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Mumbai: Ten-year-old Worli girl among youngest to summit Everest Base Camp
Times of India | 2 hours from now | 22-05-2022 | 10:53 pm
Times of India
2 hours from now | 22-05-2022 | 10:53 pm

MUMBAI: A little 10-year-old champion skater from Worli, Rhythm Mamania, has become one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to summit the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in the Himalayan ranges in Nepal. Rhythm had no coach or formal training, and would practise by running up and down the long flight of steps near Shastri Garden at 5.00am. Neither the perils of low oxygen at a height of 5,364 metres above sea level nor spells of nausea nor blisters on the feet halted the determined mountain goat in her tracks. Around 1.00pm on May 6, the class five student of Met Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra, summited the Everest Base Camp (EBC) with her proud parents Urmi and Harshal by her side. Rhythm said, "It was my aim to reach the EBC summit so I did not bother about the cold. I enjoy sports. Yes, the occasional hailstones were a novelty." Urmi said, "Rhythm is a national level skater so her thigh muscles are strong. But it is her will and her moral conscience that is worth mentioning. She opted to climb down while others were engaging helicopter rides to descend. And she collected all her litter and brought it back to Kathmandu rather than leave it lying in the mountains where it will not decompose for years." The 11-day expedition was organised by Rishi Bhandari of Satori Adventures, Nepal. He said by phone, "I do not have a complete record of the age and nationality of all those who summit EBC. But most people from India, especially Mumbai and Maharashtra, go through my company, and Rhythm is certainly the youngest in this respect. I was inspired to see that she did not complain despite being nauseous and tired by the arduous climb. Another elderly breathless trekker had to be airlifted out, but Rhythm was like a soldier who motivated others by her strength, fitness, energy and enthusiasm." Urmi laughed and recalled how several admiring climbers stopped to take pictures with Rhythm. The family joined Kutch Trekkers Group in Mulund led by Manish Savla for this trip. Savla said, "Rhythm's achievement is a proud moment for us. She has taken no formal training and had just a few one-day Sahyadri treks behind her. And the EBC climb at 5,364 meters above sea level is no mean feat. With technical training, Rhythm certainly has the potential to scale Mt Everest which is at a height of 29,200-odd meters."

Mumbai: Ten-year-old Worli girl among youngest to summit Everest Base Camp
  • Mumbai: 10-year-old Worli girl summits Everest Base Camp
  • Times of India

    Mumbai: A little 10-year-old champion skater from Worli, Rhythm Mamania, has become one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to summit the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in the Himalayan ranges in Nepal. Rhythm had no coach or formal training, and would practise by running up and down the long flight of steps near Shastri Garden at 5.00am. Neither the perils of low oxygen at a height of 5,364 metres above sea level nor spells of nausea nor blisters on the feet halted the determined mountain goat in her tracks. Around 1.00pm on May 6, the class five student of Met Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra, summited the Everest Base Camp (EBC) with her proud parents Urmi and Harshal by her side.Rhythm said, “It was my aim to reach the EBC summit so I did not bother about the cold. I enjoy sports. Yes, the occasional hailstones were a novelty.” Urmi said, “Rhythm is a national level skater so her thigh muscles are strong. But it is her will and her moral conscience that is worth mentioning. She opted to climb down while others were engaging helicopter rides to descend. And she collected all her litter and brought it back to Kathmandu rather than leave it lying in the mountains where it will not decompose for years.”The 11-day expedition was organised by Rishi Bhandari of Satori Adventures, Nepal. He said by phone, “I do not have a complete record of the age and nationality of all those who summit EBC. But most people from India, especially Mumbai and Maharashtra, go through my company, and Rhythm is certainly the youngest in this respect.”He further added, “I was inspired to see that she did not complain despite being nauseous and tired by the arduous climb. Another elderly breathless trekker had to be airlifted out, but Rhythm was like a soldier who motivated others by her strength, fitness, energy and enthusiasm.”Urmi laughed and recalled how several admiring climbers stopped to take pictures with Rhythm.The family joined Kutch Trekkers Group in Mulund led by Manish Savla for this trip. Savla said, “Rhythm's achievement is a proud moment for us. She has taken no formal training and had just a few one-day Sahyadri treks behind her. And the EBC climb at 5,364 mts above sea level is no mean feat. With technical training, Rhythm certainly has the potential to scale Mt Everest which is at a height of 29,200-odd metres .”

  • 10-year-old girl from Maharashtra summits Everest base camp
  • Times of India

    MUMBAI: A little 10-year-old champion skater from Worli, Rhythm Mamania, has become one of the youngest Indian mountaineers to summit the Everest Base Camp (EBC) in the Himalayan ranges in Nepal. Rhythm had no coach or formal training, and would practise by running up and down the long flight of steps near Shastri Garden at 5.00am. Neither the perils of low oxygen at a height of 5,364m above sea level nor spells of nausea nor blisters on the feet halted the determined mountain goat in her tracks. Around 1.00pm on May 6, the class five student of Met Rishikul Vidyalaya, Bandra, summited the Everest Base Camp (EBC) with her proud parents Urmi and Harshal by her side. Rhythm said, “It was my aim to reach the EBC summit so I did not bother about the cold. I enjoy sports. Yes, the occasional hailstones were a novelty.” Urmi said, “Rhythm is a national level skater so her thigh muscles are strong. But it is her will and her moral conscience that is worth mentioning. She opted to climb down while others were engaging helicopter rides to descend. She collected all her litter and brought it back to Kathmandu rather than leave it lying in the mountains where it will not decompose for years.” The 11-day expedition was organised by Rishi Bhandari of Satori Adventures, Nepal. He said by phone, “I do not have a complete record of the age and nationality of all those who summit EBC. But most people from India, especially Mumbai and Maharashtra, go through my company, and Rhythm is certainly the youngest in this respect.” He further added, “I was inspired to see that she did not complain despite being nauseous and tired by the arduous climb. Another elderly breathless trekker had to be airlifted out, but Rhythm was like a soldier who motivated others by her strength, fitness, energy and enthusiasm.”

Maharashtra Cuts VAT On Petrol, Diesel Post Centre's Excise Duty Reduction
Ndtv | 1 hour ago | 22-05-2022 | 06:28 pm
Ndtv
1 hour ago | 22-05-2022 | 06:28 pm
Maharashtra Cuts VAT On Petrol, Diesel Post Centre's Excise Duty Reduction
  • Maharashtra govt slashes VAT on petrol and diesel
  • Deccan Herald

    A day after the Centre reduced excise duty on fuel, the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government on Sunday slashed the VAT on petrol by Rs 2.08 per litre and diesel by Rs 1.44 per litre.A statement issued by the government said the state exchequer will have to bear an annual loss of Rs 2,500 crore as a result of this decision.After reducing the VAT on petrol and diesel, the per month revenue from petrol will reduce by Rs 80 crore, while that from diesel by Rs 125 crore.The central government on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 reduction on diesel.

