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16 districts in Maharashtra bank on RAT more than RT-PCR
Times of India | 2 days ago
Times of India
2 days ago

PUNE: Sixteen districts in Maharashtra continue to bank on Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits more than the RT-PCR tests despite the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and the weekly positivity rate touching 11%. The government had mandated that the RT-PCR kits should be used more for Covid tests. Unless the RT-PCR tests are conducted, the positive samples cannot be sent for genome sequencing. A state health official said genome sequencing was critical at the current situation when the Covid cases ware slowly and steadily rising. Though the spike in cases is largely restricted to Mumbai, Pune, Raigad, Palghar and Thane, all other districts of Maharashtra have been directed to step up testing to find out if the Omicron sub-variants were detected in samples from those districts. The official said data revealed that districts such as Ahmednagar, Nashik, Satara and Jalgaon were carrying out more RAT than RT-PCR tests this week (See graphic). Ahmednagar collector RB Bhosale told TOI that the district had “enough laboratories” to carry out RT-PCR tests. “Many citizens on their own are using the RAT test kits. We have directed officials and also the laboratories to ensure that citizens opt for RT-PCR tests if they have Covid symptoms,” he said. The official said people found Covid positive following the RAT tests should also carry out the RT-PCR tests. A periodic analysis of the cases was necessary with respect to time, location and person to help the authorities formulate localised action plans. “Geographical distribution of the cases is important to find out the clusters,” state surveillance expert Dr Pradip Awate said. State additional chief secretary health Dr Pradeep Vyas has sent out a letter to the districts to increase testing and follow the WHO mandate of 140 tests per million or 980 tests per million each week. Districts such as Amravati carried out 833 tests out in a week, while Nandurbar was way behind at 409. A Nandurbar official said the administration had sent out teams to vaccinate people and check for any Covid symptoms in them.

16 districts in Maharashtra bank on RAT more than RT-PCR
Land for Bharatmala project not to be developed or sold by farmers in Navsari: Gujarat Govt
The Indian Express | 1 week ago
The Indian Express
1 week ago

The Navsari district land acquisition officials have intimated Mamlatdars, taluka development officers and prant officers of the district that agricultural land identified and to be acquired for the Express Highway as part of the Bharatmala project from Navsari to Nasik and Ahmednagar should not be sold and no development works should be undertaken on such land.The officials have already identified and surveyed land to be acquired for the project that will connect Navsari to Nasik and Ahmednagar in Maharashtra and further to the Chennai express highway.Over 496 hectares of land falling in 22 villages in the three talukas of Vansda (nine villages), Chikhli (nine villages) and Navsari (eight villages) will be acquired for the express highway project.The majority of the land to be acquired in Navsari is agricultural land, followed by forest land and the remaining are private plots.The authorities had issued a notification a few months ago and sought representation from the farmers. The farmers objected to giving their land for the highway and handed over a memorandum to concerned mamlatdars and prant officers saying they don’t know much about the compensation they would get for their land.An agitating farmer of Vansda taluka, on anonymity, said, “How can we give our ancestral land for such a project as our sentiments are attached to it? Our forefathers were farming on this very land. We also do not know how much reward we will get for our land from the government.”Meanwhile, Navsari district land acquisition officer R R Board said, “We have intimated all the Taluka Development officers, Mamlatdars and Prant officers of the three talukas to see that the identified land for express highway project should not be sold and no development work be carried out. We have also made remarks on the government land record that such land will be acquired for the express highway projects. No changes should be done on the land records.”“After the land has been identified and survey done, some of the farmers converted the land from agricultural to non-agricultural to get high rewards. There are also some people who identify this land and purchase it from the farmers at low prices to get high rewards from the government. We don’t want these farmers to face any problems,” he added.

Land for Bharatmala project not to be developed or sold by farmers in Navsari: Gujarat Govt
Chandrapur first in execution of infant, maternal health scheme
Times of India | 1 week ago
Times of India
1 week ago

CHANDRAPUR: Topping both, urban and rural groups in the state, Chandrapur has ranked first in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matrutva Vandan Yojana (PMMVY) — a scheme aimed at improving the health of newborns, and reducing maternal and child mortality rates by providing healthy food to pregnant women and lactating mothers. Many pregnant women working in rural and urban areas have to work to earn their livelihood till the last stage of pregnancy. Many are forced to continue working after delivery. Such hard work adversely affects the health of pregnant women and newborns. To curb this practice and reduce maternal and child mortality, the ministry of women and child development had launched PMMVY on January 1, 2017. Around 65,592 beneficiaries have been registered in Chandrapur district under this scheme, out of which 62,169 beneficiaries have received collective aid of over Rs28.47 crore. Chandrapur district topped the rural group with 50 marks, along with Gondia, Bhandara, Wardha, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts. Dhule, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Aurangabad, Beed, Nagpur and Gadchiroli districts are at the second position with 48 marks in rural group. But Chandrapur emerged as the lone topper with 50 marks in the urban group. Sangli secured second position (48 marks) and Ahmednagar, Dhule and Pune were adjudged third (46 marks) in urban groups.

