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Mumbai- Nagpur expressway to have 31 toll plazas, toll activists stage protests

While the state government’s ambitious Samruddhi Mahamarg, the Mumbai- Nagpur super communication highway is facing stern protest from farmers, this information about the highway under RTI may spark new controversy. According to the information, the 710 kilometre proposed highway will have as many as 31 toll plazas which toll activists are already opposing.The Samruddhi Mahamarg (prosperity highway) will run through ten districts and connect Mumbai and Nagpur. It is also considered as a dream project of the state government as once it is completed, the highway will connect backward regions of Marathwada and Vidarbha with growing regions of Mumbai and Thane. However, since the most part of the land which is to be acquired for the highway is agricultural land, the farmers community has been staging protests against the proposed highway and state government is trying its best to pacify the protest.Also readMumbai-Nagpur E-way: Trust deficit hits land acquisitionNow amidst the protests and government’s countering strategy, Pune based toll activist Sanjay Shirodkar had filed RTI with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) seeking details of projected toll plazas situated on the proposed Samruddhi Mahamarg. In the reply to his RTI, he has got the information that the proposed highway will have 31 toll plazas. Speaking to DNA, Shirodkar said, “While feasibility study and other such reports related to the proposed highway are yet to be completed, the state government has already finalised the locations of toll plaza on the highway which is still at the primary stage.”Also readNo runway on Mumbai-Nagpur E-wayAfter finding out that the highway will have 31 toll plazas, Shirodkar claimed that finalising 31 toll plazas on 710 kilometre highway is a clear violation of the state government’s toll policy. “In 2009, the state government came up with toll policy. According to the policy, the distance between two toll plazas on the same highway should not be less than 35 to 40 kilometre. However, if we calculate the number of toll plazas against the total length of the highway, the distance between two toll plazas on Samruddhi Mahamarg will be around 22 kilometres only. It clearly suggests that the state government is violating its own toll policy,” Shirodkar said. Shirodkar who has been fighting against the toll collection at various highways has filed some public interest litigation in the court, particularly in connection with toll collection of Mumbai- Pune expressway. Shirodkar stated that the present government in the state came to power by promising that they will be ending the toll culture in the state, however, now instead of shutting down toll plazas, they are opening new ones. “This information of RTI clearly shows that the government before coming to power had given false promises of shutting toll plazas. They are not bothered about the common people. They are more concerned about toll collection and therefore the first thing which they have done is to finalise 31 toll plazas on the proposed Samruddhi Mahamarg,” Shirodkar said.

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Mumbai-Nagpur E-way: Trust deficit hits land acquisition

While one of the largest land acquisition exercises is currently underway in the state for the construction of 701-km Mumbai Nagpur Super Expressway, officials involved in the process claim that due to trust deficit in the government, few landholders are opting for land pooling, and are instead selling their land to the government.Under land pooling, landholders get 30 per cent of the developed land after 10 years, which is one of the reasons behind not much are willing to wait for 10 years. The Rs 46,000 crore Expressway will need 10,000 hectares of land and the distance of 700 km between Mumbai and Nagpur will be covered in just 8-10 hours.The project is currently at bidding stage and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) claims to have acquired 2,500 hectares of land out of the total required 10,000 hectares of land for the Expressway.An MSRDC official said, “Majority of the landholders who are giving their land for the project are not going for land pooling and instead directly selling their land. This is because inland pooling landholders have to wait for 10 years to get developed land, and it seems there is a trust deficit in minds of people when it comes to dealing with the government.”The MSRDC is offering five times more the rate than the prevailing ready reckoner rate of a particular area in case an individual coming to give its land for the project on its own.The official, added, “But very few are opting for land pooling considering they will have to wait for 10 years to get the developed land, and also there is trust deficit. But even selling off their lands is not causing any loss. They are getting more than what is the actual market rate.”

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4.5k students learn to test cow meat

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

Gujarat Elections: Congress-NCP likely to cement ‘broken alliance’ to take on BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a dramatic turn, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party has likely to cement its earlier broken alliance for the Gujarat assembly elections scheduled on December 9 and 14.Congress had already sealed the deal with JD(U) led by tribal leader and MLA Chhotu Vasava by giving them three seats mostly in the tribal belt in Gujarat. Congress wants a grand alliance with all secular parties in Gujarat elections.Congress already declared it’s first list of the candidates that had also included the NCP sitting MLA constituency. So, NCP had also declared to go solo by contesting all 182 seats of Gujarat assembly.However, according to sources, Congress did not want to split the secular and anti-government votes that can favour the BJP in the fierce and prestigious contest under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.”As a course correction, senior NCP leader Praful Patel and Congress Gujarat president Bharatsinh met over seat sharing on Tuesday. In the meeting, Congress agreed to relent 8 to 9 seats to NCP against its earlier demand of 11 seats. Initially, Congress had only offered four seats,” said source who is privy to this backdoor development. NCP leader Praful Patel is already in Delhi while Bharatsinh Solanki would reach on Wednesday to take final approval from his party high command in Delhi.”We will address the joint press conference to declare the Congress-NCP and Sharad Yadav led (JD-U)grand alliance for Gujarat elections.Congress party has realised that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections not a single party would form the government. It is the collation era so all small and big secular parties have stuck to the grand alliance to fight against BJP. Congress has to take the lead and take all small parties together,” Senior NCP leader told DNA requested anonymity.Interestingly, after its formal break with Congress in 2014, the NCP chief Sharad Pawar first time addressing joint Congress -NCP workers rally on his birthday on December 12 in Nagpur.”Sharad Pawar is the senior most leader and astute politician. He understands in which way the political wind is blowing and accordingly, he takes the stand. Now, Pawar Saheb’s willingness to fight with Congress is a most welcoming stand for us. We want to capitalise the failure of BJP government. Besides, people have lost the trust in this incumbent government. Nagpur rally will be one of the biggest rally that will send the signal to a future grand alliance,” said Congress leader.

No runway on Mumbai-Nagpur E-way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has said that it has scrapped the plan to have emergency runways on the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Super Communication Expressway. The MSRDC also informed the potential bidders for construction that the plan has not received any positive response from the civil aviation ministry or the Indian Air Force (IAF).The MSRDC had proposed to have five emergency runways on the expressway in the case of floods or a war-like situation. However, it has said that after no keen interest was shown for the same, it has decided to scrap the construction.Countries like Germany, Singapore, Pakistan, China and Sweden have road runways also known as emergency runways. “There are mainly two reasons for scrapping the construction of the emergency runway. One is no permission granted and another one was civil aviation ministry citing security and feasibility issues behind having the emergency runways,” said an MSRDC official.Emergency runways will clash with state government’s regional connectivity plan to have airports in small cities and towns of the state. There are already several airports between Mumbai and Nagpur. Thus, it is difficult to have another emergency runway on the Expressway, the officials said.”We also told the IAF that if they want the emergency runways to be constructed, they should fund the construction and bear the expenses on maintenance and administration of the runways,” said an MSRDC official.Recently, IAF planes conducted landings on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. In May 2015, IAF successfully landed a Mirage-2000 on the Yamuna Expressway, near Mathura as part of its trials to use national highways for an emergency landing by fighter aircraft.The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is currently at bidding stage and the MSRDC is in the process of undertaking land acquisition for the six-lane proposed Expressway that is expected to cut down travel time from 15 hours to 10 hours between Mumbai and Nagpur.END OF THE ROADMSRDC had proposed to have five emergency runways on expressway.
Emergency runways will clash with state government’s regional connectivity plan to have airports in small cities and towns.
MSRDC is in the process of undertaking land acquisition for the six-lane proposed Expressway.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit takes Tamil lessons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who took charge last month, has started learning Tamil, Raj Bhavan said today.Purohit was fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi, the Raj Bhavan said in a release, adding, he had a flair for the Tamil language.”Due to his flair and love for Tamil and his keen interest in learning Tamil language, Thiru (Mr) Banwarilal Purohit has started learning Tamil from a Tamil Teacher.””The Governor said that Tamil is a classical and beautiful language and learning the language of a place helps one to converse well with the people,” it added.Purohit, a three-time Lok Sabha member from Nagpur who was also Managing Editor of “The Hitavada”, Central India’s oldest English daily, assumed office on October 6.

With deadlines past, RBI back to business

Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Serpentine queues outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were a common feature till a few months ago as people stood to exchange the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Now all that is past and life outside the apex bank has returned to normalcy.Fearing the queue, Leela Raghuvanshi, a resident of Secunderabad, decided to forego Rs 5,000. “I wanted to exchange the scrapped notes that were with me. But, I finally didn’t do it as I would have spent more money and time waiting in the queues. I took the loss,” she said.Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes. A cap of Rs 25,000 was fixed for exchange.A senior RBI official said, “Our regular staff was deputed to the exchange windows. We had to check their travel documents, their affidavits and other documents so it took time. Even when the deadline came to a close there were people whom we could not service.”Deadlines gone For Indians who were abroad, the government had given time until March 31, 2017. Non-resident Indians were given additional time till June 30 to submit the demonetised notes to RBI

BJP’s sole agenda is to expand using govt machinery: Sanjay Raut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CM Fadnavis has said that Shiv Sena should decide whether or not to continue the alliance with BJP. What is your take?It is the statement by Fadnavis in his capacity as the Chief Minister and not as the BJP leader. I must tell you here that BJP was solely responsible for lack of pre-poll alliance with Shiv Sena in the 2014 assembly polls. Sena should not be blamed for the same. There was Modi wave and BJP broke alliance for few seats.BJP should know that Shiv Sena continued alliance for 25 years especially when no party was ready to ally with BJP. Sena could have ditched BJP then but we did not take a call in this regard in the larger interest.Despite in power, Sena keeps attacking the BJP and the government in general. Why are you sticking in?It is amply clear that BJP’s agenda is to expand party through excessive use of government network. In our view, the agenda should be to run the government to resolve grievances of the people and spur the growth.Clashes take place when BJP continues to use government machinery for party’s growth and not to address issues. Shiv Sena never brought politics in the cabinet. During the 1995-99 Shiv Sena-BJP rule, our party gave every opportunity for BJP to grow and never attempted to scuttle them.Fadnavis and BJP in general, have asked Sena not to play a double game.We are sitting in the government to take a stand on issues of common man. There is inflation, there is rise in unemployment, agriculture is in a sorry state and farmers’ suicides are only going up. Are we not supposed to take up these issues? Loan waiver was demanded by both BJP and Sena before elections. It is surprising that the CM now states there will be anarchy after loan waiver is announced.Besides, the much debated Mumbai Nagpur super express was never part of poll announcement but taken up thereafter. Therefore, Shiv Sena stood with the villagers who were demanding due compensation for the land to be acquired for the project.When we raise these issues BJP faces embarrassment. If opposition is quiet on these issues, Sena cannot remain silent. Our sole objective is giving justice to the common man.Is Shiv Sena threatened by BJP’s expansionist move. Will Modi wave come to BJP’s rescue again?Efforts were made in the past by Congress and Communist parties to finish Shiv Sena but they never succeeded. Instead, Shiv Sena grew thereafter.I have already told you there was Modi wave in 2014 but it has faded now.Is Shiv Sena ready to go solo in the coming elections?I must recall that Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in his speech on January 26 had clearly said that party will chart its growth plan alone. Thereafter, Sena did not strike alliance with BJP in various elections held in the state.

