The police in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district have arrested 36 people for stone pelting, vandalism and rioting reported on Wednesday during a bandh called by pro-Hindutva outfits seeking action against certain objectionable social media posts. Six others were arrested in connection with an earlier incident of stone pelting and rioting in Kolhapur city on Tuesday over the same reason, the police added.The Kolhapur district police have registered four separate first information reports (FIRs) – three on the violence on Wednesday and one on the incident on Tuesday – officials told The Indian Express.Five more FIRs were registered in police stations across Kolhapur district in connection to the social media posts showing images of 18th-century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan accompanied by an objectionable slogan in the form of an audio.Internet services that were suspended in Kolhapur city on Wednesday evening for 24 hours are expected to be restored on Thursday evening.“The situation in Kolhapur city and district remains peaceful. Considerable police force remains deployed across our jurisdiction,” Kolhapur District Superintendent of Police Mahendra Pandit said.On the number of people injured in the stone pelting and lathi charge, the Kolhapur police maintained that they were yet to get the information. A senior police officer said, “Some people are feared injured…We do not know the exact number yet because some of them went to private hospitals, some to state-run hospitals and some may have not gone to hospitals at all.”Kolhapur district police officials had said that a large number of people, mainly youth belonging to various pro-Hindutva organisations, had gathered at Chhatrapati Shivaji Chowk in Kolhapur on Wednesday morning. While the outfits had called for a bandh in Kolhapur city, and many businesses remained shut, a protest was also held. Officials had said that as people were returning after the protest, some miscreants resorted to stone pelting on some houses in a residential area. Police officials said they had to resort to a lathi charge and lob tear gas canisters to control the unruly mob that was indulging in stone pelting, vandalism and rioting.The same objectionable slogan that was used with images of Tipu Sultan in some youngsters’ social media posts in Kolhapur was chanted along with a poster of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb during a procession held in Ahmednagar district a few days ago, the police probe has revealed. The incident was reported during an Urs procession of Dam Bara Hazari Baba dargah in the Fakirwada area of Ahmednagar around 9.15 pm on June 4.
Confronting the BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra head on, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday that the ruling party “encourages” instances of communal violence.“Incidents of communal clashes in Ahmednagar and Kolhapur have taken place over some mobile messages. What is the meaning of hitting the streets over such messages? Today’s ruling party encourages such things. Rulers should ensure peace and law and order. But if rulers start hitting the street and create enmity among two communities, that is not a good thing for the state,” Pawar said, addressing a press conference in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar on Wednesday morning.Pawar said that it was good that the incidents were limited to certain parts of the state only. “But I am saying that this is being planned. I saw it on TV that someone showed Aurangzeb’s photo in Aurangabad, then what is the meaning of a communal clash over this in Pune?” he asked.“Churches were attacked in states like Orissa or others. I do not understand the reason behind attacking a religious place for an action of an individual. This is not a work of an individual but an ideology works behind this. This ideology is not good for the society,” Pawar said.Maharashtra has witnessed a number of localised communal clashes since the formation of the BJP-Sena government. On Tuesday, the Sangamner area of Ahmednagar district witnessed communal clashes between two groups after a rally by Sakal Hindu Samaj. In Kolhapur, right-wing Hindu organisations called for a bandh on Wednesday over a reportedly objectionable message involving Mughal king Aurangzeb.
Marking the 298th birth anniversary of Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar on Wednesday (May 31), Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced that his government would rename Ahmednagar after her. The Western Maharashtrian city will now be known as Ahilyanagar.“The government has decided to name Ahmednagar district after Punyashlok Ahilya Devi Holkar. Our government is fortunate to have taken this decision. Ahilya Devi’s work was as big and great as the Himalayan mountains. Giving her name will increase the honour of this district,” Shinde told the media.Earlier in December 2022, Maharashtra Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar had informed the state Legislative Council that he was in conversation with the district administration to rename the city as ‘Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Nagar’.How did the city of Ahmednagar first get its name?Located in the Western region of Maharashtra, Ahmednagar has been a part of some prominent kingdoms, starting from 240 BC, “when the vicinity is mentioned in the reference to the Mauryan Emperor Ashok”, as per the district’s official website.In the Medieval period, the region was ruled over by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty, the Western Chalukyas, and then the Delhi Sultanate. In the last case, the rule was not direct, and a revolt by Afghan soldier Alladin Hasan Gangu led to the establishment of the Bahmani kingdom in the Deccan. In the following years, Ahmednagar, then known as Nizamshahi, became one of the five independent kingdoms to emerge from that empire.In 1486, Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah assumed the position of the Bahmani Sultanate’s prime minister. He successfully defeated the king of the Bahmani kingdom, who tried to dislodge him from power, in 1490. Four years later, he laid the foundation of a city close to where he had defeated the army, on the left bank of Sina river. This city was named after him: Ahmednagar.Nizam Shah also later captured the fort of Daulatabad and stationed his army there. “By his kindness, peaceful demeanour & efficiency, he could win the loyalty of the local and foreign Muslims and also of the Maratha peasants and worriers. Since his origin was Hindu, he found no difficulty in winning over the confidence of Brahmins, who were highly regarded by the Hindus,” says the website.Jawaharlal Nehru, in his book A Discovery of India (1946), wrote of him, “Ahmad Nizam Shah, the founder of Ahmadnagar in 1490, was the son of Nizam-ul-Mulk Bhairi, a minister of the Bahmani kings. This Nizam-ul-Mulk was the son of a Brahmin accountant named Bhairu…Thus the Ahmednagar dynasty was of indigenous origin.”And who was Ahilyabai Holkar?Ahilyabai was born in Chondi village of Ahmednagar to the village head Mankoji Shinde, who ensured that his daughter received an education, which was quite rare at that time.It is believed that Malhar Rao Holkar, the army commander to Peshwa Bajirao, spotted eight-year-old Ahilyabai at a temple service in Chondi. Impressed by her devotion and character, he decided to get his son, Khande Rao, married to her.After her husband’s death in the Battle of Kumbher against the king of Bharatpur in 1754, Ahilyabai took control of Malwa. She excelled at administrative and military strategies under the guidance of her father-in-law, who believed she should lead her people, and not die by Sati after Khande Rao passed away. After the death of her father-in-law and son a few years later, she petitioned the Peshwa to become the ruler, backed by the support of her army.Role in administration and temple-buildingIn his book, Nehru said Holkar’s rule, which lasted for thirty years (1765-1795), was “almost legendary as a period during which perfect order and good government prevailed and the people prospered. She was a very able ruler and organizer, highly respected during her lifetime.”Notably, her role in the restoration of Hindu temples is often talked about.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Samudra Darshan Path and the Somnath Exhibition Gallery — they showcase ruins of ancient Somnath, the temple built by Holkar in 1783 — in 2021, he mentioned, “When anyone in the world looks at this grand structure today, he doesn’t merely see a temple. He sees an existence which, for hundreds, thousands of years, has been inspiring, expounding human values; a place which was called by our seers the place of light, meaning knowledge, thousands of years ago; and a place that even today is proclaiming to the world that truth can’t be defeated by untruth, that faith can’t be trampled over by terror.”
