NMC: Transport Committee proposes Rs 277.84 crore budget for 2019-20

 Jitendra alias Bunty Kukde, Chairman of Transport Committee, presenting transport budget for 2019-20 to Pradeep Pohane, Chairman of Standing Committee, on Tuesday. Other corporators also are seen.  Staff Reporter: All diesel buses to be run on CNG  45 new midi-buses to be added to fleet  Free travel for Divyangs, women family members of military and paramilitary martyrs  Five electric buses to be run only for women by clubbing it with ‘Tejaswini’ scheme ..

Finally, the city loses Green Buses

Staff Reporter:  If one was wondering why new Green Buses run on ethanol were not visible on city roads, here is the answer from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC): The bus operator company Scania has taken all these buses out of the city to Bengaluru! In effect, the Orange City has lost Green Buses that were launched with much fanfare. Shivaji Jagtap, Transport Manager of NMC, told this to reporters on Tuesday in reply to a question.  The shocking part, according to him, is that Scania ..

Medical doc conserves water in Dagdi Park and at home too

 Holes are created in the compound wall of Dagdi Park so that rain water instead of flowing from the adjacent streets into drains, seeps through the holes in the wall inside the park thus increasing the water table. Due to repeated asphalting the level of the roads is at a higher level than the Dagdi Park.  By Vikas Vaidya: Though the awareness about rain water harvesting or water conservation is lacking among people in general, some have been doing it for the last so many years. ..

Engineering admission fiasco continues, CM to intervene

 Principal Correspondent: CM assures personal attention in the issue; Medical Education Secretary Dr Sanjay Mukherjee would be talking to State CET Cell Commissioner  Fiasco of engineering admission continued on Tuesday, the second day of process, too. Finally, the process conducting authority State CET Cell stopped the document verification for the day. It claimed that the process would be streamlined on Wednesday but most of the parents and students who had to return home disappointed ..

Rs 500 crore to be given to Naxal-affected areas in 3 yrs

 Staff Reporter: Several promises including funds for major projects in Vidarbha region in State’s additional budget  Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Planning Minister, presented additional budget of State Government for 2019-20 in Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. The additional budget has several important announcements for Vidarbha region, as also funds for major ongoing projects. In the Naxal-affected areas of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, and Gondia districts, the Government ..

CRMS faces crisis as cadres switching over to NRMU

 Staff Reporter: With dynastic policy being pushed into trade union, Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS) is facing a grave crisis as more and more number of its cadres are crossing over its arch rival, the National Railway Mazdoor Union (NRMU). The happenings before the ensuing elections to The Central Railway Employees’ Co-Operative Credit Society Ltd. has created a very tight situation in the organisation that is now gearing up to fight out the slugfest.  The development that ..

Book top 10 criminals under MCOCA, MPDA: DGP Jaiswal tells Mah cops

DGP Subodh Jaiswal  By Dheeraj Fartode: CONCERNED by the declining numbers of preventive action against criminals in the state, Director General of Police (DGP) Subodh Jaiswal has ordered all police stations to prepare list of top ten criminals in their area and initiate stern preventive action against them. Special Inspector General of Police (Special IGP) (Law and Order) Milind Bharambe issued the circular on behalf of DGP Jaiswal which criticised the police units for falling number ..

Govt may acquire Poonam Tower; starts structural audit

Poonam Tower that has been waiting to be used for more than 20 years.   By Vikas Vaidya: It is final, now Government has started initial process of acquiring Poonam Tower, the building that stands in front of Vidhan Bhavan. The building, constructed by renowned developer N Kumar, is awaiting some movement inside it for more than 20 years and its wait is likely to end now. Earlier in 2016 one such attempt was made by the Government when Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule had ..

Roof-top Water harvesting: Benefits of water regeneration

  By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Depleting ground water level has raised the demand of roof-top water harvesting in country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also appealing the citizens now to come forward to regenerate ground water table with a few easy steps of water harvesting. The concept of roof-top water harvesting is getting familiar now a days but very few people are aware about some major benefits of this technique of water regeneration. Making compulsion of this technique is not ..

Incomplete pre-monsoon works posing big threat to citizens

  By Kaushik Bhattacharya: Pre-monsoon works that should ideally get over before the onset of monsoon are yet to be completed. In fact, most such works are left midway. Every year, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) undertakes the task to de-silt and clean nullahs and sewage lines before monsoon. This year, due to model code of conduct for general elections, the work got delayed.   (1)The civic authorities are least bothered to cover up the trench before monsoon on VIP ..

Engg admission process in State begins

  Principal Correspondent:  The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell in coordination with Directorate of Technical Education (DTE Maharashtra) has started process of admissions to First Year Engineering B.E./B.Tech. The students, who have passed the Class 12th or equivalent exam, should apply on or before June 21, 2019 Documents verification and confirmation of application form for admission by Maharashtra State/all India candidates along with print of on-line filled, submitted ..

Students fail to get link; Engg admn process crashes on first day

 Principal Correspondent: After failing to get link through which documents are to be verified, students aspiring to get admissions to first year degree engineering had to return home disappointed on Monday. The admission process to be conducted for BE First Year began on Monday. Students were supposed to do on-line registration. After the registration, students were to visit Setu Suvidha Kendra and do the documents verification. They were supposed to do the process through a link. The scanned ..

Over 4,500 died of electrocution in Maharashtra in 5 years

 By Shirish Borkar: 586 persons electrocuted in Nagpur district in past five years  MORE than 4,500 persons, including 586 from Nagpur district, died of electrocution across the State in the past five years. The figure may cross 5,000 mark after Electrical Inspectorate submits its report of 2018-19 to the State Government. These also include 1,275 employees of power distribution companies who were electrocuted while repairing or installing electrical equipment. In 2013-14, 146 ..

Orange City second in State in NULM implementation in 2018-19

 Staff Reporter; Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration has a reason to smile. For, in the year 2018-19, it has stood second in the State of Maharashtra in implementation of National Urban Livelihoood Mission (NULM), which has been re..

Maximum religious shrines saved from demolition

 Staff Reporter: Out of 1205 shrines, as many as 1084 placed in Category A  NMC to act against 121 category B structures  Lays down time-bound process to regularise, relocate or remove shrines  Zone-wise list of unauthorised structures Location              Unauthorised structureDharampeth         53 Laxminagar         23Mangalwari         15Hanuman nagar  ..

Ratings for colleges to create awareness about traffic rules among students

    By Dheeraj Fartode: To create awareness about traffic rules among college students, traffic police have decided to rate colleges in city on the basis of road discipline of its students. The police have decided to institute ‘Excellence Award for College whose students obey traffic rules’. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Traffic Gajanan Rajmane informed The Hitavada that traffic police would constitute teams to visit colleges and undertook a survey to assess ..

Three out, five in for Vid in State Cabinet

 Staff Reporter:  The Cabinet expansion ahead of forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections is considered to be a political strategy of Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister  In the State Cabinet expansion done on Sunday, Vidarbha region lost three ministers but got five new faces. Thus, the expansion has actually added the number of Vidarbha faces in the State Cabinet. Rajkumar Badole, Social Justice Minister; Pravin Pote-Patil, Minister of State for Industries, Mining, Environment, ..

People suffer as internal roads become victims of lethargy

The residents in this part of Trimurti Nagar must be facing a lot of hardship in day-to-day life because of sewer line work that is ‘in progress’ for past over a month. The deep trench is bang in front of this house, making it impossible for the owner to even bring out his car.     By Kartik Lokhande:  The most visible indicator of development is road. If the condition of road is good, it is a positive indicator. But, if the condition of road is bad, it reflects ..

Dr Parinay Fuke’s journey from a corporator to Minister

 Dr Parinay Fuke, newly inducted Minister of State, (second from right) with his family members including father Ramesh, mother Dr Rama, wife Dr Parineeta and children, met Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister after swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai on Sunday. Principal Correspondent: Some may say, his rise is very early. Some may say, he is made Minister by sidelining the other seniors, some may comment he is very close to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis so he got berth. Keep aside all ..

RSS chief accuses WB Govt of vendetta against voters

Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghachalak, RSS, making a point about India’s success story during concluding function of third year OTC at Reshimbagh ground as other functionaries - Aniruddha Deshpande, Ram Harkare and Rajesh Loya look on.  Staff Reporter: Bhagwat was addressing concluding ceremony of Third Year Officers’ Training Course at Reshimbagh ground  Accusing West Bengal Government of taking revenge on voters for choosing to side with national interest, Dr Mohan ..

‘About 15% males suffer from infertility; it is treatable’

  By Vikas Vaidya: Habit of alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing of tobacco are some of the factors  Very few people are aware of the fact that males too are infertile, so everytime it is not female who is responsible for not being able to conceive child. Percentage of males getting infertile is rising. Reasons attributed to medical as well as social. Lack of sperm count is one reason but consuming alcohol, smoking, drugs, plastic pollution are the social reasons leading ..

CREDAI to form panel to monitor rooftop water harvesting

By Vikas Vaidya: Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wrote a letter to all Village Chiefs in India appealing them to save water, CREDAI, Nagpur, biggest builders association, has decided to work extensively on rooftop water harvesting factor. In its meeting held on Saturday CREDAI has decided to form a committee that would monitor whether its members have installed rooftop water system on their buildings or not. Mahesh Sadhwani, President of Nagpur CREDAI, who himself have installed ..

Only 5,000 confirm for admn to 1.20 lakh diploma seats

 Principal Correspondent:  DTE may extend date of submission of applications  Despite all efforts taken by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Joint Directors, Principals, Heads of the Department the response to the admissions of Post SSC Diploma courses in Maharashtra seems to be poor. Two days remained for the confirmation to be submitted by students and only 5,318 candidates did it in Maharashtra. There are around 1.20 lakh seats of Diploma courses in Government as well ..

Craze for ‘Facebook live video’ cuts short two young lives

 Staff Reporter and Kondhali Correspondent:  A Facebook Live video of a group of youngsters turned into a tragic film when an SUV they were travelling in somersaulted thrice before hitting a roadside tree on Nagpur-Katol Road on Sunday evening. Two brothers were killed on the spot and five injured seriously in the horrific accident. The deceased have been identified as Punkesh Chandu Patil (27) and Sanket Chandu Patil (25), both residents of Vishwakarma Nagar.   The deceased ..

Admission process of professional courses through Setu centres

 By Vikas Vaidya:  State CET Cell to be the authority, forms 300 centres   For the first time in Maharashtra, admissions to all professional courses would be neither be under the authority of government medical colleges nor engineering colleges. Now, all the admissions will be held under State Common Entrance Cell through Setu Suvidha Kendra. State CET Cell will be its Competent Officer.  Those who are interested in taking admissions to technical education, agriculture, ..

Throwing light on bulb

 By Ajay Mardikar:  If light alone can kill bacteria upto 85%, majority of people should have been leading a healthy life. But the marketing personnel are making different claims without actually providing details of the product. The prospective..

IMA’s nation-wide withdrawal of non-essential services today

 Dr Smita Pakhmode and others holding the badge to be wore by JCI Nagpur Medico members on Monday.  Staff Reporter: In a recent incident in West Bengal, Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, a young doctor was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata. He is critical and fighting for his life. Reacting over the incident, Indian Medical Association has asked all its branches across India to withdraw non-essential services in all healthcare institutions on Monday against ..

