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Cyclone Ockhi effect: Veggies and foodgrains to see a price 10-15% hike for next week in Mumbai

Due to untimely rainfall on Tuesday thanks to Cyclone Ockhi, the prices of vegetables and foodgrains are likely to go up by 10 to 15%.According to the traders at Navi Mumbai’s Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), the untimely rain has ruined perishable crops such as onions, tomatoes, coriander, spinach, chillies, etc.“On Wednesday, the whole prices of onion in Nashik, was Rs 35 per kg, while on Thursday, it will be sold at Rs 40-45 per kg. The untimely rainfall will affect these perishable vegetables,” said Ashok Walunje, trader and former director at Vashi APMC. Walunje said that there will be a shortage of supply on Thursday because of the unseasonal rain.“Once the supply dries up, the vegetable and onion rates will automatically go up. This trend will continue for at least for another 10 days,” he added.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Mumbai receives highest December rainfall since 1967Besides, veggies and onions, other rabi crops, mainly wheat, barley, sesame, mustard, peas, maize, linseed, gram, cumin, have also been damaged by the untimely rainfall.The rabi crops are sown in winter just at the end of October October end and harvested in spring. Some areas such as Palghar, Raigad, Nandurbar, Dhule, Nasik and Jalgaon districts in north and central Maharashtra were affected by hailstorms
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RERA is constitutional, valid and legal, says Bombay High Court

There’s good news for home buyers as the Bombay High Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) act, 2016 (RERA)and the authority formed under it.A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Rajesh Ketkar, in their 330+ page judgement, upheld various provisions of the act and the Constitution of the Maharashtra RERA authority. It said, “RERA is not a law relating to only regulating concerns of the promoters but it’s object is to develop the real estate sector, particularly the incomplete projects, across the country. The problems are enormous and it’s time to take a step forward to fulfill the dream of the Father of the Nation — To wipe out tears from every eye.”The court passed the order while deciding on a bunch of petitions filed by developers and plot owners challenging the validity of several sections of the RERA act. It said, “Having a careful scrutiny of the relevant provisions, we have harmoniously construed the provisions, and hold them to be constitutional, valid and legal.”However, the court partially struck down section 46 (1) (b), which relates to qualification of appointment of judicial members to the authority. The court has directed that the two member bench of the tribunal should always consist a judicial member and majority of the members shall always be judicial members, instead of bureaucrats, as is the formation now.Across, a few states, several builders moved high courts to question the Act, especially provisions saying it applies to projects not completed by May 31, 2017 and its “draconian” penal provisions with possible imprisonment for breaches.Among others, DB Realty Group, Real Gem Buildtech, MIG (Bandra) Realtors and Neelkamal Realtors had moved the high court.RERA came into effect on May 1, a year after both houses of the parliament passed it. Supreme Court had in September, on a Union government application, sought to club all petitions filed across the country. It also further urged Bombay High Court to decide first on the petitions, within a period of two months.As per the Act, developers, projects and agents had time till July 31 to compulsorily register their projects with the Authority. Any unregistered project would be deemed to be unauthorised by the regulator.Under RERA, each state and union territory will have its own Regulatory Authority (RA) which will frame rules and regulations as per the Act.THE JUDGEMENTDivision bench of Justices Patil and Ketkar upheld various provisions of the Act Judgement said: RERA is not a law relating to only regulating concerns of the promoters, its object is to develop the real estate sector It added: The problems are enormous and it’s time to fulfill Gandhi’s dream — Wipe out tears from every eye.
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75 glorious yrs of Campion School

On Tuesday the auditorium of NCPA Tata Theatre was full with the large number of current and past students, current and former teachers, as well as the former administration staff that had come to attend the platinum jubilee of the iconic Campion School located at Cooperage road at Fort on Tuesday.The event was also attended by renowned personalities that passed out from Campion School like Niranjan Hiranandani, MD Hiranandani Group and Senior Congress leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor. Among other dignitaries present were Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, and Chief Post Master General HC Agrawal.Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, in his speech praised Campion’s illustrious list of alumni. He said, “I was impressed to know many renowned personalities are alumni of the School. I do hope that the School will continue its tradition of producing men of character, values and compassion who will provide leadership to society in all areas of human endeavour.”The school released event brochure and its logo that will be used for whole year for correspondence. The documentary ‘Beyond the first step’ of the school was also shown.The Campion school at Fort was once started on 20 January 1943 with 23 students by members of Society of Jesuits. The school now has 830 students.The school was once in a small building in a rental ground floor at 45, New Marine Lines. The school’s first principal was late Fr Joseph Savall. It use to give Cambridge education to its students till 1956.RENOWNED ALUMNIPraful Patel, Former Aviation Minister Shashi Tharoor, MP Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Group Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, MP and Congress Leader Rajdeep Sardesai, Indian news anchor and author Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group. (L-R) C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, Paul Machado, Principal, Dr Eric Borges, Chairman, Campion School, Niranjan Hiranandani, MD of Hiranandani Group and Dr Frazer Mascarenhas, Jesuits’s Provincial’s representative
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HC gives Mumbai University another chance for on-screen evaluation of exams

The Bombay High Court today gave the University of Mumbai another chance to ensure that the technical glitches it faced with the on-screen marking (OSM) system during the summer semester are not repeated during the winter semester this year.The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by students and the Bombay University and College Teachers’ Union challenging the OSM system for assessing papers online.”Earlier the university went on to introduce the system without doing proper homework. But now we are informed by the state government that the glitches have been identified and remedial measures have been undertaken,” a division bench of Justices B R Gavai and Manish Pitale said.Also readMore chaos likely as Mumbai University gets extension to form bodies”We are of the view that taking into consideration the fact that the government has stepped in and monitored the new system, it would be appropriate to give the university another chance to conduct the OSM system,” the court said.The petitions were filed after the university earlier this year faced problems with the system and failed to declare the summer semester results in time.Also readMumbai University students left in a lurch due to no grievance mechanismThe university’s lawyer, Rui Rodrigues, today informed the high court that the present semester’s exams are likely to get over by mid-December and the results are expected to be declared after 45 days.The bench then posted the matter for further hearing on February 14.Also readMumbai University VC Sanjay Deshmukh removed for his ‘gross negligence’The state government today filed an affidavit saying several meetings were held with the university’s vice chancellor, and Maharashtra’s governor and chief minister to discuss the difficulties faced by the varsity in declaring the results.”After discussing all the pros and cons, it was decided that the Mumbai University, being a premier university, the OSM system shall be continued for the second half of the examinations of this year too. All issues will be resolved before commencement of the exams,” the affidavit said.
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Indian Railways ups crowd management game as Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s followers flock to city

Two months after Elphinstone Road stampede; the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar and cyclone Ockhi is testing the lessons learnt by the Indian Railways post the tragedy. Though the dangers of cyclone Ockhi causing any damage to city’s infrastructure or lives seem to have ceased, handling lakhs of followers of Dr Ambedkar is surely a huge task at hand for the Indian Railways.Wednesday is the 61st death anniversary of Dr Ambedkar — social reformist, economist and jurist — for which lakhs of people come to Shivaji Park to pay homage. These people are coming in large numbers from various parts of the state and neighbouring states too for whom, long distance and suburban local trains are the best mode of transportation.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Rain spoils Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers visit”Ever since the stampede occurred, we have also decided to include crowd management to be vital for commuter’s safety. This is the reason foot overbridges have now become a matter of safety than a passenger amenity and so more FOBs have been planned,” said a senior railway official.Since the past two days, the presence of RPF staff at prominent stations like Dadar, Malad, Borivali, Kurla LTT, Churchgate, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has increased. The Maharashtra Security Force too is helping with 250 personnel coming in for assisting the railway police.Also readPrime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes to BR AmbedkarThe followers are seen sitting, sleeping or staying back on station premises along with their luggage. They are also blocking the pathway to staircases of FOBs. So continuous announcements are being made urging people not to wait at the station premises and move towards Shivaji Park. The BEST Undertaking is running shuttle services from various stations to Shivaji Park as well. Posters and banners indicating directions to the followers are also seen. The ticket checkers are barely seen while trains are halting for more time at selective stations to assist people. No doubt, a lot has improved in terms of managing over crowded stations since the tragedy at Elphinstone Road struck. But sadly it took 23 people to lose their lives for the railways to take crowd management seriously.
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Cyclone Ockhi: 39 dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, 167 fishermen missing

As many as 39 people have perished and 167 fishermen were still missing after cyclone Ockhi hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts while 809 others were swept away to Maharashtra, the Union Home Ministry said today.Joint Secretary in the ministry Sanjeev Kumar Jindal also said the cyclone is slowing down and would have no impact in Gujarat, where the first of the two-phased assembly elections is due four days later.”As of now, 10 people lost their lives in Tamil Nadu and 29 others in Kerala. Even though the exact number of missing persons were not known, as per available information, whereabouts of 74 fishermen in Tamil Nadu and 93 fishermen in Kerala is not known yet,” he told reporters here.A total of 556 fishermen were also rescued by relief and rescue teams from seas.The state governments are verifying with the affected villages to find the exact number of missing fishermen.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Schools in Mumbai, other parts of Maharashtra to remain open on Wednesday Altogether 809 fishermen with their boats from Tamil Nadu and Kerala were swept away and reached Maharashtra coast where they were provided food and shelter.While 33 tourists, both domestic and foreign, were safe in Lakshadweep, 250 fishermen could also reach safely in the islands from the high seas after being hit by the cyclone.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Search intensified to find 92 missing fishermenJindal said two merchant ships with eight sailors each were rescued and brought to Lakshadweep by Navy and Coast guard teams.Asked whether the cyclone would affect the election process in Gujarat, Jindal said there was no such possibilities as it has already slowed down.Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) today asked fishermen in both eastern and western coasts not to venture out in the sea for the next three days as heavy rainfall is expected in many areas due to cyclone Ockhi.Asking people not to panic in case of a cyclone alert, the NDMA said in an advisory that fishermen along and off Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts should not venture into the sea from December 6 to 8 while fishermen along and off Andaman and Nicobar Islands are advised not to venture into sea till tomorrow.Fishermen living along and off South Gujarat and North Maharashtra coasts have been advised not to venture into the sea till tomorrow morning.The severe cyclonic storm Ockhi will move over east- central Arabian sea and move further north-northeastwards with a speed of 21 kmph and lay centred over east-central Arabian sea at latitude 17.5 N and Longitude 70.4 E, about 480 km southwest of Surat and 300 km west-southwest of Mumbai.The NDMA said light to moderate rainfall is expected at most places in Maharashtra with isolated heavy rainfall also likely over north Konkan, Palghar, Thane, Raigarh, Greater Mumbai, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar and Pune districts.It is very likely that the cyclone will to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by tonight.Minor damage to loose unsecured structures and minor damage to banana trees, agriculture near coast due to salt spray is expected. Damage to ripe paddy crops and minor damage to ‘kutcha’ embankments are expected.The NDMA predicted formation of a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next few hours and it will further intensify into a deep depression during subsequent two days.The well marked low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman sea persists.It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu, south Andhra Pradesh coasts during next three days.The NDMA said people when asked to evacuate, should move to a designate cyclone shelter with safety kit and store dry food and water in abundance, keep torch and hurricane lantern/emergency light handy and keep listening to battery operated radio for latest information.
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Mumbai gets a path-breaking weekly ‘Zee Marathi Disha’

