At least 10 incidents of violence by Shiv Sena workers against rebel MLAs have been reported across Maharashtra till 8 pm on Saturday. This comes amid the Mumbai Police extending its June 4 order of banning unlawful assembly of five or more persons in the city till July 10.While incidents of violence took place in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Parbhani, Osmanabad, Satara, Thane, Nagpur city, Nanded, Palghar and Kolhapur, a senior state police officer said that except for the cases of violence in Pune and Thane, the rest were “minor” incidents. The local police have lodged FIRs in connection to all the 10 incidents.In Pune, Sena workers attacked the office of rebel Tanaji Sawant at Katraj on Saturday. Sawant runs the Bhairavnath Sugar Work Limited Company, which has a registered office at Katraj in Pune. Vishal Dhanawde, a Sena corporator from Pune, and other party workers ransacked the Katraj office around 11 am.At Thane’s Ulhasnagar, at least five Shiv Sena supporters were detained on Saturday for allegedly pelting stones at the office of Shrikant Shinde, the Lok Sabha MP from Kalyan and the son of rebel leader Eknath Shinde.The incident took place at Shrikant’s Gol Maidan office. A video that has gone viral on the social media showed some persons throwing stones at the office, damaging a board and raising pro-Uddhav Thackeray slogans.Besides, posters of Eknath Shinde were blackened in Navi Mumbai, Nagpur and Nashik. A demonstration was also held against all rebel MLAs at Hadapsar in Pune.At Navi Mumbai and Parbhani, effigies of Eknath Shinde and other MLAs like Bharat Gogawale, Mahendra Dalvi, Mahendra Thorve and Gulabrao Patil, were burnt. At Osmanabad, while the Sena again targeted Tanaji Sawant, party workers threw chappals on Sawant’s poster in Satara.In Nagpur, Sena workers blackened and tore posters of Eknath Shinde outside his office. While at Nanded, the workers tried to burn the effigy of MLA Balaji Kalyankar, at four places of Boisar in Palghar, Sainiks threw ink on the posters of Shinde.On Friday afternoon, the Nehru Nagar police had taken local Sena leader Dilip More and 19 workers from Kurla in Mumbai into custody for damaging a board outside the office of rebel MLA Mangesh Kudalkar.The Mumbai Police, meanwhile, has stepped up security at the residences and offices of ministers, MPs, MLAs andcorporators.
Guwahati: The drama outside Radisson Blu Hotel here on Friday was as intense as the one unfolding inside on the third day since Eknath Shinde and his men started checking in to challenge Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership.The day was marked by bouquets for Shinde and his men from ally Ramdas Bandu Athawale’s Republican Party of India and brickbats for BJP and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma from Congress and AAP.But the one who hogged the limelight was a lone figure from Maharashtra, who identified himself as Sanjay Bhosle, deputy chief of Shiv Sena’s Satara district unit. He was carrying a placard urging Shinde to return to ‘Matoshree’.“I came here to tell him just one thing that you remember the last words of Balashaeb Thackeray to stand with Uddhav and Aditya and return. Like Shinde, I am also a diehard party worker. I want to tell Shinde that Shiv Sena has given him a lot and he should return to Matoshree,” Bhosale told the media.Bhosle was whisked away in a police vehicle to the nearest police station where he is stated to have been detained.
MUMBAI: While Covid-19 cases dipped in Maharashtra on Friday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed to lakhs of warkaris walking towards Pandharpur during Ashadhi Wari to use face masks to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The state had registered its highest single-day tally in this surge on Thursday at 5,218, but cases dropped by 20% to 4,205 on Friday. Mumbai saw a 24% drop, with 1,898 cases registered on Friday. "We had a problem updating our data on the ICMR website for a couple of days and that led to a bunching up of cases on Thursday. But the data is now updated and Mumbai is back to reporting less than 2,000 cases a day," said BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare. Two nonagenarians with chronic conditions succumbed to Covid-related complications in Mumbai while the neighbouring Thane city registered a death. Daily hospitalisations which had gone past 100 dropped on Friday to 96. The daily test positivity rate which had increased to 20% a few days back was 12% for the second consecutive day. Dr Gomare said that cases should start plateauing soon. Dr Gautam Bhansali, who is a member of the state Covid task force, said that despite the surge, patients are recovering with minimum medication within a few days. "There is no need to panic at all,'' he said. The surge has been limited to five districts-Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Palghar and Raigad-but the state administration is worried about the Pandharpur yatra. Of the 4,205 cases on Thursday, 3,354 (80%) were detected in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. A state official said, "Active cases in the state have crossed 25,000 as compared to 626 a couple of months back. In this backdrop, the chief minister held a video-conference instructing district collectors, municipal commissioners and district police superintendents to take steps to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.'' Meanwhile, another patient of BA.5 variant has been detected in Nagpur. State surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate said a fully vaccinated 27-year-old female tested Covid-positive on June 19. "She was mildly symptomatic initially but has since become asymptomatic and is stable and in home isolation,'' he added. The total tally of BA.4 and BA.5 variant cases in the state has increased to 26-15 in Pune, five in Mumbai, four in Nagpur and two in Thane.
With Daily Covid cases crossing the 5000-mark in Maharashtra and considering the possibility of increased transmission of the infection during the Ashadhi Wari, which sees lakhs of devotees heading out of Pune towards Pandharpur, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed key officials to stay alert and undertake measures to avert major outbreaks.Dr Pradeep Awate, Maharashtra surveillance officer, told The Indian Express that the CM had conducted a meeting via video conferencing with all District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and District Police Superintendents on Friday. “The concern is that that the Ashadi Wari may enhance transmission as residents of cities like Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad and Palghar, where the Covid weekly positivity rate is high, may participate in the wari. We cannot rule out the possibility of this infection then spreading to areas where there are very few active cases,” Dr Awate said.Active cases in the state have reached 25,000 compared to 626 a couple of months back. Around 4,205 new cases were detected in the state on Friday while the case fatality rate stood at 1.85 per cent.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe Chief Minister, during the meeting, said that even though mask use is not mandatory in the state, those participating in the Ashadhi Wari, and even others, should wear masks regularly.Meanwhile, according to the latest report of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, a patient of BA.5 variant has been reported from the district. The patient is a 27-year-old fully vaccinated woman who tested positive for Covid-19 on June 19. “Initially, she was mildly symptomatic. At present, she is asymptomatic, stable and in home isolation,” Dr Awate said.With this, the total tally of BA.4 and BA.5 variant cases found in state has gone up to 26. Pune has reported 15 cases so far followed by Mumbai (5), Nagpur (4) and Thane (2).