NMC starts segregation of garbage in Bhandewadi

 Staff Reporter: The aim is to generate electricity from the garbage  Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started segregation process of garbage that dumps in Bhandewadi dumping yard to generate electricity from it. This will give a relief to all residents of nearby areas from bad smells. Residents of East Nagpur raised the issue of bad smell and other health related problems spreading due to this dumping yard. Residents took out morchas and write letters to NMC many times but ..

Starbus knocks woman dead in Beltarodi

  A RASHLY-DRIVEN Tata Starbus Ultra knocked dead a woman in front of Rang Dhaba & Restaurant on Wardha Road in Beltarodi area on Friday night. However, the identity of the deceased could not be established so far.  Around 10.30 pm, the woman was crossing the road in front of Rang Dhaba & Restaurant. A bus (MH-40/Y-7262) hit the woman killing her on the spot. Beltarodi Police registered an offence under Sections 279 and 304(A) the IPC against the driver, Laxmikant Neware. ..

NMC finds running sports complexes ‘unaffordable’

 Staff Reporter: Proposes to hand them over to private agencies through competitive e-tendering for a period of three years   It’s official. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has admitted that it cannot afford to run the sports complexes by itself, considering its financial health. After admitting this, it has now proposed to allow private agencies to run the complexes for a period of three years. NMC’s admission has come on record in the agenda for the general body ..

RSS’ third year camp to conclude today

 Staff Reporter: The third year ‘Sangh Shiksha Varg’ of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will conclude with a function at Reshimbagh ground at 6.30 pm on Sunday. Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of RSS, will address the participants.  The camp has been in progress in Smruti Mandir premises, Reshimbagh. Prof Aniruddha Deshpande, Sarvadhikari, Sangh Shiksha Varg; and Rajesh Loya, Mahanagar Sanghchalak of RSS, have appealed to the people to witness the programme in large numbers.&n..

Rs 3 cr bank loan fraud: ADJ grants ad-interim anticipatory bail to Khare

 Staff Reporter: AD-HOC District Judge and Additional Sessions Judge V M Vaidya granted ad-interim anticipatory bail Rajesh Mahaveerprasad Khare, one of the accused in the infamours Rs three crore loan fraud case of Bank of Baroda. A resident of Abhyankar Nagar, Khare (63) along with Sanjay Motumal Kukreja (44) Mahesh Udaranmal Bhateja (41) Ajay Gangadhar Sute (41), Waman Hedau (61), Dhritesh Sunil Manna (32), Ramesh Chandrabhan Lambahate (53), and Vijay Ramchandra Petkar (54) were booked ..

‘Vat Pournima assures spiritual transformation of women’

 By Rajendra Diwe: Vat Pournima is a sacred day when married women worship Banyan tree and pray to Savitri and Brahma to have a happy, uninterrupted and joyous married life. This year, Vat Pournima or Jyeshtha Pournima falls on June 16 and 17. Some panchangs have suggested to perform Vat Pournima on June 16 while others appealed citizens to celebrate the same on June 17. Pournima Tithi begins on June 16 at 2 pm while it ends on June 17 at 2 pm. There is a confusion amongst women when to ..

City-based team develops solution to report sexual misconduct at workplaces

 Staff Reporter:  A team of women software engineers from the city has developed a unique solution for a US-based company, and has contributed to the cause of building a culture of safety and trust among women employees at workplaces. The US-based company was looking for a team of developers to build a solution to report sexual misconduct at workplaces and also a platform for employers/companies to build a culture of safety and trust. City-based Ranium Systems accepted the challenge and ..

MJP to increase water supply in Wadi area by one hour

 Staff Reporter: Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) is going to increase the water supply in Wadi area by one hour as many places like Navneet Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Trilok Nagar and Ambedkar Nagar are still facing water scarcity. Wadi Municipal Council (WMC) conducted a meeting with MJP and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) officials to discuss the water situation in Vena Dam and how the people of Wadi area get water for upcoming 15 days which is most crucial.  “We concentrated ..

Justice is no injustice to anyone: Justice Gavai

 Staff Reporter: District Bar Association felicitates Justice Bhushan Gavai on his elevation as Supreme Court judge  “While deciding cases, judges also face challenges. But, they have to side by what is just. Justice is justice. It does not mean injustice to anyone,” said Justice Bhushan Gavai. He was responding to his felicitation by District Bar Association (DBA), in a function organised at District Court premises here on Saturday. DBA felicitated Justice Gavai on ..

‘IRM technique helps ryots improve yield’

Staff ReporterThe 24th meeting of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ICAR-CICR, was held at its campus at Central Institute for Cotton Research. Members of Line Departments, Project Director ATMA, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Nagpur; State Animal Husbandry Department, District Sericulture Officer, innovative farmers of Nagpur district attended the meeting.  Dr Vijay Waghmare addressing the meeting. Others look on.  Dr Vijay N Waghmare, Director, ..

Two elephants return from Gadchiroli to Chhattisgarh

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Conservation Foundation has extended immediate help of Rs 50,000 for treatment of forest guardSpecial CorrespondentTwo elephants creating sensation in Kochinara, Satputi jungle in Korchi tehsil of Gadchiroli district two days ago have returned to the boundary of Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh on Thursday.   The elephants had migrated from Odisha to Gadchiroli via Chhattisgarh. One of the elephants tossed one forest guard Dnyaneshwar Chilamwar, Forest Guard, and grievously ..

Congress to revamp city executive, change inactive booth office-bearers

Staff ReporterAhead of the State Legislative Assembly elections, Congress party’s city unit has swung into action. In a meeting held at its office in Devadiya Congress Bhavan in Mahal on Thursday, party’s leaders from the city decided to revamp city executive and also change the inactive booth-level office-bearers. Vikas Thakre, City President of the party, presided over the meeting. Atul Londhe, State Secretary; Adv Abhijeet Wanjari; Sheikh Hussain, former City President; Yashwant ..

Book ‘Creativity & Architecture -- Essay’ to be released on June 16

Staff ReporterThe book ‘Creativity & Architecture -- Essays’ penned by Srishti Dokras will be launched in a programme at Maharajbagh Club at 12 noon on June 16 (Sunday). The book will be released at the hands of Prof Shirish A Deshpande, a leading architect and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects and President of the Institute from 1992-94.   Srishti Dokras is a former student of IDEAS. She is is granddaughter of Dr V M Dokras, former Director of VNIT and President ..

Innovative initiative inked for green infrastructure

MoU inked between GRIHA Council, rating agency for Green Buildings in India, and Public Works DepartmentStaff ReporterPutting forth an ambitious task of making electrified highways to reduce dependence on oil, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said a prototype of electric buses based on rolling stock of metro coaches is ready. Also he announced that a plant to retrofit Metro coaches for making them compatible for road use is coming up at Sindi, where a dry port is under construction.   Nitin ..

Nagpurian makes 3-gm ‘penny plane’

Staff ReporterBig things come in small packages. This holds true in case of the ‘penny plane’ designed and flown successfully by a Nagpurian. One will be surprised to know that this ‘penny plane’ weighs only three grammes, and is rubber-powered! It was showcased in the first ultralight aeromodelling show held in the city recently.  Rajesh Joshi, expert aeromodelling instructor from Nagpur, displaying the ultralight rubber-powered ‘penny plane’.  Rajes..

FIR against Amazon for prescription drugs sale

 By Rajendra Diwe: Maharashtra FDA found out that the portal was selling abortion pills across the State  TAKING note of rampant misuse of abortion pills in Maharashtra, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed its first FIR against Amazon, multinational e-commerce portal. According to ‘e-pharmail’ from All India Drugs Action Network (AIDAN), 60 cases of on-line sale of abortion pills have been detected in Maharashtra in last couple of months. The portal is selling ..

City son Dr Dua gets prestigious CBE, Queen’s Birthday Honours

 By Vikas Vaidya: Professor Harminder Singh Dua will take up the role as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, from 2021  Dr Harminder Singh Dua, a Nagpur-born and an alumnus of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has been awarded with Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) during the distribution of Queen’s Birthday Honours. The award was given to him for his services to eye healthcare, health education and to ophthalmology. Professor Dua is working ..

NMC fines conductors, city bus service operators

 Staff Reporter: Action taken for using mobile phones while on duty  Transport Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has fined a few conductors of city buses and also the bus service operators concerned as the conductors were found using mobile phones while on duty. The action was taken following the recent hike in the amount of fine in such cases. Previously, conductors of city buses found using mobile phones while on duty were fined Rs 500/-. However, recently, NMC ..

NEERI develops system to treat biomedical liquid waste

Operation theatre effluent (R) and quality of treated effluent after treatment.   By Ramesh Marulkar: CSIR-NEERI has successfully developed a treatment system for biomedical liquid and pathological effluents on pilot scale based on the analysis and engineering. The system is developed in order to overcome the health hazards created by disposing off blood, water, body fluid and pathological samples into drain without treatment by 96% hospitals in country. At present, biomedical ..

Nagpur IMA to observe protest on violence against docs

  Staff Reporter :  Nagpur IMA to observe protest on violence against docs Indian Medical Association will observe nationwide protest day on violence against doctors on June 14. The organisation has moved into agitation mode following increasing incidences of violence against doctors and healthcare establishments. In a recent incident in West Bengal, Dr Paribha Mukherjee, a young doctor was brutally attacked by a violent mob at NRS Medical College, Kolkata.  He is critical and ..

Fire in Rajdhani Exp near Narkhed throws traffic on GT route off gear

 Movement of trains on Nagpur-Itarsi route was affected after the generator bogie of one of the Rajdhani trains caught fire on Wednesday night. As per reports, generator in Train No. 12437 Secunderabad-New Delhi Rajdhani Express caught fire between Narkhed and Darimato station.   This was around 10 pm. The flames from the bogie spread very fast and reached upto Overhead Equipment (OHE) causing its meltdown. It aggravated already complicated situation as power in the entire stretch was ..

Eight persons, including BoB staffers booked for Rs 3 cr loan fraud

 GITTIKHADAN Police on Wednesday booked eight persons, including some employees of Bank of Baroda (BoB), in Rs three crore loan fraud case.   The accused have been identified as Sanjay Motumal Kukreja (44), a resident of Flat No. 302, Dev Enclave, Kushi Nagar; Mahesh Udaranmal Bhateja (41), a resident of Laxmi Palace, Kushi Nagar; Ajay Gangadhar Sute (41), a resident of Plot No. 165, Dhadiwal Layout; Waman Hedau (61), a resident of Plot No. 3, Indraprasth Layout, Wadi; Dhritesh Sunil ..

Medical PG admissions: High Court to hear petition challenging ordinance today

The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court will hear the petition, challenging the ordinance issued by Maharashtra Government that had implemented the Maratha reservation by retrospective effect will be held on Thursday. The Supreme Court had made it clear that no Maratha reservation would be applied in Post Graduate (PG) Medical admissions from this year.  After the judgment by the apex court, the Government had issued the ordinance on quota of 16% for Socially and Economically Backward Class ..

Narmadakka’s arrest a major success: SP

  The outlaw is accused in as many as 65 crime incidents, including the Jambhulkheda landmine blast Dreaded Naxal leader Narmadakka and her husband Kirankumar, who were arrested by Gadchiroli Police on Tuesday, have been remanded to police custody by local court. The arrests are a major success for police as Narmadakka had managed to maintain quite a reign of terror in the region for almost 25 years now. She was involved in as many as 65 crimes including the Jambhulkheda landmine blast which ..

State set for revamp in medical treatment with capacity-building

  Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis takes initiative to launch 18 projects in GMCs across State Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary, Medical Education and Research, bestowed with responsibility of success of projectsBy Vikas Vaidya To improve medical treatment facilities at Government Medical Hospitals (GMCs) across Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has finalised a slew of projects. Fadnavis has announced 18 projects for State GMCs, most of which are local and need-based while ..

