Monday, 29 April 2013

From Oct. 1, LPG subsidy in bank A/Cs:Source:LT


The government plans to provide subsidy to 14 crore LPG subscribers directly in their bank accounts from October 1, using the Aadhaar payment platform. The government, official sources said, has decided to launch "Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for LPG throughout the country tentatively from October 1". "This (transfer of LPG subsidy) would require a much larger number of beneficiaries to be covered for opening of bank accounts and linked to Aadhaar and banks have been asked to get ready for the launch," said one official. A consumer will have to get his or her bank account seeded with Aadhaar number for getting the LPG subsidy. The annual subsidy per consumer is estimated at /Gotham Book>Rs.Gotham Book>4,000. The supply of subsidised LPG cylinder has been capped at nine cylinders per year for a consumer. /Gotham Book>
DBT scheme: 121 DMs at meeting today
New Delhi: In a bid to ensure proper monitoring of the highly ambitious Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) subsidy scheme, the government has called a meeting of the district magistrates of all the 121 targeted districts here on Monday to discuss ways to address hitches that may have been detected so far.
Source:LT

Major tragedy averted on 7 hills flyover. Source: LT

A major tragedy was averted when the driver of a speeding car managed to control it after hitting the railings on the Seven Hills flyover on Sunday at 6 pm.
According to police sources, the car was going towards Akashwani from Cidco Bus Stand Chowk when it rammed into the railings of the flyover after the driver lost control of the steering.
The driver somehow managed to gain control of his car and thus averted a major tragedy. The car driver, however, immediately sped away without collecting the broken parts of his car.

Source:The Lokmat Times.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

J'wadi farmers to get power for 6 hrs - Source LT


After a four-hour long meeting, the collector decided to allow power supply for two extra hours to the agricultural water pumps situated on the bank of Jayakwadi. The farmers earlier had power supply for four hours.
The collector Vikram Kumar had a meeting with farmers from Gangapur and Paithan taluka to discuss water scarcity in the area and its impact on the farming. Since the water stock from Jayakwadi dam is reserved for drinking this year, the power supply to agricultural pumps in the territory of five kilometres around the dam, was limited to four hours from the last fifteen days to control excessive pumping of water from the dam.
The issue had caused displeasure among farmers. Considering the farmers cause, MLA Prashant Bamb, ex MLAs Annasaheb Mane, Sandeepan Bhumre, NCP's district president Sudhakar Sonvane met the collector along with 200 odd farmers. They told the collector that farmers were unable to pump out water from their wells because of power shedding. Hence, they demanded minimum eight-hour power supply in that area. The discussions continued for four hours after which the collector agreed to supply power for a maximum of six hours. Additional collector Kisanrao Lavande and the officials from the revenue department and electricity supply company were also present at the meeting.

Architecture entrance examination on May 19 - Source LT

Students to get info brochure, application kit from April 25

The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) will conduct MH-AR-CAT-2013 for the admission in the architecture degree course in government, aided, unaided institutes of the State, on May 19.
The sale of information brochure, along with the application kit, will start at the designated Application Form Receipt Centres (ARCs) on April 25. The last date for submission and confirmation of the online applications is May 2. The entrance examination will be conducted on May 19 at 2 pm and result declared on May 27. The ARC for the city is the Government College of Engineering.
The entrance examination will consist of one common question paper of 200 maximum marks in the subjects of Aesthetic Sensitivity (100 marks) and Drawing (100 marks) to test the aptitude of the aspirants. Candidates who have passed or appeared for HSC examination should have minimum 50 per cent marks (45 per cent in case of backward class students and persons with disability of the State), conducted by their respective state examination boards.
A candidate should obtain minimum 40 per cent marks (80 marks) out of the total 200 marks in MAH-AR-CAT-2013 for the eligibility for the admission in architecture degree course, while minimum marks for a candidate of backward class category and persons with disability of the State is 35.

Expo on non-conventional sources of energy - Source LT


Apar Urja is holding a three-day exhibition on harnessing non-conventional sources of energy such as solar, water, wind, methane, bio-mass etc, at Marathwada Sanskrutik Mandal, from April 26.
"A 50 kwh solar power station will be erected to provide electric supply to the exhibition premises only," Vikas Chaitanya said, adding that today harnessing of non-conventional sources of energy is the need of the hour as petroleum prices are rising high. 
"Many industries are participating with us and we have planned approximately 100 stalls each having alternate sources of energy," he said.
Briefing reporters on the exhibition, Sham Dande said, "A pre-fabricated or model house will be designed running on solar energy. The appliances in this model house will also run on solar energy. Street lights consuming much less electricity such as 25 watt will be on display. The astonishing fact is that it will provide light as that of 500 W bulb. We have been using solar energy for warming daily use water, but it has many other applications such as can be used in water pumps, street lighting, cell phones charging etc."
"The exhibition aims at spreading awareness of non-conventional sources of energy," added Chaitanya. 
Active members of Apar Urja include Sham Dande, Ravindra Kulkarni, Priyanka Suradkar, Vikas Chaitanya, Suresh Todkar, Shree Ekbote, Sunil Loharkar and Anil Suradkar.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Streetlights installed on Seven Hills flyover - Source LT


The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has installed streetlights on Seven Hills flyover.
A total of 66 electric poles (33 on each side and separated by distance of 20 feet each) have been installed by spending Rs 50 lakh. Electrical work was completed under the supervision of BoT chief Syed Sikander Ali and deputy engineer P R Bansode.
As reported earlier, absence of streetlights on the longest flyover in the city was causing inconvenience to the vehicle riders and drivers while driving at night. 
The issue had been raised in the general body and standing committee meetings. Two months ago, the AMC officials were directed to install lights immediately. The flyover was constructed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) which had also installed electric poles. A couple of poles fell on the road beneath the flyover as their base rusted. Sensing danger, all the poles were removed and the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation was handed over the task of installing the new poles in 2012. 
The civic body shortlisted Bajaj company to provide LED lights similar to those fixed on the Sealink Project (Worli, Mumbai).

