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Maharashtra: Rebellion, a common thread running through Congress's Thorat and Tambe families
The Economic Times | 2 weeks ago | |
The Economic Times
2 weeks ago | |

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.

Maharashtra: Rebellion, a common thread running through Congress's Thorat and Tambe families
Maharashtra leopard toll down but most deaths due to road accidents
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

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.

Maharashtra leopard toll down but most deaths due to road accidents
  • Maharashtra road fatalities up 17% compared to pre-Covid 2019
  • Times of India

    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.

As Maharashtra proposes renaming Ahmednagar to Ahilyadevi Nagar, a look at Malik Ahmed and Ahilyabai Holkar
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

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.”

As Maharashtra proposes renaming Ahmednagar to Ahilyadevi Nagar, a look at Malik Ahmed and Ahilyabai Holkar
  • Border row with Karnataka: Will not give up single inch of land in 865 villages, says Eknath Shinde
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • Maharashtra moves to name Ahmednagar city after Ahilyabai Holkar
  • The Indian Express

    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.

  • "Karnataka Should Not Challenge Us As...": Eknath Shinde On Border Row
  • Ndtv

    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

  • Maharashtra Seeks Proposal To Rename Ahmednagar As 'Ahilyadevi Nagar'
  • Ndtv

    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

  • "Stop Insulting Savarkar": Devendra Fadnavis To Maharashtra Opposition
  • Ndtv

    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?

Dark days over, Kazi shining bright for Maharashtra
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

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.”

Dark days over, Kazi shining bright for Maharashtra
Cattle death toll due to lumpy skin disease rises 61% in Ahmednagar district in 20 days
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

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.

Cattle death toll due to lumpy skin disease rises 61% in Ahmednagar district in 20 days
  • Cattle death toll due to lumpy skin disease rises 61% in Ahmednagar dist in 20 days
  • Times of India

    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.

  • Lumpy Skin Disease: Over 1.5 lakh cattle died in India this year, nearly half of it in Rajasthan
  • Times of India

    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.

  • Lumpy skin disease kills 25,727 cattle in Maharashtra; farmers get Rs 31 crore in compensation
  • Times of India

    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.

  • Lumpy Skin Disease: Over 2,000 animals died in state last week despite 100% vaccination of cattle
  • The Indian Express

    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.

49 years after murder in Gujarat, accused arrested in Maharashtra
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

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.

49 years after murder in Gujarat, accused arrested in Maharashtra
Scooter rider dies after nylon ‘manja’ slits throat in Pune
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

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.

Scooter rider dies after nylon ‘manja’ slits throat in Pune
Additional manpower for districts with high count of lumpy skin disease cases
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

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%).

Additional manpower for districts with high count of lumpy skin disease cases
Scan QR code to get order copies in Maharashtra’s Rahata
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

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.

Scan QR code to get order copies in Maharashtra’s Rahata
Maharashtra’s women athletes raise the bar at national weightlifting contest
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

