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Mumbai: On the lines of the special pilgrimage forecast for the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced a special forecast for the annual ‘Waari’ pilgrimage in Maharashtra. IMD issues such a forecast for the duration of the pilgrimage, which is not only helpful for the pilgrims but also for the planners, administrators and disaster management personnel in view of the lakhs of people converging at a place over a short duration.Also Read - Triyuginarayan Temple in Uttarakhand: A Perfect Destination For Wedding in The HimalayasAnother recent example of special pilgrimage forecast by IMD was the one issued for Ambubachi Mela, the famous pilgrimage at Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, where thousands of devotees throng over a short duration from July 22 to 26 annually. Also Read - No Way We Will Go Back, Says Eknath Shinde As Shiv Sena Offers Olive Branch To Rebel MLAsWaari is a pilgrimage on foot wherein people walk with a ‘palkhi’ from Dehu and Alandi near Pune to Pandharpur – nearly 450 kms – in Solapur district, very near to the Karnataka border. Every year, thousands of devotees walk from the two places for the Waari to culminate at Pandharpur on Aashadhi Ekadashi that falls on July 10 this year. Over the years, people have started to travel in vehicles too, only adding to the crowds. On Aashadhi Ekadashi day, there are an estimated 12 lakh people in the small town of Pandharpur, that has a population of a little over one lakh. Also Read - Rhododendrons and Snow Leopards, Check Out These 5 Unexplored National Parks Of HimalayasThe presiding deity Viththal of Pandharpur has a wide fan following and hence, the Ashadhi Ekadashi waari witnesses participation from both Karnataka and border areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.“We started on Monday when the Tukaram Maharaj palkhi embarked from Dehu. Similarly, the Dnyaneshwar Maharaj palkhi embarked from Alandi on Tuesday. Both travel via Pune to reach together on July 10 at Pandharpur. We would be issuing a special forecast for this entire duration,” said K.S. Hosalikar, a senior meteorologist from IMD Pune.The forecast would be available on IMD Pune website for all to access. The IMD also works in tandem with the government agencies by providing direct inputs to them in view of the smooth management of Waari.
The Pune Rural police have busted an interstate gang of cell phone thieves comprising six people, including three minors, from Jharkhand, who had come to Pune to target pilgrims during the Pandharpur Wari Palkhi processions, said officials Sunday.The three arrested suspects and three minors belong to a village in the Seraikela Kharsawan district of Jharkhand. The arrested suspects have been identified as Somra Nagar Mori, 26, Akash Dilip Mori, 25, and Chandan Nagar Mori, 22. According to the police, they have recovered as many as 101 stolen cell phones worth around Rs 14 lakh.On June 24, a team from the Daund police station responded to a call about a cell phone theft from the Amar Society in Daund taluka of Pune district. A team led by inspector Vinod Ghuge launched a probe based on the clues available from the theft.Over the next day, the police arrested three people and detained three minors who were believed to be part of the gang active in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.Inspector Ghuge said, “The arrested suspects have said that they had come to Pune particularly during the time period of Pandharpur Wari to steal cell phones from the Wakaris who participate in the Palkhi processions.”The police probe suggests that the suspects have also stolen cell phones from places like Itarsi in Madhya Pradesh and Bhusaval, Nagpur, Jalgaon, Nashik, and Amravati in Maharashtra and some places in Jharkhand.Before this, the Pimpri Chinchwad police arrested as many as 55 people, including 12 women, suspected to be involved in petty thefts and robberies which took place during the Palkhi processions. They were arrested by police teams comprising personnel who were disguised as Warkaris.
In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the city.Mumbai/Pune: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra following a rebellion by senior Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and others, the loyalists of party president and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took out a two-wheeler rally in Mumbai and held protests in parts of Pune against the dissident leaders on Sunday.Sena workers and its local functionaries, led by the Pune city unit president Gajanan Tharkude, staged 'jode maro' (hit with footwear) protests at two places - outside Balgandharva auditorium and in Kothrud - and raised slogans against the rebels.The party workers were seen hitting Mr Shinde's photo with footwear."These protests are meant to put out a message that Shiv Sainiks will not forgive the traitors," Mr Tharkude said.Party corporators, local office-bearers and workers took part in the agitations, he said, adding that a two-wheeler rally was also organised in support of Mr Thackeray.On Saturday, Sena workers, led by corporator Vishal Dhanwade, had vandalised the office of rebel MLA Tanaji Sawant in Katraj area for "betryaing" chief minister Thackeray.Meanwhile, in Mumbai, a large number of party workers, including women, assembled outside the office of 'Saamana', Shiv Sena's mouthpiece, at Prabhadevi and took out a two-wheeler rally raising slogans against Mr Shinde and rebel MLAs.A Sena supporter, who took part in the rally, said, "Hindutva is with Uddhav Thackeray. If rebel MLAs have to say anything, then they should come to Mumbai instead of sitting in Guwahati.""Shiv Sena belongs to Balasaheb Thackeray. Nobody else can stake claim to it. We are here to support Uddhav Thackeray," another party worker said.In view of the rally, the Mumbai police tightened security in the area, an official said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, a signboard carrying the name of Byculla MLA Yamini Jadhav, who is one of the party rebels, was found blackened. The board is positioned under the Byculla bridge, a police official said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Pune city police have initiated action against illegal hoardings and banners in the city. A press release issued Saturday stated that as many as 1,400 illegal hoardings and banners were identified in the Pune city limits.Pune News1Pune police begin crackdown on illegal banners, hoardings in city2Pune: A celebration of writing and reading at DAV Public School’s literature conclave3Pune Municipal Corporation elections: Woman voters outnumber men in 6 wardsMore from PuneThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe NowThe city police, along with the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities, have initiated legal action against these illegal hoardings and banners, it said. Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Pune city police, has appealed to citizens to inform the police at control room number 112 if they find any illegal hoarding against which action hasn’t been taken. Express SubscriptionDo not hit the wall, subscribe for the best coverage out of India starting at just $5 per monthSubscribe Now
NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra assembly deputy speaker has summoned 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs on a disqualification petition. They have been asked to respond by Monday. But the rebel camp is confident that the ruling will go in its favour if the matter lands in court. The Shiv Sena in an executive committee meeting on Saturday authorised party chief Uddhav Thackeray to take action against the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde. Both sides are doubling down on their respective positions, as Maharashtra stares at a protracted political turmoil. Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan met NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai this morning. Maharashtra political crisis live updatesHere are the latest developments from the unfolding political saga in Maharashtra: Sena activists demonstrate against rebels in Mumbai, Pune Despite prohibitory orders in place, Shiv Sena workers hit the streets in large numbers for a bike rally to protest against the rebel MLAs outside the Saamana office in Mumbai. In Pune too, Sena workers vented their anger against Eknath Shinde and his loyalist MLAs. Pune, Maharashtra | Shiv Sena workers hold 'joote maro andolan' against rebel Shiv Sena MLAs https://t.co/fFvLrtIJM2— ANI (@ANI) 1656223717000No provision for split, merger only option for Shinde: ExpertsFormer principal secretary (legislature secretariat) Anant Kalse felt that the Shinde camp’s homework on the anti-defection law was grossly inadequate, while retired Justice B G Kolse Patil said that the Shiv Sena leader has been trapped and it may not be possible for him to come out of it. Former speaker Arun Gujarathi and former minister Eknath Khadse said that in the days to come, Maharashtra will witness a long-drawn legal battle involving the deputy speaker, governor and the election commission. Read AlsoMaharashtra political crisis: Eknath Shinde, state may be staring at long-drawn legal battleA senior NCP leader said since merger is the only option before Shinde, it will not be a smooth affair.Rebel camp confident of a favourable court rulingRebel Sena MLA Deepak Kesarkar, who is in Guwahati, told TOI that the group supporting Eknath Shinde will move the Bombay high court early next week to challenge the decision of Uddhav Thackeray to replace Shinde from the party chief whip’s post and to appoint a new MLA to the post. “We will be moving court by Monday or Tuesday. Our group has the backing of the majority of Sena legislators. We are confident the court would give its verdict in our favour,” Kesarkar added, stating the rebel group would also make a similar move if the 16 MLAs are disqualified. Read AlsoFighting to save Sena from MVA’s crocodile grip: Eknath ShindeAttempting to tighten the screws as reports emerged on Saturday that Shiv Sena’s rebel MLAs may have to merge with another party to escape anti-defection laws, Sena MP Sanjay Raut tweeted after the party resolution, “If they want to ask for votes it should be in their father’s name, not inProhibitory orders in Mumbai till July 10The prohibitory orders issued by the city police under section 37 of the Mumbai Police (MP) Act in the first week of June, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, will continue to remain in place till July 10. It bans the assembly of five or more persons at one place. With tempers running high among Shiv Sena workers following the rebellion by party leader Eknath Shinde, the Mumbai police have deployed its personnel at the city-based offices of various political parties and leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs, and their residences as a security measure, an official said on Saturday.
PUNE: Sixteen districts in Maharashtra continue to bank on Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits more than the RT-PCR tests despite the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and the weekly positivity rate touching 11%. The government had mandated that the RT-PCR kits should be used more for Covid tests. Unless the RT-PCR tests are conducted, the positive samples cannot be sent for genome sequencing. A state health official said genome sequencing was critical at the current situation when the Covid cases ware slowly and steadily rising. Though the spike in cases is largely restricted to Mumbai, Pune, Raigad, Palghar and Thane, all other districts of Maharashtra have been directed to step up testing to find out if the Omicron sub-variants were detected in samples from those districts. The official said data revealed that districts such as Ahmednagar, Nashik, Satara and Jalgaon were carrying out more RAT than RT-PCR tests this week (See graphic). Ahmednagar collector RB Bhosale told TOI that the district had “enough laboratories” to carry out RT-PCR tests. “Many citizens on their own are using the RAT test kits. We have directed officials and also the laboratories to ensure that citizens opt for RT-PCR tests if they have Covid symptoms,” he said. The official said people found Covid positive following the RAT tests should also carry out the RT-PCR tests. A periodic analysis of the cases was necessary with respect to time, location and person to help the authorities formulate localised action plans. “Geographical distribution of the cases is important to find out the clusters,” state surveillance expert Dr Pradip Awate said. State additional chief secretary health Dr Pradeep Vyas has sent out a letter to the districts to increase testing and follow the WHO mandate of 140 tests per million or 980 tests per million each week. Districts such as Amravati carried out 833 tests out in a week, while Nandurbar was way behind at 409. A Nandurbar official said the administration had sent out teams to vaccinate people and check for any Covid symptoms in them.