Nagpur

Go left? Go right? Take your own safe pick in Sitabuldi

This pillar is symbol of thoughtless planning of any project. Pillar stands right in front of Sitabuldi Police Station, in the middle of the road, dividing the traffic into two, creating confusion among commuters. Daily, at least about 100 vehicles miss hitting each other after crossing the pillar.    By Rahul Dixit & Vikas Vaidya: WHEN completed, the Sitabuldi Interchange Station of ‘Mazi Metro’ at Munje Square, will turn into an imposing structure. It has already ..

City’s Pranay Bandbuche conquers Mount Everest

 By Paritosh Pramanik: PRANAY Bandbuche, a 30-year-old mountaineer from Nagpur has successfully scaled Mt Everest along with 13 foreigners, Monday morning. The team of 14 members, along with seven Sherpas, climbed the highest peak at 8.30 am and stood atop Mt Everest. All the climbers are from Imagine Nepal Treks and found a second fair summit window on Mt Everest this spring season. Bandbuche was the only climber from India. Apart from Nagpur’s Bandbuche, climbers who made it to the ..

DTE takes initiative to reduce vacancies in Polytechnics

 By Vikas Vaidya: DTE Dr Abhay Wagh, invites principals, HoDs of all the Government Polytechnics in State at Mumbai  Showing deep concern over the dwindling number of admissions to the diploma courses run at Government Polytechnics in Maharashtra, the Director of Technical Education Dr Abhay Wagh has initiated a workshop to be held at Mumbai. Principals, Heads of the Departments of Government Polytechnic will have to attend the workshop wherein Dr Wagh would address and guide all ..

MSPGCL surpasses record 10,000 MW mark for first time

 Staff Reporter: Total power generation in the State on Monday was nearly around 16,776 MW while demand was 21,156 MW. To tide over the shortage, Maharashtra has drawn extra power from the Central pool. Its allocation was 3927 MW but it drew 4380 MW, that is 452 MW extra  State owned Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MSPGCL) has set a new record on generation front on Monday as it surpassed 10,000 MW mark for the first time. The milestone for the generation company ..

Spl cell formed to resolve land acquisition issues at Pardi

 Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar issuing directions during review meeting about ongoing Pardi fly-over project. (Right) Pradeep Pohane, Chairperson, Standing Committee, along with corporator of Pardi and Lakadganj area toured Pardi area and was briefed by officials about the status of construction of project  Staff Reporter: The loss of two sisters in road mishap at Pardi had failed to move administration of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), but a little prodding from Union ..

‘Save Merit Save India’ Assn stages demonstration in GMCH

Students and parents from various profession raising slogans in front of Dean office at GMCH on Monday. (Pic by Satish Raut) Staff Reporter: On Tuesday, the Association will launch agitation at Samvidhan Square   Expressing displeasure over the decision of Maharashtra Government that has occupied 79% seats for the students of various reserved category, ‘Save Merit Save India’ Association staged demonstration in the premises of Government Medical College and Hospital ..

‘Narendra Modi is becoming PM again’

 Union Minister Nitin Gadkari along with actor Vivek Anand Oberoi and Producer and Creative Director Sandeep Ssingh unveiling a new poster of the forthcoming Bollywood biopic, ‘PM Narendra Modi’, in city on Monday. The poster reads -- Aa rahe hai dobara PM Narendra Modi...Ab koi rok nahi sakta. Staff Reporter:  Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi launched the new poster of movie ‘PM Narendra Modi’ ..

Govt machinery taking steps to tackle water scarcity in Nagpur division

 By Ramesh Marulkar: The situation is manageable even though groundwater level has depleted in 53 tehsils  The Government machinery continues to take up measures as per the action plan to provide relief to rural masses in 53 tehsils of Nagpur division from water scarcity problem during summer. After submitting a report on the status of groundwater to the Collectors from six districts in the division - Nagpur, Gondia, Bhandara, Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli - a couple of months ..

‘Zoning of roof-top water harvesting is needed before compulsion’

 By Kaushik Bhattacharya:  Zoning will help to identify places where the ground water level is depleting and the compulsion should be made in such area instead of the whole city  On one side where weather department dubs the upcoming monsoon a delayed and deficit for the city, on the other side water conservation has been the talk of the town. To reduce the future water stress, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) put compulsion of roof-top water harvesting for every new building ..

Civic body’s apathy resulting in slow death of Gorewada lake

 Employees of Kanak Resources cleaning Gorewada Lake premises. (Centre) Morning walkers cleaning the bank of the lake. (Right) Volunteer collecting plastic waste for disposing.  By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Gorewada lake is lifeline of the city of Nagpur. For, the city gets water supply daily from it. In return, sadly, the city is killing the lake. Sewage-riddled water, foul smell and frothiness hint at the sad reality of Gorewada reservoir nowadays. Gorewada premises including the ..

478 villages from Vid selected for Village Social Transformation Mission

 By Kartik Lokhande:  Maharashtra Government has decided to implement Village Social Transformation Mission (VSTM) to increase green cover of the State. As many as 478 villages from nine districts of Vidarbha region have been selected for the Mission, which will be implemented jointly by VSTM Foundation and Forest Department. State Government had launched the Mission in 2017 with an objective to plant 50 crore saplings across Maharashtra. The objective was decided to increase green cover ..

‘Populist movements tend to violate key dimensions of democratic Constitutionalism’

 Staff Reporter: Justice Sharad Bobde chairs second session of International conference on ‘Constitutional Identity and Universal Values’  Justice Sharad Bobde of the Supreme Court of India, and a Nagpurian, chaired a session in International conference on ‘Constitutional Identity and Universal Values’ held at St Petersburg in Russia. The conference was held within the framework of 9th St Petersburg International Legal Forum. Justice S A Bobde shared the ..

Metro dream defaces the ground below in Ambazari stretch

 By Kartik Lokhande: It’s a tale with twists and turns, as far as ‘Mazi Metro’ route is concerned, especially from Ambazari to Dharampeth Polytechnic. The elevated metro route flaunts its curves on this stretch, but ignores the chaos on the road below. And, this is not just an isolated example of chaos. All over the city, similar conditions prevail, not just because of the ongoing project work, but primarily because of the defective design hastily picked up by the Metro ..

Lack of awareness in rural areas, a major obstacle in MMR’s reduction

  By Vikas Vaidya: FOGSI and other organisations are trying to bring the MMR down  There is a good news, the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in India has come down from 556 in 1990 to 130 in 2018. At the same time the complete awareness about care to be taken during pregnancy is still lacking, especially in rural area. It has become a major obstacle in the efforts of Government which is taking measures to reduce the ratio further. Explaining the causes of maternal mortality, ..

Agri Deptt permanently black-lists 4 cos over supply of sub-standard materials

 By Kartik Lokhande: Agriculture Department of Maharashtra Government has permanently black-listed four companies over supply of sub-standard materials under the Prime Minister’s special relief package for Vidarbha farmers in 2006 and later. State Government has asked Agriculture Department not to place orders to these companies. These companies are as follows: M/s Dharaskar Engineering Works, Murtijapur, Akola; M/s Jagdamba Agro Engineering, Aurangabad Road, Jalna; M/s Vijay Williams ..

Ambitious project at Pardi goes haywire

Complex Maze: This is the sight right at ground zero, that is Pardi Square, where on one side pillars of NHAI’s fly-over stands tall and on the right side of road pier of Maha Metro is shaping up. Amidst this squeeze, people have to find a way out and carry on with their lives. (Pic by Satish Raut)   By Sagar Mohod: The ambitious project on at Pardi today is a turning out to be a case of vision gone wrong. Visit to the construction site leaves one confused since one cannot fathom ..

Visual feast of wildlife during machaan census in Tadoba

 A sloth bear at an artificial saucer-shaped waterhole in Melghat Tiger Reserve that was sighted by the participants in Nisarganubhav event on Saturday night. (right) A herd of deer was sighted while grazing in Melghat Tiger Reserve during the exercise.  By Ramesh Marulkar: Volunteers had a feast of wide range of wildlife in the full moon night on Buddha Pournima during Nisarganubhav (machaan census) exercise in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve on the intervening night of Saturday ..

Wadi still wandering for water

 This is how the residents of Ambedkar Nagar struggle to satisfy their basic need of water in Wadi area. Long queue of drums waiting says it all about the working of Wadi Municipal Council which is providing water through tankers in the area. Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran is supplying water from Ambazari lake still scene remains same in Wadi.  By Kaushik Bhattacharya:  Instead of 22 MLD, getting only 10 MLD from Ambazari lake  The water crisis in Wadi area is still ..

CR rings in on-line registration for Pass/PTO

  Retired personnel in relaxed mood during on-line registration process for complimentary pass. By Sagar Mohod: Retired personnel to benefit most as Nagpur Division’s Personnel Branch taking steps for paperless office   Personnel Branch of Central Railway’s Nagpur Division, has come up with yet another welfare measure, wherein serving and retired employees can apply on-line for the Pass/PTO. The application system initiative is a boon for employees as it reduces ..

Traffic cops swap zonal teams during spl drives to punish errant riders

By Dheeraj Fartode: With an aim to rigorously implement special drive against errant riders, City Traffic Police has adopted a new mechanism of swapping police personnel among its eight zones. The idea is to increase effectiveness of concentrated action and special drives and instill discipline among rule violators. A police officer said that lower rung cops used to develop friendly relations with locals including autorickshaw drivers due to working in one particular area for longer period...

Privacy of residents along side Metro route goes for a toss

 Blocked: Maha Metro station near Hingna T-point has blocked existing structures leaving little room for vehicle users to manoeuvre.  By Sagar Mohod: Upcoming monstrous metro stations have already gobbled up portion of many commercial and residential premises en route  Peace and tranquillity that once was hallmark of some of the serene localities along side Ambazari and Hingna Road are going to be biggest casualty when Mazi Metro finally starts its commercial services on the ..

RTMNU freezes admission to 129 colleges, courses

 By Ajay Mardikar: Principals and managements condemn V-C’s adamant attitude n Students from rural areas will be affected   Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has uploaded the list of 129 colleges affiliated to it, where admission to first year for different courses has been freezed. The action against these colleges was initiated in a phased manner. Some of them have removed the deficiencies. Many others, however, were not able to do it for various reasons. ..

Polytechnic students make furniture out of recycled automobile waste

 Students busy making furnitures out of recycled automobile waste. By Vikas Vaidya: Lot of talk is on on waste management. Solutions, too, are suggested. Local bodies also are drafting rules. But not much is being done on practical basis. Of course, there are groups who do come with innovations and try to sensitise people about them. Likewise, a group of students from final year, Automobile Engineering at Government Polytechnic addressed the issue. They have invented recycling and disposal ..

CM honours Abhijit Bangar with Public Service Excellence Award

 Staff Reporter; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, honoured Abhijit Bangar, Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur, with Arun Bongirwar Public Service Excellence Award in a ceremony held in Mumbai on Saturday. Apart from Bangar, other administrative officers honoured with the award included Dr Abhinav Deshmukh, Ashwini Sonavane, N Vasudevan, and Jitendra Ramgaokar. Bangar was chosen for the award in the category of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), for innovative application of solar energy ..

City docs remove pin stuck in 12-year-old child’s chest

 Dr Jitendra Hazare, Dr Shilpa Hazare, Dr Bhau Rajurkar andparamedical staff with the patient and her mother. (Inset) The pin. Principal Correspondent:  Bronchoscopy played important role in removal of the foreign body  A team of doctors in Nagpur’s hospital removed a pin that was stuck in the chest of a 12-year-old girl successfully by performing bronchoscopy which is a difficult procedure. The girl came to Getwell Hospital, Dhantoli, with history of swallowing a pin ..

