Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bhagnani to promote film at Prozone today - Source LT


City denizens will get a chance for an interaction with cine actor Jacky Bhagnani, who will be at Prozone Mall to promote his upcoming film Rangrezz on Thursday at 6 pm. Jacky will freely meet with people and regale them with his performance.
Prozone has also taken an initiative to organise recreational programmes for the people. The film Rangrezz will hit the screen on March 1 and Bhagwani while promoting the film will entertain the city residents. He will tap his feet on the songs like Govinda Aala Re and Gangnam Style. Producer Vasu Bhagnani who is credited with films like Collie No. 1, Bade Miya Chote Miya and Shadi No 1 will meet the audience with Rangrezz after a long hiatus. Prozone's Anil Irawane has appealed to people to watch live performance of Jacky Bhagnani.

Din in GB over heaps of garbage in Cidco, Hudco - Source LT


There was a huge uproar in the general body meeting over formation of heaps of garbage due to strike by the sanitary workers since February 25 in Cidco-Hudco areas, demanding release of their pending wages. 
As many as 327 workers of 13 self-help groups (SHGs) are on strike demanding their wages which have been stopped since December 2012. Their term has ended, so the solid waste management (SWM) cell has tabled the proposal demanding extension of their services from December 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, elaborated health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni. 
Raju Vaidya questioned why the Cidco-Hudco residents are forced to suffer because of the AMC's mismanagement.
Mahesh Malwatkar drew attention towards formation of heaps of garbage due to absence of workers who are fed up with the whims and fancies of the civic authorities. Raju Shinde and Balaji Munde urged the AMC to shortlist the contractors by inviting tenders so that the workers would at least get their regular salaries and other benefits like PF, ESIC etc.
Kishore Nagare said why not the section concerned tabled the proposal of continuation before the end of contract period.
Hence, the mayor okayed the proposal directing the health section to ensure that the garbage is cleared promptly. Meanwhile, the corporators Bansi Jadhav and Raju Shinde sat on the floor to press for the demand of providing water in Harsul ward on priority.
Jadhav said that the pipelines have been laid but the water supply is yet to be linked. 
The executive engineer S D Panzade assured of providing Jayakwadi water through tankers in Harsul ward. The mayor directed the authorities concerned to act immediately and informed that a special meeting in her office will be held to discuss the water supply through the tankers tomorrow at 11 am.

Demand for exam fee waiver - Source LT


Yuva Sena — the youth wing of Shiv Sena — demanded that the State Government should waive the examination and tuition fee of undergraduate and postgraduate students of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) as the region has been reeling under one of the worst droughts.
In a memorandum submitted to the vice chancellor on Wednesday, district president of the organisation Rishikesh Khaire said people from the region, especially farmers, are the most affected by the drought. "Students hailing from drought-affected areas are facing financial difficulties. Though the government had announced to waive their examination fee, it has not yet issued written orders in this respect," he said, adding that colleges are not issuing no-due certificates unless students clear their tuition fee. 
The memorandum was signed by general secretary of the students council Versha Khedkar, Tukaram Saraf and Kiran Tupe.

Killing animals as offering barbaric act - Source LT


A renowned Buddhist preacher, Bhadant Upgupt Mahathero, said that killing the animals to appease the gods is a barbaric act and it will not help achieve the welfare of humanity at all.
He was speaking during the inauguration of 2nd rural Buddhists' conference at Warkhed in Gangapur recently.
Speaking further, he said, "Sacrificing the animals is not only loss to the nature but also to the humanity. The superstitious customs and traditions are deep rooted in rural areas. In villages during religious fairs hundreds of birds and animals are butchered as offering to the gods and then superstitious people devour it." 
He administered a pledge to the participants neither kill nor allow others to kill the animals.
Bhadant Mahabodhi, Bhanti Amrutanand and Bhante Sanghpriya also spoke in the meet.

Metro Metal bags 2 national awards - Source LT


Metro Metal Industries which is based in Chikalthana MIDC, has proved it excellence on national level, when the company bagged two awards. First award was given for innovative product range (metal furniture) category and the second award was for personnel excellence. 
The Akhil Bhartiya Udhyog Kranti Award for 2012-2013 has been conferred by All India Council of Social and Economic Development. 
The medal and award were presented to the managing director of Metro Metal Industries Younus Khan by Rashmi Sardar (AGM, RBI Foreign Exchange). Also present were Dr. Brij Bushan Sharma (Director, National Informatics Centre), Tushar Patel (Senior Manager PWD), Shankar Sharma (AGM, RBI), Dr. Ranjeet Sharma (Senior Asst. Director ICAI) and Dr. Ashok Kumar respectively. 
The award ceremony was held along with a conference on 'Enhanced role of modern entrepreneur for social and economic development of our nation' on 25th February in New Delhi. 
The managing director of Metro Metal Industries Younus Khan pledged to improve and provide quality and more futuristic designs in furniture. Industrialists from Maharashtra have congratulated Younus Khan for making a mark on national level.

Temples donate money to tackle drought - Source LT


In a praiseworthy move, a small temple committee has come forward to contribute substantially to the Chief Minister's fund to tackle the grave drought situation prevailing in Marathwada. The drought situation in the backward region has reached alarming proportions with the land cracking for want of water.
It is in this context that the Shri Shardashram Gruhnirman Society which has established a unit of Shri Raghvendra Seva Sangh at Paithan Gate has decided to donate Rs 50,000 towards the CM's relief fund. 
The CM's Distress Relief Fund is a source of financial assistance for those struggling to overcome distressful situations in life following the severe drought situation. This assistance is of great help to the poor and needy, and is generated through generous contributions from the public. The temple organises various social, religious and cultural programmes for the benefit of the people. A delegation of the temple trustees called on the district collector and handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the official. They urged the collector to use the money for the benefit of the drought-affected people. Temple managing committee chairman VM Girdhar, vice-chairperson Nileema Mudgalkar, D D Basarkar, Surendra Gangakhedkar, Narayanrao Mudgalkar and secretary Subhash Bindu were present on the occasion. They said it had been decided to donate money to the CM's fund as the drought situation in Marathwada is very grave and poor villagers affected by the drought should be helped. Meanwhile, the trustees of prominent temples across Maharashtra have taken the lead in extending assistance to tackle the drought situation in parts of Marathwada and western Maharashtra.
The Buldhana-based Gajanan Maharaj temple trust had initiated a series of measures to tackle the crisis a decade ago. Shirdi's Sai Baba temple trust, Siddhivinayak temple and Pune's Dagduseth Ganpati shrine have come forward to assist the State Government.

