‘BJP contests elections on its political performance’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will bank on how it abrogation of Article 370, how it is batting for bringing uniform civil code, how it is endeavoring for bringing law to stop triple talaq is the general perception. But dumping all these speculations or perceptions, Dr Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, senior BJP leader and national Vice-President said, “Certainly abrogation of Article 370 is the biggest achievement of this Government. But we are not propagating it or not making it the only issue of our campaign. ..

VNIT proposes complete ban on heavy vehicles on Ajni RoB

A tanker plying on Ajni RoB even as one can read the notice about ban on movement of heavy vehicles. (Pic by Satish Raut)  Staff Reporter : Initially, height barriers need to be erected to bar entry of heavy vehicles on weakening RoB, stated VNIT in its structural audit report   Increasing worries of railway establishment, heavy vehicles continue to have a free run on Ajni railway overbridge (RoB). Despite the warning board placed on either sides of RoB, drivers of heavy ..

DGGI conducts action against builders and developers

  Business Bureau :   BASED on data analytics and other relevant factors, co-ordinated operation were undertaken in the recent past by Director General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence (DGGI), Nagpur Zonal Unit, against taxpayers in the Real Estate Sector. The major taxpayers covered in the co-ordinated operations included M/s Green City Builders; M/s Kukreja Infrastructure; M/s Pardeshi Construction Pvt. Ltd.; M/s Kukreja Embassy; M/s J D Buildcon Pvt. Ltd in Nagpur region ..

Gorewada lake water-level at maximum

RMC forecasts more rains as monsoon to remain active for 10 more days Consistent rainfall for last couple of days has brought a good news for the region as water-level of Gorewada lake that remained parched in summer is at maximum. Water in Gorewada, the lifeline of Nagpur city, is set to overflow in nearby areas. Similarly, water-level of Totladoh irrigation project has reached 100 per cent of its designed storage capacity. Nagpur city and surrounding areas are receiving continuous rains...

Agriculture Deptt bans five insecticides in Amravati Divn

  Staff Reporter :   Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department has banned five insecticides in Amravati Division for a period of 60 days. The insecticides and their specific formulations have been banned in view of their ‘hazardous nature’ and ‘repeated occurrences of insecticides poisoning’. Dr Anil Bonde, Agriculture Minister, had stated at a press conference held in Nagpur on Wednesday that he had asked his department to ..

Woman, mother-in-law strangulate month-old daughter to death

Staff Reporter :  Unable to bear the cost of medical treatment of her ailing month-old daughter, a woman allegedly strangled her to death with the help her mother-in-law. The heart rending incident was reported from Ranala village under the jurisdict..

Matru Shodashi: A rich tribute to mother in family

Pitru Paksha or Mahalaya Parva is a 15 lunar day’s period very important in Sanatan Vedic Dharma. During the period, people pay homage to their ancestors by offering food. In Maharashtra and in South India, the period starts from the full moon day of Bhadrapada (Proushthapadi Pournima, next day of Anant Chaturdashi) or a day after full moon day. According to North Indian calendar, the period falls in the lunar month of Ashwin beginning with the full moon day of Bhadrapada. Though the nomenclature ..

Vaghate: The natural antidote against snake-bite


No of potholes rising in city, reveals response to RTI query

  Staff Reporter :   Even as the length of cement roads has increased in the city, it appears that the condition of tar roads is worsening. For, if one goes by the response of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to a Right to Information (RTI) Act query, the number of potholes on city roads is increasing over the years. RTI activist Abhay Kolarkar had sought information regarding number of potholes removed by NMC between April 1, 2016 and July 31, 2019.   As per the reply ..

Heavy downpour lashes distt, 10 gates of Totladoh opened

 A panoramic view of the beauty of Ambazari lake spillover point was captured by ‘The Hitavada’ lensman Anil Futane. Staff Reporter : Heavy downpour on Wednesday late night too   For years, spillover from Ambazari lake has been the measure of good rainfall. The spillover was in full force, following the heavy downpour in two spells on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. It rained cats and dogs in rural areas and catchment area of Totladoh reservoir too. As ..

