AIIMS Nagpur shares COVID-19 testing load of IGGMCH

With breakdown in main PCR machine at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH), the speed of examination of samples of coronavirus has got reduced. At the same time the much-awaited testing facility at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has begun functioning on Friday. IGGMCH laboratory team is examining throat swab samples of people from Nagpur, whole of the Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh with four technicians only...

Nagpur Parcel Depot earns Rs 1.65 lakh revenue as movement of vans resumes

With resumption of movement of parcel vans, the Nagpur Parcel Depot has so far earned revenue of Rs. 1.65 lakh with loading of three parcel vans. With message going around that special parcel trains have resumed, traders and brokers got activated and making a beeline with goods for dispatch to Eastern parts of country...

Teenage rape victim moves HC to terminate unwanted pregnancy

A teenaged rape victim has moved the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate this unwanted pregnancy which is at an advanced stage. The girl was victim of sexual assault by a friend of her father and she was barely 12 years and 4 months old when she became pregnant due to this brutal rape. T..

City hospital develops ‘Covi-Safe’, donates to IGGMCH

When medical staff in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) is fighting with coronavirus, a city hospital has developed a novel container for COVID 19 patients. It did not stop there, came forward and donated it to IGGMCH through Union Minister Nitin Gadkari...

Mah Govt comes up with on-line self-assessment tool for COVID-19

Maharashtra, Government has come up with COVID-19 self-assessment tool. It is a digital platform, wherein citizens can assess their symptoms from the comfort of their homes and later contact authorities if they have any doubts about their condition, an official release stated...

Keep necessary lights on, else there may be grid failure: Dr Nitin Raut

Dr Nitin Raut, Energy Minister of Maharashtra and Guardian Minister of district, on Friday urged the people to keep necessary lights on while responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for shutting off lights in households for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 (Sunday). If there is a sudden drop in electricity consumption, it may lead to grid failure, he added...

ACB nets Nagalwadi Range Forester Mahesh Shinde for accepting bribe from guard

ANTI-CORRUPTION Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Friday caught Mahesh Keshavrao Shinde, Forester, Wildlife Division, Nagalwadi (Saoner) Range, red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2500 from a forest guard for releasing house building advance to him. The complainant, who is a forester attached to the office of Range Forest Officer (RFO), Pench Tiger Reserve, Nagalwadi, had applied for house building advance of Rs 15 lakh at the office of Deputy Conservator of Forests, Nagpur in 2017. After ..

COVID-19: 600 RSS volunteers serving needy in 11 districts

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteers, about 600 in number, are working to serve the needy in 11 districts of Vidarbha. Eight to ten volunteers work for about five hours daily at about 35 places as their ‘Sewa’ responsibility towards the society. The services are being rendered during the lockdown, due to outbreak of coronavirus...

NMC introduces app with list of open shops

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has prepared a web application for citizens from which they can get information about list of shops that are open in their vicinity. With lockdown in force till April 14, civic body realised that people would need to stock up periodically on supplies of grocery and medicines. They also tied up with respective association and increased number of shops and pharmacy to function 24 hours for ease of Nagpurians...

Mayor Sandip Joshi reviews arrangements during lockdown

After a hiatus of nearly a fortnight, Mayor Sandip Joshi is back in action taking review of arrangements made by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) during the lockdown in city. Mayor held a meeting with office bearers of various committees and took stock of actual conditions on the ground as they felt that civic officials are not upto mark in delivery of services. The meeting was attended by Deputy Mayor Manisha Kothe, Vijay Zalke, Chairperson, Standing Committee, Sandeep Jadhav, Ruling Party Leader, ..

Prabhatai Ojha Smruti Seva Sanstha providing meals to needy, cops

Prabhatai Ojha Smruti Seva Sanstha is offering a helping hand to the needy persons as well as police personnel during lockdown that is in force in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Since March 29, the organisation’s kitchen is working full-time everyday to prepare meals and feed people in this critical lockdown period...

Raut seeks food security for people lacking ration cards

Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district, has written a letter to Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, seeking measures to ensure food security for people who do not have ration cards. Meanwhile, the district administration, on Friday, launched a ‘Lockdown Management Portal’ to redress grievances of people during lockdown...

Responding to VHA, Sethi donates 24,000 litres of hand sanitizers to GMCH and IGGMCH

Taking serious cognisance of shortage of sanitizers especially in Government Hospitals where doctors are treating coronavirus patients Jagtar Singh Sethi who has a distillery in Nagpur took initiative to produce 40,000 litres of hand sanitizers out of its entire alcohol reserves and donate 24,000 litres of sanitizers to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH)...

