ADDITIONAL Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar on Saturday visited Central Jail to supervise ongoing preparations for the scheduled hanging of the lone death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts Yakub Memon on July 30. After discussing hanging and security arrangements with Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Rajendra Dhamne, senior Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai and other officers, she inspected the ‘Fasi Yard’ and reviewed the arrangements being made for Yakub’s execution. Borwankar, however, avoided sharing any information about the arrangements about the scheduled execution of Yakub saying that the officials had been directed not to speak on the subject. She is likely to camp for a day or two to ensure foolproof arrangements.Meanwhile, police, Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and intelligence agencies are maintaining a strict vigil on suspicious persons, vital installations, public places and sensitive areas in the Second Capital ahead of Yakub’s scheduled hanging. Police patrolling has been intensified near Jail premises. Additional armed guards have been deployed inside and outside the jail. Police personnel in civil dress have also been deployed at Railway Station and bus terminus to maintain a strict vigil on people arriving in the city.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, while expressing his deep condolences, described late R S Gavai as one of the tallest leaders of Republican movement, a fine Parliamentarian, an able institution builder, and a pillar of strength for social life.“His demise is an irreparable personal loss. I have lost a philosopher and guide. The nation, Maharashtra, and Ambedkarite movement have incurred a huge loss in his sad demise. He was a man who had friends beyond political barriers. He was known for his positive insistence Parliamentary procedures and rich traditions,” Fadnavis stated in his condolence message. Visionary leader lost: Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, recalled Gavai’s valuable contribution to the cause of Vidarbha development. “He was a champion of Dalit cause, and actively shaped the thoughts of the masses,” he said.Stating that he was closely associated with Gavai family, Gadkari recalled how he was benefited by Dadasaheb Gavai’s insightful guidance in Legislative Council. Deekshabhoomi, a monument of inspiration for all, was possible only because of Gavai’s efforts, he said. Gavai was a man whose friendships were beyond the barriers of party, caste, religion etc. In his demise, the nation and Vidarbha have lost a skilled organiser and visionary leader, Gadkari added. Governor condoles demise of R S Gavai
Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, expressed grief over demise of former Governor of Kerala and Bihar R S Gavai. In a condolence message, the Governor stated that R S Gavai was a highly respected figure in public life of Maharashtra. During his nearly four decades long tenure as a member of State Legislature, he also served as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of Legislative Council. A man of the masses, Gavai had grasp over problems of the people. He had friends cutting across the political spectrum. Gavai left a distinct imprint of his own on every position that he held in his long political career. In his demise, Maharashtra has lost a veteran leader and an excellent parliamentarian. “I pay my respects to the memory of late R S Gavai and convey my condolences to the bereaved family,” stated the Governor.Lost a progressive leader: Pawar
Sharad Pawar, President of NCP and former Union Minister, recalled his long association with R S Gavai. “In Gavai’s demise, we have lost a progressive leader,” Pawar stated in his condolence message. Expressing shock and grief over Gavai’s death, Pawar said that the Ambedkarite leader was a good administrator, an able Governor, a socially-aware citizen. Maharashtra has lost an able organiser, studious leader, wonderful parliamentarian, and leader of the masses, Pawar stated in the condolence message.Gavai’s demise is a great personal loss to me: Purohit
Banwarilal Purohit, former MP and senior BJP leader, recalled his long association with R S Gavai. “He was a tall leader, able parliamentarian who had deep respect for democratic traditions, and a very good human being,” Purohit stated in a condolence message. “The sad demise of Gavai is an irreparable loss to social and political circles and a great personal loss for me,” he added.Gavai made rich contribution to social, political life: Fin Min
Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Forests Minister, described Dadasaheb Gavai as a leading light of Ambedkarite movement. He enjoyed the stature of a tall leader not only in Maharashtra but also the entire country. He served as Governor of Bihar, Kerala, and for some time of Sikkim. Gavai also served as Deputy Chairman, Chairman, and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council. “We will never forget the mammoth contribution made by this tall leader to the political and social life,” Mungantiwar stated.Dalits have lost a pillar of strength: Khadse
Eknath Khadse, Revenue and Agriculture Minister, also expressed shock and grief over R S Gavai’s death. A veteran Dalit leader, social activist, staunch follower of Ambedkarite thought, and a pillar of strength of Dalits has been lost in Gavai’s death, Khadse stated in a condolence message. “One cannot forget Gavai’s contribution in shaping the Employment Guarantee Scheme,” he added.
Indus Accord under the leadership of its Chairman Anand Fiske had contacted Sanjay Puri and through him it is endeavoring to bring investments from US to Nagpur. Indus Accord will be holding US-Nagpur business conclave 2015 in November in Nagpur. In the meet, the investors from US will come to Nagpur and an interaction would be held. This is an effort by Indus Accord to get investments from US to Nagpur. Indus Accord is a team of experienced professionals in the field of real estate, brand building, marketing, green energy, corporate finance, investment banking and consulting has partnered with USINPAC (US India Political Action Committee) to promote US Investments in India.
As per the instructions received from the Government, the auctions for sand ghats that have not been auctioned so far will be held in the month of September, said Rajendragir Gosavi, District Mining Officer. According to him, of a total 49 sand ghats identified, 26 have been auctioned. The auction for remaining 23 and additional ghats will be held in September. The process of obtaining ‘no objection certificates’ from respective Gram Sabhas and other formalities are expected to be conducted next week.
July is the month, when southwest monsoon sets in in Bhopal. Sometimes, there are intermittent breaks in the rainy spells. This year, a bit different pattern was witnessed. The average rainfall of this month is 371.6 mm, and number of rainy days are 14. The heaviest rainfall in 24 hours was 275.7 mm on 22.07.1973 and after that, in 2007, 161 mm rainfall was recorded. The highest monthly rainfall of 1031.4 mm was recorded in the year 1986. The lowest monthly rainfall of 35.8 mm was recorded in the year 2002. When it comes to quota of rainfall for the month of July, it is nearing completion this year. As per the Weather Department, the continuous spell of rain showers is likely to continue for next forty-eight hours in the city.
As employment sources in Madhya Pradesh are limited. Especially in Mahakoshal region in which majority of districts have very slow industrial growth, Agriculture and allied industries are the main source of employment in majority of rural areas. For the educated youths in different field due to lack of proper industrial placement opportunities the talent is getting suppressed and moving outside to other states. The development of Dry Port in Jabalpur and its adjoining districts would change the whole scenario.
Similarly, 10 members of Standing Committee were elected from among 20 contestants. The members elected to Standing Committee included P K Deshraj, S S Dandige, G G Bhamburkar, V Y Bhapkar, B K Takkamore, Lala Jainarayan, Banwarilal Agrawal, B M Gaikwad, R P Samarth, and Ahmad Khan Lal Khan.Nine members each were elected to Public Works Committee, Public Health and Markets Committee, Education Committee, Hospital Committee, and Water Works Committee. Then also, there were invalid votes as some of the members had voted for more than nine candidates. In case of Education Committee, eight candidates secured maximum votes and were declared as elected. However, three candidates polled 24 votes each and thus the ninth member was elected from among them by draw of lots. In case of Water Works Committee also seven members got elected clearly. Two other members were elected from among three candidates, who polled 26 votes each, by draw of lots.
Praveen Datke, Mayor, told reporters that the deadline for Local Body Tax (LBT) Amnesty Scheme might get extended beyond March 2016 if need was felt to do so. “Already, the Government has made it clear that LBT would be abolished from August 1. As far as Amnesty Scheme is concerned, if required, we may make a request for extension of deadline,” he said. The assessment of 10,000 cases would be completed by March 2016, he added.Crucial meet on Starbus issue on July 21
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has called an important meeting on the issue of Starbus service, on July 21. The meeting will be attended by representatives of NMC administration, Regional Transport Office (RTO), city bus service operator Vansh Nimay Infraprojects Limited (VNIL), IL&FS, UMTC, said Mayor. According to Datke, NMC has requested RTO to extend deadline for payment of taxes collected by VNIL from passengers through tickets. Previously, RTO had asked NMC to pay the amount within three days. Accordingly, NMC also had shot a letter to VNIL to make the payment within three days. However, later, the deadline was extended.Asked if the decision about Starbus service operator’s fate had been taken, Datke said that the decision about ‘appropriate action’ would be taken in the meeting scheduled on July 21. VNIL has been demanding reimbursement of concession it granted to senior citizens, students etc from NMC. However, NMC has been seeking the same from the State Government. This has created a deadlock. Asked about this, Datke said that the State Government had reimbursed concession amount to Solapur Municipal Corporation. On the same lines, he added, NMC has sought reimbursement from the State Government.