Chandrapur first in execution of infant, maternal health scheme
Fire audit of 527 Maharashtra hospitals over, loopholes to be fixed in 6 months: Official
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Pune: A Maharashtra public health official on Thursday said fire safety audit of all 527 government hospitals in the state was over and the recommendations would be implemented in the next six months.The audit dealt with the infrastructure work at the hospitals, besides ensuring additional fire safety equipment at the facilities. Maharashtra had directed fire and electrical audits for its hospitals after the blazes in the Bhandara and Ahmednagar facilities in 2021. Ten newborns died after a fire broke out in the neonatal care unit of the Bhandara district general hospital on January 9, 2021. On November 6, 2021, a fire broke out at the Covid ICU ward of the Ahmednagar district hospital resulting in the death of 11 patients.On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi told all states to implement the fire audit suggestions in the hospitals at the earliest. CM Uddhav Thackeray also told all district collectors to complete the task.The health official said the PWD was carrying out the work at the hospitals and the state, along with the district planning and development committee, had agreed to allocate around Rs200 crore for the work. The hospitals were told to manage their power load, as half of the accidents had occurred due to electrical problems, and keep a check on the oxygen-rich environment.State director of fire services Santosh Varikh said, “The loopholes have been identified and each district has to comply with the recommendations.”

Fire audit of 527 Maharashtra hospitals over, loopholes to be fixed in 6 months: Official
  • Official: Fire audit of 527 state hospitals over, gaps to be plugged in six months
  • Times of India

    Pune: A Maharashtra public health official on Thursday said fire safety audit of all 527 government hospitals in the state was over and the recommendations would be implemented in the next six months.The audit dealt with the infrastructure work at the hospitals, besides ensuring additional fire safety equipment at the facilities. Maharashtra had directed fire and electrical audits for its hospitals after the blazes in the Bhandara and Ahmednagar facilities in 2021. Ten newborns died after a fire broke out in the neonatal care unit of the Bhandara district general hospital on January 9, 2021. On November 6, 2021, a fire broke out at the Covid ICU ward of the Ahmednagar district hospital resulting in the death of 11 patients.On Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi told all states to implement the fire audit suggestions in the hospitals at the earliest. CM Uddhav Thackeray also told all district collectors to complete the task.The health official said the PWD was carrying out the work at the hospitals and the state, along with the district planning and development committee, had agreed to allocate around Rs200 crore for the work. The hospitals were told to manage their power load, as half of the accidents had occurred due to electrical problems, and keep a check on the oxygen-rich environment.State director of fire services Santosh Varikh said, “The loopholes have been identified and each district has to comply with the recommendations.”

Power situation improves in Nashik & Jalgaon zones
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Nashik: The Nashik and Jalgaon zones of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) have registered a fall in demand for electricity following which, the power situation has improved, ensuring no unplanned load shedding.The demand for electricty in the Nashik zone, including Nashik and Ahmednagar districts, was registered at 2,480MW and in Jalgaon zone — comprising Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar districts — was registered at around 1,400MW.The demand for power has dropped in Nashik zone by 300MW, while in Jalgaon the drop is around 150MW. An official from the state power utility said during the month of March and April, the demand for power goes up for supplying water from the wells to the fields.“Harvesting of crops like maize, wheat, onion and cotton is over by mid-April after which the power demand from agriculture sector drops, but the demand for air cooling solutions increase,” the official said.“The power demand for agriculture purpose has now fallen. The availability of electricity with the power generation company and private producers is now matching the demand. Thus, unplanned load shedding has now been withdrawn,” the official added.Having said that, some parts of Ahmednagar and Nashik are still facing power cuts. “We had power cut for two hours on Saturday despite the MSEDCL claiming no load shedding. The MSEDCL continues to carry out load shedding in parts of urban as well as rural pockets though for shorter periods,” Rajesh Sharma, a resident of Gangapur Road, said.The MSEDCL, however, claimed that power outage was for local reasons and could be part of maintenance or repair works.

Power situation improves in Nashik & Jalgaon zones
24 arrested for forwarding sensitive messages in Maharashtra
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Nashik: The Ahmednagar police have seized 15 cellphones from suspects who used the gadgets to forward communally sensitive messages on social media platforms. Police have arrested 24 people in connection with forwarding such messages. Ahmednagar superintendent of police Manoj Patil said there were some incidents in Nevasa and Ahmednagar city, where some people were using their phones to forward such messages. While 11 people are from Nevasa, 13 others in Ahmednagar city. The action was taken over the past four days. Patil said the cyber cell of the Ahmednagar police is keeping an eye on social media platforms to prevent the spread of objectionable messages. “We have appealed to the people of Ahmednagar not to like, comment or forward any message on the social media platforms with communal or derogatory overtones. The cyber cell is constantly monitoring such activities on social media. Over the past month the police have also deleted such messages,” said Patil. Meanwhile, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) B G Shekhar Patil of Nashik Range has instructed the SPs of Nashik rural, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar to take strict action against anyone who is found forwarding messages on the social media, which could promote hatred between two communities.“There have been a few instances in the past, but the police have been prompt to take action against the people concerned. Given the current situation and the month of Ramzan, additional bandobast in the form of teams of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and Quick Response Teams (QRTs) have been deployed in sensitive places across north Maharashtra,” said Patil.

