The classes of PG diploma in Industrial Robotics started on October 1. Oberoi Centre for Excellence (OCE) has appointed Dr S S Limaye as Centre Head while Dr Rahul Kharabe will be assisting him. Dr Kharabe was appointed by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). Head of Robotics of ABB India Limited Tore Lindstrom, Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU, Dr S P Kane; Pro-V-C Dr Pramod Yeole, Director of Board of College and University Development Dr D K Agrawal were present. Dr Limaye made introductory remarks while Dr Kharabe proposed a vote of thanks.
CHANDRASHEKHAR Bawankule has taken another important decision through which Nagpurians will get Nagpur District Hospital which was absent till now. The hospital will be set up in the premises of Regional Mental Hospital in the land admeasuring 8.90 acre at Mauja Jaripatka, Survey number 2. The hospital will be 100-bedded with all kinds of facilities. The estimation has been submitted by Executive Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD) to Deputy Director Health Services, Nagpur division. Another Sub-District Hospital will be brought at Kamptee. The bhoomipujan of these hospitals will be held during winter session at Nagpur. The earlier proposed hospital was of 50-beds. Bawankule has given permission for the upgradation of the hospital to 100-beds. The meeting was attended by MP of Ramtek Krupal Tumane, Maharashtra’s Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant, Principal Secretary, MLA Sudhakar Kohale, MLA Sudhakar Deshmukh and others.
The three-day national conference of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram will conclude ceremoniously at 4 pm on Sunday at Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir premises in Reshimbag here. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, will grace the function. Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State; Suhas Hiremath, Akhil Bhartiya Seva Pramukh of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS); Jagdevram Uraon, President, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram; Dr Kanna Madavi, and renowned industrialist Ashok Goel will be the guests on this occasion.
PRC members also interacted with ZP office-bearers including Nisha Sawarkar, ZP President; Sharad Donekar, Vice-President; Ukesh Chavan, Chairman of Education and Finance Committee; Deepak Gedam, Chairman of Social Welfare Committee; Pushpa Waghade, Chairperson of Woman and Child Welfare Committee; and Asha Gaikwad, Chairperson of Agriculture Committee. ZP office-bearers sought powers to transfer the officials, write Confidential Reports (CRs) of officers, and also to distribute funds. The PRC remained non-committal over this and assured the office-bearers that it would forward their memorandum to the Government. During discussions, chairpersons of various ZP committee lamented that they had say in transfers of officials up to 20 per cent of total transfers in a year. However, they were stripped of the powers after 2012. Often, officials do not pay heed to the office-bearers, and to have a firm grip of elected representatives over officials, the powers to write CR of officials should be delegated to office-bearers, it was demanded. ZP office-bearers termed curtailing of powers of Zilla Parishads as ‘unfortunate’ and said that the Government needed to empower it. The funds received under various Central Government schemes went directly to Gram Panchayats. ZP was rendered ineffective now, though it was very powerful component in Panchayat Raj system.CM wants transparency in governance: PRC chief
Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar, Chairman of Panchayat Raj Committee (PRC), told ‘The Hitavada’ that the PRC was visiting Nagpur and other districts in accordance with the vision of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, to ensure ‘better, efficient, and transparent’ administration in Zilla Parishads. For several years, the PRC chief said, it had been a trend that PRC did not visit ‘some’ districts. For instance, PRC did not pay a visit to Pune and Hingoli districts for 12 years. Similarly, it did not visit Nanded for 11 years. “Chief Minister decided to change this. He asked us to visit the districts that had not been visited by PRC for years together. Our visit to Nagpur is part of this larger drive,” he said. Though he did not reveal PRC’s observations at the end of Day One of PRC visit to Nagpur Zilla Parishad, he said that Chief Minister had asked the committee not to spare any one found guilty of irregularities or acts of omission or commission.ZP: Oppn seeks probe into irregularities
The members of Congress party submitted a memorandum to Panchayat Raj Committee (PRC) on Tuesday, and demanded probe into alleged irregularities in some purchases. Manohar Kumbhare, Leader of Congress party in Zilla Parishad (ZP), said that a delegation of the main Opposition party met PRC chief and submitted memorandum. The delegation comprised Shivkumar Yadav, Upasrao Bhute, Manoj Nitnaware and others. In the memorandum, Congress members alleged that there was irregularity in purchase of plastic crates procured for distribution to farmers under a scheme of Agriculture Department. Similarly, they alleged irregularities in procurement of tarpauline sheets, without going for e-tendering as per the norms. Besides, Agriculture Department of ZP supplied fungicide to farmers after sowing and kept farmers deprived of timely supply to protect the seeds. Congress members demanded probe into the alleged irregularities and action against Subodh Mohril, Agriculture Development Officer. Kumbhare and others also alleged that none of the farmers in Nagpur district had got benefit of crop insurance despite payment of premium and adverse impact on crops. They urged the PRC chief to take up the matter with the Government. The Opposition members also raised the issue of supply of allegedly sub-standard pipes for schemes taken up under Water Scarcity Combat Plan.
‘CCTV cameras were switched off by owner’
A SENIOR police officer informed that the owner had switched off CCTV cameras at time of closing the showroom. This was the great mistake as CCTV camera should be on for 24X7, the officer said.
Highest accidents at unmanned level crossings
Highest number of fatalities over Indian Railway occur due to accidents at unmanned level crossings. They take place mainly due to the negligence of road vehicle users in not observing the precautions laid down in the Motor Vehicle Act while negotiating unmanned level crossings. According to information, 17,480 railway accidents occurred due to Fall from train or collision with people at tracks. Only 56 accidents of collision, 43 accidents of derailment, 23 accidents of fire were reported. 10,755 accidents were reported in others category.
Leading industrialist Rahul Bajaj, who has already donated Rs 10 crore for the new administrative building of RTMNU, committed additional contribution of Rs 5 crore on Saturday, at the request of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. During his speech, Fadnavis said, “I was supposed to speak for 20 minutes, but I have made a deal with Rahul Bajaj and cut it short to eight minutes. Now, as the current project cost of Rs 24 crore may increase to Rs 30 crore by the time the work of building is completed, I have requested Bajaj to donate Rs 5 crore more and he has agreed to it.” This saw Rahul Bajaj reaching the podium, standing beside Fadnavis and saying, “Yes, I have agreed. I shall bear 50 per cent cost of the total expenditure with a ceiling of Rs 15 crore. Already, I have donated Rs 10 crore and now will add Rs 5 crore to it. University should give the hall for programmes organised by Shiksha Mandal or Bajaj Group.” It was Anoop Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, who communicated with Rahul Bajaj and was instrumental in fetching contribution of Rs 10 crore for the project.Bajaj Engg College to come up at Wardha-Pimpri
Bajaj Group’s Shiksha Mandal will be coming up with an engineering institute at Wardha-Pimpri. The bhoomipujan of the same was performed by Rahul Bajaj two days ago. The college will be constructed on the land admeasuring 2.12 lakh sq ft. Initially, it will have four branches including Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics engineering.Rahul Bajaj takes stock of work on new building
The programme of bhoomipujan for RTMNU’s new administrative building was scheduled at 11 am on Saturday. Rahul Bajaj reached the Guest House at 10.30 am and then proceeded straight to the venue of bhoomipujan. He took stock of the progress of the work on the proposed building. Bajaj asked Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor, about progress of the work. He expressed his displeasure over delay, and asked officials concerned to go for e-tendering immediately and get the new building constructed within two years. The engineer showed him the map of proposed building, and Bajaj discussed it with the university officials. The new ‘E’ shaped building will be constucted on 1,15,035 sq ft land. The offices of Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Director of Board of College and University Development, Finance and Accounts Officer, Director (Students’ Welfare), NSS Co-ordinator, Adult Education, will be situated on ground floor. The Senate Hall, Management Council Hall, Meeting Hall, Student Facility Centre will be situated on the first floor. The building is expected to be constructed in 21 months.
