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Part of hospital building collapses in Bhopal, patients trapped

A portion of the two-storeyed building of a hospital here collapsed this evening and several people, mainly patients, were trapped under the debris, officials said.

The mishap occurred when a part of the ceiling of the women's ward of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, located on the campus of the public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), caved in around 5 pm, they said.
 
Official sources said eleven people were rescued from the rubble, while at least four or five were believed to be trapped under the debris. 
 
The building is said to be around 50 years old and the hospital mainly caters to employees of BHEL, they said.
 
Patients in other departments of the hospital were evacuated to other hospitals nearby, the sources said.
 
Fire brigade teams, police personnel and scores of volunteers joined the rescue efforts.
 
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CCEA nod for four-laning of Rewa-Sidhi section of NH-75E in MP

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval yesterday for the four- laning of the Rewa-Sidhi section of National Highway (NH)-75E in Madhya Pradesh through a public-private oartnership on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis. 

An official press release said the cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.677.21 crore including Rs. 49.34 crore for land acquisition and other pre-construction activities. The total length of road will be approximately 71 kms. 
 
The release said the project will expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh and reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying between Rewa and Sidhi towns. 
 
It will also increase the employment potential for local labourers for project activities. The main townships on the project highway are Rewa, Rithi, Mehsab and Badahaura. 
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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CCEA nod for four laning of Jabalpur-Bhopal section of NH-12 in MP

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved a proposal for four- laning with paved shoulders of the Jabalpur-Bhopal section of National Highway (NH)-12 in Madhya Pradesh.

The project is being taken up under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase III, on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis in Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) mode of delivery, an official press release said.
 
The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs.2686.91 crore, including Rs.200.95 crore towards the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of road will be 294.21 kms, it said.
 
According to the release, the project will expedite improvement of infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh and reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic, particularly heavy traffic, plying on NH-12 between Jabalpur and Bhopal. It will also increase employment potential for local labourers for project activities. 
 
The project covers the districts of Bhopal and Jabalpur. The main townships on the project highway are Bhopal, Obedullahganj, Goharganj, Bari, Bareli, Khargone and Jabalpur, the release added.
 
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Ten years' rigorous imprisonment for driver for causing death of IPS officer in MP

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The Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI Cases, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) today convicted Manoj Gurjar, the driver of a tractor, in a case related to the death of an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Narendra Kumar, at Morena in Madhya Pradesh on March 3 last year.

Gurjar, a resident of Banmore in Morena district, was sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for ten years with a fine of Rs 10,000 under section 304 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and two years of rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 1000 under sectin 353 of the IPC. Both the sentences are to run separately, a CBI press release said here.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case in the matter on March 13 last year. It was alleged in the first information report (FIR) that Mr Kumar, the then sub-divisional police officer at Banmore, was on his rounds on the day of Holi, along with four constables and driver, to take stock of police arrangements for the festival when he was crushed by a tractor trolley carrying stones.
 
The officer, who was trying to stop the trolley, was seriously injured and declared brought dead by doctors at the Sahara Hospital, where he was rushed by the policemen accompanying him.
 
The CBI said its investigations showed that the driver did not stop the tractor trolley despite being asked to do so. Mr Kumar climbed on to the tractor, holding the canopy with one hand and the steering wheel with the other. 
 
The driver allegedly kicked Mr Kumar and also forced him to release the steering wheel. Mr Kumar fell on the ground and the driver allegedly ran the tractor over him and sped away. 
 
A charge sheet was filed against the accused on June 6 last year. The court found the accused guilty and convicted him, the release added.
 
Mr Kumar's wife, Madhurani Tewatia, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is also posted in Madhya Pradesh. His father had alleged that Narendra Kumar had been murdered because he was taking tough action against the illegal mining mafia.
 
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Kamal Nath inaugurates Ashok Leyland’s Driver Training Institute at Chhindwara

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Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath today inaugurated commercial vehicles manufacturer Ashok Leyland’s new Driver Training Institute (DTI) at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh.

This is the third DTI set up by Ashok Leyland, the flagship of the Hinduja Group, in the country after Namakkal in Tamil Nadu and Burari near Delhi. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).
 
Mr Nath said that the need for well-trained commercial vehicle drivers had assumed grave criticality, given the serious shortage of skilled drivers.
 
