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Maharashtra: 12 people killed in two separate incidents

Twelve persons were killed in two road accidents in Nashik and Nandurbar districts in north Maharashtra early today, police said.While seven people lost their lives after an autorickshaw collided with an unidentified vehicle near Shemli village on Malegaon-Satana road in Nashik district, five others were killed in a truck-autorickshaw collision in Nandurbar district, police said.In the Malegaon-Satana road accident, the deceased were six small-time vendors and driver of the autorickshaw.According to a police officer, the vendors, who sold toys and other items, were going to a local fair in Satana town, around 75 kms from Nashik, when the incident took place around 6 am.”An unidentified vehicle collided against the rickshaw, killing its seven occupants on the spot,” the officer said.The six vendors had purchased their articles from Mumbai and were heading to Satana to sell those items.”In Malegaon, they hired a rickshaw to reach Satana.The impact of the collision was so severe that the rickshaw was completely mangled,” he added.The deceased were identified as auto driver Sanjay Padhade (40), Alim Sheikh Tayar (34), Ashok Devare (55), Rajeshkumar Gupta (28), Kailas Gupta (29), Mohammed Jullu (35) and Rahemtullabhai Ashami (68), police said.The bodies have been sent to Satana rural hospital and a search has been launched to trace the driver of the unidentified vehicle involved in the accident, police said.In the tribal-dominated Nandurbar district that falls under Nashik revenue division, five persons were killed and eleven others were injured, five of them seriously, after a truck collided against a rickshaw near Mhasawad village in Shahada tehsil early this morning, police said.”The accident took place when the rickshaw was proceeding towards Bhongra village and the truck was on its way to Dhadgaon. The injured were admitted to Nandurbar Civil Hospital, police said.

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3 more held in car theft case

The Mumbai Crime Branch sleuths on Tuesday arrested three more persons who were instrumental in altering parts of a stolen vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms by a criminal gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in UP and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police this month.The accused have been identified as Mehtab Khan (50), Mohamed Abdul Shaikh(49) and Shehzad Ali Shaikh (23) all residents of Sewree area.The police had on Tuesday also arrested a thief Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur for allegedly stealing a Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri (w) on December 05. The case was being probed by Amboli police station, after there was a delay in registering the case.According to the police, the accused would run a garage and after stealing the vehicle the Salunkhe had taken the car to the accuse’s garage to alter the parts of the jeep after which it was used in ferrying in the arms.”After the arrest of Salunkhe, names of the three accused cropped up and we traced arrested them from Sewree area,” said a crime branch officer.

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Man held for stealing car, ferrying arms

The Mumbai Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested a man who was instrumental in stealing a vehicle from Mumbai, which was used to ferry cache of arms of a gang. The said gang had looted an arms godown in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and had ferried the arms in the said vehicle which was intercepted by the Nashik police.The arrested has been identified as Sanjay Salukhe, 22, a resident of Chembur. According to the police, a woman had complained to the police that her son’s Bolero jeep which was parked opposite Lashkariya Building in Andheri West on December 5 was stolen. The case was being probed by Amboli police station after there was a delay in registering the case.Inquiry revealed that on December 15, Chandwad Police in Nashik had intercepted a Bolero and nabbed three persons who were ferrying a cache of arms in the saidvehicle.”During the probe of the car theft case Salunkhe’s name cropped up and he was later nabbed from Suman Nagar in Chembur. It was revealed that after the vehicle was stolen, a cavity was made on its roof to conceal weapons. The car was then driven to Banda in UP from where weapons were stolen from a godown,” said a police officer.

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Seize assets, use for nation: Abdul Karim Telgi’s wife

Abdul Karim Telgi’s wife, Shahida, wants the government to seize the deceased scamster’s assets and use them for the welfare of the nation. Telgi was the mastermind behind the multi-crore fake stamp paper scam; he passed away on 23 October 2017 due to multiple organ failure.On Saturday, Shahida submitted an application before the MCOCA court seeking directions to investigating agencies to seize all of Telgi’s properties. Telgi was arrested in 2001 and convicted of printing fake stamp papers in a government security press in Nashik. He was lodged in a Bengaluru jail when he died.Shahida also submitted a list of immovable properties which she claims have not yet been seized by investigating agencies. “Shahida is accused number 67 in the case,” her lawyer Milind Pawar said, “According to investigating agencies, Telgi used the money earned through the scam to purchase property, some of which was bought in Shahida’s name and in the name of other relatives.”He added, “Shahida wanted to bring them to the notice of the court, and therefore she submitted the application for their seizure.”Shahida mentioned in her application that it was Telgi’s dying wish that the properties he bought using money from the scam should be used for the benefit of the nation. “Shahida has submitted a list of immovable properties, out of which seven are in Belgaum and two are in Bijapur, Karnataka,” said Pawar.Shahida claims in her application that she is a god-fearing person and this motivated her to come clean about the properties so that justice is served. “Shahida, in her application, stated that she believes that every person has to repay his or her deeds and misdeeds on the earth itself and she wanted to stay away from any sin. Her faith in God and in the judicial system compelled her to inform to the court about Telgi’s unseized properties.”The next hearing of the case is scheduled on 3 February, 2018.

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Mumbai: Leopard spotted at preschool in Andheri east

The morning walkers at Sher-E-Punjab Gurudwara in Andheri east were amazed to see a leopard roaming on the wall of the gurudwara. A leopard was spotted by a local boy on the wall around 7 am on Sunday morning.While the forest officers are yet to reach the spot, police officials, fire brigade depart and few forest officers have started installing nets surrounding the preschool where the leopard is spotted.According to activist, the officials are able to spot the leopard with the help of live feed of cctv cameras installed inside the preschool. Sunish subramaniam, environment activist, said, “The owner of the preschool is helping the officials since she can see the live feed on her mobile. He jumped from the back gate inside the nursery compound.””We got the call around 7.23 am after which we rushed to the spot. The forest officers team have left from Nashik and will be reaching in few hours.” said a police official from MIDC police station.

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Helicopter carrying CM Fadnavis, water minister force-lands in Nashik due to overloading

After a crash landing at Latur, providential escape at Alibag and a snag at Gadchiroli, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ helicopter had another scare at Nashik.Fadnavis, who was heading to Aurangabad from Nashik, had taken off from the police parade grounds in the city on Saturday morning when the helicopter was forced to land due to excess weight. The chopper took off again for its destination after a passenger was offloaded. Fadnavis had flown down from Mumbai to Dhule on Friday and then left for Nandurbar. He had returned to Nashik by road and was leaving for Aurangabad.State government officials said the helicopter was not hired by them but by the BJP. Fadnavis was accompanied by water resources minister Girish Mahajan, who is also Nashik’s guardian minister, his personal assistant Abhimanyu Pawar and an aide named Satish. Also readDevendra Fadnavis cracks whip on babus, sets key goals for Dec 2019″After the takeoff, the helicopter did not stabilise. This forced the pilot to land again and offload a passenger after which it took off smoothly,” said a senior state government official present at the spot.“The helicopter may have had excess weight due to baggage as the chief minister was to travel to Nagpur from Aurangabad. The pilot may have decided to offload a passenger due to an imbalance,’ explained an official from Fadnavis’ staff. Also readAmbedkar memorial work to begin at Indu Mills in a month, CM Fadnavis announcesOn May 25, Fadnavis had a providential escape after a Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter, bought in December 2011 for Rs 55 crore and met with a mishap at Nilanga in Latur after being entangled in overhead wires.Also readMNS slams Fadnavis for lauding contribution by North Indians in Mumbai This came immediately after an incidence in the same month. On May 12, his helicopter had also developed a snag in Left wing extremism affected Gadchiroli forcing him to travel to Nagpur by road.Later in July, Fadnavis had a close shave at Alibag when he was preparing to board a chopper. It had suddenly taken off with its rotating wings coming close to his head.

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Ambedkarite youth urges followers to donate ‘one pen,one book’

With an intention of spreading Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s message of educating and organisation, a bunch of young Ambedkarite’s are appealing people to donate ‘One pen, one notebook’ which can be donated to the underprivileged students. This initiative is to commemorate Dr Ambedkar’s death anniversary. The initiative, which was started by the Facebook Ambedkarite Movement (FAM)- an online forum in 2015 has now entered its third year with several youth and student organisations being associated with it. As part of the initiative, a bunch of youngsters appealed people who come to Chaityabhoomi on December 6 to bring a pen and a notebook instead of flowers and other offerings to pay real tribute to Dr Ambedkar. This year, despite the heavy rains that lashed the city on Tuesday, the group was firm on continuing the drive. “We could not set up the stall a day prior and had to shift all our collected notebooks to people’s homes. Today, we have set up a collection counter in a couple of stalls to get more donations” said Datta Jawale, a member of the core team. So far, the group has distributed notebooks and pens to the remotest villages in Amravati, Sangli, Thane, Palghar, Nashik and areas in and around Mumbai. “We have been appealing people on social media and messaging platforms and have got a great response” added Jawale.
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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.

