Gaddigodam bridge restoration work taking shape

First leg of restoration of Gaddigodam bridge for railway traffic was wrapped up by Central Railway’s Nagpur Division on Monday with laying of two concrete slabs of 40 tonnes each. The pre-stressed concrete (PSC) slabs were lifted and placed adjoining each other to replace the damaged iron girder. Though the skies overhead were overcast, the conditions at Ground Zero were however perfect for a co-ordinated approach that helped for near perfect work that is going to engineer a change in movement of ..

Picnic turns into tragedy: Father, son drown in lake

A picnic turned into a tragedy as a man and his 12-year-old son drowned in Zilpi Lake in the Hingna area on Monday morning. The family of four - husband, wife and their two sons - had gone to the lake to celebrate the birthday of their younger son, police officials said. The deceased are identified as Abdul Asif Abdul Gani Sheikh (35) and his son Abdul Chahbil Abdul Asif (12). According to police, the family is resident of Tipu Sultan Chowk in Yashodhara Nagar Area. They had gone to the lake on a ..

Teenage girl kills stepfather

A stepfather, who served four years in jail after being convicted of molestation, was killed by a teenage girl at her house in the Hingna Police Station area on Monday afternoon. The deceased was identified as Dhnyaneshwar Gatkar (60), a resident of Seloo town in Wardha district. According to police, the 17-year-old girl lives with her mother at Sawali village, near Hingna. Her father passed away when she was just one-year-old. Since then, her mother has been working as a housemaid...

No active COVID-19 case so far; Khursapar GP wins Centre’s praise

Often, the initiatives taken in bigger urban centres are in limelight, but the response of the villages to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic remains neglected. Against this backdrop, here is a good news from the rural landscape -- Khursapar Gram Panchayat (GP) in Katol tehsil of Nagpur district, has won appreciation from the Central Government for best practices. With various these initiatives, it has achieved ‘zero active patient’ status...

RTMNU to hold postponed examinations from 27th; time-table ready

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) had postponed all examinations of first semester for indefinite period as coronavirus cases were on rise. With cases started getting reduced, University has prepared the timetable for 21 examinations from May 27. University will also give relief to 4,471 students who could not write papers due to technical snag. Their examination would begin on May 22. Director of Examinations and Evaluation of RTMNU Dr Praful Sable told ‘The Hitavada’, “There ..

DCP Vinita seals McDonalds and Belgian Waffles outlets

Cracking a whip against rule violators, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone II Vinita S initiated stern action against four restaurants for violating Covid-19 protocol by serving food to customers. Acting on a tip-off, DCP Vinita conducted surprise checks in the restaurants and found that some youngsters are being served by these restaurants. The youths were found eating the food in the basement of a commercial building...

PSI and constable caught accepting bribe of Rs 5,000

A Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) and his writer, attached to Kuhi police station, were caught red-handed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000/- on Monday. The arrested accused include PSI Bharat Ramesh Thite (30) and Constable Amit Shankar Pawar (28). An ACB official informed that the complainant runs a Dhaba on Umred Road and is a resident of Chitnis Nagar of Tajbag. PSI Thite was in-charge of Panchgaon beat of the police station. On May 12, Diesel was being stolen ..

Maharashtra loses over 100 PG Medical seats

National Medical Commission, the new body that has taken over after the ouster of Medical Council of India has cut down the Post Graduate medical seats in Maharashtra by 107. Of the total 107 seats, Vidarbha will be losing 15 PG seats. This will surely affect the medical sector as in medical colleges PG seats play an important role. In recent times due to not having PG department, several heads have either left the institutions or applied under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS). This exodus of medical ..

Biker killed after falling off Chikhali flyover

A 32-year-old man was killed after his bike skidded on Chikhali flyover and he fell off the bridge in Shanti Nagar area on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Rajkumar, a native of Karnataka. He was living in a rented accommodation in Koradi and working in a company. The accident occurred at around 9 pm when he was heading towards Koradi on a motorcycle with a pillion rider who also works with him in the company...

Granddaughter, boyfriend killed woman for money

MIDC police on Sunday claimed to have solved murder case of Vijaya Tiwalkar (62) by arresting four persons. Shockingly, the woman’s granddaughter and her boyfriend are the prime accused in the murder case. The accused are identified as Nilesh Paunikar, Aarzoo Khan, Farid Ansari, Tajir Khan, granddaughter of Vijaya and her boyfriend. The girl and her boyfriend are juveniles, MIDC police claimed. “Prima facie, six accused are involved in the murder case and the teenage granddaughter and her boyfriend ..

Once water-deficient villages in Mauda are now water-surplus

Mauda, which was one of the most water-deficient tehsils of Nagpur district, has now become water-surplus. Following the success stories of Jalayukta Shivar in the State, the Government of Maharashtra joined hands with Art of Living for a new technique that helps in increasing the groundwater level in the tehsil. River rejuvenation with the help of ‘Trap the rain where it falls’ technique, helped to increase the ground water level in Mauda. The technique is developed by Art of Living and is funded ..

Neusy Jain wins International Hathkargha Fashion Show

Neusy Ravikant Jain from Nagpur has won the International Hathkargha Fashion Show-2021. She emerged winner from among 60 participants selected from different countries all over the world at the fashion show organised by Shri Digambar Jain Maha Samiti. Mentor of NGO ‘Make A Difference’, Neusy is also a winner of Miss Queen of India Miss Talent Award-2021, and Miss Maharashtra Queen-2019...