Summ to address city architects - Source LT


 An internationally famous Singapore architect, Wong Mun Summ, will address the city architects at the Rukhmani auditorium of JNEC on Thursday at 6 pm. He is coming to Aurangabad to participate in the 19th programme of relationship partner programme being implemented by the city branch of the Indian Institute of Architects.
The chief guest and main speaker, Summ, in his mid-40s, will answer the queries of the audience after an open interaction with a city architect Ajay Kulkarni.
Summ is one of the founder directors of WOHA. He will throw light on the WOHA achievements across the world. An amazing variety of designs in the building works has been done by Summ, in spite of landscaping being the common theme in most of his works. The firm is specially known for the skyscrapers built in China and Australia. Apart from this, the firm also has designed buildings for hotels, schools, colleges, resorts, stations and houses.
The office-bearers of the institute namely Alkesh Gangwal, Ajay Thakur, Niraj Badjate, Sanjay Pathe and Sunil Bhale have appealed to the institute members and students to participate in the programme.

Director General NCC visits Aurangabad - Source LT


Lt Gen PS Bhalla, PVSM, AVSM, DG NCC during his visit to Marathwada region addressed Army officers and Associate NCC officers at Aurangabad on Wednesday.
He said he was happy to interact with the team which has the onerous task of training and guiding a sizeable strength of youth of this region. He shared his vision and explained details of various initiatives undertaken by the Directorate General at Delhi which are at different stages of finalisation with the Ministry of Defence as well as other ministries.
To make NCC a more responsive and effective organisation towards galvanising the youth of the country, the 'training philosophy' has been reframed after obtaining study reports from premium institutes entrusted with the task. 
The thrust area is to develop the personality and character of a cadet in such a way that not only does he grow into a confident and self assured young man/woman but also nurtures such values which contribute towards building a healthy society and nation. 
The changes expected include addition of NCC curriculum as an elective subject at graduation level. An interactive workshop to this effect, under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development is slated on March 21 where vice chancellors of 33 universities will participate. Thirty universities have 'in principle' agreed to run the curriculum as a pilot project in the next academic session. 
The senior division curriculum will now be covered over a period of three years during the graduation course from the coming academic year instead of two years, as is presently being followed. 
Gen Bhalla covered a wide range of subjects which also included the efforts of chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education, to include the syllabus covered by NCC, as an additional subject for classes 9th and 10th. He informed that the avenues in employment now available to NCC cadets are increasing not only in the armed forces but also in paramilitary forces and central police organisations like the CRPF where over 60% recruits are ex-NCC cadets. 
Even private industries like Reliance and Sahara group give preference to ex-NCC cadets for their security establishment, he said.

Mayor approves proposal for additional Rs. 42 lakh - Source LT


120 flats to be built for SC and neo-Buddhists at Harsul under Ramai Awas Yojana
Mayor Kala Oza today approved an administrative proposal seeking an additional provision of Rs 42 lakh in the revised budget-2012-13 for the construction of 120 flats at Harsul for SC and neo-Buddhist citizens affected by road-widening works, under the Ramai Awas Yojana (RAY).
The AMC is awarding a flat to each property owner in lieu of his/her land acquired for the road-widening under the Development Plan (DP).
Under RAY, the AMC is granting Rs 2 lakh to each beneficiary. For the convenience of these beneficiaries, the AMC had passed a plan of constructing multi-storeyed building comprising 120 flats at Harsul (gut no. 216) on a build-operate and transfer (BOT) basis.
"The project contractor has agreed to build flats at the rate of Rs 2.35 lakh each. As the AMC is providing Rs 2 lakh to each beneficiary, it will have to make a provision of the difference amount (Rs 35,000)," BoT chief Sikander Ali said, adding that the provision of Rs 42 lakh (Rs 35,000x120=Rs 42 lakh) is to be made in the revised budget.
The AMC aims at constructing 512 flats in four buildings viz A, B, C and D wing. A-wing will be accommodating persons affected on 10 DP roads (1st phase) and proposed 20 roads (2nd phase) in the remaining wings. 
"The beneficiaries from Town Hall, Makai Gate and Phulenagar will be accommodated in A-wing. Each flat is of 269 square feet (carpet area) size," said Ali.
While hinting at huge irregularities committed while preparing the proposal, Afsar Khan questioned why the AMC was planning to construct 512 flats when the beneficiaries were few.
Krishna Bankar and Raju Shinde also urged the AMC to be fair in allotting flats, while Raju Vaidya demanded to know what action the AMC would take against the contractor in case of substandard construction.
Kashinath Kokate appealed to the AMC to release a public notice listing the benefits offered under the RAY.
Mujeeb Alam Khan accused the civic administration of misleading citizens by publishing wrong information and assurances in media. 
Khwaja Sharfoddin inquired about the compensation and facilities for the road-widening affected persons belonging to other castes.
Ali said the survey of Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana was still under way. 
Leader of opposition Zafar Khan drew the attention of the general body meeting towards Kham River victims who have been on a fast for the past 28 days.
Winding up the meeting, the mayor okayed the proposal stating that Kham River victims belonging to SC and neo-Buddhist categories would also be given flats at Harsul.

