Amid the ongoing protest by teachers against the new policy for night schools in which daily timings have been reduced, a teacher from a night school in Ahmednagar has approached court against the reduced timing and permission for day-school teachers to work in night schools on half salary.Sharad Pawar, a teacher from a night school in Ahmednagar, has filed a petition with the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. “I am standing against the injustice towards the students studying in night schools. They are studying in night schools because of different hardships. They need to have teachers who are dedicated to their education. It is unfair that teachers from day-schools teach in night schools, after having completed their regular duty. Most schools are in Mumbai and we are all aware about the time and energy spent in commuting in that city. Teachers from day-schools will not be able to give justice to teaching at night schools,” said Pawar who also feels that when there are so many eligible teachers available in Maharashtra waiting for jobs, it is unfair to allow additional opportunity for those already having a full-time job.The night schools, organisations running those, and also teachers have been protesting against the Government Resolution (GR) issued in July which allows day-school teachers to work at night schools for half-salary. The same GR also declared that the timing of the night schools will be reduced from three-and-a-half hours to two-and-a-half hours, daily.
AURANGABAD: Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Beed MP Pritam Munde on Friday blamed the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for delaying the long-pending Parli-Ahmednagar rail project. Speaking during the inauguration of a DEMU service train on the 64-km Ashti-Ahmednagar stretch on Friday, Fadnavis said the MVA abruptly ceased the 50-50 cost sharing formula between the state and the Centre for executing rail projects in Maharashtra and that adversely impacted the ongoing and proposed projects. “When we returned to power, chief minister Eknath Shinde got the old agreement in place. During our second cabinet meeting, we granted revised administrative approval for the Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli rail route and ensured fresh fund-flow of Rs 250 crore,” he said. Fadnavis said during his tenure as the chief minister, he personally monitored the progress of the rail route concerned after every three months, but the project faced hurdles after the change of guard in Maharashtra when MVA came into power. Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the function, Munde accused the MVA of not releasing Rs 375 crore towards its share for Ahmednagar-Beed-Parli rail project. “Even if the project was monitored through the PRGATI portal, it experienced delay due to non-cooperation from the previous government in the state,” she said.
Several doctors have seen a spike in dengue fever in children this monsoon. Dr Sagar Lad, paediatric intensivist at Pune’s Jehangir hospital, said the situation is slightly more challenging as most of these patients do not present symptoms of direct dengue.“There are many layers to this and if not treated or tested on time this may get fatal too as the hidden dengue virus gets diagnosed at the very end, giving it enough time and space to cause other health problems,” Dr Lad told The Indian Express pointing to a specific rare case of dengue induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Arush Wandhekar, a four-year-old boy from Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar .This life threatening lung injury where the breathing becomes difficult and oxygen cannot enter the body caught this family from Ahmednagar unawares and they spent more than 10-12 days at Jehangir hospital praying for their boy to survive the severe dengue attack.Arush’s maternal uncle Rahul Shinde said the authorities at Ahmednagar’s Siddhi Vinayak hospital referred them to Jehangir hospital when the child did not show signs of improvement.“It is difficult to imagine what would have happened had we not come on time,” he added.Dr Lal said the child was in a “state of shock as he had a poor pulse, low blood pressure and excessive drowsiness”.“He received the required medicines and fluids to stabilize his blood pressure. A thorough diagnosis and evaluation confirmed it to be a case of dengue shock syndrome along with other complications. The initial tests showed very less platelet count close to 10,000 and there was a rapid drop in his blood pressure,” Dr Lad said.“We gave the required medication and platelets to stabilize his condition, but suddenly his breathing deteriorated and we initiated a high-flow nasal cannula system. Later he showed respiratory failure and needed ventilator support,” he added.Dr Lad said “there was a lot of water accumulation in his lungs that it became very difficult initially to ventilate him”.“We had to drain out the water from his lungs and then we kept him under a ventilator. He required a very high setting of the ventilator. On further monitoring, we found out that his liver was showing abnormal functioning, his heart function was also getting compromised, by then the dengue virus had affected his brain cells too,” Dr Lad said.“His blood tests showed that there was hyper ferritin or HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis) or Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS). This is a rare case of dengue where only two to three per cent of dengue cases can land up to HLH wherein the entire body’s blood cells gets affected, causing liver injury, heart injury, a drop in platelet count, abnormal clotting system, massive drop in blood pressure causing a refractory shock in the patient,” he added.HLH is a life threatening condition and its diagnosis can be challenging because the initial symptoms may mimic other problems such as persistent fevers, rash, enlarged liver, low platelet count and altered mental functions.“This is a life threatening complication seen in children as early as six months of age. However, if diagnosed early and treated aggressively it can definitely improve the outcome. Now considering this patient’s condition and criticality of the disease, he was aggressively treated for HLH. After 48 to 72 hours, he started showing improvement and recovered completely in a week’s time and was discharged four days ago,” Dr Lad said.The other team members, including Dr Aarti Jindal, Dr Anita Malpani, Dr Salma Ahmed and Dr Gargi Deshpande, were also actively involved in managing the case along with Dr Lad.
Suraj Pawar, who was seen in prominent roles in several films directed by Nagraj Manjule, including blockbusters ‘Sairat’ and ‘Fandry’, was booked by the Ahmednagar police in an alleged job fraud case, said the police Saturday.His name got involved in the case after a man, Mahesh Waghadkar, a resident of Bhenda village in Nevasa taluk of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra lodged an FIR against some people who claimed to be employees at the Mantralaya in Mumbai. The accused had assured Waghadkar a government job.However, the accused demanded Rs 5 lakh for the job, including Rs 2 lakh as an advance, and took the money from Waghadkar at a bus stop in Ahmednagar’s Rahuri on September 4. Although Waghadkar paid the money and the accused assured him a job, he grew suspicious and approached the police on September 9. On the same day, he again met the fraudsters.Later, the police confirmed that the accused are not employees at the Mantralaya. They then initiated a probe and managed to arrest four persons in the case. The police identified them as Dattatraya Kshirsagar, Vishnu Shinde, Omkar Tarate and one other accused.During the investigation, Pawar’s name cropped up. The police were told that Pawar, who’s character Prince in ‘Sairat’ had become popular, is allegedly a part of the job fraud. “We have arrested four persons and search is on for Pawar,” said police inspector Pratap Darade of the Rahuri police station.Pawar (23) had made his screen debut as the protagonist in the short film ‘Pistulya’ which brought recognition for Manjule in the form of a national award.The police have booked the accused under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code. They have also recovered some rubber stamps and other suspicious material from some of the arrested accused.