24 arrested for forwarding sensitive messages in Maharashtra
Admins across Nashik divn likely to curtail school timings
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Nashik: The district administrations are planning to curtail timings of school in Nashik division given the heat wave forecast issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).An advisory has also been issued by education commissioner Suraj Mandhare to decide upon school timings as per the demand to escape the extreme weather conditions. The worst-affected in Nashik division due to the rise in mercury levels are Jalgaon and Dhule districts followed by Nandurbar, Nashik and Ahmednagar.In Jalgaon, the maximum temperature has already reached around 43.5 degrees Celsius. The district administration in Jalgaon, thus, is contemplating to change school timings so that children do not have to face the wrath of the sun. The school authorities have also made similar requests.“Currently, the schools end by 12 noon and the students need to travel back in the sun. There are demands that school be shut down by 10 am. We also want to pre-pone the closure timings. Hence, we are conducting talks with the stakeholders and could decide on ending the classes by 11am,” Jalgaon collector Abhijeet Raut said.According to Raut, the decision would be announced on Monday and the time-table would be implemented from Tuesday. Dhule district administration, on the other hand, said a meeting would be conducted on Monday to decide if there was a need to change the timings. An official from the administration said the schools were already functioning till 11.30 am. “Now the examinations are about to start and there are some holidays in between. Our demands are similar to that of schools in Jalgaon as both the districts have similar weather conditions. A meeting will be held on Monday to decide the time-table,” the official said.Meanwhile, in Nashik district, the authorities have ruled out any changes as of now. “A small part of Nashik district — areas around Malegaon — are facing the heat. Currently, there are no demands about any change. Since examinations are being conducted, the schools end at 11 am. Therefore no change is expected,” the officer said. The situation in Ahmednagar is also similar where no change in school timings is expected as of now, but the administration would still take a call regarding this on Monday.

Admins across Nashik divn likely to curtail school timings
Maharashtra: Agents offer medical seats, cheat 13 people of Rs 2.5 crore
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

PUNE: Three agents operating out of an office in Vimannagar swindled Rs 2.53 crore from 13 people looking for MBBS seats through the management quota for their wards in the last one month. The Yerawada police are investigating the medical admission fraud. One of the affected persons, a farmer from Nevasa in Ahmednagar district, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday in a representative capacity along with statements from the other affected persons. Police cited the complaint and said the agents issued them 'selection and allotment letters'. The fraud came to light when the victims reached the medical college in Nashik and found that the names of their wards were not in the list of students granted admissions. College officials told them that they had never issued the 'selection and allotment letters' the victims were carrying. Sub-inspector Ankush Dombale from the Yerawada police on Friday said, "The agents and others had the data of students interested in seeking medical admission. The suspects and their office staff called them and their parents and lured them to visit their office and promised to help them get the management quota seats at a cheap rate." Dombale said after the parents started communicating with the suspects, they gave them an estimated cost of Rs 69 lakh with hostel facility for a four-year MBBS course in a Nashik college. On finding the estimate to be cheap compared to other medical colleges in Pune and Ahmednagar, the parents believed the false assurances and paid the agents varying amounts for seeking admission without verifying their credentials. "The suspects issued security deposit cheques to the parents and instructed them to seek admission in the college between April 1 and 5. After the parents and their wards visited Nashik, the conmen introduced them to a man who claimed to be working as a personal assistant in the college. The man showed them the selection and allotment letters of their wards and took their signatures on the admission forms," he said. Senior inspector Yunus Shaikh from the Yerawada police said, "The suspects have shut down the office and fled. We will question their two women employees. We are conducting a technical investigation and working on clues." In March, the Deccan Gymkhana police began investigation into a Junnar-based jeweller's complaint, accusing five men from Pune of duping him and three friends of Rs65.70 lakh, on the promise of helping them secure seats for their wards in a medical college either in Pune or Indore. After failing to secure the seats, Ramesh Khatri (55) and one of his friends sent their daughter and son, respectively, to Ukraine. Another friend got his ward admitted to an ayurveda college and the fourth to a medical college in Dhule. The monetary transaction in the cheating case lodged on March 9 took place between 2019 and the first half of 2021. The friends first made an RTGS transfer of Rs50 lakh for MBBS seats in a Pune college. When it failed, they paid another Rs15.70 lakh in cash as the men convinced them that they could get admission in either of two medical colleges in Indore instead. But this failed as well.