Rakesh Ola: Judiciary’s loss, force’s gain

  By Dheeraj Fartode:BEHIND every happy daughter is a truly amazing parent who fights all odds for her. Rakesh Ola, a Judicial Magistrate-turned-Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer, is one such example. For seven years, Ola was serving in rural Rajasthan as Magistrate in Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS). His postings in the hinterland posed a big question on providing quality education to his then four-year-old daughter. The thought of her future spurred Ola to opt for Civil Services examination..

Birsa Munda Service Centre opens at Kachipura

Staff ReporterRSS Dharampeth and Shivaji Nagar units have opened Birsa Munda Service Centre at Kachipura. A health check-up and sickle cell detection camp also was organised with the help of Padole Hospital. RSS Mahanagar Sanghchalak Rajesh Loya, Dharampeth Sanghchalak Shyam Pattarkine, Nagar Sanghchalak Dr Rajabhau Shiledar, Vinod Tambi; Mahanagar office-bearers Madhav Urhade, Ravindra Bokare, Sunil Kitkaru were guests of honour.The Centre will provide health srvices, tailoring training to women, ..

RTMNU’s Grievance Committee gets non-functional

Principal CorrespondentLot of complaints made by teaching and non-teaching employees are pending for the last six months as Grievance committee constituted by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) for the redressal of complaints has become non-functional. This has led to piling up the complaints of the staff.  Nagpur University Teachers Association (NUTA) in a letter sent to Vice-Chancellor of RTMNU brought to his notice the status of the grievance committee. Dr Anil Dhage, ..

Buddha Pournima: A global festival spreading message of peace, harmony

 By Rajendra DiweBUDDHA Pournima or Vaishakhi Pournima or simply Vesak in Pali language is the full moon day in the month of Vaishakh. This is the day on which Tathagat Bhagwan Gautam Buddha gave his first universal peace message to mankind. Millions of Buddhists across the world are celebrating Vesak on May 18.  This day is the birthday, enlightenment day and Nirvana day of Gautam Buddha. It was on the day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 BC that Buddha was born. ..

Excise Department seizes 1,600 litres of spirit

Staff ReporterState Excise Department have seized 1,600 litres of alcoholic spirit from a godown in Wadi area on Friday. Acting on a tip-off, a team of the department seized 600 litres of alcoholic spirit from Nagpur-Gondia Roadwasy, Shivaji Nagar, Wadi. Later, the team raided Ghatge Patil Transport, Sonba Nagar, Wadi and seized 1,000 litres of spirit.  The team of State Excise Department with seized spirit barrels.   An offence was registered against godown manager for the illegal ..

Railway staffers lauded for their hard work

Staff ReporterThanking railway staff for their dedicated efforts in meeting the given targets, Shobhana Bandopadhyay, Divisional Railway Manager, South East Central Railway, Nagpur Division, said the results of hard work is now visible to all of us. Congratulating the personnel who were bestowed with award during the 64th Rail Week function, she promised to further the welfare measures for the staff. Also DRM said let together work for bettering the Indian Railways.  DRM Shobhana Bandopadhyay ..

The Metro mess at Dhantoli intersection

 By Rahul Dixit & Vikas VaidyaEVEN as ‘Mazi Metro’ chugs along from the Sitabuldi station, below its high pillars a nasty chaos reigns near Dhantoli Police Station every day. The intersection sees a swamp of vehicles squeezing for space for the entire day. Four wheelers, two wheelers, heavy trucks jostle for space in a constant state of confusion. Welcome to the Metro Mess! And find yourself a space to move around the huge pillars that stand right in the middle of the road.  ..

‘Behave yourself’, police start telling themselves

Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay By Vikas Vaidya:  Steps must to bring about changes in policemen, says Dr Upadhyay  There are some places like police stations, hospitals, courts where common man wishes never to visit. But talking aboutPolice Stations in Nagpur, one must visit any one of them once. One would come across a poster right at the entrance on which a photo of two police constables -- male and female talking to a complainant with a smile -- with some instructions for police ..

Over 37% Agriculture Deptt posts vacant in Nagpur Division

 By Kartik Lokhande: With less than a month remaining for Kharif agricultural season to begin, State Agriculture Department is facing a problem in managing its affairs in Nagpur Division. For, more than 37 per cent of its posts are lying vacant. This has obviously affected its functioning ahead of the crucial season. The shocking information is revealed in an internal review of the State Agriculture Department. The review was taken ahead of State-level Kharif planning meeting scheduled to ..

JNARDDC comes up with a process to get silica, aluminium fluoride from coal fly ash

 By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Silica is useful for structural materials, microelectronics and pharmaceutical industry  Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur has developed a process to convert coal fly ash into useful products such as high purity silica and aluminium fluoride at laboratory scale. Pure silica has many uses such as it is utilised in structural materials, microelectronics (as an electrical insulator, semiconductors etc.), and ..

NSSDC rolls out project to map city’s environment

 Sensors like the one installed at Shankar Nagar Square besides CCTVs for capturing data relating to environment aspects in city. By Sagar Mohod: As debate rages about balancing development expectation and protecting the atmosphere, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable Development Corporation (NSSDC) rolled out a project to map city’s environment to a get a clear picture from ground zero. The process involves preparing database on 14 aspects related to environment for a correct assessment ..

Violation of jungle rules continues in Pench

 Gypsy vehicles making mess during jungle safari in Deolapar ForestRange (Wildlife), Pench Tiger Reserve, disturbing peace/security of wild animals. Special Correspondent; It has come to light that guides and Gypsy drivers are taking law in their hands during jungle safari in Deolapar Forest Range (Wildlife), Pench Tiger Reserve, with an idea to please the tourists and earn a fast buck. Despite repeated instructions being issued from time to time by the forest authorities concerned, ..

MJP starts water supply to OFAJ, Wadi from Ambazari lake

 Staff Reporter: The project to supply water from Ambazari lake to Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAJ) and Wadi Municipal Council has finally got started couple of days ago. Maharashtra Jivan Pradhikaran (MJP) commenced the process of water treatment and supply to cater the demand of above one lakh residents of OFAJ and Wadi area. MJP will releasing 10 MLD water daily from Ambazari lake to OFAJ and Wadi Municipal Council in this crisis situation.   Poor monsoon last year reduced ..

Friends, we hand over the tree campaign to you

The Hitavada Impact: This is how the administration responded to the campaign by de-choking trees in front of MLAs’ Hostel in Civil Lines. Much work is yet to be done.     By Vijay PhanshikarWhen great trees fall,rocks on distant hills shudder,lions hunker downin tall grasses,and even elephantslumber after safety.When great trees fallin forests,small things recoil into silence,their senseseroded beyond fear.When great souls die,the air around us becomeslight, rare, sterile. ..

Navodaya Co-op Bank’s former BoDs, others booked for Rs 38.75 cr fraud

 Special Correspondent: DHANTOLI Police on Wednesday booked former Board of Directors (BoDs), office-bearers, officers and a few ‘selected’ borrowers of Navodaya Urban Co-operative Bank Limited in the infamous Rs 38.75 crore loan fraud. Shrikant S Supe, District Special Auditor (Class I) Co-operative Societies, Bhandara, lodged a complaint that former Board of Directors, office-bearers, and officers sanctioned loans to some persons without valid requirement between 2010 and 2017. ..

Bharne promoted, takes over as Addl CP (Crime)

 Staff Reporter; Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Detection Nilesh Bharne has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and taken over as Additional Commissioner of Police (Addl CP) Crime at Nagpur Police Commissionerate.  State Government, on Wednesday night, carried out a major reshuffle following promotions of Indian Police Service (IPS) officers. As per the order, Anoop Kumar Singh, Special IGP (Mumbai Police Admin) promoted to rank of ADG and posted ..

Truck crushes sister-duo dead in Pardi

 Deceased Laxmi and Aachal Shahu. Staff Reporter: The unidentified driver of the ‘killer’ truck fled the spot after the accident  A SPEEDING truck crushed two sisters to death at Pardi on Bhandara Road in Kalamna area on Wednesday morning. The errant truck driver ran away leaving his vehicle at the spot after the tragedy. The deceased, Laxmi Ramshankar Shahu (21) and her sister Aachal (19) were residents of Plot No. 196, Bidgaon Road, near Jai Durga Shankar Kirana ..

Goon lands in jail for filming video on ‘Tik Tok’ in police van

  Staff Reporter: Yashodhara Nagar police have arrested a goon for filming a video on ‘Tik Tok’ app in a police van and also making it viral on the social media including WhatsApp. The accused Mobin Ahmed Samsuddin Ahmed (30) is a leader of Chama gang involved in cattle smuggling. Adresssing a press conferece, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone V Harssh Poddar said that Ahmed, a resident of Tipu Sultan Chowk, Yashodhara Nagar, had filmed the video on February 4, 2019 ..

RPF team raids five travel agents, seizes 40 live tickets

 DSC Ashotosh Pandey and others showing ticket seized by the RPF staff.   Staff Reporter: A team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of South East Central Railway (SECR) have raided five travel agencies and recovered illegally booked 40 live train tickets worth Rs one lakh and other material collectively worth Rs 3.50 lakh.  Addressing a press conference Ashutosh Pandey, Divisional Security Commandant (DSC) informed that the raids were carried out to put check on the illegal ..

VNIT team in top three of ‘Harvard Global Hackathon’ contest

 Principal Correspondent: Beware, behind leftover food, one loses hundreds of litres of water  We always hear about wastage of food. United Nations always publishes the data on it. But how many of us are aware that behind every leftover food we lose hundreds of litres of water. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) team has made it to ‘The Top Three of Harvard Global Hackathon Competition’, the only Indian team to do so. The team presented a unique solution ..

Authorities ignore urban green guidelines

 By Vikas Vaidya: ‘Urban Greening Guidelines, 2014 is the outcome of blatant and random concretisation of pavements in Indian cities. Of late, a number of Urban Development Authorities and Urban Local Bodies have undertaken large scale concretisation of pavements which has resulted in destruction of a large number of trees by first rendering those weak and reducing their lives and consequently most of them falling down on account of moderate winds and storms. In 2000, Ministry of Urban ..

ED attaches Empress Mall in money laundering case against Tayal Group

 Staff Reporter: The sprawling Empress Mall near Gandhisagar owned by Mumbai based KSL Industries was attached by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday. The action is part of ongoing investigation by Kolkata office of ED against KSL Group under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The 2,70,374 square feet of commercially diverted land and thereon constructed Empress Mall is collectively worth Rs 483 crores. KSL Group is accused of fraudulently availing loans worth Rs 524 crore from ..

BJP will win 300+ seats in LS: Gadkari

 By Kartik Lokhande: Confident of winning Nagpur seat with a margin of 3.50 lakh votes  Even as the nation is heading towards seventh and the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, speculations are rife over the outcome for the political parties. As far as Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, and Ganga Rejuvenation and senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is concerned, he is a relaxed man. For, he is confident that BJP-led National Democratic ..

RPF seize Rs 12.87 lakh cash at Railway Station

 Staff Reporter: Railway Protection Force (RPF) have seized cash of Rs 12.87 lakh from a man at Nagpur Railway Station on Tuesday evening. The RPF officials are suspecting Hawala connection in the case. Constable Vikas Sharma suspected a man who was carrying a bag on Platform No. 3 at 5 pm. He stopped the man and checked his bag.  After seeing a large number of notes in the bag, the staff took the man to the RPF station. The man identified himself as Mansur Khan Husain Khan (55), a ..