Deshmukh contemplates changes in 22-year-old MUHS Act

Amit Deshmukh, who while carrying legacy of his late father Vilasrao Deshmukh, ex-Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has succeeded in establishing his own identity is introducing several changes in medical education, the department which he handles in Maharashtra’s Mahavikas Aaghadi Government. The department is doing an immense contribution as far as COVID-19 is concerned. The credit goes to Deshmukh in the sense he is steering his officers in a softer way without doing much fuss. Deshmukh is among those ..

NMC extends curbs till June 1; State relaxes norms for cargo carriers

In accordance with the State Government’s order, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has extended the COVID-19 restrictions till 7 am of June 1. Meanwhile, on Saturday, State Government issued a revision and relaxed the norms for cargo carriers. Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, issued the order for extension of curbs in accordance with ‘Break the Chain’ directives of State Government. As per the order, any person entering Maharashtra by any mode of transport will have to carry a negative RTPCR ..

Searching for medicine, beds, oxygen? Visit Collector office’s new web portal

The district administration has finally created a new portal dedicated to COVID-19 related information about hospital beds, oxygen and medicine availability etc. The new web portal provides wide-ranging information and had 31,435 visitors till Saturday evening. The web portal provides information regarding day-wise status of availability of hospital beds, medicines, and oxygen. Clicking on any of the tabs, leads one to the page displaying hospital-wise allotment of Remdesivir ..

On way for surgery, patient falls off ramp at SSH, dies

A male patient died after falling off the ramp at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) on Saturday morning. The incident sent shockwaves across the hospital employees. A large number of onlookers thronged the spot after the incident. The deceased was identified as Tulshiram Pandurang Bangade (67), a resident of Plot No. 118/A, Siraspeth Chowk, Umred, Nagpur. According to police, Bangade was suffering from an urological illness for the last one-and-a-half years. Earlier, he was admitted to the hospital. ..

RTMNU’s UGC – HRD Cell expands its horizon

Human Resource Development Cell (HRDC) the erstwhile Academic Staff College of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) is expanding its horizon. Everybody knows HRD Cell trains the teachers of university and its affiliated colleges. Dr C G Dethe, its Director, who has taken charge in 2014, is taking all pains to introduce new things into the HRDCs fold, tried to bring other courses so that people from other sectors too get benefitted. Dr Dethe while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ said, “We ..

Naxal couple approaches police for COVID treatment

THE Left Wing Extremists are apparently saying a big ‘No’ to violence due to existing COVID-19 threats. It is evident through the frequent reports about ultras’ surrender and illness. In this sequence, a surrendered Naxal couple identified as Arjun Tati and wife Laxmi Padma have been admitted to Covid hospital for treatment. As per information received, Tati, a resident of village Todka, Bijapur and Padda, a resident of village Aldand Kanker are members of Mendhki Local Operating Squad. They were ..

Practice ‘Satipatthana’ meditation for self-transformation: Suddhadhamma

“Nothing is permanent in this universe. Even universe is not permanent. Therefore, you have to accept the things as they are. Each person is living in a confused state of mind. He is searching pleasure, peace and happiness in the outer world. But he never understands the nature of inner world. Establishing a balance between outer world and inner world is the foundation of meditation. A person who is successful in establishing oneness between outer and inner universe reaches immortality or deathlessness,” ..

MVA Govt should file review petition in SC on quota issue: Fadnavis

Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister and presently Leader of Opposition (Assembly), said that Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government in Maharashtra should file a review petition in the Supreme Court with a prayer to raise the 50 per cent ceiling on reservation. ..

Bridge on Pili Nadi awaiting its inauguration

Constructing bridge on Pili Nadi was a difficult part for the authorities because of several reasons. Any agency that is in the construction sector has to be ready to take up the challenges...

Drive-in vaccination for senior citizens starts at Glocal Square, VR Malls

First drive-in vaccination centres were inaugurated in city by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut in separate functions. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set up the centres for 60-year plus citizens at Glocal Square Mall, Sitabuldi, and at VR Mall (Trillium Mall), Rambagh, Medical Square. ..

City Police reject more than 55 per cent e-pass applications

THE City police have denied permission to 11,044 persons who had submitted applications for e-passes to travel within State or out of State. Similarly, the police have booked a whopping 600 motorists for travelling without e-pass since April 23. ..

Matru Seva Sangh completes 100 years of existence

A hundred years ago, on May 8, 1921, a social organisation was started by women for providing obstetrics facilities in Nagpur city, the heart of India. The Matru Sewa Sangh, a voluntary organisation founded by ‘Padma Shri’ Kamalatai Hospet, bringing laurels to Maharashtra not only in India but all over the world. Dr Lata Deshmukh, Secretary of Matru Sewa Sangh, told ‘The Hitavada’, “Two child widows became a beacon for the society at a time when it was socially acceptable for widows and abandoned ..

‘MVA playing politics over vaccination programme’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised Maharashtra Government for playing politics in vaccination programme with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) just because it is ruled by Opposition party. Pravin Datke, MLC and President, BJP, Nagpur City Unit, and Avinash Thakre, Ruling Party Leader, NMC, at a press conference on Thursday pointed out the step-motherly treatment on part of Mahavikas Aghadi (MVA) Government, as on one hand Shiv Sena-ruled Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC) has been given ..

Nurses in GMCH, IGGMCH on agitation, want patients to get proper treatment

Nurses in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) have decided to intensify their agitation to press their demands. Nurses, who are the backbone of health care facility, are at the forefront in the fight against the novel coronavirus. On Thursday, the nurses at GMCH and IGGMCH worked by wearing black ribbon to register their protest. The agitation is underway under the aegis of Aarogya Vibhag Kamgar-Karmachari Shakha, Maharashtra ..