City scientist leads the way for country’s first dinosaur museum and fossil park in Gujarat

 (left)Fossilised eggs of dinosaurs found in Mahisagar district of Gujarat.             (right) Fossilised eggs of dinosaurs found in Mahisagar district of Gujarat.  By Shirish Borkar: SCIENTIFIC expertise of city-based internationally acclaimed palaeontologist Dr D M Mohabey proved to be a boon for the Gujarat Government in setting up the country’s first Dinosaur Museum & Fossil Park at Raioli, Balanisor taluka in Mahisagar district. ..

RCOEM becomes region’s 1st self-financed University

 Staff Reporter: Maharashtra State Cabinet on Tuesday gave approval to award the status of Self-financed University to Nagpur’s prestigious technical institution Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM). RCOEM has already received the status of autonomy in 2011. Status of Self-financed University has added one more feather to its cap. This is the first such institution in the region to receive this status. The new university will start functioning from the academic ..

Maoist Narmadakka, husband Kiran nabbed in Telangana, handed over to Gadchiroli Police

  Staff Reporter:  Narmadakka and her husband both were carrying a reward of over Rs 20 lakh each  Kiran was allegedly involved in IED blast that killed 16 persons including 15 policemen on May 1 in Gadchiroli : A dreaded Maoist leader Alluri Usharani Kirankumar, popularly known as Narmadakka, and her husband Kirankumar were nabbed a few days ago in Telangana and handed over to Gadchiroli Police on Monday. The couple carried a reward of over Rs 20 lakh each. Narmadakka ..

Pregnant woman killed, body dumped in well=

 Staff Reporter: SENSATION prevailed at Ruikhairi in Butibori area after body of a young pregnant woman tied to cement poles was found in a well on Monday. Prima facie, police said the woman was killed by some persons at a different place and dumped the body in the well in a bid to destroy evidence. Police Inspector Sanjay Purandare of Crime Branch (Nagpur Rural) informed The Hitavada that the killers uprooted two cement poles of a fencing erected for a nearby residential lay-out and tied ..

‘Arts, sports should be made mandatory in school curriculum’

 Prof Vishwanath D Sabale  By Vikas Vaidya: Prof Vishwanath D Sabale, Dean of J J School of Arts, Mumbai, did his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and pursuing PhD Prof Sabale is known for creating the world’s huge Charkha at Sewagram along with his team of J J. The Hitavada spoke to Prof Sabale on several issues regarding Fine Arts.  Here are the excerpts:  Q: What is the position of admissions in fine arts courses?A: We have 365 seats and for those many seats ..

City’s Apurva stands second in Global Intl India Universe 2019

 Apurva Pathekar Staff Reporter: Nagpur’s Apurva Pathekar stood first runner up in grand finale of Global Mr and Miss International India Universe 2019 presented by Global India Entertainment Production. It was recently held at Riva Beach Resort, Goa. Apurva Pathekar, daughter of Ganesh Prasad Pathekar and Suwarna Pathekar, completed her schooling from Centre Point School, graduated as a computer science engineer from G.H. Raisoni College and currently working as a software engineer ..

Elephant tosses forest guard in Korchi

 One of the two elephants seen in Kochinara/Satputi jungle in Korchi tehsil on Tuesday.  By Ramesh Marulkar: The forest guard Dnyaneshwar Chilamwar received grievous injuries on face and waist and also got his leg fractured after falling on the ground   One of the two elephants strayed from Chhattisgarh side to Gadchiroli district tossed a forest guard with its trunk and seriously injured in Kochinara/ Satputi jungle in Korchi tehsil on Tuesday. The elephants were found ..

Gayatri Jayanti: A sacred day to strengthen mind power

Gayatri Shaktipeeth at Jagnade Square, Nandanvan. (Above) Prakhar Pragya and Sajal Shraddha, the ‘Samadhi’ of Gurudev and Mataji. (Pics by Rajendra Diwe)  By Rajendra Diwe:  A mass campaign Gruhe Gruhe Gayatri Yadnya has been started under the aegis of Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Pariwar by Vedmata Gayatri Pariwar Trust in city  ‘Gayatri Jayanti’ is the most sacred day on which Adya Shakti Vedmata Gayatri descended on this earth to help almighty create this ..

Pipeline bursts in Besa-Beltarodi, no water supply for 2 days

   Staff Reporter: A two feet diameter valve got damaged and it slipped from its place resulting in flooding of the main road  Before the water supply from overhead tank could be cut off thousand of gallons of drinking water was wasted  Residents of Besa-Beltarodi would go without drinking water for next two days as the pipeline has burst on Besa main road on Tuesday. Road widening work for cement concretisation was in progress on the remaining patch of Besa Road ..

Study in political contrast: Cong - BJP

 By Vikas Vaidya: Smarting under a massive electoral defeat in the Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency less than a month ago, groups of the Congress party in the city are engaged in factional war, refusing to learn right lessons from the setback. In sharp contrast, despite their resounding victory, the BJP rank and file are engaged in a detailed analysis of what happened in the Lok Sabha contest, and how they would consolidate themselves for the ensuing elections to the Maharashtra Legislative ..

VNIT starts structural audit of railway bridges in Nagpur Division

 Kistana bridge located on the water way being assessed by one of the team members as part of structural audit.  Staff Reporter:  Central Railways’ first over Indian Railways to go for third party audit  Central Railway has roped in Visvesvarya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) for assessing structural stability of its bridges in Nagpur Division. Along with Railway, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is also part of the exercise aimed at taking a fresh look ..

NGT seeks PCB’s response on application for allowing coal transportation by road

 Staff Reporter: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to respond to an application for allowing transportation of coal by road. Earlier, the NGT had passed an order on August 28, 2018 accepting a suggestion of Expert Committee that coal for thermal power plants should be transported only by railway wagon or by dedicated conveyor belt system and not by road so as to prevent sever dust pollution. ..

‘India has only 1,000 docs to treat 1.2 cr Rheumatoid Arthritis patients’

 Principal Correspondent:  Therapy can give patients dignity, and protect them from getting disabled  A man made a call to Dr Smruti Ramteke, well-known Rheumatologist of Central India and told her that her wife was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis due to which she became bedridden. Everybody in the family almost lost interest in life which was but obvious. When a woman in any family gets disabled, the life of that home becomes horrible. Dr Ramteke treated her and she got recovered. ..

VNIT Alumni Association provides battery-operated buses

 Staff Reporter: The buses will ferry parents and students within campus  VNIT Alumni Association has provided a battery operated buses for use within campus for ferrying parents and students, especially girls. The EV was donated by the 1983 batch of erstwhile VRCE. Alumni was represented by Salila Deshpande-Kamat and Vandana Uddanwadikar-Warnekar during the handing over ceremony held at college held on Monday. Vishram Jamdar, Chairman, Board of Governor, VNIT, flagged off the ..

Guardian Minister takes review of developmental works

 Staff Reporter: With monsoon knocking on the door, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule took out time to take a review of development works in city works wherein he issued directions as usual for repairing potholes to civic officials. He insisted that roads that are dug up for various works and they should be levelled up properly and especially potholes need to be filled in to ensure smooth riding surface. Power companies that have dug up road sides should immediately repair them ..

‘Mobile games de-addiction centres needed’

 By Ajay Mardikar:  ‘PUBG’ mobile game is the most dangerous one  There is an urgent need for starting ‘Mobile Games De-addiction Centres’. The need has been expressed by psychiatrists and psychologists, who have been getting a large number of persons, coming or brought by the parents, for addiction to mobile games. ‘PUBG’ mobile game has been considered to be the most dangerous one, a recent victim of which was reported recently. The range of ..

Govt gives top priority to reduce vacancy in its own polytechnics

 Principal Correspondent: Private polytechnics are facing vacancy issue more than the Govt ones  With Maharashtra Government has given priority to its own polytechnics as far as problem of vacancy is concerned, no efforts are being taken by the private owners. Most of the institutes are on the verge of closure. While Maharashtra is facing the issue of vacancy in almost all the technical institutions, presently Government has given priority to reduce it in polytechnics. If one has ..

Raw water scarcity, delayed monsoon pose threat to city water

 Staff Reporter: supply Supply remained hampered during the months of April and May  Situation to remain same till monsoon arrives  City water supply is facing many challenges making it difficult for civic administration to ensure normal water supply. Various reasons for the situation include unavailability of raw water, wind storms causing power failures, frequent trippings and delayed monsoon. These reasons have hampered the water supply for days together in the month of ..

Regular study, hard work helped Sarvesh to score 97.4% marks

 Sarvesh Joshi Staff Reporter: Regular study and hard work helped Sarvesh Joshi to score 97.4 per cent in SSC Class 10 examination here on Saturday. Sarvesh who is a student of Keshavnagar Madhyamik Vidyalaya scored 487 marks out of 500. He secured 100 marks in Sanskrit, 98 each in Mathematics, Science and Technology and Social Science and 93 in English.  “My regularity in school and tuition helped me a lot to clear all my doubts. My teachers are very supportive and always ..

Nagpurians should not panic over Nipah virus: Health Department

 By Vikas Vaidya: As some cases of people suffering from Nipah virus reported in Konkan area, a panicky got created in Nagpur also. But health department has appealed people not to get panic about Nipah because the fruit-eating bats that spread the virus are not found in Nagpur and around. Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Deputy Director of Public Health, who is Paediatrician also told ‘The Hitavada’, “This virus transmitted through the half-eaten fruit by Bat. Since such Bats are not ..

Government Polytechnic registers 100% placements

 By Vikas Vaidya: On one hand Polytechnics are facing vacancy issue and on the other Government Polytechnic, Nagpur, shows that students of post-SSC Diploma are on high demand. It registered 100% placements. Students received packages ranging from Rs 1.80 lakh to Rs 4.52 lakh. According to experts, these packages are better as compared to what candidates are offered after they complete degree engineering. Sandeep Lambhade, Training and Placement Officer of Government Polytechnic said, “A ..

I-Clean Nagpur holds cleaning activity at Futala lake

 Volunteers of I-Clean Nagpur after conducting cleaning activity at Futala lake.   Staff Reporter: About 25 members from I-Clean Nagpur, with the help of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Kanak Resources cleaned garbage from the banks of Futala Lake, on Sunday. This is their 165th spot in the region. They collected about 27 bags full of discarded material from the spot, including plastic sachets, footwear, cloth, bottles, etc. Situated on a busy thoroughfare and main ..

‘Super Speciality’ first in State to perform 50 kidney transplants

 Team of doctors with Dr Sajal Mitra, Dean that worked hard to achieve the feat of performing 50 kidney transplants.  Principal Correspondent: Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has become first in Maharashtra among Government hospitals to perform 50 kidney transplants. The first kidney transplant was conducted on February 9, 2016 since then GMCH never looked back. Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, Dr Sajal Mitra, Dean of GMCH said, ..

‘Response of students to Ayurved branch of medicine is on the rise’

 Dr Ganesh Mukkawar  By Vikas Vaidya: Dr Ganesh Mukkawar, Dean of Government Ayurved College, shared his views with ‘The Hitavada’ on the issues of admissions, performance of students, boys and girls ratio opting Ayurved, opportunities of higher learning in the field. Dr Mukkawar elaborated on why there is rise in students opting for this branch of medicine. Excerpts:  Q: What is the position of admissions in Ayurved college? A: Government Ayurved College has 100 ..

