Re-opening of schools in rural areas deferred till Dec 13

Due to reservations expressed by several parents and the request made by Zilla Parishad (ZP) office-bearers, the district administration has decided to keep the schools in rural areas of district closed till December 13. Already, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to keep the schools in Nagpur city closed till December 13. Ravindra Thakare, District Collector, told the reporters on Wednesday evening that State Government had allowed re-openin..

Under Supriya Sule, NCP begins building young leadership

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Supremo Sharad Pawar known for his studied planning and visionary view, has started tapping the leadership talent in NCP’s young brigade. According to sources, Supriya Sule, the Party leader and Member of Lok Sabha got the responsibility of this new initiative. Her presence in two-days workshop of selected youngsters of NCP that was held at Mumbai is an indication of NCP’s plans to prepare the young leadership. These selected youngsters from Maharashtra were asked ..

Not a smooth ride this!

Not too long ago, after a very long time, what a pleasant experience it was driving on the North Ambazari road from Shankar Nagar to the T-Point Ambazari. After the obstructions put up by the Metro construction that blocked long stretches of the road were removed and the road was paved, the motorists were awed not only by the wide road, but also a smooth ride on a road bereft of any potholes and shabby patchwork. But this pleasure was short-lived...

India’s first Samvidhan Park on the verge of completion

The construction work of India’s first Samvidhan Preamble Park in city has taken momentum post-lockdown. It is proposed that the park would be inaugurated by stalwart in judiciary on April 14,2021, the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. The park is being developed in the premises of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of La..

Respite to parents, students; Class XI admn process begins today

Finally, the verdict of Supreme Court gave a major respite to the parents and students aspiring to get admission to Class XI. The admission process was stopped on September 2 this year as the case of reservation to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Citizens (SEBC) category was being heard in the Court. Now, Supreme Court has m..

‘COVID-19 has highlighted resilience of Indian public health ecosystem’

WHEN one speaks to a scientist of the eminence of Prof Sanjay Zodpey, obviously one seeks to get explanation to technical terms for the benefit of general public. In the prevailing situation, several scientific terms viz. ..

CPCB invites entries to identify solutions for Ambient Air Pollution

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has invited proposals for technology challenge for identifying and promoting solutions for mitigating Ambient Air Pollution in the country. The aim for this challenge is to create scope, scale and foster–technological and business solutions to control or abate urban ambient air pollution. Interested innovators, individuals, consortium partners, companies, academic institutions, research and development centres, civil society organisations (NGOs) and municipal ..

Shriram Mandir, Chandan Nagar: A temple with a difference

Shriram Mandir situated in Chandan Nagar locality of city is 183-year-old temple with some unique and rare features. This temple was built by a very beautiful dancer Chandan Bai, who was Raj Nartaki in Raghuji Raje Bhonsale (III) kingdom. The temple was built in 1837 and Chandan Bai brought the unique idols carved in Gandaki stone from Kathmandu, Nepal. Now the area is known as Chandan Nagar and the temple is famous as ‘Shrimati Chandanbai Ram Mandir Devasthan,’ said Dr Sheshashayan Deshmukh indologist ..

Metrovision scam: Police recover Rs 48 lakh from house at Amravati

After defrauding investors of crores of rupees, the fraudsters of Metrovision Buildcon Company have hidden the cash at various places. One such place has been traced by the police at Amravati. The cops have recovered Rs 48 lakh from the house of a person who is relative of prime accused Vijay Gurnule. Shockingly, the cash was recovered in the house after digging two-foot-deep pit. So far, the police have recovered Rs 1.03 crore cash from Gurnule and his accomplices...

State neglects Medical Edn Deptt, gives least priority

Though Medical Education Department in Maharashtra is doing yeoman’s service in this pandemic, so many frontline healthworkers became victims of Covid-19, Maharashtra Government has neglected this department. It is evident from the expenditure reported in the budget. Medical Education Department remained the last priority as Government spent only 9.59 per cent funds on this department. It spent more amount 36.28% on public health whose contribution is less as compared to medical education. The pandemic ..

Explosive material seized from Naxal hideout in Rajnandgaon district

GONDIA , IN a joint operation, the security forces from Gondia and Rajnandgaon (Chhattisgarh) recovered materials used in blasting explosives and Naxal literature from the hideout in Kahuabhara forest range under the jurisdiction of Gatapara Police Station in Rajnandgaon district on Tuesda morning. The action was carried out under the guidance of Superintendent of Police Vishwa Pansare (Gondia) his counterpart D Shravan (Rajnandgaon) and Additional SP Atul Kulkarni...

BJP burns copies of power bills at 180 locations in city

BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers, as part of their State-wide agitation on Monday, burnt copies of electricity bills and demanded waiver of high bills. BJP claimed to have burnt copies of the bills at 180 locations in the city. BJP leaders warned that if Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government in Maharashtra did not keep its promise of offering relief from high power bills, it would intensify agitation in days to come. Pravin Datke, MLC and BJ..

‘A large section of our population is still susceptible, at risk of COVID-19’

AS THE policy-makers, Governments have started hinting at the likelihood of second wave of COVID-19 infections across the world, India, Maharashtra, and Nagpur,‘The Hitavada’ reached out to Prof Sanjay Zodpey,Vice-President, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, and also Director at Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. As an expert who has been instrumental in sero-surveillance in Nagpur district, Prof Zodpey is the man i..

