Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Man arrested for Rs.1-crore ransom

The crime branch of the city police arrested a man on the charge of seeking ransom of Rs 1 crore from the director of Rucha Engineering Company, Umesh Dashrathi, at a hotel in Waluj on Monday night at 9. The man accused of extortion has been identified as Mahesh Prabhuanna Chikankar (22, Pawannagar, Ranjangaon). He is a native of village Peer Mangrul in Washim district. He was arrested after 5 days of hide-and-seek between him and the crime branch cops and had agreed to accept Rs 30 lakh after bargaining.
The crime branch police inspector, Avinash Aghav, said that the Rucha Engineering manager, Nagnath Karade (35, Bajajnagar, Waluj), lodged a complaint stating that he received a call on his mobile phone from an unknown man on Thursday night at 8.30. The caller told Karade that he is in possession of a CD, of the company owner, Umesh Dashrathi, which he will hand over in lieu of Rs 1 crore and sought his mobile number. The wise manager, Karade, gave his another of his own mobile number saying that it was Dashrathi's number and as anticipated he received a call on that mobile phone immediately. This time Karade spoke like Umesh Dashrathi and started bargaining, that Rs 1 crore is too big an amount and he wouldn't be able to pay it. The extortionist agreed to hand over the CD to him at Rs 30 lakh. The deal took 2-3 days and 5-7 calls.
Meanwhile Umesh Dashrathi in person approached the police and informed them about the crime. The deputy commissioner of police (DCP, HQ), Vasant Pardeshi, directed PI Aghav to look into the matter and acting on the directions, Aghav laid traps for 5-6 times, but failed to nab the extortionist as he grew suspicious that the police were alerted.
Dahi-Handi trick worked
PI Aghav told Karade to tell Mahesh that it won't be safe to exchange CD and money in the city due to tight security for Dahi-Handi. Police were checking vehicles and Nakabandi had been enforced. So it would be safer to do meet in Waluj and Mahesh agreed. Karade phoned Mahesh and told him to come with the CD to Trupti Guest House in Maharana Pratap Chowk in Waluj on Monday night, where he would give the bag stashed with cash and Mahesh would give the CD. Mahesh agreed to do so and came at the guest house and was nabbed by the crime branch cops.

Surprisingly, it was found during the preliminary interrogation that Mahesh has been working in the same company as a foreman with the fake identity of Satish Rodge. He was working in the company till the day he was arrested. His motive was to take undue advantage of Umesh Dashrathi's simple personality, PI Aghav added. No CD exists After nabbing the accused, Mahesh Chikankar, the police sought from him the CD on the basis of which he was seeking ransom. He admitted that he did not have any CD but said he believed that he would be able to extort money by merely issuing threat about the existence of such a CD. Looking at the message sent in English by Chikankar, who is not an highly educated, police police that he must be having some accomplices. The accused was living at Pavannagar, Ranjangaon posing as Satish Rodge on the basis of documents of his cousin. News-LT

Friday, 8 August 2014

CMIA pursues IIM demand with Gadkari

A delegation of the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) on Thursday made representation to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, raising various demands, including granting an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Aurangabad. The delegation also presented Marathwada vision document to the minister. Union ministers Anant Geete, Raosaheb Danve, MPs Ashok Chavan, Rajkumar Dhoot, Rajiv Satav, Sunil Gaikwad and others were also present.
While terming the demand for an IIM for Aurangabad justified, Gadkari assured the delegation of his full support. He said he would coordinate a meeting with HRD minister in this respect. 

The CMIA delegation informed the Union minister that land is available for setting up an IIM in Walmi area. While discussing Marathwada's infrastructure, the Union minister said the work of the National Highway-211 would be inaugurated on August 26 and asked the delegation to send a request for including Aurangabad ring-road in the NH-211 project. He also promised that a dry port for hassle-free export formalities would be established between Aurangabad and Jalna, if 500 acres of land is made available for it. 
He also assured of resolving the issue of steel industry regarding the clearance of unshredded imported scrap at container depot at Maliwada. Gadkari said a 4-lane road between Kalyan and Nanded is also under active consideration. MP Danve requested the Union transport minister to focus on these issues for the development of Marathwada. MP Ashok Chavan said all the issues raised by the CMIA are important and all the MPs from the region should pursue them with the Centre.
The 25-member delegation was comprised of CMIA president Munish Sharma, secretary Ritesh Mishra, industrialists Ram Bhogale, Mukund Bhogale, Ashish Pokarna, Gurpreetsingh Bagga, Adeshpalsingh Chabbda, Dr Ulhas Gawali, Anil Bhalerao, Sarita Garware, Ashish Garde, Milind Kank, Mukund Kulkarni and others.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Aurangabad gets CAT centre for 1st time

The registration for the test will start on August 6 and end on September 30. At the time of registration, a candidate has to select three cities. There is same good news for the aspirants of Common Admission Test (CAT) 2014 as the city has been selected as the test centre for the first time in its history.

