Guards abandon duty at varsity building, sacked

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NAGPUR: Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) jawans abandoned Nagpur University’s (NU) main administrative premises at Rabindranath Tagore Marg opposite Maharajabagh on Sunday night following a statewide protest called by their union. BP Kamble, MSSC in-charge at NU, said all the 22 jawans who left the premises without prior intimation have been sacked and police complaints have been lodged against them. Besides the university, MSSC is also providing security to Mayo Hospital and a couple of private banks in the city. Some of the jawans deployed at other establishments too had…

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Suraj Kotnake’s police custody remand to end two days in advance

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NAGPUR: Suraj Kotnake, accused in Ayush Pugaliya murder case and now in custody of Dhantoli police, is likely to return to Nagpur Central Jail on September 22 as the seven-day permission of the home department is set to end. The court had remanded Kotnake in police custody till September 25. Dhantoli police, which may opt for conducting narco and other lie-detecting tests on Kotnake, are now in a fix as the government’s permission to retain the accused is ending two days before termination of the court’s remand period. Kotnake, serving…

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Visit social welfare dept: HC to Sunil Mishra

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NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday came to the rescue of Central India Institute of Mass Communication’s (CIIMC) 49 students, who were denied scholarships by the state social welfare department. A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye asked their director Sunil Mishra to personally visit the department’s office in Civil Lines to remove all deficiencies to pave way for the students to get their scholarship money. He was told to meet the assistant commissioner in the morning and sort out all the issues…

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HC notice to RSS, Nagpur Municipal Corporation over building wall, roads at Smruti Mandir

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NAGPUR: Taking cognisance of Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) decision to build a compound wall and internal cement roads for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Smruti Mandir at Reshimbagh, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Wednesday issued notices to both organizations along with the Maharashtra government. The HC was hearing a PIL filed by social activist Janardhan Moon through his NGO Nagari Hakka Saurakshan Manch, challenging NMC’s decision to spend Rs1.37 crore on Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir premises. Moon had contended RSS wasn’t even registered as an organization with the…

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Plush Bhat auditorium to open on September 22 but for events after October 15

NAGPUR: President Ram Nath Kovind will dedicate luxurious Suresh Bhat auditorium to public on September 22 but the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will begin renting it out for events only after October 15. The civic body has already started receiving interest from patrons for bookings due to its seating capacity of 2,000 people, state-of-the-art facilities, sprawling parking and affordable rates. Mayor Nanda Jichkar, ruling party leader Sandip Joshi, municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, former mayor Pravin Datke, deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar, standing committee chairman Sandip Jadhav along with slew of office…

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Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court’s last chance to clubs to submit audit reports

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NAGPUR: Peeved over the failure of city’s clubs, charitable trusts and lawns to comply with orders of submitting three years’ audit reports, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Wednesday, granted a last chance to collector Sachin Kurve to complete the formalities. A division bench comprising justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhye granted a week to the collector’s office while orally warning to summon him in case of failure. The judges were enraged over the fact that only six clubs submitted their audit reports with profit/loss information out of…

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Durga temples in the city gear up for rituals, prayers and devotees

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Nagpur: The newly renovated Shri Mahalaxmi Jagadamba temple at Koradi is all set to receive devotees in large numbers as nine-day Navratri festival begins on Thursday. The renovation work has created more space in the sabha gruha and garbh gruha to accommodate more people. Nearly 50,000 devotees visit the temple each day during Navratri. “This year, we have extended the space inside the sanctum sanctorum which will now accommodate up to 600 devotees at a time,” says Pankaj Chaudhary, manager of the temple trust. A huge silver canopy has been…

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7 persons commit suicide on Monday

Nagpur: Seven persons committed suicide in different parts of city on Monday. A woman, who had torched self on Monday, succumbed to injuries on Tuesday, according to police. In a shocking incident, 26-year-old Priyanka Dhuriya, a resident of Rameshwari Nagar, consumed poison in Ambazari Garden. The matter came to fore as she informed one of her friends of taking poison. The friend reached the spot and took her to a hospital. According to reports, Dhuriya, mother of 6-year-old son, had received a call from Rahul Sahare a few days ago…

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First public Ravan mahapuja held in the city

Nagpur: A public mahapuja in obeisance to king Ravana was organized for the first time in the city on Wednesday afternoon at Untkhana Ground, Medical Square. The puja, called as Mahagongo by the tribals, was part of Adivasi Sanskrutik Sanwardhan Parishad, where the speakers claimed that Ravan was indeed a disciplined and able leader who kidnapped Sita only to avenge the humiliation that Ram and Laxman caused Shurpanakha, Ravan’s sister. “The history of Adivasis has been distorted, and Ravan has been depicted as an immoral deity. However, we follow the…

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Parents of ‘cannibalised’ son seek justice

Nagpur: The aggrieved parents of 9-year old Rupesh Muley have sought gallows for the alleged killers of their son who they believed was brutally murdered for getting ‘fortune through black magic’. The parents also levelled allegations of cannibalism against the nine accused as the child’s major organs like kidney, eyes, nose, and private parts were found missing. Renuka and Hiraman Muley through counsel Shashibhushan Wahane challenged the Wardha Sessions Court’s orders of July 1 of acquitting all nine accused who allegedly ate the child’s body parts after killing him. A…

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