Saturday, 30 March 2013

Helicam captures beauty of Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Ellora - Source LT

There are many spots in the district that can attract tourists from all over the world. However, these destinations are not properly publicized. So, many international tourists despite coming to India, do not visit Aurangabad. 
With an aim to change this situation, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) obtained photos of Bibi-ka-Maqbara and Ellora caves with the help of Helicam technology recently. An advertisement will be made by using shoots to promote Aurangabad internationally.
Over 46 lakh tourists visited the tourist spots in Aurangabad district from 2012 to January 2013. The MTDC earned revenue of Rs 5 crore from them. The figures look huge on paper but are too small when compared to international tourists arrivals in India during this period. 
Bibi-ka-Maqbara and Ellora caves are among the rare monuments in the world. However, both these destinations have not been promoted at international level. 
To give a boost to the local tourism, an advertising agency HPA was given the task of making an advertisement for both the tourist spots by the MTDC.
The picturisation of Maqbara and Ellora was done by the officers and employees of the advertising agency using the helicam technology four days ago. 
Helicam is a remote-controlled mini helicopter used to obtain aerial pictures or motion images using video, still or motion film cameras. 
Shooting was done from the distance of 20 feet to maximum 500 feet. Helicam technology is becoming famous world-wide. Only two agencies have been authorized in India to use the technology. Channels like Discovery and National Geographic use it extensively. Maqbara and Ellora shooting was done at the sunset by director Raj Kaushal. The MTDC had obtained a nod from the central government for shooting of monuments. The work was guided by Dr Jagdish Patil, managing director of MTDC.
Advertising agency will soon complete a quality advertisement of the MTDC for publishing it on international level, said the regional manager of MTDC Chandrashekhar Jaiswal. 
Tourists are attracted towards five destinations in and around the city - Ellora, Ajanta, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Panchakki and Daulatabad. Visitors hardly stay one to two days in the city. MTDC is making efforts to attracting a large number of tourists to the city and make them stay here for more days.

Plug leakages: Darda - Source LT

School education minister Rajendra Darda today ordered the municipal administration to stop wastage of water through leakages. 
Darda reviewed the water scarcity situation in the city, district and region at the Divisional Commissionerate here today. Divisional commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, collector Vikram Kumar, municipal commissioner Dr Harshdeep Kamble, Zilla Parishad chief executive officer Sukhdev Bankar and others were present.
Around 140 million litres water per day (MLD) is pumped from Jayakwadi out of which around 40 MLD is wasted due to several leakages. Hence, it is very important to stop these leakages. The pipelines are broken at several spots due to which there is an imbalance of water supply in the city. Leakages should be plugged and water should be supplied to the Gunthewari areas through adequate number of tankers, Darda said.
"Although there is no dearth of water in the city, the residents in the Gunthewari areas are facing an acute water scarcity due to mismanagement of the administration. Measures should be immediately taken to tackle the problem and unauthorised connections taken from the main water supply pipeline should be closed immediately," he said. Darda obtained information about the available water sources, villages receiving water through tankers, fodder camps and losses of farmers due to water scarcity. 
Jaiswal informed the minister that the entire Marathwada excluding Nanded district has only one per cent live water storage, apart from the dead storage. It is for the first time that reports of the water scarcity situation in the urban areas have also been prepared which has helped the administration to tackle the situation. 
Vikram Kumar said that the live stock in the Jayakwadi dam will last till April 4 while water from the dead stock will be pumped from April 5 onwards. In Aurangabad district, water is being supplied through 389 tankers at present which is expected to increase to 550 tankers in the coming days. 
Municipal Commissioner said silt from the Jayakwadi left canal is being removed. Water level will reduce in the coming days and hence an alternate approach channel is being made near the canal at the expense of Rs 9 crores. 
Darda mentioned that detailed study of groundwater in the rural area is done but such an exercise is not taken up in the urban areas. It is very important that the study of the groundwater of the Aurangabad city should be done. 
The alternate water sources should be found and it is not proper to be completely dependent on the Jayakwadi dam, he said.

