as members.

The committee has been constituted pursuant to orders of High Court in a bunch of five petitions challenging cancellation of land allotted to them following report of one-man committee headed by Justice (retd) R k Batta.

Five societies- Magaswargiya Beghar Mahila Gruha Nirman Sahakari Sanstha Ltd., Nagpur and some of its members, Lohar Samaj Sanghatana (Maharashtra) Nagpur, Nagpur Mahila Gruha Nirman Sahakari Sanstha, Maharashtra Khatik Samaj Vikas Sanghatana, Nagpur, have challenged the decision taken by cancelling allotment of lands following Batta Committee report.

Common grievance of the petitioners was that they were neither given any notice nor granted hearing either by the One Man Committee in the inquiry conducted by it nor they were given any notice or hearing by the State Government before taking the decision of cancelling the allotments. According to the petitioners, the observations made by Justice Batta Committee were not correct as all the relevant documents were not placed on the record of the Committee.

The petitioners have submitted that the Committee has observed in some cases that there was no notification under Section 10(3) and under Section 10(5) of the Act of 1976 and, therefore, the allotments were illegal. The petitioners pointed out from the record that the notifications under Section 10(3) and Section 10(5) of the Act of 1976 had been issued and the allotments are done properly according to the statutory provisions. Even observations that the allotments were made without taking possession of the lands which according to the petitioners, were also not correct inasmuch as the possession of the lands were taken and the possession receipts were placed on record in the writ petitions.

The High Court division bench consisting of Justice A.P.Bhangale and Justice Z.A.Haq while allowing all the five writ petitions had quashed and set aside the impugned orders passed by the Collector in their respective cases and through a common judgment directed the State Govt. to appoint a High Power Committee to examine the legality and validity of allotment of the surplus lands to the petitioners.

Person whose civil rights are adversely affected is entitled for putting up his case and the State Government is under an obligation to comply with the requirements of the principles of natural justice, the High Court observed.

The Committee has been asked to take into consideration the relevant observations given by the One Man Committee in the report submitted by it to the State Govt. The petitioners have been asked to submit exhaustive representations for consideration of the Committee. Feeling the need to give personal hearing, the Committee will be able to do that through nominated officer. This Committee will have to complete its assignment in two months.

It may be recalled that High Court on June 7, 2006 had constituted Justice (retd) Batta panel to examine legality and validity of the surplus lands under ULC allotted to various individuals and institutions. The allegations were that 715 hectors of ULC land was distributed at the whims of the authorities and only to politically influential individuals and their institutions. Pursuant to the observations of the One Man Committee, the State Government has issued the orders cancelling the allotments of lands.

The High Court observed that the allotment of lands by the State as per the legitimate expectation of the citizens must be honest, impartial and not under dictate of self-serving individuals. The State property cannot be distributed at will in unfair and unjust manner without following due process of law and asked the new panel to reconsider allotment in the backdrop of Batta panel recommendations and documents placed on record.

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GMCH Dean gives up official car to revive abandoned ambulance

When there is mad scramble among government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, a high-ranking administrator has decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so as t... Read More
When there is mad scramble among government officials to use swanky cars at public expense, a high-ranking administrator has decided to set an example by giving up the official vehicle, so as to use the entire fuel cost to run an abandoned Medical Ambulance.

The ambulance was not in use due to paucity of funds to meet the fuel expenses. Now, this ambulance will be used to transport needy patients of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Taken aback by this sorry state of affairs and instead of waiting for additional government funds, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dean Dr Abhimanyu Niswade decided to divert fuel funds received by him for his own official car for the said ambulance.

As a result, he has decided to use his personal car and bear the burden of fuel, so that the official allowance of fuel can be diverted for the vehicle to be used for patients' transport.

Since there was no official ambulance available in the sprawling GMCH premises, number of private vehicles and ambulances had started occupying most of the space outside the hospital illegally. These ambulances were playing with the lives of patients and also supplying patients to private hospitals by feeding wrong inputs to patients and their relatives.

Considering the patient's condition and reviewing situation that the private ambulances were taking the patients to private hospitals, Dr Niswade decided to crack the whip and stop this illegal practice and immediately asked the ambulances to move away from the OPD of GMCH. Now the area has become free of private ambulances.

When patient approaches Outpatient Department (OPD) and asked to go for various investigations either in GMCH or Super Speciality Hospital, most of the patients are unable to find any credible transportation facility and are fleeced even by private transport facilities like auto. Most of the time poor patients come from outside Nagpur or from a distant area and these patients can not afford transport to the investigation destination or to Super Speciality Hospital.

"Considering this problem, I have decided to plan for proper transportation which will be free of cost. We have old ambulance which we will be repairing. This big ambulance will take patients to and fro at various time intervals from 9 am to 1 pm. One Aarogyamitra of Rajiv Gandhi Jivandayi Yojna will note down the details of the patients and co-ordinate their transportation requirement. This will save the patients' sufferings," said Dr Niswade. This, according to him, will save the money spent on fuel. This amount of money will be diverted for the maintenance of this transport vehicle.

No entry for late-comers at GMCH

Medical staff including doctors, residents, nurse, interns have to be in time in GMCH as Dean Dr Niswade has asked the security to lock the door at 9.30 am. near Ward number 5 from where the staff enters. Earlier the timings were followed only in breach. Once the staff enters he or she can not return till 1 pm. This has brought discipline in GMCH.

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Governor arrives on his maiden tour of Vidarbha

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao arrived in the city on Tuesday night, on his four-day maiden tour of Vidarbha region till November 7. During his tour, the Governor will be visiting Nagpur,... Read More
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao arrived in the city on Tuesday night, on his four-day maiden tour of Vidarbha region till November 7. During his tour, the Governor will be visiting Nagpur, Amravati, and Gadchiroli districts.

Pravin Datke, Mayor, welcomed the Governor on the latter's arrival at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, also welcomed the Governor with a bouquet. K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police; Ravindra Kadam, Special Inspector General of Police; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad, and other officers also were present on this occasion. After reception, the Governor proceeded straight to Raj Bhavan, where he would take a night halt.

As per the official itinerary, Ch Vidyasagar Rao will leave for Amravati at 9.20 AM on Wednesday. There, he will grace the inaugural function of 12th Maharashtra State Inter-University Cultural Festival 'Indradhanushya-2014' hosted by Sant Gadgebaba Amravati University at 10 AM. Later, he will leave for Dharni, where he will visit anganwadi, Public Health Centre and Dharni Rural Hospital. The Governor will attend the inaugural function of new building of Agriculture Technical School of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth at 12.15 PM and will interact with Government officials at Government Rest House, Dharni at 3.15 PM. Rao will return to Nagpur at 5 PM and take a halt at Raj Bhavan.

On November 6, the Governor will proceed to Gadchiroli by helicopter at 10 AM and visit Agarbatti (incense sticks) manufacturing unit and Community Forest Right village Gothangaon in Kurkheda tehsil of Gadchiroli district. At 11.45 AM, Rao will visit Hasta-Kala Kendra (ITI) Gadchiroli and at 12.30 PM, he will visit English Ashram School. Later, he will interact with officials at Collectorate in Gadchiroli at 2 PM. He will return to Nagpur for night stay.

On November 7, Ch Vidyasagar Rao will leave for Ramtek at 10.20 AM and will attend foundation stone laying programme of Convocation Hall during his visit to Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek at 10.45 AM. At 12 noon, he will unveil the statue of late V Rajeshwara Rao, Founder Chairman, Vodithala Education Society at Kavikulguru Institute of Technology and Science, Ramtek. Rao will return to Nagpur at 2.10 PM and will leave for Mumbai by a flight at 5.10 PM.

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NMC to demand bail-out package from State Govt

Instead of taking fresh loan from banks and financial institutions, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to seek a comprehensive bail-out package from new Government in Maharashtra. C... Read More
Instead of taking fresh loan from banks and financial institutions, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to seek a comprehensive bail-out package from new Government in Maharashtra. Cash strapped local body will demand financial assistance of at least Rs 200 crore from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led State Government. The meeting of NMC office bearers with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to be held on November 10 at Mumbai to sort out problems related to local body.

In a primary meeting held on Monday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took review of pending problems related to local body and assured Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane to organise meeting at Mumbai. As MLA Fadnavis had followed up the pending issues of NMC with State Government and had relentlessly pursued the issue with last Government. The meeting is expected to provide solutions to long pendings issues of Nagpur city and in view of winter session, many stalled developmental works will get financial allocations.

Mayor Pravin Datke informed The Hitavada that the financial condition of local body is in shambles. After enforcement of Local Body Tax (LBT) in municipal corporations, the revenue dropped by whopping Rs 250 crores. Democratic Front Government had sanctioned Rs 200 crore loan proposal of the NMC before demitting office. The local body had called expression of interest (EoI) from the banks for providing loans to it. A leading bank is ready to provide loan at 10 per interest to NMC but in present financial condition, it could not pay the installment to the banks.

However, the local body will not go with this proposal and instead of obtaining loan from banks, they will ask financial assistance from the Government. If Government does not provide financial assistance, then they will demand interest free loan from the State Government. It may be mentioned that local body had obtained loan of Rs 300 crore from various agencies during last 10 years. The NMC obtained Rs 65 crore from Maharashtra Jivan Pradhikaran (MJP) while Rs 23.61 crore from LIC. The local body also obtained loan of Rs 200 crore from Bank of Maharashtra for Pench-IV Phase-I, and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects. The NMC had paid Rs 28.57 crore as principal amount and Rs 28 crore as loan interest. The local body will have to pay remaining amount of Rs 231 crore to various agencies. During adverse financial condition, it is not advisable for the NMC to obtain additional loan amount from the open market. Therefore, civic body is mulling proposal to avail interest free loan from the State Government.

The issue of bad condition of road will also be discussed in the meeting with Chief Minister. The local body does not have sufficient funds for resurfacing of IRDP roads therefore, NMC wants funds from the Government. During last year's flood, all the roads were badly affected and State Government did not release any fund for the repair works. The financial contribution of the State Government on JNNURM funds is pending and satisfactory solution of denotifying no shopping frontage on 24 roads is also pending with the State Government. On all these issues, the Administration is preparing a detailed note for the meeting.

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CCB sleuths nab two with illegal firearms

Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Sunday morning nabbed two with illegal firearms. CCB sleuths claimed that the arrested duo was working on plan of loot.

It happened on Sunday morning, when C... Read More
Central Crime Branch (CCB) on Sunday morning nabbed two with illegal firearms. CCB sleuths claimed that the arrested duo was working on plan of loot.

It happened on Sunday morning, when CCB personnel got tip-off about the two men planning to carryout robbery at Silyari while they were on patrolling. Natives of Jharkhand, accused duo Sandeep Sinha (29) and Anmol Prakash Minj (25) were chalking out a plan to carry out a heist or robbery, when they were surrounded and subsequently nabbed by the CCB.

As the CCB inspected their room, they found an illegal pistol with four live bullets, which the accused duo has claimed to be bought from Jharkhand for Rs 25000. Duo hasn’t yet revealed the specifics of their scheme. Police informed that both the accused were currently living in a rental house.

Entire action was carried out under the able guidance of CCB Inspector In-charge Sanjay Singh by Khamtarai Beat.

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Higher Edn still a distant dream for many

Believe it or not but only 11.8% youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years across the Chhattisgarh get a chance to fulfill their higher education goals as only this rate of students who hav... Read More
Believe it or not but only 11.8% youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years across the Chhattisgarh get a chance to fulfill their higher education goals as only this rate of students who have completed their pre-university or class 12th examination join college for pursuing undergraduate degree or diploma courses in different streams. Among all states and union territories of the nation, Chhattisgarh stands on 30th position with 11.8 Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education of various mediums. It has been found much lower than national GER of 21.1.

As per the data of Higher Education Status of India for year 2013 by Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC), only 2.93 lakh of the 24.88 lakh youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years at state go on to join college or any other higher educational institute. The collected Gross Enrollment Ratio for 2013 specifies that 88.2% of the young populations in Chhattisgarh are outside the purview of higher education. In terms of girls, the GER in state is worst amongst all states of the nation as it was reported only 9.1% in 2013. Out of 2.93 lakh enrolled students in higher education, 1.56 were received their education in 260 affiliated government higher educational institutions whereas remaining 1.37 students got their education in 304 (240-private unaided and 64-private aided) private institutes of both aided and unaided ones.

Out of the 19 universities (1-central one, 1-institute of national importance, 11-state ones and 5-private ones), Indira Music and Fine Arts University Khairagarh recorded the maximum GER of 14.1% in state universities while Bastar University saw the lowest GER with 9.2%.

In terms of the number of colleges per lakh population for youths of 18 to 23 years age group, Chhatisgarh performed poorly amongst all other states and union territories of the nation. The report revealed that there were only 19 colleges per lakh population, lowest than neighbouring states such as Maharashtra (35 per lakh population), undivided Andhra Pradesh (48), Madhya Pradesh (26) and Odisha (23). The saddest part is that small states like Mizoram (25), Meghalaya (22), Nagaland (23), Uttarakhand (32) and Pondicherry (61) performed better than Chhattisgarh.

Among all universities, once again Indira Music and Fine Arts University topped in terms of enrollment with 556 per college followed by Ayush Health University (554 students per college) and Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (540 students/college). Of all streams, Arts holds the sway in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses of all universities in the state followed by commerce, science, engineering, education, medicine and agriculture. The less favoured course is veterinary science and music.

In research works too, students of both genders did not enroll much in the state as compared to other students. In both PhD and M Phil universities of the state saw a very poor enrollment of both male and female students.

Dr. Mahesh Chandra Sharma, Higher Educationist and Principal of Indira Government College of Arts, Commerce and Science stated that low GER of state is due to financial problems and unawareness about the utility of higher education. There is always one things remain in mindset of the people in state is job and if anyone get job with decent salary on the basis of his secondary education and some integrated courses, then most of them skip their higher education, he added.

Dr. PS Choudhary, Retired University Reader said for rising enrollment of students in higher education, higher education department has to take some strong measures.

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‘Farmers’ resentment in Chhattisgarh will be discussed with Party President’

The issue of new paddy procurement policy of Chhattisgarh government which has been the cause of resentment among farmers as reported of late, will be discussed with Bharatiya Janata Party Nation... Read More
The issue of new paddy procurement policy of Chhattisgarh government which has been the cause of resentment among farmers as reported of late, will be discussed with Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah, stated Dr Laxmikant Bajpai, State President of Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh. He said after holding a formal discussion with Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on the issue he will take up the matter with the BJP national leadership. He added that on reaching Raipur on Saturday evening, the issue had come to his knowledge during discussion with local party workers and office-bearers of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Dr Laxmikant Bajpai, later formally inaugurated the BJP Digital (online) Membership drive at Ekatma Parisar, the regional party head quarters. While inaugurating the drive he observed that the digital membership drive is a step ahead towards making Congress-free India. He added that in near future, the BJP will become world’s largest political party with maximum number of members/cadres, through this initiative.

Earlier talking to the media persons at Raipur Press Club during a Meet the Press programme, the UP BJP President said this was his maiden visit to Chhattisgarh and during his stay here, he observed that it is a peaceful State. He said, State has only one problem which will be solved soon with policies introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Centre and implemented in the state by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.

Answering a query raised by media persons, Dr Bajpai said the BJP is highlighting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel because his message and initiatives has become relevant in today’s scenario. The Congress had kept in dark the person, who had given us the united India. He said Sardar Patel had taken initiative towards bringing national integrity, developing the cooperative sector by initiating cooperative movement and initiatives for the betterment and upliftment of farmers.

Asserting that Uttar Pradesh is presently dwelling with hardships as the incumbent state government led by Samajwadi Party has failed on all counts, Dr Bajpai said law and order situation has collapsed, power situation is at its worst, farmers are suffering, etc.

He said the state will be going into Assembly elections before the stipulated time. Elections are due in 2017 in Uttar Pradesh but given the current situation, the elections can take place anytime next year. He however added that the BJP will neither invoke the provisions laid under Article 356 nor any initiative will take place towards pulling down the government by horse-trading. The government will fall due to its own deeds. Dr Laxmikant Bajpai is a four times MLA from Meerut. He was minister of state for animal husbandry and dairy development in the BJP government in 2002-03. Experts believe that if given a free hand Bajpai on account of his clean image, effective management and contact with workers will lead BJP to regain its lost glory in Uttar Pradesh. The organizational and political skills of Dr Laxmikant Bajpai worked well for the BJP when the party bagged 71 out of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in the General elections 2014, which is by far its best total. Later addressing the party workers in Ekatma Parisar, Dr Bajpai gave several tips for winning elections. He said strong organization at the booth level will take the party to new heights of success. Party is like a mother to the party workers and many a times a mother takes strong decisions for the benefits of wards but it is end result which counts. He urged the workers to work for the benefit of party.

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Ramadutt Joshi flays Jury for being partial to artists

Cultural organisation, Chhattisgarh Lok Kalakar Sangh (CLKS) have expressed resentment on the State Government for partial behaviour towards Artists who have been given away the Dau Mandraji Samm... Read More
Cultural organisation, Chhattisgarh Lok Kalakar Sangh (CLKS) have expressed resentment on the State Government for partial behaviour towards Artists who have been given away the Dau Mandraji Samman during the inaugural ceremony of Rajyotsav on Saturday evening.

Addressing a press conference at Raipur Press Club, Ramadutt Joshi, a folk singer as also CLKS’ President said, the award have been accorded to persons who are new to the field at a time when senior Nacha Artist Toran Sahu had also applied for the same.

“It is unfortunate that Sahu’s name was rejected by the jury. We oppose as it is a mark of disrespect towards the senior artist who have devoted his entire life for the enrichment of the State’s culture and tradition,” she added.

It needs to be mentioned here that the State Culture Department had bestowed Dau Mandaraji Samman to Anup Ranjan Pandey and LP Goswami for their contribution in the field of folk art. Joshi further maintained that Sahu is associated with the Nacha and Gammat since the past 5 decades and even did not think about monetary gains. “He devoted his life for the folk and this is what the Government has done. We highly oppose the decision of the jury, which has shown biased behaviour in selection,” she said. Toranlal Sahu, who was also present during the occasion, said that he had applied three times for the award; in the year 2010, 2012 and 2014 but his application was rejected. Prabhadutt Joshi, Dr Rekha Devi and Yogesh Tiwari were also present during the occasion.

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Visitors’ massive response to stall showing State’s visionary move towards devpt: Rajyotsav

On the occasion of 14th Foundation of Chhattisgarh State, the expo depicting the achievements and schemes of Panchayat and Rural Development Department at the Rajyotsava 2014 celebrations bein... Read More
On the occasion of 14th Foundation of Chhattisgarh State, the expo depicting the achievements and schemes of Panchayat and Rural Development Department at the Rajyotsava 2014 celebrations being held at Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Industries and Business Annex at village Tuta in Naya Raipur is getting the best response amongst other stalls. Particularly, the stall in the expo depicting the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (MP Model Village Scheme), wherein, the proposed development of villages like model schools and other facilities has become an attraction for the public representatives, villagers, school children, etc.

The model which depicts well planned village with planned habitat, concrete roads, greenery, sanitation and drainage facility, power, pucca roads, row houses for villagers, government housing, offices, etc. After seeing the model, every public representative from villages visiting the expo is dreaming in converting his village into a model village. Apart from the model of MP Model Village Scheme, other schemes of state government being implemented by the department were also show cased.

On the initiative of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the department has planned to select such villages under the scheme which are situated in far flung areas and are generally cut-off from the mainstream.

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Dress Code to be implemented in ordnance factories

There is another ray of hope for the employees of ordnance factories to get corporate look with the implementation of dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata is all set for implementing dre... Read More
There is another ray of hope for the employees of ordnance factories to get corporate look with the implementation of dress code. Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata is all set for implementing dress code for officers and employees in all the ordnance factories in the country. The preparations for implementing dress code are underway and expected to come in force in coming months.

It may be mentioned a proposal for implementing dress code for officers and employees in ordnance factories was on cards since long years. Taking positive note on the proposal, the Deputy Director General (Industrial Relations), Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata indicated the implementation of project to bring uniformity amongst officers and employees of ordnance factories.

Chairman of Ordnance Factories, M C Bansal, during his recent visit, informed that the proposal for implementing dress code in ordnance factories is on cards since long years. The responsibility of designing and production of uniforms was handed over to Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi. The project has been delayed as the clothing factory expressed its helplessness in weaving of grand stock of cloths while Ordnance Equipment Factory also denied for stitching of more than one lakh uniforms. Now with a fresh development into the project, Deputy Director General of Industrial Relations has decided that the Ordnance Clothing Factory, Awadi will procure the cloth through tender process from open market for distribution to all the factories. The piece of clothes will be distributed amongst employees for stitching and its expenditure will be reimbursed by the factory. Once the dress code will be implemented, more than one lakh officers and employees in 41 ordnance factories in the country will get outfit of ‘Sky Blue Shirt’ and ‘Grey Pent’ as factories uniform as decided by a committee with the consent of employees’ unions and associations. The uniform will also have two logos of Ordnance Factory Board, Kolkata and concerned ordnance factory while a badge of ticket number and name of employee. According to the information, every officer and employee will be given five sets of uniforms which will be compulsory while working in the ordnance factories.

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NUMM Yuva Prakost raises questions on disposal of E Waste, Medical Waste

Nagrik Upbhogkta Margdarshk Manch Yuva Prakost(NUMMYP)in letter to Prime Minister,Narendra Modi raised question what is significance of organising Swachh Bharat Abiyaan without taking proper measur... Read More
Nagrik Upbhogkta Margdarshk Manch Yuva Prakost(NUMMYP)in letter to Prime Minister,Narendra Modi raised question what is significance of organising Swachh Bharat Abiyaan without taking proper measures for disposal of Plastic waste, E Waste, Medical Waste, Human Organs waste causing major part of land and water pollution.

NUMMYP said how is it possible to keep our environment with organising cleanliness drive or sweeping the road with broom. NUMMYP president, Manish Sharma said according to the information collected from the various means thousand tones of E Waste, Plastic waste are coming out every month but in the whole campaign, Government does not come with action plan for the disposal of E waste, Plastic waste, which is matter of concern.

Only 15,881 tons of Municipal Solid waste has been disposed out of 1,27,486 tons produced every months, beside their only 1,10,000 E waste disposed out of 7,13,700 ton produced every month, 2,91,983 bio medical waste disposed out of 10,12,700 ton produced every month, beside this only 2,09,210 tonne of plastic waste disposed out of 10,27,000 ton produced every month. He said Scientist says that metal like Arsenic, Cobalt, Radium, Nickle, Chromium found the abovementioned waste is causing serious threat to the aquatic animal and environment. Rani Jaiswal, Beena Singh, Shewta Jhariya and others member of NUMMYP said Government is interest to follw the rules and regulation like Plastic Waste, Management Rule 2011, E Waste Management Rule 2012, Medical Waste Rules 2009 and Solid Waste Management Rule 2010 environment protection act 1986

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Two thieves nabbed with stolen booty

Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending two thieves and retrieved stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them.

The accused have been identified as Wilson Dumar (28), son of Bh... Read More
Ghamapur police succeeded in apprehending two thieves and retrieved stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them.

The accused have been identified as Wilson Dumar (28), son of Bhagwandeen Dumar, a resident of Loli Mohalla in Ghamapur and Jitendra Dumar (28), son of Ramdas Dumar, a resident of Loli Mohalla in Ghamapur.

SHO of Ghamapur police station, Sushil Singh Chouhan informed that, on October 19, Lakhan Rajput, a resident of Siddha Baba area lodged a complaint that unidentified person break-in his house and burgled jewelleries and two old mobile handsets.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team started search for unidentified thieves and detained some suspected men for investigation into the case. In the interrogation, two suspected men Wilson and Jitendra confessed the theft at house of Lakhan Rajput.

On their identification, police team retrieved the stolen jewelleries amounting to Rs One lakh from them while further investigations are underway for disclosing more theft incidents by the thieves.

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Unidentified miscreants create ruckus in Civic Centre area

Unidentified miscreants created ruckus in Civic Centre area in the intervening night of Saturday – Sunday and pelted stones on shops and parked vehicles. Several vehicles were damaged in ston... Read More
Unidentified miscreants created ruckus in Civic Centre area in the intervening night of Saturday – Sunday and pelted stones on shops and parked vehicles. Several vehicles were damaged in stone pelting at Press Complex, Marhatal, Civic Centre, Ganjipura and Srinath Ki Tallayya areas.

It was not the first time that miscreants created panic in the city area as same kind of incidents were reported in regular intervals at different areas of the city. Even after registering complaints, police are yet to take action against unwanted bikers who are habitual of streaming throughout the city during night hours and created ruckus in the city.

According to police, Raju Vishwakarma, owner of Vishwakarma Travels lodged a complaint that unidentified persons pelted stones on vehicles and damaged glasses of vehicles numbered MP-20T-5586 and MP-20CE-0975. Similarly, owner of Rajlaxmi Saree Centre informed that his car was parked at Press Complex in Civic Centre area and its back side glasses were broken by unidentified persons. Other persons including Nissar Ali’s car numbered MP-20PA-5539, Muin Khan’s car numbered MP-20-7849, Indica vista car numbered mp-20CD-3767 and several other vehicles were damaged due to stone pelting.

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Investigation into case of phone call of Energy Secy to MP Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Co Ltd officers begins

Police Cyber Cell started investigation on the case of phone call of Energy Secretary to the officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited directing them for depositing c... Read More
Police Cyber Cell started investigation on the case of phone call of Energy Secretary to the officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorv Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited directing them for depositing cash of Rs 2 lakh in a bank account. Cyber cell experts are trying to trap the unidentified accused through mobile and bank account numbers.

It may be mentioned that R K Sthapak, Superintendent Engineer, City Circle Jabalpur, on November 1, lodged a complaint at Omti police station that unidentified person posing himself as Energy Secretary, ICP Keshri phoned him on official cellular number and directed for depositing Rs 2 lakh in a bank account for treatment of his relative. Sthapak tried to call back the unidentified man on the same mobile number but his call could not be received. He held doubt and lodged a complaint at Omti police station.

Receiving the information, police registered a case against unidentified man under section 419, 420 and 511 of the IPC and relevant sections of IT Act and started investigation into the case. Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East), informed that the Cyber Cell officers have started investigation into the case for trapping the accused on the basis of mobile number and bank account number. Investigation team is optimistic for soon apprehending the accused.

Investigating the case, police learnt that some other officers of Madhya Pradesh Poorva Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited received the same phone call and were directed for depositing Rs. 2 lakh in a bank account. The other officers who were contacted in the name of Energy Secretary included Additional Secretary, PK Sinha, Superintendent Engineer (Vigilance), Ashok Nikose, Superintendent Engineer (Purchase), NK Jain, Executive Engineer, SK Giriya, Superintendent Engineer (Mandla), Ashok Dhurve, Superintendent Engineer (Katni), LP Khatik, Superintendent Engineer (Chhindwara), Prahlad Gupta and others. One of the officers, SE (Chhindwara), Prahlad Gupta was convinced with the duper and deposited the amount in said bank account. When he received the information of forge call, he immediately contacted the concerned bank branch and stopped the transfer of payment.

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SEC declares programme of general elections to urban bodies-2014

State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has released programme of general elections of urban bodies-2014. Polling will be held in 2 phases - on November 28 and December 2. Counting of votes for... Read More
State Election Commissioner R Parasuram has released programme of general elections of urban bodies-2014. Polling will be held in 2 phases - on November 28 and December 2. Counting of votes for first phase polling will be held on December 4 and second phase polling on December 6. Parasuram informed that model code of conduct has come into force in concerned areas, where elections are to be held.

Parasuram informed that notification will be published and filing of nominations will begin on November 5 from 10.30 am. The same day, notification regarding reservation will be issued and lists of polling booths released.

November 12 till 3 pm is the last date for receipt of nominations. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 13 and can be withdrawn till November 15. The same day, election symbols will be allotted to candidates. Polling for the first phase will be held on November 28 and second phase on December 2. Polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes for first phase polling will be held on December 4 and second phase counting on December 6 from 9 am.Parasuram informed that elections of 136 urban bodies will be held in the first phase, including 10 municipal corporations, 26 Nagar Palika Parishads and 100 Nagar Parishads. In the second phase, elections of 144 urban bodies will be held, including one municipal corporation, 38 Nagar Palika Parishads and 105 Nagar Parishads. Number of wards is 2,619 and polling booths 7,754 in the first phase in which 60,68,882 voters will cast their votes, including 31,94,428 males, 28,74,180 females and 274 others. Number of wards in the second phase is 2,496 and polling booths 3,395 in which 29,31,691 voters will cast their votes, including 15,33,045 males, 13,98,502 females and 144 others.

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Civic body elections announced, Code of Conduct implemented

Code of conduct for the upcoming civic body elections has been implemented throughout the State from Sunday, after the State Election Commission announced the civic body elections to be held in t... Read More
Code of conduct for the upcoming civic body elections has been implemented throughout the State from Sunday, after the State Election Commission announced the civic body elections to be held in the month of November and December. During a press conference, R Parsuram, State Election Commissioner informed the media that the elections will be held in 280 civic bodies out of the total 378 civic bodies in State.

Parsuram said that matters pertaining to the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) and Chhindwara Municipal Corporation (CMC) are pending in the High Court. Therefore, elections to these civic bodies will be announced at a later stage. This year, for organising the civic body election, 11,365 polling centres will be formed in which 85,24,687 electorate will be voting to choose their representatives. It is worth mentioning that the elections are scheduled to be held over 571 wards of 280 civic bodies. Elections will be held in the Municipal Corporations of Indore, Gwalior, Sagar, Burhanpur, Satna, Rewa, Singrauli, Katni, Dewas, Khandwa and Ratlam. Talking to media, Parsuram informed that for the first time, picture voter list will be put to use in State that will be having pictures of each member of the electorate along with his details. This new system is being introduced to bring transparency in the voting procedure and will be accurately monitored. To organise the elections smoothly, special directions have been issued to district collectors to arrange for all the essentials required at the polling booths in their areas.

State Election Commission has devised new ways to monitor the electoral procedure, multi-post Electronic Voting machines (EVM), which are being used for the first time in the State for these civic body elections. These EVMs have been fitted with tracking software to know their exact location. This will help in easy monitoring of the EVM by the State Election Commission. Another prominent feature that will be seen by the voters in this year’s civic body elections will be the presence of None Of The Above (NOTA) button on the EVM for all the posts in the elections.

The elections will be held under the supervision of 1,000 nodal officers along with 1,500 police officers. 1,400 officials will be posted in strong room to monitor the elections while a massive police force of 18000 will guard the entire process.

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25-year-old married woman dies of burns during treatment

After struggling for life during treatment for seven days, a25-year-old married woman succumbed to the injuries here on Sunday. The women sustained injuries when accidentally she caught fire whil... Read More
After struggling for life during treatment for seven days, a25-year-old married woman succumbed to the injuries here on Sunday. The women sustained injuries when accidentally she caught fire while cooking at her house in Phuta Makbara locality under Hanumanganj police station. According to police, Kalpana Raikwar, 25, wife of Anil Raikwar, was a resident of Phuta Makbara locality in old city. On September 25, the woman set on fire accidentally while cooking at her home. Victim was admitted in Hamidia Hospital’s burn unit for treatment. In the initial investigation, accident seems to be the cause of burn injuries. Reportedly, the victim in her statement to police had told the incident was an accident. But police have not completely ruled out any foul play and investigating the reason of burn injuries. Police are questioning victim’s husband and in-laws in the matter. After the victim’s death on Sunday, police were informed, who sent the body for post-mortem. Police have registered a case under section 174 of CrPC and have initiated investigation in the matter.

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First in country: A school for children of labourers

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that contribution of labourers was significant in the development of the State and country. “State Government has implemented a number of schemes... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that contribution of labourers was significant in the development of the State and country. “State Government has implemented a number of schemes to bring about positive changes in living standard of labourers.” He was addressing foundation laying ceremony of Shramoday School for labourers’ children at village Mugaliya Chhap here on Sunday. The Rs 30 crore residential school will be first in the country for children of labourers.

Chouhan said that the school will be named as Deendayal Shramodaya School. He said that a number of schemes were chalked out on the basis of decisions taken at Mazdoor Panchayat including scholarships, maternity benefits, assistance for girls’ marriage, on accidental death and assistance for treatment of labourers.

Now, Rs 10,000 upto Rs 50,000 will be given to children of the labourers, who are selected in teams for State, Division and District-level sports competitions. Construction workers will be given 50 percent amount on purchase of tool-kit by Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board. Labourers will be provided wheat and rice at the rate of Rs one per kg. In 5 years, 15 lakh houses will be constructed for the poor in the State. He said that children should imbibe education and contribute to State’s development. “Shramoday School will hone talents of labourers’ children. Arrangements for quality education will be made in this residential school. Its building will be completed within a year,” the CM said, adding that Madhya Pradesh had the highest economic and agriculture growth rates in the country. He announced to solve catchment area problem of farmers of Mugaliya Chhap and construction of a sports stadium in the village. He urged villagers to ensure success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan and construct toilets in every house in the village. Labour Minister Antar Singh Arya said that announcement regarding this residential school was made at Mazdoor Panchayat. “The State Government has introduced a number of schemes for labourers’ welfare,” Arya said. The welcome address was delivered by local MLA Rameshwar Sharma. MP Alok Sanjar, MLAs Surendranath Singh and Vishwas Sarang, Zila Panchayat President Meena Himmat Singh, General Secretary of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Sultan Singh Shekhawat, Alok Sharma, Principal Secretary Labour Muktesh Varshney and large number of villagers and schools children were present on the occasion. Labour Commissioner KC Gupta proposed a vote of thanks.

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No permission to Health Deptt for recruiting doctors through MP Online

The Health Department was shocked after State Government’s refusal for not permitting recruitment of doctors through MP Online. Health Department had wanted to recruit doctors through MP On... Read More
The Health Department was shocked after State Government’s refusal for not permitting recruitment of doctors through MP Online. Health Department had wanted to recruit doctors through MP Online after refusing to conduct doctors’ recruitment examinations by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC), saying that it will start conducting recruitment examinations for doctors after the Special Task Force (STF) completes its probe in to earlier examination irregularities.

Health Department wanted to recruit 1,200 doctors to its district hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in first phase, even before promulgation of Swasthya Guarantee Yojna so that it could be implemented well.

The health department is to recruit many more than 3000 medical officers and specialists for its hospitals and health centres but it will do it in phases. Sources said that Health Department had sent a proposal more than a month ago to the Government seeking permission of doctors’ recruitment through MP Online. It was pursued but the Government is understood to have refused to give permission to the department to recruit doctors through MP Online. “If the Government gives permission to Health Department to recruit doctors through MP Online, other Government departments too will demand the same. A classic example is the Higher Education Department. It has to recruit assistant professors as study suffers in Government colleges. It might be the reason why the Government has not such permission to the health department, said a senior officer in health department. On the other hand, the MPPSC after revealing many recruitment examination scams in last more than one year has started taking many steps of reformation in examination system. All examinations will be conducted online from next year. The MPPSC is understood to have asked some Government departments o wait some months for recruitment examinations. When contacted, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, said the Government has not yet permitted Health Department to recruit doctors through MP Online. So we could not fill up the posts of 1200 doctors.” However, the MPPSC has assured us to conduct recruitment examinations but will take time, he said.-

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One more death due to dengue in State capital, total reaches 10

All claims of dengue control have proved false with regular finding of dengue patients and deaths of dengue patients in city. Health officers are now trying to hide dengue patients and deaths of... Read More
All claims of dengue control have proved false with regular finding of dengue patients and deaths of dengue patients in city. Health officers are now trying to hide dengue patients and deaths of dengue from public. On Sunday, one dengue patient died during treatment. Now, the figure of number of deaths of dengue patients has reached 10. In a week, it will be fourth death of dengue patient, causing concern among the public. It will increase more as many dengue patients are serious in private and Government hospitals. A youth, whose name could not be confirmed, admitted four days ago in JP Hospital with dengue symptoms, died on Sunday.

On the other hand , 10 more dengue samples tested positive, 3 in Malaria lab and 7 in JP Hospital lab, according to sources in JP Hospital. The figure of dengue patients in city has reached 480.

A senior doctor in JP Hospital said the situation of dengue patients in district was not well. “More than 80 patients with dengue fever symptoms and around the same numbers of patients reach other Government hospitals as Bairagarh Civil Hospital, Kolar Hospital, health centres, Hamidia, Indira Gandhi Hospital, private hospitals and nursing homes. In coming days, the dengue patients’ figure will cross 500. It will be a challenge for the health officers.

Though the AYUSH Department doctors, malaria employees, health department doctors and employees and even Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees were engaged in dengue control drive, there is no let up in dengue patients and even their deaths.

Several efforts were made to contact Dr Veena Sinha, Civil Surgeon, JP Hospital but she did not respond.

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62 officers of SAS transferred

In a major re-shuffle on Sunday, the State Government transferred 7 IAS officers along with 62 officers of the State Administrative Services (SAS). According to the orders released by the General... Read More
In a major re-shuffle on Sunday, the State Government transferred 7 IAS officers along with 62 officers of the State Administrative Services (SAS). According to the orders released by the General Administration Department on Saturday, Anju Pawan Bhadauria, Administrator (coordination), DPIP, Bhopal was transferred as Additional Collector Vidisha, Jamuna Bhide, joint collector, Mandsaur as CEO, District Panchayat, Neemuch, Niyaz Ahmed Khan, joint collector, Sehore as additional collector, Guna, Rakhi Sahay, deputy director, NVDA, Indore as additional director, NHDC, Khandwa, Kailash Bundela, deputy transport commissioner, Jabalpur as additional collector, Ujjain, Vidisha Mukherji, joint collector, Gwalior as Joint Commissioner Land Records, Gwalior.

G S Dhurve has been transferred as Joint Collector, Narsinghpur, Madhvi Nagendra as Joint Collector Vidisha, DR Bilve as Joint Collector, Chhindwara, Ajaydev Sharma as Joint Collector, Ujjain, Arun Kumar Singh to Deputy Collector, Rajgarh, TN Singh as joint collector, Ujjain Vishal Chouhan, deputy collector, Dhar as additional commissioner, Ujjain Municipal Corporation, Ranjana Mujalde as Deputy Collector, Alirajpur, KK Malviya as deputy collector, Shajapur, Mahendra Singh Kawache as Deputy Collector, Khargone, Virnarayan Singh as Joint Collector, Jabalpur, Lata Pathak, Deputy Collector Narsingpur, Sikalchand Paraste as Joint Collector, Balaghat, Bharatbhusan Gangele as Joint Collector, Dindori, B K Pandey as Joint Collector, Tikamgarh, Manoj Kumar as Joint Collector, Tikamgarh, Dilip Mandavi as Joint Collector, Rewa, V P Dwivedi as Joint Collector, Seoni, Bhupedra Goyal as Deputy Collector, Guna, Narayan Singh as Deputy Collector, Dindori, Kamlesh Puri as Deputy Collector, Rewa, Sarika Bhuria as Joint Collector, Dewas.

Along with these officials, Varsha Bhuria has been transferred as Deputy Collector, Neemuch, N N Arora as Joint Collector, Sagar, Ramprasad Verma as Deputy Collector, Sagar, Neha Bharatiya as deputy collector, Vidisha, Mala as Joint Collector, Khandwa, Jayant Joshi as Joint Collector Khandwa, Hargovind Bhadauria as Joint Collector, Datia, Anil Kumar as Joint Collector, Ashoknagar, Shailendra Singh as Deputy Collector, Dhar, Shobharam Solanki as Deputy Collector, Ujjain, BP Mathur as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Ritu Chouhan as Deputy Collector, Hoshangabad, Vivek Kshotriya as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Mahip Kishore as Deputy Collector, Gwalior, Sanjana Jain as joint Collector, Gwalior, Vimlesh Singh as Deputy Collector, Katni, Sringar Shrivastava as Deputy Director NVDA, Indore, Anjali Joseph as Deputy Commissioner, Ujjain Municipal Corporation. Arvind Chouhan as Deputy Collector Khandwa, Shankarlal Prajapati as Joint Collector, Chhatarpur, Saiyyad Ashfaq as Deputy Collector, Jhabua, DP Berman as Joint Collector, Anuppur, Abhishek Dubey as Deputy Collector, Ujjain, RP Gehlot as Deputy Commissioner, Land Records Ujjain, Anil Patwa as Joint Collector, Ujjain, RC Mishra as Joint Collector, Gwalior, Vinod Bhargava as Deputy Commissioner, Revenue Department, Gwalior division, Sunil Sharma as Joint Collector, Bhind, RP Ahirwar as Joint Collector, Vidisha, Sashibhusan Singh as Additional Collector, Sehore, Pawan Jain as Additional Collector, Betul, Suresh Kumar as CEO, GDA, Gwalior, Sudhir Kumar Kochar as Additional Collector, Indore, Sunil Raj Nayar as Deputy Collector, Bhopal and Urmila Shukla to Additional Director, VYAPAM, Bhopal.

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AAP to focus on 2nd phase of Mission Vistar campaign

In a bid to facilitate Mission Vistar campaign, senior leaders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are reaching State capital. Senior leaders like Yogendra Yadav from AAP called for volunteers’ effectiv... Read More
In a bid to facilitate Mission Vistar campaign, senior leaders from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are reaching State capital. Senior leaders like Yogendra Yadav from AAP called for volunteers’ effective participation in bringing more public, especially, women and commoners with their agenda of anti-corruption campaigns.

With respect to Nagar Palika elections, AAP in the State has said that it will highlight the local corrupt candidates so that awareness can be created in public. Besides separate youth cell, grievance cell and auto rickshaw cell has also been formed. Recently, 23 new executive members of AAP were added to the State AAP wing as a part of Mission Vistar initiative.

As per the communiqué released, the AAP has stated that people of the country believe that the previous Government had things to hide and blocked the disclosure of names. Now, with present Government’s similar reluctance in sharing the names, it gave rise to a reasonable apprehension about its real intentions. By cherry-picking a set of names and concealing others, it has further confirmed the belief that the BJP is hell-bent on saving some of the influential people appearing in those lists. The truth is there is no law in India or treaty with any country that stops the Indian Government from taking action against the possessors of illicit money and for that the AAP is focused to bring out awareness. Reportedly, increase in grievances within the party has also led to formation of grievance cell in Aam Aadmi Party. Aam Aadmi party representatives from Madhya Pradesh also went to Haryana as national observers to decide on the working strategy. To decide the future strategy subsequent to rift between national level leaders in Aam Aadmi Party, a ‘chintan shivir’ was organised in Haryana, whereby representatives from all the States have been called. From Madhya Pradesh, two representatives have gone to Haryana for revamping of State Executive Body district wise. Subsequently, the State Executive Body of the party has been formed and grievance cell has also been constituted. Aam Aadmi Party in the State had said that State Executive Body meeting would also be organised to formalise the action plan after this national-level meet so as to increase the membership in the AAP.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis gets hero’s welcome

Sunday, the November 2, 2014, will be recorded in the history of Nagpur in golden letters. For, on this day, a sea of Nagpurians welcomed the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city in a ... Read More
Sunday, the November 2, 2014, will be recorded in the history of Nagpur in golden letters. For, on this day, a sea of Nagpurians welcomed the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city in a never-seen-before manner. For, how much the city loves the man called Devendra Fadnavis, was seen on every street in the form of colourful rangolis, gantries, hoardings, banners, posters, shower of flower petals, slogans, joy, respect, and awe. For, entire Orange City had become one persona with only one mood -- celebration.

On his maiden arrival in his home-town after taking over as the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) elected Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Fadnavis was overwhelmed by the affection shown by the people from different walks of life. Youngsters, women, senior citizens, children, businessmen, political workers, students, common man, doctors, engineers, cops, officers, all were on streets since late afternoon. Anticipation was in the air since Sunday morning. Already, most streets were dominated by huge gantries and BJP flags to welcome the city's own Devendra.

Fadnavis arrived at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 4.30 PM. Mayor Praveen Datke welcomed him with bouquet. Mayor Pravin Datke, Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner; K K Pathak, Commissioner of Police; Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Chairman of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT); Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Ravindra Kadam, Special Inspector General of Anti-Naxalite Operations; Dr Aarti Singh, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur Rural), Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner; and all the BJP MLAs and senior leaders and workers welcomed him at the airport. Soon after he came out of the airport, he was greeted by a huge roaring crowd eager to see the first Chief Minister from the city.

From the airport, Fadnavis mounted an open-top bus decorated in the form of a chariot specially to mark the maiden arrival of the first Chief Minister from the city, Former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Devendra's wife Amruta Fadnavis, MLC Prof Anil Sole, 10 other BJP MLAs from the district namely Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Dr Milind Mane, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhir Parwe, D Mallukarjun Reddy, Sameer Meghe, former minister Sulekha Kumbhare, MP Ashok Nete, MLA Dr Pankaj Bhoyar, MLC N G Ganar, and other leaders accompanied Fadnavis in his massive rally that was even bigger than any 'Shobhayatra' taken out in the city so far.

Mayor Praveen Datke and senior corporator Sandip Joshi led the procession to clear the path for the chariot to move ahead. The young workers, supporters, and enthusiastic students rode motorcycles, waved BJP flags, and raised slogans. At Dr Hedgewar Memorial near the airport, Fadnavis stopped for a while and paid tributes. From there, at every prominent location in the city and road-sides swollen with bubbling crowd, Fadnavis got a rousing welcome. May it be Somalwada, Chhatrapati Square, Sawarkar Nagar Square, Khamla, Laxmi Nagar Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Coffee House square, everywhere the space was packed to such an extent that not an inch of road was visible for a long distance. Cheerful and smiling face of Fadnavis and other leaders and BJP flags only filled the sight. A Fathaka Show was organised at Coffee House Square by the party workers. At Jerryl Lawns, Dr Avinash Banait, Yash, Jerryl and Dr Jaishri Banait, and others presented a silver sword and a special Maratha turban to the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The road from Khamla Square to Shankar Nagar Square, had adorned a new look with beautifully drawn colourful rangolis of BJP's party symbol of Lotus. Vaishnav Shimpi Samaj group performed bhajans and kirtans near Police Training School. Countless many organisations and overwhelming crowd of people gave one an impression as if the Orange City as a whole was celebrating the occasion. As the procession drew closer to Fadnavis' residence near Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, the massive crowd was being joined in by several huge tributary crowds. Trikoni Park had become the nucleus of the city's single activity of celebration. Corporator Prakash Towani and his team welcomed him at Sawarkar Nagar square, while Dilip Rathi and family welcomed him at Orange City Square.

At Trikoni Park, the enthusiasm of people could not be bound by police barricading and bandobast. The restriction of space also could not deter Nagpurians from giving it a try to fit in the dense crowd. The illumination across the city was such that even the falling night appeared to have held back its dark, to welcome the city's son Devendra Fadnavis. After Fadnavis' felicitation also, till late night, the city streets were still flooded with people.

Though it was well past midnight, the city's mood remained upbeat. For, the city treated the celebration and massive reception given to Fadnavis, not as an end of celebration but a beginning of an era of deliverance. Near Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhanraj Fuse and others presented him a broom for Swachh Bharat Mission to Fadnavis. The girls wearing traditional sarees also welcomed him at various squares. At Laxmi Bhavan Square, the party workers weighed him with notebooks under the leadership of MLC Prof Anil Sole. Baba Maind, Jaiprakash Gupta, and others were present on the occasion. Tejinder Singh Renu, Gopal Bohare, Avinash Thakre, Chandan Goswami, Sanjay Bhende, Ramesh Mankar, Girish Deshmukh, Munna Yadav, Brijbhushan Shukla, Zahir Bhai, Jaiprakash Parekh, Dinesh Sahu and many others were present prominently.

CM visits Dr Hedgewar Memorial

Visiting Dr Hedgewar memorial at Wardha Road was the first stop in the five-hour long rally of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was accompanied by Mayor Pravin Datke, and other office-bearers of the BJP. Paying his tribute, the young Chief Minister described the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a great patriot and his inspiration. Fadnavis will visit Smruti Mandir, Reshimbagh, at 9.30 am on Monday. Fadnavis visits Deekshabhoomi

Newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Deekshabhoomi and paid tributes to Gautam Buddha and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. He garlanded the statues of Buddha and Dr Ambedkar. He paid respects before the urn containing ashes of Dr Ambedkar.

Sadanand Fulzele, Secretary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, welcomed Fadnavis by presenting a bouquet. A painting of Deekshabhoomi also was presented him by the Samiti. Bhante Surei Sasai, Dr Rajendra Gavai, Anand Fulzele, Vilas Gajghate, Sudhir Fulzele, Vijay Chikate, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Krishna Khopde, Nana Shamkule, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, former Minister Adv Sulekha Kumbhare, former Deputy Mayor Sandeep Jadhav, Castribe Mahasangh President Krishna Ingle also were present on this occasion.

Earlier, Fadnavis stopepd his convoy at Laxmi Nagar Square and got into another car to reach Deekshabhoomi where a huge crowd of thousands welcomed him with slogans, as many surged forward to shake hands with the young leader.

Grand public felicitation after Vote of Confidence

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a grand public felicitation of new Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after his Government wins the vote of confidence on the floor of Legislative Assembly. The confidence motion is scheduled on November 12. Sanjay Bangale, former BJP corporator, said that the party was planning to accord a grand felicitation to Devendra Fadnavis at Kasturchand Park ground in presence of a galaxy of leaders from Centre and State.

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'Saraswati' batchmates accord grand reception to Devendra Fadnavis

Old memories rekindled when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was given a rousing reception at Shankar Nagar Square by his batchmates, against backdrop of their alma mater---Saraswati Vi... Read More
Old memories rekindled when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was given a rousing reception at Shankar Nagar Square by his batchmates, against backdrop of their alma mater---Saraswati Vidyalaya. The 1985 batch of Saraswati Vidyalaya gave a rousing reception to Fadnavis who thanked his school friends.

The Chief Minister’s response enthused his batchmates who extended him an invitation to attend the school reunion planned on December 9 next. In fact, throughout the rally route that Fadnavis took from airport to his home in Dharampeth, he got down from atop the chariot to mix with his school friends.

The friends of Fadnavis who gathered at Shankar Nagar Square included Rakesh Purohit, Adv Nandkishore Dubey, Sanjay Kulkarni, Vivek Mishra, Mukul Barhanpure, Radha Chimurkar, Jayshree Kale, Dr Nishit Vijayan, Vinit Sondhi, Swati Agrawal, G V Iyer, Shashank Kulkarni, Alok Yadav, Milind Soman, Shailendra Agrawal, Chandrashekhar Kutumbe, Asad Firdosi, Shantanu Deshmukh and several others.

Raj Bhandar, run by Fadnavis’ school time batchmate, too, joined the celebrations by distributing 51 kg sweets at Laxmibhuvan Square.

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Devendra Fadnavis gets down to work; to review MIHAN progress today

Within a few days of taking over as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has got down to work. Barely a day after getting a historic reception in his home-town, Fadnavis has called ... Read More
Within a few days of taking over as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis has got down to work. Barely a day after getting a historic reception in his home-town, Fadnavis has called a meeting to take stock of progress of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), the most ambitious project of Vidarbha region.

The meeting to review progress of MIHAN and Special Economic Zone will be held on Monday at 10 AM at Ramgiri, the official residence of Chief Minister in Nagpur.

Fadnavis has been raising various issues pertaining to the project for long on the floor of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, as an MLA from the Opposition side. He is well aware of hurdles in the path of MIHAN-SEZ and the persistent issue of power supply. After taking over as Chief Minister also, he is aware of the significance of MIHAN-SEZ project for Nagpur as well as entire region of Vidarbha. Hence, he has called the meeting, in less than a day after his maiden arrival in the city.

A task-master, Fadnavis has also called a meeting of all the Government agencies in Nagpur Division on Monday. After the meeting regarding MIHAN project, Fadnavis will chair the meeting of various projects in Vidarbha region. The heads of various agencies concerned will be making power-point presentation on status of these projects. Fadnavis may announce several important decisions after the meeting, during ‘Meet the Press’ programme of Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) at 6 PM at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan.

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Devendra will create history: Purohit

Speaking on behalf of city of Nagpur, former MP and senior BJP leader Banwarilal Purohit described Devendra Fadnavis as “only honest Chief Minister after late Yashwantrao Chavan.”

Purohit... Read More
Speaking on behalf of city of Nagpur, former MP and senior BJP leader Banwarilal Purohit described Devendra Fadnavis as “only honest Chief Minister after late Yashwantrao Chavan.”

Purohit predicted that Fadnavis would create history. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up a real jewel and Nagpur’s best gift to Maharashtra will bring real change and expedite development. People should co-operate with the Chief Minister in finishing corruption and expose tainted persons and vested interests to make Maharashtra the country’s Number One State.

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Hero comes home

Publicly declaring his commitment to flush out corruption from public life, especially from Government decision-making process, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised to strengthen ins... Read More
Publicly declaring his commitment to flush out corruption from public life, especially from Government decision-making process, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday promised to strengthen institution of Lokayukta to keep effective check on graft at higher places. “I want to give a clean, speedy and efficient government and I will never allow your head to hang in shame and will discharge this great responsibility with best possible manner,” Fadnavis asserted.

Overwhelmed by massive public reception accorded to this illustrious son of the soil by Nagpurians on his maiden arrival, Fadvanis made a passionate bid to empower the oversight mechanism and watchdog bodies.

Addressing thousands of citizens at the specially created pandal in front of his residence in Dharampeth, Fadnavis thanked Nagpurians for making and shaping his political career and vowed not to compromise with ideals and principles just to stay in power.

Senior BJP leader and former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Dr Milind Mane, Sameer Meghe, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sudhakar Kohle, Ashish Deshmukh, Mallikarjun Reddy, Vikas Kumbhare, MLCs Anil Sole, Nago Ganar, Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar, senior corporator Sandip Joshi, Sanjay Bangale, Rajesh Bagdi, Jaiprakash Gupta, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, BJP District chief Dr Rajiv Potdar, Girish Deshmukh, Amruta Devendra Fadnavis, Maya Iwnate and others were present on the dais.

People will feel the difference in Governance from day one. The disappointing experience of citizens with Government and red-tape will become a thing of past and Government will ensure speedy redressal of grievance by enacting the Right to Service Act by empowering citizens to demand service from official machinery within stipulated period, Fadnavis stated.

The former Government took some decisions in tearing hurry in last days which require additional sum of Rs 52,000 crore and fiscal condition of State is not very good, Fadnavis stated while appraising citizens about the fiscal mess created by Democratic Front Government. “However, we will not be cowed down by such crisis and will find way out effectively by undertaking major policy decisions to ensure quality spending and curb wasteful expenditure,” Fadnavis stated while invoking legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Commenting upon agrarian crisis and growing regional imbalance, the Chief Minister, a passionate champion of equitable development, reiterated his commitment to honour constitutional promise to help backward regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada. State Government will take help of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to take maximum benefit of central government schemes to provide fruits of development to backward region, he added.

Sandip Joshi compered the programme while Sanjay Bangale proposed a vote of thanks.

Mayor Datke, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, and Standing Committee Chairman Narendra Borkar garlanded him on behalf of the Orange City. Former MP Banwarilal Purohit also welcomed him.

‘I believe in T20’

“I am a firm believer in efficiency and speed and like T20 match. On every ball I want to score more and I feel, this is the last ball of last over,” Fadnavis stated while making his intentions clear to remove policy paralysis from the governance and bring Maharashtra back on the track of development.

MIHAN to get pace

Fadnavis, who relentlessly pursued MIHAN project, also listed expediting the much-delayed project as his top priority and stated that as Chairman of MADC he will review the MIHAN project during a special meeting on Monday and try to remove all stumbling blocks.

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HC asks Divisional Commr to visit Shegaon, submit report

After getting acquainted with the Government Pleader Bharati Dangre’s response to the amicus curiae, Firdos Mirza’s intimation to the Court about disappointing progress in various projects ... Read More
After getting acquainted with the Government Pleader Bharati Dangre’s response to the amicus curiae, Firdos Mirza’s intimation to the Court about disappointing progress in various projects for improving conditions, development and beautification of Shegaon -- pilgrim center for thousands of pilgrims -- Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court here concentrated on ways and means to get desired results, during hearing of a PIL filed by Anandilal Bhutada and Suresh Jaipuriya.

Government Pleader stated that by visiting Shegaon personally the Government officials including the Divisional Commissioner, Amravati, and other interested persons -- lawyers etc can study and pay attention to various impediments like court’s interim orders, which have blocked the progress in the right directions. She appeared confident about good results flowing from such a visit.

The Court has directed Divisional Commissioner to go to Shegaon with some top State PWD official to go through the status of various planned projects and report to the Court in two weeks regarding problems in implementation and solutions he proposes to overcome them. The Court will hear the PIL further on November 19.

Advocates Naresh Saboo (Municipal Council, Shegaon) and Arun Patil (Gajanan Maharaj Deosthan) represented the respondents.

State Govt free to decide PDKV’s representation: Apex Court

The Chief Justice and Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri at the Supreme Court in New Delhi, have clarified that State Government in Maharashtra is free to decide representation of the appellant Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), Akola, despite pendency of its appeal before the Apex Court. The Court has also stated that PDKV’s recently filed two appeals will be heard with the main appeal. Through its appeal, PDKV has challenged the order passed by the High Court in Nagpur on October 21, 2011 in PIL 34/2010 and WP 125/2011. The High Court had directed by its impugned order, demolition of the building constructed by the appellant-University at Survey No 84 in Nagpur.

The High Court’s direction is for PDKV to hand over the possession of the said building to Nagpur Municipal Corporation, which would seal the same. As a result, that building is lying unused and no maintenance of that building is possible. Now the appellants have shown readiness to use the building for the purpose it is reserved in the Development Plan of the Nagpur City. Originally, the building was constructed to house a communication center for the farmers. Now, PDKV has moved the Court for interim directions regarding the use of the building. Senior counsel Shekhar Naphade with Advocates Manish Pitale and Shrikant Khandalkar appeared for the appellant PDKV.

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Two NCDC delegates save man’s life at city airport

Two delegates of ‘Traindia-2014’ leadership conclave at city-based National Civil Defence College (NCDC) saved a precious life at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here through Card... Read More
Two delegates of ‘Traindia-2014’ leadership conclave at city-based National Civil Defence College (NCDC) saved a precious life at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here through Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a procedure they got trained in.

The delegates were at the airport to catch Delhi-bound flight 6E-592 of Indigo on Saturday. Phoolchand Choudhary, Deputy Controller of Civil Defence, along with N K Pradhan, Deputy Chief Warden, both from Jaipur (Rajasthan) noticed a person collapsing in front of them, while standing in the queue for check-in. The man’s wife started crying.

Choudhary and Pradhan both checked the man and immediately moved him to the security lounge and started giving him CPR. The resuscitation provided by Choudhary revived the person and he was then moved to hospital in an ambulance. According to Dr G S Saini, Director of NCDC, the college trains all its officers in Basic Life Support skills that can save many lives. These highly skilled volunteers, nearly six lakh in number, are spread across the entire country and led Civil Defence Deputy Controllers in respective districts.

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NMC taking action against property tax defaulters

Lambasted by Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has swung into action. The department has started confiscation of properties of p... Read More
Lambasted by Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane, Property Tax Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has swung into action. The department has started confiscation of properties of property tax defaulters in the city. The team of Laxmi Nagar Zone recovered Rs 95 lakh from eight property tax defaulters on Saturday.

The team also seized three houses for pending dues. The team seized open plot of Dilip Korde for recovering Rs 1.37 lakh, Chandrakant Sateja (Akash Classes) for recovering Rs 15 lakh. The team also recovered Rs 1.30 lakh from an open plot.

The team took action under leadership of Assistant Commissioner Ganesh Rathod. The other team members were Dhankar, Shrikhande, Narnawre, Rokde, Fulzele, Dhanorkar, Dhumal and Shegaokar.

Meanwhile, the team of Ashi Nagar Zone seized 10 properties for recovering dues from defaulters.

The team seized tower at Vedprakash Khanuja’s house for Rs 7 lakh dues, ICICI Bank ATM at Bharat Petroleum Pump for recovering Rs 3.34 lakh, HDFC Bank ATM from Bharat Petroleum Pump for recovering Rs 7.41 lakh, Chandan Industries Limited for Rs 1.42 lakh, Ashok Engineering Works for recovering Rs 72,000, Jai Kalal Samaj for Rs 3.29 lakh, Madho Vatsalya for Rs 1.17 lakh, Narayandas Agrawal for Rs 6.17 lakh, Tower Vision India Private Limited for Rs 13.54 lakh, and Ishwaridevi Valesa for recovering dues of Rs 60,000.

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Complete work of admin building floor by month-end: Wardhane

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed the civic administration to complete the work of first floor of C-Wing of new Administrative Building by the end of this month.