Stating that ‘Zee Marathi Disha’, the new Marathi weekly newspaper from the Zee Media stable, will usher in a new path for bringing positivity in society, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday added that this initiative will rekindle enlightenment in all spheres of life.The chief minister unveiled the first copy of ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ at a glittering event in Mumbai on Tuesday. Mumbai city mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Union minister of state for social justice Ramdas Athavale and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray graced the occasion, along with Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ editor-in-chief Vijay Kuvalekar.Congratulating the Zee Group for starting a weekly newspaper that caters to the needs of all sections of society, Fadnavis said, “One may be surprised that a group like Zee, which is well-entrenched in electronic media, is turning towards print. But then, Subhashji is known for his innovative spirit. I am sure that like Sukh Warta on Zee 24 Taas, Disha, too, will provide much needed positivity to the society at large.”Recounting his decades-old friendship with Subhash Chandra, Shinde said confidence was a hallmark of his life. “He faced many a calamities, but marched ahead with conviction and instilled confidence in generations with his endevours. He has been instrumental in nurturing generations with his contribution,” he said.Raj Thackeray lauded the launch of a weekly newspaper at a time when social media was on the rise and said despite the advent of WhatsApp and Facebook, there was “no enjoyment like reading a newspaper.”Union minister Athavale, in his inimitable style, begun his address with a poem and said that the politicians on stage were all together for the cause of Maharashtra, despite their political differences. “Our parties may be different, but our language is Marathi,” he said.Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said ‘Zee Marathi Disha’ will lay down a new direction in journalism – ranging from sports to education. He expressed hope that the publication would add to the intellectual richness of Maharashtrians.
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London mayor Sadiq Khan, Maha CM Fadnavis discuss cooperation in public transport

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today discussed ways to increase cooperation between Mumbai and London in various fields including public transport and medical tourism.Khan, accompanied by a British delegation met Fadnavis at the latter’s official residence ‘Varsha’ in south Mumbai this morning.Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai Crispin Simon and Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar were also present.”Increased cooperation in Mumbai and London for public transport, medical tourism and many other areas got discussed at the meeting,” Fadnavis said.Also readIn India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake'”Mumbai is already the financial capital of India but we wish to make it the ‘financial and technological hub of the world’,” Fadnavis tweeted.He also proposed for cooperation in redevelopment of film city in Mumbai.A letter of intent for inclusion of Mumbai as a member city into the list of World Cultural Forum, got signed in presence of Fadnavis.Khan is in Mumbai in a bid to drum up trade for London and to boost cultural ties with India.Khan, who played football with children and posed for pictures with Bollywood stars yesterday during his Mumbai visit, will travel to New Delhi and Amritsar before crossing the border to Pakistan where he will visit Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.Also readLondon bridge attack: Donald Trump criticised for tweet on London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Cyclone Ockhi: Rain spoils Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers visit

The sudden rains in the city due to Ockhi cyclone approaching Maharashtra coast has resulted as a spoiler for the Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar followers who have started camping at Dadar-Shivaji Park since Monday evening.To pay tribute to Ambedkar, lakhs of people across the state gather at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar on every December 6 and the civic body erects pandals at Shivaji Park for the visitors. However, the sudden rains from Monday evening destroyed the pandals at Shivaji Park and water and mud also have messed up the ground. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday evening arranged temporary accommodation for the Ambedkar followers in BMC schools in G-North civic ward (comprises Dadar-Shivaji Park, Mahim) and has also released a list of around 186 private schools where the visitors can be accommodated. BMC’s spokesperson Vijay Khabale Patil informed that the civic body has made all necessary arrangements especially food and water at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus for Ambedkar followers who are coming to Mumbai from long distance from Monday evening. Due to continuous showers in Mumbai, this years booklet on Bharatnatna Dr Ambedkar Jayanti was released in Mayor’s bungalow instead of Shivaji Park ground where it was originally planned to be released. The booklet was released by Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar in his bungalow in Shivaji Park.
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Baseline test papers fall short in state schools

Despite spending over Rs 2.87 crore on question papers for baseline test and more than Rs 6.06 crore in compiled evaluation for two years, there were not enough question papers for distribution in schools across the state, a response to an RTI query submitted by Arvind Naik, vice president of Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Sena, has revealed.Baseline tests are conducted on first language and Maths in schools for class I to VIII students to check whether the concepts taught in previous year are clear to the students.The RTI query also sought details on how many students had appeared for this test. But the Maharashtra Academic Authority department Pune could not furnish the details sought by Naik.”The amount spent for compiled evaluation and baseline test question paper printing as well for the distribution runs in crores of rupees. But it is shocking to know that many schools had to make photo copies as they were not supplied enough question papers. The department has said they will seek reasons on why there was a shortage of question papers,” Naik said.The RTI reply also reveals that teachers who were appointed to set question papers for the baseline tests, were paid Rs 400 per day.In 2016 the baseline test question papers were leaked and found being sold at Xerox centre for Rs20 and Rs40 of first language and Maths paper. The maiden baseline test was successfully conducted across the state in 2015.This is the third year the baseline tests were held. Most teachers’ organizations have asked the education department to make question papers of baseline tests available online, instead of sending it manually, to stop paper leaks.MONEY SPENT2015-2016:Compiled evaluation cost: Rs 2.91 crore​Baseline test question papers cost: Rs 2.57 crore​2016-2017:Compiled evaluation cost: Rs 3.14 croreBaseline test question papers cost: Rs 29 lakh
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DNA EXCLUSIVE | MaharashtraGST toll: Collection soars to 22% in Oct

Maharashtra, which is a major manufacturer and also enjoys the lion’s share in exports, has bucked the trend with a 22.07 per cent rise in Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection at Rs 9,783.2 crore this October, compared to Rs 8,014.16 crore for the same month last year during the VAT regime. The rise is crucial for the state when the total GST collection for October at the national level slipped by almost 10 per cent to Rs 83,346 crore as compared to Rs 92,000 crore in the previous month.Further, an increase in tax collection will provide the state with partial relief as it already imposed a 30 per cent cut in budgetary spending in view of likely hit due to crop loan waiver.The state’s GST collection in July rose to Rs 9,789.58 crore (which also includes VAT) against Rs 7,884.24 crore in July last year, an increase of 24.17%. In August, the tax collection was as high as 51.11% at Rs 9,593.79 crore against Rs 6,348.87 crore while in September, the tax collection grew by 29.6% at Rs 9,075.97 crore against Rs 7,003.08 crore.The state GST department’s cumulative revenue from April till November this year surged by 23.65 per cent at Rs 73,425.35 crore compared to Rs 59,380 crore over the same period in the previous year.A senior officer with the finance department told DNA, “GST being a consumption based tax. Maharashtra is a developed state and higher consumption is driving the GST collection.”City based chartered accountant Ajit Joshi said ”The increase in Maharashtra’s revenue is heartening but not exactly comparable. State GST includes erstwhile VAT as well as excise and service tax. So, it needs to be closely studied as to what would be the fall in the Centre’s share to state. Further, the refund and input credit element of this revenue figure needs to be known to understand the exact income of the state.”The officer informed that the Central Board of Excise & Customs and the state GST department issued circulars pertaining to manual processing of export related refund claims. The disbursement will start by the end of December.
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PM Narendra Modi calls it ‘Aurangzeb Raj’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi likened Rahul Gandhi’s imminent elevation as Congress president to “Aurangzeb Raj” or the rule of the 17th century absolutist Mughal emperor.”Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar today said there was no poll when Shah Jahan came in place of Jahangir, or when Aurangzeb came in place of Shah Jahan. It was known from the start that the Emperor’s son will be the heir,” he said.”This means that Congress’s senior leaders admit that Congress is not a party but a clan. And their coming to power means the emperor’s son taking the throne. Let them be happy with this Aurangzeb Raj,” Modi said in South Gujarat’s Dharampur on Monday, five days prior to the first phase of polls. Aiyar had also said, “…but in a democracy, elections are held.”Modi said the Congress was promoting someone against whom a case has been registered on court orders. “This shows that the Congress has gone bankrupt,” he said, apparently referring to the National Herald case.He accused the Congress of having an anti-Gujarat mentality, pointing out to the “injustice” meted out to leaders such as Sardar Patel and former Morarji Desai.The PM also accused the Congress of being “neck deep” in corruption, citing various alleged scams such as Coal Scam, 2G scam and others. He said there was no charge against him in all the years as PM and CM.In another rally at Bhavnagar later in the day, the PM said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not trust her son Rahul enough to declare him the prime ministerial candidate.”If you don’t have democracy at your own home (Congress party), how can you practise it in the country? Those who have no internal democracy cannot work for people” the PM had said at a rally in Gujarat’s Surendranagar on Sunday.”A youngster Shehzad (Poonawalla) has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress presidential election. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this?””They spoke so much about tolerance but when a responsible leader of their own party raised a question, they were quick to release a fatwa against him. What Shehzad is saying is not unusual it is the culture of Congress to promote one family. I applaud Shehzad for his bravery but this is what has happened in Congress,” he had said.Eighty-nine seats of south Gujarat and Saurashtra will go to the polls in the first phase of the Assembly elections on Saturday. The second phase of polling in Gujarat will take place on December 14. The results for the 182-seat Assembly will be announced on December 18.
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Ryan student murder | Pradyuman Thakur’s father approaches SC to form guidelines for child safety in schools

Varun Thakur, the father of Pradyuman, the seven-year-old child, who was killed inside a toilet at Ryan International School Gurugram, has approached the Supreme Court seeking formation of guidelines on the issue of safety and security of school children across the country.Seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead on September 8 inside the washroom of Ryan International School in Gurugram. While the bus conductor was initially arrested for his alleged role, it was later revealed through a CBI probe that a Class XI student had committed the crime.The conductor was later released on bail.Also readI made a small mistake, there was no intercourse: Jharkhand principal accused of molesting 7-year-old Incidents over student safety have been highlighted more since the incident. On December 1, a four-year-old student from GD Birla School in Kolkata was molested by two of her physical education teachers, who were subsequently arrested. Parents had over the weekend staged protests, highlighting the high fee (Rs 60,000 per year) that was not converted into proper security for the students.On Saturday, the principal of a Jharkhand school was arrested for molesting a upper KG student. He later confessed to the crime, stating it was a ‘small mistake’ and that there were ‘no intercourse involved’.Also readKolkata rape: GD Birla school faces legal action after abrupt shutdown, rights body says fate of 7,000 students at stakeAccording to the NCRB, A total of 94,172 cases of crimes against children were registered in the country during 2015 as compared to 89,423 cases during 2014, showing an increase of 5.3%. Maharashtra accounted for 14.8% of total crimes committed against children registered in the country. The next in order was Madhya Pradesh (13.7%), Uttar Pradesh (12.1%) and Delhi (10.1%).
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Come to Byculla and attack hawkers: AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan dares Raj Thackeray

Waris Pathan, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) legislator from Byculla has thrown an open challenge to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray to come to his constituency and attack hawkers.The MNS had recently launched an agitation against illegal hawkers on railway station premises in Mumbai and surrounding areas following the Elphinstone Road station stampede.The latest campaigns of the party are being seen as an attempt to revive its fortunes following several electoral setbacks.Calling Raj Thackeray ‘Buja Hua Diya’, the AIMIM legislature said, the MNS chief is doing ‘gundagiri’ to keep the party alive.Also readWant men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray”If Raj Thackeray feels hawkers are encroaching why don’t he register a complaint about them. Why doesn’t he approach the BMC, take a legal course? He goes to the area where poor people do business. Come to Byculla and attack…hawkers…. We know how to deal..,” Waris Pathan said addressing to media.Last week, the feud between the MNS and Mumbai Congress unit chief Sanjay Nirupam over the hawkers issue took a violent turn after MNS workers allegedly vandalised the MRCC office.Also readRaj Thackeray-led MNS to fight illegal hawkers around stations through WhatsAppA day after the stampede that claimed 22 lives, Thackeray had said such stampedes would continue to occur in Mumbai till hordes of migrants keep pouring into the city.The MNS leader, who has stoked controversies with his anti-migrant rhetoric, had said, “There has been a collapse of infrastructure facilities due to the migrant influx from other regions.”
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When MahaRERA can’t do much about a project