Only IQ test reveals your child's aptitude: Shirsat - Source LT

Parents are obsessed with getting admission for their wards in either medicine or engineering which sometimes proves disastrous. Instead of randomly selecting career options, parents should check the intelligent quotient (IQ) during SSC or HSC to opt for a proper career path, said counsellor of Regional Institute of Vocational Guidance & Selection, Shashimohan Shirsat. 
Shirsat was sharing his views at Lokmat Times Coffee Table here on Saturday. He said, "The present trend is that parents are opting for IQ test for their wards before deciding on the career option. IQ test is a scientific procedure and those who choose their career, based on the IQ test results, never fail in their professional life. In schools abroad, there is a counsellor in every school but sadly in India we have a poor approach towards the counselling process. The students who fail in HSC exam become depressed and some even take the extreme step. If we want to avert this situation, counsellors should be appointed at schools and colleges and positive steps are being taken in this direction. "
Shirsat further said, "The healthy atmosphere at home is very vital in order to shape the career of children as they generally imitate the habits of their parents at home. If parents are seen reading at home or even flipping through news papers, the children also tend to read news papers. If there are 3 news papers in different languages, magazines, news and informative programmes on TV, radio at any home, I don't think it is difficult to become IAS or IPS officers. Besides, students should plan their time schedule ensuring that they get at least 6 hours in a day to study. "
Speaking about the general trend, he pointed out that every parent wants their child to become either a doctor or an engineer. Even those students who do not have a good command over mathematics or science take admission in these streams and fail miserably. Parents should consider career options like management, banking, competitive exams, railway and armed forces for their wards.
Elaborating on the concept of IQ tests, Shirsat said, checking IQ does not mean that students have some problem. In our society, there are some misconceptions which have to be dispelled. IQ level of the students is measured on a scale of 9. If the IQ level ranges between 1-4 points, it is considered as general IQ, 5 points is average, 6 is above average, 7 is even better and above that is brilliant IQ. The head quarters of the institute is situated in Mumbai and regional institutes are located at Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur, Latur, Kolhapur and Amravati. The IQ test is done free of cost and Aurangabad centre will conduct the test from April 1. Students who enroll themselves can undergo the test till June 28.

Friday, 29 March 2013

IIA city center to felicitate architects - Source LT

The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Aurangabad centre, is felicitating those architects who have been in the field for more than 25 years.
Similarly, the installation ceremony of the IIA team for 2012-14 will also be held on the occasion. The felicitation function will be held at Hotel WelcomRama International on March 30 at 6.30 pm. The event has been organised with the support of Nagpal Group. 
The guests of honour will be district collector Vikram Kumar, commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar, human development mission executive president Krishna Bhoge, IIA president Prakash Deshmukh and IIA Maharashtra chapter chairman Sunil Digwekar.
Aurangabad centre chairman Alkesh Gangwal, Neeraj Badjate, Sanjay Pathe and others have appealed to students, architects and faculties concerned to attend the function in large numbers.

Aadhaar registration comes to a standstill - Source LT

Adding to the woes of several people frantically trying to get their Aadhaar cards, operators and other employees at 50 registration centres across the city have stopped enrollment process since March 21 to protest against non-payment of their dues. 
The first phase of enrollment, which began a year-and-a-half ago, saw close to 4 lakh being enrolled. However, 8 lakh people are yet to be enrolled in the city. After scrapping the contract of Glodyne company, which had failed to start even one centre, the state government roped in Alankit Finless Ltd for the enrollment, which had started 50 Aadhaar centres in the city.
Majority of the 50 centres were controlled by corporators and therefore, there was an allegation that these centres were being set up in areas that will benefit them for elections. Amidst this, Aadhaar enrollment was made compulsory for school students by March 31 resulting in long queues before the centres. There were also complaints that centres had begun to charge money for enrolment even while the scheme mandates free enrolment.
Meanwhile, more than 100 operators deputed at these 50 centres have stopped enrollment since March 21 stating that the company is yet to pay their salaries, said deputy collector Manjusha Mutha. 
"The enrollment would start afresh from April 2. Moreover, enrollment of Aadhaar of school students will not be mandatory. If any school compels students, they must lodge their complaints with us. People who are asked for money for enrollment must lodge their complaints with us and we will take the appropriate action," she said.

City police moot DCP post for traffic - Source LT

The Aurangabad (city) police have forwarded a proposal for the post of a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) for traffic branch.
Presently, an ACP-level officer is heading the traffic branch of the city police. Keeping the increasing traffic in mind, the demand for a DCP-level officer has been prepared and sent to Mumbai. Apart from this post, one more post of an ACP for the upcoming Osmanpura division of the city police has been demanded. 
"There are three divisions of the city police — Cantonment, City and Cidco — and are controlled by two zones, namely zone I and II. Three divisions divided into two zones is an uneven distribution and to make the same even, we are awaiting sanctioning of an ACP post," deputy commissioner of police (DCP, HQ) Somnath Gharge said.
He said the demand for Satara police station was met last year when home minister R R Patil inaugurated the 13th police station on March 20, 2012. "However, the proposals for five more police stations — at Airport, Vedantnagar, Daulatabad, Harsul and Ranjangaon — have been awaiting a clearance," the DCP told LT, hoping that these proposals will be cleared in the current year.

City's movie director shines in Hollywood - Source LT

Satyajit Kharkar, a youth from Aurangabad, is working as an IT professional in the USA, but still he has conserved his talent in art through activities like plays, movies and short-film. Today, he is a renowned director whose movie 'Coin Toss' has received tremendous response from all over Europe.