Ignoring the stern step taken by Vice-Dean Dr Vyawahare, his immediate superior and Dean of GMCH Dr Abhimanyu Niswade signed the forms of students. Dr Vyawahare has issued a notice that the students’ forms would not be signed unless pending amount is cleared. When asked as to why he was signing the same forms, Dr Niswade said, “I have asked students to submit the affidavit wherein they have promised to pay the amount within two months. I am signing all forms and I am sure that students would pay the amount.” When Dr Vyawahare issued notice, the students made a queue at the counter and started paying amount pending with them and Rs 23 lakh got deposited. But when Dr Niswade started signing the forms, remaining students did not bother to pay the amount.
Students’ council account from zero to Rs 3 lakh
Students have to pay Rs 500 every year which is deposited in the account of Students Council which is used for various students activities. But since many years, not a single penny has been given by students and nobody asked them to do so. Dr Vyawahare took over and the scene has changed. In four months of his regime, an amount of Rs 3 lakh got deposited in the account.
While describing 16 months as too short a period to judge the performance of Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government, the former Union Defence and Agriculture Minister said that running the massive apparatus of Government of India was no mean task and requires deft handling, team spirit and accommodative nature. However, as compared to promise, the results are bit slow and disappointing, he cautiously stated. Running a state and entire country are different ball-game, he opined.Dialogue key to break logjam in Parliament:
About Congress strategy to stall the Parliament, Pawar described it as an old phenomenon and advocated need to break peace. When Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalled both the houses, then senior Minister Pranab Mukherjee reached out to opposition and normalised the condition. Such efforts are not visible now, Pawar stated while hoping that Parliament would function smoothly. While analysing UPA’s performance on agricultural front and inability to curb farmers’ suicides, Pawar stated that UPA ensure remunerative prices to cotton, sugar and other crops. However, he candidly admitted that global rates and pressure of consumers which outweigh producers, often result in a raw deal to farmers. He strongly justified the decision of promoting BT cotton in the country and said, the country is exporting cotton due to bumper crop produced due to use of BT cotton seeds. He said, the country is largest exporter in rice, sugar, wheat and horticulture.Bihari voter is politically mature:
Replying to a question regarding State Assembly elections in Bihar, NCP chief said, Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav and Congress have formed an alliance and did not give representation to NCP and Samajwadi Party in their grand alliance. If we all fought together, then the position can be better but we are contesting on less seats to boost chances of grand alliance vis-a-vis BJP and its alliance partners. Appreciating the voters of Bihar, Pawar said, the people of Bihar are politically more suave than others and have changed the socio-political face of country in the past.Drought in Marathwada alarming:
Commenting on drought-like situation in Marathwada, Pawar said, the Government should give more attention towards Marathwada region. The water-level in Jayakwadi, Manjara and other dams is depleting. These areas will have drinking water upto January only. He also talked to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding alarming water-level situation in the region.On Vidarbha statehood issue, Pawar said, the NCP is firm on its earlier stand. If the people want statehood then we will not oppose it. Let BJP come forward to move the proposal, he added. Irrigation scam figures inflated:
On allegation of massive irregularities in irrigation works and scam worth whopping Rs 70,000 crore, Pawar said that successive Governments spent Rs 70,000 crore on irrigation projects since 1952. The entire debate is highly misleading and out of ignorance about guidelines to create dams in rainfed areas. During recent years, the Government had spent Rs 22,000 crore on irrigation projects and added 6 per cent irrigation potential as per the report of Madhavrao Chitaley Committee. The Government had spent Rs 7,500 crore out of Rs 22,000 crore on establishment and land acquisition work. The projects of Vidarbha were delayed due to Zudpi Jungle problems, he stated while underplaying the allegations of graft against NCP leaders including his nephew Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare who were WRD Ministers during last 15 years. Pawar made it clear that NCP leaders were co-operating with ACB probe and were not creating any hurdle.Only loan waiver is no solution:
Virtually supporting the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on farmers’ loan waiver issue, Pawar recalled that during UPA-I, farmers’ loan of debt-ridden farmers worth Rs 71,000 crore were waived, but even this step failed to stop spate of suicides. He appreciated State Government for counselling the farmers to stop suicides. Former Ministers Anil Deshmukh, Ramesh Bang, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, Spokesperson Atul Londe, Ajay Patil, Salil Deshmukh, Raman Thaokar, Vedprakash Arya, Anil Ahirkar, Duneshwar Pethe and others were present.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asked Charity Commissioner to take action against charitable hospitals who are flouting norms about free medical treatment to economically weaker sections. These hospitals are expected to upload details about free and concessional bedes available with them and any violation must be viewed seriously. Throughout state there are 407 charitable hospitals with 34,570 operational beds. As many as 3,514 beds are reserved for indigent patients while 3,504 beds are reserved for weaker section. In Nagpur district, 15 hospitals are covered under this scheme with 1,688 operational beds and they are expected to keep 169 beds reserved for indigent patients while 163 beds for weaker section patients.
