Times of India | 3 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 06:57 am
Trichy: After undergoing numerous hurdles, typewriting examinations are going to be held across the state on November 26 and 27. Meanwhile, the sudden change of an examination centre from the city to the outskirts of in Trichy has put around 2,000 candidates into an ordeal, as they have to travel over 25km. The directorate of technical education had earlier announced September 3 and 4 as the dates. But it was postponed to September 24 and 25. These were cancelled following an order of the Madurai bench of Madras high court in a case challenging the exam pattern. Few proprietors of typewriting institutes approached the court opposing the new pattern of exams. So, the dates were fixed as November 12 and 13. But, due to heavy rain, the exam was postponed to November 26 and 27. Thousands of candidates are going to sit for the examination in five batches on each day. Around 5,000 students will appear in Trichy district. Four centres are allotted in Trichy district including Seshasayee Polytechnic College near Thiruverumbur. “Around 2,000 candidates from 45 institutes were allotted to Seshasayee polytechnic centre. However, the directorate shifted the centre to a government polytechnic college in Sethurapatti village which is 25km away from the city. This will restrict several candidates from attending the exam,” said J Ravichandran, adviser and former state president of Tamil Nadu Commerce Institutes Association.“Many of our candidates are college students and they have semester examinations during the morning on that particular day. Since it is in the city, they can attend the typewriting exam during the afternoon session after completing their semester examination. But the new centre has put all of them into an ordeal. Moreover, we have to carry our typewriters up to Sethurappatti. We got permission from another private college near Seshasayee, to conduct the examination and took it to the notice of the directorate, but the authorities are silent,” S Rajasekaran, proprietor of Mekala Institute of Commerce said.
KALYAN: A 70-year-old man from Kerala who disembarked from a long-distance train at Kalyan and got separated from his family was reunited , thanks to the alacrity shown by the railway police. The elderly man was part of a group of more than 100 pilgrims who had been on a fortnight's pilgrimage to Kashi, Ayodhya and other shrines in the north. On their way back home to Kerala the man, Krishnan Namboothiri, alighted at Kalyan around 2am on Saturday although the group was supposed to travel up to the destination point at the Kurla terminus before boarding a connecting train to Kerala. His relatives later said they were not aware that he had got off the train. It was only after the train had reached Kurla terminus that Namboothiri's wife and other family members realised that he was missing. A few of the relatives went back to Kalyan and sought help from the station master. Namboothiri's elderly wife and most of the others in the group were told to proceed on their journey to Kerala. A check of footage from CCTV cameras at Kalyan station showed Namboothiri getting off the outstation train. The relatives were told to contact the railway police at Kalyan. Namboothiri's photos were circulated on on various WhatsApp groups of the railway police, said senior inspector Mukesh Dhage. Within a few hours, the railway police at Mulund station got back to say that a person meeting the description of the missing senior citizen had been spotted outside a temple near Mulund railway station on Saturday evening. Namboothiri was reunited with his relatives who took him along and the elderly man is slated to leave for Kerala with the relatives on Monday. Namboothiri, who has never been to Mumbai, has said that he is not aware how he had reached Mulund from Kalyan station, where he got down from the express train. Santosh M, a relative of Namboothiri who lives in Kalyan, said, "He has told us he does not know why he got down from the train at Kalyan and is not even sure how he travelled up to Mulund... But we are thankful to the Kalyan railway police officer Mukesh Dhage who swung into action and helped trace him. We were quite worried for him."
KOLHAPUR: Karnataka CM's recent statement about the merger of certain Maharashtra areas with Karnataka has further fanned the flames of the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute, with aggressive reactions flaring up on both sides of the border. With state transport buses becoming a soft target of political outfits, transport corporations of states have had to stop their buses from entering the other state at times. In Maharashtra, bus services from Solapur and Sangli plying towards Karnataka were suspended. As a result, passengers who need to travel across the state border are facing inconvenience due to the unavailability of buses. Sachin Gurav, a college professor from Kolhapur who works at Sankeshwar in Karnataka, said, "Every time the border dispute flares up, the bus services are affected. People like me, who have to cross the border every day, end up feeling the brunt. This row must be resolved now. On Saturday, I had to travel to Sankeshwar in Karnataka on my bike as the buses were not plying." On Friday evening, Karnataka state buses had been defaced with black ink and 'Jay Maharashtra' slogans were written on them in Kolhapur by the supporters of Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray group. At night, an unidentified person threw a stone and broke the windowpane of one Karnataka state bus (KA 23-F-1004) on the Athani-Pune route near Mhaishal village in Sangli district. At Daund tehsil in Pune, members of the Maratha Mahasangh members threw black ink on a Nipani-Aurangabad bus of Karnataka transport. Corresponding actions were also seen on the Karnataka side of the border. Members of the Karnataka Navnirman Sena threw black ink on a Maharashtra transport bus plying on the Akkalkot-Afzalpur route on Friday night. Maharashtra ST buses from Miraj, Sangli and Solapur depot - going towards Athani, Kagwad and Gulbarga - were stopped by the Karnataka police near Kagwad on Saturday. The buses were not allowed to enter Karnataka. After these attacks on buses, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are sending out buses only after assessing the ongoing agitation and protests. MSRTC divisional traffic controller Shivraj Jadhav said, "Nearly 70% of buses have resumed service and are plying towards Karnataka. If there is any agitation, or the situation worsens, then the police and cross-border bus depots inform us. Then we stop our buses for a while. On Friday, bus services were significantly affected, but since Saturday noon, the services from and to Kolhapur have resumed."
With Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML), the public transport bus service provider for Pune city in Maharashtra, deciding to phase out its services to rural areas citing financial loss, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supirya Sule has warned of launching agitation against the decision till the services are restored.The PMPML, the company jointly owned by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), has decided to close down various routes from the city to rural areas outside the city limits. The decision is to be implemented in phases from Saturday.“It is my request to the PMPML authorities that the bus service from the city to the rural area should be continued. If they are not continued then the poor residents, mainly students, and small traders would suffer. The NCP will launch agitation against the decision and I will participate in it,” said Sule.The NCP MP said that it was improper for the PMPML to take a decision on discontinuing the bus service on the basis of profit and loss. “The state government should intervene and ensure that the bus service continues in the rural area alongside the city,” she said.Sule said that the PMPML service is the mode of travel for children of poor families in rural areas who come to the city for education, and workers and provides an opportunity for the small traders of the villages to sell their products in the city.In the first phase, the PMPML decided to stop services on 11 routes to rural areas and divert the buses to routes within the city where there is more demand. The PMPML has been providing bus service to all villages adjoining PMC and PCMC areas with more routes getting introduced during lockdown after the state government- run Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) service got affected.The PMC and PCMC have been bearing the financial loss of PMPML every year and the civic bodies had requested the state government to make the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) also pay for the losses as the bus service was available in the metropolitan region as well.
Located just a few kilometers away from Pune’s crowded city centre, the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Bhor may not make it to the average traveler’s itinerary, but its small-town charm and ever-pleasant weather makes it the ideal destination for a quiet weekend getaway. With a palace, temple and scenic views, the town has something for everyone. VG Ranade and VN Joshi have described Bhor best in their book ‘A short history of the Bhor state’, written in 1929, when they say, “The town of Bhor, though small, has a charm of its own. Located in the rich and fertile valley of the Neera River, it enjoys a generally healthy climate and good water-supply. The scenery of the green hills that surround it is’ picturesque in the rainy and the cold days. Being situated not far from Poona, the second capital of the Bombay Presidency, it has come under the civilizing influence of modern city life and the reformed ideas of the new age.” Planning a vacation? Here’s everything you need to know about Bhor:Distance from Pune(Swargate): Close to 54 km (approximately 2 hours travel time)How can you get there?– Bus: MSRTC buses depart frequently from Swargate to Bhor marketplace– CarBest season to visit?From October to FebruaryHere are three places you can visit on a one-day trip:Bhor Rajwada(Bhor Palace): A must see for history buffs. It was built to replace the old palace, now known as Wooden Palace, after it was burnt to ashes in 1869 during Ram Navami festivities. It was Built by Chimnaji Rao III, the ninth ruler of Bhor, at a cost of INR 2 lakh in 1869, this was once the royal residence. It is widely considered an architectural marvel as it has a distinct European Renaissance-inspired style, but still manages to retain the design of a traditional ‘wada’. The palace is often rented out as a shoot location for many Marathi and Hindi movies. Bhatghar Dam: The Bhatghar Dam, also known as Lloyd Dam, is one of the oldest dams in Maharashtra, constructed by the British and located on the Yelwanti river. It was formally opened to the public on the 27th of October 1928. During the monsoon season, the surroundings offer an unparalleled view of the water body with lush greenery surrounding it, making it the perfect picnic spot. Baneshwar temple:In 1749, Balaji Baji Rao laid the foundation of the Baneshwar temple. “Ban” means forest and “Ishwar” means the ruler (God) in Marathi. Hence, Baneshwar means “God of the Forest”. With a Nandi mandap, sabha mandap and the main citadel (gabhara), the temple has a typical structure. The sabhamandap rests on 16 ornate pillars and as customary, you are required to bow before the intricately carved Nandi before stepping in the citadel area. Sardar Khanderao Dabhade memorial is located adjacent to the temple. Visit this beautiful town for a relaxing weekend!
MUMBAI: Joining a nursing programme no longer requires aspirants to take the NEET. The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday ruled that candidates should be admitted to the BSc ( nursing) programme based on score in a state or university-conducted aptitude test or class XII marks in physics, chemistry and biology. This year, as there was no CET conducted for nursing aspirants in Maharashtra, all those who cleared class XII with physics, chemistry, biology and passed in English in the same exam, can sign up for theBSc (nursing) course. The court decision has come after one round of admission. Members of Indian Nursing, a platform of nurses and nursing students, have urged the CET cell to re-open admissions. They said they will counsel candida tes on Sunday on how to apply for the BSc degree programme. “This NEET criteria was unfair to aspirants in Maharashtra. The court's decision to q uash the CET cell’s order of making NEET the qualifying score for nursing education is a welcome move,” said Dr Balasaheb Pawar, president of the Private Nursing School and College Management Association. Since 2012, candidates keen to sign up for BSc (nursing) have been expected to take the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET-UG). But this year, the Indian Nursing Council (INC) in April said states could conduct a 100mark aptitude test or admit candidates who are in the 50 percentile and above bracket in the NEET exam, in line with MBBS and BDS norms. Following that, the state’s CET cell in a circular d ated June 16 asked colleges of Maharashtra to admit students based on the NEET criteria with the qualifying score set by the INC. The association of private nursing colleges challenged the INC cir cular andthe CET directive. “The court ruled that the INC circular did not have approval of the health ministry nor was the rule cleared by Parliament,” added Pawar. The first round of admission has been conducted by the CET cell but merely 1,200 candidates had applied for 6,030 seats. “The 50% qualifying criteria in NEET was a very high bar for candidates. Most states and deemed universities opted to take the 100-mark test and admit students to the nursing degree programme,” said Pratiksha, secretary of Indian Nursing. Since the past few years, almost 30% of nu rsing seats in Maharashtra have been lying unfilled.