MUMBAI: The final day of Ganesh immersions on Friday saw the death of at least 18 people, 14 of them due to drowning, in different incidents across Maharashtra. Wardha district witnessed the maximum cases of drowning with three people losing their lives in Sawangi, while two others died in a pond in Yavatmal during an idol immersion. In Ahmednagar district, two persons drowned in separate incidents at Supa and Belvandi, while two died in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra-one each at Chalisgaon and Jamner. Ghodegaon and Yavat in Pune district, Lonikand in Satara district, Solapur city and Devli recorded one fatality each on Friday. Meanwhile, four persons lost their lives in a road accident at Sakkardara area of Nagpur city during idol immersions. In Panvel, at least 11 people, including a 9-month-old child, were injured after suffering an electric shock during a procession. The incident took place at Wadghar Koliwada after a cable of an electric generator snapped and landed on devotees. The injured included four children. While some of them were rushed to a private hospital, others were taken to a state-run hospital, an official said, adding that all of them were responding well to treatment. With the political scene in Maharashtra on the boil with two factions of the Shiv Sena crossing swords, the immersion day witnessed law and order incidents too, with a scuffle breaking out between the supporters of chief minister Eknath Shinde and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at Tophkhana in Ahmednagar district. In Jalgaon, a group of people hurled stones at the mayor's bungalow during a Ganesh immersion procession, while clashes broke out between two groups of people at Mundhwa in Pune. At Shikrapur, also in Pune, a brawl took place over bursting of firecrackers during immersions, while in Chandrapur, a fight was reported between volunteers of a Ganesh mandal and cops. pti
NAVI MUMBAI: The bodies of two siblings, who drowned after they ventured deep into the stream of Gadhi river at Koproli village in Panvel taluka during Ganapti idol immersion on Monday around 6pm, have been recovered. The two have been identified as Vikram and Rajshekhar Jamadar. A case of accidental death has been registered.
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Wednesday hit out at the Congress, saying that its politics revolved around attacking the Centre, keeping larger party-related and public issues on the back-burner.“Congress politics starts and ends with attacks on the Centre,” Vikhe Patil said in Ahmednagar, commenting on the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra. “Congress leaders’ sole concern is to keep their own identity. The party is struggling for survival. What is appalling is that Congress’ real agenda is kept on the back-burner and it is not even bothered about taking up public causes,” the BJP leader added.In Maharashtra, the Congress compromised its ideology to become part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Vikhe Patil said. The Congress, he alleged, got secondary treatment in the MVA government, and yet, Congress leaders remained in the alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party for power.“Congress finds itself on weak ground. To retain its identity, it has to show it is doing something. So, the easiest thing to draw attention is to attack the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. For each and every thing, they hold the Centre responsible, which is unfortunate,” Vikhe Patil observed.Vikhe Patil, who is in charge of the revenue ministry in the BJP-Eknath Shinde Sena coalition government, oversees 355 talukas across 36 districts of Maharashtra.“Under Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, governance will be fast-tracked. All important decisions are taken and accorded higher priorities. Every district will have a guardian minister. Public work will not get delayed nor compromised,” Vikhe Patil, who hails Ahmednagar district, said.Vikhe Patil began his political career in Congress and was Opposition leader in the state legislative assembly when Fadnavis was chief minister, leading the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in 2014 to 2019. During the Congress and NCP coalition government, he had served various ministries such as school education, agriculture etc.Ahead of the 2019 elections, Vikhe Patil resigned from Congress to join BJP and was rewarded with a plum portfolio considering his seniority and administrative experience.
Pune: The state animal husbandry department has reported death of 16 livestock in Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Buldhana and Pune districts due to lumpy skin disease (LSD) till September 4.As per the provisions of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009, an area of 5km from the epicentre of infection can be declared a controlled zone and vaccination of animals has been expedited in the area.According to the state animal husbandry department report, 1,131 animals from 102 villages in 13 districts were infected with LSD in the past few weeks, of which 673 have recovered. The department added that around 1.70 lakh animals have been vaccinated so far. Dr Devendra Jadhav, deputy commissioner, disease control, Animal Husbandry department said that a draft notification regarding the inter-state ban on animal transportation and a ban on animal fairs has been sent to the state government for approval, which is likely to get the nod on Monday.Although lumpy skin is a rapidly spreading infectious disease , the mortality rate is minimal. The first instance of LSD in Maharashtra this year was noticed on August 4 in Jalgaon district. Further spread of LSD was noticed in Ahmednagar, Akola, Pune, Dhule, Latur, Aurangabad, Beed, Satara, Buldhana and Amravati districts .
After a man belonging to the Bhill tribe in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district went missing, his family members has alleged he was kidnapped by the relatives of a Muslim woman he was in love with.Shrirampur taluka police arrested four people including the woman’s father after Raosaheb Barde from Bhokar lodged a complaint Thursday saying his son, Deepak Barde (31), had gone missing. They are yet to find out his whereabouts.As per the first information report, Deepak was “kidnapped for the purpose of murder” from Pune because of his love affair with Saniya Shaikh (19). Deepak and Saniya had left Bhokar together about a month ago, following which her uncle Imran Abbas Shaikh, a resident of Wagholi in Pune, lodged a missing report about her at the Supa police station on July 30.Raosaheb said in the FIR that he last spoke to Deepak around 8.30pm on August 30, the day he had left for Pune. Around 4pm on August 31, two villagers told Raosaheb that his son had been kidnapped by the Saniya’s father Majnu Shaikh and uncle Imran.Raosaheb said he learnt from his relatives in Pune that Deepak, however, had not reached there. “Though I gathered that they targeted my son because he had eloped with Majnu’s daughter, I decided not to reveal the whole story to the Shrirampur taluka police because I thought the complaint would best be lodged with Pune police,” he said.Deepak was allegedly kidnapped around 11am on August 31 from Kesnand Phata, Wagholi, where he was with his friend Kiran Umap. Deepak was allegedly taken to Majnu’s house and assaulted there.“Police have not told us what happened to him later. We are worried,” Raosaheb told The Indian Express, adding that Deepak had returned to the village following the objection from Saniya’s relatives, who later took her home.Manoj Patil, Ahmednagar superintendent of police, said, “We have not found Deepak yet. The investigation is on.”Asked whether Deepak and Saniya had got married, deputy superintendent of police Sandip Mitke said, “Evidence of their marriage is not with us. The woman’s statement has not been recorded yet. But they had been in a relationship and had eloped in the past.”Police identified the arrested accused as Majnu, Imran, Samir Ahmed Shaikh and Ajij Baban Shaikh. They are looking for a fifth suspect, Raju Baban Shaikh.Charged under Indian Penal Code sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 34 (acts with common intention) and sections of the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the four accused were sent to police custody till September 8 for further investigation.Besides his parents, Deepak also has two sisters, who are married.