Eknath Shinde attended a function in Ahmednagar, the birthplace of Ahilyadevi.Ahmednagar: The Ahmednagar district in western Maharashtra will be renamed after Ahilyadevi Holkar, the legendary 18th century ruler of the Indore state, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced on Wednesday.Mr Shinde was speaking at a function at Choundi in the district, the birthplace of Ahilyadevi (also known as Ahilya Bai), to mark her 298th birth anniversary.Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said at the function that he would request Chief Minister Shinde to rename Ahmednagar city as 'Ahilyanagar'."Our government works keeping in mind the ideal of governance set by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Ahilyadevi Holkar. Therefore, as per the wish of all of you, we have decided to rename (the district) for Ahilyadevi Holkar," Mr Shinde said in his speech.Mr Fadnavis said that had Ahilyadevi Holkar not been there, "there would not have been Kashi, temples of Lord Shiva." The ruling alliance of the BJP and Shinde-led Shiv Sena was a "Hindutva government," he added.The Deputy Chief Minister also noted that before this, the Shinde government renamed Aurangabad as Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Osmanabad as Dharashiv.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe city of Ahmednagar, 120 km northeast of Pune, is said to have derived its name from the 15th century ruler Ahmad Nizam Shah(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Devendra Fadnavis called the alliance of BJP and Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena "Hindutva" government (File)Pune: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Wednesday that he would urge Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to change the name of Ahmednagar city to 'Ahilyanagar'.Mr Fadnavis, Mr Shinde and many state ministers were present in Ahmednagar to attend an event on the death anniversary of Ahilyabai Holkar, the Holkar Queen of the Maratha Malwa kingdom who is known for building temples and 'dharamashalas' (public rest houses), throughout India."If Rajamata Ahilyadevi Holkar weren't there, Kashi wouldn't have remained. If she wasn't there, we wouldn't have temples of Lord Shiva. That's why people want Ahmednagar renamed Ahilyanagar. I am also going to request Chief Minister Eknath Shinde about the same," he said.The Deputy Chief Minister called the ruling alliance of BJP and Shinde-led Shiv Sena a "Hindutva" government."We are the people who chant the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We have created Sambhajinagar under your (Shinde's) leadership, we have created Dharashiv. I believe the chief minister is 'mawala' (soldier) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and thus Nagar (Ahmednagar) will be renamed Ahilyanagar."PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Union home ministry in February approved a proposal by the Maharashtra government to change the names of Aurangabad and Osmanabad cities to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv respectively.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday inaugurated the second phase of the Samruddhi CorridorShirdi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Friday inaugurated the second phase of the Samruddhi Corridor between Shirdi and Bharvir in Nashik district and took a dig at Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray by claiming hurdles in the project were overcome as "I don't work from home".The Bharatiya Janata Party used to routinely claim Thackeray, as chief minister between 2019 and June 2022, was working from home and not attending office or undertaking hinterland tours despite the state reeling under the coronavirus pandemic.Asserting that many of the hurdles in the project were deliberately created despite it being key to the prosperity of farmers, Shinde said, "I don't work from home. I came on the field as MSRDC minister under Devendra Fadnavis (between 2014 and 2019) and convinced people about the project. Land acquisition was done in record time." In an apparent reference to Thackeray's claim that BJP reneged on the promise to share the chief ministerial tenure after the 2019 Assembly polls, Shinde said "what is spoken behind closed doors is never known so there is room to say anything"."If there is will power, projects can be completed in record time and the Samruddhi Expressway is an example," Shinde said at the inauguration event in Shirdi.With the inauguration of the 80-kilometre stretch from Shirdi to Bharvir in Nashik district, 600 kilometres of the 701-km route between Mumbai and Nagpur is now open for public use.The 520-kilometre long first phase of Samruddhi Mahamarg from Nagpur to Shirdi was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 11, 2022.Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis, speaking on the occasion, said connectivity to Mumbai and its port area was essential for the development of the state's backward regions."When I conceptualised this greenfield expressway as chief minister, many felt it was just a dream. But I and Shinde, as Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation minister, ensured the dream turned into reality," Fadnavis said.He said Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had opposed the Samruddhi Expressway.The project will lead to development of 15 districts, he said, adding the remainder of the route will be completed in seven months, which will redefine Maharashtra.Speaking on accidents on the stretch, Fadnavis said these would be curbed once an intelligent traffic management system is in place as motorists would be informed in advance about vehicle speeds.The state highway police recently said 39 persons have died and 143 injured in 358 accidents on the Samruddhi Corridor between December 12 last year and April 30, 2023."The MTHL (22-kilometre sea bridge between Sewri and Uran connecting Mumbai and Raigad), the Samruddhi Expressway and the coastal road (on the western flank of Mumbai) are engineering marvels," Fadnavis added.The 80-km Shirdi-Bharvir stretch under phase 2 will increase connectivity from Vidarbha to different parts of Nashik, Ahmednagar and Pune through an interchange in Gonde in Sinnar, and also ease the commute to Shirdi, a renowned religious tourism destination, from Mumbai, Thane and Nashik, officials said.The Shirdi-Bharvir stretch will bring medical facilities within reach of residents of Shirdi and areas close to it, officials said, adding the SMBT Hospital was just 500 metres away from the Bharvir interchange and can be accessed from the temple town in less than an hour.The phase 2 stretch of the Samruddhi Expressway will also benefit farmers of Shirdi, Ahmednagar and Sinnar to get farm produce to Mumbai quickly due to reduction in cargo transport time.This stretch of Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg comprises seven major bridges, 18 minor bridges, 30 underpasses, 23 light vehicular underpasses, three interchanges at three plazas, 56 toll booths, six weigh bridges, they said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThey said 11.141 km of phase two passes through seven villages in Kopargaon (Ahmednagar district), 60.969 km in Sinnar and 7.067 km in Igatpuri, both in Nashik district. Phase 2 has come up at a cost of Rs 3,200 crore.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
Devendra Fadnavis said there are some organisations and people who want the state to be unstableAkola/Pune: Communal violence in Akola city and Shevgaon village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in the last two days has posed a challenge to police to prevent potential flare-ups in other areas, while more than 130 people have been detained so far after the clashes left one person dead and 13 others injured.While state minister Girish Mahajan, who belongs to BJP, claimed that the violence in Akola was possibly "pre-planned", Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there are some organisations and people who want the state to be unstable, but the government will teach them a lesson.One person was killed and eight others, including two policemen, were injured, in a clash that broke out on Saturday night in the sensitive Old City area of Akola over a religious post on social media, prompting the police to clamp curfew in some pockets, police had said.Members of the two groups hurled stones at each other and indulged in large-scale vandalism. The rioters set on fire some two-wheelers and four-wheelers during the violence.In Shevgaon village in Ahmednagar district in west Maharashtra, at least five persons were injured in a clash over a procession on Sunday night. Several shops and vehicles were damaged in stone pelting, police said on Monday.Police have detained 132 people- more than 100 in Akola and 32 in Shevgaon- so far. Cases were registered against 150 people in Shevgaon, located 65 km from the Ahmednagar district headquarters, an official said.After the violence in Akola, District Magistrate Nima Arora ordered a curfew, which requires people to stay at home, in four police station areas of the city to maintain law and order, a senior officer said.On Monday, the official said, the curfew was relaxed in areas under the jurisdiction of City Kotwali and Ramdas Peth police station limits. However, it will remain in force within the limits of Dabki Road and Old City police stations at night (between 8 pm and 8 am), while some relaxations will be provided during day time, he said.Internet services remain suspended in Akola and Shevgaon to check the spread of rumours, officials said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday instructed the police to take strict action against those behind the riots in Akola and Shevgaon and appealed to people to maintain peace and social harmony, said his office."The situation in Akola and Shevgaon is now under control and the police force is deployed. On the instructions of state home minister Devendra Fadnavis, state rural development minister Girish Mahajan has personally visited Akola while revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil reviewed the situation in Shegaon," the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a statement.Fadnavis said, "It is 100 per cent true there are some people and organisations that want the state to remain unstable. But the government will expose them and also teach them a lesson".Earlier in the day, State Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan claimed the clash was possibly "pre-planned". Mahajan visited the affected areas in Akola on Sunday."Some houses and vehicles were damaged. Strict action would be taken against the culprits," he told reporters after meeting the family of the man, Vilas Gaikwad (40), killed in the violence.Mahajan said the government has announced assistance of Rs 4 lakh for the family of the deceased.Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former Aurangabad MP Chandrakant Khaire claimed that riots were being instigated in Maharashtra to stop Muslim votes from shifting towards the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).Ever since the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis coalition has come to power, communal tensions are taking place, Khaire alleged.Meanwhile, security guards at the famous Trimbakeshwar temple in Nashik district thwarted an attempt by a group of people from a different religion who tried to force their way into the temple premises on Saturday night, a trust official said on Monday.As per the temple management, only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple- one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.The temple trust has submitted a complaint to the police.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comNo case is registered so far, a police official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The All India Kisan Sabba (AIKS) on Thursday called off its ongoing long march in Ahmednagar district after the Maharashtra government assured that its demands over farmers' issues will be met. Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said he had a meeting with AIKS leaders. "We (the government) took some decisions and gave an assurance that all decisions will be implemented in a time-bound manner," he said at a joint press conference with AIKS leaders. He was happy that the AIKS called off the long march in response to the government's decisions, the minister added. More than 15,000 farmers had set out on the foot march on Wednesday to press for demands including adequate compensation for land acquisition and remunerative prices for milk, cotton and other crops. Several women were also part of the march which started from Akole in Ahmednagar district and was to end in front of Vikhe Patil's office at Loni, 230 km away, on Friday. The farmers, who have been opposing import of milk and dairy products, also demanded adequate compensation for crop loss due to natural calamities, increased pension for peasants, agricultural workers and destitutes, medical insurance and housing facilities for construction workers and increased remuneration and status of government employees for anganwadi and ASHA (accredited social health activist). The AIKS had earlier said that Vikhe Patil invited them for talks on Tuesday and some progress was made regarding his revenue and dairy development departments in the discussions. But no other minister was present with regard to the issues raised by the AIKS and hence it decided to go ahead with the march, it said. Before the march began on Wednesday, farmers held a meeting, presided over by AIKS president Dr Ashok Dhawale. Economist R Ramakumar also addressed the farmers while noted journalist P Sainath also participated in the march.
A man arrested by the Ahmednagar police in Maharashtra in connection with an Arms Act case escaped from custody Sunday while he was under treatment at Pune’s Sassoon Hospital, officers said.The police have identified the accused as Balu alias Chakradhar Godse, 30, of Ahmednagar’s Shrigonda. A first information report (FIR) in this regard was lodged by Constable Prakash Mandge at Bundgarden police station.According to the FIR, Godse was arrested recently in a case lodged at Shrigonda police station. He was admitted to ward number 26 of Sassoon Hospital on April 19 for treatment of a mental condition. Around 7.30 pm on April 22, when a policeman accompanying him went to the washroom, Godse allegedly released himself from his handcuffs and escaped.The police have launched a search for the accused. He has been booked under section 224 of the Indian Penal Code.