Kaju katli, gulab jamuns, golgappas, pizza. Akanksha Vyavhare's core is not merely making up for a lost Diwali. After having subsisted on boiled chicken, boiled eggs and fruits for two sweaty months, the petite 15-year-old weightlifter has returned home to Manmad with a round gold-plated Indian license to eat round silver-coated Indian desserts. Blocking out the pain in her injured left elbow, the soft-spoken teen protege of her moustachioed uncle and coach Praveen Vyavhare--lifted 60 kgs in 'Snatch', 70 kgs in 'Clean and jerk' and 139 kgs in all to create three national records in the under-40-kg weight category at the recent Khelo India Youth Junior Senior National Ranking Women's Weightlifting Tournament in Uttarakhand. "I also won the best lifter trophy," says the gold medallist who took a selfie with her hero, Mirabai Chanu, at the event. Manmad's Akanksha--whose life's first barbell was a 5-kg PVC pipe--is among the many strong women from developing Maharashtra who updated their social media profiles soon after descending from the Modinagar podium between October 28 and November 2. Hailing from rustic pin codes where the sport continues to be mired by misconceptions, if not poverty and conservatism, the players returned to hometowns where their medals alter the weight of moth-eaten perceptions. "My father didn't want me to join the sport," says Ahmednagar-based 19-year-old BA graduate Yogita Khedkar, whose jowar-sack-heaving arms hauled a seven-kg handbag into the overhead cabin when she sat on a plane for the first time on October 29 this year. Three days later, the same arms hoisted over ten times that load, twice, to attain new national heights. Kitted out in her self-funded Rs 20,000 peach-coloured sneakers, the 84-kg middle child of a sole-earning agricultural labourer mother from Chinchpur Ijade village--let a 78-kg barbell raise her eyebrows in 'Snatch' and a 105-kg rod fold her lips to earn a gold. If the gold medal she first won at a state-level championship in 2019 won Yogita her paralysis-stricken father's grudging approval, her recent national medal in Bhubaneshwar got her an admission into a Sports Authority of India camp at Bangalore which--plush with mutton biryani, massagers and saunas--seemed to contain all that her college gym in Pathardi district, lacked. When she had first set foot in the college gym as an eleventh-grader wearing full-length track pants, Yogita had lifted a 20 kg bar. "Girls are supposed to begin with 15 kgs. But I was the only girl in that gym," says Yogita, who had approached veteran local powerlifter Pravin Cholmare for training after watching a district-level weightlifting tournament in Pathardi. As he trained her, the four boys at the college gym would do "catching". They'd hold the weighted plates at each end of her barbell. "They were like brothers," says Yogita. Around the same time, in another Ahmednagar suburb called Savedi, Komal Wakale, was silencing the relatives who tried to talk her out of weightlifting saying it was the preserve of North Indians, with medals. Manmad--where weightlifting sisters Akanksha and Diya Vyavhare answer to the nickname 'Champion', Praveen Vyavhare's 25-year-old passion project, Jai Bhavani Gymkhana, now boasts more girls than boys. "Earlier only those who were weak in academics would join the sport," says Praveen who began this free weightlifting school with one male student in 1997. In his lectures in schools, he'd have to debunk local myths about weightlifting. "People still believe weightlifting impairs height and slows down mental development. Some think it robs girls of feminine traits," says Praveen, who saw his first girl student--a cop friend's daughter join the gym in 2000. The gender ratio changed drastically in 2018 when Maharashtra held its first under-12, under-14 weightlifting championships where many girls including his under-30-kg niece, Akanksha, participated, disgruntled as she was by yoga championships where she would lose by half a point at times. "She doesn't speak much," says Praveen, about Akanksha who cried on hearing the Indian national anthem in Mexico and Uzbekistan, where she collected numerous medals. While Akanksha harbours muscular Olympic dreams, Yogita wants a job in the railways. Komal--who brought in her 32nd birthday with a black currant cake on November 1 when she lifted the 211-kg load--says she is well past the age cut-off that brings a steady government job. Before Covid sent her back home to Savedi, Komal used to work and work out in Mumbai. "I was a software developer," says Komal, who had moved to Karad and later to Mira Road in pursuit of the sport. "A steady job would help with my diet," says the 32-year-old, who is planning to spend the Rs 20,000 cash prize she won on her birthday on fruits, oats, eggs and boiled chicken.

Maharashtra’s women athletes raise the bar at national weightlifting contest
Maharashtra: PhD student held for offensive posts on CM Eknath Shinde & deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