Even party candidates have to work at booth level: J P Nadda

How the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) makes the difference, is evident from the appeal made by Jagat Prasad Nadda, National President (Working) in Nagpur on Thursday while addressing Vijay Sankalp rally at Suresh Bhat auditorium. “Nobody can assume victory is ours only. Everybody has to work hard. Leaders, candidates too have to work at booth level if time demands,” Nadda made it clear. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, too, made everybody aware that mere handing over the biodata would not be enough, they ..

Repair potholes on top priority: Mpl Commissioner tells various agencies

  Staff Reporter :   A little prod from Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court pushed the civic machinery in action with Municipal Commissioner Abhijit Bangar promptly writing to all agencies to take up work of filling up potholes on top priority. Bangar has written to Project Director, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Chairperson, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), General Manager, Maha Metro, and Chief Engineer, Public Works Department (PWD), that they need to ensure that ..

Kapil Nagar, Pardi, Wathoda police stations inaugurated

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule inaugurating Pardi police station while MLA Krishna Khopde, Joint CP Ravindra Kadam and others look on.   Staff Reporter :   Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Wednesday inaugurated Kapil Nagar, Pardi and Wathoda police stations. The new police stations will help the cops to rein in increasing crime in outskirts of the city. MLAs Krishna Khopde, Dr Milind Mane, Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP) Ravindra Kadam, Additional ..

Forest Department asked to notify 3,00,166 Ha land as reserved forest

State Government has given targets to circle offices of Forest Department to notify unclassed area and protected forests under Section 4 of the Indian Forest Act. The total area to be notified is 3,00,166 hectares! Section 4 of the Indian Forest Act, 1927, reads as follows: “Whenever it has been decided to constitute any land a reserved forest, the State Government shall issue a notification in the Official Gazette -- (a)..

Farmers owning land up to 5 Ha eligible for PoCRA: Agri Minister

Dr Anil Bonde, Agriculture Minister, addressing the press conference in city on Wednesday.    Staff Reporter :   ‘Krishi Mitra’ and ‘Krishi Tai’ to be appointed for counselling of farmers    Maharashtra Government has made certain changes in the norms of Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA) named after ‘Bharat Ratna’ Nanaji Deshmukh. As a result, the farmers owning land up to five hectares also will be eligible for the ..

Ram Jhula set to don dynamic lighting to add to its grandeur

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) plans to add a dash of splendor on Ram Jhula through dynamic lighting. The only cable-stayed bridge of Central India that provides connectivity to East and West Nagpur is in proximity of Nagpur Railway Station. During night time, lights at Walua stone building of railway station provide a spectacular effect and perhaps taking a cue from this, the civic body thought of the razzmatazz on the bridge. Dynamic lighting is widely used on cable stayed bridges in western ..

High Court takes suo-motu cognisance of shoddy roads

Lashing out at the civic body and police authorities for their inaction in providing pot-hole free roads ensuring smooth traffic and accident-free roads, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday took suo-motu cognizance of shoddy roads and rising number of mishaps due to inept handling of the situation. Due to bad roads, one death was reported as the ambulance got stuck in the pothole and 29 serious injuries were also reported in last few weeks...

J P Nadda arriving in city today

The newly-appointed National Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jagat Prasad Nadda is arriving in Nagpur on Wednesday. This is his first visit to Nagpur after he assumed the charge of top post in the party. He will arrive at Nagpur’s Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at 11.30 am. The city unit of BJP is ready to give Nadda a rousing welcome at the airport. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will take out a grand scooter rally in the honour of Nadda’s arrival. The rally will ..

Iqbal Ahmed comes up with new model

Iqbal Ahmed is the big name in miniature world, who learnt the art of shrinking huge machines into miniatures. He spent more time in grandfather’s garage and learnt to play with old cars that his grandfather brought home being torn down and then sewn up. Ahmed comes up with new miniature model which is a small electric train looks like steam locomotive that can move on dining table carrying dishes to and fro...

