On-line fraudster duping restaurant customers luring them with offer

DO YOU know, even a simple transaction to book food on-line can leave you with an empty bank account? It is happening in the city in a brazen manner. Customers booking on-line orders for food are losing huge money to cyber crooks. This is the story of loyal customers of Gayatri Bhojnalaya, situated in Dharampeth, who are getting duped by an on-line fraudster. The fraudster has the audacity of mocking at the cyber cell unit of Nagpur police whenever it tries to trap him. Whenever anybody gets suspicious ..

Gorewada Zoo named after Balasaheb Thackeray

The Gorewada International Zoo has been named after Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoo here on Monday. The Government Resolution (GR) in this regard has already been passed, informed Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod through a press release. Rathod also informed that the Indian Safari of the zoo will be inaugurated on January 26 at the hands of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray...

Nagpur district registers 1st case of bird flu in Waranga

Bird flu in poultry birds has been confirmed in Waranga area of Nagpur district here on Tuesday. The results of the testing of samples submitted earlier have been received from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal and the sample of Waranga has been found positive for Avian Influenza. “We have send five samples from Nagpur district to Bhopal in which only one sample of Waranga has been found positive,” District Collector Ravindra Thakare to The Hitavada. About 650 ..

Engineering admission: CET Cell extends date for submission of documents

The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell has extended the date of submission of documents for the admissions to Under Graduate and Post Graduate courses come under Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). Now, students can submit the applications with all the documents by January 20. Some students faced the problem of gathering the documents like original certificate of Economically Weaker Section (EWS), original certificate of NCL, original caste validity certificate. On the request ..

NOGS’ YUVA to help adolescents in resolving their issues

Nagpur Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (NOGS) that mainly works for Gynaecologists or for the women facing several gynaecological issues. But, now it has come up with a unique initiative. The organisation will be helping youngsters, adolescents to resolve their issues mainly arises during that age, through tele consultation. NOGS under the leadership of Dr Vaidehi Marathe and Secretary Dr Rajasi Sengupta has decided not to remain limited to the ambit of NOGS but to take up public-oriented issues...

Erstwhile wasteland now a green patch, courtesy NEERI

‘Where there is a will there is a way’. This proverb has been proved right by Dr Lal Singh who rejuvenated a wasteland filled with fly ash into a dense bamboo vegetation in just one-and-a-half year. Dr Lal Singh, Senior Scientist, Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division in CSIR- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) and his team, developed a technology that will transform wasteland into productive land. ..

‘Dr Govind Upadhyay dedicated his life to the service for others’

“One should perform one’s duties selflessly without expecting praises from people. Today’s felicitation event and this huge gathering is for one such person -- Dr Govind Prasad Upadhyay, who dedicated his entire life to the service for others,” said Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit on Monday. Purohit was the chief guest at ‘Padma Shri Dr Vikram Marwah Chikitsak Hindi Seva Samman’ award function conducted by Vidarbha Seva Samiti at Press Club. He felicitated Dr Govind Prasad Upadhyay with ..

Political ‘claim panchayat’ in GP election results

The results of elections to 127 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the district were declared on Monday. However, which party won how many seats in which GPs was not fully clear. For, all the major parties claimed to have won the maximum number of GPs in the district. In effect, it was a ‘claim Panchayat’ as far as election results were concerned. However, one important face of the GP election results was the political heavyweights retaining their dominance in respective areas. Of total 130 Gram Panchayats ..

Women set afire motorcycles of liquor smugglers

A group of women set five motorcycles of alleged liquor smugglers afire in Yerla village after they assaulted two youngsters on Sunday. The accused are allegedly involved in smuggling of liquor and the women are demanding stern action against them for last few months...

Man accused of sexually exploiting daughter killed by her in-laws

A 55-year-old man was allegedly accused of sexually exploiting his married daughter and was brutally murdered by her in-laws in Hudkeshwar police station area. The police have arrested Nitin Nathulal Solanki (29), a resident of Sai Nagar No. 1, Hudkeshwar and Raju Hari Rathod (34), a resident of Plot No. 42, Tinkhede Layout, Shantighat, for killing Harilal Mohan Goswami (55), a resident of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh...

NGT for curbing noise pollution at stations, tightrope walk for Railways

Indian Railways is feeling the heat of complying with stringent norms prescribed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) relating to environment protection at railway stations. In the operative part, the Tribunal underlined the need for reducing noise pollution and ensuring that the same is as per ambient norms. Among the directives to Railways in the operative part of the order, the Principal Bench at New Delhi, underlined observation of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that noise-level at stations ..

DGGI, Ngp unearths 97 fake invoice cases of Rs 2,413.55 cr up to Dec 31

THE fake invoices drive continuing against fake invoice racketeers by Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) formations across the country has proved to be highly effective. As part of the ongoing drive against fake invoices, a large number of searches have been conducted by the officers of DGGI, Nagpur Zonal Unit covering diverse industrial sectors across Maharashtra...

Standing Committee chief fumes over cut in budget allocation

Outgoing Chairperson of Standing Committee, Vijay Zalke, trained guns on civic administration for short circuiting annual budget of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Giving vent to his pent-up feelings, Zalke, on Wednesday, claimed the stance of Municipal Commissioner in applying cut to sanctioned development proposals are bad in law and same needs to be reviewed...