Water Supply Committee will organise zone-wise meeting from July 21 to July 31 for resolving the issue of water bills. The committee will also undertake several issues related to water supply in different zones from August 2.
Joshi said, the drive initiated by OCW to regularise illegal connection did not get positive response from the citizens. Only 3,500 consumers have legalised their connections. Mayor will discuss this issue with the corporators of 17 wards to legalise illegal connections.
Joshi directed NMC administration to take prior permission of Executive Engineer (W) for laying optical fibre cable line, Metro Rail work or other road cutting work. The issue of Occupancy Certificate will be discussed in the board meeting of National Environmental Services Limited (NESL) to relax condition. He also directed OCW officials to restore road and stop supply of contaminated water in various localities. Replying to a question, he said, NMC will initiate warrant action against defaulters and may attach their properties, if they fail to pay dues in time. He said, the water stock in reservoir is sufficient and there is no need to worry.
Deputy Chairman Pravin Narad, members Pravin Bhisikar, Jagdish Gwalbanshi, Deepak Kapse, Sanjay Mahakalkar, Savita Sangole, Manisha Ghodeswar, Superintending Engineer Shashikant Hastak, Executive Engineers Sanjay Gaikwad, Shyam Chavan, Dinesh Rathi of DRA, Sanjay Roy, CEO of OCW, KMP Singh, Director OCW, and others were present.
J P Nadda, Union Health Minister, signed on Wednesday evening the file clearing medical college at Chandrapur. Confirming the development, Hansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, told ‘The Hitavada’ that Nadda had signed the file around 7.30 pm on Wednesday. “Now that the file has been signed, all hurdles in setting up of the Government Medical College at Chandrapur have been cleared. The notification in this regard is likely to be issued on Thursday,” Ahir said. Ahir has been following up the matter with Nadda. Union Health Minister has signed the file well within the dealine stipulated by the High Court.
When asked about availability of only 1,200 quarters at Nagpur Centre against requirement of 1575 quarters, IG Choudhary said that there is shortage of quarters in CRPF across the India. “Union Home Department has drafted a policy to fulfill the requirements and funds would be made available soon for construction of quarters,” he said.
On first day of monsoon session of State Legislature, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -Shiv Sena led State Government tabled supplementary demands of Rs 14,793 crore. The maximum demands are from Urban Development Department worth Rs 2,441 crore including Rs 799 crore for scrapping many toll booths and make some BoT roads toll-free as promised in the manifesto.The discussion on supplementary demands will be held on July 20 and July 21. The Water Resources Department has proposed demands of Rs 1,586 crore, Agriculture Department has proposed demands of Rs 1,406 crore, for construction of Flyovers Rs 1,022 crore have been earmarked and Rural Development has proposed demands of Rs 935 crore in the supplementary demands. The State Government has decided to purchase the house at London where Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar stayed and allocated Rs 40 crore for it. The Government has proposed Rs 630 crore for Crop Insurance Scheme, Rs 550 crore for PMGSY, Rs 481 crore for natural calamities, Rs 474 crore for Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayi Yojana in the supplementary demands.
Crime Branch team that capture Satyendra Gupta had a clear cut orders from Commissioner of Police S P Yadav, to bring him at any cost. A diminutive figure Gupta however is known not to blink an eye in using weapons to avoid being netted by cops. He was the one who had opened fire on the youth at Untkhana Square when latter objected to eve teasing. Hence, city police were instructed to be careful and were armed to teeth in case Gupta tried to act smart. However, Gupta was caught so swiftly that he had no chance to resist.CP praises Crime Branch
CP S P Yadav praised Crime Branch sleuths for good and hard work “Technical team and field team of the Crime Branch have maintained best coordination that led to arrest of the dreaded goon. He also applauded Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Crime) Deepali Masirkar for co-ordinating the operation. Police Inspectors Chandrashekhar Dhole, Girish Tathod, and APIs Pradeep Atulkar, and Mangesh Desai and others made the arrest.Gupta wanted in 23 cases
Satyendra Gupta is the hardened criminal and had committed 16 serious crimes in Maharashtra and seven in Madhya Pradesh. He has been booked in two MCOCCA cases, five dacoities, two murders, four attempt to murder and two robberies. He had also fired at Betul police when he was stopped by the police during nakabandi.
One had frequently heard the famous dialogue in our Bollywood films, “Kanun ke hath bahut lambe hote hain” (criminals can be tracked down from wherever they are hiding). From film script to see this thing happening in reality there was a long wait. Now criminals who were having an easy option of striking at will and then escaping to other states can soon be tracked down if they happen to trip and commit crime at other places.About 1,033 police stations and 600 supervisory offices of State Police are to be brought under CCTNS loop. Further status of various crimes would be available at a click of a mouse to help speed-up investigations and avoid groping in dark when inter-state gangs or criminals are involved. The project has potential to help in investigation, detection and also prevention of crimes. During passport and immigration check, verifying the data would be very valuable for investigators. Besides the officer said there will be a citizens portal where people can provide information on crimes and criminals or get the information for updating their knowledge. Wipro had bagged the contract for system integrator for the project for which Rs 100 crore is sanctioned for Maharashtra. Its a mission mode project
It can be mentioned that Ministry of Home Affairs conceptualized the project after detailed consultation with stockholders and took-up “Mission Mode Project (MMP)” and adopted guidelines of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The government has sanctioned Rs 2,000 crore in XIth five-year plan for rolling out CCTNS across the country.The information would be stored in unicode standard so that it would be available in various regional languages. Basic data base about criminals and their modus operandi would be available on the citizens portal. Sources said that for the first one year, one private technical expert would be deployed at each police station to ensure that any errors at operating CCTNS are ironed out at ground level. The system integrator company would be installing the computer machinery at all police stations and look after its maintenance for next five years. Project across the country soon
CCTNS evolved as Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). The project rolled out in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Kerala are pilot project. After successful operation in pilot states, the project will be implemented (full fledged) in all 35 States and Union Territories to cover 14,000 Police stations and all 6,000 Higher Police Offices across the country. The CCTNS project will be linked with every police station, district police offices, state headquarters, respective State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) and National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Earlier, Girish Mahajan called on RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat and extended an invitation to attend the flag hoisting that marks the start of Kumbh Mela which this year is being held at Tryambakeshwar in Nasik.Mahajan is President of Organising Committee and in that capacity he had come to invite RSS chief personally. Dr Bhagwat said, due to pre-occupation, he would not be in a position to attend the flag hoisting but would definitely pay a visit during the three-month-long Kumbh Mela, Mahajan told media.
CIIMS has Infection Control Committee
When asked on Hospital Acquired Infection, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “This infection is all over the world in all hospitals. There is no control on it. But in CIIMS we have formed an Infection Control Committee which keeps checking infection in Operation Theatre, in wards, in medicine room everywhere. If that is not checked then Superbug will get created and it will be a havoc. Fortunately due to this committee, we have succeeded in reducing infection. We try to give best services to all types of patients. There is uniformity.”Attack on doctors
Expressing concern over rising incidents of attack on doctors, Dr Lokendra Singh said, “Doctor is not the only responsible factor. There is a black sheep everybody. Why only doctor community is blamed. I personally feel that the programmes hosted by Amir Khan and others have created hypes among the people. Do you think that any doctor would discriminate while treating patients? He or she would never see the caste, creed, poor, rich. I as a surgeon would always feel that the operation performed by me should be successful and the patient should not turn up to me for the same problem. At the same time the communication between doctors and patients’ relatives should be increased. Everything should be explained to the relatives.”A brief about Dr Lokendra Singh
After doing MBBS in the year 1980 from SMS Medical College, Jaipur and Post-Graduation in Surgery from the same college, Dr Lokendra Singh did Super Speciality course (M.Ch) in Neurosurgery from PGIMER Chandigarh in 1988 and later on D.N.B (Neurosurgery) in 1990. He also did Certified Training in the year 992-1994 from Royal College of Surgeons of Neurosurgery. Dr Singh joined CIIMS as a full time Neurosurgeon on March 15, 1989. He became Deputy Director of CIIMS in the year 2006. He is specially trained in Spinal Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, Complex Skull base Surgery, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery (Key hole Surgery), Brachial Plexus Surgery. Ozone therapy was started by Dr Singh first time in Central India and probably in Maharashtra.He is the only Neurosurgeon in country with two Patents for Neurosurgical devices. Inflatable Intra Ventricular Balloon Device and Development of a Device – Cylindrical Channel Retractor for Intraventricular Surgery. Dr Lokendra Singh is the one who increased the standard of Neurosurgery to national level. He started many operations for first time in this region. He has established himself in literary field also. He received so many awards and also got Award of Maharashtra Hindi Sahitya Academy, ‘Sant Namdeo Puruskar’ for his compilation of poems ‘Bunde Jeevan Ki.’
