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Mayor plans dept-wise meetings to review work

Oh my Dear, Forget ur Fear,
Let all ur Dreams be Clear,
Never put Tear, Please Hear,
I want to tell one thing in ur Ear
Wishing u NEW YEAR"!The new mayor has decided to hold review meetings of each municipal department starting January 1, in a bid to streamline the working of

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Mayor Archana Dehankar announced this at a meeting of all department heads, deputy commissioners and ward officers to review the working of the water supply, education, encroachment, garden, transport and general administration department.

Taking the water department to task on Wednesday, the mayor directed officials to bring down increasing complaints of water leakage and contaminated water supply and improve the water distribution network across the city. Dehankar told TOI that directions have been issued to the water works department to repair water leaks and cases of polluted water supply within 24 hours of receiving a complaint and submit details to the mayor's office. The mayor has also asked officials to personally visit areas to solve the people's problems.

Dehankar further stated that at a time when other municipal corporations like Mumbai, Nashik and Thane are facing severe potable water shortage in the winter season, and implementing water cuts too, Nagpur has sufficient water till at least July 15.

As against a demand of 370 MLD water per day in the city, NMC is supplying almost 530 MLD these days, she said. However, almost 225 to 250 MLD water has been going waste due to leakages - man-made or technical. "We have directed officials to first streamline the water distribution network and check leakages. We plan to have a time-bound programme, including setting up monitoring system at all pumping stations to enable the corporation to ascertain exact quantity of water supplied to a zone and the quantity residents get from water tanks," she said.

Admitting that the corporation is going slack on leakage and other maladies, Dehankar accepted that most areas in east, north and central Nagpur get water on alternate days or no water for many days, while other areas get regular water supply. "We will ensure that there is regular and equitable distribution of water in all areas of the city throughout the year soon," she said.

Despite the civic house having unanimously passed a proposal to rationalise general taxes and give 10% rebate to new constructions having facilities of rainwater harvesting and solar heaters, the property tax department is still issuing demand notes as per old norms, Dehankar has said. She said that municipal commissioner Asseem Gupta has failed to implement the civic house's decision regarding rationalisation of property tax rates. "The civic house had also announced a few concessions for senior citizens, handicapped persons and women. But these too were not included in the demand notes issued to property owners," she alleged.
NMC has also begun an exercise to revaluate or reassess tax on 1.80 lakh properties in 23 of the 75 wards across 10 zones in the city. As per the new policy, property tax is being calculated on the basis of rental value or the annual letting value of the property. Thus the revaluation exercise essentially involves the revision of standard rent of properties in a particular area. Dehankar said, "I have issued directions to provide details regarding methods of property tax collection, how much revenue has been generated till date and whether the decisions of the civic house were being implemented or not, within the next seven days to the mayors office."

Municipal commissioner Asseem Gupta was on leave, and could not be contacted despite many attempts.


Osmania University campus turns violent

Osmania University turned into a war zone on Thursday with thousands of students flooding its roads pelting stones at the police,

damaging property and even attacking Telugu Desam Party (TDP) senior leaders who turned up on campus to express solidarity.

The students who had at first quietly assembled at the Arts College building at around 10 am, soon after turned violent and pelted stones at police injuring senior police officials, including DIG R S Praveen Kumar.

The students also turned their ire at TDP leaders who had come to the campus to support them at 4 pm. The worst hit was TDP MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy who was dragged out of his vehicle and beaten for over ten minutes near OU Arts College, till a bystander came to his rescue and took him to safety on a bike.

In the melee, Nagam's gunman dropped his 9 mm pistol, which a mediaperson later handed over to the Osmania University police. It was suspected that, not having a weapon could be one of the reasons why the gunman did not open fire in the air. OU inspector Anjaiah said that they have booked a case in this regard and are yet to hand over the weapon to the gunman.

TDP leader Devender Goud, was also roughed up but he managed to escape. Other TDP leaders, Erraballi Dayakar Rao, R Revanth Reddy and Kadiyam Srihari, managed to leave unharmed.

The students broke the windshields of several vehicles, including that of media personnel's. The violence took place in spite of the police cordoning off all the entrances to the campus with barbed wires.

The scene heated up at 11.15 am when over 1,500 students tried holding rallies at the various exit points of the campus. While their move to get to Tarnaka crossroads was prevented by police, they were almost successful in getting close enough to one of the exit point on the Tarnaka stretch, near Aradhana theatre, to pelt stones at nearby shops whose shutters were already down. As the mob advanced further, police chased them back and students retaliated by pelting stones back at them. To disperse the mob police fired two rounds of tear gas shells in the air. A lathicharge followed to which the students retaliated by pelting stones further in which police personnel, including DIG R S Praveen Kumar, sustained minor injuries.

Though the situation came under control by afternoon, the scene turned volatile as members of political parties including Congress and TRS started trickling in around 1.30 pm. The students who were visibly uninterested in the political banter started booing most of the Congress leaders. The situation became worse when TDP leaders came to the campus in five vehicles and violence against them ensued.

Later, police identified two persons who attacked Janardhan Reddy as Srikanth Raju of Nalgonda and Rajeev Reddy, an advocate from city.

Meanwhile, IG, A R Anuradha warned general public about the volatile situation on OU campus and said it could turn serious anytime. Speaking at a media conference Anuradha appealed to parents to take appropriate action to restrain the students. "I also urge 'outsiders' not to enter the OU campus even though they might have good intention," she said, hinting at the presence of Joint Action Committee of High Court Lawyers who had come to the campus in the afternoon.

The university has postponed all its examinations till January 2, 2010.

3 Idiots, satisfying but not the best

Going home after watching 3 Idiots I felt like I'd just been to my favorite restaurant only to be a tad under-whelmed by their signature dish. It was a satisfying meal, don't get me wrong, but not the best meal I'd been expecting.

3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, is a film of impeccable pedigree. It's a breezy entertainer and it's got its heart in the right place, but it appears to be lacking in the naiive idealism and old-fashioned sincerity that propelled Hirani's two Munnabhai films to cult status.

Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat's pulpy bestseller Five Point Someone, 3 Idiots takes light-hearted but pointed jabs at the Indian education system, raising pertinent questions about the relevance of learning by rote, the obsession with high grades, and the dangerous repercussions of parental pressure to pursue traditional streams.

Set on an engineering campus in Delhi modeled after the IIT, the film features Aamir Khan as free-spirited student Rancho who dishes out important life lessons to his roommates Farhan and Raju (played by R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi), even as Naziesque campus director Viru Sahastrabuddhe (played by Boman Irani) clashes with him for brazenly rejecting conventional wisdom.

Rancho, as it turns out, can do just about anything. From empowering Farhan to convince his family he wants to be a photographer not an engineer, to nursing another friend back to health after a failed suicide attempt, Rancho even helps an unsuspecting girl open her eyes to the superficial jerk she's about to marry, and believe it or not, at one point he even delivers a baby on the college ping-pong table following instructions from a doctor on webcam.

But soon after teaching them these valuable lessons and touching their lives in some way or the other, Rancho vanishes. The film is told mostly in flashback, with Farhan and Raju setting off to find their buddy a few years later.

And because no Hindi film can be complete without a romance, Hirani and his co-writer Abhijat Joshi also manage to squeeze in a love track between Rancho and the college director's daughter Pia (played by Kareena Kapoor).

The film's first half breezes by effortlessly between Hirani's trademark comic flourishes including a hilarious ragging scene, two witty confrontations with teachers, and even an uproarious Farrelly Brothers-style gag involving a rolling pin and a paralysed man. Expectedly, the humor is alternated with moments of poignancy like that delicate scene in which the group first discovers a fellow student's suicide.

Problem is, the genuine lump-in-your-throat moments are few and far between, the screenplay populated instead by a batch of scenes calling for push-button emotions. Where the Munnabhai films cunningly tricked you into shedding an unexpected tear, 3 Idiots goes for full-throttle melodrama.

The film's second half in particular, is a tiring mess of ridiculous back-stories, convenient coincidences and sappy sentimentality.

Despite these hiccups, the film still works to a fair extent because of the inherent optimism in the plot and the sheer good-naturedness of its characters. It's hard to resist Rancho's cheery "All izz well" chant even if Hirani does push it a little too far when he ties it to a baby's first in-womb kick, and the scene I mentioned earlier involving a delivery on a ping-pong table.

Of the cast, Sharman Joshi has a meatier role than R Madhavan, hence succeeds in fleshing him out more competently. Kareena Kapoor makes her presence felt despite the small role, and Boman Irani - although he's trapped in a caricature - inspires hearty laughs.

But for me, the performance that stood out in this film belongs to lesser-known LA-based actor Omi Vaidya who stars as the Hindi-challenged Chatur Ramalingam, who deserves credit for turning an old childish gag into what is one of the film's funniest scenes on the strength of his pitch-perfect expressions and delivery.

And then of course, there's Aamir Khan as Rancho. Who never quite passes off as a 20-something-year-old, but remains the heart and soul of 3 Idiots with his spot-on comedy, his measured histrionics, and his immense likeability.

The film, in the end, is a broad entertainer that plays to the gallery, well-intentioned but sadly muddled. However it's warmer than any other comedy this year - think Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, All The Best or De Dana Dan - and hence it's unquestionably an enjoyable watch.

From the man behind those decade-defining Munnabhai films, however, it is far from his best work. I'm going with three out of five for director Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, an earnest but calculated effort that runs, but never flies. Watch it anyway, because it's the season to be jolly, and good laughs are guaranteed.

Rating: 3 / 5 (Good)

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Pollution in 10 industrial hubs alarming: Study

With India aiming to emulate China in taking aggressive domestic measures to control emissions, the Central Pollution Control Board
(CPCB) on Thursday released a study ranking the environmental pollution in 88 industrial clusters across the country.

The study formulates a comprehensive environment pollution index (CEPI) on the basis of water, land and air pollution. All available data on water and air pollution, biodiversity conservation, land degradation, ecological damage and waste management has been used to make this assessment. The exercise would be undertaken once in two years.