Majority of motorists agree on paying to toll for plying on proposed Mumbai Nagpur Expressway: MSRDC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While levying of toll on the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is going to burn pocket of motorists, a preliminary traffic report Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) executing the Expressway, has revealed that majority of the passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles plying between Mumbai and Nagpur don’t mind paying toll if the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The proposed toll on the Expressway is Rs 2.5 per km for small vehicle and Rs 6.5 per km for heavy vehicle. The toll amount for the entire journey for small vehicle will be Rs 1,775 and for heavy vehicle Rs 4,615.However, to gauge the mind of motorists who ply on this route, a willingness to pay survey was conducted to ask motorists whether they would prefer paying toll if Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The willingness to pay survey measures the potential demand for services by asking road users that whether they will prefer a particular facility or service if it were offered at a particular price, against another existing facility or service. According to MSRDC, in the survey conducted, a clear picture about the advantages like savings in travel time, operation and maintenance costs and toll were given to the respondents. The traffic report prepared by MSRDC, reads, “It is observed that the share of passenger vehicles expressed their willingness to shift varied from 50 to 80%, from the potential divertible lot whereas that for commercial vehicles the shift varied from 60 to 90%.” It further, reads, “However, these observations cannot be considered as an indication of actual shift to the proposed new expressway, as the route choices at a different time will be governed by various other factors.”The traffic survey also reveals that traffic on the proposed Expressway varies according to the attraction and generation points. The highest traffic volume are on the sections which are close to Nagpur, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik and Mumbai, which are the most important and major urban and industrial areas along the proposed Expressway. The MSRDC is currently in the process of acquiring land for the project. The corridor is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to 10 hours from the current 15-17 hours.

WATCH: On Children’s Day, heartwarming video of leopard getting reunited with missing cubs goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three leopard cubs were reunited with their mother, four days after they were discovered by locals in a sugarcane field near Nashik.Locals from Brahmanwada village in Niphad had come face-to-face with leopards on previous occasions while harvesting their sugarcane. When the cubs were spotted on November 8 by a local farmer, he immediately alerted the forest department.However, as the news spread, locals demanded that the mother be trapped and removed from the village. Forest department officials thought otherwise, and began their hunt to reunite the cubs and the mother, as they felt that the adult leopard in the search for her children, may end up attacking humans.The forest officials made four unsuccessful attempts in reuniting the cubs with the mother, and eventually contacted senior veterinarian Dr Ajay Deshmukh from Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, which is run by the NGO Wildlife SOS. Deshmukh has successfully reunited several cubs with their mothers.“We travelled 150 km from Junnar on November 12 and reached the site. First, we had to pacify the locals by telling them that trapping the leopard would aggravate the problem. We told them that reuniting the mother with the cubs was crucial, and fortunately they agreed,” said Deshmukh.According to Deshmukh just like the domestic cats, leopards only search for their cubs at the site where they leave them. “We immediately called the person who had found the cubs and after some discussion we located the place where he had found the cubs, which was around 100 meters away from where the forest department team was leaving the cubs. We kept the cubs and covered them with a perforated plastic basket on the night of November 12 and after several hours of wait the mother walked in and removed the basket and took them away,” said Deshmukh adding that they had placed camera traps to capture the reunion.“We would like to ensure that leopard cubs that get separated from their mothers don’t end up in captivity if we can help it. We want them living freely in their natural habitat and hence our teams makes every effort to make such rescue and reunion operations possible,” shared Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder, Wildlife SOS. Watch the emotional reunion here

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

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

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

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

Just because a woman has boyfriends doesn’t mean she can be sexually assaulted: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an order passed last week, Justice A M Badar denied bail to a man convicted under the Prevention Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for repeatedly raping his minor niece.It rejected his argument that the victim has had “two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations”.”A woman might be of easy virtue but that does not mean that all and sundry can take advantage of this fact. She has a right to say no,” Justice Badar said.”Even if we were to assume that the victim in this case had two boyfriends, the same does not empower or authorise the applicant to commit penetrative sexual assault on her,” he said.The judge pointed out the victim had not attained the age of consent at the time of the incident.”She has categorically stated in her cross examination that the applicant had repeatedly sexually assaulted her,” he said.The man, a resident of Nashik, was convicted and sentenced by a POCSO court in 2016 to imprisonment for 10 years.He, however, approached the HC for bail arguing he had not committed the said offence and that he deserved to be let out on bail since he was the sole breadwinner for his family.”The girl (victim) did not lodge a complaint or register the First Information Report (FIR) immediately after the said incident. And even after she was taken to a shelter home, she never disclosed the crime in question to anyone there,” he said.This proves the incident did not take place, he said.She also had two boyfriends with whom she had sexual relations, the man argued.Justice Badar, however, rejected his arguments and held that unavailability of another earning member in the family was not relevant grounds for the suspension of the sentence.”The offence in question is a serious one and the applicant has been held guilty of the offence after a due trial. Hence, no case for grant of bail is made out,” he said.

Maharashtra tops the list of pending RTI appeals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s ironic that every few years, in a state that prides itself on implementing the transparency act before the central Right to Information (RTI) Act came into existence, it faces imminent death due to neglect. Incidentally, a month before its 13th anniversary, the state information commission has its highest-ever pendency.At last count in August 2017, around 41,682 (39,184 second appeals and 2,498 complaints) were pending, almost double from over five years ago when 23,921 was considered to be the lowest in years as there were only four commissioners. In contrast, there are seven commissioners.However, except for the Brihanmumbai bench, all benches have pending second appeals that are more than 1,000 with the Nashik bench having a maximum pending appeals at over 10,000 as on August 2017. The Brihanmumbai bench, which has the lowest, had 626 second appeals pending in August 2017. Three benches that have new appointments since January have almost the same pending appeals as they were before they joined. These are Nashik, Nagpur and Amravati. There has been no drastic change in the number of pending second appeals, considering that it has been over six months. At the three places, the pending remains more or less the same. At Nashik, it continues to be over 10,000 while at Nagpur and Amravati it is over 1,000 and 6,500 respectively.At the headquarter bench, which fell vacant barely three months ago, the pending appeals have already reached over 1,800. Complaints, which are also filed because commission orders are not implemented, appointing of commissioners, and the quality of commissioners, has always been blamed as the prime reason for “killing of the RTI Act by government” by RTI activist.In May, the outgoing chief commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad and former central information commissioner, Shailesh Gandhi had written to the government to appoint commissioners. Gandhi went on to state that some RTI activist be appointed and even suggested some names.”Government needs to appoint commissioners. When they are appointing, there should be an advertisement and minimum clearance of appeals and complaints need to be set that should be followed by all commissioners. The government should also consider appointing legal officers and increasing staff that is often on deputation and leaves. It should be accountable for delays that happen. The working pattern is not good in the commission,” said Bhaskaar Prabhu, an RTI activist.AWAITING ATTENTIONNashik with 1,000 has the maximum number of pending second appeals. The Brihanmumbai bench has the lowest number of pending second appeals at 626.PENDING APPEALSPending second appeals as of August 2017:Headquarter: 1,872Brihanmumbai: 626Konkan: 4,026Pune: 7,766Aurangabad: 6,507Nashik: 10,141Nagpur: 1,197

IT dept searches premises of onion traders in Lasalgaon?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Teams of Income Tax department today carried out searches at 25 premises of seven major onion traders in Nashik’s Lasalgaon, one of the biggest onion markets in the country.According to IT department officials, the premises of onion traders are being surveyed based on the information that some of the onion traders are involved in hoarding of onions to raise​ the prices of onions artificially. The searches are being carried​ by​ teams of 120 IT officials.A senior IT official from Pune region said, “There was a tip​-​off that some of the onion traders from Lasalgaon in Nashik ​are ​trying to creating artificial scarcity of onions in the market by way of hoarding. Once the artificial scarcity is created, commodity prices will rise in future. Based on that tip​-​off, the searches are being carried out.”According to officials, the searches and surveys will continue for next two to three days. “According to the information, some of the these traders are purchasing onion from farmers as the prices of onion are low and they are falling down further. Therefore, the searches are being carried out at 25 premises of seven onion traders including houses, offices and warehouses of these traders in Nashik district,” the official added.

Maharashtra: Nashik hospital blames 55 infants death on trees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four trees are one of reasons why a government hospital in Nashik failed to save the lives of 55 infants. Over 200 infants died at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Nashik Civil Hospital since April this year due to lack of incubators.There are currently 18 incubators at the SNCU, which are not sufficient to care for pre-mature babies who weigh less than 2.5 kgs at birth. A proposal to make a four-storey building in a garden plot inside the premises meant for children and women care was sanctioned by the state government last year.Though the project was ceremoniously inaugurated in November 2016, and a budget of Rs 21 crore was sanctioned, not a single brick has been laid so far.
ALSO READ Other hospitals have been referring newborns to Nashik Civil HospitalThe reason: the municipal corporation did not give the hospital the permission to cut down four trees, which are around 30 years old, that are growing in the plot where the building is to be raised.According to Nashik District Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale the new building would house another SNCU that would hold 20 more incubators. “The Additional Commissioner has now approved and given permission to construct the building,” Dr Jagdale said. “They might tell us to transplant smaller trees, which are around 10 years old, from the plot. The permissions should come within a week.”As per the hospital, 10 new babies are admitted to the hospital every day, on an average. According to the status of their health, the duration of their stay at the SNCU is decided – some babies need to stay for more than a month.Out of the 55 infants that died in August in the SNCU unit, 18 died within six hours of admission. Jagdale says, “50% of infants are admitted to the hospital when they are in the last stage. It takes a minimum of three days for a baby to get infected. Of the 55 infants that died,18 passed away because they were in the final stage. We can’t say that they are dying due to an infection. The main cause is premature delivery and the malnourished condition of the mother during pregnancy.”Speaking about the temporary solution, Dr Deepak Sawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, said, “We have decided to add five more incubators in the adjacent ward. We have 18 incubators, which is more than the guidelines given by the central government. The number of cases admitted to the SNCU that need incubators are increasing every year mainly due to the inflow from private and local hospitals.”According to Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.