10,000 more homes under PMAY

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This week, the state’s committee for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) will discuss sanctioning of projects comprising 10,000 affordable dwellings across Maharashtra. In the last few days, 60 projects comprising a total of 1.82 lakh affordable homes have got the approval of the Centre under PMAY. Of this, 1.21 lakh homes are for the Economically Weaker Section and 1.05 lakh dwelling units are Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) share.Under the housing-for-all schemes the government of Maharashtra, till 2022, aims to construct 19 lakh affordable homes. The highest number of houses being constructed under PMAY is by MHADA’s Konkan Board — 11 projects comprising 84,570 homes. The Konkan division comprises Thane and its nearby districts, excluding Mumbai.Within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is constructing 15,152 dwellings in two projects. Under PMAY, both Centre and the state give a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh to the homebuyer, thus reducing the total cost of the dwelling. The EWS homes are expected to be of 30 square metres.The other boards of MHADA that have got projects under the PMAY scheme are Pune Board which has 14 projects with a total of 6,274 units. Nashik Board has a total of four projects with 1,372 houses, Nagpur and Aurangabad Boards have six projects each with 5,975 and 5,660 homes respectively. Amravati Board is constructing 2,739 homes in its five projects.The non-MHADA entities include Urban Local Bodies of Solapur, Akola, Ahmednagar. They have four projects and are constructing 10,615 dwellings. Thane Municipal Corproation is constructing four projects and the total number of homes under this scheme is 3,000. Nagpur NIT has two projects and they are constructing a total of 1,268 homes.The total number of projects by MHADA is 46 while the remaining 14 belong to non-MHADA bodies. Three projects comprising 14,358 homes — which had earlier got sanctions — were later withdrawn and are no longer part of the affordable housing scheme.A senior official from MHADA said, “Nearly two lakh homes have been approved under PMAY; this will boost the affordable segment largely. We are going to discuss 10,000 more dwellings and all of them are from various parts of the state.Number game60Total number of projects: 1.82 lakhTotal Number of homes 1.21 lakhEconomically Weaker Section (EWS) 32,638Lower Income Group (LIG) 12841Middle Income Group (MIG) 166Higher Income Group (HIG)

E-way: MSRDC to seek ASI approval

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be approaching the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to obtain no objection certificate (NOC) considering the heritage locations are located close to the proposed Mumbai Nagpur Expressway.The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has asked the MSRDC to obtain NOC from the ASI as the proposed Expressway is planned in the 7-km radius of some famous heritage locations like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad Caves, and Daulatabad Fort.Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC, said, “We are going to approach the ASI to seek its NOC as per the MoEF’s directions.”Recently, the MoEF while giving environment clearance had said that MSRDC should seek clearance from ASI and also the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to provide locations of animal crossing and suggest safety measure for the presence of wildlife corridor crossings.”We have already passed the underpass for wildlife throughout the Expressway. However, we were suggested to change locations of a few underpasses. We will accordingly accommodate the recommendations of changing locations of wildlife underpasses,” Kurundkar added.The Expressway would have total over 400 vehicular underpasses, over 300 wildlife and pedestrian underpasses and over 50 flyovers. The Rs 46,000-crore Expressway project is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to 10 hours from the current 15-17 hours.Between Bhiwandi and Nagpur, 84 per cent of the total 10,000 hectares required land for the Expressway construction is prime agricultural land, while 13 per cent is uncultivated land. The remaining 1.92 per cent is a forest land.

Loan sought for Mum-Nagpur E-way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Union Finance Ministry has written to the South Korean government asking for a loan of Rs 35,000 crore for construction of the 701-km Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, officials of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project, said.”We have been recently informed by the DEA that they have recommended a loan of Rs 35,000 crore for the construction of the Mumbai Nagpur Expressway with the government bank of South Korea,” Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director of MSRDC, told DNA.Kurundkar added that the corporation was also in talks with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) “Whoever offers a feasible rate of interest on the loan would be considered for the funds,” he said.The recommendation by the DEA comes at a time when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is scheduled to visit South Korea as party of a three nation tour whose agenda includes getting funds for the Rs 46,000 crore expressway.Seventy per cent of the funds is expected to be generated from national and international banks, while the rest has to be raised by MSRDC through equity.The MSRDC has already got Rs 1,800 crore loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO). Also the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had asked Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada), the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to lend Rs 1,000 crore for the project.ABOUT THE PROJECTThe project is currently at the bidding stage. The state needs about 10,000 hectares of land for Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway construction.
Of the land between Bhiwandi and Nagpur, around 84 per cent is agricultural, 13 per cent is fallow, and 1.92 per cent is forest land.
CM Fadnavis has also recently pitched for a bullet train between Mumbai and Nagpur.

Nitin Gadkari suggests electric buses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking is already reeling from severe financial strain, Union Road and Transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s statements in Mumbai on Monday could be cause for added concern. Addressing a conference at the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, Gadkari said that public transport should run on electricity and not depend on diesel.The idea seems environment-friendly though it would a further impact on BEST’s financial health. The cost of each electric bus is about Rs 1.75 crore. This comes at a time when the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has begun procuring 25 hybrid buses at a cost of Rs 2 crore each, that can run on both diesel and electricity and the first such bus has already arrived.”There is a need for public transport to run on electricity. Why should we spend crores on petrol and diesel?” said Gadkari adding that electric buses run in cities like Nagpur.Sources said that the BEST is already working on procuring these electric buses but the undertaking is under prepared for the same. “Our engineers have been working on getting six electric buses on a pilot basis. The cost of each is around Rs 1.75 crore,” said a BEST official.A Bengaluru-based bus manufacturer is working on the interiors and technical aspects of this bus. “The idea is good but the Centre should fully fund these buses. Here, the BEST is taking loans to pay off salaries,” said Ravi Raja, BEST Committee member.The government is also working on electric two-wheelers that will mainly operate in metropolitan and two-tier cities. “Those who can afford it and find it economically viable should convert their car into an electric vehicle. We are working on a model for having electric two-wheelers as public transport,” said Gadkari.The minister claimed there are too many vehicles on the road thus people should use better public transport instead.Best’s strugglesBEST’s total fleet consists of 3,800 buses which include 1,200 diesel buses and 2,600 CNG buses.BEST is suffering losses of Rs 2,500 crore, and taking loans amounting to Rs 150 to 200 crore to pay off salaries and maintaining their buses.They have also taken a loan of Rs 1,600 crore from the BMC. It is also cutting down its fleet of 259 AC buses to manage costs.

Gang-rape and murder of 22-year-old daughter of cop: Police collecting evidence after accused surrenders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police are in the process of getting mobile phone tower locations of two people, allegedly involved in the gang-rape and murder of the 22-year-old daughter of a policeman from Nagpur. This is basically to bolster their case by confirming the presence of the suspects at the locations where they had met the victim and allegedly killed and dumped her body. The police are also collecting technical, human and forensic evidence to bolster the case.The police have taken custody of Nagpur resident Nikhlesh Patil, 24, and his Ambernath-based friend Akshay Valode, 25, in the case.According to the police, the victim, an engineering graduate, had gone to Pune to a relative’s place last weekend and had informed Patil about her presence in Pune. On September 3, Patil and his friend Nilesh Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met the victim on September 4.
ALSO READ 3 held for rape, murder of cop’s daughterThe victim asked them to drop her at Vikhroli where she lived and worked. Instead, they went to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil gang-raped her and later strangulated the victim to death, police said.According to police, the woman was visiting a relative in Pune during the weekend and she informed Patil about the same. “Patil and Khobragade drove to Pune in the latter’s car and met her on September 4.”She asked them to drop her at Vikhroli. However, they drove to Valode’s Ambernath residence where he and Patil raped and strangulated her to death,” said a police officer.He added that the accused then stuffed her body in a suitcase and drove towards Karnataka.”They dumped her body near a highway at Pashti in Belgaum. It seems they panicked later. On Tuesday, while returning, they surrendered at City Police Station in Ratnagiri and narrated the entire incident following which the police recovered the body. Their motive is still unclear,” added the officer.Initially Ratnagiri police claimed that Khobragade too was involved in the crime, however, later Thane police clarified that he has not been arrested in the case and that his role is being examined.

Bombay High Court asks trial court to hear afresh Peter Mukerjea’s plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Monday remanded a petition filed by former media baron Peter Mukerjea seeking directions to the special CBI court to call for the case diary and personal diaries of the two Khar police officers who had arrested accused-turned-approver Shyamvar Rai in an illegal arms case.Justice A M Badar asked the trial judge to hear Mukerjea’s plea afresh and decide on it in a month. While setting aside the trial court order of July rejecting the plea, the High Court noted that it had not gone into whether it was ‘desirable’ and ‘required’ to call for the case diary, but had assumed that the statement of two police officers who were complainants in the Sheena Bora case was part of the final report filed by CBI in the murder case, bearing details of the arrest of Rai in the arms act case.Mukerjea, through his counsel Shrikant Shivade, argued that policemen Ganesh Dalvi and Dinesh Kadam had recorded their statements in the Arms Act case pending against Rai, which should be presented to the defence from cross examinations.Meanwhile the special CBI court, which is hearing arguments in the Sheena Bora murder case, on Monday continued recording the cross examination of Rai.”I used to purchase many SIM cards as per mobile scheme which the mobile company used to provide, however now I do not recollect any number. Mikhail’s number was the only one known to me,” said Rai.The defence advocate also pointed out the controversies in his statement. The defence had questioned Rai for his mode of transport which he had taken when he commuted from Nagpur to Delhi and back to Mumbai, days before Sheena’s death on the alleged instructions of Indrani Mukerjea, to which he said that he took a flight to Nagpur and then took a regular ticket from Nagpur to Delhi, however his statement recorded before the police states that he had taken a train to Nagpur. When the contradiction was brought to his notice, he refrained from saying anything on the matter and claimed that he doesn’t remember anything about the route of transport taken.The defence would further continue with its cross examination on September 7.

