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Police clueless about guidelines for staff undergoing sex change

Following the case of Beed police constable Lalita Salve, the police department in the state continues to remain clueless about service guidelines and rules for such cases. According to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer (LGBTQ) community activists, the case of Salve will be a landmark case in India for future references.Harish Iyer, LGBTQ activist who has been interacting on the LGBTQ issues with the police training academy in Kolhapur and also globally, said, “I have once interacted with a male police officer in New York who transformed himself to female but he was not given any special treatment after the surgery. The job profile too remained the same. While in the case of Boston police inspector, he was interacting with local groups on decrease in crime against LGBTQ. However, globally the scenario is different than in India.”Iyer, added, “While the Kolhapur police training academy has a module on sexuality, it is good to know that people are valuing it. There is a need to value the science behind such transformation. There are no guidelines because people are not really aware about the issues. The case will create a revolution.”Speaking about the rights in the Indian law, Advocate Sayed Ejaz Abbas, who is fighting Salve’s case, asserted, “It is a person’s fundamental and private right to undergo sex reassignment surgery if he/she needs it. The police department does not have any rules or guidelines on the change of gender for getting employment. While right for medical leave is also one of the basic rights, there are no specifications regarding sex change surgery.”Tinesh Chopade, Assistant Program Manager of the Humsafar Trust, said, “Police is right on their part as per the protocol since it is difficult to accept the case. While I was doing few sessions with the Nashik Police Training Academy, I experienced that they are not denying the fact and are ready to accept it.”
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4.5k students learn to test cow meat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) has so far this year imparted training to 4,500 students from at least 400 medical colleges in the seven centers of the laboratory on different forensic tests, including the use of cow meat testing kit. There had been instances in the past wherein meat traders were victimised by cow-vigilante and later test of seized meat revealed that it was not of a cow.The FSL officials showed case studies and experiments to the students and were taught about the cyber forensics, DNA tests, psychological tests, brain mapping, lie detector tests, Biology and Serology kits, and ballistics test. The students were given the kits to study the equipment and its uses.According to FSL officials, the cow meat test, which takes around a week now can be tested via ELISA test in under 30 minutes. These equipment have been provided in the forensic vans. The importance of these handy kits is to defuse tensions among police and civilians.Dr KV Kulkarni, Director of FSL, said, “The seven centers of FSL have been conducting the workshops for students and are teaching about the cow meat tests. The students were taught about the ELISA test which helps in detecting the cow meat.””The officials conducted workshops explaining the importance of the cyber forensics,” Kulkarni said. “The importance of cyber attacks taking place in the country was also explained. We have been conducting these lectures to ensure that the students are trained about the forensic tests,” Kulkarni added.The medical colleges in the periphery of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur centers have been sent invites this year for free students’ workshop.”The students have been invited by the Regional FSLs, which also go around the mobile forensic vans, to spread awareness not only for students but also for the police officers. The on-spot test kits are available inside the mobile vans which cater to the needs of daily cases being made by various police departments,” Kulkarni added.INVITATION LISTThe medical colleges in the periphery of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur centers have been sent invites this year for workshops.

Shiv Sena pursues growth plan, gears up for solo fight in next elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena is slowly and steadily pursuing its plan to spread its presence in all 288 assembly and 45 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra before taking a final call to go solo in the elections slated for 2019. Even though the saffron party is sharing power with the ‘’big brother’’ BJP in the state since December 2014, the Shiv Sena is stepping up its attack against the government on a number of issues taking the space of opposition too. The party president Uddhav Thacleray at the recent meeting with the senior leaders has told the cadre to warm up for further strengthening the organisation at the grassroots to take on mighty BJP.Party MPs, legislators and senior leaders have been assigned district and region wise responsibilities to counter BJP’s strategy to penetrate upto the booth and block level. Thackeray is personally keeping an eye on organisational work and he has been in constant touch with the district chiefs. Thackeray has already completed Marathwada tour and will visit Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara between November 24 and 26. These districts, where BJP has made sufficient inroads while weakening the hold of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.Notwithstanding the setback in the recent civic and local body elections in which BJP has gained a top slot, Shiv Sena has made it amply clear that it will raise issues faced by common man and encash unrest due to demonetization, Goods and Services Tax, technical glitches in the implementation of much ambitious farm loan waiver scheme, rising farmers suicides and their plight due to low prices for agriculture produce and more importantly curb on development expenditure following paucity of funds.Shiv Sena leader, who is engaged in pursuing party’s roadmap for consolidation, told DNA,’’ Party president Uddhav Thackeray has been quite clear that despite efforts to corner Shiv Sena especially by BJP it will continue to raise issues faced by people. This has been time and again proved be it the issue of amendment to the Land Acquisition, changes in Labour Laws, rehabilitation of farmers affected by Mumbai Nagpur expressway or by Metro rail and other infrastructure projects in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra. Shiv Sena voiced their concerns and made government to make necessary changes.’’ He informed that Thackeray will conduct similar tours in rest of Maharashtra ahead of next assembly and parliamentary elections.Meanwhile, Thackeray has told BJP that the Shiv Sena will not compromise on nomination of former Shiv Sena leader and chief minister Narayan Rane during the election to the state legislative council slated for December 7. Besides, the party will continue to oppose Rane’s induction in the state cabinet as he has rebelled against Shiv Sena and also attacked the party supremo Bal Thackeray.Rane recently quit the Congress party to float his own outfit and extended support to BJP. He is now NDA partners.

