DCP Poddar shifted out in major reshuffle

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone-V, Harsh Poddar, faced the music for alleged mismanagement during the counting of votes of Lok Sabha election at the Kalamna Market Yard...

City to go without water supply on 17th, 19th, 21st

Finally, inadequate rains have forced civic authorities to stop water supply though for three days for this week...

Nagpur’s Dr Pramod Yeole is new Vice-Chancellor of BAMU

Dr Pramod Govindrao Yeole, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU). ..

Culprits of water crisis in Nagpur

“The city of Nagpore is endowed with many lakes that boast of clear water that quenches the people’s thirst and keeps the place green and cool all round the year...

Changes in Cong will change politics in Mah: Dr Nitin Raut

Dr Nitin Raut, former minister, visited the city on Sunday for the first time after his appointment as Working President of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)...

MPCB issues closure notices to 32 polluting industries

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued closure notices to 32 polluting industries in Nagpur Division, reveals response to a Right to Information (RTI) query by activist Abhay Kolarkar...

HC’s notice to DRT on city bank’s plea: Violation of regulations by PO alleged

Justice R K Deshpande and Justice Vinay Joshi at the High Court here have issued a notice to the respondent -- Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) -- for final disposal of the writ petition filed by Allahabad Bank on August 23 next...

Once upon a time there was a lake called Dobe Talao

If one goes through the narrow lanes from near Jagruteshwar Mandir in Jagnath Budhwari, one reaches in a lane in Tandapeth on the left of which there lies Naik Talao and on the right there is Lendi Talao...

HC admits college’s plea due to no response from RTMNU

As no one turned up on behalf of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) in response to the High Court’s notice for final disposal of the writ petition filed by Samarth Mahavidyalaya, Lakhani (Bhandara district) on June 27, 2019, after adjourning the motion-hearing of the case twice earlier, Justice R K Deshpande and Justice Vinay Joshi have admitted the petition for early final hearing. The petition is directed against the University’s decision to freeze the admission ..

Police raid Anil Dhawde’s satta den

Crime Branch team on Thursday night raided ex-corporator Anil Dhawde satta den. Acting on a tip off a team led by Inspector Umesh Besarkar moved in at Dhawde Mohalla and found Dhawde running a link of Kalyan satta by side of a road. A temporary shed was put up where Dhawde was personally present and his associates were accepting money from bettors. They were also placing bets on Prabhat satta. The cops have booked Dhawde, Shravan alias Golu Dayre, while they took into custody Akash Dayre, Rajesh ..

Mayor performs bhoomipujan for first electric bus charging station

“Nagpur is making all-round progress with the futuristic vision of Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, and able leadership of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister. ‘Tejaswini’ electric buses are being launched to ensure eco-friendly transport and empower women. The bhoomipujan of electric bus charging station, which is the first such station in Vidarbha region, is one more step towards making Nagpur a well-developed city,” said Nanda Jichkar, Mayor. Jichkar was speaking after ..

Maintain proper male-female ratio to increase tiger population: Dr Fuke

 Expressing concern over increasing deaths of tigers, Dr Parinay Fuke, Minister of State for Forest, wanted that the authorities should shift tigresses in protected areas where male-female proportion is less in order to increase number of tigers. The minister was addressing a meeting of forest officers held at Mantralaya on Thursday. He specifically asked the officers to make efforts for increasing population of tigers in Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve, where the number of tigresses is veryless.&..

Work with efficiency to provide uninterrupted power supply: Bawankule to MSEDCL workers

Power cut leads to a lot of problems. The consumers should not face power cut, therefore, MSEDCL workers should work with efficiency to provide continuous electric supply to consumers, said Maharashtra Energy Minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule. He also warned to take strict actions against non performers in the company. Bawankule was addressing the senior officials of MSEDCL through Video Conferencing from Mumbai head quarters. The meeting of senior officials held in city was attended by Chief ..

Three labourers killed as soil dump caves in

Three labourers were killed near Kamptee Colliery of Western Coalfileds Ltd (WCL) on Friday morning triggering unrest in the area for a while. As per reports, the incident occurred during illegal excavation was on at MIDC’s open area in Fukat Nagar of Kanhan town. As the labourers were engaged in work the soil dump caved in trapping the trio underneath the heap of soil. MIDC has acquired land adjoining the colliery but same is lying vacant since long. Since last few years some elements ..

Coal trading firm Swami Fuels under I-T scanner

 Business Bureau: Total 19 premises were covered in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Bilaspur  In a major exercise, the sleuths of Income-Tax (I-T) Department, Nagpur, conducted search and seizure operations in the premises of Nagpur-based Swami Fuels Private Limited. According to sources, the search was conducted at 19 places including Nagpur, Chandrapur and Bilaspur. The company is into trading of coal and transportation. In coal, it is involved in manufacture of coke oven products. This ..

BJP trying to reach further to all sections of society: Chouhan

 Staff Reporter: Ideally in today’s situation it was expected of Congress Party to undertake membership drive in a bid to reach out to masses. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in spite of winning massive mandate wants to further reach out to citizens and make them part of a progressive India, stated Shivraj Singh Chouhan, National Convenor, Member Drive. Congress Party is currently a sinking ship and the Captain instead of staying put has chosen to abandon and its ripple effects ..