Aurangabad's MGM College of Journalism and Communication along with Yashvantrao Chavan Pratishthan, Mumbai, are organising a special show of 'Coin Toss' on March 30. The show will start at 5.30 pm at Rukhmini Hall of JNEC.
Satyajit, a student of Saraswati Bhuvan School and JNEC, has settled as IT professional in Chicago. Even in his busy schedule, he spared some time for his love towards art and is now an active member of the Maharashtra Mandal in Chicago.
Thinking about producing movies
Satyajit wrote a Marathi play 'Chal Sandhi Sadhu' in his college life. His many plays were telecasted on radio. Meanwhile, he acted in several plays. After IT graduation, he worked for some time in India and then shifted to Chicago. 
One day, he gave an audition for a play and got selected. After the play, he acted in some other plays. To give a professional touch to his talent, he completed a short- term course in acting in Chicago. At the same time, he decided to produce a movie and, along with his brother Rahul Kharkar, formed 'Anmol Movies.'
My Dad My Hero
Satyajit's first directed film was 'My Dad My Hero,' which received some awards also. Later, he directed 'DWT,' a short-film in English to spread message of habit of talking on cellphone while driving, and a Marathi documentary 'Jagnyacha Arth Gavsala,' a story of a handicapped boy and his parents.
Cinema is an international language
Though 'Coin Toss' is an English movie, Satyajit believes that language is never a problem for a good movie. In fact, cinema itself is a language of the world.
Chance of interaction with Satyajit
Satyajit is going to interact with his audience after the special show. Organisers principal Prataprao Borade, Aparna Kakkad, principal Rekha Shelke, zonal president Nandkishor Kagliwal and secretary Mukund Bhogale have appealed to people to be present for the event and to encourage him and his art.

Spl prayers mark Good Friday - Source LT

Christians organised special prayers at churches on the occasion of Good Friday.
Good Friday is observed during the Holy Week on the Friday preceding the Easter Sunday. It is a day of mourning. 
According to the Canonical gospel, Jesus Christ was crucified on Good Friday after much sufferings which eventually lead to his death. They lament the death of Jesus Christ which they believe was of great essence as it brought salvation for the human race.
Catholic churches performed the traditional rituals, while the religious leaders addressed devotees giving the Message of Crucifixion. Moreover, religious gatherings for children were also organised at some churches.
Rev Vikas Ransinghe from Solapur of Cantonment's Christ Church, pastoral committee secretary Pradip Takwal, Prakash Nade and other members read out the holy messages. 
John Dheryashil Patole distributed drinking water to all devotees and provided sound and light services to churches, free of cost.
At Saint Philip Church, Rev S S Battise delivered the holy message, while Rev Dicken Vijay Naik and secretary Prashant Nirmal assisted him. Nagpur's Rev Paramjyoti gave the message, while proceedings of the programme were handled by Rev Shanti Mitra. At Saint Stephen Church, Cidco, Rev Mable Athvale delivered the message. 
Other places where special prayers were organised to mark the crucifixion of Jesus include New Christ Church, Bhavsinghpura, Good Shepherd Church, Chikalthana Prajakta Memorial Nazrene Church, Satara Parisar, Church of Christ Ministries, Jalgaon Road, Masnatpur Airport A G Church, E C I Church, Mukundwadi, Two Light Church, N-6, Baptist Church, N-1, Church of Christ Paithannagar, City Nazrene Church, Jubilee Park, Hindustan Convent Church, Kaziwada, World Mission, N- 8, Holy Sion Church, Shatabdi Nagar, Waluj, Ramrai, Vineyard Church, Waluj area, Navjivan Dhara, Bhavsinghpura, Newlife Fellowship Church, Seven Hills, New Life Church, Hublikar Hall, Khadkeshwar, New Life Church Railway Station, Aradhana Fellowship Church, Cidco, Atmik Fellowship Church, Cidco N-8, Emmanuel Church and Bhausinghpura Church.

1292 tankers supplying water in Marathwada - Source LT

Today situation has become so precarious that the number of tankers supplying water in the adrought-hit Marathwada region has touched 1,292 figure at the end of March.
Marathwada comprises Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Osmanabad, Nanded, Parbhani, Latur and Hingoli districts. 
Water is not supplied by tankers in Hingoli district as the need for tankers has not been felt yet, but in other districts 1292 tankers have been pressed into service.
Out of these, 369 tankers are supplying water in Aurangabad, 308 in Jalna, 332 in Beed, 198 in Osmanabad and 82 in Nanded districts. Parbhani has been given only three tankers. In all 1,048 villages and 534 wadis are being supplied with water by these tankers. 
The water is being brought from 2,500 wells acquired by the district administration.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Honey Singh to thrill Aurangabadians - Source LT