The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has cleared a proposal for the usage of 1.56 hectares of forest land at Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary in Maharashtra for the water supply scheme in Aurangabad, which is facing a huge water crisis.Jayakwadi is the largest earthen dam in Asia and the bird sanctuary is spread over 341 sq kms.The meeting of the NBWL was held on July 29 and the minutes were uploaded on August 30.The NBWL was told that diversion of 1.56 hectares of forest land was recommended by the Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra.After discussions, the Standing Committee decided to recommend the proposal subject to the following conditions that while building the jack well, care will have to be taken to prevent the damage to fish population by avoiding physical disturbance to the shore line.The project agency will ensure at least 13 TMC (thousand million cubic foot) water is retained in the reservoir for birds at any time of the year so that water and food is available to them throughout the year.The project agency will also ensure the water in the reservoir is not contaminated or polluted due to construction or maintenance work.The Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary is a drought prone area. It is an important site for migratory birds. To provide ample food and water to the birds, at least 50 per cent of dead water needs to be stored in the sanctuary at any point of time of the year so that even if there is less rain in the subsequent monsoon, the remaining water can take care of the winter visiting birds, the minutes of the NBWL said.The NBWL has said that technology, which reduces noise in construction activities should be used. There is a possibility of high habitat disturbance due to the use of explosives in digging wells. Therefore, controlled blasting needs to be undertaken while digging the jack well and blasting should be avoided if possible.Generally, dead water storage is not tapped in normal situations. If the present proposal envisages drawing water even from the dead water storage, it should be critically examined, the minutes said.The Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra recommended the proposal for the diversion of the 0.0762 hectares of land for the steel gas pipe from Ahmednagar to Aurangabad.While a proposal to clear another plot of 0.0762 hectares of forest land from the Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary was deferred. This project was recommended by the state wildlife warden for laying underground 24” Steel Gas Pipeline from Ahmednagar to Aurangabad by the Bharat Gas Resources Limited.The member secretary pointed out that the contingency plan in case of gas leakage has not been provided with the proposal.The Standing Committee decided to defer the proposal till the submission of a contingency plan by the state government in case of leakage of gas, which may affect the ecosystem.
After Gujarat, Maharashtra has started reporting lumpy skin disease in cattle, which has put the animal husbandry department on high alert. Sachindra Pratap Singh, commissioner, Animal Husbandry, while speaking to The Indian Express, said cases have been reported from five districts so far with 10 animals likely dead due to the disease.Caused by a virus, lumpy skin disease has developed into a major threat for both cattle and buffaloes in the country over the last few years.This year, the disease has been reported from Gujarat, Rajasthan and 20 other states.Characterised by lumps on the skin, the disease is vector-borne and, if not treated on time, can cause mortality. In most cases, the disease causes reduction in milk production. Stray cases had been reported from Maharashtra since August 5 with Jalgaon, Pune, Ahmednagar and Latur being the epicenters.Singh said in view of the disease, cattle markets in the major epicenter districts have been suspended. This week, Loni market in the Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district will remain closed for cattle; it will continue to operate for goat and sheep.Vaccination is being taken up within 5 km of the epicenter and the infected animal being isolated.“Fortunately, the disease is non-zoonotic and does not spread through air. Farmers are being asked to take control measures,” Singh said.District collectors and Zilla Parishad CEOs have been asked to step up vigilance in view of the disease.Singh has advised farmers to access veterinary services at the earliest opportunity available.
PUNE: The state animal husbandry commissionerate has detected Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) - a contagious viral disease of the cattle - in four districts, including Pune. A total of 238 cases of LSD have been reported in Maharashtra. Eight cattle (cows and bulls) have succumbed to the virus in Jalgaon district alone. The commissionerate has now expedited vaccination in these districts to contain the spread. So far, some 36,000 cattle have been vaccinated in the affected districts, officials said. State animal husbandry commissioner, Sachindra Pratap Singh, who has been touring the affected districts for the past two days, said this is the third consecutive year LSD has been reported in the state. "Last year, we did not report any deaths of cattle. The situation is worrisome this year. We have started vaccinations of cattle on a war footing to contain the spread. Importantly, LSD does not affect humans," he said. Singh added, "In Junnar, we are going to vaccinate 1,453 cattle. Over 2,000 vaccine doses have been provided to the Zilla Parishad (ZP) to carry out the vaccine drive in the tehsil." As per practice, the animal husbandry department vaccinates cattle within a five-kilometer radius of the affected zone. Experts said blood-feeding insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, and certain species of flies transmit LSD in cattle. It can also spread through contaminated fodder, water and feed. During the monsoon, the disease can spread fast as mosquito and housefly infections peak. A senior veterinary doctor, who has examined LSD cases, said the disease attacks the circulatory system in an animal. "It causes inflammation of blood vessels and lesions of various organs such as the lungs and liver. Affected cattle develop lumps on the body," the doctor said. Nationwide, LSD has has already taken lives of over 5,000 cattle in six states/UT in the past one month. According to casualty estimates by the agriculture ministry, Rajasthan has reported the highest 2,411 deaths of cattle, followed by Gujarat at 1,879, Punjab at 672, Himachal Pradesh at 38, Andaman & Nicobar at 29 and Uttarakhand at 26. Officials said the current outbreak is quite extensive and lethal with a mortality of up to 15%. States are currently fighting the menace through goat-pox vaccine which has been authorised for emergency use in absence of specific vaccine for LSD. The Centre hopes the commercialisation of recently released indigenous vaccines - Lumpi-ProVaxInd - may be able to control the spread. The disease is caused by the lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV), which is one of the most important animal poxviruses because of the serious economic impact it can have on those involved in cattle rearing and related activities. According to experts, the disease is endemic in African and Middle-East countries but has started to slowly spread in Asian countries. It has also been reported from China and Bangladesh.