Justice to juvenile delayed for want of psychological testing facilities

 By Ajay Mardikar; The problem confronting Juvenile Justice Board can be sorted out easily by the Government, by providing facilities for assessment of child in conflict with law, at Government Medical Colleges in Nagpur. Unfortunately this mand..

More canine power for city cops

Dogs Squad with newly-inducted three Doberman and two already serving Labradors. (right)A trained Doberman displaying its athletic skills by crossing over an obstacle By Shirish Borkar: THREE highly-trained Doberman Pinscher -- Don, Shiva and Jiwa -- have been inducted in the Dog Squad of City Police recently. The squad already has two Labrador -- Rani and Diksha -- serving the Police Commissionerate. The Dog Squad headed by Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) S C Joshi and comprising two officers ..

CM asks officials to accord top priority to drinking water supply, fodder

 Staff Reporter: Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, interacted with 21 Sarpanchs from Nagpur district through audio-bridge from Mantralaya in Mumbai and took stock of drought situation. After interacting with the Sarpanch and getting acquainted with the situation at ground level, he asked the administrative officers concerned to accord top priority to ensuring supply of drinking water and fodder in affected areas. As many as 452 villages in Katol, Narkhed, and Kalmeshwar tehsils in Nagpur ..

Outsiders ‘park’, insiders ‘pay’ the price

HOUSEFULL: Though it is Sunday, mezzanine floor at parking plaza of SECR is brimming with two wheelers indicating the menace of unauthorised parking.    By Sagar Mohod:  DRM office witnesses haphazard parking  Unauthorised parking at DRM office campus off Kingsway has peeved off the railway employees. Outsiders have sort of staked claim to Railway premises thanks to the ‘who cares’ attitude of South East Central Railway (SECR) officials. On Tuesday only, ..

An ambulance for trees

 (left) Jatinderpal Singh and Prakash Khemchandani along with the tree ambulance.         (right)Jatinderpal Singh and Prakash Khemchandani watering a sapling.  By Vikas Vaidya: Everybody knows about the ambulance that carries human patients. But nobody has ever heard about an ambulance that cares for trees, it reaches on the spot after receiving calls from any tree lover and makes efforts to save the trees. Like ambulance for humans, this ambulance too ..

PWD’s traffic count goes digital for first time in State

 By Sagar Mohod: Public Works Department (PWD) has commissioned a traffic count of vehicles on roads using digital media for the first time in Maharashtra starting with Nagpur District. Called automatic Traffic Count and Classification (ATCC) it is currently on at four locations in city, namely Kriplani Turning (at tip of South Ambazari Road that meet Wardha Road), Seminary Hills (near Centre Point School), at Gittikhadan Square and Japanese Garden Square, said officials of PWD. All these ..

‘Swayam’ - Advantage for students and a challenge for institutions

 By Ajay Mardikar: The Board of Studies of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) is facing difficulties in finalising optional subjects under the ambitious ‘Swayam’ scheme of University Grants Commission. Meetings of 56 Board of Studies (BoS) and 37 Ad hoc committees were held on May 8 and 9. The main issue for discussion was selecting optional subject from regular syllabus for making available Swayam subject for the students. Although the students have been ..

City still awaits Cancer, Geriatric Centre

 By Vikas Vaidya: Though with much hype, Government sanctioned Nagpur’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), a Regional Cancer Centre and Regional Geriatric Centre, both have made no progress after one year of the approval. On the contrary similar projects have been started at Aurangabad and Mumbai. Statistics documented by oncologists and other related organisations clearly indicated Nagpur is becoming cancer capital. Taking note of this dangerous aspect, Government had ..

11.73% of water in reservoirs lost due to evaporation: Report

 By Kartik Lokhande: IN summers, hopes of citizens, farmers, and industries are pinned on release of water from irrigation projects. However, not many are aware that even the unutilised water in irrigation reservoirs is lost due to evaporation in the intense heat. The latest Water Audit report for the year 2016-17, released in March 2019, pegs the evaporation losses for irrigation projects in Maharashtra at an average 11.73 per cent of gross storage. As per the report, the gross storage ..

‘Politics should not hamper research’

 Staff Reporter: In the effort of increasing yield, certain qualities of the product will have to be compromised with. This has happened with many rice varieties, including Basmati. The major thrust in ensuring food security is on improving yield, with minimum adverse effect on environment. “The opposition to Genetically Modified (GM) varieties of several food products are out of ignorance and also political,” said Prof Swapan Kumar Datta. In an informal discussion with mediapersons, ..

Cops nab 2 thieves involved in 4 thefts, recover booty worth Rs 6.03 lakh

  Staff Reporter; SITABULDI   Police detected four theft cases by putting behind bars two thieves and recovered stolen valuables, including a Hyundai I10 car, and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 6.03 lakh from their possession. Accused have been identified as Roshan Suresh Pache (23), Kanha Nagari, opposite Hingna Tehsil Office, and Ajay Ramsingh Warkhede (23), a resident of Lane No 1, Ramteke Nagar, Beltarodi. A police team on night patrol duty chased and nabbed Roshan, ..

Ayurvan’s Aura Park tells a tale of ancient India’s medicinal assets

 By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Everyone loves a garden around the house. And most of us just drool over the fragrant, colourful visage of a garden. Ambarish Ghatate is, however, different. He prefers a garden that does not just look splendid but also have medicinal qualities. Home to more than 500 medicinal plants, Ayurvan’s Aura Park tells the story of how India spread the ancient knowledge of medicine as a gift of nature. “Many species are now on a verge of extinction due to lack ..

Saptak: 40 glorious years of selfless service

 By Nandu Andhare;     Saptak Nagpur, an organisation started way back in 1980, by seven city-based Hindustani classical music addicts, has completed forty glorious years. Its growth has been like the proverbial roller-coaster ride, experienced by any organisation in its teething years, baptised by fire and raging thunderstorms. These magnificent seven, remained undaunted in the face of stiff hurdles and competition, remained aloof from limelight, to get down to work and gave ..

Railway ChildLine receives 267 calls of runaway children

By Alka Panse-Tiwari A majority of children ran away from their homes due to family dispute, single parenting, poverty, domestic issues, love affairs, attraction towards travel, etc  Regular disputes among parents, their quarrels over petty issues almost daily and perceived lack of attention towards her in growing years prompted 14-year-old Ankita (name changed) to seek solace in the outside world. So one fine day, Ankita packed her belongings in small bag and left home. Yes, she was now ..

He invented a system that makes car run on solar energy

   By Vikas Vaidya His endeavors to ignite Government on the invention is not being heardFor the last 11 years he is endeavoring to sensitize Government and other agencies to make solar energy an alternative to electricity. One can say, Government has already started promoting solar energy but after in-depth study of solar energy aspect, he has come to conclusion, the solar energy being promoted by Government has some disadvantages while what he has invented has more advantages. ..

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings...

   By Kartik Lokhande Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things: -- We murder to dissect. These wonderful lines are from the famous poem ‘The Tables Turned’ penned over two Centuries ago by William Wordsworth, a legend. However, one finds in these lines description of what is happening in the present-day city of Nagpur, or, for that matter, any major urban centre.  Nagpur is proudly called the ..

Rise in non-irrigation water use likely to affect water availability: Water Audit

By Kartik Lokhande In the past decade or so, utilisation of water from irrigation projects in Maharashtra has attracted attention due to clash between rural and urban segments of population. The clashes may intensify in future as non-irrigation utilisation of water from irrigation projects is on the rise.  The latest Water Audit report published by Water Resources Department (WRD) in March earlier this year, has pointed out that water availability in river sub-basins in Maharashtra ..

How a city should look after its trees

Picture in contrast: How the choice of trees make difference is evident from these pictures. When one sees these two pictures which one would attract one the most? Obviously the one on the left. Why? Because of the beautiful flowers. These flowery plants are in the road divider situated in front of GPO. In the right picture also are the trees but it gives very dry and gloomy impression. These trees are of Bamboo. Bamboo trees too are very much useful. But the choice of trees and its place proved to ..

Passengers suffer as SpiceJet flight makes emergency landing

 Staff Reporter: Over 150 passengers on-board Bengaluru-New Delhi flight (SG8720) of SpiceJet suffered a great inconvenience for almost eight hours as it made an emergency landing at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur, in the small hours of Saturday. The flight was scheduled to depart from Bengaluru at 10 pm on Friday. But, it took off from Bengaluru at 11.30 pm. This was just the start of what was ahead for the passengers.  The flight, which was supposed to reach New ..

Conman dupes travel agency owner of Rs 7.94 lakh cash

 Staff Reporter: Requesting the travel agency owner to exchange USD 12,000 in Indian currency, the conman vanishes with Rs 7.94 lakh cash  POSING as an exporter of ready-made garments, a conman duped a travel agency owner of Rs 7.94 lakh. A resident of Plot No 1, Purohit Layout, Ambazari, Ankush Mahesh Grover (30), who runs a travel agency -- Travel Konnect-- was sitting in his office. A middle-aged man came to his office and introduced himself as Chandru from Hyderabad. ..

Woman, daughter-in-law sustain burns as auto-rickshaw catches fire

 Staff Reporter: A WOMAN and her daughter-in-law suffered burn injuries when the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in caught fire at Ganesh Tower Square near Marartoli turning on Amravati Road on Saturday afternoon. Injured women Rama Hiralal Gaur and her daughter-in-law Bharati Ritesh Gaur were rushed to Sengupta Multi-Speciality Hospital at Ravi Nagar Square. Rama Gaur’s grandson, three other passengers and auto-rickshaw driver escaped unhurt.  According to Fire & Emergency ..

Five injured as car hits three motorcycles at Laxmi Nagar Sq

 Staff Reporter: Passersby at Laxmi Nagar Square, on late Friday night, witnessed horror on the road when a drunken man lost control over the wheel of his speeding car and knocked down three motorcycles leaving four persons injured seriously. Later, the car rammed into a road divider, also injuring the driver seriously. According to information, the Maruti Swift car (MH-31/DV-7856) first hit a motorcycle in front of Hotel Ashoka on Laxmi Nagar Main Road (West High Court Road) and later hit ..

Sitabuldi cops detain 4 juveniles, recover 10 stolen motorcycles

 Staff Reporter:  Four juveniles involved in more than 14 offences were held by Sitabuldi police and 10 motorcycles and seven mobile phones collectively worth Rs 5.61 lakh were recovered from their possession. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone II informed that a teenager was held by the police on Thursday when he was trying to committ a robbery. During questioning, the boy revealed names of the others involved in various crimes reported in recent months.  The juveniles were ..

‘Philosophy behind scupltures in Khajuraho, Konark should be brought forward’

 Dr Shyam Madhav Dhond                                                           Dr Rama Golwalkar  ,   Chandrakant Channe   Staff Reporter: The physical, philosophical, scientific, spiritual and artistic dimensions of sculptures depicting sex, were beautifully explained during ‘Voyage to Creative Creations’ ..

Award winning book ‘Ravi Rashmiyaan’ by Prabha Mehta released

Dr Pramod Sharma, Girish Gandhi, S N Vinod, Prabha Mehta, Nalini Kanetkar and others holding the book, ‘Ravi Rashmiyaan’ Staff Reporter: Some writer has said, like human being, every book has its own fate. The sayings came true in case of Prabha Mehta’s book ‘Ravi Rashmiyaan’. The writer gave birth to the idea of the book in 1980, while she was balancing her professional and personal life. After her retirement, Mehta brought the book into existence in 2012. ..