The ‘train moving in wrong direction’ story factually incorrect, says Indian Railways

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Internet was abuzz with a news story about a train going 160 km in ‘wrong direction’. The Railways has trashed the story as ‘factually incorrect.’In a lengthy clarification issued late in the evening, Anil Kumar Saxena, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways said that “The news circulating in certain sections about ‘movement of a special train for Kisan passengers between Delhi to Kolhapur’ is factually incorrect.”In what is termed as the real set of events that happened, the ministry issued “the correct information about the train.”According to the Railways, the organisers of a Kisan rally in Delhi had booked a special train on payment basis for running between Kolhapur(central Railway) to Delhi and back.”The road-side stations demanded by the organisers were Karad, Miraj and Manmad in Maharashtra. Train was not headed to Kota in Rajasthan as reported in some section of Media. These special trains are run through a route which is conveniently available to the railway operation. Earlier, when this train came from Kolhapur to Delhi, it took Western Railway route namely via Nagda, Kota, Ratlam, Mathura, as it was the best route available from operation point of view at that point of time,” it said.”In the return journey from Delhi to Kolhapur on Tuesday i.e. 21.11.2017, the Railway Administration found that the best path available is the Central Railway route i.e. via Mathura, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhopal, Itarsi route. Hence, they decided to run this special train from Delhi to Kolhapur via this Central Railway route(which in any way is the natural route for these destinations). In case of such isolated special train, the trains keep moving safely through proper messages from one control to next control,” the Railways said.”The passengers might have felt confused because of the different route used in their return journey. They in any way had no reason to worry as it was to reach their destination Miraj, Karad, Manmad, Kolhapur comfortably,” the statement said.It also maintained that, “there was no negligence, there was no diversion, there was no unnecessary running of the train, there was no case of wrong signal, as reported in a section of media and the passengers were at no point of time stranded. It was held up for some time at station Banmore Railway Station near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh because of some path congestion problem.The statement added: “Once, the path became available, the train moved ahead smoothly towards its destination viz. Manmad, Karad, Miraj and Kolhapur.The train had a pantry-car where eatables were available for the passengers. The passengers may have felt some inconvenience because of some delay in the movement of the train during the journey.”

Can’t give parole to consummate marriage: HC to convict’s wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court recently rejected an application filed by a woman seeking her husband to be released on parole for 90 days to consummate their marriage. The court rejected the plea since parole rules don’t acknowledge conjugal rights as reason for leave from prison.A division bench of Justices V K Tahilramani and M S Karnik turned down the plea of a wife, who had submitted that her husband, a convict under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), be released from prison on parole. The court, relying on Rule 19 of the Prisons (Bombay Furlough and Parole) Rules, 1959, said, “The ground on which the parole is being sought is not one on which the prisoner can be released on parole. Hence, we cannot entertain this petition.”Advocate Apeksha Vora, appearing for the woman, argued that the accused, who is sentenced to life imprisonment, had been released on temporary bail by the High Court in 2014 to get married. After attending post-marriage functions, he was brought back to prison on June 2, 2014. Thereafter, he has been lodged at the Kolhapur prison.Further, it was argued that if the convict can be allowed to get married after conviction, then he should be allowed to consummate his marriage. Convict Abhijit Babar is co-accused in a case filed under various sections of MCOCA.

‘Shetkari Samvad Yatra’: After attacking BJP, Uddhav Thackeray to address public meetings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After attacking the BJP on issues ranging from farm distress to demonetization, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray will hit the roads later this month for a series of public meetings and interactions.The ‘Shetkari Samvad Yatra’ will be launched from Western Maharashtra, with Uddhav addressing a rally at Kolhapur on November 24. On November 25 and 26, the Sena chief will also travel to Sangli and Karad in Satara district for public meetings.“The Shetkari Samvad Yatra will help us reach out to farmers and other interest groups like traders and even the common man. Uddhavji will cover all districts by March 2018 beginning with Western Maharashtra,” said a senior Shiv Sena leader.He added that during the campaign, Uddhav would hold public meetings and also interact with farmers and residents in nearby areas. “Apart from farmers, we will also tap the discontent among the small traders, shopkeepers, and youth, who are deprived of jobs,” the Shiv Sena leader said.The Sena leader added that Uddhav would also interact with grape producers and sugarcane farmers in the area to “understand their problems.”Other areas like the Konkan, Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Marathwada will be covered in the subsequent phases of the campaign.Western Maharashtra, which accounts for over 70 of the 288 seats in the state assembly, has been a traditional base of the Congress and the NCP. However, of late, the BJP has been able to make inroads in the region by pocketing civic bodies and Zilla Parishads in districts like Pune, Sangli, Solapur, and Kolhapur. The Shiv Sena claims that with the BJP government’s popularity on the wane, it can fancy its chances in the sugar belt.Uddhav will also visit Aurangabad on November 12 and Ratnagiri on November 15 for party programs.

To reduce pendency, Maha plans massive expansion of cyber forensic facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With rising numbers of cyber, financial and intellectual property-related crimes, the state government is planning a massive expansion of its cyber forensic investigation facilities.Maharashtra has a state-level forensic science laboratory in Mumbai and seven across the state (Nagpur, Pune, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, Kolhapur, and Aurangabad).”We have three labs with cyber forensic facilities, at Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur. We are planning to launch the department at our other centres, too,” a senior official from the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories (DFSL) told DNA. He said this was necessary considering the rise in cyber-crime related cases, including those related to intellectual property rights, financial fraud, computer crimes, forgery, online stalking, pornography, spoofing, and impersonation and even the analysis of CCTV footage.”Though much depends on the availability of funds by the state government, we plan to operationalise these divisions in the 2017-18 financial year,” he said.The official said around 2,500 cyber forensic cases are pending investigation. “The nature of work is such that an officer can handle around five cases a month. We have around 80 such officers, including 60 in Mumbai and 10 each in Pune and Nagpur. This has led to huge pendencies, since these three laboratories get over 300 cases per month, including 200 in Mumbai alone, for investigations,” the official explained.The DFSL plans to first operationalise the department at Aurangabad to handle cases in the Marathwada region, followed by Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur.As on September-end, FSLs have around 42,000 samples pending investigations across various departments, largely due to the paucity of technical staff. These labs get around 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh samples every year for testing.Of the roughly 1,330 sanctioned technical posts in the forensic science laboratories, just 770 were filled. However, the state government has consented to fill these vacant posts in addition to recruiting 459 personnel on contract basis to make up for the staff shortfall. This recruitment of contractual employees will include an annual extension to 164 staffers on contract.It plans to eventually run the FSLs on a 24X7 basis, similar to emergency services like hospitals, fire brigades, etc, to do away with pending cases and generate faster forensic evidence for law enforcement agencies.The state government has also deployed 45 mobile forensic support units in each of the nine police commissionerates and 36 district police headquarters.The FSL directorate also plans to start an extra shift in the cyber forensics and tape and speaker identification (TASI) departments to cover working hours from 7 am to 10 pm.TO BRIDGE THE GAPOf the roughly 1,330 sanctioned technical posts in the forensic science laboratories, just 770 were filled. However, the state government has consented to fill these vacant posts in addition to recruiting 459 personnel on contract basis.

