City youth transforms barren land into forest-rich habitat

Celebrating Friendship Day doesn’t merely mean, tying a band to your buddy’s hand. It can have a different meaning. Can an activity on Friendship Day be planned as such that it would help the whole mankind? Yes, a city youth did something on that line. He has converted a barren land into a forest-rich land by planting saplings on every Friendship Day. He did not do it just for the sake of it, but he conserved the saplings leading to transformation of the land into the forest full of flora and fauna. ..

Traders, hoteliers, restaurateurs for easing of curbs

The people of Vidarbha are getting step-motherly treatment as far as COVID-19 pandemic lockdown is concerned. Cities like Mumbai and Pune are registering more single-day coronavirus cases than those being reported in Vidarbha cities. Daily cases of COVID-19 in Nagpur are reported in single digit still the State Government is undecided on complete unlock. The government and local administration need to immediately withdraw lockdown and provide relief to traders. Hoteliers and restaurateurs are bearing ..

Strengthen road, rail network with modern technology, mutual cooperation: Thackeray

“Modern technology should be used while repairing the infrastructure damaged during the recent floods, and constructing new roads that will last for many generations. The State and Union Government will work in tandem for high quality infrastructure,” said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray during the bhoomipujan of the multi-crore ambitious flyovers in Nagpur and Nagpur-Nagbhid railway line, on Saturday. Thackeray asked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to help the State in making quality roads with modern ..

State FDA notice to Amazon, Flipkart over illegal online sale of MTP kit

After arresting 11 persons involved in illegal sale of MTP kits in the state, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued notice to Amazon and Flipkart for online sale of pregnancy termination pills and kits on their e-commerce platform. According to Pharmabiz, “The Maharashtra FDA had initiated a special drive to crackdown on the online sale of the drug like Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) kit. In this drive FDA has checked 34 online sites for the availability of MTP kits ..

CBSE XII results out; over 98% students clear exam

Of around 25,000 students in Nagpur, over 98% have cleared the Class XII examination conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This year, also girls have outshone the boys. Girls’ pass percentage remained at 99.67% as against boys at 99.13%. Girls have done better than boys by almost 0.5%. In Nagpur, there are 108 schools run by CBSE, of those around 40 schools run Class XII courses. These 40 schools must be having around 25,000 students. In the country, last year, there were 13,108 ..

NMC stays annual 5% hike in water cess

In a small reprieve for citizens, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has stayed annual 5 per cent hike in water cess for the current financial year. Disclosing this Prakash Bhoyar, Standing Committee, told newspersons on Friday that as citizens have suffered several reversals due to COVID-19 outbreak it was decided not to raise the rates. A request was made to Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B and he accepted the same and approved staying the yearly hike. At its meeting held on Friday, Standing ..

Naxal couple carrying Rs 8 lakh reward surrenders in Gadchiroli

A Naxal couple, carrying reward of Rs 8 lakh on their heads, surrendered before the police on Friday and were welcomed by Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goel. The surrender has come as a huge blow to the outlaws as it has happened just when Naxal Week is being observed by the outlaws. Vinod alias Maniram Boga (32) and Kavita alias Satto Kowachi (33) are the Naxals who surrendered before SP Ankit Goel. While Vinod is a resident of village Botezari in Korchi taluka, Kavita is a resident of village Gaudpal in Manpur ..

Two samples of Remdesivir fail in analytical test in State

The two analytical reports of The Government Analyst, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Laboratory, Mumbai on July 30 have confirmed the two samples of a brand CIPREMI (Remdesivir For Injection 100 mg/vial) contains just 0.22 mg of the drug Remdesivir and declared these samples are ‘Not of Standard’. In the same way, the Drug Alert, issued by Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has confirmed one sample of brand Covipri (Remdesivir for Injection 100 mg/vial) has failed in giving identificat..

IIM Nagpur gets Top Instt of India Award by CSR

The Indian Institute of Management Nagpur (IIMN) has been awarded the Top Institute of India Award 2021 by Competition Success Review (CSR) – India’s premier current affairs and career publication. The award is given to leading educational institutions to felicitate their commitment to excellence in the higher and professional education, and honours the leaders of award-winning institutions. For IIM Nagpur, the award comes as an acknowledgment of its fast-paced growth in the past year, under the leadership ..

Forest Deptt seizes tiger skin, paws; nabs one from MP

A team of Nagpur Forest Division conducted a raid at Bichwasahani village in adjoining state of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday night, and arrested one person on charges of smuggling of tiger’s body parts. The team seized tiger skin, four tiger paws, and a mobile phone from the accused. The accused Motilal Keja Salame (55) is a resident of village Bichwasahani. The team of Forest Department officials recovered whole of tiger skin, four paws, and a mobile phone from Salame’s residence. Salame has been booked ..

City Police launch ‘QR Code e-Beat system’

TO improve efficacy and bring transperancy in day-to-day administration, City Police have launched ‘QR (Quick Response) Code e-Beat system’ across the Second Capital. The bike-borne Charlie Commandoes will now complete their beat rounds on time and react to emergencies immediately. Using ‘Subhahu App,’ the e-beat system was formally inaugurated by Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar on Friday. It became operational in all areas with immediate effect. More than 1500 stickers of QR codes tags printed ..

TATR gets 104 acres of private land for wildlife management

In what is being termed as the first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) management has entered into ‘Community Nature Conservancy’ (CNC) agreement with owners of private land parcels and added an additional 104 acres of area for wildlife management. TATR Conservation Foundation and private land-holders (23 farmers) entered into the CNC agreement for a period of five years...