Along with... Read More
Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane has directed the civic administration to complete the work of first floor of C-Wing of new Administrative Building by the end of this month.

Along with a battery of officers, Municipal Commissioner took stock of the progress of work of Administrative Building on Saturday. Additional Municipal Commissioner Hemant Pawar also accompanied Wardhane. It may be mentioned here that NMC is constructing the building since 2004-2005. Municipal Commissioner reviewed the work of interior design on the First Floor of C-Wing. The work of modular furniture for officers’ cabin and other work is going on at snail’s pace. The installation work of fire equipment is over and electrification work is near completion. Wardhane directed the officials concerned to complete the work by the end of this month so that the First Floor is ready for use.

Executive Engineer Manoj Talewar was present prominently during the visit of Municipal Commissioner. Accounts Department will be shifted in C-Wing. City Engineer Sanjay Gaikwad, Executive Engineer (E) Sanjay Jaiswal, Assistant Commissioner Mahesh Dhamecha also were present during the inspection.

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‘Bring ‘White Paper’ on backlog of Vid’

With the new BJP Government taking over in Maharashtra, Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) is organising an event to give information to newly elected Legislators of Vidarbha regarding i... Read More
With the new BJP Government taking over in Maharashtra, Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) is organising an event to give information to newly elected Legislators of Vidarbha regarding injustice meted out to the region during last 15 years’ rule of Congress-NCP led Democratic Front Government.

The event will be held during winter session of State Legislature in the city, at VSDB Hall. Informing about the event and issues concerning Vidarbha, VSDB Expert Member Adv Madhukarrao Kimmatkar demanded that the new Government should bring out ‘White Paper’ on backlog, irrigation, agricultural pumps, and other important issues of Vidarbha. Adv Kimmatkar told mediapersons on Saturday that many newly elected legislators did not have any idea about backlog, and step-motherly treatment meted out to Vidarbha by the State Government for years together. He will inform them about obstacles in the path of development of Vidarbha. “Maharashtra has 58 per cent forest, of which maximum is in Vidarbha. Gadchiroli district has maximum 85 per cent forest,” he said.

Kimmatkar suggested fast action on increasing irrigation potential in Vidarbha to stop farmers’ suicides. The new Government should remove backlog of agricultural pumps, and load-shedding of power from Vidarbha. It is the duty of the Government to comply to the directives of Governor, but the Government had been neglecting the Governor’s directives, alleged Kimmatkar.

In spite of provisions in Constitution of India for providing jobs to 23.3 per cent on the basis of region’s population, the Government could provide only 8-10 per cent jobs to Vidarbha youths. He said, the Government should ensure that backlog does not increase in coming days and present backlog is removed.

The Government should also pay attention towards ex-Malguzari tanks in the region and give special attention towards Naxal-affected talukas of the region. Central Government is allocating ample funds to the State and it should be provided to backward region of Vidarbha. The Government should take steps for increasing industrialisation in the region. Kimmatkar hoped that Fadnavis would move a proposal for statehood to Vidarbha. He said, new Government should initiate probe into diversion of funds meant for Vidarbha to other areas.

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Noted centenarian artist Nana Gokhale no more

VETERAN painter Narayan alias Nana Vasudev Gokhale, the man who set an example of how to live life King Size, bid farewell to the mortal world on Saturday. He was 103 years and five months old.... Read More
VETERAN painter Narayan alias Nana Vasudev Gokhale, the man who set an example of how to live life King Size, bid farewell to the mortal world on Saturday. He was 103 years and five months old. The person, who lived his life to the fullest by painting until the last day of his life, breathed his last at around 1 am on Saturday. Last rites were performed at Ambazari ghat. Prominent personalities from the field of Art, Education and Literature attended the funeral. He leaves behind son Acharya Vivek Gokhale and a host of relatives to mourn the loss.

Nana Gokhale was closely associated with Basoli Group and Central India School of Fine Arts (CISFA). Young members of Basoli and youths of CISFA used to take inspiration from the veteran artist during various art workshops.

Born at Akola on June 3, 1911, Nana completed his education from Akola, Indore and Jabalpur and joined Daryapur’s Prabodhan Vidyalaya as a teacher in 1940s. He was felicitated with State Government’s Best Teacher award in 1972. He never took formal education of painting still he was master in painting landscapes and self-portraits. Nana painted more than 136 self-portraits -- arguably a world record.

After spending around six decades in Daryapur, Nana came to Nagpur in 2007. Until his last days, Nana was actively painting portraits and landscapes. He was regular participant and special attraction at various art camps organised by Basoli and CISFA.

Nana was also a good poet and author. Many of his books on subjects right from history of Daryapur to the Balgandharva’s Natya Sangeet hit the stands. ‘Sandhyasukte’, a poetry collection and ‘Thems Chya Tirawarun’ a collection of essays are very well appreciated.

Nana Gokhale was active and kicking until last day of his life. He took up the task to translate Samarth Ramdas Swami’s Dasboth in Sanskrit language. However, this remained incomplete as his health deteriorated.

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‘Governance will be fast, efficient, transparent’

Making it clear that there will be clear departure from the past , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated, he will be more interested in formulating policies and guidelines in tune with Narendra... Read More
Making it clear that there will be clear departure from the past , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated, he will be more interested in formulating policies and guidelines in tune with Narendra Modi government like affordable housing, transparency in citizen-government interaction and interface. The disappointing experience of citizens with Government and red-tape will be a thing of past and Government will ensure speedy redressal of grievance by enacting service delivery act by empowering citizens to demand service from official machinery within stipulated period, Fadnavis stated while asserting that Governance will undergo a major change and in sync with Modi’s vision to serve the population by inculcating efficiency, transparency and speed in the decision making process. Instead of resolving individual grievances and proposals, the government will be keen to lay down broad policy parameters to spell out road-map, he stated. The new Government will also take a fresh look at bifurcation of ministries by previous Congress-NCP regime, Fadnavis stated while interacting with journalists from Nagpur just before the first cabinet meeting.

There is a move to integrate PWD with MSRDC, all irrigation corporations with Water Resources, medical education with public health, integration of Revenue and Forests and even Human Resources Department on the lines of Centre by merging school, higher and technical education.

Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all powerful Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to oversee functioning of the Government and formulate and monitor governance process, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday mooted creation of a Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to keep a close watch on entire governance structure to ensure that every penny spent should amount to quality spending and not wasteful expenditure. I am studying the structure and whether best talent within the government having expertise in different arena can be absorbed in proposed CMO, Fadnavis informed.

This CMO will be nerve centre of State Government and will deal with major challenged faced by the Government and will naturally strengthen the institution of Chief Minister.

Fadnavis also welcomed the concept of decentralisation of decision making process for regions like Vidarbha and Marathwada. Nagpur already has CM office which functions only during winter session, and it can be made functional during remaining period and many issues can be tackled here. However, Fadnavis made it clear that he does not to create another layer of file-pushers and forwarding office, but wants to create a structure where most of the grievances can be redressed.

No mercy for toll mafia: CM

The new Government will not show any mercy towards toll mafia, Chief Minister declared. The agreements are lop-sided and in favour of BOT contractors and there is public outroar against existing toll contracts. “We will take legal opinion to ensure that contractors should not be benefitted from arbitration proceedings,” Fadnavis said.

The Government will review all toll projects and will crack whip against toll mafia and do everything possible to shut down toll booths which are not necessary.

However for incremental development, there are very few options and Government will study the entire issue and I have a plan ready to eventually make Maharashtra toll free, Fadnavis confidently stated.

‘Regional imbalance to be removed’

Declaring in crystal clear terms his unequivocal commitment to remove regional backlog, Fadnavis stated that his Government will follow in toto Constitutional mandate and will strive to remove backlog of all backward regions. About vexed issued of irrigation scam, delay in completion of projects especially in Vidarbha, Fadnavis declared that very soon he would announce major policy decision. There will be zero tolerance towards corruption.

Many suppressed reports will be out

The new Government has also decided to unlock many crucial and sensitive reports kept under wraps by the previous Congress-NCP regime for political reasons. Vijay Kelkar panel which studies the regional imbalance issue will be made public, Fadnavis stated while hinting that many such reports which were in custody of Government will finally see light of the day.

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City gears up to welcome CM Devendra Fadnavis

Sunday will be a historic day for Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis, the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city, will arrive here on Sunday after taking up the top job. To accord a rousing welco... Read More
Sunday will be a historic day for Nagpur. Devendra Fadnavis, the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from the city, will arrive here on Sunday after taking up the top job. To accord a rousing welcome to this son of the soil, the Orange City is all geared-up with huge banners, posters, hoardings, gantries, events, and enthusiasm.

For the first time, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formed the Government in Maharahstra and the party’s first Chief Minister belongs to Nagpur. As per the official programme, Fadnavis will arrive at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 4.30 pm by a special flight. Immediately after grand welcome by the party workers, Fadnavis will proceed in a procession to Dr Hedgewar Memorial near the airport at 4.50 pm. At 5.45 pm, the procession will reach Deekshabhoomi, where the new Chief Minister will pay tributes. At 6 pm, the procession will reach Trikoni Park near Fadnavis’ residence in Dharampeth. There, he will be accorded a grand felicitation.

Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, MP Ajay Sancheti, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLAs Krishna Khopde, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohale, Milind Mane, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Sameer Meghe, Ashish Deshmukh, Mallikarjun Reddy, Sudhir Parwe also will participate prominently in the procession.

Ahead of maiden visit of Fadnavis after taking over as Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Orange City was all decked up for the ‘extended celebrations of Diwali’. The police machinery made high-level security arrangements along the entire stretch from airport to his residence. At Fadnavis’ residence, the designation on the name-plate was changed from ‘South-West Nagpur MLA’ to ‘Chief Minister’. Similarly, the plaque with Devendra Fadnavis’ name was put up outside Ramgiri, the official residence of Chief Minister.

The enthusiastic citizens and party workers also have made huge arrangements for showering blessings and welcoming him at every square and corner of the city. The party workers erected huge welcome gates throughout various roads right from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport to his Dharampeth residence. Ahead of maiden visit of Fadnavis on Sunday, a meeting was held at BJP office here on Saturday. MLA Krishna Khopde chaired the meeting called for reviewing arrangements of grand reception of Fadnavis in the city. MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh, MLC Prof Anil Sole, MLAs Dr Milind Mane, Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhakar Kohle, and Prabhakar Yeole, Rajesh Bagadi, Pramod Pendke, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Girish Vyas, and Avinash Thakre were present in the meeting.

BJP PRO Chandan Goswami informed mediapersons that thousands of party workers would remain present at the airport to welcome him. After grand welcome at airport, Fadnavis will be seated on a huge chariot from airport and the procession will pass through the route -- Hedgewar Smarak near Hotel Pride, Chhattrapati Square, Sawarkar Nagar Square, Orange City Square, Jerryl Lawns Square, Laxmi Nagar Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Laxmi Bhavan Square, Coffee House Square, Dharampeth. He will also pay a visit to Deekshabhoomi. Former corporator Baba Maind said, the party workers will weigh Fadnavis with note-books, which will be distributed to slum-dwelling students later. Dr Avinash Banait will present Fadnavis a sword and turban like the one worn by Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Jerryl Lawns Square.

Corporators Sandip Joshi and Gopal Bohare also will remain present on this occasion. Corporator Prakash Totwani will distribute sweets, and workers will dance to the tunes of sandal at Sawarkar Nagar Square. Former Standing Committee chief of NMC Avinash Thakre and Bhuru Shukla also have organised a special reception of Fadnavis at Wardha Road. The party workers will perform Aarti at every prominent square and dance on the beats of drums.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will meet with all well-wishers, friends, and party workers at a huge pandal erected in front of his Trikoni Park residence in Dharampeth. BJP and the administration have made all preparations for his gigantic welcome in the city.

Hoardings welcoming Devendra Fadnavis, the new Chief Minister, were on display near his house at Trikoni Park and also in various parts of the city. A huge pandal was erected at Trikoni Park ground for felicitation ceremony. Fogging vehicle moving in various areas, roads being repaired and carpeted, police bandobast, BJP flags etc dominated the scene in the city on Saturday. Some of the volunteers including Kunal Moitra, Pravin Bansod and others were working hard in absence of Nachiket Pimpalapure, Kumar, Chhotu Dabholkar, Atul, Chetan, and other members of the staff of Fadnavis. Meanwhile, BJP appealed to the people to just shower flower-petals on Fadnavis and not present him garlands, bouquets as the police administration has banned these citing security reasons. The procession will not stop mid-way anywhere, stated a release issued by BJP. Sanjay Bangale, Kishor Wankhede, Virendra Kukreja, Kailas Chute, Guddu Trivedi, Bunty Kukde, Kirtida Ajmera, Dharmapal Meshram and others appealed to the people to follow the instructions of police and the administration.

NMC prunes trees on route of procession Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) chopped trees along the roads leading from airport to Chief Minister’s residence in Dharampeth. The trees were pruned on the route of grand reception procession of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The team of Garden Department trimmed trees to make road safer for the procession.

Sindhi Panchayat

Nag Vidarbha Central Sindhi Panchayat and other Sindhi organisations will felicitate Chief Minister Fadnavis at his residence. Panchayat Chief Vijay Kewalramani, Pratap Motwani, Dr. Vinky Rughwani, Murlidhar Sharma, Raju Sawlani, Kailash Kevalramani, Mahesh Maidhani, and others will present.

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SSW team raids Chandani Hotel, busts sex racket

COPS attached to Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Friday busted a sex racket at Chandani Hotel, Kamptee Road in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area and rescued eight young women... Read More
COPS attached to Social Security Wing (SSW) of the Crime Branch on Friday busted a sex racket at Chandani Hotel, Kamptee Road in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area and rescued eight young women dragged into flesh trade by pimps. Police arrested the owner and Manager of Chandani Hotel for running the racket and providing young women to customers for self gains. Identified as Sunil Bapuraoji Makde (46) and Kishor Ramdasji Potbhare (26), the accused are the residents of Bhilgaon. Makde is owner of Chandani Hotel while Potbhare works as Manager. Acting on a tip off, Crime Branch officers sent a decoy to the hotel. Presuming him to be a customer, Makde and Potbhare provided a young woman after taking Rs 2,000 cash from him. The decoy then signalled the SSB team standing nearby. The team comprising PI B M Powar, API Amita Jaipurkar, PSI Kohale, ASIs Suresh Pandhre, Ramanand Thakur, and Govind Madne, HCs Pandurang Nikure, and Subhash Khedkar, NPCs Gopal Vaidya, Ajay Ghatod, Sayyed, WPCs Anita Dhurve, Asmita Meshram, Nita Dawre and PC Nilesh, under supervision of Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh and ACP (Crime) Nilesh Raut raided the hotel. The team rescued eight women. Cops took Makde and Potbhare into custody. The rescued women were sent to Karuna Hostel. An offence under Sections 3,4,5 and 7 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act against Makde and Potbhare at Yashodhara Nagar Police Station.

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Thick security cover near CM Devendra Fadnavis’ residence

AN unprecedented security blanket has been thrown in and around the Dharampeth residence of newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by the City Police. Fadnavis will arrive in the Secon... Read More
AN unprecedented security blanket has been thrown in and around the Dharampeth residence of newly sworn-in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis by the City Police. Fadnavis will arrive in the Second Capital on Sunday on his maiden visit after becoming the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

BJP leaders, workers, bureaucrats, friends, relatives, well-wishers, office-bearers of different socio-political, business, industrial and sports organisations would be meeting Fadnavis at his Dharampeth residence near Trikoni Park. Traffic Branch of Nagpur City Police has made elaborate arrangements to avoid inconvenience to the public for the proposed felicitation programme of Fadnavis at Trikoni Park on Sunday. Single-lane parking arrangement has been made on Raosaheb Kashinath Fadnavis Marg, Dharampeth, Kanchan Kirti Lane to Hans Super Bazar, Suyash Medical Lane and Mama Road. Parking arrangement for the people attending the programme at Trikoni Park has been made at Tilak Nagar Ground near Canal Road. Parking of vehicles will be prohibited between Dharampeth Coffee Housing Square and Trikoni Park and between Laxmi Niwas Agrasen Marg and Trikoni Park from from 11 am till the programme is over.

Similarly, tight security arrangements have been made at ‘Ramgiri,’ the official residence of the Chief Minister.

Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjay Saxena is supervising the security arrangements.

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Breach in Navegaon-Khairi canal to hit water supply

Localities in West, and parts of South and Central Nagpur will receive low pressure and restricted water supply from November 1 afternoon to November 2 afternoon, as the Right Bank Canal (RBC) of... Read More
Localities in West, and parts of South and Central Nagpur will receive low pressure and restricted water supply from November 1 afternoon to November 2 afternoon, as the Right Bank Canal (RBC) of Navegaon-Khairi dam developed a breach at village Nimba.

The breach is at 19 km from Navegaon-Khairi dam. The gates (to release water into the RBC) at Navegaon-Khairi Dam have been closed and water level in the canal was receding slowly on Friday evening. Due to this, only two pumps were operational from NMC-OCW’s Mahadula pumping station, and water supply would get affected by Saturday morning, stated a release issued by Orange City Water (OCW).

Water Resources Department had started the work to repair breach in the canal. The work was under progress and expected to be completed earliest by Saturday evening. Navegaon-Khairi Dam gates are expected to be opened on Saturday evening and water would be pumped to Mahadula only on November 2 afternoon.

Due to this, supply of potable water to various areas of the city will get affected adversely from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening as Pench-II pumping is directly dependent on supply from Mahadula raw water pumping station.

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LBT Deptt continues with search, seizure operations

Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continued with search and seizure operations. On Friday, it conducted search and seizure operation at M/s Shyam Sunder Stor... Read More
Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) continued with search and seizure operations. On Friday, it conducted search and seizure operation at M/s Shyam Sunder Stores, near UCO Bank, Sitabuldi Main Road.

Shyam Sunder Stores is owned by Shankarlal Narayandas Kataria. LBT Department noticed that consignments of cloth were being imported by the firm without obtaining LBT registration. The search team did not found any documents or invoices pertaining to the business. The business/establishment exists for about 40 years.

Enforcement of LBT started from April 1, 2013. But, the dealer carried out the business without obtaining LBT registration and thus evaded taxes for about 18 months. The dealer has not maintained any record or accounts with regard to his business, stated a press release issued by LBT Department of NMC.

As per the inventory of goods recorded by the search team, goods worth approximately Rs 10 lakh were stocked in the shop. The search team had no other option sealed the establishment, added the release.

The action was initiated by LBT Officer Yadav Jambhulkar; Assistant LBT Officers Sanjay Mendule, Narayan Wankhede, Vilas Chahande, Ramesh Padghan, and Junior Inspectors Hore, Charde, Uke, and Samundre, under supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram, and valuable guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shhyam Wardhane and Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari. As per LBT Rule 9 (1), a dealer liable for registration cannot carry out a business within the city without obtaining LBT registration. LBT Department has observed that many dealers are purchasing and importing various goods without being registered under LBT. With the help of intelligence and information forwarded by dealers suffering from such practices, LBT Department has located and shortlisted many such dealers and shall initiate search and seizure action as per Section 152 (J) of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949, against all such dealers in future.

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Govt issues GR on gratuity, pension for social work college teachers

The teaching and non-teaching staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra, which are under Department of Social Justice and Special assistance, have finally heaved a sigh of relief. The depart... Read More
The teaching and non-teaching staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra, which are under Department of Social Justice and Special assistance, have finally heaved a sigh of relief. The department has issued Government Resolution (GR) on October 29, 2014 about their gratuity and pension scheme.

The fight for the pension and gratuity, like teachers under Higher Education Department was going on for several years. It is a grand victory for Maharashtra Association of Social Work Educators (MASWE), when it is celebrating completion of 20 years of existence.

The decision by Maharashtra Cabinet was taken on August 28, 2014, just before announcement of elections in the state. The cabinet decision was a fallout of two writ petition at Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and two at Bombay High Court. The State Government had moved Supreme Court against the decision of the Nagpur Bench directing the State Government to extend the retirement benefits to the teaching and non-teaching staff of these social work colleges, which are 51 in number. The Supreme Court, had rejected the State Government’s appeal and also the review petition. The issue was being followed consistently by MASWE.

President of MASWE Ambadas Mohite informed ‘The Hitavada’ about the good news for all the staff of social work colleges in Maharashtra. About 1,200 staffers from these colleges will be benefited. The Contributory Provident Fund will be applicable from the date of establishment of the concerned college. The pension for the staffer, appointed before November 1, 2005, will be computed from September 2, 1999. In the GR it has also been mentioned that the pensionery benefits will also be extended to those who have retired before September 2, 1999. However, the pension will be computed from the said date.

Mohite stated that some staff members died. This decision, however, will be helpful in supporting their spouse.

MASWE, which came to know about the GR on Friday, had another news to get overwhelmed. Their salary for the month of September, which was pending, was also released on Friday.

The Diwali festival for the social work college staffers, actually is beginning today.

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Notice to RTMNU on plea to accept thesis for evaluation for PhD degree

Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have issued notice to the respondent -- Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), to show cause by... Read More
Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice C V Bhadang at the High Court here have issued notice to the respondent -- Registrar of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), to show cause by November 25 next in reply to a writ petition filed by Nanaji Raghunath Umathe, a college teacher at Narkhed, who has already retired on April 30, 1999 after attaining 60 years of age.

The petitioner moved the Court for direction to the respondent-University to accept his thesis for Ph D degree for evaluation. According to the petitioner, it was obligatory for the University to accept three copies of hand-written thesis submitted by the petitioner on May 18, 2006, because provisions of Clause 12 (a) of Ordinance 43 permit the submission of hand-written copies. The petitioner stated that the University was not justified to reject his request for fresh registration on the alleged ground that as he had already retired, he could not be treated as a teacher-candidate.

It was contended on behalf of the petitioner that it was obligatory for the University to adopt reasonable and rational approach. The actions and decisions of the University are arbitrary and run counter to the Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

In order to avoid technical issues, the petitioner had submitted application for fresh registration. The petitioner was an approved Principal and had retired from service. Hence, it was not open for the University to contend that being retired the petitioner was not a teacher-candidate. The person who has retired as teacher, continues and is treated as teacher. It is strange that when rights of teachers are to be decided, a convenient way out is adopted and stated that retired teachers are not entitled for exemptions available to teacher in service. The petitioner also prayed for quashing the order of November 26, 2008, passed to refuse fresh registration.

Advocate B G Kulkarni appeared for the petitioner.

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Civil Defence, disaster management must be strengthened: Bedi

During the two-day 'Traindia-2014' leadership conclave organised by National Civil Defence College (NCDC) here, renowned social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi stressed upon the need... Read More
During the two-day 'Traindia-2014' leadership conclave organised by National Civil Defence College (NCDC) here, renowned social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi stressed upon the need to strengthen the Civil Defence and disaster management mechanism in the country.

Addressing the participants from across the country, Bedi said that there was no need to have an independent department in this regard. Already, she said, there are good mechanisms and these need to be strengthened. She appreciated NCDC for organising a thought-provoking conclave. With change in the nature of disasters, the response mechanism also should evolve, she added. She stressed on preparing the community as better responders to disaster situations, and also on the need for training the trainers.

The conclave was organised to explore and reinvent the leading role for Civil Defence in disaster risk reduction and community preparedness. R R Verma, Director General of Civil Defence, Home Guards, and Fire Services, was the chief guest at the inauguration of the conclave on Thursday. Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chancellor, KIMS Deemed University, Karad was the guest of honour and key-note speaker.

Dr G S Saini, Director of NCDC, chaired the session on Friday. Rajesh Chaudhary, Deputy Director of NCDC also shared the dais. Bedi released a CD prepared by NCDC on Civil Defence, on this occasion.

In his speech, Dr Saini said that for Civil Defence organisation to grow to its full potential, leadership training was necessary. This would groom effective leadership that will help empower a resilient community. The effective leadership will build trust and provide an avenue for community participation as well as reciprocity. The conclave was an effort towards building competencies amongst community members of Civil Defence to build faith, instill confidence, and lead the process of survival during disasters, he said. Dr Saini felicitated Bedi with memento.

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Run, March Past mark National Unity Day

Enthusiastic Nagpurians flooded the roads in the Orange City on Friday morning, as they carried the message of national unity while participating in the 'Run for Unity' event organised to mark Na... Read More
Enthusiastic Nagpurians flooded the roads in the Orange City on Friday morning, as they carried the message of national unity while participating in the 'Run for Unity' event organised to mark National Unity Day. The event was organised to mark birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Thousands of Nagpurians including administrative officers, Government employees, sportspersons, students, National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, policemen, and even senior citizens participated in the grand event. The youngest participant was 10-years-old, who participated on skates; while the senior citizens were in the age group of 75 years and above.

At the outset, all the participants gathered at Samvidhan Square. Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, administered the oath of national unity to the participants. Anup Kumar Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police; Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner; Abhishek Krishna, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; Hemantkumar Pawar, Additional Municipal Commissioner; Vijay Santan, Deputy Director (Sports); Appasaheb Dhulaj, Deputy Commissioner also shared the dais on this occasion.

After administering the oath, the 'Run for Unity' was flagged off. Thousands of Nagpurians participated in the event that was organised to enlighten the younger generation of unparalleled work done by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who played a key role in integrating various royalties with India soon after the country won Independence from the British Raj. The run started from Samvidhan Square (RBI Square) and passed through Akashwani Square, VCA Square, NIT Square, LIC Square, before concluding at the point of start. Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector; Girish Joshi, J B Sangitrao, Prakash Patil, Dilip Sawarkar, Asha Pathan, Anita Meshram, all Deputy Collectors; Ajay Ramteke, Deputy District Election Officer; Sujata Gandhe and other senior officers also participated in the event.

Pramod Bhusari, Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner, and Renuka Deshkar conducted the proceedings of oath-taking ceremony. Meanwhile, in another programme Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, administered the oath of unity to officers. In a programme held in Video Conferencing Hall of District Collectorate, Abhishek Krishna paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and first Home Minister of country Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, by garlanding portraits of both the leaders.

Ravindra Kumbhare, Resident Deputy Collector; Dilip Sawarkar, Girish Joshi, J B Sangitrao, Prakash Patil, Sujata Gandhe, Asha Pathan, Anita Meshram, all Deputy Collectors; Anil Gavit, Tehsildar were present prominently on this occasion.

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Diwali deja vu as Fadnavis takes oath as CM

It was a moment the city had waited for with bated breath. Its very own man, a leader with such an impeccable career graph, was all set to be anointed as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. ... Read More
It was a moment the city had waited for with bated breath. Its very own man, a leader with such an impeccable career graph, was all set to be anointed as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. And so, when at 4.30 pm, Devendra Fadnavis stood on that grand dais at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and began with the words, “I, Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis...”, the Orange City got unleashed in a festive frenzy. Bursting of firecrackers, distribution of sweets, all the dancing and several rallies followed till late in the night.

Unlike expectation, there was a thin crowd around Fadnavis’ house near Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, because all family members had gone to Mumbai to attend the swearing-in ceremony. But the little crowd present had no dearth of enthusiasm. Pravin Bansod, a Devendra supporter, was welcoming people. Some people waved the BJP flag, some raised slogans, some burst fire-crackers, and almost everyone was dancing. Sitabuldi Police Station’s PI Sanjay Vernekar and his team were positioned to avoid any untoward incident.

At Laxmibhavan Square, a big LCD screen was put up by Sulabh Gupta, noted businessman. “Around 1,000 people gathered at the square to watch the ceremony live,” Gupta said.

Ajay Sharma, owner of Indore Namkeen, said Laxmibhavan Square should be called CM Square as ‘Deven’ would often visit the square to buy paan from a kiosk in the area. Zahirbhai and his team presented songs and also distributed ladoos and fruits among the people.

Tushar Kothari of Kothari Automobiles, an ex-NCP members who joined BJP just three months ago, was also full of enthusiasm. “With Fadnavis becoming CM, everything is about to change. The road leading to the square was in pathetic condition, but the repairs have started already to make it ready before Fadnavis returns on November 2,” said Kothari.

In front of BJP office at Panchsheel Square, there were women playing fugadi sprinkling gulal. Former Mayors including Dr Kalpana Pandey and Vasundhara Masurkar also participated in the celebrations. “It is a matter of great pride for Nagpurians as our own man has become the Chief Minister of the state. The celebrations are like Diwali after Diwali,” they said.

Vicky Kukreja, North Nagpur BJP President, was at Mumbai but his supporters left no stone unturned to celebrate the moment.

At the main market in Jaripatka, a big screen was put up. Sweets were distributed at various places including Kamal Chowk, Indora, Nara. Sanjay Chaudhary, corporator, looked after the arrangements in Nara. Kukreja said, “A common man has become a CM. This CM will resolve issues of the common man. Development will take place in gunthewari sector.”

A screen had been put up in Badkas Chowk as well and the area had been decorated with saffron flags. Residents and BJP volunteers burst fire-crakers.

Jain Kalar Samaj Madhyavarti Mandal

Jain Kalar Samaj Madhyavarti Mandal has passed resolution to congratulate Devendra Fadnavis. Mandal has expressed that Fadnavis should give priority to the development of Nagpur. The members and office-bearers of Mandal were present in the meeting. They include Ravindra Duragkar, Anandrao Thaware, Bhushan Dadve, Wasudev Gosewade and others.

BJP, Nagpur Mahanagar

The people have celebrated near Rajendra Pande’s residence at Itwari Maskasath have celebrated the swearing-in-ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis on Friday. About 101 kg sweets were distributed. Suresh Patel, Prakash Suchak, Ghanshyam Mehta, Nirmal Guriya, Rohit Tanna, Hitesh Patel, Kushal Munot and others were present.

Arup Mukherjee and Dr Alka Mukherjee of Mukherjee Hospital have displayed screen at Bhandewadi where the oath taking ceremony of Devendra Fadnavis was shown from 4 pm onwards.

Harish Ganeshani, Executive Member of State Pharmacy Council has expressed his happiness and said that Fadnavis should put Nagpur’s development in his priority list.

Kailash Kewalramani, North Nagpur BJP functionary expressed his expectation that Fadnavis should do the development of this region which is experiencing backlog since long.

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Thick security cover around Fadnavis’ home

With anointment of Devendra Fadnavis as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the city police deployed a thick security cover in and around his Trikoni Park, Dharampeth residence. The top police b... Read More
With anointment of Devendra Fadnavis as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the city police deployed a thick security cover in and around his Trikoni Park, Dharampeth residence. The top police brass led by Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh personally visited the spot and reviewed the security arrangements. It was an indication that the place has become now a celebrity's home. Henceforth, this ever accessible home will now have round-the-clock security blanket to protect the new Chief Minister and his family members. The residents of Trikoni Park who were patiently waiting for this moment have decided to accord a rousing welcome to Fadnavis on November 2, when he is expected to come back to city as Chief Minister. CA Kunal Ekbote, a childhood friend of Devendra while welcoming the security arrangements said, “Now we can sleep easy as full police force will be here to take care of us.” Kunal and his family members were at the house of Fadnavis since afternoon till 9 pm. From 4.30 onwards people thronged Fadnavis's home. His brother Ashish and his family left for Mumbai today only to witness the younger siblings' selection and historical oath taking ceremony slated on Friday. Devendra's mother Sarita Fadnavis was very much at home to welcome the relatives, friends of Devendra, volunteers and the citizens of the area. She will leave for Mumbai on Wednesday morning to witness the oath taking ceremony of her young son who will also the first BJP Chief Minister of State. The office staff of Devendra including Kumar, Chetan, Atul Chhotu, were busy in welcoming the people, distributing sweets, informing people about the details of oath taking ceremony. Some vehicles have also been arranged for the close friends and relatives to go to Mumbai from his home. Kunal Moitra, his close volunteer who earlier used to work at his office said that most of the friends of Fadnavis have displayed hoardings to express happiness over the declaration of his name for the CM post. The social media was instantly flooded with congratulatory messages and people instantly flahsed their personal photo collection displaying warm relationship shared with new Chief Minister.

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City erupts in joy to celebrate historic moment

Nagpurians celebrated Diwali again on Tuesday evening after their beloved Devendra Fadnavis was elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. There w... Read More
Nagpurians celebrated Diwali again on Tuesday evening after their beloved Devendra Fadnavis was elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. There were celebrations across city and entire Vidarbha region and people burst crackers, distributed sweets and danced to the tune of sandals after their very close friend, leader and MLA from South-West Nagpur Devendra Fadnavis's name was formally announced by BJP top brass as the first Chief Minister of BJP in Maharashtra. Fadnavis will take oath of Chief Minister on October 31 at 4.30 pm at Wankhede Stadium.

For the first time in the history of Maharashtra, a youth from Nagpur has been selected for top job of the State. Devendra Fadnavis is not only the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra from Nagpur as well as he is second youngest Chief Minister of the state.

Hundreds of citizens gathered near Fadnavis residence at Trikoni Park in Dharampeth, BJP Mahal office and at Regional office, Dhantoli to celebrate this historic moment. At Mahal, Itwari, Dharampeth, Sitabuldi, Ajni Square, Pratapnagar, Reshimbagh, Jaripatka, Central Avenue, Mecoasabagh, Kadbi square and other places of city, the party workers danced on the beats of sandal and distributed sweets. People also participated in the celebrations voluntarily. The people of Vidarbha welcomed his appointment and hoped that new Chief Minister will give justice to the backward region of Vidarbha. The women members of the party celebrated the moment on the beats of rthymic music before the house of Fadnavis in Dharampeth. Sanjay Phanje, Dr. Upendra Kothekar, Rajiv Hadap, Chandan Goswami, Ashwini Jichkar and other workers were present in large number.

City has lot of expectations: Mayor

Mayor Pravin Datke, who is in Mumbai to attend oath ceremony at Wankhede Stadium, said that Maharashtra has got energetic, visionary Chief Minister. He had worked as corporator, Mayor of Nagpur City and people of the city have lot of expectations from him. The State will progress under his leadership. Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Standing Committee Chief Narendra Borkar, Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane welcomed his appointment.

Devendra has vision to lead Mah: Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while talking to mediapersons at International Airport at Nagpur welcomed the selection of Fadnavis as next Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This is a proud moment for Nagpur, he said and added that Fadnavis achieved this position with his dedication and hard work. He believed that under his leadership the state will develop fast and backward regions like Vidarbha, Konkan and Marathwada will get due justice. He said, Prime Minister Modi and himself will give complete support to him and ensure that he will emerge as most successful chief minister of Maharashtra.

Muttemwar welcomes Fadnavis’ anointment

Former MP Vilas Muttemwar welcomed his anointment and said, the Chief Minister has been elected from Vidarbha region after 22 years. This is a great honour for Nagpur and Vidarbha in general. Now, we hope that the good days of Vidarbha and Nagpur will begin as he know agony and difficulties of Vidarbha and Nagpur area. However, the demand of statehood to Vidarbha will go on backstage, he apprehended.

Vidarbha will get its due: Kimmatkar

Adv. Madhukar Kimmatkar, an expert Member of Vidarbha Statutory Development Board (VSDB) said this is a proud moment for Nagpur and Vidarbha. Devendra Fadnavis was always vocal about injustice meted out to Vidarbha in the legislative assembly. The people of the region have lot of hope from him and we believe that Vidarbha will be get separate statehood status under his able leadership.

Chandrashekhar Bawankule

Kamptee BJP MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Chief Amit Shah for appointment of Fadnavis as Chief Minister. He said, for the first time, Nagpur has got Chief Minister's post and it is proud moment for all Nagpurians.

Cutchi Memon Jamat

Cutchi Memon Jamat Jama Masjid, Nagpur welcomed the appointment of Fadnavis as Chief Minister of Maharashtra. President Altaf Ahmed said, it is most proud moment for all Nagpurians that the Chief Minister will be from our city. He congratulated for his success in future and hoped that Nagpur will be turnout to be world class city.

Sunil Duddhalwar

Former CREDAI President Sunil Duddhalwar also welcomed his appointment and believed that Fadnavis will make Nagpur as world classs city in future. BJP Uttar Bharatiya Sabha, Maharashtra General Secretary Sanjay Pande also hoped that Fadnavis can do lot of developments in the city.

Swatantryaveer Sawarkar Rashtriya Smarak

Arun Joshi, President of Swatantryaveer Sawarkar Rastriya Smarak gave best wishes to Fadnavis and hoped that he would work on the guidelines of late Sawarkar. Youth Force President Mikky Bakshi, BJP Uttar Bharatiya Sabha, Maharashtra General Secretary Sanjay Pande, BJP Khamla ward 69 Vice President Dr. Ram Kelapure, Navin Malewar, Piyush Joshi, Bacchu Paraswani, Shriram Mahakalikar, Chotu Borikar, city Vice President Bhusan Dabde, Sikandar Hussain, also welcomed appointment.

Vid Sindhi Vikas Parishad

Vidarbha Sindhi Vikas Parishad President Dr. Vinky Rughwani said, Fadnavis is very positive and responsive peron. He has deep understanding of the subject, a thorough gentleman and will fulfil the dream of Nagpurians.

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NMC proposes amendment in parking rules

Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane gave hearing to 12 persons on proposed amendment in development control rules (DCR) for parking system. The local body has proposed amendment in rule 16 of D... Read More
Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane gave hearing to 12 persons on proposed amendment in development control rules (DCR) for parking system. The local body has proposed amendment in rule 16 of DCR under section 37 of MRTP Act, 1966. The rules were published on July 28 and Town Planning Department invited suggestion and objection on the proposed amendments. Municipal Commissioner heard the matter at NMC office. Deputy Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, Superintending Engineer (NIT) Sunil Gujjalwar, Assistant Direction (TP) Satish Renge, Town Planner C M Zade, Deputy Engineers Rajesh Bhute, Mahesh Gupta, CREDAI President Prashant Sarode, Secretary Anil Nayar, former President Balbeersingh Renu, Dilip Bharade, Ashok Chandak, Rajendra Kulkarni, Vivek Vaidya, Ajit Gupta, Pankaj Dhawan, Subhash Kasulkar, Ashish Londe, and Rajesh Jaiswal were present. Commissioner assured them to send their objections and suggestions to Maharashtra Government.

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4 persons booked for defrauding city businessman of Rs 20 lakh

SADAR Police booked four persons, including one from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), for defrauding a city businessman to the tune of Rs 20 lakh and issuing life threats to him. The accused have... Read More
SADAR Police booked four persons, including one from Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), for defrauding a city businessman to the tune of Rs 20 lakh and issuing life threats to him. The accused have been identified as Meghraj Diwre, his son Amit Diwre, both residents of Plot No 40, Govind Nagar, Somalwada, Wardha Road, Umesh Wadekar (40), a resident of Rameshwari Chowk, and Edmund Alex Teel, a resident of Murli Nagar, Visakhapatnam (AP). According to Police, Ashish Arun Siriya (35), proprietor of Milap Enterprises, and a resident of 701, Dhawalgiri Apartment, Poonam Chambers, Byramji Town, lodged a complaint that Meghraj Diwre, his son Amit and Umesh Wadekar approached him on May 31 last year. They told him that a steel company in Wardha required coal. They also told him that coal supplier Edmund Alex Teel was known to them. The accused trio allured him of supplying coal through Edmund so as to earn a profit of Rs five lakh within a fortnight. Believing to be a genuine business officer, Siriya struck a deal with them. Meghraj Diwre, Amit and Wadekar then asked him to deposit Rs 20 lakh in EdmundTeel’s account. After Siriya deposited the amount in Edmund Teel’s account, Meghraj Diwre, Amit Diwre and Wade went to Visakhapatnam and withdrew the amount from the bank. When Siriya asked them to return his money, they abused him using obscene words. The also threatened to kill him. On the basis of the complaint, Sadar Police registered an offence under Sections 420, 406, 294, 506(b) and 34 of the IPC against the accused persons. Further investigations are under way.

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Devendra will take Maharashtra to glorious heights, says proud mother

Sarita Fadnavis was a proud mother who cherished this moment with moist eyes confidently stated that her younger son would definitely make Maharashtra a glorious state. Speaking to mediapersons... Read More
Sarita Fadnavis was a proud mother who cherished this moment with moist eyes confidently stated that her younger son would definitely make Maharashtra a glorious state. Speaking to mediapersons, she vividly recalled journey of Devendra from a bubbly little boy to Chief Minister of big state like Maharashtra. Despite all odds, Devendra always maintained his cool, never compromised with his ideals and principles and his studiousness and spotless clean image carved a niche for himself and made family proud. He inherited qualities of his father late Gangadharrao and established a huge network of friends and well-wishers, she stated. His elder brother and me always supported him during his career, she said. I am confident that Devendra has capacity and capability to lead Maharashtra to glory, she proudly stated.

He has vision and really worked hard, says wife Amruta

Devendra’s wife Amruta, who is a senior Banking professional with Axis Bank, expressed happiness and joy. Devendra has been patient, maintained a clean image and has a visionary approach. He really worked hard and now that is paying off. I am very happy, she stated while bubbling with joy. Amruta along with daughter Divija watched the proceedings of BJP legislature party on television. Infact entire family was glued to television screens from the afternoon itself. Fadnavis household was full of visitors and relatives and they congratulated Devendra’s mother Sarita, wife Amruta and daughter Divija.

‘All the best Papa’

“All the best Pappa.” These best wishes extended by daughter Divija who is a student of BVM Civil Lines branch, must have overjoyed father Devendra, who is away at Mumbai. He is in BJP and I know that he won elections. My classmates and teacher has also conveyed best wishes to him and all of them want to take a photos with him, she innocently told the waiting mediapersons.

My brother will fulfill people’s expectations: Ashish

Elder brother Ashish, who is in Mumbai, also expressed joy and happiness over elevation of his younger brother Devendra as new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Entire family stood behind him like a rock and supported his political career, says Ashish, who maintains a low-profile, but is a source of inspiration for his more famous younger brother. His hard work, scholarship, determination made him so successful as legislator and as State BJP President and I am confident that as Chief Minister he will be very successful, he confidently stated.

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Devendra Fadnavis, the CM: City’s gift to Mah

After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party unanimously elected Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis as its leader and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the entire city burst into joy.... Read More
After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party unanimously elected Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis as its leader and next Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the entire city burst into joy.

Best Parliamentarian, Youngest Mayor of the city, Youth Icon, Ace Debator, meritorious Law graduate, able organiser, ever accessible, sports-lover, fiercely independent thinker, a doer, a young and dynamic legislator with 22 years political experience and that too with spotless clean public image, bubbling with energy, enthusiasm and grasp to understand the matters of public importance in a minute, Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis, is one of the treasured possessions of Nagpur. Not surprisingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as ‘the best gift of Nagpur to Maharashtra’.

Born and brought up in Nagpur, Devendra is very much a city lad and every Nagpurian is feeling elated with his elevation as 22nd Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Born on July 22, 1970 in a middle-class Maharashtrian Brahmin family, Devendra did his schooling from Saraswati School and joined Dharampeth Science College to finally join Law College. From the very beginning, he was a sharp and brilliant student and naturally he secured gold medal in Hindu Law and obtained post graduate degree in Business Management. Later, he obtained a diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from DSE Berlin.

During his two-decades long chequered career as a young and dynamic politician with clean image. Right from teenage, Devendra was quite active on social front and was associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). At the very young age of 22 years, he became corporator from Ram Nagar ward and during his second stint was elected as Youngest Mayor of Nagpur city and implemented Mayor-in-Council for two years.

A gifted politician who learnt the lessons of patriotism and public service from his equally great and illustrious father - late Gangadharrao Fadnavis - who represented Graduates’ Constituency with great distinction, Devendra is perfect embodiment of an ideal public representative, well versed in legislative process and is articulate enough to passionately espouse public cause.

What is astonishing is his ability to emerge as a formidable leader at such a young age demonstrating his multi-faceted personality without any sense of arrogance. Humble, accessible, ever cheerful, helpful, Devendra Fadnavis has mastered the art of elective politics with ease and can be truly described as public servant working 24x7, never neglecting any section of society. Political apartheid and opportunism are alien terms for him and that’s why his political adversaries too have only words of appreciation for him. His unanimous selection and kind words for him coming from rivals whom he did not spare in legislature testifies his traits.

During his chequered political career, Devendra never faced any defeat, but always treated political opponents with equal respect- a rare trait in contemporary politics. Ever dependable and trustworthy, Devendra is a man of words and makes it a point to honour the promise. The massive rush at his residence and office from last two decades confirms his ever growing popularity and acceptability sans caste, creed, religion and political ideology.

Though, he is People’s leader, but can effortlessly address global leaders and unveil his development agenda before top urban administrators or world renowned thinkers at places like Honolulu, Frankfurt, Sydney and Singapore. Suave, urban, polished, Devendra is equally at ease while championing the cause of unauthorised layouts and slum-dwellers.

His persistent effort to regularise unauthorised layout demonstrates this fact. Saviour of Cargo affected people, he is one leader who consistently pressurised Government to give a fair deal to farmers whose land was acquired for the ambitious MIHAN.

Finely balancing the developmental need of the city without compromising upon justice to affected people, Fadnavis has set an example of pro-active public representative with endless ideas to resolve the most complex and complicated issues, and that too without creating any bitterness. His legendary fight against indiscriminate load-shedding is remembered by every Nagpurian. From slamming the DF Government on the floor of the house to storming MERC hearing with concrete proof of its bias against Vidarbha and Nagpur, Fadnavis has presented a solid case for making Nagpur free from load-shedding and as usual has prepared a road-map to make power-cuts a thing of past for entire Maharashtra.

Not surprisingly, Devendra has always emerged victorious in every political battle and with he becoming Chief Minister of Maharashtra, entire state expects that he will take Maharashtra to glorious heights and make every Nagpurian very proud with his splendid performance.

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Winter ‘winks’ at Raipurians!

With temperatures continuing their downslide, it is clear winter has set in within the state. A downslide of 5 degrees was recorded on Sunday while it was a dip of mere 1 degree a day earlier. Met ... Read More
With temperatures continuing their downslide, it is clear winter has set in within the state. A downslide of 5 degrees was recorded on Sunday while it was a dip of mere 1 degree a day earlier. Met department claimed on Sunday that there has been sharp decline in maximum temperatures registered across State.

Department sources also claimed that cyclonic conditions prevailing on west coast of India is to be blamed for sharp decline in temperatures along with erratic showers in State.

Ambikapur and Pendra Road have registered minimum temperatures of 17 degree celsius on Sunday with Met department claiming that maximum temperatures.

While the clouds and rains are to be expected for a day or two in state, it is believed that temperatures may further decline with dispersal of clouds. Sources also pointed out that cold winds in the state are also due to active monsoon on southern and north-eastern parts of India.

Meanwhile, people across state are welcoming the onset of winter and are seen shopping for warm clothes and blankets. Families are also increasingly planning their evening out with weather getting pleasant and various tourist destinations of Chhattisgarh are seeing sharp increase in influx of tourists.

In so far as different areas of Chhattisgarh are concerned, Durg also registered a minimum of 17.6 degree Celsius while Raipur recorded a minimum of 19.8 degree Celsius. Jagdalpur and Bilaspur were amongst the highest minimum temperature scorers hovering around 20 degree Celsius range.

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Anomalies in PRP: Matter of Annoyance for BSP Executives

The anomalies in payment of Performance Related Pay (PRP), was the main topic of discussion in the executive committee members’ meeting of BSP Officers Association (OA), convened on Sunday ... Read More
The anomalies in payment of Performance Related Pay (PRP), was the main topic of discussion in the executive committee members’ meeting of BSP Officers Association (OA), convened on Sunday at Pragati Bhavan. A large number of BSP executives are an infuriated lot as the PRP emolument of 1050 executives among them is Zero.

Now, the OA office bearers and members are intending to refund the amount they were paid as PRP. It was also decided that OA members would refund the cheques of the amount deposited in their bank accounts as PRP with their zonal representatives; and the last date announced in the meeting for depositing such cheques is 30th October 2014.

The president of OA, K.D.Prasad has already deposited his PRP payment cheque of Rs. 95,000 with the Zonal representative. General Secretary, K.K.Yadav also has deposited his PRP payment cheque with Zonal representative. OA office bearers are pressing the demand for paying PRP on the basis of BSP’s performance, while specifically stressing on the point that BSP’s contribution in the total profit of 51,000 crore earned by SAIL is 49,000 crore.

OA also assured that all executives from BSP are fully committed for increasing production to maximum possible extent, while specifically stressing on the point that the uneven payment of PRP has adverse effect on the self esteem of BSP executives.

The OA office bearers further pointed that when SAIL was facing the lean period in the year 1996, as outcome of the recession, the executives have extended all the possible support while sacrificing their own deserving incentives and other benefits. The executives also extended their support to the management on the issue pertaining to wage revision. At present, they are expecting only justified and honorable approach regarding the payment of PRP on the part of management.

In the meeting of OA and SEFI with SAIL management scheduled in near future, the grievances of BSP executives would be voiced and also the management would be exhorted for protecting the interests of not only of the steel plant but also those of its committed executives. OA is also intending to convene its next meeting in November 2014 and decide whether to refrain collectively from availing the facility of mobile phone sim-cards, to be granted by management to the BSP executives.

Present in the meting were President of OA and Chairman SEFI, K.D.Prasad, General Secretary K.K.Yadav, Treasurer Ajay Pandey, Vice Presidents Chinmay Khan, Sanjay Kumar, Chandrashekhar Pasine, secretaries Lalit Popat and Ravikumar Phule along with other office bearers of OA.

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Chhattigarh Cong Coordination Committee likely to meet in Delhi

Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader T S Singhdeo would be visiting Delhi on October 28 to attend a meeting of State party Presidents as well as finalise the schedule of ... Read More
Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel and CLP leader T S Singhdeo would be visiting Delhi on October 28 to attend a meeting of State party Presidents as well as finalise the schedule of State Coordination Committee meeting.

CLP leader TS Singhdeo told The Hitavada over phone that State-level party coordination committee would be approving date for meeting of Chhattisgarh Congress election committee to finalize candidates for upcoming municipal elections. It need be mentioned that State Coordination Committee of the party is most likely to meet in Delhi as a matter of convenience for senior party leaders like B K Hariprasad, Motilal Vora and Bhakta Charan Das.

Singhdeo said that they would further seek guidelines from party high-command on planned economic blockade on November 1 to protest the limited paddy procurement decision of state government. He informed that party would be holding discussions with the Durg and Raipur party office-bearers on Oct 27 in this regard. Membership drive and other organizational issues may also be taken up in this meeting.

Party sources, meanwhile, pointed out that Congress needs to project a united face in this major agitation planned to be able to boost the morale of the party workers, who would soon be striving for victory in municipal and panchayat polls.

Cong declares distt-level working committees

Chhattisgarh Congress, on Sunday, announced the Raipur Shahar and Raipur (Rural) district-level committees.

According to issued list, Congress leaders Sumit Das, Sunita Sharma and Somen Chatterjee have been appointed block Presidents of Sadar Bazaar, Mahant Lakshmi Narayan Das and Gudhiyari party units respectively while Khubiram Sahu and Chandra Behra have been appointed as block Presidents of Civil Lines and Tatibandh party units.

A total of 47 secretaries have also been announced for Raipur Shahar Congress while the list of permanent invitees includes Ramesh Warlyani, Satyanarayan Sharma, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Kiran Mayee Nayak and Inder Chand Dhariwal.

Similarly, Raipur (Rural) working committee includes Udhoram Verma, Nirmala Sonwani and Vedram Manhare as block party Presidents of Dharsinva, Abhanpur and Tilda-Gramin while Ashok Yadav, Chandrahas Sahu, Basant Sahu and Dhanraj Madhyani have been appointed block party Presidents of Tilda-Nagar, Arang, Birgaon-Nagar and Navapara-Rajim (Nagar). Apart from 30 member strong party working committee, the list of permanent invitees includes Dhanendra Sahu, Satyanarayan Sharma, Guru Rudra, Vidhan Mishra, Girish Dewangan and Pankaj Sharma.

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Registry offices to be fully computerized

The Inspector General of Registration and Superintendent of Stamps, Government of Chhattisgarh is carrying out integrated computerization of Registration and Stamps Department at its 92 Sub-Reg... Read More
The Inspector General of Registration and Superintendent of Stamps, Government of Chhattisgarh is carrying out integrated computerization of Registration and Stamps Department at its 92 Sub-Registrar Offices (SROs), 21 District Registrar Offices (DROs) and Office of Inspector General of Registration and Superintendent of Stamps.

The primary objective of the initiative is to migrate to an end-to-end web-based environment in order to improve quality of service through optimized services delivery by the department, while the secondary objective is to provide transparent & citizen friendly environment, business intelligent application with appropriate controls against vulnerability, system work flow operation, robust system to cater to the registration process, centralization of database, hassle-free operations and to promote tighter monitoring of the revenue realization system for Department of Registration and Stamps (DRS). The initiative will provide benefits like simplified, fast & transparent registration process, ICT enabled service delivery with SMS based application status review, easy e-Payments facilitated through Payment Gateway, minimal Turn-Around-Time to get the registration completed, Registration and return of registered document in single visit to the people.

While the benefits to the Government will be better control and visibility over its operations and management, electronic data processing, empowerment of common man through easy and simple process, improved efficiency, improved service levels, better quality of service, standardization of Systems & Improved Scalability, automated work-flow will not only ensure smooth and on-time delivery of services but this will also result in more transparency, improved responsibility and increased productivity in the organization, better monitoring, smooth processes and MIS reporting and auditing. With these objective and outcomes the proposed computerization intends to provide web-based access to citizens, DRS Officers and intermediaries with user-friendly and integrated services relating to Registration and Stamps. This will also administer a system of record keeping, which is secure, easily retrievable, tamperproof, thereby achieving public confidence and implementation of an efficient system of property valuation. It further will maintain all data in integrated electronic form, so that it is easily accessible as well as implementation of systems and processes for secure maintenance and updating of data.

The Department of Registration and Stamps (DRS) in Chhattisgarh has been successfully rendering registration service to the citizens and happens to be one of the highest contributors to state’s exchequer and is primarily responsible for registration of various types of documents, related to property transfer.

DRS registers documents to the tune of approximately 2.5 Lakhs every year. Currently, sale of stamps, registration of documents, search of documents and all other important activities are conducted manually. Since, paper copy of all the registered documents has to be maintained, large record rooms act as the repository of all documents. Preparation of Search Reports and issuance of No Encumbrance Certificates and Certified Copy takes time, since it is all done manually. DRS has taken the initiative for computerization to address the aforesaid and other macro and micro level issues, so as to create a world class automated system for rendering exemplary citizen services.

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Report reveals some strange facts on Tb cases in State

It seems that instructions of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare does not matter much to the private hospitals of Chhattisgarh as only 5% private hospitals or clinics of State submitted ... Read More
It seems that instructions of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare does not matter much to the private hospitals of Chhattisgarh as only 5% private hospitals or clinics of State submitted the declaration of not diagnosing or treating Tuberculosis (Tb) cases to the Chhattisgarh Health Services so far. The shocking part is that Chhattisgarh is one of the 10 high risk states across nation in rising cases of tuberculosis especially of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) Tb in last 3 years.

It is may be mentioned here that Chhattisgarh recorded 4,569 cases of MDR Tb in Government hospitals of different districts along with 68,911 new cases of Tb in 2013-14. But fact is that around 70% Tb patients of State, prefer private health sectors for treatment of this disease and owing to unavailability of data and information about TB patients in private hospitals, National Tuberculosis Department of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare instructed private health sectors of all 27 districts in the State to give notification of each and every tuberculosis case to the tuberculosis section of their respective district Health Department so that department can detect exact number of Tb patients and would take some measures in controlling of MDR Tb cases. But the saddest part is that after getting instruction of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on June 2013, district health departments of all 27 districts had already sent notices and reminders to the private hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and laboratories immediately. But in time duration of past 16 months, only 5.7% private hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and labs at Chhattisgarh (both rural as well as urban ones) submitted the details of Tb patients visited in their health units to the district health department of their respective districts. On the other hand in same time duration, 64% private health sectors of Maharashtra, 61% of undivided Andhra Pradesh, 50% of Madhya Pradesh and 41% of Odisha gave details of each and every treated or examined Tb patients to the health departments of their states respectively.

As per the available information of Tb section of Chhattisgarh Health Services- since July 2013 only 200 out of 3,512 registered private health sectors in different districts submitted details of Tb patients who visited their health units to the Health Department of State which accounted of 5.7%.

Amongst all districts, worst condition is of Durg district where only 4 private hospitals or clinics gave details of Tb patients to the district Health Department in last one and a half years. Similarly in Rajnandgaon, Kawardha and Balod districts, only 5 private health sectors of all these districts detected Tb patients. Only in capital Raipur and Korba districts, condition is little better as 12 and 9 private health sectors of these districts respectively saw Tb patients since July 2013.

Dr T Agrawal, State Tuberculosis Officer said that ‘We are still waiting for the response of private health sectors regarding the details of Tb patients. We had sent remainders several times for submitting the monthly report on Tb notification sought by Union Ministry of Health Services but still there is no big change and hope that the introduction of nursing home act in state would bring a positive response of it, he added. Dr. Nishant Baghel who is associated with NGO for Tb patients asserted that every year there has been a rise of 12% in the cases of MDR Tb so it is necessary for health services to take some strong as well as concrete measures on it.

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Bhopal gas toxic waste disposal issue lingers

The issue of disposal of toxic waste scattered in open ground in Union Carbide factory is lingering. Bhopal gas tragedy is entering its 30th anniversary but no substantial development is seen in ... Read More
The issue of disposal of toxic waste scattered in open ground in Union Carbide factory is lingering. Bhopal gas tragedy is entering its 30th anniversary but no substantial development is seen in solving issues. Earlier, the Bhopal Gas Survivors’ Organisation had pointed out that the bank guarantee would be confiscated in 2015 if MEE (Multi Effect Evaporator) facility is not installed at MPTSDF, run by Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited. They have also pointed out that MPTSDF was not a safe facility for incineration of toxic waste. In April 2014, Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board confiscated the bank guarantee of Rs 3 lakh, submitted by MPTSDF, run by Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited. This bank guarantee was seized because the facility had refused to install Multi Effect Evaporator (MEE) since 2008. MEE’s function is to prevent local soil and ground water contamination. Even though there had been several trial runs of incineration, the facility had always lacked this essential equipment. In June 2014, MPPCB revoked the Consent for Operation of the facility because it had failed to install the MEE. The CFO was only reinstated once the MP Waste Management Project agreed to give an undertaking to install the MEE within 6 months and also deposit Rs 50 lakh bank guarantee. As per them, MPPCB had asked the facility to install MEE, back in 2008, and the facility was allowed to get away with some fines when they have outright violated the guidelines of the pollution control board. We demand that the CFO (Consent for Operation) of the facility should be revoked until they install MEE and other violations have been fixed. This is the same facility where 350MT of the Union Carbide toxic waste is proposed to be incinerated.

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Unidentified man’s body found in front of OPD of Medical College and Hospital

BODY of an unidentified man was found in front of OPD of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. According to police, they received information about finding body of... Read More
BODY of an unidentified man was found in front of OPD of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. According to police, they received information about finding body of an unidentified man in front of OPD of the hospital. The body was placed in mortuary. Receiving the information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem after carrying out panchnama. Police have started investigation into the case for identifying the deceased and ascertaining the cause of his death.

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Dark Diwali for forestry students of JNAU

CONTINUING the fight for justice, students of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), Department of Forestry celebrated the Festival of Light in darkness while lighting the lamps on the d... Read More
CONTINUING the fight for justice, students of Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU), Department of Forestry celebrated the Festival of Light in darkness while lighting the lamps on the doors of University Administrative Building and offering tributes to former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, on whose name the university has been formed, by lighting lamps infront of his statue situated at Administrative Block on Sunday.

Students, research scholars and post-graduate students of Forestry Department of Jabalpur College of Agriculture, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU) continuing indefinite strike since September 23 seeking fulfilment attention of State Government authorities towards their justified demands.

Intensifying their protest, forestry students staged blood campaigning at different public places by writing posters, letters mentioning their demands. Continuing correspondence with State Government students sent representation even letters written with their blood. After blood campaign, some students met Governor of Madhya Pradesh and discussed their issues. The Governor faxed the concerned letter to the Chief Minster, Minister of Forest, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Vice-Chancellor of JNAU.

On this, a high-level committee was constituted including Registrar Dr Rajesh Paliwarl, HOD Dr N N Pathak and five students who visited the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Bhopal, regarding demands of forestry students. A group of students met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. In response CM Chouhan assured students seeking two days time and to make a call on telephone regarding assurance related to their demands. In this Chief Minister after two days assured students that their demands will be fulfilled. Receiving a positive call from the Chief Minister’s house students of forestry decided to continue their strike till the Government does not fulfill their demands. The ongoing protest is a event in series being staged by the forestry students in Madhya Pradesh to raise the issue. The ongoing protest and all efforts being made by the students has come in response to repeated negligence towards demands of students by the authorities concerned. Students under banner of Forestry Students’ Welfare Association, an umbrella organisation, uniting all students of the Department of Forestry, JNAU have vowed to intensify their protest even further till a logical solution to their problems is found.