With the daily Covid-19 cases crossing 5,000 in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, during a review meeting has instructed key officers to stay alert and take adequate measures considering the possibility of increased transmission of the infection during the Ashadhi Wari. Lakhs of devotees have moved out of Pune and are headed towards Pandharpur.In a virtual meeting with all district collectors, municipal commissioners and district police superintendents held Friday, the CM said that all those participating in the Ashadhi Wari and even others should wear masks regularly.Dr Pradeep Awate, Maharashtra surveillance officer, told The Indian Express, that the major concern is that the Ashadhi Wari may enhance the transmission rate of Covid-19 as devotees from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad and Palghar where the weekly positivity rate is high are likely to participate in the ‘Wari’. “We cannot rule out the possibility of the infection spreading to areas where there are very few active cases,” Dr Awate said.4,205 new cases in MaharashtraAround 4,205 new cases were detected in Maharashtra Friday taking the total number of active cases in the state to 25,000. The case fatality rate in the state is 1.85 %.According to the latest report of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, one patient – a 27-year-old fully vaccinated woman from Nagpur – has been diagnosed with the BA.5 variant. The patient tested positive on June 19. “Initially she was mildly symptomatic but at present, she is asymptomatic, stable and in home isolation,” Dr Awate said.With this, the total tally of BA.4 & BA.5 variant cases in Maharashtra has gone up to 26. Pune has reported 15 cases so far followed by Mumbai 5, Nagpur 4 and Thane 2.
MUMBAI: An offence has been registered against a policeman for allegedly raping a 42-year-old woman on the false promise of marriage in central Mumbai, an official said on Thursday. Based on a complaint, an FIR under section 376 (rape) of the IPC has been registered against an assistant police inspector posted with the Nagpur police, the official said. According to police, the accused policeman and the victim knew each other since 2019, when the latter had approached the police to lodge a complaint against her husband. The victim and the accused had travelled to Mumbai and stayed in a lodge, where he allegedly raped her after promising to marry her, he said. The woman recently approached the Bhoiwada police station here, as the accused had not fulfilled his promise, the official said, adding that further probe is underway.
NAGPUR: Aashish Jaiswal, an independent MLA from Ramtek in Nagpur district, is all set to join Eknath Shinde group in Guwahati. Jaiswal reached the Assam capital on Thursday morning. He on Thursday answered 'yes' to a query on whether he had reached Guwahati. However, an unanswered call a little later ended with the network message in Marathi which meant he was still in Maharashtra, but was on his way to Guwahati. Jaiswal, a former Shiv Sainik, fought the 2019 polls successfully on an independent ticket after his constituency went into alliance partner BJP's kitty. After winning, he immediately pledged loyalty to Shiv Sena and was seen prominently with CM Uddhav Thackeray at a few public events in Nagpur, during the 2019 winter assembly session. Sources close to Jaiswal always maintained that Sena high command had given him the go-ahead to fight as an independent since BJP refused to part with the seat. Since the last 2 months, Jaiswal has been very vocal about his unhappiness with funds allocation in MVA. Jaiswal lodged a complaint directly with CM Thackeray, just days before the RS polls. While Jaiswal has spoken to TOI today and confirmed his intention to join hands with Shinde, a public announcement of the same is expected later in the day.
GUWAHATI: Forty Maharashtra legislators led by rebel Shiv Sena leader and former minister Eknath Shinde arrived in Guwahati from Surat by a special aircraft on Thursday morning. “Forty MLAs of Shiv Sena are present here. I don’t want to say anything but only that we will take forward the Hindutva ideology of Balasaheb Thackeray,” Shinde said. Read AlsoMaharashtra government in crisis: How Eknath Shinde's rebellion unfoldedWhile Eknath Shinde’s rebellion took Shiv Sena and MVA by surprise, the rebellion was in the works for a few months, though the Rajya Sabha and Maharashtra MLC elections debacle was a trigger.They were received at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport by a BJP state minister and a MP who escorted them to a private hotel. Immediately after arriving at the hotel, Shinde and the legislators sat down for a show of strength in front of TV cameras. Read AlsoMaharashtra political crisis: Five possible scenarios that may happenNEW DELHI: With Sena veteran Eknath Shinde rebelling against the party leadership and signalling plans to join hands with BJP, the political situation in Maharashtra has become fluid. TOI maps out the likely scenarios: 1. Shinde camp needs to win over 37 Sena MLAs (2/3rds of total) toShinde is scheduled to address a meeting of the legislators at 9.30am in the hotel. Watch Maharashtra political crisis: Rebel Shiv Sena MLAs including Eknath Shinde reach Guwahati
PUNE: Genome sequencing has found six more patients infected by Omicron’s BA.5 subvariant in Maharashtra, a health department bulletin said on Wednesday. Five of the patients are from Pune. One is from Nagpur. All six recovered at home after mild symptoms. They tested positive between June 6 and June 12 — five of the six have a full vaccination schedule. The detections take the total number of BA.4, BA.5 patients to 25 in the state. Fifteen of these cases are from Pune, mainly PMC limits. Dr Rahul Pandit, member of state task force, said, “The behaviour of BA. 5 or BA.4 are similar to BA.1 or BA.2. I don’t think few more cases means anything clinically.” Experts said there is no need to be alarmed by BA.4 and BA.5. “They may be pushing up daily count. But there has been no rise in toll or hospitalisations. These are, after all, Omicron sublineages to which there has been widespread exposure,” one official said.