‘Balsnehi Kaksh’ inaugurated at Sitabuldi Police Station

ADDITIONAL Commissioner of Police (South Region) Dr Dilip Zalke inaugurated the newly set up ‘Balsnehi Kaksh’ (child-friendly room) at Sitabuldi Police Station on Friday. Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar was the chief guest. Additional Commissioners of Police Sunil Fulari (Crime) and Navinchandra Reddy (North Region), Deputy Commissioners Vinita Sahu (Zone-II), Nurool Hasan (Zone-I), Lohit Matani (Zone-II), Dr Akshay Shinde (Zone-IV), Neelotpal (Zone-V), Dr Sandeep Pakhale (Headquarters), Vivek ..

Green cover: Social Forestry Deptt plants 1.11 lakh saplings this year

“The Social Forestry wing of the Forest Department has planted a whopping 1.11 lakh saplings of different varieties across the district this year. The department aims to plant 1.30 lakh saplings in the remaining months of monsoon. The plantation not only helps improve the environment but also protects bunds and fields from overflowing rainwater,” said Divisional Officer Neeta Nannaware of the Social Forestry Department. Sharing the progress made by the department so far, ..

Maharashtra Govt’s Transfer Policy: Latest notification adds to confusion

Confusion over the general transfers continues with Maharashtra Government issuing yet another notification on Thursday, modifying the earlier rules. On July 9 only, General Administration Department (GAD) had issued instructions to complete the annual yearly reshuffle in bureaucratic ranks by August 14. Now, in the latest circular, the last date for completion of transfers has been extended till August 30, but only for on request postings on which decision is awaited. Only the transfers in Police ..

Ordnance Factories converted into 7 DPSUs

DESPITE opposition from workers’ bodies, the Government has decided to convert the production units of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into seven Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). Accordingly, the Ordnance Factories (OFs) in the country have been regrouped into seven categories. As far as Vidarbha region is concerned, the famous triad of OFs at Ambajhari (Nagpur), Bhandara, and Bhadravati (Chandrapur) will be in two different categories of DPSUs. Ordnance Factory Ambajhari (OFAj), Ordnance ..

Hand over land near Ambazari lake to NIT: Chairman to MTDC

Acting on the suggestion placed by Vikas Thakre, MLA of West Nagpur and President of Nagpur City Congress, during a meeting of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT), the Chairman Dr Manojkumar Survanshi has sent a notice to the agency that constructed a security wall near Ambazari garden. In a tersely worded letter Chairman has warned the agency to remove the construction near the garden else NIT’s squad will take appropriate action. The cost of removal would be recovered from the agency. He has also asked ..

GMCH conducts 83 surgeries in one single day: Dr Gupta

“Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is constantly working without leaving any stone unturned. We have conducted 83 surgeries including 50 major, 33 minor, 9 ceasarean section, 9 normal deliveries in one single day on July 27. Our medicos attended 2,171 patients in Outpatient Department (OPD) and 927 in IPD. Casualty patient and OPD management and surgeries are routinely done in this institute,” said Dr Sudhir Gupta, Dean of GMCH. Reacting to a report published in ‘The Hitavada Cityline’ ..

33 killed in tiger attack in Maharashtra so far this year

It seems the year 2021 has not dawned well for man-animal conflict in Maharashtra. Tigers have killed 33 persons in Maharashtra so far, the highest in a year over the past decade. The number was recorded in the first seven months of the year. The State also witnessed 44 human deaths in wild animal attacks so far. A total of 511 people have been killed by wild animals in Maharashtra between 2010 and 2021, revealed data from the State Forest Department. Infrastructure projects, rise in human and cattle ..

Samples of four Remdesivir brands fail in analytical test

  By Rajendra Diwe : Analytical reports confirm one vial of Remdesivir Injection without having any brand name, as ‘spurious’ as it does not contain presence of Remdesivir while three brands as ‘Not of Standard’ with ‘very less content of Remdesivir’ in samples  THE samples of four brands of Remdesivir injection sent by the Drug Inspectors of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between May 21 and June 16 this year have been declared as ‘Spur..

Man commits suicide after girlfriend’s marriage fixed elsewhere

Depressed after girlfriend’s marriage got fixed elsewhere, a 32-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself from a staircase of a pump house in Hingna Police Station area on Wednesday. The pump house is situated on the banks of Vena river. The police are also suspecting it to be a case of murder, a police offical said. The deceased was identified as Sukhdeo Deorao Warkhede, a resident of Gumgaon in Hingna tehsil. He was working as a watchman with Mahalaxmi Developers, police officials said. ..

‘No medicines, no surgeries, GMCH facing grim situation’

After successfully handling COVID-19 situation, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has developed some severe problems like non-availability of essential drugs, surgical items in casualty, wards, and in Operation Theatres (OTs). This has led to stoppage of several procedures, surgeries. Unfortunately, the poor patients have to turn up towards some small hospitals or private ones where they are trying to get covered under various health schemes. This is for the first time that such a bad ..

‘No medicines, no surgeries, GMCH facing grim situation’

After successfully handling COVID-19 situation, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has developed some severe problems like non-availability of essential drugs, surgical items in casualty, wards, and in Operation Theatres (OTs). This has led to stoppage of several procedures, surgeries. Unfortunately, the poor patients have to turn up towards some small hospitals or private ones where they are trying to get covered under various health schemes. This is for the first time that such a bad ..

FDA arrests 11 persons for illegal sale of MTP kits

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has registered 14 cases and arrested 11 persons for suspected illegal sale of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) kits. These include three cases from Nagpur division. Considering the possibility of misuse of abortion drug MTP kit, FDA inspected respective carrying and forwarding agents, wholesalers, retailers, who deals in abortion drugs and hospitals which are involved in abortion procedure. According to a source, the inspection/raids programme ..