The Ecstasy Entertainment and Lokmat Media Group are jointly organising 'Music for Change,' a musical concert, at Garware Stadium on March 31 at 5 pm to raise fund for drought-affected people.
Punjabi rapper, music producer, singer and film actor, Honey Singh, also known as Yo Yo Honey Singh, will present popular songs in different styles. This is the first visit of Honey Singh to the city, who began his career as a recording artiste and became a Bhangra producer. Within a short span, he became a popular singer among youths. He has also begun to produce music for Bollywood films.
A memorable evening on the cards
Honey Singh prefers to sing in his native language Punjabi rather than English, Spanish and French. His Punjabi album 'International Villager' was released in 2011. 
The track 'Gabru' from 'International Villager' featuring singer J-Star (DJ of London) topped Asian music charts (including world iTunes and the official BBC Asian charts).
He has performed at many festivals in colleges of the country.
Honey Singh first stole the limelight after his debut song in Bollywood film featuring Gagan Sidhu in 'Shakal Pe Mat Ja'. He also acted in Punjabi movie 'Mirza- The Untold Story'.
The programme is being hosted jointly by the Ecstasy Entertainment and Lokmat Media Group to raise the fund for drought-hit people. 
Meanwhile, the passes of the progrmame will be available at King and Crush (Jalna Road), Luggage Lounge (Prozone Mall), Aman Sport (Nutan Colony), Mahi Dresses (Osmanpura) and Hanfi's Collect.

Appeals for dry Holi do the trick! - Source LT

Fervent appeals for dry Holi in view of drought seem to have done the trick as the celebrations saw relatively less wastage of water compared to previous years. 
The general mood was to avoid wastage of water, but Dhuliwandan procession organised from Sansthan Ganpati to Gulmandi in the city saw wastage of some water.
A majority of residents celebrated Holi with dry colours across the city following the appeals given by the administration. 
The places where Dhuliwandan was celebrated with the traditional fervour and enthusiasm include Gulmandi, TV Centre, Gajanan Maharaj Chowk, Connaught and Pundaliknagar. 
Old and young alike exchanged festive greetings, sending SMSes and e-mails.
Meanwhile, reports have it that various societies and clubs had cancelled Holi parties and rain dance functions that would have resulted in wastage of thousands of gallons of water.

Aadhaar centres to be set up at public places - Source LT

The State Government has issued a circular to district collector, municipal commissioner and other enrollment agencies to set up Aadhaar registration centres at schools, colleges and public places, owing to public demand for the same.
The Aadhaar card enrollment is on across the State. However, there are some complaints regarding the drive. As a result, the government has given orders to the district collector to implement the registration process at public places. People do not get sufficient information regarding venues of the registration; many are deprived of the benefits of the scheme. These centres are temporary establishments and cause inconvenience to citizens as they are often unaware about their duration and location in a particular area. Thus, these centres will be established in public places.
Accordingly, public places such as government buildings, schools and colleges will be the new venues for Aadhaar card registration. It is expected that the agency involved in the registration should display guidelines, instructions on a board at the venue. The board should also carry information regarding the registration process, the form for it and other details. It should also mention that Aadhaar card registration is free of cost.
"The district collector, municipal commissioner should control the Aadhaar card registration work. In case of any malpractices, action should be taken against the operator, supervisor of the agency concerned. 
Deputy collector Manjusha Mutha said in the next week, centres would be set up at public places guided by the government.

GDCH to install biometric machines - Source LT

The students often bunk classes in the colleges. Many a time the professors also indirectly encourage the students to skip the class. 
In an attempt to curb the malpractice, the government medical college and hospital (GDCH) has decided to install biometric machine to register the attendance of the students. The decision would be implemented from this academic year.
Thus, the students will have to compulsory attend the class. Many a time, it has been seen that many students skip the class on the pretext of boring period. Number of students spend hours while gossiping in canteen.

CCTV cams at TV Centre inaugurated - Source LT

CCTV cameras installed at the TV Centre Chowk were inaugurated by the commissioner of police (CP), Sanjay Kumar, on Thursday evening.

As many as 15 cameras have been installed in the area with an aim of curbing crime and keeping a close eye on anti social and criminal elements round the clock.
MLA Pradeep Jaiswal, DCPs Dr Jay Jadhav, Arvind Chavria, Somnath Gharge, ACPs Ajeet Borhade, Vijay Pawar and senior inspectors of all (7) police stations of zone II were present on the occasion. 
CP Kumar thanked people and traders of this area for coming forward and for their contribution in raising the fund for installation of CCTV cameras. The area sprawled on 3-km areas will be covered by these cameras. The control room of these cameras is at present in the Police Chowky, but soon it will be shifted to the office of DCP Chavria, Kumar added.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

MIDC to lay new 700 mm pipeline - Source LT

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has decided to completely change 700 mm pipeline in the Waluj MIDC. The government has sanctioned the proposal and tender would be issued for its implementation soon. 
Of late, the industries are suffering because of recurrent faults in the existing pipeline laid by the MIDC 30 years ago. The pipeline has now become obsolete. The industries had been gunning for a new pipeline for the last two years. The proposal was not getting administrative nod as it entailed expenditure of crores of rupees. 
Sources said that to ensure competition amongst the contractors, estimated cost of the project will not be declared. 
MIDC water treatment plant is situated near Bajaj Gate. It has laid a network of pipelines in the whole industrial estate. The pipeline upto the Jogeshwari water tower would be changed. 
Industries facing water scarcity 
Industries in Waluj MIDC area are receiving 35 to 38 MLD (million litres per day) of water, instead of 55MLD, which is their requirement, currently. Leaks in the 30-year-old pipeline have decreased the availability of water further.
At present, water is supplied for 45 minutes daily to over 1,400 small and medium industries. The source - Jayakwadi dam - is itself having insufficient water. 
The main industries in Waluj are beer, pharmaceuticals and automobiles. 
Several industries are arranging for water through two to three tankers daily to meet their requirements. Beer industries require four litres of water to produce a litre of beer.