The CAT 2014 will be held in the city from November 16 to 22 this year. 
According to the sources, hundreds of local students from the city used to take CAT every year in metros to get admission to top B-schools of the country as the city was not the exam centre. Top 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) conducted CAT-2013 at 40 centers across the country including four from the State-Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai and Pune. The sources further said that the students and parents had been demanding to have centre in the cities like Aurangabad for the last several years as they had to spend time and money on travelling long-distance for the examination. The test which determines selection for the IIMs and other premier B schools, has made number of changes in the pattern and increasing centers this year. 

"This year CAT has increased the centers from 40 to 99. Number of test centers has increased to 11 in the state as compared to earlier four. The new centers are Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nashik and Solapur," the sources said. In 2013 the examination was conducted over a period of 20 days from from 16 October to 11 November. The duration of the test has been increased to 170 minutes from earlier 140 minutes. 

The number of questions in each section' Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability and Logical has also been increased to 50 from the existing 30 questions. The registration fee for the general candidates is Rs 1600, while for the reserved category students it is Rs 800, which is to be paid online at the time of registration. 

The eligibility criteria is that a candidate must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 50 (45 per cent for reserved category) per cent marks or equivalent.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Athlete dies at GMCH, negligence alleged

A 19-year-old woman athlete died in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday night following alleged negligence by doctors. According to details, Ashwini Bolkar, who was a rising star at national and international levels, was suffering from fever since July 22. She visited a clinic near her house. Following vomiting, she was later shifted to the municipal hospital (N-11), suspecting dengue. She was put on saline and administered an injection. Her CBC test was conducted as vomiting continued. The athlete was shifted to the GMCH on July 28 after it was found that white cell count in her blood had reduced drastically.

The GMCH doctors asked her family members on Monday that a sonography test could not be done on Tuesday being a public holiday. Due to this, she was rushed to the Hedgewar Hospital, where she could not be admitted due to lack of room. So, the patient was shifted back to the GMCH. Sahadu Bolkar, father of the victim, claimed that the doctors kept administering saline throughout the day on July 29. "Even on July 30, doctors ignored her condition. They removed water from her back for test. Her condition deteriorated further when she saw blood in the injection," he said.
Ashwini Bolkar was shifted to the ICU. The doctors did not know that her white cell count had gone down to 21,000 from 48,000. She breathed her last at 11 pm on Wednesday. She was cremated at a crematorium in N-11 on Thursday morning. Sahadu Bolkar said the doctors of the GMCH refused to give the medical report of his daughter. GMCH Medicine Department Head Dr Mangala Borkar denied the allegations of negligence by her parents. "Her condition was fine till Wednesday afternoon. However, it deteriorated in the night and she died. We were also shocked," Dr Borkar added. News-LT

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Contractors shift base due to bad goods shed

Goods get damaged in rain as they are kept in open in the absence of a proper shed. Lokmat 

Contractors and companies handling goods at the shed bear losses to the tune of Rs 2 crore during the rainy season due to the faulty design of shed at the Aurangabad Railway Station. 
The Goods Carriers' Association has chosen another railway station to load-unload goods due to unavailability of proper facilities at the city railway station.
Mohammed Aslam, president of Handling and Transport Contractors and Hundekari Association said despite paying a heavy amount for the services, the railway has failed to provide basic facilities as far as the goods shed is concerned. The shed is incomplete and not ready for proper services. Hence, contractors have to face losses of over Rs.10 lakh during the monsoon season. 
Aslam said, "The shade was redeveloped 20 years ago. Some minor repairs were carried out recently. The contractors had demanded redevelopment of the goods shed in 2011, which started in 2014."news-LT

BJP corners Sena over delay in clearing budget

• After the approval of the standing panel, the civic budget for 2014-15 has been waiting for mayor's clearance

