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2 Maharashtra teachers booked, charged under new law against leaks

One of the ZP teachers, aged 40, is posted at Takli in Madha tehsil of Solapur district and the other, aged 34, is a headmaster with a ZP school at Katpur in Latur. The instructor is posted at Omerga-based ITI in Dharashiv district. The fourth suspect is from Delhi and has, so far, been identified by his pseudo name Gangadhar. One of the ZP teachers, aged 40, is posted at Takli in Madha tehsil of Solapur district and the other, aged 34, is a headmaster with a ZP school at Katpur in Latur.

The Times of India 24 Jun 2024 2:11 am

Indomach Hyderabad Exhibition Concludes

Hyderabad : Indomach Hyderabad 2004, a three-day exhibition concluded on Sunday. The event had 200 exhibitors from India and abroad. It showcased 750 live machinery and had over 900 national and international brands on display. It saw about 18,000 visitors from pan India, especially from entire South India and parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, a release said.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 1:10 am

HMDA Fencing Land / Trenches Being Laid at Entry Points

Hyderabad : A probe is underway to find out persons who mobilised and instigated a large crowd which encroached into 445 acre land at Miyapur, worth thousands of crores of rupees, and pelted stones on police The land, which is under the control of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), After the crowd pelted stones at police, they arrested Sangeetha and 13 others and served notices under Section 41(a) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Swamy Naik and Srinivas Naik from Nadigadda Thanda allegedly provoked people from their community by constructing a temple on the land, said a source in the police department. However, HMDA officials claimed that Sangeetha, Swamy and Srinivas from Nadigadda Thanda were following instructions from land sharks, who were keen to encroach the land. A total of 16 parties are claiming the land. While 15 are associations, which include the ones from the real estate business, the one is a family. The cops need to find out the persons who mobilised this mob, said a HMDA official. The official said those arrested by the police cannot mobilise such a large crowd. In addition to neighbouring districts of Hyderabad, people from Karnataka and Maharashtra were also present and the onus of catching hold of the ones behind this mob is with the police department, he said. Verification with the officials of HMDA and Revenue department revealed that there was a planned attempt to encroach this land located in prime location. On June 1, some people from Hyderabad neighbouring districts trespassed into the land and a case was also booked on eight people. Later on June 19 , 20 and 21, another attempt was made and this time dozens of people thronged to the land parcel and tried to make the land parcel livable by setting up huts, stalls, arrangements for drinking water supply etc. By June 22, with the encroachers forwarding WhatsApp videos asking people to come to the site if they wanted a portion of land or 2BHK house, the situation turned tense with over 2,000 people gathering at Miyapur land and pelting stones on cops who tried to vacate them. The state government, a couple of years ago, had booked cases against two companies Trinity Infraventures and Suvishal PowerGen for trying to encroach this government land. While the police personnel are getting the land vacated, the HMDA, which controls the land, plans to fence the land parcel with Rs 4.5 crore. At 60 entry points of the site, trenches are being set up and police pickets are also in place. A temporary office at the site has been set up which will later be converted into a permanent one and four security guards will be deployed by the HMDA. An officer of the deputy tahshildar cadre will take the attendance of these guards everyday and all measures to protect the land will be taken up, said a HMDA official.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 1:04 am

Maratha leader seeks OBC quota for Muslims

Manoj Jarange Patil said on Sunday that he would not give even an hour more to the Eknath Shinde government to implement the Maratha reservation after December 24.(Image source:Facebook) Manoj Jarange Patil said on Sunday that he would not give even an hour more to the Eknath Shinde government to implement the Maratha reservation after December 24.(Image source:Facebook) Mumbai: In a demand that is further likely to complicate the reservation issue in Maharashtra, Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange Patil on Sunday insisted that Muslims in the state should also be given a reservation under the OBC category. Mr Patil, till now, was fighting for the inclusion of his Maratha community in the OBC category and had demanded that Marathas be declared Kunbis, who enjoy reservation in government jobs and educational institutes as OBCs. His call for Muslims to be included in the OBC category is likely to create a new controversy. The demand is also expected to have its echo in the forthcoming budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly, beginning on June 27. In the list of OBCs, people were included according to their occupation. Mali community, which is a horticulturist group, or Kunbis, who are farmers, have been included in the list of OBCs based on their occupation. Government records have found that the Muslim community also does agriculture. We have found old records of Muslims registered as Kunbis because they were involved in agriculture. If that is the case, Muslims should also be included in the OBC category as Kunbis, the activist said. Mr Patil demanded that the government clarify if it is true or not that the occupation was the basis for the inclusion of the Mali community. Every community having Kunbi records should be given reservation benefits. Muslims should not be treated unfairly and the government should speak according to the law, he added. However, OBC activist Laxman Hake has countered Mr Patil saying Muslims do not have castes in their religion. Mr Patil should understand the policy of reservation. Hinduism is divided into social hierarchies. But the Muslim community is seen as a religion. As there is no caste, they are divided into two groups, the Karu and the Naru, of which the Karu is the entrepreneurial element. Therefore, they are given a certificate by the local authorities as per the Constitution, said Mr Hake. Mr Hake had begun an indefinite hunger strike opposing Marathas demand for inclusion in the OBC category. He withdrew his agitation after the state government assured him that the OBC reservation will not be harmed. Mr Hake further argued that even the Maratha community should not get OBC reservation as the Kunbi and Maratha communities were completely different. If Manoj Jarange wants to make any logical argument, he should come and debate with me with a team of advisers who have properly studied this matter. He should stop making baseless demands and threats, Mr Hake said.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:17 am

Sanjaya Baru | The pursuit of learning in Nalandas homeland

It is ironic that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was extolling the virtues of Asias oldest centre of higher learning at Nalanda in Bihar in the same week when a controversy around the national testing of the educational attainments of students was engaging nationwide attention. Nalanda University did not become world famous overnight. It took long years of scholarship of learned men and women for the institution to earn its reputation. Learned men from different cities who desire to acquire renown in discussion, come here in multitudes to settle their doubts, and then the streams of their wisdom spread far and wide, wrote the Chinese Buddhist monk Hieun Tsang after his mid-7th century visit. By then Nalanda was already at least a 100-year-old institution, if not more. How many Indian universities set up in the 20th century have been able to protect their reputation into the 21st? Nalanda is a question and a reminder. The Indian civilisation, with all its faults and inequalities, was a knowledge-based civilisation, like any other great civilisation. It respected scholarship and the flights of imagination. On his visit last week to the Nalanda University campus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented its destruction. The point is moot that the person responsible for Nalandas destruction was a Muslim invader. In the same week, a movie aimed at damaging the already blemished reputation of contemporary Indias best-ranked university was released in cinema halls. Titled Jahangir National University , the movie has been pitched as an attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University, a public university that the Union education ministrys own ranking places it at the top of Indian universities. Of what use is the lament of past tragedies when new ones occur every day and we learn so little from the experience of the past? There is, however, no point in engaging in the usual political blame game. No political party, no PM, no CM, no minister for education at the Centre or in the states can be absolved of the responsibility for the sorry state of public universities today. Nor, indeed, can they be pardoned for presiding over the extensive privatisation of education at all levels. None other than the political, business and intellectual elite of the country have demonstrated their lack of pride in the countrys educational system. Just look at how many of them take pride in the fact that their children have studied or are studying overseas. Till a couple of decades ago, most students going overseas went for post-graduate education. Today they also do for under-graduate and even high school education. The Covid-19 lockdown and suspension of cross-border travel brought the extent of such elite dependence on overseas education to the fore. Some attribute the rise in numbers to the growing prosperity of the Indian middle class. Perhaps so. However, what is striking is that even as more Indian students go overseas, fewer foreign students are coming to India. According to data collected by the ministry of external affairs, the number of Indian students studying overseas was estimated to be 13,24,954 in 2022. This does not include the 20,000 students forced to return home that year from Ukraine after the outbreak of war with Russia. The MEA data also probably underestimates the number of Indian students studying in China, at 6,000, since many who returned home after the Covid-19 outbreak did not go back. Given news reports of increasing numbers of Indian students going overseas in the past year, one can safely presume that the number in 2024 would be upwards of 14 lakhs. By comparison, the number of foreign students studying in India was estimated to be 46,878 in 2022, according to the All-India Survey on Higher Education conducted by the Union ministry for human resources development. While most Indian students going overseas are concentrated in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UAE, most foreign students in India are nationals of Nepal and Afghanistan. Most foreign students studying in India are concentrated in four states: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi. There was a time when Indian universities attracted many students from Africa. The numbers have dwindled with many Africans headed to China. In 2019, before Covid-19, over 80,000 African students were studying in China compared to 25,000 in India. There may be any number of reasons why foreign students do not prefer Indian universities over campuses in China or elsewhere. We must reckon with the fact that we are not considered to be an attractive destination by comparison to others. There was a time when Western governments did not recognise Indian degrees. A medical graduate had to pass an examination administered overseas to be able to study and work abroad. The IITs succeeded in building a global reputation that enabled its products to secure easy admission into American universities. The same political system, under different political parties, that destroyed the credibility of public universities also allowed the growth of private institutions. These private institutions were able to cater to the elites and the wealthy, who then secured access to education and employment at home and overseas. As long as the two lived in non-intersecting worlds, few bothered about it. The Neet and NET scandal shows that when the two worlds began to intersect, the system unravelled. As long as different parts of India performed differently, the system was able to pull on. Large numbers of good students from backward states migrated to states that had a better system of education or where education could be bought with money. But then, it is easy to destroy the reputation of institutions that have been slowly and studiously built over the years. The Neet and NET controversy may have already damaged the reputation of the best Indian institutions if it is discovered that the recently exposed lapses have been long in occurring. There were good reasons why the architects of our Constitution kept certain areas of public policy within the realm of state governments and a few on the concurrent list. The federal structure was built with care. Recent attempts to weaken this structure have partly contributed to controversies such as the present one in the sphere of education. We are paying the price for over-centralisation.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:10 am