MUMBAI: A PhD student from Ahmednagar was arrested recently for allegedly posting "obnoxious comments" on social media against state chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, a female independent MP from Amravati, and a female journalist, on October 14. The state cyber cell has arrested Ganesh Gote (29), an entomology research student, for posting comments using an open Wi-Fi network, a hotspot of another person's mobile phone that is not password protected. A Marathi actor who was arrested similarly for posting offensive comments against NCP chief Sharad Pawar was lodged in jail for over a month before being granted bail. When questioned, Gote revealed that he was annoyed with CM Eknath Shinde for forming a new party after separating from the "real" Sena led by Uddhav Thackeray. State Cyber Cell superintendent of police Sanjay Shintre said Gote thought using open and unprotected Wi-Fi networks will help avoid legal action. He had used Wi-Fi-VPN (a virtual private network) and tried to create an impression that he was posting content from Mumbai with a fake identity. A party worker who noticed at least five to six posts on October 14, filed a complaint with the cyber cell. Based on the complaint, additional DG Madhukar Pandey supervised special inspector General Yashasvi Yadav, SP Shintre, inspector Prashant Chougule and a team that carried out technical analysis and tracked Gote, who was posting tweets from the Mahatma Phule Agricultural University in Rahuri in Ahmednagar. In the complaint, the complainant said the person had used the Twitter handle to abuse women and also abuse some women journalists. The cyber officer said after technical confirmation, a team of Maharashtra cyber cell left Mumbai and conducted raids on certain suspects on Saturday. "Two people were detained for questioning and brought to Mumbai. Gote was later arrested and is in custody till November 2. Their two mobile phones and one laptop have been seized and further investigations are on. Investigations are also on about the possibility that some of the content posted by the accused might have been created by some others abetting this crime, and for this line of investigation, the seized gadgets are being put to cyber forensics," said the officer.

Maharashtra: PhD student held for offensive posts on CM Eknath Shinde & deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis
  • Maharashtra: PhD student arrested for ‘defaming’ CM Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis
  • The Indian Express

    A PhD student was arrested in Ahmednagar Saturday for allegedly posting defamatory remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, among others.The accused was brought to Mumbai and a local court sent him in four-day police remand. A few other persons may be involved in the crime, the police said, adding that one more person has been detained in the case.The arrested accused, Ganesh Narayan Gote, 29, is an MSC graduate and a PhD student from Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, Rahuri in Ahmednagar district.“This month, the Maharashtra Cyber department received a complaint that a person was using his Twitter account to post obnoxious comments about people holding constitutional positions including the chief minister and the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra… the person was also using his Twitter handle to abuse women and some women journalists,” Superintendent of Maharashtra Cyber Police Sanjay Shintre said.Shindre said the accused was using a Wi-Fi connection and VPN (Virtual Private Network) to evade arrest. The accused was also trying to create an impression that he was posting content from Mumbai.On further technical analysis, the police ascertained the accused was posting tweets from the Mahatma Phule Agricultural University.A team of Maharashtra Cyber detained two persons at the university Saturday. Two mobile phones and one laptop have been seized and further investigations were on, the police said. They added that the role of the other person was being ascertained.“Investigations are also on about the possibility that some of the content posted by the accused might have been created by some others… and for this… the seized gadgets are being put through technical analysis,” said inspector Prashant Chougule.

  • Research Student Arrested For Objectionable Posts Against Eknath Shinde
  • Ndtv

    Research student arrested for objectionable posts against Eknath Shinde. (FILE)Mumbai: The Maharashtra cyber wing has arrested a 29-year-old PhD student of a university in Ahmednagar for allegedly posting objectionable comments against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis on Twitter, an official said on Sunday.The cyber cell had received a complaint on October 14 about an unidentified person using a particular Twitter handle to post the objectionable comments, he said.The accused was also using the handle on the micro-blogging site to abuse women and female journalists, he said.To avoid legal action, the accused was using Wi-Fi-VPN (virtual private network) and trying to create an impression that he was posting the content from Mumbai, the official said.The cyber wing conducted a technical analysis of the tweets and found the accused was posting them from the Mahatma Phule Agricultural University at Rahuri in the state's Ahmednagar district, he said.Accordingly, a cyber team went to Ahmednagar on Friday and conducted raids on some suspects on Saturday, the official said.The cyber team detained two suspects and brought them to Mumbai for further investigation into the matter.The probe team later arrested the main accused in the case from the university, he said, adding that two mobile phones and a laptop were also seized.The police also are conducting a probe into the possibility of some of the content posted by the accused being created by other persons abetting the crime, the official said.The police have sent the seized gadgets to cyber forensic experts to investigate whether more persons were involved in creating the content of the tweets, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAfter the arrest, the accused was on Saturday produced before a local court which remanded him in police custody till November 2, the official said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited suspends 3 following death of 4 children
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