The study, Comprehensive environmental assessment of industrial clusters, undertaken by IIT Delhi and the CPCB, found that the environmental pollution levels in 10 major industrial hubs had reached a “very alarmingly high” level. This list includes Ankleshwar and Vapi in Gujarat , Ghaziabad and Singrauli in Uttar Pradesh, Korba (Chhattisgarh), Chandrapur (Maharashtra), Ludhiana (Punjab), Vellore (Tamil Nadu), Bhiwadi (Rajasthan) and Angul Talcher (Orissa).

“Many of these areas have already exhausted their capacity . We might put on hold new approvals in these 10 polluted hotspots till their environmental health is restored,” said environment minister Jairam Ramesh said.

The clusters have been ranked on a scale of 0-100 , based on their sensitivity towards the environment with ten of them topping the infamous list by scoring above 80 indicating the high level of metals and effluent discharged by them in the nearby rivers and region. Thirty-three industrial hubs have scored between 70 and 80 and categorised as "critically" polluted, at least 32 others scored between 60 and 70 and tagged as "seriously" polluted clusters while 10 in the score of 50-60 are in the "warning" zones.

The CPCB along with state PCBs have been asked to prepare an action plan for 43 industrial clusters including ten "very alarmingly" and 33 "most severely" polluted areas within next three months.

“The idea is to identify them in order to take concerted action and to centrally monitor them at the national level to improve the current status of their environmental components such as air and water quality. I will soon approach the Finance Commission for fund for clean-up programmes in these clusters,” Mr Ramesh said.

Facebook habituation plaguing Indian Firms

Working or Facebooking (Accessing Facebook)? The social networking sites are on everyone’s mind nowadays. Everybody wants to stay connected with their friends. Not only stay connected but also wants to let them know about their status too. Well this is giving a tough time to the employers, as many employees while away their time accessing social networking sties such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Orkut etc.

A new survey has divulged that close to 12.5 percent of the productivity of employees in India is lost each day as the majority of them while away their time on social networks. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) have found in their survey that employees on an average spend an hour of his working time a day on sites like Facebook leading in a loss of productivity that measures 12.5 per cent. Its Social Development Fund carried on a random survey of close to 4,000 employees in big cities and towns in India including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai (Bombay), Pune, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Kanpur were called into question.
According to ASSOCHAM, the survey conducted also found that 19 percent of companies permit social networking use only for business aims, while 16 percent permit limited personal use. 40 per cent of the employees questioned said that their companies permit employees full access to social networks during working hours.
ASSOCHAM secretary general DS Rawat stated, actually, [the] growing use of browsing sites can be hazardous for overall productivity and IT companies have already installed software to curb its use.
Almost half of office employees accessed Facebook during work time. Furthermore, four in every 10 workers created their entire Orkut or Facebook profile at office.

83 per cent of the employees think there is no harm surfing at work during office hours.

The survey did also divulge that some 84 per cent of the respondents showed signs of Internet addiction.


Maharatna status for mega PSUs gets nod

Mega PSUs ONGC, SAIL and NTPC will get greater financial and operational autonomy with the government on Thursday approving a policy

for creating a `Maharatna' category of top performing state-owned firms to enable them become global giants.

The decision to grant top performing PSUs the `Maharatna' status was taken at the meeting of the Union Cabinet. "The main objective of the Maharatna scheme is to empower mega CPSEs to expand their operations and emerge as global giants", I&B minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the meeting.

Of the 18 Navaratnas, SAIL, ONGC and NTPC met the stiff criteria set by the government, including a three-year track record of annual net profit of over Rs 5,000 crore, net worth of Rs 15,000 crore and turnover of Rs 25,000 crore, besides being listed entities in the bourses.

The coveted status empowers the boards of these firms to take investment decisions up to Rs 5,000 crore as against the present Rs 1,000 crore limit without seeking government approval.

The Maharatna firms would now be free to decide on investments up to 15% of their net worth in a project, limited to an absolute ceiling of Rs 5,000 crore.

Earlier, the Navaratna companies could invest up to Rs 1,000 crore without government approval.

"However, the overall ceiling on such equity investments and mergers and acquisitions in all projects put together will not exceed 30% of net worth of the CPSE," Soni said.

Now on, FDI policy to be updated every six months

The government on Thursday promised to bring out an updated foreign direct Investment (FDI) policy every six months as it unveiled a
comprehensive press note consolidating the entire regime for foreign investments in one place for easy reference.

Commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma released the first draft of the consolidated policy FDI policy on Thursday. He also released the latest FDI numbers, which show a 60% increase in November to $1.74 billion.

"As far as FDI policy is concerned, it has been felt, through interaction with various investors, counterpart government organisations and other stakeholders, that there is a need for further simplification and consolidation of the FDI policy framework, so as to make it more comprehensible to all investors and stakeholders", Mr Sharma said.

The draft consolidated document released would be open for comments until January 31,2010 and a final document will be released by April 1st 2010.

This comprehensive press note will have a sunset clause of six months and will automatically lapse on 30th September, 2010. A new press would be issued every six months, incorporating and reflecting all the changes in the regulations during intervening period of six months.

"The current foreign investments policy is spread all over, in foreign exchange management act (FEMA), RBI guidelines and press notes. It is cumbersome and difficult to understand," a government official told ET, explaining the rationale of the exercise.

Since 1991, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has issued about 177 Press Notes, covering various aspects of FDI policy, including cross border investment, policy liberalisation, policy rationalisation and foreign technology collaborations, Industrial Policy.

The consolidation would ensure the availability of all information on FDI policy at one place, and is expected to lead to: simplification of the policy; greater clarity of understanding of foreign investment rules among foreign investors and sectoral regulators, as also predictability of policy, Mr Sharma said.

The government has, however, clarified that the new draft framework is just a consolidation of previous FDI policy regulations and reflects the current regulatory framework. DIPP has not made changes in the extant regulations.

The government would continue to make changes to the policy through press notes whenever required. However, at the time of the six-monthly revision such changes would be incorporated in the compendium.

FDI inflows for November 2009 have been $1.74 billion which an increase of almost 60% over $1.08 billion in November last year. FDI equity inflows, as a percentage of GDP, have grown from 0.75% in 2005-06 to nearly 2.49% in 2008-09.

Spice Mobile has unveiled the new Spice M-7070

Spice Mobile has unveiled the new Spice M-7070. This phone has amazing clarity, contrast and outs images of maximum limit up to 9” x 6”. This festive season capture those treasured moments with various functionalities of the phone. The M-7070 is loaded with a 5 mega pixel camera and 8x Digital Zoom. Spice M-7070 is a Multi SIM (GSM+GSM) handset. To capture blur-free photos, the handset comes equipped with Anti-Shake and Auto-Focus functionalities. The device supports 30 fps video recording, so now you can record videos and make mini-movies. The Face Detection locates human faces and automatically adjusts the focus and picture. Users can shoot in the several modes i.e. Normal, Best Shot, Continue Shot, and Burst Shot.
Spice M - 7070 also allows you click picture in low light with its Dual LED Flash. Spice M-7070 features FM recording, up to 16GB expandable memory, Music & Video Player and supports EDGE & JAVA.

You can gift your loved ones this Christmas the all new Spice M-7070 Camera phone at Rs. 7999.


Firefox 'Fennec' Launch Imminent

Firefox 'Fennec' Launch Imminent

We have been hearing about the mobile version of Firefox, the Fennec for quite a while now. While Beta versions of the browser, (For Windows Mobile and older N800 Series Internet tablets) have been around for quite some time now, it is only now that a version of the product for the Maemo5 based N900 would be made available to users out in the open.

So, what we now learn is that the Fennec will be launched before the end of the year for the Nokia N900 Internet Tablet. Fennec has been under development for over an year and half and will try to wean you away from the quite capable N900 Browser. It boasts of an intelligent syncing feature that will allow users to see the same content you see on the web version of Firefox on your mobile. Say you re-reading some page on your PC and for some reason, you would want to switch to your mobile. If the Syncing is on, when you initiate the browsing session the mobile will start from the same page that you were on your PC. Then, there are add-ons (first time on mobile phones?) and the awesome bar as well which makes an appearance.
N900 users might want to brace themselves and wait for this one to arrive VERY soon.

Tightening Credit May Not Slow Inflation in India, Times Says

Mukherjee called for a balanced approach to fight inflation as it has been substantially caused by supply side problems, the newspaper reported today.

The finance minister hasn’t set a timeframe for withdrawing the fiscal-stimulus policy and the government is trying to keep the fiscal deficit within the targeted level, according to the report.

India’s benchmark wholesale-price inflation more than tripled in November to 4.78 percent from 1.34 percent in October. An index of food articles rose 19.95 percent in the week ended Dec. 5, the most since 1998, the commerce ministry said Dec. 17.


H1N1 flu claims 27-yr-old woman

H1N1 claimed a 27-year-old woman on Wednesday evening, at Sassoon Hospital. The name of the deceased in Shobha Kunjir from Nanded Phata on Sinhagad Road.

This was the second death reported in Pune in less than 12 hours on Wednesday after a 42-year-old woman died at YCM Hospital in Pimpri. Another 33-year old woman died in Nagpur on Wednesday, the state health department records show. The virus so far has claimed over 250 lives in the state.

Meanwhile, 30 patients were admitted at ICUs of hospitals and nine are on ventilators.

Suicide doesn't always indicate prior harassment of person: HC

A suicide is not necessarily a proof of harassment of the person by those around him/her, the Bombay High Court recently held, absolving a husband of the charge of subjecting wife to cruelty.

Justice R C Chavan of Nagpur bench of High Court also held that a mere marital discord does not amount to criminal harassment under section 498 A of IPC (subjecting woman to cruelty).

One Kamal Kishor Agarwal, resident of Gondia, had filed appeal before the High Court against his conviction by the lower court under 498 A. His wife, Seema, had committed suicide by setting herself afire in March 1998, six years after their marriage.

Prosecution argued that Seema's relations with the husband had soured, which led to her mental "degradation". Prosecutor argued that it was not necessary that there must be a physical violence for proving cruelty, Seema would not have become mentally sick unless she was subjected to some sort of harassment.

Temperatures set to drop below 10

The city shivered itself awake on Thursday morning as the minimum temperature recorded teetered on going single figure.

