Engaged in unmasking the untruth

Historian he is -- by standard definition. Historian he is not -- by classic definition. Truth guides him, goads him to delve deep into facts of history -- beyond bias, beyond ideology. That his narrative assumes a strong and sharp nationalistic tone and tenor, is the outcome of his lifetime of dedicated effort to present truth -- and in the process unmask the untruth being dished out by politically-motivated lobbies. His effort, thus, has catapulted him to a leader-position among nationalist voices ..

Uncertainty over engg admissions: Anxiety grips students, parents

Even after the passage of 15 days of October, the admission process for engineering has not begun. The wait for starting of admission process is making students and parents anxious. Every year, the new session used to start in June. But in past some years the schedule has changed completely. The academic year now resumes in the month of August. University’s Academic calender is designed like that. But, since COVID-19 pandemic the academic year has moved further. Since last year, the academic year ..

For the 1st time, Futala is clean after immersion of Durga idols

Futala Lake, the most iconic water body of Nagpur, has first time in the history is clean after immersion of Goddess Durga idols on Sunday. To reduce pollution of water bodies of the city during Visarjan, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had imposed strict ban on idol immersion in city lakes. The civic body made adequate arrangements for Goddess Durga idols immersion at Futala, Sonegaon and Gandhisagar lakes this year. The efforts made by the civic body to maintain waters of Futala and Sonegaon ..

‘69% of road mishaps due to violation of speed limit’

“Violation of speed limit is the main reason behind most road mishaps. As many as 69 per cent of road accidents happen because of this. Hence, Police Department and Transport Department need to implement the rules in this regard strictly and create deterrence against violation. This will help reduce road accidents and save lives,” said Justice (retd) Abhay Sapre, Road Safety Committee constituted by the Supreme Court. Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre was speaking at a meeting of the committee, at Hotel ..

ACB Nagpur starts open probe into 35 projects of Jalyukta Shivar scheme

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Nagpur has started an open inquiry into 35 projects of Jalyukta Shivar scheme after receiving orders from the State Government. The projects are spread across Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts, said an ACB official. The State Government had ordered an open inquiry by the Anti-Corruption Bureau into former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s flagship Jalyukta Shivar scheme after a committee appointed by the State Government had proposed an open inquiry ..

Of Dussehra -- and the missing honey!

The change is clearly visible -- in the manner of Dussehra celebrations in the city over the past 50 years. A part of the change is welcome, of course. But another part of it may not please some who still bear in their hearts the memory of the apolitical Dussehra that the city of Nagpur used to celebrate then. Dussehra was certainly a fully social event then, though stemming from a religious story and history. Today, the name is the same -- Dussehra -- but the game is different. Some social touch ..

1.73 lakh devotees visited Deekshabhoomi on Dhammachakra Pravartan Din: CP

A total of 1.73 lakh devotees took darshan at Deekshabhoomi on Dhammachakra Pravartan Din, strictly adhering to Covid-19 guidelines. The head count was based on the digital cameras equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) installed in the historic premises, said Commissioner of Police (CP) Amitesh Kumar. The CP said that the cameras were installed at the entry and exit points of the Stupa (sanctum sanctorum) at Deekshabhoomi for Dhammachakra Pravartan Din bandobast. This was the first time in the ..

Raiwat Bapat is probable topper from Vidarbha in JEE Advanced

Raiwat Bapat is probably the topper in Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) Advanced from Vidarbha. Similarly, Ifrah Khan is topper from Vidarbha among girls while Chinmay Bhusari secured top slot among the candidates from OBC category from Vidarbha. Raiwat Bapat topped Vidarbha in JEE-Advanced scoring 252 marks out of 360 with All India Rank (AIR) 325...

MPCC issues show cause notice to Ashish Deshmukh

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), on Saturday, issued a notice to its office-bearer Dr Ashish Ranjit Deshmukh asking why he should not be suspended from Congress party. The notice has been issued following allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him. Interestingly, the letter signed by Devanand Pawar, General Secretary, MPCC, is addressed to Dr Ashish Deshmukh, General Secretary of MPCC. Citing the directives of Nana Patole, MPCC President, Pawar has asked Dr Deshmukh to ..

We would not let Maharashtra become West Bengal: Fadnavis

Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for drawing parallels between Maharashtra and West Bengal, former Chief Minister and now Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadanvis has termed the Dussehra speech of the former as a “frustrated outburst”. He was speaking to mediapersons at his city residence on Saturday. Fadnavis said, “It is a wrong claim by Thackeray that Mahavikas Aaghadi (MVA) Government was the rightful choice as people had the mandate for a BJP-Shiv Sena Government and rejected ..

State lost 2.63 lakh Teak, othertrees to illicit felling: RTI reply

MAHARASHTRA lost as many as 2,63,322 Teak and other trees to illicit felling between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021. Of these, 1,09,911 trees were of Teak only, reveals reply of Forest Department to an application filed by city-based activist Abhay Kolarkar under Right to Information (RTI) Act. Kolarkar had sought information regarding illicit tree-felling and loss caused due to it in rupees. He had sought the information for the aforesaid period. Accordingly, Public Information Officer and Desk ..

‘Let us invoke Rama in us to kill Ravana’

Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami is the tenth day of the Navratri festival. It calls an end to the festival and is often considered symbolic of victory of the good over evil. It is also evident of a new beginning. It marks the day on which Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana. This day is also symbolic of the end of Mahishasur, the king of demons who was killed by Goddess Durga on this day. Rituals on Vijaya Dashami: n Ayudha Puja is very important in South India mainly in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra ..

‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ of RSS today

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has organised its ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ on October 15 at 7.30 am. However, this year, no guest has been invited. The main programme will be held in Smruti Mandir premises in Reshimbagh, abiding by COVID-19 guidelines. Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of RSS, will deliver his address. It will be streamed live on YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter handle of ‘rssorg’. ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ will be held at 40 different locations in 12 ‘Bhaag’ of the city, and ..

CBI books lady RPF officer from Warora for demanding bribe

CITY-BASED Anti-Corruption Unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday booked Gopika Mankar, Woman Sub-Inspector, Railway Protection Force (RPF), Warora, for allegedly demanding Rs 60,000 from the proprietor of a firm to settle a criminal case registered against him. According to CBI sources, a case under Section 143 of the Railway Act was registered against Khomeshwar Vinayak Farakade, proprietor of M/s Cyber Space, Shiv Nagar, Bhadrawati, District Chandrapur, by the RPF, Warora station. ..

Follow COVID-19 protocols: Dr Raut appeals to people

“Though the grand event of Dhammachakra Pravartan Din at Deekshabhoomi is not being held this year due to COVID-19 situation, those who have taken both doses of vaccine are being allowed to visit. People are welcome to Deekshabhoomi. They should follow COVID-19 protocols in own interest and help the administration in maintaining discipline,” said Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district. Dr Raut was speaking to mediapersons after visiting Deekshabhoomi on Thursday, and paying tributes to Dr ..

City’s Divya becomes India’s latest WGM

SHE had to wait for this day for more than a year. The coronavirus pandemic halted her smooth surge towards achieving the coveted Women’s Grandmaster (WGM) title. Though she kept herself “in the game” by participating in a few online chess meets, she sorely missed her favourite Over The Board competitions. The day finally arrived on Wednesday and city’s talented chess player Divya Deshmukh achieved her final norm to be crowned as India’s latest Woman Grandmaster. Playing her first OTB competition ..

Finally, colleges in State to re-open from October 20

Regular classes in all colleges affiliated to non-agricultural universities, reputed universities, self-financed universities will begin from October 20, 2021. It is a big respite not only to colleges but also to students as most students were fed up of taking on-line classes. Uday Samant, Higher and Technical Education Minister, announced on Wednesday that those who had taken both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, could attend the university and college in person. Co-ordinating with the local administration, ..

VLF to launch book ‘Ramrao...’ on Oct 23

Vidarbha Literary Festival (VLF) is all set to launch the book ‘Ramrao -- The Story of India’s Farm Crisis’ written by senior journalist and writer Jaideep Hardikar on October 23 (Saturday) at 5 pm at Mimosa Hall in Chitnavis Center, Civil Lines. Hardikar will be in conversation with Tanvir Mirza about his book ‘Ramrao...’ published by Harper Collins. Hardikar is a Nagpur-based senior journalist, writer, researcher, and a core member of People’s Archive of Rural India. He has worked with ‘The Hitavada’, ..

In a first, rake of raw cloth consignment dispatched to Bangladesh from H’ghat

Joint efforts by officials of Central Railway’s Nagpur Division and textile magnets brought Hinganghat on the international map. In a historical development, the first rake of raw cloth consignment was dispatched all the way to Bangladesh, the current hub of finished cloth manufacturing, through Parcel Vans from Hinganghat station on Wednesday. Textile giants from the town, Pee Vee Textiles and Gimatex Industries Limited, both based at Hinganghat, and Yavatmal based Roma Denims Private Limited joined ..

No Dussehra celebration at KP this year

Sanatan Dharm Yuvak Sabha, Nagpur has been organising ‘Ravan Dahan’ programme on the occasion of Dussehra festival every year at Kasturchand Park (KP) ground for more than 70 years. This year the programme will not be held in a grand manner due to COVID-29 pandemic. The age-old tradition, which is a symbol of the victory of good over evil, is witnessed by almost 1.5 lakh people from Nagpur city and nearby places. The programme is famous for its glory and splendid crackers show alongwith the presentation ..

71-yr-old man duped of Rs 1.96 lakh

An on-line fraudster duped a 71-year-old man to the tune of Rs 1.96 lakh on pretext of updating Know Your Customer (KYC) information, Ajni police officials said. According to police, Anand Ramdas Palekar (71), a resident of Plot No. 31, Shree Nagar, Empress Mill Colony, received a phone call from the fraudster on Sunday at 11 am. Impersonating as a bank official, caller asked for bank account details of Anand and his wife to update KYC information. Without suspecting the motive of the caller, the ..

Cinema halls, auditoriums to re-open from Oct 22

Last remaining sector of economy, cinema theatres and cultural auditorium, too have got the nod to resume their operations from October 22 onwards. Following in the footsteps of State Government, District Collector R Vimala on Tuesday notified the guidelines for reopening of cinema theatres and restarting of cultural programmes in phased manner. Similarly, Collector also notified the norms for permitting auditorium to host plays. For all the three categories the norms are similar and states that the ..

AI equipped cameras to count followers coming to Deekshabhoomi: CP Kumar

Digital cameras equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been installed at the entry and exit points of Stupa (sanctum sanctorum) at Deekshabhoomi for Dhammachakra Pravartan Din, as part of Bandobast, that will count the followers visiting the Stupa, said Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar. This is the first time in the history of Nagpur police that the AI equipped cameras would be used for monitoring of bandobast. Interacting with newspersons, CP Kumar said that the cameras were procured ..