The boys who checkmated blindness

 Soundarya Pradhan (R) makes a move as his father Rabi Ranjan Pradhan looks on during the all India Fide Rating Chess Tournament under way at Dr Hedgewar Smarak Samiti in Reshimbag on Thursday.  By Paritosh Pramanik:  Blind by birth, Prachuriya and Soundarya, shimmer in chess  IT IS said tragedy strikes only once devastating the surroundings. But, when the catastrophe pounds twice, it’s destiny’s call. Being at the receiving end of a tragedy twice, the Pradhans ..

NCP to ask for two more assembly seats each in city and rural

 By Vikas Vaidya:  Stalwart NCP leader in Vidarbha, Anil Deshmukh feels mere one seat each in urban and rural will not attract people to join party  City NCP issue, too, to be resolved soon  With every party gearing up for Maharashtra Assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), too, has started its preparations. In Nagpur, too, it is getting ready under the leadership of Anil Deshmukh. Now, it has decided to ask for two more Assembly seats in urban and two more in ..

Handloom business in deep crisis

By Kartik Lokhande: From 2,202 handlooms in operation at the end of 2008, the number has come down to only 578 by the end of 2018  Of 413 co-operative societies operational in 2008, 177 went in liquidation and registration of four was cancelled by the end of 2018  Vidarbha was once known for thriving handloom business providing employment opportunities to thousands of families. However, today, the handloom business in the region has landed in deep crisis. There are several reasons ..

Two persons killed, five injured in freak mishap on Jabalpur Highway

 Ramtek Correspondent: Two persons were killed and five injured in a freak mishap at Pawani village on Jabalpur highway on Wednesday night. Among the deceased is three-months-old baby. The mishap occurred after a car hit a wild boar resulting in the driver losing his control and the vehicle ramming into a stationary truck. The accident, according to police, occurred at around 10 pm.  The deceased and the injured hail from Kurai town in Seoni district. They were on way to Nagpur for ..

Ashadhi Ekadashi: When Lord Vishnu starts Yoga Nidra

 By Rajendra Diwe: Bhagwan Vishnu, the protector of the entire universe and supreme consciousness is all set to take ‘Yganidra’ from Ashadhi Ekadashi. In Veda, ‘Purush Sukta’ is the hymn that elaborated the transcendent totality of all creation as ‘Cosmic Person’, the universal consciousness animating all manifestation. This supreme consciousness is Lord Vishnu. The Rigveda glorified Lord Vishnu as ‘Na Te Vishno Jayamano Na Jaato Deva Mahimnah Paramantmap..

Nod to give land to JSR Dynamics in MIHAN SEZ for Defence Hub

 Staff Reporter: The Board of Directors of Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC), in its meeting held in Mumbai on Wednesday, approved a proposal for allotment of land to city-based startup JSR Dynamics in Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) for setting up a Defence Hub. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, chaired the meeting of the MADC Board of Directors. JSR Dynamics had sought land in MIHAN-SEZ. Accordingly, the proposal was ..

And the reign of filth continues...!

 By Vikas Vaidya: The brazenness on part of people as well as administration helping the ‘devils’ who want city to remain unclean. Civic authority everytime declares it has cleaned Nagpur but it actually fools people. Is it such a tall order for civic body, if citizens expect bare minimum level of cleanliness in city? Civic authorities, corporators are offending the pride of Nagpurians. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) can not get away from its responsibility by merely blaming ..

Rs 33.46 cr aid for drought-hit farmers in Nagpur district

 Staff Reporter: State Government, on Wednesday, released an aid of Rs 33.46 crore for drought-affected farmers in Nagpur district. Mainly, the aid is for growers of orange and other multi-year crops. Also, the Government released aid of Rs 390 crore for for eight districts in Aurangabad Division. Revenue and Forest Department had declared drought in 151 tehsils in Maharashtra in October 2018, owing to deficient and irregular rainfall. Thousands of farmers were affected due to drought and ..

Green & Clean Foundation plants 150 saplings of Banyan trees

Staff Reporter: Green and Clean Foundation and Harihar Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited recently planted about 7 ft high saplings of 150 Banyan trees, 50 Neem trees at Zari in Harihar Nagar. Arvind Badayani adopted the Banyan trees. Sandeep Mankar, founder of Green and Clean Foundation appealed each citizen to plant one tree in rainy season and take care of the same. About 200 saplings were planted in the premises.  Harihar Infrastructure Development Corporation’s Director, ..

This is Nagpur ... ... This, too, is Nagpur

  (left) Ajni Square                                                                                            (right)  University Library Square By Kartik Lokhande: Sometimes, contrast explains a situation better. In case of Nagpur city of ..

Pandharabodi lake: Authorities fooled Court too

 By Vikas Vaidya: Can one imagine, citizens used to do a lot of fishing in Pandharabodi lake? Now, more than 70% of the original lake area is encroached by the settlements. Pandharabodi lake lies exactly in between Futala lake and Ambazari lake. Original overflow is overtaken by the settlements hence even a small rise in the water level of the lake creates a problem for the neighbouring sports complex . The sports complex once was a part of the lake. The authorities ignoring even court orders ..

33% sowing due to inadequate rainfall in Nagpur Division

 Staff Reporter: The farmers in six districts of Nagpur Division are a worried lot. Due to delayed and below-average rainfall despite the start of second week of July, farmers have completed sowing operations only in 33 per cent of the Kharif area. This year, monsoon started in Nagpur Division towards the end of the month of June. Later, there were good downpours in some parts. Buoyed with this and hoping that the good spell of rainfall would continue, farmers took up sowing operations. ..