UPGRADES IN technological aspects of the recruitment mechanism and raised Human Resource thresholds that have been introduced for the Agnipath scheme have made the system more transparent and robust and will lead to selection of better skilled, said senior Army officers on Monday.Nearly 68,000 candidates have registered for the second Agniveer recruitment rally of the Pune Recruitment Office of the Army which is underway at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth Rahuri in Ahmednagar from August 24 to September 11. First such rally by the Pune Recruitment Office was already started at Aurangabad from August 13 and is slated to conclude on August 30.Addressing the media during the ongoing rally at Rahuri, Additional Director General (Recruitment) Maj Gen Ajay Sethi said, “For Agniveer selection, the complete process of recruitment is fair, transparent and merit-based. A lot of automation and technology has come in. The candidates are authenticated with the help of biometric system which is carried forward at every stage which ensures that there is no impersonation. The marks are stored in a database and the Common Entrance Examination is fully computerised with the help of Optical Mark Recognition system.”Army officers said that for the Ahmednagar rally, registrations of nearly 68,000 candidates have been received for selection into the Agniveer General Duty, Agniveer Technical, Agniveer Clerk and Store Keeper Technical and Agniveer Tradesman categories from the districts of Ahmednagar, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Pune and Solapur.Officials said that before the Agnipath scheme recruitment rallies began, several key software updates and technology augmentations were introduced into the system. On the backdrop of cases of malpractices and activities by touts in the past, the new additions have made sure the entire system is automated and computerised and there is minimum human intervention. Officials said before every rally, the senior officials from respective recruiting formations have held detailed meetings with the local police machinery and have also activated close surveillance to check the presence of touts or middlemen. Officials said that some raised HR thresholds have been introduced in the system. For example, certain skill sets, certificates can get candidates bonus marks thus ensuring that better skilled candidates are recruited. For the Rahuri rally, the district administration of Ahmednagar and local military authorities from the Mechanised Infantry Centre and School had chalked out a detailed plan for the conduct of recruitment procedures.Speaking to The Indian Express, a candidate who cleared his physical fitness test said, “It has been a dream to join the Army since I was eight. Because of the pandemic, the processes were on hold. Agniveer will be a great opportunity and some of us can also join back civilian life within four years — with a lot of learning and also a good compensation package.”When asked about the arrangements at the rally, “There is adequate arrangement for food, water, and resting facilities. Because the process takes a long time of the day, there are stations that first guide us on the process so make sure that there is no hassle when the activities are on.”An average footfall of nearly 5,000 candidates is accommodated during the rally every day. The conduct of the rally comprises a physical fitness test that include 1.6 kilometre timed run, chin ups, jump over a nine-feet ditch and balance walk on a zigzag ramp. This is followed by physical measurement tests, document verification and a very thorough medical examination that may also include referrals if required. A dedicated team of Army doctors is deployed for the conduct of medicals. The candidates selected from the rally move to appear for the Common Entrance Examination before their final merit lists are announced.In June, the Ministry of Defence had announced its new Agnipath initiative for recruitment of soldiers across the three services.Under this defence recruitment reform, which was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security, soldiers are recruited annually. While the appointment is for four years, of the total annual recruits, around 25 percent of each batch of Agniveers will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed forces and would be required to serve an engagement period of 15 years.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe Pune Recruiting Zone is conducting a total of eight recruitment rallies including one rally for Agniveer Women Military Police.These eight rallies will cover the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Union Territories of Dadra, Daman, Diu and Nagar Haveli over the next four months.
The Indian Army said Monday that as many as 68,000 candidates have registered at its Pune office for the second Agniveer recruitment rally which is being organised at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth at Rahuri in Ahmednagar from Tuesday to September 11.The first such rally by the Pune Recruitment Office is already underway in Aurangabad since August 13.Army officials said that for the Ahmednagar rally, candidates have registered for the Agniveer general duty, Agniveer technical, Agniveer clerk and store keeper technical and Agniveer tradesman categories from the districts of Ahmednagar, Beed, Latur, Osmanabad, Pune and Solapur. Admit cards have already been issued to them.“The district administration of Ahmednagar and local military authorities have given full support for the successful conduct of the rally at Rahuri. The setup and infrastructure have been established in a professional manner to intake the candidates,” the Army said in a press statement, adding that adequate arrangements have been made to provide them food, water and rest.Officials said they expect a daily footfall of around 5,000 candidates at the rally which will include a 1.6 km run, physical fitness tests, physical measurement tests and medicals. A dedicated team of Army doctors is also in place at Rahuri for the conduct of medicals. Candidates are advised to get all relevant documents as given out in rally notification,” the release said.In June, the Ministry of Defence had announced its new Agnipath initiative for recruitment of soldiers across the three services. Under this recruitment reform, which was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security, soldiers are recruited annually for a period of four years, and 25 per cent of the total annual recruits will be enrolled in the regular cadre of the Armed forces and would be required to serve a period of 15 years.The Pune Recruiting Zone is conducting a total of eight recruitment rallies, including one for Agniveer Women Military Police. These eight rallies will cover the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and the Union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu over the next four months.
Five members of a family, including three children, from the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra were killed in a road accident near Karegaon on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway early Wednesday, said the police.The police have identified the dead as Sanjay Bhausaheb Mhaske, 53, Ram Bhausaheb Mhaske, 45, Vishal Sanjay Mhaske, 16, Raju Ram Mhaske, 7, and a four-year-old girl Harshala Ram Mhaske. All of them were residents of the Avane Budruk village in the Shevgaon taluka of Ahmednagar, they added.They said the Mhaske family was going towards Pune from Ahmednagar in a car when around 1.30 pm, a speeding container coming from the opposite side collided with their vehicle. The container rammed on an electric pole on the roadside after hitting the car, according to the police.The impact was so severe that the five people were crushed to death, while Sadhana Mashke, the wife of deceased Ram, received major injuries. She has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.A team of the Pune Rural police reached the spot and took the victims to a hospital. Meanwhile, the container driver escaped from the spot.The damaged vehicle was removed from the accident spot using a crane. Police inspector Balwant Mandge said that a case has been lodged against the container driver and an investigation has been initiated. Assistant sub-inspector Mushtaq Shaikh lodged the First Information Report (FIR) in connection with the accident at the Shirur police station.