Taking heed of rising demonstrations in schools by student wings of political parties, the Maharashtra English School Trustees' Association (MESTA) has called for a ban on protests in school premises, stating that it has an adverse effect on students' minds, in addition to upsetting the normal order of the school.Patil demanded separate protection act for schools as the incidents of protests, attack by parents or other political and social organisation are on rise. The rush of admission season, the ban on protests, perhaps the most important, is among the list of demands prepared by MESTA, pointed out Patil. The list of demands also includes concerns regarding unabated issues under the Right to Education — delays in reimbursements of fees of students admitted under RTE, lack of mandatory RTE admissions among pre-primary students, and more — that conditions tied to land requirement should be relaxed and that commercial electricity tariff should not apply to schools. Patil said, "Every year, protesters from different organisations troop into schools, shouting slogans and displaying aggressive behaviour. Most of these organisations do not have direct connection to the so-called affected students. All these have a negative impact on children's minds. Schoolchildren are not mature enough to have a balanced opinion on important issues of life; these protests, most of the time, force certain viewpoints onto them." Patil said, "If there is no clarity on how these children's education will be paid for, how can we be expected to go on admitting more batches of students? The students who were admitted in Std I three years ago have reached Class IV, and still we did not get reimbursement." Sanjay Tayade Patil said, “Schools may have to shut if this continues. A total of Rs 84 crore needs to be reimbursed for one year's admissions. We have 95 per cent of the schools which are running on the borrowed money.” Govt pays mere Rs 13,000
Tayade Patil brought one thing to the notice of mediapersons. He said, “On one hand Government is spending Rs 60,000 per student in Government school, on the other, it has assured us to pay only Rs 13,000 per student.” Expressing surprise over the Government’s approach wherein it says that schools should provide books, stationary material, uniforms to the students admitted under RTE, Sanjay Tayade Patil said, “It should be provided by Government only. In fact I would suggest that the public representatives like MLA, MP, MLC should utilise their funds for providing facilities to English medium schools run by us.” According to Tayade Patil there are so many parents who do not pay the fees. He said, “With so many stringent conditions being imposed by Government’s School Education department, it has become difficult for the school-owners to run the school. The day is not far away if school-owners, like farmers will have no alternative than to commit suicide. So Government should allow us to cancel the admission of the student who does not pay the fees of previous class.”Cancel Fee Regulatory Act
Expressing fear about Government’s decision to implement fee regulation act, Sanjay Tayade Patil demanded that this act should not be implemented for English medium schools. “Government has already made it mandatory to constitute Parent Teacher Association (PTA) in every school. PTA can have check on us if we do profiteering. There is no need to impose this act.” Various demands have been put and discussed in the convention which was inaugurated by Dr Baban Taywade, Principal of Dhanwate National College. State Secretary of MESTA Rajendra Dayma, Vice-President Gajananrao Nare, Gangadhar Nakade, Sanjay Koche, Priyadarshan Siras, Satish Jindal, Nana Satpute, Naresh Wasu, Rajabhau Taksale, Krishna Borate, Ambarish Dube were present.
IN ANOTHER ghastly mishap, a rashly-driven truck knocked dead a youth and injured his friend seriously near Shahanshah Hotel, Waddhamna on Amravati Road in Wadi Police Station area on Tuesday morning. After the mishap, the truck driver ran away leaving his vehicle on the spot. Identified as Nilesh Jamnikar (30), the deceased was a resident of Gittikhadan area. Injured Manoj Tekchand Johar (31), a resident of Jagdish Nagar, was rushed to Mayo Hospital. Around 9 am, Manoj and Nilesh were heading towards Kondhali on a Bajaj Discover motorcycle (MH-31/ER-7174) from Wadi. A recklessly-driven truck (MH-31/3339) hit them from behind killing Nilesh on the spot and injuring Manoj seriously. Their motorcycle got stuck under the truck. On the basis of a complaint lodged by Swati Johar (25), wife of Manoj, Wadi Police registered a case under Sections 279, 337 and 304 (A) of the IPC. Search for the truck driver was on.
The Consumer Forum has sent a copy of the order to the Chief Secretary seeking a thorough probe on the issue. The forum remarked that there has been an open violation of the rules and regulations in the contract in construction of Talpuri colony and hence the Chief Secretary should launch a probe on the issue for verifying that how the estimated cost of the flats increased astronomically. It may be mentioned that the Consumer Forum has given order in complaints of 13 plaintiffs and cases against the CGHB filed by 40 other victims are still pending.
Congress has criticized the blatant assault carried out on husband of Sarpanch in Chandkhuri village (Mandir Hasaud) by trainee police personnel. Congress spokesperson Ghanshyam Raju Tiwari said that people of capital are already apprehensive regarding their safety ever since dacoity was carried out in Samta Colony, right in the middle of Raipur, and such assault incidents further leave a sense of insecurity amongst people. Tiwari alleged that police machinery has become insensitive and indifferent which has only emboldened the criminal elements. He demanded that action must be taken against those involved in beating and assault on husband of Sarpanch.
Governor Balramji Dass Tandon and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh have extended their greetings to the people of Chhattisgarh on the occasion of International Literacy Day to be observed on Tuesday i.e. September 8. Appreciating the measures being taken to attain cent per cent literacy in the state, the Governor said that literacy is a strong medium to bring about a much needed awareness in the society. Literacy means not only the education but it is connected with the self respect of the common public. Congratulating citizens, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Monday said that in spite of Naxalites’ violence, Bastar carried on the Torch of Literacy and made Chhattisgarh proud in the entire country. He was expressing his views after Bastar bagged the National Award in Shakshar Bharat Programme. He congratulated the citizens of village Panchayat Giroud (Development Block Dharsiva) in Raipur district for bagging the National Award for Literacy. It may be mentioned here that President Pranab Mukherjee will honour three districts on the occasion of International Literacy Day on September 8 at New Delhi. Bastar (Jagdalpur), district Haveri in Karnataka and district Dharmapuri (Tamil Nadu) have bagged the National Literacy Awards. The Union Human Resources Ministry’s National Literacy Mission Authority had selected the three districts and gram panchayats for the Literacy Award. The Department officers said that Literacy Programme is meant for citizens above the age of 15 years to make them literate. The programme was launched in October 2011 in Bastar. The target is to make one lakh 73 thousand 417 citizens literate. About one lakh youth have been made literate. Lok Shiksha Kendras are being operated at Sargipal , Karpa and Farsaguda (Bhanpuri) in Bastar district. The citizens are made literate with the assistance of computers, LCD and projectors. He called upon the citizens to make it a people’s programme and spread awareness regarding literacy. He said ‘’Har Gram Panchayat Shakshar-Bharat Shakshar’’ will inspire Literacy Day and Literacy Week. Efforts should be made to attain cent per cent literacy.]
THE soyabean crop in district is hit by yellow mosaic disease (YMD) about which very little is known and hence farmers are in dire straits. Stating this Anil Deshmukh said so far no known cure is available and farmers are cultivating Soyabean in about 1.29 lakh hectares in the district. The yield loss due to YMD in soyabean is estimated to tune of 30%. Experts on the issue informed that two begomovirus species known to cause YMD of soyabean are Mungbean yellow mosaic India virus and Mungbean yellow mosaic virus. The affected plants initially develop yellow specks followed by bright yellow mosaic on leaves. The leaves of severely affected plants turn completely yellow and eventually become almost unproductive. The YMD of soyabean spreads rapidly by whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) and resulting into an epidemic situation. Ability to identify diseases in early infection stage and to accurately quantify the severity of infection is crucial for plant disease assessment and its management.