Ganesh Visarjan: At least 12 including on-duty officer dead in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Ganesh idol immersion processions in Maharashtra were on Tuesday marred by the death of at least twelve people in parts of the state, even as devotees in the state thronged in large numbers to bid adieu to the popular elephant-headed God.Three persons drowned during Ganesh idol immersion in the Shivnai lake near Bidkin in Aurangabad district, police said. Officials from state police headquarters here said that apart from the three deaths in Aurangabad, four people lost their lives in Pune, two in Jalgaon and one each in Nashik and Beed districts. However, exact details about their deaths are not immediately known. On Tuesday, while conducting bandobast at Lalbaug, an Assistant Sub Inspector from Mumbai Police department suffered a stroke. He was rushed to JJ hospital but was declared dead before admission.Satish Sable was posted at Local Arms Unit 1 but for bandobast duty on the last day of Ganeshotsav was posted near Lalbaug. Sabale suddenly collapsed when his colleagues rushed him to JJ hospital. “He was declared dead before admission. His family members revealed that he had health issues earlier too.” ,said a colleague from Mumbai police. Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) confirmed the incident.In Mumbai, the idol at the official residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was immersed in an artificial pond.In Nashik, minister Girish Mahajan joined the lezim players during the immersion procession, while Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire tapped a foot in the Ganesh visarjan procession in Aurangabad city. Lezim is a folk dance from the state, named after a musical instrument with jingling cymbals. In Aurangabad, the Sansthan Ganpati idol was showered with petals from a drone. In Mumbai, among the early starters for the immersion were the Ganesh Galli Mandal and Lalbaughcha Raja, which attracted lakhs of devotees during the Ganesh festival, that began on August 25 and concludes on ‘Anant Chaturdashi’ today.Several devotees performed Koli dance, a traditional dance of the fishermen, at the Lalbaughcha Raja pandal in central Mumbai before the ‘visarjan’ (immersion) procession began. The immersion marks the end of the Ganesh festival, which was popularised by ‘Lokmanya’ Bal Gangadhar Tilak to bring the people together to create a feeling of patriotism and fight the British Raj. Over 7,600 Ganesh idols installed at public places and more than one lakh idols in homes will be immersed today. By 3 pm, around 80 public idols and 3,600 ‘gharguti’ (home) idols were immersed, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.The smaller idols were immersed first, and will be followed by the big ones like Lalbaugcha Raja, which will be immersed in the Arabian Sea at Girgaum Chowpatty in south Mumbai. The BMC, police, Coast Guard and Navy have made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth and safe immersion of the idols. The prime locations for immersion are Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Powai lake, Dadar Chowpatty, Madh jetty and Marve in Malad.The BMC has appealed the devotees to inform the civic authorities as and when they need any assistance or if they are stung by jelly fish or sting ray. Police have beefed up security and companies of the State Reserve Police Force are also being deployed. Cranes, watchtowers, drones, CCTVs and floodlights have been arranged to keep a watch on every movement of the revellers and devotees, a police official earlier said. With inputs from PTI and Imran Fazal

Lt. Col. Purohit released from Taloja jail after 9 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit was today released from the Taloja prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai after being granted bail by the Supreme Court in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. He was driven out of the prison in a car at around 10.45 am. A team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted Purohit out of the jail. Purohit was in jail for almost nine years for his alleged role in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. On August 21, the apex court had granted bail to Lt.Col. Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre had said that they are setting aside the Bombay High Court order by which the bail was denied. Six people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008 at Malegaon, a communally sensitive textile town in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.(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.

3 killed, 2 hurt in mishap while returning from Maratha morcha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three men, who were returning after participating in the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai, were today killed and two others injured where a truck collided with their car at Yeola tehsil in Nashik district, a police official said today. The car was initially hit by another vehicle on the rear side. As a result, the car driver lost control over the wheels and the vehicle swerved into an adjoining lane, he said. At the same time, a truck, which was going towards Nashik from Vaijapur, collided with the car on Yeola-Vaijapur road at Khamgaon Shivar at around 7 am, the official said. The police rushed to the spot after a passer-by alerted them about the mishap, he said. The police then took the five car passengers to a nearby hospital where three of them were declared dead before admission, the official said. The two other injured passengers were admitted in a hospital in Nashik, he said. The police have apprehended the truck driver, he said, adding that a probe is on into the mishap.(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.)

Six arrested in Malegaon for selling stolen mobile phones

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police at Malegaon in Maharashtra’s Nashik district has arrested six persons for allegedly selling stolen mobile phones. Additional superintendent of police Harsh Poddar said that the police also recovered a computer, a laptop and stolen mobiles worth Rs 14.5 lakh from the accused. The accused altered stolen mobile handset’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number before selling it, the police said. Police teams headed by deputy SP Gajanan Rajmane conducted raids at six mobile shops on Saturday night and arrested Abulis Ahmed, Sufiyan Deshmukh, Ejaj Ahmed, Shoaib Nisar, Tamshil Ahmed and Layeek Murtuja. All were remanded in police custody by a local court yesterday.(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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Maharashtra Police will soon have beef detection kits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maharashtra forensic laboratory is all set to provide meat detection kits to the police to check if the meat they have seized is that of a cow or not within 30 minutes. According to senior officials, ?Each kit will test at least 100 samples and as many as 45 forensic vehicles will receive this kit.” ?If the report is positive that a sample is cow meat, it will then be sent for further forensic testing for confirmation through DNA process,? the officials added. Director In-charge of Forensic Science Laboratory, Dr. Krishan Kulkarni said, ?We are going to launch a kit for on the spot detection of presence of Cow meat in a sample way. It is only for screening test, the samples will be sent to laboratory for DNA report. With the help of this kit, the police will be able to avoid seizing vehicles transporting meat as the test can be done on the spot. The kits are available only in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and would soon be extended to Nashik and Aurangabad. The move comes amid controversy after the state government amended provisions to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2015, to ban the sale and transport of beef. For over two years, Maharashtra has implemented a total ban on beef, including slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 1976.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IMD predicts heavy showers in Mumbai, Konkan in next 2 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While some districts in Maharashtra have received less than average rainfall so far in this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted heavy showers in coastal areas, including Mumbai, over the next two days. As per the IMD forecast issued today, few places in Konkan, Goa and parts of Madhya Maharashtra would get heavy rainfall for the next two days. Few places in Mumbai would also get heavy showers in next 48 hours from tomorrow morning, it said. “Rest of the areas would receive light showers or have cloudy conditions for next 48 hours starting from the morning of June 30,” it said. While some parts of the state, like Mumbai, recorded surplus rainfall of the season so far, some districts in the state, including Satara and Kolhapur, have received less than average rains. Mumbai has received 541 mm rainfall since June 1 (till today), which is 12.7 mm more than the average rainfall Mumbai gets by June 29. On the other hand, districts like Kolhapur (-62.5mm), Ratnagiri (-28.2mm), Satara (-95.7mm), Sangli (-62.3mm) and Panjim (-64.1mm) have received less rainfall, the database updated today said. Madhya Maharashtra received normal showers in the last 24 hours. Chopda in Jalgaon district in north Maharashtra received 40 mm rainfall, while Nashik, Hingoli and neighbouring districts received rainfall in between 10 to 20 mm in last 24 hours, it said. The catchment areas of major dams like Koyna, which alone generates more than 2,000 MW power for the state, has been receiving good showers. The rainfall recorded in the region was more than 200 mm in the last couple of days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Loan waiver in Maharashtra not helping farmers: Uddhav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the BJP-led Maharashtra government unveiled a mega Rs 34,022-crore farm loan waiver scheme, its ally the Shiv Sena again sounded a discordant note, saying it was not useful at all. Kick-starting the party’s Shetkari Samwad Yatra (farmer outreach campaign) at Pimpalgaon in Nashik district, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, “The government has decided to waive outstanding loans up to June 30 last year. “In reality, the need was to waive the outstanding loans up to June this year. So, this loan waiver is not helping the farmers at all,” he said, but asserted that the decision to grant loan waiver is a victory of farmers’ struggle. Marathwada region farmers may rejoice over the decision, but those from Nashik, where the real battle for loan waiver started, are still not getting any relief, Thackeray said, adding, “If farmers are to benefit, the recommendations of Swaminathan commission should be implemented.” The Shiv Sena, though a part of the ruling coalition, had backed the farmers’ agitation for loan waiver in Maharashtra earlier this month. “I will also personally look into the issue of criminal charges registered against agitating farmers. I will ensure that these charges are dropped,” Thackeray said. According to the state government, the loan waiver scheme will benefit 89 lakh farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man gets death penalty for daughter’s ‘honour killing’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Nashik court today sentenced a 47 -year-old man to death for killing his daughter four years ago for marrying a man outside their caste. District and Sessions Judge Suchitra Ghodake awarded death penalty to Eknath Kisan Kumbharkar for committing the penal offence of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Since the victim was pregnant at the time of her murder, the court also sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 5,000 for causing death of unborn child (under section 316 of IPC) and life imprisonment for kidnapping in order to murder (under section 364 of the IPC). Kumbharkar’s daughter Pramila had tied the knot with a man, who belonged to a different caste and he was not happy with her decision. On June 28, 2013, Kumbharkar, a resident of More Mala Bhadange Baba chawl in Panchavati, went to Pramila’s house in the city and told her that her mother wanted to meet her. He hired an autorickshaw and on the way strangulated her to death using a rope. The incident took place near KTHM College, Sarkarwada police had said. Kumbharkar was arrested by the police immediately after the incident. According to the police, this was the first honour- killing case in the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