My goal is to see all vehicles in country run on bio-fuel: Gadkari

“My goal is to help farmers in the country to manufacture bio-fuel. I also wish to see all vehicles run on bio-fuel so that the city and country become pollution-free. I work for nation and motherland. There is no paucity of funds, if one has the will to work for the nation,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Gadkari was speaking in function organised by Padmagandha Pratishthan to honour him with ‘Nalini Balkrishna Deopujari Memorial Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar’, at Shree ..

‘No wave of despondency, no defeat can hinder BJP’

  By Vikas Vaidya : Election of Dayashankar Tiwari with 107/107 votes shows the party’s strong presence: Datke My tenure will surely add to the Party’s solid chances of winning 2022 Municipal elections: Tiwari   People are talking a lot about the defeat that Bharatiya Janata Party witnessed in recently held Graduates’ Constituency polls which was a stronghold of the party. Most feel there is a wave of despondency in the party after the defeat. They are ..

Now, Internet cafes becoming agents for engg admissions

For last few years, most engineering colleges are facing seat vacancy issue as students are showing inclination to get admitted in the institutions that have several prospective aspects including quality of education maintained by them. Obviously, only these few colleges are witnessing good number of admissions. The colleges that have registering to attract students, are trying to get admissions through various means...

Perfunctory solution may lead to chaos at Ridge Road near Wanjari Nagar bridge

Wanjari Nagar bridge that slopes down at Ridge Road is on the verge of opening. But in a haste to open it, the authorities forgot to notice a flaw that would lead to chaos at the junction where the bridge meets Ridge road. When people from Wanjari Nagar bridge will reach the Ridge Road, they may have to navigate their way with the traffic coming from T B Square. Nobody had thought about the sudden meeting of vehicles coming from bridge and those approaching from T B Road Square...

Recover pending fine from motorists, tells Deshmukh

“Many motorists have not paid fine imposed by the Traffic Police for violation of rules. So far, a fine of Rs 16 crore is pending and a private agency will be appointed to recover the amount,” said State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The Home Minister was speaking after distributing body-worn cameras to Traffic Police in a programme organised at Police Gymkhana in Civil Lines by City Police on Sunday morning. Describing importance of the cameras, Deshmukh said that quarrels used to occur between motorists ..

Rs 1 crore aid to family of martyr Nk Bhushan Satai

State Government has released an aid of Rs 1 crore to the parents of Naik Bhushan Rameshrao Satai, who was martyred in mortar shelling by Pakistan in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir in 2020. Naik Bhushan Satai was a resident of Katol in Nagpur district. General Administration Department of State Government issued a Government Resolution in this regard on January 15...

Historic moment: COVID-19 vaccination begins

It was in March 2020 that the novel coronavirus gripped Nagpur with the city witnessing first COVID-19 positive case on 11th of the month. Since then, the healthworkers have been fighting like warriors. In the fight to contain the virus, some achieved martyrdom . Their martyrdom did not go waste. At the same time, during the fight, everybody kept asking, when the vaccine to beat the virus would come? Two days ago, vaccines reached Nagpur and today -- on Saturday -- the mass vaccination drive began...

Thorat leads Congress’ tractor rally in city

MPCC Chairman and State Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat on Saturday hit out at BJP-ruled Union government over new farm laws and alleged that the laws will destroy farmers by making them slaves of big industrialists. Thorat was speaking at massive tractor rally organised by the Congress party to protest against the new farm laws and rising fuel price. At the onset, farmers gheraoed Raj Bhavan at Civil Lines in the tractors raising demand to repeal the new farm laws. Hundreds of women made bhakars ..

Plastic pens should be considered under Plastic Waste Management Rules: NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has contended that plastic pens should be covered under Plastic Waste Management Rules, and directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to issue directions to all the States and Union Territories (UTs) for compliance. The NGT also directed the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) to finalise the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) rule for management of waste...

The Institute of Military Law shifted to Delhi

Finally, The Institute of Military Law (IML) has been shifted from Kamptee in Nagpur district to Delhi. It was in the offing for past some time, and an auction of unserviceable old items was conducted in December 2020. Though many in the Armed Forces establishments knew about the development, the shifting of the IML from Kamptee to Delhi took place silently. It was only after some of the State Government departments, suppliers, and others received a mail a few days ago that people came to know ..

Two tiger cubs shifted to Gorewada Rescue Centre

The forest officials of buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) shifted two female tiger cubs to Gorewada Rescue Centre on Saturday morning. The cubs were rescued from Khadsangi range under buffer zone of TATR some two-and-a-half months back. According to the information, the forest officials had found three cubs including a male and two female one in last October. The forest officials brought the three cubs to Transit Treatment Centre (TTC) for further treatment in Chandrapur...

NSSCDCL to monetise display system at city squares through flashing ads

Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) is banking on Variable Messaging System (LED Display) at 51 major intersections in city to raise revenue. Bhuvaneshwari S, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NSSCDCL, said that under the Nagpur Safe and Smart City project, VAMS were installed at all major squares. Now, plan is to monetise these assets through display of social message and advertisement. Through this LED screens, information about various schemes of Central Government ..

Power consumers yet to pay

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) is struggling to recover bills of lockdown period (three months of April, May and June) as record consumption along with kicking of new rates have put citizens in a tight spot. ..