Shiv Sena slams Raj Thackeray's reasons for deferring Ayodhya visit
Times of India | 2 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 05:08 pm
Times of India
2 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 05:08 pm

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday slammed MNS chief Raj Thackeray's claim that he had deferred his visit to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh as there was ploy to "trap" his party workers into legal issues, and said such comments were made out of frustration. "Who can stop you from going to Ayodhya? What conspiracy can be there?" Raut sought to know while talking to reporters here. It was a "BJP-sponsored" visit, the Shiv Sena's chief spokesperson claimed, while noting that Uttar Pradesh is governed by the saffron party. "If there is opposition from one BJP MP, defy that opposition and go ahead. Who will trap you? All such comments are made out of frustration. There is a need for counseling and treatment (over such comments)," the Rajya Sabha member said. Notably, Raj Thackeray has been facing stiff opposition from Uttar Pradesh BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who has warned that the MNS chief will not be allowed to enter Ayodhya till he tendered a public apology for "humiliating" north Indians in the past. At a rally in Pune on Sunday, Thackeray claimed that political developments around his proposed Ayodhya visit on June 5 were a ploy to "trap" his party workers into legal tangles and hence, he decided to defer his trip to the Uttar Pradesh city. Thackeray also said he has to undergo a surgery on June 1 and after recovering from it, he would again address a public meeting. The MNS president said when he had posted the message about deferring his Ayodhya visit, many people were happy, while some did not like it. "I was watching things which were being discussed after I had announced the Ayodhya visit. Later, I got to know that it is a trap. It started in Maharashtra," he claimed.

Shiv Sena slams Raj Thackeray's reasons for deferring Ayodhya visit
Uddhav likening Hindutva to washing powder, says Raj Thackeray
Deccan Herald | 3 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 04:34 pm
Deccan Herald
3 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 04:34 pm

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray lashed out at his estranged cousin and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray for his remarks of "our Hindutva, their Hindutva" in his speeches, saying that the Shiv Sena chief is likening Hindutva to a 'washing powder' with these statements. “The other day I heard the Chief Minister (while he addressed the rally) saying — our Hindutva is real Hindutva, their Hindutva is fake Hindutva. What is this ‘real Hindutva and fake Hindutva’? Is this washing powder? (bhala uski kameez meri kameez se safed kaise (How is his shirt whiter than mine?),” Raj said. “On the other hand, I wanted to point out that we have delivered on Hindutva.”“For the first time in India, loudspeakers are silent in the mornings or the volume has come down. At least 92 per cent of the mosques are following it,” he said, referring to his campaign to ban loudspeakers in mosques.Also read: Raj Thackeray urges PM Narendra Modi to bring in UCC, enact population control lawReferring to Shiv Sena's clash with the Rana lawmakers over Hanuman Chalisa, he said, “After I asked my workers to play Hanuman Chalisa on loudspeakers, the Rana couple (three-time Badnera MLA Ravi Rana and Amravati MP Navneet Kaur Rana) said they will recite Hanuman Chalisa at Matoshree. Is Matoshree a mosque? Everyone knows what happened between Shiv Sainiks and the Rana couple later. They were arrested and put in jail,” he said.Raj also targeted Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut over meeting the Rana couple in Ladakh.Raj urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring in Uniform Civil Code, and enact a law on population control in India. He also reiterated the demand of renaming Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar.“I request the Prime Minister to bring Uniform Civil Code at the earliest, enact a law on population control and change the name of Aurangabad to Sambhaji Nagar,” Raj said at a meeting in Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Pune.“Two days ago, I tweeted about postponing my Ayodhya visit. I intentionally gave the statement to allow everyone to give their reactions. Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me, but I decided not to fall into this controversy,” he said.Meanwhile, he announced that he would undergo a hip bone surgery on June 1 and would be back in action after recuperation. However, he asked party workers to keep the campaign against loudspeakers on. He also pointed out that “many political parties” did not like his campaign against loudspeakers at mosques and response to his Hindutva agenda, thus the demand for an apology has been raked up now. “Why were they silent for 12 to 14 years?” he asked.

Uddhav likening Hindutva to washing powder, says Raj Thackeray
In Rajya Sabha Polls, Will Support Candidate Chosen By Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
Ndtv | 3 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 04:19 pm
Ndtv
3 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 04:19 pm

Sharad Pawar was speaking to reporters in PunePune: NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said his party will support Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati or any other candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena in the upcoming polls to six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra.Mr Pawar was talking to reporters after meeting representatives some Brahmin community organisations in Pune on Saturday.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.The polls are scheduled on June 10. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the ruling allies Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP in Maharashtra can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.To a query from reporters here on Saturday, Mr Pawar said, "Two years ago, we had demanded two seats (in the Rajya Sabha) and we got those. But, this time, we will get one seat." "After supporting our candidate, we will have votes to support one candidate of the Shiv Sena. They may choose Sambhajiraje or any other candidate, we will support the candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena," the NCP chief said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSome senior Shiv Sena leaders recently said the party will field a second candidate in the coming Rajya Sabha polls, a move that could then hamper the prospects of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

In Rajya Sabha Polls, Will Support Candidate Chosen By Shiv Sena: Sharad Pawar
  • Will support any candidate chosen by Shiv Sena for Rajya Sabha polls, says Sharad Pawar
  • Deccan Herald

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said his party will support Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati or any other candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena in the upcoming polls to six Rajya Sabha seats in Maharashtra.Pawar was talking to reporters after meeting representatives some Brahmin community organisations in Pune on Saturday.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra — Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.The polls are scheduled on June 10. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the ruling allies Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was earlier a President-nominated member of the Upper House of Parliament.He recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.To a query from reporters here on Saturday, Pawar said, "Two years ago, we had demanded two seats (in the Rajya Sabha) and we got those. But, this time, we will get one seat.""After supporting our candidate, we will have votes to support one candidate of the Shiv Sena. They may choose Sambhajiraje or any other candidate, we will support the candidate chosen by the Shiv Sena," the NCP chief said.Some senior Shiv Sena leaders recently said the party will field a second candidate in the coming Rajya Sabha polls, a move that could then hamper the prospects of Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati.

Excise duty cut: Petrol price slashed by Rs 8.69/litre, diesel by Rs 7.05/litre
Times of India | 6 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 01:10 pm
Times of India
6 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 01:10 pm