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Police nab 165 gamblers, seize Rs 51,775 in separate raids

CONTINUING a special drive against illegal gambling activities, separate police teams raided gambling dens in several areas and apprehended a total of 165 gamblers and seized Rs 51,775 from the... Read More
CONTINUING a special drive against illegal gambling activities, separate police teams raided gambling dens in several areas and apprehended a total of 165 gamblers and seized Rs 51,775 from them in different parts of the city.

Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police started a special drive under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) and Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) for checking gambling activities during Diwali festival. During the campaign, Kotwali police apprehended Raja Vishwakarma along with his four friends while gambling at Srinath Ki Tallayya area and seized cash of Rs 855.

Madan Mahal police conducted raid near Khermai Mandir and nabbed Akash, Ashish and six others and seized Rs 3,210 from them. Ghamapur police raided a gambling den near Shukla Hotel and arrested Kailash and seven others and seized Rs 3,700. Gorakhpur police seized Rs 1,340 from a gambling den and arrested Rohit Kori, Pradeep and seven others at Peepal Mohalla and Purana Pan Bareja. Similarly, Garha police nabbed Nicky Ahuja, Manish Jain and Dilip Patel and fifteen others and seized Rs 7,700 from them at Shastri Nagar area. Gohalpur police raided gambling den at Transport Nagar area and arrested Imran alias Sheru, Rocky Rupbasant and 13 others and seized Rs 3,040 from them.

Hanumantal police arrested Sabdar Hussain, Asif, Manoj Kumar and 13 others at Chandni Chowk and Khai Mohalla and seized Rs 4,510. Adhartal police nabbed Sunil and two others and seized Rs 360 at Gujarat Mohalla.

Madhotal police arrested Lakhanlal, Basant Vishwakarma, Rajkumar, Manoj, Anil Patel and 26 others at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, ITI and Professor Colony areas and seized Rs 13,825 from them. Panagar police apprehended Satish Kacchi, Rohit Patel and 12 others in separate raids in village Umaria Pathar and Piparia and seized cash of Rs 4,715. Shahpura police seized Rs 1,350 from Chhote Singh and three others at village Bil Pathar area. Patan police nabbed Karan Khatik and seven others from Guru Mohalla and seized Rs 1,900.

Katangi police raided at Kudan Mohalla and arrested Bhura Singh Lodhi and six others and seized Rs 2,590. Bargi police conducted raid at Government Society and Nanakhera areas and nabbed Chhotelal Yadav, Bedilal Sahu and seven others and seized cash of Rs 1,780 from them.

Bhedaghat police seized Rs 1,670 from Suraj Lodhi and six others in a raid at village Basha. Sihora police conducted raid on gambling at village Barkhera and apprehended Kallu Gontia and three others. Police have registered separate cases against the accused under Section 13 of the Gambling Act.

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Concrete policies, efforts to uplift organic farmers need of the hour

ENSURING profitability for organic farmers, a parallel marketing channel in Krishi Upan Mandis has become need of hour and development. As organic products be it grown or collected from forests l... Read More
ENSURING profitability for organic farmers, a parallel marketing channel in Krishi Upan Mandis has become need of hour and development. As organic products be it grown or collected from forests like minor forest produces etc are little costlier and in prevailing circumstance cannot be sold with traditional system of products. As profitability and actual costing of products could not be assessed in traditional agencies of agro produce procurement. Yet, no emphasis has been given on marketing and post-harvest processing or value addition. For manufacturing of any herbal, agro or food product in Madhya Pradesh there are very few sources.

Nearly no development towards processing industries in Madhya Pradesh is reason behind this. Impact of sluggish progress of processing industry could be seen in slow progress of people having employment in this sector. Now to fetch some profit of demand of cash crops of medicinal and aromatic plants like Rose flower, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Aloe Vera and other such crops, some of the progressive farmers have opted the organic way of growing the products. But for them the decision of opting organic farming has become a business of losses.

These progressive farmers are now making hectic efforts to find good buyers who not only give them price that crop deserves but also utilise the product as per its quality. With sudden rise in trade of forest-based produces and lack of reliable data, many species have been pushed to line of extinction. Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce Federation had initiated work of assessment at few selected sites over availability. Efforts coupled with other approaches like community development, replacement rate of plants and rate of production etc may help in standardising methods for assessment of forest produces.

Categorisation of products according to rate of collection, growing preferences for use of natural products for health care, nutrition, cosmetics, aroma, pesticides etc must be systematically recorded and analysed. In prevailing circumstances only forest produces procurement data is available while information about its post harvest use and exploitation yet to be analysed and derived. Madhya Pradesh is richest state in the country in terms of forest produces and natural biodiversity. The reason is mostly on account of loss of trees and plants yielding these products. The State Government needs to take concrete policies and efforts to provide market for forest products of medicinal and aromatic use to provide better livelihood to villagers.

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Van Vihar likely to have more swamp deers

Swamp deers are likely to be an added attraction in Van Vihar National Park. Proposal to bring in swamp deers has been lingering since long, mainly due to the surplus population of Cheetals. Unfo... Read More
Swamp deers are likely to be an added attraction in Van Vihar National Park. Proposal to bring in swamp deers has been lingering since long, mainly due to the surplus population of Cheetals. Unfortunately, instead of the proposed 100 cheetals, only nineteen have been shifted to Ralamandal Sanctuary, Indore so far, signalling no change in the scenario. At present, cheetal population is in the 541-641 range .

Besides this, the number of Jackals in Van Vihar National Park has shown a two-fold increase, from 43 in the last census and jumping onto the range of 100 at present, threatening the existence of cheetals.

Decision to shift cheetal was taken in 2011 in the month of September. But the proposal was withheld as it did not get approval then from NTCA and WII, Dehradun, to take up India’s first exercise of shifting around 350-400 spotted deer.

But due to the increase in population of spotted deer, Van Vihar National Park approached the concerned authorities to decide on the issue as it was getting difficult to monitor the overcrowded population of cheetals in the national park. The herbivores’ herd required spacious grassland and for that, it was necessary that the sanctuaries should have enough space. Van Vihar National Park is spread over an area of 445 hectares and can accommodate 400 deers only. Less spacious grasslands is making things difficult for the survival of Cheetals and fodder is also becoming a problem.

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6 drug peddlers arrested with 20 kg ganja

IN A major breakthrough, Kotwali police succeeded in apprehending six accused involved in trade of narcotic substances and seized 20-kilograms of ganja. Besides this, police seized two pistols an... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, Kotwali police succeeded in apprehending six accused involved in trade of narcotic substances and seized 20-kilograms of ganja. Besides this, police seized two pistols and four live cartridges from two habitual criminals already booked in several sensitive crime cases at different police stations. Police are trying to trap other persons working in the network of narcotics trade and main sources for delivering narcotics consignment.

The accused of narcotics trade have been identified as Avinash Choudhary (19), son of Anil Choudhary, a resident of near Pili Building in Cherital, Gohalpur, Narendra alias Narru Sharma (40), son of Puranlal Sharma, resident of South Miliniganj, Mohit Vishwakarma (18), son of Rajendra Vishwakarma, a resident of Bajrang Nagar, Karmeta in Madhotal area, Shivam Soni (18), son of Rajaram Soni, resident of South Miloniganj area, Mohammed Saleem (25), son of Mohammed Yusuf, resident of Purani Bazaar area in Majholi and Mohammed Maksood (21), son of Mohammed Zameen, resident of Mansuri Mohalla in Majholi.

Two arrested in Arms Act have been identified as Amit Tiwari, son of Kandhilal Tiwari and Nitin alias Kariya Sharma, residents of Adhartal area.

Under direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police started a special campaign against listed criminals, trade and consumption of narcotic substances and possessing arms and weapons under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) and Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East). Continuing the campaign, police received information about some suspected men involved in trade of narcotic substances.

Taking prompt action on the information, a police team under guidance of CSP, Kotwali, Anil Vaidya started search for them. Continuing a rigorous search, police team succeeded in apprehending the accused and seized 20 kilograms of ganja, two pistols and four live cartridges from them.

CSP, Kotwali, Anil Vaidya informed that police are working on war footing for search of connections of drug peddlers and apprehending more persons working in nexus of narcotics trade. Vaidya added that two more accused Kariya Sharma and Amit Tiwari are habitual criminals and police are questioning them for disclosing their involvement in crime incidents. The accused were apprehended with active efforts of police team led by SHO of Kotwali police station, Ramnaresh Yadav comprised of SI S K Mishra, ASI Rajendra Shukla, ASI Arvind Singh, Head Constables, Ramsanehi, Nissar Ali, Sanjay Loth, Ramji Tiwari, Constables, Ajit Patel and Ramlal Kushwaha.

On the achievement of police team, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared cash reward of Rs 5,000 and letter of appreciation.

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Suspended RPF inspector detained in Bhopal

Railway Protection Force (RPF) team detained a suspended RPF inspector, who was on run for several months, after a case was lodged against him for his alleged involvement with criminals for vario... Read More
Railway Protection Force (RPF) team detained a suspended RPF inspector, who was on run for several months, after a case was lodged against him for his alleged involvement with criminals for various crimes on running trains in Bhopal on Sunday.

A case was registered against R K Sharma at RPF Itarsi around a year ago, after which, he was suspended. A team of RPF personnel was on hunt for him for past several months. Assistant Commandant, RPF Bhopal Division, R K Singh was appointed as the investigation officer of the case. Sharma was allegedly held responsible for several cases of theft, loot and other criminal activities on running trains in connivance with the anti-social elements active on the trains.

Sharma used to swap walkie-talkies to create a communication gap between the senior officials of the RPF and the staff deployed at beats so that the criminal activities could be easily carried out. The swapping of walkie-talky sets gave ample time to the criminals to commit crimes and escape before the police personnel could reach to nab them. RPF Bhopal Division informed that Sharma was detained in Bhopal on Sunday and was being interrogated.

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KV-2 students to get better grades for helping ill schoolmates

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, who voluntarily helped their ill schoolmates by collecting pocket money, would be rewarded with better continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) grades in ... Read More
Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya-2, who voluntarily helped their ill schoolmates by collecting pocket money, would be rewarded with better continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) grades in annual examination.

Students of KV2 created an example for others by collecting amount through their pocket money for Ranish Upadhyaya, who was in coma. Ranish was diagnosed with anemia, high WBC and low RBC on October 4. When students of KV2 came to know that Nitu Upadhyaya was single parent of Ranish and her financial status was weak, students voluntarily collected pocket money to help him.

‘The Hitavada’ had already published the story of Ranish and his friends on October 18. However, students who helped Ranish as a noble gesture, never knew that their kind-hearted gesture would yield a good result soon. These students will be getting higher CCE grade in annual examination under overall assessment. The school management monitors activity of students throughout the year and awards them with grade in annual examination.

“School management has no role in this but we appreciated the efforts made by children. Students will be getting CCE grade after monitoring of their overall activities and of course, these children deserve better,” said Sarvshree Majumdar, Principal In-Charge KV-2.

Ranish is finally out of danger and has been discharged from hospital. He was hospitalised in National Hospital of the city for 20 days. Finally, after prayer of his schoolmates, he will soon start attending classes. Ranish was unconscious but he knew very well that he had many friends, who cared for him and wanted him recover soon. Nitu Upadhyaya, Ranish’s mother said, “I am really thankful to these kids, especially, from primary section, who love my child so much. I never expected so much of love and concern from unknown children.” “When they handed me money, I could not control my tears rolling down, God bless them all,” is what she could only say as she got emotional once again.

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Van Vihar National Park likely to have more swamp deers

Swamp deers are likely to be an added attraction in Van Vihar National Park. Proposal to bring in swamp deers has been lingering since long, mainly due to the surplus population of Cheetals. Un... Read More
Swamp deers are likely to be an added attraction in Van Vihar National Park. Proposal to bring in swamp deers has been lingering since long, mainly due to the surplus population of Cheetals. Unfortunately, instead of the proposed 100 cheetals, only nineteen have been shifted to Ralamandal Sanctuary, Indore so far, signalling no change in the scenario. At present, cheetal population is in the 541-641 range .

Besides this, the number of Jackals in Van Vihar National Park has shown a two-fold increase, from 43 in the last census and jumping onto the range of 100 at present, threatening the existence of cheetals.

Decision to shift cheetal was taken in 2011 in the month of September. But the proposal was withheld as it did not get approval then from NTCA and WII, Dehradun, to take up India’s first exercise of shifting around 350-400 spotted deer.

But due to the increase in population of spotted deer, Van Vihar National Park approached the concerned authorities to decide on the issue as it was getting difficult to monitor the overcrowded population of cheetals in the national park.

The herbivores’ herd required spacious grassland and for that, it was necessary that the sanctuaries should have enough space. Van Vihar National Park is spread over an area of 445 hectares and can accommodate 400 deers only. Less spacious grasslands is making things difficult for the survival of Cheetals and fodder is also becoming a problem.

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Concrete policies, efforts to uplift organic farmers need of the hour

ENSURING profitability for organic farmers, a parallel marketing channel in Krishi Upan Mandis has become need of hour and development. As organic products be it grown or collected from forests l... Read More
ENSURING profitability for organic farmers, a parallel marketing channel in Krishi Upan Mandis has become need of hour and development. As organic products be it grown or collected from forests like minor forest produces etc are little costlier and in prevailing circumstance cannot be sold with traditional system of products. As profitability and actual costing of products could not be assessed in traditional agencies of agro produce procurement. Yet, no emphasis has been given on marketing and post-harvest processing or value addition. For manufacturing of any herbal, agro or food product in Madhya Pradesh there are very few sources.

Nearly no development towards processing industries in Madhya Pradesh is reason behind this. Impact of sluggish progress of processing industry could be seen in slow progress of people having employment in this sector. Now to fetch some profit of demand of cash crops of medicinal and aromatic plants like Rose flower, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Aloe Vera and other such crops, some of the progressive farmers have opted the organic way of growing the products. But for them the decision of opting organic farming has become a business of losses.

These progressive farmers are now making hectic efforts to find good buyers who not only give them price that crop deserves but also utilise the product as per its quality. With sudden rise in trade of forest-based produces and lack of reliable data, many species have been pushed to line of extinction. Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce Federation had initiated work of assessment at few selected sites over availability. Efforts coupled with other approaches like community development, replacement rate of plants and rate of production etc may help in standardising methods for assessment of forest produces.

Categorisation of products according to rate of collection, growing preferences for use of natural products for health care, nutrition, cosmetics, aroma, pesticides etc must be systematically recorded and analysed. In prevailing circumstances only forest produces procurement data is available while information about its post harvest use and exploitation yet to be analysed and derived. Madhya Pradesh is richest state in the country in terms of forest produces and natural biodiversity. The reason is mostly on account of loss of trees and plants yielding these products. The State Government needs to take concrete policies and efforts to provide market for forest products of medicinal and aromatic use to provide better livelihood to villagers.

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After Diwali vacation, schools re-open today

City schools are set to re-open on Monday after week-long holidays. Schools were closed for Diwali celebrations and other festivals. Now, after re-opening of the campus, some of the schools are p... Read More
City schools are set to re-open on Monday after week-long holidays. Schools were closed for Diwali celebrations and other festivals. Now, after re-opening of the campus, some of the schools are preparing to start admission process for session 2015-16. CBSE and ICSE schools will start online form submission for primary section from December-end. Students from senior section will have their pre-board examination just after two months. Most of the CBSE schools were closed from October 21 and ISCE schools were closed from October 22. Government schools were also closed from October 21 to 25. However, there were also few schools, which closed in different schedules including October 16, 17, 19 and 21. BHEL Education Society and missionary schools were closed from October 22. Although schools were closed till October 25, but due to October 26 falling on Sunday, schools are being re-opened from October 27. International Public School (IPS) had the longest Diwali holiday from October 16 to 25 while Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) had shortest holiday of two days, including October 22 and 23. All the four KVs closed their campuses only for two days due to 20-day winter vacation, starting on November 6. Jawahar School, St Joseph Co-ed School (Arera Colony), St Xavier School, Carmel Convent, St Marry (Tulsi Nagar), Shree Bhawan’s Bharati, Campion School, Mount Forte School, Hema Higher Secondary School and St Paul Senior Secondary School were closed from October 22. Delhi Public School (DPS), St Joseph Convent (Idgah Hills), Anand Vihar and Maharishi Vidya Mandir School (Ratanpur) were closed from October 21. The Sanskar Valley School, Sagar Public School and Red Rose Group were closed on October 20 while Sharda Vidya Mandir and Barkhedi Kala Mandir closed campus on October 17. Gyan Ganga School was closed from October 19 and Mother Teresa School was closed from Oct 18.

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BMC drops plan to alter schedule of water supply for time being

With the civic body elections closing in, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has dropped its plan to alter the schedule of water supply for the time being. Earlier, talks were on to change the ... Read More
With the civic body elections closing in, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has dropped its plan to alter the schedule of water supply for the time being. Earlier, talks were on to change the duration of water supply in the city or to supply water on alternate days, taking into account the decline in average rainfall this year.

This new development in the water supply schedule was being mulled owing to the deficit of rain this year, which has led to shortage of stored water in the city. However, due to delay in monsoon, followed by less than average rainfall and then, the expansion of boundaries of the corporation have all added up to the condition, where there are chances that the city may face shortage of proper drinking water. Officials in the corporation said that if the corporation kept supplying water at this rate, there were possibilities that city may face scarcity of water by April 2015.

It is worth mentioning that after the merger of Kolar, along with 20 other villages in the city, responsibility and work area of corporation has increased. With this increase, now corporation also has to supply water in these areas, increasing the work-load of corporation officials. At the moment, Corporation is supplying around 65 million gallons of water per day (MGD), which is expected to go up to 90 MGD in coming times. Meanwhile, the network of Narmada water project is yet to be completed. Therefore, people should be geared up to face certain changes in coming times.

It is worth mentioning that, with 19 per cent fall in average rainfall during monsoon this year, gates of Upper Lake and Kolar dam remained closed.

The shortfall in monsoon this year has led to fall in quantity of water in the Upper Lake and Kolar Dam, raising a question mark over effective supply of water in the city for a year. This year, the Upper Lake is still 6.20 feet below the full tank level mark while Kolar Dam is 6 meter below the mark. Upper Lake is at 1660.60 feet while the full tank level in the lake is set at 1,666.80 feet. Similarly, full tank level in Kolar Dam is at 462.20 metre, which at present, is at 456.23 metre.

Krishna Gaur, Mayor of Bhopal, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, said that, at the moment, there was ample amount of water for supply to houses and with Narmada Project getting ready, problems will be mitigated. However, she added that the distribution network of Narmada Project would take about a year to complete as the fourth installment of the project, that had slowed down the distribution work, was still due.

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Five more dengue patients detected in State capital

In dengue suspects’ blood sample test at Malaria and JP Hospital lab, 5 more dengue samples tested positive on Sunday, according to an employee in JP Hospital. Total dengue patients in city i... Read More
In dengue suspects’ blood sample test at Malaria and JP Hospital lab, 5 more dengue samples tested positive on Sunday, according to an employee in JP Hospital. Total dengue patients in city is now 433. However, when contacted Dr K V Vajpayee, District Malaria Officer (DMO) to confirm figure of dengue patients, he said he would not say anything and asked this reporter to talk to Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) but his phone was found switched off from evening to night. Efforts were made to contact Rashmi Jain, epidemiologist but no response was received from her cellphone.

Everyday, more than 30 dengue suspects’ samples are tested only in single lab in city and generally, dengue suspects’ samples are tested in four labs as Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC), Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Malaria and JP Hospital lab. As everyday, more than 130 dengue suspects’ samples are tested.

A senior doctor in JP Hospital said that the district health authorities did not have proper figure of dengue patients, neither the private hospitals and nursing homes regularly inform about dengue patients nor even Government hospitals as AIIMS, Hamidia and BMHRC. Interestingly, the health officers responsible for collecting proper data of dengue patients do not make efforts to get dengue patients’ information from the hospitals.

Government and private hospital doctors, after detecting fever in the patients, suggest dengue fever test as per instructions of the Health Department. This is the reason why the samples in maximum numbers reach all these labs everyday.

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Satyamev Jayate to have episode on Bhopal gas tragedy

Considering it a major sensitive issue, Aamir Khan will make a programme on Bhopal gas tragedy, treatment process to the gas victims in his Satyamev Jayate programme soon. He came to the city i... Read More
Considering it a major sensitive issue, Aamir Khan will make a programme on Bhopal gas tragedy, treatment process to the gas victims in his Satyamev Jayate programme soon. He came to the city in connection with his Satyamev Jayate programme, on Sunday.

He replied to various questions related to his programme becoming popular and even his personal life openly. Replying to a question, Aamir Khan said that the biggest happiness in life was to bring smile on others’ faces. “I always seek my pleasure in others’ pleasure.” He did live telecast of his programme Satyamev Jayate from State capital.

“Earlier, I thought that the politicians and administrators will not like my programme as we openly attack Government policies and programmes with some instances, discussion with field experts and common man in Satyamev Jayate but now I see most politicians and administrators gradually liking this programme. Talking to media, he admitted he had made many mistakes in life but his intention was not bad. On the current issue of Love Jehad, he said that his sister was married to a Hindu. Khan added that his previous and present wife, both were Hindu. “When our families came from Pakistan after opening of borders of both countries, one Muslim boy aged hardly 10 years asked me how Hindus are seen. The reason was that he had feared whether Hindus would kill him as he did not have contact with Hindu families. When we go to contact other communities, our fear and confusion vanishes, he said.

Replying to a question why he does not make more films like other film artists, Aamir Khan said his production house’s priority was Satyamev Jayate and all his focus was on this programme. “We take up all sensitive issues related to common man. If we get good story, we will make a film. Our production house works not as a business house like other film production houses that produce four to five films in a year, guessing the society’s mood and earn more but my production house does not work as business house. Our aim is not to earn from Satyamev Jayate,” he said.

All praises to State Govt, Gwalior Collector

Aamir Khan showered all praise on P Narhari, Collector, Gwalior in his programme. He said the Collector was doing well, he had sealed many sonography centres under the PC-PNDT Act violation case. “The Gwalior Collector is really doing well. Even, the Madhya Pradesh Government is doing well in the field of health by making generic drugs mandatory in Government hospitals.”

Glimpse of Aamir Khan’s most popular show “Satyamev Jayate”.

Aamir Khan did not leave any stone unturned to make his live show perfect, all preparations were made. He called a coffee and started discussion. Then, after rehearsal, he reached Hotel Noor-us-Sabah, where Satyamev Jayate’s programme “Mumkin Hai” show was aired live. He, all the time, smiled. Nobody felt that any superstar was sitting among them. Sitting in the front row, a girl loudly said “I love you Aamir.” Aamir Khan smiled. Rest of the audience started clapping.

Huge crowd was witnessed outside the hotel, from where the show was to be telecast, to get a glimpse of Aamir. A painter, Siddiqui, reached out to the iconic star and gifted him a painting of Mahatma Gandhi. According to the painter, he wanted to give a message of cleanliness, sanitation, communal harmony and good health through the painting of Mahatma Gandhi.

Satyamev Jayte “Mumkin Hai”

This episode of Satyamev Jayate, telecast from city’s hotel on Sunday as “Mumkin Hai”, was based on Tuberculosis (TB). Experts came with full facts and figures about TB, efforts by Government to control it. Besides, many important and striking questions were asked from the audience during the episode and even Aamir Khan.

Aamir saw One stop crises centre

Aamir Khan inaugurated One Stop Crisis Centre, established for women victims of atrocities and all forms of exploitation, at JP Hospital on Sunday. He interacted with the doctors and other staff of the hospital. He praised efforts by State Government.

Message to people

Aamir Khan termed Swachhata Abhiyan started by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister as good and gave message to people that they should not throw garbage on roads or unused land but throw them in the dustbin and maintain cleanliness.

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Two commit suicide in separate incidents

Two persons committed suicide in separate incidents under the jurisdictions of Ajni and Yashodhara Nagar police stations. In the first incident, a 48-year-old man committed suicide by hanging fo... Read More
Two persons committed suicide in separate incidents under the jurisdictions of Ajni and Yashodhara Nagar police stations. In the first incident, a 48-year-old man committed suicide by hanging form to ceiling fan at Amba Nagar under jurisdiction of Ajni police station.

According to police, Gopal Devrao Chopkar, a resident of Amba Nagar hanged himself to ceiling fan with rope when he was alone at the house between 10 am and 11 am.

However, the reason behind Gopal taking the extreme steps could not be ascertained.

Ajni police have registered a case of accidental death and started investigations. In another case, a man ended his life by hanging himself to ceiling fan at Kundanlal Gupta Nagar under the jurisdiction of Yashodhara Nagar police station on Sunday.

Raju Diwalu Nimje (36), a resident of plot no. 1145-B, hanged himself to death from a ceiling fan in kitchen at 11.30 am. Yashodhara Nagar police have registered a case of accidental death and launched probe.

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MERC rejects MSEDCL’s plea seeking free hand on power supply to MIHAN

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected a petition filed by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) demanding complete access to transmission... Read More
Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected a petition filed by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) demanding complete access to transmission infrastructure of Abhijit Energy within MIHAN-SEZ to supply powers to industries within MIHAN. The instant petition was filed by MSEDCL after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) applied for electricity supply connections in the MIHAN SEZ area. On an application by the owner or occupier of any premises, MSEDCL is mandated to supply power within one month from its receipt under Section 43 of the EA, 2003 (Universal Service Obligation). Therefore, to comply with the said obligation, MSEDCL is bound to supply the power to the consumer and moved regulator to sort out the issue.

After Abhijeet MADC Nagpur Energy Pvt.Ltd. refused to supply energy as pre-agreed rates to units within MIHAN-SEZ, the state distribution utility was roped in as non-availability of power would have sent a wrong signal to potential investors.

According to MSEDCL as per the provisions of the EA, 2003, it is a Deemed Distribution Licensee for the entire State of Maharashtra and is authorized to supply power to consumers in the MIHAN area as well. MSEDCL submitted that it will supply electricity to such consumers strictly as per the terms and conditions of the Tariff approved by the Commission.

MSEDCL stated that it has a limited network in and around the MIHAN area, and intends to use the networks of MADC and Abhijeet MIHAN Nagpur Energy Pvt. Ltd. (AMNEPL) for electricity supply to consumers in that area. In order to use their networks, MSEDCL requires No Objection Certificates (NoCs) from both MADC and AMNEPL.MADC readily issued No objection vide letter dated March 29, 2014, and has indicated its concurrence for use of its network and conveyed its ‘No Objection’ for use of MADC’s 33 kV infrastructure for supply to the applicant, TCS.

MSEDCL’s communication to Abhijit Energy for a NOC for use of its 220 kV/33 kV network evoked no response and hence MSEDCL approached the Commission to direct MADC to obtain a NoC from AMNEPL or, in the alternative, direct AMNEPL to allow MSEDCL to use its infrastructure for supply of electricity to consumers in the MIHAN Area.

MSEDCL pointed out that, as per the Commission’s last Order, a Committee was to be set up, but MADC has yet to join it. MADC submitted that AMNEPL has terminated the agreement, and is in Court against MADC. Separate applications have been filed by both parties for permission to issue tender for short-term power purchase. It is AMNEPL and not MADC which has agreements with MIHAN area consumers to supply power. As for the Committee, MADC had nominated an officer. MADC has no issue with regard to the tariff proposed by MSEDCL. However, the consumers (around 12 in number) contended that they have the right to get power at the rates set out in the concession agreement and want the differential to be refunded to them. MADC is also a consumer, and paying the same rates.

MADC in its reply stated that on June 5 a meeting was held between MADC and AMNEPL wherein it was decided that the distribution and transmission assets will be handed over to MADC in view of AMNEPL’s reluctance to maintain the system.

Based on this, a protocol was signed between MADC and AMNEPL wherein MSEDCL accepted the handing and taking over of assets on the same day.

In its earlier order the Commission has directed MSEDCL to supply power to consumers who have opted to take supply from MSEDCL and have applied to it, and regarding an interim arrangement for supplying power to consumers by using the networks of MADC and AMNEPL. After analysing its earlier order, the Commission stated that it is clear that MSEDCL is to supply power to such consumers within MIHAN_SEZ who have applied to it by using the network of MADC and AMNEPL.

The charges for such supply are to be recovered from these consumers and would be as per the Commission’s applicable tariff Order in force. The regulator made it clear that this supply arrangement would be an interim one and MSEDCL would pay appropriate charges for such utilization of networks.

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Vidarbha scores over Western Maharashtra in child sex ratio

The decline in child sex ratio is a cause of concern nation-wide. In Maharashtra also, child sex ratio is declining steadily over the past decades. Among regions, Vidarbha is better placed in sex... Read More
The decline in child sex ratio is a cause of concern nation-wide. In Maharashtra also, child sex ratio is declining steadily over the past decades. Among regions, Vidarbha is better placed in sex ratio compared to Marathwada, Western Maharashtra, and Rest of Maharashtra. However, in isolation, child sex ratio in Vidarbha also is on a steady decline over the years.

“The main reason behind the decline in child sex ratio is use of Ultra Sonography (USG) for sex determination,” said Dr Prakash Deo, Chief of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Madhya Pradesh. Dr Deo, who hails from Nagpur, was talking to ‘The Hitavada’. He was in the city recently to receive late Dr V N Wankar Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for his immense contribution to the field of medicine. Indian Medical Association (IMA), Nagpur branch gives the award.

An expert, who was involved in a project to improve child sex ratio, Dr Deo said that the decline in child sex ratio first took place in 1981 after the radio-diagnostic tool Ultra Sonography (USG) entered the Indian scene. However, the decline remained silent until UNFPA brought it to the notice of all in 2001. In Western Maharashtra, where USG was used rampantly, there is drastic decline in child sex ratio, that is number of female child per 1,000 population.

Known for his ‘out of the box’ style work, Dr Deo joined Public Health Department, Maharashtra, as Medical Officer at Kacharisawanga primary health centre. Then, patients did not come to Primary Health Centres. He took a novel initiative and started reaching out to them. When Mowad witnessed devastating flood, there were fears of post-flood outbreak of diseases. However, Dr Deo led a team and took measures to prevent outbreaks successfully.

Some years ago, Dr Prakash Deo took iniative and brought to the notice of IMA the decline in child sex ratio. Dr Ashok Adhao, who was National President of IMA then, carried forward the idea of improving sex ratio. He initiated ‘Save The Girl Child’ project. Dr Adhao had asked all branches of IMA to form Doctors Against Sex Selection (DASS) committees. This resulted in comparatively lesser decline in child sex ratio in Vidarbha. “Compared to other districts in State, child sex ratio of Yavatmal, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur districts in Vidarbha is better,” said Dr Deo.

According to Dr Deo, Vidarbha’s sex ratio was 956 per 1,000 in 1991. In 2001, it came down to 938. It further declined to 923 in 2011. In Marathwada and Western Maharashtra, the ratio declined drastically. It was 948 in Marathwada and 938 in West Maharashtra in 1991. In 2001, it declined to 912 and 877 respectively. In 2011, it further came down to 871 and 872 respectively. Though child sex ratio in Konkan region is the best, the quantum is least as compared to other regions.

Dr Deo said that UNFPA had taken up the theme -- every pregnancy is wanted, every child-birth is safe, potentials of adolescent boys and girls are fulfilled. “Doctors should say no to sex determination and medical termination of pregnancy or MTP. Presently, sex ratio of Maharashtra is 893 per 1,000. It may go up to 950 per 1,000 in coming years if doctors say no to sex determination. We met NGOs, various associations, religious leaders, spiritual leaders. Tribal population does not make any distinction between a boy and a girl. We should learn from them,” he observed.

For decline in child sex ratio, Dr Deo put blame on both gynaecologists and radiologists. According to him, if 99 per cent of doctors say no to sex determination, child sex ratio will show improvement, which is the need of the hour.

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Centre mulls a separate Municipal Cadre for better urban governance

Union Urban Development Department is mulling proposal to introduce specially designed Municipal Cadre for all Municipal Corporations on the lines of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) or Sta... Read More
Union Urban Development Department is mulling proposal to introduce specially designed Municipal Cadre for all Municipal Corporations on the lines of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) or State Administrative Services. The draft report of introduction of this cadre will be forwarded to States for their suggestions on dedicated Municipal Cadre formation. The cadre will be based on the classification of cities and on the basis of its population.

Presently, there is no such system in the country and all the states are having their Municipal Staff with less exposure and proper knowledge. However, this staff is vital for handling all odd situations from flood to urban infrastructure and cleanliness, handling solid waste management and others important assignments. The UPA Government had introduced Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project for enhancement of urban infrastructure in 63 cities. However, with the lack of expertise and inadequate staff in the local bodies, these project did not complete in time. The project costs incresed in manifolds and it went beyond the financial capacities of local bodies.

It may be mentioned that Municipal Corporations do not have experienced man power to handle big projects in the city and they have to take help of experts for doing these projects. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had also appointed Project Management Consultant (PMC) for designing and executing big projects. Ministry of Urban Development Government of India is working on Capacity Building for Urban Development Project (CBUD) with the help of World Bank. The report is prepared in consultation with ICF GHK.

The report suggested that the mandate given by 74th constitution (Amendment) Act for strengthening local governance by devolution of funds, functions and functionaries to local bodies had acquired significance in terms of creating dedicated municipal cadre for delivering the developed functions in order to fully transfer the powers to Local Self Government (LSG). Government of India had instituted a high-powered Expert Committee (HPEC) on urbanisation to tackle challenges of urban governance and suggested framework for functions like administration, regulation, planning, financing and service delivery functions and intensely emphasised on capacity building. Some of the initiatives proposed by the Committee include creation of municipal cadre, performance monitoring cells, encouraging lateral hiring from open markets, establishing Indian Institutes of Urban management and Planning Schools, Centre of Innovation and Excellence and providing Leadership training for IAS in Urban sector.

The 12 th Plan Steering Committee on Urbanisation fervently put forward the rationale for separate municipal cadre as ULBs especially mega cities are operating in complex environment. It has discussed in detail the classification of cities, recruitment patterns, functions to be strengthened, financing required for building capacities in ULBs, need for strengthening Institutions for Urban Training and development and more importantly the need for convergence of structures at state level till ULB level for effective empowerment.

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Murder convict’s lifer reduced to RI for 7 years

Holding it to be a case of lesser offence than murder, in the appeal against the judgment of the 17th Additional Sessions Judge, Nagpur, on December 15, 2011, who had convicted the appellant-accu... Read More
Holding it to be a case of lesser offence than murder, in the appeal against the judgment of the 17th Additional Sessions Judge, Nagpur, on December 15, 2011, who had convicted the appellant-accused, Naresh Ramsingh Bahadur (22) for committing murder of one Chhannu Masram and sentenced him to suffer rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life, Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande at the High Court have passed verdict of sentence reduced to RI for 7 years against the appellant for the offence under Section 304 Part-II of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). On January 23, 2011, when the first complainant Yadav Zodape had been to his field with brick kiln, at about 9.30 am, he was informed by a labourer Janardhan Belekar that his work-mate Chhannu had failed to report for work and his room was locked. At about 10.30 am, when he reached the kiln, he was intimated by another labourer Vinayak Waghade that other two labourers opened the window of Chhannu’s room, they noticed flow of blood there and Chhannu not at all responding. The complainant immediately lodged report with the police, which registered offence of murder against an unknown person. The investigation led to the arrest of Naresh Bahadur. After full trial the court below had reached the finding that the prosecution has proved the case of murder against Naresh Bahadur. The High Court has noted that the deceased Chhannu had committed sex act with one Rajeshwari at his room and attempted to tease her friend Pinky, sister of Naresh, who happened to reach the spot. Naresh got provoked by the conduct of Chhannu and gave a blow of “danda” on his head. Naresh did not do that with pre-determined mind and he must have lost control over himself, because of information given by his sister. This makes conviction for lesser offence in his case possible.

Advocate Rajendra Daga appeared for the appellant-accused. APP R S Nayak represented State.

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High Court to re-open today

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open on October 27 after two weeks long Diwali vacations, with a strength of 14 judges, including three division benches and eight single judge benches.Read More
Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will re-open on October 27 after two weeks long Diwali vacations, with a strength of 14 judges, including three division benches and eight single judge benches.

Justice Bhushan Gavai will continue to be senior administrative judge of Nagpur bench and will head criminal writ division bench. Justice V M Deshpande will be his brother-judge. The bench will also hear all public interest litigations and all LPAs from the year 2006.

The second division bench will consist of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice P R Bora and will take up all civil writ petitions upto the year 1998 and of the years 2000 to 2005 and 2011 to 2013 and writ petitions filed upto June 30, 2014 and all first appeals. The bench will function upto November 9 and thereafter Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari will take up his assignment at Aurangabad. Justice Arun Chaudhari will then head this writ division bench in place of Justice Dharmadhikari from November 10.

Justice Vasanti Naik will continue to head main civil writ division bench, Justice C V Bhadang will be her brother-judge. The bench will take up all civil writ petitions not assigned to any other court, all letters patent appeals upto the year 2005, all family court appeals, all tax appeals and all other civil work assigned to any other court.

Justice Arun Chaudhari will take second appeals filed upto the year 2001 upto November 9. Justice P B Varale has been assigned to hear civil writ petitions of the years 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2014 while Justice Ravi Deshpande will hear civil writ petitions of the years 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013.

Justice M L Tahaliyani has been assigned to hear criminal writ petitions, criminal applications under section 482 of the Criminal Procedure Code, all criminal appeals upto year 2000 and from 2011 onwards. Justice P N Deshmukh will hear all bail and anticipatory bail applications and all applications for cancellation, relaxation or modification of bail and all applications concerning bail matters and criminal appeals of years from 2001 to 2010.

Justice S B Shukre will hear first appeals, appeals against orders, civil revision applications, civil contempt references from district judiciary and miscellaneous civil applications. Justice Z A Haq will hear civil writ petitions of the years 1997 to 1999 and 2010 top 2012. Justice Atul Chandurkar will hear second appeals not assigned to any other courts . Justice P B Varale has been appointed to hear and decide applications under section 11 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act while Justice R K Deshpande has been appointed to hear and decide the matters under Companies Act, 1956, Banking Regulation Act 1949 and other matters under Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.

Keeping with its earlier policy, all the courts will take up only final hearing of old cases on every Thursday. Pendency of old cases is a matter of concern and the High Court has decided to accord top priority to Supreme Court expedited matters and senior citizen matters.

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That sound of whistle in midnight may go silent

It is well past midnight, and an eerie silence takes over. The silence is so thick that one can hear even the leaves move on the tree near the window. And then suddenly, a screeching sound of a w... Read More
It is well past midnight, and an eerie silence takes over. The silence is so thick that one can hear even the leaves move on the tree near the window. And then suddenly, a screeching sound of a whistle pierces right through this silence, followed by the sounds of a stick being hit on the road. The watchman, or more popularly, the ‘Gorkha’, announces his presence in the area in a bid to shoo away anti-social elements, if any. The little man in his khaki uniform, armed with a whistle and a stick, may not be the perfect security option, but he still provides a reassurance in that dark hour that someone is watching over our homes.

Dilaram Bahadur, who hails from Nepal and has been staying in Nagpur for past 25 years, is one such ‘protector’. At 11 every night he sets out for duty and moves around on his bicycle till it is dawn. Bahadur was 14 when he decided to guard a colony of 1,500 houses in Wadi and has been doing the duty since then.

Bahadur’s father Himal Thapa was also a ‘chaukidar’. But Bahadur says, he would not like his son to follow suit, and adds, he doesn’t want his child to move on a bicycle in the dark of night when he can get educated and become a officer or a businessman and have luxuries of life. Bahadur is aware importance of education which can help his son fulfill this dream of his father.

Meanwhile, Bahadur feels that increasing number of flats in the city demand armed and trained security guards instead of traditional ‘chaukidars’ who are not equipped enough to fight criminals. There are around 100 families of Nepalis in Nagpur but more and more of them are opting for new occupations owing to increase in crime rate.

Madhav Prasad is also a Nepali ‘chaukidar’ and works in Jhingabai Takli area. He earns around Rs 6,000 per month. He feels the night watchmen will soon become extinct considering the changing scenario.

Sarbodaya Chandra, also a Nepali, has spent his entire life as a ‘chaukidar’ in Nepal. His son works in Nagpur as a security guard in a local security agency. Chandra, who has retired now and lives with his son, says, his family is in this profession for last four generations.

According to Chandra, Nepalese youth have realised that they get secondary treatment in society and so they have decided to bring a change in their life. They are getting interested in education to change this clan from just the people who guard other people. There are also some youths developing liking for joining security agencies to perform traditional duty in modern way because of benefits like pension, house rent, dearness allowance etc, he told.

Himal Chandra Thapa, Marketing Manager of a city-based company, said, his father and grandfather were also in same profession. Thapa who dreams to have a different life, and with family support, he can make it come true. “It was tough for my parents to fulfill my demand, but they supported me and provide everything for my education. Similarly, my seven-year-old son will also make a name for himself,” he said.

But not all are as lucky as Thapa. Chandan Kumar is struggling to earn his daily bread and butter, stuck in the lowly paid job of a watchman. “It is tough to run a family with the money earned from this job. Sometimes people refuse to pay or they pay less and we can’t force them,” he lamented.

Considering the odd hours of work and the low pay, many watchmen are turning away from the traditional work. They, too, know they are not well-equipped to handle offenders and so, that screeching sound from a whistle in the night may soon become a thing of the past.

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Panel formed to review forest laws

Various laws related to environment and forest have provisions that have become outdated and some have proven to be roadblocks in development. Against this backdrop, there has been demand since l... Read More
Various laws related to environment and forest have provisions that have become outdated and some have proven to be roadblocks in development. Against this backdrop, there has been demand since long to review these. Union Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change has constituted a high-level committee to ‘review’ the environmental laws and suggest amendments.

Some time ago, during his visit to city-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had hinted that the Central Government would look into the matter of ‘review’ of environmental laws. Accordingly, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change has constituted the committee. The committee under T S R Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary, has been entrusted with the task of ‘review’ the laws and submit recommendations by October 29.

The committee has been asked to look into six laws. These include Environment (Protection) Act, 1986; Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980; Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972; The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; and The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981; and The Indian Forest Act, 1927. As per the notification issued by the Ministry, the decision of review has been taken ‘based on experience gained in the implementation of the aforesaid Acts’.

The committee comprises T S R Subramanian as Chairman; and Viswanath Anand, Justice (retd) A K Srivastav, K N Bhat as members. Subramanian is former Cabinet Secretary. Vishwanath Anand is former Secretary of Union Ministry of Environment and Forests; Justice A K Srivastav retired from Delhi High Court; and Bhat is senior Supreme Court lawyer as well as former Additional Solicitor General of India. Bishwanath Sinha, Joint Secretary of the Ministry; and Hardik Shah, Member Secretary of Gujarat State Pollution Control Board, will be the Secretaries of the committee.

The Office Memorandum issued by the Ministry in this regard spells out the ‘terms of reference’ of the committee. The panel has been asked to ‘assess the status of implementation’ of each of the aforesaid Acts vis-a-vis objectives; ‘examine’ and take into account various court orders and judicial pronouncements relating to these Acts; recommend ‘specific’ amendments needed to bring them in line with current requirements to meet objectives; and draft proposed amendments in each of the aforesaid Acts to give effect to proposed recommendations.

Most of these laws are quite old. They have many provisions relevant at the time of enactment. Of these six laws being considered for review, The Indian Forest Act dates back to 1927. It is 87 years old! Environment (Protection) Act is 28 years old, Forest (Conservation) Act dates back to 34 years, Wildlife (Protection) Act is 42 years old, The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act is 40 years old, and The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act is 27 years old. For years, there has been demand from various quarters to amend The Indian Forest Act. The British-era law was based on the Indian Forest Act of 1878, and aimed at consolidating the law relating to forests, the transit of forest produce and the duty leviable on timber and other forest-produce. However, many of its provisions are not relevant today. For instance, it has a penal provision of imprisonment up to six months or penalty up to Rs 500 for felling of trees or other offences.

During the regime of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, amendments were proposed to The Indian Forest Act, but the Bill for the same lapsed with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha. The Bill has proposed to increase penalty from Rs 50 to Rs 10,000 for various offences.

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With 160 new cellphone towers, netizens to get enhanced speed

Now, Nagpurians will get enhanced experience of using the Internet and extremely fast connectivity, as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has granted permission to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited... Read More
Now, Nagpurians will get enhanced experience of using the Internet and extremely fast connectivity, as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has granted permission to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and Indus Tower Limited to create infrastructure for Mobile network in the city. The citizens will get 4G connectivity with great speed from Reliance while Indus Tower Limited is service provider for mobile companies through which data service is also provided and this will boost Internet speed across the city. The civic body will earn around Rs one crore per annum from these companies as rent while companies have deposited around Rs two crore as one time premium charge with the local body. Executive Engineer (Electric) Sanjay Jaiswal informed ‘The Hitavada’ regarding erection of huge towers at various squares in the city. Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited is erecting 130 ground-based masts (towers) while Indus Towers Limited took permission for 30 ground-based masts (towers) in the city for creating infrastructure for mobile Internet services. These towers are coming up at every square in the city right from Wadi Naka, Amravati road to Ravi Nagar squares and others places. The local body will earn Rs 4,000 per tower per month from Reliance while Indus Company will pay Rs 8,000 per month per tower to local body as rent. The civic body will earn around Rs 62 lakh from Reliance company and Rs 28 lakh from Indus company per annum.

In spite of monthly rent, these companies paid Rs 1.30 lakh per tower to local body as one time premium charges. The civic body will charge 11 per cent escalation fees after every three year over the last fees paid. In future the companies will erect total 220 towers in the city.

Local body also shared this information with RTI Activist Abhay Kolarkar recently in response to his written query. As per information, the local body can fix flood lights on this tower to illuminate squares. At many places, the local body has already installed high mast towers but these towers can be used as an alternate arrangement and in future it may be used for installing CCTV cameras as well. The local body has granted permission for the period of 30 years to the companies. If NMC or other any Government agency requires space then the companies will shift their equipments within 15 days and local body will not pay any charges to them.

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Tiger capital attracts 1.97 lakh tourists

Maharashtra Government should increase environment friendly tourist activities in Vidarbha as there is phenomenal increase in number of tourists visiting this region. Nagpur is the Tiger Capita... Read More
Maharashtra Government should increase environment friendly tourist activities in Vidarbha as there is phenomenal increase in number of tourists visiting this region. Nagpur is the Tiger Capital of the Central India as maximum Tiger Reserves and National Forest are situated in this region. As per latest report, the number of tourists witnessed a jump of almost 50,000 in last financial year for forest areas in and around Nagpur. During last financial year, only 26,941 tourists visited forests around Nagpur and this number has now touched 74,511, though there is strict regulation on number of tourists who can visit forest area in a day. This shows that tourism can become a major source of revenue and it will generate large scale employment for youths without disturbing environment, if proper attention is paid to attract more tourists, create supporting infrastructure and ensure transparent reservation system to visit Tiger reserves and national parks. As per information revealed by Pench Tiger Reserve Project of Forest Department, around 75,000 tourist visited 11 areas coming under Pench Tiger Project in the year 2013-2014. The department generated revenue of Rs 71.19 lakh in this year. The revenue also effectively jumped from Rs nine lakh to Rs 71 lakh in one year.

As per report, maximum 39,000 tourist visited East Pench, Piparia followed by 17,420 at Umrer Karhandla Forest, 15,000 at Bor forest, Bordharan, 1,418 at Chor Bahuli, 1,223 at West Pench, Ghatpendhri, 850 at Tipeshwar Forest, Pandharkawda, 651 at Deolapar, 270 at Saleghat, 461 at Pullar, 397 at Paoni, and 267 at Kuhi.

Last year, the number of visitors at East Pench were only 17,000. However, the number of tourist in 2011-2012 were 29,652 in East Pench. In last five years, the total number of tourist was 1,97,134 while the revenue generated from tourist was Rs 97.47 lakh. Of these 1.97 lakh tourists, close to 75 thousand visited forest during last financial year itself.

RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar who obtained this information said, if Forest Department of Maharashtra Government pays proper attention towards these tiger project and plan some schemes to attract international tourists then the revenue generation will be in crores and it will also provide jobs to local youths. He believed that new Government of Maharashtra will give justice to the backward region of Vidarbha and create new sector of tourism in this region.

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Decks cleared for Fadnavis’ swearing-in on October 30

Nagpur’s very own Devendra Fadnavis is all set to be elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party during its meeting scheduled on October 28 at 11 am at Vidhan Bhavan, and ... Read More
Nagpur’s very own Devendra Fadnavis is all set to be elected as leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party during its meeting scheduled on October 28 at 11 am at Vidhan Bhavan, and two days later, he will be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The Central leadership has already indicated its preference for Devendra, and the positive response by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Fadnavis, during his public function in Mumbai on Saturday, has left nobody in any doubt about Modi’s affection and preference for “Nagpur’s best gift to Maharashtra.”

BJP leaders and workers from Vidarbha are extremely jubilant over this happy development and are reaching the state capital to attend this historic function. Even Shiv Sena leaders, who had adopted hard stance over Fadnavis’ elevation, softened their position and claimed that leader from Vidarbha will surely keep united Maharashtra intact. This has effectively paved the way for Fadnavis to take over the top job. BJP’s Central Observers -- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and General Secretary J P Nadda are arriving in Mumbai on Tuesday to chair the meeting of state legislature party and to ascertain views of newly-elected legislators of Maharashtra Assembly.

Earlier, the meeting was scheduled on Monday, but the same has been postponed by a day as most legislators are in their constituencies for Diwali celebrations.

According to sources, the party will formally stake claim to form the new government the same day and the new Chief Minister along with his council of ministers will be sworn-in at Wankhede stadium. On the lines of Gujarat and Haryana where massive stage was erected during swearing-in of Chief Minister, there will be a huge dais to accommodate all the VVIPs attending the ceremony, while extremely thick security blanket will be maintained at the venue. The protocol department has been asked to study Sunday’s swearing-in function of Haryana Chief Minister.

Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah, party patriarch L K Advani, senior leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, all senior cabinet ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, prominent personalities from all walks of life are expected to attend the ceremony. BJP leaders are expecting a turn-out of more than 35,000 people, including a few thousands from Nagpur and Vidarbha.

Already BJP leaders here have contacted Railway authorities to attach additional coaches to Mumbai-bound trains. All the Mumbai-bound flights are almost full and commanding huge premiums. Even Pune-bound trains and flights are jam-packed. Most of the leading lights have already made their own arrangement to be at Wankhede stadium to witness swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Apart from all the legislators, Members of Parliament, members of national and state executive, prominent office-bearers, corporators, close friends of Fadnavis from all walks of life have already finalised their visit to Mumbai. As per earlier schedule, the swearing-in was slated on October 29, but now it has been postponed by a day. Many people from other districts of Vidarbha are also rushing to Mumbai.

Supporters of many ministerial aspirants and close aide of legislators are also accompanying their leaders hoping that their leaders will be inducted in the state cabinet.

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With directives to Satna Collector, PIL disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has disposed off petition filed by Vijay Kumar Shrivastava, Post-Bearer, Sharda... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Shantanu Kemkar has disposed off petition filed by Vijay Kumar Shrivastava, Post-Bearer, Sharda Devi Mata Mandir, Satna District.

This petition has been filed as public interest litigation. The division bench in its order said that considering nature of the grievance made by the petitioner, we deem it appropriate to dispose off this petition with direction to Satna Collector to take necessary steps and to enquire into allegations made against respondent Devi Prasad Pandey, Pujari, Maa Sharda Devi Mandir, Satna and as delineated in the report, after giving fair opportunity to all concerned.

The Collector shall cause to make an inquiry as expeditiously as possible. The division bench further said that the Authority inquiring the matter must give fair opportunity to all concerned before taking any final decision. That shall be done preferably before December 31, 2014 and compliance report be submitted in the Registry of this Court before 2nd week of January, 2015. The matter is notified on Monday of the 3rd week of January 2015 under caption “Directions” for considering the compliance report. Subject to above, petition be treated as disposed off.

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Factory owner, Supervisor booked for unintentional murder of labourer

INVESTIGATING the case of death of a labourer, Ranjhi police have registered a case of unintentional murder against factory owner and supervisor on Tuesday.

The accused have been identified... Read More
INVESTIGATING the case of death of a labourer, Ranjhi police have registered a case of unintentional murder against factory owner and supervisor on Tuesday.

The accused have been identified as Shailendra Kapur, owner of New Jabalpur Seeds Factory situated at Ricchai Industrial Area and Supervisor Lalit Verma, residents of Gorakhpur Gurudwara area. According to police, they received information from Bhandari Hospital that a man named Samar Kewat (28), resident of Vehicle Madai Masjid area, was admitted for treatment of injuries in an accident while working in the factory and died while undergoing treatment on October 13.

Acting on information, a police team reached the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. Police registered a case and started investigations to ascertain the cause of accident. Investigating the case, police learnt that Samar Jatav was working as labourer at New Jabalpur Seeds Factory, Ricchhai. On October 4, he was working in the factory when he slipped into a running machine due to absence of safety measures. Police learnt that following careless working of factory owner and supervisor, the labourer sustained injuries in an accident at the factory and registered a case against them under Section 304 (A) of the IPC.

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OFK Union members pen letters to ministers against sluggish working

MEMBERS of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) sent letters to the Defence Minister, the Home Minister and Ordnance Factory Board against sluggish working of Ordnance Factory Khamaria ... Read More
MEMBERS of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) sent letters to the Defence Minister, the Home Minister and Ordnance Factory Board against sluggish working of Ordnance Factory Khamaria and its Security Department. Members of Kamgar Union submitted a memorandum to the factory administration and staged demonstration against increasing number of theft incidents at Ordnance Factory Khamaria. Through the letter, members of Kamgar Union Ordnance Factory Khamaria charged lethargic and corrupt working of security personnel as anti-social activities like gambling and illegal sale of liquor have increased in the area.

They alleged that even after reporting several theft incidents at sensitive areas of the factory and increasing number of anti-social activities in the estate area, factory administration is yet to file a complaint at concerned police station. Even after series of theft incidents reported at Ordnance Factory Khamaria, senior administrative officers are overlooking to strengthen security. Instead of taking precautionary measures, the factory administration is trying to pressurise industrial employees in the name of strengthening security arrangements.

Kamgar Union’s Pradeep Garg, Rama Rao Magarde, Lalbahadur Rai, Arun Dubey, Ajay Tiwari, Rajesh Dubey, Sanjay Pardesi, Premlal Sen, Rajendra Chadharia, KK Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Rupesh Pathak, Vijay Bhave, Deepak Saini and others raised demand for fulfilling their demands otherwise they will stage a massive demonstration against factory administration in coming days.

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5 miscreants involved in illegal trade of firearms apprehended

IN A major breakthrough, police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in illegal trade of firearms and seized three country-made revolvers, two pistols and five live cartridges. Four ... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, police succeeded in apprehending five accused involved in illegal trade of firearms and seized three country-made revolvers, two pistols and five live cartridges. Four of the accused were apprehended for purchasing and possessing firearms.

The accused have been identified as Deependra alias Deepesh alias Gulle Jain (30), son of Ashok Jain, a resident of Magarmuha in Shahpura, Deepak alias Deepu Parmar (23), son of Shyam Singh Parmar (23), a resident of Jyoti Nagar in Garha, Himanshu alias Kallu Kori (26), son of Gaurishankar Kori, a resident of Badi Khermai, Sati Chowk in Hanumantal, Neeraj Soni (19), son of Dharamdas Soni, a resident of Bahru Mata Mandir in Shahpura and Omprakash Vanshkar alias Guddu (23), son of Laxman Vanshkar, a resident of Bargi Nagar Colony.

Additional Superintendent of Police Isha Pant (IPS) disclosed this while addressing a press conference on Tuesday. Under the direction of Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra, police have started a rigorous campaign under supervision of IPS Isha Pant, Additional Superintendent of Police (West) and Amrendra Singh, Additional Superintendent of Police (East) to monitor activities of listed criminals and apprehending accused involved in crime incidents. During the campaign, a police team under direction of CSP, Gorakhpur, Rajesh Tiwari received information about a suspected man involved in illegal trade of firearms.

Acting promptly on the information, a police team led by SHO of Garha police station Bharat Singh Rajput enclosed the area near Deaf and Dumb School, Bhedaghat by-pass and succeeded in apprehending the suspected man. Police team recovered a 12-bore country-made revolver loaded with a live cartridge. In rigorous questioning, the accused confessed to trading firearms and disclosed names of persons who purchased firearms from him. Acting on his identification, police team started a search and apprehended four men and recovered firearms from them including Deepak alias Deepu Parmar with 32-bore pistol and a live cartridge, Himanshu Kori with 32-bore double barrel gun and a live cartridge, Neeraj Soni with 32-bore pistol and a live cartridge and Omprakash Vanshkar with 315-bore country-made revolver with a live cartridge. Deependra alias Deepesh alias Gulle Jain was earlier apprehended in case of illegal trade of weapons. Police have obtained remand of habitual criminal for disclosing more information about selling weapons and crime incidents. On achievement of police, Superintendent of Police Harinarayanachari Mishra has declared rewards for members of police team comprising SHO of Garha police station Bharat Singh Rajput, ASI Ramkumar Marco, Head Constables Dhananjay Singh, Mradulesh Sharma, Rajesh Shukla, Vijay Shukla, constables Amit Rajak and Shesh Narayan.

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Agriculture scientists mull methods of effective soil health management

THE 21-day national training of agriculture scientists on Soil Health Management and Opportunities organised from September 29 to October 20 concluded on Tuesday. The training was held at Centr... Read More
THE 21-day national training of agriculture scientists on Soil Health Management and Opportunities organised from September 29 to October 20 concluded on Tuesday. The training was held at Centre for Advance Faculty Training (CAFT), Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, College of Agriculture Jabalpur, Jawaharlal Nehru Agriculture University (JNAU).

In this training programme, 23 agriculture scientists representing 11 states had participated. Addressing the concluding ceremony, chief guest Vice-Chancellor Professor Vijay Singh Tomar said to ensure sustainable growth of farming soil health management is first need and is key factor in maintaining healthy biosphere and rizoshere.

Dr Sahib Singh Tomar, Director Research Services, JNAU, congratulated the agriculture scientists of different states and enlightened views on importance of soil health. He said training will certainly help them in educating future agriculture scholars, researchers about soil health.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr S K Rao, Dean faculty of Agriculture, JNAU, emphasised on need of use of information given about advance technology in training for academic and technological advancement of agriculture technology of their respective states.

Dr R V Singh, Dean College of Agriculture and Dean College of Agriculture, Dr Devkant also shared their views on the occasion. Dr A K Rawat, Head Department of Soil Science and Agriculture Chemistry, Director, Centre for Advance Faculty Training informed that the centre holds its successive 28th training in continuation of such trainings organised by this centre in 19 years. During the training, participants were given education in theoretical and practical sessions taken by eminent scientists of different institutions. During the training, farmers were informed about importance of microorganisms, organic farming, use of balanced fertiliser, sustainable use of natural resources, micronutrients and balanced use of soil. During training to showcase issues related to conservation, protection of bio-diversity participant agriculture scientists visited different places including Bhedaghat, Dumna, Nature Park, Barela Temple, Bisa Farma, National Directorate of Weed Science, Medicinal Garden, Bio Fertiliser Production Centre, Bio-Technology Centre, Veterinary University and other natural spots in the region. On the last day, release of compendium was done by guests. All the participants were given participation certificates. In holding training the officials, staff and students extended valuable support. Dr B Sachidanand, Dr G P Tembe, Dr B L Sharma, Dr A K Diwedi, Dr Shekhar Singh Baghel, Dr R K Gthakur, Dr Shekhar Singh Baghel, Dr R K Thakur, Narendra Chouhan, Phul Chand Amule and others.

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High Court quashes order related to NSA

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has quashed order related to National Security Act (NSA) imposed on Vishal Sharma a... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe has quashed order related to National Security Act (NSA) imposed on Vishal Sharma and set aside the case related to NSA.

The division bench in its order said that accordingly, the petition succeeds. The impugned order dated on April 2, 2014 and May 20, 2014, are quashed and set aside. Respondents are directed to set petitioner at liberty forthwith, unless 13 involved in any other crime and has been arrested in connection with that crime. The division bench further said that ‘In our opinion, non-consideration of this vital fact vitiates subjective satisfaction of the detaining authority and for which reason, the impugned detention orders cannot stand the test of judicial scrutiny.

It is a different matter that the petitioner has been ordered to be released on bail only recently by this Court on September 19, 2014, in MCrC but he has not availed that bail as he is already in jail, presumably because of the impugned detention order passed against him.