"I am aware of the pioneering work that Ashok Leyland has already done in the area of providing trained drivers to the industry and today’s inauguration of this new Driver Training Institute is one more significant step in the right direction. I am delighted that this institute will also help create more employment opportunities for the youth of this region by facilitating trainees transition into a career," he said.
 
Spread over 15 acres, this new facility at Chhindwara, which is Mr Nath's Lok Sabha constituency, is equipped with facilities for heavy commercial vehicle driver training like vehicles, tracks of various configurations, classrooms, trainers and a state-of-the-art driver training simulator.
 
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“Our Driver Care programme connects with the driver community at three levels,” said Mr. R. Seshasayee, Executive Vice Chairman, Ashok Leyland. “At the core, is their relationship with our vehicles and we have constantly been working at improving their overall drivability. At an important second level, is our driver training institutes that train and prepare drivers for life both on and off the road. Finally, there is an emotional connect, for which we have some key initiatives in place in the areas of health and education for their betterment.”
 
As part of the driver care programme, the company has launched ‘Arogya’, a health initiative, with a medical centre set up at Hosur, Tamil Nadu, where drivers can avail of free medical check-ups and consultations. Another initiative is the ‘All the Best’ scheme, a scholarship programme for top-performing children of drivers. Launched in Tamil Nadu and Kerala two years ago, this scheme has benefitted 650 deserving children thus far.
 
Ashok Leyland’s DTIs at Namakkal and Burari are considered among the most comprehensive in India’s private sector that have cumulatively trained over 500,000 drivers thus far. Two more of the company’s driving training institutes at Kaithal (Haryana) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha) are close to inauguration while another at Rajsamand (Rajasthan) is under construction.
 
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India crush England by 127 runs, level series 1-1

File photo of MS Dhoni. UNI PHOTO
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India pulled off a comprehensive win to level the series 1-1, beating England by a massive 127-run margin in the second one-day international (ODI) of the five-match series at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today.

While the Indian top order continued its unimpressive form, crucial half-centuries from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61 not out) helped the hosts get to a competitive 285 for six in their 50 overs.
 
Then a fine spell of fast bowling by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (3/29) rattled the England top order while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrecked the middle-order and wrapped up the innings for 158 in 36 overs. Jadeja, who bagged two for 12, was adjudged as Man of the Match.
 
Chasing 286 on a batting paradise, England lost opening batsman Ian Bell (1) in the second over. Shami Ahmed, who replaced Ashok Dinda, produced a fine delivery that pitched up and wide, inducing Bell into a drive only to find an edge to Dhoni.
 
What followed next was an interesting battle between Kumar and Kevin Pietersen, who struck a fine 42 off 44.
 
England skipper Alastair Cook (17) became Kumar’s first victim, trapped leg before. The young pacer from Uttar Pradesh again struck twice in the 15th over to get rid of Pietersen and Eoin Morgan as England were reduced to 73 for four.
 
Young batsman Joe Root struck a fighting 36 but England failed to recover from the slump.
 
Earlier opting to bat, Dhoni struck a captain's knock of 72 off 66 balls, while Jadeja remained unbeaten on 61 as India made a massive recovery after being reduced to 119 for four. Suresh Raina also made a valuable 55.
 
India again found themselves in a familiar situation after the two openers Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Gautam Gambhir (8) were back in the pavilion with just 18 runs on the board. Gambhir was bowled by Jade Dernbach while Rahane was castled by Steve Finn.
 
Virat Kohli (37) showed signs of getting back to form and along with Yuvraj Singh (32) started the repair act with their 53-run stand for the third wicket. At a time when the partnership was getting stronger, Yuvraj was given leg-before off James Tredwell and India were reduced to 71 for three.
 
Raina then joined Kohli for their 48-run stand that was broken by Chris Woakes. Kohli had to blame himslef for giving away a hard-earned start as he holed out to Ian Bell at sweeper cover of Woakes.
 
Dhoni was involved in two crucial partnerships with Raina and Jadeja that took India to a position of strength. With Raina, he was involved in a 55-run stand and with Jadeja 96 runs for the sixth wicket.
 
Raina was castled by Steve Finn in the 40th over and hit two fours and two sixes in his 78-ball innings.
 
Though England were in control of most of the innings, India dominated the last 10 overs that conceeded 108 runs and 68 came off the last five.
 