Merit students of NMC schools feted

 Staff Reporter: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) felicitated meritorious students of NMC schools on Saturday at Mayor’s office, Civil Lines. The felicitation took place in presence of acting Mayor Deepraj Pardikar. “Students of NMC schools brought laurels to the city by scoring good marks in Class 10 and 12 examination.  This programme is held to honour and encourage them to get success in life,” said Pardikar in his speech. Darshani Supatkar, Priyanka Shukla, Tanjila ..

Shivkisan Agrawal’s passion for innovation powers Haldiram become global food giant

Rotary District 3030 Governor Rajiv Sharma conferring Rotary’s Vocational Excellence Award on Shivkisan Agrawal, founder Chairman, Haldiram Group, as Rajesh Vywahare, President Enclave Chair, looks on. (Pic by Satish Raut)   Staff Reporter: Rotary International District 3030 confers Vocational Excellence Award on Agrawal in recognition of his service to society and pioneering achievements in business  Vision and ambition go hand in hand when it comes to achieving ..

SSC results: With 67.27 pass percentage, Ngp Divn hits rock bottom again in Maharashtra

 Toppers at Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth celebrating after declaration of SSC results on Friday.   Principal Correspondent: Anuja Sahastrabudhe and Kaivalya Joshi of Somalwar, Ramdaspeth scored 98.4% and 98.2% marks respectively and are probable first and second, Shreyas Madankar of Tejaswini Vidya Mandir with 98% marks is probable third  In the results of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination conducted by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher ..

Multi-faceted Maitreyee stands tall among toppers

‘Decorated’ Maitreyee Ghanote (centre) with her parents, sister and a relative.  By Kaushik Bhattacharya: President of India Award, National Child Award, Savitribai Fule National Fellowship, National Kalabhushan Award, Maharashtra Bhushan, Vidarbha Ratna and many others. Yes. These are some of the achievements of Maitreyee Ghanote. Overall, she has bagged over 450 awards in different fields. Securing 99.2% marks (including external marks) in SSC Board exam is another achievement, ..

Regular studies with dedication is Anuja’s success mantra

 Staff Reporter:  ‘Never leave studies for tomorrow. Study every day with full dedication’, was my habit that became my success mantra, said Anuja Sahasrabuddhe. Probable topper in SSC Board examinations from city, Anuja secured 98.4% marks.  “My school teachers were very helpful as they taught me with patience. I wrote mock tests regularly conducted ahead of the Board exams,” she added. Out of 500 marks, Anuja scored 492. She got 100 marks in Sanskrit and ..

Practice with pen-paper helps Kaivalya taste big success

 Jubilant Kaivalya Joshi flashing victory sign.  Staff Reporter:  “Practice is the key to success. No matter how much you study, you can not score well in board exam until and unless you have not practised with pen and paper before appearing for the exam,” said Kaivalya Joshi. With 98.2% marks, Kaivalya finished probable second topper from city. Kaivalya secured 100 marks in Sanskrit, 99 in Mathematics, 99 in Social Studies, 98 in Science and 95 in English. A student ..

Hard work brings success for Shreyas

  Staff Reporter: The probable third topper from city in SSC Board exam, Shreyas Madankar believes that hard work and regular study helped him achieve desired marks. Shreyas scored 98% marks in the examination. A student of Tejaswini Vidya Mandir, Shreyas is preparing for pursuing Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the country.  “One should follow a timetable daily which will help him to get enough time for other activities,” said Shreyas. Shreyas ..

Astika Majgauri wants to pursue Arts and Music

Astika Majgauri along with her elated parent  Staff Reporter:  ASTIKA Majgauri, the probable topper among the disabled, has secured 85.40 per cent in the SSC. The only daughter of Dhirendra and Kunda is visually-impaired since birth. By securing very high marks, she has kindled ray of hope for her parents. She has secured 73 marks in English, 79 in Hindi-Sanskrit, 84 in Marathi, 87 in Arithmatics, 82 in Science and 80 in Social Sciences.  Astika is a student of B R Mundle School, ..

‘Devotees of Janardan Swami should practise complete science of Yoga’

Vijay Phanshikar delivering address as a chief guest of 5th anniversary of Vitthal Rukhmini Mandir Yogasana Varga, Sneha Nagar on Saturday. Also look on Bharati Kusare, Rambhau Khandwe, Prabhakar Kalbandhe, Deepak Munje, Jayant Harde. (Pic by Anil Futane)   Staff Reporter: “Performing ‘Yoga Asana’ on daily basis is supposed to be the key for living long life. But just by practicing ‘Yoga Asana’ will not help a person to live a satisfactory and purposeful ..

PugMarg for safety and security

 The duo of Harish Adatiya and Nikhil Sawansukha of Nagpur, who have come up with a real time child tracking device, PugMarg.   By Farina Sailm Quraishi:  Parenting nowadays comes with a wide array of challenges and difficulties. The toughest one undoubtedly being the safety of the little ones when they’re out of sight of their parents. The countless gory and heartbreaking incidents involving children, happening with alarming frequency, do little to soothe the anxiety of ..

On-line frauds on rise in State due to delay in detection by police

          By Dheeraj FartodeOn-line frauds have becomea big challenge with the Statewitnessing a sharp rise in such cases while matching action on part of Maharashtra Police is not much enthusing. In fact there is steady decline in detection rate over the years.A total of 1,810 on-line frauds were reported in year 2018 with just 12.04 per cent detection rate as compared to 1,520 on-line frauds registered in year 2015 with 30.78 per cent detection rate. ..

62 groups join massive Save Merit, Save Nation rally

An alarming situation in the State of Maharashtra which has arisen due to implementation of new reservation quota, thereby increasing the percentage of reservation to 78%. To oppose it and to press the demand to find solution, Save Merit Save Nation (SMSN) on Friday took out a massive rally. Over 62 groups belonging to open caste participated in the rally. All associations came under aegis of Save Merit Save Nation to highlight their plight to public and voice their concern to policy makers and ..

Prepare list of PAPs of Khapri village and complete rehab by June-end: Bawankule

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Friday directed Revenue Department to prepare final list of project affected persons (PAPs) of Khapri village and complete land allotment for rehabilitation by end of June. The list of PAPs should be pasted in village within eight days and objections, if any, should be dealt with promptly, the Minister directed District Land Acquisition Officer, Avinash Katade, during a review meeting of MIHAN held on Friday. Suresh Kakani, Vice-President and Managing ..

Need to redefine principles of growth: Dr Thorat

“The principles of growth will have to be redefined. The earlier concept that the benefits of growth will percolate down has failed. Later, the terms like inclusive growth and now pro-poor growth have been coined. The plan, however, can be implemented properly only by removing discrimination in ownership of land, resources and industry,” said former Chairman of UGC Dr Sukhdev Thorat. Dr Thorat was speaking during a panel discussion on research report of Herambh Kulkarni ‘Daridryachi ..

UGC to expand ambit of research in varsities: UGC Chairman

Unveiling the plans of University Grants Commission (UGC) to bring quality ineducation in India, Chairman of Apex Body Dr D P Singh said, “UGC wants to expand theambit of research making itinter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary. We want to do the research in four different categories viz socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important and globally significant.” Under the aegis of International Centre for Indological Studies, Kavikulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU) ..

Power failure due to storm hits water supply to half of city

The storm that hit various parts of the district on Friday, also caused damage to power supply lines in Parseoni sub-division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). This resulted in a major power failure at Navegaon Khairy dam and Kanhan pumping station of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Owing to this, Orange City Water (OCW) officials said, citizens in Dharampeth, Laxmi Nagar, Gandhibagh, and Dhantoli Zones and area covered by Boriyapura feeder main shall ..

ED searches on premises of sugar baron Gutte

  Staff Reporter: ENFORCEMENT Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted simultaneous searches at nine places across the state, including the office and residential premises of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte at Nagpur, Parbhani and Mumbai, in connection with an alleged Rs 328 crore loan fraud case. The ED also conducted searches at Gutte’s Bandra (West)-based educational institute.  Based on an FIR lodged by State Police under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in the sensational ..

Ayurved doctors to guide rural people on traditional medicines

 By Vikas Vaidya: Government of India vows to make rural area disease-free  In an effort to boost Ayurved practice, Government of India has decided to deploy Ayurved doctors in rural area who would guide people to take home-based medicines. The idea of Government behind it is to make rural population disease-free. Initially this activity would be conducted for rural population and later on it will performed in urban areas too. Informing about this activity, Dr Ganesh Mukkawar, ..

NMC starts process of appointing two agencies for garbage collection

  Staff Reporter: The expenditure estimated is between Rs 800 crore and Rs 1,000 crore for the contract to be awarded for a period of 10 years  Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which has so far been dependent on only one agency for garbage collection and transportation, has initiated the process for appointment of two agencies for the task for the city of Nagpur. NMC has floated tender for appointment of two agencies for door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste ..

‘No compromise on merit, support only economically weaker’

  By Ajay Mardikar: ‘Save Merit, Save nation’, is a movement launched recently to oppose reservation beyond 50%. The reservation has crossed this limit in Maharashtra, despite restriction by the Supreme Court. The basic principle of granting reservation to backward classes, as provided in the Constitution, has been over-used by the politicians for their own benefit. The purpose of reservation, to bring the underprivileged to the main stream of life, has been defeated during ..

Forest Department takes up de-snaring operation in Tipeshwar

  By Ramesh Marulkar; Taking serious cognisance of increasing number of cases of tigers and other wild animals getting trapped in wire snares and dying or getting injured in and around Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary of Yavatmal district, the Forest Department has now launched a de-snaring operation. The Department issued an advertisement in a local newspaper appealing interested volunteers to participate in the operation. As many as 50 wildlife lovers responded and the Department started ..

Students in large number opting for Commerce stream

 By Vikas Vaidya: Panini Telang says one of the reasons likely to be Science students have to face 30 tests  Number of students opting Science after Class X or after Class XII have drastically reduced. Students opting Science in higher learning have increased but they stick to limited and top colleges only. Instead, students in large number are opting Commerce or Arts. When ‘The Hitavada’ talked to some experts in this regard they said, Commerce is providing more career ..

‘Indoor Air pollution contributes to 85% of air pollution’

 Dr Manas Ranjan Ray delivering a lecture at NEERI Auditorium on Thursday. Dr Hemant Purohit,Dr Manas Ranjan Ray, Dr J S Pandey and Padma Rao on dais. (Pics by Anil Futane)   Staff Reporter; “Smoke spread after burning of one mosquito repellent coil is equivalent to that of 100 cigarettes; cooking fuels like biomass and kerosene are more dangerous than other fuels; burning of incence sticks in front of God in temples or in house is more dangerous than smoking; use of ..

‘Institution-industry disconnect increases Engineering vacancy’

 Dr S S Mantha   By Vikas Vaidya:  States need Labour Management Information System to know student-course ratio, suggests Dr S S Mantha, former Chairman of AICTE  Technical institutions in India are facing the problem of seats vacancy. Barring a few top institutions, other institutes are sweating it out to get seats filled. Efforts were made by the Government and institutions to get into the crux of the problem and find solution. Previous Government in Maharashtra, ..

NEET: Akola’s Disha is probable State topper among girls

   Staff Reporter and Akola Correspondent: St Paul’s Karan Agrawal is city topper, Aniruddha Jadhao second while Vaishnavi Rokde finished third n Dr Ambedkar’s Rashmi Bisen and Shivaji Science’s Abhishek Ganorkar excel  Disha Sameer Agrawal, a student of Adarsh Junior College, Akola stood first among girls in Maharashtra in National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) examination conducted last month. Result of the NEET was declared on Wednesday. Disha ..