Residents thrash van driver for molesting 7-yr-old girl

 TENSION erupted at Indira Nagar in Imambada area after hundreds of residents thrashed a van driver for outraging the modesty of a seven-year-old school girl in his vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. The angry mob damaged his school van (MH-04/J-1128) but..

Crop loan distribution at only 32 per cent in Nagpur Division

 Staff Reporter: Farmers appear to be in for trouble due to delayed and inadequate rainfall. Not only has it resulted in sowing only in 33 per cent of Kharif area so far, but also has led to banks distributing only 32 per cent of the targeted amount of crop loans. As per the official data for the month of June, which is considered start of Kharif season, as against target of Rs 3,621.20 crore of crop loan, the nationalised, private, rural, and co-operative banks put together have distributed ..

GIPL owner, co executives dupe Nagpurians of crores of rupees in ponzi schemes

 Staff Reporter: SANJAY Bhati, the alleged owner of Garvit Innovators Promoters Limited (GIPL) and other company executives, who were recently arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police, have duped thousands of people from city of crores of rupees by floating ponzi scheme three years ago. So far, city police have received 45 complaints from persons who had invested more than Rs 1.05 crore in GIPL. Bhati and others are accused of cheating people under the garb of a ‘multi-level marketing scheme’ ..

One accused from MP held in Tumsar tiger poaching case

 Special Correspondent: The roots of sensational killing of three tigers, two leopards, 14 deer and wild boars occurred recently in Sitasawngi in Tumsar tehsil of Bhandara district seem to have spread to Madhya Pradesh. A team of forestmen, led by Nitesh Dhanvijay, Range Forest Officer, Nakadongri, arrested one more accused Shailesh Naktode (35), a resident of Kodbi village in Katangi tehsil of Balaghat district (MP).  Naktode had earlier contacted main accused in the case Maniram Gangboyar, ..

Shreenabh Agrawal to present research work at IIM Indore

 Staff Reporter: Class XI student Shreenabh is probably the youngest student to present research work at IIM, Indore    Shreenabh Agrawal, a student of Class XI, of Chanda Devi Saraf School and Junior College, has brought another laurel to the city by probably becoming the youngest student to be presenting his research work at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore. His research paper titled “Mahila e-Haat: A Gender based e-Commerce Initiative” has been ..

Monsoon to take a break in Vid after 15th

Staff Reporter: Nagpur, Chandrapur, Yavatmal, Akola, and Amravati may experience mild rains favourable for agricultural activities  After a good spell of rains for last couple of weeks, Vidarbha will experience lull in monsoon. According to Skymet Weather, monsoon will get week in Vidarbha as it has become in other parts of the country, after July 15. Currently, moist winds are blowing over Vidarbha and the region is likely to have cloudy sky conditions with light rain for next 48 hours. ..

PWD develops App to solve potholes problem

 Staff Reporter: EACH season, people across Maharashtra come across potholes that cause havoc specially during rainy season. However, despite numerous complaints the problem remains unsolved. To change this scene, new Minister of State Dr Parinay Fuke, who has Public Works Department as one of the three portfolios, has come up with an App that will ensure speedy resolution to the problem of potholes. The App will be soon launched where users can upload a photo of pothole in any part of the ..

Tigress, two cubs die after consuming poisoned calf

 Chandrapur Bureau: In a shocking incident, a tigress and its two cubs were found dead in Chimur Forest Range in Chandrapur district on Monday morning. The tigress and its cubs died after eating a dead calf (killed by some animal) that was poisoned by a local farmer. The farmer wanted to take revenge of the animal that had killed the calf. So he inserted poison into the dead calf. According to the information, some villagers of Metepar, who went near village canal to pluck some fruits, were shocked ..

RTMNU restructures MBA curriculum, makes it inclusive and participative

 Principal Correspondent: The new course includes contents based on acting techniques, creative body movements and voice culture, sports, Yoga and dance  Responding to the model curriculum proposed by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for Master of Business Administration (MBA) course, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has restructured the course. Board of Studies of Management Studies has made the course more inclusive, participative. AICTE ..

Election of 7 MPs from Vidarbha challenged

Staff Reporter: ELECTIONS of as many as seven newly-elected Members of Parliament from Vidarbha have been challenged before Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court by the defeated candidates. The election petitions were filed Monday which was last day ..

Sonegaon lake, a victim of systematic murderous plan

Once a glory of Nagpur with a scenic beauty, Sonegaon lake has reduced to half of its original size.  By Vikas Vaidya: Once a glory of Nagpur city, Sonegaon lake has reduced to half of its original size, thanks to the apathy shown by politicians of yesteryears and the then civic officials. The authorities allowed choking of catchment area of this once large lake by establishing a locality on it, jeopardising its survival. Situated in the South West side of the city, the lake is spread ..

‘Expedite ongoing developmental works being executed through DPC funds’

 Staff Reporter: Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Monday directed officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to expedite ongoing development works being executed through funds provided by District Planning Committee (DPC). He took stock of the ongoing projects and asked for key details as to time frame required for their completion.  The Minister asked for details about new schemes and plans, skill development plans, water supply project status, Dalit localities development ..

Sindhi community to hold national conference in city

 Staff Reporter:  Sindhi community appeals Fadnavis to inaugurate the conference  Sindhi community in city has decided to organise National Sindhi Conference in city. A delegation of representatives of Sindhi community met Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis at Ramgiri and appealed him to inaugurate the conference as a chief guest.  Dr Vinky Rughwani, Pratap Motwani and Vijay Kewalramani felicitated Chief Minister with shawl and bouquet. Vidarbha Sindhi Vikas Parishad ..

