Gadkari’s timely intervention may pave way for 350 MT oxygen supply

Tackling the issue of woeful inadequacy of oxygen to hospitals and shortage of Remdesivir injections to citizens and doctors alike, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari swung into action and directly contacted factories and firms involved in manufacturing of oxygen and remdesivir injections, and mopped up supply for Nagpur and other districts of Maharashtra. Due to shortage of oxygen and remdesivir injections the authorities were unable to add more beds for COVID-19 patients, leading to even more chaos and ..

Covid waste posing health hazard

Lack of awareness on COVID-19 waste segregation by those advised home quarantine is posing risk of infection to waste-pickers as well as other citizens. In wake of spike in coronavirus cases in city, the number of home quarantine patients has also increased drastically. There is a guideline by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for disposing of COVID-19 waste for home quarantine patients, but lack of proper awareness among citizens for segregation of such waste creating a threat to everyone. Normally, ..

Law University contributes largely to development of national perspective: CJI Bobde

“Judiciary is a very important pillar of democracy. To strengthen it, good quality legal education is required and the National Law University here is playing an important role. The university will definitely make a significant contribution to the development of national vision and character,” said Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde. He was speaking during inauguration of academic building of Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) at Waranga on Wednesday...

Maha Awaas Yojana-Gramin progress ‘unsatisfactory’ in Nagpur district

Thanks to mainly COVID-19 situation, the progress of Maha Awaas Yojana-Gramin has been found ‘unsatisfactory’ on various counts in Nagpur district. Maha Awaas Yojana-Gramin is an initiative to provide pace to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana (PMAY)-Gramin and State-sponsored rural housing schemes. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department has sent a letter in this regard to Nagpur Zilla Parishad a few days ago. In the letter, the senior bureaucrat has ..

District witnesses close to 4,000 single day recoveries

Wednesday came with a good news of good COVID recovery rate. Today, close to 4,000 persons became corona-free in Nagpur district. With these many recoveries, the cumulative number reached 2,28,071. But surge in novel coronavirus active cases continued as, on Wednesday, the number stood at 63,005. Today, the number of single day COVID-19 cases reduced to 5,993 (five persons are from outside Nagpur district). Of these, 2,375 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Nagpur rural while 3,613 new cases ..

Mpl Commissioner issues enhanced curbs for next fortnight to contain virus

Toeing the line of State Government, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B has notified guidelines for enhanced curbs for next fortnight to break transmission chain of novel coronavirus. One of the important points is imposition of Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code about banning assembly of four or more persons along with curfew like conditions to ensure people do not unnecessarily move out...

MVA restores Planning Authority status of NIT

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) is back as Planning Authority for development projects on its lands within the city limits. Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government has restored the powers of NIT for the Seven streets schemes reversing the previous decision taken by BJP-Sena Government. A notification was issued by Urban Development Department (UDD) on April 9 notifying NIT as development authority for seven street schemes as specified in Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966. Means, NIT do ..

COVID-19: State Govt nod to release of Rs 56.12 crore to Nagpur district

State Government has given nod to release of Rs 62.90 crore for Nagpur and Chandrapur districts for tackling COVID-19 through various measures. This amount includes Rs 56.12 crore for Nagpur district and Rs 6.78 crore for Chandrapur district. However, while giving nod to release of funds, certain conditions have been imposed and some directions have been issued. Revenue and Forest Department of State Government has issued the order regarding release of the funds on Monday...

Academic block at MNLU Nagpur to be inaugurated today

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur will witness the inauguration of its Academic Building of Permanent Campus at Waranga, on Wednesday at 11 am at the hands of Justice Sharad A Bobde, The Chief Justice of India and guest of honour Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on virtual mode. It will be done in presence of Justice Bhushan Gavai, Judge Supreme Court; Justice Dipankar Datta, Chief Justice, High Court of Bombay and Pro-Chancellor of the University; Uday Samant, Minister of ..

Activist-actor Vira Sathidar succumbs to COVID-19

Vira Sathidar, who played the protagonist in National Award winning movie ‘Court’ which was also India’s entry to the Oscars in 2016, passed away due to COVID-19 on Tuesday. The 62-year-old activist-actor was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for COVID-19 treatment. He is survived by wife, son, and other family members. He was associated with Dalit Panthers Jatiantachi Chalwal and called himself a ‘Left Ambedkarite’. He was appointed as President of Maharashtra unit of National ..

99 per cent attendance in RTMNU’s Phase II exams n Phase -III to begin on April 15

The third phase of the examinations being conducted by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) will begin on April 15. RTMNU has witnessed no untoward incident in the examinations of phase II that would end on Wednesday. University had conducted on-line examinations last year too without any glitch. The attendance of the students in all two phases was over 99%. The Phase-II of examinations had began on April 5 and scheduled to be concluded on Wednesday. This winter 2020 examination ..

Trust doctors, help admin in tackling pandemic: HC

Giving a clarion call to all stakeholders to trust medical experts and extend helping hand to administration in tackling coronavirus pandemic, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday passed slew of directions to streamline supply of Remdesivir, creating additional hospital beds and put in place mechanism to help the needy. This includes creation of a Cetralised portal for distribution of Remdesivir, creating additional facilities to manufacture oxygen, efforts to use underutilised hospital beds ..