This writ petition was filed by the Detenu, Vishal Sharma who came to be detained pursuant to order passed by the District Magistrate, Katni, dated April 2, 2014, in exercise of power under Section 3(2) of the National Security Act, 1980, and which detention was confirmed by the State Government consequent to the opinion of the Advisory Board vide order dated May 20, 2014, issued under signature of Under Secretary, Home Department (C-Section), Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Both these decisions are subject matter of challenge in this petition. The petitioner has raised three contentions before this court. The first was on the basis of decision of the Division Bench of this court (Bench at Indore) in case of Mohaseen Kureshi versus State of Madhya Pradesh and others. The second contention was that the District Magistrate had no authority to issue order under Section 3(2) of the Act of 1980. The third contention was that subjective satisfaction of detaining authority vitiated on account of non-mentioning and non-consideration of the vital fact that the petitioner /detenu was already in jail in connection with criminal case referred to in grounds of detention. The petitioner when placed under detention, pursuant to impugned detention order was already in jail and had not applied for grant of bail in said criminal case. On such grounds the court has set aside the case and quashed the orders.

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Jabalpur’s Mayoral post to remain unreserved for women

The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ... Read More
The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday at Ravindra Bhawan.

The reservation process for 16 Municipal Corporations, 98 Municipalities and 264 Nagar Parishad was carried out on Tuesday. While the seat of Mayor for the State capital was announced unreserved, the seat of Indore fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for all these seats was organised by the Directorate of Urban Administration and Development at Ravindra Bhawan under the chairmanship of Sanjay Shukla, Commissioner Urban Administration and Development.

Out of the 16 seats of municipal corporation seats of Mayor in Morena was reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC), seat of Ujjain was reserved for SC Women followed by the seat of Singrauli which was reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Woman, seat of Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Ratlam have been reserved for Women category (unreserved) while the seats of Gwalior, Khandwa, Dewas, Katni including state capital have been declared unreserved. Along with these 16 seats of Municipal Corporation. The reservation process of seats of Mayor on Tuesday was completed amidst minor uproars from political parties, Commissioner Shukla warned of proceedings against all those indulged in disturbing the process by getting their photographs captured which helped in controlling the mounting tension. The political scenario is expected to take a major turn after the completion of the process on Tuesday. It is to be noted that the seat of mayor in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the moment is reserved for Women with Krishna Gaur as present mayor. Out of the 98 Municipalities 15 have been reserved for ST, 25 for OBC, 13 OBC women while 24 seats have been left for unreserved women along with 6 for ST Category.

Municipalities Reservation Status

Other Backward Class (OBC) Women- Kotma, Begumganj, Seonimalwa, Sehora, Sarangpur, Ashok Nagar, Sidhi Dongarparasiya, Pasan, Badnagar, Nogaon, Tikamgarh and Paurasha. Scheduled Caste (SC) Women- Aamla, Sarni, Bina Itawa, Makroniya Bujurg, Hata, Maharajpur, Dabra, Chanderi. Scheduled Caste (SC)- Khurai, Bhind, Gohad, Ambah, Damoh, Gotegaon and Nagda. Scheduled Tribe (ST) Women- Jhabua, Malajkhand, Pali. Scheduled Tribe (ST) - Alirajpur, Badwani, Bijuri. Unreserved Women - Ganjbasoda, Sironj, Narsinghgarh, Sehore, Itarsi, Rehli, Sabalgarh, Raghogarh, Pitampur, Manawar, Badwah, Sendhwa, Jamai, Panaagar, Mandla, Seoni, Shahdol, Anuppur, Umariya, Shajapur, Khachrod, Agar. Unreserved- Bairasiya, Multai, Beora, Astha, Raisen, Mandideep, Harda, Deori, Chhatarpur, Datia, Guna, Sheopurkalan, Dhar, Sanawad, Nepanagar, Baraseoni, Pandurna, Chaurai, Saunsar, Amarwara, Kareli, Maihar, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Jaora.

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Digvijay demands CBI probe into contractual teacher exam 2011-12

Stalwart Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh has written letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding CBI probe into contractual teacher’s exam. Singh alleged t... Read More
Stalwart Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Digvijay Singh has written letter to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, demanding CBI probe into contractual teacher’s exam. Singh alleged that norms made for recruitment by Central Government were changed by the state government and this factor deprived thousands of students either from appearing in recruitment exam or getting posting even after passing the exam. Digvijay Singh said an advertisement was issued by VYAPAM for the recruitment of 80,000 contract teachers in 2011-12. As the posts were supposed to be filled under the Central Government’s act “Nishulk aur Anivarya Bal Shiksha Adhiniyam 2009” hence central government had provided the sum to State Government for the said purpose. The recruitment norms were made by NCTE and on the basis of these norms, contractual teachers were supposed to be recruited. However, State Government changed the norms at will and gave open invitation to corruption. He said deliberate changes in norms related to education qualification deprived thousands of youths either from getting the posting after passing the exam or appearing in the exam. “These deliberate changes are one of the parts of VYAPAM scam and it needed to be probed by CBI,” said Singh.

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Link Utsav Company’s contract terminated

The contract of the Link Utsav Company which was issuing the high security number plates to vehicles in city was finally terminated on the orders of the Gwalior bench of High Court. The decisio... Read More
The contract of the Link Utsav Company which was issuing the high security number plates to vehicles in city was finally terminated on the orders of the Gwalior bench of High Court. The decision of cancelling of the contract came in the wake of the company failing to meet the set target by the high court after its contract was reinstated back in September. The pendency of vehicles in issuing the high security number plates was continuously on a rise in city, and after regular complaints from the owners the decision was taken by the bench on Tuesday. Officials in the Regional Transport Office (RTO) said that the company will be however installing the number plates in all those vehicles whose amounts have been deposited in the company. SMS will also be sent to all those vehicles owners whose plates have been complete by the company. Officials in RTO also mentioned that the company will also have to give number plates to 8,000 vehicles along with from 1,500 other plates to vehicles whose authority letters have been made.

Ajay Gupta, RTO, Bhopal, said that though official letter has not been received from the High Court regarding cancellation of the contract, however, the contract has been cancelled of Link Utsav Company. When asked about the further proceedings in this regard, Gupta said that contract will now be given to a new company for issuing the high security number plates. He said that contract has been cancelled by on the orders from the Gwalior Bench of the High Court.

Earlier, the contract of the company was cancelled back in month of June this year on grounds of severe pending in issuing high security number plates. The contract was then re-instated after the company approached high Court on the condition of improving the prevailing condition and timely issuing the number plates.

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After MPPSC’s refusal, Education Deptt starts recruiting guest teachers

When the State Government gets reports of suffering studies at Government colleges all over the State and later refusal of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) that it would not con... Read More
When the State Government gets reports of suffering studies at Government colleges all over the State and later refusal of Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) that it would not conduct any recruitment examination for any department untill the Special Task Force (STF) inquiry into some last recruitment examinations are completed, the Higher Education Department was the second department has urgently taken decision to recruit teachers. Suddenly, the Higher Education Department asked divisional joint directors of the department to start recruitment of guest teachers on the merit basis and through walk in interview from Monday However, most of the candidates have not been any information so very low attendance of the candidates for walk in interviews there. The guest teachers’ walk in interview all over the State will be held on October 21, 27 and 28, the gap was given because of Diwali vacations. The department will release selected candidates’ list on October 28, and the selected candidates will be asked to essentially join their place of posting till October 31. After Diwali, the studies at schools and colleges are on fast track and it is a matter of concern to the Higher Education Department the annual examinations are nearing, studies suffer a lot in absence of teachers. The first round of counselling was on Monday, second phase on 27th and third phase on 28th. However, despite the Government colleges does not get candidates for post of assistant professors in required faculties, the candidates under the fourth phase’s counselling , the candidates may directly approach to the college principals for recruitment. But all the process will be fast and anyhow, the Government wants to ensure recruitment of guest faculties at all the vacant posts of teachers till October 31. According to a senior officer in Higher Education Department, the department had hoped of getting vacant posts of teachers in colleges on the regular basis through the MPPSC. But nobody knows when the MPPSC will start conducting recruitment examination. It is the reason why the higher education department took decision of immediately filing up vacant posts of teachers. It is learnt that calling all assistant professors and professors from deputation of universities and other departments was also to ensure proper strength of the teaching staff at the Government colleges. Very few will be repeated: Sources said that very few guest teachers will be repeated this time, usually, the higher education department has many applications from new candidates. The Government seems not to repeat most of the guest faculties this time as it had indicated earlier. Only those have special recommendations from their previous colleges might be considered.

When contacted K K Singh, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, admitted of not conducting recruitment examinations by the MPPSC for assistant professors, said the department has started recruiting guest teachers. The regular recruitment will be later when the MPPSC will give green signal, he said.

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State Foundation Day functions to be organised in all districts

Week-long functions marking Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day will be held from November 1 in the State capital Bhopal and all district headquarters of the State. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan... Read More
Week-long functions marking Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day will be held from November 1 in the State capital Bhopal and all district headquarters of the State. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to hold programmes in accordance with dignity of the foundation day. Chouhan was reviewing preparations for foundation day programmes here on Tuesday. Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa was also present. The main function will be held at Bhopal at Vallabh Bhavan at 11 where pledge will be taken for development of Madhya Pradesh and foundation stone of Mantralaya annexe will be laid. A grand cultural eve will be held at Lal Parade Ground in the night. Cultural programmes will begin with Madhya Pradesh Gaan and performance of famous and sonorous Maihar Band. Ministers will participate in foundation day functions in districts of the State. The Chief Minister has directed that foundation day programmes should be associated with masses including distinguished citizens, social organisations, artists, business class etc and seminars should be held during the period on important issues like state’s development, human welfare and contemporary issues. Cultural programmes should be held in all districts, too.

A grand cultural programme will be held in the presence of Governor Ram Naresh Yadav and Chief Minister at Lal Parade Ground, Bhopal from 7 pm on Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day November 1. It will include a 45 minute presentation of Mahakavi Kalidas’ Meghdootam and music presentation of Vishal-Shekher. The week-long function will conclude with attractive fireworks on November 7.

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Three-day special anti-dengue larvae drive ends at Kolar road

Three-day special anti-dengue operation at Kolar road concluded on Tuesday with survey of 1074 houses by 100 health and BMC workers at eight teams. Each team comprises of 8 to 10 persons. The hea... Read More
Three-day special anti-dengue operation at Kolar road concluded on Tuesday with survey of 1074 houses by 100 health and BMC workers at eight teams. Each team comprises of 8 to 10 persons. The health and BMC employees’ teams during survey of 1074 houses, found larvae at 74 houses. In every house, people stored water at about five to eight containers, the team members got all stored and uncovered water thrown out.

The first day, anti-larvae teams went to 2408 houses, of them it found dengue larvae at 482 houses while on second day, the teams surveyed 1379 houses and found dengue larvae at 172 houses. Door to door campaign ends: One-day door to door campaign was held there, six public representatives at their houses went door to door asking people not to store water for more days, not to keep the water containers open, see if there is dengue larvae, immediately throw the water. Dr Jyoti Tiwari, Superintendent, Kolar Government Hospital, said on Tuesday, the anti-dengue larvae teams went to Damkhera, Nayapura, Kanhakunj, Akbarpura and Uma Bihar.

According to Dr Jyoti Tiwari, from Wednesday, the anti-larvae team will go only to those places from where they will receive complaints of dengue patients or having water deposition. PS, Health, took meeting at JP Hospital: Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, took a meeting at JP Hospital, asked health officers to any how control dengue at Kolar and other areas.

Despite survey, 15 new dengue patients found

Despite anti-larvae survey by the health and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers at Kolar area, 15 new dengue patients found in city on Tuesday. On Monday, 13 new dengue patients were found. The total figure of dengue patients has reached to 412. Now not only from Kolar, the dengue patients are found in some other areas as Arera Colony, South TT Nagar, Piplani and Old city areas. JP Hospital employee attending phone said he had information of dengue patients, 15 new dengue samples tested positive in Malaria and JP hospital lab. Many efforts were made to contact Dr KV Vajpayee, District Malaria Officer (DMO), but he avoided to response the phone calls. He did not give information of dengue patients, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) said that he was on visit of rural health centres to so he did not have any information. When contacted, Rashmi Jain, Epidemiologist, she went out somewhere leaving her cell phone at home. After rising dengue patients’ figure, Praveer Krishn, Principal Secretary, Health, took a meeting and addressed the health and BMC workers to intensify their drive against the dengue larvae, spray drugs to kill dengue larvae and create awareness among the people what precautions be have to avoid dengue.

When Praveer Krishn was told that health officers and even malaria officer did not inform dengue patients, he said that from Wednesday Public Relation Officer will give information to media.

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BJP, Congress witnesses queue of claimants for Mayor ticket

As Mayor seat of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has become unreserved, a wave of happiness is being witnessed among leaders of all political parties, mainly BJP and Congress. The reason is ... Read More
As Mayor seat of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has become unreserved, a wave of happiness is being witnessed among leaders of all political parties, mainly BJP and Congress. The reason is this that now any one can stake claim for the Mayoral ticket which would not have been possible if seat was reserved. Hence, now it would be a Herculean task for all political parties to decide the name of Mayoral candidate.

From long time, leaders of all political parties were anxiously waiting for the reservation process in which fate of Bhopal Mayor seat was to be decided. When the Bhopal seat was declared unreserved in the reservation process of important posts of local bodies, big smile was witnessed on the faces of leaders of all political parties. The reason was clear that now it’s an open game and anyone can contest the Mayor election. As far as ruling party BJP is concerned then district president Alok Sharma is the strongest claimant for BMC’s Mayor ticket. His claim becomes strong in the light of the given fact that he was front-runner for MP ticket from Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency after veteran leader Lal Krishna Advani cleared that he is not going to contest Lok Sabha election from Bhopal. However, Alok Sanjar’s name surfaced in final moments and party decided to field him from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat.

At that time, Alok Sharma was very upset but party had assured to oblige him in future. Former MLA Ramesh Sharma is also eyeing the Mayoral ticket. Meanwhile, Mayor Krishna Gaur will be seeking another chance from party on the basis of development works done by her in State capital. Other names doing round for ticket in BJP are former MLA Shailendra Pradhan, Bhagwandas Sabnani, former corporator Lily Agrawal and Sunil Pandey etc. What is more interesting is this that name of former MLA Dhruvnarayan Singh is also creating ripples for Mayoral ticket.

The chances of Bhagwandas Sabnani are dim as he had contested MLA election against declared BJP candidate when he was part of now defunct Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) Party. Likewise, it is most likely that claim of Shailendra Pradhan might not be considered as in past he had independently contested Mayor election against party’s declared candidate. As far as deciding Mayoral candidate in BJP is concerned then it is also possible that BJP may spring surprise at the last minute by bringing any little known face as had happened in the case of deciding name of candidate for Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Notably, many big names were doing rounds for Bhopal Lok Sabha ticket in BJP but it was little known face Alok Sanjar who was given the ticket.

Likewise, there are numerous ticket aspirants in Congress. Name of District Congress President PC Sharma is emerging as strongest claimant for Mayoral ticket. The reason is this that he is a very well known face of the city and everyone knows him. He is equally acceptable in both communities Hindus and Muslims. In other words, he is a person of common man.

Besides, names of former Mayor Sunil Sood, ex-Mayor Vibha Patel, BMC Chairman Kailash Mishra are also in the reckoning. The other names doing rounds for the ticket are: Abha Singh, Mohammad Sageer, Arif Masood, Mahendra Singh Chouhan etc.

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Bhopal’s Mayoral post to remain unreserved

The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday ... Read More
The Mayoral seat of Bhopal would be unreserved in the ensuing local bodies’ polls as decided through draw of lots to reserve the municipal corporations and other local bodies held on Tuesday at Ravindra Bhawan. The Mayoral seat of Jabalpur would be unreserved woman while Indore’s Mayor post fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for 16 Municipal Corporations, 98 Municipalities and 264 Nagar Parishad was carried out on Tuesday. While the seat of Mayor for the State capital was announced unreserved, the seat of Indore fell into Other Backward Class (OBC) women’s category. The reservation process for all these seats was organised by the Directorate of Urban Administration and Development at Ravindra Bhawan under the chairmanship of Sanjay Shukla, Commissioner Urban Administration and Development. Out of the 16 seats of municipal corporation seats of Mayor in Morena was reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC), seat of Ujjain was reserved for SC Women followed by the seat of Singrauli which was reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Woman, seat of Jabalpur, Satna, Rewa and Ratlam have been reserved for Women category (unreserved) while the seats of Gwalior, Khandwa, Dewas, Katni including state capital have been declared unreserved. Along with these 16 seats of Municipal Corporation.

The reservation process of seats of Mayor on Tuesday was completed amidst minor uproars from political parties, Commissioner Shukla warned of proceedings against all those indulged in disturbing the process by getting their photographs captured which helped in controlling the mounting tension. The political scenario is expected to take a major turn after the completion of the process on Tuesday. It is to be noted that the seat of mayor in Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the moment is reserved for Women with Krishna Gaur as present mayor.

Out of the 98 Municipalities 15 have been reserved for ST, 25 for OBC, 13 OBC women while 24 seats have been left for unreserved women along with 6 for ST Category.

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Paddy, rice worth about Rs 1 cr seized

The Food Department officials under the directives of District Collector Thakur Ram Singh raided two rice mills at Tilda and Navapara. The officials seized rice and paddy worth about Rs 1 crore... Read More
The Food Department officials under the directives of District Collector Thakur Ram Singh raided two rice mills at Tilda and Navapara. The officials seized rice and paddy worth about Rs 1 crore. Hariom Rice Industry (Tilda) and Sandeep Paddy Processing Unit (Navapara) had indulged in gross violation of Chhattisgarh Rice Act 2007. The officials, including AFOs Sanjay Dubey, R C Gulati, Food Inspectors Anil Jain, Shah Jafar Khan, Bharti Harsh and Bindu Pradhan carried out raids. At Tilda, they also found 17000 quintal paddy meant for milling were sold in the open market apart from other irregularities. Similarly, Navapara based rice mill withdrew only 11000 quintal paddy against the agreement made for 64000 quintal. Here 2340 quintal paddy and 190 quintal rice were seized. Estimated cost of the seized paddy and rice was said to be about Rs 1 crore.

The food department has again issued warning to the rice millers for withdrawing their quota of paddy for milling or else necessary action will be taken against them.

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8 IVF babies born in 1.5 hrs in Aashirwad Hospital

Aashirwad ICSI Test Tube Baby Centre once again proved its name as eight IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) babies were born in a record time of one and half hours in this hospital situated at Dangania i... Read More
Aashirwad ICSI Test Tube Baby Centre once again proved its name as eight IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) babies were born in a record time of one and half hours in this hospital situated at Dangania in the State capital. The hospital has completed more fifteen years of successful journey and the credit goes to renowned Gynaecologist Dr Nalini Madhariya and her team members.

This achievement of the hospital and limitless joys to the parents of these babies was recorded on last Monday and thus the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras and Diwali is more joyous. Dr Madhariya told that just a few months ago thirteen babies were born within four hours in the institution. Some of the relatives of the parents told that some of the infertile couples could not taste the joy parenthood over a long time, even more than 20 to 25 years, and it was just like an exile for them. But it finally ended as they pinned their hopes with Aashirwad Hospital. The success of this hospital tells about the skill, dedicated workflow and deep involvement for betterment of patients.

Jashpur records highest cases of iodine deficiency disorders

Deficiency Disorder Control Programme Dr Kamlesh Jain. It may be mentioned that Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders prevention day is observed on October 21. A meeting of state task force that is constituted under the programme was held on Tuesday at New Circuit House. Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Dr Alok Shukla was the chief guest in the meeting. Ravi Prakash Gupta, Controller, Food and Drugs, also attended the meeting. Salt that is consumed by the common people in the state is provided by the private entities to the extent of 20 to 25 percent and the remaining by the state Food and Civil Supplies Department through the public distribution system.

The IDD cell has also established a lab for salt testing in the medical college and 33 percent of the samples tested in the lab have been found substandard in terms of quality. It is also worth mentioning that burden of mentally retarded children will be one of the issues for the government in case the salt consumed by the people is not of proper quality. Dr Shukla took the findings seriously and gave necessary directives, informed Dr Jain. The nodal officer added that even double fortified salt can be tested in the lab and people should store salt in air-tight containers.

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‘Sacrifices of our brave soldiers are invaluable’

Governor Balramji Das Tandon paid floral tribute to martyrs at Shaheed Samarak of Fourth Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Force at Mana Raipur on Police Memorial Day today. During the ceremony, rich... Read More
Governor Balramji Das Tandon paid floral tribute to martyrs at Shaheed Samarak of Fourth Battalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Force at Mana Raipur on Police Memorial Day today. During the ceremony, rich tributes were paid to the Martyred personnel of Police Force and other Security Forces of entire country. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, Director General of Police A N Upadhyay and other senior police officials also laid wreaths on the memorials of martyrs. Personnel and families of martyrs were prominently present.

During the ceremony, Paul Bearer Party included honor list in memorial fund and offered salute to the martyrs. On the occasion, names of martyr police and security personnel across the country were recited.

Governor Balramji Das Tandon said that we are living in an independent country today because of the sacrifices of martyrs. Because of their sacrifices, we lead safe and secured life. They are the ones who have braved all the adversities just to ensure our safety and unhindered progress of the country. We pay hearty gratitude to those brave martyrs for sacrificing their lives and the courageous army personnel, who go through all kinds of difficulties at borders to establish peace and security in nation. Likewise, various security forces put in strenuous efforts to ensure internal security and to keep a check on untoward incidents that might disturb law and order in the country.

Governor Tandon said that Naxal terror is a threat to the internal security of Chhattisgarh. He added that Chhattisgarh Government has been successful to a greater extent in controlling Naxal activities in state. He has expressed hope that soon the state will get rid of Naxalism and Chhattisgarh will become the leading state of nation. Governor assured martyrs’ families that the government will extend every possible support and cooperation to them.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that staking life for living up to the commitment towards country, facing extreme adversities to serve nation and braving all the odds to protect unity and integrity of the country and to ensure public security is no ordinary job. Police personnel do not lead a normal personal life and family life. We live a safe and secured life because they stake their lives on duty. In Naxal-affected state like Chhattisgarh, the risks to lives of personnel are even greater. Officials and personnel of Chhattisgarh Police have always stood shoulder to shoulder for braving Naxal attacks. It is the responsibility of people of state to make sure that their sacrifice does not go in vain. We all should understand our responsibilities and discharge them with sincerity.

Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra said that Naxalism is the biggest threat to internal security of the country, and Chhattisgarh is also struggling to eliminate this threat. Our security personnel are giving hard time to the naxalites. Security personnel are combating naxalites with all the valour and strength. Soon Naxalism will be uprooted from Chhattisgarh. The dignitaries deeply empathized with the families of martyrs and assured them that government will support them at every step. The ceremony was also addressed by Director General of Police AN Upadhyay.

Names of these martyrs are as follows:- Martyr Hemla Masa, Martyr Rajuram Hapka, Martyr Roopsingh Thakur, Martyr Mudma Budhram, Martyr Majji Soma, Martyr Nakul Ram Dhruv, Martyr Rajendra Gaikwad, Martyr Ishu Kumar Pisda, Martyr Aditya Sahu, Martyr Madwai Soma, Martyr Harendra Singh Pujari, Martyr Gautam Pandey, Martyr Vivek Shukla, Martyr Chhabilal Kanshi, Martyr Dhaneshwar Mandawi, Martyr Sandeep Kumar Yadu, Martyr Naval Kishore Shandilya, Martyr Pankaj Suryavanshi, Martyr Prem Kumar Prajapati, Martyr Mukesh Kumar Sharma. The parade was led by Trainee IPS Arun Rangrajan.

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Market explodes with buying spree

DHANTERAS, an auspicious occasion for a pre-Diwali shopping spree witnessed bubbling Raipurians hopping around Jaistambh Chowk, heart of the capital city which was the most happening shopping desti... Read More
DHANTERAS, an auspicious occasion for a pre-Diwali shopping spree witnessed bubbling Raipurians hopping around Jaistambh Chowk, heart of the capital city which was the most happening shopping destination on Tuesday. The shops and showrooms were decked up in a bridal look across Raipur also welcomed the customers with a wide range of offers and latest products to make the Dhanteras shopping a memorable one.

Pushya Nakshatra brought the momentum in the local business over taking the gross sale figures of previous years. On Dhanteras, the year-long plan to buy new products from jewelries, electronics, automobiles, real estate, readymade garments and branded as well as general use utensils was at peak. According to business pundits the gross sale of all sectors would cross Rs 200 crores in the capital.

Apart from heavy rush at 2/4-wheeler showrooms, customers in large number were also seen buying electronics items like TVs, washing machines, DVDs, ACs and cooking range. Readymade garment traders also had their share of customers besides real estate sector which made the festive presence strongly with offers and counter offers to take maximum advantage and obtain good business.

The Sarafa market was leading the trading with jewelries especially gold, silver, diamond and platinum along with gold and silver coins in great demand among all section of the society. Traditional jewelries still have the fascination among customers. This product range has the getup of heavy varieties, but is lighter with modern fancy touch.

Talking to The Hitavada, Director of Sun and Sun Jewellers Manish Sharma informed that customer’s response is very good and based on the rush during the evening, Sarafa business was extend till 1am on October 22 in the capital.

Customers in large number flocked the Sarafa market and opting for all varieties of Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver jewelries. With 10gm 24 Carat (99.9) Gold steady at lower rate of Rs 28,000, investors and occasion based purchases touched the peak in the late evening. After Pushya Nakshatra, better business was anticipated on Dhanteras and the response was better as expected, Sharma maintained.

Bharat Shah, Director of Manubhai Jewellers, a renowned jewelry showroom in Sarafa Bazaar informed that his concern has immense popularity among the customers for purity of gold in Chhattisgarh and the neighboring states. Customers have praised the variety and designs of Gold, Silver and Diamond jewelries offered at Manubhai Jewellers that are prepared and crafted exclusively by well trained craftsmen.

A wide range of diamond as well as kundan and pearl jewelries in modern, and traditional design prepared keeping all sections of the customers in mind is also in great demand, Shah added. Director of Mahalaxmi Jewellers Nirmal Lunia informed that Dhanteras shopping witnessed customers from all sections of the society. Business was very good and attractive range of items was on display and sale catering to the demand of all sections. According to Omprakash Soni of Dhanshree Jewellers, the enthusiastic customers were eager to have the latest which included light jewelries, bracelets, necklace, sets and rings along with gold and silver coins.

Proprietor of Manish Electronics Rajesh Khemani said the response was extraordinary. Besides Nikon, the store offers complete range of Canon and Sony cameras which includes compact, SLR, professional along with professional video cameras. The store also ensures best of services by offering photography related complete accessories. Customers took advantage of special offers and owing to heavy rush the shop operated much beyond usual hours.

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Thieves burgle cash, gold ornaments worth Rs 6.70 lakh

IN YET another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Lakadganj area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 6.70 lakh from the residence of... Read More
IN YET another sensational day light house-breaking theft in Lakadganj area, a gang of unidentified thieves burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 6.70 lakh from the residence of transporter Rajesh Balsunderam Kaasi at Quetta Colony on Tuesday.

Around 10.30 am, Kaasi (42), a resident of Flat No 223, Jai Sitaram Apartment, Quetta Colony, locked his house and left for his office. Grabbing the opportunity, the thieves struck at his house. After breaking open the door lock, they entered the flat.

The intruders collected gold ornaments worth Rs six lakh and Rs 70,000 from an almirah kept in the bedroom and decamped with the booty. When Kaasi returned home around 1 pm, he was shocked to find the door lock broken and cash and ornaments stolen.

Staff from Lakadganj Police Station arrived at the spot on being informed by Kaasi. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise the probe. Fingerprint experts were summoned. However, the cops were clueless about the gang involved in the burglary till late night. Lakadganj Police registered a case under Section 454 and 380 of the IPC.

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Ticket checkers in spot as Railway Board revises coach manning norms

Battling the large scale vacancies in ticket checking staff, Railway Board has revised the norms for manning the coaches. As per the decision, now travelling ticket examiners would required to ... Read More
Battling the large scale vacancies in ticket checking staff, Railway Board has revised the norms for manning the coaches. As per the decision, now travelling ticket examiners would required to look after five coaches, an increase of three.

For Conductors, they are deputed in air conditioned coaches, the new norms mandates manning three coaches, an addition of one coach to earlier norm of two coaches.

Overruling the objections from the two recognised unions of railway persons, All India Railwaymen Federation (AIRF) and National Federation of Railwaymen (NFIR), the Board overruled the point citing vacancies and additional requirement of ticket checking staff. Similarly, the Board referred to a Committee constituted way back in year 2000 to examine the prevailing norms and in pursuant of recommendation the revised norms were notified then.

Therefore to have optimum manning of reserved coaches and the increasing requirement the ticket checking staff duties are rationalised, said the Board's directives. The Federation had written to Board that while new trains are being introduced or frequency of existing trains are being increased, the required mandate of manning the reserved coaches is not keeping pace with it. Therefore the deployment of staff for manning coaches be tightened. Further the union mentioned that since 2500 additional posts of TTE have been sanctioned to tide over vacancies the norms be revisited.

The Federation also raised the matter in PNM where it demanded one Conductor to supervise two upper class coaches and one TTE for manning one reserved coach. However, Board straightway rejected the point in view of vacancies.

At local level the ticket examiners say while manning the coaches is not a big problem but the additional duties imposed on them makes it a ticklish job. Explaining the point, Manoj Samarth, Working President, All India Ticket Checking Association, Bilaspur Zone, said that apart from allotment of berth and checking reserved passengers, the TTE are also expected to check after amenities on board. For example in case any one of the five coaches does not have water it the job of TTE to look into the matter and problem arise when the latter having no control over it faces ire if the same is not sorted out. Same problem arise in case the toilet is not fit for use, light is not working the ticket examiners are at front and expected to work wonder. The point is that while burdening with this odd jobs the Board has put the ticket examiners in line of fire with little security.

Further Samarth pointed out that now a days the fares are revised quite frequently and difference has to be collected from passengers which consumes quite a time. And during such period if there is checking by flying squad the TTE is pulled-up and accused of dereliction of duty, ignoring the fact it was humanly impossible to check all five coaches.

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Goons create ruckus, attempt to kill man

IN A group clash over financial dealings, four goons and their accomplices created ruckus and attempted to kill a young man with knives near the gate of Government Ayurved Mahavidyalaya at Sakk... Read More
IN A group clash over financial dealings, four goons and their accomplices created ruckus and attempted to kill a young man with knives near the gate of Government Ayurved Mahavidyalaya at Sakkardara Square on Monday night. Cops arrested the goons.

The accused have been identified as Pradeep Mohanlal Thakur (23), Suhas Mohanlal Thakur (23), both residents of Plot No 118, Sahkar Nagar, Kharbi Road, Nandanvan, Rajat Bhagwandin Yadav (20), a resident of Raghuji Nagar, and Sadiq Naseem Ansari (19), a resident of Plot No 790, New Pension Nagar. According to Police, the accused had borrowed money from Awtarsingh Mahendrasingh Dhunna alias Sonu (29), a resident of Flat No 505, Jeevandeep Society, Ambedkar Square, some months ago. When Awtarsingh asked them to return the money, they started avoiding him. Accused Pradeep Thakur contacted Awtarsingh’s brother Satpalsingh and asked him to come near the gate of Government Ayurved College at Sakkardara Square to sort out the matter on Monday.

As soon ast Satpalsingh went there, the accused quartet along with their 10-15 accomplices stabbed him with knives injuring him seriously. With deep injuries on his abdomen, Satpalsingh was rushed to Government Medical College & Hospital. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Awtarsingh, Sakkardara Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147,148, 149, 504, 506 and 307 of the IPC against Pradeep Thakur, Suhas Thakur, Rajat Yadav and Sadiq Ansari.

Following a counter complaint lodged by Pradeep Thakur, cops registered an offence under Sections 143, 146, 148,149, 504 and 34 of the IPC against Awtarsingh Dhunna, Ravindrasingh Romi, Amrutsingh Bagga, Sunny, Satyapalsingh Kashmirsingh and others.

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NMC opens control room to tackle Dengue menace

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to open zonal-level control room to tackle dengue menace and has also warned all private hospitals to mandatorily report all dengue positie cases ... Read More
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to open zonal-level control room to tackle dengue menace and has also warned all private hospitals to mandatorily report all dengue positie cases to it.

Due to non-communication of details about dengue cases, the NMC health department found itself at loss to assess about spread of dengue epidemic and hence issued notices to several hospitals. The NMC has asked hospitals to keep it in loop about the dengue positive patients to keep an effective check on the outbreak. According to civic body, around 124 hospitals are furnishing the information on regular basis.

On the directions of Mayor Pravin Datke, Health Department formed control room at Civil Lines office of NMC and at Zonal level for various activities run by local body during next three months. They will create awareness, collect blood samples, visit every household for collecting information regarding dengue like fever. Deputy Director (Health) Dr Milind Ganvir informed in a press release that Health Officer Dr S S Shende will be in-charge of control room at Civil Lines office.

The other members are Dr Jaisharee Thote, and Sudhir Fating. The local body has started mobile dispensary for checking Dengue fever like patients and their treatment. The local body is ready to provide blood, blood cells, plasma, platelets and other for patients. Arpan Voluntary Blood Bank is ready to help patients. Patients can contact Jaishree Thote on mobile number 8600167836, or Sudhir Fating 9923438060.

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FDA seizes 600 kg Barfi worth Rs 96,000

Food Safety Officers (FSO) of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division have conducted raid on M/S Harihar Foods, Eastern Industrial Area, Chikhali Layout, Kalamna on Monday and seized ... Read More
Food Safety Officers (FSO) of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Nagpur Division have conducted raid on M/S Harihar Foods, Eastern Industrial Area, Chikhali Layout, Kalamna on Monday and seized 600 kg Barfi worth Rs 96,000.

The said quantity of Burfi was stored in un-hygenic gunny bags having no labels The bags consisting of Burfi were to sent to Raipur by the owner of the firm, Yogesh Ramawatar Gupta. FSO Abhay Deshpande and Pravin Umap conducted raid seized Burfi. The raid was conducted under the guidance of Joint Commissioner (Food) Shivaji Desai, Assistant Commissioner (Food) N RWakode and M C Pawar. FDA has started a special drive to conduct raids on the sweet shops and sweet manufacturing units to safe guard public health.

In Nagpur district as well as in MP and Chhatisgarh state, a large quantity of sweets are being sold in Diwali festival. The traders and manufacturing units are not following the cleanliness and quality standards for the Sweet.

FDA Nagpur Division has started keeping vigil on such units and conducting raids on such units. People who have any doubt about the quality, production, distribution, storage and sale of khowa and sweets should contact on 2562204 and report the same, informs Shivaji Desai, Joint Commissioner (Food), FDA Nagpur Division, in a press release.

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Flesh trade: Bangladeshi woman rescued

JARIPATKA Police on Monday rescued a Bangladeshi woman, who was abducted from Dhaka and dragged into flesh trade by some pimps in the city. Cops arrested one of the two accused women who forced h... Read More
JARIPATKA Police on Monday rescued a Bangladeshi woman, who was abducted from Dhaka and dragged into flesh trade by some pimps in the city. Cops arrested one of the two accused women who forced her into prostitution.

Identified as Ashwini alias Sweetie Parmesh Maradwar (31), the accused is a resident of Manohar Building, Wing 1, Rai Udyog, Plot No. 207, Teka Naka, Kamptee Road.

The 25-year-old victim was brought to West Bengal from Dhaka by some persons by promising her a job. They then allegedly sold her to Ashwini alias Sweetie Maradwar who with the assistance of another woman dragged her into flesh trade. For the past 20 days, Ashwini kept her confinement in her house and forced her into prostitution. She was tortured by Ashwini and some other pimps.

On Monday morning, Ashwini locked the Bangladeshi woman in her house and went to buy some vegetables. The victim somehow managed to some persons who alerted the police.

Cops rushed to Ashwini’s flat and found the woman locked inside the house. They rescued the woman after breaking open the door lock and brought her to the police station. When Ashwini returned home, she found the door lock broken. She visited to the police station to lodge a complaint about theft in her house but finally landed in trouble. A police officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that they arrested Ashwini on charges under Sections 344, 346, 365, 366, 368 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 3,4, 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956 after recording the victim’s statement. “We are searching for the key persons in the sex racket,”he added.

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Armed dacoits steal vault containing Rs 8 lakh cash from Mahindra showroom in Kalamna

IN A daring dacoity, armed desperadoes took away a vault containing Rs eight lakh cash from Mahindra Showroom of Provincial Automobiles Pvt Ltd near Sonba Nagar Railway Crossing in Kalamna are... Read More
IN A daring dacoity, armed desperadoes took away a vault containing Rs eight lakh cash from Mahindra Showroom of Provincial Automobiles Pvt Ltd near Sonba Nagar Railway Crossing in Kalamna area after tying the hands and legs of the watchman in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to Police, Prabhakar Somaji Hedau (60) works as watchman at the Mahindra Showroom. Around 3.45 am, five armed desperadoes entered the showroom premises. One of them took a sickle at the watchman and threatened him if he raised the alarm. Others tied Hedau’s hands and legs with a rope. They then stuffed a piece of cloth in his mouth. The dacoits gained entry into the showroom after opening the shutter with the keys. The intruders broke the glass door of the cash cabin on the first floor and took away the steel vault containing Rs eight lakh.

A resident of Plot No. 43, Mankarwadi, Punapur Road, Kalamna, Hedau somehow managed to free himself and informed the showroom manager about the incident. After receiving the information from the showroom employees, staff of Kalamna Police Station arrived at the spot. Senior police officers also visited the spot to supervise the probe. After recording the statement of the watchman, Hedau, Kalamna Police registered a case under Section 395 of the IPC.

Further investigations are under way. In another incident, dacoits attacked a man with iron rods and looted gold ornaments and other valuables worth thousands of rupees from his house in Yashodhara Nagar in the small hours.

Manoj Charandasji Hulsunge (39) and his wife were asleep in their house at Block No. 36, Shiv Arcade, Ward No. 3, Bhilgaon. Five robbers entered their house after breaking open the latch of the kitchen door. The intruders attacked Hulsunge with iron rods and took away gold ornaments and a cellphone.

After registering a case of dacoity, Yashodhara Nagar Police started investigations.

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MPCB detects noise standard violations in fire-crackers

Do the fire-crackers you have bought comply to Noise Standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act? As far as the testing of 13 brands of fire-crackers conducted recently in the city by... Read More
Do the fire-crackers you have bought comply to Noise Standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act? As far as the testing of 13 brands of fire-crackers conducted recently in the city by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is concerned, they do not. Now, MPCB will be monitoring noise levels at 10 different locations in the city for three days from Thursday.

Bursting of fire-crackers creates ‘significant’ noise pollution during Diwali festival, as per the MPCB records. As part of creating public awareness, MPCB carried out a testing of fire-crackers at various places across Maharashtra in association with Police Department, local NGOs, Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO). The testing was carried out at Nagpur, Amravati, Chandrapur in Vidarbha, apart from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nashik, and Thane. It was done to assess the compliance of noise-level standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act.

The testing report was signed jointly by S M Kulkarni, Controller of Explosives, PESO, Nagpur; M D Bhiwapurkar, Field Officer, MPCB; N S Bondre, Assistant Police Inspector, Control Room; U B Bhadule, Field Officer, MPCB.

As per the noise-level standards, the manufacture, sale, or use of fire-crackers generating noise-levels exceeding 125 Decibel (AI) or 145 dB (C)pk at a distance of 4 metres from the point of bursting, are prohibited for individual fire-crackers. For fire-crackers in series, these limits are more stringent depending upon the number of crackers in series. For testing conducted across the State, samples of fire-crackers of different types from various companies available in respective local markets were procured. These samples were tested where open space was available with hard/concrete surface. The noise measurements were made at a distance of 5 metres from the point of bursting of fire-crackers.

As per the MPCB report, testing was conducted for 52 brands of fire-crackers in series. During testing, 21 violations with respect to impulse standard and 31 violations of peak standard were observed.

In case of single crackers, total 126 different samples were tested out of which 16 violations of impulse standard and 20 violations of peak standard were observed.

Thus, in case of single crackers, 36 violations were observed while in that of crackers in series all 52 samples violated one or the other noise standard (impulse or peak). In its report, MPCB has stated in clear terms that fire-crackers in series ‘are not’ compliant with noise standards prescribed under Environment Protection Act.

Meanwhile, MPCB will be monitoring noise levels of fire-crackers on October 23 (Laxmi Pujan), 24 (Balipratipada), and 25 (Bhaubeej) at 10 different locations in Nagpur city.

These locations include Ajni Square, Civil Lines, Dharampeth, Itwari, Civil Hospital, Deshpande Layout, Shankar Nagar, Mahal, Sadar, and Kalamna.

Throughout the State, noise levels will be monitored on these three dates, at 115 different locations.

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Meetings, lectures, training sessions ‘affecting’ health of WRD officers

The efficiency levels of more than 500 senior officers in Water Resources Department (WRD) have gone down due to poor health. And, their poor health is a result of attending various meetings, lec... Read More
The efficiency levels of more than 500 senior officers in Water Resources Department (WRD) have gone down due to poor health. And, their poor health is a result of attending various meetings, lectures, training sessions as part of official work throughout the State. This is not an off-the-cuff remark from a layman, but official observation of WRD. Taking a serious cognisance of ‘adverse impact’ on health of officers, WRD has now decided to make optimum utilisation of video-conferencing facility available at various district-level offices. The idea behind this is, sources said, to ensure that most of the senior officers stay at respective headquarters and also save time and money of the machinery. WRD has issued a circular in this regard on October 16.

As per the circular, many a time the senior officers have to rush for meetings in Mumbai or other parts of Maharashtra arranged at the eleventh hour. This rush affects health of the officers and it results in deterioration in their efficiency levels. The adverse impact on health of officers affects office work, and it is not possible for them to keep an effective supervision on the construction works of projects. Of course, the officers attending meeting, training sessions, discussions, and lectures in Government establishments will have to maintain a record of the same.

Already, said an official, video-conferencing facility has been made available at district-level offices of WRD. In 10 senior-level offices, multi-party facility is available; and 18 district-level headquarters have two-party facility. Considering this, at a time, eight offices can be connected with each other for a meeting. If all the offices at divisional-level start making good use of video-conferencing facility, it will result in senior officers staying at given headquarters.

As per the circular issued recently, it has been made mandatory to organise meetings through video-conferencing. In exceptional circumstances, meetings will have to be attended by officers concerned in person, but the reasons for the same will have to be recorded. The field-level officers have been informed that they will not be called to Mantralaya regularly, and most of the times the discussion will be held through video-conferencing. The respective offices have been directed to appoint an eligible persons as ‘Co-ordinating Officer’ and Assistant to ensure that the facility of video-conferencing is functional 24x7. The video-conferencing facility is available at Mantralaya in Mumbai, and headquarters of five Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs) including Vidarbha IDC at Nagpur, Chief Engineer (Special Projects) office in Amravati, Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute at Nashik, Water and Land Management Institute at Aurangabad, Superintending Engineer (KDC) at Pune etc. Under VIDC at Nagpur, two offices at Bhandara and Chandrapur have video-conferencing facility. Similarly, under the office of Chief Engineer (Special Projects) at Amravati, four offices at Akola, Buldhana, Yavatmal, and Washim have the facility.

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Vidarbha MLAs pitch for Gadkari as CM

Newly-elected MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Vidarbha region came out openly in favour of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and insisted that he be made Chief Minister of Maharashtra to h... Read More
Newly-elected MLAs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Vidarbha region came out openly in favour of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and insisted that he be made Chief Minister of Maharashtra to handle the crucial political situation. Around 40 MLAs from Vidarbha met Gadkari at his Mahal residence and requested him to take charge of the coveted post. BJP has 44 MLAs from Vidarbha out of its total tally of 122 in the State and according to these legislators Gadkari is undisputed leader of party in Vidarbha and State.

Members of Legislative Assembly reached Nagpur in the evening by special flight as meeting of Legislative Party of BJP was postponed. State President Devendra Fadnavis, and senior leader Sudhir Mungantiwar were not present in this meeting.

Gadkari did not react to the appeal of MLAs but while talking to mediapersons, he said, “I am happy in working at centre. I do not want to return back to State politics. The budget of my Department is more than the State budget. However, the decision of parliamentary board will be final and the board will take a call on selection of Chief Ministerial candidate.”

Since beginning whenever Gadkari was asked about his possible candidature for Chief Minister’s post, he had repeated the same answer stating that he was now comfortable and happy in central politics and has no desire to take a plunge in state politics. Hours before this sudden development, ex-state president Sudhir Mungantiwar in Mumbai pitched for Gadkari as CM candidate. So far, State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis who was described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Gift of Nagpur to Maharashtra” and was de facto projected as potential Chief Minister of BJP led Government and after results were declared was given a rousing welcome by party rank and file.

Sources claimed that Krishna Khopde, Nana Shamkule, Sudhakar Deshmukh, Chandrashekhar Bawankule and others appealed Gadkari to take responsibility of State leadership. They said, party MLAs feel that Gadkari should come back to the state politics and take up the position of Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He has lot of administrative experience behind him that makes him an ideal candidate.

Meanwhile, city BJP president and East Nagpur MLA Krishna Khopde offered his seat for Nitin Gadkari. He said, “I am ready to quit post for Gadkariji. He is a true leader of the party.” The Legislatures also gave slogans in favour of Gadkari.

Kanchan Gadkari, wife of Nitin Gadkari welcomed all elected MLAs and offered sweets. The meeting lasted for around one hour and created flutter in BJP circles as well.

Legislators Dr Ashish Deshmukh, Sudhir Parve, Dr Milind Mane, Sameer Meghe, Vikas Kumbhare, Mitesh Bhangadia, Sudhakar Kohle, Prof Anil Sole, and Anil Bonde were present at Wada.

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WCL Manager booked for raping, cheating woman

JARIPATKA Police on Sunday booked Chandrakant Kisan Tayade (53), senior Manager (Personnel), Umrer Sub-Area of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman after coll... Read More
JARIPATKA Police on Sunday booked Chandrakant Kisan Tayade (53), senior Manager (Personnel), Umrer Sub-Area of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) for allegedly raping a 22-year-old woman after collecting Rs 1.65 lakh on the pretext of providing a job to her. A resident of WCL Indora Complex, Kalpana Nagar, Tayade earlier had lodged a complaint at the same police station that Dinesh Babachand Nagdeve (46) and his accomplices extorted Rs three lakh by threatening to implicate him for outraging the modesty of the woman. As per Tayade’s complaint, he had received a call from the woman on October 3. After telling him that she was in need of a job, the woman asked him to meet her at Kamal Chowk. After Tayade reached Kamal Chowk, she took him on a two-wheeler to a house at Samata Nagar. When he and the woman were talking, Nagdeve and his accomplices stormed into the house. Nagdeve charged Tayade of outraging the modesty of the woman. He and his accomplices thrashed Tayade and started blackmailing him. Nagdeve forcibly took Rs 80,000 cash and cheques of Rs 2.20 lakh to ‘hush up’ the matter, besides issuing life threats to him. Accordingly, police had arrested Nagdeve on charges under Sections 386 and 34 of the IPC. On Sunday, the woman lodged a complaint that Tayade took Rs 1.65 lakh from her by promising her a job. Between March 31, 2014 and October 3, 2014, Tayade took her took to a house in Samata Nagar and other places and raped her. The woman also stated that Tayade threatened to kill her if she narrated the incident to anybody. On the basis of the victim’s complaint, Jaripatka Police registered an offence under Sections 420 and 376 of the IPC. Senior police officers are investigating the case.

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Wife, her paramour booked for abetting young police constable to commit suicide

INVESTIGATIONS in the sensational suicide of young police constable took an altogether a new turn with Sadar Police registering an offence of abetment to suicide against his wife and her paramo... Read More
INVESTIGATIONS in the sensational suicide of young police constable took an altogether a new turn with Sadar Police registering an offence of abetment to suicide against his wife and her paramour on Sunday. Constable Sonu Shivdas Parkhe (28), who was deployed on guard duty at the official bungalow of DCP (Special Branch) Vijay Pawar situated opposite to the office of Special Inspector General of Police (Nagpur) Range in Civil Lines, committed suicide by shooting himself with his service rifle on September 29. Joined the police department in 2011, Parkhe was attached to Police Headquarters. A native of Yavatmal district, Parkhe was married in May last. After the marriage, Parkhe was staying with his wife Bhavana at Quarter No. 192/4/113, Police Line Takli. Bhavana allegedly had illicit relations with her neighbour Pradeep Mohe. When Parkhe came to know about his wife’s extramarital affair with Pradeep Mohe, he told his elder brother about it. Parkhe then wrote a suicide note. Around 9.30 am on September 29, Parkhe came for guard duty at DCP Pawar’s residence on a motorcycle. Around 10.15 am, he put his self-loading rifle (SLR) under his chin and pulled the trigger. On the basis of the suicide note and complaint lodged by the deceased’s elder brother Vijay, Sadar Police registered an offence under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against Bhavana Parkhe and Pradeep Mohe.

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SC to hear Sonba Musale’s plea today

Special leave petition filed by BJP's Saoner candidate Sonba Musale against rejection of his nomination form by Returning Officer has been listed for admission before Supreme Court of India on Tu... Read More
Special leave petition filed by BJP's Saoner candidate Sonba Musale against rejection of his nomination form by Returning Officer has been listed for admission before Supreme Court of India on Tuesday. The matter will come up before a division bench consisting of Justice J Chelameshwar and Justice P C Ghose. Musale’s petition was dismissed by High Court on October 7 while upholding the preliminary objections raised by the Government Pleader about maintainability and tenability of the petition in view of section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which provides remedy of election petition in the cases of rejection of nomination papers by the Returning Officer and the clear bar imposed by the Article 329 (b) of the Constitution of India on entertaining such a writ petition. With barely 24 hours to go for polling, Musale’s lawyers have knocked the doors of Supreme Court seeking postponement of election in view of “erroneous order passed by the Returning Officer.” Since there was no BJP nominee in fray, many believed that it would be a cake-walk for the sitting Congress MLA Sunil Kedar. But BJP cadre is now working for Sena nominee Vinod Jivtode with full vigour and this has surprised Kedar camp which was jubiliant following disqualification of arch rival Musale from the fray. Adding to woes of Kedar, the NCP candidate Kishor Chaudhary has also approached High Court against Kedar charging him with suppressing vital information in the affidavit filed along with nomination form and seeking criminal action against him. The petition is likely to be heard on Tuesday.

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Poll campaign ends: Sensitive areas under strict vigilance

With the end of hectic campaign for Legislative Assembly polls, the district administration took up the task of keeping a close watch on 'sensitive' pockets in Nagpur city as well as rural area... Read More
With the end of hectic campaign for Legislative Assembly polls, the district administration took up the task of keeping a close watch on 'sensitive' pockets in Nagpur city as well as rural areas.

The hectic poll campaign ended at 6 pm on Monday. To ensure that voters are not influenced with money, liquor, or any other thing during the period between end of campaigning and polling, the administration and police machinery have deployed flying squads, static surveillance teams, video surveillance teams, and plain-clothes policemen in around 15-18 'sensitive' pockets. Of these, 8-10 are in Nagpur city and remaining in rural areas of the district.

Addressing a press conference on Monday evening, after the end of poll campaigning, District Collector and District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna said that these pockets would be under special watch, but refused to divulge the names. For smooth conduct of Legislative Assembly election, City Police has deployed 3,443 personnel and four Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), six Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), and 172 officers. Similarly, Rural Police has deployed seven Deputy Superintendents of Police, 153 officers, and 2,530 personnel.

Replying to a question, Abhishek Krishna said, "There are 50 critical centres in Nagpur district. These have been designated critical on the basis of law and order situation and analysis of elections held previously." Half section of Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) and micro-observers will be deployed at these critical centres. Nagpur Central has 13 critical centres, the highest in the district; and Katol, Nagpur West, and Nagpur East do not have any critical polling station.

With the end of poll campaigning, no candidate can conduct public meetings, or campaign through electronic media as per the provisions of Representation of Peoples Act. Further, conduct and release of exit polls also has been prohibited from 6 pm of Monday.

As far as voter awareness is concerned, the District Election Officer said that the administrative machinery had distributed voter-slips to 24,85,719 voters in the district. "The task of distribution that its ministers in Maharashtra Government also could not secure lead to its candidates in Assembly segments represented by them. The then Congress ministers namely EGS Minister Dr Nitin Raut (North Nagpur), Minister of State Ranjit Kamble (Deoli), Environment Minister Sanjay Deotale (Warora), Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe (Arni), Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly Vasant Purke (Ralegaon) could not secure lead to Congress-NCP candidates in respective segments. Similar was the case with NCP leader and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh, who failed in getting lead for Congress-NCP alliance in his Assembly segment of Katol.

Interestingly, most of them are contesting Legislative Assembly elections now. Except for Sanjay Deotale, who switched over sides and is contesting as BJP candidate, others are contesting on tickets of respective parties.

Even during the Legislative Assembly election campaigning that came to an end on Monday evening, it was the BJP that conducted the highest number of public meetings, rallies, and road shows. Though Congress, NCP, and Shiv Sena tried to do their best, most of their top leaders could not travel extensively and address as many meetings as possible in Vidarbha region. From BJP's side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed five campaign meetings in the region. On the other hand, Congress' top leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi addressed only two meetings each. Modi addressed a massive public meeting in Nagpur city, the nerve-centre of Vidarbha, but Sonia Gandhi stayed away from it. Rahul Gandhi preferred to address a meeting at Ramtek, part of Nagpur rural.

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Battleground Vidarbha: BJP on steady rise, Cong on decline

Vidarbha has always been an important battleground for political parties, in Lok Sabha as well as Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. As all the major political parties are contesting ind... Read More
Vidarbha has always been an important battleground for political parties, in Lok Sabha as well as Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. As all the major political parties are contesting independently, and many rebels are contesting as Independent candidates, the Assembly polls have become interesting this time.

Against this backdrop if one takes a look at the Assembly election results from 1962 to 2009, and Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, it comes out that Congress has been on a steady decline while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen steady rise over the years. Congress has been reduced from 45 out of total 63 Assembly seats in 1962, to 24 in 2009. BJP, which contested some of the initial elections as Jan Sangh (JS) and Bharatiya Jan Sangh and Janata Party (JP), has increased its tally steadily from mere two in 1967 to 19 in 2009.

Congress delivered its best-ever performance in Assembly elections in the years 1972 and 1980 when it won 55 out of 63 and 66 seats respectively. BJP registered its best-ever performance in Assembly polls in 1995 when it won 22 out of total 66 seats. This year, after breaking up alliance of 25 years, BJP and Shiv Sena both are contesting independently. The results of previous elections reveal that BJP has always won more number of seats than Shiv Sena in Vidarbha. Even in 2009, BJP won 19 seats while Shiv Sena could win only eight seats. Political observers attribute this to ever-expanding network of BJP throughout Vidarbha, and anti-incumbency against Congress. Further, BJP concentrated on expanding its network to rural parts of Vidarbha by focussing on systematic wins in Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zilla Parishad elections. In the past 20 years, it also channelised its energies on winning municipal council and municipal corporation elections. Its leaders increased their mobility and visibility despite being in the Opposition in Legislative Assembly. On the other hand, despite being in power, Congress and NCP's ministers were not seen much in public except for occasions like official programmes. Besides, in several major centres, Congress and NCP leaders either stayed away from local body elections or rivalled each other.

The result of all this was seen in the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, for the first time, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance swept all 10 seats in Vidarbha region. These 10 seats included 60 Assembly segments. Though Vidarbha has total 62 Assembly segments after delimitation in 2009, two of these namely Umarkhed (Yavatmal) and Malkapur (Buldhana) are in Hingoli and Raver Lok Sabha constituencies of adjoining regions of Marathwada and Khandesh. Even if one considers these two Assembly segments, that is, total 62 segments in Vidarbha, BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidates secured lead in as many as 58. This was never-before spectacular performance for BJP. Congress-NCP alliance candidates could get lead over rivals only in four Assembly segments, during Lok Sabha elections.

The incumbent Congress-NCP got such a drubbing in Lok Sabha polls of voter-slips will continue on October 13 and 14 also. The remaining voters will get their slips at the respective polling stations through Booth-Level Officers on October 15," he said. He said that voters also should be equally aware about their rights and check if their names were in the electoral rolls, and respective polling stations on website of Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra.

In case, an enrolled voter does not have Elector's Photo Identity Card (EPIC), he or she will have to produce any of the 11 documents prescribed by Election Commission of India (ECI) to be able to vote. These 11 documents (alternative proofs) include passport, driving license, service identity cards issued to employees, passbooks with photographs issued by bank/post office, PAN card, Aadhar card, smart card issued by Registrar General of India under National Population Register, MNREGA job card, health insurance smart card issued under scheme of Ministry of Labour, pension document with photograph, and authenticated photo voter slip issued by election machinery. Deputy District Election Officer Ajay Ramteke, Deputy Collector Anita Meshram, DCP Bharat Tangde, District Information Officer Anil Thakre also were present in the press conference. Katol tops in violation of code

As per the information, of a total 12 Assembly constituencies in Nagpur district, Katol saw the maximum number of cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct for polls. So far, 11 cases of violation have been registered in Katol. It is followed by seven in Saoner, four in Nagpur North, two each in Nagpur Central and Umred, and one in Ramtek. Nagpur South-West, Nagpur West, Nagpur East in city, and Hingna and Kamptee in rural, did not see a single case of violation of Model Code of Conduct. A total of 27 cases have been registered in the district so far. Most of these are related to displaying posters/banners without permission.

3193 bulk litres of liquor, Rs 80 lakh cash seized

The district election machinery, so far, has seized Rs 80 lakh cash in two different cases. Besides, it has seized 3,191 bulk litres of liquor till Monday. Of the two cases of seizure of cash, owner could not be verified in a case of seizure of Rs 70 lakh from a car in Mahal, said Abhishek Krishna.

Candidates illegally sending bulk SMSes to get Notices

The district administration has decided to issue notices to candidates found to be sending bulk SMSes to voters and reaching out with pre-recorded telephone calls, without obtaining prior permission.

So far, said District Election Officer Abhishek Krishna, only one candidate has applied for prior permission of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) for sending bulk SMSes and reaching out to voters with voice messages. However, many prominent candidates in various constituencies in Nagpur city and rural areas both are sending bulk SMSes informing the voters about their campaign rallies and appealing to vote. Many candidates have engaged agencies to make voice-calls to voters with pre-recorded message with an appeal to vote in their favour.

Taking cognisance of this, the administration has decided to issue notices to candidates found to be sending bulk SMSes and pre-recorded telephone calls, without obtaining prior permission. So far, MCMC has received application of only one candidate Sameer Meghe, BJP nominee from Hingna constituency. Replying to a question, Abhishek Krishna said that action was taken in cases of unauthorised/uncertified campaign material on social media and mobile phone platforms, only if complaint was received. "There are no specific directions in this regard, if there is no complaint. Still, we are monitoring the situation through Cyber Cell of Police Department, and action will be taken under provisions of Information Technology Act," he added.

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Stagecraft Adda’s Sugar & Spice Round IV from today

Sugar & Spice Round IV will be staged on October 11 and 12, at VSS’ Sanskrutik Sankul Hall, 4th floor, Sitabuldi, at 6 pm. There are limited seats and entry is free. The 10 ten minute plays to... Read More
Sugar & Spice Round IV will be staged on October 11 and 12, at VSS’ Sanskrutik Sankul Hall, 4th floor, Sitabuldi, at 6 pm. There are limited seats and entry is free. The 10 ten minute plays to be staged are:

‘Date Night’.

Dir: Parizad Major Writer: Bianca Nazareth-Arya | Cast: Anamika Sawarkar

Meet Sidney - A single young (available) girl who is very excited about her upcoming blind date. Welcome to her boudoir where all of you are going to get a unique insight of what all actually happens when a girl is getting ready for a date.

Adhoori Cigarette

Dir: Swati Sani, Writer: Nandan Majumdar, Cast: Cherag Bhagwagar, Jasdeep Kaur.

Vijay and Amrita are in love but theirs is not an easy romance. A romance that blossomed over cups of tea, stubs of cigarettes, scientific debates and cartoon sketches; a romance that had more silences than words, a romance that was conducted through distances that neither wanted to bridge.

Aaj ka Devdas

Dir: N V Sharma | Writer: N V Sharma | Cast: N V Sharma, Sunalini Sharma, Eshan Sharma.

A Story that revolves around the famous character Devdas (who lives in the present era) and how he vents out his frustration on ‘Paro’ for having ditched him quite unlike the original character we are familiar with.

