Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is in a hush-hush trip to India with his family. The multi-billionaire business tycoon was spotted in Aurangabad this afternoon with his wife and children at the airport. According to our sources, Jeff arrived in Aurangabad airport in a private jet and he is here on an unofficial visit to India. His itinerary includes a trip to the Ajanta and Ellora Caves and sources revealed that his next destination is a trip to Varanasi. 

The Aurangabad division stood at fourth position among nine divisions in the state in Higher Secondary Certificate (Class XII) exams. The results were declared through official websites and designated gateways at 1pm on Wednesday. Total 1,59,452 candidates had enrolled for the examination from Aurangabad division, of which 1,59,086 appeared and 1,41,173 cleared it successfully. In addition, total 5,333 repeater candidates also wrote the exams, out of which 2,017 cleared it successfully, registering a pass percentage of 37.82%.

Acting head of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), Aurangabad division Sugata Punne said the division has fared well by standing at fourth position among nine divisions of the state board. “The overall pass percentage of girls is higher by 5.27% as compared to boys, which is in keeping with the annual trend. The pass percentage of division has dipped marginally by around 1% as against last year but it is not something to worry about,” she said.


The pass percentage of girls was 92.01%, whereas boys recorded a success rate of 86.74%. The overall pass percentage of Aurangabad division during HSC exams held last year was 89.83%, official record show. The HSC examination was held across 374 centres in five districts coming under the jurisdiction of Aurangabad division of MSBHSE. In terms of district-wise performance, Parbhani registered highest 89.9% result, followed by Aurangabad (89.15%), Beed (89.08%), Jalna (87.45%) and Hingoli (86.40%). In terms of stream-wise performance, students from science registered 95.7%, commerce 88.83% and arts 80.87%. The success rate for vocational courses was 80.37%.

SBES science college principal Pradeep Jabde said the results were by and large satisfactory. “We recorded passing percentage of 98.72% with many students coming out with flying colours in the Class XII exams. We hope that many of these students excel in further entrance examinations such as NEET and JEE also,” he said. The students will receive marksheets from respective colleges by 3pm on June 12, MSBSHSE authorities said. 

As per official schedule, interested candidates can apply for verification of marks and photocopy of answer sheets from Thursday. The format of these applications is available on official website of MSBSHSE. The last date for making application along with self-attested print of online statement of marks and stipulated charges is June 6, while for verification and photocopy is June 19, it was said. 

As per laid down procedure, obtaining photocopy of answer-sheet is a must to apply for revaluation. Interested candidates can apply for revaluation within five days of getting photocopy of answer sheets. 

The riot in Aurangabad city last week appeared to be pre-planned and the result of simmering unrest over the civic body's drive against illegal water connection, a police report has said. Two persons were killed in clashes in this central Maharashtra city on April 11 and 12. Aurangabad police commissioner has submitted a report on the violence to the state director general of Police, an official said here.

"There was a month-long unrest over the Municipal corporation crack-down on illegal water connections and some other civic issues in the area (where the violence started)," he said. The special investigation team of city police found petrol bombs and balls of kerosene-soaked balls during searches, suggesting that the violence was pre-planned, he said. Police also found stones, collected for hurling through catapults at police or rival groups, he said.

Over 50 persons have been arrested following the violence.

Laxminarayan Bakharia alias Lachchu Pahelwan, alleged mastermind of the violence, was held two days ago. Before that, Shiv Sena corporator Rajendra Janjal and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) corporator Feroz Khan were arrested.

The violence left a 65-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy dead and around 60 others, including a dozen policemen, injured. Several shops and vehicles were gutted.

Meanwhile, authorities have denied permission for the Sena's protest march through the city tomorrow for seeking "proper probe" of the violence, a police official said. 

The city has installed 31 CCTV cameras at nine crucial junctions, enabling law enforcement agencies to have a proper vigil on vehicular movement. 

The facilities are part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Good year Tyre . The tyre company, which has a major manufacturing unit in Aurangabad, has partnered with NGO International Association for Human Values (IAHV), for design implementation of a road safety programme in the city.

"These cameras have helped increase the safety of women and maintain law and order at the identified location. The cameras have also helped us in property-related cases," said Rahul Shrirame, deputy police commissioner, in a press release. He added, "This is the first time that a large company like Goodyear is partnering with the local police for a road safety project in Aurangabad. This integrated approach to improve infrastructure and change behaviour of drivers is really powerful."

NGO CEO Ramesh R said the CCTV project was an excellent example of how the private sector, the government and the implementing agency can partner to create meaningful and tangible outcomes in a time-bound manner.

As a part of its CSR initiative in 2017, Goodyear partnered with IAHV for improving the road safety measures in Aurangabad and has been undertaking different road safety programmes. 

The IAHV-Goodyear Road Safety Program aims to improve the road safety measures by improving enforcement infrastructure, creating awareness among citizens on road safety and de-stressing drivers, said sources. 

As a part of the project activities, road safety workshops have been held for school bus drivers and school children with more than 500 bus drivers and 500 school children getting sensitized so far. "Our strength is community mobilization by literally driving mind-set change so that the individual takes responsibility of becoming a better human and then inspire others to change," stated Ramesh. 

Maharashtra state Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHE) has extended the registration date for candidates appearing for Secondary School Certificate (SSC) 2018 examinations till November 21.

A release issued by MSBSHE said the extension was granted due to a technical issue on the designated websites for form fill-ups. The previous deadline for registrations was November 14. No extension, however, has been given to fill up forms with late fees. It remains November 30 as it is. Schools will have to follow the earlier schedule to submit challans towards examination fees of candidates by December 1 and then complete the necessary formalities at the level of divisional board by December 8, the release said.

The examination forms need to be filled online on and through respective schools. MSBSHE had earlier informed schools that no pre-list of registered SSC Candidates would be shared this year and necessary corrective measures, if any, will have to be initiated at the institution level. Schools should get a hard copy of the online list cross-checked by registered candidates before November 30, the statement read.

The city is all set to go without water for 36 hours from 11am on Friday as the MSEDCL has planned the maintenance of 33 KV sub-station. The sub-stations supply power to the pumping stations in Paithan, which in turn pumps water to the city. After maintenance work is completed it would take at least three to four days to restore normal water supply, according to the water works department.

The civic body's water works engineer Iqbal Singh Chahal said that the Paithan sub-division of Maharashtra Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has sought permission to start essential maintenance work. They would not be able to supply power for several hours from the 33 KV sub-station. Chahal said that the civic body has also allowed them to go ahead with the maintenance work.

Chahal said the civic body would take this opportunity to undertake maintenance work like cleaning Clariflocculator (water treatment and recycling) plant at Pharola of silt and trash.

For this work to coincide with the power outage, the civic body has to stop water supply from October 6, 11am onwards for 36 hours. Due to this the water supply schedule of the city has to be extended by one or two days.Chahal added that maintenance of two water lines— 100 mm and 56 mm— that fetch water to the city from Jayakwadi projects, will take place during this period as well. The water works engineer said the civic body regrets the inconvenience caused to residents. Chahal also admitted that there was no standby or alternate arrangement for supplying drinking water.

Meanwhile, sources at the civic body pointed out that the city currently requires 200 mld (million litres per day) while the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) lifts between 150 and 155 mld from Jayakwadi dam. Out of the total water that AMC lifts, only 100 to 120 mld water reaches the city. The rest of the water is lost in the process or shared by villagers along the 50 km stretch of the pipeline.In case of events like power failure or a technical difficulties, the entire water supply system automatically gets upset, forcing the residents to go without water for days.

Fire brigade staffers were on toes as the city and its outskirts received another spell of incessant rainfall for two hours on Wednesday evening. Already overcast conditions became denser by around 4pm and resulted in heavy downpour in many areas for around two hours, inundating the low-lying areas and other vulnerable localities of Aurangabad. Fire brigade authorities said that till 8pm they received around 26 calls related to rainwater entering into houses and falling of of trees . Rescue teams also saved a girl from drowning after she fell in nullah near Mukundwadi area.

Noor Colony, Jai Bhavani Nagar, Mukundwadi and Dalalwadi were among the areas where gushing rainwater entered into houses. The affected families used buckets and water-pumps to drain out water with help of other residents and fire brigade officials. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) observatory at Chikalthana, city received around 53 mm rainfall till 8.30pm on Wednesday.

Pertinently, in a similar quick thrashing, parts of Aurangabad recording around 65mm rainfall due to heavy showers on September 15 and September 13. The met department has predicted similar rains during next 72-hours. As per met department forecast, Aurangabad is expected to witness generally cloudy sky with light to moderate rain for the next few days.The city registered a maximum of 29.4 degrees celsius and minimum of 21.4 degrees celsius temperature on Wednesday. The maximum temperature was below normal by 1.8 degrees celsius, while minimum was higher by 0.5 degree celsius.

Jayakwadi swells as flow increases

Jayakwadi major irrigation project witnessed marked increase in inflows due to release of water from upstream areas as well rainfall in catchment areas. The dam, which was filled to nearly 89% of live storage by 6pm on Wednesday, was receiving inflows at the speed of 41,376 Cusec till late evening. According to irrigation department authorities, the dam has witnessed increase in inflows from Nandur-Madhameshwar Weir (10,000 Cusec) and Nagamthan River Gauging Station (18,930 Cusec) by 7pm. The authorities have already cautioned that the swelled dam could witness release of water at any moment due to increased live storage. Source-TOI

The local civic body and the state power utility failed to conduct a crucial joint meeting on Wednesday to address issues such as clash in timings of the ongoing Power cuts with water-supply, causing grave inconvenience to the citizens.

People who commonly use electric motors for lifting water from taps are suffering the most. Prior to the Wednesday meeting, the authorities had slotted a meeting on Tuesday which did not fall in place, raising many questions to the authorities.

Stating that they were not receiving any response from Aurangabad Municipal Corporation over conducting a joint meeting, the higher-ups from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) shot off a letter to the civic authorities.

MSEDCL chief engineer for Aurangabad circle Suresh Ganeshkar said, "The load shedding timetable cannot be tweaked as it was charted out by considering peak consumption hours." The AMC officials did not respond us regarding the meeting. We have requested the civic body to change its water supply schedule in the light of power cuts. The load-shedding timetable is more or less a state level arrangement. It has been worked out to overcome the current power crisis by effecting power cuts during timings which is considered as the peak consumption period," he said.

As per the Distribution and Commerical Losses (DCL), for the second consecutive day, the consumers drawing power from the feeders coming into the C and D categories witnessed power-cuts along with those depending upon the feeders categorised in the bracket from E to G. When contacted, the Aurangabad municipal commissioner D M Mugalikar said that none of the MSEDCL authorities approached them regarding the joint meeting. "I am available for official work even if i am in Mumbai for last couple of days. MSEDCL officials have apparently approached the lower level officials. I would seek details from the water supply department officials," he said.

"AMC has no qualms about altering water-supply schedule in the larger interest of public. The necessary solution would be worked out shortly. If MSEDCL has a rigid stand about its power-cut schedule, we would try and changes certain things at our end," Mugalikar said. The state power utility has effected the load-shedding on 45 feeders out of the total 83 feeders that supplies power to over 2.82 lakh consumers in the city. It has been carrying out similar power cuts on other 22 feeders in the city since Tuesday.

Besides difficulties in the water storage, the city had its visible effect on traffic signals among other public arrangements. A few major streets witnessed chaotic traffic signs as traffic lights were turned off due to power cuts.

MSEDCL authorities said that no immediate relief from power-cuts was in sight. The city is likely to witness power cuts on 67 feeders for the next few days. "We would appeal the defaulter citizens to pay their bill regulars and refrain from the power theft to enjoy interrupted power supply," an MSEDCL official said. Aurangabad zone comprises of urban and rural areas from Aurangabad and Jalna districts that witness DCL in the range of 30% to 40% every month.

To let the city groove in with a bang, actors Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli landed at the Chikalthana Airport at 1.30 pm by a chartered plane to perform in Rock On 2 live concert. The Tata Tea Gold Lokmat Times presents Rock On 2 live concert powered by MK Constructions and E-Rides took place on Wednesday from 6 pm at Jabinda Estate, Beed bypass. 
Spotting black goggles, the team arrived in a happening mood. Joint Managing Director and Editorial Director of Lokmat group, Rishi Darda accompanied the team from Mumbai. The executive director of Lokmat Karan Darda welcomed them at the Chikalthana airport. By the time the team reached reserve lounge, a crowd of youngsters gathered outside the airport. 

Joint managing director of the Aurangabad Industrial City (Auric) Gajanan Patil said a delegation led by him recently made a stormy tour of Japan to market Auric as the best destination for companies across the world.  Revealing that Japan industrialists are very curious about Auric, Patil said he was accompanied by joint chief executive officer of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) Abasaheb Jarhad during the tour between October 9 and 16. 

The two-member delegation made an effective marketing of Auric — one of the largest industrial hubs of the country coming up around Aurangabad under the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Explaining the benefits of setting up manufacturing units in Auric, the delegation went to Tokyo, Yakahama, Nogana and Nagasaki and called on directors of electronic giants like Toshiba, Ipson, NE, Okama and Nambu. They showed a positive response.

Representatives of some companies are likely to visit Aurangabad, which is a positive sign, added Patil. Auric marketed in Korea, Taiwan. Another delegation of the State Government, headed by Auric president Apurva Chandra, toured Korea and Taiwan to attract companies and investors during the same period. 

Sources privy to the delegation said Auric was projected as the best industrial destination before the representatives of the companies of these countries. They are also keen in knowing the details of Auric, including weather, air connectivity, modes of transportation and socio-political environment. An international industrial exhibition named as Tatronics Fair-16 was held in Taiwan, in which Auric was effectively presented as a preferred destination of corporate houses across the world. Some electronic giants showed interest in putting up their units in Aurangabad.