The minimum temperature recorded between Wednesday night and Thursday morning was 10 degrees Celsius. This equals the lowest minimum temperature recorded in the month of December last year, and is actually a good 1.6 degrees lower than the minimum temperature of the month in 2007!

And the forecast is not too warm either. The cold conditions are expected to continue at least for the next 24 hours and the temperature is expected to fall by five to six degrees during this period. This will only be at isolated places. The only consolation here is that the weather is expected to be dry on the whole and there is little or no chance of rainfall.

The summary of observations recorded on December 24 by the regional meteorological centre in Nagpur states, "The maximum temperatures changed little over the region. They were appreciably below normal over south Chhattisgarh, below normal over north Chhattisgarh, south western Madhya Pradesh, south eastern Madhya Pradesh and western Vidarbha."

It adds, "(The maximum temperatures) were normal over eastern Vidarbha, north eastern Madhya Pradesh and north western Madhya Pradesh. Minimum temperatures rose over southern Madhya Pradesh and changed little over rest of the region. They were appreciably below normal over Chhattisgarh, below normal over Vidarbha, and normal over eastern Madhya Pradesh, north western Madhya Pradesh and above normal over south western Madhya Pradesh."

Indiscipline will not be tolerated: New BJP chief

While the elevation of Nitin Gadkari to the post of BJP chief will bring about its own set of changes in the party, as is normally the

case anywhere, the change of guard as evident in Gadkari's first official interaction with the media in Delhi couldn't have been more stark.

If his predecessor Rajnath Singh came across as a man who took himself so seriously that most of his energy was perhaps consumed in keeping a stiff upper lip, Gadkari was like a whiff of fresh air. The man from Nagpur exuded the kind of warmth, laced with enough hinterland wit and humour, that could help him win over apathetic party workers, something which he said was his primary task alongwith checking rising indiscipline.

Gadkari, who has the advantage of starting on a clean slate, appeared affable, approachable and a man who had no pretensions to being a national level leader. He kept repeating how he had been taken aback by the cold of Delhi which he had not experienced before, but it was clear that he was not going to be burdened by the weight of expectations. He insisted he was first and foremost a `karyakarta' (worker) and that no indiscipline in the party would be tolerated. "Indiscipline is a matter of execution and not discussion," he said.

Gadkari spoke candidly, at one point even admitting that the party gives tickets to candidates who can win and the winning candidate may not always be in sync with the party philosophy (We learn by trial and error method), but also deftly handled tough questions on issues like Ram mandir, involvement of RSS in the party and bringing back leaders like Uma Bharati.

Gadkari preferred not to speak about the temple issue, saying that it was the BJP which thrashed out issues with RSS rathern than Nagpur dictating to the party. He also said he would look at the question of bringing back leaders when it arises. To a question on Hindutva, he said it was not just a religion but a code of conduct. Gadkari had to make all the right noises and this he did with aplomb, emphasising on discipline, merit, decentralisation of power and the need to reward performers.

Probably the only question which ruffled him a bit was on how people like Gadkari himself and Arun Jaitley, who had "failed" in Maharashtra and Delhi respectively, were being rewarded by the party. "We believe in the policy of collective responsibility. No one person can be blamed for failure in elections. What I mean by performers is people who are willing to work and give their best for the party," he said, adding that discipline and mutual trust would be the cornerstone of BJP's functioning.

There were also enough one-liners. "Politics is an instrument for social reform," was one of them. Another one was that you can donate eyes but you cannot donate vision. "Between purse and person, person is more important; between person and party, party is important and between party and philosophy, sidhant or philosophy is sacrosanct," was yet another one. For good measure, he "pledged" that he would neither join Rajya Sabha nor contest any election for at least three years.

While a journalist was asking him a question on his emphasis on transparency, he shot back, "That does not mean I will answer your question in a transparent manner." He fondly recollected how as Maharashtra party chief he would move around on a scooter in Nagpur trying to gauge the mood of voters.


Social audit of farmpackages on cards

Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan announced that his government would conduct social audit of the packages for farmers announced by the prime minister and chief minister to tackle the acute financial distress and suicides. "Though we have fully implemented packages that involved over Rs 5000 crore and utilised the amount, we are unaware of whether they have actually helped the target beneficiaries. Audit will help in assessing this and would ensure transparency," Chavan told reporters after winding up of state assembly session on Wednesday.
The CM claimed that successful implementation of packages was his government's "achievement" but added he was not happy about the overall situation as farmer suicides were still taking place. "Number of those taking extreme step has definitely reduced, but it has not stopped. Social audit will help point out lacunae and modify the package," said Chavan who was accompanied by deputy CM Chagan Bhujbal, animal husbandry minister Nitin Raut, parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Deshmukh, and food and civil supplies minister Anil Deshmukh.
Referring to opposition criticism about faulty implementation of farmers packages, the CM stressed that the government was still ready to help any farmer in distress. "Criticism will always be there, but specific cases must be known for taking action," he shot back.
Chavan said he was satisfied with the outcome of the two-week session during which many significant discussions took place and 10 important bills were passed. The government had also taken policy decisions on various issues like tabling of Ram Pradhan report, attacks on journalists, and greeting cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
"We discussed many vital issues related to the region like backlog, school education, drought, and Shegaon shrine development. I thank Opposition for their active support. Taking everything into consideration, the government has announced Rs 10,000 crore package for the development of Vidarbha. It would be implemented in three years and our chief secretary would take review of its progress. We have decided to form a regional cadre to fill up all vacant seats in Grade-I and Grade-II in the region through MPSC which will give boost to development. Moreover, we had already announced package of Rs 1,386 crore for Naxal-hit Gadchiroli district," he stressed.
The CM said government was ready to have a longer session but the decision was taken by Business Advisory Committee (BAC) comprising members from all parties.

Load-shedding, huge bills? Blame MSEDCL

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has slammed the MSEDCL for increasing load-shedding in Maharashtra and purchasing power from
costly sources outside the state. In its report submitted to the state government on Wednesday, the CAG observed that the shortfall in power supply in the state had "increased from 9,908 MU (million units) in 2003-04 to 19,092 MU in 2007-08."
"Due to non-augmentation of generation capacity by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (a sister concern) during the past five years, the MSEDCL purchased costly power from outside agencies. But still could not meet the demand,'' the report stated. "The actual load-shedding in state ranged from 2.5 to 15 hours against the plan of one to 12 hours,'' it pointed out.
The MSEDCL did not avail of its entire allocations from cheaper Central sources between 2005 and 2008 and had incurred an extra expenditure of Rs 374.79 crore on purchase of power on short-term basis. It purchased power from costly sources resulting in financial outgo of Rs 31.38 crore, the report stated. "Defective agreement for banking of power resulted in avoidable additional expenditure of Rs 48.72 crore,'' it added.
The MSEDCL failed to achieve the norms of Transmission and Distribution losses fixed by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) for 2006-08, it stated. The CAG recommended that the power company should develop a system for realistic forecast of demand for energy from conventional and non-conventional sources and meet the higher demand by various categories of consumers.
During the period between 2003 and 2008, the MSEDCL had purchased 64% of its power requirement from MSPGCL, 28% power from Central sector companies (NTPC, NPCIL) on long-term basis, two per cent from independent power producers like RGPPL and six per cent power from private power trading companies like Adani Enterprises Pvt Limited, JSW Power Trading company Limited, Jindal Power Limited, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited, PTC India Limited and others on short-term basis but at a higher cost, the report said. It also pointed out that the company failed to avail the prompt payment rebate from traders.
Other observations made by CAG:
* The Shivshahi Punarvasan Prakalp Limited, set up for slum rehabilitation programme in Mumbai, delayed implementation of projects. The company had taken up only 10 Slum Rehab Schemes involving construction of 10,673 tenements (measuring 269 square feet each) as against a total 1,184 schemes involving construction of 2.81 lakh tenements sanctioned by SRA till October 2008. It completed 7,649 tenements till March 2008. The company had no system to check the quality and quantity of work certified by consultants.
* The construction of quarters for state police was not commensurate with the actual requirements and there was a shortage of 39,113 quarters across Maharashtra as on May 2008. The planning and execution process of the Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation Limited was defective due to the works not being taken up despite administrative approvals and receipt of funds. There were cases of diversion of funds, poor monitoring, and avoidable expenditure due to inordinate delays in projects.

Rs 10,000 cr package for Vidarbha

Minutes before curtains were drawn on state legislature's winter session, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan announced a Rs 10,000 crore package
for Vidarbha. "This a time-bound programme for all-round development of the region and will be implemented in three years," said Chavan assuring the house that he would personally monitor it in co-ordination with the chief secretary.
A quick analysis of the package, however, showed it was a re-jig of ongoing projects in major sectors like irrigation and roads, accounting for more than Rs 5000 crore . The promise of filling up all vacant posts in backward Vidarbha is difficult to achieve while Central funds for improving education infrastructure could be a big help. "State public service commission's recruitments in Grade A and B remain vacant in Vidarbha. But the government has decided to make it binding on all selected A and B grade staff to work in Vidarbha for their first posting for a fixed tenure," Chavan stressed.
"From the allocation of Rs 3165 crore, as many as 20 irrigation projects will be completed and include medium dams of Lower Vena in Nagpur district , Purna and Chandrabhaga in Amravati district and Utawali in Buldhana and 16 small projects in the region. It will also include two major dam work of Gosikhurd and Khadakpurna," the CM announced amidst thumping of desks by treasury bench members in the state assembly. On completion, the projects would increase irrigation capacity by over 57,000 hectares, he said. The Rs 2062 crore to be spent on roads will include completion of ongoing four-laning of five major roads covering 222 kms and four new four-laning works covering a distance of 437 kms.
Asked to respond to the opposition charge that the package had nothing new, CM said there were several new components and effective results would be seen on the ground in next three years. However, it was clear that the allocations in the project would not help much in wiping out the developmental imbalance of the region which has only gone up since the last evaluation some 15 years ago.
The proposed spends on several social sector proposals like Rs 10 crore for Ambedkar international convention centre in Nagpur, Rs 5 crore for a museum of relics and artifact collected by Ambedkar's associate Wamanrao Godble , setting up of Ambedkar Foundation here to promote research and publication of the Dalit icon's literary works, Rs 10 crore for development of a Buddhist theme park at Futala lake in the city, Rs 2.5 crore for Koradi temple development, Rs 5 crore for Banjara community's Pohara Devi pilgrim centre in Washim were obviously the Congress-NCP government's electoral politics - a thanksgiving to voters for choosing the coalition for third time in a row.
Enhancing floor space index to 2.5 for housing schemes by MHADA undertaken on the allocated 24 hectares of land from ULC surplus pool and also to housing for poor by Nagpur Improvement Trust may indeed go a long way in meeting the growing demand for housing. Under such schemes, it would be possible for MHADA to provide 40,000 new houses in Nagpur and another 12,000 in Amravati, Chavan claimed.
This may cool down unrealistic real estate rates in the second capital to some extent. Setting up of 100-bed maternity hospitals at Chandrapur and Gadchiroli meets the long-pending public demand, proposal to spend Rs 1386 crore for anti-Naxal operation and development of Gadchiroli dfistrict find place in the package too.