Dhoni smashed seven fours and two sixes while Jadeja hit eight fours and two sixes. Jadeja finished off the innings in style by taking 14 from the last three deliveries off Dernbach.
 
Scoreboard:
India:
Ajinkya Rahane b Finn 4
Gautam Gambhir b Dernbach 8
Virat Kohli c Bell b Woakes 37
Yuvraj Singh lbw Tredwell 32
Suresh Raina b Finn 55
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 72
Ravindra Jadeja  not out            61
Ravichandran Ashwin not out 1
Extras (lb 5, w 10) 15             
Total (for six wickets in 50 overs) 285
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Gambhir, 3.6 overs), 2-18 (Rahane, 4.3), 3-71 (Yuvraj Singh, 15.2), 4-119 (Kohli, 26.2), 5-174 (Raina, 39.2), 6-270 (Dhoni, 49.2)
Bowling:
Steve Finn 10-1-51-2
Jade Dernbach 9-0-73-2
Chris Woakes 9-0-60-1
Samit Patel 10-0-43-0
James Tredwell 10-0-48-1
Joe Root 2-0-5-0
 
England:
Alastair Cook lbw Kumar            17
Ian Bell c Dhoni b Shami Ahmed 1
Kevin Pietersen            b Kumar 42
Joe Root b Jadeja 36        
Eoin Morgan c Dhoni b Kumar 0
Craig Kieswetter c Raina b Ashwin 18
Samit Patel not out 30
Chrias Woakes lbw Jadeja 0
James Tredwell lbw Ashwin 1
Steve Finn c Dhoni b Ashwin 0
Jade Dernbach run out (Jadeja/Dhoni) 2
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 4) 11                                                       
Total (all out in 36 overs) 158  
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Bell, 1.2 overs), 2-58 (Cook, 10.1), 3-73 (Pietersen, 14.2), 4-73 (Morgan, 14.4), 5-110 (Kieswetter, 25.3), 6-132 (Root, 30.2), 7-132 (Woakes, 30.5), , 8-135 (Tredwell, 33.2), 9-135 (Finn, 33.3)
Bowling:
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10-2-29-3
Shami Ahmed 4-1-24-1
Ishant Sharma 4-0-28-0
Ravindra Jadeja 7-1-12-2
Yuvraj Singh 4-0-19-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 7-0-39-3
 
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Income Tax, ASI officials given rigorous imprisonment in disproportionate assets cases

The Special Judge for CBI cases, Jabalpur has convicted Yuvraj B. Bramhane, a former Income Tax Inspector at Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh and sentenced him to undergo three years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs.8,50,000 for possessing assets worth Rs 9.69 lakh disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said here yesterday that the judge also ordered that if the accused fails to deposit the fine amount of Rs.8,50,000, an amount of Rs.8,09,360 would be recovered by confiscation of his bank balance. Further, the remaining fine amount, Rs.40,640, would be recovered after the attachment and sale of the property of he accused situated in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
 
According to the release, after conducting an investigation, CBI filed a charge sheet before the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Jabalpur on August 31, 2009 under various aspects of the Prevention of Corruption Act alleging that during the period 01.01.2001 to 12.11.2008, Bramhane, working as Senior Tax Assistant & Income Tax Inspector at Raipur and Balaghat was found in the possession of assets to the tune of Rs.9.69 lakh, which was disproportionate to his known sources of Income.
 
In a separate case, the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Chennai convicted Dilip Singh Bhonsle, an official of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced him to undergo two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 30,000.
 
The release said that a case was registered on May 30, 2007 against Bhonsle, Conversion Assistant Grade-II, ASI, Mamalapuram Sub Circle, Kancheepuram District on the allegation that during the period 2000 2007, he had acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. It was established in the investigation that during the check period, during 2000- 2007, Bhonsle had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs.24.87 lakhs. After the investigation of the case, CBI filed charge sheet against the accused.
 
The trial courts found the accused persons guilty and convicted them, the release added.
 
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Essar Power commissions 600MW Mahan I power project in Madhya Pradesh

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Essar Power Limited today said it had synchronised the first 600 MW unit of the 1200 MW Mahan I power project in Madhya Pradesh with the transmission grid and commenced generating power from it.

Mahan I is Essar Power's eighth operational power plant, taking its generation capacity to 3910 MW. 
 
