Showing posts with label Maharashtra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maharashtra. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2016

PM Modi to inaugurate International Conference on Sugarcane Value Chain

PM Modi to inaugurate International Conference on Sugarcane Value Chain

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Pune, Nov, 13: CM Modi will inaugurate international conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane value Chain -Vision 2025 organised by Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) at Manjari near Pune. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who is also the President of VSI , will also be present at inauguration ceremony.

VSI is an autonomous body established in 1975 by cane growers of co-operative sugar mills in Maharashtra with support of state and central government.

This will be an exhibition showcasing various technological developments in sugar industry and live demonstrations of sugarcane crop showing various advance tech.in cultivation. The conference will be for 3 days and various national and international speakers will deliver lectures on diff. aspects of sugarcane value chain.     

Thursday, October 13, 2016

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya alleges shivsena plot to kill him

BJP MP Kirit Somaiya alleges shivsena plot to kill him

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Mumbai, Oct 13: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirit Somaiya on Thursday alleged that an attempt was made on his life by gangsters and 'mafia agents' near his home in suburban Mulund two days ago.

In a letter addressed to Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar, he has demanded a probe into the 'mafia conspiracy' to eliminate him and sought stringent action against those involved in the attack.

The 62-year-old Lok Sabha Member from Mumbai North-East constituency said that on Dussehra, around 100 goons were waiting for him with arms in vehicles near the Ravan Dahan venue in Mulund, north-east Mumbai.

"After 'Mafia Ravan Dahan', after most of the BJP activists left, when I came out to board my car, suddenly they rushed to me with 'hathiyars' (arms)," Somaiya said in his complaint to Padsalgikar.

"It seems their plan was to kill/incapacitate me to protect their Boss/Mafiasa. It was a well-designed attack of the group/guns/mafias/party," he added.

The Dussehra celebrations became controversial after Somaiya decided to burn an 'effigy of corrupt mafia' in the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, as 'Mafia Ravan Dahan', to which Shiv Sainiks took strong objection.

Though in the police complaint, Somaiya has refrained from mentioning the Shiv Sena, in public he has alleged that the attack was carried out by that party's activists.

He added that the police security guard provided to him rushed to his rescue and saved him from the assailants that evening.

The police have so far arrested around 13 persons in connection with the incident in which seven BJP activists were also injured as they got into a scuffle at the venue.

Since the past few days, Somaiya has targeted the BJP ally in the BMC, state government and the Centre, and charged that the BMC was beset with "corruption and mafia-raj", to which the Sena has taken umbrage.

The BMC is ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance since the past two decades and the crucial civic elections are due after three months, in early 2017.
Maharashtra man held for culpable homicide after minor son's death

Maharashtra man held for culpable homicide after minor son's death

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Oct 12: A fisherman has been booked on charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder after he said his minor son -- whom he took away from home after a tiff with his wife -- was run over by a train, police said here on Wednesday.

The incident came to light after the woman complained to police, said Investigating Officer Sandip A. Kale of Shilegaon police station, around 35 km from Aurangabad.

Accused Madhukar Wankhede on Monday night had a bitter quarrel with his wife Pushpa. In a fit of anger, he picked up his four-year-old son Om and left the house, vowing never to return.

However, he returned alone after a couple of hours. When Pushpa demanded to know the whereabouts of Om, he again left home and went to the tracks near Lassur railway station, from where he brought his son's remains in a plastic bag. He claimed the boy was run over by a speeding train.

The grieving woman complained to the police, accusing him of killing Om. Madhukar was arrested early on Tuesday, but he denied killing his son.

"He said he was walking along the tracks carrying his son when Om slipped from his hands in the darkness, fell on the railway line and was run over by a passing train," Kale told IANS.

Madhukar was presented in a local court, which remanded him in police custody till Friday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Major credit of surgical strike goes to PM: Parrikar

Major credit of surgical strike goes to PM: Parrikar

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Mumbai, Oct 12: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said a major share of the credit for the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The major share goes to the Prime Minister," Parrikar said while addressing a gathering at the Materials Engineering Technology conference.

"But... I will at least claim (that) the credit is decision-making ability and planning. So that should settle the nerves of many people," he said in an apparent dig at those accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of seeking to reap political benefit from the cross-LoC strikes. 