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Gopal Laxman Rushiye, Tax Inspector (Dhantoli Zone IV) of Nagpur ... Read More
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday caught Gopal Laxman Rushiye, Tax Inspector (Dhantoli Zone IV) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and his conduit Archana Kamlesh Wasnik red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 35,000 from a doctor to regularise the tax on his commercial property.A resident of Nandanvan Slums, Lane No 12, near Jagnade Square, Archana Wasnik approached Dr Pradip Vaidya, a resident of Dhantoli, on behalf of Tax Inspector Rushiye and demanded Rs 40,000 to regularise the tax on his commercial property. Dr Vaidya negotiated with her and fixed the deal for Rs 35,000. Dr Vaidya then lodged a complaint with the ACB office against Tax Inspector Rushiye and his agent Archana. The bureau officers verified the complaint on August 25. A resident of Kiradpura, Gandhi Chowk, Sadar, Rushiye asked Archana to collect the cash. Subsequently, the bureau officers laid a trap at NMC’s Dhantoli Zone 4 office and caught Archana Wasnik and Rushiye red-handed after the former accepted the cash on latter’s behalf. ACB officers arrested the Tax Inspector and his conduit and registered an offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against them at Dhantoli Police Station. The trap was laid by Inspector Asaram Shete, Head Constable Vilas Khanke, Constable Chandranag, and WPC Varsha Patle under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajiv Jain. Land Surveyor caught red-handed accepting bribe of Rs 10,000
ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) officers caught Sudhir Rameshwar Kawre, Land Surveyor, City Survey Office No 2, red-handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10,000 from the employee of a plot owner to change the title of the property.Kawre (36) was trapped in front of Utkarsh Umang Apartment, Ajni, by a joint bureau officers from Chandrapur and Wardha on Wednesday afternoon. Employer of Vijay Rambhau Bachale (42), a resident of Ajni Square, had purchased a plot admeasuring 1500 sq ft at mouza Bharatwada. He had submitted an application at the City Survey Office for changing the title of the plot on June 11. Though all necessary formalities were completed, Kawre demanded Rs 10,000 from Bachale for the work. Following a complaint lodged by Bachale, bureau personnel from Chandrapur and Wardha units laid a trap and caught Kawre red-handed when he accepted the bribe amount from Bachale. An offence under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered at Dhantoli Police Station against Kawre. The trap was laid by DySP (Wardha) Kishor Supare, Inspector (Wardha) Ajay Bhusari and their teams under the supervision of Superintendent of Police (ACB) Rajiv Jain.
If and when the competent authority files the application for auction of the properties then it would be the first case in Nagpur's history when duped gullible investors would get back their money. After auctioning the property, the competent authority will distribute the money to the investors as per approved ratio. The Investigation Officer Umesh Machhindra had personally visited Mumbai to get the notification issued well in time.
Meanwhile, multinational e-commerce giant Amazon has purchased 2 lakh sq ft godown from Transport Corporation of India (TCI) to set-up its biggest distribution centre in Central India. International Pharma company -- Marksans Pharma -- a sister concern of Glenmark Pharma, also purchased 10 acres of land in MIHAN-SEZ Area. Lupin Pharma is likely to start its business from March 2016, sources added.Chinese delegation in city today
A high-level Chinese delegation is arriving in the city on Wednesday to explore possibilities for investment in MIHAN-SEZ area. Sources claimed that the delegation would arrive from New Delhi on Wednesday morning and directly go to MIHAN-SEZ area.
WITH e-challan, traffic constables of Nagpur Rural Police will now be able to impose fine on violators at click of button. This will render the paper challan system obsolete and also ensure transparency in working. The police will have Android based mobile application. They will key in details of vehicle registration and nature of violation and amount of fine imposed and the information will be stored in the main server. The violator will also get confirmation SMS for the challan.
CDSCO formulated the survey plan to project a clear statistics on spurious and NSQ drugs in India. Initiated in April this year by National Institute of Biologicals (NIB), the pan-India survey involves a mammoth task of sampling drugs followed by complete testing of the drugs for the first time in the history of India. The uniqueness of the project lies in the fact that it is facilitated by an innovative software which offers an on-line mechanism for traceability of drugs sampled and tested besides providing transparency with scientific evidence. NIB is an autonomous institute under the Union health ministry and is also National Co-ordinating Centre (NCC) for the drugs survey. The drugs survey has collected 43,000 drugs samples so far. These samples include formulations and API imported into the country through 12 notified ports. The survey was done in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO). As a part of the survey, samples have been collected from 665 of the total 676 districts of the country based on statistical design. Collection of 43,000 samples has been done successfully encompassing all retail drug stores including Government medical stores, CHCs and PHCs as a part of the pan-India survey. Around 36,000 samples have already been sent for testing at drug testing laboratories across the country. There are six central drug testing labs and three state drug testing labs in Maharashtra, Vadodara and Karnataka. Through this initiative between the state and centre, India will now be able to project a clear statistics on spurious drugs, thus clarifying India’s stand on the same with scientific evidence.Salient features: -Nation-wide samples collected =43,000 - Samples collected from nine ports =1,000 -Samples of 224 molecules under 15 therapeutic categories. -1,000 drug inspectors across the country involved to identify the geographical areas where spurious drugs are available. -The survey was based on information such as the number of retail outlets (district-wise); information regarding the maximum prescription of drugs under each of the 15 categories including their trade name district wise; number of civil hospital stores (district-wise); number of central medical store (state-wise); and number of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensaries throughout the country. -Around 5,000 samples of fixed dose combinations (FDCs) collected as a part of the survey. -As part of the Union health ministry's national drugs survey for a scientific study on the extent of problems of spurious drugs and drugs not of standard quality (NSQ) in the country, the three state drugs testing labs at Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra have received 6000, 1400 and 200 drug samples for testing and analysis respectively.
They have killed Dalits aspiring for development in Damrancha, Chhallewada, Dechlipetha, Chintalpetha, Kudkeli, Kopela, Tambda, Yerkad, Odera etc. “Dalits in south Gadchiroli and especially in Aheri block are aware of their rights, and are fighting for education, development, and employment. There are several villages that have more number of Dalits than tribals. However, Naxalites do not want such aspirations to rise. Naxalites are against construction of schools or roads. As a result, development has come to a halt in many areas,” said Arvind Sovani, Joint Secretary of Bhumkal Sanghatan. Sovani flayed the Naxalites for trying to attract urban Dalit youths in the name of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, and killing Dalits aspiring for development in remote areas.As Dalits in Naxal-affected areas are living in the shadow of terror, it is time that killings of innocent Dalits must be probed by SC/ST Commission, said Sovani.
How does the bio-toilets work
The bio-toilets have been designed by Railways along with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) keeping in mind the requirements of Indian conditions. The unit (bio-toilet) is fitted underneath the lavatories and the human waste is discharged into them which is acted upon by a particular kind of bacteria that converts it into non-corrosive neutral water.
The draft State Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) reveals a list of Emergency Response Centres (ERCs) set up at 18 locations across the country for effective response to any major nuclear emergency. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) have set up these ERCs. They are located at Mumbai, Nagpur, Tarapur, Kakrapar, Indore, Kota, Jaipur, Delhi, Narora, Shillong, Kolkata, Jaduguda, Hyderabad, Kaiga, Bangalore, Kalpakkam, Aiwaye, and Kudankulam.