Delay in evaluation makes research obsolete

 By Ajay Mardikar: RTMNU releases list of scholars to get PhD, including three who had submitted their thesis in 2014  Inordinate delay in awarding doctoral degree (PhDs) has made the research of the scholars obsolete. The practice of such a delay in common in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU). On May 31, the University has issued a list of 53 persons, 52 getting PhD and one DLit. A large number of the researchers has submitted their research theses two to ..

Rlys categorises projects for better returns

 By Sagar Mohod: Set to remove discrepancies in physical utilisation of funds as against amount spent on projects  Aiming to get better returns on investment, top railway officials have insisted on bifurcating ongoing development projects to avoid mismatch in physical benefits against utilisation of funds. A meeting held in May was chaired by Chairman Railway Board (CRB) V K Yadav together with Financial Commissioner (FC) Vijay Kumar expressed concerns over utilisation of capital ..

Maha Metro responds to ‘The Hitavada Campaign’

   Staff Reporter: The following is the ad verbatim response of Maha Metro to ‘The Hitavada’ campaign about the inconvenience caused to the people on account of Metro Rail: “There have been a series of news reports in ‘The Hitavada’ related to Maha Metro Nagpur project. The stories speak about alleged huge inconvenience caused to public, because of ongoing project work. Maha Metro rebuts all claims made in the news reports. “Maha Metro lists ..

Varsha Usgaonkar’s journey from glamour to spirituality

 By Rajendra Diwe: There were a number of people, very famous, very glamorous, very rich, successful, great leaders, reputed actors, eminent directors, famous artists, etc. came and lived on this earth. Each one was very egoistic, intolerant and thinking self not less than God. All these so called demi gods walked on the earth and went away without doing anything for humanity. This is the reason, live life humbly, sincerity and always do good work for the humanity, said Varsha Usgaonkar, ..

MHT-CET result: Siddhesh of Amravati stands 2nd topper in State

  Amravati Correspondent/ Staff Reporter; Gaurav of Nagpur tops in PCM in State in CET in SC category Vedansh from St Paul tops in PCB in city  Students of Shivaji Science, Dr Ambedkar College and St Paul School excel  Siddhesh Agrawal from Amravati is on cloud nine and has every reason to cheer. He is a second topper in State in Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET-2019) examination conducted by The State Common Entrance Cell of Maharashtra. He scored 99.98 ..

NMC to build insulated canal to transport water from Navegaon Khairy to Kanhan

  Staff Reporter: NMC drawing up to 1 MM3 water daily from dead stock of Pench irrigation project  342 tankers supplying water to non-networked areas and 150 in networked areas of the city  If necessary, NMC may think over alternate day water supply to city  Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is finding it difficult to maintain adequate water supply to the city with each passing day of June, has proposed to construct an insulated (covered) canal to transport water ..

Bharatvan: People object to translocation of trees

 The people participating voluntarily in ‘Save Bharatvan’ campaignsubmitting their objections to Amol Chorpagar, Garden Superintendent, in NMC on Tuesday. (Pic by Anil Futane) Staff Reporter:  As many as 60 objections were filed in one single day on Tuesday, as the people participating voluntarily in ‘Save Bharatvan’ campaign submitted their strong displeasure in writing to Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). All of them objected to proposed ..

Transgender injured grievously in attack by rival group

 (left)Quick response teams deployed in front of transgender Uttam Baba Senapati’s house after the murderous assault on Chamcham Gajbhiye in Kaamna Nagar.                 (Right)Chamcham Gajbhiye Uttam Baba Senapati Staff Reporter: TENSION erupted in Kalamna area after Uttam Baba Senapati, a transgender and President of Vidarbha Kinnar Samaj, along with others attempted to kill her rival group leader Chamcham Gajbhiye with big ..

‘Shani Dham Yantra Mandir’ comes up in Chowky village

 Experts of World Record and veteran Marathi actress Varsha Usgaonkar handing over certificate of World Record to Dr Bhupesh Gadge. Also look on Dr Anil Vaidya, and Dr Pooja Gadge at Chowky village during the programme of public dedication of Shani Yantra Mandir on Monday.   Staff Reporter: ‘Shani Dham Yantra Mandir,’ coming in Chowky village will make Vidarbha region to get back its lost glory. Shani is the most powerful deity considered in astrological science and ..

Dr Chava to get first ever DLitt in Commerce

 By Rajendra Diwe:  The DLitt has been awarded for the Treatise titled ‘Financial Performance Index Singular Navigator to a multitude of Stakeholders’. Incidentally this happens to be the first-ever DLitt in the stream of Commerce and Management by RTMNU  Dr Sreehari Chava, a well known Cost Accountant, has been declared eligible for the award of DLitt in Commerce in the faculty of Commerce and Management by Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) P (Vide ..

No takers for 5 professors’ posts, may delay autonomy to LIT

 By Ajay Mardikar: Laxminarayan Institute of Technology of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, might have to wait further to fulfill its dream of becoming a deemed university. The permission of appointing 17 teachers in different grades was granted. However, five posts of professors could not be filled, as there was no applicant for the posts. LIT had advertised seven posts of professors, besides other posts of Associate Professors and Assistant Professors.  Director of ..

In the larger interest of people

  By Vijay Phanshikar: THE mistake the authorities are making in the case of Bharatvan is that they are confusing trees with the forest, and forest with the trees. This is their way of hoodwinking the people agitating for months to save Bharatvan -- by telling the folks that they propose to translocate as many as 558 trees -- 101 big ones, and 457 medium and small ones -- to a plot of land owned by the agriculture university. So, dear agitators, we are not killing the trees, they seem ..

Robbers loot Rs 16 lakh cash of SBI near Katol

 Staff Reporter; Three masked robbers looted Rs 16 lakh cash from cash loaders of State Bank of India (SBI) on way to deposit the cash in Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in Katol area on Monday afternoon. Shockingly, the cash loaders were carrying such huge cash on a motorcycle. According to police, Logicash Solutions Company has been tasked by SBI for depositing cash in the ATMs.  Two employees of the company - Dhanraj Charpe and Anup Bankar - collected Rs 51 lakh cash from the Katol ..

Two youths killed as their bikes collide head-on

 Staff Reporter: The youths were riding the bike without helmet Two youngsters were killed when their motorcycles collided head-on near Medhepathar village in Katol Police Station area. “The youths were riding the bike without protective headgears,” said police. The deceased have been identified as Akshay Ramrao Kadu (24), a resident of Dhawlapur, Katol and Jagidsh Shankar Kumbhre, a resident of Ajangaon.  According to police, the accident occurred Saturday on Katol-Nagpur ..

Rash driving: Excavator crushes two youths to death, injures one

 Staff Reporter: IN A ghastly mishap, a rashly-driven excavator crushed two youths to death and injured another seriously on Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway in Kalamna area Sunday night. Fearing public wrath, the driver of the excavator fled the spot. The deceased have been identified as Sushant Nagdevte (20), a resident of Lane No 1, Adivasi Colony, and Prithviraj Manoharrao Jadhav (21), a resident of Quarter No 5/2, Housing Board Colony, Raghuji Nagar.  Injured Shubham Gunwantrao Wagh (22), ..

No load-shedding in State despite searing summer

  Staff Reporter: Effective management has enabled MahaVitaran to navigate power demand without having to undertake load shedding through the simmering summer that is searing the State. This could be possible only due to proper analysis and thereafter planning that involved tying with private power producers for long term power purchases.  Also with increasing tapping of renewable power sources there is no dearth of availability eventhough fourth phase of Koyna has stopped production ..

Heatstroke patients on rise, hospitals keep special wards ready

 Staff Reporter:  Apart from human beings, even birds too are suffering from dehydration, thanks to mass concretisation n GMCH witnesses one death due to heatstroke  With the mercury constantly on rise, above 47 degree celsius, number of people approaching hospitals with complaint of heatstroke are rising. Every hospital has already created special wards to treat patients of heatstroke. Number of cases of dehydration, hyperpyrexia, hyperthermia being witnessed daily by several ..

Goods of Rs 7.72 cr stolen from Rlys within 15 mnths as thieves run amok

  By Dheeraj Fartode: With miserable detection rate, GRP needs to pull up its socks to ensure a sense of safety for travellers on trains   Be cautious while travelling on trains as Government Railway Police (GRP) is finding it difficult to control thieves as it is simply functioning sans any direction. This is clear in terms of figures as people have lost property worth over Rs 7.72 crore that too in 15 months period. The shocking information came to fore through Right To ..

AOPs in Naxal-hit districts helping school dropouts

AOPs in Naxal-hit districts helping school dropouts ..

Fire at Nakoda Group’s dryfruits warehouse; loss pegged at around Rs 25 cr

 Staff Reporter: A fierce fire that broke between 1 am and 2 am on Saturday at Nakoda Group’s dryfruits warehouse raged till Sunday morning, causing damage to the tune of around Rs 25 crore. The fire broke out at dryfruits warehouse of Nakoda Fruit Product Pvt Ltd and Parshwanath Overseas of Nakoda Group at Bidgaon. According to Fire and Emergency Services Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), total five fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the fire.  “We ..

Maha Metro to go ahead with road through Bharat Van, says shall transplant 558 trees

The lush green Bharatvan near Bharat Nagar  Staff Reporter: Various organisations oppose the idea, say will file objections  Irrespective of the strong sentiments of the people against the proposed road through Bharat Van, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro), Nagpur, has decided to go ahead with the project. Now, based on its proposal, Garden Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has invited suggestions/objections regarding uprooting and transplantati..

‘Good communication in family needs to be strengthened’

  By Vikas Vaidya; Caring for parents, respect for everybody, honesty, sacrifice, communication, bringing others up, understanding their needs are some of the values that most of the heads of the families want to transfer to their children. ‘The Hitavada’ talked to some of the prominent personalities of Nagpur to know their views on ‘What are the family values they would like to transmit to their children?’ Dr Madan Kapre, a well-known ENT Surgeon expressed his ..

‘Homoeopathy treats man in disease’

 By Rajendra Diwe:   Dr Muktinder Singh ‘Veda Vaid, Suvaida Tu Pehla Rog Pahchan...’ With this quote of Saint Kabir, Dr Muktinder Singh appealed homoeopaths to work hard, believe strongly in the science of homoeopathy and apply own intellect using traditional wisdom of homoeopathy to serve mankind. “Homoeopathy is a great medical science which teaches how to treat man in disease not disease in a man,” he said. Dr Singh hails from Ludhiana in Punjab ..

Cycling a great way to rejuvenate self

 (Left) Dr Seema Dande, well-known gynaecologist who takes part in several cycling races in Nagpur and makes it a point to take her children along with her to participate in those transmitting urge for fitness to her children. (Center) Dr Dhananjay Bokare, noted Urologist who along with Dr Rajesh Singhvi and Dr Shailesh Nisal did voyage to Manali to Leh covering a distance of 480 km on cycle. It had involved crossing high level passes starting from Rohtang pass to Tanglang La at 17,500 feet. ..

As if it is not Maha Metro’s task to protect power network, water supply lines!!

 The spot where 33KV Binaki feeder was damaged by Maha Metro affecting power supply to over 30,000 consumers in September 2018. By Dheeraj Fartode: Mistakes are meant for repeating not for learning for the Maha Metro as the agency is damaging underground power networks and water supply lines every new day. Thousands of power consumers faced power outages, power supply companies lost their units, spent lakhs of rupees for repair works and million litres of water were wasted when Maha ..