CR to use new concrete technology to firm up hillocks in ghat section of Nagpur Division

Central Railway is contemplating usage of a new concrete technology to firm up the hillocks that are prone to landslides in the ghat section of Nagpur Division. The work is planned along side laying third-line in Teegaon-Chinchoda section of 17 kms that cuts through Sahyadri Ghats of Nagpur-Itarsi section. The area is treacherous as falling boulders from mountains abutting the tracks pose danger, particularly more during the monsoon season, for passenger trains...

Structural changes hit MTDC functioning

  By Ramesh Marulkar:  The functioning of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has collapsed in Vidarbha, following structural changes made two months ago, according to reliable sources. MTDC has shifted Regional Managers from Nagpur and Amravati divisions to Directorate of Tourism at same places on deputation basis. Now, they will be known as Deputy Directors, Tourism, but they have not received orders in this regard.  They are supposed to look after developmental ..

Will parents think seriously over getting rid of mobiles?

  By Vikas Vaidya:  There is one video gone viral some months ago. The scene in the video is one child of age less than a year lying on the bed watching cartoon film on mobile. The mobile is kept on a stool in such a way that the child could watch it. The mother comes and remove the mobile from the stool to change the bedsheet. As and when she removes the mobile, the child starts crying aggressively. Horrified by the reaction by child, the mother keeps back the mobile on stool and with immediate ..

Jail Road bus stop opened for passengers

 Staff Reporter : Newly-constructed bus stop at Jail Road between Kruplani T-point and Ajni Over-bridge was opened for travellers on Tuesday. It will replace Rahate Colony Square bus stop. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Traffic Chinmay Pandit, MSRTC Official T Kalmegh, Police Inspector Traffic Jayesh Bhandarkar and others were present at the occasion.  A press release of Traffic police informed that the all buses moving towards Wardha and Chandrapur will halt at the new stop. The ..

US-based fraudsters target IDBI bank, siphon off Rs 60 lakh of 284 customers

TOTAL 284 customers of IDBI Bank across the country lost Rs 60 lakh after details of their debit cards were stolen by cyber criminals. The money was siphoned off to various accounts in banks across United States of America (USA). Prima facie investigation has revealed that the data of international debit cards (platinum) issued by IDBI ..

Nilekani inaugurates BIT campus; urges youth to exploit opportunities

 Rahul Bajaj addressing the gathering at the inauguration of the new BIT campus at Pipri (Meghe)-Wardha on Monday. Also seen on the dais are Sanjay Bhargava, Rohini Nilekani, Nandan Nilekani, Shekhar Bajaj, and Dr Narendra Kanhe.   District Correspondent :  WARDHA Indian youths stand on the doorstep of fantastic opportunities to carve out a bright future for themselves. The trick lies in utilising the technological advantage India has by way of its superior education, superior ..

Fate of Poonam Tower in limbo

 N Kumar claims to have all valid documents when he received sanctions in 2002, 2004  How the then authority allowed the construction in front of Vidhan Bhavan?  Principal Correspondent :  Poonam Tower stands tall in front of Vidhan Bhavan has become an unresolved matter after 20 years, when its construction started. Two years ago, the present Maharashtra Government realised its security threat and the process of acquiring the building got momentum. Though Government did take daredevil ..

Now, IDCs to reimburse only 25 per cent of establishment cost from water charges

    By Kartik Lokhande :   Providing a relief to Irrigation Development Corporations (IDCs) in the State, Water Resources Department (WRD) has decided to reduce the reimbursement of establishment expenses they were supposed to pay to the Government. This has been done considering that ‘recovering these expenses from the water charges recovered by irrigation development corporations might adversely affect repairs and maintenance of irrigation projects’. As per ..

BSNL employees still wait for their salaries

  Staff Reporter :  Cash strapped Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has defaulted on payment of salaries of its employees for August. This is second time in the year the Mini Ratna company could not meet its committed expenditure on salaries. For employees each passing day is full of suspense given the current problem of cash flow of company due to intense competition in the telecom sector. The employees said that their salaries are credited by end of every month. However, now more ..