Noted thinker Bhaskar Laxman Bhole passes away

Noted social thinker Bhaskar Laxman Bhole passed away here today after a brief illness, family sources said.
He was 67, and is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Bhole was the former head of the department of public administration of Aurangabad University. He later headed the political science department of Nagpur University.
He was an authority on social reformers like Shahu Maharaj, Jyotiba Phule and Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. Bhole was a recepient of several awards.




DATED 22/12/2009

The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out of 4600 Division:FIRST 23662(3108) 23694(2792) 23708(2816) 23745(2927) 23756(2830) Division:SECOND 23643(2690) 23651(2654) 23663(2612) 23671(2420) 23672(2487) 23675(2501) 23677(2677) 23688(2590) 23696(2561) 23700(2487) 23703(2653) 23709(2667) 23710(2716) 23711(2660) 23712(2582) 23713(2619) 23715(2565) 23727(2576) 23729(2617) 23734(2540) 23736(2420) 23737(2476) 23739(2660) 23751(2609) 23753(2498) 23755(2557) 23757(2660) 23762(2645) 23771(2695) 23772(2540) Witheld for Division 23676 23728 23730 23740 23744 23776 Witheld for Tabulation 23773 Witheld for Unfairmeans 23686 List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption 23644-2T,4T 23674-1T,2T 23679-2T 23680-2T 23684-2T 23685-2T 23687-2T 23701-4T 23705-2T 23716-4T 23718-2T 23731-4T 23733-3T 23735-2T,4T 23741-3T 23742-4T 23752-2T 23761-2T 23768-1T,2T 23769-2T Note- Failures desiring to appear for Summer 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukdoji MaharajNagpur University,Nagpur.



DATED 22/12/2009

The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out of 500 22948( 291) 22950( 308) 22951( 324) 22952( 301) 22953( 320) 22954( 325) 22955( 304) 22956( 293) 22957( 305) 22958( 295) 22959( 314) 22961( 316) 22962( 303) 22963( 303) 22964( 296) 22966( 299) 22967( 310) 22968( 324) 22970( 313) 22971( 318) 22972( 305) 22978( 314) 22979( 368) 22980( 353) 22982( 323) 22983( 336) 22984( 331) 22985( 328) 22987( 300) 22988( 301) 22989( 297) 22991( 275) 22992( 317) 22993( 320) 22996( 324) 23003( 344) 23004( 333) 23008( 288) 23010( 336) 23013( 268) 23020( 296) 23021( 296) 23024( 294) 23025( 319) 23026( 312) 23027( 267) 23030( 282) 23032( 263) 23036( 274) 23037( 285) 23041( 321) 23042( 269) 23043( 297) 23044( 301) 23046( 300) 23051( 305) 23055( 315) 23056( 302) 23057( 275) 23060( 290) 23066( 293) 23068( 298) 23069( 292) 23071( 302) 23081( 311) 23082( 294) 23088( 315) 23089( 291) 23090( 283) 23091( 296) 23097( 285) 23108( 328) 23110( 306) 23114( 304) 23116( 292) 23120( 283) 23121( 302) 23122( 299) 23129( 302) 23130( 288) 23131( 320) 23133( 286) 23134( 300) 23147( 300) 23150( 307) 23161( 287) 23162( 276) 23167( 272) 23169( 301) 23171( 305) 23177( 288) Witheld for Tabulation 23040 Witheld for Unfairmeans 23100 List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption 22949-1T,4T 22995-3T 22998-3T 23002-4T 23007-1T 23009-4T 23012-4T 23015-1T 23018-1T,4T 23028-3T 23034-4T 23035-1T,4T 23045-1T 23049-1T 23052-1T,4T 23053-3T 23054-4T 23080-4T 23083-2T,4T 23086-2T 23087-1T 23092-4T 23094-4T 23098-4T 23100-4T 23111-4T 23112-4T 23125-4T 23128-1T 23136-1T,4T 23138-1T 23139-4T 23146-4T 23151-3T 23152-4T 23157-4T 23164-1T,4T 23165-1T 23170-3T,4T Note- Failures desiring to appear for Summer 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukdoji MaharajNagpur University, Nagpur.


DATED 22/12/2009

The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out of 500 22187( 256) 22188( 279) 22192( 281) 22193( 278) 22194( 268) 22197( 261) 22199( 256) 22216( 261) 22220( 253) 22227( 259) 22228( 255) 22230( 287) 22231( 279) 22232( 265) 22236( 262) 22237( 276) 22239( 255) 22244( 267) 22245( 273) 22248( 251) 22250( 254) 22253( 272) 22260( 259) 22268( 250) 22271( 257) 22272( 266) 22280( 254) 22288( 272) 22297( 250) 22310( 313) 22319( 274) 22329( 273) 22330( 263) 22332( 278) 22333( 273) 22335( 256) 22355( 281) 22359( 250) 22367( 253) 22369( 266) 22370( 272) 22373( 279) 22374( 273) 22376( 268) 22381( 276) 22385( 284) 22387( 261) 22388( 263) 22390( 267) 22391( 266) 22394( 290) 22395( 271) 22396( 264) 22399( 291) 22400( 269) 22403( 267) 22410( 268) 22423( 270) 22426( 256) 22432( 287) Witheld for Enrolment 22235 Witheld for Tabulation 22241 22301 22302 22360 Witheld for Unfairmeans 22346 List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption 22200-1T 22201-3T 22207-4T 22217-2T,3T,5T 22218-4T 22229-4T 22233-1T 22235-1T,4T 22240-1T,4T 22243-2T,4T 22246-2T 22247-1T 22255-5T 22261-1T,3T 22262-1T,2T 22266-5T 22267-2T,3T 22273-1T,2T 22278-3T 22279-1T,3T 22281-2T,3T 22283-3T 22286-2T,3T,4T 22287-2T 22294-3T 22296-2T 22299-3T 22300-4T 22309-1T,3T 22311-2T 22313-1T,2T 22316-3T 22344-1T,2T,3T,4T 22347-2T 22348-1T 22349-2T 22352-1T,2T,3T 22356-1,3,5S 22368-5T 22375-1T 22380-3T,5T 22384-2T,3T 22386-2T,3T,4T 22389-5T 22392-3T 22393-4T 22398-3T 22402-4T 22412-1T 22416-1T,3T 22418-3T 22420-1T,2T 22425-4T 22430-3T 22431-5T 22433-2T 22435-2T,3T,4T 22436-3T 22441-1T,2T 22444-1T
Note- Failures desiring to appear for Summer 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukdoji MaharajNagpur University, Nagpur.


DATED 22/12/2009

The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out of 500 26240( 314) 26242( 305) 26243( 287) 26245( 310) 26248( 311) 26249( 315) 26253( 293) 26256( 292) 26258( 313) 26260( 304) 26261( 333) 26262( 307) 26264( 301) 26277( 346) 26279( 279) 26281( 313) 26282( 300) 26285( 322) 26286( 315) 26287( 317) 26288( 322) 26289( 334) 26293( 329) 26294( 288) 26295( 316) 26296( 313) 26297( 326) 26299( 308) 26302( 301) 26308( 322) 26310( 300) 26311( 299) 26313( 326) 26319( 313) 26320( 324) 26323( 334) 26324( 323) 26325( 305) 26326( 327) 26327( 314) 26328( 327) 26329( 296) 26330( 297) 26331( 290) 26332( 293) 26333( 296) 26336( 290) 26339( 331) 26344( 260) 26354( 307) 26356( 268) 26362( 321) 26364( 311) 26371( 316) 26379( 314) 26380( 284) 26381( 286) 26384( 264) 26386( 321) 26387( 302) 26394( 298) 26396( 304) 26397( 291) 26398( 290) 26401( 314) 26402( 287) 26404( 285) 26406( 303) 26411( 274) 26412( 295) 26413( 283) 26415( 287) 26420( 300) 26423( 302) 26433( 270) 26438( 294) 26440( 289) 26441( 294) 26442( 310) 26444( 293) 26445( 315) 26446( 312) 26447( 314) 26449( 294) 26461( 290) 26462( 258) 26466( 316) 26471( 272) 26473( 285) 26474( 289) 26483( 271) Witheld for Tabulation 26283 26343 26345 List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption 26241-1T,3T 26246-4T 26252-2T 26254-3T,4T 26267-4T 26268-4T 26278-1T 26284-4T 26290-4T 26292-1T 26298-1T,2T 26300-1T 26309-4T 26334-1T 26338-1T 26355-4T 26370-4T 26383-4T 26385-1T 26388-1T 26405-3T 26409-1T,2T 26416-1T,4T 26421-4T 26424-4T 26434-2T 26435-1T 26448-2T 26450-2T 26457-4T 26460-3T 26463-4T 26464-4T 26467-3T 26469-3T 26470-3T 26482-1T,3T 26484-3T Note- Failures desiring to appear for Summer 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukdoji MaharajNagpur University,