Yet again, the 165th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) based in Kodapakha achieved success in arresting an alleged under-warrant Naxal during an intensive search operation under Durgukondal police station limits on Wednesday. According to police, there was an intelligence input that an alleged under-warrant Naxal Aayatu Budo of Kawachikatel under Durgukondal police limits was hiding somewhere in the forested village. Based on the input, a joint team of BSF and District Force headed towards the area. As the joint squad reached near the Kawachikatel village, Budo made futile attempt to escape, but was nabbed by the forces. According to information received, Budo was desperately wanted by Siksod police for several crimes, including murder, kidnapping, arson, damage to public property, and attack on security forces. The arrest of alleged Maoist cadre Budo is being heralded as major success for BSF and police engaged in anti-naxal operation.
The ratio should of one veterinary doctor to 10-12 villages but present ratio is not satisfactory. One doctor is looking after about 25 villages. Many times it happens that suppose a particular vaccine is to be administered to the cows and if a doctor gets 2,000 vaccines then he administers it to only 2,000 cows from nearby villages. This means that rest of the animals are living without vaccination. These animals may get affected from various diseases. If the livestock suffer from various diseases then it would damage the agriculture riches too. Government is trying to find solutions so that the number of veterinary doctors may go up.How on-line issue is dealt?
The process of admission has been made on-line and is dealt with utmost care. According to Dr A K Misra, Vice-Chancellor suppose in rural areas the net facility is not available then such candidates can send the applications manually. But he said that number of such applicants who does not have internet facility or who cannot access are a very few. In fact on-line process has made all the difference.
The present-day National Civil Defence College (NCDC) was founded on April 29, 1957 as Central Emergency Relief Training Institute (CERTI) to support Emergency Relief Organisation of the Central Government. It was the first disaster management training institute of the country.As per the NCDC website, the conflicts of 1962 and 1965 compelled the Government of India to reorient its emergency training activities from natural disasters to those relating to protection of life and property, reducing damage, and raising public morale during any war emergency. Hence, CERTI was renamed as National Civil Defence College on April 1, 1968. In 2002, Union Ministry of Home Affairs recognised NCDC as nodal training institute for nuclear, biological, and chemical emergencies training. It has been training the Trainers from ITBP, CRPF, BSF, CISF, etc to prepare their personnel for organisation of National Disaster Reponse Force. At present, NCDC is headed by Dr G S Saini. As far as National Fire Service College (NFSC) is concerned, the idea was first conceived in the meeting of Expert Committee held in the year 1950. Initially, NFSC was established at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh in 1956. Later, it was shifted to Nagpur considering geographical and climatic advantage. The college is housed at the Old Settlement Commissionerate Building. The premises have been modified to suit the requirements of NFSC, with sufficient space for conducting fire drills and demonstrations. Dr Shamim heads NFSC at present.
For 32 employees of Economic Explosives Company it was close call after their bus got stranded in the middle of an overflowing nullah at Kondhali on Tuesday. The bus got stranded between Bazargaon and Shiva village, about 30 kms from city, in aftermath of heavy rains in the evening today. Swift action on part of district disaster response team and timely arrival of police force saved a major disaster. The bus had left the company at 4.30 pm and was heading towards Nagpur with 32 employees, including ten women. While negotiating a flooded nullah, the bus (MH-40/Y-6863) having its engine in rear got stuck on the road. Police said water gushed inside the engine and hence it got stalled. Soon water level started rising and panic gripped the employees who frantically dialled their superiors and police and their relatives. As help was still away the water in the meantime started rising fast leaving the employees fearing for their life. The employees somehow gathered themselves and they broke the window pane on front side and climbed atop the roof. The company officials swung into action and contacted officials of District Collector and Nagpur Rural Police. A word was sent out to Nagpur Emergency and Fire Services. A joint operation was undertaken and a motor boat was pressed into service to rescue the stranded workers. The employees were rescued with the help of rope, said police team which reached the spot from Kondhali. Thousands of villagers had also were gathered as news spread like wild fire in nearby villages. Tehsildar Sachin Gosavi, Congress leaders Nana Gawande, Sunita Gawande and others visited the spot. Finally, when all the employees were rescued everyone heaved a sigh of relief. Katol: Meanwhile, Our Katol Correspondent also reported that nullahs in the tehsil are in spate following heavy rains on Tuesday evening. The weekly market was in progress when rains lashed and the intensity caught shoppers and vendors off guard. Normal life was thrown out of gear following the downpour. Traffic on interior roads got stalled as nullah were in spate and police as a precautionary measure stopped plying of vehicles.
High Court Bar Association will felicitate Chief Justice Mohit Shah during his two-day visit to Nagpur. The function will be held at HCBA auditorium on Monday afternoon. Chief Justice Shah is retiring next month and probably this is his last visit to Nagpur bench. During his tenure Chief Justice Shah approved many demands made by HCBA and legal fraternity for improvement in infrastructure. Even existing media room in the High Court was sanctioned by him for mediapersons within no time. A release issued by HCBA President Arun Patil and Secretary Shraddhanand V Bhutada has urged legal fraternity to attend the function in large numbers.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the occasion informed about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between State Government and CISCO company, for making Nagpur a Smart City. The MoU is going to see generation of employment opportunities for youths here as CISCO is going make significant investment here. Praising the concept of Samadhan Shibir, the CM said, it has great significance as citizens are getting their issues resolved here. “About 81 applications from 1336 received were solved in first Samadhan Shibir,” the Chief Minister informed.Giving relief to residents of unauthorised lay-outs, Fadnavis directed officials to ready master plan for development of these lay-outs. A special meeting would be called at Mantralaya to resolve the issue of unauthorised lay-outs. Stop corrupt practices: Gadkari
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also did not mince words while criticising the corrupt practices in Government Departments and exhorted citizens to send such corrupt officers to jail. Commenting on unauthorised layout, Gadkari demanded that builders and developers who created this mess should also be punished.He disclosed that Union government has sanctioned Rs 292 crore for cementing inner Ring Road. Underground power supply lines: Bawankule
In a move to make Nagpur a smart city, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced that all power supply lines would be laid underground in the city. Interruption in “Power supply is a regular feature in city and we have decided to go lay underground cable. Offices of Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana should be established in every assembly segment wise, he further said.MLA Sudhakar Kohale, District Collector Sachin Kurve, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane, Municipal Commissioner and Shravan Hardikar also expressed their views. Smart City Idea challenge
Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar asked citizens to contribute their suggestions so that they can be taken-up while planning for Smart City. He further informed that Chief Minister has launched Smart City idea challenge.641 applications on first day
A total of 641 applications were received at Samadhan Shibir on Sunday. According to information, 155 applications pertained to NMC, 254 of NIT, MSEDCL- 34, MHADA-17, Land Records- 43, Deputy District Registrar (Co-operative) 15, Health Department- 14, Social Justice Department-07, District Industries Centre-1, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana-1, MSRTC-5 and other departments- 92.