NEW DELHI: Petrol price on Sunday was slashed by Rs 8.69 a litre and diesel by Rs 7.05 per litre following the government cutting excise duty on auto fuels to give relief to consumers battered by high fuel prices that has also pushed inflation to record high. The government on Saturday announced a record Rs 8 per litre cut in excise duty on petrol and Rs 6 per litre reduction on diesel. The excise duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 8.69 a litre on petrol in Delhi and Rs 7.05 per litre in diesel after taking into account its impact on other levies. Petrol in the national capital now costs Rs 96.72 a litre as against Rs 105.41 previously. Diesel is now priced at Rs 89.62 per litre as opposed to Rs 96.67 earlier, a price notification from state-owned fuel retailers showed. In Mumbai, petrol rates have been slashed to Rs 111.35 a litre from Rs 120.51, while diesel rates have come down to Rs 97.28 per litre from Rs 104.77. Rates differ from state to state depending on incidence of local taxes such as VAT. Petrol now costs Rs 106.03 a litre in Kolkata (earlier Rs 115.12) and Rs 102.63 in Chennai (previously Rs 110.85). Diesel is priced at Rs 92.76 a litre in Kolkata (previously Rs 99.83) and Rs 94.24 in Chennai (earlier Rs 100.94). Announcing the duty cut through tweets, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also stated that the government will give Rs 200 per cylinder subsidy to the poor who got cooking gas connection under the Ujjwala scheme, for 12 cylinders in a year to help ease some of the burden arising from cooking gas rates rising to record levels. A 14.2-kg LPG cylinder costs Rs 1,003 in the national capital. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries will get Rs 200 subsidy directly in their bank account and the effective price for them would be Rs 803 per 14.2-kg cylinder. There was no subsidy paid on cooking gas since June 2020, and all users including Ujjwala beneficiaries bought cylinders at market rate, which currently is Rs 1,003 in Delhi. The Rs 200 subsidy will cost the government Rs 6,100 crore, she had said. State-owned fuel retailers passed on the excise duty cut to consumers despite losing Rs 13.08 a litre on petrol and Rs 24.09 per litre on diesel because of holding rates even though raw material (crude oil) cost surged. This excise duty cuts along with Rs 5 cut on petrol and Rs 10 reduction on diesel affected from November 4, 2021, rolls back the Rs 13 and Rs 16 per litre increase in taxes on petrol and diesel effected between March 2020 and May 2020 to avoid passing on to consumers the sharp fall in international oil prices. The excise duty hikes of 2020 had taken central taxes on petrol to their highest level of Rs 32.9 per litre and that on diesel to Rs 31.8 a litre. After the latest excise cut, the incidence of central tax on petrol will come down to Rs 19.9 a litre and that on diesel to Rs 15.8 per litre. She exhorted all state governments to also cut local sales tax or VAT. Post November 2021 reduction in excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 10 a litre, 25 states and UTs had cut VAT to give further reprieve to consumers battered by record-high retail prices. However, states ruled by non-NDA parties like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu had not reduced VAT. Post that reduction, state-owned oil firms held petrol and diesel prices for a record 137-day period during which international oil prices rose from USD 84 per barrel to near 14-year high of USD 140 per barrel. They finally broke the hiatus with a Rs 10 per litre increase on both petrol and diesel in 16 days starting March 22, but again hit a freeze button after the last revision on April 6, despite not covering all of the cost. Brent - the world's most known crude benchmark - was at USD 112.55 per barrel on Sunday. Holding of prices despite rise in cost had led to lower earnings of fuel retailers in the January-March quarter. Central excise duty makes up for 20 per cent of the price of petrol, down from 26 per cent earlier. It now makes up for 17.6 per cent of diesel price. After considering local sales tax or VAT, the total tax incidence in the price of petrol is 37 per cent and that on diesel is 32 per cent, down from 40-42 per cent earlier. The excise tax on petrol was Rs 9.48 per litre when the Modi government took office in 2014 and that on diesel was Rs 3.56 a litre. The government had between November 2014 and January 2016 raised excise duty on petrol and diesel on nine occasions to take away gains arising from plummeting global oil prices. In all, duty on petrol rate was hiked by Rs 11.77 per litre and that on diesel by 13.47 a litre in those 15 months that helped government's excise mop up more than double to Rs 2,42,000 crore in 2016-17 from Rs 99,000 crore in 2014-15. It cut excise duty by Rs 2 in October 2017 and by Rs 1.50 a year later. But it raised excise duty by Rs 2 per litre in July 2019. It again raised excise duty on March 14, 2020 by Rs 3 per litre each. The government on May 6, 2020, again raised excise duties by Rs 10 per litre on petrol and Rs 13 per litre on diesel.

Excise duty cut: Petrol price slashed by Rs 8.69/litre, diesel by Rs 7.05/litre
  • Reduction of excise duty on petrol, diesel not enough, says Thackeray
  • Deccan Herald

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the Central government's reduction of excise duty on petrol and diesel was not enough and demanded that it be brought down further to what it was six or seven years ago.In a statement, Thackeray criticised the Central government for minimal reduction of excise duty on petrol and diesel.Also read: Centre reduces excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre, diesel by Rs 6"Two months ago, the excise duty on petrol was hiked by Rs 18.42 per litre and today, it has been reduced by Rs 8, while the duty on diesel was increased by Rs 18.24 per litre and now it has been brought down by Rs 6. It is not good to make drastic hikes and then provide minimal reduction," the chief minister said.A real relief would be to bring the excise duty down to what it was six or seven years ago, he added.Earlier in the day, the Central government cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers battering under high fuel prices that has also pushed inflation to a multi-year high. The excise duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 9.5 a litre on petrol and Rs 7 a litre in diesel after taking into account its impact on other levies.




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Uddhav, Fadnavis face-off ahead of municipal polls
Deccan Herald | 2 weeks ago | 08-05-2022 | 03:16 pm
Deccan Herald
2 weeks ago | 08-05-2022 | 03:16 pm

In what could set the tone for the forthcoming municipal polls in Maharashtra including in the financial capital of Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis are set for a face-off next weekend. While Thackeray, the Shiv Sena President, would address a rally at the BKC ground at Bandra on Saturday, 14 May, Fadnavis will address a rally at the NESCO complex at Goregaon on Sunday, 15 May.At a time when the two-and-a-half-year-old Uddhav-led Maha Vikas Aghadi dispensation is facing repeated attacks from the Shiv Sena’s friend-turned-for BJP, the chain of developments next week is expected to shoot the mercury up as far as the political scenario in the state is concerned. Over the last few days, Uddhav, who in alliance with Sharad Pawar-led NCP and Congress, heads the Maha Vikas Aghadi government, has been indicating that he would speak his mind out and have targeted political rivals over what he stated as “ideological pollution” and politics of hatred. “Did ‘ache din’  come?…. Firstly, you don’t allow (us) to work…and whatever good work we do, you accuse and allege corruption….The opposition does not mean that you have to oppose everything…you need to have a big heart…there has to be some standard in politics…We are seeing climate change, global warming….this is a result of pollution…there is also ideological pollution,” Uddhav started on Saturday without naming BJP.  “Whatever I have in mind, I will speak on 14 May,” he added. On the other hand, the BJP has planned a rally for Fadnavis, the very next day, on 15 May. Senior North Indian BJP leader RU Singh, who is the chief coordinator of Uttar Bharatiya Sammelan, is working on the rally. “Fadnavis will expose the (MVA) government’s misdeeds and sound the bugle for civic bodies polls,” he said.Over the last two weeks, Fadnavis has sharpened his attack on Shiv Sena and this was evident from the 1 May booster dose rally in Mumbai, in which he launched a no holds barred broadside against the Thackerays.Fadnavis, a former two-time Chief Minister, said that on 6 December 1992 when the Babri structure was brought down, he himself was present. “This Devendra Fadnavis was present when the Babri structure was brought down…we never considered it as a mosque, it was a structure….they (Shiv Sena) claim that they have done it…but let me tell you not a single Shiv Sena leader or Shiv Sanik was present there…not a single Shiv Sainik figure in the list of accused,” he said.It needs to be mentioned that Thackeray also stayed away from the event in which the first-ever Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 June - and instead along with his wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas visited the home of Chandrabhaga Shinde has earned the sobriquet of Fire Aaji, as she said during the protests - “marega lekin jhukega nahi” when the Rana couple Ravi Rana and Navneet Singh Rana planned to chant Hanuman Chalisa outside Matoshree.

