Oil companies enter electric charging biz

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Nagpur: With union transport minister Nitin Gadkari pushing use of electric vehicles, PSU oil companies are entering the sector too. Both Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), on Sunday, launched charging points for electric cars at one of their petrol pumps each at RBI Square and Lakadganj respectively There are plans to gradually expand the operations in Nagpur as well as other cities. This comes after Gadkari’s insistence to start points at petrol pumps which can make battery charging convenient for electric car users, say sources.…

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27-yr-old dies in accident, onlookers blame stray dog

Nagpur: In what seems to be the sixth death due to strays in last two years, 27-year-old Pushpen Shivraj Shahu died in a road accident that was reportedly caused due to a stray dog on Saturday midnight. The incident took place at the market area in Gittikhadan between 12am and 12.30am. Though police officials are yet to confirm involvement of a stray, eyewitnesses said that the accident was caused because of a street dog. A TOI lensman, who happened to be present at the spot that time, saw a mob…

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Min rebukes SNDL for exposing defaulting netas

Nagpur: Instead of pulling up SNDL for not disconnecting corporators who are not paying their power bills, energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule reprimanded the franchisee officials for tarnishing the image of BJP members by providing their names to media persons. On the other hand, the government has decided to disconnect defaulting farmers. While some local dailies, including TOI, had published names of 26 defaulting corporators it was BJP which took umbrage. Most of the defaulters belong to BJP. SNDL was asked by Bawankule to issue a press release apologizing for the…

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Fariyas giving possession of flats sans occupancy certificate

Nagpur: Even though it is yet to obtain compliance and occupancy certificates from the relevant authorities, Mumbai-based Fariyas Hotels Pvt Ltd has started giving possession of flats to buyers at its scheme at Khamla. Fariyas Hotels is yet to obtain compliance certificate from NMC’s fire and emergency services department, and the occupancy certificate from Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT). Interestingly, after a complaint by RTI activist TH Naidu, NIT West Division just sent a letter to Fariyas Hotels instead of taking action under Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. Naidu…

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Those who failed in the past are opposing me on Temple: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Nagpur: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has a large following in the city. His well-attended three-day ‘Antarang Yatra’ that concluded on Sunday was indeed a spiritual feast for them. The affable spiritual guru was in national news this week for his efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to Ram Janma Bhoomi temple issue by visiting Ayodhya and Lucknow to meet various parties to the dispute. In an exclusive interview to The Times of India, Sri Sri was unsparing of those opposing his initiative. “These are the people…

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MoEFCC grants eco clearance to coal mine near Tadoba

Nagpur: In a setback to tigers, the coal mining division of ministry of environment, forest, and climate change (MoEFCC) has granted environment clearance (EC) to WCL’s Durgapur Extension Deep Opencast mine, which is just 12.25km from Tadoba in Chandrapur. The Phase-II EC has been granted for an area of 1622.50 hectares to extract 3 MTPA coal. In 2012, Phase-I EC was granted for an area of 1354.64 hectares for extraction of 2.3 MTPA. An additional forest area of 121.58 hectare has been added to the proposal. Earlier, forest area required…

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To fight cash crunch, NMC resorts to auctioning Anand Talkies land

Nagpur: To get some relief from its severe financial crisis, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started the process to auction away the Anand Talkies land, with the structure on it. This will be the first sale of assets by NMC in its 66-year history to garner funds. Additional municipal commissioner Ravindra Kumbhare told TOI NMC will conduct e-auction to maintain transparency and healthy competition. “We will identify a few more properties lying abandoned, but having good potential. The auction will go ahead if the general body gives permission,” he said.…

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Varsity polls: Govt likely to amend Act

Nagpur: In a major respite to all the eleven universities across the state, the government is likely to amend the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016, to extend the deadline for election, nomination and co-option for statutory bodies. On Sunday, the department of higher and technical education confirmed to TOI that the government is planning the amendment the act since none of the traditional universities has so far been able to complete the constitution of bodies. For the moment, the development is likely to silence Nagpur University vice chancellor SP Kane’s…

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NU’s Nov 25 polls to hit 38 exams

Nagpur: Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation Neeraj Khaty said on Sunday that 38 exams, including 10 papers of LLM, would be affected because of statutory bodies election scheduled for November 25. He added that the list was supposed to be uploaded on the Nagpur University website by Saturday but couldn’t be done due to technical issues. The exam centres would be receiving the new list on Monday and the same is likely to be available on the website. Those being put off would be held on the next working…

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