Maharashtra: Two teachers detained by ATS over NEET, allowed to go after questioning

The agency's action came shortly after the Centre announced that the probe into the alleged irregularities in the medical entrance exam would be handed over to the CBI, giving in to demands of students protesting across the country for an investigation into the matter.

The Economic Times 24 Jun 2024 12:05 am

Seoni cow slaughter: Police declare Rs 10,000 bounty on each of 7 accused

Seoni: Madhya Pradesh police on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each on seven residents of Nagpur allegedly involved in slaughtering 62 cows and bulls in Seoni district on June 17, a senior officer said. Seoni shares a border with Nagpur in Maharashtra where cow slaughtering is forbidden by law like in Madhya Pradesh. Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 23 Jun 2024 11:57 pm

Third Eye: Party offices shift, yoga struggles, and RaGa's farewell

The electoral meltdown of BJD, AIADMK, and YSRCP has led to the risk of losing their party offices in Parliament House. TDP and JDU, with their BJP allies, qualify for prime office slots. Top Maharashtra politicians participated in the International Yoga Day event in Mumbai, but faced difficulties in basic postures. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi sent a goodbye letter to the people of Wayanad, praising his sister Priyanka Gandhi's victory and expressing confidence in her performance as MP.

The Economic Times 23 Jun 2024 11:51 pm

Maratha reservation: Maha minister blames opposition

Nanded, Jun 23 (UNI) Maharashtra Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Sunday claimed that the Maratha reservation movement is going astray as the opposition is presenting a different role. Talking to mediapersons here after a party meeting, he said that the reservation movement is now going astray as seriousness of the movement has decreased. The Mahayuti... The post Maratha reservation: Maha minister blames opposition first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 11:49 pm

Students across India laud PM Modi for decision to exempt PG accommodation from GST

Students across India laud PM Modi for decision to exempt PG accommodation from GST Students from across the nation expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Union Cabinet's decision to remove Goods and Services Tax (GST) on paying guest (PG) and hostel accommodation. The GST Council earlier on June 22 exempted services of hostel accommodation outside educational institutions from GST. Accommodation services valued up to Rs 20,000 per person per month, provided for a continuous period of at least 90 days, will be exempt. Several students appreciated the decision and said that this will make higher education significantly more affordable and accessible for many across the country. Calling it a relief, Chitra, an MSc Horticulture student from Haryana pursuing her degree from Lovely Professional University, said, The GST on PG rentals was a significant added expense, and now we can redirect those funds towards our education and living costs. I am grateful to PM Modi for prioritizing the needs of students. Another student pursuing his engineering degree at LPU and hailing from Himachal Pradesh, Anshul Rana referred to the move as a estament to the government's commitment to academic growth. The elimination of GST on PG accommodations is a gamechanger. It will make higher education more accessible, especially for students from middle-class and underprivileged backgrounds. This is a true testament to the government's commitment to our academic and personal growth, Anshul Rana told ANI on Sunday. A Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) aspirant, Manoj from Maharashtra's Pune thanked the central government and said, I accept that this is a good decision taken by the government. I welcome it. A student from Punjab's Mohali said, Both parents and students look forward to something affordable. We, as students, look for other countries that are affordable to live in or for our tuition fees. The government of India has taken this step and it's helpful. Another student from Mohali called it a good decision coming from the ministry and said, it will benefit students and the parents. Students can save their money for higher education. A student from Rajasthan's Kota said, It is beneficial to the students and their parents because while coming here, we are worried about our parents. Though GST is a small amount, that amount of reduction in expense is also a huge support. This is a very good step. Another student from Kota said, Those students who could not afford to come to Kota can now do it because the hostel expenses will decrease. This is a very good step from the government. Varsity professors also lauded the government's decision and said that by eliminating the GST burden on PG housing, the government has demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering the youth and investing in the future of India. They also said that the benefits of this policy change will be far-reaching, as it will enable more students to pursue higher education without the added financial burden of GST on their living expenses. This decisive move by the Prime Minister is a significant step towards making India a global leader in affordable and accessible education. We deeply appreciate Prime Minister Modi's decisive action in removing the GST from PG accommodations, said Ashok Kumar Mittal, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Chancellor of Lovely Professional University (LPU). This move will ease the financial strain on students and their families, allowing them to focus on their studies and unlock their full potential. It is a true win for the academic community in India, he added. Chancellor of Chandigarh University and Rajya Sabha member Satnam Singh Sandhu called it a very big historic decision and said that it is a very big relief to students and parents. In its third tenure, the Modi government has given a very big gift to the students of the country. So a large number of students used to live in PG or hostels away from the campus the burden of 12 per cent GST has been removed. This is a very big relief news for the students as well as for their parents, he said. This is a very big gift given by the Modi Government to the students. Apart from money, this is a very big encouragement. This is an indication that our new government is very concerned about the students of our country, Sandhu added. According to officials, prior to this change, PG owners had to navigate complex legal requirements and engage financial advisors to properly file GST returns, with the associated costs being passed on to the students. The GST on PG rentals was a significant added expense for us, both in terms of the tax itself and the administrative burden, said Sukhpreet Singh, a PG owner in Phagwara. Now, this burden has been lifted, and we can provide more affordable accommodation to students, he added. (ANI)

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 11:27 pm

Thundershowers continue to lash AP

Visakhapatnam: Thundershowers continued to lash coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. More rain was expected in the coming days, IMD Amaravati stated on Sunday. The rainfall was above normal in several areas. Kakinada received 31.4mm against the normal fall of 4mm. ASR district received 25.6mm rainfall against the normal fall of 4.7mm. East Godavari received 37.9mm against the normal fall of 3.6mm. Vizianagaram received 18.2mm against normal fall of 3.6mm. Meanwhile, the cyclonic circulation over northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal persisted over the same region and is now seen lying between 4.5km and 5.8km above mean sea level. Scattered low and medium clouds with embedded, intense to very intense convection, lay over north Bay of Bengal, central and southeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman sea. The southwest monsoon has advanced into some more parts of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat, remaining parts of Maharashtra, some more parts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, remaining parts of Odisha and some parts of Jharkhand. Conditions are favourable for further advancement of southwest monsoon into some more parts of north Arabian Sea and Gujarat; some more parts of Madhya Pradesh; remaining parts of Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar; and some parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during next three to four days, IMD said. ReplyForward Add reaction