With e-challans system, things get easier in State’s Transport Deptt

WITH successful functioning of echallans in Maharashtra’s Transport D e p a r t m e n t , things have become easier. The pendency of cases of violators of Motor Vehicle Act has reduced d r a s t i c a l l y . Transport/Traffic e n f o r c e m e n t challans in Maharashtra has undergone a transformation with the adoption of e-challan, wherein the traffic violators are issued electronic challans, with a provision to make the payments on-line through various payment options like NEFT/Net banking/Credit/Debit ..

Kalyaneshwar Mandir: A marvel with 97 pillars

THE east facing ancient Kalyaneshwar Shiv Mandir is the wonderful historical temple in the city. According to some documents, this temple was constructed by Raje Raghuji Bhonsale in 1785 while some historians documented that the temple was built by Chimabai, mother of Raje Raghuji Bhonsale in 1794. This means the temple is more than 225 years old. Black stone and sandstones were used initially for its construction. This temple represents mediaeval tradition as ‘Pushpach..

Govt’s unified DCR to boost real estate sector

THE then Devendra Fadnavis Government in Maharashtra had assured that ‘Unified Development Control Regulations (UDCR)’, would boost real estate sector. Fadnavis had signed the document in November last year which was to be released immediately. Meanwhile, the Government changed and release of the document went into list of pending items. Now almost after a year, Minister of Urban Development Eknath Shinde, part of Uddhav Thackeray-led Mahavikas Aaghadi Government after a deep study, made some changes ..

Schools in rural areas of distt to start from 26th: Collector

Even as the civic administration has decided to keep the schools in Nagpur city shut till December 13, the district administration has announced that the schools in rural areas of district will re-open for Std IX to XII from November 26. “After consent of parents and following all guidelines relating to COVID-19, the schools in rural areas will re-open from November 26,” said Ravindra Thakare, District Collector, after a meeting held on Sunday. Since the order of Radhakrishnan B, ..

Gowari Shaheed Din today: Saga of neglect continues

Morris College T-Point is a historic location in city. Over the years, it has been a witness to some good occasions and some dark moments. On November 23, 1994, it was witness to one of the darkest moments in city’s history. That evening, the street was soaked in blood, tears, and bore the weight of 114 corpses of young and old. Since then, every year, Gowaris from various parts of the region gather on November 23 at what is now ‘Gowari Shaheed Smarak’ near Zero Mile. Eyes well up with tears, throats ..

Laxmi-Narayan Mandir at Sakkardara: A lost heritage

“Laxmi-Narayan Mandir in Sakkardara is a class example of our apathy for preserving our own heritage. The ancient temple constructed in 1791 by Raghuji Raje Bhosale, now has lost its heritage value as the renovation of the temple with cement has been started done,” said noted indologist and promoter of Warsa Darshan, Dr Sheshshayan Deshmukh. During the visit of Warsa Darshan at the temple site, the participants observed the ancient sabhamandap had wooden carved pillars. Now the pillars are replaced ..

With approval to DMMC, Vid’s MBBS intake jumps to 1,850

Lots of good news coming as far as MBBS seats in Maharashtra are concerned. With Datta Meghe Medical College (DMMC), Wanadongri, getting approval from Ministry of Education and the information included in Gazette, the Vidarbha’s MBBS intake has jumped to 1,850. DMMC has been included in the seat matrix and students can opt for it in second round. The college has created record by virtue of being the very first couple of attempts made in the c..

Tremors give nightmares to people of Seoni, Nagpur

Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh once again experienced back-to-back three earthquakes on Sunday, November 22. The first tremor, which was of 4.3 magnitude on Richter scale, was also felt in some parts of Nagpur district at 1.45 am. The epicentre of the earthquake was some kilometres away from Seoni and city, as reported by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ..

Tigress, 4 foetuses found dead in Umrer-Karhandla

A tigress, aged 3-4 years, was found dead in Umrer-Paoni-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary on Sunday. Also, 4 tiger foetuses, around 7-8-weeks-old, were also found nearby. During spot verification, as per the SOP of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the carcass was found to have been dragged upto a distance of about 50 meters inside the thick forest. As per observations during postmortem and circumstantial evidence, prima facie, and internecine fight can be attributed as a cause of death...

Excess Police Officers to get postings in other police units

After receiving flak for transferring excess number of police officials to ‘some’ police units during general transfers (GT), the Maharashtra Police has started process to accommodate these excess Sub-Inspector (PSI) to Police Inspector (PI) rank officials to other police units. Top rank officials of the State Police discussed the issue and noticed urgency in re-posting of officials, sources claimed. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Establishment, Maharashtra Police, Kulwant Sarangal ..

All schools in city to remain closed till December 13

Against the backdrop of prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration issued order on Saturday stating that all schools in Nagpur city would remain closed till December 13. Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, who is competent authority for Nagpur city to take measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, stated in the order that the supplementary examinations of Class X and Class XII of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary ..