City’s Shomira, Dhara for NBA World Championship

  For first time in the history of city basketball, two city girls have been selected to represent India in the NBA World Championship. The 13-year-old Nagpur stars -- Shomira Bidaye and Dhara Phate -- have been included in the 10-member Jr NBA India Girls’ team which will participate in the NBA Global Championship scheduled to be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, from August 6 to 11.Representatives of NBA arrived in the city ..

MSEDCL asks SNDL to ensure uninterrupted power supply

With Essel Utilities searching for new partner to run SNDL, the distribution franchisee in city, Dineshchandra Saboo, Director (Operations), Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, asked the company to submit proposal for ensuring uninterrupted power supply. The meeting was held at SNDL’s office at Nelson Square and lasted quite long wherein Saboo and his team took stock of gamut of issues that has again cast dark clouds over distribution franchisee. MSEDCL on its part ..

River cleaning drive: 5 km stretch outside city also to be covered

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will also cover a 5 km stretch outside the city under its pre-monsoon river cleaningdrive, said Abhijit Bangar, Municipal Commissioner. He was addressing the officials in a meeting held on Friday. In the meeting, Bangar took stock of the implementation of pre-monsoon river cleaning drive. The drive started from May 5 will continue till June 5. Under the drive, three rivers passing through the city -- Nag, Pili, and Pora -- will be cleaned. The cleaning drive ..

OFAJ, Wadi likely to get 10 MLD water from Ambazari lake

The residents of Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAJ) and Wadi Municipal Council will likely to get water from Ambazari lake in a couple of days. “Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) is going to release 10 MLD water every day to OFAJ and Wadi area to cater the demand of potable water soon,” revealed a senior official of MJP on the condition of anonymity to The Hitavada.According to senior official, MJP is waiting for a report of treated water of the lake which they will likely to get ..

City’s Engineering Prof becomes double PhD holder, a rare feat

       By Vikas VaidyaHe had submitted his research work in 2012 to get his first Ph.D from a University in Madhya Pradesh. It got delayed. Waiting period was so long that one could have got irritated and lost patience. Yet it did not make him impatient. Instead, he gave a thought to use this waiting period for positive outcome and got himself registered for another PhD at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). By the time he completed research at ..

Justice Bhushan Gavai set to become apex court judge

 Staff Reporter: JUSTICE Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai, senior judge of Bombay High Court, is all set to become the judge of Supreme Court of India after his name for elevation as judge of the top court was cleared by the Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. With Justice Gavai’s elevation, the apex court will have three Nagpurians — Justice Sharad Bobde, Justice Uday Lalit and now Justice Gavai. Justice Gavai has joined the illustrious list of legal ..

‘Saved’ trees also getting choked along Maharajbag Rd

 This leafless, and probably lifeless, tree greets the visitors entering Maharajbag premises. It was among the trees ‘saved’ during widening of Maharajbag Road. Its present condition can be attributed to choking of base and lack of follow-up action by the authorities concerned.  Staff Reporter: Saved are those who don’t die. This applies to the trees along what is popularly known as Maharajbag Road. When the said road from College of Agriculture to Rashtrasant ..

Relocation of Palasgaon village in TATR to Salori by May-end

 By Ramesh Marulkar: Palasagon village in the core area of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is being relocated outside fully by May 31. At present 75 per cent village has been relocated to Salori near Warora. The work of shifting remaining families would be completed by May-end. This was disclosed by N S Ladkat, Deputy Director, TATR (Core), Chandrapur, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ on Thursday. He said that around 125 families shifted their house-hold materials after getting mobilisati..

SC junks Govt’s plea to allow 16% seats for Maratha in PG medical, dental seats

 Staff Reporter: In a major setback to State Government seeking to implement 16 per cent Maratha quota in medical and dental post-graduate courses commencing current academic year, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday dismissed a special leave petition filed by Maharashtra Government. The Apex Court upheld the decision of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court and made it clear that the 16 per cent reservation provided for Maratha community under Special Economic Backward Class (SEBC) for current ..

‘Now Resident docs to be trained for good communication with patients’

 Padmashri Dr T P Lahane By Vikas Vaidya: Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Maharashtra Government has an ambitious plan to refurbish tertiary healthcare in Maharashtra. It involves better patient care, training to residents on communication skill to improve relationship with patients, to make arrangement for relatives of patients to stay, etc. Padmashri Dr T P Lahane, Director of DMER, a compassionate doctor, visionary administrator was in city to inspect two tertiary ..

Tigress drowns in Melghat

 Special Correspondent: A full-grown tigress was found dead due to drowning in water trough near Koktu in deep jungle in Gugamal Forest Division of Melghat Tiger Reserve on Wednesday evening. The patrolling staff noticed the carcass of tigress in the small water body in the river and it is assumed that the beast fell in it from 12 feet. The staff informed higher authorities about the incident. The officers, including Vinod Shivkumar, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Gugamal, rushed to the spot ..

BASF, Twinkle Club personality devpt camp concludes

 Staff Reporter; The campers of Personality Development Camp organised by Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation (BASF) and The Hitavada Twinkle Club displayed the well co-ordinated team work, discipline and patriotism during the concluding event on Thursday at Bhonsala Military School premises. This ten-day summer camp got an overwhelming response from campers who learned various activities and skills.  The demos staged by the campers, reflected on the importance of extra curricular ..

Col Sunil Deshpande, a fond remembrance

 By Shubha Mohgaonkar: Col Sunil Deshpande VSM, the name itself has the power to charge you. A great soldier! A borne patriot! A die-hard Prahari!! What an eventful life he led! He was one of those few privileged soldiers, who get an opportunity to fight for the country as soon as they get commissioned in the Army. He got such an opportunity not once but twice -- in the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971. I met him first way back in 2001 when my son attended the Prahar camp, which was then conducted ..

1,442 farmers benefited from Krushi Sinchan Yojana

 Staff Reporter: Total 1,442 farmers have benefited in Maharashtra through the Pradhan Mantri Krushi Sinchan Yojana launched by Central Government during the four-year period. The Central Government sponsored scheme is aimed at improving farm productivity by deepening the irrigation facilities among marginalised and small land holding farmers. During the four-year period staring 2015-16, Maharashtra Government had received funds to tune of Rs 4,444 crore under the scheme and 73 per cent ..

Nailed! Trees in city nursing wounds

 By Kartik Lokhande: IF ONE happens to visit District Collectorate, one finds some big trees giving shade to visitors. At the same time, one also notices that some boards carrying necessary instructions for visitors are nailed into the trunk of these trees. A sensitive person can feel the pain that the trees have been enduring with nails into their body. But, is this the case with District Collectorate alone?  Not at all. A careful look at trees in the premises of various Government ..

Cops to charge fixed amount for escorting prisoners

 Staff Reporter: Prisoners will henceforth have to fork out a fixed amount for police escort during their parole period. State's Home Department has framed the policy and issued a Government Resolution (GR) on Monday for Maharashtra Police after guidelines issued by Bombay High Court while disposing of a writ petition. As per the GR, state police will levy charges on prisoners for providing police escort and also bill them the vehicle expenditure incurred by the cops.  The amount will ..

Ngp Metro cites ‘financial crunch’, seeks release of guarantees from 4 banks

 Legal Correspondent; High Court to hear petition against four banks on June 10  MAHARASHTRA Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has moved a petition before the High Court here stating that it is passing through ‘great financial crunch’ at Nagpur, and hence seeking release of bank guarantees from four banks. As the petitioner’s counsel stated that it was necessary that its petition seeking the release of bank guarantees should be decided at the earliest, Justice S B Shukre ..

Despite water crisis, 50 per cent of supply to Orange City is ‘NRW’

 Staff Reporter: ON ONE hand, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has been appealing to the people to save water as there is crisis. On the other, half of the supply to the city is categorised as ‘NonRevenue Water’ (NRW ). NRW means that water is either lost in leakages, pilferage, or there is unbilled supply through public standposts. A few years ago, it was said that 55 per cent of water was lost due to leakages. Later on, NMC started saying that 55 per cent of water was in ..

Measures proposed to tackle possible water crisis in 3,800 villages in Divn

 Staff Reporter: Nine tehsils in Nagpur Division including Katol, Kalmeshwar, and Narkhed in Nagpur district are facing severe drought situation The measures include new tubewells, special repairs of piped water supply schemes, temporary piped water supply schemes, water supply through tankers or bullock-carts, deepening of public wells, acquisition of private wells, completion of piped water supply schemes on priority  WITH increasing intensity of heat and depleting water ..

Problems with supply of tar hits road works

 Staff Reporter: THE road repair works that were in full swing till a month ago in Nagpur city, have slowed down as the bids received for transporation of tar from refinery in Mumbai, could not be opened due to Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha elections in force. For the past some time, the repairs of tar roads in Nagpur city and laying of top layer have stopped. But, the problem is not restricted to Nagpur city alone. The road repairs and maintenance works, as well as construction of ..

‘Participatory teaching can enhance quality of edn’

 By Vikas Vaidya: Dr Mrunalini Fadnavis, a Nagpurian, who held post of Principal at Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Nandanvan for several years. She is known for adopting creative techniques to make alround development of students. Now, she is Vice-Chancellor of Punyashlok Ahalyadevi Holkar Solapur University. Finding out time from her busy schedule she spoke to ‘The Hitavada’. Here are the excerpts: Q: Can you brief about your achievements? A: I started new departments which were ..

RPF intensifies drive against black-marketing of ticket

 Staff Reporter: With peak travel season in full swing, Railway Protection Force (RPF) unit at South East Central Railway’s Nagpur Division intensified drive against cornering of tickets and its black-marketing by agents. In a co-ordinated drive, RPF teams cracked down at six places, four of them within Kamptee town on single day, to bust the rampant sale of tickets at inflated prices. Divisional Security Commandant, RPF, Ashutosh Pandey, had given the brief to force to ensure that ..

ICSE results out: City’s child prodigy Shreenabh stands third in India

  Staff Reporter: THE Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) declared ICSE Class 10th results 2019 on Tuesday. Students who appeared for the examinations can check their results online on cisce.org or results.cisce.org. Nagpur’s child prodigy Shreenabh Agrawal, a student of CDS School stood third in the order of merit at national level. Shreenabh secured 499 marks out of total 500. Shreenabh is just one mark behind the national topper. In ICSE, 99.05 per ..

Two nabbed at airport for bringing gold inside rectum

 Staff Reporter:  TWO passengers got down from Air Arabia flight that landed at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 4.15 am on Thursday. The team of Customs officials sensed something fishy in their movements. The scanner through which they passed, gave some indication so the officers checked the passengers but nothing was found. Customs officers were perturbed. They grilled them aggressively and finally both the passengers opened up.  The truth that came ..

Shree‘nabh’ flies sky high with 499

Shreenabh Agrawal along with father Moujesh and mother Tinu  Staff Reporter:  CITY’S young scientist Shreenabh Agrawal has many laurels and achievements to his credit. On Tuesday, he added another feather in his illustrious cap by grabbing All India Rank 3 with a score of 99.2% in ICSE Board Std X examinations. Shreenabh, a child prodigy, is a pride not only for his parents but also for the entire city. A scientist in making, he has won two international awards and many national ..