The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority will not entertain complaints against a project if it has received part occupation certificate, even if the document has been issued by mistake, the housing regulator has said. This is so because such buildings need not register and MahaRERA’s jurisdiction is limited to only ongoing projects.Prasad Patkar filed a complaint to contend that he booked Flat No. 104 on the 1st floor in Tower-B of “Runwal Elegante” at Lokhanwala Complex, Oshiwara, Andheri (West). This project consists of A, B and C towers and is a single project. The developer has registered only Tower-A with MahaRERA as ongoing project. For the other two towers, the developer said that they have received part occupancy certificate for the structures. Patkar complained that even Tower B and C are not complete.The developer had sent letters asking the complainant to pay the balance amount of consideration and the complainant in turn asked the developer to furnish the approvals and permissions. The complainant said the builder wrote to him saying he would be charged interest for failing to clear the payment on time.On September 20, 2017, the developer informed Patkar that they have terminated his agreement for his failure to pay the remaining installments. He was also informed that the initial payments would forfeited.These matter was heard by a full bench to consider the issue of their maintainability. The advocate for the complainant admitted that the flat booked by the complainant is in Tower-B and the part occupancy certificate in respect of Tower-B has been issued. He also said that the said OCs had been issued wrongly. The developer’s lawyer contended that since the OCs have been issued in respect of B and C towers, they are not registered with MahaRERA.The full bench of the authority held, “From the facts and circumstances disclosed in the complaints themselves, it becomes clear that the flats of the complainants are in Tower-B for which occupancy certificate has been issued by the competent authority. Whether it is issued properly or improperly by the said authority is not the issue which can be gone into by MahaRERA especially when the Complainant has approached the proper forum in this regard.”Dismissing the complaint, MahaRERA said, “As per Section 3 of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act,2O16, the ongoing projects which have received the completion certificate do not require registration. In the light of these provisions when the part occupancy certificate in respect of B and C Towers has been received by the developer, they have rightly not registered those two towers and registered only Tower A which is incomplete. MahaRera gets jurisdiction to entertain only those complaints which relate to a registered project. So far as the locus standi of the Complainants is concerned, their flats are situated in Tower B which is not registered with MahaRERA, therefore, MahaRERA does not get jurisdiction to entertain his complaints. They are not maintainable.”
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Gujarat elections 2017 | Gujarat has fallen behind Maharashtra in 22 years: Prithviraj Chavan

Taking a dig at the famed Gujarat Model of development, former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said that Gujarat has fallen behind his state in the past 22 years under the BJP rule, and expressed confidence that there will be a change of guard after the polls.”Gujarat has been left behind by Maharashtra in the last 22 years. This despite the fact that Maharashtra has had coalition governments for the past 20 years, while Gujarat has been ruled by the BJP alone for longer than that,” Chavan said addressing mediapersons. The former Maharashtra CM said that Gujarat’s rank was sixth in human development indices in 2002, but it has now fallen to 11th.”In literacy, Gujarat ranks 18th among all states. In admissions in primary schools, it is 22nd, and it is 23rd in delivery of health services,” he said quoting data from the Niti Aayog.Chavan further said that the state has seen Modi Model and not Gujarat Model over the past few years.”I am calling it Modi Model, because a Gujarat Model would involve the common Gujarati, which is not the case,” he said in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and also said that it was not befitting the PM to criticise former prime ministers.He accused Modi and his party of running away from real issues that affect people, and raising temples and other non-issues to divert attention.The Congress leader also opposed the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train project saying the money that can put the whole railway infrastructure in place is being spent on a single project.
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Ockhi may cause rains in Maharashtra

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a very severe cyclonic warning for Maharashtra as Cyclone Ockhi, which is moving across some parts of south India, is expected to land in the state in the next 72 hours.After causing much damage in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the cyclone is likely to weaken gradually. It is on a north-western cause, drifting towards the coastlines of Gujarat and Maharashtra at the speed of 17 kmph. The stateis expected to receive light to moderate rainfall during the next three days.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that 28 boats along with 321 fishermen have been brought safely to Ratnagiri on Sunday.
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In India, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says UK govt’s visa norms a ‘big mistake’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan today said he was “lobbying” with the British government to change its stringent visa norms, which he termed as a “big mistake”.Khan arrived in the country’s commercial capital as part of his first official tour to three Indian cities, others being Delhi and Amritsar, to strengthen the UK capital’s trade ties.”I am a big critic of the British government over the change in the Visa policy. I think they have made a big mistake, as on one hand the British government is asking Indian businesses to trade there and on the other hand they have made it more hard (to enter the country),” Khan said during his interaction with reporters.Recently, the Theresa May government changed its visa policy for non-EU (European Union) nationals to curb its soaring immigration figures. The policy which came into effect in November will affect a large number of Indians, especially IT professionals.”I want to assure you that I am lobbying with my government to change its immigration stance, because I want talented Indians to come to London and not go to Canada, Australia or the US. London is open to people, talent and partnership,” the London Mayor said.Also readUK visas set to get more expensive from today; Indians, nationals outside EU to be affectedIndia last month flagged its serious concerns to Britain over its stringent visa norms and hike in threshold limit of annual pay of working professionals to get the travel documents.Khan said the change in UK’s current position on immigration is needed in the interest of the UK capital.Also readNew UK visa norms to impact Indian IT professionals”One of the reasons why London is the greatest city in the world is its ability to catch talent. (A total of) 40 per cent of Londoners are from outside the UK. IT’s in the interest of London to change its stance on immigration and I’m optimistic that it will change in near future,” he said.The visiting Mayor also underlined the need to forge strong cultural ties with India, particularly with Mumbai.”I believe that culture is the DNA of any city. I’m meeting (Maharashtra) Chief Minister tomorrow and hoping to announce a lot of things in relation to culture as well as a joint venture on issues like ecology and climate change,” he said.Hailing Bollywood, Khan said they wanted to learn how the industry can churn out so many movies in a year.”One thing that we are doing in Mumbai is learning how you mange to make so many films in Bollywood..what is that you are doing? Indian films’ post-production work is excellent.Hollywood filmmakers come here to do their post production work. So, one of the announcements we are making tomorrow will be of the UK and India making films together, which will be a good example,” he said.Khan said students will benefit a lot as professionals after they get education in the top universities in London.”There are more international students in London than any other city in the world. Four of the world’s top 30 universities are in London. Due to the change in the visa policy, some Indian students chose to go to Canada or Australia.”However, I want to tell Indian students that our universities are brilliant. When you come to London, apart from fantastic quality of education you get, you also get the experience and the contacts you make…This will stand you in good head when you return to (your) country as executive, investor, teacher or entrepreneur,” he said.
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Shehzad you have done a brave thing, but this is what has always happened in Congress: PM Modi

On Sunday, while addressing a rally in Surendranagar, PM Modi took on Congress over allegations of its internal poll being rigged.PM Modi said: “A few days back in Navsari I had said there are 3 polls whose results are certain- the UP local polls, Gujarat polls where I said BJP will win and the Congress President election where 1 family will win. We saw what happened in UP.”Speaking about Shehzad Poonawalla, the young Maharashtra Congress office-bearer who claimed that the Congress election was rigged.He further said: “A youngster Shehzad has exposed the rigging that is taking place in the Congress President Poll. And Shehzad is a senior Congress leader in Maharashtra. Congress has tried to muzzle his voice and wants to even remove him from their social media groups. What tolerance is this.”He added: “Those who have no internal democracy can’t work for people. I want to tell this youngster Shehzad- you have done a brave thing, but this is sadly what has always happened in the Congress. It was the Congress which made the nation a prison. Media had to ask Indira Ji before publishing something. So, what the youngster Shehzad is saying is not unusual it is the Congress culture.” Also readShehzad Poonawalla questions Rahul elevationIn the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lead in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla on Friday claimed that the losses incurred on the Congress party are due to their ‘dynasty politics’.‘The trends of polls show that the people do not want to hold the hands of the dynasty. It is a fact that the present UP government has not been doing too well. However, parties that do not accept dynasty as their principle are doing better than the rest. The loss in elections is due to dynastic politics,’ Shehzad had told ANI.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | PM Modi hits out at Congress; says they oppose for sake of opposingContinuing his criticism of the grand old party, Poonawalla alleged that the organisation did not value merit as much as family relations or a ‘sycophant of the dynasty.’ He also claimed that if the Congress got rid of dynasty politics, there would be a 30 percent surge in the number of seats won by them.Poonawalla also opined that rather than blaming any other factors, the Congress must accept defeat on grounds of their leadership not being strong enough.‘The Congress leadership should not blame EVM or any other factor, but review their leadership, as this is what victory or defeat should be based on. Congress minus dynasty will get 30 percent more votes. Even in the upcoming polls in Gujarat, Congress will get 150 seats if they end dynasty politics.’ he said.Earlier this week, Poonawalla had claimed that the poll process to choose the Congress president was stacked in Rahul’s favour just because he belongs to the Gandhi family.”Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sycophancy,” he tweeted.Poonawalla had also told the media earlier that he would want to contest the party president election if it was conducted in a genuine manner.However, he has been receiving flak from his party members, including accusations of him not being a Congressman.Responding to the same, he categorically stated that he was a ‘Congressman for life,’ and alleged that such comments were a result of the party fearing Rahul Gandhi’s defeat, “even in a rigged election.” With inputs from ANI
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Entire party wants Rahul to become Congress President: Party’s Karnataka chief on Shezhad Poonawalla’s allegations

Amid allegations by Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla over its presidential election process being rigged, Congress’ Karnataka chief has come out in defence of the party and Rahul Gandhi. Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress’ Karnataka chief said: “Congress is only party which had polls for President. Even when Sonia Gandhi contested, Jitendra Prasad was opponent. Somebody asking him (Shehzad Poonawalla) to do it to create distractions. Entire party wants Rahul Gandhi to become president.”In the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lead in the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, Maharashtra Congress Secretary Shehzad Poonawalla on Friday claimed that the losses incurred on the Congress party are due to their ‘dynasty politics’.Also readRahul Gandhi lost Amethi, but dreams of winning Guj: Yogi Adityanath‘The trends of polls show that the people do not want to hold the hands of the dynasty. It is a fact that the present UP government has not been doing too well. However, parties that do not accept dynasty as their principle are doing better than the rest. The loss in elections is due to dynastic politics,’ Shehzad told ANI.Continuing his criticism of the grand old party, Poonawalla alleged that the organisation did not value merit as much as family relations or a ‘sycophant of the dynasty.’ He also claimed that if the Congress got rid of dynasty politics, there would be a 30 percent surge in the number of seats won by them.Also readAhead of Rahul’s impending elevation, Congress leader says party’s presidential election is riggedPoonawalla also opined that rather than blaming any other factors, the Congress must accept defeat on grounds of their leadership not being strong enough.‘The Congress leadership should not blame EVM or any other factor, but review their leadership, as this is what victory or defeat should be based on. Congress minus dynasty will get 30 percent more votes. Even in the upcoming polls in Gujarat, Congress will get 150 seats if they end dynasty politics.’ he said.Earlier this week, Poonawalla had claimed that the poll process to choose the Congress president was stacked in Rahul’s favour just because he belongs to the Gandhi family.”Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sycophancy,” he tweeted.Poonawalla had also told the media earlier that he would want to contest the party president election if it was conducted in a genuine manner.However, he has been receiving flak from his party members, including accusations of him not being a Congressman.Responding to the same, he categorically stated that he was a ‘Congressman for life,’ and alleged that such comments were a result of the party fearing Rahul Gandhi’s defeat, “even in a rigged election.”
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Elections to begin for MU’s Senate, BoS