“Bolhai.”It’s a word that is peculiar to Pune, often confounding visitors, even local residents. It is found on signboards of meat shops or heard in restaurants where servers inform customers that the establishment also serves ‘Bolhai Mutton’.To many outsiders – and insiders who weren’t born in families that follow the tradition- the concept of ‘Bolhai’ remains an enigma beyond the basic impression that it’s a kind of meat.So what’s Bolhai Meat?Bolhai or ‘Bolhai Che Mutton’ (Meat of Bolhai) essentially means the flesh that the Bolhai Mata, a deity in a temple on Pune’s outskirts allows devotees to eat. This meat is ‘sheep meat’ (also called mutton). The devotees are barred from eating goat meat (or chevon).‘There’s a clear dichotomy,” says Sachin Kambale, a city-based meat seller. “Out of every 10 Pune native families, as many as nine tend to eat sheep meat and painstakingly avoid consuming that of goat. It’s the complete opposite for people who hail from places outside Pune district, especially those from beyond Satara or Ahmednagar.”According to experts in local culture, devotees of Bolhai, who largely come from Pune District and parts of Satara, Sangli and Ahmednagar, believe that they will develop ailments of the skin if they consume goat meat.“People who develop skin ailments also come here believing that they made the error of eating goat meat. They are asked to do the olanda (the symbolic act of the deity stepping over and crossing the devotee’s body) and take a dip in the temple lake known as Moti Sagar. If they are cured, some of them – by their own will – do an animal sacrifice. This has to be of sheep,” Baliram Gawade, the president of the Shri Bolhai Devsthan Trust, Wadebolhai, told The Indian Express.He, however, emphasised that the deity does not accept offerings of meat. “The only naivedya (offering) acceptable to Bolhai is Puran Poli,” said Gawade.Professor Ambadas Bhosale, who has authored a booklet on the deity, believes that there can be an economic angle behind the belief. “The region has a considerable population from Dhangar community who rear sheep. Generally speaking, goat meat is much more popular than that of sheep, in the state as is elsewhere. This superstition gives this less popular meat an edge and is an economic boon for the shepherd community.”Where is the Bolhai temple?The temple located in village Wadebolhai, 10 kms off Pune-Ahmednagar Highway, is built in Hemadpanthi black stone and lime architectural style with elaborate stone carvings adorning its pillars. The devotees believe that it has ancient origins. The outer compound was built in 1931 on the orders of King of Baroda Sayajirao Gaikwad, as per an inscription on the main door.As per Professor Bhosale, the local legend about the origins of the temple goes as follows: the deity is an aggressive manifestation of Goddess Parvati who assumed a menacing form to rebuff an attempt by Lanka King Ravana to abduct her in his ‘vimana’. The petrified Ravana then pushed her off and she landed at the location where the temple today stands.There’s another legend about the origin of the name of the deity, as per Prof Bhosale. “Once, Goddess Parvati placed a bet with Lord Shankar that she will deceive Lord Rama. She took Sita’s form and went to Rama. Immediately recognising Parvati, Rama said, ‘Bol Aai, (Tell me mother!). This led to the deity deriving her name from words – ‘Bol-Aai’ – to Bolhai’,” shared Prof Bhosale. He said that he had collected these legends from elderly people from the village and neighbouring areas.Growing influenceRahul Shinde – a priest at the temple – says that the popularity of the deity is growing fast. “Earlier, people mostly from the Pune district and surrounding areas used to come here. Now, we have visitors from Nashik, Dhule and even other districts, especially on Sundays when a special arati is performed. In the month of Ashwin, a Maha Yatra is held on the fourth Sunday in which a large number of devotees participate.“The belief or superstition that the deity provides relief to those suffering from skin issues has helped it with popularity,” said Prof Bhosale.Over the years several temples dedicated to Bolhai Mata have come up in Pune districts including a few in Pune city. Outside Maharashtra, about a century-old palatial temple of the deity stands in Vadodara which was constructed on the orders of Sayajirao Gaikwad.
Four people were injured in the incident, police said. (Representational)Pune: Four people were injured after a clash between two groups in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district where the rioters also damaged some vehicles and indulged in throwing stones, police said on Wednesday.The Ahmednagar police have so far arrested 10 people in connection with the incident which took place late Tuesday evening and registered a case under sections for rioting, they said.The clash took place near Warulwadi on Ahmednagar-Sambhajinagar road."A youth from a group that was passing by a mosque was allegedly beaten up by members of a rival group in Gajraj Nagar area, following which a clash took place between the two sides," Ahmednagar MIDC police station's duty officer said."During the clash, a two-wheeler was set on fire while a couple of vehicles including a four-wheeler were damaged," he said.The clash also resulted in stone pelting, the official said.Four people were injured in the incident, he said.Another police official said the clash took place between the two groups over the issue of posting a status on a social media platform.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comSuperintendent of Police Rakesh Ola said a probe was on into the incident and he appealed to people not to believe in rumours.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
MUMBAI: A 50-year old woman who faked her 29-year-old son's death and tried to claim Rs 2 crore insurance has been booked by the police. The son too has been named in the case for being party to the crime.The Shivaji Park police registered an offence against Ahmednagar-based homemaker Nandabai Pramod Taksale and her son Dinesh of cheating, forgery and breach of trust. The policy had been purchased from LIC's Dadar (west) branch of the insurance company.Dinesh bought the policy in 2015 and paid premium. On March 14, 2017, Nandabai Taksaale filed a claim for Rs 2 crore, stating that Dinesh died in a road accident on the Nagar Pune highway in Ahmednagar district on December 25, 2016. "LIC officials, while scrutinising her claim, raised doubts as some of the documents appeared to be bogus. Even the death certificate was fake," said an officer from Shivaji Park police station.The claim mentioned had that Dinesh's annum income was Rs 8 crore. The police said a fake income tax returns for four years was submitted with some documents showing agriculture income of Rs 38.85 lakh and Rs 3 lakh revenue from a hotel.
Shah Rukh Khan-starrer "Pathaan" had run into controversy over the song "Besharam Rang"Mumbai: A court in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra has rejected a petition seeking temporary injunction to restrain streaming of teasers of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Pathaan' movie and its 'Besharam Rang' song on YouTube without showing U/A censor certificate.P A Patel, Joint Civil Judge at Shrirampur court in Ahmednagar, rejected the plea on February 8, stating that a plaintiff must produce something to show the foundation for his claim.Suresh Patil, who claims to be a social worker, had moved the court ahead of the release of the movie, which hit the screens on January 25.Perusal of the complaint and documents filed on record show that the plaintiff is claiming temporary injunction to restrain the defendants (Yash Raj Films) from showing the teaser and 'Besharam Rang' song of "Pathaan" movie without showing U/A certificate, the court said.The court also said that from the contentions of the plaintiff, it appears that he has seen the song and teaser on YouTube and also noticed that U/A certificate is not shown before streaming of the content."Therefore he got confused," it said.Patil himself stated that the meaning of U/A certificate (unrestricted public exhibition subject to parental guidance for children below the age of twelve), the court noted.Thus, no injury is caused to the plaintiff, it said.On perusal of record, it shows that the main relief claim by Patil in present suit is same as the temporary injunction sought by him."If the said relief is granted, it is as good as the final relief. Hence, relief cannot be granted," the court noted."Moreover, from the contentions of the plaintiff, no prima facie case is made out. Plaintiff must come off with something to show foundation for his claim," the court ruled.The court observed that no loss will be caused to the plaintiff if application is rejected and he is having another remedy.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAhead of its release, "Pathaan" was mired in controversy due to its song 'Besharam Rang' as many, including politicians, criticised the song for "hurting religious sentiments" of Hindus. Several right wing organisations objected to the "saffron costumes" worn by actor Deepika Padukone in the song.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWhen A Fan Tried To Kiss Aditya Roy Kapur
MUMBAI: In a minor reshuffle of IAS officers, chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday appointed Ahmednagar collector Rajendra Bhosale as Mumbai suburban collector in place of Nidhi Choudhary, who will be the new joint commissioner (sales tax). Cidco chief administrator (Aurangabad) Deepa Mudhol Munde will the new collector of Beed in place of Radhabinod Sharma, who will replace her. Sidharam Salimath will be the new collector Ahmednagar in place of Bhosale.