Parrikar pointed out that the September 29 operation was carried out by the Indian Army and not a political party.

The Defence Minister said he does not mind sharing credit for the army's work, including the surgical strikes to destroy the terror "launch pads", with every citizen of the country. 

"Because it was done by the army, not any political party. So all Indians, including doubting Thomases, can share the credit," Parrikar said, referring to people who have questioned the strikes and demanded proof that they were conducted. 

A war of words erupted over the politicisation of the strike with the opposition accusing the government of seeking to capitalise on the Indian Army's action for electoral gains.

The surgical strike came in the wake of the terror attack at an army camp in Uri town of Kashmir on September 18, in which 19 soldiers were killed.

Parrikar also said the strike has satisfied sentiments of the people across the country.

"I understand (that) people's sentiments are satisfied and population is satisfied," he said.
Socialite, philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej dead

Socialite, philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej dead

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Mumbai, Oct 11: Well known Indian socialite and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej, passed away in a private hospital here.

She breathed her last late on Monday night at the Breach Candy Hospital where she was admitted recently for treatment of some lung ailments, but details are not available.

She was 71 and is survived by her husband Adi Godrej and their three children, Nisaba Godrej, Pirojsha and Tanya Dubash.

The last rites of Parmeshwar were performed in Mumbai early on Tuesday.

Parmeshwar started her career as one of the first airhostesses of national carrier Air India, before she married Godrej and became a prominent figure in the city's glam and celeb circuits.

She was renowned for her work in combating AIDS through the Heroes Project which she launched in 2004 along with Hollywood actor Richard Gere and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative and also served on the board of several major international foundations and trusts.

A popular socialite with the signature beret, and once a Page 3 regular, Parmeshwar had hosted a party for international talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in 2012.

The news of her demise was received on Tuesday with shock and disbelief by friends and celebrities.

Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan tweeted the news of her death.

"Devastated by death of close friend Parmeshwar Godrej... she was always there for me in my most difficult times. May her husband Adi and her children find strength to cope with this loss," he wrote.

Members of the Hindi film fraternity also mourned her death.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: "One of the most gracious and down to earth person I knew. You will be missed."

Veteran actor Kabir Bedi posted: "Deeply saddened by the passing of Parmeshwar Godrej, dear friend from my early days in advertising. I share her family's grief."

Anupam Kher wrote: "Parmeshwar Godrej was a larger than life lady. She gave style and glamour a new dimension. Her charity work was great."

Former Union Minister Milind Deora tweeted: "Deepest condolences to Adi uncle, Tanya, Nisaba, Pirojsha and family. Will miss Parmeshwar Godrej, one of the warmest, toughest people I knew."

Jewellery designer Farah Khan said: "Lost a close family friend. My childhood years were filled with her memories. RIP Parmeshwar Aunty, you shall be missed Parmeshwar Godrej."

Film producer Ashvini Yardi said she was "shocked and deeply saddened".

"So many lovely conversations. Hard to believe she is no more.. Parmeshwar Godrej RIP," Yardi wrote.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Uddhav Thackeray blows hot and cold at BJP in Dussehra rally

Uddhav Thackeray blows hot and cold at BJP in Dussehra rally

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Mumbai, Oct 11: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the recent surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, and simultaneously dared the state BJP to break its alliance.

Addressing the party's golden jubilee Dassehra Rally at Shivaji Park late this evening, Thackeray said after the surgical strikes, he called up Modi and told him that "this is the Narendrabhai we want - go ahead, we are with you".

"But there were some in the Congress, even Rahul Gandhi, and others, who demanded proof of the surgical strikes...How can you raise doubts on the Indian Army and its soldiers who sacrifice their lives for you?" Thackeray thundered.

Blasting the doubters, he said: "They are the children of Pakistan.. They don't have the blood of Bharat Mata in their veins, but the gutter waters of Lahore and Islamabad, and such muck must be thrown away."

Training guns on the Bharatiya Janata Party's Maharashtra unit, he said regularly people from that party raise their heads and make suo moto statements that they would not contest the upcoming civic polls jointly with Shiv Sena.

"Two years ago, a 25-year old friend (BJP) had backstabbed us... Now, decide who is your leader, stand before us and break the alliance - Then we will give you a taste of our 'surgical strike' here," he warned.