Devoid

Dir: GurnoorBedi, Writer: Atharva Moroney |Cast: Leonard Naidu, Vinay Pandey, Rachit Khetan.

A peek into our future. A sci-fi that gives you a lot to ponder upon. The Usual Date

Dir: Pranjala Chauhan, Writer: Onkar Ghare, Cast: Nandan Majumdar, Gurnoor Bedi, Onkar Ghare , Leonard Naidu.

A couple meet up at a bus stop only to find a dead body lying in front of the stop. What follows is a high on emotion conversation which ends up in a remarkable result.

Blind Spot

Dir: Priyadarsh Bhabda, Writer: Anurag Kulkarni Cast: Shantanu Thengdi, Shweta Bhangale-Badhe, Ketaki Kane-Salankar, Raunaq Madne.

Sameer, a smart salesman is forced to re-think his way, after he stumbles upon an unexpected lady customer in her home. Are you looking closely?

Thoughtless Thinker

Dir: Raunaq Madne Writer: Shantanu Thengdi Cast: Priyadarsh Bhabda, Pranay Naidu, Kushagra Jaiswal, Vinay Pandey, Tanushree Chaudhary, Sayali Rao.

What happens when a national award winning writer-director loses his control over the film?

Face Value

Dir: Vinay Pandey Cast: Atharva Moroney, Pranjala Chauhan.

Your first impression is your last impression. But we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. So do we judge a person by his face value?

Phir Ek Baar

Dir: Pranay Naidu Writer: Ketaki Kane-Salankar Cast: Rachit Singh, Raunaq Madne, Tanushree Chaudhary.

Enroute to Bangalore, Saleem, on his way, has to spend the night in an old creepy lodge. He encounters few supernatural experiences, but realises that this is not the first time he has come to this place!

Chhoti Si Khwaish

Dir: Shweta Bhangale-Badhe Writer: Raunaq Madne; Cast: Arushi Thapar, Ketaki Salankar, Swati Sani.

This is about difficulties faced by a student and how expectations affect her mind. But she has a right to dream and live her own life too.

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Sonia’s rallies in Gondia and Brahmapuri today

ALL INDIA Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi is arriving on Saturday in Vidarbha to address two rallies at Bramhapuri and Gondia.

She will address election campaign meeting in favou... Read More
ALL INDIA Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi is arriving on Saturday in Vidarbha to address two rallies at Bramhapuri and Gondia.

She will address election campaign meeting in favour of Congress-PRP alliance candidates from Chandrapur-Gadchiroli disrticts at Bramhapuri on Saturday morning. Prime Minister Modi addressed a mammoth rally at Bramhapuri on Friday and this is back-to-back rally of Congress president at same town. Former Minister Vijay Wadettiwar is contesting from Bramhapuri while Dr Aasawari Deotale (Warora), Dr Avinash Warjukar (Chimur), Subhash Dhote (Rajura), Mahesh Mendhe (Chandrapur) and Ghanshyam Mulchandani (Ballarpur).

Similarly, Gandhi will address another meeting at circus ground, Gondia in support of candidates from Gondia and Bhandara districts.

The meeting, to be held in the final phase of the campaigning, is important for Congress. Candidates Gopaldas Agrawal (Gondia), Ramratanbapu Raut (Amgaon), Rajesh Nandagawli (Arjuni Morgaon), P G Katre (Goregaon), Sewakbhau Waghaye (Sakoli), Pramod Titirmare (Tumsar), Yuvraj Wasnik (Bhandara) and district Congress Presidents of respective places will remain present.

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Dr Vinayak Deshpande to take charge as RTMNU’s Acting V-C

Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities in State Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) ... Read More
Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities in State Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university on Monday. The development took place after present Acting Vice-Chancellor and Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar expressed desire to put papers, it is learnt. Chancellor was all praises for Kumar who did excellent work and was instrumental in organising the University’s 100th convocation.

Head of Department of Business Administration, Dr Vinayak Deshpande was the member of Kelkar Committee.

Dr Deshpande has vast experience of administration and academics. Many in the city hailed Dr Deshpande’s appointment to the post.

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Dr K Dixit appointed Gondwana varsity’s Acting Vice-chancellor

Chancellor Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Kirtiwardhan Dixit, Principal of Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Research and Technology (RCERT), as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University on... Read More
Chancellor Vidyasagar Rao has appointed Dr Kirtiwardhan Dixit, Principal of Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering, Research and Technology (RCERT), as Acting Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University on Friday. He is the brother-in-law of Dr Vedprakash Mishra, Chief Advisor to Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University. Born on November 21, 1955, Dr Dixit graduated from Janata College, Chandrapur in 1974. He did Masters in Chemistry from Nagpur university and completed PhD in 1980, worked as lecturer in Janata College. He became teacher of Chemistry in Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and then rose to become Principal in 1994. He was elected as member of Nagpur varsity Senate in 1989. He was member of Academic Council for two terms.

Presently, he is Member of Management Council of RTMNU. Dr Dixit expressed happiness over his appointment. Dr Mishra expressed confidence over appointment of Kirtiwardhan Dixit and hoped that he would further propel growth of the university.

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21 cases of violation of code of conduct Voter slip distribution to begin today

As the election campaign is at its peak, the district election machinery has registered 21 cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct in force for Legislative Assembly elections.

Maximum... Read More
As the election campaign is at its peak, the district election machinery has registered 21 cases of violation of Model Code of Conduct in force for Legislative Assembly elections.

Maximum four of these cases have been registered against NCP bigwig Anil Deshmukh and three against BJP candidate Ashish Deshmukh, both of whom are contesting against each other from Katol constituency. Two cases have been registered against Dr Nitin Raut, former minister and Congress candidate from North Nagpur.

Among 21 cases, most are pertaining to taking out rallies without prior permission and defacement of public property during political campaign. A case has been registered against Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena candidate from Ramtek, for displaying banner with Shiv Sena symbol and photos of Sena MP and MLA during ‘Ravan Dahan’ event without permission. Another case has been registered against a worker of Raju Parwe, an Independent candidate, for portraying rival candidate as ‘Ravana’ and self as ‘Rama’ on social media account. In the same image, ‘Happy Dussehra’ message was displayed below the face of Raju Parwe. Offence has been registered under relevant provisions of Information Technology Act.

Case of violation of Model Code of Conduct have been registered, for taking out rallies without permission, against Anees Ahmed, former minister and Congress candidate from Central Nagpur; organising musical programme without permission and holding public meeting against Dr Nitin Raut. Supporter of Kishor Gajbhiye, BSP candidate from North Nagpur, has been named for violation of the Model Code of Conduct for creating obstacles on road. An Independent candidate Sunil Pal (Saoner) did not remove advertisement of election campaign from the wall of some private owner, and a case has been registered against him.

Katol appears to be the political campaign hot-spot as both the prominent candidates Anil Deshmukh (NCP) and Ashish Deshmukh (BJP) have been named for violation of Model Code of Conduct. The poster of NCP campaign for Anil Deshmukh was pasted on the wall of official residence of Sub-Divisional Officer. His advertisement also was tied in an unauthorised manner to a telephone pole. The posters of BJP candidate Ashish Deshmukh were displayed on electricity poll and Government building.

Cases have been registered also against Suresh Dongre (BSP) of Saoner, Sunil Pal of Saoner, Rahul Deshmukh, candidate of Peasants and Workers Party of Katol, Pradip Uble (Independent) of Katol, Praful Gajbe (Independent) of Katol, Gautam Bhoyar, a volunteer of Sanjay Meshram (Congress) at Umred.

Distribution of voter slip to end today

District Collector Abhishek Krishna told mediapersons on Friday that the distribution of voter slips will conclude on Saturday, October 11. Every Returning Officer has provided its details to candidates and political parties. The remaining slips will be distributed on October 12 under special campaign at polling booths. If voter slips still remain then those will be distributed on October 13 and 14 and others will be given to voters on the day of voting, on Wednesday, October 15. Till October 10, a total of 14,81,817 slips (40%) slips were distributed.

Krishna said that those whose names still did not figure in voter list they have to lodge complaint by showing acknowledgement they received when they submitted their Form no. 6.

Good initiative of voter awareness

To bring awareness about voting so that large number of voters turnout should be registered, district administration initiated one idea. Under this idea it has made International Badminton player who also hails from Nagpur, as Brand Ambassador for voters awareness campaign. On Friday, a CD, in which Pantawne is appealing people to vote was released at the hands of Abhishek Krishna, Collector in presence of Arundhati Pantawne, Additional Collector Ajay Ramteke, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari. Pantawne is first time voter and stay in South Nagpur constituency.

Offence registered in 70 lakh cash case

The offence under Section 171 of the IPC has been registered against the driver of the vehicle in which a cash of Rs 70 lakh was found on Thursday afternoon. While informing to mediapersons District Collector Abhishek Krishna said, “Till now, nobody has come forward to claim the cash. The district administration has come to conclusion that the cash seized was meant for voter gratification. The investigation is being done by police. When such cash which is over Rs 10 lakh is seized the case is also investigated by Investigation division of Income Tax.”

The one case was registered against unidentified person in Central Nagpur for keeping Rs 70 lakh in vehicle. Though police could not trace out the person, the district administration has come to conclusion that the cash seized was meant for voter gratification as nobody came forward to claim the money.

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Credible action wins trust of people: Dr Raman Singh

“Credibility is the most critical factor for any Government. That has made all the difference in Chhattisgarh in the past eleven years we have been in power. And, inversely, because the Congres... Read More
“Credibility is the most critical factor for any Government. That has made all the difference in Chhattisgarh in the past eleven years we have been in power. And, inversely, because the Congress-NCP Government has lost its credibility in Maharashtra, it is bound to lose the legislative elections in the State,” said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Friday.

In a late evening exclusive interview to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Raman Singh insisted that the party in power had to keep delivering the goods in larger interests. “In Chhattisgarh, despite difficulties, what we have been able to do was to establish our credentials as a Government that works for the people. That is one of the reasons of our sustained growth over the years. Our GDP has been as high as between 7-8% for over ten years, and annual growth rate over 16% post-recession,” Dr. Singh stated with a casual confidence that stems from performance.

At the end of a long day after having travelled to New Delhi and then to Nagpur to participate in the election campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Singh’s face lit up the moment a question sought to know the secret of Chhattisgarh’s success. He added, “Our sustained and systematic efforts to identify issues and areas of emphasis for immediate action have yielded results. People now believe that ours is a Government that works relentlessly for the people.

“In Maharashtra, exactly the opposite has happened. The people are now fed up of the fifteen years of Congress-NCP misrule. The overall positivism prevailing in the country after Mr. Narendra Modi assumed Prime Ministership will also be a critical factor in Maharashtra. The BJP is all set to win these elections with absolute majority and form the Government.”

In a State where 45% population belongs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Dr. Raman Singh’s first challenge eleven years ago was to reach out to people in a credible manner. A large part of the State was under partial Naxal influence. The State’s economy was in doldrums, and people had begun losing faith in the establishment. From that stage, Dr. Raman Singh’s Government started making planned efforts to fight economic backwardness as the first priority area.

“Now, the State’s per capita income has risen from Rs. 12,000/- to Rs. 60,000/- in the past eleven years, and the benefit has percolated to the lowest and the last levels of the population. Even in the Naxal-dominated areas, the Government has been able to take the benefits of welfare schemes to maximum people. Slowly but surely, the Naxals have been losing ground and the administration is beginning to look very credible,” Dr. Raman Singh said. He was confident that even the ‘affected’ area of Bastar would be on fast track of development in next few years. But then, there was ‘fear psychosis’ after Jeeram Ghati incident in which several top leaders of Congress party were massacred by Naxalites. Many had predicted the defeat of Dr Raman Singh Government in Chhattisgarh Assembly elections held subsequently. Battling against odds, Dr Raman Singh steered his party to another victory. “Credibility earned through our concrete actions helped us come out with flying colours, as people believed that our Government was determined to fight terror in every form and take the State ahead on path of development,” he added with a smile.

How did he achieve this stupendous success? Identification of development goals, setting deadline for certain milestones, and proper utilisation of resources constituted the ‘success formula’. Fiscal discipline and curtailment, whenever required, strengthened Chhattisgarh’s position. Ask him about some specifics, and Dr Raman Singh shares with joy, “We reduced the rate of interest to farmers from 16 per cent to 1 per cent, provided free power supply connections to farmers, made available sprinkler and drip irrigation facilities, and ensured uninterrupted power supply to agriculture, industry, and domestic sectors.”

Besides, free education to girls till graduation, raising good institutes, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), four medical colleges, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), and emphasis on quality education helped in creating skilled manpower within the State. Chhattisgarh will be taking one more leap forward with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) starting next year.

‘New Industrial Policy to focus on non-core sectors’

Chhattisgarh is not only developing very fast, it is also attracting attention of investors globally. In a latest, Chhattisgarh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese company Forstar Industries Limited (FIL) a few days back. FIL will be setting up a manufacturing unit of mobile devices and computer systems, with an initial investment of Rs 100 crore.

“Though this is not a big investment, it has placed us on global investment map in non-core sector. We have made available 80,000 sq ft land to Forstar,” said Dr Raman Singh. Preparing enthusiastically for industrial growth of Chhattisgarh, he told ‘The Hitavada’ that a new Industrial Policy would be unveiled soon. The focus of the new policy will be on non-core, non-polluting sectors like agriculture, Information Technology, food processing, soyabean processing, electronics, automobiles etc, he added.

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‘Give BJP absolute majority for corruption-free govt’

“The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led government in Maharashtra indulged in large scale corruption and it is now high time to throw away a corrupt government and bring Bharatiya ... Read More
“The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-led government in Maharashtra indulged in large scale corruption and it is now high time to throw away a corrupt government and bring Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power with absolute majority to get a corruption-free and strong government,” exhorted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was addressing a mammoth public meeting at Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district on Friday. As the Prime Minister was suffering from throat infection his speech was short, yet impressive.

Hansraj Ahir, MP, Ashok Nete, MP, Sudhir Mungantiwar, former State President of BJP, Sanjay Deotale, Atul Deshkar, Kirti Bhangdiya, Nana Shamkule, Sanjay Dhote, Shobha Fadnavis and BJP candidates for the Assembly elections shared the dais.

Modi mounted frontal attack of Democratic Front Government saying that it was shameful that the farmers capable of reaping gold from the soil are committing suicides in the state due to indebtedness and lack of adequate irrigation facilities. DF always turned Nelson’s eye towards the genuine grievances of farmers, said. “Look at the adjoining Chhatisgarh Government with BJP at the helm. It has achieved stupendous progress in all fields during its short rule because the government is committed to welfare of the people and it enforced schemes with sincerity and dedication. Farmers of Chhatisgarh are getting adequate minimum support price for their agricultural produce and they are happy. On the contrary, ryots of Maharashtra have been living in pitiable conditions due to 15 years of misrule of DF Government,” Modi said.

The PM further reiterated his commitment towards welfare of tribals and farmers. He appealed Naxalities to shun the path of violence and join mainstream of development. He called upon those indulging in violent activities to hold a plough on their shoulder rather than a rifle. “Don’t make India red with blood, make it green and affluent by toiling in your farms,” he appealed Naxals. Towards the end of his speech, Modi called upon people to raise their hands and ascertain their commitment towards bringing BJP to power in Maharashtra.

In his speech, Sudhir Mungantiwar attracted the Prime Minister’s attention towards the slow progress of various development project. He also came down heavily on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for their 15 years of alleged misrule.

Hansraj Ahir narrated the problems of paddy and cotton growers of the region who suffered a lot during the regime of DF Government. Shobhatai Fadnavis also expressed her views during the rally.

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Mayawati promises separate Vidarbha

Castigating the established political parties for the sorry plight of masses in Maharashtra, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said even after sixty-years of independence, majority of popula... Read More
Castigating the established political parties for the sorry plight of masses in Maharashtra, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said even after sixty-years of independence, majority of population continues to languish in poverty. Be it Bharatiya Janata Party or Congress, and the other State parties, all who have ruled in State have only enriched themselves at the cost of common man who was left to fend for himself. Now there is chance for people, those from downtrodden communities and those who wish to transform themselves and fulfill the vision of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar to vote BSP to power in Maharashtra, as political power is the master key to all round development, Mayawati appealed voters.

Maharashtra is going for elections on October 15 and voters should ensure that they elect BSP candidates Mayawati urged the crowd at a well-attended meeting at historic Kasturchand Park and she promised to create a separate Vidarbha State. While all other parties have only exploited people's sentiments about Vidarbha, BSP is committed to smaller States as envisaged by Dr Ambedkar. Party General Secretary In-charge for Maharashtra Adv. Veersingh, other General Secretary Dr Suresh Mane, State unit Vice President Krishna Bele and party nominees for assembly elections were present. Party National General Secretary Adv. Satish Mishra accompanied Mayawati.

Reminding people that it was Maharashtra where Dr Ambedkar started his movement to eradicate untouchability in society and it is the same land where Kanshiram vowed to fulfill the vision of father of constitution. And BSP founded by Kanshiram is walking on the path shown by these two leaders and now its time for people to elect party candidates as without political power nothing can be achieved, she reminded the gathering.

Reading out from a prepared speech, Mayawati tried to establish contact with the sizeable gathering at Kasturchand Park in her 45-minute speech wherein she repeatedly invoked Dr Ambedkar to touch the sentiments among the cadre and party followers. Though constitution framers granted reservation to SC/ST but Governments that ruled in State made systematic efforts to undermine it by not fulfilling reserved seats. BSP repeatedly had correspondence with Central Government urging them to modify reservation policy so that economically backward classes too can get reservation benefits. But till date no Government has taken any action on this front.

Wrapping-up her speech Mayawati asked electorate not to fall prey to false promises and other freebies that are plenty during the election time, while taking dig at acche-din promise made by BJP.

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Tension in Pachpaoli area

TENSION ran high in Pachpaoli area when a group of men illegally carrying beef in a Tata 407 truck attacked activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM) when they tried to block the vehicle n... Read More
TENSION ran high in Pachpaoli area when a group of men illegally carrying beef in a Tata 407 truck attacked activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuwa Morcha (BJYM) when they tried to block the vehicle near Automotive Showroom on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of BJYM activists, who gathered at Pachpaoli Police Station demanding arrest of the culprits, alleged that the truck driver and others were carrying sharp-edged weapons and firearms.

While returning in a Tavera car after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Kasturchand Park, BJYM activist Sachin Tarare and his friends saw a Tata 407 vehicle (MH-31/BZ-7451) near Automotive Showroom on Kamptee Road. As rancid smell was emanating from the truck, they started chasing it. Sensing trouble, the truck driver took a ‘U’ turn towards Mahendra Nagar. After a hot chase, Tarare and his friends blocked the truck. As soon as they got down from the Tavera, the truck driver and others carrying weapons started attacking them. Tarare and his friends left their vehicle and ran away. They alerted the cops at Jaripatka Police Station. Jaripatka Police told them to lodge a complaint with their Pachpaoli counterparts. Within minutes, hundreds of BJYM activists gathered at Pachpaoli Police Station demanding arrest of the culprits.

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‘Sena-BJP may join hands after poll result’

President of Republican Party of India (RPI-A), Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday did not rule out post poll alliance with Shiv Sena, though he appeared confident of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led a... Read More
President of Republican Party of India (RPI-A), Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday did not rule out post poll alliance with Shiv Sena, though he appeared confident of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance sweeping the assembly election in Maharashtra. “The alliance would emerge as the single largest group after the election and RPI's role would be crucial in formation of next government,” Athawale affirmed.

Addressing a press conference before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally, the RPI leader said he would cement the post poll alliance and claimed to have good relations with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. Our target is to keep Congress-NCP out of power in the State. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is non entity and hence need not factor in any future role in next Government.

Teasing MNS chief Raj Thackeray, Athawale said that instead of aping him, Raj should try for a role in the movies as latter is a good at mimicry. He further claimed that MNS would win not more than seven assembly seats in the assembly election.

Athawale further claimed that BJP national president Amit Shah had assured him a berth in Union Ministry along with 10% quota in State Government if BJP forms next Government. Supporting demand of statehood for Vidarbha, he said the new State would be carved out of Maharashtra within three-years if BJP-RPI alliance is voted to power.

Bhupesh Thulkar, Anil Gondane, Rajan Waghmare, Balu Gharde, Dr Manoj Meshram, Ravi Shende and Raju Bahadure were present at the press conference.

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ACB traps: Stamp vendor with his conduit, Naik Constable caught red-handed

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapped a stamp vendor along with his conduit and a Naik Constable attached to Sakkardara Police red-handed in two separate cases of corruption on Tuesday. Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths trapped a stamp vendor along with his conduit and a Naik Constable attached to Sakkardara Police red-handed in two separate cases of corruption on Tuesday.

In the first incident, the bureau officers caught stamp vendor Shaikh Ayub Ismail and his conduit Dhandeo Keshav Bhagat red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 20,000 from Dr Dipraj Pandharinath Ilamkar for preparing documents and giving a share to a senior officer at the Office of Sub-Registrar, Mahal, towards execution of saledeeds of his three plots. Dr Ilamkar had two Plots Nos 108 and 977 (patwari halka No 34, khasra 20) admeasuring 111.483 square metre at Moza Bhandewadi, Pardi. He decided to sell these plots to his brother-in-law. Similarly, Dr Ilamkar decided to purchase another Plot No 117-118 admeasuring 2400 sq ft in the same layout. Dr Ilamkar decided to keep 1800 sq ft with him and transfer the remaining 600 sq ft in the name of his brother-in-law. Dr Ilamkar approached stamp vendor Shaikh Ayub Ismail who demanded Rs 1, 97, 500/- for preparing the documents and giving a share of Rs 20,000/- to a senior officer at Sub-Registrar’s office for execution of the saledeed of these three plots. After negotiation, Dr Ilamkar struck a deal for Rs 1.80 lakh with Shaikh Ayub. Dr Ilamkar gave Rs 1.60 lakh cash Shaikh Ayub. For giving Rs 20,000/- to a senior officer, he told Dr Ilamkar to bring Rs 20,000/- on Tuesday. Dr Ilamkar lodged a complaint with the ACB officers. Subsequently, a trap was laid at the office of Sub-Registrar, Mahal. When Dr Ilamkar went to Shaikh Ayub, he told him to hand over the cash to his conduit Dhandeo Bhagat. After Bhagat accepted the cash from Dr Ilamkar, the bureau officers caught him and Shaikh Ayub. ACB officers registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against Shaikh Ayub and Dhandeo Bhagat at Kotwali Police Station. In the second incident, the bureau officers caught Naik Police Constable (NPC) Ajay Aathwale attached to Sakkardara Police Station red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 2000/- from Sachin Kaikade for sending verification report towards issuance of fire cracker licence. As Kaikade wanted to set up fire crackers shop on Chhota Tajbag Road, he had applied for licence at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) a month ago. On October 3, Kaikade met NPC Aathwale who demanded Rs 2000/- for sending the report in his favour. Kaikade then lodged a complaint with the bureau officers who laid a trap in Sakkardara area. As soon as NPC Athawale accepted the cash from Kaikade, the ACB officers caught him. An offence under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against NPC Athwale at Sakkaradara Police Station. The traps were laid by Deputy Superintendents of Police Milind Totre and Sanjay Purandare, Inspectors Manoj Gabhne and Bharat Kshirsagar and others under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Prakash Jadhav and Additional SP Vasant Shirbhate.

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High Court dismisses Musale’s petition

IN a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Saoner Assembly Sonba Gulabrao Musale whose nomination form was rejected by Returning Officer, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Cou... Read More
IN a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Saoner Assembly Sonba Gulabrao Musale whose nomination form was rejected by Returning Officer, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to provide any respite to Musale.

A division bench consisting of Justice Vasanti Naik and Justice P R Bora while upholding the preliminary objections raised by the Government Pleader about maintainability and tenability of the petition in view of section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, which provides remedy of election petition in the cases of rejection of nomination papers by the Returning Officer and the clear bar imposed by the Article 329 (b) of the Constitution of India on entertaining such a writ petition, dismissed the petition.

The Court has in its order considered all the case law cited before it by the Senior counsel M G Bhangde on behalf of the petitioner, one by one with finding that various apex-Court decisions are not of much help to the petitioner after taking account the facts and circumstances brought to its notice by the petitioner's opponents -the Returning Officer and the independent candidate, Manish Arvind Mohod, accepting whose objection , the Returning Officer has rejected the petitioner's nomination papers on the day of scrutiny- September 30, 2014.

In gist, the objection raised was that the petitioner is a partner of M/s Musale Construction, which have subsisting Govt. contracts and, therefore, as per section 9-A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, the petitioner is disqualified to contest the election.

The Government Pleader Bharati Dangre drew the attention of the Court to the facts that poll preparations are at present in final stages and the petitioner can well take resort to alternate remedies available. She informed the Court that since 9 am today, the EVMs are being randomized. Postal Ballots numbering about 233 have been already dispatched. As per well stipulated program ballot have to be sent for printing and disturbing any of the arrangements in between will jeopardize all preparations.

Petitioner's counsel Advocate M G Bhangde placed great emphasis on the fact that he is not calling the election process in question. He is not seeking interruption, obstruction or postponement of the election process, which may attract ban under Article 329 (b) of the Constitution.He is only praying for correction in the error committed by the Returning Officer through the impugned order passed by him, and put an end to injustice meted out to him. This will not attract the Constitutional bar under Article 329 (b).

Senior Counsel M G Bhangde and Adv Anil Kilor appeared for the petitioner. Senior counsel A M Gordey and Adv Shantanu Ghate appeared for respondent Mohod, whose objection saw to exit of the petitioner. AGP Mehroz Khan assisted the Government Pleader.

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Congress leaders Gupta, Gawande join BJP

Former City Congress Chief Jaiprakash Gupta, former MLC Victor Freitas, former Mayor Naresh Gawande, former NVCC President Prakash Wadhwani, Vice President Jaiprakash Parekh, Pramilatai Harde, Brij... Read More
Former City Congress Chief Jaiprakash Gupta, former MLC Victor Freitas, former Mayor Naresh Gawande, former NVCC President Prakash Wadhwani, Vice President Jaiprakash Parekh, Pramilatai Harde, Brijbhushan Shukla, trader Pratap Motwani and hundreds of party workers joined BJP in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Former Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr S N Pathan also embraced BJP. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State President Devendra Fadnavis welcomed them by presenting bouquet at the stage. Modi welcomed Gupta by with a warm shakehands. Gupta while talking to mediapersons said that Congress neglected the honest workers in the election. The party rehabilitated defeated candidates of the last election while neglecting sincere candidates. This has spread unrest among Congress party workers. The Congress led Government has neglected development of Vidarbha region. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, State President Devendra Fadnavis are committed for the development of Vidarbha under the leadership of Modi. Congress workers Prabhakarrao Khapre, Dinesh Sahu, Adv. Shailesh Dwivedi, Adv. Rajesh Shah, Ravi Gupta, Sanjay Sarode, Fayyaz Khan, Kishor Jaisingh, Kishor Umredkar,Mahesh Gauthe, Krishna Paonikar, Ravi Karosia, Moti Janware, Rajkumar Gupta, and others also joined BJP. They were wearing yellow dupattas.

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Modi will eradicate corruption: Purohit

Setting the tone of public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former MP Banwarilal Purohit blasted corrupt Democratic Front Government ruled by Congress and NCP over last 15 years in the St... Read More
Setting the tone of public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former MP Banwarilal Purohit blasted corrupt Democratic Front Government ruled by Congress and NCP over last 15 years in the State. He said, “The time has come when we have to dethrone this corrupt, anti-development Government from the State.” He appreciated Prime Minister Modi for his splendid speech in America and said that Modi created a new history in the world. Modi observed Navratri fast in America and perhaps this ‘divine power’ of Maa Durga gave him spiritual strength to finish the demons like corruption, bad governance, growing crime from the country. He listed the mind-boggling scams like coal block allotment scam, 2G scam which ruined the country. Describing extent of corruption and siphoning of money, Purohit quoted former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi’s statement that out of every Re 1 sent by Central Government only 25 paise reached upto last beneficiary. Purohit hoped that all 11 candidates of BJP-RPI Mahayuti in Nagpur city and district will emerge victorious with thumping margin.

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‘BJP Govt in State will ensure rapid progress of Vid’

“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for overall development of Vidarbha and if voted to power, the party will give justice to Vidarbha in next five years. You will feel the change that... Read More
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed for overall development of Vidarbha and if voted to power, the party will give justice to Vidarbha in next five years. You will feel the change that you have not experienced in last 15 years in the State,” assured Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing a mammoth gathering at historical K P ground on Tuesday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP In-charge of Maharashtra Rajiv Pratap Rudy, State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale, former MP Banwarilal Purohit, Datta Meghe, BREM leader Adv Sulekha Kumbhare, Rajya Sabha member Ajay Sancheti, Mayor Pravin Datke, MLC Prof Anil Sole and all the BJP candidates from Nagpur city and district were present on the dais.

Gadkari urged people to give a chance and clear mandate to BJP to rule Maharashtra for its rapid development. He said, Maharashtra Government has taken loan of Rs three lakh crore and this has adversely affected the development of the state. The Government has spent Rs 70,000 crore on irrigation project but less than 1 per cent irrigation potential has been created in last 15 years. The farmers’ of Vidarbha are committing suicide due to less irrigation potential and unfortunately the Government did nothing for them. He rejected allegation of opposition parties that Modi Government is communal and anti-Muslims in the country. He lauded efforts of Prime Minister Modi for immediately providing relief of Rs 1,000 crore to flood affected people in Jammu & Kashmir.

Gadkari said, BJP Government has sanctioned Metro Rail project of Rs 9,000 crore for the city within 100 days of its regime. The Government also cleared AIIMS hospital of Rs 2,000 crore in Nagpur. He blasted former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for his inefficiency and said, the State is lagging behind in every sector under Chavan. He urged people to give absolute majority to BJP for development with Centre. He assured people to provide one lakh jobs to unemployed youths and change the fate of MIHAN-SEZ project.

All 11 candidates from Nagpur city and Nagpur rural namely Devendra Fadnavis (South-West Nagpur), Sudhakar Deshmukh (West Nagpur), Vikas Kumbhare (Central Nagpur), Krishna Khopde (East Nagpur), Sudhakar Kohale (South Nagpur), Dr Milind Mane (North Nagpur), Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umred), Ashish Deshmukh (Katol), D Mallikarjun Reddy (Ramtek), Sameer Meghe (Hingna) were present on the dais. Girish Vyas conducted the proceedings of the meeting and Prof. Anil Sole, MLC, proposed a vote of thanks.

Sulekha predicts BJP’s victory

Bahujan Republican Ekta Manch (BREM) President Adv. Sulekha Kumbhare urged people to vote in favour of BJP-RPI-BREM Mahayuti candidates in this election. She appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his development vision and said, her party has extended support to BJP Mahayuti on development issue. The BJP is committed for overall development of dalit, downtrodden members of the community. She said, BJP has assured for separate State of Vidarbha and under the leadership of Modi and Nitin Gadkari, the Vidarbha State will be formed. She alleged Congress for backstabbing dalit people and rejected the allegation that BJP is communal party.

BJP-RPI will get 150 seats: Athawale

Rajya Sabha MP, RPI leader Ramdas Athawale in his inimitable style, asserted that BJP can never change the constitution of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. He said, opposition parties have relentlessly launched misleading propaganda to malign image of BJP that it can change the constitution of India. BJP will never do that in future and preamble and sanctity of constitution should be maintained. He also supported the demand of Separate Vidarbha and said that only BJP is committed for formation of smaller states in the country. Athawale blasted MNS Chief Raj Thackeray for destroying development of Nashik city. He alleged that Congress and NCP always neglected development of Vidarbha region. We are not after power while Congress is power hungry, he said and added that during Congress and NCP rule, the corruption, inflation has increased in the State.

Mobile, purse lost in Modi’s rally:

Taking advantage of Modi's huge rally, some miscreants took away purse, mobile of the persons present at Kasturchand Park ground. While BJP City Public Relations in-charge Chandan Goswami lost his mobile handset, some other person lost wallet with Rs 35,000 in it. Both have lodged complaint with police.

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Prithviraj Chavan targets BJP, NCP

Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan launched a frontal attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance Government at the centre and charged it with taki... Read More
Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan launched a frontal attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance Government at the centre and charged it with taking anti-Maharashtra decisions. He alleged that UPA Government has in-principle sanctioned Civil Defence Academy (CDA) in the state but Modi Government shifted it to Gujarat. He said, BJP is still dependent on Modi charisma as party does not have any leader to be projected as Chief Ministerial candidate in Maharashtra. He asked, where is acche din, which was assured by Modi during Lok Sabha elections.

Chavan was addressing an election meeting at Subhash Maidan, Pardi in favour of Congress candidate Adv. Abhijeet Wanjari from East Nagpur. Former MP Vilas Muttemwar, Abhijeet Wanjari, Tanaji Vanve, Madhukar Mahakalkar, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Purshottam Hazare, Kumudini Kaikakde and others were present on the dais. Chavan while urging voters to give absolute majority to Congress party, said, only Congress can give better, transparent administration in the state.

Lambasting Modi Government for misleading people of the country in the name of good days, Chavan said, in last four months, the Centre Government did not take any decision in favour of farmers, youths and woman. The Government did not sanction any new projects, even, the new Government has failed to issue work order of ambitious Metro Rail project. He raised question-marks over authoritarian style of functioning of Prime Minister. Congress leader said, the Congress led Government has undertake many developmental works in the State. The TCS, Infosys IT Giants will give opportunity to youths in IT Sectors. The Congress has extended financial help of Rs 9,000 crore to farmers' during floods, hailstorms and other natural calamities in last 15 years. The scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayani, blood on call, and others were started by Congress Government in the state. The Government has regularized all slums upto the year 2000 and we have decided to free State from slums. The Congress Government is committed for better urban amenities, network of roads, and others. He also criticised Modi Government for live telecast of RSS Vijyadashmi Rally on Doordarshan and alleged that RSS is controlling Doordarshan.

He blamed NCP for breaking Aghadi with Congress. He said, NCP is demanding Chief Ministership for 2.5 years, and we are not ready for it. Former corporator Vitthal Mahajan joined party in presence of Chavan at Pardi. Baburao Wanjari, and corporator Malu Vanve were also present on the dais.

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Zilla Parishad committee chiefs elected

Keeping its promise to allies in Zilla Parishad (ZP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got elected the members of RPI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Shiv Sena as chairpersons of various committees i... Read More
Keeping its promise to allies in Zilla Parishad (ZP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got elected the members of RPI, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and Shiv Sena as chairpersons of various committees in elections held on Saturday. In the recently held elections of ZP chief and deputy, BJP and Shiv Sena contested in alliance with RPI, BSP, and Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) while parting ways with temporary ally NCP ahead of Legislative Assembly elections.

BJP’s Nisha Sawarkar became ZP chief while Shiv Sena’s Sharad Donekar became Vice-President. While securing support of lone members of RPI and BSP, BJP had promised them posts of committee chiefs. Accordingly, BJP got elected RPI’s Deepak Gedam, Sena’s Asha Gaikwad, and BSP’s Pushpa Waghade to the posts of chiefs of Social Welfare, Women and Child Welfare, and special committee respectively.

BJP’s Ukesh Chavan also got elected as special committee chief. Chavan may get Education and Finance Committee while Waghade may get Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Committee.

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Tension in North Nagpur after miscreants pelt stones at religious place in Jaripatka

VIOLENCE and arson erupted in several localities in North Nagpur since Friday night after some miscreants pelted stones at a religious place in Panchasheel Nagar, Pachpaoli. Despite deployment of... Read More
VIOLENCE and arson erupted in several localities in North Nagpur since Friday night after some miscreants pelted stones at a religious place in Panchasheel Nagar, Pachpaoli. Despite deployment of a huge police posse, protesters including men, women and children pelted stones and torched vehicles. Several cars and two-wheelers were damaged by the mob. The unruly crowd ransacked some restaurants and eateries forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters. After the protesters clashed with some of the cops, police resorted to lathi-charge at Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribag and Indora Square to quell the rioters.

According to eye-witnesses, most of the people residing in Samata Nagar, Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribagh, Indora and other nearby localities had gone to Deekshabhoomi to attend the Dhammachakra Pravartan Day programme on Friday evening. Last night, some 10-12 miscreants who were in an inebriated condition, threw stone at a Buddha Vihar in Panchasheel Nagar. They smashed the windowpanes of the vihar. An elderly woman tried to prevent them but they misbehaved and allegedly thrashed her.

When she shouted for help, the miscreants ran away. The news about the incident spread like jungle fire in Pachpaoli and Jaripatka areas. Hundreds of people gathered on the streets. They burnt tyres on the road to register their protest and demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants who hurt their religious sentiments. Cops rushed to the affected localities and pacified the mob. On Saturday again, violence and arson erupted in Panchasheel Nagar, Lashkaribagh, Kamal Chowk,Indora Chowk, and other nearby localities.

The mob damaged an ambulance and several other vehicles at Indora Square. Similarly, the protesters also torched some vehicles in other localities. On Ambedkar Road, the crowd ransacked Rajput Restaurant and Indore Namkeen Centre, besides damaging several vehicles parked on the roadside.

Besides staff from Pachpaoli, Jaripatka and Sadar Police Stations, additional force from Police Headquarters, quick response teams, platoons of State Reserve Police Force and anti-riot vehicles were deployed. Cops resorted to cane-charge after the mob resorted to stone-pelting on policemen injuring some of them.

Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh, Deputy Commissioners of Police from all zones, Crime Branch and Special Branch officers were constantly monitoring the situation. Five policemen bleeding profusely were rushed to hospital.

A senior officer told ‘The Hitavada’ that police have rounded up some miscreants likely to be involved in the incident that hurt the religious sentiments of the community. “We had no option but to use force to handle the violent mob,” he added.

The officer informed that heavy bandobast has been deployed in the riot-hit areas though the situation was under control.

‘Maintain peace’

North Nagpur candidate from BJP Dr Milind Mane urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the area. He said, some anti-social elements are trying to disturb social fabric of the city by creating tension. They are trying to divide society and create communal tension.

Mane urged people to maintain law and order situation in the city. He also appealed police to arrest anti-social elements immediately.

Meanwhile, Saturday late night, a meeting of leaders of various communities was held at Baba Budhaji Nagar Gurudwara. The meeting was attended by leaders of various communities including Parminder Singh Viz and Kishor Gajbhiye. They appealed to both the communities involved in the incident to respect their peaceful co-existence of years, and urged the people from to maintain peace.

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Narendra Modi to address poll meeting in city on 7th

Prime Minister to address rally in Gondia today M

The campaign for Legislative Assembly elections will gain heat in Vidarbha as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner Prime Min... Read More

Prime Minister to address rally in Gondia today M

The campaign for Legislative Assembly elections will gain heat in Vidarbha as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address poll meeting in Gondia on Sunday. On October 7, Modi will be back in Vidarbha to address a massive poll meeting at K P Ground, Nagpur. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan, NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray have already addressed election rallies in Nagpur for candidates of respective parties. BJP will be launching its blitzkrieg campaign from Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Gondia at 4 pm on Sunday, in favour of BJP candidates Vinod Agrawal (Gondia), Rajkumar Badole (Arjuni Morgaon), Vijay Rahangdale (Tirora), and Sanjay Puram (Amgaon). BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis, MP Nana Patole, all candidates from Gondia and Bhandara districts, party workers and supporters will remain present in large numbers.

Modi will be back to Vidarbha for Assembly poll campaign on October 7. He will address a massive rally at K P Ground in favour of BJP candidates from Nagpur and Wardha districts. The party has started preparation for the rally at Nagpur. This will be the first election meeting of Modi in Nagpur, after taking over as Prime Minister, as he did not address a rally in Orange City during Lok Sabha campaign. Modi will address one more rally on October 9 at Kurha Road, Chandur Railway in Amravati district, in favour of Arun Adsad (Dhamangaon Railway).

Rajnath’s tour today

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will take a fast helicopter tour of some parts of Vidarbha region on Sunday. The senior BJP leader will address rallies at Umarkhed in Yavatmal district at 11 am, followed by the one at Chimur in Chandrapur district at 1 pm, and Warora in Chandrapur district at 4.30 pm.

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RSS chief praises Narendra Modi Government for good governance

Rashtirya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat on Friday showered praise over Narendra Modi Government for its laudable initiatives on national security, economy and global ... Read More
Rashtirya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghachalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat on Friday showered praise over Narendra Modi Government for its laudable initiatives on national security, economy and global diplomacy in first four months, but also cautioned countrymen to give some more time to deliver the goods. “Nobody has a magic wand,” Dr Bhagwat quipped while hoping that perhaps this Government is “taking right steps and moving towards making India of our dreams.”

Addressing annual Vijayadashmi rally of RSS at sprawling Reshimbagh ground on Friday morning, RSS chief repeatedly invoked the policy of integral humanism and providing tangible benefits to last man in the queue (Antyodaya) while patting back of Modi government to maintain momentum in a determined and well-organised manner to fulfil people’s desire of a secure and progressing life in all its aspects.

Dr Bhagwat also praised Centre and RSS volunteers for their swift and efficient response to natural calamity which hit Jammu and Kashmir region. He also supported Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan and Make In India campaign started by Modi Government, but at the same time put the onus on society and people to support Government initiatives. Only Government will not be able to make much of a difference, unless society stands behind it like a solid rock.

Concern over spurt in Jehadi activities

RSS chief also raised deep concern over serious upsurge in Jehadi activities in Southern India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and flayed lack of effective policy imperatives in curbing such anti-national activities. Demographic imbalance due to unchecked infiltration across the border has created sense of insecurity among Hindus of West Bengal and Assam and due to “near surrender by the ruling parties of these states before fanatic elements and appeasement policy” has put the national security in jeopardy, he warned.

Dr Bhagwat charged the Western countries of acting for their “selfish interest” of procuring oil in West Asia and attributed this as the cause of rise in terror activities of the ISIS. “Self-centred collective greed gives rise to exploitation, suppression, violence and fanaticism. The basis of selfish interest by the western countries is fully responsible for a new incarnation of terror and fundamentalism that emerged in West Asia in the name of ISIS which is terrorising the world,” Dr Bhagwat said.

‘Ban meat export, cow-slaughter’

RSS chief once again demanded total ban on cow-slaughter and ban on meat export.

“The export of meat should be stopped. In a country of our nature, making money from the meat of animals won’t do. Especially, the slaughter of cow, which used to be backbone of our economy and can still be, must be completely banned.”

Dr Bhagwat lamented that due to perversion of values, people are sending their old parents to old-age homes and old cows to slaughter houses.

‘Ban provocative ads’

Expressing deep concern over growth in obscene advertisements and highly objectionable contents displayed in visual and print media which leads to erosion of values and results in increase in crime against women, Dr Bhagwat called the Government and Media to keep a check on tendency to office such objectionable programmes which degrade morality in society.

But society need not await for the Government actions in this regard and family should inculcate values in a child to avoid watching such content.

‘Be self-reliant’

Asking people to encourage swadeshi products and buy them, Dr Bhagwat disapproved tendency of people to buy even statues of our Gods and Goddesses simply because they are cheaper in price. Without naming China-made cheap good which have flooded our markets and ruined domestic industry, Dr Bhagwat put the onus on people to give patronage to Made In India products.

Nation has high hopes from RSS: Vaswani

Chief guest Dada Vaswani whose speech was read out in absentia described RSS as patriotic organisation consisting of men of character dedicated to restore glory of the nation. He urged citizens to imbibe feeling of oneness and consider themselves as as Indians. “I am an Indian! I am Indian!” should be our guiding mantra, he exhorted. Nation requires dedicated individuals, who uphold values of probity and purity in public life and do not imitate pervert thoughts coming from other parts.

Earlier Mahanagar Sanghachalak Dr Dilip Gupta made introductory remarks.

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Contempt notices to Chhattarpur Collector, others

A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe has issued contempt notices to the Chhattarpur Collector, as well as District Education Officer, Chhattarpur in the ... Read More
A single bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice Alok Aradhe has issued contempt notices to the Chhattarpur Collector, as well as District Education Officer, Chhattarpur in the matter of non-compliance to the court’s order passed in writ petition on March 6, 2014. The contempt petition was filed by Bhagwan Das Yadav from Village Post Angour, District Chhatarpur. He was retired from his service on January 31, 2001. He was alleged that till date of retirement, the State Government did not given any retired dues to the petitioner. Earlier the petitioner filed writ petition before the high court and after hearing the high court directed to the concerned authority to decided petitioner’s representation within 60 days. But the respondent authority did not take any action for compliance to the court’s order. Thereafter, the petitioner filed this contempt petition for justice. Advocate S D Gupta appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

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Plea challenging Narmada pollution disposed off

A BENCH of National Green Tribunal Central, Zonal Bench, Bhopal has given various directions in application filed by Mamlesh Sharma challenging heavy pollution caused to holy river Narmada and ... Read More
A BENCH of National Green Tribunal Central, Zonal Bench, Bhopal has given various directions in application filed by Mamlesh Sharma challenging heavy pollution caused to holy river Narmada and disposed off application stating that interim orders passed on July 17, 2009, by the Madhya Pradesh High Court shall continue to operate. With above directions we dispose of this application. The bench of NGT said in directions that as rightly averred by the Secretary, MoEF till detailed landscape plan is prepared for mines in question the PL/ML granted to the respondents shall be kept on hold. The so-called landscape plan prepared and produced before this Tribunal by DFO, Anuppur does not take into account the effect of such mining on local bio-diversity and ecology and mere statement of DFO that PL granted to respondent does not involve forest land and it is a private land without any vegetation.

Necessary action will be taken to keep the boundary demarcated, will not satisfy condition of preparation of landscape plan in which one has to look into all aspects and satisfy principle of sustainable development. NGT has directed that the nodal agency for the State of Madhya Pradesh, EPCO shall prepare a detailed landscape plan in coordination with departments concerned and arrive at a conclusion whether PL and ML granted to respondents satisfy the principle of sustainable development by looking at various parameters that have been taken into account and observations and recommendations that have been made in Barkatullah University report on Bio-Physical Environment study on Hindalco and Balco. This exercise should be carried out within three months from the date of issue of this order.

Once EPCO prepares landscape plan after going into various aspects the plan should be reviewed by State-level Steering Committee headed by the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Forests) and take a decision within one month thereafter whether to allow such mining activities to be carried out in buffer or transition zone of AABR. The decision of the State-level Steering Committee shall be final. Till then interim orders passed on July 17, 2009, by the Madhya Pradesh High Court shall continue to operate. With the above directions we dispose of this application. The application was filed by Mamlesh Sharma, President, Narmada Khand Swabhiman Sena, Jabalpur against Principal Secretary, Department of Mineral Resources, Bhopal, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, New Delhi, Collector (Mines), District Anuppur, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Division, Anuppur, Pawan Mittal, Director, M/s Katni Minerals Private Limited, Katni District, M/s Ganpati Minerals (Bauxite Mines) Through Proprietor Suresh Gupta, Gram-Garhidadar, Tehsil - Pushprajnagar District Anuppur, Imtiaz Khan (Bauxite Mines) Gram-Garhidadar, Tehsil - Pushprajgarh, District Anuppur and Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Minerals, New Delhi. This Application was originally filed as Writ Petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh at Jabalpur as Public Interest Litigation. In pursuance of the order dated on December 5, 2013 of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, the Writ Petition was transferred to the Central Zone Bench, National Green Tribunal, Bhopal and was registered as Original Application. The matter was listed for hearing on January 13, 2014 since the High Court, while ordering the transfer of the case, directed that the parties shall appear before this Tribunal on January 13, 2014. In this connection, the petitioner’s organisation, having come to know that mining leases as well as prospective licenses are being granted for mining bauxite mineral in Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve (AABR), they have filed the writ petition. According to them mining activities in this sensitive area will cause irreparable damage to the ecology as well as the flora and fauna besides polluting to the river Narmada which originates in the aforesaid Biosphere Reserve. The petitioner stated that the AABR was notified vide Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests order dated on March 30, 2005 duly indicating the boundaries. The Petitioner further submitted that the Respondent M/s Katni Minerals submitted an Application on August 20, 2002 for granting PL for Bauxite mineral over an area of 284.774 hectares at village Garhidadar, Tehsil Pushparajgarh, District Anuppur. Accordingly, the Respondent Department of Mineral Resources of Madhya Pradesh vide order dated on September 9, 2008 recommended the PL for an extent of 152.655 hectares instead of the sought area of 284.774 hectares in favour of the Respondent.

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Casual Workers’ Assn to restart agitation for regularisation

CASUAL Workers’ Association working at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Hospital in a meeting held on Saturday decided to restart their agitation to press for their pending demand of... Read More
CASUAL Workers’ Association working at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College Hospital in a meeting held on Saturday decided to restart their agitation to press for their pending demand of regularisation. President of Casual Workers’ Association (CWA) Valmik Shukla said the medical administration has no concern with the justified demand of poor workers who are honestly discharging their duties since more than 10 years.

On one hand, the State Government has constituted a high-level committee for accumulation of 341 casual workers against vacant posts under Class III and Class IV category. Casual workers were asked to submit there documents confirming their service record showing work for at least 10 years, but now Superintendent Dr Kasar has issued new circular that casual workers who have got minimum qualification of class VIII, they are eligible to apply for any post vacant under class III category.

He said about 50 per cent of casual workers did not meet the standard minimum qualification, at that time when they started working 10 years ago, they have not been asked for minimum qualification. He said 341 casual workers have already submitted records to the Divisional Commissioner, after two months of strike last year.

Now, the high-level committee constituted is again asking to submit document which was earlier submitted to the Divisional Commissioner, raised many questions among casual workers, whether this time, the dialogue between CWA and medical administration and State Minister, Medical Valmik Shukla, President, Casual Workers’ Association said that the State Medical Education Minister Sharad Jain with high-level committee constituted for further talks on accumulation of 341 casual workers against more than 400 vacant posts of class III and class IV employees at Medical College Hospital, is mere eye wash. None of them are concerned with the basic problem of casual workers. He said the State Minister has already said that more round of talks are required to find conclusion on accumulation of casual workers against vacant posts. Casual workers have carried out their duties in various capacities successfully during last 10 to 15 years but during last 10 years no official or representative of political parties have taken initiative to resolve the issue of regularisation of casual workers.

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Murder mystery solved, accused put behind bars

Belkhera police succeeded in apprehending accused of killing an elderly man at Neemkhera village. The man was killed over an argument over a petty issue of grazing cattle in his farm. The accus... Read More
Belkhera police succeeded in apprehending accused of killing an elderly man at Neemkhera village. The man was killed over an argument over a petty issue of grazing cattle in his farm. The accused has been identified as Rajesh Mallah (22), son of Jagdish Mallah, a resident of Jhansi Ghat area. On September 29, unidentified persons killed an elderly man Dhannu Singh Parihar (60), a resident of Neemkhera village at veranda of his house. Munna alias Shashibhushan Parihar (44), a resident of village Shahpura lodged a complaint that late night on September 29, Gram Kotwar, Jangu Chadhar arrived his house and informed that his father was lying dead at veranda of his house. He immediately reached the spot and found that his father sustained bullet injury on right side of his chest and lying in the pool of blood. Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural), Mahesh Chand Jain informed that continuing a thorough investigation into the case, police team succeeded in apprehending the accused and seized the revolver used in the murder.

The accused confessed to have killed Dhannu Singh to take revenge from him. He informed that he regularly held arguments with Dhannu Singh over an issue of grazing his cattle in his farm. Even after objecting several times, Dhannu always brought cattle at his farm which damaged his crops. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 302 of the IPC and Sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act and apprehended him from the village.

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‘Power companies committed to provide 24x7 electricity in State’

“AMIDST challenges of limited coal production and rapidly increasing demand of electricity, the State power sector has emerged best in ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply for domestic... Read More
“AMIDST challenges of limited coal production and rapidly increasing demand of electricity, the State power sector has emerged best in ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply for domestic purpose and all set for 10-hour supply for agriculture purpose during rabi season.

Even after facing adverse situations, power companies in Madhya Pradesh are committed to provide 24x7 quality electricity supply in the State,” asserted ICP Keshri, Principal Energy Secretary of Madhya Pradesh. ICP Keshri was interacting with the media during his two-day visit to electricity headquarters, Shakti Bhawan, on Saturday. Principal Energy Secretary Keshri applauded efforts of power companies for meeting peak demand of electricity during Navratri and Vijayadashmi festival upto 8200 MW.

“Scarcity of coal is a national problem and all the states along with national power giant NTPC is facing trouble in smooth operation of thermal power station. There is no major impact of cancelling coal block allocations by the Supreme Court in Madhya Pradesh as it will affect generation of about 400 MW. ICP Keshri admitted weak financial position of power distribution companies due to less recovery of electricity revenue and distribution losses.

Power pilferage is a social evil and collaborated efforts are required to check this menace to strengthen financial condition of distribution companies and cutting back swollen electricity tariff. He expressed satisfaction on hydel power stations for meeting peak demand of electricity during rabi season while necessary measures are being taken for required improvement in State power sector.

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‘Power cos should not rely on govt aid for existence’

PRINCIPAL Secretary (Energy) ICP Keshri has cleared that now operation of power companies should be commercially viable. Power companies should not rely on government aids for maintaining their... Read More
PRINCIPAL Secretary (Energy) ICP Keshri has cleared that now operation of power companies should be commercially viable. Power companies should not rely on government aids for maintaining their existence midst cut-throat competition with private companies. Principal Secretary (Energy), ICP Keshri was chairing review meetings of Madhya Pradesh Power Generating and Power Transmission Companies at corporate headquarters, Shakti Bhawan, on Saturday. Principal Secretary (Energy), ICP Keshri is on two-day visit to the State Electricity headquarters for reviewing developments of power generation, power transmission and power distribution companies.

On first day of the visit, the Principal Secretary (Energy) reviewed development works being carried out by Power Generating and Power Transmission Companies. Reviewing proceedings of power generating company, Principal Secretary (Energy) instructed officers for supplementing coal stock with own efforts due to scanty coal production. He said to check cost and consumption of coal and oil at thermal power stations for making the price of electricity commercially feasible. He sought information about ongoing preparations for optimum utilisation of thermal power stations. He instructed senior officers for maintaining continuous operation of thermal power units and remaining vigilant to avoid and promptly restoration of technical snags. ICP Keshri applauded working of transmission company as it is on top amongst leading transmission companies in the country. He said to expedite development works and timely completion of pending works.

Senior officers of power transmission company were instructed for playing key role in maintaining the gap between demand and supply during peak demand of electricity in coming months. Officers were directed for strengthening transmission systems and completing preliminary preparations for its best utilization for record electricity supply. Thereafter, Principal Secretary (Energy) conducted inspection of State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) and congratulated the officers and employees for best grid management during adverse situations. On the occasion, ICP Keshri was accompanies by Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company, Managing Director, Manu Shrivastava, MP Power Generating Company, Managing Director, Virendra Nanavati, MP Power Transmission Company, Managing Director, Umesh Rautji and other officers.

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With grand Dussehra procession, Navratri festivities conclude

SYMBOLISING the rich culture of Sanatan Dharma and technological advancements in the country, the historic 149th Dussehra procession marked conclusion of nine-day Navratri festival with great rel... Read More
SYMBOLISING the rich culture of Sanatan Dharma and technological advancements in the country, the historic 149th Dussehra procession marked conclusion of nine-day Navratri festival with great religious fervour and zeal. The procession was taken out displaying idols of Goddess Durga and beautifully decorated live tableaux. People from different sections of the society participated and spread the message of communal harmony and highlighted achievements of Indian Mangal Mission. Live tableaux depicted several incidents of Ramayana and Mahabharat by artists of Govindganj Ramleela Samiti.

A total of 20 Durga Utsav Samitis enthusiastically participated in the religious procession, while a mammoth gathering of spectators enjoyed the procession throughout the night. Earlier, Mayor Prabhat Sahu inaugurated the procession by offering prayers to Lord Ram, while eminent among those who graced the occasion to perform rituals were Member of Parliament Rakesh Singh, State Minister Sharad Jain, former MLA Lakhan Ghanghoria, MLA Susheel Tiwari, Leader of Opposition Vinay Saxena, senior leader Dheeraj Pateria and other senior leaders, representatives of different business, social and cultural organisations of the city.

The procession was formally flagged-off at Teen Patti Chowk with traditional pujan and aarti programme amid chanting of religious hymns by religious gurus.

As per tradition, Shri Govindganj Ramleela led the procession followed by idols of oldest Sunarhai and Nunahai Durga Utsav Samitis. Other attractions of procession were live tableaux and replicas depicting various current affairs like scenes showcasing rescue mission at Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Army, success of Mangal Mission, disaster management campaign and other social issues. Huge effigies of Demon King Ravan, Kumbhakaran and Meghnath were taken out prior to Ramleela procession followed by teams of cultural dances that provided complete entertainment to devotees. A tableaux of Ram Darbar was central part of worship for devotees where tiny-tots were attired as Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman.

The procession started late in the evening and reached Hanumantal pond passing through Super Market, Lordganj, Kamania Gate, Sarafa, Kotwali and concluded with idol immersion at Hanumantal pond as per tradition. Ramsetu, Hanuman jumped over sea, Vanasur Shiv Puja, Amarnath cave, Arjun and Karan clash, Mangal Yaan, Army Rescue Operation, Disaster Management, Jatayu Vadh. Eye-catching tableaux that led the procession were Ram Darbar by Shri Govindgunj Ramleela Samiti, Ram Setu, Vanasur Shiv Puja, Amarnath cave, Arjun and Karan clash, Jatayu Vadh while several Kirtan Mandlis and brass band groups, beautifully decorated horses, colourful lights and dance teams of folk artists added joy and festivity. Besides, melodious tunes of religious and patriotic songs played by international Shyam Brass Band added attraction to the carnival. Several social and business organisations installed their ‘Pandals’ at the route of procession to welcome Durga Utsav Samitis. Grand Dussehra festival was celebrated in the city amidst tight security arrangements by district Police Department, while fire tenders of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation were also in the procession and kept on alert at station to avert any untoward incident during the festival.

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Forests are under threat: Om Puri

“Though I have not worked too much in the film related to Wildlife or Forest conservation, I contribute by spreading awareness among people every time I get a chance. After traveling to forest la... Read More
“Though I have not worked too much in the film related to Wildlife or Forest conservation, I contribute by spreading awareness among people every time I get a chance. After traveling to forest lands in Africa and several parts of India, I realised that jungles are under threat,” asserted veteran actor Om Puri. He along with noted wildlife expert Dr Erach Bharucha and senior advocate Kanak Tiwari jointly addressed a press conference here at the Colours Mall, Dhamtari Road on Saturday. Puri and Bharucha are here for participating in a two-day long Wildlife Film Festival jointly organized by State Forest Department, Conservation Core Society (CCS) and web portal cgkhabar.com.

Puri was of the view that the government should work for conservation of forest and wildlife besides ensuring that minimal trees are cut for development. “It is a matter of concern that the tribal people are much concerned about conserving the forests while those living in urban areas has not much to do with it,” said the actor who has acted in award wining films such as ‘Sadgati’, ‘Akrosh’, ‘Ardhsatya’, ‘Mirch Masala’, ‘Chachi 420’, ‘Chakravyuh’ etc.

The veteran actor became internationally known by starring in many British films such as ‘My Son the Fanatic’, ‘East Is East’ and ‘The Parole Officer’ along with appearing in Hollywood movies including ‘City of Joy’, ‘Wolf’ and ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’. While speaking over the present scenario of Wildlife films in India, Puri said that there are various committed people who are making wildlife films but they do not get a big platform and audience in comparison to main stream commercial Cinema. “Though the Doordarshan is giving platform to documentaries and short films based on Wildlife and Forests but most of the private channels have less to do with it. They are much into broadcast of ‘Sas-Bahu’ kind of serials. What could be the fate of Wildlife Films?” Om Puri remarked.

The Padma Shri recipient actor said that the tribal people cut the trees as per their need and make use of the dead parts only but ‘so called urban and civilized’ people are less aware in this regard. “If I get any chance in acting for such kind of films or rendering my voice to documentaries, I would love to be a part of it,” Puri added.

Wildlife Expert Dr Erach said that awareness regarding forest conservation should be imparted since the very childhood and students should be taught in schools.

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‘State Government forgot its promise of rising paddy MSP’

Main opposition party in the State Congress has vehemently opposed the decision taken by Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Saturday regarding putting a ceiling on farmers pertaining to paddy purchase under... Read More
Main opposition party in the State Congress has vehemently opposed the decision taken by Chhattisgarh Cabinet on Saturday regarding putting a ceiling on farmers pertaining to paddy purchase under the paddy procurement scheme under Minimum Support Price. The Congress has opposed the ceiling that the State Government will purchase maximum 10 quintal paddy from one farmer.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel said that the Bharatiya Janata Party government under Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has not only forgotten its promise of rising the paddy MSP to Rs 2,100 per quintal but have also refusing from paying Rs 300 bonus. On top of that now the State Government has put a ceiling of 10 quintal on the farmers.