Manpower, funds crunch hits Maharashtra’s plans for forensic testing mini labs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government’s plans to augment its forensic testing infrastructure by establishing five new mini labs across Maharashtra may be hit by a manpower and funds crunch.These labs were to be set up this year at Thane, Dhule, Chandrapur, Solapur and Ratnagiri.”The idea was to have forensic testing facilities within a distance of 200 km across the state so that police can bring in evidence for analysis faster while ensuring that quality of the sample is maintained. It will ensure the sample is not degraded or compromised due to factors like temperature variations,” a senior state government official told DNA.These mini labs, which were to have biology and toxicology divisions, would help law-enforcement agencies investigate cases of rape, sexual assault, murder, attempt to murder, suicides and viscera testing. These two departments have the maximum number of samples pending for tests.”We have a large number of vacant posts of technical staff and this, combined with the state government’s poor financial position may lead to the plan being pushed forward to next year. Meanwhile, we are identifying suitable sites for these mini labs in these cities,” the official said.He noted that of the around 1,330 sanctioned technical posts in the forensic science laboratories, just 770 were filled up. However, the state government had agreed to fill 444 of these vacant posts in addition to recruiting 650 personnel on contract basis to make up for the staff shortfall. The official said once these posts were filled up, it would be possible for the expansion plans to be rolled out.Maharashtra has a state-level forensic science laboratory in Mumbai and seven across the state (Nagpur, Pune, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, Kolhapur and Aurangabad). It has DNA testing facilities at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Aurangabad. The state government has deployed 45 mobile forensic support units in each of the nine police commissionerates and 36 district police headquarters.In its report submitted to the state legislature in the recent monsoon session, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) noted that the forensic science laboratories in the state were affected by the shortage of technical staff, which led to 34,171 samples pending investigation as on January 1, 2017.

A tough route ahead for Mumbai University

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several key positions at the University of Mumbai (MU) mlie at a risk of falling vacant with term of the officials currently holding these posts likely to end after the declaration of results. With most appointments of the key positions including that of the Vice Chacellor (V-C) and the Pro V-C being made for a period of three months or until all the results are declared, MU stares at a bleak future. Owing to the unprecedented crisis of results, MU V-C Sanjay Deshmukh was sent on forced leave after which the governor appointed Dr Devanand Shinde, V-C of Shivaji University in Kolhapur as the acting V-C for MU on August 9.Shinde’s order states that his appointment is for a period of three years or until results are declared, whichever the earlier. At the same time, Dr Dhiren Patel, Director of VJTI was appointed as the acting Pro VC. On August 16, Dr Arjun Ghatule was appointed as the acting Director for the Board of Examinations and Evaluation while the university gave the additional charge for the post of Registrar to Dinesh Kamble, who was the Deputy Registrar of Special cell at the university. With just eight results yet to be declared, the term of these officials on some of the above key positions is likely to come to an end, which, the experts fear would create a vacuum with the lack of a permanent decision making body in place until further appointments. “The university is currently grappling with a number of issues. Thousands of students are yet to get their results, several revaluation cases would have to be addressed, the university has no NAAC accreditation till date, the perspective plan has been delayed and a hundred more issues. At such a point, not having permanent officials on some of these key positions would make things worse” said Dr AD Sawant, former Pro- VC at the university. Experts fear that until permanent appointments are made to these key positions, students would be left in lurch. “At this point, there is no official to come up with a permanent solution for the university’s existing problems.

Salaried priest for Kolhapur temple soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government plans to bring out a a legislation for the Kolhapur Ambabai temple trust, through which it will have to appoint a priest on salary. The bill, to be introduced in the winter session of the Assembly, will not look at the appointment on the basis of family succession. Guardian Minister for Kolhapur Chandrakant Patil said that the district collector had prepared a detailed report, which has been sent to the law and judiciary department for preparation of a draft for the proposed legislation within a month. Kolhapur witnessed tension in June when pictures of the deity Ambabai wearing a ghagra-choli instead of traditional saree went viral. Patil had to intervene to prevent a law and order situation. Minister of State for Home department Ranjit Patil, while replying to a debate in the state Assembly, said that the government would bring out a legislation to govern the temple. Patil informed that this also would be part of the bill to be introduced for Kolhapur temple trust.

Maharashtra to grow rare Ayurveda herbs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gulbel, narkya and rudanti may sound like abstract names, but those with knowledge of Ayurveda know that these rare, endangered and threatened (RET) plants have great medicinal value.The Maharashtra forest department is planning to rope in traditional healers or “vaidus” to document, cultivate and preserve these plants. These healers use wild herbs for treating various ailments ranging from liver disease to jaundice and cancer.The department also plans to cultivate such endangered plants for commercial use to reduce the pressure on forests. Officials admit that at present, these plants are often plucked and traded illegally, leading to them gradually vanishing from their wild habitat.”There is ample availability of Ayurvedic medicines across states and climatic zones. The biodiversity across India is huge,” noted Arvind Patil, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Kolhapur (Territorial), noting that these herbs were found in the Western Ghats and Kolhapur regions.”We have identified traditional healers to standardize the knowledge of these herbs and put it down in a written form. These rare plants can be planted and cultivated instead of plucking wild species,” he said. “Traditional healers have knowledge of herbs but do not maintain this in a written form. It is instead passed down through word-of-mouth,” added Patil, stating that hence, there was a risk of this being lost.

MU: New acting V-C spots problem areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after taking charge as the acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr Devanand Shinde said that he would soon appeal for more teachers to undertake assessment of papers.Speaking to DNA, Shinde said, “I have just taken charge and i am trying to take a stock of the situation here. After a couple of meetings, I think there are three key areas we need to work on — administration, evaluation and technology. My focus would be on bringing together all stakeholders at the university to address delays and glitches in these departments.” On Friday, he will be meeting the university’s technical team to address the issues.Shinde is the Vice Chancellor of Shivaji University in Kolhapur. He has been given the additional charge of the University of Mumbai after VC Dr Sanjay Deshmukh went on leave on Wednesday.Shinde said that the university is working on getting more teachers to evaluate papers. “The university is facing some challenges in bringing on aboard teachers for subjects such as Taxation, Law etc as most of them are full time CAs and lawyers, and are busy in their fields. In the next few days, we would appeal these teachers to evaluate papers so that results can be declared in time.” On Thursday, Shinde met all the key officials at the university to understand the issue. He said that while one cannot clearly state a deadline, the focus is on completing the assessment and sorting technical glitches to speed up the process. The university is hoping to get help from its sub centres at Aurangabad, Shivaji, Kolhapur, and Nagpur universities.Shinde also assured that students due to take admission in other universities would not have to wait for confidential results. Around two lakh papers were yet to be evaluated as on Thursday, majority of which belong to the commerce stream.