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cornered the Shiv Sena, its ally in the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), over the delay in clearing the civic budget for 2014-15.
A meeting of the BJP-Sena ruling alliance leaders was held at Subhedari Guest House in the presence of MP Chandrakant Khaire on Sunday. Issues related to various civic works and transfers of officials were discussed in the meeting. BJP members blamed Sena for the delay in clearing the civic budget.
After the approval of the standing committee, the civic budget was sent to mayor Kala Ozha, who belongs to Sena, but she is yet to pass it. 
On Saturday, BJP corporators had called on MP Khaire insisting on holding a meeting to discuss issues related development works and resolve differences among the ruling alliance members. Accordingly, a meeting was organised at Subhedari Guest House on Sunday.
Mayor Kala Ozha, deputy mayor Sanjay Joshi, MLA Pradeep Jaiswal, MLA Sanjay Shirsath, group leader Sanjay Kenekar, municipal commissioner Dr Harshdeep Kamble, city engineer S D Panzade, executive engineer Sikandar Ali, BJP city president Bhagwan Ghadamode and others were present.news-LT

Thursday, 3 July 2014

'Privatise property tax collection'

Earlier, civic body had passed resolution on property tax collection but the State had shot it down. The proposal on garbage collection died down in GB meet Lokmat News Network
Aurangabad, July 3

It seems the proposals on outsourcing the collection of property tax and lifting garbage would soon be revived as a majority of members in the standing committee on Thursday stressed on the need to rope in private partners for quality services.
There are 1.87 lakh properties, including some 40,000 commercial, and around 1.10 lakh water connections, including 10,000 commercial, on the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) record. Besides, the AMC daily collects and dumps around 400 tonnes of garbage at the Naregaon depot.
When the issue of pre-monsoon preparations was raised in the meeting, members Trimbyak Tupe, Surendra Kulkarni, Mir Hidayat Ali and Anil Jaiswal underlined that the city is expanding, but the civic body has failed to bring new properties of suburban areas on record.
Moreover, the solid waste management has also been paralysed, although the civic body spends around Rs 50 crore on the garbage collection and transportation. Inspite of this, one spots garbage lying in nooks and corners of main roads and bylanes in the city. The situation worsens during the monsoon. Hence, there is dire need of roping in private partners for better and quality service and earn good revenue. The paucity of funds is preventing AMC from launching development works.
The members also registered their protest against the collection of sewage cess, sewerage tax and now User Charges, introduced in 2013 against door-to-door garbage collection. 
This is sheer injustice on the part of citizens, they said.
As reported earlier, the AMC had passed the proposal of outsourcing property tax and sent to the State Government for its approval in September 2012, but the Government of Maharashtra (GoM) set aside the proposal on March 22, 2013. It remarked that the contractor will harass citizens while collecting tax.
In his clarification, assessor and collector of tax Shivaji Jhanjhan said, "The combined target collection of property tax and water tax during 2014-15 is Rs 100 crore. The AMC had collected Rs 11.85 crore, including Rs 8.25 cr as property tax and Rs 3.60 cr as water tax, from April to June." new-LT
Moreover, the proposal to outsource garbage collection was also passed in a standing committee, but heated discussions triggered in the general body and the proposal was rejected. 
However, some corporators are actively developing favourable conditions for the privatisation of garbage collection.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

German Bakery: Indian Mujahideen terrorist arrested

Kolkata, July 2: An Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist, suspected to be involved in the German Bakery blast of Pune in 2010, was arrested from the city on Wednesday, the police said.
A special team of the Kolkata Police STF arrested Zahid Hussain, a Bangladeshi national, from outside Kolkata rail station under Chitpore police station in the evening hours.
Hussain, a resident of Mirpur in Bangladesh, is suspected to be one of the main conduits of IM leaders in India, a senior STF official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
"Zahid Hussain was in touch with all the important Indian Mujahideen leaders and used to supply them with fake Indian currency notes and explosives. He is also suspected to be involved in German Bakery blast in Pune," the official said. The explosion in German Bakery had left at least nine persons dead and scores injured in February 14, 2010.
"We are investigating all the aspects. He will be produced before the court tomorrow," he said. news-LT