The new unit is the largest size single unit commissioned in Madhya Pradesh, a press release from the company, a part of the Essar Group, said.
 
The plant uses a combination of imported coal and coal sourced from Coal India’s e-auction process, while an application has also been made for an interim tapering coal linkage allocation from Coal India. Coal from these sources will be required until Essar Power’s nearby Mahan coal block is operational. 
 
Essar Power received stage 1 forest clearance for the Mahan coal block at the end of October 2012, the release said.
 
“The commissioning of the first unit at Mahan is another major milestone for Essar Energy and means we have now more than tripled our generation capacity over the past couple of years. Our focus now is on the development of the Mahan coal block which will provide a low cost fuel source for the power plant, placing it among the lowest cost power generators in India," Mr Naresh Nayyar, the chief executive officer of Essar Energy, said.
 
Unit 2 at Mahan I, also of 600MW, is expected to begin commercial operations during the first quarter of the next financial year 2013-14.
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The Mahan I project represents a $1.2 billion investment by Essar Power. It is the company’s third coal-fired power project to enter commercial operations during 2012, with a total capacity of 2,310MW. 
 
The Salaya I plant, also 1,200MW, was completed in June 2012 while the 510MW Vadinar P2 plant, completed in November 2012, is providing power for Essar Oil’s Vadinar refinery, where the availability of coal-fired generation is having a positive impact on refining margins.
 
The Salaya and Mahan plant will sell the majority of their output to state electricity boards. The other six operational power plant are captive projects, supplying power to other Essar businesses and delivering secure revenues and EBITDA with the majority of payments based on availability, rather than on power generated, while fuel price and delivery risk lies with the power purchaser.
 
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Lanco to supply 300 MW power to discoms in MP

Infrastructure major Lanco Infratech Limited (LITL) has said that it has achieved a major breakthrough in long term sale of 300 MW power to Madhya Pradesh from its Unit 1 of Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Station in Chhattisgarh.

A press release from the company said here yesterday that the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) had, on December 1, approved the procurement process and price for long term power procurement by Madhya Pradesh from Power Trading Corporation (PTC) to be sourced from Lanco Amarkantak thermal power station.
 
Lanco is operating the 2 x 300 MW Lanco Amarkantak power plant near Pathadi village in Korba district in Chhattisgarh. 
 
This is Lanco Group’s first domestic coal based plant, using coal from nearby mines of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). 
 
Power supply to Madhya Pradesh from the plant could not commence due to certain disputes in the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed in 2005, the release said.
 
The longstanding imbroglio has been recently resolved with MP Power Management Company (MPPMC) (representing the State Discoms), PTC and Lanco coming together to reach a settlement, it said.
 
“We are pleased to be entrusted with the supply of power to distribution companies in Madhya Pradesh from Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Station which is operating 2x300 MW power plant. The revised PPA benefits Madhya Pradesh with supply of 300 MW of power on a long term basis at one of the lowest tariffs in the region determined as per CERC Regulations. We are sure that this will ensure the state uninterrupted power supply and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship," Mr L. Madhusudhan Rao, Chairman, LITL, said.
 
According to the release, a Settlement Agreement was concluded on 16th October 2012 among the MP Power Management Company, PTC and Lanco which marked an end to the litigations at various forums and paved the way for commencement of supply of 300 MW from Lanco Amarkantak Unit 1 to Discoms of MP through PTC/MPPMC on long-term basis as per CERC regulations with fuel as passthrough. 
 
In a related development, on 30 November 2012, the Government of Madhya Pradesh also withdrew the debarment imposed by them previously, thus enabling Lanco Group companies to participate in all government projects in the State with immediate effect.
 
"For Lanco, it not only assures offtake of power in the long run but also satisfies the pre-requisite to receive linkage coal from SECL via long term Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) as per the recent policy of Ministry of Coal and CIL. Further, the revised PPA provides for a pass-through of energy (fuel) charges, and also enables Lanco to procure alternate fuel supplies such as e-Auction or imported coal in case of short-supply from SECL and receive the fuel charge at actuals," the release said.
 
"Supply of power to MP Discoms through PTC from the 300 MW Unit No.1 of Amarkantak power station has started from 00:00hrs on 3rd December 2012," the release added.
 