Dwelling on the issue of reservations, he said reservations should be considered given not on basis of caste but on economic considerations.

"Give reservations to Marathas, we are all for it... But don't give reservations to the Muslims ... not on religious grounds, but as an economically backward segment... My father and my grandfather had to drop off from school only because they lacked financial resources," he urged.

Reiterating the party stand on opposing Pakistan, the Sena chief said that it was the only party which consistently demanded a ban on the neighbouring country's cricketers, artistes or actors in India.

"Our brave soldiers shed their red blood on the borders… Here, we roll out the red carpet for the Pakistanis... Why?" he asked.

Referring to the demand from certain quarters on amending the act for atrocities against Dalits and tribals, Thackeray said if it indeed being misused, then it should be amended and those found guilty of misuing the act should be punished.

Earlier, he said that the Shiv Sena which was born at Shivaji Park, had crossed a major milestone of 50 years after huge struggles and sacrifices of its workers and will continue to do so for many more years.
RSS chief disputes Modi, says gau rakshaks not anti-socials

RSS chief disputes Modi, says gau rakshaks not anti-socials

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Nagpur, Oct 11: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday backed cow vigilantes and asked the government not to equate them with anti-social elements, contradicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stand on the Hindu bovine activists.

"There are some people who are dedicated to cow protection. It is part of the Directive Principles of State Policy," Bhagwat said in his annual speech on Vijay Dashmi, marking the 91st foundation day of the RSS -- the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ideological mentor.

"Gau rakshaks operate under the law. Administration must keep (this) in mind. Those who break the law shouldn't be compared to gau rakshaks," the RSS chief said at its headquarters in Nagpur.

Bhagwat's remarks contradict Modi's August speeches when he said that 70-80 per cent of them would be found involved in anti-social activities which no society can approve of.

Modi in his two speeches -- in Delhi and Telangana -- advised states to act against such activists after a nationwide outcry over high-handedness by cow vigilantes on Dalits in many states, including in Modi's home state Gujarat.

Bhagwat didn't quite agree. He said cow, revered by Hindus, was to be protected by the law and "gau rakshaks perform an important service". He called cow protection a "sacred mission" that would "continue and gather momentum" despite "grave provocations".

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief also spoke at length on various issues including Kashmir and the army's surgical strikes in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

He said Pakistan was encouraging separatists in Jammu and Kashmir and demanded strict action against those indulging in violence in the valley, which is battling over three months of the deadliest unrest in years.

"Miscreants" in Kashmir were being encouraged by the forces from across the border, Bhagwat said, praising the BJP government and referring to the September 29 cross-border raid by the Indian Army that killed an unspecified number of terrorists and dismantled seven terror launch pads.

"Our army has shown great courage under this government. The government took a commendable step. Our borders should be guarded and well managed."

Bhagwat also expressed concern over social inequality and casteism, saying an ongoing RSS survey in this regard had thrown up alarming findings.

For instance, he said, a detailed survey of 9,000 villages in Madhya Pradesh had shown that in 40 per cent of them, backward castes and Dalits face discrimination on temple entry, in 30 per cent villages they are not allowed access to water sources and in 35 per cent villages they are barred from using the crematorium.

"The Swayamsevaks are working on this. They have started helping our SC/ST brethren to claim the benefits guaranteed to them under the Constitution and ensure that the government and administration disburse the funds allocated for their welfare," Bhagwat said.

He said it was shameful if people were insulted or subjected to physical torture "because of one's wrath over a trivial issue or one's superiority complex" -- a reference to anti-Dalit incidents in the country.

"It also facilitates the divisive forces to tarnish the country's image and slow down the momentum of good social welfare activities being carried out all over."
Pakistan encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir: Mohan Bhagwat

Pakistan encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir: Mohan Bhagwat

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Nagpur, Oct 11: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday accused Pakistan of encouraging separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir and demanded strict action against those indulging in violence.

"Pakistan is encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir," Bhagwat said while delivering his annual speech during the 91st foundation day of RSS.

"A large part of Kashmir is free of tension; we must act against those indulging in violence, strict action should be taken," the RSS chief said.