Mr Thorat said he couldn't work with Nana Patole due to his "anger" towards him.Mumbai: A day after he conveyed to the party's central leadership that he cannot work with Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole due to his "anger" towards him, senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat today resigned from the post of Maharashtra Congress legislature party leader. Sources said he is firm on his stand, and is unlikely to take back his decision.Mr Thorat sent his resignation letter on February 2, sources close to him said, adding that it's getting difficult to work with Nana Patole.Despite being a senior leader, there were statements being made against him and his family, and some people were trying to tarnish the image of Mr Thorat and his family, sources said, adding that Mr Patole is 'arrogant'.Nana Patole hit back, saying he never indulged in "such dirty politics".He had earlier also denied any such letter was written, adding he would only be able to comment if he knew this letter's contents.In his letter to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Balasaheb Thorat, a former state unit chief and minister, also said he is not being consulted before decisions were taken, his aide told news agency PTI.This comes days after then Nashik graduates constituency MLC Sudhir Tambe, who is the brother-in-law of Balasaheb Thorat, declined to contest the Maharashtra Legislative Council elections despite being the Congress' official candidate. He got his son Satyajit Tambe to fight as an independent, who won the poll. Results were declared on February 2.The Congress has suspended Sudhir Tambe and Satyajit Tambe from the party for the MLC poll twist.Mr Thorat said the politics during the elections is going to 'disturb' him, and he has conveyed his feelings to the party high command."Recently the elections to the Legislative Council were held, a lot of politics took place in it. Satyajit won with a very good number of votes, we should also congratulate him. But the politics that took place is going to disturb me, this is the fact. In this matter, I have conveyed my feeling to the high command of the Congress. This is the politics within the party, it should not be discussed outside, I believe. That's why I have told the high command what has happened in this matter," he said.Balasaheb Thorat has also said he was insulted by the (state) party leadership and statements were made against his family on the (Tambe) issue, his aide said quoting the letter.Some functionaries from Ahmednagar were punished over this issue, the letter to Mr Kharge further said.Nana Patole had, on January 26, disbanded the Ahmednagar district committee of the Congress for "anti-party activities" as some of its members had reportedly campaigned for Satyajit Tambe instead of the candidate to whom the party had officially extended support.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comBalasaheb Thorat said rumours of him and his family being linked to the BJP were spread during the recent MLC polls."Recently, during the elections to the Legislative Council, some people came up with such things that we were linked with the BJP, and rumours were also spread that we would be given tickets by the BJP. We have seen how these people spread rumours. But the idea of the Congress is our idea, I believe, and therefore all of you should also remain calm," Mr Thorat said.
The surprise move of Congress MLC Sudhir Tambe, a close relative of staunch Congressman and former Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat, to drop out of the upcoming Legislative Council polls in the state and field his son instead may have surprised some people, but political rebellion is quite common in the families of both the leaders. Earlier on Thursday, Sudhir Tambe, official Congress candidate for the biennial elections to the Upper House, announced withdrawal from the race and said his son Satyajit will be in the fray from the constituency currently represented by him. Satyajit Tambe, the state Youth Congress president, subsequently filed his nomination as an independent. Elections to graduates' and teachers' constituencies of the Council will be held on January 30 and Thursday was the last day for filing nominations. Sudhir Tambe, brother-in-law of former state Congress president Thorat, has been representing the Nashik Division Graduates' constituency in the Upper House of the legislature for the last three terms (18 years) and was renominated by the party for a fresh term. Thorat's sister is married to Sudhir Tambe and both the families have been loyal to the Congress for decades. Balasaheb Thorat's father late Bhausaheb Thorat was a freedom fighter and a staunch Congress leader from Ahmednagar district, once famous for having the maximum number of cooperative sugar factories and a widespread network of cooperative societies and educational institutes. The Thorats not only built their political career from Sangamner tehsil of Ahmednagar district in western Maharashtra, but set up several educational institutes, colleges, including one for engineering, sugar mills and other cooperative societies under the brand name 'Amrutwahini', to maintain their dominance over the region. However, in the 1985 state Assembly polls, the Congress decided not to field Bhausaheb Thorat from Sangamner because his candidature was opposed by another Congress leader and former minister B J Khatal-Patil. The party nominated Shakuntala Thorat, originally from neighbouring Pune district, but Bhausaheb Thorat fielded his son Vijay alias Balasaheb Thorat as an independent and ensured he won. He later returned to the Congress and thus began the political career of Balasaheb Thorat, who till today has remained undefeated from the Sangamner Assembly constituency in all the elections he has fought. Thorat has served as a cabinet minister for several years and was also the state Congress president. He is currently the leader of the party in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, while Sudhir Tambe is his counterpart in the Legislative Council. Sudhir Tambe's political career also started in a similar way, when he rebelled in 2007 against the then-Congress candidate Nitin Thakur in bypoll to the Nashik division graduates' constituency and won. He later came back to the Congress and won two more Council elections from the seat. Satyajit Tambe, his son, had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Assembly elections from Ahmednagar City. He was a Congress member of the Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad, but has now decided to chart his own political course by trying to enter the Upper House of the legislature. On Thursday Satyajit Tambe filed his nomination as an independent and asserted he was still associated with the Congress even as he sought support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is part of the Eknath Shinde-led coalition government in the state. Incidentally, at a book release function of Satyajit Tambe in December last year, BJP leader and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had openly suggested the saffron party wanted the young Congressman on its side. Referring to Balasaheb Thorat, Fadnavis had said, "You need to pay attention to Satyajit properly, otherwise we will set our sights on him." After Thursday's turn of events, there is no official Congress candidate in the fray in the Nashik Graduates' constituency, making things easy for the junior Tambe. The BJP has also not fielded its candidate from the seat, but its state unit president Chandrashekhar Bawankule has said the saffron outfit may consider supporting Satyajit Tambe. Bawankule said, "If Tambe approaches us and seeks our support, we can consider it. The BJP is trying to strengthen its base in all parts of the state. We do not have a strong face in the Nashik division, hence we may extend our support to him." However, unlike his uncle or father, whether Satyajit Tambe would return to the Congress camp or find himself in the BJP like many other party leaders will be revealed only after the results are out on February 2.
NAGPUR: Even as there is a decline in leopard deaths in the last three years, the forest department figures show that road accidents and vehicle hits continue to be the biggest reasons for the high toll in Maharashtra.In last three years, most state highways have been converted into national highways leading to widening of roads from two lanes to four. However, barring NH7 (Nagpur-Jabalpur) and NH-6 (Bhandara-Deori), nowhere in the region have mitigation measures been taken by the road development agencies.The figures from 2020 to December 19, 2022, show that 489 leopards have died in the state. Of these more than 50% (257) died in road accidents and vehicle hits, more than what have been poached (43) or drowned in wells (79). Apart from natural deaths, there were other reasons like deaths due to snares, poisoning, run over by trains, fires etc.In 2019, 110 leopard deaths were reported. However, in 2020, there was a huge spurt with 198 deaths followed by 167 in 2021, and 124 in 2022 (till December 19). Most of the deaths have been reported in high-density areas of Pune and Nashik circles. Nashik reported 208 deaths in the last four years while 119 leopards died in Pune, 32 in Aurangabad, and 29 in Kolhapur circles.Talking to TOI, Nashik chief conservator of forest (CCF) NB Gudge said, “One of the reasons is that there is a dearth of natural predators of leopards and hence their numbers have been increasing. Besides, changing crop patterns and distorted male-female ratios are other reasons. Nashik and Ahmednagar are sugarcane belts which have turned into a breeding ground for leopards.”“These big cats have been living in close vicinity of humans and are vulnerable to road hits and drowning in wells. Though mortality is high, their numbers are also going up,” Gudge said.It is evident that 2020 and 2021 were particularly bad for leopards. In these two years, the incidents of road kills were very high. In the given data, poaching seems to have peaked only in 2021, otherwise it is fairly flat.“Most of the deaths in accidents have happened on roads around Nashik, Ahmednagar, and Pune. It is possible that sufficient mitigation measures were not taken,” said wildlife experts.“One must also realize that with the advent of new generation cars and widening of roads, the overall speed and volume of traffic has increased drastically. Poor animals don't stand a chance of crossing a wide highway safely. The forest department should conduct an audit of mitigation measures to find out their worthiness in the context of repeated deaths in some areas,” experts told TOI.“In Eastern Vidarbha, it is quite possible that the leopard population may not be faring very well given the population explosion of their natural competitors, the tigers,” they said.As per MoEFCC’s ‘Status of leopards in India’ report released in December 2021, Maharashtra has 1,690 leopards, which is the third-largest population in the country. Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of leopards (3,421), followed by Karnataka (1,783).“Having more leopards doesn’t mean these animals should be left to die. Every small road in the state is being widened despite low traffic volume. The highways ministry and PWD are expanding more than 15,000km of roads and it is high time the forest department, NHAI, and PWD sit together to decide on mitigation measures,” said green crusader Anasuya Kale-Chhabrani.
MUMBAI: Road accident fatalities in Maharashtra increased by 17% in the period between January-November 2022, as compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019. Over 13,500 deaths and 30,120 road crashes were reported in January-November 2022.In Mumbai, however, both crashes and deaths reduced by at least 36% in January-November 2022, compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019. Over 1,600 total crashes and 259 fatalities were reported in the city in January-November 2022. Reduction in fatalities could be due to ongoing infrastructure works and reduction of overall speed levels to non-fatal levels, besides installing speed cameras at strategic locations. Very high fatalities were reported in Nashik rural (825), Pune rural (794) and Ahmednagar (770) in Jan-Nov 2022. With newer, potentially high-speed road infrastructure being built in the state, such as the recently launched Samruddhi Expressway, the priority should be to improve safety and manage speeds, said experts."A significant amount of focus is required to control speeding on state roads, ensure usage of safety gear, such as rear seat belts and helmets for pillion riders and children, and safety treatment of intersections," recommended Piyush Tewari, founder of the non-profit SaveLIFE Foundation. As expressways and highways typically contribute to a majority of crashes year after year, police are focussing on education and awareness among motorists using these stretches. Sensitising drivers of heavy vehicles on fatigue and safe driving in hilly areas and ghats is given priority. "Our personnel hold meetings with drivers at fixed halts such as dhabas. We have also trained volunteers residing in villages close to the highway on how they can help save lives within the Golden Hour post a crash, as part of our Mrityunjay Jeevandoot project," said KK Sarangal, additional director general, state traffic. Over 1,050 officers from police, RTO and Public Works Department have been trained in gathering scientific data from crash sites and storing them. "For state roads, a combined approach of electronic enforcement and manual enforcement - in such a way that the time and place of enforcement are unpredictable - will create a lasting impact on driving behaviour," said George Aikara, CEO of the non-profit, United Way Mumbai.