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 11:16 pm

Madhya Pradesh Police Cracks Down on Cow Slaughter Ring in Seoni

Madhya Pradesh Police Cracks Down on Cow Slaughter Ring in Seoni In a significant law enforcement action, the Madhya Pradesh police announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each for seven Nagpur residents suspected of slaughtering 62 cows and bulls in Seoni district. The incident took place on June 17 and appears to target communal harmony, according to authorities. The Seoni district, which borders Maharashtra where cow slaughter is prohibited by law, became the epicenter of this case when carcasses were discovered in a river and a forested area. This led to the arrest of five individuals and the subsequent transfer of the Seoni collector and superintendent of police. Inspector General of Police Anil Singh Kushwaha stated that the slaughtering was likely aimed at inciting communal discord. He added that the motive would be confirmed once the remaining seven accused are apprehended. The main suspect, Wahid Khan, allegedly received a Rs 30,000 advance from Israr Ansari to gather the animals.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 11:04 pm

Brother kills teen sister, stages death as suicide

The Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 10:44 pm

Constitution Temple to come up at all ITIs in Maharashtra: Minister

Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) In a bid to counter the Oppositions Constitution change narrative which hit the MahaYutis electoral prospects badly in the general elections, Maharashtra Minister of Skill Development Mangal Prabhat Lodha on Sunday announced that a Constitution Temple will be established in all Industrial Technical Institutes (ITIs) and technical colleges across the state. []

bhaskarlive 23 Jun 2024 10:21 pm

Raut Claims BJP Won Lok Sabha Polls Due to Electoral Scams

Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed that the BJP won more than 100 seats by the margin of 500 to 1500 votes in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election because BJP leaders pressurised the election machinery in the counting process. Mr. Raut said that Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde has been purchasing the teachers votes for legislative council elections like shares in security markets. The Shiv Sena leader said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) is responsible for the mess in the election. At present, Maharashtra is witnessing the Legislative Council election for two seats each from the graduates' constituency (Mumbai and Konkan) and the teachers' constituency (Mumbai and Nashik), which will go to polls on June 26. Shiv Sena leader Sushma Andhare alleged that Shinde-led Shiv Sena distributed cash in Nashik amongst teachers and non-teaching staff. She also tweeted a video of the distribution of the cash. Referring to the cash distribution allegations, Mr. Raut, who is also a member of Rajya Sabha, said that the CM had come to Nashik and everyone knows why he came. Teachers are being priced like (shares) in the stock market. Don't buy teachers, don't break tradition, he said. The ECI is watching adultery (in elections) with open eyes. Democracy is being murdered. This ECI is acting like Dhritarashtra, the Shiv Sena leader added. Mr. Raut, who is an executive editor in Shiv Sena (UBT) mouthpiece Saamana, wrote in his weekly column 'Rokhthok' that the ECIs conduct in the general election of 2024 was completely biased. The BJP would have stopped at 110 to 120 seats. Due to the bias of the ECI, these seats have reached 240. Modi would not have become the Prime Minister if the ECI is responsible for all this, the column reads. It also pointed out that the results of the country were carefully analyzed, the BJP won about 130 seats by a margin of 500 to 1000 votes. This victory is doubtful. There were scams (malpractices) in the last round of counting in the seats, which were won by a small margin. Amit Shah was paying special attention to such seats, he wrote in the column.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 10:19 pm

Haryana govt increases reservation for backward classes

Haryana govt increases reservation for backward classes Haryana Government on Sunday took multiple decisions for the benefit of the Other Backward Classes in the state. Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini announced these decisions. The state government has increased the upper income limit for the creamy layer to Rs 8 lakh per year. The reservation for backward classes has been increased from 15 percent to 27 percent in Group-A and Group-B government posts. Creamy layer is a term used in Indian politics to refer to some members of a backward class who are highly advanced socially as well as economically and educationally. The Government has announced that the backlog of jobs for Backward Classes A and B will be filled on priority basis, for which a special recruitment campaign will be run. Meanwhile, on the preparations for upcoming Haryana Assembly elections, Nayab Singh Saini said, Today, we have welcomed our Union Minister and Haryana Assembly election in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan; Haryana Assembly election co-in charge Biplab Kumar Deb and newly elected members of the parliament. He said, As the elections process has already set in for Haryana, because of the developmental works we had done, we will form the government in Haryana for the third consecutive term under the guidance of Prime Minister Modi Ji and with the support of our elections in charges. He added, We have done various works which includes providing the employment to the youths and developing Haryana in a definite manner. Taking a jibe at Congress party and Hooda family, Saini said, In Haryana, the father-son duo of Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Deepender Singh Hooda is busy in projecting each other. Similarly, the way Congress had projected only Rahul Gandhi as leader. This is not a political party, rather it is family. Exuding his confidence, CM Saini asserted, Haryana has a government of the people and the poor. The government has taken steps in the interest of the poor, farmers and women. In the coming times, BJP will form the government for the third time. Assembly polls will be held in Haryana along with Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Jammu and Kashmir at the end of the year. (ANI)

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 10:01 pm

War of words between Aaditya Thackeray, Shrikant Shinde over Worli seat

Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Shiv Sena-UBT leader Aaditya Thackeray and Shiv Sena MP Dr Shrikant Shinde on Sunday were engaged in a verbal duel over the victory claims of Maha Vikas Aghadi and MahaYuti in the Worli Assembly constituency in the Maharashtra Assembly election slated for September-October this year. Aaditya Thackeray, who is the legislator []

bhaskarlive 23 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

In Assembly election public will show MVA their reality: Shrikant Shinde

MP Shrikant Shinde targets Mahavikas Aghadi in Kalyan, emphasizing the narrow vote difference in Maharashtra's recent elections and hinting at future outcomes in the assembly elections.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 9:50 pm

Southwest Monsoon Advances in Gujarat: Heavy Rainfall Forecasted

Southwest Monsoon Advances in Gujarat: Heavy Rainfall Forecasted In a significant development, the southwest monsoon, which made an early appearance in parts of south Gujarat on June 11, has finally progressed further into the state, according to officials. Favorable conditions are in place for the monsoon to expand to more parts of Gujarat and the adjoining north Arabian Sea within the next 3-4 days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated in its Sunday evening forecast. The IMD's weather bulletin highlighted the monsoon's advance into several regions, including Gujarat, portions of the Arabian Sea, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 9:10 pm

UP: Two farmers killed as speeding courier van collides with tractor-trolley

Circle Officer Nilesh Mishra said the farmers were headed for the Devchara market on their tractor-trolley loaded with chilli when the accident occurred outside Bhamora police station

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 8:59 pm

Delhi excise case: Kejriwal moves SC against HC`s interim stay on bail order

The high court on Friday paused the Kejriwal`s release after the trial court granted him bail on June 20

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 8:41 pm

Madhya Pradesh: Seoni district collector, SP removed after recovery of over 50 slaughtered cow