Prof Sumant Tekade, Head of the Department of Management, S B Jain Institute of Engineering and Management, made a powerful thought-provoking speech. Sharing anecdotes and providing them right perspective, he stressed upon the need of changing the mindset towards history from an academic subject to something beyond curriculum. Prof Tekade congratulated ‘The Hitavada’ for its commitment to issues that would help change mindset of students. Recalling that India was known as ‘Sone ki Chidiya’ once upon a time as it had all the prosperity and peace, with solid foundation of culture. However, the invaders and foreign rulers destroyed culture and tweaked history for their convenience, and looted India. He gave examples of scientific and technological advancements in ancient India, skills in fine weaving of ‘Malmal’ (satin), ancient system of medicine ‘Ayurved’, knowledge about astronomy and several other things that were well-documented but little explored. India had a good know-how on development of warships, aeroplanes, brilliant architects who designed Bodhgaya, and whose design principles were used in Angkorvat Temple. ‘Bodhayan Sutra’ was a mathematical wonder, but not many know about it, he rued. The foreign rulers, especially the British, destroyed Indian education system. They introduced focus on academics only as it fulfilled their requirement of generating clerical manpower that served them. Prof Tekade, who was a recruiter for Wipro, said that he recruited around 1,500 youngsters. “I interviewed many youngsters and realised that students were good in academics but lacked attitude to excel. Those who mugged up to score more were depressed that they were not getting good jobs. How will they develop right attitude if teachers themselves guide them to seek education that will get them jobs in the US?” he asked.To change the situation, Prof Tekade stressed, mindset towards learning of history and learning from history has to change positively. “This mindset will not change, if we do not tell stories of real life heroes to our children. Sadly, in many homes, parents watch daily sops and ask children to watch cartoon serials. Tales of Mahabharata are forgoten, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s guerilla warfare techniques that are being taught to British Army soldiers are forgotten, he lamented. Teachers must know about glorious chapters of the country’s history. If they have to teach children, they must know it first, Prof Tekade said. He suggested ways to overcome the present-day challenges in this regard. “There could be yearly programmes in which two speakers take time to address the students on history beyond curriculum,” he said. He promised to come up with an action plan in this regard by September 1. Course-correction needed: Dr Purabi Bhattacharya
Dr Purabi Bhattacharya, Head of the Department of History, S F S College, expressed concern about young people having little interest in the subject of history. She exhorted the gathering to teach history at college level to make students understand the past to strengthen moral and spiritual values. “Colleges have made teaching of History a traditional activity. Students memorise History mindlessly in schools and colleges. Class-room teaching is examination-oriented. As a result, the standard of examining answer books of History in examinations is not reliable,” Dr Bhattacharya observed. Students, too, are in the dark on how their papers are going to be evaluated, she added.Dr Bhattacharya was critical of the system in which teachers dictated notes on History to students. “As a result, students are not trained to think independantly and critically. Teaching profession must be looked more as a vocation than a career. A good History teacher must read and enhance own skills to suit the level of understanding of students. A teacher must know anwers to all the questions and allow students to draw their own conclusions. They need to be inroduced to a new system of intellectual orientation. For this, we need to make a course correction,” she stressed. Learning from history can change future: Dr Shubha Johri
Dr Shubha Johri, Head of the Department of History, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, traced the role played by Nagpur in India’s freedom struggle. “Learning of history is necessary to facilitate learning from history. This holds promise of changing the future,” she stressed. Throwing light on Nagpur’s role in India’s freedom struggle, Dr Johri mentioned about monumental contributions of Maganlal Bagdi, Hindusthani Lal Sena, Anusayabai Kale, Kamlabai Hospet. These people rekindled the spirit of patriotism and nationalism beyond the barriers of caste and religion. “There are many unsung heroes too. But, sadly, not many know about the role played by Nagpur in freedom struggle. All this can be told in academic sessions beyond curriculum,” she said.“In the era of Google Search today, ability to grasp facts, tell story, study of human behaviour are still relevant. Sitabuldi is all about markets and flyover today. But very few know about soldiers who fought a brave battle, about eight persons hanged there around 200 years ago,” recalled Dr Johri. “Today, we must have students who are well informed. Television has enhanced popularity of history with various serials, movies etc,” observed Dr Johri. She informed the gathering that RTM Nagpur University had started a short-term course in History that evoked very good response. She shared a number of ideas with the gathering to increase love and liking for History by encouraging historians to give boost to such trends. “Colleges must organise and encourage visits to museums. Photo competitions based on monuments, inter-collegiate visits, book review sessions, movie clubs, talks on historic events, role-play contest on historical events, visits to places like Jallianwala Baugh, heritage walk etc could be some ideas,” Dr Johri exhorted. ‘Let us ignite minds, start revolutionary change’
Vijay Phanshikar, Editor of ‘The Hitavada’, appreciated the speakers for sharing their valuable thoughts and said that ‘The Hitavada’ had taken up the exercise of organising College Principals’ Conclave to ignite minds and partner with them to bring about a positive change in the field of education as a matter of calling. Phanshikar congratulated Prof Sumant Tekade for his brilliant action plan and urged others also to follow suit. College Principals’ Conclave is not a public relations exercise of ‘The Hitavada’ but a sincere effort to do something in the larger interest of humanity, he said. Describing ‘The Hitavada’ as an instrument of public service, he said that its objective was to trigger a thought-process to bring about a positive change that would lead to shaping the young minds into proud citizens of India. Of a total 500 students surveyed, only 12 could tell the importance of ‘August Kranti Din’, Phanshikar said. “This is a very sorry state of affairs. We are not aware of the turning points of history,” he lamented. He highlighted the importance of the War of Independence in 1857, narrated story of Indian soldier Mangal Pandey who shot a British officer, valour of Rani Laxmibai, able military leadership of Tatya Tope. He also told the gathering about Bhagat Singh throwing off all almonds and cashewnuts from a jar and preserving in it the blood-soaked soil from Jallianwala Baugh to keep him determined about fighting for the Independence of motherland.Pointing out that children were taking to different streams leaving the subject of History and breaking away from the source of information, Phanshikar stressed upon the need to make efforts to connect such people again with the glorious past. He gave examples of Walchand Hirachand, who took revolutionary steps and started Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics, and also ship-building, challenging the might of the British Empire. “This was a contribution to the freedom struggle of an individual,” he said. “We must have an non-classroom curriculum to make Nagpur a hub of learning History,” Phanshikar observed. He paid rich tributes to legendary people like Walchand Hirachand, J R D Tata, Birla who gave India her blue-print for development and progress. He also spoke of the greatness of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya for his brilliant River Action Plan. He urged the gathering to teach such inspiring real-life tales from History to students. “Please start this in your respective institutions. For, a nation that forgets its history cannot become strong,” he said. Phanshikar also made a mention of responsible journalism displayed by ‘The Hitavada’ when the newspaper gave deserving prominence to pay glowing tributes to late former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, as against the news of hanging of a terror convict. The audience gave a loud applause to this in appreciation. “Let us look at this conclave as a possibility to start a revolutionary movement,” he appealed to the principals.
