City prays for ‘Vijay’ over COVID-19 on sombre Dussehra

Dussehra or Vijayadashami is an occasion when the city of Nagpur attracts the attention of the world. For, on this day, two major annual events in city’s calendar are held. One is ‘Vijayadashami Utsav’ of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the another is ‘Dhammachakra Pravartan Din’ celebration at historic Deekshabhoomi. However, this year, the city will miss grandeur of both the events. Due to COVID-19, the celebrations will be sombre. ‘Dhammachakra Pravartan Din’ celebrations attract lakhs of ..

Good News: Nagpur Rural registers ‘R Value’ of 0.85 for COVID-19

AFTER a roller coaster ride of over seven months, as far as COVID-19 infection is concerned, a good news has come the way of Nagpur Rural. After much number-crunching and analysis, the researchers have calculated the ‘R0’ or ‘R Value’ for COVID-19 to be at 0.85, that is, well below 1. ‘R0’ or ‘R Naught’ or ‘R Value’ or ‘Reproduction Value’ indicates number of persons infected by an already infected person. It helps in calculating the rate of transmission or d..

Cop’s minor son gives kidnappers a slip

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD son of a Naik Police Constable (NPC), who was allegedly kidnapped by a gang of criminals from Police Line Takli for ransom, escaped from the clutches of the kidnappers and returned home safely on Friday. Sarthak, son of NPC Kamlesh Jawdikar, a resident of Quarter No. 280/2A/301, Police Line, Takli, was allegedly kidn..

COVID-19 can cause Parkinson’s syndrome: Dr Francisco Cardoso

Post-encephalitis Parrkinsonism following Spanish flu epidemic in 1916 was first described by Dr Von Economo from Austria. COVID 19 can present with various neurological manifestations. Some patients may have Parkinson’s disease like m..

National Web Media presents Women’s Excellence Awards

National Web Media felicitated women from different fields with Women’s Excellence Awards on the occasion of Navratri. The women from social welfare, industry, education, media, film industry, etc. were felicitated with certificates and mementoes. BJP MLA Mohan Mate presided over the function held in Patrakar Club while Sunil Kuhi..

Sakshi Rathi’s yeoman service towards COVID-19-hit people

Sakshi Pravin Rathi, a student of Civil Engineering branch of Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management donated the fees of a workshop that she conducted recently for needy people amid this coronavirus pandemic. Sakshi handed over the donation to Shyam Soni, Chairman, Akhil Bharatiya Maheshwari Samaj...

HC quashes Govt circular capping rates of non-Covid treatment at private hospitals

  Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Friday, quashed a part of two notifications issued by the State Government and identical circulars issued by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) that capped the rates of non-Covid treatment in private hospitals. The High Court found no good rationale or legal power to cap prices in 20 per cent isolation and non-isolation beds in private hospitals/healthcare providers and nursing homes kept for non-Covid patients and for which many hospitals were ..

Strengthen, preserve Ambazari Lake’s glory: Mayor tells agencies

 Ambazari Lake is one of the landmarks of Nagpur city and immediate steps be taken to restore its glory and repair the damaged portion at overflow point as it may get dilapidated further and could pose danger to citizens. Mayor Sandip Joshi on Friday reviewed the situation about Ambazari Lake following media reports about development of cracks in the concrete structure at the overflow point. Joshi stressed on proper maintenance of the lake which he termed as ancient splendour and a valuable asset ..

Buveneswari is new CEO of NSSCDCL

Maharashtra Govern-ment has transferred 13 Indian Adminis-trative Service (IAS) officers. In the reshuffle, Buveneswari S has been posted as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL). Buveneswari S is an IAS officer of 2015 batch. She was serving as Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad, Bhandara. She has been posted as CEO of NSSCDCL at Nagpur. She was posted at Bhandara in January earlier this year. State Government has ..

MAT sets aside abrupt transfer of 13 senior revenue officers

 Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) has set aside abrupt and mid-term transfers of 13 revenue officers including Sub-Divisional Officer (Deputy Collectors), Tehsildars, Assistant Foodgrains Distribution Officers and has directed the State Government to give them their original posting within three weeks. MAT bench headed by Member (Judicial) Anand Karanjkar held that the officers were transferred abruptly without any special reasons and without there being any exceptional circumstances.&nb..

Covid-19 deaths in district come down to single digit again

  Deaths due to Covid-19 infections in Nagpur district are continuously witnessing decrease which is a good thing, though even a single death should not take place. With doctors too now are speaking positive about coronavirus and admitted the deaths are reducing and it would reduce further. On Friday, in one single day the number of deaths came down to 7 with city and rural both registered a single digit ones. This is third time in last ten days that the district registered single digit ..

Oppn boycotts ZP’s on-line general body meeting

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Friday, boycotted the general body meeting of Zilla Parishad (ZP) conducted through online mode. While the opposition members accused the ruling side of conducting the meeting online to evade probing questions, the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) termed the opposition stand as ‘double-standard’. The opposition BJP members led by Anil Nidhan, Leader of Opposition, came to ZP headquarters wearing black face-mask and black ..