An effigy of Ravan burnt during Dussehra celebrations in Cidco N-7 on Tuesday. Photo by Feroz Khan lokmat news network
Aurangabad, Oct 11

A large number of people turned up to witness Ravan Dahan on Vijayadashami at various places in the city. The nine-day Navratri concludes with the burning of Ravan's effigy.
Amidst the chants of 'Ramchandra ki Jai' thousands of Lord Ram followers carried out the traditional Ravan dahan this evening at Ramlila ground, N-7 Cidco with much fervour. Children and adults were seen eagerly excited. As soon as Ravan was burnt, people greeted and embraced each other and exchanged 'Sona' leaves. The Ravan Dahan ritual is being organised on this ground for the last 34 years. 
The artists from Uttar Pradesh created a 55-feet statue of Ravana. Mohd Chandbhai and his associates erected the giant statue. 
Founder chairman of North-Indian community C K Dikshit, Chairman L N Sharma, Bachhusingh Lodhi, Omiram Patel, Omikumar Dixit and others were present.

After flights on Aurangabad-Hyderabad-Tirupati route, Turbo Mega Company introduced a flight between Aurangabad and Bengaluru. It took off from the local airport on Thursday. The company started flight on the route of Aurangabad-Hyderabad-Tirupati to connect the followers of Tirupati and Shirdi. Now, the route of the flight will be modified as Aurangabad-Hyderabad-Bengaluru and the plane will fly on the route of Bengaluru to Hyderabad and Tirupati. 
The plane will take off from Aurangabad at 1.15 pm for Hyderabad and will reach Hyderabad at 2.35 pm. It will leave from Hyderabad at 3 pm and will land in Bengaluru at 4.25 pm and then will fly back to Hyderabad at 5 pm from where it will go to Tirupati. The officers of company said that the Bengaluru flights are getting good response.

Inquiry against PI Rajkumar Dongre ordered for not taking the case seriously
Shruti's sister Shraddha told the media that ASI Khatavkar used abusive language with her and her deceased sister. She alleged that the police had acted softly with Swapnil after the first complaint was lodged Court permission. "If an accused has to be rearrested in any case, prior permission has to be sought from a court of law. Accordingly, court permission has been obtained. Swapnil, who had acquired bail on August 19, had been at large since then. Police teams were sent to Pune, Mumbai, Gangapur, Jalna and other places but finally he was caught in Newasa," said the investigating officer. Probe handed over to crime branch
Shruti consumed sleeping pills on August 17 and a case of eve-teasing was registered against Swapnil on the following day. Shruti died on August 20 and Swapnil later charged with abetting suicide. "After the case was handed over to the crime branch by the Cidco police inspector, crime branch inspector Avinash Aaghav is looking into it," said the CP. Inquiry against PI Rajkumar Dongre ordered for not taking the case seriously.
Cidco ASI Harish Khatavkar has been suspended for allegedly using rude language with Shruti Kulkarni, who committed suicide. Similarly, an inquiry against Cidco PI Rajkumar Dongre has been ordered for not taking the matter seriously, commissioner of police (CP) Amitesh Kumar told newspersons today. 
More importantly, ASI Raju Vaishnava and head constable N D Hiwale were already suspended in this matter. Shruti Kulkarni, a resident of Cidco N-7, who took the extreme step on August 17 following the alleged torture by Swapnil Miniyar, breathed her last on August 20 while undergoing treatment. 

Swapnil used to torture Shruti by calling her on phone and sending lewd messages. 
A complaint was lodged against him on July 24, but the police officers took action only after 10 days by arresting him. He was released on bail on the following day. Had the police acted in time, the life of Shruti could have been saved, claimed her relatives. After his release, Swapnil again started torturing Shruti and threatening her on phone. Fed up with the constant torture by him, Shruti reportedly gulped down sleeping pills to kill herself on August 17 and died two days later while being treated. When the media highlighted the issue, senior officers reportedly took the police officers concerned to task. The CP said following the complaint received against ASI Khatavkar, deputy commissioner of police Vasant Pardeshi was directed to submit a report after registering the statement of Shruti's sister and relatives. 

The crime branch police tonight arrested Swpanil Miniyar, who had abetted the suicide of Cidco, N-7 girl Shruti Kulkarni, near Newasa village in Ahmednagar district. He had been hiding there for the last three days. Deputy commissioner of police Sandeep Atole said on August 17 Shruti ended life by consuming sleeping pills as she was being harassed by Miniyar. The latter was sending lewd text messages to her and threatened her. On August 18, Swapnil was arrested for molesting her but got bail. He then went underground. Meanwhile, Shruti died on August 20 after which a case of abetting suicide was registered. 
The commissioner of police had formed eight squads to nab the culprits and the probe was given to the crime branch. The police traced calls made by the accused to his friends and relatives. On Saturday morning, he called up his friend after which the police traced his mobile location. At 8 pm, he was caught at Newasa.

Many national and international-level industries will start functioning at Shendra industrial estate being developed in the first phase under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project in the next two years, claimed the industry department principal secretary Apurva Chandra while speaking with the media persons on Friday. Tenders have been called for building the infrastructure by spending over Rs 800 crore and this will include railway flyover, internal roads, 230 kv sub-station for power supply, solid waste and sewage management among the some basic amenities, the principal secretary said and added that Union Government has already provided Rs 700 crore and after completion of the tender process and some technical issues, the actual work will begin.
A meeting was held at divisional commissionerate on Friday, to review the progress of the project and tenders issued for basic amenities of the first phase. Divisional commissioner Dr Umakant Dangat, DMIC's joint director Vikram Kumar, district collector Dr Nidhi Pande, Human Development Mission president Bhaskar Mundhe, officials from industry, MSEDCL, public works department were present. 
Chandra said that it has been planned to develop 840 hectares land at Shendra in the first phase. Development of Bidkin will be undertaken in the second phase. Tender process will require one more year and after getting clearance, the development work of Bidkin area will be started. Aurangabad to Paithan roadwork has been delayed from the past several months and now it has been informed to the Union Government. 
120 cr administrative building
The administrative building for the DMIC will be constructed by spending Rs 120 crore. This spacious building will be used for Shendra-Bidkin industrial park from where all the work of the DMIC project will be handled. Earlier, design given by an architect was rejected and the new one will be received in the next four months. The building will be built over 25 lakh sq. ft. which will have data centre, some activities regarding basic amenities, said Chandra. 
Water supply from Jayakwadi
DMIC will be supplied water from Jayakwadi dam itself and preparation for it is going on. Jayakwadi is an eco sensitive zone due to which permission from the forest conservation department will be required for pumping stations. While speaking on this issue, Vikram Kumar said that a proposal was sent to Nagpur for the permission but there were some errors in it following which it was rejected. "We have recently sent a new proposal and have got permission,'' he said.

After starting the Aurangabad-Hyderabad-Tirupati air service, Turbo Megha Airways will start Hyderabad to Bengaluru via Aurangabad air service from September 10. The passengers from Aurangabad will be benefited from this service. Considering the inflow of the passengers to Shirdi and passengers going to Tirupati, Turbo Megha Airways started Hyderabad to Aurangabad air service from July 26. Now, the airlines will start Hyderabad-Bengaluru service via Aurangabad due to the demand of the passengers. 
There was a demand for an air service to visit Shirdi from the devotees coming from South India to Aurangabad. Aurangabad has got the connectivity to Hyderabad with this service and now it will be connected to Bengaluru next month.
Megha Turbo Airways is also planning flight between Aurangabad to Chennai, Goa and Mumbai soon, sources said. Meanwhile, airport director Alok Varneya said that Aurangabad has been included in the route of Hyderabad to Bengaluru flight to be started from September 10. The passengers need not change flight while going to Bengaluru from Hyderabad, he said.

The kin of freedom fighter Ratilal Jariwala could not stop their tears as the veteran leader began his final journey, on Thursday. Senior freedom fighter and staunch Congress activist Ratilal Jariwala's (99) mortal remains were consigned to flames on Thursday at 1 am. Dignitaries from all walks of life, including many freedom fighters, were present during his last journey. Jariwala, who played a lead role during Marathwada liberation movement, passed away on Wednesday afternoon. Freedom fighters from the city and district along with political leaders, educationists, social activists, Congress activists and hundreds of city residents gathered at his residence to pay last respects to the departed freedom fighter. Jariwala's funeral procession started from his Kunwarphalli-based residence and passed through Raja Bazaar, Jadhavmandi, Old Mondha, Gandhinagar, Laxman Chawadi before reaching Kailasnagar crematorium. His son Dr Nilesh Desai, daughters Dr Jyotiben Desai and Dr Amita Nagori performed last rituals amid chanting of 'mantras' by Dayaram Basayye and Jagannath Basayye and consigned the mortal remains of Jariwala to flames. A two-minute silence was observed in respect of late Jariwala. His wife and senior freedom fighter Chandaben Jariwala, freedom fighters Govindrao Sonde, Rambhau Phatangde, N V Deshpande, Tarabai Ladda, Muralidhar Bhus, Lala Laxminarayan Jaiswal, Adv Kashinath Nawandar, Dinkar Borikar, and others were present.

In a spate of shop burglaries, thieves targeted six shops in a row and made off with goods and valuables worth Rs 3.5 lakh in Deluxe Complex at Deolai Chowk on Beed Bypass on Monday night. Traders left for their homes after locking their shops between 9.30 pm and 10 pm on Monday and were shocked to see seven shops in a row broken this morning. Thieves first broke office of Icon Builders but did not get anything. Then they targeted Metro Electricals from where they lifted products worth Rs 3 lakh and broke a laptop before leaving this shop. Next was Bajrang Steel Traders, where they laid hands on Rs 20,000 in cash. They also stole Rs 15,000 from another shop Jay Balaji. They also targeted Patanjali medical shop and Samarth Furnishing from where they picked up Rs 2,000 each. In all the shops they targeted, the thieves damaged the shutters for entering the establishments.
It may be noted that a couple of weeks ago, the office of an estate broker and builder, Imtiaz Patel, was burgled and Rs 1.20 lakh were stolen in the same shopping complex. As reported earlier, in the heart of the city, thieves had broken popular Dulha-Dulhan shop on Sunday night, from where the booty of Rs 2.9 lakh was stolen. The spree of thefts has triggered panic among traders. news-lt

The crime branch of the city police arrested a man on the charge of seeking ransom of Rs 1 crore from the director of Rucha Engineering Company, Umesh Dashrathi, at a hotel in Waluj on Monday night at 9. The man accused of extortion has been identified as Mahesh Prabhuanna Chikankar (22, Pawannagar, Ranjangaon). He is a native of village Peer Mangrul in Washim district. He was arrested after 5 days of hide-and-seek between him and the crime branch cops and had agreed to accept Rs 30 lakh after bargaining.
The crime branch police inspector, Avinash Aghav, said that the Rucha Engineering manager, Nagnath Karade (35, Bajajnagar, Waluj), lodged a complaint stating that he received a call on his mobile phone from an unknown man on Thursday night at 8.30. The caller told Karade that he is in possession of a CD, of the company owner, Umesh Dashrathi, which he will hand over in lieu of Rs 1 crore and sought his mobile number. The wise manager, Karade, gave his another of his own mobile number saying that it was Dashrathi's number and as anticipated he received a call on that mobile phone immediately. This time Karade spoke like Umesh Dashrathi and started bargaining, that Rs 1 crore is too big an amount and he wouldn't be able to pay it. The extortionist agreed to hand over the CD to him at Rs 30 lakh. The deal took 2-3 days and 5-7 calls. Meanwhile Umesh Dashrathi in person approached the police and informed them about the crime. The deputy commissioner of police (DCP, HQ), Vasant Pardeshi, directed PI Aghav to look into the matter and acting on the directions, Aghav laid traps for 5-6 times, but failed to nab the extortionist as he grew suspicious that the police were alerted.
Dahi-Handi trick worked
PI Aghav told Karade to tell Mahesh that it won't be safe to exchange CD and money in the city due to tight security for Dahi-Handi. Police were checking vehicles and Nakabandi had been enforced. So it would be safer to do meet in Waluj and Mahesh agreed. Karade phoned Mahesh and told him to come with the CD to Trupti Guest House in Maharana Pratap Chowk in Waluj on Monday night, where he would give the bag stashed with cash and Mahesh would give the CD. Mahesh agreed to do so and came at the guest house and was nabbed by the crime branch cops.

A 19-year-old woman athlete died in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday night following alleged negligence by doctors. According to details, Ashwini Bolkar, who was a rising star at national and international levels, was suffering from fever since July 22. She visited a clinic near her house. Following vomiting, she was later shifted to the municipal hospital (N-11), suspecting dengue. She was put on saline and administered an injection. Her CBC test was conducted as vomiting continued.
The athlete was shifted to the GMCH on July 28 after it was found that white cell count in her blood had reduced drastically. The GMCH doctors asked her family members on Monday that a sonography test could not be done on Tuesday being a public holiday. Due to this, she was rushed to the Hedgewar Hospital, where she could not be admitted due to lack of room. So, the patient was shifted back to the GMCH. Sahadu Bolkar, father of the victim, claimed that the doctors kept administering saline throughout the day on July 29. "Even on July 30, doctors ignored her condition. They removed water from her back for test. Her condition deteriorated further when she saw blood in the injection," he said. Ashwini Bolkar was shifted to the ICU. The doctors did not know that her white cell count had gone down to 21,000 from 48,000. She breathed her last at 11 pm on Wednesday. She was cremated at a crematorium in N-11 on Thursday morning.
Sahadu Bolkar said the doctors of the GMCH refused to give the medical report of his daughter.
GMCH Medicine Department Head Dr Mangala Borkar denied the allegations of negligence by her parents. "Her condition was fine till Wednesday afternoon. However, it deteriorated in the night and she died. We were also shocked," Dr Borkar added. News-LT

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) dream of streamlining the city's unorganised fish market is all set to come true in the next 30-40 days. Its new and centralized state-of-the-art fist market at Shahganj will be ready soon. Afsar Siddiqui, executive engineer in the AMC and project in-charge, said all the civic work of the market was ready. "We are now installing commercial category refrigerators in it. There will be five such refrigerators in the market and we have already completed work on two units. Three more units are to be installed in the next 10-15 days," he said.

To streamline the fish trade, the municipal corporation is constructing the modern market on a 60x20-metre plot in the heart of the city. The market will have 50 counters, a storage room and a 10,000-litre effluent treatment plant in the mutli-storied building. B S Naikwade, animal husbandry officer in the AMC, said the civic body had identified 54 fish dealers in the city, who will be relocated to the market. "We will soon set up a committee comprising corporators, civic authorities and representatives of fish sellers to facilitate allotments of blocks in the market," he said.