Varsity students may have to write two exams simultaneously

The effect of COVID-19 would continue in 2021 too. Like other sectors, education sector also suffered in terms of examinations, in terms of taking classes, etc. Now, there is another problem that is likely to be faced by students, universities, colleges. This year the two examinations - first and second semesters - are likely to be held simultaneously as the admissions are conducted late and so beginning of acadmic year also was delayed. ..

NMC hikes devpt charges by 100% for funding Nagpur Metro New charges to be implemented with effect from June 30, 2016

In a double whammy for Nagpurians, after increase in the Ready Reckoner rates State Government has approved civic body proposal for 100 per cent increase in the development charges. If that was not sufficient now rubbing salt further on the wounds, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) notified that new charges would kick in with effect from June 30, 2016. ..

Rlys rolls out HRMS for greater transparency in employees’ matters

Inching closer to concept of paperless office, Indian Railways has launched Human Resource Management System (HRMS) to integrate everything related to establishment matters of nearly 12 lakh employees on its rolls in one single application. ..

COVID-19 vaccination drive to begin at 12 centres in distt Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut to inaugurate drive at NMC’s Pachpaoli centre

COVID-19 vaccination drive to be conducted for health workers of Nagpur district will begin on Saturday. Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut will open the drive at Pachpaoli Hospital run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The drive will be conducted at 12 centres of the district. ..

1.14 lakh Covishield vaccines for Nagpur division arrive

The much-awaited 1,14,000 Covishield vaccine doses meant for healthworkers working in private and Government hospitals of Nagpur region reached Nagpur city in the wee hours of Thursday. These vaccines came from Serum Institute, Pune. The administration has sent them to six districts of the division early in the morning itself by vehicles fitted with cold storages. The vaccination drive will begin on January 16. This will be the first dose of the vaccine to be given to the healthworkers who have registered ..

‘What have you done to enforce nylon manja ban?’

Action by NMC in 10 zones led to recovery of Rs 55,000 fine and seizure of 4,048 kites n Staff Reporter : Knocked into action after series of mishaps owing to nylon manja in city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) launched biggest ever crackdown against sellers violating the prohibited items. In the single day action, Nuisance Detection Squads (NDS) fanned out in all ten zones and recovered fine of Rs 55,000. Similarly during the drive, 4,048 kites made from banned plastic film were also seized confiscate..

NMC nets Rs 32 cr of property tax arrears in one month

At end of the one-month amnesty scheme for clearance of arrears of Property Tax, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) reported accruals of Rs 32 crore. While the amount may not seem big but nearly 25,000 citizens have zeroed their tax liability and this is one positive news from the drive, said Milind Meshram, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), NMC...

‘Navgraha wells ensure transformation of individuals’

On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Sun entered in Makar Rashi (Capricorn) on Thursday. On this day, after 59 years, Jupiter and Saturn were already there in Makar Rashi. The moon, mercury and Pluto were also placed in Capricorn. The astrologers across the world started predictions of presence of six planets in one single rashi (Capricorn). On this occasion, a spectacular event of activation of Navgraha wells was occurred in a small village ‘Chowki’ behind Kelzar on Wardha Road on Thursday...

India’s first indigenously developed 9 mm machine pistol has Nagpur connection

Finally, India has got her first indigenously developed 9 mm machine pistol in ‘Asmi’. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Army have jointly developed it. It is a matter of pride for Nagpur that the pistol ‘Asmi’ has been designed and developed by Lt Col Prasad Bansod, who hails from the city. Lt Col Prasad Bansod, who is currently posted at Infantry School, Mhow, is son of Anil and Anjali Bansod, who are both retired teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya. His parents reside ..

Governor visits hospital; announces Rs 2 lakh assistance to victims’ kin

Terming the fire tragedy at Bhandara’s district general hospital as very unfortunate, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each victim. He also directed the administration to take immediate precautionary measures to avoid such anincident in future. The Governor was in Bhandara on Wednesday where h..

Chavan as Speaker can help Patole become MPCC chief

political activities have gained momentum within Congress Party to find a suitable leader who could replace Balasaheb Thorat as Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee Chief (MPCC). Name of Nana Patole, the Speaker of Maharashtra State Assembly is being considered strongly. In case Patole’s name gets green signal, Congress may propose to make ex-Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, the Speaker of Maharashtra State Assembly. By appointing Sandhya Sawalakhe as President of Party’s Women wing, Congress has ..

Activation of ‘Navgraha’ wells in Shani Shaktipeeth today

Makar Sankranti is a period of enlightenment, peace, prosperity and happiness. This festival also marks the end of an inauspicious phase. It is the beginning of an auspicious phase, which can mobilise an individual’s stagnant career and therefore one can look forward to a bright career. Since the festival is dedicated to the Sun God, and Sun is regarded as the symbol of divinity and wisdom, the festival brings forth the best in an individual. On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Shri Shani ..

Wave of anger in city over death of youth due to Chinese manja

A WAVE of anger has spread in the city after the loss of another innocent life due to banned Chinese manja. Twenty-year-old Pranay Prakash Thakre was killed near Imambada on Tuesday after the deadly Nylon thread slit his throat. He died on the spot with his respiratory tract cut off by the manja. This was the third death related to kite-flying in the last fortnight. People are furious with the utter failure of the enforcement agencies, including Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Nagpur City police, ..