Over 260 layouts in city face bleak future due to admn flip-flop on NA

The layouts in Nagpur which were given approval for Non-Agricultural land in 2005 and faced the cancelation in 2008, are still lying without construction. Later on, the related agencies kept saying that the plot-holders can carry out construction but it was never on paper. Against this backdrop, the persons who purchased these plots by paying a good sum, for which some of them took loans, are facing financial issues. Some of them are on the verge of getting bankrupt. Rajaram Powar (name changed), ..

Diploma engg may face vacancy this year too as 75,000 apply for over 1.3 lakh seats

The diploma engineering colleges have started gasping almost five years ago as every year it faces vacancy. This year, even after the admission process was extended seventh time only 75,000 got themselves registered for over 1.30 lakh seats. The admission process began from August 10. The number of applicants on September 15 were 70,354 while it reached 76,200 on October 15. In one month only 6,000 applicants added. But t..

Three passenger trains to be upgraded to Express

Railway Board has come up with measures to tackle congestion on tracks and now focussed on slow moving passenger trains that would now be upgraded to Mail/Express. Among the 362 trains that were selected, three are in Nagpur Divisions, two in Central Railway and one in South East Central Railway (SECR). With change in nomenclature besides increase in speed of trains due to dropping the intermediate stoppages the fares would increase drastically. The change in numbering and speeding of these trains ..

HC suspends conviction of Minister Yashomati Thakur

IN A major breather to Cabinet Minister Adv Yashomati Thakur, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Thursday, suspended three months’ sentence awarded to her by Amravati Sessions Court in traffic constable assault case. According to Adv Thakur, the entire prosecution about manhandling the constable in 2012 was based on weak evidence and she was convicted without an iota of evidence against her. Justice Vinay Joshi, while issuing notice to State and Amravati Police, stayed the conviction ordered by ..

NTCA suggests human dummies to capture problematic RT-1 tiger

Keeping stock from the media reports appeared about the Forest Department staff was being used as bait to trap the RT-1 tiger in Chandrapur, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has issued an advisory to Maharashtra Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW) to nsure the Forest Department employees’ safety during the process of capturing of the male beast...

131 passengers killed after falling off running trains last year in Nagpur

Death dance continues unabated on railway tracks. Whopping 131 passengers died after falling off running trains in Nagpur Railway Police area last year. Travelling dangerously by standing on footsteps of bogies is the main reason behind the deaths...

Expenses incurred by by-passing Standing panel not binding for NMC: Zalke

“THE expenses incurred by civic administration in last six months due to lockdown to contain coronavirus would not be sanctioned from funds of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) as the same were done by by-passing the Standing Committee by the then M u n i c i p a l Commissioner,” said Vijay Zalke, Chairperson, during presentation of civic budget. The announcement by Zalke indicates that ruling party in NMC has not yet forgotten the cold war betw..

DGGI Nagpur detects fake invoice transactions of over Rs 1,083 crore

ON THE basis of specific intelligence from online data analysis tools regarding availment of fraudulent Input Tax Credit (ITC) and issuance of fake invoices, search operations were conducted by the officers of Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Nagpur Zonal Unit, Aurangabad Regional Unit and Nashik Regional Unit over the last week on the premises of 22 taxpayers located hundreds of kilometres across Maharashtra from Bhandara to Malegaon...

Firing case: CID records statements of Mayor Joshi and seven others

THE Criminal Investigation Department (CID), conducting probe into the mysterious firing on the car in which Mayor Sandip Joshi was travelling, has recorded statements of Mayor Sandip Joshi and seven others in the case. Sources informed that the CID officials were examining statements of all persons who had been probed by the Crime Branch of Nagpur Police...

3 city leaders playing major role in Bihar polls

EVERYBODY is curious about the outcome of Bihar elections scheduled in November. Lot depends upon the results of the elections. On one hand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with Janata Dal (United) ( JDU) is eying retention of power, while on the other, rest of the parties have joined hands to defeat the BJP-JDU alliance. Shiv Sena, having its base in Maharashtra, also has jumped in the fray. Nagpur is playing very important role in Bihar election as three key leaders from different parties, hailing from ..

Rich tributes paid to martyred cops on Police Commemoration Day

POLICE Commemoration Day was observed at Martyrs Memorial near Police Headquarters at Takli on Monday. Officersandmenfrom differentpoliceunitspaidhomage to their colleagueswhosacrificed theirlives in line of duty. Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar and other officers placed wreaths at the memorial and offered tributes tothemartyrs.SpecialInspector General of Police (Nagpur Range) Chiranjeev Prasad, Additional Commissioners of PoliceDKZalke (SouthRegion) and Naveenchandra Reddy (North Region), Additional ..

Complete trials of persons who attacked traffic cops in one month: High Court

SENDING a tough message to persons indulging in attacking and intimidating traffic constables on duty, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed District and Sessions Court to complete trial ofsuchassaulterswithinamonth. During last one year, eight instances of slapping, beating or assaulting traffic cops on duty took place in the city and in six ofsuchcasesthechargesheethas already been filed. A division bench consisting of Justice Ravi Deshpande and JusticePushpaGanediwalawhile hearingasu..

Of 1,180 Covid beds in Govt hospitals, 823 are vacant

In August, it was number of deaths, coronavirus positive cases that were haunting everybody. Now everything has changed in ‘positive’ sense--number of deaths declining, number of new Covid-19 cases reducing, recovery rate constantly on rise. Nagpur district is consistently improving in terms of recovery rate. On Tuesday, recovery rate of district not only reached 90% mark but it is up by 2% than the national average. National average of recov..