HC refuses to stay demolition of illegal constructions near HT lines

  Staff Reporter :   “HUMAN life is more precious than the property. Loss caused due to demolition of illegal portion can be recovered, but loss caused due to death of a human being is irreparable,” observed Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Monday, while refusing to show any leniency towards illegal and unauthorised constructions carried out beneath the high tension line or those in dangerous proximity to HT lines. The High Court made it clear that aggrieved dwelling ..

DNA lab to come up at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali

  By Ramesh Marulkar :  The lab will decide exact carnivore killing persons and submit test report within three weeks. At present, the report is awaited from other labs for more than three months, causing delay in the process  A Rs 2.74 crore DNA laboratory is coming at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali, to enable forest authorities get test report to know exactly the killer wild animal like tiger, leopard or other beast at earliest possible. This is the third such lab ..

Govt sanctions 100 more electric buses to NMC

    Staff Reporter :   Central Government has sanctioned 100 more electric buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and same would reach city by December end stated Jeetendra alias Bunty Kukde, Chairperson, Transport Committee, on Monday. He said as per norms, Centre provides 40 per cent subsidy for buses while cost of 9 metre buses comes to Rs 1.40 crores. As NMC itself does not have deep pockets they have decided to go for hybrid model for procuring the buses. The civic ..

Community’s progress does not depend on reservation: Gadkari

 Staff Reporter :  Favouring the reservation for economically backward class, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday stated, though reservation is necessary for the growth of downtrodden it does not help community to grow. Gadkari was speaking during the inauguration of 13th mega convention of Akhil Maali Samaj organised to mark the occasion of diamond jubilee celebrations of Mahatma Phule Shikshan Sanstha. Keshav Prasad Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh presided over the function. ..

‘Participation in olympiads promotes scientific thinking from school level’

  By Ajay Mardikar :  Indian students have secured four golds, seven silvers and one bronze in the Olympiad in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology held recently. The students have secured two golds each in Physics and Chemistry. They bagged three silver medals in Physics, one in Chemistry and three in Biology. The Olympiads for junior college students were held in different parts of the country. Although the achievements are below the students from China and Chinese Taipei, they have been ..

Various bodies launch cleanliness drive to mark ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’

 Staff Reporter :  Various organisations in the city launched cleanliness campaign in the city to mark ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’. Central Railway ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ has been organised by Nagpur Division of Central Railway from September 16 to September 30 under the guidance of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Somesh Kumar. DRM Somesh Kumar administered the oath cleanliness to all railway officials and railway employees on Monday. “Mahatma Gandhi had dreamed of not ..

Be creative to achieve success: Kirloskar tells VNIT graduates

 Rashi Laddha, winner of highest number of awards being presented with certificate of excellence by Sanjay Kirloskar as Vishram Jamdar, Dr Pramod Padole and others look on. (Pic by Moonlight)   Staff Reporter :   “Be creative, that is the only way to achieve success in today’s world.” That’s the mantra given by Sanjay Kirloskar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd., while addressing 17th convocation of Visvesvaraya National Institute ..

Nilekani to inaugurate Bajaj Institute of Technology today

  Staff Reporter :   Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder and Chairman of Infosys Limited and Founding Chairman of UIDAI (Aadhaar), will inaugurate Bajaj Institute of Technology (BIT) in Pipri (Meghe) village in Wardha district on Monday at 3 pm. Rahul Bajaj, President of Shiksha Mandal, Wardha; Sanjay Bhargava, Chairman, Shiksha Mandal that runs BIT; Dr Narendra Kanhe, Principal; and other dignitaries will grace the occasion with their presence. Rahul Bajaj appealed to the representatives ..

‘Learn from Indian Army which follows only one Dharma, How to be an Indian’

“Citizens of our country must take from the Army two things. First, it must be known that Army has no Mazhab. It has only one Dharma ‘how to be an Indian’. When the country has problems of self-confidence, look at the Army. This will change your belief. Secondly, if one has Josh, Hosh must also follow. Leaders in Army have Hosh to serve and then Josh follows automatically,” exhorted Lt Gen Sayed Ata Hasnain,..