DATED 22/12/2009
The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out of 500 25086( 274) 25087( 267) 25096( 262) 25097( 266) 25099( 282) 25105( 262) 25106( 260) 25108( 291) 25109( 277) 25110( 272) 25112( 268) 25113( 283) 25114( 259) 25115( 297) 25118( 276) 25119( 277) 25120( 276) 25123( 289) 25124( 276) 25128( 266) 25129( 257) 25132( 250) 25140( 266) 25141( 258) 25148( 275) 25151( 270) 25167( 303) 25168( 277) 25170( 271) 25174( 282) 25178( 284) 25179( 267) 25183( 282) 25186( 258) 25197( 278) 25202( 292) 25205( 282) 25211( 280) 25218( 260) 25219( 297) 25232( 265) 25234( 268) 25235( 308) 25236( 329) 25238( 260) 25240( 278) 25241( 273) 25243( 290) 25245( 273) 25247( 282) 25248( 262) 25250( 275) 25251( 262) 25252( 280) 25257( 260) 25259( 255) 25260( 274) 25261( 262) 25262( 273) 25263( 281) 25298( 250) 25305( 250) 25312( 266) 25314( 274) 25316( 274) 25321( 269) 25323( 265) 25337( 282) 25340( 250) 25354( 268) 25357( 260) 25359( 264) 25360( 277) 25361( 267) 25365( 267) 25367( 267) 25368( 268) 25369( 267) 25370( 271) 25372( 273) 25373( 264) 25375( 271) 25377( 283) 25379( 281) 25380( 281) 25381( 284) 25382( 277) 25391( 279) 25392( 278) 25393( 255) 25394( 275) 25398( 279) 25399( 276) 25401( 271) 25404( 262) 25405( 283) 25407( 264) 25408( 314) 25411( 267) 25412( 277) 25425( 280) 25426( 275) 25428( 257) 25432( 294) 25448( 280) 25449( 301) 25451( 250) 25454( 281) 25455( 290) 25457( 271) 25459( 287) 25460( 301) 25462( 270) 25463( 281) 25465( 302) 25466( 270) 25468( 270) 25471( 286) 25472( 298) 25475( 262) 25488( 256) 25489( 271) 25491( 263) 25492( 300) 25500( 278) 25504( 296) 25516( 260) 25518( 283) 25520( 281) 25521( 264) 25522( 259) 25523( 300) 25526( 274) 25539( 263) 25540( 264) 25544( 290) Additional Subject Out of 200. 25288( 100) Witheld for Enrolment 25275 Witheld for Tabulation 25135 25417 25427 List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption 25089-5T 25090-1T,2T,4T 25100-3T 25102-2T,5T 25104-2T,3T 25107-5T 25111-2T,3T 25117-2T 25121-5T 25125-2T,5T 25126-2T 25130-5T 25134-4T 25142-2T 25143-2T,5T 25146-2T,4T 25150-2T,4T 25154-5T 25156-3T,4T 25158-2T 25159-4T 25160-4T 25161-2T,3T 25164-1T,4T 25169-2T 25172-5T 25176-2T 25180-2T,5T 25182-1T,3T 25185-2T,5T 25188-2T 25189-2T,3T 25191-2T 25192-2T 25194-2T 25196-2T,4T 25198-2T 25199-2T,4T 25203-1T,2T,4T 25204-2T 25208-2T 25209-2T,3T 25217-5T 25220-2T 25221-4T 25233-4T 25246-3T,4T,5T 25254-2T,4T,5T 25255-4T 25256-2T 25267-4 25286-1 25294-4T 25295-2T,4T 25296-2T,3T 25302-2T 25303-3T 25306-2T 25317-3T 25319-1T 25325-3T 25326-2T 25339-2T,5T 25353-3T 25363-5T 25364-5T 25374-2T 25384-1T,5T 25395-2T 25396-2T,5T 25400-5T 25418-3T 25419-4T 25420-2T,4T 25423-4T 25424-4T 25433-4T,5T 25446-3T 25458-1T 25461-2T 25467-1T 25485-1T,2T 25486-2T 25493-2T,4T 25495-4T 25496-4T 25498-2T 25499-5T 25505-4T 25509-2T 25515-4T 25524-4T 25527-4T 25541-2T 25542-4T Note- Failures desiring to appear for Summer 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college
By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukdoji MaharajNagpur University, Nagpur.




DATED 22/12/2009
The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in brackets indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out Of 700. 50611( 504) 50612( 522) 50613( 419) 50614( 390) 50615( 458) 50616( 370) 50617( 495) 50618( 455) 50619( 460) 50620( 429) 50621( 424) 50622( 428) 50623( 465) 50624( 414) 50625( 513) 50626( 428) 50627( 523) 50628( 435) 50629( 452) 50630( 473) 50631( 457) 50632( 491) 50633( 418) 50634( 463) 50636( 427) 50637( 513) 50639( 519) 50640( 431) 50641( 484) 50643( 475) 50644( 487) 50645( 416) 50646( 500) 50647( 507) 50648( 475) 50649( 420) 50650( 435) 50651( 444) 50652( 446) 50653( 407) 50654( 500) 50655( 488) 50656( 544) 50657( 412) 50658( 545) 50659( 427) 50660( 461) 50661( 497) 50663( 448) 50664( 401) 50665( 374) 50666( 495) 50667( 421) 50668( 438) 50671( 438) 50672( 443) 50673( 537) 50674( 423) 50675( 501) 50677( 449) 50678( 413) 50679( 509) 50680( 575) 50681( 404) 50682( 463) 50685( 436) 50686( 457) 50687( 430) 50688( 443) 50689( 403) 50690( 444) 50691( 486) 50692( 454) 50698( 387) 50699( 367) 50704( 454) 50705( 487) 50706( 415) 50707( 463) 50708( 409) 50710( 487) 50711( 434) 50712( 438) 50713( 403) 50714( 491) 50715( 391) 50716( 449) 50717( 461) 50721( 415) 50722( 436) 50723( 397) 50726( 402) 50730( 412) 50731( 356) 50732( 372) 50733( 435) 50734( 400) 50736( 397) 50737( 510) 50738( 435) 50739( 462) 50740( 411) 50741( 404) 50742( 413) 50743( 419) 50745( 477) 50747( 373) 50748( 512) 50749( 501) 50750( 373) 50753( 382) 50754( 391) 50755( 392) 50756( 399) 50758( 456) 50759( 524) 50761( 391) 50762( 452) 50763( 475) List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption College- LAXMINARAYAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NAGPUR 50635- 2,3,4,5,6,7 50638- 1,2,3,6,7 50642- 6,7 50662- 2,3,4,6,7 50669- 2,3,4,6,7 50670- 3,4,5,6,7 50676- 4,6,7 50683- 3,4,6,7 50684- 2,3,4,5,6,7 50697- 3 College- PRIYADARSHANI INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY ,NAGPUR 50709- 5,6,7 50718- 6,7 50719- 2,4,5,6,7 50720- 1,4,5,6,7 50724- 1,4,6,7 50725- 1,3,4,6,7 50727- 2,3,4,6,7 50728- 3,4,5,6,7 50729- 1,4,5,6,7 50735- 2,3,4,5,6,7 50744- 3,4,5,6,7 50746- 3,4,5,6,7 50751- 1,4,6,7 50752- 3,4,5,6,7 50757- 1,4,6,7 50760- 6,7 50764- 4 50768- 2 NOTE- FAILURES DESIRING TO APPEAR FOR SUMMER-2010 EXAM SHALL SUBMIT THEIR EXAMINATION FORMS WITH FULL EXAM FEES WITHIN 15 DAYS FROM RESULT DATE TO THE COLLEGE By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj,Nagpur University.




DATED 22/12/2009
The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in brackets indicate the aggregate marks obtained Out Of 800. 50411( 539) 50412( 500) 50413( 553) 50414( 491) 50415( 619) 50416( 616) 50417( 513) 50418( 562) 50420( 503) 50421( 542) 50422( 420) 50423( 461) 50424( 458) 50425( 514) 50426( 481) 50427( 526) 50429( 564) 50430( 620) 50431( 554) 50432( 621) 50433( 630) 50434( 630) 50435( 489) 50436( 537) 50437( 487) 50439( 599) 50440( 559) 50441( 477) 50442( 570) 50444( 436) 50445( 463) 50447( 503) 50448( 481) 50449( 492) 50450( 482) 50452( 475) 50453( 617) 50454( 667) 50455( 531) 50456( 501) 50457( 623) 50458( 480) 50459( 514) 50460( 479) 50461( 482) 50463( 562) 50464( 569) 50465( 502) 50467( 462) 50468( 557) 50469( 450) 50470( 549) 50471( 483) 50472( 564) 50473( 587) 50474( 574) 50475( 435) 50476( 598) 50478( 646) 50479( 512) 50481( 488) 50482( 533) 50483( 556) 50484( 539) 50485( 609) 50486( 546) 50487( 431) 50488( 637) 50489( 418) 50490( 505) 50491( 503) 50492( 620) 50493( 649) 50494( 587) 50495( 552) 50496( 620) 50497( 445) 50498( 485) 50499( 505) 50500( 592) 50501( 517) 50502( 637) 50503( 584) 50504( 504) 50505( 626) 50515( 535) 50518( 593) 50519( 496) 50520( 530) 50521( 560) 50524( 591) 50526( 543) 50528( 541) 50535( 536) 50538( 511) 50541( 532) 50542( 538) 50543( 405) 50546( 490) 50547( 634) 50548( 468) 50549( 552) 50550( 479) 50551( 460) 50552( 510) 50553( 446) 50556( 658) 50557( 475) 50558( 547) 50559( 417) 50562( 555) 50563( 497) 50566( 456) 50568( 386) 50569( 551) 50575( 562) 50576( 558) 50577( 555) 50583( 470) 50584( 517) 50585( 443) 50589( 495) 50590( 437) 50592( 432) 50595( 454) 50596( 415) 50597( 412) 50598( 389) 50600( 438) 50601( 408) List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption College-LAXMINARAYAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, NAGPUR 50419- 2,6,7,8 50428- 2,6,7,8 50438- 6,7,8 50443- 1,2,4,6,7,8 50446- 2,4,6,7,8 50451- 1,2,4,6,7,8 50462- 6,7,8 50466- 6,7,8 50477- 1,2,6,7,8 50480- 2,3,5,6,7,8 College-PRIYADARSHANI INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY ,NAGPUR 50516- 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 50517- 1,2,4,6,7,8 50522- 6,7,8 50523- 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 50525- 2,3,6,7,8 50527- 2,3,6,7,8 50529- 1,2,4,6,7,8 50530- 2,4,6,7,8 50531- 6,7,8 50532- 2,3,4,6,7,8 50533- 2,4,6,7,8 50534- 2,3,4,6,7,8 50536- 1,2,4,6,7,8 50537- 2,4,6,7,8 50539- 2,3,6,7,8 50544- 2,6,7,8 50545- 6,7,8 50554- 2,4,6,7,8 50560- 2,3,6,7,8 50561- 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 50564- 2,6,7,8 50565- 6,7,8 50567- 1,2,3,6,7,8 50571- 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 50572- 6,7,8 50573- 2,4,5,6,7,8 50574- 2,4,6,7,8 50578- 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 50579- 6,7,8 50586- 3 50588- 1 50591- 2 50599- 3 NOTE- FAILURES DESIRING TO APPEAR FOR SUMMER-2010 EXAM SHALL SUBMIT THEIR EXAMINATION FORMS WITH FULL EXAM FEES WITHIN 15 DAYS FROM RESULT DATE TO THE COLLEGE By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj,Nagpur University.