Pandemic shadow on civic budget, Standing Committee pares estimate to Rs 2,500 crore

Standing Committee on Tuesday presented a watered down civic budget of Rs 2,500 crore as dark shadow of COVID-19 wiped out first eight months of financial year. Further, sticking to populist theory, Vijay Zalke, Chairman, has not proposed any hike in taxes, rather appealed State Government to slash property tax, water cess by 50 per cent to soften pandemic blow. The budget was presented to general body meeting that would discuss it on Octob..

Varsity’s good samaritan act helps village youth write exam

He had appeared in his M.Phil examination (Marathi) last in 2012. In 2013, he tied the nuptial knot after that he never thought of writing examination. This year with a thought to complete his M Phil, he submitted the examination form with Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). But fate was not with him and the confusion about exam reigned supreme due to pandemic. On Tuesday, he suddenly realised he should enquire abo..

Examiners in 3 cities conduct PhD viva of student in Canada

He is doing PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vancouver in Canada. A very sincere student he is, got stuck in that country finding himself in an uncertain position as far as his PhD viva was concerned. Then pandemic came, lockdown started and everything became gloomy for him. But with opening of the doors of on-line examinations, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) took the lead and asked student to be ready to face the Viv..

Panel for strict action against NMC officials sanctioning M/s Armors Developers plan

THE experts’ committee appointed by Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court after taking suo motu cognisance of unfortunate deaths of two school going children who had come in contact with high tension line in 2017, has held all stakeholders including all individual violators, local planning authorities -- Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Nagpur Improvement, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), Nagpur Metropolitan Region Developm..

Beautiful RuB, RoB in Manish Nagar can be used soon, but with care

Nagpurians may have to put up with restricted use of Manish Nagar RoB and RuB as safety concerns have emerged owing to tight rope walk done while designing the project. Already, Maha Metro officials have developed cold feet on operating road traffic on either side on Manish Nagar RoB and also through the RuB. ..

‘Early detection of breast cancer can help in curing’

Breast cancer is the commonest cancer amongst women in India. One in twenty-eight women is likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. In India breast cancer which predominantly affects women above 50, is striking young women. The high risk factors include family history, genetic factor, late child bearing, lack of breast feedin..

City doc conducts yoga session for Israel social workers

Department of Psycho-oncology, HCG NCHRI Cancer Center Nagpur recently organised an on-line yoga training session for a social workers’ group at Israel. Yoga therapist Dr Anjali Joshi conducted the session on the topic ‘De-stress your distress with yoga’. She highlighted the importance of ‘dedicated’ yoga practice on the mat and ‘integrated’ yoga practice off the mat, on the go. She gave practical tips on smart ways of coping with stress through yoga practice...

Economic frauds on rise in Maharashtra

ECONOMIC offences are steadily increasing in Maharashtra. As against 14,854 economic offences in year 2018, the State recorded 15,854 cases with jump of 5.6 per cent. The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) ranked Maharashtra third in the country for percentage share in economic offences after Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. According to NCRB, Maharashtra recorded 13,941 economic frauds in year 2017 which rose to 14,854 in year 2018 with jump of 6.54 per cent...

740 Forest Deptt staff, officers assaulted in 10 yrs in Mah

The data collected by an environment activist and submitted before the Supreme Court through an intervention application, reveals shocking details that 740 employees and officers of Forest Department faced assault in 10 years in Maharashtra. There is more to the story. More than 300 of these cases are from Vidarbha region, which has preserved its forest and wildlife for long and is termed ‘tiger capital’. Every Government boasts of cha..

Deshmukh directs police to crack whip against land mafias and Govt officials

State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday said that land mafias are encroaching houses and residential plots purchased by common citizens with their hard earned money. “It was observed that some officials of concerned department are also involved in such crimes,” said Deshmukh. Addressing a press conference at Police Gymkhana in Civil Lines, Home Minister Deshmukh directed senior police officials to crack a whip against..

Gondwana University to act as Tribal Focussed University

special provisions for Gondwana University at Gadchiroli for converting it into tribal focussed one were made when Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 came into existence. It was done during previous Devendra Fadnavis Government in the tenure of the then Minister of Education Vinod Tawde. But they were not applied. After the end of tenure of Dr N V Kalyankar as Vice-Chancellor, Dr Srinivasa Varakhedi, Vice-Chancellor of Kavikulguru Kalidas ..

This doctor makes his osteoporosis mission ‘Mobile’

He has been taking a lot of efforts to make rural women understand what osteoporosis is for last over 20 years. Earlier, he used to visit villages personally. But he wanted to reach more people, so he started doing it through telemedicine. With the advancement in technology, he realised without moving from his hospital at Sakkardara he can reach the un-reached in just a second. Now, Dr Sanjeev Chaudhary, noted orthopaedic surgeon, a philanthropist has made his mission Mobile. He sits in his chamber ..

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, NMC’s budget today

Coronavrius pandemic imprint is likely to be seen on much delayed civic budget that is slated for presentation on October 20 during the special general body meeting to be held digitally. Vijay Zalke, Chairperson, Standing Committee, is going to present the budget of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) for financial year 2020-21 so as to streamline the finances that got strained due to low income and high outlay for meeting expectat..