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) City President Ajay Patil and MLC Prakash Gajbhiye submitted a memorandum to Dhananjay Munde, Leader of Opposition at Council for abolishing Local Body Tax (LBT) and scrapping of Orange City Water (OCW) contract for uninterrupted water supply scheme. They requested him to raise the issue in the upper council and assembly. Raman Thaokar, Rajesh Kumbhalkar, Pradeep Burade, Tanuj Choube, Munna Tiwari, Ravi Patil, Yogesh Masram, Varsha Shamkule, and others were present.Civic Bodies to get fixed grants every month
According to high-level sources, the State has to give around Rs 1,000-Rs 1,200 crore every month to all Municipal Corporations for their smooth working and this is Herculean task for the Government. Till now, the Government did not come out with any alternative policy to replace LBT.Government is drafting an alternative monthly funding scheme for municipal corporations in the State. As per proposal, State Government every month would provide fixed grants to compensate corporation for revenue loss due on account of LBT. Final draft of funding scheme to corporation would be first tabled before Cabinet and post approval Government would table the new policy in monsoon session of State Legislature. What is LBT amnesty scheme?
Government has notified Amnesty Scheme for recovery of pending Local Body Tax (LBT) for waiver of interest and penalty in twenty-five Municipal Corporation areas in the State. The period of the amnesty scheme started from June 3 and will come to an end on July 31, 2015.For availing tax benefit under this scheme, trader have to register themselves. Any trader will not be eligible to claim benefits under the scheme, if he files returns and pays tax after July 31. From August 1, the LBT will be withdrawn from entire state. State Government has amended Maharashtra Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act, 1949 recently for introducing this scheme. As per notification, this scheme shall be applicable to the registered as well as non-registered traders or persons and for temporary registered persons or traders for specific year. The scheme shall be applicable for the total period starting from date of implementation of LBT in the Municipal Corporations to March 2015.
This will be applicable for assessed period as well as for un-assessed period. If trader or person pays total amount of principal tax payable by him to respective corporation during the amnesty period out of pending dues then the total amount of interest or penalty will be waived. If respective trader or person pays part of outstanding principal amount of tax then in respect of only tax paid amount interest and penalty shall be waived and the balance tax that is not paid shall be recovered with interest and penalty. If trader pays total principal tax amount out of pending dues payable as per any statutory order passed before May 31 for any period ending on March 31, 2015, under MMC Act, then interest and penalty shall be waived. If trader is in appeal and if amount of principal tax out of outstanding dues is paid as per assessment order then interest and penalty shall be waived under the scheme, subject to unconditional withdrawal of appeal.If return is not filed by trader and if he files returns and pays total amount of tax during the amnesty period then interest and penalty shall not be levied. If trader has already furnished returns and by furnishing revised return he accepts additional tax liability and pays the total amount of tax then interest and penalty should not be levied. No refund shall be granted as result of this amnesty scheme. If there is any doubt regarding interpretation of amnesty scheme then Government’s decision will be final LBT to go from August 1
It may be mentioned that State Government has announced to scrap LBT and adopt new system from August 1. The Government has to amend the law during monsoon session of State Legislature which begins from July 13 at Mumbai. Sources claimed that Government may provide funds to the local body against their assured income from the LBT or Octroi. Presently, barring Mumbai all other Municipal Corporations are having LBT system and after abolition of this system, they will face hardship due to fund crunch.
DURING the first session, while hearing C H Sharma and some other citizens’ PIL, regarding MCI’s negative recommendation to the Central Government to reduce seats from 150 to 100 in coming Session in GMCs at Yavatmal and Akola, as nothing has been done and the Court was intimated that the MCI has approached the Supreme Court, the HC division bench firmly told the MCI counsel that till he produces some order of the apex-court, MCI must withdraw its recommendation for reduction in seats by this afternoon or its chairperson Dr Jayshree Mehta should personally remain present before the Court on Thursday morning.This warning from the Court forced the issue and immediately after the lunch recess, the judges were informed that the MCI has issued notice for holding meeting of its Executive Committee on July 19 next at 11 am to decide to withdraw its negative recommendation regarding Government Medical College at Akola in terms of the HC’s order of July 1 last. Amicus curiae J T Gilda appeared in this case. GP Bharti Dangre (State), Asstt SGI Rohit Deo and Mugdha Chandurkar (Central Government) represented the respondents. Advocate Rahul Bhangde held the brief for the Medical Council of India.
Various departments of the State Government spend huge amounts on different heads, but integrated information about such expenditure is not available. As a result, many a time, it becomes difficult to match funds and expenses. Hence, to keep track of purchases and expenses, the Government will soon launch ‘Bill Portal’.The ‘Bill Portal’ will track of purchase of 22 items across the State by various departments. Later on, more number of items will be added to the list, said Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance Minister. The 22 heads in the list now include number of vehicles with the Government, number of vehicles hired by the Government, annual fuel expenditure on these vehicles, expenditure incurred on air travel of legislators and ministers, expenditure on telephone bills, amount spent as rent of various buildings etc. At present, owing to lack of integrated mechanism, estimation of exact expenditure incurred and provision to be made every year has become difficult, he said. The ‘Bill Portal’ is an online service developed by Director, Accounts and Treasury, with the help of National Informatics Centre. Information about expenses on fuel for official vehicles, hired vehicles, rent for various buildings etc in a particular financial year will be available at a click. This will add to transparency and efficiency, said the Finance Minister.
“The cut off list of colleges have become scary and I am literally worried for admission of my younger brother who is not so good in studies,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College. College should fix a benchmark for admission to different courses where medium level student would have entry,” says Mridul, B.Com student at BHEL College.What is the existence of divisions?
“People measure the marks with first, second and third division but there is no use of these divisions. Having first division marks is not enough to take admission in your favourite college or stream. The new system has left no place for further studies of student who failed to secure excellent marks because of some reason,” said Trishla Jain, a second year student at Nutan College.We should motivate rather than disqualifying:
“It is good to admit the candidate having higher marks but at the same time college management should also give opportunity to the weak student for further studies. We should motivate everyone rather than disqualifying on first stage,” said Garima, first year student at IEHE. Learning has no specific end:
“Learning is continuous process and it has no specific end. I cannot digest the fact that only people having 89% or above marks will get chance to study at prestigious college. Candidate having 75% marks in class 12th can also score 90% and above in under-graduation,” says Nitu Vajpayee, student at MLB College. Real talent should be judge, not marksheet:
It is really unfair that colleges are judging the caliber of applicants based on marksheet rather than their real talent. If observe the campus placement of particular college, you will see candidate having lower marks get selected by company and candidate having higher marks rejected by the interviewer,” said Gyaneshwar Mishra, medical student at Chirayu Medical College.
The total booty was worth Rs 11,64,458. Sheikh claimed to be currently residing on Dakia Road, Mazgaon, Boribunder, Mumbai while he hails from Kali Talla, Areaban village, under Kalli Thala police station in West Bengal. Sub-Inspector Vikas Kumar seized the ornaments and cash. Further search of bag yielded three small packs of brown sugar. Physical search of Sheikh revealed several marks of knife injuries all over his body. RPF team concluded that Sheikh and his associates might have waylaid someone in Mumbai and latter was fleeing with booty to West Bengal to escape detention.
Gondia- Deficiency of faculty is 77.77 % as detailed in the report. - No fresh appointment of any faculty or Resident since previous assessment. No Professor, Asso. Prof. and Asst. prof. reported for attendance. -No permanent Dean. - Pre-clinical departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry are not fully functional. -Students’ Hostels are not available. - Residential quarters for faculty and non-teaching staff are not available in the campus. - Labour room is not as per specifications. Akola - Shortage of Residents is 48.88 % - Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 6. - Only 2 static X-ray machines are functional against requirement of 5. - Central Library: Available area is 2,000 sq.m. against requirement of 2,400 sq.m. - OPD attendance is 987. - Out of 11 Major operations, 6 were in Ophthalmology leaving total only 5 operations amongst all other departments. - Cleanliness is not good in hospital premises. Yavatmal -Deficiency of faculty is 35.97 %. - Shortage of Residents is 38.62 %. -OPD attendance: Daily average is 737 against requirement of 1,000. -Only 3 mobile X-ray machines are available against requirement of 6. - Only 3 static machines are available against requirement of 5. - Lecture Theater: No lecture theater has capacity of 180 as required. - Anatomy department: Only 10 Dissection tables are available which is inadequate. -Blood component separation facility is not available.
