23 CBSE schools decide to boycott RTE admissions due to non-payment of dues by Maha govt

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NAGPUR: 23 CBSE schools from Nagpur have decided to boycott the RTE (Right To Education) admission process for 2018-19 academic session because of non-payment of dues by the Maharashtra government. These 23 schools came under the banner of a newly formed organization called Nagpur CBSE Private School Management Association and have written to the Deputy Director of Education making it clear that they won’t be registering their schools online for RTE. So far, the education department has not reacted as the deadline for RTE registration ends on Saturday midnight. The…

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New deadlines for thermal plants to install SO2 pollution control technology

Nagpur: For the next three years, Indians will continue to suffer from air pollutant sulphur-dioxide (SO2), as the deadline for coal-fired thermal power plants to install flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) has been extended. This comes at a time when international researches warn of continuous increase of sulphur emissions in India, with over 33 million people living in areas with substantial SO2 emission.The power plants got a huge breather after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) extended the December 2017 deadline to power plants for installing flue gas desulphurization (FGD) to minimize…

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India becoming world’s top SO2 emitting countries; 33 million live in areas with SO2 pollution. International researches which contradict the many claims of power officials that India doesn’t need FGD as its coal ‘has low sulphur content’1. Sulphur dioxide and primary carbonaceous aerosol emissions in China and India, 1996—2010 by Argonne National Laboratory and Tsinghua University, Beijing published on September 23, 2011 Findings * SO2 in India shows a continuously increasing trend, which reflects rapid economic and social development driven by growing fossil-fuel use and relatively lax emission controls *…

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‘Democracy hasn’t reached the core of our society yet’

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NAGPUR: It has been 25 years since the Constitution of India was amended to include Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Urban Local Governments (ULGs) in the federal system. To celebrate the silver jubilee of the 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendment Acts of 1993, a special one-day conference was held at Dr Ambedkar College on Thursday. The programme was jointly organized by the State Election Commission (SEC), the office of divisional commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation, Nagpur University (NU) and six Zilla Parishads (ZPs) under the Nagpur revenue division. Mayor Nanda Jichkar,…

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Wasankar scam: Tajshree group chief Bhute surrenders

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NAGPUR: Avinash Bhute, director of Tajshree Group, was taken into magisterial custody on Thursday after he surrendered before the special court constituted under the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors’ Act, 1999, in the Wasankar financial scam case. Bhute is allegedly one of the beneficiaries of the Wasankar scam. The main accused in the scam, Prashant Wasankar of Wasankar Wealth Management, had allegedly used Bhute and two others to divert the funds generated from depositors’ investments, and also park them in different businesses. The investigation conducted by the Economic Offences…

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Second CMRS inspection of Metro in February

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NAGPUR: The second inspection by the commissioner of Metro rail safety (CMRS) of the at grade stretch of Nagpur Metro would be held in February. The first one was held on January 16 and customarily there is a gap of 20 days between the two inspections. Commercial operations of this section will start in February end or March depending on the time taken by the CMRS to issue the final certificate. A source in Mahametro said that during the first inspection, Arvind Kumar Jain, CMRS, central circle, Mumbai, had inspected…

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Sack indicted NIT staffer: Congress

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NAGPUR: Youth Congress activists, led by corporator Bunty Shelke, staged demonstrations in front of Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) for over an hour, demanding suspension of Suneeta Aloni, deputy director of town planning (DDTP). They cited a report published in TOI on December 14, 2017, highlighting how Aloni was being protected by NIT in spite of being charge sheeted in 2011. Shelke submitted a memorandum to NIT chairman Deepak Mhaisekar seeking Aloni’s immediate suspension. Later, he told the media that TOI had provided a copy of the charge sheet to the…

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Did cops chop off college student’s hair with knife?

Nagpur: Policing took an ugly turn, literally, when detection wing personnel from Pachpaoli police station used knives to forcibly cut the hair of 20-year-old Bhaskar alias Bharat Raskatta, a first year student of arts stream, on January 12. The cops were trying to extract information about an externee from Bhaskar. Shockingly, the student was also forced to shell out Rs4,500 to walk out of the police station without being implicated in a case.The incident has been described as shocking by activists and legal experts, who added the cops have transgressed…

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‘Rafi ke kayi rang…’, a tribute to legendary singer

Nagpur: Artists from Jyotiba Gyandeo Samajik Sanstha paid a tribute to legendary playback singer Mohd Rafi during ‘Rafi ke kayi rang kalakaron ke sang’ at Vidarbha Hindi Sahitya Sangh on Wednesday. The low-key event was a delayed celebration of the singer’s birthday where artists made music enthusiasts revisit the golden era through their mesmerizing renditions. The singers coming from different professional backgrounds came together for the love of music. They have been performing shows since the last 20 years now. The event was conceptualized by secretary of the committee Dhanraj…

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Record Great Indian Bustard sighting and get Rs 500 reward

Nagpur: Record a GIB sighting and get Rs 500! The state’s principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) AK Misra has started a novel scheme to save the critically endangered birds in Maharashtra.The foresters seem to have pressed panic buttons after not a single GIB was sighted in the five-day landscape level survey launched from September 25 to 30 in the state in 53,000 sqkm area with the help of 31 teams. The joint survey was conducted by forest department and Wildlife Institute of India (WII). A decade ago, at least…

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