At present, fish sellers are located at 10-11 different spots in the city including Central Naka, Mukunwadi, Jatwada Road, Harsul and Padegaon. "But the civic body is planning to bring them all under one roof for providing better facilities. The new market will also help the civic body to control management of waste generated in the markets," he said. The civic body said that it would not allow sale of fish on open spaces once the new market becomes operational. "Those (dealers) who do not wish to operate from the centralized market would be allowed to stay at their old locations. However, they will have to follow all the norms of solid waste management and take fresh permissions from various departments," Naikwade added. The project is being carried out through special funding from the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB). Of the total project cost of Rs 1.84 crore, the NFDB is providing 90% of the fund. News-TOI

District collector, Vikram Kumar announced organising the annual Ellora festival after the gap of one year. He said the festival was not organised last year, but it will be organised this year as it is the cultural identity of the Aurangabad city. Similarly, new events will be organised during the festival considering the tourism development. 
Ellora festival was regularly organised in the city till the past six years. However, in 2008, the festival was not organised due to the terror attack at Mumbai, in 2009 the reason was swine flu and the consecutive next two years it was not organised due to drought. In 2012, the festival was organised but not last year. This year, the festival will be organised for which the expected expenditure will be Rs 1 crore, Vikram Kumar said. The first Ellora festival was organised in 1986 at Ellora Caves while it was organised at Aurangabad in 2002. Since then it is organised at Soneri Mahal at the university premises. The festival is organised in November while eminent artists like Hema Malini, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Zakir Hussain, Ustad Rashid Khan, Ranu Mujumdar and others have participated in the festival so far. Considering the tourism development, the administration is considering to provide the facility of hot air balloon at Ellora. The tourists can enjoy the beauty of the caves from the sky in the balloon. The administration will purchase these balloons from an international company. The discussion is going on with the company in this regard. Similarly, Volvo bus service will be started for Ellora and Ajanta from Aurangabad soon. A fund of Rs 1.80 crore has been provided to purchase the buses, Kumar informed. News-LT

City traders observed spontaneous bandh on Tuesday as soon as the news of BJP senior leader and Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde's death spread. A pall of gloom descended on the city markets. Digital hoardings were placed in city's main chowks with Gopinath Munde's photo and a slogan 'Gad aala pan Sinh gela'. Majority of shops at Gulmandi, Paithan Gate, Tilak Path, Aurangpura, Kumbharwada, Machhali Khadak, Supari Hanuman Road, Anguribaugh, Bhendi Bazaar, Kasari Bazaar, City Chowk, Sarafa Bazaar, Shahgunj, Rajabazaar, Jadhavmandi, Mondha, Diwan Deodi areas remained closed for the day. Traders at Cidco Connaught Place also observed unprompted bandh in respect of Gopinath Munde. Avishkar Colony, Bajrang Chowk, Cidco N-7, N-9, Pharshi Maidan area, TV Centre shops were also closed due to which the roads in these areas wore a deserted look. In Hudco area, around 100 to 150 activists were appealing the traders to close their shops.
City bandh also evoked same response at Mukundwadi, Cidco N-2, Kamgar Chowk, Pundaliknagar, Gajanan Maharaj Mandir area, Jawahar Colony, Trimurti Chowk, Sutgirni area, Shivajinagar, Devanagri, Shahnoorwadi areas. Gopinath Munde's photos were placed in several city junctions by BJP and Shiv Sena activists and tributes were paid at several wards by garlanding the photographs. Trading activity too at city market halted and on the other hand Jadhavwadi and Mondha trading remained closed in respect of Munde. News-LT

An electronic appliances shop was reduced to ashes in Aurangpura area in a major fire on Thursday afternoon. No casualty was reported in the incident, though the shopkeeper suffered losses to the tune of crores of rupees. 
The fire could not be put out till late in the evening.
According to details, Laxman Sawnani runs the shop 'National Electronics' in a three-storey building in the business centre of the city. The fire broke out on the top floor at 1.50 pm and the information of the incident was passed to the fire brigade by a salesmen. Three fire tenders and some private water tankers were rushed to the spot. The shop was packed with TV sets, refrigerators, LCDs, LEDs and other electronic appliances, which were gutted in the blaze. Some salesmen and customers were present in the shop when the fire broke out. But they ran out of the shop.
The exact cause of the fire couldn't be confirmed as the shopkeeper, Sawnani, and the chief fire officer of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Shivaji Jhanjhan, weren't available for their comment. There were around 25 firefighters engaged in the daunting task of dousing the flames. They had to break a wall in the shop to douse the flames. The smoke was emanating from the shop. The work of extinguishing fire was in process till late evening. The place falls is in the old city area. The fire incident attracted thousands of onlookers. They were inching closer to the shop and the police had a tough time driving them away from the spot. The adjacent shops were reported to be safe.News-lt

The government has released yet another instalment of Rs 75 crore to the district administration on Saturday to pay compensation to those farmers whose land was acquired for the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Earlier, the government had released two installments of Rs 100 crore and Rs 150 crore.
Farmers of Bidkin, along with four other villages, will get a total compensation of Rs 1,314 crore in installments. 
"The first instalment of Rs 100 crore has already been disbursed among farmers, while the disbursement of the second instalment of Rs 150 crore will start from Monday onwards," land acquisition officer Sambhaji Adkune said, adding that so far the district administration has received Rs 325 crore out of the total Rs 1,314 crore, while the remaining amount is expected to be received soon. 
In all, 2,351 hectares of land in the five villages, namely Bidkin, Nilajgaon, Nandalgaon, Bannitanda and Banglatanda, was acquired at the rate of Rs 23 lakh per acre. The administration had sent a proposal for the compensation to the industry department much before starting the land acquisition process, which was sanctioned in February. However, disbursement of compensation got delayed due to the enforcement of the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections. The industry department had sent the first instalment of Rs 100 crore to the district administration at March-end and Rs 150 crore after 15 days. On Friday, the administration received the third instalment of Rs 75 crore. News-lt

For the first time, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had allowed none-of-the-above (NOTA) option. A total of 200 NOTA votes were recorded in the first round and their figure went up to 6,370 in the end. 25 candidates lose deposit. As per the election norms, the deposit of a candidate is seized if he/she fails to secure 12.5 per cent (1.10 lakh target) out of the total valid votes polled (9.82 lakh) in the election. The deposit amount for open candidate was Rs 25,000 and for a reserve candidate it was Rs 12,500. There were 27 candidates in the fray. Of them, deposits of 25 got seized. They include Subhash Lomte (AAP), Indrakumar Jewrikar (BSP) and Adv Sadashiv Gayake (SP). Others whose deposit got seized belong to Bahujan Mukti Party, Ambedkar National Congress, Prabudha Republican Party, Garib Aadmi Party, Welfare Party of India. 
In 2009, deposits of 19 candidates, out of 22, were forfeited as they had failed to secure at least 90,000 votes (12.5 pc) of the total valid votes (7.12 lakh). Chandrakant Khaire of Shiv Sena today scripted a record by winning the Aurangabad Lok Sabha seat for the fourth consecutive time with an unassailable lead of 1.62 lakh votes.  He secured 5.20 lakh votes, while his nearest rival and Congress candidate Nitin Patil got 3.58 lakh votes. The fate of 27 candidates was sealed in the Aurangabad constituency on April 24. Out of the total 15.86 lakh voters, 9.82 lakh cast their votes, registering 62 per cent polling. Indrakumar Jewrikar of BSP got 37,412 votes, while Subhash Lomte (AAP) received 11,969 votes and Adv Sadashiv Gayake (SP) had to be contented with 2,646 votes. Amid tight security and supervision of central election observer Shalini Mishra and returning officer Vikram Kumar, the counting of votes began at 8 am sharp. After postal ballots, the counting of votes recorded in EVMs (assembly constituency-wise) started at 84 tables (14 tables for each assembly constituency). 
The result of the first round was out by 8.30 am, wherein Khaire (21,087) was ahead of Nitin Patil (20,152) by a slender margin of 935 votes. His margin started to multiply and ultimately the Congress candidate failed to succeeded in breaking it until the last round. News-lt

Finally, the long-awaited A S Club-Paithan Link Road was opened for the traffic on Saturday. The riders of different vehicles had a smooth ride on the new road. The Mahavitaran today gave power connection for the traffic signal at the A S Club Chowk which will help streamline the traffic. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation removed the barricades on the road in the morning and the road was thrown open for the public. 
Due to Lok Sabha election model code of conduct, the opening was held in a very simple way. The work for 4.41-km road that links Aurangabad-Ahmednagar and Aurangabad-Paithan roads had begun last year. A bridge has been constructed on the Kham river and the road is four-lane. The road dividers have also been put. This will help streamline the traffic and reduce the chances of accidents. The final work to paint the signs is in process. Earlier, the vehicles coming from Nashik, Pune and Nagar had to turn from Nagar Naka and Baba Petrol Pump to go towards Beed, Jalna and Nagpur. Now, they will face no such hassles. LT published a report on May 10 that the signal at the chowk was not getting power connection. Following this report, Mahavitaran accepted the deposit amount from Cidco and gave a connection. News-LT

In a hurriedly called meeting this morning, the standing committee passed its ambitious yet controversial Sewage Upgradation and Development Project (SUDP) of Rs 464 crore. Its original cost was pegged at Rs 365.69 crore.
Taking advantage of the partial relaxation in the code of conduct given by the Election Commission of India (ECI), standing committee members were intimated about today's meeting through mobile phone calls and SMSes. The meeting started at 10 am sharp and ended at 10.30 am.
At the outset, members Vikas Jain, Sameer Rajurkar, Jagdish Sidh, Mir Hidayat Ali, Surendra Kulkarni, Parveen Qaiser Khan, Firdaus Fatema, Neelatai Jagtap, Urmila Chitte, Savita Ghadamode, Prajakta Rajput and Satyabhama Shinde raised queries about the project. Preeti Totla and Agha Khan were absent. City engineer S D Panzade represented the municipal commissioner in the meeting, which was also attended by deputy commissioner (Cidco) Kishore Borde, executive engineer (B&C and Sewage Project) Afsar Siddiqui and municipal secretary Pramod Khobragade. 
Since the project is to be implemented, executed and commissioned in three years, members raised doubts about its deadline and sought to know how much it would burden the civic body and details like appointment of competent authority etc. Replying their queries, Panzade said that the present sewage network was designed three decades ago and it has become outdated. "We are incurring huge expenses on its maintenance. The sooner we get the SUDP completed, the better it will be," he said adding that the AMC will be appointing one independent executive engineer to monitor the project, ensure quality work and meet the deadline.  He also convinced them that the AMC would not be burdened by the increase in the project cost as 50 per cent of the difference amount would be released by the State Government and the remaining 50 per cent by the AMC. Considering the urgency of the sewage upgrdation project, chairman Narayan Kuche passed it. News-LT

The owner of Rahul Restaurant and Bar, Adv Shrichand Jagyasi (60) of Sindhi Colony, and three others have been booked on the charge of abetting the suicide of Manoj Jaiswal. Jagyasi has been arrested while hunting for others has been launched. Jawaharnagar police station in-charge PI Hemant Kadam has lodged a complaint on behalf of the State Government. Accordingly, Vikram Nikam (30) of Hotel Sayali, Rushikesh Tawar and Kedare Garagewala have been booked on the charge of driving Jaiswal to commit suicide. 
A five-page suicide note drafted in Hindi has been recovered from the house, in which the deceased has squarely held these four men responsible for his suicide and deaths of Neetu (27), his live-in partner, and Devendra alias Pushkar (5), his son. According to details, there was a monetary dispute between the owner of hotel and Manoj Jaiswal over its operation. This dispute was brought to light by the deceased's brother Bharat Jaiswal in his statement given to the Jawaharnagar police station. 
Throwing light on the deal PI Kadam said Jagyasi had agreed to hand over Rahul Restaurant and Bar to Manoj to operate. Accordingly, Manoj borrowed to Rs 11 lakh from Vikram, Rushikesh and Kedare, which he gave to Jagyasi in instalments. Besides, Manoj had spent Rs 1 lakh on the renovation of the restaurant. Later, Jagyasi started demanding Rs 8 lakh more. On the other hand, Manoj's lenders were pestering him for the repayment of money.
The case was registered on Tuesday at 12.30 am and Adv Jagyasi was arrested at 2.30 am. The search for three others has been launched. Earlier, three dead bodies were recovered from a block of a bungalow number 6 in plush Mitranagar on Thursday noon. They were identified as Manoj Babulal Jaiswal (32), Devendra Jaiswal (5) and Neetu (27). The incident came to light when foul smell of decomposed body spread in the colony. It attracted onlookers. News-LT

Damini, a special squad of the women formed to protect the women and girls from the anti-social elements and eve-teasers, has acted against 46 eve-teasers during last two months. The squad completes two months of its formation as it was flagged off on January 8 by the then commissioner of police (CP) Sanjay Kumar.  The chief of the squad, API Suneeta Misal, told LT that action under various sections of Maharashtra Police Act, earlier known as Bombay Police Act, has been initiated against 40 road romeos while criminal cases were registered against six eve-teasers in various police stations of the city.
One of them was booked under the stringent PITA (prevention of immoral trafficking act). Moreover, the squad daily lets of two-three students, youths and eve-teasers after reprimanding them.  She also said that the squad comes across 2-3 such cases wherein girls and women leave their houses in a huff or are in a bid to elope with their friends. The Damini squad persuades them not to do so and hands them over to their family members or the parents.
About Damini
The squad is totally manned by women cops and reports to deputy commissioner of police (DCP, HQ). It is headed by API Suneeta Misal and has a jeep at its disposal, which is driven by a woman cop. Apart from API Misal, there are 6 lady cops in the squad namely Suraya Pathan, Padma Shahane, Varsha Sangadpalli, Maneesha Pawar, Suneeta Naglot, Parveen Pathan and Komal Shirke. 
One may contact on these 9158042444, 100, 1091 and 1098 to seek help from Damini squad. News-lt