28th Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally in Navi Mumbai on July 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 28th edition of the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally will be held on July 2 along the backwoods of neighbouring Navi Mumbai. So far 25 riders have confirmed their participation for the rally, organised by Sportscraft and sponsored by Gulf Oil Lubricants India Limited, it was announced at a media conference here last night. Among the confirmed participants are last year’s winner Syed Asaf Ali of Bhopal and runner up Shamim Khan of Nashik. Shrikant Karani of Sportscraft said the flag off will take place from K Star hotel in Navi Mumbai. Terming the rally as iconic, he said there has been pressure to include motorcycles but they have maintained it as a scooter rally. This year a family – Shailesh Gala, his son Nikunj and daughter Priya are participating in the event. The first rally was held in 1988. Karani also said the rally is open to all Indian made scooters- two stroke, four stroke and gearless. The different classes for competition are – above 80cc upto 110cc – two stroke, above 110 cc upto 160cc – two stroke. In four stroke there are two groups upto 130 cc and second from above 130 cc upto 160 cc. Standard entries for the event will be accepted till June 22 till 5 PM while the acceptance of late entries close on June 27 at 1 PM. The total prize money for the rally is Rs 1.40 Lakh, with the prize for the overall winner being Rs 22,500. Karani, however, rued that this could be the last year of the rally in Mumbai as it was becoming difficult to find places. He said this year few entries from Western Maharashtra towns like Sangli and Kolhapur were in the pipeline. He said a maximum of 50-60 entries will be accepted and there will be prizes in different categories.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not a single case of sexual harassment in 1,100 state tribal schools: Govt report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an astonishing figure that has cropped up, not a single case of sexual harassment or assault has been reported by women committees, despite of a rape case that rocked Buldhana’s residential school in December 2016. The committees inspected 1,000-odd tribal schools across Maharashtra. Reports from all 16 tribal districts which have schools have been submitted to the government gradually over the last few months. Surprisingly, none of them found a single complaint of sexual harassment from girl students across. Manisha Verma, secretary Tribal Development department said, “All reports were submitted a couple of months ago. None of the committees found any sexual harassment case in any school. Just one incident was reported from a school in Nashik district that too was of punishment.” When asked to elaborate on the case, Verma just said, “A girl student was being punished by the principal for some wrongdoing. We have already transferred the principal.” Verma added, “The department is doing a lot of positive things to improve the tribal schools which must be highlighted.” Facing flak from every quarter after the rape of a 13-year-old student in an ashram school in Khamgaon tehsil of Buldhana district, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed the tribal development department to send a five-member women’s team in every district to inspect all ashram schools and send a detailed report on all their operations including ‘in-depth talks with female children’. There are 526 government tribal residential and 552 government-aided tribal schools in the state set up in dense and remote forest and hilly regions. These institutions cater to nearly five lakh children including two lakh girls.Earlier, death of nearly 1,100 children in these schools over the past one decade had also led to a huge uproar in 2016. The high court and Human Rights Commission also rapped the state government for the same. The department has planned to impart gender and life skill training to all children studying in residential schools, said Verma.

Southwest Monsoon hits Kolkata, north-eastern states

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Southwest Monsoon finally arrived in Kolkata on Monday. After a long wait, the residents of Kolkata got the taste of Monsoon showers which they were desperately waiting for. During the last few days, Kolkata was not witnessing good rains and only scattered showers were being recorded over the region. In fact, there were days when the city remained either dry or received traces of rainfall. ?Southwest Monsoon 2017 has advanced further into remaining parts of Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya and has covered entire North-eastern states,? said the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Along with Kolkata, Monsoon has also arrived in Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and more areas of Maharashtra. Not only this, Southwest Monsoon has also made an onset over Hyderabad and more parts of Telangana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha to witness political earthquake in July: Sanjay Raut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing ally BJP of trying to “finish” Shiv Sena, party MP Sanjay Raut said today Maharashtra will witness a “political earthquake” next month. “Time and again, our ally is trying to finish us. So the question now concerns our survival. The Shiv Sena will start its political fight from July. Be ready for it,” Raut said, while addressing a gathering at Nashik as part of party’s ‘Shivsampark Abhiyan’. “There will be a political earthquake in the state next month,” he added. Amid the ongoing agitation of farmers in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had recently announced the “biggest-ever” farm loan waiver in the state. Raut, however, said that farmers do not need a “selected loan waiver, but a complete one”. He said Sena minister Diwakar Raote will put forth the party’s stand in the meeting of ministerial panel formed to discuss the farmers’ demands. The meeting of the committee will be held at 1 pm tomorrow in Mumbai. Yesterday, Fadnavis had announced the formation of a six-member high powered committee to look into the various demands of farmers, including loan waiver.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shirdi’s temple trust to generate electricity using footsteps of devotees

Daily on an average, 50,000 devotees visit the temple. Krunal Naik, partner in Innovation For Mankind, who are installing the tiles for the project said, “We will be installing tiles which can convert the energy when you walk. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Shirdi-based Sai Baba Temple is set to celebrate its centenary year from October 1, the trust is planning to go as eco-friendly as possible. The trust has come up with various initiatives to go green.While their pilot project is a foot energy project by converting the walking power of the devotees to create energy which can be used to light fans and bulbs, the other initiatives include solid waste management, making incense sticks from flower waste and planting one lakh trees in and around Shirdi and Nashik.Speaking about the foot energy initiative, Dr Suresh Haware, Chairman of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust said, “This project will be the first in India. Over 50,000 devotees visit the temple everyday. If we convert their walking energy into electrical energy, we will be able to light bulbs and fans which are installed near the queue. The first phase will be completed within two months. If the model becomes successful, then it can set an example for such initiatives to be implemented in public places.”Daily on an average, 50,000 devotees visit the temple. Krunal Naik, partner in Innovation For Mankind, who are installing the tiles for the project said, “We will be installing tiles which can convert the energy when you walk. The phase one will be ready in two months. We will be installing 200 tiles of 2 X 2 feet. On an average,20 watt second energy is converted by a single person. The unit of converter energy will depend upon the overall footfalls.”The company will be installing this free of cost at the temple as donation.

Maharashtra Farmers’ Strike: On day 6, protesters seal govt offices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra farmers strike entered sixth day today despite chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterating the government’s move to waive crop loan worth Rs 30,000 crore before October 31.The agitating farmers sealed the entrance of new administrative building of the Sangli district collector while in Puntambe Ahmednagar district they sealed the offices village panchayat, post office and circle office.Farmers threw vegetables in front of the residence of Amravati division commissioner and the district collector. The police arrested 20 farmers in this connection.
ALSO READ Maharashtra farmers’ strike: CM pledges ‘biggest ever loan package’, but conditions applyFarmers in Kolhapur district sealed the Talathi office at Shiye village and similar incident was reported in Chandwad taluka of Nashik district.In Nashik, which has now become the centre of activity for the agitating farmers, the strike has adversely impacted the transactions in 15 marketing committee and 20 sub committees. The Lasalgaon market committee, which is known for onion trade, wore a deserted look due to lack of arrival of onions from the farmers.However, the participation of farmers was waning as they were getting ready for sowing operation.Incidentally, activists of ruling Shiv Sena, the BJP’s ally Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and Congress and NCP were actively involved in the agitation.Prices of fruits and vegetables have surged in Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Pune, Nashik due to low arrival.Kailash Tejani, president of Wholesale Traders Association at Vashi APMC said about 300 truckloads of vegetables arrived against the average 450-500 trucks. ‘’Ninety per cent supply is from Gujarat and Karnataka. The rates were marginally increased,’’ he addded.Nasaheb Patil,, chairman of Nashik APMC informed that the committee is incurring a huge loss as the market is shut for last six days. “Government needs to find out a tangible solution,” he noted.