Group of criminals set constable’s house afire

A GROUP of criminals, in an attempt to kill a constable’s wife and children by setting their house afire in the MIDC area in the small hours of Tuesday. Poonam Rahul Chauhan (29), wife of Naik Police Constable (NPC) Rahul Chauhan, attached to Nagpur City Police Headquarters and a resident of Plot No 45, Dnyandeep Colony, Saptak Nagar, behind SRPF Camp, lodged a complaint that her husband was deployed at ITI COVID-19 Centre at Wanadongri. She and her sons Raghav (6) and Keshav (3) were asleep...

Relatives blame doctors for death of patients, go on rampage in Kandri

Four persons undergoing treatment at J N Hospital of WCL at Kandri, near Kanhan, passed away on Tuesday morning, and in aftermath of that, relatives of one of the patients went on rampage accusing doctors of negligence. The quartet all hailing from Kanhan were admitted after their condition deteriorated and they were identified as Amit Bharadwaj (30), a resident of Patel Nagar; Hukumchand Yerpude (57), a resident of Rai Nagar; Kalpana Kadu (38), and Kiran Borade (47), both resident of Tekdi village. ..

Frequent multiple testing by people for COVID-19 leads to new cases swelling

Most people are scared of testing positive for COVID19. But when they test positive, they want to reconfirm their RTPCR report and go for another test at a different laboratory. One person going for multiple tests actually swells the numbers which is ultimately creating panic among the common public. There are a lot of stories getting viral on social media about mismanagement of testing or wrong testing reports. This is making people feel to go for multiple testing just to have satisfaction that their ..

Nagpurians can get Covid beds’ position at click of a button

A click in time can save a lot of efforts of citizens in finding a bed during current tie of emergency. The Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) has developed a software to provide updated information about vacant beds helping any one in need to zoom and in locate the same. With spike in novel coronavirus cases not subsiding any time soon, the NSSCDCL has started a dash board providing latest update about vacant beds position. The same can be assessed through ..

Step up supply of oxygen, Remdesivir, hospital beds: HC

Appreciating the ongoing efforts of administration in tackling the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Monday urged all authorities and medical fraternity to do something more to provide a helping hand, proper oxygenated beds, necessary medicines including Remdesivir and security to medical establishments. The High Court also applauded Government Hospitals for their sincerity and dedication in handling the pandemic and hoped that more should be done to enhance their ..

People are dying due to admin’s failure: MARD

Government machinery, especially civic body is becoming dependent totally on the hospitals run by medical education department for treating coronavirus patients. The civic body should develop its own hospitals which would not only benefit people but also distribute the load of patients. This load-sharing bring improvement in the treatment also, pointed out Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College ..

60-bed Divisional Railway Hospital remains vacant!

While railway personnel are scouting for vacant beds in city, about 60 oxygenated beds at Divisional Railway Hospital are awaiting patients. The fully-equipped hospital was kept in readiness to be used when required for treating COVID-19 patients, but for last one year, the authorities, that of railways as per Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), could not decide on date to start treatment at the facility. Last year though twice survey was conducted by civic team, non provision of centralised oxygen ..

No RTPCR test on April 12, 14 at govt centres

Due to technical difficulty, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to suspend RTPCR tests at all Government-run centres across city for two days -- April 12 and 14, while April 13 is holiday on account of Gudi Padwa. In lieu of that only Rapid Antigen Test would be conducted, said a communiqué from Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B. During last few days there has been huge rush of people to get tested and in view of that reports at labs are getting delayed...

Distt witnesses torrent of COVID-19 cases; 7,201 test +ve

Panicky about coronavirus as the pandemic is at its peak, people are thronging laboratories for testing. Most people are going for multiple testings due to which the number of new cases looks swelled. Today, in Nagpur district, 7,201 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus taking the cumulative positive cases to 2,78,556 (1,095 persons are from outside Nagpur district). Number of new cases registered on Sunday is a new all-time high, of those 7 persons are from outside Nagpur district. Nagpur ..

Do not use Remdesivir injection rampantly: Collector to doctors

Against the backdrop of shortage of Remdesivir injections and resultant panic among citizens, the district administration and office-bearers of prominent organisations of healthcare experts have come up with a joint appeal to private hospitals not to use the said injection rampantly. Ravindra Thakare, District Collector; Dr Archana Kothari, President of Indian Medical Association (IMA); Dr Anup Marar of Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA); Dr Rajesh Sawarbandhe, representative of IMA; Dr Nandu Kolwadkar ..

‘Teaching youngsters to think independently would make them adventurous in life’

We don’t teach our children to become adventurous. We don’t teach our children to take up adventurous sports. We don’t teach our children to take daredevil steps not only in terms of physical or mental but also spiritually. What are the factors responsible to it? What can be done to make the youngsters become adventurous? With these questions ‘The Hitavada’ approached people from various sectors who said, the job-oriented like thinking is making all the difference. Dr Vasudev Ridhorkar, well-known ..

Start 500-bed facility at Mankapur Stadium: Mayor to administration

To tide over shortage of beds in view of spike in COVID-19 cases during the second wave, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari has directed civic administration to set up 500-bed facility at Mankapur Sports Stadium. Existing beds at Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCHs) are falling short as daily caseload is more than the recovery in city. Adding to woes, now the virus is spreading fast in rural hinterland adding to pressure on existing hospitals in urban areas leaving new patients and their relatives running from pillar ..

Most places in city have noise level more than permissible limit: Study

Nagpur city which is sailing through the infrastructure development phase, is also facing the silent threat of noise pollution these days. The Environment Status Report (ESR) of CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) has revealed that more than 50 per cent places in the city have the noise level more than 80 dB which is harmful for human health. CSIR-NEERI conducted a study in which an innovative approach of noise monitoring using bicycle mounted sound level meter ..