COVID-19 is not over, be careful: Mayor to people

Sandip Joshi, Mayor, appealed to the people to ‘be careful’ and take necessary precautions as ‘COVID-19 crisis’ was ‘not over’ in Nagpur city. For, after Diwali, the number of daily cases and death toll have started rising again, he said. “The number of COVID-19 cases, which was double-digit some days ago, has once again risen to triple-digit. If we do not take due care now, there may be another wave of infections. Hence, stay safe and keep your family members safe,” Joshi said on Saturday. ..

Govt should decide on schools’ re-opening carefully: Fadnavis

Expressing concern over rising coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra State Assembly, said, “The Government should take decision of schools’ re-opening carefully.” Fadnavis was speaking to mediapersons after the convention of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to review the campaigning of Graduates’ Constituency polls at Hotel Centre Point on Saturday. Sandip Diwakar Joshi is t..

Laxmi-Narayan Mandir in Mahal, a 220 years old architectural marvel

“Laxmi-Narayan Mandir, situated in Mahal area, is also known as Munshi Mandir. This is the ancient temple built in the period of Raghuji Raje Bhonsale (II) by one Shridhar Munshi. The temple has a parkot surrounding. The carvings of Padam and Pratima are visible on the arcade of the entrance gate. The same carvings could be found inside. The temple struct..

Nagpur Graduates’ Constituency, BJP’s historical stronghold

With just 10 days remaining for the Nagpur Graduates’ polls, campaigning has gained momentum. The constituency, with its interesting history, also provides a wonderful peep into the political ups and downs of the region and fortunes of many stalwarts. Since the time it came to be known as Vidarbha Padvidhar, it has remained a stronghold of erstwhile Bharatiya Jansangh or the present Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The elections for the constituency were first held in 1958 and stalwarts like Bachhraj ..

Speeding SUV knocks woman dead in Pardi

IN YET another hit-n-run incident, a speeding Bolero SUV knocked dead a pedestrian at Mankarwadi near Hanuman Temple in Pardi area on Friday. The driver sped away fearing public violence. Identified as Thaneshwari Kawduji Pardhi (45), the deceased was a resident of Plot No. 49, Dhanlaxmi Society, Bhavani Nagar. Thaneshwari was on her way home from a fair price shop around 9.30 am. Suddenly, a rashly-driven Bolero SUV (MP-13/BA-2055) hit Thaneshwari injuring her seriously...

Murlidhar Mandir Sonegaon follows principles of ancient architecture

Murlidhar Mandir situated on the bank of Sonegaon Lake in South-West direction of Nagpur city is one of the ancient temples built in the 19th century. ..

State UDD gives permission to Nagpur Metro extension

Urban Development Department (UDD) of State Government has given its nod to extension of Nagpur Metro to connect Nagpur with air-conditioned broad-gauge metro train instead of passenger train. The UDD nod has come after more than one month since the State Cabinet decision. Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister, stated that he had been following up the matter and now the project would move ahead. ..

AAP for waiver of power bills, stages protests

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Thursday protested for waiver of electricity bills to consumers during the lockdown period. ..

BJP warns of burning power bills on 23rd

Demanding the waiver of energy bills upto 100 units Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State General Secretary Chandrashekhar Bawankule said, “BJP will register its protest for non-fulfilment of the demand by burning the copies of electricity bills throughout Maharashtra on Monday, November 23 at 11 am.” Bawankule was addressing mediapersons at Press Club on Friday. ..

Energy bills issue can be resolved if State provides Rs 5,000 cr: Bawankule

Making serious allegations against Maharashtra Government that it was telling lies as far as waiving off energy bills upto 100 units are concerned, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, former Minister and State General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party said, “About 5 crore people in state are affected because of several issues of Energy Department. Government had assured that it would waive off the bills upto 100 units but it has not fulfilled the same. The solution lie..

The Neglect Street

These opening lines from the poem ‘Lines and Squares’ by eminent poet Alan Alexander Milne, best known as writer of popular teddy bear character ‘Winnie the Pooh’, sum up what is the situation as far as Nagpur city’s own ‘London Street’ is concerned. Everyone, either driving or riding or simply walking, along the under-construction cement road project, has to be ‘ever so careful’. Else, there is every possibility of inhaling dust or brushing the vehicles using the narrow incomplete stretch. Two-wheeler ..

NMC prepares for re-opening of its 29 schools from 23rd

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started preparations for re-opening its 29 secondary schools and junior colleges from November 23 (Monday). The schools will re-open after eight months. School Education and Sport Department of Maharashtra Government recently issued guidelines and allowed schools to re-open for Classes IX to XII. NMC has 25 secondary schools and four junior colleges in city. In these institutions, total 3,754 students are taught various subjects including English, Mathematics, ..

Murlidhar Mandir: An ancient architectural monument in city

UNESCO celebrates the annual World Heritage Week from November 19 to 25 across countries. The objective of the week is to make people aware of the rich heritage and also strive for its preservation. In India, various programmes related to historical structures, tour places and cultural and traditional heritage of the country are initiated to celebrate the Week. Vidarbha Sanshodhan Mandal’s noted indologist Dr Sheshshayan Deshmukh under ..