They also stated that earlier paddy procurement used to start from November 1 but this time the state government has delayed the same till December 1.

They alleged that the state government used to procure every grain of paddy produced by farmers in the state and during previous financial year had procured approximately 70 lakh MT paddy. Also the paddy will be procured from only those farmers who have got themselves registered.

The CPCC President stated that the Congress has taken resolve to fight for the benefit of farmers till the state government takes back its draconian decision and purchases every grain of paddy. In this direction massive dharna and effigy burning campaigns will be launched from October 5 at district, block level.

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Dr Singh to review various departments from Oct 8

Falling on the lines of governance initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State Government has taken initiatives towards improving the report card of each and every department. Accordingly,... Read More
Falling on the lines of governance initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the State Government has taken initiatives towards improving the report card of each and every department. Accordingly, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh will be initiating departmental reviews of every individual department in the presence of respective departmental Ministers.

Taking into consideration the working style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government has also changed its style of functioning. The Chief Minister will be starting the review of the departments from October 8. Not only the works undertaken will be reviewed but the progress of work will also be monitored. It is worth mentioning here that soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance government has come to power, the working of all BJP governments in the state are taking a change.

Also the Chief Ministers in all BJP led states are trying their level best to project good works and excellent work styles before the centre and in this direction they are changing their style of functioning. Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh is also trying level best to take Chhattisgarh to numero uno position in the country and in this direction he has taken serious efforts towards improving the report cards of every department apart from implementation and monitoring of new schemes.

During the review, the works undertaken will be inspected and progress of pending works will be reviewed. Also outstanding works and negligence by the departments on public related works will be measured. Impetus will be given on energy, finance, forest, general administration, mining agriculture, women and child welfare, health, home, higher and school education departments.

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Chief Minister chairs Cabinet Meeting

Several important decisions have been taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan). For convenience of farmers, last date of r... Read More
Several important decisions have been taken in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Saturday at Mantralaya (Mahanadi Bhavan). For convenience of farmers, last date of registration at primary cooperative societies for paddy procurement has been extended to October 31, 2014. Cabinet has also decided to commence paddy procurement at societies from December 1, 2014 and to constitute a board for socio-economic development of third-gender people.

On recommendation of State Backward Class Commission, the Cabinet has approved the proposal of including 10 more castes into the list of other backward classes. These 10 castes are namely Gahira, Gauli, Bhatri, Bhathri, Bhadari, Kunvi, Kunavi, Kalwar, Bhuliya and Kamlapuri. Likewise, on recommendation of Chhattisgarh Tribal Advisory Council, Cabinet has decided to give admission to children of other castes on vacant approved seats of Ashram schools/hostels along with state scholarship at par with the children of Scheduled Tribe category. This includes the castes namely- Parhiya; Dhanuhar, Dhanuvar; Khervar, Kharwar; Kisan, Kisan Nagesia; Parginha, Pradhan; Amaneet, Amanit; Saunr, Sanvara, Saora, Saura; and Sahra.

According to the decision taken by Chhattisgarh cabinet today, a board for socio-economic development of third-gender people will be constituted soon. Social Welfare Minister will be the Chairperson of this board. Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of the departments concerned will be the Members of this board. In the cabinet meeting held today, the new seed policy has been approved. Objectives of this policy are- to make Chhattisgarh self-dependent in terms of seeds and saplings supply for horticulture and agricultural crops, to develop infrastructure for production of seeds and saplings, to develop the state as a hub of ‘sankar’ seed production, to promote establishment of seed industry in private sector, to promote seed import, to upgrade seed quality control and seed research work and to establish seed grid.

In a significant decision favouring state government officials and employees, the Cabinet sanctioned seven percent additional Dearness Allowance to them. After approval from the Cabinet and on the recommendation of the Chief Minister who holds the finance portfolio, the Finance department issued the said order. With the issuance of the order, the Dearness Allowance of state government officials and employees will be revised to 107 percent. The order will come into effect from October 2014, and the employees will get increased salary from the month of November.

The decision of the state government has come as a gift for the employees ahead Diwali and Rajyotsava celebrations and is being considered for urban bodies’ election.

It is worth mentioning here that the state government employees were lacking behind their central government counterparts by 7 percent. The centre had already given the 7 percent DA to its employees in July. Now that the state government has announced seven percent DA, the state government employees will come at par with the central counterparts in terms of dearness allowance. The central government employees are getting 107 percent DA presently while the state government employees had been receiving 100 percent DA.

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Raigarh SP’s son dies in freak mishap

Rashu Bhagat, son of Rahul Bhagat, Superintendent of Police, Raigarh died in a freak mishap at Kharsia railway station on Saturday. He apparently slipped and fell on the tracks in his attempt t... Read More
Rashu Bhagat, son of Rahul Bhagat, Superintendent of Police, Raigarh died in a freak mishap at Kharsia railway station on Saturday. He apparently slipped and fell on the tracks in his attempt to get on board a moving train.

Reportedly, Rahul Bhagat along with his family was returning to Raigarh from Raipur by South Bihar Danapur Express train on Saturday. His son Rashu Bhagat (10) alighted from the train at Kharsia Railway Station to buy some eatables. However, before he could board, the train moved. After sometime when Rashu did not return to the compartment, Rahul Bhagat telephoned TI Kharsia, Salim Thigga and apprised him that his son Rashu could not board the train and he was left behind in the station.

Immediately after receiving the telephonic information Thigga left for Kharsia station. As soon as the train rolled out of the station, a body of a boy covered with blood stains was found on tracks. Going by the identification marks, the body was identified as that of Rashu.

The TI along with railway staff immediately rushed Rashu to the nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Rashu had sustained severe injuries on head. Rahul Bhagat only learnt about the incident after he reached Raigarh. Immediately on receipt of information Rahul rushed to Kharsia by road and took the body of his son to Raigarh. A pall of gloom descended after people learnt about this horrific incident. Senior police officials rushed to Raigargh SP’s residence to condole the bereaved family.

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No NGO can conduct health survey without Government permission

No Non Government Organisation (NGO), working in social or health field can conduct survey without Government permission, the health department is strict after many complaints from the people abo... Read More
No Non Government Organisation (NGO), working in social or health field can conduct survey without Government permission, the health department is strict after many complaints from the people about survey by some little known NGOs in different parts of the city.

Now, it is being said that if any complaint is received from anybody about illegal health survey, the health department will launch First Information Report (FIR) with the concerning police station against the concerning NGO and the persons engaged in survey. Even, the district health authorities have asked district vaccination officers to keep watch on such NGOs doing door to door survey without permission and said that he launch FIR against any NGO if he has some complaint about any illegally working NGO in field of health. It is cheating with the people. No unauthorised person can take health details of any people, they are to compulsorily take permission of the Government.

Hepatitis B or C’s vaccination should be under the medical expert, people should not reveal health details to anybody, consult the Government doctors before giving such information to anybody, said a senior doctor at district JP Hospital.

It is not happened only in the State capital, it also happens in different parts of the State but there is no check by the health department till the date. The NGOs may misuse the date collecting in survey through their volunteers.

It is learnt that some NGOs lure the people by going door to door that they will vaccine hepatitis B,C at the very low cost compared to the private hospitals or nursing homes and collect money from the people. it is interesting to know that the district vaccination officer does not have any knowledge of it. Besides, the district health authorities, Chief Medical and Health Officer too does not know whether the NGOs conduct any health related survey by sending their volunteers door to door at different colonies in the city.

When contacted, Dr Pankaj Shukla, Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), said that any health related survey by any NGO without Government permission is illegal. “We will launch FIR against such NGOs if any complaint from anybody is received. Dr Upendra Dubey, District Vaccination Officer (DVO), has also been asked to check it, he said.

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MPHRC asks collectors to watch sonography centres by satellite

Decreasing girl childs in State has forced Government to take strict steps in controlling over the sonography cenres indulged in illegal sex determination open violation of PNDT Act 1994. Expre... Read More
Decreasing girl childs in State has forced Government to take strict steps in controlling over the sonography cenres indulged in illegal sex determination open violation of PNDT Act 1994. Expressing surprise over decreasing sex ratio, the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has sent Government its recommendations and wrote to all collectors keeping watch over the sonography centres through satellite observation system (SOS), use such network to check illegal sex determination at any sonography centre and minimise the sonography machines. Think twice before issuing license to any new sonogrphy centre, install the device where illegal sex determination at sonography centres might be checked easily.

As per the strictly written letter to all collectors and Government, the Human Rights Commission has surprised over it that the PC PNDT Act 1994 was implemented about more than two decades ago, child girls are constantly on decline misbalancing sex ratio in society. But the State Government has made only 39 cases of illegal sex determination; moreover nobody of it has been punished. It is the reason how the sonography centres dare to illegal sex determination at not only sonography centres, Genetic and Ulra sonography clinics’ check is must. 72 villages where no girl child below 6 years: As per the MPHRC report, there are 72 such villages in the state where there is worst condition sex ratio.

There is no girl child below 6 years has caused concern to the Government officers and Human Right Commission.

District on target: There are some districts as per the report are on target of extra check of illegal sex determination are : Gwalior, Sagar, Betul, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Morena, Khargone, Vidisha, Bhind, Chhatarpur, Ratlam, Tikamgarh, Shivpuri Narsinghpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Chhindwara and Rajgarh. Some districts are somewhat better but not good are Sehore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Harda, Dewas, Ujjain and Indore. Others too need strict check over illegal sex determination.

Recommendation to Govt. for special cell: The Human Rights Commission has recommended to the Government and collectors to form a special cell to check those cases of illegal sex determination, watch over the license issued to sonogrphy centres, preventing its misuse and if any centre director is booked, speeds up its case. Recommendation for Fast Track Courts: The Human Rights Commission has recommended to make Fast track court to deal cases against sonography centres or nursing homes booked under the PC PNDT Act for illegal sex determination. It is because of no punishment to any of 39 accused in illegal sex determination.

Rohit Mehta, Joint Director, Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission, said the Commission has sent its recommendations to the Government and all collectors to keep watch on sonography centres through Satellite Observation System, minimise sonography machines in districts, form fast track court to speed up prosecution of accused sonography centre directors and many other recommendations, he said.

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Whether Congress will celebrate festivals of minorities: BJP

After biting dust in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Congress has taken paradigm shift. It installed idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga at party office. It also organised ‘Kshama Wani... Read More
After biting dust in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, Congress has taken paradigm shift. It installed idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga at party office. It also organised ‘Kshama Wani’ programme which is of Jains. Many see this act of Congress as an initiative to find lost foot prints among Hindu community. BJP has taken a pot shot on its rival party tactic and wants to know that whether Congress will celebrate the festivals of minorities.

The religious functions were never organised at Congress office but State Congress President Arun Yadav has set a new tradition. Congress installed the statue of Lord Ganesha and Maa Durga with much zeal and enthusiasm, leaving political pundits and even its rival BJP surprised. As the festivals of minority community are coming near, BJP is interested to see that whether Congress will keep its tradition of celebrating the religious festivals or its buck just stops at Hindu festivals.

“We are keenly interested to know that whether Congress will celebrate the festivals of minorities. We hope that Congress will be keeping the Tajias of minorities,” said BJP state spokesman Vijendra Singh Sisodia to “The Hitavada”. According to Sisodia, Congress is not going to be benefited by such tactics. Congress possibly fathom that its Hindu voters have slipped out of its hands and its decision to organise Ganesha Utsav and Durga Utsav is in direction to find its lost foot print among Hindus.

‘The Hitavada’ tried to contact state Congress President Arun Yadav on the issue but he could not be contacted. When contacted, state Congress vice president Manak Agrawal said that Congress respects all religion and it will definitely organise festivals of minorities.

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To enjoy holidays, some schools, colleges miss cleanliness drive

In order to avoid ruining of five-day holiday, some of the private and government schools of the city missed the nationwide cleanliness campaign called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Octobe... Read More
In order to avoid ruining of five-day holiday, some of the private and government schools of the city missed the nationwide cleanliness campaign called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2.

Even large number of colleges and varsities, including Barkatullah University, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalay (RGPV), Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS) and other prominent colleges, failed to take the unique initiative on October 2. However, there was no compulsion to hold the drive. “It is holiday time and most of the students prefer to visit their home this time. We have no strict direction to hold the campaign but we will plan it soon,” said Appukuttan KK, Director MANIT. “It was holiday on October 2nd and we have no direction from Higher Education Department to conduct such campaign,” said Amir Mehboob, Spokesperson BSSS.

“We notified all the schools to conduct the cleanliness drive and also asked their compliance report on October 5. As I know, most of the schools have followed the direction. However, some schools missed the event because of Asthami and other festivals,” said KPS Tomar, District Education Officer, Bhopal. He further informed that some of the government schools organised lecture to make students aware of importance of cleanliness while some schools motivate students to clean their classroom. There are also few government schools which will be conducting the same in upcoming days.

However, most of the private CBSE schools conducted the drive before closing their campuses on different schedule. All the schools have been closed from October 2 to 6 because of Dussehra, Gandhi Jayanti, Eid and other festivities. There are also some schools still in a queue to conduct the campaign in upcoming week. Red Rose School, Lambakheda conducted the drive on October 2, Anand Vihar School on September 29, Sagar Public School on September 3, Vikram Higher Secondary School on October 2, St Joseph School on October 2, and International Public School (IPS) conducted on October 1.

Maharishi Vidya Mandir has planned to conduct the same in upcoming weeks while St Xavier School could not explain its schedule for the campaign. “I am not sure about cleanliness campaign in our campus but most of the city schools have conducted the drive so we will also plan it,” said Sudhir Sharma, St Xavier’s spokesperson.

While launching the cleanliness drive in campus, school principals, teachers, non-teaching staff and students cleaned the classroom, corridor, door, floor, table and other areas of the campus together. Some of the schools also banned the polythene in premises. Red Rose School held the drive at Kalibadi temple where people were motivated to keep their surrounding neat and clean. Anand Vihar School celebrated the day as ‘dry against polythene’ in which students collected the polybags from everyone in the campus.

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Celebrating Eid the green way!

For many the green is not just a passion but a way of life by choice! Take a look at life style of Rizwanuddin, a senior Central government commissioner-cum environmentalist who loves to come to ... Read More
For many the green is not just a passion but a way of life by choice! Take a look at life style of Rizwanuddin, a senior Central government commissioner-cum environmentalist who loves to come to office on a cycle after travelling an approximate distance of 9 km daily; not only that for him Eid celebrations have always been a platform to spread awareness about environment conservation.

Taking to ‘The Hitavada’ he says personally he is against killing of animals and he has practiced this as a resolution in his life inspired by his teacher .Besides that his activities include mobilising people for environment conservation through best possible method of cleanliness. As an innovative method he has started an informal group within office which focus on self service and minimum generation of water material. Simplification of process and improvisation of services can be achieved if one is physically active and healthy and that can be attained through vegetarians. Additional to his busy schedule being in government job he takes every effort to get the awareness including the latest cleanliness drive to be conveyed with maximum public participation.

Saiema Imitiaz, a guest lecturer says that she has liked vegetarian food since childhood and the main reason for that is it always helped her to remain physically fit. There are many Muslim vegetarians who have been practicing vegetanirism in their life style. Many have also switched to vegetarian owing the high cost of Bakras which they are unable to afford. Price rise has taken toll in the market which is also being considered for some to adopt veganism .

Subsequent to the recent brawl over PETA campaigning of Vega Eid in the city, the volunteers from different non government organisation have also vouched for a more moderate method of exhibiting the campaigns especially connected with religious sentiments.

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RSS takes out Path Sanchalan on Dussehra

RSS has taken out “Path Sanchalan” in old city area of State capital on Dussehra. Clad in white shirt and khaki half pant, RSS workers marched in rhythm by carrying swords and lathis in the... Read More
RSS has taken out “Path Sanchalan” in old city area of State capital on Dussehra. Clad in white shirt and khaki half pant, RSS workers marched in rhythm by carrying swords and lathis in their hands. Large number of RSS workers had taken part in the march carried symbolically taken out on Dusssehra festival. Sources said that RSS workers took out Path Sanchalan in Beresia area and old Khabadkhana locality of old city. Congress’ Chief Spokesman K K Mishra has said that no permission of district administration was sought for Path Sanchalan of RSS taken out in various parts of state on Dussehra.

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Man consumes poison along with four children, two die

Dejected over the death of his wife who died one month back, a man consumed some poisonous substance along with his four minor children in Seronj of Vidisha district during the intervening night of... Read More
Dejected over the death of his wife who died one month back, a man consumed some poisonous substance along with his four minor children in Seronj of Vidisha district during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. One of the children died at home and another child died at hospital while undergoing treatment. Remaining victims are battling for life in hospital.

Seronj police station SHO Dinesh Prajapati said to “The Hitavada” that Ashok Ahirwar’s wife Krishna had died one month ago and since then he was in depression. On the fateful night, he entered into a suicide pact along with four minor children including Sonam (12), Akash (11), Shivani (10 ) and Sakshi (8). All of them consumed some poisonous substance. Akash (11) had died at home itself. After coming to know about the incident, police rushed all the remaining victims to Bhopal for better treatment. Sakshi (8) died at hospital while undergoing the treatment. Remaining victims are being treated.

It is learnt that Ashok was working as a driver and his wife Krishna had died due to some illness. It was after the death of his wife that Ashok went into depression and find hard in moving ahead without his wife.

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Spare parts purchase scam in Police Motor Transport Section

TWO police officers and two supervisors, who were attached to city-based Central Workshop of Motor Transport (MT) Section of Maharashtra Police, on Thursday have been booked in spare parts purc... Read More
TWO police officers and two supervisors, who were attached to city-based Central Workshop of Motor Transport (MT) Section of Maharashtra Police, on Thursday have been booked in spare parts purchase scam.

After the fraud involving Rs 40.24 lakh came to light, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence of criminal breach of trust, cheating and forgery against Police Inspector (PI) P G Ladikar, Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) B S Rai and supervisors M A Shaikh and D S Narule. Every district unit of the police department and batallions of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has a Motor Transport Section to look after the day-to-day maintenance of police vehicles. Major repairs are carried out at three central workshops located at Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur. The body-building work of the vehicles is carried out at Pune.

The Central Store Purchase Branch, located at Pune purchases spares, tyres, tubes, batteries and other miscellaneous items in bulk on rate contract/tenders and caters to the requirments of various units.

MT Sections of almost all district units and SRPF batallions are headed by officers of the rank of Police Inspector. However, the in-charge Inspector of the units are authorised to purchase spare parts from open market in case of non-availability of stock or during emergency.

Between 2000 and 2005, PI Ladikar in connivance with PSI Rai, supervisors Shaikh and Narule allegedly prepared fake bills of purchase of spare parts and repairy of police vehicles and submitted them for clearance causing a loss of about Rs 40.24 lakh to the state exchequer. After the fraud came to light, ASI (MT Section) Arvind Ghanshyam Gajbhiye, as the instructions of his superiors, lodged a complaint with the police.

On the basis of the complaint, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 420 (cheating), Sections 467 (corgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 477A (falsification of accounts) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against PI Ladikar, PSI Rai, and supervisors Shaikh and Narule. Further investigations are underway.

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Dr Kalam ignites minds at RTMNU’s 100th convocation

“ON THE morning of September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a never before success in the world history. India became the first country in the world to have reached Mars... Read More
“ON THE morning of September 24, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a never before success in the world history. India became the first country in the world to have reached Mars on its own steam in the very first attempt. With such inspiring stories being written again and again, we can surely achieve success in our national mission of sustainable development,” said Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, on Friday. One of the most eminent scientists of India, the educator and motivational speaker Dr Kalam shared his views on sustainable development while delivering convocation address of the 100th convocation ceremony of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), Nagpur.

The grand function was held at University’s playground, Rao Bahadur D Laxminarayan premises. A total 1,000 researchers received Ph D degrees during the function.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Anoop Kumar (IAS), presided over the function. Noted social worker and Magsaysay Awardee Dr Abhay Bang and Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education, Govt of Maharashtra Dr Sanjay Chahande (senior administrative officer) were the guests of honour. Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University Dr Vinayak Deshpande, Registrar Dr Ashok Gomashe, the Deans of all faculties – Arts, Science, Law, Medicine, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Technology, Social sciences, and Home Science – of RTMNU were also present on the dais. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam won hearts as he started the speech in Marathi saying, ‘Nagpur Vidyapeethachya Sarv Vidyarthyanche Abhinandan’ (Congratulations to all students of Nagpur University). He congratulated scientists of India for successful Mission to Mars. “We must understand the greatness of the achievement of our scientists. We must celebrate this success and congratulate the whole ISRO for this milestone in world of astronomy. We must be proud of this achievement and seek inspiration from the success,” he said.

Seeking inspiration from the Mangalyaan success, Dr Kalam made the newly inducted graduates to reassert his famous poem ‘Wings to Fly’. “My message to you, young friends, is that education gives you wings to fly. Achievement comes out of fire in our sub-conscious mind that “I will win”. So, each one of you assembled here and elsewhere, will have “Wings of Fire”.

The Wing of Fire will indeed lead to knowledge which will make you to fly as a Doctor, or an Engineer, or a scientist, or a teacher, or a political leader, or a bureaucrat or a diplomat or anything you want to be,” he said.

On a lighter note, Dr Kalam said that RTMNU has completed 91 years means the university has successfully took 91 trips around the Sun with the Earth. Dr Kalam then shifted to the topic that he had selected for the Convocation Address – National Mission: Sustainable Development. Dr Kalam spoke extensively on need of quality Research in university, culture of excellence, and the superiority of knowledge in today’s world. “Today, knowledge is power. Earlier, natural resources of nation used to define its power, but today, knowledge is the criteria for national power. You can see the dominance of Japan, Singapore, Koria for instance,” Dr Kalam said, adding “Let the University be the powerhouse for knowledge.”

Dr Kalam’s speech later focused on the needs of the works to be done by the university to face the challenges of modern era. “University should inject the team spirit in students. Because teams take decisions these days, and not the individual order. Similarly, not seniority but creativity drives status in modern era. Hence, University must be a breeding environment for creativity,” he said. Earlier, the Convocation Function of RTMNU began at 3.30 pm on Friday with arrival and welcome of guests.

Acting VC Anoop Kumar delivered an introductory speech in which he told about the achievements of RTMNU and the proud milestone of 100th convocation. Eminent scientist and father of Param Computer Padmashree Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who hails from Nagpur was conferred with honorary D Litt at the hands of Dr Kalam on the occasion. Similarly, D Litt was conferred posthumously upon Dr Nayyar Parveen Mohammad Hanif Siddique. Dr Sarosh Pathan received the degree. Dr Prabhakar Gadre also awarded D Litt in History at the hands of Dr Kalam. A total 1,000 received doctorate degree, 18,900b received Post Graduation Degrees while more than 52,000 received Graduate degrees during the Convocation. Dr Abhay Bang and Dr Sanjay Chahande also spoke on the occasion. Komal Thakre and Varsha Deshpande conducted the proceedings. Registrar Dr Ashok Gomashe proposed a vote of thanks.

The Convocation function was attended by thousands of degree-holders, their parents, teachers, students of the university, and non-teaching staff.

‘Varsities should contribute in policy making’

“Universities should not limit themselves to imparting education or conducting examinations. They should suggest solutions to Government and contribute in policy making,” said Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education Department. Universities or institutes can never be world class unless they are involved in research activities. Teachers should emphasise on research, he added.

About budget allocation, Dr Chahande pointed out, “Our budget allocation for education sector is not less. But most of it goes into payment of staff salaries. So universities must collect funds from industries and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be the medium.”

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MSS hails decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block

With Mahan Coal Block cancellation, the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), vouching for the rights of people in Singrauli forest, welcomed the decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block. Supreme Cou... Read More
With Mahan Coal Block cancellation, the Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), vouching for the rights of people in Singrauli forest, welcomed the decision of cancellation of Mahan Coal Block. Supreme Court, in its latest ruling, cancelled 214 coal blocks, including Essar and Hindalco’s Mahan Coal Block.

Earlier, Mahan Sangharsh Samiti (MSS), supported by prominent members of civil society organisations, urged the Government not to trample over the rights of forest dwelling communities of Mahan region in Madhya Pradesh to benefit corporate giants. Both, the State as well as the Central Government need to take immediate steps to ensure that the Forest Rights Act (FRA) is implemented.

They have claimed that the proposed coal mine is bound to destroy the livelihoods of more than 50,000 villagers from over 54 villages. The rights of all the 54 villages must first be recognised and people have to be informed about the project in their native language. All 54 villages should have a say on whether they want a mine in the forests or not. But as of now, no Community Forest Rights (CFRs) have been recognised in these villages, they added.

“The Forest Rights Act was enacted to undo the historical injustice to forest dwelling communities by recognising their pre-existing rights, which were never recognised when their land was declared as State forest.

Therefore, the first requirement is that as per the FRA, the Gram Sabha must initiate the process of receiving claims and recognising both individual and community forest rights,” said a forest rights activist. MSS is also supported by Greenpeace.

Earlier, Greenpeace had also written to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Asian Human Rights Commission and UN Special Rapporteurs, complaining about the illegal arrest and detention of activists in Mahan. In addition, a delegation of MSS and Greenpeace activists also presented a memorandum to Tribal Affairs Minister, demanding that the ministry should uphold the rights of the people in Mahan. In support of Mahan coal block, an international campaign was also launched to get support of environmental organisations worldwide.

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Pt Deendayal Chair to be established at Journalism varsity: CM

While addressing the function organised by the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication on the eve of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary on Wednesday, Ch... Read More
While addressing the function organised by the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication on the eve of Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary on Wednesday, Chief Minister announced to establish Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Chair at the university. He also made an announcement for the establishment of a Chair for ‘Communication with Nature’ on the basis on research works of Dr Jagdish Chandra Basu. Research activities related to communication among birds and animals, flora and fauna and human communication would be carried out under the chair. Making other announcements on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that since the entrance examination for different courses of the university is organised on all India level, the girls securing the first rank in different groups (courses) would be given a laptop. Around 40 per cent seats of the different courses of the university are occupied by the girls and the announcement was made for their encouragement.

On the proposals of the university, CM said that it would also organise convocation by the end of this year. Besides, an international symposium would also be organised by the university in the beginning of the next year on ‘Integral Humanism and Role of Media’ wherein discussions would be held for spreading the philosophy of Ekatm Manavvad on global level, he said. The Chief Minister said that he would come to the university for a detailed discussion on the ideology of Ekatm Manavvad again wherein he would underline the different aspects of the philosophy. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing a function organised on the eve of birth anniversary of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay at Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal, on Wednesday said the Madhya Pradesh Government was being run on the philosophy of Ekatm Manavvad propounded by Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay wherein the focus is to take the light of development to the lives of poor.

The PR Minister, Rajendra Shukla, earlier, in his address said media could play a crucial role in spreading the message of integral humanism. This philosophy, he said, is based on bringing the last person in the queue to the mainstream of the society. Shukla said that this philosophy has a special connect with Madhya Pradesh as it was for the first time proposed during a conference held at Gwalior and therefore it is the duty of the state to spread it all around the world. Proposing the vote of thanks, Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor B K Kuthiala said that the philosophy must be spread all over the world if the welfare of the humanity is to be achieved. Large number dignitaries, mediapersons, faculty members, officers, employees and students were present on the occasion.

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Congress prepares points for ticket distribution in local body elections

“In coming local body elections, Congress has decided not to give ticket to those aspirants if any member of their family is in BJP. Ticket would be also denied to those who have recently com... Read More
“In coming local body elections, Congress has decided not to give ticket to those aspirants if any member of their family is in BJP. Ticket would be also denied to those who have recently come to Congress from rival party BJP. What is more interesting is that 75% tickets would be given to youths,” said ex-MP and Chairman of Congress Local Body Election Committee, Sajjan Singh Verma to ‘The Hitavada’.

Verma added that a rough draft has been prepared on ticket distribution in coming local body elections. Informing about the draft, Verma said that importance would be given to local persons in ticket distribution and it would be ensured that reservation is followed in ditto. The tickets would be also denied to person with criminal nature. The good thing is this that youths would be getting a good opportunity in coming elections as party has decided to give maximum tickets to them. Youths in Congress have been often seen lamenting that they are not given adequate opportunity to fight the elections. Their grievances are going to be solved in ensuing local body elections. Already, Congress has decided to release two manifestos in coming local body elections. One manifesto would be centred on local issues and second on state-level issues.

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State to increase irrigation area in rabi despite scanty rainfall

Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set ta... Read More
Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set target. To ensure that there is no water problem during rabi season, Water Resource Department has also decided not to release water from dams for regular power generation.

“Notwithstanding the less rainfall, we are determined to increase irrigation area in rabi season by one lakh hectare. In last rabi season, we covered 23 lakh hectare and in coming season, we are going to do irrigation in 24 lakh hectare of land. This is going to become possible through various management steps,” said Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, M G Choubey to ‘The Hitavada’.

“On an average, water storage of dams is eighty percent and this is enough to meet the water demand. The decision not to release water for regular power supply except in emergency cases in summer season, has also contributed in ensuring good storage level of water in dams,” added Choubey.

Choubey said that irrigation area will also increase due to construction of new dams and canals in last one year in State. Unravelling the plan for irrigation in rabi season, he said that water would be released four times in those places, where water reservoirs are having sufficient amount of water. Besides, water supply frequency would be reduced at those places where water storage is less. Besides, farmers living in those districts receiving less rainfall, would be made aware to sow less water consuming varieties of crops. Notably, owing to El Nino effect, it has not rained in normal manner in State and overall rainfall is less than normal. According to a rough estimate, overall rainfall in State is at least 19 percent less than normal.

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Field exercise on to enhance overall technical education in State: Dongre

“VARIOUS measures are needed for desired changes in academic standards in private engineering colleges. In previous years, as fall in admissions and interest of students in technical studies an... Read More
“VARIOUS measures are needed for desired changes in academic standards in private engineering colleges. In previous years, as fall in admissions and interest of students in technical studies and education have been recorded. To ensure remedial steps ensuring enhancement of overall standards.

Various initiatives have been taken by the department while on field exercise are being made to enhance overall technical education system in the State,” said Ashish Dongre, Director of Technical Education Department, Madhya Pradesh Government, while talking to the mediapersons during a short visit to the city on Wednesday.

Expressing concern on continuous fall in admission numbers in engineering colleges in the State, Dongre said to enhance prevailing technical education standards in State at all level efforts are being made by the department. In this management, academic staff of private and government technical education colleges are being asked to give their recommendations on this issue.

Replying to a query about department’s initiative to curb unethical practices by advertising false claims of 100 per cent placement, Dongre said till now no such complaint has been made before the department. If any case of false claim comes to fore then stern action will be taken against the said institute.

Dongre answering to a query about lacking related to educational qualification of academic staff in private engineering colleges said in previous years it is observed that All India Engineering and Technical Education Council has given some relaxation in its regulations and standards.

Now to enhance our performance DTE and AIECT to initiate joint inspection on different issues related to standard enhancement. Expressing concern on increasing trend of giving commissions on admission by private colleges, Dongre said DTC is seeing the issue with great concern and giving special emphasis to curb this practice. He said that strict steps to be implemented on priority to stop this game of commission.

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Hearing in case related to CBI probe into VYAPAM scam today

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case for hearing related to seeking CBI inquiry into rec... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday adjourned the case for hearing related to seeking CBI inquiry into recently revealed VYAPAM scam on Thursday. In the previous hearing, the division bench had issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh, Secretary, Department of Home, Bhopal and Director, Special Task Force.

The division bench had given directions that returnable date is given as per convenience of all advocates and no request for adjournment, on any count, at the instance of any of the Advocate will be entertained on that date. The division bench in its order has continued its direction given in the order dated on August 13, 2014, to the Press not to publish details of deliberations in court, will continue to operate till next date. Earlier, Senior Counsel Indira Jaisingh however would like to address the court on the next date on question whether that arrangement should be continued further or not. We place that statement on record, the court said.

The division bench had given said directions in six separate public interest litigations (PIL) filed by former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, Pankaj Pandey, Rajesh Sonkar, P S Sharma and others seeking CBI inquiry into recently revealed VYAPAM scam. Petitioners said in the petition that till now, as huge scam is being unfolded layer by layer it has exposed entire coterie of top politicians, top bureaucrats, ministers, business big guns, police officers and employees of VYAPAM and various departments of government and a series of brokers based in other states.

The petitioner prayed relief before the court to direct CBI inquiry into VYAPAM scam. During the course of hearing, preliminary objection regarding the form of affidavit in support of writ petition was raised. In context of that objection, counsel for the petitioner, in all fairness, prays that the petitioner may be permitted to file appropriate affidavit in support as required in terms of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh Rules, 2008. The division bench allowed the petitioner to do so. The petitioner is also allowed to replace illegible pages in the Paper Book within three days.

HC dismisses 139 petitions seeking permit to continue MBBS course

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday issued order in 139 petitions seeking consequential directions from court to respondents to permit them to pursue their studies in MBBS course and to allow them to appear in examinations, cancelling their termination. The division bench in its order said ‘In view of proceeding analysis, we do not find any merit in writ petitions. The same fail and are hereby dismissed. However, there shall be no order as to costs. Similarly, all the interlocutory applications in the respective writ petitions, are also disposed off’. The division bench issued said order in the petition filed by Neetu Singh Markam, Rushabh Momaya and 137 other petitions separately. In this batch of writ petition, petitioners have, inter alia, assailed the validity of orders dated on April 24, 2014, May 3, 2014, May 6, 2014, May 7, 2014, May 8, 2014 and May 19, 2014 by which Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board has cancelled results of petitioners on the ground that the petitioners had used unfair means during Pre-Medical Tests held between 2008 to 2012. The petitioner are also seeking consequential directions to respondents to permit then to continue studies in MBBS course. In order to appreciate petitioners’ challenge to impugned orders, relevant facts need mention, which are stated infra.

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HC seeks reply from State Govt on adding Jamtara village in mpl limits

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday has sought reply from the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in the matter... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Alok Aradhe on Wednesday has sought reply from the State Government of Madhya Pradesh in the matter related to adding village Jamtara in Jabalpur Municipal Corporation area.

The division bench has fixed next hearing of the case on October 13, 2014. Public interest litigation was filed by Ajay Yadav from Village Parasvara, Jamtara Tehsil and Jabalpur District, against the Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development Department, Bhopal, Divisional Commissioner, Jabalpur Division, Collector, Jabalpur and Municipal Commissioner, Jabalpur Municipal Corporation.

The petitioner filed the PIL through Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi with Advocate Ashim Trivedi that notification dated on December 20, 2013, published in Madhya Pradesh Gazetteer issued by the Governor of Madhya Pradesh under Section 405 of Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act, 1956 in short ‘Corporation Act’, specifying 65 villages to be included in area of Municipal Corporation Jabalpur, inviting objections and suggestions from all persons likely to be affected thereby, on or before 30 days. The notification contains that it was issued in backdrop of resolution passed by Municipal Corporation Jabalpur to extend all four-side borders of corporation area.

In said notification, Jamtara village was also proposed to be included within municipal corporation area whereas village Jamtara’s residents livelihood totally depends on agricultural activities and small rural economy. It has no urban character land. Ignoring relevant aspects and without considering objections made by petitioner and villagers in fair manner and in violation of natural justice, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in exercise of power under sub-section (1) of Section 405 of Municipal Corporation Act, 1956, issued impugned notification and included specified villages including village Jamtara into Municipal Corporation area.

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Two boys, girl held for gangrape on pretext of job

CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending two boys and a girl in a case of gang-rape of a girl in the name of providing her employment on Wednesday. The accused have been identified Naveen Sharma... Read More
CANTONMENT police succeeded in apprehending two boys and a girl in a case of gang-rape of a girl in the name of providing her employment on Wednesday. The accused have been identified Naveen Sharma, Rohit alias Vicky, residents of Damoh and Diksha, a resident of Charkhamba area and native of Gotegaon.

SHO of Cantonment police station Arvind Choubey informed that a girl filed a complaint that she was allured by her friend Diksha for providing her employment and took her to a flat in Vijay Nagar area where two boys Naveen and Rohit were already present. She learnt that Diksha was involved in the conspiracy with accused in the name of providing her employment.

Taking a serious note into the case, police started a rigorous search for the accused and succeeded in apprehending two boys in Damoh Naka area while the accused girl was apprehended near City Bus Stand when she was trying to escape from the city. Police have registered a case against the accused under Section 376 of the IPC and presented the accused before court for taking their remand.

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State to increase irrigation area in rabi despite scanty rainfall

Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set ta... Read More
Despite deficient rainfall, State is all set to increase irrigation area by one lakh hectare in coming rabi season. Water Resources Department is adopting various measures to achieve the set target. To ensure that there is no water problem during rabi season, Water Resource Department has also decided not to release water from dams for regular power generation.

“Notwithstanding the less rainfall, we are determined to increase irrigation area in rabi season by one lakh hectare. In last rabi season, we covered 23 lakh hectare and in coming season, we are going to do irrigation in 24 lakh hectare of land. This is going to become possible through various management steps,” said Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, M G Choubey to ‘The Hitavada’.

“On an average, water storage of dams is eighty percent and this is enough to meet the water demand. The decision not to release water for regular power supply except in emergency cases in summer season, has also contributed in ensuring good storage level of water in dams,” added Choubey.

Choubey said that irrigation area will also increase due to construction of new dams and canals in last one year in State. Unravelling the plan for irrigation in rabi season, he said that water would be released four times in those places, where water reservoirs are having sufficient amount of water.

Besides, water supply frequency would be reduced at those places where water storage is less. Besides, farmers living in those districts receiving less rainfall, would be made aware to sow less water consuming varieties of crops. Notably, owing to El Nino effect, it has not rained in normal manner in State and overall rainfall is less than normal. According to a rough estimate, overall rainfall in State is at least 19 percent less than normal.

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VYAPAM scam accused with prize money on head surrenders in court

A VYAPAM scam accused, who had been absconding for months together, surrendered in the court on Wednesday afternoon. Special Task Force (STF) had put prize money of Rs 10,000 on accused.

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A VYAPAM scam accused, who had been absconding for months together, surrendered in the court on Wednesday afternoon. Special Task Force (STF) had put prize money of Rs 10,000 on accused.

According to information, Vishal Raghuwanshi aka Sonu was an accused in the VYAPAM scam and STF had been searching for him for long time. Also, CJM Bhopal court had issued orders to seize the properties of Raghuwanshi.

Raghuwanshi was accused of playing the role of middleman in getting candidates passed in police constable, contractual teachers, forest guard, etc. examinations conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), better known as VYAPAM.

In return for getting them recruited, Raghuwanshi took lakhs of rupees from them. After the foul play in the examination was exposed, a case was lodged against Raghuwanshi in Rajendra Nagar police station of Indore. Since the scams were exposed, Raghuwanshi went absconding.

STF teams raided his house and suspected hideouts in Multai for Raghuwanshi but in vain. STF also declared prize money of Rs 10,000 for providing information about Raghuwanshi’s whereabouts. Even after declaration of the prize money, STF failed to arrest Raghuwanshi.

STF later applied in the court of CJM Bhopal Pankaj Maheshwari for seizure of Raghuwanshi’s properties. CJM Maheshwari issued orders to seize his properties, which included around seven hectare of land in Sondiya village. STF, taking action on court order, seized the properties.

Raghuwanshi, on his own, reached Bhopal court and surrendered in the court of CJM Maheshwari. Court has sent Raghuwanshi on police remand with STF. Now STF will be able to get information about more candidates and scorers involved in the scam from Raghuwanshi.

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irregularities come to fore during stock checking in BSP

BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) management launched an intensive investigation into the irregularities in the supply of manganese. However, no police complaint was filed in this context. The police are ... Read More
BHILAI Steel Plant (BSP) management launched an intensive investigation into the irregularities in the supply of manganese. However, no police complaint was filed in this context. The police are keeping close vigil on developments.

According to information, as part of regular supply, on Tuesday, BSP received supply of 10 to 12 truck loads of manganese from Manganese Ore India Limited (MOIL), Balaghat unit of Madhya Pradesh. The scam came to fore when during random testing of stock, the Research and Control Laboratory, BSP team discovered that stones and rocks were mixed in a truck load of manganese. Public Relation Department, BSP informed that the management already had directed departments concerned to undertake elaborate test of whole truck loads of manganese and for preparing a report. It was also confirmed that manganese was supplied from MOIL unit of Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh, rocks and stone were found mixed during sample checking.

Public Relation Department, BSP also informed that the manganese was used in Blast Furnaces and Steel Melting Shops for iron and steel making. When contacted, Laxman Kumeti, Station House Officer, Bhatti Police Station informed that however, no complaint was lodged yet with the police after the irregularities in manganese supply came to fore but thepolice are keeping a tab on developments and might take cognizance in the matter.

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Tense situation at Mittal Hospital

Tense situation prevailed in Mittal Hospital, Pandri on Wednesday. While it was being alleged that the hospital administration was not handing over two bodies, Pandri police confirmed that the ... Read More
Tense situation prevailed in Mittal Hospital, Pandri on Wednesday. While it was being alleged that the hospital administration was not handing over two bodies, Pandri police confirmed that the matter was solved between the patient’s relatives and administration.

The hospital director Dr Suman Mittal told that a patient named Geeta was admitted in the hospital over the last fifteen days. The relatives of the patient took the medical papers related to patient and left the hospital on Tuesday night. The patient expired. There was no one to claim the body so the hospital administration intimated the police. It was police personnel who came to the hospital and called the relatives who then took the body, Dr Mittal added. Station House Officer, Pandri LP Jaiswal told that there was some controversy, but finally the matter was solved. Regarding the other patient, Dr Mittal told that she was Devki Bai who also died. Relatives of this patient anticipating that administration would ask to clear the bills dragged a section of media just to avoid payment. After an initial payment no payment was made by the relatives and an old woman who was the attendant did not even brought the medicines regularly. The hospital administration did not charge any money. The police informed that no type of complaint was lodged against the hospital administration.

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21 lakh people across C’garh are unemployed

The appalling but the fact that 21 lakh people in the age group of 15 to 60 years across the Chhattisgarh state were seeking for work as they were unemployed. Because of it, Chhattisgarh stands... Read More
The appalling but the fact that 21 lakh people in the age group of 15 to 60 years across the Chhattisgarh state were seeking for work as they were unemployed. Because of it, Chhattisgarh stands in 9th position amongst all states and union territories of the nation with most unemployed number of people according to the latest statistics of Census India. In Chhattisgarh, population of people in the working age group of 15 to 60 years was 90 lakh and thus it showed that 23% working age population of the state was jobless.

The report revealed that over 113 people at all states and union territories of the nation were available for work in the nation as they were unemployed, the maximum in the entire Asia Continent. Of all states and union territories, West Bengal was worst state at the nation with 54 lakh people of the state in the age group of 15 to 60 years were found jobless, followed up by Jammu and Kashmir with 47 lakh people, Jharkhand with 42 lakh people, Kerala with 42 lakh people, Odisha with 39 lakh people, Assam with 38 lakh people, Uttar Pradesh with 35 lakh people, Madhya Pradesh with 26 lakh people and Chhattisgarh with 21 lakh people.

These unemployed persons as seeking or available for work’ census has differentiated them from those who are not in the job market which includes housewives, students and others. This appears to be an all time high about 25% households in the Chhattisgarh had members that were unemployed and wanted to do work for improving the financial status of the house.

Not in rural areas, but also in urban areas of the state included advanced districts such as Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh also witnessed a job crisis in spite of many industries were operating in these districts. In urban parts of the state, 25% people in the age group of 15 to 60 years were found unemployed that means 1 out of 4 people in the urban Chhattisgarh was jobless and available for work. On the other hand, 18% people in rural parts of the state were unemployed. But among them, a large number of people were unsatisfied with their work due to high working hours and less income and wanted to shift in better work opportunities.

In comparison to tribal and Naxal affected districts of the state, non tribal districts recorded the maximum number of unemployed people. Because of unemployment and poor job condition, over 14 lakh people of different parts in the state migrated to other states seeking job prospects. Dr. Pramod Sharma, Sociologist and HoD of Sociology Department in Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (Pt RSU) Raipur stated that despite so many claims of the government regarding development works in the state, this high unemployment working age population of the state opened the reality of these works. During last few years, none of the big industrial group has come in the state for opening of their units. It is a time to bring some steps in improving of the condition, he added. Rakesh Bhardwaj, an executive of Census India said now all the worst 10 states of the nation will have to take some measures in bringing the job prospects for working age population of all qualifications.

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Mourning son’s death, Sr citizen kills man in Mahal

HEARTBROKEN senior citizen was seething with hatred for the man he believed was responsible for his son’s death. And finally, the grief-stricken dad, Suresh Sadhuji Ghongre (60) took ultimate rev... Read More
HEARTBROKEN senior citizen was seething with hatred for the man he believed was responsible for his son’s death. And finally, the grief-stricken dad, Suresh Sadhuji Ghongre (60) took ultimate revenge of his son’s death by stabbing the 36-year-old, Shailendra Balkrishna Junghare with a sharp-edged weapon in front of the latter’s house at Gawlipura, Dasra Road, Mahal creating sensation in Koltwali area on Tuesday evening. A resident of Gawlipura, Dasra Road, Junghare was very social and often help the residents in the locality. Ghongre’s 24-year-old son allegedly had an affair with a girl and wanted to marry her. As there was a dispute between the girl’s family on the issue, some residents led by Junghare intervened and allegedly requested Ghongre’s son to stay away from the girl. In April this year, Ghongre’s son committed suicide by consuming poison. Ghongre was quite disturbed since his son ended his life. Ghongre thought that Junghare was responsible for his son’s death. Ghongre performed the ‘Shraddh’ puja on Sarvapitri Amavasya on Tuesday. Around 7.15 pm, Lokesh Kishorrao Pawar (26) and Rajesh Ranke were sitting by the roadside. Junghare was standing in front of his house. Suddenly, Ghongre came and stabbed Junghare on his chest with a sickle-like sharp weapon injuring him seriously. Some residents of Gawlipura rushed Junghare to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) where he succumbed to his injuries. The news about Junghare’s murder spread like wild fire in the area. Mayor Praveen Datke, former minister Anees Ahmed and other political leaders visited Junghare’s house. Ahmed contacted Junghare’s brother, who works in Saudi Arabia, and informed him about the incident. After recording the statement of Lokesh Pawar (26), a resident of Dasra Road, near Renuka Mata Mandir, Kotwali Police arrested Ghongre on charges under Sections 307 and 302 of the IPC. It is gathered that Junghare allegedly had a quarrel with some persons over construction of his house in the same locality.

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Chaos at airport as snag delays first Haj flight

The first Haj flight scheduled to take off at 6 am on Tuesday, got delayed for hours due to technical snag which created chaos at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The pil... Read More
The first Haj flight scheduled to take off at 6 am on Tuesday, got delayed for hours due to technical snag which created chaos at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. The pilgrims had to face hardships due to absence of proper arrangements for food and stay. Three pilgrims, who fainted, were taken to CARE Hospital. The lack of arrangements and delay in take off of the flight irked relatives of the pilgrims who shouted slogans against the authorities. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), under its Deputy Commandant Sudhir Kumar, brought the situation under control. The flight left for Jeddah at 10.25 pm on Tuesday.

The Jet Asia flight of Thai Plane with which DKP Enterprises has made an arrangement, was supposed to take off at 6 am for Jeddah on Tuesday, with first batch of 265 passangers. Accordingly, the relatives of the pilgrims saw off the passengers at Haj House at 10 pm on Monday. The pilgrims were picked up from the Haj House and dropped at the airport by 2 am on Tuesday. Since early morning, the pilgrims were waiting for their turn to board the flight. At 2.30 am, the pilgrims started boarding the flight. By 6.20 am, the flight was ready for take off. But it did not. When some pilgrims enquired about the delay with the airlines officials, they were told that the flight would take off soon. An announcement was made that nobody should panic and the flight would take off soon.

The aircraft was started with Air Conditioner (AC) on. But after some time, the AC was switched off causing inconvenience to the passengers on board. On their requests, the AC was switched on. Again, after some time, the AC was switched off. With no AC and non-availability of other facilities including food, some old-aged passengers fainted and then chaos began. In the mean time, another Haj flight left for Jeddah at its scheduled time at 10 am. The first flight was supposed to take off at 6 am but was still at the runway. The pilgrims had already wore Ahram and now were not able to do anything as per the rituals.

Dr Owaiz Talib, who was at the airport, told The Hitavada, “The pilot of Thai Plane did not cooperate and refused to fly. Even the crew members misbehaved with the pilgrims. We were happy when we saw off our relatives at Haj House but when we came to know that the flight did not take off, we became angry. No body from Air India was present with whom, pilgrims could have communicated. Moreover, the airlines did not arrange for food for the pilgrims. The pilgrims which included women, elderly people, little children, were feeling uneasy. Three pilgrims -- Gulam Mohd from Akola, Mehrunnisa from Nagpur and Kalimullah Khan from Amravati -- fainted. They were taken to CARE Hospital for the treatment. No person from Haj Committee was available for help. Nobody was informing us about the development.”

Prakash Gajbhiye, MLC was first to reach the airport. He went inside and brought the situation under control, else angry relatives of the pilgrims might have created ruckus. He talked to the airport officials, Haj Committee members and relatives.

Gajbhiye said, “The situation was difficutl to handle but as per my information, pilot is still not ready to take off the flight, the reason best known to him. The pilgrims were sitting on the runway as they were feeling suffocated inside the aircraft as the AC was switched off.”

After so much angry reactions from the relatives the passangers were brought at waiting room and were provided with some food. Meanwhile, relatives blamed Air India and MIHAN India Limited (MIL) which handles the functioning at the airport. Some angry relatives of pilgrims filed FIR against the Air India for mismanagement, at Sonegaon Police Station.

Air India sources disclosed that the two flights reached Nagpur airport at 11.45 pm on Monday from Bangalore and Jeddah. According to the crew, as per the Flight Duty Time Limitation (FDTL), they were supposed to take rest. The engineers who were checking both the aircraft noticed some problems in one of the aircraft. The sources added that as it was Thai aircraft, the spareparts were supposed to be brought from Bangkok to Delhi. From Delhi, the spareparts were to be brought by IndiGo flight to the city. Somehow, the spareparts did not reach city in time. Still, it was decided to let the flight take off but the pilot noticed some major problem. Prime importance was given to passangers’ safety. The engineers tried their best. By the time, the flight was getting delayed further and the pilgrims desperate.

Air India sources admitted that the inconvenience to the pilgrims was understandable. But passangers’ safety was given priority. The airlines provided ‘biryani’ in tiffin boxes to the pilgrims. It took some 4 to 5 hours to arrange for food from outside the airport. The flight left for Jeddah at 10.25 pm on Tuesday, the sources added.

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Top medal winners to receive prizes at the hands of Dr Kalam on 26th

Priyanka Victory Bertram of SFS College will be receiving 17 medals in BSc in the 100th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on Friday. She along wit... Read More
Priyanka Victory Bertram of SFS College will be receiving 17 medals in BSc in the 100th convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to be held on Friday. She along with three other top medal winners will be receiving medals at the hands of former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar, father of Super Computer will be receiving DLitt in the same function. Ashutosh Madhukar Apte and Khushbu Dilip Chhajed will be honoured with 15 medals each. Ashutosh achieved success in LLB (three years) while Khushbu did LLB (five years). Mohit Sharma of Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM) will be getting 10 medals in engineering. This is for the first time that a student from engineering faculty is receiving so many medals. Naresh Manikrao More of Dr Ambedkar College of Arts and Commerce, Brahmapuri will receive 11 medals. This convocation will be for the students of year 2012. The number of Ph.Ds to be awarded are 998. This number is the combined one of the year 2012 and 2013.

The other medal winners include Rupali Nagorao Chaudhari- 9 medals in MA (Sanskrit). She is the student of Vasantrao Naik Government Institute of Arts and Social Science. Siddharth Gulabrao Shambharkar of New Arts and Commerce College, Wardha also received 9 medals in MA (Marathi). Priyanka Pramod Bansod, a student of Post Graduate Department (English) of RTMNU will receive 8 medals. Pravin Someshchandra Vighre (Department of Mass Communication) and Vikita Rajesh Agrawal (RCOEM) will be recipient of 7 medals each. Pravin will be receiving medals in BJ and Vikita did MBA.

The programme will begin at 2.30 at University’s ground, Raobahadur D Laxminarayan premises, Amravati road. Former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam will deliver convocation address. Anoop Kumar, Vice-Chancellor will preside over. Dr Sanjay Chahande, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education and Dr Abhay Bang will be guests of honour.

Anoop Kumar gave this information while addressing press conference. Those present in the press conference were Registrar Dr A V Gomashe, Finanace and Accounts Officer Puran Meshram, Dr K S Bharti, Deputry Registrar Pradip Biniwale, PRO Shyam Dhond.

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Govt asks civic bodies to complete all JNNURM works by December

Maharashtra Government has directed all Municipal Corporations to complete all on-going and sanctioned projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) before December 20... Read More
Maharashtra Government has directed all Municipal Corporations to complete all on-going and sanctioned projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) before December 2014. The Central Government may not provides further fund for incomplete projects. This would affect some projects of Orange city including uninterrupted water supply 24x7 and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) water supply scheme to undeveloped layouts. Highly placed sources from Mumbai informed that Shrikant Singh, Principal Secretary in Urban Development Department of State Government convened a meeting of all Municipal Corporation Officers at Mumbai on Wednesday. It may be mentioned that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government is going to launch new mission by next month before Diwali. The new Government may include these incomplete projects in new mission. It may be mentioned that inordinate delay and slow pace of ongoing works are all set to cost very dearly to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in coming months as the Centre has decided not to share burden of any incomplete project beyond December 2014. Earlier, the deadline was March 2014, that was extended by the new Government. Most of the ambitious projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) are running behind schedule for various reasons. But notwithstanding any reason, the Centre has taken a policy decision to discontinue its financial assistance to JNNURM works beyond current financial year. Worse, the Centre has asked concerned State Government to foot the bill. Right now, the civic body is facing financial difficulty as State has failed to release its share for JNNURM works. This is considered as a major setback for cities like Nagpur, where civic bodies are unable to release even salaries of its staffers and state has just refused to extend any compensation package. Sources claimed that Maskasath Railway Over Bridge, second phase of Ram Jhula, may be affected by the decision. Central Government has sanctioned projects worth of Rs 1,581 crore for the orange city. The awarded cost of the project is Rs 1,652 crore. The Central Government is sharing burden of 50 per cent cost while 30 per cent cost is shared by NMC and 20 per cent cost is borne by the State Government. Sources claimed that NMC has completed almost 9 project and 8 projects are remaining.

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Colourful Navratri festival to begin from today

The Navratri celebrations will begin in the city on September 25, with various organisations conducting cultural and religious programmes.

Lotus Cultural and Sporting Association, with Navbh... Read More
The Navratri celebrations will begin in the city on September 25, with various organisations conducting cultural and religious programmes.

Lotus Cultural and Sporting Association, with Navbharat and Lokshahi Varta and In Cable Network have organised Maharas Garba at Chitnis Park, Mahal, from September 25 to October 2. The programme is being organised with the initiative of Dayashankar Tiwari. Bhoomipujan of the venue was done by Rajesh Sawrani of Anandam Godrej, in presence of Dayashankar Tiwari, Acharya Ramchandra Tiwari, Sanjay Balpande, journalist Omprakash Soni, Yogesh Paliwal, Vipul Mishra and Atul Mashru.

Local singers will present different songs with the orchestra of S Kumar Entertainer Group. Folk songs by renowned artist Viraj Kanawar will be an added attraction. The visitors can also enjoy delicacies in the Food Court, which include preparations suited for those on fast. About 3,000 persons will be able to participate in the Garba dance, while arrangements for about 10,000 audience has ben made. The entire arrangements will be supervised by 151 volunteers and 100 security guards. College students will get special concession on production of bonafide certificate.

Pashchim Nagpur Nagarik Sangh will celebrate Shriramvardayini Navratra Utsav at Shriram Mandir, Ram Nagar. At the venue 1,001 Manokamna Akhand Jyot will be lit. Various religious programmes will be organised during the celebrations. The Ghatsthapana will be performed at 10 am on September 25. Hindol Pendse and Anuja Menghal will present devotional songs at 7.30 pm. Musical programmes by Niranjan Bobde and group on September 26, Gondhal by Pravin Pachange on September 27, Skit ‘Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu’ by Anandi Group on September 28, Stree Shakti Jagar by Surabhi Mahila Mandal, Gandhi Nagar on September 29; Garba on September 30; Maa Bhagvati Jagran by Pt Rajendra Sharma and Sagar Sharma on October 1; Hom Hawan on October 2 and Ghat Visarjan at 10 am on October 3, will be held. In the evening on October 3, Shastra Pujan and Simollanghan will mark conclusion of the celebrations.

Sarwajanik Swami Ayyappa Bakht Mandal will celebrate Devi Annapoorna Navratri Utsav at Shri Dharmasasta Ayyappa Devasthan, Gawande Layout, Suyog Nagar Square. Ghatsthapana on September 25 will be followed by daily Abhishekam, bhajan, namsamkirtan. South Indian Dandiya (Andhra Style) will be performed by students of Vijayadurga Young Ekta Dandiya Mandal at 6 pm on September 27; Hawan at 9 am on October 2 and Ghatvisarjan on October 3 will be performed.

Jalaram Satsang Mandal will celebrate Ashvin Navratri at Jalaram Prarthana Bhavan, Queta Colony in presence of Sant Haribappa (Chhote Jalarambappa). Discourses by Pt Nanalal Rajguru, from Mahuva, Gujarat will be held at 9 am and 3 pm daily from September 25. The discourses will conclude with Rajyabhishek at 11 am on October 3. This will be followed by Shrimad Bhagvat Gyanyagya Saptah by Kaushikbhai Bhatt from Rajkot, from 3.30 pm on October 3 and will conclude on October 9.

Navratra Mahotsav Mandal, Queta Colony will celebrate Navratri at Acharya Amrut Acharya’s residence with Ghatsthapana at 11.15 am on September 25. Renowned singer from Kolkata Madhusudan Raithatta has arrived here to regale the audience. Various cultural programmes will be held during the festival.

Malvi Swarnakar Sanstha will celebrate Durga Navratri Mahotsav at Paramba Mahalaxmi Mandir, Tulsibag Road, Mahal. Discourse on Shrimad Devi Bhagvat will be delivered by Chhayasut alias Terath Maharaj. Ghatsthapana will be performed at the hands of Rambhau Pant at 9 am on September 25. Bhagvati Jagran, Bhajan, Rasgarba and other programmes have also been organised.

Lohana Mahila Mandal have organised various contests and rasgarba at Lohana Mahajanwadi, Gandhibag, during the Navratri celebrations, daily between 3 pm and 4 pm.

Agyaram Devi Mandir, Ganeshpeth will perform rituals of Ghatsthapana at 7 pm on September 25 in presence of the devotees. The annual fair in the area has already began.

Shri Renuka Devi Deosthan, Gandhi Putala, Central Avenue, has finalised arrangements for lighting 1201 lamps as part of the Ashwin Navratroutsav, informed a release issued by Renuka Mandir Trust. During the nine-day festivity, a programme of bhajan by Anusayamata Mahila Bhajan Mandal from Shrikrishna Nagar is organised on opening day at 3 pm and later in evening light music programme is arranged.

Shri Durgadevi Sarvajanik Deosthan, Ranapratap Nagar, has organised various programmes during the nine day festival. Akhand Jyoti Pujan is at temple at 12 noon after Ghatsthpana. Also traditional programme like Rasgarbha, Gondhal, Bhajan, Mahayagnya and havan is organised. Similarly, Dr Murlidhar Idhole will also be available for consultations, informed a release issued here.

Om Shri Durga Mata Mandir, Chawla Square, Jaripatka, has organised Jagran in opening day at 9 pm. On the occasion, 301 lamps will be lit, informed a release issued here.

Navratra Mahotsav Samiti, Hansapuri, Choti Khadan, to has finalised arraignments for the Navratri Utsav at Khadan School ground. The ghatstapana and lighting of akhand jyoti is on Thursday at 5.30 pm. 108 Mangal Kalash will be installed on the occasion.

Devi Ahilyabai Smarak Samiti has organised Ashtami Puja on October 1 as part of the Ashwin Navratri Utsav. The puja will start at 10 am and later also in evening at 6 pm the idol of Durga Devi will be installed. Those interested for puja, may contact Vijaya Joshi-2453883, Sarita Sathe-2548722.