Syed Muazzem Ali is respected highly in diplomatic circles for his commitment to liberty. During his posting in the then Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC in 1971, he declared allegiance to the Bangladesh Government-in-Exile and set up the Bangladesh Mission in Washington DC along with other Bangladesh diplomats from the Pakistan Embassy. Later, in 1972, it became full-fledged Bangladesh Embassy.Born in July 1944 in Sylhet, Syed Muazzem Ali obtained his Masters in Science from Dhaka University in 1966 with first class. He joined erstwhile Pakistan Foreign Service in 1968. After liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, he served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh. Between 1972 and 1988, Ali served Bangladesh Missions in Washington, Warsaw, New York (Permanent Mission to the UN), and New Delhi (India) in different capacities. He was Bangladesh Consul General in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Ambassador to Bhutan, Director General (International Organisations) in the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador to Iran, and France. He served as Foreign Secretary from March 1999 to July 2001. ‘Land Boundary Agreement is historic’
THE historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) between India and Bangladesh, has brought the people in these countries together. Commenting on this, Ali said that the agreement created a history not only for Bangladesh and India but also for the entire world. The treaty has solved the unsettled issues involving un-demarcated land boundary of approximately 6.2 km, exchange of enclaves and adverse possessions between both the countries.“It was tough to realise the pain of victims living in these areas. Now, Bangladesh will conduct a survey and approach to every person living in disputed areas and ask them about their citizenship choice. As per their wish, both the Governments will allow citizenship,” said Ali. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, was always in favour of good relations between both countries, Ali said. He thanked Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, for taking a step forward towards this historic agreement.
Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Ma... Read More
Welcoming the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that it would provide a big relief to consumers in all categories across Maharashtra. It will pave way for reduction in power tariff, he said.Fadnavis said that the Government had been taking measures to provide relief to power consumers in the State. He congratulated Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and the officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco), and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Mahatransco) for working hard to ensure that the consumers got relief. As per the statement issued by Chief Minister’s Office, Fadnavis observed that the Government had been drawing up plans to make power tariff for industries competitive. If power tariff is competitive, it can attract investments to the Maharashtra. All three State-run power utilities -- MSEDCL, Mahagenco, and Mahatransco -- have ably supported the cause and worked in that direction. MERC order has averted hike in power tariff by Rs 8,500 crore, the Chief Minister stated. Elaborating on the measures taken by the Government and the three power utilities, it was stated in the release that Mahagenco would save Rs 2,000 crore by way of increasing Plant Load Factor (PLF) and procuring cheaper coal. Mahatransco would reduce its capital expenditure and increase efficiency to save Rs 2,700 crore. Similarly, MSEDCL planned to reduce distribution losses and streamline expenses to save Rs 3,800 crore. Collectively, these companies would save Rs 8,500 crore. Power consumers will be getting relief owing to these measures. Government hospitals, schools, colleges, primary health centres will pay power bills at reduced rate as tariff for them has been reduced from Rs 10.12 per unit to Rs 7.20 per unit, stated the release.
As far as residential category is concerned, MERC observed that the tariff for domestic category was ‘below’ the Average Cost of Supply (ACoS), ‘which needs to be increased gradually’. However, the Commission reduced Energy Charges for domestic/residential consumers particularly for consumers with consumption below 100 units per month, and approved ‘only marginal increase’ for consumption up to 300 units per month, with ‘marginal increase’ in Fixed Charges.For residential category consumers in Below Poverty Line (BPL) category with consumption slab of 0-30 units, demand charges as well as energy charges have been kept the same -- Rs 10 and 87 paise per kWh respectively. For consumers in all other residential categories, demand charges have been hiked. For consumers in slab of 1-100 units, energy charges have been reduced from Rs 3.86 per kWh to Rs 3.76 per kWh. For those in 101-300 units slab, energy charges have been increased marginally from Rs 7.20 per kWh to Rs 7.21 per kWh. For those in 301-500 units slab, energy charges have been increased from Rs 9.50 per kWh to Rs 9.95 per kWh. The hike in other residential category consumers is as follows: 501-1000 units per month consumption -- hike from Rs 10.33 per kWh to Rs 11.31 per kWh; and above 1,000 units consumption per month -- hike from Rs 11.01 per kWh to Rs 12.50 per kWh. For non-residential category consumers, demand charges have been hiked. The energy charges have been reduced in case of these consumers in the slabs of 0-200 units per month and above 200 units per month. For those in more than 20-50 kW and above 50 kW categories, energy charges have been hiked. Industry: Reduction in tariff, revision in ToD rebate
During hearings, industries had expressed that tariffs for industrial consumers in High Tension (HT) and Low Tension (LT) categories were higher in Maharashtra compared to those in neighbouring states. Taking note of this, the Commission has reduced energy charges in all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories, but has increased demand charges.MERC observed that the price of electricity played a crucial role for competitiveness of industry. “With significant increase in availability of power in the State and with projected revenue surplus, the Commission has strived to reduce the Energy Charges for industry with marginal increase in Fixed Charges,” it observed. Besides, MERC stated that it had ensured that the benefit of reduction in Time of Day (ToD) rebate during off-peak hours was used to reduce energy charges across the same categories. In the order, demand charges have been increased from Rs 190 per kVA per month to Rs 220 per kVA per month for all sub-categories in HT-I Industry and HT-II Commercial categories. Energy charges have been reduced in the range of 89 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.55 per kVA per month for different sub-categories in HT-I Industry category. Similarly, the reduction in energy charges is in the range of 91 paise per kVA per month to Rs 1.39 per kVA per month for various sub-categories in HT-II Commercial category. For HT-III Railways category also, there is reduction in energy charges by 91 paise per kVA per month. However, MERC accepted MSEDCL’s proposal for reduction in off-peak ToD rebate for night hours from Rs 2.50 per kWh to Rs 1.50 per kWh. In effect, the industries will have to shell out more as their rebate has been reduced by Re 1 per kWh. At the same time, the Commission rejected its proposal for modifications in time-slots, and directed MSEDCL to study its proposal for revision in time-slots, in the light of various technical and commercial aspects and submit its analysis along with any future proposal for revision in time-slots. ‘Govt direction on RoE not considered’
Dubbing the order of MERC as ‘very good’, R B Goenka, Director of MSEB Holding Company, stated that the effective reduction in tariff is about 15 per cent of the tariff proposed by MSEDCL.MERC has reduced Rs 8,090 crore from MSEDCL demand and this will translate into Re 1 per unit average relief to consumers across all categories, said Goenka. Previously, additional charges levied on power tariff. As a result, the tariff in 2012 had increased by Rs 1.50 per unit. Following public outcry, the then Government in the State appointed a committee under the then Industries Minister Narayan Rane. After the committee submitted its report, the Government offered subsidy of Rs 900 crore to reduce tariff and provide some relief to consumers. Compared to that hike of Rs 1.50 per unit, the relief as per MERC’s latest order is Re 1 per unit. However, Goenka lamented, MERC did not consider Government of Maharashtra’s directive with respect to reduction in Return on Equiry (RoE). The Government had issued a directive to MERC that RoE of Mahagenco and Mahatransco should be reduced. The amount of RoE was Rs 3,300 crore. If the Government direction had been considered by MERC, there would have been further reduction in power tariff by 5 per cent, Goenka told ‘The Hitavada’. MERC asks MSEDCL not to levy LBT on electricity
The Commission, in its order, opined that levy of Local Body Tax (LBT) over and above the approved Energy Charges on consumption, for recovery from consumer, amounted to modification of tariff. The Commission observed that no component of tariff could be modified or levied without its prior approval. Any recovery in excess of tariff approved by MERC shall not be in conformance with prevalent tariff rates approved by the Commission. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘not to levy’ LBT on consumers. However, the Commission directed MSEDCL to separately file a petition with specific instant for recovery of costs associated with LBT. It may be mentioned here that the LBT is being abolished from August 1.MSEDCL wrote off bad debts of Rs 702.51 cr in 2012-13
MERC had directed MSEDCL to identify all arrears that were ‘not collectible’ and write those off from balance sheet utilising the provisions for bad debts and submit quarterly report to the Commission starting from the quarter ending September 2012. In its latest petition, MSEDCL submitted to the Commission that bad debts were written off in Books of Account on the basis of Board Resolutions for a particular financial year. “As such provisions for Bad Debts are not being utilised on quarterly basis, quarterly reports cannot be furnished,” MSEDCL stated. However, it informed the Commission that during 2012-13, it wrote off an amount of Rs 702.51 crore as bad debts.‘Don’t use load-shedding as a matter of routine’
The Commission observed that load-shedding protocol was devised as load regulation measure to address significant power shortage situation then prevalent in the State. When there is sufficient availability of power, no consumer should be subjected to load-shedding, MERC stated in clear words. Terming electricity as a catalyst for growing economy, MERC added that it was imperative that all citizens of Maharashtra were provided with uninterrupted power supply. Reducing the technical and commercial losses and improving collection efficiency was the responsibility of Distribution Licensee. Citing this, MERC rejected MSEDCL’s stand to apply load-shedding protocol when there was sufficient availability of power in the system. MERC directed MSEDCL ‘to ensure that load-shedding protocol is used only as load regulation measure’ in shortage situation and ‘not as a matter of routine’.