Gadkari visits Dawa Bazar, takes stock of loss due to fire

 Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and MSME, addressing the gathering of wholesale medicine shop-owners of Dawa Bazar on Sunday. Madan Yerawar, Minister of State for FDA; Prof Anil Sole, MLC; Rajendra Kawadkar, NDCDA President, also are seen.  Staff Reporter: Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and MSME, paid a visit to Dawa Bazar on Sunday and interacted with the wholesale medicine shop-owners to take stock of the damage caused by fire that broke out in ..

Will focus on boosting growth rate, employment generation: Gadkari

 Staff Reporter: 125 crore trees to be planted along highways, says the Union Minister for Road Transport n Sets target to complete all highway projects in next three years  Nitin Gadkari, the second-term Member of Parliament from Nagpur and second-time Union Minister, got a rousing welcome on Saturday morning on his maiden arrival after swearing-in ceremony. A crowd of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers and common people welcomed him at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International ..

Connect with workers in times of happiness and sorrow: Gadkari

Noted singer Nitin Mukesh enthralled the audience including Union Minister Nitin Gadkari his family members and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (Right) BJP workers felicitating Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane with a garland of lotus on Saturday. (Pics by Satish Raut)    Staff Reporter: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday asked party leaders to directly involve with happiness and sorrow of the party workers ..

Really beyond objections, really to no avail?

 Might and the Almighty: In race to transform the city into Smart City, the authorities have neglected even the God. The Hanuman temple at Ajni has become dwarf before the upcoming Metro Station.  By Vijay Phanshikar: The demure structures that house small shops on both sides of Kamptee Road between the Gaddigudam Square and the Railway Overbridge near the majestic Sikh Gurudwara seem to have no future in their present form. In the next couple of years when the Metro Route and ..

Public Health Department to strengthen NMC’s UPHCs

 By Vikas Vaidya; Corporation’s Indira Gandhi Hospital likely to register not less than 100 deliveries  Tertiary health centres are getting burdened by increasing number of patients as the network of primary and secondary healthcare centres is not functioning the way it should be. The patients deprived of proper healthcare at the primary and secondary centres have no other choice than to go for tertiary healthcare centre.  Now, the Government is giving a serious thought ..

8 of 10 Zone chiefs elected unopposed

 Nanda Jichkar, Mayor; Pradeep Pohane, Chairman of Standing Committee; Virendra Kukreja, Sunil Agrawal and others along with the newly elected Zone Chairpersons.   Staff Reporter: Congress corporator Gargi Chopra becomes Chairperson of Mangalwari Zone with the support of BJP  Of a total 10 Zone Chairpersons, eight were elected unopposed and polling was held to elect Chairpersons for Ashi Nagar and Mangalwari zones. In Laxmi Nagar and Gandhibagh zones, the chiefs were ..

Pre-monsoon showers give much needed respite; mercury dips

 Dust blowing along with winds restricted visibility in city. Mild rainfall brought the mercury down on Saturday. (Pic by Satish Raut) Staff Reporter: Rainfall with gusty winds last for over an hour, reduce visibility  Tree branches rip off at many places causing traffic jam    People of Nagpur got the much-needed respite from scorching heat as the city received pre-monsoon showers with gusty winds on Saturday evening, bringing down the mercury by almost 3 ..

Forest Department’s GIS Web Portal launched

Special CorrespondentAs part of a larger initiative to go fully digital in order to boost forest conservation and monitor ongoing forestry activities, Forest Department launched GIS Web Portal on Friday. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, who also holds Finance and Planning porfolios, launched the portal during the 16th senior forest officers’ conference held in Nasik.   Sudhir Mungantiwar launching GIS Web Portral on Friday. Vikas Kharage and Dr N Rambabu look on. This ..

Truck carrying cotton bales worth Rs 20 lakh gutted

The truck was carrying cotton bales from Amravati to DesaiganjOur CorrespondentARJUNI MORGAONA truck loaded with cotton bales was reduced to ashes as it came in contact with live overhead wire near Baburao Madavi College in Desaiganj on Friday afternoon.As per details, a trader from Desaiganj Javed Hussain bought cotton bales from a trader in Amravati. The bales were being transported in the truck (MH – 40/ AK – 6655) to Desaiganj. However, as the truck neared Baburao Madavi College ..

BJP will extend all help to Patel’s family: Rida Rashid

Our correspondent AKOT“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and women’s wing of BJP minority cell will do all the needful to help the family members of deceased activist of BJP Minority Cell Matin Khan Patel,” assured Rida Rashid, State Chief of BJP Minority Cell, to the relatives of deceased Matin Khan Patel on Friday. She visited the family and consoled them.It may be recalled that BJP activist Matin Khan Patel was brutally murdered at Mohala village. An offense was registered against ..

Divnl Commr directs officers to install boards on bridges, roads damaged during rainy season

Staff ReporterDivisional Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar has issued instructions to install boards on bridges and roads, which are damaged during rainy season. He has also directed to install barricades at dangerous places. He was addressing a meeting on disaster management, to review preparation before onset of monsoon. Divisional Commissioner Dr Sanjeev Kumar addressing the officers during the meeting on disaster management, to review preparation before onset of monsoon.  In district ..

Ridheema stuns Siya; Devesh, Sairaj move up

Sports ReporterUNSEEDED Ridheema Sarpate stunned third seed Siya Kongre to move into the prequarter-finals of the ongoing Baidyanath Nagpur District Badminton Championship at Subhedar Hall on Friday. Ridheema created the major upset of the day defeating her rival 15-11, 6-15, 15-12 in the Under-13 girls singles category.  Hridaan Singh (top) defeated Soham Asole (left). (Moonlight)  Grishma Kshirsagar from girls singles U-17, Devesh Rana from boys singles U-15, Krisha Soni from ..

Brahmapuri tigress tranquilised, brought to Gorewada Zoo

Special CorrespondentThe forestmen of Brahmapuri Division tranquilised a full-grown tigress on Friday afternoon. The troublesome feline was shifted to Gorewada Zoo and Rescue Centre, Nagpur, on Friday night.  A team of forest officials and security personnel looking after the tigress E-1 in Brahmapuri Division.  According to information, many man-animal conflict cases were registered this year at villages Parsodi, Tukum, Navegaon Khurd, Talodhi Khurd, Ganeshpuri, Rampuri and Ekara ..

For how long has one to wait for tomorrow’s gain?

 The traffic mess at HB Town square is a regular feature as commuters coming from all directions get confused and add to the chaos. (Pic by Satish Raut) By Vikas Vaidya:  If one wants to experience biggest traffic chaos, wants to undergo lot of sufferings while moving on the road, wants to see how sweating traffic cops feel helpless, wants to notice people are nudging each other, wants to witness accidents are taking place then one must visit the stretch from Ring Road chowk to Pardi. ..

HSC students suffer due to poor valuation

 Staff Reporter:  In Nagpur’s scorching heat, parents, students queuing up to submit applications for revaluation  There was a time when the valuation system of State Board was considered a transparent one. But the poor result of HSC in State has compelled everybody to think other way. It is evident from the long queue of parents and students applying for revaluation in the premises of State Divisional Board at Nagpur. Rise in number of applicants for revaluation is directly ..

FDCM introduces retail sale of wood at Ballarshah depot

 A lot of wodden logs is put on sale in the premises of the depot.    By Ramesh Marulkar;  Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) has introduced retail sale of teak, miscellaneous wood, bamboo and poles on experimental basis at its depot at Ballarshah from last week. The materials that remained unsold in three consecutive auctions are made available for retail sale. Now, the local farmers, carpenters, people interested in using the timber/poles while constructing ..

Mission Kishor Uday to prevent suicides by youngsters

 By Ajay Mardikar; The Adolescent Health Academy of India Paediatric Association has taken initiative to organise programmes with teachers, parents and students, mainly to prevent suicides, which are increasing among the youngsters. The experts in the field inform about the changes in behaviour indicating possibility of the person committing suicide.  The Nagpur Chapter has conducted more than ten such programmes, mostly in schools in the region. Parents have a major role in understanding ..

Lokmanya Nagar-Sitabuldi metro route to be operational in August

Metro Rail at Subhash Nagar station during the first trial run in Reach-III on Thursday. (Pic by Anil Futane)  Staff Reporter: Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha Metro), Nagpur, conducted the first trial run on Lokmanya Nagar and Subhash Nagar metro stations in Reach-III on Thursday. Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha Metro, told mediapersons that Lokmanya Nagar-Sitabuldi interchange route of Mazi Metro would be operational for public in the month of August. The ..

MSEDCL activates 46 solar pumps to help farmers

 Staff Reporter: Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has activated 46 solar pumps so far, which will help the farmers getting power supply during day time. The scheme for installation of solar pumps was introduced with the aim of making available power during day time and also for eliminating electricity bills. The area under irrigation can be increased with the help of solar pumps.   MSEDCL, in a press note issued here, has stated that the ..

Obnoxious impact

 Invaded: The upcoming Ujjwal Nagar station of Metro Rail on Wardha Road is eating up all available spacious front premises of a building causing great inconvenience to occupants. (Pic: Anil Futane)  By Vijay Phanshikar: Some way into the campaign to bring to people’s notice the problems they will have to face on a permanent basis, it is time for a re-look at why at all a campaign about something that cannot be wished away or erased or torn down. But as we proceeded to bring ..

Delay in admission hits nursing aspirants

 By Ajay Mardikar: IGGMCH seats reduced from 40 to 27 n No regular teachers even in Government nursing schools  Despite talks about importance of trained nursing and their dedication, the Maharashtra Government has not been able to pay attention to this noble profession. Inordinate delay in activating the plan, almost every year, is an indication of lack of intentions of the Government. The list of intake capacity for the academic year 2019-20 was announced for all government and ..

NMC Standing Committee chief pulls up officials over ‘shoddy’ river cleaning

  Staff Reporter; Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on Wednesday, drew flak from Pradeep Pohane, Chairman of Standing Committee, over ‘shoddy’ implementation of pre-monsoon river cleaning exercise. He expressed displeasure over the statistics presented by the officials concerned, and pulled them up. Just a day before, on Tuesday, a meeting was chaired by Nanda Jichkar, Mayor, to take stock of the progress of river cleaning drive. The officials concerned presented the statistics ..

In a first, RTMNU takes steps for proper water management

 By Vikas Vaidya: Sarvodaya Seva Foundation Trust owned by Anuradha Paudwal to help the University avoid water crisis    Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has probably for the first time taken initiative for proper management of the water available with it. With so much water scarcity, and projected rise in demand with new administrative building coming up, the University has decided to do comprehensive planning so that it would not face any water crisis. ..

Women forest guides garnering roaring success in tiger reserves

  Chandrapur Bureau: With women making forays into different fields and also excelling in them, they have just made another addition to the list. Now, women in Maharashtra are also serving as forest guides in tiger reserves, an area dominated by men until now. So now, next time you visit a forest, there is every likelihood that you will get a taste of this change with a female guide steering your tour through the narrow routes of the jungle and updating you with all the jungle trivia. ..

All set for 33 crore tree plantation from July 1

 Special Correspondent: The government machinery is getting prepared to undertake massive 33 crore tree plantation from July 1 to September 30 this year in cooperation with different government departments, local bodies, social organisations, educational institutions and citizens. This was stated by Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, while addressing a press conference at Vanamati on Wednesday, after a review meeting on Nagpur divisional level. The government successfully planted four ..