After a long delay, the University of Mumbai has finally kick-started the process for the formation of two of the important governing bodies — Senate and the Board of Studies (BoS). The varsity would conduct elections to these bodies in two phases.In the first phase, elections for the Principals, Management Council Representatives, university teachers and department heads from colleges to the Senate would take place. In the second phase, elections of teachers and graduates would take place.The official notification regarding the elections would be uploaded to the varsity’s official website on December 2. “Elections for the Senate and the Board of studies are for the first time, taking place under the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016. We are hoping to make the whole election process smooth and can hope to get these bodies in working soon” said Dr Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai.In the backdrop of the delay, the state government also revised the deadline for completing the election process from November 30, 2017 to February 28, 2017.Sanjay Vairal, ex-Senate member of the university said, “Without the bodies, all key decisions at the university have been pending.”
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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Maha forms panel to prepare startup policy for public univs

Maharashtra government has launched an exercise to put in place policy to promote startups by public universities. The objective is to create an ecosystem for the startups on the lines of IITs, IIMs and the Stanford University.The government has formed a 14 member committee headed by the vice chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University Dr Vilas Gaikar with a mandate to prepare a draft startup policy in next six months.The committee comprises representatives of industry, leading educational institutes including IIT, Mumbai and education experts. The government’s move comes against the backdrop of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2017 which came into effect from March this year. The policy will be applicable in 11 public universities and universities such as SNDT Women’s University and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University.”The committee will prepare a policy and a broad framework, guiding principles for students who will be part of startups and also work out a framework for the inclusion of various industries in the startups. According to the section 53 of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2017, the public universities will lay emphasis on innovation, incubation and enterprise for creation of cultivation of an enabling environment to propagate the concept of innovation and to convert the innovative ideas into working models through a process of incubation. This is expected to lead to the creation of enterprise. The public universities will establish a separate Board for this purpose.Further, the public universities will set up an independent Centre for innovation, incubation and enterprise and it will exercise the powers and perform the duties designed by the Board.The officer said the public universities will take a cue from existing startups and innovation ventures by IITs and IIMs. He referred to the SINE, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, hosted by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay which is an umbrella for promotion of entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay. Similar setups also exist at IIM Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
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Congress party office attacked by MNS

On Friday morning, the Congress party office, situated near Azad Maidan, was vandalised by eight unidentified men, suspected to be Maharashtra Navnirman Sena activists. While no one was injured in the attack — it took place when the housekeeping staff was cleaning — Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam has vowed a befitting reply to MNS in their ‘own style’.The attackers smashed the glass cabins inside the office and left within minutes after launching the attack. The police has now beefed up the security around the office.Over the last few weeks, there had been increasing tension between the two political parties over the hawkers’ issue where the MNS had been vocal against ‘outsiders’, while the Congress had backed their right to livelihood. Days ago, an MNS officebearer was beaten up in Vikhroli.Following the incident, MNS chief Raj Thackeray had told his party that he didn’t like his followers getting beaten up.Meanwhile, escalating the feud, Nirupam, who is campaigning in Gujarat for the local assembly polls, claimed that the attack couldn’t have taken place without the blessings of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home ministry. “Azad Maidan police station is barely 25 metres away from our office. Yet, the MNS goons had the audacity to come and vandalise. There is round-the-clock vigil in this area; what were the police officers doing?” he said.He also termed the MNS ‘goons’ as impotent, who attacked the Congress party office in a cowardly manner. “If the CM fails to take proper action in this, our party will give a befitting reply to MNS in the coming days,” Nirupam warned.After the attack, former Mumbai Congress president Kripashankar Singh, ex-Union minister Milind Deora and Congress MLA Amin Patel visited the party office. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly and Congress MLA Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil also condemned the attack said the MNS had done this for publicity. “They have lost their political relevance and want to stay in limelight using these cheap tactics,” he said.
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Bombay High Court dismisses woman’s leave plea for SRS

Observing that the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal can look into the issue raised of right to live with dignity, enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by a woman police constable, Lalita Salve, seeking one month’s leave for undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).A division bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Bharati Dangre said, “We have never seen the tribunal brushing aside the challenges made to the service rules. We have no doubt that the tribunal will cover the matter and give sympathetic hearing. If the petitioner is not satisfied, it can come to the high court, until then we cannot bypass the alternate remedy available.”Salve had challenged the communication of the higher authorities rejecting her plea for leave to undergo the surgery as it is not mandated in the rules governing the police force. The relief sought by Salve is based on a medical examination and thus wants to undergo the surgery to live a dignified life.
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Delhi is national capital of crime

When it comes to the rising crime rate, Delhi has left behind states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Maharashtra. In 2016, the Capital also recorded the highest number of Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes ever in its history, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday.The NCRB has ranked Delhi first based on the crime rate across the country and also first among all metropolitan cities based on the percentage share of incidents. It also ranked Delhi fifth based on the percentage share of crimes across the country.The data further suggested that the Capital ranked fifth, when it came to the number of crimes, and it alone added 7% to the country’s crime records. According to the data, in 2016, Delhi witnessed 209,519 crime cases. The number was 191,377 in 2015 and 155,654 in 2014.The data also stated that in 2016, 545 people were murdered while 1,591 died due to rash driving. Dowry claimed 162 lives, 6,982 fell victim to kidnapping and abduction, 2,079 were raped, and 85 were gangraped in 2016.Apart from this, 837 victims reported stalking, 183 were made victims of unnatural offences, and 230 cases of extortion, 4,776 robberies, and 131,418 thefts were reported. Based on the crime rate in 2016, after Delhi, Kochi was ranked second and Jaipur was ranked third.Moreover, as inflow of arms in the Capital has reportedly increased in the recent past, 688 cases under the Arms Act were also registered while total number cases under the Arms and Explosives related Acts were 702.The data further stated that 2,356 cases were registered under the Excise Act while 2,653 were lodged under the Liquor and Narcotic Drugs-related Acts.
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Crimes against foreigners in the city sees a decline

In what could be a major drawback for foreign tourists, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in their crime statistics have ranked Maharashtra as second after Delhi in which foreigners have been victims of crime. A total of 382 foreigners were targeted in 2016 with cases of theft and robbery being the serious offences reported. In 2014, a total of 486 foreigners were reported as victims of crime in India.According to the NCRB data, in 2016, Delhi Union Territory (UT) recorded 154 cases followed by 38 cases in Maharashtra. Goa, a major tourist destination, recorded only 22 cases in 2014.Advocate YP Singh, former IPS officer, said, “A lot of foreigners visit Mumbai and its neighbhouring cities. They either get duped or their belongings are stolen or thefts take place. Though the crime rate has decreased since past two years, foreign tourists must be educated and the police should ensure the safety of the foreigners.”
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Maharashtra has max assault on women

As data released by the National Crime Records Bureau reveals, Maharashtra has a daunting task ahead of it to curb crimes against women and children.The state topped the country in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, as 11,396 cases were registered in 2016; ranking second in kidnapping and abduction of women, with 6,170 cases; and third in cases of rape, with 4,189 cases.Among 19 metropolitan cities, which have a population of over 20 lakh, Mumbai accounted for 12.3 percent of the cases of crimes against women in 2016, with 5,128 of the total of 41,761 cases registered in the city. Mumbai followed Delhi, which topped the list with 33 percent of the cases.Mumbai ranked second among metropolitan cities in cases of assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty.Delhi, with 3,746 cases, was followed by Mumbai with 2,183 cases, and Bengaluru (820 cases) in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.In cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 3,364 cases were registered in Delhi, followed by 1,142 cases in Mumbai, and 674 cases in Bengaluru.Maharashtra held the second position in the country after Uttar Pradesh (UP) in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 7,956 cases registered, followed by Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 6,016 cases registered.The state also held the second position in the country in cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA), with 4,815 cases registered followed by MP with 4,717 cases in 2016. UP again leads the list with 4,954 cases registered. Among the 19 cities, Mumbai had the second highest number of POCSO cases, at 979 cases, after Delhi, which had 1,374 cases. Mumbai also ranked second in cases of kidnapping and abduction of children, with 5,457 cases in Delhi and 1,864 cases in Mumbai.When it came to juveniles in conflict with law, Maharashtra ranked second with 6,606 cases registered, after MP, where 7,369 cases were registered in 2016.Mumbai had the highest number of cyber crime cases among the 19 cities, with 980 cases, accounting for 23.5 per cent of the total cases in the metropolitan cities.Overall, Maharashtra stood third in terms of total IPC cases registered in 2013. While UP accounted for 9.5 per cent of total IPC cases in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9 per cent), Maharashtra (8.8 per cent) and Kerala (8.7 per cent).Mumbai also held third position in terms of total IPC crimes in 19 metropolitan cities. Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total IPC cases, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
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61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRB

A total of 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes took place in the country in 2016, down five per cent from the previous year, National Crime Records Bureau data said today.According to it, 35 cases of sedition were also registered in 2016 out of which Haryana accounted for the highest number of 12 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with six.Among the 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes, the highest — 11,617 cases — were registered in Bihar, 8,018 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,898 in Maharashtra.There were 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes in the country in 2015.The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.Also readWith 16%, UP accounts for most murders in country: NCRBAs many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.A total of 32 people also died or disappeared in the country last year while they were under the remand of the police. These included six each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and two each in Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.
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Want police protection in Maharashtra ? You must foot the bill

The Maharashtra government today told the Bombay High Court that it has revised its police protection policy wherein only those private citizens would be provided security who have a real threat to their life and they would have to foot the bill for it.Appearing for the state government, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni told a bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak that citizens could not make a claim to receive police protection as a matter of “right”.”They must also not think that police protection is a service provided by the state that they can avail simply by paying the service charge,” he said.As per the new policy submitted by Kumbhakoni today, all private citizens, including celebrities, would henceforth receive police protection only if a real threat to their lives was perceived.”And all those private persons, whose applications for such protection is approved by the state authorities, will have to pay fees for the same in advance, or deposit a bank guarantee in lieu of the same,” the top legal officer said.He said the revised fees for such protection would be computed on a new formula that would take into account several considerations, including the salaries of the police personnel deployed as bodyguards.”Such fees, however, will not exceed 15 per cent of the total monthly income of the person receiving police protection,” he told the High Court.Also, people, with monthly income less than Rs 50,000, need not pay any fees if their applications for police protection were approved.”Politicians who get bodyguards to accompany them while on official duty, and government and semi-government staff, who get police protection to help discharge public duties, however, will not have to pay any fees for such protection,” the advocate general said.The revisions in the policy were made in compliance with a previous order of the high court directing the state government to streamline its process of providing police protection to politicians as well as private persons.Earlier this week, the bench headed by the chief justice had directed the government to recover dues from all such private persons who enjoyed police protection for years but failed to pay for it.The bench had also directed the state to ensure a periodic review of the status of each applicant to ensure that one was not given police protection indefinitely irrespective of any threat perception to his life.The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer seeking directions to the state police to recover dues from VIPs, including politicians and film actors, who were provided security cover, but did not pay the charges for the same.Stressing that the government would ensure that all pending dues for police protection were recovered, Kumbhakoni said a state-level committee headed by the director general of police would henceforth review the status of all such persons every six months.He said the state had also amended its decision to not grant any protection to people with a criminal record.”Such applications will be scrutinised on a case to case basis and the deserving applicants will be given protection,” he said.
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MNS slams Fadnavis for lauding contribution by North Indians in Mumbai

After Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis lauded contribution by North Indians in Mumbai, MNS has strongly reacted to it and has said that Maharashtra or Mumbai does not need any outsider to make it great.MNS also has said that Fadnavis should be felicitated with Bhayya Bhushan award for his appeasement of North Indians on the eve of Gujarat assembly elections. Interestingly, Shiv Sena leaders who otherwise invite media for reacting on such issues have not commented on this statement by Chief Minister.Chief Minister Fadnavis on Wednesday inaugurated the plaque after naming a Chowk at Ghatkopar after educationist Y D Singh. Minister for Housing Prakash Maheta, Minister of state Vidya Thakur were also present for the program.Also readRaj Thackeray-led MNS to fight illegal hawkers around stations through WhatsAppWithout naming MNS or Shiv Sena, Chief Minister Fadnavis while addressing the gathering at Ghatkopar said, `Languages are meant for uniting people and not dividing them. But some people for the sake of politics make divisions on the basis of language. Language can’t be an issue of controversy and while we are proud of Marathi culture, but North Indian culture has assimilated itself with Maharashtrian culture.’ Fadnavis had mentioned about North Indians being targeted in Mumbai and had said, “since our Government is capable, it is acting before the complaint and is taking timely action against such people.’Former MLA of MNS, Nitin Sardesai criticiSed Fadnavis and said, `Maharashtra and Mumbai have glorious past and has been prosperous even before these outsiders came here. Mumbai or Maharashtra does not need North Indians or for that matter any outsider to make it what it is today.’Also readMNS chief meets Fadnavis over illegal hawking issueSardesai said that Chief Minister Fadnavis is following the Congress suit for North Indian votes on the eve of Gujarat elections. He said that Fdanavis has proved that BJP is no more a party with a difference since it is copying Congress. Sardesai said that those who are in power do not fulfil their responsibility and that is the reason MNS has to take up these issues.MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said that Fadnavis should be given Bhayya Bhushan award.
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Bombay HC asks woman cop to move Tribunal for leave to undergo sex-change

The Bombay High Court today refused to hear a petition filed by a 28-year-old police constable seeking a direction to the Maharashtra DGP to grant her leave to undergo a sex-change surgery and directed her to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT).Lalita Salve, who now prefers to be called Lalit, had sought a month’s leave to undergo the sex reassignment surgery, but the request was refused by the Beed police authorities.She filed a petition in the high court last week, seeking a direction to the Maharashtra’s police chief to grant her leave for the surgery.A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and Bharti Dangre today disposed of the petition and said this was a service matter and hence the petitioner will have to first approach the tribunal.The court refused to accept Salve’s lawyer Ejaz Naqvi’s contention that the matter also pertains to the fundamental rights of a person.”We do not think that the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal would be unsympathetic to the petitioner’s grievances. We have never seen in any case the tribunal brushing aside matters without proper application of mind and without hearing all the parties concerned,” the court said.According to the petition, Salve, born in June 1988, noticed changes in her body three years ago and underwent medical tests, which confirmed the presence of Y chromosome in her body.While men have X and Y sex chromosomes, women have two X chromosomes.”The petitioner later undertook counselling sessions with psychiatrists at the state-run J J Hospital. The doctors detected that she had a gender dysphoria abnormality and advised her to undergo a sex reassignment surgery, if she was willing to and was of sound mind,” the petition said.Subsequently, Salve approached senior police officials and sought a month’s medical leave to undergo the surgery.”Last week, the superintendent of police (SP) of Beed district informed the petitioner that she could not undergo a sex reassignment surgery and refused to grant her leave,” the petition said.It contended that the said decision of the Beed police authorities was violative of the petitioner’s fundamental rights.
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Vijay Kelkar Committee report on balanced regional development: Debate likely in the winter session of State legislature

The Vijay Kelkar committee report on balanced regional development in Maharashtra and the action taken report are expected to come up for discussion during the two week winter session of the state legislature slated to begin on December 11 at Nagpur. Opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, who have organised a morcha at the legislature on a number of issues including farmers plight, government’s inept handling of the implementation of crop loan waiver scheme and deteriorating finances, have made a fresh demand for special debate saying that its implementation was necessary to boost the regional development. Opposition’s demand comes at a time when leading water expert Madhav Chitale has mooted separate Marathwada state while former state advocate general Shrihari Aney along with some local leaders has been pursuing demand for statehood for Vidarbha region.Though not part of recommendations, but in the chapter on perspectives of stakeholders, the committee recorded views like demand for autonomy for Vidarbha or sentiments aired in support of creating a separate state, if the government is unable to remove the injustice of underdevelopment and deprivation.The Vijay Kelkar committee, which was constituted by the Congress-NCP government to suggest ways for balanced regional development in the state, had proposed reworking the development paradigm and resource allocation in a radical manner. The panel had suggested major overhaul in allocation of plan funds for regions, and had 146 major recommendations. The around 600-page report was tabled in the legislature in December 2014. The panel was constituted in 2011 and submitted its report in 2013.Leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde told DNA, “The report came up for discussion in the winter session held in December 2014 but the government has yet to hold debate on its action taken report. NCP and the opposition in general will press for such a debate when the government is not providing enough attention on the removal of regional imbalance.’’Congress party’s deputy leader in the council Sharad Ranpise said even though the government had appointed a committee comprising ministers to study the report and made suggestions, it lacks political will for its implementation. ”The government needs to put the implementation of Kelkar committee report on fast track to achieve regional balance,” he noted.On its part, the BJP spokesman Ganesh Hake defended a slew of initiatives taken by the party led government in last three years to boost development of Maharashtra. He informed the government’s focus has been to complete long pending irrigation projects, strengthen transport infrastructure, transform agriculture and attract more investments especially in less developed areas. The committee had formulated a model for financial allocation that aims to remove the irrigation backlog in next eight years and that of other sectors like health, education and connectivity by the end of the 14th plan or say the next 12 years. Further, the committee had suggested the region wise allocation of funds including Vidarbha (33.24%), Marathwada (25.31%) and rest of Maharashtra (40.71%), a paradigm change from the current ratios of 23.03%, 18.75% and 58%. Further, the committee had pressed the need to restructure regional development boards, which will be headed by the chief minister, and preparing five-year perspective and annual plans for the regions; establish a project appraisal board for managing large public private partnership (PPP) projects, and make power available in Vidarbha at cheap rate.
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IIT-Vikhroli Metro stretch work to worsen traffic snarls

Expect more traffic snarls if you are driving via Powai lake, as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has initiated the bidding process for construction of the Metro corridor between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).The DMRC said on Wednesday that it floated a bid worth Rs 339.27 crore for the project on Tuesday, partially between IIT, Bombay and Vikhroli, and the rest of the project will be tendered separately. The development has come after a month of the Maharashtra cabinet approving the particular Metro line.”Work on the IIT, Bombay-Vikhroli line can start by April 2018 and the remaining corridor between Lokhandwala and IIT will be tendered separately as the Metro-6 designs will have to be planned considering the design of one of the flyover being constructed by the BMC. We are currently studying to accommodate both the designs,” said a DMRC official.The 14.47-km route will link Lokhandwala at Andheri in western suburbs with Vikhroli in the eastern suburbs along with major arterial roads like the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), Western Express Highway (WEH), Powai Lake road, and the Eastern Express Highway (EEH).The Metro-6 project will connect commercial areas like SEEPZ, Powai through an elevated line. It will be also linked with the 18.6-km Metro 2-A route which is from Dahisar (East) to DN Nagar, Andheri.PROJECT DETAILSTotal project cost: 6,672 crore Total 13 Metro stations namely: Lokhandwala (Swami Samarth Nagar)), Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Bombay, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-EEH. Number of coaches: 6 Daily ridership: The expected daily ridership is anticipated to be 6.5 lakh in 2021 and 7.69 lakh in 2031.
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Ahead of Rahul’s impending elevation, Congress leader says party’s presidential election is rigged

A week before the Congress presidential elections, party leader Shezhad Poonawalla dropped a clanger by claiming the election was rigged. It was widely reported that Rahul Gandhi would be elevated to President’s post unopposed in the next elections.He told Times Now that he had written to Rahul Gandhi’s office claiming the poll process was stacked in Gandhi’s favour.In his emails, he has claimed that those delegated who form the panel aren’t elected secretly as per party rules but had been appointed by state presidents who owed their careers to the Gandhis.He asked Gandhi to step down as Congress VP before contesting elections. He was quoted saying, “I want Rahul to be the Congress president not as a Gandhi but as Rahul.”Earlier he had tweeted: “Raising an issue nobody in my party – the Congress will have guts to raise- my conscience will not allow me to stay quiet anymore on Dynasty/ sychophancy (sic).”He also tweeted to his brother Tehseen Poonawalla , who had castigated him on Twitter, saying: “A rigged election? Where one starts as VP, gets selected by hand-picked delegates selected by a bunch of selected state Presidents? Where 48pc candidates are dynasts? You serve the family – I will serve Mahatma Gandhi’s party & India. Love u too. But not more than my country.”Meanwhile, Tehseen Poonawalla wrote on Twitter that he was stunned and said he official gave up all ‘relationship with him politically’.Rahul Gandhi is expected to file nomination for the election to the Congress president’s post on December 4, party sources said.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ex-Union minister AK Antony are likely to propose his candidature.The notification for the election will be issued on Friday. Nominations can be filed till December 4. Following scrutiny of nominations on December 5, the list of valid candidatures will be put out on the same day at 3:30 pm.The last date of withdrawal of nomination for the election is December 11 and polling will take place on December 16 in case more than one candidate is in the race.Counting of votes and declaration of results will take However, the sources said that no other contender is expected to challenge Gandhi.”The Congress vice president is expected to file the nomination on the morning of December 4,” a source said.Meanwhile, forms were distributed today to state returning officials (PROs) appointed by the party for the organisational polls.The forms will carry names of Pradesh Congress committee (PCC) delegates, who in turn will nominate the contender for the top post. The number of delegates to be nominated varies from state to state.For example, a small state may have 10 delegates. Big states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra or Bihar may have 30-40 delegates.”It is a foregone conclusion that each delegate will back Gandhi’s nomination,” another source said. With inputs from PTI
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Kopardi rape and murder case: All three convicts sentenced to death

A sessions court in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on Wednesday announced death sentenced to all three convicts in the Kopardi rape and murder case.The three convicts are – Jitendra Babulal Shinde, Santosh Gorakh Bhawal and Nitin Gopinath Bhailum.The 15-year-old victim was raped on July 13 at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district, by the trio, who also inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling herBhawal’s lawyer Balasaheb Khopade had pleaded that Bhawal may not be given the capital punishment.Also readKopardi rape: Victim’s kin demand public hangingHowever, special public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam argued that this was a ‘rarest of the rare case’ and hence the tree convicts should be awarded the death sentence.On October 7, Ahmednagar police filed the charge sheet running into over 350 pages before a sessions court in the district in which the trio were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and relevant sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The Kopardi incident proved to be the trigger for the silent marches (mook morchas) taken out by the Marathas across the state as the victim belonged to the community. Through their campaign, they have also raised long-pending demands like quota in education and jobs.
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Those with criminal records don’t have rights? Bombay HC slams Maha govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today asked the Maharashtra government if it believed that people with criminal records had no right to a safe life.The government invited the high court’s ire after it submitted that it had decided not to extend police protection to persons who had a criminal record, since any threat to their lives was a consequence of their own actions.They are into criminal activities and hence, they have a threat to their lives, public prosecutor Abhinandan Vagyani said. “It is because of their own doing and hence, we have decided not to give them police protection,” Vagyani said.A bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak, however, asked if this meant that the state believed those with criminal records had no right to a safe life. “What nonsense is this? Are you saying that those who have a criminal record do not have any rights? Can anyone come and kill them just like that?” Chief Justice Chellur said. The bench was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a lawyer, seeking directions to the state police to recover dues from VIPs, including politicians, and film actors, who have been provided security cover, but have not paid the charges for the same.As per the PIL, around 1,000 personnel from the state police are deployed for providing protection to private individuals. The plea also claims that about 600 policemen in Mumbai are deployed for protection duty. On the last hearing in September this year, the bench had directed the state government to revisit its policy on providing police protection to private persons. It had also said that such protection must be provided to private persons only in the rarest of rare cases. In compliance with the order, Vagyani told the HC that the state authorities consulted the advocate general and the additional commissioner of police, Mumbai, and then came up with a proposal revising its policy on police protection.He said the above suggestions were a part of this revised policy. The bench, however, dismissed the new proposal submitted by Vagyani, saying it was apparent that the authorities had not applied their mind to it.”You have simply changed a few lines in the old policy of the year 2000. It is vague and an absolute nonsense. If this has been done after consulting with senior police and legal officers, if this is the decision of our officers, then God save the public,” Chief Justice Chellur said.”How can you expect the court to approve such a vague proposal?” she asked. The high court has now summoned the advocate general on the next date of hearing, on November 30.