State Govt releases Biodiesel Policy 2021

Government of Maharashtra released the Biodiesel Policy 2021 for its manufacturing, storage, supply and selling in all over the State, recently. As per the policy, the direct sale of biodiesel B for mixing it with diesel in vehicles is banned as it is allowed only after registration of B 100 with the competent authority. The registration will be applicable for two years and its renewal be done 45 days before the expiry. District civil supply officer will be the competent person for the registration ..

State Agriculture Deptt launches ‘One Village, One Variety’ initiative

Often, farmers take two or more varieties of cotton crop thinking that at least one variety will produce good yield. However, due to different cycles and boll maturity periods, likelyhood of pest attack increases. Considering this and other problems faced at the level of ginning and pressing units in dealing with multiple varieties of cotton harvest, State Agriculture Department has now come up with ‘One Village, One Variety’ initiative for cotton crop...

NMC postpones vaccination for 18-plus age group

NAGPUR Municipal Corporation (NMC) has indefinitely postponed vaccination for 18 years plus age group as State Government has not supplied required doses so far. Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari said the administration of jabs for 18-44 years age group would resume after getting required directions from the State. The vaccines for jabs, Covaxin and Covishield are in short supply and now priority is given to finish of second dose of 45-years plus beneficiaries in first stage...

A treasure lost to Nature’s fury

NATURE has taken away its own golden treasure -- a 500-year-old Banyan tree that had found mention in 1965 classic ‘Guide’ actor Kishor Sahu’s autobiography. The huge tree in Gaimukh in Bhandara district was uprooted by heavy winds the other day, taking away a massive identity of the place. Late Sahu, who played the role of archaeologist husband of Waheeda Rehman in the Dev Anand starrer ‘Guide’, was a resident of Paladi village in Bhandara district. His autobiography mentions the big Banyan tree, ..

Bharat Biotech to conduct world’s first vaccine trials on kids

BHARAT Biotech, known for making the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin, received permission to start vaccine trial for the kids. This will be probably world’s first trial and it will be a proud moment as Nagpur’s Meditrina Hospital will be a part of that trials. Meditrina had earlier worked with Bharat Biotech, so the company has selected Meditrina which is the only private hospitals in this particular trials...

Nagpur has more beds per million population than Mumbai, Pune

AS SECOND wave of COVID-19 put great strain on the resources as the scale of infection and patients was far greater than what system was prepared for, still Nagpur chartered its course from the choppy water and emerged on top in ramming-up health machinery in Maharashtra. This is a proud moment for Team Nagpur, comprising the political leadership who worked shoulder to shoulder cutting across party lines and the administrative machinery on ground that is running the show 24x7 without a break. Nagpur ..

Black day for wildlife in Bhandara as 3 tiger cubs, sloth bear found dead

WEDNESDAY brought bad news from the wilderness in Bhandara district as three tiger cubs and a full grown sloth bear were found dead in three separate incidents. Two cubs drowned in the siphon well of Tekepaar lift irrigation project near Garada Bujurg village in Dawdipaar round of Bhandara forest range while the other cub was found dead in Sanwarla round of Paoni forest range. The bear carcass was found in Dawdipaar round. As per details, on Wednesday morning, a group of Army recruitment aspirant ..

Govt cancels condition of 15 years service for SRPF personnel to get transfer to Distt police

IN A major decision, the State Home Department decided to cancel the condition of 15 years of service required for transfer of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) jawans in the District Police units. The Home Department issued a Government Resolution after Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil conducted a meeting. State Environment and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, ACS Home Manu Kumar Shrivastava, Director General of Police Sanjay Pandey and ADG Archana Tyagi were present in the meeting. Earlier, ..

Sanitation workers: Unsung warriors in the war against COVID-19

AMONG the many vital lessons that people have learned in the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic is the critical importance of sanitation. As sanitising has become an indispensable part of life, the important position of sanitation workers in the fight against the virus, too, has been realised by the society.Sanitationworkershaveproved to be the backbone of the response to thehealthcrisis.Beithospitals,COVID19 wards, containment zones, streets, societies,coloniesorpublicplaces,these ‘unsung heroes’ ..

COVID-19 recovery rate in Nagpur distt reaches 87.91%

With good number of persons becoming free from coronavirus in Nagpur district, the number of active cases is going down. The recovery rate too is constantly going up. The gap between number of recovery and number of single day new cases is also increasing with number of persons recovered are on high. On Tuesday, 6,725 persons recovered from coronavirus while 2,243 tested positive for the COVID-19, so the difference has become visible. The good number of single day recovery of 6,725 has taken the cumulative ..

NMC readies first oxygen tank at Panchpaoli Covid Hospital

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday commissioned an oxygen tank at 110-bed Panchpaoli Maternity Nursing Home. This is first tank to be set-up at civic hospital facility. All the beds at Panchpaoli has oxygen facility and now with tank having capacity of 6 kilolitre would end dependence on jumbo cylinders. Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, Sanjay Mahajan, Chairperson, Medical Services and Health Committee, Ram Joshi, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Milind Meshram, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), ..

Indian diaspora in Brunei sends 600 jumbo oxygen cylinders to India

In this COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has become common. Help in all forms is coming from all directions to India. Some people are giving food, some are providing medicines, some are donating money, some are fulfilling the need of oxygen etc. Some people staying abroad are either helping the people of that country or sending help to India. One couple Dr Ketan Pande and Dr Sonali Pande, both well-known Orthopaedic surgeons are working in Brunei have sent 600 jumbo Oxygen cylinders to India. Both Dr ..

NMC focuses on bio-mining project to improve its Swachh ranking

With a view to improve its ranking in the Swachh Bharat Survekshan, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has completed the processing of 4.5 lakh metric tonnes (MT) already dumped waste with the help of bio-mining at Bhandewadi dumping ground. NMC gave the contract of the country’s largest bio-mining project to Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited in 2019 to reclaim over 50 acres of land of Bhandewadi dumping yard. Bio-mining is a process where the already-dumped waste is dug up and segregated. ..

