Sunday, 23 August 2015

ASI suspended, probe against PI Dongare

Inquiry against PI Rajkumar Dongre ordered for not taking the case seriously
Shruti's sister Shraddha told the media that ASI Khatavkar used abusive language with her and her deceased sister. She alleged that the police had acted softly with Swapnil after the first complaint was lodged Court permission. "If an accused has to be rearrested in any case, prior permission has to be sought from a court of law. Accordingly, court permission has been obtained. Swapnil, who had acquired bail on August 19, had been at large since then. Police teams were sent to Pune, Mumbai, Gangapur, Jalna and other places but finally he was caught in Newasa," said the investigating officer. Probe handed over to crime branch
Shruti consumed sleeping pills on August 17 and a case of eve-teasing was registered against Swapnil on the following day. Shruti died on August 20 and Swapnil later charged with abetting suicide. "After the case was handed over to the crime branch by the Cidco police inspector, crime branch inspector Avinash Aaghav is looking into it," said the CP. Inquiry against PI Rajkumar Dongre ordered for not taking the case seriously.
Cidco ASI Harish Khatavkar has been suspended for allegedly using rude language with Shruti Kulkarni, who committed suicide. Similarly, an inquiry against Cidco PI Rajkumar Dongre has been ordered for not taking the matter seriously, commissioner of police (CP) Amitesh Kumar told newspersons today. 
More importantly, ASI Raju Vaishnava and head constable N D Hiwale were already suspended in this matter. Shruti Kulkarni, a resident of Cidco N-7, who took the extreme step on August 17 following the alleged torture by Swapnil Miniyar, breathed her last on August 20 while undergoing treatment. 

Swapnil used to torture Shruti by calling her on phone and sending lewd messages. 
A complaint was lodged against him on July 24, but the police officers took action only after 10 days by arresting him. He was released on bail on the following day. Had the police acted in time, the life of Shruti could have been saved, claimed her relatives. After his release, Swapnil again started torturing Shruti and threatening her on phone. Fed up with the constant torture by him, Shruti reportedly gulped down sleeping pills to kill herself on August 17 and died two days later while being treated. When the media highlighted the issue, senior officers reportedly took the police officers concerned to task. The CP said following the complaint received against ASI Khatavkar, deputy commissioner of police Vasant Pardeshi was directed to submit a report after registering the statement of Shruti's sister and relatives. 

Swapnil Miniyar caught at Newasa

The crime branch police tonight arrested Swpanil Miniyar, who had abetted the suicide of Cidco, N-7 girl Shruti Kulkarni, near Newasa village in Ahmednagar district. He had been hiding there for the last three days. Deputy commissioner of police Sandeep Atole said on August 17 Shruti ended life by consuming sleeping pills as she was being harassed by Miniyar. The latter was sending lewd text messages to her and threatened her. On August 18, Swapnil was arrested for molesting her but got bail. He then went underground. Meanwhile, Shruti died on August 20 after which a case of abetting suicide was registered. 
The commissioner of police had formed eight squads to nab the culprits and the probe was given to the crime branch. The police traced calls made by the accused to his friends and relatives. On Saturday morning, he called up his friend after which the police traced his mobile location. At 8 pm, he was caught at Newasa.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Finally, Raka's Club contractor booked

A case has been registered against contractor Sunil Raka of Jyotinagar-based Raka's Lifestyle Club for breaching the AMC contract by running illegally hukka parlour and making illegal construction with the Osmanpura police station under pressure from Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) office-bearers. It may be noted here that Raka's Lifestyle Club was raided by police few months back for running hukka parlour without permission and some youths were also arrested during the action.

A non-cognizable offence was registered in this case by Osmanpura police station.
The civic body had signed a contract with M/s Shalaka Engineers and Raka's Lifestyle on BOT basis in 2007. According to the agreement, the contractor was not allowed to carry out any construction without AMC permission. But contractor Raka made some illegal constructions and also started hukka parlour, restaurant, dance club, sangeet academy without permission from the AMC. He had also fixed CCTV cameras near the swimming pool. After noticing these irregularities, the AMC office-bearers and general body had issued orders to the AMC administration to file case against Raka. The AMC authorities were dilly-dallying in filing case against the contractor, but at last they had to bow under the pressure of office-bearers. 

