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

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

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

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.