<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on advertisement campaign of Mee Labhaarthi (I am the beneficiary) by Devendra Fadnavis led Government in the state, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday accused the CM and Chandrakant Patil of being the “only real beneficiaries” of this government.He was addressing a farmers’ rally at Karve in Vita of Sangli district. Thackeray had criticized Fadnavis Government on Saturday night during a rally at Miraj. He is on a Western Maharashtra tour.Criticising the government for the advertisement campaign, Thackeray said, “This entire campaign is based on false claims. This campaign is for misguiding the people of the state and Fadnavis along with Chandrakant Patil are real beneficiaries because people have given them mandate.’Minister of state for Water Resources Vijay Shivtare, MLC Anil Babar, Lok Sabha MP Gajanan Kirtikar, Zilla Parishad vice-president and Nitin Bangude-Patil were present on the dais.Stating that he was not interested in becoming Chief Minister of the state, Thackeray said that but he would ensure that Shiv Sena chief minister comes to power in the state. He cautioned the Government that if farmers’ issues are unresolved, he would take it to the streets.Recounting BJP’s slogan of ‘Kuthe Neun Thevlaay Maharashtra Majha’ during the assembly elections which was aimed at criticizing Congress and NCP in the state, Thackeray SAID, `We had supported BJP to bring Aache Din but when I am touring the state I have realized as to where have these people taken my Maharashtra now.’Thackeray said nothing has changed in the past three years and the government is still completing water schemes that were started in 1995 when a Shiv Sena chief minister at the helm. Pointing out that despite Chief Minister’s directions to reduce power rates, his orders are trashed by officers and if the government is ruining the farmers, farmers would not hesitate to pull down this government.Taking a dig at NCP president Sharad Pawar for his criticism of Sena for being in Government and criticizing Government, Thackeray said, `BJP and Sena are two different political parties but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader late Vasantdada Patil to topple his Government. Pawar who criticized Sonia Gandhi for her foreign origin later became her sycophant. Pawar should not teach Shiv Sena since Pawar is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Guru.’SLAMS PAWARUddhav attacked NCP chief Sharad Pawar over his criticism of Sena for being in a part of the government He said BJP and Sena are two different parties, but Pawar had back-stabbed his own leader Vasantdada Patil
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today hit out at NCP chief Sharad Pawar, saying that Pawar `served’ Sonia Gandhi for 15 years despite being kicked out by the Congress president from her party in 1999.Thackeray addressed a rally at Sangli in western Maharashtra, ahead of the Sangli Miraj Kupwad municipal corporation election.”Today Pawar said he had not seen a coalition government such as ours (Sena-BJP) where we criticise the BJP but stay in power. He should know that both the parties are separate since inception. It was you, who back-stabbed then Congress chief minister Vasantdada Patil to become chief minister of Maharashtra. I haven’t seen a leader like you.”Shiv Sena criticises BJP if there is a mistake and we both are capable of sorting it out. Pawar should not worry about it. Pawar did not leave the party, in fact he was kicked out of the Congress by Sonia Gandhi, still he served her for (the next) 15 years,” the Shiv Sena leader said, in reference to NCP’s subsequent alliance with the Congress.Pawar, while paying tributes to the first chief minister of Maharashtra late Yashvantrao Chavan at Karad this morning, took potshots at the Sena. “Shiv Sena is stuck to the power as if by adhesive. I have not seen such coalition government where one party continues to criticise another,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NCP may be down at the hustings, but for the party faithful, their chief and former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar is still not out of reckoning for the country’s top job.Senior NCP leader and former union minister Praful Patel hinted that Pawar was in the race to become India’s Prime Minister in 2019.“The year 2019 will be the year of the NCP and the year of our saheb. I am telling you, in tomorrow’s politics, journalists please take note… our aspirations for saheb are not impossible to achieve, it can happen,” said Patel, who was speaking on Monday at a two-day conclave of the party at Karjat.The NCP has just four Lok Sabha MPs from Maharashtra and ended up as a poor fourth in the 2014 state assembly elections with just 41 seats, one less than former ally, the Congress. In the recent municipal elections, it also lost power in its erstwhile strongholds like Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and the Sangli Zilla Parishad.