Maha Metro, auto-rickshaw body join hands for last mile connectivity

Inching closer to providing integrated transport solution to Nagpurians, Maha Metro joined hands with a local auto-rickshaw body for ensuring last mile connectivity. Further to facilitate seamless services, Bharat Rides App was also launched to h..

‘Social media proving serious threat to child’s development’

Children are hooked to hi-tech gadgets for keeping pace with education in times of pandemic, but on flip side, the widely circulated videos of violent crimes are posing a big problem for parents as how to screen their wards from watching these gory clips. Now with on-line classes making it mandatory to have mobiles on hand, for parents, the increasing worry is giving them nightmares as experts claim children who regularly watch such videos, become numb to the violence and show more aggressive behaviour. ..

With no maintenance, Khapri RoB poses grave threat to commuters

If negotiating through a curved and narrow Khapri railway overbridge (RoB) was not dangerous enough the current shabby condition of carriageway has made it more treacherous for the commuters. With authorities turning a blind eye to shabby conditions of roads, commuters are safe only due to benevolence of God. What else can explain the horrible conditions on the RoB, driving through it sends shivers down the spine due to faulty design, and non-maintenance is adding to slippery conditions on the narrow ..

Tekdi flyover demolition, underpass at Loha Pul work to begin before Diwali

After much delay, finally the civic authorities have seriously decided to give momentum to three major works -- demolition of disaster design Tekdi Flyover, extension of Ramjhula upto either Kingsway Hospital or Punjab National Bank and construction of underpass at Loha Pul near Manas Chowk. According to highly placed sources, the contracts have been allotted and the work is likely to start before Diwali. It is ‘The Hitavada’ that has been constantly raising the issue of Tekdi Flyover terming it as ..

2 more chain-snatching incidents in 24 hours

With festival season progressing in all its vigour across the city, robbers have started targetting citizens on city roads. Two chain-snatching incidents were reported in Yashodhara Nagar and Hudkeshwar Police Station areas. In the first case, a man robbed a woman of her gold mangalsutra worth Rs 30,000/- near her house in Yashodhara Nagar Police Station area. According to police, the robbery took place at 10.30 pm when Meera Pradip Wai..

‘Ma Durga, You’re being missed….!’

Nature dons up her bridal look and the environs sing songs of jubilation, the foot-tapping rap of the dhak, the melody of the conch shells, the wafting autumnal breeze over the endless fields of ‘kaash phul’, a garden strewn with the fragrance of ‘shiuli’ (Prajakta) - all this and many more of the revelry that reminds the heart and the mind of the oncoming Durga Puja festivity! The land reverberates with joy and the heart rejoices in merriment! A time for togetherness, a time to ring in happiness! ..

Drunk man kills friend for not making egg curry

A man killed his friend for not making egg curry. The accused was arrested by Mankapur police from bus terminus on Saturday. A man identified as Banarasi (40) was found dead near Shrikrishna Auto garage with wounds on the head on Saturday morning. Mankapur police sent the body for post-mortem and registered a case of murder against unidentified accused. ..

City students develop temperature detecting sanitizer dispenser machine

Adesh Nair, student of Vellore Institute of Technology of CSE, specialist in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ML branch and Rudresh Kurhe, student of Symbiosis Institute of Technology of Mechanical Branch had developed a machine during COVID. The machine can read the temperature and if there is a fluctuation in temperature it will give a buzzer...

RTMNU registers 98% success rate in holding exams; scores over Mumbai, Pune varsities

Mumbai University has bestowed the responsibility of holding on-line examinations upon the shoulders of its affiliated colleges, Pune University has not started conducting examinations yet, most other universities are still in a dilemma about holding examinations. Against this backdrop, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), though with some early hiccups, has now streamlined the examinations. On Saturday, it secured 98 per cent success in the endeavour...

Was confident of good score in NEET, says Prathamesh

With the score of 680 marks and All India Rank (AIR) 684, Prathamesh Dhawale became the probable city third topper in NEET 2020 examination on Friday. Giving the credit of his success to his parents, Prathamesh said, he was confident of notching a good score. Though optimistic, he never had expected to be among the city toppers in the medical entrance exam. Son of Professor Kanchan Dhawale and Civil Engineer Kishor Dhawale, who is working in Maharashtra Jivan Pradhikaran (MJP), Prathamesh, also said, ..

Trappers with gun inside cage near bait to capture troublesome Rajura Tiger

Forest Department has come up with an old and unique technique to capture the troublesome RT-1 tiger by deploying one tranquilising expert and veterinarian inside a cage near the bait to trap the beast. The department is using all old and new methods to capture the tiger and this method is also one of them. Clearing the air on confusion over the method, the senior forest officials said, though the technique is unique, it was adopted in the past too. N R Pravin, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), ..

NITI Aayog formulating National Policy on water conservation based on ‘Buldana Pattern’

Sometimes, a local success story is useful in bringing about positive change nationally. For, it serves as the first step in the long journey of change. This applies to ‘Buldana Pattern’ of water conservation. National Institution for Transformin..

Notorious goon Sumit Thakur held

Notorious goon Sumit Thakur was arrested by Gittikhadan Police from his house on Friday night. He was later produced before a special MCOCA court on Saturday and the court sent him to jail. Sumit Rajkumar Thakur (34) is running goon of the city...