Binaki Mangalwari on verge of extinction

 By Vikas Vaidya:  Once a rich source of water, the water body has failed to identify itself as a lake thanks to callous civic authority and greedy citizens residing nearby  The unfortunate part of Binaki Mangalwari is, it could never occupy place in the list of lakes of Nagpur, thanks to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). NMC had prepared a Master Plan about rejuvenation of lakes of Nagpur city way back in 2008. Shockingly, Binaki Mangalwai was not a part of that plan. Why? The ..

CAG raps MHADA Nagpur Board over failure to hand over units to beneficiaries

 Staff Reporter: The Board had not even applied for the Occupancy Certificates in respect of 29 HIG bungalows at Waddhamana, CAG observed  Even as the State Government has been emphasising on faster and better delivery of service to the citizens, several agencies and authorities continue to work in their own ways. In a latest instance, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has rapped Nagpur Housing and Area Development Board under Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority ..

City NCP chief Ahirkar resigns?

 By Vikas Vaidya: Volunteers, youth and women leaders are not happy with the functioning of Anil Ahirkar  Amidst feeling of unhappiness among the workers of city unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), finally, Anil Ahirkar, President of NCP city unit, has resigned from his post, disclosed highly placed sources. Ahirkar, currently, is out of India and will be back on July 10. The source, a stalwart leader has also made it clear, the resignation has not been accepted yet. Like ..

Only 51% members’ nod must for redevelopment of co-op housing socy

  Staff Reporter: State Government revises guidelines for redevelopment of co-operative housing societies   In a bid to encourage redevelopment and to ensure common points in agreement with re-developers, State Government has revised the guidelines for redevelopment of co-operative housing societies. Accordingly, the requirement of consent of 70 per cent of the members of such a society has been scaled down to consent of only 51 per cent of members. As per the communique bearing ..

NMC starts reclaiming Bhandewadi land

 By Vikas Vaidya: Finally, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started reclaiming its land sans solid waste, through bio-mining. Now the two acre land near to Symbiosis University is being reclaimed by NMC. The work began in June and expected to take two more months, claimed NMC. When the work began there was 10 lakh MT garbage at Bhandewadi awaiting its disposal. Hanjer Bio-tech discontinued the work of garbage disposal since then it remained as it was.  When the concept of dumping ..

The Maldugi Tale

 Staff Reporter: Women in remote village of Gadchiroli district are toiling to build a sweet success story of entrepreneurship  Sweet is the nectar of life, it is said. The women from remote village Maldugi in Gadchiroli district are proving this right by becoming entrepreneurs and packaging honey. Their hard work is aided by Chief Minister’s Rural Development Fund (CMRDF), which is a part of Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (MVSTF). Maldugi is a village ..

Different organisations plant saplings under Govt’s 33 crore tree plantation drive

 Students planting saplings near Godhni Railway gate on Sunday. Staff Reporter: Various organisations held tree plantation programmes at different places in the city and at outskirts on Sunday, as part of the ambitious 33 crore tree plantation drive launched by the government. Social Forestry Deptt The Department held a plantation programme near Godhni Railway gate in which Gopalrao Thosar, senior environmentalist, was the chief guest. He planted a sapling to mark inauguration of the ..

Kawdas will soon become an ideal town: Fadnavis

 Amruta Fadnavis and other dedicating different public projects to the Kawdas village.    Staff Reporter: “Government of Maharashtra is taking a lot of efforts for the development of Kawdas town and soon this town would become an ideal town,” said Amruta Fadnavis. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has adopted Kawdas village.  Amruta Fadnavis was addressing during the bhoomipujan and public dedication of different projects in Kawdas town. MLA Sameer ..

Rathore reminds Mayor of his unfulfiled promises

 Staff Reporter:  RAIPUR Politics in Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) heated up as leader of opposition Suryakant Rathore launched a full salvo of allegations and accusations on Mayor for not fulfilling the scores of announcements which he made before the election. Rathore reminded Mayor of his promises which he hasn’t fulfilled since 2017-18.  The announcements like beautification of statues of great personalities, development of modern art centre, maze, and cycling track ..

No rainwater harvesting in NMC’s building

  Staff Reporter:  Meanwhile, PWD asks its subordinate officers to make provision for rain/roof water harvesting while preparing proposals for new buildings  The main building of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in Civil Lines area does not have rainwater harvesting facility! This was revealed by Pradeep Pohane, Chairman of Standing Committee. According to Pohane, NMC’s main building does not have rainwater harvesting facility. “After coming to know of this, ..

Confusion reigns supreme in city Congress over leadership issue

 By Vikas Vaidya: Resignation of Rahul Gandhi as President of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and subsequent resignations of senior leaders from top positions has created confusion among the party workers in State and city too. Many leaders still demand Rahul Gandhi to continue as the party chief while some are batting for their leaders at national and state levels. After resignation of Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Chavan, Dr Nitin Raut, Nana Patole and several others had put in their papers. ..

City’s two youths develop automatic parking resolver

 By Vikas Vaidya: Well aware of traffic hazards and also vehicle parking woes across city, these two youths, one studying Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in Government College of Engineering and other who has just cleared Class XII examination and joined Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), have come up with a definite solution. After facing the parking and other traffic-related problems, the duo conducted a serious study to come up with a needed solution.  This gave ..