Wadia-Zinta spat turns uglier

The spat between actress Preity Zinta and industrialist Ness Wadia turned uglier on Wednesday as Wadia sent a list of nine people to the police to be made witnesses in the case and Zinta on her Facebook page wrote that she had paid Wadia"s share in the IPL franchisee which the latter returned to her later. 
In a letter written to the investigating officer in the case, Wadia gave names of nine persons and requested the police that their statements be recorded. The nine persons, who were present at the time of the incident according to Wadia include Sereika Lal, Loretta Joseph, Pooja Dadlani, Anneline Adams, Farah Oomerbhoy, Sweetie Burman, Kamlesh Shah, Rayaan Mutapha and Sharat Nath.
"We have got the list of witnesses suggested by Wadia and we will be recording their statements soon," said an IPS officer supervising the case.
Meanwhile, Zinta came out in the open and wrote on her Facebook page about several issues that came up after she lodged the complaint.
"Is this done for money? IPL was my project from the start and for the record not only did I pay for myself (5 crores) when I got into the IPL (bid) I paid for Ness too ! 5 crores ! (Proof of my financial commitment in the IPL is with the BCCI.) To be fair to him he did pay me back a couple of months later (without any premium) so Hope the money theory is put to end once and for all," she wrote.
Explaining why she left for USA after filing the complaint Zinta wrote, " I had to go to the US as I had work there which I could not ignore due to a prior commitment. In the end of the day I am a professional and cannot let my work suffer. I came back to India as soon as the police department required me to do so to help with further investigations. "news-LT

Monsoon arrives in Mumbai

 3 hours of rains expose Mumbai's monsoon preparedness claims
After the delay of almost over a month, the monsoon finally got active in Mumbai and the city received heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning. However, just three hours of rainfall exposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) tall claims of monsoon preparedness as the train and road traffic crippled at important junctions in the city rendering thousands of citizens helpless. 
Though Mumbai and surrounding areas were eagerly waiting for rains with the hope in reduction of extremely high temperature, the first heavy showers were not expected. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), the city suburbs received 153.6 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm while the southern Mumbai received 0.8 mm rainfall on Wednesday. The rainfall in the first half of this duration was so heavy that it disturbed daily routine of Mumbai. The overall rainfall recorded, from 8.30 am on July 1 to 8.30 am on July 2, at Santacruz was 11.8 mm while it was 22.8 mm at Colaba. The cumulative rainfall since June 1, 2014 till date was 100.7 mm at Santacruz and 80.0 mm at Colaba. 

Water logging

The cases of water-logging were reported in the city and suburbs at Hindmata, Sion, Milan Subway, Andheri Subway, Kurla, Sion Subhash Nagar and RC Marg in Chembur, among other places. The traffic on the Western Express Highway was slowed down due to water logging at Kandivali. The floodwater caused bursting of a nullah at Ghatkopar leading to water-logging on the busy LBS Marg where traffic was disrupted.news-LT

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Sterlite Tech awarded Rs.2500 cr BSNL deal

Vedanta group company Sterlite Technologies Ltd has won Rs 2500 crore of contracts from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to supply optic fibre cables for national network for defence that the public sector telecom major is developing for India's armed forces. This comes as good news for Aurangabad, as the optical fibre needed for the project will be supplied from the company's plant in Waluj MIDC here.
Sterlite Technologies has secured a Rs 1950 crore advance purchase order to supply optic fibre cables in Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Northeast. It also clinched a Rs 500 crore deal to maintain the future optic fibre network in J&K for seven years.
The 60,000-km optic fibre network that BSNL will build for the armed forces will comprise the optical fibre backbone, network management systems and a satellite network, and will cost in excess of Rs 13,000 crore.
Speaking to AurangabadFirst, Sterlite chief operating officer K S Rao said, "Apart from the fact that the contract means good order book for the next 2-3 years, it's a matter of pride to us that we have been chosen for designing and implementing a nationwide defence network project."
He confirmed that optical fibre for the project will be supplied from Aurangabad. "Currently, we have capacity to produce 20 million fibre kilometers per annum. This capacity is enough to handle this order. However, considering the fact that the Union Government is speaking about introducing broadband services on highways, the demand for optical fibre will grow. So, we will go for expansion in Aurangabad in the next two-three years with an aim to produce 35 million fibre kilometers."
Rao said the company had been working on the defence project for the last four years and finally a globally unique design has born. Optical fibre in this cable cannot be tampered with preventing data loss, he added.news-LT

shiv sena wins Khuldabad civic body by-poll

Khatabai Salunkhe of Shiv Sena defeated NCP candidate Radha Gaikwad in civic by-poll for ward No 1. Salunkhe secured 814 votes whereas Gaikwad had to satisfy with 605 votes.
Tehsildar Balaji Shewale, CO Savita Harkar, BEO Shinde, PI Shivlal Purbhe were present.
A massive rally was taken out by Shiv Sena under the leadership of Annasaheb Mane, the former MLA.
With this election it is clear that coming election will be tough for MLA Bamb and NCP to retain Khuldabad municipal council.