Maharashtra: Agents offer medical seats, cheat 13 people of Rs 2.5 crore
CPs letter annoys revenue officials
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Nashik: Revenue officials from the division on Thursday met divisional commissioner Radhakrishna Game and expressed their anguish about the letter by city commissioner of police Deepak Pandey to the Maharashtra director general of police (DGP) nabout the revenue department’s functioning.“A delegation (of revenue officials) met me. I will convey their views on the issue to the government,” Game said. The delegation of about 15 officials from the Nashik, Ahmednagar and Dhule districts presented a memorandum addressed to the chief secretary through the divisional commissioner, seeking immediate action against the Nashik commissioner of police. The officials also warned of demonstrations on Monday if their issue was not looked into. Though Pandey had tendered an “unconditional” apology to revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat about the letter he had written to state director general of police Rajnish Seth about the revenue department, the officer said he stood by his stand. Pandey’s April 2 letter had sparked off a controversy as Thorat reportedly expressed his unhappiness about the contents of the letter, which was highlighted by the media. In the letter, Pandey advocated the need to curb the magisterial powers of revenue officers under the Criminal Procedure Code, which enables them to take decisions related to land transfer and custody, among other things.“I came to know that the state revenue minister is unhappy about with the letter. I offer my unconditional apologies to him if it has hurt his feelings. But I stand by the contents of the letter,” Pandey had said. Thorat told reporters in Mumbai on Monday that if Pandey had any grievances against the revenue department, he should have brought it to the notice of the Nashik divisional commissioner instead of highlighting that in the media. In his letter, Pandey had also said land mafia were hand in glove with a section of revenue officials to grab people’s land. Game said there was a set procedure to resolve all issues related to the implementation of the laws. “I believe that if there are any issues, the official concerned could have sent a letter to me, or the office. The respective office of the department will take necessary action,” he said. Representatives of the delegation also said there was not issue between the revenue and the police department. “We don’t know the reason for such an acidic remark,” Nashik deputy commissioner Gorakshanath Gadilkar said. The delegation was led by additional commissioner, Nashik Bhanudas Palve and included Gadilkar, deputy commissioner Ramesh Kale, resident deputy collector (Nashik) Bhagwat Doifode, sub-divisional officer (Sangamner, Ahmednagar) Shashikant Mangrule and deputy collector (Nandurbar) Prakash Thavil. The memorandum was presented by Maharashtra Rajya Tahsildar, Nayab Tahsildar Sanghatana.

CPs letter annoys revenue officials
Woman Fights Off Leopard, Saves Husband From Its Clutches In Maharashtra
Ndtv | 2 months ago
Ndtv
2 months ago

The incident took place at Darodi village of Parner tehsil in Ahmednagar district (Representational)Pune: A woman from a village in Maharashtra showed exemplary grit and saved her husband from the clutches of a leopard while fighting valiantly with the feline.Showing no sign of fear in such a situation, Sanjana Pawade, who is in her late 30s, grabbed the leopard's tail and pulled it back, following which the carnivore lost its grip on the man and the latter got saved, forest officials said on Wednesday while lauding the woman's bravery.The incident took place at Darodi village of Parner tehsil in Ahmednagar district on the intervening night of March 25 and 26, they said."While her family members were fast asleep, Sanjana sensed the presence of a leopard outside their house. She woke up her husband Gorakh Dashrath Pawade, who went out to check. The leopard then suddenly jumped on the man and attack him," forest guard Hari Athare told PTI.While the leopard tried to catch hold of the man's back, Ms Sanjana rushed and grabbed the animal's tail and tried to pull it back.As she was trying to free her husband from the leopard's clutches, the victim's father and their pet dog also arrived there."Gorakh's father started hitting the leopard with sticks and granite tiles and the dog also attacked the leopard. The leopard lost its grip on the man, who then ran away from the animal," Mr Athare said."Generally, a leopard grabs a person or another animal by the neck. But, in this incident, the victim also kept fighting and saved his neck from being caught by the feline," the forest guard said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe man suffered head and arm injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he was provided treatment and later discharged, he added.Talking to reporters, Ms Sanjana said, "It was a horrific situation, but when I saw the leopard attacking my husband, I gathered my strength and courage. I grabbed the animal's tail and tried to pull it back."

