Madhya Pradesh

One killed, six injured in road accident in Madhya Pradesh

Mr Narendra Parmar, the former chairman of the Agar Municipal Corporation, in this district of Madhya Pradesh, died and six others were injured when his vehicle collided head-on with a car near Ghonsla-Dhabla on the Ujjain-Kota road last night, police said today.

The accident occurred when Mr Parmar was returning from Indore after attending a marriage ceremony last night.

The injured were admitted to District Hospital where Madhya Pradesh Civil Supply Minister Paras Jain visited them.


2 killed in car-truck collision in Madhya Pradesh

Two people were killed and another person was injured when their car collided head-on with a truck on the Agra-Mumbai National Highway near here early today, police said.

Gaurav Dubey and Mona Jain died on the spot while Pradeep Dhakar, who sustained critical injuries, has been referred to a hospital in Gwalior, police added.


Judges appointed to Madhya Pradesh High Court

The President has appointed Mr Justice Ishwar Sahai Shrivastava and Mr Justice Alok Aradhe, Additional Judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, to be Judges of that High Court.

An official press release said that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be with effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.


Minor quake recorded in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

An IMD bulletin said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 22.5 degrees North and longitude 79.6 degrees East, occurred at 12.53 pm at a depth of 12 km.

A UNI report from Seoni said light tremors were felt at Lakhnadaun and nearby areas in the district.


IAF MiG-21 crashes in jungle in MP; pilot safe

A MiG-21 Bison supersonic jet fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in a forest near Bhela and Bheemlat villages under Karahal police station limits about five minutes after taking off today from the Maharajpur Air Force Base in Gwalior.

The pilot ejected prior to the crash that caused a crater besides an inferno over approximately 400 sq m. Debris of the aircraft scattered over roughly 500 sq m.

"The crash took place around 1120 hrs about 150 aeronautical miles southwest of Gwalior. An IAF helicopter conveyed a rescue and relief team to the site in the afternoon. An inquiry has been ordered," an IAF spokesman told UNI over telephone.

A UNI reporter who reached the site reported presence of debris approximately 24 km from here.


Central team to visit Madhya Pradesh to assess crop damage

An Inter-Ministerial Central team will visit Madhya Pradesh soon for an on-the-spot assessment of the damage to crops caused by recent cold wave/frost conditions in parts of the State.

The team will look into admissibility of supplemental central assistance and also recommend whether the calamity can be considered to be of a severe nature, an official press release said.

The team will be led by Mr Atanu Purkayastha, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. It will consist of representatives of Ministry of Finance, Departments of Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Food and Public Distribution, Ministries of Water Resources, Women and Child Development and Crops Division of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation.

The team is likely to visit the State on February 2 or 3 and will submit its report within one week after its return, the release added.


BJP councillor held in Sunil Joshi's murder case

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor has been arrested in connection with former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi's murder in December 2007, police said.

Dewas Nagar Nigam's councillor Ramcharan Patel was arrested yesterday on the charge of destroying evidence and presented before a court.

Patel had allegedly destroyed Joshi's mobile phone. He has been sent to police remand.


Labourer crushed to death by reversing truck in Indore

A labourer, who used to unload sand from trucks, was crushed to death when a truck driver suddenly reversed the vehicle under Bhanwarkuan police station limits in this town, police said.

Ram Singh's head was crushed by the truck's rear wheel while he was standing behind the vehicle yesterday and talking, the police added.


Bye-election in Kharsawan assembly constituency in Jharkhand on February 10

The Election Commission has announced that bye-elections would be held on February 10 to fill up the casual vacancy in the Kharsawan assembly constituency in Jharkhand, providing an opportunity for Chief Minister Arjun Munda to get elected to the House within the constitutionally stipulated period of six months since he assumed office in September 11, 2010.

Mr Munda is currently not a member of the state legislative assembly.

The Commission has also announced that bye-elections would be held on February 14 to fill up the casual vacancies in the legislative assemblies in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Manipur and Madhya Pradesh.

These constituencies are Sanjari Balod in Chhattisgarh, Khadia in Gujarat, Konthoujam in Manipur, and Kukshi and Sonkatch in Madhya Pradesh.

The notification in respect of these constituencies will be issued on January 21 and the last date for making nominations is January 28, an official press release said.

In the ae of Kharsawan in Jharkhand, the notification will be issued on January 17 and the last date for making nominations is January 24.

Counting of votes in all the constituencies will be taken up on February 17, the release added.