Body of youth who fell into valley in Maharashtra’s Amboli recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of one of the two revellers who died after falling into a 600-foot deep valley in Amboli Ghat in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra was today recovered.A video of their fall had gone viral on social media, even as rescue teams were trying to locate the bodies for the last four days.The incident took place at Kawale Saad Point in Amboli Ghat, a popular picnic point.Imran Garadi (26) and Pratap Rathod (21), part of a group of seven, fell into the valley on July 31, said Sunil Dhanawade, Senior Police Inspector of Sawantwadi police station.As the rain and mist made it difficult to retrieve the bodies, police roped in some trekkers for recovery operation.The body of Pratap Rathod who hailed from Beed was recovered at around 1 pm today, police said.The two victims and their friends worked at a poultry farm in Kolhapur. On July 31, while others left the Kawale Saad Point after spending some time, Garadi and Rathod lingered. When they didn’t join the group, their friends approached Sawantwadi police.Police found out about the mishap from local people.The viral video shows the two men, bottles in hand, climbing the railing around the edge of the valley and backtracking once or twice. Then the two are seen standing on the edge, beyond the railing, and slipping down

Pansare case: Maha govt approaches HC against bail to Gaikwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government along with the family members of Govind Pansare have moved the Bombay High Court challenging a lower court order granting bail to key accused Sameer Gaikwad in the murder of the rationalist. A Kolhapur sessions court had on June 17 this year had granted bail to Gaikwad, an alleged member of the right wing group Sanatan Sanstha. Pansare and his wife were shot by unidentified persons in Kolhapur during their morning walk on February 16, 2015. While his wife survived, the veteran CPI leader died in a Mumbai hospital four days later. Gaikwad was arrested in September 2015 for his alleged involvement in Pansare’s killing. The state government formed a Special Investigation Team of the CID to probe the murder. The Maharashtra government and Pansare’s daughter and daughter-in-law have filed applications in the high court challenging the lower court’s order granting bail to Gaikwad. Pansare’s family members, in their application, said that the sessions court, while granting bail in matters involving serious crime, must consider several factors like nature and severity of punishment in case of conviction, apprehension of influencing witnesses or threat to the complainant besides possibilities of tampering with the evidence and hampering investigation and the prima facie satisfaction of the court in support of the charge. “The sessions court has failed to appreciate that the conspirator and shooters involved in the killing of Pansare case may also be involved in the murder of activist Narendra Dabholkar,” said the application of Pansare’s family members. The applications, of the government and Pansare’s family members, will come up for hearing before the single judge bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere in due course of time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pakistan violates ceasefire twice, Indian Army destroys one post in retaliatory fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the second ceasefire violation today, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.In the latest violation, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 5.50 pm on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a defence spokesman said, adding, the Indian Army is retaliating strongly and effectively.As per reports, one Pakistani post was destroyed in the Indian Army’s retaliatory action. Pakistan has now violated the ceasefire thrice in the past 27 hours, targeting forward posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and automatic weapons. Earlier today, Pakistani troops had opened unprovoked fire from 6.30 am to 9.30 am on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, even as Indian troops returned fire.Yesterday also the Pakistan army had initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 1130 hours to 1410 hours on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.Today’s violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistani special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans while losing one of their men.On Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces men sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action by the Indian Army.The BAT comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistan army and terrorists.It had carried out the attack on an Indian Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch on June 22 under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops.In the firefight, two Indian soldiers – 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur – were killed.The Pakistani BAT members were armed with headband cameras to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol.Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan.There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu region in June in which one civilian also lost his life while seven others were injured.

Pansare murder accused Gaikwad gets conditional bail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sanatan Sanstha activist Samir Gaikwad, who is an accused in the veteran Communist leader and rationalist Govind Pansare murder case, on Saturday got a conditional bail. Gaikwad?s bail application was accepted by the Kolhapur sessions court on the condition that he will cooperate with the probe by the Special Investigations Team (SIT), will not enter Kolhapur district and will surrender his passport. Gaikwad?s lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar hailed the decision, saying the activist was granted the bail on account of insufficient evidence against him. However, family members of Pansare expressed displeasure over the bail and have said that they will knock the doors of the High Court. ?We will appeal against bail given to Gaikwad in the High Court,? Megha Pansare, Govind?s daughter-in-law told ANI. In 2014, Pansare was gunned by two unidentified persons when he was returning home from his morning walk. The SIT in its chargesheet named Gaikwad as co-conspirator and said he along with other Sanatan activists killed Pansare.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha farmers’ stir enters 6th day, vegetable prices soar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The farmers’ strike in Maharashtra entered the sixth day today, with prices of vegetables shooting up in various markets due to short supply. Farmers are on the warpath since June 1 for demands including loan waiver and higher minimum support prices. Despite the government announcing a loan waiver for marginal farmers on Saturday, the agitation has continued. In Pune’s Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), the inflow of vegetables and fruits was only about 50 per cent today, resulting in their prices going up by three to five times, sources said. The workers of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna held protests outside the collector’s office in Sangli and 20 of them were taken into custody by police. The rural economy has been affected in Nashik where apart from farmers, potters, tempo drivers and others working in allied fields are losing their jobs, sources said. The daily business of around Rs 20-25 crore in 17 major APMCs in Nashik and other smaller market committees has come to a standstill, they added. Farmers locked the offices of talathi (revenue officer) in some villages of Kolhapur and Nashik districts. In Ahmednagar district, the inflow of vegetables was mere 1 per cent and there was no milk collection, increasing the woes of the people, sources said. In the district’s Puntamba village, the agitating farmers threw vegetables outside the divisional commissioner’s office. In Amravati too the protesters dumped vegetables outside the district collector’s office. Police took into custody six workers of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna in Amaravati. Meanwhile, sources said the farmers’ strike in Maharashtra has benefited traders from Surat, Belgaum, Indore and Delhi as the Vasai-Virar region is witnessing an influx of agricultural produce from Surat. The Vasai-Virar region has several vegetable markets which usually get the produce from Nashik, Junnar and Vashi. The farmers’ strike has stopped the flow of vegetables from Maharashtra. “Truck drivers are scared of violent protests. Traders from Surat, Delhi, Indore and Belgaum have thus taken advantage of the strike, increased the prices and the inflow of vegetables in the Vashi APMC has increased by around 30 per cent,” an official from the cooperatives department said. “From Vashi APMC, the produce gets distributed in the markets of Vasai-Virar. The prices of vegetables are fluctuating by around 15-20 per cent in most APMCs,” the official added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Veggie prices fall but stir intensifies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers on Monday intensified their agitation on the fifth day of strike during a day-long bandh across Maharashtra to demand total crop loan waiver, remunerative prices and implementation of MS Swaminathan Commission report. The bandh was carried out almost in totality in Marathwada and rural areas of North, Western and Soutrhern Maharashtra. Farmers spontaneously participated in the rasta roko and at some places dumped fruits and vegetables.The supply of milk, fruits and vegetables to Mumbai and other cities may be affected due to the bandh and closure of markets in several districts. The internet service in Nashik and its adjoining areas was suspended for a while.Nashik has now gained prominence as a centre of activity for the ongoing farmers agitation. In Nashik, farmers passed the resolution that they will stop paying installment of the crops loan and taxes. However, the bandh was marred by stray incidents of violence in some districts. Farmers at Kalamb in the Osmanabad district damaged three buses of the state transport. Similar incidents were reported in Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Pune, Solapur, Kolhapur, and Satara.Farmers in various districts including Nashik, Sangli burnt effigies of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Minister of State for agriculture and marketing Sadabhu Khot. Traffic came to a grinding halt for some time on major highways. Farmers at Chandwad on Mumbai-Pune highway sang bhajans as a novel way of protest.Despite the blockade, about 27 milk tankers from Kolhapur, Sanggli and Sangli milk federations left for Mumbai in Z security cover which is generally provided to VVIPs.On Monday the vegetables prices in Mumbai came down by 40-50 per cent because of supply from Gujarat. Kailash Tejani, president of vegetables traders association at APMC, Vashi, said that 511 trucks of fruits and vegetables arrived on Monday against the daily average of 450-500. Meanwhile, a core committee will hold a meeting today in Mumbai to discuss the issue.