RANJANGAON: Five members of a Panvel-based family were killed and a woman was seriously injured when a container truck hit their mini bus at Ranjangaon, about 55km from Pune on the highway to Ahmednagar, on Wednesday. Pune rural police identified the deceased as Sanjay Bhausaheb Mhaske (53), his brother, Ram (45), Vishal Sanjay Mhaske (16), Raju Ram Mhaske (7) and Harshada Ram Mhaske (4). The injured victim Sadhana Ram Mhaske (35) was admitted to a nearby private hospital. Ranjangaon police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving and causing death negligently against the truck driver. Additional superintendent of police, Pune rural, Mitesh Ghatte said, "The family is into the business of providing mini-buses on rent to schools in Panvel and had travelled to their native place at Shegaon village in Ahmednagar district for a family function. They started their return journey late on Tuesday night as the schools would be reopening on Wednesday." "The truck driver ran away, abandoning the heavy vehicle on the spot soon after the accident", Ghatte said. "Preliminary investigation revealed that the truck belongs to a transporter in Dehradun and it had picked up a consignment of electronic goods from an industrial unit at Ranjangaon. We have contacted the truck owner and a search for the driver is on," Ghatte said. The local residents and night patrolling staff of the Ranjangaon police summoned ambulances to the spot after learning about the accidents and moved the injured persons to the separate hospitals located at Shirur and Shikrapur where the five persons were declared dead on arrival. "It is not known why the truck driver was travelling on the wrong side of the highway," Ghatte said.
Six people were killed after a car and a tempo collided head-on in Maharashtra’s Beed district on Sunday morning, police said.The accident took place around 5.30 am on Manjarsumba-Patoda highway, they said.As per preliminary information, a family from Jiwachiwadi village in Kej tehsil was going in the car to Pune to attend a marriage ceremony when their vehicle and the tempo hit each other, a police official said.Five members of the family and one other person were killed, the official said.Police had to use a crane to separate the two vehicles, he said.A process was on to identify the deceased, the police added.Read the Latest News and Breaking News here
Police had to use a crane to separate the two vehicles.Beed: Six people were killed after a car and a tempo collided head-on in Maharashtra's Beed district on Sunday morning, police said.The accident took place around 5.30 am on Manjarsumba-Patoda highway, they said.As per preliminary information, a family from Jiwachiwadi village in Kej tehsil was going in the car to Pune to attend a marriage ceremony when their vehicle and the tempo hit each other, a police official said.Five members of the family and one other person were killed, the official said.Police had to use a crane to separate the two vehicles, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA process was on to identify the victims, the police added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Beed: Six people were killed after a car and a tempo collided head-on in Maharashtra's Beed district on Sunday morning, police said. The accident took place around 5.30am on Manjarsumba-Patoda highway, they said. As per preliminary information, a family from Jiwachiwadi village in Kej tehsil was going in the car to Pune to attend a marriage ceremony when their vehicle and the tempo hit each other, a police official said. Five members of the family and one other person were killed, the official said. Police had to use a crane to separate the two vehicles, he said. A process was on to identify the deceased, the police added.
PUNE: The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will commence work on the 32km stretch of the ring road from Chakan to Nagar Road after the monsoon, PMRDA officials said. The work of the ring road will be carried out in phases. The ring road proposes to connect six national highways - Mumbai-Pune (NH-48), Pune-Nashik (NH-60), Pune-Ahmednagar (NH-753F), Pune-Solapur (NH-65), Pune-Saswad-Palkhi Marg (NH-965) and Pune-Bengaluru (NH-48), which pass through the Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR). The Pune district authorities had proposed two ring roads to enable commuters to reach the national highways faster. Around 173km ring road is being implemented by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and the other by the PMRDA. The previous Maha Vikas Aghadi government had decided to prioritise the MSRDC ring road. The PMRDA officials said that the tenders for carrying out work on the first 32km stretch from Chakan to Ahmednagar Road and Nagar Road to Solapur have been issued and will be carried out in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The revised detailed project report (DPR) stated that the width of the ring road has been reduced from 110m to 65m. The officials said they had received proposals from seven consultants. The inner ring road in the metropolitan region was increased to 110m to match the proposed outer ring road to be developed by the MSRDC, with equal common stretch of 40km. Accordingly, PMRDA undertook the work of preparing the DPR for the 110m wide inner ring road. However, it was later decided to reduce the width to 65m for which a new agency will be appointed. The 40km common stretch has been handed over to the MSRDC for development, while the work on the 6.19km stretch from Wagholi to Lohegaon has already been undertaken. Thus, the new DPR will only be for the remaining 81.89km and the agency is expected to prepare a detailed plan based on the need of citizens. Last year, the state government had decided to reduce the width of the ring road of the PMRDA to 65m. The decision taken by the state government will boost the work on the ring road, which has been stalled for the last few years, said officials.
A 23-year-old man was attacked by a mob in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra allegedly over his WhatsApp status supporting suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.The incident took place on the evening of Thursday, August 4. An First Information Report (FIR) was lodged by a friend of the victim, Pratik alias Sunny Rajendra Pawar at the Karjat police station.Manoj Patil, superintendent of Ahmednagar police, said the complainant, Amit Mane, has alleged that the attack was over showing support to Nupur Sharma on social media, the police are investigation various angles. So far, five arrests have been made. Police said the victim and the accused had had skirmishes in the past as well and they are investigating whether some previous dispute led to the attack on Pawar now.The complaint says that a group of about 14 men armed with sharp weapons attacked the complainant and Pawar on Rashin Road in Karjat. Based on the complaint, police have booked 14 persons on charges of attempt to murder as per sections 307, 143, 323, 504, of the Indian Penal Code, and under relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Sohail Pathan (24), Arbaz Pathan (23) of Karjat were arrested on Friday and they were remanded to police custody till August 10. On Saturday, three more accused, Junaid Pathan (19) of Karjat, Arbaz Shaikh (24) of Daund, Hussain Shaikh (40) of Baramati were arrested while search is on for the others.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxMeanwhile, local leaders of various political parties held a meeting in Karjat and appealed for peace. Multiple FIRs were lodged against Nupur Sharma for her controversial comments against the Prophet Mohammed during a news debate on the Gyanvapi issue. The BJP expelled Sharma and another party leader Naveen Jindal following the controversy.Later, at least two persons, including pharmacist Umesh Kolhe of Amravati in Maharashtra, and tailor Kanhaiyalal of Udaipur, Rajasthan, were allegedly murdered for showing support to Sharma.
