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.