RTI query reveals decline in farmers’ suicides in Nagpur distt since lockdown

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and adverse impact on economy, many would want not to remember the year 2020. However, there have been several positive developments too. For instance, there has been marked decline in number of farmers’ suicides since lockdown at least in Nagpur district. If one considers the information provided by the District Collector’s office in response to a query under Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2020 may prove to be the year with the lowest number of farmers’ suicides ..

BJP condemns Nitin Raut for forcing consumers to pay hefty power bills

Amravati, Bharatiya Janata Party activists led by Dr Anil Bonde, State President of Kisan Front and Shivrai Kulkarni, State Spokeperson, staged protest in front of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Office (MSEDCL) on Thursday against the statement made by Nitin Raut, Energy Minister. The Minister urged consumers to pay hefty power bills without any concession...

Height restriction ‘no barrier’ at Ajni bridge

Height restriction bars installed at the approach of Ajni Rail Over Bridge (ROB) are actually proving to be no barriers at all for the heavy vehicles that are having a free to and fro passage. For, no authority appears to be bothered to restore the damaged part of height restriction barrier. For, no authority appears to be bothered to take action against heavy vehicles using this ROB despite restrictions. For, no authority appears to be bothered about ‘effective implementation’ part of the restrictions. ..

Maha Metro for relook at traffic plan for Manish Nagar RoB, RuB

Maha Metro said they are approaching Traffic Control Branch of Nagpur City police for a re-look at traffic plan for newly-opened Manish Nagar railway overbridge (RoB) and railway underbridge (RuB) as people are openly flouting one way norms at both the sites. In a media statement, Metro officials said in case city police suggest any new plan then they would take necessary steps for carrying out the changes as per the requirement. Also, Met..

Yavatmal’s Dr Gawande on Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory committee

Dr Atul Gawande, hailing from a small village in Yavatmal district, has made people back home proud as he has been inducted in Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory committee in the United States of America. A Professor in Harvard Medical School since past several years, Dr Gawande has his roots in Uti village in Umarkhed taluka...

Gandhigiri-style Diwali celebrations as citizens light up potholes to awaken civic admn

Nagpur Citizens Forum as part of its pothole-free Nagpur campaign initiated a novel campaign of celebrating Diwali by placing candles around them to highlight the bad road conditions. Fed-up with inaction on part of officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), the Forum initiated a Gandhigiri style agitation during Diwali. Earlier using social media to hilt they had appealed citizens to share photographs of roads where potholes exits or surface is in bad condition...

Wadettiwar to raise issue of power bills in Cabinet

Following the statement of Dr Nitin Raut, Energy Minister, about no relief to power consumers in Maharashtra, political blame-game has begun between the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Vijay Wadettiwar, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister and senior Congress leader, added another dimension to it saying that he would raise the issue of high power bills in the State Cabinet meeting. “The..

Man shot dead near Ashirwad Nagar

Two unidentified assailants shot dead a man at Besa Power House, near Ashirwad Nagar on Wednesday afternoon. The firing incident in the broad daylight has created panic among the citizens. The deceased was identified as Umesh Dhoble (35), a resident of Somalwada. He was admitted at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) where he succumbed to the injuries in the night...

DGGI, Ngp busts fake invoice racket with transactions over Rs 131 cr

AN INTER-State fake invoice racket with fake transactions valued at over Rs 131 crore involving three taxpayers, one based in Maharashtra and two based in Karnataka, was busted by the officers Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Nagpur Zonal Unit on November 18. On the basis of intelligence developed using on-line tools, searches were conducted in remote areas of Chandrapur district against a taxpayer involved in issuance of fake invoices and availment of fraudulent input tax credit (ITC). ..

Authorities shirking from taking action against illegal chilled water jar units

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) — the three agencies responsible for issuing licenses to cool water can, chilled water jar units (plants) to do water selling business — are totally confused and shirking from taking action against plants doing business without any licence. National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently passed order for MPCB to seal cool water can, chill..

CP tests positive for Covid-19

Commissioner of Police (CP) of Nagpur Amitesh Kumar has tested positive for coronavirus. While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, he confirmed the report. Amitesh Kumar took charge in the first week of September. His health is said to be fine, but as per protocol he has to stay in isolation...

Planners again fox Nagpurians by first designing and then jamming road facility at Manish Nagar

One has to admire the agility of planners and along with them that of our city leaders for going out of way to create maze after maze in name of development in the second capital of State. Latest project that joins the long list of puzzles that are being created and recreated with puzzling alacrity by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is the Manish Naga..

MPCB grants consent to Dye and Textile Industry to include colour as parameter for discharge standard

Following the Supreme Court of India’s order to incorporate colour as a parameter for discharge standard, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has granted conditional consent to Dye and Dye Intermediate Industries, integrated Textile units, units of cotton, woollen, carpet, polyester, units having printing, dyeing, bleaching process or manufacturing garment units...

Two youths rape teenage girl in Gorewada forest

A 15-year-old girl was raped by two youngsters in Gorewada forest area after abducting her on a motorcycle, Jaripatka police said. The arrested accused have been identified as Shamshad alias Sam Rafis Ansari (21), and Bablu alias Babbu Mohan Katwate (21), both residents of Vishwas Nagar, Gittikhadan. A police official said that the girl was waiting for her friend in Martin Nagar on Thursday at 3.30 pm...