NASHIK: Three employees of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) were suspended following the death of four children at the Khandarmalwadi village in Sangamner taluka of Ahmednagar district. The Ghargaon police, meanwhile, have booked one of the three suspended MSEDCL employees and two local farmers. Police said the deceased children had gone to catch crabs at a nearby water body when they were electrocuted after coming in contact with a live wire that was lying unattended. A senior officer of the Ahmednagar circle of MSEDCL Nashik Zone said: “We have suspended three persons — the MSEDCL wireman of the area, the assistant engineer and the executive engineer of the section concerned. A departmental inquiry will be carried out before any further step is taken.” While the police have arrested the MSEDCL wireman, two other co-accused — who are local farmers — are absconding. The Ghargaon police said that a complaint against two villagers in connection with the death of the four children was registered by Arun Barde, the parent of two of the deceased boys. Barde told the police that the wire had snapped due to stormy winds and rain. Therefore, he had switched off the power in the area and had informed the MSEDCL office about the same. However, the repair work was not carried out by the power utility company and the two farmers simply switched on the power. Later, the children, who went to catch the crabs, came in contact with the wire. The police said that the wireman has been remanded to police custody till Tuesday. Meanwhile, guardian minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil met the family members of the victims and offered them help from the government. The minister announced Rs 11 lakh government aid to both the families and has also asked the authorities concerned to move the proposal of ‘house’ through the Awas Yojana for them.

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited suspends 3 following death of 4 children
Teacher approaches court against letting day teachers work in night schools
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

Amid the ongoing protest by teachers against the new policy for night schools in which daily timings have been reduced, a teacher from a night school in Ahmednagar has approached court against the reduced timing and permission for day-school teachers to work in night schools on half salary.Sharad Pawar, a teacher from a night school in Ahmednagar, has filed a petition with the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court. “I am standing against the injustice towards the students studying in night schools. They are studying in night schools because of different hardships. They need to have teachers who are dedicated to their education. It is unfair that teachers from day-schools teach in night schools, after having completed their regular duty. Most schools are in Mumbai and we are all aware about the time and energy spent in commuting in that city. Teachers from day-schools will not be able to give justice to teaching at night schools,” said Pawar who also feels that when there are so many eligible teachers available in Maharashtra waiting for jobs, it is unfair to allow additional opportunity for those already having a full-time job.The night schools, organisations running those, and also teachers have been protesting against the Government Resolution (GR) issued in July which allows day-school teachers to work at night schools for half-salary. The same GR also declared that the timing of the night schools will be reduced from three-and-a-half hours to two-and-a-half hours, daily.