Secret of why cops are so effective in corona crisis

“In a crisis of this scale, mere discipline does not work. What makes the real difference is the human bonding between the front-line people and the leadership. Once that is achieved, everything else falls in place.” These words sound most appropriate when they are said by a man named Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Commissioner of Police in Nagpur. As the city grapples successfully with the coronavirus crisis, what meets the eye first is the manner in which the city’s police force is conducting itself ..

Mah police call for additional manpower to enforce lockdown

Police personnel on deputation to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) are now being drafted for regular duties with uniformed personnel as Maharashtra Police gears up to face the onslaught of novel coronavirus in the State. Maharashtra Police move comes as the current manpower is falling short in coping up with increasing demand for cops in the stepping-up fight against COVID-19...

Positive news: Get your travel passes from police

MAHARASHTRA police on Friday issued an advisory to all police units to issue travel passes to needy persons. The decision has come as a major relief to thousands of citizens who are stranded at places in the State after enforcement of lockdown from March 24. The order also directed police officials not to stop goods vehicles and ensure their smooth movement. Special Inspector General of Police (Spl IGP), Milind Bharambe, issued the order after observing surge in demand for on-line passes at the office ..

Nagpurians miss Ram Navmi shobhayatra, but traditional pooja of Shri Ram performed

It is for the first time in last 53 years, Nagpurians could not witness the grand procession of Shri Ram which is the glory of whole of India-- the reason was coronavirus outbreak. But the pooja of Shri Ram on his birthday was performed at Poddareshwar Ram Mandir of course without much hype. The 80-year-old Ramkrishna Poddar, the Managing Trustee of Mandir, is the backbone of this historical and one and only one ‘Shri Ram Shobhayatra’ that has completed 53 years in a row...

No COVID-19 positive case in city for third day in a row

Nagpur, on Thursday, registered no new novel coronavirus positive case. This was the third day in a row when no new such case is registered in city. Apart from citizens, who are following social distancing, the credit for the containment also goes to staff at hospitals and police. Nagpur police have succeeded in restricting movement of citizens on road resulting in no further spread of the virus...

Instead of demanding PPE, IMA Nagpur extends helping hand to government

When almost all the branches of Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Maharashtra are demanding Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits to respective civic authorities, its Nagpur branch has refused to do so. Dr Kush Jhunjhunwala, President, IMA, Nagpur branch, who is daily attending official meetings regarding novel coronavirus pandemic at Commissionerate is aware of the ground reality. According to Dr Jhunjhunwala, when Government doesn’t have adequate number of PPE, how can we demand for more. Staff ..

CSIR develops rapid, low-cost testing kit

IN A major scientific breakthrough, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) scientists have developed a low-cost and rapid testing kit for detecting novel coronavirus. The kit can yield test result in 20 minutes and save a lot of time, thereby addressing the country’s need for rapid testing of samples in the given scenario. ..

Concept of ‘Group of Hospitals’ run by JJ can bring quality in GMCs

What are the roles and responsibilities of medical colleges and what should be their aims and objectives are the issues which are unclear to many in this country. We need to understand healthcare system in this country. Dr Prakash Wakode, recently retired as Joint Director of Maharashtra’s Medical Education and Research..

Chancellor to convene on-line meet of V-Cs on 7th, on summer exams

Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of all the Universities in the state Bhagat Singh Koshyari has convened a on-line meeting of all the Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs), at 11 am on April 7. The video conferencing meet, has been convened by the Chancellor and the State Government to discuss the problems about conducting summer examinations and other issues during the lockdown period. Several measures have been suggested by teachers’ organisations and authorities in the universities or academicians. In view ..

MPCB extends renewal period of ‘Consent to Operate’ nod till July 31

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has extended the renewal period of ‘Consent to Operate’ permission process for industries from March 31 to July 31 as an interim measure due to COVID-19 outbreak and nation-wide lockdown. It is mandatory for every industry, entrepreneur, establishment to obtain valid ‘Consent to Operate and Authorisation’ from MPCB under Section 26 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, under Section 21 of Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, ..

Mayor asks civic admin to re-open Cotton Market

Sandip Joshi, Mayor, has asked Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration to re-open Cotton Market immediately. He issued the directions after interacting with vegetable vendors and merchants, during his visit to various markets of the city on Thursday. The market was closed down for two days for spraying of disinfectant, but despite passage of two days, it has not been opened, said the office-bearers of Cotton Market Merchants’ Association during a meeting with Joshi. After hearing their plight, ..