CBA anti-encroachment drive to begin from April - Source LT

Anti-encroachment drive will begin from the next month in Cantonment Board of Aurangabad (CBA). CBA chief executive officer Vidyadhar Pawar said, "According to a survey, it has been found that 5.15 acres of land located in the civil area of Cantonment Board is encroached upon. The board has passed a resolution to remove the encroachments at the earliest. We have issued a tender for selecting an outside agency to implement the drive." According to Pawar, CBA has been preparing notices to send them to land owners with illegal encroachments. These structures will be demolished after completing all formalities. According to the survey, a major area of encroachment exists in Christ Nagar and Laxmi Colony. The first phase will begin from Christ Nagar.
"Police will be involved with us while carrying on this encroachment drive. The lands department of CBA has not furnished the list of actual illegal, encroached properties," he added.
CEO Pawar said, "We will increase vigilance, fence the vacant areas, lodge complaints against offenders and follow Cantonment Act 2006 to prevent recurrence of encroachments."

Admin gears up to desilt J'wadi - Source LT

Divisional commissioner Sanjiv Jaiswal has decided to undertake a challenging task of desilting the Jayakwadi, which is the largest reservoir in Marathwada here on Monday.
Irrigation department, municipal corporation and district administration would jointly undertake the drive of desilting the Jayakwadi. The drive would be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, the desilting of live stock would be taken up in the first week of April. 
Jaiswal took the decision at a meeting attended by collector Vikram Kumar, municipal commissioner Harshdeep Kamble, ZP CEO Sukhdeo Bankar, additional CEO Sambhaji Langore, chief engineer of irrigation department B M Sukre and superintending engineer E B Jogdand.
The drive will be undertaken with available machinery at the irrigation department. He also directed the district administration and municipal corporation to make available the machinery.
The officer directed the irrigation department to make provision for fuel of machinery through new schemes. Jaiswal asked the Zilla Parisahd CEO to hold meetings with villagers living nearby Jayakwadi to lift the sediment deslited from reservoir.
During the meet, the discussion was held on undertaking desilting of dead stock. However, there would be need of advanced machinery to undertake the desilting process. For that matter, Jaiswal directed the Godavari Irrigation Development Corporation to prepare a proposal to purchase such machinery. Dam area-35,000 hectare Sediment in Jayakwadi 
(Storage capacity in million cubic meter)

BAMU revises UG examination paper pattern - Source LT

Students will take 50 marks theory papers, instead of 30

The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University administration has decided to revise the exam pattern for undergraduate courses with 50 marks of theory instead of 30 marks, from the upcoming academic year.
Currently, undergraduate students take 30/20 (theory/practical) mark papers each semester. Following members' demands, the administration decided to make each theory paper of 50 marks. BA/B Com students will no longer have assignments (practicals) of 20 marks. Science students already have separate practicals so they will also not have to take assignments of 20 marks. However, the length of the paper is still to be decided upon. The administration has formed a committee which will decide what the duration of the paper should be. The decision was approved at an Academic Council meeting held on Monday.
Registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane and Board of College and University Development director Dr M S Shingare said that the new pattern will be implemented from the 2013-2014 academic year.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Agitation by A'bad journalists association - Source LT

The Aurangabad Journalists Association has strongly objected to the breach of privilege motion moved by Maharashtra legislators in both houses of the legislature against IBN Lokmat editor Nikhil Wagle and ABP Majha editor Rajiv Khandekar. The journos held a demonstration at Kranti Chowk on Monday. Scribes also shouted slogans against the MLAs who filed the breach of privilege motion. They demanded a separate act for protection of scribes. The journos agitated from 11.30 am to 1 pm. 
A police sub-inspector was thrashed by some MLAs at Vidhan Bhawan and its media's duty to bring to the fore the misdeed as was done by Wagale and Khandekar. It was not a case of breach of privilege, and we condemn the MLAs for tabling the motion, said journalists Dr Anil Phale, Pramod Mane, Balaji Suryavanshi and others.