Commissioner of police (CP) Sanjay Kumar has been transferred to Pune as joint CP. CP Kumar, who assumed the charge of Aurangabad in May 2011, will be ucceeded by senior IPS officer and inspector general of Nagpur range Rajendra Singh.
When contacted, CP Kumar said although he was not yet intimated about his transfer, he came to know about it through media and other sources. CP Kumar made his mark in the city for many good reasons like strengthening the economic offence wing, cyber cell, women's grievances redressal cell, formation of Damini and taking stringent action against politicos and their supporters whenever they tried to create law and order problems. He accorded utmost priority to safety of women, children and elderly persons by introducing helplines for them.
Reddy sent to Beed
Naveenchandra Reddy, superintendent of police with the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), has been transferred to Beed as district superintendent of police. Reddy, who completed his second term in Aurangabad, came in the limelight after Himayat Baugh encounter occurred on March 26, 2012. One suspected terrorist belonging to the banned youth organisation — SIMI — was shot dead while other was injured. Their third accomplice was arrested unhurt. Reddy received many threats from both domestic and foreign terror outfits. News-lt

In a shocking incident, a suitcase containing two revolvers, four magazines and 24 live cartridges was found abandoned in a nullah on the eve of the Republic Day. The incident came to light at 10 am on Saturday when a 10-year-old rag-picker Ganesh Raju Waghmare was collecting trash under Fazilpura bridge. He noticed a black suitcase in the nullah and curiously opened it. He saw a book in it and when he took out the book, a revolver came out from it. Shocked and frightened, the boy started screaming and ran away from the spot.
His screams drew attention of Sandeep Chandne and his friends who were passing by. They all rushed to help the boy but were also shocked to find two revolvers and live bullets in the suitcase.
They tried to inform commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar about it, but could not succeed so they contacted the police control. After getting a message from the control room, police inspector Vijay Sonavne, assistant inspector Gajanan Kalyankar of the City Chowk police station, along with their team, reached the spot. They found two foreign made revolvers –- one 9-mm and one 0.32 mm, 24 live bullets wrapped in a handkerchief and four magazines, in the suitcase. Since the bag was found partially drowned in drain water, the police believe that it must have been thrown from the bridge by illegal weapon dealers. 
The City Chowk police have registered a case in this matter. Top police officials and ATS police teams are looking into the case.
Needle of suspicion at weapon smugglers
Police sources believe that the arrest of the attackers of Narendra Dabholkar of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti must have created panic among weapon smugglers and fearing arrest, some of them might have thrown the suitcase from the bridge. Meanwhile, it is also being discussed that some anti-national organisations might have abandoned the suitcase to spread terror on the eve of the Republic Day. News-LT

In a dramatic operation, the Local Body Tax (LBT) department of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (LBT) today raided Bafna Jewellers showroom on Jalna Road. The raid reminded one of a scene from the feature film Special 26 in which a CBI teams raids a jewellery shop. The municipal team barged into the showroom, creating sensation among the staff members. However, it had to leave midway as it was not fully prepared. The AMC team comprising 15 to 16 officers had been in the showroom for two to three hours. The showroom manager and the civic team were engaged in a heated verbal duel over the legality of the municipal team's action. 
The team comprising deputy municipal commissioner Suresh Pedgaonkar, Sanjay Pawar and others reached the showroom during the lunch hours. Pravin Nahar and three other employees were present. As the team began counting the gold and silver ornaments, the employees contacted their bosses. Corporator Prashant Desarda immediately rushed to the spot and demanded that the civic team should complete legal formalities before proceeding further. As the civic team did not have all legal documents, members returned abandoning the action. 
The team issued a notice 15 minutes before initiating action whereas the norms stipulate that the notice must be given 7 days in advance. Moreover, a new ordinance issued in this regard recently stated that the authorities will have to obtain nod from secretary of the urban development department before initiating action. Even the municipal commissioner does not have rights to authorise the raid. The norms say that if any trader has evaded LBT by importing excess goods than disclosed, the civic team should check its returns and inform the secretary about the findings seeking permission for the raid. The SC has set guidelines for raids on the jewellery shops. News-LT

Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and tabla exponent Ustad Zakir Hussain mesmerized the Aurangabad music buffs with their unique Jugalbandi on Sunday evening. The programme 'Legends' was organised at Prozone Mall on Sunday jointly by Prozone Mall and Violin Academy. It was a unique opportunity for the people of Aurangabad to witness the legends performing in the city after a long time. People started gathering at the venue in the evening before the schedule time. All the roads leading to the Prozone Mall were packed with traffic. People were in a hurry to reach the venue. 
The programme was only for a select few so those who could not get the access to the venue were standing outside the big pendal on the Prozone Mall ground to listen to the music. The organisers had installed screens at various places for the convenience of the public. 
Initially, the programme began with lighting the traditional lamp by school education minister Rajendra Darda. Endurance managing director Anurang Jain, police commissioner Sanjay Kumar, Prozone president Anil Irawane, Violin Academy director Atul Upadhay and others were present on the dais. Darda welcomed Pandit Sharma and Ustad Zakir Hussain by presenting the bouquets. 
The legends began the tranquil music with Raga Maru Bihag in Zaptal and Ektal. As Panditji started moving the two walnut wood sticks on 100 strings instrument 'Santoor' smoothly people were completely lost in soothing music. News-lt

Posing an open challenge to the city police, in a daring incident unidentified thieves broke the windshield of a car parked at the district collectorate and decamped with a bag containing Rs 70 lakh at around 6 pm on Wednesday. On getting the information, police immediately rushed to the spot and swung into action. Police inspector of City Chowk police station Vijay Sonawane said, a businessman and resident of Sandeshnagar in Garkheda area, Laxmikant Ramvilas Dhoot (53) had purchased a plot measuring 2448 sq feet area on the Beed bypass area from a property dealer Mohammad Sajjad Shaikh Abdul Khalil (Buldhana). 
The agreement of sale was done four months ago by paying Rs 26 lakh in advance. As the term of the agreement ended on November 27, the owner had asked Dhoot to pay the remaining Rs 70 lakh to make the registry of the land. Hence, it was decided to complete the transaction on December 4. 
Dhoot withdrew Rs 70 lakh from Kotak Mahindra Bank from Waluj on Wednesday afternoon and went to the registry office. He gave the required documents to an agent to complete the registry procedure and also paid the franking amount of Rs 90,000 to him. The agent told him that as the papers had to be prepared so the registry would be done tomorrow. However, Sajjad had to leave the city today, hence, he requested the officers to complete the procedure today itself.
The officers told them that the registry will be done in the evening, hence Dhoot went his home. In the evening, Dhoot came again at the registry office with Rs 69.10 lakh in an airbag.  He kept this airbag stashed with amount under the left seat of his Skoda Fabia car (MH-20 BY-2932). The witnesses signed the registry documents and the owner asked for the money before signing the registry papers. Dhoot went to the car to bring the money. When he reached near the car, he found that left windshield of the car was broken and there was no airbag in the car. He immediately told the land owner about it and the witnesses and also informed the City Chowk police. Police inspector Sonawane, PSI Tatikondalwar and the police team rushed to the spot. Fingerprint experts and sniffer dog squad were called in. The impressions of the fingerprints were taken but the dog could not trace the thieves beyond the district collectorate area. The police have also collected the CCTV footages of the registry office. The police are verifying the footages, Sonawane said. News Source-lt

Exposing once again chinks in the armour of the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Examinations (MSBT), it has been revealed that polytechnic first year first semester question papers are available in the city at Rs 300 to Rs 1200 per subject before exams. Though the exam of maths-1 paper scheduled for November 24 has been postponed, the papers of maths and English, which were held on November 16 and November 21 respectively, were available in the market before exams. There is a racket successfully leaking question papers and the MSBT has failed to bust it. This is the season of exams of the first semester of the first year of polytechnic. The exam of maths-1 was scheduled on November 23 but the students got question papers in their hand a day in advance, of course through the racket. Finally, the MSBT postponed the exam. One of the professors alleged that MSBT officials are behind this racket and that it is an open secret. Sources informed this scribe that so far three papers have been leaked. Price for one paper was Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 and groups of students contributed money to buy them, said a student on condition of anonymity. 
All papers leaked
The first semester exam of polytechnic students started after Diwali. Surprisingly, the students were getting question papers a day in advance. Question paper of Maths was available with a student at 10 pm on November 15 and the exam was on the next day. Similarly, English paper was available on November 20 but the exam was scheduled on November 21. At first, students did not believe and refused to purchase the papers but they compared the copies made available in advance with the actual paper after exam and found no difference. So, students purchased papers of other subjects and they were assured to provide papers of all the subjects by their suppliers.
Applied mechanics also
The exam of the second-year applied mechanics subject has been scheduled for Monday but when our correspondent contacted one such supplier on phone and placed a demand for the question paper, he assured to make it available by 5 pm on Sunday. Thus it was very clear that the papers of second year were also available for students.
Involvement of colleges for credit
When this scribe delved deeper into the issue, it was found that two city based colleges were behind the leaks. These colleges allegedly provided the question papers to their students for better results but the students tried to sell them to their friends from other colleges and the news spread like wildfire in the city. Pretending to be a student, this correspondent contacted some students who were reportedly selling the question papers and sought the copies. The students agreed on the condition that their identity would not be disclosed. They also asked the scribe to stay away from the person who was supplying the paper. They then took him to Garkheda and keeping him at a distance took four photo copies of maths-1 paper, promising to provide other papers too.
Trouble for sincere students
On Saturday, the students reached exam halls to appear for the maths-1 paper but were shocked to know that the exam was cancelled by the MSBT. Most of the students, who were not aware of any incident of paper leak, were upset.
No comment from directorate
Deputy director of the technical education S B Vishwarupe, when contacted for his reaction, disconnected the phone without any reply. He did not react about the action by the directorate in this matter. News-LT

"If you have a great aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard with confidence to win and have the confidence to defeat problems and succeed with righteous heart, you will definitely succeed in all your missions. It does not matter who you are," said Dr A P J Kalam, former president of the country in a 14-page speech sent to the varsity. It may be noted here that Dr Kalam was to visit the university and was to interact with the students and teachers on November 16. However, his visit was cancelled as he was suffering from high fever and his doctors advised him 'no movement.' Talking to the newsmen, vice chancellor Dr Vijay Pandharipande said that despite his ill health, Dr Kalam sent the 14-page speech to the varsity one day before the programme. In the speech, he said no youth today should fear about future as the ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, under the earth and above the earth. 
Dr Kalam shared a few thoughts on 'What would you like to be remembered for?
Elaborating on criteria for achievement for youth, the Missileman said that there are four proven steps: have an aim in life before 20 years of age, acquiring knowledge continuously, hard work towards the aim and persevere to defeat the problem and succeed. "Now you know, how unique personalities got evolved and also you realise how to transform yourself into unique one. And above all, what you need is will power and confidence, that you can achieve through great deeds," he said. Sharing his opinion on 'Unique You,' former president of the country said when we see a bulb, our thoughts go to the inventor Thomas Alva Edison immediately, same for aeroplane (Wright Brothers), telephone (Alexander Graham Bell), Mathematics (Srinivas Ramanujan) and radium (Madam Curie). 
"The challenge, my young friends is that you have to fight the hardest battle, which any human being can ever imagine to fight and never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place, that is a 'Unique You.' What will be your tools to fight this battle, what are they: have a great aim in life, continuously acquire the knowledge, work hard and preserve to realise the great achievement." Have great aim in life, work hard: Excerpts from ex-prez speech.. News-LT

Shailesh Bharatkumar Thakkar, a 35-year-old jeweller from the city reportedly missing since Saturday, was found dead in Godavari river at Pravara Sangam on Wednesday night. The place from where the body was recovered falls under the jurisdiction of the Newasa police. Police sources said his body was packed in a jute bag and a boulder was tied to his waist. The body was brought to Aurangabad this noon and the deceased was cremated after the post-mortem was conducted at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). His death is suspected to be a homicide. However, things will become clear only after the medical reports are received. Shailesh, who was running a jewellery shop 'Swami Narayan Jewellers' in Sarafa lane, was a bachelor and had gone to Vaijapur in connection with his business on Saturday. He had jewellery and some cash with him.
His last mobile tower location was found in Yeola tehsil of Nasik district.
Jewellers observe bandh
Hundreds of city jewellers today kept their shops closed to protest against the suspected murder of Thakkar, a resident of Diwan Deodi, and presented a memorandum to the rural police demanding immediate arrest of culprits.
Resentment and anger was palpable soon after the news of Thakkar's murder spread. Shops remained closed and traders poured on to the streets. No transaction was witnessed in any shop in Saraf Bazaar, Keli Bazaar, Kasari Bazaar, Paandariba and other such markets.
The president of the district bullion merchants association, Ashok Waregaonkar, said goldsmiths and their craftsmen are facing life threats. "Such incidents had occurred earlier too, but no drastic step has been taken for protecting their lives and property. The business community is facing a strange situation. On the one hand they aren't issued arms licences by the police while on the other, they aren't protected. It is difficult to run business in such circumstances. Nearly 18 jewellers have applied for arms licences but only four of them have been issued the licences," he said. The traders' umbrella organisation, Zilla Vyapari Mahasang, backed today's bandh. Mahasangh president Aadeshpal Singh Chhabda, echoing Waregaonkar's demand, demanded that jewellers be issued arms licences. Their lives and wealth is in danger as they are often targeted by goons. "Such incidents are reported from all parts of the State. The culprits in this case must be brought to book and given the toughest punishment," Singh added. Later, a delegation of traders called on additional superintendent of Aurangabad rural police Nirmala Devi and presented her a memorandum. They demanded immediate action against culprits, who kidnapped and murdered Thakkar.
Waluj Sarafa Association 
Meanwhile, a report from Waluj says that the Waluj Sarafa Association also observed a bandh protesting against the murder of the jeweller. The association suspects that he was kidnapped and murdered. Apart from Waluj, bandh was also observed at Pandharpur, Bajaj Nagar and Ranjangao, added the report. News-LT

In an unsavoury incident, Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire humiliated commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar in public. The MP asked the top city cop to leave the venue if he desired. The incident occurred at Sansthan Ganpati temple on Wednesday at 12 noon. The officer left the venue in a huff. According to details, aarti and pooja of the Sansthan Ganpati was scheduled at 11 am, after which the procession of Ganesh idols was to start. The programme was hosted by the Aurangabad Ganesh Mahasangh, the parent body of all old city Ganesh Mandals. Commissioner of police Sanjay Kumar, MP Khaire, MLAs Sanjay Shirsat, Pradeep Jaiswal, city mayor Kala Ojha were prominent invitees in the programme. Many city corporators, Mahasangh president, Bhagwan Ghadamode, other office-bearers, thousands of people and media representatives were also present at the venue. 
As per schedule, CP reached the venue on time but MP Khaire was late by an hour. The officer casually spoke to the MP about the delay, which irked the latter and he angrily told the CP, "You may go if you don"t want to stay." The curt reply from 4-time MP of the city deeply hurt the IPS rank cop. The next moment he removed the turban and left the venue without speaking to anybody there. The development left all present there upset and in a bid to ease the tension, MLAs Jaiswal, Shirsat and Ghadamode, tried their best to placate the commissioner of police but the latter got into his car and left the area.   When contacted for his version over the development, CP Kumar said, "I reached the venue sharp at 11 am and MP Khaire was late by an hour. I was in a hurry and I left the spot when he reached there, but I didn"t speak anything to him. Therefore there is no question of my humiliation," Kumar added. A trivial issue: Khaire

When contacted for his version over his mobile phone in New Delhi, Khaire confirmed the development terming it as trivial one and said that he was in a haste so left the temple. There is no bitterness between him and the CP as we were together later during the immersion procession till late night. News-LT

Out of 155 pilgrims, who had been to Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, 100 returned home safely and 33 are on the way. However, 22 pilgrims are still untraced and no one of them has contacted their relatives, said district collector Vikram Kumar, on Monday. Kedarnath and other parts witnessed unprecedented floods and landslides after an incident of cloudburst on June 16. Several villages lost contact with the administration while many villages were totally destroyed. A large numbers of pilgrims and residents were swept away in flood water or killed due to the landslides. All 22 persons missing from Aurangabad were on Char Dham yatra through Ambika Travels and search operation for them is still on, said Vikram Kumar.