Will talk only to farmers, not others: Maharashtra CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardening his stand, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the government will talk only to the protesting farmers and not others. State BJP leaders have been alleging that opposition NCP and Congress are behind the ongoing farmers’ strike. Farmers’ agitation today continued in some parts of the state, despite the CM announcing a loan waiver for marginal farmers two days ago. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Fadnavis said, “If someone else is trying to agitate in the name of farmers, the government will not talk to these people.” As per the government data, vehicles carrying vegetables, fruits, etc reached 149 of the total 305 Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in the state today. Leaders of the NCP and the ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena actively participated in enforcing `bandh’ in Kolhapur, Nashik, Jalgaon, Hingoli and other places. Meanwhile, some factions of Shetkari Sanghatna, founded by the late Sharad Joshi, have decided to form a new 21-member coordination committee to decide the future course of agitation, said Girdhar Patil, agriculture expert and leader. Speaking to reporters at Solapur, Minister for Cooperation Subhash Deshmukh alleged that the Congress and NCP-led opposition was instigating the farmers. Meanwhile, official sources said that 1,337 tempos and trucks carrying vegetables, fruits and other items reached the APMC at neighbouring Navi Mumbai. It included 343 trucks of fruits and 486 of vegetables. Prices of commodities were stable, officials claimed. The government dispatched 27 milk tankers under police security via Pune-Mumbai Expressway from Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government’s plan B ready to beef up supply of agri goods

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Activist turned minister of state for agriculture and marketing Sadabhau Khot said the state government is quite open for a dialogue with the agitating farmers especially on the contentious issue of farm loan waiver. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Khot explains government’s strategyHow the farmers strike has taken toll on the supply of milk, fruits and vegetables in Mumbai and other cities?It is true that the arrival of these commodities have been reduced in Mumbai and other cities. In case of Mumbai against the daily arrival of 49,000 quintal of vegetables only 65% has come, in Pune 50% of the 31,000 quintal, Kalyan 50% of 7,500 quintal, in Panvel 1,300 quintal against daily arrival of 1,600 quintal, in Nagpur 15,510 quintal against 19,777 quintal. Similar situation prevailed in Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Ahmednagar. However, farmers are selling vegetables locally.As per the marketing department data, wholesale markets and market committees are closed in some districts.As far as milk supply to Mumbai is concerned so far it has not been impacted. The government has put in place plan B for an uninterrupted supply including supply from the neighbouring states. The government will deploy additional security personnel and see that the stern action will be taken against those prohibiting the movement of vehicles and putting a roadblock on the supply of these commodities.The state run Marketing Federation has come out with a toll free non 18002330244 to address problems faced farmers in the transportation of fruits, vegetables and milk.The agitating farmers are stepping up their stir and stuck to their demand for total loan waiver. What is your take?I have been associated with the farmers movement since 1986 and I am quite well aware of the issued faced by them. The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has been quite positive and held talks twice with the representatives of farmers. Fadnavis has been repeatedly saying that the government is working on a strategy for loan waiver considering its impact on the state finances. The idea is to bring those farmers who are currently out of institutional credit line but at the same time provide relief to the farmers who have been repaying the loan regularly. However, such decision cannot be taken in an haste.Fadnavis and I have already appealed to the agitating farmers. They should come and discuss at the earliest.CM has hinted that Congress-NCP are keen to foment violence by supporting the farmers strike. What is your comment?The opposition Congress and NCP are interested to foment violence and disturb the government in a bid to gain political mileage. The issues faced by the farmers were present when they ruled Maharashtra for 15 years and it is not the creation of BJP led government. However, the government will make every effort to provide relief to the farmers.Is government considering invoking the provisions of Essential Commodities Act?Right now there is no such a proposal. However, the government will take necessary legal action against those indulging in speculative trading and hoarding and also those creating hurdles in the transportation of agriculture goods.