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Fire in two coaches of Grand Trunk Express near Gwalior, one person dies of heart attack

Two air-conditioned 3-tier coaches of the Chennai-New Delhi Grand Trunk Express caught fire near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh in the early hours of today, and a passenger of an unaffected adjacent coach died of a heart attack in the commotion that followed, North Central Railway officials said today.

According to the officials, the fire was noticed around 0205 hours and the train was promptly stopped at Sidholi, the station just before Gwalior.
 
Fire tenders rushed to the spot and brought the flames under control, they said. The fire, which started in B1 coach, also spread to parts of B2 coach, but all the passengers of the two coaches were brought out safely, they said.
 
However, during the commotion, a passenger of the adjacent S1 coach, which was not affected by the fire, died after suffering a heart attack, the officials said.
 
The train left at 0600 hours for Gwalior, where the two affected coaches were detached before it proceeded on its onward journey at 0730 hours.
 
Two extra coaches were attached to a following train for the benefit of the affected coaches, the officials said.
 
The cause of the fire could not be immediately ascertained, they added.
 
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Shivraj Singh Chouhan meets Ajit Singh, discusses aviation proposals for MP

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh here yesterday and discussed with him the status of various proposals in the aviation sector in the state and ways of improving air connectivity within the state.

Mr Ajit Singh told him that the Centre was in the process of making Indore Airport completely CAT-I compliant. He said this required installation of CAT-I approach lighting system for which approximately 15 acres of additional land is needed at the airport. He said the CAT-I Approach lighting system as an aid to the Instrument Landing System available at the airport will help landing of aircrafts in less visibility and considerably improve airport operations in the city.
 
Mr Ajit Singh said 28 acres of land is also required on city-side at Indore to streamline vehicular movement and facilitate straight-in approach of vehicles to the new integrated terminal. Mr Chouhan promised to look into the requirements favourably. 
 
Mr Chouhan brought up the issue of setting up the Centre for Perishable Cargo at Indore Airport. He informed that the facility will be established by the MP Warehousing and Logistics Corporation (MPWLC) under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode for which 1500 sq. meter area is required. 
 
He said that the MPWLC has already written to Airport Authority of India (AAI) for allotment of land and requested for a positive response from the Centre on the issue. 
 
Mr Chouhan also highlighted the need for extending facilities at the State Hangar at Bhopal Airport and requested for 4.23 acres of extra land for the purpose for which the State Government has put up a request to AAI. 
 
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Mr Ajit Singh assured to take an early view on these issues and said that the AAI would consider both these proposals. 
 
Mr Chouhan also underlined the need for promoting Indore as a destination for international flights, especially to the Middle East and South East Asia. He said that it would help growth of industry in the area. He also offered do discuss a package including tax concessions on Air Turbine Fuel for the airlines willing to operate from Indore. 
 
The Chief Minister also pointed out that the revised schedule of Air India connecting Bhopal and Delhi is inconvenient to passengers and requested for the restoration of the earlier schedule. Mr Ajit Singh assured him that he would look into both issues, an official press release added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Kasrawad taluk of Madha Pradesh

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Kasrawad taluk of Khargone district in Madhya Pradesh today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 22.1 degrees North and longitude 75.6 degrees East, occurred at 0945 hours today at a focal depth of 28 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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CBI arrests RPF sub-inspector at Satna in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a sub-inspector of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) at Satna in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from a scrap vendor.

The vendor had, in a complaint to the agency, alleged that the sub-inspector had demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from him for not falsely implicating and arresting him in a theft case.
 
The CBI registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the sub-inspector and laid a trap for him. He was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the complainant at his office.
 
Searches at the office and residential premises of the accused were conducted, a press release from the agency said.
 
The arrested accused would be produced today before the CBI Court at Jabalpur, the release added.
 
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Moderate quake rocks Shahdol region of Madhya Pradesh

An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5 on the Richter scale, rocked the Shahdol region of Madhya Pradesh this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 23.8 degrees North and longitude 81.4 degrees East, occurred at 0233 hours at a focal depth of 27 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Justice Sharad Bobde appointed as CJ of Madhya Pradesh High Court

File photo of Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde.
File photo of Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde.

The President has appointed Mr Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, a judge of the Bombay High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his office.
 
Born on April 24, 1956, Justice Bobde took his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the Nagpur University.
 
He practised law at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court and before the Supreme Court for over 21 years. He was designated as senior advocate in 1998.
 