Plastic company gutted

A plastic processing and granules making company was reduced to ashes in an inferno causing hefty losses of over Rs 70 lakh in the Chikalthana industrial estate in the early hours of Tuesday.
The company that sustained heavy losses in the fire has been identified as Rajkamal Plastic Industries Limited. The chief of the Chikalthana fire brigade officials, Shakil Ahmed, said that firefighters and locals had to struggle for over five hours to extinguish the fire that even engulfed three goods vehicles that were parked in the factory compound.
On a complaint lodged by the company owner, the MIDC Cidco police have registered a case and are investigating the cause of the fire.
Ahmed said that the fire brigade received information from the police control room around 6 am. Soon, four fire tenders from the Chikalthana MIDC area rushed to the spot but till then the fire had spread to the raw material stock in the compound. Owing to the wind, a truck (MWV-9009), a jeep (MH-04-5667) and a pick-up van (MH-43-6089), which were parked in the compound, were burnt. The vehicles contained plastic raw material that made it difficult for the officials to douse the flames. Fire officials are also trying to ascertain if there were any fire-extinguishers installed at the unit as the fire anytime during the day would have even caused human casualties. Following the incident, unit owner Mohammed Noor lodged a complaint with the police and investigation in to the case is on.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Khaire registers record victory

For the first time, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had allowed none-of-the-above (NOTA) option. A total of 200 NOTA votes were recorded in the first round and their figure went up to 6,370 in the end. 25 candidates lose deposit. As per the election norms, the deposit of a candidate is seized if he/she fails to secure 12.5 per cent (1.10 lakh target) out of the total valid votes polled (9.82 lakh) in the election. The deposit amount for open candidate was Rs 25,000 and for a reserve candidate it was Rs 12,500. There were 27 candidates in the fray. Of them, deposits of 25 got seized. They include Subhash Lomte (AAP), Indrakumar Jewrikar (BSP) and Adv Sadashiv Gayake (SP). Others whose deposit got seized belong to Bahujan Mukti Party, Ambedkar National Congress, Prabudha Republican Party, Garib Aadmi Party, Welfare Party of India.  
In 2009, deposits of 19 candidates, out of 22, were forfeited as they had failed to secure at least 90,000 votes (12.5 pc) of the total valid votes (7.12 lakh). Chandrakant Khaire of Shiv Sena today scripted a record by winning the Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat for the fourth consecutive time with an unassailable lead of 1.62 lakh votes.  He secured 5.20 lakh votes, while his nearest rival and Congress candidate Nitin Patil got 3.58 lakh votes. 
The fate of 27 candidates was sealed in the Aurangabad constituency on April 24. Out of the total 15.86 lakh voters, 9.82 lakh cast their votes, registering 62 per cent polling. Indrakumar Jewrikar of BSP got 37,412 votes, while Subhash Lomte (AAP) received 11,969 votes and Adv Sadashiv Gayake (SP) had to be contented with 2,646 votes.  Amid tight security and supervision of central election observer Shalini Mishra and returning officer Vikram Kumar, the counting of votes began at 8 am sharp. After postal ballots, the counting of votes recorded in EVMs (assembly constituency-wise) started at 84 tables (14 tables for each assembly constituency). 
The result of the first round was out by 8.30 am, wherein Khaire (21,087) was ahead of Nitin Patil (20,152) by a slender margin of 935 votes. His margin started to multiply and ultimately the Congress candidate failed to succeeded in breaking it until the last round.

DMIC: Govt releases another instalment of Rs.75 crore-News-LT

The government has released yet another instalment of Rs 75 crore to the district administration on Saturday to pay compensation to those farmers whose land was acquired for the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Earlier, the government had released two installments of Rs 100 crore and Rs 150 crore. Farmers of Bidkin, along with four other villages, will get a total compensation of Rs 1,314 crore in installments. 
"The first instalment of Rs 100 crore has already been disbursed among farmers, while the disbursement of the second instalment of Rs 150 crore will start from Monday onwards," land acquisition officer Sambhaji Adkune said, adding that so far the district administration has received Rs 325 crore out of the total Rs 1,314 crore, while the remaining amount is expected to be received soon. 
In all, 2,351 hectares of land in the five villages, namely Bidkin, Nilajgaon, Nandalgaon, Bannitanda and Banglatanda, was acquired at the rate of Rs 23 lakh per acre. The administration had sent a proposal for the compensation to the industry department much before starting the land acquisition process, which was sanctioned in February. However, disbursement of compensation got delayed due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. The industry department had sent the first instalment of Rs 100 crore to the district administration at March-end and Rs 150 crore after 15 days. On Friday, the administration received the third instalment of Rs 75 crore.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hotelier arrested in Jaiswal suicide case