All you need to know about Satyapal Singh: Former top cop who becomes minister in Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai Police commissioner who quit the post to join politics, Satyapal Singh seems to have found his true calling after taking the electoral plunge to become an MP and now a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.61-year-old Satyapal Singh wanted to become a scientist before he joined the IPS in 1980 and got Maharashtra cadre.But in his own words, his inner voice told him it was time to change his profession. He quit the job of a police officer, became an MP and now as a Union minister he aims to work for the entire country with renewed energy.” Singh’s first posting was as assistant superintendent of police of Nasik. He then went on to become the superintendent of police of Buldhana.Prior to being appointed the Mumbai Police chief, Singh was Maharashtra’s additional director general of police. He has also served as the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) in Mumbai.He has also been on deputation to the CBI and received a special service medal for extraordinary work in Naxalite areas of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He received the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service in 2004, the President’s Police Medal for meritorious service in 1996 and the DG’s Insignia in the same year.During his tenure in Mumbai, he is credited with breaking the backbone of organised crime syndicates that terrorised Mumbai in the 1990s, including the Chhota Rajan, Chhota Shakeel and Arun Gawli gangs.During the same time in the late ’90s, when gangsters were active in Mumbai and the mafia in Mumbai went berserk with several high-profile killings, Singh formed special police squads and cracked down on several underworld figures.That tenure saw several encounter killings in Mumbai with specialists such as Daya Nayak, Pradeep Sharma and Vijay Salaskar given the licence to take on the underworld. It was during this stint that the 25 August 2003 Mumbai bombings at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar took place.As Police Commissioner of Nagpur, he began an outreach programme called ‘Mission Mrityunjay’. This was an anti-terror initiative that aimed to enlist college students in the fight against terrorism whereby students recommended by college authorities assisted the police in intelligence gathering and reported suspicious and anti-social activities on campus and in the city.Identical programmes were launched in Pune as well as Mumbai during his tenure as the police chief of respective cities.As Nagpur police chief, Singh had also busted the ‘matka’ gangs there, unearthing a local politician’s links to the high-profile racket.His tenure as Pune Police Commissioner was witness to the 2010 Pune bombing which occurred at the German Bakery that killed 17 people and injured at least 60 more.In June 2011, weeks after being appointed chairman of a special investigation team constituted by the Gujarat High Court to probe the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, Singh was replaced after requesting the court to relieve him after he cited differences of opinion between two other SIT members.On 23 August 2012, Singh was appointed as the Police Commissioner of Mumbai after his predecessor Arup Patnaik faced flak and was eventually shunted out for his handling of the Azad Maidan riots that occurred on August 11 in the city.Several policemen were injured in that melee.On 31 January, 2014 Singh tendered his resignation and applied for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and sought to be relieved as soon as possible from his post so he could contest the Lok Sabha elections.He was then quoted as saying, “My inner voice is telling me that it’s time to change profession. As a police officer, I have worked for the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra for many years, but now it’s time to work for the entire country with a renewed energy.”Born in Basauli village in Meerut district on November 29, 1955, he is a BJP MP from Baghpat in western UP.He was pitted against Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo Ajit Singh from Baghpat where he won with a thumping margin of 2,09,866 votes, defeating Samajwadi Party’s GhulamMohammed and pushing Ajit Singh to the third spot with only 1,99,516 votes.In Parliament, Singh has been vocal about farmers issues, advocating the need to involve the farming community actively in drafting of the Union Budget. He has also been raising the problems faced by sugarcane farmers in western UP who are debt-ridden in the face of non repayment of their heightening dues by sugar mills. He has actively been campaigning for Government regulation of sugar prices.Singh is also a vocal proponent of holistic health, yoga and vegetarianism.He has a keen interest in vedic studies and regularly delivers lectures on spirituality, religious extremism and corruption.

Attempt to defame me: Maha BJP MP Nana Patole denies saying PM Modi doesn’t ‘like questions’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nana Patole, who was recently quoted as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi doesn’t like being asked questions, has refuted remarking so, claiming that he is being defamed.Talking to ANI, Patole said, ‘I was part of an event organized on farmer distress and related issues and I was speaking on the topic,’ adding, ‘It was a non-political event and I didn’t comment on any of the two – the Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) and the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi).’ ‘The program is used to defame me,’ alleged the former Congress man.Patole, an MP from Bhandara-Gondiya, created all this controversy a day ago when, while speaking at a event in Nagpur, he said that Prime Minister Modi doesn’t like being questioned.He also said that the Prime Minister got angry when he asked him questions over farmer suicides.

Railways at ‘critical juncture’, safety to be priority: Board chairman Ashwani Lohani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Safety will be the focus area of the Indian Railways, which is at a critical juncture and faces an “image perception” problem, newly-appointed Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has said.Lohani said in a letter to employees yesterday that Indian Railways had suffered a “serious dent” in the recent past due to “certain unfortunate incidents”.Lohani’s letter dated August 28 — before the fourth derailment in 10 days today morning — also indicated at reforms in the country’s largest passenger carrier.”At this critical juncture when we are facing a serious issue with the image perception of the railways, I expect all my fellow railwaymen to pitch in wholeheartedly to set this perception right,” Lohani wrote.The former Air India CMD made it clear that safety would be the principal focus area of the public sector behemoth which carries nearly three crore passengers per day”We have to always be on our guard to ensure the highest level of safety in train operations and instill a renewed sense of confidence in our esteemed passengers.”The great Indian railways has suffered a serious dent in the recent past due to certain unfortunate incidents. Such incidents often overshadow the great work that this organisation performs day in and day out,” Lohani wrote.He also identified quality of catering, linen and cleanliness, which he said was crying for attention, as other areas of concern and stressed on the need to adopt a mission mode to bring improvements in a very short time.”Our operating ratio needs to be brought down considerably, not only by reducing expenditure but by increasing freight loading and also finding other means of non-conventional revenue generation to achieve a spurt in revenues,” he added.In the fourth train derailment in the country in 10 days, the engine and nine coaches of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed between Vasind and Asangaon stations in Maharashtra early today following a landslide today. There were no reports of any injuries.On August 19, 14 coaches of the high-speed Kalinga Utkal Express jumped the tracks on August 19, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, claiming 23 lives and injuring over 60 people.On August 23, about 100 passengers were injured when 10 coaches of the Kaifiyat Express train derailed in UP’s Auraiya district after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks.On August 25, six coaches of the Andheri-bound local train derailed in Mumbai, injuring six passengers.

DNA Morning Must Reads: Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derails, Doklam stand-off ends, P Kashyap on PV Sindhu’s form and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derails near Asangaon in Maharashtra; rescue operation underwayDays after the derailment of Kaifiyat Express in Uttar Pradesh, five coaches, and the locomotive of Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Asangaon in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. Read more here2. India, China decide to end Doklam stand-off; diplomatic success ahead of Modi’s trip to BeijingIndia and China have agreed to “expeditious disengagement” at Doklam, thereby ending a military stand-off that has lasted more than two months, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday. Read more here3. North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensionsNorth Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Read more here4. Surprised to see Sindhu get tired: Parupalli KashyapIndia’s ace shuttler Kashyap says silver medallist should have conserved energy for last stages of Worlds final against Okuhara. Read more here5. Kajol reveals her only condition to romance a younger hero on screenA younger actor romancing an older actress isn’t a new phenomenon in Bollywood. Kareena Kapoor Khan has acted with two — Imran Khan (Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein) and Arjun Kapoor (Ki & Ka). Read more here

MP: RSS worker, brother killed in attack over old rivalry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP sarpanch and his brother, an RSS worker, were killed in an attack over an old enmity at Mehrapiparia village near here last night, the police said today. Two others, including a Sangh office-bearer, were critically injured in the incident. “Zila RSS Sharirik Pramukh (District Physical Training Head) Gyani Patel (38) and his elder brother Ashok Patel (40), the BJP sarpanch, were killed when they were attacked with swords by a group, allegedly led by the prime accused Mahanand Patel, at Mehrapiparia bus stand last night,” Superintendent of Police Tarun Nayak said. He said district RSS Sharirik Sah-Pramukh Rakesh Katre and one Phoolchandra Patel were admitted in a hospital in Nagpur in neighbouring Maharashtra, where there condition is stated to be critical. The officer said the crime took place under Kanhiwada police station limits. Nayak said Ashok and Mahanand Patel, the president of the village Water Consumer Forum, had had a heated exchange following a political rivalry some four months ago. “Ashok and Gyani had assaulted Mahanand following the argument. To avenge that attack, Mahanand and his accomplices allegedly attacked Ashok, Gyani and their two friends with swords and other weapons,” the SP said. He said a crowd had gathered at the spot to rescue the four, however, the attackers fled after firing two rounds in air. “After getting the information, police rushed to the spot and admitted the injured in the local hospital. Ashok and Gyani succumbed to their injuries when they were being shifted to Nagpur,” the SP said. Bodies of the deceased were handed over to their family members after postmortem. RSS’ Seoni Nagar Karyawahak Vinod Rahandale confirmed that Gyani and Katre are associated with Sangh. Meanwhile, the SP has announced a reward of Rs 20,000 on the head of Mahanand and Rs 10,000 on each of the 14 other accused. They have been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 302 (punishment for murder) and relevant sections of Arms Act. The SP said security has been beefed up in the village.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Week-long cultural fest to celebrate Indian performing arts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A week-long cultural festival called Sangamner Festival organised by the Rajasthan Yuvak Mandal and Malpani Group of Companies will begin on August 26.Speaking about the festival, which will be in its 10th consecutive year, Manish Malpani, the Chief promoter of the event, said, “The festival features huge prizes to the extent of Rs. 1.5 lakh. It encourages local artists who will showcase their talent and skills in group dance performances on the first two days.”The festival will feature a host of performing arts events — music, dance, fine art. It’s aimed to help budding artists from schools and colleges to showcase their dance performances. Over the years, this cultural fest has fascinated a number of artists from various cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Aurangabad and contributed to Maharashtra’s cultural enrichment.This year, the organisers have raised prize money on a whopping scale for winners in various groups. The dance competitions will be held in two groups — children’s group in the age range of 9-15 years and an open group for artists above the age of 16. The state-level dance competitions will be held on August 28 and 29.