Bhagwat also reiterated that "entire Kashmir is ours including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan".

His remarks came in the backdrop of the tension prevailing in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. At least 91 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in the unrest since then.

"The government took a commendable step; our borders should be guarded and well managed," Bhagwat said.

"Aur unko achha jawaab bhi humare shaasan ne diya hai. Shaasan ke netritva mein humare sena ne sahas dikhaya hai. (Our government has given a befitting reply to them. Under the present leadership, the army has shown courage)," he added.

"Phir ek baar puri duniya mein Bharat ki sena ki pratishtha unchi ho gyi. Upadravi ko sanket mila ki sahene karne ki maryada hoti hai. (The entire world has got the message about the capability of the Indian Army that has reinstated the country's position; there are limits to one's endurance)," Bhagwat said.

Bhagwat's remarks came following the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29. The Indian forces destroyed several terror launch pads across the LoC. 

"It is a matter of great pride the way situation was handled by the government," the RSS chief added.
Mohan Bhagwat distressed by casteism in India

Mohan Bhagwat distressed by casteism in India

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Nagpur, Oct 11: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday expressed concern over social inequality and casteism prevalent in Indian society.

He said that an ongoing RSS survey of existing conditions in this regard has thrown up some alarming results.

For instance, a detailed survey of 9,000 villages in Madhya Pradesh has shown that in 40 per cent of them , backward castes and Dalits face discrimination on temple entry, in 30 per cent villages they are not allowed access to water sources and in 35 per cent villages they are barred from using the crematorium.

"The Swayamsevaks are working on this. They have started helping our SC/ST brethren to claim the benefits guaranteed to them under the Constitution and ensure that the government and administration disburse the funds allocated for their welfare," Bhagwat said in his annual Dussehra rally in Nagpur.

He assured that while the RSS workers would certainly strive to achieve social equality as per their strength, wisdom and capacity, he urged individuals and associations standing for social good to become more active in this regard.

"It will certainly be a shame on the 21st century India if one's innocent kin have to bear insults and physical onslaughts because of one's wrath over a trivial issue or one's superiority complex. It also facilitates the divisive forces to tarnish the country's image and slow down the momentum of good social welfare activities being carried out all over," Bhagwat asserted.

The 90th RSS rally in Nagpur also saw its top leaders starting with Bhagwat, changing first time into dark brown full trousers, against the earlier khaki shorts which prevailed for nine decades since its founding in 1925 by the late Kesava Rao Baliram Hedgewar.

The decision to effect the most visible change in attire was taken in March this year at the RSS's Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) held in March 2016 in Nagaur, Rajasthan, presided over by Bhagwat.
Pakistan encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir: Mohan Bhagwat

Pakistan encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir: Mohan Bhagwat

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Nagpur, Oct 11: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday accused Pakistan of encouraging separatist forces in Jammu and Kashmir and demanded strict action against those indulging in violence.

"Pakistan is encouraging separatist forces in Kashmir," Bhagwat said while delivering his annual speech during the 91st foundation day of RSS.

"A large part of Kashmir is free of tension; we must act against those indulging in violence, strict action should be taken," the RSS chief said.

Bhagwat also reiterated that "entire Kashmir is ours including Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit-Baltistan".

His remarks came in the backdrop of the tension prevailing in the Kashmir Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. At least 91 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in the unrest since then.

"The government took a commendable step; our borders should be guarded and well managed," Bhagwat said.

"Aur unko achha jawaab bhi humare shaasan ne diya hai. Shaasan ke netritva mein humare sena ne sahas dikhaya hai. (Our government has given a befitting reply to them. Under the present leadership, the army has shown courage)," he added.

"Phir ek baar puri duniya mein Bharat ki sena ki pratishtha unchi ho gyi. Upadravi ko sanket mila ki sahene karne ki maryada hoti hai. (The entire world has got the message about the capability of the Indian Army that has reinstated the country's position; there are limits to one's endurance)," Bhagwat said.

Bhagwat's remarks came following the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29. The Indian forces destroyed several terror launch pads across the LoC. 