Relax restrictions in Nagpur, Fadnavis writes to CM

The incidence of coronavirus infection in Nagpur has now come down significantly. As the condition of several small traders and shopkeepers has already deteriorated due to continuous lockdowns, they now need to be reassured as the situation improves. Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Devendra Fadnavis has sent a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray appealing him for relaxation in restrictions in Nagpur. In the letter, Devendra Fadnavis said, “In areas ..

WRD eyes use of BGM to plug cracks in canal lining

Aiming to plug the repeated breaching of canals due to cracks in lining, Water Resources Department (WRD) has okayed the use of new age technology, Bituminous Geo Membrane (BGM), it's special properties is that it acts as a water proofing mechanism, and is long lasting. Technology Approval Mechanism has approved use of BGM, it is formed with the base of polyester geo textile and same is useful in filling the linings of canals. The canal network preservation has been troubling Irrigation Department ..

Cyber crooks dupe two persons of Rs 3.20 lakh

Two persons were duped by cyber crooks of Rs 3.20 lakh in separate cases in Kapil Nagar and Sadar police station areas. The police have registered the cases and are trying to locate the accused persons. In the first case, a 42-year-old man was duped by a cyber fraudster of Rs 2.31 lakh on pretext of activating his debit card of Bank of Baroda. According to police, Siddhardh Khushal Gajbhiye, a resident of MID Quarter No. A/48, Kapil Nagar, received a phone call on November 17. Impersonating himself ..

GRP PI found sleeping on duty, furious SP attaches him to control room

Senior Police Inspector Satish Jagdale, In-charge of Government Railway Police (GRP) Station at Nagpur Railway Station was attached to Control Room on grounds of dereliction of duty by Superintendent of Police, GRP, Nagpur, M Rajkumar, on Tuesday. The order was fallout of PI Jagdale being found sleeping on duty. The SP was on surprise visit to GRP unit on Monday wherein he noticed that PI Jagdale was sprawled over the table in his chamber. Overstressed due to duty, Jagdale did not budge when his juniors ..

Common man must extend moral support to Armed Forces: Gen Malik

“KARGIL war was significant in many aspects. There was Intelligence failure, lack of resources, bravery of our soldiers, a lot of learning experiences, jointmanship of the Armed Forces, military and diplomatic co-ordination. Above all, the nation was at its synergetic best. However, Pakistan being Pakistan, India must always stay alert,” said Gen (retd) Ved Prakash Malik, former Chief of Army Staff, who was the Indian Army chief during Kargil war. Gen Malik, an officer decorated with AVSM and PVSM, ..

MPCB’s environment clearance is a must for steel rolling units

All Re-rolling, Cold Rolling and Cold Rolled Coils units that are established or operating with Consent To Establish (CTE) and Consent To Operate (CTO) from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) must have Environment Clearance (EC), stated a circular issued by MPCB recently. According to Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification of 2006, the secondary metallurgical processing industries, the projects involving operation of furnaces only such as induction and electric arc furnace, submerged ..

‘BJP maintains its connect with people, in pandemic too’

Every party is gearing up for the upcoming municipal polls likely to be held by February 2022. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power for the last almost 15 years. But unlike in last election the situation this time is very different. Three parties - Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Shiv Sena (SS) have formed the Government in State and are contesting most elections together...

NMC’s green signal to PoP idols

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is allowing the sale and use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols during festivals this year as the matter is pending in the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. However, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is likely to go ahead with the ban imposed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) last year. This difference of opinion between two authorities is raising confusion among sellers and buyers. ..

Lord Rama transformed my life: Adv Murli Manohar Vyas

“Lord Rama is ‘Yug Purush’ in real sense. He is the epitome of spirituality. No other figure, character or legend would have an impact on any civilisation as much as Lord Rama in India. From the ancient period to the current age, Lord Rama’s thoughts, ideas, philosophy and wisdom have been a guiding light for generations of this country. With his grace only, I am able to translate the Valmiki Ramayan, the ancient text written in Sanskrit by Sage Valmiki, into a very simple Hindi language for common ..

‘I wish to keep serving mankind till my last breath’

Years ago, a young doctor joined the Indian Army. His first posting was at Army Research and Referral Hospital, Delhi. He was happy to be working at such a big and prestigious medical facility of the country. He never thought that his life would change. Then came Kargil. The soldier-doctor – Captain then -- soon found himself on the battleground. On the first day of the climb in the icy heights of Kargil, he and his commanding officer then Lt Col Y K Joshi were moving towards hump area inch by ..

Residents of Shastri Layout still suffering from sewage of Pohra ‘nullah’ after 20 yrs

For the last two decades, residents of Shastri Layout in Laxmi Nagar Zone have been fighting to stop release of sewage in Pohra river. The residents and passers-by have to suffer the ordeal of foul smell emanating from the nullah from last 20 years. Plastic and other solid waste floating in the canal is also a common scene which is an eyesore for residents of Shastri Layout. Nothing has improved in these years despite the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) got Rs 27 crore from the State Government ..

Child pornography on rise; Maharashtra receives 11,122 reports in 18 months

Beware! Your child could also fall prey to the evil world of child pornography which has emerged as the major challenge for Maharashtra as whopping 11,122 instances of child sexual abuse content posted on-line have been received by Maharashtra Cyber Cell in the form of ‘Tipline Reports’ from National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in last 18 months. On the basis of these reports, a total of 213 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered in the State by various police units. Of them, 38 FIRs ..

One dead, another critical in gang war at Kaushalya Nagar

After a youth was killed by four persons, one of the accused was attacked murderously for revenge by the members of the rival gang in Kaushalya Nagar in Ajni area. The gang war has shocked the city and entire police establishment. The attack was a fall out of a dispute over gambling money, police officials said. The deceased was identified as Swayam Satyaprakash Nagarale (24), a resident of Plot No. 314 (A), Kaushalya Nagar while the injured is - Shaktiman alias Shivam Gurudev (24). He was put on ..