Mumbai: Regulator asks developer to payback money to home buyer for delay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a home buyer approached Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority seeking compensation for the delayed possession of his home, the developer cited pressure from local goon as a reason for delay. However, the authority said its only concern was whether there was delay or not in handing over possession and as there was a delay it ordered the developer to pay interest to the home buyer and also cost to the complainant towards the case.The complainant Pradnya Sable had bought a flat in the developer Kambar Construction’s Ambivali project. Sable complained that she paid nearly 95 per cent of the amount for the flat and she was supposed to get possession before December 2015 and hasn’t got it yet. She sought refund of the money along with interest. The developer agreed to the delay but blamed a local goon. The developer contended that a local goon namely Santosh Gondhale demanded ransom when they started construction. He also compelled them to purchase the building materials and hire trucks, water tankers through him at exorbitant cost.He also started to demand his share in the constructed buildings. The developer claimed that the local gangster shot dead a fellow developer, when he didn’t succumb to his illegal demands. The developer further alleged that therefore, he was under tremendous pressure and had to stop construction work for some time. They did not get any help from police and public authorities, though the offence came to be registered under Maharashtra Control of Organized Control Act against the goon Santosh Gondhale.He was not arrested by police as Gondhale had patronage of Political Leaders. Finally, he was arrested in August 2016 and the developer could start the construction work within next 60 days. They contend that the project would be completed at the end of 2018.The authority held the view that whether the complainant is entitled to get back her money with interest or compensation for the developer’s failure to deliver the possession of the flat on the agreed date, which is the only point for their consideration and answer was in affirmative. Hence, the authority ordered the developer to refund the amount of nearly Rs 7.9 lakh along with interest of 10.15 per cent to the home buyer and allowed the homebuyer to cancel the agreement. Also, the authority asked the developer to pay the homebuyer Rs 20,000 as cost towards the Complaint. The homebuyers had also sought compensation for mental pain, but the authority held that the builder also had to suffer at the hands of a local goon and didn’t award it.

Bananas successfully cultivated for first time in Jammu and Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scientists have achieved a rare feat after they successfully cultivated bananas in Jammu and Kashmir. It is for the first time that the experiment of growing bananas in Jammu and Kashmir has succeeded with precision.“Experimental works involved growing the banana by tissue culture technique at Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM) Jammu. The samplings of this high quality tissue culture variety known as Bhim Grand Naine (G-9) banana were brought from Agro Division of Cadila Pharmaceutical Limited, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The first trial of cultivation over two acres land of Field experimental farm Chatha has been successfully completed”, said Dr. Ram Vishwakarma, Director CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.First cultivation trial was conducted by planting 2000 samplings of banana plants with the narrow spacing in August 2016. The fruit setting commenced in July-August, 2017 while as the maturity and harvesting attained in 13 months.“The plant grew to a height of 6.5 to 7.5 feet and gave yield 20-30 kg per plant and 20-25 tonnes/acre. In term of economy involved, as per market analysis, price of banana in Jammu is approximately Rs. 20 per kg. Thus on an average, 20-30 Kg yield/plant gives Rs. 250-300/Banana plant”, said Dr Vishwakarma.On the basis of market demand, approximately Rs. 2.5 lakh net return can be obtained by cultivation of this crop on one acre of land which is attractive business for farmers of the Jammu and Kashmir as it involves very less inputs but lucrative profit.More than 164,000 acres of land in India is under the banana cultivation. Most edible banana species are widely cultivated in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarart, Karnataka, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. Many wild species of banana are also reported from Northeast and South India.Till date, no initiative of commercial cultivation of banana has been done in Jammu and Kashmir. Scientists said the commercial cultivation of banana in Jammu and Kashmir would be most profitable agriculture business for farmers of the State. This crop will be particularly suit Jammu region. “The next target of IIIM to introduce the banana cultivation in Kashmir region through modern biotechnology approach (Polyhouses) which would be done in 2018”, said the spokesman of CSIR-IIIM.

Go to Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal for leave: Bombay HC tells cop seeking sex-change op

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court refused on Monday to grant any immediate relief to a woman police constable seeking directions to the police department to grant her leave of one month to undergo a sexual reassignment surgery.A division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre asked petitioner Lalita Salve, who calls herself Lalit, to approach the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) for relief. However, advocate Ejaz Naqvi argued that the plea was not related to service rules of policemen, but dealt with a larger issue of right to live life with dignity and, therefore, needed the court’s consideration.The court then posted the matter for further hearing on November 30.Salve approached the High Court after her leave application was denied by police authorities. According to Salve’s petition, the relief sought is based on medical examination in which ‘Y’ chromosomes were found, and thus, she wants to undergo the surgery to live a dignified life.The plea further claims that the government should bear the expenses for conducting the sex-change surgery and allow her to continue the job as a male constable. Lalita, who now calls herself Lalit, stated in the plea, “Sex reassigning as per her emotional inclination towards straight male is her natural right and in the heart of the fundamental right of the Constitution to live with dignity instead of being a transgender.”The petition also wants the court to quash and set aside a communication dated November 20 issued by the Inspector General (Aurangabad range), denying her a month’s leave to undergo the reassignment surgery. Salve also claims that the state government has not promulgated adequate policy about rescuing such distressed citizens with gender identity trauma. Sexual preferences are part and parcel of rights to privacy of an individual, which falls under the fundamental right to life and liberty as per Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the petition states.Salve joined the Maharashtra Police force in May 2010 as a constable and has been posted at Beed since then. In 2014, she underwent a medical test and claims that male genes were found. In 2016, she took a test at JJ Hospital which suggested that she have a sex change, Salve’s petition states.

BJP keeps Rane waiting, fields ex-NCP leader Prasad Lad in bypoll to state council

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing strong opposition from its ruling partner Shiv Sena, the Bharatiya Janata Party was forced not to nominate former Shiv Sena leader and chief minister Narayan Rane in the by-election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council slated for December 7.BJP has now given candidature to a businessman turned politician and former NCP leader Prasad Lad who is now being pitted against Congress nominee and former legislator Dilip Mane who comes from Solapur. BJP spokespersons Madhav Bhandari and Shaina NC were two others whose names were doing the rounds for party’s nomination but BJP has picked up Lad who enjoys wide-ranging contacts has deep pockets.BJP preferred to take one step backward and not to make Rane’s nomination a prestige issue ahead of crucial Gujarat assembly election not to displease Shiv Sena but to keep it in good humour. BJP realises that Shiv Sena’s support is necessary for the survival of the state government. Rane had recently deserted Congress to form his own outfit and extend support to NDA. He was making unilateral announcements that his ministerial berth in the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the council of ministers was a matter of few days.This is despite Shiv Sena stepping up its criticism against BJP and the party led government on a number of issues including farmers’ plight, delays in the implementation of much ambitious crop loan waiver scheme, deteriorating law and order in some parts of Maharashtra and implementation of Mumbai Metro rail project and Mumbai Nagpur expressway.Lad, who had contested as an independent, had lost to Congress nominee Bhai Jagtap in the election to the state council held in December 2015.Lad, in the same election where corporators from BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation were to elect members of legislative councils, had managed to win 55 votes. That had led to the speculation that BJP was supporting NCP rebel Lad’s candidature to ensure the Congress candidate’s defeat. Lad then had thanked Fadnavis accepting his defeat with humility.Congress has already declared that it has a backing of NCP and other smaller parties. However, Congress party’s move to seek Shiv Sena’s support to give a united fight against BJP did not materialise after Shiv Sena’s refusal. Congress party however, will have to keep a close eye to avoid cross-voting.In the 288 members Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, the BJP has 122 legislators while Shiv Sena has 63. On the other hand, Congress and NCP have 42 and 41 members respectively, the Peasants & Workers Party 3, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi 3, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen 2, Rashtriya Samaj Paksh, CPM, MNS and Samajwadi Party one each. There are eight independents. The BJP enjoys support of four independent legislators

Take action in 8 weeks: NHRC to HRD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written to the ministry of Human Resource and Development at the Central Government to look into the matter of children falling ill after the midday meal initiated by them.The letter was sent after an applicant seeking information under the RTI filed a complaint with the NHRC when he became aware of 74 cases of students falling ill in the state in the last five years.Maharashtra has ranked third in the list of the number of cases regarding children falling ill after consuming midday meal in schools. In the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state.While the complaint filed by the activist on September 16 was tabled before the NHRC on November 1, the Commission has asked the secretary to take appropriate action within eight weeks.Chetan Kothari who registered the complaint, said, “A committee must be formed to make a report on the food safety matters in midday meal, preventive measures to be undertaken for any future calamity, and implementation of the same must be ensured in a time-bound manner. Surprise tests, visits from the Centre to the midday meal centres must be made compulsory.”As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death due to midday meal in India, Bihar tops the list with 17 cases reported. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 12 cases reported, Maharashtra and Odisha with eight cases each.Kothari, said, “While total 4, 278 children fell sick due to contaminated food across India, if we see the trend in Maharashtra, in 2014 only 30 children were reported falling ill, in 2015 the number raised to 236 which is like an eight-time rise in the number of children falling ill. Unfortunately, no data is available on what action has been taken, or how many FIR’s filed.”AS PER DATAIn the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state. As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death Bihar tops the list with 17 cases.

MahaRERA order: Form society before possession

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a decision by Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), a developer has been asked to initiate the process of society formation even before he hands over the possession of the flats. The possession of the flat by the developer will be given by January 31, 2018, however, within 30 days of the order (dated November 23), he has been asked that the process of society formation be initiated, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments in the project have already been sold. Experts say this order will set a precedent, as other developers will have to follow suit. Additionally, though there is conflict as certain rules also state that a society can be formed only after receiving completion certificate, the MahaRERA rule will be held above all this.While hearing a case of delayed by possession filed by homebuyers Sangeeta and Dinesh Mehta against Nandaaj Developers, MahaRERA chairman Gautam Chaterjee passed the order, asking the developer to initiate the process.Following the order, Ramesh Prabhu, chairman of Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MSWA), said, “This is a good order and will set a precedent for all developers to follow. There are examples where developers for years do not form a society, because they want to enjoy the benefits. For example, in the initial period after the project is completed, many homebuyers carry out sale of the purchased flat. For this, builders charge them a transfer fees and if they form a society immediately, they will suffer a loss. Now, after sale of 51 per cent of the total flats, they have to initiate a process of society formation.”The complainant had alleged that they entered into a registered agreement for sale dated December 12, 2012 to purchase an apartment in Royal Residency, Parel-Lalbaug, adding that the date of possession was on or before March 31, 2014. But, till date they haven’t received the possession so they sought the authority’s intervention to register the society within a period of one month, as more than 51 per cent of the apartments have been sold.The developer had countered that the building is almost complete and he has applied for Occupation certificate and the possession of the apartemnt will be handed over by January 31, 2018.Hearing the matter, the authority then directed the developer to handover possession of the apartment to he complainant before January 31, 2018, failing which he shall be liable to pay interest to the complainant from February 1, 2018.The authority further directed the developer to initiate the procedure for fomation of society within 30 days from the date of the order.According to Prabhu, there are several other departments that also had different rules for society formation. “Under one of the act, within few months of receiving occupation certificate the developer had to form a society. Another department had this rule that society be formed only after receiving completion certificate. The new ruling of MahaRERA will be over all these. Hence, now, societies will be formed at the earlier benefiting the common home buyer,” he said.