"It is a matter of great pride the way situation was handled by the government," the RSS chief added.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Be present in court or we will make you come, HC warns Sena MP

Be present in court or we will make you come, HC warns Sena MP

Be present in court or we will make you come, HC warns Sena MP

Mumbai, Oct 10: Peeved by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's failure to respond to a summons, the Bombay High Court on Monday admonished him, warning him that if he doesn't appear willingly, the court would be compelled to employ other means to ensure his attendance at the next hearing.

"If he does not come on his owna then the court will make him come," remarked Justice G. S. Patel during the ongoing trial of the validity of the will left by the late Shiv Sena founder-patriarch Bal Thackeray.

Raut, who is executive editor of 'Saamana', did not respond to the court's summons of August 26, seeking his presence for cross-examination as a witness for Jaidev Thackeray, the older sibling of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.

The court had sought the presence of either Saamana's editor (Uddhav Thackeray) or executive editor (Raut) in the ongoing matter.

An aide to Raut informed the court that he was not in a position to respond to the summons since he was out of Mumbai and expected to return by October 18.

Accordingly, Justice Patel posted the matter for October 27 directing Raut to appear before the court as a "last chance".

The late Thackeray's sons - Jaidev and Uddhav - have locked horns over their father's will signed in December 2011, which left most of the family assets and properties to the younger son, Uddhav.

Jaidev has challenge this on various grounds and contended his father was of "unsound mind" at the time.
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Nashik (Maharashtra), Oct 10: A day after arson and protests against the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl, Nashik in Maharashtra limped to normalcy on Monday, officials said.

"The situation is tense but under control. We have deployed adequate police personnel in the affected villages. The highway and city roads are normal," Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ankush Shinde said.

He said several persons involved in Sunday's violence and damage to public properties had been arrested.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Laxmikant Patil said any attempt by mischief mongers to violate the law "would be dealt with a heavy hand".

Police Commissioner R.K. Singhal said suitable action had been taken against the alleged rapist and urged people not to believe rumours circulating on social media networks.

In Amravati, Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and NCP President Sharad Pawar made separate appeals to the people to maintain peace.

On Sunday, thousands of people blocked the Mumbai-Agra highway, attacked the police and targeted public and private vehicles to protest against the rape.

Twenty policemen were injured and several vehicles, including nine state transport buses and four police vans, were torched.

Police fired several rounds in the air to disperse the mobs. The Mumbai-Agra, Nashik-Igatpuri and Nashik-Aurangabad highways remained choked for nearly eight hours.

The immediate provocation for the violence is reported to be a statement by Nashik Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan who said it was not a rape, but attempted rape.

The incident occurred in the Trimbakeshwar pilgrim town in the district where a case was registered late on Sunday night by the victim's mother.

Fadnavis said the accused has been arrested and the case would be tried in a fast track court. The victim's health was being monitored and her family was being extended all help.

The incident occurred on Saturday when the victim's parents, both farm labourers, had gone to work in the fields.

The accused teenager, aged 15 or 16, allegedly attempted to lure the two sisters, a seven-year-old and a five-year-old girl, who were playing near a temple in the Talegaon-Anjaneri village.

While the older girl refused to go, the younger one went with him after he gave her money to buy a soft drink.

Later, the boy took the younger girl to some dilapidated structure behind the temple and allegedly raped her.

Mahajan has announced that the charge-sheet in the case would be filed within a fortnight and veteran criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam would be appointed the special public prosecutor.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pankaja Munde clash with priest over Dassehra address in Maharashtra

Pankaja Munde clash with priest over Dassehra address in Maharashtra

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Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Oct 9: Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde has locked horns with Bhagwangad hill temple's head priest Mahant Namdeoshastri Sanap after he refused her permission to address a Dassehra rally.

The annual Dassehra rally at the temple in Ahmednagar district attracts over a million members of the Vanjari community, the political base of the Munde family. The rally was earlier addressed by late Union Minister and Pankaja's father Gopinath Munde for two decades.

This year, however, the Mahant declared that she will not be allowed to make any political speech at the venue.

Incidentally, Bhagwangad is the memorial to the Vanjari community's saint Bhagwan Baba, atop the hills situated on the border of the Beed-Ahmednagar districts.

The minister vowed to visit Bhagwangad along with her supporters, following which the Mahant accused her of threatening him for his decision.

A purported video of her issuing threats to Namdeoshastri and his supporters has since gone viral. She has insisted on continuing with the 20-year-old tradition set by her father.