District to get 25 oxygen plants in June

CONSIDERING the high requirement of medical oxygen during the latest wave of Novel Coronavirus, a total of 25 medical oxygen generation plants will be installed in Nagpur city and district in June. Of these, four plants are cryogenic oxygen plants which create molecular oxygen at relatively high purity. The oxygen plant network is expected to increase availability of oxygen-supported beds in the urban and rural areas for COVID-19 patients. Chief Executive Officer Yogesh Kumbhejkar of Zilla Parishad ..

‘Nagpur’s couple providing food to needy in Canada’

Novel Coronavirus pandemic has brought several bad moments but it also taught lessons to humans. It has also compelled humans to find positivism in negativity. Everybody witnessed people coming forward with the help for the poor and needy. There are lakhs of such incidents that India experienced throughout this year. Indians are known for their generosity and they not only extend help in India only or to Indians alone. They do the good act for every citizen. Nagpur’s couple Anupama (Tipnis) Potdar ..

Shivraj Press: 100 years of finesse in art

Every city has symbols of its unique identity. Nagpur city is fortunate to have been blessed with several such symbols that have survived through the weathers. One such symbol is Shivraj Finer-Art Litho Works, popularly referred to as Shivraj Press. The building holds a unique honour of having the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj atop. Today, as the Shivraj Press enters its centenary year, it is right time to recollect how it came into being and how it survived the test of time. Dattaji Ramji ..

Dragonfruit, Keshori Mirchi cultivation in division gets a boost

As part of ‘Vikel Te Pikel’ (cultivate what is sold) initiative of State Government, the cultivation of Dragonfruit and Keshori Mirchi in Nagpur Division have got boost. These crops were considered for special focus under the initiative this Kharif season, said Dadaji Bhuse, Agriculture Minister. Bhuse chaired the Kharif preparedness review meeting at Nagpur on Monday. During the meeting, he took stock of the preparedness of the administration on various counts including credit supply, crop planning, ..

Head of youth severed after speeding SUV hits tree

In a grisly incident, the head of a youth got severed when the SUV he was travelling in got brushed against a tree near Fetri on Kalmeshwar Road, police said. Two persons were killed in the accident and two others were injured seriously on Sunday night. Police Inspector Asif Raza Sheikh informed ‘The Hitavada’ that Akash Sonawne (24), a resident of Surendragadh, Nagpur, was driving the Mahindra Xylo SUV (MH-12/HL-7010) while his friends Dinesh Kirnake (30), Ashish Dhurwe (25) and Pawan Kirnake (38), ..

After 6-month lag, CR starts replacement of damaged Railway bridge at Gaddigodam

Central Railway finally started process of replacement of damaged bridge at Gaddigodam on Kamptee Road in Nagpur Division. On Monday during a five hours mega block, the first phase was completed under the shadow of COVID-19. A relieving girder of 9.15 metre length was put in place to make way for launching of pre-cast slab, its weight is about 60 tonnes, at a later stage. Before that old restricted height girder was lifted off with crane having capacity of lifting 250 kgs of weight. The construction ..

Amravati’s FCI divisional office to be operational immediately

The divisional office of Food Corporation of India (FCI) at Amravati will also be operational with immediate effect. With this development, now Vidarbha will have two such offices--one at Nagpur and another at Amravati. Raosaheb Patil Danve, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has made announcement to this effect. Danve pointed out, “Today under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, two more offices of FCI in Maharashtra at Aurangabad and Amravati ..

Water bodies getting new lease of life in Wardha

Lakes, nullahs, rivers are some of the very good sources of water that cater to the needs of people. If these resources are well taken care of there will never be a water scarcity. Unfortunately though, they often remain neglected and unattended, leading to paucity of water. It just needs a little effort and lot more determination to correct the wrong done till now, and that is exactly what Jamnalal Bajaj Gram Vikas Sanstha (JBGVS), Wardha has done. The Sanstha has rejuvenated water bodies in 10 villages ..

Massive fire at Mohota’s Gimatex Industries

A massive fire at Gimatex Industries Wardha district reduced 7,500 cotton bales to ashes and destroyed the machinery. The fire began at 1.30 pm when cotton pressing was going on at a unit in the factory and within no time the entire unit was burnt down, causing losses worth around Rs 25 crore. As per details, Gimatex Industries Private Limited was started by the renowned Mohota Group at Yerala, in Hinganghat tehsil seven years ago. On Sunday afternoon, factory workers were busy working in the pressing ..

Markanda group of temples to get a facelift

DESIGNATED as ‘Khajuraho of Vidarbha’ by several historians and scholars based on its sculptural grandeur and architectural beauty, the experts and conservationists from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are now revivifying the ancient Markanda Group of temples, at Chamorshi in Gadchiroli district. The ASI, Nagpur Circle, has already undertaken a massive conservation project of architectural restoration of the monument of national importance. The rejuvenation work is expected to be completed ..

Ex-Lokayukta Justice (Retd) Gulabrao Patil passes away

Gualabrao Devrao Patil, former Lokayukta of Maharashtra and retired Judge of the Mumbai High Court, and a resident of Vrundavan Apartment, Civil Lines, passed away on Saturday night. He was 80. He is survived by two lawyer sons, Dhananjay and Makrand and three daughters. He was elder brother of former Member of Parliament, late (MP) Uttamrao Patil, he represented Yavatmal Lok Sabha constituency six times in a row. Their father Devrao Patil was also Member of Parliament (MP) from Yavatmal...