Shri Shiv Mandir situated at Baileyshop-Motibagh Railway Colony, off Kamptee Road, has made arrangments for lighting 401 akhand jyot. Ghatstapana will take place on Thursday at 8 am and in afternoon Mata Ki Chowki is organised between 12 noon to 3 pm by Bhawani Jas Mandal, Itwari.

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Cong declares 118 candidates, BJP-SS list likely today

All the major parties are likely to formally announce their official candidates for ensuing Assembly elections by Thursday evening after their political alliance is finalised and formalised. Both... Read More
All the major parties are likely to formally announce their official candidates for ensuing Assembly elections by Thursday evening after their political alliance is finalised and formalised. Both the old alliances are engaged in hectic parleys and pressure tactics are mounted to get maximum number of seats. BJP State President Devendra Fadnavis declared that Mahayuti would remain intact and in any case they would not leave the smallers parties in a lurch. While Shiv Sena (SS) leaders are also confident that after some give and take the alliance will sail through this crisis. The smallers parties have accused both BJP and Sena with backstabbing them and warned to walk out of Mahayuti.

The Congress has already hardended its stance vis-a-vis alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and went ahead by declaring its first list of 118 candidates including majority of seats from Vidarbha. The NCP had demanded at least 144 seats, Chief Ministership for two-and-a-half years and additional seats for independent MLAs who recently joined NCP. The Congress has rejected all the three demands. Now, efforts are on by NCP to get at least 133 seats leaving remaining 155 seats for Congress while party high-command is in no mood to fight anything less than 174 seats.

Amidst this posturing and power-games, the parties have also quietly prepared their lists and all prominent candidates have been informed about the decision. In case seat-sharing pact fails to materialise, all the major parties have prepared a contingency plan to field maximum candidates and also poach electable candidates from other parties. Last date for filing the nominations is September 27 and with virtually three days are left to complete entire exercise.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also unveiling his Vision Document on Thursday and possibly first list at Mumbai. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has already released its list. But the four major parties are playing a very safe game and officially no names have been announced. The possibility of snapping of ties between BJP-Sena and Congress-NCP has suddenly increased worries of all established players as there can be quadrangular fights in all the segments.

Break-up in two major alliances has suddenly brought smiles on the faces of some party workers who were keen to contest, but were unable to do so as the seat was left for alliance partner. With every passing day, loyalties are changed and many heavy-weights are switching over to other sides to take on their old party. There are rumours of many heavy-weights changing sides on last moment in case alliances are not finalised. This is likely to create storm in the political areana during next 72 hours days as the parties will be locked in bitter fight in every constituency.

In Nagpur city, BJP has four legislators while Congress has two MLAs. BJP is almost certain to repeat all the four sitting legislators - Devendra Fadnavis (South West), Krishna Khopde (East), Vikas Kumbhare (Central) and Sudhakar Deshmukh (West) while from Nagpur North, names of Dr Milind Mane, Sandip Gavai and Vanita Rajkumar Tirpude are being considered. South Nagpur is left for Shiv Sena and in case the alliance breaks-up, then BJP candidates Prof Sanjay Bhende, Avinash Thakre, Ramesh Shingare, Dr Chhotu Bhoyar and Sudhakar Kohle are keen to get party ticket.

In Nagpur district out of six seats, Congress has only one seat- Saoner represented by Sunil Kedar and NCP has one seat represented by veteran Anil Deshmukh from Katol. While BJP has three legislators- Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umrer), Vijay Ghodmare (Hingna) and Shiv Sena’s Ashish Jaiswal from Ramtek had retained the seat.

Congress’ first list out

Congress has released its first list of 118 candidates on Wednesday night. Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut who retained his North Nagpur since 1999 is all set to retain his turf for the fourth time. From East Nagpur name of young leader Adv Abhijit Wanjari, son of later Govindrao Wanjari has got the ticket while former Guardian Minister Satish Chaturvedi has been nominated from South Nagpur in place of sitting MLA Dinanath Padole. Padole now shares uneasy ties with his mentor Vilas Muttemwar. From South-West Nagpur corporator Praful Gudadhe Patil’s candidature has been declared. From Central Nagpur, former minister Anees Ahmed has got party ticket while from Nagpur West City President Vikas Thakre will contest. From Ramtek, the party has nominated former Union Minister Subodh Mohite while from Saoner, sitting MLA Sunil Kedar has been renominated.

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EoW files 4,025 pages chargesheet against Wasankar, others in 60 days

Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch on Wednesday filed chargesheet against Prashant Wasankar and others booked for duping hundreds of investors, in the special court. The chargesheet, ... Read More
Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Crime Branch on Wednesday filed chargesheet against Prashant Wasankar and others booked for duping hundreds of investors, in the special court. The chargesheet, running into 4,025 pages against Wasankar Wealth Management Limited and its directors, has revealed the modus operandi of the firm and how innocent investors were taken for a ride, and offences under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act were committed by all the accused. The chargesheet has been filed against three accused -- Chairman of Wasankar Wealth Management Limited, Prashant Jaideo Wasankar; his brother-in-law and Director Abhijit Jayant Choudhary and Director Vinay Wasankar-- arrested by EoW which is probing the case. The accused have been chargesheeted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also under certain provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act. EoW had booked Chairman, Directors, Chief Executive Officer and three employees of Wasankar Wealth Management Limited for allegedly duping investors to the tune of crores of rupees on May 9, on the basis of a complaint lodged by well-known builder Vivek Pathak. On the basis of the complaint, an offence under Sections 420, 406, 506, 120 of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 3 of the MPID act was registered against Wasankar. His arrest was a big blow for hundreds of his investors and admirers who viewed him as some sort of financial wizard with a Midas touch. Initially, a substantial number of investors mobilised support for Wasankar and termed the complainants as spoilsports, but later harsh reality surfaced before them and many of them quietly filed complaint against Wasankar.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Adl.CP) Sunil Kolhe told ‘The Hitavada’ that the chargesheet has been filed within 60 days after arrest of the three accused. Total 303 complaints have been received so far and invested amount is Rs 45 crore. Most of them were promised very attractive interest rates and guaranteed returns and as per papers submitted by complainants, they ought to have received Rs 83,57,17,676 from Wasankar.

“We are receiving two to three complaints against Wasankar everyday as investors are willingly approaching police against Wasankar wealth Management Ltd,” Kolhe said. He further said that the police is likely to interrogate business associates who are attached with Wasankar’s firm. As more investors are approaching police, the case is getting legally stronger, said a legal expert. Sources informed that the investors who were till now hopeful of getting back their returns are now demoralised and approaching EoW sleuths.

The company claimed of dealing in financial planning, earning ideas, stock-broking, depository, portfolio advisory, fixed income, life and general insurance, and mutual fund. It accepted huge investments from people not only from Maharashtra but also from other states by promising them hefty returns.

However, Wasankar and Choudhary while applying for bail flatly shirked all responsibility and had questioned the applicability of MPID against them. In fact, the alleged transactions were part of loan transactions for which promissory notes were issued in his individual capacity, Wasankar had claimed in his bail application while disputing prosecution theory.

Now, the chargesheet has meticulously reconstructed entire transactions of complainants, how money changed hands, portfolios created, interest/dividend was paid and how default started. This is only first chargesheet and many supplementary chargesheets will be filed in due course, prosecution stated.

In fact, the investors were worried that Wasankar would be released on bail, if the chargesheets were not filed in time and had met EoW officials on Tuesday demanding filing of chargesheet and also expressed anguish over inordinate delay in trailing back the money, finding out movable and immovable properties purchased out of crime proceeds and inability of the prosecution to present a water-tight argument against Wasankar who is now trying to portray the investors as moneylenders.

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Contractual workers to protest against delay in regularisation

Contractual Government employees of State would sport black bands on duty hours to start a state-level agitation to register their protest against the delay in regularisation of their services fr... Read More
Contractual Government employees of State would sport black bands on duty hours to start a state-level agitation to register their protest against the delay in regularisation of their services from Monday. These employees are demanding implementation of regularisation policy that was formulated by the General Administration Department (GAD). It is to be noted that earlier, the contractual employees, under the banner of MP Contract-based Officers and Employees Federation, had organised a demonstration at Vallabh Bhawan on September 16, but State Government failed to address their demands. Around 2 lakh such Government employees would be participating in the state-level movement, demanding implementation of the regularisation policy by the State Government.

Ramesh Rathore, State President of MP Contract-based Officials & Employees Federation said that if the posts of Panchayat workers, teachers and others had been made regular, then why there was a delay in regularisation of posts of contractual employees. Rathore informed that employees would be sporting black bands at work and would also form a human chain at Paryavas Bhawan to register their protest on Monday.

It is worth mentioning that the contractual employees of the State Government have been constantly seeking regularisation of their posts, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Allowance, compensation of Rs 5 lakh on death, holiday, medical leave and other basic facilities.

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Record vote turnout as MCCI goes to polls after two decades

ELECTIONS for new body of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) were held on Sunday. Amidst process of casting votes record voters turnout was witnessed in elections conducted afte... Read More
ELECTIONS for new body of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) were held on Sunday. Amidst process of casting votes record voters turnout was witnessed in elections conducted after 19 years. Right from starting of voting members of the Chamber keenly participated in elections and set a new record with highest voting percentage in the history of chamber. It may be mentioned that 78 years ago, MCCI was founded in Jabalpur and in past two decades elections were not conducted. In past two decades the trend of nominating office-bearers was followed in which through unanimous decisions of eminent dignitaries and members during annual general body meetings nominations of office-bearers was done in an amicable atmosphere. But the tradition broke in 2014 elections. This year, after two tenures Ravi Gupta as President of MCCI, in last annual general body meeting the veteran members, former office-bearers, trustees and members decided to conduct direct elections. Amongst total 1390 votes of MCCI members voting commenced at its schedule time under observation of Election Officer K Kumar and Assistant Elections Officer G D Padaraha. Till 5 pm, around 85 per cent votes that are 1188 votes were registered amongst total 1390 members.

Senior most voter of the chamber including veteran businessman of the city, former Chairman of the city Balkrishna Das Maheshwari along with other senior members, including Nirmalchand Bhura, Ramkrishna Agrawal, Bhagwandas Bhai Dhirawani, Bhagwati Dhar Bajpai, Dharmaveer Gulati and others cast their votes.

Enthusiasm amongst other members especially new members who took membership during the tenure of Ravi Gupta was remarkable. Since start of voting, members’ queue to franchise their votes persisted. During voting, election agents of both the panels also remained active for the whole day right from scrutiny of identity cards, voter card of the chamber while also foiled bid of false voting. During the day, around five to six attempts to vote on fake identity were foiled or due to mismatch of data in records of Chamber were cancelled by the election agents and officer. As per final list of candidates in MCCI elections 2014 contested election on different posts have franchised their votes along with their supporters in first round of polling.

In these elections for the post of President, three candidates were in fray including previous President Ravi Gupta while his nearest rivals Ravindra Bajpai and Sanjay Jain two eminent figures from business and industry of the city. For Senior Vice-President’s post candidates including Rajesh Chandok from Ravi Gupta Panel and Arun Pursvani contested election from Ravindra Bajpai Panel.

For the post of Junior Vice-President Raichand Shah were contesting elections from Ravi Gupta panel and from Ravindra Bajpai panel Shantilal Patel were in fray. On the post of Treasurer Yuvraj Garhawal have contested elections from Ravi Gupta Panel while from Ravindra Bajpai Panel Sushil Jain Sadhu has contested election for prestigious post. In this election representing Ravindra Bajpai Panel, eminent businessman and social worker Arunkant Agrawal contested election on the post of Secretary and from Ravi Gupta Panel eminent Tax Consultant, Dilip Talreja is contesting elections. For the post of Assistant Secretary, nominations have been filed by Anup Agrawal, Satish Jain from Ravindra Bajpai Panel while Akhil Mishra, Hemraj Agrawal filed nomination from Ravi Gupta Panel. Counting of votes will commence at 11 am on Monday and results will be declared as counting is completed.

84 per cent voting registered

MCCI, Jabalpur, for next by-yearly tenure held on Thursday with active participation of members and their decision has been sealed in ballet boxes.

Even after complicated and lengthy process, the members participated with great enthusiasm and cast their votes. In process total 84 per cent votes have been registered.

For this remarkable voting turnout candidates from Ravi Gupta Panel including Ravi Gupta, Rajesh Chandok, Ramchandra Bhai Shah, Dilip Talreja, Yuvraj Garhawal, Hemraj Agrawal, Akhil Mishra and Election Director of the Ravi Gupta Panel, Jaiprakash Maheswari have thanked to the MCCI Election Officer K Kumar, G D Padaraha, Purhotam Sanghi, Mahendra Singhai, Ajay Vishwakarma, Administration and members have thanked for their valuable support.

Election Officer thanks members

MCCI Election Officer K Kumar proposed a vote of thanks towards members of MCCI for their active participation in elections.

Amongst 1390 members, 1180 votes were registered setting a record on its own of 85 per cent voting. The ballot boxes have been sealed and locked in strong room in presence of election representatives, candidates of both the panels. Kumar added that on Monday counting will be initiated and as soon counting will be over results will be declared. Atmosphere in the chamber remained in tussle between the two panels but in friendly atmosphere. Due to above expectation turnout of voters little rush was witnessed and some members also faced some problems. Delay in process was due to cross examination of ID of voters which made the process slow. The Election Officer thanked the members participated in the elections.

Milestone in history of Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

HUGE turnout of voters in Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry elections 2014 reflected enthusiasm amongst members as well as their awareness. Above expectation voting that is around 85 per cent has become a milestone in the history of Chamber. Candidate for the post of President from Ravindra Bajpai Panel, Ravindra Bajpai extended thanks towards all the members. Eminent members of Panel who are in fray including Arjun Puruswani, Shantilal Patel, Arunkant Agrawal, Sushil Kumar Jain, Satish Jain, Anoop Agrawal have expressed sense of gratitude towards all the members.

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Who is to blame as Mahakoshal’s potential remains untapped?

VARIOUS industry cluster plans to develop industry, tourism and service industry etc will gain momentum with induction of fresh office-bearers in prime industry and commerce organisations based i... Read More
VARIOUS industry cluster plans to develop industry, tourism and service industry etc will gain momentum with induction of fresh office-bearers in prime industry and commerce organisations based in the city. Two prime business and industry representative organisations including Jabalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Mahakoshal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) are underway. Recent elections in both the organisations have emerged as a ray of hope for work to mount pressure on authorities concerned to ensure implementation of earlier made plans for Mahakoshal region with fresh ideas and synergy. Yet for no development, thanks to the authorities concerned, public representatives and leaders of the region who let majority of projects to gather dust in cold storage or die due to lack of follow-up.

Seeing possibilities in Mahakoshal region in yester years many plans were chalked out and many a times eminent leaders of city have taken up movement to shape this city as a tourist hub. Sadly, its potential remains untapped.

In strategies planned at local level special emphasis on places of archaeological importance, historical sites, tradition and food diversity have been picked with the name of Jabalpur but on ground reality things have been shifted to other divisions where public representatives and leaders are using their influence or muscle power to grab the platform. A Jabalpur Tourist Circuit Development Plan was formulated in previous years but continuous negligence towards execution of tourism friendly initiatives hampered its execution.

The plan has major thrust on resolving an important issue of repairing roads connecting tourist destinations like Kahna National Park, Bandhavgarh National, Pench National Park, Ghughwa National Park and other destinations from Jabalpur.

If proper emphasis is given on exploiting available resources the present business size would be raised manifold. Jabalpur circuit has ample opportunities for industrial sector too.

In order to give a spirited lift to industry in Mahakoshal besides special industrial privilege zones divisional-level industrial development plan must be formulated with its time bound development programme so that Jabalpur and its adjoining districts like Mandla, Balaghat, Katni or Chhindwara could also be benefited. For marketing of Jabalpur a kiosk should be set-up to provide data to investors in different investor fairs, business exhibitions at national and international platforms. But to what extent the exercise will be successful without preparing infrastructure and connectivity of Jabalpur with major industry destinations. Priority of such necessary should be listed in blue print of Jabalpur industry.

Industrial growth of Jabalpur and its adjoining districts seems unchanged since last 20 years in comparison to its potential and availability of resources. The act is frustrating dreams of people resides at the heart centre of India in Mahakoshal region could be turned into prospering industrial growth centre if given lift in planned manner.

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Alert police foil robbery bid, arrest two miscreants

THANKS to the prompt stance of police that on being informed by an informer two miscreants on a bike without any registration number, hatching a robbery plan were apprehended from Tagore Garden u... Read More
THANKS to the prompt stance of police that on being informed by an informer two miscreants on a bike without any registration number, hatching a robbery plan were apprehended from Tagore Garden under Cantonment police station. After being nabbed during interrogation it came to fore that two were reportedly involved in several instances of loot and theft from different colonies of the city.

Success for police was disclosed by Additional Superintendent of Police Isha Pant in a press conference at Police Control Room on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, an informer informed about two miscreants allegedly standing near Tagore Garden in Cantonment area. The miscreants along with a bike without any registration number were found discussing some crime. A police team comprising SHO Arvind Choubey along with SI S S Shrivastava, PSI Preeti Mishra, Head Constable Rajesh, Constable Arun Vyas, Atul Rajvaidh, Rajesh Gautam, Deepak Bakode and others swung into action and reached the said location leaving no scope for the miscreants to flee from the spot.

Suspecting foul about credentials of miscreants police took them to police station and were identified as Vikas alias Vicky Onkar Verma and Sumit alias Annu Gopal Samasi both residents from New Kanchanpur, Adhartal. During interrogation they revealed of having grabbed purse of a woman near Pentinaka petrol pump and also targeted another woman near APR Colony, Katanga.

Another incident confessed was of theft of a purse from two-wheeler parked near Maharishi School under Omti police station area. On the basis of information obtained from the two accused, police reached the location and have seized three mobile phones, four memory cards, cash Rs 5000 and unregistered bike allegedly used in several instances of loot and theft. Superintendent of Police Jabalpur Harinarayanchari Mishra announced cash reward for police team having apprehended two accused of loot and theft along with valuables recovered.

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9 miscreants, including 4 juveniles, involved in robberies arrested

IN A major breakthrough, Bhedaghat police arrested nine miscreants, including four juveniles, involved in two dacoity loot and other offences. The accused were involved in dacoity took place fo... Read More
IN A major breakthrough, Bhedaghat police arrested nine miscreants, including four juveniles, involved in two dacoity loot and other offences. The accused were involved in dacoity took place four months back at Tewar for which IG Jabalpur zone had announced cash reward of Rs 15,000 to the informer for providing any clue about absconding miscreants. This was disclosed by Mahesh Chandra Jain Additional SP (Rural) while addressing a press conference on Sunday. Police have recovered booty and other valuables worth over Rs 6 lakh stolen by the gang in different incidents.

About the success it is informed that on Saturday afternoon during patrolling, cops found a miscreant who happens to be a minor standing in suspicious manner. On being asked to specify about his credential he became nervous making police skeptic. Then the miscreant was taken to police station and was interrogated.

During interrogation he confessed to his active role in criminal activities along Santosh with 7 other members from the region. The group of nine includes four juveniles who were equally involved in the crime. On the basis of information obtained about fellow associates of the gang, police summarily raided locations and apprehended all.

Of the nine apprehended four are minor while five others have been identified as Ashiki Patel (20), Sohari Gontiya (20), Arvind alias Jittu (19), Ajeet alias Viru Thakur (24) and Shubham alias Kali Thakur (18) and four minors all residing near Bhedaghat railway station area.

The accused during interrogation confessed to their indulgence in dacoity reported on the intervening night of May 30 from the house of Kishan Singh, resident from Tewar, armed loot from house of Gopal Singh, resident of Bhedaghat chowk.

Besides the gang had also targeted Ravi Shankar Jhariya at Bhedaghat station, Suresh Patel at Sihoda village and Laxminarayan temple at Gopalpur village. Police have recovered around 100 grams gold made ornaments, seven booty stolen from temples, 2 kilogram of silver made ornaments and Rs 4000 cash and four bikes used by miscreants.

About the move initiated by police it is informed that in view of spate in criminal activities, SP Jabalpur Harinarayanchari Mishra had instructed to round-up miscreants involved in thefts. Accordingly, Additional SP (Rural) Mahesh Chandra Jain instructed CSP Bargi Hariom Sharma and SHO Bhedaghat to carry out investigations. Consequently, SHO Bhedaghat Susmita Neogi constituted a team and deployed informer to obtain information about suspects involved in criminal incidents.

The police team who successfully nabbed the gang of nine miscreants includes SHO Bhedaghat Susmita Neogi along with Rajneesh Bhadoriya, Rajesh Tiwari, Nitin Joshi, Shreepal Kumrey, Virendra Yaduvasnhi, Jaikishan Raikwar, Abhishek Shindey, Mahendra Patel and Brajendra Patel member of Gram Raksha Samiti offered valuable support in entire operation.

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CM meets Defence Minister, appeals to transfer military land for Ambedkar Memorial at Mhow

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Defence & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday and urged that military land adjoining the National Memorial at Mhow in the birthplace of B... Read More
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Defence & Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Sunday and urged that military land adjoining the National Memorial at Mhow in the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar should be transferred to Madhya Pradesh Government. Chouhan discussed various important issues with the Finance Minister and urged him that amount under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, other centrally-sponsored schemes and relief distributed to hailstorm-affected farmers should be reimbursed. He also discussed cooperatives scenario in the State and extension of ceiling of market borrowings.

The Chief Minister urged Defence Minister Jaitley to transfer to Madhya Pradesh Government the 4.52 acre land under survey number 88 adjoining the National Memorial on the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar at Mhow, where massive crowd turns up every year on the birthday of Babasaheb. In this context, he also referred to a letter wherein a proposal has been made to hand over to army revenue land in lieu of military land. In fact, except for military land, there is no other alternative suitable land near the memorial. The Chief Minister had to make this appeal specially since the army has started construction in this area. He urged the Defence Minister for special intervention in the matter.

Giving an account of works being undertaken under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Chief Minister informed that, so far, Rs 2,500 crore has been spent in which Centre’s share is Rs 2,250 crore. The State has received Rs 1,750 crore from the Centre so far and Rs 400 crore is yet to be received.

Besides, Rs 2,500 crore will also be needed for remaining period of the financial year for the scheme. He urged the Centre to provide this amount. Informing about implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana, Chouhan said that, so far, 27,52,000 bank accounts have been opened in the State. Target has been set to open 60 lakh bank accounts by January 26, 2015. Referring to prudent fiscal management in the State, he urged to increase State’s ceiling for market borrowings from Rs 4,600 crore to Rs 10,600 crore and NABARD loan limit from Rs 1,250 crore to Rs 1,500 crore.

The Chief Minister informed the Union Minister that unseasonal rains and hailstorm in March 2014 had affected crops in 30 lakh hectares belonging to 32 lakh farmers. He also informed about human and cattle losses. For this, the State Government had urged the Centre for a Rs 5,963 crore special package. The State Government has distributed relief and crop loss compensation to the tune of Rs 2,150 crore. The Chief Minister urged the Centre to reimburse this.

Chouhan informed the Union Finance Minister that Vaidyanathan Committee had given package of Rs 1,814.40 crore in year 2006-07 for short-term cooperatives credit structure. In included Rs 1,652.30 crore Central Share and Rs 1,62.10 crore State Share. Rs 667.21 crore under the package are yet to be provided by the Centre. He also urged to clear banking licences pending with Reserve Bank for 3 District Central Cooperative banks. He said that additional cooperation amount of Rs 65 crore has already deposited for this by the State Government. Chouhan said that Rs 15,000 crore short-term loans at zero percent interest rate is to be provided to farmers through cooperative banks. This process has been successful during last 3 years with the State registering agriculture growth rate of 24.99 percent this year. Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley gave a patient hearing to the Chief Minister and assured of every possible cooperation.

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Central Government yet to review IFS officers’ cadre

The Central Government, in every five years, reviews all India service officers. Review of officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) is pending with the Government of India for the last one month. ... Read More
The Central Government, in every five years, reviews all India service officers. Review of officers of Indian Forest Service (IFS) is pending with the Government of India for the last one month. No decision has yet been taken on the cadre review proposal, sent by the State Government to the Centre. However, delay in Central Government’s approval to the cadre review proposal is worrying Forest Department’s senior officers, who will directly be benefitted as some of them are on the verge of retirement. The new cadre review proposal will take them to higher posts with increase in the higher posts of the department.

According to information, the State Government had sent IFS cadre officers’ review proposal on January 30, 2014 but with some queries, the proposal was returned by the Central Government in May. The Government, making some amendments as per queries of the Government of India, again sent it to the Government of India in first week of September with hope of its early approval to pave the way of promotion chances of the higher level officers.

Gaurishankar Shejwar, Forest Minister also approved the proposal after discussion with some senior officers but not the officers of the state cadre so they feel resented with this proposal that will reduce the posts at field and even reducing chances of promotions of the state cadre posts as the senior officers, while preparing this proposal, reduced many posts will block the promotion chances at some level. Effect of the new cadre review proposal in the Forest Department will be according to the break on the posts of Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) from Conservator of Forest (CF), every second senior officer in forest headquarter will be Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF), but at the field level, there will be shortage of officers as, in new proposal, posts of District Forest Officers (DFO) have been reduced. It will certainly disappoint the department’s State Cadre officers appointed in State Forest Service. Moreover, what will be irony in after approval of the proposal will be as under the APCCF. There will be APCCF, not the CCF as the posts of the CCFs have been reduced to increase the posts of the APCCF and PCCF.

Both the posts are same, so how one officer will work under the same cadre officer, it will directly affect the work, said a senior forest officer pleading anonymity in Forest headquarters. According to him, usually, the Government always wants to have the administrative structure in Pyramid shape so that the administrative control is better and implementation of projects and schemes should be more better at the field level and it is considered as an ideal structure. But what the cadre review proposal has been suggested is round like earthen pot.

See the proposal what has been demanded The State Government has, at present, sanctioned three posts of PCCF. Officers are working on all three posts. Government has demanded five posts, or two more posts of PCCF. Likewise, there are 10 sanctioned posts of APCCF while officers working are 21 as they have reached that level through rise in pay scale. The Government has demanded 37 posts, or 16 more posts. While 68 posts of CCF have been sanctioned, 57 officers are working on it but the Government has demanded only 40 posts, reduction of 17 posts. However, there are 34 sanctioned posts of CFs and officers are working on all 34 posts but the Government has demanded 40 posts, meaning six more posts of CFs. The Government has again demanded reduction in posts of Deputy Conservators of Forests Dy CFs, sanctioned posts in this cadre are 65, officers are working on all 65 posts but as per proposal, the Government has demanded only 59 posts, meant six posts less than the present sanctioned posts.

When contacted, Jirendra Agrawal, former State President of Madhya Pradesh Indian Forest Service Officers Association, said the IFS cadre review proposal is pending with the Government of India. More information will be provided by present President Dr Gopa Pandey. When contacted, Dr Gopa Pandey also said that the Government of India had made some queries in the IFS cadre review proposal sent earlier. It was sent to the Government of India. It is pending with the Government of India, she said.

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e-Ladli Laxmi website stands first in India in states’ ranking

Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar conferred Platinum Award to e-Ladli in New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh. e-Ladl... Read More
Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar conferred Platinum Award to e-Ladli in New Delhi on Saturday. The award was received by Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh. e-Ladli Laxmi website is the first in the country in states’ ranking followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra.

After getting nationwide fame, the Ladli Laxmi Yojana’s technology for implementation has also drawn national encomiums. For effective implementation of Ladli Laxmi Yojana, e-Ladli Laxmi website has been developed by Madhya Pradesh Government. Apart from better documentation of scheme’s beneficiaries, it has also become easier for people to get scheme’s benefit. At present, 18 lakh girls have benefit from the scheme.

Skoch Foundation selected 300 projects for e-implementation of public welfare schemes through a nationwide study and survey. Among them, 150 were conferred Skoch Order of Merit Award. These include Anmol and e-Ladli of Madhya Pradesh Women & Child Development Department. The award was conferred on September 19. Of the 150 projects, e-Ladli website was adjudged best for Platinum Award. The award was conferred by Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to Women and Child Development Minister Maya Singh at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi . Skoch Foundation’s Chairman Sameer Kochar was also present on the occasion.

It is noteworthy that apart from Women & Child Development Department, other Madhya Pradesh departments have also been conferred Skoch Order of Merit Award including Rural Development, Education and Urban Administration and Development departments for decentralised schemes upto rural areas of State.

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Armed miscreants barge into scientist couple’s home

Around four armed thieves barged into a house in Ishaan Park locality in Raise road area under Piplani police station of State capital on Sunday early morning around 4 am. The house is owned by D... Read More
Around four armed thieves barged into a house in Ishaan Park locality in Raise road area under Piplani police station of State capital on Sunday early morning around 4 am. The house is owned by Dr Ashwini Raut and his wife Dr Anamika Raut. Both are scientists by profession and Dr Ashwini is working at high security Animal Disease Laboratory. Both reside with their two children. According to police, early on Sunday morning, four armed thieves barged into the house of Dr Raut. The couple and their children were sleeping in separate bedrooms. On hearing some sound, Dr Anamika woke up and on opening the door of their room, she saw that 4 armed robbers had entered their house and were trying to enter the bedrooms. She immediately locked the door of her room but she got afraid that the children are asleep alone and the thieves can harm them. Dr Ashwini opened the door of their room and rushed out. Outside the room, the miscreants were present and Dr Ashwini fought with them. In this fight, Dr Ashwini suffered injuries in head and arms and one of his arms got fractured too. In the meantime, Dr Anamika went out of the house and yelled for help, which woke up the neighbours. Listening her yelling, the miscreants ran away from the house but they managed to take away foreign currency of 25 pounds, a mobile phone and Rs 3,000 cash.

Reportedly, the miscreants entered the house with the objective of robbery and not of theft as they were armed and two of their accomplices were guarding the area from outside. Also, it is a matter of concern that even after being a closed campus society, the miscreants were able to enter the campus easily.

Police reached the site on learning about the incident and a case has been lodged in the matter under section of IPC. Police have started investigation into the matter.

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Prime Minister to inaugurate Global Investors’ Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indore Global Investors Summit -2014 on October 9 at 10.30 am, informed the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a press conference at Madhya Pra... Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indore Global Investors Summit -2014 on October 9 at 10.30 am, informed the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a press conference at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday. He also informed that a convention of small and medium entrepreneurs and investors will be held on October 8, which would be inaugurated by Union Micro, Small and Medium Industries Minister Kalraj Mishra.

Chouhan said that after three successful Global Investors’ Summit held in alternate years, focus of this year’s Global Investors’ Summit is on prominently establishing the State in investment sector in Asia Pacific. Chief Minister said that Prime Minister is known for attracting investors and industry-friendly policies. He hoped that inauguration of the summit by the Prime Minister will benefit Madhya Pradesh due to his image.

He said that Rs 1.25 lakh crore has been invested through previous summits in Madhya Pradesh. He said that country has a favourable atmosphere for development these days. It is among the priorities of the State Government as to how much cooperation can be availed from Centre in this and how State’s potential is highlighted before the world.

Chief Minister said that a target has been set to ensure participation of at least 50 economic tycoons of the world in the summit. Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Mexico, South Africa, Netherlands and Spain have confirmed their participation. Sectoral seminars will be held during the summit. This time, instead of signing MoUs, focus will be on signing Expressions of Interest (EoIs) before and after the summit. Chouhan said that investment-related figures of previous summits will also be displayed for everyone to know factual position of investment.

He informed that Madhya Pradesh has infrastructure, skilled and unskilled manpower, availability of land for industries, real single window system, adequate water, 24X7 power supply and good law & order situation, which are contributing factors for industrialisation. The Chief Minister invited investors through national media to participate in the Global Investors’ Summit.

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FINS seminar on Mao-Terrorism held

Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), Chhattisgarh Chapter, on Sunday organised a seminar on Mao-Missionary-Terrorism-NGO Nexus & National Security Concerns in hotel Flora.

Sheshadr... Read More
Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), Chhattisgarh Chapter, on Sunday organised a seminar on Mao-Missionary-Terrorism-NGO Nexus & National Security Concerns in hotel Flora.

Sheshadri Chari, General Secretary, FINS, expert Nighad Parveen Khan, Veteran journalist Ramesh Nair and Waqf Board Chairman Mohd Salim Asharfi were the guests and speakers for the seminar.

The speakers spoke on the history of Maoism and Terrorism in details and their activities. Origin Maoism,

Marxism etc was also discussed in the seminar.

Varnika Sharma, Research Fellow, conducted the seminar. Hundreds of participants working in these fields reaped benefits from the seminar.

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Cricket is killing our freedom: Farmers

Farmers of Naya Raipur are facing numerous problems from VIP movements to the more serious issue of compensation. In a press conference on Sunday, farmers said that despite the repeated urge, no ... Read More
Farmers of Naya Raipur are facing numerous problems from VIP movements to the more serious issue of compensation. In a press conference on Sunday, farmers said that despite the repeated urge, no one listens to their problems.

Nayi Rajdhani, Prabhawit Kisaan Kalyaan Samiti Secretary Kamta Prasad Ratre said that owing to the on going cricket matches, they are feeling like prisoners within their village. They are not even allowed to work in their fields. And not just this, they can not even go buy medicines in emergency, even school vehicles are not allowed and their travel allowances have also been increased many folds. So whenever there will be a VIP movement or cricket tournament they will be facing these issues.

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RMC’s Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra bags SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award

Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) won the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award for its unique project of Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra, at BSUP site Bhatagoan (Raipur district) which is the first ever project i... Read More
Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) won the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award for its unique project of Adarsh Lok Shiksha Kendra, at BSUP site Bhatagoan (Raipur district) which is the first ever project in urban area in India. The award was presented at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi recently.

The project in guidance of Commissioner Avinash Kumar Saran, IAS, Supervision of Deputy Comm. LK Singrol and Superintendent Engineer Manoj Singh Thakur and Livelihood Specialist, Dr Sangeeta Thakur had put efforts and her projects and presentation in New Delhi.

In Chhattisgarh state this is first award certificate which Raipur Municipal Corporation got for Livelihood and Economy, which received entries from all over the country. Only those approved by the awards committee were invited to make a presentation to the jury, which evaluates each project on its merits of ‘what changed’ with absolute scores - without making comparisons of any sort.

Raipur Nagar Nigam was short listed for the award on the basic of presentation on 3rd September more 10000 entries came from all over India.

While jury marks each of these projects, even the peer group of the nominees is invited to evaluate each project and mark these accordingly. The top-scoring projects make it to the SKOCH Order-of-Merit. A shortlist of awardees is drawn from the Order-of-Merit recipients who are invited to receive the SKOCH Award in an exclusive awards function, which is presided over by a distinguished dignitary.

SKOCK Smart City and Safe City Award is an initiative to recognize the efforts of the cities and organizations for their work in improving the quality of life its citizens. The award recognizes the best practices and models in the area of civic services, e-governance, urban planning and development, infrastructure, housing, technology deployment, public participation, disaster management, public safety and security, social equity, environment and sustainability.

Commissioner Avnish Kumar Saran, Deputy Commissioner LK Singhrole, Dr Sangeeta Thakur and Manoj Singh Thakur.

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Vikas Upadhyay demands govt jobs for disabled as directed by Supreme Court

Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has demanded that disabled must be appointed in the government jobs as mandated by Disability Act.

Upadhyay said that S... Read More
Raipur Shahar Congress Committee (RSCC) President Vikas Upadhyay has demanded that disabled must be appointed in the government jobs as mandated by Disability Act.

Upadhyay said that Supreme Court had ordered 2 percent reservation for different categories of disabled but its compliance has not been done in Chhattisgarh.

Speaking while participating in a program organised by Raipur Welfare Association of Deaf to observe 57 th International Week of Deaf, Vikas Upadhyay also said that colleges and universities also need to be opened for deaf and dumb.

The programme began with participants taking out a rally from Ghadi Chowk to Ashirwad Bhawan.

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State Government is being insensitive towards underprivileged: Amit Jogi

Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi lashed out at the storage arrangements of food grains by State Government. He said that huge quantity of grains gets rotten during the rains due to inadequate facilitie... Read More
Marwahi legislator Amit Jogi lashed out at the storage arrangements of food grains by State Government. He said that huge quantity of grains gets rotten during the rains due to inadequate facilities of State Government of storage and this is then pushed down to the underprivileged class though various welfare schemes.

Amit Jogi was reacting to complaint of a rural from Barouda village of Baround Gram Panchayat in Arang block of Raipur that they are being allocated extremely poor quality of rice under the food security scheme. The rural claimed that despite his best efforts, the quality of rice being given to them has not improved a bit. Thus, the rural decided to raise the issue with former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi so that he may suggest some recourse.

While former CM Ajit Jogi said that state government is indifferent to the cause of the poor, it was Amit Jogi who alleged that warehouses in Chhattisgarh are being utilized to store liquor instead of food grains. Citing an instance from his own constituency, Amit Jogi said that 10 people died while another 30 fell ill after consuming poor quality of food grains and state government continues to remain insensitive.

Jogi also said that while Chhattisgarh residents have not been consumers of ‘Usna’ rice variety traditionally, they are being allocated this very variety under different food security schemes because state government finds it easily available under the central pool.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi said that if such is the quality of rice being served in vicinity of capital Raipur, what can the rurals expect in the interior parts of Chhattisgarh.

Ajit Jogi flays BJP for abusing administrative machinery

Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has criticized the BJP for abusing its police and administrative machinery to effect victory in Antagarh legislative by-poll. He said that BJP candidate has defeated NOTA rather than a political rival which dims the victory by itself. He said that it is administrative machinery that should celebrate the victory because the win has not been earned politically.

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Separate cases of Rs 13.20 lakh fraud registered

City police are investigating two cases of cheating registered with Sadar where a person lost Rs 7.50 lakh, and the other case is with Lakadganj police who are investigating duping involving a su... Read More
City police are investigating two cases of cheating registered with Sadar where a person lost Rs 7.50 lakh, and the other case is with Lakadganj police who are investigating duping involving a sum of Rs 5.70 lakh.

Sadar police have booked a person for allegedly reneging on agreement to repay loan amount. The accused, Iqbal Rashid Diwan (39), a resident of New Sukrawari, had taken a sum of Rs 7.50 lakh from Rashid Ahmad Qureshi (54), a resident of Mansarovar Colony, and also executed an agreement, promising to return the amount within a year.

Diwan had given two cheques, one of Bank of Bikaner for Rs 4 lakh and other of Bank of Jaipur of Rs 3.50 lakh as surety for the loan amount. Despite repeated reminders, Diwan failed to repay the amount as promised and hence Qureshi decided to encash the cheques. However, Qureshi was in for shock when banks conveyed that the respective cheques were returned as those accounts of Diwan had been closed. Sadar police have registered offence under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Further probe is on.

In another case, a person was cheated in a truck deal by two persons, including an executive of finance company, to the tune of Rs 5.70 lakh. The complainant, Narendra Ghai (40), a resident of Itwari, had entered into an agreement to sell his truck (MH-24/J-7936) with Mohsim Akram Abdul Kadir (24), a resident of Hasanbagh, for a sum of Rs 6 lakh. Mohsim paid an advance of Rs 30,000 and rest of the amount was to be paid through a firm M/s Fortune Integrated Assets Finance.

The second accused, Roni, the officer with Finance company told Ghai that as per trend, he should transfer the truck in the name of the purchaser so that he can hypothecate the same against the loan. However, the accused duo, acting in tandem, prepared bogus documents to show that the balance sum of Rs 5.70 lakh was handed over to Ghai and he transferred the truck.

Police have registered offence under Sections 420, 468, 471 and 34 of the IPC against Mohsim and Roni. Further probe is on.

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BJP, Shiv Sena leaders in district want 25-yr-long ‘Mahayuti’ to be intact

While the tangle over the ‘Mahayuti’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, and other parties continues in Maharashtra ahead of Legislative Assembly polls, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Se... Read More
While the tangle over the ‘Mahayuti’ of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shiv Sena, and other parties continues in Maharashtra ahead of Legislative Assembly polls, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Sena in Nagpur district want the 25-year-long alliance to remain intact.

Soon after winning the elections to the posts of Zilla Parishad (ZP) President and Vice-President, the leaders of BJP and Shiv Sena from rural areas of the district felt that the alliance between the two parties always helped each other. They strongly advocated resolution of ‘whatever disputes’ between BJP and Shiv Sena, so that the ruling Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) could be dethroned from State Government.

Krupal Tumane, Shiv Sena MP from Ramtek, told reporters that ‘Mahayuti’ should continue in State. “The pattern of co-operation adopted by workers of BJP and Shiv Sena in Nagpur Zilla Parishad, is ideal. We just hope that all senior leaders of both parties pay heed to the wish of countless enthusiastic workers,” he said. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Kamptee MLA and former District President of BJP, also was of the opinion that alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena should continue. “All the leaders, office-bearers, and workers of both the parties in Nagpur district want the alliance to remain intact,” he added.

Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena MLA from Ramtek, even went on to make a request through media to senior leaders of both the parties -- Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, BJP leader Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and State BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis. “We request them to resolve whatever the issues, and honour the wish of countless workers of both the parties,” he said. BJP and Shiv Sena are not blinking over seat-sharing formula and are firm on demanding for themselves a fixed number of seats for Assembly elections. Asked about this contest of ‘who gets more seats’ between both the parties, Jaiswal said that BJP and Shiv Sena were two different parties and every one had the right to seek more seats for itself. However, he said, to keep Congress and NCP away from power in State, some formula must work.

Nagpur district has a total of 12 Assembly constituencies, of which six are in Nagpur city and six in rural area. Of six urban constituencies, four are with BJP, and two with Congress. In rural area, three out of six constituencies are with BJP, and one each with Shiv Sena, Congress, and with NCP. The constituencies with BJP include Kamptee represented by Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Hingna-- Vijay Ghodmare, Umred-- Sudhir Parwe. Shiv Sena has its MLA in Adv Ashish Jaiswal in Ramtek. Saoner is with Congress and represented by Sunil Kedar, while NCP leader Anil Deshmukh represents Katol constituency.

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BJP-Shiv Sena retains ZP ahead of Assembly polls

As expected, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance retained Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP). In the election held on Sunday, Nisha Sawarkar, BJP member from Chirwha-Dhanla circle in Mouda ... Read More
As expected, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance retained Nagpur Zilla Parishad (ZP). In the election held on Sunday, Nisha Sawarkar, BJP member from Chirwha-Dhanla circle in Mouda tehsil, polled 32 votes and got elected to the post of ZP President. Sharad Donekar, Shiv Sena member from Kanhan circle in Parseoni tehsil, also polled equal number of votes and became the new Vice-President.

The elections to the posts of ZP chief and deputy were held in the shadow of Legislative Assembly elections scheduled next month. Against this backdrop, there were speculations if the erstwhile ruling coalition comprising BJP, Shiv Sena, Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP), and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) would continue. In 58-member ZP house, BJP has 21 members, Congress has 19, Shiv Sena-- 8, NCP-- 7 and GGP, Republican Party of India (RPI), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have one each. The speculations got some more fuel with Shiv Sena members registering themselves as a separate group. Ahead of Assembly elections, Congress and NCP wanted to flock together. For the past couple of days, hectic political activities took place in the district.

As a precautionary measure, BJP flocked together its 21 members and one member of GGP and one of BSP, and took them to Indore on ‘tour’. BJP leaders were in touch with Shiv Sena members and lone member of RPI. Congress and NCP also decided to come together.

However, on Sunday, BJP ensured the tally of 32 with BJP, Shiv Sena, GGP, RPI, BSP coming together. Congress and NCP stayed together but their tally was still 26.

As a result, BJP candidate Nisha Sawarkar won the post of ZP chief that was reserved for woman from General category. Sena’s Sharad Donekar also got elected to the post of Vice-President comfortably.

For the post of President, BJP fielded Sawarkar at the last moment. Just a couple of minutes to the deadline of 12 noon on Sunday, BJP Group Leader in ZP Ukesh Chavan filed the papers of Sawarkar. Congress fielded two candidates namely Shalu Hatwar and Nanda Narnaware, of which Narnaware later backed out. There was a straight fight between Sawarkar and Hatwar, in which Sawarkar defeated the latter by a margin of six votes. For the post of Vice-President, in straight contest, Sena’s Donekar defeated NCP’s Ujjwala Bodhare by six votes. Abhishek Krishna, District Collector, presided over the election meeting in which members exercised their franchise by raising their hands. Ajay Ramteke, Deputy District Election Officer; B N Ubale, Additional Chief Executive Officer of ZP, and others conducted the proceedings. Abhishek Krishna declared the results.

Soon after announcement of results, the workers of BJP and Shiv Sena started bursting crackers, and raised slogans in favour of ‘Mahayuti’. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Vijay Ghodmare, and Sudhir Parwe, all BJP MLAs; Krupal Tumane, Shiv Sena MP from Ramtek; Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Shiv Sena MLA; Dr Rajiv Potdar, District President of BJP; Ukesh Chavan, BJP Group Leader in ZP; Ashok Mankar, former MLC; Ramesh Mankar, Shrikant Deshpande, Prem Zade, Ashok Dhote, Arvind Gajbhiye, Nisha Sawarkar’s husband Tekchand Sawarkar, and others greeted Sawarkar and Donekar on their victory.

Equations change, say a disappointed Cong-NCP

Visibly disappointed, the members of Congress and NCP left ZP premises soon after declaration of results. Later, they assembled at Hotel Tuli International. Their reaction to the defeat despite Congress and NCP coming together was plain, “Equations change.”

Some Congress members, wishing to remain anonymous, squarely blamed senior leaders including Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district; Rajendra Mulak, Minister of State for Finance; and Sunil Kedar, MLA, for ‘not’ taking keen interest in ZP elections.

Manohar Kumbhare, Congress Group Leader in ZP; Shivkumar Yadav, Dnyaneshwar Kambhale, Nana Gawande; Bandopant Umarkar, District President of NCP, and others held a post-election review meeting, but all were disappointed. Talking to reporters, Gawande said, “Equations change. We did not have enough numbers.” He added that Congress had a reason to smile as the BJP rebel Nisha Sawarkar finally became ZP President after contesting unsuccessfully with Congress’ support last time.

According to Kumbhare, BJP members were not stable and it had to issue a whip to keep them together. On RPI’s Deepak Gedam switching sides to BJP-Shiv Sena, he said that Gedam should ‘introspect’. He also alleged that BJP made some ‘offers’ to other members.

Umarkar expressed happiness that finally Congress and NCP came together in ZP after two-and-a-half years. “Though we could not form the ruling side in ZP, restoring of Congress and NCP ties is a good sign for Assembly elections ahead,” he added.

Elections of committee chairpersons on Oct 4

After the election of ZP President and Vice-President, now all eyes are on the elections of chairpersons of four committees. BJP-Shiv Sena has reached out to BSP and RPI this time. BJP has bagged the post of ZP chief, Sena has got the post of Vice-President. It plans to continue Durgavati Sariyam of GGP on the post of a committee chief. Of the remaining three posts of committee chiefs, it is learnt that BJP-Sena will offer a post to lone BSP member Pushpa Waghade. The remaining two posts will be shared by BJP and Sena each.

Sawarkar admits to past ‘mistake’, vows to work for devpt of district

Newly elected ZP chief Nisha Sawarkar could not stop tears rolling down from her eyes, as if still not believing that she had finally bagged the coveted post. And, there was a reason too. Two-and-a-half years ago, during the election of ZP President, Sawarkar had rebelled and contested against BJP candidate Sandhya Gotmare. Supported then by Congress, Sawarkar polled 24 votes and got defeated by Gotmare who polled 35 votes. Later on, BJP had served notice to Sawarkar for anti-party activity. However, since then, much appears to have changed.

“It was a big mistake. I admit to it. I am really grateful to Union Minister of Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari for forgiving me,” said a teary-eyed Sawarkar, after she was declared as new ZP President on Sunday. Greeted by the outgoing ZP chief Sandhya Gotmare, Sawarkar thanked top BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, BJP MLA Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Shiv Sena MLA Ashish Jaiswal and all the office-bearers and workers of BJP and Shiv Sena for supporting her.

BJP made Sawarkar its candidate at the last moment on Sunday. There was widespread opposition to Sawarkar’s candidature, and many members expressed displeasure over her anti-party stand taken previously. The names of Aruna Mankar, wife of former ZP chief Ramesh Mankar; Shubhangi Gaidhane, considered a close aide of Bawankule; Kalpana Chahande, were doing rounds. Till Sunday early morning, Mankar’s name was considered almost final. According to sources, BJP’s senior office-bearers Dr Upendra Kothekar and Shrikant Deshpande interviewed the aspirants and conveyed their observations to Gadkari, who gave a green signal to Nisha Sawarkar’s name considering the long years given to the party by her husband Tekchand Sawarkar.

Asked about her priorities after taking over as ZP chief, Sawarkar told reporters that she would be loyal to the party and the people and work for overall development of the rural areas of the district. “I shall not disappoint the people,” she added.

Healthcare to be focus area: Sharad Donekar

Newly elected Vice-President of ZP Sharad Donekar, a Shiv Sena member from Kanhan circle in Parseoni tehsil, said that his priority would be healthcare. He lauded the outgoing Vice-President Chandrashekhar Chikhale as a ‘dear friend’, and said that he would continue with good initiatives. “I shall focus on works that could not be completed in Chikhale’s tenure,” added Donekar.

After ZP, Gotmare wants to contest Assembly polls

The outgoing President of ZP Sandhya Gotmare said that she was satisfied with her tenure in ZP and now wanted to contest Legislative Assembly polls from Hingna constituency.

Talking to reporters, Gotmare said that she had sought BJP ticket from Hingna constituency. Already, Hingna constituency is represented by BJP MLA Vijay Ghodmare, who also has his roots in ZP. When this was pointed out, Gotmare said, “Of course, it will be for party leadership to decide, but I have sought ticket as I wished a woman be given a chance this time.”

During her tenure as ZP chief, Gotmare said that she was instrumental in ensuring that there was no water scarcity in district. Further, ZP funds blocked in beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited were transferred to nationalised bank during her tenure. The biggest achievement was initiation of process of identifying ZP’s land and getting it transferred in the name of ZP in Government records.

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Railway police bust fake currency racket, arrest two persons

Government Railway Police (GRP) have seized fake currency worth Rs 1.52 lakh from two persons at Nagpur Railway Station on Sunday. The arrested duo are Amjad Khan (36), hailing from Mazol in Adil... Read More
Government Railway Police (GRP) have seized fake currency worth Rs 1.52 lakh from two persons at Nagpur Railway Station on Sunday. The arrested duo are Amjad Khan (36), hailing from Mazol in Adilabad district, and Sameer Mandal (22), a resident of Navda in Muridabad tehsil of Madhovpur district of West Bengal.

A team of Local Crime Branch was patrolling at Nagpur Railway Station as they had got a tip-off about a deal of fake currency. Naik Police Constable Santosh Chaubey and others took position and caught Amjad Khan and Samir Mandal. During search of the bags, the cops recovered fake currency notes worth Rs 1.52 lakh from Mandal who deals in fake currency while Khan had came to get the delivery of the currency notes.

The fake currency was in denomination of Rs 1,000 (151 notes) and Rs 500 (2 notes). From Khan the cops seized cash of Rs 65,000. During interrogation, the two revealed that the deal was to be struck for purchase of fake currency.

Inspector Ramesh Tayde, API Nitinchandra Rajkumar, PSI Anand Meshram, Head Constable Vijay Taywade and Narendra Choudhary, NPC Vijay Mate, Gautam Sirsath were part of the team.

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Ex-MPCC chief, others directed to repay Rs 24.83 cr to Co-op Bank

IN a major setback to former MPCC President Ranjit Deshmukh, the Co-operative Court has directed him and other directors of Ram Ganesh Gadkari Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana floated by him at Saoner one... Read More
IN a major setback to former MPCC President Ranjit Deshmukh, the Co-operative Court has directed him and other directors of Ram Ganesh Gadkari Sahkari Sakhar Karkhana floated by him at Saoner one-and-a-half decades ago, to repay Rs 24.83 crore loan along with 15.50 per cent interest.

The sugar factory really never took up and after incurring huge losses, the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank ultimately took over the possession and sold the land.

However, the Mumbai District Central Co-operative Bank initiated legal proceedings against Deshmukh and others for recovery of the loan amount and after a prolonged legal battle, got the order from Co-operative Court along with permission to execute it against Deshmukh and 23 others including his wife Rupatai, Komalchandra Raut, Vasantrao Mankavde, Shashikant Deshmukh, Arun Ghonge, Annaji Zade, Suresh Kuhite, Ashok Dhote, Shalikram Ghodmare, Bhaurao Bhoyar, Shishupal Yadav, Suryakant Kumbhare, Suresh Kulkarni, Zaduji Adyan, Sadhurao Warkhede, Haribhau Sonkusle, Virendra Gajbhiye, Shakuntala Giradkar and Ramesh Ganokar.

The bank had initially disbursed a loan amount of Rs 7.55 crore to sugar factory which was started with much fanfare by Deshmukh who was a very high-profile leader of State Congress.

The sugar factory, through its officers, executed promissory note and other loan-related documents. The loan was never repaid and hence the bank approached the court for recovery of Rs 5 crore principal amount alongwith 17.50 per cent interest and claimed Rs 24.83 crore with future interest till payment and realisation of amount.

The Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank contested the claim and stated that entire property of Ram Ganesh Sugar Factory was sold under the Securitisation Act on May 4, 2007 to Prasad Sugar and Allied Agro Product Pvt. Ltd., Rahuri for Rs 12.95 crore and Rs 2.59 crore have been paid to disputant on March 30, 2010 as per consortium shares and prayed for dismissal with costs.

The court observed that other opponents including Deshmukh failed to file written statements and also failed to cross examine the witness of the disputant.

According to notices issued by authorities to all directors, they have been asked to repay Rs 39.39 crore liability calculated as on August 31, 2014 by applying 15.50 per cent interest.

In case the ex-directors failed to repay the loan amount, the same should be recovered as arrears of land revenue by applying provisions of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, the order stated.

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Pench, Tadoba Tiger Reserves get intl awards in tourism

Wildlife Tourism Awards of 2014 were given on behalf of Sanctuary Wildlife Magazine and Travel Operators For Tiger (TOFT) at a function held at Delhi on Friday night. International Wildlife Tour ... Read More
Wildlife Tourism Awards of 2014 were given on behalf of Sanctuary Wildlife Magazine and Travel Operators For Tiger (TOFT) at a function held at Delhi on Friday night. International Wildlife Tour Operator of the year award went to UK-based Wildlife Trails and Natural World Safari.

Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, got runners up award in wildlife and tourism initiative cateogory of the year 2014 while Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Chandrapur, stood joint runners up in visitors friendly wildlife destination category.

Pench has won a prize of Rs 50,000 for equipment services for the benefits of the community while Tadoba won a prize of Rs 75,000 for equipment to be used in tiger protection and conservation. M S Reddy, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagpur, received the award for Pench.

In all, awards were given in eight different category. Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2014 award was won by David Raju from Satpuda Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. In most inspirational eco lodge of the year award, Kipling Camp of Kanha National Park stood joint winner and Renipani Lodge, Satpuda, MP, stood joint runner up. Satpude Tiger Reserve also won first prize in visitor friendly wildlife destination of the year category while Tadoba shared joint runner up in the same category with Kanha.

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The Hitavada and 118 TA Battalion to host ‘Mega Quiz Contest’ from 28th

Quizzing in the city is quite popular and avid quizzers of the city are always on the lookout for some action in this arena. The Hitavada in association with 118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial... Read More
Quizzing in the city is quite popular and avid quizzers of the city are always on the lookout for some action in this arena. The Hitavada in association with 118 Infantry Battalion (Territorial Army) thought of getting into the thick of quizzing action and thus came up with the idea of holding a Mega Quiz, which would be the first of its kind in the region. To celebrate the platinum jubilee of 118 Infantry Battalion (TA), it has joined hands with The Hitavada for holding the quiz for students of Nagpur. The quiz is for junior college (XI and XII students) and senior college students. Each school/college can send one team comprising of three students. The entry must be on the letterhead of school/college and must be signed by the Principal/authorised personnel.

Divided in three parts, the preliminary round, consisting of a set of MCQs based on GK, Indian Heritage and Culture, Defence and Indian Mythology will be held on September 28, 2014. This will be followed by Semi finals on October 8 and the Finals on October 9, the day celebrated as Territorial Army Day.

The Semi Finals will be a combination of written and audio-visual rounds. The finals will purely be audio-visual. For the preliminary written quiz, contestants from each team will have to sit for the exam separately and the marks of all the three will be collated as collective score. The venue will be Sitabuldi Fort. Details about the timings will be notified in the next advertisement and will also be notified to the teams individually. The best team will be awarded a rolling trophy and there will be loads of cash prizes, prizes in kind, and incentives for the contestants and the audience as well.

The registration is to be done at ‘The Magazine Department’, The Hitavada, Wardha Road between 12 to 6 pm (excluding Sunday). The last date for registration is September 26, 2014. The registration fee per team is Rs 100/- only.

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Assembly polls: BSP releases first list of its nominees

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced its first list of nominees for Assembly elections in State, naming former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye from North Nagpur constituency. For another seat in cit... Read More
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has announced its first list of nominees for Assembly elections in State, naming former IAS officer Kishor Gajbhiye from North Nagpur constituency. For another seat in city, Nagpur South it has nominated sitting corporator Satyabhama Lokhande and from Umrer (Reserved) Vrukshdas Bansod. The list was released at a press conference on Friday by BSP’s National General Secretaries and In-charge for Maharashtra Adv Veersingh and Dr Suresh Mane (in-charge for Vidarbha and Marathwada).

BSP leaders stated that they are bucking the trend by releasing the list first as normally they are last to do so after all the parties have declared their candidates. This change is part of a strategy which is going to turnaround BSP's fortunes in coming elections to Maharashtra assembly, claimed Dr Mane. Accepting that calculations in Lok Sabha polls failed to click but this time he was confident of opening account in Maharashtra assembly. Not only that we will be winning 25 seats for sure, as party has for last three months worked very strong in networking its cadre and also exploring the issues that are going to click among electorates.

For instance in Vidarbha we are asking voters to decide fate of candidates on the issue of separate State and our National President Mayawati has already extended support to cause. Similarly, as part of strategy Mayawati is also going to tour extensively in State and in Vidarbha alone she will address nearly 10 rallies. Among the remaining ten names one that stands out is that of Abhijeet Dhepe who is nominated from Congress Party stronghold of Dhamangaon Rly in Amravati District. Dhepe has strong foothold in co-operative sector and his father too had done excellent work in the region. The seats is currently represented by Congress's Virendra Jagtap who has won for two consecutive times.

Adv. Veersingh said the elections in Uttar Pradesh shows that people are now fed-up with ruling NDA and hence results in other State would also reflect the same things. Tall promises made at time of Lok Sabha elections were not kept and hence electorate are now smarter though he could not explain as to why BSP did not fight the bye-elections. Krishna Bele, Vice-President, BSP, Maharashtra unit, and Sagar Dabrase, Media Co-ordinator, Vidarbha Region were present.

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SECR, best in punctuality

Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) has set a record of sort by achieving best ever punctuality in operations of trains, about 95.7% during the current two quarters for the year ... Read More
Nagpur Division of South East Central Railway (SECR) has set a record of sort by achieving best ever punctuality in operations of trains, about 95.7% during the current two quarters for the year in the month of September in Mail/Express and 99.7 % in Narrow Gauge sector. This is the best ever performance achieved by Operating Department in the division so far.

In fact, cent per cent punctuality in operations of trains was posted for five straight days from September 14 to 18. Similar was the case in month of August, from 29 to 31, for three straight days the performance was flawless to ensure 100% punctuality, said SECR officials.

This is despite the fact that SECR route is one of the busiest as it handles over 95% of outward coal traffic. The division topography is also quite challenging and hence the achievement of cent per cent punctuality indicates the hardwork put in by one and all. Achieving punctuality also overall reflects in earnings and good operating ratio, which is expression of earnings as against expenses.

From April onwards division undertook special drive for punctuality. Regular inspections were held on 831 occasions to ensure that bottlenecks in way of smooth running if train operations are tackled forthwith. This ensured not only meeting the target set-by Headquarters but also surprising it on more than one occasion. Thus it is best performance in SECR Zone which comprises of Raipur and Bilaspur besides Nagpur Division.

During the current year the division has registered growth of 8.5% and 8.7% in passenger and goods traffic in terms of number of train services in both sectors respectively.

In addition to it, the division, one of the important cross-over point also handled additional 10 goods train at exchange points than the set target.

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PCR for lovelorn murder convict till Sept 22

MURDER convict Suraj Shyam Arkhel arrested by Sadar Police for kidnapping a teenage girl by allegedly promising to tie the nuptial knot with her after escaping from Central Jail was remanded to p... Read More
MURDER convict Suraj Shyam Arkhel arrested by Sadar Police for kidnapping a teenage girl by allegedly promising to tie the nuptial knot with her after escaping from Central Jail was remanded to police custody till September 22 by Special Judicial Magistrate (Ms) S N Harne on Friday.