A CHARTERED aircraft, three luxury buses, a nine-seater plane, a hotel about a kilometre from the airport — and at least 32 rebel MLAs from Maharashtra.There were the key elements in play for most of Tuesday and the night that followed as the political crisis in the Shiv Sena and the MVA government in Maharashtra played out at Surat in BJP-ruled Gujarat where Sena Minister Eknath Shinde had housed his flock of rebel MLAs, including Independents. Sources told The Indian Express that the BJP’s pointsperson in Surat, Paresh Patel, “took charge of the situation” to ensure that the breakaway group of MLAs was flown out of Surat to Guwahati early on Wednesday morning as at least two MLAs had “tried to escape”.Patel is the standing committee chairman of Surat Municipal Corporation and close aide of Gujarat BJP chief C R Paatil.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨The drama continued on Wednesday when Independent MLA from Jalgaon, Chandrakant Patil, flew to Surat to travel onward to Guwahati with four more MLAs — two from Shiv Sena and two Independents. Sources identified the two Independent MLAs as Manjula Gavit and Gopal Dalvi, and one of the two Sena MLAs as Yogesh Kadam. “A nine-seater plane was arranged for them to fly to Guwahati,” said sources.Earlier, on Tuesday, at least 30 Sena MLAs and two Independents were holed up inside the Le Meridien in Surat under tight police cover. As night fell, a chartered SpiceJet aircraft was ready at the airport. And about 30 minutes past midnight, three luxury buses pulled up at the hotel to take Shinde and his MLAs to the airport and onward to Guwahati.“Precautions were taken so that no MLA could escape,” said sources. As the buses pulled out, some Congress leaders, including former corporator Aslam Cyclewala, gathered near the hotel and shouted slogans against the BJP. Surat continued to figure in the news through most of Wednesday as well after one of the Sena MLAs with Shinde, Nitin Deshmukh, who was admitted in the New Civil hospital on Tuesday, reached Nagpur from Guwahati and levelled serious allegations against the city’s doctors and the police.“(After reaching Surat on Tuesday night), I came out from the hotel early in the morning at 3 am, and tried to escape. After coming to the main road, I was searching for a vehicle to get a lift. Meanwhile, a group of about 100 policemen came to the spot and took me to the New Civil hospital where I was admitted. Later they spread a message that I had suffered a heart attack. I was sedated in the hospital so that I could not escape,” Deshmukh told reporters.Deshmukh’s friend Dilip Bavche told The Indian Express that he flew with Deshmukh and the other MLAs to Guwahati. Bavche had come to Surat with another friend on Tuesday to meet Deshmukh after the MLA’s wife filed a report at the Akola police station that her husband had gone missing.“Our flight landed in Guwahati early in the morning (Wednesday) and we moved away from the queue of MLAs coming out from the airport. We boarded another flight from Guwahati at around 10 am and reached Nagpur. Nitin Deshmukh spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and shared all the details,” Bavche told The Indian Express.New Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Ganesh Govekar said: “The allegations are baseless. Deshmukh is lying.”
GUWAHATI: Shiv Sena MLA Nitin Deshmukh, who arrived here along with fellow party MLAs on Wednesday from Surat, returned to his home state of Maharashtra with five other partymen within hours, sources said, as rebel Sena legislators remain encamped at a hotel here. Deshmukh, who arrived at Guwahati early this morning in a chartered aircraft from Surat, did not accompany Maharashtra's rebel minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs to a city hotel where his colleagues were lodged. After remaining at Guwahati's Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi international airport for a few hours, Deshmukh, along with five Shiv Sena activists, left for Nagpur in another chartered aircraft. Deshmukh and the five Sena men were part of the 89-member entourage -- Maharashtra MLAs and others -- who had arrived in the city early this morning from Surat. Deshmukh's wife on Tuesday had filed a missing persons complaint at a police station in Akola in Maharashtra saying she suspected a threat to his life. Deshmukh was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Surat on Tuesday after allegedly being taken ill. Deshmukh represents the Balapur Assembly constituency in Maharashtra.
Nagpur: In a major setback to poor people dreaming of owning a house, the state government has increased regularization charges under Gunthewari Act by five times and not three times. Though the notification was issued eight months ago, Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) has come to know about this a few days ago. The government issued the notification for implementation of Gunthewari 2.0 on March 12 last year, for regularization of unauthorized layouts and plots that cropped up on or before December 31, 2020. On October 18 last year, the government had issued a notification increasing regularization charges. TOI was the first to report the steep rise in charges on October 20 last year. After a delay of almost an year, the civic agency launched Gunthewari 2.0 on March 4. Stating hike in charges was very high, the board of NIT trustees in the meeting on March 2 took a decision to send a letter to the government requesting roll back of the decision. NIT has received good response to the scheme as owners of over 60,000 unauthorized plots have submitted an application seeking regularization. A few days ago, a team from Pune Municipal Corporation reportedly visited NIT to find out the reason behind high applications in the city. The officials from Pune informed NIT officials about revision in charges by the government on the same date. NIT chairman Manoj Kumar Suryawanshi, general manager Nishikant Sukhe and others officials met and discussed the issue a day ago. The officials reportedly came to the conclusion that the government issued revised notification on October 18 last year itself. NIT officials told TOI, “Revised notification said the charges will be three times the development charges being recovered by the planning authority, while giving building plan sanction under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act.” As per earlier notification, the charges were supposed to be three times the charges finalized in 2001. As per notification issued in 2001, charges were Rs16 per sq ft. Thus, the charges would have been Rs48 per sq ft, which were less compared to existing charges of Rs56 per sq ft in the city, as revised in August 2014. The charges were supposed to be Rs48,000 in case of plot of 1,000 sq ft as per the first order. As per revised notification, charges are three times the development charges. As per data available with NIT and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), development charges are 2% of ready reckoner (RR) value. For areas situated on city’s outskirts like Chinchbhuvan, Wathoda, Zingabai Takli etc, the RR value is around Rs4,000 per sq ft. Thus, regularization charges will be Rs2.4 lakh for a plot of 1,000 sq ft, which means five times higher than the first order, and 4.3 times higher compared to existing charges. NIT officials said, “A letter will be sent to the government seeking clarification. Till then, we will not issue demand notes under Gunthewari 2.0.” The controversy will further delay benefits of Gunthewari 2.0 to the people. Already 15 months have passed since the government implemented the scheme.