Meticulous Physiotherapy treatment can heal patients sans medicines

 Principal Correspondent :  There are so many misconceptions about physiotherapy. People are unaware about this branch. Most people think that after every orthopaedic injury one has to do some physiotherapy. Thats it! But this is not true. Physiotherapy is not limited only to post-orthopaedic procedures. It has gone beyond that. Physiotherapy is a complex specialty, as it deals with all disciplines of medicine. Post-operative rehabilitation is the main aspect of physiotherapy and it is being ..

Replace power transmission lines with underground cables: Task Force report

 Staff Reporter :  In its report submitted recently to Standing Committee of National Board for Wild Life (NBWL), the Task Force constituted by Union Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has suggested replacement of existing power transmission lines with insulated cables or underground cables ‘on priority basis’ to reduce wildlife mortality. The Task Force was constituted to suggest eco-friendly measures to mitigate impact of power transmission ..

Rahul Bajaj pays visit to Smruti Mandir

 Staff Reporter :  Rahul Bajaj, Chairman of Bajaj Auto, paid a visit to Smruti Mandir, Reshimbagh here on Sunday. During his one-hour visit to the premises, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionaries accompanied him. Bajaj, a noted industrialist and philanthropist, offered floral tributes at the statue of Dr K B Hedgewar, founder of RSS. He also paid tributes to M S Golwalkar Guruji, the second Sarsanghchalak. During his stay, RSS functionaries accompanying him informed him about various ..

Promoting multifaceted Hamid Dalwai among masses as a true secularist: Jyoti Subhash

“Hamid Dalwai was a true human being, secularist and amazing author. He led his life till last breath for protection and preservation of human values. Dalwai was a real thinker par excellence. His thoughts and principles were far ahead of time. This is the reason, I wanted to promote Dalwai’s thoughts among youths,” said renowned theatre actress Jyoti Subhash on Sunday. Subhash was interacting with Ajey Gampawar in an open interview at Vanamati Hall...

‘Cinemar Moto’, using representative but contrasting voices

 Bratya Basu and Anasuya Majumder in a scene from the drama ‘Cinemar Moto’.  By Dr Supantha Bhattacharyya :  The second evening of the Bengali theatre festival, hosted by Bengali Association and Bengali Education Society and dedicated to the multifaceted film/theatre personality-cum-state minister Bratya Basu, showcased his 2013 hit play ‘Cinemar Moto’ (Just like the Movies). While yesterday’s opener ‘Adyo Shesh Rajani’ tackled the issue ..

City doc Vartika wins ‘Mrs West Asia’ title

  Staff Reporter :   Beauty is the reflection of excellent physical and mental fitness. City-based doctor Dr Vartika Patil has proven this by winning the coveted title of ‘Mrs West Asia’ in a beauty pageant held recently at Pune. Aditi Govitrikar, Mrs World-2001, presented the crown of ‘Mrs West Asia’ to Dr Vartika Patil. Now, Dr Patil will be representing Nagpur in the upcoming Mrs Universe pageant scheduled to be held in China between December 22, 2019 ..

Kashikar, Shembekar of Ankur Seeds get VIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognising the contribution of Ankur Seeds Pvt. Ltd, Nagpur in progress of agriculture sector in the region, Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA) on Saturday gave Lifetime Achievement Award to R M Kashikar, Chairman and M G Shembekar, Managing Director of the company. Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari; former Justice of Bombay High Court M N Gilani; ..

Bengali Theatre Fest starts with brilliant ‘Adyo Shesh Rajani’

 A scene from Bengali drama ‘Adyo Shesh Rajani’. (Pic by Sanjib Ganguly)   By Dr Supantha Bhattacharyya :   In line with legends like Vaclav Havel, Bratya Basu effortlessly straddles two worlds: that of a career politician (he is the Minister of Science, Technology and Biotechnology with the additional charge of Forest Department in Mamata Banerji’s government) and Bengal’s most prolific living playwright. This former professor of Literature also acts ..