State CET Cell releases MHT CET answer keys

The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell has released the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) answer keys. The Cell administers the MHT CET 2021 for admission to several undergraduate institutes across the state. The State CET Cell has allowed the aspirants to raise objections against the provisional MHT CET answer key till Wednesday. The MHT CET 2021 for the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) and Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) groups were held between September 20 ..

Mah facing 4,000 MW power shortage, Coal India blamed for supply crunch

Ruling out any load-shedding in State, Maharashtra's Energy Minister Dr Nitin Raut said the State is facing the shortfall of 3500 to 4000 MW power. Blaming Coal India for its alleged mismanagement and lack of planning, Dr Raut said same has led to shortage of coal to thermal power houses. Of the 27 units only four are shut as MahaGenco is smartly tackling the grave situation. Coal India, a Maharatna PSU and the largest producer of the fossil fuel, has failed to ensure timely supply of coal for ..

Children’s vaccination to begin in next 3 weeks

With Subject Expert Committee (SEC) giving approval to kids’ vaccination, the only formality now remains permission from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The receipt of permission from DCGI could take at least three weeks. Only after that, the vaccination for kids could start. Clinical trial of Covaxin, the vaccine, were conducted in Nagpur also. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the Biological Division of Directorate General of Health Sciences, had earlier given approval ..

22nd AGM of Wardhaman Urban Bank held

The 22nd annual general body meeting of the Wardhaman Urban Co-operative Bank Ltd was recently held on vertual platform. Chairman of the bank Anil Parakh presided over the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Parakh said that the bank has started ATM debit card and e-commerce facility to provide quality services to its customers. Vice Chairman Naresh Patni said the bank has won prize for maintaining low NPA rate. Patni proposed the vote of thanks while directors including Prafulchandra Doshi, Rajendra ..

MahaGenco contradicts MSEDCL; says daily coal supply improving in State

Just a day after Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) set off a storm by indicating possibility of load-shedding, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco) has now rushed to cool off the heat saying coal supply is improving and it is ready to tackle scarcity. In a release, State-run MahaGenco said, “Now that supply of coal has normalised, we are taking steps to bring 500 MW unit at Bhusawal on-line.” The contradictory stance of two State-run power companies ..

City rejects MVA Government’s bandh call

The Maharashtra Bandh called by Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government got no takers in Nagpur city on Monday. The Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena coalition called the bandh in solidarity with farmers who were killed after a convoy of three SUVs, including one owned by the Union Minister’s son, rammed into them at Lakhimpur Kheri in UP. The police have registered six cases at Sitabuldi, Tehsil, Rana Pratap Nagar, Pardi and Old Kamptee police stations against the workers of the three parties for violation ..

State Assembly sans Speaker for last 7 months

The record of running State Assembly without Speaker is probably in the name of Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh State Assembly had remained without Speaker for 374 days almost over a year. But in Maharashtra, it is probably for the first time that the State Assembly is waiting for its new Speaker for more than seven months. Nana Patole had resigned from the post of Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly in February this year. Since then, the post is lying vacant. It was expected that the post would be ..

CR captures fabric traffic for B’desh, maiden parcel rake from Hinganghat

Hard work put in by the Business Development Unit (BDU) of Central Railway’s Nagpur Division has again yielded success as it has captured another new traffic meant for Bangladesh. The export consignment of raw material from Hinganghat finally came on stream and is ready to be transported on Wednesday. Confirming the development to ‘The Hitavada’, Krishnath Patil, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager (Sr DCM) said, “Due to outbreak of pandemic, the maiden parcel rake was delayed. Now, we are ready ..

CBI at Anil Deshmukh’s residence again

AFTER conducting search and seizure operations twice at the residential premises of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) again searched his bungalow at GPO Square in Civil Lines here on Monday. The bureau also simultaneously searched his Mumbai residence. Sources informed that searches by CBI on Monday were in connection with the ongoing investigation into leak of its purported preliminary enquiry (PE) report in the case against Deshmukh...

MSEDCL hints at load-shedding, pitches for less consumption

Hinting at inevitable, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) said load-shedding may be needed as the rising in demand is inverse to the power generation at present. The deficit is growing as consumption is rising fast and gap is now nearly 3,000 MW. MSEDCL has asked citizens to scale down consumption during the peak morning and evening hours. Blaming it on low supply of coal, MSEDCL said nearly 13 units are shut down due to scarcity and added that it is keeping alternative ..

GDCH to have Centre of Superspeciality Dentistry

Rehabilitation of Mucormycosis survivors is a major challenge. It is an expensive procedure and often unaffordable for patients. So, the Divisional Administration has decided to raise funds and help the needy in Vidarbha. Divisional Commissioner Prajakta Lavangare - Verma has assured monetary assistance to the institution for such surgeries. As such Dr Abhay Datarkar, Dean, Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH), informed ‘The Hitavada’ regarding submission of a proposal which includes offering ..

Man murders neighbour in Hudkeshwar

A man murdered his neighbour with an axe at New Nehru Nagar in Hudkeshwar police station area on late Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Devdarshan alias Balu Meshram (45), a resident of Plot No. 117, New Nehru Nagar, Pipala turning, Nagpur. The police have arrested Suraj Vilas Bagde (25), a resident of Plot No. 64, New Nehru Nagar, Pipala turning, on murder charges. According to police, Balu Meshram owns a poultry farm on Umred Road and used to stay out of home. He lives with wife Sulochana ..