Massive outbreak: Nagpur rural clocks 50,000 cases of COVID-19 in just 23 days

After clocking 50,000 positive cases in Nagpur district in a year, the novel coronavirus spread its tentacles so rapidly in the second wave that another 50,000 cases were recorded in just 23 days. This is how the ‘super-spreader’ virus has wreaked havoc in rural areas of Nagpur. Compared to urban areas, the villagers are far away from health infrastructure. A top rank officer of Zilla Parishad Nagpur informed that the peak of COVID-19 cases was recorded on July 29, 2020 in Nagpur Rural during the ..

Beds increased, but what about medical staff?

Though new cases of COVID-19 are decreasing in Nagpur, the authorities are working on preparedness in case third wave of the pandemic hits the city. The focus always lies on increasing number of beds. Everyone feels, if the beds are increased then those testing positive for coronavirus in large number can be accommodated. But the ratio of required staff as compared to the number of beds is always given less importance. If the ratio of frontline healthworkers to the number of beds is not maintained, ..

City’s weekly positivity rate dips to early-March level

IT APPEARS that the city of Nagpur is witnessing decline in positivity rate after reaching the ‘peak’ in the prevailing second wave of COVID-19. As far as the data with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is concerned, weekly positivity rate has dipped to the early-March level. After the first wave of infections last year, the situation improved a lot towards the end of the year 2020. The positivity rate (number of positive COVID-19 samples as against the number of tests conducted) also had declined. ..

Drive-in vaccination centres in city for beneficiaries above 60 years of age

On the lines of Mumbai, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has given its nod to setting up drive-in COVID-19 vaccination centres in Nagpur, only for citizens above 60 years of age. Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, issued the order on Saturday, and asked the Zonal Assistant Commissioners concerned within two days. The drive-in vaccination centres shall be set up in big buildings and malls having adequate arrangements. The Municipal Commissioner has cited some examples of such places viz. Kavivarya ..

Archaeological Survey of India to conserve Paunar Fort

CUSTODIAN of cultural heritage of the country, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is all set to undertake the conservation work of Paunar Fort in Wardha district, in the coming season. Lacerated on the right bank of the river Dham, a tributary of the Wardha river, it is an impressive mound which is already declared as a monument of National importance. These remains are of a massive medieval fortification. Historians have identified the place with ancient Pravarpura, the capital of the Vakatkas ..

RTMNU extends examination dates, schedule of application submission

 Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has extended the dates of examinations and schedule of application submission for the next examinations in view of coronavirus pandemic Earlier, University had decided to hold Winter 2020 and practicals examinations of first semester courses of Post Graduate, Diploma, of regular, external and failed students to be conducted between May 5 and May 20, 2021. But considering present situation of COVID-19, examinations have been extended to May ..

CISF rewards jawan who spotted dropping wheel of air ambulance

  CISF DG S K Jaiswal has announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000, the top force honour of a DG commendation disc and certificate for head constable Ravi Kant Avala deployed at Nagpur Airport A CISF jawan who spotted the falling rear landing gear of an air ambulance after it took-off from Nagpur airport has been decorated with a cash reward and a commendation of the force chief, the civil aviation security force said on Friday.The plane carrying a total of five people, including a patient ..

200-bed NICU to be set up at AIIMS to tackle COVID-19 among children

 With an indication that children may be affected by coronavirus, the administration is building preparedness to face the situation. As a first step towards that preparation, a well-equipped 200-bed Covid Hospital with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is being set up at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The medical fraternity has predicted the third wave of this tiny virus. A task force comprising paediatricians has been formed to prepare treatment protocols and training ..

High Court’s respite to jewellers against compulsory hallmarking

In a major respite to thousands of jewellers, who are apprehending penal action once hallmarking becomes compulsory from June 1, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday directed the authorities not to take any coercive action against the jewellers under Section 29(2) of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act for alleged breach of these regulations. A representative petition filed by All India Gems and Jewellery Domestic Council representing more than 3,000 jewellers and gold shops claimed that ..

ACB team nabs NMC’s Tax Collector, pvt co staffer while accepting Rs 3 lakh bribe

  A Tax Collector of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and a supervisor of a Cyber Tech company working for NMC were caught red-handed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Friday while accepting a bribe of Rs three lakh. The accused demanded the bribe to reduce assessed property tax of the complainant, ACB officials said. Accused Tax Collector of Asi Nagar Zone - Suraj Surendra Ganvir (34), a resident of Bezonbagh and Supervisor of Cyber Tech company - Ravindra Bhaurao Bagade (31), a resident ..

State releases Rs 942.83 cr of DPC funds to Vid

  The funds released may help in strengthening the fight against COVID-19Maharashtra Government, on Thursday, released a chunk of District Planning Committee (DPC) funds for 35 districts and Mumbai to be utilised for various measures relating to COVID-19 pandemic. Of a total Rs 2,761.9482 crore released for various districts of Maharashtra, 11 districts of Vidarbha have got Rs 942.8396 crore. Planning Department has approved budgetary allocation of Rs 11,035 crore under District Annual Plan ..

Over 1,000 beds available in DCHC as COVID-19 positive cases decline

In a relative positive news, notwithstanding the fact that word got much maligned in COVID-19 havoc, the availability of beds in district reached all time high, crossing the 1,000 mark on Thursday evening. Apart from that the number of vacant beds in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) also has crossed the 100 mark. Since past few days the vacant beds in Dedicated Covid Hospitals (DCHs) are increasing amidst indication of falling graphs of infection. The situation, however, was not so rosy just a week back ..

‘Allow NMC to purchase vaccines directly from cos’

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has sought permission from State Government to directly purchase vaccines from company to enable speeding up of vaccination to fight COVID-19 in city. Disclosing this on Thursday, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari said, he has written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seeking the nod for direct purchase from within State’s quota. Since the third wave is being predicted it’s imperative to ensure that maximum people are inoculated, NMC is ready to pay for vaccines ..