Electric busses, 150 charging stations in city by 2025

To encourage electric transportation in the state, Maharashtra Government on Friday issued a Government Resolution (GR) of Electric Vehicles (EVs) Policy 2021. Under the policy, electric vehicles are aimed to comprise 10% of all new vehicle registrations by 2025. In the GR, the State Government has emphasised on increasing the use of electric vehicles in State’s six most-polluted cities -- Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad and Nashik -- till 2025. In these six cities the Fleet Operator, ..

Reservoirs in divn have just 35.8% water stock

Though most places in Maharashtra are witnessing floods following incessant rains in last few days, water storage in four out of six divisions is at below 50% mark. However, the total water stock of all the divisions of the State is just 44%. Nashik division has the lowest 28.21% water stock followed by Aurangabad (33.07%), Nagpur (35.8%) and Amravati (41.62%) divisions. Konkan division has the highest 56.1% water stock and Pune division has 55.86% till July 24. Nagpur division has 384 reservoirs ..

Ajni bridge crying for attention; For how long commuters have to suffer?

Soon the Ajni bridge would be converted into at four-lane wide bridge. The work contract has been allotted to a reputed company, NCC. The work would begin soon, but what about its present status? For how long commuters have to suffer because of crater-like potholes and damaged road. The bridge serves as a lifeline for residents of South, East and Central Nagpur who use it to reach West Nagpur. It connects people of East, Central and South Nagpur to West. This bridge has already completed 100 years ..

NCP’s new jumbo city body, a blend of old and new faces

Making a smart move, Duneshwar Pethe, a newly-appointed President of city unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has inducted new and old partymen in the executive body that was announced recently. Senior NCP leader and MP Praful Patel has declared the same. NCP has announced a jumbo body of 122. The senior and effective members who had almost decided to leave the party and join BJP or Congress were contacted personally by Pethe and accommodated into the new body. Gulshan Muniyar, Mohan Gurupanch, ..

Orange City’s first ‘Oxygen Park’ opens for public

Taking a step forward on the path to improve the green cover of the city, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has established an ‘Oxygen Park’ at Omkar Nagar in Hanuman Nagar Zone. The park was dedicated to public by Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari on Saturday. To mark the 75th Independence Day of India, NMC has planned to establish 75 Oxygen Parks in North and East Nagpur...

Remdesivir black-marketeer gets 3 years’ RI

A special court on Friday convicted an accused to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for black-marketing Remdesivir injection during the peak of the second wave of pandemic. This is the first conviction against those involved in black-marketing of Remdesivir. The High Court taking suo motu cognisance of ‘The Hitavada’ news report highlighting rampant black-marketing of Remdesivir and arrest of 32 black-marketeers had directed setting up a dedicated court, appointed special ..

Shanti Nagar LPG crematorium awaits installation since 5 yrs

 The LPG crematorium for which former Rajya Sabha Member Avinash Pandey had given a fund of Rs 50 lakh to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in 2016 is still not installed at Shanti Nagar ghat.The issue was being raised by Abha Pandey, senior corporator and now Vice-President of Nationalist Congress Party consistently but no step was taken by the authorities. Now, the present Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari taking cognisance of the complaint lodged by Abha Pandey has asked the officials to take serious ..

Railways cuts sorry figure as PMO flags casual approach of sr officials

  By Sagar MohodPrime Minister Office (PMO) has conveyed its displeasure to Railway Ministry over lackadaisical approach of its top brass in the execution of projects of national importance. The notice to national transport points to poor monitoring of big ticket projects, whose initial cost at time of sanction is more than Rs 150 crore. Taking a cue, Railway Board shared the feedback with Zones/PSUs heads, pointing out a general observation, non seriousness in sticking to schedule as detailed ..

State OTPT Council comes down on unauthorised Physio colleges, physios

   By Vikas VaidyaMaharashtra State Council for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy has come down heavily on the unauthorised Physiotherapy colleges and fake Physiotherapists. The Council has issued legal notices to 14 institutes and 18 physiotherapists. Most Physiotherapists and colleges which got notices are from Vidarbha region.While talking to ‘The Hitavada’, Dr Sudeep Kale, President of the Council said, “Maharashtra Council has initiated state level campaign ..

MoM nominates JNARDDC as Metal Recycling Authority

 Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminum Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), Nagpur has been nominated by Ministry of Mines (MoM), Government of India to carry out the functions earmarked for Metal Recycling Authority (MRA), recently. It has been nominated as stipulated in the National Non-Ferrous Metal Scrap Recycling Framework 2020, excluding statutory functions, till a regular Metal Scrap Recycling Authority is notified by the Government.As entrusted, JNARDDC will work under the supervision ..

Prof Dhoble gets four Australian patents

 Prof Sanjay Dhoble from Post Graduate Teaching Department of Physics, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University and his group recently received four patents from Australian Patent office.Dr Dhoble got the patents for his research on the enhancement of solar cell efficiency.In the current era of energy crisis, development of sustainable energy sources is extremely important. The group is developing efficient down-conversion phosphors for solar cells. The group is currently working on the ..

NMC House scraps Metro-linked hike in development charges

Claiming that 5 per cent contribution towards Maha Metro project is paid, in fact in excess, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) House scrapped a notification about 100 per cent hike in the development charges. A resolution tabled by Avinash Thakre, Ruling Party Leader, was adopted at the general body meeting on Thursday with voice vote on the grounds that the House was not taken into confidence by Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B when he notified the hike in January 2021. While the civic ..