A 23-year-old man was attacked by a mob in Karjat taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra allegedly over his WhatsApp status supporting suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. The incident took place on the evening of Thursday, August 4. An First Information Report (FIR) was lodged by a friend of the victim, Pratik alias Sunny Rajendra Pawar at the Karjat police station.Manoj Patil, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said the complainant, Amit Mane, alleged that the attack was over showing support to Nupur Sharma on social media, the police are investigation various angles. So far, five have been arrested. Police said the victim and the accused had had skirmishes in the past as well and they are investigating whether some previous dispute led to the attack on Pawar now.The complaint says that a group of about 14 men armed with sharp weapons attacked the complainant and Pawar on Rashin Road in Karjat. Based on the complaint, police have booked 14 persons on charges of attempt to murder as per sections 307, 143, 323, 504, of the IPC, and under relevant sections of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Sohail Pathan (24), Arbaz Pathan (23) of Karjat were arrested on Friday and they were remanded to police custody till August 10. On Saturday, three more accused, Junaid Pathan (19) of Karjat, Arbaz Shaikh (24) of Daund, Hussain Shaikh (40) of Baramati were arrested while search is on for the others.Meanwhile, local leaders of various political parties held a meeting in Karjat and appealed for peace. Multiple FIRs were lodged against Nupur Sharma for her controversial comments against the Prophet Mohammed during a news debate.
An injured Prateek Pawar at the hospital.Mumbai: A group of men attacked a resident of Karjat in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on August 4 – leaving him severely injured – and police are now probing allegations that it was linked to his support to Nupur Sharma, the since-suspended BJP leader whose comments on Prophet Mohammed and Islam two months ago sparked off a row. Four arrests have been made so far, police said.There has already been a murder in Maharashtra's Amravati – besides one in Udaipur, Rajasthan – apparently over social media posts supporting Ms Sharma. Karjat saw a bandh on Friday on a call by some Hindu organisations. BJP MLA Nitesh Rane demanded that the case be given to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the other two murders.The injured man, Prateek Pawar, is admitted to hospital as he received severe blows and cuts. Local police have registered a case of attempted murder and named some of the accused.Since Mr Pawar has some criminal cases registered against him, police haven't ruled out personal enmity as the reason.Karjat in Ahmednagar saw a shutdown on Friday over the attack.The FIR says Prateek Pawar and his friend, Amit Mane, were waiting for some other friends by the road when a “12-14 people” arrived there -- some in a car, others on motorbikes and scooters. They allegedly abused him over his religion and one of them first attacked him with a sword. Others joined in using knives, sticks and stones, according to Mr Mane.He said they kept saying “people like you are supporting Nupur Sharma and Kanhaiya Lal (Udaipur murder victim) on social media”. One of the attackers allegedly told Mr Pawar that he'd meet the same fate as that of Umesh Kolhe (Amravati murder victim).As he bled from the head and fainted, the attackers thought he's dead, and left, says the FIR, based on his friend's version of events.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comPeople on the street did not intervene as the attackers were a large group and had weapons, Mr Mane told the police. He said he called other friends and took Mr Pawar to hospital after the attackers left.Police have named Shahrukh Khan Pathan, Sohail Pathan, Nihal Khan Pathan, Ilail Sheikh, Tipu Pathan, Arbaaz Kasam Pathan, Arshad Pathan and Aqib Syed so far in the case.
Nashik: The rural belt of north Maharashtra has registered maximum casualties in road accident in the past two-and-a half years.As per the available figures, as many as 6,266 people lost their lives in road accidents in North Maharashtra, out of which the figure for Nashik rural stands at 2,030.In 2020, a total of 2,297 lives were lost in road accidents with Nashik Rural being on top of the chart with 752 deaths followed by Ahmednagar (620), Jalgaon (439), Dhule (353) and Nandurbar (133).The following year (2021), the number of fatalities increased by around 10% to 2,530 and Nashik Rural was again on top with 804 deaths, while Nandurbar registered the lowest number of deaths (170). Ahmednagar (749) and Jalgaon (471) also witnessed a rise in the number of people losing their lives in road mishaps. However, Dhule (336) was the only district in North Maharashtra to report lesser deaths than the previous year.This year, from January to June, 1,439 people have lost their lives in the North Maharashtra region as against 1,320 in the corresponding period last year. Here as well Nashik Rural is on top with 474 deaths.Many national and state highways pass through North Maharashtra region owing to which the flow of vehicular traffic is heavy. Superintendent of police (Nashik Rural) Sachin Patil, while talking to TOI, said, “We are taking various measures to bring down the number of accidents. At 95, Nashik Rural has the highest number of accident blackspots in the state. There are two national and six state highways that pass through 15 talukas of the rural district.”He added, “Over-speeding is the main reason for the accidents and two speed guns with the police is not serving the purpose of curbing the cases of over-speeding. Hence, apart from putting in efforts to control over-speeding, we are also co-ordinating with the NHAI, state PWD and other departments to take up measures to improve the infrastructure at the accident blackspots.”