BHOPAL: Slaughter of more than 50 cows in the tribal-dominated Seoni district has led to the removal of the southern Madhya Pradesh district's collector and police superintendent. In a late-night action on Saturday, Chief Minister Dr Mohan Yadav ordered the removal of District Collector Kshitij Singhal and Police Superintendent Rakesh Singh. Sanskriti Jain and Sunil Kumar Mehta have been appointed as the new collector and SP, respectively. Chief Minister Yadav has also directed ADG-CID Pawan Srivastava at the state police headquarters to probe the entire incident, in which five locals have been arrested. The National Security Act (NSA) has been invoked against two of the arrested individuals. The incident came to light when 54 cow carcasses with severed heads and limbs were found in two locationsnear the Wainganga river in the Dhanora area and in the Kakartala forests, which are 50 km aparton Wednesday evening. This discovery has caused significant unrest in Seoni district, with right-wing Hindu groups enforcing a shutdown of the communally sensitive town. Police teams from Seoni have been dispatched to neighboring Nagpur in Maharashtra to apprehend the masterminds behind the inter-state cow smuggling-slaughter racket. Seoni and its adjoining southern districts, including Balaghat and Betul, are considered hotspots for cow smuggling and illegal slaughter due to their proximity to Nagpur, particularly the Kamthi area. Recent statistics from the MP police headquarters reveal that over 7,000 cattle being smuggled or transported illegally have been rescued across the state, with more than 1,000 individuals arrested in the last six months. Since the beginning of Mohan Yadav's tenure, over 500 cases of cow smuggling and slaughter have been registered, with Seoni district accounting for 55 cases, 99 arrests, 1,301 cattle freed, and 38 vehicles seized. The southern MP districts, being the closest to Nagpur, serve as significant transit routes for cattle smugglers. According to a former state police officer, about 70% of the cattle are smuggled from UP and Rajasthan to Nagpur and Hyderabad through these districts, with only 30% involving local smugglers. In May 2022, two men from the Gond tribe were lynched by cow vigilantes after cow meat was found in their possession in Kurai area of Seoni district. The Yadav government, which has completed six months in office, is observing the current Hindu new year as Cow Protection Year. The state police have intensified their crackdown on alleged cow slaughter ahead of the Eid-Al-Adha festival, including a recent raid in Bhainswahi village of Mandla district, where around 100 kg of eef was seized from 11 houses. The houses, allegedly built illegally, were demolished by local authorities. 15 houses in two Madhya Pradesh districts demolished over allegations of cow slaughter, illegal beef trade In other incidents, four men from the minority community in Ratlam district were arrested under the NSA for allegedly attempting to disturb communal harmony by throwing a severed calf's head into a Hindu temple. Their houses were also demolished. Similarly, in Morena district, two men were arrested and the NSA invoked after the recovery of eef. Madhya Pradesh has one of the most stringent anti-cow slaughter and cattle smuggling laws in the country, with penalties including up to seven years of imprisonment and mandatory confiscation of vehicles used in cattle smuggling.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 8:24 pm

Aamir Khan visits Sevagram in Maharashtra; says thoughts of Bapuji had a great influence on me

Shillong, June 23: Bollywoods perfectionist Aamir Khan on Sunday visited Sevagram in Maharashtra for the first time, and said how he has been an ardent follower of Mahatama Gandhi while also underlining the Father of the Nations influence on him. Sevagram, located in Maharashtra, is the place of Mahatma Gandhis ashram, and his residence [] The post Aamir Khan visits Sevagram in Maharashtra; says thoughts of Bapuji had a great influence on me appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 23 Jun 2024 8:16 pm

Maharashtra: Police constable kills self in Nagpur

A case of accidental death was registered and further investigation is underway

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 7:07 pm

Two teachers detained by ATS over NEET, allowed to go after questioning

Mumbai, Jun 23 (PTI) The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) detained two teachers who run a private coaching centre in Latur district in connection with the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the medical entrance exam NEET-UG, an official said on Sunday.

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 6:07 pm

NEET paper leak case: Maharashtra ATS detains two teachers from Latur

They were released by the Nanded ATS team after several hours of questioning, but could be called for further questioning later, sources said

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 6:05 pm

Ten people injured in shooting in Columbus, police searching for a suspect

The Columbus Police Department said all the injured were males, eight adults and two youths who ranged in age from 16 to 27

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 5:56 pm

Maharashtra: NCP MLA`s Nephew Arrested After Car Hits Motorbike In Pune, 1 Dead

Khed NCP MLA Dilip Mohite Patil termed the incident as unfortunate and said he would not support any wrongdoing.

Zee News 23 Jun 2024 5:46 pm

Watch: Maharashtra Assembly polls 2024 | What are the multiple issues faced by BJP?

The review meeting finds the key issues that affected the party are OBC backlash, alliance with Ajit Pawars NCP, and the votes of Marathi-speaking people and Hindutva vote bank

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 4:57 pm

Maharashtra MLA's nephew arrested after his speeding SUV runs over biker

Maharashtra MLAs nephew arrested after his speeding SUV runs over biker

India Today 23 Jun 2024 4:43 pm

Man killed as speeding car hits motorbike in Pune; NCP MLA's nephew held

A 19-year-old man was killed in a collision after a car, allegedly driven by the nephew of an NCP MLA, struck his motorbike on a highway in Maharashtra's Pune district. The incident occurred on a Saturday, and police noted that the car was speeding on the wrong side of the road. The accused, Mayur Mohite, was arrested.

The Economic Times 23 Jun 2024 4:35 pm

Tragic Accident: NCP MLA's Nephew Arrested After Fatal Collision

Tragic Accident: NCP MLA's Nephew Arrested After Fatal Collision A 19-year-old man was killed after a car, reportedly driven by Mayur Mohite, the nephew of an NCP MLA, hit his motorbike on a highway in Maharashtra's Pune district. Police arrested Mohite following the incident on Saturday, citing his car was speeding on the wrong side of the road. Khed NCP MLA Dilip Mohite Patil described the incident as unfortunate and vowed not to support any wrongdoing. The accident occurred around 9.30 pm on Saturday at Mauje Eklahare village on the Pune-Nashik highway in Ambegaon taluka. The victim was identified as Om Bhalerao. Senior police officials stated that the car, a Fortuner, collided head-on with the motorbike as Mohite was en route to Manchar village. The motorcyclist was severely injured and succumbed to his injuries. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage. Mohite has been arrested and a case registered against him under various Indian Penal Code sections, including 304 A, and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. Preliminary investigations suggested Mohite was not under the influence of alcohol, though his blood samples have been collected for confirmation. Legislator Dilip Mohite Patil assured reporters that although the incident is regrettable, he will not endorse any misdeeds. He affirmed his nephew, who is currently in police custody, does not consume alcohol. A separate incident on May 19 saw two IT professionals in Pune's Kalyani Nagar killed by a speeding Porsche driven by a 17-year-old, who was later apprehended.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 4:31 pm

Maharashtra ATS Detains Two Teachers in NEET Exam Irregularities Case

Mumbai: Late Saturday night, June 22, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) apprehended two teachers from Latur district in connection with alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a crucial medical entrance examination. Sanjay Tukaram Jadhav and Jalil Umarkhan Pathan, both educators at a government-run school in Latur and owners of private coaching centres, were arrested by the ATS's Nanded unit. Earlier the same day, the Central Government ousted National Testing Agency (NTA) Director General Subodh Singh from his post. Following this decision, the investigation into NEET-UG irregularities was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Additionally, the Ministry of Education formed a seven-member panel chaired by former ISRO chief K. Radhakrishnan to evaluate the functioning of the NTA and propose reforms in the examination system. Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan affirmed the government's commitment to conducting transparent, tamper-free exams with zero errors. A panel has been constituted for exam reforms, strict actions have been taken against officials, and the case has been transferred to the CBI, he stated, emphasizing the protection of students' interests. These developments follow nationwide litigation and protests concerning alleged NEET-UG exam irregularities, including concerns over a purported question paper leak and the contentious allocation of grace marks to more than 1,500 candidates. Subsequently, the grace marks were revoked, and affected students were offered a re-test. Stalin Government Refuses CBI Investigation Despite 56 Deaths from Poisonous Liquor; Protesters Arrested Madhya Pradesh Plans Vande Metro Trains Ahead of Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2028 Surat SOG Arrests Bangladeshi National with Forged Hindu Identity

News Track 23 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Ghar Wapsi Ceremony: 14 People Return to Hinduism in Odisha's Kendujhar and Mayurbhanj Districts