Jauhrat pays homage to father by scoring 87%

  Staff Reporter: JAUHRAT ul Majd Mohammad ul Baqir Lohawala, a student of MSB Education Institute, Nagpur, has set an example of p a y i n g h o m a g e to her father by s c o r i n g overall 87 per cent marks in ICSE Class 10 board examination here on Tuesday. Jauhrat scored 78 marks in English Language, 98 in Literature in English, 83 in Hindi, 88 in History and Civics, 87 in Geography, 86 in Mathematics, 84 in Physics, 72 in Chemistry, 69 in Biology, 93 in Art and 74 in Economics. ..

On way to job interview, young girl knocked dead by speeding truck

 Staff Reporter: TRAGEDY struck the family of a young girl, who was on her way to HDFC Bank for an interview, after she was knocked dead by a speeding truck near Bhilgaon old Octroi Post No 2, Kamptee Road in Jaripatka area Tuesday morning. The trucker ran away leaving his vehicle at the spot fearing public wrath. The deceased, Aparajita Narendra Borkar (21) was a resident of Santaji Nagar, Ward No 5, near Dharmaraj School, Kandri, Kanhan.  Aparajita, who had received an interview call ..

People’s court hears the plea of trees

In the line of death: This tree just outside the High Court, after getting embedded into cement, died in due course. It could not knock the door of High Court that is hearing the case of choking of trees. Other trees, in the same line, which are choked by the brazen act of contractors, are gasping for breath.  Staff Reporter: ‘The Hitavada’ Tree campaign receives overwhelming response   ‘THE Hitavada’ has been writing about the trees being choked because ..

Fire at petrol vending machine quickly doused, tragedy averted

  Staff Reporter:  QUICK response by Fire & Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) averted a major tragedy after a fuel vending machine caughtfire at Jindal Petrol Pump, anoutlet of Indian Oil Corporation (IoC), at Old Bagadganj Layout, on Gangabai Ghat Road, near Telephone Exchange Square, on Tuesday morning. A petrol vending machine and two two-wheelers worth Rs 1.25 lakhweregutted in thefirebefore the firefighters could douse the flames completely. ..

Don’t chase success, do your best, says topper Arya

Arya Daoo with her mother Gauri Daoo. Staff Reporter: “It is not important to chase success or fame. It is more important to do your best and give your hundred per cent. The success automtaically comes to you. I did the same in the examination,” said Arya Daoo of Bharatiya Krishna Vidya Vihar, who topped in Vidarbha and is second in the State in Central Board of Secondary Education Class X exam by securing 99.41 per cent marks. The results were declared on Monday. Arya secured ..

CBSE Class X results: Nagpur’s BKVV’s Arya stands first in Vid

Staff Reporter:  Girls outshine boys  Arya Daoo of BKVV tops in Vidarbha with 99.4% marks (She is probable third in Chennai region); Raghvi Shukla of Centre Point School, Dabha secures second spot with 99%; Arya Ninawe of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir, Ashti, Chirag Kubde of Bhavan’s B P Vidya Mandir, Sri Krishna Nagar and Aishani Prabhu of Narayana Vidyalayam, Garima Sane of Poddar International School, Besa, with 98.8% secured joint third spot  Maintaining the pace that ..

Trader relieved of Rs 11 lakh cash

 A THIEF stole Rs 11 lakh cash from the bag of a businessman at India Son Hotel, Central Avenue, on early Sunday morning. Satish Jugalchand Sethia (58), a resident of Bokadi, Pune, who runs S M Enterprises, had come to the city for some work. He stayed in Room No 405 at India Son Hotel. On Friday night, he had gone to Hingna for some work. A thief entered his room by opening the door lock with a duplicate key and took away Rs 11 lakh from his travelling bag.  When Sethia opened his bag around ..

Decision on Kumbhalkar College students’ marks fraud in 7 days

 Staff Reporter:  Action will be taken only after enquiry and responsibility fixed  Issue of social work students of Kumbhalkar Social Work Evening College is not likely to be resolved soon, as the authorities of RTM Nagpur University (RTMNU) have taken a stand that the decision would be taken only after enquiry was completed. Besides the matter of marking absent students, who had actually completed internal assignments, two other issues of the same college of granting marks to ..

Exercise, meditation reduce exam stress, Raghavi Shukla

 Raghavi with her parents, Harshada and Praveen Shukla, sister Apala and grandfather Shubhshankar Mishra.  Staff Reporter: An all-rounder Raghavi made her parents proud by securing 99% marks in her tenth CBSE and becoming ‘second topper’ in the city. Regular studies with proper planning has definitely helped Raghavi, a student of Centre Point School, Dabha, to secure second position. She gives the entire credit of her success to her school teachers, tuition teachers and ..

Khaperkheda TPS gets Zero Water Discharge Plant National Award

  Staff Reporter: Khaperkheda Thermal Power Station of Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation Limited (Mahagenco) has received the ‘Best Zero Discharge Plant Award’ in 500 or less Megawatt Category. Mission Energy Foundation had organised Water Optimization Competition in various categories, following which the awards were declared at a conference held at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka. A majority of power plants from all over India including National Thermal Power Corporation ..

Happy, but not contented

 Staff Reporter; When ‘The Hitavada’ started the campaign to save trees that were getting choked in the process of development, it was sure that the heart of Nagpurians will bleed for the green cover. It did. The result is for all to see -- the administration of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started de-choking the trees, individuals and some social organisations have started initiative to save trees. Though ‘The Hitavada’ has a reason to feel happy about ..

Two killed in car crash at Law College Square

 Staff Reporter: Two persons including a 14-year-old boy was killed when a speeding Honda City Car crashed into a Maruti Ritz car at Law College Square in the wee hours of Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Anil Premdas Yadav (36) and Harsh Ganesh Yadav (14), both residents of Samadhan Nagar, near Police Line Takli while injured persons are - Mamta Yadav, Sheetal Salame and Priyanka Mhaiskar.   They were travelling in the Maruti Ritz (MH-31/EA-2029). A police officer ..

Casual moderation leads to mess in RTMNU Law paper

 Principal Correspondent:  Many senior Law teachers blamed the faculty of Humanities for using juniors for setting the question papers resulting in sufferings of brilliant students  How a casual approach can lead to messing up things is evident from the incident in which Rashtasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) repeated two questions in the paper ‘Intellectual Property Law’ of LLB (three years) of Semester IV exam conducted on April 26. The question on ..

NMC launches River Cleaning Campaign

 Staff Reporter; NagPur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched River Cleaning Campaign at three places on Sunday beginning with Pora river near Sahakar Nagar ghat in presence of Nanda Jichkar, Mayor. Later, the campaign was launched at Nag river near Yashwant stadium, Sangam Chawl at the hands of Kaustubh Chatterjee, followed by Pili river at Nara ghat at the hands of Ravindra Thakre, Additional Municipal Commissioner. The corporation launched this drive during the past some years. This time, ..

Robbers on looting spree: Five chain-snatchings within 24 hours

 Staff Reporter: Gangs of chain snatchers had a field day in city as they robbed five women of gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 2.5 lakh. A rising number of chain-snatching cases has left citizens worried as a total of seven chain-snatching incidents were reported with 72 hours and cops literally failed to identify the accused. Two chain-snatchings were reported in Sitabuldi and Mankapur area on Saturday. An old-aged woman was robbed of her gold chain worth Rs 35,000 by a bike-borne ..

Aero-modelling show enthrals Hitavada Twinkle Club members

 Staff Reporter: Thrilling aero-modelling show organised under the aegis of ‘The Hitavada’ Twinkle Club, enthralled a huge gathering of children and parents at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Football grounds on Sunday. Parents and children made a beeline at the venue to witness the show which had six different kinds of flying models of aeroplanes, neatly parked on the ground. Talking to The Hitavada, Amol Raut, one of the members of the group of aero-modellors, ..

‘Menace of urban Naxalism needs serious attention’

  Staff Reporter: Urban Naxalism is not a new phenomenon but it became known to people after the arrests of some people in recent times. It needs a serious attention of the Government as well as the society, felt the speakers at a programme organised by Bharatiya Vichar Manch at Dharampeth Boys’ School here on Sunday evening. Bharatiya Vichar Manch had organised the programme to pay tributes to 15 policemen who attained martyrdom in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Gadchiroli ..

At last, Metro prepares design to resolve Kriplani Chowk mess

 Metro has started applying new design at Jail Road to end the mess.  By Vikas Vaidya: The Jail Road, which was carved by Nagpur Metro with a purpose to ease the traffic, has wore a deserted look these days. Thanks to the authorities for the wrong planning of the road that has created so much mess at Kriplani Square due to which many commuters are avoiding it. ‘The Hitavada’ has been consistently writing over the mess and that has compelled Metro authorities to come up with ..

Civic authorities realise trees may choke to death

   By Vikas Vaidya: THOUGH they have not picked up remedial activities in full swing, civic authorities have certainly woken up to the reality that thousands of trees are likely to choke to death due to concretisation around them. The civic body has begun work of de-choking the trees, though not on large scale. Concretisation has left most of the tree bases covered with cement with no space for water percolation. ‘The Hitavada’ has been running a campaign raising the ..

Bobby Sardar murder case: Cops arrest Little Sardar, three goons

Joint CP Ravindra Kadam, Addl CP B G Gaikar, DCP Nilesh Bharne, ACP Sudhir Nandanwar and others with the arrested accused (faces covered)  Staff Reporter: Cops suspect role of a builder in the case  Crime Branch, on Saturday, claimed to have cracked the sensational murder case of transporter Bhupendra Singh Manjit Singh Makan alias Bobby Sardar (46) and arrested four dreaded goons in this connection. The murder was a fallout of old rivalry between the deceased and the accused. ..

Dark Room Poets, an enlightening initiative

   By Vikas Vaidya: Letting youths know about poets in the dark  An exercise inviting an academician, literatteur to explain everything about a poem  Somewhere a song ‘Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho’, sung by Jagjit Singh, was playing faintly and he was listening to it. Understanding the meaning of every word of the song, he was rejoicing. Then he, suddenly, became curious who the poet was. So he did research, and came to know who the poet was. He was Shahid ..

Cops conducting inquiry into Naxal attack case: ADG Rajinder Singh

   Staff Reporter: Top brass of State police has ordered an inquiry into the case of dastardly attack on police personnel by banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) operatives in Jambhul Kheda, in which 15 jawans of Quick Response Team of Gadchiroli Police were martyred. Cops will probe the incident to ascertain reasons so that such incidents would not be repeated in future. Statements of more than 15 police personnel were recorded so far and the inquiry would be completed within ..

CCTV cameras across city to be integrated with AI

  By Dheeraj Fartode: In a bid to give cutting edge to policing in the city, a proposal is mooted to integrate CCTV cameras with artificial intelligence (AI). L&T that has put up 3,600 cameras at vantage points is tasked by Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited to submit a report about integrating AI in the CCTV camera network. The officials privy to details of the project said that idea is to make effective use of the CCTV cameras network keeping in ..

‘Closing GNM course will affect hospital services badly’

 By Ajay MardikarIndian Nursing Council’s move to phase out General Nursing Midwifery (GNM) course is likely to badly affect the hospitals and colleges conducting the course. Through a notification issued in February 2019, the Council has announced phasing out of GNM course from the year 2020-21. The decision was taken by the Governing board in a meeting held on December 2, 2018. The course is being closed in the name of upgrading it to BSc Nursing degree course.   A member ..

Vehicles can run on 30% ethanol mixed biofuel: Dr Jambhekar

This will help reducing crude oil import bill, said the President of Green Crude FoundationStaff ReporterPresident of Green Crude Foundation Dr Hemant Jambhekar said that India must promote biofuel for reducing its crude oil import bill. “Vehicles could be run on 30 per cent ethanol mixed fuel in India to cut down expenditure on imports,” he said, while addressing a seminar on biofuel organised by VNIT and Green crude Biofuel foundation at VNIT. Prof P M Padole, Director of VNIT, Chairman ..