‘Anaesthesiologist’s role needs to be recognised’

‘Hey Doc, I am very anxious about my operation. I do not want to be awake during operation.’ ‘How will I bear the pain during and after my operation?’ ‘Doctor, my child is small and very much frightened. How can the child withstand the operation?’ These are the common questions thatpop up in the minds of patients or relatives before the scheduled surgery...

Dr Brijesh Dixit bags ‘Construction World Person of the Year 2020 Award’

Dr Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha Metro, was presented with the prestigious ‘Construction World Person of the Year 2020’ in virtual presentation ceremony held today. Dharmendra Pradhan Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, was chief guest in the event. The award is instituted by Foundation of Infrastructure Research Studies Training (FIRST) Construction Council...

Let’s resolve for victory of health, hope, happiness

Each year people celebrate Navratri twice -- Chaitra Navratri and Ashwin or Sharadiya Navratri. This is a festival of worshiping Shakti (power or strength) through spiritual practice or sadhana. The year 2020 has challenged each one of us in unique ways. The entire country celebrated Chaitra Navratri from March 25 to April 2. The lockdown to contain COVID-19 pandemic commenced in Chaitra Navratri. The same continues and now people are gearing to celebrate Ashwin Navratri from October 17 to 25. ..

Two goons held with weapons

IN A major breakthrough, Unit-IV of Crime Branch arrested two hardcore criminals and seized a sword and 10 other sharp-edged weapons after raiding the house of one of the two accused in Ajni area on Thursday. The accused have been identified as Pratik Sunil Fulzele (21), a resident of Plot No23. Gajanan Nagar, near Omkar Nagar Chowk, and Kartik Ashok Sharma (25), a resident of Plot No 76, Hawrapeth. Accused Kartik Sharma, who is involved in several offences of serious nature, including murder, was ..

Addl SP Maknikar holds review meet for festivals in Ramtek

Additional Superintendent of Police (Addl SP) Rahul Maknikar conducted a meeting of police officials, social workers and police patils to review the situation for the upcoming festivals. Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Nayan Alurkar, Municipal Council President Dilip Deshmukh, Police Inspector Dilip Thakur were present in the meeting. ..

Expedite repair of Ambazari Lake embankment: Mayor

Expressing concern over the pathetic condition of Ambazari Lake embankment at overflow point, Sandip Joshi, Mayor, has asked Irrigation Department to carry out repairs without wasting much time. Also, he has asked Maha Metro to remove the debris dumped on the banks of the lake immediately. ..

System failure leaves Vodafone Idea subscribers fuming

Lakhs of Vodafone Idea users across the State were taken by surprise on Thursday morning when their mobile data service was inexplicably down for hours. Students and those working from home among others were severely affected. Besides, many students appearing for various on-line examinations also bore the brunt of the technical snag developed in the telecommunication system of the country’s leading network providers. Adding to the woes, the customer care mobile number of the service provider was also ..

New guidelines of NMC offer further easing of restrictions

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Thursday, issued fresh guidelines in tune with the State Government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’. The new guidelines offer further easing of restrictions. In tune with the State Government’s fresh directives, NMC guidelines issued by Radhakrishnan B, Municipal Commissioner, state that stamping of air, train passengers with indelible ink will be immediately ‘done away with’. The domestic passengers arriving at ..

DGCA issues guidelines about refund on cancellation of air tickets during lockdown

In accordance with the Supreme Court directions, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued guidelines regarding refund on cancellation of air tickets during COVID-19 lockdown. DGCA has asked ‘all stakeholders’ to ensure ‘strict compliance’ of the directions issued by the Supreme Court in the judgment. Sunil Kumar, Joint Director General at the office of DGCA, has issued the guidelines to all scheduled Indian airlines, and International airlines operating to/from India...

DSB teachers begin agitation, demand regularisation

Medical Teachers appointed through Divisional Selection Board (DSB) have begun their agitation to press their demand to regularise them. There are some teachers who are working as DSB even for the last 20 years because of which they are deprived of several benefits given to the regular teachers by Government. With no solution in sight these teachers have decided to make their fight more aggressive. Their firmness to get fulfilled their demand was evident as they began their symbolic agitation on Thursday ..

Govt sitting on unified DCR file leads to resentment among developers

The then Devendra Fadnavis Government in Maharashtra had assured that ‘Unified Development Control Regulations’, would streamline the realty sector. It would link the height of a building to the width of the adjoining road that is one good thing with some others. There are many such modifications that would see sea-change, the Government had said. Of course, developers were not much worried about the rules, they were desparate about the implementation of the rules as early as possible...

Maha Metro to resume operations from today

Maha Metro is all geared up for resuming its services in city from Friday in the post-COVID phase. It has taken several steps and precautions to ensure safety of commuters and its own staff. Further, it has offered 50 per cent discount in fares to attract the commuters. Ahead of resuming the services, Maha Metro conducted trial run of the metro train in Sitabuldi stretch on Thursday. Also, it deployed staff to carry out disinfection of train coaches as well as common areas at metro stations. Maha ..

Regularise, else would go on strike from Nov 1, warn DSB medicos

Who are the ones rubbing shoulders with the resident doctors while providing treatment to coronavirus patients in Government Medical College and Hospitals across State? Who are the ones fighting to get their services regularised even after serving the humanity while on contract for last 17 years? They are the medicos who are selected by Divisiona..