NMC sets up ‘Corona War Room’ at its headquarters

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set up ‘Corona War Room’ at its Civil Lines headquarters. Tukaram Mundhe, Municipal Commissioner, held a meeting of Health Department officials at the war room on Thursday and said that though the facility was set up to respond to COVID-19 outbreak, it would continue to function to strengthen NMC’s health machinery. As per the official press release issued by NMC on Thursday, the ‘Corona War Room’ was set up around a week ago at the initiative of Mundhe. The ..

Cops distribute food packets

CITY Police, with the assistance of 65 social service organisations, distributed foodgrains, food packets, masks, hand sanitizers and other material to more than 1.78 lakh poor and needy persons affected by nation-wide lockdown...

Social work students, teachers to offer services at quarantined colonies

The students and teachers from three social work colleges in Nagpur have come up to serve the people held up due to lockdown, following coronavirus outbreak. The team of 54 students and six teachers will start working from April 3, with the consent of District Collector Ravindra Thakre. A delegation of Maharashtra..

Stray dogs claim streets, posing danger

THE lockdown enforced in the city to break the chain of coronavirus spread has deserted the city roads. However, it has resulted in stray dogs openly roaming the main streets as well as internal roads, posing threat to people, especially two-wheeler riders. Most of the strays used to eat the remains thrown by hotels and small restaurants operating in various parts of the city...

Amid crisis, NMC sees tug of war between Mayor, Municipal Commr

While the world is engaged in a battle to overcome pandemic of COVID-19, here in second capital of Maharashtra a tug of war has broken out between administration and the politicians. Mayor Sandip Joshi has taken another swipe at administration asking them to streamline fogging exercise in the city as complaints have risen about half hearted efforts of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). With the city under lockdown and city fathers too greatly affected, Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe has taken ..

Strict action against those buying milk below MSP: Kedar

As the period of lockdown is creating several problems which Government has to tackle, issue of prices of milk is another menace being witnessed by everybody. Some private and cooperative agencies are purchasing the milk below the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Taking serious cognisance of the private agencies, Maharashtra’s Dairy Development Minister Sunil Kedar warned agencies buying milk in less than MSP of dire consequences. Because of panic of coronavirus most of the people have stopped purchasing ..

In lockdown, Anil Deshmukh managing work on phone

Maharashtra Government decided to implement lockdown throughout State and everything came to standstill. Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Anil Deshmukh who is handling important portfolio like Home got stuck up in Mumbai. He has his son and daughter-in-law and daughter and son-in-law there with whom he is spending time. “Though the lockdown because of coronavirus compelled me to stay at home and spend time with family, I am all the time busy handling the present situation,” said Anil Deshmukh ..

‘Mere skill takes nowhere, universities should make students competent’

“We have been teaching skills to our students. Instead, our universities should make students competent. I have learned preparing chapatis. I am taught to make chapatis circular. This is what we call skill. But chapatis should be circular all the time then I can be called as competent enough. There is another aspect of competency which is freedom of speed. If I can learn something in 10 hours and somebody taking 30 hours. For 20 hours the intelligent person who does the work in 10 hours remains idle. ..

‘Govt wants crippled FDA to control misuse of drugs’

“How can a paralysed and crippled Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in state control and manage the rampant use and misuse of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in Corona virus pandemic in the State? The Central and State governments are just publishing the gazettes notifications daily in the period of pandemic, but no one in the Government think about its proper implementation,” told number of Drugs Inspectors in different divisions in Maharashtra while talking to The Hitavada on Thursday...

COVID19: CR’s Ngp Divn readying 35 coaches for patient isolation

About 35 coaches are being readied by Central Railway's Nagpur Division for utilisation as isolation centre for the suspects of coronavirus during their 14-days quarantine period. As per directions from Railway Board the non air conditioned coaches are to be converted and in first phase 10 are being remodelled..

TBZ Director booked in fresh offence of forgery

AS per the orders of Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, Sadar Police on Tuesday registered a fresh offence of forgery against Hemant Brijlal Zaveri, one of the directors of Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri & Sons Pvt Ltd (TBZ), in connection with the alleged gold fraud involving Rs 38.85 lakh. Director of well-known jewellery chain TBZ Hemant Zaveri (60), a resident of Worli, Mumbai, and other director(s) of the company had floated gold deposit scheme...