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart... Read More
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic was kept apart from the other members of the ‘Big Four’.
However, the Serb may have to beat third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the man who defeated him in the French Open final earlier this month, in the semi-finals.
Djokovic begins his title defence against experienced German Philipp Kohlschreiber before a possible second-round clash with 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is playing in his last Wimbledon.
If the seedings work out, the last 16 would see Djokovic face Kevin Anderson of South Africa, US Open champion Marin Cilic against Kei Nishikori, Wawrinka facing David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov taking on Milos Raonic. In the bottom half, seven-time champion and second seed Federer could face Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych would meet Gilles Simon, 2013 winner Murray could play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with two-time champion Nadal, seeded 10 this year, up against compatriot David Ferrer. Federer, the holder of 17 Grand Slam titles and the runner-up to Djokovic last year, starts his campaign against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur, who he beat in the French Open third round.
Murray, seeded three and the 2013 champion, begins against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. That’s a clash which will invite more questions over women coaching men.
Murray has Amelie Mauresmo in his corner while Kukushkin is coached by his wife Anastasia. French Open champion Wawrinka, who has never got beyond the quarter-finals at the All England Club, starts against Portugal’s Joao Sousa. Nadal begins with a clash against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci.
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova were drawn to meet in the semi-finals.
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Flamengo forward Guerrero, who has spent the past three years in Brazil after spells in Germany with Bayern Munich and Hamburg, pounced in the 20th and 23rd minutes to snuff out Bolivia’s campaign.
The 31-year-old completed his hat trick in the 74th minute, strolling clear of the Bolivian defense to finish nonchalantly. Marcelo Martins scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for Bolivia.
The result sets up the mouthwatering prospect of a semi-final next Monday between tournament hosts Chile and Peru, the latest installment of a ferocious footballing rivalry which began in 1935. Matches between the two neighbors are known as the “Clasico del Pacifico,” laced with a historical enmity that dates back to the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific. Chile and Peru also fought a long-running legal battle over the two nations’ disputed maritime border.
Peru will head into Monday’s showdown brimming with confidence after easing past Bolivia. The match was effectively settled during a devastating three-minute spell midway through the first half when Peru’s superb counter-attacking unstitched the Bolivian defense.
Guerrero grabbed his first of the night in the 20th minute, timing his jump to head home past Bolivia goalkeeper Romel Quinonez after an exquisite cross from the left by Fiorentina midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas.
Three minutes later Guerrero made it 2-0 after a breathless breakout from Peru which had begun with a Bolivia free-kick on the edge of their opponents area.
Christian Cueva was the architect, kicking a ball over the top of the Bolivian defense to send Guerrero bearing down on goal. Quinonez hesitated fatally as he advanced off his line and Guerrero coolly tucked away a low finish to put Peru in control.
Bolivia almost gave themselves a lifeline on 31 minutes but Martins was denied after a fine close-range reflex save by Pedro Gallese. Peru did not take long to get back onto the attack, and only the woodwork thwarted Jefferson Farfan when his effort cannoned back off the post on 37 minutes with Quinonez beaten.
The School Education department of Maharashtra Government has decided to take school scholarship examination in Class V and Class VIII instead of class IV and Class VII. Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the decision was taken as per the provisions made in Right to Education Act. The change will come into effect from the academic year 2016-17.As per RTE, school education is divided into three parts. Now Standard I to V is considered as primary education while Standard VI to VIII will be said as higher primary and Standard IX and X will come under Secondary category. Considering these divisions the scholarship examination is expected to be held in Standard V and VIIIth. Tawde has made it clear that the students of Class IV and VII have already appeared in scholarship examinations as those were held under old rule, so the new rule would come into effect from the year 2016-17. Earlier the scholarship examinations were known as pre-secondary (Class IV) and Secondary (VII) school scholarship scheme. Now it will be called as Higher Primary (Class V) and Higher Secondary school scholarship schemes. An education committee will be constituted and as per their recommendations the course will be designed by December 2015.
The issue of such job offers purportedly under Rajiv Awas Yojana has caught the attention of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MHUPA). In fact, in August 2014 itself, MHUPA had issued an office memorandum regarding ‘fradulent job offers in the name of Rajiv Awas Yojana’. The memorandum signed by Rahul Mahna, Under Secretary to the Government of India, also is in possession of ‘The Hitavada’. It is available on the website of MHUPA too. The memorandum states that the advertisements/appointment offers jobs/posts under Rajiv Awas Yojana are ‘all fake’ and that MHUPA is ‘not associated’ with them in any manner. It also advises people not to deposit any fees/amount for securing jobs.No action by agencies leaves youths in lurch
Though there have been several instances, none of the official agencies ranging from cops to respective ministries has taken any ‘action’ against the fraudsters so far.At the levels of respective ministries, only advisories have been issued on their websites. The fraudsters are issuing advertisements in various newspapers including those in local languages across the country, and are targeting those who have cleared only SSC or HSC. Many of these candidates do not even have better knowledge about the authentic websites or authentic details of Government schemes, or proper knowledge of Internet use. Still, the ministries have done their bit by issuing only advisories only on their websites. None of the ministries is reported to have lodged any complaint with top-level investigating agencies of the country to bust this nation wide racket of fraudsters operating mostly from Delhi and nearby areas. As far as cops are concerned, they too are reluctant to start investigation into this nation wide fraud. Even in Nagpur, which is the Second Capital of Maharashtra, the cops advise the victims to lodge complaint at police station under which their bank branch from which money was deposited to accounts mentioned in such fraud appointment letters. Jurisdictionally, it may be correct. But, it is acting only in letter of the rules and not in the spirit. If respective Government agencies in Nagpur lodge an official complaint with Police Department, and the cops start investigations not at the level of police station but at the level of Economic Offences Wing and bust the nation wide racket, precious savings of many unemployed youths will be saved. Besides, it will fetch for them the credit of busting a national racket. Will the agencies act in larger public interest and book those misusing Government emblems, Prime Minister’s photograph? It is for the Government agencies to answer.
Discussion on annual budget of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been postponed on the request of Congress party. The budget discussion was slated on June 26 at 10 am. Now, it will be held on June 29 at 10 am. Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Singare tabled budget of Rs 1946 crore on June 22. Sources claimed that Mayor Pravin Datke and Commissioner Shravan Hardikar are in Delhi for launching event of AMRUT, Smart City and Housing for all event. Commissioner Hardikar will give presentation on 24 x 7 water supply network before office bearers of all Municipal Corporations of the country.
Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has warned engineering colleges running Application Receipt Centres (ARCs) through private internet cafes, of dire consequences. He has also appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody. Net cafe attached to some colleges give print-out to students but confirm the application after student leaves. They do whatever students ask and give them print-out but get it confirmed after students leave the cafe centre. Students are advised to ask ARCs to get confirmed and then only take the print-out. After visit to Cafe they should visit any ARC at college. If they find any suspicious activity they should report it to Joint Director office. Thakare said, “Last year also I had noticed some of the colleges were running ARCs through net cafe and I had warned them. This year also I have received some complaints about some of the colleges involved in such business. This year no nonsense will be tolerated.” Thakare said that while operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and passward, that can be misused.
The appointment letter issued by the so-called Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojana misuses Government of India emblem and logo of MGNREGS. Further, it mentions about 4,500 jobs being on offer. It mentions its website as ‘swarnajayantirozgaryojana.com’. As one would expect, it is not found.More seriously, it misuses a ‘black-and-white’ photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament. Apparently, the photograph was taken when the Prime Minister was addressing media. And, it appears to be an image published elsewhere. However, the letter gives a misleading caption that it was a scene from Swarna Jayanti Sabha. Further, the letter carries photographs of various workplaces was misleading captions as Customer Care Centres at Indore, Mumbai, Ludhiana, and Janakpuri (Delhi). The letter has a list of ‘service centres’ that include Nashik, Thane, Solapur, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nagpur in Maharashtra, apart from other places like Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Aligarh, Agra, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Hisar, Sitapur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Sagar, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur, Howrah, etc. Obviously, this is an indication that the fraudsters are operating nation wide, targeting gullible unemployed youths.