Teacher approaches court against letting day teachers work in night schools
Unusual complication of dengue fever in four-year-old boy treated at Pune’s Jehangir hospital
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Several doctors have seen a spike in dengue fever in children this monsoon. Dr Sagar Lad, paediatric intensivist at Pune’s Jehangir hospital, said the situation is slightly more challenging as most of these patients do not present symptoms of direct dengue.“There are many layers to this and if not treated or tested on time this may get fatal too as the hidden dengue virus gets diagnosed at the very end, giving it enough time and space to cause other health problems,” Dr Lad told The Indian Express pointing to a specific rare case of dengue induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Arush Wandhekar, a four-year-old boy from Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar .This life threatening lung injury where the breathing becomes difficult and oxygen cannot enter the body caught this family from Ahmednagar unawares and they spent more than 10-12 days at Jehangir hospital praying for their boy to survive the severe dengue attack.Arush’s maternal uncle Rahul Shinde said the authorities at Ahmednagar’s Siddhi Vinayak hospital referred them to Jehangir hospital when the child did not show signs of improvement.“It is difficult to imagine what would have happened had we not come on time,” he added.Dr Lal said the child was in a “state of shock as he had a poor pulse, low blood pressure and excessive drowsiness”.“He received the required medicines and fluids to stabilize his blood pressure. A thorough diagnosis and evaluation confirmed it to be a case of dengue shock syndrome along with other complications. The initial tests showed very less platelet count close to 10,000 and there was a rapid drop in his blood pressure,” Dr Lad said.“We gave the required medication and platelets to stabilize his condition, but suddenly his breathing deteriorated and we initiated a high-flow nasal cannula system. Later he showed respiratory failure and needed ventilator support,” he added.Dr Lad said “there was a lot of water accumulation in his lungs that it became very difficult initially to ventilate him”.“We had to drain out the water from his lungs and then we kept him under a ventilator. He required a very high setting of the ventilator. On further monitoring, we found out that his liver was showing abnormal functioning, his heart function was also getting compromised, by then the dengue virus had affected his brain cells too,” Dr Lad said.“His blood tests showed that there was hyper ferritin or HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis) or Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS). This is a rare case of dengue where only two to three per cent of dengue cases can land up to HLH wherein the entire body’s blood cells gets affected, causing liver injury, heart injury, a drop in platelet count, abnormal clotting system, massive drop in blood pressure causing a refractory shock in the patient,” he added.HLH is a life threatening condition and its diagnosis can be challenging because the initial symptoms may mimic other problems such as persistent fevers, rash, enlarged liver, low platelet count and altered mental functions.“This is a life threatening complication seen in children as early as six months of age. However, if diagnosed early and treated aggressively it can definitely improve the outcome. Now considering this patient’s condition and criticality of the disease, he was aggressively treated for HLH. After 48 to 72 hours, he started showing improvement and recovered completely in a week’s time and was discharged four days ago,” Dr Lad said.The other team members, including Dr Aarti Jindal, Dr Anita Malpani, Dr Salma Ahmed and Dr Gargi Deshpande, were also actively involved in managing the case along with Dr Lad.

Unusual complication of dengue fever in four-year-old boy treated at Pune’s Jehangir hospital
Maharashtra: ‘Sairat’-fame actor Suraj Pawar booked in job fraud case
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Suraj Pawar, who was seen in prominent roles in several films directed by Nagraj Manjule, including blockbusters ‘Sairat’ and ‘Fandry’, was booked by the Ahmednagar police in an alleged job fraud case, said the police Saturday.His name got involved in the case after a man, Mahesh Waghadkar, a resident of Bhenda village in Nevasa taluk of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra lodged an FIR against some people who claimed to be employees at the Mantralaya in Mumbai. The accused had assured Waghadkar a government job.However, the accused demanded Rs 5 lakh for the job, including Rs 2 lakh as an advance, and took the money from Waghadkar at a bus stop in Ahmednagar’s Rahuri on September 4. Although Waghadkar paid the money and the accused assured him a job, he grew suspicious and approached the police on September 9. On the same day, he again met the fraudsters.Later, the police confirmed that the accused are not employees at the Mantralaya. They then initiated a probe and managed to arrest four persons in the case. The police identified them as Dattatraya Kshirsagar, Vishnu Shinde, Omkar Tarate and one other accused.During the investigation, Pawar’s name cropped up. The police were told that Pawar, who’s character Prince in ‘Sairat’ had become popular, is allegedly a part of the job fraud. “We have arrested four persons and search is on for Pawar,” said police inspector Pratap Darade of the Rahuri police station.Pawar (23) had made his screen debut as the protagonist in the short film ‘Pistulya’ which brought recognition for Manjule in the form of a national award.The police have booked the accused under Sections 420, 465, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code. They have also recovered some rubber stamps and other suspicious material from some of the arrested accused.

Maharashtra: ‘Sairat’-fame actor Suraj Pawar booked in job fraud case
14 drown across Maharashtra on day of visarjan
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