Advent of technology, impatience are the challenges of modern leaders

By Vikas Vaidya: Even though technology has brought about much change in overall conditions, leaders of organisations have to work hard to manage people in human values and virtues so that all are focused on the organisational goals and mission. Thus, the actual challenge is cultural in nature, stretching the leader’s ability to accommodate all kinds of people in a common frame and fulfill organisational as well as individual aspirations. But then, what are the attributes of a good leader, ..

Nagpur slides to 9th position in HSC results; Amravati improves to 3rd

Toppers celebrating the result at Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi.   Principal Correspondent:  Kanak Gajbhiye of Dr Ambedkar College, Deekshabhoomi with 94.77 is probable City topper, Ishika Satija of KDM College tops in Commerce with 96.3%; Pakhi Mor with 95.7% and Lakshmishree Iyer with 94.9% both of Hislop College excelled in Arts  The result of HSC dominated by girls as in every faculty girls topped and outshone boys  In HSC result, the examination of which ..

Regular study, hard work paid: Kanak

  Staff Reporter: Regular study, hard work and sincerity are the keys to success for Kanak Gajbhiye who topped in Science stream of Class 12 examination of Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education with 94.77 per cent here on Tuesday. Kanak scored 616 marks out of 650. She secured 200 marks in Fisheries, 100 in Biology, 94 in English, 95 in Physics and 77 in Chemistry. A student of Dr Ambedkar College, Kanak, was the second topper in Class 10 with 99.2 per ..

Work hard and smart, says Ishika

 Staff Reporter:  “There is no secret, you just have to work hard and smart throughout the year. I studied 5-6 hours daily with proper time table,” said Ishika Satija, the Commerce topper of Class 12 examination of Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education with 96.3 per cent here on Tuesday. Ishika scored 626 marks out of 650. She scored 100 marks in Accountancy, 95 in Organisation of Commerce (OC), 94 in English, 96 in Economics, 96 in Secretarial ..

Pakhi beats death to top Class 12 exam

 Staff Reporter:  In a road accident she suffered serious head injury and was in a comatose stage for six months. She recovered from coma, but her struggle continued as she was able to move only half of her body. She overcome all sufferings and made a fresh start. It is the story of Pakhi Mor who topped in Arts stream in Class 12 examination of Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) with 95.7 per cent here on Tuesday. Pakhi’s determination and ..

Electricity duty exemption to industries in Vidarbha, M’wada extended up to 2024

 Staff Reporter: State Cabinet, in its first meeting after the Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha elections was lifted, took a decision to extend the exemption from payment of electricity duty granted to industries in Vidarbha and Marathwada re..

Youth murders woman, buries body in nullah

 Staff Reporter: In a horrifying incident, a 23-year-old youth strangled to death a 40-year-old woman with whom he had an illicit relationship for three years. After killing the woman, the youth hanged the body from a tree to create a scene of suicide. But he changed his mind and buried the body in a nullah after his friends suggested him to destroy the evidence by burying the body.  The deceased was identified as Urmila Gajanan Dharne, a resident of Nand village while the accused have ..

Complete all ongoing water supply projects till May 30: Bawankule

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister; Ashwin Mudgal, Collector; Ankush Kedar, Addl CEO, ZP and Milind Shende releasing action plan.  Staff Reporter: Guardian Minister instructs officials to implement Action Plan to meet drought situation   Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule instructed all departments to complete ongoing water supply projects before May 30. Keeping the poor water situation in mind, State Government has prepared an Action plan to meet drought ..

The chocking, bleeding trees: The gory saga of Katol Road’s green companions

 Construction of bridge brought this old tree just in the middle of the road whose natural canopy people are enjoying years together. (R) Big vehicles like trucks bruise the trees injure them like this. (Pics by Vikas Vaidya) By Vikas Vaidya:  There are three trees on Katol road just adjacent to the site where the bridge being constructed by NHAI, descends. The trees on the opposite side of MOIL must be old enough, say more than 100 years  These trees are bleeding. They ..

Present Government will fulfill Savarkar’s dream of Akhand Bharat’: Maj Gen G D Bakshi

 Maj Gen G D Bakshi honouring Bapu Jog and Meena Jog with Social Convergence Award at Scientific Society Hall on Tuesday. Also seen are Chandrakant Lakhe, Dr Atul Kulkarni and others. (Pics by Anil Futane) Staff Reporter: ‘Swatantryaveer Savarkar Social Convergence award was given to Purshottam alias Bapu Jog and Meena Jog at the hands of Maj Gen Bakshi at Scientific Society Hall on Tuesday.  Tejaswani Mahila Gaurav Puraskar was given to Jidnyasa Kubde  For the ..

Central Avenue to Pardi: Pain, Pain and pain

 The Metro station before the Gandhi Putla square on Central Avenue has almost touched a building inviting any mischievous act by miscreant. (Pic by Anil Futane) By Vikas Vaidya: For how many days Nagpurians have to suffer from the mess that is created by Nagpur Metro with its unplanned construction that has dysfunctioned the road users. Treat the problem in such a way that the trouble would remain pending and people would get used to live with it without complaint, applies with all ..

Govt panel approves Rs 34 cr plan for six tiger reserves

 By Ramesh Marulkar: Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar asks officers to focus on reducing man-animal conflict in Vidarbha  The State-level Governing body of conservation foundations for six tiger reserves approved development plans worth Rs 34 crore for this year in a meeting held at Mantralaya, Mumbai, on Monday. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, presided over the meeting in which Bunty Bagadia, Nana Shyamkuwar, Prabhudas Bhilawekar, Shivajirao Naik, Gopaldas Agrawal, all ..

Aluminium should be used more frequently: Dr Agnihotri

Dr Anupam Agnihotri By Kaushik Bhattacharya:  Dr Anupam Agnihotri took over the charge as Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur in 2014. In a span of just five years, he has transformed the least known Central Government institution of country into a major Aluminium research and development institution of the world. Of course, the institutional process has also brought out the qualities of an institution-builder, a good team leader, ..

‘Icons are codified visual messages’

Dr Ramaa Golwalkar  By Kartik Lokhande: The miniatures of beautiful famous idols from Indian iconography adorning the table, books on ‘Murtishastra’ peeping out of bookshelf, novels and books on symbololgy, a neat row of volumes of ‘Bharatiya Samskrutikosh’, and several documents jostling for space with the computer set on table, a painting of Raja Ravivarma and a portrait of Lord Krishna in ‘Padmaasan’ with a serene smile on face catch the attention ..

Gosikhurd project work to be completed by 2020: Fadnavis

 Special Corresponding: The work of Gosikhurd Irrigation Project would be completed by 2020 after obtaining necessary permissions, said Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister, on Monday. He was taking a review of the works of Gosikhurd project, roads, railway, Metro and other basic facilities during a video conferencing.  Ajoy Mehta, Chief Secretary, Praveen Pardeshi, Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Nitin Karir, Principal Secretary, Town Planning,, Anoop Kumar, ..

Commuting from Liberty Theatre to Nelson Sq becomes risky

 Water-logging is the usual picture on the stretch as pipelines are damaged by the construction work spreading water everywhere. This road turns left towards Gaddigodam Square. By Vikas Vaidya: When one goes on website of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), one comes across ‘Launch of Sukhad Yatra and photos’. After clicking the link, a message becomes visible. It says, ‘photos are not available. Even NHAI does not have photos of roads constructed by it, to ..

Police evolving themselves to tackle new-age crime

  By Dheeraj Fartode: Even as new-age crime stares the society into its face, a simultaneous evolution in the ways and means of policing is making the Police force ready to tackle the challenge. Young officers inspired by the idea of professional excellence are getting ready to meet the challenges squarely on the strength of their training as well as individual efforts to stand up to the grimness and negative innovation of modern criminal methods. This revelation came across in conversation ..

Businesses clogged along Metro route

 A view of the maze at Ajni Square where frontage of Cotton Complex is blocked out due to ongoing construction of Metro station building. (Pic by Anil Futane) By Sagar Mohod: When dreams get big, vision often gets blurred, they say. That’s precisely is the current situation of the city today on the sidelines of execution of ambitious Maha Metro project. In its bid to showcase grandness, Metro has obscured one landmark after another all along its route. Take the example of Wardha ..

Major fire reduces grass, trees to ashes in 125 ha in Ambazari forest

 Special Correspondent: A major fire broke out in Ambazari forest, a part of urban forest falling in Hingna Forest Range, on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday, reducing grass and trees to ashes in 125.40 hectares. A forest guard on night duty noticed the raging fire from Wadi-Kamala Nagar side at 1.40 am and he immediately alerted A S Ninawe, Range Forest Officer, Hingna, about the incident. Looking at the magnitude of the fire, he also contacted phone no: 100 to give message to the ..

Gadkari secures highest votes polled ever for BJP in Nagpur constituency

  By Kartik Lokhande; As the final figures for the Lok Sabha elections held recently are received, a look at the numbers reveals that Nitin Gadkari has received the highest number of votes polled ever for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nagpur constituency. In fact, in 2014 also, Gadkari had secured the number of votes that were the highest ever polled by BJP. This time, he has broken his own record. Since 1984, when the party first fielded its candidate from Nagpur under the banner ..

He remained man-next-door for everybody and won

Krupal Tumane who got elected from Ramtek being greeted by Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. Others look on.  By Vikas Vaidya: Krupal Tumane, a Shiv Sena candidate got elected from Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency. It is his second term. He is known for his belief in keeping low profile. He kept visiting at least four towns of Ramtek, since 2009 even though he was defeated. Being aware of the vastness of his constituency, Tumane knew his fund of Member of Parliament would not be enough ..

To curb black-marketing, WMC install GPS in water tankers

Residents of Wadi area in queue with their drums struggling to fetch water from one single tanker.   Staff Reporter; Residents complaining of poor water supply through tankers in Wadi area  The water crisis is Wadi area is still going on while Wadi Municipal Council (WMC) is supplying water through tankers. Demand of water tankers has also given rise of black-marketing in the region. The drivers and owners of such tankers are allegedly providing water on double the rate. ..

Delay in construction, design problem, chaos mark this stretch of Wardha Road

 As the Kriplani Chowk turning is closed for traffic, vehicle riders/drivers have to take a U-turn from an opening between metro pillars at a location near Central Prison gate, to go towards Deekshabhoomi. As the tall barricades block the sight of the traffic coming from NEERI end of Wardha Road stretch, one can often see vehicles jostling for space at this spot.  By Kartik Lokhande: Delay destroys a dream’s potential to yield desired fruits. In case of Nagpur Metro Rail ..

Patole, Wanjari, Pawar, Cong workers booked for ruckus at counting centre

  Staff Reporter: Cops registered two separate cases against Congress leaders on complaint lodged by Election officials  Congress leaders Nana Patole, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari and others have been booked by Kalamna police for creating scene at the counting centre and also misbehaving with election officials on-duty at the centre in Kalamna Market Yard during the counting of votes on Thursday.  The police have registered two different cases against the Congress leaders on ..

Servant arrested for stealing booty worth Rs 37 lakh from Ashish Deshmukh’s house

 Staff Reporter: SADAR Police on Saturday arrested a servant of Ashish Ranjit Deshmukh, former MLA, for stealing diamond jewellery and gold ornaments worth Rs 37.25 lakh from his ‘Barkat’ bungalow, opposite District Collectorate in Civil Lines. Quick action by the police resulted in recovery of the stolen diamond-studded jewellery and gold ornaments from the accused servant. Identified as Sagar Prakash Bawne (22), the accused is a resident of Dasra Road, near Annabhau Samaj Mandir. ..