City’s Piyush is champion of Dance Deewane 3

After winning the perfect score week after week with his impeccable performance, Nagpur’s very own dancing sensation Piyush Gurbhele was sure of his place in Colors’ Dance Deewane 3; but never in his wildest dreams did the youngster expect to win the dance reality show. Piyush Gurbhele was crowned the proud winner of Madhuri Dixit-starrer dance reality show,Dance Deewane 3, along with Rupesh Soni in a closely contested finale that saw six other dancers in their best elements. But it was Piyush’s 100 ..

Traffic Police identify 76 pothole-ridden road stretches

The Traffic Police have identified as many as 76 pothole-ridden road stretches across the city and sent a report to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for immediate repair. “Each identified road stretch has around 10 to 20 potholes with gravel strewn around,” said an official of Traffic Police. A top-ranking police official informed ‘The Hitavada’ that officials of 10 divisions of Traffic Police were asked to carry out surveys in their jurisdictions. As per the survey, Sadar Traffic Division has highest ..

Heritage porch at old HC building still awaits ASI’s kind eye

DESPITE the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court taking serious cognisance of the collapse of one of the three porches of the Old High Court building (City’s first National Heritage Monument), the insouciance of officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Nagpur Circle and their typical bureaucratic approach is delaying restoration of past glory of the ancient edifice. As per the Government of India’s policy, ASI would conserve heritage architectural marvels along with their setting with utmost ..

Four of a family injured in blast due to LPG cylinder leakage in Chitar Oli

LEAKAGE of gas from an LPG cylinder triggered a blast on the ground floor of a three-storey building in Chitar Oli, Mahal, injuring four persons of a family, three of them seriously, in the early hours of Saturday. One of the four walls of the house and false ceiling collapsed in the blast. Due to the impact of the explosion, windowpanes and a television set were smashed and doors badly damaged. After the blast, residents panicked and came out of their houses. Some of them evacuated those residing ..

Climate resilient interventions: NSSCDCL initiates neighbourhood pilot projects

As part of the ‘Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge’ initiative launched by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in November last year, Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has initiated neighbourhood-level pilot projects at five sites in Bidipeth area. The ‘Nurturing Neighbourhood Challenge’ aims at working with Indian cities and their partners to pilot and scale ways to improve public space, mobility, neighbourhood planning, access to early childhood services ..

City lad behind offline transactions on-board INS Vikramaditya

Taking a step forward in the direction of Digital India, State Bank of India, recently, launched NAV-eCash card on-board the Indian Navy’s largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, at Karwar, Karnataka. The card is designed to replace cash payments with digital transactions even in areas without real-time internet connectivity like on warships at sea, offshore oil platforms and remote areas. For Nagpurians, there is something to be proud of as a city lad -- Abhijeet Daigavane -- is part of the team ..

State Government releases aid for farmers hit by excessive rainfall

Maharashtra Government has released the aid to be given to farmers affected due to crop damage caused by excessive rainfall and hailstorm in the months of March, April, May, and July earlier this year. Though the Government has released total aid of Rs 487.933 crore, the Opposition has alleged that the aid is inadequate and released late. Revenue and Forest Department of State Government released the aid vide two separate communications issued on October 6. For the period from March to May, the ..

‘Lost’ footpaths and humiliation of senior citizens

  By Anil Swamy I wish to highlight the insults and humiliation of senior citizens of the city due to non-availability of footpaths for walking. There is a perennial danger to their lives as they have to walk on road along with vehicular traffic..

Rs 2.57 lakh burglary in Ganeshpeth

 THIEVES burgled cash and gold ornaments collectively worth Rs 2.57 lakh from a house in Ganeshpeth area. A resident of Plot No 824, Shaniwari, Imambada Road, Jitendra Kishorilal Saroj (50) was out of station. His house was locked. In the small hour..

CR’s efforts of decade succeed as Dolomite loaded from Kayar stn

    By Sagar MohodEfforts that started about 10 years back finally bore fruits for Central Railway’s Nagpur Division as it loaded full rake of Dolomite, a mineral found in Vidarbha, on October 5 from Kayar Goods Shed for Angul St..

Teenage boy found dead in pvt bus

  A TEENAGE boy was found dead in a private bus parked near Geetanjali Talkies Square in Tehsil area on Thursday. Around 8 am, a bus (UP-70/JP-3909) of Puja Travels arrived from Hyderabad near Geetanjali Talkies Square. After the passengers dise..

Seven men gang-rape minor girl

  IN A shocking incident, a minor girl was gang-raped by seven men while her male friend was allegedly thrashed and looted by three of the culprits in MIDC area.MIDC Police took four accused into custody and launched a manhunt for three other su..

HC restores 6 accused teachers’ plea to its file for fresh decision on merits

Recalling its decision of April 4, 2018 of allowing the criminal application filed by Sanjay Arun Ghase and five other Zilla Parishad (ZP) Primary School teachers and quashing the FIR registered against them at Murtizapur Police Station in Akola district ..

Darodkar’s Shree Meher Jewellers to open new showroom

City’s most cherished jewellery destination - Darodkar’s Shree Meher Jewellers is all set to open its new at Dharampeth, Zenda Chowk on October 10. It will be the third showshoom of the jewellers. This Navratri, the Darodkar’s Shree Meher Jewellers is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. The well-facilitated and state-of-the-art new showroom is spread over an area of 4,500 square feet, where customers will get the best buying experience. The new facility will remain open for the people from October ..

Agrovision Foundation & APEDA to hold outreach programme

Agrovision Foundation with the support of Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) will conduct a one-day special outreach programme on ‘Promoting Agricultural Crop Export’ on October 9 at Hotel Center Point Ramdaspeth Nagpur from 10 am to 5 pm. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is also the Chief Patron of Agrovisio, will inaugurate the programme in presence of the guest of honour Maharashtra Minister for Agriculture Dadaji Bhuse. Other dignitaries invited for the ..