Uddhav, Fadnavis face-off ahead of municipal polls
"Wish To See A Brahmin As Maharashtra Chief Minister": Union Minister
Ndtv | 2 weeks ago | 05-05-2022 | 02:32 pm
Ndtv
2 weeks ago | 05-05-2022 | 02:32 pm

Raosaheb Danve has said he wishes to see a Brahmin as the Chief Minister of MaharashtraAurangabad/Mumbai: Union Minister Raosaheb Danve has said he wishes to see a Brahmin as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Reacting to it, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said a transgender or an individual belonging to any caste can become the Chief Minister if the person has the backing of 145 MLAs in the assembly.Mr Danve made the comment on Tuesday night in Jalna while addressing a rally organised by the Brahmin community on Parshuram Jayanti.A guest present in the rally demanded that Brahmins be given more representation in local governing bodies.In response, Mr Danve said, "I just don't want to see Brahmins as corporators or civic body heads, I wish to see a Brahmin as the Chief Minister of this state."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMr Danve said he campaigned in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for the assembly elections. "So much of casteism has come into politics and that it cannot be ignored. But there should be a leader who can keep communities together," he said.On Thursday, when a reporter asked Ajit Pawar in Mumbai about Mr Danve's remarks, the Deputy Chief Minister said, "Anyone can become a Chief Minister. A tritiyapanthi (transgender) or a person from any caste and religion or any woman can be a Chief Minister by securing majority of 145 MLAs."

"Wish To See A Brahmin As Maharashtra Chief Minister": Union Minister
Sambhajirajes RS tenure ends; to join active politics
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 04-05-2022 | 03:39 am
Times of India
2 weeks ago | 04-05-2022 | 03:39 am

Kolhapur: Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati’s Rajya Sabha tenure formally ended on Tuesday. The descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Shahu Maharaj said he would enter active politics, though he would reveal his future course of political action only after May 6, which is observed as Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj’s death anniversary.Sambhajiraje had been nominated to the Rajya Sabha via the President of India quota. The BJP had suggested his name to President Ram Nath Kovind in 2016 with an aim to get associated with the royal family and thereby make a dent in the Maratha vote bank, which traditionally leaned towards the Congress and the NCP. Sambhajiraje’s acceptance of the RS berth had not gone down well with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, who has famously said: “Now Peshwas are nominating Chhatrapatis.” The comment was targeting then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who had taken the initiative in convincing Sambhajiraje to accept the nomination.Now, with his Rajya Sabha tenure ending, speculations are rife about his future political journey. Speaking to the media, Sambhajiraje said, “I will declare my decision after May 6, which is the death anniversary of Shahu Maharaj. I am sure I will enter active politics. I have made contacts and have followers in the state. Many in Delhi also want me to be here, but I will be active in Maharashtra politics.”On Tuesday morning, Sambhajiraje tweeted a photo of him reading a novel on Shivaji Maharaj. He captioned the photo: “Committed to ideology for a lifetime”. Several of his close confidants claim that he may not form his own political outfit, but align with either the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) or remain independent to pursue issue-based politics. Sources in the BJP claim that since he was reluctant to share BJP’s political platform and align his views with the party, he will not be given another chance to serve in the Rajya Sabha or in any other constitutional set-up. Sambhajiraje has played a crucial role in the Maratha reservation issue. After the reservation was scrapped, he got most of the demands pertaining to education and jobs for the Maratha youths approved by the state government.

Sambhajirajes RS tenure ends; to join active politics
VHP says its activists won't participate in MNS' Hanuman Chalisa event in Maharashtra
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | 01-05-2022 | 05:24 pm
Times of India
3 weeks ago | 01-05-2022 | 05:24 pm

NEW DELHI: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday dismissed as "fake and baseless" the reports that its activists and those of the Bajrang Dal will participate in an event to be organised by the MNS to play 'Hanuman Chalisa' on loudspeakers outside the mosques in Maharashtra on May 3. In a veiled attack at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the RSS-affiliate also dubbed as "propaganda politics" the reports about the participation of its activists and those of the Bajrang Dal in the proposed event of the party, saying the VHP neither supports any political party nor participates in their political programmes. "Neither the VHP nor the Bajrang Dal have extended any support to the MNS' Hanuman Chalisa event. All the news coming in about the VHP and Bajrang Dal activists to be participating in the MNS's programme is fake, baseless and far from the truth," VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal told PTI. He said that the VHP does not participate "in any programme organised by any political party". "VHP is an apolitical organisation. It does not support any political party," he said. The VHP's clarification comes following reports in a section of media claiming that the right-wing outfit and its youth wing Bajrang Dal have agreed to participate in the proposed event of the Raj Thackeray-led MNS across Maharashtra on May 3. "Those who are playing this propaganda politics that VHP and Bajrang Dal will participate in the MNS programme, is not right. It's a completely false narrative," Bansal added. The MNS chief had recently asked the Maharashtra government to ensure that loudspeakers are removed from the religious places in the state by May 3, threatening that his party will play 'Hanuman Chalisa' on loudspeakers in front of the mosques if his demand is not fulfilled. The VHP leader said it doesn't have any issues with anyone organising any event for recitation of Hanuman Chalisa. "The VHP believes that there should not be a ban on recitation of Hanuman Chalisa in the country. If someone, however, is doing it for some political reasons, we do not support it," he added. Without naming anyone, however, the VHP leader slammed the Maharashtra government over slapping of sedition charge against Independent MLA Ravi Rana and his wife Amravati MP Navneet Rana, who were recently arrested following their call for the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray's residence. "We are also against such atrocities," Bansal said. Union minister Ramdas Athawale had recently said that his party RPI-A, an ally of BJP, does not support the MNS chief's demand for the removal of loudspeakers from mosques. He had also claimed that the BJP also does not support Raj Thackeray's stand on the issue. "The BJP has never taken such a stand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' and there is no possibility of the BJP taking such a position. This is Raj Thackeray's agenda," he had said.

VHP says its activists won't participate in MNS' Hanuman Chalisa event in Maharashtra



Maharashtra Election News

Maharashtra: Administrations across Marathwada gear up for local body elections
Times of India | 10 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 09:18 am
Times of India
10 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 09:18 am

AURANGABAD: Administrations across eight districts of the Marathwada region have started gearing up for the local body elections that have been pending for a while now. In most of the cases, the elections were put on hold due to the pandemic in the past couple of years. Authorities said as a part of the preparations, the process for ward formation has already been started in multiple local bodies across the region. As per the data obtained from across the eight districts, elections for eight Zilla Parishads, 76 panchayat samitis and 43 municipal councils are pending. A senior official said, “There are 50 municipal councils, 26 nagar panchayats and four municipal corporations spread across the region.” Of these, elections for 23 nagar panchayats were conducted in 2020-21 and 2021-22. “Out of the remaining three, Phulambri nagar panchayat has body till 2023. Renapur nagar panchayat election programme is underway while for Himayat Nagar, the election programme is awaited,” said the senior official. For the municipal councils, the ward formation process is underway at 43 places. Authorities at the revenue divisional commissionerate maintained that at several places the ward formation process has been initiated while at the other places the election programme is awaited. Out of the four municipal corporations in the region, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s previous body of elected members’ term ended in 2020 and continues to be headed by administrator. “For Aurangabad municipal corporation we have started the Prabhag Rachna or ward formation process, which is one of the vital indicators of election programme,” said a senior official from the AMC. Latur Municipal Corporation’s term has ended on Saturday while Parbhani Municipal Corporation’s term ended on May 15. The election programme for Nanded Waghela corporation the term is expiring in mid-October this year, before which the elections will be carried out. Senior officials privy to the election process maintained that a key election related meeting has been scheduled for Monday. “Most of the things about possible schedule for elections in urban as well as rural areas will be clear in Monday’s marathon meeting,” said an official from election department. In the meeting even the election programme is likely to be intimidated to the district administrations for initiating effective preparations.