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Although the southwest monsoon has covered entire Maharashtra, the state has so far witnessed uneven distribution of rainfall, with Vidarbha region getting 20 per cent deficient rains, the IMD data has revealed. The cumulative figures show that except Vidarbha region, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada subdivisions have received “good” showers in the last four days. However, a closer look at the figures reveal that there has been uneven distribution of rainfall in these regions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The data released by the IMD’s New Delhi office says that Vidarbha region, one of the largest producers of cotton, soyabean, orange and rice, has so far witnessed 20 per cent deficient rains. The Vidarbha subdivision has 11 districts, making it the largest in terms of the geographical area. Compared to its normal rainfall of 347.8 mm from June 1 to July 18, this eastern part of the state has received only 278.9 mm rainfall till now. Out of the 11 districts in Vidarbha region, which is infamous for the large number of farmers’ suicides, only four have reported “normal” rainfall in the season, while the remaining districts have received deficient rainfall, the IMD data showed. Madhya (central) Maharashtra- the second largest subdivision that comprises 10 districts, has received 326.6 mm rainfall from June 1 as against its normal rainfall of 283.8 mm. The rainfall is 15 per cent higher (than the average), which the IMD has termed as “normal”. Districts like Ahmednagar, Nashik, Pune and Solapur have received “excess” rainfall from June 1, while Kolhapur and Sangli have received deficient rainfall. Rest of the districts have received normal rainfall, the IMD data has revealed. The agriculturally-important districts, like Jalgaon (-14%), Kolhapur (-25%) and Sangli (-39%) districts in western Maharashtra are still in deficient rainfall category, the IMD data stated. “The only positive development for this subdivision so far is that there has been good rainfall in Nashik, Pune and Ahmednagar districts, where several major rivers and their tributaries originate. Godavari, Pravara, Neera, Mula, Mutha, Indrayani, Bhima, Bhama and Ghod are the major rivers that irrigate Central Maharashtra and good showers in the catchment areas augur well for farming,” Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While man-animal conflict is rising around forest areas, the State Forest Department will completely fence-off the Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Maharashtra to prevent animals from raiding human settlements and farms.Once this fencing of the 10.87 sq km-sanctuary gets over in the next four months, it will become Maharashtra’s first protected area to be completely enclosed. Located in Sangli district, Sagareshwar has another first to its name — it is the first man-made wildlife sanctuary.”We have chain-link fenced most of the sanctuary and will soon cover the remaining part. We will ensure 24X7 vigilance,” V Clement Ben, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and Field Director of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve told DNA. He added that the move was initiated after repeated crop depredation by herbivores.”The sanctuary is surrounded by human settlements and agricultural fields. “We have no option but to fence off the area,” said Ben. Combined with watch-towers and protection huts, the fence will ensure the safety of the animals in the sanctuary.Work on parts of the fence commenced around five years ago in areas where the crop damage was huge.A forest official said the fence would be 7-feet tall to prevent animals from crossing over. “The sanctuary has an around 39 sq km boundary, of which just a 1.60 km patch is to be covered,” he said.Sagareshwar has herbivores like spotted deer, black bucks, sambar, wild boar, and nilgai, and birds like peacocks. Hyenas and fox are the main carnivores. Since the forest was created artificially, it isn’t linked to other forests or the Western Ghats.However, officials admit that fencing other forest areas similarly will impede animal movement and thus, the quality of the genetic stock.The Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary located in Sangli is the first man-made wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra.It was built by freedom fighter and environmentalist Dhondiram Mohite in 1975. Animals were introduced artificially.It is surrounded by agricultural fields in the Krishna basin and there have been instances of animals straying into these areas and destroying crops.The sanctuary will be fenced off to prevent this conflict.