After a lot of struggle, the Chandrapur Medical College got started as far as admission process is concerned. Second round of MBBS ended on July 27. So special round was held for Chandrapur Medical College in the first week of August. The merit list would be displayed on August 12. The team of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) paid a visit on Friday as a formality.
The heavy downpour in Madhya Pradesh has caused rivers to swell resulting in large inflow of water in Vidarbha region. The administration has started releasing water from Gosikhurd, while at Bagh and Wainganga the storage level is reaching near capacity.At Gosikhurd, 14 gates were lifted by 0.50 metres to release 48,629 cusecs of water. The main problem with Gosikhurd is that the canals structure is not yet completed hence such huge amount of water has to be released. Water is also being released at Mathani in Nagpur District as Kanhan river is in spate and about 16,457 cusecs of water was released on Friday. The dam has designed capacity of 250.62 MM3 while on Friday the level was 252.31 MM3 which compelled authorities concerned release excess stock. Also in Deori in Gondia district about 34,050 cusecs of water was released from dam on Wainganga river. At Hinganghat from Wana and Bagulibuti in Chandrapur district and Wadsa in Gadchiroli districts water is being released from dams. In Gondia district from Bagh reservoir is nearing its capacity owing to huge ingress of water form Madhya Pradesh side. The overflow level at the dam is 275 MM3 and it has already touched 276 MM3 level. Similarly, water storage in Wainganga has reached 240.42 MM3 while its designed capacity is 237 MM3 while danger level is 240 MM3.
The Government has decided to constitute a committee under the presidentship of Head of Forest Force to prepare action plan for completing the target of 100 crore trees in the next three years.It issued a GR on Tuesday in this regard. The committee will consist of Managing Director, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra, Nagpur, Director General, Social Forestry, Pune, Addl Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Budget, Planning, Development), Nagpur, and four officers selected by HoFF. Addl Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Evaluation, Monitoring) will be the Member-Secretary of the committee. The committee will be required to take all the necessary steps to ensure fulfillment of the gigantic target. It is asked to submit its report to the Government till August 31.
The beleaguered Nagpur, Wardha, and Buldhana District Central Co-operative Banks (DCCBs) are not eligible for the benefits of NABARD refinance scheme as these are not ‘functional’.When will these banks become ‘operational’ again, is the question haunting the farmers in these three districts. Asked about this, Satish Bhosle, Deputy District Registrar, told ‘The Hitavada’ that the State Government has sought a period of four weeks from the High Court to release funds for revival of Nagpur DCCB. The period of four weeks will expire by the end of this month. Once the State Government releases assistance required to get restored the banking licence of Nagpur DCCB, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will take final call. Bhosle said that he was optimistic of restoration of banking licence of Nagpur DCCB by the end of September. “I am hopeful that the Nagpur DCCB will become functional again by October 1,” he said.
Yes as happens always, the inconvenience due to downpour continues to trouble citizens but all was forgotten as cool weather brought in a refreshing change in surrounding and also the mood. The week began on a wet note and week ahead promises more rains as over the next two days Meteorological office has forecast heavy rains.The steady rains throughout the day, with intermittent heavy shower in between ensured that people did not have any major trouble. The peculiarity of rainy season during this year has been a shorter spell but with excessive speed. Since Monday night light rains knocked down the mercury and the lower temperature brought in the chill. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 75.2 degree celsius which was six degrees below normal and minimum temperature was 73.2 degree celsius which was one degree below normal. The rainfall till 8.30 am (24 hours) for city was 48.1 mm while till 8.30 pm (12 hours) 37.4 mm and till 5.30 pm on Tuesday it was 34.2 mm. The widespread rains in Vidarbha also raised hopes of farmers who were worried as in July there were more dry days. This affected the growth of crops and earlier due to slow advance of monsoon the sowing operations started late. Especially the happy thing about Tuesday’s rains is that it covered most of Western Vidarbha which was facing drought like situation. The reports from Meteorological Office reveals that Akola, Buldana and Washim where sowing operations were yet to begin in major area was lashed by severe rains. Elsewhere in Eastern Vidarbha at some district the rains were pretty good and this is going to sharply increase the water storage in dams. The rains on Tuesday was result of a depression in aftermath of formation of a low pressure area over East Madhya Pradesh. Over last two days the condition have turned favourable and farmers who were worried at long gap in rains are back in fields tending to standing crop. Particularly soyabean and cotton, two major cash crops, badly needed rains and this round of rains would help them in healthy growth, said the agriculture experts. The Meteorological Office here has warned that due to depression a few places in Vidarbha would continue to be lashed with heavy to very heavy rains till morning of Thursday. Meanwhile a team of Revenue officials had a narrow escape near High Court when a huge tree got uprooted and it fell on their vehicle. Manohar Kadu, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Darwha and Rajendra Chintakulwar, Naib Tehsildar, were proceedings to court when got trapped. Fortunately no one was injured in the mishap. The few places where good rainfall was recorded included Wardha, Gondia, Tumsar -- 6 cms each; Saoner, Ashti, Salekasa, Tirora, Chikhaldara, Dhamangaon Rly-- 5 cms each; Parseoni, Ramtek, Narkhed, Samudrapur, Deoli, Sadakarjuni, Deori, Amgaon, Goregaon Mohadi, Jalgaonjamod, Chandurbazar-- 4 cms each; Kuhi, Bhiwapur Umrer, Mauda, Kalmeshwar, Katol, Arvi, Hinganghat, Etapalli, Lakhani, Sakoli, Yavatmal, Sangrampur, Motala, Warud, Tiwsa, Ballarpur Chandrapur, Lakhandur, Paoni, Malkapur, Dharni, Daryapur, Achalpur (Paratwara), Chandur Rly, Nandgaonkhandeshwar, Balapur --2 cms each; Wani, Pandharkawada, Selu, Bhamragad, Aheri, Armori, Desaiganj, Dhanora, Chimur, Warora, Pombhurna, Ner, Kalamb, Babulgaon, Washim, Shegaon, Khamgaon, Nandura, Anjangaon Surji, Telhara, Akot -- 1 cms each.
Apparently rattled by the tough order passed by the High Court indicating a serious action against authorities for non-feasance, NIT Chairman Shyam Wardhane and Municipal Commissioner Shrawan Hardikar visited Gokulpeth market on Saturday. They were shocked to see the stinking condition of the vegetable market. The accumulated rain water in the basement of NIT’s Gokulpeth market is yet to be drained out and it has become breeding ground for mosquitoes.Wardhane directed the officers concerned for flushing out water from the basement immediately. Hardikar, who was shocked to see the choked sewer line, directed the officers to change the sewer line and clean the market immediately.