Missing people from Aurangabad at Uttarkhand
Chandrashekhar Joshi, 
Rajani Joshi, 
Anantrao Kulkarni, 
Shyamala Kulkarni, 
Bhanudas Pathak, 
Bharti Pathak, 
Shyamsundar Pathak, 
Jaikumar Dabhadkar, 
Vijaykumar Dabhadkar, 
Vidya Dabhadkar, 
Vidyadhar Kulkarni, 
Vijay Pardikar, 
Jyoti Pardikar, 
Swapnil Karykarte, 
Ashok Kulkarni, 
Meena Kulkarni, 
Sudhakar Mahadeokar, 
Sanjivani Deshpande, 
Govindrao Kulkarni, 
Snehlata Kulkarni, 
Balkrushna Pathak
Saroj Pathak

Toshniwals survive, son dies Couple Purushottam and Sapna Toshniwal was rescued from the Junglekatti area by a helicopter. However, their son Mohit Toshniwal died. They were travelling on foot for three days. In the midway, some thieves took away their cash, mobiles and cameras. Mohit did not get even water to drink. They did try to give him some by soaking a cloth in water. It was indeed a horrifying situation.
"The rescue operation, which was comparatively slow in the past four days, suddenly gained momentum as Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde personally issued orders to the army officers. Nineteen persons, including eight from my family, had gone on pilgrimage to Kedarnath. The orders were issued to search them at the earliest and hence our hopes have increased," stated Partur MLA Suresh Jethlia. 
Speaking to Lokmat Times on phone, he said, "Around 25,000 people are still there in the mountains and hilly terrain. There is a possibility that my bother Dineshkumar Kanhaiyalal Jethlia and other family members would be found at Kedarnath - Gaurikund area and the search operation has gained momentum. Out of these people, Mohit Toshniwal and Mrs Bajaj have died. Vijay Jethlia, Sunita Jethlia and Sujay Jethlia, who had stayed at Ramkund, have been found and were brought back to Deharadun safely. As the rumors spread at Ramkund about the natural disaster, all the people got scattered. Some went upwards on the mountains and the Jethlia group also got separated in the chaos." 
Jethlia said his brother Dinesh Jethlia, Durga Jethlia, Naresh Jethlia, Bhagirathi Jethlia, Khushboo Jethlia are still missing. "This is the most horrifying incident in my life. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, school education minister Rajendra Darda and others are taking efforts to rescue pilgrims. For the first four days, the entire rescue machinery was in a chaotic condition. Today, I met home minister Shinde and he issued order to launch search for the Jethlia family in Kedarnath to Gaurikund area. As there was no rain today, I am very hopeful that my family members will be rescued soon," he said. News-LT

A youth from Aurangabad hypnotized music lovers in Pattaya (Thailand) through his magical mastery on drum beat. Born and brought up in Aurangabad, the drummer Rahul Kiran Joshi is now a student of world famous percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and musician Pankaj Sharma. His childhood was like other children who like to beat empty tins with thin bamboo sticks and produce some sound. But the only difference between other children and Rahul was the sense of rhythm and consistency in playing those tin drums. On his repeated demands, his father gave him a real drum when he was in standard ninth. It was his first step towards becoming a future drummer. Within a short span, Rahul became an expert drummer. Late Manoj Jahagirdar, a guitarist from the same Jyoti Nagar area where Rahul was staying and side rhythmist Nandu Valsangkar gave him opportunities to play drum in their shows. They also helped him to get shows. In one such show, Rahul played drum on super-duper Bollywood song 'aaja aaja, main hun pyar tera' and it proved a turning point in his life.
The public response to that performance boosted his ambition of becoming a drummer and he decided to get training from experts. At this stage he luckily got help from his uncle and renowned stage personality Shreepad Padmakar who was in contact with Taufiq Qureshi and Pankaj Sharma since making of a movie 'Rita'. He helped Rahul to be a student of Taufiq Qureshi and Pankaj Sharma five years ago. Along with studying with them, Rahul is also studying Staff Notations from Trinity College of University of Cambridge. The hard work and the support of teachers like Taufiq Qureshi and Pankaj Sharma, Rahul's drum has accompanied several senior vocalists such as Anuradha Paudwal, Sadhan Sargam, Kunal Ganjawala, Abhijit Sawant etc in mega shows. He has also played for music documentary on Taufiq Qureshi. Rahul has played drums for Hindi movie ABCD and Marathi movie Sarpanch Bhagirath. Recently his talent was spotted by a company Armani and it invited him for a show at Pattaya in Thailand. His mastery in drums made the audience crazy in that show. Today Rahul, his hard work and the fame has become ideal for other aspiring youths who want to make a career through such talent. News-LT

In a chilling incident, an activist of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shaikh Azhar Shaikh Akthar alias Ajju Builder (33, Baijipura), was stabbed and lynched by a group of 4-5 men in lane number 10 of Baijipura on Monday at 5.30 pm. A riot erupted after the incident leaving two injured.
One of the injured, Shaikh Athar Shaikh Akthar (36), is the brother of the deceased while the name of the other is Akbar. Both of them have been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Shaikh Athar has suffered some head injuries and he is reported to be serious. Akbar is out of danger but still in the hospital while his accomplice, Babar, (full names not known) has been detained by the Jinsi police.
Horrible scene on the road
According to the assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Naresh Meghrajani, Ajju Builder offered 'Asr' Namaz in Noor mosque and left for Central Naka on his motorcycle at 5.30 pm when Akbar, Babar and some unidentified people intercepted him and picked up a quarrel. Next moment, the verbal duel converted into a fierce fighting as Akbar, Babar and others launched an attack on Ajju Builder with a sword, a dagger and showered him with kicks and blows. They lynched him even as he lay motionless on the ground. The noisy scuffle attracted some supporters of Ajju Builder and Shaikh Athar launched a counter attack on Akbar, Babar and their accomplices leaving Akbar injured. Shaikh Akthar too suffered head injuries in the melee.
Rushed to private hospital
Ajju Builder was rushed to Apex Hospital soon after the incident. On examining him, doctors referred him to the GMCH, where medical officers declared him dead. The private hospital and GMCH were thronged by Baijipura residents and tight security arrangements were made at both hospitals by the police. Some of the people partly ransacked the private hospital, however police acted swiftly and dispersed the mob.
Area gripped by tension
The news of the incident spread like a wildfire in the area and as a result thousands of people took to streets in the area. Shops and other business establishments were closed down. Some hooligans resorted to stone-hurling, spreading tension. Huge police force was deployed around the murder spot.
Political rivalry
ACP Meghrajani said that the victim was running a health club and had contested 2010 municipal election on the ticket of NCP. He lost the election and was simmering with anger. Moreover, there were some financial dealings between the two parties. Ajju Builder's murder could be fallout of either of two disputes. However, things will get cleared only after investigation is completed. Victim's mother has lodged a complaint with the Jinsi police station and the work of registering a case was in process till late Monday night. Sections of murder and riot will be invoked in the case, ACP Meghrajani added. News-LT

In a tragic accident, a two-year-old girl was killed and three others were injured when a speeding car hit them at TV Centre Chowk on Tuesday at 8.15 am. The youth at the wheel was apparently learning to drive which proved fatal for the little girl. The deceased has been identified as Navya Prakash Sonwane (2, TV Centre). Her elder sister Sayali (4) and uncle Shirish Sahebrao Sonwane (34) have been seriously injured. The car dashed a motorcycle after hitting the Sonwanes thus injuring one more person. His identity could not be confirmed as he has been admitted to a private hospital.
The fatal accident occurred in the presence of hundreds of people as the busy square had started bustling with trading and other activities. The whole episode has been shot in CCTV cameras installed at the square a few weeks ago. Police have arrested the teenager, Bilal Syed Qadir Syed (17) and his driving instructor Syed Mohammad Omar. The luxury car (MH-21-V-501) has been seized by the Cidco police. The angry mob had caused extensive damage to the vehicle. 
Some policemen present at the accident spot took the occupants of the car to the police station safely. Additional police force was summoned even as the mob grew in size. A case has been registered and PSI Vishal Takle is the investigating officer.Nes-LT

Convict released on bail Convict Devesh Datta Pathrikar was released on bail after he furnished cash surety of Rs 15,000 and personal bond. 
The sentence will be suspended for a month during which he can appeal against the verdict. Devesh paid Rs 5,000 towards the fine slapped on him by the assistant sessions judge, S B Kachre. The convict has decided to challenge the judgment in the superior court. Meanwhile, the prosecution too has decided to seek enhancement of punishment from the higher authority.  Devesh Pathrikar, son of Congress leader Datta Pathrikar, was today sentenced to three years' rigorous imprisonment and slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000 for abetting the suicide of Shweta Borse.
The first assistant sessions judge, S B Kachre, delivered the judgment amidst the packed court hall here on Monday noon. The convict will have to undergo imprisonment of three more months, if he fails to pay the fine. Ten witnesses were examined by the prosecution during the five-year-long trial of the case. The convict, Devesh Pathrikar, refuted charges till the very last.
Hardest punishment be awarded During the arguments prior to awarding the sentence, additional public prosecutor, Rajendra Mugdia, said the toughest punishment should be meted out to Devesh as the charge of abetment to suicide has been proven against him. Shweta Borse, an engineering graduate girl with bright academic record, was driven to take the step of ending her life only because of harassment from Devesh. He was 21-year-old matured youth at the time of incident. Keeping the present scenario wherein there is an outcry over the crimes against women, the convict deserves maximum punishment, Mugdia contended. Adv Harshad Nimbalkar was appointed as the special prosecutor for this case.
About the case
As reported earlier, the 22-year-old girl, Shweta Vinayak Borse, ended her life by consuming a poisonous substance in her house situated in Cidco N-3 on the night of December 30, 2005. Her father Vinayak Borse had lodged a complaint against Devesh Pathrikar with the Mukundwadi police station accusing him of blackmailing her from time to time and forcing her to commit suicide. Devesh had reportedly taken objectionable photographs of the girl after giving her a dose of sedatives. The incident remained in media limelight as both parties - complainant and accused - are political heavyweights. News-LT

Mondelez International, the American company that owns Cadbury, a leading British company that produces confectionery products, will conduct its campus recruitment in Government College Engineering, Aurangabad for the first time, on January 17. Interviews for the company will be open only for the mechanical and electronic branches of engineering, said placement incharge professor Nitin Bhasme. The procedure will consist of group discussions and personal interviews. The selected candidates will be offered a salary of Rs 5.15 lakh per annum.
Microsoft had already taken tests at the college, as a part of campus placement process, and the students are now awaiting results of the final test conducted in Bangalore, said Bhasme. Meanwhile, Larsen and Toubro (L&T), the leading Indian multinational, which has business interests in engineering, construction, manufacturing goods, information technology and financial services, conducted tests for campus selection on January 4. Around 75 students — from civil, mechanical and electrical divisions — took their written tests, out of which the company selected 66 students for personal interviews. It will soon declare the list of final candidates, said Bhasme. 
As L&T Heavy Engineering and L&T Construction Company have been conducting campus recruitment in the government engineering college for the last 25 years, the college administration has decided to sign a contract with the group, which will enable the students to take industrial training workshop with them, the placement head said. The company has given positive response to the proposal and that they will conduct further talk with the company soon. News-LT

The crime branch of the city police claim to have busted a sex racket with the arrest of four persons, including two sex workers and two pimps, from Adarshnagar in Garkheda, on Tuesday evening. The police say the pimps have been identified as Chandrakant Navnath Sonwane and Praveen Navnath Sonwane, who had been running a flesh trade at their house in Gangamai Residency, Garkheda. Acting assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Rameshwar Thorat, on receiving a tip-off, directed crime branch API Arjun Pawar to take necessary steps. API Pawar swung into action and laid a trap at the house with the help of decoys on Tuesday evening. The Sonwanes took them as genuine customers and arranged everything for them. And when the decoys signalled, crime branch policemen made their entry and arrested the brother duo and two girls.  A case under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) has been registered against the four with the Mukundwadi police station. News-LT