Dacoits loot Rs 7 lakh from bank in Nagpur district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gang of armed dacoits stormed into a UCO Bank branch near here today and decamped with around Rs 7 lakh, the Nagpur Rural police said. The incident took place at around 4.50 pm when at least five to eight armed men, some of them wielding pistols and knives, broke into the UCO Bank branch at Gondegaon WCL mines in Kanhan village of this district, they said. The dacoits looted around Rs 7 lakh from the bank. They then smashed the CCTV cameras installed in the bank premsies and also took away the DVR (digital video recorder) while fleeing in a silver Innova car, the police said. An officer of the Nagpur Rural Control Room told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Don’t let Chinese firms bid for Indian contracts: Ex-RSS idealogue Govindacharya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>K N Govindacharya, a former RSS idealogue, on Thursday said eligibility parameters of trade should be framed in such a way that Chinese companies are not able to bid for contracts in India.”There is a need to bar companies from China and Pakistan from bidding for contracts in India,” he said.Eligibility criteria for inviting tenders should be devised in such a way that Chinese companies are rendered ineligible to bid for contracts, the former BJP general secretary said.Many a time there are conditions in a contract which facilitate the entry of Chinese firms, he said.Govindacharya was replying to a question about a Chinese company getting the contract to supply coaches to Nagpur Metro Rail.The former RSS idealogue was speaking to media on the sidelines of the launch of a campaign to boycott Chinese goods and promote use of indigenously-manufactured products.The campaign ‘Say no to China – Be Bhartiya buy Bhartiya’ was launched by the Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan, an organisation founded by Govindacharya. The campaign will run in more than 50 cities till September 6, and conclude in New Delhi.Govindacharya’s comments come at a time when India and China are locked in a border stand-off in the Sikkim sector.He said India should negotiate bilateral trade pacts instead of taking the multilateral route.Asked about the Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya, he said the matter should be resolved through negotiations among all parties concerned or the court.Another solution is to bring a law to build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, he added.

Guj cops arrest activist Tusharkranti Bhattacharya from Gondia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Tusharkranti Bhattacharya was arrested from Gondia railway station in east Maharashtra today by the Gujarat Police for his alleged links with Naxalites and in connection with a case pending against him in Surat since 2010. While Bhattacharya’s wife told reporters that her husband was arrested from a train at the railway station when he was returning from Kolkata, Nagpur Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bokde said the police are not aware about the activist’s arrest. Bhattacharya (62) was arrested when he was returning to Nagpur from Kolkata in the morning hours, his wife Shoma Sen said. Sen teaches English at the Nagpur University here. “My husband was arrested by the Surat Police and was taken to Gujarat by a flight. He will be produced in a session court there tomorrow. I was informed about his arrest by a lawyer after he got the call from my husband from airport,” she said while addressing a press conference here this evening. Terming her husband’s arrest “illegal and shocking”, Sen said it was akin to “abduction”. Bhattacharya was reportedly wanted in connection with the naxalite activities in tribal areas of Gangs, Surat and Navsari districts in Gujarat. “The 2010 case against my husband was of promoting naxalite ideology, but the charges against him were vague in nature. All co-accused in that case are on bail. Why is he arrested all of sudden after so many years?” she questionned. Bhattacharya was a student leader during the naxal movement in Andhra Pradesh in 1970s. “He was lodged in the Cherlapally Prison in Hyderabad from 2007 to 2013 in connection with certain old cases. After his acquittal by a court in February, 2013, he returned to Nagpur,” Sen claimed. She said Bhattacharya was not involved in any “activism” anymore and has been pursuing freelance writing and other hobbies from their home here. Sen said the case registered against him in Surat in 2010 was “general in nature”. “A number of activists and people from various NGOs were arrested in 2010 for spreading revolutionary propaganda under various various sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act,” she said. Activist and film actor Vira Sathidar, who was also present at the presser, said Bhattacharya’s arrest is akin to “kidnapping” by the police. “The police knew that he has been living in Nagpur since his release from the jail in 2013, but chose not to arrest him in all these years. Suddenly the Surat Police arrested him from a compartment of a train when it entered Maharashtra…” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Accused of mediating land deal, Fadnavis govt transfers IAS officer Radheshyam Mopalwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Faced with increasing belligerence from the opposition, the state government blinked and transferred out senior bureaucrat Radheshyam Mopalwar as the Managing Director of the Maharashtra State Roads Development Corporation (MSRDC).An audio clip wherein Mopalwar was allegedly mediating a land deal involving underhand payments had come to light. In the clip, a voice, purportedly that of Mopalwar, is heard seeking Rs 1 crore and making references to money to paid in the state administrative headquarters at Mantralaya.After the opposition took up the issue in the legislature, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the senior IAS officer would be shunted out from his position pending an inquiry.
ALSO READ Prakash Mehta’s fate to be decided in DelhiAs the Managing Director of the MSRDC, Mopalwar was in-charge of implementing the Chief Minister’s pet project—the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway. The around 700km Greenfield road is worth Rs 46,0000 crore and is being billed as a regional development project and will connect Maharashtra’s second capital of Nagpur to Bhiwandi near Mumbai.”Regarding Mopalwar, I have clearly told the house yesterday that a probe will be conducted in one month. This will also cover a forensic investigation. Considering the feelings of the opposition in the house, Mopalwar will be divested of his charge till the investigation is completed,” said Fadnavis, while speaking in the state legislative assembly on Thursday.”Instead of going into whether officials like Mopalwar are good or bad, I would like to point out that it was in your tenure that he got good postings. Whether these allegations are true or not will come forth later, but these (charges) pertain to the same period,” Fadnavis told opposition Congress and NCP members, stating that he had evidence about this.”These allegations do not pertain to the Samruddhi expressway. Even then, considering the sentiments of the house, I am announcing the decision to remove him from the post,” he added.Earlier, the opposition had demanded that Mopalwar be transferred out and housing minister Prakash Mehta, who is under a cloud over alleged irregularities in a slum redevelopment project at Tardeo and for returning a plot of land at Pantnagar in Ghatkopar to a builder, resign from the cabinet or be shown the door.”Who is shielding him (Mopalwar)?” questioned leader of the opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (Congress) and said the home department, which is headed by Fadnavis, had written to the director general of police (DGP) in January 2017, seeking a crime branch probe into a complaint against Mopalwar by one Satish Mangle who alleged he was kidnapped, and robbed by the bureaucrat.The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) also wrote to the DGP in February based by a complaint by BJP MLA Anil Gote.On February 20, 2017, the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training, wrote to the Maharashtra chief secretary asking that a complaint regarding disproportionate assets filed by Gote against Mopalwar be examined.

Maha to implement cycle track policy in 10 districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government is set to implement ‘Streets With Cycle Track’ policy in 10 districts of the state on a pilot basis to provide alternate mode of transport to locals. The project comprises cities Pune, Nagpur, Amravati, Chandrapur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Nashik, Latur, Aurangabad and Jalgaon, according to a GR (Government Resoltuion) issued by the government here yesterday. The GR stated that the concept would be implemented on a pilot basis, which would enable employees travelling around 7-8 km to their work place daily to use cycle as an alternate option of commuting. There are no dedicated cycle tracks in most of the cities in Maharashtra. Hence, people do not dare to use cycle to commute to the work place, the GR said. In many cities, the labour class travel some 7-8 kms to industrial towns. If the existing major roads get parallel cycle tracks, some of the load on roads can shift. It would also reduce traffic congestion and keep a check on pollution, it stated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AI plane flies with landing gear out; 2 pilots taken off duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India has derostered two women pilots as they forgot to retract the landing gear of a city- bound flight after take off from Kolkata last week, according to airline officials. Faced with low fuel for the onward journey, the flight was diverted to Nagpur, where it made a safe landing. The incident involving Kolkata-Mumbai flight — that was carrying nearly 100 passengers — happened on July 22. Officials said the pilots did not retract the landing gear after take-off. Following the incident, the two women pilots have been derostered and the initial probe report has also been submitted to the executives concerned, they added. “The pilots were derostered after the incident was reported. Investigation is on,” Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said. Landing gear is deployed at the time of landing and take off. Soon after a plane takes off, the landing gear is retracted but in this particular instance, the pilots concerned failed to retract it. As the landing gear of the aircraft was not retracted, it resulted in increased fuel consumption.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims from Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today flagged off the first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims from New Delhi Airport with prayers of country?s safety and prosperity. Naqvi congratulated the Haj pilgrims and extended best wishes to them for their pilgrimage. Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs, in cooperation with Haj Committee of India and other concerned agencies, had completed preparations for Haj 2017 well before in time to ensure smooth Haj pilgrimage. ?New Haj Policy 2018 will be finalised soon and Haj from next year will be organised according to this new Haj policy. A high-level committee constituted in this regard will soon submit its report. The new Haj policy is aimed at making Haj process transparent and smooth,? he said. Naqvi said that reviving the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route also is part of the new Haj policy. ?Sending pilgrims through ships will help cut down travel expenses by nearly half as compared to airfares. It will be a revolutionary, pro-poor, pilgrim-friendly decision. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped from 1995,? he said. Naqvi said that another advantage with ships available these days is they are modern and well-equipped to ferry 4,000 to 5,000 persons at a time. ?They can cover the 2,300-odd nautical miles one-side distance between Mumbai and Jeddah within just two-three days. Earlier, the old ships used to take 12 to 15 days to cover this distance,? the Minister said. Saudi Arabia has increased annual Haj quota of India by 34,005. After significant increase in India?s Haj quota by Saudi Arabia Government, a total of 1,70,025 people have been going to Haj pilgrimage this year from India out of which 1,25,025 pilgrims will go through Haj Committee of India while 45,000 people will go through Private Tour Operators from 21 embarkation points. 1628 Haj pilgrims will go from Delhi. A total of 16,600 people will go from Delhi embarkation point, which include Haj pilgrims from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Besides Delhi, Haj pilgrims are going to Saudi Arab today from embarkation points in Goa, Guwahati, Lucknow, Mangalore, Varanasi, Srinagar and Kolkata today. Haj Flights will also go from Gaya (27 July), Ranchi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Bangalore (08 August), Nagpur (10 August), Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, Cochin & Jaipur (13 August) and Indore and Hyderabad (14 August). The 21 embarkation points include- Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Guwahati, Lucknow, Mangalore, Varanasi, Srinagar, Kolkata, Gaya, Ranchi, Bhopal, Bangalore, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Indore, Hyderabad. A total of 10958 Haj pilgrims from Ahmedabad, 11657 from Cochin, 12380 from Lucknow, 5605 from Mumbai, 2729 from Aurangabad, 4641 from Bangalore, 3370 from Chennai, 4483 from Guwahati, 6273 from Hyderabad, 4777 from Jaipur, 10348 from Kolkata, 2187 from Nagpur, 3159 Haj pilgrims from Ranchi have been going to Haj this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane police raid first petrol pump at Pune’s Nagar Rd, found tampered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing their action against rigged petrol pumps, the crime branch of Thane police raided a petrol pump on Nagar road in Pune on Saturday afternoon. As part of their statewide crackdown, this was the first petrol pump in Pune city to be sealed by the Thane police. According to police, the action was taken on the basis of the information they received from the persons arrested for tampering petrol dispensing machines in Thane last month.Speaking to DNA, Karpe said, “One of the arrested person in connection with the petrol pump tampering in Thane, Anil Nalawade, hails from Pune. During the interrogation, he mentioned names of other petrol pumps where they had tampered the petrol dispensing machines. Based on the information, we carried out a raid at the petrol pump on Nagar road.”During the raid, the police found out that the seal of the pulse unit board of the machine was broken. “They tamper the pulsar board and change the IC chip with the help of which less petrol is dispensed,” Karpe added.After finding the seal of the pulsar board broken, the police have sealed the petrol pump and they have confiscated the motherboards of these machines. “We have served a notice to the petrol pump owner. We will now be sending a letter to the officials of Indian Oil, asking them to send their team to inspect the petrol pump and submit a report on tampering of these machines. Further action will be taken once the report is submitted,” Karpe added.The Thane police also carried out a similar raid in Nagpur.