CONTRARY to what his lawyers argued for him that he was Schizophrenic, a team of doctors found Yakub Memon mentally sound before his execution on Thursday morning. As per the procedure a team of medical doctors, including physicians as well as psychiatrist, checked Yakub before he was hanged. According to sources, the team found Yakub in sound mental and physical health. The doctors entered the jail early in the morning. Chief Medical Officer of Jail Dr Madavi waited outside while his subordinate Dr Tiwari was sent in. Dean of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Dr Abhimanyu Niswade along with Dr Makrand Vyawahare, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, GMCH waited to take possession of Yakub’s body. Highly placed sources said that the team, comprising an Orthopaedician, one from Anatomy, Radiologist, Neurosurgeon, Pathologist, received the body at around 7.55 am for post mortem. To get post mortem done in daytime light, Yakub was hanged after sunrise. A room was specially kept ready for post mortem. Post mortem is needed to find out whether death occurred due to hanging or strangulation. As per sources, during Ajmal Kasab’s execution it was found that he got strangulated. Technically the Second cervical vertebra gets fractured with judicial hanging and after fracture, odontoid process injures vital part of brain causing instantaneous death. This is called judicial hanging. According to sources Yakub’s death took place due to judicial hanging. The X-ray of Yakub was done in the jail premises itself. As the body was to be taken to Mumbai, the chemical process of embalming was done wherein formalin was applied on the body. The purpose of embalming is to preserve a dead human body from natural decomposition and to also restore a natural appearance.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is yet to launch the toll-free number, SMS and e-mail facilities to ensure effective implementation of noise pollution norms.Kranti Sonkusare, Traffic Engineer, NMC, told ‘The Hitavada’ that NMC had already declared the list of ‘Silence Zones’ last year but it had not been displayed on its website so far. As far as toll-free number, SMS, e-mail facilities are concerned, action is being taken under e-governance programme, he added. Asked about policy on erection of pandals/structures on roads during religious festivals, he said that these permissions were given by Estate Department, and hence it would prepare the policy. D D Jambhulkar, Estate Officer, Estate Department, NMC, told ‘The Hitavada’ that his department had prepared draft guidelines on noise pollution and an affidavit would be submitted to the Bombay High Court on Thursday. As the matter relates to policy matter, draft guidelines would be submitted before NMC general body. “We got the circular on July 24. We prepared the draft guidelines running into 14-15 pages within two days since then. Now, we will submit draft guidelines to general body for approval,” he added.
YAKUB’S elder brother Suleman and cousin Usman Memon visited Central Jail on Wednesday evening. It is learnt that they submitted an application for handing over of Yakub’s body after his execution on Thursday morning. However, the jail authorities refused to divulge any information to the waiting media. While entering in the jail premises Suleman told the media to leave them alone.“Hume baksh do (Leave us alone). We have full faith in Indian judiciary,” Suleman said. It is learnt Yakub’s wife Raheen, daughter Zubeda and other relatives, who had their last meeting with him a few days ago in the jail, are expected reach the city on Thursday morning. After Yakub’s last-ditch effort to escape the gallows was rejected by the Supreme Court, he has not prepared any last will so far, informed his local lawyer Adv Anil Gedam. Adv Gedam said, Yakub was very hopeful that he would get some relief from the Supreme Court and from the President of India on his mercy petition. It seems, he might have thought that he would not be executed which was why he did not prepare any will. After his execution, his body is likely to be claimed by his family, Adv Gedam added. As per the Jail Manual, Jail Superintendent has powers to decide whether the body of the death convict be handed over to his family or not depending upon the security or law and order situation. After post mortem by doctors of Government Medical College, Jail Superintendent can bury the body in the prison premises itself. In case the family wants to take possession of the body, they have to give an undertaking to the Jail authorities that they would not make an issue and not hold any demonstration with the body. But in Yakub’s case, the State Government decided to hand over his body to his relatives. Sources informed that Yakub’s family members are likely to take the body to Mumbai and burial would take place at Kacchi Memon Kabrastan, Bhoiwada.
BROTHER of main accused in the Mumbai blasts case Tiger Memon and a close confidant of gangster Dawood Ibrahim (both believed to be in Pakistan), Yakub is in jail for the past over two decades. Yakub, who played a major role in the Mumbai bomb blasts that claimed 257 innocent lives and left over 700 injured, allegedly had handled Tiger Memon’s funds for the crime that shook the entire world. He allegedly funded about 15 youngsters who were sent to Pakistan for training in handling of arms, ammunition and explosive devices.The serial bomb blasts in 1993 were allegedly orchestrated by D-company including Tiger Memon to avenge Muslim deaths during Hindu-Muslim riots that had rocked Mumbai a few months earlier. Yakub was awarded the death penalty by a Special (TADA) Court on July 2007. He would be hanged for acts of terror and mayhem. The third among six sons of Abdul Razzak Memon, Yakub turned out to be the most highly-educated in the Memon family. He studied in an English medium school, later acquired a BCom degree and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1990. After becoming CA, he opened ‘Mehta & Memon Associates’ with his friend Chetan Mehta. But after a year, they parted ways and Yakub set up his independent firm ‘AR & Sons’ in the memory of his father. Two days before the bomb blasts (on March 10, 1993), Yakub fled with his entire family to Pakistan via Dubai. After being caught with multiple passports at Kathmandu Airport in July 1994, Yakub was arrested on the morning of August 5, 1994. After he was shifted to Nagpur Jail in 2007, he did MA in English Literature and Political Science. Yakub, 24th convict to be hanged in Nagpur Jail
Yakub Memon would be the 24th convict to be hanged in Central Jail Nagpur since Independence.The last execution in the jail took place way back in 1984 after Wankhede brothers from Amravati were hanged after they were convicted in murder cases. Set up in 1864, the jail received ISO 9001-2000 certification. It is the only jail in the state where two death convicts can be hanged simultaneously.
To minimise hardship for citizens, Transport Department has decided to have computerised testing tracks at all RTO’s in State. They will be on BoT basis and Pune based CIRT, a Central Government agency, is asked to submit a DPR. Similarly at Nasik we have set-up computerised system for issuance of yearly fitness certificates to transport vehicles and soon it would be set-up in all RTOs. This two measures would go long way in addressing issues of road safety to a large extent, Sonia Sethi told in response to a querry.Asked about delay in getting permanent driving licences post introduction of on-line booking, Transport Commissioner said a new arrangement is being put in place to tide over this delay. Now in case appointment of applicant is over and above lapse date of learning licence then local RTO would manually provide date and test the applicant. She also informed that with passing of Right to Service Act, Transport Ministry has prepared a list of services to be provided to citizens and once approved same will be informed to people. Similarly all the vacancies in the department would be filled-up at the earliest and we will request State Government to sanction new posts since RTO is maximum revenue earning department. Nagpur amongst four districts to get license for e-rickshaws
State Government has permitted licensing e-rickshaws in four districts, Nagpur, Mumbai, Nasik and Pune. The local RTOs have been asked to assess the route and submit respective plans before commencing issuance of license for plying, disclosed Sonia Sethi. E-rickshaw has got nod following legislation done by Central Government that has made amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act.
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