Three held for assaulting police constable

BELTARODI Police on Tuesday arrested three miscreants for allegedly assaulting a police constable during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. Identified as Aazam Ashiq Sayyed (19), Arsh Ashiq Sayyed (21) and Raj Ankush Neware (19), the accused are the residents of Rajaram Nagar, Chichbhuvan, Wardha Road. Police Constable Suraj Shalikram Nimbalkar (36) was patrolling the streets around 7.30 pm. As Nimbalkar saw the accused trio standing on the roadside, he asked them to go to their respective houses. ..

Back from Nizamuddin, 12 people in hospital quarantine in Yavatmal, Chanda, Gondia

After the coronavirus scare got fuelled further by the recent Tablighi Jamat event at Nizamuddin in Delhi, local administrations are now busy tracing people of their districts who had attended the meet. Total 19 such people were found including 13 in Gondia district, 6 in Yavatmal district and one at Rajura in Chandrapur district. Of them, 12 have been placed under hospital quarantine. The man found in Rajura hails from Kagaznagar town in Telangana. He had come to Rajura to attend marriage of his ..

RTMNU hostels may be needed for quarantined persons

With almost all the students of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University have vacated the hostel rooms, 12 students were allowed to stay back. The students are from distant places like Laddak, North Eastern states and one from Delhi. This include three girl students from North-East. The students requested the Vice-Chancellor to allow them to stay at the hostel, as their travel to their native place might take three to four days and they could face difficulty on reaching there...

Gadkari reviews party’s aid to people during lockdown

Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari held a meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearers to review ongoing work of extending help to the needy, during lockdown. Gadkari issued instructions to create aweareness among people about dos and don’ts, and request them not to come out of their homes during lockdown...

Gurudwara Gurunanak Darbar serving langar to over 15,000 needy daily

Gurudwara Gurunanak Darbar, Kamal Chowk, Pachpaoli, is serving over 15,000 meals to poor and needy daily amid the lockdown to contain novel coronavirus. The Gurudwara is serving prashada (rotis) to those who turn up for langar and those who look forward to food packets from langar kitchen in these unprecedented times due to coronavirus. Amid the nation-wide lockdown, poor and daily wagers in the city are struggling to get their bread and butter...

Pandharkawda Wildlife Division transferred to MTR

Pandharkawda Wildlife Division in Yavatmal district consisting of Tipeshwar and Painganga Wildlife Sanctuaries has now been transferred to Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR) as unified area for effective management of forest and wild animals. The existing area of MTR in Amravati district is 2,700 km and now its area has gone to 3,248 km by including Tipeshwar (148 km) and Painganga (400 km) as unified area of the tiger reserve. Dr Ravikiran Gowekar, Chief Conservator of Forest and Field Director, Pench Tiger ..

54 Tablighi Jamaat attendees put under quarantine at MLA hostel

Joint team of Nagpur Police and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) picked 54 attendees of Markaz Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin at Delhi this month and put them under quarantine at MLA Hostel. Blood samples of these persons were sent ..

NMC seals two health centres, hospital for examining COVID-19 patient

The Health Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has sealed two city health centres and a hospital as one coronavirus positive patient had reportedly examined at these facilities. The two units which civic officials have sealed are Janata Hospital, Jaripatka, and Rainbow Diagnostic Centre, Ramdaspeth. ..

RTMNU likely to merge Summer, Winter exams

The summer examinations of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) are likely to be merged with winter examinations, in view of the lockdown due to spread of coronavirus. Although there are no clear instructions from the Government, Vice-Chancellor Dr S P Kane and Pro-VC Dr Vinayak Deshpande have considered different options...

No new patient positive in city

There is a good news for Nagpurians as no new corona positive was detected from Nagpur on Tuesday. A number of suspects are coming to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH). But many of them returning home testing negative. Till now Nagpur has got 16 positive out of those, four have been tested negative and returned home fit and fine...

Inadequate number of PPE can pose threat to frontline healthworkers!

Though the administration in Nagpur has able to keep the coronavirus menace in control, it has to push purchase of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to be used by frontline healthworkers further. According to one senior doctor in Mumbai, Government hospitals are facing the crunch of PPE which can prove costly as healthworkers are the backbone in the fight against coronavirus. Nobody can do the work of healthworkers...

City’s air quality improves amid lockdown

The air quality in the city improved with a large number of vehicles remaining off the roads and shops closed due to the nation-wide lockdown enforced to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Normally, the air quality in Nagpur remains on satisfactory side throughout the year. However, the data from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) showed air quality in Nagpur is in good side till the lockdown is implemented from March 18. Government of Maharashtra imposed Section 144 and curfew all over the ..