COVID-19: At last! Zero deaths in Vidarbha

After a 15-month-long ordeal, that still continues to haunt the region, there was finally some good news as for the first time in a long time, not a single COVID-19 death was reported in any of the 11 districts of Vidarbha. The daily death count has gone down since past few months, but the ‘zero’ figure was finally seen on the chart on Thursday. AMRAVATI: Total of 9 new Covid-19 patients were detected and 15 recovered from the dreaded infection in the district...

City’s Dr Meshram is 1st runner-up in Mrs Maharashtra Mediqueen

Mediqueen Medico Pageant Season Two was held in Pune where Dr Komal Meshram, Associate Professor working at Datta Meghe Medical College, Wanadongri, has bagged the honour of being first runner-up Mrs Maharashtra Mediqueen 2021. Around 200 doctors had participated from where 40 were selected. Dr Komal got selected in best 10 contestants working for social cause and was also crowned as Mrs Gorgeous...

Firemen rescue man attempting suicide in Gandhisagar

TWO off-duty Firemen rescued a middle-aged man who was apparently attempting to drown himself in Gandhisagar the other day. Vikram Naryan Dome, driver-cum-operator and Shankar Ganpat Bijwe, Leading Fireman, attached to Fire & Emergency Department of Nagpur Municipal Corporation, were returning home from office after their shift ended. Around 4.20 pm, they stopped on spotting a man jumping into Gandhisagar. Dome quickly dived into the lake and pulled him out. Dome and Bijwe placed him on his back on ..

City’s Agrawal on panel to develop curriculum on disaster mgmt

NIDM, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India constituted a seven-member working group at the national level for ‘Development and Standardisation of Curriculum on Disaster Risk Reduction Programme for Undergraduate Level’. Naveen Agrawal, Registrar of DRB Sindhu Mahavidyalaya has been nominated as working group member from West India Region University Grants Commission (UGC) also has issued the notification regarding compulsory course implementation on the subject Disaster Management for all ..

HPC named to reconcile outstanding power bills of Gram Panchayats

A high powered committee (HPC) is constituted to reconcile overdue electricity bills of streetlights and drinking water supply of Gram Panchayats (GPs) even as State Government directed MSEDCL to stop the disconnection drive. A decision was taken in this regard by a committee under chairmanship of Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister. Energy Department was also issued instruction to direct MSEDCL to reconnect the power lines at GPs where they were earlier snapped due to default in payment of power bills. ..

Act against illicit liquor trade or face music: State Excise Commr to officials

Kantilal Umap, Excise Commissioner of Maharashtra, has asked all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of his department across the State to act against illicit liquor transport and sale. For carrying out the action effectively, the department shall constitute various squads and send those to various parts of the State. “If such illicit trade is reported in future, the Superintendent of respective district shall be held directly accountable and the officers/staffers concerned shall face stringent ..

Narrow escape for driver as moving truck catches fire

A truck driver had a narrow escape when the moving coal-laden truck caught fire on Nagpur-Amravati Highway in Kondhali police station area late Tuesday night. According to police, the 14-wheeler truck (GJ-09/AV-9371) laden with coal was heading towards Gujarat. The fire broke out in the cabin of the truck. Driver Prashant Kharade (34), a resident of Rajasthan, immediately jumped from the truck and saved himself. Within a few minutes, the truck was engulfed with flames. The driver alerted Kondhali ..

Samruddhi Mahamarg to have over 11 lakh trees on both sides

In a landmark decision to reduce accidents caused by wildlife infiltration, India’s fastest highway, Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg is limiting planting of fruit trees alongside the road. The 96 wildlife structures including overpass bridges, underpass, box culvert and a few other major and minor bridges on Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg will ensure that wildlife activity in the surrounding area is not affected. The Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, India’s fastest ..

CR’s Ngp Divn deploys caretakers even as work outsourced at Running Rooms

Adopting the policy of outsourcing, Indian Railways aimed to pare down its overhead costs, yet in management of Running Rooms at Central Railway's Nagpur Division, the caretakers are still being deputed on jobs. Ironically, private contractor are managing the Running Rooms, four of them in division, at Ballarshah, Nagpur, Amla and Majri. So questions are being raised in division as to how Caretakers are still on rolls when the work is outsourced by Railways. Running Staff management comes under Traction ..

Gorakshan Sabha plants 1,000 saplings at Pendhari

On one hand, the trees are being cut in the name of development while on the other, a group of large number of people have coming forward to save the trees and to create greenery. In one such attempt Gorakshan Sabha of Nagpur has planted 1,000 saplings at village Pendhari in Umred taluka recently. The Sabha did not merely planted saplings, but it made all arrangements so that all trees would grow fully. The Sabha has been endeavoring to make the village completely green for which it has created three ..

CDSCO classifies 112 medical devices under MDR

Now, the medical devices required in Anaesthesiology will be regulated under the provisions of Medical Devices Rules (MDR) 2017. According the recent notification issued by Drug Controller General of India, Directorate General of Health Services, FDA Bhavan, New Delhi the 112 medical devices related to anaesthesiology have been classified under MDR. Safety, quality and performance of medical devices are regulated under the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940 and rules made thereunder. For ..

Comment over inter-caste marriage of girl leads to group clash; one killed

A comment over inter-caste marriage of a girl triggered a violent group clash at Gondegaon in which a man was killed and his two friends were seriously injured, Narkhed police said. According to police, Roshan Sheshrao Banait (32), a resident of Belona village in Narkhed tehsil, was killed in the attack while his friends Madhav Ganpatrao Alone and Hamesh Yugalsingh Banafar (28) sustained grievous injuries...

Water security in Yavatmal under threat: Study

More than 40 per cent of the check dams constructed in discharge areas and nearly 35 per cent of check dams and percolation tanks in Yavatmal district, which had earned the dubious distinction of being farmer suicide hotspot in the country, are either damaged or have been encroached, finds a recent study by Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). In 2018, data from Central Ground Water Board, Nagpur indicated that Yavatmal was one of the districts in Maharashtra where the rate of groundwater ..