Nagpur: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari joined members of the diplomatic community of Mumbai and international students in celebrating the International Day of Yoga at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday. Members of the diplomatic community, trade representatives from various countries and foreign students studying in India under ICCR scholarships were present. The International Yoga Day was organized by Videsh Bhavan, the regional office of the ministry of external affairs. Interacting with diplomats and students, the governor said yoga is not just physical exercises, it’s a comprehensive way of life involving physical, mental and emotional well being. International delegates participated in the yoga session conducted under the guidance of fitness guru Mickey Mehta. Regional passport officer Rajesh Gawande welcomed the guests. Regional director of the Indian council of cultural relations Renu Prithiani was also present. The governor felicitated the speakers and trainers. Raj Bhavan officers and staff also participated in the yoga session conducted by The Yoga Institute.
Maharashtra crisis: Congress claimed this was a part of BJP's politics going on in the country. (File)Nagpur: Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Tuesday said there was no threat to the state Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and his party leaders would discuss the current political developments in the state during a meeting in Mumbai.Mr Patole's comments came in the wake of Maharashtra minister Eknath Shinde along with some Sena MLAs apparently camping in Gujarat's Surat city, a day after the Sena-led MVA, which also comprises the NCP and Congress, suffered a setback in the Maharashtra Legislative Council polls by losing one out of the six seats it contested.The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress had nominated two candidates each for 10 seats up for grabs, but Congress's Dalit leader Chandrakant Handore lost the poll. The BJP won all the five seats it contested.Talking to reporters in Nagpur on Tuesday on the political 'crisis' in Maharashtra, Mr Patole claimed this was a part of BJP's politics going on in the country."The BJP is misusing power it has at the Centre, which is now not hidden from anyone. A money-power circle is going on. They are pursuing the path of lies, but truth will win. This phase shall pass," the Congress leader said.Mr Patole also said state Congress leaders will meet in Mumbai later in the day wherein "we will be taking a stand on what is happening."He also asserted that there was no threat to the MVA government and claimed that getting the majority figure (in the 288-member state Assembly) was a distant dream for the BJP.To a query on Congress MLAs cross-voting in the MLC elections on Monday, Mr Patole said, "Cross-voting has been done, we will examine it and convey to the high command about it."Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan declined to comment on state minister Eknath Shinde going incommunicado and camping at a hotel in Gujarat with some Sena MLAs. He, however, said the Congress candidate's defeat in the Legislative Council polls on Monday was a cause of concern.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I will not speak on the developments in the Shiv Sena. The Congress is meeting to discuss the Council poll results in which a Dalit face of the party lost. This has sent a very wrong message. We have to discuss what went wrong, how many MLAs cross-voted and where did the votes go," Mr Chavan told reporters in Mumbai before the Congress Legislature Party meeting.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
NAGPUR: Monsoon made inroads into Vidarbha as heavy showers were witnessed in Nagpur and other parts of the region. According to met department, the rainy season has officially commenced on June 16 in the region. Heavy rains hit Nagpur around 7 pm on Monday accompanied with thunder and lightning, bringing relief from the hot day. As per the data of Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Nagpur, the city has received 11.6 millimetres rain till 8.30 pm. All districts of Vidarbha witnessed good rainfall, Gondia being the wettest after Arjunimorgaon recorded as much as 32.6 mm rainfall. Monsoon has brought down the soaring mercury levels. On Friday, the maximum temperature of Nagpur was 33.1 degree Celsius. Gondia was the coolest at 30 degree Celsius while Buldhana was at 31. Wardha recorded the highest maximum temperature of 36 degree Celsius. Forecast suggests that Nagpur and other districts will receive ‘widespread’ to ‘fairly widespread’ rainfall in the coming week. Meteorologically, widespread refers to around 76-100% stations recording rains while fairly widespread signifies 51-75% stations reporting rainfall. The maximum temperatures of Nagpur will be below 35 degree Celsius. According to the national weather forecast, heavy rainfall is expected at Konkan, Goa, central Maharashtra in next five days.
After having had to wait longer to enjoy the monsoon rains, Pune residents on Monday woke up to cloudy skies as officials with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the city could receive some rainfall starting Monday. The department has forecast widespread rainfall with some intermittent intense spells on the day along the district’s ghat areas.Since the onset of monsoon over the state nearly ten days ago, the southwest monsoon had remained feeble resulting in a rain deficit of 56 per cent (June 1-19). Pune district has seen a rainfall deficit of 67 per cent for the same period.However, this week onwards the ocean-atmospheric conditions are expected to turn conducive and bring some much-needed rainfall. Monsoon winds are set to strengthen too.“There are significant amounts of moisture incursion happening over western regions of our state due to strong westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea. This will lead to widespread rainfall over Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, including Pune. There could be isolated heavy spells on Monday over these regions,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division at IMD, Pune.Due to overcast sky conditions, Pune city’s humidity levels recorded during the morning hours on Monday were above normal and ranged between 70 – 84 per cent. The minimum temperatures too remained 23 to 26 degrees Celsius over various parts of the city.The Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, has issued a nowcast (valid for three to six hours) on possible heavy rain spells over Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar till Monday afternoon.