Director of Jham Builders arrested

HEMANT Sikander Jham, Director of Jham Builders and Developers, who duped over 400 investors of crores of rupees and was absconding for the past two years, finally landed in police dragnet on Saturday. A resident of 202, Orchid Bloom Apartment, Sai Nagar, Sonegaon, Jham (33) was arrested by Unit-I of crime branch from his house...

State V-Cs want varsities to become student-centric

 Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chancellor of Universities in Maharashtra along with Vice-Chancellors of all the universities in State. Principal Correspondent :   State Higher and Technical Education Secretary Saurabh Vijay may convene a meeting of V-Cs soon for the integrated efforts Responding to a call given by newly-appointed Chancellor of Universities in State, Bhagat Singh Koshyari to make universities a centre of excellence, Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs) of State expressed they ..

Putting the ‘best foot’ forward

Though these lines of a popular Hindi movie song have a different context, the efforts of a city-based organisation have provided it a new context -- of restoring happiness in the lives of needy people by providing them artificial limb. ..

BJP holds ‘Zenda Lagao’ campaign in Sillewada

 Girish Vyas, MLC; Dr Rajiv Potdar, BJP District President; Sonba Musale and other BJP leaders during a meeting held at Sillewada on Saturday.   Staff Reporter :   Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in response to Saoner MLA Sunil Kedar’s threat issued to BJP workers, organised a ‘Zenda Lagao’ campaign in Sillewada village on Saturday. “If required, we will intensify the campaign,” said Dr Rajiv Potdar, BJP District President, while addressing the gathering ..

RPF SECR to form 3 new dog squads; proposal approved for kennels

  By Dheeraj Fartode :   South East Central Railway (SECR) has approved a proposal for construction of three kennels at Nagbhid, Dongargadh and Bilaspur station for dedicated detective dog squads. Railway Protection Force (RPF) of SECR will get a helping hand with the dog squad for checking of trains and passenger luggage. Divisional Security Commandant (DSC) Ashutosh Pandey informed ‘The Hitavada’ that tendering process would be start this month. Similarly, three dogs ..

Gadkari inaugurates city’s first LNG-to-CNG mother station

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and MSMEs, inaugurated the city’s first LNG-to-CNG mother station RawMatt CNG Pump, near Automotive Square, Mouja Wanjari, Ring Road, on Friday. Nanda Jichkar, Mayor; Jitendra alias Bunty Kukde, Chairman of Transport Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC); the officials of RawMatt Industries Pvt Ltd, NMC, and InoxCVA, PetroNet also were present on the occasion. After pressing the button to inaugurate the first pump that will convert liquefied ..

City sees smooth passage of Ganesh idol immersion

Working in tandem, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Nagpur City Police saw smooth passage of immersion of idols of Lord Ganesh at end of ten-day festival. The arrangements put in place by Health Department (Cleanliness) of civic body and fine tuning of strategy with police department paid rich dividends this year. A survey of Futala Lake and at other places where artificial immersion tanks were placed showcased very minimal waste at the sites. About 2,92,702 idols were immersed and 179.5 tonnes ..

After Totladoh, now Navegaon Khairy dam filled to the brim

Irrigation Department is now battling problem of plenty due to overflowing dams in Nagpur District leading to opening of gates of Totladoh as well as that of Navegaon Khairy. While Totladoh sees massive inflow due to opening of gates of Machagora Dam in upstream of Pench river in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh that is battered by heavy rains.Totladoh is the biggest dam in Vidarbha and its stock has crossed 96 per cent mark requiring lifting of its gates. The dam is situation at Navegaon Khairi and at ..

HC raps CJM for not completing NDCCB trial

 Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Friday, issued contempt notice to Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) and sought his explanation by October 5 for not completing the trial of Rs 152 crore Government Security (Gilt) scam, which had rocked Nagpur District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCCB) 17 years ago.A division bench consisting of Justice Sunil Shukre and Justice Milind Jadhav came down heavily upon the judicial officer for not completing the criminal trial involving then NDCCB Chairman and ..

