MSEDCL vigilance squads to recheck theft cases

Nagpur: MSEDCL regional director Bhalchandra Khandait seems to have lost faith in his officers. Many cases have come to light where meter readers informed that a particular consumer is pilfering power. However, the regular staffers who went to the spot reported there was no power theft. Khandait has ordered that all such cases be rechecked by vigilance squads, and if theft is found at any consumer’s place which had been given all clear by regular officials, action will be taken against such officials. This exercise will be completed by the…

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‘Constant hammering of positive ideas required to bring about social change’

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Lawyer, activist and social worker Anil Kilor has been in the forefront of many social crusades. As former president and member of Jan Manch he has filed public interest litigations on various issues pertaining to education, forest, environment, noise pollution, which have borne fruit. “There is a perceptible change this season in terms of better law enforcement, zero noise pollution, larger number of immersions in artificial tanks and use of clay idols,” says Kilor about the growing social awareness which is changing the way festivals are celebrated. Excerpts from an…

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Shift to Pandharkawda till tigress caught, min tells wildlife bosses

Nagpur: In an unprecedented move, the state government has directed chief wildlife warden A K Misra and APCCF (wildlife) Sunil Limaye to shift to Pandharkawda till problem tigress T1 is tranquillized and captured. Separate tigers have killed 13 people in the Ralegaon forest areas in the last 26 months. The government did not give much-needed support to handle the volatile situation in the last two years and now have suddenly geared up. “Recently, forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar himself invited sharpshooter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan from Hyderabad, even before the apex…

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Teen lured into stealing 50 tola gold for sex change op rescued

Nagpur: The police recently rescued a 14-year-old boy who fled Nagpur with 50 tola gold, worth around Rs 16 lakh, stolen from his maternal aunt for a “sex change operation” in Mumbai. A female friend, who lured him into committing the crime, and his aunt are bar dancers, said the police. Senior police inspector Santosh Khandekar said, “The teenager has been shifted to a government shelter. During investigations, his close friend revealed that the teen wanted a sex change as he aspired to, what he thought of as the lavish…

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No city buses for two days

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NAGPUR: City buses are not likely to operate on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. Three Red Bus operators have once again announced a strike citing non-payment for last one week and rise in dues to over Rs45 crore. Operators — Hansa City Bus Services, RK City Bus Operations, and Traveltime City Bus Services — sent letters to officiating municipal commissioner Ravindra Thakre, chairman of city transport committee Bunty Kukde, transport manager Shivaji Jagtap, and other officials on Friday, announcing stopping of operations with effect from September 22. Also, the representatives…

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Amravati court acquits two tiger poachers

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NAGPUR: The Amravati sessions court has acquitted two tiger poachers — Bhajan Hotel Dhurve and Shiri alias Prakash Bisan Chavan (35) — in Dhakna tiger poaching case inside Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR). Both the accused, belonging to Baheliya community from Katni in Madhya Pradesh, were convicted in January 2016 under Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, by additional chief judicial magistrate, Amravati. The two accused were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 5 years and a fine of Rs15,000, with simple imprisonment for 7 months in default. The accused had challenged the order…

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Man eater of Maharashtra not to be shot immediately

NAGPUR :Finally, in a breather for T1, the problem tigress of Pandharkawda, forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has agreed to keep away Hyderabad sharpshooter Nawab Shafath Ali Khan, to give a fair chance to tranquillise the big cat. At a meeting in Mumbai, state’s chief wildlife warden AK Misra and additional PCCF (wildlife) Sunil Limaye managed to convince the minister and forest secretary Vikas Kharge to keep Khan away till tranquillising experts from Madhya Pradesh call it a day. Misra said union minister Maneka Gandhi spoke to Mungantiwar and the MP…

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Nagpur civic body to auction 228 scrapped buses before Diwali

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NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s transport department has appointed three members from the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation to help it auction 228 scrapped buses which have remained idle for more than eight years. Retired adviser to MSRTC PA Joshi, MSRTC workshop manager Ulhas Vaidya and divisional manager (stock) DB Tembhurne will help the civic body decide the offset value of the spare parts of the scrapped buses. A 119 are parked at Teka Naka and 109 at Jaitala. “All the buses will be auctioned before Diwali,” said sub-committee chairman…

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Delay in TOD notification brings real estate sector to a standstill

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Nagpur: The real estate sector, especially in areas around the Metro corridor, has come to a standstill due to delay by state government in issuing the amended notification for transit oriented development (TOD). Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had sent the proposal to director of town planning (DTP), Pune, on August 2, and since then it has not moved further. The proposal needs to be approved by Nitin Kareer, principal secretary (urban development). Builder Shravan Kukreja said that the existing TOD policy was impractical. “Balconies can’t be projected outside the building…

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BJP to recommend Cong corporator’s disqualification

Nagpur: Sandip Joshi, ruling party leader in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), said they will discuss and recommend disqualification of Congress corporator Bunty Shelke in the general body meeting on September 24. On a query, Joshi said BJP was also ready to discuss mayor Nanda Jichkar’s controversial US tour, if a motion is tabled by the Congress. On Friday, Joshi and Jichkar along with other NMC office bearers and corporators held a meeting to discuss proposals to be tabled in the general body. One of the proposals is related to disqualification…

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