Nagpur: Doctors as well as medical students are upset over the manner in which the National Medical Commission (NMC), which has replaced the Medical Council of India (MCI) as an apex academic body for the modern health sciences in India, functions. On Monday, the news that medical college inspection-related data is not available on the NMC website revived the resentment about NMC. “The decision of NMC not to publish medical college inspection reports having infrastructure and faculty position details on its website is highly unfortunate and regressive. Even to take down existing MCI reports suggest that NMC wants to hide something,” said Dr. Ravi Wankhedkar, former national president of the IMA and current treasurer for the World Medical Association. “The Union government proclaims to be transparent and corruption-free. But such decisions are an antithesis to it,” he added. Until now, aspiring medical students used to get the details about the infrastructure and faculty-related data of the respective medical colleges on MCI (now NMC) website. This data used to come handy to them while filling preferences for the colleges during admission process. Now, though, the number of medical colleges has increased significantly, no details regarding their inspection is available. TOI reported it about the data-miss issue after an RTI information revealed the same. Now, reactions are coming from all stakeholders of modern medicine education. “I think NMC should keep a transparency in this regard and the details regarding various colleges should be in the public domain specially when so many new medical colleges are established,” said Dr Vinky Rughwani, vice-president of Maharashtra Medical Council. “The practice of putting the information in the website is good for NMC too,” he added. A senior member of Nagpur IMA said, “IMA was always opposed to creating such over-centralized, undemocratic, anti-student, anti-poor and non-federal NMC. Also this is in gross violation and contempt of CIC order,” the member said. According to the Central Information Commission (CIC) order in 2011, the Public information officer of MCI (now NMC) will ensure that the copies of assessment reports (of medical colleges) and status whether the application of the colleges are approved or rejected (by MCI) remains available on website. EXPECTED DETAILS Info about college inspection reports on NMC website Approval and rejection reports of each college to get idea of seats Capitation fees and penalties/action taken on colleges Reports on the experience and the eligibility of the teachers Details of college infrastructure, shortages etc pointed out in inspection
NAGPUR: Scattered rains failed to dampen spirits at Happy Streets as people flocked to the venue in large numbers on Sunday. Citizens of all ages played an active role in various recreational activities including yoga, zumba and dancing. An initiative by The Times of India and Maharashtra Times, Happy Streets had an attractive feature this Sunday where visitors cheered cyclists who participated in the Nagpur City Police Cyclothon. Businessman Ankesh Kamdar, a regular visitor at Happy Streets, said, “Applauding cyclists and showering them with flowers while they were passing through was a unique experience. Happy Streets and the cyclothon both promote an active lifestyle, which is extremely vital in today’s world.” Engineer Omkar Dande said, “Happy Streets should be a regular event.” His friends echoed his sentiment. “There should also be awareness activities regarding women’s safety as its importance is growing day by day,” he added. Student Prasanna Dandewade was excited to be back at the event after a long break due to the pandemic. “It’s interesting to see people come out with friends and family to exercise and socialize with others,” he said. Awareness campaigns educated attendees about their initiative. Save Soil volunteer Radhika Thakre said, “This is a great platform to enlighten people about the movement as the event is beaming with energy from youngsters.” She added, “The way huge crowds are being managed is commendable.” Citizens reminisced about their childhood while playing classic games such as snakes and ladders and tug of war. Interior designer Pooja Goyal said, “This is the most effective approach to get people up and moving early in the morning as they start their day with fun activities.” Handmaze stationery founder Anula Goenka was glad to see the active involvement of the youth. “To see such vibrancy early in the morning among youngsters is a pleasure for mothers like me. This is the energy needed in every city. Let’s keep this going,” she said. Owner of Batukbhai Jewellers Kishore Sheth said, “The liveliness of Nagpurians during Happy Streets is simply unparalleled. It’s amazing to see people start lining up as early as 6am for such exciting activities.” Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) chairman Manoj Suryawanshi, former corporator Sanjay Bangale, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) additional municipal commissioner Ram Joshi, Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress general secretary Ketan Thakre and director of municipal administration Kiran Kulkarni flagged off this Sunday’s Happy Streets. Quotes I have been coming here since the last three years. I love watching kids participate in different games and events. The energy here is great Sujata Joshi I love the vibrancy and happiness of this place that we gather the whole day. The ambience of this place is worth experiencing Surekha Kalkar I came here for the first time in 2019. It’s a wonderful session after the outbreak of Covid. The hustle and bustle of this place is energising and exciting Ipsita Jana I came here for the first time when I was studying in standard 5. I can feel the nostalgia kicking in. I love all the events, especially Zumba and tug of war Daksh Goel There’s so much happening everywhere. It’s definitely true to its name, Happy Streets. The best part was the DJ who made the whole atmosphere energetic Rena Bukkawar (Reporting by Parneet Randhawa)
NAGPUR: At a time when encroachments on forest land posed a big challenge before the forest department, Nagpur division officials have freed nearly 38 hectares of reserve forest land which was part of the Muniya Conservation Reserve in the Butibori range. Assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Narendra Chandewar said these encroachments had come up in Aamghat beat in Butibori during the last 7-8 years. Over 20 villagers were farming on the said land and had refused to move out. These encroachments were spread in Shedeshwar, Borimanjra and Kohla villages. Chandewar used powers under Sections 53, 54 and 54(A) of the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1966, to remove encroachments, and issued at least 150 eviction notices and orders thereon. “In 2019, we had registered preliminary offence reports against these encroachers. During the hearing, the farmers failed to produce valid papers on ownership of the said land. Finally, in the last two days we removed these encroachments,” said Chandewar. The ACF added, “We are digging continuous contour trenches to protect the forest land and will take up plantations. In the last three years, we have removed over 200 hectares of forest land in North Umred, South Umred and Butibori forest ranges.” The drive was launched under deputy conservator of forest Bharat Singh Hada. Butibori range forest officer DP Wade, foresters BS Janwar, Sudhir Kularkar, Ganesh Jadhav, Vinod Shende, Dinesh Padwal, Mahadeo Munde, Nilesh Tawle, Maruti Munde, Yogesh Tadam, Ravikant Bhande, Kishor Chavan, and Kalyani Tiwde were part of the encroachment removal drive.
The Union government on Sunday issued a notification ratifying a Supreme Court Collegium recomendation of appointing Justice S S Shinde and Justice Amjad A Sayed — two Bombay High Court judges — as Chief Justices of the Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh High Courts, respectively.The SC Collegium had recommended the names of the two judges for elevation as HC Chief Justices on May 17. Justice Sayed and Shinde are the second and third senior judges of the Bombay HC after Chief Justice Dipankar Datta. With the elevation of these two judges, the Bombay High Court, which has a principal seat in Mumbai and benches in Aurangabad, Nagpur and Goa, will now function with 55 judges, including 46 permanent judges and nine additional judges. Though, the sanctioned strength is 94.While the Collegium in February had recommended the names of 10 lawyers as judges of Bombay High Court, the Centre has not cleared them yet, keeping the number of judges less than 60 with over 40 per cent vacant posts.