Woman Fights Off Leopard, Saves Husband From Its Clutches In Maharashtra
Maharashtra budget: Hike in MLA fund brings smiles, but raises eyebrows too
Times of India | 3 months ago
Times of India
3 months ago

Ever since the budget session of the state legislature began on March 3, the opposition, led by former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, did not leave a single opportunity to take on the Mahavikasaghadi government headed by Uddhav Thackeray. It is, however, happy with the government's decision to hike MLA local area development fund. When deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the finance minister, made the announcement in the assembly, it was welcomed with thumping of desks by all the members irrespective of party affiliation. It was a populist decision of the MVA government, since along with increasing MLA fund from Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore, monthly remuneration of their personal assistants and drivers, too, has been suitably increased. The decision will incur in an additional burden of nearly Rs 400 crore; the debt burden has crossed Rs 6.49 lakh crore. Senior bureaucrats have raised questions about this sudden hike in the MLA fund, particularly when the state is facing its worst-ever resource crunch owing to the pandemic. None of the revenue-generating departments have been able to achieve their annual target. Whether it is excise, stamp duty, motor vehicle tax or goods and services tax, there is huge short fall in achieving the targets. The planning department has issued clear guidelines on utilisation of MLA funds. When a Pune-based RTI activist approached the government for information on utilisation of funds by legislators, he was informed that there is no such data at the state level and that he will have to approach the district planning officer for the purpose. The activist approached the DPOs but drew a blank. RTI activists feel either the state planning department or the legislature secretariat should come out with an annual white paper on it. Health dept faces the heat in hosp fire case: The pubic health department led by NCP leader Rajesh Tope is at the receiving end for its inept handling of the case pertaining to suspension of then Ahmednagar civil surgeon Sunil Pokharna. In the wake of a major fire in government-run Ahmednagar hospital on November 6, which claimed lives of 11 Covid-19 patients, the public health department suspended Pokharna on November 9. As per the provisions of the Maharashtra Civil Service (discipline and appeal) Rules, 1979, Pokharna knocked at the doors of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari seeking justice. The Raj Bhavan then issued a notice to the health department and fixed the hearing on March 16, asking the additional chief secretary (public health department) to remain present during the hearing. On the day of hearing, principal secretary (public health) Nilima Kerkatta informed the Governor that Pokharna's suspension had been revoked a day before and he has been reinstated at a rural hospital in Pune district. An impression was created that the Raj Bhavan stepped in for the reinstatement, but from official records it was clear that in the entire process the Raj Bhavan did not play any role. A bureaucrat said Tope should fix responsibility for the inept handling of the case which resulted in a major embarrassment for the government.

Maharashtra budget: Hike in MLA fund brings smiles, but raises eyebrows too
MVA comes out with 'Panchasutri' mission
Deccan Herald | 3 months ago
Deccan Herald
3 months ago

In a bid to boost overall development, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra has come out with a five-pronged plan - “Panchasutri” - covering agriculture, health, human resources, transport and industry. The programme has an outlay of Rs. 1,15, 215 crore and a whopping Rs 4 lakh crore will be provided for this programme in the next three years, according to the state Budget, 2022-23 tabled on Friday. This will result in huge investments in the economy and thereby making Maharashtra the first state in the country to have a one-trillion dollar economy.Also Read | Poll outcome would not have bearing on Maharashtra: Sharad PawarWith the Uddhav Thackeray-led tri-party government involving Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress - halfway through its tenure, the dispensation is focusing on core areas.“We have been trying whatever possible, and will continue to do whatever is possible,” said Thackeray. “We all know the importance of the five fundamental elements in Indian philosophy. Like the five elements earth, water, fire, air and sky, we must also adopt the five elements involved in development. Development means the growth of agriculture, health, human resources, transportation and industry. This Panchasutri is at the core of our budget this year,” Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who holds the Finance and Planning portfolios, said while tabling the budget. Of the Rs. 1,15, 215 crore, an outlay of Rs. 23,888 crore is proposed for agriculture and allied sectors, Rs. 5,244 crore for the health sector, Rs. 46,667 crore for human development and human resources, Rs. 28,605 crore for transportation infrastructure, Rs.10,111 crore for development of Industry and Energy sectors.Also Read | Maharashtra debt stock crosses Rs 6 lakh crore Pawar announced an incentive grant of Rs. 50,000 to 20 lakh farmers who repay their loans regularly, which is expected to result in an expenditure of Rs. 10,000 crore.As part of health infrastructure upgrade, the government has proposed the establishment of 100-bed women’s hospitals at Hingoli, Yavatmal,Buldhana, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg, Wardha, Bhandara, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Solapur, Ratnagiri, Aurangabad and Raigad.Level-1 Trauma Care Units of 50 beds each to be set up at Nanded, Amravati, Jalna, Bhandara, Ahmednagar and Satara.A provision of Rs. 7500 crore for 10,000 k.m. roads under Mukhyamantri Gram Sadak Yojana Phase-II, while the launch of 6550 km road improvement under Prime Minister’s Village Road Scheme Phase-3 has been planned. The Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray Samruddhi Highway will be extended from Nagpur to Bhandara-Gondia and Nagpur to Gadchiroli.A Rs 16,039 crore Nashik-Pune medium high-speed railway project has been sanctioned.Watch the latest DH Videos here:

MVA comes out with 'Panchasutri' mission
BPCL to invest Rs 4,000 crore for gas distribution project in Aurangabad, Ahmednagar
Deccan Herald | 3 months ago
Deccan Herald
3 months ago