Maharasthra SSC Class X 2017 Results to announced soon: Here’s how you can check

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is expected to announce the Maharashtra SSC (also known as Class X or Class 10 SSC) results soon. The Maharashtra SSC 2017result is expected any day now.Last year, the Maha SSC Class X result was declared on June 6. There is some anticipation that the result could again be announced on the same day.Students who appeared in the exam can check their results on www.mahresult.nic.in, http://result.mkcl.org/, http://mh-ssc.ac.in and http://msbshse.ac.in.Here’s how they can check their results:Step 1: Log on to the websiteStep 2: Click on the iconStep 3: Enter your roll number and other required detailsStep 4: Check your marksStep 5: Keep a printout for future reference In 2016, 17 lakh students appeared for the SSC examination in which out of nine regional divisions of the Maharashtra Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Konkan topped the list once again with passing percentage of 96.56 and with Latur division lagging at 81.54%.While 87.98% boys were successful, girls outnumbered them with a passing percentage of 91.49.The Maharashtra Board conducts exams within the state through nine divisional boards at Pune, Mumbai, Latur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, Kolhapur, Amaravati and Konkon.Following were the division wise SSC results 2016 : Konkan: 96.56; Kolhapur:​ 93.89%; Pune: 93.30%; Mumbai: 91.90%; Aurangabad: 88.05%; Nagpur: 85.34%; Amravati: 84.99 %; Nashik: 89.61%; Latur: 81.54.

City betters its score by 2.13%…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state’s overall performance in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams went up by 2.9 per cent this year, compared to that of 2016, as it recorded an overall pass percentage of 89.50 per cent. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) declared the HSC results on Tuesday afternoon. The Mumbai division ranked last, recording a pass percentage of 88.21 per cent, although it bettered its own performance as compared to last year by 2.13 per cent.For the sixth consecutive year, Konkan division recorded the best pass percentage with a 95.20 per cent success rate. Kolhapur division stood second with 91.40 per cent, followed by Pune division with 91.16 per cent.Graphics: Anil KokitkarA total of 14,29,478 students appeared for the exam, which was conducted in February and March 2017, of which 89,29,89 were boys and 63,64,89 were girls. About 3,17,328 students appeared from the Mumbai region. Like in the last few years, girls outshined boys with a total pass percentage of 93.05 per cent.The examination was conducted in 162 different subjects, of which 11 subjects have got a 100 per cent pass percentage. While the Science stream recorded a pass percentage of 95.85 per cent, Commerce saw a success rate of 90.57 per cent. The pass percentage for Arts was at 81.91 percent.Officials at the Mumbai division of the Board blamed the increase in the number of students, and in the number of private candidates, for the poor performance.”About 22.18 per cent of the total number of students in Maharashtra appeared from the Mumbai division. This is a huge number, much higher than that of the other divisions. This also means that the number of repeaters we get are equally high. The other problem with Mumbai is that there is a vast difference in the number of students that register (3,17,615) for the exams and the number that actually appear for them (3,17, 328). All these factors lead to a decrease in the overall pass percentage,” said Dattatray Jagtap, Secretary, Mumbai divisional board.

‘Maha’ shocker for Mumbai in Maha HSC results, ranks last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The performance of Maharashtra students in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examinations saw a marginal rise of 2.9 per cent this year as compared to last year, with an overall pass percentage standing at 89.50.Girls outperformed boys yet again as Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) declared the HSC results on Tuesday afternoon. While 86.65 per cent of boys were successful, pass percentage among girls was 93.50 per cent.Mumbai division, including Thane, Raigad and Palghar, ranked at the bottom, recording a pass percentage of 88.21, although it bettered its own performance as compared to last year by 2.13 per cent.For the sixth consecutive year, Konkan division recorded the best peformance with 95.20 per cent success rate followed by Kolhapur division with 91.40 per cent and Pune division with 91.16 per cent.A total of 14,29,478 students had appeared for the examination of which 89,29,89 were boys and 63,64,89 girls. In Mumbai region, 3,17,328 students appeared for the exam. Science stream saw the highest pass percentage at 95.85 followed by the commerce stream with 90.57 per cent. Arts stream registered a pass percentage of 81.91. “We are happy that the number of cheating cases have gone down this year,” said Dattatray Jagtap, Secretary, Mumbai divisional board.

17-year-old leopard dies of old age at SGNP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old female captive leopard, called Radha, died of old age at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) on Saturday night.”The leopard has been undergoing treatment for the past three weeks, but could not walk properly. In fact, her hind limbs were paralysed. Radha barely ate in the days leading up to her death,” said Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP.Pethe said the leopard was brought to SGNP from Radhanagri at Kolhapur in 2004 after she was trapped as an adult leopard at the age of three or four.According to forest department officials, the normal lifespan of a leopard is around 12 to 14 years in captivity. However, since these big cats get good food and proper medical treatment, some of them may live long. But, they could become susceptible to multiple age-related issues.Currently, SGNP houses 13 leopards in its rescue centre.

Stop being part of ‘useless’ Maha govt: Cong asks Uddhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the BJP-led government in Maharashtra was “useless”, the state Congress today said it agreed with his statement and the Sena should pull out of ruling dispensation. “We agree with Uddhav Thackeray’s observation. If the state government is useless, withdraw support and show your worthiness,” Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) spokesman Sachin Sawant said. “Uddhav should not be a part of the useless government,” he said. The Congress leader alleged that the allies of the BJP government in the state, like Shiv Sena were turning against its policies. “They are publicly critical and taking to the streets, like Lok Sabha member Raju Shetti and Minister of State for Agriculture Sadabhau Khot leading a farmers’ protest in Kolhapur to demand good market price for agriculture produce. This has never happened in the state,” Sawant said. He alleged that the BJP government has lost its credibility and people don’t feel the government is theirs. Taking a dig at ally BJP, Thackeray had yesterday said that its party leaders should work over strengthening the nation rather than the BJP alone and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “tear Pakistan into pieces.” “The BJP should concentrate on strengthening the country and the state rather than only strengthening the party. We are ready for mid term polls. In UP, there is Yogi sarkar (government), but here (in Maharashtra) there is a nirupayogi (useless) sarkar,” Uddhav had said while addressing a gathering of party workers here last evening.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Third phase of ‘Sangharsh Yatra’ from Kolhapur tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The third phase of the ‘Sangharsh Yatra’, led by opposition parties Congress and NCP over their demand for farm loan waiver, will commence from Kolhapur tomorrow. Apart from the Congress and NCP leaders, those belonging to the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP), the JD(U) and others, will travel in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts during the three-day tour. The opposition members will meet farmers’ groups and address public meetings. NCP state unit president Sunil Tatkare told reporters in Solapur that the government had no plan of helping farmers, who were hardships due to natural calamities as well as low market price for their produce. The first phase of the ‘Sangharsh Yatra’ had begun from Chandrapur, while the second phase from Buldhana district. The government has said it would provide loan waiver at an appropriate time. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that his government would study Uttar Pradesh’s model of loan waiver for farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bombay High Court directs Kolhapur school principal to tender written apology for derogatory WhatsApp forward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday has directed a school principal from Kolhapur to tender an apology for posting derogatory messages on WhatsApp.A division bench of comprising Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Prakash Naik directed Babasaheb Havale, the principal of DS Bargale High School in Kolhapur to tender the apology. Havale was booked under sections of Prevention of Atrocities Act and the Indian Penal Code for sending offensive messages using the Facebook-owned messaging tool.Havale was booked after a school staff member – a peon – filed a complaint with the local police. According to the staff member, the principal had created a WhatsApp group for staff members. Havale and another staff member were the group admin.On April 24 last year, the complainant said that Havale had posted a message that was allegedly insulting towards members of the Scheduled Caste community.Advocate Umesh Mankapure, appearing for Havale, argued that in the complaint, it was stated that the message was a forward and not originally sent by the accused, with any intention to hurt anyone sentiments.The bench said, “Untouchability was abolished by passing of the Constitution of India; it not only should be removed from the mind but also from the system. Messages, even if forwards on WhatsApp groups, should be stopped.”The court then directed Havale to issue an affidavit tendering an apology to the complainant.Advocate Mankapure also agreed to tender the apology affidavit before the court by next week.