The Amravati Police on Saturday visited MLA Ravi Rana’s residence at Khar in Mumbai to serve him a bailable warrant issued by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. Sources said the warrant was issued this week as the MLA had failed to respond to the notice issued to him by the Bombay High Court. The warrant calls upon Rana to be present before the court on Monday, the day of .Legislative Council polls. Rana, an independent legislator, is a known supporter of the BJP.However, Amravati Police could not serve the warrant as they could not find Rana at his residence. Soon after the visit by the police team, Rana released a video in which he said Amravati Police were in Mumbai to arrest him. “But as I was not present at home, they could not arrest me. This is a conspiracy by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to ensure that I can’t vote for BJP,” said Rana.According to Amravati Police, Rana has been booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty) after three woman allegedly threw ink on Amravati Municipal Commissioner Pravin Ashtikar in February this year.A senior police officer from Amravati Police said, “It is a bailable warrant, in which he has been asked to appear before the court on Monday. The warrant was issued in the criminal case in which ink was thrown on the Amravati municipal commissioner.”On June 13, Justice Anil S Kilor of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had issued a bailable warrant of Rs 15,000 against Rana. Justice Kilor was hearing a criminal application by Maharashtra government, seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Rana by the trial court.The bench observed that no one appeared for “sole non-applicant (Rana)” though the application was “served long back”. Therefore, it issued a bailable warrant against the MLA and posted the matter for further hearing to June 20.
Nagpur: Nagpur witnessed demonstrations staged by Workers of the Maharashtra Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) agianst the central government’s newly formed Agnipath scheme for the short term recruitment of people into armed forces.Also Read - Agnipath Protests: No Police Clearance For Those Involved In Stir, Says Air Chief MarshalClaiming that the scheme would destroy the future of youth, Youth Congress workers led by their president Kunal Raut protested at Zero Mile in Nagpur. Also Read - Agnipath Protests: KCR Announces Rs 25 Ex-Gratia For Kin Of Youth Killed In Secunderabad Railway StationProtestors raised slogans against the Modi government and blocked traffic at RBI square, following which they were detained by the police and taken way. Also Read - Agnipath Protests LIVE: Bihar Stops Train Services, Railway Station Vandalised In Ludhiana As Stir EscalatesUnveiling the Agnipath scheme, the government had said youths between the ages of 17-and-a-half and 21 years would be inducted for a four-year tenure and 25 per cent of the recruits will be retained for regular service. The upper age limit was raised to 23 years after violent protests against the new model for enrolment of soldiers into the Army, Navy and Air Force erupted in parts of the country.
CHANDRAPUR: Congress leaders MP Balu Dhanorkar and former MP Naresh Puglia staged separate agitations to flay the alleged harassment of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son MP Rahul Gandhi by the enforcement directorate (ED) on Friday. Puglia staged a day-long sit-in at the statue of late PM Indira Gandhi under the banner of Vidarbha Kisan Majdoor Congress. He said the central government is intentionally harassing members of the Gandhi family due to political rivalry. He alleged that the attack on Congress leaders and party workers at the Congress headquarters in Delhi too is part of the same conspiracy. He added that such oppressive action against the top political leaders of the party will have strong consequences across the country. Meanwhile, Dhanorkar staged a sit-in agitation at Girnar Square with Congress leaders and party workers. Dhanorkar flayed the central government for its oppressive action. He claimed that strong protests are under way across the country and demanded the immediate withdrawal of such baseless investigations against Sonia and Rahul.
Mumbai/New Delhi: A Mumbai police team has been on the lookout for suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in Delhi, however, she is said to be untraceable, reports NDTV quoting sources on Friday. A Mumbai Police team that is in Delhi to question Sharma couldn’t find her, she has become untraceable, they said.Also Read - Agnipath Protests: Bihar Suspends Internet, Mobile Services In 12 Districts Including Samastipur, Begusarai Till June 19The team, from Pydhonie police station here, is in the national capital for the past five days as it needs to physically hand over summons to Sharma to appear before police and to look into other aspects of the probe, an official said. The Mumbai Police have enough evidence to arrest the former BJP spokesperson, Maharashtra Home Ministry sources have said, according to the NDTV report. Also Read - Rajinder Nagar Bypoll: BJP All Set For Tough Fight With AAP to Win MLA SeatAn FIR was registered against Sharma at Pydhonie police station on May 28 in connection with the objectionable comments against Prophet Mohammad she made during a television news channel debate. She has been summoned to appear before Pydhonie police on June 25 at 11am for recording of statement, the official added. Also Read - 'Agnipath' Scheme: List of Several Trains Cancelled, Diverted Due to Students' Agitation On Patna-Kolkata Route(With PTI inputs)
Congress leaders, including senior ministers of the Maharashtra government, were detained on Thursday as they demonstrated at Raj Bhavan against the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of party MP Rahul Gandhi.Police took action after the Congress leaders tried to remove barricades outside the Raj Bhavan gate during a protest march which started near the Hanging Garden in south Mumbai.Congress state president Nana Patole, PWD minister Ashok Chavan, Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Energy Minister Nitin Raut, Fisheries Minister Aslam Sheikh, Women and Child Welfare Minister Yashomati Thakur, School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, Medical Educati-on Minister Amit Deshmukh, Minister of State for Agriculture Vishwajit Kadam and Mumbai Congress chief Bhai Jagtap were among those detained. They were taken to Azad Maidan police station and released after some time, a police officer said.Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Patole said the party was protesting against the “dictatorial attitude of the Narendra Modi government” and attempts to “suppress the Opposition’s voice” will not succeed.“Rahul Gandhi has become the voice of the country as he has been taking up people’s issues and questioning the Modi government. Congress workers are taking an aggressive stand following this vindictive action against our leader,” Patole added.Thorat said Congress workers have stood up against the central government’s “repression.” “Through this protest march, we are trying to convey our dissatisfaction to the Modi government. It is reprehensible to harass a family which sacrificed everything for the country,” he said.“We expect that the Governor will convey our sentiments to the Union government,” he added.With PTI inputs
Maharashtra's Beed police have registered a case against suspended BJP functionary Nupur Sharma in connection with her alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammad, an official said on Thursday. Sharma is already facing similar cases in Mumbai, Thane and some other places in Maharashtra. An advocate, Sayyed Azim, had complained to the Beed police, alleging that Sharma's remarks made during a TV debate hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims, the official said.Nupur Sharma's remark on Prophet: Is there a fine line between FoE and hate speech?BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma crossed a line in a televised debate causing much embarrassment for the Indian govt worldwide. What things should you keep in mind when speaking about such sensitive issues? What does our law say about this? Watch this video to avoid being on the law's wrong side while expressing your opinion.Based on the complaint, the Beed city police on Wednesday registered a case against Sharma under Indian Penal Code Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), the official said. The BJP had on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi BJP media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet led to an outrage.