Union Minister Dr Bhagwat Karad on Tuesday said Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has launched a gas distribution network in Aurangabad and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra and will invest Rs 4,000 crore for the completion of the project.The minister of state for finance was addressing a press conference with the BPCL officials here.The ground-breaking ceremony of the project will be held in Aurangabad on Wednesday, for which Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri will remain present through video conferencing, Dr Karad said. "The work on the gas distribution network line work is under way from Srigonda in Ahmednagar to Aurangabad. The ceremony will be the commencement of distribution line in Aurangabad city. By December, gas will be supplied through pipeline to households in the city," the minister said.Talking to reporters, BPCL's Executive Director (gas) Sukhmal Jain said that the company will spend around Rs 1,600 crore in the next five years and a total of Rs 4,000 crore for completion of the project. "Despite the Covid-19 pandemic in the last two years, the company has already started laying steel pipeline for the development of PNG and CNG in two districts. BPCL has set up 21 CNG stations (15 in Ahmednagar and six in Aurangabad) and work for 40 more is underway in both the districts," Jain said.The company plans to connect 3 lakh customers in the first phase and seven lakh in the next five years, Jain said.Watch the latest DH Videos here:

BPCL to invest Rs 4,000 crore for gas distribution project in Aurangabad, Ahmednagar
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

PUNE: At least 14 locations in Maharashtra are witnessing day temperatures as high as 35 degrees Celsius despite winter continuing. In locations such as Ahmednagar, Solapur, Jalgaon and Akola, mercury has soared over the 37 degrees Celsius-mark in February itself. In Ahmednagar, Jalgaon and Akola, the day temperatures on Wednesday were four notches above normal. High day and relatively lower night temperatures have also led to a high diurnal variation, with the difference between the day and night temperatures as high as 21-22 degrees Celsius in locations such as Pune, Nasik, Aurangabad and Parbhani. K S Hosalikar, head of the climate research and services, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, told TOI, “The day temperatures are around 34-35 degrees Celsius in the interiors of Maharashtra, which is normal for this time of the year, especially as a result of the seasonal transition from winter to summer. Wind pattern in the interior parts of Maharashtra is easterly, which are warm winds. This is also influencing the day temperatures .” Hosalikar said February was coming to an end and summer was about to start. “This is a transitional phase. Some fluctuations in temperatures could occur. However, the forecasts indicate no significant change in temperatures over most parts of the country during next five days,” he added. An IMD update on Wednesday said the maximum temperatures were appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at a few places over Vidarbha and in isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra. In Pune, Chinchwad and Lavale recorded 37 degrees Celsius as their day temperatures on Wednesday, which were slightly warmer than Shivajinagar and Lohegaon, where the day temperatures was 35 degrees Celsius. During the next few days, Shivajinagar is expected to record 34-35 degrees Celsius as its day temperature. The minimum temperature in Shivajinagar is likely to be around 15-16 degrees Celsius. The minimum temepartures, meanwhile, are also on the higher side in Madhya Maharashtra, by 1 to 3 degrees Celsius. Pune recorded a minimum temperature of 14.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, and Lohegaon 17.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum was above normal by over two notches at both the locations. The minimum temperature in Mahabaleshwar was 18.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. Akola was warmest in Maharashtra on the day with the mercury touching 37.8 degress Celsius, while Nashik had the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 13.6 degrees Celsius.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

PUNE: The Southern Command's Military Intelligence unit, along with the Ahmednagar police, on Friday night arrested a person for allegedly posing as an Army officer and duping several youths of lakhs of rupees under the pretext of giving them jobs in the Army. He even issued fake joining letters and medical slips to the candidates. The arrested person, identified as Navnath Salvleram Guldagad, is a resident of Agrewadi village in Ahmednagar district. "We have recovered fake Army uniforms with insignia. He would wear these uniforms for meeting youths in the rural areas. He would then promise them jobs in the Army and charge them lakhs of rupees," sub-inspector SK Narheda of the Rahuri police, who is investigating the case. "The incident came to light when we got specific input about his activity from the Military Intelligence of the Southern Command a few days back," he said. Laxmikant Dive (28), a resident of Kankhar village, has lodged an FIR against the suspect for duping him of Rs 8 lakh. In his statement, he alleged that Guldagad had taken money from him on several occasions from November 2019, the police said. "When Dive learned that he was not an Army officer and taking money from other candidates as well, he immediately approached us to register a complaint," Narheda said. Four job aspirants have approached the police with similar complaints so far, the police said. "He has duped many youths using the same modus in the last three years," Narheda said. A preliminary police investigation has revealed that Guldagad had purchased Army insignias from various shops in Pune. He had also clicked photos at the gate of defence establishments in Pune and Ahmednagar, which he uploaded on social media platforms, the police said. "He is Std 12th passout. His parents are farmers. He got married to a woman engineer in 2020. He had told her partner's parents that he was working as a para commando in the Army. He had told them that he is posted at the Army unit in Aurangabad," said another officer involved in the investigation. On Saturday, the police produced him before the court, which sent him in police custody till February 23. It is the second such incident in the last four months reported from Ahmednagar, the police said. The Army authorities have appealed to aspirants not to fall prey to such tricks.