Religious places open doors for one and all

After a gap of one-and-a-half years the devotees and followers stepped inside the religious places as they opened their doors for one and all on Thursday. The auspicious occasion of Navratri was chosen for re-opening of the religious places. Under the shadow of COVID-19 that has brought about forced changes, devotees visited temples, churches, mosques, gurudwaras across city. Across all religions, the visitors adhered to the pandemic protocols. For the devotees and followers who made it a point to ..

Congress dominates ZP, PS bypoll results in distt

The ruling Congress party dominated the results of Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Panchayat Samiti (PS) bypolls in Nagpur district. In the bypolls for total 16 seats of ZP, Congress won nine. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won three, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) won two, Shetkari Kamgar Paksha (SKP) won one, and Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP)/Prahar won one. Prior to the bypolls, the 58-member Nagpur ZP House comprised 30 members of Congress, 10 of NCP, 15 of BJP. Shiv Sena, SKP, and Independent had one ..

Herbivores arrive at Gorewada zoo from Delhi

In the first major animal exchange with zoos outside Maharashtra, the Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park, Gorewada, on Thursday, received herds of blackbuck, albino blackbuck, sambar and barking deer from National Zoological Park, New Delhi. The Gorewada zoo received 10 blackbucks, 10 albino blackbucks, 4 sambar and 20 barking deer from Delhi zoo, informed Pramod Panchbhai, Divisional Manager, Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) to The Hitavada. Gorewada Rescue ..

Mah lags in solar subsidy as MSEDCL fails to meet 25 MW solar target

Solar subsidy of Central Government for 25 MW target allocated to Maharashtra still remains unutilised two-and-a-half years post its rollout. Disclosing this Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MASMA) said mishandling on part of Energy Department means people are denied benefit of fresh 500 MW subsidy. The mess is due to oversight by officials of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) as 26 approved vendors have failed to complete the allotted work. The neighbouring ..

Cabinet approves upgradation of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital

Maharashtra Cabinet has given approval to upgrade Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital at Indora to Super Speciality Institute of Medical Education and Reserch. The decision is the outcome of the initiative taken by Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut. Now, the hospital will have 615 beds. The hospital will be able to run the Post Graduate and Super speciality courses. The poor and needy of Vidarbha and Central India would be benefitted due to the advanced facilities to be installed here..

Virendra Singh becomes State’s first Medical Edn Commissioner

Virendra Singh, a Maharashtra cadre IAS officer, has been appointed as Medical Education Commissioner of Maharashtra. This is for the first time that State has created such a post. Before being appointed as the Commissioner, Virendra Singh was working as Special Secretary and Commissioner, Medical Education and Special Secretary, Ayurved in Government of Rajasthan. During his short tenure at Nagpur as Municipal Commissioner Virendra Singh had earned his name. Since past about 3 years Government ..

State Police set to adopt ‘Constable First’ initiative of IGP Prasanna

CONSTABLE is the face and voice of the police force for the masses. Quality of services rendered by the police depends mainly on the physical, mental and emotional state of the police personnel. In simple terms, if a constable is happy, he will serve the public better. Understanding the need of revitalising the level of police machinery for optimum results, Special Inspector General of Police (Spl IGP) K M Mallikarjuna Prasanna implemented ‘Constable first’ initiative in Aurangabad Range in October ..

Buzz is back as schools welcome students after months

The signature buzz was back at schools after months on Monday. Holding hands of their buddies while stepping into the school premises and meeting their teachers personally, students were as enthusiastic as they were usually on the first day of the start of the academic session. Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic over a year back, the classes were being conducted virtually. The academic session was on but for student-teachers something was amiss. For some students it was an exciting ..

Road rage: Argument turns violent in Ganeshpeth, Kotwali; three injured

   Staff Reporter :  Two cases of road rage arguments that turned violent were reported in Ganeshpeth and Kotwali area. Three persons were injured in the incidents and the police have arrested four accused in both cases so far. In the first..

Corporators’ panel for status quo on lease renewal fees

A mere three per cent penalty at market rate should be charged by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as compounding fee in case the leased plots are diverted for commercial exploitation. In the case of use for residential purposes the penalty should be limited to 2 per cent. Making the said recommendations, the committee of corporators headed by former Mayor Sandip Joshi, however, said, “Only in case of non sanction of building map by Construction Department or the Town Planning of ..

Five-member corporators’ panel to fix flaws in UDCPR

A five-member committee of corporators would be constituted by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to study anomalies in building bye-laws, Unified Development Control and Promotion Rules (UDCPR) and suggest comprehensive plan to avoid troubles arising from changing landscape of city. Now that vertical growth is becoming a norm, the corporators flagged the teething troubles emerging in the old city area. Narendra Borkar, who represents the area that had domination of Timber Mart, said, multi-storey ..

Flat-purchasers can’t be left at mercy of builders, says SC notice to Centre

THE Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice on a plea seeking direction to the Centre to frame a “model builder agreement” and agent-buyer agreement in the real estate sector to infuse transparency and fairness, restraining builders and agents from indulging into unfair and restrictive trade practices. A bench comprising justices D Y Chandrachud and B V Nagarathna said: “This is an important issue on the protection of buyers”. It further added, “often (this issue) is put on back foot by clauses in ..