Ten turtles seized, two smugglers held

 Staff Reporter: Two teams of forestmen and people for Animals arrested two persons, seized 10 Indian Tent Turtles from them at Agrasen Chowk, Central Avenue, and Activa vehicles from them on Friday night. On a tip-off about smuggling of turtles, forestmen and workers reached Agrasen Chowk, near Durgah, caught red-handed Rishikesh Pradeep Jadhav (20), a resident of Plot No: 2, Swami Vivekanand Nagar, near PSC, Kanhan in Parseoni tehsil, and Ashish Rajendra Khobragade (25), a resident of ..

NIA to take over Jambhulkheda landmine blast investigation

 Gadchiroli Correspondent:  NCP taluka chief arrested, gets PCR till 13th n Number of those arrested in the case reaches 8  IN A significant development, the Union Government has ordered Gadchiroli Police to hand-over the investigation of Jambhulkheda landmine blast that had claimed lives of 15 policemen and a driver, to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Confirming the report, Gadchiroli SP Shailesh Balkawade, said that his department had received the orders, but it would ..

LPG connections brighten up lives of tribal villagers

A tribal woman receiving LPG connection.    Staff Reporter: CMRDF’s timely intervention and monitoring helps remote tribal villagers from Gadchiroli district get 200 LPG connections  Everybody is aware of the many deadly consequences of cooking over open fires the data suggest that more than three billion people around the world cook their food and heat their homes with open or barely contained fires, and while the smoke dissipates quickly, its accumulated ..

Leaders call for expanding membership base of BJP

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister, enrolling himself as BJP member during the launch of membership drive in city on Saturday. Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister; Pravin Datke, BJP city chief; Nanda Jichkar, Mayor; Krishna Khopde, Prof Anil Sole, Ramdas Ambatkar, legislators and others also are seen on dais.     Staff Reporter: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched its membership drive across the country on Saturday. In city, various programmes were held to mark the launch. ..

Kusha’s paintings profusely express her magical mind

 Staff Reporter: Painter Kusha Jaiswal’s work on canvas profusely expresses her wavering mind, that throbs with creativity, getting drawn to colours and images that tend to convey a message. Kusha excels in acrylic on various bases. The very title of the exhibition of paintings, on display at the Jawaharlal Darda Art Gallery “Mera Mann” says it all. Her creations have also been given apt titles and the pictures places in four categories like Spiritual, Nature, Abstract ..

Amruta Fadnavis inaugurates community hall at Fetri village

 Amruta Fadnavis, Dr Vikas Mahatme, MP, Rajya Sabha, inaugurating the community hall constructed at Fetri village. Dr Vikas Mahatme, Sameer Meghe, Nisha Sawarkar and others also look on. (Right) Amruta Fadnavis with school kids of Fetri.  Staff Reporter: Fetri village on Katol Road that is adopted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis under Aamdar Adarsh Gram Yojana (AAGY), has now transformed as a ‘Adarsh Gram’. This adopted village is under constant monitoring of CM’s ..

Road Accidents, Disaster Mgmt and Research Centre inaugurated

 Staff Reporter   Inauguration of Road Accidents, Disaster Management and Research Centre.   ROAD Accidents, Disaster Management and Research Centre was inaugurated at Kaushalya Mangal Karyalaya, Kuhi Bus Stand. Noted Shiv Kathakar Sumant Tekade inaugurated the centre. Founder President of Life Security Project Raju Wagh; social worker Shrikant Aglawe; Deputy RTO Pandavkar; Kuhi Municipal Council President Chanda Wankhede; VicePresident Sarita Kamal; corporator ..

Melodious tributes paid to legendary Salil Chaudhari

 Staff Reporter ‘UBHARTE Sitare’ a forum ofVidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sammelan recently organised a musical programme to pay tributes to noted musician te Salil Chaudhari. Amateur singer Padma Bhivgade presented a song ‘Ghadi Ghadi Mera Dil Dhadke’ from Hindi film Madhumati composed by late Salil Chaudhari.  Padma Bhivgade rendering a song during the event.  The music of late Chaudhari has a beautiful composition of folk songs and classical songs. ..

State Govt officials stage demos against misbehaviour by public representatives

 Staff Reporter STATE Government officials including engineers of various departments staged demonstration against misbehaviour by public representatives that happened twice in last few days. Government officials came together to record their protest against such act and met with Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, State Minister Parinay Fuke and district collectorAshwin Mudgal and submitted a memorandum to them. Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane, who took law into his ..

Dispose citizens’ complaints with immediate effect: Guardian Minister to officials

Staff Reporter  NAGPUR District Guardian Minister, Chandrashekhar Bawankule has directed the officials to solve the problems of citizens in Nagpur district by disposing their complaints with immediate effects. Bawankule was addressing a review meeting organised to address various public grievances at Ravi Bhavan Hall, Civil Lines. Mayor Nanda Jichkar and officials of different Government departments were also present in the meeting. Discussions on 18 different issues were held. These ..

Sheer apathy of Forest Deptt puts future of 2 sub-adult tigers in jeopardy

By Ramesh Marulkar  FOREST Department is neither capturing T1-C1 sub-adult tiger in Ralegaon jungle nor releasing T1-C2 sub-adult tigress in Pench even after passing of over six months,therebyjeopardizingfate of both off-springs of menacing T1tigress. Boththecubswerearoundone yearoldwhentheirmothertigress was shot dead on the night of November 2, 2018 by Asghar Ali Khan,sonofsharpshooterNawab ShafathAliKhan,followingshootat-site order issued by the then Principal Chief Conservator ..