NAGPUR UNIVESITY RESULT :- TENTH SEMESTER Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

TENTH SEMESTER Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

DATED 22/12/2009
List of Roll No's who failed with Exemption Branch-B.Arch. College- GPriyadarshani College of Engg. & Arch. Nagpur 76245- 2 Withheld for Division 76257Note- Failures desiring to appear for SUMMER 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,R.T.M.Nagpur University,Nagpur.

RTMNU RESULTS WINTER 2009 :- NINETH SEMESTER Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

NINETH SEMESTER Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

DATED 22/12/2009
The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained out of 100. 76092( 65) 76093( 70) 76094( 65) 76095( 80) 76096( 75) 76097( 80) 76098( 65) 76099( 65) 76100( 80) 76101( 65) 76102( 65) 76103( 70) 76104( 60) 76105( 80) 76106( 55) 76107( 60) 76108( 60) 76109( 65) 76110( 55) 76111( 55) 76112( 60) 76113( 55) 76114( 60) 76115( 65) 76116( 65) 76117( 65) 76118( 85) 76119( 75) 76121( 65) 76122( 75) 76130( 74) 76131( 64) 76132( 85) 76133( 75) 76134( 94) 76135( 84) 76136( 65) 76137( 70) 76138( 65) 76139( 65) 76140( 71) 76141( 89) 76142( 90) 76143( 70) 76144( 88) 76145( 74) 76146( 66) 76147( 74) 76148( 72) 76149( 83) 76150( 90) 76151( 79) 76152( 85) 76153( 68) 76154( 63) 76155( 64) 76156( 85) 76157( 92) 76158( 80) 76159( 70) 76160( 86) 76161( 85) 76162( 86) 76163( 79) 76164( 74) 76174( 70) 76175( 60) 76176( 60) 76177( 75) 76178( 60) 76179( 60) 76180( 60) 76181( 50) 76182( 50) 76183( 50) 76184( 50) 76185( 50) 76186( 50) 76187( 55) 76198( 68) 76199( 68) 76200( 68) 76201( 76) 76202( 68) 76203( 84) 76204( 84) 76205( 76) 76206( 76) 76207( 84) 76208( 76) 76209( 76) 76210( 62) 76211( 62) 76222( 78) 76223( 73) 76224( 78) 76225( 58) 76226( 72) 76227( 78) 76228( 68) 76229( 73) 76230( 51) 76231( 73) 76232( 64) 76233( 67) 76234( 72) 76235( 63) 76236( 72) 76237( 73) Note- Failures desiring to appear for SUMMER 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,R.T.M.Nagpur University.

Result:- NINETH SEMESTER (WITH MAJORS IN INTERIOR DESIGN) Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

NINETH SEMESTER (WITH MAJORS IN INTERIOR DESIGN) Examination For the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture

DATED 22/12/2009
The following Roll Nos are declared successful. The figures in bracket indicate the aggregate marks obtained out of 100. M 76485( 60) 76486( 67) 76487( 77) 76488( 66) 76489( 63) 76490( 85) 76491( 62) 76492( 63) 76493( 68) 76494( 64) 76495( 68) 76496( 58) M 76497( 58) 76498( 69) 76499( 64) 76500( 60) 76501( 68) 76502( 78) 76503( 56) 76504( 58) 76505( 79) 76506( 57) 76507( 58) 76508( 68) M 76509( 55) 76510( 67) 76511( 58) 76512( 60) Note- Failures desiring to appear for SUMMER 2010 exam shall submit their Examination Forms with full exam fees within 15 days from result date to the college By order of the Board of Examinations,Controller of Examinations,R.T.M.Nagpur University.


Anti-addiction depthas zero budget!

Addiction to liquor and other intoxicants has assumed such serious proportions in farmer suicide-prone Vidarbha that revenue minister

Narayan Rane demanded prohibition in five distressed districts of the region. But in a shocking revelation, social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe told TOI on Sunday that the `Vyasan-Mukti' department that is also under his control has zero budget.

"No funds are available for the anti-addiction work in the state. As a result, the department is also defunct. There is no manpower and counselling and rehabilitation work carried out is abysmally low. I have taken up the matter with chief minister Ashok Chavan and requested him to include anti-addiction campaigns in the 100-day programme of the government giving priority to the issue," Moghe, the seniormost cabinet minister, who hails from Yavatmal district, said. A firm policy also needs to be formulated in this regard, he added.

Being a tribal and from distressed district, he understands the havoc that addiction is wreaking. "Heavy drinking has become a social scourge. It has affected life in a majority of families in villages of Vidarbha. May be at times of distress, the drinking increases. But it has disturbed family peace as drunk man beats up wife and creates nuisance in the village.

"It is common experience that law does not help. In districts like Wardha and Gadchiroli where prohibition exists, liquor flows freely as implementing prohibition was not a top priority. There is urgent need to change mindset of the people. Large-scale campaigns and special drives involving NGOs need to be undertaken. I have started the process and will also find out means to raise financial resources for it," said Moghe in a special interview.

Another area Moghe wants to focus on senior citizens. Here again, the government has no policy for looking at issues like social security, health and travel needs of the elderly. The minister has urged the chief minister to include the matter in priorities of the state through the 100-day programme. The minister, in his meeting with OBC Sangharsh Samiti leader and ex-MLA Sudhakar Gangane, has promised to look into the demand of implementing the law on promotions for the OBC employees in the state. The law passed in 2004 in this connections has been in abeyance because of official hurdles.

Social justice department disburses large number of scholarships to students from deprived sections. These Are routed the through education societies and institutions and often reach the beneficiary very late. There is a plan to make the disbursement on-line and credit the scholarship amount directly into the bank accounts of the students to cut the delay. Similarly, the caste validation process will also be computerized through the SETU offices in every district, he said.

Prez's husband gives up fight to retain orange processing plant

Even the president's husband has to bow to political expedients sometimes. Devisingh Shekhawat, husband of President Pratibha Patil, had

promised an agitation against chief minister Ashok Chavan for hijacking the proposed Rs 300 crore orange processing plant by Citrus International AG, a Swiss company. The plant had been shifted from the President's hometown Amravati to Nanded. However, he appears to have backed out of the battle. Softening his stand against the state government, Shekhawat now says that his role in the issue is over as Chavan has clarified that he has not persuaded the company to shift from Nandgaon.

Speaking to TOI from the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on Sunday Shekhawat said that as promised he had met the chief minister personally during the ongoing winter session in city. Chavan told him that he had in no way influenced the company. "I have to believe the CM. I have also discussed the issue with the agriculture minister Harshwardhan Patil and he too said the same thing. Once it is clear that the government is not behind the company changing it's decision I cannot and should not make it a political issue," he said.

"I have not backed out of my commitment. My role is over as far the issue of pursuing it with the government is concerned. I will continue to support the orange growers and speak to the company itself. They are in touch with my son Raosaheb (Rajendrasingh Shekhawat), who is trying to talk to the company," Shekhawat said. Apparently, both Shekhawat and the CM are trying to play it safe now, as is evident from their statements.

However, the fire has not died down entirely yet. Manoj Jawanjal, secretary of Nagpur Orange, Mousambi, Fruit, Flowers and Vegetable Producers Association (NOMPA), said they are committed to continue the fight further. "If the CM truly hasn't hijacked the unit he still could have used his good offices to convince the company not to change it's decision to move out of Nandgaon. But he has not offered any such commitment so far, except pleading ignorance on the issue. Anyway, it is foolish to expect the CM will publicly accept that he hijacked the unit to his hometown. Which politician will admit to such a deal? And, here it is a question of no one less than the CM himself?" remarked Jawanjal.

Shridhar Thakre, president of Maha Orange, too has not called it a day yet, and is supporting Jawanjal. He says he is trying his best to meet Chavan in the next two days and request him to resolve the controversy. "Vidarbha orange growers and their associations have worked hard for over two years for the company by conducting feasibility studies. It was the company's decision to put up a plant at Nandgaon, which had raised our hopes and we got associated in the process. We had not forced the company to come to Vidarbha. If it is withdrawing due to extraneous influence after announcing the unit, we won't take it lying down," he said.

The orange growers associations are also waiting for the CM to answer the query of city BJP MLA Devendra Fadnavis on the issue. They are hopeful that some solution will emerge before the session ends. If nothing happens they are prepared to take to the streets and repeat their effort of seeking the President's intervention, as the unit was slated to come up in her hometown.

Former MLA Sunil Shinde could not be contacted on Sunday as his mobile phone was switched off. He held a press conference a day before the session began, demanding that the orange processing unit should come up at Amravati.

Gujaratis against Vidarbha statehood

A majority of Gujarati people settled in the region consider that a separate state would not help remove backlog of Vidarbha. If elected
representatives like MLAs and MPs made efforts they could remove the backlog, they felt.

Speaking to TOI, Sanjay Mehta, a central government employee, felt that separation of Vidarbha from Maharashtra was not the solution. Vidarbha constituencies send representatives to assembly and Parliament. What are they doing? If a separate state is carved out, there will still be the same leaders. It is the fault of the leaders in the region that it hasn't developed," he said.