Patients’ care to be preferred over everything, says MARD, stages dharna

Who among the healthworkers are the most affected of the pandemic? They are the Resident doctors who not only have to prepare for their examinations but also have to handle the responsibility of the patients. They are real frontline healthworkers at this juncture. Unfortunately, they are missing the learning of treating non-COVID patients. The pandemic has compelled them to attend only COVID patients and it would make them suffer in future as a professional medico...

People of Nagpur follow not too strict weekend lockdown

The administration did not enfore it strictly, but people in Nagpur responded to the call given by it for first weekend day lockdown on Saturday with full support. It was a complete lockdown that was imposed after a gap of three weeks. It will continue on Sunday too. Some restrictions of lockdown were eased in the beginning of June last. After that people had taken liberty and kept violating the norms of social distancing. Crowding the shops, not wearing masks, spitting on the road all became the ..

Nagpur to get 10,000 doses of Remdesivir

Considering the shortage of Remdesivir injections in Nagpur city and district Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, spoke to Sun Pharma chief who reportedly assured to make available 10,000 doses of Remdesivir to Nagpur soon. The shortage of Remdesivir injection continued to haunt COVID-19 patients and their relatives in Nagpur city and district on Saturday, as pharmacies put up notices that they had run out of stock. Remdesivir injection was available in Government hospitals...

COA conducts first NATA without any glitch

The Council of Architecture has successfully conducted National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) for admission to First Year of 5-year BArch degree course at 196 centres across India, and Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, on Saturday. The second test will be held on June 12, 2021. Last year the students had to face some issues which were resolved by its Chairman Habib Khan through timely intervention...

‘On-line education is fine, but what about social development of kids?’

Thanks to COVID-19 pandemic, subsequent lockdown, restrictions on physical conduct of classes in schools, children have spent most of the closing academic session in homes. Online education, which was initially welcomed as a ‘change’, is now being viewed by many including the parents as no alternative to physical conduct of classes. For, children do not go to schools only to study but to meet, argue, agree, disagree, and play with friends. Also, online education and over-exposure to gadgets and virtual ..

3 dead, several injured as fire breaks out at hospital in Wadi

One more patient had died in the hospital before fire broke out Of 10 patients in the ICU where fire broke out in Well Treat Hospital, six came out on their own and four were resucued by fire-fighters Fire broke out at a private hospital along Amravati Road in Wadi area on Friday night. The fire that started from air-conditioning unit in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor, led to death of three patients on ventilator. Several other patients were injured and were rushed in ambulances to ..

Distt registers new all-time high of 6,489 positive cases

  On Friday, Nagpur district registered new all-time high of 6,489 COVID-19 positive cases. Even the city’s count that stood at 4,016 too is highest. In Nagpur rural 2,466 persons tested positive for this dreaded virus. This has taken the cumulative new COVID-19 cases to 2,66,224 (including 1,088 persons from outside the district). Everyday count of COVID deaths has continued to haunt the district administration. Today also district has witnessed 64 deaths due to this dreaded ..

Amid fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, city braces up for weekend lockdown

 With no respite from daily surge in positive cases of novel coronavirus, the stage is set for yet another weekend lockdown in entire Maharashtra. From Friday night onwards, roads in city appeared deserted as citizens ensured they reach home in time as police already spelled out their action plan through route marches all over city. As administration is keen on breaking the transmission chain of COVID-19 to help bring down the viral load of cases, the message amplified is that without any emergency ..

Government decides to start PG Medical and Research Institute

  The Medical Education and Research Department in Maharashtra has decided to set up Post Graduate (PG) Medical and Research Institute. Meanwhile, the Government has also announced to start new medical college with 100 intake and 450-bed hospital. The initiative regarding developing PG Medical Institute was taken by Dr Dileep Mhaisekar, former Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS). The Medical College will be started as directed by the Central Government ..

Some beds in Amravati SSH reserved for Nagpur patients

 As COVID-19 cases in Nagpur are setting new highs each passing day, the availability of beds in Government as well as private hospitals is reaching saturation point. Considering this, some beds in Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) at Amravati have been reserved for patients from Nagpur. Ravindra Thakare, District Collector, said that already 12 patients were shifted to Amravati SSH on Thursday. The critical patients or their relatives from rural areas of Nagpur district facing difficulties ..

Drivers get inoculated in special drive by NMC

Special vaccination camp undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to inoculate people in service sector is receiving good response. The measure is part of Break the Chain initiative undertaken by Maharashtra Government. The 'Special Component - Special Day' campaign of vaccination for the citizens working in various fields started from Thursday and on the first day, drivers in the city took advantage of the vaccination on 'Driver's Day'.Auto rickshaw drivers, cycle rickshaw pullers, e-rickshaw ..

Distt records highest COVID-19 deaths as 73 succumb to virus

WITH 73 persons succumbing to COVID-19, Nagpur district has recorded highest number of deaths due to the dreaded virus onThursday.This number is season’s highest count. Of the 73 deaths, 5 were the residents of places outside Nagpur district. Nagpur rural reported 28 deaths while 40 persons became victims of the virus in city. This has taken the cumulative death count to 5,577 of which 893 persons were not the residents of Nagpur district. New cases of coronavirus also have become a cause of worry ..

Commissioner of Police assures full support to BJYM

COMMISSIONER of Police Amitesh Kumar has assured full support to activists of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) who are extending a helping hand to people in availing COVID-19 treatment without much hassle. A delegation of BJYM called on the top cop and requested him to support. A memorandum that BJYM handed over to Amitesh Kumar says, people are getting harassed by the hospitals during COVID-19 treatment...