He was elevated to the bench of the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000 as an additional judge.
 
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CBI arrests branch manager of Bank of India in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a branch manager of Bank of India, Nemawar branch in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from a loan applicant unde the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme.

A CBI press release said here yesterday that a case was registered under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act against the official after a complaint from the loan applicant.
 
It was alleged in the complaint that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs. 70,000 for sanctioning three KCC loans and that, out of it, Rs.44,000 had already been obtained from the complainant. 
 
According to it, the branch manager had demanded the remaining bribe amount of Rs.26,000 as a reward for the KCC loan earlier sanctioned to the complainant, his father and uncle. The amount was reduced by him to Rs.10,000 as the complainant expressed his inability to arrange Rs.26,000, the complaint said.
 
According to the release, the CBI laid a trap and the accused was caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs.10,000 from the complainant. Searches were also conducted at the office and residential premises of the accused person. Investigation in the case is continuing, the release added.
 
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Cabinet nod for revival of newsprint manufacturer Nepa Ltd

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for a proposal for the revival of Nepa Limited, the first indigenous newsprint manufacturing unit in the country, located at Nepanagar in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

An official press release said the proposal included infusion of funds of Rs. 234.18 crore, waiver/conversion of Rs. 599.59 crore and reduction of equity share capital to the tune of Rs. 266.36 crore. 
 
The Cabinet also gave its approval for 1997 pay scales to the employees, enhancement in the superannuation age of employees from existing 58 years to 60 years, recruitment of Director (Finance), implementation of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and continuation of the present chairman and managing director (CMD) till 30.11.2015 on attaining the age of 65 years. 

Cabinet approves formation of SPV for Lakhnadone-Ghansore road project

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the formation of a 100 per cent owned Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for execution of the Lakhnadone-Ghansore road project in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis.

An official press release said the public sector Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) would invest Rs 23.11 crore, that is 35 per cent of the project cost, in equity in the SPV from its internal resources.
 
TCIL, a premier telecommunications consultancy and engineering company with a strong base in telecommunications & information technology, was incorporated in 1978 by Government of India. Of late, the company has diversified into civil works, an official press release said.
 
TCIL is engaged in telecom projects in India and abroad, directly or through its joint venture companies/subsidiaries. The company has worked in over 60 countries and has also contributed in providing strategic communication in the neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. 
 
The company`s paid up capital now stands at Rs. 43.20 crore. The standalone networth of the company is Rs. 420.41 crore, the release added.
 
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Armed forces mount rescue operations in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand, MP

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The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have mounted massive rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh.  

An official press release said here yesterday that the IAF, in coordination with the civil administration, was facilitating the smooth evacuation of stranded pilgrims from Harshil and Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand.
 
Ten army columns are involved in rescue operations in the Uttarkashi-Gangotri area and are providing succour in the form of medical aid, hot food and other assistance to stranded pilgrims, it said.
 
Two army aviation helicopters are operating in coordination with civil administration.
 
Two IAF Advance Light Helicopters (ALH) and one IAF Mi-17 chopper have already been deployed in Harshil/Uttarkashi and one more Mi-17 is being added to augment the rescue and relief efforts, it said.
 
The release said the road between Uttarkashi and Dharasu has been opened to light vehicle traffic.
 
 Armed Forces continue to operate two medical camps and cook houses in Gangnani and has also established a reception/dispersal centre at Dharasu.  Five facilitation posts with medic facilities, refreshments and so on have also been established between Uttarkashi and Dharasu.
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Foot crossings on Gangori and Soundh Gad has been established to facilitate the movement of pilgrims. 
 
In Madhya Pradesh also, the relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas of Hoshangabad, Raisen and Harda districts are in full swing, the release said.
 
In Hoshangabad 300 villagers has been rescued so far. Five officers including a medical officer, six JCOs and 150 other ranks continue to be involve in flood relief and rescue operations.  Four Boat Assault Universal Type (BAUT), four Out Bound Motor (OBM) and two inflated boats have been pressed into service to carry out the flood relief operations.
 
Two flood relief army columns have been mobilised to affected areas of Raisen district.
 
In Harda district, the situation is being closely monitored.  Flood relief columns have been kept in standby to move on a short notice.
 
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Cabinet okays establishment of the Central Academy for Police Training at Bhopal

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The Union Cabinet today gave its ex-post facto approval for the creation of the Central Academy for Police Training (CAPT) at Bhopal.