AICTE notices to region's three engg institutions - Source LT

■ They are among 101 in country which have failed to meet norms

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued notices to three engineering and polytechnic institutes in Marathwada for not meeting quality standards.
According to sources, new engineering colleges and polytechnics are coming up every year across the country. Despite stringent rules and regulations, the institutes provide false information to the AICTE while seeking its nod. When students obtain admission to these colleges, they do not get required facilities and qualified teachers.
The AICTE carried out surprise checks in 2012-2013 and found 101 institutions - 26 from Andhra Pradesh 23 are from Maharashtra and 12 from Uttar Pradesh among them - across the country not meeting requirements for running an institution. 
Maximum colleges failed to meet the requirements of faculty and infrastructure. 
The colleges have been issued notices before the beginning of the new academic year to avoid loss of students and asked to come up with explanations regarding their non-compliance, efforts to upgrade their institutions and appear before Standing Appeal Committee (SAC) on April 16 and 17. If the colleges fail to oblige, they will not stand a chance for appeal. "The AICTE issued notices to 23 colleges in Maharashtra, three of them, three Marathwada. They are Shri Sai Institute of Technology (Aurangabad), Institute of Maitree Foundations (Latur) and Shri Shivaji Polytechnic Institute (Parbhani)," sources added.

Guidance for 5-yr vocational course at Bamu - Source LT


The administration of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) will organise a programme at its auditorium on April 27 to guide students, parents on upcoming 5-year integrated vocational course.
Those who will clear HSC Commerce and Science will get in the five integrated vocational course which is perhaps the first of its kind across the country. It is job-oriented course. 
Experts from industry and university will guide the students and parents on the course. Vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande, registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane, industrialist Mukund Kulkarni, Mahesh Tripathi, Commander Anil Save and others will attend the event. Director of Students Welfare Department has appealed to students, parents and teachers to attend the event.

Renovated Khadi Bhavan inaugurated - Source LT


Marathwada Samiti work best in State, says director

Marathwada Khadi Gramodyog Samiti work is far better as compared to other bodies in Maharashtra and we are proud of this, said P R Brahmne, director Maharashtra Khadi Gramodyog Mandal. He was speaking after inaugurating the renovated building of Khadi Bhavan here on Monday.
Some portion of the Khadi Gramodyog Bhandar in Sarafa was demolished during the road widening work. The building was renovated and is now hosting Khadi Bhavan. Maharashtra Khadi Garmodyog Mandal secretary Ishwarrao Bhosikar, deputy director Shrivastav, Marathwada Khadi Gramodyog Samiti president N V Deshpande, trustee Prof Dinkar Borikar and others were present. 
Lauding the work of Marathwada Samiti, Brahmne said that other trusts should emulate example of this Samiti. There are only six trusts in Maharashtra producing khadi and out of them the work of Marathwada Samiti is noteworthy. Khadi Mandal is taking efforts so that government gives rebate to the Khadi trusts, he said.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

'Ambedkar's thoughts gave new direction to country' - Source LT


Platinum jubilee edition of 'Annihilation of Caste' released
"Social, economic and political thoughts of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, which are relevant even in today's politics, gave a new direction to the country,'' said Higher and Technical Education minister Rajesh Tope today. 
He was speaking at the release ceremony of the platinum jubilee edition of the book 'Annihilation of Caste' penned by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Published by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Source Material Publication Committee and Higher and Technical Education Department. Vice chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) Dr Vijay Pandharipande presided. 
Secretary of the Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal Madhukarrao Muley, higher and technical education director Dr Prakash Gaikwad, registrar Dr D M Mane, joint director Dr Mohammad Fayyaz, and chairman of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Source Material Publication Committee Dr Avinash Dolas were seated on the dais. 
Tope further said the book 'Annihilation of Caste' provides ways to eliminate the caste system from the society. Being an economist, legalist and social worker, Dr Ambedkar has provided a new direction to the policies of the country. Reserve Bank of India was established on the basis of his thoughts expressed in the book The Problem of Rupee. Through the Hindu code bill, the idea of women reservations came to the fore for the first time. Dr Ambedkar advocated that women should get share in the ancestral property, based on which the policies of the country have been designed.
Dr Pandharipande assured to provide all possible assistance to the Committee. He also thanked Tope for announcing the financial aid of Rs 50 lakh to BAMU for starting Bachelor of Vocational Studies course next year. 
In his introductory speech, Dr Dolas informed the audience about the published and unpublished material written by Dr Ambedkar. Higher and Technical Education minister Rajesh Tope releases the platinum jubilee edition of the book 'Annihilation of Caste', in Aurangabad on Sunday. Also seen are BAMU vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande, registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane, Madhukarrao Muley and Dr Avinash Dolas. 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Meteor shower on April 21 - Source LT


Residents and amateur astronomers of the city will be able watch a meteor shower in Mhaismal at midnight, on April 21. It has been organised by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad (MaViPa).
The organisation's divisional secretary Sandeep Kulkarni said the meteor shower can be seen every year on April 21 or 22. He said that 20 to 30 meteors per hour can be seen, because of the meteor shower in the Lyra constellation, which had ten stars assigned to it by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in 150 AD.
"This is the most unpredictable meteor shower of the year. In 1982, an American amateur astronomer witnessed 100 meteors per hour in the Lyrid meteor shower, which is one of the oldest known phenomenon. Ancient Chinese astronomers have called this 'falling of stars'," he said.
Kulkarni said that the actual reason for meteor shower is earth's entry into an orbital path of comets. Every year in the end of April, the earth enters comet Thatcher's orbit path around the sun. The debris left by this comet enters earth's atmosphere, starting the meteor shower.
To watch the meteor shower, interested persons will have to register with MaViPa or at Pioneer's Secondary School, N-9, Pawan Nagar, Hudco, before April 18.

'Virtual Calculator' gets Best Project Award - Source LT


GEC students giving a demonstration of their 'Virtual Calculator.' What is Virtual Calculator?