City Police, MNLU to study trend of crime, suggest measures to curb it

NAGPUR City Police and Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) would conduct a collaborative research focusing on the high trend of violent crimes and suggest measures for its prevention after a scientific understanding towards causational factors. Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar and MNLU Vice-Chancellor Prof (Dr) Vijender Kumar on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the research project that would encompass the two institutions through MNLU students, faculty members and ..

Will appear before ED after SC’s decision on my plea: Deshmukh

A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at his residence in Katol, former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh released a video message and said that he would appear before ED to record his statement, after Supreme Court’s decision on his plea seeking protection from any coercive action. This is in connection with a probe into a money laundering case that was registered against him earlier this year. In the video message, Deshmukh also shared that his family’s property, ..

Leopard sighted in OFAJ returns to biodiversity park

The leopard that was believed to have been wandering in Ordnance Factory Ambajhari Estate (OFAj), but was rarely sighted, has returned to the Ambazari Biodiversity Park behind the city’s Ambazari lake, from where it had possibly come, on July 16. One camera trap captured a leopard movement near the Ambazari Biodiversity Park on last Friday which was likely the same wild animal entered the OFAj estate and now it went back to its natural habitat, claimed Forest Department on Monday. The forest department ..

City performing poorly in NCAP to improve air quality

THE revised action plan prepared by Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to control air pollution in city is going to be a lengthy exercise as no concrete step has been taken so far by the civic body to match its own deadline of November 2021. Recently, National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed all States and Union Territories (UT) to prepare action plans under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to bring air quality standard within the prescribed ..

WCL administers over 41,000 COVID jabs to staff and others

While the Government is leaving no stone unturned to inoculate the country’s huge population against the novel coronavirus at the earliest possible, many other agencies are also contributing to accomplish the Herculean task. A large number of the NGOs, private institutions and even public sector undertakings (PSUs) can be seen actively supporting the cause. Some of them are engaged in creating awareness among the masses, while many other agencies are assisting the Government machinery and ensuring ..

Young couple killed in road mishap in Kamptee

ALLEGED rash driving by a trucker claimed lives of a young couple in front of Deo Wine Bar near Jaistambh Square in Kamptee on Monday afternoon. Juni Kamptee Police booked the truck driver for rash and negligent driving. However, a few eye-witnesses said that the couple on the bike rammed into the truck while overtaking it on the highway. The deceased have been identified as Vaibhav Suresh Shambharkar (24), a resident of Kashi Nagar, Rameshwari Road, behind Sunrise School and Mohini Krishnabihari ..

NMC, RTMNU ink pact; volunteers of NSS to take care of statues in city

In a first-of-its-kind social project in country, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) inked a pact wherein volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) would take care of statues in city. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday. Now, varsity will start allocating responsibilities to colleges in next few days with idea being the statue near to their areas should be looked after by the college students. The proposal was mooted ..

Potholes tax citizens in Manish Nagar as NMC turns blind eye to sufferings

Rainy season and potholes on city roads might be made for each other. Multiple agencies seem driven by agenda to recreate dirt tracks to provide rider, notwithstanding the dangers involved. A classic example is Manish Nagar area where citizens are at receiving end of extra neglect on part of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The two big roads that are being concretised are best with their own problems. Delay in completion of construction, and onset of new challenges for citizens post completion ..

‘Helping those having desire for learning is IGNOU’s motto’

In 2009, Dr P Sivaswaroop took over as Regional Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) at Nagpur. Then Nagpur IGNOU Centre had 2,881 students, the number has increased by three times. One can say what is so big about in 11 years, the IGNOU Centre witnessing three fold rise. But, only Dr Sivaswaroop knows how much one has to toil to get even a single student. He had found a woman in a remote village in Gadchiroli district and IGNOU kept sending study material for that lone woman ..

Rs 1,600 cr Disaster Mgmt Centre to be set up in MIHAN: Wadettiwar

Vijay Wadettiwar, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, announced on Sunday that a state-of-the-art Disaster Management Centre would be set up in Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) area. The Rs 1,600 crore project will come up on 10 acres of land, and provide disaster and cyclone alerts, accurate forecasts of rainfall, and help in mapping of crop loss due to natural calamitis, he said. Interacting with mediapersons at Ravi Bhavan here, Wadettiwar said that a consultant had been ..

Youths sitting on roof of moving car land in police station

Four persons were booked by Lakadganj police for negligent driving after a video of youths sitting on the roof of a car went viral on social media. The accused have been identified as car driver Shahid Sheikh (27), a resident near Gopalkrishna lawn, Wathoda; car owner Riyans Dhumraj Rahangdale (27), a resident of Plot No. 73, Vaishno Devi Nagar, Wathoda Ring Road; Harshal Vinod Abgad (20), a resident of Ambedkar Chowk, Nandanvan and Rishabh Deorao Ganvir (27), a resident of Deshpande Layout, Wardhaman ..

ED searches Deshmukh’s house at Katol and his ancestral place

A special team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) from Mumbai on Sunday conducted searches at two residences of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Katol and Narkhed tehsils as part of a probe into a money laundering case. The ED team faced massive protests from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) workers at both places. A large number of policemen were deployed at two places to maintain law and order situation, police officials said. The police officials informed that they got the information ..

Thawkar death case: 3 cops suspended

Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar suspended three police personnel including a Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) in connection with the custodial death of the 35-year-old Manoj Haribhau Thawkar. He died after allegedly being beaten-up by police at Pardi Square on July 7. The suspended policemen are PSI Mukesh Dhobale, NPC Namdeo Charde and PC Ashish Shahane. A police official informed that the action was initiated by the CP on his own. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is conducting an inquiry ..