Man stabbed to death by friend at Calangute beach in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A West Bengal resident was stabbed to death by his own friend at Calangute beach here last night, police said. The incident could be a fall out of a drunken brawl, police said. Rakesh Rai from Darjeeling was stabbed by his friend Santosh Chattar from Nagpur at Calangute beach last night, police said. “The incident happened at 10.30 pm,” Calangute Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi said. The fight broke out when a group of friends which included the victim and the accused were drinking at Calangute beach. Dalvi said the deceased was rushed to Goa Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought death. The accused has been arrested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra Govt. provides security to filmmaker Bhandarkar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Government of Maharashtra on Monday announced that it is providing appropriate security for well known filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar in the wake of the criticism that he has attracted for making his latest movie ?Indu Sarkar?. The security has been provided after a scheduled press conference of Bhandarkar in Nagpur was cancelled when Congress activists did not allow him to come out of his hotel. The film is set against the backdrop of the 1975-77 Emergency and has characters inspired by the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi. According to media reports, Bhandarkar was putting up at Hotel Centre Point, in Nagpur?s Ramdaspeth area. His press conference was scheduled to be held at the Port O’ Gomez restaurant in Gandhi Nagar at 11.30 a.m., but, around 50 Congress workers, led by city president Vikas Thakre, gathered in front of the hotel and started raising slogans against the filmmaker and the movie. Sensing trouble, Bhandarkar cancelled his press conference at around 11.15 a.m. His personal staff passed on the message to the journalists gathered at Port O’ Gomez. Around 10 to 12 workers were also present at the press conference venue but they did not do anything as Bhandarkar did not turn up. Bhandarkar on his part tweeted another post to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying ?Dear @OfficeOfRG after Pune I have 2 cancel today’s PressCon at Nagpur.Do you approve this hooliganism? Can I have my Freedom of Expression?? Bhandarkar had to cancel the promotional activity of ‘Indu Sarkar’ in Pune on Saturday after receiving threats from local Congress party workers. In Pune too, the management of the hotel where the director had put up advised him not to go outside. On the charge that the film maligns the image of Indira Gandhi and other Congress leaders of the past, Bhandarkar said, “I have not made the film to malign anyone. Otherwise I would have made a 100% documentary, and not a film.” (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man beaten up in Nagpur district was carrying beef: police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Muslim man who was thrashed by cow vigilantes in Nagpur district of Maharashtra three days ago was carrying beef, police said today. Police had arrested four persons for beating up Salim Shaha (34), a member of Katol unit of the BJP, on July 12 and sent the meat he was carrying to a forensic laboratory. Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt okays hike in honorarium for corporators in state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government today approved a hike in the monthly honorariums given to corporators in the 27 municipal corporations. The urban development department today issued a GR with details of the amount of honorarium and grades of the local governing bodies. For instance, the corporators of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) have got a 150 per cent hike in their monthly payout. As per the GR, the monthly honorarium of BMC corporators is increased to Rs 25,000 from the current Rs 10,000. Corporations in the state are classified as A+, A , B, C and D on the basis of population, its revenue generation and other basic infrastructure. BMC has been classified as A+. There are 232 corporators in BMC and their honorarium was finalised in 2010 and there has been a regular demand to hike it, the latest demand was made at the mayors conference in 2016, based on which the government has taken this decision, said officials from the UD department. On the basis of rough calculations, the increased monthly outgo on honorarium will be nearly Rs 32 crore in the BMC. The hike in the honorarium of corporators in the A class municipal corporations (Pune and Nagpur) has been hiked to Rs 20,000 from the existing Rs 7,500, this is a 166 per cent increase, while the payment of corporators of B class corporations (Thane, Nashik, Pimpri-Chinchwad) has been increased to Rs 15,000, up from Rs 7,500. The hike for these corporations is 100 per cent. The C and D (Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Aurangabad and Vasai- Virar ) will get a hike of 33 per cent in the honorarium, the corporator’s salary in these corporation have been increased to Rs 10,000 from Rs 7500. In all the 27 municipal corporations in the state, there are in all more than 2,700 corporators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Come to me with your woes on Samruddhi: Uddhav to farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today urged farmers to bring to his notice their grievances about Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s ambitious Samruddhi expressway project. The project, the brainchild of Fadnavis government, promises to transform the economy of drought prone regions of Vidarbha and Marathwada by connecting Mumbai to Nagpur. Thackeray also dismissed as false media reports stating that Sena is divided over the project and that party minister Eknath Shinde is approaching farmers and negotiating with them to sell their land to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for the project. “The Sena wants development but not at the cost of farmers. I have myself spoken to chief minister Fadnavis and told him that he will have to compromise on certain areas of the expressway to meet farmers demands or finishing the project will be difficult,” Thackeray told reporters here. “I want farmers to bring to our notice if they are being forced to part with their fertile lands or have not been given adequate compensation. We will ensure their demands are met,” he said. Thackeray said there are two areas of concern for the farmers — they having to part with their fertile land and compensation. “We have been engaging in a dialogue with farmers and will see that development does not happen at the cost of ruining the farmers,” he said. “There have been false reports in the media that my stand and my party minister’s stand over the issue are different and that Eknath Shinde is acquiring lands of farmers against my wishes. But being a minister, he is a staunch Sainik,” Thackeray said. Thackeray said that he had instructed Shinde to visit project affected villages, meet farmers and understand their grievances and hand over their lands for the corridor only if they are satisfied with every aspect of the government’s decision. Meanwhile, Thackeray said NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind had called him to express his gratitude for the Sena’s support for his candidature.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena not against Nagpur-Mumbai expressway: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra PWD Minister Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena today his party leadership never opposed the Nagpur-Mumbai expressway project which is facing opposition in certain districts over land acquisition issues. Shinde’s comments comes in the wake of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray last month expressing his opposition to acquisition of agricultural and fertile land for the road corridor. Shinde was present at a function held on July 13 where farmers from Hingna tehsil of Nagpur district gave away their lands for the venture. At the event, six landholders signed sale deeds with the state government to mark the land acquisition process for the project, also called `samruddhi mahamarg’ (prosperity expressway). “The Shiv Sena leadership was never against the samruddhi mahamarg. We only wanted to protect farmer interest and hence I visited Nagpur for witnessing the signing of land sale deeds. It’s a development project and we will not oppose it if issues raised by land owners are addressed,” Shinde, the leader of the Shiv Sena in the assembly, said. Officially called the Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE), the project is estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore and will pass through Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane, Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi and Nashik districts. The project is facing opposition from farmers in some pockets along its 700km route, especially in Nashik district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Athawale’s statement contradictory to beef ban policy- NCP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Nationalist Communist Party (NCP) on Saturday said that statement by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on beef ban is contradictory to the state policy. NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that ?this is a very bold statement by a Union Minister against the beef ban. Such statement is contradictory to the policy of state on beef ban. It would be necessary for the cabinet minister or the Prime Minister to examine the merit of the statement?. Athawale has condemned violence in the name of cow vigilantism and said that no one has the authority to challenge the law. Athawale, while addressing a press conference, asserted that one should reach out to law for justice instead of violating it. “Everyone has the right to go to the police or knock the doors of the court. But, no one has the right to challenge the law. These cow vigilantes should get punished,” said Athawale. “Everybody has the right to eat beef. In the name of cow vigilantism, one should not violate law,” he added. The Minister’s comment comes a day after a 40-year-old man was reportedly thrashed by four men in Nagpur’s Bharsingi area on the suspicion of carrying cow meat. The incident took place on Wednesday at 11.30 a.m. Bharsingi comes under the jurisdiction of the Jalalakheda Police Station. The police team reached at the spot as soon as they got the information. No arrests have been made as of yet though. An investigation into the case is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘So-called’ cow vigilantes are like ‘nar-bhakshaks’: Athawale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ramdas Athawale has equated “so-called” cow vigilantes with cannibals and said that everybody has the right to eat beef. Contending that “violent cow vigilantes” were defaming the Modi government, he demanded severe punishment for such people as he denounced the killing of a man in Nagpur two days back over the suspicion of carrying beef. “Everyone has the right to eat beef. Since goat meat is expensive, people eat beef. I condemn the Nagpur incident. It is not right to become a ‘nar-bhakshak’ (cannibal) in the name of being a ‘gau-rakshak’ (cow protector),” the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment told reporters in Mumbai today. He said cow vigilantes should not take the law into their hands. “Such violent cow vigilantes should be punished,” Athawale said. A 31-year-old Muslim man, with links to the BJP, was brutally thrashed in public by alleged cow vigilantes in Nagpur on Wednesday on the suspicion that he was carrying beef. “Such incidents should not recur anywhere in the country. The Maharashtra government has already initiated action against those involved in the Nagpur incident. People who take law into their hands in the name of cow protection will be dealt with very strictly,” the minister told reporters in Ahmedabad. “I condemn whatever is happening in the name of saving cows in the country. These so-called ‘gau-rakshaks’ are actually ‘nar-bhakshaks’ who are defaming our government by such acts,” he added. Appealing to people to maintain a peaceful atmosphere, Athawale said, “Recently, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned these cow vigilantes to stop hooliganism in the name of cow protection. We are having a zero tolerance policy for such acts and our government will teach a lesson to these elements”. Meanwhile, about the explosives found in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Athawale said this was a “very serious matter”. “This incident is similar to the attack on Parliament (in 2001),” he said. “There is no conspiracy to kill Yogi (Adityanath), but there should be an investigation into the matter. Its possible terror links should be also probed,” he said. In a major security breach, a powerful plastic explosive was found in the UP Assembly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today informed the House, which unanimously recommended an NIA probe into it. On NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is scheduled to visit Mumbai tomorrow, the Dalit leader said, “He should visit ‘Matoshree’ and meet (Shiv Sena president) Uddhav Thackeray. Pranab Mukherjee had also visited ‘Matoshree’ when his candidature was announced (for the post of president)”. Sources in the BJP had earlier said Kovind was not scheduled to visit Thackeray’s residence during his Mumbai visit. Athawale had visited Ahmedabad yesterday to take part in the regional conference of the ministers of Social Welfare departments from Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and the Union Territories of Diu & Daman and Dadara & Nagar Haveli.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