Civic chief took the advice in this regard from the legal expert, but despite receiving the report from expert the administration was backing contractor for the past 15 days. Taking note of this, office-bearers met police commissioner Amitesh Kumar and requested him to issue order for filing the case against contractor. AMC deputy commissioner Ayyub Khan approached the Osmanpura police station on Sunday and filed complaint against Raka's Lifestyle Club contractor Sunil Raka and later police filed case against Raka. PI Gautam Phasale is investigating the matter further.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Low-cost flight from July 26

The long-awaited low-cost air service from Aurangabad to Hyderabad will begin from July 26. 
Turbo Jet to start A'bad-Hy'bad air service Free pick-up facility

TruJet is also the first carrier in the country to offer free pick-up and drop facility on the routes like Aurangabad (to Shirdi) and Tirupati (to Nellore). Local Airport Manager of Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd Swapnil Harkal said that Aurangabad-Hyderabad service will commence from July 26 but the fare of the flight has been not fixed yet. Turbo Jet to start A'bad-Hy'bad air service Lokmat News Network
Aurangabad, July 11

The Hyderabad-based regional carrier TruJet, part of Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd is commencing its maiden flight on July 12 from Hyderabad to Tirupati and Rajahmundry. All the metro cities are currently over-crowded with several carriers, however, regional areas are still not connected to the air services. As part of easing load of the regional passengers, TruJet will connect 10 cities including Aurangabad, Hubli and Mangalore and others.

The local devotees will be able to fly directly to Tirupati to take darshan of Lord Bajali while passengers from Hyderabad can also reach Shirdi for Sai Darshan directly. TruJet conducted test flight of Hyderabad-Aurangabad route last week. The flight will have 72 passengers on board. 

The plane will land at Chikalthana Airport at 12.50 pm daily from July 26 onwards, while the flight from the city will take off at 1.15 pm and will touch down Hyderabad around 2.55 pm. It will take over one hour and a half hours to reach Hyderabad. The carrier has proposed to launch air service for Aurangabad-Bengaluru route also. This will enhance connectivity of Aurangabad with other cities.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Sports complex construction set to resume soon

Construction of the much-touted sport-cum-commercial complex of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) at Cidco N10 that was halted one-and-a-half years ago resume soon as the Cidco authorities on Tuesday have hinted at giving green signal to the project.

The construction was halted after the Cidco authorities asked the municipal administration to obtain a formal no objection certificate (NOC) from them. "Earlier, when the land was in Cidco's possession, it was reserved for a stadium. But the AMC started building a commercial and sport complex without informing the Cidco. Now, the civic body has made some changes in the plan and submitted a fresh proposal. The Cidco may approve the project within a day or to in the larger interest of the city," a senior Cidco officer said. The Cidco is likely to approve the project during their meeting with municipal authorities on Wednesday. 

The project was supposed to be completed by November 2014 but the authorities could complete less than 10% of the construction so far. The AMC, which had raised Rs 12.5 crore through auction of shops in the complex in February last year, would require only around Rs 5 crore to complete the project. 

The civic body had said that absence of a green signal from the Cidco was the main reason for the delay. "Earlier, the land was in Cidco's possession; so, we needed an official approval from it. We have been constantly pursuing the issue and hope to get the approval soon," said a senior civic official. The AMC is building 50 shops in the complex which are leased out for a period of 30 years. 

The cash-strapped civic body, which has been developing many commercial complexes under the build-operate, and transfer (BOT) model, had adopted a different route for developing the sport complex. It is coming up on a three-acre land reserved for sports ground. Under the project, the civic body will build a football stadium with two basketball courts in it. On the periphery of the stadium, 50 shops also will be constructed.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Ban notification on tourist buses issued

The city police have notified the routes to be used by private tourist buses. Accordingly, they will be allowed to travel only up to Kalda Corner in the city. The notification comes into force from tomorrow (Thursday). 