No road through Bharatvan, Govt finds alternative through Ravi Nagar quarters

There is a reason for nature lovers to smile as Maharashtra Government has dropped the idea of constructing a road through the Bharatvan. The decision was taken on Friday during the meeting of top Government officials chaired by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.Common citizens too had opposed the move to cut through the Bharatvan and for nearly eleven months they kept up their resistance to plan mooted by Maha Metro to construct a road through the forest land owned by Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth ..

3,000 cops in bandobast for Ganesh ‘visarjan’

 Commissioner of Police Dr B K Upadhyaya taking review of the arrangements at Futala lake on Wednesday.  Staff Reporter :  More than 3,000 police personnel will be deployed in the city during Ganesh idol immersion on Thursday. Along with additional CCTV cameras, the cops will also take help of drone cameras to supervise the bandobast. Additional Commissioner of Police Dr Shashikant Mahavarkar informed reporters in a press conference that immersion of Sarvajanik Ganpati would take place ..

NMC launches Morya App for ‘visarjan’

  Staff Reporter :  Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has launched Morya NMC Nagpur android app to assist citizens in location of nearby tank for immersion of idols of Lord Ganpati. Informing this on Wednesday, Deputy Mayor Deepraj Pardikar and Virendra Kukreja, Chairperson, Health Committee, NMC, said the App is developed by Engineering students of city. The App was launched on eve of Ganesh Visarjan as NMC expects large number of idols to be immersed on Thursday.  The app can be ..

‘State has potential to grow but priorities of growth changed’

Jayant Patil    By Vikas Vaidya : Jayant Patil is President of Maharashtra State Unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). Patil has emerged as a top leader on his own. He was never termed as ‘Sonrise’ despite having legacy of his father Rajarambapu Patil who himself was a great political leader in his times. Recently, NCP Supremo and political heavyweight Sharad Pawar certified Patil as one who is capable of leading the State. Patil was in Nagpur leading Shiv Swarajya ..

BJP won’t vacate Ramtek, Katol seats for Shiv Sena: Bawankule

  Staff Reporter : Vijay Ghodmare free to exercise his options, says Guardian Minister  “Bharatiya Janata Party had won both -- Ramtek and Katol -- seats in State Legislative Assembly elections held in 2014. Hence, there is no question of BJP leaving these two seats for Shiv Sena in the ensuing Assembly elections,” said Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of district. Bawankule was replying to questions of mediapersons during a press interaction held at ..

All 14 gates of Totladoh dam opened

 Staff Reporter :  All the 14 gates of Totladoh Dam were lifted on Wednesday evening to release water as the storage level rose to 97 per cent of its designed capacity. The gates were lifted by 30 cms each allowing discharge of 120 Cumsec (cubic metre/sec), said J B Turkhede, Executive Engineer, Pench Irrigation Project. Earlier taking into account future inflow, Irrigation Department had decided about opening of only four of the 14 gates. Thereafter rest of the gates were lifted at 6 pm ..

Medicinal values of ‘Patri’ used in festivals

 By Rajendra Diwe :  Marua Patra: In English it is known as Marjoram; in Hindi it is termed as Maruwa; in Sanskrit as Surabhi Patra; in Telugu as Maruvam and in Marathi it is known as Marwa. The leaves are having medicinal values. The leaves contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. The leaves are used in Increasing the efficiency of digestion by increasing digestive enzymes and saliva; Calming the stomach and digestive system; Improving appetite; Relieving nausea; Eliminating flatulence; ..

Facebook friend molests girl

  Staff Reporter :   Two cases of molestation were reported in the city in MIDC and Imambada police station areas. A Facebook friend of a girl molested her when she discontinued their friendship. MIDC police have registered criminal case against accused Sameer Mendhe (31), a resident of Dhamma Kirti Nagar, Dattawadi. According to police, the accused befriended the 24-year-old girl on Facebook and they had gone for a date. After realising that the youth was not good in nature, the ..