Nagpur Metro to go broad gauge upto Bhandara, Wardha

Maharashtra Cabinet, on Wednesday, gave its nod to extension of Nagpur Metro to connect cities near Nagpur with air-conditioned metro train instead of passenger train. The total Rs 333.60 crore project will connect Nagpur with Bhandara, Wardha, Ramtek and Narkhed through broad gauge network connected to Nagpur Metro network. As per Maha Metro, Nagpur-Bhandara corridor will be 59.2 kms long and will have nine stations. The 78..

Maiden ‘Kisan Rail’ takes 205 tonne of oranges to Delhi

Opening new vista for farmers in the region, the first ‘Kisan Rail’ from the region was flagged off on Wednesday for New Delhi, carrying the first lot of 205 tonnes of oranges from Vidarbha for markets in Northern India. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, showed green flag through video-link from New Delhi to the maiden venture of Indian Railways from Nagpur Railway Station. Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari said that the endeavour of Central Government was to double ..

Vishram Jamdar passes away

Vishram Ramchandra Jamdar, a versatile personality, well-known in education field, industry sector, science community, social faction passed away on Wednesday early morning. He was unwell for quite some time and was hospitalised too. He was 73. He leaves behind wife Prerna, sons Shree and Praful, daughters-in-law Mrunal and Ojas, daughter Deepti and son-in-law Sachin Deshpande, and a host of relatives to mourn his loss. Last rites w..

Dhammachakra Pravartan Din with a difference

October 14 is an important date for lakhs of followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. For, on this date in the year 1956, Dr Ambedkar had embraced Buddhism at Nagpur. Lakhs of devotees throng Deekshabhoomi on this date as well as Vijayadashami. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic this year, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti cancelled all the events and appealed to the followers not to visit the place. Most stayed at home, but some followers in small groups made it a point to offer reverence to Gautam Buddha ..

After Patna, Nagpur records high murder rate in India

National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) statistics for the year 2019 placed Nagpur on eighth position in crime rate among 19 metropolitan cities of India. With crime rate of 422.5 per lakh population, Nagpur ranks first among metropolitan cities in Maharashtra, followed by Pune with 260.3 and Mumbai with crime rate of 220.9. Shockingly, the rate of murder in Nagpur stood at 3.6 murders per one lakh population, which was the sec..

Maiden Kisan Rail all set to carry oranges to national capital

Heralding a new era in transport of oranges, maiden Kisan Rail is set for carrying nearly 300 tonnes of mandarin fruit to national capital from second capital of Maharashtra. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari would flag off the maiden run of Orange Special ex-Nagpur Railway Station on Wednesday at 6 pm. A mini rake of 10 parcel vans (VPs) would be ru..

Five, including four Nigerians, arrested for duping ex-Army nurse of Rs 41.70 lakh

Cyber police of Nagpur arrested five fraudsters including four Nigerian nationals from New Delhi for allegedly duping a retired Army nurse of Rs 41.70 lakh. The police also attached their bank accounts with balance of Rs 18 lakh. A total of 13 mobile phones, 18 credit cards and Rs 16,040 cash was seized by the police during the raid, police official said. According to police, the Cyber police was probing the case of the fraud. Reena Samsher Singh (56), an ex-Army nurse and a..

State’s Committee asks for suggestions from public to avoid man-animal conflict

The 11-member committee formed by the State Government to study the cause of increasing man-animal conflict in Chandrapur district came in action and appealed to the general public to give suggestions and opinions here on Monday. The first meeting of the committee took place on Monday through video conferencing where all members discussed the issue and decided to approach the general public for this matter. The committee also issued an email id ([email protected]) for suggestions from ..

M&M transports tractors to Bangladesh

Mahindra&Mahindra transported its first export consignment of 101 tractors to Bangladesh ex-Ajni Goods Shed of Central Railway’s Nagpur Division. For CR today’s consignment put its Nagpur Division in league with major loading stations of country as significance of the traffic captured by field officials got registered in transport sector. The excellent infrastructure at erstwhile CONCOR siding provided the launching pad to push Ajni Shed for bulk transport across country as envisaged by Railway Board. ..

No Dhammachakra Pravartan Din programme at Deekshabhoomi

“In view of the coronavirus pandemic, no programmes will be held at Deekshabhoomi on Ashok Vijaya Dashami on October 25,” informed Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, the organising body of this mega event during a press conference held at Dr Ambedkar College on Tuesday. Dr Ambedkar had embraced Buddhism with thousands of followers on Ashok Vijaya Dashami in 1956 at Deekshabhoomi. “Amid this pandemic situation, all programm..

Crime rate down in Maharashtra, but State ranks first in theft cases: NCRB

MAHARASHTRA, with 3,41,084 Indian Penal Code (IPC) cases in year 2019, is ranked second on the National Crime Record Bureau’s (NCRB) recent list, which is topped by Uttar Pradesh with 3,53,131 IPC cases. However, crime rate in Maharashtra, which was 280.62 cases per one lakh of population in year 2018, has decreased marginally to 278.4 in 2019. According to NCRB, a total of 51,56,172 cognisable crimes comprising 32,25,701 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 19,30,471 Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes ..