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

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

Veggie prices fall but stir intensifies

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

Maha farmers’ stir: Mixed response, some APMCs get fresh stock

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call for ‘Maharashtra bandh’ (shut- down) today during the ongoing farmers’ strike received a partial response, with trucks carrying vegetables arriving in big markets like Pune and Navi Mumbai. All the 15 Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) in Nashik district remained closed. A total bandh was observed in Puntamba in Ahmednagar district, the epicentre of strike. However, in Solapur in western Maharashtra, APMCs remained open where farmers were seen bringing the produce. About 450 trucks carrying vegetables arrived in Navi Mumbai market, the main supplier to Mumbai, today, against around 1,000 trucks on a normal business day. In Pune APMC, some 400 trucks, or 30 per cent of daily average, arrived. In Dhule APMC inflow of goods was normal, APMC sources said. Dhananjay Jadhav, member of the coordinating body of farmers based in Puntamba, said the strike had been called off as the government accepted 70 per cent of demands. “We have no connection whatsoever with the strike which is continuing,” he said. In Sangamner in Ahmednagar district, farmers in Kolhewadi burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Farmers in Chandwad tehsil of Nashik held a blockade on Manmad-Chandwad road. Some protesters threw onions on the road in Yeola tehsil of Nashik district. Farmers on bullock carts blocked the Nashik-Niphad-Chandwad road. Solapur-Malegaon road and Nagpur-Tuljapur highway were also blocked by farmers. In Vadgaon, Kolhapur district, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna workers got into altercation with traders who refused to observe bandh. Police provided `Z’ category security to milk tankers coming to Mumbai from Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara via the Mumbai-Pune expressway. Meanwhile, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna MP Raju Shetti said the party will soon decide whether to quit the BJP-led government in the state. “I regret supporting the BJP government. A meeting of party’s working committee will be called and decision on whether to pull out will be taken,” Shetti said in Kolhapur. Farmers are on the warpath since June 1 for demands including loan waiver and higher minimum support prices. Despite the government announcing a loan waiver for marginal farmers on Saturday, the agitation has continued. Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan today demanded a special session of legislature to discuss the situation. Loan waiver for farmers with marginal land holding will do no good as most farmers in `suicide belts’ of Vidarbha and Marathwada have more than five acres of land, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Five on way to Saibaba temple killed, seven hurt in accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons were killed and seven others seriously injured when a container truck hit their van here while they were going to Shirdi to offer prayers at the Saibaba temple, police said today. The van, carrying devotees from Telangana, was heading towards Shirdi from Nagarsool railway station in Yeola taluka of Nashik when the speeding truck coming from the opposite direction collided with it at Achalgaon phata on Yeola- Kopargaon road yesterday, they said. Out of the five deceased, four were identified as van driver Shivaji Manjare (35), Chejramma Raghvalu (55), Mangamma Gundapuri (53) and Vyankamayya Kalikattam (34). The seven injured persons were admitted to Yeola rural hospital. The truck driver fled after the mishap, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers’ strike in Maharashtra: APMCs in Nashik remain closed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All 15 Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs) in Nashik district of Maharashtra today remained closed on the fifth day of farmers’ state-wide strike. Nashik is one of the major centres of fruit and vegetable production in the state, and the biggest producer of onion in the country. Speaking at a meeting called here by Kisan Kranti Morcha, which is coordinating the strike, senior agriculture expert Dr Budhaji Mulik said the state government was misleading the farmers and the strike will continue till all demands were met. Police detained 50 activists of Kisan Kranti Morcha in Nashik. The activists were allegedly asking vendors to close their shops. NCP leader and chairman of Pimpalgaon Baswant APMC in the district Dilip Bankar said all 15 APMCs remained closed today. No onion auctions took place at Pimpalgaon and Lasalgaon APMCs, he said. Farmers dumped milk and onions on the road at Dugaon in Chandvad tehsil, reports said. Officials at the rural police control room said that agitators were detained at many places in the district as they tried to block roads. Farmers in Maharashtra have been on the warpath since June 1 for their demands including waiver of farm loans and lower power tariff. Nashik and Ahmednagar have become nerve centres of the protest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers’ stir continues on day 4, firm on Maha bandh tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the agitation of farmers in Maharashtra continued for the fourth day today and the supply of vegetables and milk remained largely hit, farmers’ outfits said they were firm on going ahead with the ‘Maharashtra bandh’ tomorrow, excluding Mumbai. The BJP’s ruling partner the Shiv Sena also extended its support to the ‘bandh’ call. The prices of vegetables and fruits have been on an upward path in cities, including Mumbai, due to the drastic fall in supplies from key production centres like Nashik and Ahmednagar. Farmers, who have been on war path since June 1 for their demands, including waiver of farm loan and other concessions like lower power tariff, continued the agitation for the fourth day today in parts of Maharashtra, including Nashik and Ahmednagar, which have become nerve centres of the protest. A meeting of farmers’ representatives from different parts of the state under the aegis of the Kisan Kranti Morcha (KKM), that is spearheading the agitation, was held at the agriculture produce market committee in Nashik this afternoon. During the meeting several resolutions were passed and a decision to go ahead with the Maharashtra bandh (excluding Mumbai) was taken. The call for the bandh was given two days back. “The Kisan Kranti Morcha committee has given a call for ‘Maharashtra bandh’ tomorrow, excluding Mumbai,” convener of the committee, Chandrakant Bankar, said. A farmer leader from Nashik said, “The call for Maharashtra bandh had already been given, but it was suspended after a delegation of farmers met the chief minister. “Now, as the government tried to sabotage our stir, we have decided to go ahead with ‘Maharashtra bandh’ tomorrow. The decision was taken this afternoon after a meeting of farmers’ leaders in Nashik.” As part of the ‘Maharashtra bandh’ tomorrow, the farmers’ groups have decided to lock down the government offices, another farmer leader said. Late tonight, the Shiv Sena extended its “full support” to the ongoing agitation, including the call for the ‘Maharashtra bandh’. “We have been vocal about our disappointment over the BJP government on the farmers issues as well as on the delay in announcing the loan waiver. “Today, the party decided to participate in the ‘Maharashtra bandh’ agitation, which will exclude Mumbai. The agitation will take place in the rest of Maharashtra,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said. According to one of the resolutions passed during the Nashik meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis should implement the farmers’ demands “instead of just giving assurances”. Demand for withdrawal of cases registered against the farmers at different places across the state during the stir was also part of the resolution, Bankar said. A core committee meeting of the KKM will be held in Mumbai on June 7 and a statewide convention of farmers will be held in Nashik on June 8 to decide their future course of action, he added. “Demands of farmers include a complete loan waiver, implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report and cancellation of the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur ‘Samruddhi’ expressway,” Bankar said. He appealed to the traders and transporters to join the ongoing protest by farmers. In Yavatmal, a farmers’ outfit ‘Shetkari Nyaya Hakka Anodolan Samiti’ announced its support to the state-wide one- day ‘bandh’ tomorrow. At some places in Nashik district, farmers staged rasta- rokos and poured milk on the roads, the police said. At places like Yeola and Manmad in Nashik district farmers also took out rallies against the state government late this evening. Farmers in Marathwada also continued their protests. According to officials, while the supply of vegetables and milk to various markets has improved as compared to yesterday, the state authorities are trying to provide more protection to the vegetable and milk suppliers, who are bringing the produce to Mumbai from neighbouring districts. “The vegetable and milk supply has to be smooth as its lower availability will have double impact– the farmers who could not send their produce will incur losses, while the artificial increase in vegetables prices will affect the consumers,” a senior state government official said. Meanwhile, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader and sitting MP from Kolhapur, Raju Shetti, said, “I am personally supporting the farmers’ strike and members of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna (SSS) will participate in it at various areas of the state.” Shetti called his associate and Maharashtra Minister of State for Agriculture and Marketing and SSS leader Sadabhau Khot a “traitor” for “breaching” the trust of farmers for allegedly causing a split in the farmers strike. “Sadabhau has breached the trust of the farmers. He was once the favourite leader of farmers, but now he has become a traitor. He wants to be close to power than protesting for the farmers’ rights,” Shetti said when asked about the role Khot played when a group of farmers under the banner Kisan Kranti Morcha came to Mumbai and called off the strike on Friday. “Khot has brokered the deal with the government and sabotaged the agitation. His action is against the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna’s decision to support the strike. He will be called before the state-level meeting of working committee of the SSS,” Shetti said. Farmers in Maharashtra launched the stir on June 1 for their various demands, prominent being waiving loans due to crop failures and indebtedness, and guaranteed MSP. After holding talks with leaders of farmers on late Friday night, the chief minister had yesterday announced that his government would waive loans of farmers with small land- holding. He said 80 per cent of such farmers are in Vidarbha and Marathwada who will benefit by the move. After the announcement, some farmer leaders announced that the stir stands withdrawn. However, a section of farmers had expressed their resolve to continue with the agitation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fadnavis announces "biggest-ever" waiver for marginal farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced what he termed as “biggest-ever” farm loan waiver, though some farmers’ leaders said they were not calling off the ‘strike’ which began on June 1. The government will waive loans of farmers with small land-holding, and 80 per cent of such farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada will benefit, Fadnavis said at a press conference this morning after late-night talks with leaders of farmers. As some sections of protesting farmers refused to call off the agitation, Fadnavis alleged that “some people are trying to create anarchy in the state” by using farmers. “We have agreed to most of the demands…. Some people’s agenda is set. They want to create a situation of anarchy in the state and so they do not want the strike to end,” he said, without naming the opposition Congress and NCP. “This will be the first loan waiver to farmers in suicide-prone regions. No state in the country has given a complete loan waiver to farmers,” Fadnavis said. In a tweet, the chief minister said this was going to be the “biggest-ever” loan waiver. On the BJP’s ally and Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna’s MP Raju Shetti’s support to the strike, Fadnavis said Shetti was not ready for talks, even when his party colleague, Sadabhau Khot, is a minister in the state government. Fadnavis also denied that he tried to create a rift between agitating farmers. “We have agreed to their demands,” he said. NCP chief Sharad Pawar said strike was called by farmers and not by any political party. “The strike has taken place only because the government had fallen asleep. The chief minister has tried to create a rift between farmers to stop the strike,” Pawar alleged. Fadnavis said a committee will be formed to decide the details of loan waiver and it will ensure that needy farmers are not left out while wrong persons do not benefit, which happened in earlier loan waivers. The committee will have representatives of farmers too. The waiver will benefit farmers with small land-holding; it will be launched before October 31, he said. Another decision taken by the government is to make it a criminal offence to pay farmers less than the minimum support price (MSP) for their produce, and a law for this will be enacted during the monsoon session of legislature, he said. The state commission for agricultural produce will be set up within a month, he said. Decision on increasing minimum prices of milk will be taken by June 20, Fadnavis said. While the chief minister agreed to grant the main demand of farmers, which was loan waiver, it emerged during the day that there was no consensus among their leaders about calling off the protest, which continued in many places, blocking supply of milk and vegetables. Prices of vegetables and fruits kept rising in cities including Mumbai due to drastic fall in supply from production centres like Nashik and Ahmednagar. A group of farmers from Puntambe village in Ahmednagar met Fadnavis last night and promised that the strike would be called off. “The strike is withdrawn,” Fadnavis tweeted. But later in the day, the Kisan Kranti Morcha leader, Samjay Patil Ghatnekar, said the strike was still on. “The government tried to create a rift between farmers,” he added. Facing flak, Jayaji Suryavanshi, who led the delegation to Fadnavis, “apologised” for calling off the stir. “The strike was only called off temporarily. But if farmers want it to continue, I am with them,” he said. The core committee of farmers in Puntambe protested against those who met Fadnavis. ‘Gram sabha’ of village was supposed to take final call on strike, they said. The core committee of farmers in Nashik also said the agitation would continue until the chief minister announced a total loan waiver and implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan committee. The Ahmednagar Agricultural Produce Market Committee received only 37 quintals of vegetables today, against nearly 1,000 quintals a day before the stir began. Around 20 lakh litres of milk is produced in Ahmednagar everyday. But the cooperative milk producer institutions and private milk companies received only three lakh litres today, official sources said. In Nashik, the striking farmers at Soygaon in Yeola poured milk on the roads while women from the cultivators’ families staged ‘rasta roko’ at Dindori near Nashik and blocked vehicular traffic towards Gujarat, rural police said. The farmers’ outfits also staged a road blockade at Musalgaon phata at Sinnar. At least 113 farmers were held during the protests across the state since last night for resorting to violent methods like damaging public property, arson, etc, during the protest, said Bipin Bihari, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers’ strike: all APMCs remain closed in Nashik district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation in Nashik district remained peaceful today on the second day of farmers’ strike in Maharashtra, but all agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) remained shut. Nashik district is the biggest producer of onion in the country. Most of the onion trade takes place through APMCs. The prohibitory orders restricting movement under section 144-A of the Criminal Procedure Code clamped in Yeola town, 70 km from here, following violence at Pimpalgaon-Jalal on Yeola-Kopargaon road yesterday, remained in force. Ashok Shankar More, a farmer from Nategaon in neighbouring Ahmednagar district, died of heart attack as police opened fire in air to disperse agitators at Yeola last evening and people ran helter-skelter, police sources said. Nashik city faced shortage of veggies and milk today. Many milk vendors in the city also joined in the protest. Agitators today stopped vehicles carrying vegetables, fruits and milk at many places. They stopped milk-tankers heading for Hyderabad from Gujarat at Sonagir toll-naka in neighbouring Dhule district. Protesters led by Shiv Sena MLA Rajabhau Waje and others staged rasta-roko on Nashik-Pune highway at Sinnar, 30 km from here. Meanwhile, in a poignant sight, poor people were seen picking food grains and veggies thrown on roads by agitators at Siddhi Pimpri in Nashik district. Overall, the situation remained peaceful in the city and the district, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Stock up your veggies, farmers are on strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wholesale markets and agricultural produce marketing committees across Maharashtra wore a deserted look after farmers began their strike on Thursday to press for crop loan waiver and a couple of other demands. They dumped fruits and vegetables and spilled milk on roads and resorted to road blockades and hunger strikes. Wholesale markets in Nashik remained closed, while the 17 wholesale markets elsewhere in the state reported no business.Incidentally, the Opposition Congress, NCP, BJP’s ally Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana and some 40 different organisations have extended their support to the strike.Farmers emptied tankers and spilled milk and threw vegetables in Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur. Some farmers emptied gunny bags of sugar as a mark of protest.The idea for the strike originated in early April in Puntamba, a village near Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, when farmers of the two gram sabhas there decided that they would boycott markets from June, if the government fails to waive their loans and address other issues.The agitating farmers have rejected appeals of Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Phundkar and his deputy Sadabhu Khot to call off the strike and participate in talks. They, instead, hinted that the strike will continue until the government announces the decision to waive crop loan.The strike was marred by stray incidents of violence on the first day. The farmers also resorted to stone- pelting and putting vehicles carrying fruits, vegetables and milk on fire. Some of them allegedly roughed up truck drivers and security personnel.In Nashik, the police lathi-charged the protesters to bring the situation under control after trucks full of pomegranates and onions headed to different cities in the state were unloaded on the street. So far, 21 people have been detained.Jayaji Suryavanshi, who is one of one of the organisers of the indefinite strike, told DNA from Aurangabad that farmers are not in a mood to call off the strike as they want the government not to waste further time in announcing the crop loan waiver.”If the government and banks can write off loans of big industrial houses and other sections of the society why was not keen to take similar decision for genuine farmers who are reeling under a severe crisis. A concrete proposal with regard to loan waiver has been already submitted to the state chief minister two days ago but the government has not yet acted on it,” Suryavanshi said.He said that farmers’ demands include implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, subsidy for drip and sprinkler irrigation, uninterrupted and adequate electricity supply, crop loan at zero interest rate, pensions for landholding farmers above the age of 60, raising the price of milk to Rs 50 per litre apart from the loan waiver.Suryavanshi said the strike has elicited an overwhelming response except from the coastal Konkan region, who are not part of the strike. The strike has been 100 per cent in Nashik, 70 per cent each in Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara and Sangli, he said. Farmers have stopped selling their produce at the agricultural produce marketing committees, and wholesale markets. This has resulted in complete stoppage of functioning of these committees across the state.Wholesale markets in Nashik are also shut. Seventeen wholesale markets have reported no business.A government official, who did not want to be named, said the strike may cripple supply of milk, fruits and vegetables to Mumbai from Friday onwards. “Mumbai alone needs 55 lakh litre of milk per day of which 12 lakh litre comes from Kolhapur, 10 lakh litre from Ahmednagar, 15 lakh litre from Gujarat and 3 lakh litre from Karnataka. In Ahmednagar district alone, there are 3,500 milk collection centres and 500 chilling plants which are already closed.”Besides, he said, about 160 tonnes of vegetables are supplied every day from Nashik alone.