Farmers to make a bonfire of sweet lime - Source LT

The Marathwada sweet lime growing farmers association will make a bonfire of withered sweet lime trees at the Kranti Chowk on Tuesday (March 26) to protest against the government's apathy to extend a helping hand to them.
A press release stated that orchards on more than 1 lakh acre area have been withered causing loss of thousands of crores of rupees. Although a package has been declared to save the orchards, there is no announcement for those orchards which have already been withered. In such situation, the association has been demanding the government to extend financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh per acre to orchard growing farmers. However, the government is dilly-dallying over the demand and thereby the association is going to make a bonfire of withered sweet lime trees. President of the association Jayajirao Suryawanshi has appealed to the farmers to participate in the agitation.

Forensic lab rebuilds Nizam well for use - Source LT

With the drought affecting almost all sectors in Aurangabad, the forensic lab in Cantonment area has decided to give a new lease of life to a well that was built during reign of Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar.
The only one of its kind in Aurangabad, this lab, which caters to the whole of Marathwada, requires a lot of water to clean the bodies brought to it, as well as laboratory tests. However, since the onset of the drought, its water requirements have been largely met by purchasing water from other sources. However, having found this unsustainable, the lab decided use water from the well behind the laboratory: a well that has lain unused since the time of the Nizam.
The lab, which then filed an application for the use of the well and was approved Rs 1 lakh to make the well usable. After some necessary repair work, such as removal of silt and restoring the broken parts of the well, the lab has now begun to use the well.

Reputed experts from all over the world will participate - Source LT

The Government Medical College and Hospital's (GMCH) pathology department and the Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, Aurangabad are jointly hosting the 62nd annual conference of the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists (AIPM) and annual conference of the International Association of Pathologists (IAP)-Indian Division (IA) titled 'All India Pathologists Conference (APCON)-2013' at the GMCH here, between December 12 and 15. Such a national-level conference on pathology is being held in Marathwada for the first time.
Prior to the conference, the pathology department inaugurated its website — — which will provide details pertaining to Aurangabad and its famous tourist places, railways, flight schedules, registration for the conference and information about the national and international faculties who will address the conference. 
The website was launched in the presence of international figures in the field of pathology: retired colonel Dr Deepak Mishra and Dr D N Lanjewar.
Dr Mishra is now based in Kolkata and is known internationally for his work on blood cancer and blood banks. Dr Mishra said, "The conference will bring the GMCH pathology department in national limelight. Many research papers will be presented during the conference. Around 1500-2000 pathologists will register and the conference will be a success."
Dr Lanjewar was a student of the GMCH and is now a professor at JJ Hospital, Mumbai. He is credited with conducting the highest number of autopsies on HIV positive patients. He had undertaken initiatives to ensure that this national conference is held in Aurangabad. He hopes that the conference will be one of the most successful conferences in the history of national conferences.
Dean Dr K S Bhople presided over the programme. Pathology department head Dr Rajan Bindu also spoke on the occasion. Dr Manjusha Dhavle conducted the proceedings, while joint organiser of the association of Aurangabad Dr Bharat Sonawane proposed a vote of thanks. Association secretary Dr Shaikh Murtuza, professors and students were present.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

MT-CET: Here's chance to correct your mistakes - Source LT

■ DTE issues guidelines to make required changes in forms
■ Last date for submitting online applications is April 7
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has issued guidelines to students to carry out corrections, if any, in their MT-CET 2013 online applications.
Candidates who had confirmed their applications, but later noticed that they had made mistakes in name spellings, date of birth, gender and forgot to sign beneath the photo, will have to follow the guidelines given below.
They will have to login again using their application kit number and password and click on "Send Grievances" button. After filling the details as per the grievances, give correct photo with signature and click on "Submit" button. The message will be checked by CET CELL and reply will appear in students login. Students will have to check the grievances status in their login. If it is approved, then take a new printout and submit it to their schools/colleges concerned. Aadhaar Card number is not compulsory and students can keep that column blank.
Change in subject
Candidates who wish to make a change in MT-CET subject should send a message through the mail box provided for this purpose.
On the basis of a student's request for a change in subject, his/her earlier confirmed form will be cancelled and he/she will be allowed to fill an online form again using the same application kit number and password, confirm and take a printout and submit it to school/college concerned. Candidates should logout after finishing the online activity. More than one candidate should not log on to the same computer system at a time. 
DTE asks colleges to help students
Meanwhile, the DTE has also asked colleges to help students get their mistakes rectified. The colleges should accept black and white printouts rather than insisting on coloured ones. Schools and colleges will have to ensure that printouts of the rectified forms reach the notified centres on time. The last date for submitting the online application, whose sale had begun on March 18, is April 7.