Maharashtra: Administrations across Marathwada gear up for local body elections
  • History created, Madhya Pradesh has made roadmap for OBC quota: Chouhan
  • Times of India

    Bhopal: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday was felicitated by a section of the OBC society for the recent Supreme Court direction restoring reservation for the community in the panchayat and urban civic body polls. While the All India OBC Mahasabha called a bandh in the state, another section of the community gathered at the Chief Minister’s official residence to felicitate and thank Chouhan.The OBC crowd that collected at the CM House on 6, Shyamla Hills also included Chouhan’s wife Sadhna Singh Chouhan who is the chairperson of the Kirar Mahasabha – a backward class society.Launching a scathing attack on state Congress president Kamal Nath for supporting the OBC Mahasabha called state-wide bandh, chief minister Chouhan said, “Kamal Nath, today you are calling a bandh, but I want to ask that when the BJP government was conducting elections in the state, why did your party go to the High Court? When the issue was defeated there, they approached the Supreme Court. The Apex Court sent them back to High Court. There they mentioned Gawali case (Vikas Kishanrao Gawali versus State of Maharashtra) as an example. This gave way to the court’s direction for elections without OBC reservations.”Addressing the OBC gathering, the chief minister alleged that Congress was never in support of OBC reservations. “Look at history even as the Congress has called a bandh. Kamal Nath, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi – You have an alliance government in Maharashtra. The Congress is in power there and yet panchayat elections have been conducted without OBC reservations,” Chouhan alleged.He said that in Madhya Pradesh the government and the OBC Commission worked night and day to collect statistics of OBCs ward-wise so it could be presented and argued before the Supreme Court.

  • Ruling for OBC quota in Madhya Pradesh local body polls becomes politics fodder in Maharashtra
  • Deccan Herald

    The Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra has “murdered” political reservation for the OBCs, Leader of Opposition and BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis said hours after the Supreme Court allowed OBC quota for Madhya Pradesh’s local body elections.“The Supreme Court order allowing OBC reservation in MP (Madhya Pradesh) is a tight slap on the face of MVA leaders who mocked us whenever we insisted on a triple test. Only due to the absence of triple test, OBCs from Maharashtra are deprived of their right. Our fight continues till OBC reservations get restored. They (MVA) have murdered the OBC reservation,” proclaimed Fadnavis.The two-time former Maharashtra Chief Minister was attacking the Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Indian National Congress about MVA dragging its feet about the report from the state's Backward Classes Commission, in view of the Supreme Court decision.Meanwhile, State Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, from NCP, hoped that Maharashtra, too, would get “justice” like the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.Bhujbal, a prominent OBC leader and founder of Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad, said that the state government had set up a dedicated commission headed by former state Chief Secretary and a demographer of international repute Jayant Banthia.“The dedicated commission has been collecting empirical data to provide OBC reservation in the local bodies. We have met with Banthia and asked him to give the data as soon as possible. The MVA government is taking all the steps to protect the OBC quota,” Bhujbal assured.In the meanwhile, Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said the BJP wanted to politicise the issue and deprive Maharashtra’s OBC community of their right to reservation. 

Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': Nadda
Times of India | 3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 04:51 pm
Times of India
3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 04:51 pm

NEW DELHI: The Congress is neither national nor Indian and not democratic either and has become a "bhai-bahan" party, BJP president J P Nadda said on Thursday in a sharp attack on dynastic political parties. Addressing a seminar on "Threat of Dynastic Political Parties to Democratic Governance", Nadda said in dynastic parties, one person's interest reigns supreme and that such parties are a threat to democracy. While the Constitution bars any discrimination on the basis of birth, the leadership in these parties is decided on the basis of birth and others are ignored, he said, mentioning a host of dynasty-run regional parties in almost every state as well as the Congress in his attack. These parties lack any ideology and their sole aim is to grab power, Nadda alleged. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president blamed the Congress for the growth of regional parties, accusing the main opposition party of not giving space to regional aspirations during its dominance over national politics. The BJP, he said, believes in "unity among diversity" and gives space to regional aspirations while keeping the centre strong. As regional parties grow, personality cults become "overbearing and overwhelming" in these outfits, sidetracking ideology and local aspirations, Nadda said. "What is most saddening is that the Congress has become neither national nor Indian nor democratic. It is also standing now as a party of bhai-bahan," he said, in an apparent reference to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra playing key roles in running the show in their party. The BJP is the only party where internal democracy is maintained, Nadda said. Citing the presence of dynastic parties from Jammu and Kashmir to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, he said family interests are supreme in these parties, vitiating the election process. While the BJP, due to its ideological commitment and decades of struggle, does not find it difficult to deal with these parties, Nadda said political parties run in a healthy manner are important for a healthy democracy, adding that these parties are like monarchies within a democracy. Their sole aim is to grab power, he said. "Regional parties want to come to power by any means. So they will go to the extent of polarisation on the basis of caste or religion. Issues of national importance are put aside and polarisation is done to grab power," Nadda alleged. Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on the occasion that these regional parties are nothing short of a "private limited" company and blamed these outfits for cases of corruption, claiming that they need money for families to maintain their absolute power. Taking a swipe at the Congress, he said the "prince" does not want to be the president of the party but nor does he want anyone else to take over, and the party is functioning without a head. Sonia Gandhi is the interim president of the Congress. In his speech, BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said only eight of the 54 political parties recognised by the Election Commission are free of a dynastic rule which, he added, was a frightening reality. Family-run parties are against the spirit of democracy, he said.

Congress neither national nor Indian, it's now party of 'bhai-bahan': Nadda
Party leaders say ready for battle of ballots any moment
Times of India | 3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:49 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:49 am

Pune: Leaders of political parties in the city on Wednesday said they were ready to contest the civic polls any moment, though they felt that holding the elections during monsoon might be a challenge. The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Maharashtra government and state election commission could proceed with civic polls in areas that normally received less rain and the rest of the elections could be conducted after monsoon. A BJP leader in the city said the election should be held at earliest and a decision on conducting the polls should be based on the local conditions and not entire Maharashtra. The BJP had 98 corporators in the recently dissolved 164-member general body of the Pune Municipal Corporation, followed by NCP (40). A political analyst said the BJP would reach out to the voters with the works done in the city during the past five years.NCP city president Prashant Jagtap said the party had started ward-wise review, as the poll schedule could be announced anytime soon. On being asked if the NCP wanted the elections to be postponed, he said, “It is an administrative decision and depended on the state election commission. As a party, we do not have any role in fixing the schedule.” He said, “It is, however, clear that people are not happy with the BJP’s five-year tenure in the PMC. People want a change.” Aspiring coporators said they wanted more clarity on the poll schedule at earliest. One of them from the Bopodi area said, “The PMC’s general body was dissolved in March. There is still no clarity about the polls. Such a situation is challenging, especially for people not part of big political parties but want to contest the polls.”

Party leaders say ready for battle of ballots any moment
SC verdict on OBC quota in MP civic polls gives hope: Bhujbal
Times of India | 3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:41 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:41 am

Nashik: NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the Supreme Court (SC) nod for OBC reservation in Madhya Pradesh civic polls has given him hope that the elections in Maharashtra can also be held with the quota.Bhujbal said the Maharashtra government has already set up a dedicated OBC commission under former chief secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia and empirical data of OBCs is being collected through the commission.Bhujbal added that as per the SC order, the civic elections in Maharashtra can be held after September or October. “Hence, we will get the empirical data by that time and the OBC reservation can be restored,” he said.The SC had recently ordered the state government and the state election commissioner to conduct the civic polls in Maharashtra without OBC reservation and declare the election programme in the next couple of weeks.Thereafter, the state election commissioner filed a plea to the Supreme Court, seeking permission to hold elections in September or October due to the rainy season. During the hearing on Tuesday, the SC had reportedly asked the state election commission why elections for the civic bodies could not be held where there is lesser rainfall. Now, the SC judgment giving nod for OBC reservation in civic polls in MP has given hope to the state government that elections would also be held with the reservation.