41 new cases of leprosy identified - Source LT


Although the government had declared the eradication of leprosy from the country three years ago, the number of leprosy patients in Aurangabad has recently been on the rise. As many as 41 new patients with leprosy were identified in the ten months between April 2012 and January 2013. 
The matter came to the light after the volunteers identified the new patients and informed the district public health office. They found 41 new leprosy cases have been recorded in the last six months. The volunteers who report new cases are paid by the health department.
The real number of the patients suffering from the leprosy might be higher as people tend to hide the disease due to the fear of the social stigma that is associated with it. Volunteers reporting new cases are paid Rs 100 per patient. Zilla parishad health authorities paid Rs 4100 to the health volunteers this month.
Meanwhile, as many as 171 leprosy patients were fully treated with the help of DOTS treatment procedure in Aurangabad district. Health volunteers tending to the patients are paid Rs 250 per patient. Thus a cumulative amount of Rs 42,759 was paid to these volunteers.
"The DOTS treatment is very effective. Leprosy patients need not only medication but also proper support for rehabilitation in society," said volunteers.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Garbage lifting work at night yielding result - Source LT


The Solid Waste Management (SWM) cell today claimed of lifting hundreds of metric tonnes (MT) of garbage during its night shifts introduced in the jurisdiction of the Ward D office, in the past 10 days. 
The night shift (10 pm to 1 am) began from February 16 on pilot basis. "We have pressed into service three labourers, who empty hook-loader trolleys placed at 5 important spots at night. Each trolley has the capacity to store 7 MT garbage. We are vacating these five trolleys (7 MT x 5 = 35 MT) every night, excluding Sunday," said SWM cell incharge Dr Jaishree Kulkarni.
The Ward D, the biggest in the city, comprises 16 election wards. The daily generation of garbage during daytime (regular schedule) is also 35 MT, said Dr Kulkarni adding that two more auto-loading rickshaws have been introduced for the task of lifting garbage during morning and night shifts.
Arrangement of manpower in Cidco-Hudco!
Referring to the strike by the sanitary workers of self help groups (SHGs) in Cidco-Hudco, the SWM cell incharge said, "We have made arrangements of 25 labourers from the jurisdiction of the other Ward Office for lifting the garbage in Cidco-Hudco areas (comprising 22 election wards)." 
Meanwhile, all the ward officers (WOs) have been directed to spare their manpower for lifting garbage in Cidco-Hudco till the strike is not called off. It may be noted that 327 sanitary workers of 13 SHGs had stopped lifting garbage and other sanitation works since February 25.

Bamu seeks help of pvt colleges' staff - Source LT


The administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University is seeking help of staff of private colleges in the work of examinations which are beginning 15 days earlier than usual, this year.
Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, vice-chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande said the Examinations Department preponed examinations by 15 days due to drought situation in Marathwada. 
The Examinations Department, which is already facing shortage of staff, is finding it difficult to manage workload due to rescheduling examinations to March 7. It also decided to finish all the exams in just 27 days. Over 2.50 lakh students will take the examinations in this session. 
The Department is grappling with various works like clearing cases under redressal system, disposing of Malpractice cases and issuing hall tickets. It has around 65 permanent officers and employees and of them, 10 to 20 per cent staff have been sent for election duty. Therefore, it has decided to seek help of teaching and non-teaching staff members of affiliated colleges in the examinations work.
Dr Vijay Pandharipande said that the university will appoint four experienced employees from each district for the custody and delivery of question papers. Four districts Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed and Osmanabad fall within the jurisdiction of the university.

CET for MCA on April 7- Source LT


The Common Entrance Test (CET) for the admission to the first year of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved full-time three year course of master of computer application (MCA) 2013-14 will be held on April 7. It will be conducted by the directorate of technical education (DTE) for those seeking admission to the first year and direct second year in the institutions affiliated to the AICTE.
A detailed notification regarding availability of application kit, filling up online CET application forms, eligibility criteria etc will be published in leading newspapers and available on the official website www.dte.org.in/mca2013.

City students making movie! - Source LT

n Shooting for 'Gentleman Dude' begins today
The main intention behind producing the film in Aurangabad is to provide an opportunity to local youths to showcase their talents. There are many locations in and around the city where shooting of films can be done. We are getting guidance from several experts in the making of this film.
Youths from Aurangabad, or for that matter Marathwada, move to Mumbai to try their luck in Bollywood. But some students, in their bid to change the trend, have decided to make a movie in the city itself.
Titled as 'Gentleman Dude,' the low-budget film (Rs 20 lakh) is based on the life of today's youths and its shooting scheduled to begin in different parts of the city from Wednesday onwards. A joint initiative of students of the Mass Communication and Journalism Department at Dr Bababsaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and Marathwada Institute of Technology, this one-and-a-half-hour long movie will have three songs and is expected to be ready March 9. Ajit Thombre has written the script.
Rohit Mehta is playing the lead role in this movie, while other cast members include Siddharth Waghmare, Shubham Joshi and others.

AMC seals 4 mobile towers for recovery - Source LT


An Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) squad today sealed four mobile towers erected in Bhagyanagar (2), Nutan Colony and Sabzi Mandi (Paithan Gate) for tax recovery. The civic body had sealed 12 mobile towers last week to recover huge property tax dues. The companies were to clear Rs 6.5 lakh till March last. The action has been taken by assessor and collector of tax Shivaji Jhanjhan, ward officer S R Jarare and their team. 
Ward A seals four shops 
Meanwhile, the Ward A officers also sealed four shops from City Chowk, Shahgunj and Juna Bazaar areas to recover property tax dues above Rs 1 lakh. The action was taken by administrative officer Priyanka Kesarkar, tax inspector Yamin Ali Khan, Hasan Khan, M V Ali and others. 
The officers faced public anger while sealing the shop in City Chowk as the owner objected to the tax levied on his small shop. An ice cream parlour near Mahatma Gandhi statue was sealed to recover Rs 1.46 lakh in dues since 1980s. 
The owner tried his best to pressurise and influence the AMC team to evade action, but to no effect. The AMC also sealed two dilapidated shops in its complex at Juna Bazaar.
                                                     

Notification out for 3rd phase land acquisition - Source LT


The State Government has recently issued a notification for acquiring 6061 hectares land in 18 villages from Aurangabad and Paithan tehsils in the third phase acquisition for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). 
The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has sent a letter to the district administration asking it to expedite the process for the land acquisition. 
Now, the process for acquiring 8000 hectares land for the second and the third phase is likely to be implemented simultaneously. This would be the biggest land acquisition process in Marathwada. 
Under the DMIC, an international standard industrial estate will come up on Shendra-Bidkin stretch. In the first phase, 550 hectares land in Karmad Shivar was to be acquired. Farmers agreed to part with land after they were offered the rate of Rs 23 lakh per acre. The first phase land acquisition process is in its final phase now. 
In the second phase, 2300 acres land from Bidkin, Nilajgaon, Nandalgaon, Banni Tanda and Bangala Tanda is to be acquired. The farmers are not ready to accept Rs 20 lakh per acre offered by the administration. 
Even as the negotiations continue, the State has issued notification for the third phase land acquisition. 
This phase includes 842.42 hectares government land which is to be handed over to the MIDC.