Remdesivir production starts in Wardha, to ease crunch

“WARDHA’S Genetic Life Science is the first company in the country to get Government of India’s permission in the shortest possible time to produce much-needed Remdesivir. Remdesivir’s production by Genetic Life Science will help Maharashtra in checking its blackmarketting and poor people will be able to get it at government rates,” said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as the company started production of the injection on Thursday. MP Ramdas Tadas, District Collector Prerna Deshbratar, Dr Mahendra ..

Wheel falls off at Nagpur, air ambulance makes belly landing in Mumbai

After its wheel fell off after take-off from Nagpur airport, an air ambulance did a safe belly-landing at Mumbai airport on Thursday evening. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, took to Twitter late night and stated that all onboard the air ambulance, including a patient, were safe. Initially, there were social media posts that an air ambulance from Nagpur to Hyderabad was diverted to Mumbai. However, later, details emerged that the Beechcraft VT-JIL air ambulance of Jet Serve Aviation ..

VAPM takes unique initiative for City Police

Vidarbha Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (VAPM), Nagpur has undertaken a humanitarian initiative for Nagpur Police. Under this initiative blood tests for COVID infected employees of Nagpur Police and their family members are being carried out at concessional rates at various pathology laboratories of the city. VAPM President Dr Prachi Sancheti along with senior members Dr Sanjay Deotale (President, IMA Nagpur) and Dr Sujata Moghe met Amitesh Kumar, Commissioner of Police and handed ..

Major fire breaks out in sawmills, property worth lakhs of rupees gutted

TIMBER, machines and other property worth lakhs of rupees were reduced to ashes in the devastating fire that broke out in sawmills behind Lakadganj Police Station of Wednesday morning. Two employees of Fire & Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation ( NMC) -- Raju Admane and Praveen Zade -- fell unconscious during the firefighting operation. They were rushed to New Era Hospital...

Four empty oxygen tankers airlifted from Nagpur

In many districts of Vidarbha including Nagpur, a large number of COVID-19 patients need oxygen and the administration has now decided to import oxygen from Odisha. For this, four empty oxygen tankers were airlifted by a special aircraft of Indian Air Force from Nagpur on Wednesday. The tankers are expected to return to Nagpur by train in the next 20 hours. As per information given by District Collector Ravindra Thakre, 110 metric tonnes of oxygen is being supplied to Nagpur from Bhilai on a regular ..

Distt witnesses improvement in COVID-19 recovery

For the last 15 days there is a constant improvement in COVID-19 recovery in Nagpur district. On Wednesday, the recovery rate went up further to 82.92% leading to reduction in active cases to 66,116. On Wednesday, 7,400 persons became corona-free taking the cumulative recovery to 3,58,994. According to several medicos with whom ‘The Hitavada’ talked, the number of new cases would come down further and recovery would improve. There is a difference of 3,000 between number of persons recovered and ..

People have choices, so films making compromises don’t survive

Sanjay Khanzode is from Akola in Vidarbha. He had gone to Mumbai about 30 years ago. He has done 25 films, 3,000 episodes, several documentaries for which he traveled abroad too. He has established himself in the department of photography in Hindi and Marathi film industry as well. Right now he is working as Director of Photography. During recently concluded National Film Festival Sanjay Khanzode worked as National Film Award Jury member which is a prestigious assignment. ‘The Hitavada’ caught up ..

Control room to allot only 80% Govt rate beds in pvt hospitals: HC

The Central Control Room (CCR) set up by Municipal Commissioner and District Collector has created a central pool of hospital beds to the extent of 80 per cent beds of each of the dedicated COVID hospitals and will not cover remaining 20 per cent beds, clarified High Court while asking the authorities to issue a corrigendum. After CCR was set up, it was perceived that no bed can be allotted by any of the private hospitals on its own. Removing this misconception, a division bench consisting of Justice ..

41 hospitals await DCH nod for want of medical oxygen

A TOTAL of 41 hospitals are awaiting approval from the district administration to operate as Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) due to non-supply of medical Oxygen. The administration is presently concentrating on ensuring oxygen supply to the already established COVID hospitals. “Permission has not been given to these hospitals so far to cater to daily medical oxygen demand of the already established hospitals,” said District Collector Ravindra Thakre. Thakre informed ‘The Hitavada’ that the 41 hospitals ..

16 oxygen plants, 130 ventilators being procured for city: Collector

NAGPUR district administration has decided to install oxygen plants at 18 hospitals, procure 1000 oxygen concentrators and purchase 130 ventilators for the public healthcare system to effectively fight COVID-19 pandemic. The fund given by PSUs like Western Coalfields and MOIL is being used to create these facilities for government hospitals in Nagpur city and tehsil places. In a detailed affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, District Collector Ravindra Thakre informed that ..

Admn takes over beds allotment at DCHs, sets up CCR for joint fight in COVID-19

Aiming to plug the gaps and streamline the measures to overcome challenge posed by surge in COVID-19 patients, administration has set-up a Central Control Room (CCR) and banned direct admission of patients in Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCHs). At prodding of Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and District Collectorate unveiled the new procedure to ensure that people do not suffer. Coming together the Revenue and civic administration has merged their resources and machinery ..

HC moots dedicated court, special PP to prosecute Remdesivir black-marketeers

NAGPUR bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday mooted a dedicated court to prosecute those indulging in black-marketing of Remdesivir and also a special public prosecutor to ensure conviction of such unscrupulous persons playing with lives of hapless covid-19 patients. A division bench consisting of Justice Z A Haq and Justice Amit Borkar while hearing the suo-motu criminal application initiated on the basis of ‘The Hitavada’ news-report highlighting rampant black-marketing of Remdesivir and arrest ..