The Bhiwandi police in Maharashtra have summoned suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma to record a statement on Monday in connection with her alleged objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammad, an official said on Sunday.Besides, expelled BJP functionary Naveen Kumar Jindal has also been asked by the Bhiwandi police in Thane district to record his statement on June 15 over his alleged controversial tweets against Prophet Mohammad, senior police inspector Chetan Kakade told reporters.The Bhiwandi police had registered a case against Sharma following a complaint lodged by a representative of the Raza Academy on May 30, he said.They had also registered a case against Jindal, the official said.Earlier, the Mumbra police in Thane asked Sharma to appear before them on June 22 to record her statement over her remarks.The Mumbai Police have also summoned her to record a statement on June 25 in connection with her remarks about the Prophet during a TV debate triggered a huge controversy.The police had asked for a video of the debate from the news channel concerned.The BJP had on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled Delhi BJP media head Jindal after their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet led to an outrage in India and Gulf countries.
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) schools have taken a big leap in the results of the SSC examination which was announced on June 17 by the Maharashtra state board of secondary and higher secondary education (MSBSHSE). With a passing percentage of 99.31, students of NMC schools have shown their resilience. Dilip Dive, education committee chairman, said, “We tried for 100% results, and almost achieved it. From the last six months, with the help of an NGO, we went to each and every school to help students with whatever difficulties they might be facing.” Moreover, the Marathi medium schools of NMC have shown that they are not trailing behind by achieving a passing percentage of 100. Furthermore, NMC schools have been fractionalized into four mediums whose results were also quite astounding, with Hindi medium at 98.45 percent and Urdu and English at 99.77 and 99.31 percent respectively. Talking to TOI, NMC education officer Preeti Mishrikotkar said, “During the pandemic period, special attention was paid to the physical and mental health as well as offline and online study of students. Tablets and internet facilities were provided to the students by NMC.” Expressing gratitude, Subhash Upase, assistant education officer, said, “The reason we were able to achieve success was due to the efforts of NMC teachers. They took online classes from the first day of school. Whereas during offline classes, teachers also took extra classes on holidays.” Pragati Dhurendra Meshram came first in all the four mediums with 92.60 percent. On the other hand, Barkha Sunil Sahu achieved 89.20 percent and took first place in Hindi medium. Nevertheless, Mahek Khan Kayyum Khan secured first position with 90.80 percent marks in Urdu medium followed by Afrin Sadaf Irshad with 90.60 percent in English medium.
NAGPUR: Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B has formed a four-member committee headed by additional commissioner Ram Joshi to probe the Rs12 crore benches scam. The team will probe if there was any irregularity in procuring over 17,000 iron benches placed across the city. The other members of the committee include the chief engineer, deputy municipal commissioner (administration), and deputy municipal commissioner (revenue). Representative ImageTOI was the first to expose the scam on how NMC spent over Rs11.91 crore for installation of 17,562 benches (both concrete and iron) across the city in the last three years (2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22). Preliminary investigations revealed that the civic body had purchased each bench at a cost almost Rs3,000 over the market price. On average, NMC paid Rs7,060 for one bench against the market rate of around Rs4,000 (that too of good quality). Officials from at least five departments, including garden, public works department, zonal offices, sports, and district planning and development committe, were allegedly involved in erecting the benches. Apart from these five departments, even Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) had spent funds for installation of benches. Preliminary inquiry revealed that at many places benches were installed by a particular department, while other departments too had shown the same spot in their project completion reports, thus gobbling up funds meant for development works, sources said. In a few files, it was found that benches were installed, but the concerned department failed to provide the locations where these were erected. This data was compiled by the superintending engineer’s office. Now, the committee, which was given 15 days to probe, will not only cross check the locations but also verify the bills and the amount spent in erecting benches.
Nagpur: Nagpur division is the only one in entire state without a 100% scoring student. While such scores sound mind-boggling, many students touch the figure every year as marks from sports/arts/NCC etc are added to the tally. This year, 122 students from Maharashtra have the perfect score, with eight of them being from Amravati division. Since the statistics related to ‘zero’ performance from Nagpur division was not published in the official press note, school principals were not aware of the same. However, as information spread through media there were many principals who expressed shock. A senior academic said this seems to be very bizarre. “It’s not like we don’t have sportspersons. All I can say is that they did not have enough academic marks to back up their claim to the top spot,” said the principal, who did not wish to be named. “Marks are given for so many different activities, not just sports. So you could have an academically brilliant student also doing great in arts,” she said. Another principal, who has a few sportspersons in his school, too expressed surprise. “In my school, the sportspersons have not crossed 90%, but I am shocked that none did it in entire Nagpur division. We are talking about 1.5 lakh students appearing for the exam and not even a single one scoring the full 100% is surprising,” said the principal. Since the pandemic hit, sports events have taken a back seat. Still the state government decided to award marks based on previous performances under a pre-defined timeline. For sports category marks, performance of students in Std VII and VIII was considered. For arts category (arts etc), marks have been given as per elementary and intermediate drawing grade. This particular decision and all details related to it were included in the February 21 GR. Similarly, marks are given for NCC, Scouts & Guides participation too. The final mark list which students get includes these marks and that’s what is considered by junior colleges while giving admissions.