The defence ministry said the missiles destroyed the targets with precision at two different ranges.New Delhi: India on Thursday successfully test-fired indigenously developed laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) at a military installation in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar.The defence ministry said the missiles destroyed the targets with precision at two different ranges.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh complimented the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the maker of the ATGMs, and the Indian Army on the successful trial of the weapon."Indigenously developed laser-Guided anti-tank guided missiles were successfully test-fired from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun by the DRDO and Indian Army," the ministry said.#DRDOUpdates | Indigenously developed laser-guided ATGMs successfully test fired today. #AatmanirbharDefence@DefenceMinIndia@SpokespersonMoDhttps://t.co/aFxbf7ZpkZpic.twitter.com/2mJiFc0C4z— DRDO (@DRDO_India) August 4, 2022The test firing of the missiles was carried out at KK Ranges in Ahmednagar with support from Armoured Corps Centre and School."The missiles hit with precision and successfully destroyed the targets at two different ranges. Telemetry systems have recorded the satisfactory flight performance of the missiles," the defence ministry said."The all-indigenous laser guided ATGM employs a tandem High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles," it said.The ATGM has been developed with multi-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comDRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the teams associated with the test firing of ATGMs.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Aaditya Thackeray will visit Thane, Nashik and Aurangabad districts over next three daysAurangabad, Maharashtra: Shiv Sena MLA and former Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray will visit Thane, Nashik and Aurangabad districts over next three days and address rallies at some places, a party leader said today.After a split in the Shiv Sena legislature party last month, the Udhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena on Tuesday suffered a fresh jolt with 12 of its 19 Lok Sabha members shifting allegiance to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.Five out of the six Sena MLAs from Aurangabad district have joined the Shinde camp.Aaditya Thackeray will be touring Bhiwandi, Shahapur (in Thane), Igatpuri and Nashik on Thursday, Shiv Sena MLC and Aurangabad party unit president Ambadas Danve said in a release.The Mumbai-based Sena legislator will address a rally at Manmad in Nashik.He will reach Aurangabad on Friday afternoon and address a rally at Sant Eknath Rang Mandir auditorium, Mr Danve said.On Saturday, he will go to Paithan in Aurangabad and then to Newasa in Ahmednagar district where he will hold a rally, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe will also visit Shirdi in Ahmednagar the same day and then head back to Mumbai, another party official said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Aurangabad: Even as the state government announced plans to divert flood water from western Maharashtra towards Marathwada, water rights activist have underlined the need for legal measures to ensure the region gets the desired volume of water.Water right activist Abhijit Dhanorkar said a legal framework is necessary in order to avoid Nashik and Ahmednagar regions snatching the diverted water indented for Marathwada.“Even if Marathwada has an approved usage of 102 TMC from the Godavari river, the region is drawing only around 80 TMC. This is happening because of unauthorised storage and use of water in the upstream areas of the Jayakwadi dam in Nashik and Ahmednagar,” he said, while underlying the need to divert the entire floodwater from western Maharashtra to the Marathwada region. In a memorandum submitted to chief minister Eknath Shinde, water rights activists alleged that Nashik region has already claimed its reservation in the proposed water diversion from west-flowing rivers. “The enabling provisions of the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA) Act, 2005, must be invoked among other legislations so that Marathwada gets its due share in proposed water diversions. The region will continue to be at the receiving end if such a measure is not taken at an early stage,” Dhanorkar said. The Godavari Marathwada Irrigation Development Corporation said the proposed diversion of floodwater towards Marathwada was still at an announcement stage.“The diversion of flood water is not necessarily governed by the MWRRA Act. However, once the diverted water reaches Godavari basin, the law is applicable for equitable distribution,” a GMIDC official said.
Local body elections announced by the State Election Commission (SEC) in 92 nagar parishads and four nagar panchayats across 17 districts in Maharashtra are likely to be deferred with all political parties unanimously stating that the polls should not take place without OBC reservation.Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday met Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and requested him to represent the state’s case in the Supreme Court to restore OBC reservation in local body polls. “We are going to request the State Election Commission to defer the polls as the situation is not conducive following floods in several parts of Maharashtra,” Shinde said, adding, “We (Shinde and Fadnavis) met Tushar Mehta in Delhi. We requested him to represent the state in the OBC matter.”The SEC had announced the local body polls on Friday as per which the election is set to take place on August 18 and the results will be declared on August 19. Congress, NCP and BJP leaders have taken strong objection to conducting the elections without the OBC quota. National BJP secretary Pankaja Munde said, “I don’t think nagar parishad and nagar panchayat elections should take place without OBC quota.”Last year, the Supreme Court had struck down the OBC reservation in local bodies. The apex court directed the state government to conform to the triple test which entailed the constitution of a backward classes commission, gathering empirical data and ensuring that the total reservation does not cross the 50 per cent ceiling. Since the conditions remain unfulfilled, the process of restoring the OBC quota has been stalled.Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal said, “Any election without enforcing the OBC quota would amount to a grave injustice to OBCs.” The BJP-led coalition at the Centre and in the state should ensure that OBC reservation is restored at the earliest as done in neighbouring state Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil observed, “We urge the state government to disallow elections until the OBC quota is restored.”Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Nana Patole said, “The newly elected BJP-Shinde camp coalition government should intervene and ensure there are no elections without OBC quota.” Patole blamed the BJP-led central government for not doing enough to restore the OBC quota in the state.“The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre failed to furnish OBC data. Had they helped in providing the data, it would have helped retain the OBC quota in local bodies, ” Patole said, arguing, “At least now the state government should initiate steps to expedite the process of OBC quota in local bodies. Until then, they should not allow any elections.”Earlier, senior BJP general secretary Chandrashekhar Bawankule said, “The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) should explain why it failed to retain the OBC quota in local bodies. In the last 2.5 years of MVA rule, they did nothing to save or restore the OBC quota.” He added that the Congress has the habit of pointing fingers at the Centre to cover up its own mistakes.As per the SEC, nagar parishad polls will take place in Jalgaon, Solapur, Jalna, Pune, Beed, Osmanabad, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Amravati, Latur, Buldhana, Nashik, Dhule, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar districts. Four nagar panchayat polls are also set to take place in the districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Solapur. The code of conduct will come into force in these districts from July 20.