Mehta blamed MPs and MLAs of the region fighting each other for lack of development in the region. For instance, Mihan was badly affected due to internal rivalry between Vilas Muttemwar and Praful Patel, he pointed out. Moreover, there were no major industries
in the region, he said.

Manish Nagrecha, a wholesale grain merchant from Warora, was also of the opinion that a separate state would not help. "There is a famous saying-United We Stand, Divided We Fall. If a country that prided itself on its unity in diversity started to breakup along political, social, economic, cultural, religious and linguistic lines, it would go back to the times when we had princely states. The result was a colonial rule that left the country in ruins," he said.

Rajeev Jhaveri, businessman, admitted that the region was backward, but said separate state would not be a solution. According to him, barring Nagpur, other cities in Vidarbha contribute very less in terms of revenue, whereas Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad generate more revenue for the government. "In an age, where whole world is a global village, division cannot be an answer to our problems. Better governance, higher accountability, reduced 'red tapism' and bureaucracy and a lesser focus on the individualism may be a step towards solving a problem," he added.

Says Ghanshyam Mehta, a social activist and a consultant: "The region should be separated only by adopting Gandhigiri. There should be no violence like in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state, where not only government properties were damaged, but many people died in protests."

Lower parking charge at city airport soon

Good news for people going to airport for receiving or dropping off friends and relatives. They no longer will have to wait in their cars
on Wardha Road or just drop a dear one off in a hurry to avoid exorbitant parking charges. Mihan India Pvt Ltd., the new owner of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, is proposing to reduce the parking charges so more users make use of parking facilities.

Four wheelers parked on Wardha road or on approach road of the airport are a common sight, especially in morning and evening hours when flights from Mumbai and Delhi arrive. They are parked here just to avoid paying the high parking rates. These not only cause traffic problems on Wardha Road but a loss of revenue to Nagpur airport, sources at airport informed.

Parking charge for twowheelers at the airport is Rs 15, for cars and vans Rs 60, mini bus and tempo Rs 70
while for tourist’s buses it is Rs 225. The rate for parking a car at VIP lounge is Rs 120. The charge for entering the terminal building to see-off and receive passengers is Rs 30. TOI has several times highlighted the issue of exorbitant parking rates and lack of passenger amenities at Nagpur airport.

MIHAN India Private Limited, CEO V S Mulekar, said, “the parking and visitors lounge rates were fixed
by Airports Authority of India and Ministry of Civil Aviation. However, now the airport has been transferred
to MIPL and the matter of high parking rates has been reported to the headquarters. We are planning to reduce the rates to more reasonable level. The issues of other passenger amenities will also be taken care of,” he assured.
Passenger traffic, especially on Mumbai and Delhi route, had increased in the last few months so has the vehicle
and visitor traffic. Making parking charges affordable to the people would make them use the facilities better,
sources said.

Succour for parched Katol orange fields

Once Katol and Kalmeshwar talukas in Nagpur district had enough groundwater to irrigate their orange orchards. But in the past decade or

so, the water table has gone down to 700-900 feet in almost the entire belt and digging of bore wells has become totally uneconomical. Farmers here have now switched to conventional dry land farming of cotton and soyabean, with the area under orange cultivation reduced almost to half.

The Hyderbad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) has brought new hope to the farmers here by
locating water trapped in aquifers in the Gondwana geological formations made up of sand stone. These have water retaining capacity, detected using the known ‘electrical sounding’ technique. After surveying 45 sites, the NGRI team led by SN Rai, head groundwater division, was able to locate water in 30 sites. Of these 30 places the institute has drilled bore wells at three places free of cost for farmers, to demonstrate the efficacy
of the technology. They have plans to dig another 2-3 wells in the area.

“NGRI is doing this work as part of a societal mission of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),
which being funded by the Planning Commission under the 11th five year plan (from 2007-2012). It is part of the national network project on groundwater prospecting, development and management in problematic areas in the
country, and is directed towards helping farmers in water distress areas,” said VP Dimri, director NGRI.

Rai told TOI that CSIR has chosen NGRI as the nodal agency for the project and five other CSIR institutes; National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri), Indian Institute of Toxicological Research, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research, Advanced Material and Processes Research Institute and Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology are co-partners with different roles. However, unfortunately, as the information spread that
the NGRI has found good sources of water from about 150 ft in Raulgaon village of Katol taluka to 460 feet in Ubali
village in Kalmeshwar taluka, farmers in these areas are expecting the institute to also drill borewells free of cost. NGRI scientists say, being a research institute their basic job is to demonstrate the technology
only. The government agencies should replicate the model and help farmers locate water using the technique, they said. “Farmers wouldn’t mind spending money if they are sure of the presence of water at shallow levels. All NGRI can do is conduct surveys and locate water,” said Rai. Although water could be located at about 60 feet in Ubali village the well had to to be dug till 460 feet to avoid collapse of well walls. It also needed a perforated wall casing at lower depth to allow regular inflow of water from surrounding areas. The borewell at Ubali cost the NGRI Rs 1.2 lakh. The electrical resistivity technique helps in locating water between two Deccan basalt traps in the sedimentary deposits if it has loose soil. So far we have surveyed ten villages and located water at different heights. However, this water source cannot be replenished and will get exhausted over a period of time. Hence, the farmers should use all possible techniques of water conservation and recharge. They should use it only when their dug wells are completely dry,” said Dewashish Kumar, a team member. “Farmers should use either drip irrigation
or sprinklers depending on the depth and approximate quantity of water. The project is already giving good results
in the Ghatia watershed near Ujjain in 21 villages,” said S Thiagarajan, another team member.

Party will decide onCouncil membership

National president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nitin Gadkari said that the Maharashtra executive of the party would decide whether he

should continue as a member of legislative council (MLC). "I personally want to quit the post but the party will decide. After all, it means another election," he told reporters after his welcome procession in the city.

Gadkari said that he realized the magnitude of responsibility he had been given only after returning to Nagpur. "This post was occupied by Atalji and Advaniji," he said. Asked whether sidelined BJP leaders in Delhi would allow him to function smoothly, Gadkari said that all the leaders had assured him full cooperation and he did not feel anybody would try to hamper him. "Just wait for three years and the results will tell. When I took over as the PWD minister of Maharashtra, I had no experience of construction work but my work is praised even now," he said.

From Nagpur to 3 Idiots, Raju Hirani's amazing journey

Barring a Shah Rukh Khan, an Akshay Kumar or a Preity Zinta, it is near impossible for most Indians to break into Bollywood's exclusive club of star children. Hearteningly, it is still possible for Indians born in middle class homes to become star technicians like 3 Idiots director Rajkumar Hirani.

Patcy N and photographer N V Reuben traveled to Raju Hirani's home town Nagpur last week to discover how his journey to directorial superstardom began.

Suresh Hirani, Rajkumar Hirani's father, is a refugee from that great sub-continental tragedy called Partition. When Suresh arrived in India with his mother, two brothers and five sisters, he was just 14.

His father and eldest brother had passed away, so it was up to Suresh to support his large family. He took up work in a bangle factory in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, and later moved to Nagpur where he set up a typing institute with just two typewriters.

His business flourished and soon he had about 1,000 students, with 16 batches a day.

The advent of computers eventually forced the institute to shut down in 2000.

Suresh did not ask his son to join his business even though Raju proved to be a good salesman, once selling 40 typewriters in 40 days when his parents were on vacation.

When he learnt that Raju was interested in cinema -- he wanted to become an actor, not a director, mind you -- Suresh got his son's photographs shot and packed him off to an acting school in Mumbai. But Raju could not blend in and returned to Nagpur after three days.

His supportive father then asked Raju to apply to the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, where actors from Jaya Bhaduri and Shatrughan Sinha to Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah, and directors from Adoor Gopalakrishnan to Subhash Ghai learnt their craft.

The acting course had shut down by then and chances of admission to the directorial course looked slim as there were way too many applicants. So Raju opted for the editing course. He earned a scholarship, thereby reducing the load on his father's financially burdened shoulders. His parents proudly point out that Raju never asked then for money when he was at the FTII.

"Raju was always an introvert, just like me," says his mother Sheela Hirani, a retired schoolteacher. "He never harassed me or asked me for money. And I never gave any pocket money till my children grew up."


Don't waste tax payers' money,Chaudhari tells IITians

Management Guru Arindum Chaudhuri took a dig at the typical IITian who realises that engineering is just not his passion and goes for an

MBA degree
or something else only after completing the entire course at this prestigious institution. As 14,000 persons turned up at the Kasturchand Park to listen to this motivational speaker, Chaudhuri said that this is only brazen waste of the tax-payers' money as government spends Rs 25 lakh on subsidising a student's education at the IIT. "He could have been an MBA even without getting into the IIT," said Chaudhuri. He was speaking at an event organised by Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.

As Chaudhuri, who spoke in Hindi with poor grammar and splatter of English, urged the youth to follow their passion rather than tread the beaten path. He said youngsters are forced by their parents to follow a few selected careers like engineering at the IIT, but a majority of them have a tendency to do something else. He hinted that If kids are allowed to follow their passion, there may be lesser cases of IITians going for an MBA degree after wasting tax-payers' money.

Citing the Gita and instances of the Mahabharata, he gave tips on man management, using the age old formula of sam dam, dand bhed. He said different kind of persons have to be dealt with in different ways such as Sam (providing an equal chance), dam (allurement), dand (deterrence) and bhed (dividing responsibility).

Quoting a research he said it was only a handful out of 1,500 persons who choose to do what they like, become millionaires rather than those who only aim to make money. Calling for a change in the education system, he suggested that schools should strive on changing a student's life rather than just completing the syllabus.

"One should also develop a sense of patriotism as it would not only lead to his but also the entire country's progress," said Chaudhuri.

Two dead as two-wheeler hits truck

Two men died in the wee hours on Friday after their two-wheeler hit a stationary truck on Amarnagar road, opposite Pankaj Polymer, under

the jurisdiction of the MIDC police. The victims, Revchand Chaudhari (30) and Yeshwant Waghade (28), were both residents of Amarnagar.