Generally, a calculator which is used for complicated calculations has to be handled with physical inputs, but the Virtual Calculator works on any surface, such as hand palm, wall, table top etc with just an image of it on that surface. "An Indian origin scientist Pranav Mistry from Massachusett Institute of Technology had put the idea of virtual calculator with the Sixth Sense Technology. We used the same technology for our project," said Prakash Borkar.
Use of Digital Imaging
Virtual Calculator can be used on our palms, but the expenses for it were not affordable for students for their project, they used laptop, projector and camera which were easily available at a comparative cheaper cost. They sent command to projector from the laptop and created image of calculator on wall. It could be operated without any physical input.
The project of 'Virtual Calculator' created by students of the final year of Electronics and Telecommunication from the Government Engineering College (GEC), Aurangabad, has received Best Project Award. It is created by using Sixth Sense Technology and can be useful in many sectors such as space research and artificial intelligence. The GEC has made a contract with TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) for two awards 'Best Project Award' and 'Best Student Award.' The best project award includes cash reward of Rs 20,000, a certificate and a gold medal, while Best Student Award includes reward of Rs 10,000 and a certificate. The college had presented 12 projects, out of which, Virtual Calculator was selected for the Best Project Award. Four students Prakash Borkar, Shivam Jagtap, Kandarp Gaur, Arun Nalavade created it under guidance of professor Dr V R Ratnaparkhi and HoD Prof Dr Anjali Bhalshankar.

763 schools in div meet RTE norms - Source LT

■ 11K schools come a cropper

As many as 763 schools within the jurisdiction of Aurangabad Division have fulfilled all the norms of the Right To Education Act after March 31.
The education for children in the age of 6 to 14 became a fundamental right with the notification of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act on April 1, 2010.
A three-year timeline was stipulated to ensure that all schools meet the infrastructure provisions as mandatory by the Act. The last date for submission of report about fulfilling the conditions of RTE was March 31, 2013.
The Central Government fixed ten parameters for the implementation of RTE including sports ground, toilets, ramp for physically challenged students, cabin for headmaster and kitchen shed.
According to sources, there are around 12,326 primary schools in Aurangabad division which comprises Jalna, Aurangabad, Parbhani Beed and Hingoli districts. However, only 763 schools fulfilled all the 10 conditions of RTE while 11,564 schools failed to meet the norms in the division.
There are many schools which have completed eight conditions out of total.

Idea Rocks India audition in city - Source LT


Idea Rocks India offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to music aficionados to showcase their singing talent and share platform with some of biggest music stars in India -Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
As the Idea Canter went across the city, numbers of music enthusiasts buzzed in to audition for the contest and to win a chance to showcase their talents to the audience.
A team of four judges with extensive music knowledge would shortlist the participants to final 50 based on combination of ideal voice, performance and X factor.
These participants would be further filtered to five by a panel of local music acdemicians and music personalities. 
Final winner will be chosen by the celebrity judge Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy- by giving him/her a platform to perform with them at main concert to be held at the Divisional Sports Complex, Garkheda parisar at 6.30 am on April 19.

Good response to WOW's panel discussion - Source LT


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) led by its president Mrs Meghna Mehta who was also a moderator, held a panel discussion on 'Education & Parenting' recently at Taj Residency, here. Top academicians of the city discussed on the issues concerning education and parenting which turned out to be quite introspective, humorous and insightful. This one of its kind event drew a very overwhelming response from WOW members.
The objective behind the panel discussion was to help the parents to better understand today's education system, parenting and dismiss the common misconceptions developed. The panelists included expert educationists like Ranjit Dass, principal of Nath Valley School and K.D. Singh from Stepping Stone School, Aurangabad.
The panel also included parent representatives like Mrs. Anjali Kabra, Mrs. Nina Khivansara and Mrs. Divya Machhar; psychiatrist Monali Deshpande, Mrs Kumkum Choudhary and student representatives including Armaan Neer and Swastika Jajoo from Nath Valley School and Chinmaya Munde and Rohit Dashrathe from Stepping Stones School.
The speakers touched upon the various topics like types of parenting, aspects concerning continuous comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system, impact of RTE Act on the quality of education among others.
This was followed by an interactive question-and-answer session, wherein the parents put across their doubts and concerns before the panelists.
One of the participants, Jyoti Chotlani said, "The programme was excellent and very educative. I am taking home the message that we have to bring a change in our parenting and adapt to the present generation. Counselling is a must in today's scenario. It was a great event; even the children got an opportunity to put forward their side of the story." Mrs Meghna Mehta attributed the success of the event to the team work by her committee members.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Polytechnic students make solar bicycle - Source LT

In times of depleting resources, sky-rocketing fuel prices and increased environmental concerns, students of the Government Polytechnic here have made a unique solar-powered e-bicycle.

Vinit Vishwakarma, Mayur Tamboli, Deepak Jadhav, Shivam Singh Chauhan and Shubham Mule, who created the e-bicycle, are final-year students of mechanical engineering.
They said while expensive motorcycles give you an average of only 25-30 kms per hour, this solar-powered e-bicycle is most economical, weighs just 20 kgs and can go up to 80 kilometres per hour.
"We were given a lot of support from professors and non-teaching staff, particularly professor Shrikant Shiralkar and principal Prashant Pattalwar," said Vinit Vishwakarma.
An electric motor is fitted to the rear wheel of a ranger bicycle and is provided with electricity through four batteries — each of seven amperes and twelve volts. The bicycle also has a head lamp, speedometer, audiometer and indicators.
Although there is no automatic recharging facility, batteries are charged through solar panels. The students took a fortnight to make this bicycle at a cost of Rs 14,000.