Free lectures on physics on website - Source LT

It also covers NCERT syllabus and scientific experiments
A website comprising a set of NCERT syllabus, over 4,000 free online lectures and a multimedia presentation of scientific experiments, has been developed by a physics expert Ashish Arora.
Arora, who has been working in education sector since over 20 years, has developed the website "physicsgalaxy.com http://physicsgalaxy.com/>" after researching the subject for the last six years. The website helps student understand and grasp concepts in a better way without spending hefty fees in coaching centers. Ashish said, "Whether it is CBSE, IIT-JEE or Olympiad exams, students are involved in coaching where they get fast-track guidance by paying lakhs of rupees. The website has 3,800 videos on math, science, humanities and statistics and over 4,000 videos only on physics. The website is touted to be largest of its kind in the world".
According to Arora, in order to improve the traditional methods of teaching in schools and to empower students' needs in India and abroad, it is necessary to have such a platform. "Instead of going to coaching classes, these students can now prepare for their exmas sitting in their houses," he said. "More than 3 lakh students have watched these lectures. So far, the response is outstanding. We are also planning to start study games so that students grasp concepts easily," he added.

City may get water supply after 3 days! - Source LT


The AMC will be constructing two approach channels upto the AMC emergency water pumping station and left canal (fetching water to the AMC source). 
The ownership of these channels will be with the state government as it had sanctioned funds for them. The plan for digging these channels has been submitted to the district collectorate for approval, said EE Panzade. 
The first 1100 metres long and 7 metres wide channel will start when the water level will be 455 metres. We will desilt upto two metres deep from the level so that the flow of water is maintained in the left canal where the AMC source well exists. 
Incidentally, if the rainfall does not arrive till June/ July and the water level skids to 452 metres, then the AMC will dig the second approach channel - 1100 metres long and 10 metres wide - in the left canal till the Emergency Water Supply Station of the AMC.


The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has appealed to the citizens to use water judiciously and recycle it on individual level. Ignoring these suggestions might compel the civic body to supply water after a gap of three days in May and June, as the level of water in Jayakwadi Dam is depleting rapidly. 
"The water level was 456.365 metres in the live storage on January 23 and has dwindled to 455.958 metres on February 23. The live stock is expected to finish by March 31. So, after April, the civic body would have to lift and supply water from the dead storage and to meet the water demand from May to June, we will have to supply water after a gap of three days," hinted executive engineer S D Panzade.
The decline in water level is an indication of growing temperature and rise in the sultry weather, although summer is yet to arrive. 
Meanwhile, the AMC is eagerly waiting for eight dredging machines at the site as they would be pressed to remove 34,000 cubic silt from the AMC water source - left canal. 
The state government had sanctioned Rs 4.75 crore to AMC to tackle water crisis by taking preventive measures. The AMC will be spending Rs 1.92 crore. The desilting will be done on a one kilometre long and five metres wide patch. The silt will be stored in a pit of 100 x 100 metre that will be dug nearby. The works are expected to start in four days.

AMC to mortgage Shivaji Maharaj museum? - Source LT


The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to mortgage its properties located at prime locations only to obtain Rs 200 crore loan from IDBI bank. 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum' may be one of those properties. Interestingly, Shiv Sena, which plays politics in the name of Shivaji Maharaj, is ruling the AMC when the proposal has been mooted. 
Subhedari Guest House land comes under the jurisdiction of the public works department (PWD). Land on which Late Rajiv Gandhi's statue and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum are situated is also part of the PWD land which hosts Kamala Nehru Children's Park. AMC bagged this land from PWD for museum purpose. At present, this land is in the AMC's possession and for parallel pipeline loan civic authorities might mortgage this museum. 
The administration got nod secretly for the proposal to mortgage properties in January 19 general body meeting and the resolution was signed by the mayor. AMC needed Rs 200 crore loan from the IDBI bank to pay Rs 100 crore arrears of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) and to deposit Rs 100 crore in water payment reserve account for the parallel pipeline. The civic body has already taken Rs 100 crore from the bank in September 2012 to pay the MSEDCL arrears and now for the remaining Rs 100 crore they have decided to mortgage 25 properties worth billions of rupees which include museum in front of the Labour Colony. 
Properties to be mortgaged
AMC main building, weekly market place of Shahgunj, Khadkeshwar library, Kranti Chowk hospital and shopping complex building, Town Hall, Nehru Bhawan building, Shahgunj shopping complex, Jubilee Park garden, Nehru Children's Park at Labour Colony, 26 acres of land at Kanchanwadi's gut number 66, 5, 7/1, 4 and 6, one hectare 21 R land from Gut no. 410 at Chikalthana, Central Naka mechanical workshop, AMC property at Bansilalnagar, 2,447 square metres land in Reliance Mall at Garkheda Road, City Marvel Complex at Nirala Bazaar, City Pride building Jalna Road and Piya Market at Aurangpura are 25 properties to be mortgaged with IDBI Bank. Twenty objections have been received against this proposal. 
Meanwhile, executive engineer S D Panzade said that, land from Subhedari Guest House to Rajiv Gandhi statue is owned by the PWD and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum is one part of it. Now, it is in the civic body's custody. IDBI bank has asked for a letter from PWD and AMC will obtain it soon. Kanchanwadi land is also in the name of the district collector but is owned by corporation. AMC will soon send a letter to collectorate in this regard.