Physiotherapy has solution to tackle Post-Intensive Care Syndrome

Those who tested positive for coronavirus, taken treatment, tested negative after 14 days, of them some suffer weakness, lost balance while walking etc. Some medicos too don’t have the solution to these problems, but physiotherapists have. Most people post-Covid are experiencing tremendous improvement thanks to physiotherapy. ‘The Hitavada’ talked to some well-known physiotherapists who elaborated the importance of physiotherapy vis-a-vis Covid-19 pandemic...

Police crack 1-yr-old theft case, recover gold worth Rs 21 lakh

With arrest of prime accused and recovery of stolen gold ornaments worth Rs 21 lakh, Bajaj Nagar police on Tuesday claimed to have solved a burglary case. A police official said that house of Prof Yogesh Shende (37), a resident of Railway Colony, Rana Pratap Nagar, was burgled in August last year when Shende along with family members had gone to relative’s place. ..

‘Epilepsy is treatable - don’t hide it’

“Epilepsy is treatable and preventable disease of the brain. There are more than 50 million patients of epilepsy all over the world and 24 lakh people are newly diagnosed every year. Nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries,” commented Dr Chandrashekhar Meshram, President of Tropical Neurology Group of World Federation of Neurology. “If epilepsy is suspected, don't hide it and consult doctor for..

Warrior son’s burning pyre ignites spirit of patriotism

ON MONDAY, the thick flames from the funeral pyre of their beloved son ignited spirit of patriotism in the town of Katol. The tears in the eyes of martyr Naik Bhushan Rameshrao Satai’s family members, cemented the resolve in many hearts -- of serving the motherland. The slogans ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Naik Bhushan Satai Amar Rahe’ emerged from the hearts and filled the atmosphere as the gathering bid a tearful adieu to Naik Bhushan Rameshrao Satai who was martyred in mortar shelling by Pakistan ..

Religious places re-open after 8 months

Post eight months wait, devotees finally got the chance to pay obeisance in person as doors to God’s abode opened for first time post lockdown in city. Such has been the circumstances that even place where people would visit quite frequently to pray for well being and seek blessing too needed to be locked down in a bid to stem spread of novel coronavirus in the country. From today, the last of the sector that remained under lock opened for the visitors thereby providing respite to devotees...

CR’s poser may put ALPs’ induction in limbo at Ngp Divn

Fate of 94 candidates from panel of 194 Assistant Loco Pilots (ALPs) sent to Central Railway's Nagpur Division hangs in balance as local officials are dilly-dallying on their induction in service. The stance of division officials is baffling considering the fact that there exist vacancies of 225 in Loco Pilot cadre. Apprehending that further delay might led to lapse of ALP panel the youth trooped to division headquarters in a bid to leverage their join attempt to persuade officials to initiate process ..

Gang-war in Dighori; two youths brutally murdered by rivals

AN INTER-GANG rivalry simmered to such an extent in Dighori area that two members of the notorious Thawkar gang were brutally murdered by three members of Mohod gang. On pretext of having discussion, the accused took the youths to Dongargaon on Umred Road in a car late Sunday night where they killed them by stabbing them with shar..

Four Katol students selected in Indian Army

Four students of Nabira Mahavidyalaya of Katol got selected for Indian Army recently. Aasif Farooqui, Karan Sonkusre, Kunal Kohale and Saurav Kurmi are also the cadets of 20 Maharashtra Battalion NCC Unit of Nagpur. Indian Army recently conducted a rectuitment drive in Chandrapur where these students participated and got selected through that drive...

Bird library opened at Sillari to mark Bird Week

The ‘Bird Week’ celebration of Pench Tiger Reserve got concluded at Amaltas premises at Sillari on Thursday. Forest Department observed ‘Bird Week’ to celebrate the birthday of Maruti Chitampalli and Dr Salim Ali who contributed their life for nature conservation. Different programmes and activities were held throughout the week under the guidance of ..

Mortal remains of martyred jawan reach Kamptee; funeral today

The mortal remains of the Indian Army Naik Bhushan Satai, who attained martyrdom in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir on November 13, reached Nagpur airport on Sunday. From there, the coffin was carried to Army Cantonment in Kamptee. The funeral will be performed with full State honours at Satai’s native place Katol on Monday. A special flight carrying Late Nk Bhushan R Satai’s mortal remains landed at the Nagpur airport around 6.30 pm on Sunday. Group Captain ..

A sad Bhai Duj for sister...

While the whole world was busy preparing to celebrate Diwali, the news of martyrdom of Naik Bhushan Rameshrao Satai struck the Satai family and all residents of Katol, like a bolt from the blue. As the news spread, a pall of gloom descended over Katol. On Monday, as women will be praying for long life of their brothers on the occasion of ‘Bhai Duj’, Sarita, the martyr’s sister, will bid final farewell to her beloved brother. It was only last month that Naik Bhus..