Kavi Sammelan on April 12 - Source LT


A 'Kavi Sammelan' will be hosted at Marathwada Sahitya Parishad on April 12 jointly by Samata Parishad, Loksanskritik Manch, Students Federation of India and Maitrey Sanskritik Manch of reformists poets of Marathi, Urdu and Hindi.
The poets meet is to be held to celebrate jayanti of Mahatma Phule and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Dr Yashwant Manohar (Nagpur) will preside while noted poet Bashar Nawaz, Vijay Kumar Gavai, Khan Shamim Khan, Dr Suhas Jevlikar, Dr Adinath Ingole, Yusuf Khan, Dr Pratibha Ahire and Devanand Shinde will participate in the poetry meet.
Former MP Uttamsinh Pawar will inaugurate the programme while Marathwada president of Samata Parishad, Dr Sanjay Gavhane, Jayaram Salunke, Bhausaheb Thorat, Pundlik Atkare and Dr Ashok Sherkar will be the guests of honour. 
Ahire elected 
Dr Pratibha Ahire, a reformist poetess, has been elected president of the two-day 5th Ambedkarian Yuva Sahitya Sammelan to be held in Akola from April 20. Actor Milind Shinde will inaugurate the literary meet, while Dr M R Ingle, Dr M P Thorat and Anand Gaikwad will be the chief speakers. Besides poetry, Ahire has written several one-act-plays and reviews.

Ambedkar birth anniversary programme - Source LT


Former vice-chancellor of University of Pune Dr Ram Takwale will attend a programme to be hosted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) on April 14 to celebrate the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Vice-chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande will preside over it. Dr Ram Takwale will speak on 'Educational Philosophy of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Social Development,' at 11 am. 
Earlier, a procession of Dr Ambedkar's portrait will be taken out from the university gate to the programme venue. 
Registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane and director of the Students Welfare Department Dr Walmik Sarwad have appealed to all to attend both the events.

Sangramnagar flyover may be completed soon - Source LT


The construction of the flyover on the railway track at Sangramnagar is almost complete. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is taking efforts to complete the work at the earliest. Around 50,000 residents of Satara and Deolai area will be benefitted with this flyover. 

The residents had to face severe inconvenience due to the railway crossing at Sangramnagar in the Shanoormia Dargah area. They had been demanding for a flyover on this railway crossing for the past several years. MSRDC had decided to construct a flyover at an estimated cost of Rs 27.67 crores. A private firm from Pune was awarded the contract of the construction of this 640 meter long flyover. The work started in February last. MSRDC took special efforts to construct the fly over in time and hence the pillars erection and slabs were laid within the stipulated time. Now, the flyover is expected to be completed soon. 
The South Central Railway (SCR) will have to conduct the 27.5 meters work of the bridge over the railway tracks. However, the administration had delayed the procedure. It was proposed to inaugurate the flyover in May, but the schedule has been delayed now. The SCR has appointed a contractor to finish the work and it is expected that the flyover will soon be ready for the use of residents.

2 more MPSC exams postponed - Source LT


After State civil services fiasco, the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) now postponed two more examinations. MPSC's Technical Assistant Group (C) competitive exam and administrative officer Maharashtra Agriculture Services screen test scheduled to be held on April 21 and April 28 respectively have also been postponed. The commission has also changed the physical test programme of the candidates who passed the PSI main exam-2012. 
Nearly 3.5 lakh candidates had applied for the state civil services preliminary exam. The MPSC servers crashed on April 2, just five days before the exam, and all the data of registered candidates was lost in the process. Candidates were given April 4 deadline to update the data and those who failed to do it were unable to appear for the exam. After MPSC announced that candidates needed to re-register, there was heavy rush of aspirants, which led to slowing down of the website and it took hours to fill in the details. The preliminary exam will be conducted for 265 posts in 35 district centres. Commission is now receiving flak from all corners for inept handling of candidates database and also for asking candidates to re-register data. Later the exam was postponed by MPSC and a new date will be announced later. Candidates are asked to update their data and exam centre as early as possible. Candidates do not have the option of changing the exam centre, according to the commission.
Meanwhile, MPSC's Technical Assistant Group (C) competitive exam and administrative officer Maharashtra Agriculture Services screen test scheduled to be held on April 21 and April 28 respectively have also been postponed by the commission. It is mentioned on the MPSC website. 
PSI physical test
The PSI main exam-2012 results were declared late and after that the schedule of physical tests and interviews was announced by the commission but now this schedule is also changed. Physical test and interviews of women candidates were earlier slated to be held on April 5 and 6 at Kolhapur has been postponed by commission. The physical tests and interviews were scheduled to be held on April 22 to 30 at Ahmednagar centre will be held on May 6 to 10 at Pune city police headquarter ground. While the test and interivews slated for April 15 and 16 at Pune centre will be held on May 3 and 4.

Department unable to manage 'Management Course' exams - Source LT


The Examinations Department of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) is finding it difficult to manage the new examination schedule of 'Management' courses due to the alleged frequent interference of the faculty dean.
According to sources, examinations department had planned to conduct examinations of various Management Courses including 'MCA, MCM, MPM, BCA, DCA, DBM' in the first week of May. However, the Management Council members decided to pre-pone the examinations of all the courses by 15 days. Therefore, the examinations department decided to initiate the examinations of management courses' from April 25 and reschedule examinations of other courses. This schedule was approved even by the Board of Examinations (BoE) which is considered to be the highest authority of examinations system. However, the dean of Management Sciences, sent a letter to the university asking it to pre-pone the examinations and begin them from April 2.The dean of the same faculty submitted another letter to postpone the examination. Therefore, the examinations department decided to conduct these examinations from April 17.
The examination officials are not sure whether the examinations for management courses will begin on the announced date. When contacted, controller of examinations Dr Ashok Chavan did not comment on the issue.

Exams of engineering courses from May 12 - Source LT


The examinations of Engineering courses to be conducted by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) are likely to start from May 12.
The Examinations Department prepared the engineering exam schedule few months ago. As per this schedule, students of Engineering were supposed to take examinations from May 22. However, the examinations were preponed by 10 days and decided to hold the exam from May 12.
The examinations of new session cannot be started till the redressal cases of old session are not cleared. Under redressal system, the students are allowed to apply for re-assessment of their answer books. 
As per the court orders, the university should give some days for the preparations of exam to those students who are declared unsuccessful. When contacted, controller of examinations Dr Ashok Chavan said that they would start engineering examinations from May 12, but it depends on the declaration of the result of redressal cases. If the result is delayed, the examinations will be postponed, he said.