Monday, 25 February 2013

6-hr mega block to hit many trains today - Source LT


There will be a six-hour mega block between Padegaon and Parbhani on Tuesday (February 26) as the work of Road Under Bridge (RUB) will be taken up in the afternoon at 12 and will continue till 6 in evening. 
Meanwhile, superfast Amritsar-Nanded Sachkand Express (No. 12716) will stop at Padegaon for 3 hrs 30 minutes, while Tapovan Express (No 17617) Mumbai to Nanded will also halt at Padegaon for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Public relations officer of South Central Railway (SCR) Charles Herenz said, "On Tuesday (February 26) there will be mega block between Padegaon and Parbhani due to construction of RUB, approximately 160 kms from Aurangabad. It will take nearly 6 hours for the construction work. Some trains will be cancelled, while some will halt at the site of construction for some hours. Inconvenience to the passengers is regretted," he added.
The trains which will be affected during the mega block on February 26 will be train No. 57562-Manmad-Kachiguda passenger from Manvat road to Kachiguda. It will be partly cancelled. The Kachiguda-Manmad passenger (no. 57561) from Purna to Manmad will be partly cancelled and another train no. 57541 will run from Purna to Nanded. 
The Nagarsol-Nanded (no. 57541) passenger will run till Selu. On February 27, Kachiguda- Manmad (train no. 57561) will be partly cancelled.
The train from Kachiguda will run between Nanded to Manmad only.
                                                 

Expo of rare documents inaugurated - Source LT


As a part of sesquicentennial celebrations of establishment of Bombay High Court, unique exhibition of important legal documents of great person"s viz. Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, portraits of towering personalities and artifacts of historic importance and intrinsic value has been inaugurated by senior Justice S B Deshmukh. Justice K U Chadiwal, Ambadas Joshi, S S Shinde, A V Nirgude, S V Gangapurwala, T V Nalavde, M Y Joshi and Sunil P Joshi of Bombay High Court, Bench at Aurangabad were guest of honor. Justice (Retd) A S Bagga, A S Bhate, S C Malte, N. P. Chapalgaonkar and A B Naik were present for the function. Assistant Solicitor of India Alok Sharma, Chairman of Bar Association, S T Shelke, Vice President of Bar Association A B Kharosekar and Geeta Deshpande were special gust of the function. 
Hand written letters of Bal Gangadhar Tilkak, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Degree certificate of Barrister Babasaheb Ambedkar, collectionof judicial and non judicial stamp papers used from 1823 to 1922, Original Solicitors" roll on handmade paper from 1824 to 1976, Senior advocates roll from 1924 to 1948, portraits of last British Chief Justice Sir Leonard Stone, Bombay High Court, M C Chhagla, Dr. B R Ambedkar, raremost photo of Vallabhbahi Patel, Map of Mumbai island and lots of other visuals are attracting spectators. 
Solictor Rajan Jayakar of Mumbai is an organizer of the exhibition. He has taken special efforts to collect material required for display in the exhibition. He was available to explain all historical details to the spectators of the event. Mrs. S.S Garge(Aurangabad) is assisting him. 
From view of getting an opportunity to visit this unique exhibition to maximum number of students, Registrar of the High Court Vijay S Kulkarni has communicated with all colleges and schools in Marathwada. Also, special invitations are sent to the Vice Chancellors of Universities in Marathwada. 
The exhibition is open to all at free of cost up to March 18, 2013, between 10 am to 6 pm. 
Spectators can visit the exhibition on government holidays and Sundays also.
   





YCMOU cancels convocation prog - Source LT


The students of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University who were enthusiastic to attend the convocation ceremony scheduled on March 23, have been disheartened as the ceremony has been cancelled. Now the students are asking about the next date of the ceremony. 
Those who pass degree exam were eagerly awaiting for the convocation ceremony. The convocation holds significance for those students, who complete their degree externally or through distance learning method. 
Hence, some students after getting instruction from the university to attend the ceremony had decided to go to Nashik to attend it. Some of them had even booked railway and buses tickets. Now, these students are in rude shock after learning that the convocation ceremony has been canceled. 
The students said that the university has humiliated them by cancelling the ceremony. Those students passed the degree exam last year were given the degree in a convocation ceremony held at Aurangabad centre last month.
This year a total of 11,619 students from Aurangabad centre have passed the degree exam wherein highest—-7978 students are from BA stream.
A student Sukhdeo Deshmukh who has passed the degree exam from Open University, said, "I have completed the degree while working at Mondha. I was dreaming of getting degree at the convocation ceremony."
Another student Chaitali Kamble said, "I got married at very tender age and thus could not attend college regularly. 
Hence, I took admission in the Open University and completed the degree. I was hopeful of getting a snap while accepting the degree. I will have to wait for some more time," she said.
                                                            

Gamma, halifax nails treatment may come to India, says Phute - Source LT


Treatment of fractures with gamma and halifax nails currently being used in United Kingdom can also be introduced in India in coming days, said president of Aurangabad branch of Orthopedic Association Dr Uday Phute. 
Dr Phute was speaking to Lokmat Times after a symposium here. Aurangabad branch of Orthopedic Association under the aegis of Maharashtra Orthopedic Association had organized a symposium titled 'Meet the Masters 2013' at Hotel Ajanta Ambassador.
Dr Phute said, "Dr Halder is pioneer in designing two nails—-Gamma nail and Halifax nails and he is expert in its usage. The nails are used for high bone, leg, knee, arm, forearm fractures. These nails are used in close surgical procedures. In conventional rod, the natural healing procedure is disturbed. However, nail technique helps in healing the bones almost naturally which is its great advantage. The technique is expected to be used in India in coming times after due procedure is followed."
Earlier, while delivering the inaugural speech, Dr Halder said, "Gamma nails and Halifax nails are being used across the world to heal various bone related problems. The same procedure can be followed in India as well."
Prominent among those present were noted orthopedic from Solapur Dr Bhaskaran Shivshankar, Maharashtra Orthopedic Association president Dr Sharad Pagare, secretary Dr Nitin Deshpande and Dr Prakash Sigedar. As many as 237 delegates from across the State participated in the programme. Secretary of Aurangabad branch of orthopedic association Dr Santosh Ranjalkar conducted the proceedings of the programme while its president Dr Uday Phute proposed a vote of thanks. Dr Subhash Halder inaugurating the symposium titled 'Meet the Masters 2013'. Also seen are Dr Santosh Ranjalkar, Dr Prakash Sigedar, Dr Nitin Deshpande, Dr Subhash Halder, Dr Bhaskaran Shivshankar, Dr Sharad Pagare and Dr Uday Phute.