The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of round-I of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin on Wednesday. It will be done through candidates login by himself, herself through the website by Maharashtra State and All India candidates. It will continue till June 26. The provisional allotment of CAP Round-I for Maharashtra State and all India candidates on website will be displayed on June 27.The students have to report to the institute as per allotment in CAP round-I between June 28 and July 1. The institute-wise vacancy position for CAP Round- II will be displayed on websiteon July 3. The on-line submission and confirmation of option form of CAP Round-II through candidates will be done between July 4 and 6.
Hearing the matter related to VYAPAM scam, the division bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising of Chief Justice, A M Khanwilkar and Justice, Alok Aradhe on Tuesday, has directed to the Special Task Force’s Chief to shall remain present before the court on June 26, 2015. The division bench has called to the chief of the STF regarding some errors in 9th report of SIT.In the previous hearing of the matter, the Principal Registrar (Judicial) produced sealed envelope received from SIT. It contains report (IX) of SIT dated on June 18, 2015. Since the report runs into couple of pages and is accompanied by other material, which may require deeper scrutiny, the division bench had deemed it appropriate to defer the hearing till June 23, 2015. Counsel for the State intends to file application for appropriate direction. Advocate General Ravish Agrawal with P.K. Kaurav, Additional Advocate General appeared on behalf of the State.
The Counsel of the respondent Union of India has submitted report before the court that so far as the matter of appearing of Sachin Tendulkar in commercial advertisement is concerned, this Ministry of Home Affairs of Union of India is not aware of any matter, which is sub judice before the Supreme Court of India. However, institution of a petition in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh recently, has come to light through some news items. It is informed that, Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, is awarded in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavor. A copy of the relevant notification dated on January 8, 1955 and November 18, 2011 governing Bharat Ratna are enclosed.It is also informed the recipients of Bharat Ratna awards are issued an advisory regarding not to use the award as a TITLE, as the Supreme Court of India in its judgment dated on December 15, 1955 in Transferred Case (Civil) 1994 with Transferred Case (Civil) 1995 had upheld the constitutional validity of the awards and directed that the award should not be used as PREFIX or SUFFIX to an individual’s name. The relevant observation contained in the said judgment is as under, “The National Awards do not amount to ‘Titles’ within the meaning of Article 18 (1) and they should not be used as suffixes or prefixes. If this is done, the defaulter should forfeit the National Award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in regulation 10 of each of the four notifications creating these National Awards.” A copy of such letter advisory issued to Sachin Tendulkar dated on May 12, 2014 is enclosed.
Another major attraction of the bidding process is that the two leading thermal and hydel power producers in the state Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited and NHDC have submitted their biddings for supplying solar power to the state. The two conventional energy producers have submitted their biddings for supplying 10 MW and 70 MW solar power to Madhya Pradesh.
We have acquired permission: APCCF
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF) (Land Management) Mudit Kumar, who is the officer in-charge of the rail corridor, said they have acquired all the permissions required to cut the trees from Central Government. However, he couldn’t tell exactly how much trees will have be cut for the project. No step for compensatory afforestation
On the question whether they there is any fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation for proposed cutting of 800 trees, Compensator Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and Protection B K Sinha said, there is no clearance obtained for the project yet and there is also no fund sanctioned for the compensatory afforestation.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing concluding function of city executive committee of BJP said, it is impossible to satisfy all party workers as they have high expectations from Central and State Government. Taking pot-shots at this tendency of self-centered politics, Gadkari in his inimitable style said, every party worker wants to be chairman of some board or committee in the Government and move in a vehicle with red-beacon.The workers should not forget that the politics is an instrument of social and economic reforms. The workers, who are doing good jobs in their particular areas, will get chance in the local body election, he declared while warning that mere publicity mongers and sycophants would not get any chance. Gadkari said, we should not forget the aim of the party to change society for the betterment of the country. Gadkari strongly refuted media reports regarding disputes between him and Fadnavis and also took a dig at media for dishing out such reports. He said, party does not have any quota system and we will give chance to good workers only. He also denied any dynasty politics in the party.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis described Yoga as “a cultural heritage of India.” Yoga is a scientific practice which not only strengthens the physical body, but also helps a person to lead a stress-free life, he added. The entire world has recognised the scientific method of ‘Yoga’ which is a gift of India to mankind. When the entire world is fighting against the life style diseases, Yoga the natural and scientific life style adopted by ancient sages of India can give a permanent solution to keep a person healthy, Fadnavis stated. Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal is preaching Yoga for last 65 years. It was Janardanswami’s dream to celebrate Yog Din and United Nations has declared June 21 as International Yoga Day after an appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a time for every one to take pledge for practicing Yoga to lead healthy life, he said.Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making United Nations to declare June 21 as ‘International Yoga Day’. Many Rishis, saints and spiritual leaders had devoted their lives for promoting Yoga. The country is also celebrating this day as a tribute to them, he added. Rambhau Khandwe, Karyawah of Janardanswami Yogabhyasi Mandal delivered a welcome address. Shraddha Bharadwaj conducted the proceedings. Dayashankar Tiwari proposed a vote of thanks. NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Deputy Mayor Munna Pokulwar, Co-convenor Prof Girish Deshmukh, Harish Dikondawar, Chairman of Sports Committee, Chetna Tank, Chairman of Education Committee, Lata Yadav, Chairman of Dhantoli Zone, Ramesh Singare, Chairman of Standing Committee welcomed the guests.
Yoga has its roots in India. Many saints, sages, and Yoga experts had dreamed this day since long. UN has declared International Yoga Day when the western countries felt the importance of Yoga in health care.The seeds of Yoga, Pranayam and other traditional practices were sown by Paramhansa Yogananda in West in 1920. Paramhansa Yogananda founded Self Realization Fellowship (SRF) to disseminate worldwide his teachings on India’s ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation. Yogananda was the first Hindu teacher of yoga to spend a major portion of his life in America. According to Paramhansa Yogananda, “The word Yoga signifies the perfect poise or mental evenness that is the result of communion of the mind with spirit.” After Yogananda many spiritual leaders like Maharshi Mahesh Yogi popularized Yoga in Western world. In the last 3 decades, the Art of Living has taken yoga to 152 countries and has 26,000 yoga teachers worldwide. Swami Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Yog Samiti is instrumental in popularizing Yog in India. In December 2011, a two day conference titled ‘Yoga: A Science for World Peace’ was organised jointly by The Art of Living, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru and Yoga Portuguese Confederation of Lisbon, Portugal. This conference has given a call to United Nations to declare June 21 as World yoga Day. Under the leadership of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a proclamation was signed for having UN and UNESCO to declare June 21 as World Yoga Day. Shri Swami Bala Gangadharanath of Adi Chun Chun Giri Mutt; Swami Paramatmananda, General Secretary of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha; BKS Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune; Swami Baba Ramdev, Patañjali Yogpeeth, Haridvar; Dr. Nagendra, Vivekánanda Yoga University, Bengaluru; Jagat Guru Amrata Suryananda Maharaj, President of Yoga Portuguese Confederation; Subodh Tiwari, Keivalyadhama Yoga Institute; Dr. D.R Kaarthikeyan, Advisor: Law-Human Responsibilities-Corporate Affairs and Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi were the other signatories. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014. Modi said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly approved by consensus a resolution establishing June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The resolution also saw a record number of 177 countries co-sponsoring it. Why June 21?
According to Hindu lunar Calendar, June 21 is a day when Dakshinayana starts. While suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the day is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world. From the perspective of Yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima.According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day. Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices. Sadguru further mentioned, “In the yogic culture, the summer solstice which falls in the month of June marks the beginning of Dakshinayana, which means in the Earth’s sky, the Sun begins to trace a southward movement in the northern hemisphere of the planet. Similarly, the winter solstice which falls in the month of December marks the beginning of Uttarayana or the northern run of the Sun. The half of the year from the beginning of Uttarayana in December to the beginning of Dakshinayana in June is known as Gyana pada. The other half of the year from the beginning of Dakshinayana to the beginning of Uttarayana is known as the Sadhana pada. In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification, Uttarayana is for enlightenment.”