In a horrible accident, a 24-year-old youth, Akshay Ramesh Pahalwan (New Nandanvan Colony), was killed after he fell down from the Kranti Chowk flyover on Tuesday at 1.30 am. Akshay was speeding towards Baba Petrol Pump from Amarpreet Chowk on his Pulsar motorcycle (MH-19-AZ-4994) when he lost control of the motorcycle. His motorbike brushed past the right side railing of the flyover and he was thrown down. He was lying in a pool of blood for some time as there was stray traffic. Some pedestrians and other motorcyclists noticed the accident and alerted the Kranti Chowk police following which a police team reached the spot and admitted the youth to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where medical officers declared him dead upon arrival. A case has been registered with the Osmanpura police station.
How accident occurred?
According to an eyewitness, Akshay was heading towards his house at a breakneck speed and ignored the speed breakers. After crossing the speed breakers, his motorcycle dashed against the right side railing of the flyover and the very next moment, Akshay was seen sprawled on the ground in a pool of blood.
About the victim
Police said that Akshay was a native of Jammu and Kashmir and living in Aurangabad for the last 4 years. He was working as a marketing executive in the Waluj unit of Aurangabad Electricals of Bagla Group. He was staying with his maternal aunt in the Cantonment area. The body has been handed over to his kin after post-mortem. Pic-LT

A women constable who accused three senior policemen of harassment has been missing since Tuesday. In a complaint with the area police station lodged, 24-year-old Amruta's mother Shobha Akolkar, a resident of Satara has stated that she was taking a nap when Amruta left house without informing anybody on Tuesday between 12 and 2.30 pm. When Amruta did not return that night, Shobha lodged a complaint. A missing person's report has been registered.Talking to reporters, Police Commissioner Sanjay Kumar that Amruta was under suspension for misconduct for nearly a month and was reinstated only three months ago. Amruta, who was with the Satara police station before suspension, was posted at the headquarters after reinstatement. She has been absent from work since November 22, Kumar said. "She called on me on Tuesday and told me that she wanted to lodge a complaint against some men. I told her to approach the Satara police station, following which police will register a case accordingly," he said. He told the Satara police station in-charge Police Inspector B K Kanje to register a case on her complaint, Kumar said. "Kanje waited for her but she didn't turn up there," he said. In July, Amruta had lodged a complaint with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women accusing three senior policemen of harassment. The commission then directed the city police to probe the allegations, following which the city police conducted a detailed enquiry into the matter. The process of enquiry was concluded recently during which statements of over 200 persons were recorded. News-LT

Famous IT company Microsoft will be for the first time conducting campus interview at the Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad (GCEA) on Saturday. Eleven aspirants from the State will be giving the online test at the centre.
Earlier, the IT companies visited engineering colleges at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur for Campus Interviews. Many new graduates dream of being recruited by the multinational companies such as Microsoft which pay the highest annual package of Rs 16 lakh to graduates. For inviting Microsoft to Aurangabad, training and placement department of the GCEA took the assessment test of the final year students. The responsibility of this test was given to a third party (private company). Chief of the training and placement cell professor Nitin Bhasme sent their profiles to Microsoft. After observing the profiles of the students, the company gave Aurangabad centre green signal for the campus interview. 
The final exam will be held in Hyderabad after these 11 aspirants give the online exam. Earlier, the Indian Oil Corporation recruited the students from the GCEA with the highest pay of Rs 10 lakh per annum.News-LT

The general body of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) today okayed a proposal for installing a life-size statue of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, at Hotel Amarpreet Square. The GB also decided to name the (construction underway) flyover at Sangramnagar after the departed leader and placing his portrait in the GB House. At the outset, corporators of all parties present in the GB paid homage to Balasaheb Thackeray. After discussions on the above proposals, the mayor adjourned the meeting as a mark of respect to the departed soul. A big photo of Balasaheb Thackeray was also placed at the entrance of the administrative building for the convenience of visitors to pay tributes. News-LT

The proposal to shift the Siddharth Garden Zoo to Mitmita has been pending for the past three and a half years. The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had to do a one-time payment of Rs 2,91,60,000 to the state government. Meanwhile, according to reliable sources, the Central Zoo Authority of India has issued a notice to the AMC, cancelling the recognition of the Siddharth Garden Zoo. Since the Siddharth Garden Zoo has not enough space required for its inmates, the AMC had decided to shift it to Mitmita and a proposal in this regard has been pending with the state government for the past three and a half years.
The AMC had demanded for 100 acres of land at Mitmita for the zoo, but the government has not sanctioned it as the park is to be operated on a build, operate and transfer basis. The AMC had also assured the government of paying the cost of the land required for the zoo, but things did not move further. At present, the zoo is at 20 acres of land at Siddharth Garden. The sources also disclosed that the AMC had hired the services of a Pune-based infrastructure consultancy to prepare a plan for the proposed park at Mitmita. The Central Zoo Authority of India had given Rs 2 lakh to prepare the plan.

The SpiceJet Aurangabad-Hyderabad air service will be discontinued from November 5. SpiceJet had started the flight to Hyderabad two years ago and enjoyed good passenger load. People from South India coming to Shirdi and on business tours mostly benefitted from this flight. Similarly, people from Marathwada going to Tirupati and other pilgrim places in South India opted for this flight. However, the SpiceJet airlines has decided to discontinue this service. 
Chikalthana Airport Director D G Salve confirmed the development and said that the airline has informed that it will discontinue the service from November 5 till March 31. Efforts to contact the airline officers proved futile. Sources in the local aviation industry said that the airline did not get the expected revenue from this sector which made it to discontinue the service. It may be noted that Jet Airways had also introduced a flight for Hyderabad but discontinued it later. Now that Spicejet has also closed the service, the city has lost its air link to the capital of Andhra Pradesh.News-LT

In a raging inferno, a petrol pump of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), near Jafar Gate in Mondha, was gutted on Thursday at 3 pm. There was no casualty, but few vehicles parked on the premises went into flames, causing a loss of lakhs of rupees. The cause of the devastating fire was mystery till late evening. However, the petrol pump manager, Shaikh Amin Shaikh Azijullah (55), said that the fire might have occurred due to short circuit. Petrol was being filled at the pump from the tanker as well as six sample cans each filled with 6 litres of petrol were being checked. At the same time spark from an electric wiring fell on the sample containers and fire started spreading from the office. According to sources, the fire broke out when the petrol tanker (MH-20-AT-21) was being emptied. There were no customers barring 10-12 people of the pump when the pump was in flames. Sensing the danger, the half empty tanker was immediately driven out of the petrol pump and was parked at a safe distance. Six vehicles including a four-wheeler were also reduced to ashes in the incident.
Fire tenders rush on time
The information of the fire incident was passed on to the fire brigade soon and within 15 minutes three fire tenders reached the spot. They were followed by 3 water tankers also. A team of over 25 firemen extinguished the flames by dousing nearly 150 liters of foam in 45 minutes, said the chief fire officer, Shivaji Jhanjhan.
Major tragedy averted
Jhanjhan said that had the fire engulfed the tanker and underground tank, it could have been the worst tragedy in the history of city. There was a danger of tanker as well as underground tank burst, which could have reduced the area in a periphery of one kilo metre to ashes claiming several lives. All credit goes to Feroz Khan Salim Khan (30, Nagsen Colony) and Mushtaq Builder (30) for showing the presence of mind and taking the tanker out of the fire range before the fire became uncontrollable. Talking to LT, Feroz Khan and Mushtaq Builder said that they weren't concerned to the petrol pump, but were just having cup of tea at a kiosk when the fire broke out. As they were professional drivers, they drove the tanker out of the pump area. The fireballs were seen in the sky and this attracted a massive crowd of onlookers on the spot. A team of policemen from the Kranti Chowk police station headed by PI Prakash Kulkarni reached the spot and dispersed the mob. This made the job of firemen easier. Many senior officers of the police department and corporation apart from public representatives also reached the spot.News-LT

There is heartening news for the local industry as reputed Perkins Engines is all set to start its plant in Shendra MIDC to manufacture the engines.  Perkins will establish its plant on 13 acre land and will pump in whopping Rs 750 crore investment.
Kudos to the MIDC officials who promptly made available required land and other facilities to the company. The company is equally enthusiastic to begin its operation at the earliest as it has subsequently started setting up its operation.
Perkins Engines Company Limited), a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., is primarily a diesel engine manufacturer for several markets including Agricultural, Construction, Material Handling,  Power Generation and Industry. It was established in Peterborough in 1932. Over the years Perkins has expanded its engine ranges and produces thousands of different engine specifications including diesel and gas engines.
A year ago the company decided to start its plant in India. In order to setting up the plant, the company officials visited many industrial colonies in India. But after visiting Shendra ranked as five-star MIDC, the officials were impressed with its location and the facilities available. The officials paid visit to MIDC officials and even submitted its proposal seeking its permission to set up the plant. 
It is probably highest investment—-150 million dollars—- in recent times in the area. Given the quantum of investment, the MIDC officials wasted no time and provided 13 acre land immediately. The land has been handed over to the company and the company has also started construction work, said regional officer of MIDC Annasaheb Shinde. Initially the company will roll out 4000 KW series 3,000 engine which will be enhanced to 5,000 later, the information has been uploaded on the company website.
The actual production of the company will begin from June-July next year. As many as 450 skilled and unskilled employments will be generated. Another good news is that the company has decided to recruit the local people.The company has started its plant keeping the customers from Asia in its mind. The company has two distributor partners in Chennai and Delhi. Perkins' arrival in Aurangabad will definitely provide an impetus to the industrial growth. News-LT

ACity-based chartered accountant, Rohit Ramnarayan Kumpawat (32, Cidco N-1), was arrested on Monday evening by the economic offences wing (EOW) after he surrendered before the commissioner of police (CP). He was booked in a cheating case on the complaint lodged by a Jalna medico, Suneeti Ambekar on July 21 last. He made his appearance before the city police as his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the sessions court last month. The EOW inspector, Avinash Aghav, said that he had written a letter to the police expressing his desire to surrender.  However, why he preferred to surrender before the police instead of to court is still a riddle. It may be noted here that CA Kumpawat was accused of threatening the complainant with dire consequences and demanded to relinquish her ownership over the house in Cidco N-1. Three others accused in the same case have been already arrested and released on bail. news-LT

Suspended Karmad API Y N Shaikh, who is accused of forcing lady police constable (LPC) Sandhya More commit suicide by harassing her sexually, has been remanded in police custody till September 14. API Shaikh and his accomplice head constable Satish Bodle today were produced before a judicial magistrate (FC) Ashok Soni amid tight security. The assistant public prosecutor informed the court that the original suicide note written by Sandhya was yet to be recovered, though its photo copy and her diary was obtained. Similarly, the role of the co-accused Bodle was yet to be confirmed. "The matter is pretty serious and granting them magisterial custody or bail may hamper the process of investigation. Keeping these factors in mind, at least one week's police custody is needed," he contended.

Following this, the court remanded Shaikh and Bodle in four-day police custody. The district and sessions court was thronged by thousands of people. The duo was brought in a police van from Karmad. Moreover, the city police too had deployed adequate force on the court premises. As reported earlier, the newly married lady police constable (LPC) Sandhya Dharma More had ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling of her rented house in Karmad on Sunday morning following sexual harassment from her senior and PS chief Shaikh. The incident sent shock waves in police circles in the city as well as in the district. Initially, a case of accidental death was registered. Amid mounting pressure from people belonging to all walks of life, the police registered a case against API Shaikh for abetting her suicide. News-LT      

The Karmad police station chief, API Y N Shaikh, and head constable S V Bodle were arrested on Monday noon in connection with the suicide of lady police constable Sandhya More. According to officials of the Aurangabad (rural) police, API Shaikh was suspended late Sunday night after he was found prima facie responsible for More's suicide.

During the detailed interrogation it came to light that head constable of the same police station Bodle, helped API Shaikh in sexual harassment of the LPC in the last few weeks. Therefore, Bodle too will be suspended by Tuesday noon. The deputy superintendent of police (Dy SP), Pallavi Barge, said that a case of abetment to suicide, abuse and making indecent gestures has been registered against the duo. They were arrested on Monday noon and will be produced before a city magistrate on Tuesday.

Suicide note recovered

Dy SP Barge on Monday admitted that a two-page detailed suicide note has been recovered. The note drafted in Marathi clearly blames API Shaikh, following which a case was registered against him and his aide Bodle.

About the case

As reported earlier, the newly married lady police constable (LPC), Sandhya Dharma More (24), ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling at her rented house in Karmad on Sunday morning. She was fed up with sexual harassment by her senior and PS chief Shaikh, hence, she took the extreme step. The suicide created ripples and also sent a shock wave in police circles in the city as well as in the district. Initially, a case of accidental death was registered. Buckling under mounting pressure from all walks of life, police authorities registered a case of abetment to suicide against API Shaikh.  

A lady police constable (LPC) of the Aurangabad (rural) police, Sandhya Dharma More (21, Karmad), ended her life by hanging herself from the ceiling of her house at Karmad near here on Sunday morning allegedly due to sexual harassment by the police station chief API Y N Shaikh. According to sources, the LPC had been facing sexual harassment from the API for the last few weeks and was fed up. Sandhya wrote a suicide note before taking the extreme step sometime between 8 am and 10 am today. She was supposed to go to the police station as she was called by the API for some work. As she did not report to the police station, another lady police constable went to her house. Her colleague was shocked to see Sandhya hanging from the ceiling and informed the police station authorities. Sandhya was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where medical officers declared her dead upon arrival. A case of accidental death has been registered with the Karmad police station. Aurangabad division deputy superintendent of police Pallavi Barge is on the case.

According to details, Sandhya was a native of Dhule and recruited in the Aurangabad (rural) police a couple of years ago. She was posted with the Karmad police station. It has been alleged that she was constantly being harassed by the PS chief. Interestingly, four other LPCs of the same police station had lodged a complaint against the API with the division Dy SP. On probing the matter, she had reprimanded the PS chief. In a suicide note left by her, Sandhya has clearly blamed the API Shaikh for driving her to suicide.

Officials tight-lipped

When contacted for her version, dy SP Pallavi Barge said that the case is at an initial stage and it will be too early to either confirm or deny the harassment charge. Things will become clear only after investigation is over. When asked whether a case of abetment to suicide has been registered against API Shaikh, the Dy SP replied in the negative and said that at present a case of accidental death has been registered.

Final goodbye to father

Sandhya's father Dharma More had come to Karmad last night and stayed at her house as she was given night duty on Saturday night. After completing her duty, she went home in the early hours today and bade a goodbye to her father at 8 am, who then left. After being informed about his daughter's suicide, Dharma, who was proceeding to his hometown Dhule, returned to Aurangabad from midway only to see Sandhya lying motionless on an autopsy table in the mortuary. This scribe tried to speak to Dharma in the mortuary but the grief-stricken man could not utter a single word.