Working severely hit as half of FDA staff tests COVID-19 +ve

ALREADY facing a severe staff crunch the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) working has been crippled further with 50 per cent staff of the regulatory body testing positive for coronavirus. The department is working hard with the limited staff members but its work has now been badly paralysed. During the lockdown period, FDA ensured distribution and supply chain of life saving medicines. Shortages of antivirals and other essential drugs were handled efficiently and also the supply of oxygen and other ..

SECR to run longest Kisan Rail on Jan 15

South East Central Railway (SECR) Nagpur Division is gearing-up for a record as it prepares to run longest distance for a Kisan Rail in the country from Chhindwara to Tinsukia. The Kisan Rail that is going to start on January 15 would traverse a distance of 2354 kms within three days aimed at capturing new market for the farmers produce. Along side, three motor-cum-parcel vans (VPU) are going to loaded by Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) for dispatching raw material to its Tinsukia factory...

Police ensure recovery of Rs 27.82 lakh of two cyber crime victims

In a quick action, Cyber Police Station of Nagpur police helped two citizens to recover their stolen money collectivelly worth Rs 27.82 lakh from their bank accounts. A press release informed that Vinod Hemnani, a resident of Kalmana Road, having an account in ICICI Bank. An unidentified fraudsters had withdraw Rs 26.50 lakh from his bank account on November 27. Hemnani approached the police and lodged a complaint...

Tipeshwar, Painganga WLS get ‘good’ rating in MEE report

Tipeshwar and Painganga Wildlife Sanctuaries of Vidarbha have been awarded ‘good’ rating in Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries (NP&WLS) released by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday. Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar released the MEE of 146 NP&WLS in the Country. The MoEFCC with the technical assistance from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has conducted the MEE report. The assessment ..

Municipal Commissioner lifts embargo on implementation of civic budget

Deadlock between civic administration and city fathers over stalled development works was resolved with Municipal Commissioner Radhakishnan B issuing administrative order to take-up implementation of civic budget. Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari and Vijay Zalke, Chairperson, Standing Committee, claimed that they had successful talks with Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B who initiated public projects on basis of priority. Tiwari and Zalke said Municipal Commissioner concurred with the general ..

COVID-19 vaccines may arrive by 14th, drive to begin on 16th

With the drive to administer COVID-19 vaccine to health workers beginning on January 16, District Collector Ravindra Thakare reviewed the preparedness of the same. In Nagpur district, 12,000 healthworkers have been registered for the drive and the procedure would be performed at 15 places. The COVID-19 vaccines have not reached yet but are likely to arrive by January 14. The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Officer of Nagpur Zilla Parishad Yogesh Kumbhejkar, Deputy Director of Health Services ..

Bike-borne youth dies as throat slits due to manja; third such death in city

THE killer Chinese manja thread has claimed third life in the city. This time, a 20-year-old youth who was riding a two-wheeler lost his life in Imambada area after a razor-sharp manja thread slit his throat. The injury was so deep that the youth died instantaneously before he could get medical treatment...

NCP eyeing Cong space as it seeks to expand its footprint in Vidarbha

Though civic polls are still a year ahead, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has for the first time giving it quite an importance going with series of meetings held by its top leader Praful Patel in city during recent times. While Patel is holding cards close to his chest, but the way he is making himself visible indicates a possibility of NCP is keen to expand its base outside its traditional Western Maharashtra strongholds...

CR’s exhibition displays various products used over Railways

An exhibition is organised at Central Railway's Divisional Store Depot at Nagpur Railway Station campus to display various products used over railways. Several new products are short in supply and through the expo the railway administration is seeking to reach out to new suppliers. Jay Singh, Additional Divisional Railway Manager (ADRM) inaugurated the exhibition at the Divisional Store Depot, adjacent to Parcel Office on Santra Market side of railway station earlier on Tuesday...

Fire safety: All hospitals under NMC’s scanner

Everybody has taken serious cognizance of the tragedy at Bhandara District Hospital. The authorities in Nagpur have also started taking steps so that such incidents should not take place here. On Monday, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner B Radharkrishnan, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari took stock of the situation separately and passed necessary instructions. According to sources, Government as well as private hospitals will be under scanner of the civic body as far as applying fire safety norms are concerned...

Old Bhandara Road widening gathering dust for last 21 years

In what can be termed as total neglect of civic officials and policy-makers, a project conceived about 21 years back is yet to see the light of the day. To attract attention of the department concerned towards the neglect, Madhya Nagpur Vikas Aghadi adopted innovative style of protest, and cut a cake to mark 21st anniversary of the project to widen old Bhandara Road. Once NH-6, the road starts from opposite Mayo Hospital gate and criss crosses through parts of Mominpura, Hansapuri, Maskasath, Itwari ..

Economic offenders, anti-socials to face strict action: Deshmukh

MAHARASHTRA Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that economic offenders and anti-social elements would be dealt with sternly so that justice would be meted out to citizens. After hearing complaints of about 68 persons, mostly victims of property-related crimes, at a special grievance redressal camp organised at Police Gymkhana, Deshmukh directed the officials concerned to look into the problems faced by them on priority and initiate appropriate action against the offenders...

Police launch big data collection drive of past criminals

RATTLED by the growing number of brutal murder cases in the city, the Nagpur Police are now involved in preparation of a big data to launch mass preventive action against criminals involved in murder, attempt to murder and other body offences reported in last 20 years. Top officials believe the exercise will be a potent remedy to contain the growing graph of murders. A senior official informed ‘The Hitavada’ that all police stations and Crime Branch units are involved in the data gathering exercise. ..