As promised, Fadnavis starts TV studio, Economics lab and Archaeological museum at Solapur varsity

IT WAS three years ago when Dr Mrunalini Fadnavis took charge of Vice-Chancellor of Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Solapur University. During the same time she had decided to introduce several new things in university. She had promised that she would start a TV studio in Department of Mass Communication. She was also instrumental in starting Economics laboratory at the varsity. One more feather was added to the cap of university when Dr Fadnavis initiated archaeological museum. Dr Fadnavis hails from ..

Rs 1.65 cr fund distributed under Manodhairya Scheme in distt

DEPARTMENT of Women and Child Development, Government of Maharashtra has provided financial assistance of Rs 1.65 crore to victims of sexual offences and acid attack in Nagpur district under Manodhairya Scheme. The financial assistance were provided in 240 cases during 2018-2021 in the district. Total 137 cases under Manodhairya Scheme were decided and total Rs 1.01 crore financial assistance provided to vict i m s b e t w e e n December 2020 and March 2021...

‘NEERI should conduct research to find alternatives to cement, steel’

CONSIDERING the increasing prices of cement and steel, the scientists of CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) should focus on conducting research to find viable alternatives to these two commodities, said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSMEs. G a d k a r i was addressing the virtual e v e n t o r g a n i s e d to mark 63rd foundation day of NEERI, o n Thursday. Dr Shekhar C Mande, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial ..

Central team asks officials to focus on contact tracing

CONSIDERING the alarming increase in number of COVID19 cases and deaths, Central Health Team visited various districts in Vidarbha including Nagpur on Thursday and took stock of the situation.The Central team asked the district administration to focus on contact tracing. The team sent to each district comprises two senior experts from national healthcare institutions including All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Post-Graduate Institute. The team that took stock of the situation ..

Neuro Surgery in SSH gets four PG seats

AS PER the latest decision taken by Maharashtra Government, Neuro Surgery Department in Super Speciality Hospital (SSH) will now have four Post-Graduate (PG) seats with super speciality status. In a letter sent to Dean, Government Medical College and Hospital, Government of Maharashtra has communicated that the college, during Dr Sajal Mitra as its Dean, had sought PG super speciality course in Neuro Surgery. Government Medical College and Super Speciality Hospital, is recognised under Section 11(2) ..

FDA directs drug cos to increase supply of Remdesivir injections

WITH projection of 11 lakh plus active cases of novel coronavirus by end of April, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra Government, stepped in and directed drug manufacturing companies to ramp up supplies of Remdesivir injections. Abhimanyu Kale, Commissioner, FDA, wrote to M/s Hetro Healthcare Ltd.; M/s Zydus Healthcare Ltd.; and M/s Mylan Ltd., seeking availability of 100 mg injections of the said drug in large quantities citing increasing viral load of COVID19 cases in ..

Already in police custody, goon Safelkar, accomplices booked under MCOCA

CITY Police have booked dreaded gangster Ranjit Safelkar and his accomplices, including Sharad alias Kalu Hatey, Bharat Narayan Hatey, Chhotu Bagde and Isak Maske, under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) on Thursday. Safelkar gang is involved in several cases of extortion and murders. Safelkar, who is already cooling his heels in the Crime Branch’s custody after being arrested with others for their involvement in killing a local goon Manish Shriwas, has been booked ..

District registers all-time high 5,338 new cases; 66 deaths

With rise in number of persons testing positive every passing day, the district saw a new high on Wednesday. As many as 5,338 persons tested positive for the dreaded virus in one single day in Nagpur district. The number is highest since coronavirus pandemic hit the region last year. Of this count, 7 persons who tested positive are from outside Nagpur district. Also, the district witnessed 66 deaths of due to COVID-19. Number of victims is highest of the season so far. Nagpur rural has reported 2,048 ..

Shortage of Remdesivir injection creates panic

A sudden shortage of life saving Remdesivir injection in local market along with its rampant over charging has miffed the citizens and health sector alike. Since last few days there is a common refrain that the injections are not available with any of the chemists even as District Collector Ravindra Thakare stepped-in to regulate it over the counter sale in pharmacies. In view of shortage owing to rampant use and mismatch in demand and supply, the situation of serious COVID-19 afflicted patients is ..

Sitabuldi merchants to open shops from tomorrow

Perturbed over the pathetic situation created due to lockdown, members of Sitabuldi Merchants Association have decided to open their shops from April 9, 2021. They said that their business was already reeling under recession and the lockdown imposed by State Government upto April 30, 2021 will make the situation more dismal. There are about 300 members of the Association on whom over 10,000 direct and indirect families are dependent. Talking to The Hitavada, Hussain Noorallah Ajani, Secretary of the ..

I succeeded in my aim to make MUHS more student-centric, says Dr Mhaisekar

Most universities witness internal feud especially at top level on several issues. Cordial relations among the colleagues have become thing of past. Lack of coordination among the senior colleagues results in damaging the quality of education. But the pair of Dr Dileep Mhaisekar as Vice-Chancellor and his deputy Dr Mohan Khamgaonkar with top-class mutual understanding took Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) at a different height. Dr Mhaisekar wanted the university to become more student-centr..