Joint Director of Technical Education, Nagpur Region G R Thakare has appealed students not to give application ID and Password received through application kit, to anybody.Thakare said, “Since process for admission to first year Engineering has begun, the students will get application kit along with ID and password through which they can submit application form on-line on ‘www.dtemaharashtrra.gov.in/fe2015’ While operating at various Application Receipt Centres (ARCs), the students should not disclose their ID and password, that can be misused. After submitting the form on-line, the students should carry print of the same along with the attested photocopies of certificates and get those checked at application centres. After doing proper check up, collect the acknowledgement of form confirmed from ARC officer, pointed Thakare. Candidates should not need to go to ARC for submitting option form. Students should confirm the options on their own. Students should not give original documents to anybody unless their admissions get confirmed. They also should not handover the documents to unknown persons. The students who are willing to take admissions at institute level or in management quota should pay full amount of fees decided by Shikshan Shulka Samiti (Fee Fixation Committee). The admissions will not be considered valid if partly fees is paid, added Thakare.
Government of Maharashtra had implemented a scheme for payment of scholarship/freeship to students belonging to backward classes (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC, etc). The colleges give admission to all such backward class students as per government norms. The Government of Maharashtra then reimburses tuition fees through Social Justice Department and other departments, against all such students admitted as per norms.The whole trouble starts as there are only 20 per cent students who pay actual fees while remaining 80 percent students belong to backward classes in majority of colleges. Only old and reputed colleges are comfortable with admissions from general category students and do not depend on state scholarship. The colleges have to bear either 100 per cent fees or some part of it for these 80 per cent students. Expenditure budget of a college is based on fees received from students, vis-a-vis scholarship/freeship received from backward class students (SC, ST, OBC, VJ, NT, SBC etc) and other category students. Government departments like Social Justice, Minority Welfare pay tuition fees against students admitted in due course of time after completion of fees claim process. As per GR dated November 1, 2003, Social Justice Department should pay 90 per cent of tuition fees/scholarship/freeship to institutions by June of every academic year before commencement of academic session. But it is seldom done. The dues with the Government vary from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 5 crore per college. Last year, over 30 per cent seats in engineering colleges remained vacant. It has put additional financial burden on these colleges. Panic has gripped managements of many college as they have obtained loans from banks and are dependent on dues to be received from the Government.
There are 37,930 ‘chronic’ defaulters of crop loans in Nagpur district and they are unable to get fresh credit from any bank. As a result, these many farmers may remain deprived of institutional credit.“These farmers had taken loan in 2009 and 2010. However, they could not repay it. Later, Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited ran into trouble. They have got the status of chronic defaulter as they have not got no dues certificate from NDCCB. As a result, they are ineligible to get fresh loan from any of the banks,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister. To ensure credit supply for these farmers, a policy decision of the State Government is required apart from clearance from Reserve Bank of India, he added. “I have already discussed the matter with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Principal Secretary of Co-operation Department. Chief Minister has assured me to find a way out so that these many farmers get fresh institutional credit,” Bawankule told reporters. Earlier in the day, Bawankule chaired a meeting with Lead Bank and other financial institutions regarding crop loan distribution to farmers. Krupal Tumane, Ramtek MP; Sudhir Parwe, Umred MLA; D Mallikarjun Reddy, Ramtek MLA; Sachin Kurve, District Collector; Shivajirao Jondhale, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad; and representatives of nationalised banks were present in the meeting. Mohan Mashankar of Lead Bank; C Y Deshmukh; Sudhir Dhanvijay, Assistant General Manager of NABARD; Manohar Deore, S D Kogje, Ramanuj Prasad, D W Nikose, Pradeep Ambarkhane, Parul Nandanwar, Dheeraj Khobragade, S W Susankar, Ramesh Ramteke, D V Banbole and others also attended the meeting. ‘No crop loan through NDCCB this Kharif’
Farmers in Nagpur district will not get crop loan through beleaguered Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank Limited (NDCCB) this Kharif season, as the inspection by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will take at least three-four months to complete, said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister.Addressing a press conference, Bawankule said that the matter pertaining to revival of NDCCB was in the court. As a result, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will require directions from the High Court to restore NDCCB’s banking license. Further, RBI will not restore banking licence of NDCCB unless NABARD conducts inspection. “However, as its banking licence has been revoked, NDCC is a mere society and not a bank. As a result, NABARD cannot conduct inspection of a society. So, there are certain technical issues,” said Bawankule. Still, said Bawankule, the State Government was taking efforts for restoration of banking licence of NDCCB. But, the resolution of these issues will take at least three to four months. Till then, Kharif season will be almost over. Hence, farmers will not get crop loan through NDCCB at least this Kharif season, he made it clear.
The Executive Council (EC) members of Barkatullah University (BU) agreed on Wednesday to investigate the optical fiber scam. Hemant Katare, EC member, raised the issue of fiber scam and demanded to probe. He said that fiber worth Rs 2 crore is missing from campus so officials should invest the matter. Vice Chancellor M D Tiwari and registrar L S Solanki also agreed to probe the scam. In the meeting, members also passed the post of superintendent officers in hostels under self finance scheme. The proposal of superintendent will so sent to the Government for further approval. The superintendent officers are proposed to be appointed at Munshi Premchand Hostel, Sanjay Gandhi, Jawaharlal, Indira Kanya and Nivedita Girls Hostel. The EC members also decided to award the winners of All India Inter University and Zonal sports competition. First winner of the competition will be awarded with Rs 21,000, second 15,000 and third with Rs 11,000. Another major decision taken by EC members is service extension to 12 professors for next three months. EC member Amit Sharma raised the issue of contract faculty and demanded to extend the working tenure of 12 professors. He asked to appoint them as guest faculties.
e-DISNIC or e-District Information System of National Informatics Centre (NIC), a web-based district administration portal that was first developed in Kolhapur district, has won appreciation across the nation. Soon, it will be introduced across Maharashtra.Under the e-DISNIC system, various software modules have been implemented already in Kolhapur district. These include e-RevCOurt, a web-based Revenue Course case management and information system for Additional Collector, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Tehsildar, and Circle authorities. e-DISNIC is envisaged to accommodate wide range of software modules and is paperless in nature as the related data entry can be done and reports can be seen over the Internet.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh inaugurated the Yoga training camp held at Chhattisgarh Assembly annex on Wednesday. Apart from Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the camp was participated by Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, all Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and Bharatiya Janata Party Legislators. Also present were Chhattisgarh Assembly Principal Secretary Devendra Verma, senior Assembly officials and employees. However, Congress Legislators including Congress Legislative Party Leader T S Singhdeo and CPCC President Bhupesh Baghel were conspicuous by their absence from the camp.Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh while reacting on the absence of Congress Legislators said it seems not a single Congress Legislator is interested in yoga or exercise. On a query about Congress opposing the same, the Chief Minister said today Yoga is being followed by whole world but it is unfortunate that some people are more inclined towards politicizing the issue. Those who do not want to keep their conscience clean and maintain healthy lifestyle, are opposing the Yoga. So far as missing of Congress Legislators are concerned, it seems they are tired after the two day AICC Vice President visit hence are taking rest. It is worth mentioning here that the UN General Assembly had in December last year adopted an India-led resolution, supported by over 175 UN member- states, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’, recognizing that “Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being”. The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations. The Yoga camp at Chhattisgarh Assembly was also organized on Wednesday in this context. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said Yoga is among India’s thousands of years traditions. Yoga has made the country proud and it is necessary to keep our mind and body healthy. Yoga keeps stress and strains away from our life. He said Yoga is so much beneficial that it should be practiced ceremoniously in every household everyday. The one day Yoga demonstration is a part of drive to generate awareness of people towards Yoga. Speaking on the occasion Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal said Yoga is a part of healthy life. In order to keep a health body it is necessary to practice Yoga everyday and it should be made a habit. The training at Chhattisgarh Assembly was conducted by Yoga instructors from Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Raipur. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ajay Chandrakar delivered the welcome speech while Principal Secretary Devendra Verma proposed the vote of thanks.
Ali is daughter of Colonel Prem Sehgal and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who were part of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose led Indian National Army, said, Central Government should disclose all the papers related to the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. She said, her parents told her that Netaji died in an air crash in Japan and they were convinced with the death of Netaji. Colonel Habib-Ur- Rehman was the only person who survived in the plane crash, later he shifted to Pakistan.She said that there were rumuors regarding survival of Netaji. About reported surveillance of Netaji’s family, she said, Home Ministry is keeping a watch on every person, who is in public life. The Government is trying to destroy the image of Nehruji, she alleged. No trained yoga teachers in schools Subhashini Ali opposed International Yoga Day celebration in a big way in the country. She said, we do not have any trained yoga teachers in the schools, why Central Government is pressurising students to participate in this event. It is not everyone’s cup of tea as it requires special training to do yogasana. Ali, who is also president of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, said Government should give legal rights to maid servant working in the houses. Maharashtra Government had enacted a law for the welfare of maid servant but it was not implemented forcefully, she added. Trust President Pradip Maitra welcomed her while Treasurer Joseph Rao proposed vote of thanks.
AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl was killed after lightning struck the ground near Indian Gymkhana in Dhantoli area on Tuesday. The deceased Payal Madhukar Maraskolhe (11) was a resident of Takia Basti. A student of Sule Girls’ School, Payal was playing in the ground. As it started raining heavily, she took shelter near a make-shift shed under a tree. Suddenly, lightning struck the area killing Payal on the spot. Parents of the victim rushed to the spot as news about Payal’s death spread like a wild fire in Takia. Residents too gathered at thes spot. Soon after receiving the information, staff from Dhantoli Police arrived and sent Payal’s body to Government Medical College & Hospital for autopsy. Cops registered an accidental death case. Further investigations are under way.The South West monsoon started off on a sound note and on Tuesday the city within one hour recorded about 36.8 mm of rainfall. The intensity of rains today was quite severe and visibility was very poor, reduced to just few feets. For two wheelers riders, the problem was accentuated by thick sheet of rainfall falling and driving through water pools became quite dangerous. Even four wheeler drivers were quite cautious as wipers speed could not match the falling rain and for a long distance only whiteness appeared, indicating the intensity of rains. Apart from the rains, the accompanying lighting was cause of scare in household across city. Such was the activity up in the skies that children were frightened to core. Although lighting is bit common during the monsoon, but the loud sounds were quite scary.
The Office of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), Chandrapur, has prepared a plan, involving Rs 30 crore for eco-tourism and habitat augmentation in the park, following instructions by Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, during a review meeting held on Thursday in Chandrapur. Reliable sources informed that G P Garad, CCF and Field Director, TATR, is taking the proposal to Mumbai on Monday for discussion and approval in a meeting convened by Forest Minister. The proposal includes renovation of a tourist complex at Pangdi gate, construction of quarters for Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) and staff members and other facilities. The STPF jawans had occupied Pangdi tourist complex for the last two years and vacated it recently. The tourists had no accommodation facility at this complex during this period or at the nearby Jhari gate. In all, a dozen tourists vehicles are allowed daily to enter in the park from Pangdi and Jhari gates. Now, the upgradation of this complex would provide lodging/boarding facilities to tourists at Pangdi. Similarly, the plan for habitat augmentation includes water conservation works in habitat, quarters for forest guards in beats, meadow development in buffer areas, internal road works for strengthening patrolling and ultimately increasing protection level etc., sources said.
The IIM-Nagpur website ‘www.iimnagpur.ac.in’ says that a number of banks will offer education loans to support your IIM Nagpur education on relaxed terms. These banks include Axis Bank, Canara Bank, Dena Bank, and State Bank of India at the moment. Students may have a chance to interact with representatives of some of these banks around the registration time. Some of the banks may open kiosks on campus around the registration time. IIM-N will provide copies of the loan leaflets of these bank for students’ reference once it is confirmed the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has made it clear that all loan arrangements are purely between the student and the awarding bank. IIM Nagpur does not associate itself with such arrangements. While many students raise the loan after joining the programme IIM-Nagpur would strongly encourage to finalize the loan arrangements soon after student receiving the admission offer. IIM Nagpur has shown willingness to facilitate a number of scholarships which are awarded by Government of India and various state governments.Admission process
Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2014 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-off and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.IIM Nagpur has announced the admission status and the schedule for final admission result announcement for all the candidates. The first announcement of admission offer and subsequent waiting list at IIM Nagpur has been made available on June 6, 2015. There will be 3 more such announcements on June 16, June 22 and June 29, 2015. The candidates who have been offered provisional admission at IIM Nagpur on June 6, 2015 will have to submit the hard copy of acceptance letter and demand draft for commitment fee so as to reach at IIM Nagpur by June 19, 2015. The candidates who have been selected will receive an e-mail containing a provisional admission offer and next steps to be followed. There won’t be any communication to the other candidates.
Mayor Pravin Datke demanded hike of 17% in funding to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in lieu of withdrawal of LBT. He said abolition of LBT would benefit NMC as Goods and Service Tax (GST) would also come into force by next financial year. As compared to Octroi, the income of civic body dropped significantly during last two years adversely affecting the developmental works. Therefore, as against the best performance during LBT, the NMC had calculated possible income through Octroi and has forcefully demanded a better financial deal to carry on its developmental activities.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a genetical problem. The patients suffering from this disease face repeated fractures which deform the bones. Nails are put in long bones to correct the deformity and prevent further fractures. Dr Viraj Shingade, noted paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, who treats Devayani said, “Devyani is also facing repeated fractures. We had planned to put nails in the long bones but as nails were not available I recommended Devyani’s parents to go to Dr Atul Bhaskar of Mumbai.”Dr Shingade said Devayani was facing tremendous pain because of repeated fractures. “As the bones get curved the patients cannot walk properly. This disease has no cure but after she attains age of 25, the frequency of fractures get reduced,” he added. Hailing Devayani’s achievement Dr Shingade said, “Just before the examination Devyani was facing lot of pain. But she overcome that and achieved this remarkable success. It is really laudable.”
Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the socie... Read More
Joint topper among the three, Rupal Sharma of Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth believes that medicine is best field to serve the society, which she plans to make her career in. Rupal is the joint topper from Nagpur Division, in SSC examination with 98.80 per cent marks. The results were announced on Monday. Rupal was confident about her performance but did not expect the top slot among the merit students.“It was a very pleasant surprise for me because, I was expecting a score of around 95 per cent. Thanks to my school teachers who guided me and in solving the difficulties I faced during the studies,” she stated. Hard work, consistent efforts and self-confidence are the biggest factors in life and Roopal achieved the success following the same. Roopal’s father Sushil Sharma is a Junior Engineer with Central Railways and mother Manju is home-maker. Her elder brother Abhijit is an engineering student of IIT, Kharagpur. “I would like to accredit of my success to my brother and parents, who guided and encouraged me to perform better. My parents sacrificed several things for me and I will try to fulfil their expectations,” Roopal stated. Special courses conducted at the school also helped Roopal to upgrade her performance. She preferred to study during night hours, for better concentration and less disturbance. She likes singing, drawing and reading books during free time. She also likes to play chess for improving concentration and also music to reduce stress. ‘Focus, clarity of concepts are my success mantra’
An avid reader of books, especially fiction, Unnati Mamulkar is joint topper in SSC examination with 98.8 per cent. According to Unnati, focussed preparation, clarity of concepts and referring to notes led her to the success in the examination.Daughter of a Zilla Parishad teacher Purushottam Mamulkar, Unnati is very fond of reading and singing, drawing and playing badminton. She also participated in extra-curricular activities in school. She aims to become a cardiologist. Unnati is planning to appear for MH-CET, like her elder sister, who is also a merit student. She also stood in merit by securing 95 per cent in HSC examination and has cracked MH-CET examination for admission to medical college. Unnati’s father has been posted at a school in Hingna and mother Vandana is a home-maker. “This achievement was possible due to my parents who always supported and encouraged me to excel in any competition,” Unnati stated. She said that there was no specific plan for her preparation but she just followed the notes regularly and attended the classes regularly. There was no specific time for study but had full concentration while studying. Unnati scored cent per cent in Sanskrit, Science, Social Science and Mathematics, 92 marks in Marathi and 94 in English. ‘Proper planning, consistency are enough to excel’
Rutuj Khobe, who became the topper in SSC examination, believes that proper planning and consistency in studies help in better performance in examinations.The proud young boy, a student of Pt Bachcharaj Vyas Vidyalaya, opened his cards for future course of action while talking to The Hitavada. Rutuj said, he aspires to pursue higher studies in Computer Engineering from an IIT after HSC. The marks he has scored, 98.80 per cent, would continue to encourage him in his life. When asked about his study schedule, Rutuj stated, “Initially, I used to study for 4 to 5 hours everyday and as the exams approached, the time was increased upto 8 hours. This period included my school, tuitions and self-study. I have started my studies from the beginning of June itself and I had finished it by December. Thereafter, I joined test series in school which also helped me in improving the performance.” Rutuj gives credit of success to his school teachers and parents. His father Pramod Khobe is a primary school teacher with Nagpur Municipal Corporation and mother Archana Khobe is a home-maker. Physics is the Rutuj’s favourite subject and he would like to do research in it. He scored 100 marks in Mathematics, Social Science and Sanskrit, 95 marks in English and 99 marks in Science.