Industrialists join 'green campus' drive - Source LT

As temperatures in the city have begun to soar, several industrialists are now joining the 'green campus' drive to ensure their premises stay cool.
The drive aims at preserving trees, for it recognises that the disappearance of greenery is one of the reasons why temperatures are increasing internationally.
The drive — initiated by Hemant Dadhe, Gajanan Deshmukh, Narayan Pawar and 45 other industrialists from E-70 sector of Waluj MIDC, two years ago — was started with the aim of reducing global warming. 
Two persons were hired to take plant and take care of trees and two persons were hired to keep the inner and outer campus clean. 
These workers were given due benefits under labour laws.
Garbage was regularly removed from the campus and was delivered through a tractor to the dumping ground. Sign boards, including plot numbers of the industries installed at several places, have changed the entire look of the MIDC area. 
Trees planted around the area have not only contributed to the area's beauty, but have also helped keep it cool. 
The success of sector E-70 has inspired other areas also who are now also joining this drive. "We come together once every month and discuss the difficulties we face which include pollution," said Dadhe and Deshmukh.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Holi to be dry this time, but not dull - Source LT

Considering the severe drought in Marathwada and public awareness against the use of synthetic and harmful chemical laden colours, city traders too are preferring selling herbal and environment-friendly colours, this Holi.
Traders are avoiding selling chemical colours and putting more emphasis on herbal dry colours with a view to saving precious water and making this Holi more environment-friendly.
Generally, people used to celebrate Holi using chemical colours which easily dissolve in water and available at low prices. Wet colours mostly use Gentian violet as a colour concentrate, which can cause skin dis-colouration and dermatitis. 
In view of the one of the severe droughts in the recent history, people have decided to celebrate Holi with dry natural colours this time around.
According to market sources, tonnes of natural colours and gulal have been on sale in the city. Nearly 50,000 kg of natural and herbal colours as well as gulal have been brought from Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh). Their rates range from Rs 30 to Rs 80 per kg. 
"This year, natural colours and herbal gulal are certainly in high demand," said wholesale trader Tejpal Jain.

SpiceJet to fly only in evening from March 31 - Source LT

The SpiceJet will operate only evening flight from Aurangabad to Delhi from March 31. There will be no morning flight of SpiceJet henceforth.
The daily Aurangabad-Delhi direct flight arrives from Delhi at 8.25 am and departs to Delhi again at 8.55 am. 
When contacted, Airport Director D G Salve confirmed the development. However, the reasons behind the change in schedule could not be known as the SpiceJet officials were not available for their comment. 
Blood donation camp
The blood donation camp organised at Tribhuvaneshwar temple in the Venus Society on Beed Bypass Road received overwhelming response here recently. Prashant Avsarmal inaugurated the camp. Chandrakant Kulkarni, Kuldeep Shinde, Prakash Taur and Eknath Tribhuvan were among those present.
Move to open pvt
secondary schools
The government has sought proposal from the private institutes to open non government secondary schools on non grant basis in rural parts. The education department has taken the decision of starting secondary schools in those villages where primary schools are already functioning.
The government has sought online applications from eligible institutes. These institutes should submit the hard copy of application for starting the schools to the education officers of concerned districts by April 20.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

SSC geography students may lose 2 marks - Source LT

Students who appeared for their SSC geography paper are likely to lose 2 marks because a figure was improperly printed in one of the questions.
The paper in question was the geography-economics part 2 paper carrying 40 marks. Question number three had three sub questions that were to be answered based on reading a figure. 
The questions were: what is the name of the figure, what was production of fish in fresh water in 2000-01, what was the sea fish production in 2004-05 and what was the total fish production in 1990-91. 
Students had to answer two of the four questions carrying two marks.
However, the figure in the questions that should have been given with the graph was not provided. Furthermore, there was no standard graph measurement for the figure. The ratio on Y axis for production was 10 million tonnes equal to 1.5cm which was also wrong. 
Students could not decipher the question as there was a graph on the figure. "In such a case, it is hardly possible to answer the question correctly," said geography teacher S B Jadhav.
There is a standard graph measures given in centimetres that was absent from this question. 
Therefore, many students could not answer the questions properly even if they possessed the required knowledge, according to Jadhav.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Employability training for engg students - Source LT

Nearly 400 engineering students from the city will now receive special training to help them learn the techniques needed to get a good job in the corporate sector and in other establishments in the upcoming summer. Student who will appear for the final year examinations in the next academic year will be entitled for the training titled 'Employability Skill Enhancement Programme'.
A survey conducted by NASSCOM and the Central Human Resources Development Department has found that about 80 per cent of degree holders lack the skills needed to find good jobs. Most of them cannot even write bio datas, and don't know how to present themselves during interviews.
"We have planned a special training programme this summer to develop students' employability skills," said professor Nitin Bhasme, the chief of training and placement department. The training will be provided as a part of 'Techquip' a special programme under guidance of the Directorate of Technical Education in which experts from Hyderabad-based Globarena Company will train students. Students will be able to appear for online tests to develop employability skill and will also be made aware of the needs of the corporate sector. The 10-day training programme will start from April 26. Training will include Preparing bio datas, practice interviews, group discussions, public speaking, and personality development. The programme aims at increasing presentation skills of students and improve leadership qualities and create self-confidence.