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Times of India | 4 months ago
Times of India
4 months ago

Nashik: Ahmednagar is leading among the five districts in north Maharashtra in terms of inoculating children with 81% of the beneficiaries in the 15-18 years age group being administered the first dose of vaccine against Covid. The district has 2.38 lakh children who are eligible for the vaccination against Covid. Of them, 1.92 lakh have so far received the first dose of the vaccine. “The education and the health departments are together conducting the vaccination drive. The emphasis is on complete vaccination of the children at the earliest,” a senior officer from the Ahmednagar district health office said.The district’s performance is also encouraging in terms of administering the second dose of the vaccine on the children. So far, 28,947 (over 12%) children in the district have now been fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is almost similar in the rural and urban areas of the district. “The urban areas are marginally ahead. One reason can be that many people from the rural areas visit the towns for their work, education, jobs and get the vaccine shots there,” said the officer. Ahmednagar district is followed by Nandurbar in terms of children’s vaccination against Covid, where 53% (49,772 of the 94,173 beneficiaries) have so far received the first dose. Dhule has achieved 51%(57,731 of 1.13 lakh) Jalgaon 48.2% (1.08 lakh of 2.25 lakh) and Nashik achieved 42.73% (1.46 lakh of 3.43 lakh) vaccination of first dose among the beneficiaries .As far as the second dose is concerned, Dhule has registered 7% vaccination, Nashik 5%, Nandurbar 4.15% and Jalgaon 2.8%. An official from Ahmednagar said the target was to ensure cent per cent vaccination of the age group before the end of March. A health official in Nashik district said efforts were on to expedite the vaccination programme with the help of education institutes.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 5 months ago
Times of India
5 months ago

NASHIK: For the past one-and-a-half months, Ahmednagar civil hospital has been without a Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to treat critically ill patients. Ahmednagar civil hospital is one of the largest government-managed hospitals in the district and has two ICUs. After the fire broke out at the 17-bed Covid ICU on November 6, killing over a dozen Covid patients, the ICU was sealed by the district police to probe the fire incident. The police are yet to hand over the ICU to the hospital management for repairs. The second 24-bed Covid ICU, located in the same building where the fire broke out, too stopped functioning after that incident to check the electrical gadgets. Confirming the developments, the Ahmednagar acting civil surgeon, Dr Bhusan Kumar Ramtakke, told TOI that he has been asking the PWD to complete the checks of the electrical gadgets at the second Covid ICU so it could be made operational as soon as possible. He said, "Since the Covid situation in the district is stable, we are not getting any critical Covid patients at present. In case of critical patients, we will get them admitted to a private hospital under the government's Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Jan Arogya Yojana." However, the Ahmednagar unit of the Indian Medical Association has expressed concern over the absence of Covid ICUs in the civil hospital. Dr Sachin Vahadane, the district IMA secretary, said, "The hospital authorities must ensure that the ICUs are made operational as soon as possible since there is a prediction of a new wave of the pandemic." According to the acting civil surgeon, steps have been initiated to make an old ICU (not the two that are non-functional) with 11 beds operational within the next eight days, which would cater to the Covid patients. "Moreover, we have decided to establish another Covid ICU with 60 beds within the next couple of months," said the acting civil surgeon, adding that the non-ICU Covid wards at the hospital are fully functional.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Ndtv | 6 months ago
Ndtv
6 months ago

A total of 52 children have been infectedwith Covid.Ahmednagar, Maharashtra: 19 children were found to be infected with Covid-19 at Maharashtra's Jawahar Navodaya school, following which 450 students were tested for the virus. Now, 33 more children have tested positive. A total of 52 people tested positive for Covid at the school. The school has been sealed and the area has been declared a containment zone.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe school is located at Takli Dhokeshwar in the Ahmednagar district of the state.The number of cases of the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid has risen to 422 in India, with Maharashtra reporting the most number of infections. The state has also has reported the most number of Covid cases. It has 108 cases of the new variant. Forty-two people have recovered in the state so far, according to the Health Ministry. 

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
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    The 19 school students with who tested positive for coronavirus have been isolated.Mumbai: 19 children have tested positive for Covid in a school in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar, said the district collector today, marking yet another school in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya network finding itself in the midst of a Covid outbreak.450 students studying at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya -- a residential CBSE-affiliated school in the district's Takli Dhokeshwar village -- had their samples sent for testing, of which 19 have come back positive. Analysis of all 450 samples is still underway, said the district collector Rajendra Bhosale.The students who tested positive for coronavirus have been isolated and are currently quarantined at Parner's Rural Hospital, where they are being treated.The district is also tracing all close and distant contacts of the students, with 100 per cent RT-PCR testing of all contacts presently underway, added the collector.The positive cases in the Maharashtra school come at a time when the country is trying to contain the spread of the Omicron variant, even as school students returning to in-person education are increasingly testing positive in large numbers.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn December alone, multiple schools across the country were susceptible to coronavirus outbreaks, particularly ones in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya network of institutions. Just this past week, 29 students tested positive for Covid at a Bengal branch of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, while, a few days prior, 18 students were found Covid positive at a school in Maharasthra's Navi Mumbai.Not long before that, 10 students and a teacher tested positive for COVID-19 at a school in Karnataka, at around the same time that another Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya branch in Karnataka saw 59 Covid-positive students and 10 infected staff members in early December.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