Maharashtra Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar told the Legislative Council that he has sought a proposal from the district administration to rename the Western Maharashtra city of Ahmednagar as ‘Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Nagar’, after the 18th century Malwa queen, Ahilyabai Holkar.Replying to a question raised in the State Legislative Council, Kesarkar said the decision will be taken after receiving the proposal from the district administration and after following the due procedure, including approval from the Centre.In August this year, the Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed two separate resolutions to send a proposal to rename Aurangabad as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and rename Osmanabad as Dharashiv. Writing to then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in June, BJP leader Gopichand Padalkar had demanded the renaming, saying as Holkar was born in Choundi village of Ahmednagar and had “an Ahmednagar connection”, her name would be appropriate.NCP leader Amol Mitkari, however, has criticised the move. “Instead of demanding changes in names, it would be better if BJP and MNS leaders seek measures like reduction in rising fuel prices and rising inflation. They should urge the central government to take steps to resolve grievances of farmers and the poor. But this is not happening. Non-issues like change in name are being pushed,” Mitkari had said.Ahmednagar lies in the Western region of Maharashtra. According to the district’s official website, it has been a part of some prominent kingdoms, starting from 240B.C., “when the vicinity is mentioned in the reference to the Mauryan Emperor Ashok”.The Rashtrakuta Dynasty, the Western Chalukyas, and then the Delhi Sultanate ruled over the region in the Medieval period. In the last case, the rule was not direct, and a revolt by Afghan soldier Alladin Hasan Gangu led to the establishment of the Bahmani kingdom in the Deccan. After some time, Ahmednagar (then known as Nizamshahi) became one of the five independent kingdoms to emerge from that empire.In 1486, Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah became the Bahmani Sultanate’s Prime Minister. He fought back an attempt by the king to dislodge him from power, and defeated the army of the Bahamani kingdom near Ahmednagar in May 1490. Finally, in 1494 he laid the foundation of a city close to where he defeated the army, on the left bank of Sina river, and named it after himself: Ahmednagar.Nizam Shah also later captured the fort of Daulatabad and stationed his army there. “By his kindness, peaceful demeanour & efficiency, he could win the loyalty of the local and foreign Muslims and also of the Maratha peasants and worriers. Since his origin was Hindu, he found no difficulty in winning over the confidence of Brahmins, who were highly regarded by the Hindus,” says the website.Jawaharlal Nehru, in his book A Discovery of India (1946), wrote, “Ahmad Nizam Shah, the founder of Ahmadnagar in 1490, was the son of Nizam-ul-Mulk Bhairi, a minister of the Bahmani kings. This Nizam-ul-Mulk was the son of a Brahmin accountant named Bhairu…Thus the Ahmednagar dynasty was of indigenous origin.”Born in Chondi village of Ahmednagar to the village head Mankoji Shinde, on May 31, 1725, Ahilyabai was one of the few women rulers of Medieval India. While the education of girls and women was rare at that time, Mankoji insisted on it for his daughter.When she was eight years old, Malhar Rao Holkar, the army commander to Peshwa Bajirao, is believed to have spotted her at a temple service in Chondi. Impressed by her character, he decided to get his son, Khande Rao, married to her.Ahilyabai took control of Malwa after her husband’s death in the Battle of Kumbher against the king of Bharatpur in 1754. She excelled at administrative and military strategies under the guidance of her father-in-law, who believed she should be the one to lead her people rather than die by Sati after Khande Rao passed away. She then petitioned the Peshwa to become the ruler, backed by her army.Nehru described Holkar’s rule, which lasted for thirty years (1765-1795), as “almost legendary as a period during which perfect order and good government prevailed and the people prospered. She was a very able ruler and organizer, highly respected during her lifetime.” Similarly glowing accounts are found elsewhere.According to an article in Google’s Arts and Culture platform, “During her reign, Malwa was never once attacked, when at that time the whole of Central India was facing a power struggle, with battles being fought for the throne. Under her rule, Malwa remained an oasis of stability and peace.”It adds that under Holkar, the city of Maheshwar became a literary, musical, artistic and industrial centre, and she helped establish a textile industry there, which is now home to the famous Maheshwari saris.Her role in the restoration of Hindu temples is often emphasised. In 1780, she had the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi rebuilt, nearly a century after Mughal king Aurangzeb ordered its destruction. Apart from holy sites like Badrinath, Dwarka, Omkareshwari, Gaya, and Rameswaram, Holkar also supported the construction of resting lodges for travellers, and of public ghats.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Samudra Darshan Path and the Somnath Exhibition Gallery (which exhibits ruins of ancient Somnath, the temple built by Holkar in 1783) in 2021, he said, “When anyone in the world looks at this grand structure today, he doesn’t merely see a temple. He sees an existence which, for hundreds, thousands of years, has been inspiring, expounding human values; a place which was called by our seers the place of light, meaning knowledge, thousands of years ago; and a place that even today is proclaiming to the world that truth can’t be defeated by untruth, that faith can’t be trampled over by terror.”
A day after passing a resolution to ‘legally pursue’ the inclusion of 865 Karnataka villages with Marathi-speaking population, the Maharashtra Legislature on Wednesday condemned the statement by Karnataka Law Minister J C Madhuswamy, who had said Mumbai qualifies to be an union territory. Speaking in the Legislative Council, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde condemned the statement and reiterated that Maharashtra will not give up a single inch of land in the 865 villages. He also said that if required, the state will approach the central government and Supreme Court and will firmly support the people in border areas.“The border area where Marathi people live is an integral part of Maharashtra and we will not give up a single inch of land in the 865 villages, including Belgaum, Nipani, Karwar, Bidar and Bhalki. Karnataka should not challenge us. We will do whatever it takes to fight this out in a legal way and give justice to the people living in the border area. If needed, we will approach the SC or the Union government,” said Shinde.“Despite the meeting with Union Home Minister, a statement has come… I condemn the statement (the demand to make Mumbai an union territory). Mumbai belongs to only Maharashtra and its people, and not to anyone else. We have got it after sacrificing 105 martyrs. No one should make such a statement. The government and I condemn the statement made by them (Karnataka minister),” said Shinde.While speaking in the Council, Shinde also listed various new schemes for the border areas, and said that the state and the government will firmly stand with the people living there. “We will do everything to ensure that no injustice is done to the Marathi-speaking people and we will help them in any way we can,” he said.Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also spoke in the Assembly and said Karnataka ministers and leaders are making such statements despite the assurances given in front of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to not make any new claims.Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar also raised the comment by the Karnataka law minister in the state Assembly. “The state government must condemn Karnataka ministers and MLAs who are making provocative statements and even demanding that Mumbai be made an union territory. The state government must take a serious note of it as Karnataka is openly violating directions given by the Union Home Minister,” said Pawar. He demanded that the state government must write a stern letter condemning the Karnataka government. Meanwhile, speaking in the Legislative Council on the border dispute, Congress MLC Shashikant Shinde took a jibe at state Excise Minister Shambhuraj Desai by asking him to visit Belagavi, and “not return midway”.“Go and visit Belagavi and meet the Marathi-speaking people there. But do not return midway,” said Shinde. Shinde also alleged that 1,500 acres of land of Marathi-speaking farmers in border areas of Karnataka was acquired by the Karnataka government for a highway, and Kannada-speakers were allotted parts of this land. The opposition leaders in the Legislative Council, including Shinde, also demanded that the disputed border area be declared an union territory.
After renaming Aurangabad and Osmanabad to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv, respectively, the government is now contemplating renaming Ahmednagar in Western Maharashtra to ‘Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Nagar’ (after Ahilyabai Holkar).Replying to a question on the renaming of the city, raised in the Legislative Council, Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar said that following ‘requests’ from public representatives the government has sought a proposal from the district administration to rename Ahmednagar as ‘Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Nagar’.The question was tabled by MLC Gopichand Padalkar, Ramesh Karad and Ramrao Patil to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde in the council.Kesarkar said the decision will be taken after receiving the proposal from the district administration and after following the due procedure, including approval from the Centre.The city derived its name Ahmednagar from its 15th-century ruler Ahmed Nizam Shah I.In August, the Maharashtra assembly unanimously passed two separate resolutions to send a proposal to rename Aurangabad as Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar and rename Osmanabad as Dharashiv.