Make difference in world with skill, says Prof Colin ■ Graduation Day at Institute of Hotel Management - Source LT


"I now confer the awards on you," said Prof Colin Bamford, associate dean and head of Logistics and Hospitality Management, Business School, University of Huddersfield(UK) while giving away degrees to the graduates of hotel management and culinary arts on the graduation day at the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad. 
The programme was held at Ball Room, Vivanta Taj on Monday. 
Boosting the morale of young graduates, he said, "Go out in the world and make difference by becoming self reliant." 
Concluding his inspiring convocation address, he quoted M K Gandhi, "Live as you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you are going to live forever."
Chairman of Maulana Azad Education Trust Padmashree Fatma Rafiq Zakaria presided over the function. While speaking, she said, "Hotelier and chefs each of you possess immense and special talent. With handsome pay now you will face the world as you have gained practical and theoretical knowledge during the graduation," she added. 
The most prestigious trophy named after Kaizad Kamdeen (IHM-A, alumni) who died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks while saving the life of customers at Hotel Taj in Mumbai was given to Jaymin Preetsingh, who was not present due to his official engagement.
Dr Rafiq Zakaria excellence award was presented by Padmashree Fatma Rafiq Zakaria to Hotel Management (HM) graduate Kush Rathi and Culinary Art (CA) graduate Anaita Dhondy, while Nestle award for excellence was presented to CA graduate Arpita Arora.
Colin Bamford presented the first, second and third prizes to Kush Rathi (HM) and Anaita Dhondy (CA), Bhanupriya Bishnoi (HM) and Jagjit Sahani (CA), Richa Apte (HM) and Vivek Suri (CA) respectively for best performance.
Many students also won awards for academic excellence, extra-curricular activity, sports, right winning attitude, humanity, food presentation and styling, research presentation, outstanding performance, etc. 
After the convocation, a party was thrown open to celebrate the evening. Chairman of IHM-A board of governors, Raymond Bickson said, "I am honoured to be here today as these young graduates will take this institution to new height and will make names in history. Remember to work with passion, perseverance and have trust within yourself," he said. Principal of IHM-A Satish Jayaram said, "By 2020 there will be requirement of 2 lakh HM graduates and 35000 managers, 20000 supervisors in the hotel industry. Do whatever you can to shape the future but never say die. 
Your self esteem is temporary, adversity is going to be a part of your life, so, embrace professional life with full heart, " he added. Director of Dr Rafiq Zakaria Center for Higher Learning and Advanced Research Dr A G Khan, general secretary of Maulana Azad Education Society Dr Maqdoom Farooqui and senior vice-president of Taj Hotels H N Srinivas , principal Shahed Shaikh, Satish Pawar, Shaikh Dastagir, Zakirullah, Ganesh Gaikwad and Sahebrao Jadhav were also present on the occasion.
                                        

'Ruturang' festival concludes n An exhibition of handicrafts was also held - Source LT


Ruturang, a festival of cultural programmes organised by Rotary Club of Aurangabad, concluded on February 24 with the presentation of folk art from Lavani by Surekha Punekar. 
The festival was inaugurated on February 21. Presentation of Sufi Kawwali by Warsi Brothers, Indian classical music by Sudhir Bahirgaonkar and Shobha Joshi, Violin recital by Sangita Shankar, Tabla recital by Pt. Mukundraj Dev were attractions of the festival. 
An exhibition of handicrafts was also part of Ruturang. Minister of state for cultural affairs Fouzia Khan was the guest of honour for the concluding ceremony. Arti Patankar, Umesh Bugde and Vijay Ramdasi took effort for the success of the event.

40-member IIA local team studies creations of Ar Bawa - Source LT


A 40-member team from the Indian Institute of Architects, Aurangabad centre had been to Sri Lanka recently to study creations of globally acclaimed Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. 
Bawa had obtained a degree in law from Britain and was a practising lawyer in Lanka but his heart was not in the legal profession. He later toured the globe and finally bought a house in Italy and developed a beautiful garden. 
Later, he came back to Sri Lanka on the request of his brother Bevis and bought a big property called Rubber Estate near Betonda village and developed it on the line of Italian garden concept. This inspired him to become an architect. He went to London in 1957 and became an architect. 
He later based himself in Kolupittiya village. There, he was living in a rented row house at The Alfred House Estate, a complex of four houses. He later made his office and house by combining all four houses that he bought from Herald. 
This has become a revered place and tourist centre in Sri Lanka. The local team was very much impressed after visiting his creations including new office, which has now been converted into a restaurant Galleries, Hotel Hilton, Sima Malakaya Buddhist temple, Hotel Heritance Kandalama, Bentota Beach Hotel, Hotel The Blue Water, The Fortress, Lighthouse Hotel and Sri Lanka Parliament. The team found that Sri Lankan citizens had special affinity for Indians. 
Architects Alkesh Gangwal, Piyush Kapadia, Yogendra Ballal, Namrata Paraswani and Amruta Daulatabadkar took special efforts for organising the tour which was effectively planned by Amit Jain of Manmandir Travels. Indian Institute of Architects, Aurangabad centre team that visited Sri Lanka recently

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Aadhaar enrolment still off the target - Source LT


The ambitious Unique Identification (UID) project is still far off the target in the district. The enrolment for getting Aadhaar card has merely touched 45 percent figure even after more than one year of its launching in the district. Besides, many citizens who had enrolled for the project one year ago, are still awaiting for the delivery of their cards. The enrolment for the project started in January 2012. The scheme which is being implemented across the country will prove very helpful in curbing many malpractices in the government scheme including misappropriation of funds, bogus beneficiaries and benefit to genuine beneficiaries to name a few. 
At present as many as 110 machines have been installed including 80 in rural parts of the district. Three agencies have been entrusted with the task of enrolment-Wakrangi, Alankit and Take Smart for the enrolment. However, the enrolment work is moving at a snail's pace. In the district the enrollments of 16.89 lakh people have been done against the total population of 36.95 lakh population in the district. Given the current progress of enrolment, it seems it will take another one year for covering the majority of population. There are many complaints about the scheme in the district. Many people who have enrolled to get the cards last year are still clueless about the cards. Some people have received the cards wherein some mistakes have surfaced on the cards. They are also in a quandary whom to approach for correction in the card. Deputy collector Manjusha Mutha, who has been appointed in the flying squad for HSC exam, could not be contacted to seek her version.