Govt Polytechnic gets accrediation from NBA for nine branches

Staff ReporterNagpur Government Polytechnic College has received accreditation from National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for its nine branches, recently.Addressing a press conference, Principal of the college Prof C S Thorat said, “Nagpur Government Polytechnic is the first college in the State that awarded NBA accreditation for their nine branches.” The College administration fulfil the norms to get the accreditation within four months. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and ..

CR’s Class IV employees feted

Staff ReporterWomen Social Service Committee (WSSC) of Central Railway’s (CR) Nagpur Division felicitated Class IV employees in recognition of their efforts put in their long services in Railways. Employees who have put in 25 years of service were chosen for felicitation. The programme was held at Rail Club, Civil Lines, under leadership of Monika Shrivastav, President, WSSC, CR, Nagpur Division.  WSSC President Monika Shrivastav and other office-bearers snapped with railway employees ..

Three years on, Outer Ring Road still awaiting completion

The NHAI issued several notices to the Contractor for the slow progress in construction By Vikas VaidyaIt is the start of May 2019. Exactly three years ago in 2016, the foundation stone for Outer Ring Road, from Jamtha reaching Gondkhairi and then to Kamptee-Kanhan bypass, was laid in presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. It was assured then that the road would be completed in May 2019. However, it seems the project has missed ..

CBSE Class XII results out; pass percentage improves this year

Staff Reporter:Sreyashi Saha (98.4%) of Jain International tops in Science stream; Nidhi Punyani and Tanmay Chindaliya of Bhavan’s BVM, Civil Lines, are joint toppers in Commerce stream with 97.4% each; Isha Reddy of Bhavan’s BVM, Shrikrishna Nagar, scores 97.2% to top Humanities streamCENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results of Class XII examinations on Thursday. The board has uploaded the results on its official website — cbseresults.nic.in or cbse.nic.in. As CBSE has tied ..

Measures for protecting trees from development activities

Staff Reporter:IN RESPONSE to‘The Hitavada’ campaign for trees, individuals, social and non-governmental organisations have started coming forward in support. It has evoked response not only from Nagpurians but also from sensitive institutions like ‘Integrated Design, Landscape Architect’ of Bengaluru. In order to make the public, developers and authorities aware of damages caused to trees due to development activities and measures to be taken for protecting trees, the institution has come up with ..

HC ‘no’ to SEBC reservation for PG med, dental seats

Staff Reporter:The 16% reservation applicable for admissions started only after Nov 30 last IN A major victory for medical and dental students opposing excessive reservation in post graduate courses introduced after the process was initiated, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday quashed the 16 per cent reservation provided for Maratha community under Special Economic Backward Class (SEBC) for current academic year. The High Court also set aside the seat matrix prepared on March 27 taking ..

Martyrs from Vidarbha

District Correspondents: TWO jawans of Buldana district achieved martyrd omin the land mine blast by the Naxals in the Jambhurkheda of Gadchiroli district on Maharashtra Day. Sarjeraoali as Sandeep Eknath Kharde (30), resident of Aland village of Deulgaonraja taluka of Buldana district, and Raju Narayan Gaikwad(32),resident of Mehkar, who were part of the C-60 Commandos of the Maharashtra Police received martyrdom in the Naxal attack on Wednesday. Parents of Raju GaikwadleftforGadchiroliafter ..

DGP Jaiswal vows to fight Naxals tooth and nail

  Gadchiroli Correspondent: DIRECTOR General of Police Subodh Jaiswal denied having any intelligence inputs regarding the Jambhul kheda blast in which 15 police jawans and a bus driver was killed on Wednesday, but admitted that there were some errors in the operational procedures that led to the incident. Addressing the media persons at the SP office here on Thursday evening, DGP Jaiswal who was earlier SP of Gadchiroli, informed that the Anti-Naxal Operations will continue with renewed ..

Citizens form the longest human chain to save Bharatvan

  Staff Reporter:  Around 15,000 people have extended their support to ‘Save Bharatvan’ campaign by way of signature drive  MAY 1 was Maharashtra Day. It was also Labour Day. But, this time, as far asNagpuris concerned,itprovedtobe ‘Save Bharatvan Day’. For, as many as 6,651 persons including students, professionals, businesspersons, social activists joined hands and formed the longest human chain for one cause -- Save Bharatvan. People started assembling ..

Nagpurians lose Rs 9.69 crore to cyber criminals since 2015

   Staff Reporter: WITH the advances in technology, swindlers are having a field day on net and a sum of Rs 9.69 crore were skimmed off from Nagpurians. It happened over a period of little over four years signified with rise in on-line transactions. These cyber cases termed as white crime are increasing a challenge before law enforcers since criminals operate from far off places and cops are bound by geographical boundaries. The information shared with Abhay Kolarkar is from 2015 ..

Social bodies to take initiative for de-choking trees

  By Vikas Vaidya: Following ‘The Hitavada’ campaign against choking of trees due to concretisation, various social organisations in the city have expressed their willingness to come forward and do some work in this regard. The representatives of these social organisations said that the campaign had inspired them to take initiative and respond positively. There are Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) working in environment sector and plantation. Most of them have been mounting ..

City 6th hottest in the world with 46.3 0C

  Staff Reporter: Bramhapuri, Chandrapur and Wardha also in the top ten list of hottest cities in the world With heatwave intensifying in several parts of the country, United State’s El Dorado Weather has released a list of 10 hottest cities in the World on Tuesday. Among them, Bramhapuri, Chandrapur, Nagpur and Wardha of Vidarbha placed in the list with maximum temperature of above 45 degree Celsius. Bramhapuri recorded 47 degree Celsius while Chandrapur, Nagpur and Wardha ..

High Court vacation judges named

  Staff Reporter: Justice Z A Haq, Justice Manish Pitale, Justice P V Ganediwala and Justice S M Modak will be vacation judges of Nagpur bench during the month long summer vacation starting from May 5. In place of Justice Nitin Sambre who was named as vacation judge from May 5 to 11, the new notification issued has named Justice Z A Haq as vacation judge during this period. Justice Manish Pitale will be vacation judge from May 12 to 18. Justice Pushpa Ganediwala will be vacation judge ..

ED adjudicating authority confirms attachment of property of fraudster Borkar

  By Dheeraj Fartode: The case, as per the sources, is that Borkar had forged documents of over 120 farmers and applied for Kisan Credit Card (KCC) in the Gondegaon Branch of UCO Branch  Prashant Borkar, a private agent who had swindled Rs. 2.70 crore from Gondegaon branch of UCO, suffered a set back after the adjudicating authority under Prohibition of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) upheld order of Enforcement Directorate (ED) to attach his properties. Borkar had committed the ..

LS polls: Counting of votes to start at 8 am on 23rd

  Staff Reporter:  With the start of the month of May, all are eagerly waiting for May 23, the day when votes polled during Lok Sabha elections will be counted and results will be declared. The counting of votes for Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies of Lok Sabha will be held at Kalamna yard of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC). It will start at 8 am. Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector and Returning Officer for Nagpur constituency, reviewed the preparations for counting ..

Sitabuldi zone highest in traffic violations

 By Dheeraj Fartode: Traffic police have served massive 51,475 e-challans to motorists within three-and-a-half month  TRAFFIC Control Branch has recorded violations of traffic norms by 51,475 citizens in a period of three and half months. And among the eight traffic zones, highest violations of 9433 that is almost18.33 percent were reported from Sitabuldi Zone that comprises of middle portion of city. With 3,300 installed cameras, City Operation Centre (CoC) is helping police in ..

Rising CO2 levels may accelerate inadequate zinc intake: Research

By Kartik Lokhande: Maharashtra has experienced an above-average rate of inadequate zinc intake, which could be partly attributable to a significant shift away from a zinc-rich millet and sorghum diet, to one increasingly dominated by wheat and zinc-poor rice  CLIMATE change, rice, and health have a connection. A new study has found that rising Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels may accelerate inadequate zinc intake in India. For, rising CO2 levels cause many staple crops to become lower in ..

Trees jostle for space in wholesale market

  By Sagar Mohod: Amidst the bustling market where space is premium, every other person is on the lookout for a green shade so that for a moment or two one can relax and then carry out the day’s chores. Especially when scorching sun heats up the atmosphere in summer, the one thing that everyone remembers is trees. But in the ever busy wholesale market area of Gandhibagh and Itwari, one does find time is short with people to take care of the precious green cover. So when the summer ..

57,904 investors lose Rs 368 cr in financial frauds

  Staff Reporter; Nagpur is fast becoming a hub for floating fraudulent financial schemes and swindlers who dupe gullible investors and then simply vanish into thin air leaving thousands of people in a lurch. In a shocking revelation, the investigating machinery has confirmed that a whopping 57,904 investors have been duped by fraudsters to the tune of Rs 3,68,37,89,989 /- within 1,519 days (four year and two months) across the city. The police have managed to recover Rs 1,47,45,50,934/- ..

No impact of cyclone Fani over Vid

  Staff Reporter: The cyclone ‘Fani’ that is moving towards Tamil Nadu from Bay of Bengal will not affect the weather over Central India and Vidarbha because possible cyclones in summer mainly move forward towards Bangladesh and Myanmar, stated a senior meteorologist to The Hitavada on Monday. “Heatwave condition, continuing in Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh for many days, will likely to cross 46 degree Celsius mark in the first week of May. If the temperature crosses ..

V-C Dr Kane assertive about upgradation of RTMNU

  By Ajay Mardikar:  With important research being carried out in some of the departments of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), it cannot be compared with smaller universities, which have much lesser departments and colleges under it. While undergoing assessment through National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) the research, staff and other physical infrastructure earn or lose points. The teaching and non-teaching employees in this university has reduced ..

State Government likely to approve 10-year Biodiversity Plan in May

  By Ramesh Marulkar: The ten-year Maharashtra Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan submitted by Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board (MSBB) to the State Government in December last is under active consideration of the government and it is likely to give final sanction to it in May. The plan has been prepared by the board with the view of sustainable use of bio- resources and their protection and conservation in the future. Since all other allied departments like Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, ..

HC’s slamming has little effect on civic authorities

   Staff Reporter: How careless authorities can be about trees is evident from the fact that it did not respond quickly even to the order of High Court on the issue of choking of trees. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had submitted the affidavit with a promise to de-choke all the trees of city. But alas! After the passage of almost four months of submission of affidavit, no steps have been taken. As a result, the situation on preservation of tree front, has changed from bad ..

Missing transporter Bobby Sardar’s decomposed body found near Kondhali

  Staff Reporter:   City agog with talks of supari killing, police however prefer to wait and watch for autopsy report In a suspected case of murder, a city transporter's semi-decomposed body was found under the jurisdiction of Kondhali Police Station on Sunday. The body of Bhupendra Singh Manjit Singh Makan alias Bobby Sardar (46), a resident of Dixit Nagar, was found in a nullah at Kathalabodi village. Bobby was missing since last four days and his wife had reported the ..

Women stab woman to death suspecting extra-marital affair

  Staff Reporter: An extra-marital affair is suspected to have led to murder of a woman allegedly by two women in Kalamna area on Saturday night. Investigation revealed that Puja alias Pinki Paresh Bakhariya (35), a resident of Plot No 68, Kalamna, was allegedly having an affair with a chicken shop owner Bhojraj Boduje Sahare (34), a resident of Plot No 175, Chikhli, Kalamna. Bhojraj’s wife - Jyotsana (32) - learnt about the affair and determined to teach a lesson to Pinki with ..