GM Sadhwani, WIM Mrudul picked for Chess Super League

CITY’S only chess Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani and Woman International Master Mrudul Dehankar have been picked for the maiden Chess Super League which is being organised by ChessBase India. Both the players will be seen in action alongside some of the great players in international chess. The league will be held online from the October 11 to 17. Samay Raina of ChessBase India and Nodwin Gaming have come together to start the league. Each team is owned by a well-known celebrity and consists of six ..

Four, including 3 kids, killed as car crashes into crowd near Satnavri

Four persons, including three children, were killed on the spot after a speeding car crashed into a crowd near Satnavri village on Sunday afternoon. The people were waiting for a bus at the bus-stop when the ghastly mishap occurred on National Highway-6, said police officials, adding that a woman was also seriously injured in the mishap. A trainee doctor was arrested by the police for reckless driving and causing death by negligence. The deceased are identified as Chaitali Vinod Sonbarse (15), ..

Schools open today; most parents want their wards to attend

With schools opening on Monday after a long gap, most parents want their wards to attend the same. Some schools have received responses, some are still in the process while some would seek the consent on Monday itself. Earlier also, the Government had tried to open the school but barring a few, all parents opposed the move citing the reason of safety of their children. Dr Parineeta Fuke, Director of Hillfort Public School, said, “We received positive response from 80% parents. Some from the remaining ..

VNIT gets patent for unique medial osteotomy forceps

The unique medial osteotomy forceps created at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) have got the patent. This invention will help save time during nasal surgery and patient’s recovery period. Each year, thousands of people undergo nasal surgery. They choose surgery for a variety of reasons, including to improve the shape of their nose, correct a birth or injury deformity, or support a drooping nose. ENT Surgeon often serves to bolster one’s choice to seek outside help. These reasons ..

City’s father-son duo scale Patalsu Peak

A FIRM believer of living life to the fullest, Colonel Amod Chandna, Commanding Officer, 20 NCC Batallion, Nagpur, and his 17-year-old son, Ishan, scaled Patalsu Peak, at an altitude of 4250 m (approx 14,000 feet) in Manali on Saturday. After a tryst with Lt Colonel Romil Barthwal (retired), an ex-Special Forces Officer, avid mountaineer, Colonel Chandna had made up his mind to go on an adventurous trip with his loved ones. “After the perilous situation we all experienced due to COVID-19, I was craving ..

Civic admn again seeks nod to Rs 78.65 crore water supply works; all eyes on ruling party

Civic administration is again trying its luck for the nod from general body of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for additional works worth Rs 78.65 crore to complete 24x7 water supply scheme in city even as ruling party differs on the quantum of outlay earmarked for the project. The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) has worked out the cost of laying 125.5 km of pipelines in command area for enabling 24x7 water supply in city, a project that is yet to achieve finality even after 10 years...

Campaign for ZP, PS bypolls ends on a high note

The campaign for the Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Panchayat Samiti (PS) bypolls in Nagpur district, came to an end on Sunday late night. A marked feature was that the ruling Congress party continued its intense campaign till almost the last hour, with its leaders addressing campaign rallies in villages. With the end of the campaign, now all eyes are on October 5, the polling date. The counting of votes will begin the very next day, that is, on October 6. In all, 79 candidates are in the fray for 16 seats ..

City boy A Avish triumphs odds, to join OTA Chennai

COVID-19 almost shattered his dream, making him morally weak when his father lost the battle against the second wave of the pandemic on April 23. It was his father’s dream that his son should join Indian Armed Forces at any cost. That was the spark which encouraged A Avish to crack the Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination with flying colours. A Avish got 57th All India Rank (AIR) in the exam. Avish will join 114th batch of Short Service Commission Course in Officers Training Academy (OTA), ..

City’s Ruchita bags AIR 10 in CDSE, to join OTA Chennai

The women officers, who maintain a balance between personal and professional life, are perfect example of women empowerment. Orange City’s Ruchita Sanjay Sawant is another example and a source of inspiration for those aspiring to join the Armed Forces. Ruchita is set to make it to the 28th Short Service Commission Women (Non-Technical) Course in Officers Training Academy, Chennai, as she cracked the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE) (II), 2020 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. ..

‘Ballistic evidence’ still eludes CBI: Nimgade murder case

DESPITE getting details from Nagpur City Police about the suspects and their role in eliminating veteran architect-cum-valuer Eknath Nimgade, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seems to be dragging its feet in arresting them for want of ‘ballistic evidence’ in the infamous murder case. The CBI had already submitted the status of investigation in a sealed envelope to the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. The High Court had directed the Registrar (Judicial) to keep the status report in his safe ..

Yavatmal man arrested from Kanpur by UP ATS

The Yavatmal man arrested by Uttar Pradesh (UP) police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) at Kanpur was ‘very close’ to three Nagpur persons and a Pusad doctor who were apprehended in July and August respectively this year. The five were together involved in Dawah (the act of inviting or calling people to embrace Islam) in Vidarbha region, claimed sources. A police official informed The Hitavada that the five were in contact with one another to carry out conversions. Dheeraj Jagtap, a resident of Yavatmal, ..

Vidarbha records over 2.49 cr Aadhaar registrations

The nation celebrated the 11th anniversary of issue of Aadhaar number a few days ago. Taking stock of the progress of Aadhaar, which is touted as the world’s biggest biometric identification initiative, reveals that Vidarbha region has recorded as many as 2,49,72,302 Aadhaar registrations so far. Interestingly enough, in sheer numbers, Nagpur district stands fifth in Maharashtra in highest Aadhaar registrations. Gadchiroli district, which is affected by Maoist terrorism, stands second from the bottom ..