MUMBAI: The final day of Ganesh immersions on Friday saw the death of at least 18 people, 14 of them due to drowning, in different incidents across Maharashtra. Wardha district witnessed the maximum cases of drowning with three people losing their lives in Sawangi, while two others died in a pond in Yavatmal during an idol immersion. In Ahmednagar district, two persons drowned in separate incidents at Supa and Belvandi, while two died in Jalgaon district of north Maharashtra-one each at Chalisgaon and Jamner. Ghodegaon and Yavat in Pune district, Lonikand in Satara district, Solapur city and Devli recorded one fatality each on Friday. Meanwhile, four persons lost their lives in a road accident at Sakkardara area of Nagpur city during idol immersions. In Panvel, at least 11 people, including a 9-month-old child, were injured after suffering an electric shock during a procession. The incident took place at Wadghar Koliwada after a cable of an electric generator snapped and landed on devotees. The injured included four children. While some of them were rushed to a private hospital, others were taken to a state-run hospital, an official said, adding that all of them were responding well to treatment. With the political scene in Maharashtra on the boil with two factions of the Shiv Sena crossing swords, the immersion day witnessed law and order incidents too, with a scuffle breaking out between the supporters of chief minister Eknath Shinde and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at Tophkhana in Ahmednagar district. In Jalgaon, a group of people hurled stones at the mayor's bungalow during a Ganesh immersion procession, while clashes broke out between two groups of people at Mundhwa in Pune. At Shikrapur, also in Pune, a brawl took place over bursting of firecrackers during immersions, while in Chandrapur, a fight was reported between volunteers of a Ganesh mandal and cops. pti

14 drown across Maharashtra on day of visarjan
  • Raigad: 2 brothers drown during visarjan
  • Times of India

    NAVI MUMBAI: The bodies of two siblings, who drowned after they ventured deep into the stream of Gadhi river at Koproli village in Panvel taluka during Ganapti idol immersion on Monday around 6pm, have been recovered. The two have been identified as Vikram and Rajshekhar Jamadar. A case of accidental death has been registered.

Congress politics is confined to attacking PM, Centre: Maharashtra minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

Maharashtra Revenue Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil on Wednesday hit out at the Congress, saying that its politics revolved around attacking the Centre, keeping larger party-related and public issues on the back-burner.“Congress politics starts and ends with attacks on the Centre,” Vikhe Patil said in Ahmednagar, commenting on the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra. “Congress leaders’ sole concern is to keep their own identity. The party is struggling for survival. What is appalling is that Congress’ real agenda is kept on the back-burner and it is not even bothered about taking up public causes,” the BJP leader added.In Maharashtra, the Congress compromised its ideology to become part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Vikhe Patil said. The Congress, he alleged, got secondary treatment in the MVA government, and yet, Congress leaders remained in the alliance with the Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party for power.“Congress finds itself on weak ground. To retain its identity, it has to show it is doing something. So, the easiest thing to draw attention is to attack the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. For each and every thing, they hold the Centre responsible, which is unfortunate,” Vikhe Patil observed.Vikhe Patil, who is in charge of the revenue ministry in the BJP-Eknath Shinde Sena coalition government, oversees 355 talukas across 36 districts of Maharashtra.“Under Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, governance will be fast-tracked. All important decisions are taken and accorded higher priorities. Every district will have a guardian minister. Public work will not get delayed nor compromised,” Vikhe Patil, who hails Ahmednagar district, said.Vikhe Patil began his political career in Congress and was Opposition leader in the state legislative assembly when Fadnavis was chief minister, leading the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in 2014 to 2019. During the Congress and NCP coalition government, he had served various ministries such as school education, agriculture etc.Ahead of the 2019 elections, Vikhe Patil resigned from Congress to join BJP and was rewarded with a plum portfolio considering his seniority and administrative experience.

Congress politics is confined to attacking PM, Centre: Maharashtra minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil
Maharashtra tribal man missing, father blames kin of Muslim woman he had eloped with
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