Puri: In a significant homecoming event on June 21, fourteen individuals from two families in the border area of Kendujhar and Mayurbhanj districts of Odisha returned to their ancestral faith of Hinduism after having embraced Christianity following alleged deception by Christian missionaries. Organized by Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), a special ceremony took place in Jharjhari village, Mahuldiha police station area of Mayurbhanj district, with active participation from villagers. The ghar wapsi or homecoming was met with enthusiasm as those who returned expressed joy in reconnecting with their ancestral roots. Akshay Sahu, Prant Dharma Prasar Saha Pramukh of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Odisha (East), explained that several tribal people from Jharjhari village had converted to Christianity in recent years after being misled by Christian missionaries. Realizing their mistake, these individuals approached VHP expressing their desire to revert to Hinduism. The village head also sought VHP's assistance in facilitating their return to their original faith. Narrating their experience, a family head who participated in the ghar wapsi ceremony recounted how their family was deceived by Christian missionaries. A few years ago, when a family member fell ill, a Christian priest visited us and claimed that taking refuge in Jesus would cure the illness. The priest gave us a white powder, claiming it was 'bibhuti' (sacred ash) of Jesus, which, when mixed with water, cured the illness. Later, we discovered it was merely paracetamol, the family head shared. Expressing gratitude towards VHP and the village leadership for facilitating their return, the family head emphasized their happiness in reconnecting with their Hindu roots. The ghar wapsi ceremony included rituals such as Puja, Archana, and Havan, along with consumption of Panchamrit (a mixture of five sacred substances). Participants were also provided with copies of the Bhagavad Gita and other religious texts. Highlighting the prevalence of Christian missionary activities in tribal-dominated districts like Kendujhar and Mayurbhanj, Sahu underscored the need for strict enforcement of laws against illegal conversions. He urged the state government to ensure proper implementation of laws prohibiting conversions through allurement or fraud. The event was attended by VHP District President Chittaranjan Das, Bajrang Dal Co-convenor Divya Jyoti Muduli from Anandpur, VHP District Milan Pramukh Harihar Sethi, and senior volunteer Triptiranjan Sahu, among others. The ghar wapsi event not only symbolizes a return to ancestral faith but also underscores ongoing concerns over illegal conversion practices and the protection of religious identities in tribal communities of Odisha. Maharashtra ATS Detains Two Teachers in NEET Exam Irregularities Case Stalin Government Refuses CBI Investigation Despite 56 Deaths from Poisonous Liquor; Protesters Arrested Madhya Pradesh Plans Vande Metro Trains Ahead of Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2028

News Track 23 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Amit Shah Reviews Monsoon Flood Preparedness Across India

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted a comprehensive review on Sunday to assess the country's readiness to handle the annual monsoon floods that affect several states, primarily Bihar and Assam in the eastern region. During the meeting held in New Delhi, Shah chaired discussions focusing on flood management preparedness nationwide, addressing concerns particularly in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and other states prone to landslides and rain-related issues during the monsoon season. The review also highlighted recent flood occurrences in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Jammu and Kashmir. Key attendees included Union Minister of Jal Shakti C R Paatil, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, and senior officials from ministries and departments such as Home Affairs, Water Resources, River Development, Earth Sciences, Environment, and Road Transport, along with the Chairman of Railway Board and representatives from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). Currently, Assam is grappling with severe floods affecting over 1.17 lakh people across 10 districts. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reported that 968 villages in 27 revenue circles have been inundated. The state has established 134 relief camps and 94 distribution centres, providing shelter and aid to 17,661 individuals affected by the floods. Officials confirmed that the death toll due to floods, landslides, and storms in Assam this year has risen to 37, with one person reported missing.The meeting underscored the importance of proactive measures and coordination among various departments to mitigate the impact of floods and ensure swift relief and rehabilitation efforts in affected regions. Ghar Wapsi Ceremony: 14 People Return to Hinduism in Odisha's Kendujhar and Mayurbhanj Districts Maharashtra ATS Detains Two Teachers in NEET Exam Irregularities Case Stalin Government Refuses CBI Investigation Despite 56 Deaths from Poisonous Liquor; Protesters Arrested

News Track 23 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Twenty-five passengers injured as bus rams into tree in Pune

The accident took place at Sahajpur village near Yavat in Daund tehsil in Pune when the bus was on way from Pandharpur in Solapur district to Mumbai

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 3:53 pm

Aamir Khan Visits Sevagram In Maharashtra; Says 'Thoughts Of Bapuji Had A Great Influence On Me'

Bollywood's perfectionist Aamir Khan on Sunday visited Sevagram in Maharashtra for the first time, and said how he has been an ...

Bing 23 Jun 2024 3:46 pm

Maharashtra: 19-year-old killed in road accident; NCP MLA`s nephew arrested

The accident occurred at 9 pm on Saturday while 34-year-old Mayur Sahebrao Mohite, the nephew of the NCP MLA from Khed, was driving his car on the highway.

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 3:15 pm

Surat SOG Arrests Bangladeshi National with Forged Hindu Identity

Surat: O n June 22nd, Surat SOG in Gujarat arrested Minar Hemayat, a Bangladeshi national living under a false Hindu identity, sparking concerns over illegal immigrants using forged documents in India. This incident follows recent revelations by Maharashtra ATS of Bangladeshi nationals arrested for voting in Lok Sabha elections with fake documents. Minar Hemayat, originally a Bangladeshi Muslim, was apprehended in Surat's Una area. Police seized numerous forged documents under the identity of Shuvo Sunil Das, including Bangladeshi birth certificates, school records, national ID cards, and Indian documents such as a West Bengal school leaving certificate, Aadhar card, residency permit for Qatar, Indian passport, and a house rental agreement. Hemayat reportedly entered India from Bangladesh through the Satkhira border in West Bengal in 2020. He acquired forged documents in Nadia district, West Bengal, under the governance of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress party. Using these false identities, he obtained an Indian passport and worked in Doha, Qatar, from 2021 to 2023 before relocating to Surat for construction work. Earlier, Maharashtra police and ATS had arrested four Bangladeshi nationals in Mumbai for fabricating documents, including fake voter IDs used in Lok Sabha elections. Investigations revealed these individuals obtained fake passports from Gujarat to secure employment abroad, with some traveling to Saudi Arabia using forged Indian documents. These incidents underscore the broader challenges of illegal immigration and document forgery in India. The arrests and ongoing investigations across states emphasize the urgent need for stringent measures to combat illegal immigration and document fraud. Such activities pose significant risks to national security and threaten the integrity of India's legal and electoral systems. West Bengal STF Foils Cross-Border Terror Network Shahadat; Mohammed Habibullah Arrested as Head Mayawati's Nephew Akash Anand Back in Leadership Role Amid BSP's Struggles NADA Reinstates Suspension of Wrestler Bajrang Punia Over Dope Test Refusal

News Track 23 Jun 2024 3:11 pm

Maharashtra CM Hands Over Rs 50 Lakh Compensation to Tunnel Collapse Victim's Family

Maharashtra CM Hands Over Rs 50 Lakh Compensation to Tunnel Collapse Victim's Family Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday handed over a compensation cheque of Rs 50 lakh to the family of Rakesh Yadav, an excavator operator who tragically lost his life following the collapse of a tunnel under construction for a water supply project, an official said. The unfortunate incident occurred on the night of May 29 near Versova bridge in Sasun Navghar village, where the Surya project is underway to redirect water for drinking purposes to the fast-growing Mira Bhayander area. During a visit to his residence, Shinde presented the Rs 50 lakh cheque to the deceased laborer's wife Sushila, his father Balchandra, children Rishu and Pari, and other relatives. The compensation consists of Rs 35 lakh from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the project owner, and Rs 15 lakh from L&T, the main construction contractor. Additionally, Rakesh's brother Durgesh has been offered employment with the private firm. A comprehensive search operation that lasted 17 days included efforts from the National Disaster Response Force, the Army's Military Engineering Services, the Coast Guard, and local fire brigades. The primary objective is now to retrieve Yadav's remains, the official added.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 3:09 pm

Shivraj Chouhan, Himanta Sarma hold meeting to strategize preparations for upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls

Shivraj Chouhan, Himanta Sarma hold meeting to strategize preparations for upcoming Jharkhand Assembly polls Union Minister and Jharkhand Assembly election in-charge Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Assam Chief Minister and Jharkhand Assembly election co-incharge Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections on Sunday. Chouhan and Sarma planted trees at ICAR, Namkum campus and Lichi Bagan in Ranchi's Hatia area, respectively, as part of the party's 'Ek ped maa ke naam' drive. I have visited Jharkhand for a field visit... Prime Minister Modi's resolution is - developed agriculture for developed India... Jharkhand has immense possibilities for agriculture. Apart from traditional farming, there is flower farming, fruit farming, vegetable farming... there are many kinds of possibilities, said Chouhan while speaking to reporters in Ranchi. Along with Jharkhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Jammu and Kashmir will also undergo Assembly polls. The terms of the existing Jharkhand Legislative Assembly will end in January 2025 and the Election Commission (EC) has kicked off preparations for holding Assembly elections. (ANI)

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 3:07 pm

Jaipur: Candidates express anguish over postponement of NEET-PG by Union govt

A candidate said that the Centre informing them at the last moment about the postponement of the NEET-PG exam caused great inconvenience.