HC seeks State’s response on requisitioning private hospitals

The issue of requisitioning of private hospitals and reserving 80 per cent beds for COVID-19 patients with price-capping came under intense scrutiny of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday. The High Court prima-facie found no enabling provision in either Disaster Management Act or Epidemic Act empowering the authority to take over private hospitals and control cost of treatment. The two notifications issued on April 30 and May 21 are conspicuously silent on this crucial aspect. A division ..

Choked by concretisation, trees along city roads on the verge of collapse

With heavy rains, winds blowing at higher speeds, many trees along the city streets fell down, giving the city fathers an escape from the blame of not caring for greenery. This has been happening constantly. Factually, it is like a slow-poisoning as trees are getting choked making them the fit case for collapse. The development works, concretisation of the roads, and the dumping of waste solid material at the bottom of the trees have choked the water resources of those trees leading them to feel helpless. ..

Young engineer ends life, leaves behind six-page suicide note

An engineer working with a multinational company in Pune committed suicide by hanging himself from ceiling fan at his home after writing a six-page suicide note, said Hudkeshwar police. The deceased was identified as Praveen Ruprao Wanjari (23), a resident of Flat No. 1, Giriraj Apartment, New Narsala. According to police, Wanjari had completed his engineering from a reputed college in Pune. After that, he got a job during campus interview with package of Rs seven lakh per annum...

M&M to export 100-plus tractors to B’desh from CR’s Ajni Goods Depot

Central Railway's Nagpur Division is set to notch-up yet another first as it is set for export of 100 plus tractors from its Ajni Goods Depot for Bangladesh. This is the first instance wherein tractors are being exported from city utilising railway facility. The first rake carrying tractors from Mahindra&Mahindra's plant at MIDC, Hingna, would set out for Benapole, the border outpost of Bangladesh, on Tuesday, confirmed Krishnath Patil, Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager, to The Hitavada...

Eight cricket bookies detained after CP’s order

Cracking a whip against cricket betting rackets, City police detained eight cricket bookies on Monday night. Commissioner of Police (CP) Amitesh Kumar himself interrogated the notorious bookies late in the night. A police official said that after receiving an information about major cricket betting rackets are operating in the city, CP Amitesh Kumar ordered a crackdwon on the bookies...

Woman hires contract killers for Rs 50,000 to murder husband

A 37-year-old woman was booked by Kelwad police for hiring contract killers to murder her husband. The police are wondering over the theory of contract killing as the woman hired the killers with a contract of Rs 50,000 but gave just Rs 1,500 as advance. The killers also accepted the contract with the promise of remaining amount would be paid after some time. A police official said that Devka alias Kavita Jaideep Lokhande (37), a resident of Saoner and Chandan Natthuji Diyewar (28), a resident of ..

Number of road accidents dips in State

THE road safety measures taken by Maharashtra Highway Police (MHP) are bearing fruits as the number of road accidents and fatalities is decreasing in State. The State has recorded a drop of 8.47 per cent in all road accidents while road fatalities decreased by 3.56 per cent in year 2019. As per the statistics of road accidents from year 2016 to 2019, the State had recorded maximum 39,878 road accidents in year 2016. The number dropped to 36,056 in year 2017, to 35,717 in year 2018 and to 32,925 in ..

‘Learning from failures’, VIDC getting Gosikhurd LBC reconstructed

For years, Gosikhurd irrigation project was in the headlines over poor quality of work and inordinate delays. In the past few years, the picture has been changing. The construction of Left Bank Canal (LBC) of Gosikhurd project had come in for sharp criticism in official reports also. However, over the years, ‘learning from failures’, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) is getting the entire 23.93 km LBC reconstructed. Gosikhurd nati..

Sensing seriousness, corporator takes up work of Bhandewadi Road

Taking serious cognizance of the shabby condition of road to Bhandewadi, senior corporator Adv Dharmpal Meshram had promised to start the repairing work. Fulfilling his promise, he started the road-levellling work. ‘The Hitavada’ had raised this issue of neglect towards the people’s apathy. The road was neglected because many people in city don’t know it and those who know think that it is used only by the garbage carrying vehicles. In fact this road that starts from Sangharsh Nagar Chowk is very ..

Three Kondhali woman labourers killed, two hurt in lightning strike

Three woman labourers were killed while two injured seriously after being struck by lightning at Shiva village in Kondhali Police Station area on Sunday evening. The deceased were identified as Archana Umesh Tatode (35), Sharda Dilip Uikey (36), Sangita Gajanan Mungbhate (35), all residents of Shiva village, near Kondhali. A police official said that a group of women labourers was engaged in cotton plucking work by the farm owner Shravan Uikey near Yalkapar village on Sunday. ..

Varsities should expand their horizon of vision, work for society too, feel top academicians

Universities are there to impart education. But is it the only work that universities are expected to do? Can universities take responsibility of conserving heritage monuments, can they help authorities in rejuvenating the lakes, can they make people know history of their places. With these questions ‘The Hitavada’ approached two Vice-Chancellors of the universities who responded in a positive manner. In fact they have taken some initiatives in that ..

Students should stay away from social media messages, cautions RTMNU

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has cautioned students not to fall prey to the misleading messages on social media regarding on-line examination that is being conducted at present. The University further appealed examinees to give a call first to colleges if they face any difficulty during the examinations before approaching university...