The owner of Rahul Restaurant and Bar, Adv Shrichand Jagyasi (60) of Sindhi Colony, and three others have been booked on the charge of abetting the suicide of Manoj Jaiswal. Jagyasi has been arrested while hunting for others has been launched. Jawaharnagar police station in-charge PI Hemant Kadam has lodged a complaint on behalf of the State Government. Accordingly, Vikram Nikam (30) of Hotel Sayali, Rushikesh Tawar and Kedare Garagewala have been booked on the charge of driving Jaiswal to commit suicide. A five-page suicide note drafted in Hindi has been recovered from the house, in which the deceased has squarely held these four men responsible for his suicide and deaths of Neetu (27), his live-in partner, and Devendra alias Pushkar (5), his son. 
According to details, there was a monetary dispute between the owner of hotel and Manoj Jaiswal over its operation. This dispute was brought to light by the deceased's brother Bharat Jaiswal in his statement given to the Jawaharnagar police station. Throwing light on the deal PI Kadam said Jagyasi had agreed to hand over Rahul Restaurant and Bar to Manoj to operate. Accordingly, Manoj borrowed to Rs 11 lakh from Vikram, Rushikesh and Kedare, which he gave to Jagyasi in instalments. Besides, Manoj had spent Rs 1 lakh on the renovation of the restaurant. Later, Jagyasi started demanding Rs 8 lakh more. On the other hand, Manoj's lenders were pestering him for the repayment of money.
The case was registered on Tuesday at 12.30 am and Adv Jagyasi was arrested at 2.30 am. The search for three others has been launched.
Earlier, three dead bodies were recovered from a block of a bungalow number 6 in plush Mitranagar on Thursday noon. They were identified as Manoj Babulal Jaiswal (32), Devendra Jaiswal (5) and Neetu (27). The incident came to light when foul smell of decomposed body spread in the colony. It attracted onlookers. Senior police officers inspected the house. News-lt

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hailstorm Rains in Maharashtra

Hailstorms occur in the month of February once in every 10 years. The hailstorms in 1989, 1991 and 1992 caused damages to crops. The hailstorm of Monday has destroyed the crops extensively.
The city experienced rain of 29.6 mm on March 3. The minimum temperature was 15 degree Celsius and the maximum was 30.5 degree Celsius. The humidity was 51 per cent. The temperature of the city on March 4 was minimum 16.5 degree Celsius and maximum was 28 degree Celsius, whereas the humidity was 85 per cent. Water resource department's engineer JV Sardeshpande said, "The cities near seashores have humidity percentage of 85 to 90 per cent. Aurangabad too was experiencing the same." Main reason for this is 

 * After-effect of global warming
* Air pollution by industries, cutting trees behind phenomenon
* City's weather resembles coastal weather Max rains in March in past 24 years
Year Rain in mm
1989 58.5
2008 42.6
2014 29.6
Marathwada experienced hailstorm thrice in a week recently. There was hail everywhere, which gave the region a 'Kashmir look'.  Though the hailstorm was unprecedented, hail storms witnessed in 1989 were fiercer than this. This is an after-effect of global warming, which keeps occurring in a certain span of time.  However, this time it was a little different. Hailstorms occur only for a day. However, this time it occurred in two or three stages and covered a large area, said agriculture and weather experts.
Marathwada experienced cold climate like Mahabaleshwar and 'snowfall' like Kashmir. This change has neither occurred in a day or two nor for the first time in the last 30 years. Former Walmi official and dam assistant director Dr SB Warade said, "A low pressure area has occurred in the north of Karnatak. This has resulted in wind turbulence, due to which the clouds are cooling down and resulting into hailstorms."
Hailstorms were noticed in Marathwada's Parbhani, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad and in some areas of Aurangabad on Monday. Layers of hail were collected on surfaces of Osmanabad area and in some other areas of the district. A rain of 58 mm was recorded in a day in March in 1989. Gusty hailstorms were noticed from 3 pm to 4 pm. This affected mango flowering. The trees shed leaves. Hail could be seen the next morning too. A rainfall of 42 mm was recorded in March 2008 too. Hailstorms occurred then too. Weather changes can be experienced more intensely nowadays due to pollution by industries, air pollution caused due to gases from AC, refrigerators and vehicles and cutting down of trees on a large scale. 
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) project deputy director Satish Shiradkar said, "The peculiar thing about this year's hailstorms is that they occurred in areas, where hailstorms have never occurred before this. The area receiving hailstorms has increased this year. Looking at the record on hailstorms, they were noticed just once in the month of February or March. However, this time it occurred thrice in a week. The cold as well as warm climate can be felt intensely. News-lt