Officer of water supply forced to go on leave - Source LT


District collector Vikram Kumar has ordered executive engineer of water supply department D T Patil to go on forced leave for 3 months for furnishing incomplete report during water review meet at the collectorate. The district administration has started a plan for water supply. Accordingly, the collector office held a meeting on April 3 to discuss various options, ideas and opinions for tackling the water supply issue. 

D T Patil was present in the meeting but he could not elaborate about the number of schemes which were implemented. Hence, collector has asked him to go on forced leave for three months till July. Meanwhile, deputy engineer A B Gaikwad has been given the charge.

CP refuses to register case against ATS - Source LT


The relatives of Mirza Rizwan Baig agreed to accept his dead body for burial. The commissioner of police (CP), Sanjay Kumar, refused to register a case against Mumbai ATS right now. However, police said that the case would be registered only after thorough investigation of the suicide.
A delegation of various Muslim organizations called on CP Kumar at his office on Monday noon and presented a memorandum seeking registration of a case under section 306 (Abetment to suicide) of IPC against cops concerned of Mumbai anti terrorism squad (ATS). At present the incident has been registered as a case of accidental death (AD) in the Begumpura police station.
Later talking to reporters, CP Kumar said that every AD case undergoes thorough investigation, so will this. The necessary sections will be invoked in this case only after the investigation is completed. But he refused to register any case on the demand of people at this juncture of time. He clarified that if any organization gives a call for 'Aurangabad bandh', they were prepared for it.
Dead body accepted
The relatives of Mirza Rizwan Baig gave consent for postmortem of his body after meeting CP Kumar, after which it was done. Later they accepted the body for burial. The dead body of deceased was not buried till late Monday evening.
About the suicide
As reported earlier, the 32-year-old grocery merchant, Mirza Rizwan Baig, ended his life by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house in Himayat Baugh on Sunday at 5 pm. His brother, Shah Nawaz Baig, had blamed Mumbai ATS officers for the suicide. Talking to reporters he said that Mirza Rizwan was facing torture from ATS officers and this provoked him to take the drastic step.

John Fowler co. closed - Source LT


John Fowler Ocular Lenses Private Limited's city unit was closed today by the company without giving any prior intimation to the workers. 
Giving reason that company is running in loss, all employee including 5 men and 7 women workers were stopped outside the entrance gate. The company workers had appealed to the Assistant Labour Commissioner as there was no wage revision for a long time. Workers serving in the company since 1996, were getting only Rs 6500 to Rs 9000 salary and there was no wage contract since last three years.
Employees said that without giving any notice, company asked all of us not to come on work from today morning and closed the gate. They also protested in front of entrance. Company administration and workers will now meet at assistant labour commissioner office on April 15 to settle the dispute. Company in loss
John Fowler company had started the lense making unit by investing nearly Rs 4 to 5 crore in 1996 but it suffered heavy lossess and due to which it is not possible to run the show. The administration has decided to shut the unit and workers will get their money as per rule at their addresses by speed post, said manager Rajesh Mahatole.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

MP Munde to go on indefinite fast today - Source LT

n Demands for release of drought relief fund

Demanding immediate release of drought relief fund, senior BJP leader and deputy leader of the party in Lok Sabha MP Gopinath Munde has decided to go on an indefinite fast in front of the Divisional Commissionerate from tomorrow morning.
The local unit of the party has issued a press statement in this regard saying that Marathwada region is facing the unprecedented drought for the last two months. Villagers are facing acute water shortage and have suffered losses to the tune of crores of rupees leading to the complete withering of their sweet lime orchards. They are not in a position to feed their cattle and as a result some private organisations have initiated cattle camps in the region. Sadly, these organisations are contemplating over the closure of camps as they are running short of funds for buying fodder. The Union government has granted some funds, but it is alleged that the State Government has not released them, leaving the farmers in lurch.
As reported earlier, while addressing a farmers' group at village Bhakarwadi in Badnapur tehsil of Jalna district on April 1, Munde had given a week's time to the State Government for releasing the drought funds and had warned of resorting to an indefinite fast. This announcement had come in the presence of BJP national president, who visited the region recently. 
Keeping his words, Munde came to Aurangabad on Sunday evening and is said to begin his fast with thousands of his supporters from Monday.

Dept of electronics, Bamu to sign MoU - Source LT

Top officers arriving in city on April 10

Top officers of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Government of India) will visit the city on April 10 to interact with industrialists and sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU).
After the MoU signing, the local National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) and the administration of BAMU will jointly launch certain courses on Electronics and Computer Science.
Secretary of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Government of India) and J Satyanarayana, its joint secretary Ajay Kumar are visiting the city. 
Secretary of Industries Department and IT Department (State Government) are also likely to attend the programmes. A hostel for the girl students of NIELIT will be constructed on BAMU campus. The top officers will also lay stone for the construction of the hostel 
They will also have interaction with the industrialists from Electronics and IT sector of the State to discuss a tie-up with electronic industry for the participation in the field of capacity building and also for setting up the new projects.

Madan, Khandare to present papers in international conference - Source LT


Member of the Management Council and dean of faculty of Social Science at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) Dr Shivaji Madan and Dr Vilas Khandare left for France to attend an international conference to be held from April 8 to 11.
Dr Madan, who is also head of the Commerce Department of Matsyodari College (Jalna), will submit a research paper on 'Human Resources Management in India: Trends and Challenges.' 
Dr Vilas Khandare, who is associate professor of Social Science in Asaram Bhandwaldar College (Deogaon Rangari), will also present his research paper in the conference.