Ambazari Biodiversity Park closed again due to another lockdown

Ambazari Biodiversity Park which is famous among fitness freaks, bird watchers and nature lovers, will remain closed for visitors due to increasing coronavirus cases and fresh lockdown imposed in the city till further notice. The park was re-opened on April 1 for citizens after a fire incident that gutted 250 ha of forest in the Park recently. The Forest Department taking measures to avoid such fire incident in future. “We have deputed Van Majoors on watch towers with blowers and binoculars to keep ..

With 68.64% stock in reservoirs, no water scarcity in distt this summer

Nagpur city and district, are likely to sail through this summer without facing shortage of drinking water as storage levels in reservoirs are good enough to cater to the water demands of the citizens at least this summer. There are five major dams in the district which have 68.64% water storage so far which is little lesser than previous year. The total capacity of all these five dams is 1449.99 million cubic meters (Mcum) and on April 7 the available water storage is 995.29 Mcum, reveal statistics ..

Safelker’s pcr extended till 12th

JUDICIAL Magistrate First Class M D Joshi on Wednesday extended the police custody remand (PCR) of hardcore criminal Ranjit Halke Safelkar, arrested in the sensational Manish Shriwas murder case, till April 12. Seeking extension to his PCR, Crime Branch officers informed the court that there was development in the ongoing investigation. Police seized three vehicles and weapons used for committing the heinous crime. The accused showed the place where he had burnt his clothes after brutally killing ..

Amidst stiff opposition on Day 1, lockdown kicks in

The bustling city markets came to grinding halt as Lockdown 1 in new financial year kicked in from Tuesday onwards but not before facing stiff resistance from traders. The scene on Tuesday was reminiscent of last year when similar situation prevailed in aftermath of first ever nation-wide lockdown announced in wake of COVID-19. While that time everyone was in a state of shock this time however the business persons clearly were steadfast in their opposition to lockdown. They spelled out their intentions ..

Confidence Petroleum to set up Rs 200 cr CNG cylinder making unit

Setting aside the gloom of coronavirus, the city-based BSE listed company - Confidence Petroleum India Limited (CPIL) - is aggressively working on its expansion plan. The company, which is the largest LPG cylinder manufacturing entity in the country, has now decided to foray into CNG cylinder manufacturing. The company will set up a state-of-the art CNG cylinder manufacturing unit in Nagpur district with an investment of Rs 200 crore. The new facility will be operational within next two years. The ..

After City Police’s success, CBI to reopen Eknath Nimgade murder case

CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would reopen the file of architect-cum-valuer Eknath Nimgade murder case after completing the necessary legal formalities, according to reliable sources. The country’s premier investigation agency had closed the file as it could not get any concrete evidence against the suspects even after announcing a bounty of Rs five lakh to the person(s) providing concrete information about the killer(s) involved in the sensational homicidal case that rocked the Second ..

Pune gangster Gajanan Mane shifted to Central Prison

Notorious gangster of Pune, Gajanan Mane, was shifted to Nagpur’s Central Prison on Monday so as to break the communication line of the gang that has attained notoriety in the cultural capital of State. His erstwhile close aide, Nilesh Ghaywal was also shifted out of Yerwada Prison and lodged seperately in Amravati Central Prison. Confirming the development, Anup Kumre, Superintendent, Central Prison, said that Mane was brought amidst heavy bandobast and lodged here...

NMC special vaccination drive to begin on 8th

Taking serious cognisance of rising COVID-19 cases, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has decided to give momentum to vaccination drive. NMC feels people like auto-rickshaw drivers, delivery boys who stay for longer time with the public can be the super-spreader of this virus. Considering all these aspects, the civic body will be running a special drive of vaccination for such so-called ‘super-spreader’ that would commence on April 8...

Complete lockdown till April 30 to break the chain

Racing to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus as its second wave has unleashed a scary scenario in city and rural areas of the district, local authorities have gone for a lockdown till month end. All activities, excluding those in essential categories plus industrial production, would remain closed till April 30, states the notification that toes the line adopted by State Government. Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and District Collector Ravindra Thakare issued separate local orders ..

NMC to set up 51 new vaccination centres in 10 zones soon

To counter the spread of novel coronavirus in city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to speed up vaccination and hence decided to set up 51 new centres to provide the jabs to citizens. After studying the population density the centres would be spread over 10 zones of civic body. Of these 10 vaccination centres started functioning from Monday itself. Elaborate arrangements for planned manpower, data entry operators and other facilities have been completed at 26 centres. All the vaccination ..

Over 99% students appear in RTMNU exams, 98% submit papers in Phase I

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has succeeded in holding the examinations without any issue. It was in second consecutive year that the university conducted examinations on-line with over 99% students attended the examinations and of those 98.83% submitted their papers. The Phase II commenced on Monday and will concluded on April 14. The university prepared a proper schedule for Winter 2020 examination that began on March 25. The examination is being conducted in four phases...

LIG, HIG highest generators of plastic waste in city

Low Income Group (LIG) and High Income Group (HIG) of Nagpur city are generating highest 16.54% and 14.36% of plastic waste per day respectively, revealed the Environment Status Report (ESR) of CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI). Nagpur is generating an average of 1,150-1,200 tonnes per day (TPD) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), with an average per capita waste generation of 4.46 kg out of which only 150-200 TPD of waste is being processed...

Strict action against those destroying hospital properties: CP

Amitesh Kumar, Commissioner of Police in a meeting with Vidarbha Hospitals Association (VHA) has assured medical fraternity to take stern action against those creating ruckus at hospitals. Amitesh Kumar had called a meeting to allay the growing apprehensions and growing dread being felt by medical fraternity in view of the unconstitutional enforcement being done by so called vigilante groups who are creating terror in minds of doctors and hospitals. VHA office-bearers highlighted that mischief ..