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.

Oppn ‘instigating’ farmers, govt ready for talks: Maha CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As farmers in some parts of Maharashtra today went on a ‘strike’, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government was trying to resolve the issue through talks but the opposition Congress and NCP were instigating them for political gains. “We are trying to hold talks with farmers’ leaders and resolve their issues. We will continue to hold talks. The government is positive about some of their demands and we have even started taking action on some points,” Fadnavis told reporters here. A committee of finance department secretary and bank officials has been formed to suggest ways to help farmers within seven days, the chief minister said. In some places, agitating farmers today sought to stop supplies of vegetables, milk, etc, to the cities, with Fadnavis suggesting involvement of political workers in the matter. “Farmers are being used and instigated by vested interests. Certain political parties are trying to gain advantage with this strike. Farmers’ goods are being stopped from being transported, they are not being allowed to sell their produce. All this is being done by members of certain political parties,” he said. “The people whose ‘Sangharsh Yatra’ did not get good response are now instigating farmers. The strike took place in Pune, Nashik, Ahmednagar and there were incidents of stone- pelting too. Farmers won’t indulge in violence. This is being done by political leaders,” the CM said, referring to NCP- Congress’ Sangharsh Yatra for loan waiver last month. He also called on dairy federations to pay farmers better rates. “Dairy federations buy milk at Rs 25 (per litre) and sell it at Rs 60 in Mumbai. They should give proper price to the farmers,” he said. During the 15-year rule of Congress-NCP, farmers got direct financial assistance of about Rs 4,500 crore, while his government has disbursed Rs 12,000 crore in aid, Fadnavis claimed. As many as 13 district co-operative banks (DCBs) were facing liquidity crunch, Fadnavis said, appealing to the commercial banks to treat these banks as their “agents” and provide them with funds so that DCBs can help farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Maharashtra farmers begin indefinite strike; throw farm produce, spill milk on highway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers in Maharashtra have started indefinite strike to press their various demands from midnight. They are gathering in a large number on state and national highways and unloading trucks heading to Mumbai and Pune to throw agriculture produce, especially fruits, vegetables, and milk on the roads to protest against the government inaction.The list of demands include crop loan waiver, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and pay support price more than one and half times of the production cost, provide an interest free loan, introduce pension scheme for farmers after he turns 60, pay Rs 50 per litre for milk, uninterrupted and adequate power supply to agriculture and 100% subsidy for drip irrigation.On Monday, talks were held between the farmers and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, however, no consensus was reached.A state government official told DNA ‘’The government is keeping a close eye on the movement of fruits and vegetables and milk from various districts. Besides, the district collectors have been asked to take necessary steps to maintain law and order and smooth flow of milk and fruits and vegetables to Mumbai. Additional police personnel will be deployed to avoid violence.’’First, a group of farmers on Pune-Bengaluru national highway stopped two trucks carrying milk of a cooperative society heading to Mumbai. Similarly, on Pune-Nashik highway the farmers stopped trucks carrying vegetables while unloaded milk tanker in front of Shirdi bus depot. Some farmers also unloaded and threw milk on Ahmednagar-Manmad road.The police have nabbed eight persons who tried to stop the trucks carrying vegetables and milk near Lasalgaon on the Nashik Aurangabad highway.In Sangamner town of Ahmednagar district, former state agriculture minister Balasaheb Thorat has extended his support to the farmers strike and a group of farmers led by him hit the road to press for their demands.Functioning of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) has come to a halt as the most of the farmers refrained from participating in trade.Supply of fruits and vegetables and milk to Mumbai may cripple as more and more farmers are joining the protest. Mumbai needs 55 lakh litre of milk per day of which 12 lakh litre comes from Kolhapur, 10 lakh from Ahmednagar, 15 lakh litre from Gujarat and 3 lakh litre from Karnataka. In Ahmednagar district alone there are 3,500 milk collection centres and 500 chilling plants which are also closed.Further, from Nashik alone 160 lakh ton of vegetable is daily transported to Mumbai. It is expected to affect.Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghantana (SSS), the BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, has come out in open to support the farmers.SSS spokesperson Yogesh Pande insisted that the government should immediately intervene and meet the various demands made by farmers. ‘’Farmers are in distress and therefore they have for the first time decided to go on strike. The timing is crucial as the sowing operation may also affect and this may lead to a major crisis.’’