Unemployed people move to MGNREGS - Source LT


The drought in the Marathwada region seems to be pushing thousands of unemployed people towards the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). 
At present, around 45,000 workers are under the scheme in the region. The number of workers in Jalna is the most at 16,500. However, around 4,000 gram panchayats in the region have not started work under this scheme.
Farmers cannot till the land for want of water and construction work has also been halted. This seems to be resulting in the rush to MNREGS.
The government has sanctioned several developmental works under the scheme at various places. At present, 3,062 works, including 2,214 at the gram panchayat level and 848 at the administrative level, are under progress. In all, 45,744 workers have been employed for these works. Around one lakh works have been sanctioned in the Marathwada region.
There are 6,644 gram panchayats in the eight districts of the region. However, only 2,214 gram panchayat have started on the development works, so in the remaining 4,430 gram panchayats those who went for the scheme aren't engaged in any work.

NEET tug-of-war has students worried - Source LT

■ PG students fear they will lose a year

With the fate of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), which was conducted in November last year, yet undecided, students now fear that their academic year would be wasted.
After the Centre announced the introduction of NEET, some private medical college directors challenged the decision in the Supreme Court, which had stayed the declaration of results. In its interim order, the SC also allowed private colleges to conduct their own entrance test for admission, but had ordered them not to declared their results, resulting in the delay of admissions.
Before the Centre decided introducing NEET for postgraduate medical studies this year to ensure merit-based admissions, deemed universities and private medical colleges conducted their own entrance tests. Before NEET, tests in the private colleges would be conducted in April and classes would begin in May. A total of 92,000 students had appeared for the examination in November.
"With results still undeclared, we are worried about admissions," said Dr Rama Yelikar, a student who had appeared for NEET.

CCTV cameras to be installed at Central Bus Stand soon - Source LT


With the summer vacations days away and in anticipation of a huge rush, the city police have decided to install CCTV cameras at the Central Bus Stand (CBS) for surveillance
"Keeping in view the safety of passengers, Kranti Chowk Police Station, under whose jurisdiction the CBS falls, is installing CCTV cameras," said senior depot manager Kishore Somavanshi.
He said the bus stand would have 35 CCTV cameras installed in and around the premises. Incidentally, a 4-year-old child was kidnapped from the Pune bus stand while waiting to return to Aurangabad, four months ago. 
"We have seen many cases of thefts being reported from the bus stand area. This will help track down culprits involved in such crimes," said assistant traffic controller M B Jawlekar.
Passengers welcome initiative
"With the increasing number of passengers, there is a need to regulate passenger traffic. The cameras will help keep a vigil on the activities of passengers," said Ashok Mane, who regularly travels between Aurangabad and Pune.
"The MSRTC's initiative to install CCTVs on the premises is welcome step for the security reasons. People will now feel safe while travelling by bus," said Hasan Khan, a traveller. 
In view of the summer rush, the MSRTC also plans more buses for important destinations such as Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur etc. from April 15.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

3,000 teachers' degrees at stake! - Source LT


Around 3,000 B Ed and M Ed degrees of teachers are at stake! Reason: the education department of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu), its Osmanabad sub-centre and seven other colleges have failed to obtain the mandatory permission from the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) to run these courses.
Sources said the university education department, Osmanabad sub-centre and seven other colleges had started B Ed and M Ed (vacation) courses in 2008 for untrained teachers. 
There are 400 seats for B Ed and 200 for M Ed and currently the university charges Rs 36,000 for a B Ed course and Rs 40,000 for M Ed. 
Around 3,000 teachers had either completed B Ed or M Ed during 2008-2013 from the university department, Osmanabad sub-centre and seven other colleges.
As per the norms, any institute which offers B Ed or M Ed course should have permission from a statutory body like the NCTE. The main objective of the NCTE is to achieve a planned and coordinated development of the teachers education system throughout the country and maintain standard of education. 
Although the university strictly deals with its affiliated colleges when it comes to compliance of its norms, it failed to obtain NCTE permission for its own department and Osmanabad sub-centre! Even other colleges also failed to do so!!
If any institute does not secure permission from the NCTE, its degrees may be termed null and void.
Now, the office of the director of the Board of College and University Development (BCUD) has asked the university department, Osmanabad sub-centre and the seven colleges not to give admission for 2013-14.
When contacted, BCUD director Dr M S Shingare was not available for his comments. 
Ironically, the education department of the university carries out the entire admission process of B Ed and M Ed vacation courses. 
Apart from the university department and Osmanabad sub-centre, the colleges which have failed to get NCTE permission are: Vasantrao Naik College (Jalna), Jaiprakash Nayaran Education College (Aurangabad), Omshanti Education College (Beed), Shrikrishna College of Osmanabad, Saraswati College of Education (Ambejogai), Sant Gadgebaba Maharaj College of Education (Aurangabad) and Gurukul College of Education (Beed).

17,000 to take JEE Main exam today - Source LT

Around 16,966 students will take the first-ever Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Main 2013 to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) at 33 centers in the city on Sunday (April 7).

All preparations have been made for smooth conduct of the examination.
Besides eight districts of Marathwada region, students arrived here from Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Bhusawal and Buldhana here till late night to appear for the first-ever JEE.
The centers included S B College, Marathwada Institute of Technology and Deogiri College.
The CBSE has deputed 33 observers for the test, one for each exam centre. 
The JEE (Main) 2013 (paper-I) is for admission to Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology courses consisting of one objective-type question paper covering Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. 
The duration of the paper-I is three hours from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. 
The paper-II is for the admissions to Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Planning courses scheduled to be held in afternoon session ( 2 pm to 5 pm) on Sunday. 
The three-hour paper will consist of mathematics, aptitude and drawing test. Online examination would be held from April 8 to 25.