SC verdict on OBC quota in MP civic polls gives hope: Bhujbal
Shiv Sena accuses Opposition of horse-trading for RS polls
Deccan Herald | 4 days ago | 18-05-2022 | 03:49 pm
Deccan Herald
4 days ago | 18-05-2022 | 03:49 pm

The Shiv Sena, which is seeking to get two candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday alleged that its political opponents were resorting to horse-trading for the sixth seat from Maharashtra in the upcoming polls to the Upper House of Parliament.The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) in Maharashtra has the arithmetic on its side to win the sixth seat, Sena's chief spokesperson and Sena MP Sanjay Raut asserted. "The jealousy of the opposition can be seen through the attempts of horse-trading for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat by the opposition. The money from corruption and the horse-trading through it...when will this vicious circle stop?" Raut said in a tweet.राज्यसभेच्या ६ व्या जागेसाठीमहाराष्ट्रात घोडेबाजार सुरू करण्याची विरोधकांची इर्षा दिसू लागलीय.. भ्रष्टाचारातून पैसा .. त्यातून घोडेबाजार!हे दुष्ट चक्र कधी थांबेल?सहावी जागा शिवसेना लढेल.कोणी कितीही आकडे मोड करावी.. आकडे आणि मोड दोन्ही महविकास आघाडीकडे आहे. लढेंगे . जितेंगे. pic.twitter.com/VOXRKRDzdk— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) May 18, 2022“The Shiv Sena will contest the sixth seat. Whatever anyone may do, the arithmetic is with the Maha Vikas Aghadi. We will fight and win," the Rajya Sabha member added. His assertion came a day after Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab said his party will field a second candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls and expressed confidence that the second candidate of the Sena will get elected.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra -- Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4. All four parties are yet to announce their candidates. The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each.The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat. But the Shiv Sena stand could hamper the prospects of Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's descendant, who was earlier a President-nominated member of the Rajya Sabha. Sambhajiraje recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him.He was earlier affiliated with the BJP. NCP president Sharad Pawar has hinted that his party may support Sambhajiraje's candidature, but, if the latter doesn't get votes of the other two MVA constituents, his election could be difficult. The notification for the Rajya Sabha elections will be issued on May 24. The entire process will be completed on June 13

Shiv Sena accuses Opposition of horse-trading for RS polls
  • Shiv Sena Accuses Opposition Of Horse-Trading For Rajya Sabha Polls
  • Ndtv

    Sanjay Raut said the Shiv Sena will contest the sixth Rajya Sabha seat in Maharashtra. (File)Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, which is seeking to get two candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday alleged that its political opponents were resorting to horse-trading for the sixth seat from Maharashtra in the upcoming polls to the Upper House of Parliament.The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA-comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress) in Maharashtra has the arithmetic on its side to win the sixth seat, Sena's chief spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut asserted."The jealousy of the opposition can be seen through the attempts of horse-trading for the sixth Rajya Sabha seat by the opposition. The money from corruption and the horse-trading through it...when will this vicious circle stop?" Mr Raut said in a tweet.“The Shiv Sena will contest the sixth seat. Whatever anyone may do, the arithmetic is with the Maha Vikas Aghadi. We will fight and win," the Rajya Sabha member added.His assertion came a day after Sena leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab said his party will field a second candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls and expressed confidence that the second candidate of the Sena will get elected.The tenure of six Rajya Sabha members from Maharashtra -- Piyush Goyal, Vinay Sahastrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme (all three from the BJP), P Chidambaram (Congress), Praful Patel (NCP) and Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) ends on July 4.All four parties are yet to announce their candidates.The BJP can win two Rajya Sabha seats with the number of MLAs it has, while the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP can win a seat each. The contest will, therefore, be for the sixth seat.But the Shiv Sena stand could hamper the prospects of Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, a member of the Kolhapur royal family and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's descendant, who was earlier a President-nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.Mr Sambhajiraje recently announced that he would contest the next election to the Rajya Sabha as an independent candidate, and appealed to all parties to back him. He was earlier affiliated with the BJP.NCP president Sharad Pawar has hinted that his party may support Sambhajiraje's candidature, but, if the latter doesn't get votes of the other two MVA constituents, his election could be difficult.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe notification for the Rajya Sabha elections will be issued on May 24. The entire process will be completed on June 13.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)




Maharashtra Education News

Pune: SPPU students demand question bank, early results
Times of India | 1 day ago | 21-05-2022 | 08:51 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 21-05-2022 | 08:51 am

PUNE: Students of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) and its affiliated colleges preparing for the semester exams in June have demanded that the university provide the question bank to them as promised. State secretary of Yuva Sena Kalpesh Yadav said, “The education department had promised question bank to students in order to prepare for the exam. However, it has still not been provided. The exam is just a month away. Many colleges and universities in Maharashtra have not even completed the syllabus fully. A review should have been taken before announcing the examination. ” The SPPU examination department has decided to hold offline exams by Juneend, after a gap of two years. Yadav submitted a letter to Dhanraj Mane, director, Directorate of Higher Education, in Pune, stating that announcement of offline exams has raised several questions in the minds of students, and these needed to be addressed. Mahesh Kakade, director, examinations and evaluation, SPPU, said that the university has started preparing for offline exams and the question papers are being set by experts. Regarding the tweet byhigher and technical education minister Uday Samant that there would be a gap of two days between each exam, Kakade said that the university has already spoken to the minister and informed him about its inability to keep the gap as keeping a longer exam period would further delay the next academic year. Meanwhile, final-year students, who have applied for higher education courses in India and abroad, want their results to be published soon after the exams as it would help them to make decisions regarding admission to masters’ programmes. “The academic year at most universities starts from August-September, and I doubt I will be able to make it this year as the exams and results will be delayed,” said Vaishnavi Raut, a final-year student.

Pune: SPPU students demand question bank, early results
Government schools in Maharashtra to start from June 13 for 2022-2023 session
Times of India | 2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 04:25 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 04:25 am

PUNE: The education department has announced that schools run by the state government across Maharashtra will start on June 13 for the 2022-2023 academic year. According to the schedule announced by the department, the schools will have a total 237 working days during the academic year. The first-term of the academic year will end in October and the second term will start on November 9. A circular on the schedule stated that five public holidays would be on Sundays and the students and teachers would not be able to avail of those. However, the students and the teachers would be able to avail of 20 additional public holidays during the academic year. There will be 26 holidays for Diwali and 36 for summer vacations, besides four reserve holidays. Accordingly, the students and the teachers would get 76 holidays throughout the academic year. In addition, 52 Sunday offs mean 128 holidays in the new academic year for the students and the teachers, the circular stated. Smita Kale, teacher of a zilla parishad school from Parbhani, said, "The schedule declared by the government will be helpful in terms of planning the academic year. This has been an annual exercise by the government for the past four-five years. Such planning proves helpful for us." Satish Bhong, teacher of a zilla parishad school from Pune district, "Parents can plan the vacations for their wards based on the schedule announced by the education department. The teachers also need some time to relax. They too also plan outings with their families if the schedule is announced in advance. The year ahead looks challenging after regularising the academic year after two difficult years due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Government schools in Maharashtra to start from June 13 for 2022-2023 session
Training for teachers of maths & science
Times of India | 2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 03:34 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 03:34 am