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna MP Raju Shetti will call on Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao tomorrow and seek his intervention in stopping the construction of Mumbai-Nagpur expressway. Shetti, whose party is an ally of the NDA and part of Maharashtra government, will conclude his Atmaklesh Yatra (march for repentance), which began from Pune on May 22, at Raj Bhavan tomorrow. “The Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna does not expect a reply from the government. We shall not allow Samruddhi corridor. If need be we will spill our blood. The highway is for the interest of big (senior) officers,” said Shetti. Meanwhile, the spilt in the SSS ranks was distinctly visible after Shetti’s one time close associate and Minister of State for Agriculture Sadabhau Khot held a dialogue with farmers at Islampur in Sangli district. He also felicitated Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during a public function there. Reacting to the development and Khot’s absence in the march, Shetti said, “It does not make any difference whether Sadabhau Khot is present here or not. The organisation does not wait for anyone. The Governor has given us appointment.” Khot told reporters in Sangli that Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna president MP Raju Shetti is leading his Atmaklesh Yatra (march for repentance) to Raj Bhavan and he is going to the farmers fields. “I pray to the Almighty that Shetti gets rest and his health improves,” he said. “Shetti’s demands are right and I am trying to solve them while being part of the government,” said Khot, adding the government is sensitive towards the problems faced by the farmers. He further remarked “some people are needlessly criticising the government, levelling allegations against the chief minister”. “This government is working for the honour of the farmers. I too am a son of a farmer and for the last three decades have been part of the agitation,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Altogether 179 pilgrims from Maharashtra are among those stranded at various places after a massive landslide in Uttarakhand and all of them are safe, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly today. “All of them (pilgrims) are safe. We have ascertained it. Of the total 179 from Maharashtra who are stranded there, 102 are from Aurangabad and 38 from Pune,” he said. The other travellers hail from Sangli and Jalgaon districts, Fadnavis said in the Lower House on the first day of the three-day special session of the legislature called to ratify the GST bill. The Railway administration has made arrangements to bring them back to Maharashtra, Fadnavis said. Ajit Pawar (NCP) said the state government should make adequate arrangements to help those stranded. He suggested deputing an IAS officer to coordinate rescue work. Fadnavis said “We have a permanent system in place. The disaster management department coordinates such operations.” The Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway was yesterday closed near Vishnuprayag in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district due to a landslide. Due to the landslide and closure of the highway, around 2,000 travellers on way to Badrinath, the famous pilgrim spot in the hill state, were left stranded at various places.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> At least six people belonging to the same family succumbed to injuries while ten others were severely injured after a luxury bus collided with truck on Miraj-Pandarpur highway of Maharashtra?s Sangli district on Friday. The passengers were reportedly returning from temple in Pandarpur when a truck filled with sand hit the bus from behind. The bodies were identified as Vinayak Martand Londe, Gaurav Raju Narde, Lakhan Raju Sankaji, Renuka Nandkumar Hegde, Nandkumar Jayram Hegde, Aditya Nandkumar Hegde. The injured were admitted to the nearest government hospital in Miraj. Further reports are awaited.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six persons, including two minors, were killed and 13 others injured when a speeding minibus collided with a stationary truck in Sangli district in the early hours today, police said. The bus, ferrying some pilgrims to Pandharpur in Maharashtra’s Solapur, rammed into the truck in Agalgaon Phata area of Sangli at around 4.15 AM, they said. The passengers in the bus hailed from Gandhi Nagar in Kolhapur district. Upon getting information about the accident, Sangli police rushed to the spot and rescued the survivors stuck in the bus. “All victims were shifted to the local civil hospital. Six of them were declared dead before admission, while the 13 injured were undergoing treatment,” Sangli’s Superintendent of Police Datta Shinde said. The deceased have been identified as Lakhan Raju Sankaji (30), Gaurav Raju Narade (9), Renuka Nandkumar Hegade (35), Nandkumar Jayram Hegade (40), Aditya Nandkumar Hegade (13) and Vinayak Martand Londhe (50), he said. The bodies have been sent to Kavathe-Mahankal sub district hospital for postmortem and will be later handed over to their family members, Shinde added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To curb poaching in the Sahyadri tiger project, Maharashtra Forest Department is mapping out an inventory of arms licences issued in the districts in the vicinity of the reserve. The department will also collaborate with the police to crackdown on unlicensed weapons used in wildlife crimes like hunting for bush meat.