NMC, Govt hospitals functioning without fire, electrical audit

The heart-rending fire incident that took place at Bhandara District Hospital can take place in any of the Government hospitals including those run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation at Nagpur. The reason, these hospitals too have not done their fire safety audit and electrical safety audit. They too are in danger zone because of several reasons including the age of the building, the congestion, etc. Public Works Department (PWD), Electrical Department, Corporation are lacking coordin..

BJP calls for bandh in Bhandara today

The fire tragedy that took place at district general hospital here was due to negligence, alleged Sunil Mendhe, MP, in a press conference on Sunday. He demanded action against district civil surgeon and the staff on duty and judical enquiry into the incident. The MP has called for Bhandara bandh on Monday...

Joint survey counts 6,900 trees at Ajni Vann

The tree counting process by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) of Ajni Railway Colony has proved the claims of NHAI wrong here on Saturday. NHAI claimed that 1,940 trees were going to be felled for the Inter-Modal Station (IMS) project at Ajni, while environmental activists and citizens have estimated that more than 7,000 small and big trees of the locality would be sacrificed for this project. Meanwhile, after strong criticism from the environment activists ..

Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti’s Pradhan Mantri Prof Tripathi passes away

Prof Anantram Tripathi, Pradhan Mantri of Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti (RPS), died of heart attack around 4.30 am on Sunday. He was 89. His mortal remains have been kept at his residence for darshan. The funeral procession will be taken out from RPS premises at 9.30 am on Monday after which the last rites will be performed at local Mokshadham. Prof Tripathi leaves behind son Saroj, three daughters-- Nalini, Kusum and Anita, grandchildren and a host of relatives to mourn the loss. ..

Guilty won’t be spared: Patel

“There are no words to describe the painful tragedy of Bhandara hospital in which ten families have lost their beloved ones. We can only try to console the grieved families. I would speak to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the regard. Health Minister Rajesh Tope has already ordered probe into the case and facts will come to fore in the enquiry. No guilty will be spared and at the same time necessary steps will be taken to avoid such incident at any hospital across the state,” said Praful Patel, ..

NTCA issues SOP to deal with stray, feral dogs entering tiger reserves

Against the backdrop of the growing menace of stray/ feral dogs in the tiger reserves and threat they pose to the wildlife, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to deal with stray/ feral dogs in tiger reserves. Under the SOP, NTCA has allowed capture and sterilisation of such dogs and their release into ‘suitable’ alternate site other than the tiger reserves. The threat of stray/ feral dogs to wildlife was clearly brought out in the report ‘Status ..

History-sheeter brutally murdered in Ajni by three

Sensation prevailed in Ajni area when a history-sheeter was brutally murdered by three persons in a saloon in Hawrapeth area of Ajni police station, police officials said. The accused have been arrested by the police. The deceased was identified as Sumit Pingale (23), a resident of Chandra Nagar, Howrahpeth. Devendra Joshi (52), his son Nihal Devendra Joshi (24), both residents of Chandra Nagar, Hawrapeth and Rishab Raut (25), a resident of Alankar Nagar, were arrested by the police in the evening ..

Bhandara Distt Hospital tragedy: Huge question mark over safety

The heart-wrenching fire incident at Bhandara’s District Hospital that snuffed out lives of 10 newborn babies has again put a huge question mark on the safety measures in hospital. Many questions are being raised about the alleged negligence that led to this horrificincident. Questions are also being raised at the alleged failure of the staff to follow regulations. As per rule, there ought to be staff duty round-the-clock duty in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit which apparently was not the c..

CR for early resumption of popular train services to cover losses

In a desperate attempt to make good the losses from passenger ticket sales due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Railways have belatedly woken up to the need of re-starting services of popular trains on various circuits. At Central Railway, about four trains ex-Nagpur and one from Amravati are mooted to be restarted on urgent basis. The Chief Passenger and Traffic Manager (CPTM), CR, has sounded an SoS to Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer (PCME), CR, about need for readying rakes of 24 trains identified ..

2 consecutive RTPCR -ve enough for UK returnees to go home: Task Force

Considering the sufferings through which the persons returning from UK were going through due to the delay in receipt of reports from National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, the Covid Task Force Committee has decided to discharge the COVID-19 UK-strain suspects if their two consecutive RTPCR tests come negative. Delay in receipt of the report of persons returning from UK testing Covid-19 positive, from National Institute of Virology (Pune) was creating several problems. To address the issue, a ..

‘Kink’ act case: Khaperkheda police arrest young girl

THE alleged erotic asphyxia case in which an engineer lost his life at Maharaja Lodge, Dahegaon (Rangari), took a new turn with Khaperkheda Police arresting the young girl on murder charges following a complaint lodged by the victim’s father on Saturday. Identified as Mehazbin alias Heena Samad (20), the accused is a resident of Teka Basti. The deceased, Ziauddin Salauddin Ansari (29) was a resident of Plot No. 433, Teka Nai Basti. Cops registered an offence under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code ..

2020 eighth warmest year for India, but a ‘pleasant’ one for Nagpur

Though 2020 was the eighth warmest year India recorded in the last 121 years, the weather of Nagpur city last year was ‘pleasant’. According to a statement issued by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the annual mean land surface air temperature averaged in 2020 was 0.29 degree Celsius above normal for the period average considered between 1981-2010. However, it was much lower than 2016 (0.71 degree above normal)...

Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh’s ‘Ghantanaad’ in front of Home Minister’s residence on Jan 11

The workers of Rashtriya OBC Mahasangh will stage ‘Ghantanaad’ agitation in front of the residence of Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh on January 11 at 9.30 am. The agitation will be held for its demand to fill more than 12,000 vacant posts of police personnel in the State. The recruitment process in Police Department is pending since last three years and despite the slogans given by the State Government from time to time, the Mahavikas Aghadi-led State Government had stalled the process...

Gosikhurd project will be completed in three years, assures Thackeray

 “I have started reviewing various ongoing development works in the State from Vidarbha region and the ambitious Gosikhurd project will be completed in next three years,” said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured to provide required funds for the project. Similarly, the project affected people should be rehabilitated properly and priority should be given for starting projects so that these PAPs can get jobs, he added. The CM paid a visit to Gosikhurd National Irritation ..

Class XI admissions:27,012 seats still vacant after 2nd special round

Usually, January is the month when students of Class XI start preparing for ensuing examinations. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic and Maratha quota complexities, the admission process itself got delayed and the delay has extended into January. As a result, despite conducting three regular rounds and two special rounds, as many as 27,012 seats of Class XI are still vacant in Nagpur. As per the details, COVID-19 pandemic last year first cast shadow of uncertainty over conduct of examinations. ..

Farmers get 5-minute interaction with CM narrate woes

THE security staff of the Chief Minister and Police Department had a hard time controlling the mob when large number of farmers came to meet Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who, on seeing farmers, halted his convoy to interact with them. He accepted their memorandum and assured to address the grievances. After landing in Brahmapuri, Chief Minister went to inspect Ghodezari canal work - the part of right canal of Gosikhurd Project. As he was there only for a few minutes and in face of to heavy ..

Pharmacists look to e-Aushadhi portal for improved supply of medicines

SEVERAL representations by different bodies of pharmacists in the State had been made to the Maharashtra Government to implement e-Aushadhi portal in the interest of patients and hospitals. As a result, after a long debate over the portal, the Government of Maharashtra finally issued an order to the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) to implement e-Aushadhi portal in the State.Now, it would be easy for the stakeholders in pharma trade to streamline the supply of medicines. This web-based ..

Man dies as ‘kink’ act goes horribly wrong

A 30-YEAR-OLD man from city lost his life in a case of erotic asphyxia in a lodge in Khaperkheda area in the wee hours of Friday. The man, an unemployed engineer, was in relationship with a young married woman, working with a private firm, for the past five years. The man and woman had booked a room at Maharaja Lodge on Thursday. According to police investigating the case, the couple had food and drinks in the room and later established physical relationship. While watching a pornographic video ..

7th Pay Commission scales notified for NMC employees

In a new year gift for the civic employees, Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B has approved implementation of recommendations of 7th Pay Commission from month of January paid in February. On Friday, Vijay Kolhe, Chief Accounts and Finance Officer (CAFO), Nagpur Municipal Corporation, issued a notification intimating about the 7th Pay scales for civic staffers and tasks to be completed before hand for smooth implementation of the same. Earlier, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari had broached up ..

Dr Anil Hirekhan appointed Registrar of RTMNU

Two academicians from Nagpur have been appointed as Registrars of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) and University of Mumbai, on Friday. Dr Anil Hirekhan has been appointed as Registrar of RTMNU and Dr R G Atram as Registrar of University of Mumbai. Confirming the news about his appointment, Dr Hirekhan told ‘The Hitavada’ that he was appointed as Registrar of RTMNU ‘on deputation’. “If any post is vacant or not having full-time occupant for ..

City girls’ model selected for satellite

Lack of resources often dash hopes of talented students from economically poor background from making it to the top. However, two girl students from Surendragarh Hindi Secondary School run by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) have shown that ‘if there is consistency then no power on earth can stop one from achieving success’. The two have made city proud after their model got selected for satellite that is proposed to be launched in space. For Swati Vinod Mishra and Kajal Ramnaresh Sharma, it is ..

Govt impounds passport of Vijay Wadettiwar

Acting on the complaint lodged by ex-MLC Mitesh Bhangadiya, passport of Maharashtra Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation, OBC, VJNT, Khar Lands Vijay Wadettiwar has been impounded. Bhangadiya had complained that Wadettiwar had hidden the information regarding criminal offences against him. Bhangadiya had knocked the doors of Court also. While applying for the passport, the person concerned has to provide every single information including the criminal offences registered against him or her if any. ..

Solar Group test-fires solid propellant motor for Vikram-1 rocket in city

Solid rocket propulsion stage demonstrator ‘Kalam-5’ which is going to be used in India’s first-ever privately designed and developed rocket ‘Vikram-1’, has been successfully test-fired by Solar Group’s Economic Explosives Limited (EEL) and Skyroot Aerospace in the Solar Group’s Rocket testing facility in the city recently. Kalam-5 is a solid propellant motor and uses exactly same propellant, materials, and interface as the third stage of the Vikram-1 launch vehicle. The propulsion system provides ..