The real story of ‘Golibar Chowk’

SAKHARAM Darba, Harba, Hiraji Mahadeo Bomble, Fakira, Bapu Madho, Bajya, Bapunya Maroti Tembe, Raja Ganesh, Harishchandra... These names do not strike a chord with the present-day generation of Nagpurians. In fact, even the Internet-savvy generation may not find any reference to these names. These names are of the heroes of India’s freedom struggle who died in firing by the police in British Raj, 100 years ago, during the course of agitation referred to as ‘picketing of liquor shops’. These are inscribed ..

CGWA issues guidelines to prevent fatal mishaps of kids falling into open borewells

To prevent fatal accidents of kids falling into open or abandoned borewells and tubewells, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has issued the guidelines that Supreme Court of India has reiterated for strict compliance of all concerned, recently. The guidelines will be applicable all over the country. As per the guidelines, the owner of the land or premises, before taking any steps for constructing a borewell or a tubewell, must inform in writing at least 15 days in advance to the authorities ..

Woman fights leopard to save daughter in Junona village

Who is fiercer in the world -- A leopard or a Mother? Though the protective maternal instinct in animals and humans is the same, this time a mother fought a leopard with a stick and saved her daughter. Archana Sandeep Meshram is the super woman who saved her five-year-old daughter from the wild animal. It is an incident of Junona village which is about seven kilometres from Chandrapur district. Archana, along with her daughter Prajakta, was going to attend nature’s call in jungle near their house ..

The three were tasked to operate religious conversion centre in Nagpur: UP ATS

The three persons, who were arrested by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) police, were deputed to operate a religious conversion centre in Nagpur. The ATS had arrested two persons from city and one from Gadchiroli district in a day-long operation on Friday. The accused were taken to Uttar Pradesh late in the night in a special vehicle, a top-ranking police official informed The Hitavada. The UP ATS had arrested some persons last month in Delhi and had claimed that a nation-wide racket ..

Saoner police arrest three for smuggling liquor

Saoner police have arrested three persons for liquor smuggling and seized liquor worth Rs 50,000/- from their car. The accused have been identified as Rahul Babarao Sahare (32), a resident of Ramai Nagar, Kamptee; Salman Nazir Khan (30), a resident of Sayyad Baba Dargah, nagarpu, Prakash Laxman Tambe (21), a resident of Gautam Nagar, Kamptee...

COVID-19 positivity rate drops to below 1% in Nagpur distt

The COVID-19 situation in Nagpur city as well as rural areas of the district appears to have improved a lot. For, the weekly and monthly positivity rates in city and rural areas both have dropped to below 1 per cent level. As per Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which has compiled weekly positivity rate data, Nagpur city’s weekly positivity rate was 11.61 per cent in the week between February 26 and March 4. Gradually, the situation changed and the weekly positivity rate rose to this year’s peak ..

State Board website crashes, students fail to get their SSC results

Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination declared the result of SSC on Friday but a technical glitch in the Board’s website spoiled the mood of students as they could not get to see their results. Board authority could not reveal the reason but too much traffic must have created the problem, it is learnt. ..

UP ATS arrests 3 from Nagpur

Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh police arrested three persons from Ganeshpeth area of Nagpur city on Friday night, in connection with a case registered at Gomti Nagar police station under anti-conversion law. The arrested persons were identified as Prasad Rameshwar Kavale, a resident of Kavale Plot, 202, Rahul Complex, Nagpur; Kausar Alam Shaukat Ali Khan, a resident of Shingari Road, Lohicha Bara, opposite Dhanbad, Jharkhand; and Bhupriya Bando Devidas Mankar, a resident of Waigaon, in ..

82 dengue cases in city; admin to start fogging to curb mosquito menace

As city recorded 82 cases of dengue in less than a fortnight, alarm bells rang in civic administration that took stock of the situation and decided to kick-start fogging to counter the mosquito menace. Even as concern over third wave of COVID-19 is keeping Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) machinery on its toes, the outbreak of dengue has necessitated fast response to tackle the menace before it assumes dangerous proportions. From July 1 to 13 about 66,903 houses were searched across city and ..

Sanskrit scholar Dr S M Ayachit no more

Dr S M Ayachit, a scholar in Sanskrit and manuscripts and former Manuscripts Officer with Nagpur University, breathed his last in Pune on Thursday. He was 92. Born in the year 1929, Dr Ayachit earned his PhD in Sanskrit Grammar/Linguistics from Deccan College, Pune, under the guidance of noted Indologist Prof Katre. Prof R N Dandekar was his mentor. During his stint as Manuscripts Officer in Manuscripts Section at Nagpur University, he not only conserved manuscripts and developed a collection, but ..

‘Vaccination mgmt to play key role in COVID 3rd wave’

The possibility of third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country is being expressed. The Government is taking all steps so that hardships citizens faced during the second wave could be avoided. According to Dr Sunil Khaparde, who has worked as Senior Advisor, Public health specialist at Mumbai, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, vaccination management needs proper planning. Dr Khaparde, who has also worked as Director, Family Welfare Training Research Institute (now ..

Leopard sighted in OFAj estate

Sensation prevailed in Ordnance Factory Ambajhari estate after news about sighting of a leopard spread like a jungle fire since early morning of Thursday. According to information, a Defence Security Corps (DSC) personal Bhajan Singh first spotted the leopard between 10 No. Chauki and 11 No. Chauki in the estate around 1.30 am. The same leopard was sighted at 9 No. Chauki by an OFAj employee P L Potbhare around 2.30 am. After getting the information, a team of Forest Department officials rushed to ..