“There are around 10,000 arms licences in the districts of Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur… We are launching an inventory mapping of these licences. We have sought information from the local Superintendents of Police,” V Clement Ben, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and field director of the STR, told DNA.He said forest personnel, who have wide-ranging powers under the prevailing wildlife laws, will then visit these arms license holders at routine intervals to inquire about the use of the weapons and to seek an inventory of the ammunition. This, Ben noted, will curb the use of these licensed weapons for wildlife-related offences.The forest department is also collaborating with the police in the districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri to crackdown on unlicensed and country-made weapons which may be used for such crimes.Last year, the tiger reserve authorities arrested around 50 people for crimes including poaching and illegal entry into the core area of the tiger reserve. Ben said this crackdown has helped send a stern message to poachers and hunters.Ben added that people from the Konkan used traditional hunting routes to enter the reserve from the crest of the Sahyadris. The forest department has stationed staff in these areas for better protection, and has also set up four eco-development committees under the Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana to involve locals in conservation of forest, and also reduce their dependence on forests.“We are creating trekking routes on these traditional hunting routes,” said Ben, adding that this human presence will dissuade poachers. The resultant employment due to tourist inflows will also make locals stakeholders in the conservation.Prajyot Palve, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Chandoli National Park, said they had written to the police and revenue officials seeking details of licensed weapons. “A record will be kept and guards will visit gun licence holders every month to get details of the ammunition used. We can even seize unlicensed guns in buffer areas and lodge police complaints,” he added, noting that many licenses had been given out for purposes like protecting crops from animals before the tiger reserve was notified.On January 15, Palve and his team arrested nine people who had hunted a wild boar with two single-bore guns and also hunted dogs at Chandoli.Last year, the authorities had arrested nine people from Sangameshwar in Ratnagiri for poaching two mouse deer. Two country-made rifles and weapons were seized from these poachers who were caught moving around in the Chandoli jungles by camera traps .According to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, within three months of the declaration of an area as a sanctuary, every person residing in or within ten kilometres of such sanctuary and holding a licence granted under the Arms Act, 1959, shall apply to the Chief Wildlife Warden or authorised officers, for registration. Moreover, no new licences under the Arms Act shall be granted within a radius of ten kilometres without the prior concurrence of the Chief Wildlife Warden.The Sahyadri tiger project Western Maharashtra’s only tiger reserve and is spread over the Koyna wildlife sanctuary and the Chandoli national park covering a 1,165.56 sq km area including a 600.12 sq km core and 565.45 sq km buffer zone.However, the reserve suffers from inadequate tiger numbers. Maharashtra has six tiger reserves and around 190 big cats.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing a `moderate heat wave’, Maharashtra is likely to have some relief from the scorching heat as the temperatures are expected to subside in the next two days, the Met department said. “The change in the direction of northerly winds avoided further escalation of temperature. With warm winds not coming towards Maharashtra, the temperature is expected to subside and it will offer some relief,” said V K Rajeev, Director, India Meteorological Department, Mumbai. Akola district in Vidarbha yesterday reported the state’s highest maximum temperature at 44 degrees Celsius, 5.3 degrees higher than the average normal temperature there on March 30 in the last 30 years, the IMD data showed The neighbouring areas such as Wardha (43.6 degrees Celsius), Nagpur (43.3) and Amaravati (43) were also hot and recorded temperatures at least 4.2 degrees above the normal. The Central Maharashtra region including Pune, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur reported more rise in minimum temperatures than the maximum temperatures yesterday. Pune reported a rise of 6.2 degrees Celsius in its minimum temperature at 24 degrees Celsius. In Satara, the minimum temperature was 23.9 degrees Celsius, 4.1 degrees above the normal. The same pattern — minimum temperature showing more increase than the maximum temperature — was seen in Aurangabad and Nanded, said K S Hosalikar, deputy director, IMD Mumbai. The result was