Vijay Magar takes charge as SP Rural, Rakesh Ola new SP ACB

Vijay Magar took charge as Superintendent of Police (SP) Nagpur Rural succeeding SP Rakesh Ola, who held the post for almost two years. Similarly, Ola took the reins of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Nagpur as SP. Magar joined the Police Force in 1998. He served as Deputy Superintendent of Police at Washim, Khed in Pune, Daund and Thane. He was Additional Superintendent of Police at Nashik Rural and Pune Rural. In 2018, he got IPS cadre. Magar was the Deputy Commissioner (Crime) in Nashik and Superintendent ..

MahaGenco constitutes high-level committee to probe coal scam

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MahaGenco) on Friday constituted a high-level committee to probe into the facts after a consignment of high-quality coal meant for Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) was found to have been diverted and pilf..

Four persons booked for duping Pune-based doc of Rs 41 lakh

  AJNI Police, on Thursday, booked four persons for allegedly defrauding a Pune-based doctor to the tune of Rs 41 lakh by promising admission to her son for MBBS course in Government Medical College, Nagpur.A resident of Plot No 2, Gulvihar Colo..

Koshyari to arrive in city today

  Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra, will arrive in the city on Saturday for his two-day tour of Nagpur and Wardha districts. He will arrive at Nagpur airport at 10.15 am, and will proceed to Raj Bhavan. At 3.30 pm, he will leave Ra..

Janmanch for City Police action as per HC directives on potholes

 Year after year and even after specific directives of High Court, the situation on city roads continues to be a cause of agony for Nagpurians due to presence of potholes as civic body fails to cope up with task at hand. In fact, in one of its order ..

House-breaking thefts on rise as cops grapple with poor detection

   By Dheeraj FartodeBURGLARS are enjoying a free run in the city, especially on the outskirts of Nagpur, even as a whopping 70 per cent house-breaking thefts (HBTs) are undetected every year. This year too, out of 514 HBT cases registered,..

NMC issues rules for schools’ opening, managements seek parents’ consent

After Maharashtra Government’s announcement to open the schools from October 4 and issuing guidelines for the same, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) also has issued necessary guidelines. NMC guidelines issued on Thursday mention about parents’ consent. School managements have already communicated to the parents to send their consent. Several schools have sent google forms to the parents which are to be filled and submitted to the school. As the government’s guidelines have prohibited students from ..

City’s acclaimed tabla maestro Pt Wadegaonkar passes away

NOTED tabla exponent and a highly respected name in the region’s music fraternity Pandit Gopalrao Wamanrao Wadegaonkar passed away due to cardiac arrest on Thursday night. He was 79. Pandit Gopalrao Wadegaonkar, who was one of the top tabla artists of All India Radio, had performed with a number of prominent classical singers of the country, including ‘Gaan Saraswati’ Kishori Amonkar. A musician with highly sophisticated Indian classical background, Pandit Gopalrao was born on June 19, 1942 in Nagpur. ..

CR’s ZRUCC maiden meet cancelled as members oppose on-line mode

The maiden meeting of the newly-constituted Central Railway’s Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) was postponed after members threatened a virtual boycott over reluctance of administration for a physical meet. The meeting was scheduled for October 7, the first day of nine-day Navratri festival, also called as Ghatsthapana in Maharashtra, and this was another point of friction, the members said. The members were miffed over long delay in conveying the meeting as the ZRUCC, compromising ..

COVID-19: Sero survey begins in district

After the serological surveillance, also known as sero survey, conducted in October-November 2020, once again the administration has taken up the task in Nagpur district. “The fresh survey has been started in 80 clusters in Nagpur district. Of these clusters, 40 are in Nagpur city and 40 in rural areas of the district,” said Prajakta Lavangare-Verma, Divisional Commissioner. The survey is carried out to assess the ‘sero prevalence’ of COVID-19. During the survey, blood samples are collected and tested ..

NSSCDCL completes mapping of city’s natural assets

“For the first time, planners have a blueprint of natural assets dotting various places in city mapped out with their precise location, along with their length plus breadth. This is basically the satellite imagery,” said Buvaneshwari S, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL). She said the map showcases the natural flora and fauna, among the salient points of the second capital of State. However, short of disclosing the exact figures, ..

Good news: No new COVID-19 case in distt

People of Nagpur district heaved a sigh of relief as Wednesday brought a good news for everybody. For the first time since coronavirus outbreak started in the district, nobody tested positive for coronavirus in the district. There were occasions when either rural part of district witnessed zero case or nobody tested positive in city, but person who was not the resident of district was found positive here because of which the record of district did not remain zero. On Wednesday, it was clear-cut zero ..

MahaGenco unearths major coal scam at KTPS

A major coal scam was unearthed by MahaGenco officials at Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) on Tuesday. A truck laden with pure coal from Western Coalfields Limited’s (WCL) Gondegaon mine meant for KTPS was diverted to a private place while another truck laden with inferior quality coal arrived at KTPS for unloading. Shockingly, both trucks were using the same number plate and GPS was also manipulated, said MahaGenco officials. After unearthing the scam, a complaint was lodged with Khaparkheda ..

ZP, PS bypolls see hot political campaign

The campaign for Zilla Parishad (ZP) and Panchayat Samiti (PS) bypolls in Nagpur district is reaching its peak before drawing to a close soon. So far, the campaign has seen political leaders firing salvos at each other. However, the campaign has also seen differences within Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) constituents -- Shiv Sena and Congress -- coming to the fore with the latest statements of Adv Ashish Jaiswal, Ramtek MLA. Adv Jaiswal, who was Shiv Sena MLA earlier, contested as Independent candidate in ..