People should use RTS services using mobile app, portal: Comm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief commissioner of Right to Services (RTS) Swadheen Kshatriya today appealed to the people to use the services under RTS through newly launched mobile app RTS Maharashtra and portal Aaple Sarkar. Kshatriya was speaking to media after addressing the Nagpur divisional workshop which was attended by divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar, municipal commissioners and senior officials from police and other government departments. Kshatriya said it is a challenge before the government to reach out to common man with the information and benefits of the RTS Act. He added the services have still not properly reached to comman man. “There is a need for spreading awareness among the people about the RTS Act,” he said. The services under RTS include giving death, birth, domicile, caste, income and various other certificates. Citizens can apply for it online on the mobile app and also on Aaple Sarkar portal. The chief commissioner informed that he has directed the concerned officials to hold a public awareness programme on August 15 at all the gram sabhas in Maharashtra regarding RTS. Similarly, Aaple Sarkar centre will be started in every gram panchayat across Maharashtra, informed Kshatriya. He also praised the work initiated in Nagpur division such as ‘certificate at your doorstep’ and ‘firte kiosk’ (mobile kiosk) initiative. He also informed about the digitally signed certificate programme which has helped in curbing touts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Beef-eaters are cannibals, says Ramdas Athawale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said beef-eaters were ‘cannibals’. Athawale was addressing a press meet after the western region conference of his ministry in the city on Thursday.Addressing the meet, Athawale said, “There is much uproar on the issue of beef across the nation, but I would say beef-eaters are man-eaters or cannibals. I condemn group clashes on any issue, but I can firmly assert that after PM Modi took charge at the centre, incidents of group clashes have decreased. The government has taken measures against those who persecute innocent people in the name of ‘gauraksha’ (cow protection).”Cabinet minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said action would be taken against the accused in the Nagpur incident where a person was thrashed after being suspected of carrying beef. He also said the accused in the Una Dalit youth flogging incident would be punished. Four Dalit youths in Una town had been badly beaten up after they were suspected of slaughtering a cow. The centre and state government are concerned about the rights of common people, added Gehlot.

Violent cow vigilantism part of ‘BJP’ agenda, alleges Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Friday alleged that violent cow vigilantism is a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agenda. The grand-old-party?s allegation came in the backdrop of yet another incident of violence triggered by the possession of beef in Nagpur in Maharashtra. Talking to ANI, Congress leader PL Punia said, ?It is a very unfortunate incident. There is no strict law that can put an end to such incidents. However, such atrocity takes place only in BJP-ruled states; looks like it is part of their agenda.? Condemning the incident, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan asserted that it is unfortunate that in spite of repeated warnings issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, such instances continue to be reported. ?It is indeed very shocking that such things continue to take place, in spite of three consecutive warnings from the Prime Minister,? he said. Adding to the series of unfortunate attacks on civilians in the name of cow vigilantism, a man was reportedly beaten up by a mob on Wednesday, suspecting him of carrying beef, in Nagpur district?s Bharsingi village. Upon receiving information, the police team reached the scene of crime immediately, and began investigation. On Thursday, Nagpur’s Narkhed Taluka Court sent four accused, who were arrested on grounds of carrying out the attack, to five days of police remand.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Land acquisition begins for Nagpur-Mumbai expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Land acquisition process began today for the Maharashtra government’s ambitious Nagpur-Mumbai expressway project with half a dozen farmers giving away their lands for the venture. Six landholders signed sale deeds to mark the land acquisition process for the project, which is also called samruddhi corridor. The sale deeds were registered at Hingna tehsil office in Nagpur district, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project, said in a release. Maharashtra Minister for Public Works (Public Undertakings) Eknath Shinde, Joint Managing Director of MSRDC Kiran Kurundkar and Nagpur District Collector Sachin Kurve were present at the occasion. Local resident Ram Asre Jokhulal Sahu became the first person to sell the land for the project and receive compensation. Besides him, five other landholders also signed sale deeds and received compensation, the release said. A compensation of Rs 2.59 crore was paid to the landholders who sold 3.5 hectares in Hingna tehsil to the state government, it said. Officially called the Nagpur Mumbai Super Communication Expressway (NMSCE), the project is estimated to cost Rs 46,000 crore and pass through Nagpur, Buldhana, Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Thane, Aurangabad, Akola, Bhiwandi and Nashik districts. The project is facing opposition from farmers in Nashik district. In Nagpur district, the state government will be acquiring 207 hectares. Speaking on the occasion, Shinde said, “The NMSCE will be an expressway to prosperity. It will be a game changer for Maharashtra and ensure economic stability in the state.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest, toll at 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 44-year-old pilgrim from Maharashtra today died near the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing yatra to 19, officials said. Govind Baburao Poraty, a resident of Nagpur, died at lower cave hospital due to cardiac arrest, the officials said. They said the body of the deceased was brought back to Baltal base camp and handed over to his family for last rites. The death toll in this year’s yatra now stands at 19, which includes seven pilgrims killed in the Anantnag terrorist attack on Monday night. The 40-day Amarnath yatra started on June 29 from the twin routes of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Baltal in Ganderbal district and is scheduled to culminate on August 7, coinciding with the Hindu festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’. Meanwhile, over 9,000 pilgrims paid obeisance today at the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-lingam considered by devotees as a symbol of Lord Shiva, “Today, on the 15th day of the yatra, 9,197 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave and, cumulatively, since the beginning of the pilgrimage, 1,77,134 yatris had ‘darshan’ at the shrine,” an official spokesman said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man beaten up on suspicion of carrying beef in Nagpur, 4 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 31-year-old man was allegedly thrashed by a group of persons here on the suspicion of carrying beef, a police official said today. The police have arrested four persons in this connection. Salim Ismail Sheikh, a resident of the district’s Katol town, was returning home last evening on his bike when 5-6 men apprehended him at a bus stop in Bharsingi village of Nagpur rural, and asked him to get off the two-wheeler. The men asked him to show the meat he was carrying in the dicky of his bike. When he resisted, the men allegedly thrashed him, Nagpur rural Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawade said. Sheikh suffered injuries on his face and neck in the attack. He was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur and discharged today, police sources said. Following the incident, the victim lodged a complaint against unidentified persons. The police were able to establish the identity of the accused on the basis of the incident’s purported video clip which went viral, an official said. Two of the accused were arrested last night and as many others were taken into custody this morning, the SP said. Those arrested have been identified as Ashwin Uike (35), Rameshwar Taywade (42), Moreshwar Tandurkar (36) and Jagdish Chaudhari (25), a police official said. They have been booked under IPC sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), he said. The section 326 of IPC attracts a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. The SP said the meat has been seized and sent to a forensic lab in Nagpur for testing. The report is awaited. To a query, he said the police are investigating the incident and trying to find out whether the men were ‘cow vigilantes’. The incident is being probed from all angles, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

State Gazetteers map lesser-known religious fairs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Nagpur festival when Putana, the demoness killed by baby Krishna is worshippedBuldhana’s ‘Mahaprasad’ offering, where two lakh people are served at one goMahashivratri yatra to the revered the 13th Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in GadchiroliThese religious fairs are among the little-known gems of Maharashtra’s tradition where religion, history, culture, and folk art converge. These vignettes will be soon recorded for posterity with the Maharashtra State Gazetteers’ directorate’s first comprehensive documentation of the yatras held across the state.The department will publish a division-wise compilation of yatras and utsavs held at temples, shrines, dargahs and places of worship across Maharashtra. The first volume is titled ‘Maharashtra: Yatra va Utsav (Vidarbha Vibhag)’, and will be released in around two months.”The documentation will serve as a repository of the various yatras and fairs in Maharashtra. Their importance and legends of how they began will be part of the documentation,” Dilip Balsekar, Executive Editor and Secretary, Gazetteers Department, said.The Gazetteer Department comes out with two kinds of gazettes – district and state gazettes – that cover issues like history, botany, medicinal plants and literature. Containing a detailed study of social, political, economic and cultural lives of people along with the description of physical and natural features, these gazettes serve as an encyclopedia for historians and researchers.Festival filePiwali Marbat: Celebrated in Nagpur and the surrounding areas during August- September, the festival dates back to 1885 and beyond. According to one version, it’s the outcome of a boon given to the demoness Putana who was killed by Krishna. A boon that said she will be be worshipped in Kaliyug.Vivekanand Jayanti at Vivekanand Ashram in Mehekar, Buldhana: Two lakh devotees are fed ‘Mahaprasad’ of 250 quintals each of wheat puris and brinjal subji at one go in around 20 minutes using 100 tractors and 2,000 volunteers on a 40 acre ground. This was started in 1965 to bridge caste divisions.Mahashivratri, Markandeshwar temple, at Markanda in Gadchiroli: Large congregation of devotees from Maharashtra, Telengana and Chhattisgarh worship Lord Shiva and sage Markandeya. It is supposed to contain the 12 Jyotirlingas and is revered as the 13th such shrine to the Lord of Kailasa.