Dhurve family swims to glory

  Sports Reporter: Enters Asian Book of Records by becoming first family of four from Asia to complete adventure sea swimming  FAMILY of international swimmer Sukhdeo Dhurve including wife Vaishali, son Sarthak and daughter Tanvi made Nagpur proud by entering into the Asian Book of Records when they successfully covered a distance of about 16 kilometres from Elephanta to Gateway of India on Sunday. The family members, in a relay, covered the distance in four hours and 31 minutes. ..

Nagpur man leads campaign at Silicon Valley to re-elect Modi

  Staff Reporter: As the election campaign is picking up in many parts of country, the Indian Diaspora is also actively participating in the ongoing campaign. The group extensively campaigned for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party and also reached out to their friends and relatives in motherland. Gaurav Patwardhan, High Tech Professional, Overseas Friends of BJP Co-Convener of Maharashtra State Outreach and OFBJP Northern California Convener of Membership, originally ..

Stay hungry for knowledge and power: Rakesh Ola

  Staff Reporter:  The first batch of Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation and The Hitavada Twinkle Club Personality Development Camp, concluded at Panchavati   “The demos staged by the campers, participating in the Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation and The Hitavada Twinkle Club Personality Development Camp, reflected on the importance of extra curricular activities and studies, needed for overall development of one’s personality. One should stay hungry ..

Rising CO2 levels may accelerate inadequate zinc intake: Research

 By Kartik Lokhande: Maharashtra has experienced an above-average rate of inadequate zinc intake, which could be partly attributable to a significant shift away from a zinc-rich millet and sorghum diet, to one increasingly dominated by wheat and zinc-poor rice  Climate change, rice, and health have a connection. A new study has found that rising Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels may accelerate inadequate zinc intake in India. For, rising CO2 levels cause many staple crops to become lower ..

Victims of ‘prime’ neglect

  Staff Reporter: It’s another morning. A group of trees zooms with fresh blowing breeze. Soon, it realises that not much has changed. With their bases stuck in cement slabs marking boundary of foootpath and road-shoulder shrunk due to tar road’s invasion on footpath, these trees shake their branches for a while. Soon, the leaves stop moving, as if the trees have resigned to the unfortunate fate that one of their own met -- of being reduced to only a stump. Yes. There is ..

They take Sanskar of Science

Dr Abhinav Deshpande delivering lecture on Robotic Surgery at NEERI auditorium and children seen attending it keenly.  By Vikas Vaidya: Come summer and various camps start getting momentum. The adventurous camp, personality development, handwriting are some of the subjects covered in the camps. But have you ever heard of a camp that imparts Sanskar of Science? If not then you must visit National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) where you will find children of Class ..

Technical glitch in AI server; 160 passengers get stuck at city airport

  Staff Reporter; As the Air India server suffered a breakdown all over the country, Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, too, experienced its heat on Saturday. Several flights were affected because of which over 160 air passengers got stranded at the airport. The flight that takes off for Delhi at 8.25 am was delayed by seven hours and took off at 3.20 pm.  This flight takes off from Raipur and reaches Nagpur at 8.10 am. But due to the technical snag in ..

Fire breaks out in Gorewada jungle, disturbs wild animals

  By Ramesh Marulkar; A ground fire broke out in Gorewada jungle from lakeside area (Corporation gate) and quickly spread in an area of around 30 hectares on Saturday evening, reducing precious trees and grassland to ashes. According to reliable sources, fire watchers noticed incident of fire inside jungle near Gorewada village at 5.15 pm. Upon getting information, Nandkishor Kale, Divisional Manger, Gorewada project, H V Madbhushi, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Pandurang Pakhale, ..

RPF team raids travel agent, seize 17 live train tickets

  Staff Reporter: Railway Protection Force (RPF) raided Balaji Airlink office in Jaripatka for illegally booking train tickets. The raiding party have seized illegally booked 17 tickets of Mail/Express trains and other material collectively worth Rs 70,000 from his possession.  Acting on a tip-off, the RPF team raided office of Balaji Airlink in Jaripatka area on Saturday and checked his computer systems and bill registers. The raiding party have seized 17 live tickets worth Rs ..

‘Practical examples can make Mathematics easy’

  By Vikas Vaidya:   Mathematics is a killer subject, that is what everybody says and is a general impression too. Some teachers of Mathematics feel that it involves logical thinking and only some students have ability to grasp. If a student finds Mathematics a difficult subject then should he or she drop it and opt other subject? Can it be the solution? Or are there some methods through which this so-called ‘killer’ subject can be taught? To know the answer to ..

Saoli Charkha Sangh -- Keeping Mahatma’s mission alive

  By Kartik Lokhande:  “It is my conviction that with every thread I draw, I am spinning the destiny of India. Without the spinning wheel, there is no salvation for this country of ours,” Mahatma Gandhi once said, when he was asked about the significance of spinning yarn on ‘Charkha’. He treated ‘Charkha’ or spinning wheel as a tool for reforms, and lending strength for self-reliance to villages of the country. Now, as the nation is gearing up to ..

Social work intervention, an effective way to support domestic violence victims

  By Ajay Mardikar: Domestic violence, especially in the Indian context, has by and large been a gender-specific crime inflicted by men on women. The unequal gender relation in the family, which is a sad reality in India even today, needs to be acknowledged while approaching the issue of domestic violence. The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Constitution of India in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Corresponding Duties and Directive Principles. In order to uphold and ..

De-choke trees by May 23 or face action, Bangar’s ultimatum to officials

By Vikas Vaidya Taking serious cognizance of choking of trees due to road concretisation work, Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Abhijit Bangar asked all the officials of all the zones to de-choke the trees in their areas by May 23 or face action. ‘The Hitavada’ has been consistently publishing the reports and photos about the trees being choked due to the road concretisaion work. The thoughtful action of Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar created a ..

WRD to request Govt for using dead storage in Totladoh dam

Considering the grim water situation, Water Resources Department (WRD) will make a request to the State Government to allow it touse dead storage in Totladoh reservoir of Pench irrigation project. Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, directed WRD officials to make the request. Dr Sanjeev Kumar chaired a meeting regarding water scarcity combat plan for Nagpur city, held at Divisional Commissionerate here on Friday. Ashwin Mudgal,  District Collector; AbhijitBangar, Municipal Commissioner; ..

‘Look within for seeking happiness’

 “One must look beyond our body, mind and intelligence to seek happiness. This vision can only be obtained through Vedas. Today, it is the need of the world, to revive knowledge of vedas” exhorted Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), after unveiling the model of the Sri Sri Gurukul Vedpathshala and Vedic Anusandhan Kendra, to be constructed at Dahegaon, Kalmeshwar Road, Nagpur at the Art of Living Ashram. Present on the dais were Trustee of Vedic ..

Gajbhiye demands repoll at 384 Umrer segments

Questioning silence of election machinery into the alleged theft of digital video recorder of Umrer assembly segment, the Congress candidate from Ramtek Lok Sabha seat, Kishor Gajbhiye said it is a fit case for repoll and demanded not to count votes of 384 booths of Umrer assembly segment. Gajbhiye questioned the delay in lodging FIR and wondered as to why administration was issuing contradictory statements over the issue. Gajbhiye along with Nana Patole while addressing a press conference at ..

Normal life hit as temperature soars to 45.20 C

The heat wave for the past two days has impacted life in Nagpur as city roads wore a deserted look throughout the day on Friday. Nagpur recorded the highest maximum temperature of this summer with 45.2 degree Celsius on Friday.A look at the public places like bus stand, railway station and even market places, is enough to reveal the impact of summer.The ongoing cement road construction and metro work is increasing the temperature on city roads and it was a tough job for rickshaw-pullers and roadside ..

Citizens, too, are a party to destruction of green cover

By Kartik Lokhande  A MURDER is a murder, irrespective of who has committed it. On one hand, the authorities concerned have been turning a blind eye towards proper maintenance of green cover of the city. On the other, citizens also have been working hard to become a party to destruction of green cover.One can see umpteen examples of the neglect and carelessness of Nagpurians, as far as trees are concerned. Shameless approach towards environment protection is on display along the roads, in ..

Trees are likely to die due to compaction: MSS’ report

  By Vikas Vaidya:  Due to widespread concretisation of city roads, percolation of rain water would be adversely affected, which is likely to impact groundwater reserves in a very big way leading to larger environmental hazard, the survey revealed  Compaction due to concretisation within the tree’s root zone is likely to adversely affect the tree. Trees are likely to die due to such compaction. However, in most places, no scientific effort is visible in order to provide ..

RTMNU’s Pub Admin dept fails to get students for self-govt courses'

  By Vikas Vaidya: Private body ‘All India Institute of Local Self-government’ attracting many students Govt stops increment Reliable sources in Government said that the two increments which were being given to those who were completing the courses, have been stopped. This has discouraged people from taking admissions to the course. This has also stopped this ideal process of capacity building. Some Municipal Councils passed resolutions and started giving this increment ..

University, Law College flout attendance norm

  Staff Reporter:  Permit 32 ineligible students with less than 60 per cent attendance to write LL B (fourth semester) exam: HC  Expressing deep anguish over decision by authorities of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law to ignore compulsory attendance norm while permitting ineligible students to appear for the university examination, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the university and college to allow one more student with 22.72 per cent attendance ..

Imambada cops arrest 5 in goon’s murder case

  Staff Reporter: IMAMBADA Police on Thursday arrested five persons in connection with the sensational murder of dreaded goon Badal Raju Gajbhiye. Identified as Nilesh Vinod Meshram (22), Sunny Bhaurao Bagde (23), Uddesh Shalikram Meshram (23), Adarsh alias Action Ashok Jorade (20) and Hrithik alias Kalya Vicky Khobragade (19), the accused are the residents of Rambag.  A resident of Rambag, Cement Road, behind Kamgar Bhavan, Badal Gajbhiye (28) was brutally done to death by the ..

Campers for ten days, now friends for life

  Staff Reporter: Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation and The Hitavada Twinkle Club Personality Development Camp has reached mid way in its ten-day tenure  Children need exposure. They need to be kept busy and there could not have been a better option than sending these brats to a military and adventure camp. The first batch of the Bhonsala Adventure and Sports Foundation and The Hitavada Twinkle Club Personality Development Camp has 236 Boys and 119 Girls, divided into ..

NDRF Academy to become functional from 2020: DG

S N Pradhan interacting with reporters while Manoj Kumar Yadav, DIG (Training) and Manish Ranjan, Commandant and Director, NDRF Academy also look on.   Staff Reporter:  Bhoomipujan will take place in June “The bhoomipujan of upcoming National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Academy will take place in the month of June and it starts working from next year,” disclosed S N Pradhan, Director General, NDRF here on Thursday. Pradhan was in the city on a visit of NDRF Academy in ..

City heading to bury ‘Second Greenest’ tag

  By Vijay Phanshikar: The city of Nagpur appears headed to a point when it will no longer be able to claim to be the country’s “Second Greenest City”, perhaps after Bengaluru. Its civic and political leaders seem perpetually engaged in the task of denuding the city of its wonderful green arboreal cover by engaging in a willful neglect of its trees that once offered wonderful, cool shade even at the peak of summers. They appear committed to making efforts to choke ..