When will we learn non-COVID treatment, ask Resident Docs

“When will we learn the skills of treating non-COVID patients? Non-COVID patients stopped turning towards tertiary care centres run by Government and those of us have opted surgery have not touched a single tool of surgery. How will we survive after completion of three years of Post Graduation is our main concern.” These are some of the issues being faced by Resident Doctors working in Government Medical College and Hospitals (GMCHs) across Maharashtra. They have been demanding to find out ways ..

Nagpur district witnesses 4,110 new COVID-19 cases, 62 deaths

Nagpur district is experiencing a very scary situation as new cases of COVID-19 and number of deaths are increasing constantly. On Sunday, the district registered 4,110 new COVID-19 cases while 62 persons died due to this dreaded virus. On Sunday, the district registered 4,110 new COVID -19 cases including 1,200 cases in Nagpur rural and 2,906 in city. Of the 4,110 cases, four are from outside Nagpur district...

Nagpur distt 4th in State in COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is gaining momentum across the country and in Maharashtra too. Within Maharashtra, major cities are on top in number of doses administered so far. As per the official data, till April 3, of a total 73,47,429 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Maharashtra, as many as 15,19,646 were administered in Vidarbha region. Nagpur, the Second Capital of Maharashtra, ranked fourth in the number of vaccine doses administered in the State. Presently, at various Government, local body, ..

R&D institutions now work together to extract REE from aluminium waste

To reduce import dependence on China for Rare Earth Elements (REE), Government of India took a bold technological step to extract REE from aluminium waste (Red Mud) under Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission. Under the initiative of Government of India’s NITI Aayog, city-based institute Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development Design Centre (JNARDDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (CSIR-IMMT), Bhubaneswar; CSIR-National Metallurgical ..

Rlys pulls down curtains on LARSGESS post Supreme Court’s verdict

As Railways pulls down curtains on Liberalized Active Retirement Scheme for Guaranteed Employment for Safety Staff (LARSGESS), it dashed hopes of thousands of its employees who were eagerly waiting for exit route with matching induction of their wards in service of nation’s lifeline. Many were just a call away for appointment with Indian Railways till it freezed appointments after the court’s intervention. Recently, Railway Board communicated to the field units that they should dispose of pending ..

Nagpur among ‘Top 10’ COVID-19 hotspots in the country

Nagpur has become the hotspot for coronavirus as it figured among top 10 corona-affected districts in the country. It is evident from the rising cases and the deaths that the coronavirus is causing. The list released by Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Government of India has mentioned top 10 districts in the country as COVID-affected. Of those 10 districts eight alone are from Maharashtra including Nagpur. At present, Nagpur everyday is witnessing close to 4,000 COVID-19 cases and around 50 deaths. ..

COVID-19: 100 new beds operationalised at GMCH

Against the backdrop of increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Nagpur district and issues with availability of hospital beds, here is a good news. As many as 100 new beds have been operationalised in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Besides, on vaccination front, the drive is gaining momentum at 237 centres in the district. Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district, gave this information to mediapersons after a review meeting at Divisional Commissionerate here on Saturday. ..

‘On-line edn fails to yield any result, students losing interest in exams’

Varsha Gaikwad, the School Education Minister on Saturday announced that students upto Class VIII would be promoted to next class. The decision will have larger impact on the society as gradually students are losing interest. Most school heads in Nagpur expressed, in fact examinations should be conducted that too off-line as it is the real assessment of students. Resmi Umesh, Principal of Saraswati Vidyalaya pointed out, “Students are gradually losing interest in facing the examinations. Promoting ..

Patient’s relatives create ruckus at Hope Hospital

TENSION erupted near Teka Naka on Kamptee Road after relatives of a patient resorted to violence and arson at Hope Hospital after she succumbed to coronavirus during treatment on Saturday morning. The angry relatives threw petrol at the reception counter and set it afire. After damaging a printer, a laptop and other material, they manhandled hospital director Dr B K Murli and also injured an employee seriously...

Fire in Bhandara Distt Hospital again!

The Bhandara District General Hospital that was in news recently for the gruesome fire that killed 10 newborn babies again witnessed a fire on Friday late night. Thankfully, this time round the employees noticed the fire before it could inflict any substantial damage. According to information, the fire broke due to choked oxygen cylinder supply line which started emitting gas. The oxygen was being supplied to the corona centre...

Additional IGP to probe into ‘delay’ in action by Reddy

The State Government has appointed Dr Pradnya Sarwade, Additional Director General of Police (DGP) to conduct primary inquiry about whether delay in action by M S Reddy, suspended former Additional Chief Conservator of Forest and also the Field Director, Melghat Tiger Project led Dipali Chavan to commit suicide. Arvind Apte, Chief Conservator of Forest (Mantralaya) has issued a letter in this regard. She has been directed to submit the report by April 30. Only after this report, the decision to file ..

‘Only Maharashtra hasn’t given any assistance to people during pandemic’

Devendra Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, took a dig at Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government and accused it of failure in handling COVID-19 situation effectively. Interacting with mediapersons at airport here on Saturday, Fadnavis referred to Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister, who addressed the people on Friday. “If MVA Government wants another lockdown, then it must first plan on how to help citizens of Maharashtra in such difficult times,” he said...