Sahyadri tiger reserve sees arms inventory mapping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To curb poaching in the Sahyadri tiger project, Maharashtra Forest Department is mapping out an inventory of arms licences issued in the districts in the vicinity of the reserve. The department will also collaborate with the police to crackdown on unlicensed weapons used in wildlife crimes like hunting for bush meat.“There are around 10,000 arms licences in the districts of Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur… We are launching an inventory mapping of these licences. We have sought information from the local Superintendents of Police,” V Clement Ben, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and field director of the STR, told DNA.He said forest personnel, who have wide-ranging powers under the prevailing wildlife laws, will then visit these arms license holders at routine intervals to inquire about the use of the weapons and to seek an inventory of the ammunition. This, Ben noted, will curb the use of these licensed weapons for wildlife-related offences.The forest department is also collaborating with the police in the districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri to crackdown on unlicensed and country-made weapons which may be used for such crimes.Last year, the tiger reserve authorities arrested around 50 people for crimes including poaching and illegal entry into the core area of the tiger reserve. Ben said this crackdown has helped send a stern message to poachers and hunters.Ben added that people from the Konkan used traditional hunting routes to enter the reserve from the crest of the Sahyadris. The forest department has stationed staff in these areas for better protection, and has also set up four eco-development committees under the Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana to involve locals in conservation of forest, and also reduce their dependence on forests.“We are creating trekking routes on these traditional hunting routes,” said Ben, adding that this human presence will dissuade poachers. The resultant employment due to tourist inflows will also make locals stakeholders in the conservation.Prajyot Palve, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Chandoli National Park, said they had written to the police and revenue officials seeking details of licensed weapons. “A record will be kept and guards will visit gun licence holders every month to get details of the ammunition used. We can even seize unlicensed guns in buffer areas and lodge police complaints,” he added, noting that many licenses had been given out for purposes like protecting crops from animals before the tiger reserve was notified.On January 15, Palve and his team arrested nine people who had hunted a wild boar with two single-bore guns and also hunted dogs at Chandoli.Last year, the authorities had arrested nine people from Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri for poaching two mouse deer. Two country-made rifles and weapons were seized from these poachers who were caught moving around in the Chandoli jungles by camera traps .According to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, within three months of the declaration of an area as a sanctuary, every person residing in or within ten kilometres of such sanctuary and holding a licence granted under the Arms Act, 1959, shall apply to the Chief Wildlife Warden or authorised officers, for registration. Moreover, no new licences under the Arms Act shall be granted within a radius of ten kilometres without the prior concurrence of the Chief Wildlife Warden.The Sahyadri tiger project Western Maharashtra’s only tiger reserve and is spread over the Koyna wildlife sanctuary and the Chandoli national park covering a 1,165.56 sq km area including a 600.12 sq km core and 565.45 sq km buffer zone.However, the reserve suffers from inadequate tiger numbers. Maharashtra has six tiger reserves and around 190 big cats.

DNA Evening Must Reads: New Manipur CM sworn in, ICC chairman resigns, ‘Padmavati’ set attacked again & more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manipur: N Biren Singh sworn in as CM, Y Joykumar of NPP appointed as Deputy CMThe first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government took office in Manipur on Wednesday. The oath taking ceremony took place at Raj Bhavan in Imphal. Governor Najma Heptulla delivered the oath of office to CM N Biren Singh (BJP), Deputy CM Y Joykumar (NPP), Th Biswajit (BJP), Karam Shyam (LJP), L Jayantakumar (NPP), Letpao Haokip (NPP), N Koyisi (NPP), Th Shyamkumar (AITC) and L Dikho (NPF). Read moreShashank Manohar steps down as ICC chairman, cites personal reasonsShashank Manohar on Wednesday resigned as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect, citing personal reasons. Manohar has sent a copy of his resignation to ICC CEO Dave Richardson. Read moreRajasthan: Sukhoi 30 fighter jet crashes in Barmer, both pilots eject safelyAn Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan, on Wednesday. The incident took place in Shivkar Kudla village in Barmer. Read morePunjab defeat: Now Kejriwal alleges EVM foul play, claims 25% of AAP votes transferred to Akali-BJP coalitionA day after Arvind Kejriwal sought the use of ballot papers in next month’s municipal polls in the national capital, the Delhi Chief Minister on Wednesday alleged that Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) votes were transferred to the SAD-BJP due to tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Read moreSanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ set attacked again, this time in KolhapurLooks like there’s no end of troubles for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. As per the tweet of ANI, the sets of the film in Kolhapur have been attacked by a group of unknown people last night. Read more

Maharashtra: Kolhapur Police arrests Dalit writer Krishna Kirwale’s murderer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Dalit writer and thinker Dr. Krishna Kirwale was found murdered at his own residence in the Mhada colony at Rajendra Nagar in Kolhapur, the Rajarampuri police station on Saturday afternoon arrested two suspects in the case. It has also been revealed that Kirwale was murdered over a property-related motive.The accused, Pritam Patil and his mother have been arrested by the police on Saturday.According to police, Kirwale was selling his house to the accused Pritam Patil in a deal had been struck. Kirwale wanted to increase the price of the house, but Patil did not agree to increase it above the decided amount, the police said. However, with Kirwale firm on the price, Patil was asking for the advance he had paid to be returned to him. Kirwale and Patil had heated arguments on this several times, the police claimed.”We have arrested Patil and his mother and it has been revealed during the investigation that Kirwale was murdered due to the property issue. Our investigation is on, and within another 24-48 hours, the whole sequence of events will be clear, ” said MB Tambade, Superintendent of Police, Kolhapur A case of murder has been registered at the Rajarampuri Police Station.Kirwale was a professor and head of the Marathi Department at the Shivaji Vidyapeeth in Kolhapur, and had retired recently. He was found dead, lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom, by his wife.