Meet on how to make colours at home - Source LT

Deepshikha Foundation conducted a workshop on making colours at home, through its initiative Commitment to Nature, recently. Foundation director Manisha Chaudhari had organised the workshop. Also, an essay writing competition on various topics was conducted at ten different schools. In this competition, Abhishek Kulkarni, Nikita Shinde and Gargi Shinde were awarded.
A documentary on scarcity of water was screened on March 11 at the Jivan Vikas library, after which books on water were also distributed. There were lectures on topics like Environment and the Human Mind by Dr R R Borade and Management of Water and its Importance by Shyam Khambekar. Senior journalist Dhananjay Lambe, Pravin Jadhav, Sanjay Nimbalkar, who were the chief guests, distributed the prizes for the essay writing competition.

Seminar on water scarcity on Friday - Source LT

A one day seminar to explore the remedies for the water scarcity will be organised by the city unit of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) at Yashwantrao Chavan auditorium in Sanmitra Colony on March 22 (Friday).
Noted historians Dr Ramchandra Morwanchikar, Dr Shaikh Ramzan, and environmentalist Prof Vijay Diwan will deliver speeches on the judicious use of water while MNS contact chief, Gajanan Kale, will be the chief guest.
The party office-bearers namely Dr Sunil Shinde, Dilip Bankar, Bhaskar Gadekar and Ganesh Wankhede will be the guests of honour.
The entry to the seminar is free of costs.The citizens, social activists, students and women are requested to attend it. 
Satnam Singh Gulati, Sumeet Khambekar, Rupali Pawar, Raj Wankhede are making efforts to make the seminar a success. "Kohinoor is the pioneer technical institute in the state that provides technical education to the youth and makes them skilled and employable as a ready product for the industries," says the Director of the Kohinoor Technical Institute Deepak More. The institute provides 10 technical courses of one year duration and has immense focus on the practical training through well-equipped labs and competent faculty. The Aurangabad branch was established in 1989 and has so far produced around 20,000 skilled workmen. The institute also works for getting jobs for its candidates through its special placement facility. Director Deepak More with the team of expert teachers

No worry about water for Abdimandi residents - Source LT

The residents of Abdimandi near Daulatabad have reason to cheer as they are getting enough water at present in grim drought situation. The acquisition of tube well and its refilling is paying them dividends.
In May last year, Abdimandikars were getting water once in a month because the water level of tube well supplying water to the village had touched the bottom.
In order to overcome the problem, sarpanch of village Manoj Pardhi, former sarpanch Daulatsingh Hazari and member Sabir Khan submitted a proposal of acquiring tube well to tehsildar. However, the tube wells which were to be acquired for water supply were situated 2 kms away from the village. It was the main hitch how to bring water from a long distance to the village. 
The grampanchayat submitted another proposal of temporary water supply scheme to ZP. The officials took due note of the problem and approved tap scheme within 7 days. In this way, the tube well was acquired and water lifted from the tube well was stored in the tube well situated in the village to supply water to the villagers. Unfortunately, the water level at the tube well acquired for water supply also ran out of stock in next eight days.
To overcome the problem, villagers dug a 10x10 feet pit near the tube well acquired. The water lifted from Mombatta dam was released in the pit to refill the tube well. In this way the water level of the tube well improved and now the villagers are getting enough water once in four day. This is the first temporary water scheme to be successful in the district.

Slew of events planned to mark World Water Day - Source LT

CREDAI, Aurangabad is organising various programmes at Jagatguru Sant Tukaram Natyagruh (Cidco) on Friday to mark the World Water Day. 
To encourage participation of school and college students, the organisers have also planned poster, painting and slogan competitions on March 24.
The co-organisers of the programmes are Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Global Development Forum (Waluj), Indian Council for Water and Culture, Aurangabad Photographers Association, Press Photographers Association, Aurangabad Mudrak Sangha, Aurangabad Advertising & Marketing Agencies Association, Plumbing Contractor Welfare Association and Aurangabad Industrial Contractors Association.
Participants will be briefed on rainwater harvesting scheme and a demonstration on successful working models will also be held. Renowned water expert Dr Madhav Chitale will inaugurate Jal Pradarshan, while executive president of Maharashtra Rajya Adarsh Gao Yojana Popat Pawar and district collector Vikram Kumar will be the chief guests.
A seminar on World Water Day will be inaugurated by municipal commissioner Harshadeep Kamble in the evening. MP Chandrakant Khaire will preside over it, while mayor Kala Ozha and deputy mayor Sanjay Joshi will be the guests of honour. 
MLAs and MLCs, including Pradeep Jaiswal, Kalyan Kale, Sanjay Shirsaat, Kishan Tanwani and Satish Chavan, will also grace the function.
Organising committee president Pramod Khairnar, secretary Balkrishna Bhakre, co-convenor Nitin Bagadiya, convenor Sushil Bharuka and co-convenor Sangram Patare are taking efforts. 
Former civic chief P N Bhapkar will be honoured on the occasion for implementing the long-overdue development plan of the city.