Macquarie SBI Infra to invest Rs 580 cr in Moser Baer project in MP

Moser Baer Projects Private Ltd today said Macquarie SBI Infrastructure Fund (MSIF) would invest Rs 580 crore for a minority stake in the Anuppur Thermal Power Plant in Madhya Pradesh.

MB Power (Madhya Pradesh) Ltd (MBPMPL), a subsidiary of Moser Baer Projects, is developing a 2,520 MW thermal power plant in multiple phases at Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh with an investment of Rs 13,700 crore.

"Macquarie SBI Infrastructure would invest Rs 580 crore for developing the first phase of 1,200 MW of the Anuppur power plant would be picking up significant minority stake in the project," Moser Baer Projects Private Ltd Promoter Deepak Puri told a press conference here.

With the current investment, the first phase of 1,200 MW which is anticipated to cost Rs 6,240 crore is fully funded.

MBPMPL has already tied up debt of Rs 4,680 crore for the first phase of the project in November 2009 with State Bank of India (SBI) and Axis Bank as the lead banks.

The 2520 MW thermal power plant is expected to be commissioned in phases by the end of 2014.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the first phase of the project has already been awarded to Lanco Infratech Ltd and construction at the site has been commenced.

This project is strategically located near major coal fields of South Eastern Coal fields Ltd and is close to power deficit markets of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

MSIF is an India-focused infrastructure fund that is managed by a joint venture between Macquarie Capital (Macquarie) and the State Bank of India (SBI).


Woman run over by train at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh

A woman was killed when she was run over by a train near Shastri Bridge at Madan Mahal area in this cantonment town, police said.

Hansa Solanki (50) met with the accident yesterday. She was rushed to hospital where she was declared "brought dead".


CBI raids on excise officials, gutka company in Indore

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team has raided premises of three Central Excise and Service Tax (CEST)Department officials and eight premises of a city-based gutka company in connection with alleged irregularities to the tune of crores of rupees.

CBI sources said separate teams conducted simultaneous raids on the premises of the three officials as well as the premises of the gutka company on Thursday.

The three officials had allegedly helped the company to evade tax on the basis of fake documents, the sources added.


Boy killed, sister hurt in accident in Bhopal

A school boy was killed and his elder sister injured when their scooter was hit by a dumper near Ayodhya Bypass in Rajiv Nagar area in the city, police said.

Abhishek, a class III student, was killed, while his sister, who was driving the two-wheeler, suffered injuries in the incident yesterday.

After the mishap, an irate mob set the dumper on fire and blocked traffic for some time.

Police brought the situation under control and seized the dumper, whose driver was said to be absconding.


Bhardwaj appointed Karnataka governor, Thakur moves to MP

Former Law and Justice Minister H R Bhardwaj was on Wednesday appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka. He will succeed Mr Rameshwar Thakur, who will move to Bhopal as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh .

Dr. H R Bhardwaj
Dr. H R Bhardwaj
Former Union Law and Justice Minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj was today appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said.

Mr Bhardwaj will succeed Mr Rameshwar Thakur, who will move to Bhopal as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh for the remainder of his term in place of Dr Balram Jakhar.

The President has also appointed former Assam Finance Minister Devanand Konwar as the new Governor of Bihar in place of Mr R L Bhatia, the communique added.

Mr Bhardwaj's appointment to a Raj Bhavan was widely expected after he found himself unexpectedly without a place in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new government that assumed office in the end of May.
Rameshwar Thakur
Rameshwar Thakur

Mr Bhardwaj, 72, is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Haryana. He has an M.A. and an LL.B. degree. A senior Supreme Court advocate, he has been closely associated with the Nehru-Gandhi family.

He served as Minister of State for Law and Justice in the Rajiv Gandhi government and later became Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Planning and Programme Implementation in the Narasimha Rao regime. In July, 1992, Mr Rao moved him to Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs as Minister of State.

He became Minister of Law and Justice in 2004 when Dr Singh took over as the head of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government for the first time.

Mr Thakur, 82, is a well-known chartered accountant, who also has M.A. and LL.B. degrees. He took active part in the Quit India movement of 1942 and remained underground for nearly six months in the Raj Mahal Hills in Santhal Parganas. He was arrested and detained in Central Jail, Dum Dum, Calcutta in 1946 for participating in the national movement.

He has served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and as Chairman of the Study Group on Banking Costs, Banking Commission, Government of India. He is currently the President of All India Bharat Scouts and Guides. He is also Chairman of Associated Journals, which used to publish National Herald.

Mr Thakur has had two terms as a member of the Rajya Sabha and has served as Union Minister of State for Finance (Revenue), Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs from June, 1991 to March, 1996.

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