Zoo authorities in city come into action after Asiatic lions found COVID-19 +ve in Hyderabad

In view of the spread of coronavirus infection among eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad zoo, the managements of Maharajbag Zoo and Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoo of Nagpur swung into action to prevent the virus among wild animals in the city. As per the guidelines of Central Zoo Authority (CZA), both zoo managements have started taking steps. “We are going to conduct RT-PCR test of all our 23 employees who are working closely with the animals in the zoo. The procedure will be carried ..

Amid raging pandemic, City Police ensuring welfare of its personnel

WHILE enforcing lockdown and saving commoners from the coronavirus, it is necessary for the police personnel to maintain their health as 21 policemen had succumbed to COVID-19 last year. To help the force tide over the second wave of the pandemic, Nagpur Police brass has adopted a series of welfare measures including vanity vans, quick response for medical needs, discounts in private labs and ambulances. An official informed ‘The Hitavada’ that three fully air-conditioned vanity vans have been arranged ..

Relief: Active caseload in district dips by 5,190 in 5 days

COVID-19 situation in Nagpur district appears to be stabilising, if the numbers are to be taken into account. For the fourth day in a row, the district reported more number of recoveries than fresh cases. As a result, the active caseload also has witnessed a reduction. If one considers statistics for last five days -- from April 29 to May 3 -- the active caseload in the district has reduced by 5,190. Decline in active caseload results in improvement in availability of hospital beds and also in ..

NMC converts 25 mini buses to ambulances for COVID-19 patients

In a novel initiative, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has converted 25 mini buses to ambulances to tide over shortage of vehicles in city. These vehicles would be deployed in ten zones and available 24x7 to Nagpurians and that too free of cost. Right now, many patients are facing delay in getting ambulance due to high demand. Also patient’s relatives are being asked astronomical sums by the drivers for travelling few kms when they are already struggling to cope with pandemic. Taking serious note ..

Major fire in paper mill near Bazargaon

A major fire broke out in Indus Paper Boat Company at Bazargaon on Amravati Road on Monday evening, around 50 kms from Nagpur. Nobody was injured in the incident but several hundred tonnes of raw material was gutted. As many as four fire tenders were struggling to douse the fire on factory premises. The company is a manufacturer of tissue paper and toilet paper rolls. Chief Fire Officer (CFO) of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Rajendra Uchke informed that the fire broke out in raw material including ..

Jagapur ZP School first in State to announce results on-line

A Zilla Parishad (ZP) school in Yavatmal district is winning praise on becoming the first ZP school in the State to announce its annual examination result online on May 1. It should be kept in mind that while this is nothing extraordinary for the urban and private English medium schools, it is an achievement for a ZP school, that too one from a small village. Jagapur ZP School had 140 students studying from Class 1 to 8. It has a staff of three teachers. Headmaster Jagdish Jadhav, who has been serving ..

Double mutated strain of novel coronavirus in samples from city

If one was wondering why was the COVID-19 getting transmitted so fast in prevailing second wave of infections, the results of genome sequencing of samples from the city has provided the answer. Of 74 samples from the city sent to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), fast-spreading double mutated strain has been detected in at least 26 samples. There was talk of detection of double mutant variant of novel coronavirus in Nagpur, however, genome sequencing results were awaited for confirmation...

Police party attacked in Ramteke Nagar

A police team which was conducting raids on the illegal liquor and gambling dens was attacked by the bootleggers and their supporters. The anti-socials resorted to stone pelting to release the accused persons in Ramteke Nagar (Toli) area on Monday evening. The area is infamous for illegal liquor distillation and criminal activities. Due to intensified police patrolling and continuous raids, the police have managed to put checks on the illegal activities in the area. Liquor is illegally distilled ..

After HC order, region gets 20,000 Remdesivir vials

Hours before Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court began its emergent hearing on Sunday afternoon regarding non-compliance of its order to supply 20,000 Remdesivir vials to Nagpur, Akola, and Bhandara districts, the State Government dispatched 19,128 vials. By Sunday afternoon, the region received another tranche of 960 vials. Parimal Singh, Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), and Vijay Waghmare, Nodal Officer, informed a division bench consisting of Justice Sunil Shukre and Justice ..

NMC starts vaccination of 18+ years group

Amidst enthusiasm and heavy expectations, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) started vaccination of the youth population after it was opened for 18-years plus category from May 1 onwards. At three centres, Indira Gandhi Rugnalay, Gandhi Nagar; Panchpaoli Maternity Home; and Isolation Hospital, Imambada, the drive started from mid-afternoon after stock arrived early in morning...

City’s Sanchi receives Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Nagpur theatre artist Sanchi Jiwane won ‘Best Actress’ award at prestigious 11th Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2021 on Friday. Sanchi bagged this award for her performance in her upcoming Marathi film ‘Paidagir’ which is going to be released in cinema halls after lockdown. “This award is a very big and prestigious achievement for a theatre artist like me. It is a real moral booster amid this pandemic situation,” Sanchi said while speaking to The Hitavada. Sanchi bagged this award for ..

Fire destroys files, furniture in MGNREGS Commissionerate

Fire broke out in the office of Commissioner, Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), on the first floor of the Administrative Building No 2 in Civil Lines area on Sunday. It gutted the files and official records, and furniture. The fire broke out on Sunday morning. As the security guard of the Administrative Building saw smoke billowing out of the windows of the first floor, he immediately called Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). After ..