GMCHs across country to get approval for increased 50 MBBS seats every year

Under the Central Government scheme all the Government Medical Colleges and Hospital (GMCHs) in country got 50 additional MBBS seats each in 2019, the approval of the same would be given every year for next four years. This year, all the GMCHs got approval and accordingly the respective States incorporated those additional seats in their total number of seats. The only addition in Maharashtra GMCHs is of 350 seats which have been already added in the list of total MBBS seats of 4,330 of State...

Religious places to re-open from today

After enduring the separation for seven-and-half months, doors of abode of God would once again beckon the devotees from today. With Maharashtra Government giving nod for opening religious places, hectic activity was witnessed across city as final touches were being given for cleaning and dusting before devotees start their visits at Temples, M..

GCOEN student gets package of Rs 44 lakh, creates history

Despite the job market under stress, Nishad Gotmare, an extraordinary student of first passing batch of Electronics and Telecommunication Department, Government College of Engineering, Nagpur is offered a whopping salary of Rs 44 lakh per annum by the world renowned multinational company, Sony Corporation and invited him to join Sony in the core Electronics sector. Congratulating Nishad, Dr Athawale, Dean of Training and Placement, said,..

If the trucks don’t get you, the barrier will

DEATH keeps lurking in various forms of heavy vehicles on the Shaheed Gowari flyover, connecting Rahate Colony square and Morris College T-point, despite alarms raised by concerned people. A half-hearted attempt by the authorities saw a height barrier being erected on one side of the flyover but it crashed within hours of installation, perhaps becoming victim of a truck habitual of using the flyover...

‘Vikram Samvat’ begins from today

India is a unique country with diversity. The lunar calendars are generally followed in India. The diversity is also seen in the following of calendars as per many states. The new year according to the states start with their respective almanacs. Though, most lunar calendars start the year on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and is being celebrated as Gudhi Pad..

Australian High Commr meets RSS chief

Barry O Farrel, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, visited Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Mahal area here on Sunday. He also met Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of RSS. After the meeting, Farrel tweeted, “The @RSSorg has been actively supporting the community during #COVID19. I met with Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat who shared the relief measures the organisation has adopted across India during these challenging times.”..

Diwali Pahat - A melodious addition to Festival of Lights

This year, because of novel coronavirus pandemic and lockdown imposed to contain it, the public musical programmes were not held on Diwali. But different social and cultural organisations arranged the programmes on-line on virtual media. Global Bappa Team, London (UK) and Harmonika Entertainment Nagpur A premier show of musical programme of Hindi and Marathi songs titled ‘Surmayi Diwali’ was held on-line on the occasion of Laxmi Pujan. Th..

NMC’s doorstep edn initiative provides silver lining to students

Bridging the gap in time of pandemic for haves not in society who found themselves at sea due to non-availability of technological aids, civic teachers engaged the students of NMC-run schools in home schooling. For those studying in civic schools, even access to mobile was a hard thing to come due to poverty and other issues. Faced with the challenge of ensuing continuos study of such students, NMC teachers went to doorsteps of their ..

City decks up for Diwali festival, with precautions

Diwali is the festival of light, festival of joy, and festival of hope. With these feelings in heart and precautions in mind, Nagpurians are all prepared to celebrate the festival amid COVID-19 pandemic situation. All the other festivals since March this year had to be celebrated in a low-key manner, due to lockdown and then restrictions on gathering. Central and State Governments issued standard operating procedure for various festivals, and people responded to those positively. Ram Navami was ..

All GMCHs in country to get 50 MBBS additional seats each

  By Vikas VaidyaThis Diwali brought a good news for the aspirant medicos as all Government Medical College and Hospitals (GMCHs) in the country will get 50 additional MBBS seats each. This is being done as a part of proposals received under ‘Upgradation of existing State and Central Government Medical colleges to increase MBBS seats in the country ‘for strengthening and upgradation of GMCHs for starting new PG discipline and increasing PG seats’. The decision was ..

Laxmi Pujan: A day of spiritual awakening

  By Rajendra DiweDiwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights and the most significant festival in Indian culture starts with Dhanteras. Though the entire world is reeling under coronavirus pandemic, people in India are celebrating the festival with joy and fervour. The celebration extends to all of India, parts of Nepal and various other parts of the world. This festival is not limited only to Hindus, but other religions like Jain, Sikhs, Newar Buddhists also celebrate the same. For Jain ..

Soldier from Katol killed in Gurez in shelling by Pak

Naik Bhushan Satai, attached to 6 Maratha Light Infantry of the Indian Army and a native of Katol town in Nagpur district, attained martyrdom on Friday during ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in four districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Born on October 3, 1992, Bhushan Satai joined the Indian Army on March 26, 2011. He was posted with 6 Maratha Light Infantry, under HQ 109 Infantry Brigade Division at Kanzalwan in Gurez sector in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. ..

Properties of Rs 44 lakh gutted in 49 fire cases triggered by crackers in last 10 yrs

By Dheeraj FartodeBeware, while handling crackers during Diwali as a total of 49 fires were triggered by bursting of crackers and properties collectivelly worth Rs 43.91 lakh were gutted in the fire incidents in last 10 years.According to statistic of Fire and Emergency Services of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), a total of 195 incidents of fire were reported in Nagpur between 2009 to 2019 during the time of Diwali festivities wherein bursting crackers is one of the main attraction. Of them, 54 ..