New Mayor, Deputy Mayor assume charge

Since country would be soon stepping into Diamond Jubilee year of Indian independence, Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari announced establishment of 75 Vande Mataram Jan Swasthya Clinics through Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to provide affordable healthcare. At the same time another sector that would see launch of slew of projects for education sector, including Super 75 and a permanent armed forces training for students of civic run schools. Finances of civic body are not in good position but Tiwari said ..

Woman charred to death in fire in Chhaoni area

PANIC gripped the residents of Tailor Lane at Chhaoni in Sadar area after a middle-aged woman was charred to death in a devastating fire that broke out in a three-storeyed commercial-cum-residential building on Thursday morning. Though the building housed a shop and godown of aerosol-based car freshener and illegally stocked firecrackers, it was alleged that the owner had taken no fire safety measures. Quick action by firefighters from Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation ..

Three of a family killed, 1 injured in road mishap

THREE members of a family were killed and one other received minor injuries after their speeding car collided with a stationary truck near Satnawnari, Dhamna, on Amravati Road on Thursday afternoon. Identified as Dr Baburao Sharwan Bhure (62), his wife Vandana (55), and son Ganesh (28), the deceased were the residents of Dighori, near Panchvati Ashram, Umrer Road...

Accidents panel identifies 14 ‘black spots’

Though some black spots on Nagpur roads have been removed, there are still black spots on city roads that can lead to serious accidents. The Sansad Sadasya Apghat Niwaran Samiti under the leadership of Dr Vikas Mahatme has taken serious cognizance of it and made the authority to swing into action. Recently the committee had discussed the issue with District Collector Ravindra Thakare and pointed out 14 such black spots in MIDC and Sonegaon traffic zones It is Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology ..

13 Cochlear Implants at GMCH in two days

Defying Covid-19 pandemic, treating coronavirus patients successfully, simultaneously, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has performed 13 Cochlear Implants procedures within two days. The life challenges and struggle faced by a child with hearing impairment can only be guessed in the real sense. The neural prosthesis of cochlear implant is a boon to such children. Received early in life can definitely make a huge difference in the life of person with hearing impairment...

Patent for Lauki juice: A tribute to Dr Dorle

Dr Sameer Dinkar Kulkarni, a post Graduate in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a recipient of prestigious BI research fellowship of Birla Institute of Technology is successful in enhancing the anti-oxidant activity of Lauki/Dudhi juice (Bottle Gourd). He has also received a patent for his research. According to Arvind Bhaskarwar, a member of Hridaya Mitra Mandal, “Hridaya Mitra Mandal, Nagpur is promoting bottle gourd juice since year 2000 for reversal of heart arteries blockages as well as controlling ..

Rlys scraps referral policy for medical beneficiaries during health emergencies

Aiming to streamline the delivery of health services, Railway Board has scrapped the referral policy for employees and pensioners in case of emergency for treatment at empanelled hospitals. The major policy shift would enable serving as well as those who have retired from Railway service to reach nearest hospital and get admitted leaving paper work for later stage. The decision infact acknowledges the doctrine of golden hour in matter of treatment during sudden deterioration of health. The Health ..

AICC names Wasnik, Dr Raut as observers for elections

With State Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam are round the corner, All India Congress Committee (AICC) has appointed some leaders as Senior Observers for overseeing election campaign management and co-ordination in these states where polls would be held in 2021. Names of city leaders Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister and Mukul Wasnik, senior Congressman are in these leaders. Dr Nitin Raut has been given the responsibility of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry while ..

Changes in Forest Manual to clarify differences between Reserved and Protected Forest areas

Forest Department has made some changes in Maharashtra Forest Manual to understand the technical differences between Reserved Forest (RF), Protected Forest (PF), Wildlife Sanctuary, National Parks, Conservation Reserves and Community Reserves for their field staff. Normally, the technical differences are difficult to understand for the field staff of Forest Department and the new changes will help to understand it in a better way...

Rush for catching kite claims 12-yr-old’s life

TRAGEDY struck an old woman living in penury when her only 12-year-old grandson living with her was killed under a train while chasing a snapped kite in Koradi Police Station area, on Wednesday. This is the second incident in the city when a kid’s love for kites resulted in accidental death...

Dayashankar Tiwari is 54th Mayor of NMC

DAYASHANKAR Tiwari was chosen as the 54th Mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Tuesday in the election that would go down in the pages of history for its uniqueness. The special general body meeting of civic body was held virtually where Tiwari won with thumping majority in a triangular contest. Tuesday’s on-line meeting held to elect Mayor and Deputy Mayor is single such instance in the country...

‘Ready to take on civic admin if situation demands’

TALKING tough, newly-elected Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari reminded that he has in past won President’s medal in debate contest while indicating that he is ready to take on the State Government and civic administration if situation comes to such a pass. Replying to query about what seems to be tug of war between ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and civic administration, Tiwari said he has been past master in Wadvivad (debate) and is ready again for the same if the situation demands...

Priti Devi Adhikari: Scoring 100 in a century-old bungalow!

A CRICKETER scoring a century on field indeed is a happy moment to witness but a person stepping into 100th year of life is a rare unique thing to witness and that too in a township that had recently completed its century. Residents of Nagjibhai Town got another reason to celebrate in the beginning of the new year with its respected resident, Priti Devi Adhikari, entering 100th year on Wednesday. Born to Rai Sahib Satya Ranjan Adhikari, the then DSP of Nagpur, on January 6, 1921, Priti Devi is the ..