Police said buses coming from Pune- Mumbai will have to take the right turn from the AS Club for the link road and will have to terminate their journey at Kalda Corner via Mahanubhav Chowk, Godawari Dhaba, Sangramnagar flyover and Easy Day mall ground. 

The buses coming from Mumbai, Nashik and Dhule will be diverted to AS Club Chowk from Nagar Naka and will take the same route up to Kalda Corner. The buses coming from Jalna side will take right turn from the Cambridge High School and will use the railway over bridge, Zalta T-poing, Beed Bypass, Godawari Dhaba and Kalda Corner via Easy Day mall ground. 

The buses coming from Jalgaon side will take left turn from the Cidco bus stand Chowk and will travel through Cambridge High School Chowk, railway over bridge, Zalta T-poing, Beed Bypass, Godawari Dhaba, Easy Day mall ground and Kalda Corner. No passenger can be picked up or dropped at any other place in the city. With this, the ban for entry for private tourist buses will be enforced between 7 am and 11 pm.

However, the buses ferrying schoolchildren, staffers, company workers, MSRTC passengers, government, semi-government buses, marriage party buses and tourists' luxury buses will be exempted, provided they have intimated the police in advance.
Objections are invited by the traffic branch of the city police in person in its office situated near Paithan Gate or on e-mail ID of - 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Aurangabad-Dunhuang sister city pact sealed

Aurangabad (India) and Dunhuang (China), the two cities, which are divided by geographical boundaries, on Thursday, were united due to their historic past and religion. They have become the sister cities officially, as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang signed the agreement, in Beijing yesterday. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also witnessed the historic pact as he is also on the PM's tour. India and China also signed an agreement on the establishment of the sister city relations between Chennai and Chongqing and Hyderabad and Qingdao, besides the agreement to develop the sister state relations between Karnataka and Sichuan.
Chinese delegation in city 
A delegation of Dunhuang (Gansu Province in China) led by mayor Jia Taibin was in the city and had called on the mayor of Aurangabad, Kala Ozha, on March 10, 2015.  The meeting was an initiative of the Indo-China Friendship Association (ICFA). The meeting had hinted at signing of the agreement as 'sister cities', which will help both the countries to exchange or share their good practices, promote and strengthen tourism, cultural and business relations as both Aurangabad and Dunhuang are historic cities and are known across the globe for having Buddhist Caves. The Chinese delegation had comprised Director (Department of Culture of Gansu Province) E Jun, Director (Duanhung Academy) Su Bomin and Counsel General of People's Republic of China (Mumbai) Zheng Xiyuan and many others. 
After winding up the meeting with the past mayor, deputy director general (Foreign Affairs) Lu Xinglai had mentioned of offering one month Fellowship to five local persons in Gansu-China, four scholarships to local students desirous to pursue higher education or undertake research from their universities (in China), exchange of cultural visits to China and identify business potential and develop commercial, cultural and tourism relations etc. MTDC, ASI and Bamu also have a role to play in promoting tourism, research and education abroad.
Benefits of agreement! 
Aurangabad is located on the famous ancient Silk Route that traversed across Asia to Europe while Dunhuang was also a major stop on the ancient Silk Route. Besides, Aurangabad is well-known for its Buddhists Caves due to the world heritage sites Ajanta (30 caves) and Ellora (34 caves), while Dunhuang is best known for the Mogao Caves (735 caves). The sister city agreement between Aurangabad and Dunhuang will help the State Government to promote India-China culture and tourism centred on Buddhism, which is common to both destinations and nations. Both the countries will market the heritage sites and places of interests of the two cities, aggressively.
It was learnt that India would organise a curated exhibition on the Chinese Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang in India while Virtual Museums on Indian Culture will be developed in China. The director general (ASI) and the director general (National Museum) will also be visiting China for the purpose of academics and research on the cave murals of Aurangabad and Dunhuang. India is also hoping to procure Buddhist texts, if any, from Chinese temples, for translation into Sanskrit after the treaty.