City doc invents safety box for treatment of COVID-19 patients

They say necessity is the mother of all inventions. Amidst the emergency of COVID-19 pandemic that is being faced all over the world, Dr Sameer Arbat from Nagpur, has designed a safety box for performing difficult bronchoscopy procedures in suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused due to the deadly Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2). As the disease is spread through coughing and sneezing, it is very risky to perform bronchoscopy procedures in patients suspected of ..

Easy methods from Ayurved for improving immunity

With the scientists concluding that strengthening inbuilt immunity is the only method to combat spread of Corona Virus of any other infection, the methods prescribed by ancient Indian health system Ayurved gains immense importance. In fact both Ayurved and Homeopathy have their base in improving immunity to ward off the external attacks are automatically. Dr G M Mamtani and Dr Anju Mamtani have made suggestions for improving immunity in view of fast spread of Corona Virus. Besides strictly following ..

‘Shivbhojan Thali’ being provided for free to poor

Many poor migrant workers are stranded at various places in the district owing to lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. For them, food packets are being provided through ‘Shivbhojan Thali Yojana’ centres in the city. Ravindra Thakre, District Collector, stated in a press release that the operators of ‘Shivbhojan Thali Yojana’ centres in the city exhibited their social responsibility and distributed food packets to poor workers. The operators of the centres catering to poor people at Indira Gandhi ..

NEERI provides essential PPE to IGGMCH

Considering the need of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has given a bunch of PPE to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH). The PPE includes gloves, hand sanitisers, masks was given to IGGMCH COVID-19 team Dr Sagar Pande and colleagues...

MUHS postpones PG exams, starts on-line lectures

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has postponed Post Graduate (PG) medical examinations against the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak. These examinations were to begin on May 12 and Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) pressed for the postponement of the examinations. The delegation met Amit Deshmukh, Medical Education Minister who happens to be the Pro-Chancellor of the University. He forwarded the demand of MARD to Vice-Chancellor and asked him to look personally into ..

RTE admission: Document verification cancelled

The document verification process for 25 per cent admission under Right To Education (RTE) Act has been cancelled by the State Government due to COVID-19 outbreak in Maharashtra. Education department also advised that parents must avoid manual document verification at Taluka offices during this lockdown. Amid this lockdown imposed by Central Government halted every activity in the country and at this situation implementation of documentation verification is not possible. The lottery round for getting ..

City doctor postpones wedding to help in fight against COVID-19

Dr Sanika Dilip Kalambe and Aniket Ghate had their wedding planned well in advance. All preparations were done for it. But, they have decided that they will put duty first and will help in the fight against coronavirus disease. Dr Sanika and Aniket’s families decided to support their decision as they understood that it was for a great cause...

Police arrest two for spreading for fake message of Army at Kamptee on WhatsApp

Sadar police have arrested two persons for for spreading fake news on social media that Army was called to control the situation in Nagpur city. The accused have been identified as Shoeb Akram Sheikh (21), a resident of Plot No. 44, Sartaj Colony, Sakkardara and Mohd Irfan Yakub Qureshi (32), a resident of Hiwri Lay-out, Nandanvan...

Two arrested for spreading fake news of disinfectant

Sadar police have also arrested two persons for spreading fake news of disinfectant to kill COVID-19 virus was being sprayed in the city. The message went viral on the social media in which the accused had used picture of Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe...

60 from city attended Tablighi Jamat meet in Nizamuddin

AFTER massive spread of coronavirus among the attendees of Markaz Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin at Delhi, Maharashtra Government launched a hunt to identify persons from the State who had gone to the annual gathering...

Coronavirus: 113 suspects admitted in GMCH, IGGMCH

It was being said, children are not that prone to coronavirus, but on Sunday one 11-year-old girl in Nagpur tested positive and on Monday one 14-year-old boy, too, tested positive. On Monday, two more tested positive including the 14-year-old boy, son of the person who is paralytic and admitted in Government Medical College..

MERC slashes power tariff, 5% relief to households

Keeping in mind the troubled times in society due to COVID-19, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) released multi-year tariff for Maharashtra, provided soothing balm through concessions to all sectors, including five per cent to residential consumers. For the industrial and commercial sector that would be most stressed due to coronavirus pandemic, the regulator has provided relief in range of 10 to 15 per cent for the next financial year 2020-21. On an average the relief translates ..