Chennai Express arrives late on maiden run

The 1603 Nagarsol-Aurangabad-Chennai Express on Monday arrived late at the Aurangabad station on its maiden run. It was scheduled to arrive at 9.40 am, but arrived two hours late at 11.30 am in the city. On its return journey to Chennai, the train arrived at 3.45 pm at the Aurangabad station, an hour behind its scheduled arrival at 2.45 pm. Mayor Kala Ojha flagged off the train at the time of its departure.  The locomotive driver of the train said the express got delayed as it was welcomed at all important stations on its first run.
In all, 20 coaches were attached to the train on its first day carrying merely 100 passengers on its arrival from Chennai while returning to Chennai, the express had 70 reservations from Aurangabad to Chennai. Over 100 passengers were travelling to Chennai.  Freedom fighter Tarabai Ladha, who was among people who made efforts to start the train, said, "I am happy that the train has finally arrived. Youngsters should also actively participate in such efforts." Omprakash Verma of Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti said, "This is a big relief for the people of Marathwada, who want to travel to Chennai. A train to Bangalore should be started soon."

 The South Central Railway should think of new trains to Bikaner, Delhi, Jaipur, Goa and Kolkata during vacations. Both Verma and Lodha thanked the media for their coverage.Bhagyam Vishwanathan, Jayanti Shankarnarayan, Medul Raman and Ravi Raman, Laxman Iyer, P K Vishwnathan along with Sridhar, Mansukh Zambad, Mrs P Parimala, Indira Anant Rao and Sheshadari, Shankarnarayan Krishna Murthi, K Rangarajan, Kumar Guru and other members of Saptaswara Cultural Association were present. The express will run on a weekly basis between Chennai and Nagarsol via Aurangabad. It will leave Chennai on every Sunday at 9.15 am and reach Nagarsol at 11.55 am the next day. The express will leave Nagarsol every Monday at 1 pm and will reach Chennai at 4 pm the next day. News-LT

Saturday, 1 March 2014

AMC on 'Mission Online'

The AMC had introduced local body tax (LBT) in 2010. Today, the LBT cell has registration of 25,140 LBT-payers, who pay their tax in 11 nationalised banks. "Of all the registered LBT-payers 5,500 are big businessmen, while remaining are small and medium ones. The cell has recorded a collection of around Rs. 162 crore LBT till February 28. We are hopeful of meeting the target of Rs. 200 crore in the coming months," said LBT officer Ayub Khan. Meanwhile, it is learnt that the LBT cell has applied for an ISO certification and the AMC has resolved to link up LBT-payers with the online mode of tax clearance.• Installs billboards at 14 important places and traffic signals and crossroads• Plans to develop a link encouraging LBT- payers to pay property tax online.

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has launched an advertisement blitzkrieg 'Mission Online' to encourage citizens to pay property tax. Billboards have been installed at important places like traffic signals and crossroads, apart from placing ads in newspapers, broadcasting jingles on radio and showing clippings on local television channel. Deputy chief auditor Mahaveer Patni, who has been entrusted with the task, said, "A week ago, we had installed advertising hoardings at 14 important places in Chikalthana, Harsul T-point, Seven Hills, Mondha Naka, Nutan Colony, Kranti Chowk, Railway Station, Mill Corner, Gajanan Maharaj Mandir, Paithan Gate, Central Octroi Checkpost etc. The giant size hoardings at traffic signals will help in attracting attention of commuters and reminding them of their duty to pay tax. In the recent past also, we had displayed advertisements to create awareness about 'Mission Online' on 10 gantries." 