We will seek the intervention of the Supreme Court and the central government," he said.Nagpur: Amid the latest flashpoint over the border dispute with Karnataka, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde today told the state's Legislative Council that not an inch of the land from the disputed 865 villages will be ceded to the neighbouring state and his government will pursue all legal avenues to prevent injustice against the Marathi speaking people.The Chief Minister's statement comes a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, on Tuesday, proclaimed that his state won't give an inch of the disputed territory to Maharashtra.Addressing the Legislative Council on Wednesday, Mr Shinde said, "Karnataka should not challenge us as we will not give up an inch of the land in the 865 (disputed) villages, including Belgavi, Nipani, Karwar, Bidar and Bhalki. We will pursue whatever legal recourse that is available to us. We will seek the intervention of the Supreme Court and the central government and do everything in our power to prevent injustice to our Marathi-speaking people."Earlier, on Tuesday, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on the dispute with Karnataka over border areas saying the state will legally pursue the inclusion of 865 Marathi-speaking villages that are in Karnataka.In an apparent reaction to the move, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said "not an inch of land will be ceded to Maharashtra" and that the state is confident of getting justice, as the states were carved out on the basis of the States Reorganisation Act 1956.Amid the row, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray demanded that the 'disputed areas' should be declared a Union Territory.Chief minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday tabled the resolution in the Assembly on the border row.The resolution, which was passed unanimously, says Maharashtra will fight the pending case in the Supreme Court with full strength for the inclusion of each and every inch of the 865 villages that it lays claim to. They include Belgavi, Karwar, Nipani, and Bidar Bhalki in Maharashtra. The resolution also condemned the Karnataka administration for 'its anti-Marathi stand' in the border areas.The resolution further said the Maharashtra government will stand with the Marathi-speaking people in border areas and will go for a legal fight in the Supreme Court to ensure that these areas become a part of the state.The central government should urge the Karnataka government to implement the decision taken in the meeting with the Union Home Minister and the government should be given an understanding that would guarantee the safety of the Marathi people in the border areas, the resolution said.The Maharashtra assembly resolution came days after Karnataka Assembly passed a unanimous resolution last week over the Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue and condemned statements made by some Maha ministers on the issue. The resolution said that legal action will be taken against any minister if they continue to make statements over the issue.Uddhav Thackeray, who spoke to the reporters on Tuesday in Nagpur, demanded that the 'disputed areas' be declared a Union Territory.He said the party supported the resolution in the Maharashtra Assembly. "Whatever happens in favour of Maharashtra, we will support it. But there are some questions. For over two years, people (living in border areas) have been demanding that their areas be included in Maharashtra. What are we doing about that?" Thakeray asked.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Today government replied that the disputed area cannot be declared as a Union Territory as said by Supreme Court in 2008. However, the situation is not the same now. The Karnataka government is not following it. They are doing an Assembly session there and has renamed Belagavi. So we should go to Supreme Court and urge it to declare it as UT," he said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayExclusive: Ministry Can't Regulate Airline Tariffs, Says Jyotiraditya Scindia
The government has also written to the commissioner of the Ahmednagar municipal corporation.Nagpur: The Maharashtra government has asked the district administration to submit a proposal to rename Ahmednagar as 'Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Nagar', it told the Legislative Council in Nagpur on Wednesday.Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar made the statement in reply to a question during Question Hour.He, however, did not specify whether the government intended to rename the city of Ahmednagar in central Maharashtra or the district of which it is the headquarters, or both.The name Ahmednagar is derived from its 15th-century ruler Ahmed Nizam Shah I.The directives were issued on September 7 to Ahmednagar district collector as well as the concerned divisional commissioner, Kesarkar said.The government has also written to the commissioner of the Ahmednagar municipal corporation, divisional railway manager, senior post master and tehsildar for sending such proposals, the minister said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAfter receiving the proposal, it will be tabled before the state cabinet for approval and later forwarded to the Union government for final decision, Kesarkar added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayDelhi Cop Loses 46 Kilos In 8 Months, Sets An Example
Devendra Fadnavis slammed Opposition leaders in the state Legislative Council over Savarkar's "insult".Nagpur: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday lashed out at the Opposition leaders in the state Legislative Council over Veer Savarkar's "insult", and said that even if the freedom fighter doesn't get Bharat Ratna, the leaders should "stop insulting him".This comes amid a big uproar in the Legislative Council over the issue of offensive remarks by some leaders on various great men.Thackeray Group MLA Anil Parab raised the issue of contempt of great men in the Legislative Council. On this, he targeted the ruling BJP and the Shinde group.In response, Mr Fadnavis also submitted a statement on the same issue.Reading out the offensive statements made by the opposition party leaders about great men, he asked why Mr Parab did not mention anything about insulting Savarkar in his statement."Parab saheb, in your speech you never once gave the example of freedom fighter V D Savarkar. Rahul Gandhi calls freedom hero Savarkar an apologist and self-proclaimed Hindutvawadi. No one talks about it. I mean, even if Savarkar doesn't get the Bharat Ratna, at least stop insulting him," Mr Fadnavis said.Mr Fadnavis read out the statements made by various leaders of Maha Vikas Aghadi about great men. "You are not saying anything on this, you are silent on this," he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Council was later adjourned till Wednesday.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayChina Lifts Covid Curbs, India Takes Stock: How Prepared Are We?
PUNE: Azim Kazi is in a happy place. For the 29-year-old, it is a far cry from a few years ago when he would return home dejected and despondent. “After practice sessions, I would go back home crying a lot. I kept asking myself when I will get selected,” Kazi recalled after Maharashtra’s nine-wicket win over Delhi in the Ranji Trophy opening match at Gahunje on Friday. The Ahmednagar-born all-rounder played his career-defining knock of 124 and, in the company of Ashay Palkar, lifted the team from a hole in the first innings and set up the victory. “Definitely this (century) is special because it came in a tough situation and against some quality bowling. It also helped the team win,” Kazi said. The left-handed bat is clearly the man in form for Maharashtra, having scored a century and three fifties in the Vijay Hazare league stage. He might have failed to live up to his own standards in the knock-out stage but he couldn’t have cracked his third first-class hundred at a more opportune time for the team. His partnership with Palkar broke the previous record for Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy. Yet, a late bloomer as he might be labelled, he could have been easily lost for Maharashtra, if not for his family and friends. “My dad passed away a long ago, but my mother and brother encouraged me a lot. They were the ones who told me that I should join a (professional) club,” he said. Kazi credited Sarfaraz Bangdiwale and Wasim Hundekari for his development and eventual breakthrough. “Sarfaraz is my coach, and also a friend. Wasim owns the Hundekari academy (in Ahmednagar) where I played and trained,” he said. “There were lots of ups and downs, but they kept believing even when I had stopped (believing) at one point. “My family situation was such that … I was 25-26 and I didn’t have a job. My life was not set.” His outcast status dated back to late 2012 when he was shunted out of the Maharashtra under-19 team as soon as he had made his debut — after failing to open his account against Punjab and Andhra and making 13 against Madhya Pradesh in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He earned a recall in 2014-15 to the Under-23 team through performances in the Nimbalkar Trophy and Deccan Trophy but “I never got a chance.” That was followed by the long period of frustration as season after season he would find his name missing when the team was announced. Then, for an established batter, he got picked in the squad for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2018-19 for his left-arm spin. “I did well for Club of Maharashtra both in batting and bowling in the Dehu Trophy, and there were changes happening in the Maharashtra squad. I got picked as a left-arm spinner as there was a long batting line-up,” he said. “In the (league) match against Gujarat, the team needed my batting. We had to score some 70 runs (86/6 while chasing a target of 150), I made some 30-odd (39 not out off 54 balls) runs and had a partnership with Divyang Hinganekar (35 no). “And we won that match.” Since then, there has been no looking back. He picked two performances that stand out for him so far. “In bowling, I took five wickets against Vidarbha in Vijay Hazare in 2019-20. In batting, the century against Mumbai in 2021 is my best innings.”
NASHIK: Claims of cattle vaccination in Maharashtra being completed in record time notwithstanding, the number of cattle deaths due to lumpy skin disease across the state has jumped more than 41% in 20 days since November 18. Ahmednagar district alone registered a cattle-death rise of 61%. Till November 18, as many as 18,011 cattle deaths were reported across the state. By December 8, the number had increased to 25,402, statistics provided by the animal husbandry department indicated. A senior officer of the department pointed out that the highest number of deaths in the Nashik division was in the Ahmednagar district. The death toll here increased from 1,906 to 3,063 during this period. Meanwhile, the Buldhana district has had the most cattle deaths (4,556) so far. Ahmednagar has swapped positions with Jalgaon to take the second spot. While Amravati is in the third spot with 2,453 cattle deaths, and Jalgaon is in the fourth spot with 2,370 deaths. According to senior officials of the department, the high number of deaths in Ahmednagar was due to increasing infection among calves, even though the recovery among adult animals was improving. The rate at which the cattle are being cured of the disease during the same period too has improved - from 72% to 77%. "Calves are most sensitive to the infection. After being infected, it takes them some time to build up immunity. And they generally die on the third or fourth day of infection. Calves less than four months old are most susceptible," the office said. The officer added that isolation of infected cattle was being carried out at an individual level, as it is not possible on a large scale. A central team of experts from the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy that visited Maharashtra had sought a change in protocol for the treatment of infected animals. "It is being implemented from December 2 and is yielding results," the officer added. Since the liver is largely affected due to medicines, changes in the protocol include providing supplements and tonics to improve liver strength, changes in feed and fodder, and ensuring vector-free clean cow sheds. "The changed protocol is being followed aggressively and farmers are being made aware," the officer added.