School edn minister assures of solving civic problems - Source LT


School education minister Rajendra Darda today assured Hanumannagar and Pundaliknagar residents of resolving their civic problems at the earliest. 
The assurance came during the inauguration of civic works carried out in these wards with the discretionary fund of Darda. Concrete roads were constructed in the two lanes in ward no. 83 and a drainage line was laid in Hanumannagar, lane no. 3. 
When the residents complained about poor roads, water supply and electricity, the minister assured them of solving them soon. "Jalna and Manmad are supplied with drinking water once in a fortnight owing to the severe drought. But we are fortunate that the city is getting water once in three days," the minister said, adding that chief minister Prithviraj Chavan immediately ordered release of water into Jayakwadi dam from upstream reservoirs after he had requested him. 
In a meeting held last week, directives were also given to civic officials that tankers supplying water to Gunthewari areas should not be diverted to other places, the minister said. 
The minister hoped that the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, which was brought here during his tenure as industry minister, would create lakhs of job opportunities for local youths. Dr Zafar Khan, Pankaj Phulpagar, Damuanna Shinde, Baban Didore and others were present on the occasion.

MPSC exam put off, students relieved - Source LT


Students appearing for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) have heaved a sigh of relief after the decision of deferring the exam was taken. 
With merely eight days to go, the data on the MPSC website got corrupt and leading to chaos and stress on the students. Questions are being raised on how the data could get corrupt. Earlier when MPSC declared that the exam would be held as scheduled on April 7, the candidates were nervous as the candidates were waiting for their hall tickets. Thereafter MPSC declared that the candidates had to re-submit their details by April 5. It resulted in a mad rush at various internet cafes. The server of the website became slow as thousands of candidates were using the website at one go. Many students from the city have expressed their happiness over the decision of postponing of the exam since it has relieved them from pressure. 
However, these candidates can face one more difficulty as Marathwada is reeling under drought situation.

MGM Hospital starts ultra-modern lithotripsy facility - Source LT


Mahatma Gandhi Mission (MGM) Hospital has launched ultra-modern extrocorporeal shock wave lithotripsy facility.

Explaining the technology, Dr Pravin Suryawanshi, HoD surgery, said, "Till now, the use of lithotripsy equipment was confined to urinary stones only, but for the first time in Marathwada region, due to the advanced technology, even the stones in the common bile duct and pancreas will also be treated."
Dr Suryawanshi has appealed to those suffering from complaints of such stones to take advantage of this ultra-modern facility.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Experts skeptical about chemotherapy centres - Source LT


The decision of the State Government to set up chemotherapy centres in rural areas is being welcomed by the medical fraternity. The decision would definitely reduce the burden on cancer hospital. However, medical experts are questioning the viability of the decision. The experts feel that first the government should establish proper facilities and experts in metro cities then pay attention to rural areas. 
Health minister Suresh Shetty declared in the state legislative council that the government would set up day care chemotherapy centres in the rural areas. During the first phase, the scheme would be implemented in seven districts in Vidharbha and a pilot project in this regard has already been started in Amaravati district.
Officer on special duty at cancer hospital, Dr Arvind Gaikwad said such centres would help in reducing the burden on cancer hospital. A majority of patients are from rural parts. 
Cancer department head at GMCH, Dr Balaji Shewalkar said, there are no civic chemotherapy centres except the cancer hospital in the region. Thus the hospital receives a large number of patients which is quite burdensome. In one day we conduct chemotherapy on 70-75 patients. If such a centre is established, it would help reducing the burden on the cancer hospital and we can give quality treatment to the patients. 
Medical oncologist, Dr Shantanu Kulkarni said setting up of chemotherapy centres without proper equipment and technical staff would be playing with the lives of the patients. "If we see the situation in the city, in majority of private hospitals including cancer hospital, radiologists have been given additional charge of chemotherapy. Handling of chemotherapy by radiologists is illegal and unethical. Many a time, the government sitting in Mumbai takes the decision without proper knowledge of ground realities. If the hospitals in urban parts do not have qualified and expert chemo therapists then how can the government appoint expert chemotherapists in rural parts. Running such centres without experts can prove to be very dangerous for the patients. The government should look into all the aspects and then go ahead with the decision."

New office-bearers of CSI declared - Source LT


Executive committee of Computer Society of India's Aurangabad Chapter for 2013-14 has been announced with Prof Munish Sharma being appointed as chairman while Nitin Nalgirkar as secretary. BancBridge Software Solution's Kedar Panse is the new vice-chairman and Endurance Technologies Pvt limited's Deepak Gadekar is the new treasurer.
The members include Prashant Deshpande (Expert Global Solutions), Umesh S Bhadade (Godavari Engineering College, Jalgaon), Hemant Latkar (Infodart Solutions), Vijayshri Losarwar (PES Engineering College), Ashwini Gaikwad (Deogiri Engineering College) and Yogita Nahar (Ameya Technology Pvt Ltd). Sanjay V Kulkarni and Anil Joshi have been appointed on the nomination committee.
EPFO to hold Lok Adalat 
The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is holding a Lok Adalat in order to resolve the cases of pension and provident fund on April 10 from 11 am onwards, at Sub-Regional Office, Plot No. 2, Town Centre, Cidco. One should send his/her complaint to the wealth commissioner/in-charge officer, EPFO, Sub-Regional Office, Plot No. 2, Town Centre, Commercial Area, Aurangabad-431003, before April 7, 2013. 
House leader to launch website from April 5
In order to resolve the complaints of his ward residents promptly, House leader Raju Vaidya has decided to launch a website from April 5 onwards. 
Vaidya opted for the advanced technology so as to reach out to people in large numbers, know their grievances and settle them on priority.
The website will be functional from April 5. The ward residents are appealed to submit their complaints on www.rajuvaidya.in/complainttracker/upload. 
Complaints can also be posted on corporator's profile on Facebook and Twitter.

Alumni meet of Naik College on April 7 - Source LT


A convention of ex-students of Vasantrao Naik College will be held on April 7. 
Chairman of Vasantrao Naik Shikshan Prasarak Mandal and principal Rajaram Rathod said that the convention is being hosted as part of celebration of birth centenary of former chief minister Vasantrao Naik. 
He said that increasing quality with pace of changing education policy is a challenge and our institution is ready to face it.
Former Union minister Babanrao Dakhne will inaugurate the convention. Discussions will be held on issues like challenges in higher education. The college was started during the devastating 1972 famine in the State. 
"Marathwada has become an important centre for poor, deprived and underprivileged elements of students," he said. Many ex-students are holding big posts in government and private sectors. He hoped that their students will shine in different sectors in future too. The sessions will be from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.