Pune: Over 300 schoolteachers across Maharashtra will be trained in inquiry and activity-based learning at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, to encourage innovation at the student-level.A 10-day workshop that began on Wednesday for 60 teachers, forming the first batch, is called Inspiring India in Research, Innovation, and STEM Education (iRISE) programme. It is a flagship project in collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), British Council, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Tata Technologies, and is being implemented by IISER Pune.Vikas Garad, SCERT deputy director, said, “We are trying to create a group of teachers who will promote asking questions in the classrooms. They will also encourage curiosity and observation skills among the students. Unless the teachers change their thinking and approach towards education, we cannot change the system. In fact, to teach science and maths through activity, the teachers do not always need a state-of-the-art laboratory, but they can do so even with day-to-day objects. All this is being taught to teachers. The trained teachers will go back to their districts and spread their learnings among their colleagues.”In a press statement, Sourabh Dube (co-PI iRISE program) said, “In Maharashtra, the target is to create more than 300 innovation champions and 9,000 innovation coaches over two years from the pool of science and mathematics teachers. Having received more than 1,000 applications from teachers, Phase I has successfully concluded with around 564 science and mathematics teachers in three batches. For Phase II, 343 teachers have been selected, out of whom about 60 are participating in this batch.”Former state education commissioner Vishal Solanki (IAS), DDG and director, CPTP, Yashada talked about the dearth of quality teachers in the field of maths and science and the need for such training.

Training for teachers of maths & science



Maharashtra Covid News

Door-to-door drives planned to widen booster coverage among elderly in Maharashtra
Times of India | 14 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 05:32 am
Times of India
14 hours ago | 22-05-2022 | 05:32 am

PUNE: State health officials are set to launch door-to-door vaccination drives in June and July to improve Covid precaution-dose coverage among the 60-plus population. Currently, the coverage in this age category stands at 73% in the state. The campaign, officials said, was planned after the health ministry on Friday directed states to intensify precaution-dose drives among the elderly. Central officials told TOI that the drives will give preference to senior citizens who are eligible for the booster dose. One central official said, "We want to accelerate coverage among those who're vulnerable across the country. All states have been directed to scale up precaution-dose vaccination, especially for those who are in the 60-plus category. And these door-to-door campaigns will certainly help." The states of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra and Nagaland have been specifically asked to concentrate on increasing vaccination coverage in the age group. Dr Ramaswami N, commissioner of Maharashtra Health Services, National Health Mission, said that the state will revive the 'Har ghar dastak' campaign not just for the elderly, but for other age groups as well. "We will hold these drives by checking for those in the 60-plus group who have completed nine months after the second jab. We will also have camps at old-age homes, jails and other places. For other groups, focus will also be on vaccine camps at schools and colleges," he said. State immunisation officer Dr Sachin Desai said there has been a dip in average daily vaccination across the state. "Recent daily vaccinations have been less than 1 lakh, which will increase if such intensified campaigns are planned in all districts," Dr Desai said. Districts such as Washim, Gadchiroli, Buldhana, Nanded and Gondia have below 30% precaution-dose coverage among the 60-plus, according to a report that had data compiled till May 19. Booster coverage among frontline workers is at 45.6%; it's 66.2% among health staffers. The two-month campaign will also include those employed at brick kilns and out-of-school children. 45 new Covid cases in PMR The Pune Metropolitan Region recorded 45 new Covid cases on Saturday. There were zero deaths. At least 32 cases were from PMC limits and another eight were from PCMC areas. Only seven patients are in hospitals while some 280 are in home isolation.

Door-to-door drives planned to widen booster coverage among elderly in Maharashtra
Nashik admin felicitates NGO members for support in Covid vaccination
Times of India | 1 day ago | 20-05-2022 | 08:45 pm
Times of India
1 day ago | 20-05-2022 | 08:45 pm

NASHIK: The Nashik district administration felicitated members of Swades Foundation, a non-government organization, which lent its support to the district administration to vaccinate the maximum number of people against the infection of Covid-19. The felicitation programme recently took place at the Nashik Zilla Parishad. Senior officials of the Nashik Zilla Parishad said that owing to the support lent by Swades Foundation, who provided manpower as well equipment, mobile vaccination centres could be set up in the rural parts of the district. Many mobile vaccination vans visited the rural parts of the district from December 2021 to May 2022 to vaccinate the beneficiaries. The mobile vaccination vans also visited remote villages during the night hours, when the labourers and villagers came home from work and were available for taking the Covid-19 vaccine. In view of their outstanding support to the district administration, the members and officer bearers of the foundation were felicitated recently at the Zilla Parishad. Present on the occasion were Ganesh Misal, deputy collector and nodal officer for the covid-19 vaccination programme, Kapil Aher who is the district health officer of Nashik Rural, Kailas Bhoye, district child and women development officer, Tushar Inaamdar of Swadesh foundation and others. In a bid to ensure that the infection rate of Covid-19 was under control, a huge vaccination drive was taken up all over the district. The support lent by the organisations like Swades proved to be extremely useful to getting people who were not reachable vaccinated and thereby preventing the possible infection of Covid-19 or the possible complications after the infection.

Nashik admin felicitates NGO members for support in Covid vaccination
Covid cases at 3-month high in Mumbai, cross 200
Times of India | 2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 03:07 am
Times of India
2 days ago | 20-05-2022 | 03:07 am

Mumbai: The city’s daily tally of Covid-19 cases climbed to a three-month high on Thursday when 223 cases were detected. After the peak of the Covid-Omicron third wave in January, daily cases had fallen below 30 on some days in March before rising slowly in mid-April.The state daily tally increased accordingly to 316 cases on Thursday. A day prior, too, the state had recorded over 300 (307) cases after a 67-day gap.Public health officials, though, are not worried about the rise in cases or the possibility of a fourth wave. The Covid pandemic hit Maharashtra in March 2020 and has since claimed 1.47 lakh lives, including 19,566 in Mumbai.“Cases are rising in Mumbai, Thane and Pune, but our surveillance shows there are no worrying patterns,” said state surveillance officer Dr Pradip Awate. Apart from Mumbai, Pune (37) and Thane (18) have double-digit tallies while the rest of the districts have less than five cases each.Dr Awate said the patterns showed there are no clusters in Mumbai, Pune or Thane. “Over 85% of the cases are asymptomatic and there is no rise in hospitalisation or deaths,” he added.Dr Rahul Pandit, member of the state Covid task force, said the daily tally is no longer among the ‘goal posts’ marking the severity of Covid-19. “The new goal posts are hospitalisations, the number of patients needing oxygen and deaths. None of these markers are high or at worrisome levels,” said Dr Pandit.He said hospitalisation in Mumbai, which records over 60% of the state’s daily tally these days, is around 3% and “not a cause for panic”. It, though, is advisable to wear a mask in closed and confined spaces such as within offices. Dr Awate said although at the global level, Covid could still be called a pandemic as new outbreaks are being recorded in North Korea, China and Australia, it has reached the endemic stage in India. “This was apparent right during the third Omicron wave in India,” he said. The country may record small Covid outbreaks like it did with H1N1, he added.