Speaking to the media, the Mahant said the state minister's utterances did not behove of her as late Munde's daughter, and said he continued to treat her like his own daughter.

"She is welcome to come and pray at the temple, but she can make her political speech at her father's memorial -- Gopinathgad. She has already announced that Bhagwangad will be the spiritual centre and Gopinathgad will be the political centre (of the community)," the Mahant pointed out.

In a bid to claim the political legacy of her father who died in June 2014, Pankaja got constructed the imposing Gopinathgad memorial in December 2015 in Beed, the family's home district adjacent to Ahmednagar.

Apprehending a law and order problem, Namdeoshastri has now written to the state government, while Munde has made it clear she will go to Bhagwangad on Dassehra for the annual Vanjaris' congregation.

Her estranged cousin and Nationalist Congress Party's Leader of the Opposition (Council) Dhananjay Munde threw his weight behind the Mahant and demanded Munde's resignation from the state Cabinet.

Incidentally, Dhananjay had bitterly criticised the Mahant and accused him of bias towards the Bharatiya Janata Party when his motorcade was stoned during a thanksgiving visit to Bhagwangad in January 2015 after he was elected the Leader of the Opposition.

On the other hand, the Vanjari community appears to be divided over the clash between their spiritual head and political leader and have appealed to keep politics and religion separate.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mafia 'threats' to Nirupam, wife appeals to PM for security

Mafia 'threats' to Nirupam, wife appeals to PM for security

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Mumbai, Oct 7: Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam whose remarks on the Indian Army's surgical strikes across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir have created a storm, on Friday claimed threats from the mafia even as his wife Geeta wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for security to their family.

Addressing mediapersons, Nirupam said that Mafiosi Ravi Pujari allegedly called on his residential landline number on Wednesday (October 5) around 11.15 a.m., from an international number, demanding a public apology for his remarks.

The gangster reportedly threatened him and his family members with dire consequences if he failed to tender a public apology for his utterance on the 'surgical strikes' by the Indian Army across the Line of Control recently.

Taking the threats seriously, he promptly lodged a complaint with the Versova Police Station, but said so far nobody from the police department including Police Commissioner have sought any additional information from him on the issue.

"Now, will the Opposition parties leaders be targeted with threats from goons, criminals and hooligans? I am a leader hailing from the masses... Why am I facing threats?" Nirupam asked.

Reiterating his earlier stance, Nirupam, a veteran journalist and three-time member of parliament - said in the past similar strikes have taken place, but now these are being politicized.

"We are proud of the Indian Army. Why should we not demand evidence on the 'surgical strikes', especially since Pakistan launched a campaign against us," he said.

Following the threats, Nirupam's wife Geeta has written a letter to the PM pointing how, after Nirupam's recent remarks, the entire family was abused in the most vulgar language on social media and via phone calls.

Expressing concerns about her family's security with the mafia threats, a former journalist and social worker, Geeta urged Modi to ensure the family's safety as she feels "very unsafe" in India.

She also urged him to keep politics aside from personal and family lives and keep a check on the vulgar commentaries of various social media activists, who are dragging even his 80-year old mother into the political storm which could have been easily discussed amongst political rivals.

Geeta pointed how how these activists organise condemn and hold candle processions to restore the dignity of a rape or molestation victim, but don't hesitate to use the social media "to abuse, emotionally torture and 'verbally rape' the women in my family", threaten to burn alive or kill Nirupam just because he aired his  views.
Three killed in accident in NTPC's upcoming Solapur plant

Three killed in accident in NTPC's upcoming Solapur plant

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Solapur (Maharashtra), Oct 7: Three contract labourers from Punjab were crushed to death on Friday morning when a 100-tonne girder, being fitted in the upcoming power station of the NTPC here, fell on them, an official spokesperson said.

According to the National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) preliminary assessment, the girder crash may have occurred after it broke from the supporting cables of the crane when it was in the process of being installed in the boiler room of the the 1,320 MW plant in Ahirwadi area.

The incident occurred around 11.15 am after which the entire plant was ordered to be evacuated.

The NTPC has expressed regrets and ordered a probe into the incident which claimed three lives and left some other workers injured, the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the Solapur Police Control had said a blast had occurred in a chimney of the plant, killing four workers, around 20 kms on the outskirts of the city.

