The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court while hearing a matter between Viveka Hospital Vs Nagpur Municipal Corporation and State Government made an observation that the civic body does not have the right to reserve 80% beds in private hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients. On August 31, the petitioner had approached the HC challenging NMC’s directions to reserve beds.
The petitioner through Advocate Kartik Shukul had argued that neither the State Government nor the NMC have the powers to take over a percentage or entire beds of a private hospital unless exercise powers under section 65 of the Disaster Management Act. Interestingly, these orders have not been passed till date.
Advocates Gemini Kasat for NMC and Advocates S Deopujari for State Government argued before the bench comprising Justice RK Deshpande and Justice PV Ganediwala that the authorities have the power to requisition such beds. Adv Shukul responded that while the authorities do have such powers but they haven’t officially requisitioned hospitals till date. Therefore, all steps, taken under section 65 of Disaster Management Act, including directions to reserve beds at hospitals, are illegal.
The court then asked NMC and State Government if such orders under sec 65 of Disaster Management Act have been passed to which the authorities stated that no such orders were passed. The court then gave a prima facie opinion that in absence of an order under section 65, NMC cannot direct private hospitals to reserve 80% beds for COVID-19 patients.
The court said: “If the order contemplated under section 65 of the Disaster Management Act or under section 2of the Epidemic Diseases Act has not been passed till this date, then it is not understood as to how and under what authority there can be an interference in the management of COVID-19 patients in the private hospitals, either by the State Government or by the empowered officer under the said Act, in the manner stated in the two notifications dated 30.04.2020 and 21.05.2020.”
The court further stated: “Put up both these matters on 16.10.2020 at 10.30 am by physical hearing by consent of parties. We wanted the State Government to file an affidavit on that date making its stand clear on two aspects i.e (i) whether the private hospitals declared as dedicated COVID-19 hospitals are requisitioned under section 65 of the Disaster Management Act or under any other provisions of law and (ii) if such private hospitals are requisitioned under section 65 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, whether State Government, Divisional Commissioner or the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation intend to proceed with the matter as per the prima facie view expressed by this court.”
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.