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 2:41 pm

Ratnagiri Jets Thump Nashik Titans To Defend MPL Crown

Eagle Nashik Titans: Ratnagiri Jets thumped Eagle Nashik Titans by 24 runs to defend their Maharashtra Premier League (MPL) title at the MCA International Stadium. The first innings saw a below-par score of 160 and it looked like an easy task for the Titans but a clinical bowling performance won the Ratnagiri Jets their second title in a row. In 2023, they were declared winners after their final against PBG Kolhapur Tuskers was abandoned due to inclement weather. We are very happy to able to achieve this historic feat of winning the MPL twice in a row. Everyone has really played their part well and taken responsibility that has steered the Ratnagiri Jets to victory. We have consistently played good cricket and winning this trophy again feels great, said Azim Kazi, Captain, Ratnagiri Jets Left-arm spinners choked Nashik with Satyajeet Bachhav's (4-1-31-4), also winning the purple cap with 26 wickets. He found a formidable bowling partner in fellow left-arm spinner Kunal Thorat (4-0-19-2) as Ratnagiri overpowered Nashik. Three of Bachhavs four scalps - Kaushal Tambe, Atharva Kale, and Mukesh Chaudhary - were bowled while Ranjit Nikam (3, 6b) holed out to Divyang Hinganekar. From the other end, Thorat dismissed Arshin Kulkarni and dangerous Dhanraj Shinde (3, 6b) to leave Nashik tottering 79 for 7. At the end of the power play, Nashik were 31 for 2. India U-19 star Arshin Kulkarni (9, 13b, 1x4), who was struggling with an injury and former India U-19 player Kaushal Tambe (9, 17b, 2x4s) could not rotate the strike nor could they clear the ropes and paid the price for it. Earlier, a 44-run partnership for the fifth wicket between two youngsters - Kiran Chormale (35, 23b, 3x4s, 2x6) and Abhishek Pawar (28, 22b, 3x6s) helped Ratnagiri recover from 56 for 4. Former KKR player Nikhil Naik (36, 25b, 3x4s, 1x6) once again played a cameo to guide Ratnagiri to 160 for 8, a score which in turn proved more than enough. We are so proud of what this team has achieved. History has repeated itself and it is testament to the plans set in motion over the year, long before the tournament started. This result is a true reflection of the hard work, dedication and the sheer superior grassroot Maharashtra talent that will shape the future of cricket not only in the state but the country and the world. We will continue to invest in building the grassroots and producing many cricketing superstars in the future, Rajan Navani, Owner, Ratnagiri Jets said.

CNMSports 23 Jun 2024 2:26 pm

Maharashtra Students Appeal for Free Higher Education for Girls

Maharashtra Students Appeal for Free Higher Education for Girls In a heartfelt appeal, students from Latur, Maharashtra, have written to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, urging for free higher education for girls. The initiative, spearheaded by Santosh Pawar of the NGO Aadhar Manuskicha, saw 92 girls from Rajarshi Shahu College penning postcards to the CM. 'During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, CM Shinde and Higher and Technical Education Minister Chandrakant Patil indicated that higher education would be free for girls with a family income below Rs 8 lakh. However, no official order has been issued yet,' stated Pawar, expressing the potential benefits for girls from underprivileged backgrounds.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 2:09 pm

Ratnagiri Jets Clinch MPL Title with All-Round Masterclass

Ratnagiri Jets Clinch MPL Title with All-Round Masterclass Ratnagiri Jets retained the Maharashtra Premier League (MPL) title after overcoming Nashik Titans by 24 runs in a thrilling final held at the MCA Stadium. In the climactic match on Saturday, the Jets posted a competitive 160 for 8, thanks to vital contributions from players like Kiran Chormale and Nikhil Naik. A strong bowling performance, particularly from Satyajeet Bachhav and Kunal Thorat, restricted the Titans to 136 for 9 in their 20 overs. The victory was a testament to Ratnagiri's consistent form throughout the tournament, making this back-to-back triumphs for the team in the MPL. Skipper Azim Kazi lauded his team for their collective effort and resilience. Bachhav ended the tournament with the purple cap, and Ankit Bawne of the Kolhapur Tuskers was the top scorer with 415 runs.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 2:08 pm

NEET UG Row: Maharashtra Connection In `Paper Leak`? Nanded ATS Detains 2 Teachers

Both the suspects run private coaching centres as well. Sanjay Tukaram Jadhav is a teacher at Zilla Parishad School in Solapur district and Jalil Umrakha Pathan is a teacher at Zilla Parishad School in Katpur village of Latur district.

Zee News 23 Jun 2024 1:46 pm

GST Council to Reconstitute Key Groups as New Ministers Join

GST Council to Reconstitute Key Groups as New Ministers Join The GST Council is set to undergo significant changes with the induction of new ministers from 11 states, necessitating the reconstitution of three key Group of Ministers (GoM). This was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during the 53rd GST Council meeting. The latest additions to the Council include ministers from states such as Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha. This restructuring comes after the 52nd GST Council meeting held on October 7, 2023. Three GoMs focusing on GST revenue analysis, boosting the real estate sector under GST, and implementing system reforms will see new leadership. While the GoM on GST rate rationalisation was reconstituted in February with Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary as its convenor, other panels still require official notification. This includes the induction of new finance ministers from Odisha and Haryana into their respective GoMs. The GoM on real estate, led by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and the system reforms panel will also see new entrants from states like Assam and Chhattisgarh.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 1:22 pm

Monsoon Progress: IMD Updates on Southwest Monsoon Across India

New Delhi: After enduring days of intense heatwave conditions, Delhi is expected to experience relief with light rainfall forecasted for Sunday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Meanwhile, red and orange alerts for showers have been issued across several districts in Kerala. On Saturday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius, slightly above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 28.6 degrees Celsius, also above the season's average. Recent rainfall in the city amounted to 4 mm over 24 hours, bringing some respite. Humidity levels ranged between 50% and 62%. The IMD has predicted generally cloudy skies with the possibility of light rain or drizzle on Sunday. Maximum temperatures are likely to reach around 40 degrees Celsius, with minimum temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius. The monsoon is anticipated to arrive in Delhi by June 30. In Kerala, a red alert has been issued for Malappuram, indicating heavy to extremely heavy rainfall exceeding 20 cm in 24 hours. Orange alerts have been issued for Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur, and Kasaragod districts, indicating very heavy rainfall ranging from 11 cm to 20 cm. The Southwest Monsoon has progressed through Navsari (Gujarat), Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Mandla (Madhya Pradesh), Pendra Road (Chhattisgarh), Jharsuguda (Odisha), Balasore (Odisha), Haldia (West Bengal), Pakur (Jharkhand), Sahibganj (Jharkhand), and Raxaul (Bihar), according to the IMD. Favorable conditions are expected for further advancement into more parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, and parts of East Uttar Pradesh in the next few days. In Noida, amidst the ongoing heatwave, the health department has conducted 93 autopsies in four days, including 18 bodies on June 21 alone. To expedite procedures and reduce the backlog at mortuaries, DNA sampling of unidentified bodies has been initiated. The IMD has also issued forecasts for isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall across various regions from June 23 to 26. These include Konkan, Goa, ghat regions of Madhya Maharashtra, Kerala, Mahe, Coastal and South Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch, Marathwada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, southeast Rajasthan, West and East Madhya Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Uttarakhand, and East Uttar Pradesh. As weather conditions continue to evolve across India, with monsoon progress and localized weather events, monitoring and preparedness are essential to mitigate any potential impacts. 18th Lok Sabha Commencement: PM Modi and Ministers to Take Oath Tomorrow The Kanishka Bombings: Canada's Worst Terrorist Act and its Impact on Khalistani Extremism Death Toll Rises to 56 in Tamil Nadu Hooch Tragedy

News Track 23 Jun 2024 1:11 pm

Hoarding crash: Ad firm paid Rs 46 lakh to company of IPS officer's wife, claims Somaiya