Nashik: Claims of cattle vaccination in Maharashtra being completed in record time notwithstanding, the number of cattle deaths due to lumpy skin disease across the state has jumped more than 41% in 20 days since November 18. Ahmednagar district alone registered a cattle-death rise of 61%. Till November 18, as many as 18,011 cattle deaths were reported across the state. By December 8, the number had increased to 25,402, statistics provided by the animal husbandry department indicated. A senior officer of the department pointed out that the highest number of deaths in the Nashik division was in the Ahmednagar district. The death toll here increased from 1,906 to 3,063 during this period. Meanwhile, the Buldhana district has had the most cattle deaths (4,556) so far. Ahmednagar has swapped positions with Jalgaon to take the second spot. While Amravati is in the third spot with 2,453 cattle deaths, and Jalgaon is in the fourth spot with 2,370 deaths. According to senior officials of the department, the high number of deaths in Ahmednagar was due to increasing infection among calves, even though the recovery among adult animals was improving. The rate at which the cattle are being cured of the disease during the same period too has improved — from 72% to 77%. “Calves are most sensitive to the infection. After being infected, it takes them some time to build up immunity. And they generally die on the third or fourth day of infection. Calves less than four months old are most susceptible,” the office said. The officer added that isolation of infected cattle was being carried out at an individual level, as it is not possible on a large scale. A central team of experts from the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy that visited Maharashtra had sought a change in protocol for the treatment of infected animals. “It is being implemented from December 2 and is yielding results,” the officer added. Since the liver is largely affected due to medicines, changes in the protocol include providing supplements and tonics to improve liver strength, changes in feed and fodder, and ensuring vector-free clean cow sheds.“The changed protocol is being followed aggressively and farmers are being made aware,” the officer added.
NEW DELHI: Infectious Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) took lives of over 1.55 lakh cattle in the country this year with Rajasthan alone reporting nearly 50% (75,819) of such deaths among 22 states/Union territories (UTs) affected by the disease. The other states that reported a high number of casualties among cattle include Maharashtra (24,430), Punjab (17,932), Karnataka (12,244) and Himachal Pradesh (10,681). Though Gujarat is among the top affected states, the casualty figure in the state is less (6,193) compared to the top five. Sharing state-wise data of casualties among cattle due to LSD in the Rajya Sabha, the ministry of animal husbandry and dairying on Friday claimed that the disease is presently under control with vaccination underway, and around 6.26 crore animals have, so far, been vaccinated. The ministry’s data shows that over 29.45 lakh cattle have, so far, been affected by the infection across 22 states/UTs this year. Over 25.5 lakh cattle have, however, already been recovered from the disease which was first reported in cattle in Odisha in September 2019. Though LSD is primarily a disease of cows, emerging evidence suggests that it can also cause mild illness in buffalo, camel, deer and horse. Its spread in unnatural hosts this year had raised concerns about its zoonotic implication. “The confirmatory evidence of human infection is, however, lacking,” said a scientist from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR) whose Hisar-based institute, National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE), has developed a homologous live-attenuated vaccine (LumpiProVac Ind). The vaccine technology has been transferred through Agrinnovate India Limited to two firms - Biovet Private Limited, Bengaluru, and Indian Immunologicals Limited, Hyderabad, for its production. The ministry informed the Upper House that it was taking all necessary steps to support the states/UTs to control and contain the disease which include financial and technical support.
MUMBAI: The state government has so far paid Rs 31 crore as compensation to farmers following the death of livestock owing to the lumpy skin disease (LSD). As many as 25,727 infected animals have died since the outbreak in September. The compensation has been paid to 11,427 cattle owners following the death of their cattle," according to the office of the commissioner of the state animal husbandry department. The department has launched a "Majha Gotha, Swachch Gotha" (My shed, clean shed) campaign to contain the spread of the contagious disease. LSD is a cutaneous viral disease in bovines and is not transmitted to human beings either from animals or through cow milk. It is found in bovines only. The disease has spread to 35 districts and of 3.7 lakh infected livestock, 2.8 lakh have recovered after treatment, according to a government press release. The government has identified 3,985 epicentres of the disease across the state. The opposition has raised questions on the efficacy of the vaccine which has been provided by the government for the vaccination of the animals. The state has claimed it has completed 100% vaccination free of cost and has vaccinated 1.4 crore animals which includes vaccination carried out by private institutes, cooperative dairy federations and others. The department has now decided to vaccinate calves of the cows not infected with the disease as also calves of unvaccinated and vaccinated cows. The cattle owners have been asked to stop sending their cattle in herds to graze as also stop taking them to public watering facilities. Both these practices have been found to be responsible for the spread of the disease according to the state task force.
A FEW days ago, on November 29, the Maharashtra government had announced completion of 100% vaccination of cattle in the state against Lumpy Skin Disease. However, from that date onwards till December 5, the state has seen 2,018 animal deaths as per the data available with The Indian Express.So far, the state has seen 24,430 cattle deaths due to the disease since the outbreak in mid-September.The government claims that it has vaccinated 100% cattle, which is over 1.39 crore animals in the state. However, the Opposition has raised doubts over the vaccination claims of the state government.As per the data of state’s Animal Husbandry department available with The Indian Express, the cattle affected by LSD in the state till December 5 is 3,50,171, out of which 24,430 animals have succumbed to the disease. “We have vaccinated 100% cattle in the state. The total number of vaccinated animals is 1,39,41,581 and we believe the disease is under control,” said an official from the Animal Husbandry department.On November 29, Maharashtra government had issued a notification which said that 100% vaccination of the cattle is achieved in the state. It said that permission has been given to transport animals from the LSD-affected areas to those which are not affected by the disease and carry the certificate of vaccination. It also said the district collector can give permission for animal fair and sports in areas other than controlled ones.However, the Opposition Congress has contested the claims of the state government. “If 100% vaccination is complete, then why animals are still getting infected and dying due to this disease? The government had claimed that timely vaccination of animals does not lead them to death and despite that hundreds of deaths are recorded in the state daily,” said Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole.Patole claimed that the state government’s efforts to vaccinate animals are not fool-proof and the claims of 100% vaccination need to be checked once again.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat police arrested on Tuesday a fugitive murder suspect in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar after nearly 50 years of the crime, giving this “rarest of the rare” cracking of a cold case. Sitaram Bhatane, now 73, was just 23 when he allegedly bludgeoned 70-year-old Maniben Shukla to death on September 11, 1973, who was his landlady and lived at Dhanushyadhari Society in Saijpur, Ahmedabad. He had allegedly broken into her house to steal, but she woke up and began screaming on seeing him. The arrest happened six days after the case was reopened by new police inspector PV Gohil at Sardarnagar police station in Ahmedabad through the Aadhaar database. “How did you find me? Even I don’t remember it (murder),” Bhatane reacted when an Ahmedabad police team caught him at Ranjani village of Ahmednagar district. He was silent all through the journey back to Ahmedabad. “After he got here, he seemed numbed and kept saying that it was his destiny to get caught at the age of 73. He knows he will have to remain in jail now,” an officer said.
More than 49 years after he allegedly murdered his house owner in Ahmedabad, a 73-year-old man was arrested by the Ahmedabad police from his village in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, where he was living the life of a vagabond.According to police, Sitaram Bhatane was accused of killing Mani Shukla, 70, at her house in Saijpur, Ahmedabad in 1973, when he used to live with his two brothers. An FIR was registered by police at Sardarnagar police station on September 14, 1973, with police as complainant.In the investigation that followed, it was revealed that three tenants who were brothers — Sitaram, Mahadev and Narayan — used to live on the floor above the floor where the landlady stayed.As per a press note issued by the police, it was also reported that for three days, the house was locked and police were called after a bad smell was reported by the neighbourhood.Investigation revealed that three days before the woman’s death came to light, Sitaram was seen entering Shukla’s house at night, after which the house was locked from outside. It was also found that he stole utensils from the house.According to Sardarnagar police station investigating officer PV Gohil, it was established with the help of his brothers that Sitaram was in a habit of committing such thefts and a warrant was issued to arrest him, as he went absconding. Both the brothers are dead, Gohil said.Bhatane, now 73, was accused under IPC sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 392 (punishment for robbery). The FIR was filed by then inspector VS Sethi of Sardarnagar police station. The crime happened in the Dhanushyadhari Society in Saijpur area of Ahmedabad.According to Gohil, as part of an annual drive by the Ahmedabad police commissioner to trace absconding criminals in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections, they co-ordinated with Maharashtra police and “were lucky to have traced the accused”.“He used to roam around in his village singing bhajans,” Gohil said adding he was caught from his hometown Rajni village of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.As per the release, Sitaram said that he went to Shukla’s house while she was sleeping as he needed money. While he was stealing things, she woke up and tried to prevent him. A combat ensued when the woman fell down and Sitaram ran away, leaving her behind.Mahadev and Narayan told investigators that as Sitaram did not have any job, he used to steal utensils, clothes, etc. His relatives in Ahmednagar also told the police that he has done similar crimes in his village, too, as per the release.Local police in Pathardi tehsil, where Rajni village is situated, was aware of the case as a notice was served by the Ahmedabad police years ago, as per Gohil. “They came across Sitaram by chance but were not sure of his identity. Our team went three days ago to the village and verified his identity from his Aadhaar card. He confessed to have done the crime and was brought here,” said Gohil.“We were just lucky in cracking this case,” said Gohil, and added that the woman had no relative even then, and that is why the FIR was lodged by police. No acquaintance tried contacting the police till date.