Sandhya More (LPC) Birthday turned doomsday

Unfortunately, it was Sandhya's birthday today, which eventually turned out to be the last day of her life. Sources said that Sandhya was married to an Indian Army Jawan, Sandeep Kadam, a year ago. Sandeep was posted in New Delhi, and she was living alone in a rented room on the first-floor of a building situated in front of Karmad PS. News-LT    

The Government Engineering College (GEC) here has received 1.5 crore from the World Bank under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the Government of India funded by the World Bank to improve the quality of technical education in the technical institutions across the country. "We have received the first installment (` 1.5 cr) of the ` 12.50-cr fund sanctioned for the next five years," GEC principal Pranesh Mrunal said, adding that this would help the college implement various schemes aimed at enhancing the quality of education. 

The other college from Marathwada region which has been selected under the TEQIP is Shri Gurugobindsinghji College of Engineering, Nanded. A total of 16 colleges from across Maharashtra have been selected for the programme run under the World Bank's National Project Implementation Unit (NPIU) activities. Project coordinator Dr Anjali Bhalchandra said the GEC has received ` 1.5 crore as the first installment of the total fund (` 12.50 crore) sanctioned for five years. "Students as well as professors stand to gain from this project. A scholarship of ` 18,000 and ` 8,000 will be given to postgraduate and Ph D students, respectively," she added.

Principal Dr Murnal said this is the second time that the GEC is implementing TEQIP. Earlier, it had implemented the project spending ` 8 crore received from the World Bank during 2003-2008. "This is the second time that the Government Engineering College has got the fund under the TEQIP. Earlier, it had implemented the project spending 8 crore during 2003-2008." said GEC principal Pranesh Mrunal. News-LT.

It's been a month since the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) established the disaster management cell for monsoon. However, the cell has received very little response. The administration has been blamed for the state of affairs as it did not aggressively publicise the information about the centre.

The cell was set up for taking down complaints of inconvenience due to rainfall on telephone and forwarding them to the section concerned for immediate redressal. Complaints included uprooting of trees, electric poles, blowing of tin roof, damage to vehicles due to fall of trees or twigs, wall caving in and storming of rainwater in house etc. The civic administration transformed the telephone operator's section into the cell. The administration was supposed to stay updated with the messages, orders and warning notices circulated by the Disaster Management Committee and resolve the public complaints relating to rainfall. However, it seems that the citizens are not even aware of the existence of the cell. The landline numbers of cell are 2333536 or 2333540. 

In a step that will go a long way in helping women and girls facing harassment, the city police have introduced a helpline with toll free telephone numbers. They can also send emails to the designated IDs. The helpline will remain open 24X7.

Anyone facing sexual harassment, embarrassing situation, nasty comments, lewd gestures or any kind of ignominy on road, at home, workplace, gardens, restaurants, market places and public places can dial up the toll free numbers 1091 and 100 for help. The phone call will be received at the police commissionerate and steps will be taken to provide aid to the caller. Commissioner of police (CP) Sanjay Kumar said the victims or witnesses can also call up 0240-2240500 for contacting him or DCPs Somnath Gharge, Dr Jay Jadhav and Arvind Chavria. They also can send an e-mail to, or Citizens have been appealed to be proactive for curbing incidents of eve teasing by shooting the incidents in their mobile phone cams, noting down the registration numbers of vehicles being used by Road Romeos, their description and appearance and informing the police immediately. Moreover, the CP Kumar has warned the city bus conductors, auto rickshaw drivers, hotel and restaurant owners and parents of stringent legal actions, if they remained mute spectators to eve teasing. The helpline and e-mail IDs have been opened from Saturday last, CP Kumar added. Women can call up toll free numbers, send email

Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has declared the order issued by Aurangabad ZP to derecognise the Holy Cross English Primary School, as an invalid one. According to details, Zilla Parishad education officer for primary education issued an order on June 13, 2012 derecognising Holy Cross English Primary School. In addition to this, ZP also asked that the school record books be confiscated and asked the school to issue transfer certificates to the students. The school principal Sister Bharti Pathare knocked the door of Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court and on June 18, the HC in its interim order directed that no action should be taken against the school. 

When the matter came up for hearing in front of the bench headed by Justice RM Borde, the petitioning team furnished a letter of the education director (primary), Pune, which was sent to ZP education officer (primary). In this letter it was clearly stated that, before passing the order to derecognise Holy Cross English Primary School dated June 13, 2012, the ZP according to Right to Education Act 2009, should have discussed the issue with the government and the order passed is not in accordance to law. Soon after bringing this letter to the notice of the bench, the court passed an order in favour of the school.

Adv Advant represented the school, while government was represented by public prosecutor SK Kadam and Adv Uttam Bondar represented the education officer.

The Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) executive committee members were elected at a function held here recently.

The newly elected members for the year 2012-13 are:
Sunil Raithatha, President,

Milind Kank, Vice President,

Munish Sharma, Hon.Secretary,

Nitin Gupta, Hon.Treasurer,

Saurabh Bhogale, Hon.Jt.Secretary,

Rahul Pagariya, Hon. Jt.Treasurer,

Gurpreet Singh Bagga, members Relation Officer,

Arpit Save, Lean Cluster coordinator and

Ajeet Mulay, Convener CMIA Agriculture initiative.

Maithlee Tambolkar, Suyog Machhar, Sameer Mulay, Dr.Anant Pandhare are co-opted as executive committee members. Special invitees on the CMIA executive committee for the year 2012-13 will be N.Sriram, M.P.Sharma, Jean-Marie Lagey and Anant Kandoi.

During the meeting, the outgoing President, .Mukund A.Kulkarni and Hon.Secretary, Milind Kank thanked the entire Executive Committee for their active involvement in CMIA activities and continued support throughout the year 2011-12 & thus making the CMIA vibrant. 

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to attach its current account of local body tax (LBT) to repay the installments of Rs 100 crore loan sanctioned by IDBI Bank. As reported earlier, the AMC had demanded a loan of Rs 200 crore against mortgage of its land. However, the IDBI granted Rs 100 cr loan only. The repayment of installments is to start from July 2012.

In the meantime, the AMC was shocked when the IDBI officials served notice on the AMC to repay the installments of Rs 200 crore loan. Later on, it was clarified that the bank officials issued notice erroneously.

The deceased Salim Qureshi's brother Halim and son Salman have stirred a hornet's nest by alleging that Salim was eliminated at the behest of Roxy theatre original owner Salim Baba's brother Jawed and that too in connivance with some senior police officials, builders and politicians. Qureshis made these startling allegations while jointly addressing a Press conference with Chhava Yuva Sanghatna, Samrat Sena and Maharashtra Vyapari Suraksha Sanghatna at a city hotel here today. Salim was involved in a dispute with Salim Baba over the ownership of Roxy.

Giving a new twist to the murder case, Halim indicated that there was a long chain of highly influential people involved. "Salim was eliminated by Imran Mehndi on the directions of Jawed and a few people from Hyderabad over Roxy theatre dispute," Qureshis claimed. Halim said, "A month prior to Salim's murder, a minister called Salim to Mumbai and offered Rs 5 crore for relinquishing control over the theatre but when Salim refused, the leader reportedly threatened him. PI and ACP level officials often harassed Salim over Roxy issue. When we went to senior police officials to complain about the harassment, the latter said that Salim had brought Rs 200 crore from Mumbai and sought info about the huge amount instead of helping Salim."

Yuva Sanghatna founder president Balasaheb Patil demanded that a CBI enquiry be initiated in the case as the police were trying to divert the attention of the common man from the murder. Patil said, "In all, there are 12 police officials, some builders and high-profile politicians who used Imran Mehndi, the contract killer, to kill Salim." Halim said at the time of his brother's disappearance, many senior police officials were on leave confirming their involvement in the conspiracy. To press for the demand of the CBI enquiry, the organisations have called for a morcha on June 20 starting from Kranti Chowk at 11 am. The delegates will hand over a memorandum to the divisional commissioner. As reported earlier, Imran Mehndi and his gang had kidnapped and murdered Salim Qureshi in the most brutal manner.

Police didn't pay heed to my complaint: Fahmida Ansari
Fahmida Ansari, the widow of Siraj Ansari, one of the victims of Mehndi gang, also joined the press conference in the second half. Siraj had gone missing and it was revealed that Mehndi gang had murdered him. Fahmida said, "After the disappearance of my husband, I went to the Jinsi police station, then to the CP office and to the crime branch many a time but nobody paid heed to my plea. When I went to the crime branch to file a complaint, the police ignored it. But when I named Nisar, with whom we were engaged in a property related dispute, as the person behind the disappearance of my husband, then crime branch PI Chate first gave a phone call to Nisar and called him but he did not turn up. Later, Chate said that Nisar was not involved."
Fahmida also stated that her family had given Rs 17 lakh to Nisar to vacate the premises they had purchased from Nisar's father-in-law for Rs 52 lakh but after taking the money, Nisar refused to cede control and when they filed a suit against Nisar, he got eliminated Siraj. news Source-Lokmat

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Sachin Kore has extended the police custody of Sachin Solunke, who was arrested in connection with leak of engineering paper (Mathematics-III) of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, for two more days. solunke works as a daily wage employee in the Strong Room of the BAMU examination department. Other eight arrested students were released on a surety of Rs 15,000 each.

The accused Sachin and students Ranjit Vaychal, Ratandip Meshram, Tarang Ohol, Afsar Aseer, Mandar Sontakke, Jeevan Jadhav, Shaikh Shoeb and Pradeep Kulkarni were presented in the court by the economic offence wing PI Avinash Aghav. The police sought their judicial custody, which was granted by the court. Soon after being remanded in the judicial custody, all the eight accused students applied for bail stating that they had to appear in examination on June 7. The court accepted their request ordering them to furnish the surety of Rs 15, 000 each. The engineering students were represented by Adv Nilesh Ghanekar, Adv Gopal Pande, Adv Kanade, Adv Ashok Thakre, Adv M L Dhandar and Adv Ashok Palimakar, while public prosecutor S K Jondhale represented the government and demanded that the police custody of Sachin Solunke, the boy employed at the strong room on daily wages, be extended. Adv Jondhale stressed that leaking paper is a serious offence and there are chances that many influential persons from Dr Bamu may also be involved in this heinous crime. The advocate also pointed out that the engineering question paper was leaked in a pre-planned manner so there was a dire need to interrogate Sachin thoroughly. Finally, the PCR of Sachin was extended till June 7.


Screeching tyres and thumping machines ruled the day at Gulf Dirt Track National Championship at the Army group in Aurangabad on Sunday. On an action-packed day, Bangalore rider K.P. Arvind led the charge of Team TVS Racing riders in the second round of the Championship - a round of FMSCI National Championship. Astride a TVS 250 FX, he beat back a strong challenge from his Bangalore TVS Racing teammates R. Natraj and Pramod Joshua to emerge triumphant in the Foreign Motorcycles class for 250cc 2 and 4-stroke.

Arvind also won both the races in the Indian Expert class, astride a TVS Apache RTS, to emerge the most successful rider of the meet. The trio, all astride TVS 250 FX, produced an awesome display of riding skills in the foreign motorcycles class, but Arvind came up with that wee bit extra to relegate Natraj and Joshua to second and third places respectively.

There were 192 entries in 14 classes of competition, and this second round of the popular Gulf Dirt Track National Championship, which was supported by Aurangabad Racing Organisation and Roadies Racing Association of Aurangabad, produced high class racing and entertainment.
Indeed, it was Arvind"s day out as he also dominated the Indian Expert class. He won the first race in the class rather easily, relegating his TVS teammate Pramod Joshua, also astride a TVS Apache RTS, to second place and Naresh VS, astride Yamaha RX 135, to third place. In the second race too it was a battle between Bangalore riders, only this time TVS Racing riders took the top three places - Arvind placing first, S. Madhu second and Joshua third.

If V.S. Naresh lost out in the Indian Expert class, he stole the show in the Private Expert class which also witnessed a keen competition. His better judgment around the bends saw him win both the races for motorcycles upto 260cc. Aurangabad"s Rizwan Shaikh --- and Pune"s Vishal Barguje were placed second and third respectively, astride Yamaha bikes.

In the second race of the event though there was a change in placings, with Aurangabad"s Shaikh Ismail and Bhopal"s Syed Asif Ali finishing second and third respectively behind Naresh. The Novice class provided more excitement and entertainment for the goodly crowd, as they cheered wildly.
The Aurangabad class was won by Shaikh Ismail Alauddin followed by Aakash Satpute in second and in third position by Rizwan Shaikh. In the morning, Brigadier Surender Pavamani flagged off the Sportscraft-organised Gulf Oil Corporation event. Sportscraft's Shrikant Karani, who did a remarkable job in conducting the event, was also present on the occasion.

FINAL Results:
Foreign Class (upto 250 cc), Group-A, 2 & 4 Stroke ---

Race 1:

1st: K.P. Arvind (Bangalore).
2nd: R. Natraj (Bangalore).
3rd: Pramod Joshua (Bangalore).

Indian Expert Class (upto 260 cc), Group B-- 2 & 4 Stroke -- Race 1
1st: K.P. Arvind (Bangalore).
2nd: Pramod Joshua (Bangalore).
3rd: V.S. Naresh (Bangalore).
Indian Expert Class (upto 260 cc), Group B-- 2 & 4 Stroke

-- Race 2
1st: K.P. Arvind (Bangalore).
2nd: S. Madhu (Bangalore).
3rd: Pramod Joshua (Bangalore).

Private Expert Class (upto 260 cc), Group B -- 2 & 4 Stroke-- Race 1:
1st: V.S. Naresh (Bangalore).
2nd: Rizwan Shaikh (Aurangabad).
3rd: Vishal Barguje (Pune).

Private Expert Class (upto 260 cc), Group B -- 2 & 4 Stroke-- Race 2:
1st: V.S. Naresh (Bangalore).
2nd: Shaikh Ismail (Aurangabad).
3rd: Syed Asif Ali (Bhopal).

Novice Class, Group C (165 cc, 2 Stroke):
1st: Austin Alvres (Indore).
2nd: C.S Anand (Coimbatore).
3rd: Mohd. Nazim (Bhopal).