MUMBAI: BJP leader Kirit Somaiya on Sunday alleged that ad firm director Bhavesh Bhinde had paid Rs 46 lakh as bribe to a company of the wife of then GRP commissioner, who gave permission to install a hoarding which collapsed here last month. Somaiya in a series of post on X also claimed that Rs 5 crore was paid by the Ego Media Pvt Ltd (where Bhinde was the director) to various railway police and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials for wo dozen illegal hoardings in Ghatkopar and Dadar areas of Mumbai. 5 crores paid by EGO Media to various Railway Police Officials & BMC Officials for 2 Dozen illegal Hoardings at Ghatkopar & Dadar in Ghatkopar Hoardings Tragedy 17 persons Died 70 injured Till now 5 persons arrested Expecting action against Railway Police & BMC Officials Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) June 23, 2024 The former BJP MP said he has written a letter to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, requesting him to suspend then Government Railway Police Commissioner Quaiser Khalid for Ghatkopar Hoardings Scam BRIBE. A giant hoarding collapsed in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area on May 13 during gusty winds and unseasonal rains, killing 17 persons and injured more than 70 others, according to police. The land in question was in possession of the Government Railway Police and permission to erect the hoarding near a petrol pump was given to M/s Ego Media Pvt Ltd for 10 years with the approval of then-GRP Commissioner Quaiser Khalid, a senior official earlier said. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) had been formed to conduct a probe into the hoarding collapse incident. Ghatkopar Hoardings Tragedy. Proof & Bank Entries of Rs 46 lacs Bribes detected by Police SIT. Bhavesh Bhinde paid Rs 46 lacs to Kaiser Khalid (Railway Police Commissioner) via Mohammad Arshad Khan. Mohammad Arshad Khan deposited this Rs 46 lacs in Mahapatra Garments Pvt Ltd, Somaiya claimed in a post on X on Sunday. He said the Mahapara Garments Pvt Ltd was incorporated/formed on June 20, 2022 by Summana Quaiser Khalid, the wife of Quaiser Khalid, and Mohd Arshad K Khan. Bhavesh Bhinde of EGO Media Pvt Ltd transferred ?46 lacs to this company during the year 2022/23, Somaiya alleged. Till now, five persons have been arrested in connection with the Ghatkopar hoarding tragedy, he said. Expecting action against Railway Police & BMC Officials, the BJP leader added. Ghatkopar hoarding that claimed 17 lives was installed on weak foundation: Mumbai institute report Raut targets PM Modi; says inhuman to hold roadshow in same area where hoarding collapse killed people Ensure no more Ghatkopar hoarding collapse-like incidents happen: SC directs Mumbai authorities

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 1:02 pm

MAHADISCOM Apprentice Recruitment 2024: Online Application Open for 107 Vacancies

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MAHADISCOM) has released an employment notification for the recruitment of Apprentice Vacancies. Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria and interested in this opportunity can apply online by carefully reviewing the vacancy details provided in the notification.

Naukrinama 23 Jun 2024 12:50 pm

BJP Leader Exposes Ghatkopar Hoardings Scam: Allegations of Bribes and Corruption

BJP Leader Exposes Ghatkopar Hoardings Scam: Allegations of Bribes and Corruption BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has levied serious accusations against Bhavesh Bhinde, director at Ego Media Pvt Ltd, alleging he paid Rs 46 lakh in bribes to the company of then-GRP Commissioner Quaiser Khalid's wife to secure illegal hoarding permits. These claims arose after a tragic hoarding collapse in Mumbai's Ghatkopar area that resulted in 17 fatalities and over 70 injuries. In a series of posts on X, Somaiya further alleged that Rs 5 crore was paid by Ego Media Pvt Ltd to various railway police and BMC officials for around two dozen illegal hoardings in the Ghatkopar and Dadar areas. Somaiya has formally requested Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to suspend Khalid for his involvement. According to Somaiya, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has uncovered proof and bank entries confirming the Rs 46 lakh bribe. The investigation continues, with calls for further actions against implicated officials.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 12:25 pm

2 teachers arrested from Maharashtra in NEET exam paper leak case

teachers arrested from Maharashtra in NEET exam paper leak case

India Today 23 Jun 2024 11:48 am

Case against cop for raping subordinate in Navi Mumbai

A 32-year-old police sub-inspector in Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai has been accused of raping a 26-year-old married woman constable, harassing her, and taking money from her between 2020 and July 2022.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 11:47 am

After Bihar, Probe Into NEET Paper Leak Reaches Maharashtra As Cops Quiz Many In Marathwada Region

An Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) questioned several people, including teachers, in the Marathwada region regarding the scam on Sunday morning

News18 23 Jun 2024 11:44 am

What ex-Union minister Suryakanta Patil said after quitting BJP

Ex-Union minister Suryakanta Patil resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, dealing another blow to the party following unexpected results in the Maharashtra Lok Sabha election. In her resignation letter, Patil explained her reasons for leaving the party. I tried to seek personal appointment with state BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule, but could not get an appointment, she stated.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 11:36 am

Brace for rail blocks on Central, Western Railway today

Central Railway's Mumbai division to operate a megablock for maintenance works, inconveniencing commuters on suburban sections today.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 11:33 am

Navi Mumbai Sub-Inspector Rapes Constable For 2 Years, Case Filed

A case has been registered against a 32-year-old police sub-inspector for allegedly raping a married woman constable in Maharashtra's Navi Mumbai township and harassing her, an official said on Sunday.

NDTV 23 Jun 2024 11:30 am

Pune MLA's Nephew Arrested After SUV Hits Bike On National Highway, 1 Dead

A 19-year-old man has died after a car driven by the nephew of a Maharashtra MLA hit a bike on Pune-Nashik national highway last night.

NDTV 23 Jun 2024 11:26 am

Man Evicts Elderly Parents in Heated Dispute Over Family Business

Man Evicts Elderly Parents in Heated Dispute Over Family Business In a startling turn of events, police have registered an FIR against a 44-year-old man accused of throwing his elderly parents out of their home in Maharashtra's Palghar district. The dispute reportedly erupted over the management of family-owned restaurants, bars, and resorts, causing a heated argument between the 75-year-old father and his son. The disagreement escalated last month after the father, who also serves as the president of a local senior citizens' association, demanded financial accounts from his son. Matters took a violent turn when the son allegedly hurled objects at his father and subsequently changed the locks on their property. The elderly couple, now under the care of their daughter, who is a doctor, has filed a complaint leading to the registration of a case against their son. The charges include multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 11:07 am

One dead after SUV knocks motorcycle near Pune, MLA's nephew held

Om Sunil Bhalerao, 19, died in a motorcycle accident near Eklahare village. Mayur Mohite was arrested for negligence. Inspector Arun Phuge stated the SUV driver collided with Bhalerao's motorcycle. The incident occurred around 9pm, and the driver was immediately taken into custody.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 10:59 am

After Bihar, Cops Find A Maharashtra Connection In NEET Paper Leak Case

Bihar may not be the only state where malpractices were found during the medical entrance exam NEET with cops in Maharashtra questioning two teachers in the paper leak case.

NDTV 23 Jun 2024 10:32 am

Naxalite Couple Surrenders to Maharashtra Deputy CM Fadnavis in Gadchiroli

On Saturday in Gadchiroli district, Naxal leader Giridhar surrendered with his wife in the presence of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He was involved in substantial Naxalite ...

Bing 23 Jun 2024 9:30 am

Maharashtra: 19-year-old killed in road accident; NCP MLA's nephew arrested

A 19-year-old teenager was sadly killed in a car accident on the Pune Nashik Highway near Kalamb hamlet in Pune's Manchar. The nephew of NCP MLA Dilip Mohite Patil was detained in connection with the ...

Bing 23 Jun 2024 9:30 am

China could take control of Taiwan without firing a shot, warns Think Tank

According to CNN, analysts and military strategists said that there are two key options available to China - a full-scale invasion or a military blockade

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 9:28 am

Prez Biden plans to restrict US investment in Chinese cutting-edge tech

This proposal if put into action, will further strain economic ties with Beijing at a time when trade tensions are rising

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 9:24 am

Govt should give reason behind it: ABVP Gen Secy on postponement of NEET-PG exam

This is the second competitive exam that has been postponed after UGC-NET was cancelled due to the exam paper being leaked on darknet.