PUNE/NASHIK/AURANGABAD: A 45-year-old man going on his scooter died after nylon 'manja' (kite string) slit his throat in Daund, about 80km from Pune, around 2.30pm on Monday. In similar 'manja'-related incidents, a scooterist received eight stitches on the neck in Nashik city on Sunday while a woman ayurveda practitioner suffered injuries in Kolhapur city on November 21. The three incidents come just a month ahead of the 'Makar Sankranti' festival when kite-flying activity is at its peak. Assistant inspector Tukaram Rathod of the Daund police told TOI, "Pannalal Yadav of Pasalkar Vasti in Daund and his colleague were going to their workplace at Kashti in Ahmednagar district on a scooter when the stray kite string got entangled around Yadav's neck near Nagar Mori Chowk on the Daund-Ahmednagar Road. Yadav lost control over the vehicle and he fell along with his colleague." Yadav was taken by his colleague to the sub-district hospital in Daund but he succumbed to the injuries during treatment, the officer said. The hospital’s officiating superintendent, Dattatreya Waghmode, told TOI, “Yadav was bleeding profusely when he was brought to the hospital. A deep cut covered about 30% of his throat and his windpipe was damaged, with two vessels supplying blood to the brain cut too.” Rathod said Yadav, who hailed from Uttar Pradesh, was dealing in floor tiles and had been living in Daund with his wife and three children, including two daughters, for the past few years. “We have recovered the nylon ‘manja’ and are searching for the person who was flying the kite,” the officer said. In the Nashik incident, nylon ‘manja’ had left deep cut on scooter rider Pappu Wagh’s (44) neck a few metres away from his Satpur residence on Sunday evening. He was taken to a nearby clinic where the doctors administered eight stitches to the left side of his neck. “I was lucky. Had I been looking straight, the string could have slit my throat,” Wagh told TOI on Tuesday. “A motorist behind wanted to overtake me. Hence, I slowed down and turned right to look at him. Just then, the manja got entangled around my neck.” On December 28, 2020, a woman (35) on a scooter had died when nylon ‘manja’ slit her throat on the Dwarka flyover in Nashik. Students at Aurangabad’s Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) have complained about the problem the deadly string was posing during the ongoing state-level sports festival, in which over 2,000 players from 20 universities across Maharashtra are participating. Activist Umakant Panchal said despite the ban, nylon ‘manja’ was being widely used by kite-flyers living around the university. “Aurangabad sees more kite-flying activity. Unfortunately, the use of nylon ‘manja’ has become synonymous with the festival,” said Prakash Beedkar, a senior citizen.
NASHIK: The animal husbandry department has roped in veterinarians from various districts across the state to focus on the treatment of cattle suffering from lumpy skin disease (LSD). The most affected districts are Buldhana, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Amravati, and Solapur, among others. According to the senior officials from the department who attended the 2-day session of the veterinarians organised at Sangamner in Ahmednagar district, the additional manpower has been given the task of reducing the treatment period from the current average of 20 days to below 5 days and look into the health of the animals that are in a serious condition. “While the thrust is on ensuring minimal cattle death, the focus is also on reducing the number of treatment days so that the productivity of the cattle is not affected significantly. We are confident that we will be able to cut down the recovery period,” said a senior official at the session. The veterinarians pooled in have been given the task to take all measures to avoid the spread of the disease, ensure proper vigil and monitoring of the infected cattle, raise awareness among the masses, conduct camps to ensure clean cowsheds and focus on the treatment of the cattle with serious conditions. Dr Abdul Samad, former dean of faculty of veterinary sciences, Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), Nagpur and Dr Anil Bhikane, assistant dean at MAFSU, addressed over 400 veterinarians who attended the 2-day seminar on strategies required to deal with critical cases across the state. Of the 2.7 lakh infected livestock, as many as 1.9 lakh have recovered, while about 18,011 cattle have died across the state. Meanwhile, Maharashtra has completed 98.6% of cattle vaccination. The death rate of cattle in Maharashtra was around 6%, which was low compared to other states like Punjab (over 10%), and Karnatak (over 16%).
PUNE: The district rural police arrested four men for looting cash from two fuel stations on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway on the night of November 12 and 15, and recovered four sharp weapons from them. A total of Rs1.02 lakh was looted from two petrol pumps. Ankit Goyal, the superintendent of police, Pune rural, said, "We arrested Karan Yuvraj Pathare (20) and Rohan Somnath Kamble (20), both residents of Shirur in Pune rural, Ajay Jagannath Mali (23) and Ajay Somnath Lakare (21), both residents of Shrigonda in Ahmednagar district." "We are searching for two more persons involved in these dacoities," Goyal said. "Pathare has been facing huge loss in his business of buying and selling sugar. In order to cover up his loss, he decided to loot petrol pumps. With the looted money, he wanted to start his own eatery," he said. "Kamble is a college student and also works in a BPO," he said. The men used to barge into the offices of fuel stations and demanded cash after catching the attendants unawares. They did not harm any employee of the fuel stations, but used to take away the cash. Goyal formed a special team comprising police inspectors Avinash Shilimkar and Sureshkumar Raut to track the dacoits. The team obtained some clues from the fuel stations and nabbed the four men on Friday evening.
NASHIK: A government officer from Rahata in Ahmednagar has shown how technology can be used to assist citizens and change their idea of governance. Mohsin Shaikh, the circle officer of Rahata taluka of Ahmednagar district, has started using unique QR codes on the 'intimation' letters sent to clients informing them about the decision of their litigation. A quick scan of this QR code helps the litigant get the digitally signed order copies. The circle officer of a taluka is a quasi-judicial authority to decide on litigations related to land. "The conventional system of delivery of certified copies of judgment to the client would take between 20 to 80 days. This delivery would happen after the client has placed a demand with the record office. In order to cut down on the inordinate delay, I have designed the QR code system that gives the copies of the judgment in a fraction of a minute," said Shaikh. Sanjay Thorat, whose relative from Rahata benefited from the initiative, said they were stunned to get the order copies in their hands within days of the officer taking a decision. "It is beyond our imagination to get the judgment copy within minutes without having to make repeat visits to the government office." This system enables the clients to download any number of copies without requiring to go to any office. Taking a leaf out of Shaikh's initiative, several tehsildars in Ahmednagar district have started delivering judgments with QR code. On an average, they decide about four matters each per month. In the administrative circles, a circle officer has got powers to decide on land matters related to the mutation entries. The day the judgment is announced, the client gets an intimation document line that is delivered through post. These judgment copies (not certified or digitally signed) are available on 'eqjcourts.gov.in'. The copies, however, are small in size and cannot be printed properly. Earlier, after receiving this document, the client had to approach the departments concerned and wait to get the certified order copy. Now, this document has the QR code to be scanned by the client to get a copy of the judgment. The new system was initiated in October in Rahata. Shaikh conducted training sessions and even held a presentation to enable others to replicate the idea. As the word of its success spread, more and more offices started adopting the technique. Since the copies received after scanning the QR code are digitally signed, they are legally accepted everywhere. Taking note of this delivery system, revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has appreciated the move saying it saves a lot of time and money of the clients, who need not visit offices to take certified copies. This has also brought in transparency in the delivery system. Divisional commissioner Radhakrishna Game has also started implementing the QR code delivery system at his office.
PUNE: The Yerawada police are searching for two unidentified motorcycle riders for stabbing an autorickshaw driver on Pune-Ahmednagar highway, after he resisted riders from snatching his smartphone on November 2. The victim was identified as Akshay Ishwar Chavan (24) of Yerawada. According to the police, Chavan sustained deep cuts on his stomach and back. He was admitted to a private hospital. After recovering, he lodged a complaint with the police on Saturday. Sub-inspector Ankush Dombale of the Yerawada police told TOI, “Chavan was waiting for passengers at the chowk when two men riding on a black motorcycle came close to the autorickshaw. Chavan had kept his mobile phone on the dashboard of the vehicle. The pillion rider immediately put his hands inside to steal the mobile. However, Chavan grabbed his hand and raised an alarm.” The officer said, “Chavan then resisted the two, and the duo pulled a sharp weapon and assaulted him. He sustained deep cuts on his back and stomach. He is out of danger.” "The two motorcycle rider then sped away towards Kharadi from the spot," he said. “We are studying the CCTV cameras of the chowk and different spots on the Pune-Ahmednagar road to ascertain the identity of the two men,” Dombale said.