The deafening sound from the falling girder, which was around 80-100 feet long, was initially mistaken for a blast, locals said.

Investigating officer Indrajeet Sonkamble of Valsang Police Station said the deceased have been identified as Gurupreet Pratapsingh Sandhu, 24, Gurusevak Mahendra Singh, 19, and Rajvir Swaran Singh, 24, all hailing from villages in Punjab's Tarn Taran district.

The NTPC said that the labourers belonged to Power Mech Projects Ltd, which is entrusted with the task of constructing the power plant along with two other companies.

Maharashtra's first ultra-thermal power generation plant deploying super-critical technology, making it eco-friendly, the plant is being built at a cost of around Rs 10,000 crore by NTPC, a Maharatna company.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ban on women at Dargah Haji Ali sanctum sanctorum to continue, for now

Ban on women at Dargah Haji Ali sanctum sanctorum to continue, for now

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New Delhi, Oct 7: Women will continue to be barred from entering the sanctum sanctorum of Sufi saint Haji Ali's Dargah in Mumbai, as the Supreme Court on Friday continued with the interim order of the Bombay High Court.

The Bombay High Court, while ruling that women can go up to the 'mazaar' of saint Haji Ali, had put the operation of its verdict on hold, giving time to the Haji Ali Trust -- managing the shrine affairs -- to approach the Supreme Court.

Issuing notice to Noorjehan Niaz and other, a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that the Bombay High Court's interim that put on hold the operation of its own verdict will continue till October 17, when the matter will come up for hearing.

The court continued with the interim order as senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the Haji Ali Dargah Trust, said that it was working to find out ways to accommodate the women devotees. 

He told the court that woman were not barred from entering the area around the Dargah but only the sanctum sanctorum.

The High Court had, on August 26, permitted the entry of women right up to the restricted 'mazaar' area, following a public interest litigation by Noorjehan Niaz, Zakia Soman and others.

The PIL had challenged a 2012 decision by the Trust, prohibiting women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine, built in 1431, on the grounds that "women wearing blouses with wide necks bend at the 'mazaar', thus showing their breasts", which was against Islam.

The Trust had contended before the High Court that the ban was "for the safety and security of women". It had also said that earlier, it was "not aware of the provisions of Shariat and therefore had taken steps to rectify the same".

The shrine, located on the rocks off the Worli seashore, houses the grave of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, a Muslim saint revered by all communities.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mallya flew away just like Kingfisher bird: BHC

Mallya flew away just like Kingfisher bird: BHC

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Mumbai, Sep 19: The Bombay High Court today observed that businessman Vijay Mallya aptly named his company 'Kingfisher', as like the bird of the same name he too flew away without bothering about boundaries.

The remark was made by a division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala while hearing an appeal filed by the Service Tax department and also another petition filed by the department seeking to recall the auction sale of Mallya's private aircraft.

"Does anyone know why he (Mallya) came up with the name 'Kingfisher' for his entity? In history no one could have come up with a more apt name for this entity. Because Kingfisher is a bird that can fly away...it knows no boundaries...no boundaries can stop it. Just like how no one could stop him (Mallya)," Justice Dharmadhikari said.

The court admitted the appeal filed by the Service Tax department which challenged an order passed by the Debt Recovery Tribunal in 2014, and posted it for hearing at a later stage.

According to the department's plea in HC, Mallya owes Rs 32.68 crore as service tax from the tickets sold to passengers of Kingfisher Airlines between April 2011 and September 2012. The total unpaid dues that Mallya owes to the department stand at about Rs 532 crore.

In the second petition, the department sought to recall the auction sale of Mallya's personal jet as the highest bidder had bid only 80 per cent of the plane's total cost. The court has posted this petition for hearing on September 26.

Mallya's jet Airbus 319 that can carry 25 passengers and about 6 crew members, had been attached by the department.

In May this year, the department had issued a notice advertising the auction and described the airbus as designed "exclusively for exotic and luxurious use". It has conference halls, meeting rooms and a bedroom with an attached bath.

Mallya, Chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is facing action after defaulting on over Rs 9,000-crore loan from 17 banks.

He had left the country in March and is currently said to be in the UK.