55-yr-old rapes minor sisters, held

Chandrapur: Nagbhid police have arrested a 55-year-old man for raping two minor sisters in Taldohi Balapur village of Yavatmal. The accused, Tilackchand Agnikar (55), lured the girls, who are aged seven and eight years, into a under construction building on Tuesday promising them to give Rs10 each for buying ice-cream, and raped them. The sisters narrated the incident to their parents on Thursday, who filed complaint with Nagbhid police station. Cops have booked the accused under rape and POCSO charges and arrested him on Thursday. He was sent into magisterial…

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NMC gets ready to treat sewage of nearby towns

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Nagpur: Even though Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s sewage treatment plant (STP) has the capacity to treat only 130 MLD per day as against 550 MLD sewage generated daily in the city, the civic body is set to treat sewage of nearby towns as well. A proposal on treating waste of adjacent small towns will be tabled before the general body meeting to be held on April 20. A senior official from NMC’s Pench Project cell told TOI the state government had issued a notification directing NMC to treat waste generated in…

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Govt sanctions Rs22.47cr for SSH building of dental college

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Nagpur: The state government has sanctioned Rs22.47 crore for the upgradation of Government Dental College and Super Speciality Hospital through a GR dated April 13. The money is likely to be allocated during the monsoon session of the state legislature. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced the project during the launch of golden jubilee celebrations of the college in December 2017. The project is planned in an area of 22,000 sq ft just adjacent to the existing building opposite the forensic department of the Government Medical College and Hospital. The…

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Relative held for raping 9-year-old

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Nagpur: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly exploited sexually by her 30-year-old relative, identified as Suraj Gaikwad, at her rented room in an area under the jurisdiction of Ajni police station. A complaint was filed by the survivor’s mother on Friday after the matter came to fore. Police said Gaikwad, a labourer, would offer Rs10 each time he would exploit the survivor, who is daughter of his wife’s sister. The two families lived in the vicinity as tenants. Gaikwad would stay at home whenever he would failed to find a work.…

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Everything agri is just an app away

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Nagpur: A mobile application may soon prove to be a one-stop source for farmers from across Maharashtra. Free Android app Shekru offers consolidated and organized data relevant to farmers — events in the state, government schemes, audio interviews and recordings on useful topics and farmer-related television shows. The app, which has been downloaded by as many as 40,000 people in last two years, was developed by 44-year-old Mumbai-based IT professional Ananth Krishna. Krishna said that vernacular medium is the app’s key feature and added, “There are resources in Hindi and…

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Plea for Prez’s intervention over Atrocities Act issue

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Nagpur: A city-based social organisation Samyak Nagrik Manch, with office in Mankapur, has garnered over a thousand signatures on a petition seeking presidential intervention in the legal tussle on in Supreme Court over provisions of Schedules Caste/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. The petition has been sent to the office of the President and also to Prime Minister, Union minister for law and judiciary as well as Union minister for social justice. Social worker Sudhir Bhagat, who spearheaded the Manch campaign, said President of India had special powers under…

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Firm can hire outside mathadi workers: HC

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Nagpur: In an unprecedented order that would end the monopoly and alleged arrogance of Mathadi Board over loading and unloading works, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court allowed a private firm to hire workers from outside for the same work. A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye also asked the state government to provide police protection to the petitioner firm, at latter’s risk and cost, if it applies. The move comes after workers from ‘Nagpur and Wardha Mathadi and Unprotected Labour Board’ refused to do the…

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Woman alleges rape by live-in partner

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Nagpur: A 24-year-old woman has lodged a complaint of rape at Nandanvan police station on Thursday against her 32-year-old live-in partner, identified as Ganesh Rajput, for repeatedly exploiting her and threatening her of dire consequences. Police said survivor had befriended Rajput over a social media in September last year. Despite being married, Rajput started developing close relation with the survivor. He later landed at her residence promising to marry her. Police said Rajput had even started staying with the survivor at her place. The two had gone to several places…

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Gondia, Gadchiroli CFR models part of study to double farmers’ income

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Nagpur: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi preparing a road map for doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the Centre is considering how community forest rights (CFRs) under the Forest Rights Act 2006 can play a role in it. Now, researchers from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, are working on Centre’s major research project — ‘Scaling up CFR recognition in India’ — and are studying successful CFR models in Gondia and Gadchiroli. Maharashtra leads in the country by approving 6,524 titles towards distribution of 24.40 lakh acres of forest land. “We…

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