NMC to start reclaiming Bhandewadi land but without waste from June

  By Vikas Vaidya:  People living around Bhandewadi will have a reason to smile as Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will start reclaiming its land sans solid waste, through bio-mining from June. Presently 10 lakh MT garbage at Bhandewadi is awaiting its disposal for the last over six years. Hanjer Bio-tech discontinued the work of garbage disposal since then it remained as it was. When the concept of dumping yard came, the volume of garbage was less and the capacity of disposing ..

Six months since bhoomipujan, NMC forgets about woes of residents in Ambazari area

 By Sagar Mohod:  In aftermath of heavy rains, rain water gushes into homes for which a nullah was to be laid across North Ambazari road but work has still not started leaving citizens confused  For residents of Ambazari area, it may be yet another year of slip between cup and the lip. After having suffered year after year during rainy season due to gushing of rain water in their homes, there was a ray of hope when work finally got sanctioned to resolve the problem. The proverbial ..

State police to use modern age Baseball-like cap

  By Dheeraj Fartode; State police personnel are all set to sport a changed look as a new baseball-esque cap was added in the uniform of Constable to Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) rank. Now, the vintage blue Fating Cap would be used only for the ceremonial parade by the policemen. Director General of Police (DGP) Subodh Jaiswal on Wednesday issued a circular to the all police units directing unit heads to make available new caps for the policemen.  The cap was introduced for the ..

NMC removes encroachments in Hasanbagh amid tension

    Staff Reporter:  Enforcement Squad of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, removed encroachments in Hasanbagh area. There was tension for a while as the shop-owners resisted the drive initially. But, Enforcement Squad squad went ahead with the drive amid police bandobast. NMC’s Enforcement Squad squad went to Hasanbagh area to remove encroachments, unauthorised shops, extensions, and tin-sheds. The squad started removing encroachments of shops on the ..

Despite threats, Revenue officials opt for solo missions

Increasing attacks on Revenue Department officials by sand-mafias is a cause of worry. In spite of facing threats to their lives, it’s a matter of investigation why Revenue Officials are preferring to undertake solo missions...

City’s first Waste to Energy project fails to take-off

  Staff Reporter: After passage of one year of ground-breaking ceremony of city’s first waste-to-energy plant, the project is yet to take-off. Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and Management (NSWPMPL), a company incorporated by EIL (Essel Group), was expected to develop the project with an investment of over Rs 219 crore with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The bhoomipujan was performed with much fanfare in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Ministers ..

43 accident-prone hot spots in city identified by Traffic police

  Staff Reporter:  Faulty road engineering major cause of mishaps in city as DCP Gajanan Rajmane calls upon organisation to foot in financially and socially to help streamline traffic movement at dark spots  Traffic Control Branch of Nagpur city police have identified 43 accident-prone hot spots where more than 25 accidents were reported during last year. Among them, Manewada Square on Ring Road has topped the list where 83 accidents had occurred during the year. The list ..

Sand-mafia attempts to kill officials of Revenue Department

  Staff Reporter: A group of sand-mafia on Tuesday attempted to kill three officials of Revenue Department including a Naib Tehsildar in Nandanvana area. According to police, Naib Tehsildar Sunil Salwe, Circle Officers H P Maliye (Sitabuldi) and Mukunda Madavi (Pardi) were conducting a special drive against illegal transportation of sand in Nandanvan area in the morning hours. The officials stopped two trucks (MH-40/AK-8056 and MH-36/F-4157) at Wathoda Ring Road and shot the video of ..

Ill habits of smoking, alcohol: Whither youngsters going?

  By Vikas Vaidya: Youngsters, be it a boy or a girl, has been rampantly found involved in the habit of smoking and drinking. There are some eating joints in the city which come up with various offers and youngsters are more in the list of beneficiaries, unfortunately. Of course, these so-called habitual youngsters do not pursue their habits only in these joints. Their area, too, has widened. One can notice them on roadside, in lanes of many parts of Civil Lines, Dhantoli, Tilak Nagar, ..

Questions raised over efforts to capture T1 tigress’ second cub

  By Ramesh Marulkar: Even as four months have passed by, the Forest Department has not met with any success in capturing the T1-C1 sub-adult cub moving in Pandharkwada Forest Division of Yavatmal district. It has raised a question mark on the operation as to whether forestmen really want to capture the beast moving in Loni and Sarati areas in Ralegaon tehsil or not. Officials and teams of Forest Department and Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) had captured orphaned ..

Young girl crushed to death while overtaking truck

   Staff Reporter: Overtaking a truck in a haste claimed life of a young girl in Wadi area on Tuesday morning. The girl was crushed to death by a truck. Puja Omprakash Tiwari, (26), a resident of Navneet Nagar, Krishnanand Society, Wadi, was heading towards Nagpur on her Activa moped (MH-40/BB-1330) at 10.15 am. She was going to Ajmera Tyres where she was working.  Puja was set to overtake a truck (MH-12/MV-4600) when she was passing through Wadi area. But when she was about ..

HC awards Rs 50,000 interim compensation to sexual abuse victims

 Legal Correspondent:  State CID to take over Rajura tribal girls’ sexual abuse case investigation  Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday awarded an interim compensation of Rs 50,000 each to six sexually abused minor scheduled tribe girls with Infant Jesus English Public School, Rajura. The compensation has been awarded as per the provision made for this purpose in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.   The amount will ..

Over 40 injured in head-on collision between bus-truck near Murtijapur

  Akola Correspondents:  The Shivshahi bus of MSRTC was on way to Nashik from Nagpur  Some of the injured passengers are from Nagpur  Over 40 persons were injured, some of them seriously, in a head-on collision between Shivshahi bus of MSRTC and a truck near Navsala diversion between Murtijapur and Amravati on NH-6 on Monday early morning. Injured persons were rushed to General Hospital Amravati for treatment. As per information, the Nagpur-Nashik Shivshahi bus (MH-29/BE-1511) ..

Elderly couple’s murder case: PCR of accused duo extended till 26th

  Staff Reporter: The COURT on Monday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of accused Mohammad Ikhlaq Mushtaq Khan and Aishwarya alias Priyanka Champati involved in elderly couple’s murder case till April 26. Aishwarya (24), adopted daughter of Shankar Atulchandra Champati (72) and Seema (64), and her boyfriend Mohammad Ikhlaq (23) had killed them with sharp-edged weapons at Plot No 1, Suraksha Nagar, Dattawadi on April 14. Shankar and Seema Champati were against the affair ..

MERC rejects MSEDCL’s plea to recover fuel adjustment charge from bulk consumers

  Staff Reporter; Mahavitaran suffered a set back after Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) rejected its petition to recover fuel adjustment charge from bulk power consumers in the month of consumption. The State run power distribution company had approached MERC saying the current formula of billing of FAC for consumption of n-2 month in n month is resulting in losses. Further it had asked for including of transmission charges in FAC to arrive at correct calculation ..

5,000 birds stuffed in cages rescued from Dnyaneshwari Exp

  Staff Reporter: A joint team of Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday rescued more than 2,000 birds at Nagpur Railway Station. The birds were being transported to Mumbai from Howrah though Dyaneshwari Express in inhumane manner. An alert train passenger - Shubrat Das - he was travelling in 12102 Howrah-LTT Dnyaneshwari Express, noticed the love birds, white rabbits stuffed in cages and transported in SLR coach of the train. He immediately shot ..

Lifestyle, late planning for pregnancy, low ovarian reserve cause infertility

  By Vikas Vaidya; Lifestyle, late marriages, late planning for pregnancy, low ovarian reserve, diabetes, hypertension, increasing habits of smoking and alcohol etc have given rise to infertility. Premarital sex and improper use of contraceptives are also reasons behind rising cases of infertility. This is not disease but it has several social, economical and medical impacts. Considering its seriousness, The Hitavada talked to some gynaecologists of Nagpur on the issue to know from ..

Emotionally neglected men develop health problems: Dr Deshpande

  By Ajay Mardikar:  Men, particularly above 50 years of age, are most neglected person and get a feeling of loneliness in the family. The problems faced in this age are related to heart, sex and depression. Most of them can be corrected through counselling by a qualified person. The experience of Dr Sanjay Deshpande, noted sexologist, who has also studied psychology, get such persons in vast majority. Even a touch everyday expressing love, by wife or children can help in getting ..

Trees by roadside gasping for breath

  By Vikas Vaidya: Who is suffering most because of the development works being taken up in Nagpur in a haphazard manner? The answer is ‘everybody’. Sufferings of human beings can be heard because they can raise voice. What about flora and fauna? If one takes a round of city, one would realise the manner in which civic authorities have neglected the existence of trees. The trees by the roadside are gasping for breath. Their shouts can not be heard by humans but the suffocation, ..

378 monuments in State have only 80 security guards!

  By Kartik Lokhande: In an era when many often question the need for protecting the monuments, the responsibility to protect these symbols of rich heritage and past glory rests with the Government. However, a shocking fact has come to fore that there are only 80 security guards protecting 378 monuments in Maharashtra. State Directorate of Archaeology and Museums looks after 378 monuments in Maharashtra. These include over 150 temples, 49 forts, 20 caves and others. However, only 100 ..

‘Show courage to crush separatists’

  Staff Reporter: Azadi movement is nothing but a violent attempt to impose Sharia on others, said Sushil Pandit  Scrap Article 370 and Article 35-A to restore normalcy in valley, the expert on J&K affairs added  “TIME has come for political establishment in the country to muster courage for resolving the Kashmir imbroglio. Currently, in the name of Azadi, an attempt is on to impose one set of values by usurping rights of others to freedom in valley,” ..

‘Govt should strengthen public hospitals’

 Dr Hozie Kapadia By Vikas Vaidya: Dr Hozie Kapadia is President of Maharashtra State branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA). He was in city to grace the installation of new body of IMA, Nagpur. He took out time from his busy schedule to share his views with ‘The Hitavada’ on how to make health care affordable in India. Excerpts: Which are the three things you planned while taking over as President of Maharashtra IMA? I planned many things but out of those the three ..

‘Submit validity certificate in 12 months or face disqualification’

  Staff Reporter: Upholding the validity of the rule making it mandatory for elected representatives to submit caste validity certificate within 12 months from the date of their election contested after September 27, 2018, the Bombay High Court has refused to dilute the rule on the ground of inordinate delay by caste scrutiny committees in issuing validity certificates. A division bench consisting of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Bharati Dangre while interpreting the amended Section ..

Taking technology to villagers is my priority: Dr Sudhir Meshram

  By Ajay Mardikar: Development cannot be achieved unless the benefits of modern technology reaches rural population. This is the major goal in mind, while working in Saikheda in Saunsar taluka of Chhindwada district of Madhya Pradesh. This was stated by Dr Sudhir Meshram, who recently joined G H Raisoni University at Saikheda. Dr Meshram, founder Head of Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre of RTM Nagpur University and former Vice-Chancellor of North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, is ..

Homoeopathy has gained its value yet its development is slow, says Bhagwat

  Staff Reporter: Homoeopathy is not an alternative therapy. It is one of the therapies of medical science. Medicine is the way to serve common people. All pathies are useful because each pathy has its own value and importance. Thus, Homoeopathy has its own value. It is a pathy affordable for all sections of society. It has gained its status yet its development is far away, said Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Dr Bhagwat was the chief guest at Dr ..

First Waste Management Park of country comes up in city

 (left)Entrance to Waste Management Park, inside which one cansee models explaining waste management in a simplified way.  (right)On visiting the Waste Management Park, one can also see things made out of scrap. By Vikas Vaidya: Civic authorities, various Non-Government Organisations and other people are endeavoring to make people aware about waste management. Often, they get limited success. But there are some who never give up. They strive hard selflessly to bring about ..