Master plan for 208 water projects - Source LT


The State Government approved the master plan of 208 water projects and 18 TMC water for Marathwada region on Wednesday.
Legislators Amarsinha Pandit and Satish Chavan raised the issue of planning Jayakwadi water and irrigation backlog of Marathwada region in the legislative council on Wednesday.
Satish Chavan said that Marathwada region is being meted out step motherly treatment over irrigation projects. He said, "The capacity of Jayakwadi dam is 102 TMC whereas 185 TMC water has been stored at different places. How will the dam fill with water?."
On this issue, water resources minister Sunil Tatkare announced that a master plan for 208 irrigation projects and 18 TMC water for Marathwada region has been approved. 
The master plan will be sent within one month to the Governor for his approval. Efforts will be taken to complete Krishna Marathwada Project, he said.

JEE (Main) on April 7 - Source LT


Around 17,000 students will take the first- ever Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (JEE, Main) to be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the city on April 7.
According to sources, the JEE (Main), which was replaced with the AIEEE, will be in both online and offline mode. The offline exam will be held on April 7, 2013, while the online exam on April 9, 22, 23 and 25.
The JEE (Main)-2013 will have one objective type question paper. This paper will consist of physics, chemistry and mathematics, to be completed over three hours.
The sources further said the entrance test is based on entire syllabus of mathematics, physics and chemistry, dividing the syllabus of each subject into appropriate number of units.
The sources declined to name the test centres in the city. Those candidates who wish to secure admission in the prestigious IITs will have to appear for the JEE (Advanced), later.
Updating HSC seat number necessary
Meanwhile, the CBSE has asked to all the registered candidates of JEE (Main)-2013 to submit and update their roll numbers of class 12th or qualifying examination before downloading the admit cards of JEE (Main)-2013 from its website (www.jeemain.nic.in.).
The CBSE says that many candidates committed mistakes while submitting their roll numbers. So, it decided to validate the information of class 12th or qualifying examination roll numbers of the examination of JEE (Main)-2013 for both modes of the test. An authentication sheet will also be given to candidate in the examination hall in which they have to verify the same. The candidates were advised to bring with them a copy of document on the day of their JEE (Main)-2013 and submit the same to the invigilator at the examination centre. 
What should candidate write on sheet?
l A candidate has to write roll no. of JEE (Main) on the copy of the document being submitted in support of class 12th and qualifying examination.
l Candidates, who qualified in class 12th or qualifying examination in 2011 or 2012, and have not opted for improvement of performance in 2013 should submit copy of their final marks-sheet of class 12th or qualifying examination of year 2011 or 2012. 
l Candidates, who qualified in class 12th or qualifying examination in 2011 or 2012, and have opted for improvement of performance in 2013 in all subjects should submit copy of their hall ticket for improvement of performance. 
l Candidates, who are appearing in class 12th or qualifying examination in 2013 should submit copy of their admit card for class 12th or qualifying examination 2013.
This is in addition to the candidates bringing their admit card for JEE (Main)- 2013.

No shortage of LPG - Source LT

There is no shortage or backlog of booking for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, said the executive sales officer Aditya Vikram Gupta. He said LPG is available with all HP gas dealers in city and the customer can avail 9 cylinders on subsidised rate. Jitendra Kacker owner of Onkar Gas said the company has increased the infrastructure and there is sufficient stock of cooking gas and on mobile booking the cylinders are being delivered almost instantly.

No shortage of LPG - Source LT

There is no shortage or backlog of booking for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, said the executive sales officer Aditya Vikram Gupta. He said LPG is available with all HP gas dealers in city and the customer can avail 9 cylinders on subsidised rate. Jitendra Kacker owner of Onkar Gas said the company has increased the infrastructure and there is sufficient stock of cooking gas and on mobile booking the cylinders are being delivered almost instantly.

Childhood to spread its wings - Source LT


The Childhood Play School which has been active in imparting quality and affordable education for the last 8 years, will soon announce its franchisee in various districts of Marathwada. 
The school wants to expand its organisation in entire region. The franchisee will be named in Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Latur, Nanded and Osmanabad and tehsil level. The Childhood Play School would provide preschool set up, curriculum, recruitment of employees, education training, marketing and continuous expert guidance and help, said Pankaj Jaiswal.
For more details, one can contact on info @childhoodindia.com or contact directly.

Shashank shines in Olympiad - Source LT


Shashank Sanjay Ajmera, a student of Class 5th of Podar International School (ICSE), has secured 5th rank in Maharashtra and Goa State in 2nd level of National Cyber Olympiad organised by Science Olympiad Foundation. He also achieved 40th rank from state in International Maths Olympiad. 
For this achievements he will get a scholarship and merit certificate. For his outstanding performance, he gives credits to his teacher, principal and parents.
                                            

Administration seeks blacklisting of Alankit - Source LT


After its operators at 50 Aadhaar registration centres stopped work due to non-payment of dues for over 10 days, the district administration has asked the state government to blacklist Alankit from further work. 
Taking a serious note of a report carried by this paper on March 29, the administration, which is responsible for Aadhaar registrations in the city, sent a proposal to the State Government to blacklist the company. It has also recommended the name of another company, Warkangi, for registration in rural areas.
"We have suggested that the state government blacklist the company and give contract to Warkangi for rural area Aadhaar registration," deputy district collector Manjusha Mutha said.
This paper had reported that close to100 operators have not been working since March 21 in protest of the non-payment of their salaries - allegedly due for several months now - leaving over 8 lakh unregistered citizens in the lurch.
If accepted, Alankit would be the second company to be blacklisted from the process. The work was first handed to Glodyne Technology in the city, but after the company failed to start registration centres, a six-month contract was awarded to Alankit. So far, the company has registered 1.5 lakh persons.
The first phase of the registration began in the city a year-and-a-half ago and more than 4 lakh people from the city have registered themselves in that phase.