Novice Class, Group C (130 cc, 4 Stroke):
1st: B. Jagdish Kumar (Coimbatore).
2nd: Abhijeet Shetty (Bangalore).
3rd: Yuva Kumar (Bangalore).

Novice Class, Group C (165 cc, 4 Stroke):
1st: Yuva Kumar (Bangalore).
2nd: Abhijeet Shetty (Bangalore).
3rd: Sachin Ghorpade (Kolhapur).

Scooters---Group C (upto 150 cc, 2&4 Stroke):
1st: Shamim Khan (Nashik).
2nd: Feroz Khan (Aurangabad).
3rd: Pinkesh Thakkar (Pune).

Local class -- Group C (upto 165 cc, 4 Stroke):
1st: Pinkesh Thakkar (Pune).
2nd: Kannan Naidu (Mumbai).
3rd: Shaikh Ismail Alauddin (Aurangabad).

Local class -- Group C (upto 165 cc, 2 Stroke):
1st: Feroz Khan (Aurangabad).
2nd: Jagjit Singh (Mumbai).
3rd: Aakash Satpute (Aurangabad).

Private Open Foreign Class -- Group A (upto 250 cc, 2&4 Stroke):
1st: Vineet Kurup (Nashik).
2nd: Ganesh Lokhande (Nashik).

Seven persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with the sensational engineering examination paper leak episode. The prime accused of the case is a peon of the exam department of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu), while others are BE II year students of a city college.

They include Sachin Bapu Salunke (35,) and Ranjeet Waychal (22, both residents of Begumpura). The former is a daily wager peon in the examination department of the university and was engaged in sorting out sealed question paper bunches in the strong room while latter is studying in 2nd year of BE in the Everest Engineering College, Jatwada. The names and other details of five students couldn't be learnt till late night.

The commissioner of police (CP), Sanjay Kumar, told reporters here Thursday that Sachin did it for the sake of his friend, Ranjeet and others. Throwing light on the crime, CP said that on May 20, 2012 Sachin was engaged in sorting out sealed envelopes in the strong room. He took one envelop with him, went on the roof of the examination department, unsealed it and kept one copy of question paper in his pocket and later sealed all 19 in an envelop and mixed the envelop in the pile. Later he went to the canteen, copied the questions on a blank paper and gave it to Ranjeet and three others. In return Sachin collected Rs 2,000 each from them.

Handwriting proved handy
The engineering students, who were supposed to take examination of mathematics on May 23, made over 100 photocopies of the paper in the handwriting of Sachin Salunke. The deputy commissioner of police (DCP, crime) and investigating officer, Somnath Gharge, interrogated as many as 25 people including senior officials concerned.

Some of them failed to give convincing replies of the questions. Gharge called them next day and took their handwriting samples. They were told to write in hurry and it is here they zeroed on Sachin Salunke. CP Kumar told that some CCTV cameras have been installed in the examination department, but they were found defunct during check. This made the investigation a daunting task. It would have been a less time consuming task were the CCTV cams in working condition, CP added. Sources said that the CCTV cameras have been repaired and brought in working condition, following the breaking of the scam.

CP attributed the credit of success in cracking the case to a constable of the Begumpura police station, Praveen Patil and DCP Gharge. He lauded both for this task. One daily wager, 6 others are BE II year students Accused Sachin Bapu Salunke (L) and Ranjeet Waychal 

Judicial magistrate (first class) Vijayshree A Godbole remanded Harsul jail prisoner Pawan Jagdishprasad Sharma in the police custody till June 4 for attacking a jail inmate Sachin Tayade. Officer of the Harsul Central Jail Rajendra Vasantrao Marale had lodged a complaint against Sharma with the Begumpura police station.

In the complaint, Marale stated that the guard of the jail informed him that two prisoners were fighting in an isolated cell. When he went there, he saw that Sachin Tayade was being taken to a dispensary in injured condition.

The guard A K Naglod informed Marale that Pawan Sharma attacked Sachin Tayade with a spoon like thing on his throat and cheek. Hence, Marale lodged a complaint against Sharma with the Begumpura police station.

The investigating officer S D Shaikh on Thursday producedSharma before the court. Public prosecutor Sunilkumar Jondhale requested the court for the police remand of Sharma as the motive of the attack is yet to be known as well as weapon is to be seized. Hence, the court remanded Sharma in the police custody for seven days.

To avoid any untoward incident like loss of human life or properties due to falling trees during heavy rains, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has appealed to the citizens to inform the administration about the trees in their vicinity or surroundings which pose danger.
The garden department authorities reasoned that withered trees or branches of big trees can fall on pedestrians, vehicle riders or people seeking shelter beneath them during lightning strike, stormy weather and heavy rainfall. The sudden uprooting of trees or branches can lead to loss of human life or cause damage to properties.
If the citizens spot any dangerous tree and alert the authorities, it would be possible for them to take prompt action and save lives of citizens and prevent damage to properties. Meanwhile, if the appeal of the AMC yields results, the burden on Fire Brigade authorities would definitely be eased as they have to run around during monsoon to shift the uprooted tree to roadside, and restore the traffic if a tree falls right at the centre of the road.

The citizens may contact garden superintendent

V B Patil - 9404000034 and his team of three agriculture assistants - 9764997126, 9764997151 and 9764997152.

The Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) will be invoked against the contract killer, Imran Mehndi and his men in Sindhu Mhatre murder case.The commissioner of police (CP), Sanjay Kumar, said here on Friday that it will be invoked against Imran Mehndi and four others. However, the names of his accomplices couldn't be declared. The proposal to this effect seeking permission will be sent to the court soon.

As reported earlier, Imran Mehndi and his accomplices have been booked on the charges of committing five murders in the city during last 2-3 years. The last prey of the gang was a former corporator and owner of the Roxy Cinema, Salim Qureshi, who was kidnapped and murdered at night on March 4, 2012. During investigation it came to light that the gang had killed four more persons earlier.

They included Sirajoddin Ansari, Nilesh Mhatre, Sindhu Mhatre and Shaikh Nasir Shaikh Chand. Shaikh Nasir was murdered after Mehndi and his gang grew suspicious of him being a police informant while three others were killed on contract. The gang at present is in police custody and is facing interrogation of various crimes they are accused of. Last time Mehndi and his men were produced before the judge of the special MCOCA court, R R Kadam, who remanded them in police custody till May 31.

Mehndi is learnt to be a sharp shooter of Ejaj Pathan gang, which had a direct rivalry against the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and was accused of gunning down some of Dawood's men during gang war in Mumbai before 2007. On coming to Aurangabad, Mehndi started running an auto service centre in Katkat Gate area. Nevertheless, he continued his criminal activities till his arrest on March 10, 2012.

The Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court comprising Justice A S Oak and Justice Sunil P Deshmukh directed the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to give a chance to local Oyster Institute of Pharmacy to present its side before withdrawing its permission. The State Government had given permission to start the Pharmacy Institute at Golatgaon (Naginchi Wadi) on June 30 last year. So the college which has admission capacity of 120 students, was started.

Meanwhile, the AICTE withdrew the permission due to lack of facilities like water, street light and books cover without numbers. The AICTE did not give any opportunity to the college to present their side. The administration of the institute filed a writ petition in the HC bench through Adv S V Natu. When the petition came up for hearing on Saturday, the court gave above judgment.

Even after 17 days of sensational Shruti Bhagwat murder case, five squads established by police failed to get any clue. Now, the investigation has been handed over to police inspector of crime branch Gautam Pathare.

It may be noted here that two weeks back Shruti Bhagwat was murdered in Ulkanagari area. Police's all-out efforts proved futile. Many hardened criminals were interrogated but nothing substantial came to the fore. A person close to Shruti was also interrogated, but it was learnt that he was travelling between Pune and Rajkot on the day of the murder.

The anti-dacoity squads from Ahmednagar, Jalna, Beed, Osmanabad, Jalgaon and other places also visited the city but they also failed in tracing the accused. Meanwhile, police commissioner had also appealed to people to inform police about any information they have had in this regard. But this experiment also did not click.

Shruti's son had told police that Rs. 20,000 cash and gold and silver ornaments were found missing from the house, but later it was found in the house.

Police initially thought that she was raped and murdered. But, there was no confirmation of sexual assault in the medical report. The police have completely failed in the murder case.

In a daring dacoity, unidentified criminals barged into a ground floor flat in Ulkanagari, beat up a sole woman inmate to death and made off with gold jewellery and cash, between 3 am and 3.50 am here on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Shruti Vijay Bhagwat (47, Shrinath Apartment). She was ruthlessly assaulted in her head with a short wooden stick in the living room of her flat and then dragged in the backyard where she was set afire half inside the house and half out. Shruti was living alone in her flat as her husband was working as a finance executive in a hotel in Qatar and son (Aditya 24) as a mechanical engineer in Insight Engineering, Pune.
Theft was motive

Commissioner of police (CP) Sanjay Kumar told LT that many aspects of the heinous crime are still unclear and police need some time to draw any conclusion. However, prima facie it seems that the culprits must be more than one in number and theft was their motive. Their movements might have woken up the housewife from the slumber, following which culprits murdered her to silence her. The mobile handset of the victim has been seized.

One of her neighbours, a police officer by occupation, informed the Jawaharnagar police station about the incident on telephone at 3.50 am and within 5 minutes a team reached the spot. Many senior police officers including CP Kumar, DCP Suneeta Salunke, PI Manikrao Warade, PI Avinash Aghav, APIs Arjun Pawar, Shaikh Majid, sub- inspectors Krishnakant Shinde, Harish Khatawkar, Shakeel Shaikh, ASI Laxmikant Khadke, dog squad and fingerprint experts reached the spot.

Dacoity with murder case
The exact value of the stolen gold jewellery and cash could not be learnt. A case of dacoity with murder has been registered in the Jawaharnagar police station on a complaint lodged by sub-inspector Khalid Pathan. Detection branches of all police stations and crime branch officials have been directed to deploy their informants to detect the crime.

Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) special judge R R Kadam has directed the police to submit their report within one month while hearing a petition demanding invocation of MCOCA against Imran Mehndi gang in other murder cases.

Slain Salim Qureshi's brother Halim Qureshi had submitted a petition demanding invocation of MCOCA against Imran Mehndi, Numan Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, Gajanan Mhetre, Syed Zaheer aka Shera, Mohammed Shoaib Mohammed Sadiq, Syed Nazer Ali, Syed Tamkin aka Tamya and Mohammed Ashfaq Khan. This gang had confessed of killing Salim Qureshi, Sindhubai Mhetre, Nilesh Mhetre, Naser Khan and Ansari.

Although, the police had arrested all the gang members, MCOCA was invoked against them in Qureshi murder case alone. Notably, Halim Qureshi had approached the MCOCA court demanding that MCOCA be invoked against Mehndi and his gang. The court had issued orders to the commissioner of police to submit a report in this regard. Accordingly, the report was submitted, but MCOCA was invoked against Mehndi and his gang in Salim Qureshi murder case only.

In his petition, Halim Qureshi states that this gang had not only killed Salim Qureshi, but also committed four more murders. Therefore, MCOCA be invoked against the gang in these murder cases also. The court after hearing the petition issued the aforesaid order.

Five persons accused of forgery in the Aurangabad branch of the State Bank of Patiala (SBP) have been remanded in police custody till April 7 (Saturday) by a city magistrate on Tuesday.

The accused namely Mohammad Faheem Rashid Khan (31, Devlali, Beed Bypass), Tushar Govind Kabra (25, Mitranagar behind Akashwani), Bhooshan Kamalkishor Kabra (26, Garkheda), Premchand Anantrao Kondekar (67, Bhosalenagar Pune) and Nitin Bhaskar Mahamuni (42, Prabhat Road Pune) were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Monday on the charges of attempting to dupe the bank of Rs 54.36 crore by staking the maturity claim of an FD, for which they presented some fake papers. They were presented before the judicial magistrate (FC), R S Salgaonkar on Tuesday.

The investigating officer, PSI Vishwas Patil, informed the court that some more people might be involved in the forgery. Their contacts with such like-minded people are yet to be established. In addition their source of bogus FD papers, ban documents and many more things are also yet to be learnt from them. After hearing versions of the prosecution and counsel of accused, the judge granted the police custody to these five accused till Saturday.

The police custody remand (PCR) of Imran Mehndi and five others in Sindhu Mhatre murder case was extended by a magisterial court on Sunday. According to details, the PCR of Imran Mehndi, Syed Nazer Ali, Syed Zaheer alias Shera and Farid Khan Feroz Khan has been extended till April 5 (Thursday). The PCR of Imran Saifuddin Shaikh alias Shera and Numan Khan Qayyum Khan has been extended till Wednesday.

They were produced in the court of judicial magistrate (FC), S O Pande, on Sunday. The prosecution informed the court that the vehicle and the weapons used in the murder of Sindhu Mhatre in August last are yet to be recovered. In addition, police also want to know where they spent the amount which they had received from her husband Gajanan Mhatre for her murder. On hearing the prosecution Pande extended their PCR term.

As reported earlier, the six criminals were arrested on the charges of murdering the 49-year-old housewife. They were given supari by her husband Gajanan Mhatre, an assistant sub inspector of police that time. He has been suspended after his arrest.

The body of victim was exhumed from a secluded place situated at the base of a hillock in the vicinity of village Harsul Sawangi late last month. Five murders allegedly committed by Imran Mehndi and his accomplices had sent a shock wave in the city.

The police custody remand (PCR) of Imran Mehndi and four others in the Ansari murder case has been extended till April 1 (Sunday). They were produced before a judicial magistrate first class (JMFC), N A Wankhede, after their PCR term expired on Thursday. Four others arrested in the murder case include an estate dealer and former hotelier Nisar Khan Gulam Rasul Khan, Syed Nazer Syed Naser, Imran Shaikh Saifuddin alias Sultan and Farid Khan Feroz Khan.

The three-day PCR was extended by the magistrate after hearing the versions of prosecution and accused. As reported earlier, the estate dealer, Nisar Khan, was arrested on the charge of giving contract of killing Sirajuddin Ansari, while Mehndi and his men were arrested on the charges of kidnapping and murdering him. They buried the body of Ansari at a deserted place at the base of a hillock in the vicinity of Padegaon few years ago. The offence was detected by the special team formed to investigate the Salim Qureshi murder case early this month.