Covid cases at 3-month high in Mumbai, cross 200
  • Maharashtra & Mumbai see rise in Covid cases, zero deaths
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    Mumbai: After the Monday drop, Maharashtra as well as Mumbai marked an increase in fresh cases of Covid-19. The state on Tuesday recorded 266 new cases, up from 129 cases registered on Monday, while Mumbai registered 158 cases, more than double the cases seen on Monday. The tally is usually low on Monday due to fewer tests carried out on Sunday.Maharashtra didn’t record any Covid deaths for the second day in a row. However, the steady rise in new cases has pushed up the count of active cases. The state’s active cases reached 1,551. Active cases in Mumbai is nearing 1,000 (932). The city recorded no deaths, but saw a marginal rise in the average number of hospitalisations. From an average of two admissions in April, at least three patients are getting hospitalised in May. However, most hospital admissions are seen in people with comorbidities. “Many are also incidental findings. They are being tested as part of pre-operative workup and end up coming positive,” said Dr Balkrishna Adsul, dean of SevenHills Hospital.

  • Slight rise in Covid cases in Mumbai, Maharashtra
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    Mumbai: The state as well as the city registered a marginal rise in fresh cases of Covid-19 on Sunday. Maharashtra reported 255 new cases while Mumbai recorded 151 cases, up from Saturday’s tally of 248 and 131, respectively. Active cases in the state breached the 1,500-mark for the first time since March 19. The state also reported a single death from Mumbai, taking its overall Covid-19 toll to 1,47,855. This was the third consecutive day of Mumbai reporting a death due to the novel coronavirus. Prior to this, the city had not seen any fatality for 12 days in a row. Civic officials said the deceased was a senior citizen with comorbidities. Mumbai had reported four Covid-19 deaths in all of April. In comparison, there have already been three deaths in the first two weeks of May. Active cases in the state reached 1,518, although state officials maintained most cases are mild and largely being treated at home. Active cases in Mumbai reached 885. On Sunday, five people were hospitalised, slightly above the daily average hospitalisation of 2-3.tnn

  • Mumbai: 90% April Covid cases in first May fortnight
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    Mumbai: In the first fortnight of May, the number of Covid cases in Mumbai is almost 90% of the entire tally in April. While 1,641 cases were detected in the city between May 1 and 14, the tally for April was 1,827 cases.In Maharashtra, 2,353 cases have been detected in May so far, accounting for almost 65% of the caseload in April. The April tally was 3,708 cases.On Saturday, Maharashtra registered 248 Covid cases, including 131 from Mumbai. The lone death in the state occurred in Mumbai, where a 40-plus female with no comorbidity died of Covid. The city has registered one death for two consecutive days.A senior state health official said the rise in cases at the moment is not significant. Cases are mainly coming up in Mumbai and Pune regions, accounting for 170 and 63 respectively; other districts recorded single-digit tallies. Eleven deaths have occurred in the state in May so far, including two from Mumbai. BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said the rise is no cause for worry. "There is no corresponding rise in hospitalisations or deaths,'' she said. Additional civic commissioner (health) Dr Sanjeev Kumar said the BMC is monitoring the situation closely and it seems under control.

  • Maharashtra's active Covid-19 cases per million less than national average
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    PUNE: Maharashtra has reported an increase in Covid cases, but its active caseload per million residents is still at 11, lower than India's average of 14 and significantly less than what's being reported from states such as Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala and Haryana. (See graphics) State surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate said trends show Covid in Maharashtra is still "very much in control". "There hasn't been an alarming rise in cases over the last three to four weeks. Nearly 90% of all new patients are asymptomatic and we're not seeing an increase in hospitalisations," he said. All this data, Dr Awate added, indicate another Covid wave is unlikely, unless one is triggered by a completely new variant. "Recent spikes may have been due higher mobility in the population, changes in immunity levels and seasonal changes. This fluctuation in caseload was seen during the waning days of the swine flu outbreak years ago," he said. Doctors too said they continue to see low hospitalisation rates. Dr Sanjay Lalwani, medical director of the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Research Center, said, "We don't have any Covid patients admitted at the moment. Most cases being reported now are similar to the ones we had during the third wave, with the virus affecting the nasopharynx, instead of the lungs." Dr Parikshit Prayag from Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said, "Admissions are at zero at our hospital. This means whatever rise has been reported at the city-level is indicative of only mild or asymptomatic disease." 41 new detections in PMR, 231 recorded across state The Pune Metropolitan Region added 41 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday. There were zero deaths. Pune municipal limits had 27 cases, while Pimpri Chinchwad limits had nine and the rural areas reported three cases. The region currently has only 12 patients in hospital care. Maharashtra, overall, added 231 Covid cases. There was one death on Thursday, reported from Solapur.

  • 45 new Covid cases in Pune region, 221 in Maharashtra
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    Pune: The Pune Metropolitan Region on Wednesday registered 45 new Covid-19 cases. There were 29 cases from Pune city and another 12 in Pimpri Chinchwad. The rural areas reported four new cases.There were no deaths anywhere in the region. The daily report from the health office showed the PMR currently has 288 active cases, with nine patients admitted in hospitals.Maharashtra, overall, has reported a rise in cases. While 1,097 cases were registered in the state between April 29 and May 3, the tally shot up to 1,447 between May 4 and 10.But a senior health official said caseload is still way below the threshold.Of the 221 Covid cases registered in Maharashtra on Wednesday, the majority (124) were detected in Mumbai. The weekly rise in the state capital is almost 32.4%: 637 cases were registered between April 29 and May 3 as against 844 between May 4 and 10.Pune district registered a 26.6% rise in caseload over the same period.

Maharashtra sees 307 Covid cases, highest single-day spike in 67 days
Times of India | 3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:13 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:13 am

Mumbai: Maharashtra registered 307 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, the highest addition in a single day in the last 67 days. Daily detections for Mumbai too inched closer to 200 (194) on Wednesday. The state reported one death from Gadchiroli. The last time Maharashtra reported more than 300 cases in a single day was on March 12 (324). Mumbai, Pune and Thane are contributing to more than 90% of cases, said Dr Pradeep Vyas, state’s additional health secretary. “While not many are symptomatic, we are keeping a strict watch considering what is happening in China, North Korea and Taiwan,” he told TOI. Of the 307 cases reported in the state, 241 (79%) were from the Mumbai metropolitan region, while Pune district contributed to 17% of cases. The steady rise in detections has pushed up the state’s active case count to 1,605, and more than 1,000 in Mumbai, although the rise in hospitalisations is not proportional. The last time the city had more than 1,000 active cases was on February 26 (1,014). Dr Vyas said they were closely tracking the variants and there was nothing new that was driving the cases. Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the state Covid taskforce said Wednesdays usually see a higher caseload than the rest of the week, but irrespective of that there has been a minor rise in viral activity. “We have not reached any critical threshold in cases, hospitalisations or deaths, but we must remain vigilant,” Dr Joshi said. “The vulnerable should continue indoor masking.” City doctors corroborated that they were seeing a marginal increase in new cases, but not in severity. “I have seen a slight increase in cases for the past one week, but most are mild. Many were members from the same family,” said physician Dr Pratit Samdani. The head of a civic hospital said many are doing home tests and those numbers must be captured. The civic data shows that Mumbai’s daily positivity rate has touched 2.2%, but the weekly growth rate of cases is still quite low at 0.012 %.

Maharashtra sees 307 Covid cases, highest single-day spike in 67 days
Maha secretariat reopens for public
Times of India | 3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:12 am
Times of India
3 days ago | 19-05-2022 | 03:12 am

Mumbai: The Maharashtra secretariat, Mantralaya, reopened for public on Wednesday, two years after it was shut following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. A government circular said the general public will be able to get entry to the government headquarters after 2pm. PTI

Maha secretariat reopens for public