Sex racket busted at OYO Hotel in Manish Nagar

Social Security Branch (SSB) of Crime Branch busted a sex racket at OYO Hotel in Manish Nagar under the jurisdiction of Beltarodi police station. Two persons, including a woman, was booked by the police while two girls were rescued during the raid, police said...

Altering idols’ size, testing time for artists

‘Durga Puja’, the biggest religious festival of Bangali Hindus, is just a few days away. Artisans from West Bengal, who come to city every year to prepare idols of Goddess Durga, are left disappointed. For, orders for idols of Goddess have registered a slump owing to prevailing coronavirus threat. More painful for them is curtailing of height of the idols o..

Good old bamboo to bolster VNIT’s UG Architecture syllabus

Now, the students of Architecture will get to learn about Bamboo Materials and Technologies in their syllabus. Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) has become the first National Institute of Technology in the country to include bamboo materials and related technologies in Under-Graduate (UG) course of Architecture. Prof P M P..

RTMNU exams conducted smoothly on Day Three

After initial hick-ups, on third day of the start of final semester examinations on-line on Saturday, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) could conduct the examinations in a smooth manner. The university conducted examinations in four phases instead of in routine three phases. The phase began at 9.30 am and ended at 4.30 pm. All the four phases students did not face any problem barring the minor one that too by..

After 40 years in city, Chitampalli to be back ‘home’ to Solapur

Sometimes, man gets lost while wandering in forest. But, there are occasions, albeit rare, when a man cultivates forest within. Such a man gets transformed into what Maruti Chitampalli represents — a sage! During the course of his life, including more than four decades in Vidarbha, this man has planted a forest of ideas in public mind, seed by seed. On Saturday, the ‘Aranya Rishi’ started his journey back to his native place Solapur, where..

Khaperkheda TPS registers stupendous performance during pandemic period

Despite facing challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and slump in economic activities, Khaperkheda Thermal Power Station (TPS) has registered a stupendous performance. According to Prakash Khandare, Chief Engineer of Khaperkheda TPS, at least two units of the station registered uninterrupted power generation for 100 days or more. As on September 10, Khaperkheda TPS created a sort of record when its Unit No 4, Unit No 5, and Unit N..

Diksha brings laurels to city

To pay tributes to COVID-19 warriors, a fashion show Mr/Miss/Mrs India Queen & King 2020 was organised recently by SK Stars Sonia Khatana and Sandeep Goswami with limited attendance and due precautions amid the pandemic in New Delhi. City girl Diksha Rahulkar was adjudged the second runner-up in the Miss India Queen category, which saw participants from many States. The participants were judged by a jury of eminent personalities based on..

RTMNU cancels Friday exams; today’s papers as scheduled

Technical glitch has compelled Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) to cancel the examinations scheduled on Friday. There were 17 examinations scheduled on Friday and all were cancelled. Director of Examinations and Evaluation Dr Praful Sable confirmed this development and made clear the examinations on Saturday would be held as per schedule. On Friday, there were 17 examinations and 4,000 students were to appear in those. Most examinations were of subjects related to Biotechnology. ..

‘Unlock Learning’ initiative for Ashramshala students

 By Kartik LokhandeFollowing the announcement of Tribal Development Minister that ‘doorstep offline education’ would be provided to students in schools of Tribal Development Department, now the department has decided to implement ‘Unlock Learning’ initiative for Ashramshala students. The move is likely to benefit 4,76,594 students in 1,234 Ashramshalas in Maharashtra. Due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, academic session of educational institutions stood affected. Gradually, ..

Distt witnesses drastic reduction in new covid cases; recoveries improve further

  Nagpur district on Friday experienced one change in daily Covid-19 update. There is a small gap between the number of new cases in rural area and those in Nagpur city. In Nagpur rural 234 tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, while city registered 396 new positive cases. Number of new positive cases has come down drastically to 630. Number of persons recovered in one single day is double than the new positive cases. This has resulted in further improvement in recovery rate that ..

Goons stone philanthropist

 TWO anti-socials attacked a 36-year-old man, who used to engage free coaching classes for poor students in Pitesur, with stones injuring him seriously in Gittikhadan area on Thursday night. Sikander Azi Miyajul Miya Ali (36), a resident of Pitesur, who suffered serious head injuries, was rushed to the hospital. The accused have been identified as Deepak Raghunandan Ram (36), a resident of Pension Nagar, and Umesh Rajbhar Choube (37), a resident of Surendragad. Around 9.30 pm, Sikadander ..

PI, API, constables booked for parading juvenile delinquents in semi-nude condition

  JARIPATKA Police booked its In-charge Senior Inspector Khushal Tijare, Assistant Police Inspector Vijay Dhumal and five constables, attached to Detection Branch wing of Police Station, for parading six suspects in semi-nude condition, including five juvenile delinquents, after taking them into custody for allegedly looting cash from a beer bar on September 23. The accused cops tied the suspects together with a rope and were made to walk in an innerwear. Cops continued beating them with ..

On-duty traffic cops cannot keep their mobiles with them

Because of the act of a lady traffic cop of sticking to mobile too much, all her colleagues have to face the wrath as they all have been prohibited from keeping their cells with them. The on-duty traffic police personnel has to deposit his or her mobile with their respective office and move on to their respective duty points. The police officers though said it is a routine disciplinary action, the act of a lady constable too much addicted to mobile created some issue when a legal luminary’s ..