Vice-President warns against violence, bounties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent threats and rewards for physical harm are not acceptable in a democracy, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday as he warned forces against undermining the rule of law, in comments that come amid widespread protests against movie ‘Padmavati’.The Vice-President also said that the one should not hurt people’s sentiments and warned against selective condemnation, though he did not directly refer to the yet-to-be-released Bollywood period drama.Speaking at an event in Delhi, Naidu said there is a new problem of people feeling that some films have hurt their sentiments, and this has led to protests. Some people go overboard and announce rewards, he said.Groups claiming to represent the Rajput community have protested and issued bounties for murder and mutilation of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and lead actress Deepika Padukone, and have also been endorsed by a section of politicians, for “distortion of history.””Whether these fellows have that much money or not, I doubt. Everyone is announcing Rs one crore reward. Is it so easy to have Rs one crore? This is not acceptable in a democracy,” the Vice-President said.Protesters say the alleged depiction of romance between legendry Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying the allegation.”You have the right to protest in a democratic manner, go to appropriate authorities… Protesters should protest lawfully, peacefully,” he said.He added, “You cannot physically obstruct and cannot issue violent threats. You have no right to take laws into your own hands. Let’s not undermine the rule of law.”The December 1 release has been deferred indefinitely by the makers and the highly anticipated magnum opus has been banned in multiple states, mostly ruled by the BJP.Naidu stressed that he was not talking about a particular film. He, however, mentioned some movies such as Garam Hawa, Kissa Kursi Ka and Aandhi, which previously faced protests.”At the same time, you don’t have the right to hurt the sentiments of others”, he, however, said, also warning against selective condemnation and said it was wrong to link controversies to religion.Historians are divided over whether Padmavati ever existed. The movie is based on an epic 16th-century poem, ‘Padmavat’, by Sufi Muslim author Malik Muhammad Jayasi.”India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. While dissent is agreeable, disintegration is not acceptable,” Naidu said.”That is the bottom line and any attempt to undermine integrity and unity of India by forces inimical to growth of India must be nipped in the bud.”A trader’s body was found hanging in Jaipur’s famous Nahargarh Fort with “we don’t just hang effigies… Padmavati” scribbled on a nearby rock on Friday, potentially marking a grotesque turn in the protests.Trouble started in January this year when Rajasthan-based fringe group Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali on the sets in Jaipur. In March, unidentified people vandalised the movie sets in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district. Days after the movie’s trailer released, Karni Sena and other fringe Rajput groups came out on the streets to protest in hundreds.

Maharashtra lowers extra marks for students with singing, dancing skills to 15 from 25

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>School education and sports department in Maharashtra has withdrawn all their previous government resolutions (GR) on awarding 25 marks to students for visual and performing arts before state board examination begins. The department had come up with new GR on Friday that shows overall 25 marks have been reduced to 15 for achievements in arts and culture.A student who is a winner at national or state-level tournaments and scholarships in classical arts will no more get 25 marks for this board examination. The extra marks will be awarded to them on the basis of the marks they score in their classical arts exam.The GR issued on Friday states that the students in classical art like dance, singing and music who secure A+ or A grade would get 10 marks, B+ 7 marks, B grade 5 marks and C grade 3 marks if they have given three exams in it through recognized institutions. Similarly 15 to 3 marks from A+ to C grade for those who have given 5 exams in recognized institutions.The new GR states that because students are awarded extra marks for their achievements in arts, there will not be 2% reservation for students in first year junior college admissions for cultural quota.The intermediate drawing examination have also been halved in this GR. Earlier, students who excelled in drawing were awarded 5 to 15 marks on the basis of grades in intermediate drawing exams. Now it has been changed so in intermediate drawing exam one who gets grade A will get 7 marks, grade B 5 marks and grade C 3 marks.To encourage students in extracurricular activities, the new GR was introduced in January by making provisional marks for students. The 25 extra marks lead in getting 100 percent results to many students in this year March board examination, which is why the changes in marks have been made in the new GR introduced on Saturday by state education department.

Chetak festival to boost tourism in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has planned to celebrate the Chetak festival —a market for the sale of horses — on a large scale at Sarangkheda in north Maharashtra.According to Jaykumar Rawal, Maharashtra tourism minister, since ancient times the horse market at Sarangkheda in Nandurbar, situated on the banks of Tapi river, has been popular.”Horse lovers across India come here to buy horses. The price of the horses vary. We have decided to take this horse market to an international level by turning it into a big festival. We want to bring back the lost glory of horses. Besides the horse market, we are also starting various tourist activities such as boating, paragliding etc,” said Rawal.”Celebrities and high profile people also attend the festival. To make this Chetak Festival more interesting and entertaining, the tourism department has decided to start the allied shows and exhibition,” said tourism minister.Rawal said that to boost tourism in Maharashtra, they are working on various proposals. “In Maharashtra, most of the forts are either abandoned or not maintained properly.

ISRO satellite imageries to monitor suspicious vessels and boats venturing into seas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> ISRO satellite imageries will soon monitor suspicious vessels and boats venturing into seas as part of the fortification of the country’s coastal security, the home ministry said on Friday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide 1,000 transponders by March next year as part of the coastal security ring, being set up to thwart terrorist attacks on the lines of the 26/11 Mumbai carnage. For boats under 20 metres, satellite monitoring has been proposed, a senior home ministry official said. India has strengthened the coastal security after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai which claimed 166 lives. Ten terrorists reached the metropolis from Pakistan sailing through the Arabian sea.So far, 19.74 lakh fishermen have enrolled for biometric identity cards and of whom, 18.60 lakhs have been issued identity cards. For monitoring of boats, automatic identification system would be installed in all boats above 20 metres, while colour coding of boats was being undertaken by coastal states and Union Territories for easier monitoring in the high seas and on the International Maritime Boundary Line, the official said. India has a coastline of 7,516 km running through Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Standard operating procedures (SOPs) were developed for dealing with the breach of the International Maritime Boundary Line and SOPs were issued for upgrading security in non-major ports and single point mooring facilities, another official said. The SOPs were issued to coastal states and Union Territories for better coordination among stakeholders, coastal mapping started in states for entering terrain details, coastal and local police stations, bomb disposal facilities, ports railway stations, bus stands, fishing villages and fish landing points, the official said.Security of the coastline is vital for the country as there are nuclear stations, missile launching centres, defence and oil installations along the coast. India’s long coastline presents a variety of security concerns that include landing of arms and explosives at isolated spots on the coast, infiltration/ex-filtration of anti-national elements, use of the sea and off-shore islands for criminal activities, smuggling of consumer and intermediate goods through sea, the official said.Absence of physical barriers and the presence of vital industrial and defence installations also enhance the vulnerability of the coasts to illegal cross-border activities, the official said.

CIDCO MD on committee to appoint MU VC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government has appointed Bhushan Gagrani as its nominee for the search committee formed to appoint the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde made the announcement on Thursday and said the process for VC selection would start soon. Gagrani, 51, is a 1990 batch IAS and is currently the Managing Director of City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO).

India train travels 160km in ‘wrong direction’

Passengers in India wake up in shock after realising the train was not following the specified route.

Activist Afroz Shah meets Fadnavis and Mumbai mayor, assured of help to clean up Versova beach

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Maharashtra politicians swung into action on Thursday after reports that social activist Afroz Shah has suspended clean-up operation in Versova beach owing to threats from goons. He met Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai mayor V Mahadeshwar. Both gave Afroz assurance of providing security and help in cleaning up Versova beach. Afroz Shah on Sunday tweeted that they have suspended their work after being threatened. Following that the post went viral on social media. Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray met him on Wednesday requesting him not to stop his social service. On Thursday, Aaditya and Afroz met Mumbai mayor V Mahadeshwar. Yuva Sena chief later tweeted: Afroz Shah also had a meeting with Devendra Fadnavis. Afroz was quoted by ANI as saying. ” CM said combing operations will be done to stop heckling of volunteers, long-term planning required and expressed interest in joining the campaign.​” Afroz Shah here on Wednesday has expressed regret that people’s mindsets were not changing. “I was working very hard at ground level, but I realized people’s mindsets were not changing, must face it truthfully. Drew a balance sheet to see where I was after 109 weeks when my volunteers were told off the beach,? he told ANI. He further said, “Accepting defeat is a positive sign. It forces you to think how to change things again. I will learn from it and do something good in the future.”Shah had started the campaign in October 2015 and has reportedly removed over five million kilograms of trash from the beach. Their movement even received recognition from United Nations Environment Programme after they were awarded with Champions of the Earth award in 2016. PM Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address has also praised Afroz for his social initiative. With ANI inputs

Fadnavis in Catch-22 situation over fielding Narayan Rane for Council elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP leadership are in Catch-22 situation over fielding former Congress leader Narayan Rane for State Legislative Council elections scheduled on December 7.CM Fadnavis has assured Narayan Rane the cabinet berth in his cabinet before Maharashtra state assembly’s winter session, starting from December 11. However, CM is confused whether Rane should be fielded in this council elections or not.The reason behind is that Sena has opposed Rane’s inductions in a cabinet. Sena is also likely to join hands with Congress and NCP to defeat its arch-rival Rane. Sena is not leaving any opportunity to corner BJP and criticise its every decision. And, Rane elections will be blessing in disguise for Sena to harm the prospect of BJP on large scale.On the other hand, BJP’s total 122 MLAs votes are not enough to get Rane elected. Even, the small BJP affiliated parties and independent MLAs extend their support still BJP is short of 10-12 votes. Besides, CM Fadnavis also afraid of disgruntled elements within in his own party.“If major chunk of dissatisfied BJP ministers and MLAs votes against the BJP nominated candidates – Rane in secrete ballet voting, then this will be big political disaster for CM. Therefore, CM is cautious over this peculiar decisions,” said political observer.“Sena’s support is inevitable in this crucial and prestigious polls. If Rane losses the elections that is not only failure of Rane alone but the chief minister Fadnavis and BJP also. Rane’s defeat can make the big headlines and that can go against the BJP ahead of Gujarat elections voting dates — December 9 and 14. That is why, CM Fadnavis and BJP, both are in catch-22 situations over Rane,” said senior BJP minister adding that CM is finding truce with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and finding way to come out from this labyrinth situations.Moreover, the loss of Rane can also cause more trouble to BJP in winter session. Congress and the NCP has decided to put the joint Opposition front to corner BJP government on various issues. To show the strength of Oppositions, the mega joint rally of Congress and NCP has been also arranged on December 12. It willl be addressed by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

CM Fadnavis, Sharad Pawar to meet tonight to discuss fate of co-generation plants in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on late Thursday evening will meet the former Union Minister Sharad Pawar and representatives from the sugar industry to discuss the fate of bagasse based co-generation projects and the electricity sold to the state-run Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran). The cooperative and private sugar mills have already set up a collective generation capacity of 2,000 MW and most of which is being purchased by MahaVitaran through a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA).However, MahaVitaran, which is currently passing through a deep financial crisis largely due to mounting arrears from the agriculture consumers which are Rs 19,000 crore, has indicated that it would be difficult to continue power purchase from these plants and also from those in the pipeline citing high power purchase cost which ranges between Rs 6.10 and Rs 6.50 per unit. MahaVitaran has argued that the power is currently available in the open market and on exchanges at Rs 2.50 per unit to Rs 3.75 per unit and continuation of power procurement by bagasse-based cogeneration plants won’t be cost effective.A spokesperson for the state power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said the minister had already chaired a meeting on Tuesday with the representatives of the sugar industry and also officials of the energy department, MahaVitaran, and Maharashtra Energy Development Agency. ‘’The government in its renewable energy policy has estimated bagasse-based cogeneration capacity at 2,000 MW which includes both the power used by the sugar mills for their consumption and also sold to the MahaVitaran. However, sugar mills have taken objection to it saying that the power consumed from these plants cannot be calculated to estimate total installed capacity. Besides, sugar mills want that another 300 MW of capacity which is being set up some 16 sugar mills needs to be tied up by MahaVitaran. Therefore, a committee was set up to look into these issues and it was later decided that the final decision in this regard will be taken at the level of Chief Minister.’’ He informed that today’s meeting convened by CM will take into account the present situation.On its part, senior leader from the cooperative sugar industry, who will be present at today’s meeting, said the sugar mills have set up these plants under the government’s policy to promote renewable energy in the state and therefore they don’t want the government not to tweak its own policy especially when large investment is being done. The sugar mills have been provided a slew of incentives for installation of these plants.”The per megawatt cost is estimated at Rs 3.50 to 4 crore for bagasse-based cogeneration plant in which high capacity boilers are installed for efficient operations. These plants are generation capacity ranging between 3 MW and 18 MW. Sugar mills are of the view that the MahaVitaran needs to continue the power procurement from such plants and the government can lend help to MahaVitaran,’’ he said.