Boat tragedy; Two bodies fished out; 5 feared drowned

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The desire to click selfies in the middle of a reservoir turned into a tragedy for a group of men with the boat carrying them capsizing in Vena Dam in Kamleshwar tehsil, police said today. While two of the bodies were fished out today, five others are yet to be traced after the incident that took place yesterday. One body was fished out last night. According to Shailesh Balkawade, SP, Nagpur Rural, two bodies were fished out this morning and searches are underway to trace the remaining persons. The deceased have been identified as Rahul Jadhav and Ankit Bhusekar. “It seems these youngsters had hired local fishermen for boating, which is not allowed in the dam. The boat they got into was narrow. It tilted and capsized when they started clicking ‘selfies’ on reaching the mid point of the reservoir,” the SP said. The boat carrying 11 people including three boatmen had capsized last evening. While three persons–two boatmen and a college student — were rescued, one body was recovered last night, police said. Those rescued are undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, the SP said. Police had yesterday said that out of 11 people, at least eight were from Nagpur and believed to in the age group of 20 -25. The incident, which occurred between 6 and 6.30 pm was witnessed by a local who in turn alerted the police control room, following which a rescue operation was undertaken. Efforts are on to look for survivors, if any, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Don’t overwrite new MRP on the old one’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The legal metrology department, under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has come out with an advisory for the industry, associations and stakeholders. It has asked them not to overwrite the new MRP on the old, and warned that changes in MRP should be within the new applicable GST limits.The state’s legal metrology department issued a press note after a circular and advisory was issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on July 4. It asks citizens to check the date of manufacture, packer, importer; if the item is post July 1, no extra sticker is allowed. Bills and invoices should reflect the revised prices. The department has also issued phone numbers and email ids for consumers to file complaints.The central government’s circular states that packaging material which could not be exhausted before July 1, may be used till September 30, 2017 or till it is exhausted, whichever is earlier, after putting the new prices. If the price has reduced due to GST, both the old and new prices must be mentioned. A circular by the director of legal metrology, Government of India, says the changed MRP’s declaration shall be made by way of stamping, putting a sticker, or online pricing, as the case may be.It orders that manufacturers, packers or importers shall make at least two advertisements in one or more newspapers, and also by circulation of notices to dealers and to the Director of Legal Metrology in the Central Government, and Controllers of Legal Metrology in the States and Union Territories, indicating the change in the price of such packages.TO FILE A COMPLAINTTelephone: (022) 2222622022
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Maha govt issues advisory to farmers to postpone sowing ops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Faced with deficit rainfall in the month of July, the Maharashtra government today issued an advisory asking farmers to postpone their sowing schedule. “So far sowing up to 35-40 per cent of the total cultivable area has been reported in the state. But the break in the monsoon has made conditions unfavourable for sowing in the whole last week. “The state government has sent text messages to farmers asking them to delay their sowing plans till next advisory is issued,” Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said. Though the state government has issued the advisory today, the rainfall data of the state agriculture department stated that except for Amravati and Nagpur division — remaining four divisions have received good rainfall in June, while the figures of July are on a lower side. The rainfall data revealed that normal rainfall from July 1 to 9 for Konkan division is 1164.7 mm as against actual rainfall of 217.1 mm. It means Konkan division has received only 18.6 per cent rainfall. Similarly, the Nashik division has received rainfall of 38.5 mm (16.3 per cent) Pune 49.1 mm (14.9 per cent), Aurangabad 9.6 mm (4.8 per cent), Amravati 20.4 mm (7.8 per cent) and Nagpur 54.2 mm (13.1 per cent). “It clearly shows that the rainfall in July in the state is still very low and state needs more showers. The central part of Maharashtra — is more fertile hence we need more showers there than in Konkan or eastern Vidarbha,” said a senior officer from state agriculture ministry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Relief for Arundhati Roy as SC stays contempt proceedings against author

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today stayed the contempt proceedings against author and activist Arundhati Roy in the Bombay High Court for her article in a weekly questioning the incarceration of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba.A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud also granted the leave of appeal to Roy and listed her plea against the issuance of criminal contempt notice by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court for final hearing. Initially, the court said it wanted to dispose of the case but later considered submissions of senior advocate Chander Uday Singh, appearing for the writer, and observed: “Leave is granted. The proceedings shall remain stayed. List for final hearing”.The apex court had earlier refused to stay the contempt notice issued against Roy by the High Court on December 23, 2015 for her views on the arrest of Saibaba and the rejection of his bail plea early last year. The bench had also declined to exempt her from personal appearance before a single judge of the Nagpur Bench of the high court. It had granted liberty to the Registrar of the High Court to file any pleadings or documents in the case and had kept the case for final disposal.Roy had expressed her views on the arrest of Saibaba in an article published in a weekly magazine last year. Gadchiroli Police had arrested Saibaba in 2014 for his alleged links with Maoists. He has been on bail since June last year.

SC stays contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy in Bom. HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today stayed the contempt proceedings against author and activist Arundhati Roy in the Bombay High Court for her article in a weekly questioning the incarceration of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also granted the leave of appeal to Roy and listed her plea against the issuance of criminal contempt notice by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court for final hearing. Initially, the court said it wanted to dispose of the case but later considered submissions of senior advocate Chander Uday Singh, appearing for the writer, and observed: “Leave is granted. The proceedings shall remain stayed. List for final hearing”. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the contempt notice issued against Roy by the High Court on December 23, 2015 for her views on the arrest of Saibaba and the rejection of his bail plea early last year. The bench had also declined to exempt her from personal appearance before a single judge of the Nagpur Bench of the high court. It had granted liberty to the Registrar of the High Court to file any pleadings or documents in the case and had kept the case for final disposal. Roy had expressed her views on the arrest of Saibaba in an article published in a weekly magazine last year. Gadchiroli Police had arrested Saibaba in 2014 for his alleged links with Maoists. He has been on bail since June last year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC stays criminal contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Author Arundhati Roy on Monday got relief from the Supreme Court when it stayed criminal contempt proceedings against her in the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. The Bombay HC in December 2015 issued criminal contempt notice against Roy for writing an article in an English magazine on the arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba and the rejection of his bail plea earlier in 2015. The HC had initiated criminal contempt after stating that Roy appeared to believe that she was ?above the law?. Saibaba was arrested in 2014 by the Gadchiroli police for his alleged links with Maoists. Reportedly, Roy termed her words in the article as “nasty”, the court observed “Calling the government and police as being ‘afraid’ of the applicant, ‘abductor’ and ‘thief’, and the magistrate from a ‘small town’, demonstrate the surly, rude and boorish attitude of the author in a most tolerant country like India.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite Maha loan waiver, major infra projects not funded by govt to be on track

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Notwithstanding the Rs 34,000 core crop loan waiver scheme, the Maharashtra government has projected that the implementation of a slew of development projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore across the state will be carried out smoothly. This is because these projects don’t have the government exposure as the funds are being mobilized by the government undertakings through internal accruals and multiple instruments including long term loan from domestic and foreign lenders including Japan International Cooperation Agency.Some of the projects being actively pursued by the government include Mumbai metro expansion (Rs 82,172 crore), Mumbai Nagpur expressway (Rs 40,000 crore),Mumbai Transharbour Link (Rs 17,750 crore), Navi Mumbai international airport (Rs 16,000 crore), Mumbai costal road (Rs 13,000 crore), Pune metro (Rs 11,420 crore), Nagpur metro (Rs 8,680 crore) and Bandra Versova sea link (Rs 7,500 crore). These projects are under various stages of implementation and they are expected to be complete in stages from 2019 onwards.A government officer, who did not want to be identified, told DNA, “The projects which are funded through the budgetary allocation in road, irrigation and power sectors may suffer as the government may introduce 30% cut in spending to implement the crop loan waiver scheme. The government has made an allocation of Rs 8,233 crore for irrigation, Rs 7,000 crore for roads and Rs 2,500 crore for energy.” He informed that the government will raise Rs 39,000 crore during the current fiscal as permissible under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management (FRBM) norms. Of which nearly Rs 15,000 crore may be used for crop loan waiver and the balance for interest outgo worth Rs 28,000 crore. This will leave very limited funds for the capital expenditure.The officer said that the government proposes to tie up with banks to pay the amount of Rs 34,000 crore towards loan waiver in three to four instalments. “If the banks did not accept government’s proposal for payment in instalments, then in that case the government may use cash reserves of several government undertakings including the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation,” he noted.