Pachpaoli Police recover 10 lost cellphones, return to owners

Making good use of technology, Pachpaoli Police have recovered 10 lost cellphones and returned those to their owners. The collective worth of these cellphones was Rs 1,18,590/-. ..

Mathematics, Physics to assume importance in engineering admns

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has never said, subjects like Physics, Mathematics would not be given the required importance during the admissions to engineering courses. AICTE has only opened opportunities, created a flexible model for the young students. AICTE has thought about the students who have less awareness or subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics being not available in small towns and remote areas should not be left out in the truest sense of national ethos of access ..

Beware! COVID-19 infection higher in 31-40 yrs

When it all started last year, those above 60 years of age were vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. After wreaking havoc for a few months, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra dropped a bit towards the end of 2020, much to the relief of people. However, with new strains, there is fresh surge in cases, and infection is widespread in all age-groups. ..

Despite ESR concerns, NMC in no mood to implement HAP this year

THOUGH CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute’s (CSIR-NEERI) Environment Status Report 2019-20 of Nagpur city stated that average temperature and instances of heatwaves in Nagpur have been on a constant rise since last two decades, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is not in a mood to implement the mitigation measures of Heat Action Plan (HAP) this year. ..

Presently stable, but demand for oxygen at city hospitals rising

Nagpur district is already facing the problem of bed shortage for rising number of COVID 19 patients. Now, the issue of supply of oxygen may haunt the administration though the situation is stable at this juncture. “Most COVID-19 patients are in need of oxygen and after hard efforts from supplier to provide more oxygen the situation may become bad,” say experts. Recently, the demand rose almost by 10 times. Suppose one hospital previously was buying 100 oxygen cylinders from the supplier. Now the ..

COVID-19 threat intensifies as 60 persons die due to virus in Nagpur district

Situation in Nagpur district constantly remains worrisome as far as status of coronavirus pandemic is concerned. In the district, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is rising, while there is a mismatch in the number of new positive cases and recoveries. For citizens the threat intensifies as number of active cases in one single day is swelling resulting in increasing the bed occupancy in hospitals. On Thursday, the district witnessed 60 deaths due to COVID-19 in one single day, including four residents ..

Citizens above 45 years start taking jab

With the Government also bringing those attaining 45 years of age and above within the ambit of those allowed for COVID vaccination from April 1 onwards, the eligible citizens thronged the centres on Thursday. The civic body has made necessary arrangements at 86 centres, including private and government hospitals. After initial glitches, staff at the vaccination centres managed to attend to the increased rush, including senior citizens. Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan ..

NSSCDCL assures to save 30-40% trees for road widening project in East Nagpur

In the name of development exploitation of nature everywhere has become a new norm. Nagpur is no exception to it. The Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) allowed the Nagpur Smart City Project to cut down 139 full grown trees in East Nagpur for widening of roads, recently. The Smart City authority had sought permission from NMC for felling of the trees in January last. On the intervention of environmentalists of the city, senior officials of the Smart City project assured to save ..

All above 45 years to get COVID vaccine from today

Nagpur city is gearing up to administer the COVID vaccine to the people of 45 years and above age group, starting from Thursday. As per the instructions and guidelines issued by Central Government, the civic body has made all the arrangements at 86 centres including several private as well as Government hospitals. The civic body had initially faced some problems when vaccination drive started for the frontline healthworkers. Now, the preparedness of the whole machinery has improved a lot. Mayor Dayashankar ..

‘No local restrictions from today, only State Govt’s protocols to be followed’

Even as the State Government is facing pressure from various quarters not to resort to lockdown to contain spread of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, in case of Nagpur district it has been decided not to continue with local restrictions from Thursday. Only the State Government protocols will be implemented in a stringent manner, said Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of district. On Wednesday, Dr Raut chaired a meeting of senior officers and elected representatives, at Divisional Commissionerate here to take ..

Lack of recharge, high extraction caused depletion of groundwater in city: ESR

On one hand Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is emphasising on roof-top water harvesting system in all the premises in city, while on the other, the Environment Status Report (ESR 19-20) prepared by CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) revealed that lack of proper ground water recharge and high extraction is causing the depletion of ground water level in city. As per the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), the net annual ground water availability of Nagpur (urban ..

CJI likely to inaugurate Academic block of MNLU at Waranga on April 10

The much-awaited inauguration of new academic block of Maharashtra National Law University at Nagpur is likely to be held on Saturday April 10, 2021. Reliable sources told ‘The Hitavada’, Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde will do the honour of inaugurating the building being set up at Waranga on huge 60-acre land. According to sources, the confusion over the mode of the programme still prevails. Given the pandemic situation and State Government prohibiting all the public functions, the university ..

Docs’ ad-hoc promotions hampering permission to PG seats in SSH

Most teachers in various departments in Super Speciality Hospital (SSH) are working on adhoc promotions. These medical teachers do not have any objection working on ad-hoc promotions as they have an attachment to this institute. They are more worried about the institute’s prospect as most departments are deprived of Super Speciality Post Graduate (PG) seats. The Super Speciality Hospital came into being in 1997 and then the stalwart medico like late Dr B S Choubey had a dream to bring this institute ..

COVID-19: Distt records 58 more deaths

People of Nagpur district are experiencing scare of coronavirus. The only solace they experienced on Wednesday was when Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut declared that no strict lockdown would be imposed and people would continue to run their businesses from April 1 onwards with night curfew to continue. People heaved a sigh of relief as the decision of Guardian Minister would save them from facing financial crisis. Despite all efforts from frontline healthworkers, administrators, the COVID-19 deaths ..