Maha CM pays tributes to Savarkar on his birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today paid rich tributes to freedom fighter Veer Savarkar on his 134th birth anniversary. Fadnavis this morning visited Savarkar’s birth place at Bhagur in this North Maharashtra district and paid tributes to the revolutionary leader, said a senior official from Nashik district collectorate. Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, local BJP MP and MLAs were present on the occasion. Mahajan said an amount of Rs 65 lakh has been approved by the state government to develop a memorial at Savarkar’s birthplace. Meanwhile, police detained some farmers from Sinnar town, who had gathered at Bhagur to protest against proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway, a senior police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha: Corporator held in abduction and murder case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today arrested a BJP corporator in connection with alleged abduction and killing of a person in 2015. The accused Hemant Shetty, represents the party in the Nashik civic body from ward number 4D, a senior police official said. The other accused — Kundan Pardeshi and Rakesh Koshti — presently lodged at Nashik Road central jail in another murder case, were also apprehended in connection with the case yesterday, he said. The trio is accused of abducting and killing one Jalinder alias Jwalya Ugalmugale in October 2015, said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Laxmikant Patil said. They were produced before a Nashik court which sent them to police custody till June 1, he said. Earlier, two other accused Avinash Kaulkar and Rohit Kadale were arrested for their alleged role in the case, said the officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Missing’ Nashik girls traced outside SRK’s bungalow in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six minor girls of a family who allegedly went “missing” from Nashik two days ago, were rescued by city police after they were traced to Mumbai outside Shahrukh Khan’s bungalow “Mannat”, where they had reached to catch a glimpse of their favourite Bollywood star. According to police, a missing complaint was lodged at Mhasrul police station here by parents of the girls on the night of May 23, when they were not to be found in the house. The young SRK fans, all cousin sisters, aged between 12 and 15, left their house here on the evening of May 23 and proceeded to the famous Nanduri temple in Kalwan taluka of the district. Then they went to Nashik Road railway station and boarded the Shatabdi Express to reach suburban Dadar from where they ended up outside Khan’s residence, hoping to see their idol once, said Subhash Chandra Deshmukh, in-charge of Mhasrul police station. The girls were brought home safely within 24 hours after a police team from Nashik was sent to Mumbai to trace their whereabouts. The worried family had told the cops that the girls had a fascination for Bollywood, Deshmukh said today. After searching railway stations and bus stands across the metropolis, the Nashik team found these girls outside “Mannat” in suburban Bandra, with the help of Thane and Kalyan police, in co-ordination with the GRP, he said. The girls were then brought back to Nashik and handed over to their parents yesterday after proper police counselling, the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Micro Edit | Swine Flu: 2 deaths but no reason to panic yet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The swine flu death toll in Maharashtra stands at 198, while Mumbai has witnessed two deaths — one in April and another in May. While the first victim was a 16-month-old toddler from Worli, the second was a 72-year-old woman from Kurla — both from high-risk age groups. Pregnant woman, diabetics and those with a compromised immune systems are other high-risk categories vulnerable to the viral infection.Since January, around 34 cases have been reported in Mumbai, and most infected individuals have some travel history to areas like Pune and Nashik that have been badly hit by swine flu. So far, Mumbai health officials maintain that there is no need to panic as the number of cases are not large enough to be a public health problem. However, they also concede that there is little they can do to stop the spread of swine flu since the disease is spread by droplet infection and its symptoms are similar to the common cold.With five beds reserved in all civic hospitals for swine flu cases, and a stock of vaccinations, health officials say they are prepared to handle the existing cases. Mumbai though has requested the state officials for 1,000 more vaccine doses.Being a contagious viral infection, it becomes important that the ones who are infected stay away from crowded public places. It is as much a responsibility of the individuals as it is for public health officials to ensure Mumbai does not see an outbreak of swine flu.

Kundewadi village in Nashik becomes open defecation free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kundewadi, a small village in Nashik district has become open defecation free (ODF), thanks to efforts made by a local credit society that provided interest free loan to villagers for construction of toilets. Jagadamba Co-op Credit Society in Kundewadi took a lead and provided advance loan to as many as 155 families since 2013, and now all houses in the village with a total 572 families have a toilet, a press note issued by district information office (DIO) said here today. Out of 572 families, about 279 of them had this facility before 2013. Out of the remaining 293, 138 house owners used their own finances to construct toilet in the last three years (from 2013-16), while 155 were given interest free loan by the credit society. According to release, some of the villagers were not keen to have the facility as they had not received government grant of Rs 10,000 (for building toilets) on time. However, with the help of the village development officer, village panchayat members and intervention of the credit society, they took the loan. The work of construction of toilets that has been going for last three years, was completed recently and Kundewadi was announced open defecation, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Massive power shortage likely in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra may be staring at a massive power shortage due to rising electricity demand and generating sets developing glitches.Officials from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MahaVitaran) said the rising heat had pushed up the daily demand for power by 1,000 MW to 19,500 MW. However, while around 3,000 MW of power generation capacity of the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) had been shut down due to problems, another 1,000 MW has been taken out for repairs under planned outages.“This has caused a demand and supply gap of 4,000 MW forcing MahaVitaran to undertake power outages as the need arises,” the official said, adding that electricity cuts were happening in agricultural areas and places where the distribution losses were high and recovery of bills was poor.The state-owned power distribution utility is trying to source electricity to meet this increased demand. MahaGenco has seven coal-based thermal power generating stations across Maharashtra namely, Chandrapur, Paras, Nashik, Koradi, Parli, Bhusawal and Khaparkheda. It has an installed capacity of 11,657 MW including 8,220 MW in thermal power, 2,585 MW in hydro and 672 MW in gas.