Autonomy: Proposals invited from colleges - Source LT



With a view to reduce the load of colleges on its administration and give them autonomy, the administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) has invited proposals from them for 'autonomy status'. The University Grants Commission had issued a letter to the universities asking them to invite proposals from the affiliated colleges for autonomy. The number of colleges is increasing every year and many universities are finding it difficult to implement affiliation process and hold examinations. BAMU, which has 419 colleges affiliated to it, is no exception.  Under the autonomy, colleges will have freedom to design their own syllabi and examination pattern. They can also declare results on their own and the parent university is left with the job of issuing degrees only. There is thus little interference of the university in the administration of colleges.  The importance of autonomous colleges was mentioned in the UGC document in the XI Plan profile of higher education of the country. It was clearly stated the only safe and better way to improve the quality of undergraduate education is to delink most of the colleges from the affiliating structure. Colleges with academic and operative freedom are doing better and have more credibility. The financial support to such colleges boosts the concept of autonomy. Therefore, the UGC has proposed to increase the number of autonomous colleges to spread the culture of autonomy, and the target is to make 10 per cent of eligible colleges autonomous by the end of the XI Plan period.  Acting on the UGC initiative, the director of Board of College and University Development Dr M S Shingare has issued a circular inviting proposals from the colleges for autonomous status by February 28. As on today, only Government College of Engineering has autonomy within the jurisdiction of BAMU. The autonomous colleges will be free to make use of the expertise of university departments and other institutions to frame their curricula, devise methods of teaching, examination and evaluation. They can recruit their teachers according to the existing procedures (for private and government colleges). This will also help the colleges to develop their academic programmes, improve the faculty and to provide necessary guidance by participating in the deliberations of the different bodies of the colleges. Which colleges are eligible? All colleges under Section 2(f), aided, unaided, partially aided and self-financing which are or are not covered under 12(B) of the UGC Act are eligible to apply for autonomous status. This includes engineering colleges. Which courses can be covered under autonomy? Autonomy granted to the Institution is Institutional and covers all the courses at UG, PG, Diploma, M Phil levels, which are being run by the Institution at the time of conferment of autonomous status. Also, all courses introduced by the Institution after the conferment of autonomous status shall automatically come under the purview of autonomy. Partial autonomy cannot be given to any Institution.

Number of tankers increasing in dist - Source LT

To check the growing use of tankers guardian minister Balasaheb Thorat has made it clear that only those villages that have run out of water will be provided with tankers. The statement is seen as an attempt to prevent the tanker lobby which indulges in making a quick buck with its tankers.
As many as 245 tankers in the district supply water to 197 villages in the district. Of them, 23 tankers are owned by the government and 222 are private. Besides, a total of 536 tube wells are being used by the tankers to supply water.
Water sources seem to be depleting fast and more villages are demanding tankers for water. Aurangabad tehsil is the worst hit in the district where as many as 56 tankers are being run to quench the thirst of 43 villages and three localities. As many as 75 tube wells have been acquired in the tehsil, of which 34 are being used by tankers.
In Sillod, 52 tankers have been supplying water to 37 villages for which 130 tube wells are being used.

ILS College winner of moot court contest - Source LT



A team from ILS College of Law (Pune) emerged winner in the final round of the 13th National Moot Court Contest hosted by MP Law College here today. Law Centre of University of Delhi (Delhi) received the second prize. A total of 17 teams from different parts of the country participated in the first round of the two-day contest which began yesterday. Five teams - School of Law of Christ University (Bengaluru), ILS Law College, Pune, Law Centre of Delhi University, MP Law College (local) and Symbiosis Law School (Noida, UP) - entered the final round. Justice P V Hardas from Bombay High Court and Justice V V Afzalpurkar from High Court of AP were judges. The imaginary case of Baba Yogdev Vs Government of India about freedom of speech was prepared by Prof Aman Mishra. Ankita Brigit, the student of Christ College of Bengaluru, bagged adv S A Deshmukh Best Speaker's award.  In the best individual category, Priyanka Joshi from ILS Law College (Pune) received the first prize while Shravayya Paturi from the same college bagged the second prize. The winners were also presented with adv S S Deshmukh memorial memento. Vice-president of Marathwada Legal and General Education Society S D Deshpande presided while Principal of the MP Law College Dr C M Rao, event coordinator Dr Aparna Kottapalle were seated on the dais. Razia Quadri conducted the proceedings Dr Kottapalle proposed a vote of thanks.  Bhagyashri Paranjape, S N More, S G Shirsath, and others took efforts for the success of the event.

1.45 lakh children given polio doses - Source LT


The health department administered pulse polio vaccination to as many as 1.45 lakh children in the city on Sunday. Rest of the children would be administered doses at their doorstep, said Dr Neeta Padalkar. Pulse polio vaccination drive was implemented under polio eradication programmme in the district. Under the drive, the children below 5 years of age were administered doses. There are a total of 1.77 lakh children in the city and as many as 524 booths were set up to give them doses. As many as 1500 employees were deputed on the task. The booths were also set up at bus stand, railway station, toll plaza, airport and malls. The drive was implemented from 8 am to 5 pm. Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) was appealing to the people through loudspeakers installed atop vehicles to bring their children below 5 to the booths. AMC had set up a booth at Prozone Mall where school education minister Rajendra Darda administered a dose to a child. Dr Neeta Padalkar and Dr Rathodkar were among those present.

Visitors throng to take info on properties Pune Property Showcase concludes - Source LT



Prominent builders, who are developing properties in different parts of Pune, provided detailed information about their projects to the visitors of 'Pune Property Showcase', an event organized by Lokmat Group. Today was the concluding day of the exhibition. Visitors were fully satisfied with the clarifications they needed from view of booking property in Pune. Prospective customers evinced a keen interest in visiting Pune to see the locations. Presentation of properties in Pune and surrounding areas, with detailed cost structure, which is affordable for middle class families and suitable for high class societies, was specialty of the event that fetched unprecedented response from residents of Aurangabad district and from entire Marathwada. 
Investors started reaching the venue right from 10 am and continued to throng till 9 pm. They were getting detailed information about the project, distance from Pune city, and quality of construction including amenities on offer. Many investors registered their names with builders and are planning to visit Pune to see the site. Many visitors booked their flat or row house on the spot, because they were aware of the repute of builder. Visitors were happy because they got information about properties in Pune under one roof. Builders were astonished by overwhelming response from investors.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Aurangabad ATS team leaves for Hyderabad - Source LT


A team of Aurangabad anti-terrorism squad has left for Hyderabad today to assist the investigating agencies in the Dilsukhnagar serial blasts, which claimed 16 lives and injured over 120 people on Thursday evening.
According to sources, the team comprises two senior officers and equal number of constabulary staffers. The Aurangabad team has been roped in by the investigating agencies to learn details of some suspected terrorists arrested by city ATS last year and their modus operandi. City ATS has arrested nearly 15 youths, allegedly involved in the conspiracy of German Bakery blasts and low intensity blasts in August 2012.
Apart from Aurangabad, teams of Mumbai and Pune ATS have also been summoned and they will share the modus operandi of the suspected terrorists arrested by them. However, the names and designations of Aurangabad ATS officials that have gone to Hyderabad couldn't be learnt. Superintendent of police (SP) of Aurangabad, Naveenchandra Reddy, expressed his inability to react over the development when contacted for the official version on phone.