Ambazari lake, a victim of mismanagement, mess

 By Vikas Vaidya  ONCE Ambazari lake was the only source of drinking water for city. Subsequent civic bodies forced so-called infrastructural development on it and the water started getting polluted. Gradually it became no more source of drinking water as it was abused by the authorities. Ambazari lake can be termed as a victim of mismanagement, mess. Pradyumna Sahastrabhojani and Shyam Pandharipande found the place from where Nag River originated.  A panaromic view of ..

NIT’s merger with NMC to be done by fresh deadline of Aug 14

(NIT)                                                                                                                (NMC)   Staff Reporter: Previous two deadlines of December 31, 2017 and June 15, 2018 ..

Garbage-hit Gandhi Sagar struggling for survival

 By Vikas Vaidya: The lackadaisical attitude of civic authorities and people also is making historical Gandhi Sagar suffer. The Gandhi Sagar, also known as Shukravar Talao or Jumma Talab, is being ignored by everybody, civic authorities and citizens, for years together. Vendors around the lake and others, too, are trying to make this once beautiful lake, a dumping ground. Getting hit by garbage, this lake is struggling for survive. The lake is in the heart of the city and covers nearly 18 ..

CM approves NMRDA budget of Rs 1,529.84 cr

Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; and Yogesh Sagar, Minister of State, during the meeting of NMRDA held in Mumbai on Thursday.   Staff Reporter: Also gives nod to policy for online draw for housing under PMAY  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister and Chairman of Nagpur Metropolitan Region Development Authority (NMRDA), gave nod to the annual budget of NMRDA for the year 2019-20. The budget of Rs 1,529.84 crore ..

Creating a filthy future, heap by heap

Just outside IGMC Wall, Mominpura Road (July 4)   By Rahul Dixit: SWACHCH NAGPUR!!!!!  THE annual first round of ‘Spirit of Mumbai’ is over in the State capital. Rains pounded and hounded Mumbaikars, whose own contribution to the regular tribulation was much more than the civic authorities. Miles away, Nagpur seems to be treading the same path, piling up garbage all around the city with impunity. Filth, defiled corners, heaps of trash, and unbearable stench ..

Armenian Prime Minister takes brief stop-over at Nagpur airport

 Staff Reporter: Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and his wife Anna Hakobyan along with a high-level delegation of the Republic of Armenia took a brief stop-over at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here on Thursday while on their way to Hanoi (Vietnam). Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector of Nagpur; Dr Bhushankumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police; Shirish Pande, Deputy Collector, welcomed the Armenian Prime Minister and his wife with a bouquet. Mudgal ..

De-choking of trees along inner roads to begin in Sept

Despite NMC claims of having de-choked tree bases, this line of trees (that triggered tree campaign) in front of Institute of Science remains stuffed-in till date.      Principal Correspondent:  In response to the tree campaign run by ‘The Hitavada’, the civic authorities have claimed to have de-choked over 24,000 trees mostly on the roads with the width of 9 and 12 metres. It had promised to take up the same work on the inner roads too. Accordingly, ..

CAG raps Forest Deptt over laxity in management of tiger reserves

 Staff Reporter: Recommends various measures including speedy relocation of project-affected persons, unified control of tiger reserves, installing GPS in tourist vehicles to regulate tourism  In its latest report on Economic Sector, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pulled up Forest Department for ‘deficiencies’ in planning for conservation and protection of tigers, protection and conservation, allocation of resources, human resource management, support infrastructu..

Half of total intake of Diploma Engg, Arch remains vacant in State

 Principal Correspondent: Of total 1.20 lakh Diploma Engg seats in State, 65,900 get confirm  4,101 students respond against 9,374 Architecture seats  Maharashtra is witnessing poor response to technical courses as the number of students confirming their admissions to respective courses has reduced to a new low. As on July 2, for 1.20 lakh seats in Diploma Engineering courses in government and private polytechnic colleges across State, 65,900 students have confirmed the admissions. ..

HC directs ACB to file progress report in irrigation scam

 Staff Reporter: Admits PIL seeking probe into irrigation scam for final hearing  Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday admitted public interest litigations demanding probe into mind-boggling irrigation scam, for final hearing. The High Court while admitting the petitions also observed that it would keep a close watch on the ongoing probe conducted by special investigation teams of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against the scamsters including political big-wigs of erstwhile ..

Back pain problem growing among adolescent, youth

 By Ajay Mardikar: Lack of physical activities is major cause of the problem gripping young and techno savvy generation  Sunlight is the best source for Vitamin D while calcium pills are less effective, say experts  The growing incident of lower back pain among the adolescent and the youth has posed a major problem for the entire society. In most of the cases, the pain prevails for about one year, those who never bother to consult a medical practitioner, the condition may ..

‘Metro endangering Nagpurians as rain water seeps into power units’

 (left)Water seeping from the false ceiling at one the stations of Nagpur Metro.(right)Water seeping from the false ceiling at one the stations of Nagpur Metro. Staff Reporter: Maha Metro has put the lives of Nagpurians in danger due to their adamant stance in starting commercial operations even before completion of the project in city. Exposing the chinks in Nagpur Metro project, Prashant Pawar, President, Jai Jawan Jai Kisan, alleged that sub standard construction now stands exposed ..