Only on-line booking for Monsoon Safari in TATR

The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) on Wednesday has decided to allow on-line booking for Monsoon Safari in the buffer zone from July 16. Due to the pandemic, the jungle safari in buffer zone of TATR was closed till April 14 which was re-opened on June 24 with some restrictions. The off-line booking was only allowed for the jungle safari during that period. Tourists from all over the state were violating the COVID-19 norms during off-line booking for jungle safari at various gates. To avoid the ..

Karka Sankranti: The day to remember ancestors

When Sun enters in Karka Rashi (Cancer sign) the day is termed as Karka Sankranti. On July 16, Sun starts journey in southern direction. Thus, this day of Karka Sankranti is also considered as a start of Dakshinayana which is the period of six months. Kark Sankranti is also a sign of season change according to the calendar. This is an astronomical event, and this event occurs when the Sun enters Cancer. On July 16, Sun God will enter Dakshinayana from Uttarayan. Sun God has special importance in all ..

Bhupesh Baghel blasts Central Govt on inflation

“Record breaking hike in prices of petroleum products has derailed the economics of Indian households who have suffered double whammy due to wrong policies of Central Government. Firstly, wrong handling of COVID-19 situation on part of ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at Centre hit hard countrymen and now the rising inflation is driving them to despair,” said Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, on Wednesday. Continuing criticism of Central Government, Baghel said Congress ..

MPCB’s closure notice to pesticide company in Butibori

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued closure notice to Crystal Crop Protection Limited for discharging red colour effluent into a water body in Butibori on Wednesday. MPCB issued the closure direction under Section 33A of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and 31A of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 for polluting the water body and non-compliances of consent conditions and violation of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) condition. It was second ..

DGGI, Nagpur Zone unearths ITC scam of Rs 222.09 crore

The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI), Nagpur Zonal Unit in continuation with its efforts to apprehend the person behind the fraudulent refunds scam of Rs 212.67 crore unearthed in the first week of July, 2021 conducted searches at Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Guwahati and Chennai on July 13. The coordinated pan India searches at multiple places enabled the DGGI, Nagpur Zonal Unit to identify additional eight non-existent entities in the fraudulent Input Tax Credit (ITC) network spread ..

NIT keen on Ambazari garden devpt project

Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has evinced interest in the ongoing redevelopment project of Ambazari garden. At a meeting of Board of Directors held on Wednesday, a resolution about seeking permission to develop the garden was adopted. Maharashtra Government has allotted 44 acres of Revenue and NIT owned land at Ambazari garden to Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) for its redevelopment. Already development work is on and as such NIT's resolution is alike throwing a spanner, feel the ..

Bus hits truck after mentally-ill man pelts stone at moving heavy vehicle

Pelting a stone at a moving truck by a mentally-ill man resulted in a major road accident on Bhandara road on Wednesday. Seven persons travelling in the bus were injured in the accident, Mauda police officials said. Among the injured persons were bus driver Ravindra Vikram Jangde (55), a resident of Sakoli town of Bhandara district, and Madhuri Prashant Kathane (30), a resident of Murmadi village in Lakhani tehsil of Bhandara district. Sr. Police Inspector Hemantkumar Kharabe of Mauda Police Station ..

MADC allots land for multispeciality hospital, nursing home outside SEZ

MAHARASHTRA Airport Development Company (MADC), on Tuesday, allotted land outside Special Economic Zone (SEZ) area to a Nagpur-based company for a multispeciality hospital and nursing home. The allotment was done in six weeks since issuing the advertisement for the same. This is the third allotment of land in past few months in Multimodal International Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) area. Deepak Kapoor, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MADC, told ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone that MADC ..

MSEDCL unearths power theft worth Rs 25 lakh

In a single biggest catch of recent times, flying squad of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) unearthed a power theft at a stone crushing unit and recovered Rs 25 lakh. During the investigation it was learnt that the unit located at Fetri in Kalmeshwar tehsil was working by tapping power directly from the overhead wire. The owner acknowledged that he was stealing power for past one year, till flying squad busted the game. Of late, MSEDCL has been trying to ensure ..

Man killed by bottle shards in freak road accident

A FREAK mishap saw a 35-year-old man riding pillion on a scooterette getting killed with the shards of a broken glass bottle he was carrying when the two-wheeler allegedly crashed into a tanker in Kalamna area, on Monday. The deceased, Rajesh Sushil Warhade was a resident of Plot No 104, Talmale Layout, near Amit Flour Mill, Bharatwada Road. Mohammad Shoaib Mohammad Noorain (24), who was riding a TVS Jupiter (MH-31/E-W-1963) recklessly, suffered minor injuries...

Three years of plastic ban, still no affordable alternative

Choked rivers and nullahs due to plastic waste and thermocol is a common scene every where in the city. To avert flood-like situation, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) conducts cleanliness drive of rivers and nullahs every year before monsoon. Still, the water-logging occurs every year. ‘Plastic Free July’, a global initiative, is getting tremendous response world-wide. But, the issue will rear its head every year unless people shun usage of plastic in their daily life...

Need to design batch-tracking system to tackle excess sale of antibiotics: Experts

“Since early April this year India’s deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections has claimed thousands of lives and devastated families across the country. The impact of the pandemic has however been made even worse by the rampant, irrational prescription of medicines, especially steroids and antibiotics,” revealed a research published by react group. This is the reason, many experts have expressed the need to have a robust system of tracking batches of medicines to tackle the indiscriminate sale of ..

Rly official remanded to two-day CBI custody in bribery case

The Sr Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Sr. DME) Akhilesh Choubey was remanded to two-day of custody remand of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by a special court on Tuesday. Similarly, during the house searches, the CBI have seized 15 bunches of documents and same are being scrutinised. Also it is learnt that during search at chamber of Choubey at office of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Central Railway, Nagpur Division, two incriminating documents were found and same were also taken into ..