Rough draft of solar city plan presented - Source LT


Aurangabad is one of the 60 cities in India including six in Maharashtra - Aurangabad, Nanded, Shirdi, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivili and Thane - which have been selected for the development of solar cities. There is an average rise in demand of conventional energy by 10 to 11 per cent annually. The Solar City project aims at minimum 10 pc and maximum 25 pc reduction in the projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, through a combination of measures. The details of the aid that the AMC would get are as follows: Rs 10 lakh - Preparation of a Master Plan /Detailed Project Report; Rs 10 lakh - Setting up Solar City Cell and its functioning; Rs 10 lakh - supervising implementation and Rs 20 lakh - capacity building and other promotional activities.

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) today welcomed the comments and suggestions by stakeholders committee constituted to develop Aurangabad into a Solar/Green City. Suggestions will be considered while preparing the final draft of the Master Plan (MP) which is expected to be submitted to the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) before March. 
Mayor Kala Oza inaugurated the meeting. Following the orders of MNRE, the AMC had formed the stakeholders committee comprising builders, engineers, architects, government offices, NGOs and academicians. Today's meeting was held at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Centre to present the rough draft of the MP before them 
The AMC had engaged Mumbai-based Darashaw & Co. (P) Ltd as project management consultant to prepare the MP after a survey and interaction with the stakeholders and government officials concerned, in 2011. 
Executive engineer Sikander Ali, deputy engineer P B Bansode, vice-president Anand Menon and project officer S B Francis listened to suggestions and comments. After the approval of the final draft, the AMC will be getting an aid of Rs 50 lakh for the promotion of the solar energy. 
When contacted, Sikander Ali said, "The project aims at reducing the green house gas (GHG) emissions by promoting renewable energy. In a Solar City, all types of renewable energy based projects like solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, waste to energy etc. may be installed along with possible energy efficiency measures depending on the need and resource availability in the city."
The MP of the city includes the base line for energy consumption during the year 2008, demand forecasting for the years 2013 and 2018, sector-wise strategies and action plan for implementation of the renewable energy projects so as to mitigate the fossil fuel consumption in the city. 
As per nodal officer of MSEDCL, the status of power connections till 2007-08 was 1.64 lakh (residential), 22,012 (commercial), 3,640 (industrial) etc.

Engineering Expo 2013 kick-starts - Source LT


The second edition of the Engineering Expo 2013 was inaugurated at Ayodhya Nagari Ground on Friday.
The exhibition, inaugurated by mayor Kala Oza, also saw Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) Sanjay Shirsath, Pradeep Jaiswal, MSME Development Institute director G M Ambhore, National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) director P Uday Kumar, associate vice-president, Network 18 Sudhanva Jategaonkar, industrialist Mansingh Pawar and Aurangabad Industrial Suppliers Association (AISA) president Vijay Jaiswal. 
Organised by Network18 Publishing, in association with AISA, the exhibition will play host to various industry giants and market leaders who will showcase some of their best products and services till February 25. MLA Shirsath said the exhibition will give a boost to local industries helping in the development of the entire region. 
NSIC director Kumar said Aurangabad's small scale industries (SSIs) are very promising. "SSIs here have a great future, as they are enthusiastic and are keen to grow. They will play a key role in developing the region," he said.
The exposition will focus on providing opportunities to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to demonstrate their capabilities, among other things, said AISA president Jaiswal.
"This exhibition will offer a platform to industries across the country and enable exhibitors to formalise business alliances for mutual growth," he said. The 250 stalls on display - which will display equipment from almost 30 sectors - are expected to see around 20,000 visitors, he said.
Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) president Sunil Raithatha, Marathwada Association of Small Scale Industries and Agriculture (MASSIA) Dr Uday Girdhari, Aurangabad Zilla Vyapari Mahasangh president Adeshpalsingh Chhabda, among others, were present.

MPSC, PSI exam results declared - Source LT

2,484 cleared
PSI exam
A total of 2,484 candidates have cleared the PSI main examination which include 1,480 from Pune centre, 199 from Mumbai, 518 from Aurangabad and 287 from Nagpur. The passed candidates will have to clear physical test and interview that will begin from March 11 for qualifying , said MPSC authorities. Lokmat News Network
Aurangabad, Feb 22

State Civil Service and police sub-inspector main examination results have been declared by the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).
The exams were conducted last year and results were delayed due to some technical reasons. Hundreds of candidates, who appeared for these exams, were eagerly waiting for the results.
MPSC was criticized by candidates and many others after the schedule for this year's competitive examinations went haywire. Results of several main examinations like state civil services, PSI, sales tax inspector were delayed by nearly seven to eight months.
The PSI main exam was conducted on July 22 last year. Though the norms say results should be declared within 40 days of the examination, the MPSC failed to stick to schedule.
The state civil services main examination was conducted on September 1 to 3, 2012 for the 350 vacant posts of Class-I officers like deputy collector, tehsildar, assistant commissioner of police and assistant sales tax commissioner.
This exam result was also delayed by nearly five to six months. Meanwhile, the examination for the 54 posts of finance and accounts officer was cancelled.
788 clear civil
service exam
Meanwhile, 788 candidates have passed the state civil services main exam from all over state including 188 from Aurangabad centre. The number of students that passed from other centres is as follows: Mumbai - 62; Pune - 492 and Nagpur - 46. Candidates who cleared the main exam have been asked to send their preference number for the posts online on or before March 5.
The interviews will be held at Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune and Kolhapur centres from March 6.