Goons brutally kill youth in Kalamna area

SENSATION prevailed in Kalamna area after two-three goons brutally killed a youth with sharp-edged weapons under the bridge at Dipti Signal near Regional Transport Office (East) in broad daylight on Wednesday. The deceased, Aakash Matadin Morey (22) was a resident of Adivasi Prakash Nagar. Cops took two suspects, including one Vicky alias Vishal Nagendra, into custody. According to sources, Aakash, who was an alcoholic, often used to create nuisance in the locality...

4 die as ST bus falls into nullah in Yavatmal district

A State Transport bus was swept away in a flooded nullah in Yavatmal district and four persons, including the driver and conductor, drowned in the flood water even as people on both sides of the nullah watched helplessly. Fortunately, local people and rescue team managed to rescue two passengers. As per details, the MSRTC’s Nanded-Nagpur bus (MH-14/BT-5018) from Nagpur depot left Nanded at 6 am on Tuesday. It was raining heavily at the time...

City witnesses trend of increasing annual rainfall in last one decade

Though the climate change has reduced the annual rainfall in Vidarbha in last 100 years, the total annual rainfall in Nagpur city has increased drastically in last one decade. In last 12 years, on ten occasions, Nagpur city has received more than 1,000 mm rainfall annually which was comparatively less in previous decades. However, from 2015, city is witnessing over 1,000 mm annual rainfall every year. In 2021, the monsoon is yet to over, and till date city recorded 1246.3 mm so far. “Indian Meteorologic..

Kukreja Infra buys Air India city office for Rs 33.01 cr

Finally the historical city office, of national air carrier Air India, opposite of Institute of Science was sold in Rs 33.01 crore. City’s noted builder Shravan Ghanshyam Kukreja of Kukreja Infrastructure has purchased it. ‘The Hitavada’ had run the first story when Air India had put its Nagpur booking office spread over approximately 27,000 square feet in Civil Lines under the hammer. Shravan Kukreja while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ has confirmed the deal and said, the company would build its fourth ..

CGWA strengthens rules for ground water extraction

To control and regulate ground water extraction in the country, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has issued guidelines for all existing ground water users and also new infrastructure projects recently. As per the guidelines, all project proponents, who have been issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) prior to September 24, 2020, shall be required to pay ground water abstraction/ restoration charges in arrears from September 24, 2020 till the date of validity of NOC. The water abstraction/restora..

City’s footpaths in a shambles

Footpaths are an important aspect of the urban life. From the safety point of view of pedestrians its necessity is understood world over and in city particularly the rising cases of run over of walkers also underscored their importance. Yet in second capital of State, footpaths are sort of a luxury, as at majority of places they are in shambles making the task of using the same challenging for citizens. Or simply said, using the footpaths could be akin to taking part in an obstacle race as they are ..

DD Ngp Kendra to suspend transmission from Oct 31

The Analog terrestrial TV transmission of Nagpur Doordarshan Kendra would be closed from the midnight of October 31. This follows the directives from Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan Directorate, New Delhi. Form Nagpur Kendra, on Band 3 Channel 07 transmission of DD Sahyadri is relayed. Now same is being discontinued. However the same channels are available on Doordarshan DD Free Dish DTH Service...

9-year-old girl goes missing from Makardhokda village

Umred police have registered a case of kidnapping after a nine-year-old girl went missing from Makardhokda village on Umred-Butibori road on Sunday. Special teams of Local Crime Branch and Umred police station are continuously searching for the girl for last 48 hours, police officials said. A police official said that the girl was living with grandparents at Makardhokda and her parents stay at Butibori. She was the student of Standard IV. On Sunday afternoon, she told the grandparents that she was ..

Civic budget cut by Rs 203 crore as NMC fails to get State’s grants

Cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) suffered a setback as the civic budget suffered a cut of Rs 203 crore after rationalisation of figures by the audit department. Disclosing the shocking news to city fathers, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer (CAFO) Vijay Kolhe informed that there was error in carrying forward last year surplus of Rs 320 crore. The actual figure now stands at Rs 117 crore only, and the reason he explained was deduction of grants that were expected from State Government. ..

MP Krupal Tumane’s social media accounts hacked

Two social media accounts of Ramtek's Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Krupal Tumane were hacked by Turkish hackers on Monday morning. A police official said that both Facebook and Twitter social media accounts were hacked by the same hacker. MP Krupal Tumane informed the Cyber Complaint Cell of Nagpur Police about the hacking. The account was hacked at 5.34 am, the official said, adding that the Display Picture (DP) of Tumane’s Twitter account was also changed by the hacker. The accounts were ..

Woman, daughter murdered in farm near Kalmeshwar

In a shocking incident, a woman and her 10-year-old daughter were brutally murdered in a farm near Kalmeshwar on Monday. The investigators are suspecting the role of an accompanying man in the brutal killings as he went absconding. The police have identified the absconding man as Rakesh alias Mohan Chandu Sahu (30), a resident of Chinchgaon, Nainpur, district - Mandla, Madhya Pradesh, on the basis of a statement given by farm owner Lalit Ganorkar. However, the identity of the deceased woman and the ..

With APMC polls on, Kalamna market wears filthy look

If you visit Kalamna vegetable market, and see the scene there, you would never like to eat those vegetables again. The reason is the filth around the vegetable vendor, the vegetables lying in the dirt-- the scene is very much disgusting. With the elections for new body of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) on, the new contractors for garbage picking can’t be appointed. Of course, the public’s neglect, too, can’t be ignored as people are equally responsible for the filth in the market. ..