According to police, the victims admitted Chaudhari's sister to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital and were on their way home when the incident occurred. Chaudhari was riding the vehicle, while Waghade was the pillion rider when their vehicle hit a fully-loaded stationary truck which was parked in the middle of the road. Because of darkness and parking lights which were off, the truck was not visible. The vehicle had developed some technical problem.

The duo suffered severe head injuries after hitting the truck from the opposite direction. They were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). By then, it was too late. After the post-mortem was performed, the bodies were handed over to their families.

Waghde was a labourer, while Chaudhari was a plumber in a private company. Chaudhari is survived by his wife and two children, while Waghde, who was living in a rented place, has his parents and three brothers. MIDC cops have taken truck driver, Kunal Gore (24) into custody.

Tamils divided over separate Vidarbha

With support pouring in from different quarters, the long-pending demand of statehood for Vidarbha has gained momentum. However, when TOI

spoke to Tamilians settled in the city, they expressed different views. While some believe that statehood is the only solution to save the region from biased western Maharashtra politicians, others say that separation is not the answer. They feel that the elected representatives should strive hard to remove the backlog.

Kala Ravikumar, a homemaker, said, "The region has rich natural resources through which it can prosper. However, politicians of western Maharashtra who are more influential, succeed in developing their constituencies. The region lacks all-round development since its merger with the state in 1960.

The Western Maharashtra lobby needs to be curbed." Srilatha Balasubramanian, a central government employee, said that a separate state is not an option because 30-40 years down the line some politicians would demand another smaller state.

"The condition will become like the pre-British era where India had too many small states which were fighting each other over small issues. Elected representatives of the region should work together to bring funds as each region deserves to be developed.

Ironically, there were chief ministers from Vidarbha and Marathwada but due to lobbying by politicians from West Maharashtra, these regions remained backward," pointed out V Sathyanagraj, a private employee. He cited an example to back his claim saying any number of states can be created but the desired benefits never reach the common man.

"According to the media reports, 25% of the MLAs, MPs have criminal backgrounds. Most of the legislators and members of parliament never work for the welfare of people. They only concentrate on how they can benefit through government projects or schemes" he alleged.

"Most of the political parties are highly corrupt and it is very difficult to find honest public representatives. When this is the situation then it is meaningless to have a separate state," added Sathyanagraj.

Groundnut seller helps nab gang of inter-state mobile thieves

Taking a teenaged groundnut seller into confidence paid rich dividends for the government railway police on Saturday. After being

tipped-off by the poor vendor, the railway cops nabbed an interstate gang that was allegedly engaged in targeting spectators at cricket venues to steal their mobile phones. The nabbed gang, comprising six persons, had stolen at least 10 mobile phones from the Jamtha cricket stadium during the recently-held India-Sri Lanka one-day international match on Friday.

Having nabbed them from platform No. 4, the gang is learnt to have stolen 13 mobile phones in the last 24 hours, including three from passengers standing in the queue outside the booking counter. Police said that the Gujarat-based gang had boarded the Ahmedabad-Howrah express on December 16 to reach the city on the following day. The gang went to see the match where a sizeable crowd had assembled for the tantalizing contest. The victims whose mobile phones were stolen included a reporter from the electronic media, realtors and relatives of cops.

Vishal Thakkar (21), Sanjay Waghela (22), Pravin Patel (23), Rahul Panchal (21), Ghanshyam Bhavsar (30) and Vishal Chouhan (19) were trapped a few hours before boarding the return train. Police said the gang, who had checked out of a lodge a night before, made the cardinal mistake of trying to share the mobiles among themselves.

Sub-inspector Arvind Saraf, who has already detected 13 offences by arresting 14 accused in the recent past, claimed to have swung into action after some passengers approached the GRP, Nagpur, with the complaint of their mobile phones going missing from the booking counter premises. "We had recently taken a meeting of vendors, boot polish boys, canteen and stall owners seeking their support in nabbing miscreants and other doubtful characters from the railway premises," said Saraf whose arrest tally went up to 20 with the recent arrests. "Fortunately, it was a cell phone of the media person which rang. It was he who was calling to check whether his mobile was still on. I replied and realised that the persons in possession of it were not the actual owners of the property as they were claiming," said Saraf adding that Waghel worked as a diamond-cutter and Thakkar was a waiter. "The gang members were so desperate that one of them (Panchal) agreed to be a part of the gang despite sustaining serious injuries in a road accident recently," said Saraf adding that the gang returned after a stealing spree at the stadium and then headed to a liquor bar. "They checked out of the lodge where they were putting up for the night and headed to the railway station where they stole three more mobile phones," said Saraf adding that the investigation was supervised by Ravindra Singhal, SP, Nagpur GRP, S Nikam, DySP, senior inspector L Ninawe and squad comprising head constable L Gujjar and D Deware, S Dupare and others.

Rebellion in Sena over deputy mayor’s post

Three Shiv Sena corporators have rebelled against nomination of district president Shekhar Sawarbandhe for the post of deputy mayor in

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) and have filed nominations against the party whip.

The election for the post of mayor and deputy mayor will be held on December 23. Withdrawal and scrutiny of nominations will take place before the election in Town Hall. The candidate will be elected by open voting.
Sena sources said that party observer for the mayoral polls Chhotu Desai arrived on Saturday morning with a letter
from executive president Uddhav Thackeray. The letter stated that Sawarbandhe was the party candidate for
deputy mayor’s post while Ganesh Doifode would be the Shiv Sena party leader in NMC.

However, this enraged three Sena corporators — Suresh ‘Bandu’ Talwekar, Alka Dalal and Ganesh Doifode — and they proceeded to file nominations. Sources further said that Talwekar had been promised deputy mayor’s post by Sena top bosses months ago. However, Uddhav offered deputy mayor’s post to Sawarbandhe as a compensation when he was denied the assembly ticket from South Nagpur. Sawarbandhe accepted the offer and withdrew from the fray.

The three rebel Sena corporators are being backed by Independents in Congress camp and MNS. Vikas Khobragade (MNS) is the proposer for Talwekar while Kamlesh Chaudhari (Ind-Cong) is seconder. Alka Dalal’s proposer is Yogesh Gonnade of Adim Sangh while seconder is Ajay Buggewar (Ind-Cong). Ganesh Doifode’s proposer and seconder are Manoj Sable (Ind-Cong) and Mama Dhote (MNS) respectively.

In spite of the rebellion, there is little chance of Sawarbandhe losing the election. The BJP, Sena and their allies have a strength of 75 in a house of 136. Even if three corporators switch sides the saffron strength will be reduced to 72 against a requirement of 69. To complicate things for the rebels, two NCP corporators Mohammed Kamil Ansari and Rajesh Mate are also in the fray for deputy mayor’s post. The rebels also face the threat of disqualification. Meanwhile, Archana Dehankar of BJP is all set to become the next mayor. BJP has fielded only one candidate for the post which is reserved for women. Three Congress corporators Meena Barde, Kalpana Dawre and Rajni Barde and NCP’s Pushpa Malikar are also in the fray. BJP sources said that there were two front-runners for the mayor’s post — Kalpana Pande and Archana Dehankar. There is strong possibility that Dehankar will resign after an year and Kalpana Pande will take over for the remaining term.

Nagpurians give thumbs up to Gadkari

For BJP, a party that has been fighting battles within itself lately, the news of Nitin Gadkari taking over as chief brings hope and

optimism. But people of Nagpur, where Gadkari belongs, say that it is also a matter of pride. TOI spoke to some Nagpurians on expectations from the ‘development man.’

“The very fact that Gadkari comes from core RSS background and has experience of working with ABVP and BJYM makes him a clear favourite for the top post,” said Mahendra Nimbarte, a Nagpur University senate member and RSS activist. He added that Gadkari will ‘not only succeed but also take party to new heights.’ Nimbarte said that BJP plunged into crisis as previous leaders ‘deviated from the Sangh ideology.’ “Subsequently, they lost people’s trust and bitter infighting among the top ranks took the party to a new low. But I appreciate RSS’ decision to place right man at right place,” he said.

There are many like Sampada Kulkarni, a housewife and entrepreneur, who feel that Gadkari has shown the potential to turn things around for his beleaguered party. “Just a glance on his past performance reveals everything. He was the man behind the Mumbai-Pune expressway which greatly reduced travel time. In Nagpur, he built flyovers at the right places and not like the one built in Sakkardara by some local politicians for their vested interests,” she said.

A clean image has been one of Gadkari’s hallmarks. Another has been his youthful dynamism. Nagpurians feel that Gadkari will have to combine both to lift the party’s fortunes. Businessman and environmentalist Vinit Arora believes it will be a tough job. “BJP doesn’t have dynamic youngsters of the caliber of Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora. Gadkari will have to nurture youngsters like them for the party’s future,” he said. He was also hopeful that the region will progress because of Gadkari’s appointment. “Gadkari will fight for issues plaguing the region,” he added.


Dhoni gets two-ODI ban for slow over-rate in Nagpur

 Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was today banned for two one-day internationals for the team's slow over-rate during the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka here yesterday.

The thrilling second one-dayer ended about 45 minutes after the scheduled finish time because of frequent discussions between the Indian players during the closing stages of Sri Lanka's chase, prompting the International Cricket Council to impose the ban on the Indian captain.

The decision to ban Dhoni was taken by match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand, considering the quantum of extra time the Indians took to complete their alloted overs.

Formal announcement from the ICC is expected soon.

It was still not known whether the two-match ban would come into effect immediately.

Nitin Gadkari to assume office tomorrow

Nitin Gadkari, who is all set to take over as the new BJP president, will assume office in Delhi tomorrow afternoon.

"I will take over as the new BJP national president at 3:30 pm after the formal declaration," the Maharashtra party chief told PTI.

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet tomorrow, where the incumbent president Rajnath Singh is expected to formally announce his decision to quit from the post.

Gadkari (52) said he will seek the blessings of veteran party leader and former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee soon after assuming the charge.

"I shall visit the Delhi residence of Vajpayee to pay respect to him," Gadkari, who celebrated his silver wedding anniversary with close relatives and select mediapersons at his 'Gadkariwada' residence in Mahal area here, said.



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