City gets Diwali gift: Ajni flyover, Manish Nagar RoB, RuB opened

 Friday was a day of surprise for those motoring on Wardha Road as they noticed the double decker has been opened for traffic. Earlier, in the day sans any hullabaloo the multi-layered transport system was dedicated to Nagpurians in a simple ceremony held at Airport South Metro station auditorium. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari was the chief guest, Anil Deshmukh, State Home Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition, were prominently present. Along with the fly-over, the Railway Overbridge ..

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana stages demos against Farm bill

 The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana workers staged a demonstration by celebrating Diwali festival on road at Samvidhan Square on Wednesday. The Diwali with agitation was started by the workers under the leadership of Ravikant Tupkar by lighting lamps at Samvidhan square. Hundreds of workers from different districts in Vidarbha participated in the agitation and registered their protest against the Farm bill passed by the Central government. They demanded the Government to declare compensation ..

Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 93.70% in Nagpur distt

  After witnessing dip in recovery rate for last two days, Nagpur district on Friday registered improvement in Covid-19 recovery rate to 93.70%. On Thursday, the recovery rate was 93.61%. The number of persons becoming corona-free on Friday too improved. With 338 persons recovering, the cumulative recovery reached 99,460. With the increase in recovery the active cases that saw spurt in last two days too reduced on Friday. The active cases reported on Friday are 3,179. On Friday, 255 ..

Dhanteras: The most auspicious day of Diwali

The 13th day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of Hindu Lunar Calendar in Ashwin/Kartik month is celebrated as the first day of five day Diwali festival. In India, this day is celebrated as per the traditions as Dhanatrayodashi; Dhanteras; Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the God of Ayurveda; ..

Joshi, Wanjari file nomination papers for Graduates’ Constituency polls

  Principal Correspondent :  Sandip Joshi, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate and Adv Abhijit Wanjari, candidate of Mahavikas Aaghadi on Thursday filed their nomination papers separately, along with their supporters and leaders with Divisional Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar. The show of strength from both the sides was visible. With Sandip Joshi, himself a Mayor came a large procession of stalwarts in Party like Sudhir Mungantiwar, ex-Finance Minister and now Chairman of Public Accounts ..

64.83% population ‘still vulnerable’ to COVID-19 in distt: Sero survey

THE administration, on Thursday, officially released the results of COVID-19 ‘Sero Survey’ conducted in Nagpur city and rural areas of district. As per the survey results, 49.7 per cent of population surveyed in Nagpur city had presence of antibodies, indicating past infection of COVID-19. In rural areas, the prevalence was 20.7 per cent. The prevalence in district as a whole -- including Nagpur city and rural areas -- was 35.17 per cent. Based ..

Illegal sweetmeat factory at Lava raided

IN A joint operation, Food & Drug Administration and Wadi Police raided an unauthorised sweetmeat factory at Lava on Khadgaon Road and seized 553 kilogramme adulterated khoya sweets worth Rs 1.10 lakh and skimmed milk powder worth Rs 8,510. During the raid, food safety officers found that Meghraj Mesusingh Rajpurohit was illegally running the business by adulterating khoya with safolite and other chemicals. FDA team collected the samples and sent those to laboratory for analysis...

DGGI arrests directors of Sunil Hitech Engineering, Shree Oshiya Ferro Alloy

The Mumbai Zonal Unit of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), CBIC on Thursday arrested Sunil Ratnakar Gutte, Director of Sunil Hitech Engineering Ltd., on charges of having fraudulently availed, utilised as well as passing on fictitious Input Tax Credit. The Input Tax Credit amounts to Rs 520 crore, which was raised on the basis of bogus invoices received and issued without any actual supply of goods or services. As per DGGI – Mumbai Zonal unit’s investigation, it has been found that ..

Man kills kid to settle scores with her father

In a macabre incident, a man, angry over another man for breaking his marriage, killed the man’s 2.5-year-old daughter by slitting her throat with a cutter. The incident took place at Khemkund in Ralegaon taluka on Wednesday evening. As per information given by Wadki Police, Santosh Narayan Murkhe had a dispute with Balu Motiram Maregama over some issue...

Sancheti’s pursuance compels Govt to bring OTT platforms under I&B Ministry

Perturbed by the obscenity reflected in several TV serials, movies or other entertainment programmes shown on Television, Nagpur’s Business tycoon and former Rajya Sabha Member Ajay Sancheti ran a letter campaign. Finally Government brought Over The Top (OTT) platforms under the ambit of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), headed by Prakash Javadekar...

Kalvari-class submarine ‘Vagir’ launched in Mumbai

INDIAN Navy’s fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir, having superior stealth features like the advanced acoustic absorption technique, was launched on Thursday at the Mazagon Dock in south Mumbai. Vijaya, wife of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, launched the submarine through video conferencing. The Minister was the chief guest at the event and attended it via video link from Goa. Vagir is part of the six Kalvari-class submarines being built i..