2.66 lakh tap water connections provided in 2 yrs in distt under JJM

Total 2.66 lakh tap water connections have been provided in Nagpur district under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) since the Central Government announced the mission in 2019. The Modi Government’s ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission aims at providing safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to every rural household in the country by 2024. “Total 3.65 lakh tap water connection has been sanctioned for Nagpur district under Jal Jeevan Mission in which we have achieved the target ..

Dr Sudhakar Bhalerao, a great visionary

COVID pandemic devoured one more loved one from New English family. Dr Sudhakar Bhalerao, former Secretary and President of New English High School Association for about 28 years, a well known figure in RSS and an ardent visionary bid adieu to this mortal world on April 25, 2021 leaving his loved ones in sobs. A native of Nagpur city, Dr Bhalerao hailed from a family having educational background. His father was a teacher in New English High School. His unflinching faith in the chosen path, may ..

Reddy sent to 14-day judicial custody

Amravati, M Srinivas Reddy, the co-accused in the Dipali Chavan suicide case, has been finally remanded in judicial custody on May 1. The court ordered that Reddy be remanded to judicial custody for the next 14 days as no application was filed before the court by the government’s counsel and investigating officers seeking an extension of police custody...

Civic officials in a fix about May 1 rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for 18 yrs plus

Local authorities are groping in dark as to modalities of COVID-19 vaccination programme even as the D-day for administration of dosages for 18-44 age group draws near. From May 1 citizens above 18 years would be eligible for availing the injection and keeping COVID-19 infection at bay. Though Central Government has announced the date for starting the mass vaccination, on ground officials are still trying to formulate effective strategy. At present, persons in 45 years age group are eligible for vaccinatio..

Nagpur gets zero Remdesivir vials, Health Minister’s Jalna gets 30,000

Nagpur district with active COVID-19 caseload of over 78,000 received ‘zero’ vials of Remdesivir injections on Wednesday while Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope’s home-district Jalna got 30,000 vials for 7,800 active cases. When this shocking anomaly was placed before the High Court on Thursday, it directed the Nodal Officer to place on record district-wise allocation of Remdesivir and formula adopted to determine entitlement of each district. “In case he finds that more number of vials than what ..

COVID-19 recovery rate in Nagpur district improves to 79.10 per cent

On Thursday, Nagpur district has witnessed further improvement in COVID-19 recoveries. Number of persons becoming corona-free is constantly rising. Today, on the sixth consecutive day, 6,984 persons recovered from COVID-19 taking the cumulative recovery to 3,16,399. The COVID-19 recovery rate also rose to 79.10%. Of course number of recovered persons has still a mismatch with the number of new COVID-19 cases because of which active cases have not reduced today. Today, the cumulative COVID-19 cases ..

Dr Dilip Ghosh takes charge as new Dir of Citrus Institute

The prestigious ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute (ICAR-CCRI) received a new regular Director in the form of Dr Dilip Ghosh, a distinguished Principal Scientist (Plant Pathology-Virology). He took the charge as Director of this high profile Nagpur-based research institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India. Dr Ghosh was selected for this position by the Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB), New Delhi. ..

IIHP cautions people, homoeopaths on use of Aspidosperma for COVID-19 patients

Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians (IIHP), an apex body of Homoeopathy Physician in India, has warned the individuals and homoeoptahic practitioners not to promote homoeopathic Nosode Vaccines and Mother Tincture Aspidosperma on social media. For last few days, number of video, statements, advertisements etc. have been viral on social media groups like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., regarding Nosode Vaccines Aspidosperma as preventive for covid-19 and as the ‘substitute for ..

Can not be a mute spectator to Remdesivir black-marketing: HC

Taking judicial cognisance of ‘The Hitavada’ news-report about black-marketing of Remdesivir by, and arrest of, 32 persons including a doctor, staffers of hospitals and a medical representative, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday directed their swift prosecution and proper investigation to ensure conviction of such undesirable and greedy persons. “In such a crisis situation, the Courts cannot be mute spectators and cannot turn Nelson’s eye to such incidents which are reported in the ..

Unique ‘Viswa Life Skills Club’ launched at VNIT

During academic education students get engrossed into academics and they hardly get engaged into extracurricular activities. Since they don’t do any other activities, their personality is not groomed the way it should be. Considering this aspect, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Alumni Association (VNITAA) has come up with a unique activity to shape the personality of their students. The alumni of 1983 batch doing this as a tribute to its colleague P S Visveswara, whom they used to ..

Work of country’s first 4-layer bridge at Gaddigodam hit badly by pandemic

Resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic and extra cautious Railway officials have jointly necessitated pushing forward launching of girders for construction of country’s first multi-layer transport system at Gaddigodam bridge. The project uniqueness has set it apart on mega Nagpur Metro project, as the four-layer transport system would be quite unique by itself. Sources said though Maha Metro had earlier received all clearance for the project, a latest communication from Central Railways have again raised ..

Med teachers on mass leave from today

With no solution in site to regularise medical teachers working in Government Medical Colleges across State, Maharashtra State Medical Teachers Association (MSMTA) has decided to go on mass leave from Thursday. They are likely to go on intense strike from May 3, if Government fails to resolve issue of contractual medical teachers. In a letter addressed to Director of Medical Education and Research pointed out, “We all the contractual teachers have been constantly requesting Government to merge us...

Gangster Safelkar’s ‘Raj Mahal’ demolished

AMIDST tight security, Kamptee Municipal Council (KMC), using bulldozers, razed dreaded gangster Ranjit Safelkar’s unauthorised palatial bungalow and Raj Mahal Lawns in Kamptee area on Wednesday. The KMC, after receiving a letter from Nagpur City Police, verified the ‘Raj Mahal’ bungalow and lawns and constituted a special demolition squad. In the presence of Deputy Commissioner of Police Neelotpal and other senior officers, under the supervision of Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar and KMC ..