warmer nights, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde today said a female police official will probe the case of 19 aborted female foetuses, found dumped in Sangli district. The minister for women and child welfare met district officials in Sangli and termed the incident as “unfortunate.” She said the culprits will be brought to book and strict action will be taken against them. The minister said the case will be handled by Deepali Kale, a doctor and a police official, from Sangli sub-division. Munde said there was need to bring a change in society’s mindset, which is still fixated with male child. “Parents should not take away the right of the girl child to take birth,” she added. There is a need to undertake a massive awareness programme for which an exclusive machinery needs to be in place at the state and the Centre, said Munde adding she had spoken to Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. On March 5, 19 aborted female foetuses were found dumped near a stream at a village in Sangli district of western Maharashtra, police had said. Probing the case of a pregnant woman’s death during abortion, the police had reached the stream in Mhaisal village where it found the foetuses. The minister also met the parents of the pregnant woman, who died during abortion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wife of the homoeopathic doctor, who allegedly conducted foeticides at his clinic in Sangli district of western Maharashtra, was today arrested, a police officer said. With this, the total number arrests in the case has gone up to seven, the official said. Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who had allegedly conducted foeticides at his clinic in Sangli district had already been arrested from neighbouring Karnataka. “Today, we arrested the Dr Khidrapure’s wife. With her arrest, the total number of people arrested in this case has gone up to seven. Some more people are likely to be arrested,” Dattatray Shinde, Superintendent of Police, Sangli, said. Dr Khidrapure, who runs Bharti Hospital at Mhaisal village in Sangli was arrested a day after 19 aborted foetuses were found alongside a road, within a walking distance from the hospital on Sunday. While some of them were buried, others were thrown carelessly in blue plastic bags along with animal and sewage waste, police had said. Forty bags of skeletons, umbilical cords and other remains were also found and sent for tests, they said. Bharti Hospital, where the abortions were were taking place, is located around 7 kms from the Karnataka border, and had two hidden basement rooms to terminate pregnancies in advanced stages. At one end of the room is a fridge stocked with medicines used to induce abortion. On the other, there is an opening that led out of the building to a drain where blue plastic bags, half-destroyed medicine bottles and charred bio-medical waste was found, police had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Chandrakant Patil today appealed to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to join hands in various Zilla Parishads, elections for which were held last month, to form a ruling coalition. “I would like to make an official request to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to join hands with BJP to form a ruling front in the Zilla Parishads,” Patil, who is revenue minister, said while speaking to reporters outside the Vidhan Bhavan. Patil’s appeal to the Sena chief comes after BJP corporators extended support to Shiv Sena candidate Vishwanath Mahadeshwar today during the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls. “From day one, I was in favour of BJP and Shiv Sena joining hands. The way we have supported Shiv Sena’s mayor candidate, I hope Sena will reciprocate in the same manner and support BJP to come to power in Zilla Parishads,” Patil said. Zilla Parishads in Kolhapur, Sangli and Jalgaon are the key ones where BJP can form a ruling front. Both BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the recently held elections for municipal corporations and Zilla Parishads independently. Patil said, Shiv Sena’s support to BJP to gain power in ZP will benefit both the parties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major breakthrough, police on Monday night arrested the main accused in connection with the the female foeticide case, after at least nineteen aborted female foetuses were found dumped in Maharashtra’s Sangli district on Sunday.Sangli police, while investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman following the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP), unearthed remains of 19 female foetuses, some 500 metres from Mhaisal village near Miraj in Sangli distric”The doctor BA Khidrapure was arrested late on Monday night. He will be produced in Miraj court on Tuesday afternoon,” said Dhiraj Patil, Deputy SP, Sangli.
ALSO READ Foetal practice: Sangli doctor on 10-year killing spree, conducted female foeticide at unregistered hospitalHowever, Patil refused to reveal more details about the investigations.The accused Khidrapure holds a Bachelor’s degree in Homoeopathy and he is a resident of Shirol town’s Kanwad village. He had been allegedly aborting female foetuses for the last 10 years.