The Cabinet also approved the creation of one post of Director, CAPT in the rank of Inspector General of Police in Pay Band 4 of Rs.37,400 - 67,000 plus Grade Pay of Rs.10,000, an official press release said.
 
It said a total outlay of Rs.492 crore has been provided under the 12th Plan for CAPT.  The recurring expenditure for creation of one post of Director/IGP will be Rs.9,38,520 per annum at the minimum of the pay scale. 
 
The decision to set up the academy took into account the dearth of training facilities for the Deputy Superintendent of Police, directly recruited by the State Governments and inadequate facilities for training of trainers.
 
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Achanakmar-Amarkantak added to World Network of Biosphere Reserves

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The Achanakmar-Amarkantak area in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh is among 20 new sites added to the World Network Biosphere Reserves by the  International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) at a meeting in Paris yesterday.

The network now includes 598 reserves in 117 countries. Biosphere Reserves were inscribed in Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Sao Tome and Principe for the first time this year, a press release from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.
 
Biosphere Reserves are areas designated under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme to serve as places to test different approaches to integrated management of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine resources and biodiversity. Biosphere Reserves are thus sites for experimenting with and learning about sustainable development, the release said.

CBI arrests SBI field officer in bribery case in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Field Officer of the Manawar branch of the State Bank of India in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 9000 from a loan applicant.

The applicant had, in a complaint to the agency, alleged that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs. 9,000 from him for sanctioning a crop loan of Rs. 3 lakhs.
 
According to a press release from the CBI, the agency registered a case under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and laid a trap. The officer was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe, it said.
 
The release said incriminating documents recovered during searches at the premises of the accused and were being scrutinized. 
 
The accused was produced before the Special Judge for CBI cases, Indore and remanded to custody, the release added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Chhindwara region of Madhya Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Chhindwara region of Madhya Pradesh early today.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 22..2 degrees North and longitude 78.8 degrees East, occurred at 0640 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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CBI files chargesheet in case related to death of IPS officer in Madhya Pradesh

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) yesterday filed a chargesheet in the case relating to the death of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Narendra Kumar at Morena in Madhya Pradesh on March 3 this year.

The young IPS officer was crushed to death by a tractor-trolley laden with illegally-quarried stones in Morena on the day of the festival Holi.
 
Narendra Kumar, 32, then sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Banmore in Morena district, about 450 km from state capital Bhopal, had taken charge of his new assignment just 45 days before the incident.
 
According to reports, Narendra Kumar, who belonged to the 2009 batch of the IPS, had started acting against the illegal mining mafia and was trying to stop the tractor while he was patrolling the area because it was Holi.
 
The driver of the tractor did not stop the vehicle, following which Narendra Kumar chased it and tried to force the driver to stop. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the driver mowed down the police officer, the officials said at that time.
 
Narendra Kumar was rushed to hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on the way. His wife, Madhurani Tewatia, is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is also posted in Madhya Pradesh. His father had alleged that Narendra Kumar had been murdered because he as taking tough action against the illegal mining mafia.
 
In its chargesheet, the agency said the officer's death was a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and said that Manoj Gurjar, the driver of the vehicle, had nothing to do with any kind of mining mafia, as was initially alleged. He was taking the stones for his own personal use, it said.
 
The CBI filed the chargesheet against the driver, a resident of Banmore, Morena under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) in the court at Indore.
 
The agency said its investigations revealed that, as the driver did not stop the tractor-trolley despite being signaled to do so, Narendra Kumar rushed towards it, followed by his personal staff. 
 
"He tried to get the tractor stopped and in the process he climbed on it by holding the canopy with one hand and steering wheel of the tractor with other hand. Accused driver of the tractor allegedly kicked Mr Narendra Kumar and simultaneously also got released the steering wheel of the tractor from his hand to avoid seizure and confiscation of his tractor and trolley. Due to the use of force by the accused, Mr Narendra Kumar fell down on the ground and the accused allegedly ran the tractor over him instead of stopping the same. In the process, the left rear tyre of the tractor and also the left tyre of trolley passed over Mr Narendra Kumar. The accompanying staff took Mr Narendra Kumar to a hospital in Gwalior where the doctor declared him brought dead," a CBI press release said.
 
The accused driver is presently in judicial custody.
 
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