Winners of fort-making, rangoli contest awarded

MANDAR and Rajendra Uttelwar, Sachchidanand Nagar and Smita Shashikant Pathak of Ulhas Nagar were the winners of Fort-Making Contest and Rangoli Contest respectively conducted by Vidarbha Award Winners Welfare Association (VAWWA). The prize distribution function was held on Sunday on the occasion of Savitribai Phule Jayanti and 20th foundation day of the sanstha. ..

Ripples as ATS asked to probe ‘Ganja’ cases

DESPITE regular Intel of terrorist modules operating in various parts of the country and busting of sleeper cells belonging to dreaded ultras groups, the Maharashtra AntiTerrorism Squad (ATS), the special police force formed to combat modern-day terrorism, has been assigned by top-ranked officials for investigating marijuana (Ganja) smuggling cases. The decision has created ripples in the police force as the decision can potentially hamper anti-terrorism work of the elite force. Additional Director ..

Historic! Nagpur gets Mah Legislature Secretariat office

Monday was a historic day for not only Nagpur but also Vidarbha region. For, permanently functional office of Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat was inaugurated at Vidhan Bhavan in Nagpur. Nana Patole, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Nagpur office of Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat. Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker; Anil Parab, Parliamentary Affairs Minister; Dr Nitin Raut, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district; Sunil Kedar, Animal Husbandry Minister, and several ..

Patole’s initiative to get Nagpur’s Vidhan Bhavan a well-equipped library

After becoming Speaker of Maharashtra State Assembly, Nana Patole has introduced several new things, made some changes in old things and his initiatives remained in the limelight. Now, on Monday, Nagpur witnessed a historic event wherein the permanent office of Maharashtra Legislature Secretariat at Nagpur started functioning. Now, like the Vidhan Bhavan Mumbai, Nagpur’s Secretariat too will work for 365 days...

Cautious response of students to school re-opening in city on Day-1

After a gap of almost 10 months, schools in the city re-opened on Monday. However, there was a cautious response from students and their parents, as COVID-19 pandemic is still not over. The response was better in case of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) schools than that in other schools in the city. As per the norms, consent letter from parents was a necessary condition for allowing students to sit in classrooms. At the entrance of schools, school staff checked if the students had brought duly ..

Car fire in Imambada: Two arrested by Crime Branch

Two persons were arrested by Crime Branch for setting three cars on fire in Imambada area in the wee hours of Sunday. The accused torched the vehicles after smoking Ganja (marijuana), police officials said. The accused are identified as Vishal Raut (19), a resident of Gondia and Shambhu (24), a resident of Chandan Nagar. Vishal works in Swad hotel while Shambhu works in the Ambika Hotel. Both are addicted to marijuana, the official said. On Saturday night, the two smoked marijuana in Chandan Nagar...

New Mayor, Dy Mayor to be elected today

The stage is set for the first on-line election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Nagpur Municipal Corporation slated for Tuesday. The administration is holding a special general body meeting through video conferencing mode wherein the election is listed on the agenda. Perhaps in the country, this is going to be first such experiment wherein Mayor’s polls are being held using the technological advancement against backdrop of COVID-19...

After months, schools in city to re-open from today

The schools in the city are set to re-open from Monday. While the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration is all geared for re-opening of its schools, the opinion is still divided among other schools. Still, several schools carried out sanitisation of classrooms on Sunday as part of preparations for re-opening from Monday. Already, teaching and non-teaching staff of various schools including those of NMC had started getting themselves tested for past few days. According to sources, of total ..

Some schools ready for off-line classes, students fed up of on-line classes

Responding to the notification issued by Maharashtra Government about re-opening of schools initially with Class XI, X, XI and XII after 8-months, some schools have prepared themselves taking all the Covid-19 rules into account. Some schools because of meek response from students regarding attending schools from Monday, have decided to not to start off-line classes...

Teenage girl raped by five persons in Khindsi

A teenage girl was gang-raped by five persons in the jungle of Khindsi, around seven km Ramtek town. The police have arrested the accused persons. The accused have been identified as Atul Vishwanath Hatwar, a resident of Andhalgaon, Tehsil- Tumsar, District-Bhandara; Dhiraj Jayaram Mehrkule, Homdas Tarachand Meharkule, Saurabh Dilip Mehrkule, Harshal Raju Mehrkule, all residents of Dudhala village, Tehsil-Ramtek...

Three cars set on fire in Imambada

Two months after 17 vehicles were damaged by goons in Narendra Nagar area, three cars were set on fire by anti-socials in Imambada late Saturday night. The incident left the residents of Untakhana Layout terrified. The cops are checking the CCTV footage to identify the culprits. A police official said that cars of Amol Patil (38), Sankalp Sivcharan Wankhede (32) and Viveksindhu Taksande (40) were set on fire by an unidentified person. Many cars were parked in front of the houses of residents. However, ..

State Legislature Secretariat office at Nagpur, a dream fulfilled

“India is facing shortage of 22 lakh drivers. To respond to this challenge, various initiatives are being taken. As part of it, Centre will extend co-operation to Maharashtra in setting up Institute of Driving Training and Research at Godhani in Nagpur district. Besides, Centre will also give nod to setting up 50 drivers’ schools in Maharashtra,” announced Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Gadkari was speaking at the inauguration of newly constructed building of Regional ..