Vigorous rainfall changes scene at Totladoh dam from dismal to bright

  Ramtek Correspondent/ Staff Reporter :   In mid-September, the dam is having stock of 88.78 per cent by Tuesday, the highest ever in six years      Within a span of 50 days, the scene at Totladoh Dam changed from dismal to bright due to remarkable turnaround in its fortune thanks to vigorous rains in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. Till mid-August, even the dead stock from the dam was being lifted by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to quench the thirst of citizens. ..

Nagpur Rural police team attacked near Saoner

  Saoner Correspondent :  Six police personnel injured in the attack Six police personnel including a Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) and a Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) were seriously injured when a group of anti-social elements attacked the police team at Pardhi settlement in Saoner police station area on Tuesday. According to police, the police team led by SDPO Ashok Sabalkar had gone to settlement to raid illicit liquor distilling den of Revislal Chavhan (32) in the morning hours. ..

13-year-old girl gangraped at crematorium in Hingna

Staff Reporter :  A 13-year-old girl was gangraped at a crematorium in Hingna area when she was going to attend nature’s call on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. The girl was admitted at the hospital and her condition is critical. The accused have been identified as Amit Jaiprakash Thakur (18) and Balwant Gond (20) and two other juveniles.  According to police, the girl had gone to attend nature’s call in the bushes on Sunday at 11.30 pm. Amit and Balwant stopped the ..

Electric bus inducted in NMC’s transport fleet

 Anand Swaroop, Chief Operating Officer, Olectra, handing over key of Tejaswini Bus, the first electric bus, to Mayor Nanda Jichkar as Sandeep Joshi, Abhijit Bangar and others look on.Staff Reporter :  By 2030 buses running on petrol and diesel will become outdated and hence Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has taken conscious decision to induct electric buses in its transport fleet, stated Mayor Nanda Jichkar here on Tuesday. All vehicles of civic body will switch over to CNG in time ..

Medicinal values of ‘Patri’ used in festivals

 By Rajendra Diwe :  Kadali Patra: In English it is called as Plantain or Banana Plant. The Kadali leaves resemble like that of Banana leaves, but they are small in size than Banana leaves. The botanical species may be different. In Hindi and Sanskrit it is called as Kadali Patra while in Telugu it is known as Arati. In Marathi it is called as Kardali. The whole plant, roots, flowers and unripe fruits are of medicinal value. The flowers contain: dopamine, dopanoradrenalin, caffieic acid, ..

With trains’ punctuality taking hit, Rlys rush RPF to level crossings

  By Dheeraj Fartode :   Railways plans to install CCTV cameras at busy level crossing gates to identify regular offenders and ensure smooth flow of vehicular traffic    To prevent trespassing and for facilitating smooth movement of trains, Railway Protection Force (RPF) will deploy its personnel at the level crossing gates across the country. The move follows jump in detention of long distance trains at crossings during rush hour traffic of vehicles, mostly in fast ..

Shilpa Agarwal is brand ambassador for ‘Fit India’

  By Mahesh S Kale : SHILPA Agarwal has done it again. This time the fitness enthusiast has achieved a new milestone by becoming the brand ambassador for ‘Fit India’ campaign. The industrialist and Mrs Universe Lovely winner has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Fit India Campaign Brand Ambassador’ which is a part of ‘Fit India’ movement programme that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Sports Day (August 29). “I was very ..

MSEDCL starts power distribution in 3 ‘new’ sub-divisions

 Dineshchandra Sabu, along with other senior officers of Directorate General of Operations inspecting the Katol Road sub-station.  Staff Reporter : Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) formally took the control of three sub-divisions, Mahal, Gandhibagh and Civil Lines, amidst high expectations and warm reactions from Nagpurians. Director (Operations) Dineshchandra Sabu along with Chief Engineer, Nagpur Urban Circle, Dilip Ghugal, took round of three sub-divisio..