PM pulls up babus for consumer complaints

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pulled up top bureaucrats in view of increasing number of consumer complaints. At the 23rd interaction through PRAGATI — the ICT-based, multi-modal platform — with top Central bureaucrats and chief secretaries of various states, he emphasised on the need for improvement in the administrative arrangement to benefit consumers. Some 4.2 lakh cases of consumers are pending in consumer forums across the country, and at least 70 per cent of them are in district forums.Officials briefed the PM on the action taken to ensure speedy and effective disposal of consumer grievances. Citing reasons behind the inordinate delay in disposal of complaints, it was mentioned that inadequate infrastructure at consumer forums had affected their functioning. PM’s initiative of interacting with bureaucrats so far has led review of 200 projects with a total investment of Rs. 9.31 lakh crore.Modi also reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects in Railway, road, power, and renewable energy sectors spread over several states including Uttarakhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Nagaland, Assam, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. These projects are cumulatively worth over Rs 30,000 crore.He also reviewed the progress in implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY). He said that funds accruing to the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) should be utilized to strategically focus upon and eliminate major development issues or deficits that these districts currently face. He said this should be done in a focused way, so as to achieve the greatest possible, tangible results by 2022, which marks 75 years of independence.

More chaos likely as Mumbai University gets extension to form bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the state government giving extension for state universities to form their governing and statutory bodies by February, the University of Mumbai would now have to function with ad hoc bodies until then.Since 2015, after the previous bodies dissolved, MU has been running with an ad hoc management council, academic council and other bodies awaiting fresh elections as per the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016. While state varsities including MU were supposed to form fresh bodies by November 30, the extension given by the cabinet would now allow them to do so till February 28. With some of the key posts at the varsity being occupied by incharge officials , delay in formation of bodies would lead to further chaos, said experts. “The university has been running on an ad hoc basis. The VC, Pro VC, registrar , Director , Examinations are all temporary appointments. At such a point the delay in forming bodies would impact the decision making process at the University ” said Sanjay Vairal, ex Senate member of the university.

No speedbreakers on E-way: MSRDC to cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has shot down a proposal of the State Highway Police to have speedbreakers on the 94-km-long Mumbai-Pune Expressway in order to over speeding of vehicles and curb accidents.The MSRDC has said that having speed breakers on the Expressway would indeed cause more accidents due to abrupt slowing down of vehicles.A senior MSRDC official said, “In the ghat section there are steep curves and blind spots, and to have speed breakers on these stretches will be disastrous. We have informed the state highway police about there being no possibility of having speed breakers on the Expressway.””We cannot have speed breakers when the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been removing them from highways under its control for accidents due to speed breakers, which result in deaths and grievous injuries,” the official added.The State Highway Police had also requested MSRDC to hand over space on several bridges on the Expressway for installation of speed limit signs. However, MSRDC shot down that proposal too. “We are earning around Rs 15 crore annually by leasing out space on those bridges and there is option for the highway police to install awareness hoardings on the Expressway,” he said.The maximum speed limit on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is 80 kmph and it is the first ever Expressway constructed in India that witnesses thousands of accidents every year resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries.On an average around 50,000 vehicles ply on the Expressway daily and this also includes heavy ones. Currently, the MSRDC is in the process of changing the cement panels on the Expressway due to cracks that have developed or widening the main carriageway.

Maha to set max, min fares for Ola, Uber

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the upcoming Winter Assembly session at Nagpur, the Maharashtra government is likely to make a decision about the recommendations given by a Fare fixation committee to cap prices for app-based cab aggregators like Ola/Uber.Advocate G W Mattos appearing for the government told the Bombay High Court that the report is placed before the government for consideration and till then no coercive action against the operators will be taken. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing after eight weeks.The Association of Radio Taxis along with Ola and Uber have approached the court challenging the Maharashtra City Taxi rules which if implemented will put restrictions on the plying of Ola/Uber India cabs, and fix a maximum and minimum fare based on which the aggregators can charge commuters.Earlier, the government had filed an affidavit, opposing a bunch of petitions saying “Framing of rules is being opposed to ensure they are not regulated and that they get an unfettered playing field to exploit commuters.”

Chargesheet filed against Iqbal Kaskar, aides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>​The ​Thane ​Police ​Crime Branch on Tuesday filed ​a ​chargesheet against​ fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his aides​ under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court in Thane, in connection with the case ​in which ​Kaskar and his group was ​allegedly ​extorting ​flats and money from ​a builder. Dawood’s lieutenant Chhota Shakeel has been shown as ‘wanted’ in the chargesheet. The police probe revealed that strings of Kaskar’s group were being pulled by Shakeel who is currently believed to be hiding in Pakistan.According to the police sources, a 1,647-page chargesheet was filed in the court. The chargesheet comprises 67 witness statement and confessional statements of two persons as per Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). Two more persons are likely to give confessional statements in the case, police sources added.Chargesheet was filed against arrested accused persons – Iqbal Kaskar, Pankaj Gangar, Mumtaz Shaikh and Israr Jamil Ali Sayyed. It is alleged that Gangar, an angadia businessman, had been funding the gang to buy firearms.Chhota Shakeel and Bihar-based shooters Shammi Ansair and Guddu who used to visit the sites of builders and threaten them have been shown as ‘wanted’ in the case, sources said.“Our probe has revealed that Kaskar’s group had been receiving direct orders from Shakeel. The probe also revealed that the extortion money had been routed to Dubai,” said a police officer who was part of the probe team.

Declare him Swachh Abhiyan ambassador: Opposition on Maharashtra BJP minister seen peeing by roadside

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Opposition parties has demanded that BJP Minister Ram Shinde who was recently caught on camera peeing the roadside near Solapur, should be declared as the ‘Brand Ambassador’ of ‘Swachata Abhiyan’.Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said that on the ‘world toilet day’, conservation minister Ram Shinde was seen urinating at road side so it will be ideal for the BJP to declare him the Brand Ambassador of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project.“BJP government in centre and state are taking credit for the work not done by them. Besides, for the publicity of these not done work, they are using foreign road and bridges pictures. The villages which had got water under previous government scheme and by NGO work, this government is claiming that these work has been done under by them Jalyukta Shivar scheme,” Sawant alleged.He further said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently by tweeting declared Maharashtra open defecation free. “However, within the minutes of CM’s new break, people started uploading photographs and tagging CM where people are shown defecating at road and railway tracks in Mumbai. In last three years, under Swachata Abhiyan, only 1624 toilets are constructed in Maharashtra,” Sawant claimed. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that how can the Prime Minister expect people to follow discipline when his own senior ministers are floating the norms?“If the minister gives the excuse of the absence of toilet at a highway, it means this government has failed to develop the infrastructure under its much published Swachata Abhiyan. Interestingly, this government is also charging people the Swachata cess on every development work and fuel as well. The minister has proved that the whole scheme is nothing but a big failure and exploiting the people,” Malik said.

Farmers hold protest march in Delhi, demand loan waiver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The winter session of Parliament may have been delayed, but on Monday morning, thousands of farmers from across the country trooped onto Parliament Street to participate in what was dubbed as the ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’. There was legislative business to be carried out, speakers announced, to address PM Narendra Modi’s unfulfilled promise of 50% profit margin over input costs and a loan waiver for the crippling debt farmers are facing due to unfavourable market prices and misplaced policies.For the Kisan Sansad, farmers affiliated to 184 organizations in 25 states of the country came together under the umbrella of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) after finishing a 10,000-km yatra.Past noon, the stage was set for a ‘Parliament’ session of women-only members. Speaker Medha Patkar convened the assembly. Pooja More, 24, one of the youngest Panchayat members from Morgaon, Beed was the first to take the mike. “Thousands of farmers have committed suicides and 50,000 are in Maharashtra alone. Vidarbha and Marathwada have become graveyards for farmers. Those making tall claims in long speeches are fooling the farmers,” More thundered. Over 50 widows from Marathwada region were also present. By evening, the Sansad tabled two draft Bills related to issues of remunerative pricing and loan waivers. These Bills would be sent to the Centre and all political parties, urging them to take it up on the floor of the Parliament. “Modiji, who had assured farmers they would get 50% profit over the input costs, has deceived them. Now he says they will double the income, but how will this happen? Incomes have not doubled but the debt has,” Shetti told DNA.

First edition of Open Art Gallery starts at Kala Ghoda, Aditya Thackeray to visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray will visit the Talent Street for Artists at the first edition of Open Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda on Sunday evening along with some renowned artists.The open art gallery at Kala Ghoda in South Mumbai which was closed a month after it was started last year, reopened today at 9 am. However, this time, the art gallery has a number attractions that will keep visitors busy.“There are a total 21 stalls where visitors will get something new,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of A ward (CST, Colaba and Churchgate).He added that cartoons of Vikas Sabnis will be another attraction at the open art gallery.From this Sunday, the open art gallery will be open from 9 am to 7 pm every Sunday. “Every week, visitors will get something new and different,” said Dighavkar. Pottery painting from Dharavi will also be part of the first Sunday.The BMC had started the art gallery in October last year. However, it was closed due to poor response. This time, the civic body has come up with fresh ideas and promotion techniques in collaboration with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).AL Jadhav, Additional Municipal Commissioner of City said that this platform will be available for budding as well as struggling artists who don’t get the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Ahmedabad – A city with a rich history of architecture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ever since it came into existence over 600 years ago, Ahmedabad has been a melting pot of various cultures. The city’s diverse traditions, languages and religion are a proof of this.The rich architectural heritage of Ahmedabad, comprising a fort, many mosques and temples, a bridge, among others, belonging to different periods, are a testimony to the fact of how the city’s heritage evolved over the centuries.City rulers have given different monuments, before Ahmed Shah to modern period. It has architecture from the Sultanate, Mughal, Maratha, Dutch and British periods. After Independence, the city had roped in American and European architects for modern structures like IIM building, Town Hall, Tagore Hall and Sanskar museum.Sarkehj Roza, Sidi Saiyad ni Jali, Bhadra fort, Gaekwad’s Haweli, Dutch Tomb, Nagina Vadi depict the timeline of the city’s rulers.“There is a uniqueness in the city’s monuments. The diversity adds value to the city’s timeline. Gaekwad Haweli in Ahmedabad is a structure from Maratha period but it is very different than other architects found in Maharashtra.In the Haweli, they have adopted the wooden carving but courtyard planning is local,” said Ashish Trambadia, conservation architect.“The diversity of architects is the main point in the dossier we had submitted to Unesco for world heritage city tag,” added Trambadia. “It has a multi-dimensional culture. There are some architectures that are modern, beyond the river,” he said.With heritage week celebrations round the corner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) authorities have said that celebrations will match up to the city’s heritage status.However, conservation experts warn that the city faces a mammoth task of defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash. The city is fast becoming one of the most polluted in the country.HERITAGE WEAKThe heritage week celebrations have been scheduled for November 19 to November 25. Ahmedabad civic body (AMC) authorities said that celebrations will match up to the city’s heritage status. A heritage exhibition would be held at Sabarmati Riverfront on the concluding day.

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