Dalit writer, thinker, Kirwale found murdered at his house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eminent Ambedkarite and academician Dr Krishna Kirawale was found murdered in his own residence on Friday afternoon in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.Kirwale stayed at Mhada Colony, Rajendra Nagar with his wife. He was a professor and the head of Marathi Department at the Shivaji Vidyapeeth Kolhapur, and had retired recently.According to the police, Kirwale was stabbed. His body was found lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom at around 4 pm on Friday by his wife. The police were informed by his wife. Police immediately reached the spot and started the investigation.The police have identified Pritam Patil, a carpenter who had visited the house on Friday, as a suspect in the case. However, the reason of the murder is still unknown and the Kolhapur Police are on the lookout for Patil.A murder case was being registered against Patil at the Rajarampuri Police Station of Kolhapur.”We have identified the suspect and our efforts are on to nab him. He is absconding. The investigation is on and we are checking CCTV footage and recording the statements of family members and neighbours,” said MB Tambade Supritendent of Police Kolhapur.The police have drawn up a panchnama of the crime scene and sent the body for postmortem to a government hospital.Meanwhile, other members of Patil’s family who live in Pune have reached Kolhapur on being informed of his death.

Maha to get 8 Post Office Passport Seva Kendra centres

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of External Affairs today announced opening up of eight Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) in Maharashtra for delivering passport related services across the state. The POPSK, started in association with the Department of Post last month, will be extended at Aurangabad, Beed, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Pimpri Chinchwad, Ghatkopar, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central of the state. These would be in addition to the Passport Seva Kendras functioning at Andheri East, Lower Parel, Malad, Thane, Nashik, Pune and Nagpur in Maharashtra. A Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSLK) at Solapur is scheduled to be operationalised shortly. The MEA and Department of Posts had announced to utilise the Head Post Offices (HPO) in various states as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK). The objective of this partnership is to extend passport services on a larger scale. The pilot projects for this joint venture was inaugurated on January 25 at the post offices at Mysuru in Karnataka and Dahod in Gujarat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP leader shot dead man in 2006, claims ex-driver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP candidate in Goa Vishwajit Krishnarao Rane’s ex-driver was detained by police after a video went viral on social media where he claimed to have witnessed a murder of a man by the leader. “Witness Pandurang Adarkar who is from Kolhapur in Maharashtra has been detained. He has confessed to being witness to the murder of one Shanu Gaonkar, who is missing since 2006,” said inspector Dipak Pednekar. In the video, Adarkar purportedly claimed he was witness to Rane shooting Gaonkar dead in Sattari tehsil of Goa in 2006 to avenge the killing of his brother Prithviraj Rane. Prithviraj was murdered at Saleli village of Sattari tehsil in 2005. Preliminary inquiry had begun under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap, Pednekar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

After notes ban, MGNREGS jobs hit rural households

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the construction and other infrastructure related works have slowed down across the country due to cash crunch post demonetization, the rural populace, farmers, and labourers had pinned their hopes on the jobs available to them under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).However, their hopes have diminished as the scheme has been failing to meet requirements, which have ostensibly gone up as the jobs in real estate and infrastructure sector have declined in the last two months.The scheme has been able to provide only 35 days of average employment in the country this financial year so far.Poll-bound Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and UP have fared worse than the national average by giving an average of 14, 19, 25, and 28 days of jobs respectively, which paints a grim picture.These and many other states are below a quarter of the target even as less than three months are left to end the financial year. Notably, the Centre’s ambitious scheme rolled out in 2006 guarantees 100 days of an unskilled job to every Indian rural household annually.Maharashtra has provided an average of 44 days of employment up to the first week of January. This appears better when compared with northern states. However, in some districts the figures have been much below the national average. Besides, it is grossly inadequate considering the alarmingly high number of farmer suicides in the state.”It is unlikely that the country or any particular state would meet the target of 100 days by March end. In fact, the target of 100 days was never met even in the previous years due to scarcity of funds,” admitted an official associated with the Rural Development Ministry. The scheme offered an average of 48.8 days of employment in 2015-16, say statistics. As per an estimate, the country needs at least 75 per cent more allocation in the wages budget to offer 100 days of job to every aspirant.Scarcity of work in the poll-bound states may cost the incumbent government dearly, say observers. “The perception among villagers is that the MGNREGS is no more a priority of the government which seeks to focus on creating wealth sans generation of jobs,” says Vivek Pandit, former legislator and social worker.Over two-thirds of the MGNREGS work is linked to agriculture and sustainable livelihood in villages. The daily wage of MGNREGS ranges from Rs 150 – Rs 190 a day. The wages differ from state to state and are revised time to time as per the Consumer Price Index for Agricultural Labour.Over 12.69 crore households are registered under the scheme, though the active households are approximately 7.22 crore. Of them, over 10 lakh households (1.4%) got 100 days of wage employment so far, say government figures which explains the scarcity of the work and livelihood opportunities in the country.The total availability of funds for the entire country is Rs 42,050 crore as of now, which is Rs 1,300 crore less than the previous year.Experts and activists express concern over the skewed availability of work for the rural folk. “Despite poor implementation and delayed payments, the scheme has been helpful in income generation for rural households.Skewed jobs will fuel more hunger, malnutrition, and farmer suicides than we are currently dealing with,” says Mahesh Raut, a tribal activist.Meanwhile, the Palghar district of Maharashtra, known for malnutrition deaths has been the worst in the state in offering MGNREGS jobs to poor rural folks. The district has provided an average of 26 days of jobs to the potential labourers till the first week of January. Thane (30 days) and Kolhapur (27 days) are just behind Palghar.

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