THE STATE election commission on Friday announced the schedule for local body elections for 92 nagar parishads and four nagar panchayats across 17 districts.As per the schedule, polling will take place on August 18 and the results will be declared on August 19. The districts which will go for 92 nagar parishad polls are Jalgaon, Solapur, Jalna, Pune, Beed, Osmanabad, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Amravati, Latur, Buldhana, Nashik, Dhule, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, and Ahmednagar.Four nagar panchayats polls will take place in the districts of Pune, Ahmednagar, and Solapur. The model code of conduct in these districts will come into force from July 20.The Congress has taken strong objection to holding local bodies elections without OBC reservation. MPCC president Nana Patole said, “The newly elected BJP-Shinde camp coalition government should intervene and ensure no elections are held without OBC quota.” Patole blamed the Centre for not doing enough to restore OBC quota in Maharashtra. Earlier, senior BJP general secretary Chandrashekhar Bawankule said, “The Maha Vikas Aghadi should explain why it failed to retain OBC quota in local bodies. In the last 2.5 years of MVA rule, they did nothing to save or restore the OBC quota.” The Congress has the habit of pointing fingers at the Centre for everything, he added.
A police team recovered the car used in killing of Sufi baba from Ahmednagar district. (Representational)Mumbai: Police in Maharashtra's Nashik district on Thursday recovered the car used in the killing of Sufi religious leader and Afghan national Khwja Sayyad Zarif Chishti alias Zarif Baba, an official said.Mr Chishti (38), who was living in India as a refugee for the last four years and had a large following on social media, was shot dead on Tuesday evening near Yeola in Nashik district, around 300 km from Mumbai.He was apparently killed over a property-related dispute but Nashik Rural Police are probing various other angles too, said the official.On Thursday, a police team recovered the car used in the crime from Ahmednagar district, he informed.The accused left the vehicle at Sangamner and fled, he said, adding that the pistol used in the crime was yet to recover.Police had detained one person in the case, but no arrest has been made yet. As per the preliminary probe, it was the driver of the car -- in which Mr Chishti last traveled -- who shot him.Mr Chishti lived in Nashik district with his second wife and investigators were trying to speak to her but were facing the language barrier as she speaks only Persian, the official said.Police have contacted her sister, who lives in a refugee camp in Delhi, for help, he added.Mr Chishti was quite active on social media and had two YouTube channels through which he broadcast his preaching.He also received donations and police were ascertaining whether he received any foreign funding.He was earlier married to an Argentinian woman whom he had met through Facebook, the official said. After living together for a brief period, they separated and the woman went back to Argentina, he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBefore arriving in India and obtaining refugee status, Mr Chishti had been to Iran and Pakistan, the official said, adding that police were also probing the purpose behind these visits.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Nashik: Jalgaon and Nandurbar districts in north Maharashtra have sounded alerts after the water resources department partially opened 30 gates of the Hatnur dam, which has been filled to 45% of its capacity, leading to water discharge.Shashikant Chaudhari, WRD officer at Hatnur project, said, “On Thursday morning, 30 of the 41 gates of Hatnur dam were partially opened resulting in water discharge of 42,000 cusec into the Tapi river. Though villages downstream are not directly affected by the discharge till it touches 2.5 lakh cusec, alert has been sounded for people who may be out fishing or even visiting water beds. The discharge by 5.30 pm had reduced to 8,000 cusec from eight gates.” The officer said Jalgaon district has been getting good rain, but the WRD had to open gates largely because of the rain in Madhya Pradesh from where Tapi river flows into Maharashtra before crossing over to Gujarat. While the district authorities in Nashik and Ahmednagar districts have also sounded caution on the backdrop of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) sounding alert of heavy rain in hilly areas including Trimbakeshwar and Igatpuri in Nashik district and Akole taluka in Ahmednagar district. The district guardian secretaries – additional chief secretary (home) Anand Limaye for Nashik district, higher and technical education principal secretary Vikaschandra Rastogi for Dhule district and principal secretary forests Venugopal Reddy for Nandurbar district reviewed monsoon preparedness and directed the authorities to take all possible measures. . Since the beginning of monsoon this year, the rain shadow regions have been receiving better rains. The western parts of the district. however, lacked rain and hence catchment areas of the dams were not receiving rain. Meanwhile, Nashik fire brigade received three calls for uprooted trees in Nashik city. While one of the calls was from Thatte Nagar of Nashik city, the other two calls were from Ambedkar Nagar on Nashik – Pune highway and DGP Nagar adjacent to it.“None of the citizens was injured in the incident and all roads have been cleared for traffic,” an officer said.
The Pimpri-Chinchwad police have said they rescued a 15-year-old boy barely six hours after he was allegedly kidnapped for a ransom of Rs 20 lakh on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The boy, identified as Sunny Shankar Kashyap, was handed over safely to his parents, added the police.The police arrested three men, identified as Dnyaneshwar Kisan Chavan (23), Lakhan Kisan Chavan (26) and Lakshman Dongre (22), and detained two minors in connection with the alleged kidnap. They were booked under section 364-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Indian Arms Act. All the accused reside in Hinjewadi and are natives of the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, said the police.Assistant police inspector Ram Gomare said that Kashyap’s family hails from Uttar Pradesh and runs three food stalls in the Hinjewadi area.According to the FIR lodged by the boy’s mother, Rekha, at the Hinjewadi police station, the boy was going home with their pani puri cart around 9 pm on Saturday (June 2) when the accused allegedly kidnapped him. The kidnappers allegedly called his father Shankar and demanded Rs 20 lakh to release the boy and threatened to kill him if the money was not given.Based on the family’s complaint, a team headed by senior police inspector Vivek Muglikar launched a probe. The police checked videos captured by nearly 18 CCTV cameras located around the crime scene and other locations. It revealed the registered number of the car in which the boy was kidnapped. A probe confirmed that the accused had taken the boy to Ahmednagar.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe police teams launched a search on the Pune–Ahmednagar road and located the car at Malthan Phata near Shikrapur. They confirmed that the kidnappers were present in the car along with the boy. Then with a proper plan, a police team comprising Gomare, Kailas Kengale, Arun Narke, Shrikant Chavan, all in plain clothes, jumped at a time on the four doors of the car and nabbed the kidnappers. They also seized two sharp weapons, five cell phones as well as the car from the accused.“A probe revealed the accused had known that Kashyap’s family had three food stalls. So they planned the kidnapping to extort money from his father. But the police rescued the boy quickly,” said Gomare.Inspector Sunil Dahifale said most of the accused persons have previous criminal records. A press release issued Monday by deputy commissioner of police Anand Bhoite stated that accused individuals were also involved in robberies at Hinjewadi on June 1 and at Pusad in Yavatmal district on June 29.