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 9:21 am

Heavy rains to lash Kerala, Goa & other parts amid searing heat

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted significant rainfall in Kerala, Karnataka, and Goa over the next four days, offering relief from the scorching heat and water scarcity. The IMD has also predicted thunderstorms and lightning, with a chance of rain in parts of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The weather conditions are expected to bring much-needed respite to the affected regions.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 9:10 am

Quota issue solution will be found through consensus: BJP leader Bawankule

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule has stated that the Mahayuti government is positive about finding a consensus solution to the reservation-related demands of the Marathas and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). This comes after activists Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare ended their hunger strike following a meeting with a government delegation. The government's stand is that the Maratha community should receive reservation without affecting the existing OBC quota, aiming to avoid confrontation between the two groups.

The Economic Times 23 Jun 2024 9:07 am

Changing Lives on the margins

MAHARASHTRA: Ramabai Chavan, a 16-year-old girl from the Nathjogi community, a gypsy tribal group, has become the first person from her community to pass the class 10th examination. Living in a modest hamlet, a life frought with numerous challenges, in Bhandara district of Maharashtras drought-prone Vidarbha region, Ramabai says her community primarily survives through begging. The Nathjogi people are nomadic, constantly traveling in search of sustenance. My parents go to Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha to beg for food, mostly grains, Ramabai narrates. This has been our way of life for generations, so no one stays in one place for long. We lack agricultural land and are not trained for work in other sectors, so our people rely solely on begging. In class 10th, Ramabai had no books and had to rely on her memory to retain what was taught in the classroom. I was afraid to take the class 10th exams, but my teacher encouraged me to appear if I wanted to do something for our community, Ramabai said. Kartik Nathjogi, a resident of Ramabais village who holds a masters degree in Marathi literature and political science, played a significant role in encouraging Ramabai to attend school. As a passionate advocate for education from a marginalized community, Kartik has become a beacon of hope for children, particularly girls who are often married at an early age. Being a postgraduate from the begging community, I feel proud, but Im deeply concerned about how much more needs to be done to integrate our community into the mainstream, Kartik said. In his village, children often accompany their parents to begging, greatly undermining their safety and education. No one stays at home to look after their children. Who will take care of them in a parents absence? This worry leads to children missing school and being deprived of basic education, Kartik says. Driven by a fervent desire to usher change, Kartik decided to start a residential school for his gypsy community. Despite initial setbacks and lack of support from local politicos, Kartiks determination never wavered. I appealed to many local politicians for help, but no one came through. They made promised, but when it came to providing, they turned away, he recalled. Undeterred, Kartik began collecting small contributions from his village, a mere `10 from each family. With this modest fund, he set up a tin shed classroom, furnished it with chairs, tables, and books, and invited the children to learn. The response was good, and eventually, the local administration also offered their support, he said with pride. Kartik dreams of establishing a full-fledged residential school for his community, aiming to secure good jobs in both government and private sectors for the children. We want to live a decent, honorable life. If we dont achieve that, whats the point of freedom? Kartik says.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 9:07 am

Yoga instructor clicks pic of molester, gets him convicted

A Bandra-based yoga teacher's quick thinking led to the arrest and conviction of Dhanbhai Muzumdar, who inappropriately touched her bottom, resulting in a one-year rigorous imprisonment sentence.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 9:00 am

Maharashtra BJP's Stand on Reservation: A Step Towards Harmony

Maharashtra BJP's Stand on Reservation: A Step Towards Harmony Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule has affirmed that the Mahayuti government is actively seeking a consensus-driven solution to address the reservation demands from both Maratha and OBC communities. After a pivotal meeting with a government delegation, activists Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare ended their hunger strike, initiated over concerns that the OBC quota might be compromised. The indefinite fast began on June 13 in Jalna district as a counter to Maratha activist Manoj Jarange's demand for OBC category reservations for Marathas. Bawankule assured on Saturday that the Mahayuti government is committed to providing the Maratha community with reservations without altering the existing OBC quota. He emphasized that a consensus solution is the way forward, aiming to prevent any potential conflict between the Maratha and OBC communities.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 8:50 am

OBC activists suspend hunger strike as Maharashtra government assures in writing it will protect their quota

OBC activists suspended their hunger strike after state govt assurance on reservation protection, with CM Shinde promising resolution through all-party meeting.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 8:50 am

Ancient 'Sheshshayi Vishnu' Sculpture Unearthed in Maharashtra's Buldhana

Ancient 'Sheshshayi Vishnu' Sculpture Unearthed in Maharashtra's Buldhana An intricate and detailed 'Sheshshayi Vishnu' sculpture has been unearthed during excavation conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Sindkhed Raja town, located in Maharashtra's Buldhana district, an official stated on Sunday. The remarkable find was discovered at a depth of 2.25 metres during conservation work on Lakhuji Jadhavrao's Chhatri. Supervising archaeologist Arun Malik revealed that the team first noticed some stone alignments and subsequently uncovered a temple base during further digging. Malik informed that upon exposing the sabha mandap, they decided to investigate the temple's depth further, leading to the discovery of a goddess Laxmi sculpture, followed by the substantial 'Sheshshayi Vishnu' sculpture. Measuring 1.70 metres in length and 1 metre in height, the width of the sculpture's base, still partially buried, is estimated at 30 centimetres. He added that the sculpture, crafted from chlorite schist rock, originates from South India, particularly from the Hoysala period. It portrays Vishnu reclining on Shesha Naga with goddess Laxmi massaging his feet, supported by a cushion. The panel also intricately depicts Samudramanthana, complete with jewels like Ashwa and Airavat. Iconography expert Saili Palande-Datar noted that while similar sculptures have been found in Marathwada before, they were usually carved out of the locally available basalt rock. This recent find, made of schist stone, stands out for its meticulous detail. Palande-Datar added that the donor couple depicted between Sheshnaag and Samudramanthana is intricately crafted. She suggested that once an art museum is established in Maharashtra, this sculpture will likely be a key exhibit.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 8:49 am

Top Gadchiroli Maoist couple with 220 offences surrenders

Top commander Nangsu Tumaretti and his wife Lalita alias Sangita Usendi surrendered in Gadchiroli, marking a significant moment in the fight against Naxalism.

The Times of India 23 Jun 2024 8:34 am

Mumbai Diary: Senior BJP leaders seek shot at fame

During his tenure as the Chief Minister and later as the Leader of Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis had cut to size other Maharashtra BJP top brass seeking to lay claim on the Chief Ministers Office. Now, after a BJP debacle in the Lok Sabha polls, these sidelined leaders see a window of opportunity to make a return into active politics. One such leader, Ekanth Khadse, who joined NCP following a fiery exchange with state BJP leadership, wants to return to his former party. Pankaja Munde, who lost against the NCP (SP) candidate Bajrang Sonawane, in a bid to remain relevant, is lending active support to OBC agitation. Another Pawar in Baramati? In the Baramati Lok Sabha seat, deputy CM Ajit Pawars brother Srinivas Pawar campaigned for Supriya Sule and not his brothers spouse Sunetra Pawar. Srinivass son Yogendra Pawar was the first to make the move against his uncle Ajit Pawar, actively rallying in support for auut Supriya. Sule won LS election by over 1.50 lakh votes, including a 48,000-vote-lead in Baramati assembly segment. Yogendra Pawar sees this significant margin to Supriya Sule in the assembly as a window to keep foot in the arena of assembly polls against his uncle Ajit in the coming days. Successful strategist to aid Cong in Maha The Congress has decided to engage political strategist Sunil Kanugolu for the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections. Kanugolu and his team have worked with Congress in the Karnataka and Telangana assembly polls and is already in Mumbai where they have started working with the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress to design an effective strategy and campaign theme, seeking to replicate its success in Karnataka. The process of data mining and subsequent trend analysis has been initiated in full force, sources said, saying that multiple parameters are being considered while refraining from disclosing any more information. Sudhir Suryawanshi Our correspondent in Maharashtra suryawanshi.sudhir@gmail.com

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 8:32 am

A yen for Tokyo

Old world in its orientalism. Ornate but not opulent.There is an order that permeates day -to-day life.

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 8:30 am

Wedding dressed

If it were not for the dresses, would women be tempted into matrimony one wonders

Mid Day 23 Jun 2024 8:27 am