NEW DELHI: The Badminton World Federation on Friday announced the dates of the two India international challengers to be held in Nagpur and Raipur in September this year. According to the BWF calendar, the India Maharashtra International Challenge will be held in Nagpur from September 13-18, while the Indian Chhattisgarh International Challenge is set to be staged in Raipur from September 20-25. The world governing body, BWF, had awarded the two events, besides also allotting a junior international event to Hyderabad -- also in September -- following a request from the Badminton Association of India last month. Apart from these events, India will conduct one International Challenge in Bengaluru and a junior international tournament in Pune.
NAGPUR: Union minister Nitin Gadkari has convened a meeting of all stakeholders in Mihan where plans to revamp the entire control of the project would be discussed. At present, the project is being developed and managed by Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) which is a state government agency. The key agenda of the meeting planned on July 1 is to push forward the proposal of setting up a subsidiary of MADC. The idea is to bring the Mihan project under the subsidiary which would have its office at Nagpur. The agenda says that having a Nagpur-based agency would give pace to development of Mihan as against MADC which has its headquarters in Mumbai. “The project is at Nagpur and the bosses are in Mumbai which is affecting its development,” says the agenda. The meeting would also review the action taken in Mihan over the recommendations of Baba Kalyani Committee on SEZs. The committee has said SEZs should move away from being islands of exports to become catalysts of growth and employment. The meeting would be attended by state’s principal secretary (civil aviation) Valsa Nair and managing director of MADC Deepak Kapoor. MLAs Sameer Meghe and Tekchand Sawarkar, who constituencies fall in Mihan, will also attend the meet along with certain project affected persons (PAPs) whose cases would be taken up too. One of them is Prakash Mokadam whose plot was taken over for the project and he continues to fight for compensation. According to the agenda, Mokadam who had purchased the land in 1994 is demanding compensation in lines with the ready reckoner rates. He has submitted the papers and continues to pursue the matter. Another PAP, Ganesh Naranje’s house in Shivangaon was acquired but he has not been granted the compensation. This is because the survey to measure the property to assess its value has not been completed yet. Among the suggestions to be taken up by the unit holders includes connectivity to MRO with the airport. At present any aircraft landing at the Napgur airport has to be towed by a vehicle till the MRO instead of directly taxing. This is because the Shivangaon village which comes in between the route has not been completely rehabilitee. The plane has to be towed in the patch close to the village. A boundary wall also needs to be constructed around the airport for the DGCA to allow full taxiing. The unit holders have also raised issues like bad conditions of the roads, stray cattle, overgrowth of vegetation leading to wildlife threat including the presence of a tiger over a couple of years ago. At the same time there is also a proposal to have 33% green cover in lines with the MOEFCC norms.
Nagpur: An ATM in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district was dispensing five times extra cash to customers. The matter came to light when a man was in for a pleasant surprise when he tried to withdraw Rs. 500 from an ATM, but got five currency notes of Rs. 500 denomination from the cash dispenser.Also Read - Out For A Walk With Sister, 5-Year-Old Boy Mauled To Death By Stray Dogs In MaharashtraHe repeated the process and again got Rs. 2,500 while trying to withdraw Rs. 500. The incident took place on Wednesday at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of a private bank in Khaparkheda town, located around 30 km from Nagpur city. Also Read - Mumbai Youth Beaten To Death By People On Suspicion Of Mobile Theft In Bhandup AreaThe news spread like wildfire and soon a huge crowd gathered outside the ATM to withdraw cash. Also Read - Maharashtra Brings Back COVID Restrictions Amid Rise In Cases, Makes Mask Compulsory In Public PlacesThis went on till one of the bank customers alerted the local police who rushed to the ATM and and shut it down. They then informed the bank, an official from Khaparkheda police station said. The ATM was dispensing extra cash due to a technical glitch, he said.The currency notes of Rs. 500 denomination were erroneously kept in the ATM tray meant to dispense notes of Rs. 100 denomination, the official said.No case has been registered so far in this connection, he added.
A man was in for a pleasant surprise when he tried to withdraw Rs 500 from an ATM, but got five currency notes of Rs 500 denomination from the cash dispenser in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district.He repeated the process and again got Rs 2,500 while trying to withdraw Rs 500. This happened on Wednesday at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of a private bank in Khaparkheda town, located around 30 km from Nagpur city.The news spread like wildfire and soon a huge crowd gathered outside the ATM centre to withdraw cash.Later, a bank customer alerted local police, who rushed to the spot and shut the ATM centre and informed the bank, an official from Khaparkheda police station said.The ATM was dispensing extra cash due to a technical glitch, he said.The currency notes of Rs 500 denomination were erroneously kept in the ATM tray meant to dispense notes of Rs 100 denomination, the official said.No case has been registered so far in this connection, he added.
People rushed to withdraw money from an ATM in Nagpur as it dispenses 5 times extra cashNagpur: A man was in for a pleasant surprise when he tried to withdraw Rs 500 from an ATM, but got five currency notes of Rs 500 denomination from the cash dispenser in Maharashtra's Nagpur district.He repeated the process and again got Rs 2,500 while trying to withdraw Rs 500. This happened on Wednesday at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of a private bank in Khaparkheda town, located around 30 km from Nagpur city.The news spread like wildfire and soon a huge crowd gathered outside the ATM to withdraw cash.This went on till one of the bank customers alerted the local police who rushed to the ATM and and shut it down. They then informed the bank, an official from Khaparkheda police station said.The ATM was dispensing extra cash due to a technical glitch, he said.The currency notes of Rs 500 denomination were erroneously kept in the ATM tray meant to dispense notes of Rs 100 denomination, the official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNo case has been registered so far in this connection, he added. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)