After a man belonging to the Bhill tribe in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district went missing, his family members has alleged he was kidnapped by the relatives of a Muslim woman he was in love with.Shrirampur taluka police arrested four people including the woman’s father after Raosaheb Barde from Bhokar lodged a complaint Thursday saying his son, Deepak Barde (31), had gone missing. They are yet to find out his whereabouts.As per the first information report, Deepak was “kidnapped for the purpose of murder” from Pune because of his love affair with Saniya Shaikh (19). Deepak and Saniya had left Bhokar together about a month ago, following which her uncle Imran Abbas Shaikh, a resident of Wagholi in Pune, lodged a missing report about her at the Supa police station on July 30.Raosaheb said in the FIR that he last spoke to Deepak around 8.30pm on August 30, the day he had left for Pune. Around 4pm on August 31, two villagers told Raosaheb that his son had been kidnapped by the Saniya’s father Majnu Shaikh and uncle Imran.Raosaheb said he learnt from his relatives in Pune that Deepak, however, had not reached there. “Though I gathered that they targeted my son because he had eloped with Majnu’s daughter, I decided not to reveal the whole story to the Shrirampur taluka police because I thought the complaint would best be lodged with Pune police,” he said.Deepak was allegedly kidnapped around 11am on August 31 from Kesnand Phata, Wagholi, where he was with his friend Kiran Umap. Deepak was allegedly taken to Majnu’s house and assaulted there.“Police have not told us what happened to him later. We are worried,” Raosaheb told The Indian Express, adding that Deepak had returned to the village following the objection from Saniya’s relatives, who later took her home.Manoj Patil, Ahmednagar superintendent of police, said, “We have not found Deepak yet. The investigation is on.”Asked whether Deepak and Saniya had got married, deputy superintendent of police Sandip Mitke said, “Evidence of their marriage is not with us. The woman’s statement has not been recorded yet. But they had been in a relationship and had eloped in the past.”Police identified the arrested accused as Majnu, Imran, Samir Ahmed Shaikh and Ajij Baban Shaikh. They are looking for a fifth suspect, Raju Baban Shaikh.Charged under Indian Penal Code sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 34 (acts with common intention) and sections of the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the four accused were sent to police custody till September 8 for further investigation.Besides his parents, Deepak also has two sisters, who are married.

Maharashtra tribal man missing, father blames kin of Muslim woman he had eloped with
National Board for Wildlife gives nod for usage of 1.56 hectares of Jayakwadi for Aurangabad’s water supply scheme
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has cleared a proposal for the usage of 1.56 hectares of forest land at Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary in Maharashtra for the water supply scheme in Aurangabad, which is facing a huge water crisis.Jayakwadi is the largest earthen dam in Asia and the bird sanctuary is spread over 341 sq kms.The meeting of the NBWL was held on July 29 and the minutes were uploaded on August 30.The NBWL was told that diversion of 1.56 hectares of forest land was recommended by the Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra.After discussions, the Standing Committee decided to recommend the proposal subject to the following conditions that while building the jack well, care will have to be taken to prevent the damage to fish population by avoiding physical disturbance to the shore line.The project agency will ensure at least 13 TMC (thousand million cubic foot) water is retained in the reservoir for birds at any time of the year so that water and food is available to them throughout the year.The project agency will also ensure the water in the reservoir is not contaminated or polluted due to construction or maintenance work.The Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary is a drought prone area. It is an important site for migratory birds. To provide ample food and water to the birds, at least 50 per cent of dead water needs to be stored in the sanctuary at any point of time of the year so that even if there is less rain in the subsequent monsoon, the remaining water can take care of the winter visiting birds, the minutes of the NBWL said.The NBWL has said that technology, which reduces noise in construction activities should be used. There is a possibility of high habitat disturbance due to the use of explosives in digging wells. Therefore, controlled blasting needs to be undertaken while digging the jack well and blasting should be avoided if possible.Generally, dead water storage is not tapped in normal situations. If the present proposal envisages drawing water even from the dead water storage, it should be critically examined, the minutes said.The Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra recommended the proposal for the diversion of the 0.0762 hectares of land for the steel gas pipe from Ahmednagar to Aurangabad.While a proposal to clear another plot of 0.0762 hectares of forest land from the Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary was deferred. This project was recommended by the state wildlife warden for laying underground 24” Steel Gas Pipeline from Ahmednagar to Aurangabad by the Bharat Gas Resources Limited.The member secretary pointed out that the contingency plan in case of gas leakage has not been provided with the proposal.The Standing Committee decided to defer the proposal till the submission of a contingency plan by the state government in case of leakage of gas, which may affect the ecosystem.

National Board for Wildlife gives nod for usage of 1.56 hectares of Jayakwadi for Aurangabad’s water supply scheme