Heavy rains throw life out of gear in city

 Swimming they say is all about good times, and perhaps rain god took pity on us Nagpurians and helped convert the vast open space of Reshimbagh ground into a big open free-to-use pool. Incessant rains during last two days that pounded the city led to accumulation of rain water in many areas. (Pic by Satish Raut)  Staff Reporter:  Balcony wall collapses in Ajni Rly Colony   Debris of the balcony that crashed at Ajni Railway Colony on Tuesday.  Parapet ..

NMC to utilise special aid from Govt for ‘committed expenses’

 Staff Reporter: Finance Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has proposed to utilise a substantial part of special aid of Rs 150 crore received from the State Government for ‘committed expenses’ instead of spending it on development of the city. The proposal will be discussed by Standing Committee of NMC in its meeting scheduled on June 5 (Friday). NMC had received the aid as second instalment of special assistance from the State Government on March 8, 2019, that ..

Government de-panels three hospitals; CMO suspends 4

 Principal Correspondent: A lot of problems in receipt of payments where hospitals have to pay from their own pockets  Though hospitals in Nagpur are performing well, some are violating the norms or failing to provide healthcare to people from poor strata by not implementing various health schemes. Taking serious cognizance of complaints from patients, Department of Public Health has depanelled three hospitals while Chief Minister Office (CMO), too, has blacklisted some hospitals. ..

People turn shrinking Sakkardara lake into garbage dump

 By Vikas Vaidya: Sakkardara lake is shrinking but people continue to dump waste into it. When one visits this waterbody one would find a lot of waste, idols at its bank lying since long as it is. Civic authorities along with the public representatives of this area should be held responsible for the condition of this historic lake. South Nagpur MLA Sudhakar Kohle, Leader of Opposition in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Tanaji Wanve, Chairperson of Nehru Nagar Zone Rita Mule, Deepraj Nilawar ..

Workers blame each other, leaders at ‘Sankalp Melawa’ of Congress

 Staff Reporter: The city unit of Congress party had organised a ‘Sankalp Melawa’ at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall here on Tuesday to discuss the party organisation and preparations for forthcoming State Legislative Assembly elections. However, the workers blamed each other and some of the leaders for the party’s defeat in recently held Lok Sabha elections. Vilas Muttemwar, former Member of Parliament, presided over the meeting while Nana Patole, Congress candidate who faced ..

Nitin Raut resigns as President of Congress SC Cell

 Staff Reporter: Dr Nitin Raut has resigned from the post of President of Scheduled Caste Cell of Congress. He has sent his resignation to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Recently Nana Patole, who bit dust in Nagpur Lok Sabha election resigned as President of Kisan Cell of Congress.  Dr Nitin Raut in a letter sent to Rahul Gandhi has said that though every volunteer workd to his or her best something lacked because of which Congress was defeated. After the resignation of Rahul Gandhi, ..

G-Com to support NMC for promoting internship, mentorship of young innovators

 Staff Reporter:  Impressed by initiative of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in promoting innovation, Governing Body of Global Covenant of Mayors (G-Com) expressed readiness to support former for promoting internship and mentorship of young innovators. Mayor Nanda Jichkar who was in Paris to attend the meeting of Board of Directors of G-Com during last week said the Mayor Innovation Award concept was highly appreciated at Paris meet. Further the Board said if civic body wants to tap into ..

Will NMC be able to rejuvenate Naik Talao?

  By Vikas Vaidya:  When one reads the book ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hai Talab’ by Anupam Mishra, one realises the importance of lakes. The book should be given to every policy-maker to read. It is the lakes that kept life in Rajasthan. Had the state not maintained the lakes, it would have got declared drought State. Nagpur is facing the extinction of waterbodies, fortunately civic authorities are trying to rejuvenate them. How far they would succeed at this state is to be seen. Naik ..

Following HC rap, Rural Devpt Deptt asks ZPs to handle lawsuits swiftly

 By Kartik Lokhande : Rural Development Department of Maharashtra Government has asked Zilla Parishads (ZPs) in the State to handle lawsuits ‘swiftly’ by following the schedules for submission of affidavits and documents before the court. The department has issued a circular in this regard after the High Court recently pulled it up over delay in submission of affidavits and asked it to direct subordinate offices to ensure that deadlines were kept. Aseem Gupta, Principal Secretary ..

Even after getting 11 PG degrees, 68-year-old Ade still wants more

 Madhusudan Ade  By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Having three Post Graduation degrees is a lifetime achievement for many, but this 68-year-old man of Nagpur who holds 11 PG degrees, is now planning to achieve more in academics. Meet Madhusudan Charandas Ade, an Indian Information Service (IIS) cadre of 1983 batch and a former Incharge (News Section), Aakashwani Nagpur, who recently received his 11th PG degree in ‘Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Thought’ from RTM Nagpur University ..

NIT gets nod to hand over 37 playgrounds to civic body

 Staff Reporter: Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has received nod from Board of Trustees to hand over 37 playground in layouts developed by it under Gunthewari Act to the civic body. The meeting of Trustees was held on Monday wherein four other decisions including one about ending NIT’s role in development of Smart City project at Bharatwada-Punapur area of city. Sheetal Teli-Ulhe, Chairperson, NIT, presided over, while Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar, Chairman, Standing Committee, ..

H‘Reutilise water at household-level to conserve it’

 By Sagar Mohod: As every drop of water is precious, awareness about using clean water judiciously is rising among citizens and stress is now on conserving it. While rain water harvesting idea is fast catching up among citizens, there are other aspects related to conserving water and recycling is one among them and still to gain popularity in the society. On wider scale, respective corporations do have invested heavily in treating waste water but at household level also water can be easily ..