It is learnt that civic chief H S Kamble is the main force behind the 'Mission Online' that aims at encouraging citizens to opt for the online mode to remit their taxes. Presently, the AMC is accepting property tax (and water tax) at the counters in five HDFC branches and six ward offices. "We will be distributing pamphlets in wards recording poor or below average recovery of taxes. We have handed over bundles of 10,000 handbills to be distributed in each ward office. Civic personnel will visit door to door and distribute pamphlets in their jurisdiction," said Patni. It may be noted that the target collection of property tax is Rs 75 crore, while that of water tax is Rs 25 crore. Accordingly, the AMC has recorded a collection of Rs 62 crore from April 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. It includes Rs 47 crore as property tax and Rs 15 crore as water tax. 

Systems manager (e-governance) A B Patel said, "We have received Rs 25.89 lakh property tax from 574 citizens through online transactions recorded between October 5 and February 28. We had installed a kiosk in HDFC branch in Cidco and very soon we are going to dedicate a multi-tasking machine to citizens." The AMC has 1.87 lakh properties, including 20,000 commercial ones, on its record. However, the recovery of taxes is disappointing. Presently, the assessor and collector of tax is holding camps in all wards, making announcements through public address system.  Standing committee member Vikas Jain said, "GTL Urja posts monthly power bills to consumers, regularly. The area-wise recording meter-reading and distribution of bills is done on a rotation basis. If this outstation agency can do it, why not the decades-old civic body?" He demands that civic officials should also spare staff to post the demand of property tax and check if a property is under the tax ambit or not by visiting each area on a rotation basis.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Thunder showers lash Aurangabad

Sudden rain with thunder, lightning and hail lashed Aurangabad city and surroundings on Wednesday. Taking the people by surprise, the rains created chaos and jams as the the roads are being re-surfaced.  It has been hot since the last two days, and the day temperatures were 32C, with the afternoon temperature rising to 32.6C on Wednesday. Thunderclouds appeared, and the downpour and hails at 4.30 pm cooled the atmosphere to 19.6C within 30 mins. 
Naturally after a drop of 13C would make it chilly and actually cold. 14 mms of rainfall was recorded at 5.30 pm. Aurangabad normal rain for February is just 3 mms, and Wednesday's rainfall has been the highest in more than 10 years. The thunder showers were caused by an upper air circulation system that moved eastwards from MP to Chattisgarh. When the system moved eastwards, it attracts a lot of moist air and air incursion from the Arabian Sea takes place towards the system, which bring rain on the confluence of moist air around the region. 
A trough line dropped Southwards from the system through central Maharashtra. generally, rains are seen along a trough line. Definitely unusual for this time of the year, in February. Rains were not restricted to the Aurangabad region. Nearby Jalna saw 8 mms, Osmanabad recorded 6 mms, Jalgaon 7 mms and Dhule 3 mms rain. Thursday morning will be sunny and cool, with sky getting partly cloudy by the afternoon. Some rain is likely in the surrounding regions around the city. Rains were also reported from Madhya Pradesh. Gwalior got a heavy rainfall of 59 mms, Guna 25 mms and Bhopal 24 mms. News-lt

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

National seminar on Innovations in Science & Technology

The Department of Zoology of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU) will host a two-day national seminar on 'Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development from March 25.  Department of Zoology of BAMU in association with Indian Science Congress Association (local chapter) and Indian Society of Life Science are joint organisers of the event. Convener of the seminar Prof Y K Khillare said that the last date of submission of research paper is March 5 while for the registration it is March 15. He said that the seminar is the need of present research in every field of science. "It will help to gear up the development in the field of science and technology in the country and abroad. The present seminar through the deliberations of eminent sciences, senior teachers will be a road map for inventing science into the development process of the country," he added. He said that sectors like aquaculture, agriculture, environment, health care, water, communication etc may require new scientific knowledge for shaping their future.

For details one may contact Prof Y K Khillare through mobile (09422201215) or Prof D L Sonawne.

Bamu plans to seek ISO certification

Very few universities and colleges across the State have obtained this certification. The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is recognised worldwide as the authority on quality management. Quality management is an important and useful organisational system for increasing institute's competitiveness by optimising processes with a particular focus on the stakeholders

The Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University administration is planning to go for the ISO certification. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) inspected the university in August 2013 and accorded 'Grade A' to Bamu in the last week of October. It has become important for the university to improve the service and facilities to all the stakeholders of higher education of the region. Thought it brought certain changes in the system after getting the grade, students and teachers, who are the main stakeholders, are not satisfied with the processes and administration.
With a view to expedite all kinds of process in the administration, the university is planning to go for the ISO certification. Bamu registrar Dr Dhanraj Mane told LT that they are mulling to seek the ISO certification for the academic and establishment departments, which are located in its main building. News-lt