Malegaon: Purohit moves SC against Bombay HC order rejecting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Malegaon blast accused Shrikant Purohit today moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order rejecting his bail plea in the case. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that the petition will come up in regular course while rejecting the former lieutenant colonel’s plea for an urgent hearing. The Bombay High Court had on April 25 granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of plotting the September 2008 Malegaon blast, but rejected the bail plea of co-accused Purohit saying the charges against him were of grave nature. Six persons were killed and nearly 100 others injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle had exploded in Malegaon town of Nashik district on September 29, 2008. Sadhvi Pragya and 44-year-old Purohit were arrested in 2008. While Sadhvi Pragya, 44, who is suffering from cancer, is undergoing treatment a Madhya Pradesh hospital, Purohit is lodged in Taloja jail in Maharashtra. The High Court had said that prima facie no case was made out against Pragya and asked her to furnish a cash surety of Rs five lakh and surrender her passport to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA, which was handed over the probe from ATS, had given a clean chit to Sadhvi Pragya but had opposed Purohit’s bail plea noting that the charges levelled against Purohit are of serious and grave nature. Referring to the report filed by the NIA, the HC had said, “Purohit was the one who prepared a separate ‘Constitution’ for ‘Hindu Rashtra’ with a separate saffron colour flag. He also discussed about taking revenge for the atrocities committed by the Muslims on Hindus.” The HC had refused to accept Purohit’s contention that he had attended the meetings as part of a “covert military intelligence operation.” The court pointed out the statements of the witnesses that it was Purohit who said their right-wing group Abhinav Bharat should not be just a political party but should work as an organisation of extremists, having the capacity to eliminate persons opposing the same. According to the investigating agencies, the blast was allegedly carried out by right-wing group Abhinav Bharat. The NIA had opposed Purohit’s bail plea and argued that there was evidence in the form of audio and video recordings, call data records and the statements of the witnesses which prove his involvement in the case. According to the NIA, Purohit had allegedly taken active part in the conspiracy meetings and even agreed to arrange explosives to be used in the blast. Purohit had argued that the NIA was “selective” in exonerating some accused persons and that the agency made him a “scapegoat” in the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian court orders police to rescue boys trafficked to sweet shops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Anuradha Nagaraj CHENNAI, India, April 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Indian court on Monday ordered police to rescue 50 boys believed to have been trafficked from Tamil Nadu to sweet shops in western India, giving families hope of being reunited with their missing sons. Responding to a petition filed by the father of a missing teenager, the high court in southern state of Tamil Nadu asked police to form a special team to rescue the boys and submit a report in three weeks. “The order gives many hope,” said lawyer David Sunder Singh, who represented the petitioner. “Though it was the case of one father and one missing boy, the court in a rare instance has taken into account the plight of so many other families whose sons have not returned home.” M. Arumugam has not seen his younger son since 2013, when a “recruiting agent” paid him 1,000 rupees ($16), promised another 20,000 rupees ($310), and took Surya Prakash, then 14, from his home village of Kullalakundu. The agent had promised the boys eight hour shifts in sweet shops, a place to stay, a monthly salary of 5,000 rupees ($78), proper food and leave to visit home, Arumugam’s petition states. “We accepted it thinking it would be good for our son’s future,” Arumugam states in his petition. Prakash was one of many school dropouts from Theni, Madurai and Dindigul districts of Tamil Nadu who are trafficked to western and northern India, where they are employed in shops – deep frying snacks and making sweets, say campaigners. In his petition, Arumugam pieced together the abuse the boys go through based on the account of his nephew, who escaped from a sweet making factory in western city of Nashik after he was burnt with hot oil. “The owner and his wife assaulted my son and other children many times if they did not wake up on time or if they were resting due to illness,” the petition states. The boys were not allowed to contact anyone or go home till they had repaid the advance amount – which the owner claimed was much higher than the amount the father said he had received. He said the owner of the “muruku factory”, as the workshops are known, had forced his son to work for four years. “I last spoke to my son in January, when he told me that the owner had threatened to kill him if his cousin, who ran away after being abused, did not return to work,” Arumugam said. “Since then, there is no news.” ($1 = 64.440002 Indian rupees)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Swayam’ project to encourage poultry farming in tribal areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Cabinet today approved a project named ‘Swayam’ that is aimed at encouraging poultry farming in the tribal areas of the state. Through the project, the government plans to eradicate malnutrition among children in the tribal sub plan areas, as poultry farming will raise the availability of eggs, which would be included in the meals of anganwadi children, an official statement said. Anganwadis are government-run nursery schools for children in tribal areas. The project would also generate self-employment opportunities for the tribals, an official statement said. The project will be implemented over a period of two years. The ‘Swayam’ project will be implemented in 16 districts – Thane, Palghar and Raigad (Konkan division), Pune (Pune division), Nashik, Ahmednagar, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Dhule (Nashik), Amravati and Yavatmal (Amravati division), Nagpur , Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur (Nagpur), Nanded (Latur division), the statement said. About 43,368 families will benefit from the scheme. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 22.55 crore and it would be implemented in the years- 2017-18 and 2018-19.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Agricultural crisis worsening in Maharashtra: opposition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan today said the agrarian crisis in the state had worsened as the BJP-led government remained insensitive to the demand of loan waiver for farmers. The opposition Congress and NCP leaders who have launched a state-wide `Sangharsh Yatra’ campaign to press their demand of farm loan waiver today addressed a rally at Nampur in Nashik district. NCP leader Ajit Pawar said the farmers were facing hardships due to mounting debt. “Despite repeated appeals, the government is turning a deaf ear to their demand of loan waiver. The opposition will not rest till the demand is met, and will not hesitate to gherao the ministers and the Chief Minister for this purpose,” said Pawar. Referring to suspension of some opposition MLAs during the recently-concluded budget session of state legislature, Chavan said the opposition would not bother if its members lost membership of the state legislature or the Parliament in their fight for farmers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC grants bail to NCP leader in disproportionate assets case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today granted bail to Nashik Agriculture Produce Market Committee chairman Devidas Pingle arrested in a disproportionate assets case by the ACB last December. Justice Mridula Bhatkar granted bail to Pingle, a former NCP MP from Nashik, stipulating that he would live outside the Nashik city limits for four months and not participate in the APMC affairs till conclusion of his trial. A former Nationalist Congress Party MP from Nashik, Pingle had been arrested on December 21 last year and had moved the high court for bail after filing of the chargesheet in the case. The former MP was booked on a complaint that accused him of demanding a part of the dearness allowances received by the APMC employees. The prosecution alleged an amount of Rs 57.73 lakh was seized by the ACB from a car ferrying the money to the accused last October. Defence counsel Aniket Nikam argued that his client Pingle was innocent and he faced the case of political vilification. Nikam said the chargesheet in the case had been filed and further custodial detention of the accused was not necessary. The high court, on February 14, had rejected Pingle’s bail plea while observing that the corruption was a serious crime and must be dealt with strictly. The ACB’s case is that the cash was being carried by three men, who were working for Pingle and that the said cash was withdrawn from the banks, on his behest. The ACB claimed the recovered amount was the arrears of APMC employees’ DA, who had handed over their money to Pingle. According to the agency, Pingle allegedly forced his employees to hand over their arrears to him and threatened that if they failed to do so, they would not be given their salaries as per the newly-approved 6th Pay Commission. The prosecution opposed Pingle’s bail, alleging that his associates were already forcing witnesses to refrain from deposing against him. The prosecution apprehended that if Pingle is granted bail, he might tamper with the evidence against him. Pingle’s counsel sought bail on the ground that the case against his client was registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) and that there was no provision in the Act which makes custody of the accused mandatory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Doctor working with govt hospital under scanner for illegal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A doctor working with a government hospital in Nashik district is suspected to be involved in an illegal abortion racket, according to a report submitted to the Maharashtra government. Nashik civil surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Family in shock as Lt Col hangs self

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members are still struggling to come to terms with the death of Lt Colonel Jagdish Prakash, 46, who was found hanging from the grill near the staircase of Salaria apartments in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area on Friday morning. Prakash, who was from Kerala, was serving in the Corps of Engineers. He was posted at Kashmiri House, at Rajaji Marg.Police officials investigating the case said that Prakash had latched the house door from outside and had left at around 5.45 am. He later hanged himself in the common area between the houses on the first floor and was found at 6.15 am. Officials added that Prakash was afraid of a court martial for his alleged involvement in a case of misappropriation of funds.The matter first came to light when the police received a call from the officer’s family members reporting the incident. “The family said that Prakash used to leave the house early morning and then return after some time. On Friday morning, his wife did not find him around, but thought he would return. After not seeing him around for hours, she stepped out of her room, and found Prakash hanging from a grill on the staircase. She alerted her kids and neighbours who then called up the police,” said a senior police officer.A police team reached the spot after which the body was brought down and was sent for a post-mortem. Primary investigations and questioning of the family members revealed that the colonel, who was posted in Siliguri some more than two years ago, was charged for misappropriation of funds. He was facing an enquiry and feared a court martial,” said a senior police officer.DCP Surender Kumar also said that the deceased’s family members told police that he had been taking medicines and was under depression. “They said he used to get up from his sleep early in the morning and was facing health problems. The claims are being verified. He would even leave his residence at odd hours and would return after several hours,” the officer said.Police further said that no suicide note was found from him. “His colleagues and family members are being questioned to know more. Prima facie it appears to be a suicide, however, since it has appeared that he was involved in some misappropriation of funds, all the possible angles are being looked at. His senior and contemporary officers have also been contacted for further details,” the officer added.Prakash’s death is not the only tragic case featuring an army man. Recently, an army jawan who featured in a viral video on the abuse of the ‘buddy’ system in military camps was found dead in an abandoned barrack in the Nashik district of Maharashtra.Identified as Roy Mathew, the jawan, who also hailed from Kerala, was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in an abandoned barrack in the Deolali cantonment of Nashik.A BRAVEHEART STRUCK BY TRAGEDYLt Colonel Jagdish Prakash, 46, was from Kerala. He was serving in the Corps of Engineers. He was posted at Kashmiri House, at Rajaji Marg.As per the officials Prakash was afraid of a court martial for his alleged involvement in a case of misappropriation of funds.The colonel, who was posted in Siliguri some more than two years ago, was charged for misappropriation of funds. He was facing an enquiry and feared a court martial.His family members told police that he had been taking medicines and was under depression.

HC asks Chairty Commissioner to hear plaint on ‘darshan’ fees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court has asked the Charity Commissioner in Mumbai to look into a complaint filed by a trustee of Trimbakeshwar shrine in Nashik against the levy of Rs 200 as ‘darshan fees’. The Trimbakeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country. Lalita Shinde, a trustee of Trimbakeshwar shrine, had earlier complained to Bombay High Court in a letter that the trust, headed by a district judge, was charging Rs 200 per head as ‘paid darshan fees’ from devotees. She said this charge was “discriminatory in nature” and should not be levied. Shinde, in her complaint, also enclosed a letter from the Archaeological Survey of India addressed to chairman of Trimbakeshwar shrine saying that the temple in Nashik has been declared as a protected monument of national importance. Hence, the charge of Rs 200 should not be levied as ‘darshan fees’ under Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act-1958, she said. “We have requested the Trimbakeshwar Trust not to charge Rs 200 as ‘paid darshan fees’ as it is discriminatory, but is still being charged from devotees,” Shinde told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Junk restrictive faith-based laws: Mumbai atheists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Atheists community from Mumbai will be coming together in a conference to demand abolition of the Indian Penal Code Sections 295 (hurting religious sentiments), 295A (deliberate act intended to outrage religious feelings) and 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person). The community will also demand that an elected leader should not take an oath in ‘God’s’ name to maintain the sovereignty of the state.The fourth atheist conference which will be organised by The Brights will have speakers who promote rationalism. Advocate Asim Sarode will talk about the IPC Sections 295, 295A and 298 which were written during the British era.“When the President of our country is elected, the person is subjected to say “I, (name), do swear in the name of God (or solemnly affirm), which should not happen. We will also demand change in the swearing-in the court witness box in which people are forced to take oath under a holy book,” said Kumar Nage, Country Head for a multinational company and founder of The Brights.“The Sections 295, 295A and 298 are draconian which were established to control the colonies in which the Brits ruled. Even today we follow these laws in case if we speak against god in our democratic country,” said Nage.The group of atheists who reject the fiction called God want civil equality and development. “In the name of God and religion people are now indulging in anti-social activities,” says Nitin Worlikar, a banker and co-founder of The Brights.On March 19, the conference will be held in Pune, in Nashik on March 26, and in Mumbai on April 9 in Yashwantrao Chavan Centre at Nariman Point.“Our motto is to spread awareness among the countrymen that they should not believe in any fanaticism which disturbs peace and harmony,” said Worlikar.

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