NASHIK: Two more districts of north Maharashtra — Ahmednagar and Jalgaon — have become free of Covid-linked mucormycosis cases. Dhule was the first district in the region to become free of any mucormycosis case in October this year. According to the state health department’s latest data, at present, there are just two active cases of mucormycosis in the region — one in Nashik and another in the tribal-dominated Nandurbar district. Dr PD Gandal, the deputy director (Nashik region) of the state health department, said, “Over a dozen mucormycosis patients in the region have been successfully treated in the last few days and discharged from different hospitals. With active Covid cases during the second wave of the pandemic declining steadily, there have been no fresh cases of Mucormycosis in any of these five districts,” said Dr Gandal. As many as 1,361 mucormycosis cases were reported from the region during the second wave and so far, 1,190 have been cured of the ailment. The highest number of cases were reported in Nashik district (779), followed by Ahmednagar (300) and Jalgaon (139). Dhule had 105 and Nandurbar 38 cases. These patients had undergone treatment for Covid-19 at hospitals and later developed fungal infection. Dr Sanjay Gangurde, the Nashik district coordinator for Mucormycosis and ENT surgeon at Nashik civil hospital, said the lone Mucormycosis patient in Nashik district is undergoing treatment at government-managed Malegaon general hospital. “There are no active Mucormycosis patients in Nashik city at present, which had reported the highest number of cases in the district,” Dr Sanjay Gangurde added.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

AHMEDNAGAR/MUMBAI: The Narendra Modi government is with the cooperative movement and its workers, and wants the movement to move forward, but "we will also have to bring in transparency and efficiency and provide space in it to youth with professional backgrounds", Union home minister Amit Shah said at a conference of the cooperation sector at Pravaranagar in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar on Saturday. Attacking the MVA government in the state, he said problems of cooperative societies from the state were being brought to the Centre to be resolved. "I'm not here to disrupt but to join the missing links. I've come not to break anything in the cooperative movement, but to add to it, but the state government should also rise above politics and look after cooperatives," he said. Shah is on a two-day visit to Maharashtra and began his tour on Saturday with a visit to the Sai Baba temple at Shirdi. Shah said steps were being taken to ease financial problems of cooperative sugar mills involved in ethanol production. "These mills have entered into tripartite agreements with oil marketing firms and escrow accounts are being opened for them. RBI will soon give its endorsement to such escrow accounts for creditworthiness," he said. The minister will be in Pune on Sunday.

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम
Deccan Herald | 6 months ago
Deccan Herald
6 months ago

The Saibaba Temple at Shirdi in Ahmednagar is all set to receive Union Home Minister Amit Shah who arrives on a two-day visit to Maharashtra starting Saturday, officials said here on Friday.A trust official said Shah is likely to take 'darshan' of Saibaba Samadhi Temple prior to the pre-noon 'aarti' to ensure there is no disturbance to the regular devotees who throng here from all over the country daily.The trust is planning to felicitate the Union Home Minister -- who has been a frequent visitor to the temple in the past -- in Maharashtrian traditions with a shawl, coconut, Saibaba's 'vibhuti' (holy ash) and a miniature statue of the saint revered by all communities.Several other engagements are lined up for Shah in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmednagar during his trip.Besides the Shirdi Temple, Shah -- who is also the Union Cooperatives Minister -- will attend an event at the Padmashri Dr. Vithalrao Vikhe-Patil Cooperative Sugar Factory at Loni in Ahmednagar before attending the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) awards function in Mumbai.On Sunday, December 19, Shah will go to Pune where he will inaugurate the new building of the Central Forensics Science Lab at its sprawling 30-acre complex in Chakan and later have lunch with NDRF personnel.Subsequently, he will attend the VAMNICOM convocation ceremony and lay the foundation stone for a large statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj coming up at the Pune Municipal Corporation lawns, and unveil a bust of Dr Babasaheb R Ambedkar there.Shah is also scheduled to meet the Bharatiya Janata Party Pune leaders and workers and then visit the home of the renowned historian and theatre personality Balwant Moreshwar alias Dr. Babasaheb Purandare who passed away on November 15 aged 100.Watch latest videos by DH here:

Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana : आज सायंकाळी 6 ते रात्री 11 या वेळेत स्वाभिमानीची सोशल मीडियावर '#विजेचा_बळी_राजा' मोहिम