‘Reading books, spending time with family which I could never do’

“For the first time in my public life something like Coronavirus outbreak compelled me to completely stay at home and spend time with my family,” this is what Dr Parinay Fuke, former Minister of State and now MLC expressed while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. It is not that the passionate leader like Dr Fuke, only spending time with family members. Being a public figure and known for his social image, he is resolving issues of people on phone from home...

All deptts can submit bills for 2019-20 after April 1

In a major respite to all departments of State Government unable to utilise grant to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the current fiscal, State Finance Department has permitted all departments to submit bills for the expenditure incurred during current fiscal even after April 1. In view of prevailing situation, the State Government seems to have relaxed the prevailing strict norm of utilising the entire grant before March 31. As on date,..

‘Main dukhi toh hoon, par yeh toh Thakurji ki iccha!’

‘Kitne saal se Ram Shobhayatra nikal rahi hai! Itne saalo me aisa ek baar bhi nahi hua jab wo nahi nikli ho. Ye pahla aisa saal hai jab shobhayatra nahi niklegi. Dukhi to hoon, par manavta ko mahatva dena jaruri samajhta hoon. ..

Crack down on hoarding of essential goods: Speaker directs administration

Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Nana Patole on Monday directed administration to crackdown on traders who are hoarding essential commodities. A meeting was held at the office of Nagpur Divisional Commissioner in which Guardian Minister Dr. Nitin Raut, Dairy Development Minister Sunil Kedar, State Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar, MLA Adv. Ashish Jaiswal, MLC Dushyant Chaturvedi and senior administrative officials were present in the meeting...

NMC files police complaint against person spreading rumours of ‘water spraying’

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Monday, filed a complaint with Jaripatka Police against the person allegedly spreading rumours of spraying of water instead of disinfectant. Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of Health Committee of NMC, the allegations of ‘water spraying’ were ‘politically motivated’. As per the directions of Tukaram Mundhe, Municipal Commissioner, NMC started spraying of disinfectant through fire tenders and sanitation workers in various areas of the city...

Maha Metro, contractors taking care of their field workers, providing facilities to fight COVID-19 threat

Ensuring that workforce remains fighting fit, Maha Metro in tow with it’s contractors have taken upon themselves the task of caring for work force in current stage of lockdown due to outbreak of COVID-19. M/s Afcons Infrastructure Limited that is handling nearly 70 per cent of work in city was first off the block when it undertook awareness programme at workers colonies and also at work sites...

COVID-19 and Brain: Patient may present with Neuro Manifestations – Dr Avindra Nath

While Covid-19 presents mainly with respiratory problems, some patients may present with neurological manifestations, said Dr Avindra Nath, Chief, Section of infections of nervous system, National Institute of Health, USA during his web based talk to Indian Neurologists. Some of the epidemics in the history, which hit the world badly were Small Pox, Plague, Influenza, swine flu, etc. 1918 Flu Pandemic was the deadliest in human history, during which 25% of world’s population was affected and 50 million ..

47-yr-old HM from Buldana is first COVID-19 victim in Vid

Sensation prevailed in the district on Sunday afternoon as the news of the first coronavirus death in the district and Vidarbha region spread like a wildfire. Throat swab report of a 47-year-old man, who died in quarantine ward of District Government Hospital on Saturday came positive and it got confirmed that his death was due to coronavirus infection. The deceased was also suffering from pneumonia and diabetes, as per the hospital sources. While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Balkrushna Kamble, District ..

3 more test positive in Nagpur

Three persons including one 11-year-old girl in Nagpur tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. With addition of these three, the number of positive cases in city has reached 14. But out of them the earlier four were discharged after their reports came negative. So, the current number of positive cases is now 11 only. On Saturday there were total eight corona positive, all were close contacts of the resident of Khamla. One is the resident of Jaripatka who was working at the shop of the positive ..

Cotton Market shut down

With social distancing gone for a toss in most parts of city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has locked down Cotton Market till further notice. After receiving reports about massive crowding in morning hours, Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe ordered officials of Market Department to issue closure notice to market. As such civic officials scrambled and ordered vegetable brokers, vendors to cease sales and with help of the cops dispersed the crowd that had gathered in record numbers. Since ..

Social distancing and isolation mandatory to contain coronavirus: Dr Ramakanta Panda

“The COVID-19, though highly contagious is not as fatal as SARS and MERS”, says Dr Ramakanta Panda, Chairman of India’s Asian Heart Institute. Dr Panda is known for performing procedures on the celebrities like Dr Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India...