Man’s forearm ripped off by crocodile while saving dogs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bid to save his dogs that had strayed into a lake in neighbouring Ramanagar district cost a city-based entrepreneur his arm, as a crocodile ripped off his left forearm when he entered the waters. The incident happened when 26-year-old Mudit Dandwate, co-founder of a healthcare startup, along with his friend and two dogs was on a leisure trip to a temple near Thatekere in a forest area yesterday. According to police, Dandwate, hailing from Nagpur and a graduate from IIT Bombay, had taken the dogs for a walk near the lake when they strayed into the waters. In his rush to pull the dogs out of the lake, the man is said to have not seen a warning board about presence of crocodiles, and was attacked by one which bit off his left forearm, police officials said today. Dandwate was rushed to a private hospital in the city, where he is undergoing treatment. Doctors treating Dandwate said a procedure called debridement has been performed on him to clean the dead tissues and avoid infection as crocodile bite can be toxic. After required medical procedures, he will be provided with a prosthetic arm in a few months time, they said. Officials said forest officials have take up the case for investigation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Soon, sea planes to ferry city’s tourists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tourists heading for safaris at the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and devotees of Saints Saibaba at Shirdi and Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon may soon be able to travel to these destinations by sea planes.The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) is planning to start sea plane services across locations in the state. It is also looking at facilitating sea plane services from Mumbai to connect tourist spots and pilgrimage centres. These aircraft will be anchored at locations like Gorai, Bandra, Mandwa, Belapur, Manori, and the Vasai and Borivali creeks.The MMB has already invited bidders for sea plane services to connect three locations namely, the Koradi Temple near Nagpur, the TATR in Chandrapur, and Shegaon in Akola district, with Nagpur as the nodal hub. This will be done in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) and the Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT).”This will enable us to tap the tourist potential… The MMB has floated expressions of interest (EOI) to gauge the response of bidders,” said Atul Patne, CEO, MMB, adding that they plan to create a circuit in Vidarbha covering Nagpur, Koradi, Tadoba, and Shegaon.These ventures will be funded under the Sagarmala Project.He added that while the MahaGenco was willing to offer the use of its reservoirs at the Koradi Thermal Power Station and the Irai Dam (Chandrapur) for the planes to land, the MMB was in talks with the NIT for using the Ambazari Lake for landings and take offs.

Bombay High Court says no to cutting freedom fighters’ pension

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The spirit of patriotism cannot be forgotten and buried in the books of Indian history. Freedom fighters, who unitedly fought for the freedom of the state or nation, irrespective of their cast, creed, religion are inspirations for the people in India to remain secular and United,” the Bombay High Court observed while setting aside a 2004, circular issued by Maharashtra Government, reducing pension of Rs 3,000 to Rs 500, given to freedom fighters, who participated in Goa Liberation Movement, Phase II, (1954­-55) and settled down in Maharashtra.A division bench of Justice RK Deshpande and Justice Swapna Joshi of the Nagpur bench, came down heavily on the government saying, “The impugned action can be described as abasing the freedom fighters and losing our own values and importance of the days of freedom struggle.”The petition was filed by 14 freedom fighters, challenging the government circular issued on November 16, 2004, reducing the pension granted under ‘Swatantra Sainik Samman Pension scheme. The government also sought to recover the extra amount of Rs 2,500 per month paid up to 2004, from 1986 when the scheme was introduced.The petitioners argued that government cannot revise or modify the amount. They relied on the details mentioned in the central government scheme which mentioned that it is in addition to the state pension scheme and for life time.The court also distinguished freedom fighters from retired employees of a Public Undertakings by stating, “We are of the view that freedom fighters stand on a higher pedestal than the employees in public employment though the grant of pension to them is a discretionary exercise.”Freedom StruggleDecember 19, 1961:Goa Liberation Movement was launched to end 435 years Portuguese rule in Goa.The revolt, demonstration and agitation gained momentum in the entire country.The large scale protest resulted in struggle, arrest and detention of participants. Freedom of Goa from Portuguese rule came on

Metro 3: BKC mangroves to be cut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed an application moved by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRCL) Limited, seeking to cut mangroves at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) area, to build the Metro line-3 station there.A division bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice MS Sonak, while granting permission, said, “It’s often seen that after submitting the undertaking, the authorities don’t abide by it and trees once replanted later die. We expect proper compliance is done.”The bench’s observation came after it went through the undertaking given by the MMRCL in another petition seeking a stay on tree cutting for the construction of stations. MMRCL has stated that it will replant as many trees as possible after work is completed at the same location or within the vicinity. The authority will also maintain the trees for a period of three years.The court also asked authorities to be cautious and ensure proper tree transplantation procedure is followed. It said, “We have seen in Nagpur that when the authority wanted to widen the road, trees were cut improperly, that led to a loss of a lot of trees.”However, MMRCL advocate Kiran Bagalia assured the court that proper care will be taken to ensure the protection of green cover in the city. MMRDA sought permission to destroy 108 mangroves in the BKC area.The plea was moved because a previous order of the High Court mandated that every authority has to take prior permission from the court before chopping down mangroves.Court order:The Bombay High Court on May 5 lifted its ban on the Mumbai metro from felling trees for its Metro 3 project between Colaba and Seepz.MMRCL has stated that it will replant as many trees as possible after work is completed at the same location or within the vicinity.

India para-athlete forced to sleep on train floor

Suvarna Raj told the BBC that she was given an upper berth against the rules.

‘Dr Hedgewar had proposed cow slaughter ban in 1920 Cong meet’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr K B Hedgewar, who was associated with the Indian National Congress (INC) before founding the RSS, wanted the INC to announce a complete ban on the slaughter of gau vansh (cow progeny), RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said. “Dr Hedgewar had a comprehensive vision. In the 1920 convention of the All India Congress Committee held in Nagpur, he had proposed two resolutions, including a complete ban on the slaughter of gau vansh (cow progeny),” he said. Bhagwat was speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the ‘Sangh Shiksha Varg- Trutiya Varsh’– RSS’s summer camp for the final year course of the trainees here last night. “Dr Hedgewar was the in-charge of the convention arrangements, wherein he had put forth two proposals before the regular committee of the INC. He wanted the INC to announce a complete ban on gau vansh slaughter and complete freedom to India.” Similarly, he wanted an independent India to aim at bringing the world out of the web of the capitalist economy, the RSS chief said. “Dr Hedgewar was of the view that the capitalist economy prevailing in the world does not follow the value and the ethics and this capitalist economy runs on the exploitation of the weak. “He wanted the world to come out of the web of capitalist economy. This ideology of values and ethics was mooted by Dr Hedgewar five years before the formation of the RSS in 1925,” Bhagwat said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra has tremendous potential in dairy sector: Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said Maharashtra throws a tremendous potential for the dairy sector. Singh was speaking after inaugurating Nagpur Dairy Plant and a Mother Dairy milk booth in Nagpur. “There is a tremendous potential for working on the development of dairy in Maharashtra. In Nagpur, Vidarbha and Marathwada…, the dairy profession can be a major source of livelihood for rural households,” Singh said in an official statement. Singh said that according to the data of May 28, 2017, the total production of milk in 2015-16 reached 156 million tonnes, which is an increase of 6.28 per cent annually. “Milk production during 2014-17 has increased by 16.9 per cent when compared to the year 2011-14. Per capita availability of milk in India is 337 gram/day while world average is only 299 gram/day,” he added. Singh said Maharashtra’s milk production increased from 9.54 million tonnes in 2014-15 to 10.1 million tonnes in the year 2015-16 with a growth rate of 6.4 per cent, which is more than country’s growth rate, but per capita availability of milk has been 239 gram/day in 2015-16 which is substantially lower than national average. On this occasion, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were also present. In a separate statement, Mother Dairy said it will invest around Rs 65 crore to upgrade the Nagpur plant and setting up of milk procurement network in the regions of Marathwada and Vidarbha. A part of the investment would also be made towards development of sales network across the city with 100 milk booths at key spots. “The milk procurement set up in the initial 3 years will cover around 3,000 villages across 11 districts covering about 60,000 farmers,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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

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

Saibaba’s health worsening; delegation asks for NHRC help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation headed by Delhi University professor G N Saibaba’s wife, Vasantha Kumari, today sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission to ensure proper medical care for the jailed academic. The condition of Saibaba, currently lodged in the Anda Cell of the Nagpur Central Jail, was “deteriorating day by day”, the delegation told the NHRC. He was unable to urinate and his stomach pain had increased, Kumari said in a letter submitted to the NHRC here. Saibaba was sentenced to life along with five others for links with Maoists under the Unlawful Prevention of Atrocities Act (UAPA) in March. “It is a matter of grave concern that the health condition of Saibaba is deteriorating day by day. Before his arrest, Saibaba was undergoing treatment in Rockland Hospital in the national capital,” the letter said. The doctors there had advised surgery for the removal of his gall bladder, it said. “It has been over 10 weeks since his arrest on March 7 and the jail authorities are not providing him with any medical care,” Kumari alleged. Delhi University Teachers’ Union president Nandita Narain, activist Kalyani Menon Sen and the secretary of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled, Muralidharan, were a part of the delegation. The delegation also called for immediate intervention on the ground that India was a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and UN Resolution 70/175 on Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. “Saibaba is a person with disability. The UNCRPD, which India also ratified, as well as the recently passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPD Act), which was enacted to fulfil India’s obligations under the aforementioned convention, are wholly applicable to his case,” the letter said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pawar should join NDA to contest Prez election: Athawale

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ramdas Athawale has stuck to his position that if NCP chief Sharad Pawar was keen on contesting the presidential election, he should join the National Democratic Alliance. Athawale’s comments, made at Dombivili in Thane last night after similar remarks last week in Nagpur, come against the backdrop of Pawar’s name being earlier discussed by the Opposition camp for the presidential post. Athawale, a veteran politician from Maharashtra, had also said that he would not be contesting the polls. When reporters here asked the Union Social Justice Minister on who should be the next president, Athawale said, “This decision lies with the NDA. If Pawar wants to become the president, he should join the NDA.” He also said that Pawar shares a good relation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “If a ‘Marathi manoos’ becomes the president, (I) will be happy,” said the chief of Republican Party of India (Athawale), an ally of BJP. To another question, the Union minister said Pawar may not become the candidate of the opposition parties. During an interaction with reporters in Nagpur on Saturday, Athawale said, “Only the NDA candidate will win the election. Pawar shares a good relation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he should discuss with the PM and BJP president Amit Shah about his candidature.” “We will support him if he fights as an NDA nominated candidate, but he should not contest as a UPA candidate,” he said. On the recent controversy involving Maharashtra minister Dilip Kamble over his remarks against journalists, Athawale said, “Journalists are our friends. They have a right to ask questions.” At an event in Hingoli last week, Kamble, the state social justice minister had said, “Journalists write anything for money and they should be thrashed with shoes.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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