‘Mah will soon be known as Harit Rajya’

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis watering a sapling after launching the mega tree plantation drive at Anandwan as Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and others look on.    Chandrapur Bureau: Mega tree plantation drive launched at Anandwan n Forest Department will now adopt ‘Miyawaki’ system to create dense forests in the metropolis  “The Government had taken decision to make State Harit Rajya (Green Maharashtra) with the initiative of Forest Minister ..

Bawankule inaugurates plantation drive in city

 Special Correspondent: Nagpur city joined the State in the massive 33 crore tree plantation drive on Monday. The drive in the city was launched at the hands of Chandrashekhar Bawankule, In-charge Minister for Nagpur district at Water Treatment Plant, Mihan, Wardha Road, in presence of Nanda Jichkar, the Mayor. Forest Department and Maharashtra Airport Development Company jointly organised the programme. Bawankule planted a seedling and performed pujan to mark inauguration of the ambitious ..

No dearth of role models in city, says Chief Minister

 Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis presenting Nag Bhushan Award for year 2017 to Air Marshal (Retd.) Shirish Deo, PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM, ADC. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, former MP Ajay Sancheti, Prof Vijay Barse and office-bearers of the foundation look on. (Right) Prof (Retd.) Vijay Barse is all smiles on receiving Nag Bhushan Award for year 2018.  Staff Reporter: Lauds Nag Bhushan Foundation for acknowledging notable contributions of Air Marshal (Retd.) Shirish Deo and Prof (Retd.) Vijay ..

Bangar assures to remove encroachment around Futala lake

 By Vikas Vaidya: Futala is the third largest water body within the city limits and is located in the western part of the city. The lake is spread in an area of around 40 hectares and its proximity to Seminary Hills adds to its beauty. The lake water is no longer potable and it serves only a recreational value. Preservation of lake can help in keeping several water resources alive.  Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken this lake along with Naik Talao as part of its rejuvenation ..

12-yr-old girl ends life after watching videos of suicide on YouTube

 Deceased Shikha Rathod Staff Reporter: A twelve-year-old girl hanged herself allegedly after watching videos of suicide on YouTube in Hansapuri under jurisdiction of Tehsil Police Station on Saturday. Shikha Vinod Rathod, a resident of Hansapuri, had seen some suicide-related videos on her father’s mobile phone in the morning. She also showed the video clips to her mother, who never thought that those might lead to suicide by the girl. The shocking incident occurred at 4 pm when ..

Increasing number of taxpayers in city taking to digital payment mode

 Staff Reporter: Fifth anniversary of Digital India launch today  On Monday, the nation will celebrate fifth anniversary of launch of Digital India initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since the launch of the initiative on July 1, 2015, the city of Nagpur -- especially Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has also been gearing up to set the systems in place. As the official data reveals, these efforts have borne fruits and the number of people making payment of property tax ..

Heads of Edn committees unaware of schools without playground

This school run by NMC at Nandanvan has no well-maintained ground.    By Vikas Vaidya: ZP Education Committee Chairman Ukesh Chavan vows to create grounds for ZP-run schools  Though the Right to Education (RTE) Act made it mandatory for the schools to have playgrounds, there are 288 schools in Nagpur area, most of them run by civic authorities, which do not have playgrounds. Shockingly, both the Chairpersons of Education Committees of Nagpur Municipal Corporation ..

First do no harm...

 By Dr Swapna Khanzode:   In today’s scenario, where progress is the new happiness everywhere, aggress seems to be the new harness. Of late, the angst against doctors has risen to a different level and we are witnessing it more than often. We as doctors, are given the Hippocratic oath at the very beginning of our career, where one of the important vows says, Primum non nocere...meaning above all else, first do no harm. We strive and try to give best possible treatment in ..

‘PM’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ will give boost to water conservation’

 Staff Reporter: Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, spent Sunday morning at Ramgiri here watching the telecast of the episode Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. After that, he said that the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ would provide a boost to water conservation. It was the first episode of the programme after Modi took over as Prime Minister for the second consecutive term. In the programme, Prime Minister spoke on water conservation and also referred ..

33 crore tree plantation programme begins today

 Special Correspondent: Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister, to inaugurate main function at Anandvan, Warora in the morning   The ambitious 33 crore tree plantation programme will begin in Maharashtra from July 1 with Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister, inaugurating the main function at Anandvan, Warora tehsil in Chandrapur district at 9.30 am. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, who took initiative in plantation of a total of 50 crore in the State two years ago, will ..

CM asks officials to expedite distribution of ownership rights to slum-dwellers

 Staff Reporter: Government mulling over a policy regarding slums on private lands, says Fadnavis  Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, called a review meeting at Ramgiri here on Sunday and asked the officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Revenue Department, and Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) to expedite the task of distribution of ownership titles to eligible slum-dwellers. Fadnavis took stock of the progress of of distribution of ownership rights to eligible slum-dwellers. ..

Farm loans of Rs 775.80 cr distributed to farmers in distt

Staff Reporter: 70,156 farmers in Nagpur district get loan waiver of Rs 434.52 crore  As against the farm loan distribution target of Rs 979 crore, so far, loans of Rs 775.80 crore have been disbursed to 24,953 farmers in Nagpur district. “The banks should meet the target by organising loan camps in villages,” said Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector, while addressing the officials in a meeting called to review farm loan disbursement.  D K Singh, Assistant Manager of ..