ALSO READ Sangli female foeticide horror: State govt sends team for investigation; Pankaja Munde calls it ‘heinous crime’The woman’s husband, identified as Praveen Patangrao Jamdade is under arrest. Jamdade had taken his wife to the hospital for abortion as she was carrying a girl child for the third time.When it was found that the woman was dead during abortion, the doctor said her condition was critical and shifted her to the city’s prestigious hospital, where she was declared dead upon arrival.However, to hide the matter, the victim’s husband took the body to Manirajuri to perform her last rites, but the villagers suspected some foul play and refused to cremate the body.After the post-mortem, the victim’s angry parents cremated the body in front of the husband’s residence on March 3.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government on Monday sent a team of five people from the health department, after at least nineteen aborted female foetuses were found dumped.Sangli police, while investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman following the medical termination of pregnancy (MTP), unearthed remains of 19 female foetuses, some 500 metres from Mhaisal village near Miraj in Sangli district.The case is a shocking reminder of India’s preference for the male child despite high profile government campaigns like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the girl child).”So far we have found the remains of 19 foetuses and the samples have been sent to the lab to ascertain the gender. The doctor, DS Chidrapure, is absconding. The procedure was being carried out at Bharti Hospital in Mhaisal,” said Sangli SP Dattatray Shinde.The woman’s husband, identified as Deven Patangrao Jamgude is under arrest.Three local officials and two officials from Pune have been sent to investigate the matter who will submit a report on Monday. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde condemned the heinous crime. “This matter is heinous condemnable. The issue of save daughters needs support from parents too. Parents should be motivated to support their children irrespective of child’s gender,” she said.”The hospital where the medical termination was carried out was not registered under the Nursing Home Act. There were two rooms in the basement area where the termination of pregnancies were carried out without anybody’s knowledge. It is not MTP registered centre as per the records,” said Dr Satish Pawar, director, Health Services, Maharashtra.He said that the state government will act once the five-member investigative team submits its report.”There are three Acts that have been violated – the Nursing Home Act, the MTP Act and the PCPNDT Act. The homoeopath accused of carrying out the procedures is currently absconding. “According to the guideline of the Medical Council of India (MCI) which is the appellate body, the homeopath doctors are not allowed to practice allopathic medicines and carry out such procedures,” added Dr Jayshree Mehta, President, MCI.Meanwhile activist and lawyer Varsha Deshpande and National Inspection and Monitoring Committee member for PCPNDT Act, Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Govt of India, came down heavily on the administration.”It is their job to monitor the clinics and ensure quacks don’t perform such procedures. What are the committees doing if they are not aware of the presence of such facilities?” she asked.She added that it could also be a cross border issue as the implementation of pre-natal testing is fairly stringent in Maharashtra as compared to Karnataka. “While the testing generally takes place in Karnataka, the MTP is carried out in Maharashtra as the monitoring of MTP is not very stringent here,” she explained.Not a place for girls?⇒ Maharashtra’s sex ratio is 929 females for every 1000 males, below the national average of 940⇒ The child sex ratio is an alarming 894 while the national average too is a low 919Source: Census 2011
Indian police suspect an illegal abortion racket after discovering the foetuses near a hospital.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last rites of soldier Ramchandra Shamrao Mane (34), who recently died in an avalanche in Machhil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, were performed today with full state honours at his native village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district. The funeral was held this morning after Mane’s mortal remains was brought in a helicoper to Kavathe-Mahankal village, District collector Shekhar Gaikwad said. The body was earlier flown to Pune from Delhi. Mane is survived by mother, wife and two sons–both studying in Satara Sainik School. His elder brother had retired from Army in July last year. Mane’s younger brother is also in the Army. While 20 soldiers including an officer died in avalanches in Kashmir over the past few days, five civilians were also killed in similar incidents in the valley.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the last phase of the municipal council polls in 11 nagar parishads of Maharashtra’s Nagpur and Gondia districts began on Sunday.Polling started at 7.30 AM for the 244 seats in the 11 nagar parishads of the two districts, State Election Commission spokesperson said.Nagpur district has nine nagar parishads, while Gondia has two where the voting is underway.There are 3,82,060 voters in these 11 bodies of whom 1,91,791 are male and 1,90,263 female. Six transgenders will also cast their franchise, the spokesperson said.The Election Commission has set up 502 polling booths and the voting will continue till 5.30 PM.Counting of votes will take place on Monday.As many as 1,190 candidates are in the fray for the 244 seats.Like previous elections, nagar parishad chairman will also be elected directly by the voters.This is the last of the four-phase local bodies polls which began from October 17, last year. There are a total 192 nagar parishads and 20 nagar panchayats in the state.The election was not held in two local bodies. At Shirala nagar parishad in Sangli, no nomination form was filed. At Vaijapur nagar parishad in Aurangabad, the election was suspended due to a legal matter. Since, the case is in court, the Election Commission decided to wait for its directives.