RO slams cops for ‘utter disobeyance’, ‘lackadaisical attitude’ during counting

 Staff Reporter; Forwards his report on the incidents to Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India; Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra; and Nodal Officer (Law and Order), Maharashtra  Though the Kalamna Police have booked Congress candidate Nana Patole, Adv Abhijeet Wanjari, and others for creating scene in two incidents at the counting centre in Kalamna market yard on May 23, the Returning Officer (RO) has also slammed cops on-duty for ‘utter disobeyance’ ..

SFS School: 150 years of a tradition in education

 By Vikas Vaidya:  Prospective Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde, Naval Vice Admiral Rusi F Contractor, Khusro Faramurz Rustomji, First Chief of Border Security Force; Lt General M S Sodhi, celebrity lawyer and Former Solicitor General of India Adv Harish Salve, Air Vice Marshal Gordon Peter Douglas D’Souza, Cricket legend C K Nayudu, Jamshedji Jiji Irani, ex-Managing Director of Tata Steel; Rajkumar Hirani, Bollywood Writer and Leading Director; Akash Khurana, Indian Actor; ..

‘Journalists should maintain ethical standards’

 Anant Kolamkar, Kumar Tale, Col Abhay Patwardhan, Kamlakar Dharap and Rajabhau Pophali with Sar Saha Karyawah of RSS, Manmohan Vaidya and Prof Rajnish Kumar Shukla. (Pic by Satish Raut) Staff Reporter: Journalists are the integral part of society. They are instrumental in building social consciousness. Therefore, while writing, reporting, editing and publishing any event or while covering any incident on electronic media, journalists should maintain ethical standards, said Sar Saha ..

Cops register 21,09,585 FIRs on-line in four years across State under CCTNS

By Dheeraj Fartode: THE ambitious Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) is bearing fruits for the Maharashtra Police as all the First Investigation Reports (FIRs) are being registered on-line by the cops. Union and State governments combine have spent Rs 11,569.86 crore for the project in Maharashtra alone and a total of 21,09,585 FIRs have been registered on-line in the State since the launching of CCTNS in September 2015...

Kumbhalkar College students to get relief, teachers to face action

The social work students of Kumbhalkar Social Work Evening College are likely to get relief next week. At the same time action against the guilty teachers and principal, involved in the marks scandal can be initiated. The Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has summoned five students, principal, a clerk and a teacher, who was co-ordinator for submitting internal marks to the University. The sources at the University have stated that following ..

Anti-incumbency worked against four-time MP in Chandrapur LS seat

 By Sunil Deshpande DESPITE the Modi wave sweeping the entire nation, three-time Member of Parliament and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir, who has a rich political experience, tasted defeat at the hands of a relative newcomer Congress’ Suresh alias Balu Dhanorkar. Ahir’s defeat has come as a shock to senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra. The grassroots workers of the party, however, had kept their fingers crossed gauging the ..

Various bodies celebrate Nitin Gadkari’s victory

Santi Ganeshotsav Mandal celebrated Nitin Gadkari’s victory at Gandhi Putala Chowk, Central Avenue.A big screen was installed at the square for viewing the results. The organisation has also made arrangements of drinking water, butter milk and squash. In the evening fire crackers were burst, dhol-tasha party was brought, sweets distributed to celebrate the victory. MLC Girish Vyas, Dr Suresh Chandak, corporators Suresh Ghodpage, Shraddha Pathak, Mandal’s Sanjay Chinchole, Rajesh Shrimankar..

Connect, visibility pave way for Tumane

CONNECT with common man and visibility were the key factors in Shiv Sena candidate Krupal Tumane’s huge win from the Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency for the second time. He won with a margin of 1,26,783 votes. He polled 5,97,126 votes (50.39 per cent) out of 11.84,824 total polled votes. In the last election, Tumane had defeated Congress’ former Union Minister Mukul Wasnik. In this election, Congress’ Kishor Gajbhiye polled 4,70,343 votes which is 39.69 per cent of total votes. Vote ..

AICTE reduces direct quota for diploma students

   By Vikas VaidyaThe All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has reduced the lateral quota of direct admission to second-year engineering courses for students completing diploma course. Earlier, the quota was of 20 per cent which has been reduced to half. It means only 10% of the approved seats from the upcoming academic year (2019-20) would be filled in second year engineering by diploma students. There are three major courses under Technical education. They are engineering ..

Gadkari maintains might

Fight in Nagpur parliamentary constituency turned out to be one to one between heavyweight Nitin Gadkari and his challenger Nana Patole as from the lot of 16 about 14 candidates failed to save their deposit. Barring Patole, the other 14 candidates including that of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Wanchit Bahujan Aghadi (WBA) could not even make a splash leave alone to be counted. As per the formula, to save the deposit every contesting candidate had to poll 1/6 of total valid votes which in Nagpur was ..

Gadkari repeats spectacular performance

 Nitin Gadkari waiving to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters on Thursday who thronged his residence at Hill Road, Ram Nagar, to congratulate him on spectacular victory in Lok Sabha election. (Pic by Satish Raut)  Staff Reporter: Nitin Gadkari (BJP) 6,57,624  Nana Patole (Congress) 4,42,765  Union Minister Nitin Gadkari delivered yet another spectacular performance and won Nagpur seat of Lok Sabha for second consecutive term. He trounced his rival Congress candidate ..

Comfortable win for Tumane from Ramtek

 Krupal Tumane BJP candidate from Ramtek parliamentary constituency flashing victory sign at Kalamna Market Yard during counting process on Thursday. (Pic by Satish Raut) Staff Reporter: Krupal Tumane (Shiv Sena) 5,78,795       Kishor Gajbhiye Kishor Gajbhiye (Congress) 4,56,112  A comfortable victory is in sight for Krupal Tumane from Ramtek parliamentary constituency, thus unfurling Shiv Sena’s flag in Eastern Vidarbha Region. Ramtek ..

Cong candidate Patole sticks to allegations of discrepancies

 Staff Reporter: Nana Patole, Congress candidate from Nagpur constituency of Lok Sabha, trailed behind his rival Nitin Gadkari, BJP candidate, by a huge margin of over two lakh votes as per the figures available till 9 pm, was a disgruntled man. He stuck to his allegations that his men were not allowed to examine the electronic voting machines (EVMs). Patole has been levelling allegations against the administration that his men were not being allowed at every table. During and after the ..

Despite victory we will stay humble: CM

 Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitating Nitin Gadkari, BJP’s winning candidate from Nagpur constituency. Maharashtra’s Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, MP Padma Shri Dr Vikas Mahatme, former Minister of State Sulekha Kumbhare, MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Sameer Meghe, Sudhakar Kohale, Dr Milind Mane and others also seen. (Pic by Anil Futane)  Staff Reporter:  People voted me going beyond caste politics, says ..

He proves some wrong, relieves many, afterall he is invincible

Staff Reporter: Proving all the speculations, guessworks that were at its peak since the voting day--April 11, wrong, Nitin Jairam Gadkari won the Nagpur Lok Sabha election and many heaved a sigh of relief. Those confident of his victory already had reached his home --Bhakti at Ram Nagar, early in the morning to greet him, some brought band right in front of his home when results of first round were announced. In Shivaji Nagar people started playing band at 6 am much before the start of counting. ..

The mood

 Kalamna market yard, where counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections was held throughout Thursday and well past midnight, was a centre of hectic activities. The officials and employees on counting duty were busy opening EVMs, recording number of votes polled by each candidate from Nagpur and Ramtek constituencies, submitting sheets to senior officers, and then the seniors verifying those and announcing the results after each round.  The cops on duty were keeping a tight vigil. Dr B K Upadhyay, ..

He took over, swung in action and fetched victory

 Principal Correspondent: The day Amit Shah, National President of Bhartiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed the responsibility of Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections on his shoulder, Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra swung into action. He got engrossed into his election planning, worked on it, chalked out strategy, never rested and Maharashtra fetched maximum seats for BJP. On one TV channel, during election time the anchor had interviewed Fadnavis. During ..

Along Metro route, Gandhi Nagar residents seek breathing space

 Staff Reporter: BULLDOZED! This is the precise feeling of citizens living in Gandhi Nagar and Corporation Colony as they find themselves sandwiched between ongoing construction of Mazi Metro station. Leave alone the present, temporary discomfort to the road users on North Ambazari Road, the Metro station itself is going to be a permanent centre of disturbance as it is spilling over into internal lanes of Gandhi Nagar. Maha Metro did not have enough space on front and hence pushed the station ..

On D-Day, BJP, Cong have their fingers crossed

  Staff Reporter; AFTER debating over the outcome of Nagpur Lok Sabha constituency since April 11, the polling day, city is now awaiting the final verdict when counting begins from 8 am on Thursday. The debates over exit polls, claims and counter-claims on social media posts over the numbers projected for each parties, are over and Nagpur’s voters are now anxious to know their own prediction. Till the voting day, a majority of the city was speaking about sureshot victory of Bharatiya ..

Ajni ELS developing wireless system in locomotives for push-pull mode

 By Sagar Mohod: After being credited with successful rollout of push-pull in locomotives, Ajni-based Electric Loco Shed (ELS) is readying for upgrading it to wireless mode. It would be done through Distributed Power Wireless Control System (DPWCS) that are being fitted in locomotives that are presented for Periodic Overhauling (PoH) at the shed. The system would enable reception of signal between through antennas fitted atop both the locomotives, akin to bluetooth system that enables paring ..

Nagpur’s GDCH is 10th best institution in country, says survey by ‘India Today’

 Principal Correspondent: VNIT is 19th in Government technical institutes while RCOEM stands 23rd among private institutes  J B Science College, Wardha, the only Science college from Nagpur region, features 66th in the list Principal Correspondent The ‘India Today’ survey adjudged Nagpur’s Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH) as the 10th best college among all the dental colleges in the country. Many other institutions of Nagpur also figured in the list of ..

‘Ridge to Valley Treatment’ best option to recharge groundwater

 By Kaushik Bhattacharya; State Government initiated the project in some villages of Hingna and Mauda tehsils   Following the success stories of ‘Jalayukta Shivar’ in Maharashtra, the State Government has come forward with a new technique that will help to increase the groundwater level in rural areas. The technique which depends on two concepts that is ‘Ridge to Valley Treatment’ and ‘Trap the Rains Where it Falls’, getting output in different ..

BJP holds meet at spacious hall, Cong workers gather at college

 MLA and city chief of BJP Sudhakar Kohale addressing the meet of party workers on Wednesday. Other leaders of the party look on. (Right) Congress’ Ashwin Agrawal addressing the party workers as the party’s candidate Nana Patole, Abhijeet Wanjari, city chief Vikas Thakre and others look on. (Pics by Satish Raut) Principal Correspondent: While meeting of leaders, volunteers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pre-counting of Lok Sabha elections held at the spacious hall of Shikshak ..

IRSDC presents redevelopment plan for Nagpur Railway Station to NMC

Staff Reporter:  Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), on Wednesday, made a presentation regarding redevelopment plan of Nagpur central railway station in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). IRSDC officials including P S Uttarwar, Expert Architect; Ashwini Kumar, Executive General Manager; Paromita Roy, Deputy General Manager (Urban Designer); and Alisha Akbar, Architect, made the presentation before Abhijit Bangar, Municipal Commissioner. Pramod Gawande, Assistant Director, ..