MPCB allows use of ‘Green’ crackers; dealers unaware about such crackersl

Though Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has allowed ‘Green’ eco-friendly firecrackers this Diwali, the dealers in city are unaware about such crackers. Even they have confusion about the fire-crackers they are selling. With concern over increasing pollution, especially in cities, the MPCB has finally allowed sale and bursting of ‘Green’ fire-crackers’, on Wednesday. However, the Board is firm on its stand about no other fire-crackers be allowed this Diwali...

Graduates’ Constituency polls: Joshi, Wanjari to file nominations today

Sandip Joshi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate and Adv Abhijit Wanjari of Congress and supported by Mahavikas Aaghadi, will file nomination papers for Graduates’ Constituency elections, separately, on Thursday. Leaders and supporters of both the candidates to accompany them. November 12 is the last date for filing the nominations. To be accompanied by Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Graduate Constituency election in-charge; Pravin Datke, BJP city unit President, and others, Sandip Joshi would reach ..

No action on illegal water plants yet by NMC: MPCB

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is yet to take any action against the cool water can, chilled water jar units (plants) engaged in the business of selling bottled/packaged water without licence in city. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued directions to all local bodies of the district to identify the cool water can, chilled water jar units (plants) which have no permission from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and NoC from Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to run such plants, ..

ACB sleuths arrest Textile Commissioner’s PA for demanding bribe of Rs 5 lakh

  Staff Reporter :  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Nagpur, on Wednesday, caught a Personal Assistant (PA) to the Commissioner of Textile for demanding a bribe of Rs five lakh. ACB, in a press release, stated that the complainant, a resident of Plot No. 40, New Dhnyaneshwar Nagar, Manewada road, owns a private security company. He had deployed eight security guards at Vinkar Co-operative Spinning Mill which comes under Department of Co-operative Marketing and Textile.  The complainant ..

Providential escape for MLC Vyas

BJP MLC Girish Vyas had providential escape when a speeding MSRTC bus hit a pick-up van, which subsequently hit his Innova Crysta vehicle near Dongargaon toll plaza on Wardha road on Wednesday. “Nobody was hurt in the accident,” said Hingna police...

It’s final: No Winter Session in Nagpur

After preparations and some expenditure, finally, it was decided on Tuesday that the much-awaited Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature would not be held in Nagpur as scheduled. Instead, the session will be held in Mumbai. The decision in this regard was taken in the meeting of Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of State Legislature held in Mumbai. As per the schedule, Winter Session was scheduled to commence in Nagpur from December 7. The BAC was supposed to chalk out duration of the session and ..

Mass Comm hall to be named after ex-Hitavada Editor G T Parande

The Management Council of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has unanimously decided to name the new seminar hall of the Department of Mass Communication after former Editor of ‘The Hitavada’ late G T Parande. Parande was not only a great journalist but he also headed the department. The present Head of the Department Dr Moiz Mannan Haque had moved the proposal in that regards...

AICC confirms Adv Wanjari’s name for Graduates’ constituency

All India Congress Committee (AICC) President Sonia Gandhi has confirmed the name of Adv Abhijit Wanjari for the Graduates’ Constituency. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) had already declared the name of Adv Wanjari in March this year itself. But the confirmation is being made by Sonia Gandhi herself indicates, Congress’ intention to fight with full force. Mahavikas Aaghadi (MVA) has yet not cleared its stand but according to senior leaders of all the three parties Adv Wanjari would be ..

NMC appeals people to opt for noise pollution-free Diwali

Against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has appealed citizens to opt for noise pollution free Diwali celebrations. Similarly to ensure compliance with the directives, Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, has banned bursting of high decibel firecrackers, particularly Sutli Bomb and similar items during the festivities...

MPCB says no to sale, use of fire-crackers this Diwali

Following the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Nagpur on Tuesday has issued letters to District Collector and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to impose complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the city. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has listed 122 cities that normally have the air quality beyond norms...

Women in villages should form Self-help Groups, says Ahirkar

Women in villages should form self help groups (SHGs) and push their products in nearby city markets so that they can generate some income in addition to working as farm help. This was suggested by Sachin Ahirkar, Director, Krushi Bharat Naturals, while addressing valedictory function of two day skill training camp organised by Agriculture Department at Mangrul village in Nagpur Tehsil...

Mpl Commr, DCP take first hand account of crowding in markets

Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, along with Sarang Awad, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Control Branch, jointly toured city markets on Tuesday. The joint tour came to have first hand information about the local conditions so any steps if needed to avoid crowding can be taken. The two senior officers in tow with their officers surveye..

Rs 2,297 cr for flood-hit in State; Vidarbha to get only Rs 288.44 cr

Maharashtra Government, on Monday, released the ‘first installment’ of aid to farmers and people affected due to excessive rainfall and floods in State during June to October this year. Of the total amount of Rs 2,297.0637 crore for the State, Vidarbha region will be getting Rs 288.4429 crore, that is, 12.55 per cent of total aid. As far as aid to farmers is concerned, the Government has approved Rs 10,000 per hectare for minimum 33 per cent loss..

BJP announces Sandip Joshi as its candidate for Graduates’ Constituency

With the announcement of the name of Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate for the Graduates’ Constituency rather belatedly, the political picture of this prestigious contest has become clear. The BJP now has a strong candidate in the young Joshi with an experience of nearly 20 years in local politics. Having held various positions of responsibility in the party and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Sandip J..