State Govt discontinues stamp duty concession

On one hand, Maharashtra Government has not effected any hike in Ready Reckoner (RR) rates. On the other, however, it has decided to discontinue the stamp duty concession offered till March 31, 2021. Further, it has offered one per cent waiver in payment of stamp duty if property concerned is sold/purchased in the name of women. Against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and adverse impact on realty sector, Maharashtra Government had offered stamp duty rebate. It had announced that stamp ..

No change in RR rates

Providing a major relief to realty sector, Maharashtra Government has decided not to effect any changes in the Ready Reckoner (RR) rates. As such, the RR rates effective from September 12, 2020, will continue to be applicable in the financial year 2021-22. In the RR rates declared in September 2020, the Government had effected hike of around 1.74 per cent. Earlier, in 2017-18, the Government had increased RR rates by an average 3.9 per cent. In 2018-19 and 2019-20, the Government had not revised the ..

Nagpur distt witnesses drastic fall in COVID-19 testing; 54 die

The post-Holi day brought drastic fall in COVID-19 testing count. Number of testing suddenly came down to 4,604, less by 7,000 than the number registered on Monday. Surprisingly, the testing count was more on festival of colours which nobody had expected. Testing count is less but the number of deaths due to this dreaded virus has continued to haunt as 54 persons died of coronavirus. Some good news too is there as the single day COVID-19 cases witnessed a major dip, recovery rate too has improved ..

GSDA asks NMC to conduct survey of depleting water level in Futala Lake

Groundwater Survey and Development Agency (GSDA), Government of Maharashtra has instructed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to conduct a survey and take technical expertise to find out the reason behind decreasing ground water level in Futala Lake. GSDA issued a letter to NMC in which it stated that the Agency has no prior data regarding the Futala Lake premises and NMC must conduct the technical study at their level. Environment activists stated that GSDA was just passing the buck to NMC...

Over Rs 300 crore of scholarship of professional colleges pending

Though everybody is facing new problems due to pandemic, the Government seemed to have kept mum about the old issues. The issue of reimbursement of scholarships given to colleges against the fees of students of reserved category keeps troubling the colleges. This has resulted in the closure of several colleges, especially the professional ones. This year too Maharashtra’s Mahavikas Aaghadi Government has not yet released the amount of scholarship to be paid to engineering, management colleges of ..

Enforced lockdown- Is it a solution to the problem?

“We have started understanding the nature of Covid-19 virus better, as it is now one-year-old. Are we dealing with the virus correctly to limit its spread? I think the answer is a big No,” asserted Dr Shubhangi Deshmane, noted Gynaecologist and Obstetrician. Dr Deshmane pointed out, “One year back we had the ‘Fear of The Unknown’. Hence taking extreme steps to protect ourselves was mandatory. Enforced lockdowns, keeping ourselves locked all the time, not socialising, masking, using tons of sanitizers ..

SSH Cardiologist performs rare procedure to cure congenital issue of woman

The well-known Cardiologist Dr Pradeep Deshmukh at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) has performed a rare procedure to treat the congenital problem of a 44-year old woman. A 44-year old woman, was admitted in emergency in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) with severe chest pain and breathlessness. On examination, it was found that she was in state of heart failure and extremely sick...

Two COVID-19 patients commit suicide

Two COVID-19 patients have allegedly committed suicide in separate cases in Ajni police station area. One of them ended his life in COVID ward of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), police officials said. In the first case, an 81-year-old COVID-19 patient allegedly ended his life in GMC&H. The incident took place on Monday at around 5 pm when the patient, identified as Purushottam Aappaji Gajbhiye, went to the bathroom in the COVID-19 ward of GMC&H...

Notorious goon Ranjit Safelkar arrested

NOTORIOUS goon Ranjit Safelkar, involved in murder case of architect Eknath Nimgade and goon Manish Shrivas, was finally arrested by Nagpur Police on Tuesday. He will be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is investigating murder case of architect Nimgade. Commissioner of Police (CP) Amitesh Kumar informed ‘The Hitavada’ that Safelkar was nabbed from the city itself on Tuesday evening. “Our teams are questioning him in connection with his involvement in gory crimes...

76.22% COVID-19 patients in home isolation in Nagpur district

After taking stock of the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra on Sunday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the officers in the Task Force to focus on institutional quarantine rather than home isolation of patients. His direction needs to be viewed against the backdrop of data indicating that a majority -- 58.50 per cent -- of the patients in Maharashtra were in home isolation as on March 22 (last week). As far as Nagpur district is concerned, as many as 76.22 per cent of the COVID-19 patients as ..

Another day, another spike: 58 deaths, 3,970 new cases

Even as the State Government has imposed fresh curbs and mulling over stricter implementation of guidelines, the situation in Nagpur district continues to be a cause of concern. On Sunday, the district recorded 58 deaths and 3,970 fresh cases of COVID-19. While it was the biggest number of deaths in one single day this year, the number of new cases was the second biggest single-day tally. As per the reports, the national average weekly positivity rate for COVID-19 was 5.04 per cent and that of Maharashtra ..

‘Per-capita green space of city is shrinking’

The per-capita green space of Nagpur city is limited to 2.32-0.27 sq mtr and it is shrinking further, revealed a study conducted by CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) recently. As per Urban and Regional Development Plan Formulation Implementation (URDPFI) guidelines, 2014 issued by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs recommend that per-capita green space is 10-12 sq mtr and 1.2 to 1.4 Ha of green space per 1,000 population but it is very less in Nagpur city...