A resident of Sweeper Colony, near Itwara Bazaar, Wardha, Arkhel (33) was serving life imprisonment at Central Jail after he was convicted in a murder case.

Arkhel came in contact with the brother of the 17-year-old girl in the jail. The girl’s brother often used to contact his family members from the jail using Arkhel’s cellphone which he had managed to procure from a sentry. After he was released from Jail, Arkhel used to contact his sister regularly using the cellphone. Arkhel allegedly fell in love with the girl and decided to escape from the prison to marry her. On September 17, Arkhel and other inmates were brought outside the four walls of the prison to work in the field. Grabbing the opportunity, he escaped by dodging the guards. Around 4 pm, he reached the girl’s house in Khalasi Lane, Mohan Nagar. The girl, who was already waiting near her house, eloped with him.

When the girl’s mother came to know that Arkhel kidnapped her daughter, she lodged a complaint with the police immediately.

Soon after receiving the complaint, cops collected the cellphone numbers of Arkhel and the girl. Using mobile tracking system, Sadar Police came to know that Arkhel was in Akola and then moved to Murtijapur. Cops alerted their Akola and Murtijapur counterparts who nabbed Arkhel at his relative’s house. A team of Sadar Police visited Murtijapur. They took Arkhel and the girl into their custody. On early Friday morning, the team arrived in the city. Cops arrested Arkhel around 7.30 am and handed over the girl to the legal custody of her parents.

Facing charges under Sections 363 and 366 of the Indian Penal Code, Arkhel was produced before the court. Seeking five days remand for Arkhel’s interrogation, the prosecution told the court that the police wanted to recover the cellphones and SIM cards from the accused and find out as to where he had taken the girl after kidnapping her.

Adv Lubesh Meshram, who appeared for the accused, pointed out that the police had already rescued the victim and there was hardly any need for five-day PCR. After hearing both the sides, the court granted police custody remand (PCR) of the accused till September 22.

How inmates are getting access to cell phones in jail: Cops start probe

SENIOR Police officials have started an inquiry to find out as to how the inmates were getting access to cellphones in Central Jail and from whom murder convict Suraj Arkhel procured the mobile phone and SIM cards. It is learnt that Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) Shashikant Shinde has sought an explanation from the Jail Superintendent in this regard.

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Couple, others booked for rioting, injuring bank staff

PEOPLE saw high drama at Friends Colony near Kolba Swami Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Thursday when a couple along with 15-20 persons attacked the Manager of Central Bank of India, Regional Branch,... Read More
PEOPLE saw high drama at Friends Colony near Kolba Swami Nagar in Gittikhadan area on Thursday when a couple along with 15-20 persons attacked the Manager of Central Bank of India, Regional Branch, and his staff when they tried to take possession of two flats at Sainath Apartment for non-payment of loan.

Besides causing grievous injuries to Arupkumar Akhilchandra Mandal (45), Manager, Central Bank of India and his staff, the couple -- Ashokkumar Singh and his wife Reena -- along with their accomplices also broke two cameras and smashed the windshield of an official vehicle in an attempt to deter the bank employees, public servants from discharging their duty.

Ashokkumar Singh had borrowed Rs 10 lakh by mortgaging his house at Plot No. 101 with the Central Bank of India. However, he was allegedly not repaying the loan. The bank authorities wanted to recover Rs 13 lakh including the interest from Singh. The bank authorities had issued several notices to Singh for repayment of loan. In the last notice served on Singh, the bank had categorically stated that it would take possession of his mortgaged house if he failed to repay the amount within 60 days. As Singh did not respond to the notices, Mandal and his staff went to Singh’s house to take action under the provisions of the Securitisation and Re-construction of Financial Asset and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act). As per the procedure, the bank staff pasted notices on the doors of Singh’s twin flats. When the bank employees were getting down from the stairs, a mob of about 15-20 persons suddenly attacked them. Mandal and other members of the bank team were injured. They somehow managed to escape and lodged a complaint with the police immediately. Cops arrived at the spot. Mandal with serious injuries was rushed to Mayo Hospital.

After recording Mandal’s statement, Gittikhadan Police registered an offence under Sections 143, 147, 149 and 333 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Ashokkumar Singh, his wife Reena and others for rioting and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servants from discharging their duty.

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NMC receives Skoch Awards

Two of the projects of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have got national recognition in the form of prestigious Skoch Order of Merit awards. Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner, received the ... Read More
Two of the projects of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have got national recognition in the form of prestigious Skoch Order of Merit awards. Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner, received the awards in 37th Skoch Summit in New Delhi on Friday.

NMC has got the awards for Municipal e-Governance, and Digital Inclusion for Smart Governance. Wardhane received the Skoch Order of Merit awards at the hands of Sameer Kochhar, Chairman of Skoch Group. Dr M Ramchandran of Skoch Foundation, and Shankar Agrawal, Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development also were present prominently on this occasion.

Wardhane said that he was happy that two of NMC’s projects were selected as among the best governance projects in India in the year 2014.

Meanwhile, Wardhane also had the honour of delivering a talk on ‘Municipal Governance and Finances’ during the two-day 37th Skoch Summit at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on Friday. Wardhane was the distinguished panelist in power-panel discussion on the topic. The panel also comprised Dr M Ramchandran, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation; Srikanth Vishwanathan, Co-ordinator, Advocacy, Research and Capacity Building, Janaagraha; S N Mishra, Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development Department and City Managers; and Milind Torwane, Municipal Commissioner of Surat.

Wardhane highlighted NMC’s achievements in municipal e-Governance initiatives and also spoke on digital inclusion. Sanjay Gaikwad, City Engineer, also accompanied Wardhane.

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High Court set to interpret Chancellor’s power to appoint acting V-C on Sept 25

Acting on its own suggestion, the High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande decided upon and informed senior counsel M G Bhangde, on Friday, that they i... Read More
Acting on its own suggestion, the High Court division bench consisting Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande decided upon and informed senior counsel M G Bhangde, on Friday, that they intend to invite him to assist them, in adjudicating on and interpreting Chancellor’s powers to appoint acting/officiating Vice-Chancellor (V-C), under the Maharashtra Universities Act, 1994.

On Thursday, after lengthy inconclusive hearing of the writ petition filed by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University’s (RTMNU) elected Senate member Gurudas Kamdi against the Chancellor appointing Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar as acting V-C in the wake of vacancy due to resignation by Dr V S Sapkal, without keeping UGC norms and eligibility criteria laid down in State Government order of May 27, 2009, in mind.

Indicating its intent to resume hearing of the petition on September 25 next and at that stage only, the Court had disclosed its mind to appoint a senior lawyer to assist it in interpreting the Chancellor’s powers to appoint an acting V-C in isolation, not at all worrying about the suitability of the person for the post or as to whether he is bound to keep all norms and other factors laid down in the various provisions of the Act, Rules, Circulars and other relevant material.

The Court’s decision on this aspect either way, will have serious impact and far-reaching effect on all the Universities in Maharashtra and may prove apt guideline for the Chancellor in the matter of appointing officiating V-C.

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HC asks judges to change attitude, use technology for speedy justice

Giving a clarion call to judicial officers to respect and start using technology for fast disposal of the cases, Bombay High Court has stressed the need to bring attitudinal change among judges. ... Read More
Giving a clarion call to judicial officers to respect and start using technology for fast disposal of the cases, Bombay High Court has stressed the need to bring attitudinal change among judges. While allowing recording of evidence of a US-based woman via video-conferencing, the High Court stated that “We need to train ourselves to understand the pulse of the new generation who is avidly techno-savvy. Though it is difficult for the Judges, especially who are in their middle age, to accept and digest the entry of new language and methods of evidence in the established judicial system, it is high time for us to change our mindset and see whether this new technology can help us to increase the speed,” the High Court observed. Convenience of the parties must also be taken into account as our judicial system is necessarily litigant-centric, the High Court pointed out.

In the instant family court case in which husband sought restitution of conjugal rights while wife, who is working in United States and has a six-year-old daughter, demanded divorce. Evidence of the husband was recorded by family court while application moved by wife to record her evidence via video-conferencing and by appointing a court commissioner was turned down by Family Court. Aggrieved by this order, the wife approached the High Court.

Justice Mridula Bhatkar, while quoting Supreme Court ruling, stated, “We can not allow the dead hand of the past to stifle the growth of the living present. Law can not stand still, it must change with the changing social concepts and values. If the bark that protects the tree fails to grow and expand along with the tree, it will either choke the tree or if it is a living tree, it will shed the bark and grow a new living bark for itself.”

Advancement of new techniques and skills are introduced in day­to­day life. Over a period of time new technologies are introduced in day­to­day life, however, speed and frequency of the change in law does not commensurate to speed in the change of science and technology. The process of change and amendment in law is tedious and lengthy process, on the other hand, the technology introduces new machines, techniques and facilities very speedily. Earlier document was restricted to paper or inscriptions, writing on paper like material, however, the document today includes database in computer. The High Court further pointed out that our legislature has wisely taken not of this fact and accordingly made changes in the Evidence Act by inserting Sections 65A and 65B related to electronic record and its admissibility.

“When the legislature has expanded the scope of term ‘Evidence’ acknowledging advanced technology and scientific methods used by people in their day-to-day activities, it is the duty of the Judicial Officers to put life to those letters of law by interpreting them effectively,” the High Court noted while quashing the family court order and permitting recording of evidence via video-conferencing by a court commissioner.

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Deccan Odyssey’s maiden run to Chandrapur on Oct 6

Deccan Odyssey, special luxury train of India, will reach Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district, on its maiden trip on October 6. The train carries foreign tourists along wit... Read More
Deccan Odyssey, special luxury train of India, will reach Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur district, on its maiden trip on October 6. The train carries foreign tourists along with domestic tourists. This will be a welcome step during Wildlife Week celebrations in Tadoba, one of the ten prestigious tiger reserves in the country.

In view of this, Forest Department organised a programme for 50 guides at Moharli, the entry point of TATR, recently, in which Anuj Khare, a representative of Non-Government Organisation from Pune, taught them English language. He also imparted training on etiquette, behaviour with visiting tourists, giving right information on birds, wild animals, vegetation, eco-tourism, protection aspect, capacity-building etc.

The department expects that the guides should have capacity to impress potential foreign and other English-speaking tourists by replying in English language. If such tourists are satisfied then they can directly or indirectly make publicity among others and help in boosting tourism in this park, said G P Garad, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, TATR, Chandrapur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Friday.

Garad said that Deccan Odyssey would reach Chandrapur 17 times during 2014-15, as per decided programme. The tourists would be taken to Tadoba park by luxury buses from Chandrapur Railway Station.

Meanwhile, encouraged by the positive response from 20 tour operators and travel agents from United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Slovakia after their visit to TATR recently, the department realised the need to teach English language to guides serving in the park.

Garad mentioned that a three-training camp for 60 field staff members would conclude on Saturday. A representative of Wildlife Crime Protection Society is extending training on anti-poaching activities, detecting poaching cases, submitting strong cases against accused etc. It is reliably learnt that Tadoba Tiger Conservation Foundation is bearing the expenses for the training programmes.

Meanwhile, office of the Pench Tiger Reserve has also organised training programmes for guides at Sillari from September 15.

Sanjay Karkare, Assistant Director, Bombay Natural History Society, Nagpur, is imparting training to guides about the conduct with the tourists and enabling them to interact properly with the tourists visiting Pench so that they should gather a good impression about the park.

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Now, sand to be mined from irrigation reservoirs in State

With environment and legal concerns allowing excavation of sand in river-beds while keeping sand layer up to two metres intact, Maharashtra Government has now formulated the policy of excavating sa... Read More
With environment and legal concerns allowing excavation of sand in river-beds while keeping sand layer up to two metres intact, Maharashtra Government has now formulated the policy of excavating sand from irrigation reservoirs. As the model code of conduct for Legislative Assembly elections was announced a few days ago, the policy is yet to be implemented.

Owing to the criteria of maintaing two metres layer of sand on the surface and allowing mining of sand above that, many sand ghats, especially those in Nagpur and Satara districts, could not be auctioned for mining. This has resulted in loss of mining revenue for the government. As the environmental norms cannot be changed, the government came up with an innovative idea of mining silt-mixed sand from the irrigation reservoirs.

Maharashtra has a total 3,452 irrigation projects including 86 large, 258 medium, and 3,108 minor. With silt and sand accumulated in most of these projects, the storage capacity of irrigation reservoirs has come down. However, for mining of sand from irrigation projects could not be done for want of any policy in this regard. To hit two targets in one go, the government has formulated policy on excavation of sand/silt-mixed sand from irrigation reservoirs. This will result in removal of silt/sand from reservoirs and yield revenue for the government, and also restore storage capacity of the projects. Based on the recommendations of a committee appointed in 2012, Revenue and Forest Department has laid down the policy directives in this regard, in consultation with Water Resources Department (WRD), Forest Department, and Environment Department. State Cabinet also cleared the proposal some time ago. However, the policy will not be implemented throughout State. Initially, it will be implemented in irrigation reservoir having the largest sand/silt deposit. To identify this project, Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute (MERI) has been asked to conduct a study. As per the policy decision, while mining sand the topmost priority will be accorded to safety of reservoir. In case some harm is done to the reservoir while mining sand, the contractor that has won the tender will be held responsible. District Collector concerned is entrusted with the task of conducting auction for the sand mining from irrigation reservoirs, with the help of Chief Engineer concerned. Mining will be done through e-tendering and e-auction, and rate will be decided on ‘per brass’ basis. District Collector will have powers to fix the earnest money deposit to be taken, considering safety of reservoir. The offset price in case of each reservoir will be fixed by Collector and approved by Divisional Commissioner concerned.

The tender for mining of sand from a reservoir will be awarded to one party only, and that will be non-transferable. The party bagging the tender will have to pay earnest money deposit as well as estimated amount of royalty, in advance. If a reservoir is in forest area, permission will not be granted for mining sand from there. In case of area of reservoir above 5 hectares, prior environmental clearance will be required. To obtain environment clearance, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Report and Environment Management Plan (EMP) will have to be prepared.

Black-listing the ‘cartel’, invoking MCOCA

The policy on mining sand from irrigation reservoirs has two important provisions. One relates to black-listing the bidders who form cartel and cause loss of revenue for the Government. The bidders who ‘habitually’ file litigations in court, also will be black-listed. The powers of black-listing such entities and barring them from participating in auction/tender process have been vested with the District Collector. Another provision relates to invoking the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCA). In many areas, illegal excavation and transportation of sand is reported. Recently, there have been cases in which Government officials/employees were attacked by miscreants and criminals when caught. In the new policy, the Government has advised the authorities concerned to ‘think over’ invoking the provisions of MCOCA against miscreants/criminals involved in illegal excavation and transportation of sand.

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HC notice to RTO, cops over fancy number plates

A law student Satpalsingh Renu has knocked the doors of High Court against fancy number plates on vehicles in complete violation of rules and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act. The petitioner has ... Read More
A law student Satpalsingh Renu has knocked the doors of High Court against fancy number plates on vehicles in complete violation of rules and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act. The petitioner has urged the High Court to direct the authorities to curb the menace of using fancy number plates on the motor vehicles, that are illegible or unreadable, giving rise to the crimes and consequently their non-detection. A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice V M Deshpande directed the RTO and Police to file reply within two weeks. According to petitioner, there are more than a million motor vehicles on the roads of Nagpur city. But there are large numbers of Motor Vehicle owners who don't follow the rudimentary rule of law relating to registration marks on their vehicle. The Motor Vehicle owners do not prefer the number plates which adhere the law but they instead prefer fancy number plates on their Vehicle. Mostly the powerful and affluent people are brazenly violating the rules which relate to registration marks. Fancy number plates are mainly used by habitual offenders just to deceive people because the figures and numerals are inked on the number plates in a way that a man with ordinary prudence could not notice or memorize. The habitual murderers often use fancy number plates for their vehicle while carrying out their evil plans, the petitioner claimed. Similarly, the chain snatchers also use fancy number plates, just to flee from the spot of crime without giving any hint about their vehicle number, Renu claimed. Government of India had amended MV Act and rules to introduce high security registration plates regulating issuance and fixation of number plates. Many states implemented the same and Supreme Court pulled defaulting states and directed them to ensure use of high security registration plates in their respective states. The petitioner has urged the High Court to direct the authorities to take stern action against people using such irregular and illegal number plates. Petitioner Satpal Singh Renu appeared in person, APP D B Patel represented the state.

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Cops who cracked Yug murder case feted

COMMISSIONER of Police K K Pathak honoured the DB Squad of Ganeshpeth Police for detecting Yug Chandak kidnapping and murder case within twenty hours of the incident by putting behind the culp... Read More
COMMISSIONER of Police K K Pathak honoured the DB Squad of Ganeshpeth Police for detecting Yug Chandak kidnapping and murder case within twenty hours of the incident by putting behind the culprits behind the bars. An eight-year-old son of prominent dental surgeon Dr Mukesh Chandak, Yug was kidnapped by Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh allegedly for hefty ransom on September 1. Soon after Dr Chandak lodged a complaint about his son's kidnapping, the entire police machinery swung into action in search of the kidnappers to rescue the boy. Separate teams of policemen were sent to different places in search of the culprits. Others were constantly trying to track the cellphones of the kidnappers. Within a few hours of the kidnapping, the culprits killed Yug and threw the boy under a bridge near a village. A team of Ganeshpeth Police comprising senior Inspector Sudhir Nandanwar, API Anil Taksande, ASI Pradeep Nagre, Madhukar Shirke, Praveen Gorte, Rajesh Tapre, Nilesh Ghaiwat, Kishore Thakre, and Yogesh Chapekar cracked the case and arrested Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh. City Police chief Pathak appreciated the efforts of the team during the monthly crime review meeting on Friday. Pathak also gave certificates and a cash reward of Rs 5000/- to the team.

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NMC conducts LBT searches at building, hardware firms

Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has continued with its search and seizure operations at the premises of the firms over payment of LBT.

In a latest, L... Read More
Local Body Tax (LBT) Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has continued with its search and seizure operations at the premises of the firms over payment of LBT.

In a latest, LBT Department conducted search and seizure operation at an establishment M/s Burhani Maimoon Traders, near Qutabi Manzil, Bohra Masjid, Loha Oli, Itwari. The dealer trading in hardware goods is registered under LBT. The firm imported goods worth Rs 1.17 crores since inception of LBT but paid LBT of Rs 45,000 only as against an estimated liability of Rs 3.51 lakh, stated a release issued by LBT Department. The dealer did not disclose additional place of business situated at Bohara Masjid Complex, Loha Oli, Itwari. As per LBT Rules, the dealer will now be required to pay penalty twice LBT liability. The dealer also did not file annual returns of LBT for the financial year 2013-14, stated the release.

Another search operation was conducted at Raghukul Construction Pvt Ltd, 188, Aarohi Apatment, Bajaj Nagar; owned by Dilip Bharade. In the action, LBT Deparment seized 11 files of purchase invoices as there were doubts about declaration of LBT taxable turn-over in annual return filed for the financial year 2013-14, added the press release issued by LBT Department. The department further stated that it would investigate the matter. The search operations were conducted under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Additional Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Bhusari, under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram.

The officers/officials involved in the operation included LBT Officers Yadav Jambhulkar and Rajesh Meshram; Inspectors Vilas Chahande, Sumer Gajbhiye, Suresh Dhupe, Baban Puri; Junior Inspectors Kubade, Mehrulia, Shailesh Bharadwaj, Shukla; Mohrir D P Kakade and Y N Sonekar; and Driver Raju Sonekar.

As per the press release, many dealers are importing goods and not making LBT payments on the pretext of news reports that LBT will be scrapped. The dealers should take note that even if LBT is scrapped, it will be from the date of such notification by the Government. LBT Department has requested the dealers to pay LBT as per the rules on the goods imported till date to avoid action by the department.

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Assembly election notification today

Though seat-sharing pact between BJP-Sena led grand alliance and Congress-NCP is yet to be finalised, the formal notification for assembly elections will be issued on Saturday by District Collect... Read More
Though seat-sharing pact between BJP-Sena led grand alliance and Congress-NCP is yet to be finalised, the formal notification for assembly elections will be issued on Saturday by District Collector, kick-starting the election process. Last date for filing the nominations is September 27. However, due to ongoing Shraddha Paksha, the nominations are expected to be filed only after Pitrumoksha Amavasya day, that is after September 24.

The election commission will also nominate Election Observers for entire state and for every two assembly segments, there will be an observer drawn from senior IAS officers from other states. So by September 27, all the 144 observers will be in state to keep a close watch on elections and enforcement of model code of conduct.

Meanwhile, after hectic parleys, BJP-Sena leaders seems to have agreed on seat-sharing formula, but formal announcement is yet to be made. According to sources, the Sena has agreed to contest on 145 seats while BJP will fight on 125 seats while remaining 18 seats will be given to small parties. The final seat-sharing talks between Congress and NCP are yet to be over and NCP state leaders also suggested to go alone to test their own strength in the assembly polls. So far the Congress leaders have not responded to 144 seats demanded by NCP and have submitted their own list of 174 candidates to party high-command and even tentative panel for remaining 114 seats.

In Nagpur city, BJP has four legislators while Congress has two MLAs. NCP is keen on fighting from at least one seat in the city while Sena has refused to part with South Nagpur seat.

BJP has almost finalised four seats of sitting legislators while Guardian Minister Nitin Raut is also near certain to fight from Nagpur North. All the sitting MLAs are almost certain to get tickets, but the forceful claim made by new entrants and young leaders in every party will definitely give nightmare to party leadership. Without waiting for formal announcement of their candidature, most aspirants belonging to different political parties have already launched their personal campaigns. All the four sitting BJP MLAs- Devendra Fadnavis (South West), Krishna Khopde (East), Vikas Kumbhare (Central) and Sudhakar Deshmukh (West) have already conducted intense tour in their respective constituencies. Fadnavis, despite his heavy responsibility of State BJP Presidentship and fine-tuning strategy with BJP core committee and leaders of Sena and other smaller parties of Mahayuti, has established very clear lead in campaign which is handled by BJP workers.

Guardian Minister Nitin Raut, too has left no stone unturned during last one month after assuming charge and ensured clearance of many developmental proposals. Minister of State for Finance Rajendra Mulak who is keen to contest from Nagpur West, has already undertaken whirlwind propaganda in this segment and is ready to enter the fray. Congress stalwart Satish Chaturvedi, young leader Adv Abhijit Wanjari are trying for ticket from East Nagpur while former minister Anees Ahmed is seeking ticket from Central Nagpur. Congress MLA from South Nagpur Dinanath Padole is lobbying with party bosses to repeat him. Due to peculiar decision making process, Congress nominees are now camping at Delhi to convince party high command about their suitability for the party ticket.

In BJP-Sena alliance, South Nagpur seat is left for Shiv Sena and names of district chief Shekhar Sawarbandhe, Kishor Kanhere and Kiran Pandav are doing rounds. However, the BJP workers want this seat for them in seat sharing pact and Mohan Mate, Prof Sanjay Bhende, Sudhkar Kohle, Dr Ravindra Bhoyar, Avinash Thakre, Ramesh Singare are main claimants. Other parties like Maharashtra Navnirman Sena too have decided to field candidates from Nagpur and has nearly finalised candidature of Pravin Barde, Prashant Pawar, Vishal Barbate, Hemant Gadkari. They have already started their campaign with the help of rank and files and are only awaiting formal announcement from party supremo Raj Thackeray, who is likely to address one public meeting at Nagpur.

NCP too has some aspirants like State spokesperson Atul Londhe from Nagpur East, Raju Nagulwar from South, Anil Ahirkar from Central Nagpur, Pragati Patil and Vedprakash Arya from Nagpur West. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh demanded at least one seat for NCP in city. In Nagpur district out of six seats, Congress has only one seat- Saoner represented by Sunil Kedar and NCP has one seat represented by veteran Anil Deshmukh from Katol. While BJP has three legislators- Chandrashekhar Bawankule (Kamptee), Sudhir Parwe (Umrer), Vijay Ghodmare (Hingna) and Shiv Sena's Ashish Jaiswal from Ramtek has retained the seat. All the sitting legislators are near certain to get the ticket. But there is keen tussle for the ticket in all the parties. Dr Amol Deshmukh, former minister Subodh Mohite, Chandrapal Chouksey have staked claim on Ramtek, while former Minister Sulekha Kumbhare has asked Congress to leave Kamptee for her and she is keen to contest on her party symboal with support from Congress-NCP. From Hingna-Kalmeshwar, NCP’s Ramesh Bang who lost last election with a very slender margin is strong contender for party ticket while from Umrer, Congress is in search of a strong candidate who will snatch bag the seat. Sena is in search of a credible candidate to be fielded against Anil Deshmukh at Katol and BJP has problem of plenty at Saone where Ashish Deshmukh, Ramesh Mankar, Sonba Musale are keen to contest on BJP ticket. With seat-sharing talks in last stage, the aspirants are anxiously awaiting the declaration of official list and nominations and revolt can be witnessed only after Amavasya.

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Preparations for Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Jayanti discussed

AN IMPORTANT meeting of workers of Bharatiya Janata Party of Pundit Bhawani Prashad Tiwari Ward was held at residence of BJP Deendayal Mandal, Vice-President Anurag Jain on Friday. In this meetin... Read More
AN IMPORTANT meeting of workers of Bharatiya Janata Party of Pundit Bhawani Prashad Tiwari Ward was held at residence of BJP Deendayal Mandal, Vice-President Anurag Jain on Friday. In this meeting, detailed discussion on coming event of Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay Jayanti programme to be observed on September 25.

Thereafter, from September 26 onwards, members of mandal will start public contact drive door-to-door in view of preliminary preparations for coming elections. In this campaign, workers will propagate the message of development and public beneficiary works done by BJP Government in State and city. Every voter in the ward would be informed about the development works, progress of the area planned by BJP Government and its leaders. The public contact drive of Pundit Deendayal Upadhyay Mandal workers would be continued till October 11, 2014. Mandal leader have appealed the party workers to join campaign in large numbers.

Eminent amongst those who were present includes Corporator Amit Jain, Arunrag Jain, General Secretary, Vaibhav Navlekar, Senior BJP leader, Neeraj Verma, Jitendra Chandorkar, Rajendar Chouksey, Antodaya Prakosta Media Incharge, Amit Trivedi, BJP workers Shivkumar Vishwakarma, Anil Namdeo, Dr. Satyendra Jain, Abhay Jain, Anil Agrawal, Prahalad Moolchandani, Abishek Jain, Sushma Rajak, Sanjay Patel, Dinesh Vishwakarma, Pooja Chourasia, Neelesh Gupta, Snehil Pathak, Ashok Parmar, Dlilip Khatri and Dilip Sahu along with BJP workers were present in large numbers.

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SP Mishra holds meeting with peace panel members ahead of festivals

WITH an aim to ensure law and order situation during Navratri, Dussehra and Eid-ul-Juha, a meeting of Shanti Samiti was organised at Collectorate meeting hall on Friday. District Collector Shiv... Read More
WITH an aim to ensure law and order situation during Navratri, Dussehra and Eid-ul-Juha, a meeting of Shanti Samiti was organised at Collectorate meeting hall on Friday. District Collector Shivnarayan Roopla chaired the meeting while Superintendent of Police, Harinarayanachari Mishra, former Minister Chandrakumar Bhanot, Kaushalya Gontia, S K Muddin, Vinay Saxena, Sanjay Yadav, Anand Mohan Pathak, Mukesh Rathore, Pyare Sahab, Sharad Dixit and other members attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Collector Roopla assured the members that all their suggestions are welcomed and officers concerned will take-up all suggestions on priority basis to maintain law and order situation and peaceful festivals celebrations in the district.

He instructed the officers of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation for ensuring cleanliness, electricity supply, street light, drinking water arrangements near temples and mosques in their concerned areas throughout the district. He also directed the officers for repairing damaged roads, maintaining traffic management during the festivals and security arrangements at ponds and banks of river for avoiding any untoward incident during idols immersion process. He directed the concerned officers for ensuring idol immersion at specified ponds for checking pollution in the river.

Roopla also instructed the officers of civic supply department for ensuring availability of adequate stock at fair price shops before festivals. Police officers were directed for organising police station level meetings of Shanti Samiti members, Durga Utsava Samitis and Ramleela Samitis for ensuring proper management in their respective areas.

Commenting on suggestion on prohibiting DJ and filmy songs, Collector said that district administration made all necessary efforts for checking the use of DJ but it needs equal participation of Shanti Samiti members and members of Durga Utsava Samitis. SP, Harinarayanachari Mishra informed about the preparations of police for security arrangements during the festivals. He informed that along with the deployment of additional security force, close circuit television cameras will be installed near religious places, main squares and streets for keeping vigilant eye on suspicious elements and their activities. Shanti Samiti members suggested for concluding Garba programmes till sixth day (Shasthi) of the Navratra festival and arrangement of temporary toilets during Dussehra festival. They also suggested the deployment of police personnel in civil dress for better monitoring of law and order arrangements during Dussehra festival.

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Plea challenging rationalisation of court work disposed off

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Ajit Singh disposed off petition filed by Ashok Kutumble challenging implementation of a scheme... Read More
A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Ajit Singh disposed off petition filed by Ashok Kutumble challenging implementation of a scheme on rationalisation of assignment of cases issued on December 6, 2013, before benches of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The division bench in its order said ‘By consent of all parties, we dispose off this petition by placing on record the broad satisfaction of all counsels representing respective parties, about fairness and effectiveness of rationalisation of assignment of cases related scheme.

The petitioner, however, invited our attention to the fact that he has filed reply; comments to minutes of meeting dated on August 30, 2014, and have raised certain new issues, which were not considered in joint meeting.

Petitioner, however, fairly accepts that those aspects can be considered on administrative side by the Chairman of the same Committee or by the Chief Justice, as may be deemed appropriate. The registry may take follow up action in this behalf. The division bench in its order said to place on record our word of appreciation for constructive stand taken by all Bar Associations, Bar Councils in identifying issues and finding court amicable solution in that behalf.

Senior Advocate Rajendra Tiwari with Purushaindra Kaurav appeared for Madhya Pradesh High Court, while Samdarshi Tiwari, Government Advocate for the State, Senior Advocate Adarsh Muni Trivedi for Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association, Jabalpur, Abhishek Arjaria for Madhya Pradesh High Court Bar Association, Indore, J P Agrawal, R D Hundikr, V K Shukla, H C Kohli for Interveners, Advocate Mohammed Ali on behalf of the State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, counsel for the High Court, Senior Advocate Rajendra Tiwari argued that the High Court is not considering this petition as an adversarial litigation but responding to contents made in the petition so as to clarify correct and factual aspects in larger public interest.

In rationalised scheme it is highlighted that constitutional mandate of speedy justice to citizens on the basis of first come first serve is taken care of in a very rationalised and scientific manner. The scheme, which is unique and is first of its kind in India operates through auto-generated computer programme, which is designed to address relative urgency of different types of cases as per court policy distributing workload equally amongst available judges on day-to-day basis.

Now, every admission matter will have a date. Listing of motion hearing fresh cases and final hearing cases as per computer programme ensure transparency, consistency, objectivity and accountability at every level as processing of cases are condensed at every level.

Counsel for the High Court Advocate Tiwari said, “There is no manual intervention in distribution of cases amongst judges as by computer programme the cases are listed amongst courts strictly in chronological order from oldest to newest which has brought an end to many malpractices, which were prevalent earlier. This has brought an end to dependency on proposal system by dealing assistants and now they have to only update a case, which is picked and listed by the computer programme. It has also brought an end to bench hunting. Now, one can guess where the case will be listed.” It may be mentioned that the scheme has given wonderful results as comparison of disposal of cases in first quarter of 2013 and 2014 proves success of the scheme. In the first quarter of 2013 number of cases disposed of were 27,002 whereas in first quarter of 2014 number of cases disposed of were 35,880, which is an increase of about 25 per cent, he added.

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Admission of Munna Bhai of 2010 batch cancelled

ACTING on recommendation of VYAPAM, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College administration cancelled admission of Munna Bhai Shailendra, on Thursday. The medical administration has cancelle... Read More
ACTING on recommendation of VYAPAM, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College administration cancelled admission of Munna Bhai Shailendra, on Thursday. The medical administration has cancelled admission of Munna Bhai accused of taking admission through unfair means in first year MBBS course at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital in 2010.

Medical administration has taken this decision after recommendation of the Director Medical Education (DME) Department to cancel the admission. DME in a letter sent to medical administration on recommendation of VYAPAM, authority that conducts pre-medical test in Madhya Pradesh. With cancellation of admission of Shailendra, list of Munna Bhais accused of taking admission on fake identity basis in NSCBMCH has reached 94. Medical administration will also cancel admission of more Munna Bhais accused of using unfair means to seek admission in MBBS course at NSCBMCH in next couple of days.

Medical administration has cancelled admission of 94 students for using unfair means to secure position in PMT examination and get admission in first year MBBS course at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital between 2008 to 2013, after recommendation of High Power Committee (HPC).

OSD Dr B K Guha informed that after recommendation of the Director of Medical Education Department, NSCBMCH administration cancelled candidature of the student. This is major action that was taken by the medical administration on candidature cancellation of Munna Bhai in last few years. Now, the list of students terminated has increased to 94 which includes 14 in 2008, 20 in 2009, 22 in 2010, 9 in 2011, 17 in 2012 and 20 in 2013. Following action of VYAPAM, the number of PMT candidates whose examination have been cancelled by VYAPAM has rose to 915. VYAPAM cancelled examination of 439 candidates of PMT 2013 and 286 candidates of PMT 2012 and 98 candidates of 2011 in different government medical colleges in State.

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With fresh delimitation, number of wards under JMC rises to 79

THE Madhya Pradesh Government on Friday published final notification of fresh delimitation of wards in ordinary gazette. After delimitation strength of wards under Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (J... Read More
THE Madhya Pradesh Government on Friday published final notification of fresh delimitation of wards in ordinary gazette. After delimitation strength of wards under Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has been increased from 70 to 79. The area has increased to 263 square kilometres from 131 square kilometres.

New nine wards, which have been added in JMC have not been named yet. The Nagar Nigam Parishad (Municipal Corporation Council) would name the wards. Upcoming election of the civic body will be held on the basis of fresh delimitation in December. JMC on August 30 had issued notification and called for objections and suggestions from public regarding boundaries of wards and other issues within seven days. The draft copy of delimitation was displayed at Collectorate, JMC offices.

The notification issued was aimed at increasing strength of wards from 70 to 79. Revision of wards was done by merging a large number of adjoining villages into Jabalpur Municipal Corporation.

After notification the district administration had received total 383 applications/objections. Collector S N Roopla on September 6 heard objections during a marathon meeting of 14 hours.

Thereafter, working on applications/objections the administration had accepted 138 applications on various valid grounds while it accepted five applications partially. It could not accept 217 applications and rejected 26. The Collector thereafter sent documents to Jabalpur Municipal Corporation for needed correction in delimitation. After correction JMC had sent the file to district administration, which forwarded it to Divisional Commissioner Deepak Khandekar who sent it to the State Government for its consent.

Giving due respect to people’s emotions, the administration did not change the name of Mahatma Gandhi Ward and Pt Bhawani Prasad Tiwari Ward. Besides, it has reconstituted Jawaharganj Ward on the name of Jawaharganj Bazaar apart from redressing anomalies of Tilak, Sarafa and Ravindar Nath Tagore Ward. It also settled problems coming in keeping colonies in particular ward. It unified Punit Nagar and Shivnagar and also added Mahgawan in adjoining ward. With final notification of ward delimitation, the strength of wards under JMC has been increased to 79 wards and the limits of the civic body has also increased to 263 square kilometre.

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Tigress T-4 dies at Panna

World’s first hand-reared feline T-4 died at Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), reports reserve official on Friday. The tigress was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mandla range in Panna Na... Read More
World’s first hand-reared feline T-4 died at Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), reports reserve official on Friday. The tigress was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mandla range in Panna National Park, on Friday. The national park administration is yet to ascertain the cause of death of the full grown tigress. Panna National Park Management received constant signal location of T-4 tigress and a search party located her carcass at Pathan Jhiri in the Madla beat. On Friday, the tigress was cremated after preliminary investigation and post-mortem conducted by the wildlife veterinary doctor. The report indicates that the tigress died under natural circumstances. Even after autopsy, the reason behind suspicious death of T-4 tigress could not be ascertained and her last rites were performed by the park management at Panna National Park under supervision of Director Sreenivasa Murthy. T4 is the first tigress brought to Panna Tiger reserve in March 2011 under comprehensive Tiger Reintroduction Project conceived in technical collaboration with Wildlife Institute of India and launched after obtaining clearance from National Tiger Conservation Authority. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Madhya Pradesh, Narendra Kumar while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that there was little confusion over the death of T-4 due to infection in a wound on her neck caused due to radio-caller but it could not be confirmed in the autopsy. Samples of the tigress were collected for further investigation into the case. “There was no sign of poaching or other major injury (exempting wound on her neck) or disease in the autopsy and a team of senior veterinarians are busy in finding scientific reason of her death,” PCCF added. It may be mentioned that the T-4 tigress was a part of a successful experiment of translocation of tigers. T-4 was successfully translocated at Panna National Park after some months of birth. T-4 translocation proves fruitful in the history of wildlife to review tigers’ population in India when she delivered two cubs in November 2011.

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State failed to get normal rainfall this monsoon

It was a sunny day in State capital despite partial cloudy weather conditions on Friday. The rains remained conspicuous by their absence. Seeing the sunny weather condition, it looked that rains ... Read More
It was a sunny day in State capital despite partial cloudy weather conditions on Friday. The rains remained conspicuous by their absence. Seeing the sunny weather condition, it looked that rains have started to bid adieu. Weather department is also saying that monsoon season has entered into the phase of bidding adieu.

This monsoon season has failed to give normal rainfall to Madhya Pradesh. The rainfall so far happened in state is seventeen percent less from normal level.

“The rainfall in state till date is 76 cm against the normal rainfall of 91 cm. This means that state rainfall is seventeen percent less from normal rainfall. The rainfall in Bhopal division till date is 71 cm against the normal rainfall of 96 cm. As far as east region of Madhya Pradesh is concerned then it is 22 percent short from average rainfall. West Madhya Pradesh rainfall is 8 percent short from normal rainfall,” said duty officer of weather department to “The Hitavada”. According to weather department, rainfall in state has been uneven and there are many districts which are experiencing deficit rainfall.

For instance, Bhind’s rainfall deficit is 42 percent followed by Morena (-22 %), Ratlam (-33 %), Ujjain (-27%), Datia (-26 %), Chhattarpur (-44%), Damoh (-35%), Shahdol (-27%), Satna (-33%), Umaria (-35%), Singrauli (-29%), Umaria (-35%), Singrauli (-29%), Balaghat (-27%), Katni (-26%), Jabalpur (-23%), Seoni (-27%).

Apart from this there are districts which have recorded excess rainfall and they includes Alirajpur (+16%), Badwani (+20%), Burhanpur (+39 %), Harda (+11 percent), Khargone (+13%), Neemuch (+15%) and Ratlam (+12%). “Though monsoon is in bidding process but it is impossible that remaining rains could take state rainfall to normal rainfall level. Then also, over all rainfall in state is satisfactory by seeing the El Nino phenomenon,” said duty officer to “The Hitavada”.

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Section 144 in hostels to check illegal activities

In a wake of maintaining law and orders, District Collector Nishant Warwade on Friday issued notice to submit the details of private hostels running across city to the concerned Sub Divisional Ma... Read More
In a wake of maintaining law and orders, District Collector Nishant Warwade on Friday issued notice to submit the details of private hostels running across city to the concerned Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) under Section 144 IPC.

According to notice issued by Collector, all the hostel owners are directed to submit the details including place of the hostel, number of students residing, their permanent address and contact numbers within first 10 days of every month.

People ignoring the orders will be punished under Section 188 IPC. In the orders released by collector, it is mentioned that some of the anti-social elements try to escape in private hostels of the city. They usually harm the human life, property theft and other illegal activities by residing in hostels. In this way innocent students residing in hostels for continuing their study get disturb and environment of society destroys. An advertisement of the orders will also be made in the city through pamphlets and notices at municipal corporation, police stations and other vital place of the city. As per orders, it is duty of private hostel owners to submit the monthly report of hostel at SDM office so that proper law and orders would be maintained. To stop the anti-social activities in city, collector has decided to bring the private hostel under the ambit of official record. There is no official data of number of hostels spread across city. Only 20% hostels of the city have been registered from some institution. Households of the city do not want to reveal their identity and hostels running into their home which is giving birth to anti-social activities in the city.

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No time scale to Health Deptt’s 22,000 nurses in State for last nine years

The State Government repeatedly told all Government departments to provide time scale benefit to all those nurses deprived of the promotions for the last several years. But health officers surp... Read More
The State Government repeatedly told all Government departments to provide time scale benefit to all those nurses deprived of the promotions for the last several years. But health officers surprisingly failed to make amendment in nursing cadre’s service recruitment rules and untill the department did not make amendment in service recruitment rules, the nurses might not be given benefit of the time scale since 2006. Due to unwanted delay, State’s 22,000 nurses including Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM), Lady Health Visitor (LHV), Staff Nurse, Nursing Sister, Matron, Tutor and other nursing cadres working at Government hospitals and health centres for the last 2 to 30 years have been deprived of time scale. Some retired without benefit of time scale, some are on verge of retirement.

The senior health officers shrug off their responsibility, nobody accept unwanted delay in providing time scale benefit to the nursing cadre.

A senior health officer in directorate of health said that Anju Bhadoria, who was as Additional Director at Directorate of Health, looking after nursing section had interestingly issued an order to all the district health authorities that if the nurses had been given benefit of the time scale without amendment in their service recruitment rules, the recovery from their salary be started. The order was according to information was issued in May last. According to this order in some districts, the district health authorities have started time scale amount recovery from the nurses’ salary in Khandwa and some other districts.

When contacted, Anju Bhadoria, Additional Director, Health, said she did not look after the work of nursing section now. “I do not remember at present at I had issued any order of recovering amount of time scale from nurses. It is true that the nurses should not be given benefit of the time scale until their service recruitment rules are amended. “I had sent file of amendment in nursing recruitment rules to the Government but I do not know what happened then. It is to do to the Government. Better you ask to Dr J L Mishra, Director, Health, looking after nursing section, she said.

When contacted, Dr Mishra said the Health Department had made amendment to nursing service recruitment rules in 2011. I will have to see the matter what happened in it. I do not know why the nurses are not being given time scale due since 2006 and if there is any recovery of the time scale from the nurses salary, he said.Rekha Parmar, State President, Nurses Association Madhya Pradesh, said the nurses fought their battle of time scale and other benefits since the last many years. The Health Department has not yet made amendment in nursing service recruitment rules and so the nurses are deprived of time scale benefit since 2006. The State’s 22,000 nurses are resented with the department’s irresponsible attitude towards nurses, she said.

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PMT exam scam middleman surrenders in CJM court

A PMT examination-2012 scam accused with prize money on him surrendered in the court here on Friday. Patel had got a candidate passed in the examination by making an impersonator appear in the ex... Read More
A PMT examination-2012 scam accused with prize money on him surrendered in the court here on Friday. Patel had got a candidate passed in the examination by making an impersonator appear in the examination in original candidate’s place. The accused, Rakesh Patel, son of Danveer Prasad, is a resident of Nalanda in Bihar. Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh Police had registered a case 07/14 under Sections 420, 467, 471 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code and 3 (C) 1, 2, /4 under Madhya Pradesh recognised examination act-1937. STF had also declared prize of Rs 10,000 on Patel and was in search for him. Patel on Friday reached CJM Pankaj Singh Maheshwari’s court and surrendered himself. Court has handed over Patel to STF for initial interrogation. STF will present Patel in court on Saturday and will request for sending him on police remand.

According to STF, Patel made a impersonator appear in the PMT examination 2012 in place of original candidate Sadil Jain, resident of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Meanwhile, STF has arrested an accused in the Ayurvedic Medical Officer Recruitment Examination conducted by Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) from state capital on Friday. Accused Kuldeep Patel, son of Kaushal Prasad Patel, is a resident of Rohitas Nagar colony of State capital. Arrested Patel is related to accused Dr Surendra Patel and used to teach in the pharmacy department of NRI college of Pharmacy of state capital. Patel is accused of helping Dr Patel by first getting the paper leaked then training the candidates in the Hotel Amulyashri of state capital for the examination and lastly taking them to Indore for appearing in the examination.

STF will present Patel in the court tomorrow and ask for sending him in police remand for further interrogation.

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School van drivers threaten strike

Private school van drivers of the city threatened to launch strike against the campaign launched by Regional Transportation Office (RTO).

The School Vans Association would meet State Transpor... Read More
Private school van drivers of the city threatened to launch strike against the campaign launched by Regional Transportation Office (RTO).

The School Vans Association would meet State Transportation Minister Bhupendra Singh on Monday under the guidance of ex-MLA P C Sharma.

During the meeting, association would present their demand to exempt them from compulsion of school letter for issuing license. Association President Shivkumar Soni said that they have already talked to several bureaucrats about their demands. He further said that if their demand would not be accepted, they would launch an indefinite strike. The association had also organised its conference at BHEL Dussehra ground three days back. In the meeting, van drivers raised their problems. Notably, in the month of July school van drivers launched two day strike which caused inconvenient to the parents as well as students. MP Alok Sanjar and District Collector Nishant Warwade appealed them to stop the strike. For the past two months, RTO has showed strict attitude towards the school vehicles. The department has seized 135 vans and charged penalty of Rs 9 lakh within two months.

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Usha Thakur once again stirs hornet’s nest

Indore’s BJP MLA Usha Thakur is once again in the eye of controversy due to her controversial statements. In the fresh controversial remarks, Usha Thakur said there was mention of Maa Durga i... Read More
Indore’s BJP MLA Usha Thakur is once again in the eye of controversy due to her controversial statements. In the fresh controversial remarks, Usha Thakur said there was mention of Maa Durga in Vande Mataram but it was removed by reservation of particular community. If they have reservation in singing Vande Mataram then they should also not take part in Garba which is sing in praise of Maa Durga. Earlier, Usha Thakur was in cauldron of controversy when she said entry should be denied to Muslim youths in garba as they finds entry into garba and later lures Hindu girls. She had at that time demanded that entry should be given after checking the Identity cards.

The fresh statement’s of Usha Thakur has once again started debate and somewhere minorities are finding themselves at the receiving end.

What is a matter of concern that even some BJP MLAs are echoing his demand either openly or in silent manner. So far, BJP leadership has not asked him to stop from giving the controversial statements which divides the society.

The remark made by Usha Thakur is somewhere creating an undeclared rift between two communities. Congress’ Chief Spokesman K K Mishra said that BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the service and sacrifice of Muslims and on other hand Usha Thakur is giving the statements aimed at dividing the society. She should clear that who is telling truth. In the meantime, Hindu outfits have felicitated BJP MLA from Huzur, Rameshwar Sharma for openly advocating to check the identity cards of youths going to take part in garba. He had also demanded that one should show faith in Hindu if wants to take part in Garba.

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Party would follow one person one post policy: Nandkumar Singh Chouhan

State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is of the view that party is having the norm one person one post. Hence, those ministers who are post holders in State BJP organi... Read More
State President of Bharatiya Janata Party Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is of the view that party is having the norm one person one post. Hence, those ministers who are post holders in State BJP organisation will be relieved of organisational responsibilities. Besides, BJP will reduce Congress to such situation that its position will not be very different from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Nandkumar Singh Chouhan spoke to “The Hitavada” on myriad issues. Here are the excerpts of the interview.

Q. Whether you are going to make any changes in the party’s executive body? Answer: The team formed by predecessor Narendra Singh Tomar is a qualified team and it does not needs any major changes. Only minor changes would be done. Those office bearers would be changed who have become inactive due to certain reasons.

Q. There are leaders who are office-bearers in party organisation and at the same time they are ministers in state government? Answer: Party is having the norm of one person one post. Hence, those office-bearers of party organisation would be changed who are also ministers in state government.

Q. The by election results of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan showed that Modi wave has faded. In Madhya Pradesh also, BJP lost one assembly by-election. Even party’s National President Amit Shah urged party to focus beyond Modi factor, what is your view? Answer: Amit Shah was of the view that Modi wave was at its place but party workers have to work hard to implement it. As far as by election results are concerned then why people forget that they were BJP versus all other parties. Then also party has opened its account in Assam and West Bengal. UP by-election results changed due to absence of BSP. As far as Bahoriband assembly by election results are concerned then Bahoriband seat has been never pro-BJP seat.

Q: What is party’s stand on Love Jihad issue. BJP MLA Usha Thakur has demanded entry of youths after seeing their identity cards? Answer: Whatever she said is her personal opinion. But then also she had told good thing that identity cards should be checked to know the identity that whether person is Indian and belongs to which place. What will happen if any terrorist finds entry by taking benefit of crowd.

Q. You have said that State Congress President Arun Yadav does not know to do politics and also used some harsh words against him? Answer: Arun Yadav had levelled allegations against CM and it is normal as he is in opposition but the language used by him as objectionable. Every action has a reaction.

Q. What is future of Congress in State? Answer: The base of Congress is shrinking in State. Even the community which Congress was construing its vote bank is tilting towards BJP.

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Nandkumar Sai denies anti-Modi remarks

RAJYA Sabha member Nandkumar Sai has denied making any anti-Narendra Modi remarks during an interview with media on his Bilaspur visit. Strongly refuting some local media misinterpreting him, Sai s... Read More
RAJYA Sabha member Nandkumar Sai has denied making any anti-Narendra Modi remarks during an interview with media on his Bilaspur visit. Strongly refuting some local media misinterpreting him, Sai said that he never stated of decline in impact of PM Narendra Modi and people being un-happy with the Modi Government. He clarified of being misquoted. In his clarification, Sai said that while being questioned of recent results of the by-election, he actually stated of people having high expectation from new Government. However, there are discrepancies at the local level which will be sorted out gradually, he added.

Expressing his suspicion over a series of such conspiracies being hatched against him for past 11 years, Sai said that the party leaders are well aware of motives and intentions. But, on the current hype, he said that the media persons were made the scapegoat.

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Chief Secretary holds meeting for Kaun Banega Crorepati preparations

To give better shape in hosting the country’s mega show ‘Kaun Benega Crorepati’, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand conveyed meeting of high officials at Secretariat (Mahanadi) here on Friday. The m... Read More
To give better shape in hosting the country’s mega show ‘Kaun Benega Crorepati’, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand conveyed meeting of high officials at Secretariat (Mahanadi) here on Friday. The meeting agenda focused on law and order, traffic flow, parking, power supply, drinking water facility, sanitation and primary health facilities.

Addressing at the meet Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand instructed the officials to ensure all basic facilities to host the event in the state capital. He also laid emphasis that officials should be strict to maintain the law and order situation during the event to be held at Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium of September 27 and 28. Present during the meeting were DGP A N Upadhay, Principal Secretary Urban Administration RP Mandal, Managing Director Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Subodhkumar Singh, Secretary Anil Rai, Divisional Commissioner Dr BL Tiwari, Raipur Range IG JP Singh Collector Thakur Ramsingh and SP OP Pal.

C’garh Cong puts forth relevant queries before CM

Chhattisgarh Congress took potshots at ongoing speculations of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh attending ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ as a participant when it gets recorded in Raipur.

Party spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla expressed optimism that mega star Amitabh Bacchan might prove successful in extracting some of the queries from CM Dr Singh that people of Chhattisgarh have not received so far.

Shukla said that relevant questions including why state government has been unsuccessful in tackling Maoist menace during past two decades, how many Industries actually invested as result of Global Investor Meet two years back, why thousands of women and children have gone missing from Chhattisgarh over past years but state government could not locate their whereabouts. Shukla also hoped CM Dr Singh to explain as to why ration card numbers increase prior to elections but then gets cancelled in large numbers after the polls are over.

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Mohd Akbar questions notification on electoral segments within Raipur Jilla Panchayat

Former Minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Akbar has questioned that notification issued by Raipur Collector whereby Raipur Jilla Panchayat has been divided into 13 electoral segments for ... Read More
Former Minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Akbar has questioned that notification issued by Raipur Collector whereby Raipur Jilla Panchayat has been divided into 13 electoral segments for which elections would be held.

He pointed out that while there is resentment that none of these segments have been identified for general category candidates, it is ironical that 15 segments under different categories have been reserved when there are mere 13 electoral segments notified within Raipur Jilla Panchayat.

This includes 3 for Scheduled Castes, one for Scheduled Tribes, 3 for Other Backward Castes and two for SC category women and one for ST category woman, two for OBC category women and two for general category woman candidate. Akbar said that the present reservation would deprive general category candidates from contesting polls and there would also be two seats less for reserved categories. Akbar argued that as per provisions, one electoral segment needs to be carved out for every 50,000 population. Since the Raipur Jilla Panchayat has nearly 9 lakh population, there needs to be 18 electoral segments with 10 for general category contenders. He said that issued notification is being widely opposed and it should be revised or it will be challenged in a court of law.

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Bhilai engineering student sexually molested; victim refuses to lodge police complaint

An engineering student from Odisha, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two youths, on Friday last reached Chhaoni Thana to lodge a police complaint, but refrained from doing so fearing poss... Read More
An engineering student from Odisha, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by two youths, on Friday last reached Chhaoni Thana to lodge a police complaint, but refrained from doing so fearing possible police action against her well-wisher.

Police said that at about 10 am on September 12, the victim, a BE final year student at a premier engineering college of Bhilai, disembarked at Power House, Bhilai railway station and proceeded towards her hostel in an autorickshaw. After some covering distance, auto-rickshaw stopped for a while and two youths forcefully got in. When she protested, youths sprayed some chemical, making her unconscious. When the girl regained consciousness, she found herself in Jawhar Udyan, Bhilai alone and was in severe pain due to heavy bleeding.

Police sources informed that the victim somehow managed to reach her hostel and later proceeded for her native place. She was shocked when she and her parents started receiving SMSs from offenders regarding her MMSs in their possession, threatening that it would be uploaded on internet if she ever thought of reporting the matter to the police. The offenders were also blackmailing her with certain motives. The victim arrived at Chhaoni Thana in Bhilai along with her father and a relative to lodge a police complaint.

When contacted, Alexander Kiro, SHO, Chhaoni Thana informed that the victim however, refrained from lodging a police complaint, fearing the consequences.

Jamul police nab four on charges of kidnapping, assault

JAMUL police nabbed four on charges of kidnapping and assaulting in connection with abduction of a minor in Housing Board, Jamul. The accused was remanded to jail from the court on Friday.

Police sources informed that the accused were identified as Kapil Satpal, Karkes, Ram Yadav and one other, residents of Housing Board, Jamul. The police said that at about 12:30 pm on Thursday, the victim Jitesh Singh (17), son of late Kavindra Singh, a resident of EWS quarter, Jamul was near Chhathh Talab in the area when the accused reached the place in a jeep and dragged the victim forcibly into the vehicle. While speeding the vehicle, the accused severely thrashed the victim while inflicting upon him injuries. Later, the accused freed him and sped away. Police sources further informed that on information, a Jamul Thana team swung into action and succeeded in lying hands on the accused. The police said that during interrogation in police custody the accused confessed to their involvement in the crime. The police have registered the offence against them under sections 294, 506 (B), 323, 365 and 34 of IPC. While confirming details, Brijesh Kushwaha, SHO, Jamul Thana informed that he had led the police team which could successfully track down the accused behind the crime.

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Teachers’ body again up in arms against state govt

Chhattisgarh Shikshak Sangh has warned state government of an intense agitation at Budhatalab in Raipur on September 22 if the government does not take decision in the interest of the teachers. T... Read More
Chhattisgarh Shikshak Sangh has warned state government of an intense agitation at Budhatalab in Raipur on September 22 if the government does not take decision in the interest of the teachers. Teachers from across the state, who had observed a symbolic strike on July 5, 2014 to press for their numerous demands, had also submitted a memorandum to the government on August 28, issuing certain time limit for the fulfillment of their demands, said Sangh’s Sangharsh Samiti state coordinator Neelkanth Shardul and other office bearers in a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Friday.

The Sangh members demanded that there should be immediate promotion to the post of headmaster, lecturer and principals in the middle schools, suspension of the officials in the education department not executing the promotion rules, time-bound salary for the assistant teachers, removal of the discrepancies in the time bound salary of the lecturers, ‘gatirodh bhatta’ of Rs 600 should be added to the grade salary, reinstate of school commission and old school timing. The association members said the teachers from across the state will stage demonstration at Budhatalab on September 22 at 11 am if their demands are not met by September 20.

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double murder rocks urla

Purani Basti of Urla was shocked as a youth brutally murdered his sister-in-law and nephew. Accused thrashed his Bhabhi and nephew with heavy stone pestle till they died and surrendered to the ... Read More
Purani Basti of Urla was shocked as a youth brutally murdered his sister-in-law and nephew. Accused thrashed his Bhabhi and nephew with heavy stone pestle till they died and surrendered to the police on late Friday evening.

The reason that pushed accused Ramesh Bhardwaj to commit such act of barbarism was still not clear till the filing of this report as the police had just reached the spot and investigating the matter. Ramesh’s Bhabhi Rukmani and nephew Deepak (7), 7-year-old kid, were lying in their blood stained clothes as the police reached. Both had died on the spot, police said. Entire room was painted red with the blood of mother and son, nothing short of horrifying. There is a kind of dark silence enveloped the Purani Basti of Urla as the neighbours and other locals are find it hard to digest the incident.

When this incident happened at around 8:15 pm, Rukmani’s husband had gone to village Amoda of Janjgir Champa. Police has informed him about the incident and he was on his way back.

Reportedly, this family had moved to Urla Area around two and half months back in search of work. Rukmani’s husband works in a factory namely Laxmikripa Group situated at Urla.

Police said accused didn’t try to escape; rather, he surrendered without any problem.

Love lorn couple attempt suicide, girl survive

Girl survived while the boy was killed when a lovelorn couple attempted suicide by jumping in front of a train on Thursday. Girl was admitted in hospital but suspiciously she disappeared from there. People at the Ticket counter of Raipur Railway Station were taken by surprise and shock, when a girl with blood soaked clothes fainted in front of the counter. No body had any idea, what happened to girl and no many people took the matter seriously unless she was interrogated by Government Railway Police (GRP).

She said her story, resembling to some movie, in front of the GRP officers. Girl identified as Monica Nishad (25) said Deepak Verma son of Ghanaram Verma (25), whm she married on the same day is lying dead on railway track at Shrinagar. They attempted suicide together but only Deepak was killed while she survived with injuries.

She walked over a kilometre from Shrinagar to Railway Station and fell unconscious in front of ticket counter. GRP took her to the hospital but reportedly she disappeared from hospital. According to the reports, Deepak Verma is a resident of village Sakri and he was currently living at Raipura. Girl Monica is a resident of Kanker.

It’s still not clear whether they actually married or not. However, police dispatched a team to Kanker to find out the real story.

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Edasmeta Encounter: Last date for submission of evidences extended

Judicial Probe Commission constituted by the State Government has extended the last date till September 30 this year for submission of representations, affidavits and documents related to the encou... Read More
Judicial Probe Commission constituted by the State Government has extended the last date till September 30 this year for submission of representations, affidavits and documents related to the encounter that had taken place in the intervening night of May 17 and 18, 2013 at Edasmeta village in the jurisdiction of Gangaloor police station jurisdiction in Bijapur district. This is the last opportunity given by Commission to the people concerned for submission of evidences. Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Pandri, Raipur based Judicial Probe Commission Office has notified people that any kind of evidences related to the incident can be submitted at Commission Office by September 30.

Commission office is situated in Chhattisgarh State Consumer Commission premise at Pandri, Raipur. Chhattisgarh Government’s General Administration Department had formed this judicial probe commission on May 19, 2013. Camp Headquarters of the Commission is situated at Commissioner Office premise, Bastar Division, Jagdalpur. Judicial Probe Commission had published a notification in Chhattisgarh Gazette (Extraordinary) on July 19, 2013 for submission of representations, affidavits and documents etc related to the incident. Thereafter, the time-limit for submission of evidences was extended several times. Letters were sent to the family members of the deceased and notice was also published in the local newspapers but no information, affidavit, document or other evidence in the context could be received.

Considering the situation, Judicial Probe Commission has provided the last opportunity to submit any kind of evidence related to the incident till September 30.

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People in C’garh are still ‘paddling’ high for environment!

In the current era of cars, bikes and scooters, bicycles and cyclists are seen scantily at the roads, but still Chhattisgarh is the only State among all 29 States and 7 union territories of nat... Read More